Editorial
Senate missed the train on M.T.A.
Albany moved closer Tuesday to putting “doomsday” on hold for perhaps another year or two, if we are lucky. It looks like the subway and buses will dodge service cuts and sharp fare increases of about 25 percent. The harsh regressive tax that the state Senate had not taken seriously enough will be reduced to about 10 percent under a deal announced Tuesday night.

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point
A new equity and transparency in school admissions
By Joel Klein
Registering your child for kindergarten is often stressful — many of you are preparing to send your son or daughter to school for the first time. Reports of kindergarten wait lists for the fall at public schools in District 2 have added to the anxiety this year. I want to assure families in the community that we’re taking steps to enroll all students who have applied for kindergarten as quickly and fairly as possible.

Seize the day, but I’m not so sure about the building
By Arthur Z. Schwartz 
Last week Lincoln Anderson, The Villager’s associate editor, asked me to write a piece, as a veteran of Columbia University building occupations long ago (and a father of four, including two in college), about the recent spate of building occupations at The New School and New York University. Here it is.

Villager photo by Clayton Patterson

Mission and museum in Jesus juxtaposition on Bowery
A van from the nearby Bowery Mission was parked in front of the New Museum, where the “Younger Than Jesus” art show is currently running — as an electronic display scrolling above the museum’s door advertises.


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Paul Garrin setting up a wireless Internet link on top of the roof at the McCarren Park pool in Williamsburg for concert support staff in the summer of 2006.

The battle of .nyc... and also.sucks, .chat, .weather, .art...
By Lincoln Anderson
When Council Speaker Christine Quinn gave her State of the City address in February, just a few months after the onset of the financial crisis, ways to boost business and raise revenues topped her list.


Premiere fills Landmark, Thompson LES to the limits

Book ’em Danno! — Bill to fingerprint illegal vendors
By Julie Shapiro
New legislation by state Senator Daniel Squadron would allow the city to fingerprint street vendors who break the law.

News
Traffic changes are driving them crazy on Lower East Side
By Albert Amateau
Lower East Side and Chinatown residents braved the rain on Monday to denounce Mayor Bloomberg and the city Department of Transportation over traffic changes the city has made during the past several months and is contemplating for the future for their neighborhoods.

Housing Authority puts bite on pit bulls pinschers, rotties
By Rita Wu
Backing down from its earlier intent to ban 26 dog breeds — including the diminutive Boston terrier — from public housing, the New York City Housing Authority has gnawed its list of prohibited breeds down to just three: Doberman pinschers, pit bulls and rottweillers — all of these either full breed or mixed breed.

Pushing the landmarks envelope in Soho
By Albert Amateau
The Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold an information meeting for property owners and neighbors on a proposed expansion of the Soho Cast-Iron Historic District at 6 p.m. Wed., May 13, at the Puffin Room gallery, 435 Broome St.


Villager Arts & Lifestyles
Out with the Ragu, in with the Mambo Mouth
By Jerry Tallmer
When the Ragu ran out, the Mambo Mouth moved in.
That’s a shortcut way of saying the shuttered Actors’ Playhouse, that ghost-ridden little Off-Broadway bandbox just below Sheridan Square, breathes once more — and history rolls on.


Come see this ‘Joe’ before he goes
By Scott Harrah
This excellent revival of August Wilson’s 1986 drama about people living in a Pittsburgh boarding house circa 1911 works beautifully — thanks to Bartlett Sher’s seamless direction and outstanding performances from a gifted cast. Wilson’s poetic dialogue remains crisp and timeless.     

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Il Divo” (+) This engrossing docudrama concerns the Italian politician Giulio Andreotti.  Christian Democratic Party member Andreotti (Toni Servillo) began his political career in 1972 and continued to 1992 when he led his last government.
“Tyson” (+) Frankly, I debated with myself whether a plus or minus rating was warranted. Any movie that I see is seen through two prisms — mine and what I perceive to be the public’s.


When grim reality meets whimsical fantasy 
By Stephanie Buhmann
In the new exhibition “Forgotten Planet,” Jon Rappleye continues his exploration of imaginary landscapes both familiar and otherworldly.

Pablo Schreiber’s emotionally exhausting new role
By Scott Harrah
At only age 31, stage and screen actor Pablo Schreiber already has an imposing body of work, having established himself as a force in the New York theater scene as well as Hollywood.


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