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The Zen of quiet
New York City is the city that never sleeps. But when New Yorkers are at home and it’s nighttime, many of them do, in fact, actually like to sleep. And when we’re at home during the day, most of us don’t like to be disturbed by loud noises, either. That’s the dilemma of living in a chaotic, energetic, noisy city like New York.

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point
Budget cuts would cripple local community boards
By Susan Stetzer and Bob Gormley 
Community boards play a vital role in the city’s governmental process and provide community members their best opportunity to influence decisions that will impact their lives at a local level. Community boards assist individuals, families and businesses in resolving a litany of quality-of-life complaints and also in getting city regulations enforced.



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Cyclists ‘pup their rides’
Laurie Mittelmann got ready to roll with Princess at Sunday’s Doggie Pedal Parade. The ride highlighted bicycles adapted to transport pets and promoted the adoption of homeless animals. Sponsored by Time’s Up!, the parade started at Tompkins Square’s dog run, stopping at several animal hospitals and community gardens along the way, before ending at the Washington Square dog run.

Def Jam party was deafening, Donna Karan nabes complain
By Lincoln Anderson 
A Greenwich Village location where famed fashion designer Donna Karan holds her Urban Zen Foundation events is causing some very un-Zen-like effects among neighbors, basically driving many of them to distraction on a semi-regular basis.

Privatized pavilion’s opponents make another pitch to Board 5
By Albert Amateau
More verbal fireworks broke out on Monday in the battle over private use of public space regarding the pavilion at the north end of Union Square Park.

It’s official: Park’s phase one is formally opened
By Albert Amateau
A jazz band played funky old tunes and the crowd cheered as water shot into the air at the formal opening of Washington Square Park’s phase-one renovation last Thursday. The sky was cloudy but the mood was sunny under the tent that the Department of Parks and Recreation erected near the restored fountain.


N.Y.U. reveals plan for spiritual center on Washington Sq.
By Lincoln Anderson
Unveiling what will be New York University students’ future on-campus faith facility — plus a flexible, multiuse space for classrooms and music performances and rehearsals — N.Y.U. released plans on Tuesday for its new Center for Academic and Spiritual Life.

Pretty Boy, the Mayor of E. 7th, is mourned; He was one cool cat
By Albert Amateau
It has been said that a person whose daily routine is predictable is a person of great character. The story goes that neighbors of the 18th-century philosopher Emanuel Kant in Königs-berg, East Prussia, would set their watches by his comings and goings.

Landmarks chief tells Chamber, ‘Can’t freeze built environment’
By Albert Amateau
Landmarks Preservation Commission Chairperson Robert Tierney told the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce that he sees the Village as “the epicenter of historic preservation.”

Advocates renew call to block Chatham Square plan
By Julie Shapiro
Politicians and activists opposed to the city’s plan for Chatham Square rallied last Wednesday afternoon to prevent the project from getting funding.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

The A-List
Select Arts and Events Listings by Scott Stiffler

Job loss and self-immolation, Italian style
By Jerry Tallmer
No, this is not Burma or Vietnam, and the man who is about to drench himself with gasoline is not a monk. He is a 35-year-old unemployed Italian named Giulio, and the sign he has hung around his neck reads: “I LOST.”

Remembered at MOMA, forgotten at the cemetery
By Stephanie Buhmann
Between 1942 and 1943, Piet Mondrian painted one of his most famous works: “Broadway Boogie Woogie.” It was his homage to New York City, where he saw his passion for the dynamics of modern life realized. American Jazz, and traffic infiltrating the urban landscape in a way that was reminiscent of his painted grids, prompted him to rethink his signature style.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Owl and the Sparrow” (-) Regrettably, this film did not come close to providing an enjoyable evening of entertainment at the theater.
“O’Horten” (-) The film’s principal character is Odd Horten (Baard Owe).  After 40 years of service as an engineer on the Oslo-Bergen line railroad in Norway, Horten reaches mandatory retirement at 67.

Lonely lunar worker: gone looney?
By Trav S. D
Frequently, an actor is called upon to carry a picture; less often, is he asked to be the picture.
Such is the case with Sam Rockwell in “Moon,” a sci-fi one-hander in the tradition of “THX-1138.” “Countdown” and long stretches of “2001: A Space Odyssey” — not to mention the song “Space Oddity” by writer-director Duncan Jones’s father: David Bowie.

Manifest Destiny
By Gregory Montreuil
“Into the Sunset: Photography’s Image of the American West,” an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art running through June 8, reveals much about the American psyche and incorporates an astonishing range of photographs.

A Salute to Volunteers
A special Villager supplement

More than mentoring: Forming a lasting friendship
By John Bayles
Chelsea Scott knew what she wanted but didn’t how to get it. She had volunteered before, delivering food to the elderly, but she was looking for more interaction. Three years ago she found that and more when she signed up to be a mentor with the Lower Eastside Girls Club.

Giving back to city she loves, auxiliary officer takes on more
By John Bayles
For some, volunteering is strictly a choice. But for Stephanie Phelan the decision to first become an auxiliary police officer and now a member of her local Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, was born somewhat out of necessity.

Lending a hand, and some elbow grease, on Bleecker
By Jefferson Siegel
In the 1960s President John F. Kennedy made public service a cornerstone initiative of his administration.

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Volume 78, Number 52 | June 3 - 9, 2009


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