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Editorial
Off and rolling
As thousands of people, not only from across the region, but tourists from around the world, descended on the High Line on a beautiful Sunday, they found they had to wait in line to get up on the intriguing new — or rather, newly renovated — structure.

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point
WBAI at the turning point after political infighting
By Paul DeRienzo
When trying to understand the problems and politics of radio station WBAI it’s most important to define our terms. WBAI, located on the dial at 99.5 FM with studios based on Wall St. in New York City, really doesn’t exist. In fact the Pacifica Foundation, a Berkeley-based nonprofit, wholly owns WBAI as part of the largest privately controlled, noncommercial radio network in the United States.


Obituary

Raymond Carroll, 84, editor at Newsweek, prolific author
By Paul A. Carroll
Raymond J. Carroll, a Newsweek editor, author and longtime Village resident, died at his Prince St. home on May 16. He was 84.


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A diverse group of members belong to the 4th Street Food Co-op.

Produce and politics mix at 4th Street Food Co-op
By Laurie Mittelmann 
Perhaps you’ve noticed the boxes of rotting apples and black bananas up for grabs outside the store, or walked inside to use the bathroom and smelled compost destined for the Lower East Side Ecology Center in buckets next to the toilet.


Demo, dairy, a Dorato among Village Award winners
By Albert Amateau
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation on Monday made its annual Village Awards to the people and places that make the Village the renowned neighborhood beloved by residents, merchants and visitors.

Tao master documentary takes chop at gentrification
By Lincoln Anderson
To some, in its later years, it was perhaps just known as “that building with the cage on top.” But hidden inside the former Church of All Nations on East Houston St. was a Taoist temple and martial arts-training facility led by an aphorism-spouting kung fu master known as Sifu Jai.

Little League will rock on with new rockin’ president
After the Greenwich Village Little League’s end-of-season Thank You Party on Pier 40 Wednesday evening, George Usher, center in photo at right, officially became the league’s new president.

News
Prognosis appears Landmarks will O.K.Rudin 7th Ave. tower
By Albert Amateau
Members of the Landmarks Preservation Commission said on Tuesday they were nearly ready to approve the residential side of the St. Vincent’s Hospital redevelopment project, but still hoped for yet another reduction in the height of the proposed large apartment building at One Seventh Ave.

Did attack or smack kill Tompkins Square ‘crusty’ woman, 26?
By Lincoln Anderson
A few facts are clear: Responding to a call shortly before noon on Sat., May 9, police found Lesia Pupshaw, 26, unconscious in her apartment at 202 E. Sixth St..


Megagarage opponents are still pushing alternatives
By Albert Amateau
The Hudson Square Sanitation Steering Committee last week showed the Department of Sanitation the details of its Hudson Rise plan for a scaled-back, two-district Sanitation garage with a park on top at Spring and Washington Sts.

Cooper students engineer a race car from scratch
By Harry Bartle 
Cooper Union students had the chance to display their very own formula-style race car that they designed and built completely by themselves at the World Science Festival held in Washington Square Park on Sunday.


Villager Arts & Lifestyles

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

‘Unique and specific’ films bring focus to Mexican culture
By Steven Snyder
Samuel Douek says he never could have imagined, when he first launched the Hola Mexico Film Festival some 8,000 miles away in Australia, that the event would resonate every bit as strongly with New Yorkers as it did with audiences half a world away.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” (+) This remake of the 1974 film provides an adequate evening of entertainment, but it is not as exciting or memorable as the original version.  Those who saw the first movie and are expecting a blockbuster will be disappointed.

Slaves to the Rhythm
By Gus Solomons Jr
Two exciting dance makers –– Nicholas Leichter and Larry Keigwin –– both irresistibly driven by rhythm, are sharing a week at the Joyce Theater, alternating days. Both represent New York-style, highly physical, buoyant, joyful dancing with an intriguing edginess lurking just beneath the highly entertaining surface. But each has a distinct and distinctly appealing choreographic voice.


Vocal coach valued by the talented, profane, slightly insane
By Travs. D
On a recent Sunday afternoon, at an hour of the day when most nightclubs are shuttered and silent, Joe’s Pub was the setting for an amazing alternative cabaret show. The sun was blazing outside; but inside, it may as well have been one o’clock in the morning.

The high price of guilt, marital servitude, lost love
By Jerry Tallmer
The opening words of Anna Ziegler’s “Dov and Ali” are good enough to quote. They are spoken by a 16-year-old Muslim girl named Sameh, a headscarf-wearing high-schooler in Michigan who, before the play is ended, will have been forcibly railroaded by the males of her family (more exactly, airlifted) out of the U.S. and into a life of loveless marriage and servitude and silence and baby-making — to an aging widower in far away Pakistan. 


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