Volume 73, Number 33 | December 24 - 30, 2003


Scoopy's notebook
The poop on people, politics, gossip, business openings.

War on terror misses target
Upon the capture of former brutal Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein just over a week ago, President Bush proclaimed that now “America is a safer country.” Why then do we find ourselves for the fifth time since 9/11 in a state of high alert of a terrorist attack?

Trust must open its books to view
The Assembly committee hearings last week on the Hudson River Park Trust brought into focus serious concerns about the Trust that have festered for some time — lack of finances and lack of openness.

Talking Point

Mesh: The music of what’s coming
By Andrei Codrescu
The best club I’ve had the pleasure to go deaf in this year is called the Bulgarian Cultural Center in New York. You can smoke there, which already makes it unique in New York, and there is a deejay who mixes a wicked range of Eastern European music with the latest contemporary beats. Everybody in the place was dancing their heads off and knocking back shots of ouzo and plum brandy. There were fashion models, dominatrixes, a gay birthday party and a fair scattering of Euro-trash and Latin Don Juans.

Editorial cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Letters to the editor

Second thoughts
By Richmond Jones


Local photographer hits the wall in the West Bank
East Village photographer Q Sakamaki was in the West Bank in September where he documented the construction of the new security barrier Israel is building. The barrier is intended to protect Israel from suicide bombing attacks by Palestinian militants and to separate Israelis and Palestinians living in the West Bank.

News In Brief

Tree-mendous time in Tompkins

Lopez calls for task force on Section 8 housing

New School part-time faculty can hold union vote

Nadler allocates $7 million in district

C.B. 3 approves 2 street co-namings

Chamber cruises down the Riviera

Gerson, Bottom Line ask N.Y.U. for more time

Police Blotter


Realizing a dream in Tribeca haberdashery
By Alison Gregor
Whether you’re taking the A train or just in the mood for a bit of nostalgia, you might take shelter in the warm jazzy atmosphere of Jae Jarrell’s ‘Vintage Menswear and Collectibles’ in Tribeca.

It’s good to be the Mom, sometimes
By Jane Flanagan
I’m feeling guilty. My son, Rusty, 5, was sick last week with a virus and it afforded me some of my best mom moments.

Rev. Howard Moody reflects on 50 years of activism
By Ed Gold
Engaged for almost half a century in a wide range of progressive, even radical, causes, Rev. Howard Moody is about to take a break.
Leaving the Village for quieter and warmer climes in Santa Barbara, Cal., he plans to write the story of his 35-year, often tempestuous and always exhilarating ministry at Judson Memorial Church.


With winter, DUSC soccer at Pier 40 moves indoors
By Jill Stern 
It was back to Pier 40 again for Downtown United Soccer Club Intramural Families earlier this month. Mostly everything was the same as fall season except that soccer is now indoors on the second floor and not on the rooftop. Enrollment for winter soccer is slightly lower than fall, so some teams were combined.

Villager photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio

U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, left, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney spoke in favor of building the Second Ave. subway line last Friday.

The Second Ave. subway: To build or not to build it?
By Josh Rogers
East Side politicians from Harlem to Lower Manhattan came to City Hall last week to show their support for building a full-length Second Ave. subway and to counter a recent business report suggesting the project is not worth doing because it will take too long to construct.

Mayor says loud nightclub music is way off bass
By Elizabeth O’Brien
If a noise is loud enough to hear without straining, never mind the decibel level or sound meters — the mayor says he’s going to do something about it.
Mayor Mike Bloomberg has recommended an overhaul of the way the city defines and prosecutes noise, which will affect everything from wailing car alarms to pumping bass music and clattering air conditioners. The modifications would change the current standard of “unreasonable noise” to “plainly audible,” the Daily News first reported last Sunday.

Lopez gives $500,000 for Wash. Sq.
By Lincoln Anderson
Saying she’s doing it because she treasures the historic symbol of the Washington Sq. Arch and because she also wants to help out her “brother,” Councilmember Alan Gerson, whose district includes Washington Sq. Park, Councilmember Margarita Lopez recently allocated $500,000 for the renovation of Greenwich Village’s landmark greensward.

Trust assailed on finances, closed process
By Albert Amateau
An Assembly committee pressed the Hudson River Park Trust last week about the Trust’s progress in building the 5-mile-long park along Manhattan’s West Side waterfront.

Community center to have pool, gym, cardio, rooms
By Lincoln Anderson
Representatives of the YMCA and University Settlement presented plans on Dec. 15 for a new Lower East Side community center and recreational facility to be located in the residential building being built on the south side of E. Houston St. in the Cooper Sq. Urban Renewal Area.

The Alfred S. Pell Memorial Elm; not Hangman’s Elm
By Luther S. Harris
One tiny change need not wait for Washington Sq.’s projected renovation (as reported in The Villager’s Dec. 10 issue). Among the signage in the square, nothing cries out more for replacement than the small plaque on the great English elm at the square’s northwest corner, long misnamed the “Hangman’s Elm.” It should be named instead for the man who long ago saved it, one Alfred S. Pell.

A family affair at the Center For Architecture
The private jokes in “Private Jokes, Public Places” are those perpetrated by a couple of intellectual snobs — one German, one British — at the expense of a young woman named Margaret whom they are grilling about her schematics and scale model for a public swimming pool. The public place is, ergo — here, in miniature, and in her head — that swimming pool.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Something’s Gotta Give” (+)
This is an old-fashioned film brought up to date with sexuality front and center.
“The Last Samurai”
I had to see this flick even though PT and AT told me it was a great disappointment. It is even worse than they led me to believe.

Role of American jews in World War II
By Sharon Hartwick
“Ours to Fight For” is the first exhibition to take an in-depth look at the role Jewish men and women played on and off the battlefield during World War II. It’s a fitting choice to celebrate the opening of the new Robert M. Morgenthau Wing at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. The 82,000 square foot addition to the six-year old museum includes a gallery with dramatic views of New York harbor and the Statue of Liberty.

Tribeca art space with a big vision
By Tanya Alina G. Warren
The brand-new Gigantic Art Space (GAS) is not all that gigantic. But what GAS lacks in square footage, it more than makes up for in concept. This multi-discipline art gallery encompasses film, video, music, and interactive multimedia. GAS founders will focus on the intersection between music, politics, pop and international cultures, according to the gallery’s mission statement

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