Volume 73, Number 38 | January 21 - 27, 2004



Con Ed must answer for Villager’s death
The tragic death of Jodie Lane, a 30-year-old E. 12th St. resident, after she came in contact with an electrified junction box cover in the East Village last Friday night was a truly horrendous event. A Columbia Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology, Lane had her life and a promising career ahead of her when her dogs got electrocuted on the metal cover, she tried to help them and ended up dead.

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

Talking Point
Ad astram: star-based politics
By Andrei Codrescu
I conducted an informal survey among my friends about the president’s plan to go to the moon and Mars.
“Last time I went to the moon,” Tiffany said, “was with my ex-boyfriend. We did a fair amount of moon watching, and then he ran up my credit cards and left me with about a jillion dollars in debt. Now I’m very cautious about guys who want me to go to the moon. I’ll go, but I’ll leave my wallet at home.”

I survived reporting on Catholic school. Amen…
By Ed Gold
Without mitigating in any way the sins of the fathers and their superiors in the devastating sex scandals that were long part of a cover-up, there remains the human, if not always attractive, face of the Catholic Church as seen in the day-to-day activities of its clerics.

Editorial cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Letters to the editor

Second thoughts
By Richmond Jones

News In Brief

Police Blotter

Slamming for Bam on Bowery

Technology grows in Chinatown

East Villager presents W.T.C. memorial plan

San Gennaro donates $81,500 locally

Is it live — or Society for Preservation?

Historic reading


Uta Hagen, legendary actor and teacher, dies at 84
Uta Hagen, an inspiration to generations of actors at HB Studio on Bank St., where she taught with her late husband, Herbert Berghof, and two-time winner of the Tony Award for best actress in a Broadway play, died at the age of 84 on Wed. Jan. 1 at her home on Washington Sq.

Eileen Goldberg, mother of Madelyn Wils
Eileen Goldberg, mother of Madelyn Wils, chairperson of Community Board 1 and a board member of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., died last Sunday after a long illness.

Dr. Joseph P. Rocchio, Jr., Village pediatrician, 58
Dr. Joseph P. Rocchio, Jr., a colorful, quirky and irreverent pediatrician who seemed cut out for a practice in Greenwich Village, died on Jan. 2 at St. Vincent’s Hospital. The cause of death was lung cancer, which he had battled for the last two years. He was 58.


Young chess players try to keep things in perspective
By Judith Stiles
While Venus and Serena Williams compete in championship tennis tournaments with state-of-the art rackets, the Fernandez brothers of Greenwich Village show up at their own top-tier tournaments with no special equipment. . . other than their brains. That is because Alejandro and Andres Fernandez play chess. They compete in national youth tournaments sponsored by the U.S. Chess Federation, which has 51,838 youth members, 4-19 years old.

Sports at McBurney Y
The McBurney YMCA currently offers a developmental swim team for youth ages 10 - 12. The "McBurney Manta Rays" practice three times a week in the McBurney YMCA pool located at 125 West 14th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues).

Villager photo by Bob Arihood

Flowers were left by a parking meter outside Veniero’s pastry shop on E. 11th St. where Jodie Lane, 30, was fatally electrocuted Friday evening after falling on a slush-covered Con Ed junction box while walking her dogs.

Could police have saved electrocuted woman’s life?
By Lincoln Anderson
East Villagers and all New Yorkers were stunned after the news that Jodie Lane, a 30-year-old Ph.D. student, had been fatally electrocuted after coming in contact with a Con Ed junction box cover on the street last Friday evening.

Dykstra dishes on nightlife law
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Gretchen Dykstra hopes to have a new nightlife licensing system in place before the city’s existing cabaret licenses expire on Sept. 30, 2004.

Houston St. plan rapped as pro-auto
By Albert Amateau
The city’s plan for the $25 million reconstruction of Houston St. from Bowery to West St. met with groans and criticism at a crowded Jan. 13 Community Board 2 Traffic and Transportation Committee meeting.

Gay writer is pumped to discover a changed Kabul
By Paul Schindler
A crowd of about 80 travel aficionados gathered at the Wings Theater in the Archives Building on Christopher St. last Saturday to hear travel writer and photographer Michael T. Luongo discuss his trip this past October to Afghanistan.

Baby it’s cold inside: Barrow St. tenants lack heat
By Lincoln Anderson
While the mercury was hitting record lows outside, most New Yorkers had the comfort of knowing that a warm refuge from the arctic chill awaited at home. But for tenants of a five-story apartment building on Barrow St. who spent most of last winter and already much of this one without heat or hot water, home is not where the heat is.

The Streit’s family dynasty: Passing on the matzo on the Lower East Side
By Bonnie Rosenstock
When October rolls around, most people set their sights on the upcoming fall and winter holidays. But not the Streit family. For them, October signals “spring cleaning,” the season to roll out Passover matzos, the traditional unleavened bread that Jews eat during the eight-day holiday, which begins in April this year.

This year, Chinatown’s pinning its hopes on monkey
By Sascha Brodsky
Moy Vat set a tiny drum thumping on Mott St. the other day as he tried to lure buyers to his souvenir stand.
Vat is among the thousands of Chinatown businesses large and small that are looking to the upcoming Chinese New Year’s celebrations to help make up for a faltering economy.

Eighth St. too rough for lingerie shop, owner says
By Melanie Wallis
Lee Baumann, the specialized lingerie and dancewear shop at 49 E. Eighth St., is due to close after 50 years in business. Merchandise is being sold at slashed prices to diminish stock before the final closing date at the end of the month.

Reckonings With The Past
By Jerry Tallmer
An exquisite woman in a smart black pantsuit, a vivid red bow at the throat, checks into a small hotel in Poland, thousands of miles from where she now lives. The next day she goes for a walk. Her profile alone would stop traffic, even trains, even today, but not the boxcars that once ran on the tracks down which her stylish Paris boots now stride, long-abandoned tracks cutting through the grass, the endless grass that covers everything everywhere.

Camp Rock Musical at the Pyramid Club
By Davida Singer
In 1998, D’Arcy Drollinger created a camp rock musical in San Francisco and took to a local rock club, where it played for a year and became a cult sensation. Now living in New York, D’Arcy has just revamped the show and brought it to the Pyramid on Avenue A for an open-ended run, presented by Back It Up Productions.

Village resident brings Central Park indoors
By Aileen Torres
Imagine if Central Park were to come into your living room. Not in the form of a painting, but as a rug. That is exactly what Rama Chorpash, an industrial designer living in the Village has done.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“House of Sand and Fog” (+) My friend, PP, told me that he wouldn’t recommend seeing this film because it is a downer. It is a downer, but it’s worth seeing. “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (-)
This 3 1/2 hour film is the last part of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Those who love J.R.R. Tolkien’s books will undoubtedly enjoy this final chapter. I was neither impressed nor amused.
“The Company” (-) This movie received mixed reviews, but I decided to see it anyway. I am sorry to say that I was disappointed.

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