Volume 73, Number 39 | Jan 28 - Feb 03, 2004


Hudson Sq. BID process needs clarity
Tensions boiled over at last Thursday’s Community Board 2 meeting on the issue of whether to create a Hudson Sq. Business Improvement District. Two board members with interests in the proposed district, David Reck, a resident, and Lisa LaFrieda, a meat business owner, are on opposing sides of the issue, with Reck a leading advocate for the BID and LaFrieda against it.

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

Talking Point
People prefer their bias straight; more tune in BBC
By Jeff Dufour
In 2003, there was no better window into the changing landscape of the media than the Iraq war. While embedded reporters, Web news and cable news all could claim major successes, audiences welcomed another trend: the ability to cherry-pick their coverage based upon a media outlet’s worldview. Conservatives continued their migration to Fox News Channel, talk radio and the blogosphere; liberals headed to a resurgent Nation, leftwing blogs and alternative urban weeklies.

Viva democracy! Saved by election
By Andrei Codrescu
The electoral drama is so refreshing! After two years of war, war, war and of homemade monsters like Scott Peterson, and the depressing scandals of celebrities, we are finally treated by our media to a window into something that truly matters to most people. The unfolding primaries have a bracing effect beyond the words and images and candidates rolling up their sleeves (to their detriment sometimes, see Howard Dean) and getting down to the business of finding out just what hurts and concerns us.

9th St. drama: Mae West’s night in Jefferson Court
By Jerry Talmmer
West Ninth Street, Manhattan, is only one block long, from Fifth Avenue at one end to Sixth Avenue at the other, east to west. It was at the west end, between Ninth and 10th Streets, where another West, a lady named Mae, spent one night in jail in 1927 in what is now the historic old Jefferson Market Library but was then the Jefferson Market Courthouse.

Editorial cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Letters to the editor

Second thoughts
By Richmond Jones

News In Brief

Union of outstanding women

End of the Line, as famed Village music club closes

Annual memorial for Fr. Hovda

Well-balanced buccaneer

A view of — and through — the arch

Watery main on Jane’s a pain

New ‘TV screen’ subway ads get thumbs down from board

Kennedys convene to honor Edwin Schlossberg

Politicians and Board 3 react to Con Ed tragedy

Who needs huskies?

The Idiotarod, a local version of the famous Alaskan dogsled race, mushed its way from DUMBO in Brooklyn to Union Sq. last Saturday. There were a few differences, though: hipsters were used instead of dogs, and shopping carts instead of sleds.

Greek Epiphany is a splash

With the temperature around 20 degrees, 11 men jumped into the East River and swam after a cross on Mon. Jan. 19 as part of the traditional Greek Orthodox annual ceremony of the Epiphany.

Villager photo by Alana Marcu

A group of girls from Downtown United Soccer Club, ages 10 to 12, were among 300 people who attended last week’s meeting on plans for a huge, multi-purpose sports field on Pier 40 at W. Houston St.

Pier 40 turf to open in fall
By Albert Amateau
More than 300 people at a Wed. Jan. 21 forum cheered the Hudson River Park Trust’s plan to build a temporary artificial turf field that would be ready in September and accommodate a variety of sports in the courtyard of Pier 40.

Hey kids, it’s Primary- palooza!
By Steven B. Kaufman
This was our third time going to New Hampshire. My wife, Ana, and I have previously trekked up to New Hampshire in the middle of the winter to take in the various campaigns for president in 1988 and 1992.

Hudson Sq. ‘Rashomon’; conflicting accounts of BID
By Lincoln Anderson
Passions flared over the proposal for a Hudson Sq. Business Improvement District at last Thursday night’s Community Board 2 meeting. Two members of the board, David Reck and Lisa LaFrieda, who are on opposing sides of the BID issue, argued over whether there is sufficient support among property owners in the proposed area to justify creating the BID.

McCain and Kerrey handicap presidential horse race
By Lincoln Anderson
Using giant maps with “red states” and “blue states” as a visual aid, New School President Bob Kerrey engaged Senator John McCain in a discussion of scenarios involving the Democratic presidential campaign and the general election last Thursday.

King Day controversy roils C.B. 2
By Lincoln Anderson
A member of Community Board 2 angrily gave her resignation at last week’s full board meeting after the board’s January Landmarks Committee meeting was scheduled on Martin Luther King Day for the second year in a row.

Sessa agrees to cease operating
By Albert Amateau
Sessa, the Chelsea club that has been the target of more than 30 police investigations including a rape, a robbery and 13 assaults during the course of a year, agreed last week to close its doors permanently on Feb. 4.

Rents going up, small businesses being forced out
By Dan Fiedler
Suzie Yotsukura has stitches on her temple to remind her why she’s closing shop. After nearly a decade, she’s auctioning off the merchandise at Universal Mart, a general hardware store located at 91 Second Ave. between Fifth and Sixth Sts. in the East Village.

Board 4 wants cops in front of clubs
By Albert Amateau
Community Board 4, which includes Chelsea, where about 75 percent of Manhattan’s licensed cabarets are located, is asking the Bloomberg administration to allow off-duty police in uniform to be employed keeping order in front of clubs and bars.

Potatoes to pizza: Complaint-plagued bar is no more
By Lincoln Anderson
Chances Are, a bar at the corner of Christopher and Greenwich Sts. that local residents protested about vociferously several years ago when it was known as Two Potato, recently closed without much fanfare.

Some at Village View oppose renovation of lobbies
By Melanie Wallis
The Village View co-op apartment complex in the East Village, is experiencing disruption among its shareholders due to proposed plans to carry out extensive work on all seven of the buildings’ lobbies. An estimated 300 of the development’s 1,400 residents congregated for their first Quality of Life Committee community meeting on Jan 22.

Bebe Neuwirth in ‘An evening of Kurt Weill’
By Jerry Tallmer
Well, Lenya is gone now, she left us in 1981, but Bebe is very much with us, and if any woman now alive, any American woman, can step into the shoes of Lenya — the blow-’em-all-to-hell chambermaid’s shoes of Pirate Jenny in “Threepenny Opera,” the two-sizes-too-big clodhopper shoes of Anna No. 1 in “The Seven Deadly Sins,” the squared-off schoolmarm’s shoes with an assassin’s knife in the heel in “From Russia With Love” — it is dark and dangerous Bebe Neuwirth.

Work of Russian poet examined
By Aileen Torres
Paul Muldoon, whose book “Moy Sand and Gravel” won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, recently read the Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva’s “Poem of the End” at Poets House on Spring Street. The reading was part of a series read by Muldoon.

London lawyer recalls Capetown storyteller
By Jerry Tallmer
You never know what you’re going to find on somebody else’s library shelves.
In 1990 in Johannesburg, South Africa, a London-based lawyer named Saul Reichlin, who was visiting his cousins Morrie and Ekie Fine — “Morrie was the kind of G.P. who at age 80 would get up in the middle of the night to go see his patients” — reached up idly to the Fine bookshelves to pull down a collection of the stories of Sholom Aleichem.

Family life through the Arbus lens
By Michael Calderone
In 1967, Diane Arbus told Newsweek that through photography she was “exploring, daring” and “doing things I’d never done before.”

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“The Barbarian Invasions” (+)
I thought I would not see this film after a New York Post reviewer, V. A. Musetto, gave it a half-star and wrote, “A major disappointment from respected French-Canadian director Denys Arcand.
“Crimson Gold’ (-) I decided to see this Iranian film after reading Jonathan Foreman’s capsule of it in the New York Post. It stated, “Another powerful, deeply humane but hypnotically slow-moving film from one of Iran’s cadre of brilliant filmmakers…”

Tribeca’s Flea Theater with ‘Give Us Your Children’
By Davida Singer
For their 30th anniversary season, ‘The Talking Band’ remains true to its mission of creating new works in musical theater, works that always push the envelope.

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