Volume 73, Number 40 | February 04 - 10, 2004


Inside

Editorial
9/11 report must not be a rush job
We never imagined anyone would have to say this: A report explaining if there were any security lapses that allowed the deadliest attack on civilians in America to occur, and outlining future preventive measures that can be taken, is too important to be rushed or delayed for partisan reasons.

Intelligence inquiry can’t let Bush off hook
In a similar vein, there is also concern about the Intelligence Commission the president has been forced into setting up, under increasing pressure, after no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq. The president will appoint the commission’s members, who will investigate the “intel” on Iraq’s weapons — the basis for branding Iraq an imminent threat — and whether it was tailored to suit the administration’s agenda.

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

Talking Point
Farewell, Gasoline Alley; the changing face of Noho
By Keith Crandell
New people are coming into Noho and more are on the way. I must admit, I have yet to see one of the most famous of my new Noho neighbors, Britney Spears, the pop singer notable for her romances and her role with the Mouseketeers on the Disney Channel so many years ago, waiting for the #1 bus on Lafayette near Bond. And therein lies the challenge. I will get back to Ms. Spears in a moment.

Notebook

‘Queer Eye’, customized; stuck on ‘PEOPLE SUCK’
By Wilson
One of the many recurring characters in the Village who can be found working on the streets near Cooper Sq., Astor Pl. and St. Mark’s and Third Ave. (where there’s a McDonald’s that serves as a homeless shelter/mental institute) is this con artist I call “Mean People Sucks.” (He and the conniving and scary “Animal Rights” lady often share the same corner.)

DEX: A short novel of the Bush era
By Andrei Codrescu
I have a friend, let’s call him Dex, who’s depressed. That’s nothing unusual; 90 percent of everybody is. But Dex’s depression is specific. “Look,” he told me, “maybe I should move to Mexico until this whole Bush thing blows over.”

Editorial cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Letters to the editor

Second thoughts
By Richmond Jones


News In Brief

S.L.A. denies Soho liquor license

Rev. Laarman leaves Judson

Glick: Houston St. reconstruction could create ‘Boulevard of Death’

Police Blotter


Obituary

Peggy O’Mara Conway, 96, father was Village physician
Peggy O’Mara Conway, born in the Village 96 years ago to the family of a prominent local physician, died on Jan. 16 in Lawrence, Kan.


At V.R.D.C.’s Jan. 29 endorsement meeting, from left, club president Tom Gass, Lois Rakoff, Rita Resnic, Michael Xu, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Brad Sussman, Ray Cline and Carmen Barreto, seated.

V.R.D.C., D.I.D. back Kerry
By Lincoln Anderson
Two Downtown Democratic political clubs endorsed John Kerry for president within the past week, becoming the first Manhattan Democratic political clubs to throw their support behind the Massachusetts senator’s surging candidacy.

14th St. and 8th St. BIDs plan to grow
By Albert Amateau
The Union Sq.-14th St. Business Improvement District, the city’s first BID, is working on an expansion that will more than double both its area and the number of its participating properties.

Family to sue over woman’s shock death
By Lincoln Anderson
As more details emerged about the tragic death of Jodie Lane, the 30-year-old East Village woman who was electrocuted after coming in contact with an electrified Con Edison junction box cover on Jan. 16, there are reports Lane’s family intends to file a lawsuit against not only Con Ed — but also the New York City Police Department for police officers’ failure to get Lane off the lethal surface, allowing her to continue to be electrocuted.

Wils takes job with De Niro and Tribeca Film group
By Josh Rogers
She is on so many boards focusing on Lower Manhattan that it may seem like she has always had a full-time job, but Madelyn Wils has just been hired by Robert De Niro and his film partners to become president and C.E.O. of the Tribeca Film Institute, and in February, she will start collecting her first regular paycheck in three years.

Con Ed: Shoddy repair caused box’s electrification
By Albert Amateau
Con Edison released a report last Thursday on its investigation of why the E. 11th St. junction box that killed East Villager Jodie Lane was electrified. The report said an inspection of the junction box showed that a wire, which was supposed to have two layers of insulation, one with plastic tape and the other with rubber, had only one layer of plastic tape.

Con Ed nixes safety suggestions
By Melanie Wallis
Last week the Post reported some suggestions by Simon Ben-Avi, an electrical-engineering professor and associate dean at Cooper Union, on how to improve the safety of Con Edison’s junction box covers and manhole covers on the street.

D.O.T.: No viable option to salt
By Melanie Wallis
The issue of salt being used to clear the roads of ice and snow has been brought into the spotlight following the death by electrocution of an East Village resident on a slush-and-snow-covered Con Edison junction box on Jan. 16.

C.B. 1 O.K.’s Pier 40 plan; trapeze still in air
By Albert Amateau
The Waterfront Committee of Community Board 1 enthusiastically supported the Hudson River Park Trust’s plan for the interim ball field in the courtyard of Pier 40 at a Jan. 28 meeting, at which the head of the trapeze school in Hudson River Park also presented a preliminary plan to enclose the trapeze in a tent.

Promenade repairs finally to start
By Albert Amateau
The $50 million reconstruction of the East River Park promenade, stretching from Jackson St. on the Lower East Side to E. 12th St. and closed for more than two years, is scheduled to begin this autumn.

Union Sq. and Village Alliance BIDs plan to grow
By Albert Amateau
The Union Sq.-14th St. Business Improvement District, the city’s first BID, is working on an expansion that will more than double both its area and the number of its participating properties.

Village orthodontist braces for response to bioterrorism
By Elyse Bloom and Ami Finkelthal
“When it comes to braces,” says Dr. Dianne Rekow, an orthodontist with the N.Y.U. Dental Faculty Practice in the Village, “my patients tell me, ‘Put me at ease, and give me quick and painless results.’”

New ‘it dog’ Crash is making a splash in the Village
By Elizabeth O’Brien
At just five months, he made the pages of Newsweek. A flurry of activity ensued, including an appearance in an N.Y.U. independent film. But Crash, a rare Norwegian breed currently making his home in the Village, has not let the attention go to his head.


Ludlow stage puts the ‘open’ back in open-mic night
By Tien-Shun Lee
Bluegrass singer Tony Ryan gave whooping introductions to musicians as they approached the stage during the open-microphone night he was hosting inside a Lower East Side organic health food store last Thursday night. Ryan’s zesty voice betrayed no trace of stage fright — which is something he does his best to assure the performers don’t experience either.

Max Morath, at the piano ‘doing what he does’
By Jerry Tallmer
The show is called “Ragtime and Again,” but, says Max, “it’s just Max doing what he does, sitting at the piano, knocking out some tunes, getting some laughs, doing some stuff on smoking and drinking and other politically incorrect things.”

Forro takes Manhattan
By Ernest Barteldes
During the final years of World War II, the U.S. military maintained bases in northeastern Brazil as a strategic point. According to legend, once in a while the officers’ clubs would have balls that were open to the general public under the label “for all” in which the music of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey was replaced by the local sounds.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
‘The Battle of Algiers’ (+)
The impact of this movie, first shown in 1965, is as powerful today as it was then. The film depicts the struggle of the indigenous Arab people in the French colony of Algeria for independence from France which had occupied Algeria for more than 100 years. “The Fog of War” (+) The documentaries this year are overwhelmingly first rate, and this one about former United States Secretary of Defense Secretary, Robert S. McNamara, is one of the best.


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