SERVING GREENWICH VILLAGE SINCE 1933 | Volume 73, Number 44 | March 3 - 9, 2004

Inside

Editorial
Landmarks must
save the waterfront,
before it’s too late
It was encouraging to see the new Landmarks Preservation Commission chairperson, Robert Tierney, meet with Community Board 2’s Landmarks Task Force last week to discuss pressing landmarks issues in the district.

Editorial cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Scoopy's notebook
The scoop on people, politics and gossip

Notebook
My ups and downs, but mostly ups, with Ed Koch
By Ed Gold
A recent gathering of Village Independent Democrats club ancients kicked off recollections of my more than 40-year mostly friendly association with Ed Koch, the former mayor, which he ended abruptly last September when he barred me from attending a Saturday luncheon club of which he is the central figure.

Animals: This time I wish that I could have helped
By Wilson
I take it back. Several years ago, I decided not to help other people if animals were involved. My previous interventions were never appreciated and frequently misinterpreted, often ending in disaster yet not death.

Penny Post
Nikola Tesla’s brain: An electrical storm of genius
By Andrei Codrescu
Nikola Tesla was a genius inventor who designed the first alternating current motor, discovered X-rays and pioneered wireless communication, making radio, television and the Internet possible. He was also convinced of the existence of life on other planets and planned to use the earth’s magnetic field to communicate with the aliens who often spoke to him. He also claimed to have invented a Death Ray that “could split the earth in half like an apple,” but he never produced any evidence; he was much older when he claimed that, living in a hotel in New York, feeding pigeons on the window ledge.

Talking Point

Just call it for what it is: ‘The Hate Amendment
By Tim Gay
Thank you, President Bush, for telling me and my tribe that you think we are so deplorable as to deserve a constitutional amendment in order to protect the sanctity of marriage between a woman and a man.

What comes next? Show the judge your stuff
By Andrei Codrescu
After George Bush’s constitutional amendment passed, there was great confusion in the nation’s courthouses as women in pants and men in skirts tried to prove that they were indeed men or women. The bailiff tried to move things along by barking, “Show the judge your stuff!” which should have been a simple procedure, but it wasn’t because it took hours for some men to undo their corsets and brassieres and Victoria’s Secret panties, and just as long for women to shed their muscle shirts, cotton briefs and baseball caps.

Letters to the editor

Second thoughts
By Richmond Jones


News In Brief

St. Mark’s pastor’s son facing trial for stabbing

Mormons move in to Downtown

Gift to St. Vincent’s neurology unit

Calls for blood at Sixth Precinct

Kids

Maestro, if you please: Kids tune in to N.Y.U. chorus
By Melanie Wallis
New York University’s Children’s Chorus offers children as young as 5 years old the chance to practice and perform in choral singing. The chorus, which meets once a week on Tuesdays, is a community outreach project that finds space in between lectures in the university’s Loewe Theater auditorium, at 35 W. Fourth St.

Chancellor is set to overhaul physical education
By Jill Stern
News Flash: Chancellor Joel Klein is soon to announce a new physical education reform for the Department of Education.

Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert

Isabel Bigelow, a member of Artists Alliance, Inc., smoothes a canvas at Clemente Soto Velez Center on Suffolk St.



An arts center divided
By David Jonathan Epstein
Creativity abounds on a typical night at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center on the Lower East Side. The entrance to the building at 107 Suffolk St. is thronged with signs and fliers welcoming patrons, in English and Spanish, to enjoy a host of visual and performing arts. Inside, a passerby might find visual artists discussing colors and hues in a studio, or actors rehearsing a scene of “Troilus and Cressida.”


Gays demand right to marry in New York
By Lincoln Anderson
Deciding it was time to “force the issue” of gay marriage in New York City, three hundred gays and lesbians joined Council Speaker Gifford Miller and local elected officials in a rally on City Hall’s steps last Sunday, calling on Mayor Bloomberg to authorize the city clerk to start immediately issuing marriage licenses to homosexual couples.

Union claims win for New School adjuncts
In a vote last week, 530 adjunct professors at New School University voted to unionize with the United Auto Workers, while 466 voted against unionizing, according to the U.A.W. There were an additional 87 ballots in dispute.

How to build green and lean in the East Village
By Jessica Mintz
Behind the scaffolding on E. Third St. between Avenues C and D, a six-story apartment building is taking shape, layer by layer of concrete, insulation, brick and steel. Down the block, the same developer will pour another foundation this week. But however conventional these construction scenes may appear, a closer look proves they’re part of a project that turns traditional housing inside out.

Two bills on Con Ed street safety
By Albert Amateau
Two City Council bills introduced last week would force Con Edison and other electric power companies to establish guidelines and annual inspection schedules for their electrical infrastructure and complete repairs by Sept. 30 of each year.

Losing ‘02 Charlie’ ambulance is an emergency in Chinatown
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The Fire Department has jeopardized public safety with its recent decision to pull an ambulance from the corner of Broadway and Canal St., community members and elected officials protested at a rally at the intersection on Friday


Task force to Landmarks chief: Village waterfront is threatened
By Lincoln Anderson
Community Board 2’s Landmarks Task Force held its first meeting with Robert Tierney, chairperson of the city Landmarks Preservation Commission, last Thursday


A Grand opening for key Chinatown subway station
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Chinatown cheered the reopening of the Grand St. subway station last week, as residents raved over their streamlined commutes and merchants voiced hopes about an upturn in business.

Hardhats and residents clash over stadium plan
By Albert Amateau
West Side residents and construction union members traded chants and slogans last week about the Jets/Olympic stadium proposed for the rail yards south of the Javits Convention center at the City Planning and Community Board 4 forum on the redevelopment of the Hudson Yards District.

Board 3 sends the State Liquor Authority a message
By Albert Amateau
Citing one Lower East Side street with 15 existing liquor licenses along a two-block stretch, Community Board 3 last week resolved to recommend that the State Liquor Authority grant no more licenses, nor broadening of existing licenses, in areas deemed over-saturated by bars.

Gekko, mistress of the Lower East Side Tesla coils
By Lincoln Anderson
It was a recent show of the self-proclaimed Downtown Art Babes at Collective Unconscious on Ludlow St. Anna Montana, a performance artist from Europe, had done a strangely mesmerizing “alternative burlesque” in the buff with a mop as a partner. Faux Maux, another Babe, who has a condition that is forcing her posterior backwards, held flash cards on said bum, which was as naked as Montana — the artist, that is, not the state. A dancer in burlap writhed on the floor as if possessed, while another woman hummed into a tape-loop device to create overlapping tone patterns.

Two stones forward one stone back in the Village
Although, to the chagrin of neighbors and preservationists, construction for a new apartment building recently damaged cobblestones on historic Charles Lane, farther north at Horatio St., extensive cobblestone damage from over the years has been repaired.



Cooking, dancing and magic tricks
By Jerry Tallmer
There are five terrific chefs in the show called “Cookin’” that’s tearing up the pea patch (thank you, Red Barber) at the Minetta Lane, but the one you really can’t take your eyes off is the only female, a young woman listed on the program as Hot Sauce. And boy, does she live up to that appellation


American women in the Spanish Civil War
By Aileen Torres
“Into the Fire: American Women in the Spanish Civil War” is not a feminist film. There do happen to be women in it, who are the sole source of perspective on the intra-national conflict that was a prelude of sorts to World War II.

Filmmaker John Waters brings photographic art to Soho
By Michael Calderone
“I always feel that if you asked me what movie that is from that the work has failed,” says filmmaker John Waters about his new photography retrospective at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. In ‘Change of Life,’ the director of ‘Hairspray,’ ‘Serial Mom,’ and ‘Cecil B. Demented’ displays narrative works of art that incorporate images photographed from countless films, ranging from classic to obscure.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“The Passion of the Christ” (-) This movie is very well done. It details the last 12 hours of Jesus’ (James Caviezel) life after he was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate (Hristo Shopov) and the High Priest Caiaphas (Mattia Sbragia).

In the prime of her career
By Lionelle Hamanka
Sheila Jordan is a jazz singer and long-time Chelsea resident whose career has spanned five decades. Born in Detroit to a teenage mother, Jordan was sent to Pennsylvania, where she was raised by her impoverished grandparents.


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