SERVING GREENWICH VILLAGE SINCE 1933 | Volume 73, Number 45 | March 10 - 16, 2004

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Editorial
Legalize gay marriage now
Marriage is under threat in America. One only need visit a center for battered wives, look at the level of infidelity or note the 50 percent divorce rate to see that there are problems with one of society’s most important institutions. Letting two adults who love each other get married poses no threat. Legalizing gay marriage is more likely to strengthen the institution than anything else.

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

Talking Point
I spam therefore I am: Dada poetry fills the Internet
By Andrei Codrescu
The pulses of spam are surging around the dams and walls erected by spam-assassin software, networks and government and producing eerie poetry. At first, I thought that avant-gardists had targeted me personally for their guerilla poetry, but I realized quickly that there was way too much of it and that even the most automatic generators of word-salad could not make as many strange combinations as stuffed my mailbox every morning.

Notebook
Citizen of St. Patrick’s Day; Brooklyn too someday?
By Alphie McCourt
I loved Saint Patrick’s Day when I was growing up. I haven’t always loved Saint Patrick’s Day in New York. Too many people, professional Irishmen among them, use the day as an excuse to get drunk. The parade itself is spectacular, the music stirring and the school children are joyful, full of enthusiasm, stepping proudly up Fifth Avenue.

My own personal fashion week; making style work
By Jenny Klion
Aaaah! Talk about losing my edge. I think I’m turning into one of those women who wears loose pants and comfortable shoes, clips reading glasses to a lengthy beaded chain, and hides little balls of Kleenex up her buttoned-down sleeve. A woman who sees her reflection under the unfortunate curse of fluorescent lighting, and spends lunch hours combing the nearby Strawberry or Bolton’s, looking for something — anything — that might cheaply, but effectively, upgrade her “career” wardrobe.

Editorial cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

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News In Brief

Dog is shocked near St. Mark’s

New School contests adjunct vote

Kennedy connection at New School

Camping it up for R.N.C.

HOWL! festival is set for Aug. 17-24

Cures Not Wars endorses Kerry

Boston-bound Brice

Crafts made with care

Spalding Gray’s body is found in river

City to resume recycling glass

Police Blotter


Obituary
Alex deJoia, 77, linguist, early V.I.D. club member
By Ed Gold
Alex deJoia, an active early member in Village Independent Democrats, an assistant professor at New York University and a linguistic specialist, died in London on Feb. 20 at the age of 77. The cause of death was cancer.

Pedro Pietri, 59, seminal Nuyorican poet, playwright
Pedro Pietri, who embodied the spirit of Nuyorican poetry and was a founder of the Nuyorican Poets Café in the East Village, died last Wednesday of stomach cancer at the age of 59. He was on a plane back to New York from Tijuana, Mexico, where he had been receiving treatment, when he died.

Food

More homemade Mexican fare by the owners of La Palapa Cocina
By Frank Angelino
A palapa is a beach shelter with a palm-thatched roof, and “rockola” is Mexican slang for a jukebox. Put them together and you get La Palapa Rockola, a six-month-old Mexican restaurant with many authentic homemade foods.


Sports

Village boys soccer team hopes to hone skills in Italy
By Judith Stiles
While most kids in the neighborhood dream of going to Disneyland during summer vacation, the boys of Downtown United Soccer Club are dreaming bigger dreams — closing their eyes tight and imagining themselves playing a glorious game of soccer on the Coverciano Field in Florence, Italy, the hallowed ground of the Italian National Soccer Team.

Superblock, and supermarket, proposed as historic landmarks
By Lincoln Anderson
When New York University developed an urban renewal zone “superblock” bounded by Houston, Bleecker and Mercer Sts. and LaGuardia Pl. in the 1960s, Greenwich Villagers were up in arms over tenements on the site being razed for the project, forcing the relocation of hundreds of residents.

Villager photo by Christopher Lanning

A view of one of the Silver Towers, with “Portrait of Sylvette,” based on a Picasso design, in front.



Tribeca Mitchell-Lama tenants strike deal with owner
By Albert Amateau
The months of worry for Independence Plaza North tenants in Tribeca ended on Tuesday when tenant association leaders reported an agreement with the owner, Laurence Gluck, who intends to take I.P.N. out of the Mitchell-Lama program at the end of June, that will allow tenants to stay in their apartments.

Eviction battle of Minetta Lane may finally end
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Call it the “Upstairs, Downstairs” of Greenwich Village. The 16-year legal dispute between Robert A. Dabrowski and the landlord who lives above him at 24 Minetta Lane is a saga of money and mutual mistrust. But the story could soon end, due to a decision last month by a state appeals court that cleared the way for Dabrowski’s eviction.

A dream fulfilled: Ukrainian Museum gets a new home
By Bonnie Rosenstock
A visit to the Ukrainian Museum at 203 Second Ave. between 12th and 13th Sts. begins with a rickety elevator ride that takes you “way up high close to the clouds on the fifth floor,” says public relations director Martha Baczynski.

Runners are off for German races
By Albert Amateau
Francis A. Schiro is skipping his usual morning training sessions on the track at E. Sixth St. in East River Park this week.

Times public editor gives talk at N.Y.U.
By Nathan Duke
Daniel Okrent showed up several minutes late to his first public speaking engagement since he began working at The New York Times two and a half months ago. Wearing a light blue shirt, several buttons unbuttoned, that bared a slight stain on its front, with sunglasses hanging off the collar, gray slacks, and a full head of gray, uncombed hair, Okrent, 55, looked a bit worn.

Design teams sought for High Line
By Albert Amateau
Friends of the High Line and the City of New York took an important step together last week toward converting the derelict railroad viaduct that runs from the Gansevoort Meat Market to the Javits Convention Center into an elevated park.



Rarely-performed Ibsen play at Bouwerie Lane
By Jerry Tallmer
You can keep your Iago. For me, the most unlikable character in all drama is Gregers Werle, the idealistic, purifying manipulator who, in the name of “truth” and “a true marriage” — whatever that is — in Ibsen’s “The Wild Duck,” not only wrecks the reasonably tolerable make-do marriage of Gina and Hjalmar Ekdal, but in the process leads their 13-year-old daughter Hedvig, a sensitive young idealist of another sort, into an act of unforeseen tragic consequence.

New theater company tackles Pirandello play
By Davida Singer
The Themantics Group is a new downtown company devoted to presenting seasonal work with a particular social or political theme.

Social satire told through Jacobean renegade
By Davida Singer
Jacobean England’s Moll Cutpurse was a woman ahead of her time who became a notorious legend of 17th century London, the so-called “governess of the underworld” and the subject of a 1611 comedy by Middleton & Dekker. “The Roaring Girle”, now running through March at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, is the first American adaptation of that early play, produced and directed by Melanie Joseph of The Foundry, and written by Alice Tuan.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
‘Touching the Void’ (+)
This film is a magnificent reenactment of a true climbing incident that occurred in the Peruvian Andes. ‘Trilogy 1: On the Run’ (+)
This is the first chapter of a triptych film.

Book on Petit’s ’74 Twin Towers walk wins award
By Jane Van Ingen
Mordicai Gerstein, who has written more than 30 children’s books, has proven that you can write about the Twin Towers without focusing on the horrors of 9/11. His latest picture book, “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers,” is about the tightrope artist, Philippe Petit. In 1974, before the World Trade Center was completed, Petit was a young daredevil who had walked between the steeples of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.


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