SERVING GREENWICH VILLAGE SINCE 1933 | Volume 73, Number 46 | March 17 - 23, 2004

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Editorial
I.P.N. deal gives reason for hope
The agreement between Laurence Gluck, the new owner of Independence Plaza North, a middle-income Mitchell-Lama housing development in Tribeca, and the I.P.N. tenants association announced on March 8 and signed a few days later looks as if it will preserve the neighborhood’s main stock of affordable housing for the foreseeable future.

Con Ed has more work to do on safety
On March 9, two dogs being walked on First Ave. near St. Mark’s Pl. were shocked on a rain-soaked sidewalk, because, according to Con Edison, a frayed 1930s wire touched a conduit to a building underneath the sidewalk. The incident comes two months after the electrocution of East Villager Jodie Lane on E. 11th St. when she was walking her dogs and came in contact with a live Con Ed service box cover.

Scoopy’s notebook

Talking Point
For Spain, for Dali
By Andrei Codrescu
Now that all the clocks have melted, let us salute Salvador Dali. The Catalan-born painter escaped the carnage of the Spanish Civil War and, after returning to his native region in the 1950s, was roundly hated by radical leftist separatists. Dali’s elder landsman, Picasso, stayed politically on the left, but his painting “Guernica” was such a powerful anti-slaughter statement that it remains to this day one of the best expressions of outrage against terror.

Martha Stewart on N. Moore; punishing an ‘uppity woman’
By Wickham Boyle
After she was found guilty on all four federal charges last Friday, a very stoic Martha Stewart made her way in a silvery S.U.V. to her daughter’s penthouse apartment on N. Moore St. Once again, this street, three blocks below Canal, found itself invaded by paparazzi, press vans and hoards hoping to catch a glimpse of a celebrity in crisis.

Notebook
At N.Y.U., Blix blasts Bush and company on Iraq war
By Ed Gold
The preemptive strike into Iraq by the United States and the United Kingdom has actually made the world less safe than before the war, Hans Blix, the United Nations chairperson of the International Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction, told a clearly sympathetic audience at New York University on Monday night.

Editorial cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Letters to the editor


News In Brief

Don’t be a rat, New School!

Luxury apartments rising on 23rd St.

Meat Market building being demolished

Blue moon over Meat Market as a new hotel opens

Police Blotter

People

McBurney Y offers farm-fresh food

Gansevoort goose isn’t cooked


Obituary
Arrial Cogan, 74, leading advocate for Washington Sq.
Arrial Cogan, a founder and president of the Friends of Washington Sq. Park and a board member of the Washington Sq. Association, died at her home in the Village on March 8 at the age of 74.


Sports

Jets touch down at Chelsea Park
Members of the Jets football team held what was billed as the first annual Jets Fest at Chelsea Park last weekend. There were skills games for kids and a chance to meet the players.

DUSC U-19 boys beat rival Gottschee in tournament
By Judith Stiles, Eric Johnson and Debbie Cooke
Rivals Downtown United Soccer Club and B.W. Gottschee are arguably the two top soccer clubs in the metropolitan area. So it came as major news when DUSC’s U-19 (under 19) team defeated all their opponents, including both Gottschee U-19 A and B teams in the Cosmopolitan League’s annual tournament held at City College.

U-12 DUSC White team sinks Gottschee ‘A’ team, 2-0
By Debbie Cook
It may have been the first day of the spring soccer season, but Mother Nature did not agree, delivering instead a cold and windy day at Brennan field in Middle Village Queens, where the DUSC U-12 (under 12) A team faced off against their chief rivals from BW Gottschee.

Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert

From left, Village Nursing Home staff members Monique Henderson, Yvonne Heath, Marna Johnson and Michelle Maxwell in front of a mural they made supporting the SeniorLife Choices plan.



Village Nursing Home will be replaced with scattered sites
By Lincoln Anderson
Village Nursing Home is an icon of Greenwich Village. When, in the 1970s, run by a private, for-profit operator, it was threatened with closure, the community rallied to its aid. The struggle was led by legendary local figures Father Robert Lott and activist Lenore Zola. Roslyn Carter even got involved.

N.Y.U. copes with another student suicide
By Elizabeth O’Brien
As New York University grappled with its fourth suicide this school year, a university spokesperson deflected criticism of the school’s official response to the death of a 19-year-old student.

300 organize against ove-development
By Albert Amateau
About 300 preservation-minded West Village residents rallied last week to map out a strategy to fight what they deem to be overdevelopment of the Far West Village. Citing recent high-rise residential projects in the picturesque low-rise area west of Washington and Greenwich Sts. from 13th to Leroy Sts., Andrew Berman, director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, warned that time was running out for preserving the neighborhood.

I.P.N. tenants, landlord sign deal
By Albert Amateau
Laurence Gluck, owner of the Independence Plaza North complex in Tribeca, signed an agreement on Fri., March 12, with the I.P.N. Tenants Association that will allow residents to remain in their apartments at affordable rents after I.P.N. leaves the Mitchell-Lama program.

Con Ed says inspections wouldn’thave shown signs of stray voltage
By Lincoln Anderson
A week after two dogs were shocked on the sidewalk on First Ave. between St. Mark’s Pl. and Ninth St., there was still disbelief that it could have happened just a few blocks from where, on Jan. 16, East Villager Jodie Lane was electrocuted on a Con Ed service box cover. After Lane’s death, the utility inspected all 260,000 of its service boxes and manholes, found several score of them to have stray voltage and claimed it had corrected the problem.

Cooper Union funds park meetings
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Cooper Union has received a grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, some of which will be directed towards “re-imagining Peter Cooper Park as a well-designed, functional, open space,” Ronni Denes, the university’s vice president for external affairs, said in a letter to the chairpersons of Community Boards 2 and 3.

Neighbors fed up with noisy 13th St. subway work
By Albert Amateau
The $25 million Transit Authority project to rehabilitate and expand the existing emergency ventilation system beneath 13th St. on both sides of Sixth Ave. is six months behind schedule, and neighbors are complaining about noisy weekend work.

Selling architecture as art on the waterfront
By Lincoln Anderson
In what was billed as “a very special evening celebrating a powerful vision for the relationship between Art and Architecture,” 350 people were invited to join Richard Meier for wine and hors d’oeuvres at a Charles St. loft last Friday, near the site of his third new residential tower on the Village waterfront, 165 Charles Street.

Rivington synagogue hangs on, hoping for a revival
By Alan Bastable
On the second floor of the First Roumanian-American Congregation, a Lower East Side synagogue, four century-old slabs of white marble hang outside the sanctuary entrance. Inscribed on each are the names of scores of donors who made contributions to the Orthodox synagogue — ranging from $10 to $500 — in the early 1900s.

Parks officials herald the greening of Chelsea
By Lincoln Anderson
Chelsea park advocates heard about the state of the Hudson River Park in their neighborhood and about the city’s vision of converting its former industrial waterfront areas into green space at the 18th annual meeting last week of the Chelsea Waterside Park Association.



Could the FBI have intervened at the Dakota?
By Jerry Tallmer
Someplace in Mark St. Germain’s files he still has the clipping:
“Two witnesses to the shooting have not been identified: a pair of men in a taxi that pulled up behind the limo as John and Yoko stepped from it, then jumped back into the cab which made a screeching U turn on 72nd Street.”

Mike Longo brings his magic to Gillespie Auditorium
By Lionelle Hamanka
Mike Longo, a hip cat with a trim moustache and jaunty air was radiant one recent evening, even though a snowstorm was plummeting onto the streets during a “New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble” concert at the John Birks (“Dizzy”) Gillespie Auditorium located in the New York Baha’i Center at 53 East 11th Street.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Monsieur Ibrahim” (+) Since the dearth of good new films continues, I looked back at one that opened some time ago. It is only playing at the Paris Theater, and it was packed on Saturday evening when I saw it. Someone once said, “This movie is less than meets the eye,” and that sentiment surely applies in this case.
“Robot Stories” (+) This is a unique four-part film, each segment a separate story.

Intimacy and struggle among Irish women
By Davida Singer
In the 1980’s the WOW Café Theater on East 4th was a Mecca for women’s performance work, and it was there that Theresa Diamond began her writing career. Since then, Diamond’s work has been produced at numerous New York venues, including Dixon Place and La Mama, and her newest play, “Rose Toibin”, an Irish, lesbian drama, brings her back to WOW just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.


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