SERVING GREENWICH VILLAGE SINCE 1933 | Volume 73, Number 47 | March 24 - 30, 2004


Ending social promotion requires more than a test
The plan by Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein to end so-called social promotion at the third-grade level has become a major news story in recent weeks, after the mayor rammed the plan’s approval through the Panel for Educational Policy. He did so, of course, by removing three members from the panel who opposed the idea, in the process generating a firestorm of controversy.

Scoopy’s notebook

Talking point
Homeless programs asked to make ‘Sophie’s Choice’
By Edward I. Geffner, Regina Quattrochi
and Philip Caldarella
As homelessness in New York hits record highs, the city is about to shut down 51 successful programs that provide jobs and services to homeless people, several of which are here in the Downtown area.

One year later, a mellower march on Madison Ave.
By Keith Crandell
You may remember that last year, on a frigid Feb. 15, 2003, Mayor Bloomberg made his support of Bush war policies vividly clear. He first denied permits for a peaceful protest against the upcoming preemptive war. Then he used New York’s police as an attack force to intimidate the tens of thousands of marchers — many of them visitors to our city.

To Richard the tattooed runner, with many thanks
By Michele Herman
Sometimes a day goes wrong. When you try to salvage it, it often gets worse. But every once in a while you’re granted what might be called good bad-day karma, and the one wrong thing leads to a whole string of right ones.

Editorial cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Letters to the editor

News In Brief

Meeting on Downtown health issues

Police Blotter


Dan Carpenter is remembered
Roger Carpenter addressed Hudson Guild members at the March 16 memorial service for his father Dan (in blow-up photo behind) at the Guild Senior Center.


Tots’ time for tumbling

Extravaganza on Essex St. at P.S. 20
A lot of excitement built up around the P.S. 20 Learning Fair last week, partly because it was about buildings, though there were other types of exhibits, too.

Deaf player excels through field vision and skill
By Judith Stiles
When a referee blows his piercing whistle during a soccer match, everyone knows to stop the play and look to the ref for the call. Did he blow the whistle for a slide tackle that missed the ball and clipped the opponent instead? Was the whistle for a handball or was somebody offside? The call happens very fast and the play seems to stop in a split second. But what happens if a player cannot hear the whistle because he is deaf?

YMCA offers free swiming lessons

Villager photo by Ramin Talaie

Dean’s still in the picture
Howard Dean’s presidential dreams may have faded, but last Friday at New School University he spoke about his new focus on building a grassroots political organization.

Hudson building gets the shaft
By Lincoln Anderson
Residents and new businesses in a converted manufacturing loft building at Gansevoort and Hudson Sts. are getting the shaft.

Could a co-op with a dog ban have a dog run?
By Deborah Lynn Bloomberg
The Seward Park co-op’s board of directors is looking into the possibility of converting the vacant lot it owns along Seward Park on Hester St. into a useable site for the co-op’s trash compactors or a new dog run, among other options, a move that many shareholders strongly oppose.

Jane Wood, tenant activist, dies at age 96
By Albert Amateau
Jane Wood, the privileged daughter of a wealthy St. Louis family who came to New York and earned the admiration of tenants and housing advocates as a tenacious organizer and the founder of the Chelsea Coalition on Housing, died last week at the age of 96.

Glick tells Chamber of her idea to replace marriage with unions
By Lincoln Anderson
Assemblymember Deborah Glick plans to introduce a bill in Albany that would change the language of the state’s Domestic Relations Law to allow same-sex couples to wed. The bill would eliminate a “semantic barrier” that has deprived gays and lesbian couples of equality, according to Glick. Simply, the word “marriage” would be replaced by “civil union,” and civil union licenses would be issued instead of marriage licenses.

Neighbors: Booze and pool hall are bad combination
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Saying they are tired of braving a gantlet of teenagers who gather outside a neighborhood pool hall, Elizabeth St. residents hope the State Liquor Authority will reject the owner’s application for a liquor license.

Bars lend support to girls’ clubhouse campaign
By David Kelsey
This Sunday night, March 28, actress Rosario Dawson will host “Let’s Hear It for the Girls!” at the Bowery Ballroom, a benefit fundraiser for a new clubhouse for the Lower Eastside Girls Club. The Girls Club is seeking to raise $10 million for the project at a site on Avenue D. Serving girls eight to 18, the organization lacks a clubhouse, and currently operates through the help of other facilities, and not at a central location.

Shop cats catch more customers than mice these days
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
Snacking on oyster crackers, listening to rock music and keeping a keen eye on customers are all part of a day’s work for a select group of workers in the Big Apple — Manhattan’s “working cats.”

Tio Pepe weathers the changes on W. Fourth St.
By David Kelsey
Much has changed on W. Fourth St. since Rocio and Jimmy Sanz opened their Spanish restaurant, Tio Pepe, in 1970. In fact, very little hasn’t changed.

Village View woman gazes back over a full century
By Albert Amateau
Barry Cohen, 72, a resident of Southbridge Towers in Lower Manhattan, went to his mother’s birthday party in her East Village apartment on Mon., March 15, and invited a reporter and a photographer from The Villager.

Film Forum programmer has had an award-winning run
By Jerry Tallmer
On February 23 of this year the French government awarded Film Forum programmer Bruce Goldstein la belle France’s medal of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Tug pioneer, Downtown mom, restores ship
By John Arbucci
Some people dedicate their lives to rebuilding old cars. Others take up woodworking. Tribeca resident Pamela Hepburn is doing something different. She’s restoring a 97-year-old tugboat.

Rembrandt-Inspired Drama
By Jerry Tallmer
A painter speaks: “What do you see when you look at my ‘Anatomy Lesson of Professor Tulp,’ that phony little bastard? …There’s Tulp, pontificating —I mean, lecturing—to a bunch of men huddled around a corpse.

Talking Texan at the local diner
By Davida Singer
In the vein of “Fried Green Tomatoes”, a new off-beat, comedy co-written by Texans Cindy Hanson and Cheryl Norris opens this week at HERE.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Starsky & Hutch” (-) Many people will love this harebrained film, some of whom were devotees of the 70’s television series on which the movie is based. I never saw a single episode of that show.
“Secret Window” (-) Johnny Depp is a phenomenal actor, but I don’t agree with his politics. He is an expatriate, now living in France. In the context of the Iraqi war, he made the unforgivable remark, “Anywhere is better than the U.S.,” the land of his citizenship and the country that made him famous.

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