SERVING GREENWICH VILLAGE SINCE 1933 | Volume 73, Number 48 | March 31 - April 6, 2004

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Editorial
It’s time to punt on stadium plan
The mayor and governor headlined a pull-out-all-the-stops media event last week at the Javits Convention Center, announcing plans for a new West Side stadium that would be home to the football Jets and possibly the 2012 Olympics, should New York City win the bid for the Games.

Scoopy’s notebook

Talking point
How the Washington Sq. Arch came to be restored
By Bob O’Sullivan
Eight years ago, when my daughter was turning 2 years old, I spent a lot of time in Washington Sq. Park playground. I was upset by the litter in and around the playground. I complained to the parks manager, K.C. Sahl, and thus began my involvement in Washington Sq. Park.

Lots of pain, no gain: Working up a sweat with W
By Ed Gold
The trouble started when I found myself on the treadmill with no company, my headset plugged into the TV and George Bush on the screen in a 30-second spot as he began spending his $150 million.

Notebook
Vendors: It’s a hard sell outside, or as an Outsider
By Wilson
For well over a decade, before Kmart, Barnes & Noble and Starbucks took over the neighborhood, a diverse assortment of street vendors has occupied the sidewalks of Astor Place and Cooper Square.

Editorial cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Letters to the editor

Obituary
Connie Lanna, 86, owned several Village dry cleaners


News In Brief

L.M.D.C. pitches in for S.D.R.

Building equality

I see men in blue…

Police Blotter

People


Sports/Children's

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

Rosie’s running
Democratic District Leader Rosie Mendez, left, received the endorsement of City Councilmember Margarita Lopez, right, at Mendez’s campaign kickoff fundraiser Saturday night at the UNITE! Joint Board Auditorium at 31 W. 15th St. <article>



Noho residents fearing another Macklowe ‘demolition’ surprise
By Lincoln Anderson
Developer Harry Macklowe will forever be known for ordering the so-called “midnight demolition” in 1985 of four S.R.O. buildings on W. 44th St. The infamous nighttime wrecking, done without a permit, symbolized a period when developers were harassing low-income tenants out of single-room-occupancy buildings, particularly in Manhattan.

N.Y.U. adjunctsare taking vote on strike action
By Albert Amateau
Adjunct professors at New York University are taking a strike-authorization vote this week in connection with their union’s negotiations with the university that have been dragging on for 18 months.

Mayor and governor pitch stadium plan
By Albert Amateau
With a big cheering section from the Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union and the imposing presence of New York Jets headliners, Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Pataki made their pitch for a West Side stadium on Thursday morning at the Javits Convention Center

Mendez kicks off Council campaign
Rosie Mendez, the East Village female Democratic district leader, officially announced her candidacy for City Council last Saturday before a crowd of 300 friends and supporters at the UNITE! Joint Board Auditorium on W. 15th St. A former legislative aide and chief of staff to Councilmember Margarita Lopez, Mendez is running to fill Lopez’s seat after Lopez leaves office at the end of 2005 because of term limits. Council District 2 includes Gramercy Park, the East Village, Lower East Side and Murray Hill.

Descendents of Greek Jews honor Holocaust victims
By Albert Amateau
Sixty years after the Jewish community in the Greek town of Janina was rounded up and sent to Nazi death camps, an exhibit commemorating the event is opening at Kehila Kedosha Janina, the synagogue built by Greek-speaking Jews who emigrated from the town at the turn of the 20th century

Pace will open public high school in Chinatown
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Pace University and the New York City Education Department have teamed up to give area students a jumpstart on college with the opening of Pace High School this fall inside M.S. 131 on Hester St.

Village Care C.E.O. outlines new senior healthcare network vision
By Albert Amateau
Arthur Y. Webb, president and C.E.O. of Village Care of New York, faced a sympathetic audience this week at his presentation of the bold new $80 million plan to replace the 200-bed Village Nursing Home with a network of five small healthcare sites.

Parks rains on G.O.P. convention camping plan
By Lincoln Anderson
No camping.
That was the word from the Parks Department last week to local activists who applied for a permit for 20,000 expected protesters to pitch tents in Tompkins Sq. Park or East River Park during the Republican National Convention.

Some bar owners are still fuming over smoking ban
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Some local bar owners blasted Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s announcement that his year-old smoking ban has not hurt business in the city’s bars and restaurants.

Deliverymen are victims in 20% of Lower East Side’s robberies
By Alan Bastable
Wu Ching Wang never saw it coming.
“They just started hitting me on the head with a bat, and when I fell they kept hitting me on the legs,” the 51-year-old deliveryman told police, after four men attacked him at a Lower East Side apartment building in March 2001.

Thousands check in at Market’s new hotel to check out art show
By Warren Allen Smith
The third annual scopeNew York art show was held at the Hotel Gansevoort March 12 - 15. Eight thousand viewed the work of over 65 artists, each occupying a room on the third through sixth floors of the new hotel in order to display their artwork. According to the show’s producer, Michael Sellinger, $2 million of art was sold.

Sliver: Builders have basic instinct for waterfront
by Lincoln Anderson
In a sign no property is too small to build on in the Greenwich Village waterfront development craze, construction is underway on a 24-ft.-wide lot between Perry and W. 11th Sts., where a slim, 11-story tower will rise with duplex condos selling for $4 million.



What’s on tap? War, Politics, Journalism
By Timothy Lavin
Many young, intelligent people have devoted otherwise productive hours imagining the perfect bar that they would one day own with their friends. The Half King, now a thriving haunt on 10th Avenue and 23rd Street, began inauspiciously as one of those classic bar room conversations.

Koch On Film
“Intermission,” written by Mark O’Rowe and directed by John Crowley, is a wonderful film. In style and action, it is reminiscent of Guy Ritchie’s film “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” and Robert Altman’s series of flicks with multiple, seemingly unconnected subplots that come together in the end. “Broken Wings” (+) This Israeli movie, in Hebrew with English subtitles, is totally different than the usual Israeli film. It could have been set in any city in the world since no Israeli customs or lifestyles are part of the plot or script.

Bonding over the stove
By Sharon Hartwick
As Suzi O’Rourke’s guests arrived at her Tribeca loft on a recent weekday evening, she greeted each one. Then she handed out personalized aprons, part of a ritual she performs as often as four times a week.

Spiders and Balzac
By Davida Singer
There are over 35,000 named species of spiders worldwide - although only 500 are dangerous to humans - and spider silk is the strongest natural fiber, about five times that of steel.

A celebrated dancer with a gift for teaching
By Jaclyn Marinese
At the beginning of his West African dance classes at Stuyvesant High School, Maguette Camara always explains the relevance of the movements he is about to teach.


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