SERVING GREENWICH VILLAGE SINCE 1933 | Volume 73, Number 50 | April 14 - 20, 2004

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Editorial
It’s time for an exit strategy for Iraq — and for Bush
If anyone needed more proof that the worsening situation in Iraq and the 9/11 Commission’s probing of administration officials are taking a devastating toll on the credibility of George Bush’s presidency, there was Bush’s appearance on TV on Tuesday evening.

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Scoopy’s notebook

Talking point
City’s moving in wrong direction on Houston St.
By Shirley Secunda and Brad Hoylman
This past January, a distraught public packed Community Board 2’s Traffic and Transportation Committee meeting to protest the highway-like nature of a Houston St. reconstruction plan from the Departments of Transportation and Design and Construction. C.B. 2 passed a resolution opposing features of the plan that would raise the pedestrian danger quotient on an already hard-to-cross street, like left-turn bays and removal of median tips (pedestrian safety islands) from crosswalks. The board also hailed D.O.T. and D.D.C.’s willingness to work with the community and revisit the drawing board to develop alternatives.

Don’t let S.L.A. off the hook; tighten 500-ft. rule
By Ed Gold
(“Since the State Liquor Authority has turned a deaf ear to their noise complaints, Community Board 3 will stop hearing applications for liquor licenses in parts of the East Village and the Lower East Side, board members said this week.” — The Villager, Feb. 11, 2004)

Notebook
My Easter dinner at Laura’s mom’s
By Andrei Codrescu
Laura’s mom cooked an Easter dinner that Laura and her sister Susan like a lot: fried chicken, potato salad, black-eyed peas with bacon and chili sauce and strawberry shortcake for desert. Goodbye, Dr. Atkins, hello, country goodness. And when all were seated mom said the Easter blessing: “Dear God,” she said over the steaming dishes, “Please let us hear no more of that ‘Passion’ movie.” A nice blessing, especially from a 75-year-old ex-librarian with a fine sense of justice and a low tolerance for nonsense.

Letters to the editor

Faces
Obituary

Keith Cylar, 45, AIDS activist co-founded Housing Works
By Paul Schindler
Keith Cylar, a co-founder and the co-president of Housing Works, a leading AIDS service provider in New York City, who lived with H.I.V. for more than 20 years, died in his East Village home on the evening of April 5.


Sports

Youngster has right stuff to referee at Pier 40
By Jill Stern
During the winter soccer season at Pier 40, I saw Ben Maer, age 15 and a freshman at Bronx High School of Science, every weekend, because he was the referee at my daughter’s games. All the moms on the sideline at the indoor field were impressed with Ben. I recently interviewed him via e-mail about his part-time job as a soccer referee with the Downtown Soccer League. He is one of only five teenagers the league hired.

A rendering of the proposed 23-story University House at Tompkins Sq. Park. At left is the 16-story Christadora condominium residence. (The developer said the dorm’s image may be a bit out of scale.)


Towering dorm is proposed on the former CHARAS site
By Lincoln Anderson
Tompkins Sq. could soon start to resemble Washington Sq. in terms of a resident student population if a nonprofit group follows through on plans to build a 23-story dormitory with 700 to 800 beds on the site of the former CHARAS/El Bohio arts and community center.

West Village Houses debates whether to buy
By Albert Amateau
The tenants association of West Village Houses is nearing a possible deal with the owners to buy the complex that was built 30 years ago through the efforts of Village activists including Jane Jacobs and Rachele Wall. The association hopes to organize an affordable limited-profit co-op.

Flower Mkt. transplant to Meat Mkt. germinates
By Elizabeth O’Brien
If community advocates have their way, early-morning shoppers in the Meatpacking District would one day be able to pick up begonias along with their beef.

Caring Community may take over the Greenwich House senior center
By Albert Amateau
Senior residents of the Village, who almost lost their center at Greenwich House last year, are facing another period of uncertainty this spring.

Festival and Chamber to make sweet music together
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
The Washington Square Music Festival and the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce hope a new partnership will help reinvigorate the festival’s free summer classical music and jazz concerts as well as promote restaurants and stores in the community.

Quest for fire: Lopez talks on borough presidency
By Lincoln Anderson
Margarita Lopez told members of the Village Independent Democrats club last Thursday night she’s not afraid of the heat. In fact, she said, she’s more than ready to get burned, since that’s what it takes to stand up to powerful interests.

Historic steamship Lilac finds new home at Pier 40
By Albert Amateau
Two historic vessels will be welcoming visitors in a few weeks to their berths on Pier 40, the 15-acre pier off Houston St.

At The River Project, the world is their oysters
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
In a warehouse on Pier 26, scientist Scott Wingerter plunges his hand into a large, circular tank filled with water from the Hudson River to retrieve a speckled oyster that contracts from his touch.


Vonnegut’s War Play Restaged
By Jerry Tallmer
Harold Ryan, who has been off to war for seven years, killing everything in his gun sight just for the hell of it––103 kills by macho Harold’s own count––has come home at long last to his wife Penelope, who is not at all thrilled to see him. Nor are the two suitors who have been hanging around, tongues hanging out: Dr. Norbert Woodly, a peace-loving thoughtful type, and Herb Shuttle, a vacuum-cleaner salesman.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“Son Frere” (+) This is an exceedingly poignant story involving two brothers, probably in their late 40’s, who live in Paris.
“Chicago - Mayoral Style” (+) Mayor Michael Bloomberg did a superb job performing at last week’s “Inner Circle” show. The show is sponsored by City Hall reporters during which they lampoon the mayor and other members of government. I performed in that show twelve times during my mayoralty.


Women artists exhibit Downtown
By Janel Bladow
The Chrysler Building peeks over rooftops through a vase of bright purple irises. A very high heel shoe of stone sits primly on top of a pedestal. An armchair made of wire twists out words of “love.” These are just three works by women artists included in a national exhibit opening Downtown next week.


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