SERVING GREENWICH VILLAGE SINCE 1933 | Volume 73, Number 52 | April 28 - May 4, 2004

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Editorial
Hudson River Park’s future is looking brighter
For years there has been growing concern among Hudson River Park activists that the funds for the park’s construction were running low. Now, the park’s funds have almost run out.

Editorial Cartoon

Scoopy’s notebook

Talking point
Janet Jackson’s nipple and the anti-breast crusade
By Andrei Codrescu
I propose Janet Jackson’s nipple for Time magazine’s “Man of the Year” cover. Her nipple must have known, long before the rest of us, that the U.S. government was going to go to war against the female breast. When Attorney General John Ashcroft ordered the marble breast of Justice covered in her own halls, there was no turning back.

Notebook
The Easter Bunny, and other rites of parental passage
By Jenny Klion
I think I’m turning into a grinch. For the first time since Judy’s infancy, I find I’m no longer interested in prolonging certain childhood myths — the Easter Bunny being one of them — thanks in large part to the crazed energy surrounding “The Passion of The Christ” (a film I’ve not even seen). Sure, Judy’s growing up and questioning her belief system (maybe), so passing through this delicate moment might be ripe for the taking. (She insists she’s too old for the annual St. Luke’s Easter egg hunt.) But recent, rampant and frankly frightening “Fear Factor: Jesus”-type sensibilities finally helped nail my resolve to break the heart-wrenching news to Judy: there is no such thing as the Easter Bunny. Waaah!

Look up in awe and soar; no Palm Pilot required
By Wickham Boyle
I just sent my daughter an e-mail promising her that a meteor shower that would rain down on us after midnight tonight, and I further admonished her to take time out from cramming and college papers to “look up in awe.”

Hollywood on the Hudson: The West Side stadium
By Martin Tessler
If New York were Hollywood the Bloomberg administration’s recent unveiling of its new Jets Stadium plan could be likened to filmdom’s trend toward making movie sequels. “Return of the Monster,” a/k/a Jets Stadium, produced and directed by the Bloomberg Studio, is nothing more than the resuscitation, resurrection and reincarnation of Rudy Giuliani’s earlier production of Yankee Stadium’s relocation from the Bronx to the West Side. The critics were unanimous in their negative reviews well before Studio Bloomberg ever entered the entertainment business with their new premiere production.

Letters to the editor


News In Brief
Apple is picked for Hudson Park

Free lectures on history of Greenwich Village

Koch is tapped as chairperson for convention volunteer drive


Obituary

Peter Fritsch, 85, Village activist, world music pioneer
Peter Fritsch, founder of the independent world and classical music label, Lyrichord Discs, and a West Villager for over 60 years, died April 22 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Greenwich Village after a long illness at the age of 85. He had been in the hospital about six weeks.


Picture Story

Park gets VIP touch from N.Y.U.and kids
Elementary school children from P.S. 41, Grace Church School and Little Red Schoolhouse planted pansies in Washington Sq. Park last week as part of New York University’s annual VIP Day for the park. N.Y.U. students, like Jill Weiner, a freshman music major, far right, staff and administrators pitched in by painting railings and benches.

Sweet bay magnolia blossoms blooming…
The Hudson River Park Trust planted three sweet bay magnolias on April 22 in the park’s Greenwich Village segment near Pier 51 south of Gansevoort St. The sweet bay is a multi-stem tree with a dark green leaf color accented with a distinctive silvery underside. In the spring it yields white-and-pink flowers, which produce a lemon sent.

Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert

A skater was “rolling on the river” on the asphalt on Tribeca’s waterfront Tuesday. Building of the Hudson River Park’s Tribeca segment, with lawns and two renovated piers, awaits Lower Manhattan Development Corp. funding.



Trust fund could get more flush with Hillary and Chuck’s support
By Lincoln Anderson
It’s no mystery the Hudson River Park has a serious budget shortfall. The park’s estimated price tag is $400 million, and the $200 million allocated for the park by the city and state — $100 million from each — is almost used up.

The next stop will be …your building?
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
As part of the city’s Second Ave. subway project, several buildings in the East Village and Lower East Side may be condemned to make space for station entrances and air shafts, though plans are still unclear and confusing, according to the local community board.

7 design teams vie to create High Line plan
By Albert Amateau
The Department of City Planning and Friends of the High Line last week selected seven teams of architects, engineers and planners to compete for the creation of a master plan to transform the derelict High Line into a 1.5-mile elevated park between the Gansevoort Market and the Javits Convention Center.

Second suspect pleads guilty in Armando Perez killing
By Sarah Ferguson
After five frustrating years of police investigations and legal proceedings, the murder case of Lower East Side community activist and Democratic district leader Armando Perez was finally brought to a close on Tuesday when the second of his accused killers pled guilty to savagely beating Perez to death outside Perez’s wife’s apartment complex in Long Island City, Queens.

Police forced off plaza to neighbors’ delight
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The asphalt triangle behind Police Headquarters didn’t look like much of a park on a recent, sunny Friday afternoon. But James Madison Plaza was finally free of cars, and Parks Department workers had installed flowerbeds and benches around its perimeter just hours before community members gathered there to celebrate the plaza’s reopening as a public space.

U.P.S. looks to deliver Hudson Sq. lot to developer
By Lincoln Anderson
United Parcel Service’s slogan “What can Brown do for you?” is sounding very attractive to developers reportedly eyeing the delivery company’s giant open-air parking lot in Hudson Sq.

Furstenberg has designs on Meat Market building
By Lincoln Anderson
Meat has been going out of fashion on the west end of 14th St. for years, largely replaced by fashion. Where workers once lugged sides of beef are now high-end boutiques from Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen.

More than just a new store; Bloomie’s opens in Soho
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The line snaked four times around metal barriers set up on Broadway in Soho on Saturday. Beefy men in black suits controlled the well-dressed crowd. It wasn’t a party at the latest chic nightclub. Bloomingdale’s was open for business.


Nossig’s Antics at Theatre for the New City
By Jerry Tallmer
The Judenrat were Jewish-manned governing councils, of a sort, that the Nazis set up throughout the ghettoes of Eastern Europe after 1939 to ease the skids toward the Final Solution — make it easier for themselves, that is, to transport an entire peoples toward extermination.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“Bon Voyage” (+)
Writing and sustaining a farce in film or on stage is one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish. Director Jean-Paul Rappeneau does a reasonably good job of carrying one off in “Bon Voyage.”

Local kids come on and do the Loco-Motion
By Judith Stiles
When confronted with a traditional coloring book, even the most imaginative and creative children will pick up a crayon and color within the lines. However, in the sensitive hands of artistic director Lisa Pilato, of Loco-Motion Dance and Theater Co., children are encouraged to explore, experiment and let loose on stage.

All female school for scandal at the Connelly
By Davida Singer
As the only troupe in the country dedicated to presenting plays with all-female casting, The Queens Company has found a special niche for classical theater. In the past four years, they’ve put up eight unique productions, including “Antony and Cleopatra”, “Much Ado About Nothing”, and their latest, Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s “School for Scandal”, at the Connelly Theatre through mid-May.


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