SERVING GREENWICH VILLAGE SINCE 1933 | Volume 74, Number 3 | May 19 - 25 , 2004


Manhattan can fit protesters and the G.O.P.
This summer, the Republican National Convention is coming to New York City for the first time in the Grand Old Party’s history. This summer, hundreds of thousands, if not millions of protesters, are expected to gather in the city to protest Bush administration and Republican policies supporting war with Iraq, more tax cuts for the rich and Constitutional amendments banning gay marriage and abortion.

Editorial Cartoon

Scoopy’s notebook

Omelets, taxis and W.M.D.’s — it’s a messy world
By Alphie McCourt
When an earthquake is personal, war can be an omelet.
It’s politics, always politics, politicians on parade and hearings underway. “What did you not know and when did you not know it? What did you not do and when did you not do it?” All part of a healthy political process, we tell ourselves. Or is it? Depends on which side you’re on.

Jobs: Looking for work left me feeling worked over
By Wilson
Spring-cleaning this year, I noticed that my phonebooks were dusty and out-of-date, depressing in fact (the subway map in the Verizon yellow pages still showed the World Trade Center). And I never did like the Peter Max picture on the cover; his earlier stuff was so much better.

Letters to the editor

News In Brief
Morgenthau to rededicate S.S. Lilac

Velazquez: Send Martha to Bushwick

13th St. block association honors a leading member, Bill Borenstein

Soho smashup

A vision of peace on Sullivan St.

Police Blotter


A special Villager supplement.
Focus on Union Square

Partnership is taking a second look at expansion
By Albert Amateau
The Union Square Partnership is taking a second look at its proposal to expand the city’s first business improvement district to double both its area and the number of its participating properties.

It’s Gandhi be a great day

Larger playground, new surface planned at north end
By Albert Amateau
The Department of Parks and Recreation and the Union Square Partnership are still working on a final design for the long-awaited reconstruction of the north end and public plaza of the historic and heavily used Union Sq. Park.

Market doesn’t plan to wilt in face of challenges
By David H. Ellis
It’s rare nowadays that Susan Sonneborn gets to shop at the Union Sq. Greenmarket anymore. Now living in New Jersey, Sonneborn, a West Village transplant, will sometimes go two months before she can pick up some organic asparagus or flowers from the vendors that occupy the park four times a week.

Radical tunes, dude

Wireless Internet now in Union Sq.

Another upscale food store on 14th St.?

For a few young addicts, it’s still ‘Needle Park’
By David Epstein
The recurring image of hypodermic needles spiraling down a toilet bowl turns out to be the most apt metaphor for the lives of the seven 20-something, homeless heroin addicts featured in a new documentary named for their stomping ground: “Union Square.”

The birth of a Union Sq. Park advocate; Who knew?
By Susan Kramer
When my first child was a toddler, the three playgrounds in Union Sq. Park were where we spent most sunny days. We started out in the boring “tot lot” and then graduated to the larger, big kids’ playground.

The Gauchos corral the competition in RBI League
The Lower East Gauchos, a Super Little League team for 13- and 14-year-olds, continued its winning ways on Saturday at East River Park, where they beat the West Harlem Royals, 14-4.

Cubs top Sox in G.V.L.L. Juniors Division slugfest
By Gabriel M. Zucker
The time has finally come when spring is clearly here for good, and each day brings more signs of the impending summer. And, as with the weather, hitters in the Juniors Division are warming up, showing their talent in the batter’s box and on the base paths: Four of the five games this weekend featured many hits and high scores.

Senior girls softball team continues winning ways

G.V.L.L. coach expects, gets, more from players
By Judith Stiles
As neighborhood kids get deeper into Little League season, and enough games have been played for the standings to begin to mean something, Coach Ray Scardapane has done it again.

Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert

Melissa Ielpi, left, and her mother, Ann Ielpi, watched a video at the New School of the collapse of the World Trade Center. Ann’s son, Jonathan, a fireman with Squad 288 in Queens, was killed on 9/11.<more>

As families grieve, 9/11 panel grills Fire, Police Departments
By Josh Rogers
Charles Wolf cried yesterday.
Wolf, a Village resident whose wife was killed in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, has been to dozens, if not hundreds of public meetings over the last two and a half years to discuss things like the 9/11 memorial and Lower Manhattan redevelopment issues.

Bar owner wants a shot; runs to be C.B. 3 chair
By Lincoln Anderson
A bar owner and leading nightlife advocate is squaring off against an art appraiser in the race for chairperson of the Lower East Side’s Community Board 3.

Trust trims proposals for Pier 57 down to 4
By Albert Amateau
The Hudson River Park Trust expects to select a development team this summer to transform Pier 57, the former city bus depot on the Hudson River, into a cultural destination, according to Noreen Doyle, executive vice president of the state and city agency building the 5-mile-long riverfront park.

Consumer Affairs puts the hooks to a Market nightclub
By Albert Amateau
After months of neighborhood complaints about excessive noise and serving alcohol to underage patrons, the Department of Consumer Affairs on Friday padlocked PM, a nightclub in the Gansevoort Market District.

Pace adjuncts vote to unionize
By Elizabeth O’brien
Pace University adjuncts prevailed in their attempts to unionize on Tuesday, voting 308 to 165 in favor of representation by the New York State United Teachers —American Federation of Teachers.

Trial date nearing for Downtown radical attorney
By Mary Reinholz
Jury selection for the trial of embattled Downtown criminal defense lawyer Lynne Stewart was pushed back two days to May 19 after attorneys for her former client, convicted Egyptian terrorist Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, asserted attorney-client privilege.

Purple reign in the park, as class of ’04 graduates
By Lincoln Anderson
Washington Sq. Park was a sea of purple last Thursday as more than 15,000 members of New York University’s class of 2004 — including 6,000 undergraduate seniors — received their sheepskins. Filling the park’s central plaza at the university’s 172nd commencement, they were joined under a broiling sun by 13,000 guests, faculty and staff.

Whole Foods, Sam’s Wines coming to E. Houston?
There have recently been reports that a deal is in the works for a mega-Whole Foods store and/or a Sam’s Wines & Spirits store at the Avalon Chrystie Place development being built on E. Houston St. at the Bowery.

Argentine madres see parallels in harsh drug laws
By Roslyn Kramer
Four courageous women, survivors of Argentina’s murderous dictatorships that blanketed much of the 20th century, were in New York recently, representing the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo.

Hey, water taxi! Aqua hacks now serving Village
By Albert Amateau
A new cabstand began serving passengers in the Village on Mother’s Day weekend. Not on a street but in the water at Pier 45 in Hudson River Park.

Feuding artists paint different stories, then rumble
By Lincoln Anderson
Tensions over the future of the Clemente Soto Velez Center came to a boil last Thursday at a meeting of Community Board 3’s Housing Committee, as members of the building’s two feuding artists factions came to blows.

Keeping their heritage alive
By John Arbucci
At first, it seemed difficult enough. Take two men who barely know each other, put them in charge of a family-owned business, and have them breathe new life into a company that hadn’t changed much in 50 years.

Olean For, a gardener who gave tough love, was 83
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Olean For, the founder of the All People’s Garden on the Lower East Side and a beloved neighborhood fixture, died on May 9 at Beth Israel Hospital. The cause was pneumonia, said her sister, Irene Ho. She was 83 years old.

Doris B. Nash, 83, Board 2 member
Doris B. Nash, a member of Greenwich Village’s Community Board 2 since 1992 and a former social worker, died at home in the West Village early last Sunday evening. She was 83.

The horrendous days New Yorkers will never forget
By Jerry Tallmer
On a clear, cold, windy Saturday afternoon in March a United Press reporter named William G. Shepherd phoned in a story from where he was watching a burning building in New York City.

An athletic sister-act
By Davida Singer
n the past five years, the ubiquitous Wau Wau Sisters (pronounced vow vow), Tanya Gagne and Adrienne Truscott, have developed a cult following with their mad mix of circus, burlesque, comedy and music, wowing downtown audiences at Joe’s Pub, P.S. 122, CBGB’s, Bowery Poetry Club, The Knitting Factory and Brooklyn’s Galapagos Art Space.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“The Agronomist” (+) This documentary depicts the life of journalist Jean Dominique who was born in 1931 and assassinated in Haiti in 2000. He became a political activist in the 60’s and bought Radio Haiti Internaationale during the reign of Francois Duvalier, known as Papa Doc. Lengthy interviews of Dominique are shown in which he passes judgment on the political scene.
“The Punisher” (-) This film is based on a Marvel Comic figure. Even though it received poor reviews by other critics, I went to see it because some of the material sounded interesting, and I usually enjoy watching John Travolta on screen.

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