SERVING GREENWICH VILLAGE SINCE 1933 | Volume 74, Number 5 | June 2 - 8 , 2004

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Editorial
Landmarks needs funds to do its job
As an article by Charles Hack in this week’s Villager details, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission is both seriously under-funded and under-staffed.
The city’s smallest agency, Landmarks’ budget has been slashed to its 2001 level. Landmarks has just one enforcement officer to protect all New York City’s more than 22,000 landmarks.

Editorial Cartoon

Scoopy’s notebook

Notebook
AT&T enters the avant-garde
By Andrei Codrescu
AT@T just went avant-garde with its ampersand campaign. Ads featuring “&” have done better than all past single-letter campaigns, including O. O had a big career, from the high-culture perch of the “less than zero” to Gen O, to the populist Big O, still highly desirable. Nor was the career of “X” negligible, from Gen X to the drug X to the many pharmaceuticals whose entire weight rests on the X, most notably Xanax. Very successful also was V whose chief exponent, Viagra, evokes simultaneously Virility and, visually, a pair of open legs.

A moving story about leaving home in the Village
By Ed Gold
Moving from a spacious and historically famous building in Greenwich Village where they had lived for more than three decades has been a traumatic experience for two of my closest friends, Ron and Barbara, not to mention their other friends, their children, their daughter’s friends, their son’s offspring and owners of the local coffee shop hangout.

Reality revisited: Ready, and waiting, for my makeover
By Jenny Klion
According to the hilarious Chris Rock, I supposedly fall into the “single and lonely” marital-status category. And thus, once upon a lonesome night, I tumbled under the spell of pseudo-reality TV

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News In Brief

Adding to Charles’ charm
The Charles Street Association recently held its Third Annual Block Association Planting. Fifty neighbors volunteered to beautify Charles St., distributing 59 flats of plants and over 800 pounds of soil and mulch and providing backup support — and tools — to a professional horticulturalist/gardener.

Almost Abing-done

Boat trip, wreath layings, memorials and exhibit

Keep on truckin’ — never forget

Police Blotter

People


World

Washington bullets again
East Village photographer Q. Sakamaki covered the war in Iraq last March. In February of this year, he returned to Baghdad to document, among other things, the effect depleted-uranium bullets fired by the U.S. may be having on Iraqi children.

Villager photos


Picture Story

Cooper students serve up unusual fare
Students from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art held their annual student exhibition on May 24


Sports

Passing soccer on to the littlest Lower East Siders
By Judith Stiles
n the olden days before soccer exploded in the universe of youth sports, you would occasionally find a younger brother or sister dutifully tagging along to every soccer match, rain or shine, because an older sibling had a game. They were the little “tag-alongs” who either longingly watched from the sidelines or sat around bored out of their minds.

Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert

Anthony Zito, left, and his father, Julio Zito, in front of A. Zito & Sons Bakery last Friday. The bakery closed Sunday after 80 years. Julio, also 80, was born in the store, two weeks after it opened at the location.



Rising costs and Atkins Diet spell end for Bleecker bakery
By Albert Amateau
The nostalgia was thick and fragrant at 259 Bleecker St. a few days before A. Zito & Sons Bakery closed its doors for good after 80 years of operating in the same location under three generations of the Zito family.

New York’s forgotten disaster marks 100
By Bonnie Rosenstock
n 1978, after Karen Lamberton and her father finished cleaning out the apartment of her maiden aunt, who had recently died, he gave her all of their relative’s accumulated and treasured family memorabilia — invitations, photos, birth certificates, etc. — because she was interested in researching family genealogy.

Coming soon: A renaissance on Sixth Ave.?
By Rania Richardson
The West Village is poised for major improvements that could help transform the environment on Sixth Ave. around W. Fourth St. from seedy to sophisticated.

Arch, architect, Villager among G.V.S.H.P. awards
By Albert Amateau
A Department of Sanitation worker, an Italian food business established 97 years ago, the recent Washington Sq. Arch restoration and The Villager are among the winners of the 14th annual Village Awards by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation honoring the people, places and institutions that make the Village and the East Village special neighborhoods.

Soho builder scales back plan, as opponents fight on
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The developer of a residential complex planned for Greene St. has scaled back his project’s design, but neighbors say the proposal continues to flout a new law regulating construction on empty lots in Soho and Noho.

Former Air Corps lens man flashes back to W.W.II
By Albert Amateau
Sy Weinstein, who led Army Air Corps photography units in Italy and France during World War II, has a lot of memories to share this Memorial Day — memories of seeing a ship carrying his best friend explode and sink in the Mediterranean, memories of a French girl who guided him through a minefield on a rescue mission, memories of Italian and French villages devastated by war and a harrowing memory of a visit to Dachau.

Director who kept the faith at L.R.E.I. moves on
By David H. Ellis
It might be considered some sort of pedagogical fate that brought Andrew McLaren and one of Greenwich Village’s oldest progressive schools together.

Iselin is honored by queen of England for work at WNET
On May 28, Her Majesty The Queen of England awarded John Jay Iselin, former president of The Cooper Union and current president of the Marconi Fellowship Foundation at Columbia University, an honorary CBE, or Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Gerson arts plan calls for ‘campuses’ and ‘corridors’
By Erica Stein
Councilmember Alan Gerson this week issued a sweeping new proposal for a cultural district in Lower Manhattan. Gerson’s plan calls for the establishment of eight linked “arts corridors,” outlines the development of cultural space at the World Trade Center site and establishes the need for greater governmental support of existing arts organizations.

Landmarks faces challenges of historic proportion
By Charles Hack
Just four months after the city declared an old cold-storage warehouse at W. 14th and Washington Sts. in September of last year part of a new Gansevoort Market Historic District, its owner slapped a two-story-high billboard against the building’s red-brick wall.

‘Restoration’ of CHARAS building called a facade
By Lincoln Anderson
As the nonprofit group that had been exploring building a 23-story dormitory on E. Ninth St. announced it is pulling out of the project, opponents of the plan recently uncovered a potential new threat: a permit issued for “repairs and restoration” of the facade of the old school building on the site.

Master-plan design teams for High Line culled to 4
By Albert Amateau
Friends of the High Line and the city last week selected four finalists in the bidding to create a master plan to convert the High Line, the derelict rail line that runs between the Gansevoort Market and the Javits Convention Center, into a 1.5-mile elevated park.

Zero tolerance for Iraq War pundits who blew it
By Ted Rall
A year and a half late and 30,000 lives short, supporters of the war in Iraq finally admit that they were wrong.

Some are feeling railroaded by Second Ave. subway
By Melanie Wallis
Certain East Side business owners and landlords were recently informed of the possible acquisition of their buildings to make way for the Second Ave. subway line.


Marionette theater tackles Oswald
By Jerry Tallmer
In a backyard in Dallas, Texas, early April 1963, a man in his underwear assembles a Mannlicher-Carcano rifle, throws on shirt and pants, tucks a pistol into his belt, and hands his wife a camera.

A Dream Un-Deferred
By Christopher Byrne
Sean Combs may be the biggest marquee name in the current revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” but his performance, while generally solid, never really ignites, leaving the heavy lifting of this heartfelt play to the other members of the cast.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“My Mother Likes Women” (-) The New York Times film reviewer, Stephen Holden, referred to this flick as being “so close in spirit to the early films of Pedro Almodovar that the very existence of this Spanish frolic would be unthinkable without the master’s having prepared the way.” Believe me, this is no Almodovar movie. It is an attempt to emulate the master of the art form, but it ends up being a mishmash of shtick and adolescent humor.
“The Mudge Boy” (+) This is a very sensitive, beautifully acted film about a 14-year-old boy, Duncan Mudge (Emile Hirsch), who lives on a farm with his father (Richard Jenkins). His mother recently died and father and son are clearly depressed.

‘God is a DJ’ at St. Mark’s
By Davida Singer
Theater Faction is a young, cutting edge group formed two years ago by UC Berkeley grads Erik Nelson and Yuval Sharon, and dedicated to “developing new ways of defining theater for this century.”


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