SERVING GREENWICH VILLAGE SINCE 1933 | Volume 74, Number 6 | June 9 - 15 , 2004


Noises off!
Mayor Bloomberg’s announcement on Monday that he plans to overhaul the city’s noise code for the first time in three decades comes as welcome news.
Although Bloomberg’s Operation Silent Night program had some success on noise in targeted trouble spots, obviously more was needed. Noise continues to be the chief complaint to the city’s 311 quality-of-life hotline.

Editorial Cartoon

Talking Point
Exodus: Can Kerry stop a Jewish migration to Bush?
By Kenneth S. Baer
When I traveled in 2000 with then-Vice President Al Gore to the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the premier pro-Israel lobbying organization, he was met with thunderous applause and a standing ovation, especially when he chastised the Bush Senior administration for promoting “linkage,” the use of loan guarantees to pressure Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians.

Scoopy’s notebook

Author on tour, part nine: Gramercy Hotel
By Andrei Codrescu
It’s raining in New York City and your author on tour is tired and melancholy. The overpriced hotel room he wakes up in is dreary and cold. Years ago, this was a cheap bohemian dive in Gramercy Park where $129 a night bought you a small suite with smoke-infused couches and bad light fixtures. It’s still a dive, though smoking is no longer allowed and the suites are twice as much.

Letters to the editor

70 years ago in The Villager

News In Brief

Housing activist Jane Wood is eulogized in Chelsea

Fight night on Avenue A

Joystick GI’s: Recruiting the video-game generation

Kiboko Projects present Kenya videos

Police Blotter



Francis Brunn, 81, famed juggler, lived later years in the Village
Francis Brunn, a juggler who played The Palace in Times Sq. with Judy Garland and performed on Ed Sullivan’s television show and before the crowned heads of Britain and Sweden, died at the end of May in Frankfurt, Germany, at the age of 81.

Robert Quine, 62, seminal guitarist, played with Richard Hell, Lou Reed
The body of well-known guitarist Robert Quine, 62, was found dead of a drug overdose in his fourth-floor Soho apartment at 96 Grand St. near Mercer St. at 9 p.m. Sat., June 5.


Bridge project spans research, crafts and teamwork
By Melanie Wallis
Children at the Village Community School embarked on a yearlong project about bridges and constructed their own 4-ft. model of a suspension bridge. It took 21 pupils from the first and second grades four months to complete the model, following the preliminary research.


Mighty O’s are the one constant in Juniors Division
By Gabriel M. Zucker
Only one week from the end of the regular season, things in the Greenwich Village Juniors Division are not too decided by way of the standings. The only constant has been the mighty Orioles, who claimed first place in the first week of the season and have long since clinched that position. Meanwhile, the rest of the teams are still battling it out while vying to break the iron curtain of the Birds.

Tigers sock it to the Sox

Young umps lay down the rules at J.J. Walker Field
By Judith Stiles
Putting a halt to pre-game chatter, an authoritative “BALLS IN!” was shouted by what seemed to be a veteran ump in a booming voice with a guttural twist that enlivened his every call. The spectators paused and sat up at attention for the Chicago White Sox versus Kansas City Royals game in the Greenwich Village Little League Majors B Division.

Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert

Phil Hartman, executive director of the Federation of East Village Artists, left, and Greg Fuchs, FEVA’s new managing director, outside the Essex St. Market on the Lower East Side. FEVA hopes to turn a vacant portion of the city-owned building — originally built for pushcart vendors — into a hub for the Downtown arts scene, with a TKTS booth, arts-related retail space and a cafe.<more>

FEVA focuses: Plans new arts spaces and programs
By Erica Stein
It seems odd to attach the words “just” or “only” to a weeklong festival that last year attracted more than 100,000 people and will consist of 400 to 500 events this year. But while producing the Howl! Festival is certainly the Federation of East Village Artists’ most prominent purpose, it is far from its only one. Or even its most important.

V.I.D. prez. considered run at Quinn
By Lincoln Anderson
Until the end of last week, Chad Marlow, president of Village Independent Democrats, was considering running against City Councilmember Christine Quinn in 2005. However, by Monday he had decided against it. The Village clubs have also now agreed to a truce — though Marlow claims his not running and the club “détente” are two separate issues and that the one didn’t necessarily lead to the other.

Hip hotelier takes a cut at Market tower site
By Albert Amateau
The property just outside the Gansevoort Market Historic District where a developer has proposed a 32-story hotel designed by the architect Jean Nouvel is again in play, according to sources in the Meatpacking District and preservation advocates.

High-rises, and rumors of them, in Ludlow St. area
By Tien-Shun Lee
The owner of Luna Lounge, a Lower East Side rock venue and comedy club, dispelled rumors last week that a 17-story building would be built at the site of the club, making 171 Ludlow St. the location of the second high-rise in the area.

Gotta have park, say G.O.P. Convention protesters
By Lincoln Anderson
Although they’ve encountered setbacks from the city, protesters planning demonstrations during the Republican National Convention are still hoping for access to parks — Central Park and Tompkins Sq. Park or East River Park — for rallies and campouts.

Garden weddings grow, thanks to Miranda’s mishap
By Heather Paster
Nestled between Sixth and Greenwich Aves. and W. 10th and Christopher Sts. lies a community garden laden with history.
As the name indicates, the Jefferson Market Garden was once a marketplace adjacent to the former Jefferson Market Courthouse.

Reporters’ book tries to answer: Who is John Kerry?
By Lincoln Anderson
How come presidential candidate John Kerry isn’t going for George W. Bush’s jugular already? Why do Kerry’s positions on the issues — like the war in Iraq — seem hard to pin down at times? Why can’t he ever give a short and simple answer?

MacDougal ‘federals’ landmarked
By Albert Amateau
The Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to designate three early federal rowhouse on MacDougal St. as city landmarks.

P.S. 64 gets its schoolyard back
By Elizabeth O’Brien
For the first time in more than a decade, students at the Robert Simon Educational Complex in the East Village have the full run of their schoolyard.

Melee over break dancing breaks out in Union Sq.
By David H. Ellis
A dispute between Parks Department employees and several break dancers over a sound system at Union Sq. Park last Friday evening erupted into a melee, leaving one police officer injured and two individuals arrested.

Cheers and jeers for stadium at City Council hearing
By Albert Amateau
West Side residents and elected officials gathered on the sunny steps of City Hall while union members and New York Jets employees rallied in the shade under the trees of City Hall Park on Thursday before the City Council hearing on the proposed stadium for the New York Jets and an expanded Javits Convention Center.

Rain’s a damper on Park Day — but summer awaits!
By Heather Paster
Hundreds of people ignored the less-than-perfect weather to celebrate the annual Hudson River Park Day along the Lower West Side waterfront of Manhattan. The activities kick off the park’s “Take Me to the River Festival,” a full summer schedule of free concerts, dances, movies, barbecues, swims and fishing and boating events.

Downtown is singles friendly
By Melanie Wallis
Single people in search of fun and romance came downtown last week for the “Mix, Meet, Match” singles event at the A & M Roadhouse. The event, put on by the Tribeca Organization, attracted a diverse crowd, both young and old, from Manhattan and beyond.

‘Heart-stopping’ Broadway documentary
By Jerry Tallmer
I can hear it now, and in her voice, and so all his life could Tom Wingfield, also known as Thomas Lanier Williams, a/k/a Tennessee Williams, and so, as they talk to Rick McKay, can Gena Rowlands, Uta Hagen, Ben Gazzara, Fred Ebb, Charles Durning, and dozens of others.

Richard III with women and rock & roll
By Davida Singer
Revamping Shakespeare by casting women in traditionally male roles is what Judith Shakespeare Company has been about for the past nine years. Founder Joanne Zipay was involved in theater in California, but moved to New York in 1993 with her actor husband, after he got a part in “The Spider Woman” on Broadway.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“The Mother” (+) The New York Times review by Stephen Holden was a little over the top in its praise, saying, “The Mother, an extraordinarily clear-sighted and psychologically balanced British drama, stares as calmly at May’s perilous leap into churning emotional rapids as a medical show does when keeping its gaze fixed on a tricky surgical procedure.”“The Saddest Music in the World” (-) This is absolutely the most dreadful movie I have seen all year. On Memorial Day, I looked at both the News and Post for their recommendations. Both gave the movie 3 and 1/2 stars. The lead actor is Isabella Rossellini, and she is a terrific actress. From the reviews, it looked kinky. Remember “Blue Velvet?” That was kinky and really good. So I went.

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