SERVING GREENWICH VILLAGE SINCE 1933 | Volume 74, Number 7 | June 16 - 22 , 2004

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Editorial
At Gay Pride, gains and goals
In this Gay Pride Month there is much to celebrate.
For starters, the very presence of former Deputy Inspector Seymour Pine — the police commander who led the infamous raid on the Stonewall Inn in 1969 that sparked the gay-rights movement — at a panel on the event this month shows how greatly times have changed.

Editorial Cartoon

Scoopy’s notebook

Notebook
Is your list finished? Mine isn’t
By Wickham Boyle
If your To Do list is finally finished, are you dead?
I still have a list that seems to expand endlessly. Every time I finish a good portion of the To Do’s, more appear to take their place. It is almost like an exponential expansion or the futile attempt to dig a dry hole at the beach.

Tee time in Kabul: The golf option
By Andrei Codrescu
I’ve been contemplating taking up golf, but I’m not sure where to begin. It’s important to choose your first course well. Afghanistan is one possibility. The Kabul Golf Club is going to reopen formally next year; it’s been cleared of landmines, but there is still some work to do to repair damage by the Taliban; the water trap has dried out and the fairways have turned to scrub.

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Youth

Villager photo by Milo Hess
Catching air
A skateboarder went airborne to do some tricks in Tompkins Sq. Park last weekend.

Westbeth elects directors and president
If you think the community activities at Pier 40 are all about sports, look again. Take a walk past the baseball and soccer games, down the south side of the pier, past the kayakers and fishermen, and you will find a thriving theater arts school nestled in the building, called BIZKIDS. Although director Peggy Lewis has been teaching drama for over 20 years BIZKIDS has had its home at Pier 40 since January 2001.


Sports

Flurry of slugfests and rallies in Juniors’ games
By Gabriel M. Zucker
In a ridiculous, end-of-the-season race against the clock to complete all unfinished games — which the clock won by a long shot — Greenwich Village Juniors Division teams fell into a predictable rhythm. Hits and high scores predominated with rallies bouncing back and forth and the bombing of starting pitchers, most of whom saw their E.R.A. go up a few points.

BasketBall City offers E. Side kids summer camp scholarships

Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert
Doing Falun Gong on the Lower East Side last weekend.<more>.


Getting hot about sex shops
By David H. Ellis
It’s a familiar evening setting on Sixth Ave.: couples lingering at the window of an adult store, peering at the videos on display that are framed by a rainbow of feather boas, or a group of teenage girls bashfully giggling and pointing at adult sex toys before disappearing into the Village.

Falling for forbidden yoga
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
In the heart of Chinatown last Saturday morning I sat meditating in the lotus position under a tree in Sara Delano Roosevelt Park. Around me birds chirped and groups of middle-aged Chinese men gathered on park benches chattered in Chinese.

Why Westway sleeps with the fishes
By Albert Amateau
Thirty years ago this spring, state and city engineers and planners proposed a six-lane highway, to be built mostly underground on 220 acres of new landfill in the Hudson River with 98 acres of parkland and about 100 acres of development on top.

Remembrances and memorials at Slocum centennial
By Bonnie Rosenstock
On Sat., June 12, the General Slocum “Voyage of Remembrance” and on Sun., June 13, the plaque dedication, procession and memorial service in the former Little Germany neighborhood, now the East Village, brought together descendants of the deceased, survivors and their brave rescuers.

Schools get results of standardized English tests
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Local schools straddled the citywide average on the state English Language Arts, or E.L.A., test in results released recently by the Department of Education.

Editor picks up articles that were too hot to handle
By Erica Stein
David Wallis thinks that objectivity in journalism is overrated.

Owner plans to develop lot where woman’s body was left
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
Owners of an empty East Village lot where police recently found a trunk stuffed with the body of a homeless woman say they have plans to develop the property, which has sat unoccupied for the past 20 years.

‘Butcher of Tompkins Sq.’ hopes to gain his release
By Tien-Shun Lee
A lawyer representing Daniel Rakowitz, the former East Village man who admitted to chopping up his ex-lover and serving her to the Tompkins Sq. Park homeless in a soup, told jurors on Monday during opening trial statements that Rakowitz is no longer dangerously ill.

Chelsea comedy club variance gets a serious review
By Tien-Shun Lee
A lawyer representing Daniel Rakowitz, the former East Village man who admitted to chopping up his ex-lover and serving her to the Tompkins Sq. Park homeless in a soup, told jurors on Monday during opening trial statements that Rakowitz is no longer dangerously ill.


Gay Pride
A special Villager supplement

Kickin’ it for Pride Month
For Gay Pride Month, and for the first time ever, the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Democratic political clubs have united to collaborate on a single fundraising event. “Kick Off Pride: Kick Out Bush” will bring together L.G.B.T. activists from around the city to work towards defeating President Bush, who has introduced a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. 

35 years after Stonewall, unfinished work remains
By Lawrence C. Moss
Living in the Village, many of us might assume lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights are already fully established, a victory to be celebrated at a happy, raucous parade, not a cause requiring redoubled effort. While there has been great progress in the past 35 years, major barriers to full acceptance and full equality remain. We best honor our Village predecessors by completing their work today.

Lawyers talk on gay marriage

Stonewall who’s who to Hoover, new book has it all
By Warren Allen Smith
Although just off the press, David Carter’s new book is sure to join Vern L. Bullough’s “Before Stonewall” (Haworth Press) as being among the most important books in the gay canon.

Rally this Sunday, march next Sunday

‘I’m sorry,’ says inspector who led Stonewall raid
By Lincoln Anderson
The police commander who led the raid that spiraled out of control into the Stonewall Rebellion left his assisted-living home in Whippany, N.J., for one evening earlier this month to join a discussion about the infamous event — and apologized for his role in it.

Classic Pride

Are the kids alright? Harassment is still a problem
By Tim Gay
Those of us who were children or teens in the ’60s and ’70s often regale our therapists with tales about how our parents detached from us and what was really going on.

N.Y.U. students take varied paths to summer jobs
By Suzanne Zionts
Summer in the city may not be the most desirable place for some people, but for New York University students in the Village, the summer is the best time to earn some cash and even get ahead in the race towards a future in the city.

Book country goes pink
Pink Ink, the Queer Book Expo, took over the community room at the L.G.B.T. Center on W. 13th St. last Saturday for its second annual event.

Villagers become ‘poster couple’ for gay marriage
By Erica Stein
The first time Vinnie Maniscalco and Edward DeBonis got married, they were followed around by a film crew and had to build part of the altar by themselves. The second time, CNN showed up at the wedding.


Spirit of the Group Theater evoked
By Jerry Tallmer
“The Group” is a full-length script by Ronald Rand about the founding of the Group Theater, that pioneering handful of actors, directors, and playwrights who in the bleak 1930s moved American drama into the gristle of the twentieth century. In its short life, about a dozen years, the Group had its impact on everything that followed in American theater, especially the kind of acting that would presently give us a Julie Harris, a Marlon Brando, a Kim Stanley, an Al Pacino, a Meryl Streep, a Robert de Niro.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“The Day After Tomorrow” (-) A really bad film. During the two hours, I felt as though I were watching one of the chapter movies from my youth in which nothing looked real and every chapter ended with someone in great peril. But in this movie, I really didn’t care about the people in distress since I felt absolutely no emotional bond with any of them.

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