SERVING GREENWICH VILLAGE SINCE 1933 | Volume 74, Number 7 | June 23 - 29 , 2004

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Editorial
Strip show and tell — N.Y.U. exposed
It took a little digging and talking to a few people who know the score and the history, but, in the end, it turns out the answer to why two 50-ft.-wide strips of undeveloped property on LaGuardia Pl. and Mercer St. have never been transferred to the Parks Department is quite simple.

Editorial Cartoon

Talking Point
Polarized moments — are we as divided as we think?
By Julian Sanchez
Ever since the presidential coin flip of 2000, we’ve been hearing ad nauseam what a deeply divided nation we are. Now, it seems, we’re also deeply divided about how deeply divided we really are.

Godfight: A hat, hormones, the Supreme Court
By Andrei Codrescu
The Supreme Court delayed on a technicality deciding whether the word “God” belongs in the Pledge of Allegiance. When the issue pops up again, I suggest that the word “hat” be used instead. This is not as frivolous as you think. Most people respectful of the mysteries of the universe wear a hat to protect themselves from being zapped from above by that-which-can’t-be-understood.

Scoopy’s notebook

Letters to the editor


News In Brief

Villager photo by Clayton Patterson
Heavy metal
Heavily armed police suddenly appeared on E. Houston St. on Father’s Day. When questioned, they gave no reason for why they were there. Heavily armed police were also seen on Hudson St. in the West Village later the same day.

Music, mangia, news and ‘olds’ at Village Awards

Birthday building turns 100

I like that old-time matzoh dough

Buggin’ out on Ludlow

The year of smoking dangerously

Police Blotter

People

Obituary
Whitman Knapp, 95, corruption prober lived in Soho
Whitman Knapp, a federal judge who led a far-reaching two-year investigation into corruption in the New York City Police Department, died on June 14 at Cabrini Hospice in Manhattan. He was 95.

Ruth B. Sullivan, 89, native Villager


Picture Story

Scott Bistayi, left, and Peter Bopp traveled from the Upper West Side to give their 5-month-old Chihuahua, Maximillian, a treat.

Scoop Doggy Dogg!
The dog days of just-before-summer weren’t looking so bad at Fetch, a store for cats and dogs on Greenwich Ave. between Perry and Charles Sts., last Wednesday evening, where canines and their companions enjoyed the store’s third annual doggie ice cream social. It was definitely happy hour, as the dogs were licking up the ice cream — of both doggie and human variety — lickety split.


Sports

After rules wrangling, Royals wear Majors B crown
By Judith Stiles
Breakfast on Saturdays in the home of Jakob and Max Friedman is usually popping with excitement and anticipation of baseball, soccer, basketball, roller hockey and just about any sports activity that the boys are craving by the time Friday rolls around.

G.V. Reds win Seniors Inter-Leagues
After going through the regular season schedule like the proverbial warm knife through soft butter, the Greenwich Village Reds had a difficult go in the playoffs, but ultimately prevailed to win the season-ending Inter-League Playoffs in the Seniors Division.

Red Sox knock socks off Reds in Jr. Minors

Expos show Cubs, win tie for first place in Minors
By Jim Fagan
In a surprise comeback in the final innings, in the Greenwich Village Little League Minors Division, the Expos trumped the Cubs with a score of 7-6 at Pier 40 last Saturday.

Dodgers dash Blazers’ playoff hopes, win 14-10

Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert

The statue of former Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, a native Villager, in LaGuardia Garden



Strip poker on superblocks;does N.Y.U. hold the cards?
By Lincoln Anderson
It would seem to be a natural: Two 50-ft.-wide strips along the east side of LaGuardia Pl. and west side of Mercer St. are filled with a garden, parks and playgrounds.

Bar owner is new chair of Board 3
By David H. Ellis
In a two-person race between David McWater and Barden Prisant, McWater was elected new chairperson of the East Side’s Community Board 3 at Tuesday night’s full board meeting. McWater won by a vote of 28-12. He will take over as chairperson on July 1.

Chorus of cries for director’sreturn at center
By Albert Amateau
Caring Community, the community-based agency providing services to seniors in the Village and Lower Manhattan for 31 years, has been at odds since the end of last month with a group of seniors angry at the summary dismissal of their music director.

Board 2 throws the book; votes no to fest in square
By David H. Ellis
New York may be book country, but Community Board 2 members said they don’t want Washington Sq. Park to be its capital during last Thursday’s heated meeting as members voted against allowing a book festival to occupy the park this fall.

New developer says Market hotel won’t be as tall
By Albert Amateau
Andre Balazs, the hotelier who plans to build a hotel just west of the Gansevoort Market Historic District where the High Line begins, said last week that his project is “a perfect fit” for the district where meat wholesalers, nightlife establishments, retailers and art galleries co-exists.

Rock ’n’ roll ’n’ registration on Bowery at CB’s
By Erica Stein
This Saturday, local alt-rock artists will kick out the jams on the Bowery out of a sense of civic duty. Sleeping Giant Entertainment will present a five-band bill — Spiraling, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Souls’ Release, Sabrina & The Haunt and Drowning Poet — at CB’s 313 Gallery — CBGB owner Hilly Kristal’s second stage — to benefit Rock the Vote, a nonpartisan, nonprofit voter registration group.

Psychiatrist: Rakowitz ‘excited’ recalling grisly stew
By Tien-Shun Lee
Daniel Rakowitz, a former East Village man who admitted to meticulously cleaning off the bones of his ex-girlfriend after she was killed and chopped up, bragged about his infamous acts while locked inside a maximum-security hospital, a psychiatric expert testified last week.

Squatters say a few bad apples have to leave
By Lincoln Anderson
Residents in some of the East Village squatter buildings being converted into limited-equity co-ops want to evict individuals from a handful of apartments, charging they are “troublemakers” not participating in the renovation or running of the buildings.


Gay Pride
A special Villager supplement

A day with the lesbians and a night with k.d. lang
By Tim Gay
The problem with writer’s block is that one’s editor gets to come up with an idea.
“Write something about lesbians,” Lincoln Anderson, my editor at The Villager, suggested. “You can do it, Tim. After all, you were married to one.”

Yoga studio just felt right at loft on Allen St.
By Tien-Shun Lee
Former sushi-bar owner Ofer Mimouni basked in the sunlight of his new Lower East Side yoga studio last week, limbering up his body as well as his mind by breathing deeply and soaking in the warmth of the wood surrounding him.

Compared to early ’80s, it’s so not gay today
By Wilson
Invisible, skeleton-like crustaceans have contaminated New York City’s water supply, Spalding Gray is dead, the Republicans are coming and the East Village is so not gay.

A lesbian bar where everybody knows your name
By Erica Stein
One of its bartenders called the Cubby Hole a “neighborhood fusion” bar. That’s probably the only way to describe the unassuming, incredibly popular nightspot on the corner of W. 12th and W. Fourth Sts.

Council set to override veto on equal-benefits bill
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
Gays and lesbians living in New York City are hopeful that City Councilmembers will override the mayor’s veto of a new law that would guarantee the partners of city contractors’ employees the same benefits as those of married workers.

Singer heiress sewed wild oats in Paris music scene
By Warren Allen Smith
On his wedding night when the prince entered the honeymoon chamber, he found the princess atop a large wardrobe, an umbrella in hand, yelling, “If you touch me, I’ll kill you!” The prince was Louis-Vilfred de Scey-Montbéliard, and his new wife was Winnaretta Singer (1865-1943), one of the sewing machine magnate’s 24 children.

Rights fight goes international, with mixed results
By Lawrence C. Moss
Justly fixated as we are on this momentous moment in the United States, as we press for full equality in marriage rights and battle the far right’s attempt to write anti-gay discrimination into the U.S. Constitution, it would be easy to overlook the fight to establish lesbian and gay rights taking place all over the planet.

Democratic State Committee

Parade birds of a feather

Water Taxi’s feelin’ hot, hot, hot

Comptroller issues L.G.B.T. Directory



A Wit Freighted With Fatigue
By Jerry Tallmer
The Monster sank into a chair and arranged the glasses before him — one glass of ginger and fizz, the other of wine. It is from both liquids, he confirmed, that he sips at close intervals throughout the hour and a half of his show — in between the constant drags on cigarettes.

Once Again, with Feeling
By Winnie McCroy
When I first saw Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney’s first HBO comedy special, I was a budding baby dyke, barely 18. I laughed hilariously at their “Holly and Molly” sketch, two lesbian performance artists spouting lines like, “Oh, golden labia of goddess love, let your champagne flow!”

‘Sol Schulmann’ at 14th St Y
By Davida Singer
“The Action Against Sol Schulmann,” by Jeffrey Sweet, which has already won an American Theater Critics Award, is based on the actual case against Brooklynite Jacob Tannenbaum, who was charged in 1985 with having been a Kapo during World War II.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“Carandiru” (+) Superbly done. The film site is the Sao Paulo House of Detention in the 1980s before it was torn down in 2002. Sao Paulo, the economic heart of Brazil, has outstanding architecture and is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited.
“Valentin” (+) This is a tour de force for Rodrigo Noya, who plays the role of Valentin, a 9-year-old boy living with his grandmother, played by Carmen Maura, herself a superb actor.

‘Love According to Luc’ at Greenwich St. Theater
By Davida Singer
Composer/playwright Alicia Mathewson grew up with classical music, playing violin from age five, but she yearned to be in a rock band, and musical theater became her vehicle to bring it all together.


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