SERVING GREENWICH VILLAGE SINCE 1933 | Volume 74, Number 9 | June 30 - July 6 , 2004


Open Central Park to the protesters!
On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that United for Peace & Justice, the group planning a mass rally and protest for Aug. 29, the day before the start of the Republican National Convention, has now asked the city to let them hold their event on Central Park’s North Meadow. This comes on the heels of the city’s rejection of the group’s request to use the Great Lawn.

Editorial Cartoon

Talking Point
The color purple: Kerry backers target swing states
By Ed Gold
Despite the summer weather, the vacation season and an urge to get away from it all, many Villagers along with other residents of Lower Manhattan, are focused, on the main goal: the termination of George Bush’s lease on the White House.

Trash-talking: Ticket blitz is making me a grouch
By Wendy Fried
On a night not long ago, sometime between the dog’s last walk and the morning newspaper delivery, Mayor Bloomberg paid me a visit to ask for help. He didn’t wake me, but tacked a note to the door.

July 4 reflections on war, liberation and politics
By Keen Berger
The author will give the following speech at Judson Memorial Church on Sun., July 4: The Fourth of July is the only American holiday that stays on the actual date, no matter what day of the week. I will be firmly rooted as well, in childhood, then early adulthood, then post 9/11.

‘The rain in Spain’ delays the planes
By Andrei Codrescu
I don’t know about in Spain, but the rain in the U.S. has been something else lately: in the Midwest it set whole towns floating down swollen rivers; it kept me long hours in airports, streaming down those huge sad windows, not a plane in sight; in New York it was cold and constant, chasing the premature spring-crazed youth off the chilly streets; in San Francisco it was like powdered glass and cold enough to make the humorist’s quip “the coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco” too true for comfort; in New Orleans it poured, keeping my 747 circling over the airport like a soggy vulture watching its nest turn into a soup bowl.

I am chick lit: Incident at P.S. 41 rocks my world
By Jenny Klion
Oh My God! Stop the presses! Important revelations have come to pass! Despite the seemingly endless array of contemporary female-friendly novels, stories, memoirs, essays and other forms of written entertainment available for purchase wherever books are sold, there’s no need to shop any further. According to L.A. Frannie, I am the real thing. Yes, Frannie believes that I, J. K., am chick lit itself.

Scoopy’s notebook

Letters to the editor

News In Brief

Ships ahoy at 23rd St. on the 4th

Come to the Casbah on Bond St.

Philip Johnson tower site cleared

Yo! Beast steals spotlight in Beastie Boys’ new video

Stop Dorm meets with Landmarks

Free wheels for seniors, disabled

Doin’ the Madison on the L.E.S.

Target misses in Tompkins Sq.

Moss grows on a rolling Kerry

Rakowitz testimony on stand delayed

Standing room only in new Abingdon Sq.

Veterans fight changes at V.A. Hospital

Police Blotter



Suzy Harris, 91, always had her camera with her
Suzy Harris, a photographer who lived and worked in the Village for 65 years and ran an antique shop in the West Village in the 1970s, died in her sleep on June 21 in her Grove St. apartment. She was 91.

Picture Story

Rainbows, and white weddings too, at this year’s Pride March
The marriage theme was, not surprisingly, very much in vogue at this year’s Gay Pride March. Thousands joined the parade and thousands more lined the route along Fifth Ave., from Midtown down through the Village and to its end at Christopher St.


A natural in net, travel team goalie is a keeper
By Judith Stiles
Five months ago, 10-year-old Simone Leitner of Greenwich Village showed up for “Soccer Moms” Night with her mother Cindy to hang around and watch the ladies play. Simone herself had played for about two years in the recreational games, nothing too serious. Even though the ladies’ scrimmage began at 8:30 p.m. on a school night, she begged her mother to allow her to come along and hang out on the sidelines. She packed a pair of goalie gloves just in case, and sure enough, a half hour into observing the games, Simone was invited to play goalie for the ladies.

Astro-nomical finale in Majors A playoffs

Dem Jr. Minor bums bop Sox 10-9

The Big ‘O’ Machine: Orioles win Jr.’s flying away
By Gabriel M. Zucker
All Little Leaguers remember key playoff loaded strikeouts — nail-biters to the end. However, when Casey Simons ran forward to catch the final pop-up in the Greenwich Village Little League Juniors Division championship on Sun., June 20, and went on to share the joy of being number one with his teammates, the situation was slightly different. The first-place Orioles had won the crown with seven runs of insurance under their belt.

Council overrides Bloomberg to gays and lesbians’ benefit
By Elizabeth O’brien
Leaders of the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community cheered the City Council’s vote by 41-4 on Monday to override the mayor’s veto of a bill that would require companies doing business with the city to extend health insurance and other benefits to the domestic partners of their employees.

Why Ed Koch became mayor and not a Met
By Erica Stein
Ed Koch never would have become mayor if he hadn’t been so lousy at baseball.

Russians will see if The Villager’s ideas translate
By Lincoln Anderson
A group from several Russian weekly and daily newspapers visited the offices of Community Media on Monday, seeking to learn more about American newspapers. Including editors, publishers, salespersons and circulation directors, they met for an hour and a half with the editorial staff of The Villager, Downtown Express and Gay City News, the three newspapers comprising Community Media.

Meditation group gets worked up over parade
By David H. Ellis
As neighborhoods across the city are lining the streets with Old Glory and making final arrangements for July 4, Chinatown’s Independence Day festivities have become mired in controversy, with members of a spiritualgroup asserting that discrimination has stalled their efforts to enter the annual neighborhood parade.

Too much Garlic (Run) in Little Italy, critics say
By David H. Ellis
Several residents of Little Italy revisited an ongoing quarrel with organizers of an annual charity motorcycle rally, calling on local city officials to take action on the event.

Union Sq. Partnership bids adieu, for now, to expansion
By Albert Amateau
The Union Sq. Partnership last week celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Union Sq. Business Improvement District, the city’s first, and according to many, the most successful of the city’s 46 BIDs.

Assistant principal Weiner memorialized at P.S. 20
By Melanie Wallis
Guest speakers, parents and P.S. 20 students came together last Thursday to pay tribute to the late Stewart Weiner, assistant principal of the Lower East Side elementary school.

Heady brew of Starbucks, spirituality, Burningman
By Tien-Shun Lee
A panel of three gregarious activists, referred to as “the Rabbi, the Reverend and the Renegade,” discussed the evils of consumerism and the role of mega-chain stores such as Wal-Mart and Starbucks during an event last week sponsored by the Sol Goldman 14th St. YM-YWHA.

Evicted merchant fined $47,175 for illegal posters
By Erica Stein
A wholesale produce business on Broome St. has been issued more than 400 tickets by the Department of Sanitation. Cheong Mei Inc. faces almost $50,000 in fines for violating the city’s postering law, which states that it is unlawful for any person to display signs, notices and handbills on public property — which includes lampposts, bus shelters and trees.

Chelsea’s finest are honored by Precinct Community Council
By Albert Amateu
An officer who made more than 40 arrests and executed warrant searches that uncovered caches of illegal drugs in Chelsea during the past 12 months won the Officer of the Year Award at the 10th Precinct Community Council’s annual dinner last week.

Stadium is thrown for a loss over a financing bill
By Albert Amateau
The city and state drive to build a 75,000-seat stadium over the West Side rail yards stalled last week when a state Assembly committee refused to back a financing bill for the Javits Convention Center expansion unless it dropped all possible references to the stadium.

Chinatown turf battle: Rival views on park surface
By David H. Ellis
There’s a turf war going on in Chinatown — literally.

Two by Thornton Wilder at the Connelly
By Jerry Tallmer
A young woman, a young wife, is dying, has died. Soon, soon, she will be out of touch, carried away, but now for a moment she turns and says:

From Moscow to Baton Rouge
By Davida Singer
Family plays about life in Russia and Louisiana have been Dmitry Lipkin’s specialty since he completed the graduate writing program at NYU over ten years ago. Lipkin’s own family moved from Moscow to Baton Rouge when he was 11, and he started penning plays regularly after co-founding The Playwrights Collective with a small group of his former NYU classmates.

‘Whizbang’ revival of Stoppard play
By Jerry Tallmer
The study of moral philosophy is an attempt to determine what we mean when we say something is good and that something else is bad. Not all value judgments, however, are the proper study of the moral philosopher.

Westbeth Gallery opens new exhibit by ‘SuZen’
By Ellison Walcott
Visiting any artist’s studio can be a treat. The Westbeth artist community on Washington and West Streets in the West Village is a lock for an adventure since over three hundred artists, authors and performers reside in this former Bell Labs building.

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 (Carmen Maura), herself a superb actor. Valentin is contending with his loneliness resulting from a mother we never meet who left the family years ago under mysterious circumstances and an absent, womanizing father (Alejandro Agresti). Valentin loves his father’s current girlfriend, Leticia (Julieta Cardinali), and hopes the two will marry and provide him with a normal family life.

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Villager photo by Tien-Shun Lee

Collective trek to Mermaid
Members of Ludlow St.’s Collective: Unconscious theater group participated in the Coney Island Mermaid Parade last weekend.








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