SERVING GREENWICH VILLAGE SINCE 1933 | Volume 74, Number 12 | July 21 - 27 , 2004


‘Fahrenheit’ asks the right questions
Since opening a few weeks ago, “Fahrenheit 9/11” has shattered box office records for documentary films and set off a barrage of criticism. Most of the attacks have focused not on the substance of the film, but on the filmmaker, Michael Moore. That’s because there is not much if anything in the movie that is inaccurate. “Fahrenheit” is obvious in its anti-Bush, anti-Iraq-war sentiment. It does have a clear point of view. In other words, it’s just like almost any other documentary.

Editorial Cartoon

Quality of life beats the quality of mercy. Anytime.
By Alphie McCourt
Uptown, on a crowded street, a 10-year-old boy is caught in the crossfire and is shot in the chest. The newspaper report describes that particular street as a haven for drug dealers and the site of many a gun battle. The boy dies. The media moves on.

News In Brief

Picture Story

Another day in the square
Seen in Union Sq. last Saturday.

Random acts of meanness: Odd event cuts to the core
Wickham Boyle
On occasion I see those bumper stickers that exhort us to “Practice random acts of kindness.” They always make me consider if I have done anything recently just to be kind, a good neighbor or whatever the current parlance is.

Scoopy’s notebook

Letters to the editor

70 years ago in The Villager

Two open 24 in Chelsea and the Meat Market
By Heather Paster
New York is the city that never sleeps. Yet, it seems there’s a finite opportunity for late-night meals. Fortunately, two Downtown restaurants on the West Side cater to the most discriminating diners at all hours. Both serve reliable, no-frills, quality food.

Appealing wine bar from owners of ‘Max’
By Frank Angelino
Luigi Iasilli likes challenges. The owner of new the East Village wine bar “In Vino,” is building on the reputation he made with his nearby southern Italian restaurant, Max (51 Avenue B, bet E. 3th & 4th Sts.)

Karate kids learn lots more than ‘wax on, wax off’
By Judith Stiles
When a few boys from P.S. 3 signed up for karate class at the McBurney YMCA on W. 14th St., they thought they would finally get a chance to hit and kick and punch without getting in trouble with the grownups.

Fulton youth hoop it up

Pataki paddles, pledges park will get pesos
By Josh Rogers
Governor George Pataki told The Villager last week that he would make sure the Hudson River Park will be built and that he expected the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. would help pay for it.

All we are sa-a-ying, is give Abingdon Sq. a chance
By Lincoln Anderson
Peace at last? Well, maybe….
A renovated historic Abingdon Sq. was rededicated Monday, despite the presence of steadfast opponents to the project who held up protest signs or silently stood outside the park’s historic fence during the ceremony to show their disapproval.
Villager photo by Lincoln Anderson

Police tape at the spot of the murder on W. 10th St. last Friday.

Murder puts focus on WestVillage transgendered scene
By Lincoln Anderson
In the first murder on Greenwich Village’s sidewalks in three years, a young man was fatally stabbed on W. 10th St. last Friday morning by a man who got in a dispute with a group of transgendered persons.

Chinatown YMCA starts capital drive
By Elizabeth O’Brien
At the end of next year, the Chinatown YMCA will expand into a gleaming, new facility that will open on the Bowery at Houston St.

Gerson offers new management plan for feud-filled arts building
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Councilmember Alan Gerson has stepped between the feuding actors and artists of the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center on the Lower East Side with a plan to resolve the long-standing dispute over the center’s management.

Free Shakespeare in the Park?
By Jerry Tallmer
Theater lovers were informed by a recent story in the Sunday drama section of The New York Times that 100 lawyers from the art-loving firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom had attended a July 1 performance of the Joseph Papp Public Theater’s production of “Much Ado About Nothing” in Central Park.

Rakowitz attorneys call final witness to stand in sanity trial
By Tien-Shun Lee
Jurors walked in smiling and joking on the second day of testimony by a clinical psychologist who was the last witness called to the witness stand by attorneys for Daniel Rakowitz, the so-called “Butcher of Tompkins Sq.,” whose trial has dragged on for over one month.

New study spurs debate about the East Side’s future
By David H. Ellis
As several foursomes of teenagers tried to finish their handball matches before sunset on the courts at Seward Park on a recent evening, Herbert Rothstein relaxed on a nearby park bench outside his Seward Park co-op building on Grand St.

Don’t sack public with stadium bill, opponents say
By Albert Amateau
Opponents of the proposed West Side stadium charged last week that the tax-paying public would really be subsidizing the $800 million that the New York Jets intend to invest in the project.

Committee has beef with new Market liquor licenses
By Lincoln Anderson
Responding to residents’ complaints that the Meat Market bar scene has grown too large, Community Board 2’s Business Committee last week voted to deny applications for new liquor licenses for Buddha Bar and for additional liquor licenses for the Hotel Gansevoort.

Lots of litigation, little action at Essex St. building
By Erica Stein
When Henry Rainge Megill constructed his business plan for 130-140 Essex St. — Building B of the Essex St. Market — in 1998, he planned for his “International House of Good Eats” to be open for business by Aug. 13, 1999, and to have a net profit of $82,625 for July of 2004.

Top cop tells R.N.C. protesters: My way is the highway
By David H. Ellis
With a “final offer” of the West Side Highway or nothing presented last Wednesday by the city’s police, parks and transportation commissioners, the group United for Peace & Justice responded the best way they knew — by staging a protest near City Hall, demanding a meeting with Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Frank talk on sexuality and politics
By Jerry Tallmer
The Barney Frank you see in “Let’s Get Frank” — the witty, nervy, peacock-proud 12-term Massachusetts congressman exchanging rapier thrusts with Henry Hyde and the massed anti-Clintonian forces of darkness during the asshole 1999 impeachment hearings in the House Judiciary Committee — is very far from the scared, lonely Bayonne, New Jersey, 12-year-old of 47 years earlier, trying to figure out why he gets no charge from the pictures of sexy women the other guys are passing around.

High Line forum packed tighter than a subway car
By Albert Amateau
If the overflow crowd at the Center for Architecture’s forum on the High Line last week is any indication, future visitors to the elevated park between the Gansevoort Market and the Javits Convention Center will barely fit on the 30-ft. width of the old rail viaduct.

Gumshoe’s ‘Gatsby’ hunt gets old
By Lincoln Anderson
The South Carolina sleuth who was hunting in Greenwich Village for clues about the real-life inspiration of the titular character of “The Great Gatsby” said last week his investigation is on hold for the foreseeable future.

‘Diary of a Chambermaid’ in Tribeca
By Jerry Tallmer
Octave Mirbeau and Natacha Rambova would, I am sure, have got along fine together.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
Before Sunset (+) This movie has been widely praised as a blockbuster. It is not. It is well done, with tour-de-force acting on the part of its two principals, interesting dialogue and a modest tour of Paris. It is not a sensational, must-see movie, rather one that won’t disappoint if you set the standard of entertainment at a reasonable level.
“Spider-Man 2” (-) It was Sunday of the Fourth of July weekend and a movie was in order. The reviewers gave this film terrific reviews. Joe Morgenstern wrote in the Wall Street Journal, “…the whole movie is a demonstration of controlled fusion, one that goes right from start to finish.

Hospital marathon returns to Axis
By Davida Singer
Come mid-July, there’s nothing like an icy, dark serial drama to cut through the heat, and the 6th annual “Hospital” series, presented by Axis Company, fits the bill precisely.

Romance in the night
By Christopher Byrne
To be really great, a romantic comedy needs those moments when, no matter how many times you’ve seen it or how well you know the story, you fear in your heart that the happy ending may not come after all. This is true of such classics as “Pride and Prejudice” or relatively recent hits like “You’ve Got Mail,” and it’s true of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”

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