SERVING GREENWICH VILLAGE SINCE 1933 | Volume 74, Number 13 | July 28 - August 03 , 2004


N.Y.U. should honor grad students’ union
The recent reversal of the National Labor Relations Board on the status of graduate teaching assistants comes as unsettling news to graduate students at New York University, who for the last few years have been enjoying the benefits of unionization.

The report on terror
The report from the 9/11 Commission, a 10-member bipartisan panel, is a serious and often quite frightening document that requires the immediate attention of federal, state and local officials.

Editorial Cartoon

Once in a Blue Moon: Maybe I’ll go lunar instead of linear
By Wickham Boyle
Once upon a time, a month was a month, determined by the arrival of each new moon. Many cultures, like the Jewish, Islamic and Chinese traditions, still keep a calendar based on the lunar schedule.

The time I really did stop the presses at Fairchild
By Ed Gold
In journalistic heaven, the intrepid reporter with a scoop shouts to his newspaper’s energetic managing editor: “Stop the presses!”

Loving Lance in France and learning to ‘live strong’
By Patricia Fieldsteel
NYONS, FRANCE: Lancemania has been in full force at the 11th-century chateau owned by my former Jane St. neighbors, Lydie and Wayne. Vaguely I’ve been aware of the race.

Hole at Superior site draws concern

Focus on South Street Seaport

Building a historic neighborhood for the 21st century

Police Blotter


Ooh la la! Marie rides the High Line

Reaching new heights
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Bailey House, New York’s first provider of permanent housing and supportive services for people with H.I.V./AIDS, hosted a community block party July 10 in front of Bailey Holt-House on Christopher St. Above, Gina Quattrochi, Bailey House executive director, left, and Sharon Perkins, deputy executive director, right, flanked a stilt walker.

Julie Kurnitz, 61, singer/actress got start in Village
By Albert Amateau
Julie Kurnitz, a Village resident for 40 years and a singer/actress who performed at the Judson Poets Theatre in the 1960s, in cabarets and in Woody Allen’s film “Radio Days,” died July 15 at New York Hospital at the age of 61.

Ronald Sukenick, 72, novelist pushed fiction’s limits
By Albert Amateau
Ronald Sukenick, a writer whose novels and stories over the past 38 years have been credited with breaking new literary ground, died Thurs. July 22 at his home in Battery Park City at the age of 72.

Lisa LaFrieda, 51, meat business owner, Board 2 member
By Lincoln Anderson
Lisa LaFrieda, a partner in Pat LaFrieda Meats on Leroy St. and a member of Community Board 2 for the past few years, died early Monday morning at St. Vincent’s Hospital. She was 51.

Picture Story

Going for the gold
In what is sure to go down in the annals of local sports history, a group claiming to be The New York City Synchronized Swimming Team participated in a trial last Saturday afternoon in Washington Sq. for the Summer Olympics.



West Side braces for protesters
By Albert Amateau
When the Republican National Convention comes to town on Aug. 29, West Side residents and merchants from Tribeca, the Village and Chelsea will feel the impact. And the Penn South Co-op in Chelsea, 15 buildings with about 5,500 residents, will be right in the middle of the action, both pro and con.

Labor board reverses on graduate assistants
By Albert Amateau
The National Labor Relations Board narrowly decided on July 13 that graduate student assistants at Brown University are not subject to the National Labor Relations Act, reversing the board’s landmark ruling four years ago that allowed New York University graduate assistants to be represented by the United Auto Workers.
Villager photo by Ramin Talaie

Ninety-year-old Edward Lacket from Florida wore his heart on his hat at the Democratic National Convention.

More than a feeling in Boston
By Rachel Lavine
For a Democratic political activist, going to the Democratic National Convention is the equivalent of a pilgrimage. This year especially, Democrats have been looking forward to the convention as a place to get energized and organized in the fight to win the White House for their nominee, Senator John Kerry.

Nightlife operators and residents tackle meaty issues
By Lincoln Anderson
Wrestling with problems, both micro and macro, facing the Meat Market, a group of area residents met with nightclub and restaurant owners last Wednesday to try to find common ground on how to manage the booming area’s growth.

6th Precinct C.O. plans new initiative on quality of life
By Lincoln Anderson
In the wake of the July 16 fatal stabbing of a 19-year-old man on W. 10th St. by another 19-year-old man who had gotten into a dispute with the victim’s transgendered friends, the commanding officer of the Sixth Police Precinct said the precinct is stepping up its efforts to combat prostitution and other quality of life problems.

Call for affordable housing in West Chelsea plan
By Albert Amateau
City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden and her Manhattan staff came to Chelsea on July 20 to give details of the comprehensive plan to redevelop West Chelsea, but most of the estimated 300 residents at the public hearing wanted to talk only about affordable housing.

Gerson: Book’s not closed yet on festival conditions
By David H. Ellis
With just over two months remaining before the New York Is Book Country festival descends upon Washington Sq. Park, apprehensive residents and Community Board 2 members have enlisted the assistance of City Councilmember Alan Gerson, who says stationing the event in the Village is still open to debate.

‘Downtown Judaism’ finds home in shul in a school
By Erica Stein
The Village Community School has been a popular refuge for many organizations, hosting everything from Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to fiction-writing classes.

Ex-cop involved in explosion checks into hospital
By David H. Ellis
Checking himself into Columbia Presbyterian Hospital for a psychological evaluation, the former police officer suspected of planting a pipe bomb in the 42nd St. subway station remained out of sight last Thursday despite a brief appearance by his brother.

Air Jordans in the air and throwing up Red Bull
By Lincoln Anderson
Although it’s unclear exactly what they are supposed to signify — if anything at all — pairs of old sneakers dangling by their laces from lampposts are a common sight in New York City, whether it be in the inner city or now the Village and Soho.

Parks: Union Sq. will go from permissive to permits
By Lincoln Anderson
With its recently expanded southern plaza, Union Sq. has become a popular spot for high-energy music and dance performances. However, complaints have been on the rise from residents about noise.


Horton Foote, vital as ever
By Jerry Tallmer
The stage direction says: “A child is heard practicing again on the piano in the distance. Twilight is beginning. LYD goes to the window. She seems very weak and tired. She turns and sees an imaginary person come in the screen door.”

A place of our own
By Jerry Tallmer
If one recent sunny morning you happened to find yourself in Riverbank State Park, across Riverside Drive and facing the Hudson atop the sewage plant at 145 Street, you might have observed a large man, resembling a fullback sitting on a bench and reading his way through a stack of manuscripts.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“The Inheritance” (+) A superb film with a gripping story and superb acting. It’s the best movie I’ve seen in months, and I urge everyone to see it.
“The Clearing” (-) I shouldn’t have been surprised that I found this film disappointing, since The New York Times critic, Dave Kehr, came to the same conclusion. I decided to see it anyway because of the cast, which includes Helen Mirren, who can do no wrong in my book, and Robert Redford, whom I always enjoy watching on screen.

Turning junk into art

Documentary on media monopoly
By Jerry Tallmer
It’s a profession I hadn’t heard of before. Place-holder. Not like when you’re in a block-long ticket line at the movies and you want to see if your date is already there, someplace way up front, and you say to the lady behind you: “Would you mind holding my place a moment? I’ll be right back.” Not like that. But yes, like that — sort of.

No, it’s not crazy to swim in the Hudson River!
By Melanie Wallis
Moms always worry. Hence I was not surprised at my mother’s reaction of fear and horror when I announced, during my weekly call home to England, my plan to do a half-mile swim in the Hudson.
L.E.S. Gauchos ride rough over the competition
The Lower East Side Gauchos baseball team is continuing its winning ways. The Gauchos are now 9-2 in the RBI League and 8-1 in the 16-and-under Felix Millan League — even though the Gauchos don’t have a player over age 14.


Chef oes from roasting pork to redefining pastry
By Tien-Shun Lee
Chinatown chef Warren Lee doesn’t think the next generation of his family will know how to make tsong — sticky rice treats wrapped in bamboo leafs. But they will be well fed with handmade bakery food, including lemon tarts and mini Oreo-crust cheesecakes.

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