SERVING GREENWICH VILLAGE SINCE 1933 | Volume 74, Number 14 | August 04 -10 , 2004


Town hall holds lots of potential
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s planned visit to Greenwich Village on Monday, when he is scheduled to hold a town hall forum — with a number of his commissioners on hand to answer questions — will be an excellent opportunity for dialogue between Villagers and the administration.

Editorial Cartoon

From Nagasaki’s cloud, to feeling explosive anger now
By Jerry Tallmer
For a week, every morning, just as I was waking up, washing up, putting the coffee in the microwave, these notes, this fragment of music, were running around, unidentified, in my head. Then bit by bit, some words started to come through, but idiot words . . .

Alarms, Aguilera and agita at 3 a.m.
By Heather Paster
Adjusting to life in New York City and specifically the Village has been full of surprises, challenges and modifications to my routine.

How a bunch of Village upstarts toppled Tammany
By Ed Gold
The elderly man sat quietly in his wheelchair, looking frail, only a wisp of gray hair atop his head. He smiled but didn’t speak.

Scoopy’s notebook

Letters to the editor

News In Brief
Smith gets a shpritz

Big bird of another feather splash-lands in local garden

Hot town, C.B. 2 meetings in the city

Drag-racin’ dragon boats

New Ladies’ Mile residential plan

Police Blotter

Jackson Beck, 92, voice of Cisco Kid and many others
By Albert Amateau
Jackson Beck, whose radio voice thrilled millions over the years with “It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superman!” and went on to television prominence, died on Wed., July 28 at his home in Manhattan at the age of 92.

Elaine Cannel, 69, expert on art, antiques, furnishings
Elaine Cannel, a syndicated columnist and a resident for 35 years of Gramercy Park, died at home of cancer on June 2 at the age of 69.

Picture Story

I’ll catch a dragon bus, they say, on (East) Broadway….
On East Broadway, what are known as dragon bus companies compete for riders with roundtrip fares to Boston of $30 during weekdays, $20 on Sundays.

In summer, parents get last licks at J.J. Walker
By Jill Stern
In the summertime, there’s nothing like joining in on a pickup baseball game to waste away a day. Baseball and summer go hand in hand. They complete each other. Many Village parents want their kids to truly know this. Many parents reminisce about goodtime games from the past. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of green ball fields in the Village.

Getting down (and up!) to African rhythms

New York's
Exciting downtown scene
Bloomberg will attend town hall
By Lincoln Anderson
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a good number of his agency commissioners will come to Greenwich Village for a town hall forum next Mon., Aug. 9.

Carmine De Sapio,Village native son who ran Tammany
By Albert Amateau
Carmine De Sapio, the nearly legendary boss of Tammany Hall, whose political life started as a teenage runner for the Huron Democratic Club in the Village and ended at the age of 61 after a 1969 bribery conviction in Federal Court, died Tuesday evening July 27 in St. Vincent’s Hospital at the age of 95.
As part of the Critical Response detail, a police officer at Canal St. and the West Side Highway, above, checked commercial traffic heading Downtown Tuesday, looking for “anything suspicious.” In the background is the Citigroup Building, which the Department of Homeland Security on Sunday announced is a possible terrorist target.

Downtown copes with new threat to financial centers
By Elizabeth o’brien
It wasn’t quite business as usual on Monday, as Downtowners went about their routines amid heightened security in response to terror threats against the Citigroup buildings and the New York Stock Exchange.

Supportive housing is proposed for Boys’ Club site
By Lincoln Anderson
A proposal for supportive housing is reportedly a finalist for the Boys’ Club of New York’s Milliken Clubhouse property at Pitt and E. Houston Sts.

Civics, democracy, humor and a little jury romance
By Maria Ma
Several times a week, Walter Schretzman does his best song and dance for a captive audience that would rather be, frankly, anywhere else.

75 years of John’s pizza and the Village: That’s amore
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
Since the early 1900s at 278 Bleecker St., workers have hauled buckets of coal from the building’s basement each morning to feed the shop’s cavernous brick oven, which every day still bronzes a few hundred savory pizza pies topped with mushrooms, pepperoni, sausage and peppers.

Sinking feeling on St. Mark’s Pl. and E. 11th St.
By Erica Stein
The Department of Environmental Protection is currently examining a large sinkhole at 98 St. Mark’s Pl., which was reported two weeks ago and has not yet been repaired.

Hold the frappucinos, give back community center
By Lincoln Anderson
Artists, politicians and activists, some still new to their activism, gathered on a rooftop high above Tompkins Sq. last Thursday evening to raise funds for the Federation of East Village Artists — and to proclaim the time has come to make a united stand to protect the special character of the East Village.

Bawdy bar’s closing gives them honky-tonk blues
By Lincoln Anderson
It was last call, for real, as The Village Idiot, New York City’s original honky-tonk bar, closed its doors last weekend because of a raise in its rent in the trendy Meatpacking District.

How would stadium affect park and High Line?
By Albert Amateau
It was a novel recipe for a cocktail: one part Hudson River Park, one part High Line, one part Bryant Park, stir with a jigger of New York Jets and call it “Defining Stadiums: New Districts and Open Spaces.”

Cooper Union’s plan to replace artwork with billboard raises ire
By Erica Stein
Admirers of a Sept. 11 mural on the wall of 35 Cooper Sq. are disappointed that the artwork is slated to be sold as advertising space. The mural, called “Forever Tall,” displays a cityscape that includes the World Trade Center and was commissioned by CityArts.

Roller-blade bandit steals pricey pups from pet shop
By Erica Stein
In a brazen daylight dognapping, a woman stole a pair of tiny terriers from a Greenwich Village pet shop last Sunday, then made her getaway on rollerblades. Taken from Groom-O-Rama pet store at 496 Sixth Ave. on July 25, the purebred puppies were “teacup” Yorkshire terriers, a male and a female, each priced at $1,800.

Genius in the blood
By Jerry Tallmer
Dynasty. A much misused word. Unless you are talking about this family.
Imagine this: Ellen Terry and her grand-nephew John Gielgud, in one room together. Then add Terry’s children: Edith Craig a suffragist; and Edward Gordon Craig a path-breaking stage designer. Imagine that dynasty.

Argentine master opens summer run
By Tony Phillips
The idea of a ballet dancer, albeit one at the top of his career, filling up a football stadium with adoring fans screaming their appreciation sounds implausible, but in Argentina it’s business as usual for dancer Julio Bocca. Not unlike his compatriot Evita Peron, Bocca realized at an early age that his success would begin and end with “the people of Argentina.”
Play on Texas ‘Great Storm’ at Ohio Theater
By Davida Singer
Long before 9/11, the worst natural disaster in U.S. history, “The Great Storm” of 1900 in Galveston, Texas destroyed the city and claimed 8000 lives. Fascinated by similar responses to the two tragedies, Matthew Earnest, artistic director of deep ellum ensemble, created “Doctor Tedrow’s Last Breath”, a multi-disciplinary piece that ran to raves in Dallas in 2003, and has its New York premiere on August 4th.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
The Door in the Floor (+) I recommend that you see this flick although it is seriously flawed.
“Maria Full of Grace” (+) This movie is outstanding. It depicts the lot of a 17-year-old, poverty-stricken Colombian woman, Maria Alvarez (Catalina Sandino Moreno), who works in a flower factory.

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