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Volume 74, Number 15 | August 11 -17 , 2004


One more time: Let the protesters have the park!
Before the Republican National Convention has even hit town, the effort by United for Peace and Justice to secure a safe and appropriate site for its planned Aug. 29 “The World Says No to the Bush Agenda” rally has become one of the largest civil-liberties battles in recent memory.

Editorial Cartoon

Talking Point
Iraq’s a mess, but no worry, there’s always Iran
By Ted Rall
In fascist societies, a tiny coterie of hoodlums denies millions a say in their future. But the few invariably dominate the many by tacit consent. Fascists immobilize the citizenry by recasting government as a movement. When doubts start to arise about one of the fascists’ more ambitious moves — for example, Hitler’s 1936 annexation of Austria — they launch a bigger, more ambitious gambit — say, his 1938 invasion of Czechoslovakia. Unlike plodding democracies, fascism’s dynamism denies its subjects the time to digest, much less react.

Et in arcadia shopping sum
By Andrei Codrescu
America’s new addiction is shopping. Five new shopping magazines with a mind-boggling circulation of 15 million have hit the newsstands. Compare that with 1 million readers of www.corpse.org, where there is nothing to buy and everything to lose (your mind). Shopping is nothing new in my experience in the U.S. of Acquiring, but old-style anti-materialists would be mistaken to assume that Americans are getting more simple-minded.

Scoopy’s notebook

Letters to the editor

News In Brief

Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert
Hot dogs at nursing home
Mildred Keitelman, left, pet Ringo, held by his owner, Karla Molina, 10, at a dog show for the residents of the Village Nursing Home at Hudson and 12th Sts. last week.

A young life cut short

Mini-blackout on University Pl.

Acorns and nuts

Residents win Gang fight in Soho

Free skating at Chelsea Piers

Police Blotter


John W. Averitt, an architect of performing arts spaces in Manhattan, died at his home on E. 11th St. on Tues. July 27 at the age of 58. He had a long struggle with cancer, said his wife, the actress Susan Lange.

Sometimes healing hands can be the best medicine
By Judith Stiles
In folk medicine it was called “hands-on healing” when the power of the human touch was used to cure ailments and, at the very least, further the well-being of the patient. In modern medicine, it is widely accepted that human touch is vital for good health, especially in the development of babies. Doctors are not able to fully explain how human touch is so necessary for mental and physical health, but they believe in it.

New York's
Exciting downtown scene
Protesters reject rally on highway
By Lincoln Anderson
Saying they refuse to be “exiled” to the West Side Highway, organizers of the United for Peace and Justice rally planned on Aug. 29, the day before the start of the Republican National Convention, announced on Tuesday morning that they had filed a permit again for their original preferred site, Central Park.

From Allen’s ‘Ohmm’ to HOWL! ’04, Beat goes on
By Jerry Tallmer
Allen Ginsberg sits at his kitchen table, a morning cup of coffee before him. The open window behind him looks out on an early sun washing clean the Lower East Side’s Alphabet City, the very territory that’s to be infiltrated for a week starting next Tues., Aug. 17, by the second annual big blooming Festival of East Village Arts that takes its name of HOWL! from the poem Allen wrote that gave hope, fear and validation not just to the Beat Generation but to three going on four succeeding generations now.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaking at Village Community School on Monday night.

Preservation and quality of life top list at mayor’s forum
By Albert Amateau
There were jeers outside from police and firefighters demonstrating for union contracts but mostly cheers inside from Village residents when Mayor Michael Bloomberg came on Monday night with some of his commissioners to a Greenwich Village Block Associations forum.

Porn scorn: New strategy tried to sweep out smut
By Erica Stein
To combat what they see as a community being overwhelmed by sex shops, the Greenwich Village Block Associations have begun to formulate plans that draw on the power of public opinion as much as they do on legal technicalities.

Cross on Delancey: Neighbors irritated by roof bar
By David H. Ellis
Valerie Wang can’t sleep.
Forget work stress, a cramped apartment or a neighbor with a high-wattage stereo system. Instead, for Wang, the problem is an unfinished wooden roof deck outside her window where large-leaf palm trees surround a pool filled with brilliant orange goldfish.

Communists are working for a presidential revolution
By Lincoln Anderson
The Communist Party USA may not be running a candidate for president, but they’re doing a lot less than Ralph Nader to hurt John Kerry’s chances in the election.

West Side plan doesn’t build support at two forums
By Albert Amateau
Looking beyond the controversial proposal for a stadium and for an expansion of the Javits Convention, West Side residents, businesses and elected officials last week turned their attention to the rest of the Bloomberg administration’s far-reaching Hudson Yards redevelopment plan.

Hirschfeld: I can do stadium without public funds
By Albert Amateau
Abe Hirschfeld,
builder, newspaper publisher and political candidate who once did jail time for attempted murder conspiracy, came to the Aug. 3 hearing on the West Side redevelopment to deliver a few choice opinions of his own.

Gardeners cultivate support to save E. 1st St. oasis
By Melanie Wallis
With green space fast disappearing in Manhattan, co-op residents at 50 E. First St. are celebrating after successfully saving their garden from being auctioned off by the city.

Chamber is sold on new director with lots of marketing experience
By Albert Amateau
The Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce board of directors last week hired a new executive director, June Lee, a Village resident with 13 years of marketing experience.

Author Millett leaves Bower
By Elizabeth O’Brien
“Sexual Politics” author Kate Millett fell victim to the politics of New York City real estate last month when she was relocated from her home at 295 Bowery to make way for the construction of a new apartment building.

At positively open mic, looking for the next Dylan
By Erica Stein
While the music charts are topped by teenage would-be divas and retro rockers, lesser known
talents are being quietly nurtured in Greenwich Village. For the past two years, the best out of a pool of 1,000 of these aspiring musicians have been recorded live and the performances preserved on CDs called “The 14 Best Singer / Songwriters of Greesnwich Village.”

Book fest, chapter IV: Using square is still opposed
By David H. Ellis
An Aug. 4 meeting between critics and champions of the New York is Book Country festival attempted to address specific concerns of residents and offer alternatives to organizers, but the biggest question — whether the event is coming to Washington Sq. Park the first week of October — remained unanswered.

Through a tube starkly: Connecting on the Bowery
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
Peering through a skinny yellow tube from the second floor lobby of the Bowery’s Sunshine Hotel, resident Nelson Castro smiles at pedestrians on the sidewalk below and shouts, “You’re upside down!” Jean, another longtime resident, yells into the tube in fluent French, “Hello! Do you speak a little French?”

Memories of Carmine De Sapio, last boss of Tammany
By Lincoln Anderson
Carmine De Sapio had long since faded from the political scene when he died last Tues., July 27, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Greenwich Village, at the age of 95. But for some, memories of the last leader of the fabled Tammany Hall — who was a lifelong Villager — still remain fresh.

Joys in the attic
By Christopher Byrne
In high school biology class, we would pith frogs and pin them to a board, then stimulate them with electrical charges of increasing intensity in order to observe their muscle movements. The frogs were essentially brain dead, and yet they moved in response to the stimuli as if they were alive. Though ghoulishly entertaining to a teenager, this experiment had little relevance to my real life or professional experience.

Edgy theater, with sir conditioning
By David Kennerley
“Defying Convention.” That’s the official theme of this year’s New York International Fringe Festival, the annual downtown avant-garde theatrical extravaganza. Sounds a tad obvious, no?

No Business Like Showing It
By Jerry Tallmer
All my life—well, ever since I was a much younger person—a line and a moment from an Andy Hardy movie has haunted me. Young Andy has come to try to make it in New York. He’s back on his uppers. It’s a tougher town than he could have imagined. He’s hungry, he’s broke, he’s exhausted, in fact he’s starving.

Koch on Film
“A Touch of Pink” (+)
This movie received one star from Jami Bernard, movie critic for the Daily News. She said, “The story is tired, the comedy forced and the mother’s larger-than-life quirks are an acquired taste.” The New York Post critic, Lou Lumenick, gave it three stars saying, “In its depiction of Alim’s colorful extended Ismali family, this merry farce is in some ways a gay ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding.’” I would rate it somewhere in between.
“A Home at the End of the World” (+) This is a mainstream homoerotic film with a number of high-profile actors, e.g., Colin Farrell, Sissy Spacek and Robin Wright Penn. Their excellent acting does not compensate for a very thin storyline. In the end, it is disappointing but worth seeing.

From law to love, litigator tackles Mideast love affair
By Davida Singer
As a litigation lawyer by day and playwright by night, Roger Kirby’s path is anything but usual. The 57 year-old had primarily done writing related to law until about four years ago, when his interest in the ideas of James Boswell began taking him in another direction.

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