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Volume 74, Number 16 | August 18 -24 , 2004

Inside

Editorial
The city must stop holding the park hostage for R.N.C.
With less than two weeks left before the start of the Republican National Convention, the issue of where the rally will be held for the protest planned the day before the convention remains perilously up in the air.

Editorial Cartoon

Talking Point
MSG poisoning: Convention is doomed at toxic site
By Wilson
Madison Square Garden — MSG — is a toxin, a Midtown blight. Like monosodium glutamate, MSG causes headache pain, angst and anxiety. And when the Republican National Convention pulls in and platforms get ready for a sickening epidemic — thousands of hardworking, rush-hour commuters, who already get herded around like livestock, will suffer like never before.
The politics and perils of poetry
By Andrei Codrescu
Poetry’s getting a bad rep lately and it won’t be long now before Homeland Security rounds up the poets. Recent headlines had Saddam Hussein writing poetry and eating muffins in his cell.

Koch: How’s Bush doin’? Great, and he’s got my vote
By Ed Koch
My decision to vote for the reelection of President George W. Bush, despite the fact that I am a lifelong Democrat, has caused some to call me a turncoat. But am I really? Or am I moving in a direction the Democratic Party itself should be going?

Scoopy’s notebook

Letters to the editor


News In Brief

Jefferson Market Garden memories

City opens H.I.V./AIDS services center in Chelsea

Blues on the pier

Bloomberg asks Koch to do intro

Police Blotter

Scene


Obituary
Adrienne Eldred, 69, of MacDougal St.
Adrienne Eldred, a resident of MacDougal St. for 30 years, died in St. Vincent’s Hospital on July 16 at the age of 69. She had been suffering from emphysema, said her daughter, Alexandra Feigin.

Vincent ‘Jimmy’ Zito, 90, was one of the five Zito’s Bakery brothers
Vincent Zito, known as Jimmy, one of the brothers associated in A. Zito & Sons bakery, which closed on Bleecker St. at the end of May, died in his sleep at home in Hollandale, Fla., on Aug. 1 at the age of 90.

Leon Golub, a political painter, 82
Leon Golub, a painter who lived and worked in the Village for the past 40 years and whose gritty heroic figures reflected his commitment to radical politics, died Aug. 8 of complications after surgery at the age of 82.

Dr. Anna Manska, 84, practiced in the Village for over 30 years
Dr. Anna Manska, a family physician who lived on Downing St. in the Village for more than 50 years, died Aug. 2 at St. Vincent’s Hospital at the age of 84.

Sports

Dynamic duo lead Super-Y team to a super season
By Judith Stiles
Anna Torregiano and Maura Mc Ginn will be the first to say there is nothing good about losing. Oh yes, they can recite back to you the aphorisms that parents spew when a team comes in last place during a soccer season. They have heard it all before, soothing words such as, “Learning to lose is a good lesson in life because it prepares you for difficult times you will face as an adult, blah blah blah.”


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NEWS
Anti-Bush protesters sue to rally in the park
By Lincoln Anderson
Right before going to press, The Villager learned that United for Peace and Justice plans to file a lawsuit on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 18 to demand that the Bloomberg administration allow the scheduled Aug. 29 “World Says No

Board 4 gives its recommendations on Hudson Yards
By Albert Amateau
Community Board 4 last week responded to the city’s far-reaching Hudson Yards proposal intended to transform the far West Side over the next 20 years with an extension of the No. 7 subway, high-rise commercial towers, decks over the rail yards and a new boulevard and parkland.

Watchdog group criticizes L.M.D.C.’s allocations
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation has failed to allocate its federal 9/11 recovery funds in a transparent way and has given undue preference to big businesses and organizations with ties to its board members, according to a report released last week by a budget watchdog organization.
The bells, bells, bells, bells....
Members of RingOut, a group planning a protest against President Bush on the eve of the Republican National Convention, practiced their event at a cafe on MacDougal St.

For whom the bells toll: Anyone but Bush, please!
By David H. Ellis
In a dimly lit room in the back of Café Figaro on Bleecker St. on a recent Sunday afternoon, Christian Herold and nine other individuals were getting down to details.

Just two guys who don’t want G.O.P. to have a grand old time
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay may not be able to tap his foot to the tunes of the Broadway show “Bombay Dreams” in early September and Congressmember Marilyn Musgrave (R – Colo.) might have to forgo such delicacies as champagne and caviar from room service at the New York Marriott hotel. That is, if two Downtown “accidental activists” have their way.
Maloney rival tries to stay in race
By David H. Ellis
Even though an Aug. 4 decision by the state Board of Elections knocking her challenger off the ballot appeared to insure that Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, a 12-year incumbent in New York’s District 14, would not face a primary, Robert Jereski, her former opponent, is saying not so fast.

Design team is on track to lead High Line design
By Albert Amateau
Friends of the High Line and the city made a preliminary selection last week of a team to lead the creation of a master plan to convert the High Line, the derelict elevated rail line that runs between the Gansevoort Market and the Javits Convention Center, into a 1.5-mile elevated park.

Archdiocese to close St. Brigid’s due to attrition, cracked wall
By Albert Amateau
The parish of St. Brigid, founded 156 years ago when Irish shipwrights built the church on Avenue B at E. Eighth St., will be disbanded on Sept. 15, according to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York.

Voice fires veteran editor, shifts focus to online edition
By Paul Schindler
Richard Goldstein, an editor at the Village Voice since 1974 who was responsible for creating the newspaper’s first Queer Issue during gay pride week in 1979, left the weekly newspaper on Aug. 2.

ARTS

Grappling with Iraq, racism, health care, you name it
By Jerry Tallmer
On the way down to the East Village on the M15, the bus driver was having a problem with a wheelchair passenger. Not with the lady in the wheelchair herself, but with her dithering companion, who was unable to guide the wheelchair into the position where it could be secured.

Snow, improvisation, and all in the family
By Jerry Tallmer
Slava’s balloons work better than those at the Democratic Convention. They’re also bigger — just this side of Zeppelins.

A bizarre caper by Bogart and Lorre
By Jerry Tallmer
The trouble was, you see, that Jack Warner, in his contempt for actors — up to and including the great John Barrymore — was dangling lifetime security under Peter Lorre’s nose via a seven-year Warner Bros. contract that would keep Lorre, one of the most distinguished stars of pre-Hitler European cinema, slaving away forever in indistinguishable tripe.

Koch on Film
“The Bourne Supremacy”
A high-tech stinker.
In the 2002 film, “The Bourne Identity,” Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) suffering from amnesia was pursued by assassins. The search for his identity continues in “The Bourne Supremacy” along with the attempts on his life.
“Transfixed” (-)
This French Film Noir contains references to transvestites, incest, pedophilia, prostitution, pimps, a serial murderer similar to Jack the Ripper, and good and bad cops. It’s hard to believe that such a film could be so boring, but it is.

The Fringe continues . . .
By Davida Singer
Fringe rules! The 8th New York Internationl Fringe Festival continues to run thru Aug. 29, hosting roughly 200 shows at 20 downtown venues, from Pace University to West 11th Street. More than 1300 performers in a wide range of disciplines, including theater, dance, comedy, buskers, multi-media and spoken word. The tagline for this year’s FringeNYC, the largest multi-arts festival in North America, is “Defy Convention.”


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