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Volume 74, Number 17 | August 25 -31 , 2004


Protesters, be peaceful; mayor, give them the park
More Americans are opposing a war overseas, there are violent protests at a national political convention and the more pro-war candidate for president ends up winning the November election. This is not a prediction for this year but a recollection from 1968.

Editorial Cartoon

Talking Point
Praying for calm, but haunted by memories of ’68
By Keith Crandell
We need next week, silly as it may seem, a peaceful, calm, anti-war demonstration in the midst of a nasty presidential election. I know it seems like an oxymoron. I know from bitter experience. I was in Chicago for the Democratic convention in 1968.

The pall of seriousness: Unbearably weighty writing
By Andrei Codrescu
Laura Miller points out in a recent New York Times article that teachers like to assign books that make children cry, books in which kids go through horrible and “realistic” crises of abuse, death, destruction and questionable triumphs.

Perplexed and the city: I discover e-dating’s a dud
By Jenny Klion
I recently went on my first — and last — e-date. I know. I know. I’ve heard plenty of truelove success stories having originated on the Internet: “So-and-so met their boyfriend/husband online,” my mother, sisters, friends and advertisers for online dating services declare.

Scoopy’s notebook

Letters to the editor

News In Brief

Board 4 approves

Wood street co-naming

They’ll take the bus

Taking aim at sniper rifles

‘Communists’ are a hit; now quit!

Police Blotter


HOWL!’ing through the rain at 2nd East Village arts festival
With art, acting, music, poetry and a horde of drag queens, the HOWL! Festival came screaming into the East Village again last week for an eight-day, 400-plus-event extravaganza.

New teen programs and tradition of health at the Y
By Judith Stiles
These days in New York City, where do you go if you get a sudden hankering to hang out with friends? If you are too young for pubs and clubs, and if you’re too antsy for a good park bench, try the Mc Burney YMCA at 125 W. 14th St.

New York's
Exciting downtown scene
Anti-Bush protesters and city reach agreement on march route
By Lincoln Anderson
Following a judge's rejection on Wednesday of United for Peace and Justice's 11th-hour lawsuit seeking the right to rally in Central Park, U.F.P.J. on Thursday announced revised final plans for its Aug. 29 protest.

Judge blocks use of Central Park in anti-Bush protest
By David H. Ellis
Just four days before what is expected to be the largest protest march during the Republican National Convention, the anti-war group United For Peace and Justice was turned back in its effort to challenge the legality of the city’s refusal to issue a permit for use of Central Park. The ruling, issued Wednesday afternoon, leaves unsettled the question of where hundreds of thousands of protesters who gather for an event dubbed "The World Says N o to the Bush Agenda."

Village man freed in Iraq; Christopher St. held hostage
By Lincoln Anderson
The West Village heaved a sigh of relief on Sunday afternoon as news came that photojournalist Micah Garen, being held hostage in Iraq, would be released by his captors.

John Kerry shook hands on Astor Pl. on Tuesday.

Kerry speaks at Cooper Union; hopes hall’s magic will rub off
By Josh Rogers
Senator John Kerry came to the Village Tuesday to deliver a speech at the place where five successful presidential candidates have spoken, and at the same time he tried to shift the debate away from a Republican-financed campaign challenging his Vietnam War record.

Manhole accident turns up heat on Con Edison
By Albert Amateau
The sizzling-hot manhole cover on Second Ave. at E. 13th St. where Elizabeth Wallenberg fell from her skateboard and suffered severe burns on Aug. 11 is one of 4,800 between the Battery and 96th St. that provide service access to Con Edison’s steam delivery system.
Gay and transgender youth slam West Side crackdown
By Albert Amateau
FIERCE!, the group that advocates for gay, lesbian and transgender youth who frequent the West Village, insists it was unfairly excluded from the Aug. 9 Greenwich Village Block Associations’ mayoral forum and is determined to make its voice heard, according to Ricky Mananzala, a FIERCE! staff member.

It’s goodnight for Nocturne club, source of complaints on Bleecker
By David H. Ellis
Burdened by a series of resident complaints and summons, the Bleecker St. nightclub Nocturne was forced to enact a permanent twilight when it closed for business in early July.

Back to School, Part I
A special Villager supplement.

Preparatory program helps gifted students aim high
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
At 9 a.m. on a sunny summer weekday in the West Village many area preteens head to the pool or go bike riding bikes with friends. But inside the Village Community School on W. 10th St. between Greenwich and Washington Sts., a group of 210 11- and 12-year-olds are discussing and debating hate crimes and gun control.

New Pompeii School principal is hands-on, caring and committed
By Melanie Wallis
Since 1926, Our Lady of Pompei Church has been an integral part of the Village community, which the new principal of its attached Catholic school is recently finding out.

Mayor and chancellor call Summer Academy a success
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein on Aug. 18 announced the results of the Summer Success Academy, noting that 51 percent of third grade students who attended 10 or more days earned automatic promotion to the fourth grade by passing required citywide tests, which include the English Language Arts and math exams. 

Future fonts of knowledge

Programming at Spellman Center in a state of flux
By Albert Amateau
The Cardinal Spellman Center, serving East Village residents and Catholic parishes in the neighborhood since 1963, like many nonprofit agencies, is in a period of transition these days, but there is no question that the Head Start preschool program is thriving.

Parent coordinators are called upon to fill many roles
By Elizabeth O’Brien
One of the first things Tracey Arrington did last year when she started working as one of the 1,200 new parent coordinators in New York City public schools was toss her official job description aside.

The real new year starts with school in September
By Wickham Boyle
The real new year starts in September. Just ask anyone who has attended school for the first 20 odd years of their life. January is a weak sister. There is nothing but that damn ball and a hangover as you get older. Especially here in New York, where even non-Jewish citizens celebrate a school holiday on Rosh Hashana, the real deal for the new year is September.

Educated shoppers flock to Downtown discount stores
By Melanie Wallis
With big Downtown department stores promoting back-to-school clothes sales, some parents may find it hard to avoid crowds when shopping for new school gear for their kids.


Rejuvenating the leftie spiel
By Jerry Tallmer
There are at least 250, 000 people reportedly headed this way, from all over, to express an opinion regarding the occupying power that takes over Manhattan for four days starting Monday.

Susannah York plumbs Shakespeare
By Davida Singer
How many films can you name starring smoky voiced, blond British icon, Susannah York? The list is daunting and runs the gamut from “Tom Jones”, “Jane Eyre” and “A Man for All Seasons” to “The Killing of Sister George”, “They Shoot Horses Don’t They” and an award-winning role in Robert Altman’s “Images.” Fresh out of London’s Royal Academy, York first appeared opposite Alec Guinness in “Loss of Innocence” in 1962, and has since had major roles in over 60 films and performed in scores of international theater productions, including “Wings of a Dove,” “A Singular Man,” “A Cheap Bunch of Nice Flowers,” “September Tide,” “Hedda Gabler” and “Man and Superman” with Peter O’Toole.

Building Blocks meet the sky
By John Reed
“Have you been up to the roof garden at the Met? Oh, you should go. So and so and I went just the other night. It’s open late you know. There’s free music. And a bar.”

Koch on Film
By Ed Kock
“The Manchurian Candidate” (-)
For the life of me, I cannot understand why so many critics gave this flick kudos. I found it boring.
“We Don’t Live Here Anymore” (+) Good but not as great as it could have been due to the banal dialogue.

Reestablishing an existence
By Jerry Tallmer
The only thing you could really call action in a quite nice movie called “Almost Peaceful” is when Monsieur Albert, the boss of a small tailoring and garment-making workshop in 1946 Paris, disgustedly drops an ill-made coat out of a third-story window.

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