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Volume 74, Number 20 | September 15 -21 , 2004


A proposal to dump on Hudson Park
For some years now, during discussions of building a 7-acre park on Gansevoort Peninsula as part of the Hudson River Park, the possibility of the city’s reviving the peninsula’s disused marine waste-transfer station has hovered in the background. Now, for the first time, the city is coming forward with a real proposal. Its plan is to create a facility on the peninsula for barging recyclable waste to a processing center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Editorial Cartoon

Talking Point
Time for N.Y.U. to switch the script
By Allen Salkin
N.YU. has changed its tune — but not quite enough.
In an Op-Ed in The New York Post in March after the fourth suicide of the academic year at the school I criticized school officials for their shameful efforts to put a P.R. spin on the mounting tragedies. In their pronouncements, N.Y.U.’s leaders were clearly more concerned with protecting the school’s imperial business aims than with expressing heartfelt sorrow.

Firefighters at Key Food; heroes among the aisles
By Heather Fenby
The firefighters are at Key Food again, shopping for dinner. They are not vegetarians. Their truck idles out front. They are jocular and large. They engender complicated emotions. Blocks away, and for almost a year, people would clap for them every time they went by. Even if they were on their way to Key Food, where it would just be too bizarre to clap. Nice rib steak choice!

Retirement: Can’t wait for the easy life?
By Leonard Quart
I never had trouble sleeping when I was younger. I went to bed late, woke up early, and usually slept soundly through the night. But my sleep, like my aging 64-year-old body, has rarely been untroubled over the past decade.

A car, a cake and a missing judge; a slice of life
By Joe Strike
Not too long ago, W. 12th St. lost one of its most visible longtime residents. Rising rents weren’t the culprit; this Greenwich Village inhabitant lived out on the street for 33 years. To put it simply, Elizabeth Adam’s turquoise-colored, 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu station wagon now has a new owner, and a new home far away from Manhattan.

Scoopy's notebook

Letters to the editor

News In Brief
Critical Mass to regroup for ride

Hearings continue in protesters case

New Cooper design is academic

Giving out hearts in Washington Sq. Park

Graduates ready for next step

Chelsea housing

Con Ed inspection bill passes Council committee

Another R.N.C. photographer arrest

In neighbors’ hearts on 10th St.

Police Blotter


Picture Story

Tightrope tribute to twin towers
On Saturday, Philippe Petit, who tightrope walked between the World Trade Center tower tops in 1974, paid homage to the towers and its victims with a performance in Washington Sq. Park.

River of hope

New York's
Exciting downtown scene
City wants Gansevoort for barging recyclables
By Albert Amateau
The Gansevoort Peninsula, where the Department of Sanitation used to burn garbage and now keeps its trucks, is supposed to be transformed into a green, 7-acre extension of the Hudson River Park sometime in the dim future.

Chelsea Piers security tight during R.N.C.— was it legal?
By Ronda Kaysen
Matthew Grace, a freelance journalist in search of a compelling Republican National Convention story, thought he had found the perfect shot: a flock of luxury cruise liners moored between Piers 61 and 62, surrounded by a small flotilla of Coast Guard skimmers mounted with machine gun artillery. He pulled out his camera and quickly fired off several rounds.
At Union Sq. on Saturday.
Villager photo by Bob Arihood

Searching for signs of peace on third anniversary of 9/11
By Lincoln Anderson
The anniversary of 9/11 was quieter this year — but at the same time more politically charged.
Three years ago after the attack on the World Trade Center, when south of 14th St. was a restricted zone, Union Sq. became a focal point for gathering, mourning and praying for peace. At night, illuminated by the white light of thousands of candles, the park became a dazzling cathedral of hope.

Hearing on Pier 57 redevelopment
By Albert Amateau
Four developers who have submitted proposals to redevelop Pier 57 on the Chelsea waterfront will present their plans at a Hudson River Park Trust hearing on Sept. 22 if they comply with a Trust request for additional information.

Trust ‘disappointed’ by Guantanamo
By Josh Rogers
An appointee of Governor Pataki says the Police Department hid details of its plans to use Pier 57 as a temporary holding center for anti-Republican protestors arrested during the Republican convention and that the police violated its agreement with the state-city agency that controls the pier.

Clinton temple marks 150 years with Torah writing
By Albert Amateau
Full of pride and joy, members and friends of Congregation Chasam Sopher celebrated the completed first phase of the restoration of the 150-year-old synagogue at 6 Clinton St. on Wed., Sept. 8 and the beginning of a 12-month writing of a new Torah scroll.

Working up a sweat over smut at multi-agency meeting
By Albert Amateau
Village residents who have been trying to stem the tide of pornography in their neighborhood cheered last week when the new director of the Mayor’s Office of Midtown Enforcement said at a public forum that his efforts are beginning to pay off.

Rain ravages Soho as building shifts, sewers flood
By Lincoln Anderson
It’s hurricane season in Florida, which in a certain low-lying corner of Soho means one thing — it’s flood season again, man the sandbag brigade and build a seawall! Whenever hurricanes sweep the South and the attending torrential rains buffet the East Coast, the southwest section of the Downtown Manhattan artists’ enclave is at risk of being submerged under the overflow from backed-up sewers.

Ex-porn king trades sex for salami at 2nd Ave. Deli
By Mary Reinholz
Al Goldstein, the once portly clown prince of porn who made a mint publishing outrageous raunch in Screw magazine for over more than three decades, said he is now broke, basically homeless and attending classes with “wife beaters” after being convicted of verbally harassing one of his four ex-wives. But Goldstein seems grateful for a new job he landed late last month in the East Village.

Songbird owners feeling blown away in S.D.R. Park
By Ronda Kaysen
The Wah Mei songbirds of Sara Delano Roosevelt Park, chirping away in their brown wooden cages, have some serious competition: gas-powered leaf blowers.

Another twin towers fall as Cooper covers a mural
By Lincoln Anderson
On the third anniversary of 9/11, a group of 30 East Villagers respectfully gathered for a candlelight vigil in front of a memorial of a mural of the twin towers at the corner of Sixth St. and Third Ave. As much as a remembrance of the World Trade Center attack, the event was also a call for preservation of the mural, “Forever Tall,” a public artwork created in the weeks after the tragedy.

Lyricist focused on the relevant with ‘grace, wit and guts’
By Jerry Tallmer
Relevant. That is the word that comes into mind at the end of a long day’s thinking about Fred Ebb on the day after he died.

Fringe winner back for another run
By Davida Singer
In case you missed the “best overall production” winner at last month’s Fringe Festival, “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” is back for a limited run at the Soho Playhouse. The raunchy, dark comedy - more than reminiscent of Charles Schultz’s “Peanuts” - was written by casting director and first time playwright, Bert V. Royal.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
Red Lights (+)
This film received fine reviews from everyone.  It is well done, but it is not a top-notch French film noir. Because the uncomplicated plot does not allow for sufficient character building, it never becomes enthralling which the best of this genre can do.
“Vanity Fair” (-)
This is a visually beautiful film, almost every scene a tableau in magnificent colors.  It the end, however, I found it to be a gigantic bore that literally put me to sleep on several occasions.  On each occasion that I drifted off, the eagle eyed PT tapped me on the arm and made it impossible for me to continue in the embrace of Morpheus. 

Inspiring professor who promoted the love of art
By Jaclyn Marinese
For artist and professor Herschel Levit, teaching was more than mere instruction but rather a form of art in itself. Though he passed away over a decade ago, Levit’s legacy lives on in the lives of those he touched as a professor of communications design at The Pratt Institute, where he taught for over three decades. Pratt is honoring him with an exhibit entitled “Under His Wing: Herschel Levit’s Legacy in the World of Advertising” at its gallery at 144 West 14th St.

Counteracting War Media Apathy
By Seth J. Boockey
In a year that has brought us “Fahrenheit 9/11,” “ Control Room,” and “The Corporation,” a week after the Republican National Convention we now have “Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire.” Of these sorts of documentaries, this is the one you absolutely have to see, and bring at least one friend along.

Fall Ball a hit with young players
By Judith Stiles
In the autumn, baseball across the country is winding down for almost everyone, except teams that are contenders for the World Series and those devoted fans that stay glued to the television to watch the final showdown between the American and National leagues. Look out, the season is ending and baseball withdrawal is looming. Youth players put away their bats and gloves for soccer balls, footballs, hockey sticks and the like except for a handful of teams in New York City who are nuts enough to continue with baseball even when it is 41 degrees outside.

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