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Volume 74, Number 20 | September 22 -28 , 2004


Mayor’s homeless plan taking Bowery back to bad old days
Mayor Bloomberg’s new homeless policy has much to be applauded. He’s committed to slashing the city’s homeless shelter population by two-thirds within five years, while at the same time eliminating street homelessness. A key part of his plan is moving homeless people out of shelters and into permanent supportive housing; from an original pledge to build 5,000 units of supportive affordable housing, Bloomberg recently upped this number to 12,000 units.

Editorial Cartoon

Talking Point
Feeling low after Cooper’s painting over ‘Forever Tall’
By Keith Crandell
It is as if the 9/11 mural was never there, at the corner of Sixth St. and Cooper Sq. — just as if the World Trade Center towers had never been there.
This writer is saddened indeed at the decision of Cooper Union to obliterate “Forever Tall,” the splendid mural created just after 9/11. The mural memorialized the city skyline as it appeared before the towers themselves had been obliterated.

My friend Alicia’s struggles in the domestic economy
By Ed Gold
Alicia has to leave New York, which is a big setback for her — and for me.
Alicia Harrison is a very special person who has been cleaning my apartment on a weekly basis for the past eight years. But she is now priced out of the market by high rentals and is moving to Maryland.

Paradigm regained: Is Iraq really another Vietnam?
By Michael Young
Amid the comparisons, spurious or otherwise, between the reality of Iraq and Vietnam, the real story is that the paradigm of Vietnam has easily imposed itself on the public debate surrounding the Iraq war. In that context, people are more likely to brush off tomes by David Halberstam, Bernard Fall and Neil Sheehan to understand what must be done, than by those who actually understand Iraq.

Scoopy's notebook

Letters to the editor

News In Brief
Get your, oops….

Worker falls at Spring St. building site

Bikers’ friend tires will mend

Police Blotter


Picture Story

Fine dining for a fine cause
A benefit for the renovation of Washington Sq. Park on Monday evening called “Under the Arch” brought together fantastic food and the famous. Chef and restaurant owner Mario Batali, below, with his son Leo, 6, was the event host. Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, above, had designs on some tasty hors d’oeuvres.

Learning the trapeze, and with the greatest of ease
By Judith Stiles
Stuck in traffic, crawling down the West Side Highway toward the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, you will no doubt find a lot of drivers rubbernecking, not to get a glimpse of a nearby car accident, but to watch ordinary people flying through the air with the greatest of ease, or gleefully plummeting into safety nets at The New York Trapeze School.
New policy is blamed for problems at shelters
By Ronda Kaysen
East Village residents see a new future for their neighborhood and it looks suspiciously like the notorious Bowery of the 1980s. Recent changes in the city’s homeless services policies have had a paralyzing effect on two neighborhood men’s shelters that specialize in drug and alcohol treatment, hindering the shelters’ ability to treat their clients and creating an intimidating environment in the neighborhood, according to homeless advocates and community residents.

St. Brigid faithful pray church can remain
By Albert Amateau
A week after Father Michael Conway served the last Sunday Mass of St. Brigid’s parish and a month after Bishop Robert Brucato, vicar general of the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, told worshipers that the parish would be dissolved, a group of parishioners gathered on the steps of the 156-year-old church on Sept. 19 and pledged to continue efforts to save the building and their parish.

Richie, a member of the No Police State Coalition, protested a Daily News article before the Republican Convention that called his group potentially violent. He claimed they are peaceful and that the story was planted by the police to demonize them.

Villager photos by Bob Arihood

Anarchists say smears were way out of order
By Lincoln Anderson
Before and during the Republican National Convention, the major media stoked fears of anarchists descending on New York bent on wreaking havoc.
“Anarchists Hot for Mayhem” was the headline on a Daily News article reporting that “50 of the country’s leading anarchists” each accompanied by “50 followers” would be in town for the convention.

Developer is retooling dorm design for CHARAS site
By Lincoln Anderson
The megadorm on E. Ninth St. isn’t dead, not yet, at least. Developer Gregg Singer plans to have architects come up with a new design for a dormitory at the site of the former CHARAS/El Bohio arts and community center.

Let there be lights, but in October
By David H. Ellis
And then they were gone.
After raising the hopes of nearby residents and admirers of the Washington Sq. Arch by illuminating the icon several times earlier this summer, the city’s Parks Department says that enthusiasts of the new look should not expect to see it again until October.

A worried Lynne Stewart hopes her testimony helps
By Mary Reinholz
Embattled Downtown lawyer Lynne Stewart, the first American attorney to face charges for materially aiding international terrorism, wore a black velvet jacket and smiled serenely from a front row pew in an Uptown church last weekend.

9/11 conspiracy theorists spin scenarios in Chelsea
By Matthew Reiss
Sept. 11 will never be the same. Not after Saturday night’s conspiracy expo.
Three hundred conspiracy theorists, shuts-ins and regular folk who don’t believe the hype filled the Grand Ballroom of the Manhattan Center on Saturday to hear what a group of self-styled independent investigators have come up with in pursuit of the unvarnished version of the 9/11 attack.

Small businesses are finding it harder to survive
By Lincoln Anderson
Whether because of high rent or the high cost of doing business, recent weeks have seen a spate of several decades-old small shops and boutiques in the West and East Village shut their doors.

Trust expects funds for Tribeca segment of Hudson Park
By Albert Amateau and Josh Rogers
The head of the Hudson River Park Trust says she expects that by November the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. will authorize the money to build the Downtown section of the Hudson River Park.

Pier 57 plans down to 2: Chelsea Piers vs. Cipriani
By Albert Amateau
The Hudson River Park Trust this week eliminated two of the four developers whose plans had been under consideration to redevelop Pier 57 on the Chelsea waterfront as part of the 5-mile-long riverfront park.

He’s too sexy for his shirts; hoping to be a male Madonna
By Tien-Shun Lee
As a teenager, fashion designer Apollo Braun decided that he was either going to commit suicide or conquer the world. Now the owner of a Lower East Side boutique that features artsy and outrageous outfits, Braun is concentrating hard on the second option.

Counteracting war media apathy
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.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Rosenstrasse” (+) This well-done docudrama is a fictionalized account of a true incident that took place in Berlin.
“Criminal” (+) Two years ago I reviewed the sensational Argentinean film “Nine Queens,” on which “Criminal” is based. In my review I stated, “This is an intriguing movie from the first frame to the last.”

Capturing reality at NYU
By Winnie McCroy
Faster than you can say, “You’re fired!” New York City is once again an important location in the world of reality TV. The Independent Film Channel is poised to launch “Film School,” a ten-week project that pits four film students at New York University as they race to finish their student film, and possibly launch their filmmaking career.

Translation of the absurd
By Jerry Tallmer
Mr. and Mrs. Smith are at home. Mr. Smith has his nose buried in the newspaper. Without looking up, he mutters, “Good grief, it says Bobby Watson died.”
Mrs. Smith: My God, the poor chap. When did he die?
It’s likely that of all the words in the above, the single clearest touch of Tina Howe—among an uncounted bundle of gifts from her to Eugene Ionesco—is that “truly unruly.” Sounds like her. But also like Ionesco. That’s the trick. Or to put it more highfalutin’-like, the art of the translator.

Returning to La MaMa with a country musical
By Jerry Talmer
The last time Madison Mason was at La MaMa E.T.C. it was 1974 and the show was “Horse Opera,” a musical adapted by John Braden from a play by Leonard Melfi.

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