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Volume 74, Number 22 | September 29 -October 5 , 2004


Trust must reveal its financial plan
The latest flare-up over the Hudson River Park involves not Pier 40 at W. Houston St. on the Lower West Side, the big controversy of last year, but another one, Pier 57 at W. 15th St. in Chelsea. By preemptively rejecting two of four development groups’ plans for the pier, the Hudson River Park Trust has, once again, raised the ire of some local politicians and park activists.

Editorial Cartoon

Talking Point

Don’t throw in the towel yet; Kerry can still win
By Ed Gold
Too many liberals in the Village have been raising the white flag.
Every day, since the Republican Convention, I have been stopped in the street, called on the phone or e-mailed by hand-wringers who tell me all is lost in the Presidential election — Kerry has done everything wrong, the Bush people are too smart for us, the media has sold out to the right; we won’t survive another four years. Some have even said they plan to leave the country after the election.

Get out the vote; whatever it takes
By Andrei Codrescu
Here are some suggestions for getting out the vote.
Plaster an old coat with “Vote!” stickers and go to work in it.

Scoopy's notebook

Letters to the editor

News In Brief
Waverly Pl. to lose a favorite place

Sukhot du Soleil at the New Shul

Waring is new Grace Church rector

P.S. 11 holds Fall Festival in Chelsea

Shape of things to come?
Gramercy, Union Sq. lose some phone service after cable melts

Friedman unseats Moss as head of Committee’s Reform Caucus
Trust serving up tennis courts

Dog day morning as ‘Little Whitey’ runs all around on the West Side

Fitzgerald retires, leaves as 6th Precinct’s commanding officer


Picture Story

Ivana meet the chefs
Food lovers — more than 2,000 of them — didn’t let Hurricane Ivan’s rain get them down on Sat., Sept. 18, as they enjoyed sampling the best of the South Village’s cuisine at the Meet the Chefs event.

George Allen, 69, mentor to many successful singers
George Allen, better known as George Axiltree, who taught singing for many years at HB Studio on Bank St. and was the mentor of many singers who went on to successful music careers, died Sept. 21 from complications of heart disease at the age of 69.

Thomas Mathison, 56, bright mind who overcame handicap
The friends of Thomas Herbert Mathison, a West Village neighbor who died Aug. 7 at the age of 56 of leukemia, celebrated his life on Sat., Sept. 18 at a memorial gathering in the back room of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, a West Village restaurant and bar on Hudson St.

Playing Palm Beach, without hurricanes, in Chelsea
By Judith Stiles
As the autumn weather begins to get chilly, hardcore golfers from the metro area usually begin to fantasize about a little trip to Palm Beach, Fla., where you don’t have to warm up your hands before tee time. However this fall, it is the Floridian golfers who are fantasizing about a little trip up north to play golf, and perhaps after four hurricanes, they might be thinking of a one-way ticket to a life where golf in nippy weather would be a welcome relief.
New noise plan silent on smoking law’s impact
By Ronda Kaysen
If hell is other people, then Mayor Bloomberg’s noise law proposal has not solved the problem.
With smokers now relegated to the city’s sidewalks in the wake of the mayor’s 2003 smoking ban, their voices have drifted into neighboring apartments, causing many a sleepless night. To the dismay of residents, new noise legislation — also drafted by the mayor — does not address noise created by people, except in instances of disorderly conduct.

Rec. center is renamed for Village’s‘Mr. Parks’
By Lincoln Anderson
n a renaming that could not be more appropriate or more well deserved, the Parks Department’s Carmine St. Recreation Center was rechristened for the late “Mr. Parks” and “Mayor of Greenwich Village,” the late Tony Dapolito.

Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert

Ellen Stewart, founder of La MaMa Theater, at City Hall on Monday for announcement of the Fourth Arts Block deal.

The show will go on, and on, for E. 4th St. Theater Row
By Rachel Evans
For more than 20 years, the arts community in the East Village had a reason to worry. With commercial venues eyeing development opportunities in the area, what is known as Downtown’s Theater Row had been struggling to ensure a long-lasting artistic presence on E. Fourth St.

Alarm raised over lack of community emergency funds
By Alison Gregor
Federal funding earmarked for Community Emergency Response Teams after Sept. 11 is not finding its way from the state to the neighborhoods it was intended to help, officials said Monday.

Borough president backs no-stadium, alternative plan
By Albert Amateau
The City Planning Commission’s Sept. 23 hearing on the Hudson Yards project, involving the New York Sports and Convention Center stadium, the extension of the No. 7 subway line and the transformation of the West Side from 29th to 43rd Sts. into a high-rise office and residential district, attracted about 500 partisans pro and con.

Helping special-needs kids enjoy the magic of dance
By Melanie Wallis
Dancer Maher Benham is revolutionizing the art of dance as we know it, by opening a dance school that will enable children with special needs to perform dance pieces.

Alarm raised over lack of community emergency funds
By Alison Gregor
Federal funding earmarked for Community Emergency Response Teams after Sept. 11 is not finding its way from the state to the neighborhoods it was intended to help, officials said Monday.

Paring down of Pier 57 plans causes some waves
By Albert Amateau
After deciding that two of the four proposals to redevelop Pier 57 did not have the required financial clout, the Hudson River Park Trust last week held a public presentation of the two surviving plans.

Critical Mass rides again, vows to keep on rolling
By Lincoln Anderson
In an event deemed a critical test for the future of Critical Mass, the monthly group bike ride with an environmental message, about 1,000 bicyclists rode from Union Sq. to the 50s and back again last Friday night, for the most part not hindered by police.

New Henry St. school has students thinking globally
By Divya Watal
A new school on the Lower East Side, promising to look at education through an international lens, opened its doors last week to an eager batch of middle and high school students.

Whatever happened to Fay Wray? Siren didn’t fade away
By Jerry Tallmer
You can keep your “King Kong.” I mean, it’s an engraved-into-our-brain movie and all that — some addicts hold it to be the greatest movie ever made. But as I was sitting in the dark in the Film Forum this past Sunday morning, an arrow whipped through the jungle toward its human targets on the run, Bob Rainsford and Eve Trowbridge, and in that blinding instant I was swept back into the 63-minute experience that for me, once upon a long time ago, had opened up the very act of movie-going and movie-loving for an entire lifetime.


Westbeth artist reveals a remarkable life
By Rachel Evans
A photographic portrait of Pablo Picasso hangs on one side while a series of anti-war paintings and collages fill the opposite corner of the Westbeth Gallery. Dizzying water-colored pieces inspired by such things as a sand storm to simple lead-pencil sketches of Isabella Rossalini’s children, overwhelm the eye. It is hard to imagine that all of the approximately 120 pieces and a slide show are from one woman, Beryl Bernay.

Basil Twist presents an exhilarating aquatic Rorschach
At the end of Basil Twist’s “Symphonie Fantastique,” there is only one feeling—exhilaration. On its most elementary level, you have just spent an hour watching a team of people drag fabric and other materials around a 1,000-gallon fish tank while listening to Berlioz, but on an artistic level, you have experienced magic. It is the combination of light, movement and music that transcends the literal and touches the viewer on a very fundamental level.

koch on film
By Ed Koch
“Silver City” (-) I find it painful that John Sayles is responsible for this movie. Sales, who is very left in his philosophy and a spinner of great stories in pursuit of his version of America, is a great artist. Some of the previous films that he has written and directed include “Lone Star,” “Passion Fish,” and “Matewan.”
“Zelary” (-) If you are interested in being entertained by a film providing pleasure, this is not the movie for you. “Zelary” in a perverse way reminded me of the Eskimo docudrama, “Nanook of the North,” but this time the movie takes place in Czechoslovakia during World War II and has an audio track. Don’t get me wrong, “Nanook” was a masterpiece and undoubtedly still interesting to a very limited audience. “Zelary” pleased a lot of critics, but not me.


Talking about the ‘hard part’
By Jerry Tallmer
Somehow, looking at these two slim, stunning women sitting there on a low concrete wall facing just outside the Cherry Lane Theatre, where they’d spent the afternoon interviewing possible actresses for “EVE-olution,” one couldn’t help thinking of two women out of a different play, Julia Hersey Gibbs and Myrtle Webb of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.”

Speaking the unspeakable
By Jerry Tallmer
Ester Holtzberg was a 14-year-old when the Nazis came to Krakow, and a battered, hollowed, starving but indomitable young woman of 85 pounds and 20 years when the U.S. Army liberated Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria.
Indeed, it was her 20th birthday, May 7, 1945.

Examining angst and inertia
By Davida Singer
In a seedy East Village apartment, five members of a washed up rock band mindlessly watch T.V., until someone kicks it in and they’ve got to figure out what to do next. This is the premise of Adam Rapp’s new existential play, “Finer Noble Gases”, the opener for Rattlestick Theater’s fall festival dedicated to his work.

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