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Volume 74, Number 24 | Octuber 13 - 19 , 2004


It’s time for N.Y.U. to stop blocking superblocks transfer
Only four months ago, this page clearly spelled out that the force blocking the transfer of two, two-block-long strips of property running along LaGuardia Pl. and Mercer St. south of Washington Sq. was none other than New York University.

Editorial Cartoon

Talking Point
A Gansevoort park and recycling? It just might work
By Shirley Secunda
The Bloomberg administration’s intention to carry out its new recycling plan recently came to our community in the form of a proposal to set up a newly designed and less intrusively located marine transfer station than previously existed at the Gansevoort Peninsula. This was coupled with a suggestion that the full park we all want there might be quickly built, without encroachment by the new marine transfer station, as part of the effort. From what I understand, Community Board 2’s Waterfront Committee will be reviewing this proposal over the next few months and holding public hearings before any conclusion can be reached, understandably so, especially in view of the board’s prior resolution against sanitation uses on the peninsula.

Goin’ back to Memphis, a new downtown embryo
By Andrei Codrescu
Memphis has one of those embryonic downtowns that will make investors rich in 10 years. New townhouses overlook the Mississippi River and the trademark Pyramid, and there are high-rise condos where single professionals or retired suburbanites-come-back-to-the-city can admire sunsets through a cocktail glass or face the sunrise with honest hangovers. There is a streetcar that takes people to their jobs in the morning and brings them home in the evening. Most of the week in the daytime they just rattle around empty waiting for the future.

Scoopy's notebook

Letters to the editor

News In Brief
Tennis and park: A love match

Historic handoff

Hack handcuffed

‘Loanshark Bob’ wants the max

Martha upstages Koch kids’ book bash

Calling all senior shower singers

British don’t go ape for banana art

Drops in for dinner

Pier plan makes a splash in Venice

Hot doggin’ it

Going to the dogs

Sees the light in Hudson River Park

Police Blotter


Glenn Schoenhals, 38, dancer and massage therapist
Glenn F. Schoenhals, a Village resident since 1989 and a massage therapist for the past 10 years, died Sat., Oct. 2, at New York University Medical Center of complications from AIDS. He was 38.

As coach, former goalie’s patient approach catches on
By Judith Stiles
When Amanda Vandervort was a teenager, she joined a soccer team on a whim simply because all her friends were playing on the team and they needed a goalie. She came to the game of soccer at 14 years old, which in the U.S. is considered “late” in life, and she came through the back door, without burning ambition or lifelong plans.

City floats East River towers-and-park idea
By Josh Rogers
After a half century or so of new East Side waterfront plans, city officials think they may have an idea that won’t end up with all of the others — that is, sleeping with the East River fishes. They are now considering building seven apartment towers over the F.D.R. Drive near Wall St. to pay for an additional 12 acres of park space from the Battery to East River Park.

Murder victim’s neighbors had been concerned about security
By Lincoln Anderson
Following the murder of a 79-year-old Jones St. man in his own bed last Tuesday, neighbors are charging it was an accident waiting to happen. Tenants claim the building has serious security problems that the management company refuses to address. Additionally, residents of the quiet, one-block-long Greenwich Village street say it has become less safe, beset by crack smokers at night and a recent spate of burglaries.

Walking the Line, from left, Councilmember Christine Quinn, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, actor Ed Norton and Council Speaker Gifford Miller.

Villager photo by Ramin Talaie

State and owner get aboard the High Line greenway plan
By Albert Amateau
Mayor Mike Bloomberg went up onto the High Line last week to celebrate three events that could fast-track the beginning of construction to transform the 1.5-mile derelict railroad viaduct that traverses West Chelsea into a spectacular elevated park.

Trust member says long-range financial plan needed
By Lincoln Anderson
Taking a page from The Villager, literally, Julie Nadel, a board of directors member of the Hudson River Park Trust, asked the state-city authority to consider The Villager’s suggestion in a recent editorial that the Trust put together and make public a long-term financial plan for the park.

St. Brigid’s faithful make appeal to Cardinal Egan
By Albert Amateau
After a 2-mile hike uptown from the East Village chanting “Save St. Brigid’s” and “Que viva Santa Brigida,” a group of 60 worshipers walked a picket line for two hours last Sunday across from St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

A tent city of one: Tompkins homeless man targeted
By Lincoln Anderson
In the mid-1980s, Tompkins Sq. Park was taken over by the homeless. Living in what was dubbed “tent city,” they covered half the park. While many in the neighborhood were appalled, others supported the right of the homeless to be in the park. Following a riot over the encampment in 1988, Mayor David Dinkins cleared the park and closed it for 14 months of renovations. A midnight curfew was also enacted.

Elderly pair survive lengthy Waverly water torture
By Melanie Wallis
A longtime Village couple are celebrating being back home, after being homeless for three months due to a burst water pipe that led to a dispute with their landlord.

Penn South co-ops focus on election closer to home
By Albert Amateau
Seven candidates are running for five seats on the Penn South co-op board of directors on Oct. 31 at the 42nd annual meeting of the moderate-income Chelsea complex.

Keeping asphalt may be answer to Chinatown turf war
By Ronda Kaysen
The feuding factions of the Columbus Park turf war may soon strike a truce, but there is little hope either side will ever make nice and play together. With a meeting slated for next Wednesday between local elected officials, the Parks Department and the proponents and opponents of synthetic turf, all sides have agreed on one thing, at least: a compromise is imminent.

Sparks fly over strips at Parks Committee meeting
By Lincoln Anderson
Community members entered last Wednesday night’s Community Board 2 Parks Committee meeting hopeful some progress might finally be made on two strips of city property long in limbo along the edges of the New York University-owned superblocks south of Washington Sq. But afterwards, many left with the same certainty with which they entered: that the strips remain a jurisdictional no-man’s land because that’s how N.Y.U. wants it.

Tenants say landlords using loophole to evict them
By Nancy Reardon
Local politicians have stepped in to stop the eviction of residents in a 15-unit tenement building in the East Village because they believe the owners are trying to skirt the city’s rent-stabilization code.


A haunting quality
By Alison Gregor
Ellen Bradshaw has been visiting saloons for a year now. But it’s not the prospect of a good drink that is drawing her, it’s the bars themselves. Or rather their artistic potential.
A downtown resident, Bradshaw has been painting the saloons and restaurants of Tribeca, the Seaport and the Village capturing a haunting quality.

History painting for the fleeting news-hungry masses
By Carrie Moyer
Nancy Chunn is best known for “Front Pages,” a serial work in which the artist added commentary and glyphs to every front page The New York Times published in 1996. Worked directly onto newsprint, corny drawings and rubber-stamped rants record the artist’s daily reactions to “all the news that’s fit to print” and the immediacy and sheer accumulation of words and images coalesced into a vivid, snarky diatribe of a self-described “political junkie.”

Contrasting lives: being Japanese during WWII
By Jerry Tallmer
Senpo Sugihara and Kenji Ima never met. One was a little American boy and one was a grown Japanese man, with an Atlantic Ocean and a continent in between them, but there was one thing they had in common. It was called World War II.

Singing so good it’s fun
By James Jorden
Sure, opera is the highest of all artistic achievement. Any opera queen will bend your ear with that truism. What is often overlooked, however, is that opera can be sheer fun. The first weekend in October offered examples of both facets of the art.

Editing together life’s pieces
The advent of home movies, cassette recorders and video cameras has allowed average Americans the ability to record themselves endlessly. For many, family events, baby videos and school plays are captured on video but never seen, or looked at much later on as curiosities at reunions.

koch on film
By Ed Koch
“I Love Huckabees” (-)
This is one of the worst films I’ve seen in years. Yet, it received very good reviews from most of the critics. The New York Times critic, Manohla Dargis, wrote, “The high-wire comedy ‘I Love Huckabees’ captures liberal-left despair with astonishingly good humor: it’s ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ for the screwball set.
“The Motorcycle Diaries” (+)
This is a road film involving two young men on their way to epiphanies.

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