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Volume 74, Number 27 | November 03 - 09 , 2004


Critical Mass is at a critical point
If there was any question that Mayor Bloomberg and the Police Department have decided to take on the monthly Critical Mass bike ride, the events of last week left no doubts.

Editorial Cartoon

Talking Point
The whole world is watching: The view from France
By Patricia Fieldsteel
I voted on Oct. 7 — mailed in the yellow pre-addressed absentee ballot envelope to Varick St. I admit I overdid it on the stamps. The instructions were in Spanish, Chinese and Korean and on the reverse side very briefly in English. I carefully blackened in the little ovals in the Democratic B column underneath Kerry/Edwards, Schumer and Nadler — no hanging or pregnant chads or misaligned boxes. I confess to my heart’s beating rapidly, to even feeling a little teary as I did this, made a Xerox copy of my vote and trotted around the corner to the regulation yellow La Poste mailbox on the Rue des Déportés.

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Letters to the editor

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News In Brief
Answering St. Vincent’s prayers

He’s a real operator — for voters

Ghouls galore and more at Village Halloween Parade

Police Blotter

Fundraiser pays tribute to legendary Stella Adler
By Jerry Tallmer
Behind a rickety scaffolding and up an ancient elevator at 31 West 27th Street, the spirit of Stella Adler lives on — a far cry from the Grand Ballroom of the Pierre Hotel, where on Monday night, November 8, a star-studded third annual black-tie “Stella by Starlight” will celebrate the impact of Jacob Adler’s astonishing daughter on the Group Theater of the 1930s and (in terms of acting) all American theater and film since.

Elizabeth Lochtefeld, 44, expediter, lived on Grove St.
By Hemmy So
Though the news reports on Elizabeth Lochtefeld’s death give sordid details of her tragic death on Oct. 25, memories recounted by family, friends and acquaintances paint only a glowing portrait of an outgoing woman who devoted herself to work, home and community.

Picture Story

Kids have frightfully fun time in the square
Hundreds of kids attended the 14th Annual Children’s Halloween Parade at Washington Sq. last Sunday.

Hoop dreams on the Hudson under Pier 63’s bubble
By Judith Stiles
Turning the clocks back an hour and nippy weather signal the end of baseball and the beginning of basketball season for thousands of boys and girls in New York City. Approximately five percent of youth basketball players in the city play serious competitive games all year long on A.A.U. (Amateur Athletic Union) teams or club travel teams. But where do the rest of the city kids play when the weather gets cold and the baseball gloves are retired to the closet shelf?

After court loss, police crack down on bike group
By Lincoln Anderson
If the Critical Mass bicyclists thought they had won some protection with a federal judge’s rulings in their dueling lawsuits with the city last week, Friday night’s events proved that assumption wrong — and left the bikers charging that the city is continuing to target them.

Many health workers are not getting flu vaccine
By Ronda Kaysen
As healthcare providers figure out how to distribute an inadequate supply of flu vaccine to the city’s most at-risk residents, one group in particular has inched towards the bottom of the priority list: the healthcare providers themselves.

Kids, not cars, are finally back in Avenue B school’s playground
By Divya Watal
This year, 800 East Village children can shoot hoops and frolic on swings in their school’s playground instead of bumping into cars and inhaling fumes.

Members of Chelsea Reform Democrats and Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats on the bus headed to Norristown, Penn., to campaign for John Kerry last Sunday. Councilmember Christine Quinn, at rear right, led the trip.
Turnout and turnpikes
By Lincoln Anderson
In the most eagerly anticipated presidential election since 1968 during the Vietnam War, Downtowners flocked to the polls in droves on Tuesday. Making every effort to help John Kerry win, many Democrats from the Village to Hell’s Kitchen also headed to key battleground states over the weekend and on Election Day to lobby the undecided, encourage people to vote and, in some cases, keep an eye out for irregularities at polling sites.

Subsidized tenants are sold on the new buyout bill
By Albert Amateau
More than 500 tenants of subsidized housing, many from the Lower East Side, rallied at City Hall on Tuesday in support of a bill introduced by City Councilmember Alan Gerson that would give tenants the first right to buy their buildings when landlords take projects out of subsidy programs.

Parks commissioner defends plan for restaurant in Union Sq. pavilion
By Albert Amateau
For Adrian Benepe, commissioner of Parks and Recreation, the long-awaited reconstruction of the north end and plaza of Union Sq. Park is being made possible by an unusually generous anonymous private donation of $5 million.

Fewer but larger street fairs proposed as alternative
By Hemmy So
In an effort to continue the “livability offensive” for his district, Councilmember Alan Jay Gerson moderated and co-sponsored a town hall meeting on street fairs on Mon., Oct. 25, at New York University School of Law.

For one night only, Chicago 7 trial rages again
By Jerry Tallmer
Well. Yogi, it was certainly déjà vu all over again at 45 Bleecker St. two Monday nights ago. The Chicago 8, who became the Chicago 7 when gagged-and-handcuffed Bobby Seale was separated from the proceedings, were back on trial for conspiring to commit violence on the streets of Mayor Richard J. Daley’s fair city during the Democratic National Convention of 1968. Only this was 36 years later and the event was the one-night-only reading of a crisp, sharp transcript-based 1979 play called “The Chicago Conspiracy Trial.”

Stadium foes fear M.T.A. will get railroaded by Jets
By Albert Amateau
As the Bloomberg administration’s ambitious vision for the future of the Hudson Yards district reaches the midpoint of the city land-use review procedure, opposition to the plan’s proposed stadium and No. 7 subway line extension is gathering steam.

Anti-crime unit and community officer are Cops of Year
By Albert Amateau
The Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce presented its Cop of the Year Awards for 2004 to officers of the Sixth and 10th Precincts, covering the Village and Chelsea, at a lunchtime meeting last week where Lisa LaFrieda, a Chamber member who died in July, was also honored.

Idea of High Line as ‘meditative slow lane’ popular
By Albert Amateau
West Side residents from Chelsea and the Village eagerly gave their ideas and preferences about the High Line at a community input forum two weeks ago on the proposal to convert the 1.5-mile derelict railroad viaduct into an elevated park between the Gansevoort Market and the Javits Convention Center.

‘I’m no scapegoat,’ says Nader at Cooper Union rally
By Sascha Brodsky
The day before the presidential election, Ralph Nader ended his campaign Monday by defying calls to pull out of the contest.

Sol Goldman Y gets FEVA for cutting-edge art classes
By Tyler Pray
The hallways of the Sol Goldman 14th St. Y bustle with babies in strollers, moms, giant hula-hoops, elaborate dresses, senior citizens carrying exercise equipment and dozens of other visitors. Children dash between playrooms while the thump of ethnic drums escapes into the hallway and mingles with the chatter of voices young and old. Staff members move from room to room, occasionally stopping in their cramped, temporary offices as they direct the organized chaos.

Pain and hope as new Chinatown gift shop opens
By Hemmy So
Amid the bustle of Chinatown shops, a new face popped up two weeks ago in a historic location. Once home to 32 Mott Street General Store, the namesake address now houses Good Fortune Gifts, Inc.


Screenwriter Budd Schulberg, 90, reminisces on making ‘Waterfront’
By Jerry Tallmer
Fifty years later, and eight months after his 90th birthday, Budd Schulberg looks back on a walk through Hoboken that he took with Marlon Brando on the Sunday before the Monday that shooting started on “On the Waterfront.”

Captivating actress sings ‘second farewell’
By Jerry Tallmer
Don’t know if you’ve ever heard “Moon River” sung in two different minor keys by the same person at the same time. i.e., simultaneously. Not even Audrey Hepburn could do that.

koch on film
By Ed Koch
P.S. (-) The opening scenes of this film showed great promise, but it quickly stalled and went nowhere. Too bad.
“Sideways” (+) This is a good film, directed by Alexander Payne, but it is not as good as many movie critics have touted.

Maugham Gem Comes a Cropper
By David Noh
Could any man, with the possible exception of Tennessee Williams, write better roles for women than W. Somerset Maugham? Fascinating, multi-layered female personalities dominate works like “Of Human Bondage,” “Rain,” “The Letter,” “The Razor’s Edge” and “Theatre,” which has been made into the film, “Being Julia.” Maugham was uncannily able to get under the skin of his adulterous wives, murderesses and harlots, both redeemed and unredeemed, with the deft mastery of the most discerning psychologist.

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