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Volume 74, Number 29 | November 24 - 30, 2004

Inside
Editorial
Lawsuit on R.N.C. arrests is warranted
The filing of a class-action civil rights lawsuit over the handling of arrests of protesters — and non-protesters — during the Republican National Convention comes as little surprise. Although the Police Department did a good job of keeping the city safe during the convention, there was widespread criticism on how arrests were made, conditions of the holding area at Pier 57 — “Guantanamo on the Hudson” — and length of time arrestees were held.

Dorm developer still doesn’t get it
Gregg Singer has retooled his dorm proposal for the former CHARAS/El Bohio site in an effort to win support for the project that his previous proposal lacked. Sensing rightly that the community wants to save the old P.S. 64 building, and that he has “a landmark issue” on his hands, Singer commissioned well-regarded architectural firm Beyer Blinder Belle to do a design that preserves the old school’s Ninth St. facade. However, the idea of a dormitory tower is clearly not what the community wants.

Editorial Cartoon

Talking Point
Anti-Semitism or free expression of ideas at Columbia?
By Ed Gold
My friend called from New Hampshire, very upset. “I heard about the anti-Semitism at Columbia,” he said, “and I’ve just stopped my contributions to the school.”

Blogging it till media dispels doubts on election
By Jane Flanagan
For three weeks now the Internet has been abuzz with reports of voting irregularities. Democratic bloggers point to tens of thousands of discarded absentee ballots in Florida, nine-hour lines at the polls in Ohio and then, of course, the fliers directing Ohio Democrats to vote Nov. 3, the day after the election.

Notebook
The autumn of my years…and Bush sure isn’t helping
By Wickham Boyle
I can’t stop crying. I thought I was finished with the hormonal storms that preceded my period in youth and seemed to entwine me nearly constantly in the final years of full-blown menopause. And yet here I am, one moment content riding my bike against traffic, pedaling to the gym on a foggy fall day, when without warning the waterworks start.

Jeffrey Miller: Forever good
By Andrei Codrescu
I know a guy, 23 years old, filled with despair at the world’s neglect of his poetry. Why won’t anybody publish him? Can’t they see he’s a genius? If six years pass and he still hasn’t gotten past the front door at YAWP, New Orleans’ hottest new place to be seen in verse, but he’s still writing, then, yes, by all means, make room at the table. Buy him a drink. A poet walks among us.

Eve Ensler’s ‘Good Body’ is great
By Wickham Boyle
This is the Eve Ensler interview that I am dying to write; this is the piece that is charging out of my pores. This is not about whether a male reviewer believes that Ensler looks fine or good or sexy or whatever. It is not about another reviewer who avows that her accents could use work, or a young writer whose bulimic friend was insulted. It is about how much I loved the play and feel moved by Ensler’s honesty.

Scoopy's notebook

Letters to the editor

Scene


Obituary
Joseph Scialo, owner of The Monster, gay benefactor
Joseph Scialo, owner of the Village club The Monster and a benefactor of gay and lesbian service organizations, died Nov. 20 at his home in the Village. He was 69 and suffered from emphysema, according to Charlie Rice, his domestic partner of 18 years.

Sports
Trainer has the technology to make them faster, better
By Judith Stiles
Talk to any youth sports coach and chances are he or she will tell you some children have speed in a game and some don’t, and all the coaching in the world cannot change that. However if you ask Duane Carlisle of Velocity Sports Performance, an innovative fitness and speed training program, he will tell you that “very few people, maybe 1 percent are born fast, and the rest are waiting to be taught the dynamics of improving speed. That is our premise.”

NEWS
Pataki: L.M.D.C. funds will build Hudson Park’s Tribeca segment
By Josh Rogers
Governor George Pataki said Monday during his semi-annual report on Downtown’s post-9/11 progress that the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation will fund the Tribeca section of the Hudson River Park.

Stadium approval process makes big gain; pushing toward goal line
By Albert Amateau
The City Planning Commission on Monday voted all but unanimously to approve the Hudson Yards project to allow intense high-rise office and residential development in the area from 30th to 41st St. between Ninth and 11th Aves.

A rendering of the new design for the proposed University House at Tompkins Sq. dormitory, viewed from the Ninth St. side, with the old P.S. 64’s facade, in foreground, preserved.

Son of towering dorm:19 stories at CHARAS site
By Lincoln Anderson
In an apparent effort to curry favor with those who want the old P.S. 64 school building landmarked, developer Gregg Singer commissioned an architectural firm known for historical renovations to do a new design that preserves at least part of the turn-of-the-century building.


INSIDE THE VILLAGER
Class-action suit filed on R.N.C. arrests and Pier 57
By Lincoln Anderson
A group of protesters and bystanders who were arrested during the Republican National Convention in late August and early September on Monday announced the filing of a class-action lawsuit against New York City, Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and numerous police officials.

Bar noise and traffic become problems on Avenue B
By Hemmy So
The increasing popularity of the nightlife scene on lower Avenue B is having an impact on the quality of life of residents, who made their issues known at a Nov. 10 Community Board 3 joint committee meeting specifically on this issue. With C.B. 3 members and bar and restaurant owners in attendance, local residents cited numerous traffic and noise problems on Avenue B, particularly between Houston and E. Fourth Sts.

A.C.L.U. head stresses four more years of vigilance
By Terry J. Allen
Despite four years, and four more years, Nadine Strossen, president of the
American Civil Liberties Union, remains optimistic about the struggle to roll back the Patriot Act and protect civil liberties in America. At the same time, she calls the current situation “the worst of both worlds: We are less free and less safe.”

Babies are booming at Chelsea Piers
By Angela Benfield
A baby boom among female employees at Chelsea Piers served as the catalyst for their newly opened day care center, which encourages the beginnings of an active lifestyle as well as providing child care and teaching the ABC’s.

Self-certification is blamed for bulked-up buildings
By Nancy Reardon
The homeless shelters near the corner of E. Third St. and the Bowery will soon be joined by another temporary housing provider, but this one will attract a completely different clientele.

Tavern that put poet under, finds new life at 125
By Sarah Schmalbach
The first time Eddie Brennan stepped into the Greenwich Village bar he would one day own he was making one of the five stops on his boyhood paper route. Almost 60 years later he sits comfortably in jeans and a sweatshirt drinking coffee from a beer mug in the “Dylan Thomas Room” of The White Horse Tavern, his bar since 1967.

E.P.A. waits for permission to test its own offices
By Ronda Kaysen
The Environmental Protection Agency’s World Trade Center environmental retesting plan is mired in bureaucracy delays and the agency has not even received permission to test its own Lower Manhattan offices.

Police assure they have Chelsea projects covered
By Albert Amateau
In response to two shootings in October — one of them fatal — in front of the Elliott-Chelsea Houses, residents of the development and of the nearby Robert Fulton Houses last week pleaded with housing officials and police to pay better attention to their calls for help.


ARTS

Besotted With Fred Astaire
By Jerry Tallmer
The most beautiful woman ever to wear a top hat was Marlene Dietrich. Or maybe not. Maybe Andrea Marcovicci is the most beautiful woman ever to wear a top hat. You can check this out by taking in “Andrea Sings Astaire,” nightly in the Oak Room of the Algonquin through December 20.

‘Honest film with no political agenda’
By Timothy Lavin
At the beginning of August 2003, Iraq was hardly a tame place, but Americans had reason for optimism. Three months before President Bush declared that major combat operations had ceased, the New York Times was running a series of articles called “After the War,” and if a recent spate of deadly bombings augured more sinister days ahead, the world could still cheer the timely deaths of Saddam Hussein’s piratical sons.

koch on film
By Ed Koch
“Bear Cub” (+) This is a very unusual and poignant movie.  The script describes the plight of Pedro (Jose Luis Garcia-Perez) a gay man living in Madrid who is saddled with taking care of his nine-year-old nephew, Bernardo, superbly played by David Castillo.
“A Silent Love” (-) As they used to say, paint dries faster than this movie moves.  The New York Times’ reviewer, Stephen Holden, concentrated his review on the storyline without venturing an opinion on whether or not the film is good.  His review created an aura for me about the movie that it is worth seeing.  It is not.    


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