Volume 74, Number 37 | Jan. 26 — Feb 1, 2005

Election issues:
Far West Village and old P.S. 64
It seems every week we find ourselves writing about the latest demolition or new development planned in the endangered Far West Village. This week it’s more of the same, although the fact that the developer, Julian Schnabel, is an artist is a bit surprising to us. We would think an artist would be more sensitive to this area’s delicate, historic fabric.

Editorial Cartoon

Talking Point
Washington Sq. needs quick fixes, not long renovation
By Jonathan Greenberg
As I witness the Washington Sq. Park redesign plan steamroll into our community, I feel as though we Villagers are helpless train passengers heading for a major wreck.

Gansevoort Park with trucks? Use rail for recyclables
By Bill Hine
Evidence is piling up, showing that operating a marine transfer station at the Gansevoort Peninsula would create unacceptable problems. The latest came at a Jan. 3 Community Board 2 public hearing, directly from officials who are planning the project.

Penny Post
Fidel Castro and the Marlboro Man: A eulogy
By Andrei Codrescu
A few years ago Air Cubana was the world’s last smoking airline. Before boarding, a Texas evangelist smuggling Bibles to Havana, warned me not to worry when I saw white smoke fill the plane after takeoff: “It’s the Russian air conditioning!” As soon as were airborne, white smoke filled the cabin. The German guy next to me freaked out. “It’s the Russian air conditioning!” I cooly told him. “Ach,” he sighed with relief and — lit a cigarette. On cue, everyone on the plane lit up.

I’m feeling those post-Festivus East Village blues
By Wilson
One of my favorite “recurring characters” in the East Village used to be this tubby old hipster who looked like Santa Claus all year-round. He’d dress in red and green and wear shiny black combat boots, groovy shades and a puffy white (real) beard.

Scoopy's notebook

Letters to the editor


‘Body by Baby,’ new workout sensation on E. 14th St.
By Judith Stiles
Blizzards and frigid weather are enough to keep any mom and her baby home for days on end at this time of year. Ever try maneuvering a stroller over piles of dirty snow while trying to cross a street? What mother in her right mind wants to risk slipping on an icy sidewalk with baby in a backpack?

In Pictures

Avoiding the fire next time

Wrestling for America’s heart and soul

Putin on the ritz for Russian New Year

"Serving West and East Village, Chelsea, SoHo, NoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown and the Lower East Side"

Fruit fly lab makes neighbors
feel antsy
By Albert Amateau
A pre-design stage hearing last week on New York University’s plan to convert three adjacent 1890 buildings into a new computer-oriented biology center brought out anxious neighbors who are already anticipating a long and noisy construction period, potential biological hazards and a loss of light, especially in winter.

Dorm poster puzzle solved; just don’t say 'Charas'
By Lincoln Anderson
While the fight against Gregg Singer’s E. Ninth St. dormitory project goes on, the mystery of who pasted over-the-top Auschwitz-referencing posters outside the offices of the dorm’s architects, Beyer Blinder Belle, at least, appears to have been solved.

Soho non-artists’ housing bid slammed as ‘outrageous’
By Albert Amateau
The owner of an eight-story building in the Soho Cast-Iron Historic District who is seeking a special permit to eliminate the requirement that live/work lofts must be occupied by certified artists received a resounding No vote last week from the Community Board 2 Housing and Zoning Committee.

Slip sliding away
Kids, little and big, had a ball sledding on Washington Sq. Park’s inscrutable mounds last weekend. The only hills to speak of in Manhattan south of Central Park, the mounds are not preserved in a redesign proposed for the park. Go to Article.

Art reflects reality, as Schnabel tries to cash in on building boom
By Lincoln Anderson
While some artists from the 1980s East Village scene’s heyday — Mark Kostabi and Rick Prol — are fighting about their legacies, one of their peers who shot to even greater fame, Julian Schnabel, has a fight of his own on his hands — against preservation-minded West Villagers outraged at his plans to add a tower extension above his historic three-story building.

Inside the Villager

Neighbors are exhausted by noise
coming from the Hotel Gansevoort

By Albert Amateau
Residential neighbors of the Hotel Gansevoort, which opened less than a year ago on Ninth Ave. in the Gansevoort Market District, have been complaining about a constant noise that can be heard from as far as two blocks away.

Manager picked for IFC Center, to open late spring
By Albert Amateau
John Vanco, who helped discover and promote more than 40 independent films in the past six years, will become the general manager of the IFC Center in the former Waverly Theater in the Village when it opens later this year.

Board 4 still waiting for ship to come in at Pier 57
By Albert Amateau
Community Board 4 has decided not to support either of the two remaining proposals for the redevelopment of Pier 57 and is urging the Hudson River Park Trust to require the two rivals to resolve issues of traffic congestion, public open space and respect for the historic integrity of the 50-year-old West Side pier.

Big room reserved for Washington Sq. redesign meeting
By Lincoln Anderson
Plans to renovate Washington Sq. Park will be presented to the public at Community Board 2’s Parks Committee meeting on Wed., Feb. 2, at the Metro New York Developmental Disabilities Center, at 75 Morton St., in the first-floor activity room, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Injured squatters try to rebuild lives after frightening accident
By Lincoln Anderson
Two weeks after nearly dying after being hit by an S.U.V. while crossing the street, Michael Shenker, one of the East Village’s most well-known squatters, is recovering and no longer in critical condition.

City says Village and Chelsea residents drink much
By Hemmy So
The City Health Department has made it official: Greenwich Village and Chelsea residents are Manhattan’s lushes.

Patricia Lowry, defiantly discriminating editor of the EyeBy Mary Reinholz
On the last day of the Republican Convention in New York, a retired editor named Patricia Lowry took her last defiant stand: she lugged a bag of trash from her fifth-floor rent-controlled walk-up and deposited it in a garbage can outside the Bank St. building where she had lived for 50 years in the heart of Greenwich Village, doing so against the repeated warnings of family and friends.

Phyllis Meadow, 80, psychoanalysis pioneer and educator

Elsie Cardia, 77, restaurateur promoted Italian culture

Play looks at first of the high school rampages
By Jerry Tallmer
They asked me what I thought that day. What TV shows did I watch? Did I read about Vietnam? Did I listen to rock music? They wanted to know what I saw when I pulled the trigger. I told them: Roses. They opened up like roses . . .

The window on the ring

By Jerry Tallmer
This is an artist’s studio with a difference. It is also a boxing ring.
“There were two fights,” said the artist. “The first one in Miami, the second one up in Maine. The first one had red ropes. The second one had blue ropes. It just happened that way.”

Monthly folk concert evokes intimacy and another era
By Aileen Torres
A sense of intimacy is what Alan Light, the curator of “Live From Home,” originally had in mind for the monthly acoustic music series at Housing Works.

koch on film
By Ed Koch
“Ray” (+) I am so pleased that I finally saw this film about Ray Charles which was released several months ago.  The story is inspirational and the acting superb.
“The Incredibles” (+) I had resisted attempts by others to get me to see this movie.   In my younger days, I enjoyed the cartoon that accompanied a film, but I have never wanted to see an animated film as the feature presentation.  To my horror, however, only three new films opened this week all of which appeared to be duds.  So I decided to see “The Incredibles,” a full-length, totally animated creation, since it had received a number of extraordinary reviews from critics I respect.  

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