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Volume 77, Number 10 | August 08 - 14, 2007
Spray it aint so: We hear some of Councilmember Alan Gersons constituents arent too happy that he was the Councils only member to vote against a bill banning the sale of wide-tip magic markers, spray paint and etching acid to youths age 21 and under. However, Paul Nagle, Gersons director of communications and cultural policy, said, They were making the distinction between wide-tip and razor-point but we just felt theres a real First Amendment problem. Nagle admitted that most graffitists do fall within the 16-to-21-year-old age range, but noted that the majority of youth in this demographic do not graffiti. As for spray paint, well, its used to make costumes, he noted. Its not like [Gerson] defeated the bill, Nagle added. And etching acid? Id say if that was separated out in a different category, it might have been a different vote, he said.
Squat bit: Villager associate editor Lincoln Anderson recently enjoyed interviewing Jerry the Peddler at See Skwat, followed by seeing a hard-moshing hardcore punk concert at the squat, too. But no one told him the place has bed bugs, which he later found out the hard way from the three itchy welts on his left forearm that took a couple of weeks to go away. We subsequently heard from neighbors that See Skwat is known to be infested at least some squatters apartments are as are several other buildings on E. Ninth and 10th Sts.
Dia director: Jeffrey Weiss is the new director of the Dia Art Foundation. Having long admired Dias pioneering role in our field and its dedication to the art of our time, I am delighted to begin my tenure here. I look forward to working with Dias staff and trustees to continue this innovative work, Weiss wrote in an introductory letter.
Really tall, dormit! N.Y.U.s new 26-story dorm, under construction on E. 12th St. between Third and Fourth Aves. at the former St. Anns Church site, was expected to top out by Tuesday. Anna Sawaryn of the Coalition to Save the East Village said: Its not only about how high it is; its about bringing in 700 people to a block where there was no one.
Life and limb: Lawrence Krasin, the attorney representing the woman seriously injured when a huge tree branch from an old English elm tree fell on her in Stuyvesant Square Park a few weeks ago, said his client is still undergoing rehabilitation. He said the woman a social worker in her late 20s has arm, leg, facial, back and neck injuries and is in bad shape. Its a miracle that shes talking to me, he said. Krasin said hes going to inspect the branch, which is being stored by the Parks Department at Randalls Island, in about a week.
Times up, really: Its only a matter of time before Steve Stollman sells the Times Up! space on E. Houston St. near Mulberry St. So, the 20-year-old cycling-environmentalist group is on the lookout for a new headquarters. Bill Di Paola, Times Up!s founder, said Stollman took a deposit which is more than hes ever done, meaning it looks like theyll have to vamoose. A woman known as Science Teacher Sarah was spearheading an effort to buy the space and turn it into an environmental learning center, and Times Up! had raised $3 million. But that wasnt quite enough, Di Paola said. Ideally, theyre looking for a first-floor space in the Downtown Manhattan area where they can either pay a discounted rent or no rent.
Quinn sees big picture: Council Speaker Christine Quinn said she was glad the Bloomberg administration last week decided not to push through its proposed regulations on film and photography permitting. Like many New Yorkers, I was concerned by the administrations initial film and photography permitting proposal and conveyed those concerns to the Mayors Office of Theatre, Film and Broadcasting, Quinn said. I am pleased that they have listened to the publics testimony and will be revising their proposal. I look forward to working to ensure that their new proposal preserves First Amendment rights and activities while also ensuring safe use of public space for filming and photography.
Straw that stirs the drink: When James Solomon isnt hard at work on community issues in Soho or as chairperson of the new Chinatown Committee at Community Board 2, he writes for TV. He was the lead writer and executive producer for The Bronx is Burning, the well-reviewed, new, eight-hour mini-series on the 1977 Yankees World Series team. The series, which stars John Turturro as Billy Martin, is set against the backdrop of the Son of Sam murders and a contentious mayoral race between Ed Koch, Mario Cuomo, Abe Beame and Bella Abzug. The first episode ran July 9 and subsequent installments are appearing on Tuesdays throughout the summer at 10 p.m. on ESPN.
Whats the beef? Some sort of serious tiff is going on at 61 Jane St. between gay political activist Allen Roskoff and Elaine Young, who was recently appointed to C.B. 2. Apparently, Roskoff felt that if Young, who is in real estate, became president of the buildings co-op board, it would somehow unfairly help her business, so he actively opposed her candidacy. But Young won anyway. Im president of the board now, Young told us the other week. I have no comment. She noted she had been on the board for a year already.
Correction: The little boy in last weeks photo of the Jade Mountain restaurant auction was incorrectly identified as Nicholas Chan. His name is Reese, hes 2, and Nicholas is his father. They live above the restaurant.