Handball hotshot

John “Rookie” Wright, left, 30, and John Necakron, 29, played handball at the Carmine Recreation Center on Clarkson St. and Seventh Ave. S. on July 19. Wright, a lifelong Lower East Sider, who lives at 725 F.D.R. Drive, is the number-one ranked “blue ball” handball player in the city, according to the U. S. Handball […]

Harwayne retires as schools head

By Elizabeth O’Brien Parents and community members expressed surprise and disappointment at the news last Friday that Shelley Harwayne, the former head of local school District 2, would immediately retire her new post as superintendent of Region 9. In January, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein tapped Harwayne to lead Region 9, a combination of the former […]

High Line reuse picks up steam

By Albert Amateau The conversion of the High Line into a 1.5-mile-long park between the Gansevoort Market and the Javits Convention Center, derided as a romantic folly two years ago, appeared last week to be a serious possibility, if not a sure thing. At a Manhattan hearing of the federal Surface Transportation Board, which has […]

Hundreds rally Downtown to ‘can the smoking ban

By Elizabeth O’Brien ’ Bar owners and employees rallied outside City Hall last Thursday on the first day of the state’s smoking ban, protesting a law that they said was squeezing their profits and suffocating the city’s nightlife. The state’s smoke-free workplace law closes several loopholes in the city smoking ban that took effect on […]

Jazz man Michael Blake: artist in residence

By Sean Fitzell An aged, upright piano, covered with sheet music and compact discs, occupies one side of the room. Across the small room is a computer, also covered with music paper, and a tenor saxophone stands in the corner. This is where saxophonist and composer Michael Blake has been busy writing new music and […]

Karen Finley on Liza and 9/11

By JERRY TALLMER In a club called Fez, in a basement under the Time Cafe, corner of Lafayette and Great Jones Sts., Liza Minnelli in a golden-tasseled gown is gasping and deep-breathing and whooping and swooping and exclaiming: “It was such a beautiful day for a tragedy!” Except that this isn’t Liza, it’s Karen Finley […]

koch on film

“The Embalmer” + The style of this film, particularly the camera work and bleakness of scenes, reminded me of the Italian movies made after World War II like “The Bicycle Thief.” The story involves Peppino (Ernesto Mahieux), a very short man in his 50s reminiscent of Danny DeVito, and Valerio (Valerio Foglia Manzillo) a very […]

Lance-less race Downtown

Lance Armstrong will not appear at the second annual New York City Cycling Championship to be held in Lower Manhattan on Sun., Aug. 3. He competed in last year’s competition, but the five-time Tour de France winner is giving himself a breather after his most grueling Tour victory, which he wrapped up last Sunday in […]

Letters to the editor

Can’t sleep on Christopher St. To The Editor: Re: “Village is becoming less tolerant” (letter, by Melissa Sklarz, July 23): I write from a condominium that faces Christopher St., between West St. and Washington St., about 100 yards from the vaunted new Pier 45. Over the 20 years I have had the apartment, the far […]

Market and High Line both hang in the balance

As the Meat Market continues to morph into an increasingly high-end dining, shopping and entertainment district, the pressure for developers to seek residential conversions of the area’s manufacturing zoning will only mount. Only a few months ago, an application to build a 32-story residential tower with million-dollar condos at Washington St. was withdrawn in the […]

Media frenzy in wake of shooting

From left, Council Speaker Gifford Miller, Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly addressed a swarm of cameras and reporters at the first of two press conferences after the shooting at City Hall last Wednesday. Later on, as more details of the incident emerged, the three held another packed press conference inside City Hall. First […]

Myron W. Surmach, 71, owned Ukrainian gift shop

Myron W. Surmach, owner of Surma, the Ukrainian book and gift shop at 11 E. Seventh St., died at home on July 4 of a heart attack at the age of 71. Born and raised in the East Village, he was active in community affairs and was one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit by […]

‘New Leshko’s’ closes; end of pierogis

By Albert Amateau Leshko’s, the former pierogi palace on Avenue A that morphed into a less-ethnic diner two years ago, is morphing again, this time into an upscale Latin American restaurant and bar. Leshko’s, 111 Avenue A, closed two weeks ago after Bob Ponterelli and Stephen Heighton, owners of Barracuda and Elmo’s, two restaurants in […]

A savage is it? Revisiting Limerick and its food

By Alphie McCourt In 1966 I finished my two years of service in the U.S. Army. A year later, in 1967, I took my G.I. Bill benefit and returned to Ireland to study at University College, Dublin, with the idea of becoming a barrister. The G.I. Bill paid me $130 a month and I supplemented […]

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