Chinatown confronts SARS fears

By Elizabeth O’Brien As rumor played tug-of-war with reality last week in Chinatown, community members voiced concern that an outbreak of the SARS virus — actual or perceived — could bring further economic damage to an area already struggling with fears of the illness. No cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome have been linked to […]

Earth Day volunteers are V.I.P.’s

Villager photos by Jake Price New York University held its 15th annual V.I.P. (Village Improvement Program) Day, in Washington Sq. Park on Thurs., April 24. Local school children joined N.Y.U. volunteers in cleaning and planting activities in the park in celebration of Earth Day. With the drought over, the park’s fountain was turned on, too.

East Siders state case for funding

By Albert Amateau Lower East Side and Chinatown organizations and residents this week urged the Neigborhood Advisory Board to recommend federal funding in the coming year for a variety of community-based agencies that serve poor areas. Housing and tenant protection and services for youth, seniors and immigrants led the priorities of the 85 people who […]

Eulogy for someone who didn’t ‘think’

By Andrei Codrescu One day, a child who had been daydreaming under the big tree, was intercepted by an angry adult who looked at him with one hand on her hip and a ruler in her hand. “What, what?” mumbled the dreamer, who had just driven back an army of intruders and was about to […]

FILM

ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES, 32 Second Ave., 505-5181: call for film schedule & times. COLLECTIVE: UNCONSCIOUS, 145 Ludlow St., 254-5277: Tue.–Robert Beck Memorial Cinema, local, underground & independent films, 9:30 p.m., $5. FILM FORUM 1, 209 W. Houston St., www.filmforum.com, 727-8110: April 30-May 13-”Spellbound,” Oscar nominated documentary about spelling bees, 1:15, 3:15, 6, 8 & 10 […]

From Downtown to Afghanistan

By Kaitlen Jay Exum “All I could think about in response to September 11th was making a documentary film in Afghanistan,” says filmmaker Taran Davies of Wicklow Films on Lafayette Street. “I had a sense that, at that time, we didn’t have any clue who the Afghans were. It occurred to me that we just […]

In between love and lust

By Davida Singer Although “New Boy”, the smash comedy based on William Sutcliffe’s best-seller, has traveled a very long way before reaching our shores—from England to The Lion Theatre on 42nd Street—it touches on issues close to the heart of many Chelsea and Village residents. According to director/adapter Russell Labey, it’s a mistake to call […]

Business going swimmingly for new Citarella

store Citarella, the famous fish and gourmet store, quietly opened its newest location on April 1 at the former Balducci’s storefront on Sixth Ave. and Ninth St. in the Village. Joe Gurrera, Citarella’s owner, said business at the new location is going “very well.” “The neighborhood has received us very nice,” he said. “I’m very […]

Koch on film

Raising Victor Vargas (+) The excellent trailer for this movie is better than the flick deserves. It’s a good but limited film, mostly because it’s a one-trick pony. The story is about the sexual development of a group of young characters. Sixteen-year-old Victor (Victor Rasuk) is first seen in the bed of Fat Donna who […]

Landmarks O.K.’s a design for collapsed townhouse

By ALBERT AMATEAU The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously on Tues. April 22 to approve a design for the reconstruction of a derelict three-story building in the Greenwich Village Historic District that collapsed under the weight of snow and rainwater in February. While the commission enthusiastically praised the design of the architect, Matthew Baird, for […]

LECTURES

ELdridge Street Project, 12 Eldridge St., 212-219-0903: May 4-”Reports from Abroad,” exploring literal & literary households, 3 p.m., $4-$6. Fashion institute of Technology, D Building, Seventh ve at 27th St., 212-217-7797: April 29- “Displaced Persons: Growing Up American After the Holocaust,: by Joseph Berger, 1-2 p.m., free. FRAUNCES TAVERN MUSEUM, 54 Pearl St., 212-425-1778: April […]

In spite of it all, Pier 40 process may be working

The first public hearing on the revised Pier 40 proposals came off without a hitch Monday night and it was, all in all, a quite interesting and informative event. Some had anticipated the developers — like Peter Chermayeff’s oceanarium group, for one — would do little to change their plans. Clearly, Chermayeff as well as […]

Thugs, not law, killed bouncer

To The Editor: Re “Bouncer’s death sparks anxiety over smoking law enforcement” (news article, April 16): My heart goes out to the family of Mr. Blake, the bouncer who was murdered by simply doing his job. This was a indeed a tragedy.  However, I hope that when they are able to see beyond their grief, Mr. […]

THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN

West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933 Publisher & Editor John W. Sutter Associate Editor Lincoln Anderson 646-452-2464 Arts Editor Scott Stiffler Reporters Albert Amateau 646-452-2467 Aline Reynolds, John Bayles Contributors Ira Blutreich Doris Diether Patricia Fieldsteel Ed Gold Bonnie Rosenstock Jefferson Siegel Jerry Tallmer Photographers […]

M.T.A.’s Kalikow sent Post down the wrong track too

By JERRY TALLMER In late February or early March of 1988, I stood on the floor of the City Room of the New York Post — then on South St., just north of the Brooklyn Bridge — and, with maybe 100 other ink-stained (O.K., computer-stained) wretches, survivors of close to a dozen near-death experiences of […]