News In Brief

Dove benefit takes flight To kick off its fifth-year anniversary, Urban Dove, the Chelsea-based program for at-risk youth, last week held its first annual fundraiser at Manhattan Penthouse, 80 Fifth Ave. Among the honorees were Sonni Holland, community development officer of the Charles Hayden Foundation, above left, and Mike Jarvis, men’s basketball coach at St. […]

New York’s school daze staged

By Davida Singer The early sixties classic film, “The Blackboard Jungle,” with its gritty portrayal of urban public schools, served as model for “The Book Bag”, a new drama by Christopher Colt, opening this week at Collective Unconscious. The updated play involves a beginning teacher, and his struggle “to wade through the waters” of a […]

Paul Krugman on the economy: ‘What went wrong?’

By JOHN W. SUTTER Paul Krugman, one of the Bush administration’s most tenacious and effective critics arguing from no better perch than a biweekly column in the New York Times, addressed a New School University audience last week on the subject, “What Went Wrong?” Introduced by New School University President and former Nebraska Senator Bob […]


CYBER FUNK Enter the realm of “The Pumpkin Pie Show” and experience a storytelling session delivered with the punk rock Kamikaze intensity of an artistic three-way between literature, theatre and music. (Hmmm… sounds sexy.) And backed by a live soundtrack from One Ring Zero, Clay McLeod Chapman and company that shatters the dividing line between […]

Phillies keep dominating in Majors B play

By Rob Silverstein The Phillies remain the only unbeaten Greenwich Village Little League Majors B team as the division finishes its third week of frequently rain-interrupted play. The Phillies beat the Expos 16 to 7, raising their division-leading record to a perfect four wins and no losses, while maintaining a one-game lead over the Marlins […]

Pier 40 developers respond to demand for athletic fields

By LINCOLN ANDERSON One thing was abundantly clear at Monday night’s public hearing on two development proposals for Pier 40, as obvious as the black and white patches on a soccer ball or the laces on a baseball: the developers had heard the message loud and clear that youth sports leagues want ball fields on […]

Pier 40 coach builds character along with skills

By Laura S. Greene If you venture atop Pier 40, you will find children of many different backgrounds and lifestyles playing side by side in a baseball game. You will also find the reason they say they have fun: their coaches. “There are kids here that would not be interacting socially if it weren’t for […]

Prodigy ponders meaning of creativity and of freedom

By JERRY TALLMER Lera Auerbach believes in miracles. For instance, the miracle that she was ever allowed to leave Russia in the first place. If you go to New York University’s “Music Out of Conflict” performance and discussion, tonight (Wed., Apr. 30) at 6 p.m., in the Lillian Vernon Center for International Affairs, you can […]


ABC NO RIO, 156 Rivington St., 638-7039: Sun.–Weekly poetry/spoken word readings, all are welcome, no time limit, 3 p.m., $3. BLUESTOCKINGS BOOKSTORE, 172 Allen St., 777-6028: Women’s Poetry Jam w/ Open Mike, last Tue. of every month, 7-9 p.m., 8-min. limit, $2 suggested donation. THE BOWERY POETRY CLUB, 308 Bowery, 334-6414: Mon.–Da Bowery Improv. Poets, […]

Return to the Serengeti: The Lion ESS and fierce mother love

By Wickham Boyle What mother hasn’t felt like a lioness while rearing babies in whatever jungle we inhabit? A mother is the fiercest beast in the bush, forest, jungle or city. A mother has no ability to take her own needs as paramount: She lives, while her cubs are small, just for them. I have […]

Scoopy’s Notebook

No hanging chads: Brad Hoylman won handily versus Jim Smith at last week’s Community Board 2 nominating committee election. Under the arcane voting system, the 50 board members vote for seven candidates and the top vote-getters form a slate of seven to in turn nominate a slate of candidates for chairperson and other board officers […]

Street fight in the Market

By Lincoln Anderson A production assistant swept away rainwater during a Gap photo shoot on Jane and Hortio Sts. last weekend. The cold winter left potholes in abundance around the city and the cobblestone streets in and around the Meat Market were not spared. However, the city’s policy is to fill potholes — which are […]


-1 (minus One), broadly based on the life of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, spolighting a poet named Leo Le Pard who has broken mainstream convention by marring a white woman during a period of heightened racial tensions, THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY, 145 Sixth Ave., Thu.-Sun., 8 p.m., May 1-18, $10, 212-254-1109. THE ACCIDENTAL ACTIVIST, part […]

The Education of David Rothenburg

By JERRY TALLMER The Fortune Academy is a residence in what was once a Catholic girls’ school in a huge old building on Riverside Drive at 140th Street. It is a residence for ex-convicts, some 70 of whom—men and women—now have their own small apartments there, as well as a community room, a computer room, […]


ADVENTURE ON A SHOESTRING, various locations, 212-265-2663: Assorted 90 minute walking tour in downtown & other areas, call for more information, $5 per person. BATTERY PARK CITY PARKS CONSERVANCY, The Pavillions, Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park, Battery Place & West Side Highway, 212-267-9700: April 10, 17 & 24–Garden Tours, 12:30 p.m., free. BERNIE’S NEW YORK, […]