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April 29th, 2003

Community Focus & Environment

by SoHo Journal Staff

The most irritating aspect of living in Soho is the mindless attitudes of those who do not pay attention to our surroundings. Tourists can be excused because it is not their home; it is their playground. Politicians have an excuse, because it is the nature of their jobs that they constantly hear complaints from constituents. But for those among us that operate businesses in SoHo and for residents who proudly describe where they live, there is no excuse. So, here we go again. These are some of the issues that MUST be addressed if we are to save the essential art and the international flavor of this community.

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April 29th, 2003

Legal Opinion – DWI Tests

by Thom McVann

Since my recent legal article on the subject of Driving While Intoxicated appeared in the last issue of this publication, I have received numerous inquiries asking whether or not a driver should submit to a breathalyzer or intoxilyzer test, if asked.

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April 29th, 2003

Gansevoort Market

by SoHo Journal Staff

The valuable efforts of GVSHP-The Greenwich Village Society for historical Preservation- To save an historical community in lower Manhattan.

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April 29th, 2003

Drama Queens

by SoHo Journal Staff

The Drama Queens, a female drag queen performance art trio, were born three years ago, as a response to the lack of a truly entertaining women’s theatre scene. “We wanted to be fun, not laborious, and address issues of gender and sexuality with playfulness, as opposed to hitting the audience over the head with a message.”

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April 29th, 2003

State of the Arts

by Paul Nagle

A Municiple Arts Policy For The Future

A confluence of initiatives and circumstances make this one of the most exciting times in history for the Arts in New York City. Thanks to arts service organization leaders like Ted Berger (New York Foundation for the Arts); Randy Borsheidt (Alliance for the Arts); Kinshasha Holman Conwill (The Blueprint Project); Ginny Louloudis (ART/New York); Norma Munn (New York City Arts Coalition), Gary Steur (Arts & Business Council) and Liz Thompson (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council), the arts sector in NYC has never been so well organized and coordinated. Because of the terror attacks of 9/11, we are now faced with the task of rebuilding and revitalizing downtown. Happily, and largely because of their work, it has become conventional wisdom that the arts will be a major engine for the new downtown economy. Times have changed.

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April 29th, 2003

The State of SoHo

by SoHo Journal Staff

While there is pressure building for the creation of an Arts District in SoHo, the many development plans in our area are simply private building projects, not concepts for the future. What concerns us all is the size, appropriateness and execution of what is currently planned for SoHo. To be sure, along with the high-end shops and couture establishments that have now migrated to SoHo, there are a number of building projects planned for the immediate area and surrounding neighborhoods that bear watching. In addition, in the case of the projects that are in the planning and execution stages, we need to pay strict attention to the pressure exerted to push through approval. The Community Board Zoning Committee has the responsibility of reviewing and approving minor variances as well as major projects. But developers often manage to override the desires and opinions of the community. And, building projects that are “as of right” in an area that once was primarily commercial and industrial, can legitimately ignore objections voiced by SoHo residents or activists. The developer that has been battling to build a project on Houston Street, where environmental concerns (site of a former gas station) have stalled approval in court, transferred title to one of its architects in an attempt to develop part of the project – even though the entire parcel was linked and barred from development in its current form. Sean Sweeney, of the Soho Alliance, a community organization that fought the project, was angry at the developer’s shady tactics. Unfortunately, agencies like ZBA (Zoning Board of Appeals) are political entities that can ignore community desires and pander to real estate interests. More litigation will surely follow.

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April 29th, 2003

Restaurant Review – Capsouto Freres

by Abbey Ehmann

To be honest, I’m probably not the best qualified person to be reviewing restaurants. I’m fairly easy to please and hardly know which fork to use. I’m just as happy with a grilled cheese delivered to my door wrapped in tin foil as I am with an elegant meal. But in Manhattan, you can easily find a delicious meal at the million or so restaurants we have to choose from. More important than the actual food is the complete dining experience. Especially when you’re paying for more than just the food. Like when you’re paying for fancy. Which is what I was doing last night at Capsouto Freres.

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April 29th, 2003

Hamptons Politics – Tim Bishop

by D. Clark MacPherson

After a very close election, Democratic candidate Tim Bishop, the former Provost of Southampton College, emerged as the victor in the election for Congress on Long Island. To all of us, there are several hopeful signs as a result of this political success.

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April 29th, 2003

SoHo Politics – Who You Should Know

by D. Clark MacPherson

What and who every resident should know, but doesn’t. You would think that we would all know who our political leaders are, and what offices they hold. Well, we have news for you, but it isn’t too good. Out of every ten people we asked, less than two knew their politicians. They knew even less about the Community Board, and practically nothing about the various committees and those who lead them.

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April 29th, 2003

Theater – A Blessing in Disguise

by Charles Roeder

First impressions are very important in every aspect of life and in theatre. This is true about “”BLESSING in DISGUISE.”” As you open the street door to the theatre, you are greeted with thousands of 2 inch square mirrors in a diamond pattern on black and red walls. You are immediately put into a mood for something different and enjoyable to take place. You will not be disappointed.

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