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July 1st, 2003

Definitely Dead

by John Herrick

The guy in the middle of the living room floor had one thing going for him. He was definitely dead, and maybe a good thing. He wasn’t wearing any pants. What he should have been wearing in his pants he was wearing in his mouth. Turned out that wasn’t the only thing he should have kept in his pants. For his sake Crocker John kind of hoped that happened after instead of before. Crocker John had come to make a deal on three million dollars worth of sand on the beach with a standard issue five bedroom house thrown in. But right now the deal looked as dead as the guy on the floor. Dead bodies don’t sign contracts. They do scare away customers, even long after the funeral.

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July 1st, 2003

A Hamptons Restaurent

by SoHo Journal Staff

The Crazy Dog Restaurant on Montauk Highway at the entrance to Westhampton Beach gives you more for your money in more ways than one.?Ǭ This Hamptons destination has two (2) restaurants and a great ice cream stand.?Ǭ There is a casual cafe in the front, a truly elegant dining room in back and a free standing ice cream stand outside.

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July 1st, 2003

Meeting young Caroline

by Thom McVann

The winter of 1978-79 was one of the coldest and snowiest of the 20th century. It was also perhaps the best time of my life, although I did not know that at the time. But in retrospect….

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July 1st, 2003

Just In The Hamptons

by D. Clark MacPherson

The Southampton Town Council enacted its new laws regarding “sharing” in the Hamptons. Instead of emphasizing the laws which already exist that regulate noise, garbage disposal, parking, public drinking and generally offensive behavior – the Town has opted for Draconian measures. In other words, instead of asking Code Officer One (yes that is really his title) Steven Frano and his assistants to simply do their job by giving out summonses, the politicians have chosen to do something different. With the assistance of Carolyn Zenk of the Southampton Town Council, who appears to be the first Democrat elected to office who needs to resume taking her medication, we now have a new set of fines that range up to $8,000 and prison time for an unregistered summer rental. Not only has this perpetuated an illegal process, but it has driven a few more of the final nails in the summer rental coffin. Summer rental business is now virtually non-existent for those out there who invested in real estate. Sales are still good (for now), but if those drop – the local economy is history.

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July 1st, 2003

Hamptons Politics: Freedom of the Southhampton Press

by D. Clark MacPherson

Unfortunately, Dennis Susskind, a member of the Southampton Town Board and a former New Yorker and a businessman, has decided not to run for Supervisor. In a recent article he refers to the current Supervisor, Patrick Heaney, as “Napoleonic.” But while there have been many differing opinions of Napoleon, he was always thought to be intelligent, until he paid a visit to Russia in 1812. Frankly, the only similarity that appears to be obvious about the comparison between the old boy Republican and the French Emperor are elevator shoes. Though Heaney comes from solid Hampton Bays hardware store roots, he and the highest paid police in the country now have control of all of the property tax receipts from New Yorkers that fund the Town. In a future issue we will begin to unravel the extent of that lucrative real estate-driven tax base.

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July 1st, 2003

Go West Young Man

by Sean Jaeger

Take my advice: go west, for the best Hampton. You know it’s time when you see that endless snake of red brake lights in front of you. Traffic starts to back up right after the canal on the way to the maniac merge. Arteries clog with a deadly mixture of citidiots and trade parade. Just turn off right there. Take exit 66, turn right around and head west,. toward where the sun sets on the best Hampton, Westhampton Beach.

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July 1st, 2003

A Hamptons Jewel of a Theater

by Betsy Craz

I admit it. Like many Long Islanders, when I want live theater, music, dance or the best indie films, I think Manhattan. But nowadays, I’m thinking Westhampton. That’s because I’ve discovered an incredible jewel of a theater that some people describe as a “mini Lincoln Center by the sea.”

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July 1st, 2003

Insurance Companies you want to Watch

by D. Clark MacPherson

Those of us who live in lower Manhattan and spend a great deal of time in the Hamptons were very thankful that the beautiful dunes were still pristine after witnessing the planes crashing into the World Trade Center. The escape was tension filled and the very real drama of waiting for the bridges and tunnels to open again before we could leave Manhattan was frightening. “Escape from New York,” the movie, became all too real.

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July 1st, 2003

SoHo Politics

by D. Clark MacPherson

The most interesting Primary?Ǭ elections are the Judgeship races in lower Manhattan and the re-election campaign for Councilman Alan Gerson. The next two years promise to be more exciting due to the term limited candidacy of Boro President Virginia Fields. That race heats up next year for the 2005 election.

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July 1st, 2003

The Murdering of my Years: Artists and Activists Making Ends

by SoHo Journal Staff

Meet was compiled and co-written by Mickey Z. and published by Soft Skull Press, a Brooklyn-based publisher of books that tends to convey a politically liberal point of view. They are probably best known for the controversial Fortunate Son: George W. Bush and the Making of an American President, which was the subject of a recent documentary. The Murdering of my Years takes a broader, more varied look at the politics of American life by asking twenty-four artists and political activists a number of questions about balancing passion and necessity, heart and head. In other words, how does one pursue one’s dreams while still making enough money to survive?

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July 1st, 2003

Growing Up In SoHo

by Alexandra Schwimmer

Where are all the SoHo kids? Certainly when I was growing up, crossing Broome Street with my doll carriage on the way to Thompson Street Park, I did not encounter any playmates until I arrived at the Park. Now that I have completed my first year at Connecticut College, I realize how few of us there really are. Kids I meet from New York City are from Uptown. There is not even the random TriBeCean thrown into the mix of a college campus only two and a half hours from the City.

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July 1st, 2003

MUSIC: Beta Minus

by James Connelly

There’s something about a three piece band that I’ve always admired.

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July 1st, 2003

MUSIC: Hate In The Box

by James Connelly

The first time I saw Hate In The Box play live was at the Limelight?Ǭ in 2001.?Ǭ I’ve seen them several times since, at the China Club, at the East Village Club Pyramid, and at CBGB’s 313. Each time I was blown away not only by the energy coming from the stage, but also what I saw in the audience. Women. Beautiful women by the dozen. From the spikey leather clad young vixens you’d expect to find out clubbing in NYC to successful 20 and 30 somethings.

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July 1st, 2003

Artist: Adrienne Goldberg

by SoHo Journal Staff

The paintings of Adrienne Goldberg open onto a territory of realism which is paradoxically welcoming while it remains slightly unsettling. Her unique approach employs a technique that is evinced by hazy areas of thinly washed color fulfilling the satisfied geography of those forms which most adequately, and without fanfare, describe the exact opportunity that they are summoned to report. No pressure is applied as they are shimmed, diligently, into a cohesive and expansive whole.

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July 1st, 2003

Letters

by You the Reader

Good Day.
I wasn’t sure where I should send this communication so I hope this goes to someone who cares.

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July 1st, 2003

Community Focus and Environment

by SoHo Journal Staff

Several efforts have begun to affect SoHo and its Arts heritage. Activists in the community have been working diligently for a few years in an attempt to bring much needed change on a number of issues. We have been focusing on a few of them for several years in the SoHo Journal as well.

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July 1st, 2003

A Stroll On Thompson St.

by Abbey Ehmann

From the bustle and backed up traffic of Canal Street to the verdant (okay, cement) village green (okay, grey) of Washington Square Park, runs the eight-block expanse of Thompson Street. One of Manhattan’s quieter stretches of shops, restaurants and apartment buildings and sliced in the middle by Houston Street, Thompson is half Soho hip and half Village bohemia. The neighborhood has changed considerably over the past few decades, from the gritty blocks epitomized by the gay-bashing scene in Torchsong Triology to a shopping circuit for the ladies of Sex in the City. It’s home to 35 restaurants and bars, and Gotham’s official “chess district” with the city’s two most comprehensive chess stores. It’s also the perfect place to shop if you don’t fancy contemporary fashions; there are five vintage clothing stores, almost one for every block and an accessory store that caters to the glamour puss who lives in the past. The lucky people who live on Thompson Street have no problem with excess dirty laundry, as its eight blocks boast six laundromats or dry cleaners. An afternoon spent strolling along lovely Thompson Street can usually result in a shopping bag or two. The stores are almost impossible to resist and in between the pricey boutiques there are always bargains to be found.

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July 1st, 2003

State Of SoHo

by D. Clark MacPherson

A number of building projects in and around SoHo are at various levels of development. While some are still only in the planning and approval stage, there are several that have been rejected and are being revised, and a few have managed to push through the red tape and are under construction. A few of of the latter managed to start building despite vigorous community opposition.

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