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September 29th, 2003

Stella Adler Awards

by SoHo Journal Staff

STELLA ADLER STUDIO Annual Acting AwardsPhotos by Rob Rich www.rob-rich.com ?Ǭ2003

This summer at the sprawling Hamptons hilltop estate of John (Bunky) and Barbara Hearst was the setting for a celebration of the legendary Stella Adler and the announcement of the 2003 Stella Adler Studio of Acting Awards. John Travolta, Steven Spielberg, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee were named to receive the prestigious awards at the “Stella by Starlight” gala November 17 at the Rainbow Room in New York. Marlon Brando is honorary chairman and one of the great teacher’s many famed students. In the stellar crowd co-hosted by Roy & Brenda Scheider were Elizabeth de Cuevas, Elizabeth Fondaras, Gail Furman, John Gruen, Bonnie Pfeifer & Charles Evans, Stan Herman, The Marshall Brickmans, Mary Skillern, Kevin Conway, Marcie Bloom, Muriel Siebert, Eli Wallach & Anne Jackson, Pia Lindstrom, Frank Langella, Dina Merrill & Ted Hartley, Mercedes Ruehl and Bob Balaban, Lynn Grossman and Joe Pintauro.

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September 29th, 2003

L.A.-L.A. Hollywood Bound

by Rebecca Kimball

“You’re going to hate it” were the first words out of everyone’s mouth when they found out I was moving to Los Angeles. I was bombarded by stories of how fake and flaky LA is, the slow pace, traffic nightmares and smog, and how everyone goes to LA to be “discovered.” I had been an East Coast girl for 27 years. I’d grown up knowing nothing but life in Philadelphia and New York City. I was the quintessential East Coaster. I had a great work ethic; I worked hard and was responsible and efficient. What was a girl like me with a dream like mine going to do in a West Coast world? There was only one way to find out. Continue Reading »

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September 29th, 2003

The Yellow House

by Thom McVann

The bright yellow house facing the Atlantic Ocean on Dune road in Westhampton Beach New York was not just another expensive beach house in the Hamptons. It was different-truly different. First there was the color: taxicab yellow. Then there was the full-scale life-sized 1917 sopwith camel biwing WWI British fighterplane, also yellow, in the front yard, not to mention the yellow l950’s New York city checker taxi cab bearing New York license plate “YELLOW ONE” parked by the front door. Yes, it was different, and in time I came to know that the yellow house was not a mirage shimmering on the white sand beach before the blue summer ocean, but rather the local entrance to Oz. 1979 was the first full year I lived in Westhampton Beach as a married man. I had lived here at the beach for a few previous years as a single man, but that is for another story, which will probably never be told. At least not by me. Early summer has always been my favorite time at the beach. The ocean is swimmable, but cold enough to let you know that winter has only recently left. A refreshing dip in the early July sea at this latitude is a truly eye-opening experience. Along with invigorating swimming, early summer also brings on the fresh green hue of the new beach grass without the annoying bugs of the hot, humid days to follow. Best of all, the emergence of the new summer generates in the human breast a stirring that the time has once again come to start new things and meet new people. Continue Reading »

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September 29th, 2003

The Inn Spot

by Thom McVann

The last Saturday in July was one of those perfect summer days when everyone talks about the beach but almost no one ever gets there. Naturally I said to the love of my life, right about noon, that we should go to the beach. Her reply was so totally consistent with her feminine nature. “Not before I eat. After all it is lunchtime.” Continue Reading »

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September 29th, 2003

Beach Village Hall

by John Herrick

Westhampton Beach Village HallCivil war broke out in the quaint and tiny village of Westhampton Beach over plans for a new village hall. Proponents called it a building for the future. Opponents called it an 18,000 square foot municipal McMansion.

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September 29th, 2003

Claudio?ɬ?s

by Kathy McVann

There is no waterfront restaurant on Long Island older or better-known than Claudio’s. The village of Greenport has been around for over 350 years and Claudio’s has been there for 134 of those years. The oldest single family-run restaurant in the United States, this is a destination not to be missed. It is a day trip that everyone who spends any time on the East End should make just for the view and the award-winning clam chowder. This great spot has much more than a wonderful restaurant. There is also a fabulous, fun-filled pier featuring a raw bar, extensive casual menu and great drinks. Listen to the live bands and watch the boats go by or come by boat and watch the great bands go by. A full service marina, separate crab house and gift shop round out this island of visual delight and great food. Continue Reading »

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September 29th, 2003

Curmudgeon’s Corner

by Sean Jaeger

Class war seems to be breaking out all over, even in the Hamptons. Of course class war in the Hamptons is sort of like shingles; even when it isn’t breaking out it’s lurking there under the skin, waiting to erupt. Continue Reading »

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September 29th, 2003

Hampton’s Politics

by D. Clark MacPherson

“Fair & Balanced”Let’s see, we have an economy fueled by $200 million in Hamptons property taxes from people who can’t vote in local elections. Make sure that no one interferes with how we can use this money! Right?

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September 29th, 2003

Environmental Concerns

by Ann Warner Arlen

Downtown Air-EPA and 9/11Following publication of the EPA Inspector General’s report on EPA’s White House-directed decision not to warn New Yorkers about the breathing hazards in dust and smoke from the World Trade Center attack, a New York Newsday op-ed held that the report “should by all rights have New Yorkers?ɂ out in the streets.”

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September 29th, 2003

Sin-?: Simply Surprising

by Jeffrey Wengrofsky

You can’t keep a good man down, and perhaps the same can be said about music venues. As for Shane Doyle-the past, present, and future owner of Sin-? (pronounced Shin-ay)-the expression is apt, as he has owned a series of music venues, re-emerging from each with unbridled enthusiasm and a gentle charm. In its original incarnation, Sin-? opened in 1990 on St. Marks Place under unusual circumstances. As Doyle recalls, “The whole thing was mad. I was six months behind in my rent when I wanted to open it. I didn’t even have a Green Card. The place just happened.” Doyle kept the running of the bar simple, serving only Rolling Rock beer and dubbing his creation Sin-?, which means “that’s it” in Gaelic. Under six years of Doyle’s stewardship, Sin-? became a locus for Irish culture in New York, with unannounced appearances by Shane McGowan, Bono and The Edge, Gabriel Byrne and Sinead O’Connor, who would sometimes wash dishes just to keep out of the way backstage. Sin-? also proved to be an incubator for talent, launching the career of the late singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley with Sony’s release of his “Live at Sin-e” CD in 1993. Sin-e was packed to the rafters every night, attracting writers, film directors and politicians much to the astonishment of Doyle who provided a nurturing space and was “mesmerized” by it all. Continue Reading »

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September 29th, 2003

Sundays Were Wild at Felix

by Sara Goff

Sundays Were Wild at Felix and Still Are!I was walking down West Broadway on a recent sunny Sunday afternoon when I turned to my friend Kristine and said, “Remember Sundays at Felix?”

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September 29th, 2003

MUSIC: Hanzel und Gretyl

by J.J. Connelly

Hanzel und Gretyl at Don Hill’sI’ve heard it said that the German language is a very hard language to put to music. The harsh inflections and gutteral pronunciations seem to have limited appeal to those who would write romantic poetry and set it to music. Of course, to fans of industrial music, German lyrics only add to the flavor to the hard-hitting, headbanging sounds of bands like Hanzel Und Gretyl. The American-born, New York City-based band uses a combination of German and English lyrics to complement their music. Air raid sirens and sound effects usually found in a war film are also part of their sound.

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September 29th, 2003

Puppetronics

by D. Clark MacPherson

You would think that after living in SoHo for twenty years, the artists that have made this community famous would be well known to us all. That just isn’t true. Chuck Levitan, for example, who had an art gallery on Grand Street until a few years ago, was a talented artist in his own right. The “Art Establishment” did not recognize his efforts to bring unknown talent to the fore, but he was appreciated as one of SoHo’s original pioneers. Unfortunately, rents skyrocketed and Chuck now lives in Florida doing his art while his old space is now a deli. We can’t stop progress, can we? Continue Reading »

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September 29th, 2003

A Discriminating Walk in the Park?

by Sara Goff

When Aldon James, President of the National Arts Club, is asked, What’s going on in Gramercy Park? he’s likely to answer, “Ah?ɂ a burgeoning of art and culture through education and dramatic expression. Oh, and ample food for thought and musical inspiration abound!” But, alas, he knows this is not all people have been hearing-for years now-in Gramercy Park. And the chilling cries of racial discrimination will linger. Continue Reading »

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September 29th, 2003

Steel Couture

by SoHo Journal Staff

Lisa Fortin arrived in New York City from Massachusetts in 1997 after graduating college with a degree in graphic design. She worked the kinds of jobs one only finds in the city?ɂ morbid makeup consultant, 1940’s-style cigarette girl, dominatrix, performance artist, and door girl at the famous Webster Hall. It was while working for Veronica Evenaga of “Blaze New York” that she learned the craft of chainmail construction. In 2001, Lisa established Steel Couture, which remains the current outlet for all her creative impulses. Continue Reading »

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September 29th, 2003

Fall Fashion: Cricket Alexander

by SoHo Journal Staff

A native Californian, Cricket Alexander graduated from the Academy of Art College, San Francisco, with a bachelor in fine arts and fashion. Continue Reading »

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September 29th, 2003

Drew Roth art review

by Steven Vincent

It’s been two years since Islamic terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center, and many observers are wondering-why haven’t contemporary artists responded to the catastrophe? Where is the art about 9/11? And indeed, other than the poignant “Towers of Light” memorial which lit up lower Manhattan in March, 2002, artists-or so their critics have charged-have generally avoided the subject. Continue Reading »

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September 29th, 2003

Letters

by SoHo Journal Staff

In “The State of SoHo,” in volume 5, number 2, D. Clark MacPherson writes, “What has not been more forcefully demanded of developers is parking space in hotel and larger residential plans. Somehow it seems to be an afterthought, that everyone will find a place for their vehicle, and that it is not their responsibility to plan for that.” Continue Reading »

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September 29th, 2003

Community Focus

by D. Clark MacPherson

Cell Relay SitesEver stare up at some of the buildings on West Broadway? Not only do we still have an amazing number of illegal billboards still visible and attached to some of our gothic architecture, there are also quite a number of funny-looking pods-for the lack of a better word-on some roofs. Yes, of course! They are there for the convenience of all of those who walk up and down West Broadway, Spring Street, Prince Street and Grand, barking into their microphones and yelling orders at waiters who interrupt their conversational flow. But, what about those pods?

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September 29th, 2003

SoHo Politics

by D. Clark MacPherson

Most of the political races in Democratic lower Manhattan are won or lost in the Primary, since few Republicans stand a chance against a liberal electorate. The exceptions are Mayor Bloomberg who won, as did Giuliani, by making deals with the Molinari Republican machine of Staten Island. They got elected by making a deal with the devil. These are the politicians who sold out lower Manhattan by allowing all of the diesel polluting trucks and buses from the entire Eastern seaboard drive through our community. The polluters come in free over the Verrazano and go back out free through the Holland Tunnel. Instead of reduced traffic, lower Manhattan is left with asthma, cancer and emphysema. And, a Republican. Continue Reading »

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September 29th, 2003

The State of SoHo

by D. Clark MacPherson

Few projects have developed as much ill-will and antagonism as the two Houston Street buildings that are now underway, 25 and 55 West Houston Street, near Wooster and Greene Streets. They are being built in spite of dedicated opposition and criticism by residents and community leaders alike. Lawsuits by the SoHo Alliance and reviews by several local politicians, including State Senator Connor and Council Member Alan Gerson, failed to stop the Board of Standards and Appeals from granting political favors giving the developer clearance to build on these two controversial and environmentally suspect lots. Continue Reading »

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