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April 1st, 2004

Paradise Lost: an Editor’s Lament

by John Herrick

Somewhere in the pine barrens not far from Manorville lurks a time warp, a gateway to another, magic America, the America that Happy Days and Leave It To Beaver tried to recapture, a perfect place for families. First stop, a quaint village with nose to the curb parking on main street, a pub called Magic’s, schools kids can walk to with play grounds and sport fields galore and not a McDonalds, Pizza Hut, or Domino’s in sight. But look again. One resident warned you will notice there is not much else in sight either, unless you eat, drink and sleep real estate stores. Looks can be deceiving.?Ǭ Walk around the corner from Main Street and you’d think someone listened to too much Joni Mitchell, Pave paradise and put up a parking lot. In the heart of the village is a huge, empty asphalt parking lot. In fact the village seems to be drowning in parking lots, for schools, behind Magic’s,?Ǭ on all sides of Waldbaums, and soon a new parking lot to come, surrounding the new Village Hall at Six Corners. Yes, there are rules and regulations for parking lots, to go with all the other rules and regulations in the village code covering signs, and skateboarding, and roller blading and certificates of occupancy (more about those later) and speeding and stop signs. And more to come. But it brings back the sad story of a village cop from days gone by. “It seemed,” he said,” I spent half my time chasing kids away from the seven-eleven parking lot and the other half my time chasing the same kids away from the Rogers Beach Parking lot back to the seven eleven”. But Officer Krupke, Officer Krupke, where can we go?

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April 1st, 2004

Curmudgon’s Corner

by Sean Jaeger

The tyranny of security is making me feel very insecure. Somehow, every time someone says “for security purposes” they don’t mean my security. It’s never for my protection. It’s always for their protection, at my expense.

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April 1st, 2004

The Imperial Prig and the Impotent Wuss

by Delbert Grady

These United States came into being largely because of the fortitude and forthrightness of its leaders who fought tirelessly against the forces of tyranny. With that as our backdrop, let us examine a recent event involving none other than George W. Bush, current captain of the ship of state, and Richard Gephardt who, of course, wanted to lead the crew in mutiny come this November. Strange, then, this tale in which the mutineer meekly surrenders his weapons, bowing and scraping, to Bly.

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April 1st, 2004

Voting in the Hamptons Q & A

by Thom McVann

I can vote in the Hamptons. Can You? The answer to this time old question is almost always yes. The rules of voting in New York State are essentially the same as the rest of the USA and are governed by the Federal Constitution. Both Federal and State law permit you to select any one voting residence so long as it is your intent to return to that residence at the time that you enroll to vote. This simple idea has been expressed by both Federal and State judges in deciding basic “resident” voting rights cases. It means that as long your intent and state of mind are such that at the moment you enroll to vote you intend to return to the address from which you are have enrolled-then your vote is proper. You may only vote once in any given election.

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April 1st, 2004

Restaurant Review: Olde Speonk Inn

by Thom McVann

On Saturday, December 19th 2003, Carlos climbed down from the west chimney top at our Westhampton beach home and announced that the last of the one hundred thousand or so white Christmas lights was in place and I could throw the switch and light up the night. Kathleen Miggins McVann also known as Kristmas Kate had once again knocked herself out making the holiday season a little brighter for the entire neighborhood and me. The white Georgian house which had stood proudly on the corner of South Road and Lovers Lane since 1917 once again became a holiday beacon celebrating Christmas past, present and future.

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April 1st, 2004

Hamptons Politics-Spring 2004

by D. Clark MacPherson

While we patiently wait for democracy to take root in Hampton’s government we need a Hamptons Public Advocate. There is no credible representation for the enormous political base that has been ignored: non-resident, tax-paying property owners. These are the people who come predominantly from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, to provide most of the money for the entire Hamptons economy.

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April 1st, 2004

Rocco’s Restaraunt Review

by Sara Goff

Two restaurants. One name. Only a street fight could settle this score. Call it the Rocco rumble, if you will. It’s Rocco on Thompson Street vs. Rocco’s on 22nd Street. Identity and tradition are at stake. And a lot of mixed-up dinner reservations. Forget the lawsuit started by Rocco on Thompson Street in June claiming his restaurant’s name was being used without permission. This is about where you want to eat and why?ɂso Rocco and Rocco, roll up your sleeves and show us your best shot, and may the best old-time Italian eatery win.

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April 1st, 2004

A Look at Latex in Couture

by Leda Resurreccion

Gaelyn and Cianfarani: Rubber on the Runway; A Look at Latex in Couture by Leda Resurreccion

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April 1st, 2004

Art Review: Wars and Dolls

by Oscar A. Alzate

“Wars and Dolls”

Installations by Samara Beth Sussman

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April 1st, 2004

Community Focus: No Spray Update

by Mitchel Cohen

Victory in the fight against toxic pesticide spraying.

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April 1st, 2004

Johnny Cash Tribute

by James Connelly

Johnny Cash Tribute: rockabilly and punk bands pay tribute to the "Man in Black"

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April 1st, 2004

Stargazing with Hattie

by Meringolo

A Chat With Marieann: Hattie’s interview with performer Meringolo

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April 1st, 2004

Stays In SoHo

by Sara Goff

Entering a luxury hotel, wide-eyed or squinting with scrutiny, unique details manifest and personal service becomes the obsession.?Ǭ Four boutique hotels in SoHo and Tribeca uphold a standard of luxury that begets high expectations, but while each one strives to impress, each differs from the next.

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April 1st, 2004

Letters

by You the Reader

The Lilac Preservation Project
There is an exciting new resource on the Hudson-the retired Coast Guard buoy tender Lilac (1933), owned and managed by the volunteer, not-for-profit Lilac Preservation Project, recently arrived here.

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April 1st, 2004

Downtown Turns out for Kerry

by SoHo Journal Staff

Downtown turns out for Kerry who won New York’s primary

This past February, C. Virginia Fields took the lead in bringing together the people of Greenwich Village and SoHo for Presidential candidate John Kerry. The event was sponsored by Downtown Independent Democrats, the Village Reform Democratic Club and supported by C. Virginia Fields.

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April 1st, 2004

State Of Soho

by SoHo Journal Staff

The Health and Future of SoHo A Look at Outdoor Cafes, Nightclubs and the Rental Market

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April 1st, 2004

Hollywood Galla Event Honoring: Steven Spielberg, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, and John Travolta

by SoHo Journal Staff

Hollywood and Broadway Royalty add Mega-kilowattage to “Stella by Starlight Gala Honoring: Steven Spielberg, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, and John Travolta”

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April 1st, 2004

Coney Island!

by Elaine Cedrone

With your eyes shut, it almost sounds like someone eating potato chips. Eyes open, you can’t ignore the fact that the gangly man on stage is deliberately biting into a light bulb, the shards of glass making a sickening crunch as he grinds them with his teeth. Behind me, a woman gasps out loud. “Oh no he didn’t,” she whispers. “He nasty.” Step right up folks, and meet Todd Robbins, dubbed in the program of his new off-Broadway show, Carnival Knowledge, as the “Post-Modern Master of the Sideshow.” Robbins is a part of a group of “educated freaks” that includes Professor Marie Roberts and Dick Zigun that is bringing Coney Island back to its days in the spotlight, not just as a place to see the freaks, but as a respectable showcase for the arts.

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April 1st, 2004

Hudson River Park

by SoHo Journal Staff

Dear Residents and Neighbors,

The Hudson River Park is at an important juncture. The work of the HRPT (Hudson River Park Trust) was created for the specific purpose of developing our waterfront with a viable mix of commercial and park space to benefit the community in which it is located. Several segments have been completed and serve its residents and communities well.

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April 1st, 2004

Politicians Vie for SoHo Support

by D. Clark MacPherson

Election results for SoHo were a big success. Alan Gerson was re-elected after a late entry tried to garner his seat and the effort failed spectacularly. Apparently, the maturing of his office is gaining momentum and the results are obvious. Among other achievements, an important test of wills occurred between development forces and community activists and as a result the special text amendment change proposed by City Planning was modified. SoHo will have fewer new locations that allow late night restaurants and bars that could become lounges or nightclubs. Successful efforts to eventually close down places like Club NV on Hudson and Spring Streets and the former horror known as Magnum on West Broadway near Broome, are reminder enough of what risks this poses for our community. To hear shots fired in the middle of the night and watch people running down the street at 3:00 a.m. is not what comes to mind when we think of SoHo and the Arts. Gerson’s efforts, with the help of Sean Sweeney (SoHo Alliance) and David Reck (Friends of Hudson Square), along with the cooperation of Melinda Katz of the City Council Land Use Committee, have paid off. And Barry Mallin, SoHo’s Attorney Extraordinaire, has successfully prevented the bar/nightclub at 76 Wooster Street from getting a liquor license.

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