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July 6th, 2004

Curmudgeon’s Corner

by Sean Jaeger

Death and taxes whacked the heavenly Hamptons harder than late snows this year. Trouble in paradise seemed to lurk wherever you looked and TV trucks popped up like spring crocuses on both sides of the canal. Quentin Tarantino does Peyton Place on the beach.
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July 6th, 2004

Hamptons restaurant review: High End to Horse Racing

by Kathy McVann

This summer, our fearless dining duo takes us on a tour of the best culinary experiences the east end has to offer…
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July 6th, 2004

The Pirates of Peconic or “the Great Peconic Land Grab”

by John Herrick

Piracy has always been big business out here. Captain Kidd used East End real estate to bury treasure. Bootleggers made the East End a Mecca for malt. Now, at a million dollars and up an acre, the land is its own buried treasure.
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July 6th, 2004

Hamptons Politics

by D. Clark MacPherson

To some extent the chicanery in the Hamptons is not unlike that of many other well-endowed resorts. As long as the money flows, everyone points fingers yet learns to tolerate the ineptitude and double-dealing. But when local politicians start to seriously interfere with the resort economy for their personal gain, people notice.
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July 6th, 2004

Letters

by You the Reader

Save the Far West Village Campaign Scores Big Victory

GVSHP’s Campaign to Save the Far West Village scored a huge victory in late April when, following months of intensive lobbying by GVSHP and its allies, the City reversed itself and overturned the ruling allowing as-of-right high-rise residential development in manufacturing zones citywide. This ruling, first exposed by GVSHP and its Save Gansevoort Market project in 2003, would have allowed a 450-foot tall residential high-rise at 848 Washington Street in the Meatpacking District; driven out jobs and businesses in the Meatpacking District; and facilitated high-rise development in areas of the Far West Village zoned for manufacturing (such as the Superior Ink site at Bethune and West Streets-already slated for development -and all of the Far West Village south of Barrow Street), Noho, Soho, and other areas.
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July 6th, 2004

In The Works: “Gothkill”

by John Coakley

Of all the art forms, filmmaking is probably the most collaborative, the most expensive, and therefore the most likely to be compromised. Even a low budget feature length film needs financial backing and the cooperation of dozens ?ɬ if not hundreds ?ɬ of different people, from producers to grips to extras. So anyone who plans on writing and directing their first feature has their work cut out for them right from the start.
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July 6th, 2004

NYC Neo-Noir Theatre: The New Bohemia

by SoHo Journal Staff

It surely has been a fantastic three years of culminating great victories for The New Bohemia. This downtown rooted musical has grown up garnering much media attention and applause along the way from Elle Magazine, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and CNN to fashions’ elite such as Zac Posen and Jeremy Scott. The troupe has been sought after by A list galas as Piaget, The Hamptons Film Festival and for such prestigious charities as Lenox Hill Hospital.
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July 6th, 2004

Fierstein Positively “Wicked” at 49th Annual Drama Desk Awards

by John Wegorzewski and Edward Callaghan

As Drama Desk honors not only Broadway, but the best of off- Broadway and off-off-Broadway too, the awards evening also included three parties!
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July 6th, 2004

chashama performs for the Friends of Hudson River Park Gala

by SoHo Journal Staff

Friends of Hudson River Park held its annual gala on May 25 at Chelsea Piers.?Ǭ The event drew a crowd of more than 500 as Friends honored James Ortenzio, the first chairman of the Hudson River Park Trust, and The Related Companies, which recently completed the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle. Friends’ mission is to advocate and provide sector funding for the new Hudson River Park, and at the gala, Friends presented Trust President Trip Dorkey with a check for $60,000 to help meet the costs of new facilities. The event raised more than $550,000 for Friends and featured performers and installations from chashama.
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July 6th, 2004

Blackout

by Alexandra Schwimmer

The whole city isn’t working. Walk up.” My father says these words to me over my cell?Ǭ as I bang on the outside of the metal elevator door and say “The elevator’s not working.” My efforts are met not with the usual sounds of clunking and powerful steel cables rotating around the drum but by hollow echoing thuds.
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July 6th, 2004

Shades of Galileo

by Delbert Grady

Since the Miscreant has been in a Bush-bash mode lately, let’s this time turn away from simple politics to that eternal bastion of honesty and reason, science.
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July 6th, 2004

Mermaid Fashion

by C.B. Coakley

By late June every summer our fashion thoughts, and inhibitions, begin to melt. We dress aquatic: Shimmering sequins reflect the sun, chain mail rings allow air to flow, sea shells keep skin cool, body paint is great sunblock and sponges soak up the inevitable summer sweat. Where do we wear this type of eclectic fashion?
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July 6th, 2004

Donna Karan’s gift to New York, “The Apple”

by SoHo Journal Staff

Sculpture by the late Stephan Weiss

Donna Karan, in cooperation with the Hudson River Park Trust, unveiled the “The Apple” at a ceremony in June at the foot of Charles Street in Greenwich Village. The sculpture, by Karan’s late husband Stephan Weiss, was conceived by him to honor New York City-the “Big Apple.”
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July 6th, 2004

ART: Pre-Octopied

by SoHo Journal Staff

Cari Resurreccion is PREOCTOPIED around Soho and the Lower East Side. She has been documenting the work of an unknown graffiti artist whose cute, cartoon-like octopi has been proliferating on buildings, containers & billboards. Despite the best efforts of some business owners to paint over him, this tentacled fellow keeps on popping up. What started out as just one or two drawings is now on it’s way to becoming a SoHo phenomenon. Cari first noticed the pictures walking to and from work. Her fascination led her to photographing the octopi and to her creation of works of multi legged inspiration.
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July 6th, 2004

alt art arena: expression from the edge of nyc nightlife

by Anya Hard

Teeming with all the myth and magic accorded and due a New York City erotic art event, the Arena Studios Group Show opened May 19th to a lush, admiring, captivated, and often captivating, V.I.P. and R.S.V.P. only crowd.
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July 6th, 2004

MUSIC: kHz at CBGB’s

by John Coakley

CBGB’s is a strange place. The club wears its ragged history with pride; the exposed pipes and ancient posters speak equally to both stubborn permanence as well as inevitable decay. And yes, the bathrooms are as scary as they ever were. The stage is wide for a venue this small, and its weathered look makes it all the easier to imagine your favorite rock legends, from The Talking Heads to Living Color to Quicksand stomping around up there. The sound system is legendary, very loud and very clear, which can be a blessing or a curse, depending on who is being pushed through those massive cabinets.
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July 6th, 2004

A Sick System: 311,HPD,BEH & Inspector Clouseau

by D. Clark MacPherson

There was a tremendous amount of fanfare when the 311 system was introduced to us in New York City. It was purported to be the solution to the disorganized way in which complaints were reported to the City. It was an exciting concept that was accepted with a less than believing smiles by most apartment dwellers in Manhattan.
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July 6th, 2004

Schumer to Lower Manhattan: Keep On Truckin’

by Carl Rosenstein

Forty years after Robert Moses was thwarted from bulldozing Broome Street (some say by the mob in Little Italy) to create the lower-Manhattan Expressway, cross-town traffic still remains a contentious geo-political matter.
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July 6th, 2004

Political Machines

by Deborah Glick

Florida’s 2000 election fiasco that denied so many Americans their constitutionally-guaranteed right to vote, exemplified the importance of having a sound electoral system. There is a real danger that such a situation could recur during this year’s presidential election. While the federal government has passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) to reform states’ electoral processes, it will not be fully implemented in the majority of states, including New York, prior to this year’s presidential election. Besides, HAVA has a number of problems which could further weaken our electoral system unless states sensibly implement it. New York’s choices in implementing HAVA will determine whether our voting system is strengthened or weakened.
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July 6th, 2004

Election Decisions

by D. Clark MacPherson

While the Presidential campaign is an overriding event for many in Manhattan, the business of representing the constituencies in SoHo, NoHo, Greenwich Village and surrounding communities in lower Manhattan proceeds undaunted regardless of who wins the Presidency. Jerry Nadler (Congressman, NY) faces a challenge from a Republican but there is zero chance of anyone unseating someone of his stature. Between his unstinting support of lower Manhattan in the face of White House and EPA lies regarding air quality after 9-11 and Bush’s empty promises to us regarding financial support, Nadler deserves to be re-elected by a landslide.
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July 6th, 2004

Hardship… SoHo Style

by D. Clark MacPherson

D.O.T, B.S.A., S.L.A., City Planning and zoning by fiat
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