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January 6th, 2005

Kathy McVann Will Be Deeply Missed

by SoHo Journal Staff

originally appeared in the Southampton Press | Hamptons | winter 2005

We are very sad to report that one of our valued writers, Kathy McVann (Turkey, Por Favor…, Olde Speonk Inn Review, Claudio’s Review) has passed away.
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January 6th, 2005

Turkey, Por Favor…

by Thom McVann

Thanksgiving is not my sweet Kate’s favorite holiday. It lacks the glitter, lights and many gifts that make Christmas bright. No helpful little elves, red suited fat man or singing mice to liven up the last Thursday in November. The day calls out for a slow cooked dinner requiring the expenditure of many woman-hours in the kitchen. This is inconsistent with Kate’s life mission of saving her and the rest of womankind from the torture of kitchen work. After twenty-five happy years of marital bliss I can report that she has had great personal success in this mission. The ancient goddesses of Lesbos are well pleased with their daughter. Imagine my surprise when the following menu appeared in Kate’s hand and I was told that she had already spent many hours working on our Thanksgiving meal. I quickly read a description of the feast to come
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January 6th, 2005

A conversation with Rabbi Schneier…

by D. Clark MacPherson

What really interested us in Rabbi Schneier was the fact that his name came up in every conversation that involved the amazing transformation of Westhampton Beach. The Village has changed from a summer rental and share house Mecca that featured Club Marrakesh, to a family-oriented cultural haven. The shops on Main Street aren’t complaining. The group houses are. We didn’t ask the beer distributor. The two institutions that have fostered this cultural renaissance are the Performing Arts Center and the Synagogue. Both are a result of the work of many people, but the energy and determination behind both of them was pure Schneier. He may demur but that is the essential truth.
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January 6th, 2005

Curmudgeon’s Corner

by Sean Jaeger

They call it inflation, but (like everything else these days) it seems more like a mighty engine inflating the rich and sucking the blood out of the bodies of everyone else.
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January 6th, 2005

Hamptons Politics

by D. Clark MacPherson

“The First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All The Lawyers!”
-W. Shakespeare, King Henry The Sixth, Part 2

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January 6th, 2005

Toxic shocks: More deceptions about post-9/11 health threats are emerging

by Albert Huebner

Following the attack on the World Trade Center, there were abundant, but scattered, unofficial observations that the Environmental Protection Agency had misled New Yorkers about the risks to their health of pollution from collapse of the buildings.
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January 6th, 2005

State Senator Martin Connor

by D. Clark MacPherson

What SoHo needs now

There were a number of issues that we wanted to discuss with the Senator. Among them were our problems with Traffic and the proliferation of billboards and overabundance of bars in SoHo, especially on West Broadway and Grand Street. He has been in office since 1978, and has a depth of knowledge about these issues which was refreshing.
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January 6th, 2005

Acting with Sharks Interview with Roy Scheider

by Hattie

Roy Scheider-from bed-ridden boy to awesome actor

Before interviewing Roy I told him that some of the questions were of a very personal nature, and that he was free not to answer those. It was my wish to spotlight him, not put him on the spot… a portrait, not an expose. He answered them all.
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January 6th, 2005

Stella by Starlight Gala

by John Wegorzewski and Edward Callaghan

It was an extraordinary triumvirate of American genius that was celebrated at the 3rd Annual, Stella by Starlight Gala, benefiting the world famous Stella Adler Studio of Acting.
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January 6th, 2005

High Class Cho Interview with Margaret Cho

by Kate Rigg

Co-designer and multitalented maven behind the High Class Cho clothing line, Margaret Cho is always in fashion, where fashion is the fulcrum of art, pop, alterna-culture, politics and trashy sass.
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January 6th, 2005

Sammy Sold

by Alexandra Schwimmer

SoHo’s long silent building gets a chance to rejoin the neighborhood
by: Alexandra Schwimmer
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January 6th, 2005

Eatery Exploration

by Abbey Ehmann

Jane
100 West Houston
212-254-7000
www.janerestaurant.com

In the few years that Jane has been in business, it has received positive reviews from numerous in-the-know publications. They all referred to the curse that had seemed to hang over the Houston Street space; it appears the curse has lifted, judging by Jane’s success. They also noted that the restaurant has a warm, “neighborhood” vibe, and that is certainly true. We stopped in on a late Sunday afternoon and had the luxury of choosing between the brunch/lunch and dinner menus. It was a warm fall day, so we luxuriated in the setting sun and sidewalk traffic while we enjoyed our “linner” at one of their three outdoor tables. My date ordered the three mushroom soup, which was incredibly delicious. Little bits of those three different fungi were chopped finely, rather than completely pur?╔└▄ed, giving the soup a pleasant consistency. Plenty of cream and truffle oil made it rich and buttery; we could’ve spooned a bucketful of the stuff into our hungry bellies!
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January 6th, 2005

125 Plumage: Isanti Azul flaunts magnificent feathers

by Leda Resurreccion

ISanti Azul is the brainchild of Ivonne Santiago. The creator, holding a degree in psychology, founded this creative vein through performance. The early summer of 2004 still had resonance from the off Broadway production of Goddess dance & the Black & Blue Ball. A few weeks of finding random feathers on the sidewalks of New York City held sway over an idea in the making.
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January 6th, 2005

Art View: Marco Art

by Joan Baum

Lower East Side Artist, Marco, and Fondrisi Gallery Bring Color to Southampton
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January 6th, 2005

Adult Stores The New Downtown Albatross

by David Gruber

There has been a tremendous increase in “adult” stores in the West Village. At least a dozen or so stores have opened recently, some in landmark areas, some on quiet residential streets and others in more general but low-level commercial zones. These stores can truly destroy a neighborhood. This influx has occurred for several reasons. When Times Square was “cleaned up,” it wasn’t really cleaned up so much as it was dispersed and Greenwich Village has received much of the residue (the police often refer to Greenwich Village as Times Square South). The reason we are inundated is that the Village has tremendous street foot traffic (we are the second largest tourist destination after Times Square) and great subway access. There is also the prevailing belief that we are more accepting in Greenwich Village than other communities might be, and we are therefore, more willing to accept the Village as a sex business center.
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January 6th, 2005

Soho Liquor Sewers and Slumlords

by D. Clark MacPherson

Each time that we have a substantial amount of rain in lower Manhattan there is back up from the sewers in SoHo at Grand street and West Broadway. Sandbags and cologne are the only current solutions. Unfortunately, these inadequate sewers service many of the residential loft buildings, the restaurants and bars, the SoHo Grand Hotel, and drainage from the streets. The storm drains that discharge into the Hudson River shut down at high tide and what would be considered normal flooding causes the sewers at this spot to back-up at what is arguably the lowest point in Manhattan-Grand street and West Broadway. The inadequate pipes handle sewage and restaurant grease traps, giving us a recurring Public Health nightmare in SoHo.
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January 6th, 2005

Viewpoint 2005 and beyond

by D. Clark MacPherson

Now that the Bush boys have retained their role as our handlers, we can focus on local problems. The Republicans have managed to turn a terrorism threat by criminals who buy and sell hostages (it really is all about oil and money) into a new “religious war.” That’s easier to sell to rural republicans.
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January 6th, 2005

Revolting Development

by D. Clark MacPherson

Several issues have had a direct effect upon residents and visitors to our Art Mecca recently. Only a few months ago, if you had tried to drive through SoHo via West Broadway or turn East along Grand street, you’d have been blocked due to construction. Not the type of construction, however, that you might expect from a new building project. It seems that the Omri brothers have been at it again. They have a thing for SoHo and may not have used the best of all possible construction techniques in their quest to be land Barons. From the same drawing boards that brought us the destruction of 30 or 40 full grown trees at the corner of Howard Street and Broadway for a commercial building that was arguably never meant to be built, we now have the development of 72 Grand Street.
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January 6th, 2005

SoHo Deserves Better: a neighborhood choking in pollution

by Carlos Manzano

SoHo is recognized around the world as a microcosm of creative energy contained within a city renowned for this same quality. However, the SoHo of today is quite a changed neighborhood from thirty years ago. Much of this evolution has been stunningly positive – the area thrives with an eclectic mix of restaurants, shops, businesses and hotels, which makes it a must-see for tourists, as well as a destination for residents citywide.
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January 6th, 2005

A SoHo Diva traces time

by Sara Goff

I walk past the new Bloomingdale’s site on Broadway. Pick up a latte at Starbucks on Spring Street. Notice a couple coming out of SoHo Grand, walking hand in hand, passing kisses back and forth; they’re wearing cowboy boots, jeans and coordinating T-shirts, Everything is Bigger in Texas. In SoHo? I smile; they’re in love.

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January 6th, 2005

Kate Rigg: Slanty Eyed Mama Strikes Again!

by Hattie

If you’ve recently eaten at a Chinese Restaurant and gotten a fortune cookie that read: “Be prepared. Wild Asian woman on her way,” it was probably referring to Kate Rigg.
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