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February 28th, 2007

TamPontification

by SoHo Journal Staff

180feminine_care_family.jpgYou probably never thought of this, but women’s shelters in the U.S. go through thousands of tampons and pads monthly. Assistance agencies generally help with expenses of “everyday” necessities such as toilet paper, diapers, and clothing, but one of the most BASIC needs is overlooked – feminine hygiene products. You and I may take our monthly trips down the feminine care aisle for granted, but, for women in shelters, a box of tampons is five dollars they can’t spare.

Seventh Generation, a green paper products and cleaning products company, has a do-good attitude and will donate a box of sanitary products to a women’s shelter in your chosen state – just for clicking this link: http://www.tampontification.com/donate.php. Talk about easy (and, yes, it is legitimate)! If you click on “motivate” they list other ways that you can lend support.

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February 28th, 2007

TRUMP CAUGHT YET AGAIN!

by gvshp

Latest Ads Refer to ‘Residences,’ in Spite of Zoning Restrictions and Assurances by City Officials to the Contrary

JOIN US: DEMONSTRATION THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 4, at 1 pm

GVSHP has found the developers of the planned Trump SoHo Condo-Hotel yet again advertising their development as a ‘residence’ with ‘living spaces,’ in spite of explicit zoning restrictions prohibiting such a use, and repeated assurances from the City that this development would not violate the zoning for the area. GVSHP and a slew of community groups have contended from the beginning that this development violates the zoning and therefore should not be given building permits; city officials have thus far disagreed, saying condo-hotels such as this are legal in this area. Trump and partners have been caught more than a half dozen times advertising their project as a residence, and each time city officials have offered assurances that the problem has been solved and the offending ads have been removed. See GVSHP’s letter to Mayor Bloomberg on the matter, as well as our letter to local elected officials. See the advertisement referring to the development’s “residences,” and to see the description of the development’s “living spaces” on the developer’s website.
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February 23rd, 2007

More art than you can shake a stick at.

by John Coakley

by Celso TrevinoThere are literally ten different art fairs happening at once this weekend. Dealers from all over the world have come to our city to display their wares; event spaces and armories all over Manhattan are filled with pieces by legends and unknowns alike. So where does one begin?

Well, The Armory Show (Pier 94 @55th Street) takes the prize for sheer volume: 148 dealers are represented. The Art Show (Park Ave. & 67th Street), which, strangely, actually happens in an Armory, features 70 dealers of various origins and specialties. Both shows run through Monday the 26th and carry a $20 admission fee. The more thrifty of us should look into Diva Streets, a free side project of Diva Fair. Ten shipping containers have been placed all over Chelsea with the purpose of displaying video art for the masses. That ends tomorrow, the 25th, at 8:00 pm, so don’t miss out. Continue Reading »

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February 23rd, 2007

Tell Scholastic: Stop Promoting Sexualized Dolls in Schools

by SoHo Journal Staff

lilbratz.jpgThe American Psychological Association has just released an important report detailing the ways in which precocious sexuality is marketed to girls. Among the products singled out by the APA were Bratz – a line of highly sexualized dolls whose wardrobes include miniskirts, fishnet stockings, and bikinis – that are marketed to girls as young as four.

The best-selling Bratz are everywhere. They have their own television show and will be featured in a blockbuster movie this summer. They’re found on hundreds of products from sheets to lunch boxes to clothing. And thanks to Scholastic, Inc., Bratz are in even in our schools. Scholastic promotes Bratz through its book fairs and book clubs, selling titles such as Lil’ Bratz Dancin Divas; Lil’ Bratz Catwalk Cuties; and Lil’ Bratz Beauty Sleepover Bash to a captive audience of young students.Tell Scholastic: Stop Promoting Bratz in Schools.

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February 23rd, 2007

Children’s Museum of the Arts’ Art Angels Gala Fundraiser

by SoHo Journal Staff

exterior2.JPGART ANGELS GALA BENEFIT
THURSDAY MARCH 1ST, 2007
ANGEL ORENSANZ FOUNDATION
172 Norfolk Street (between Houston and Stanton)

Cocktails 6:30pm; Dinner 7:30pm; Live Auction 9:00pm; After Party 9:30pm
Festive Attire

The Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA), the only children’s museum in New York City that brings artists and children together to create, exhibit, and celebrate children’s art, is hosting its 4th annual benefit dinner, “Art Angels,” on Thursday, March 1st, 2007, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Angel Orensanz Foundation on the Lower East Side. Selections from the CMA Collection of International Children’s Art will be projected throughout the evening with music by the Friends Jazz Trio and dazzling performances by members of Anti-Gravity. Guests are encouraged to stay for the after-party featuring DJ Bomber and more performers from Anti-Gravity.

The evening will raise funds to support the Children’s Museum of the Arts, which provides innovative art experiences for children. CMA also brings art education programs to children in schools, hospitals, and community service organizations who normally would not have access to these programs.
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February 23rd, 2007

NYC DOG OWNERS: TIPS TO KEEP PETS SAFE FROM STRAY VOLTAGE

by ASPCA

616432.jpgThe death of a one-year old Boston terrier who walked over an icy New York City manhole cover last Wednesday has raised concerns about the phenomenon of stray voltage. Although the cause of death has not yet been determined, and Con Edison officials haven’t confirmed that the cover or other nearby metal objects had been electrified, the dog’s sudden death could be the latest in a series of episodes in which pets and their handlers have been harmed by stray voltage—a hazard of wet, winter weather.The ASPCA offers the following tips to help you avoid potentially hazardous areas, and advice on what to do if your pet has suffered from electric shock: Continue Reading »

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February 20th, 2007

Courtney Smith’s build up opens Friday 2/23 at Roebling Hall

by SoHo Journal Staff

csbu.jpgRoebling Hall hosts their third solo exhibition of Courtney Smith’s work. Known for her complex, manipulable pieces of furniture. Smith now takes her original operation to a more extreme level, splitting it into two divergent directions. One series is composed of the radical breakdown of whole furniture pieces into a myriad of modular parts which then serve as building material; and the other series, by contrast, introduces a new generation of integral, uniform and fixed constructions as newborn objects of furniture. The resulting works stand in stunning opposition to one another, in color, form and concept, but come together exquisitely to compose a hard-edged, chimerical world of domestic equipment.
Opening Friday February 23rd, 6-8pm, on view through March 28th
Roebling Hall
606 West 26th st, 212-929-8180

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February 9th, 2007

BROOKLYN TO BERLIN, ONLY $65 AND YOUR SOUL, PLEASE.

by Fred Giacinto

lou_reelsmall.jpgMore than 3 decades ago a legend unleashed a misunderstood concept album on the world. Its recent reinvention as a staged performance insured its legacy as a masterpiece.

For four nights, this December past, at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse, a first in thirty years happened. Berlin, the follow up to his chart-topping Transformer, Lou Reed’s inspirational, controversial album was performed, track for track, live. And it proved to be as powerful and barrier-breaking a live performance as Berlin’s overlooked 1973 studio production.

Mr. Reed is no stranger to St. Ann’s; he has teamed up with The Warehouse before: Songs for Drella, a Lou Reed and former Velvet, John Cale collaboration premiered in 1990. In 2003, Reed performed his then current album, The Raven. And last year, he was a guest performer in Arts at St. Ann’s 25th anniversary benefit concert for Roy Nathanson’s acclaimed concept album, Fire at Keaton’s Bar and Grill.

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February 9th, 2007

Houdini: America’s First Superhero.

by Chip Maloney

book_cover.jpgIn This First Of Two Parts, Chip Maloney Sits With Long Time Soho Resident, Larry “Ratso” Sloman, Acclaimed Author Of The Bestseller, The Secret Life Of Houdini: The Making Of America’s First Superhero.

From his Prince Street apartment, author and longtime SoHo resident, Larry Sloman has barely recovered from a long and vicious bout with the flu, a souvenir from the exhaustive publicity tour for his latest book, but he still graciously agreed to discuss his most ambitious and controversial work to date, “The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero.”

Upon entering Big Wong’s on Mott Street for some of his first solid food in days, Sloman is immediately and affectionately greeted with the Chinese word for “rat” by the exuberant staff. “Ratso” is Sloman’s nickname, but for the last three decades, it has become his only name. The moniker was given to him by Joan Baez during his epic tour with Bob Dylan and The Rolling Thunder Revue, the result of which was his classic 1978 book, “On The Road With Bob Dylan.” Sloman has also authored or co-authored numerous other best-selling celebrity biographies and autobiographies, including Howard Stern’s “Private Parts” and “Miss America,” and Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis’ “Scar Tissue,” but it was during his recent collaboration with illusionist and escape artist David Blaine for his book, “Mysterious Stranger” that the idea for “The Secret Life of Houdini” was born.
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February 9th, 2007

The Hamptons

by D. Clark MacPherson

While Manhattan ponders the market, the Hampton brokers dream. They mostly dream about the fantasy market where houses actually sell. Actually it isn’t that bad–it’s worse. Recently a broker was describing how there really is activity in the market despite what everyone has been saying. His office sold two houses in one week, one for $575,000 and another for $450,000. After a long silence, he admitted that nothing was selling at all between $900,000 and $2,000,000. That’s a big between. Like the between that separates what used to be rich people, and what is now the so-called middle to upper-middle class. You know the people that keep the economy in motion and actually pay taxes?

Republicans have lost control of Congress, although you wouldn’t know it on the East End. There’s just one big happy party. Congressman Tim Bishop (D), Assemblyman Fred Thiele (R), and Southampton Town Supervisor Skip Heaney all party together no matter who is in the White House or Congress, and for good reason. With the help of the Democratic Party and its Chair Rich Schaeffer, the cross-endorsement technique has worked wonders. It actually has made the democratic process of voting practically irrelevant. It’s sort of like the Iranian version of democracy. We pick the candidates, the press cooperates and blacks out any coverage on candidates who challenge our choices, and we cross-endorse the front-runner so that there is only one candidate. And we have the nerve to criticize the middle-east for not embracing democracy! Treewolf West, candidate for Assembly, was incredulous about the fact that the press worked so well together. Neither the Southampton Press nor Suffolk Life gave West any copy, and Fred Thiele, his opponent, got lots of news coverage. The apparent instructions from the Democratic/Republican Cross-Endorsement machine were to keep West out of the news. While he remained philosophical, he couldn’t help but wonder about our democratic traditions.
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February 9th, 2007

Dr. Sketchy’s Official Rainy Day Colouring Book

by Mr. Norman Maine

dr-sketchy-cvr.jpgWondering what to do on a rainy day? Well, artist, model, diva, author, Molly Crabapple, and raconteur illustrator and general man-about-town, John Leavitt, suggest you mix a couple of voluptuous burlesque queens complete with spangly pasties, some smart cocktails, toss in a few young talented artists, or artist wanna-be’s with sketch pads and a passion to draw willing contestants, a few prizes (booze) mix gently in a too-hip-to-be-real setting, shake–never stir–serve on a Saturday afternoon, and you too can have your very own Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School.
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February 7th, 2007

Gothkill…The Soul Collector: Mission Accomplished

by John Coakley

ericaknife.jpgI love the Pioneer Theater. Its programming is a reminder of what the East Village once was–eclectic and fearless. At this theater, I’ve seen Hal Hartley’s short films, a pretentiously lewd adaptation of George Battaille’s Story of the Eye, and a Christmas Eve screening of both Silent Night, Deadly Night films–infamous for their killer Santa Claus protagonist. The Pioneer is a champion of the underdog, of the talented filmmaker whose vision–for whatever reason–is considered unmarketable by mainstream Hollywood. So, it was the perfect place to see Gothkill…The Soul Collector.

Long-time readers may recall previous articles about Gothkill, a.k.a. the little horror film that could. Writer/Director JJ Connelly worked tirelessly to bring his vision to the big screen, dealing with casting issues, location problems, and an early backer who left JJ holding the bag. But the film is finally finished. After years of on-again, off-again work, the obvious question is: Does Gothkill accomplish its major goal of providing a scary good time?
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February 7th, 2007

The Video Store Guy

by Steven Anderson

disturbance.jpgDisturbance
Directed and Written by Nick Vallelonga. Starring; Nick Vallelonga, Paul Sloan, Colleen Porch, Hayley DuMond. Produced by Nick Vallelonga; NR, 93 mins, 2005

Describing Disturbance is surprisingly simple. First off, let’s take one part pointless violence, one part confusing random alien encounter, and one part low-budget slime mess. Mix them all together in a pot of DVD plastic and half-bake the entire concept in a pan lined with the worst script you could find. The result is the movie Disturbance, a big, hot, steamy pile of waste of our time. Continue Reading »

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February 7th, 2007

The SoHo Gadabout

by Anthony Venditto

There’s a magical time between the noon lunch rush and the 5:00 happy-hour crush when the cobblestone streets of Soho are gloriously calm. It’s a quiet, serene time when the rabid pulse of the city slows down and the place takes on a soft, bucolic pace. That’s the time of day when I like to go a drinkin.’

9:00am-Call sick out of work. Jokes on them, I’m not sick, only hung-over. I roll over catch some more z’s.

12:30pm- Still hung-over, I shower and head to for SoHo

1:00- OK Cigars on West Broadway. No booze here but I dig the vibe and the smell of the place; it’s a homey mix of Grandma’s Pall Malls and the old Chelsea flea market. Plus they let me smoke inside and play with their antique lighters.

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February 6th, 2007

SoHo Journal Gallery

by SoHo Journal Staff

rashid-web_1.jpgWe are honored to feature “Iraq: Contemporary Viewpoints.” These artists and their very potent work represent a spectrum of images and assorted portrayals of life in Iraq, ranging from fond memories represented in painting and sculpture to contemporary photography that addresses the reality of life in a state of chaos only a war can create. We thank the POMEGRANATE Gallery for not only exhibiting these emotional and powerful works, but for sharing them with us so we may present them to you. Continue Reading »

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February 6th, 2007

Swept Away, No More

by Alexandra Schwimmer

img_0157.jpgIn A Neighborhood Of Visionaries, One Man Saw Beyond The Commerce Of Art. Henry Buhl Decided That The Preservation Of The Human Spirit Was Worth More Than Anything He Could Buy.

A common, early morning sight on the streets of SoHo is the all too familiar dark blue t-shirt and baseball cap uniform worn by the neighborhood’s sidewalk sweepers. They carry dustpans with long handles, and wear gloves to pick up trash that is lying about: empty cups of expensive coffee, old papers, losing lottery tickets. In the cold of winter, the men and women in their industrial blue uniforms chip away at ice, working to remove snowdrifts from storefronts. The residents of SoHo associate the sound of dragging trashcans rolling over the uneven cobblestones with their ritualistic morning croissant and cappuccino. Throughout the rest of the day, the sweepers, these guardians of the sidewalks, remain busy keeping the neighborhood litter-free. The metal against stone sounds of trashcan meeting street has become an odd urban music, almost tribal, non-beat for the locals to live by. The stickers on their trash cans read SoHo Partnership; these rolling cans are the constant companion of the sweeper. Continue Reading »

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February 6th, 2007

Restless Miscreant: First Child at the Whitehouse

by Delbert Grady

What? Laura Bush had another baby? Hardly. She just had the misfortune of marrying one a long time ago.

It occurred to me recently that from the beginning of American history we’ve had Presidents ranging from magnificent to swine. But they all had one thing in common–they were MEN, otherwise known as GROWNUPS. That is, until now.
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February 6th, 2007

SoHo Interview: Julie Nadel

by D. Clark MacPherson

julie-nadel.jpgOf the thirteen members who comprise the Hudson River Park Trust, Julie Nadel is arguably the most forthright and outspoken. While she was appointed to this body for her knowledge and dedication to improving the Manhattan waterfront, she is still an activist at heart. Despite her position of importance, she tells people exactly what she thinks.

Her political activism began when she moved to New York in the early 1980’s when she became involved with Westway, a project that drew tremendous community fire and took almost 10 years to defeat. She was hired by Assemblyman Dick Gottfried as his Chief of Staff and became familiar with many of the waterfront committees and advocates on Community Boards 1, 2, 4 and 7 through her job. At this point, she also became involved with the Hudson River Alliance, community precursor to the Hudson River Park Trust, an organization created by Al Butzel (the influential head of Friends of Hudson River Park). Her involvement with the Alliance lasted from 1994 until 1998 when the Hudson River Park Act was written and enacted. Borough President C. Virginia Fields appointed Nadel to the new Trust Board–and she was recently re-appointed by Democrat Scott Stringer, the new Manhattan Borough President. Currently, she is also Chair of Community Board #1 Waterfront Committee.
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February 6th, 2007

The State of SoHo and its (Laissez Faire) Politics

by D. Clark MacPherson

An artists rendering of the proposed, horrific Trump Soho. If ever there was a man who knew nothing about this neighborhood it is Donald Trump.Despite its notoriety, SoHo is still a poor step-child, compared to better-known Manhattan neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, Chelsea or Murray Hill. The shops are certainly reaching a level once never thought possible. There is Chanel, Bloomingdales, Donna Karan and Polo, among others, who have settled on Broadway or West Broadway. And there is no question that the developers have arrived. There are several condominium projects under construction, and the prices range from $1500 per square foot, climbing to nearly $3000 per sq. ft. While there are conflicting reports as to how well they are selling, there is activity. Brokers keep watching for signs of buyer fatigue but keep holding Open Houses, and people keep coming.
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February 6th, 2007

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Death of a Thousand Cuts

by Sean Jaeger

The job cuts slashing across the face of America and the American Media threaten to leave massive scars, bleeding wounds, and waves of destruction all across America the beautiful.

For what?

The whole concept seems to defy logic.

Think about it this way. You have a losing baseball team, and suddenly a new manager, or maybe the old manager, has a stroke of genius–a great way to turn a losing team into a winner: Cut third base–not just the specific player–the whole position. You don’t win anything by getting to third base, at least not in baseball. You don’t lose anything by letting someone get to third base…at least in baseball.

And how many third basemen are home run hitters…right?
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February 1st, 2007

Ask the Borough President: Lower Manhattan Town Hall Meeting

by SoHo Journal Staff

Wednesday, Februrary 7 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, State Senator Martin Connor, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, Councilmember Alan Gerson and Commmunity Board 1 will host a Lower Manhattan Town Hall Meeting to discuss issues facing the community, including public safety, transportation and quality of life.

Museum of Jewish History
36 Battery Place in Battery Park City.
Doors open at 6:00 pm.

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