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May 14th, 2008

SOHO JOURNAL GALLERY: CHARLENE WEISLER

by John Coakley

We are committed to introducing new talents, as well as showcasing established artists and photographers in each issue. We also strive to bring our readers new, powerful and important trends in the art world. Please contact us if you or someone you know is breaking barriers, or creating a movement. Fame is not a prerequisite–talent is.

Weisler’s photography of the ever-changing urban landscape reflects the transience and impermanence of street art. Concentrating on the evolving nature of layered graffiti, Weisler captures a timeline of competing artistic efforts and messages.

The result is a rich compendium of texture, color and form that showcases both organic energy and urban decay. This is a unique expression of environmental art as voiced by competing images and agendas, all of which are invariably undone and made all the more beautifully weary by time and weather. Her educational background includes a diploma in fine art from New York City’s Music and Art High School and a B.A. cum laude in Art from CCNY. She also completed a year’s study of Art Historiography and Criticism from the University of Essex, England and holds a MBA in the Arts from SUNY Binghamton.

Weisler is a New York City based photographer whose perspectives on street art have been featured in a video at The Wooster Collective’s 11 Spring Street exhibition. Her work is featured on Charles Saatchi’s gallery site, in New York’s MTA Image Registry, as part of Chelsea’s SOHO20 Gallery 13th Annual International Women’s Exhibition and in several private collections. You may contact her here.


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Filed Under: Articles | Arts & Leisure | New York

May 14th, 2008

ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG DIES AT 82.

by John Coakley


Retroactive 1, 1963, by Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg was born in 1925 in Port Arthur, Texas, and raised a Christian fundamentalist. At first, Rauschenberg wanted to be a minister but gave it up because his church banned dancing. After serving in the Navy, where he drew portraits of his fellow sailors to send home to their families, he used money from the GI Bill to study painting at the Kansas City Art Institute and, later, New York City’s own Art Students League. He would come to blur the line between painting and sculpture by using found objects and household materials (“Bed” used toothpaste and fingernail polish along with paint) in what he would call “combines.” This in itself wasn’t entirely new, but the way that he used prosaic or discarded materials to celebrate their inherent beauty rather than to make a comment on the crassness of commercialism was new indeed.

Rauschenberg’s generous eye for everyday beauty was matched by his philanthropic generosity – he donated millions to various charities and had recently established Change Inc., an organization which helps artists pay their medical bills – as well as by his hunger for new ideas. He was not known for consciously developing a consistent body of work; rather, he would constantly try new things, taking more pleasure in the process of creation than in the end result.

He divided his time between New York and Florida. Like so many people who have stepped off of a bus from small towns like Port Arthur, Robert Rauschenberg came to this city to discover what he was made of. Like Walt Whitman, another gay creative type who helped put us on the map, he found that he was infinite, he contained multitudes.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Community | New York

May 13th, 2008

ONE OF THE VILLAGER’S OWN LOOKS BACK ON NY’S POLITICAL HISTORY.

by Ed Gold

Memories! Memories! Going back more than half a century, the incidents that shaped the political landscape, as seen through one set of eyes, included drama, humor, euphoria, pathos, surrealism and achievement.
What follows are some wildly disparate scenes that marked political life since the Villager’s founding:

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Modest beginnings: Probably around the time the Villager was founded, a young man with chronic ciritis got involved in local politics, serving as a messenger for political captains who carried out the test-proven practice of distributing food baskets to the needy during holiday time.

The young man showed political savvy, rose in the ranks and ran for district leader in 1939, winning by 51 votes. But Tammany Hall rejected the victory. The Hall was then controlled by the Irish. The man was Italian. He was Carmine DeSapio, who would win the seat four years later, hold it for two decades, and one day become an historical figure.

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My best night:
In September of 1961, the insurgent reform club in Greenwich Village, Village Independent Democrats, rented the Limelight Cafe on Seventh Ave. as its Primary Day election headquarters. The club was once more challenging one of the great Tammany leaders, DeSapio, at that time the most powerful Democrat in the state, in its third attempt to win local party leadership and earn recognition as the official Democratic club in the district. Continue Reading »

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May 12th, 2008

THE QUIET PARTY @ MADAME X: 5/14/8 @ 6:30PM.

by John Coakley


Passing notes is hot.

Dating is stressful enough without having to deal with the environmental stress of noise. Seriously, how can you bond with that new somebody when the music is blaring, cell phones are going off, and the table next to you just won’t pipe down? Consarn it! Kids today. Boy, I tell ya…

Thank goodness for the quiet party. No music, the phones are turned off, and no one is allowed to talk. That’s right, no talking. Paper and pens are distributed and you get to pass notes to whomever you think is cutest. Unlike your old Algebra class, here you are encouraged to flirt via the written word. Nice.

The Quiet Party
Wed. May 14
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Madame X
94 West Houston Street, btw Thompson St. & LaGuardia Place
Admission: $10 (2 drink minimum)

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May 11th, 2008

VIGILS TO STAND AGAINST ANTI-IMMIGRANT LEGISLATION IR1105: 5/12/8, HUNTINGTON @ 12PM + SAG HARBOR @ 1PM.

by You the Reader


Who: Long Island Civic Participation Project (LICPP), Long Island Immigrant Alliance, labor unions, religious
leaders and concerned citizens.

What: We will be holding vigils at Legislator Stern and Legislator Schneiderman’s offices to urge them to vote against IR1105 introduced by Legislator Beedenbender. This bill would require contractors to act as immigration police, facilitating discrimination and damaging the Suffolk County economy. Both Legislators are undecided about how they will vote on this bill.

When: Monday, May 12th, 2008

12pm – Huntington

1pm – Sag Harbor

Where:
Huntington
– Concerned citizens will hold a prayer vigil in front of Legislator Stern’s office located at 1842 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743

Sag Harbor – Concerned citizens will hold the East End Solidarity Vigil in front of Legislator Schneiderman’s office located at 75 Washington Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963

Contact:
Domenico Romero
Director
Long Island Civic Participation Project
m. 347.387.2841
dromero@licpp.org

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May 11th, 2008

PLAGUE IN GOTHAM!: CHOLERA IN NINETEENTH CENTURY NEW YORK

by John Coakley

Nineteenth Century New York, particularly the part of Downtown then known as Five Points, was hit hard with epidemics of numerous kinds, but none worse than Cholera. Thousands died gruesome, painful deaths, and the fact that it was largely the poor who were affected was as seen by many as divine retribution for being black, Irish, Catholic, Jewish, Italian, etc. Take your pick.

That kind of class and racial division is one of the key aspects of the 1832 Cholera Plague discussed at The New York
Historical Society
‘s new exhibit, Plague In Gotham!: Cholera In Nineteenth-Century New York. It runs through November 2nd and is worth seeing for anyone with an interest in local history, how disease affects communities, or how we might handle an epidemic today. Food for thought.


The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West (Between 76th and 77th Streets)
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Open Friday until 8:00 p.m. with free admission from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Adults: $10; Teachers, Seniors: $7; Students: $6
Members + Children Under 12: Free

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May 10th, 2008

E.VIL/LES REZONING – THE GOOD KIND – MEETING @ PS 20: 5/12/8 @ 6:30PM.

by Andrew Berman


Thanks, as always, to the GVSHP for the heads up.

I strongly encourage you to attend Monday’s Town Hall meeting on the proposed East Village/Lower East Side Rezoning. GVSHP has been working closely with Community Board #3, other community groups, and local elected officials to try to advance a rezoning plan which will help protect this neighborhood from increasingly rampant overdevelopment. While the plan proposed by the City is far from perfect or exhaustive, it will take very substantial concrete steps in the right direction of limiting inappropriate development in the neighborhood, even as the Community Board is pushing to include additional provisions in the plan. Go to GVSHP’s website for more background.

Town Hall Meeting on LES Rezoning Plan
Monday, May 12 @ 6:30pm
Public School 20 – 166 Essex Street (btwn E Houston & Stanton Sts)

Filed Under: Community | Events | New York | Take Action

May 9th, 2008

WELCOME TO SOUTHAMPTON – HOW MAY WE DECEIVE YOU?

by Christopher A. Broich

What’s it like to be a cop in the Hamptons?

Well for one recently fired police sergeant in the Southampton Village Police Department it gets boiled down to dirty politics, incestuous relationships and incompetent leadership. For others its overtime pay on movie sets, $60,000.00 interest free loans from the mayor’s boss and fatherin- law, security side work at Bridgehampton POLO while on duty in Southampton Village and stock options in PVNX.PK Pure Vanilla Exchange. Great for some, not so great for others.


Lars King

During the search for outgoing Chief Sherry’s successor, one Village Trustee suggested that all six sergeants, two lieutenants and one captain be included in the pool of candidates. This notion was rebuked by Mayor “Romo” who insisted that Captain King, Lt. Wilson & Lt. Cummings be eligible for the exam. With a disregard for almost all points of order, Lars King was sworn in as Chief of Police two weeks before civil service exam results were even published! The best part is that new appointed Chief King failed. Lt.Cummings passed and Wilson’s name was marked absent. Lars King compared the failing grade to the analogy that most lawyers fail the Bar exam the first time. Continue Reading »

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May 9th, 2008

2ND ANNUAL WILLIE MAE-RA-THON BENEFIT CONCERT WEEKEND: CAKE SHOP, 5/11/8 @ 2PM – ALL AGES.

by John Coakley


Willie Mae girls in action.

The Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is simply the coolest summer camp that a young lady could ever hope to be part of. Girls are taught the fundamentals of performance and musicianship by experienced musicians. More importantly, they are taught that rock and roll is big, kick-ass fun and that playing an instrument is even better than trying to be the next pre-fab pop singer. Continue Reading »

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May 9th, 2008

CURMUDGEON’S CORNER.

by Sean Jaeger

Too bad the phony patriots who are preaching prejudice and waving ragged flags in front of the Seven Eleven while stealing and soiling the glorious name of the minutemen can’t bother to read more of the document that those brave rebels fought and died for.

Remember the Declaration of Independence?

We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness...note that the “pursuit of happiness” line didn’t say anything about barbed wire border fences. Continue Reading »

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May 9th, 2008

RUMORS & LIES: FAIR AND BALANCED IN THE HAMPTONS.

by Jack Torrance

Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects. Lester B. Pearson (1897 – 1972)

Two years after this magazine warned of the impending foreclosures that were going to happen, the Southampton Press has finally picked up on it.

Brokers still lie to customers but the protests about just exactly how weak the Hamptons real estate market is have evaporated. Brokers are still using the same routine in Manhattan–but that too will stop by year’s end. While oceanfront homes on Dune Road in Quogue have held their value, it will only take the folding of another major investment bank on Wall Street like Bear, Sterns to change that. For the multi-million dollar crowd in certain restricted areas like East Hampton or Southampton Village along Dune Road, the game is still active. Nothing is sacred beyond that. Continue Reading »

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May 9th, 2008

THE JOURNEY BEGINS.

by Lawrence Pfeil Jr


Photo courtesy First Coastal Corporation (c) 2008

The image of a house bobbing helplessly on the waves adrift in the ocean that opens “Incredible Journey – The Story Of West Hampton Dunes” is both surreal and symbolic. From the awesome power of nature, to an erosive sea of self-serving politics, to the steadfast will and determination to survive in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, the image represents the influential forces that shaped, destroyed and ultimately rebuilt the barrier island protecting the Long Island coastline.

But this outstanding historical documentary is more than just a tribute to the tenacious men and women who saved their beach community. Continue Reading »

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May 9th, 2008

KICKED IN THE GROINS.

by Lawrence Pfeil Jr


Photo courtesy First Coastal Corporation (c) 2008.

While the beach erodes, lawyers argue over who is at fault and who should pay for the massive beach erosion caused by the groins (jetties) at Georgica that has devastated the beaches in Sagaponack and Bridgehampton. A parallel lawsuit was also filed about the erosion caused by the jetties that stabilize Shinnecock Inlet.

Even the casual visitor to the beaches of Sagaponack and Bridgehampton can see the results of long-term erosion. Gone are the wide beaches backed by sea green dunes covered in beach grass and present are the scars of fresh erosion that reaches into the mainland farm soils of Sagaponack. Continue Reading »

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May 9th, 2008

GOLDEN AGE OF AN ICON

by Lawrence Pfeil Jr

It’s hard to imagine a greater icon of the anti-war movement in America during the late 1960’s than the peace symbol. From coast to coast, the peace symbol was carried in protest, worn as a political statement, and drawn, painted, or printed on virtually anything and everything in sight. It was unequivocally a sign of the times.

But truth be told…

The peace symbol is not American at all…it’s actually British.

Its original intent wasn’t antiwar… but rather nuclear disarmament.

And… it first started appearing a decade earlier, in the 1950’s (on April 8, 1958 to be exact.)

Celebrating the peace symbol’s golden anniversary on April 8, 2008 and its half century of influence on global politics and pop culture is the fascinating new coffee table book PEACE – 50 Years of Protest by Barry Miles, featuring over 250 photographs and illustrations. Continue Reading »

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May 8th, 2008

LAUNCH OF $PREAD MAGAZINE’S ISSUE 4.1 @ LEOPARD LOUNGE: 5/8/8 @ 10PM.

by John Coakley

$pread Magazine, your go-to source for anything to do with sex workers and the often complicated lives they lead, is throwing a release party for their latest issue. It’s only $5 to get in and everyone will be treated to sexy raffles and lapdances while the best Punk, Rock ‘n Roll, Disco, Soul, and Go-Go is played in the background. Find a sitter and go.

Thursday, May 8th, 2008
10pm-4am
The Leopard Lounge, 85 2nd Ave @ 5th Street, East Village — New York, NY 10003
F/V to 2nd Ave, 6 to Astor place, Q R W to 8th St. NYU
$5 (suggested)

FEATURING:

DJ Nutritious
DJ As If!
DJ Fritz & Plushus

Art by Michelle Talich & Cricket Alexander

Brought to you by: SpinSpinNYC, SWANK, and $pread.

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May 8th, 2008

NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STEVIES 18: NIGHTBIRDS @ HIGHLINE BALLROOM: 5/9/9 @ 9PM.

by John Coakley

What can you say about Night of a Thousand Stevies? That it’s a sincere homage to the satin and crystal genius of everyone’s favorite member of Fleetwood Mac? That it’s a bunch of arch hipsters and drag queens mocking an easy target? That it’s both? I think it is both, which means it will be worth going to just to observe the inevitable brawls between those who adore Stevie Nicks and those who only see her for camp value. Or is that only likely in my crazed imagination? Hmm. Well, you’ll also get to see talented folks like Justin Bond, Julie Atlas Muz and many others perform, for what it’s worth.

The Jackie Factory NYC Presents
Night Of A Thousand Stevies 18: “Nightbirds”
Friday May 9, 2008
The Highline Ballroom
431 West 16th Street Nyc
Doors Open 9pm – 4am
$25 – Advance Tickets Strongly Suggested
18 To Enter, 21 To Drink (I.D. Required)
Get tickets here.

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May 7th, 2008

CATCHING UP WITH DANNY ROSS.

by Mr. Norman Maine

Over the last several months political aide by day, musician by night Danny Ross has been working very hard to promote his exceptional CD, Introducing Danny Ross. Now Ross delivers the video for the charming and Billy Joel-esque I Can’t Wait. Under the clever direction of Stuart Weinstock this very pleasant song and Ross’ good natured and disarming personality shine through. It reminds me of a cross between the best elements of Big and Godspell. Ross is portrayed as a doll come to life, and director Weinstock takes us on a magical journey through New York as Danny Ross seeks out the girl in a crayon drawing he shows to strangers on the street. Obviously, if this were real life the doll would be beaten to death the first time he tried to hug a stranger, but it’s a video and its simplicity is its charm. You’ll want to watch this over and over to spot some of NYC’s most famous landmarks, like Rock Center, Chinatown, Times Square, and several parks around town. This is a great effort to help promote a really fine CD. You can purchase “Introducing Danny Ross” on iTunes or visit his website or myspace page. And check out the video here.

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May 7th, 2008

REVIEWS: BOOKS, MUSIC + MOVIES.

by Mr. Norman Maine

and Vincent Cecolini and John Coakley.

Unfiltered: The Complete Ralph Bakshi
By John M. Gibson and Chris McDonnell
Foreword by Quentin Tarantino
264 pages/400 color illustrations
ISBN: 13:978-0-7893-1684-4
Universal Publishing
April 2008

Some publishers print books on or about art, while others publish books that are art. This is such a book. Unfiltered: The Complete Ralph Bakshi is perfect. The printing and paper are superior, the reproductions are as close to original art as one is able to get, the writing is smart and informative, and it captures and holds your attention from beginning to end. This is the fascinating story of an unusual and gifted artist and his quest to revolutionize an industry and a medium. We are treated to the early years in Brooklyn through the first stages of Bakshi’s career at Terrytoons through his journey to create his many master works, including Fritz The Cat, Heavy Traffic, American Pop, Fire & Ice and Cool World. I suggest if you are not familiar with these films, you head out and rent them right away, but the best thing to do would be buy them and watch them a few times. The animation is groundbreaking, as is the storytelling.

These films laid the groundwork for future generations of prime time cartoons like The Simpsons, South Park, The Family Guy, MTV’s Beavis and Butthead and Comedy Central’s delightfully perverse Drawn Together.

Ralph Bakshi is an animator without peer–a visionary, rebel and inspiration. He is the Francis Ford Coppola of his genre. Continue Reading »

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May 7th, 2008

STYLE WARS @ STOLI HOTEL: 5/9/8 @ 10PM. FREE.

by John Coakley

A big part of the appeal of Project Runway, what pulls in people who had no previous interest in fashion, is the inside look at the process. You get to see creative people work with strict budgets and even stricter time limits and ultimately create interesting clothes. How each person approaches the project – and how they handle the stress – varies wildly. That’s half the fun right there.

So that’s what makes Style Wars such a hoot. Designers from all over the country (Kelly Horrigan and the Art Corps are representing NYC) cut, tape, burn and drape to create new fashion items from vintage garments and unexpected materials. Meanwhile, mash-up DJs shred the decks, and celebrity judges like Mick Rock and Ben Jelen decide who wins. And it’s free. And there’s an all-night Stoli open bar.

Spontaneous fashion always works better when you’re schnackered. Go.

Style Wars: the Battle Royale
Stoli Hotel
330 West Street @ Houston
5/9/8
10pm
Free, but you have to RSVP here, where you can also get more information.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

May 7th, 2008

BOARD OF STANDARDS AND APPEALS VOTES TO UPHOLD PERMITS FOR SCANDAL-PLAGUED TRUMP SOHO CONDO-HOTEL.

by You the Reader

Thanks to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation for the Update.

Ruling Clears Path for Potential Appeal to Independent Court.

The New York City Board of Standards and Appeals voted unanimously today to deny an appeal of the Department of Buildings decision to issue permits for the construction of the Trump SoHo Condo-Hotel at 246 Spring Street. The appeal filed by the SoHo Alliance and supported by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation contended that permits should never have been issued for the project because it violates the area’s zoning. Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation Executive Director Andrew Berman and SoHo Alliance Director Sean Sweeney issued the following joint statement in response to the decision:

“We are disappointed but not surprised that the BSA, which is composed entirely of Mayoral appointees, has decided to uphold the ruling of its scandal-plagued sister agency, the Department of Buildings. In over 90% of appeals cases such as these, the BSA has ruled to uphold decisions of the the Department of Buildings.

The cumbersome and time-consuming BSA procedure is legally required before a challenge can be heard in court, rather than before an agency of Mayoral appointees. The court of public opinion is already squarely opposed to this ill-conceived project. With this ruling the case can be brought to the NY State Supreme Court, and that is what is now being planned by the SoHo Alliance. Continue Reading »

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May 6th, 2008

VIOLATED!

by Cameo Jack

This is the first in our new series Violated, where we focus on sidewalk violations in SoHo, Tribeca and The Village. We hired an expert to stroll the streets of our fair city and photograph all the illegal activity on our sidewalks! After all, we’ve received our fair share of violations for our street boxes, so we can certainly sympathize with anyone trying to keep up with the city’s Kafka-esque sidewalk rules. To make it more exciting, if that’s possible, the first five entries we receive that correctly identify all the locations will get a SoHo Journal t-shirt. Each issue will feature a different violation; for more examples, pick up your print copy of the Journal wherever you see the aforementioned boxes. Mail your answers to: Violated, c/o SoHo Journal, P.O.Box 1485, NY, NY 10013.

This month–Planters

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May 6th, 2008

FLESH + PASSION OPENING @ CFM GALLERY: 5/8/8 @ 6PM.

by John Coakley

Neil Zukerman and CFM Gallery and Guest Curator Jan K. Kapera of JKK Fine Arts present Flesh and Passion. The fervor of St. Sebastian is considered by more than 20 international artists—Including Daniel Barkley, Ailene Fields, and Jorge Larrea—with impressive results. Definitely worth a look.

May 9 thru June 4, 2008
Monday to Saturday 11am to 6 pm
Sunday Noon to 6pm

Artists Reception:
Thursday, May 8th
6 to 9 pm
CFM Gallery
112 Greene Street
R.S.V.P: (212) 966-3864 or cfmg@mindspring.com

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May 6th, 2008

AMERICAN PSYCHIC.

by Christian McLean

A PSYCHIC TOLD LARRY TALBOT TO BEWARE OF THE MOON. NANCY REAGAN CONSULTED THEM IN THE WHITE HOUSE. YOKO SENT JOHN ON TRIPS WITH NO MISSION BECAUSE HER PSYCHIC TOLD HER TO. ARE THESE SOOTHSAYERS FOR REAL OR JUST IN IT FOR THE CASH?

As soon as you picked up this magazine I channeled your energy and I examined your life. Here is what I see, here is your fortune: You’re at a crossroads in your life. The next two to three years are crucial. You’re not where you should be at your job. It’s time to focus. Over the past three years, you’ve been sidetracked. You’re going to be successful, but there are some things that stress you. There is someone out there that doesn’t want you to succeed. I’m not sure why, either jealousy or envy. Do you know who this person is? You need to get them out of your life if you can. Financially you worry, but you shouldn’t, all that worrying manifests itself physically. Also, you’re creative, but don’t really get to explore that fully. You should focus on your creativity as well. I’m picking up something about your home. You’re going to move or redecorate. About your love life? There’s a question in the back of your mind. It will work itself out soon and you’ll get the answer.

Pretty good, huh? That’ll cost you 50 bucks. You can mail me a check.

My editor asked me to prove that the psychics of SoHo and the West Village are “bullshit,” but I fancy myself a man of anthropological ideals, so I couldn’t approach the assignment in that way. As any good anthropologist knows, you can’t enter into a study with an answer already formulated. I had to cast away the “bullshit” outcome and let the psychics demonstrate their own legitimacy. Continue Reading »

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May 6th, 2008

AND THE BATTLE RAGES ON!

by Andrew Berman


The Trump debacle. Tragically a man lost his life, and a neighborhood lost its soul.

On March 15th, a 20-story crane collapsed on an East Side street, killing at least four, injuring many more, prompting the evacuation of scores of residents from their homes, and forcing the closure of several city streets for days. In recent weeks, there was a fatal accident at the site of the Trump SoHo ‘Condo-Hotel,’ followed by an incident where shattered glass panes rained down hundreds of feet to the street below. The same weekend at West and Bethune Street, another construction accident spread debris into nearby residential buildings and also forced the closure of several major surrounding streets. Each of these incidents cost the city financially, but more importantly published reports say that the number of deaths at construction sites have undergone a precipitous increase in the last year.

To many of us, this likely does not come as a great surprise, as shocking and unfortunate as it is. Without knowing the outcome of investigations in all of these cases, they may nevertheless seem indicative of a system which in too many respects is much too lenient on developers. Too often, it seems, the big guys get a pass, while the average citizen bears the burden. Continue Reading »

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May 5th, 2008

EXCLUSIVE: NYS COURT TELLS SOUTHAMPTON TO BRING SUMMONS DELIVERY UP TO CODE.

by D. Clark MacPherson

SOHO JOURNAL EXCLUSIVE: NEW YORK STATE APPELLATE COURT HALTS SOUTHAMPTON TOWN JUSTICE COURT’S PRACTICE OF COURT CLERKS MAILING CRIMINAL SUMMONSES FOR ALLEGED CODE VIOLATIONS BY CORPORATE LANDOWNERS.

In a recent appellate court decision authored by a panel of three New York Supreme Court Justices, the Appellate Term of the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the 9th and 10th Judicial Districts unanimously disapproved of the Southampton Town Justice Court’s practice of having its court clerks mail out criminal summonses for alleged code violations by corporate property owners, by using court envelopes addressed to the person to whom the New York Secretary of State is obliged to mail copies of any criminal or civil summons that the Secretary of State receives in its Albany office.

In a seven page written decision dated April 21, 2008, the appellate court vacated a 2006 default judgment and $1,000 fine that had been imposed. Continue Reading »

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