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June 14th, 2008

HOUSING CRISIS AND FALTERING ECONOMY STRUT BY HAND IN HAND.

by Joelle Panisch

The housing crisis has claimed a record number of victims, with foreclosure filings up about 50% from 176,137 in May of last year to 261,255, according to MoneyNews.com. That works out to 1 in every 483 households. According to Rick Sharga, an expert for Money News, 50-60 percent of the borrowers will actually lose their homes—the rest will refinance.

The weak housing market, feeble sales, declining home values, and extremely conservative mortgage lending are not just a result but reciprocating factors in the slowing economy. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Community | New York | News | the Hamptons

June 13th, 2008

MADRID FASHION TRUMPED IN SOHO.

by Amelia Bronsworth


Carolina Herrera and Donald Trump, Jr.

SoHo, the queen bee of fashion locales, hosted the 3rd edition of the Spanish Mile Event, featuring the exhibition, “MadridFashionNewYork,” Thursday evening. The event, intended to promote Spanish brands in New York, gathered eleven of Spain’s most esteemed designers to showcase their recent designs from Madrid Fashion Week. The viewing took place in the showroom for the controversial Trump Soho Tower and proved to be an evening of indulgent self-promotion for all in attendance.

The pieces were pretty, though not the innovative showstoppers that one would assume constitute an exhibit. Ailianto featured an attractive, but overall lackluster, red floral dress that poorly represented his celebrated collection. Roberto Torreta brought an uninspired silver mini dress and Miguel Palacio and Roberto Verino both demonstrated they could do modern chic without much deviation from American fashions. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Commentary | Events | New York

June 12th, 2008

JOINT ZONING & HOUSING, TRAFFIC, ENVIRONMENT AND CB#1 MEETING TONIGHT!!!!!!!

by Joelle Panisch

Several downtown departments are meeting tonight to discuss the Department of Sanitation’s proposal to construct a garage that would house garbage trucks at 575 Washington St.

The garage, known as the “garbage garage,” has been controversial since its conception. Many residents are concerned about its impact on the neighborhood. Opponents say that the garage would increase traffic in the already congested neighborhood, increasing smells and fumes and hurting local businesses. Another problem is that the reported 29,000 gallons of fuel oil that would be stored near Pier 40 would be an obvious attraction to terrorists.

The meeting tonight will include members of the zoning, housing, traffic and environmental committees. Community Board #1 members will also be in attendance. The meeting will be led by Hon. David Reck, Shirley Secunda, Chair, and Jason Mansfield, Chair.

Thursday, June 12, 2008 @ 6:30 PM
SEIU 32BJ
101 6th Avenue, between Grand and Watts
22nd Floor, Pre-Conference Room

Filed Under: Community | Events | New York

June 12th, 2008

NO WAVE OPENING @ KS ART: 6/13/8 @ 6PM. PLUS: SONIC YOUTH—FREE SHOW.

by John Coakley

No Wave: Post-Punk. Underground. New York. 1976-1980 is the new coffee table book from Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and music critic Byron Coley. They’ve selected over 150 photographs to tell the story of No Wave, the music scene that tried to create a new kind of music by disavowing any and all norms, forms, or conventions of rock. The book celebrates the audacity and idealism of youth, especially the idealism that is focused on the negation of ideals past. It was a movement that was unusually friendly to women, as the participation of Lydia Lunch, Ikue Mori, and Nancy Arlen (pictured above) proves. The images are also part of a show at KS Art and they are definitely worth a look.

Speaking of Sonic Youth, they will be playing in Battery Park this July 4th, with The Feelies opening the show. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

June 12th, 2008

THE IRINI RES QUARTET @ THE CUPPING ROOM CAFE: 6/13/8 + 6/14/8.

by Joelle Panisch

In a city where authentic jazz is too often hidden by hoards of flat wannabes, its a gem when you discover the real thing.

Come discover the real thing in the Irini Res Quartet, this weekend at SoHo’s own Cupping Room Cafe. I overheard one guest compare Irini to Ella Fitzgerald, and he was not far off. Her alluring sounds set the mood to create a winsome backdrop, so you can still sip on sidecars and laugh loudly. She has a following so RSVP now to ensure a table.

Irini Res Quartet
Friday, June 13th and Saturday, June 14th @ 8pm (No Cover)
The Cupping Room Cafe
359 W. Broadway (at Broome St.)
New York, NY 10013
(212) 925 2898

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

June 12th, 2008

CLINTON VINEYARDS 30TH VINTAGE CELEBRATION: 6/14/8

by Joelle Panisch

Okay, Carrie Bradshaw said it first: New Yorkers are in a relationship with New York. Accepted. So, like in any relationship, every once and a while you need to leave town and drink. Lament your affair with the city upstate this Saturday, in the serenity of Clinton Vineyards. Champagne, wine and desert wine tasting accompany an afternoon fete complete with live jazz and hors d’oeuvres. No cosmopolitans, we promise.

Clinton Vineyards 30th Vintage Celebration
Saturday June 14th 3- 6pm
$35 per person (Reservations Required)
benfeder65@aol.com
(845) 266 5372

Clinton Vineyards
450 Schultzville Road
Clinton Corners, New York 12514

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

June 12th, 2008

GET THOSE KIDS OUT OF THE HOUSE: 6/12/8 – 6/14/8.

by John Coakley

Thanks to Urban Baby for the heads up.

Hey! It’s gorgeous out there! The heat wave is over! The back of my neck has finally stopped sweating! Wahoo! So celebrate! Turn off the air conditioner, grab the kids, ignore the pleas of ” But iCarly is on!” and get out there. There are things to do. To wit:

Children’s Day at South Street Seaport:
Spend the day with children’s characters (Gordon from Sesame Street, Curious George, Maisy) and music (Rebecca Frezza & Big Truck, the Brooklyn Philharmonic), topped off by the annual fireworks display.
When: Sat. 6/14, see full schedule online.
Where: South Street Seaport.
Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Community | Events | New York

June 11th, 2008

PRESERVING LOCAL RETAIL—SCREENING, PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION: 6/12/8 @ 6:30PM.

by Andrew Berman

Thanks to the good folks at the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation for the heads up.

Please join us for a screening of Twilight Becomes Night, a short documentary set in New York City which explores the pivotal role of neighborhood stores in our lives and our communities.

After the screening, students at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment will present their study of the East Village conducted on behalf of the East Village Community Coalition and recommend strategies for retaining local businesses in the neighborhood. Continue Reading »

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

June 11th, 2008

NEIGHBORHOOD FORUM ON PRESERVING LOCAL BUSINESSES: TONIGHT, 6/11/8 @ 7PM.

by Joelle Panisch

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is hosting a public forum on the decline of small business throughout Manhattan. Stringer’s small business task force, along with state and local officials, is expected to attend.

Small businesses in New York City have tough competition from the chain stores and are especially vulnerable in a suffering economy. And while rising rents and a decline in spending may be survived by large chains, small businesses—the very fabric of New York—often can not.

Tax breaks, rezoning, and legislative solutions are among the topics likely to be discussed. Continue Reading »

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

June 11th, 2008

SWERVEDRIVER @ BOWERY BALLROOM – TICKETS JUST RELEASED: 6/11/8 @ 9PM.

by John Coakley

Swervedriver was the band that took shoegazer – the largely British sub-genre of alternative music that featured giant, shimmering walls of distortion that fans liked to wrap around themselves like a favorite blanket on a cold night – into the deep end of the pool of rock. You call it a mixed metaphor – I call it co-existing. Anyway, yes, they took that beautiful sound and made it stronger with catchy rock songs about cars, haunted lady bikers, and the end of the world. At their best, Swervedriver made drugs redundant because the power of their sound was enough to get you where you wanted to go.

They broke up at the end of the millenium, and while the members all created impressive work on their own, it is still thrilling to hear that they’ve reformed. They play the Bowery Ballroom tonight and you need to change your plans and go. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

June 10th, 2008

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! SAY NO TO OVERCROWDED SCHOOLS!!!!

by You the Reader

Parents from the Overcrowding Committees of PS 234 and PS 89 will talk before Mr. Stringer about the overcrowding problem, what these committees are doing, and how all parents can help.

Borough President Scott Stringer will begin talking about 9:05 or 9:15 and have a Q&A afterwards. So even if you arrive late, please come!

A high level of turnout at this meeting helps sends a message to the Dept. of Education that we are concerned about overcrowding – they will have reps there. We just need YOU there!

Parents of pre-schoolers and infants, parents-to-be, and anyone else interested in school overcrowding are all most welcome.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
6/12/8
8:45 am
PS 89 Auditorium
292 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10007
(212) 732-4392

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

June 10th, 2008

9/11 EPA OVERSIGHT HEARING: 6/25/8.

by Joelle Panisch

“9/11 Environmental Action is committed to serving the people of New York City in their effort to ensure that a comprehensive cleanup is achieved in all areas affected by the environmental disaster created by the attack on the World Trade Center, and that unmet public health issues be properly addressed.”

Join the fight to unearth the truth about 9/11’s devastating environmental effects and the Environmental Protection Agency’s contribution (or lack thereof). The World Trade Center Community-Labor Coalition and 9/11 Environmental Action have organized a trip from NYC to D.C. to charter supporters to an oversight hearing on the 9/11 environmental effects and resulting health issues. Continue Reading »

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

June 10th, 2008

PURE GOLD: THE REPUBLICAN TAKE ON OBAMA + ISRAEL? DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE.

by Ed Gold

John McCain tells an audience that an important Hamas leader favors Barack Obama, then adds with a telling smile that people can draw their own conclusions. It is only the beginning of a calculated Republican effort to drive a wedge between the Jewish vote, tradionally heavily Democratic, and the Democratic Party’s candidate for the presidency.

Jews make up less than two percent of the adult population but they take politics very seriously, campaign heavily, contribute a lot of money, actually represent about five percent of the national vote, and are important in a host of states: Florida, California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Maryland and Massachusetts.

The Republicans are focused on several issues that they feel will weaken the Democratic grip on Jewish voters, who in 2004 went for John Kerry by 76 percent.

They are all over Obama for his commitment to negotiate with our enemies, and with Iran in particular, whose loony president has questioned the reality of the Holocaust and has predicted Israel’s demise.

They also link Obama to his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright Jr., whose liberation theology casts Israel as the imperial power and the Palestinians as the only victims. Because Wright hails the bigoted Louis Farrakhan, Republican ads have hinted that Obama is suspect, despite Obama’s repeated repudiation of Farrakhan.

All of the above has caused the Tennessee Republican Party to worry “about the future of Israel, the only stable democracy in the Middle East, if Sen. Barack Obama is elected president of the United States.” Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Commentary | Community | New York | Politics

June 9th, 2008

ART BREAKFAST AT THE CUPPING ROOM CAFE UNITES A COMMUNITY LOST.

by Amelia Bronsworth

Local artists gathered in SoHo on Tuesday to pay homage to the artistic community that revolutionized American art in the late 1960’s and ’70’s, and in the process put the neighborhood on the map. The “Breakfast of the Arts,” hosted by the Cupping Room Cafe, was the brainchild of owner Natalie Azani. Her thought was to honor SoHo’s significant heritage and the lifeline of her business for over thirty years by honoring its makers—the artists.

The Cupping Room began as the Coffee Connection in 1977, a coffee wholesaler. Upon forming a devoted clientele, The Connection changed its moniker to the Cupping Room Cafe, whereupon it quickly became a neighborhood favorite. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Community | Events | New York

June 8th, 2008

SUPPORT THE BIGGER BETTER BOTTLE BILL!

by John Coakley

We all know that plastic water bottles are a colossal waste and that we should be bringing filtered water from home, kept in aluminum or glass bottles, with us when we go out into the world, right? We also know that old habits are hard to shake, and convenience often trumps responsibility—especially when it’s over 90 degrees outside and you want some cold water.

So until we kick that plastic habit, the very least we could do is support The Bigger Better Bottle Bill, which is working its way through the New York State Senate. The bill basically expands coverage of the five cent deposit program to include water, juice and other non-carbonated beverage containers. In the long run, this bill would: Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Community | New York | News | Politics | Take Action | the Hamptons

June 7th, 2008

THE BAND OF HEATHENS @ SULLIVAN HALL: 6/10/8 @ 7:30PM.

by John Coakley

Musical tastes can change with the weather. Seriously. What sounds best when the weather gets warm? “Spring Again” by Biz Markie. What sounds best when your outdoor plans are killed by the rain? Anything by the Smiths or the Cure. And what do you play when you want to sit on the stoop with your sweetie after work and sip beer from coffee mugs so the cops don’t give you a ticket? “Live at the Fillmore East” by the Allman Brothers. Too bad they don’t play small venues anymore.

Fortunately, The Band of Heathens do. They have more to do with the Drive-By Truckers soulful country-rock than the Allman Brother’s ‘shroom-inspired jams, but they still hail from Texas and they still sound good with a cold brew. Except you won’t have to put it in a coffee mug at Sullivan Hall.

Sullivan Hall
214 Sullivan Street
(btw. Bleecker and West 3rd Street)
The Band Of Heathens
w/ The Milwaukees +
Under The Rasta Influence
Tuesday, 6/10/8 @ 7:30pm
$10

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

June 6th, 2008

SOHO STROLL: SATURDAY, 6/7/8.

by John Coakley

The SoHo Stroll is a way to support SoHo Partnership, an organization that helps the homeless find work and work skills, simply by doing what you may already be doing anyway – shopping. Over 80 stores, restaurants and galleries between Houston and Canal Streets will be displaying a wooden broom in the window to show they are part of this year’s Stroll; that broom means that a portion of their sales will go to the partnership and discounts and/or free stuff will go to you. You can find out more information or make a donation by going here.

For a SoHo Journal article on the SoHo Partnership, click here.

Filed Under: Community | Events | New York

June 5th, 2008

KATHY ELDON TO BE HONORED AT THE FIFTH ANNUAL WAYUU TAYA FOUNDATION FUNDRAISING GALA.

by Joelle Panisch

Kathy Eldon will be among a small group honored for their notable humanitarian efforts at the the Wayuu Taya Foundation‘s 5th annual fundraising gala at the Bowery Hotel today, Thursday, June 5th. Eldon is the founder of the Creative Visions Foundation, which supports creative activism and activists who are looking to inform, inspire, and positively impact the world. Kathy Eldon was inspired to start the foundation by the life and death of her son, Dan Eldon, who was a young activist and photojournalist killed while covering the conflict in Somalia. Continue Reading »

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June 4th, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: ALL FOR ONE: APPELLATE COURT RULES LANDLORDS CAN EVICT FOR PERSONAL USE!

by Joelle Panisch

The NY State Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Alistair and Catherine Economakis’ efforts to evict their low-income, rent stabilized tenants from their East Village apartments under the condition that they use the building for personal residency only. This was a big win yesterday for the landlords of 47 E. 3rd St. in their longtime battle to convert the building into their personal dream home.

The Economakises defended the need for the 5-story building so that they can have “a home to which our children feel they can always return.” Alistair, the son of a Greek shipping magnate, and Catherine, the daughter of a Columbia University dean, plan on converting the 60-room building to a five bedroom, six bathroom super-residency for them and their two children. Continue Reading »

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June 4th, 2008

DANCE REVIEW: BORDERING ON MEDIOCRE.

by Matt Sweeney

There are a few plot points in Gerald Casel’s career that I should get out of the way before talking about his show. He is from the Philippines, studied at Juilliard, danced for Stephen Petronio from 1991 to 1998 and was the company’s Assistant Director from 2001 until 2005. Besides an impressive pedigree as a performer, his work as a choreographer has been shown at all the right places for fresh new talent; Movement Research, Dance Theater Workshop’s Fresh Tracks Series, The Yard at Martha’s Vineyard, Dixon Place and La MaMa Moves to name a few.

So it is understandable that I would have high expectations for his work. Unfortunately, my expectations may have been a bit too high, because I was shocked at the mediocrity presented in Border, Mr. Casel’s first evening length work for his creatively named company, GERALDCASELDANCE. If read as a text message, the company’s name shouts its founder’s intent to be bold and direct, but the show was much more of a mumbled series of unrelated thoughts. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | New York

June 4th, 2008

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE @ STUDIO 54: THROUGH 6/29/8.

by John Coakley

Sunday in the Park with George is renowned for its use of digital imaging in making George Seurat’s paintings come alive on stage. The performances are also strong, and it’s playing at Studio 54, the theatre with the coolest pedigree on Broadway. Sunday… also received 9 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical Revival, and its run ends on June 29th. So why haven’t you gone?

As an added incentive to brave Times Square, the code below will get you seats at pre-The Producers prices: $65 a seat. Now you really have no excuse.

For tickets, click here or call 212-719-1300 and use code SP65D.

Sunday in the Park with George
Studio 54
254 W 54th St, New York City
(Between 7th & 8th Avenues)

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

June 4th, 2008

SAMPLE SALE @ MARIE SAEKI PR: 6/5/8 + 6/6/8.

by John Coakley

Marie Saeki PR is hosting a Sample Sale this Thursday and Friday. You’ll find women’s clothes from Alice Ritter and Cotelac (pictured above) as well as clothes for the ladies and the toddlers from Petite Bateau. Baby’s first sample sale – a good way to teach your kids how to take what you want in life before someone else grabs it first.

Sample Sale
6/5/8 – 6/6/8: 11am – 7pm
Marie Saeki PR
41 Great Jones Street
2nd Floor
Cash Only

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

June 3rd, 2008

SHOULD OUR KIDS BE TREATED LIKE EXTRAS?

by Amelia Bronsworth

Production on the film Motherhood, starring Uma Thurman, began outside of PS 3 at 490 Hudson Street yesterday. Film crews blocked off streets and obstructed the entrance to the elementary school, where inside classes were in session.

According to one school administrator this is the third time in the last few weeks that this has occurred.

Cones blocked lanes of traffic where kids were being dropped off. Parents who dropped their kids off had to maneuver their cars around the production cones or to the other side of the street. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Community | New York | Take Action

June 3rd, 2008

REBECCA KELLY BALLET—CHAMPAGNE + SPICE: 6/3/8 @ 6:30PM.

by John Coakley

The Rebecca Kelly Ballet group’s renowned Spice Suite will be performed tonight. Tickets are still available, so you now have a valid excuse to skip the gym tonight and enjoy the fitness of others. You’re welcome.

Spice Suite
6/3/8
Champagne @ 6:30, Dance @ 7:00
579 Broadway, 4B
New York, NY 10012
212.431.8489
$20

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

June 3rd, 2008

SLAIN JOURNALIST DAN ELDON’S PHOTOGRAPHS FIND PERMANENT HOME AT SOHO GALLERY AND IGNITE FRESH INSPIRATION.

by Joelle Panisch

Dan Eldon’s images of Africa and its unstoppable humanity grace the walls of the Candela/Decker Gallery in Soho, now its permanent location at 31 Crosby Street. The exhibit, a collection of photographs pasted into journal entries that he drew over and maneuvered into collages form dreamy tales of his travels and depict the desperation and hope found in the famine beset Somalia of the early 1990’s. There is something strikingly raw in his works, which evoke a strong political stance; why is a country so majestic with royal creatures and civilizations unadulterated by modernity, forlorn with starvation and death? Though today conflict seems so ubiquitous to Africa, Eldon reminds us that it is not what’s natural.

It’s been 15 years since Dan Eldon’s murder, and to call it untimely is an an understatement. Continue Reading »

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