Intersection: Babel

Director and producer Karen Loew premiered her short documentary film, Intersection: Babel at the LABA Festival, which was hosted by the 14th Street Y last week on May 19th. As previously reported by T&V, the film is about the intersection of First Avenue and 14th Street, which inspired Loew because she lives close by. The film’s Facebook page can be found here and the movie can be viewed below.

Con Ed cleanup job at Oval

By Sabina Mollot

In case anyone’s wondering what a bunch of workers have been doing at the Oval with some equipment that looks like a vacuum, it’s part of a cable oil cleanup.

The workers, subcontractors for Con Ed, have been attempting to drain some oil that was used to insulate a cable that shot a circuit and opened yesterday, a spokesperson for the utility said.

The spokesperson, Sara Banda, added that the oil does not pose “a significant environmental impact” and no one’s service has been impacted as a result of the cable breaking.

The company is hoping to finish draining the oil by Friday afternoon.

The work began yesterday, and the reason it takes a while to complete the job is that first workers have to locate the problem area before fixing it and cleaning up the area, Banda said.



Dance Parade New York 2012

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Photos by Sabina Mollot

On Saturday, participants in Dance Parade New York shimmied, leapt, skated and pirouetted their way through Flatiron, Union Square and the East Village, creating a rainbow effect from their brightly colored costumes as they went.

The event, which has been taking place since 2006, is organized by a nonprofit organization called Dance Parade Inc. Its mission is to promote the diversity of dance, and indeed the event is always very much like a showcase of dances from dozens of cultures.
Organizers said they expected around 200 groups, 9,000 dancers and 75 different dance styles to be involved this year.

The parade started at 20th Street and Broadway with a route heading south and eventually ending up in Tompkins Square Park. The dance troops included those doing ballet, belly dancing, flamenco and more from African, Mexican, Peruvian and Bavarian cultures.

Letters to the Editor, May 24

Is a Stuy Town Civil War coming?

Re: Recent letters about feeding animals
To the editor:

Several years ago, during the turbulent time of MetLife’s sale of PCV/ST, an astute observer remarked that there were signs of class warfare in this community. Sadly, that unfortunate situation is now in place. Nowhere is this more evident in the recent spate of nasty letters containing comments about “old people.”

What a good person am I, Alice Malhotra-Freeman (author of letter, “In defense of bird and squirrel feeders,” T&V, May 17) seems to be suggesting, as she describes how she’s “teaching (her) kids to love and care about animals” during their daily walks around Stuy Town as they feed the squirrels. Contrast this with her attitudes about humans: “miserable old ladies”… “low-class high school students from Brooklyn”! There’s a terrible disconnect here; what’s worse is that this poison is rapidly spreading.

That management has asked tenants repeatedly, over the years, not to feed pigeons or squirrels evidently falls on (many) deaf ears: the rat problem is not imaginary. They are spotted in all areas, in daylight or evening — recently inside my own building as well. Also, some squirrels (which, please note, are wild animals, not domestic ones) have become too “friendly,” so emboldened by all manner of food tossed to them, that the mere sight of a person toting a plastic bag can cause them to chase and pester one. I’ve observed them attempting to run up people’s legs as they stroll or relax on benches. Worse, an older neighbor in the area was actually bitten on the shoulder by one such enthusiast.

All this having been said, it’s now painfully clear that this warfare is getting nastier; warfare that is between the older tenants who’ve adhered to rules that kept this place looking and feeling great – the very qualities that attracted newcomers to begin with – and a population that’s apparently never heard the word “no.”

The easiest, non-thinking way of defending one’s viewpoint is to name-call. “Animal haters” is typical. Ms. Malhotra-Freeman’s contempt, along with that of Al Salame and Tony Sangabo (letters, T&V, April 26) for “grouchy old people” who are being “subsidized” by new tenants, is shameful. I cannot imagine how these factions can unite in any ownership plan.

Finally, if these writers had any ability whatsoever to go beyond their own experience and try to understand “all the complaints” they complain about, they might see what it is to feel something precious gradually and steadily being wrecked.

I’m afraid Mr. Salame’s labeled the wrong group as having a “false sense of entitlement.”

Geraldine Levy, ST

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Woman killed by truck on East 14th Street

A 21-year-old woman was killed this morning after being hit by a truck on East 14th and Broadway.

According to police, the woman was struck as she was crossing Broadway, heading east, by the truck, which was also heading east on 14th Street and making a right onto Broadway. After hitting the woman, the truck driver fled the scene and an investigation is now underway.

The woman was unresponsive by the time an EMS team arrived and she was then taken to Beth Israel where she was pronounced dead.

Police are withholding the woman’s name pending family notification.