February 3 - 9, 2011
FROM THE VILLAGE TO CAIRO:
As the worldanxiously watches the situation in Egypt unfold, in Washington Square, there’s confidence that oppositionleader
will help play a positiverole in the outcome. ElBaradei taught as an adjunct lawprofessor at New York University School of Law from1981 to 1987. He received his Ph.D. in internationallaw from N.Y.U. in 1974, going on to win the NobelPeace Prize in 2005. Washington Square News, N.Y.U.’sundergraduate newspaper, quotes university president
saying of ElBaradei, “We have great faithin his character, intelligence, integrity and leader-ship. We all fervently hope for a peaceful conclusionto events now transpiring in Egypt, and we have littledoubt that Mohamed ElBaradei will be instrumental inachieving such an outcome.” Sexton was dean of the lawschool when ElBaradei was an adjunct. W.S.N. quotes
, the law school’s current dean, saying of ElBaradei, “We hope he will now be able to contribute topeaceful democratization in Egypt.”
A WITNESS TO HISTORY:
Knowing that West Village political and gay activist
wasrecently planning to visit Egypt, friends wondered howhe was faring there as the popular uprising against
broke out last week. It turns out, however, thatRoskoff won’t have any epic stories of being caught up inthe dramatic events. “I couldn’t get into Egypt,” he told us inan e-mail. “We are in Eilat and have to return home withoutEgypt.” Eilat, a port city and resort in southern Israel, is rightacross the border from Egypt.
FEEL THE BURN (GETTING BURNED):
Equinox’stakeover of the Printing House gym on Hudson and LeroySts. has gone smashingly — though not as in a smashingsuccess — so far. A tipster tells us that during a recentspinning class, a construction crew came bursting rightthrough a wall next to a row of bikes. As if that wasn’tunsettling enough, we’re told members recently had toendure spinning classes “with no water or the abilityto get water — without a door on the gym, so everyonecould see their breath while they cycled in skimpy work-out attire. And of course,” our source added, “we haveno bathrooms or changing rooms in the class section of the gym, but our fees are still the same.”
SALESALE AT BOOKBOOK:
It’s been a year sinceBiography Bookshop closed in the West Village andopened a little farther down Bleecker St. as bookbook.To commemorate the anniversary, bookbook will beoffering 20 percent off all store merchandise (includ-ing their well-known remainders) for the whole monthof February. At 266 Bleecker St. between Sixth andSeventh Aves., bookbook features general literature, artand drama books, New York books, cookbooks, poetry,children’s books and an entire wall of bargain books.
Our article last week on the Feast of SanGennaro indicated that one of the conditions the event’s orga-nizers agreed to was to move the sound stage around to differ-ent spots during the 11-day street festival. In fact, according toCommunity Board 2’s resolution, the organizers have agreed torotate the sound stage’s location each year, so as not to annuallyinconvenience the same residents with ampliﬁed sound.
Photos by Milo Hess
On Saturday, about 500 Egyptian and Egyptian-American demonstrators rallied across from the United Nations,denouncing President Mubarak’s regime and calling for him to resign immediately. Some painted small Egyptianﬂags or the word “Egypt” — in red, white and black — on their faces.
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