1. Me & The Wayland: Noise from Bars in the East Village


    from Don Yorty / Added

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    I live at 649 East 9th Street at the corner of Avenue C. From my apartment five stories up, I can see and hear four bars, Louis, Esperanto, The Wayland, and The Sunburnt Cow. It's not just been The Wasteland; I've had words with all of them about their noise. The law in NYC is that no bar can be within 500 feet of another bar, but this law has been broken by local politicians again and again. When I first moved here 30 some years ago, the neighborhood was abandoned and quiet. Whole blocks had been burned down. And the heroin and the crack dealers, not unlike rats and mice and other vermin who do their furtive work in private, wanted things to stay quiet. Politicians argued that it was OK to have a proliferation of bars because it would not only pump money into the area, it would bring in other businesses as well, and eventually new renters and buyers. Well, not a vacant lot is left, but have the bars left too because the East Village has become affluent? No, they haven't. In fact, there are more of them. I've just heard that NYU wants to buy Charas, a building on my block near Tompkins Square. Charas used to be a public school, then a Latino community center that was supposed to have a permanent lease with the city, but Rudy Giuiliani changed that and sold the building to a private buyer, who I guess, after many protests and rallies against him, has decided to sell the property to NYU and be done with it. It looks as though Charas might become a dormitory. What this means for me is the street where I live is going to become part of a campus, and the bars, well the bars won't be going anywhere then. Right now many in the East Village are protesting against the invasion of 7-Elevens, but I'm afraid, as the neighborhood becomes more NYU/Cooper Union, the new comers, the students, are not going to want to defend the Mom and Pop bodegas here. They won't even know about them. NYU students grew up with 7-Elevens and they are going to expect them. The French like to say the more things change, the more they are the same. That won't be the true here in the East Village. Noise is a pollution like any other. Now that New Yorkers are doing away with the pollution of cigarette smoke, it might be a good idea to concentrate on noise pollution next. When you can't turn off the music, it becomes noise. Governments use music to torture people, and it's very effective. It works. Noise destroys the immune system. It can kill you. If you want to make some noise, be darned sure you're sound proofed. And always be mindful of others. for poetry and other stuff, check out: donyorty.com/blog

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    • Bouncers accused of bone-breaking violence at Anchorage bar


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      Customers at Rumrunner's, a popular downtown Anchorage bar, are accusing the business of ignoring bone-breaking violence by bouncers. The bar's owners face charges of assault as well as tampering with evidence to hide an alleged October beating. Read more here: http://bit.ly/Lk2jbo Kyle Hopkins / Anchorage Daily News.

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      • Liquor Behind Zion's Curtain Trailer #2


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        Alcohol beverage control states or better termed, alcohol monopoly states have some control over the wholesale & retail of alcoholic beverages. This control grew out of the religious backed temperance movement in the early 1900's. Utah is one of of the last states that wield complete control of the wholesaling and retail distribution of any alcoholic beverage over 3.2% ABW (4% by volume ABV). Utah's Mormon controlled legislature has set the purpose of the Utah DABC as follows: The purpose of control is to make liquor available to those adults who choose to drink responsibly - but not to promote the sale of liquor. By keeping liquor out of the private marketplace, no economic incentives are created to maximize sales, open more liquor stores or sell to underage persons. Instead, all policy incentives to promote moderation and to enforce existing liquor laws is enhanced. Studio 1909 is proud to present a feature film project Liquor Behind Zion's Curtain http://behindzionscurtain.com/, a look into how the predominate religion of Utah has crafted, influence and changed prohibition-era laws to suite their religious purposes. Del Vance - The Beerhive Pub (http://ow.ly/aTHrj ), Mark Alston - The Bayou (http://ow.ly/aTHya) & Beer Nut (http://ow.ly/aTHCf ), Benjamin Raskin (http://ow.ly/aTHI0) and Mike Reidel (http://ow.ly/aTHLD) all weigh in on Utah's Zion's Curtain law. Produced & Created by Jason Vance Photography by Tony Martinez & Jason Vance Sound & Music by Thomas Cook A Studio 1909 production: http://www.studio1909.com/ Behind Zions Curtain: http://behindzionscurtain.com/

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        • 3.2%


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          This is a rough draft of my documentary. I know it's low quality, but I would like some feed back. Thanks!

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