Volume 19 Issue 38 | February 2 -8, 2007

Under Cover

Sex and the theater
Sarah Jessica Parker brought her son James to see “Three Pigs” at Manhattan Children’s Theater in Tribeca last week. James said he wanted to come back and see the show with his dad, namely Matthew Broderick.

No Free Ride
New York City transit riders know that there’s no free ride, but two recent stories made clear just how un-free the M.T.A.’s latest transit improvements will be.

First, on Tuesday, Metro reported that while the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is now definitely including the once-threatened E train connector in its Fulton Transit Hub plans, the transfer from the main hub to the E, R or W will cost straphangers another MetroCard swipe. Transit officials pointed out that this setup would be “no different than it is today.” But UnderCover asks, wasn’t the point of spending $847, no, $862, sorry, $888 million on the hub to make it better than it is today? Not that we don’t enjoy a long walk through a crowded subterranean passageway as much as the next guy…

Speaking of the rising cost of the hub and other transit projects, the New York Times Wednesday revealed that an internal memo sent in December by departing New York City Transit President Lawrence Reuter warned that upcoming projects may run over budget by as much as $1.4 billion. Guess they need those extra MetroCard swipes after all.

And while we’re on the M.T.A., we’re not going to say it’s all wet, but we also noticed a temporary bus sign on Pearl St. directing bus passengers to Broadway and “Dew” St. because of President Bush’s speech in Lower Manhattan Wednesday. We trust Downtowners found the stop on Dey.

What’s in a name?
Lower Manhattan Representative Jerry Nadler may need a new set of business cards. After taking control of the House’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Nadler’s first order of business was to change the name of the committee in a symbolic snub at House Republicans.

“In 1995, our Republican colleagues, upon assuming control of this committee, changed the name of the  ‘Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights’ to the ‘Subcommittee on the Constitution,’” Nadler said in a statement. “I have long promised that, were I ever in a position to do so, I would put the words ‘civil’ and ‘rights’ back in the name of this subcommittee.”

The dramatic release also cited King George, quoted Benjamin Franklin and called for full Congressional representation for District of Columbia residents.

For those wishing to address the Congressman properly, Nadler’s official title now reads: “Chair of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.”

Got Parking?
Thanks to the efforts of yet another Google Map maven, the process of locating a garage just got a whole lot easier. The new site, created by an 18-year-old named Benjamin Sann, maps parking garages onto the Manhattan grid south of 100th Street. The garage icons list the monthly or daily rates. A scroll-over reveals the garage’s capacity, restrictions and contact information.

Unfortunately, the information on the site will have many Downtowners seeing red: The garages are color-coded from yellow (cheap) to scarlet (very expensive), and the latter color is far more common on the Lower Manhattan map. However, residents and visitors who are willing to walk a little can find bargains in out-of-the-way areas like far west Hudson Square and the Lower East Side next to the F.D.R. Drive.

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