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Brooklyn Bridge success
says nothing about Park Row
The disclosure last week that Al Qaeda continues to target Lower Manhattan may not be quite reassuring, but the fact that N.Y.P.D. security measures may have thwarted a plot to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge does at least provide a degree of comfort to us all.


Second thoughts
By RICHMOND JONES
The Penny Post
By ANDREI CODRESCU

Notebook
Learning not to run from life’s disappointments
By JANE FLANAGAN
Once again I’m reminded how tricky this parenting job is.
Take the incident at a New Jersey shopping mall last weekend. I told Rusty, my 4 1/2 year-old-son, that I needed new sneakers. As we headed into the store, I mentioned that if they had a pair that fit him, perhaps we would get some for him, too.

Downtown Local

Fields ready for soccer

Pier sailing

Sports

Season closes with rain, trophies and fun
By PATRICIA BELIZARIO
The Downtown Little League regular season came to a close this weekend, bringing with it the triumph of victory for many, as well as trophies and satisfaction from a season hard played by all. Next year, many will advance to play in different leagues with a little more confidence than they had at the start of this season, for they’ll know they’ve improved, and that they’ll improve even still, coaches said. “They’re gonna play a lot of baseball this summer, and come back, next year playing even better,” said Marlins coach Alan Goodman.

Downtowners tournament
team
This weekend marks the onset of the 2003 baseball tournament, where players of the Downtown Little League “hope to field a team that will get back to Williamsburg this year,” said Downtown manager Robert Kolb, referring to the town in Pennsylvania where the Little League World series will be held. Last season, the Downtowners were treated to a midseason weekend of play in the baseball Mecca and this year they are hoping to earn a trip to the Show.



Downtown Express photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio

P.S. 150 graduates held their ceremony last week at P.S. 234, its neighbor in Tribeca. A new study shows that by 2005 Lower Manhattan’s population is likely to increase by 75 percent over the 2000 census count — which would be on top of the 40 percent increase the area experienced from 1990 to 2000.



Downtown’s new population boom
By ELIZABETH O'BRIEN
The Downtown population will skyrocket over the next few years, if development progresses as planned and builders continue to take advantage of government incentives for post-9/11 revitalization.
Lower Manhattan was the city’s fastest growing neighborhood in the city before the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to the Dept. of City Planning. While many residents were displaced in the aftermath of the attacks, occupancy has since rebounded, with rates exceeding their pre-9/11 levels in some places.

Sacrifices for Second Ave. subway
By JOSH ROGERS
A few Downtowners got a taste last week of what will have to be sacrificed if the Metropolitan Transportation Authority proceeds with plans to begin building the long-awaited Second Ave. subway line at the end of next year.

Remembering 9/11 teddy bears
By JANE FLANAGAN
A new play, “September Bears,” is coming to St. Paul’s Chapel, a fitting site for the performance that chronicles the story of a 9/11 volunteer who worked at the chapel during the recovery. But the volunteer, a New York City school teacher, is perhaps best known as the “bear lady,” who distributed 60,000 teddy bears to mourning New Yorkers. The play was written by a professor at a small Iowa Christian college and will be performed by its professional touring company.

Former guardsman to lead B.P.C. emergency team
By JANE FLANAGAN
They are looking for a few good men and women.
A Certified Emergency Response Team is being organized by the Battery Park City Neighbors and Parents Association and they need volunteers. Leading the effort is Sidney Baumgarten, a Gateway Plaza resident and former National Guard solider. The team will learn a variety of emergency response techniques.

P.S. 89 scores drop for third grade too
By ELIZABETH O'BRIEN
The P.S. 89 principal’s expectations for her third grade students were not realized in the latest standardized tests released in June.

Downtown printer holding on south of W.T.C.
By PATRICIA BELIZARIO
Just a few blocks south of where the Twin Towers once stood, a family-run printing plant still struggles to dig its way out of the financial and material catastrophe left in the disatster’s wake.

Another famous Stewart is also on trial
By MARY REINHOLZ
The indictments of two prominent women named Stewart — Martha and Lynne — couldn’t be more dissimilar, especially since the latter is a Downtown leftwing lawyer who doesn’t play with hustling studs on Wall St. like the blonde domestic diva.

FOOD

Finding Malaysian food that ‘Taste[s] Good’
By LAUREN FOUDA
Having missed a meal -— unheard of in my universe -— and in a hurry to get to an Uptown class, I stumbled into the oasis of Taste Good, an unassuming Malaysian restaurant in Chinatown. Five minutes later and only $5 lighter, I emerged into the chaos of Bayard St. protectively clutching an order of mee siam.



Koch on film
By ED. KOCH
Hollywood Homicide (-)
If you read A.O. Scott’s review of this film in The New York Times as I did, you would conclude that it is well worth seeing. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is silly and dumb. The Hard Word (+) This Australian film is in desperate need of subtitles. About five percent of the film is in fact subtitled, but it was not enough for me. Nevertheless, the plot, acting and dialogue that I could understand is fascinating and adds up to a superb film.

Looking for love, well sex, online
By SEAN FITZELL
What does it take to get an independent film into theatres? For first-time writer-director Jed Weintrob, a Village resident, the answer was four years of hard work and raising $1 million without studio support for his film “On_Line,” which opens in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose on June 27.


New York's
Exciting
“Swan,” a new multimedia performance being presented through June 29 at La MaMa E.T.C.
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