THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 17 • Issue 47 | April 15 — 21, 2005

Wils’ abrupt removal does not benefit Downtown
On the one side there is Madelyn Wils, long-serving member of Community Board 1 and the board’s chairperson since 2000. On the other is C. Virginia Fields, Manhattan borough president who decided not to reappoint Wils to the board last week — abruptly removing one of Lower Manhattan’s highest profile leaders.

Under Cover

Police Blotter

Letters to the editor

The Penny Post
On the road in Jerusalem
By Andrei Codrescu
Jerusalem, city of stone. You’ve sure been hard on my bones, every one of which hurts. Everything hurts in God’s city, so my tiny suffering doesn’t add up to much. When you enter the narrowing pyramidal new building designed by Moshe Safdie at the Yad Vashem museum, you first see pretty girls smiling, families having picnics, vacationing groups waving at the cameras, children sitting around a Torah teacher in some provincial eastern European town, men going to work — and then you see them instantly vanishing, poof, as if they never were.

Downtown briefs

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel
Doing P.S. 234’s bidding
Bidders examined shoes and other merchandise in P.S. 234 Friday at a silent auction for the Tribeca school. “It raises massive amounts of money for our school, which is wonderful, so we can pay for things like music teachers and other programs in the school the Board of Ed. wouldn’t cover,” said Sandy Bridges, the principal.

Albany budget makes Chinatown Empire Zone probable

‘Law and Order: L.E.S.’

Settlement house honors Corky Lee

Bank, but not old-school graffiti, is made landmark

Ex- Hizzoners’ endorse


Downtown Express photo by Josh Argyle
Monster mash
Visitors to Buckle My Shoe nursery school pretended to be monsters during a music session at the school’s open house Downtown last weekend.

P.S. 89 students’ talent shines on Friday night
By Jefferson Siegel
Audience members yelled out greetings to performers. People left their seats to wander in front of the stage. No, this wasn’t a rock concert or East Village music slam. But last Friday night, it looked like the best show in town.

Youth Activities


Lots of hits and even more fun on Opening Day
The Downtown Little League opened the season Saturday with their annual, revelry-filled march from City Hall to the Battery Park City ballfields. T-Ballers got started a little earlier and were playing on the fields to the sounds of the TriBattery Pops, a local band.

The Listings

Downtown Express photo by Robert Stolarik

Opening Day!
The Downtown Little League Braves got some advice before their first game Saturday. Game highlights. <more>

Chinatown father met the pope several times Italian priest prays in Chinese
By Divya Watal
Father Raymond Nobiletti lends true meaning to the word “catholic.”
Nobiletti, 62, may be of Sicilian-American stock, but that hasn’t stopped him from pastoring an all-Chinese congregation for the last 14 years in Chinatown. He speaks Cantonese fluently and is currently studying Mandarin, although, he concedes woefully, he doesn’t speak Italian.

Park Row buses likely to return next month
By Josh Rogers
Park Row, the closed-off street that used to connect Chinatown to the rest of Lower Manhattan, is likely to be reopened for city buses in a month, city sources said.

C.B. 1 members criticize Fields over leader’s removal
By Ronda Kaysen
Borough President C. Virginia Fields’ 11th hour decision to oust Madelyn Wils from Community Board 1 last week raised more questions than it answered, leaving remaining board members wondering what motivated Fields to remove their longtime chairperson in the middle of her term.

Questions begin over structure for new school
By Ronda Kaysen
When Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein stood in Tweed Courthouse in February and announced that a new pre-K-8 school would be coming to a Frank Gehry-designed tower on Beekman St., they far from settled the matter.

Settlements still lend, and need, a helping hand
By Nancy Reardon
The settlement house tradition played a crucial role in urban social reform movements at the turn of the century, but here in New York City, these centers are much more than relics of the past. They continue their missions today, still reaching out to the community with evolved programs for children, seniors, the homeless and immigrants.

Historic Synagogue gets spring-cleaning
By Jefferson Siegel
Earlier this month, as people tried to shake off the effects of daylight savings time, a small group of dedicated volunteers took part in a very special spring-cleaning project.

L.M.D.C. releases money report
By Josh Rogers
The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. released guidelines Wednesday for spending its remaining $750 million or so to help Downtown — disappointing at least a few agency critics who were hopeful the corporation was becoming more open to considering projects such as job training and 9/11-related heath ailments and emotional problems.

Downtown Express wins 6 press awards
Downtown Express won six New York Press Association awards last weekend including ones for coverage of business, the Tribeca Film Festival and for photographic excellence.

Soccer girls kick off use of big new Pier 40 field
By Judith Stiles
Typically reticent opponents were unusually friendly with each other last Sunday, a glorious day in April — not a cloud in the sky as a gaggle of girls from Brooklyn and Manhattan inaugurated the beautiful new fields at Pier 40 with their first soccer match of the spring season.

Tennessee Williams’ tragicomic heroine
By Jerry Tallmer
A 35-year-old woman in the midst of a devastating crackup looks back on the 16-year-old girl she was when – “All at once and much, much too completely” — she fell in love with, and married, a boy who had “something different” about him –“a nervousness, a softness, tenderness which wasn’t like a man’s although he wasn’t the least bit effeminate looking …”

Outward Bound’ more relevant than ever
By Jerry Tallmer
All my life since the age of 14 or 15 I have been haunted by the barking of a dog, the smell of oven gas, the sound of a breaking window pane, intersecting with the voices of a young man and woman, Henry and Ann, deeply in love, calling desperately to one another from separating points along the deck of a mysterious, all but empty ocean liner plowing toward eternity across a darkened sea.

New Ukrainian Museum casts new light on Archipenko
By Bonnie Rosenstock
With its inaugural exhibition, “Alexander Archipenko: Vision and Continuity,” the Ukrainian Museum, which opened its new home at 222 E. Sixth St. in the East Village on Sun., April 3, has reintroduced its most brilliant star to the viewing public.

And the festival begins………..
By Rania Richardson
Cannes has glamour. Sundance has bidding wars. The entire New York Film Festival has the attention of the press. The Tribeca Film Festival?

“Mad Hot Ballroom” conceived by Tribeca resident Amy Sewel and directed by her friend Marilyn Agrelo, the documentary features students from P.S. 150 and follows New York City public school students as they compete in a dance competition.

Free Events At The Tribeca Film Festival

Strong showing in international films
By Rania Richardson
Is the Tribeca Film Festival on the brink of becoming the premiere showcase for international movies in the United States, on par with festivals in Toronto and Cannes? With the foreign contingent making up roughly 50% of the 160 features in Tribeca, New Yorkers can once again look forward to abundant global cinema below Canal Street.