THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 18 • Issue 1 | MAY 27 — JUNE 2, 2005

Inside


From the editor
Stand firm against the stadium, Mr. Speaker
Gov. George Pataki and Mayor Mike Bloomberg have finally returned the focus to Lower Manhattan where it needs to be, and that’s not only good news for Downtowners but also for all Americans and everyone else struggling against terrorism. Now that the governor and mayor are trying to get things back on track in Lower Manhattan, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, whose attention from Downtown never strayed, will undoubtedly face even more pressure to go along with the Bloomberg-Pataki plan to build a stadium on the West Side. We urge the speaker not to succumb.

Talking Point
Rebuilding psyches along with the buildings
By Wickham Boyle
The battle over what will replace the Twin Towers continues; it seems that very few in the inner circle have a desire to rebuild and augment the healing process. Rather it seems the battle is paramount.

The Penny Post
Head of state to dodging vomit
By Andrei Codrescu
Can a chief of state allow himself to have a sense of humor? And if so, what kind of humor is it? These questions came out of hanging out briefly with a man who once had a great deal of power.

Letters to the editor

Under Cover

Police Blotter

Downtown in Pictures

Cultural design unveiled

Tasty fundraiser

This rector clowns around

Youth
Bases fly as Downtowners kick it into high gear

Broadway classics for the very young
By Kaitlen Jay Exum
As executive director of Inside Broadway, Michael Presser has regularly faced the challenge of how to introduce children to theatre. The goal of Inside Broadway is to expose children to the great Broadway classics. It does so by creating kid-friendly, easily understandable shows, portable enough to travel to schools, and brief enough to not require intermissions.

Youth Activities

NEWS
W.T.C. should rise in the east first, Silver says
By Josh Rogers
The best way to get the World Trade Center rebuilding process back on track is to go east, says Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Cultural design unveiled

Counterculture reunion Downtown
By Sarah Ferguson
It was a decidedly upscale celebration of Downtown counterculture. On Monday night, more than 500 guests swamped the grand ballroom of Capitale — a Beaux Arts events venue located in the old Bowery Savings Bank on Bowery and Grand — to attend the Federation of East Village Artists’ first annual Pantheon gala.

Downtown Express photo by Jennifer Weisbord

The new Downtown spending plan includes $25 million to improve Chinatown traffic conditions.

Chinatown included in final pieces of L.M.D.C. spending plan
By Josh Rogers
The phrase “Chinatown has been ignored since 9/11” has been repeated like a mantra by neighborhood advocates for the last three and a half years, but the governor and mayor made strides to silencing the criticism Wednesday by releasing a spending outline for the rest of the 9/11 rebuilding money.


NEWS

City issues then revokes demolition permits
By Claire F. Hamilton
Five days after the Department of Buildings issued permits to demolish two buildings just south of the World Trade Center site, the city’s Department of Environmental Protection raised a red flag and the permits were revoked.

Claremont Prep will be Lower Manhattan’s only non-religious private school
By Ronda Kaysen
The New York Stock Exchange is getting a new neighbor, actually it’s getting 1,000 of them and most of them are under four feet tall.

P.S. 42 girls continue chess team’s winning ways
By M.L. Liu
To the chess plaques and trophies that fill two glass cabinets in P.S. 42 in Chinatown, two more trophies can be added – if there is room.
Three students from P.S. 42’s chess club – Lisa Qiu and Yan Lin, both 11, and Gloria Trinh, 10 – recently attended the second annual All-Girls National Chess Championships. These fifth graders placed first as a team in the 12 or younger division. Qiu took first as an individual competitor in the same division.

Girls explore East River Park’s hidden ecosystem
By Jefferson Siegel
Their names are familiar, their achievments are historic...Marie Curie and radium, Jane Goodall and primatology, Margaret Mead and anthropology. The sciences are gender nonspecific, but the accomplishments of women in science are legendary.

Collective: Unconscious regroups in Tribeca theater
By Lauren Dzura
Hidden among the countless bars, restaurants and apartments, a small door on Church St. leads to a special world of independent performers fighting for their desire to remain financially and creatively autonomous from the powerful outside influences of landlords, skyrocketing real estate prices and mainstream culture.


ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Aussie satire, grim and provocative
By Scott Harrah
In playwright Ben Ellis’s one-act import “Falling Petals,” three high-schoolers in the sleepy outback township of Hollow, Australia fret over their studies as they strive to get into a prestigious university in Melbourne and escape their dull country lives. Their quest for a better future, however, soon turns into a race for survival in this dark, apocalyptic thriller.

Minus an encore, bookstore’s curtain call
By JERRY TALLMER
On Saturday, July 30, 2005, the monster sale ends and the applause stops. As of that date, Applause Books, in the words of the man who founded it and run it for 25 years, “is history.” Kaput. Gone away. Closed.

A filmic quartet: Chunky Move offers a succession of paranoid vignettes in dance
By BRIAN McCORMICK
Three prominent Australian artists––Gideon Obarzanek, artistic director of the extraordinary group Chunky Move, choreographer Lucy Guerin and theater director Michael Kantor––created “Tense Dave,” a psychological merry-go-round that generates the effect of a montage film.

The art of recycled trash
By Tequila Minsky
The Japan town Kamikatsu, has over 40 categories of sorting when it comes to recycling trash in its push to reduce waste. Another solution is that of transformation through the vision of an artist. Shows exhibiting art from the recycled have been mounted in two downtown venues, both having sprung from the creative invention and social consciousness of downtown art denizen, Vernita Nemac aka N’Cognita.