THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 18 • Issue 2 | JUNE 3 - 9, 2005


From the editor
Money on the waterfronts
Under Lower Manhattan’s narrow streets and between its skyscrapers there’s not much room for parks. The East and Hudson River waterfronts are the best and really the only opportunities to build great open spaces Downtown so we applaud the governor and mayor’s recent pledge to spend $220 million on the waterfronts.

Talking Point
Trying to move from here to a rebuilt W.T.C.
By David Stanke
A series of unfortunate events have left the World Trade Center site an empty pit nearly four years after the attack. As painfully obvious and symbolically significant as this is to those with a daily view of the site, the outside world has only recently become aware of the problem. The issue broke with the pullout of Goldman Sachs from a plot just off the W.T.C. site. Sen. Chuck Schumer then leveled criticism at Gov. Pataki for the delays.

The Penny Post
Less than forward thinking
By Andrei Codrescu
Has anyone noticed the degradation of political activism as reflected in the quality of e-mail forwards? During the election, when this country was in the grip of political passion, the internet hummed with outraged forwards explicating and excoriating the current snakepits and malevolence of public policy. Every citizen in possession of a computer (and that’s every citizen! Some citizens have several, one in every color for every mood!) forwarded madly his or her opinions.

Letters to the editor

Under Cover

Police Blotter

Downtown in Pictures

Now that’s how to have a Field Day

News in Brief
Antique police cars

Free sails at the Seaport

Bono and Sal rock Orchard St.

Keith Crandell, 77, Noho activist/columnist dies
By Albert Amateau
Keith Crandell, whose commitment to justice, peace and the environment were reflected in three decades of community activism, died at the age of 77 in his Bond St. loft in Noho on May 28 surrounded by his family and friends.

Candidates battle to replace Madelyn Wils
By Ronda Kaysen
The candidates jockeying to fill the vacant Community Board 1 chairperson seat have three weeks left to distinguish themselves in an election that is proving to be as much about advocating for the community’s needs as it is a choice between the old guard and a new one.

City unveils East Side waterfront plan
By Josh Rogers
Niki Azure, 85, used a cane to walk to Pier 35 to hear the mayor talk about the city’s plan to add playgrounds and make other improvements to the East River waterfront, but she remembers when it used to be a place for fun.
“I played on the boats — they were my playground,” Azure said after seeing the presentation. “I used to jump on the boats and take the bananas.”

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

A puppet rose from the Trinity Church cemetery Wednesday as part of the “Un-Parade” opening the River to River Festival – four months of free Downtown concerts and events stretching from, well, the Hudson to East Rivers.

Summerfest by the rivers
By Timothy Lavin
Summertime: living’s easy. Downtown, the living’s also free, culturally evocative, world-class, and usually family oriented—so say the planners of the River to River Festival, the annual cultural colossus that combines the marketing presence and artistic expertise of the area’s six major events producers.

Input sought on Canal traffic study’s second phase
By Albert Amateau
The long drive to a safer and saner Canal St. may get a little momentum on June 7 and 8 when residents, businesses and community groups will be able to give transportation officials their ideas for long-term improvements for the congested and dangerous corridor.

Parent concern begins over new school’s design
By M.L. Liu
A design has emerged for the 630-seat Beekman St. elementary and middle school. But the images of a gymnasium and rooftop playground for Downtown kids did little to dispel some Downtown parents’ concerns about student safety around the school nor did it answer lingering questions about how the school will be organized.

Veterans protest against the war at Downtown memorial
By Claire F. Hamilton
“Honor the warrior, not the war,” read a sign carried by a small group of veterans Sunday at the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial on Water St. Veterans for Peace organized the Memorial Day weekend ceremony, which was partly a protest against the war in Iraq. It began with the placement of a wreath and moment of silence at the memorial, and concluded with a march to Battery Park, where flowers were tossed over the seawall to commemorate the dead. Speakers denounced what they characterized as an unjust and mismanaged war, and called for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

A serious way to work the body
By Aileen Torres
At fifty years old, Yamuna Zake is strikingly physically fit. Her body is lean and her muscles highly toned in a sleek manner. She exudes a serene strength as a teacher of her eponymous Body Rolling classes at her studio on Perry St., which also bears her name.

Deeply felt and genuine’
By Wickham Boyle
“Three Lives & Company” celebrates the releases of many books by inviting the authors into their intimate bookshop at the corner of Waverly and West 10th Street. The readings are frequent, sporadic occurrences, evenings, afternoons, weekends and are usually well attended. So when rising literary nova Nicole Krauss stood to read on a recent Sunday evening the place was packed.

Overcoming disability to create fine art
By Lauren Dzura
Artists, family members and friends gathered recently at Pure Vision Arts on West 17th St. to marvel at the opening exhibit of its newly renovated studio. Pure Vision Arts, is an artist gallery in Chelsea working in conjunction with The Shield, a not for profit organization. The two groups help artists with developmental disabilities such as autism and cerebral palsy. New York State Senator Tom Duane came to the opening to honor the creativity and hard work of PVA and the artists.

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