THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 18 • Issue 5 | JUNE 24 - July 1, 2005


Tribeca is still waiting for safety from stored diesel fuel
Feeling confident after a few years of secret meetings, the city’s Buildings Dept. is about to release its plan to legalize the illegal amounts of diesel stored at 60 Hudson St. There is about twice as much fuel stored in the building as was stored in 7 World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 when a diesel-fueled fire led to the building’s collapse that afternoon.

Letters to the editor

Talking point
Papers that don’t ignore what’s ‘fit to print’
By Jane Flanagan
This may sound odd, but after months of despair, I’m finally feeling better about the state of the nation. Okay, let me explain. No, there isn’t any better news, there’s still a war on and there’s no sign terrorism is at bay, it’s just that at least now I feel someone is paying attention.

The Penny Post
Vacation return to nature
By Andrei Codrescu
The bluebird of happiness just flew by: it's small, electric blue and it lives in the Ozark Mountains. Until it flew by, the only bluebird I've known is a blue jay, which is a big bird with a crest that shrieks like a pterodactyl. In the Ozarks the air is cool and mild in the evening and in the morning and the life in the woods all around is sparse compared to my furiously fertile Louisiana habitat. In fact, it's downright quiet here at night...

Downtown notebook
Stock trading a world away from The Street
By Ramin Talaie
TEHRAN, Iran—Walking into the Tehran Stock Exchange, the Bourse as it is known, I get the feeling that this place is very different from the Big Board’s floor on Wall St.

Under Cover

Police blotter

In Pictures
"Mad Hot’ Winter Garden

Remembering fallen cyclists

A slice of New York’s finest
By Heather Paster
New York is renown for many things: Broadway, bagels, and pizza. In fact the first pizzeria offering pizza as we know it was opened in Soho. Since then, pizza parlors have been popping up regularly over Manhattan. In the village alone, there are over 90 restaurants serving pizzas. Some owners stick to the basic pizza while others will experiment with unusual toppings and combinations. But every pizzaola believes his creation is the best.

Thriller on the pier as Jays win championship
The Downtown Little League Blue Jays emerged triumphant in the Junior Division championship Sunday, defeating the Greenwich Village Pirates in the final game, 9-8 at Pier 40. In a close game, the key hit came from Blue Jays player Corey Greenblatt in the seventh inning, whose long double to right field brought in the tying runs. Greenblatt then scored the winning run in a long double by Peter Barbieri for a two out R.B.I.

The mysteries of boy talk
By Jane Flanagan
I love being the mother of a boy. But it doesn’t always come easy. There are times I’m at a loss. That’s because the world my son inhabits is so foreign.

Downtown Express photo by Jennifer Weisbord

Julie Menin, right, chats with fellow Community Board 1 member Marc Ameruso just after she won the chairperson election.

Menin romps in C.B. 1 race: Promises changes to committees
By Ronda Kaysen
Julie Menin won a resounding victory at Tuesday night’s Community Board 1 election, securing more than 70 percent of the vote from the 50-member board.

Tenant leader says L.M.D.C. cash may not help
By Josh Rogers
A $50 million fund to build and preserve affordable housing in Lower Manhattan may not do as much as promised for Knickerbocker Village. Bob Wilson, co-chairperson of the middle-income housing complex’s tenants association, said if they lose a pending court case with the landlord, the $5 million promised from the housing fund will provide little help.

Permit for diesel is close, despite fire violations
By Ronda Kaysen
The owners of a Tribeca building that has been illegally storing diesel fuel for several years may soon get their day in court, although it may not be the day they were hoping for.

Outdoor cafe opens across from the W.T.C.
By Cathy Jedruczek
Liquid Assets, the first sidewalk cafe facing the World Trade Center site, opened last Friday outside the Millenium Hilton. Around 7 p.m. a small crowd of patrons sipped wine and beer and chatted- quietly. The view of the pit reminded them that this is not a typical New York sidewalk cafe. Nevertheless, they were pleased to see that usual business is slowly making its way back to the neighborhood.

New captain busted pushers, gangsters and cops
By Albert Amateau
In his 23 years with the N.Y.P.D., Captain Anthony Bologna, the new commanding officer of Lower Manhattan’s First Precinct, has been all over Manhattan and much of Brooklyn. He’s been a SNEU (Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit) cop busting drug pushers, served in Manhattan South in an anti-drunk-driving squad, worked in the Brooklyn South Task Force.

A roadmap to free parking Downtown
By Cathy Jedruczek
When Erik Feder drove to the office of Downtown Express near Canal St. from Long Beach, Long Island for an interview on one steamy June afternoon, he had to park his car on Perry St. That’s 10 blocks away, roughly a 15-minute walk in hot and humid weather. Feder didn’t mind parking his car so far from the newspaper’s office and he didn’t mind walking either.

Biker killed on Houston St.
By Lincoln Anderson
A bicyclist was struck and killed by a truck on E. Houston and Elizabeth Sts. on the morning of Wed., June 22. Police responded to the scene at 10:24 a.m. The biker, Andrew Ross Morgan, 25, of 517 47th St., in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Stuy filmmakers learn about Tribeca & transportation
By Ellen Keohane
Few students in Elka Gould’s two video production and editing classes at Stuyvesant High School in Lower Manhattan gave transportation much thought — unless they found themselves delayed or stranded on their commute to or from school — until she told them they’d be spending the year working on a documentary about it.

Arts and Entertainment

Cinematic retrospective of Louis Malle
Louis Armstrong said: “If you have to ask, you’ll never know.” He wasn’t talking about that new squirt on the block, Miles Davis, he was talking about the whole thing called jazz.

Swift, lively version of Russian classic
Tom Donaghy, we won’t tell on you.
Except in print.
“My little signature,” says the “Cherry Orchard” adaptor who certainly doesn’t look his 41 years. “Pure and simple vanity. The auction where Lopakhin buys the orchard takes place on August 22. I changed it to August 21.”

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