THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 18 • Issue 7 | July 8-14, 2005

Editorial
Don’t vary from rezoning with variances
Two years ago, the City Planning Commission passed a major zoning change for Hudson Square, changing the designation in the neighborhood’s southern portion from manufacturing to residential and commercial for new projects and downzoning all the area save for one small corner.

Letters to the editor

Under Cover

Talking point
Longing a return to my kind of America
Late the other night, my son was jumping on the bed and refusing to put on his pajamas. Eventually, he took note of my dismay and startled me by saying, “Mom, I’m sorry. I’m not being very kind.”

The Penny Post
Silence money can buy
By Andrei Codrescu
There is silence and silence. In Louisiana they plug in the electric trees at dusk and the insects, the frogs, and the night birds go to work. Eventually, it becomes background and when it stops for a minute you wonder if the world has ended. A friend in Oakland, Cal. was complaining about global warming because the nice weather keeps the birds chirping until dark and it drives her insane. I couldn’t quite understand: don’t most birds chirp until dark?

In Pictures
Chinatown All-American

Monday concert in the park

Celebrating the 4th by George

Downtown Express photo by Corky Lee

Still get a kick out of Independence
Senior citizens from Chinatown’s Project Open Door performed a Taiwanese folk dance as part of an early Independence Day festival and parade in the neighborhood Sunday.

E.P.A.’s new cleanup plan knocked
By Ronda Kaysen
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to sample buildings in Lower Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn for lingering dust from the World Trade Center disaster. But if employees want to see their workplaces sampled or cleaned and either their employer or building owner disagrees, the agency will not champion their cause. Workplaces are not E.P.A.’s domain, the agency insists in a near-final draft of its plan released last week.

Silver’s ‘Marshall Plan’ is hailed and assailed
By Josh Rogers
Sheldon Silver got Albany’s other power players and the mayor to back most of his “Marshall Plan” to jumpstart the World Trade Center area’s office market, so the question now is, will it work?

Sculptor looks to break mold
By Albert Amateau
Two years after Hudson Square was rezoned from manufacturing to residential/commercial and bigger buildings were allowed in part of the neighborhood, the sculptor Arman has applied for variances that would allow an even bigger project on his wedge-shaped lot at the corner of Canal and Greenwich Sts., which he has used as an outdoor studio for more than two decades.

Tribecans worry over school’s building plans
By Ronda Kaysen
New York Law School is jumping back into the Tribeca real estate game, announcing plans last week to sell off a parcel of land it insists has no height restrictions. Meanwhile local residents are gearing up to protect their low-rise neighborhood from a new high rise.

Downtown teams begin tournament
Downtown Little League’s tournament teams are hoping to start a legacy of competitive post-season play for the league this summer after tough results in previous years. The games started last week, and the D.L.L. is represented by teams of 9-10-year-olds and 11-12-year-olds.

After 38 years, Landmarks decides to designate Federal Style building
By Albert Amateau
An 1811 Federal Style building, located near the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel entrance five blocks from ground zero, won the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s unanimous approval on June 28 as a designated landmark.

Young firm outgrows the Seaport waters
By M.L. Liu
You might know the brand from the pages of some glossy magazines. Or rather, you might recognize the products if not the name. That is because Built NY – the company that sells those whimsical wine carriers made out of neoprene, the wet suit material – has been too busy concentrating on its products to worry about building brand recognition.

No fat in the holes, and not a lot in the donuts either
It took Frank Dilullo five years to master his recipe for ultra low fat gourmet donuts. First, they were hard like a brick, said Dilullo, now they’re fluffy, light and only 4 grams of fat each — they’re Holey Donuts.

City Council passes tenant protection bill
By Albert Amateau
The City Council on June 23 overwhelmingly passed a bill to give tenants the right of first refusal when their landlords leave rent-subsidy programs and put their buildings up for sale.

40 years later, still ‘practicing’ medicine at Downtown Hospital
By Ellen Keohane
Dr. John Flynn, 87, has seen a lot in his long career as a New York City physician including former Pony Express riders, World Trade Center tightrope walkers and very long bathroom lines.

ARTS

Illegal comic book inspires play
By JERRY TALLMER
The score today, children, is United States Supreme Court 2, First Amendment 0.
When the Supremes take no action, that is an action. Just ask Judith Miller of the New York Times and Matthew Cooper of Time magazine, whose pleas for relief from a wacko prosecution and jail-brandishing special prosecutor were last week turned down, blank-faced, without comment, by the High Nine.

Downtowner releases new album
By Mike Easterling
Johnny Brandon sits in his apartment on the corner of Third Avenue and 17th Street, a place he has called home for nearly fifty years. One of the first tenants in the building, he moved there because of an impending rent raise in his previous Greenwich Village apartment. He would have had to pay $170 a month, a price he couldn’t imagine.

An evolving life from Jamaica to New York
By Tequila Minsky
Staceyann Chin, original cast member from Tony winning Def Poetry Jam, has her own one woman show, Border/Clash: A Litany of Desires at The Culture Project, 45 Bleecker St. in Manhattan which opened June 16, 2005.

Art to explore Governors Island
By Claire F. Hamilton
At different times Governors Island has been a garrison for George Washington’s troops, a keeper of Confederate prisoners, and home to thousands employed by the U.S. Coast Guard. Handed from the federal to city government in 2003, the island’s future has been officially up for grabs since March.


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