THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 18 • Issue 9 | July 22 - 28 , 2005

The peril of governing art at the W.T.C.
When planners and the public began three years ago to think about what should go at the World Trade Center site, few people disagreed with the notion that there should be a memorial and cultural center in response to the terror attack. There were big disagreements on just about every other question – should there be commercial buildings, how big should the memorial be, to what extent should the Twin Tower footprints be preserved, should the towers be rebuilt, etc.

Letters to the editor

Under Cover

Talking point
Searching for daylight between development plans
By Geraldine Lipschutz
Lower Manhattan, early on, was in itself a city of industry and commerce. It’s growth seemed natural, if rational. Early Dutch, Colonial and post-Revolution housing slowly moved Uptown and to the other boroughs, giving way for the world’s greatest commercial center to rise. The growth seemed to delineate residential from commercial, and eventually manufacturing. And there seemed a rationale; that its growth would be channeled up, not sprawled out, and not so intrusive as to cross the bounds into what would become various and distinctive residential neighborhoods developing north, and beyond the Brooklyn Bridge.

Forget the subway, I’ll take my chances in a car
By Jane Flanagan
I’m now trying to figure out how to carpool my son to school in the fall. I think the days of taking him by subway are over. The London bombings were it for me. But since I’m a natural hysteric, I always run these impulsive policies by my husband to see if he thinks I’m whacko. He doesn’t.

The Penny Post
My two goats
By Andrei Codrescu
My first encounter with a barbequed goat took place under a pale blue summer sky by the Danube River in Romania. My host, poet Mircea Dinescu, had the beast sacrificed and burned in my honor. I was greeted to the poet’s latifundium by a delirious band of half-potted, toothless musicians sounding something between “Hail to the Chief,” and “Good Night Irene” on ancient brass instruments.

Downtown Express photo by Milo
Hess Hot sales
Dennis, left, sipped some of the profits Monday as he and Hector sold water on Church St. near White St. Monday on a brutally humid day with temperatures climbing close to 89 degrees.

Pennies for principles

Picture’s famed photographer comes Downtown

Historic renovation for modern use

C.B. 1 Meetings


River winners

Downtown Express photo by Scot Surbeck

Swinging for the fences
A trapeze artist swings in the Hudson River Park last weekend. This may be the trapeze school’s last season in the park’s Tribeca section as officials hope to begin building the permanent park this fall, perhaps moving the trapeze north to Pier 40. [more]

Art groups back Drawing Center at the W.T.C. site
By Ronda Kaysen
The Downtown arts community has rallied behind the Drawing Center in recent weeks as it struggles to hold its ground in the plans for a new cultural center at the World Trade Center site.

Rocky Park’s latest disruption: Ferry terminal construction
By Vanessa Romo
Despite their intensity, the high-pitched squeals of toddlers playing around the “Dodo Bird” fountain in Rockefeller Park were almost inaudible on recent weekday afternoon, drowned out by the drilling of the World Financial Center ferry terminal to the south and the rumbling of engines from ferries docked at the temporary terminal to the north.

Long Island commuters skeptical of rail link plan
By Ronda Kaysen
The Downtown business community has thrown its weight behind the J.F.K. rail link, insisting a new express train will ease the commute for workers traveling to Lower Manhattan from Long Island. But advocates for Long Island riders disagree, insisting a new train might actually make their commute worse.

Cortlandt station to close in August for Fulton hub project
The new Fulton Transit hub will eventually transform Downtown into the Grand Central Station of Lower Manhattan, but for the foreseeable future getting around the neighborhood is going to be more cumbersome than ever.

‘Wait ‘til next year’ likely for Fiterman Hall demo
By Ronda Kaysen
Fiterman Hall has stood damaged, contaminated and virtually abandoned since it was badly scathed nearly four years ago during the World Trade Center disaster. Although the money is now in place to take it down, it appears it will stay just where it is until next year.

Tribeca’s Hudson Park construction to begin this fall
By Ellen Keohane
Demolition of Piers 25 and 26 along the Tribeca segment of Hudson River Park could be begin this fall with reconstruction of Pier 25 starting in May, followed by Pier 26 next summer, Hudson River Park Trust president Connie Fishman said Monday.

Committee rejects part of sculptor’s building plan
By Albert Amateau
Community Board 2’s zoning committee last week took on the hotly debated set of variances sought by the sculptor, Arman, from the Board of Standards and Appeals to allow denser development on his wedge-shaped property at Greenwich and Canal Sts.

Pols come out in force for Mendez
By Lincoln Anderson
Calling it the “passing of the torch” to the next leader who they hope will carry on the progressive political tradition on the Lower East Side, many local elected officials gathered on the City Hall steps last Friday to endorse Rosie Mendez for City Council.

The Orthodox spirit of Wall St. since 1929
By Marvin Greisman
The early 1960s was a time when the Wall Street Synagogue was lacking a minyan or quorum of Jewish men needed for a religious service to commence. To fulfill that solemn religious obligation I was one of a contingent of a few nice Jewish boys of bar mitzvah age to make up the minyan at the shul


Pioneer in rock photography to show in Soho
By Aileen Torres
Barrie Wentzell, a photographer for the seminal UK publication Melody Maker from 1965-1975, had an uncanny knack for taking pictures of musical artists who would go on to become legends. To note, his 1965 photograph of Diana Ross made the cover of the weekly music newspaper and caught the attention of the then-assistant editor, who recruited Wentzell to become a staff photographer; a stint that lasted through a decade-long “party,” as Wentzell calls it, of revolutionary music, love and creation.

Outrageous new Off-Broadway spoof
BY Scott Harrah
When the classic Hollywood thriller “Fatal Attraction” appeared in theaters back in 1987, some critics praised it as a cautionary tale about casual sex and marital infidelity. Nearly two decades later, the film’s celebration of traditional family values seems incredibly dated and downright hokey—something ripe and ready for a 21st century parody.

On the Outs is very in
By Wickham Boyle
On the Outs, a new indie film, now showing at the Film Forum on Houston Street tells the story of three adolescent girls from Jersey City, who divide their time between the streets, shaky home ground and juvenile jail. It is real reality television with raw emotion, shocking choices and heart-rending outcomes. This is a feature film made with actors but completely infused with the spirit of the girls whose story it portrays.

The “Siren” singer
By Aileen Torres
Laura Wolfe, a native of the Lower East Side, has always been performing. She grew up in a very musically-oriented, politically progressive household, with a mother who is a professional classical pianist and a father who was a member of the Weathermen, a revolutionary group of communists active from the late ‘60s to the early ‘80s, and former history professor at NYU. Wolfe, who is now in her thirties, participated in demonstrations herself as a teenager and college student, but her ultimate passion is for singing.

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