THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 18 • Issue 11 | August 5 - 11, 2005

Editorial
Transportation priorities
Included in the massive $286.4 billion transportation bill Congress passed last week are a few projects that will help Lower Manhattan: a few million for Governors Island and a bikeway connecting the Hudson and East River waterfronts, and $100 million for a rail freight tunnel connecting New Jersey with Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

Noisy bar report

Letters to the editor

UnderCover

Talking point
Freedom requires standing up to 9/11 family leaders
By David Stanke
In matters of the World Trade Center, where does sympathy end and reality begin? Is it legitimate to criticize people who have experienced great loss? Are the causes and tactics of people surviving tragedy always legitimate? Can we oppose someone’s cause while still caring about their loved one?

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel
Biker arrests
Police arrested 34 cyclists last Friday night during the monthly Critical Mass ride through Downtown streets. The rides used to occur with tacit police approval, but officers began cracking down on the event last summer before the Republican National Convention. Last week was the highest arrest number for the ride since March.

Police Blotter


Briefs
Chinatown Summer Festival

Mixing fun with crime prevention

Free crabs

In Pictures

Battery Park celebrations
Najah Holder, 7, of the Carmine Recreation Center joined a multi-celebration in Battery Park Monday.

River sounds


Sports / Youth

Teens set sail to learn about the harbor
By Olga Mantilla
“I almost fell in the river! I slipped through the bow and then swung back in,” exclaimed Will Porter, a 12-year-old Teen Marine Will Porter, as he proceeded to demonstrate the short-lived adventure on the picnic tables at Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City.

Youth Activities
Downtown Express photo by Scot Surbeck

Like a hard surface?
The World Financial Center’s granite steps offered comfort to a visitor Monday.

NEWS
City to cut Chinatown youth programs
By Vanessa Romo
The city plans to cut at least 500 slots for children who attend after-school and youth programs in Chinatown and on the Lower East Side.

Hip hop artist pairs with Nike
By Sara Levin
As painter Lee Quinones outlined the form of a snake on his new Ludlow St. mural, a young man wearing a graffitied cap glanced over as he walked by. He slyly scribbled a tag on a nearby grate and then wheeled around in sudden realization.
“You were in ‘Wild Style,’ right?” he asked, slowly approaching.


A tale of 3 plazas
By Olga Mantilla with Josh Rogers
There is little room for open space in the Financial District’s East Side, so two years ago, when the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. and the Parks Dept. announced plans to build or renovate 13 Downtown parks with $25 million, officials turned their attention to three small plazas on the east side.

Owner must offer better rent deal, I.P.N. leaders say
By Ellen Keohane
A somewhat skeptical crowd of more than 200 residents of Tribeca’s Independence Plaza North apartment complex gathered on Tuesday night at I.S. 89 to learn more about a tax abatement program that could potentially make their apartments eligible for rent stabilization.

Tribecans appeal city’s Decision on diesel fuel
By Ronda Kaysen
Tribeca residents fuming about the city’s call to legalize diesel fuel stored in a nearby building have taken their grievances to another city agency in hopes the decision will be overturned.

Over $100 million passed for freight tunnel, transit projects
By Albert Amateau
Congress last week passed the new four-year transportation bill with a $100 million allocation for the Cross Harbor Rail Freight Tunnel between New Jersey and Brooklyn, a project long urged by Congressmember Jerrold Nadler.

Margarita Lopez stays mum through Scientology flap
By Paul Schindler
The Manhattan borough president campaign of Margarita Lopez was knocked off stride this week by a one-two punch — from the right and the left as it were — about ties between the Lower East Side city councilmember and the Church of Scientology.

By Ronda Kaysen
A new house of God in Tribeca is having problems that are entirely Earthly in nature… some of their neighbors wish God would find a new address.

Learning to dance after you can no longer walk
By Ronda Kaysen
There is no shortage of yoga studios in New York. There are studios for celebrities, for expectant mothers, for babies, for people with H.I.V. There’s even yoga for dogs. One group has been forgotten in the rush to saturate the city with sun salutations: children and adults with physical disabilities. Until now.

Arts

Dance Disaster Movement proves true to its name
By Aileen Torres
Seeing Dance Disaster Movement, or DDM, live is undoubtedly an experience of sorts. Those who attended their headlining show at Rothko on Friday, July 29, witnessed more than just two 20-somethings playing their music on stage. What they were privy to was a performance to rival any avant-garde theater show also happening in town that night.

Documentary on the grisly lynching of Emmett Till
By Jerry Tallmer
Billy Joe McAllister may have jumped into the Tallahatchie River, but Emmett Louis Till was thrown into it, a 75-pound cotton-gin fan strung around his neck with barbed wire to keep him – what was left of him – under.


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