THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 18 • Issue 15 | September 01 - 08, 2005


Siegel for advocate
Public advocate may be the only position in city government that Norman Siegel could do well. The civil liberties attorney is a consummate outsider and that just may be what we need to define a little-known position that technically is the second-highest-ranked position in the city after mayor.

Morgenthau for D.A.
Robert Morgenthau was first elected to be Manhattan’s district attorney 31 years ago and has built a professional, nonpolitical prosecutors’ office that has been a model.


It’s all relative: Thinking of cousins during the Gaza pullout
By Ed Gold
It was time, I thought, to find out how my cousins in Israel were dealing with the difficult decision of closing down Gaza and four small settlements on the West Bank. I have four cousins still living there who survived the Holocaust and I keep in touch with the two oldest who have mastered English as well as the computer.

Letters to the editor

The Penny Post

Love note to New Orleans
By Andrei Codrescu
It’s heartbreaking watching my beautiful city sink, but I’m at a safe distance 90 miles away and my heartbreak is nothing compared to the suffering of people still in the city. New Orleans will be rebuilt, but it will never again be the city I knew and loved. I often compared it to Venice because of its beauty and tenuousness, its love of music, art, and carnival.

Police Blotter


Downtown Express photo by Jennifer Bodrow
Canal St. reverie
A seagull perched unobtrusively on an old pier piling at Canal St. where an “eco pier” is planned to be developed someday in the Hudson River Park. At right is an air vent for the Holland Tunnel.

Sports / Youth

Youth Activities

Another OD, but this time, no blaring tab headlines
By Lincoln Anderson
Early Monday evening, a young homeless man was found slumped in the restroom of Rico, a Middle Eastern hookah restaurant on Avenue C, a hypodermic needle on the floor, according to police. He was taken to Beth Israel Hospital where he was pronounced dead of an apparent heroin overdose.

Goth to dance! Dark dancers say cabaret law sucks life from scene
By Ellen Keohane
Dressed in fishnet stockings and a vinyl bustier, a woman shimmied on a go-go platform in an East Village club on a recent Saturday night. Below her, 30 or so people — mostly dressed in black — swung their arms, and stomped their combat boot-clad feet to the music.

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Terry Harlow on the rooftop deck of the new Historic Front Street apartments by the Fulton Fish Market.

Living with the fishes, and a feeling of history
By Ronda Kaysen
The first residents of a new South Street Seaport development unpacked their boxes this July, marking the beginning of a new era for one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.

The times they are a-changin’: Dylan goes Starbucks
By Ronda Kaysen
Bob Dylan, the icon of the anti-establishment left, began selling some of his rarest recordings yesterday exclusively at Starbucks, a coffee shop chain that has come to epitomize the excesses of corporate America for a new generation of leftist activists.

It’s all relative: Thinking of cousins during the Gaza pullout
By Ed Gold
It was time, I thought, to find out how my cousins in Israel were dealing with the difficult decision of closing down Gaza and four small settlements on the West Bank. I have four cousins still living there who survived the Holocaust and I keep in touch with the two oldest who have mastered English as well as the computer.

Students are joining stockbrokers now on Wall St.
By Ellen Keohane
The Financial District’s newest commuters will be sporting book bags instead of briefcases when a new private grammar and middle school opens its doors to students on Sept. 7.
Located just one block from the New York Stock Exchange at 41 Broad St., the Claremont Preparatory School is the first secular private school to open below Canal St. in Lower Manhattan.

Music school settlement is helping fill the art gap
By Steven Snyder
Two new East Village schools, opening their doors for the first time this fall, have found a way around the city’s limited budget for arts programs: importing arts teachers from a nearby music school.

Don’t believe the hype: The ritual begins once again
By Wickham Boyle
Whenever my son sees any back-to-school ads, whether they are the joyful skipping father loading a cart with school supplies or the carefree kids kicking up their heels in their new duds, he takes it as a personal affront.

Center helps both parents and kids reach potential
By Olga Mantilla
The Borough of Manhattan Community College Early Childhood Center is opening its doors for its 21st year to dozens of little tots of the college’s students this fall. The parents of the preschoolers in the program, generally from low-income backgrounds, are able to attend B.M.C.C. because of the center’s childcare programs. But the positive effects of the center’s programs ripple out beyond the parent and children participants, participants at the center say, all the way out to the rest of the city.

By Daniel Israeli
As the start of the new school year approaches, the new community education councils will enter their second year in existence, after replacing the old community school boards last July. Public schools will officially open across the city on Thurs., Sept. 8, and the council for local District 2 is ready to facilitate the needs of its community’s schools.

Downtown Arts & Entertainment

Good enough for Broadway
“Joy” looks at gay relationships with infectious energy
By Scott Harrah
In the mid-1990s, at the height of the AIDS crisis, most gay plays focused on how the community was dealing with the epidemic. In 1994, San Francisco playwright John Fisher penned “Joy,” a lighthearted look at gays and lesbians falling in love for the first time. His intention was to create a play that celebrated life and love at a time when things were quite grim for gays.

The Dell Dude shines Off-Broadway
Ben Curtis turns to his true passion, theater
By Scott Harrah
“Dude, you’re gettin’ a Dell!”
Ben Curtis, who is currently starring in the hit Off-Broadway romantic comedy “Joy” in the West Village, will probably never live down that immortal catchphrase that made him an international celebrity five years ago. In 2000, the Tennessee native was just a teenager. After a string of TV commercials featuring Curtis as Steven the Dell Dude—a blond surfer type that reminded many of a cross between Sean Penn’s lovable pothead Jeff Spicola in the 1982 cult film Fast Times At Ridgemont High and goofy Eddie Haskell in Leave It to Beaver—he became an instant Madison Avenue pop icon.

Innocence wears well
Film stars Jennifer Lopez, Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman
By Jerry Tallmer
Lillian Hellman, who titled her 1969 autobiographical memoir “An Unfinished Woman,” would have turned up her nose at the movie called “An Unfinished Life” that’s opening September 9. Too innocent for tough-talking no-nonsense playwright Hellman. And that’s what’s nice about it, its innocence, a rare enough DNA in movies — above all, in the bloated, mechanized, dehumanized billion-dollar Hollywood insults of this era.

Finding success playing the music of Ray Charles
Band to make world debut performance
By Rick Marx
It’s an unwieldy name for a band, but the John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles band is certainly descriptive. The top-seeded jazz guitar player has made his mark with trios and jam bands, and now, is bringing the new group to the Blue Note this week, which will be making its world debut.

A breadwinner’s dilemma
Director feels kinship with character
By Jerry Tallmer
Tennis, anyone?
“The Breadwinner,” a 1931 play by W. Somerset Maugham, starts out sounding and looking like a bunch of silly-ass young Brits jabbering away in spoiled small talk as they enter and exit and lounge about with tennis racquets under their arms – and then it suddenly turns into a cold hard look at the emptiness of a life of conformity, of grinding away at one’s job or profession, of endless providing for wife, offspring, house, cars, and, yes, that new tennis court.

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