THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 18 • Issue 16 | September 09 - 15, 2005


Stringer for borough president
The Democratic field for Manhattan borough president is crowded with elected officials who have served their constituencies well. From this group of talented candidates, it’s tough to make a choice.
The borough president has limited powers, the main ones being input on the city’s land-use decisions, budget oversight and appointment of community board members. Yet the position can be used as a bully pulpit on important issues and the borough president should function as the leading spokesperson for his or her borough.

Mendez for City Council
The Democratic primary election race in City Council District 2 features a crowded field of candidates, seven in all. The district stretches from the 30s in Murray Hill to the Lower East Side.
In addition to perennial concerns, like the need for affordable housing and parks, the campaign has seen several key issues emerge as flashpoints, notably bar over-proliferation and over-development.

Letters to the editor

The Penny Post

After the deluge: A letter to America
By Andrei Codrescu
There will be a little bit of New Orleans everwhere when our refugees move into your communities. Here are some of the changes:
Your food will get better. In the past 10 years, thanks to Asian and Latin flavors brought in by immigrants, American food improved. Now it will reach sublimity.

Police Blotter


Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert
Tutus in the park
Dancers from Lazar Ballet NYC performed recently in Battery Park as part of the 24th Annual Downtown Dance Festival.

Sports / Youth

Recalling one of the thousands killed on 9/11
By Jerry Tallmer
It is not possible to think one by one of 3,000 people none of whom you ever met. It is, however, possible to think of one human being you’ve met, even briefly, sometime in your life, and it is of that human being I have been thinking more and more through these past four years, and will be thinking about on this coming Sunday, September 11, 2005.

Once displaced, Downtowners help Katrina’s victims
By Ronda Kaysen
Noël Jefferson has spent the better part of the past week on her cell phone. With the help of a cousin in Houston, she has become something of a messenger for her sister’s family, keeping each member informed of the whereabouts of the others in the days since Hurricane Katrina flooded them all out of New Orleans.

Downtown Express photo by Jennifer Weisbord

Diver Bob Davidson with the River Project’s founder and leader, Cathy Drew. Drew, whose group will imminently leave Tribeca’s Pier 26 at least temporarily, fears a larger marine life organization will replace it when the Tribeca section of the Hudson River Park reopens in a few years.

Project fears flow of river park’s plan
By Ronda Kaysen
The unassuming trailer at the edge of a Tribeca pier is barely noticeable from the West St. bike path that runs alongside it. The old brick shed towering at the edge of the berth is as easily missed. But open the shed’s heavy wooden door and peak inside to find one of Downtown’s most beloved corners: the River Project, a ragtag marine science field station. This weekend, this cherished estuary teetering on the western edge of Manhattan will hold its final event at aging Pier 26, and head off to an uncertain future.

9/11 anniversary events scheduled in Lower Manhattan
In observance of the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack, here is a partial list of the many ceremonies and events taking place Downtown this weekend.

From stoop sales to barbecues, helping New Orleans
By Ronda Kaysen
Katherine Marlowe wasted no time fundraising for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Within 48 hours of the disaster, she and a friend were collecting donations for the American Red Cross from her Greenwich Village stoop.

C.B. 1 says Goldman Sachs is selling it short
By Ronda Kaysen
This week Battery Park City residents had their first opportunity, since the city lured Goldman Sachs back Downtown with a sweetened deal, to tell the investment bank what think about its plans to build a new headquarters in their neighborhood.

East Side BLUE building has some seeing red
By Ellen Keohane
A soon-to-be-built 16-story blue building on Norfolk St. on the Lower East Side is getting reviews from local residents and some of them are not rosy.

Houston St. dig begins
By Albert Amateau
Much actual digging might not be noticeable yet, but the reconstruction of Houston St. began Aug. 1 with the contractor, Tully Construction, marking out the project on the street surface between Bowery and West. St.

Back to School
Business college banks on the Financial District
By Cathy Jedruczek
Berkeley College, a 74-year-old institution specializing in business opened its Extension Center in Lower Manhattan a year ago and the school likes its newest neighborhood.

This time around, I’m enjoying school a lot more
By Jane Flanagan
I was sitting at a Connecticut lake a few weeks ago taking in a gorgeous moment. It was late August, a cool 72 degrees and it felt like early fall. My 7-year-old son, Rusty, was busy digging in the sand, oblivious to what was in the air.

Changing of the guard at P.S. 20
By Vanessa Romo
After 28 years of standing beside the brightly painted double doors leading into Public School 20 and greeting students and parents by name each morning, principal Leonard Golubchick, a beloved figure in the community, retired with little fanfare on Aug. 31.

A little relief from the summer as school starts
By Angela Benfield
As the first day of school approaches, most children get knots in their stomachs. The life altering questions that have been lingering since June are about to be answered: Who will be in my class? Who will my new teacher be? Will I have that mean one who likes to give three hours of homework every night?

Arabic lessons to begin near ground zero high school
By Sara G. Levin
Three years after Stuyvesant High School’s Muslim Student Association began raising money and support, introductory Arabic will be an elective there starting this fall. Students were motivated by a combination of academic curiosity, cultural awareness and religious pride.
The sweet taste of class
School screams for ice cream

Algorithm’ should not be treated like a 4-letter word
By Michele Herman
Here’s a math problem: a New York City couple gives birth to a child, and X years later, they have a second child.  As the years go by, they are pleased with the spread.  But then the first child turns 13, and they discover a fatal flaw in their family planning.  Solve for X.

Tekserve are the Mac daddies for all things Apple
By Olga Mantilla
Apple computer repair stores abound in the city that never sleeps without first surfing eBay for sold out concert tickets and checking e-mail one last time. There are corporate stores, like the Apple Store in Soho, that constantly push the latest innovations to droves of tourists and metropolitan-area Mac enthusiasts.

Stepping in to fill Dr. G’s shoes
By Vanessa Romo
The first time Felix Ricardo Gil set foot in a school as a teacher, it was the smell that got to him. Fifteen years and several promotions later the novelty still hasn’t worn off. Walking through the halls of P.S. 20 where Gil is making the transition from assistant principal to principal, he smiled broadly and inhaled deeply. “There’s something so familiar about the smell of a school,” he said. “I don’t know what it is, but they all have that smell, it just takes you back.”

New gym would put P.S. 3 kids on track to fitness
By Judith Stiles
Most parents know that waiting with kids in the checkout line at the deli spells trouble because the candy and junk food display is down low, calling out to the kids “Grab me now!”

Film documents post-9/11 student trauma Downtown
By Cathy Jedruczek
Students from the High School of Leadership and Public Service and the High School of Economics and Finance were in their first week of school as freshmen when they witnessed 9/11.

Downtown Arts & Entertainment

Another outsider appears on stage
By Jerry Tallmer
Eamon, an Irishman with an overload of grudges and a caustic tongue, sits on a crate at the construction site where he’s employed and, at a work break, fulminates against “all those feckin fugees” – i.e., refugees, immigrants from places like black Africa – “walking around our basterin’ town “[a]nd us accommodating them with our taxes. It ain’t right..”

Leaving home again: Social pressures in the Israeli Settlement movement
By Jerry Tallmer
  Joseph Cedar has had what appears to be extraordinary luck as a movie director.
  His “Time of Favor” (in Hebrew, “Ha-Hesder”), about a fictional young Israeli fanatic who wanted to blow up the Dome of the Rock, in Jerusalem, one of Islam’s most sacred sites, hit theaters in 2000 just about the time Ariel Sharon took it into his head to go for a stroll to the Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock, thereby pretty much blowing up whatever peace existed between Arabs and Israelis anyway.

Subway blues man surfaces on new album
By Aileen Torres
On a given day, you just may see Jeremiah Lockwood doing his Americana blues routine up the stairs from the N,R,W platform at Union Square. He’s part of the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Music Under New York arts program.

Off the roller coaster
By Winnie McCroy
Heartbreak has always made for great art and in Vivian Green’s self-titled second release, the R&B singer and songwriter rises above the pain of love gone wrong to produce what is certain to be one of the fall’s hottest albums.

Waiting for Shakespeare: The end of the line at the Public Theater
By Rachel Breitman
Though Karen Valen hadn’t seen a production of Shakespeare in the Park for several years, she was eager to join the early morning line that snaked from the front of the Public Theatre. As she listened on her headphones to the soundtrack of a 1971 production of “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” she rhapsodized about the adaptation of the Bard’s poetry, set to a rock opera that had pulled her back after all these years.

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