THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 18 • Issue 19 | Sep. 30 - Oct. 06, 2005

A productive six years at B.P.C.
When Tim Carey took over the Battery Park City Authority six years ago, most of the neighborhood’s north section was undeveloped, the south had several undesignated sites, and the neighborhood’s ballfields were still a temporary amenity subject to the whims of the real estate market.

Less noise at Site 5B

Talking Point
Fighting crime isn’t easy wearing handcuffs
By Henry J. Stern
I begin with a story which I tell periodically.  It made a strong impression on me when it happened (I was nine or ten years old).  It is still embedded in my conscious mind, and this is a good time to tell it, because it leads to other examples of the enormous gap that still exists in areas between what is legally permitted and what happens in the real world we inhabit.

The Penny Post
The news virus
By Andrei Codrescu
Anyone watching – and everybody is — the 24-hour news channels must be convinced that the world is at an end. For some people it is, but you won’t see them either on CNN, Fox, or MSNBC. There was useful information on CNN during and after Katrina, but when Rita failed to live up to the destructiveness of her predecessor, you could sense the palpable fury of the network. CNN’s star reporter, Cooper Anderson, missed Katrina in New Orleans, so he made sure to be up front and visible during Rita, but the storm failed to live up to Cooper’s grandeur.

Letters to the editor

Police Blotter


Downtown Briefs

C.B. 1 Meetings

Municipal food fest

Fireworks over fireworks

From Little Italy to Big Easy


Paul Bookson, 71, former state senator, synagogue leader
By Lincoln Anderson
Paul Bookson, a former state senator and judge who took a leading role in renovating the historic Eldridge St. Synagogue and preserving it as a functioning house of worship, was fatally injured on Sept. 22 after a motorcycle crashed into him as he was walking toward Brooklyn Supreme Court. An attorney with Herzfeld & Rubin law firm, he was apparently on his way to meet with a client. Bookson died at Bellevue hospital the night after the accident. He was 71.

Sports / Youth

Stepping in style in Battery Park

Downtown kickers show off defense in tight games
The third week of play in the Downtown Soccer League proved any team could take the season. Tough defense resulted in low scoring ties, or near ties this past weekend.

An emotional swing back into the school year
By Jane Flanagan
So ladies, how has your back to school season been going? If you stopped short of sobbing to your kid’s teacher, you were a step ahead of me.

Youth Activities

P.S. 234 wins noise protections in development deal
By Ronda Kaysen
A major Tribeca project received a go ahead from the city on Wednesday after its developer agreed to minimize construction noise that would have disrupted a nearby school.

Maya Lin to design Chinatown museum
By Aili McConnon
When Charles Lai created the New York Chinatown History Project in 1980, he planned to spend three years documenting the history of Chinese-New Yorkers. He discovered a surprisingly vast amount of material and 25 years later he is still researching the legacy of his Chinese-American pioneers. Tuesday he began a new chapter: he will soon share this immigrant story with a wider national and international audience with the help of world-renowned architect Maya Lin.

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

A&M Roadhouse owner Arthur Gregory recently appeared in court over a rent dispute with his landlords where 35 percent of the small business tenants facing eviction were located below Canal St. Gregory reached a deal with his landlord.

Market ranges from bears to bulls, for Downtown retailers
By Ronda Kaysen
For the first time in his 30-year culinary career, one of Eric Tevrow’s restaurants failed this month. Coast, an upscale neighborhood eatery located across the street from the World Trade Center site, drained half a million dollars from his other two restaurants in the single year it existed and never managed to get off the ground.


After 200 years, Ladder 1 celebrates a mere century on Duane St.
By Caitlin Eichelberger
Without the noise of the modern city, the red trimmed windows and arched granite entryways of the Tribeca Firehouse on Duane Street would suggest another time.

Pataki tosses Freedom Center from W.T.C.
By Ronda Kaysen
Governor George Pataki announced today that an international museum will not be housed at the World Trade Center site, saying, “Freedom should unify us. This center has not,” effectively dissolving the museum before it ever existed.

Trapeze instructors make save, keep swinging by to offer help
By Daniel Wallace
Two trapeze instructors swung to the rescue last Thursday to save a man who had leapt into the Hudson River near Tribeca. James Kue, 23, had alighted from a nearby pier and was floating face down in the water when a police officer came to the Desbrosses St. high-wire cage of Trapeze School New York asking for a rope.

Boooklyn development leader to lead the Alliance
By Josh Rogers
Almost five months after Carl Weisbrod announced he was leaving the Downtown Alliance as its first and only president, the Wall St. business improvement district hired the leader of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp., Eric Deutsch, to replace him.

Suspect in Bowery killing still at large
By Lincoln Anderson
Police are still looking for a suspect in the Wed. Sept. 21 shooting that started as an argument over a spilled drink in the Mission nightclub at the Bowery and Rivington St. and ended on the sidewalk across the Bowery from the club at 4:12 a.m. with one man wounded and another man dead.

Tribecans object to plans to allow West St. towers
By Ellen Keohane
Local residents criticized the Dept. of City Planning’s plan to allow taller and bulkier buildings in Tribeca’s northwest corner at a Community Board 1 meeting last week.

Orchids to return to Winter Garden for Taiwan fest
By Vanessa Romo
The palm-treed atrium of the World Financial Center Winter Garden in Battery Park City will be transformed into a Taiwanese Garden of Eden, featuring 10,000 butterfly orchids, bamboo trees and stones from Oct. 5 through 11.

Elderly cyclist killed on Water St.
By Daniel Wallace
Police are still searching for the driver of a bus that killed a 65 year-old female cyclist on Water St. on September 16.

Downtown Arts & Entertainment

It’s a miracle: A new musical with—gasp!—original music
By Scott Harrah
The current New York theater scene has a serious shortage of original musicals. It seems that many of the new shows that have opened on Broadway in the past year have been of the “jukebox” variety, based on classic oldies, so it’s quite refreshing to see an Off-Broadway musical like Kirsten Childs’s Miracle Brothers with a score of brand-new material. The production, set in 17th century Brazil during the colonial days of Portuguese sugar-cane plantations and African slaves, features an orchestra with traditional Brazilian samba instruments.

A heady festival for coach potatoes
By Caitlin Eichelberger
and Timothy Chan
A documentary exposing glaring flaws in the John Kerry presidential campaign is set to premiere this week at the first-ever New York Television Festival.

Carmen meets Cole Porter at The Knitting Factory
By Michael Clive
What took Nancy Evans so long to get downtown? Well, she was busy. In recent years the versatile soprano, who unveils her offbeat new revue at The Knitting Factory on Thursday at 8 p.m., has traveled to four continents to sing 10 operatic heroines, including five demanding title roles — four of whom die, presumably of vocal exhaustion.

Reminding the world about its deadliest, and least known, war
By Steven Snyder
Despite today’s 24-hour cable news stations, wire services and the Internet, an entire war has slipped through the cracks of this information age, one that the current exhibit at Engine 27 in Tribeca demands to be told.

Love is Relative: New play exposes a fuzzy side to physics phenom Albert Einstein
By Jerry Tallmer
Poor Albert Einstein. Women got in his hair all his life. “I’m doing just fine,” he told a visiting Paul Robeson, “considering that I have triumphantly survived Nazism and two wives.”

Still a thrill after all these shows
By Rick Marx
Jack Kleinsinger’s enthusiasm is contagious, and he’s particularly jazzed right now about the vocalist who’s opening his “Highlights in Jazz” series at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, now in its 33rd year. “Keely Smith is a delight!” says Kleinsinger of the woman who was initially propelled to fame as a singer with the Louis Prima band. “She’s really a pro — I’m crazy about her. She does not consider herself a jazz singer, but she’s maybe changed her opinion. She’s not a diva. She’s fun to be around.”

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