THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 18 • Issue 20 | Oct. 07 - 13, 2005

Cultural loss at the W.T.C.
It was not long ago that there was a broad consensus as to what to build at the World Trade Center site: A large memorial to honor those killed there, offices to be a part of Downtown’s economic recovery and a cultural center so that beauty and art could become part of the response to evil. Gov. George Pataki, who endorsed all three ideas repeatedly, has now retreated and has effectively put the idea of a new Downtown cultural center in jeopardy.

Talking Point
Free the rest of the W.T.C. from the memorial
By David Stanke
On Sept. 11, 2001, the World Trade Center was critically wounded by foreign terrorists intent on bringing America to its knees, On Sept. 28th, 2005, four years later, the World Trade Center died, brought down by a lethal mix of partisan fear-mongering, a reactionary and self-righteous American press, politicians lacking the bravery to stand for American principles, and a group of the bereaved looking to get the one thing they have always wanted, control of the W.T.C. memorial area as their own private property.

The Penny Post
Gulf connection
By Andrei Codrescu
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin’s proposal to build light rail between New Orleans and Baton Rouge is blindingly and obviously right. Light rail should, in fact, connect Houston, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and go north to Jackson, Birmingham, Atlanta and Memphis.

Letters to the editor

Police Blotter


Downtown Briefs

Taiwan garden

Ferry bender

Holy book finished

Downtown Express photo by Scot Surbeck
Governors’ cruise control
The Oriana was the first of what is expected to be many ships to cruise into Red Hook’s cruise line piers. The Oriana went into a temporary facility but Brooklyn’s Piers 11 and 12 will be ready to open in April. Downtown ship watchers will get to see the majestic vessels in a different part of the harbor – behind Governors Island in Buttermilk Channel.

Sports / Youth

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert
9 Jennifer Fish moves it up.

Autumn falls on Downtown kickers’ season
Almost one month into the season, Downtown Soccer League players are learning to play as a team resulting in exciting matches that are almost always up for grabs until the final minutes of play.

Ham sandwich – it’s easier to indict than make edible to my son
By Jane Flanagan
As a mom do you ever just feel plain ridiculous? I do. Take the other day. I was standing in the kitchen around 4 p.m., shuffling pots to make macaroni and cheese for my son. The late afternoon meal was on top of the egg and cheese omelet and bowl of oatmeal I made him for breakfast, the pasta, applesauce, banana, water and juice I packed in his lunch, and the full chicken dinner I was then sticking in the oven.

Youth Activities

Soccer coaches stack teams, some argue
By Billy Weisbrod
Aside from the looming presence of the World Trade Center disaster site, the scene at Battery Park City fields on Saturday could have been interchanged with any park or field across the United States. The Downtown Soccer League was in the midst of a successful season, bringing to Lower Manhattan the weekend tradition honored by families nationwide.

I.P.N.’s dust is not just blowing in the wind
By Ronda Kaysen
At times, the dust wafting onto the Borough of Manhattan Community College campus is oppressive. It irritates the eyes, throat and skin as it settles on the campus’ third floor entryway. On windy days, coarse silt sweeps across the outdoor patio, rendering it unusable.

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

A delegation from Ghana poured libations and asked gods to watch over Downtown’s African Burial Ground at a ceremony on Saturday.

Solemn celebrations at burial ground
By Ellen Keohane
Garfield Debarros, 22, stood against the fence of the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan last Saturday, watching as a group of uniformed middle school students prepared to sing the “Wind Beneath My Wings.” It was the first time Debarros had attended the annual Ancestral Heritage Weekend celebration.


Elderly Katrina evacuee may be priced out of Tribeca
sBy Ronda Kaysen
Finding a new apartment in Tribeca is always a challenge, but for Tamya Rink the search just got much harder. When Hurricane Katrina brought her aging mother to her doorstep, her apartment hunting abilities — and criteria — changed significantly.

East River plan’s switch to fast track hits bumps
By Ronda Kaysen
Two bedraggled piers lining the southern end of the East River and a nearby city owned building might soon be put to temporary use, if only the city can find a way through the red tape.

East Side tenants are evacuated two times
By Sarah Ferguson
For the second time in a week, tenants at 9 Avenue B were temporarily evacuated from their apartments because of cracks caused by excavation work for a new eight-story luxury condominium on the site of the old Gaseteria gas station on E. Houston St.

Battling artists craft new agreement for building
By Lincoln Anderson
In a unanimous vote, representatives of the feuding artists groups in the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center on Suffolk St. decided to bury the hatchet and form a new nonprofit corporation with a new board of directors and management structure to operate the building as artists’ co-op.

Writer planned to convert to Islam, marry interpreter
By Lincoln Anderson
Steven Vincent, the East Village journalist who was murdered in Iraq on Aug. 2, was planning to convert to Islam, marry his female interpreter and take her to England and possibly the United States.

Downtown Express photo by jefferson Siegel
Police arrested 36 cyclists at last Friday’s monthly Critical Mass ride Downtown.

Downtown Arts & Entertainment

Dance dignitary celebrates 30th anniversary
By Scott Harrah
Jonathan Hollander may not be the most famous choreographer in New York, but his ambitious creations and his outreach to both school kids and international communities have been receiving much fanfare from dance fans and the media in the U.S. and overseas.

Familiar terrain: unwelcome Americans in a strange land
By Scott Harrah
At a time when America is being harshly criticized by some for its cultural imperialism in places like Iraq, Warren Leight’s brilliant Off-Broadway play “No Foreigners Beyond This Point,” set in a village outside of Guangdong (Canton), China circa 1980, offers a disturbing, topical look at what happens when Americans try to make a difference abroad.

Fall films focus on relationships gone south
By Noah Fowle
Already making noise on the festival circuit, “Forty Shades of Blue” is a remarkable and harmonious combination of sounds and images that lay at the heart of great filmmaking.  Set in the music mecca of Memphis, Tennessee, the movie, which won the Sundance Grand Jury prize, follows the relationship of an aging blues producer, Alan (Rip Torn), his young girlfriend, Laura (Dina Korzun) and his estranged son, Michael (Darren Burrows).

Some people see dead people; she talks to James Dean
By Rachel Breitman
When Patricia A. Leone decided to write a memoir from the point of view of the late James Dean, she didn’t go to the library for her research. Instead, she sought answers from the only one who knew the truth about the short life of the iconic rebel: his ghost.

Playwright turns work abroad into thought-provoking hit back home
By Jerry Tallmer
Warren Leight glanced at the front page of that day’s New York Times, where a four-column picture topped Joseph Kahn’s story about Qin Yahong, a 35-year-old steel-mill worker in Henan Province, China, who, after three days and nights of torture by the police, had confessed to a rape and murder he did not commit, crimes for which he was condemned to death.

A new role for Jeff Daniels: the macho intellectual
By Rania Richardson
Hailed as one of the best films at this year’s New York Film Festival, “The Squid and the Whale” is a dramatic comedy that revolves around a divorcing couple and their two adolescent sons in 1980s Brooklyn. Writer/director Noah Baumbach, son of former “Village Voice” film critic Georgia Brown and writer Jonathan Baumbach, fictionalizes the true story of his family’s breakdown in an emotionally candid story.

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