THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 18 • Issue 21 | October 14 - 20, 2005

Editorial
Solving PEP problems
While other New York City parks may lack for adequate security, that can’t be said of Hudson River Park.
Defense of the arts
When we went to press with our editorial last Wednesday, most of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation’s board of directors were continuing their public silence on Gov. George Pataki’s unilateral and misguided decision to ignore the L.M.D.C.’s public process.


Appeal to a higher power

Letters to the editor

C.B. 1 Meetings

Under Cover

News Briefs
McCall leaves Gerson office

Flooding traffic on Canal

Talking point
Freedom Center decision proves democracy works
By Rachel Snyder
When the announcement came last month that the International Freedom Center had been scrapped, I felt, if not outright elation, at least a sense of satisfaction.

The Penny Post
Keep the Sabbath
By Andrei Codrescu
Years ago, my friend Myron Katz, gave me this advice: “Keep the Sabbath.” That’s all.

Photo Feature

Chelsea friendly

You barely look a day over 99

Columbus Day in Columbus Park

Youth
Anchoring reading habits to a sunken ship
By Jane Flanagan
I hear that part of Pier A in Battery Park might be used for a museum on the Titanic. Terrific, just what I need — unfettered access to the Titanic. My 7-year-old son Rusty, is, well, let’s just say he’s very interested in the ship.

Listings for Kids

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Fulton Fish Market workers this summer before a judge ordered a halt to the market’s move to the Bronx.

Fish Market move on ice, but mongers ready to swim
By Ronda Kaysen
Ask David Samuels why he’s still selling fish from a stall on South St. and you’ll get an earful.


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NEWS
Shops moving to make room for train project
By Ronda Kaysen
It’s never easy owning a small business in Manhattan. Rent is high, competition is fierce and customers are fickle. But some shop owners near the Fulton subway station face a new obstacle: eminent domain.

Park peppered with PEP questions
By Lincoln Anderson
Whether Park Enforcement Patrol officers in Hudson River Park are providing too much enforcement — or too little — was a hot topic of debate at two recent meetings. Known as PEP’s for short, the green-uniform-wearing officers have police powers, but don’t carry handguns. Although the Hudson River Park is administered by a state-city authority, the Hudson River Park Trust, the Trust has contracted with the city Parks Department for the PEP’s to patrol the 5-mile-long waterfront park along the Hudson River.



Robberies, burglaries up in Downtown precinct
Burglaries in the First Precinct have increased so far this year compared to last year but the upturn has been in office break-ins rather than residential, according to Capt. Anthony Bologna, commanding officer of the Lower Manhattan precinct.

Board objects to idea to build on playground
By Claire F. Hamilton
Community Board 1 might like the idea of a revitalized Fulton St., but not at the expense of precious open space.

Southbridge residents face two votes on rent future
By Vanessa Romo
Southbridge Towers shareholders will again vote on a resolution to begin a study on the effects of privatizing the Mitchell-Lama co-op on Oct. 19 and 20. But a second vote on Oct. 26 and 27 may render the study unnecessary, if a majority of shareholders elects to remain in the Mitchell-Lama J-51 program, which grants tax exemptions and capital improvement support, for another 15 years.

This Yankee may be out for more than a season
By Ellen Keohane
First built as a luxury steamboat in 1907, the Yankee Ferry transported immigrants to and from Ellis Island, patrolled East Coast waters during both World Wars and served as the Block Island ferry for close to 40 years. Now too fragile to carry passengers, the vessel has sat at Pier 25 in Tribeca for the past 15 years, undergoing much needed renovations. But as of Nov. 13, the ferry will need to move once again. Piers 25 and 26, rotting and beyond repair, need to be replaced. So the Yankee, along with Pier 25 and 26’s other residents, is getting evicted.

The Red Cross provides aid to Chinatown and L.E.S.
By Lincoln Anderson
A Chinatown civic and business group and Community Board 3 both got some first aid last Thursday. Each group has been awarded a Sept. 11 Recovery Grant by the American Red Cross Liberty Disaster Relief Fund to help improve the community.

Artist takes on new role as hepatitis C spokesperson
By Ronda Kaysen
Penny Arcade is accustomed to being noticed. The 55-year-old performance artist has been a poster child for the East Village avant-garde art scene since Andy Warhol roamed the city. In recent years she’s become a vocal proponent for artists living in this increasingly gentrified neighborhood.

Board 3 gets S.L.A. to cut flow of licenses, at least in one case
By Ellen Keohane
In the war against bar proliferation in the East Village, Community Board 3 recently won what the board’s chairperson, called a major victory.

A view of Shanghai coming to a building near you
By Caitlin Eichelberger
The hustle and bustle of two Asian cities will compete with the flurry of Chinatown’s street activity next week.


Downtown Arts & Entertainment

Romancing the saddle: the Wild West writ large in Oppenheimer play
By Jerry Tallmer
Garrett Ayers was a 9-year-old kid in Kalamazoo, Michigan, when Joel Oppenheimer was dying in New Hampshire in 1988. Gaunt, great-souled Joel Oppenheimer, a poet, playwright, scholar, baseball nut, congenital rebel, Village Voice columnist, denizen of the Lion’s Head and other south-of-14th-Street watering spots, was safely in the big sleep when 23-year-old Garrett Ayers first read “The Great American Desert,” in a 1960s collection of Off-Off-Broadway plays. The year was 2002.

Dance
Dancing Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass
By Elaine Stuart
New Yorkers will have more than one chance to see cutting-edge contemporary dance this month; in fact, they’ll have close to 100. That’s the number of dance companies in the 2005 DUMBO Dance Festival this month.



Cartographer of grief: Didion maps her dark places in new memoir
By Sari Globerman
On December 30, 2003, five days after their daughter, Quintana Roo Dunne Michael, was hospitalized for pneumonia, Joan Didion’s husband, John Gregory Dunne, suffered a fatal heart attack while sitting down to dinner. So sudden was his death, so ordinary were the circumstances that Didion first took it for a joke. “John was talking,” she writes, with characteristic understatement. “Then he wasn’t.”

Calling all crumpers: ‘Sides’ pokes fun at auditioning
by Josh Rogers
If you ever worry that there aren’t many good playwrights for the theater anymore, take heart, because six actors are showing off their skills every night at The Culture Project on Bleecker Street. “Sides: The Fear is Real” is written and performed by six Asian-American actors who know all too well how ridiculous actors, casting directors, and auditions can be.

Dark Star: Solo artist Swati changes her trajectory
By Shana Liebman
I first met Swati Sharma at Crash Mansion, five minutes after she played an amazing, soulful show for an overwhelmingly appreciative audience. She seemed utterly depressed.

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