THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 18 • Issue 25 | November 4 - 10, 2005


Community gains are making us believers
Recent exhilarating victories by community groups have us believing that great outcomes at the grassroots level can be accomplished if groups of individuals get together to build coalitions and do the hard work that needs to be done to achieve a goal.

Talking Point
Transit referendum — good for Downtown and beyond
By Scott Stringer
Years of neglecting to fund and fix our arteries of travel; our roads,bridges, subways, and trains, have left the infrastructure of New York in critical condition. On Election Day, we can take a vital step to make repairs and provide for our transportation needs in the 21st century.

More heat than light from Deutsche meeting demonstrators
By David Stanke
The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. recently sponsored an event on Oct. 24 to explain the removal of the infamous and contaminated Deutsche Bank building at 130 Liberty St.  Unfortunately, the meeting became a platform for grandstanding and press baiting.  Behind the commotion and smoke screen, no compelling issues surfaced. 

The Penny Post
The gnawer
By Andrei Codrescu
A rat gnaws at the heart. It’s a wooga-booga rat colagged from newspaper articles, sound bites from TV, bytes from the blogosphere, and shifting existential sand. I know this rat because I’ve created him at my work-table of doubt and confusion. The table itself, and its construction, is an interesting story, but I won’t get into it now because you, my reader, are not my shrink and I am not your patient.

Letters to the editor

Police Blotter


Downtown Briefs

Bike bender

In Pictures

Haunted park

Vincent Tatick, 65, Fulton Fish Market wholesaler
By Albert Amateau
Vincent J. Tatick, a longtime fish wholesaler in the Fulton Fish Market, died suddenly Mon. Oct. 31 at the age of 65.

Sports / Youth

Downtowners get a full weekend as chill drives out rain
Temperatures are dropping, but the Downtown Soccer League hasn’t cooled down. Teams played tough this weekend in the chilly weather.

Confessions of a recovering soccer mom
By Jane Flanagan
It’s time to come clean. I am in the soccer/Little League mom recovery program. Last year my behavior became so unstable, I knew I couldn’t continue. I needed help.

Youth Activities

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

Bob Townley of Manhattan Youth, left, spoke on Pier 25 Oct. 31, the night his lease expired for the pier, which will soon be demolished to build the Hudson River Park. He thanked many for their work on the pier including artist Xavier Rivera, second from the left, and Toby Young, right.

E.P.A. to change dust plan after rebuke
By Ronda Kaysen
The Environmental Protection Agency expects to release a new plan to sample Downtown and Brooklyn buildings for remaining World Trade Center dust in the next month, now that a panel of experts derailed its original efforts.

Finance board accuses Lopez of fraud
By Lincoln Anderson
The city’s Campaign Finance Board has put Councilmember Margarita Lopez on notice that it is considering assessing penalties against her for alleged violations of fraud, misrepresentation and improper payments involving her 2001 campaign finances.

Saying bye to Pier 25
By Josh Rogers
Bob Marley was singing “don’t worry ‘bout a thing” but Bob Townley was thinking less about reggae and worrying more about the funk.

Tribeca’s newest principal learned her trade in Tribeca
By Ronda Kaysen
When Maggie Siena learned through the grapevine that beloved principal Alyssa Polack was leaving P.S. 150, she knew the perfect opportunity had arrived. Within a matter of weeks, she was hired as Polack’s replacement and returned to the neighborhood where she began her career.

Two bus routes returning to Park Row Nov. 14
By Vanessa Romo
Two more city bus lines will be restored along pre-9/11 routes on Monday, Nov. 14, returning service through Park Row. The decision by the N.Y.P.D. to resume service of the M15 and B51 along their original routes has been long awaited by Chinatown residents and business owners, who have not had access to this section of the street since 2002.

Yankee may go down the river
Richard Mackenzie-Childs said when his Yankee Ferry has to leave Pier 25 Nov. 12 he hopes to have a new home secured at Pier A in Battery Park.

B.P.C. committee backs B-ball over tennis in park battle
By Ronda Kaysen
West Thames Park in Battery Park City will likely have the same activities it has now—basketball, community gardens, a tot lot and a dog run—when it is redesigned next spring as part of an overhaul of Route 9A.

With a new center, seniors finally have the floor
By Lincoln Anderson
To the pounding of a wooden kettledrum, clattering of cymbals and high stepping of traditional lion dancers, a new $7.3 million center for Chinatown seniors opened last Friday morning at Grand and Centre Sts.

City agrees to remove garbage trucks from park
By Albert Amateau
The eight-acre Gansevoort Peninsula, used for decades to park garbage trucks, burn trash and store highway salt, will be ready to become part of the Hudson River Park in January 2013, according to an agreement last week settling a lawsuit by Friends of Hudson River Park and a group of elected officials against the city.

Chinatown building evacuated because of carbon monoxide
By Daniel Wallace
The apartment building at 20 Mulberry St. was evacuated at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday morning due to an incident of carbon monoxide exposure resulting from a faulty water heater in the building’s basement.

Vintage shoe store finds a toehold on Hester St.
By Christie Rizk
Girls Love Shoes is not your average shoe store — it’s a history book of shoes within four walls. A cozy, small shop on the Lower East Side, Girls Love Shoes is a vintage shoe store, showroom and archive. The store’s owner, Zia Ziprin, is a fashion designer by trade, but got involved in buying and selling vintage shoes by accident some years ago.

Pulling the words from the ruins
By Charles Graeber
Poetry, says Lawrence Joseph, is the highest form of expression. The 58-year-old poet, who doubles as a law professor at St. John’s University, also believes it is the best medium in which to chronicle our times. Fortunately—or perhaps unfortunately—Joseph has a particularly good vantage point to do this sort of work: he happens to live just blocks from Ground Zero, the site of the biggest, paradigm-shifting event of the 21st century (thus far).

Downtown Arts & Entertainment

Refusing to paint the Promised Land in black and white
By Steven Snyder
Deceptively marketed by the movie industry as a “bold new call for peace,”
“Paradise Now,” an imported drama of anger, desolation and suicide bombers, thankfully towers above such clichés. It sees peace as one possible course of action, yes, but it is a triumph for a far different reason: It takes us to one of the darker corners of the world and helps us see why, for some, violence resonates when all hope is lost.

For one playwright, it’s all in the family
By Jerry Tallmer
Nobody listens to 15-year-old Thelma—not her mother, who’s all wrapped up in the world-shattering question of whether the den of their house in Paramus, New Jersey, should be painted beige; not Thelma’s vague-minded father, whose main focus in life is the boats he builds as a hobby; and certainly not Thelma’s 22-year-old sister Jennifer, the slim, beautiful, high-strung one who’s engaged to be married at the Ethical Culture to a really nice, really boring law student named Kevin.

Breaking the barrier between sound and movement
By Michael Clive
Meredith Monk, who will be honored in concert at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden on November 9 and 16, is often called America’s coolest composer. She is justifiably famous—a household name, in fact. Now if only more people knew just what it is that she does.

Making a lot of noise with one guitar
By Jason Gross
Firmly pegged as one of rock’s finest string-benders, guitarist Robert Fripp has been the common thread and guiding light of art-rock chameleons King Crimson since 1969. In the past thirty years, he’s also taken a variety of fascinating solo turns.

Blurring the line between fact, fiction, and ink blots
By Rachel Fershleiser
What do you get when you bring together a Christian theologian, an atheist logician, and a misunderstood psychologist who’s been dead for eighty years?

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