THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 18 • Issue 26 | November 11 - 17, 2005

If you’ve got it, spend it, Mr. Mayor
New York City wisely gave Mike Bloomberg a clear mandate Tuesday to run City Hall for four more years. For the most part, the mayor has had good instincts when he has tackled problems in Lower Manhattan and across the city and we are optimistic he will spend his newfound political capital smartly.

The Penny Post
Why are Americans like sheep?
By Andrei Codrescu
The Gas Riots of 2005… not. When the price of gas went over $3 per gallon you’d have expected mobs to burn down a few cars. True, there was some talk of alternative energy and a lot of furious e-mail forwarding, which is America’s most radical activity these days, but there was hardly a peep from the populace.

Letters to the editor

Police Blotter


Downtown Briefs

AAFE receives $200,000

9A reconstruction open house

Drawing Center to get $10 million

Sports / Youth

Hearts vs. Motherwell

Weather warms up for soccer action
West Ham vs. Ipswich
The long awaited match-up between two undefeated Junior 6 teams, West Ham and Ipswich, did not disappoint.

League tightens rules after soccer match altercation
By Jefferson Siegel
At the Downtown Soccer League this past weekend, as teams battled to score goals on the playing field, several parents got carried away with their enthusiasm, which led to two unfortunate incidents involving parents and players.

Stumbling early can lead to better paths
By Jane Flanagan
I recently discovered that one of my favorite writers, E.B. White, failed as a press guy. “As a newspaper reporter I was almost useless,” he said, reflecting on his early career. I love this story. Maybe White wasn’t cut out for the relentless, tedious grind of the city room, but boy was he cut out for writing.

Youth Activities

Photo by Carlos Sanchez/ Photo Designs

Downtown Little League’s Gabe Kleiman was mobbed at home Sunday after his extra-inning hit knocked in the winning run to take the Diamond Pros Tournament in Rockaway.


Scrappy Dogs upset top teams in baseball tourney
By Caitlin Eichelberger
Never disregard the underdog.
The Downtown Little League’s Downtown Dogs, the league’s first-ever fall traveling team organized only two months ago, defeated elite teams from across the New York area last weekend in the Diamond Pros Tournament on Ft. Tilden at Breezy Point in Rockaway. Downtown Dogs

Seaport nostalgic as fish market may swim away this weekend
By Ronda Kaysen
Talk this week that the Fulton Fish Market might actually leave the South Street Seaport after nearly a year of successive delays stirred bittersweet feelings in the community that has housed the market here for almost two centuries.

Bloomberg and Mendez both win easily
By Lincoln Anderson
There were no dramatic recounts, no disputed votes, no anxious analyses of whether vote totals didn’t jibe with early exit polls. Not this time. No way. Mayor Mike Bloomberg proved that, for once, polls in fact can be accurate, as he trounced Fernando Ferrer in the mayoral race.

Calatrava tower construction on hold, seeking buyers
By Daniel Wallace
The Manhattan developer Frank J. Sciame has adopted an inverted parody of the Field of Dreams motto for the construction of the proposed Calatrava residential tower on 80 South Street: if they come, build it.

Slow-moving path to W.T.C. retail
By Ronda Kaysen
Community Board 1 members weighed in on retail at the new PATH station planned for the World Trade Center, voicing concerns about the pace of the redevelopment, a desire for street level stores and anxiety that retail might ultimately be derailed by the same forces that unraveled the cultural center at the site.

Residents rail against bars at an L.E.S. town hall
By Albert Amateau
A town hall meeting organized by a coalition of Lower East Side and East Village block associations attracted more than 300 residents last week to protest the proliferation of bars and lounges in the neighborhood.

Kaufman and Freidman hope to run for Sanders’s seat
By Lincoln Anderson
While all eyes were focused on Tuesday’s elections, a special election could be shaping up in a few months to fill Assemblymember Steve Sanders’ seat. Just a few weeks ago, Sanders announced that after 28 years in the Assembly, he plans to retire from the Legislature at the end of this year.

Seaport nostalgic as fish market may swim away this weekend
By Ronda Kaysen
Talk this week that the Fulton Fish Market might actually leave the South Street Seaport after nearly a year of successive delays stirred bittersweet feelings in the community that has housed the market here for almost two centuries.

Leaving levers behind; voting is going electronic
By Ronda Kaysen
When New Yorkers cranked arcane metal levers from left to right to cast their ballots on Tuesday, they did so for one of the last times. By the next election, every polling station will have at least one new voting machine. And in 2007, every single mechanical booth in the city will be replaced with modern voting technology. But a battle is raging over just what sort of technology the state should use.

East Side designer attracts West Coast

Downtown Arts & Entertainment

Are Elizabethan men necessary?
By Rachel Breitman
Rebecca Patterson did not name The Queen’s Company after the borough.
Instead, she chose the moniker for her all-female productions of classic comedies and dramas to honor early British performance groups like the Duke’s Company and the King’s Company, with a nod to a diverse group of queens who inspired her work, from Cleopatra to Queen Latifah.

The bloodless battle
By Steven Snyder
Most American wars, declared and undeclared, have been given their due on the silver screen, from “The Patriot” to “Black Hawk Down.” Now, along comes “Jarhead,” perhaps the bravest and most complicated film about modern war and the Gulf War generation.

Sweets and the City
By Bonnie Rosenstock
This week, life in the Big Apple will be a little bit sweeter as the Eighth Annual Chocolate Show returns to tantalize taste buds from Thursday, November 10 to Sunday, November 13, at the Metropolitan Pavilion and Altman Building, 125 West 18th Street. The scrumptious show will feature 75 brands of chocolate for sampling and purchasing from old favorites like Guittard, Neuchatel, Felchlin, Knipschildt and Schokinag.

Moonwalk meets Stravinsky in hip-hop ballet
By Sara G. Levin
Delicately, then fiercely, Keely Wright introduces the all-female “hip-hop ballet,” Decadance vs. The Firebird, by softly writhing her arms and torso, then slashing her elbows and knees in hatchet-like thrusts. Loosely based on the Michel Fokine’s 1910 Firebird—the Russian folktale of prince Ivan lost in an evil forest and saved by a magical bird—Decadance Theatre director Jennifer Weber pits streetwise princess Iva against b-girl thugs who compete for respect in popping and locking duels.

Karmas collide in ‘The Dying Gaul’
By Noah Fowle
Wrapping his audience up in an intoxicating blend of suspense and heartbreak, Craig Lucas has created a seamless reinvention of his play in “The Dying Gaul,” his directorial debut. Unnerving in its believability, the story, set in the mid-nineties, hovers on timeless themes of betrayal, power, and sex. Thanks in part to the performances by the three leads, the story surpasses that of a common thriller, and its stunning climax elevates the film to the level of Greek Tragedy.

Using gallery walls to tear one down in the Middle East
By Tim Chan
When artist Seth Tobocman visited war-torn Ramallah in 2002, he found a city besieged by violence and uncertainty. He also found a fertile ground for compelling art.

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