THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 18 • Issue 28 | Nov. 25 - Dec. 2, 2005

Keeping the fun in the games
 Last week we ran a picture of smiling soccer players congratulating each other after a Downtown Soccer League game. That is our image of the league – a place where coaches work hard to emphasize fun, sportsmanship and teamwork over competition. Soccer and Little League help knit this community together which is why we devote so much space and energy to highlighting it. However, in two recent incidents, one in the D.S.L. and one in the Downtown United Soccer Club, parents and kids have crossed the line into disturbing and inappropriate behavior.

Yankee truce

The Penny Post
As time goes by
By Andrei Codrescu
“Look at what happened,” mother said pointing at CNN. I looked up from the newspaper I was reading at her behest because she wanted me to read the jokes in the media organ of the retirement community where she lives. Suicide bombers on CNN kind of interfered with my complete understanding of a Britney Spears joke that ends, “I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman.”

Letters to the editor

Police Blotter


Downtown Briefs

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel
Working umbrellas were in short supply Tuesday as Stuyvesant high school made their way home.

Sports / Youth

Downtown soccer season ends with new trophies, cold weather and hot chocolate
The Downtown Soccer League concluded its 2005 season this weekend, and after 11 weeks of play, players took home their trophies to party with friends.

Youth Activities

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

Victoria MacKenzie-Childs was stuck on Pier 25 Tuesday because the Hudson River Park Trust changed the lock combination in an effort to get she and her husband to move the historic Yankee Ferry off the pier. Her husband is able to climb over the fence.

Trapped on Pier 25 — Yankee’s owners send out S.O.S.
By Josh Rogers
The Hudson River Park Trust locked the Yankee Ferry owners on Pier 25 Monday in a move some fear could jeopardize the safety of the historic vessel.

No more toys at the Seaport for H.I.V. tots
By Caitlin Eichelberger
Imagine Santa without his workshop.
That is how the staff and volunteers of the Children’s Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to helping children affected by H.I.V. and AIDS, are operating this year. The foundation’s annual toy and gift drive, which provides as many as 17,000 new, age-appropriate gifts to children and teens in New York City, is without a headquarters this holiday.

Acupuncture a tool to prevent Chinatown suicides
By Ellen Keohane
In a sunny room on the second floor of the American Legion on Canal St. about 20 people sat in folding chairs, some with their eyes closed, listening to ambient music played on a nearby boom box. Photographs of veterans lined the walls of the room above a floor of red, white and blue tiles. “Breathe out,” said Frances Wong as she slowly inserted the first of five thin, stainless steel needles into one woman’s right ear.


Falling Deutsche glass hits Albany St.
By Ronda Kaysen
Fragments of glass fell from the former Deutsche Bank building onto a sidewalk shed and onto Albany St. last week. Although there were no injuries, the incident raised concerns from neighborhood residents about safety at the building, which is being demolished.

Leaders look to help businesses pushed out by subway project
By Ronda Kaysen
A group of small business owners who will be displaced by a new Fulton St. subway hub is getting the attention of local politicians and Downtown business leaders as the witching hour approaches.

Seaport’s cadaver exhibit sparks lively debate
By Daniel Wallace
Three weeks after the costumes of Halloween have been stashed away, New Yorkers once again have the opportunity to see some grotesquery: only this time it’s real.

Some Southbridge privatization advocates criticize committee
By Vanessa Romo
Some Southbridge Towers residents who have been waiting more than 15 years for an opportunity to withdraw from the Mitchell-Lama program, fear the committee appointed to oversee a privatization study is biased and plans to obstruct the dissolution process.

Downtown Democrat one of 7 vying to succeed Gifford Miller
By Andy Humm
City Councilmember Christine Quinn made her public debut as a candidate to succeed Gifford Miller as Council speaker with six other hopefuls at a forum November 17. If elected by a vote of the 51-member Council on January 4, Quinn would hold what is arguably the second most powerful office in New York City and would be the first out gay or lesbian official in the post.

Green roofs are growing in New York, but slowly
By Daniel Wallace
Community arts center ABC No Rio is renovating its notoriously dilapidated four-story tenement building at 156 Rivington St. on the Lower East Side in the fashion of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Well, sort of.

Downtown Arts & Entertainment

Meet the Melroses: St. Aubyn’s fictional, dysfunctional family
By Aileen Torres
The nuclear family figures prominently in the English author Edward St. Aubyn’s latest novel, “Mother’s Milk,” but don’t expect this book to be another humdrum literary take on the seamy underbelly of suburbia.

‘Ice Harvest’ is full of holiday jeers
By Noah Fowle
Like the ubiquitous Christmas decorations that sprout up before Thanksgiving, “The Ice Harvest” is the first, yuletide-themed film to arrive in theaters. Unfortunately, it serves only to remind us of the more shallow aspects of the most wonderful time of the year. A poor excuse for a black comedy, it wraps a barely-there crime plot and paper-thin characters in some obvious gags and holiday misanthropy.

The accidental jazz den
By Rick Marx
From one room with a toaster oven in 1979, the Cornelia Street Café has graduated to a full-fledged Village fixture, replete with restaurant, bar and a performing space that hosts 700 concerts a year. For jazz lovers, music is the main draw, and the café’s monthly calendar of events reflects a refined menu of sophisticated and eclectic talent.

Worth the wait (more or less)
By Jerry Tallmer
I don’t know whether Samuel Beckett ever saw the great old American vaudeville team of Smith & Dale or, more likely, some British music hall equivalent. In any event, what’s being billed as “the 50th anniversary production” of “Waiting for Godot” at the Theatre at St. Clement’s goes back, more or less happily for all of us, to those marvelous old vaudeville roots.

Even on the set, Mideast tensions arise
By Jerry Tallmer
Her pause—five seconds of silence—spoke louder than words. The question had been: In the making of the movie “Private,” which throws together seven Palestinians and four Israelis in a two-story house that becomes a sort of cage for all of them—had life by any chance imitated art?

Play on fugues is far from formulaic
By Steve Snyder
Throughout Pam MacKinnon’s energized production of Itamar Moses’ oft-silly, but intellectually involving “Bach at Leipzig,” two prominent wooden doors stand watch in the background, towering over the action. The focal point of the stage, and in many ways the subtle centerpiece of the story, these brown doors are gestured to, massaged and even embraced by the characters. They are the doors through which history will be made, and through which these characters, trapped perpetually in history’s waiting room, will never be allowed to pass.

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