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

Editorial
E.P.A.’s new testing plan: another in a long line of failures
It helps to remember some chronology to understand the extent of the Environmental Protection Agency’s bad faith and shameless decisions this week regarding the environmental fallout from 9/11. Two years ago, Sen. Hillary Clinton got the agency to agree to appoint a panel to come up with a way to retest apartments for toxic chemicals from the collapse of the World Trade Center. This was in response to legitimate criticisms of the E.P.A.’s original program.

The Penny Post
Making a list, looking to collect
By Andrei Codrescu
I was making a list of who owes me money, and you won’t believe this: you’re on it. Just kidding. Sort of. I went through the obvious pretty fast: the government owes me for 40 years of pro-American feelings, but try and collect on that! I don’t care, just make good roads and get out of Iraq. Other countries owe me money, too, for unpaid good press and translation rights. Chief among those are Romania, France, Japan, and Croatia.

Notebook
Luxurious speeding in fantasy cars
By Wickham Boyle
There is a sexy, exhilarating sensation driving a fabulous car. Come on, we all know that there is a direct link from gear shift to human drive shaft; from sleek classic car to sultry partnering.
If you don’t know this, all you have to do is make a visit to the new Classic Car Club on Hudson St. tucked into a side street that slips into the Holland Tunnel.

Mourning the loss of the Fulton Fish Market
By John Ranard
Since 1822, fishmongers gutted and sold fish on the shores of the East River on Manhattan’s South St. The fattest seagulls in the city flew overhead. In the late night open air market wandered wholesale fish buyers, artists, tourists, the occasional gawker, late night beer revelers, and those who liked living in an area that smelled of real life. Robert Rauschenberg rented an attic loft studio nearby.

Letters to the editor

Police Blotter

UnderCover


Downtown Briefs
L.M.D.C. Alliance

Caroling at the Seaport

Obituary
Carmen Rubio, 66, L.E.S. housing activist
By Albert Amateau
Carmen Rubio, a neighborhood activist on the Lower East Side and for more than 10 years a staff member with Good Old Lower East Side died at her home on Avenue C on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24 at the age of 66.


Sports / Youth
Youth Activities
Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Sal Polisi, the South Street Seaport Museum’s wood carver, works away in his shop with the Peking ship at his back.


Carving a place in the Seaport
By Jane Flanagan
On any given day Sal Polisi can be found in his shop hammering and chiseling on anything from a decaying ship’s wheel to a life-sized wooden British sea captain. He works the way any seaside woodcarver might have in the 19th century and arrives early in the morning, six days a week.

NEWS
E.P.A. changes plan — Clinton, Dowtowners fume
By Ronda Kaysen
The Environmental Protection Agency abandoned a plan to test and clean apartments and offices in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn this week, instead limiting its efforts to residences and commercial spaces south of Canal St. and excluding workplaces altogether.

Yankee is forced out at home
By Josh Rogers
After a tense week of lockouts, charges and countercharges about endangering the historic Yankee Ferry in the Hudson River Park, the Yankee’s park career neared what could be its final day as the owners prepared to tug the ship to a new home in New Jersey to make room for construction of the park’s Tribeca section.


INSIDE


Parks & poverty top list for Chinatown’s new business leader
By Caitlin Eichelberger
Wellington Chen, a longtime community advocate, urban planner and urban affairs specialist, was appointed executive director of the Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corporation last Friday. During his tenure at the Partnership, Chen said he expects Chinatown to earn its bragging rights as the greatest Chinatown in the country through stabilizing living conditions, revitalizing business and nurturing culture in the neighborhood.

Pols hail Goldman for building new headquarters
By Josh Rogers
Four years after the Civil War, Marcus Goldman went to 130 Pine St. to set up what was to become one of the world’s largest investment banks, Goldman Sachs. His eventual successor, Henry M. Paulson, Jr. said Tuesday that he wants the firm’s stay in Lower Manhattan to extend into the 22nd century.

Tribeca sisters find their way back to map-and-print shop
By Caitlin Eichelberger
Following a five-year hiatus, Pageant Print Shop, specializing in affordable antique prints and maps, is returning from the virtual world to the real. The store’s latest bricks-and-mortar location, 69 E. Fourth St., between the Bowery and Second Ave., opened last month, and is the fifth in its 50-year history.

Girl dies suddenly for unknown reasons in Chinese school
By Daniel Wallace
Tragedy befell the Shuang Wen School in the Lower East Side Tuesday with a small, but sickening thud. A five-year-old girl, Jasmine Man, died after she fell unconscious in her first grade class at Shuang Wen.

L.M.D.C. funds emergency team for Deutsche building
By Ronda Kaysen
The Community Emergency Response Team in Battery Park City is being expanded to cover the neighborhood near 130 Liberty St., an office tower that was contaminated and damaged in the World Trade Center disaster and is now being demolished.


Bella Meyer, Flower Vigilante
By Rachel Breitman
Bella Meyer picks the rainiest, cloudiest, most miserable days to do her graffiti. She rises before rush hour, joins an elite swat team of coworkers and volunteers and prepares her artistic materials. Armed for the day’s task, they descend on the subway and downtown streets. Their goal: to beautify forgotten corners of Manhattan and add a blush of color to people’s lives. Their tools: tiny bouquets of flowers.



Downtown Arts & Entertainment

A life none too ordinaire
By Jerry Tallmer
Marie NDiaye never had a maid problem. She never had a maid, and she still doesn’t. She’s raised—is still raising—three children. And oh yes, she’s written 11 novels and two plays, one of which, “Hilda,” a prizewinner in France and now conveyed (in English) to an Off-Broadway theater called 59E59, is about a maid named Hilda and the Mrs. Lemarchand for whom she works. From her advantaged position as employer, the democracy-spouting Mrs. Lemarchand is hell bent on appropriating Hilda body and soul, over the futile resistance of Hilda’s husband.

Dance lovers won’t take this lying down—or will they?
By Michael Clive
When choreographer John Jasperse’s full-evening dance work “Prone” premieres at The Kitchen on December 2, the audience will be challenged — but possibly not surprised. “Jasperse is the kind of artist we love here,” says ultra-hip writer Stephen Greco, who sits on the advisory board of the ultra-hip arts center. “He’s dangerous.”

The high price of ‘Syriana’ crude
By Leonard Quart
Stephen Gaghan, who won an Oscar for Best Screenplay for the multi-narrative drug trade expose, “Traffic,” takes on the global oil industry in his new political thriller, “Syriana.” Like John Frankenheimer’s “Manchurian Candidate,” Alan Pakula’s “Parallax View,” and, most recently, Fernando Meirelles’ “The Constant Gardener,” it generally succeeds in making strong political points while providing the pleasure of pulsating suspense and action.


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