THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 18 • Issue 30 | December 9 - 15, 2005

City must balance needs of residents and nightlife better
When one thinks of New York City one of the things that springs to mind for many is nightlife. As everyone knows, the Big Apple is known as the city that never sleeps. Yet, the fact is, most people who actually live here do usually want to sleep, and therein lies the problem.

Talking Point
Open up to closing off Cortlandt St.
By David Stanke
Do you want your retail back?
The most significant 9/11 loss of facilities for the World Trade Center community, was the retail shopping concourse. It was our town center. All community redevelopment discussions stress the importance of retail facilities. Port Authority plans to maximize the retail given site limitations by putting a Winter Garden-like enclosure over Cortlandt St. between Church and Greenwich. Anyone working in the World Financial Center or living in Battery Park City understands how important the Winter Garden is as a pedestrian walkway and retail center. It is the glue of commercial, neighborhood and tourist communities.

The Penny Post
Tone of voice
By Andrei Codrescu
The hardest task of the ordinary citizen now is to know just what tone to take with those who decide one’s fate. It was easier back when one might, theoretically, encounter the powers face to face. In those days, words were accompanied with body language, and when one got to the end of words with a boss or a bureaucrat, one could simply end the conversation by slugging him.

Downtown Express photo by Q. Sakamaki
The names of millions of people who have died from AIDS were read at City Hall Park last Thursday in honor of World aids day.

Letters to the editor

Police Blotter


Downtown Briefs

Water Tunnel project

Board 3 votes to revoke Mission’s club’s license, as police crack down

A tree moves in Tribeca

Snow marvelers

Folk music for B.P.C. folks

Sports / Youth

Youth Activities

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

Kevin Cunningham of 3-Legged Dog in the art space he hopes to open as early as next month. The space is in the Greenwich Street South area where there are long-range redevelopment plans that may force him to move.

Art group presses to open despite struggles
By Ronda Kaysen
When World Trade Center Tower 7 crashed down on 3-Legged Dog’s West Broadway headquarters on Sept. 11, executive director Kevin Cunningham expected it would take his organization a few years to get back on its feet. He laid off all but two of his 27 employees, temporarily suspended salaries and stopped production for eighteen months.

W.T.C. memorial official: Waterfalls will close in winter
By Ronda Kaysen
Waterfalls cascading nearly 30 feet to reflecting pools below-a hallmark of the World Trade Center memorial-will be shut off several months of the year because of weather and cost, redevelopment officials said this week.

Silverstein bond fight creates new friends and foes
By Josh Rogers
Maybe it’s time to update the cliché. World Trade Center politics makes strange bedfellows.
The push by Larry Silverstein to get the remaining $3.35 billion in tax-free Liberty Bonds immediately so he can begin to build five offices at the site, has reshuffled the deck of allies and foes at the W.T.C. Consider:

Waiting for cries of ‘Yankee come home’
The historic Yankee Ferry left Tribeca Sat., Dec. 3 on a tug boat — the same way it came into the neighborhood 15 years ago. The Hudson River Park Trust closed the Yankee’s home at Pier 25 at the end of October to begin construction on the Tribeca section of the 5.5-mile riverside park.


B.P.C. ferry terminal’s costs go up with project delays
By Ronda Kaysen
A new commuter ferry terminal in Battery Park City will take six months longer to complete and cost $13.5 million more to build, Port Authority officials said Tuesday.

Hudson Park officers to get sensitivity, courtesy training
By Lincoln Anderson
Park Enforcement Patrol officers in the Hudson River Park will receive supplemental training to equip them to deal with specific conditions and complaints of park users that have arisen in the 5-mile-long park in the two years since it opened.

Avenue B dragnet targets clubs, cabs, rowdy drinkers
By Lincoln Anderson
Inundated by complaints about noise from raucous bargoers and taxi horn honking, police blitzed Avenue B with a full-scale “shock-and-awe” operation last Friday night.

Former Downtown D.J. leads drive for clean-burning fuel
By Daniel Wallace
Imagine sunlight turned into music. Imagine motion powered by plants. Imagine all the people, living in harmony. O.K., scratch that last line, and instead of a poetic future vision you’ll have the realistic portrait of a modern machine.

Protest group criticizes state compensation bill
By Daniel Wallace
A small group of protestors gathered Wednesday at noon across the street from Governor Pataki’s Midtown office building to denounce his proposed Workers’ Compensation bill, announced early in November, and his alteration of the Family Health Plus insurance application.

Downtown Arts & Entertainment

A tale of two Alberts
By Jerry Tallmer
They are both, as it happens, named Albert.
Here is the first Albert, giving a little demonstration lecture:
“Newton, forgive me,” he says. “About gravity, it is not a force. It is a field.”

The high, low, and in between of Townes Van Zandt
By Noah Fowle
Early on in the documentary “Be Here to Love Me,” Townes Van Zandt explains that he always had a loose plan for his songs to far outshine himself. His resulting life story isn’t sad so much as it is hopeless. Following the folk troubadour from his experimental days to acceptance (and ultimately reverence) from his peers, first-time director Margaret Brown captures a man caught up in the excess of the 60s and his own demons.

Oscar odds good for ‘Mrs. Henderson Presents’
By Rania Richardson
“She was outrageous and mischievous. And she was blatantly rude. I loved it,” says Judi Dench on playing the lead in “Mrs. Henderson Presents.”

Growing panes: Streetside art depicts immigrant experience
By Laura Silver
Forget Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and Saks. Four window displays on Orchard Street, created by artist Tomie Arai in collaboration with recent immigrants enrolled in a workshop at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, showcase the often-untold experiences of New Yorkers from foreign lands.

Musicianship of high order marks AIDS Day remembrance
By Michael Clive
Potent choices of time and place magnified the impact of the fine musical performances last Thursday, December 1 at the Benson AIDS Series concert, held each year in honor of World AIDS Day. As part of the “Concerts at One” series at Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel, the free concert provided a fuller artistic experience in one lunch hour than most expensive uptown tickets deliver in a full evening.

Thespian smackdown
By Rachel Fershleiser
Don’t be fooled by the black-turtlenecks-and-clove-cigarettes connotation of the term “slam.” The Manhattan Monologue Slam, the latest installment of which took place on December 5th, is not poetry, performance art, spoken word, stand up, or storytelling. It is only, in the concise words of co-founder Robert Galinsky, “actors acting.”

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