THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 18 • Issue 35 | January 13 - 19, 2006

Congratulations to Quinn and Mendez
Christine Quinn’s ascendancy to the City Council speakership a week ago is a stunning accomplishment of historic proportions. She is the first woman to occupy the post and perhaps even more significantly the first gay person to be speaker.

Drawing on the Seaport’s strengths

Letters to the editor

Under Cover

Police blotter

Talking point
Learning from ‘Little House,’ even as an adult
By Jane Flanagan
Somehow I got through my childhood without reading or being read any children’s classics (Long story!). So now that I’m a parent, I’m reading all of this stuff for the first time. But I’m not complaining. We just finished the “Little House on the Prairie” series and it was a thrill joining my kid in the discovery of 19th century pioneer life. I also learned some key grown-up writer lessons, too.

The Penny Post
What’s a plug between friends?
By Andrei Codrescu
When the world’s leaking you gotta plug it. I’m not sure what plumber in the past uttered those unforgettable words, but it all came back to me when a friend from Boulder wrote to me that I should plug some recent book. Not long after that, there came another message, asking me if I might plug some other book, and then one after another, for about a week, people wrote and called with urgent requests for “plugging” some time-consuming object. Few things irritate me more than requests to use my little public forum to plug this or that. First of all, if I like something, I’ll plug it unbidden or even do an unasked-for tie-in product placement.

In Pictures

Loneliness of the Winter Garden runner

It’ll grow back

From the womb to the room

4.65 billion reasons why I should rebuild, Silverstein says
By Josh Rogers
Larry Silverstein sits confidently in his empty office tower with views of the hole in the ground at the World Trade Center site as well as the two large buildings still damaged almost 4 1/2 years after the Sept. 11 attack. The mayor and the Port Authority, two of the W.T.C. power brokers, are not convinced that Silverstein is the man to develop all of the W.T.C.

Officials reverse stream on waterfalls
By Ronda Kaysen
Redevelopment officials devised a way to keep waterfalls cascading into the World Trade Center Memorial year round, a reversal from a previous decision that the waterfalls would be shut off during the winter months.

Downtown Express photo by David Hires

David Spelman, co-founder of the New York Guitar Festival and Nebraska Project curator

Boss’s acoustic album to rock Winter Garden
By Nicole Davis
Six years ago, the director of New York’s Guitar Festival, David Spelman, bought a home in New Jersey, only to find out it lacked one essential feature: an album by the Garden State’s legendary native son.

Tribeca garages likely to go condo
A pair of garages on Laight St. might soon be transformed into a luxury residential building, if the developer can successfully woo two city agencies.

Tenants displaced after King St. fire
By Tonya Garcia
A three-alarm fire broke out in a six-floor residential building in Hudson Square on January 9, causing heavy damage and relocation of the building’s tenants. No one was seriously injured but one firefighter hurt his knee putting out the blaze.

Work to demolish damaged Fiterman Hall may actually begin
By Ronda Kaysen
City University of New York has taken steps to demolish a contaminated building damaged in the World Trade Center disaster and will present its plans to the Environmental Protection Agency as early as this week.


2nd Ave. Deli is in a pickle after rent hike forces closure
By Roslyn Kramer
For more than a week now the once hectic corner of Tenth St. and Second Ave. has been dark and bleak, its lively if not frenetically informative storefront barely visible behind the steel gate that bars the entrance 24/7. The 2nd Ave. Deli, its name written in florid pseudo-Hebrew lettering on the blue canopy, was shuttered by owner Jack Lebewohl on Mon. Jan. 2, more than a week ago in a dramatic yet puzzling response to a rent increase by the new owner of the building, Jonis Realty.

Ride to honor the 21 cyclists killed in 2005
By Jefferson Siegel
About 150 cyclists honored the 21 bikers killed in city traffic accidents in 2005 with a five-borough ride Sunday that ended in Lower Manhattan.

Thursday architecture lectures
The 2nd Annual Downtown Third Thursdays, which begins this month, aims to highlight the architecture in Lower Manhattan.

Downtown Arts & Entertainment

Amateur musicians with a reason to believe
By Frank Farina
In the early 1970’s, it was never uncommon to see an unknown Bruce Springsteen stun the crowd at The Bitter End with just one guitar and his tainted suburban swagger. Riding in from Asbury Park, roaming around Greenwich Village: it’s how he initially gained a tight following.

A different kind of survivor’s tale
By Leonard Quart
Based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Hungarian Nobel-Prize winner, Imre Kertesz and directed by Oscar-nominated cinematographer, Lajos Koltai, “Fateless” provides a very different approach to the Holocaust than the brilliantly manipulative and dramatically exciting Hollywood epic “Schindler’s List.” At the film’s heart is an innocent fourteen-year-old assimilated Jewish boy, Gyuri Koves (Marcell Nagy), who in 1944 is arrested and deported from Budapest to Auschwitz by Hungarian fascists The Iron Cross. He ends up being shipped from one concentration camp to another, and ultimately, saved by political prisoners, ends up in the Buchenwald camp clinic. There he recovers from a brush with death, before being liberated by the Americans.

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