THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 18 • Issue 38 | February 3 - 9, 2006

Planning a sensible zoning for north Tribeca 
The City Planning Department should begin to take the same type of community leadership role in north Tribeca that it has shown the last three years in adjacent Hudson Square.
Amanda Burden, City Planning’s commissioner, recently wrote a strong letter to the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals opposing a zoning variance for the proposed Arman Building in Hudson Square.

Letters to the editor

Under Cover

Talking point
The mayor’s the problem, Silverstein’s the solution
By David Stanke
Mayor Bloomberg and his City Planning Department repeatedly criticize Larry Silverstein for delaying World Trade Center redevelopment. They simultaneously challenge the commercial viability of the site, undercutting business confidence. Against the contradictory and misleading rhetoric streaming from the mayor’s office stands a clear and confident symbol for the future of Lower Manhattan: World Trade Center 7, developed by Larry Silverstein.

The Penny Post
Librarians’ shameful silence on Cuba
By Andrei Codrescu
I was born in a place where people were forbidden to read most of what we consider the fundamental books of Western civilization. Being found in possession of a book such as George Orwell’s “1984” could land one in prison for years. My good luck was to meet Dr. Martin in my adolescence. Dr. Martin was a retired professor who had collected and kept in his modest three-room apartment the best of interwar Romanian literature.

Police Blotter

In Briefs
ISO Tribeca film volunteers

City agrees to make underground fuel tanks comply

Restaurant in the Woolworth Building

Community band seeks players who toot their own horns

Downtown Kobe

Coast washes away

Hungry body
Graffiti on a poster promoting a controversial cadaver exhibit at the South Street Seaport may help or hurt business at Ray’s Candy Store on E. 7th St. Owner Ray Alvarez of Ray’s Candy Store always says his Belgian fries do a body good, although some may see the sign as a warning.

Youth/ Sports
Image is everything for a child
By Jane Flanagan
Heading out the door the other morning, I was schlepping the usual load — purse, laptop and a kid’s backpack. My son, Rusty, 7, never wants to carry his pack. Being a battle-weary mom, I long since decided that this was one skirmish I was not going to pick. Besides, a block from school he always makes the same request anyway, “Mom can I have my backpack?”

Downtown Express photo by Ramin Talaie

The city hopes to put a food market in the Battery Maritime Building.

City eyes Battery landmark for gourmet market on the water
By Ronda Kaysen
Foodies with a penchant for the perfect buffalo mozzarella and extra virgin olive oil might soon find their own version of Mecca at the edge of Lower Manhattan.

Canal knockoffs move to the backrooms
By Alex Schmidt
Trish and Kim didn’t realize how dazed they were until they were standing in line at the Chinatown Starbucks on Canal St.
“I’m shaking now,” Kim said Tuesday. “I didn’t realize how scared I was.”

Returning from a life walking the streets
By Ronda Kaysen
Anne Hanavan arrived at her Lower East Side shop in a leopard-print shirt, tight jeans and a bad mood. “Look,” she said, tugging open the steel grate, “If all you want is a story about a prostitute, I’m not interested. Go talk to someone else, there are plenty of former prostitutes around here.”


Island agency looks to score a summer hit with fields
By Ronda Kaysen
New Yorkers heading over to Governors Island this summer should pack their baseball mitts, because the ball fields will be open to the public for the first time in the island’s history.

Shopping-cart race delivers on a good time
Mushing shopping carts full of giant legs or other bizarre cargo and wearing costumes, 800 people in 125 teams participated in the annual Idiotarod race last Sunday afternoon.

Year of the Dog begins with a bang
Lunar New Year 4704, the Year of the Dog began Sunday in Chinatown with fireworks.

Designer brings light to Downtown projects
By Ronda Kaysen
Whoever said a six-story Con Edison substation couldn’t be pretty? The boxy structure that makes up the base of 7 World Trade Center will come to life next month, dazzling passersby with shimmering light emanating from within and cascading in from the outside. Yes, that’s right, a mammoth substation will be something other than an eyesore.

Home Depot hammering out lease at Hudson Square
By Alex Schmidt
Home Depot is getting close to an agreement to open a new store in Hudson Square.
The big box chain and Trinity Real Estate have been negotiating a lease for a 107,000-square-foot space at 345 Hudson St., between King and Charlton Sts., one block south of Houston St. Yancey Casey, a Home Depot spokesperson, said that the lease has not yet been signed but that “they are close,” while a spokesperson for Trinity, the property owner, confirmed that the two parties “are talking.”

Downtown Arts & Entertainment

Online ‘therapist’ hangs up shingle on East Seventh
By Nicole Davis
Last week, Adrianne Wortzel, an artist and professor of new media at New York City College of Technology, unveiled her latest installation, Eliza Redux (, an off-the-shelf robot that responds to questions posed by people online.

Digging through a used bag of narrative tricks
By Giles Harvey
Like all novels, Ali Smith’s “The Accidental” is about the horror of families. In England it has been named Whitbread Novel of the Year and has garnered an almost unanimous praise. One critic wrote that Smith “is one of our greatest imaginative writers.” Another critic (myself) is not so sure.

‘Love n’ Courage’
By Jerry Tallmer
April in Paris, February on First Avenue.
Monday, February 13, to be exact, when Crystal Field’s Theater for the New City, First Avenue and 10th Street, holds its 3rd annual “Love n’ Courage” champagne-supper bash, this one celebrating the life and lyrics of the great E.Y. “Yip” Harburg, whose “April in Paris” was the other side of his bitter, poignant Depression-era “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime” coin.

The emperor’s new clothes
By Jerry Tallmer
Papa Doc? Idi Amin?
No, this is Brutus Jones, sometime Pullman porter, sometime killer of an opponent in a crap game, who now, in some distant venue of palm trees, mountains, and jungle — dark, brooding jungle — has set up rule as a much-feared royal dictator, complete with palace, gaudy throne, and a toady, seedy Englishman named Smithers as his treacherous aide-de-camp.

He called it art
By Jerry Tallmer
The thing about Henry Geldzahler, says Frank Stella, was that “he lived with us … other curators don’t live with artists.”
Lived with us, dug us, promoted us, curated us, saw on the instant what was genuine about us (or not), made us famous, hung out with us, partied with us, slept with some of us …

Paying homage to Sam Shepard, one play at a time
By Jerry Tallmer
In a previous century, the appellation Jukes and Kallikaks was shorthand for interbred rural peoples of minimal sexual discipline and less mentality. The Jukes-and-Kallikaks genetic line would seem to have been passed along to a more recent family, first spotted in 1979 and now once again under scrutiny on a New York stage.

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