THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 18 • Issue 43 | March 10 - 16, 2006

Build the memorial now
With construction of the World Trade Center memorial scheduled to begin this month, some loved ones of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks are stepping up their efforts to delay the project. There are important details of the memorial design still to be worked out, and we do have concerns about the plan, but work can and should begin before everything is decided. Yet another setback in Downtown’s redevelopment would be unwise and unnecessary.

The Penny Post
Flooded with ideas
By Andrei Codrescu
The Whole Word Foundation, which represents 15,000 art collectives in the United States and Europe, has come up with the following recommendations for transforming New Orleans:

Downtown Notebook
The horse sense to know there’s no place like home
By Wickham Boyle
If you attempted to replicate the sounds of my home, my Downtown loft, you would need to know that daily quick horses trot home hotly — right beneath my window.

Letters to the editor

Under Cover

Police Blotter

Chynna Basso, 9, dribbles as Mikayla Toffler 8, defends.
Round ball action

Youth Activities

Day of bravado and finger-pointing
after W.T.C. talks breakdown

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

The art of the escalator
Defying gravity, a dancer straddles moving rails at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden during a rehearsal for “escalator,” a free art show that will be performed at the Winter Garden Friday and Saturday. <Article>.

Mendez defends role in Lopez race
By Lincoln Anderson
Councilmember Rosie Mendez is standing up for her mentor, Margarita Lopez, in the wake of a campaign finance scandal that some believe may have torpedoed Lopez’s chances of landing a job in the Bloomberg administration, as well as running for State Assembly.

Silver accuses Klein of lying about schools
By Ronda Kaysen
State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has called for Schools Chancellor Joel Klein to apologize for his comments about funding cuts to two new Downtown schools and has called on the mayor to consider replacing him.

An underground memorial loses some of its upside
By Josh Rogers
Who told you to listen to us?
Relatives of those killed in the Sept. 11 attacks aren’t saying that to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation but that might be the question agency officials feel they are being asked. After a few years of trying to meet the requests of many family members to incorporate more of the World Trade Center site’s bedrock into the proposed memorial, some family members have now organized a campaign to postpone memorial construction until it is brought up to street level.


Stomach virus hits 37 elderly and staff at the Hallmark
By Alex Schmidt
Thirty-seven residents and staff of Battery Park City’s Hallmark home for the elderly have been stricken with a stomach virus and administrators have closed the dining hall and all other common areas.

Seaport Museum to open historic hotel for a tour
By Chad Smith
Call it a recall to life. After prominence, degradation, redemption then finally neglect, the Fulton Ferry Hotel will be restored to share its full history. And the South Street Seaport Museum has invited the public to take a sneak peak at the process next week.

Bloomberg will push for city resident on liquor board
By Albert Amateau
More than 200 residents of Noho, Soho and the Lower East Side — neighborhoods overwhelmed by bars and lounges — cheered at a town hall meeting last week when Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott said the Bloomberg administration would urge Governor Pataki to appoint a New York City member to the State Liquor Authority.

Art Commission blocks promenade plan for West St.
By Ronda Kaysen
The city Art Commission nixed the designs for activity stations at Promenade South, the southernmost part of the West Street promenade, undoing months of planning and delaying the project indefinitely.

Entire Rivington St. synagogue is being demolished
By Lincoln Anderson
A month and a half after the collapse of the First Roumanian-American synagogue’s roof, the Lower East Side congregation has decided to demolish the entire building.

Arts groups cash in on L.M.D.C. cash
By Ronda Kaysen
It was standing room only inside the ornate, oak-paneled Collectors Reception Room inside the National Museum of the American Indian on Wednesday. Leaders of some of Downtown’s most notable arts institutions stood shoulder to shoulder with representatives from fledgling Downtown arts groups. After four and a half years of waiting, redevelopment funds had finally been delivered to cultural groups Downtown.

Downtown Arts & Entertainment

Shelling out the city’s past
By Laura Silver
Like a well-cultured pearl, Mark Kurlansky has spent a good amount of time immersed in the sought-after shellfish. The noted food author’s latest hardcover, “The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell” is a paean to the mollusk, which up until now has been an oft-overlooked ingredient in New York City history. Its prominence in Gotham dates as far back as 1609, when Henry Hudson was greeted by oyster-proffering members of the Lenni Lenape tribe.

A losing ‘Battle’
By Noah Fowle
On the surface, “Battle in Heaven” has everything necessary to make an intriguing film: sex, kidnapping, nationalism, religion, and more sex. Yet Mexican writer/director Carlos Reygadas steadfastly drains his sophomore effort of any emotion and context, turning it into a dull, meditative exercise. Shot with non-professional actors, the film links one series of banal events to another through long tracking shots.

Where every escalator is a stage
By Sara G. Levin
Dance choreographer and AMDaT founder, Andrea Haenggi, likes to give fantastical dimensions to what she calls “prosaic spaces.” So it seems only natural, upon arriving at a rehearsal for her new show, “escalator,” to find one of her dancers sliding across the marble floor of the World Financial Center 1 lobby as if he were swimming, and another snaked along a descending escalator rail in a red, retro swimsuit and bathing cap.

Cristina Branco: Beyond Fado
By Ernest Barteldes
Portuguese-born Cristina Branco is not your ordinary fado singer. The 33-year-old vocalist doesn’t go on stage in the long, black dress that has become a trademark for divas of the genre, and neither does she stick to the traditional catalogue established by the “queen of fado,” Amalia Rodrigues, when choosing her setlist. Instead, she pushes the style’s boundaries by introducing subtle overtones of jazz and blues.

20 years later, ‘Blue Velvet’ is surreal as ever
By Leonard Quart
David Lynch is an American surrealist, a director whose work (“Twin Peaks,” “Mulholland Drive”) displays a gift for constructing dream/nightmare sequences where logic doesn’t exist and anything can happen. His films are also so totally immersed in pop culture imagery, they unfold like eclectic compendiums of horror, adolescent coming-of-age
More than just a Game
By Steven Snyder
By its title alone, “Game 6” all but promises a simple sports movie. Really, this is a story about how we perceive sports and, through that perception, life itself.
movies, films noirs, and Hitchcockian

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