THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 18 • Issue 45 | March 24 - 30, 2006

Editorial
Port needs more,& must do more in W.T.C. deal
When the Port Authority and developer Larry Silverstein return to the bargaining table Thursday, the framework of the deal that was being worked on before World Trade Center talks broke down last week needs to be adjusted.

The Penny Post
Before & after
By Andrei Codrescu
I’ve had some big Befores & Afters. Befores & Afters get their bigness from the size of the Event. The ampersand dividing Before from After is an Event. Every person has two big B&As guaranteed: Before & After Birth and Before & After Death. Those guaranteed B&As are a joke on humans: the first has only an After, the second only a Before.


Talking Point
No hoarding of greed at the W.T.C.
By David Stanke
World Trade Center redevelopment has again stalled. The issue is the renegotiation of Silverstein Properties’ legal rights to redevelop office space. The details of the negotiations are complex, but the agendas of various parties are thinly veiled. Only one thing is absolutely clear: No one has a monopoly on greed at the W.T.C.

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel
Cold memorial
With winter-like temperatures on the second day of spring, Wednesday, there weren’t many people strolling near Battery Park’s East Coast War Memorial, which honors American soldiers killed in World War II.

New Pier 40 fields put Downtown tourney on the map
By Jill Stern
Thanks to the new fields at Pier 40, Downtown United Soccer Club was able to host its first annual preseason soccer tournament the weekend of March 11-12. After months of preparation and planning by DUSC volunteers, all involved declared the event was a success.

Youth Activities

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

Things were as peaceful as ever Wednesday in Battery Park City’s South Cove, but Columbia University scientists warn that in the decades to come, Lower Manhattan will suffer from severe floods after large storms.

Downtown flood plans unclear as scientists warn of rising tides
By Ronda Kaysen
A major hurricane could hit the Northeast as early as this summer, weather experts said Monday. And Lower Manhattan — including the new World Trade Center — risks severe flooding in coming years because of rising sea levels, Columbia scientists warn.

News

Facing parent heat, Walcott says school deal is close
By Ronda Kaysen
An agreement with the state on funding for two Downtown schools is 10 days away, Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott told Lower Manhattan parents this week.

East side resistance to historic district
By Lincoln Anderson
A proposal by the Lower East Side Tenement Museum to create a new city-designated historic district on the streets around its home has sparked a backlash from local property owners who charge they were not informed of the plan even as the museum has been pushing ahead with it.

INSIDE

C.B. 1 makes it official: No to Parker’s Tribeca plan
By Ronda Kaysen
In a widely anticipated move, Community Board 1 rejected a proposal to rezone a swath of the North Tribeca waterfront on Tuesday night.

B.P.C. students dive into flood and weather possibilities
By Chad Smith
When the eighth grade students at I.S. 89 discuss the weather, they’re making more than small talk.
At their school in Battery Park City last Thursday, the students took a hard look at the earth’s future with an “Extreme Weather Expo,” a daylong inquiry, with interactive exhibits, into natural disasters and the dangers of ignoring nature’s warnings.

Green Block needs more cultivation, committee says
By Lincoln Anderson
An initiative to improve energy efficiency and air quality in the East Village near the E. 14th St. Con Edison plant needs some more community input and fine-tuning before more than $2 million is allocated for the project, a Community Board 3 committee decided last week.


Downtown Arts & Entertainment

In “Shiloh Rules,” no one is civil
By Rachel Breitman
“To hell with Yankee bitches,” declares Southern firebrand LucyGale Scruggs (Judi Lewis Oker) in “Shiloh Rules,” one of the many barbs slung in this social satire by playwright Doris Baizley. Its opening coincides with another play of Baizley’s, “Mrs. California,” now in a limited run at the 78th Street Theater Lab. Set in 1953, it’s a humorous retelling of a real-life competition among West Coast wives who try to outdo each other with their superior homemaking skills.

Dancing while expecting
By Sara G. Levin
To many female dancers, pregnancy looms large as the symbolic ending to an active career. For Jennifer Phillips, who is seven-months pregnant and part of Ellis Wood’s dance group, it has opened a new door. She will be performing a six-minute solo, “Pregnant Study #3” this Friday and Saturday, March 24-25, as part of the female troupe’s evening-length performance at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center’s 2006 Work & Show Festival. In anticipation of opening night, Philips was happy to describe how her dancing has evolved with her body’s changes.

What a swell party it is
By Jerry Tallmer
Cole the Great resided — make that presided — at the intersection of homosexual sensibility and heterosexual hungers. His marriage of scorching wit and fearless passion puts to snoring shame what are these days known as jukebox Broadway musicals, and if you would like a wake-up powder, it’s being gloriously dispensed seven times a week in this town by the nonpareil team of Miss K.T. Sullivan and Mr. Mark Nadler.

Simone de Beauvoir’s second love
By Jerry Tallmer
He was 39. She was 40.
They were meeting, this time, in New York City.
He was American all the way. She was French all the way. Nelson Algren. Simone de Beauvoir.
Thanks to him, in bed and otherwise, she had discovered a degree of womanhood, of love, that swept everything else aside. Almost.

The anti-establishment blockbuster
By Steven Snyder
Much like the Wachowski Brothers’ “Matrix” trilogy, their latest effort, “V for Vendetta” transcends that of a simple fantasy. The all-too-realistic blockbuster tells the story of a masked “terrorist” who embraces anarchy and calls for social revolt in the face of an oppressive government. Its not-so-subtle message, a provocative one for a mainstream film, is that not everyone who dissents is a terrorist, and that not every government deserves the passive obedience of its citizens.


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