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Volume 16 • Issue 13 | Aug. 26 - Sept. 1, 2003


Learning from the EPA's mistakes
The Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged last week that “without a doubt” officials made “mistakes” protecting the Lower Manhattan environment after the 9/11 attack released tons of toxic dust from the World Trade Center. But the E.P.A.’s official response to a damming report from the agency’s independent Inspector General concluded that the E.P.A. did the “best it could in the face of chaos and catastrophe.”

Letters to the editor

Second thoughts

The Penny Post
The dream deficit
By Andrei Codrescu
There is a dream deficit in the nation because of sleeping aids such as Lorezapam, which either wipe out dreaming or make people unable to remember their dreams. The first signs of the dream-vacuum appeared at breakfast tables about five years ago when families found that they had no dreams to share.

Downtown Local

Pardon offer

Evening Stars

Police Blotter

Picture Story

Shakespeare in a park


Boys’ Club building must have community uses, city says
By Lincoln Anderson
The Boys’ Club of New York, which is closing its center on E. Houston and Pitt Sts., will not be able to sell the building for private development as club officials had been considering.

Preparing children for painful trips to the doctor
By Jane Flanagan
When I have one of those, “I am the worst Mom” moments, I cheer myself up by remembering that I hired Veera, my babysitter. I did something right.
One day recently, Veera and Rusty were playing with Matchbox cars. About 15 minutes in, Rusty decided to steal three of hers.

Children’s Activities

Back to School

Law clears way for Hudson Sq. private school
By Elizabeth O’Brien
A recent zoning change for the Hudson Square area has cleared the way for a new private school that is looking to buy loft space at 500 Greenwich St. On Aug. 19, the City Council approved the rezoning of the southern portion the Hudson Square area from manufacturing to commercial uses. The affected area is bounded by Spring and Canal Sts. from north to south and Washington and Hudson Sts from east to west. Schools are not permitted in manufacturing areas but are allowed under the area’s new zoning, according to David Reck, chair of the zoning committee of Community Board 2.

Downtown Express photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio

Looking to get Back to School

Fence leaners looked into the P.S. 234 yard last Friday, the last day of Manhattan Youth’s day camp program. The yard will be active again Sept. 8 when children return to class. In this week’s Back to School pages, we look at a private school planning to open next year. <go to story>

South of W.T.C., older buildings in danger
By Albert Amateau
The gaggle of preservation enthusiasts ambling along Greenwich St. south of the World Trade Center on a sunny morning two weeks ago stopped at strategic corners to gawk at buildings overlooked by most of the people hurrying by.

E.P.A. admits to ‘mistakes’ after 9/11
By Elizabeth O’Brien
U.S. Rep Jerrold Nadler called on the Environmental Protection Agency to undertake a thorough cleaning of residences and workplaces affected by dust from the World Trade Center collapse after an independent report recommended that the agency take further action against indoor contamination. The agency criticized the report, but acknowledged unspecified “mistakes.”

Pataki restates tunnel support at bridge ceremony
By Albert Amateau
Gov. Pataki reaffirmed his support for the tunnel alternative for the reconstruction of Route 9A, at a ground-breaking ceremony last week for the Vesey St. pedestrian bridge over West St.

L.M.D.C. returns to Chinatown for second meeting
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation returned to Chinatown last week to hold an extra meeting after protestors criticized the timing and the format of the neighborhood workshop held there three weeks ago

Tribeca ex-firefighter challenging Gerson
By Lincoln Anderson
A former firefighter and political novice, Peter Gleason is running against Councilmember Alan Gerson in the Democratic primary election in Lower Manhattan’s First City Council District.]

Hudson Square bill expected to take effect
By Albert Amateau
The City Council last week unanimously passed a resolution to allow residential development in the south end of the Hudson Sq. manufacturing district. The zoning measure, which is expected to go into effect this week, allows new residential development and conversions in the area bounded by Spring, Hudson, Canal and Washington Sts. It allows existing manufacturing uses to continue but no new manufacturing development and imposes a 120-ft. height limit on new construction.

Ear Inn building celebrated at tour event
By Albert Amateau
Keeping a 186-year-old wooden beach house standing and functioning as living quarters, office and pub is no easy task. Especially one condemned as unfit for use back in 1906. But Rip Hayman, owner of the James Brown House at 326 Spring St. gets along, with a little help from friends.

Sara D. Roosevelt Park gets an early curfew
By Elizabeth O’Brien with Suzanne Zionts
Despite some community objection, a stretch of Sara Delano Roosevelt Park between Broome and Delancey Sts. is closing after dark instead of at 1 a.m., according to the city Parks Department.

More than stocks and balance sheets
By Ashley Chapman
Want to see ticker tape from the stock market crash of 1929? Or a picture of FDR returning from the 1943 Casablanca Conference aboard a Pan Am Clipper? You can, at the museum of American Financial History on Broadway. It was founded by John Herzog, an avid collector of financial memorabilia and former chairman of a Wall Street firm. The museum is now an affiliate of the Smithsonian.

Koch on film
By Ed. Koch
American Splendor (-) This flick got rave reviews from every critic I read. When leaving the Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema, I asked two middle-aged women what they thought of the film. One replied, “It was wonderful; it was seamless.” The other said, “I loved it.” I saw the film with HS and AL, both of whom enjoyed it. I was nonplussed. I thought it was awful......“Open Range” (-) This film, starred in and directed by Kevin Costner, has been hyped by some critics. Others, like The New York Times critic A.O. Scott, wrote negative reviews using a satirical pen. I’m with Scott on this one and perhaps even a bit more negative. The picture is a bore.

Examining Catholic taboos at Irish Rep
If you ask John Bosco McLane what is the sharpest hunger of all, he will tell you. In fact he will tell you even if you don’t ask, this self-described “crusty bachelor” of 56, in the Ireland of (approximately) 1956 — never bedded a woman, almost never been kissed, and when been kissed, it was once, anyway, just to be made fun of, an object of sport for some bored young barbarians.

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Cast of “Booted,” a dance piece at FringeNYC 2003
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