THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 19 • Issue 4 | June 9 - 15, 2006

Editorial
Reckless anti-terror cuts to New York
Protect the American people from terrorism.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s job is simple to state but somehow political appointees in Washington D.C. have gotten so caught up talking about “matrixes” and other nonsensical jargon that they have lost sight of what they are supposed to do. You’d think living in the nation’s capital, one of the two American cities most at risk to suffer a terrorist attack, would be enough motivation to take their jobs seriously.

The Penny Post
Lazy days of summer?
By Andrei Codrescu
People are starting to close their letters to me with “Have a deep lazy summer,” and I find myself writing back, “You, too, but don’t fall out of the hammock.” I mean, can you believe that? I don’t even remember my last deep, lazy summer. A summer so deep and lazy the light in the foliage dapples my body so I won’t even turn over so as to better look like a leopard.


Downtown Living
Finding the tasty meat hidden in the fast food forest
By Jean Marie Hackett
I’m haunted by visions of Marion Nestle. Nestle, a food guru with a Ph.D in molecular biology and a masters in nutrition, is the author of “Food Politics” and “What to Eat.” She’s in the news these days almost as much as Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt. In interview after interview, I’ve read Nestle’s messages about eating organic dairy products without crazy growth hormones and urging people to “vote with their forks,” as she told News.com


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Picture Story


Youth/ Sports

Downtowners get in some games between the raindrops
Many Downtown Little League games were rained out, but some teams did get to play and there was even some exhibition games on Governors Island

Youth Activities

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

Governors Island Saturday, the first day of the season’s free service.

Rain on the island’s parade? Governors’ visitors say ‘no way on Opening Day’
By Jefferson Siegel
It seems like everyone has a New York-in-the-good-old-days story; the earthy East Village before gentrification, cast-iron Soho before the clothing stores, Downtown’s army-navy and radio stores on Cortlandt St.

News

Sciame hints 9/11 names will move, museum may stay
By Josh Rogers
Frank Sciame is likely to recommend moving the names in the proposed World Trade Center memorial up to street level, and may suggest eliminating the waterfalls, according to sources who have met with the construction expert tapped to reduce the rising costs of the design.

P.S. 234 parents meet new leader
By Ronda Kaysen with Anindita Dasgupta
When students return to P.S. 234 next fall, they will have more than new classmates to meet – they will also have a new principal. Sandy Bridges, the school’s principal for the past three years, is leaving her post to give birth to a baby boy, due this September.



INSIDE

B.S.A. again voices concerns about 60 Hudson diesel
By Ronda Kaysen
Commissioners for the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals raised questions about fuel stored in a Tribeca telecommunications building, at a public hearing on Wednesday.

Restaurant workers return after long, tense dispute
By Mary Reinholz
Wearing black trousers and a crisp white shirt, Fung Yee Chen prepared for her first day of work on June 6 as a $10-an-hour dim sum seller at the Golden Bridge, one of Chinatown’s largest eateries. She and 14 other members of the 318 Restaurant Workers Union had picketed outside for 18 months, claiming the giant food emporium had turned them down for jobs because of their union affiliation.

Chinatown bends it before the World Cup
By Leigh Devine
It was the gray team against the white, Dumpling & Dough vs. Ichiban, and Ichiban’s center was kicking the ball straight down the field towards the goal Sunday. Just then the whistle blew and the preliminary match was up — all in just 15 minutes. Next up would be Kong Kee versus International Furniture.

White St. arts groups: Take a walk in our shoes
By Anindita Dasgupta
As residents of Tribeca wander up White St. on Saturday, they will transform into amateur playwrights, dancers and rug and art connoisseurs.

Trump: ‘You’re hired’ to build higher near Soho
By Ronda Kaysen
Donald Trump’s newest addition to the Manhattan skyline may come in the form of a 45-story luxury high-rise on the sleepy eastern edge of Hudson Square.

City Planning mostly mum on Parker’s Tribeca plan
By Janet Kwon
Seated in a curved row under the chilly breeze of the air-conditioning, the 14 members of the City Planning Commission sat with cool faces — making it difficult to decipher their leanings — as they listened to a drove of witnesses testifying about the Jack Parker Corporation’s Tribeca North rezoning proposal.

Jack’s strange brew
By Annie Karni
Jack’s Stir Brewed Coffee and Jack Mazzola, the shop and its proprietor, share more than a moniker. The West Village coffee shop’s small town vibe, its down-to-earth decor, and unpretentious menu (coffee comes in “large” and “small,” not “venti” and “tall”) seem like the physical embodiment of Jack, whose life story has more twists and turns than the success story of his coffee shop. But before we talk Jack, let’s talk a little shop.


Downtown Arts & Entertainment


Eva Hesse, queen for the summer
By Lorne Colón
It feels like every season in New York a different artist is honored with several concurrent exhibitions, bestowing upon them “legendary” status in the history of art. The pattern of who is chosen can be hard to follow, and recently more living than deceased artists have been crowned as royalty in NYC.

Altman’s antidote to slick Hollywood fare
By Leonard Quart
For me the highlight of the pedestrian 2005 Oscar ceremony was the granting of an honorary Oscar to the director, Robert Altman – a still-working octogenarian who has had a luminous and prolific career. Still, despite his having received five Academy Award nominations for best director, he like Hitchcock, Lumet, and Scorsese (a testimony to Hollywood’s aesthetic obtuseness), has never won an Oscar.

Off-Broadway’s It director
By Rachel Fershleiser
If you’re the sort of person who pays attention to theatre directors, here’s a name you must know: Trip Cullman. Only a few years out of Yale’s directing program, the 31-year- old has assisted Mike Nichols and Joe Mantello, worked with top New York theatre companies, and directed five shows this season alone.

A landmark in more ways than one
By Jerry Tallmer
In London, England, you can hardly walk more than one or two blocks without being greeted – better yet, refreshed – by one of hundreds of white enamel disks on historied walls throughout the city that in blue-black lettering convey some such information as “Richard Brinsley Sheridan, playwright, occupied these premises from 1780 to 1792.”

Teen shooting acquires new meaning on stage
By Steven Snyder
In the brave, unflinching and deeply disturbing “columbinus,” the audience is not so much transported back to the specific horrors of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre as immersed in the general frustration, fear, isolation and rage of today’s teenage America. Its makers regard it more as a “theatrical discussion” than a play, one that deals with both the present and the past, and the debate at hand is who should be counted among the victims of that gruesome day — the 13 who were killed, or all 15 — their killers included.


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