THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 19 • Issue 5 | June 16 - 22, 2006

More schools needed to meet Downtown residential growth
While Downtown’s restless students wait as the last few days of the school year drag on before summer vacation, it is a natural time to think about where their yet-to-be born siblings and their soon-to-be neighbors and friends will be going to school.

The Penny Post
Open letter to grownups
By Andrei Coodrescu
The trouble with being a grownup is that you’re always called on to fix messes, your own and other people’s. In the process of doing that, you make more messes. At some point, there are so many messes you need other grownups, more competent ones, to clean them up. Competent grownups are a myth, but even assuming for a moment that they exist, their solutions to your messes are to make everything incomprehensible so that you’ll feel truly helpless.

Downtown Notebook
An unfashionable topic for father-son talks
By Ben Krull
While fathers and sons typically bond over sports, my dad and I bond over clothes. But our shopping outings highlight a difference in style.
My father has worked in the women’s dress business all his adult life, and practically bleeds Seventh Avenue. He was wearing black before black was in. Even at age 69, he can match outfits with the hippest 20-somethings.

Hollywood returns to Tribeca’s ‘Enchanted’ corner
By Wickham Boyle
Once again the corner of N. Moore St. and W. Broadway, a tiny lot, usually used as overflow for parked cars, has been transformed into a movie set. There must be some sort of magic whammy at the confluence of these streets because time after time Hollywood transforms this plot of land.

Youth/ Sports

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

Hey Tiger, watch out
Nice backyard! Anthony Parish was chipping away in Battery Park City near his home on Rector St. Wednesday, perhaps with U.S. Open dreams. “I’m practicing my golf game and decompressing during my lunch break,” he said.

Project will drive trucks into B.P.C.
By Janet Kwon
More trucks will be driving into Battery Park City starting this summer as the Port Authority plans to reroute delivery traffic to build a passageway under West St.

Residents’ 9/11 health funds running out, but survey continues
By Ronda Kaysen
Ann DeFalco’s 9-year-old son has asthma, which periodically keeps him home from school. Dolores Rode still takes medication for insomnia and, until recently, suffered from acid reflux. Lori Mogol’s husband has persistent upper respiratory problems and chronic allergies.

B.P.C.A. looks to expand east
By Josh Rogers
On the day the Battery Park City Authority designated its last two development sites, its chairperson told Downtown Express the agency wants to take over the financially-stalled Greenwich Street South project to add parks and better walkways just to the east.


Downtowners turn eye to Peck Slip, waterfront plans
By Ronda Kaysen
While most New Yorkers hunger for a grassy, green oasis for respite, Seaport residents are the rare exception. They have no interest in changing a triangular, cobblestone swath of their neighborhood into a green, flowery park. Instead, they hope to see Peck Slip become a stony piazza that will hark back to the seafaring days of the neighborhood’s watery past.

New try for reminder of America’s first ‘White House’
By Ronda Kaysen
When Peter Dans was a boy during World War II he often walked with his Italian grandmother to the Pine St. post office to mail packages overseas, trekking up Cherry St. and resting beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. While sitting in the shade of the Manhattan anchorage, he and his grandmother, a history buff, often read the brass plaque there.

Underage sales, after-hours violation close Falls
By Jefferson Siegel
Last Friday afternoon police descended on The Falls, the now-notorious Lafayette St. bar where John Jay student Imette St. Guillen was last seen alive in February before she was murdered.

Tribeca restaurateur blocked in E. Village venture
By Lincoln Anderson
Back in the 1980s, Bob Giraldi directed the music video for Pat Benatar’s “Love Is a Battlefield.” Today, though, the battlefield for Giraldi isn’t love but E. Fourth St., where community opposition is threatening to put his upscale new gastropub, E.U., out of business before it barely has had a chance to open.

Pace student killed in taxi crash
By Anindita Dasgupta and Albert Amateau
Three months ago, Danielle Ricco, 20, learned that her long time dream of working for the Disney Company would finally come true. Two weeks shy of leaving for Flordia, her preparations for the selective internship were cut short by a fatal accident Sunday.

Women’s Museum still has many hurdles to clear
By Janet Kwon
There are still some major steps that The Museum of Women’s History needs to take, in order to officially get the designation for the plot that’s been held for them. Although the Battery Park City Authority is holding the plot of land for the museum, the museum has yet to raise any money, which they need, in addition to further planning, in order to get a formal designation from the city.

Deutsche delayed; Silverstein gets more bonds
The rebuilding of the World Trade Center faced another setback this week, as the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. was forced to delay the demolition of the Deutsche Bank building until later this summer.

NEST is hardly empty, parents and students protest
By Anindita Dasgupta
On May 24, Wall St. stood divided. From 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., more than 500 parents and children crowded the street facing the Cipriani Club. Parents waved signs and chanted, “Save our NEST!” while making sure their children didn’t run into the street. Children beat pots, blew whistles and shouted at cars passing by to honk in protest.

Downtown Arts & Entertainment

Peripatetic gallery is on the move again
By Nicole Davis
From brightly-lit suburban porches at night, to illuminated storefronts on dead quiet city blocks, the dozen or so paintings in Dan Witz’s latest show, “Up Late,” at DFN Gallery, are all suggestive of that liminal period before dawn when people sleep, stores close, and bartenders announce their last call.

Poet in a cage, long before Guantánamo
By Jerry Tallmer
In the opening moments of a play called “Treason,” the poet Ezra Pound, dressed flamboyantly in cape, sombrero, flowing cravat, and ruffled shirt, speaks into a microphone at a broadcast studio in Rome in 1941. “Kike Rosenfelt,” he exclaims, “that snotty barbarian … If ever a nation produced efficient democracy it has been in Germany … Eliminate Roosevelt and his Jews, or the Jews and their Roosevelt … ”

In ‘Some Girl(s),’ women win battle of sexes
By Scott Harrah
Eric McCormack spent nearly a decade playing the lovable lawyer Will Truman on “Will & Grace,” a groundbreaking TV sitcom that was hugely successful and also was one of the first to feature openly gay male characters. In Neil LaBute’s “Some Girl(s),” McCormack’s character Guy is a far cry from the happy-go-lucky homosexual Will.

Mimi Stern-Wolfe, unsung musical heroine
By Michael Clive
Few cultural clichés are more durable or romantic than the musician making sacrifices for art. The movies show him shivering in a Parisian garret with soot-rimmed skylights. But in real life, the setting is a cramped two-bedroom on the Lower East Side stacked with cartons of files, recordings and annotated scores. And the musician is a woman – pianist-conductor-teacher-impresariat Mimi Stern-Wolfe – who has been making beautiful music happen Downtown for more than 30 years.

Spooked by Giacometti’s Palace all these years
By Jerry Tallmer
In a tucked-away corner of the 6th floor of the rebuilt, enlarged – dare one say edificial? – Museum of Modern Art there is one small gallery newly given over to a dozen pieces of sculpture (using the term loosely) from the Surrealist perios (1926-1934) in the life and work of Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) that preceded the great, skinny, harrowed, hollowed-out figures we think of as classic Giacomettis.

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