THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 19 • Issue 8 | July 7-13, 2006


Keep the ballfields open
It would be hard to overstate the importance of the Battery Park City ballfields to the Lower Manhattan community. The fields serve nearly 1,500 players in the Downtown Little and Soccer Leagues, provide open space to schools and youth groups, and serve adults as well. Battery Park City Authority officials said last month that they may close the fields for a year to let Milstein Properties construct two adjacent luxury towers.

Police Blotter

Letters to the editor

Under Cover

Editorial Pictures

‘Tombs’ sign death

Are you ready for some football?

The Penny Post
Panhandlers’ contribution to society
By Andrei Codrescu
I got an e-mail from Horse at excoriating me for having written that panhandlers are getting rare in American cities.


Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

A few ZZZs before the concert
Before Belle and Sebastian and Martha Wainwright took the stage for a free concert July 4, Battery Park’s grass doubled as a bed for some. “It’s like a huge picnic,” said Linda Kim, a Stuyvesant High School student who stayed awake for the River to River event. “It’s really relaxed.”

Local teen crime up in Tribeca,police and neighbors report
By Ronda Kaysen
Sharon Hershkowitz is frightened. She has been harassed inside her W. Broadway shop, Balloon Saloon, twice by a suspicious man. When the police came, they found a knife on him.

Charter school won’t hatch in NEST
By Anindita Dasgupta
After months of explosive arguing, passionate protests, livid letters and emotional court dates, the parents of the New Explorations in Science Technology and Math school have won. Ross Global Academy Charter School will not be coming into NEST’s building on Columbia St.


Neighbors not in stitches over Knitting Factory noise
By Ronda Kaysen
The Knitting Factory might be considered one of the city’s preeminent performance spaces, but its Leonard St. neighbors have a very different opinion of the sound the club’s patrons produce.

Funding dispute will delay Beekman school by a year
By Ronda Kaysen
The Beekman School on the East Side of Lower Manhattan will not open until 2009, a year behind schedule, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver blames the mayor for the delay.

Governor, mayor take a walk on new promenade
By Jefferson Siegel
It was a carnival of celebration at the opening of the West Street Promenade South, a new portion of the Hudson River Park, on Wednesday. Musicians played, stilt-walkers walked and a bluegrass band provided entertainment. Guests and passersby were handed free hot dogs, popcorn and green-iced cupcakes as they enjoyed the festivities.

Trust again looks to develop Pier 40
The Hudson River Park Trust is drafting a new Request for Proposals for Pier 40 at Houston St.
Connie Fishman, president of the Trust, the state-city agency planning and building the five-mile-long park between Chambers and 59th St

Counting Chinatown’s potholes and puddles
By Jefferson Siegel
Pace students Fanie Liu and Robert Fairchild set out for their assigned area, the city block bordered by Elizabeth, Hester, Mott and Grand Sts. last week.

A restored Federal Hall reopens soon, history intact
By Janet Kwon
With curtains shut and windows taped, the newly renovated Federal Hall has yet to reopen its doors. After 16 months of construction at a $16 million cost, the famed building is slated to reopen to the public around the second week of October, Columbus Day weekend.

Downtown festivals don’t leave home without AmEx
By Ronda Kaysen
The concert had barely begun and already the crowd was thick. Families sprawled on blankets and in folding chairs on Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport. Hipsters clutched plastic cups of beer, the Financial District skyscrapers towering behind them. Tourists peered curiously, watching as Amy Rigby and Robbie Fulks, two alternative country bands, gave a free concert at the start of the long Fourth of July weekend.

New delay for Fiterman demolition

Downtown Arts & Entertainment

Art of the deal; group buys building for $1
By Steven Snyder
The idea of the city as an urban jungle is nothing new, but the two vastly disparate jungles now hanging side by side at the Photographic Gallery offer an interesting commentary on how the same city can be a very different adventure when seen through different eyes, at different times.

Directorial debut checks in at Film Forum
By Noah Fowle
Michael Kang’s directorial debut, “The Motel,” is the type of small film that will make audiences both happy to have found it and sad that many others may not. A hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Kang’s inaugural work is an honest, comic and melancholic examination of adolescence and the Asian American experience.

Food seller hopes outdoor market is ripe for a competitor
By Neal Schindler
A few weeks ago in Petrosino Square, a small but scrappy-looking new farmer’s market, consisting of fewer than a dozen booths, took its first steps. Passersby strolled up to the table manned by Jon Orren of Wheelhouse Pickles and gave his pickled pears and turnips a tentative try; others gravitated towards David Zablocki’s Wine Cellar Sorbets booth to get a bit giddy on a light, refreshing confection made with New York pinot noir. A tall, lean woman with a French accent tugged

Actors Studio brings star power to Pace
By Scott Sager
The Actors Studio, a 57-year-old theater group known for the celebrity of its members and the James Lipton-hosted Bravo show, “Inside the Actors Studio,” has found a new home for its Master of Fine Arts program at Pace University’s Downtown campus. After severing ties with The New School in June 2005, it has since signed a new, 10-year agreement with Pace, where the first class of students will enter the three-year Actors Studio MFA program this fall.

An unfit momma’s boy
By Steven Snyder
There are those who like to squirm at the movies, and those who don’t. A brief word of warning: “Loverboy’s” a squirmer. Marking the ambitious – perhaps too ambitious – directorial debut of Kevin Bacon, “Loverboy” evokes memories of “Bad Santa” and “Rodger Dodger,” movies which twisted traditional stories about Christmas and family, warping them into trangressive comedies. But unlike those relatively light-hearted affairs, “Loverboy” refuses to temper its shocks with the laughs that would allow audiences some breathing room.

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