THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 19 • Issue 11 | July 28 - August 3, 2006

Shifting dollars, debatable legacy as L.M.D.C. approaches its final days
By Josh Rogers
Up to $45 million of 9/11-related community development money has been shifted away from its promised uses, according to two members of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation’s board. <more>

Trump deals a crooked hand on hotel-condo
Donald Trump’s “Apprentice” may be great entertainment but it can be hell on Downtown. Last year, The Donald hinted the day before the season finale that the winner of the reality show could get a chance to lead his foolhardy effort to rebuild the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center site.

Police Blotter

Letters to the editor

Under Cover

The Penny Post
Friends of the poets
By Andrei Codrescu
When the cold front came through, the sunlight sat on the leaves of the trees like fall was just around the corner. One totally mistaken bird actually put out the news and some fool birds answered, spreading the misinformation. Last night the bats came out and modeled against the sky at sunset. We are bats, they said unequivocally, there are millions of us in your caves, Master, and now we’ll eat insects.

Downtown Express photo by Paul Davies

A peaceful moment in Tompkins Square Park

News Briefs

Free hurricane tip seminar

Picture Story

Broadway runs Downtown too
Zachary Grey, 3, above, got to be a lion for a day with the help of some face paint at the Disney on Broadway concert at City Hall Park July 25


Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

Out-protested in a New York minute
About two dozen people from the Minutemen Project, a vigilante anti-illegal immigrant group, staged an event at the World Trade Center site Wednesday, but they were outnumbered by several times by a group of pro-immigrant protesters. [MORE]


Goldman to buy Embassy Hotel
By Ronda Kaysen
Goldman Sachs is in negotiations with Embassy Suites to buy the Battery Park City hotel, Downtown Express has learned.

Enjoy the show —movies will stay, Goldman says
By Ronda Kaysen
Battery Park City will not lose its only movie theater if Goldman Sachs buys the building that houses them both, according to the terms of the current owner’s lease.

Tent of mirrors to open at the Seaport
By Nicole Davis
Imagine the feel of the film “Moulin Rouge” inside a tent filled with mirrors, where cabaret acts, musicians, and comedians change by the hour, and you’ll come close to envisioning Spiegeltent. The 7,700 square foot performance space will take up digs Downtown, at Pier 17, near the former site of the Fulton Fish Market, from Thursday, August 3 through October 1.


Residents try to put brakes on B.P.C. tour buses
By Ronda Kaysen
The tourists aren’t so bad, but those unwieldy buses they come in on are another matter entirely.
Battery Park City residents have had enough with tour buses overtaking their neighborhood.

Post offices get forwarded to new addresses
By David Spett
The United States Postal Service has made significant changes to its post offices in Lower Manhattan. Two locations have closed, one has opened and two are expected to open soon, a Postal Service spokesperson said.

Downtown soldier, Bergtraum grad, killed in Iraq
By Anindita Dasgupta
Sergeant Irving Hernandez will forever be remembered as a family man. Dedicated to his wife, Susan, and children, Stacey and Christian, Hernandez’s main interest was taking care of his family. Since his last period of leave in March, the Hernandez family eagerly awaited his return from his tour in Iraq.

City seeks to take over W.T.C. arts
By Josh Rogers
The city is looking to take over the stalled effort to design and build a performance center at the World Trade Center site.

Heroin appears to claim two lives in one week
By Lincoln Anderson and David Spett
Apparent fatal heroin overdoses claimed the lives of two men in the East Village and Lower East Side last week. On Sunday afternoon, a 32-year-old man was found dead slumped in a toilet stall in East River Park, police said. Earlier in the week, on July 18, a 19-year-old man’s lifeless body was found in a basement apartment at 69 Clinton St. between Rivington and Stanton Sts., police said.

Cyclists say new rules ride roughshod on liberties
By Jefferson Siegel
In a move that caught political activists and cycling groups by surprise, the Police Department last week announced a proposed “clarification” of rules governing a host of events, from public gatherings to political protests to the monthly Critical Mass bike rides.

Pines in the sky for Tribeca project’s wealthiest tenants
By Ronda Kaysen
The residents of 101 Warren St. will not need to trek upstate to enjoy pine trees — they’ll have a whole grove of them right outside their window.

Minutemen event overwhelmed by immigrant supporters
By David Spett
A small anti-immigration press conference at the World Trade Center site Wednesday was interrupted by about 100 protesters who surrounded the event and shouted at its speakers.

Downtown Arts & Entertainment

Undead man walking, in search of identity
By Jerry Tallmer
My, how Boris Karloff has changed. He no longer has all those seams and stitches and mismatched patchworks all over his face. He no longer, in fact, has a rectangular, stony-eyed, chopping-block head, but more a handsome, sensitive, slim-chin one. Suntanned.

Philip Gourevitch, the new face of The Paris Review
By Annie Karni
When George Plimpton, founding editor of The Paris Review, passed away in 2003, some feared that without his charismatic public persona to carry it, his literary magazine would become like a body without a soul. Author Philip Gourevitch, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of the bestselling “We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families: Stories from Rwanda” (1998), put an end to the magazine’s existential doubts when he was named editor in March 2005, and moved the journal’s offices from Plimpton’s basement on the Upper East Side to a sunlit Tribeca loft.

In ‘Time to Leave,’ a dying man fights to the bitter end
By Leonard Quart
Francois Ozon has made a lean, controlled, meditative second film in a prospective trilogy about mourning (“Under the Sand” starring Charlotte Rampling was the first). The film’s protagonist is a gay, handsome, successful 31-year-old fashion photographer, Romain (Melvil Poupaud), who has terminal cancer and only a few months to live.

A play with its head in the clouds
By Scott Harrah
José Rivera, primarily known for his Oscar-nominated screenplay for “The Motorcycle Diaries,” is currently directing a film adaptation of this 1997 Off-Broadway one act with Oscar winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the leading role.

Don’t cry for her, Argentina
By Andrew Leahey
In 2001, Coral Campopiano was a rising star in Argentina. The young singer had recently inked a deal with BMG Records, who saw promise in her danceable brand of Latin American pop. Coral, who goes by her first name, quickly became disenchanted with the label’s slow pace, however, and eventually left the label to release an album on her own

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