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Volume 16 • Issue 14 | September 2 - 8, 2003


Inside

Editorial
Vote for Gerson on Sept. 9
Did you happen to notice there will be a Democratic primary for City Council Sept. 9? In the weeks before Lower Manhattan was attacked in 2001, there was a vigorous seven-candidate City Council campaign and many Downtowners’ mailboxes were filled with political literature nearly every day. This time around the two-candidate Council primary Downtown has received much less attention.

Letters to the editor

Second thoughts
By RICHMOND JONES


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

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton left spoke to ex-firefighter Jim O’Donnell last week at City Hall about post-9/11 health concerns. (go to article)

Amateau, Seaport named winners

Deutsche suit loss

C.B. 1 meeting

Crime files


Back to School

New principal takes on the crowds
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Sandy Bridges has the front office to herself now.
Last spring, the new P.S. 234 principal shared the spacious office with Anna Switzer, the beloved principal who left the school in June to head City Hall Academy. Bridges sat at a small side desk during her four-month stint as an assistant principal, but she has since moved to a center desk fit for a C.E.O.

Smaller class advocates hope issue gets on ballot
By Elizabeth O’Brien
A coalition of educators and other advocates, including the United Federation of Teachers, has gathered more than 115,000 signatures in an effort to put smaller class sizes on the ballot this November.

It takes Downtown to raise a child
By Jane Flanagan
One day Rusty, my five-year-old son, and I were playing “Battery Park shuttle bus.” He wants to be a shuttle bus driver when he grows up so this is one of his favorite games. On this particular ride he instructed me to bring my pretend son along.

Children’s Activities


Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

I.S. 89 principal Ellen Foote, who is implementing the city’s new curriculum, said there is still confusion in the way the schools are being administered.



I.S. 89 readies for new curriculum
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The mayor’s sweeping education reforms will face their first real test when New York City public schools resume classes next week, but the “disequilibrium” in the new system will not affect the instruction at I.S. 89, principal Ellen Foote said last week.

Smoke & fire in Council race
By Josh Rogers
Is politics about finding simple answers to simple questions or developing solutions that address the subtle complexities of a problem?

Swinging vinyl on the dial
By Sharon Hartwick
Every Saturday, Danny Stiles shows up at the WNYC studios in the Municipal Building at the end of Chambers St. to tape another trip back in time to the era of great American music. Sitting in his office, he fingers through rows of well-worn LPs, preparing for the evening’s program. He picks out dozens and lines them up in a grocery cart filling it to the brim.

B.P.C. residents don’t just smell a rat
By Elizabeth O’Brien
There has been a collective cry of “eek!” in Battery Park City as residents say they’ve spotted more rats there over the last few months.

Providing a road map to aid Downtown’s recovery
By Albert Amateau
Wall Street Rising will open its free Downtown Information Center, a technologically advanced one-stop information resource on Thurs. Sept. 4 in a 1,800-sq.-ft. street-level store at 25 Broad St. at the corner of Exchange Pl.

Howl!’s a scream, many say
By Lincoln Anderson
From films shown under the stars in tranquil community gardens to drag queens strutting in a resuscitated Wigstock in Tompkins Sq. Park, the first annual Howl! festival, which wrapped up last week, attracted big crowds at many of the events.



Play loosely based on Turgenev short story at Tribeca Theater
By Aileen Torres
There is a scene in “The Journey of the Fifth Horse” which takes place in the imagination of one of the two main characters, the conjured protagonist, Nikolai Alexeevich Chulkaturin (played by Ledger Free). He bumbles into the middle of a casual social gathering at the house of the father of the girl with whom he is in love. He holds a white rose in one hand, intending, of course, to present it to the object of his affection, 17-year-old Elizaveta Kirillovna (Kim Clay), who reciprocates his amorous feelings—up till that point, that is.

Koch on film
By Ed. Koch
Step into Liquid (+) There is no improving on what the Brown family, father Bruce and son Dana, did 37 years ago in “Endless Summer.” That movie was unique and took the country by storm.

Moving story of British working class
By Danielle Stein
The talk show host in the first scenes of “Once Upon A Time In the Midlands” has, what Crayola would call, “Pineapple-colored hair.” We are smack dab in the land of daytime television. And within minutes it is clear that the guests on this British Ricki Lake knockoff are also the subjects of our movie and, believe it or not, our impending compassion.



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