THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 19 • Issue 14 | August 18-24, 2006

Keep Pier 40 R.F.P. shelved
As first reported by The Villager and Downtown Express last week, the Hudson River Park Trust is preparing to issue another request for proposals, or R.F.P., for Pier 40 — the 14-acre pier that is one of the biggest areas of the 5-mile-long waterfront park.

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Under Cover

Police Blotter

Talking Point
Lieberman’s morality is code for political calculation
By Jane Flanagan
Senator Joe Lieberman continues to claim the moral high ground. He lost the Democratic primary, but it doesn’t matter. He will run in the general election because he knows what’s best for the citizens of Connecticut, even if they don’t.

The Penny Post
From stuff that dreams are made of
By Andrei Codrescu
“Okay, here is your assignment. Go home and dream. Twice a week when we meet, you bring your dreams to class written down. Then we pick the most interesting ones and perform them.”

Downtown Living
New and vintage wine sellers find market on Wall St.
By Jean Marie Hackett
Chances are that when you descend the short flight of stairs leading into The Greene Grape, the rookie wine shop in the Financial District that opened just last February, you’ll walk right into an impromptu wine tasting.


Stars shine through rain at soccer field dedication
By Judith Stiles
Without a permit, playing pickup soccer games in New York City often means settling for asphalt surfaces, wedged in between basketball games, where backpacks are plunked on the ground in lieu of goalposts.

Gauchos hit stride, win 4
The Lower East Side Gauchos 14-and-under baseball team had its biggest weekend of the year.

Downtown Express photo by Scot Surbeck

Let the fountain flow
“It’s beautiful when it’s on, but it’s very seldom on,” John Rieffer, a Manhattan Sailing School employee said about the long rectangular fountains at the World Financial Center’s esplanade plaza. Actually the fountains had been off for quite some time until last week. “When it was off, I didn’t know what it was. I thought it was some sort of concrete modern sculpture.” Brookfield Properties, which owns the two fountains, finished fixing the pipes on one, said Leticia Remauro, the Battery Park City Authority’s spokesperson. Genti Cullha, a waiter at SouthWestNY, said the tables near the water are now the most popular. “People actually wait in line for those tables,” he said.


Developer, C.B. 1 seal deal on Tribeca waterfront towers
By Ronda Kaysen with Janet Kwon
Local residents reached an agreement with developers to build residential towers along the North Tribeca waterfront, just hours before the City Council passed the proposal Wednesday. The Jack Parker Corporation fielded a controversial application last February to rezone a four-block swath of North Tribeca for residential use.

Reverend Billy’s Seaport panty raid
By Lincoln Anderson
Calling Victoria’s Secret’s catalogues evil incarnate, performance preacher Reverend Billy is ramping up his fire-and-brimstone campaign against the lingerie giant, demanding it stop using wood pulp from Canada’s Boreal Forest.


Police say they’ve hurt Chinatown traffic, not business
By Ronda Kaysen
Closing the streets surrounding One Police Plaza has increased noise pollution and traffic in the area, delayed buses, caused a spike in pedestrian accidents and isolated the area from the surrounding Chinatown neighborhood, a study by the New York City Police Dept. found. Nevertheless, the streets should remain closed indefinitely to protect Police Headquarters from a potential terrorist attack, the same study declared.

African Burial Ground selects two firms to design center
By Janet Kwon
Two firms have been selected to design the African Burial Ground’s interpretive center in Lower Manhattan.

Sailing champs to race from North Cove
Ships ahoy! An international regatta will sail through North Cove next week. Seventeen teams hailing from 13 countries will compete in the five-day long “Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge.”

Park work resumes for mysterious reasons
Work removing the Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 deck resumed Monday for unknown reasons after two weeks of limited work on the long-delayed park.

Artists scream as HOWL! cancels festival
By Lincoln Anderson
“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked….” wrote Allen Ginsberg in the opening line of “Howl.”

Housing, Albany reform top candidates debate
By Jefferson Siegel
Three candidates running for Assembly in the East Side’s 74th District squared off in their first formal debate Monday night. In the basement meeting room of St. Nicholas Church on 10th St. in the East Village, incumbent Sylvia Friedman, Brian Kavanagh and Esther Yang laid out their positions for 100 local residents.

Museum acquires thousands of ocean liner artifacts
By Anindita Dasgupta
Even though the Titanic never completed her maiden voyage from England to Lower Manhattan, pieces from her trip and other ocean liners have finally settled Downtown at the South Street Seaport Museum.

Officer clarifies Soho artist comments
First Precinct Community Affairs officer Rick Lee says one of his published comments criticizing Soho street vendors in a recent Downtown Express article was taken out of context.

Downtown Arts & Entertainment

Rebel with a brush
By Susan Yung
In American art, there is no greater mythical figure than Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), whose life encompassed the polar extremes of Western cowboy and rebel New York modernist. Born in Cody, Wyoming, he trained with Thomas Hart Benton, participated in the Federal Art Project under the Work Progress Administration, and developed a completely unique abstract idiom before dying in a car crash at 44 after bouts with alcohol and depression.

Bright lights, big theater fest
By Steven Snyder
For the average New York theater fan, the Fringe Festival has come to occupy a special place in the vernacular. Mention the word “Fringe” to someone who’s never been, and you’re likely to stir up notions of “far-out,” “far-fetched,” “fantastic” or perhaps even “flaky.”

‘Seduced’ by the American Dream
By Noah Fowle
Dispensing with the sensationalism that covered newspapers at the time, Sam Shepard’s play “Seduced” takes a peak behind the curtain.

O’Neill’s ‘Marco Millions’ is still on the money
By Scott Harrah
“Marco Millions,” a poetic, floridly written satire of the 13th century Asian travels of Italian explorer Marco Polo, is one of Eugene O’Neill’s lesser known, misunderstood, and perhaps most controversial plays. It was originally produced on Broadway in 1928 with lavish costumes and a cast of 19, including the legendary Alfred Lunt.

Fantastic! From 42 years Downtown to Times Sq.
Downtown moves Uptown on Wednesday, August 23, 2006, when “The Fantasticks,” the deceptively “naïve” boy-girl romance by Tom Jones (words) and Harvey Schmidt (music) that ran for 41 3/4 years and 17,162 performances (May 3, 1960, to January 12, 2002) as a Greenwich Village landmark at the tiny Sullivan  Street Playhouse, opens in a new production at a new venue — Times Square!

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