THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 19 • Issue 16 | September 1 - 7, 2006

Sneek Peek:

In the Path to 9/11, everyone is to blame

Bringing the Commission Report to LIfe

Returning to evermore crowded classrooms
More Downtown children will be starting school next week compared to last year. We’re not surprised. With the possible exception of 2002, the same thing has happened every year for as long as we can remember. Lower Manhattan remains the fastest growing part of the city and the percentage of families within the Downtown population is also increasing. That’s the good news.

Talking Point
A return to reason five years later at Trade Center
By David Stanke
For four years, we had been too frail to hear or speak unfiltered truths, but the light of reason is finally breaking through. Over the last year, we have seen the agendas forwarded in the name of 9/11 openly challenged and debated.

Letters to the editor

Editorial Picture

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel
Pigeons roosting on Alexander Calder’s sculpture “Jerusalem Stabile” opposite the Brooklyn Bridge in City Hall Park. Five of Calder’s pieces in all were installed in the park in late April.

Under Cover

Police Blotter

The Penny Post
That old-time music
By Andrei Codrescu
Rolly doughy. In the whole world tremble my Jesus die. Do savor soul. Just look at my Jesus.

News Briefs

Clubs without proper security will face closure under new law

‘Snowshow’ art rained out

Gerson won’t put on brakes on new legislation on permits


L.E.S. Gauchos corral former pro players as coaches
By Judith Stiles
When Jonathan Gonzalez was 4 years old, he picked up a pencil and wrote with his right hand, which indicated he would be a righty in baseball. However, soon after that, he grabbed a bat and a ball and hit lefty over and over again.

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Lynn Tierney, president of the Tribute Center, with a model of part of the center, which is finishing construction.

Center gives full experience of both W.T.C. past and 9/11
By Ronda Kaysen
A Tribute Center commemorating 9/11 will open across the street from the World Trade Center site in time for the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.

Downtown Hospital cooks up new E.R. wing
By Ronda Kaysen
A new $25 million emergency center will open at New York Downtown Hospital next week, transforming Lower Manhattan’s only emergency room into a state-of-the-art center with the largest decontamination unit in the city.

Muskets, cannons are a blast from past on Governors
By Jefferson Siegel
Governors Island has hosted a series of special events on weekends this summer, and last Saturday’s was a special treat for history buffs as well as the hundreds of day-trippers who ventured across the harbor on the free ferry.


Yes way, Jose; Uruguayans honor father of country
By Anindita Dasgupta
Roughly 30 Uruguayans gathered solemnly around the statue of Jose Artigas in Soho Square on Sixth Ave. on Aug. 25 to celebrate Uruguay’s 181st Independence Day.

Documentary filmmakers are keeping it real at DCTV
By Rania Richardson
The front portion of a real fire engine greets visitors who come to Downtown Community Television Center, the nonprofit media arts center located on Lafayette St. in Chinatown. The fire engine is a nod to the center’s home, a striking former firehouse built in 1895, now fully owned by DCTV.

Back to School 2006

Population booming — schools get crowded
By Angela Benfield
My children and Lower Manhattan have something in common: I can’t believe how much they have grown. My son, Cliff, will be going into fifth grade this September, and it will be his last year at the place he has called “his school” since he was four years old. I’m sad that my youngest child will no longer be in elementary school, and of course, I will miss the school, too (not to mention how old this makes me feel).

Preschool boasts its method gets the most out of its kids
By David Spett
This fall, a new preschool with a unique mission will open in Tribeca, and the school’s founder says it will be among the best preschools in the world.

Montessori school puts focus on individual students
By Jefferson Siegel
As Downtown’s population continues to grow at a feverish pace, the few public schools serving the area are filling up. The only new public facilities planned in the immediate future are a new K-8 school on Beekman St. and an annex to P.S. 234. Smaller private and specialty schools have been opening to fill the academic needs of local families.

Where September means more than back to school
By Wickham Boyle
My children went to school for all of their childhoods in the shadow of the World Trade Center. This is not purely metaphor: they did go to school in Tribeca, to the lovely, local public schools and yes, their childhood also ended when the towers came down.

Chapter books and homework? Uh oh, look out
By Jane Flanagan
School is in the air. I’m writing this from the country where crisp, cool August days are spurring feelings of melancholy among a lot of tanned individuals. Me included.

Rebirth of a children’s and maternity resale store
By Frank Localo
When Jane’s Exchange, Manhattan’s largest children’s and maternity consignment store, lost its lease at 12th St. and Avenue A earlier this year, the East Village lost a valuable service for many families, not to mention a longtime community hub.

Chelsea Vocational principal is making things work
By Anindita Dasgupta
Tim Timberlake, Chelsea Vocational High School’s principal, is not a complainer. He is proud of Chelsea Vocational High School, and despite that the building is over 100 years old and has some outdated aspects, he says the school is doing just fine. 

Who’s your favorite teacher and why?

Downtown Arts & Entertainment

Moving on, despite the pull of the past, at 9/11 exhibit
By Nicole Davis
At the new “Here: Remembering 9/11” exhibit, installed outside the Path station on the perimeter fence of the World Trade Center site, the following words are printed on the L.M.D.C.’s information booth: “Think Back. Move Forward. It’s Time.” Directly below that, stuck inside the booth’s glass window, is a picture of the still-standing towers at night, with the admonishment: “September 11, 2001. Never Forget.”

Martin Short’s life story, in tall tales
By Scott Harrah
In this parody of the genre known as the “one-man” show, Canadian comedian Martin Short satirizes the autobiographical format that has recently been popularized on Broadway by the likes of Billy Crystal and Elaine Stritch. Granted, “Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me” often comes across as a glitzed-up version of “Forbidden Broadway,” poking fun at Broadway and America’s celebrity culture, and it may not be the most original concept for a 90-minute show, but it never, ever fails to entertain.

She becomes electric
By Rachel Syme
“Yellowcake”, the first single off of Kaki King’s new album, “…Until We Felt Red” sounds like a waking dream; her voice floats across quiet acoustic guitar picking and an electronic downbeat like a girl’s whisper. The effect is both haunting and nostalgic, like opening an antique music box.

Handy Andy: Fame was the spur
By Jerry Tallmer
Andy lined Marilyn’s eyelids in baby blue, her lips in vivid tangerine, over and over and over and over again, one MM after another after another after another after another — in serial permutation — for emphasis.

A new gathering of the tribes
By Rachel Breitman
Do you Oyhoo? You do if you plan to attend the third annual New York Jewish Music and Heritage Festival. “Actually, the name means nothing,” admits Knitting Factory founder Michael Dorf, who helms the annual celebration. “This was a play on Yahoo, but with a Jewish twist.”  Dorf had used the Oyhoo website for years to publicize Jewish music, but this year, he decided to add it to the festival’s name. 

Sophie White paints the town
By Wickham Boyle
Sophie White is just out of college, one that is harder to get into than Harvard and Yale combined: the revered art school, Cooper Union. The chosen few who do get in, get a totally free ride. So you know she must be good.

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