THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 19 • Issue 18 | September 15 - 21, 2006

Downtown’s dollars are needed for education, small businesses
The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation’s announcement last week that it had almost $200 million left and that it was finally going to be creating a long-ago-promised community enhancement fund was great news.

Talking Point
The war did begin before 9/11
By Jerry Tallmer
September 11, 2006. God was unkind this morning. He gave us a beautiful day. Blue sky. Balmy breeze. A few friendly little clouds. Too blue, too balmy, too friendly. The traffic and transit guy on the radio — 1010 WINS — around 8 a.m. suddenly said that nothing was going in or out of Penn Station “because of a police investigation.” My heart stopped. Fifteen minutes later, whatever it was at Penn Station had cleared up. The trains were moving again.

Letters to the editor

Editorial Picture

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Puppy love
A group of Chihuahuas being pulled on Church St. Sept. 11 proved once and for all that there can be no doubt about dogs’ loyalty to the city.

Under Cover

Police Blotter

The Penny Post
New Orleans movies
By Andrei Codrescu
Linnzi Zaorski, my favorite chanteuse, was bemoaning the dearth of performance opportunities in post-K New Orleans and the fact that she was now on the other side of her mid-20s and she was broke. When she had refugee-ated herself to New York after the storm, she hadn’t lacked for gigs.

Downtown footballers battle
The Downtown Giants played hard in their first football game Saturday at Murry Bergtraum field, said head coach Robert Kolb.

Gauchos don’t horse around, get into Parade Ground Finals

Roma vs. Juventus

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Doreen Laskowska, who lost a close friend on Sept. 11, 2001, was one of many mourners who came to the World Trade Center site on the fifth anniversary Monday.

New designers on the block: W.T.C. architects talk up Church St.
By Josh Rogers
The World Trade Center mall was the most profitable in the country per square foot, and Downtowners have been longing for the return of stores for nearly five years.

Bush, Grannies, families find their way to mark 9/11
By Lincoln Anderson
President Bush standing solemnly outside the Pitt St. firehouse next to a fire engine door battered at ground zero as subway trains rumble by on the Williamsburg Bridge. Antiwar protesters carrying a flag-draped coffin chanting “Bring them home alive now!”

L.M.D.C. shakes budget, finds $200 million
By Josh Rogers
The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. confirmed last week it does in fact have the $45 million the governor and mayor promised to Downtown community groups a year and a half ago.


B.S.A. sneaks peek at 60 Hudson, inflaming residents
By Ronda Kaysen
Who would have thought looking at fuel would cause such a firestorm? But when the chairperson of the Board of Standards and Appeals revealed at a hearing Wednesday that she and her colleagues had taken a look at diesel fuel stored in a Tribeca telecom hotel, she did just that.

Parents balk at dangerous traffic change
By Lori Haught
Parents, community officials and the State Department of Transportation agree on one thing: Proposed changes to Warren and West St. will make the intersection more dangerous.

Connor wins primary beating back challenge
By Paul Schindler
On a primary election day in which most of the marquee races were run-aways, Ken Diamondstone of Brooklyn was turned back in his bid to unseat state Senator Martin Connor and become the senate’s second out gay member.

Pryor, L.M.D.C.’s first hire, reflects on final days
By Ronda Kaysen
For a time, the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. was comprised of a telephone, a desk and Stefan Pryor. Five years later, both Pryor and the agency have come a long way.

City promises South End safety study
By Ronda Kaysen
The city will take a new look at pedestrian crossings on South End Ave.—and if problems are found, changes might follow, a city official told Battery Park City residents recently.

Neighbors try to bounce Buster’s from Tribeca
By Ronda Kaysen
Buster’s Garage might have been the bar of choice for local Steelers fans, but Tribeca residents have a different opinion of the recently defunct watering hole — and may stop it from ever returning to their neighborhood.

Arman developer wins approval for Canal St. building
By Albert Amateau
The Board of Standards and Appeals approved plans this week for a residential project on the triangle at Canal and Greenwich Sts., which the late sculptor Arman used as his outdoor studio.

Downtown Arts & Entertainment

Drawing out the public’s inner artist
By Susan Yung
Graced by balmy, late summer weather, the Big Draw lived up to its moniker this past Saturday, September 9, and drew crowds to a park, a plaza, a pier, and a museum in Lower Manhattan, where five different artists instructed audiences to use their right brain for a change.

Move over, Ebert
By Rachel Fershleiser
Matt Kohn wants to be sure people know about the booze. The writer, filmmaker, and screening series host sees wine as an integral part of his intimate, intellectual Speakeasy Cinema evenings at Collective: Unconscious in Tribeca.

A coffee cart the size of Sisyphus’s rock
By Leonard Quart
Immigrants from all over the world continue to arrive in New York in large numbers hoping for a better life. Some succeed, but it’s usually an arduous process. “Man Push Cart” is a neorealist, low budget, independent film with a minimal narrative, directed by an Iranian-American, Ramin Bahrani that focuses on one such story.

Brooklyn Mural Surfaces in Manhattan
By Nicole Davis
Remember the Pathfinder? Not the car — the mural. Nearly 20 years ago, the controversial painting was unveiled on the side of the Pathfinder Press building, a socialist publisher at 410 West Street.

Picturing loss: 7 W.T.C. exhibit commemorates country’s grief
By Nicole Davis
It is exhilarating and slightly spooky to stand on the 45th floor of 7 World Trade Center, with its lighthouse-like views of the city and the Trade Center construction site below. As it happens, the unfinished floor in the newly rebuilt Tower is also the perfect vantage point for a body of photography whose focus is the nationwide commemoration of the attacks five years ago.

A bad read
Concerned about air quality in Lower Manhattan? Test it yourself this week when art/technology collective Preemptive Media [PM] launches “AIR,” or Area’s Immediate Reading.

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