THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 19 • Issue 19 | September 22 -28, 2006

Editorial
Long-delayed shroud removal
We fully understand any of you who are thinking “I’ll believe it when I see it,” but it looks like the shrouded and damaged Deutsche Bank building that has haunted the World Trade Center site for five years may finally begin to come down next month. The Environmental Protection Agency’s spokesperson told us Wednesday the agency likes the adjusted demolition plan Downtown rebuilding officials presented and the E.P.A. expects to give the final okay this week.

Letters to the Editor

Under Cover

Police Blotter

Editorial Picture

The Penny Post
Blog overload
By Andrei Codrescu
I don’t claim to have invented the internet but I did predict the rise of blogging in 1973, before there was even such a thing as personal computing. I wrote a poem called “The New Gazette” that said, among other things: “I want to be the publisher of a vicious illuminated newspaper.

Seaport Museum receives Andrea Doria medallion
By Anindita Dasgupta
Jerome Reinert wasn’t supposed to be on the Andrea Doria ocean liner 50 years ago. He was supposed to fly on a plane from Italy to New York on TWA, but after meeting a pretty girl on a European vacation, he decided to trade in his plane ticket to accompany her on the ship. Twenty-one and carefree, he had no idea their voyage would be cut short or that after saving the lives of 12 children, he would watch the magnificent vessel sink.

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Rebuilding officials say the crane at the top of the former Deutsche Bank building will begin removing the building in October. The Environmental Protection Agency said it expects to approve the plan by Friday.


E.P.A.: Shroud will come down!
The Deutsche Bank building, a 40-story cauldron of toxic debris that has lorded over the World Trade Center site for half a decade, will soon be a thing of the past.

News

Paul Goldstein,
Downtown district
manager, steps down
By Ronda Kaysen
Paul Goldstein, Community Board 1’s longtime district manager, announced his resignation Tuesday, sending a ripple of anxiety through the community board.

No sour notes in pickle fest
Jefferson Siegel
It’s not certain if the Earl of Sandwich ever rose from dining, turned to a server and cried out, “My kingdom for a pickle!” What is certain is wherever his eponymous delicacy is served these days, a small green plug shares the plate.


INSIDE

City rolls out plan to add miles of bike lanes Downtown
By Lori Haught
The city is adding five miles of bicycle lanes on the Lower East Side over the next year. The lanes are part of the city-wide addition of 200 miles of on-street bicycle paths, lanes and routes over the next three years. The city Dept. of Transportation is installing 40 miles of bike lanes in Fiscal Year 2007, which began July 1, 2006, and has plans for 70 miles in F.Y. 2008 and 90 miles in F.Y. 2009.

Demo of Broadway building, now contaminated, to resume
By Ronda Kaysen
If the building wasn’t contaminated before officials demanded demolition work stop, it sure is now.
Last April, demolition

Fiterman takedown still in limbo
Corporation to clean and demolish Fiterman Hall, a 15-story academic building that was badly damaged and contaminated on Sept. 11, 2001, although the demolition date is still uncertain.

Chinese culture from Peking Opera to ‘Charlie’s Angels’
The Chinatown Partnership has planned four nights of free outdoor performances to feature the history of performing arts in Chinese culture.

Clinton, Kennedy call for health hearings
Democratic Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Edward Kennedy are calling on the Republican chairperson of the Senate’s health committee to set up hearings on Clinton’s bill to provide health money for workers and residents suffering from the 9/11 recovery and cleanup operation.

Construction town hall
The Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center will host its first town hall meeting Thurs., Sept. 28, 2006 at 6 p.m. at St. John’s University, 101 Murray St.

Seaport’s early reviews are bad for Gehry’s tower
By Ronda Kaysen
The tower on Beekman St. will climb 850 feet into the sky, a twisting, titanium sculpture that will rival the Woolworth Building in scale. At a public forum last week, the residents of the South Street Seaport and the Financial District got a first peek at the skyscraper by Frank Gehry that will transform their neighborhood and a preview of how the construction will impact their lives.

Seaport firm, residents like food market to replace Fish Market
By Jefferson Siegel
Small greenmarkets and the occasional supermarket dot the Lower Manhattan landscape. But, as Downtown’s residential renaissance continues apace, there is a growing need for more than just the basic staples of nutrition. Last week a presentation at Community Board 1’s Seaport/Civic Center Committee meeting may portend an abundance of fresh comestibles for Downtown residents in the near future.

City plays with ideas for Burling Slip park
By Jefferson Siegel
The Parks Department updated Community Board 1 on plans for the proposed Burning Slip playground at the board’s Seaport/Civic Center meeting last week.

Margaret Chan says blogs won’t keep her from bench
By Lincoln Anderson
With the results of the Second District Civil Court primary race still too close to call, Margaret Chan and her supporters rallied at the Grand Harmony restaurant in Chinatown on Saturday, warning that they will not allow the election to be “stolen.”

Buster’s brings more supporters, but still loses at C.B. 1
By ERNEST SCHEYDER
Buster’s Garage supporters came out in droves Tuesday night, but Community Board 1 unanimously voted against the popular sports bar transferring its liquor license to its Leonard St. location.

Bobby ‘Apocalypse’ Gurtler, former soundman, on life support after O.D.
By Lori Haught
Former Palladium soundman Bobby Gurtler a.k.a. “Bobby Apocalypse” is in a coma at Beth Israel Hospital after friends say he overdosed on a bad batch of heroin.

Downtown Arts & Entertainment

‘Babi Yar’ — where 33,000 died, one poet stood up
Yevtushenko that Yevtushenko himself, on the 65th anniversary of the Nazis’ liquidation of 33,000 Jews at the ravine of Babi Yar, outside Kiev, will recite Wednesday evening, September 27, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City, where Yevtushenko will be presented with the Raoul Wallenberg Award by the Foundation of the same name. The program climaxes with Misha and Cipa Dichter at the keys in the world premiere of Shostakovich’s recently unearthed adaptation for two pianos of the First Movement of his Symphony No.12, the “Babi Yar” symphony.

Indian Museum turns unused space into new wing
By Nicole Davis
For the past year, the National Museum of the American Indian at one Bowling Green has been busy adding a new wing to the institution — without actually adding on to the Beaux Arts building in which they’re housed. Such an architectural feat was possible because the museum simply repurposed an enclosed inner courtyard within the century-old, former Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House, and transformed it into a sleek exhibition space that will double as a performance center. Visitors will get their first peek on Saturday, September 23, when the new Diker Pavilion for Native Arts and Cultures opens to the public.

Sally Sherwood and the fab tour of vaudeville
By JERRY TALLMER
Sally Sherwood thinks of it as a class in History that she’ll be conducting from the stage of the Shooting Star Theatre at the South Street Seaport. “Good Bye, My Lady Love” is the name of the class.

A fan letter to Al Franken
By Steven Snyder
There was a day, or so I’m told, when mocking the president was considered impolite. But as far as this century is concerned, the presidency has not just been a target of satire but the popular bull’s eye, and Bush-bashing has become almost a badge of honor among those comedians and audiences who have tried to laugh the pain of two elections, two wars and Guantánamo away.

Air quality controllers: participants check for pollutants in public art project
By Nicole Davis
Brooke Singer was looking to burn a bucket of coal. She figured if she had the coal to burn, it would produce noxious pollutants we can’t see, but that Singer would be able to detect using a portable air-monitoring device, a gadget her colleagues created. Like an electronic nose, the device senses pollutants in its vicinity. And nothing says “pollutant” quite like coal — which is why Singer wanted a bagful.



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