THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 19 • Issue 21 | October 6 - 12, 2006

Editorial
A Pearl indeed
Pearl Scher only spent the last six of her 91 years in Lower Manhattan. We don't know what she was like as a younger woman, but it's hard to imagine anyone with more spirit than the young-at-heart person we got to know in her Downtown years. We suspect Downtowners weren't the first she charmed by her infectious smile and sharp wit.

Chelsea now has a paper too
It's not every day one gets to start a new community newspaper. So it goes without saying that we're extremely proud about Chelsea Now, our new weekly newspaper just for Chelsea.

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point
Beauty is in the eye of the letch
By Jean Marie Hackett
I must be beautiful.
Please don't get me wrong; I am not vain. I've spent years modestly going about by business, but frankly, all objective evidence seems to point to the fact that I must be drop dead gorgeous.

Under Cover

Police Blotter

The Penny Post
Going home again
By Andrei Codrescu
Paradox is not for the faint of heart, so Romanians, who live with dozens of them every day, can be said to be courageous people. I am one of them, a paradox, I mean.
Here are some other Romanian paradoxes:


News Briefs

Building the Burial Ground's foundation

Three blocks along Lafayette St. were renamed 'Court Officer Memorial Way'

Sin removal


Sports

Downtowners kick it up
AS Roma vs. Bologna
Soaking up the unexpected rays of sunshine, the AS Roma team took to the north field with force on Saturday.

Youth Activities

Downtown Express photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio

Cars with N.Y.P.D.-issued permits park on Fulton St. in a taxi cab stand, an area where even handicapped drivers are forbidden to park. Some residents say the parking problems on Fulton St. have gotten worse in recent weeks in reaction to media coverage of parking problems in nearby neighborhoods.

News

Fulton St. parking paradise for police, traffic nightmare for many Downtowners
By Skye H. McFarlane
Tuesday morning, a familiar scene unfolded on Fulton St. near the South Street Seaport.
The signs said, 'No Standing Except Trucks Loading And Unloading' and 'No Standing Anytime, Taxi Stand' but there were no trucks and no taxicabs parked at the curbs.

Pearl Scher, 91, community activist, dies
By Jane Flanagan
A large crowd gathered at Riverside Memorial Chapel on the Upper West Side to honor one of Downtown's most celebrated citizens. Pearl Scher died of cancer last week at the age of 91. Judging from the comments of the many mourners who turned out, she had more influence in her six years in Lower Manhattan than most people do in a lifetime.


INSIDE

State shelves West St. play space idea
By Skye H. McFarlane
Old wounds reopened Tuesday night when the Battery Park City Committee met to hear plans for the future of the West St. parkland.

Neon lights planned for Duane Park trees
An art project planned for Duane Park will feature neon tubing that would glow brightly among the bare tree limbs.

Police initiative targets bicycle headlights
By Jefferson Siegel
Participating in last Friday's Critical Mass wasn't a bright idea if your bicycle didn't have a headlight, as police collared anyone riding solely by the glow cast by streetlights.

Federal Hall reopens this weekend
After a long renovation project, Federal Hall will reopen to the public right on schedule, Columbus Day weekend.

Art group promises railroad sculpture for St. John's
By Lori Haught
A new sculpture hearkening back to the days when St. John's Rotary was a train rotary will soon grace the park at Varick and Laight Sts.


Downtown Arts & Entertainment


World music for a dying planet
By Jason Gross
Composer Joel Chadabe had founded the Electronic Music Foundation (EMF) in 1994 to promote and support electronic works in the modern classical field.While he worked tirelessly in this area, recording artists' work and promoting concerts, he also came across another important obsession.

Judith Ivey's dual talents
By Jerry Tallmer
Gus Klingman is what used to be called 'stuck in his ways.' Amanda Cross is more adventurous. They are no spring chickens. His wife is dead, her husband is dead. He has a grown son, she has a grown daughter.>

The Odd Couple
By Leonard Quart
The New York Film Festival, taking place right now at Lincoln Center, is an extremely discerning festival, screening only about 25 feature films and a number of shorts that the selection committee feels are the best of the year. Its prime commitment is to further the art of film, and to avoid serving the studios' publicity machine in any manner.

A marriage of mad minds
By Rachel Breitman
Weddings bring out the romantic Romeo in some, but also the shrew, rogue, and peasant's slave in others. With this in mind, Moonwork, a Downtown nonprofit theater company, throws together lines from half the Shakespeare canon, and adds some musical drama ÌÊ la 'Tony n' Tina's Wedding' to insure that 'never sure was there such a mad marriage' in their new play, 'Fools and Lovers.'

Guides on the road of life
By Steven Snyder
It's what goes unsaid that speaks volumes in 'A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints,' an unsentimental movie that avoids the sappy pitfalls of most memoirs.



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