THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 19 Issue 22 | October 13 - 19, 2006


Southbridge Towers' big decision
As we report this week, the 4,000 or so middle class residents at Southbridge Towers are about to see a study predicting how rich they would become if they vote to take their Seaport homes out of Mitchell-Lama housing.

Let's go Mets to the Canyon
There may be no parade route in the world more famous than Lower Manhattan's Canyon of Heroes, but sadly this majestic romp past Wall St. has been tickertape free for six years.

Letters to the Editor

Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess
Harbor fishing
Waterfront politics were undoubtedly the furthest thing from the minds of these fisherman as they took in the Lower Manhattan's harbor view from Pier A in Battery Park last weekend, but if they caught any striped bass, they could thank the environmental advocates of two decades ago who blocked the Westway project because of the effect to the species.

Talking Point
Build a better memorial with the mayor
By David Stanke
Last week, Mayor Bloomberg was appointed to be chairperson of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, responsible for raising $150 million to complete the memorial. As has become the routine, a number of 9/11 victims' family members protested. Michael Bloomberg is not just the best person for the job; he may be the only person.

Under Cover

Police Blotter

The Penny Post
Scenes from a Japanese restaurant
By Andrei Codrescu
We ate at a family-style Japanese steakhouse where you sit with strangers around a square communal table with a grill in the middle. Most folks in the room were older, out for the early-bird special, but our table had variety.

News Briefs
Voting forum

Broadband party on Broad St.

Columbus Day comes a little early in Little Italy

Jerry Morse, Lower Manhattan booster, 85, dies
By Lori Haught
Gerald Morse, a volunteer who helped run the Lower Manhattan Marketing Association for 20 years, died of leukemia Sept. 28. He was 85.


Downtown Giants wrapping up their seasons
By Lori Haught
The Downtown Giants little league football teams are coming off of an impressive win a few weeks ago and entering into their home stretch, which the teams will celebrate with their homecoming games Sat. Oct. 14.

Youth Activities

What’s cooking at I.S. 89
The Manhattan Youth’s after school program at I.S. 89 added a cooking program to their wide array of activities.

Downtown Express photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio

Apartments at Southbridge Towers may be worth up to $1 million if residents decide to leave the Mitchell-Lama housing program, according to a new report.

Big bucks at Southbridge — residents will be rich, study says
By Josh Rogers
Some Southbridge Towers residents could get up to $1 million for their apartments if they decide to leave a state middle class housing program, according to a report that will be presented to the 4,000 or so tenants in about two weeks.

How I was duped by Ali G.
By Linda Stein
I click onto the trailer of the upcoming 20th Century Fox movie, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," at the urging of friends. They're right: I'm in it.

State, city spring sharp rent hikes on people with AIDS
By Paul Schindler
Elected officials and advocates for people living with H.I.V. or AIDS gathered Tuesday in Midtown to skewer the Pataki administration over an adjustment in the way rent is calculated for people with AIDS in the city who live in government-subsidized housing so that their monthly payment will no longer be limited to 30 percent of their income, but could well exceed 50 percent.


Pace still close to home 100 years later
By Lori Haught
Pace University started out as a one-room school in the New York Tribune Building 100 years ago. As the city has grown, so has the school, spanning two large campuses in Lower Manhattan and Pleasantville.

C.B. 1 backs cobblestones, green space for Peck Slip
By Skye H. McFarlane
In a heated debate Wednesday night over the future of Peck Slip, compromise won out. Community Board 1's Seaport Committee resolved to split the difference between the two most popular concepts for the space — piazza and parkland.

Giving children a chance by offering a safe haven
By Lori Haught
One of the oldest and largest child welfare agencies in the city is celebrating its third year under the leadership of executive director Bill Baccaglini, a Battery Park City resident.

Building lofts where clubbers and horses once roamed
By Skye H. McFarlane
Wheeling his black bike around desks made from boards and old filing cabinets, Peter Moore hardly fits the image of a Manhattan real estate developer. A Columbia graduate but quintesssential "downtowner," Moore says that even after 15 years as a principle developer, he still views the city through the eyes of an architect.

Tribeca school annex will be last to open
By Skye H. McFarlane
At a construction site with three projects rushing towards fruition, it appears that Downtown school children will be left in last place.

Tribecan Web master helping Dems take Congress
By Jefferson Siegel
All politics is local, and sometimes that's a problem. Representative democracy and its aggravations trickle down to the common citizen in unforeseen ways.

Downtown Arts & Entertainment

Lost in translation
By Harry Newman
Kameron Steele first saw Terayama Shuji"s avant-garde classic film, "Den' ni Shisu (Death in the Fields)" in Tokyo in 1991, where he had gone to continue his education in theater after graduating Northwestern University. He had only been in Japan a year or so and wasn't able to follow everythi

Give it a name: ApexArt tries to pinpoint an art movement
By Nicole Davis
When ApexArt tapped Andrea Grover, a media artist from Houston, to curate a new show at the Tribeca gallery, she knew she wanted to include Found magazine and the website Learning to Love You More (

The original reality show, now 49 years old
By Leonard Quart
"49 Up" is the latest installment of a markedly original documentary series made for English television, directed by Michael Apted ("The Coal Miner's Daughter").

Falling for Borat
Tribeca artist details the big dupe
By Linda Stein
I click onto the trailer of the upcoming 20th Century Fox movie, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," at the urging of friends. They're right: I'm in it.

Program the Dead breathes some life into rock n roll
By Lori Haught
Their music is gritty and it gets your blood pumping, like you can take on the world. And when you hear Program the Dead live, you feel as though you've actually seen a rock show — a rare event now.

In "Nickel and Dimed," making ends meet is hard work
By Rachel Breitman
"Nickel and Dimed" opens with a claustrophobic studio apartment that quickly transforms into a suffocating workplace.

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