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Volume 16 • Issue 15 | September 9 - 15, 2003


Some thoughts for 9/11/03 and beyond
Two years after that awful day, most of us continue to think of it as a time when the world changed forever and we as individuals changed along with it. That may always be our view.
For those who lost someone they loved, the day‘s pain will always be profound, but it is our hope that as time marches forward, the pain will become less all-consuming and the joys of life will be able to be celebrated more. It seems fitting to have a less busy, more personal marking of the anniversary in 2003.

Letters to the editor

Second thoughts

The Penny Post
The political idiot
By Andrei Codrescu
I should give myself a spanking, put on a Fool’s cap, and wander the streets calling out “I’m a fool! I was wrong about Bush!” Actually, I wasn’t wrong about Bush personally. I disliked him from the very beginning of his barely legitimate election, and I blushed every time he mumbled on TV. He wasn’t bright, but he was my president, and I had a (sorely tested now) belief that his government was acting out in the best interest of the people. I was wrong.

Talking Point
Two years later, families need more answers
By Monica Iken
It’s been nearly two years since my husband Michael Iken and thousands of others were murdered in an evil act of terror on Sept. 11, 2001. Like other family members, the pain is still palpable. I miss Michael terribly.

Downtown Local
Board gets a Pearl

Seaport rescue

Rat response

Pedestrian injured

Anti-gay protest at Tweed Courthouse


Building self-esteem — trying to avoid boasting
By Jane Flanagan
I keep thinking about an anecdote a friend related.
“There was a 5-year-old boy living upstairs from me,” she said. “I thought he was a nice fellow, but a bit of a braggart. Then I met some other 5-year-olds.”
I know just what she’s talking about. Rusty, my newly-minted fiver, is always talking about himself.

Nursery furniture
Two Battery Park City moms are set to launch their new nursery decor business in mid September. Margarita Picone and Melanie Zrihen said that when they were pregnant there were few stores that could help them with all their baby bedding and furniture needs. So they decided to create one themselves, and Bella Zander Co. was born.

Children’s Activities


Soccer opener
After two years playing on post-9/11 displacement fields in Chelsea and the Village, Downtown Soccer League teams will kick off their first games of the season on home turf this Saturday, September 13 at the new Battery Park City soccer fields

Downtown Express photos by Brett C Vermilyea

Hoopsters came to Water and Wall Sts. last Saturday to raise money for Manhattan Youth as part of the NBA’s national Hoop it Up event. Organizers presented the Downtown group with a check for $5,000.

Downtown Express photo by Josh Rogers

“The Sphere” in Battery Park.

Two years later, a quieter 9/11
By Josh Rogers
There won’t be bagpipers marching to Lower Manhattan from all over the city, President Bush will not be coming and few streets will be closed – but not too many people seem to mind that this year’s ceremonies marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack will be more understated than a year ago.

Disputes over Downtown billions
By Josh Rogers
Downtown leaders differed last week over whether the rebuilding aid from Washington was being spent quickly enough.

Millennium school opens Downtown
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Millennium High School welcomed students to its new Downtown location on Monday, after a two-month construction blitz that transformed one floor of an office building at 75 Broad St. into a sleek learning space for 220 ninth and tenth graders.

Health study begins for residents, W.T.C. workers
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has launched a major effort to track people who were in the vicinity of the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001.

Downtowners design Suffolk’s 9/11 memorial
By Lincoln Anderson
Choosing from hundreds of concepts submitted, Suffolk County recently selected for its 9/11 memorial “Gardens of Remembrance,” a design by Barry David Berger of Barry David Berger+Associates, an industrial design firm located on King St. in Greenwich Village, and Barry Silberstang and Nicholas Agneta of Silberstang Architects, NYC, from Chelsea.

Kitchen, yet another art group looking to move to W.T.C.
By Jane FlanaganAmong the many arts groups interested in coming to a cultural center at the redeveloped World Trade Center site, is a familiar one to many Lower Manhattan residents.

NYU Downtown Hospital sponsors terror conference
By Sascha Brodsky
New York’s health care system needs to take further steps to respond effectively to another terrorism attack, officials warned Monday.

Downtown center opens on Broad Street
By Albert Amateau
The Downtown Information Center, Wall Street Rising’s new center for visitors and businesses, opened its doors at 25 Broad St. for the first time last week with well-wishers from the business, government and residential communities.

Planning a Downtown plaza in the British countryside By Melissa Robbins
LONDON— There are few places in Lower Manhattan where a person can sit on a park bench and imagine himself elsewhere. The sights and sounds and smells of the city are too prominent and familiar to ignore.

Officials celebrate Battery Park City ‘green’ building
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Battery Park City got a little greener last Friday with the official dedication of the Solaire, a 27-story building that is being touted as the country’s first environmentally sustainable residential high-rise building.

Project in Parson’s student’s name hopes to heal
By Ashley Winchester
On Mon., Sept. 15 in the Great Hall of Cooper Union, author and actress Mariel Hemingway will serve as the emcee at a benefit reading for the Rita Project, a nonprofit organization devoted to using the arts to help bring an end to suicide.

Israel Horovitz Remembers Sept. 11
By Jerry Tallmer
Israel Horovitz and his wife Gill — British-born marathon champion Gillian Adams — were at morning coffee in their house on West 11th Street, across from St. Vincent’s Hospital, when the aircraft came screaming past, “no more than 100 feet overhead,” playwright Horovitz said.

On 9/11 anniversary, local artists focus on “Restoration”
By Sharon Hartwick
An inspiring and eclectic exhibition of paintings opens this week at the World Trade Art Gallery across from Trinity Church. It features 12 artists and over 40 paintings, a mix of abstract and figurative, including works by Debra Murrow, a Battery Park City resident, Chad Collins and Makoto Fujimura.

Koch on film
By Ed. Koch
“Thirteen” (+) This movie, allegedly depicting the lives of children living in dysfunctional families, is a kick in the belly. The 13-year-old adolescents under the microscope of the camera’s eye live in California and are in the seventh grade. “Le Divorce” (-) A Merchant-Ivory film which ends up as a total bore: sophisticated bore. It lacks everything. The acting — and it has a huge cast of usually excellent actors including Stockard Channing, Glenn Close, Stephen Fry, Kate Hudson, Sam Waterston and Bebe Neuwirth — all of whom fail to create any sense of drama or reality. It never even shows us Paris, since the scenes are overwhelmingly interior.

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