THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 19 Issue 23 | October 20 - 26, 2006


Searching for safety at 60 Hudson and beyond
This week’s decision by the Board of Standards and Appeals to legalize the illegal storage of diesel fuel at 60 Hudson St. highlights the desperate need for the city to take a first look at how best to regulate telecom buildings. That was the reaction of the Tribeca group that led the fight against the building, Neighbors against NOISE, which is right once again.

Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess
Path of most resistance
This may be the closest thing to biking in the Hudson River without sinking.

Letters to the editor

The Penny Post
A perfect mirror
Mud Island sits in the Mississippi River outside of Memphis, between Tennessee and Arkansas, You get there by a monorail that snails across the wide river and affords you a view of the vast water and the city of Memphis. On Mud Island is the Mississippi River Museum, a wonder of curatorial ingenuity.

In Briefs

Culturefest sculpture


Racing kayakers go through Hell Gate and high water
By Kaija Helmetag
On Oct. 8 at North Cove Marina in Lower Manhattan, elite kayakers began the first of what they hope will be the water sport equivalent of the New York City Marathon.

Zachary Pine kicks it for Bari, left. Bari goalkeeper Tommy Wu clears the ball, right.

Downtown soccer action
Bologna vs. Bari
It was a gorgeous afternoon for soccer Saturday when Bologna met Bari in the Minor 8 division of Downtown Soccer.

Downtowners play like G-men
The Downtown Giants Junior Peewee Division, aged nine to 10-year-old, celebrated their homecoming game with a 42-34 win over the Bronx Colts at Murry Bergtraum field Saturday Oct.

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

Little Giant
Tiki Barber isn't the only Giant running back racking up big yards this season. J.J. Cruz of the Downtown Giants gained 250 yards and scored five touchdowns Saturday, leading the Lower Manhattan squad of 10 and 11-year-olds to a 42-34 win. Article.

"Ain't no CBGB" anymore
By Lincoln Anderson
While hundreds of fans were still rocking in punk ecstasy to Patti Smith at her closed-to-the-media farewell show inside CBGB early Monday morning, there was no mistaking the feeling among those who couldn't get inside. Maybe for them, at a remove from the Smith band's driving three-chord rhythms and feedback, reality had set in earlier.

State files appeal in Knickerbocker case
As expected, the state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer filed an appeal on Oct. 4 from a State Supreme Court decision that tenants of Knickerbocker Village on the Lower East Side had hoped would keep their apartments affordable.

A run for fun and a library
Last Friday PS/IS 89 held its seventh annual "Run for Knowledge" race from Wagner to Rockefeller Parks in Battery Park City. Hundreds of students, parents and even a local dentist raced up the B.P.C. esplanade. The ultimate goal was to raise funds for the school library. nt>

East siders try for smaller towers, cheaper housing
By Lincoln Anderson
Toward the end of Community Board 3's 197 Task Force meeting on Monday night, David McWater, the board's chairperson, said he'd hoped the Department of City Planning would return to the board with some modifications to its proposed East Village/Lower East Side rezoning that it presented the board a few months ago. But, speaking after the Planning officials had left the meeting, McWater said he was discouraged the department hasn't really made any changes.

Stewart gets 28 months, not years, to her delight
By Lori Haught
Lynne Stewart, 67, radical Lower East Side attorney, was sentenced to 28 months in prison on Mon. Oct. 16, nearly 20 months after her conviction on charges of aiding terrorism.


Burned by diesel loss, Tribecans begin citywide fight
By Skye H. McFarlane
The Board of Standards and Appeals sparked outrage Tuesday when it upheld a variance allowing a Tribeca telecommunications hub to violate codes on the storage and handling of diesel fuel.

No plan for W.T.C. buses in the early years
By Skye H. McFarlane
The Port Authority has no plan for the hordes of tour buses expected to drive to the World Trade Center memorial the first two years it is open — a period when crowds are expected to be the largest.

The planet's answers are in the soil, says B.P.C.'s green thumb
By Lori Haught
When T Fleisher, director of horticulture at the Battery Parks City Parks Conservancy, proposed sustainable landscaping 17 years ago, some people looked at him like he "had two heads."

C.B. 1 hires two for the price of one (almost)
Faced with two strong candidates and just one opening for district manager, Community Board 1 used some creative thinking this week to hire both men, in the process creating a new position at the board.

C.B. 1 backs Park Row reopening
Community Board 1 voted Tuesday to support Community Board 3 in the board's efforts to reopen Park Row to traffic. The strongly worded resolution came in the wake of the Police Department's recently released Draft Environment Impact Statement.

$45 million in community grants
The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation is accepting applications for up to $45 million in grants intended to help the Downtown community.

Boomerang lands in the World Financial Center
Boomerang Toys has done a brisk business in Tribeca for four years, and is now playing with the big kids at the World Financial Center.

Downtown Arts and Entertainment

David Lynch's night music
By Harry Newman
David Lynch can't say what inspired him to start improvising seven years ago. The best he can offer is that he had a keyboard in his house and one day started experimenting.

In "Jonestown" a horrifying look at a murderous leader
By Noah Fowle
It is rare to find a documentary that contains more suspense and horror than any of the scary movies arriving in time for Halloween. But in "Jonestown" Director Stanley Nelson gives the medium a powerful shot in this eerie exploration of Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and the infamous mass suicide in Guyana, presenting a striking look past the sensational headlines and into the fractured psyches responsible for the grim tragedy.

"Aguirre" is back, with a vengeance
By Jerry Tallmer
Clouds so low that they mask the mountains. Mountains so high that they melt, hauntingly, into the clouds. And now, bit by bit, we perceive a line of ants working their slow, painful way down the very edge of a 600-meter vertical drop.

A doomed expedition that sails on stage
By Tonia Steed
The lights come up, washing the blank curtain in a cold and unforgiving brightness. At center stands a round, fleshy man in an ill-fitting tuxedo, hair corkscrewing into a halo, red clown nose attached to his face by fraying elastic, a huge prosthetic ass strapped behind him: Bane Barrington.

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The Poetry of the Moving Image ‰¥&Mac254;The Golden Hour,‰¥ÿ a group exhibit at Gigantic Art Space, takes its name from that ephemeral twilight period in which filmmakers and photographers love to shoot. Drawing upon everything from film trailers to soundtracks to stills, each artist explores their relationship to film, arguably the most important medium of the last century. Above, a still from "Charming Augustine" a 3-D film by Zoe Beloff that will be screened at the gallery on Tuesday, October 24 at 7:30 and 8:30 PM, complete with 3-D glasses. The exhibit closes Oct. 28. Gigantic Art Space, 59 Franklin Street, 212-226-6762.

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