THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 19 Issue 24 | Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 2006


More than 25 million reasons to drop random name listing
Cantor Fitzgerald C.E.O. Howard Lutnick and Mayor Bloomberg each had something right to say about the World Trade Center memorial last week.

Under Cover

Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess

Streetwalkers need not apply
Chambers St. pedestrians in search of a sidewalk got a little guidance over the weekend.

Letters to the editor

Police Blotter

With a price as good as the food

Smoking on the Hudson

Talking Point
9/11 families don't care about W.T.C. box beams
By Michael Burke
The events of 9/11, the evil that struck, the death and destruction, the heroism and sacrifice bind us all equally and irrevocably. No one has the right to try and discard that truth or to substitute their version of it — for any reason.

The Penny Post
Stream of depression-ness
By Andrei Codrescu
I sat down at the coffee house to write my column. I'd just read a long confession by St. Augustine that he was depressed until he met God.


Downtown Soccer League action
Minor 8
Bologna vs. Verona
The field was very muddy, but it was a crisp, sunny, fall day Saturday as Bologna and Verona took the field, both teams short a few players.

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

Peaceful break at Southbridge
About 100 Southbridge Towers residents took a break from their battle over whether or not to leave the Mitchell-Lama middle-class housing program (Letters to The Editor) to enjoy a demonstration Saturday by Shaolin Kung Fu, above, and to watch a Peking Opera performance.

What pulls the parade's strings?
By Lawrence Lerner
To sit around the kitchen table at Jeanne Fleming's Red Hook, N.Y., farmhouse this time of year is to witness a theater of the absurd.

Deutsche delays continue

Downtowners order police headquarters to disperse
Downtown residents said Monday they want police headquarters to move out of the neighborhood to make them feel safer.

P.S. 234 annex may open in 2007
Education officials have changed their tune on the timing of the P.S. 234 annex, but Downtown community leaders still aren’t singing along.

"Sex and the City" bakery coming to B.P.C.
It's framework may be shooting farther into the Battery Park City skyline every day, but Riverhouse, under construction at 1 River Terrace, is making a big effort to blend in.

Museum gets children's 9/11 art
The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation announced Wednesday that it received 322 drawings and crafts done by children all over the country to be part of the permanent collection of the World Trade Center Memorial Museum.

A look at the Lower East Side Arts

Portrait of a family reunion
The curtain rises and through the lifting darkness we hear Moses Kalter (David Verbeeck) reading from his love letter to his wife Chaja: “Sometimes we must return to yesterday to explain today.”

A wreck without a woman
By Scott Harrah
"Wrecks," the latest work by prolific playwright/screenwriter Neil LaBute, will thrill audiences that love surprise, "shocking" endings.


City to Trump: Yes to hole, no to building
By Lincoln Anderson
Donald Trump’s hotel on the western edge of Soho isn’t being built yet — but the Trump Hole is.

Parent-fans out in authority's ballfield plan
By Skye H. McFarlane
The Battery Park City ballfields will be feeling the safety squeeze over the next two years, as both spectator and playing space will be temporarily cut to allow for construction on two adjacent sites.

Tribeca's boathouse on Hudson Park's chopping block
By Josh Rogers
The governor has paddled his kayak down the Hudson to Pier 26's Downtown Boathouse and has said a new boathouse will be his favorite part of the Tribeca section of the riverside park, but citizen George Pataki could have no place to park his vessel when the pier is rebuilt in three years.

A look at the Lower East Side

Tenement Museum has built a home on Orchard St.
By Lawrence Lerner
Ruth Abram, president of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, remembers the day she and Anita Jacobson, the museum's co-founder, struck gold.

Stanton St. kids' garden is in need of some magic
By Jefferson Siegel
A peaceful oasis on the corner of Norfolk and Stanton Sts. is in danger of vanishing, and a community is once again mounting the barricades in defense of a garden.

For Mr. L.E.S. 2006, a crown of Buds
By Orli Van Mourik
Saint Reverend Jen Miller, founder of the Mr. Lower East Side Pageant, has been known to call the contest "the thinking woman's Chippendales."

Downtown Arts and Entertainment

Halcyon days of jazz return to Tribeca PAC
By Andrey Henkin
Though jazz has changed substantially in the 34 years since Jack Kleinsinger inaugurated his Highlights in Jazz series in 1972, the opening performance of the 2006 season reflected none of those developments. In fact, the evening's performance would not have been out of place in 1942. But New York's longest-running subscription service is bold in its anachronism.

"Babel" speaks volumes
By Steven Snyder
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Babel" unfolds much as his critically-lauded, but off-putting "21 Grams" did — as a series of distinct, distanced plot lines that promise to intersect down the road and explain all.

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