THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 19 Issue 25 | Nov. 3 — 9, 2006

Change comes to Albany and Washington
With Democrats taking the House and apparently the Senate in Tuesday’s heartening Election Day, America should be moving closer to the right track. With Donald Rumsfeld’s long overdue ouster from the Pentagon, the president may be signaling he is finally ready to discuss rationally the least bad way to get us out of the mess he initiated in Iraq.

Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess
Must it be spelled out?
Drivers hoping to compete on “Wheel of Fortune” perhaps appreciated the chance to practice reading this sign on West and Warren Sts.

Under Cover

Letters to the editor

Police Blotter

The Penny Post
Backseat listener
By Andrei Codrescu
I gave myself one hour before the flight, which I find is plenty of time in New Orleans, unless they raise the alert level and start going after your inner terrorist, which is hell to get out and place on the tray.

Downtown Express photo by Tequila Minsky

David Graves of Berkshire Berries, who sells jams and jellies at the Union Sq. Greenmarket, showed first grade students from P.S. 126 in Chinatown the wonders of a beehive during a recent class trip.

Bergtraum A.P. gets 10 years

Dining deal returns Nov. 13

New Hudson Sq. owner mulls hotel with $20-million buy

W.T.C. workers forum


Roma and Juventus battle hard in close match
On the cool but sunny Saturday AS Roma played Juventus for the second time this season beating them 3-1 in a Downtown Soccer League game. Roma was down five of their original players, and had since added Samantha Sewell to the roster. Juventus was missing coach Sam Clayton and son Liam, as well as Brody Sharoff.

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

Local boy makes good
Battery Park City resident Andrew Cuomo greeted a supporter Tuesday — after voting at the High School for Public Leadership and before cruising to victory in the state attorney general’s race. He beat Republican Jeanine Pirro, 57 percent to 40 percent, according to the returns, which will not be certified until Dec. 15.

Political cover-up at Tribeca polling site
By Lori Haught, Josh Rogers and Tequila Minsky
In politics the cover-up isn’t always worse than the original offense.

Despite height caps, concerns on L.E.S. changes still high
By Lawrence Lerner
Officials from New York City’s Department of City Planning held a much-anticipated three-hour public forum on Nov. 6, unveiling a revised Lower East Side and East Village rezoning plan in front of more than 200 people packed into Cooper Union’s Wollman Auditorium.

Salon owner looks to raise money for struggling businesses
By Priya Idiculla
Vince Smith knew exactly where he wanted to open his own salon after he saw the scale model of Battery Park City in the then-newly opened World Financial Center. That location was South End Ave. and Smith opened his business, Vince Smith Hair Experience, there in 1990. Smith has been a Battery Park City business owner for 16 years now. He lost 36 clients and friends on Sept. 11, 2001.

Feathers fly as NEST parents resign from the P.T.A.
By Anindita Dasgupta
First they banded together to help renovate the building at 111 Columbia St. Then they filed a lawsuit against the city’s Department of Education and state Board of Regents to keep a charter school from encroaching on their space and possibly draining the resources of their school.

Maya Lin unveils renderings for Chinatown museum
By Priya Idiculla
Architect Maya Lin was reminded of her mother when she saw the new space she will be remodeling for the Museum of Chinese in the Americas. The new building space is made up of two separate structures that surround a courtyard. The courtyard space was reminiscent of her mother’s previous home in Shanghai.

Arts and Entertainment

Can Paris Hilton really sing?
Nearly every week, someone sends a new CD to the offices of Downtown Express in the hopes that we’ll review it.

For Julie Harris, who has not lived in vain
By Jerry Tallmer
One thinks of Julie Harris — first lady of the American theater and films and TV for most of our lifetime — in terms of, oh, Emily Dickinson, Joan of Arc, or Frankie Adams (age 12), and not of  ... shall we say? ... Paris Hilton. But here is how another much-loved lady of theater, Anne Jackson, remembers their first encounter:

Dead on arrival
By Steven Snyder
Shakespeare said “the play’s the thing,” but halfway through A.R. Gurney’s latest comedy, “Post Mortem,” it’s clear that at least one playwright isn’t quite so sure anymore.


Terminal project nears the end
By Skye H. McFarlane
If seeing is believing in the delay-ridden world of New York City construction, then commuters and residents may finally be gaining some faith that the new, permanent ferry terminal in Battery Park City is on its way.

Before condos, an art finale for building
By Lincoln Anderson
For years, the former horse stable at 11 Spring St. has been a hulking mystery on Little Italy’s edge near the Bowery. Its reclusive owner was said to have filled the inside with all manner of ingenious gadgets.

After the fall of The Falls, life returns to 224 Lafayette St.
By Sandra Larriva
The Falls, the dark Soho nightspot where John Jay College graduate student Imette St. Guillen was last seen alive in the early morning of Feb. 25, 2006, closed on July 9 after having given up its liquor license two days earlier.

Fund allows student to focus only on school, family and English
By Lori Haught
When Martha Santos came to New York from Ecuador nearly five years ago, she spoke very little English.

W.T.C. workers forum
There will be a free public forum to address the injuries sustained by the World Trade Center’s first responders on Nov. 20.

Bob Dylan revisited
By Scott Harrah
Twyla Tharp won a Tony in 2003 for her “jukebox musical” tribute to Billy Joel, “Movin’ Out.” That show used a thin but coherent storyline about America from Vietnam to the new millennium as the backdrop for Joel’s pop classics and Tharp’s innovative choreography.

Still reeling from New York’s other Marathon
By Todd Simmons
After taking in three dozen bands over the past five days, I’m now expecting to see a band everywhere I go. I can’t even get through a night’s slumber without reoccurring dreams of entrance queues, panel discussions, crammed basements, and endless torrents of indie rock music.

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