THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 19 Issue 33 | December 15 - 21, 2006

Editorial
Governor Pataki and the Hudson River Park
The lower part of Manhattan, like most of New York City, is heavily Democratic. Despite the last 12 years that have seen two Republican mayors, this is not a particularly fertile ground for Republicans to pick up votes.

Trouble filing it away
These Duane St. recyclables apparently couldn’t fit in the “R” file.

Talking Point
Hey Alan, you represent me and my neighbors
By David Stanke
Councilmember Alan Gerson recently supported family member demands that City Hall bring in the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) to supplement the search of the World Trade Center for human remains of 9/11.

Letters to the editor

Police Blotter

Under Cover

The Penny Post
The hottest market
By Andrei Codrescu
Translation is the emerging market of the century. The Simultaneous Translator will soon be on the cover of Time, and it will be a.... human. Machines cannot translate no matter how smart we make them. The slightest nuance of a nuance, and the machine mistranslates. In fact, the last job that only humans can accomplish is that of translation.

Downtown Express photo by Clayton Patterson
Mission not accomplished
A Marine recruiter at Stanton and Eldridge Sts. last week had little luck getting local youths to sign up for the military.


Youth

M.A.T. school teams rise in the fall
What a fall sports season it was for the Manhsattan Academy of Technology Middle School Dragons. Not only did the Lower East Side school field it’s first ever soccer program for both boys and girls, the all-girls team was the first ever in the city public school middle school history.

Downtown Express photos by Lorenzo Ciniglio

A wary pedestrian crosses toward Battery Park without the help of a crosswalk signal. All 12 signals at the intersection where the West Side Highway meets Battery Place are covered up as seen in the insert.

Who forgot the lights? Signals crossed at wild West St.
By Skye H. McFarlane
Rochelle and Waygon Sanders, a pair of honeymooners from Mississippi, decided to take advantage of the mild New York weather Tuesday morning with a visit to Battery Park. The only problem was, they had to get there first.


Mayor announces new W.T.C. name listings
By Josh Rogers
Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced on Wednesday that 9/11 victims will be listed in groups at the World Trade Center memorial, but the decision was blasted by some family members who said it did not answer enough of their concerns about how their loved ones’ names will be viewed.

Bike plan is less than Grand, some say
By Lori Haught
Community Board 3 passed a resolution in the spring saying it did not support a bike lane on Grand St. By November, the city Department of Transportation had put it in.

Love and rage at memorial for cyclist slain on path
By Jefferson Siegel
Eric Ng, the 22-year-old cyclist who police say was killed by a drunken driver on Dec. 1 on the Hudson River Park bike path, was remembered by family and friends in a day of memorials last Saturday.

Getting Fifi to pay for abandoned mutts’ care
By Lori Haught
Animal Haven celebrated the opening of its Soho space with a gala event on Tuesday, Dec. 12, even though the space isn’t quite ready to open yet.

Old and new salts to get dog spa by the Seaport
By Priya Idiculla
Larger dogs will finally have a grooming place in Lower Manhattan like their smaller-framed friends. The Salty Paw is billed as a “dog accessory emporium and grooming spa” and is slated to open in March at 38 Peck Slip. Big dogs are welcome.

City halts Trump project
By Lincoln Anderson
The discovery of human remains at the site of the planned Trump Soho condo-hotel at Spring and Varick Sts. led the Department of Buildings on Tuesday to issue a stop-work order for the project.


ARTS
Angst for the memories
By Will McKinley
At the age of twelve, Sara Barron was the cutest little pornographer you ever did see.

By the light of the big screen
By Lisa Heffernan
Most bands are influenced by other musicians, but film actually plays a bigger role in shaping the sound of New York-based indie quintet Daylight’s for the Birds.

Brilliant casting keeps ‘Vertical Hour’ ticking
By Scott Harrah
British playwright David Hare is certainly no fan of President Bush. Earlier this year, Hare’s politically charged drama at the Public Theater, “Stuff Happens,” used a documentary-style format to make strong statements about all the shady dealings that led to the war in Iraq.

NEWS

Losing the fabric of Downtown
By Michele Herman
Until recently, if you needed to buy fabric in Manhattan, you could travel less than a mile in almost any direction and find a store that stocked what you were looking for.

Second coming of the “Messiah”
The Messiah will come to Downtown twice this holiday season, courtesy of the Trinity Choir and REBEL Baroque Orchestra.

Subway and street closings on Cortlandt St.
By Skye H. McFarlane
Cortlandt St. — the short thoroughfare whose name means “short land” — will be long on problems in the new year, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Workers walk at Deutsche
The delay-plagued removal of the former Deutsche Bank building at 130 Liberty St. hit yet another bizarre snag this week as a subcontractor pulled its workers off the site just days after deconstruction had begun.

With shouts of ‘stroke,’ shivering rowers brave the Hudson
By Jefferson Siegel
It’s taken decades, but New York is slowly reclaiming and making use of one of its most valuable resources: its rivers. Earlier this year world-class yacht, sailboat and tugboat races brought crowds to the riverside. A new park is slowly taking shape along the Hudson.

Chan thanks parents for believing in American Dream

Public invited to sign F.T. beam


‘Jules and Jim’: For the love of a woman
By Jerry Tallmer
Forty-four years after its original release in the United States, 94 years after the year of innocence (1912) in which it starts, Francois Truffaut’s “Jules and Jim” can still melt the insides of anybody who sees it — anybody I want to know, anyway; anybody who was ever in love with a woman; more yet, in thrall to womankind.

A very merry, scary off-off Broadway season
The Sci-Fi Soothsayer
Leave it to Les Freres Corbusier to teach us what the other half believes. This fall, the experimental theater company exposed New Yorkers to the way Christian fundamentalists celebrate Halloween by installing a Jerry Falwell-inspired Hell House in Brooklyn.

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Archival gem, fresh from the vault The original New York Bill of Rights Ratification will be available for viewing for the first time since it was signed on March 27, 1790. The event marks a new partnership between the National Park Service and the National Archives and Records Administration. There will also be interpreters in period costumes, children’s activities, free tours and onsite discussions. Fri., Dec. 15 from 9am - 7pm; Sat. & Sun., Dec. 16 & 17 from 9am - 5pm. Free. Federal Hall National Memorial, 26 Wall St.

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