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Volume 16 • Issue 16 | September 16 - 22, 2003


Will Pier 40 interim planbe the final plan?
Two months ago, Robert Balachandran, president and C.E.O. of the Hudson River Park Trust, told the Trust’s board of directors that the Trust’s staff would present designs for interim reuse plan of Pier 40 “in a month or so.” The Trust’s board will meet next Thursday and we expect the plan for the pier will be publicly unveiled then.

Letters to the editor

Second thoughts

The Penny Post
Brief obituaries
By Andrei Codrescu
Two evil geniuses of the 20th century died nearly at the same time, after surviving the century that they helped shape: Edward Teller and Leni Riefenstahl. Edward Teller, the father of the Hydrogen bomb, had one of those brilliant mathematical brains that showed up quite frequently among Central European Jews born near the dawn of the last century.

Talking Point
Fighting ‘Ground Zero’ as a phrase and tourist stop
By Dara Lehon
Am I the only one who shivers anymore when someone says “Ground Zero?” It was brilliant at the time - Ground Zero: a home base to which the media and military could refer - symbolic, functional and effective. But nearly two years later, it seems the numbness is finally setting in.

Downtown Local

Honoring one of our own
Al Amateau was honored for his reporting on the battle to preserve New York City's historic Seaport District.

Culture festival
On Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., nearly 100 arts and cultural organizations will converge for the city’s 3rd Annual CultureFest, sponsored by the Merrill Lynch Foundation and NYC & Company.

Friendly fire
Five Downtown firemen will be stepping out of the fire and into the frying pan next Tuesday night for the second annual Tribeca Cook-off to benefit the Tribeca Organization.

Block party
The Battery Park City Neighbors and Parents Association will sponsor its second annual Battery Park City Block Party, Saturday, Sept. 20.

Last week’s issue reported the wrong Internet address for the health registry recently launched by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and open to Downtown residents and World Trade Center recovery workers. The correct address is

Police Blotter

Millenium Fire

Teen rampage reported

Remains found

No 9/11 arrests


A mother’s ally is a good doctor
By Jane Flanagan
If you are a 45-year-old woman like I am, and your son just started kindergarten, you are grateful for good doctors. I want to be around to see grandchildren, so I will do whatever I can to see that my body is up to the endurance trek.

Children’s Activities


Downtown Soccer kicks off on new fields
By Ashley Winchester
Downtown Soccer League teams dribbled their way through the drizzle for opening day at the new Battery Park City fields this weekend. Although opening ceremony festivities are postponed until the following weekend (pending hurricane predictions), clouds parted long enough for play Saturday and Sunday in all but the minor division games.

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Two of the name-readers at last week’s Sept. 11 ceremony at the World Trade Center site.

On the second anniversary of the terror attacks, our remembrance was just more visible: in the people stopped on the sidewalks at 8:46 a.m., in the American flag ties worn on the floor of the stock exchange, in the white ribbons worn by victims’ families at ground zero. (Go to article.)

Port looks to buy W.T.C. retail
By Josh Rogers
The Port Authority has agreed to try and buy back the leasing rights to the World Trade Center site retail from Westfield America for $140 million, according to the firm, which had challenged the selected site plan design.

Sailing Downtown
By Jerry Tallmer
“A sailboat is a wing,” Tom Berton is saying. “Half of it above water, half in the water below. It rides on the wind, or tacks against the wind. This is a solidly built deep vessel with a 10-foot [subsurface] draw.”

E.P.A. clears building despite toxic report
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The Environmental Protection Agency oversaw the cleaning of 114 Liberty St. and cleared the building for re-occupancy despite the presence of toxic dust from the World Trade Center collapse, residents charged last week.

Jewish museum’s new wing to open this week
By Jessica Mintz
It took tons of steel, a mountain of stone, forests of trees, acres of architectural drawings, gigabytes of engineers’ calculations and an arsenal of tools to expand the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. But at Monday’s dedication of the new wing, museum director David Marwell added to those remarks that the addition had found its strength “not in beams and stone, but in its mission, and in its name.”

Gerson cruises to win in Council primary
By Josh Rogers
Councilmember Alan Gerson won a landslide victory in the Democratic primary to defend his seat last Tuesday, defeating challenger Pete Gleason 81 percent to 19, based on Board of Election returns from 100 percent of the election districts.

Push to bring art back to Soho park
By Ashley Winchester
In the late 1960s, artist Bob Bolles installed several of his welded works in a then-abandoned traffic triangle at the intersection of Watts and Broome Sts. The spot soon became known to locals as Bob Bolles Park, in honor of the late artist and Soho fixture who frequented the nearby Broome Street Bar.

Storyteller to tell Jewish tales in B.P.C.
By Tracy Montgomery
It was a beautiful sunny Saturday in Central Park. A parade was marching up Fifth Avenue and streams of people were walking, skating and running by each other. But most of those people took a pause, and some even stopped dead in their tracks to listen to a tall, slender woman with a microphone in her hand at the Hans Christian Andersen statue.

Koch on film
By Ed. Koch
His Honor reviews a couple of flicks in a style all his own.

Sensitive film focuses on aging baby-boomers
By Danielle Stein
Ah, to be young, thin, naked, and in love – all on the Colorado River. Rob Moss’s footage of his summer rafting trip with hippie friends in 1978 looks the epitome of counterculture bliss. No obligations, no itinerary; just sex, drugs and freedom.

Twyla Tharp/downtown folks revive 60’s spirit
By Susan Phillips
Celebrating community and retro-fashion, 100 ordinary folk danced with Twyla Tharp on a Battery Park stage last Tuesday night to a packed crowd. The performance, titled “The One Hundreds,” sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, revived a work Tharp created during her farmer-hippie days in the 1960’s.


More than just bread
By Lauren Fouda
What’s in a name? For owners Bob Giraldi and Luigi Comandatore, BREADTribeca got the point across in a no-nonsense way, alerting diners that this was a Tribeca outpost of the original BREAD in SoHo.

Reliable, good Greek fare in Tribeca
By Lauren Fouda
Whenever a trendy new bistro opens up, or a chain spreads its wings and expands into occupied territory, I imagine the neighborhood’s longstanding restaurants must brace themselves for the competition that comes along with gentrification. After all, it’s one thing to establish a successful eatery in Manhattan, but quite another to sustain its popularity when copycats or new cuisines burst onto the scene.

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