THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 19 Issue 34 | January 5 -11, 2007

Priorities for our new governor 
“Day one” has come and gone in Albany and now Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s real work changing Albany begins. The new governor has laid out an ambitious agenda that will need deft political skills and public support to enact.

Letters to the editor

Police Blotter

Under Cover

The Penny Post
Liberal help for Iran
By Andrei Codrescu
They are not just reading Lolita in Teheran. They are also reading Hannah Arendt, Karl Popper, Jurgen Habermas, and Richard Rorty. A Velvet Revolution inspired by Western liberal philosophers is under way in Iran.

Talking Point
The obscenity of killing Saddam
By Jerry Tallmer
Rudyard Kipling and Joseph Conrad and E.M. Forster and Graham Greene – those dry-point surgical anatomists of the White Man’s Burden – yes, and Albert Camus too – all of them put together could not have dreamed up the indecent fast-forward termination of the life’s breath of Saddam Hussein as in fact it happened and was captured by, of all things, naturally, the video function in a cell phone.

What if..... they actually wanted to save Deutsche?
By David Stanke
Striking union workers recently delayed the deconstruction of Deutsche Bank. This was the latest in a long series of delays. It is as if there is inevitability to the survival of this building, a destiny. After years of fighting for its destruction, I surrender to its overwhelming power.

In Briefs

What, you don’t trust us?

Call for male singers

Remembering those killed in Iraq

Next stop, Xmas 2007

Downtown Express photos by Jefferson Siegel

Before 1894, Trinity Church was to New Year’s Eve what Times Square is now. Downtown New Year’s Eve revelers with plenty of elbow room watched as the landmark church revived its tradition Sunday, ringing in the New Year with new bells.

Speaker and clubs toast new safety measures
By Albert Amateau
At the end of 2006 — a year marked by the tragic deaths of patrons of Manhattan clubs — the New York City Council and State Liquor Authority introduced separate proposals to reform nightlife security and to change the way liquor licenses are issued and regulated.

9/11 care for residents who can’t cough up cash
By Skye H. McFarlane
Dr. Joan Reibman is a busy woman. So busy, in fact, that she didn’t have time to come up with a job title for the work she does at the Bellevue Hospital World Trade Center Care Center, the 9/11 health clinic that will officially reopen this month with expanded space and services, thanks to a $16 million, five-year infusion of cash from the city.


Notes on one incredible performance
By Leonard Quart
“Notes on a Scandal” is literate entertainment — a stunningly-acted psychological thriller that is characterized by plot twists and turns, and melodramatic, over-the-top emotions. A number of major Brit talents helped shape the film based on Zoë Heller’s novel “What Was She Thinking: Notes on a Scandal,” which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

Ordinary people, an extraordinary Resistance
By Jerry Tallmer
They had names —  noms de guerre — like Le Bison, Le Masque, Luc, Gerbier, Felix, Mathilde, Jean-Francois, and often one of them didn’t know anything more about the others than just that, not even Luc, who ran the whole show, or this particular Marseille-based element of it,  but was unaware that his kid brother lived and died a wholly separate existence within the Resistance in the German-occupied France of 1942 and ’43.

Nadler would cut Iraq war money; says 9/11 dough should flow
By Josh Rogers
U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler said he would try to cut off funds to continue the war in Iraq when the new Congress begins this week, but he is more optimistic about his prospects of getting federal money for the health of Downtowners and other Lower Manhattan projects.

A literal ring to the New Year
By Jefferson Siegel
Over 100 years ago, before the lights of Times Sq. drew crowds to celebrate the New Year, people flocked Downtown for their year-end revelry. Last Friday night, Trinity Church on lower Broadway reinstated a long-forgotten New Year’s Eve tradition with a midnight ringing of its newly installed change-ringing bells.

Seaport children’s slip is coming in
By Janel Bladow
A new state-of-the-art, park-like playground may be headed to the South Street Seaport. Community Board 1 overwhelmingly passed a resolution to approve the Burling Slip playground last month.

Oh baby, the city’s first
Downtown Hospital rang in the New Year by welcoming “Baby New Year” Yuki Lin at the stroke of midnight, her arrival being one of the city’s first births.

Message in a 17th-story office window
By Harry Newman
Nina Katchadourian steps in front of the blue tourist telescope that’s part of “Office Semaphore,” her interactive, site-specific art installation that’s ending its two-month stay in the northeast corner of Chase Manhattan Plaza on Jan. 14.

The world is her canvas
By Sara G. Levin
It is easy to get lost in Cindy Kane’s map series, part of her current exhibition on view at the Cheryl Pelavin gallery through Jan. 13. Distressing for the navigational eye, each collage of countries, colors and geometric shapes leads everywhere and nowhere at once. Squiggles collide with severe shards of soft color, pinned down by webs of jagged lines.

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Photo Courtesy of Ruth Gruber
Real Inspiration Humanitarian Ruth Gruber is being honored with an exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. “From the Heart: The Photojournalism of Ruth Gruber” celebrates the remarkable life’s work of the 95-year-old journalist and activist. Opens Jan. 16. Free, with cost of museum admission. 36 Battery Pl., 646-437-4337,

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