THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 19 Issue 35 | January 12 - 18, 2007

Backup — Verrazano’s toll change gets worse with time
There are new people in power in Washington and Albany, so bad decisions made two decades ago can be changed. We’re talking about the Verrazano Bridge’s warped tolling system.

Letters to the editor

Under Cover

The Penny Post
Booster’s risks
By Andrei Codrescu
Twice in a week I was called on to dispense advice about visiting New Orleans. A professor in Vienna wrote that she and her boyfriend were planning an exotic vacation to the home of the jazz they loved.

Downtown Notebook
The smell of fear itself
By Angela Benfield
I was talking to a friend and colleague on the phone when she blurted out, “It smells like gas in here; the whole building smells of gas.”

In Pictures

Bull market

Canadian warm front

Foggy cause

In Brief
Viñoly opens free talk series
Architect Rafael Viñoly, who co-designed the Towers of Culture that were almost selected for the World Trade Center site, will open the third “Downtown Third Thursdays” free lecture series Jan. 18 at a building overlooking ground zero.

D.N.A. talk
The Tribute WTC Visitor Center will host its first public program at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21.

B.P.C. park planning meetings
For the last several years, the community has helped decide the schedule of events for Battery City Park’s upcoming season, and 2007 is no exception.

Hopes to move Greenmarket to 7 W.T.C.
The World Trade Center Greenmarket may have found a new home.

Calligrapher Xu Zi, insert, has not returned to Battery Park since a park officer told her she would have to alter her work in order to continue selling in the park. This park vendor appears to comply with a police order, which allows lettering with pictures to be sold.

Downtown Express park photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio; insert photo by Jefferson Siegel

City to build garbage truck parking tower in Hudson Square
By Albert Amateau
The Department of Sanitation wants to build garages on three sites, one of them owned by United Parcel Service, in the Hudson Square neighborhood where six luxury residential towers have risen in the past few years.

Crime down way Downtown, but spikes in other precincts
By Albert Amateau
Robberies also declined 16.5 percent with 171 last year compared to 205 the previous year.

Ragin’ Cajun bar fight in Soho
By Gerard Flynn
A spokesperson for the State Liquor Authority announced this week that the agency is only weeks away from granting embattled Soho Cajun-Creole restaurant and jazz lounge Lola a liquor license.

C.B. 1, youth leagues cheer new W. Thames design
By Skye H. McFarlane
Though canine advocates were still howling over the design of a new dog run, Battery Park City’s ballplayers, pedestrians and gardeners gave their rousing approval Tuesday night to a new set of plans for West Thames Park.


Still life in a series of open drawers
By Megan Gillin-Schwartz
In the weeks following Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans native Jana Napoli, a painter and mixed-media artist, returned to her city to survey the scene.

Bringing back the Dead to the Winter Garden
By Todd Simmons
When concert organizer and New York Guitar Festival founder David Spelman unveiled the 2007 festival’s kick-off event — a tribute to jam band pioneers and legendary touring outfit, The Grateful Dead —tri-state Deadheads flooded Spelman’s inbox with enthusiastic emails.

Love, literally in the time of cholera
By Steven Snyder
The Painted Veil” is a hard sell of a movie, an Oscar hopeful that so desperately wants to take a story in one direction that it forces its characters to reinvent themselves in a way that seems unlikely, if not outright absurd.

Is calligraphy art? The N.Y.P.D. says no
By Brooke Edwards
Xu Zi has taught at the New York Chinese International School, produced award-winning videos on Chinese culture and performed in Mandarin at the Vienna Opera House. She has also created multilingual calligraphy for Senator Hillary Clinton and countless tourists out of Battery Park for over seven years.

Tenant holds out in 1830s building as ‘sexy’ projects go up around him
By Skye H. McFarlane
Jim Teschner may be a landscape artist, but the bleak scenery outside his apartment building at 213 Pearl St. — and the stressful memories it evokes — have led him to put away the paintbrush.

Cyclists honor those killed on the road in ’06
By Jefferson Siegel
Bicycle solidarity was on eloquent display last Sunday.

Liz Christy Garden reopens but with some changes
By Brooke Edwards
After two years of being gated and much negotiation, the Liz Christy Community Garden at the corner of Bowery and E. Houston St. reopened.

Ragin’ Cajun bar fight in Soho
By Gerard Flynn
A spokesperson for the State Liquor Authority announced this week that the agency is only weeks away from granting embattled Soho Cajun-Creole restaurant and jazz lounge Lola a liquor license, possibly concluding over a year and a half of legal proceedings between the owners, Gayle and Tom Patrick-Odeen, and their determined opponents, the community group Soho Alliance.

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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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