THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 19 Issue 36 | January 19 - 25, 2007

Editorial
Artists, not cops know what is art
“Is calligraphy art? The N.Y.P.D. says no.” We suspect our headline last week raised the eyebrows of some of our readers, who like many Americans, place a high value on the Constitution and freedom of speech. We hope the mayor, the Police and Parks Departments also were shocked to read about the consequences of their ridiculous policy.

Downtown Express photo by Q. Sakamaki
Protesters demonstrated against torture at a rally by the courts at Foley Square last Thursday. The occasion was the fifth anniversary of the incarceration of the first prisoner from Afghanistan at the Guantanamo Bay detainment camp.

Letters to the editor

Under Cover

The Penny Post
Smoke-free easy?
By Andrei Codrescu
I waited at the bar at Coop’s for the fettuccine Alfredo with paneed chicken and an order of red beans and rice. The food came pretty fast, in 10-15 minutes, and I took it home, feeling vaguely that something was out of place. For one thing, I could breathe. Then it hit me: no smoke! In the old days, 10 minutes at Coop’s would start me coughing like an old engine. The air used to be so thick with smoke people looked like ghosts. No more.

Police Blotter

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert
Winter felt like it — depending on your outlook — finally or unfortunately began Wednesday when morning temperatures were down to 19 degrees. Many Downtowners bundled up.


In Brief
Developer releases B.P.C. design


Sports

Dragon b-ballers take on tougher competition
As the winter sports season comes into full swing in January, the Manhattan Academy of Technology Dragons basketball teams are in the middle of a competitive showing in the District 2 Uptown league. 

Youth Activities

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

About 200 pantsless straphangers drew shrugs, shock or stares from fellow riders as they took a roundtrip ride from Lower Manhattan Saturday.

Look ma! clean underwear
By Jefferson Siegel
Casual Friday was one-upped by pantless Saturday last weekend as scores of people doffed their trousers to ride the subway.


Parks Dept. says slip up at Burling is temporary
By Brooke Edwards
Plans for the much-publicized new playground at Burling Slip were slowed but not halted after the city Art Commission proposed modifications to its design.

Sanitation parking tower plan reignites C.B. 2 feud
The city plan to build a garbage truck parking garage tower in Hudson Square has reopened a feud at Community Board 2 over whether the area should get more Dept. of Sanitation trucks.

Push for new historic district in Soho & the Village
By Albert Amateau
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation last week dropped an 80-page report, three years in the making, on the desk of Robert Tierney, chairperson of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, in a call for a South Village Historic District comprised of 38 blocks and about 800 buildings.


ARTS
Following in the footwork of two dance pioneers
By Harry Newman
For a small group of dancers and choreographers, the works and ideas of Richard Bull and his wife, Cynthia Novack, are among the most influential and meaningful contributions to modern dance. That circle may be widening through the efforts of Dance New Amsterdam, the new center for dance that opened last year in Lower Manhattan, where a plaque was dedicated to the couple’s memory Monday night.

One woman’s Mid-East crisis
By Jerry Tallmer
Her name is Svetlana, she is a bleached-blonde, big-breasted, sex-loving Russian prostitute, Catholic by birth, not Jewish, who has come into the Montefiore Café in Tel Aviv to stir up some business. Just before the bomb goes off that will blow the scene into a blazing blood-soaked hell — a bomb belted around the waist of a tense. good-looking young guy named Youssef — this Svetlana shares with us her reflections on Israel and the Israelis:

NEWS
Push for 2 school sites in B.P.C.
By Skye H. McFarlane
Dozens of hands shot into the air of the half-darkened auditorium at P.S. 89, attached to dozens of parents whose concerned faces and anxious voices offered proof that another battle against school overcrowding Downtown had begun.

Trump’s tales from the crypt
By Lincoln Anderson
The archaeologists hired by Donald Trump and his project partners Bayrock/Sapir to handle the human remains found at the site of their planned condo-hotel at Spring and Varick Sts. recently filed a report with the city, and the findings shed new light on the ancient bones.

Council and community members blast E.P.A. cleanup plan
By Skye H. McFarlane
Local politicians and advocacy groups gave the Environmental Protection Agency an “A” for attendance but failing marks in most other categories when representatives from the agency testified before the City Council last week.

Conway’s bargains leaving Downtown this month
By Priya Idiculla
The windows are plastered with signs big enough to cover every inch of glass. The signs are a blank white and all are emblazoned with bright red print: “Closing Sale 50% off at this location only!”

Group urges residents to file workers’ comp claims
By Skye H. McFarlane
When it comes to registering for 9/11-related workers’ compensation, the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health preaches a simple maxim: “When in doubt, fill it out.”


LIT carries on torch of loft performances in New York
By Mathew Sandoval
Once upon a time, a collection of dancers could meet at a loft in Lower Manhattan and spark each other’s imagination in challenging new ways. Free from the pressure to stoke the fiery furnace of commerce, the reckless abandon of choreographers fueled the experimentation of form and content. But even amidst the untouchable real estate that characterizes Soho today, there is one hold-out from Downtown dance’s golden age of affordable work/living space.

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