THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 19 Issue 40 | February 16 -22, 2007

Editorial
Keep focus on reformand the key projects
Some fights in politics are good to have and can lead to a better solution, and some expose all that is wrong with the system. There’s one of each kind shaping up in Albany.

The Penny Post
Anna Nicole: An Appreciation
By Andrei Codrescu
The Anna Nicole Smith business hit me hard. I didn’t expect it. I was saddened, troubled; I nearly cried. I got mad at the letters from viewers on CNN.

Letters to the editor

Under Cover

Police Blotter

If only it were a bike that was stolen
By Michele Herman
The phone rang last Thursday at 3, the time my 14-year-old son usually appears rosy-cheeked at the door after his ride home up the West Side bike path from Stuyvesant High School.

Why I defied the screening panel
By Deborah J. Glick

As we have seen clearly at the federal level, the vision of a unitary executive is a dangerous proposition.

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Don Stafford of Naperville, Ill., right, listens to retired firefighter Paul McFadden read “my story” in the World Financial Center during a tour around the World Trade Center site. McFadden, a volunteer with the site’s Tribute Center, said he “lost 46 friends in 102 minutes.”

First-person stories form heartof tours around the W.T.C.
By Skye H. McFarlane
Dina LaFond never thought she would return to the World Trade Center site. It was the spot, after all, where her youngest daughter, Marsh & McClennan account analyst Jeanette LaFond-Menichino, perished on Sept. 11, 2001. For four years Dina stayed away, grieving for her daughter and then for her husband, who died nine months later. She grieved again when the authorities identified Jeanette’s partial remains. Because the search for remains is ongoing, Dina still hasn’t buried her daughter.


City Hall Park’s north section will reopen
By Ernest Scheyder
The long-standing feud between the city and Downtown parks activists came to an end Tuesday night when Manhattan Borough Parks Commissioner William Castro unveiled plans at Community Board 1’s Seaport Committee meeting to re-open City Hall Park.

Authority opens up to playing ball on turf fields
The Battery Park City Authority has softened its opposition to putting synthetic turf on the neighborhood ballfields, although it is not willing to consider any changes to the grass fields now.

School and housing dominate Stringer’s Downtown forum
By Brooke Edwards
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer hosted a town hall meeting for about 150 Lower Manhattan residents last week in the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City. Stringer turned the microphone over to Lower Manhattan residents eager to voice their concerns over issues including school overcrowding, traffic congestion and the ongoing battle to protect affordable housing.


ARTS
Mei-Yin Ng, unbound
By Harry Newman
The dancers face upstage, their backs to the theater. They begin to bend forward slowly as the score starts, a strangely melodic amalgam of sighs, gasps, cats meowing, the ticking of metronomes, and a haunting cello line. Then on eight, they push their right knees out and shift their hips to the side in unison. Or that’s the plan at least.

Their eyes were watching
By Rania Richardson
Surveillance is a weapon in “The Lives of Others,” a political thriller based on historical events in East Germany just prior to the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

Listen to Tribeca Radio:
Associate editor Josh Rogers and reporter Skye McFarlane discuss President Bush and 9/11 health care money, school bus confusion Downtown, the city halt to the ban on calligraphers in Battery Park, and they preview the debate over the city plan for a Sanitation parking tower in Hudson Square.
(Recorded 2/2/07)

PREVIEW PODCAST BY TRIBECA RADIO


NEWS
Questions pile up Downtown as flow of info slows
By Josh Rogers
With the new governor on the W.T.C. block keeping his Downtown plans close to the vest, frustration is mounting over the lack of information.

Cubs get ready for lion dance season
By Brooke Edwards
With knees bent low in a formal bow, 15-year-old Peter Wong is almost entirely hidden beneath the costume of a giant, brightly painted traditional Chinese lion head.

Mayor joins fight for residents’ 9/11 health care
By Skye H. McFarlane
In a move applauded by Downtown residents and politicians alike,

Garbage tower foes push for alternate sites
West Siders from Tribeca to Hell’s Kitchen are frantically seeking ways to ensure the future of a 5-mile park being built along the Hudson River.

Rockefeller Foundation announces new awards honoring Jane Jacobs
By Albert Amateau
The Rockefeller Foundation last week announced the creation of two annual Jane Jacobs Medals, with prizes totaling $200,000.

Who knew from Grammy? Downtown Yiddish band wins one
It takes a lot to get Frank London excited. The Klezmatics member and East Village resident recently played at Carnegie Hall and didn’t even get nervous.


THEATER
In ‘Translations,’ a dead language comes alive
By Scott Harrah
Anglo-induced angst has always been a key ingredient in Irish drama, and that is certainly the case in Brian Friel’s 1980 play “Translations.”

MUSIC
Love songs for the lost and found
By Jerry Tallmer
Baby Jane, meet Robert Frost.
 Baby Jane Dexter, we have seen you over the years as lion (correction: lioness) and as lamb. Last weekend – the first of three current weekends at the Metropolitan Room on West 22nd Street — one saw you, heard you, as both.

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