THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 19 Issue 42 | March 1 - 8, 2007

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More is needed to stay affordable
Mayor Bloomberg is the first mayor since Ed Koch to take the city’s affordable housing shortage seriously. In five years, Bloomberg has made substantial progress on his goal of preserving or building 68,000 below-market units by next year, but these gains are threatened as more and more large complexes are being taken out of rent protection programs.

Talking Points
Shedding light on J.P. Morgan’s idea to block it
By David Stanke
J.P. Morgan Chase is reportedly interested in locating its headquarters Downtown. On the surface, this is good news. Unfortunately, Morgan’s objective is to pick up prime World Trade Center property on the cheap. They want to take 5 W.T.C off the hands of the Port Authority.

The Penny Post
The yeah-sayer
By Andrei Codrescu
I’m the kind of guy who says “yes” no matter what. It gives me work. Some guy asks if I would read his 1,200-page novel and is ready to send it as an e-mail attachment for me to print out. Sure, I say. Five printer cartridges and two wasted hours later I start the thing and I can’t get through page one.

Letters to the editor

Under Cover

Police Blotter

In Briefs

Clinton support

P.S. 150 registration

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

Tribeca’s Knitting Factory is celebrating its 20-year anniversary.

While punk clubs get knocked down, Tribeca’s ‘Knit’ still stands
By Todd Simmons
Last Saturday night, on a block torn asunder by Con Ed crews on Leonard St., the bands Oneida and Trans Am did their part to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Knitting Factory in raucous fashion.

Don’t pimp out Pier 40, advocates tell Related
By Skye H. McFarlane
The BlackBerries were buzzing Tuesday afternoon as a score of representatives from The Related Companies appeared before the Pier 40 Working Group to discuss the Related proposal to turn the pier into a performing arts center with retail and dining.

Whole Foods Market set to open at end of next month
By Brooke Edwards
Whole Foods Market has announced March 29 as the opening date of its much-delayed location on E. Houston St. between Bowery and Chrystie St., beneath the Avalon Chrystie Place apartment complex. The Lower East Side store, originally scheduled to open in 2006, will be more than 80,000 square feet and will employ more than 650 workers.


The curse of describing ‘Renaldo’
By Will McKinley
Halfway through a preview performance of “The Curse of the Mystic Renaldo The,” the bizarrely entertaining new show at the 3LD Art & Technology Center, I wrote the following in my reporter’s notebook:

A history of silence
By Steven Snyder
We’ve already been set adrift in the silent world of the Carthusian Order of Monks when one of this documentary’s many title cards seems to sum up their existence: “Behold the silence: Allow the lord to speak one Word in us…that HE is.”

Sign of art
Showing off Tribeca’s art cred on the street, namely at Greenwich and Desbrosses Sts.

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Associate editor Josh Rogers and reporter Skye H. McFarlane discuss tours around the World Trade Center, the pending demolition of the former Deutsche  Bank building across from the W.T.C., 9/11 funding issues, and  Sen. Hillary Clinton with guest Catherine McVay Hughes, chairperson of  Community Board 1's W.T.C. Redevelopment Committee.
Recorded 2/23/07.


Seaport developer’s first idea: Move the mall, build a tower
By Skye H. McFarlane
More than 150 anxious onlookers packed the Southbridge Towers community room Monday night, straining to see General Growth Properties’ long-awaited plan to redevelop Pier 17 and the South Street Seaport.

While priest is away, archdiocese padlocks church
By Albert Amateau
A group of parishioners, many of them singing Lithuanian hymns, gathered by candlelight Monday night Feb. 26 on the steps of Our Lady of Vilnius on Broome St. across from the Holland Tunnel entrance.

African churches turn down charity over same-sex unions
Although theological differences over the blessing of same-sex unions have caused some African churches to refuse funds from Trinity Church-St. Paul’s Chapel, the Lower Manhattan parish continues to expand its grant program.

Council passes bar bills in 3 straight shots
The City Council passed three measures on Wednesday intended to make nightlife safer and one resolution calling on the state Legislature to regulate bottle service in nightclubs.

Arts group opens in the Seaport
With a temporary space and an ambitious mission statement, a group of Seaport artists is hoping to create a permanent cultural association for the historic neighborhood.

Bicyclists give gift to a chief who gave them hell
By Jefferson Siegel
For two and a half years, police have chased cyclists in the monthly Critical Mass rides. Last Friday, participants turned the tables, leaving the traditional Union Square starting point on foot and marching directly to the nearest police precinct.


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Courtesy Ethan Cohen Fine Art
Last ChanceEthan Cohen Fine Art’s “Chinese Art Stars,” a group exhibit of the best contemporary Chinese sculptors, photographers, printmakers and painters working today, closes on March 7. Above, “10 Thousand Years,” 2006, by , Peng Yu and Sun Yuan.

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