THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 19 Issue 44 | March 16 - 22, 2007
Editorial
Grass is greener but turf is better for B.P.C.
In a Platonic Lower Manhattan, it seldom rains and kids play baseball with mud-free fields while parents and passersby enjoy the smell of fresh cut grass and the sound of the crack of the bat. In the real world of Battery Park City, the ballfields are often riddled with puddles and brown patches, take too long to recuperate from the rain and are unsafe compared to synthetic FieldTurf.

Talking Points
The Assembly’s gays back away from marriage bill
By Paul Schindler
A very odd legislative strategy brawl — judged even by the byzantine traditions of Albany — pitting progressive Manhattan Democrats against each other is playing out in our State Capitol.

The Penny Post
Anne Frank can’t be saved now
By Andrei Codrescu
A U.S. lawmaker has submitted a bill seeking honorary citizenship for Anne Frank, to make up, presumably, for the grave sin of refusing her and her family entry to the U.S. when it could have meant saving their lives.

Letters to the editor

Under Cover

Police Blotter

Closed church doesn’t stop worshipers
A week ago Sunday, six days after Our Lady of Vilnius Church on Broome St. was closed by the Catholic Archdiocese, several dozen parishioners gathered outside the locked church, where they erected a temporary shrine and held Mass. One man placed large crosses on the steps.


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Downtowners dance between the palms
Dancers — as well as parents, children, and senior citizens from Battery Park City — are rehearsing this week for “Apple Dreams,” a dance event designed for the Winter Garden. Created by acclaimed Chinatown-based choreographer H.T. Chen, the free performance will feature members from his troupe, H.T. Chen & Dancers, and 17 “lay” dancers from the Lower Manhattan. It premieres next Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. The troupe’s remaining rehearsals in the Winter Garden are also open to the public and are tentatively secheduled March 16 from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and March 18 from noon to 5 p.m.


NEWS

Chinatown’s commander tells cops: My way or the tow away
By Josh Rogers
Chinatown’s businesses and residents are cheering the new “sheriff” in town who this week began towing illegally parked cars owned by police and court officers.

Silverstein, Port, workers guarantee insurance fight
By Josh Rogers
About 300 construction workers rallied Monday with World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein and the Port Authority against two holdout insurance companies whom they say owe $800 million to rebuild ground zero.

Mooning over Manhattan

Get down, baby!

Ship rescue underground

Born to be Irish


Obituary
Gary Azon, 57, Downtown photojournalist, art critic
By Randi Hoffman
Photojournalist and art critic Gary Azon died in his sleep of a heart attack and complications of diabetes at his home in Brooklyn on Feb. 14 at the age of 57.


ARTS

A good kiss, but not many sparks
By Scott Harrah
This revival of Craig Lucas’s 1990 romantic-comedy fantasy (which originally starred Alec Baldwin) has all the elements for a fresh, insightful twist on the typical boy-meets-girl story: an original concept, metaphysical commentary on life and love, and a suspenseful plot that is far from predictable.

Ken Loach’s love of the left
By Rania Richardson
Audiences were stunned when Ken Loach’s “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival last year, despite other popular contenders such as Pedro Almodóvar’s “Volver.” Political sentiment may have been behind the win, since the film about the nascent British occupation of Ireland echoes the current occupation of Iraq.

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NEWS
Larger restaurant would push some kayaks out of Tribeca boathouse
By Skye H. McFarlane
When Community Board 1 Waterfront Committee chairperson Julie Nadel started up a Pier 26 Task Force, she merely wanted to examine the details of the proposed park space and make a few suggestions.


Neighbors say Wall St. night traffic worsens
By Brooke Edwards
In addition to dealing with a slew of construction projects and a constantly fluctuating security zone, some Financial District residents say navigating the neighborhood’s narrow streets and sidewalks is being increasingly complicated by local event venues, which take advantage of a lack of police patrol and make their own rules when it comes to parking and street or sidewalk closures.

Why wait to celebrate?

Henry St. Settlement puts out call for firehouse
By Brooke Edwards
The Henry St. firehouse, which has been empty for more than six years, might soon be filled with old and young alike as the Henry Street Settlement seeks to take control of the building to expand its community service efforts.

Seaport residents say Peck plan won’t sail
By Skye H. McFarlane
The Parks Department’s new plan for a “ghost ship” piazza at Peck Slip was torpedoed Tuesday night by several Community Board 1 members, who criticized the design as unwelcoming and lacking in greenery.

Saturday night group expanding safe rides Downtown
Their motto is “Because getting home safely shouldn’t be a luxury.”


A new home for Seaport artists
Last weekend, the brand-new Seaport District Cultural Association [SDCA] opened its doors on Beekman Street for its inaugural exhibition, “We Cover the Waterfront.” Now running through April 30, it features the work of 35 artists who live or work in the Seaport District.

As he would have liked it
By Nicholas Luckenbaugh
“All the world ‘s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts…” Including the part of a woman, at least in the realm of Shakespeare.


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