THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 19 Issue 45 | March 23 - 29, 2007
Editorial Our auxiliary officers need more protection Shocking death and violence came suddenly to Greenwich Village last Wednesday night, cutting short three innocent young lives.
Many more lives could have been lost, if not for the actions of two courageous Sixth Precinct auxiliary officers, Nicholas Pekearo and Yevgeniy Eugene Marshalik. The volunteer officers confronted crazed gunman David Garvin after he had just murdered Alfredo Morales, the bartender at DeMarcos on Houston St. The Penny Post What is culture? By Andrei Codrescu
The Nazis dont get quoted much, except for Herman Goehring, who said, Whenever I hear the word culture I reach for my revolver. When Goehring said that he meant that he would like to shoot all intellectuals (Jews) because theyd read more books than he had. You cant shoot a word, like culture, but you can certainly shoot the people you might think cultural or cultured. Goehring was an out and out murderer, but the career of the word culture gives me pause.
Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel Dont dump on us Borough President Scott Stringer, right, dropped into the Ear Inn Monday to speak with Tribeca and Hudson Square activists raising money for a possible lawsuit against the citys plan to build a 150-foot Sanitation parking tower on the U.P.S. lot across from the Ear. At center is Carole DeSaram of the Tribeca Community Association and standing behind Stringer is David Reck from Friends of Hudson Square.
Alex Ferkov stands outside his restaurant, Café Health Exchange, at 2 Maiden Lane. Ferkov says that for two straight years, construction projects including work on the Fulton Transit Hub and recent emergency repairs by ConEdison have made it hard for customers to get to his door.
NEWS Mayor to Congress: Downtowners, workers need health money By Chris Bragg
Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked Congress on Wednesday to reopen the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund to cover first responders and cleanup workers who developed health problems after the original fund’s Dec. 2003 deadline.
The road to terror, as told by a fellow passenger By Wickham Boyle
As I began to write this piece, I titled it “My Trip to Al-Qaeda,” then quickly retitled it “Lawrence Wright’s Trip.” I had just seen Wright’s theatrical piece at the Culture Project, which not only details the extensive time he spent in the Middle East living, reading and writing about the region, but also his fallout from the American government through his association with terrorists, even as purely scholarly pursuits.
Eyes wide open By Steven Snyder
A sexually-charged, eyebrow-raising film that often straddles the fine line between erotic thriller and all-out pornography, “Exterminating Angels” achieves in many ways what Stanley Kubrick set out to do, but only partially realized with his final film “Eyes Wide Shut.”
The dualities, and dual exhibitions of Naoto Nakagawa By Shane McAdams
Naoto Nakagawa’s personal journey through the New York art world over the past four decades is nearly as colorful as the palette for his hyper-dramatic, symbolic groupings of everyday objects currently hanging at White Box at 525 W. 26th Street.
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For-profit b’ball? Not in our house, neighbors say By Brooke Edwards
Design plans for the exterior of the new Basketball City on Pier 36 were met with mixed reviews, some heated discussion and, finally, vows that the community will do a Ben Wallace and block the project with a vengeance during a presentation to Community Board 3’s Parks Committee last Thursday.
A search for answers at the Hotel Oracle By Vivienne Leheny
“Don’t look back” the deceptively simple directive that Orpheus tragically failed to observe is a refrain repeated by several characters in “Hotel Oracle,” the new play directed by Stephen Brackett and running at Walkerspace in Tribeca through March 31st.
A new dance rite, in time for spring By Mathew Sandoval
Last week, from the vantage point of the Winter Garden’s magnificent grand-staircase, 20 dancers converted the site’s 16 giant palm trees into a forest inhabited by ghosts and phantoms.
Tom Powel Imaging Last Chance to Beard the Lion Deitch Projects re-creation of David Salles November 1977 installation at the Kitchen is on view at the Grand Street location through March 24. Above: Bearding the Lion in His Den, 1977.