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 DeMarco’s on Houston St.

The Penny Post
What is culture?
By Andrei Codrescu
The Nazis don’t 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 they’d read more books than he had. You can’t 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.


Letters to the editor

Under Cover

Police Blotter

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel
Don’t 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 city’s 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.

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

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.

Construction center: To know it is not to love it, Downtowners say
By Skye H. McFarlane
and Josh Rogers
From the warmth of his restaurant on Maiden Lane, Alex Ferkov watched as workers installed scaffolding in front of his picture windows.


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.

Antiwar protestors arrested on Wall St.
Forty-four protestors were arrested on Wall St. Monday, the fourth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

C.B. 1 flashes yellow on bus plan; city speeding through it
By Skye H. McFarlane
Plans to close off parts of lower Broadway to local traffic will be put in place only as a last resort, a Department of Transportation official told community members Monday night.

Channeling Annie the immigrant in an Irish apartment
By Jefferson Siegel
No running water, no indoor bathrooms, no central heating, no electricity, unpaved streets, roving gangs.… The New York of the 1800s certainly didn’t win any awards for quality of life.

A peek at Peck idea

ARTS

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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Associate editor Josh Rogers and reporter Skye H. McFarlane are your hosts. This week small business owners, Pam Chmiel and Jan Lee discuss construction problems on Maiden Lane, the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center, and police parking problems in Chinatown. (recorded Tuesday, March 27, 2007)


NEWS

At last! Deutsche takes a little off the top
By Skye H. McFarlane
It’s official. The former Deutsche Bank building at 130 Liberty St. is finally coming down.

• Deutsche Building timeline

Chinatown labor warriors reflect on battles
By Chris Bragg
A dozen years ago, owners of the Jing Fong restaurant in Chinatown hung two 25-foot banners on the restaurant’s facade bearing the face of Wing Lam.

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.

Harsh words in Bell protest

Don’t dump on us


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.

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