THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 19 Issue 46 | March 30 - April 5, 2007
Editorial
Building a better construction center
There are two potential problems in Lower Manhattan’s immediate future. One is that the progress on the $20 billion or so worth of construction projects will stall. The other is it won’t. With construction activity proceeding all over Lower Manhattan, the first possibility seems more theoretical at least for now — thankfully. This leads us to the second difficulty: How do we live and work through five more years of construction?
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The Penny Post
Hold your ‘ohs’
By Andrei Codrescu
I met someone who said, apropos of my commentaries, “I heard you and I went, Oh, that’s how it is,” an ironic comment on my commentarios. Of all the things I intend, the farthest from my mind is explaining what you already know. I would never presume to explain something you’ve already figured out, unless I don’t know you’ve already figured it out, which I most certainly don’t.

Letters to the editor

Under Cover

Police Blotter

Obituary

José Rivera, ‘Mayor of Clinton St.,’ dies at age 63
By Albert Amateau
José Rivera, a Lower East Side activist for more than 50 years who held court as “The Mayor of Clinton St.” in a little wooden shed known as “La Casita” in the community garden on Clinton St. near Stanton St., died March 2 in Beth Israel Hospital at age 63.

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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

Push for K – 8 in B.P.C. may push out annex
By Skye H. McFarlane
In the battle for more school space in Battery Park City, the momentum seems to be shifting south. In recent weeks, community leaders have backed away from the idea of a P.S. 89 annex in order to push for a new school at Site 2B at the southern tip of the neighborhood.

City makes a splash with squash, bike ideas
By Skye H. McFarlane
Squash courts, bike rentals and educational space for the South Street Seaport Museum may be in the plans for the East River waterfront park, city representatives told Community Board 1 members Monday night.

1 contender, 1 longshot visit Downtown

Bomb scare

Downtown’s office market has bounced back, firms report
After a half-decade recovery period, real estate firms are reporting that February marked the first time the Downtown commercial market reached pre-9/11 levels.

Downtown car scenes

After officers’ deaths, all auxiliaries will get vests
By Lincoln Anderson and Albert Amateau
Prompted by the March 14 shooting death of two police auxiliary officers, Nicholas Pekearo and Eugene Marshalik, while on patrol in Greenwich Village, Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Council Speaker Christine Quinn came to the Sixth Precinct on W. 10th St.


MUSIC
Curating The Stone
By Todd Simmons
Two years ago, John Zorn, 2006 winner of a MacArthur “genius grant” and longtime veteran of the Downtown music avant-garde, opened The Stone at Avenue C and East 2nd St. as a haven for musicians to get paid and be heard in an intimate setting without the usual nightclub distractions.

YOUTH
Youth Activities

National table tennis group in Downtown schools
Four brand new Olympic-caliber table tennis tables are lined up in a row along the room.  Straight-as-an-arrow nets divide the folding tables into two playing areas, while players battle back and forth striking a ball with their paddles, seeking an opportunity to score a point on their opponents.

No yolk: Eggstravaganza at Pier 45

 

Downtown Express photo by Q. Sakamaki

The Bowery Boys, 2007
Children at the Salvation Army’s Chinatown Community Center on the Bowery flipped for the Zunyi Troupe’s free performance Wednesday. The Chinese acrobats are with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. [More ]


NEWS
Vendors say police get picture wrong
By Chris Bragg
Although she’s a comedian, Whoopi Goldberg said there was nothing funny about police treatment of Soho’s street artists as she walked down W. Broadway Saturday morning.

Stringer goes with youth movement at C.B. 1
By Skye H. McFarlane with Josh Rogers
For the second year in a row, Borough President Scott Stringer fulfilled his promise to appoint Manhattan community board members on time, leaving no vacancies. Downtown, the B.P. announced that 10 new faces will be joining Community Board 1 — eight appointed directly by Stringer and two recommended by City Councilmember Alan Gerson.

9/11 poetry reading

Orchard gallery is taking its sneakers to Bushwick
By Brooke Edwards
The Lower East Side is losing yet another of its enclaves for underground artists with the closing of the Orchard Street Art Gallery. Known for housing street and graffiti artists, the Orchard St. gallery recently lost its home after an eight-month court battle.


L.E.S. on his mind

Soho on $72 a month

ARTS
The case that will not die
By Jerry Tallmer
Imagine a 19-year-old kid in the snows of New Hampshire holding a new book of American poetry in his hand and shuddering with emotion when he first comes across the several dozen lines that start: “If it had not been for these things, I might have lived out my life talking at street corners to scorning men.

The original shock jock
By Scott Harrah
This revival of Eric Bogosian’s 1987 drama “Talk Radio” (originally produced downtown at the Public Theater) may seem tame in the 21st century, an era in which “trash TV” and tabloid journalism are both commonplace, but there’s one thing that keeps the show compelling from beginning to end: Liev Schreiber.

Trading partners
By Harry Newman
For years, whenever Taye Diggs would hear from his friend Andrew Palermo, he would get jealous. Despite his considerable professional success as an actor — including performing in the original cast of “Rent” on Broadway, featured roles on television (“Ally McBeal”) and star turns in films like “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”— he would always be left with a sense of dissatisfaction after they spoke.


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