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THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 19 Issue 49 | April 20 - 26, 2007
Editorial
‘Mass eviction’ rule needs to be clarified
Hundreds of renters flooded E. Third St. between Second and First Aves. on Saturday to show solidarity with the tenants of 47 E. Third St. Landlords Alistair and Catherine Economakis are trying to use the owner-occupancy provision to empty the 15-unit, five-story tenement and make it a private mansion. Although occupancy evictions on this scale are unusual, it continues to be a problem all over Lower Manhattan, particularly in Tribeca.

The Penny Post
Portsmouth journal
By Andrei Codrescu
Barbara got us from Logan in Boston and drove us to Portsmouth, N.H., on historic Highway 1, studded with Dunkin’ Donuts on both sides of the road, a burger joint with life-sized plastic cows in front, muffler places, and so on, until we were in the Live Free or Die state, a motto that, Barbara explained, means no state sales or income taxes.

Letters to the editor

Under Cover

Police Blotter

Downtown Notebook
For WNYC archivist, it’s a painstaking labor of love
By Richard Pyatt 
He is not trying to formulate the theory of relativity, but with his head crowned by a dense flaring growth of gray hair, archivist Andy Lanset easily brings to mind the popular image of Einstein. Lanset’s connection with space and time, however, is much more down to earth.

118 online dates, for those keeping score at home
By Angela Benfield
After jettisoning the perfect Mr. Wrong, I was ready, at the ripe young age of 39, to throw in the towel on finding even a slightly unperfect Mr. Right. Then, a good friend, one with a shiny new beau, encouraged me to
get modern and try online dating.

Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess
High wire work
No weekend rest for workers at the World Trade Center site Saturday.

Downtown Express photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio

Don’t the Patriots play football?
Lower Manhattan resembled Small Town, U.S.A. Saturday for the Downtown Little League’s Opening Day ceremonies. Olivia Goodkind, 10, a.k.a. Uncle Sam, passed out American flags to the players. [Article]


NEWS
City’s red tape leads to eviction orders, I.P.N. tenants say
By Chris Bragg
When Charles Messina turned in paperwork to renew his middle-income housing subsidy a year ago, he said he made a mistake: Believing the city wanted him to report only his 2005 income, he didn’t report $4,000 his cousin, who lives in the same apartment, had earned in 2006.

C.B. 1 gets a kick out of indoor turf plan
By Skye H. McFarlane
For veterans of the Battery Park City turf wars, it may have come as a shock to hear Battery Park City Authority representative Leticia Remauro utter the words “turf field” and “win-win proposal” in the same breath.

Spitzer names new leaders of the L.M.D.C.
By Josh Rogers
It’s not your old governor’s L.M.D.C. Gov. Eliot Spitzer named two new leaders of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. Monday and made it clear the days of Pataki, when the city had something approaching veto power over big decisions, are over.

Will canoes, not Subarus, be needed on Downtown’s streets?

Finale is a bitter tonic as indie music club closes
By Jefferson Siegel
Tonic, the Lower East Side music venue, gave its last show Saturday but did not go gently into the night. After nine years, the avant jazz/indie/new music club became another victim of rising rents.


ARTS
Veber’s ‘Valet’ a funny nut to crack
By Rania Richardson
French writer/director Francis Veber found inspiration in the tiny pignoli, the nut used in classic pesto, when he conjured the name François Pignon. Veber regularly uses the name for the hopeless lead character in his films, including the side-splitting “The Dinner Game” (1998), “The Closet” (2001), and his hilarious new farce, “The Valet.”

The importance of being fantastically skilled
By Jerry Tallmer
“Ho-ho!” the guy directly behind me shouted at the top of his lungs as the ten automatons — like jurors in a box, on the Union Square stage — fell backward at the tick of a tock, only to spring back in view with their heads in metal buckets that a moment later metamorphosed into rapid then slo-mo then fast/slow syncopated drums.

Artists space shrinks as studios go condo in Tribeca
By Sandra Larriva
The building at 443 Greenwich Street is a highly coveted piece of real estate, but to the artists occupying it, its value is not a monetary one. Since 1991, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation’s Space Program has provided accomplished visual artists rent-free studios in the building’s 7th floor for the length of one year.

O’Neill’s ‘Moon’ rises again
By Scott Harrah
Eugene O’Neill was never known for writing lighthearted fare, and “A Moon for the Misbegotten” is one of his most serious and difficult plays to watch.

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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

City speeds up W.T.C. arts under Port pressure
By Skye H. McFarlane
As the chair of Community Board 1’s World Trade Center Committee, Catherine McVay Hughes has spent many a Monday night leaning into a microphone to ask rebuilding officials what is going on with the Performing Arts Center planned for the World Trade Center site. To date, she has gotten few answers.

Sushi & omelettes at 3 a.m.
By Josh Rogers
The 13-year effort to turn Wall St. into a 24-7 neighborhood reached a milestone Saturday when an all-night restaurant opened in the Financial District.

City issues new stop work order on Tribeca project
By Brooke Edwards
Northern Tribeca is rife with controversial development projects currently underway within blocks of each other, and 415 Washington St. is no exception.

Maikish, Downtown’s construction commander, resigns
Charles Maikish announced on Tuesday he would resign as Downtown’s construction czar after two years on the job.

Friend to sailors

City stops to plant flowers in Peck Slip plan
By Skye H. McFarlane
Though two big regulatory hurdles still lie ahead, park advocates and preservationists appear to have reached an agreement on the redesign of Peck Slip.

Play ball! Season begins with parade, speeches and baseball
By Josh Rogers
Marchers walking away from, not toward, City Hall, politicians’ baseball jokes, and the ping of the bat were the unmistakable signs that the Downtown Little League opened another season.


Concert View
The other man in black
By Todd Simmons
In the entertainment industry, people seem to be fascinated by the idea of a recluse. Perhaps it’s our reluctance to accept that in a business propelled by a publicity machine in constant motion, an artist would go out of their way to remain anonymous.


Sports
Junior Minors Upper
Yankees vs. Nationals
On Saturday, just hours before the weekend nor’easter pelted the city with rain, the Downtown Little League Yankees hosted the Nationals for a Junior Minors Upper division tilt at Baruch Field. 


Obituary
The vital force of Roscoe Lee Browne
By Jerry Tallmer
When dead people die, I once (angrily, condescendingly) wrote at a body-blow moment of loss, it is sad but inevitable. Life goes on. But when death strikes down the truly alive — those halo’d gift-givers whose 24/7 open-ended assignment on this planet is to inject vitality and meaning into all the rest of us — the blackness becomes unbearable.

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