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.
Downtown Notebook For WNYC archivist, its 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. Lansets 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.
Dont the Patriots play football?
Lower Manhattan resembled Small Town, U.S.A. Saturday for the Downtown Little Leagues Opening Day ceremonies. Olivia Goodkind, 10, a.k.a. Uncle Sam, passed out American flags to the players. [Article]
NEWS Citys 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 didnt 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
Its not your old governors 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.
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 Vebers 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 Foundations Space Program has provided accomplished visual artists rent-free studios in the buildings 7th floor for the length of one year.
ONeills Moon rises again By Scott Harrah
Eugene ONeill was never known for writing lighthearted fare, and A Moon for the Misbegotten is one of his most serious and difficult plays to watch.
Listen to Downtown Express
Radio on the internet: 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)
City speeds up W.T.C. arts under Port pressure By Skye H. McFarlane
As the chair of Community Board 1s 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.
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 its 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 noreaster 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 halod 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.