THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 19 Issue 51 | May 4 -10, 2007
Editorial
Losing faith in Hudson Park’s Trust
On a nice day, tens of thousands of people go to the Lower Manhattan bank of the Hudson River to sit, run, cycle, play sports or maybe just to get a sense that there is a place in Manhattan with an open space feel that stretches for miles — a place only a short walk from the skyscrapers and congestion. Most of these people find a way to enjoy the park without ever uttering the words “upland area,” “passive recreation,” or “R.F.P.” — words common to the government officials working on the Hudson River Park.

The Penny Post
Which deaths do we feel?
By Andrei Codrescu
New Orleans is full of music now and people feel more. They feel heartbreak, nostalgia, empathy, generosity, anger, bemusement, amusement, joy and despair.

Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess

Trust reveals more park cuts
By Skye H. McFarlane
As more details about the Hudson River Park’s Tribeca funding shortfalls become clear, local waterfront advocates are vowing to help the park Trust raise money and resolve lingering design questions — whether the Trust likes it or not.


NEWS
Things are finally cooking at Tribeca’s Mohawk
By Skye H. McFarlane
The building at the northeast corner of Duane and Hudson Sts. is best known as the former home of the Mohawk Electric Company. More recently the Mohawk, as it is often called, had fallen into use as a storage facility, its 1891 façade marred by neglect and graffiti.


ARTS
Something there is that does not love a wall
By Jerry Tallmer
In a rehearsal room somewhere in the British Isles, maybe London, maybe Wales, a director says to his actors: “Let’s start then. ‘Memory.’ It’s raining. It’s Eva’s flat. It’s East Berlin. It’s nineteen ninety. Eva is 78.”

Sopranos-style street theater
By Nicole Davis and Michael Didovic
It all begins with a phone call. “I need to tell you something. Are you alone?” a man asks. His accent is Mafioso Italian, his tone urgent, and for a second he has you — until you realize it’s one of your friends playing a prank. “Here’s what I need you to do — are you sure you’re alone?”

Open studios tour, now open longer
By Tequila Minsky
The Synagogue for the Arts Gallery Space is exhibiting over 50 artists who participated in last weekend’s Tribeca Open Artists Studio Tour (TOAST) in the show entitled “A Toast to TOAST.” Extending in time the concept of this two-day event, the exhibition bonds these artists for the first time in a group show that runs until May 13.

Tracing an artist’s journey from street to screen
By Steven Snyder
Linda Hattendorf’s “The Cats of Mirikitani” won the audience award at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, opened theatrically for an extended run at Cinema Village in March and, at 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, will hit New York’s public airwaves as part of the PBS series “Independent Lens.”
Soho library to open

Silver backs Assembly vote on gay marriage bill
By Paul Schindler
Four days after Governor Eliot Spitzer buoyed the spirits of gay New Yorkers by introducing same-sex marriage equality legislation, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who represents Lower Manhattan, for the first time signaled that the Assembly may in fact move on the measure this year.

Outreach chief knows health is key in any language
By Theresa Juva 
For the past decade, Teresa Lin’s day usually starts with a visit to a patient’s room at New York Downtown Hospital. Speaking in either Cantonese or Mandarin — the native languages of many of the patients — Hong Kong-born Lin asks patients if they want a bowl of soup or a newspaper.

Hospital names C.E.O.

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NEWS

Bike group boards Downtown train to evade police
By Jefferson Siegel
Critical Mass riders made use of their wheels, ingenuity and MetroCards to avoid their usual police escort Friday night.After several dozen cyclists assembled in Union Sq., many wearing copies of the U.S. Constitution with the words “My/Our Permit,” they quietly marched down the stairs of the Union Sq. subway station.

Doctoroff: Gehry design scared us
By Josh Rogers
Architect Frank Gehry’s irregularly shaped designs have earned him international accolades, but his plan for theaters at the World Trade Center site frightened the city into asking him to go back to the drawing board.

Judge blocks city law protecting middle-income tenants
State Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Shafer on April 24 struck down the Tenant Empowerment Act passed by the City Council in 2005 to give Mitchell-Lama residents the first crack at buying their building when their landlords choose to leave the program.

Rebuilding agencies win green award
By Skye H. McFarlane
From simple solutions like green inspection stickers to high-tech filters and fuels, the public construction projects Downtown have used a wide variety of techniques to make the resurgence of Lower Manhattan a little greener.

Where pushcarts proliferated, condos for the rich?
By Lincoln Anderson
When the four one-story buildings of the Essex Street Market were constructed in 1938 by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, they were meant to house the Lower East Side’s droves of pushcart vendors so that they would stop crowding the streets.

Fun and food in Chinatown

Bay of technical problems

FILM
The freaky films come out at nightMidnight movies at Tribeca
By Steven Snyder
Above and beyond the stream of casual moviegoers making their way down Varick St., there are three subcultures gleefully co-existing at the Tribeca Film Festival: the non-stop cinema gorgers, the gregarious partiers and, most curiously, the night owls. While the first two groups relish in making a day of the film fest, this latter band of fans prefers to take in its movies — most often cult comedies and gruesome horror marathons — when the moon is high and the theater boisterous.

SPORTS
League coaches and parents get coaching of their own
By Jefferson Siegel
Youth sports are supposed to be fun for the players who often imagine themselves worthy of the major leagues. For parents, watching their offspring can be fun but also, unfortunately, sometimes downright mean.

Cubs vs. Yankees
The Cubs had heard that the game might be canceled, so when the news came at 4 p.m. that the East River Park fields had drained sufficiently following Friday’s downpour, the team could only rally eight of its players to face the Yankees.

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