THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 16 • Issue 18 | Sept 30 - Oct 6, 2004


Liberty Bond problems continue
Is it too much to ask that $8 billion in tax-free bonds funded by the American public be well spent?
Far from it. It is the obligation of Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Gov. George Pataki to see that the Liberty Bonds are properly used. An estimated $1.2 billion of public money — from Maine to Hawaii and yes of course New York — is needed to support the bonds and we continue to see the mayor and governor brag about abuses in the program.

Penny Post
George Plimpton, in memoriam
By Andrei Codrescu
About 1970 when I was a young literary lion, well, more like a lion-cub – and some might have said puppy—I wrote a story of breathless chutzpah and unmitigated gall called “Monsieur Teste in America,” a story that announced, among other things, that a lion-in-the-making was growling (eruditely) at the gates of literature, and the natives better ready the meat. The gates I had in mind were those of “The Paris Review.” I mailed in this novella-length growl, about 80 pages long to George Plimpton, and waited confidently in my $60-a-month pad on Avenue C & Sixth St. for the phone to ring, hopefully before they shut it for nonpayment. Amazingly, it did ring.

Young life cut short
By Wickham Boyle
A student from my daughter’s kindergarten class at P.S. 234 was murdered last Wednesday. This sentence is misleading because it makes you think that the boy killed was a current student at the elementary school down the street from me in Tribeca. It makes you think there was a murder of an innocent, sweet-faced boy just barely stepping into life. I want you to think just that.

Letters to the editor

Second Thoughts
By Richmond Jones©

Downtown Local


Looking for a Pierogi?
By Jane Van Ingen
It may be true that the East Village is not the Ukranian enclave it once was. Leshkos, a diner on Avenue A that served pierogis and other traditional fare, recently closed. Other delicatessens selling pierogis have closed.
Tribeca Cookoff



Yes, mom is a girl
By Jane Flanagan
My son Rusty, 5, is figuring out that I’m a girl.
I first realized this one Sunday morning while sitting at breakfast. He walked up to me, smiling, holding something behind his back.


Minor 9 Downtown Soccer League teams Aberdeen and Motherwell played an exciting game under the lights last Thursday evening at the Battery Park City fields. Motherwell welcomed new teammate Sarah Pangburn with a goal early in the first half by Ali Rossi, assisted by Taylor Sandella.

M.T.A. hears pros, cons of South Ferry project
By Albert Amateau
The proposal to spend $400 million to rebuild the 90-year-old South Ferry subway station at the south end of the 1/9 West Side local line received a skeptical reception last week from most Manhattan-based speakers at a Metropolitan Transportation Authority forum.

Rampe on buses, Deutsche and Park Row
By Josh Rogers
The president of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. said he has not ruled out building a tour bus garage under the World Trade Center memorial, but he thinks there will be enough room for buses at the preferred site across the street from the site.

Artists take on commerce and newspaper headlines
By Ashley Winchester
Beneath the towering gothic spires of the “Cathedral of Commerce,” also known as the Woolworth Building, 15 artists have been painting, photographing and collaging for the past five months. They are part of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s artist-in-residence program, located on the 33rd floor.

Board looks to hospital site for school
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Community Board 1 officials are looking toward a parking lot in Lower Manhattan as a possible site for a new public elementary and middle school to help alleviate overcrowding in local classrooms.

Clinton blocks E.P.A. appointment over Downtown air
By Elizabeth O’Brien
After years of environmental activism in her Lower Manhattan community, Catherine McVay Hughes brought her concerns to a national stage last week when she traveled to Washington, D.C. at the invitation of Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Dem contenders come Downtown
By Josh Rogers
The 10 Democratic candidates for president were debating five blocks from the World Trade Center site last week, but you would have hardly known it except for moderator Brian Williams reminding viewers after commercials that they were at “Pace University in Lower Manhattan.”

Retail returns to Liberty
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Just south of ground zero, Liberty St. is getting ready for its closeup.
Workers hang signs and dust countertops as merchants prepare to return for the first time in more than two years to storefronts facing the former World Trade Center site.

Trust springs rink surprise
By Lincoln Anderson
Recent complaints about lack of communication between the Hudson River Park Trust and the community were highlighted at last Thursday’s Trust board of directors meeting, when an enclosed ice-skating rink was proposed for a location inside Community Board 2 — even though Board 2 had never been notified or consulted. In addition, the Hudson River Park Advisory Council never reviewed the plan. In fact, the Trust’s own board even seemed surprised by the proposal.

What’s he doin’? Koch backing Bush
By Lincoln Anderson
When he was mayor, Ed Koch’s signature question was “How’m I doin’?”
However, now that Hizzoner is saying he’s backing President George W. Bush for reelection, many are bound to wonder, “What’s he doin’?”

IS 89 after-school director previews film
Theseus Roche, director of the IS 89 after-school program, and native Tribecan, will show his short film “Funny Things” tonight at the Pioneer Theater in the East Village.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“The Same River Twice” (+)
In 1978, about a dozen people in their mid or late 20s took a trip down the Colorado River which was recorded on video. Fifteen years later, Robb Moss, now at Harvard and a professional filmmaker decides to revisit those who were filmed to get their memories of the trip and their current condition.
“Carnage” (-) This movie had great potential but failed. It has too many plots and too many characters. While the acting in the separate wisps of stories depicted is excellent, nothing remains with the viewer. Indeed, it is difficult a day later to conjure up and sufficiently recall images to describe.

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