THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 20 Issue 2 | May 25 -31, 2007
Editorial Deutsches oversight needs oversight The sky is falling after all.
A 15-foot pipe fell off the former Deutsche Bank building last Thursday, crashing into the Ten-Ten firehouse, injuring two of New Yorks Bravest across from the World Trade Center site. Luckily no one was seriously hurt and no more firefighters were lost because of 9/11.
Downtown Express photo by Scot Surbeck River view Sun reflections on the Hudson gave the mighty river a surreal quality Sunday.
The book on libraries Andrew Carnegies incredible donation over a century ago built the Chatham Square Library in Chinatown and many others across the city and the nation. Back then, neighborhoods like Soho, Tribeca and Battery Park City hadnt been created, so Lower Manhattan didnt get any other of these precious jewels. Since then its been harder to get libraries built.
The Penny Post Heart of the Beast By Andrei Codrescu
Im flying to Minneapolis-St.Paul nonstop from a half-built future international airport set amid vast empty pastures. There are nonstop flights here to far-flung cities of the earth, and the ticketing machines are programmed to respond in Korean, Japanese, Taglalog, Mandarin, Cantonese.
Talking Point Meeting the med students who dissected my husband By Annie Shaver-Crandell
On the train to Valhalla, N.Y., last Friday, I kept thinking of the lines in Tom Lehrers song Alma: The body that reached her embalmer/ Was one that had known how to live. I was on my way to accept an invitation from Dr. Matthew A. Pravetz director of the Body Bequeathal Program at New York Medical College to attend a memorial service, a Convocation of Thanks, given by the students of the Class of 2010.
Spitzer brokers deal to end W.T.C. insurance dispute
Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced a deal Wednesday for seven insurance companies to pay an additional $2 billion to developer Larry Silverstein and the Port Authority to rebuild the World Trade Center.
1,000 march for gay marriage in Lower Manhattan By Paul Schindler
A dire weekend weather forecast that revived memories of last year when heavy downpours drenched roughly 1,000 participants made the 2007 Wedding March this past Saturday the smallest in the events four-year history.
EXHIBITIONS The pain in Spain was not in vain By Jerry Tallmer
KOSLOW! thou shouldst be living at this hour. Whod a thunk it? All over New York theyre celebrating better yet, remembering, or (best of all) learning about the war you (illegally) sailed from New York to take part in shortly after New Years 1937. Seventy years ago.
THEATER A tale of gentrification all too familiar By Scott Harrah
The final installment of the late August Wilsons series of 10 plays about African-Americans in Pittsburghs Hill District where the playwright grew up in real life depicts the challenges often faced in the name of gentrification, and the ethical dilemmas that arise when the ghetto gets a facelift and developers start tearing down old homes to make way for a luxury high-rises and homogenized franchises like Starbucks, Barnes & Noble and Whole Foods.
FILM Sequel to Night Watch casts a new spell By Rania Richardson
With stunning visual style and a delicious mix of characters a vampire butcher, a Mongolian horse lord, a punk seductress, and an otherworldly father/son duo fixed in tormented conflict Day Watch is the dazzling sequel and stand-alone thrill ride following the phenomenally successful Night Watch (2004) that single handedly revitalized contemporary Russian cinema.
Listen to Downtown Express
Radio on the internet: Dep. Mayor Daniel Doctoroff talks about Downtown redevelopment, the W.T.C. arts program, Hudson River Park funding and congestion pricing with hosts Josh Rogers and Skye H. McFarlane. Julie Menin, Community Board 1's chairperson, discusses the need for schools and cultural programs Downtown and the new members of the board. (recorded 4/30/07)
Pipe crash through firehouse is 6th Deutsche violation in 3 months By Skye H. McFarlane
As word spread around Lower Manhattan last week that a 15-foot section of steel piping had fallen from the top of the former Deutsche Bank building and crashed through the roof of the 10/10 firehouse next door, the same refrain could be heard over and over in meeting rooms and elevators around the neighborhood.
New chapter in Sohos story: A library By Jefferson Siegel
Until this week, Soho residents thirsting for knowledge had to schlep to the Public Librarys New Amsterdam branch on Murray St. or over to the Ottendorfer on Second Ave.
B.P.C. library in negotiations The long hoped for library in Battery Park City could open by the end of next year although a construction start date is still unclear.
Little Red school will grow a little bit more Little Red School House Elisabeth Erwin High School has acquired a 4,000-square-foot townhouse at 42 Charlton St., next to the existing high school, for $4.1 million, according to Danielle Culmone, of Quinn & Co., the broker assisting the transaction.
Muslim cabbies dont miss stop at 11th St. mosque By Alyssa Giachino
In the predawn chill of a weekday in early spring, at an East Village mosque the entryway shelves were brimming with the shoes of worshipers. Favored footwear styles were sturdy tennis shoes and dusty work boots, most with well-worn heels.
BOOKS A new look at Brooke Astors life, sans scandal By Sarah Norris
To receive, one must give, wrote Brooke Astor, the acclaimed New York philanthropist and heiress, whose life is the subject of a new biography, The Last Mrs. Astor (W.W. Norton), by Frances Kiernan. Now 105, Astor made headlines last year for the lack of care bestowed upon her by her son, Tony Marshall, and though this book touches upon the scandal, its primary concern is tracking a life fully lived.
Majors Astros vs. Tigers The Tigers jumped out to an early 2-run lead when leadoff hitterJack Finio singled and scored followed by Jack Hatton who reached after being hit by a pitch. Cubs vs. Yankees Meeting for the second time this season, the Cubs and Yankees played a high-scoring game May 15. Yankees vs. Blue Jays The spectators who braved the 8 a.m. call time on an overcast Saturday morning witnessed one of the rarest feats in baseball
German Federal Archives, Berlin.
Leni Riefenstahl: Up Close and PersonalAuthor Steven Bach discusses his biography of the notorious German filmmaker - who allegedly witnessed massacres of Jews, hired slave laborers as extras in her films, and maintained close personal relationships with many Nazis on May 30 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Above: Riefenstahl is captured in a snapshot at the moment gunfire begins.