THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 20 Issue 3 | June 1 - 7, 2007
Editorial
The L.M.D.C.under Spitzer
Last September when it was clear Democrat Eliot Spitzer was going to be our next governor, Republican Gov. George Pataki announced that the Downtown rebuilding agency he created, the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., would be closing up shop.

Downtown Notebook
Nobody told me there were Republicans in Tribeca
By Wickham Boyle
I live Downtown; I thought it was the bastion of liberalism. But in the hyper-divided country we now inhabit, sadly similar to Civil War divisions, one can never be sure who wears blue and who wears gray.

The Penny Post
Funny you asked
By Andrei Codrescu
For something to be funny in my book it has to be innocent and optimistic, not powerful and stupid. When I immigrated to the U.S. in 1966 I had all the ingredients of funny: I was young, if not exactly innocent in the catholic mode – I survived mostly by donating sperm to a New York sperm bank – you didn’t know that, did you? I have thousands of children.

Talking Point

Letters to the editor

Under Cover

Police Blotter

Downtown Express photo by Robert Kreizel

Hits the spot
East River Park sticklers may say water fountains should only be for people, but Rusty, a 5-month-old golden retriever, got a refreshing sip and then some Saturday after a run with owner Annika Sundin.


New rebuilding leader draws on old B.P.C. record for guidance
By Skye H. McFarlane
Just a few months ago, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation’s monthly public meetings featured more empty chairs than eager listeners. With the agency going out of business, more board members stopped attending, choosing instead to phone in to the 8 a.m. gatherings.


NEWS
Trust hints Tribeca boathouse design could expand
By Skye H. McFarlane
The murky waters surrounding the design of Tribeca’s Pier 26 are beginning to clear. After three meetings between Community Board 1 and staffers at the Hudson River Park Trust, Downtown waterfront advocates have a better idea of what is possible at the pier, which is currently under reconstruction.

Dorkey says goodbye to Hudson River Park agency
By Josh Rogers
Trip Dorkey rattled off four years worth of accomplishments as chairperson of the Hudson River Park Trust last week and said his goodbyes. But he doesn’t know when Gov. Eliot Spitzer will name his successor, so he said there’s still a chance he’ll lead the Trust’s next meeting.

Deal reached to extend Loft Law one year
The State Assembly, led by Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assemblymember Deborah Glick, reached an agreement with the Senate and governor Tuesday to extend the Loft Law by a year.

MUSIC
Summertime, and the music is free and easy
By Lee Ann Westover
Summer in New York City is electric, not only due to the welcome wealth of visible skin, but also because of the free, outdoor entertainment that awaits us nearly every day of the week. Downtown, the never-ending concert season begins this weekend, as three different festivals coincide in June and July. Following is our guide to the sounds each has to offer.

THEATER
Tea and fortitude in the American Bible Belt
By Jerry Tallmer
Japanese women have for hundreds, maybe thousands of years, pursued the delicate, intricate social ritual of sharing tea and talk together, but not always to the rather un-Japanese background beat of “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree With Anyone Else But Me” or “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?” or — yes — “My Country, ’Tis of Thee … ”

A countrified Cinderella cleans up well
By Scott Harrah
There is just one reason why audiences should see this revival of the 1963 musical based on N. Richard Nash’s “The Rainmaker,” with songs by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones (the duo that brought us the timeless classic “The Fantasticks”): The outstanding performances of stage veterans Audra McDonald and John Cullum.

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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)
Some reading drops Downtown, but schools outscore the city
By Anindita Dasgupta
Downtown schools showed mixed results on the state reading scores released last week.

London Bridge is not falling after tolls on traffic
By Lindsay Beyerstein
London’s deputy mayor captivated some of New York’s top policymakers, business leaders and transportation activists at a forum sponsored by the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy on May 18. They came to hear how London is tackling global warming and gridlock through congestion pricing.

Chinatown job group struggles to reach the Chinese
By Jennifer Milne
When Upwardly Global moved its offices to Chinatown last October, the organization thought it would be an opportunity to connect with Chinese immigrant professionals seeking jobs.

Soho to get a little ‘Lipstick’
A design for a new residential building at 140 Sixth Ave. features a lower, contextual side on Sullivan St. mirroring Soho’s historic architecture, and a taller modernistic, glass “mini-Lipstick Building” look on Sixth Ave.

Cultural leader leaving for poetry and Africa
Tom Healy, the president of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, is trading in his suit for solitude and stanzas.

B.P.C. library to open in ’09

Is there virtue in a diner closing, Socrates might have asked
By Jennifer Milne
After 25 years at 101 Hudson St., Socrates Restaurant closed its doors Sat., May 26, to the surprise and sadness of many patrons.


FILM
Giant gorilla is loose Downtown!
By Will McKinley
For most kids, Thanksgiving is all about a giant turkey. For me, it was all about a giant gorilla. Beginning in 1977, WOR-TV Channel 9 here in New York aired the original movie version of “King Kong” every Thanksgiving Day for nearly a decade.

SPORTS
Dragons on fire in first-ever baseball season
Despite a scarcity of field space and limited afterschool budgets, eight Manhattan middle schools came together this spring to form the borough’s first-ever public middle school baseball league.

Strong showing for Downtowners in city tourney
The Downtown Little League team placed second in the Mayor’s Borough Cup Memorial Tournament this past weekend, the farthest they’ve ever gotten in the tournament.

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