THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 20 Issue 5 | June 15 - 21, 2007
Editorial
Silver, don’t jam up mayor’s traffic plan
How high do you want the subway fare to go, how much more crowded do you want the trains and buses to be, which desperately-needed transportation projects do you want to derail, and how many more asthma and respiratory ailments are you willing to accept to prevent trying the mayor’s traffic pricing plan for three years?

The Penny Post
Notes on the Mississippi
By Andrei Codrescu
I was gazing out at the mighty Mississippi from the pilot house of Capt. Gordy’s tour boat, The Spirit of Dubuque, and thinking, as the constructivist shores slid by, that this country, above St. Louis, is in the throes of optimism. Upper Mississippians are so drunk with optimism they’ve thrown caution to the winds that blow on the weather channel.

Talking Point
Soccer fields that’ll prevent the terrorists from win
By David Stanke
Grass and Astroturf were the only options for a pre-9/11 world. But we need new ideas to meet the challenges of the new world.” With these words, Rudolph Giuliani returned to Lower Manhattan to introduce the Battery Park City Authority’s latest green initiative: a new bioengineered grass to solve the dilemma of the West Street sports fields.

Letters to the editor

Under Cover

Police Blotter

Opening a new door to higher learning
Metropolitan College of New York now has a larger presence Downtown with a sign on its door and a new entranceway at 431 Canal St. School officials celebrated the opening last week, around the corner from the doors to 75 Varick St., a.k.a. One Hudson Square.


Obituary
Etta Sanders, 50, Tribeca reporter, dies
By Jennifer Milne
Etta Sanders, a Tribeca Trib reporter who covered W.T.C. redevelopment and 9/11 health-related issues, died June 5 of lung cancer. She was 50.

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

Not exactly barefoot in the park
Despite being surrounded by Canal St. traffic, Ashley Havey, left, and Kyle Ferrara were able to enjoy some green space at Canal and Varick Sts. last week, across the street from their jobs at Tribeca Cinemas.


Tribeca umbrellas will fold for good
By Jennifer Milne
Under an ominous gray sky Tuesday, the final, rightmost piece of the iconic red umbrella clung to the side of the Citigroup building at 388 Greenwich St. in Tribeca. Nobody was on the street cheering for the umbrella’s demise, like so many had 10 years ago. Instead, the icon was being dismantled slowly, bit by bit, fading away silently.

NEWS
Developer says ‘no’ to affordable housing, so C.B. 1 considers saying ‘right back at you’
By Skye H. McFarlane
A presentation on the proposed 63-story tower at 50 West St. last week left local community board members wrestling with two questions: What sort of community amenities would mitigate the impact of the project’s desired zoning variances? And when does the impact become so significant that no potential amenity could make the deal worthwhile?

A (good) shot in the arm is keeping junkies alive
By Lucas Mann
On Wed., June 6, a young man fell to the ground in Tompkins Square Park after overdosing on heroin. A friend in his group administered a shot into his arm while other friends called the police. That shot saved a life.

Classical / Concert Review
Old world flavor at Trinity’s lunchtime concert
By LeeAnna Keith
Last Thursday at noon, this fortunate New Yorker in the thrall of a sparkling weekday on Lower Broadway was not headed for lunch, but for the latest installment of the lunchtime classical music series at Trinity Church. On June 7, New York’s Scandia Symphony presented a 90-minute program of works by Romantic and contemporary Scandinavian composers.

COMEDY
Freddie Roman spills the borscht
By Will McKinley
Back in 1991, Freddie Roman’s “Catskills on Broadway” opened to rave reviews and sold out crowds. The show was a celebration of old school stand-up comedy performed by the men and women who had graced the seminal stages of the Catskill Mountains, the Jewish vacation enclave affectionately known as the Borscht Belt.


The secret word is Lisa
By Will McKinley
Lisa Levy is crazy, and she’s got the empty Prozac bottles to prove it. The visual artist and improvisational comedian has a sculpture of spent bottles of anti-depressants on display in her funky bachelorette pad in the Village, appropriate for a women who once hosted a show called “Psychotherapy Live.”

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Two residents who live near the former Deutsche Bank building, Pat Moore, a Community Board 1 member, and Dave Stanke, a Downtown Express columnist, talk about their concerns living near the skyscraper's dismantling and the construction as well as their thoughts on the Survivors' Stairway and other issues related to the World Trade Center site with hosts Josh Rogers and Skye H. McFarlane. Recorded June 4, 2007.

NEWS

Deutsche rush led to mishap, official admits
By Skye H. McFarlane
Community Board 1 gave the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center a vote of confidence Monday night, despite serious concerns about quality of life issues and the safety of the deconstruction project at 130 Liberty St.

Police barrier injures 3 in Chinatown
By Joe Orovic
Straphangers on the M101 got an unexpected lift on Tuesday morning. At 10:45 a.m., an extended bus approached the entrance of Chatham Green on Park Row when a broken police barrier hoisted the bus by its accordion-like center, according to Rich Scorce, a Chatham Green resident.

Wils lands job managing city’s development plans
By Josh Rogers
Madelyn Wils had some advice for Community Board 1 members two months ago: if they want to get more involved with rebuilding plans, they should work more with the city. This week she took her own advice.


THEATER
Oh Dad, poor Dad, here’s prodigal son home again
By Jerry Tallmer
Bernard Shaw, tongue maliciously only half in cheek, divided his astonishing dramatic output into “Plays Pleasant” and “Plays Unpleasant.” All of Shaw’s plays were written to make you think — you, the reader, the member of the audience — but his “Plays Unpleasant” were the ones (“Widower’s Houses,” “Mrs. Warren’s Profession,” etc.) where your thinking had to work really hard against your own social class, your own proclivities, your own standards, your own prejudices.

SPORTS/YOUTH
Two girls climb the hill to make Downtown baseball history
By Joe Orovic
Whoever used “You throw like a girl” as an insult has never seen a baseball come out of the hands of Leanne Elefterakis and Lindsay Holcomb. The 12-year-olds became the first two girls in Downtown Little League history to oppose each other on the mound when Holcomb’s Tigers beat Elefterakis’ Blue Jays 6-5 on June 6.

31 actors at I.S. 89 take on traditional Italian theater
By Jennifer Milne
In the darkened auditorium of I.S. 89 last week, a starving vagabond named Arlecchino slowly dragged himself across the stage. He was wearing a bright turquoise papier-mâché mask, part of the Italian Commedia dell’arte theater style, as he begged an innkeeper, Brighella, for a place to stay and some food.

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