THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 20 Issue 7 | June 29 - July 05, 2007
Editorial
It may hurt and be too slow, but it’s progress
Last week there were two movements forward in the Lower Manhattan rebuilding efforts – the Port Authority approved the deal to bring JPMorgan Chase back Downtown, and the city advanced the long-awaited plans to refurbish Fulton St., but also revealed that most of Fulton St. will close for at least 2 years in order to replace a 150-year-old water main.

The Penny Post
The cat and Bill Gates
By Andrei Codrescu
I promised a friend in Romania that I’d write a book about a cat. I even told her the title: “Bill Gates’ Cat.” My friend is an editor at a publishing house and she said that if I wrote “Bill Gates’ Cat” she’d publish it.

Letters to the editor

Under Cover

Police Blotter

Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess
Starving artists?
Oil painters from the Art Students League in Midtown came down to Tribeca’s Duane Park for inspiration last week while workers took their lunch break.


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Most of Fulton St. will close to almost all traffic for a few years in order to replace a 150-year-old water main and refurbish the street. This intersection near DeLury Square is expected to be made safer under the plan.

Yikes!

Starting in July, Fulton St. will mostly be closed for over 2 years
By Skye H. McFarlane
The good news is that Fulton St. is getting a major makeover. The bad news is that due to an ailing 150-year-old water main, the street will require radical plastic surgery instead of a simple trip to the Macy’s makeup counter.


NEWS
Trial of driver who killed cyclist is delayed
The trial of Eugenio Cidron, 27, charged with vehicular manslaughter and D.W.I. in the Dec. 1, 2006, death of cyclist Eric Ng, 22, on the West Side Highway bike path, has been postponed for the fifth time.

Beloved P.S. 150 teacher says goodbye to Tribeca
By Anindita Dasgupta
Twenty-eight pairs of eyes followed Peter Napolitano as he walked to the class calendar. Despite the heat and the end of school in sight, the kindergarten class calmly waited for their teacher to begin their “morning meeting.”

Some Downtowners raise fireworks over fireworks
By Joe Orovic
The first bang of fireworks can kick off a spectacle for some while also sending startled people ducking for cover – as has been the case in Downtown. Some members of Community Board 1 are upset about routine nights interrupted by sudden, poorly regulated and arbitrary fireworks displays.

AIDS charity, pot heads, others line up for iPhone
Half a dozen people pressed their folding chairs against Soho’s Apple store, milking the last bits of morning shade before temperatures soared into the mid-90’s on Wednesday. Smoking marijuana, sipping iced coffee, juice or beer, they hoped to be among the first to buy the $500 iPhone when it is released on Friday, June 29 at 6 p.m.


ARTS

A bloody township in the war of the sexes, caught on film
By Jerry Tallmer
It was, Norman Mailer would some years later tell D.A. Pennebaker, “the night Jill Johnston turned my hair gray.”

Pixar cooks up a scrumptious family film
By Steven Snyder
Well here’s a surprise few are likely expecting: A summer movie that seems to regard its audience with almost too much respect.

Spiegelworld returns to work its Seaport magic
By Lee Ann Westover
By virtue of the setting alone, an evening at this year’s Spiegelworld will be well worth the ticket price. The opulent theater— a vintage “spiegeltent” constructed of teak with walls of velvet, stained glass and mirrors — was once all the rage in early 20th century Europe.

Moore’s ailing report on U.S. health care
By Steven Snyder
We’re getting screwed, my fellow Americans.
That seems to be the sentiment of Michael Moore in his latest provocative, funny, and all around exceptional documentary that was greeted at the Cannes Film Festival not so much with scandal as with nods of the head — even from the Fox News critic, who hailed it as a “brilliant” example of Moore’s “maturity as a filmmaker.”

Makor sweet walks its way Downtown
By Sandra Larriva
Makor and Daytime@, two offshoot programs of the Jewish cultural, educational and community center, 92nd Street Y, will be moving from their 35 West 67th Street location to Tribeca this fall.

NEWS
Port architect: Park near JP tower won’t be paradise
By Josh Rogers
The “so-called park” slated to be built near JPMorgan Chase’s new World Trade Center headquarters will get enough sun but not many visitors, the architect leading the project told Downtown Express this week.

Whitman grilling draws crowds, critics and few answers
By Skye H. McFarlane
It was not yet 7 a.m. when a group of 9/11 health advocates gathered on Warren St. Monday morning, headed for the Washington D.C. hearing in which U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler would question former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman about her role in the controversial cleanup that followed the World Trade Center attacks.

Island planners now ready to ‘play ball’ with community
By Skye H. McFarlane
Any new design for Governors Island will include an ample mix of active and passive recreation — including ballfields, the head of the island’s development corporation said Monday.

B.P.C. seniors ready to sit in to sit down
By Jennifer Milne
Senior citizens living at The Hallmark just want a place to sit down while waiting for the bus. The bus shelter they’ve got now is a simple metal-and-glass construction, but it doesn’t have what the residents want most — a bench.

East Siders press city for more affordable housing
By Alyssa Giachino
Community members flooded a scoping hearing at the Department of City Planning on Monday, urging the agency to include more affordable housing and tenant protections in the rezoning plan that encapsulates more than 100 blocks of the East Village and Lower East Side.

The path to a new PATH
Port Authority contractors demolished the World Trade Center PATH entrance on Sunday in order to continue the construction of the permanent commuter-subway station, scheduled to open in two years.

Don’t turn on the red light, Chinatown tells Sting & Bowie
By Albert Amateau
Ivan Kane and his celebrity partners David Bowie and Sting are about to bring burlesque back to the Big Apple with a New York branch of Forty Deuce, Kane’s club in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.


SPORTS/YOUTH

Down by 6, Astros rally for Downtown title
Downtown Little League’s major division just wrapped up its season with the Astros taking the 2007 Major League Championship title against the Blue Jays, 8-7 Saturday night in Battery Park City.

Downtown teams close out the season strong
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White Sox vs. Yankees
On another day made for baseball, the Yankees hosted the White Sox for the last game of the season.  Great defensive plays by Ariana Howard and Tyler Rohan to the league’s golden-glove first baseman, Michael Bogdanos, kept the Sox from scoring in the first.


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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.


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