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Volume 16 • Issue 19 | October 07 - 13 , 2003


Skating on thin ice with rink proposal
A proposal for an enclosed ice-skating rink in the Hudson River Park near Spring St., just south of Pier 40, got what could be called a chilly reception, to say the least, at the Hudson River Park Trust’s recent board of directors meeting.

Letters to the editor

Taking Point
Overreacting to Whitman’s deceit on air quality
By Charles Komanoff
A wave of conflicting feelings broke over me when I heard that the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general had blasted ex-agency chief Christie Whitman for her infamous “all clear” proclamation about Downtown air quality after 9/11.

The Penny Post
The fighter and the clown
By Andrei Codrescu
Thank you, God of moving pictures, for Sundance, Bravo, and the Independent Film channels! From the wasteland of cable there rose the other night on IFC a splendid 1995 documentary called “Fighter,” about two old Jewish men retracing the horrors of their youth in Nazi-occupied Europe. The men, Jan Weiner and the writer Arnost Lustig, were perfect illustrations of two types of human being: the fighter and the clown.

Downtown Notebook
Falling for the whims of weather
By Wickham Boyl
We have had six mWe have had six months of extremely mercurial weather. We had the nearly diluvian month of June with more rain than has been seen in years. This was preceded by a windy, chilly May, that was abutted by a snowy April, then the muggy, relentless heat of July, and finally the heat lifts, and we are surrounded by air that caresses the spirit as it warms our skin, and just when we believe that we won’t have to use a mold eradicating unguent, the rains return with the tattered edges of Hurricane Isabel.

Downtown Local

Police Blotter

A Wall St. night

Rec center money

Turkey in The Battery

Canal Park on track

C.B. 1 meetings

Express e-mails

Bus garage fight

Call for Project Liberty extension

Free legal help for businesses

Tribeca loft tour

Flugtag, an event sponsored by the Red Bull

Rabbi Ephraim Oshry, 89, religious scholar, dies
By Albert Amateau
Rabbi Ephraim Oshry, leader for 50 years of the landmarked synagogue Beth Hamedrash Hagadol on the Lower East Side and venerated among Orthodox Jews as a sage of the Torah and author of a five-volume religious response to the Holocaust, died on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 28, the second day of the Jewish New Year, in Mt. Sinai Hospital at the age of 89.


Size doesn’t matter to ‘The Boss’
By Ed Katz
I call her the Boss. A mere three feet tall, she reigns over me like the Lord of the Manor. She demands that I acknowledge her authority. If I dare to sit on her chair, I must ask her permission. If I think, even for a moment, to give her a cup other than her favorite pink one for juicy, it’s off with my head. You may think me weak, to bow to the will of a child of three. And perhaps you are right.

Children’s Activities


Downtown kickers bend it
By Ashley Winchester
After one week’s rest, Downtown Soccer League players took to the fields this weekend in the cool October weather.

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

The remains of Colonial-era slaves were honored on Friday at a Pier 11 ceremony. Mayor Bloomberg joined African Burial Ground leaders before the remains were taken up Broadway’s “Canyon of Heroes” to their final resting place on Duane St.

Rest in Peace
Remains from African Burial Ground return Downtown
By Josh Rogers
Tears ran down Beverly Alston’s face on Saturday after she prayed near a coffin holding the remains of one of the 419 African Americans discovered at Elk and Duane Sts. in 1991. She said she felt “happy and connected” that her ancestors were being returned to the ground.

W.T.C. firefighters get ready for return
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The firehouse across the street from the former World Trade Center site may welcome its firefighters back by the end of this month, a member of Engine Company 10 said on Monday.

Madonna, Britney attracted to Downtown wood
By Elizabeth O’Brien
At 211 Pearl St., only a silver remains of the historic Greek revival building that had stood there since the early 1830s. But elsewhere in the city, parts of the demolished interior have found new life, in a restaurant on the Upper West Side, in a tree guard on E. Fourth St., and possibly even on a music video set for Madonna and Britney Spears.

Police commander takes over Chinatown precinct
By Albert Amateau
Captain William Matusiak, a 19-year veteran of the N.Y.P.D., is the new commanding officer of the Fifth Precinct, appointed in August to the precinct that covers Chinatown, Little Italy and part of the Lower East Side.

Clinton calls for broader apartment tests Downtown
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Senator Hillary Clinton announced last week that the White House, Congress and independent environmental experts will meet to determine the steps necessary to ensure the health of all New Yorkers affected by the World Trade Center dust plume.

Council introduces pollution reduction bill
By Sascha Brodsky
The streets of Lower Manhattan could soon get a little less smoggy.
At a City Council hearing last week, the Environmental Protection Agency urged the passage of a bill that would mandate the use of clean air technology for vehicles rebuilding the World Trade Center site. Under the proposed law, construction equipment Downtown, including the W.T.C. site, would have to use ultra low sulfur diesel fuel and special technology to reduce emissions.

Past and present blend at Essex Street Market
By Ashley Winchester
Winemaker Norman Schapiro stands over his small market stall, quietly singing in Yiddish while surveying his wares. The jingle is from a 1933 Jewish radio commercial advertising his family business, which has been in operation in the Lower East Side since 1899.

Cafes open near the Big Board
By Ashley Winchester
It isn’t easy getting around Wall St. these days. Although pedestrians continue to wind their way through Wall St. sidewalks, closed roads, concrete barriers and constant construction have created a maze for both businesses and visitors in the New York Stock Exchange area.

Objections raised to proposed law changes in Soho
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Opponents of a proposed zoning change for parts of Soho and Noho turned out in force at a recent City Planning hearing to protest a move they say would open their neighborhood to unwanted development.

A lively Stone Street, accent on the tomato
By Francis R. Angelino
Bringing renewed life to picturesque, renovated Stone Street, Bayard’s Hierloom Tomato Festival was a celebration of the ongoing efforts of owners Harry and Peter Paulakakos and their talented Executive Chef Eberhard Muller.

From Manhattan to Missoula: Ian Frazier on fishing
By Timothy Lavin
In the opening chapter of “Moby Dick,” Herman Melville marvels at 19th Century New Yorkers near the waterfront: “posted like silent sentinels all around the town…thousands upon thousands of mortal men fixed in ocean reveries.” Inlanders all, he writes, “they come from lanes and alleys, streets, avenues — north, east, south, and west. Yet here they all unite.”

Koch on film
By Ed. Koch
“Demon Lover” (-) The flick begins in Japan where the central characters are discussing the purchase by an American company of a Japanese company making animation videos. The Japanese are depicted as the best in this very lucrative field which seems to be the case in real life. “Taking Sides” (+)
This is an excellent docudrama reporting on an incident that took place after the defeat of the Nazis in 1945. We witness a denatzification scene in Berlin when the world-famous conductor, Wilhelm Furtwangler, was investigated.

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