THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 20 Issue 11| July 27 - Aug. 03, 2007
Editorial
Keep traffic-plan momentum rolling
Congestion pricing is not the only way to reduce traffic, but it is the only realistic way to expand bus and train service and protect fares from going too high. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, with the help of a forgiving federal government, was able to put his day of reckoning off a little bit.

EDITORIAL PICTURE

The Penny Post
Help, I’m in H.M.O. hell! Just another ‘Sicko’ day
By Andrei Codrescu
I went to my pharmacy to get another prescription filled, an act that’s become so routine for most of us, we go through the drive-in window to get our pills. Only this time, things were different. My health provider’s card, which used to assure me of a generally reasonable price, was rejected.

Under Cover

Letters to the Editor

Police Blotter

Briefs

Subway surfin’

Underground comedy

Pave it for later: Latest word on bridge

Strings of pearls across the river


Courtesy of Julie Lemberger
A Point of HueResidue Dance Theater’s premiere of “Color Codes: A Point of Hue” by Tribien Pollard runs through July 29 at the Joyce Soho.

The Listings

Events - Exibits - Music - Theater -

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

From left, on Tuesday, Bill Castro, Manhattan borough Parks commissioner; Anthony Crowell, counsel to Mayor Bloomberg; and Skip Blumberg, president of Friends of City Hall Park, announced the agreement to reopen the northern end of City Hall Park to the public.

A lawn-awaited park victory! Tweed greens to reopen Tuesday
By Anindita Dasgupta
The grass is finally within their grasp. After years of battling to reopen the northern reaches of City Hall Park, advocates learned this week that the gates will finally swing wide next Tuesday at 6 a.m.

Subway harassment takes a toll
By Audrey Tempelsman
This week, Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer’s Office will release results from its survey of sexual harassment and assault on the New York City subway. More than 2,000 individuals participated in the survey since it first appeared online on June 22.

Downtown Express gets slimed!
By Will McKinley
“South Street Seaport,” I said to the cabbie. “And step on it! I’m about to get slimed.”
NEWS

Countdown to Downtown Community Center starts
By Skye H. McFarlane
It may be run by Manhattan Youth, but the new community center in Tribeca will cater to teens, seniors and parents, too — with no membership cards required.

Rats flood the seaport due to water-main work
By Joe Orovic
Lorraine Fittipaldi just wanted a regular evening stroll with her dog. In the process, she found herself taking a spill on Fulton St., tangled in a mess of leashes. A daredevil rat ran under her 60-pound mutt Rocky’s feet, startling the pooch and other dogs passing by.

9/11 dog handler indicted for bilking FEMA, Red Cross
By Jennifer Milne
Downtown resident Scott Shields, often seen around Lower Manhattan in the days after Sept. 11 with his golden retriever rescue dog, Bear, has been indicted on three counts — conspiracy, theft of federal funds and mail fraud — according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Small ships come in at South Street Seaport model festival
By Jennifer Milne
The South Street Seaport Museum is holding its “Build a Boat” event on Aug. 4 and 5 as part of the 15th annual Ship and Boat Model Festival. Gene Carlucci, the museum’s manager of school and family programs, says it’s expected to be just as popular as it has in years past.


VILLAGER ART & LIFESTYLE

Potter mania on Mercer St. at final book’s release
By Joe Orovic
Witches and wizards waving wands or carrying brooms were out in full force last Friday, as the countdown clock ticked away from six hours to zero. After two years of anticipation, a parade of Potter maniacs invaded Soho for the midnight release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the seventh and final book about the boy wizard by J.K. Rowling.

One last summer fling with Harry Potter
By Sarah Norris
At the end of the 10-second countdown to midnight last Friday night, the estimated 2,000-strong crowd outside of Scholastic publishers in Soho erupted in cheers. Confetti streamed through the air along Mercer Street, cordoned off by police.

Building blocks for a better city
By Laura Silver
There are no Lenni Lenape longhouses still standing in New York City. But there’s one in a storefront window on LaGuardia Place just south of Bleecker Street through August 11.

Portrait of a man as a young skinhead
By Leonard Quart
Shane Meadows’ films usually deal with the machismo and violence of young, British, working class, disaffected males, who exist on the dole outside the new service-oriented economy.


Magic without the hat
By Will McKinley
“The Quantum Eye” is the hottest show off-Broadway. And that’s not necessarily a good thing. As I walked into the SoHo Playhouse on a recent Friday evening to see a performance of Sam Eaton’s “amazing evening of magic and mentalism,” I was greeted by a tall, spiky-haired woman named Janet.

Taking the slow boat to happiness
By Sarah Norris
Several years ago, Mary South writes at the beginning of her memoir, “I was probably a lot like you. I had a successful career, a pretty home, two dogs, and a fairly normal life.”

Real State
Nonprofits scoop up condos in old Insurance District
By Joseph Dobrian
When the law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft moved out of 125 Maiden Lane about a year ago, the building’s owners, Time Equities, had a half-full building and the opportunity to introduce a new concept to the Insurance District: the office condo.

Sports
Big row on waterfront as kayakers convene at pier
By Jefferson Siegel 
If you’ve ever spent a summer day by the Hudson River and dreamed of being on the water, but your ship hasn’t come in yet, don’t despair. Downtown Boathouse on Pier 40 offers free use of kayaks on weekends and holidays all summer long. 


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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.