THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 20 Issue 14 | August 17 - 23, 2007

Police Blotter

Downtown Notebook
Remembering ‘good old school days’ that weren’t
By Geraldine Lipschutz
I have lasting memories of two of my classmates from my days at Sprague Elementary School in Brockton, Mass., where I grew up.

Youth

Gauchos garner national attention
By Lucas Mann and Lincoln Anderson
The youth baseball organization the Lower East Side Gauchos took another giant step forward in their development into a powerhouse program.

In Pictures

East bests West in Millan League

An island’s different beats



Downtown Express photo by Nick Brooks (left), Milo Hess (top right) and Elisabeth Robert (bottom right)

What Led to Deutsche Deaths?
The fire raging at the Deutsche Bank building on Saturday. (top right) Firefighters had to shoot water onto the fire from the ground because the building’s standpipes were not functioning. (bottom left and right) In the late afternoon Saturday, a flame still burned near the residential building at 125 Cedar St. ARTICLE.

Deutsche debris injures 2 more Bravest

Editorial
Deutsche deaths need an independent review
The most heartbreaking thing about the loss of firefighters Robert Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino in Saturday’s fire at the former Deutsche Bank building was that government did not pay enough attention to the repeated, unmistakable signs that people’s lives were at risk.

(From our Pre-Fire edition August 16, 2007)
New Deutsche violations

NEWS
Gov picks woman with ties to mayor & Pataki for park post
By Lincoln Anderson
“Day one, everything changes” isn’t exactly how one would describe Governor Eliot Spitzer’s appointment of Diana Taylor as the new chairperson of the Hudson River Park Trust’s board of directors last week.

Yes, seniors live in B.P.C., but their nature is not retiring
By Skye H. McFarlane
On the topic of museum visits, the women of the Gateway Plaza seniors group were of one mind – they wanted to see the city’s smaller, more unique galleries and they didn’t want any stodgy tour guides telling them what to look at.

Readin’, writin’ & radio are in the summer curriculum
By Annie Lok
Facing murals depicting tenements strung with clotheslines and “L.E.S.” written large in graffiti style, Manny Fermin, a student at the New Design High School on Grand St., performed in a radio play during an August 10 presentation at the Whole Foods Market café on the Bowery.

Downtown fan makes pitch to save Met history
By WILL McKINLEY
Andrew Perlgut is a Mets fan on a mission. The Village native has launched an online petition to save the Home Run Apple, a giant piece of fiberglass fruit that rises from a 10-foot-tall magic hat every time a Mets player hits a ball out of the park.


VILLAGER ART & LIFESTYLE
Concert
The return of New York’s native B-Boys
By Todd Simmons
The Beastie Boys entered the Soho House screening room last Thursday donning vintage suits, ties and dark glasses, ready for business.

Smuin still the life of his dance company
By Rebecca Milzoff
Almost one year ago, the Smuin Ballet came to the Joyce and performed a program much like the one that opened last night: a cornucopia of works by Michael Smuin.

A man without a country
By Steven Snyder
Behind the rhetoric of the nation’s current illegal immigrant discussion, underneath all the political debates about building fences and amnesty, lies a deeper accusation steeped in fear and anger: You are not one of us.


In the shadow of the Fringe
By Jennifer O’Reilly
Every summer the New York Fringe Festival sweeps into town, momentarily transforming the city into a smorgasbord of performances for those eager to see the latest works from the independent theater community.

The Marilyn behind the cliché
By Steven Snyder
A funeral ceremony, a dinner at a Chinese restaurant, a bottle of champagne and a stroll along the South Street Seaport: “A Beautiful Child” is an enchanting glimpse at a most unusual day in the life of Marilyn Monroe, as captured through the eyes of friend and confidante Truman Capote.

The wrong side of the velvet rope
By Steven Snyder
“Delirious” is really a story about parasites that hate their hosts — about men and women who leach off others, dependant on the very people they despise.


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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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