THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 20 Issue 15 | AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 6, 2007
Editorial
Yes, Mr. President, Iraq is like Vietnam
A week ago, President Bush drew parallels between the Vietnam War’s aftermath and what he said would happen if the U.S. pulls out of Iraq.

Under Cover

Letters to the Editor


Annex at last! New school space to open at P.S. 234
By Skye H. McFarlane
From the starch of never-worn blue jeans to grind of freshly sharpened pencils, each school year brings with it a sense of the new. But at Tribeca’s P.S. 234, students and teachers will have more than new clothes or supplies to study on the first day of class.

A song for New York, sung in one borough
By Sara G. Levin
Even for Mabou Mines, the 37-year-old experimental theater troupe whose directors delight in exploring unknown dramatic territory, producing “Song For New York: What Women Do While Men Sit Knitting,” has been quite a challenge.

Bringing new meaning to home movies
A conversation with ‘mumblecore’ multitalent Kevin Bewersdorf
By Rania Richardson
In town last week, Austin-based film composer Kevin Bewersdorf explained the motivation behind working on a homemade film that has little prospect of commercial success: “You’re making it because you genuinely enjoy communing with the creative spirits of the universe and you want to hang out with other people who have good energy and see what will come. You think this is for each other, or maybe for a few more friends.”

Chinese dual-language school translates into success
By Sruthi Pinnamaneni
At first glance, the Shuang Wen YouTube video looks like a memory reel of a graduating class in any American school. But a closer look reveals the details that make this school unique: students standing below pagodas in China; girls performing Chinese dances in dresses of yellow and spring-green silk; a Web site with content in both English and Chinese.

Deutsche demo firm grilled, but gives few answers
By Josh Rogers
Similar to Mark McGwire’s defense against steroid accusations two years ago, Bovis Lend Lease executives said Wednesday that they did not come to a community meeting Wednesday to talk about the past – in other words what led to the deaths of two firefighters Aug. 18 at the former Deutsche Bank building.

Yes, Mr. President, Iraq is like Vietnam
A week ago, President Bush drew parallels between the Vietnam War’s aftermath and what he said would happen if the U.S. pulls out of Iraq.

Game teaches Chinatown youth the G-word
By Annie Lok
Gentrification is a serious topic, but teenagers in Chinatown found a playful way to talk about it with the people who live in the neighborhood — by creating a board game.

Healthy addition to L.E.S. Prep
Lower East Side Prep students will return to high school on Sept. 4 with an array of educational options that go beyond the classroom — including technology and mentoring initiatives and a new program that will educate students about health issues and proper nutrition.

High school’s plans include language of the century
By Anindita Dasgupta
Millennium High School is adding Mandarin to its curriculum this year and hopes students will have a place to play team sports, practice their music and speak Mandarin.

Ka-ching goes the school bell
By Angela Benfield
The beginning of the new school year is just around the corner, and anyone who has a child in school knows what that means: Dust off that Mastercard – it’s time to go shopping.

Letters to the Editor

Making a splash, Blue Man Group goes to school
By Melissa Korn
Bright colors, fun music...blue heads? While those are all staples at Blue Man Group shows, only the first two will be common elements at the theater group’s preschool next door to its 434 Lafayette St. theater, the Blue Man Creativity Center Early Childhood Program. Gearing up for its first year of operation for 2-through-4-year-olds, the center pulls from the sights and sounds of the Blue Man Group, focusing on “sensory tactile experiences” that help children grow emotionally and creatively.

New education council hoping to make a difference
By Anindita Dasgupta
One year after Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer released a study stating that community education councils — the replacement for the former community school boards — were essentially ineffective, District 2’s C.E.C. is heading into its new term.

Old world cooking in the new Seaport
Venanzio Pasubio, preparing wood-fired pizza at Il Brigante
By Frank Angelino
Calabria is one of those southern Italian regions that have to work hard to get any culinary respect. Impoverished and less educated, and thus less written about than the northern regions, Calabria was viewed as a place where inventive peasants cobbled together a meal from their hardscrabble land, relying mainly on vegetables and the heavy use of spicy hot peppers.

Police Blotter

Remembering Tribeca artist Elizabeth Murray
By Stephanie Murg
A little over a decade ago, the young daughter of painter Elizabeth Murray walked into her mother’s soon-to-open show at the Paula Cooper Gallery, looked around, and burst into tears. “What are these paintings doing here? You’re not going to sell these paintings!?” sobbed four-year-old Sophia to her mother. “Don’t give these paintings to Paula. These paintings are ours.” Anyone who has seen the work of Murray, much less enjoyed the privilege of living with it, can understand Sophia’s reaction.

Scene

Fear and outrage Downtown, once again
By Wickham Boyle
Why after so many years am I still afraid living Downtown, why are so many more terrified? I know that I am given to being plucky and am willing to push a lot of fear and horror out of my consciousness and go on with life. And I want to stay Downtown, I want my children to come home to us in the funky loft we’ve called home for 30 years. But I don’t want to think I am being foolhardy by staying down here where it seems that over and over, we (residents and workers) are lied to and misled by what are called public officials, and elected leaders.

Teen athlete takes diabetes in stride
By David Gibbons
In the early fall of 2006, Corey Greenblatt, a strapping multi-sport athlete and Downtown resident since birth, began to exhibit some curious symptoms. He had worked himself into the best shape of his life for his first season of high school football. And yet, over the course of less than two months, he lost more than 30 pounds. He was almost constantly thirsty and had to make frequent trips to the bathroom, even in the middle of the night. He was extremely tired and lethargic, especially after meals.

The Penny Post
Forget corporate rules, try human
By Andrei Codrescu
I don’t want to be angry, I really don’t. I take baths in Xanax and I sit in the lotus position until my butt hurts. I think only good thoughts and then the phone rings and I look at my e-mail and then I want to strangle people. Because, make no mistake, people are behind everything.

Tribecans worry as bricks rise and debris falls on Laight
By Skye H. McFarlane
Pam Harris and Tracy Hutt-Becker simply wanted to stay informed about the renovation going on next door. Yet the more they learned about the project, the more their worries about inappropriate design gave way to fears of unsafe or illegal work. After a series of bizarre incidents this summer, culminating in a stop-work order, it became clear that all was not well at 46 Laight St.

Undercover

With decades of experience, Southbridge seniors gotta sing
After bringing down the house with her rendition of the song “If I Loved You” from “Carousel,” Estelle Yomtov, 93, who has lived at Southbridge Towers since 1971, reflected for a moment. “I used to sing in a chorus with 100 other people,” she said, “and with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, with Leonard Bernstein and at Tanglewood.”

With public school crowds up Downtown, private school grows
By Jennifer Milne
The classroom calendar is already set to September, with bright yellow construction paper leaves marking each day of the month. Children’s names are written on the window in brightly colored glass chalk to welcome them back to school. For now, the halls and common areas of Claremont Preparatory School at 41 Broad St. in Lower Manhattan are quiet. But soon a few hundred kids, grades pre-kindergarten to eight, will come pouring in to start the private school’s third year.

Yellow lab survives electric shock on Soho street
By Tequila Minsky
Soho resident Jon Doran was going out for his morning cup of joe Wednesday and walking up Thompson St. with his yellow lab, Socha. They were forced to take a slight detour as the film crew of the Biography Channel had commandeered the sidewalks adjacent to the handball courts at Spring and Thompson Sts. while shooting promos.


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