THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 20 Issue 20 | Sept. 28 - Oct. 04 , 2007


Editorial
Handcuffs restrict, but declaration won’t
A demonstration outside the construction site of the Trump Soho Hotel Condominium last week saw tensions run high. An ever-cocky Donald Trump was leading a press conference prior to a “launch party” that night for the glitzy mega-project. Across the street, dozens of protesters berated the developer, the condo-hotel and the Bloomberg administration for allowing the project to go forward.

Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess
Casual play
Alex, perhaps Tribeca’s Pied Piper, played his recorder at Harrison and Greenwich Sts. Sunday afternoon.

Downtown Notebook
The Yanks will have to get by without my fastball
By Ben Krull
My dream of giving up my law practice for a major league baseball career recently suffered a devastating setback. I was in an acting class pretending to fall off a ladder, when I slipped for real and tore the medial collateral ligament in my 48-year-old pitching elbow.

Under Cover

Letters to the Editor

Police Blotter


The Penny Post
Sit down if you can’t stand up
By Andrei Codrescu
The most serious TV-news anchors and commentators these days are comedians. Comedians are in fact so serious that they don’t even have to stand up anymore. Instead, real news anchors must now stand up on television, having switched roles with the comedians. Jon Stewart sits down. Wolf Blitzer stands up. It used to be the other way around. What’s more, Jon Stewart looks more and more dignified sitting down, the harder he skewers the news, while Wolf Blitzer looks more and more like a sad clown the longer he stands up.

News Briefs
B.P.C. block party

Free swim lessons


Sports
Downtown Soccer League action
Downtown Soccer League games were canceled Saturday because of Yom Kippur, but there was a full schedule Sunday.

Giant teams prove there’s no place like home
Tribeca hoedown

Listings

Events - Exibits - Music - Theater -




Downtown Express photo by Robert Kreizel

Summer wrap
After a rainy start Saturday, the sun came out in the late afternoon just in time to shine on Ann Egge and the 11 other finalists in the Mountain Stage New Song Contest at the Seaport. It was the last free concert in the summer-long River to River Festival all over Lower Manhattan.


City expands 9/11 health program for residents and workers
By Skye H. McFarlane
Environmental advocates and local officials agree that the road to comprehensive 9/11 healthcare runs straight through Washington, D.C. Nevertheless, the city is driving forward on its own, expanding free treatment for residents, workers and students affected by the toxic dust and smoke unleashed by the World Trade Center collapse.

Woman killed by truck on Houston St.
A woman walking across W. Houston St. at Sixth Ave. on Tuesday morning was struck and killed by a truck that was fleeing from a traffic crash, police said.

2 Downtown vendors vie for the city title
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke
There is a surprising variety and art to street food, and there is more than soggy hotdogs on the menu at many lunchtime carts.
NEWS
Push to begin construction on B.P.C. school
By Josh Rogers
Battery Park City officials are planning to clear one of the neighborhood’s last undeveloped sites to make way for a K-8 school that could open by 2010.

Downtown resident readies to take reins of business district
By Skye H. McFarlane
When former Downtown Alliance President Eric Deutsch left the organization in June, he said that mitigating the impacts of the Lower Manhattan rebuilding effort would continue to be one of the most important — and most frustrating — tasks his successor would face.

Soccer league makes pitch for keeping field
By Lincoln Anderson
The Hudson River Park Trust’s board of directors will meet this Thurs., Sept. 27 at the Department of City Planning’s Spector Hall, at 22 Reade St., at 4 p.m.

Chinatown says bye bye to May May moon cakes
By Margarita Lopez
Workers diligently packed away baked and steamed produce in cardboard boxes Tuesday as it neared one of the last business days of May May Chinese Gourmet Bakery.

Pagans to descend on Battery Park
By Audrey Tempelsman
Feeling spiritless at summer’s end? Let New York’s seventh annual Pagan Pride Day festivities revive your enthusiasm for the seasons ahead.  



DOWNTOWN ART & LIFESTYLE
The love life of Sasha Wolf
By Kelly Kingman
Don’t let her cool, born-and-bred New Yorker façade fool you: Sasha Wolf is a romantic who has dedicated herself to a labor of love. After years of holding photography exhibitions in her apartment, the independent curator opened an eponymous gallery last week in a former garage on Tribeca’s Leonard Street — the result of two years of arduous fund-raising and a thorough renovation.

A mentor is worth a 1,000 words
By Jane Warshaw
“Have a lot of different mentors so you don’t drive one person crazy and hang out with people who will tell you the truth, even if it’s harsh.”

A foodie memoir to savor
By Jaime Jordan
Phoebe Damrosch’s foodie memoir, Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter (William Morrow), is the kind of book that you try to read slowly, because you want it to last. Part tell-all account of the opening of Thomas Keller’s renowned restaurant, Per Se, and part love story, Service Included offers a behind the scenes chronicle of the experience of the first female captain at one of New York’s four-star restaurants.

‘Feast of Love’ slightly full of itself
By Steven Snyder
For a movie titled “Feast of Love,” there is a conspicuous absence of love in the lives of its central characters. Directed by Robert Benton, who from 1979’s “Kramer vs. Kramer” up through 2003’s “The Human Stain” has chased stories of emotional trauma and turmoil, “Feast of Love” is a movie about supposedly happy people who realize they are anything but.

Beckett, bootless, not waiting for Giacometti
By Jerry Tallmer
Bert Lahr, who claimed, or pretended, not to understand one word of a play he was starring in, the 1956 Broadway production of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” would I think have burst out laughing if he’d lived long enough — he died in 1967 — to take in the American premiere of Thomas Kilroy’s intense, pressure-cooked “The Shape of Metal” at Off-Broadway’s 59E59 Theaters.


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