THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 20 Issue 20 | Sept. 28 - Oct. 04 , 2007
Editorial Handcuffs restrict, but declaration wont 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 Tribecas Pied Piper, played his recorder at Harrison and Greenwich Sts. Sunday afternoon.
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.
The Penny Post Sit down if you cant 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 dont 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. Whats 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.
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.
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 Trusts board of directors will meet this Thurs., Sept. 27 at the Department of City Plannings 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 summers end? Let New Yorks 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
Dont 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 Tribecas 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 dont drive one person crazy and hang out with people who will tell you the truth, even if its harsh.
A foodie memoir to savor By Jaime Jordan
Phoebe Damroschs 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 Kellers 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 Yorks 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 1979s Kramer vs. Kramer up through 2003s 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 Becketts Waiting for Godot, would I think have burst out laughing if hed lived long enough he died in 1967 to take in the American premiere of Thomas Kilroys intense, pressure-cooked The Shape of Metal at Off-Broadways 59E59 Theaters.
Listen to Downtown Express
Radio on the internet: 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.