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Volume 16 • Issue 20 | October 14 - 20, 2003



Inexcusable delays and indifference at the E.P.A.
Jo Polett has no science degree, does not work for the government and has no more obligation to try and protect the public than other citizens living near her in Tribeca or anywhere else in America. If Environmental Protection Agency officials had just a fraction of her conscience, Lower Manhattan residents would likely be able to feel better about their long-term health prospects.

Letters to the editor

Taking Point

Put the bus garage under the W.T.C. memorial
By David Stanke
The various political entities making decisions on form and content of the World Trade Center site are finalizing their decision on the location of a tourist bus parking facility. Three options have been floated for public response. The first option was to locate it in the bathtub area of the W.T.C. beneath the memorial. To address concern that parking busses under the memorial would be an insult to those who died, the L.M.D.C. and Port Authority are considering a site along West St. in Battery Park City and a site under the Deutsche Bank building on Liberty St. It appears that the Gov. George Pataki will make the decision based on the path of least political resistance, rather than on sound city and fiscal planning issues.

The Penny Post

Weaving tangled Blogs
By Andrei Codrescu
It’s fall and he’s dying, but I’ve had the most successful spider spinning in my front yard. She made a multi-level, many-storied web that stretched for a good eight feet between the ground and two oak branches. The structure got more and more elaborate and trippy and the spider got yellower, bigger and more sure of herself the wider and deeper her domains reached. Other spiders in the vicinity were not so lucky: one of them started out good but her real estate didn’t shelter the web from the wind, so it got ripped by a gust and, in any case, she was too close to the ground, easy to reach by cat paw. These spiders are called Wolf Spiders and they can get as big as nutria out in the swamp. They eat the less flashy males after they mate.

Downtown Local

Police Blotter

Law in Lawyers Club

C.B. 1 meetings

Health meeting


Tribeca triangle building planned

Ferry fracas

N.F.L. donates $5 million

Millennium donation


Bill Bennett, Tribeca’s music dreammaker, 49, dies
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Bill Bennett, owner of Off Wall Street Jam, a Tribeca studio space that gave busy executives room to release their inner rock star, died on Oct. 7 of head injuries sustained in a car crash on Sept. 26 in Greenwich Village. He was 49 and lived in Murray Hill.


Stuck between a rock and a tween marketer
By Ginger Strand
My daughter is going to turn ten this year. When she does, we’re going to have to have The Talk. I’m going to have to find a quiet place and sit down with her to address something complicated and nuanced, something that still baffles adults, a topic on which reasonable people often differ. I’m going to have to raise an issue I shouldn’t even have to think about at her age, but do, because today’s culture has been forcing it at younger and younger points.

Children’s Activities

Baby’s the key to New Yorkers’ hearts
By Sara Trappler
After a long day of work, I used to reach the crowded subway unrealistically hoping that today, maybe, if I was lucky, I would get a seat. Of course, as is the fate of anyone waiting for a train during rush hour in New York, I would enter a sweaty, smelly car filled with exhausted strangers either stuck to their seat or standing close enough to one, ready to slip in, should it become available.

Molding and shaping young, Tribeca sculptors
By Linda Riddle
A motley gang of hedgehogs, reptiles and pigs stares out from its perch. The creatures’ rainbow skins — icy blue, lemon yellow, petal pink — glisten in the sunlight. The menagerie of fantastical clay animal sculptures is the creative handiwork of students at Tribeca Clayworks, 19 Hudson St.

Coaches take advantage of Columbus break
As Germany beat Sweden for the Women’s World Cup title this Columbus Day weekend, the next generation of aspiring champions took a break from Downtown Soccer League play for a round of practice at the Battery Park City fields. Although no games were scheduled, the fields were available for open practice for all teams.
Downtown Express photos by Elisabeth Robert

Trumpeting in Columbus Day
The Red Mike Festival Band started the Columbus Day weekend off with a bang as they marched through the streets of Little Italy and Chinatown Saturday to honor one of Italy’s favorite sons. In recognition of the 511th anniversary of the historic voyage to America, a food artist sculpted a Christopher Columbus bust made of Sorrento cheese.

Sandhogs tunneling into Lower Manhattan
By Josh Rogers
New York City’s third water tunnel will be penetrating into the very depths of Lower Manhattan in the next few months.
Such a phallic description has perhaps never been more appropriate than for the tunnel – a 50-year, 60-mile, $6-billion project where currently only men work.

E.P.A. delays release of lead tests
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The Environmental Protection Agency says it is not ready to release its findings on the post-9/11 toxin tests the agency conducted in 250 Lower Manhattan apartments, although community members are concerned after obtaining what appears to be raw data from the tests.

Mayor, Silver shift views on tolls
By Josh Rogers
Mayor Mike Bloomberg last week threw some cold East River water on a new report detailing the benefits of keeping the city’s bridges free to New Yorkers while instituting tolls to suburbanites.

M.T.A. moves forward on train station
By Albert Amateau
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s latest scenario for a new Fulton St. transit center, intended to simplify the confusing maze where nine subway lines meet, calls for including the venerable Corbin Building as part of a new $750 million station.

Port presents plans for PATH hub at W.T.C.
By Josh Rogers
The Port Authority began the environmental review process to build a transportation hub at the World Trade Center site last week and officials said nothing less than Downtown’s future prosperity was hanging in the balance.

Advocates say Trust ready to deal on Pier 40
By Lincoln Anderson
The waterfront park’s leading advocacy group, Friends have decided not to sue the Hudson River Park Trust over the failed Pier 40 process, instead using the threat of a lawsuit as leverage to restart the pier’s stalled development process.

Whitehead says Liberty Bonds won’t be wasted Downtown
By Josh Rogers
The chairperson of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. said last week that he thinks tax-free Liberty Bonds will be needed to build the proposed offices at the World Trade Center site and there are not enough bonds to cover all of the office demand in Lower Manhattan.

No house calls, but an oldtime pediatrician nonetheless
By Pat Wadsley
Eight-year-old Ramona Wright stood in line in front of the Washington Market Park ice cream truck with her friends AnnaLouise Dalo and Macie Rosenthal, when Macie’s mom suddenly announced she had to leave to go to the doctor.

What memorial?
Winter Garden visitors confused over plans
By Ashley Winchester
Although tourists continue to view the World Trade Center site from the Winter Garden’s expansive second-floor picture windows, many do not know that the memorial has not been selected yet, thinking it was already part of the selected site plan of Daniel Libeskind.

Ruling favors art tenant in Soho eviction dispute
By Elizabeth O’Brien
A Soho family won its fight against eviction last month when a judge enforced an often-overlooked city zoning law stating that only working artists can legally occupy designated live-work quarters in Soho and Noho.

Museum’s new wing linked to Seaport’s history
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The South Street Seaport used to be one of those attractions that New Yorkers would recommend to their out-of-town guests even though they rarely visited themselves, noted Peter Neill, president of the South Street Seaport Museum.

Austin Pendleton directs McNally play at new Tribeca venue
By Sharon Hartwick
A new Off-Off Broadway venture is coming to Tribeca. Mary’s Space, a coffee bar opening this week on Hudson Street, plans to double as a theater.

Enterprising New York schoolboy makes good as an artist
By Susan Phillips
Michael Perez sold his first painting, a sailboat, at age 9 to an art teacher for $25. He then moved on to graffiti, decorating the sides of subway cars with faces and landscapes.

“When they cleaned the cars they left my stuff,” he said.

Koch on film
By Ed. Koch
“The Station Agent” (+) This is a remarkable film with a story that is more suggestive than solid and one that is never fully resolved. It captures your mind and emotions from the opening frame to the last. “To Be and to Have” (+) Absolutely sublime. But, as HG said after the crawl at the end of the film, “It didn’t belong in a movie house at 10 bucks a ticket; it belonged on Public Television.” Yes and no.

Lisa Bean Artist Extraordinary
By Wickham Boyle
Tribeca has begun to truly hum with the influx of galleries some featuring cutting edge, very under-exposed work. Cheryl Hazen Arts has historically mounted credible, often gorgeous shows, and frequently focuses on women’s work, a rare event in the New York art world.

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