THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 20 Issue 21 | October 5 - 11, 2007
Editorial Garbage plan trashes Hudson Squares future When one mentions Hudson Square, many people, including even most New Yorkers, are at a loss. This unique neighborhood, located between Greenwich Village, Soho and Tribeca, was formerly known as the Printing District. But its new name, Hudson Square, is taking hold. This Downtown neighborhood is undergoing rapid change, which is why we have chosen this week to devote a special section highlighting Hudson Squares attributes, as well as the challenges facing its future.
THE PENNY POST Good old-fashioned crime By Andrei Codrescu
I wonder if crooks sit around being nostalgic about the good ole days, back when you could rob a house or a bank with a gun and an attitude, or get payoffs in white envelopes at the local pub, run numbers for everyone in the neighborhood, commit a little fraud there, a bit of blackmail here, and drive around in a big car with two muscle-boys named Zack and Boris.
Millionaires move to save Pier 40 By Lincoln Anderson
When the Pier 40 Working Group proposed a few months ago that public funds instead of monies generated by large-scale private development on Pier 40 be used to maintain Hudson River Park, Henry Stern, a member of the Hudson River Park Trusts board of trustees, blasted the idea as socialist.
Morgys Deutsche probe will not stop at crimes By Josh Rogers
Any officials guilty of wrongdoing, but not crimes, in the deadly Aug. 18 Deutsche Bank fire, will be rebuked by District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, a source briefed on the investigation said.
Neighbors sue city over Houston St. safety By Albert Amateau
Lou Todd, a Prince St. resident who uses a walker, made his way slowly across the construction-choked W. Houston St. intersection at W. Broadway-LaGuardia Pl. at noon on Wednesday, but he had to wait at the narrow traffic median for another light cycle in order to make it all the way across.
Trust me, Im listening, Taylor tells community By Lincoln Anderson
With its new chairperson, Diana Taylor, firmly at the helm, the board of directors of the Hudson River Park Trust did not vote at their bimonthly meeting last Thursday on whether to select The Related Companies hotly debated Cirque du Soleil plan for Pier 40.
Dogs not 2B displaced for school plans By Skye H. McFarlane
Battery Park City dogs are on solid ground, but school children still hang in limbo, a B.P.C. Authority staffer told community members Tuesday night.
Kane teases whether hell drop burlesque club idea By Albert Amateau
A report on Sept. 28 that Ivan Kane has decided not to open his Forty Deuce burlesque club at 19 Kenmare St. has proved to be premature, but its still a possibility that Kane may bail out.
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.
The Squares lines are not straightforward By Josh Rogers
I work in Hudson Sq. or at least I say I do. But I dont actually say it mainly because many New Yorkers have never heard of it, and some that have dont believe it exists.
Architects brainstorm ways to add park space By Patrick Hedlund
The future of Manhattans West Side lies in an area some still cant find on a map, and it contains some of the most developable land on the island, though many might have trouble recognizing the neighborhoods name.
Extra! Extra! Media firms move to Hudson Square By Patrick Hedlund
While the days of Hudson Square as a hub for the citys printing industry have faded like yesterdays news, a crop of new media companies has begun setting up shop in the neighborhood to breath new life into the former publishing center.
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.