THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 20 Issue 21 | October 5 - 11, 2007

Garbage plan trashes Hudson Square’s 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 Square’s attributes, as well as the challenges facing its future.

Under Cover

Letters to the Editor

Police Blotter

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.

News Briefs

Setting sail on a two-hour tour

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


Events - Exibits - Music - Theater -

Electrical Contracting

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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 Trust’s board of trustees, blasted the idea as “socialist.”

City hires 9/11 pediatrician; W.T.C. work hours expand
By Skye H. McFarlane
Community Board 1’s monthly World Trade Center Committee meeting once again highlighted a mix of problems and progress in the rebuilding effort.

Morgy’s 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, I’m 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 nigh

P.S. 234 pushing for covered path to annex

Kane teases whether he’ll 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 it’s still a possibility that Kane may bail out.

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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Discovering Hudson Square
Hudson Square, a neighborhood which some residents think doesn’t exist, actually has its origins from two centuries ago as we report in this special section.

Ink is not dry as Hudson Square defines itself
By Patrick Hedlund
Over the many decades it spent struggling to secure an identity, the neighborhood of Hudson Square has always meant different things to different people.

The Square’s lines are not straightforward
By Josh Rogers
I work in Hudson Sq. or at least I say I do. But I don’t actually say it — mainly because many New Yorkers have never heard of it, and some that have don’t believe it exists.

Weisbrod makes his BID for Trinity & Hudson Square
By Josh Rogers
Transform a commercial area into a mixed-use neighborhood with more residents.

Nabe fights plan to dump garbage trucks
By Patrick Hedlund
When Nancy Miller envisions the construction of a proposed sanitation facility in Hudson Square.

Architects brainstorm ways to add park space
By Patrick Hedlund
The future of Manhattan’s West Side lies in an area some still can’t find on a map, and it contains some of the most developable land on the island, though many might have trouble recognizing the neighborhood’s name.

Extra! Extra! Media firms move to Hudson Square
By Patrick Hedlund
While the days of Hudson Square as a hub for the city’s printing industry have faded like yesterday’s news, a crop of new media companies has begun setting up shop in the neighborhood to breath new life into the former publishing center.

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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.

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