THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 20 Issue 22 | October 12 - 18, 2007

Trust should explore a new partnership
The Pier 40 Partnership is offering a new approach to maintaining and redeveloping Pier 40, the W. Houston St. pier that is of critical importance to the community.

The Penny Post
Poetry, rebellion & the 21st century Band
By Andrei Codrescu
Zaid Faroqui, 20 years old and the C.E.O. of the Web design company Cyquester Technology, said: “Doing an Internet startup is like having a band – that’s my basic theory.” And thereby he illuminated an aspect of the zeitgeist that’s been puzzling me for, lo, these three years at least.

Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess
Staple work
Workers did brick pointing work on the historic Bazzini Building on Greenwich St. over the weekend. Bazzini still sells nuts and gourmet foods on the ground floor, but the store’s food factory has long since moved to make way for condos.

Under Cover

Letters to the Editor

Police Blotter

In Pictures

Harvesting pizza

Make it fun, Mr. Gehry
A small group of Downtown parents and children met in the Battery Conservancy’s office last week to give internationally-renowned architect Frank Gehry some ideas as he designs playground space for them in Battery Park.

News Briefs
Honoring Downtown officer killed in Iraq
William and Michele McNaughton stood near a new plaque honoring their son, James Dennis McNaughton, the first N.Y.P.D. officer killed in Iraq.


Events - Exibits - Music - Theater -

Electrical Contracting

"A Passion For Excellence"

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

I.S. 89 principal Ellen Foote, left, and Chi-Man Ng, an eighth grade math teacher. Foote said she’s proud the school was able to win a national award for reading and math scores without spending much classroom time preparing for the standardized tests.

I.S. 89 earns national award, leaving other middle schools behind
By Annie Lok
Battery Park City’s I.S. 89 is the only middle school in the city to earn national honors for its high reading and math scores.
The U.S. Dept. of Education named I.S. 89 a No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon school Oct. 2.

Monument opens, 16 years after remains discovery
By Skye H. McFarlane
Behind the police checkpoints and security barriers of the Foley Square government complex, a gospel choir sang out Friday morning before a brand new patch of green, its sod still wrinkled at the edges. In its center stood the reason for celebration — a striking stone monument that honors the thousands of colonial-era blacks who were laid to rest in what is now known as the African Burial Ground.
City to Collect and reclaim park land
By Skye H. McFarlane
To open his presentation on the new plans for Collect Pond Park, George Bloomer of the city Parks Dept. said, “Anyone who has ever served jury duty knows where Collect Pond Park is.”

Tiffany welcomed back Downtown by merchants & others
By Cristina P. Alesci
Against the backdrop of a gray day, Tiffany & Co. painted a small corner of the Financial District blue on Wednesday morning, when it opened its second Manhattan store at 37 Wall St.

Seaport to get sunken oasis
Skye H. McFarlaneThe Parks Dept. Tuesday night presented a new design that would transform the northeast corner of Fulton and Gold Sts. from a congested traffic triangle into a sunken oasis — complete with a waterfall.

Friends, Romans, Villagers, lend us support, advocates say
By Albert Amateau
What better way to celebrate Columbus Day than to gather in Father Demo Square and talk about preserving the South Village as a historic district where Italian immigrants, their sons, daughters and grandchildren have made an indelible mark?

Portraits of greats, served on plates
By Kelly Kingman
Ilana Simons’ relationship to her greatest muse, Virginia Woolf, began inauspiciously. “I was assigned ‘To the Lighthouse’ in college and I hated it,” says Ilana Simons, a painter and literature professor in her early thirties. It’s clear the story has changed since then.

Long-running Music Marathon returns to its roots
By Sarah Elizabeth Feldman 
The CMJ Music Marathon, the annual college music festival that prides itself on showcasing the best among breakout and under-the-radar bands, is getting back to its semi-bohemian roots.

In death, a dentist’s life becomes gripping
By Melissa Korn
There’s something oddly enthralling about a murder mystery — not just the whodunnit element, but the motive. Money or jealousy usually factor in, and, if you’re lucky, the story’s juicy enough to include both. Benjamin Feldman’s “Butchery on Bond Street,” which follows the brutal slaying of 1850s New York City dentist Harvey Burdell, is such a salacious tale.

Losing their religion
By Steven Snyder
Daniel Karslake’s sobering documentary “For the Bible Tells Me So” is a movie about people thrown off their foundations, about the closed bubble of people’s religious worldviews being punctured by the discovery that one of their loved ones is living, according to their teachings, a life of sin.


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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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