THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 20 Issue 23 | October 19 - 25, 2007


Editorial
9/11 should be campaign material
It came as a surprise to many political observers that Hillary Clinton, not Rudy Giuliani, was the first 2008 presidential candidate to use 9/11 images in a campaign ad. Predictably, she was criticized in some quarters for “exploiting” the tragedy for political gain.

Under Cover

Letters to the Editor

Police Blotter


THE PENNY POST
Jet lag myth exposed
By Andrei Codrescu
People, if you think time flows in one direction only, forward, you don’t know jet lag. With jet lag you can move backwards in time and recapture your youth. Me, for example. I flew to Europe and when I got there at 9 a.m., it was 4 a.m. in New Orleans.


SPORTS

Elite and amateur kayakers celebrate the river
By Margarita Lopez
Impatiently waiting for her husband to pass the finish line, Sue Lance, 51, cheered on arriving athletes as she looked for a sign of her husband’s boat making its way toward the North Cove Marina.


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Downtown Express photo by Corky Lee

Dancers perform during the city’s 20th annual Deepavali Festival, held last Sunday in the South Street Seaport. Deepavali is a Hindu holiday and is also known as the Festival of Lights.

Chinatown looks for roadblock to city’s new Park Row plans
By Skye H. McFarlane
The row over Park Row continued last week, as community groups from both sides of Police Plaza raised objections to the city’s new proposal to decongest and beautify the area.


Is L.E.S. bar scene drunk on growth?
By Patrick Hedlund
It’s just a few hours before sunrise Sunday morning when the crush of humanity teeming along Orchard St. reaches its climax on this trendy block of nightlife real estate.

Bakery still dishing knishes after all these years
By Lisa Lacy
They may say potato is king at Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery, but it is starting to get some competition from nontraditional ingredients.

NEWS
Fiterman leader says we’ve learned from Deutsche
In the wake of the deadly fire at the former Deutsche Bank building, the deconstruction team at another damaged 9/11 remnant — Fiterman Hall — has vowed to learn from their neighbor’s mistakes.

Trust gives community deadline for Pier 40 alternative
By Lincoln Anderson
Opening the door to an alternative, community-based plan for redeveloping Pier 40, the Hudson River Park Trust is allowing a local group of very well-financed parents to come up with a specific proposal — and concrete funding commitments — and has given them two months to do it.

Southbridge to vote to continue privatization study
By Josh Rogers
Residents at Southbridge Towers will vote next week on whether they want to begin a comprehensive study to leave the Mitchell-Lama middle class housing program.

Single men, not parents, dominate Downtown’s growth
By Patrick Hedlund
Curious about the new neighbors moving in Downtown? They’re still more likely to be young, single, successful and college-educated men, according to census figures of Lower Manhattan unveiled before the community board last week.

Downtown club backs Edwards; few votes for Clinton
By Ed Gold
Former Senator John Edwards received the presidential endorsement of the Village Independent Democrats last Thursday at a meeting held at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery.


DOWNTOWN ART & LIFESTYLE
An open mic night ends, and an audience braces for change
By Raquel Hecker
The art stars lined up on the small stage upstairs at Mo Pitkin’s House of Satisfaction this Sunday to sign up for their six minutes on stage one last time.

Jen Bekman: Going on her nerve
In late 2002, unemployed and facing low demand for her Internet community development skills, Jen Bekman found herself contemplating what exactly she had to show for her hard-won earnings.


Celluloid memories of Catskills summers past
By WILL McKINLEY
Put away those sweaters, because summer is back — if only for one night. On Wednesday, October 24, the Museum of Jewish Heritage will present “Catskills on Film,” a retrospective of cinematic depictions of the warm weather wonderland beloved by generations of Jewish New Yorkers.

From farm to table to stage
By Rachel Breitman
If we are what we eat, a society addicted to factory-farmed beef, exotic fruit from across the globe, and sugary junk food is in BIG trouble.

A surprising twist, for both Afflecks
By Steven Snyder
Casey Affleck has quickly, but quietly, become one of those instantly-recognized, secondary movie personalities — the kind of actor brought up at dinner parties, where film buffs can’t quite recall the name but plead with each other: “Remember the guy from that casino film?”


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