Volume 20, Number 29 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | Dec. 7 - 13, 2007
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Affordable housing lessons at 50 West
The deal to create a new Lower Manhattan affordable housing fund of nearly $7 million, announced two weeks ago, is most welcome news. It is an uphill battle to preserve, let alone build, below market apartments anywhere in Manhattan so every little bit helps.

Letters to the Editor

Police Blotter


Reporters Notebook

Glamour and grit collide on Bowery at museum bash
By Melanie Schutt
Paparazzi cameras flashed amid a sea of fur coats and Lincoln Town Cars on a block best known for its homeless shelter.

In Pictures

A whole New world of art

You can't keep a good wall down

The Penny Post
The buzz on the hum
By Andrei Codrescu
I first saw it at the corner of Chartres and Ursuline Sts. It was an 8 foot or so column, a funerary-looking urn, black and grooved. At the top of it was a spike that looked like it it was waiting for the head of an infidel to be impaled there.

Cougars top M.A.T. in friendly Downtown rivalry
The I.S. 89 Cougars basketball teams bested their crosstown rivals at Manhattan Academy of Technology Tuesday in the opening games of the
season at M.A.T. in Chinatown.

Youth Listings


After the flood, W.T.C. tenants return
By Julie Shapiro
Clutching pillows and toting suitcases, the sleep-deprived tenants of 90 West St. returned to their apartments Tuesday after eight days of exile.

The shul in the crown
After renovations that took almost 20 years and cost $20 million, the Eldridge Street Synagogue reopened to the public last Sunday. The 1887 building has been reborn as the Museum at Eldridge Street.

World AIDS Day in Lower Manhattan
As it has done every Dec. 1 since 1995, Housing Works, the AIDS services group, maintained a vigil at the south end of City Hall Park and read what it estimated as more than 100,000 names of those who have died of AIDS.

Pier 40 garbage trucks smell sweet to some
By Josh Rogers
If you think community activists would be leading the opposition to a plan to put garbage trucks in a waterfront park, guess again. Some of them have begun to float the idea of moving trucks to Pier 40 to drive off a proposed entertainment center to be built near the pier's playing fields.

Pollution bills proposed in wake of asthma report
By Julie Shapiro
City Councilmember Alan Gerson can't reverse the effects of 9/11 on Downtown children's health, but he's trying to help them breathe a little easier.

City about to begin emergency contact plan Downtown
By Julie Shapiro
The next time Lower Manhattan residents hear a siren and want to know what's happening, they won't have to look further than their cell phones.

It's not just Chinatown — parking abuse in B.P.C. too
By Julie Shapiro
Along no standing zones, in front of fire hydrants and across sidewalks, cars with government-issued permits are parking illegally in Battery Park City.

Feeding-ban bill has pigeons on a wing and a prayer
By Kristen V. Brown
Scarce times may be ahead for New York City's most prominent bird. In an effort to control the growing pigeon population, a new proposal by Brooklyn Councilmember Simcha Felder, if passed, will fine New Yorkers up to $1,000 for feeding their feathered friends.

Landlords would be fined for harassment under bill
By Joe Pompeo
It was scalding water that prompted Susi Schropp to file a housing complaint with the city on Nov. 9.

Old Manhattan, dressed in beaver fur
Twenty-four dollars and a string of beads. Don't you believe it. Ellen K. Anderson doesn't believe it.

Barbara Sukowa finds a new rhythm
It's like a scene out of a Fassbinder movie.

Five short Eno plays, each perfectly illuminating
In the fifth and final play in Will Eno's new collection, "Oh, the Humanity and Other Exclamations," a nameless character steps onstage and is asked to identify himself.

Reaching literary heights, by way of the stage
By Jennifer O'Reilly
When Peter Neofotis was a boy, he never dreamed of gracing the Great White Way — he wanted to be the next Sherwood Anderson or Eudora Welty.

The rebirth of the New Museum
By Kelly Kingman
Walking up to the new New Museum's entrance is a surprise on this gritty stretch of the Bowery. The cantilevered building — the first museum in the city to be built from the ground up below Houston — stands out like a luminous white prism amidst a line of restaurant supply shops.


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