Volume 20, Number 36 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | January 25 -31, 2008



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EDITORIAL
Drive traffic pricing across the finish line
New York has a chance in the next two months to begin reversing a disturbing trend that has continued for the better part of a century. One of the worst aspects of power broker Robert Moses’s record was his fixation on the automobile and highways, and his scorn and neglect of mass transit. With vehicular congestion overwhelming the city and global warming an undisputed and growing danger, mass transportation must be expanded and car travel must be reduced. Mayor Bloomberg’s congestion pricing proposal last year was a bold step in a new and better direction.

Letters to the Editor

Police Blotter

Scene

Ira Blutreich

DOWNTOWN NOTEBOOK
Hearing the passion in Obama’s Downtown supporters
By Wickham Boyle
I have lived in Tribeca for over 30 years and certainly in its graying, last decade, when its residents either got just older, or older and riche, it has seemed as if my neighborhood was a very indifferent place, politically.

The Listings

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OUR ENDORSEMENT

Vote for Obama Feb. 5


Don’t dust off 9/11 artifacts, museum asks residents
By Julie Shapiro
The antique chair stood in Kathleen Gupta’s Gateway Plaza apartment for 19 years. It was a wedding present from her mother, made of cherry wood and inlaid with mother of pearl, a reminder of family and celebration.


On steely steeds, whacking Lower East Side style
By Judith Stiles
Passing by the corner of Chrystie and Broome Sts., one could easily miss the hottest new sporting event in town. That’s because the arena is tucked below ground level in a funky, 7,000-square-foot asphalt pit. Here a bunch of daredevils in jeans and scruffy shirts play a lively game of polo on bicycles, as they circle and glide back and forth at a mesmerizing pace.

Trinity finds guest conductor just in time

NEWS
Silver signals support for traffic pricing
By Josh Rogers
with Julie Shapiro
Since the mayor began pushing for traffic pricing a year ago, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s skepticism has been one of the toughest roadblocks to passage, but Silver said Wednesday he likes at least one of the suggested adjustments to the mayor’s plan.

Pier pressure builds as decision day nears
By Lincoln Anderson
As anticipation continued to ratchet up for a critical vote later this month on Pier 40’s future, more than 80 community members and Hudson River Park users packed Our Lady of Pompei Church’s basement last Wednesday night to hear more about a late-entry, community-based proposal for the pier that has been fast gaining support.

Few answers provided at Council’s Deutsche hearing
By Julie Shapiro
The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation left many questions unanswered after a City Council hearing about progress on the former Deutsche Bank building.

Pier A goes back to Square 1

Taking a dive to protect the East River promenade
By Lorcan Otway
Last week, as dive flags snapped in the breeze, W. Stuart Lewis, an engineer diver with Ocean and Coastal Consultants, above right, was submerging south of the Department of Sanitation pier on the Lower East Side to examine the supports for the East River promenade’s platform.


DOWNTOWN ART & LIFESTYLE

Bucharest, bleak but honest
By Leonard Quart
The best film I got to see at the New York Film Festival last fall was the Cannes award-winning “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” directed by Critsian Mungiu

Koch On Film

Re-examining the life of Doc Humes
By Kathi Berke
The question running throughout Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Immy Humes’ portrait of her father, “Doc,” is this: Was Doc (Harold L. Humes) a visionary or a madman?

Off the Grid
BY STEPHEN MUELLER
A new civilization of gallery life has sprung up in the immediate vicinity of the New Museum on the Bowery and along the blocks east of Ludlow Street.


Folk that fell off the cliff
By Paula Crossfield
Is it possible for the singular thing that we as New Yorkers often wish we could avoid — noise — to give us the freedom of escape? On Tuesday, January 29th at Mercury Lounge, I will be testing this theory when Six Organs of Admittance, the avant-folk band and brainchild of Ben Chasny (Comets on Fire), rolls into town.

One Remarkable Host
BY ANDREY HENKIN
The billing for the January 16 concert initially promised a trio — Dutch drummer Han Bennink making one of his cross-Atlantic forays to play in trio with trumpeter Dave Douglas and bassist Eric Revis.


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