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Volume 16 • Issue 22 | Oct 28 - Nov 03, 2003


Not yet ready for nonpartisan elections
There are indeed appealing aspects to the plan to change city’s ballot system from primaries to non-partisan elections, but the process to write the ballot initiative has been so hurried that there has not been nearly enough time for the public to evaluate possible unintended consequences of the proposal. We recommend a NO vote on this referendum next Tuesday.

Letters to the editor

Taking Point
Running toward peace with New York City
By Maria A. Merayo
Many things came crashing down just a little over two years ago in New York City. As Americans, we still feel the rawness of it. But this Californian’s heart has found a special kind of solace in something that was also destroyed because of that tragic day.

The Penny Post
Fighting anger management
By Andrei Codrescu
Oh, it’s nice to be nice and all that, but as for myself I’d rather see the bastards pay for it. “Some people love the interior monologue,” wrote Ted Berrigan, “I just like to beat people up.” Anger is such a great feeling. I would hate to see it lost to management. It’s management that makes us angry in the first place.

Second Thoughts

Downtown Local

School setback?

W.T.C. recommendations

Grab bags

Hospital volunteer

Board backs school site

Tribeca resolution

The New York Police Dept. honor Detective Jaime Betancourt

Cooler weather is perfect time to visit Paprika
By Frank Angelino
Given the multitude of Italian eateries on the Lower East Side, it’s understandable that Cucina Italiana Paprika wants to stand out from the crowd. “We didn’t want to use a typical Italian name,” says partner Stefano Barbagallo, who runs the front of the casual trattoria.  His partner and executive chef is Egidio Donagrandi who comes from the Lake Como area of northern Italy.


Learning to interpret health risks with my son
By Jane Flanagan
These days I spend a lot more time focusing on things medical. It’s partly because I’m in my mid-40s, the age when things start to break down. But I also have a young child and visit doctors’ offices twice as much.

Events galore Downtown for All Hallow’s Eve
By Ashley Winchester
There are mo tricks Downtown for costumed kids and adults this Halloween. In addition to traditional door-to-door candy grabbing, several parades, parties and picnics are scheduled throughout the neighborhood. Halloween festivities began last weekend with “The Great Pumpkin Party” at the World Financial Center, Hudson River Park’s “Pier of Fear” and children’s festival, the Christopher Park Halloween Party, and Halloween at Sea at the South Street Seaport. Similar spooks will take place Halloween evening, Oct. 31.

Children's Activities


Midfielders shine at season’s midway point
By Ashley Winchester
Round two of the soccer season began Saturday, as teams played each other for the second time this year. Rematches were met with furious feet and strong kicks, as improvements were shown on all sides of the field in many close matches.

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, right, joined with Crown Prince Albert of Monaco Monday to dedicate the Living Memorial Grove, which has former World Trade Center Plaza trees that survived the Sept. 11 attack. The prince, son of Grace Kelly, is looking to plant 2,792 trees in the city for each of the 2001 W.T.C. victims. Benepe, who is overseeing a separate $25 million plan to improve parks Downtown, said the project costs have gone up.

Park plans’ costs go up
By Josh Rogers
City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said the estimated costs to renovate or build 13 Downtown parks have gone up, but he doesn’t think the $25-million project will have to be scaled back as a result.

Election question divides Chinatown leaders
By Josh Rogers
It’ll be an odd-year Election Day next Tuesday, perhaps more than just literally speaking. In Lower Manhattan, the local City Council race is pretty much a foregone conclusion. No state legislators are on the ballot, and the mayor and governor are not up for reelection.

Running to remember
By Erin Bruehl
Charles Garbarini, a lieutenant in the New York City Fire Department, always wanted to run the New York City Marathon. However, his work, studying for the captain’s exam and being the father of two small children had never allowed him time to train.

Glick convinces C.B. 2 to oppose ice rink
By Lincoln Anderson
To use a hockey analogy, Assemblymember Deborah Glick took the gloves off at last Thursday night’s Community Board 2 full board meeting. She came out swinging at a plan by the Hudson River Park Trust to build a $2.3 million ice-skating rink in the park at Spring St.

3 mayors later, construction begins on Seaport project
By Josh Rogers
Many people living Downtown fear that they will be living in the middle of a construction zone for the next decade, but Kit White couldn’t be happier to hear piles going into the ground outside his window in the South St. Seaport.

Tribeca marina has trouble floating at C.B. 1
By Albert Amateau
The Hudson River Park Trust is floating the idea of building a marina between Pier 25 and Stuyvesant High School on the Tribeca waterfront.

W.T.C. health survey is poorly run, some say
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The city’s World Trade Center Health Registry has not asked enough questions of enough people, Downtowners criticized at an environmental forum last week.

Math scores close to 100 for 4th graders
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Following a citywide trend, fourth grade math scores rose last spring in local elementary schools.
At P.S. 234 and P.S. 89, the number of students meeting state standards inched closer to 100 percent this year, while at P.S. 150 every student passed the test, according to results released last week.

By Kerry Savage
Eyes widen, jaws drop, and feet tingle when people enter Frankie Stein’s loft of costumes. Childhood fantasies burst from the walls, hang from the ceiling and peek out of corners. “I want people to feel like they are on Broadway or in the movies,” said Stein.

Passing on Chinese Opera traditions
By Aileen Torres
Lu Yu has been an actor for most of his life. But, somehow, that word fails to define him. That’s because his artistic impulse is multi-faceted. Simply put, he’s got to sing and he’s got to dance.

Investing in future of Tribeca theater
By Tanya A. Gingerich Warren
Jim Simpson, the two-time Obie award-winning artistic director of the Flea Theater, is a pretty cool guy. This rugged, sun-tanned surfer from Hawaii became an actor almost by accident, went on to Yale Drama, and now directs and produces some of the most exciting avant-garde theater in New York. And along the way he met and married a movie star — Sigourney Weaver.

Koch on film
By Ed. Koch
“Intolerable Cruelty (-)
This farce, with the extraordinarily beautiful Catherine Zeta-Jones and the very handsome George Clooney, got excellent reviews. After seeing the film, I believe those reviews were vastly overstated.
“Runaway Jury” (-) Of all the bad movies I have seen this year, “Runaway Jury” is one of the worst - the worst when it comes to being believable.

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