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Volume 16 • Issue 23 | November 4 - 10, 2003


Inside

Editorial
Ice rink idea sounds good, if Trust warms up
When the Hudson River Park Trust presented plans for an ice-skating rink to Community Board 2, one might say it got a chilly reception from some community board members who voted against the rink by a narrow margin.

Letters to the editor

Taking Point
Bring retail and life up to the street
By Daniel l. Doctoroff
Daniel L. Doctoroff, deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding, on Oct. 17, wrote Joseph Seymour, executive director of the Port Authority, owners of the World Trade Center site, about the Lower Manhattan redevelopment plans. The mayor’s press office released the letter last week. Color diagrams of the plans appear on page 18. Below are excerpts of the letter:

The Penny Post
From the envelope of tiny ideas
By Andrei Codrescu
A German company is making calf-implants for stick-legged men wearing lederhosen, and is hoping to butt in on Scotland’s kilt wearers. The implants are worn inside socks. Columnist-value: close to zero. The only man I’ve lately seen wearing a skirt in New Orleans was J., proposing marriage to my friend A. at the opening of a new gallery of Spooky Art in the Bywater, and he was wearing a LONG skirt, making it impossible to tell if he needed calf-implants or not. This isn’t proof that American men don’t have skinny legs, I just can’t confirm it. A. said yes.


Downtown Local

Harlemm Lee, winner of NBC’s reality show “Fame,”

Historic video

Columbia returns home

9/11 money

Dinner deals

Chinatown murder


Friday’s Halloween Parade.


Picture Story

Tribeca park parade does Halloween in style
By Ashley Winchester
Toddling lions, tigers and bears did the “monster mash” down Greenwich St. to the tunes of the Circus Amok band, accompanied by parents, dogs and strollers Friday afternoon. Costumed characters from the Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, princesses and power rangers gathered outside the Citigroup building and paraded their way to the Washington Market Park Halloween party.


Children
Using a gym to treat Downtown’s active children
By Abby Latour
Therapist Linda Rowe sometimes encourages children she is treating to zoom across the room on a swing suspended from a cable and fall into a ball pool. Or, she lets them chew on bagels or pretzels. They could also be tracing letters in shaving cream or dropping from a trapeze into a foam pit during a session at her clinic.

Children's Activities


Sports

Halloween candy fuels soccer action
By Ashley Winchester
An unseasonably warm weekend combined with post-Halloween high energy, making for close, candy-coated contests this weekend. Many tie matches showed improvements on all sides with three games left in the season.

Downtown Express photo by Robert Stolarik

Gweneth had fun with her friends in the Washington Market Park gazebo at Tribeca’s annual children’s Halloween parade last Friday.




Downtown school likely under plan
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Local Community School District 2 is slated to receive three new pre-K-8 schools under the city’s five-year education budget released on Monday. While school officials said that the placement of the schools within the district, which stretches from Downtown to the Upper East Side, had not yet been decided, last week Gov. George Pataki said there should be an additional school in Lower Manhattan to serve kindergarten through eighth grades.

W.T.C. plans on track, Pataki says
By Josh Rogers
Six months after Gov. George Pataki laid out a detailed timetable for the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan, he returned to the scene of the speech to announce that virtually all of the deadlines have been met and to promise that Downtown progress will continue.

E.P.A. releases some lead tests
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Some Lower Manhattan residences will be retested for World Trade Center toxins as part of an agreement reached by Senator Hillary Clinton and government officials. But details of the plan remained foggy last week, even as the Environmental Protection Agency reported elevated levels of lead in 13.5 percent of the wipe samples the agency tested for metals and other toxins before cleaning the apartments in response to 9/11.

Group looks to preserve more buildings on John St.
By Albert Amateau
The State and National Registers of Historic Places last week declared a proposed four-block historic district that includes the site of the planned Fulton Transit Center to be eligible for listing.

Mayor knocks one housing bill, backs another
By Albert Amateau
The Bloomberg administration last week proposed to back state legislation that would put Mitchell-Lama rental buildings in the rent-stabilization system when they leave the program.

League hears about Downtown, then moves there
By Jessica Mintz
Faiza Pastula is watching her 10-month-old son play with his father and a handful of other toddlers and parents. Everyone is waving ribbons and making noise; then, together, they fall silent and still.

Ice storm rages on as Trust still plans a rink
By Lincoln Anderson
Despite the opposition of Assemblymember Deborah Glick, the Friends of Hudson River Park and Community Board 2, the Hudson River Park Trust plans to go ahead with construction of a $2.3 million ice-skating rink just south of Pier 40 on the Lower West Side waterfront.



Wartime drawings by Iraqi kids in SoHo
By John Arbucci
Anyone who would like to know what the invasion of Iraq looked like to the children of Baghdad only has to travel as far as an art gallery in Soho.

Elliman artists raise money for Church Street School
By Wickham Boyle
Too often we hear about how we don’t get along. We hear about the goals of business being at odds with the needs and desires of a community. But sometimes an event appears that is really at the confluence of public and private good; a win-win situation where every party walks away glowing, happy and satisfied.

Koch on film
By Ed. Koch
“Pieces of April” (-) After reading several good reviews of this film, particularly Elvis Mitchell’s review in The New York Times in which he stated that it was an “intelligent and touching farce,” I decided to see it. I saw it the day it opened at the Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema, one of my favorite movie houses, and the theater was only about ten percent occupied. “Yossi & Jagger” (+) This Israeli film, in Hebrew with English subtitles, has a simple plot.
An Israeli Defense Force squad in an outpost on the Lebanese, Syrian and Israeli border is being visited by a Commanding Officer (Sharon Reginiano). He is accompanied by two female soldiers: Goldie (Hani Furstanberg), his occasional lover, and Yaeli (Aya Koren).



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