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Volume 16 • Issue 24 | November 11 - 17, 2003


Pataki should pony up for Hudson Park
Over the last few years, there has been only one person in a position of significant power who has consistently spoken of the need for the Hudson River Park: Gov. George Pataki. Before 9/11, after 9/11, virtually anytime the governor has gotten within a stone’s throw of the Hudson River, he has gushed about the prospects for the park – a beach on Gansevoort has always been one of his favorite details.

Taking Point
The W.T.C. superblock worked well for retail
By David Stanke
Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff’s letter to the Port Authority about the World Trade Center site, which appeared in this space last week, had some good ideas about increasing the amount of retail space, but the fundamental assumptions of the letter are misguided and some of the proposed changes could reduce the vitality of the site. The Port Authority, which owns the land, should move forward with its own plan that has already been handicapped too much by political considerations.

The Penny Post
American dream: Los Angeles
By Andrei Codrescu
Los Angeles is a number of cities strung together by jam-packed ribbons of tired road filled with exhausted humans in need of repair. Repairing humans is big business in L.A., because everything is damaging: the smog, the driving, the car taxes, the economy, the politics, the competition, and culture, high and low. What peace and beauty the locals can wrest from the human bomb they live in, is well earned.

Second Thoughts
By Richmond Jones©

Letters to the editor

Downtown Local

Balachandran leaving?

New art club

Classical concert

Garment job plan Downtown

Police Blotter


Stitches and generations repeating over time
By Sara Trappler-Spielman
You know how grandparents can be. They carry more pictures of their grandchildren on them than they ever did for their children. My mother, who has recently become a grandmother thanks to my five-month-old daughter, was in search for photographs of my baby to show off. She came across a sweet picture on her desk, so she put it in her purse to bring to her dressmaker. She proudly presented the photo to this old friend of hers, explaining that it was taken of her granddaughter a couple of months ago.

Trying to recover from Halloween’s aftermath
By Jane Flanagan
It’s not easy being me. The recent Halloween season brought this home.
Anticipating the haunted holiday, I fantasized about carving a pumpkin with my son; making him a costume and enjoying “trick or treat.”

Children's Activities


Cold weekend of close games for Downtowners
Compiled by Ashley Winchester
The first cold wind preview of winter were not enough to cool off a red hot Ipswich team as they made up for a tough season with a win against Liverpool Saturday morning in a Downtown Soccer League game.

Downtown Express photo by Ramin Talaie

Downtown Soccer League players from Leeds United and Chelsea battled on Saturday in Battery Park City.

Ferry owner says bye to Tribeca
By Josh Rogers
The Yankee Ferry’s anchor is staying in Tribeca, but the man who tugged the historic vessel to the neighborhood to restore it 13 years ago, has sold it to travel and “walk the earth” for awhile with his two mutts, Ringo and Murphy.

Grads reunite in Chinatown
By Jessica Mintz
In the cafeteria of P.S. 130 on Baxter St. between Hester and Grand, it’s class photo time. The risers are out, and the students, dressed in their best, are laughing and nudging and ignoring the photographer’s shouted instructions. The flashbulb snaps as schoolmates from later years look on, waiting for their turn.

Flying, praying on a trapeze
By Robin Hindery
It was 11:20 on a Wednesday morning, and I was standing on a small rectangular platform twenty-three feet in the air, shivering and hoping for divine intervention.

Across from the W.T.C., firefighters return
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The firehouse across from ground zero reopened last week for the first time since the terror attack of Sept. 11, 2001. Returning firefighters from Engine Company 10 and Ladder Company 10 faced a bittersweet homecoming where nothing and yet everything had changed since that Tuesday morning more than two years ago.

Officials and advocates debate Downtown housing
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Housing, finance and community development experts met on Monday to brainstorm ways to reconcile the goal of creating affordable housing in Lower Manhattan with the reality of high land prices.

E.P.A. moves closer to releasing test results
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Environmental Protection Agency officials say they are almost ready to release their findings on the post-9/11 toxin tests the agency conducted in 263 Lower Manhattan apartments. Data will include geographic information on tested apartments but will not reveal building or apartment numbers, agency officials said last week.

Retired teacher continues fight for more schools
By Angela Benfield
He’s a member of Community Board 1, and serves as chairperson of its youth and education committee. He’s on the co-op board of directors at Southbridge Towers. He’s on the board of trustees for the proposed private Downtown School. And, you can see his photograph on the Health Department’s poster encouraging people to join a registry that will track the effects of the Sept. 11th attack.

New hotel looks to connect with the old neighborhood
By Jessica Mintz
On Orchard St. between Delancey and Broome, the road is paved with cobblestones — or at least looks like it. The block is a mix of the truly old and the newly old. Longtime sellers of furniture and alligator skin shoes face off with the Tenement Museum and the Laboratorio Del Gelato, but all share the nightly glow of recently installed bishop’s crook-style street lamps.

China’s one child policy subject of play
By Jerry Tallmer
A busybody, a nosey parker, a petty dictator, that’s Secretary Pei, the wicked witch of the East — actually the head nurse of the south China village that’s the setting of Joanna Chan’s “One Family One Child One Door,” a black comedy now, by popular demand, back at the Bank Street Theater the third year in a row.

The Capoeira craze comes to Tribeca
By Tanya Alina G. Warren
You may not have heard of it...yet. But the popularity of capoeira, the Brazilian art form that incorporates martial art, dance, music, and gymnastics, is spreading rapidly around the world.

Koch on film
By Ed. Koch
The Human Stain (-) This is a real mystery. No, not the plot, but why a movie with two fine actors like Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman just did not work, particularly since it was based on a book by a fine writer, Philip Roth. But it did not.
Shattered Glass (+) The movie received mixed reviews from the critics. I have mixed feelings about it, but on balance, recommend it. It is a docudrama, meaning based on a true story. Therein lies the problem. Apparently, the director and scriptwriters took no liberties with the story so as to make it more dramatic, but reported it literally.

Grappling with war through music
By Timothy Lavin
For nearly 20 years, Downtown Music Productions has been delivering offbeat, often politically motivated musical programming to audiences in Lower Manhattan.

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