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Volume 16 • Issue 25 | November 18 - 24, 2003


New York City Newspapers Under Attack
Perhaps the community groups will be proud of their efforts when there are fewer community newspapers creating a sense of community within New York's neighborhoods. A well-organized and mis-guided campaign may ultimately eliminate the only vehicles that provide neighborhood news, coverage of the arts, government news, community calendars, while promoting commerce through advertising, and pushing payroll dollars into the community.


Bloomberg’s plan for housing falls short
Mayor Mike Bloomberg proposed state legislation a few weeks ago intended to protect tenants — like the ones at Independence Plaza North in Tribeca — from losing the rent protections in the state’s Mitchell-Lama program.

Taking Point

Downtown was the world’s media capital
By Stephen Wolf
Sometimes I forget that New York began Downtown, that once there was no Upper East Side or Upper West Side but only the East Side and West Side, that a thriving metropolis of 125,000 people was pressed below Canal St. while to the north lay forests and meadows, stream, swamps, and country homes for the wealthy. 

The Penny Post

Ode to Stefan Zweig
By Andrei Codrescu
When you travel, you start noticing that peoples’ necks are quite eloquent. From the isle in the middle of the airplane you can see rows of long and short necks tense with degrees of anticipation, fear, boredom, curiosity. Right in front of me a long, well-wrinkled neck belonging, I think, to a man in his seventies, stretches forward toward the window like an egret watching a fish. Next to him, a short, fat neck emerges from a striped sweater like a Boleta mushroom from a tree stump.

Letters to the editor

Downtown Local


Boys’ attraction to soldiers, guns and war
By Jane Flanagan
Not too long ago, I actually felt removed from Iraq. But after this past month’s devastating deaths and horrific injuries, I no longer enjoy that distance. The fact that I ever did, of course, is absurd.

What will the baby marketers think of next?
By Sara Trappler-Spielman
Before I became a member of the ever-growing baby market, I had no idea how many products are continuously created for babies and marketed to their parents. Sure, I saw my share of commercials for diapers, baby lotions, and wipes. Since I wasn’t someone being targeted, though, I wasn’t aware of the hundreds of products out there. After all, what would a baby need other than diapers, some clothing, a crib, and a stroller? That’s a lot more than what mothers had for their babies years ago.

Children's Activities


Downtowners kick it through the weekend
Compiled by Ashley Winchester and Erin Bruehl
Team Celtic defeated Dundee for their third win in a row in a hard-fought contest at Battery Park City fields last Saturday. The Celtic offense took some time to get going but exploded in the second half with two goals from Elias Sosa, and one goal apiece by Devin Kolb and Lucas Ortega. Gabriella Marino did an outstanding job on offense as well. Michael Herman provided the offense for Dundee, with one goal in the first half and another just minutes into the second half, in what was his best performance of the season.

Farmers say business at the Liberty Greenmarket has been slow, but they hope it improves after the World Trade Center PATH station reopens on Sunday.

Downtown Express photo by Brett C Vermilyea

Paving the PATH’s way
By Josh Rogers
Over 60,000 commuters used to come into the World Trade Center’s PATH station twice a day and many Downtowners see the reopening this Sunday – just two years after it was destroyed – as the economic and psychological lift Lower Manhattan desperatley needs.

Gerson spent well to win
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Although he faced weak opposition in the primary and general elections, City Councilmember Alan Gerson has spent most if not all of the money he received under the city’s campaign finance program.
By Josh Rogers
The long and winding road leading to a free, low-pollution bus shuttle in Lower Manhattan will end Thursday when the Downtown Alliance launches the Battery Park City –South Street Seaport service at high noon.

Attention focuses on Downtown’s ‘other waterfront’
By Lincoln Anderson
A ground-level F.D.R. Drive, a floating Chinese cooking school, a historic ships flotilla and Basketball City are just a few of the ideas being proposed to revive the long-neglected Lower East Side waterfront.

Hospital leader hits the groundbreaking running
By Elizabeth O’Brien
New York University Downtown Hospital has entered a growth spurt. As the only hospital in Lower Manhattan, the facility is expanding to keep pace with the area’s growing population and the continued threat of terror attacks.
Next week, the hospital will break ground on its new emergency room, which will nearly double the current capacity.

Intelligence officials warn of security risks
By Sascha Brodsky
The U.S. intelligence community must improve its performance to prevent another terrorist attack in New York City and around the country, a panel of experts said last week.

Columbia comes back Downtown for ceremony
By Sascha Brodsky
Columbia University’s president called for a return to spiritual life in a ceremony last week bringing the school back to its roots in Lower Manhattan.

Hip Hop dancing alive and well Downtown
By Atticus Brady
During the week, Chris Lim wakes up in his apartment on the Lower East Side, takes a train to Stamford, Connecticut, and goes to work at Factset Research Systems where he has been a software programmer since graduating from college two years ago.

Bowery to get avant-garde museum design
By Elizabeth O’Brien
In New York City, real estate years are like dog years — a lot can happen in a relatively short time. So it’s too early to tell what kind of neighborhood the New Museum of Contemporary Art will inherit when it moves into its new location at 235 Bowery in the spring of 2006.

Young Battery Park woman makes ballet accessible
By Abby LaTour
In the world where Manhattan, the performing arts and parenting meet, competition is not unknown and high income usually matters. But at least one participant has chosen a different path: ballet dancer Elizabeth Fernandez gives lessons to children, taking donations as payment.

Ben Gazzara, a diehard Yankee fan, plays Yogi
By Jerry Tallmer
In the days when Off-Broadway was only just sprouting — “Summer and Smoke” at the Circle-in-the-Square, David Ross doing Chekhov and Ibsen on East 4th Street, Judith Malina throwing spears at firemen who’d come to inspect the Living Theater’s Cherry Lane — there was a mysterious old venue called the Theatre de Lys, on Christopher Street, where on occasion you could, and I did, savor Rudolph Valentino as The Sheik, or perhaps, on alternate weeks, see a play.

Koch on film
By Ed. Koch
“The Singing Detective” (+)
Despite the mostly negative reviews, I decided to see this film for two reasons: One, I think Robert Downey, Jr., is an interesting actor; and second, I saw the 61/2 -hour television series preceding this movie years ago and thought it was one of the best mini-series I had seen in years. “In the Cut” (+) This film was universally panned, notwithstanding its outstanding director, Jane Campion, mega star Meg Ryan, and Mark Ruffalo who is always praised by the critics. The bad reviews generally mentioned the denouement as being preposterous, which it is.

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