THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 16 • Issue 26 | Nov 25 - Dec 1, 2003


Memorial designs are worth a good look
Eight possible ways to remember the 3,000 people killed on 9/11 and in the Twin Towers in 1993 were released to the public last week by the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. and the 13 jurors charged with making the final decision. Although the selection is in the hands of the jury, clearly they are interested in hearing the public’s views. If they were not, they could have released fewer choices — perhaps one creative design and several mediocre ones so that the public would have no real choice.

Penny Post
The donkey liberation front
By Andrei Codrescu
The Seventies are back! Terrorist bombings on the news is one of those things that gave the Seventies their texture. There was also disco, platform shoes, lots of cocaine (most of which financed terrorists), desperate sex, and religious epilepsy. But it was news of the Baader-Meinhof, the Italian Brigate Rosse, the Sendero Luminoso, the various Latin American liberation fronts, and the ubiquitous Palestinian terror factions that gave every morning its bitter-flavored news, so well-suited for that first line and the espresso.

Talking Point
How the memorial designs fail and succeed
By David Stanke
Taken as a whole, the World Trade Center memorial finalists successfully achieve a number of their common objectives. And yet, they also dramatically fail, in surprisingly common ways. We can be relieved that most (although alarmingly, not all) have made strides toward integrating the memorial with the surrounding areas while providing sacred spaces sheltered from what will be a vibrant city.

Downtown Local

Memorial Design

Dual Memory

Garden of Lights

Inversion of Light

Lower Waters

Passages of Light: The Memorial Cloud

Reflecting Absence

Suspending Memory

Votives in Suspension


Kindergarten pressures on parents and children
By Jane Flanagan
And I thought the toddler stage was tough.
When my husband and I decided to look for a school with small class sizes for our son Rusty, 5, we had no idea what we were in for.
Be it private or a special public school, the process is quite something.

Miller earns state honors
By Ashley Winchester
Eleven- year-old Downtown Soccer League player Nathan Miller has been selected by the New York State Soccer Association for participation in the New York State Olympic Development Program.

Downtown Soccer
Compiled by Ashley Winchester
Downtown Soccer League season came to an end this weekend as players competed in their final rematches and received their trophies.

City & Gerson partners no more on dance law
By Albert Amateau
Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Gretchen Dykstra last week proposed to replace the 76-year-old cabaret law with a new nightlife license law intended to address problems of noise, disorderly crowds and dirty sidewalks instead of dancing.

Crowd of hundreds argues over low-income housing
By Jessica Mintz
A chance to air opinions about the Seward Park Urban Renewal Plan drew a standing-room-only crowd of 300 hundred people to a meeting of Community Board 3 last Tuesday.

Mixed reactions to memorial designs
By Josh Rogers
“I want to see his pretty blue eyes and his little pink lips.”
That’s what Monica Iken wants at the World Trade Center memorial—her husband Michael’s face. Dual Memories is the only one of the eight possible designs announced last week that includes the faces of the thousands of people killed in the Sept. 11 attack and at the W.T.C. in the 1993 bombing, but she said she would be happy with any of the proposals since she doesn’t think it would be hard to add pictures to the other plans.

D.O.T. looks to lengthen proposed West St. tunnel
By Josh Rogers
The State Dept. of Transportation last week announced it was studying new options intended to improve pedestrian crossings on the portion of West St. opposite the World Trade Center site.

PATH opens to tears and joy
By Elizabeth O’Brien
For the first time since Sept. 11, 2001, the crowds at ground zero were just passing through on their way to somewhere else

Century-old jewelry store looks to the future
By John Arbucci
At first blush it seems a little absurd: the managers of a jewelry store with a history as rich as Tiffany’s have people sliding fliers under apartment doors, as if they were distributing Chinese take-out menus.

Finding the keys to a little-known museum
By Erin Bruehl
How many museums dedicate themselves to the history and preservation of American pianos? In the entire United States, there is only one and it is right here in Lower Manhattan.

Regent to close ballroom and hotel doors
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Bad news for most Downtowners might be good news for Wall St. workers seeking a shorter commute as the Regent Wall Street Hotel closes in January, possibly to be converted into apartments.

Trust head leaves agency
By Lincoln Anderson
He tossed a football to open Chelsea Waterside Park, rode a horse to dedicate a renovated railroad float bridge, emceed rock and reggae concerts on Pier 54.

Macy and Baldwin shine in Vegas flick
By Danielle Stein
In ‘The Cooler,’ the seamy underbelly of Vegas is revealed. Or at least what Vegas used to be, before casinos housed roller coasters and entertainment became sugarcoated for the whole family. Seediness in this film practically drips off the screen, in the drab, tacky upholstery of the casino known as the ‘Shangri-La,’ and in the overly made-up faces of its haggard cocktail waitresses. It seems nothing could possibly be more depressing than the setting itself. Until Bernie Lootz appears.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
The Far Side of the World (-)
The reviews of this film have been of the highest order. I am not a contrarian always looking to take the opposite view from that of the majority. I simply like to tell the truth as I see it, even if it makes me a minority of one, which I believe this review will do.
Bus 174 (+)
This is a truly unusual documentary filmed in Rio de Janeiro.
A young man, Sandro do Nascimento, attempts a robbery on a crowded bus and eventually takes the passengers hostage. The hostage situation and subsequent police action were televised live, and those tapes are included in this film.

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