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Volume 16, Number 30 | December 23-29, 2003


Memorial is worth
the wait
Lower Manhattan Development Corp. officials said privately last week that a design for the World Trade Center memorial is likely to be selected in January rather than by the end of this month, as had been previously planned. While it would have been better if the L.M.D.C. had publicly acknowledged that there is going to be a delay, the more important thing is there should not be a rushed decision.

Focus on the terrorists
Upon the capture of former brutal Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein just over a week ago, President Bush proclaimed that now “America is a safer country.” Why then do we find ourselves for the fifth time since 9/11 in a state of high alert of a terrorist attack?

2004 music
By Andrei Codrescu
The best club I’ve had the pleasure to go deaf in this year is called the Bulgarian Cultural Center in New York. You can smoke there, which already makes it unique in New York, and there is a deejay who mixes a wicked range of Eastern European music with the latest contemporary beats. Everybody in the place was dancing their heads off and knocking back shots of ouzo and plum brandy. There were fashion models, dominatrixes, a gay birthday party, and a fair scattering of Euro-trash and Latin Don Juans.

Is it a Wonderful or Dysfunctional Life?
By Tim Gay
What makes “It’s a Wonderful Life” so wonderful, anyway? Why is it that every year around the holidays, millions of us watch this creaky old black-and-white melodrama of despair and redemption?
Let’s look a little closer at the story. Deep down, “It’s a Wonderful Life” is actually about dysfunctional living. Untreated alcoholism, co-dependency, nonviolent verbal spouse and child abuse, addiction to gambling — it’s all here in the Bailey household in Bedford Falls.

By Richmond Jones©
"Bin Laden Expected To Be Trickier Quarry"
Headline from The Washington Times, Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Letters to the editor

Downtown Local

Money for Millennium

Trust Doyle to return

Open Christmas

City sues Waterway


Hanukkah fun

Holding on to the little boy in my son
By Jane Flanagan
I read a short story in the New Yorker recently about a woman who becomes deranged when her son becomes a teenager. Not for the reasons you might think. It wasn’t the kid. It was her. She couldn’t accept that he wasn’t her little boy anymore.

Children's Activities

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Preparing for the holidays
The New York Police Dept. beefed up the security around the New York Stock Exchange and other sensitive sites around the city on Monday, Dec. 21, the day after Tom Ridge, secretary of Homeland Security, raised the national terror alert from an elevated yellow level to high or orange. New York City has remained on high alert since the 9/11 attack but after Ridge’s announcement, Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced additional security measures for the rest of the holiday season. The homeland secretary said he doubted whether any city was better-prepared to stop a terrorist attack than New York.

Second Avenue subway: To build or not to build?
By Josh Rogers
East Side politicians from Harlem to Lower Manhattan came to City Hall last week to show their support for building the full-length Second Ave. subway and counter a recent business report suggesting the project is not worth doing because it will take too long to construct.

Trust pressed on park’s budget gap
By Albert Amateau
A State Assembly committee last week pressed the Hudson River Park Trust about the lack of money to build the five-mile park along Manhattan’s West Side waterfront.

Wind and light for W.T.C. tower
By Josh Rogers
A year after architect Daniel Libeskind first told the world about a 1,776-foot building reminiscent of the Statue of Liberty that he wanted to see built at the World Trade Center site, he watched David Childs explain how Childs kept those two ideas and designed a new office building slated to rise at Fulton and West Sts. by next September.

C.B.1 raises objections to John St. historic district
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Community Board 1 members voiced doubts last week about a proposed historic district around John St. and Maiden Lane, saying they need time to consider a plan that could hamper the rebuilding process.

Wheelchair students find community at Bergtraum
By Jessica Mintz
Italo is a poet.
Adrian wants to be a teacher.
Fred might be the next Slim Shady — a Korean Eminem.
All three are high school students at Murry Bergtraum, a public high school with a student body of about 3,000, located on Pearl St. in Lower Manhattan that specializes in preparing students for business careers.

Parks Dept. to boot American Park restaurant
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Workers at American Park restaurant, facing a possible holiday eviction, protested against the city Parks Department on Monday at a news conference at the embattled Battery Park eatery.

Bars banned in new Soho buildings
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Community members cheered the passage of a bill last week that will prohibit the construction of new bars and restaurants on approximately 17 vacant or parking lots in the Soho and Noho historic districts.

Realizing a dream in Tribeca haberdashery
By Alison Gregor
Whether you’re taking the A train or just in the mood for a bit of nostalgia, you might take shelter in the warm jazzy atmosphere of Jae Jarrell’s ‘Vintage Menswear and Collectibles’ in Tribeca.

Tribeca art space with a big vision
by Tanya Alina G. Warren
The brand-new Gigantic Art Space (GAS) is not all that gigantic. But what GAS lacks in square footage, it more than makes up for in concept. This multi-discipline art gallery encompasses film, video, music, and interactive multimedia. GAS founders will focus on the intersection between music, politics, pop and international cultures, according to the gallery’s mission statement

Koch on film
“Something’s Gotta Give” (+)
This is an old-fashioned film brought up to date with sexuality front and center.
The Last Samurai”
I had to see this flick even though PT and AT told me it was a great disappointment. It is even worse than they led me to believe.

Role of American jews in World War II
By Sharon Hartwick
“Ours to Fight For” is the first exhibition to take an in-depth look at the role Jewish men and women played on and off the battlefield during World War II. It’s a fitting choice to celebrate the opening of the new Robert M. Morgenthau Wing at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. The 82,000 square foot addition to the six-year old museum includes a gallery with dramatic views of New York harbor and the Statue of Liberty.

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