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Volume 16, Number 32 | January 9 - 15, 2004


The jury’s memorial choice
The 13 jurors convened by the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. to pick a design for the World Trade Center memorial first of all deserve praise. A group of accomplished people in a variety of fields came together, found themselves in the middle of a contentious fight, narrowed 5,201 ideas down to eight, then three and then one earlier this week.

The Penney Post
The disappearance of beggars
By Andrei Codrescu
I used to have a panhandler fund earmarked for different cities. For instance, a week in New York, thirty dollars. A week in Mexico City, twenty. Standard of living differences. In New Orleans, I just handed out one-dollar bills to gutter punks and to two regulars in the French Quarter. Lately, however, I’ve noticed that there aren’t many panhandlers left. Last time I was in New York I still had twenty dollars after more than a week.

Life before and after it got interesting
By Jane Flanagan
A woman I was fond of died a few months ago. She was 87 and passed in her sleep. It was a life well-lived.
Gertie’s been on my mind because it’s a new year and I’m taking stock. When my time comes I want to end with a well-lived life, too. But I can see that it won’t be easy. It never is. It certainly wasn’t for Gertie.

Downtown Express photo by Wozzy Dias
A PATH commuter train pulled into the temporary World Trade Center stop this week. The permanent station design by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava will be unveiled Jan. 22.

Letters to the editor

Downtown Express photo by Wozzy Dias
A tourist from Japan threw on a coat and came as she was before visiting the World Trade Center site on Wednesday.

Downtown Local


Lawrence Tell, a Tribeca leader, 52, dies
By Albert Amateau
Lawrence Tell, a longtime Tribeca resident and community activist who founded Intersource International, a private financial investigating firm, died Dec. 31 at NYU Downtown Hospital at the age of 52.

Picture Story

Chipping in for city parks
East Villagers dropped off their Christmas trees at Tompkins Sq. Park last weekend for mulching by the Parks Department.


Children's Activities

Practicing picks, passes and boards at I.S. 89
By Erin Bruehl
One only need enter the third floor of I.S. 89 on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon and hear the pounding of feet and balls on the floor, to know that basketball season is back.

Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess

Going to a freezing dojo

Douglas Weiner, center, an instructor at the Karate Dojo school, gave his students no break from the blistering cold weather on Wednesday as the class practiced on the Tribeca waterfront at Pier 25, part of the Hudson River Park.

Trust sued over Pier 40 delays
By Albert Amateau
Arthur Schwartz, a Greenwich Village park and waterfront activist, served papers on the Hudson River Park Trust last week in a lawsuit seeking to force the Trust to designate a permanent developer for Pier 40 and to stop any action to install interim uses on the 14-acre pier, including expanded parking and construction of an athletic field.

Culture returns to memorial design
By Josh Rogers
Michael Arad wanted to take out almost all of the cultural buildings adjacent to the World Trade Center memorial in his original Reflecting Absence design, but his revised plan selected by the jury this week will restore most if not all of the museum and performance spaces, according to planning officials.

C.B. 1 gets Freedom Tower presentation
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Freedom Tower architect David Childs offered more details Wednesday on security and public access for his building, a collaboration with site planner Daniel Liebskind that could restore Downtown’s skyline as early as 2006.

Crown jewel of a restaurant closes in Tribeca
By Albert Amateau
Aficionados of El Teddy’s potent margaritas heaved a desperate sigh this week at the news that Wednesday Jan. 7 was the last time they would find their favorite tipple at the little Tribeca building with the 2,500-pound replica of the Statue of Liberty’s crown on the roof.

City says no to Downtown youth funds
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Members of Community Board 1 lambasted the city for canceling a request for youth program proposals, a decision they said jeopardized Downtown youth services and wasted time spent reviewing applications for funding.

Masters in disaster are the latest degree
By Erin Bruehl
Learning by doing has been part of the Metropolitan College of New York’s philosophy for 40 years, and starting this year, students will get a chance to apply the Emergency and Disaster Management skills they learn in the newest program to the communities around them.

Burglaries up 24 percent in Lower Manhattan
By Albert Amateau
Crime in the First Precinct declined by nearly seven percent as of Dec. 28, 2003 from the same date in 2002, a bigger decline than the decrease of 5.16 percent in the citywide crime rate, according to the New York City Police Department reports that track and compare the seven major categories of crime, precinct by precinct, in the five boroughs.

First baby Jesus theft remains a mystery
By Lincoln Anderson
Over a week has passed since the infant Jesus was kidnapped from a nativity scene on Houston St., and the statuette’s whereabouts remain a mystery.

East Side arts group faces possible end
By David Kelsey
“This is a tough year for the Lower East Side,” said Michael Medvin, winner of Reverend Jen’s fifth Mr. Lower East Side Pageant.

‘Grandparents’ volunteering at nursery school
By Ashley Winchester
Louise Rogers loves children, and dozens of them call her grandma. Every week, Rogers visits them in their “shoe,” but this senior citizen isn’t the old woman from the nursery rhyme. She is one of eight volunteer grandparents at Buckle My Shoe Nursery School, and her primary job is to play with and help nurture the 100 children in the school’s infant, toddler and preschool programs.

Local parent fights for his dream
By Jaclyn Marinese
When Mike Saes opened the New York City Urban Experience, a non-profit cultural center and gallery space the mission was to preserve the traditions of urban street cultures like hip-hop, punk rock and skateboarding. This unique space is located at the Seaport in the historical Tobacco Building on South Street.

Koch on film
By Ed Koch
Prisoner of Paradise (+) This film should be seen by everyone interested in the Holocaust. Regrettably, the incidents in the 30s of physical attacks upon Jews in Germany by the Nazis are currently being repeated throughout Europe. “The Big Fish” (-) I had been told by AT and PT that this movie is so bad they left in the middle of it. So why did I go? HS insisted on seeing it. Better I should have stayed home. I too found it tedious, but I never leave bad films until they end, hoping they will get better. They never do.

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