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THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 16 • Issue 36 | February 6-12, 2004

Learning painful lessons
with Liberty Bonds
File it under the law of unintended consequences. When the federal Liberty Bond program was approved early in 2002 it appeared to be one of the shots in the arm Lower Manhattan needed to help it recover economically.
In some ways it was, and we support the proposed extension of the tax-free program from the end of this year to 2009 to ensure that we don’t end up with a mostly undeveloped World Trade Center site.

Letters to the Editor

The Penny Post
A Bush novel
By Andrei Codrescu
I have a friend, let’s call him Dex, who’s depressed. That’s nothing unusual; 90 percent of everybody is. But Dex’s depression is specific. “Look,” he told me, “maybe I should move to Mexico until this whole Bush thing blows over.”
I was confused, “What Bush thing?”

Taking Point
CBS hypocrisy exposed on Super Bowl Sunday
By Wickham Boyle
Does anyone other than me find it hilarious that CBS is facing a big, fat fine for crossing the bounds of good taste? A huge cash lay out is about to be slapped on, not just the CBS parent company, but the affiliates as well, punishment for the Super Bowl half time show, that is now deemed lewd and lascivious

Second Thoughts
By Richmond Jones

Downtown Local

Chinatown visit
Gov. George Pataki visited Harmony Palace restaurant on Mott St. Wednesday to celebrate Lunar New Year.
Downtown Express photo by Ramin Talaie

Sex, acrobats and politics

Valentine deals

Tribeca justice

C.B.1 meetings

Lovett loves Downtown

Honoring George W.

Glick: Houston St. plan is unsafe

Film volunteers

Police Blotter

Picture Story

We interrupt the winter with this short break
Wednesday was part of a brief respite from the winter and joggers and others were part of the group that took advantage of the warm weather in Battery Park City. Hudson River ice was actually seen melting near South Cove, and Chris Haley and her dog Moose enjoyed a warmer walk, below.

Feminist ideals
confront separation anxiety
By Sara Spielman 
I used to believe in the working mom. As a student in an all women’s college with feminist ideas, I never doubted its possibility. Grateful for the advancements Women’s Liberation brought our way, I always believed I would have a family and career, juggling the two roles the way so many other women do.

The winter flu hysteria
By Dr. Michel Cohen
“FluMist $80 with a $30 manufacturer’s rebate.”
This enticing sign still hangs in a doctor’s office window in Tribeca. It is one of the remnants of the big flu scare two months ago. After all the hoopla, it looks like the 2004 flu is no more than a run-of-the-mill winter flu epidemic, albeit one driven by an unexpected viral strain that struck earlier than expected. Now that the panic is over, we can take a breath, look at the facts, and see what the hysteria was all about.

Youth Activities

Lunar New Year party
Children from the Chinatown Day Care Center on Division St. performed recently for senior citizens at Gouverneur Nursing Facility during a Lunar New Year celebration to mark 4702, the Year of the Monkey.

Downtown Express photo by Corky Lee

Kerry wins Downtown support
By Lincoln Anderson with Josh Rogers
Two Downtown Democratic political clubs endorsed John Kerry for president within the past week, becoming the first Manhattan Democratic political clubs to throw their support behind the surging candidacy of the Massachusetts senator.

Debating L.I.R.R.-link options
By Josh Rogers
Downtown can count the last time it saw a new train service in terms of decades, nearly $3 billion has already been allocated in post-9/11 transportation projects and there is no definite plan to bring any new rail service to Lower Manhattan – at least not yet. State and city officials released four ways to build a link to the Long Island Rail Road and J.F.K. Airport on Wednesday and say they will come up with a plan and a way to pay for it by this April.

9/11 residential bonds close to being used up
By Elizabeth O’Brien
City and state officials said last week that the residential allotment of Liberty Bonds designed to rebuild Lower Manhattan after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack would likely run out by the program’s original Dec. 31 deadline.

Ball fields near completion; East R. walkway plan to begin
By Albert Amateau
The $50-million reconstruction of the East River Park promenade, stretching from Jackson St. on the Lower East Side to E. 12th St. and closed for more than two years, is scheduled to begin this autumn. The 1.25-mile park project, outlined at a Jan. 27 Community Board 3 meeting and eagerly awaited by East Village and Lower East Side residents, is scheduled to open in stages, the first 2,000 sq. feet in the summer of 2005.

Glowing reviews for Calatrava design at C.B. 1
By Josh Rogers
Community Board 1 has seen a number of celebrities over the years, but probably none of them received the amount of star-treatment afforded to renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, who politely signed a few autographs Wednesday after presenting his plan for the World Trade Center train station.

U.P.S. ship is too tight, says local owner
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Joe Wightman may operate a Mail Boxes Etc. store, but he has a problem with big-box approaches to business.

They call this sure shot Tribeca Slim
By Judith Stiles
Since the name Minnesota Fats is already taken, some people call him Tribeca Slim . . . as this lanky young pool player from New York City was born in Tribeca. Real insiders call him Fingers, and when Josiah Wall starts talking about his game, his fingers start doing a wild little cha-cha on the green felt of the table in order to illustrate his point. He has beautiful strong hands, with the touch and agility of a concert pianist. However this young man uses his hands to play pool, often practicing 12 hours at a stretch when he has free time.

New ‘it dog’ Crash is making a splash Downtown
By Elizabeth O’Brien
At just five months, he made the pages of Newsweek. A flurry of activity ensued, including an appearance in an N.Y.U. independent film. But Crash, a rare Norwegian breed currently making his home in the Village, has not let the attention go to his head.

Keeping the mic open to musicians on Ludlow St.
By Tien-Shun Lee
Bluegrass singer Tony Ryan gave whooping introductions to musicians as they approached the stage during the open-microphone night he was hosting inside a Lower East Side organic health food store last Thursday night. Ryan’s zesty voice betrayed no trace of stage fright, which is something he does his best to assure the performers don’t experience either.

Family of shock victim to sue Con Ed and police
By Lincoln Anderson
As more details emerged about the tragic death of Jodie Lane, the 30-year-old East Village woman who was electrocuted after coming in contact with an electrified Con Edison junction box cover on Jan. 16, there are reports Lane’s family intends to file a lawsuit against not only Con Ed — but also the New York City Police Department for police officers’ failure to get Lane off the lethal plate.

Con Ed blames shoddy repair
Last Thursday, Con Edison released a report on its investigation of why the E. 11th St. junction box that fatally electrocuted East Villager Jodie Lane was electrified. The report said an inspection of the junction box showed that a wire, which was supposed to have two layers of insulation, one with plastic tape and the other with rubber, had only one layer of plastic tape.

Sibling Harmony at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center
By Mara McGinnis
When Vanessa Strickland was pregnant with her now 24-year-old identical twins Marcus and E.J. (Enoch Jamal), her husband introduced them to the likes of John Coltrane and Stevie Wonder by playing LPs and putting her stomach up to the stereo speaker. By the time the twins were teens, Marcus was playing the sax, E.J. was playing the drums and their mother was enjoying live jazz concerts at home while cooking dinner.

Koch on film
By Ed Koch
‘The Battle of Algiers’ (+)
The impact of this movie, first shown in 1965, is as powerful today as it was then.“The Fog of War” (+) The documentaries this year are overwhelmingly first rate, and this one about former United States Secretary of Defense Secretary, Robert S. McNamara, is one of the best.

Taping into creativity to heal
By Jaclyn Marinese
Without the ability to paint, Taurus Reid doesn’t know where he might be today. A former resident of the Bowery Residents’ Committee’s Reception Center, a transitional shelter located at 324 Lafayette Street, Reid now lives independently and is in his junior year at the Pratt Institute.

Forro takes Manhattan
by Ernest Barteldes
During the final years of World War II, the U.S. military maintained bases in northeastern Brazil as a strategic point. According to legend, once in a while the officers’ clubs would have balls that were open to the general public under the label “for all” in which the music of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey was replaced by the local sounds. Those sounds were provided by small, local groups that played the accordion, triangle and a hand-held bass drum called “zabumba.”

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