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THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 16 • Issue 39 | February 27 - March 4, 2004

Bush continues to obstruct 9/11 panel
This week marks the 11th anniversary of the first terrorist attack on the Twin Towers. The six people killed by Islamic extremists Feb. 26, 1993, quite appropriately will be included in the World Trade Center memorial that will also honor the thousands killed on Sept. 11, 2001. But the investigation into our intelligence before those two attacks and other terrorist incidents continues to be stymied by the Bush administration. It is of course essential to honor those who died. It is more important to make sure they did not die in vain and to do as much as we can to prevent future deaths of innocent people.

The Penny Post
News of a new industry
The Codrescu Poetry Combine took to the streets of New Orleans two weeks before Mardi Gras and penetrated deep into the psyche of the city through the medium of some of its most distinguished inhabitants. The Combinators, consisting of L.S.U. writing students Colleen Fava, Robert Bloom, and Megan Volpert, as well as producer Larry Massett from Washington, D.C., met at the Croissant d’Or and laid out plans for the next two days.

Taking Point
Who did it? Who is Christ is the better question
By Gregg Farah
Christian pastors aren’t often invited to Hollywood screenings. But if you’ve been following news coverage of Mel Gibson’s new film “The Passion Of The Christ,” you know that pastors and other clergy have been given special previews. In January I was invited to the Chicago area for just such a screening, given by Mel Gibson himself. You could say it was the longest trip I had ever taken for a movie.

Second Thougths
By Richmond Jones

Downtown Local

Hospital gallery

Grand reopening

Member search

Pace extension

Aspiring gardeners

C.B. 1 meetings

Police Blotter

Morgy to run again

Imitating Rove

New community center opens

Tribeca restauranteur rediscovers his Italian roots
By Frank Angelino
John Villa has gone back to his roots. He’s transformed his celebrated Tribeca Portuguese restaurant, Pico, into ‘Dominic,’ a restaurant serving “big city Italian food,” as his grandfather put it.


Clifford The Big Red Dog was a popular pup last Sunday in fancy surroundings, the Ritz-Carlton in Battery Park City, for an afternoon of fun and reading last Sunday. Above, Laura Reischer, 5, left, Abigail Martucci, 5 and Alyssa Roman, 3 nestled with Clifford, and at right, Elektra Petrakis, 4, got her turn with Abigail. Cliff will be back at the Ritz Feb. 29 at 3 p.m. (ticket info. 917—790-2571) Downtown Express photos by Elisabeth Robert

Children's Activities

Stuy robot team going for national title
By Gal Beckerman
On a recent Monday afternoon, in room 450 of Stuyvesant High School, Lola suddenly came to life. Her arm lifted with a hydraulic whoosh of air, her red police light swirled, and she rolled forward

English-Spanish puppet show on Suffolk St.
There will be an interactive puppet show this Sat., Feb. 28, in Spanish and English, for children aged five to 12 years: “The Encounter of Juan and Pedro Animal.”

Remembering the first W.T.C. attack
Dan Graber, a Port Authority police officer, held the door for visitors to St. Peter’s Church Feb. 26 for a ceremony to mark the 11th anniversary of the World Trade Center bombing. The names of the six people killed in 1993 will be listed with the Sept. 11, 2001 victims in the selected World Trade Center memorial design by Michael Arad and Peter Walker.

Downtown Express photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio

1993 W.T.C. bombing remembered on anniversary
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Family, friends and co-workers of the six people killed in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing gathered on Thursday, Feb. 26 to remember the victims on the 11th anniversary of the attack.

A long way home
By Josh Rogers
Like many Battery Park City residents, Joseph Gibney works near Wall St. where the commute includes a short walk over or across the West Side Highway. Gibney guesses the trip would have taken him 10 minutes on his motorized wheelchair before Sept. 11, 2001 and thinks it could be just as quick now.

Anti-Bushies look for city campsite
By Lincoln Anderson
Thousands of protestors are expected to flood into New York when the Republican National Convention hits town Aug. 30-Sept. 2. The center of dissent will no doubt be around Madison Sq. Garden, but afterwards the protestors will need somewhere to stay. Some local activists think Tompkins Sq. would be the perfect spot to pitch tents and camp out.

A Grand reopening for Chinatown
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Chinatown cheered the reopening of the Grand St. subway station last week, as residents raved over their streamlined commutes and merchants voiced hopes about an upturn in business.

Pace copes with student’s death
By Albert Amateau and Melanie Wallis
Michael G. Hoppy, 19, a Pace University freshman from Geneva, N.Y., jumped to his death at 1:30 a.m. Fri. Feb. 20 from the 17th floor to the fourth-floor roof of the University’s Maria’s Tower dormitory at 1 Pace Plaza, police said.

Landmarks approves Wall Street’s security design
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The area around the New York Stock Exchange will receive a major facelift in the coming months that will transform its barricaded streets into a European-style plaza without compromising security, officials say.

30 years later, Giovanni’s still serving Downtown
By Dara Lehon
About thirty years ago, a bank on 100 Washington St. underwent a facelift. Files and lockboxes became wine racks and cash registers. Deposit slips became napkins and menus. Tellers became waiters. And on Feb. 24, 1974, Giovanni’s Atrium opened to customers, and officially converted from a place for clients to save for the future to a home away from home, where they could live for the present to enjoy good drinks, good friends, and good food.

Cutting through hair and problems at salon
By Angela Benfield
To her customers, Lisa Cancilla, co-owner of “Je Litique,” a beauty salon located in Southbridge Towers, is more than just a hairdresser. The single mother of two teenagers, Cancilla, 44, is also a confidante, amateur psychologist, and sharp businesswoman who has been cutting hair in Lower Manhattan for more than a quarter century.

Two weeks from deal or fight, says I.P.N. leader
By Albert Amateau
After a two-hour meeting on Tues. Feb. 24, negotiations between the Independence Plaza North Tenants Association and Laurence Gluck, owner of the 1,329-unit Tribeca complex, were about two weeks away from a make-or-break deadline.

If you can’t break the glass ceiling — levitate
By Atticus Brady
It would seem that two or three world-famous magicians are all the world can stand. There is Lance Burton and the two Davids, Blaine and Copperfield, but magic has never been like Rock ‘N Roll where a hundred bands at a time can sell hit records. It is more than likely that when one of these performers fade from the spotlight someone else will come along to fill the vacancy.

Koch on film
By Ed Koch
‘The Dreamers’ (+) This is a film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci who directed many movies including “Last Emperor,” “The Conformist,” and “Last Tango in Paris.” His films are always sexually arousing and this one, which includes male and female frontal nudity and some serious coupling, is no exception. ‘La Mentale the code’ (+) This French film is a combination of “The Godfather” movies and the HBO television show “The Sopranos.”

Legendary feminist artist exhibits in Tribeca
By Ellison Walcott
The month of March may be Women’s History month but there’s no excuse needed to see a comprehensive, yet intimate exhibit by one of the pioneers in feminist art.

This international festival, produced by a Tribeca couple, will be held throughout the month of March in venues around the city, including the Regal Union Square. Above photo is from ‘Hammerboy’ a film from South Korea, the English language version.
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