THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 16 • Issue 44 | APRIL 2 - 8, 2004

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Editorial
Resnick’s 5C plan is wrong for this site
The city’s plan to develop the vacant site behind P.S. 234 is based on a false premise. There are many parts of the Lower Manhattan economy that are still reeling because of 9/11, but the Tribeca residential real estate market is not one of them. The neighborhood is as hot if not hotter than it was before the attack and any argument that developers need extra breaks such as the right to build inappropriately tall luxury condos on city land just doesn’t wash.

Talking Point
Mayor’s West Side plan competes with Downtown
By David Stanke
Mayor Bloomberg is focused on revitalizing the west side in the 30’s by expanding the Javits Center and building a new football stadium as the foundation for expanded residential and commercial development. By staking so much of his legacy on this West Side mega-project, the mayor must view the commercial potential of development at the W.T.C. as competition for his West Side plans and his Olympic dreams.

Penny Post
Spring imbroglio and impasto
By Andrei Codrescu
Come spring people go out of their minds, slightly at first, then they get seriously intoxicated by the flowers and the tender green, and they start imitating their pets who go nuts without thinking twice. I saw four dog fights on the street, two cats locked in a noisy amorous struggle, a whole bunch of frisky baby alligators in a lake near St. Francisville, and a gaggle of inebriated poets declaiming unusually combative verse at the Gold Mine Saloon. And as if that wasn’t enough, a stream of out-of-town visitors came from places where it’s still cold, to catch our balmy weather, and ended up overstaying and confessing incredible things.

Letters to the Editor


Downtown Local

Bond building approved

Gerson knocks Jets-B.P.C. plan

BID leader bid

Learning Southern Comfort

C.B. 1 meeting

Jiu Jitsu classes

Police Blotter

Museum opens Friday

W.T.C. heath bill


Picture Story

Statue’s pedestal to reopen this summer
With the help of a $100,000 personal gift from Mayor Mike Bloomberg and almost $7 million in other private donations U.S. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton announced that the pedestal under the Statue of Liberty would reopen to tourists this summer.


Doctor's View

Choosing a new look
By Dr. Amy Glaser
We all want to fix our imperfections. But is it healthy for a teen to have plastic surgery? Adolescents are typically self-consciousness and they may be tempted to fix what they see as the imperfections staring back at them from the mirror.

Reading, writing and kindergarten pressure
By Jane Flanagan
I feel funny admitting this, but I was challenged by kindergarten.
I only went for half-a-day, but, to me, it seemed like a lot to juggle. There was a coveted play kitchen to navigate with the other girls. I needed to flip something called a “smock” over my head and around my waist. And, of course, the spill factor: I was forever afraid of knocking over my juice and fingerpaints.

Youth Activities



Orson Welles retrospective at Film Forum
By Jerry Tallmer
A great movie is like a great novel, or for that matter a great painting: You can always learn something new. I must, over the years, have seen “The Third Man” two dozen times, but recently, when I took another look for present purposes, three things that had never registered before jumped out at me.

Penning a Play about Bill Tilden, Closeted Superstar
By Jerry Tallmer
He was tall, strong, and broad-shouldered, and very handsome in a horsy kind of way. The sports pages soon started calling him Big Bill, which was a lot more to his taste than the “Junie” he’d hated as a kid––Junie for Junior.

Rarely-performed Ibsen play at Bouwerie Lane
By Jerry Tallmer
You can keep your Iago. For me, the most unlikable character in all drama is Gregers Werle, the idealistic, purifying manipulator who, in the name of “truth” and “a true marriage” — whatever that is — in Ibsen’s “The Wild Duck,” not only wrecks the reasonably tolerable make-do marriage of Gina and Hjalmar Ekdal, but in the process leads their 13-year-old daughter Hedvig, a sensitive young idealist of another sort, into an act of unforeseen tragic consequence.

Koch on Film
By, Ed Koch
“Intermission” (+) “Intermission,” written by Mark O’Rowe and directed by John Crowley, is a wonderful film. In style and action, it is reminiscent of Guy Ritchie’s film “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” and Robert Altman’s series of flicks with multiple, seemingly unconnected subplots that come together in the end.
“Broken Wings” (+) This Israeli movie, in Hebrew with English subtitles, is totally different than the usual Israeli film. It could have been set in any city in the world since no Israeli customs or lifestyles are part of the plot or script.

City says no to anti-Republican campsite
By Lincoln Anderson
No camping.
That was the word from the Parks Department last week to local activists who applied for a permit for 20,000 expected protesters to pitch tents in Tompkins Sq. Park or East River Park during the Republican National Convention.

Descendants of Greek Jews honor Holocaust victims
By Albert Amateau
Sixty years after the Jewish community in the Greek town of Janina was rounded up and sent to Nazi death camps, an exhibit commemorating the event is opening at Kehila Kedosha Janina, the synagogue built by Greek-speaking Jews who emigrated from the town at the turn of the 20th century and settled on the Lower East Side.

E.P.A. panel debates how to recheck cleanup
By Elizabeth O’Brien
At its first meeting, a panel charged with reviewing the Environmental Protection Agency’s cleanup of Downtown apartments after the World Trade Center collapse debated retesting guidelines that would foster public confidence in the process.

Artists battle to stay in homes over City Hall (the restaurant)
By Janel Bladow
The battle between residents of 131 Duane St. and the building’s owners, Henry Meer and his partners in City Hall restaurant, is heating up again.

Catamaran crashes into Seaport pier, via Australia By Albert Amateau
A catamaran ferry making a stop at the South St. Seaport on its 15,500-mile voyage from Perth, Australia to Rochester, N.Y. crashed into the north side of Pier 17 on Thursday morning April 1, causing minor damage to the ferry and the pier.

Lopez backs former aide for her Council seat
By Lincoln Anderson
Rosie Mendez, the East Village female Democratic district leader, officially announced her candidacy for City Council last Saturday before a crowd of 300 friends and supporters at the UNITE! Joint Board Auditorium on W. 15th St. A former legislative aide and chief of staff to Councilmember Margarita Lopez, Mendez is running to fill Lopez’s seat after Lopez leaves office at the end of 2005 because of term limits.

Play Ball! Pitcher mounds return to B.P.C.
By Josh Rogers
The temperature may have been in the low-40s but the Battery Park City pitcher mounds returned to the ballfields Tuesday, proving there was at least a little spring in the air.

Precinct looks to stop East Side delivery robberies
By Alan Bastable
Wu Ching Wang never saw it coming.
“They just started hitting me on the head with a bat, and when I fell they kept hitting me on the legs,” the 51-year-old deliveryman told police, after four men attacked him at a Lower East Side apartment building in March 2001.

Some bar owners still fuming over smoking ban
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Some local bar owners blasted Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s announcement that his year-old smoking ban has not hurt business in the city’s bars and restaurants.

Tribeca tower draws united opposition for divided reasons
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Community members vvented their long-standing objections to the 35-story residential tower planned for Chambers St. at a public hearing where they faced off with the developer and city officials.




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