THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 16 • Issue 46 | April 9 - 15, 2004


Cooperation with 9/11 Commission will make us safer
The testimony of National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice before the 9/11 Commission in public and under oath on Thursday shows once again how enormously valuable this commission is. Not that we were pleased by her testimony – we weren’t. But we need to see the leaders in both the Bush and Clinton administrations face tough questions from the experienced public servants on the commission so that the panel can determine and help us understand to what extent, if any, the Sept. 11 attacks were preventable and much more importantly, to figure out what can we do to reduce the chances of future terrorist acts.

Penny Post
A country outing
By Andrei Codrescu
The country fair in Clinton, Louisiana, was either a vegetable and fruit market, or a delightful display of artisan wares by country folk, we decided, as we drove up Plank Road from Baton Rouge on a crisp blue flower-scented mild day of humbling blessedness. Few cars were on the road this early on Sunday morning, but the parking lots of the many churches on the way were full.

Talking Point
Don’t let preservation delay W.T.C. redevelopment
By David Stanke
The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. has retreated from its initial finding that there would be “no adverse affect” on historic World Trade Center site elements from currently planned development projects. Instead, it is proposing a programmatic agreement to “ensure ongoing and meaningful consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office and the consulting parties.” It is also expanding the list of historic elements. While this is a generous show of good faith by the L.M.D.C. toward the wishes of a few 9/11 families, it risks opening a Pandora’s box of complaints about every proposed piece of construction on the site.

Letters to the editor

Downtown Local

Police Blotter

Light memorial from across the pond

Express wins 5 awards

Rocky Park ferry barge staying for now

Walk party

C.B. 1 meetings

Panel meet


Poetry reading

Ship volunteers

The zoning decoder

Dancer gets her way

Celebrity seder


Youth Activities

No more pink potion for ear infections
By Dr. Michel Cohen
Children’s ear infections no longer automatically need to be treated with antibiotics, according to a recent statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Family Physicians. Well it’s about time!


Spring training
Downtown Little Leaguers practiced in Battery Park City last weekend in preparation for Opening Day April 17.

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Emily Mehling, president of the National Association of Women Artists, will be holding the organization’s 115th annual exhibit, including 217 artists from around the country, in the Financial District at 88 Greenwich St. The show opens on Thursday. <Article>

National art show comes Downtown
By Janel Bladow
The Chrysler Building peeks over rooftops through a vase of bright purple irises. A very high heel shoe of stone sits primly on top of a pedestal. An armchair made of wire twists out words of “love.” These are just three works by women artists included in a national exhibit opening Downtown next week.

100 years in Little Italy
By Jerry Tallmer
But Giuseppe and Carmela Siano decided to stay with their pushcart right there, at the corner of Mott and Hester, where Little Italy melts into Chinatown, and set up shop selling clams, mussels, scungilli in the shell, out of that pushcart. The year was 1894.

Canal unsafe, walkers say
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The city is making plans to ease congestion on Canal St., but relief can’t come quickly enough for pedestrians forced to dodge traffic at the mouth of the Holland Tunnel.

Battery Park eatery to reopen with new owner

By Elizabeth O’Brien
The city is serving up a new restaurant to take the place of American Park, an upscale waterfront eatery in Battery Park that had struggled after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Panel named, agreement proposed for W.T.C. artifacts
By Josh Rogers
The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. announced a new World Trade Center Memorial Center Advisory Committee to make recommendations about including artifacts from the Sept. 11 attacks in the memorial’s underground interpretive center.

Are off-duty police officers the solution for noisy bars?
By Lincoln Anderson
Young bar patrons flooded the sidewalk on St. Mark’s near Avenue A last summer.

Two historic ships to stay many nights on Pier 40
By Albert Amateau
Two historic vessels will be welcoming visitors in a few weeks to their berths on Pier 40, the 15-acre pier off Houston St. where the Hudson River Park Trust has its headquarters.

Looking for NASCAR dads and moms in Tribeca
By C. B. Morley
The superstars of NASCAR are now making weekly pit stops at a recently-opened Tribeca eatery. Patrons can almost smell the burning rubber and gasoline of the race track over the aroma of barbeque entrees as the weekend warriors of the stock car circuit do battle on televisions overhead.

Southbridge residents to meet over development proposal
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Residents of Southbridge Towers have organized a public meeting for Monday, April 12 to discuss the proposed sale of a piece of Southbridge property for an arts complex and possible residential tower.

Working with Chinatown’s precinct commanders
By Tien-Shun Lee
In his basement office inside the ancient headquarters of Chinatown’s Fifth Precinct, Shuck Seid, 78, pulled out a small piece of paper from his wallet and squinted his eyes to read a neatly typed list of the 23 Fifth Precinct commanders who he has worked with since he started volunteering with the police unit in 1969.
Attracting customers, they work hard for the catnip
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
Snacking on oyster crackers, listening to rock music and keeping a keen eye on customers are all part of a day’s work for a select group of workers in the Big Apple — Manhattan’s “working cats.”

Learning the beats and dances of Brazil
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
Twisting, turning and bouncing his body to the beat, Wolfe Margolies, 11, uses all his youth force to pound on a shiny Brazilian surdo drum almost half his size.

Band with ‘musical integrity’ knows how to have fun
By Aileen Torres
Emotional intensity is the essence of good music, and Barbez is a band that reinvents the concept of music as lightning-bolt-cum-messenger by creating parallels to the vicissitudes of life.

‘Like a Hollywood movie…’
By Jerry Tallmer
Let me tell you something about your mommy. You’re only five-months-old now, and probably not quite ready to see the Off-Broadway musical at the Variety Arts that your mother, Melissa Levis, wrote with David Weinstein. It began life as an Off-Off-Broadway revue in last year’s Fringe Festival — a big, big little hit — and do you know how your mommy did her research for it?

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Dogville” (-) If you see this three-hour film and conclude that it is a genius work of art, I’ll feel like a clod. However, you may agree with me that it is anti-American and the good reviews it received are all hype. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (-) Early on during this film I became bored, and by the end of it, I was sorry I had selected it for review.

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