THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 16 • Issue 50 | MAY 7 - 13, 2004


The fight for Hudson River Park green
Gov. George Pataki said Wednesday that it was time to “renew our commitment to making Hudson River Park the world class park it must be.” We couldn’t agree more and we hope Pataki soon finds a way to build the rest of the park either by authorizing the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. to spend the $70 million needed to build the Tribeca section or helping secure other federal money for the plan or both.

Manhattan Youth needs to stay open
Two weeks ago, we recommended an outline for how the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. should spend its remaining $1 billion in federal Community Development Block Grants. What we did not know at the time was that one of the most important institutions in our community, Manhattan Youth, was in danger of closing its community center at 55 Warren St. at the end of May.

Penny Post
The Follow Up Channel
By Andrei Codrescu
Here is a billion dollar idea I’m giving away for free: the Follow Up Channel.
There is so much news every day, you can barely take something in before it’s completely erased by something else. You have no time to feel, to reflect, to figure out for yourself what it means. War. Terror. Border security. Homeland alerts. Anthrax. Sarin. Soldiers ambushed. Civilians killed. Children orphaned and maimed. Famine. Celebrities caught. Officials indicted. Companies bankrupted. Oil prices up. Burning election issues. The dying oceans.

Talking Point
Subsidize Silverstein to redevelop the W.T.C.
By David Stanke
With the jury findings on the first Silverstein case falling largely against the developer, the greatest danger for Downtown is that plans developed based on years of discussions and compromise will be thrown open for discussion again, further delaying progress on redevelopment of the World Trade Center.

Letters to the editor

Downtown Local
City Hall pickets

New members

Adios Roy

Preservation awards

Free concert

C.B. 1 meetings

Four busts at pot march

Police Blotter

Picture Story

Scenes from a Tribeca Film Festival
A man called “Crazy Legs” Conti, left, proved he could eat his way out of a sarcophagus filled with popcorn, Tuesday in an effort to promote his film, “Crazy Legs Conti: Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating,” which premiered that evening at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Gompertz, 80, furrier to the stars and B.P.C. resident
By Albert Amateau
Fred Gompertz, a Battery Park City resident who survived both the Holocaust as a teenager in Germany and the World Trade Center attack more than 60 years later, died at the Cabrini Hospice on April 30 a week after his 80th birthday.

Youth Activities


Plenty of hits, runs and fun this weekend
Compiled by Deborah Lynn Blumberg
The Downtown Little League Astros beat the Rockies Sunday with a final score of 18-4. JJ Franco led the Astros’ offense and hit a grand slam in the second inning. Luke Shapiro went 3 for 3, including a home run, and Mike Galindo went 2 for 2 with a home run. Sam Fishman, Jake Shapiro, Cal Cook, Wyatt Leach and Nikhil Tekchandani also got hits.

Now that’s a fan….

Karim Simmons of Queens showed his support for the Tribeca Film Festival Saturday, the fest’s opening day. The festival’s street fair will be Saturday, May 8 on Greenwich St. between Duane and Beach Sts. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more festival photos.

Downtown Express photo by Aaron M. Cohen

Pataki backs rail, car tunnels
By Josh Rogers
Gov. George Pataki said Downtown can afford two new tunnels and voiced support for an airport-commuter rail tunnel and a vehicular tunnel under West St. Wednesday, the day he gave his third progress report speech on Lower Manhattan and took a tour of the 7 World Trade Center construction site with developer Larry Silverstein.

To be young, Downtown and a director
By Jess Wisloski
A small crowd trickled in to the Tribeca Cinemas on Saturday May 1, the opening day of the Tribeca Film Festival, but these film fans weren’t the jeans-clad camera-toting star spotters that will be pervading the streets of Tribeca through May 9.

Goldman Sachs unveils B.P.C. tower design
By Josh Rogers
Goldman Sachs’ plan to build an 800-foot headquarter building in Battery Park City is not a done deal yet, but the investment bank has hired a high-powered architect who has done drawings and animated renderings of the proposed tower.

Environmental statement for W.T.C. still lacking,C.B. 1 committee says
By Elizabeth O’Brien
For all its 2,000 pages, a report on rebuilding the World Trade Center site did not go far enough in addressing specific public concerns, members of Community Board 1 said this week.

Manhattan Youth to close its youth center this month
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Bob Townley doesn’t like the word victim, at least not applied to his youth services organization in the aftermath of the World Trade Center collapse. At the end of May, Manhattan Youth will have to close its community center at 55 Warren St. and with it, several free after-school and weekend programs serving 200 teens.

Tribeca Republican takes on Nadler
By Elizabeth O’Brien
A Tribeca resident and fourth-generation Downtowner has announced a self-described “long-shot campaign” to unseat U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler this fall on a moderate Republican platform.

Kerry’s wife visits Downtown nursing home
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry, addressed health workers at the Village Nursing Home on Hudson St. on Tuesday.

Java, Smokes, Family, and Fame
By Winnie McCroy
Indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch challenges the notion that anything in life is “larger than life” with “Coffee and Cigarettes,” a series of short films on a unified theme: the humble coffee break, with its requisite small talk, accompanying cigarettes, and absolute normality.

2004 Lucille Lortel Awards
By Jerry Tallmer
Quite possibly you have never spent an hour and a half sitting next to a serial killer pedophile and didn’t know it.

Koch on Film
By, Ed Koch
“Young Adam” (+)
This is a difficult movie to like and recommend, but I do.
The difficulty lies in its dark main character, Joe (Ewan McGregor), who works on a coal hauling barge in Glasgow, Scotland. He is employed by Les (Peter Mullan) and his wife Ella (Tilda Swinton) who owns the barge.

A naked look at domestic violence
By Davida Singer
Several years ago, when freelancer/ actor Marin Gazzaniga was writing for the non-profit City organization, Victims Services (now called Safe Harbor), part of her job was to interview crime victims. She did a lot of work with domestic violence, speaking with the different parties: violence survivors, social workers, police officers, even the batterers themselve

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