THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 16 • Issue 51 | MAY 14 - 20, 2004


Manhattan can fit protestors and the G.O.P.
This summer, the Republican National Convention is coming to New York City for the first time in the Grand Old Party’s history. This summer, hundreds of thousands, if not millions of protestors, are expected to gather in the city to protest Bush administration and Republican policies supporting war with Iraq, more tax cuts for the rich and constitutional amendments banning gay marriage and abortion.

Penny Post
A tree falls in the neighborhood
By Andrei Codrescu
The majestic old live oak in front of the house collapsed gracefully on the eve of April 30 and covered the entire street with its leafy limbs — each one the size of an average tree — bringing all life as we know it to a standstill. Laura and I were found in another city by that livewire network of neighbors and colleagues that mysteriously and happily activates itself during a disaster — and summoned back to find the fallen giant tended to by neighbors and gawkers and bewildered birds looking for their nests, as well as one branch stuck like a lance into my roof, and another into the side of a neighbor’s house.

Downtown Local

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert
At the Montessori School of Manhattan, young Tribeca Film Festival goers were invited to splash some paint on a visiting cow, part of a benefit for the “Make A Wish Foundation.” Anya Dombrowski 6 and her sister (far right) Katia Dombrowski seemed to enjoy making their mark.

That’s what’s going on

Rail money

Anti-terror drill

Chinatown fund

Tunnel closing

A decade of taste in Tribeca

Liberty Bond extension

Al fresco dining Downtown

C.B. 1 meetings

Downtown culture info festDowntown culture info fest

Shelter to make a point

Police Blotter

Picture Story

Fun at the Film Festival
Crowds filled Greenwich St. Saturday for the Tribeca Film Festival’s family street fair.


Eating disorders: a scary phenomenon
By Dr. Amy Glaser
Anorexia nervosa and bulimia seem to arise out of nowhere. Typically observed in girls, these are psychiatric disorders that are often mystifying to family and friends as obsession about food intake and avoiding food begins to overtake a previously normal life.

Youth Activities


The Red Sox Ray Vlcek slides in safely against the Rockies.

Another weekend of well-played games for Downtowners

Downtown Express photo by Robert Stolarik

A group of Falun Gong practitioners gathered in Foley Square Thursday to mark the 12th anniversary of the introduction of their religious practice to the world and to protest the crackdown against the group by the Chinese government, which outlawed the Falun Gong in 1999. The government maintains the group is a cult.

9/11 Commission comes to New York
By Lincoln Anderson
In what is expected to provide some of the 9/11 Commission’s most gripping moments, the federal panel investigating the 2001 terror attacks will be at Greenwich Village’s New School University next week for a day and a half of hearings.

A Bush at The Battery
By Josh Rogers
On a day when her husband visited his embattled defense secretary, Laura Bush paid a visit to a former Revolutionary War fort, becoming one of at least four first ladies who have taken an interest in Battery Park.

Hospital vet returns from Iraq
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The air-conditioner was broken in the party room at N.Y.U. Downtown Hospital, but Kingston Lam didn’t seem to notice as he hugged the friends and colleagues who had gathered to welcome him home.

Businesses say business was up for film festival
By David H. Ellis
If early figures are right, for the third year in a row, Tribeca area businesses, hotels and restaurants piggybacked on the success of last week’s Tribeca Film Festival to capture a brief economic windfall during the nine-day event.

C.B. 1 leaders voice concerns over West Side plan
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Community Board 1 voiced concern over the proposed Hudson Yards project, saying the proposal to build a stadium and as much as 28 million square feet of office space on the far West Side could draw resources away from Lower Manhattan redevelopment.

Case against terrorists’ Downtown attorney nears trial
By Mary Reinholz
Jury selection for the trial of embattled Downtown criminal defense lawyer Lynne Stewart was pushed back two days to May 19 after attorneys for her former client, convicted Egyptian terrorist Shiekh Omar Abdel Rahman, asserted attorney-client privilege in a federal court conference on Pearl St. before U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl, said Marvin Smilon, a spokesman for the New York office of the U.S. Attorney, Southern District.

E.P.A. panel considers ways to connect remaining dust to 9/11
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Did the collapse of the World Trade Center produce dust with a particular imprint that distinguishes its origins beyond a doubt, and if so, what are its defining characteristics?

Water Taxi expanding Downtown service this season
By Albert Amateau
A new cabstand began serving passengers in the Village on Mothers Day weekend. Not on a street but in the water at Pier 45 in Hudson River Park.

Jane Jacobs, urban legend, returns Downtown
By Albert Amateau
Jane Jacobs, whose ideas about how cities prosper shattered urban planning principles 40 years ago, returned to the Village last week to speak at a benefit for West Village Houses, the low-rise affordable housing complex she helped to create.

Keeping their heritage alive
By John Arbucci
At first, it seemed difficult enough. Take two men who barely know each other, put them in charge of a family-owned business, and have them breathe new life into a company that hadn’t changed much in 50 years.

One Artist’s Schizophrenia
By Jerry Tallmer
John Cadigan is a large, bearded, often morose, sometimes not morose, sometimes far worse than morose, schizophrenic in his early 30s. Katie Cadigan, one of his two sisters, older than John but looking younger, is a lively, attractive, spirited woman who, like John, grew up in the Danbury, Connecticut, area, but as an adult has mostly lived, as does John, in Northern California.

Koch on Film
By, Ed Koch
“I’m Not Scared” (+) This is a wonderful film, better or as good as any I have seen in the last 12 months. It is totally dependent on the acting ability of an adolescent, Giuseppe Cristiano, who plays the role of Michele.
“Bulgarian Lovers” (-)
In his New York Times review of this film, critic Stephen Holden wrote, “Bulgarian Lovers is superbly acted, without a trace of coyness and with considerable heat.” The acting is fine, but the flick is boring. On opening night, with a good review from the Times, the theater was half empty.

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