THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 16 • Issue 53 | MAY 28 - JUNE 3, 2004


Ashcroft’s disturbing warnings
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft warned on Wednesday that Al Qaeda “was almost ready to attack the United States” again, causing understandable unease among many in Lower Manhattan, who have been hit before, and across the nation. Others questioned the political motivations of Ashcroft, one of the Bush administration’s most partisan and ideological – and perhaps most dangerous — officials.

Penny Post
Book tour notes
By Andrei Codrescu
I got stuck for seven hours at the Minneapolis airport when they cancelled three flights to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, due to bad weather. It’s a seemingly nice, friendly looking airport if you’re already at your gate and need a muffin or a bathroom. But when they change your flight, your gate or, God forbid, your terminal, you’re in trouble. There are miles between gates and huge distances between terminals.

City must admit and learn from mistakes of 9/11
By David Stanke
The 9/11 Commission came to New York last week to review and investigate the emergency response to the attacks of 9/11. The commission’s questions failed to uncover any new information or insight. No witness was willing to answer tough questions or suggest improvements. By fawning over Rudy Giuliani and passing over Mayor Mike Bloomberg, the panel generated no useful insight from the two people elected by the public to protect our city.

Letters to the Editor

Downtown Local

Rampe talk

Pre-K seats at P.S. 150

Branford plays River

Egg creams and rolls

C.B. 1 meeting

A few whacks for P.S./I.S. 89

Two meningitis cases at Stuyvesant H.S.

Police Blotter

Girls just want to help schools

Governors Island exhibit

Fleet parade

Picture Story

A sellout for Taste of Tribeca
It may not have been its intention, but last Saturday’s Taste of Tribeca festival celebrated their 10th anniversary by leaving people hungry. “It was unbelievable,” said Maia Wechsler, a co-chair of the festival, about the success of the event. “We sold out for the first time ever - it was the first time we had to turn people away.” Wechsler said a combination of media coverage and good weather helped bring over 3,500 people down to Tribeca for the event’s 10th anniversary.

A user’s guide to the Lower East Side
By Lisa Park
Just a handful of years ago, one mention of this New York neighborhood would conjure up images of a decidedly dodgy and desolate area overrun with heroin dealers and other lowlifes. Not anymore. Now the blocks spreading out below Houston, sitting to the east of Bowery, lay claim to some of the city’s hippest restaurants, live-music venues, bars and boutiques.


Youth Activities


Action-packed weekend before Memorial Day break
The Downtown Little League Giants capitalized on strong performances from several players on Sunday to grab a 12-5 victory against the Cubs. 

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Rolling in the garden

A troupe called Dancing in the Streets presented “The Grand Step Project” Wednesday night at the Winter Garden as part of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s annual fundraiser.<more>

Army photog recalls W.W. II
By Albert Amateau
Sy Weinstein, who led Army Air Corps photography units in Italy and France during World War II, has a lot of memories to share this Memorial Day — memories of seeing a ship carrying his best friend explode and sink in the Mediterranean, memories of a French girl who guided him through a minefield on a rescue mission, memories of Italian and French villages devastated by war and a harrowing memory of a visit to Dachau.

Steele blogging on the L.E.S.
By Alan Bastable
Yes, Lockhart Steele is his real name. He was named after his grandfather, if you must know. And, no, he is not an aspiring movie star. Steele is a Weblogger — a blogger — and one of the Lower East Side’s most popular.

F.D.R. bus plan crashes at C.B. 1
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Community members blasted a government proposal to use two lanes of the southbound F.D.R. Drive between the Brooklyn Bridge and Wall St. to park buses during the renovation of West St.

City official says new school will be east of Broadway
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Lower Manhattan can look forward to the creation of a new public school east of Broadway, said Mariano Guzman, the new deputy superintendent for local schools.

P.S. 20 among ‘most improved’ schools
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Children at P.S. 20 always know where they stand. Teachers regularly evaluate students’ work and refine their instruction accordingly, just one of the strategies that propelled the Essex St. school onto New York City’s “most improved” list for the statewide English and math exams.

Kerrey on 9/11, Kerry and V.P. run (‘definitely no’) By Albert Amateau
Bob Kerrey, former U.S. senator, currently president of New School University and member of the federal 9/11 commission, gave the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce his views Tuesday on the World Trade Center attack and on his career since he came from Nebraska in 2001 to head the New School.

Fulton subway design receives praise from many
By Josh Rogers
The $750 million design for a new subway center at Fulton St. and Broadway received glowing praise from resident leaders and transportation advocates at the opening unveiling May 26, but mixed reviews an hour later from some of the small businesses the new center will displace.

City grills consultants to Tribeca telecom building
By Elizabeth O’Brien
City officials grilled consultants for 60 Hudson St. as they heard plans on May 25 to increase the potential for more generators in the landmark Tribeca building that serves as a telecommunications hub.

Healy named new leader of Downtown cultural group
By David H. Ellis
Local arts mogul Tom Healy, whose career has included fostering the growth of the Chelsea art district, publishing essays and poetry in numerous publications and serving on the White House AIDS Advisory Council, was named as the new executive director of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council at the organization’s spring benefit Wednesday night.

A Kentucky quilt ready for the W.T.C. firehouse
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Nearly three years after the attack on the World Trade Center, Mary M. Henderson wants to let the city’s firefighters know she hasn’t forgotten their sacrifice and loss.

E.P.A. panel considers its next step
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The Environmental Protection Agency’s goal of retesting Lower Manhattan apartments by the end of June seemed remote this week as the agency’s expert panel grappled with how to measure lingering contamination from the World Trade Center collapse.

Painting more than an apple a day
By Janel Bladow
There’s more than one big apple on Front St. – in fact, dozens of 4-foot apples have sprouted up in a South St. Seaport storefront and are getting painted and polished for the annual Big Apple Fest.

Koch on Film
By, Ed Koch
“Strayed” (+) This French film did not receive high critical acclaim, but I thought it was well done. It has an interesting story and the acting is excellent.
“Troy” (-) An epic disaster. If this clinker cost $250 million as reported, the investors were ripped off. The script is more wooden than the horse, the acting no better and the extravagant scenes and beautiful costumes look phony.

Hearing the buzz on two Downtown installations
By Janel Bladow
Two new works of art in Battery Park City are making viewers open their ears. The sound sculptures are on opposite ends of the promenade and aural spectrum.

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