THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 16 • Issue 54 | JUNE 4 - 10, 2004

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Editorial
Landmarks needs funds to do its job
As an article by Charles Hack in this week’s issue details, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission is both seriously under-funded and under-staffed.
The city’s smallest agency, Landmarks’ budget has been slashed to its 2001 level. And Landmarks has just one enforcement officer to protect all New York City’s more than 22,000 landmarks.

Penny Post
AT&T in the avant-garde
By Andrei Codrescu
AT&T just went avant-garde with its ampersand campaign. Ads featuring & have done better than all past single-letter campaigns, including O. O had a big career, from the high-culture perch of the “story of O” to Gen O, to the populist Big O, still highly desirable. Nor was the career of X negligible, from Gen X to the drug X to the many pharmaceuticals whose entire weight rests on the X, most notably Xanax.

Notebook
Learning to part with that oh so precious clutter
By Wickham Boyle
Is it age or disposition? Do we realize as we grow older that we are hoardaholics, keeping way too much? Or are we born that way and only reache a critical mass when we get to be middle-aged?

Brewing black, white and green in harmony
By Erica Stein
There’s something inherently civilized about tea. It’s not to be drunk quickly, solely for its caffeine like coffee, but to be slowly savored for the sense of calm and well being that it provides. It’s more a culture than a beverage.

Letters to the Editor


Downtown Local

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert
One of Downtown’s Bravest
Lieutenant Matthew J. Donachie of Ladder Company 10 on Liberty St. received the Thomas E. Crimmins Medal from Mayor Bloomberg Wednesday outside City Hall. Last spring, Donachie rushed down two floors to the cellar of a commercial building on West St. and went into a room with an electric fire before the power source had been cut off. He dragged an unconscious man up to safety. Donachie was one of 53 city firefighters honored for their bravery at the ceremony.

Downtown shopping

Art bars

I.P.N. flea market

C.B. 1 meetings

Downtown Express photo by Ramin Talaie
Cool jazz and night
A big crowd at Battery Park watched the stage and screen June 3 as sax man Branford Marsalis played at the opening concert of the River to River festival. Violinist Joshua Bell also performed.

Police Blotter

New museum leader

Park on Wall

Stars, cars and stripes


Picture Story

A late spring Shakespearean production
Students in Manhattan Youth’s I.S. 89 afterschool program performed a lively rendition of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” last Thursday at the Batter Park City middle school.


Youth/Children's

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Caribbean party at Bowling Green
Members of the Aruba Dance Troupe performed for a large crowd at a Caribbean festival Wednesday outside Bowling Green Park



Struggling to enforce landmark law
By Charles Hack
Just four months after the city declared an old cold-storage warehouse at Manhattan’s W. 14th and Washington Sts. in September of last year part of a new Gansevoort Market Historic District, its owner slapped a two-story-high billboard against the building’s red-brick wall.

Pataki moves B.P.C.-Javits plan forward
By Elizabeth O’BrienWith Albert Amateau
Governor George Pataki introduced legislation on June 3 advancing the controversial plan to commit $350 million in Battery Park City excess funds towards the expansion of the Javits Center in Midtown.

Memorial barrier removed from W.T.C. design
By Josh Rogers With Elizabeth O’Brien
Officials with the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. said Wednesday that the proposed wall blocking the World Trade Center memorial from Battery Park City has been removed fromthe design, satisfying a neighborhood concern about the plan.

Activities rolling on the river for Hudson Park Day
By Albert Amateau
The 12th annual Hudson River Park Day on Sun. June 6 will feature a full day of free events from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the 5.5-mile waterfront park between Battery Pl. and 59th St.

9/11 memories to be preserved at W.T.C. sound booth
By Josh Rogers
From the wife whose husband was killed to the workers and residents who fled Lower Manhattan to the rescue workers who rushed to the buildings to the person who watched the Twin Towers collapse on a television thousands of miles away, there are countless stories connected to 9/11, and by this September people are expected to have a place to record their memories of the day on the same block where nearly 3,000 people were killed.

Art group says it might as well dance in the Sun
By David H. Ellis
Lower Manhattan can expect an injection of ballet, modern dance and even the Brazilian dance form capoeria next spring as the Soho-based Dance Space Center announced their plans to move into a new 25,000 square foot location in the landmark Sun Building at the arts and entertainment task force meeting of Community Board 1 last Thursday.

Nearing the last days for Manhattan Youth’s center
As Manhattan Youth prepares to close its community center at 55 Warren St., the youth services provider is looking for a place to house its administrative offices until a new recreation center is built on Chambers St.

Longtime school director at Little Red to leave in June
By David H. Ellis
It might be considered some sort of pedagogical fate that brought Andrew McLaren and one of Downtown’s oldest progressive schools together.

Soho builder scales back plan, as opponents fight on
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The developer of a residential complex planned for Greene St. has scaled back his project’s design, but neighbors say the proposal continues to flout a new law regulating construction on empty lots in Soho and Noho.

Religious group center across from the W.T.C.
By David H. Ellis
The faith-based organization New York Disaster Interfaith Services, which has been involved in assisting victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center, dedicated a disaster resources and training center to the Manhattan law firm Chadbourne & Parke on May 25th following a series of donations by the company over the past two years.

Gerson releases cultural and literal roadmap for Downtown
By Erica Stein
Councilmember Alan Gerson this week issued a sweeping new proposal for a cultural district in Lower Manhattan. Gerson’s plan calls for the establishment of eight linked “arts corridors” – which would run past the galleries of Tribeca, the lofts of Soho, the museums of Battery Park City and the performance spaces of the Lower East Side; outlines the development of cultural space at the World Trade Center site and establishes the need for greater governmental support of existing arts organizations.



‘Heart-stopping’ Broadway documentary
By Jerry Tallmer
I can hear it now, and in her voice, and so all his life could Tom Wingfield, also known as Thomas Lanier Williams, a/k/a Tennessee Williams, and so, as they talk to Rick McKay, can Gena Rowlands, Uta Hagen, Ben Gazzara, Fred Ebb, Charles Durning, and dozens of others.

Koch on Film
By, Ed Koch
“My Mother Likes Women” (-) The New York Times film reviewer, Stephen Holden, referred to this flick as being “so close in spirit to the early films of Pedro Almodovar that the very existence of this Spanish frolic would be unthinkable without the master’s having prepared the way.” Believe me, this is no Almodovar movie. It is an attempt to emulate the master of the art form, but it ends up being a mishmash of shtick and adolescent humor.
“The Mudge Boy” (+) This is a very sensitive, beautifully acted film about a 14-year-old boy, Duncan Mudge (Emile Hirsch), who lives on a farm with his father (Richard Jenkins). His mother recently died and father and son are clearly depressed.

Downtown is singles friendly
By Melanie Wallis
Single people in search of fun and romance came downtown last week for the “Mix, Meet, Match” singles event at the A & M Roadhouse. The event, put on by the Tribeca Organization, attracted a diverse crowd, both young and old, from Manhattan and beyond.

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