THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 17 • Issue 3 | JUNE 11 - 17, 2004


Sounding off about a quieter city
Mayor Bloomberg’s announcement on Monday that he plans to overhaul the city’s noise code for the first time in three decades comes as welcome news.

Penny Post
Tour notes from N.Y.C.
By Andrei Codrescu
It’s raining in New York City and your author on tour is tired and melancholy. The overpriced hotel room he wakes up in is dreary and cold. Years ago, this was a cheap bohemian dive in Gramercy Park where $129 a night bought you a small suite with smoke-infused couches and bad light fixtures. It’s still a dive, though smoking is no longer allowed and the suites are twice as much.


Letters to the Editor

Downtown Local

Unions rally

Remembering the Slocum disaster, a century later
By Bonnie Rosenstock
In 1978, after Karen Lamberton and her father finished cleaning out the apartment of her aunt, who had recently died, he gave her all of their relative’s accumulated and treasured family memorabilia — invitations, photos, birth certificates, etc. — because she was interested in researching family genealogy.

Schedule of General Slocum commemoration events
There will be numerous observances and commemoration events in the next few days to mark the 100th anniversary of the General Slocum disaster.

Picture Story

East River rim
The Chinese Folk Dance Company and Drum Spirit of China performed at AsiaFest on Saturday, June 5, on Pier 16 at the South Street Seaport. The event was part of the 15th annual Pathmark Multicultural Arts Festival.


Leaving home prepared
By Dr. Amy Glaser
College-bound seniors are 18. This is the age in most states when they are no longer minors and are old enough to serve in the army, sign legal documents, and in some states vote. This is the age when they are old enough to sign consent for their own medical treatment and have the right to confidentiality about their care. So not only are they physically leaving home to enter college, they are taking responsibility for their own physicality, their own health decisions.

Finding the time to listen closely to your children
By Marc Rosenbaum
Has your child ever said, “Ma (or dad) you’re not really listening to me.” In those moments, if you are willing to take an objective look, you would most likely see that they were right and that you weren’t really listening. The key word here is “really.”



Weekend full of hard and softball for Downtowners
Compiled by David H. Ellis
Downtown Little League’s Liberty softball team delivered three consecutive five-run innings to take the contest against Greenwich Village team last Saturday in a 15-2 final.

Downtown Express photo by Ramin Talaie

Dancers put together by the Joyce International Center for Dance performed at the Winter Garden Thursday at an event to announce the culture groups picked to operate the culture centers at the World Trade Center site. <more>.

W.T.C. culture groups picked
By Josh Rogers
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Edward Norton and Savion Glover were among the stars that came to the Winter Garden Thursday to announce the four arts groups picked to run the proposed cultural center at the World Trade Center site.

Smaller Greenmarket returning this month
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Commuters will soon be able to pick up cabbage along with their morning coffee. The new PATH station Greenmarket is scheduled to open on June 17 at the corner of Church and Vesey Sts., immediately south of the station’s main entrance. With five vendors, the PATH station market will be smaller than the World Trade Center market that occupied Liberty Plaza last year.

Speaker Hastert backs money for Downtown rail
By Josh Rogers
The speaker of the House said Monday that he thought Congress would approve additional 9/11-related money to fund Lower Manhattan transportation projects.

Perfect fourth grade reading score for P.S. 150
By Elizabeth O’Brien
P.S. 150 fourth graders aced the statewide English test this year, with 100 percent of the students meeting or exceeding the standards in the annual high-stakes exam.

Rampe hoping rail link money comes from other sources
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The president of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation gave few clues last week about how the agency might distribute its remaining $1 billion, telling Downtowners only that officials hoped little, if any, would go toward the proposed rail link to J.F.K. airport.

A few I.P.N. tenants raise objections to rent deal
By Albert Amateau
A dissident group of Independence Plaza North tenants last week called for canceling the March agreement for a combination of a federal subsidy and a city-sponsored program to keep rents affordable after the landlord takes the 1,329-unit complex out of the Mitchell-Lama program.

Canal St. developer wins neighbor and C.B.1 approval
By David H. Ellis
The developer of a planned condominium complex on an abandoned Canal St. lot earned Community Board 1’s recommendation during the June 3rd Tribeca Committee meeting in his attempt to win a variance from the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals.

Ludlow St. developments signal a changing East Side
By Tien-Shun Lee
The owner of Luna Lounge, a Lower East Side rock venue and comedy club, dispelled rumors last week that a 17-story building would be built at the site of the club, making 171 Ludlow St. the location of the second high-rise in the area.

High schoolers unveil handbag designs
By Erica Stein
The Jane, the Lasso and the Fusion were just a few of the handbags on display yesterday as Eletto Designs staged their first showcase at Downtown’s High School for Leadership and Public Service. The showcase represents the culmination of a two-year pilot program in which 10 students from the school interacted with professionals from a variety of industries, had two-week internships, and then created their own company.

Umbrellas open to mixed reviews in Battery Park
By Erica Stein
Battery Park is housing almost 3,000 of Victor Matthews’ butterflies – each painted onto an open 40-inch canvas umbrella. Safely nestled in the lawn near Castle Clinton, the butterflies, which make up the temporary installation “Beyond Metamorphosis,” is drawing more than a few tourists and workers from nearby offices over to the fence that encloses them. Reactions on Tuesday ran the gamut from awed appreciation to near indignation.

Clouds attract smaller crowds for Hudson Park Day
By Heather Paster
Hundreds of people ignored the less-than-perfect weather Sunday to celebrate the annual Hudson River Park Day along Manhattan’s West Side waterfront. The activities kick off the park’s “Take Me to the River Festival,” a full summer schedule of free concerts, dances, movies, barbecues, swims and fishing and boating events.

Young, hip and savvy
By Jackie Marinese
Though they were born into farm life, Mike and Stephen Malbon now run a cutting-edge marketing firm on Canal Street. Born in Virginia, the brothers – Mike is now 30 and Stephen, 28 — grew up with the legacy of their grandfather’s family hog farm business looming over them.

Tribeca gallery mix gets a new member
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
In a restored, abandoned mill outside of Monterey, Mexico, Leticia Ortega and her husband Dionisio Cortes once taught young art students to paint landscapes in oils and watercolors, and displayed local artists’ paintings and drawings on the walls of the old mill.

View of a World Changing
By Christopher Byrne
Tonya Pinkins is the reason to see “Caroline of Change,´ the new musical now playing at the Eugene O’Neill.

Koch on Film
By, Ed Koch
“The Mother” (+) The New York Times review by Stephen Holden was a little over the top in its praise, saying, “The Mother, an extraordinarily clear-sighted and psychologically balanced British drama, stares as calmly at May’s perilous leap into churning emotional rapids as a medical show does when keeping its gaze fixed on a tricky surgical procedure.” Nevertheless, the picture is very good and well worth seeing. “The Saddest Music in the World” (-) This is absolutely the most dreadful movie I have seen all year. On Memorial Day, I looked at both the News and Post for their recommendations. Both gave the movie 3 and 1/2 stars. The lead actor is Isabella Rossellini, and she is a terrific actress. From the reviews, it looked kinky. Remember “Blue Velvet?” That was kinky and really good. So I went.

Family pictures of Anne and Margo Frank
By Jerry Tallmer
Though Otto Frank prided himself as a photographer, the truth — compounded, of course, by the fadings and erosions of all these years — is that they are not very clear or sharp or even very interesting, most of these snapshots. Except that they are intensely interesting, because of the people in them. The banality of anti-evil, so to speak.

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