THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 17 • Issue 4 | JUNE 18 - 24, 2004


Hastert and Bush: Will they keep the train link moving?
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert said a week ago that he thought Congress would approve more money to help Downtown rebuild after 9/11. “I think there will be some more,” he told Downtown Express during an appearance in New York on June 7. “Some of that is for transportation.”

Penny Post
The golf option
By Andrei Codrescu
I’ve been contemplating taking up golf, but I’m not sure where to begin. It’s important to choose your first course well. Afghanistan is one possibility. The Kabul Golf Club is going to reopen formally next year; it’s been cleared of land mines, but there is still some work to do to repair damage by the Taliban; the water trap has dried out and the fairways have turned to scrub.


Letters to the Editor

Downtown Local

Downtown Express photo by Ramin Talaie
Island emergency drill
With Lady Liberty in the background, the National Park Service held an emergency preparedness drill Monday on Ellis Island. The Park Service runs both Liberty and Ellis Islands.

Sea work

Retail resolution

Silver backs South Ferry plan

Fatal car crash

Blood drive

Platters play Downtown
C.B. 1 meetings

Police Blotter


A welcome oasis
By Sharon Hartwick
When Beebe Okoye opened Kiva Café a year-and-a-half ago she had big plans for the little space. She wanted to serve high quality food and coffee and teas. But she also wanted it to be a “kind of oasis,” a place to relax and unwind, enjoy good art and connect with others in the community.

Picture Story

Tribeca pipe riding
Phillippe Arman, above, a regular at the skateboard park in the Tribeca section of the Hudson River Park practiced his tricks last Tuesday. Below, Feliz Sifuentes relaxes to music while his friend James rode the half pipe.

Children’s Day Festival at South Street Seaport
By Ellison Walcott
Despite the promise of the world icing over in the recent Hollywood blockbuster “The Day After Tomorrow,” we’re heading into a long hot summer — and with that certainty comes the inevitable phrase, “Mom, I’m bored.”



Play Tee-Ball!
Starting the game with a solo home run, the Blue Jays’ Jess Coleman set the pace for his team in their 14-1 victory against the Mariners.

Downtown Express photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio

The Greenmarket returned Thursday to the World Trade Center site for the first time in nearly three years.

The return of fruit and commerce
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The white canvas tents poked out festively from under the steel canopy of the temporary PATH station on Thursday. From a distance, it looked like a party, a convention, maybe.

Carrying a torch for Chinatown
By Ellison Walcott
On Saturday, June 19, 2004, New York City will celebrate the arrival of the Olympic torch with a 34-mile run through the streets of the city followed by a public celebration honoring the Olympic spirit and the Athens 2004 Games. Of the more than 140 torchbearers who will traverse all five boroughs, none, it is safe to say, is prouder than Chinatown native Jami Gong.

City approves newsstand construction, then blocks opening
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
When New Yorker Monali Patel applied for her father Kanti to open a new Downtown newsstand two years ago, little did she know the complicated legal battle that would ensue — only the second time in the city’s history such a dispute has occurred, according to the city Department of Consumer Affairs.

Downtown transit projects raise business optimism
By Elizabeth O’Brien
After a long lull, the commercial real estate market is gaining momentum Downtown, industry experts say.

Wils wins reelection as C.B. 1 debates funding issues
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Community Board 1 chairperson Madelyn Wils was reelected on June 15 to another two-year term in a 35-10 vote that fueled a heated discussion on the use of funds the board raises through street fairs.

A dog named Dudley dies and Tribeca mourns
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
On Greenwich St., a man walking a furry gray dog gripped the leash as the two passed Dudley’s Paw, a Tribeca pet store and neighborhood fixture for the past 14 years.

Coin society opening Downtown
By David H. Elllis
Financial moguls and hopeful entrepreneurs may find themselves disappointed to learn that there’s big money coming to the Wall Street area Monday that they can’t touch.

Some Chinatown residents charge N.Y.P.D. racism —
By Josh Rogers
Chinatown residents and politicians filed a new lawsuit this week to try and get Park Row and the other streets near police headquarters reopened.

Falling for forbidden yoga in Chinatown park
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
In the heart of Chinatown last Saturday morning I sat meditating in the Lotus position under a tree in Sara Delano Roosevelt Park. Around me birds chirped and groups of middle-aged Chinese men gathered on park benches chattered in Chinese.

Arts group eyes Essex Market in its grand plan
By Erica Stein
It seems odd to attach the words “just” or “only” to a weeklong festival that last year attracted more than 100,000 people and will consist of 400 to 500 events this year. But while producing the Howl! Festival is certainly the Federation of East Village Artists’ most prominent purpose, it is far from its only one. Or even its most important.

Westway vets remember the river battles
By Albert Amateau
Thirty years ago this spring, state and city engineers and planners proposed a six-lane highway, to be built mostly underground on 220 acres of new landfill in the Hudson River with 89 acres of parkland and about 100 acres of development on top.

Spirit of the Group Theater evoked
By Jerry Tallmer
“The Group” is a full-length script by Ronald Rand about the founding of the Group Theater, that pioneering handful of actors, directors, and playwrights who in the bleak 1930s moved American drama into the gristle of the twentieth century.

Koch on Film
By, Ed Koch
“The Day After Tomorrow” (-) A really bad film. During the two hours, I felt as though I were watching one of the chapter movies from my youth in which nothing looked real and every chapter ended with someone in great peril. But in this movie, I really didn’t care about the people in distress since I felt absolutely no emotional bond with any of them.

A Sight to Behold
By David Kennerley
In the money-grubbing 1980s, when Donald Margulies wrote “Sight Unseen,” a scintillating indictment of the art world, prices for paintings had reached deranged proportions.

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