THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 17 • Issue 8 | July 16- 22, 2004


‘Fahrenheit’ asks right questions
Since opening a few weeks ago, “Fahrenheit 9/11” has shattered documentary box office records and set off a barrage of criticism. Most of the attacks have focused not on the substance of the film, but on the filmmaker, Michael Moore. That’s because there is not much, if anything, in the movie that is inaccurate. “Fahrenheit” is obvious in its anti-Bush, anti-Iraqi-war sentiment. It does have a clear point of view. In other words, it’s just like almost any other documentary.

Talking Point
U.N. should monitor American elections
By Carolyn Maloney
The greatest thing about our great country is our democratic elections.  No matter how much we earn, where we live or what color our skin is, we each get one vote. When that right is taken away, America ceases to be America.

Penny Post
The reading catastrophe
By Andrei Codrescu
If you don’t read good books, your brain will shrink and you will become a slave of advertising. Two new studies make this point forcefully. A survey of American reading habits notes that Americans now read 14% less literature than they did in 1992.

Letters to the Editor

Downtown Local

Smoke was in the air last Saturday for the annual Arab American, North African street fair on Bond St.
Dog days of summer

Hospital site ideas

Tough loss

Fresh crabs

C.B. 1 meetings

Police Blotter

Remembering Hamilton, American icon

Seaport bus stop

River politics

Picture Story

Kicking it for French independence
John Street felt like Rue de Jean July 14 as Les Halles restaurant celbrated Bastille Day with Can-Can dancers, traditional waiters’ races and other activities.

Battling childhood obesity and diabetes
By Julie Rauer
Nine million American kids, 14% of children and 12% of teens, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, are now obese, a rate that has doubled in the last two decades. Far removed from aesthetic concerns or vanity issues, obesity puts children at high risk of developing hypertension, gallstones, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.


New York's
Exciting downtown scene

Chinatown Y to open in 2005
By Elizabeth O’Brien
On July 15, officials announced the beginning of a $2 million capital campaign to raise the remaining funds necessary for the $14 million project. The Chinatown Y will occupy 40,000 square feet of a 462,000 square-foot center being developed by AvalonBay Communities.

Earning masters in disasters
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
Only a handful of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter’s employees died in the Sept. 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks, in part due to the company’s well-organized disaster plan and insistence on conducting its own evacuation drills, experts later testified in public hearings on the terrorist attacks.
Downtown Express photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio

Gov. Pataki joined kayakers from Chelsea to Tribeca July 15 on the last leg of the Great Hudson River Paddle.

West St. may not get tunnel, Pataki says after kayak outing
By Josh Rogers
With his clothes still wet after kayaking to Tribeca, Gov. George Pataki indicated for the first time that he was open to not building a West St. tunnel.

Lesbian partner wins in 9/11 Fund suit
By Arthur S. Leonard
New York State Supreme Court Justice Yvonne Lewis has ruled that the lesbian partner of a victim of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack is entitled to receive at least a portion of the award granted to her deceased partner’s sole surviving relative, her brother.

Newspaper for a canvas, city streets for inspiration
By Tien-Shun Lee
For Lower East Side street artist Tom Matt, sunny days mean work.

Seaport retail owners discuss what’s next
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Nearly 30 merchants representing 295 years in business at the South Street Seaport gathered on Monday to plan for what many call their uncertain future in the neighborhood, where big changes are expected after the Fulton Fish Market leaves early next year.

Assembly tries to separate stadium from Javits plan
By Albert Amateau
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver sponsored legislation this week authorizing financing for the expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center but eliminating any reference to the stadium proposed (for a platform) over the rail yards south of the Javits.

Young guns running the city’s TV network
By Erica Stein
Imagine C-SPAN interspersing its interminable steady-cam coverage of the House floor with MTV2, IFC and the History Channel. The result would be something like the broadcast schedule NYC TV.

Protest permit snub draws protestors to City Hall
By David H. Ellis
With a “final offer” of the West Side Highway or nothing presented Wednesday by the city’s police, parks and transportation commissioners, the group United For Peace and Justice responded the best way they knew how Thursday – staging a protest near City Hall, demanding a meeting with Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Final push to sign up for W.T.C. Registry
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The city is making a concerted effort to enroll more residents in the World Trade Center Health Registry before the August 31 deadline.


Legendary Sternhagen brings in another fine performance
By Jerry Tallmer
She is a London charwoman in her 60s — quiet, self-effacing Mrs. Dowey — and throughout all these months of World War I, the war to end all wars, she has been sending letters to a son in the trenches, the way all the other old bags, her gabby fellow charwomen, have been doing.

Koch on Film
By, Ed Koch
“Time of the Wolf” (+) This film, directed by Michael Haneke, is well done. It depicts in a non-melodramatic way what happens when pestilence in some form descends on the French countryside. “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (-) I may be the only critic who didn’t give this film a glowing review. I found it boring, and I believe that children between the ages of five and eight will find it too scary and those between eight and twelve will at times find it incomprehensible and dull.

Montreal band at Castle Clinton draws young crowd
By Aileen Torres
The Stills, a Montreal-based pop-rock band, played at Castle Clinton National Monument last week to a full crowd. The concert was part of the annual Hudson River Festival, which is in its eighth season of presenting free shows to the public, courtesy of the Alliance for Downtown New York, Inc.

R&B legend in summer gig
By Jerry Tallmer
In Las Vegas the telephone rang and rang and rang. On the fourth or fifth ring, Ruth Brown, also known as the Queen of Rhythm & Blues, once also known as The Girl With a Tear in Her Voice, picked up the phone, asked who was calling, and said, “Just a moment, let me turn the radio down.”

It was a marvelous night for a MoonDance Sunday as dancers kicked off the Hudson River Park’s annual series with swing dancing to the sounds of David Berger & The Sultans of Swing on Tribeca’s Pier 25. There will be free dancing to live music every Sunday through August with tango scheduled for July 18. Lessons start at 6:30 p.m. and open dancing begins at 7 p.m.

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