THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 17 • Issue 9 | July 23- 29, 2004


The report on terror
A nuclear bomb can be built with a relatively small amount of nuclear material. A trained nuclear engineer with a small amount of highly enriched uranium or plutonium about the size of a grapefruit or an orange, together with commercially available material, could fashion a nuclear device that would fit in a van like the one Ramzi Yousef parked in a garage of the World Trade Center in 1993.

Rebuilding wisely
Downtown has been hit hard by terrorism twice but it has not been diminished. To the contrary, we have been able to find within ourselves a resiliency to make sure we remember and rebuild.

A kickstand and random acts of meanness
By Wickham Boyle
On occasion I see those bumper stickers that exhort us to “Practice random acts of kindness.” They always make me consider if I have done anything recently just to be kind, a good neighbor or whatever the current parlance is.

No, it’s not crazy to swim in the Hudson
By Melanie Wallis
Moms always worry. Hence, I was not surprised at my mother’s reaction of fear and horror when I announced, during my weekly call home to England, my plan to do a half-mile swim in the Hudson.

The Penny Post
A place to roll with puppies
By Andrei Codrescu
Laura said, “Let’s go play with puppies.” If you’re a city resident, there is no place you can really go to play with puppies or kittens, or baby rabbits or chickens, for that matter. We have two black cats, one very old and one very funny, but I could understand Laura’s yen.

Free Shakespeare in the Park?
By Jerry Tallmer
Theater lovers were informed by a recent story in the Sunday drama section of The New York Times that 100 lawyers from the art-loving firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom had attended a July 1 performance of the Joseph Papp Public Theater’s production of “Much Ado About Nothing” in Central Park.

Letters to the Editor

Downtown Local

Downtown Express photo By Robert Stolarik
Martha Stewart left federal court in Lower Manhattan Friday after being sentenced to five months in prison for lying to prosecutors. She has not decided yet whether to appeal her conviction.

Honoring Councilmember Davis

$20 million exhibit

Jeb and Arnold for Liberty

Silverstein and air quality

Codrescu in B.P.C.

C.B. 1 meeting

Waiting for officer involved in pipe bomb inquiry

Street reversals

New hospital chemo center

Sounds of the Nevilles

Fixing a shoewhere the rain doesn’t go

Delegates to hit Downtown

Police Blotter

Picture Story

Edwards Downtown for the night
Sen. John Edwards, who is expected to accept the Democratic nomination for vice president next week in Boston, spoke to an enthusiastic crowd at Chelsea’s Maritime Hotel Wednesday night.

Getting beyond the hype Teenagers and oral sex
By Dr. Amy Glaser
he phrase “hooking up,” or as a New York Times article coined it, “Friends with Benefits,” has been in the media lately. The terms refer to casual sex in adolescence, particularly the apparent increase of oral sex.


New York's
Exciting downtown scene

Anti-G.O.P. protest on the highway
By Albert Amateau
United for Peace and Justice, the national organization seeking a permit for a place where an estimated 250,000 demonstrators could protest the Republican National Convention, has reluctantly accepted the city’s offer of the West Side Highway at Chambers St.

Deutsche demo raises concerns
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Officials must take action to protect Downtowners from high levels of toxins in the Deutsche Bank building when the 40-story tower is dismantled across from ground zero, U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler said this week.

Downtown Express photo by Ramin Talaie
Frank Sansonetti, left, and Chris Martucci of the Liberty St. firehouse are two of the firefighters featured in the 2005 F.D.N.Y. calendar.
Downtown’s firefighting hunks
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Call them the Buffest.
Three firefighters from the Ten House on Liberty St. made the cut for the 2005 F.D.N.Y. calendar, a showcase of Bravest beefcake to benefit the F.D.N.Y. Fire Safety Education Fund.

Focus on South Street Seaport
The landmark district, which once served the city’s shipping industry, now is home to the Fulton Fish Market, the Seaport mall, the South Street Seaport Museum, and a small number of residents.

Unconscious theater group moving to Tribeca
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
After nine years on the Lower East Side, Collective: Unconscious, the Manhattan theater group responsible for such shows as “Miss Murphy’s Theater of Excess” and “Reverend Jen’s Anti-Slam,” will soon double its performance space with a move from its Ludlow St. location to a former Tribeca bar.

Walkers worry about esplanade bikers and bladers
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
Parents of young children in Battery Park City worry that increased roller blader and biker traffic along the esplanade’s narrow walkways poses a danger to small children playing in the area, a concern that officials say has improved over the past year, but some parents feel has intensified as the neighborhood grows and develops.

Vets protest war at the W.T.C.
By Erica Stein
Flashing peace symbols and yelling “Congress has spoken, the people have spoken: No more Vietnams,” eight members of Veterans for Peace came to the World Trade Center Site for about 20 minutes Tuesday to protest the war in Iraq.

Teens learn sailing aboard B.P.C. yacht
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
As part of Battery Park City’s Teen Marine Adventure program, junior high school students from across the five boroughs learned to sail this week aboard the Shearwater, a 75-year-old yacht that once patrolled the Chesapeake Bay during World War II.

Study sparks debate about Lower East Side’s future
By David H. Ellis
As several foursomes of teenagers tried to finish their handball matches before sunset on the courts at Seward Park on a recent evening, Herbert Rothstein relaxed on a nearby park bench outside his Seward Park co-op building on Grand St. With a toothpick jutting from the corner of his mouth, he debated with a fellow tenant about where the neighborhood is heading.

Lots of litigation, little action at market building
By Erica Stein
When Henry Rainge Megill constructed his business plan for 130-140 Essex St. — Building B of the Essex St. Market — in 1998, he planned for his “International House of Good Eats” to be open for business by Aug. 13, 1999, and to have a net profit of $82,625 for July of 2004.

Art groups’ dispute continues despite mediation
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Councilmember Alan Gerson has stepped between the feuding actors and artists of the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center on the Lower East Side with a plan to resolve the long-standing dispute over the center’s management.


Romance in the night
By Cristopher Byrne
To be really great, a romantic comedy needs those moments when, no matter how many times you’ve seen it or how well you know the story, you fear in your heart that the happy ending may not come after all. This is true of such classics as “Pride and Prejudice” or relatively recent hits like “You’ve Got Mail,” and it’s true of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Koch on Film
By, Ed Koch
Before Sunset (+) This movie has been widely praised as a blockbuster. It is not. It is well done, with tour-de-force acting on the part of its two principals, interesting dialogue and a modest tour of Paris. It is not a sensational, must-see movie, rather one that won’t disappoint if you set the standard of entertainment at a reasonable level. “Spider-Man 2” (-) It was Sunday of the Fourth of July weekend and a movie was in order. The reviewers gave this film terrific reviews. Joe Morgenstern wrote in the Wall Street Journal, “…the whole movie is a demonstration of controlled fusion, one that goes right from start to finish.


Appealing wine bar from owners of ‘Max’
By Frank Angelino
Luigi Iasilli likes challenges. The owner of new the East Village wine bar “In Vino,” is building on the reputation he made with his nearby southern Italian restaurant, Max (51 Avenue B, bet E. 3th & 4th Sts.)

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