THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 17 • Issue 12 | August 13 - 19, 2004


One more time: Let the protesters have the park!
Before the Republican National Convention has even hit town, the effort by United for Peace and Justice to secure a safe and appropriate site for its planned Aug. 29 “The World Says No to the Bush Agenda” rally has become one of the largest civil-liberties battles in recent memory.

Talking Point
Iraq’s a mess, but no worry, there’s always Iran
By Ted Rall
In fascist societies, a tiny coterie of hoodlums denies millions a say in their future. But the few invariably dominate the many by tacit consent. Fascists immobilize the citizenry by recasting government as a movement.

The Penny Post
Et in arcadia shopping sum
By Andrei Codrescu
America’s new addiction is shopping. Five new shopping magazines with a mind-boggling circulation of 15 million have hit the newsstands. Compare that with 1 million readers of, where there is nothing to buy and everything to lose (your mind). Shopping is nothing new in my experience in the U.S. of Acquiring, but old-style anti-materialists would be mistaken to assume that Americans are getting more simple-minded.

Letters to the Editor

Downtown Local
Top dogs do power lunch

Tax break for G.O.P.

Blues and B-B-Q

Getting stressed out over meditation group

Gang fight in Soho

‘I am a gay American’

They got game, lots of ’em

Sentenced in killing of Tribeca manager

Police Blotter

Picture Story

Reaching new heights at Stuyvesant
In what apparently did not constitute an illegal preseason workout, the Stuyvesant High School cheerleading squad went through their routines one evening last week at Rockefeller Park near Stuyvesant.

Slow boat to a ferry terminal
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The temporary ferry terminal near Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City will remain at its current location until April 2006, months later than originally planned, according to a Port Authority spokesperson.

HOWL! ’04: Get your OMMM on
By Jerry Tallmer
Allen Ginsberg sits at his kitchen table, a morning cup of coffee before him. The open window behind him looks out on an early sun washing clean the Lower East Side’s Alphabet City, the very territory that’s to be infiltrated for a week starting next Tues., Aug. 17, by the second annual big blooming Festival of East Village Arts that takes its name of HOWL! from the poem Allen wrote that gave hope, fear and validation not just to the Beat Generation but to three going on four succeeding generations now.
Hillary starts oil trade flowing
On Tuesday morning, U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton rang the opening bell at the New York Mercantile Exchange’s crude oil trading pit, as Mercantile Exchange Chairman Mitchell Steinhause, to her right, looked on.

Anti-Bush protesters won’t rally on a ‘highway to hell’
By Lincoln Anderson
Saying they refuse to be “exiled” to the West Side Highway, organizers of the rally planned for Aug. 29, the day before the start of the Republican National Convention, announced on Tuesday morning that they had filed a permit again for their original preferred site, Central Park.

Post office by W.T.C. reopens, gets stamp of approval
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
Downtowners living and working near the World Trade Center now have a shorter trek to make when sending packages and picking up mail — the Church St. post office reopened earlier this month after a three-year closing caused by damage from the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Hirschfeld: I can do stadium without public funds
By Albert Amateau
Abe Hirschfeld, builder, newspaper publisher and political candidate who once did jail time for attempted murder conspiracy, came to the Aug. 3 hearing on the West Side redevelopment to deliver a few choice opinions of his own.

Chef goes from roasting pork to redefining pastry
By Tien-Shun Lee
Chinatown chef Warren Lee doesn’t think the next generation of his family will know how to make tsong — sticky rice treats wrapped in bamboo leafs. But they will be well fed with handmade bakery food, including lemon tarts and mini Oreo-crust cheesecakes.

Watchdog group criticizes L.M.D.C.’s allocations
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation has failed to allocate its federal 9/11 recovery funds in a transparent way and has given undue preference to big businesses and organizations with ties to its board members, according to a report released this week by a budget watchdog organization.
Only way to control B.P.C. rats may be starvation
By David H. Ellis
They might not be chasing joggers along the esplanade or overrunning the lawns at Rockefeller Park, but rats are a persistent problem in Battery Park City, according to complaints from residents.

Act encourages faster rebuilding, minority hiring, cleaner emissions
By Lincoln Anderson
On Tuesday, Governor George Pataki signed into law legislation to establish the Coordinated Construction Act for Lower Manhattan. The comprehensive legislation will help the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan by encouraging the procurement of high-quality work in the most time-conscious manner while also promoting fairness, cost efficiency and cleaner air.

Noisy rooftop leaves neighbors cross on Delancey
By David H. Ellis
Valerie Wang can’t sleep.
Forget work stress, a cramped apartment or a neighbor with a high-wattage stereo system.

Planner: Hudson Yards won’t diminish rebuilding
By Albert Amateau
Looking beyond the controversial proposal for a stadium and for an expansion of the Javits Convention, West Side residents, businesses and elected officials last week turned their attention to the rest of the Bloomberg administration’s far-reaching Hudson Yards redevelopment plan.

At 83, Mickey Rooney and his bride are still putting on shows
By Jerry Tallmer
All my life—well, ever since I was a much younger person—a line and a moment from an Andy Hardy movie has haunted me. Young Andy has come to try to make it in New York. He’s back on his uppers. It’s a tougher town than he could have imagined. He’s hungry, he’s broke, he’s exhausted, in fact he’s starving.

Joys in the attic
By Cristopher Byrne
In high school biology class, we would pith frogs and pin them to a board, then stimulate them with electrical charges of increasing intensity in order to observe their muscle movements. The frogs were essentially brain dead, and yet they moved in response to the stimuli as if they were alive. Though ghoulishly entertaining to a teenager, this experiment had little relevance to my real life or professional experience. That is, until I saw “The Frogs,” the new Stephen Sondheim, Nathan Lane, Susan Stroman musical at the Vivian Beaumont.
Koch on Film
By, Ed Koch
“A Touch of Pink” (+)
This movie received one star from Jami Bernard, movie critic for the Daily News. She said, “The story is tired, the comedy forced and the mother’s larger-than-life quirks are an acquired taste.”
“A Home at the End of the World” (+)
This is a mainstream homoerotic film with a number of high-profile actors, e.g., Colin Farrell, Sissy Spacek and Robin Wright Penn. Their excellent acting does not compensate for a very thin storyline. In the end, it is disappointing but worth seeing.

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