THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 17 • Issue 13 | August 20 - 26, 2004


Protestors, be peaceful; city, give them the park
More Americans are opposing a war overseas, there are violent protests at the president’s party convention and the more pro-war candidate for president ends up winning the November election. It is not a prediction for this year but a recollection from 1968.

Talking Point
Why Democrats should vote for President Bush
By Ed Koch
My decision to vote for the reelection of President George W. Bush, despite the fact that I am a lifelong Democrat, has caused some to call me a turncoat. But am I really? Or am I moving in a direction the Democratic Party itself should be going?

Retirement: Can’t wait for the easy life?
One man’s account of how it’s not so simple
By Leonard Quart
I never had trouble sleeping when I was younger. I went to bed late, woke up early, and usually slept soundly through the night. But my sleep, like my aging 64-year-old body, has rarely been untroubled over the past decade.

The Penny Post
The peril of poetry
By Andrei Codrescu
Poetry’s getting a bad rep lately and it won’t be long now before Homeland Security rounds up the poets. Recent headlines had Saddam Hussein writing poetry and eating muffins in his cell. The stories went easy on the muffins, but they were quite hard on the poetry. The governor of New Jersey resigned because of a gay affair with an Israeli who allegedly writes poetry.

Letters to the Editor

Downtown Local

Downtown Express photo by Ramin Talaie

Dancers performed “Giscard Games” Wednesday at Federal Hall on Wall St., the site where President Washington took the first presidential oath. The dance, choreographed by Heather Harrington, is intended to reflect the stock market’s “risk, competition, greed, fear, and exhilaration.” The free performance Wednesday was sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as part of its SiteLines series.

Flag returned to sender

Planning change

Waterway dispute settled


They’ve got it covered

Police Blotter

Picture Story

Sculpting a tree memorial
Pennsylvania-based artist Steve Tobin, above, supervised the removal of a treasured sycamore tree stump and root system from St. Paul’s Chapel last week.

Children's Activities

New York's
Exciting downtown scene
Goldman, sports museum receive early approval
By Josh Rogers
New York State gave preliminary approval Thursday for tax-free bonds to finance an 800-foot headquarter building for Goldman Sachs in Battery Park City and to open the first National Sports Museum along the famed “Canyon of Heroes” in Lower Manhattan.

Two Downtowners battle G.O.P.
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay may not be able to tap his foot to the tunes of the Broadway show “Bombay Dreams” early September and Congressmember Marilyn Musgrave might have to forgo such delicacies as champagne and caviar from room service at hotels like the Ritz-Carlton. That is, if two Downtown “accidental activists” have their way.
Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert
JazzFest opens
Stefon Harris played the marimba for the City Hall Park crowd on opening night of the J & R JazzFest Thursday night. There will be free concerts in the park Friday night starting at 5 p.m. Aug. 20 and at 1 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 21. It is the tenth year of the festival sponsored by J & R Music. Call 212-238-6305 or go to for lineup information.

Protesters sue for park rally
By Lincoln Anderson
After filing a lawsuit in State Supreme Court for the right to hold a massive anti-Republican rally in Central Park, organizers remained hopeful this week that the judge on the case would rule in their favor.
Voice fires veteran editor, shifts focus to online edition
By Paul Schindler
Richard Goldstein, an editor at the Village Voice since 1974 who was responsible for creating the newspaper’s first Queer Issue during gay pride week in 1979, left the weekly newspaper on Aug. 2.

Sierra Club releases report on environmental response to 9/11
By Albert Amateau and Josh Rogers
The Sierra Club issued a report on Wednesday charging that federal agencies misinformed Downtown residents and businesses about the hazards of air pollution from the World Trade Center attack and failed to take proper action to prevent exposure to toxic vapors and airborne particles.

WOR switching the dial to broadcast Downtown
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
Known for such radio personalities as call-in host Bob Grant, journalist Ed Walsh and radio psychologist Dr. Joy Browne, the 76-year-old WOR station — 710 on the AM dial — will move from its Midtown location on Broadway early next year to a historic Downtown building also on Broadway, making WOR the only commercial radio station based in Lower Manhattan.

The Fringe continues . . .
By Davida Singer
Fringe rules! The 8th New York Internationl Fringe Festival continues to run thru Aug. 29, hosting roughly 200 shows at 20 downtown venues, from Pace University to West 11th Street. More than 1300 performers in a wide range of disciplines, including theater, dance, comedy, buskers, multi-media and spoken word. The tagline for this year’s FringeNYC, the largest multi-arts festival in North America, is “Defy Convention.”

A bizarre caper by Bogart and Lorre
By Jerry Tallmer
The trouble was, you see, that Jack Warner, in his contempt for actors — up to and including the great John Barrymore — was dangling lifetime security under Peter Lorre’s nose via a seven-year Warner Bros. contract that would keep Lorre, one of the most distinguished stars of pre-Hitler European cinema, slaving away forever in indistinguishable tripe.
Koch on Film
By, Ed Koch
“The Bourne Supremacy”(-)
A high-tech stinker.
In the 2002 film, “The Bourne Identity,” Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) suffering from amnesia was pursued by assassins. The search for his identity continues in “The Bourne Supremacy” along with the attempts on his life.
“Transfixed” (-)
This French Film Noir contains references to transvestites, incest, pedophilia, prostitution, pimps, a serial murderer similar to Jack the Ripper, and good and bad cops. It’s hard to believe that such a film could be so boring, but it is.

There’s art even in a police barricade as someone proved recently at the corner of Broadway and Great Jones St.

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