THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 17 • Issue 15 | September 03 - 10, 2004


Police’s convention actions must be reviewed
As we go to press, we knock on wood and get ready to breathe a sigh of relief as the Republican convention closes without a catastrophe. The New York Police Dept. deserves a good deal of credit for keeping the city safe and secure during this week when they and we were on high alert.

Talking Point
Inside the media machine at the R.N.C.
BBy David H. Ellis
It was usually the first news I told to college friends calling long distance or to family members wanting to catch up. I’ll admit it, I was excited. I was going to be working at the Republican National Convention as a clerk for a major news organization.

The Penny Post
Free CD’s anyone?
As we go to press, we knock on wood and get ready to breathe a sigh of relief as the Republican convention closes without a catastrophe. The New York Police Dept. deserves a good deal of credit for keeping the city safe and secure during this week when they and we were on high alert.

Letters to the Editor

Downtown Local

Singers wanted

Dog tales

Emergency seminar

Catholic memorial

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert
Mary Henderson presents a quilt she made to firefighters at the Ten House on Liberty St. on Friday, Aug. 27. The Kentucky woman spent more than a year cross-stitching the names and company affiliations of all 343 F.D.N.Y. firefighters who died on 9/11 onto a king-sized quilt. Henderson chose the Ten House after posting a message on a firefighters’ Web site and receiving a response from the widow of a firefighter who had served there and who died in the World Trade Center collapse.

A sailing appeal

From Duane to Miller

From Lava to lox

Police Blotter

Picture Story

Summer musings about the beginning of school
We asked children playing in Washington Market and Rockefeller Parks where they will be going to school this year and what they are looking forward to.

Downtown Express photos and interviews by Elisabeth Robert


Trying to teach Olympic-size sportsmanship

Children's Activities

New York's
Exciting downtown scene

Snapshots from the convention
By Josh Rogers
Moe Fishman limped up Eighth Ave. Monday morning on his way to protest the opening of the Republican National Convention.

Photogs report rough cop
By Josh Rogers
News photographer Robert Stolarik was taking pictures of an arrest Tuesday near Union Square Park when he says police tackled him to the ground and cuffed his hands so tightly he thought it cut off his circulation. Thursday he was wearing two casts because doctors feared he could have fractured two bones in his wrists. He’s more concerned about being allowed to do his job than he is with his injuries.

Preparing garment workers’ kids for school
By Maria Ma
It’s a typical preschool scene: in one classroom, children recite their ABC’s in a sweet singsong. In another, three-year-olds learn the important life lesson of sharing coveted toys. A small boy sits hunched over at a desk, honing his shoelace-tying skills.

A man protesting the Republican Convention is arrested outside the New York Public Library Tues., Aug. 31

Downtown Express photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio

Tribeca tenants get rent reprieve from feds
By Albert Amateau
In response to appeals by New York City and 400 local housing departments across the country, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development last week decided to drop its proposal to reduce financing this year for Section 8 housing vouchers.

Residents, M.S.G. sue to stop Hudson Yards project
By Albert Amateau
The Hell’s Kitchen Neighborhood Association and Madison Sq. Garden sued the city and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority last week to stop the land-use review currently underway for the city’s far-reaching Hudson Yards redevelopment project.

Housing, but no bling bling, at Still We Rise march
By David H. Ellis
Despite lacking the star power of singer Alicia Keys and hip hop mogul Russell Simmons, protestors in Monday’s “Still We Rise” march still delivered a rousing plea to visiting G.O.P. leaders on incendiary issues such as affordable housing, AIDS and welfare reform.

Where the flavor of Asia is served up ice cold
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
Banned from being eaten in public places in many Asian countries because of its stinky smell, the sweet, custard-like durian fruit may soon be the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory’s next star flavor, adding to the family-run business’ mix of 40 homemade traditional and Chinese ice creams such as taro, coffee Brandy, pumpkin pie and lychee.

Program looks for breath of fresh air
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
After a successful pilot program in three East Village elementary schools, a new program designed to improve the air quality around public schools will soon expand across New York to include several locations in Harlem and the Bronx


Bringing Guantánamo to the stage
In October 2001, a young man named Jamal al-Harith—an Internet Web site designer in Manchester, England—went on vacation to Pakistan. “I went from Manchester to Pakistan and ended up in Guantánamo, can you believe it?” he says, through the lips of an actor named Andrew Stewart Jones. “Yes, I went to Pakistan. Well, if that’s my crime then you’ll have to arrest plane-loads of people.”

Koch On Film

Theater talk with Estelle Parsons
By Wickham Boyle
When I encountered playwright Horton Foote in the lobby of the spiffy, new theater on East 59 St. where Primary Stages are celebrating their double decade with one of Foote’s plays called “The Day Emily Married,” he was most congenial. I introduced myself and told him I was there to interview Estelle Parsons; I said how much I had enjoyed the play and most especially his daughter’s portrayal of Emily.

The struggle of women trying to move up/out
By Davida Singer
In classic Downtown style, Aedin Moloney runs her fledging theater company, “Fallen Angel,” from the home/office she shares with jazz musician boyfriend Nick Drakides in the East Village. With founder Moloney serving as atistic director/producer, best friend John Keating directing and Drakidis taking care of music, the home-spun company is ready to roll. Their inaugural production, “Talent,” goes up at The Producer’s Club on Sept. 9.

A Downtown Express special supplement

Overcrowding problem growing at P.S. 234
By Ronda Kaysen
Sandy Bridges, principal of P.S. 234, has about 10 more students in her small Tribeca neighborhood school than she did last year and nowhere to put them. Desperate for classrooms, the computer lab suddenly looks like a viable option.

A look at parent coordinators one year later
By Elizabeth O’Brien
One of the first things Tracey Arrington did last year when she started working as one of the 1,200 new parent coordinators in New York City public schools was toss her official job description aside.

Two Downtown parent coordinators prepare and reflect
By Angela Benfield
When parent Marty Lipowitz needed assistance, he was glad she was there. Lipowitz, who volunteers at the P.S. 89 school cafeteria, was charged with maintaining the peace during lunchtime. But with few other volunteers to help, things were getting out of hand. The lunchroom was beginning to resemble the food fight scene in “Animal House.”

City submits state plan to equalize school funds
By Albert Amateau
The Bloomberg administration last week filed a plan for New York State to add $5.3 billion annually to operating funds for the city’s public school system and to contribute an additional $6.5 billion annually for the city’s five-year capital program to build new schools and improve existing schools.

Business college expands near Wall Street
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island students interested in studying business now have another option closer to home — Berkeley College, a 73-year-old New York and New Jersey-based institution specializing in business, will soon open a new location in Lower Manhattan.

A few years to enjoy Downtown’s elementary schools
By David Stanke
Each new school year comes like the ticking of a clock. The rhythmic passing of years is distinctly measured with the grades of our children. Summer is recess, a few short months for children to leave the structure of the school year.

Downtown schools receive history grant
Some area students may sigh at the thought of poring over the long-reaching effects of the President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration or the daily life of Americans in urban centers during the Industrial Era, but a recently awarded federal grant to New York city schools looks to intensify the focus on American history in some Lower Manhattan schools.

Chinatown school’s program translates into success
By Melanie Wallis
St. Joseph’s School, predominantly serving New York’s immigrant population of Chinese and Hispanic decent, has been awarded a $50,000 scholarship fund for their eighth grade students.

Learning to read at home with Stuart Little
By Jane Flanagan
Thank God for E.B. White.
The man’s dead nearly 20 years now, but I will go on being grateful that he lived.
White, who was born in 1899, was a writer for the New Yorker and co-author of “The Elements of Style,” a working bible for writers. I’ve long been inspired and delighted by his work.

The New Year really begins in September
By Wickham Boyle
The real New Year is September. Just ask anyone who has attended school for the first 20 odd years of their life. January is a weak sister. There is nothing but that damn ball and a hang over as you get older. Especially here in New York, where even non-Jewish citizens celebrate a school holiday on Rosh Hashana, the real deal for the New Year is September.

Catholic school principal moves Downtown
By Melanie Wallis
Since 1926, Our Lady of Pompei Church has been an integral part of the Downtown community, which the new principal of its attached Catholic school is recently finding out.

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