THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 17 • Issue 16 | September 10- 16, 2004


Sept. 11 reflections in 2004
The eleventh day of the ninth month will be linked to Downtown’ psyche for the rest of our lives, many years after that, and perhaps forever. For many, it is a day to remember, mourn, reflect, take stock and pull our loved ones a little closer to us.

Talking Point
From Downtown to the countryside, noise travels
By Wickham Boyle
My husband and I just spent two weeks as houseguests in the Italian countryside outside of Spoleto, in the famed Umbrian hills. While whiling away the time sipping prosecco or aqua frizzante I was also allowing my thoughts to bubble up. Beyond the beauty, the relentless heat and perched villages, I noticed that nowhere is truly quiet. At least it isn’t quiet the way I desire silence in my restless mind.

The Penny Post
Only memories come cheap now
By Andrei Codrescu
Indulge in remembering and you’ll soon be lost and sad like the sea. I told the young Romanian student that once upon a time in New York you could rent a one-bedroom for $65 a month and buy two grocery bags for five bucks and you came out ahead even if you were mugged once or twice a month. And once upon a time in San Francisco you could eat Chinese food in a restaurant where everything on the menu cost less than a dollar and you didn’t have to take the Mao pamphlet in the basket by the door if you didn’t want to.

Letters to the Editor

Downtown Local
B.P.C. block party

Hispanic Seaport

C.B. 1 meetings

Police Blotter

Remembering fallen soldiers

City schools to get G.O.P. computers

Art at the Seaport

St. Vincent’s breaks ground on new trauma center


Program shows girls can get a kick out of soccer too
By Judith Stiles
While women on the U.S. National Team were fighting for the gold in overtime against Brazil in the Olympics, 10-year-old girls from New York City were busy battling top regional teams at the East Meadow Soccer Tournament on Long Island. For the first year ever, the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League sent not one, but two, U-10 (under 10-years-old) Girls Select Teams to compete in this well-known tournament. Both teams were made up of talented players from soccer clubs in the five boroughs. They convened this summer to enter tournaments, and like thousands of other girls on teams around the country, they jumped for joy when the U.S.A. took home the gold.

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Tightrope walker recalls Twin Towers
By Jerry Tallmer
After the first death, there is no other. With those words, Dylan Thomas ended his great poem on the death of a child, by fire, in the London Blitz. But for Philippe Petit there was, after the first one, another death. Three thousand of them.

International terror experts speak at hospital forum
By Ronda Kaysen
New York hospitals have a lot to learn about terrorism from doctors in Jerusalem. Two hundred healthcare providers and corporate leaders gathered at the Goldman Sachs Training Center in Downtown Manhattan on Sept. 9 for an emergency preparedness symposium hosted by NYU Downtown Hospital. Physicians from Madrid, Jerusalem and New York City shared their experiences dealing with mass casualty events and addressed ways hospitals could better improve their response.

Soho gets lost in the flood – once again
By Lincoln Anderson
It’s hurricane season in Florida, which in a certain low-lying corner of Soho means one thing — it’s flood season again, man the sandbag brigade and build a seawall! Whenever hurricanes sweep the South and the attending torrential rains buffet the East Coast, the southwest section of the Downtown Manhattan artists’ enclave is at risk of being submerged under the overflow from backed-up sewers.
Melina Driscoll, 5, and her mother, Irene Driscoll, both new residents of Lower Manhattan, signed up for school at P.S. 89 Thursday. When Melina graduates in six years, she may be able to stay in Lower Manhattan for middle school even if she doesn’t get one of the coveted slots at I.S. 89. The city reached an agreement Wednesday with community leaders to build a pre-K-8 school Downtown.

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Gerson, city sign Downtown school deal
By Josh Rogers
The city and community leaders have reached a deal to build residential towers on two Tribeca sites and a new pre-K - 8 school on the East Side of Lower Manhattan. The deal also includes a 10,000-square-foot annex to relieve the overcrowding at P.S. 234, a 30,000-square-foot rec center with a gym and a regulation-size pool.
Hudson Sq. residents try to keep lid on club scene
By Albert Amateau
A group that owns a restaurant and bar in Hempstead, L.I, is seeking cabaret and liquor licenses for a new club on the east side of Hudson St. north of Canal St. with a capacity for 550 patrons.

Porn king looks for salvation in famed deli
By Mary Reinholz
Al Goldstein, the once portly clown prince of porn who made a mint publishing outrageous raunch in Screw magazine over more than three decades, said he is now broke, basically homeless was denied permission by his probation officers to relocate to Los Angeles for a job in the X-rated men’s field because of his conviction in New York for verbally harassing one of his four ex-wives.

Union-developer dispute draws anger from residents
By R.M. Schneiderman
On the corner of Broad St. and Exchange Pl. in the Financial District, the din of blaring whistles and metal banging against metal fill the air. Gravely voiced protesters chant “Scabs! Scabs! Scabs!” from inside a metal pen, while a woman leaving her residence counters: “Obnoxious! Keep it down!”

New Chinatown high school opens with Pace
By Nancy Reardon
Sakura Lin is only starting high school this September, but she already has her sights on the next step.
“I want to work for the F.B.I. some day,” she said. “I want to go to M.I.T., but I hear it’s really hard to get into.”
Lin, 14, said she hopes that the next four years at the new Pace University High School in Chinatown will help her meet these goals.

Historic synagogue begins writing its new scroll
By Albert Amateau
Full of pride and joy, members and friends of Congregation Chasam Sopher celebrated the completed first phase of the restoration of the 150-year-old synagogue at 6 Clinton St. on Wednesday, Sept. 8 and the beginning of a 12-month writing of a new Torah scroll.

East Side producer looks to archive work
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
Years ago, Lower East Side artist Aaron Beall helped rescue a homeless 40-year-old archive of New York’s Yiddish radio and theater from a near trash dumpster death, and found them a home in the Yiddish Archives at Harvard University.


Downtown home inspires film about fears and hope
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
As a sixth-grade student living on New York’s Upper West Side, Jennifer Elster played Uncle Sam in her school play and froze before she could deliver her opening line. Now a writer and director living Downtown, Elster has tackled acting once again, delivering a natural and powerful performance in her first feature film set entirely in and around New York City.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Bright Young Things” (+)
I went to see this movie because of the generally good review it received by A.O. Scott in The New York Times. Referring to “Vile Bodies,” the Evelyn Waugh book on which the film is based, he wrote that it is regarded by some critics “as the funniest novel ever written in English.”
“Donnie Darko” (-)
This 2001 movie has become a cult film. The current version of this flick, which includes 20 minutes of deleted scenes from the original (the director’s cut), has been showing in a number of art houses around town.

‘A welcoming City’
By Danielle Stein
Celia Kener was born Jewish in Poland in 1935. She spent the first half of World War II trying to be invisible in a Polish ghetto, watching the systematic murder of her aunts, cousins, and neighbors. The second half was spent hiding in a space smaller than a coffin in the barn of a gentile woman who agreed to hide her. After the war, she and her parents were miraculously reunited, and together they moved to a German displaced persons’ camp, after which they immigrated to the United States.

Evening Stars Festival at the Battery
In its sixth year, Evening Stars is New York City’s largest free outdoor dance festival. This year, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and The Joyce Theater are teaming up to present an eclectic showcase of the world’s premier dance companies. As a part of the River to River Festival, Evening Stars is a celebration of downtown New York City and the arts.

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