THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 17 • Issue 17 | September 17- 23, 2004


A park is in the middle of recycling plan
For some years now, during discussions of building a 7-acre park on Gansevoort Peninsula as part of the Hudson River Park, the possibility of the city’s reviving the peninsula’s old marine waste-transfer station has hovered in the background. Now, for the first time, the city is coming forward with a real proposal. Its plan is to create a facility on the peninsula for barging recyclable waste to a processing center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

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
Intellectual guilt
By Andrei Codrescu
People have my best interests at heart, they want to educate me. They also make me feel guilty. Here, for instance, is an essay by Terry Eagleton entitled “Where Have all the Intellectuals Gone?,” forwarded to me by my friend Danny, my chief source of “intellect-in-crisis” literature. It’s a vast area. Danny, for all his good will, can forward me only a fraction of what intellectuals write about being in (or having an) intellectual crisis.

Moving ceremonies to tourist crowds, each Sept. 11
By David Stanke
For many people who live Downtown, there is a time while planning for the end of summer that our breath fails and our thoughts abruptly change direction. The words that end this involuntary pause are, “Oh, Saturday is Sept. 11th.” With that simple phrase, plans change, important objectives get pushed aside, and indecision asserts itself. Sept. 11th is emotionally significant to many Downtowners.

Letters to the Editor

Downtown Local
Jewish New Year

Tribeca Theater Festival

Libeskind, Arad, Calatrava, oh my

Oktoberfest early

C.B. 1 meetings

Remembering Chinese hero

Afghan lecture and photos

Police Blotter

Picture Story

Remembering the fallen, on 9/11/04
Relatives of the people killed at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 returned to the site Saturday to mark the three-year anniversary of the attacks. Parents and grandparents of the victims read the names of the 2,749 who died at the W.T.C.


L.M.D.C. park money is coming, Trust says
By Albert Amateau and Josh Rogers
The head of the Hudson River Park Trust says she expects by November the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. will authorize the money to build the Downtown section of the Hudson River Park.

Subdued feelings away from W.T.C.
By Lincoln Anderson
The anniversary of 9/11 was quieter on the third year — but at the same time more politically charged. Three years ago, after the attack on the World Trade Center, when south of 14th St. was a restricted zone, Union Sq. became a focal point for gathering, mourning and praying for peace. At night, illuminated by the white light of thousands of candles, the park became a dazzling cathedral of hope.

Karen Greenspan, left, Steven Abramson and their daughter Lila were the first tenants to move back to 114 Liberty St., the last residential building to reopen after being damaged on Sept. 11, 2001.

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

A homecoming at long last
By Ronda Kaysen
When Karen Greenspan fled her apartment on Sept. 11, 2001, as the World Trade Center’s north building collapsed a few yards away, she assumed she would never go home again. When word came later that night from the building’s managing agent that her building at 114 Liberty St. had been spared, she breathed a sigh of relief — three years too soon. Two weeks ago, Greenspan and her family finally returned to their condo: the first residents of the last residential building damaged by the attacks to come home.
Some people dump on Hudson Park garbage idea
By Albert Amateau
The Gansevoort Peninsula, where the Department of Sanitation used to burn garbage and now keeps its trucks, is supposed to be transformed into a green seven-acre extension of the Hudson River Park sometime in the future.

W.T.C. health studies discussed at forum
By Sascha Brodsky
Three years after the World Trade Center attack, evidence is mounting that significant health effects plague those who lived or worked near the disaster, researchers reported at a conference last weekend.

Songbird owners feeling blown away in S.D.R. Park
By Ronda Kaysen
The Wah Mei songbirds of Sara Delano Roosevelt Park, chirping away in their brown wooden cages, have some serious competition: gas powered leaf blowers.

Kite man worries air control, delights spectators
By Melanie Wallis
The airspace over the Manhattan skyline is always busy with helicopters and jets, but last Tuesday, if you looked up, you would have seen a half-mile string of kites flying among the clouds.

Friends recall hoop star who died in B.P.C.
By Nancy Reardon
After Sept. 11, 2001, Damian Constable and his friends could not play on their favorite basketball court due to damage. They rode around the city looking for games at other courts, but it wasn’t the same.

Public process to dismantle Deutsche building begins
By Ronda Kaysen
Following the release of a new environmental study confirming high levels of contaminants in the badly damaged former Deutsche Bank building opposite the World Trade Center, the Lower Manhattan Development Center announced plans to begin the building’s deconstruction sometime in November, although the specifics of how the building will come down — and how residents and workers will be protected — remain to be seen.

Committee looks for ramp location that’s not too bad
By Ronda Kaysen
In light of the 160 tour buses expected to carry thousands of visitors into the World Trade Center’s reflecting pool memorial each day, the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. unveiled three entrance ramp options on Sept. 13 to Community Board 1’s World Trade Center Redevelopment Committee for review. Among the three problematic options, committee members selected a favored plan: option B — one that is fairly convenient for traffic and unfavorable for pedestrians.


Risk-taking and the writing life
By Aileen Torres
On a typical workday, Andrea Barnet can be found at her studio on Greenwich St. in Tribeca plodding away on the computer. A long-time Seaport resident, Barnet, a writer, walks to the studio nearly every day. She recently completed a two-year project, a book entitled, “All-Night Party: The Women of Bohemian Greenwich Village and Harlem, 1913-1930.” Published this past spring it is garnering considerable attention.

Doing what she loves
By Melanie Wallis
Dating is one of the most talked about topics of conversation, generates a roller coaster ride of emotions and is now a growth industry. Some of us may feel a little shy about sharing our dating experiences, but one Battery Park City woman is spilling the beans in the form of a one-woman show.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
Red Lights (+)
This film received fine reviews from everyone.  It is well done, but it is not a top-notch French film noir. Because the uncomplicated plot does not allow for sufficient character building, it never becomes enthralling which the best of this genre can do.
“Vanity Fair” (-)
This is a visually beautiful film, almost every scene a tableau in magnificent colors.  It the end, however, I found it to be a gigantic bore that literally put me to sleep on several occasions.  On each occasion that I drifted off, the eagle eyed PT tapped me on the arm and made it impossible for me to continue in the embrace of Morpheus. 

Counteracting War Media Apathy
By Seth J. Boockey
In a year that has brought us “Fahrenheit 9/11,” “ Control Room,” and “The Corporation,” a week after the Republican National Convention we now have “Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire.” Of these sorts of documentaries, this is the one you absolutely have to see, and bring at least one friend along.

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