THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 17 • Issue 18 | September 24- 30, 2004


Site 5B and 5C: Giving a lot to get a lot
Some of Lower Manhattan’s most important needs were included in an agreement between the city and the Downtown community, signed two weeks ago. Downtown will get a new elementary and middle school, a youth recreation center and a school annex for overcrowded P.S. 234 in exchange for accepting two huge Tribeca development projects that won’t be as humongous as they may have been otherwise.

The Penny Post
The salvation of New Orleans
By Andrei Codrescu
Don’t mention Ivan to me. My mother almost named me Ivan when the Soviet troops entered Romania close to my birthday. She settled on the second most popular Russian name, Andrei. The Ivans ruled us until I turned eighteen. I nearly got over it because I have a friend named Ivan and I named a character in a novel I wrote Ivan. When CNN said New Orleans was in “the cone of uncertainty,” a target for Ivan, I called my friend Ivan and told him to cut it out. He wasn’t home, busy I suppose rampaging toward the city.

Kerry film reveals his roadmap to victory
This past Monday, I had the opportunity to attend a press screening of “Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry,” George Butler’s new documentary, due to open October 1, about the Democratic presidential nominee’s time in Vietnam and his anti-war activities that followed.

Rent sends a New York immigrant’s dream packing
By Ed Gold
Alicia has to leave New York, which is a big setback for her — and for me.
Alicia Harrison is a very special person who has been cleaning my apartment on a weekly basis for the past eight years. But she is now priced out of the market by high rents and is moving to Maryland.

Letters to the Editor

Downtown Local
New man at Port

Stemming the tide at Canal?

Chinatown fest

C.B. 1 meetings

Teardrop Park to open Sept. 30

Nigerian president visits African Burial Ground

Doing the Wall Street jump

Police Blotter


Henry Street, Asia Society open international school
By Divya Watal
A new school in the Lower East Side, promising to look at education through an international lens, opened its portals last week to an eager batch of middle and high school students.

P.S. 89 event shows school can be fun and games
By Melanie Wallis
P.S. 89 held its second annual back to school party for students and their families on Wednesday afternoon.
The party, held in the schools playground and on Warren St., where kids excitedly ran from one activity to the next.

Children's Activities


Soccer action
In Downtown Soccor League action, the Rapids and Revolution in the division for 12 and 13 year olds, competed in a spirited and well-played game Sunday afternoon.

New York's
Exciting downtown scene

20 more stories for Beekman building
By Ronda Kaysen
Real estate developer Bruce Ratner announced plans last week to increase the size of his Beekman St. tower from 55 stories to 75 stories, making it the second tallest proposed building in the Downtown skyline after the Freedom
Tower, and inciting outrage from local residents and a potential lawsuit from the city council.

Zoning dispute looms with new school deal
By Ronda Kaysen
The recent announcement of plans for a new pre-K-8 elementary school for the East Side of Lower Manhattan has some West Side parents grumbling. Although the school has yet to be zoned — or an official site secured, for that matter — Tribeca and Battery Park City children may find themselves competing for seats with East Side students who will, in all likelihood, have priority, say officials close to the project.

A worried Lynne Stewart plans to testify
By Mary Reinholz
Embattled Downtown lawyer Lynne Stewart, the first American attorney to face charges for materially aiding international terrorism, wore a black velvet jacket and smiled serenely from a front row pew in an Uptown church on Sunday.

David at the Winter Garden?
Joyce Acciaioli Rudge, creator of the Splendor of Florence festival that opens Sept. 30, stands in Lower Manhattan’s Winter Garden near a 1966 picture of Michelangelo’s David after Florence’s great flood. David remains in Italy, but paintings from the famed Uffizi Gallery will be on display at Federal Hall as part of the celebration.

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

A piece of Florence Downtown
By Janel Bladow
Joyce Acciaioli Rudge spends these days racing from her Broadway office, cell phone in hand, to Federal Hall to uncrate rare works of art, then across Lower Manhattan to the Winter Garden where cartons of handcrafted treasures are being carefully unpacked.

Splendor of florence
An eleven-day cultural festival meant to “inspire people to discover the importance of the traditions of the past.”
A band of Maniacs helping youth groups
By David H. Ellis
Facing a budget crunch, Church Street School for Music and Art and Manhattan Youth, two Lower Manhattan children’s organizations, took an unorthodox route in trying to raise funds for the expansion and continuation of their programs. Instead of the tried-and-true method of bake sales or soliciting neighbors for donations, the two groups opted for a novel approach asking the renowned musical group 10,000 Maniacs to play a benefit concert. It worked.

Trust considers two plans for Pier 57
By Albert Amateau
Citing doubts about the financial feasibility of two of the four proposals to redevelop Pier 57 at 15th St., the Hudson River Park Trust this week eliminated from the project Original Ventures, a consortium of private and community groups proposing a Hudson River Performing Arts Center, and Discover 57, made up of community and environmental groups and private developers.

C.B. 1 gives lukewarm support to ramp location
By Ronda Kaysen
Underwhelmed by three problematic options for a location for the World Trade Center entrance ramp, Community Board 1 at its September meeting settled on plan B — which is convenient for traffic and unwieldy for pedestrians — with strong suggestions for city planners.

New index developed to measure Downtown economy
By Divya Watal
The economy of Lower Manhattan is slowly healing from its post-September 11 wounds, according to a new economic index for Downtown.

Orchard St. designer looks for pop star fame
By Tien-Shun Lee
As a teenager, fashion designer Apollo Braun decided that he was either going to commit suicide or conquer the world. Now the owner of a Lower East Side boutique that features artsy and outrageous outfits, Braun is concentrating hard on the second option.


Just tap away your worries
The type of “moon-June-spoon” musical that “Dames at Sea” gently and affectionately lampoons has not been mainstream entertainment for decades. In fact, the vast majority of contemporary theatergoers only know such films as “Follow the Fleet” from TV and such musicals as “Anything Goes,” or “On the Town” from revivals.

Twist and shout
At the end of Basil Twist’s “Symphonie Fantastique,” there is only one feeling—exhilaration. On its most elementary level, you have just spent an hour watching a team of people drag fabric and other materials around a 1,000-gallon fish tank while listening to Berlioz, but on an artistic level, you have experienced magic. It is the combination of light, movement and music that transcends the literal and touches the viewer on a very fundamental level.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Rosenstrasse” (+) This well-done docudrama is a fictionalized account of a true incident that took place in Berlin.
“Criminal” (+) Two years ago I reviewed the sensational Argentinean film “Nine Queens,” on which “Criminal” is based. In my review I stated, “This is an intriguing movie from the first frame to the last.”

Serving up revenge, twice
Americans are not used to a lot of chatting in films. We usually prefer seeing things get blown up on the big screen. It is likely then that “When Will I Be Loved” will present a challenge to some, since the film bombards us with a lot of fast-talking New Yorkers in this tale of constant conning and ultimate revenge.

French twisted
Dianne Wiest, Jane Birkin, Vanessa Redgrave, Jerry Hall, Simon Callow. Could this be the latest batch of misfits in that VH-1 reality show, “The Surreal Life”?

Elegy to the movie house
Only a middle-aged man could have made “Goodbye, Dragon Inn.” Most viewers under 35, who grew up watching movies on video, don’t share its nostalgia for the days when filmgoing involved an unpredictable interaction with other people, not just consumption.

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