THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 17 • Issue 19 | October 01 - 07, 2004


Trust must reveal its financial plan
The latest flare up over the Hudson River Park involves not Pier 40 at W. Houston St. on the Lower West Side, the big controversy of last year, but another pier, Pier 57 at W. 15th St. in Chelsea. By preemptively rejecting two of four development groups’ plans for the pier, the Hudson River Park Trust has, once again, raised the ire of some local politicians and park activists.

The Penny Post
Get out the vote
By Andrei Codrescu
Here are some suggestions for getting out the vote.
Plaster an old coat with “Vote!” stickers and go to work in it.
Write “Vote” with a magic marker on your whole body and stand naked in a public place after calling the TV stations.
Put “Vote” stickers on people’s backs in line at the bank.

Deciding a child’s best interests in 20 minutes
By Ben Krull
When I tell people that I work as a law assistant to a Manhattan Family Court judge, they usually say that my job must be emotionally difficult. Family Court is associated with sorrow because it hears custody, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, and child abuse cases, which usually involve children from impoverished households. Much of my time is spent reading case-law and writing memos. But the misery defining the court becomes palpable when I meet with parents to work out settlements to domestic violence and custody cases.

Remembering my friend, neighbor and assemblyman
By Victor J. Papa
We will no longer see Louie DeSalvio tip his hat to a passing lady, that noble convention of another age, nor see him off during his weekly treks to St. Andrew’s Church for Sunday Mass. As my next door neighbor at Southbridge for many years, I will no longer have the privilege to share the elevator with him, a dreaded place to be alone with him, as he either snarled at me for things gone wrong, or as on rare occasions smiled when they went his way.

Letters to the Editor

Downtown Local

Tunnel run memory

Free boat rides

Moss loses committee race

Law school continuance

C.B. 1 meetings

Breakfast and pickets

Smoothie operator Downtown

A Kerry in a pickle?

Pier party benefits youth groups

Thanksgiving volunteers

Free architecture tours and children’s day

Florentine festival opens in Lower Manhattan

MetroCard giveaway

Fourth Annual Culturefest


The joys of growing up where no culture is foreign
By Jane Flanagan
One recent weekend, a houseguest returned from an afternoon jaunt, walked into my kitchen and announced, “I don’t like New York, it’s a rude place. And I know why, too. It’s those foreigners.”

Middle-and teen-aged revelations
By Wickham Boyle
My son Henry, a mere two weeks into his 16th year, decided that he does want to have kids after all. He believes kids make you less lonely. But he doesn’t want babies, he wants to adopt a 15-year-old — ”you know mom, a kid who is at that difficult stage, not some mushy baby.”

Children's Activities

Picture Story

Marvelous day for a Moon Festival
Magician Wu Su Xiong, aka “Chino”, below left, performed a card trick Sunday with the help of Wendy Lin, 10, as part of the two-week Autumn Moon Festival in Chinatown Sunday.

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Reading history in Chinese menus
By Hemmy So
Every New Yorker probably has one stashed in a spare kitchen drawer, stuck onto the refrigerator with a favorite magnet or still lying on the floor after being pushed under the apartment door: the Chinese take-out menu. How fitting then, that the Chinese menu provides a wealth of cultural insight into the history of Chinese restaurants in America at the Museum of Chinese in the America’s new exhibit, “Have You Eaten Yet?: The Chinese Restaurant in America.”

Glass falls from Deutsche, shutting streets and pedestrian bridge
By Ronda Kaysen
Glass debris fell from the former Deutsche building on Sunday, Sept. 26, landing on Greenwich St., and causing the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., which now owns the contaminated building, to close down the surrounding streets for several days.

Subway rider killed near Rector station
By Chris Oliver
A 45-year-old subway rider was stabbed to death in Lower Manhattan early Sunday morning. The city’s Medical Examiner’s office has identified the victim as Cidronio Ruiz-Hernandez , of Paterson, N.J. He collapsed near the token booth at the Rector St. subway stop early Sunday morning in Lower Manhattan.
Downtown Express photo by Jennifer Weisbord

Debra Murrow and her son Lucas enjoyed Teardrop Park Sept. 30, the park’s first day.

Teardrop Park brings joy to Downtown residents
By Josh Rogers
Lucas slid down the long slide to play in some sand, ran down the hill, climbed a rock or two, but he did not mention the bluestone wall or the months of painstaking work it took figuring out how to position the quarry rocks.
Cut him some slack – he’s only two and he was too busy being one of the first children to enjoy Teardrop Park, which opened Thursday in Battery Park City.

Dapolito remembered, as center is renamed
By Lincoln Anderson
In a renaming that could not be more appropriate or more well deserved, the Parks Department’s Carmine St. Recreation Center was rechristened for the late “Mr. Parks” and “Mayor of Greenwich Village,” the late Tony Dapolito.
Shifting enrollment at Millennium High school
By Ronda Kaysen
Enrollment at Millennium High School in Tribeca is on the rise, but the number of Downtown teens applying to the liberal arts school remains flat, according to Robert Rhodes, the school’s principal.

A Blockbuster of a store for Tribeca
By Divya Watal
Blockbuster, the multibillion-dollar video and DVD giant, is slated to open a new store in Tribeca on Monday.
The store, located at Greenwich and N. Moore Sts., displays the customary Blockbuster logo with a large sign saying, “Here we grow again.”

Fake designs draw crowds to Canal St.
By Mingxia Xu
Crowds of young women streamed into tiny stores along New York’s Canal St. in Chinatown on the hunt.
They all wanted the same thing: copies of trendy and expensive designer bags and other goods by Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton and Coach. Chinese women accosted passersby with black plastic bags full of look-alikes.

De Niro hotel changes receive cool reviews
By Ronda Kaysen
The Landmarks Preservation Commi-ssion’s recent refusal to grant actor Robert De Niro approval for a two-story addition to his Tribeca hotel project has caused some grumbling among Community Board 1 members who feel excluded from the decision-making process.

Downtowners look for money for emergency teams
By Alison Gregor
Federal funding earmarked for Community Emergency Response Teams after Sept. 11 is not finding its way from the state to the neighborhoods it was intended to help, officials said Monday.

More school and rec center plans unveiled
By Ronda Kaysen
New details about the recent Downtown real estate agreement – including details about the new Downtown East Side K-8 school and the planned community rec center— came to light at a Sept. 28 Community Board 1 youth committee meeting.

Everything under one roof
By Marisa Lowenstein
Before motherhood, Silvia Campo and Tara Gordon Lipton indulged in the pleasures of Manhattan living. As working women, they dined in the finest restaurants with ease, arranged and kept beauty appointments and they maintained a regular fitness routine.

Competing groups offer owners of historic buildings cash
By Sascha Brodsky
Owners of some historic buildings could be eligible to rake in a cash windfall. They can apply for a façade conservation easement, a program that trades a promise to preserve historic facades for tax benefits.


Talking about the ‘hard part’
By Jerry Tallmer
Somehow, looking at these two slim, stunning women sitting there on a low concrete wall facing just outside the Cherry Lane Theatre, where they’d spent the afternoon interviewing possible actresses for “EVE-olution,” one couldn’t help thinking of two women out of a different play, Julia Hersey Gibbs and Myrtle Webb of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.”

Splendor of Florence to-do list

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.”

Westbeth artist reveals a remarkable life
By Rachel Evans
A photographic portrait of Pablo Picasso hangs on one side while a series of anti-war paintings and collages fill the opposite corner of the Westbeth Gallery. Dizzying water-colored pieces inspired by such things as a sand storm to simple lead-pencil sketches of Isabella Rossalini’s children, overwhelm the eye. It is hard to imagine that all of the approximately 120 pieces and a slide show are from one woman, Beryl Bernay.

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