THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 17 • Issue 21 | October 15 - 21, 2004

Derailing Downtown plans in Washington
Lower Manhattan suffered a blow this week when House Republicans refused to allow a $2 billion transfer of unused tax benefits targeted for Downtown to a rail link to J.F.K. Airport and the Long Island Rail Road. Making law in Washington is often compared to making sausage and there may very well be another opportunity to approve this much-needed transfer sometime in the next few months. It does feel like Congress’ era of good feeling toward Lower Manhattan is over.

The Penny Post
Downtown embryos
By Andrei Codrescu
Memphis has one of those embryonic downtowns that will make investors rich in ten years. New townhouses overlook the Mississippi River and the trademark Pyramid, and there are high-rise condos where single professionals or retired come-back-to-the-city suburbanites can admire sunsets through a cocktail glass or face the sunrise with honest hangovers. There is a streetcar that takes people to their jobs in the morning and brings them home in the evening. Most of the week in the daytime they just rattle around empty, waiting for the future.

Talking Point
Can the waterfront improve much if the F.D.R. stays?
By Kit White
For decades, the East River shoreline between East River Park and Battery Park has languished as a forgotten remnant of a misbegotten vision to encircle Manhattan in a maze of roadways that denied access to its greatest asset. No major city has made so little of so much and taken so long to try to recoup its loss. With a plan unveiled last Wednesday, the city’s Economic Development Corp. and the City Planning Commission have finally turned their attention to creating a master plan to reclaim the south shoreline.

Letters to the Editor

Downtown Local

Sweet Things

African Way

Block party

C.B. 1 meeting

Free business seminar

Tribeca grabs mag’s first lead

Remembering two of New York’s Finest

Police Blotter

All we need to know is taught in first grade
By Jane Flanagan
Often I am overcome with the sense that the world my son is growing up in is, in many ways, worse off than the one I grew up in. When I was a child going to school, my mother did not worry about terrorist bombs.

Children's Activities

Night soccer
Compiled by tyler pray
There were no Downtown Soccer League games last weekend because of Columbus Day, but that didn’t stop four teams from competing in two thrilling games last Thursday night, Oct. 7.

Picture Story

Family Day with Florentine style
Artist Tracy Lee Stum, foreground and two of her colleagues, Stacie Meyer and Rod Tryon, finished creating a giant chalk reproduction of Boticelli’s “La Primavera”

New York's
Exciting downtown scene

Church in public school
By Ronda Kaysen
With strobe lights flashing, three zealous parishioners competed in a game of “who can hold a box over his head the longest” while a Christian rock band reminiscent of the not-so-Christian White Stripes blasted through a squeaky-clean version of the reggae classic, “I Can See Clearly Now” — in the auditorium of Public School 89.

Tribeca filmsters put on a show
By Alison Gregor
Move over Mammon, there’s a muse being celebrated in Tribeca, and her name is Thalia.
With the start of the Tribeca Theater Festival Oct. 19, two weeks of plays, staged readings, screenings and panel discussions about drama will bring a decidedly theatrical air to Lower Manhattan, an area often noted as the cradle of Wall St. but overlooked when it comes to its nearly 70 theater companies.
Two worshippers at Mosaic Manhattan church services in P.S./I.S. 89.

Downtown Express photo by Talisman Brolin

Downtowers call for more say over L.M.D.C. money
By Josh Rogers
Chanting “no allocation without representation,” Councilmember Alan Gerson led protestors outside the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation offices Wednesday to deliver a report calling on the agency to talk to the community more before deciding how to spend the $860 million or so it has left to help Downtown recover from 9/11.
In The News
Divided opposition to East Side Ratner-Gehry tower
By Ronda Kaysen
With the closing date for the sale of NYU Downtown Hospital’s Beekman St. parking lot to Forest City Enterprises looming, residents of nearby Southbridge Towers have launched negotiations of their own with developer Bruce Ratner in the hopes of securing amenities for their own building — to the dismay of some Community Board 1 members.

Mixed reviews as city covers some Tribeca graffiti
By Hemmy So
The Mayor’s Community Assistance Unit has just finished painting over the graffiti on roll-down gates on stores on Chambers, Warren and Church Sts.

Free play series examines McCarthyism
By Divya Watal
The infamous hunt for Communists in the 1950s, instigated by Senator Joseph McCarthy, still resonates in today’s charged political environment. To help remember and scrutinize this era in American history, the Metropolitan College of New York has organized “McCarthyism Revisited,” a free play reading series and discussion forum, from October 20-23.

Proposed Peck Slip plaza hits road bump over traffic
By Ronda Kaysen
Plans for a new park on a swath of Peck Slip between Water and South Sts. ran into a roadblock at Community Board 1’s Oct. 12 Seaport/Civic Center committee meeting: cross-town traffic.

L.M.D.C. leader says more Hudson Park money is likely
By Josh Rogers
The chairperson of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation said Tuesday that the agency was looking to fund at least part of the Downtown section of the park.

Trust member says financial plan is needed
By Lincoln Anderson
Taking a page from The Villager, literally, Julie Nadel, a board of directors member of the Hudson River Park Trust, asked the state-city authority to consider The paper’s suggestion in a recent editorial that the Trust put together and make public a long-term financial plan for the park.

Students find ‘respect, discipline, confidence’
By Timothy Lavin
One recent evening, Tae Sun Kang strode to the center of the training room in his martial arts school in Tribeca where students faced him and bowed deeply. He then issued several soft, emphatic directives that they returned with an affirmative “Sir!” He then stalked through the ranks of his faithful, hands clasped behind his back as the students proceeded through a meticulously choreographed series of kicks and punches, known as “Suh-Kang il hyung.” It is a canonical exercise invented by Kang’s father and practiced in tae kwon do schools around the world.

In The Arts

Ibsen’s eternal, flawed pre-feminist
Sometimes even the bleakest drama can be a joyful experience. That’s certainly the case with the production of “Hedda Gabler” now at New York Theatre Workshop. The production is graphic and emotionally raw, but so courageous and consistent in its design, direction and acting choices that it makes Ibsen’s classic play seem like a contemporary indictment of our heartless, self-obsessed culture.

An abortionist’s tale
Mike Leigh comes up with his finest film yet in this story set in post-Word War II London. Vera (Imelda Staunton) is a housemaid with a loving blue-collar husband (Philip Davis), and two grown children, mousily shy Ethel (Alex Kelly) and breezily confident Sid (Daniel Mays), a tailor.

Tribeca Theater Festival

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