THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 17 • Issue 24 | Nov.05 - 11, 2004

Feeling blue In a land of red
The election of President George W. Bush Tuesday was a devastating blow felt by most Downtowners, nearly half the nation and by millions of people around the world. As the president returns to the hard job of governing a divided nation, he should ignore the impulse to ignore those who voted against him, and instead reach out to the blue states.

Penny Post
The perils of memory meds
By Andrei Codrescu
When I was young I was never tempted to undergo any kind of clinical trial, even if it paid a hundred dollars a day. I gave blood several times, but the pay kept going down. The first time they paid me $20 and fed me a steak. After that, it oscillated between $10 and $15 and no steak. I was once desperate enough to try a sperm bank, but what happened there was funny enough (in retrospect) to write about in my first autobiographical novel, “The Life and the Times of an Involuntary Genius,” published when I was 26 years old. Read it in there, I was funnier back then. (And I remembered more).

Letters to the editor

Downtown Notebook
Getting through the morning after… Bush’s win
By Wickham Boyle
We did everything right. We lit candles, we envisioned, meditated, donated money, voted early, called “undecideds” in Pennsylvania, supported our friends in Wisconsin and attempted in an unwavering way to believe. But now it is the morning after and I can see Kerry has lost.

Downtown Local


Ageing parents conference

Reviving old Vinyl

C.B. 1 meetings

Stuy designers

Counting cars

Park run

Pre-school fair

7 war protestors arrested

Police Blotter


Frighteningly good soccer play over the weekend
Compiled by Tyler Pray
Halloween weekend brought a holiday extravaganza to the Downtown Soccer League fields with players competing with not only determination, but also makeup on the face and colorful hair.

Children's Activities

New York's
Exciting downtown scene
Local healthcare workers
not getting flu shots
By Ronda Kaysen
As healthcare providers figure out how to distribute an inadequate supply of flu vaccine to the city’s most at-risk residents, one group in particular has inched towards the bottom of the priority list: the healthcare providers themselves.

Fire displaces nearby residents, closes Beckett’s
By Hemmy So
Chuck DeLaney has to wait until the smoke clears. Literally. For the past week, the 76 Pearl St. resident has called a hotel room home while waiting for the smoke in his apartment building to dissipate. Caused by the four-alarm fire that scorched the commercial building next door at 78 Pearl St. early Friday morning on Oct. 29, the smokiness and stench linger indefinitely in DeLaney’s apartment.

Kerry romps in I.S. 89’s election Monday
By Ronda Kaysen
Surprise! John Kerry won the presidential election by a landslide — on the I.S. 89 playground, at least. While the rest of the country’s Kerry supporters are reeling from a staggering defeat, the Battery Park City middle school is basking in the aftermath of a sweeping — and highly anticipated — victory.

Asian studies pioneer & author going strong at 80
By Sascha Brodsky
Betty Lee Sung has been described as a leading authority on Chinese immigrants and she gained that knowledge through hard experience.
Downtown Express photo by Jennifer Weisbord

Brendan Mackey, left, 3, kept his eyes on the popcorn as he and Max Berman, 2, enjoyed The Great Pumpkin Party at the Winter Garden Saturday. For more Halloween pictures of the party and a trick or treating trip to the Hallmark residence for senior citizens, <more>.

Bikers’ Houston St. party raided
By Lincoln Anderson
If the Critical Mass bikers thought they had won some protection with a federal judge’s rulings in their dueling lawsuits with the city last week, Friday night’s events proved that assumption wrong — and left the bikers charging that the city is continuing to target them.

E.P.A.’s 9/11 leader to leave
By Ronda Kaysen
Paul Gilman, chairperson of the E.P.A. World Trade Center Expert Technical Panel will resign at the end of the month to the surprise of many — and relief of some.

Tribeca’s ‘Tree Man’ transforming Greenwich St.
By Angela Benfield
At first glance, bank vice president Steve Boyce may not seem like a guy who gets down in the dirt. But then, most people probably also don’t know that he was once known as “The Tree Man.”

In The Arts

Soul of the Machine
By Sheila Pepe
One enters an exhibition of sculpture made by Saint Clair Cemin expecting a quirky trip through the history of three-dimensional objects. The artist is well known for his ability to hybridize an impressive range of references and materials, from antiquity to pop culture, from ceramics to bronze. For 20 years, Cemin has helped transform our understanding of “pastiche” from an illustrative postmodern strategy to a personalized and wildly imaginative methodology.

The Devil and the Diva
By David Kennerley
“Oh God. You’re not one of those ghastly Callas queens, are you?” intones Jeremy Irons in his latest film, “Callas Forever,” in that wonderfully grandiloquent, gravelly sneering tone that only he can deliver.

‘Raisin’ money for good causes
By David Noh
Mondays are always big benefit nights and battling events took place on October 25. At the John Houseman Theatre, Amas Musical Theatre presented “Raisin,” the 1973 Tony Award-winning musical, in concert before an audience of African-American theater luminaries, which included this year’s honorees, Geoffrey Holder, Carmen de Lavallade, Maurice Hines, Mary Alice and several members of “Raisin”’s original cast and production, as well as Elizabeth Wilson.

Dresher in your ear
By Jason Victor Serinus
If John Adams has his way, the fusion of Eastern and Western music that distinguishes the Paul Dresher Ensemble’s “West Coast” sound is about to shake New York’s musical landscape.

Sarandon aims for intimacy
By Lawrence Ferber
In director Charles Shyer’s “Alfie,” gorgeous Jude Law plays a charming, womanizing, uncommitted chauffeur for the character played by Susan Sarandon. Might limousine drivers enjoy a boost in business after the sexy comedy opens this month?

When labor ruled the docks
By Jerry Tallmer
Fifty years later, and eight months after his 90th birthday, Budd Schulberg looked back on a walk through Hoboken that he took with Marlon Brando on the Sunday before the shooting started on “On the Waterfront.”

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