THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 17 • Issue 25 | Nov.12 - 18, 2004

Downtown Homes and Lofts


From the Editor
Following the L.M.D.C.’s money
This week the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation identified $44.5 million it intends to use to buy the parcel of land at 140 Liberty St., across the street from the World Trade Center site. The $2.8 billion in federal money the agency once had is now down to about $820 million and there are still many worthy projects waiting in line.

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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


Aging 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
K-8 school may join Ratner project
By Ronda Kaysen
Bruce Ratner’s planned 75-story Beekman St. tower may soon be home to a new East Side elementary school, if the developer and city officials can hammer out an agreement.

Stewart talks as her defense rests
By Mary Reinholz
The lawyer for radical Downtown attorney Lynne Stewart rested her defense Nov. 10 after she completed 8 1/2 grueling days of testimony in her ongoing trial on charges of materially aiding terrorism.

Yer out! Adult softball ejected in park plan
By Ronda Kaysen
Heeding the advice of King Solomon, the warring factions of the Columbus Park turf war agreed to divide their baby in two, repaving half of the aged ball field with synthetic turf and the other half with rubber-painted asphalt.

C.B. 1 calls for changes to East River plan
By Josh Rogers
Making the East River waterfront better is more important than making sure people can get there easily, residents said at a recent Community Board 1 meeting.

Fire chefs fight the pros
Downtown firehouse chefs battled restaurant chefs Wednesday night at the Tribeca Rooftop for the third annual Tribeca Cookoff, a fundraiser organized by the Tribeca Organization, a post-9/11 neighborhood group. Firefighter Michael Tansey’s flank steak stuffed with spinach, proscuitto and portobello mushroom with potatoes, vegetables and drizzled fried onions took the contest’s top prize.

Brave chefs and friends
Firefighter Michael Tansey of Engine 28 Ladder 11, center, celebrated with fellow firefighters after he beat out some of Tribeca’s best chefs at the third annual Tribeca Cookoff, which pits Downtown firehouse cooks against restaurant chefs.
Downtown Express photo by Jennifer Weisbord

Show me the money, Silver says at L.M.D.C. meeting
By Josh Rogers
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver warned Lower Manhattan Development Corp. board members not to transfer any money to the Port Authority until they fund more projects for residents and businesses, and he asked them to speak up about the threat West Side development poses to the Downtown economy.

Brainstorm group wants B.P.C.A. in its Hudson Yard plan
By Albert Amateau
A team of planners is proposing that the city, the state and the Jets scrap plans for the Hudson Yards redevelopment with the controversial stadium, and instead flip the project to an east-west orientation with financing and administration by the Battery Park City Authority.

Whole Foods, YMCA say it’ll be fun to stay on Houston
By Lincoln Anderson
Hailing it as a major milestone for the ongoing revitalization of the Lower East Side, Mayor Bloomberg and Councilmembers Margarita Lopez and Alan Gerson led the celebration last Friday of the topping off of the new Avalon Chrystie Place mixed-use building on E. Houston St.

Babies are booming at Chelsea Piers
By Angela Benfield
A baby boom among female employees at Chelsea Piers served as the catalyst for their newly opened day care center, which encourages the beginnings of an active lifestyle as well as providing child care and teaching the ABC’s.

Downtown Homes and Lofts

Living with the bulls on Wall Street
By Ronda Kaysen
It was 8 o’clock on a Monday night and Wall St. was hopping. Scores of well-clad New Yorkers dutifully signed liability waivers to enter the construction site that is the Philippe Starck-designed apartment building. Inside, a live jazz band crooned while black-tie caterers doled out glasses of wine and bite-sized latkes. The main attraction 17 stories up — three model luxury apartments on display — represented the last of 23 Wall St.’s offerings.

In The Arts
‘Honest film with no political agenda’
By Timothy Lavin
At the beginning of August 2003, Iraq was hardly a tame place, but Americans had reason for optimism. Three months before President Bush declared that major combat operations had ceased, the New York Times was running a series of articles called “After the War,” and if a recent spate of deadly bombings augured more sinister days ahead, the world could still cheer the timely deaths of Saddam Hussein’s piratical sons.

Whores and loudmouths
Mario Cantone is an incredibly funny man, a versatile and thoughtful performer and an altogether appealing personality. His comedy can be vulgar without being offensive and angry without being mean—a rare feat in today’s world of comics, especially when compared with the spiritually bankrupt hostility of another Broadway stalwart, Jackie Mason.

A man’s path to the past

Anthony Doerr burst onto the literary scene in 2002 with his critically acclaimed story collection, “The Shell Collector.” The book won the Discover Prize for Fiction and the Ohioana Book Award, and also brought Doerr a share of the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. In addition, Doerr has received two O. Henry Prizes, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Princeton University’s prestigious Hodder Fellowship.

John DeMarco sings Mel Torme
John DeMarco is the kind of cabaret artist one doesn’t hear much any more. He is what used to be called, with complete lack of irony, a “song stylist,” a performer with a seemingly inexhaustible repertoire of classic songs—usually culled from what is generally considered “the Great American Songbook”—that he or she gives a unique personal touch. These performers got the world swinging to the kind of jazz that was the staple of the upscale cabaret scene for decades.

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