THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 17 • Issue 27 | Nov.25 - Dec. 02, 2004

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From the Editor
Hudson Park money
Gov. George Pataki did the right thing Monday when he said the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation would provide money to build the Tribeca section of the Hudson River Park.

R.N.C. lawsuit should lead to answers
The filing of a class-action civil rights lawsuit over the handling of arrests of protesters — and non-protesters — during the Republican National Convention comes as little surprise. Although the Police Department did a good job of keeping the city safe during the convention, there was widespread criticism on how arrests were made, conditions of the holding area at Pier 57 — “Guantanamo on the Hudson” — and length of time arrestees were held.

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert
James Gill, chairperson of the Battery Park City Authority, left, shook hands Friday with Uwe-Karsten Heye, consul general of Germany, in front of a nearly three-ton section of the Berlin Wall near Liberty St. and South End Ave. The city of Berlin donated the piece to the neighborhood for the 15th anniversary of the wall’s fall. The section’s painting was done by an East German and was typical of the artwork made by individuals looking to liven up the drab wall during the height of the Cold War.


Penny Post
Poetic justice
By Andrei Codrescu
I know a guy, 23-years-old, filled with despair at the world’s neglect of his poetry. Why won’t anybody publish him? Can’t they see he’s a genius? If six years pass and he still hasn’t gotten past the front door at YAWP, New Orleans’ hottest new place to be seen in verse, but he’s still writing, then, yes, by all means, make room at the table. Buy him a drink.


Letters to the editor

Downtown Notebook
Picking less pricey wines for the turkey dinner
By Taylor Eason
Although they were Puritans, you gotta think the Pilgrims drank it up at the first 1621 Thanksgiving dinner. I can see the barrels of wine scattered about as they stumble to their feet the morning after the gorge-fest. Through their hungover stupor, they high-five and congratulate themselves for a party well done.

Under cover

NEWS
Green light for Hudson Park green, Pataki says
By Josh Rogers
Gov. George Pataki said Monday during his semi-annual report on Downtown’s post-9/11 progress that the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation will fund the Tribeca section of the Hudson River Park.

A Mission beyond Thanksgiving
By Hemmy So
Chef Hezekiah Allan tiredly sipped his bowl of instant noodles on Wednesday after serving up a lunch of tuna loaf, mashed potatoes and cooked peas to the forty or so residents, volunteers and staff workers at the New York City Rescue Mission. Preparing big meals is nothing new to the stout, bald veteran chef, who spent 15 years at a similar organization, Project Create.

R.N.C. protesters file lawsuit against the city
By Lincoln Anderson
A group of protesters and bystanders who say they were wrongfully arrested during the Republican National Convention in late August and early September on Monday announced the filing of a class-action lawsuit against New York City. The defendants include Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and numerous police officials.

When E. European tenements were near the Battery
By Divya Watal
Today, the musk of money permeates every nook and corner of Manhattan’s Financial District, with its plush towers, swanky restaurants and clean gray streets. It is hard to imagine that tenements, with the requisite dirt, stench and poverty, were once an integral part of the area’s environment.

Vive la différence, French and Francophiles meet Tuesdays
By Camille Le Gall
It’s Tuesday night and young chic French people are drinking champagne, dancing wildly and showing off. But we are not in Paris – we are in New York City.

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Sam Daniels, 11, of the Downtown Soccer League’s Paris SG team kicks one toward the goal in the last game of the season in Battery Park City.

Sun sets on soccer season
By Tyler Pray
It begins when they are six, learning about the game and teamwork. Through the years they begin building close friendships and improving their soccer talents and teamwork awareness. When they reach 13, not only have they amassed a roomful of trophies, but they have also learned life skills.

INSIDE
Israeli trauma specialist advises Downtown schools
By Shivani Mahendroo
An Israeli psychiatrist, specializing in treating children suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, spoke to a group of guidance counselors from Lower Manhattan schools on Tuesday morning at Millennium High School.

Grand St. Guild tenants get Section 8 assurances
By Albert Amateau
More than 200 anxious tenants of the Grand St. Guild houses, worried about losing the federal subsidy that keeps their rent affordable, turned up at a Nov. 18 meeting arranged by Congressmember Nydia Velazquez with a federal housing official.

Stadium plan drives closer to the end zone
By Albert Amateau
The City Planning Commission on Monday voted all but unanimously to approve the Hudson Yards project to allow intense high-rise office and residential development in the area from 30th to 41st St. between Ninth and 11th Aves.


In The Arts

Besotted with Fred Astaire Cabaret performer pays tribute to his singing
By Jerry Tallmer
The most beautiful woman ever to wear a top hat was Marlene Dietrich. Or maybe not. Maybe Andrea Marcovicci is the most beautiful woman ever to wear a top hat.

Autumn overtakes the blue states
By David Shengold
The Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall under Robert Bass played a very timely concert on Veterans Day: Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem,” written to mark the 1962 re-consecration of Coventry Cathedral, built next to the ruins of its Luftwaffe-destroyed predecessor.

Everything turns out okay
By Tata Dougherty
In college lectures in the early 1990s, few artists were as frequently covered as Barbara Kruger. Her images found their way into the curriculum of several of my classes, even beyond the art history department. Once I began my career in the art world employed by the gallery that represents her, I was surprised that her work always seemed undervalued in comparison to other artists of her stature.

Organic, earthy 1980s flora, fauna
By Stephen Mueller
Strangely, there are currently a number of shows around town of ‘80s art.
One of the best is the Matthew Marks show of Terry Winters paintings and drawings from 1981 to 1986. These are some of the earliest paintings that Winters showed in New York. The palette is dark and evokes a primordial ooze, the womb of all life.

Night of a thousand recriminations

By David Kennerly
In the spellbinding Broadway revival of “‘night, Mother,” set designer Neil Patel has prominently placed a clock, set real-time, on the wall of the painfully ordinary living room.


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