THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 17 • Issue 35 | Jan. 21 - 27, 2005

From the Editor
Cutting and pasting a West Side plan that makes sense
City councilmembers did two good things Wednesday when they approved the new zoning for the Hudson Yards. They increased the amount of affordable housing to be built on the far West Side and they severed the link between redevelopment and the contentious, proposed West Side stadium that would be future home to the football Jets and potentially the 2012 Olympics.

Fashion and the treatment of women in Iran
By Christina Maile
In Iran, when a woman steps outside her house, she has two choices:
She can wear the chador — a long usually black cloak worn over the head and body, which, covering several layers of clothing, is kept in place by clutching it in one’s hands or holding the loose ends in one’s teeth.

The Penny Post
Sixties memoir
By Andrei Codrescu
They say about the Sixties, “if you remember them you weren’t there,” but that isn’t exactly accurate. What people mean to say is that some of the experiences they had then were indescribable. It is possible, for instance, to remember becoming a cauldron of emotions or a quiver full of thoughts that ended up piercing you in every soft part of your body during an acid trip, or the texture of a day spent yammering with your brilliant pals in a crash pad plastered with psychedelic posters, or the bracing feeling of being hit on the head with a nightstick by a mounted policeman at an anti-war demonstration, but it’s impossible to describe those things vividly enough for anyone who wasn’t there.

Letters to the editor

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Writers’ space opens in Tribeca
By Hemmy So
The writer’s life: isolated, contemplative and ripe for distraction. For many writers who don’t head into the office each morning, their apartments operate as venues for work, rest and play — the latter two often discouraging the former. A victim of this creative syndrome, freelance writer Harry Bruinius decided to establish a more inviting workspace for novelists, journalists, poets and screenwriters. The endeavor culminated in the opening of Village Quill, a loft space in Tribeca where writers can more productively practice their art.

Closings & change for Li’l Italy vets
By Amanda Kludt
In what many residents and business owners see as a great loss to the community, some of Little Italy’s oldest restaurants and shops on Mulberry St. are closing their doors or changing owners. Paolucci’s restaurant, established in 1947, went out of business last Friday, and E. Rossi & Co., an Italian gift shop located on the corner of Mulberry and Grand Sts. since 1936, will be relocating on Jan. 31. Two other businesses, The Big Cigar Company and Little Italy Gift Shop, will be closing, and the restaurant Luna is rumored to be changing owners.
Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Battery Park City Brrrrrrrr…..
Two bundled Battery Park City pedestrians chatted while a warmly-dressed child in a plastic-insulated stroller waited in sub-freezing temperatures Tuesday. In our Downtown Homes & Lofts section this month, we take a look at life in the neighborhood and Battery Park City’s hot real estate market.<more>

B.M.C.C. building plan remains in limbo
By Ronda Kaysen
Little has changed in the three and a half years since Fiterman Hall at Borough of Manhattan Community College was damaged by the collapse of 7 World Trade Center. The building still stands at 30 West Broadway, shrouded and awaiting its fate.

The Sporting Club goes down to defeat
By Divya Watal
The final remnants of the Sporting Club, a boisterous Tribeca sports bar that rocked the neighborhood for over two decades, were sold off at a final, public auction Wednesday.

Tribeca emergency training
The Office of Emergency Management kicked off its fourth Community Emergency Response Team training program on Jan. 18 at N.Y.U.’s Kimmel Center, attracting several residents from Tribeca, Soho and Hudson Sq. The free 11-week program trains neighborhood and community-based volunteers to prepare and respond to locally occurring disasters.

Damaged landmark building readies to reopen as apartments
By Ronda Kaysen
The Beaux-Arts building at 90 West St., battered and wounded on Sept. 11th, will soon be restored to its turn-of-the-century glory, with a modern twist.

Copter noise draws neighbor complaints and F.A.A. shrugs
By Ronda Kaysen
Tourist helicopters circling the Statue of Liberty are giving Battery Park City residents quite a headache. “It’s like we’re living at Kennedy airport…. It’s continuous, it’s non stop and it’s on a loop,” said Isaac Gindi, a Liberty Terrace resident, at a recent Community Board 1 Battery Park City committee meeting.

Owner seeks permit around Soho artist-resident law
By Albert Amateau
The owner of an eight-story building in the Soho Cast-Iron Historic District who is seeking a special permit to eliminate the requirement that live/work lofts must be occupied by certified artists received a resounding no vote last week from the Community Board 2 Housing and Zoning Committee.

Homes and Lofts

A look into B.P.C. living
By Alison Gregor
Battery Park City has found itself reluctantly thrust into the limelight in recent years. Though largely abandoned immediately after the 2001 terrorist attacks, it ended up playing a critical and highly public role in the city’s recovery. More recently, it became the unwitting backdrop to the tawdry romantic history of former New York Police Department Commissioner Bernard Kerik.

Iowa senator threatens tax break used in Tribeca
BY Hemmy So
Among the thousands of obscure tax code provisions, one has recently come to the attention of many New York City and Washington D.C. residents thanks to aggressive marketing strategies by certain non-profits groups: tax breaks for facade easements. These tax breaks often create windfalls for property owners of historical buildings, a situation recently examined by the Washington Post and lambasted by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

Condos get smaller and pricier
According to a survey done in New York City by Yale Robbins Inc., condominium prices have been steadily going up while their square footage has been plummeting down.

In The Arts
Play looks at first of the high school rampages
By Jerry Tallmer
They asked me what I thought that day. What TV shows did I watch? Did I read about Vietnam? Did I listen to rock music? They wanted to know what I saw when I pulled the trigger. I told them: Roses. They opened up like roses . . .

Monthly folk evokes intimacy and another era
By Aileen Torres
A sense of intimacy is what Alan Light, the curator of “Live From Home,” originally had in mind for the monthly acoustic music series at Housing Works.

The window on the ring
By Jerry Tallmer
This is an artist’s studio with a difference. It is also a boxing ring.
“There were two fights,” said the artist. “The first one in Miami, the second one up in Maine. The first one had red ropes. The second one had blue ropes. It just happened that way.”

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