THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN — Volume 17 • Issue 45 | April 1 — 7, 2005

Inside
Editorial
C.B. 1 should say no unless Minskoff offers more for Tribeca tower
Sometime within the next two months, developer Edward Minskoff and his consultants will formally present Community Board 1 with their plans to build 440 apartments and condos on the Warren St. parking lot site across from P.S. 234 — also called Site 5B in the now expired urban renewal zone.

Under Cover

Police Blotter

Letters to the editor


Downtown Notebook

Memories of a Beat who took a different road
By Ed Gold
I knew Lucian Carr — the last of the Beat generation survivors, friend of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, and a colorful, rebellious colleague of mine at Columbia College.

The Penny Post
Writing young
By Andrei Codrescu
I met a reader who told me that I write much younger than I look. That kind of threw me because I rarely look at myself. Even if I did look at myself more often, I wouldn’t say, you look older so it’s time to adjust your writing to your looks. When I was very young I wrote much older. Some of the poetry I wrote at 19 could have been the work of an ancient Chinese sage.


Youth

Cougars avenge their season’s only loss
By Zachary Roy
The only team to come between the I.S. 89 Cougars boys’ team (15-1) and an undefeated record has been the Lab Gators (8-4). Thursday afternoon at Lab, the Cougars had their long-awaited chance to avenge their January 13 53-44 loss to the Gators.

Good ol’ boys and girls from Chinatown bound for Tennessee chess championship
By Aman Singh
“I’m excited about flying on an airplane,” said Lisa Qiu. “We’ll be in the air for two hours!” Denny Lu added. Both Qiu and Lu are members of P.S. 42’s chess team, which won the Manhattan Borough Chess Championships and four teammates are heading down to Nashville, Tenn. next week for the National Chess Championship from April 7 – 11.

Youth Activities


Sports
Pier 40 field expected to open in April
By Zachary Roy
The new outdoor, multi-sport artificial-turf field in the courtyard of Hudson River Park’s Pier 40, which was initially hoped to be open last fall, should be ready by the middle of April, a spokesman for the park said.

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Retired firefighter Lee Ielpi of the September 11th Families Association talks to students about the 9/11 attack which killed his son Jonathan.

Overlooking the site where the father recovered his son
By Divya Watal
Lee Ielpi’s eyes fill with tears as he recalls finding the body of his son in the rubble of the Twin Towers after three months of relentless searching.


2nd Tribeca project may be louder than the first
By Ronda Kaysen
The construction plan for Site 5B, a 1.1 million sq. ft. residential project in Tribeca, sets the stage for more overcrowding at neighboring P.S. 234 and noise pollution that may affect the elementary school children once the construction gets underway.

B.P.C. creates a tie with tsunami village
By Zachary Roy
Battery Park City Cares, a group of B.P.C. residents committed to providing aid to survivors of the Indian Ocean tsunamis, is going to focus its efforts helping one Sri Lankan village with the rebuilding process.

Leader puts school zoning on the table
By Ronda Kaysen
I.S. 89 is not large enough to accommodate all of Downtown’s middle school-aged children if it were re-zoned for the neighborhood, according to a letter from Peter Heaney, superintendent for Region 9, although the neighborhood will likely need a zoned middle school in the coming years.

City files suit against Downtown group; arrests 37
By Jefferson Siegel
In the city’s latest legal maneuver against the monthly Critical Mass bike ride in Manhattan, just days before last Friday’s ride, many in the bike community were surprised when the city issued a summons to four members of Time’s Up!, an environmental action group on E. Houston St. that supports, but claims it does not organize, the Critical Mass ride.

Agency begins search for Governors Island ideas
By Ronda Kaysen
Call it a coming out party for Governors Island. The serene teardrop of land, half a mile off of Manhattan’s southern tip, is ready to hear what ideas the private sector has in store. The Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation, the city and state agency that maintains the property, released a Request for Expressions of Interest for its ward this week and is now waiting for ideas to flood the gates.

Translating housing law for those who don’t speak inglés
By Andrew LaVallee
An elderly Haitian woman walks hesitantly toward the front desk at Manhattan Housing Court, Room 523. There’s no Creole interpreter available today, the harried court officer tells her.

Seniors keep waiting for Centre St. center to open
By Ronda Kaysen
Project Open Door, a Chinatown senior center, is still waiting to move into its new home in a luxury condo on Centre St. — four years after the city secured the space for it.

Street bill signed
Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the “Park Row Bill” into law on Monday at City Hall. City Councilmember Alan Gerson, left, introduced the legislation last spring in reaction to post-9/11 security closures on Park Row near Police Plaza and near the New York Stock Exchange.


Arts

Loosening martyrs’ nooses
By JERRY TALLMER
Never mug a Princeton man. He may get up, lick his wounds and write something like:
How to make a suspect talk?
So many tacks to use!
Some go with charm and flattery
Now there’s a clever ruse!

A lifetime of cutting-edge filmmaking
By JERRY TALLMER
When the Germans came to the Mekas farmhouse in the Lithuanian village of Semeniskiai in 1944, Jonas Mekas, as he puts it today, “went out the window and into the potato field.” The last thing he glimpsed behind him was his father up against the wall, a German gun pressed into his back.

The passing of a music giant
By JERRY TALLMER
He was black and I am blue. “I’m white inside,” the great song goes, “But that don’t help my case, / ’Cause I can’t hide / What is on my face… What did I do / To be so black and blue?”

e.e. cummings ‘the painter’
By JERRY TALLMER
Three and a half blocks from #4 Patchin Place is 8 West 8th Street, once the studio of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, where in 1931 she launched the Whitney Museum of American Art, and it is in that memory-laden mazelike building – now the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture – that on a recent evening several dozen inhabitants of...


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