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Florence Jones, 49, was on the 77th floor of the World
Trade Center’s South Tower when she saw a large object
hurtling through the sky toward the building. Seconds later,
she heard a deafening noise, and smoke enveloped her.
She managed to find her way to the stairs. Of the last
25 people who escaped the building before it fell, she was
number 18.
She cheated death, but now Jones now has difficulty
breathing. In 2008, a doctor detected an abnormality in her
left lung that makes her prone to severe allergies.
“It feels like an elephant sitting on my chest,” she said.
She now takes two medications for her respiratory prob-
lem. Without treatment her doctors say she could develop
Shortly before 8 a.m. on September 29, a motor coach
pulled away from the building occupied by the DC37 union
on Barclay Street. The squeal and clang of construction at
the nearby World Trade Center site accompanied the depar-
ture. On board were people who had worked on the smok-
ing rubble of the World Trade Center after September 11,
2001, neighborhood residents and community activists who
were planning to travel more than nine hours that day, from
New York City to Washington, D.C. and back, to support
the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, up
for its second House vote. If passed, the bill would be the
first step in providing ongoing health care to those whose
health has since worsened and would reopen the federal
Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess
Did Orwell put it best?
This wall on a side street south of Union Square gives those just strolling by something to think about.
Carl Paladino, the upstart
Republican candidate for
governor, made the cam-
paign a bit more personal
Tuesday morning when he
called Assembly Speaker
Sheldon Silver a “criminal.”
Paladino has criticized the
state legislature frequently,
and has often been quoted
as saying he’d like to bring
a baseball bat to Albany. But
his comments on Tuesday
went a step further.
At a breakfast hosted
by Crain’s, Paladino said of
Silver, “The man is a crimi-
nal, and don’t make him
look like anything else.”
Later, however, Paladino
admitted that Silver had
never been charged of any
crime, let alone convicted.
In a statement, Speaker
Silver’s office said, “It
is unfortunate that New
Yorkers are being forced
to endure the insulting and
baseless hectoring of the
Republican candidate for
governor. I will not get into
the gutter with Mr. Paladino,
nor dignify his comments
with a response. Rather, I
will let New Yorkers judge
his fitness for public office.”
At the Crain’s breakfast,
Paladino detailed some of
his plans should he win the
gubernatorial race, which
include slashing spending
and privatizing many state
agencies. For example, he
would cut $20 billion from
the state’s Medicare budget,
dismantle the Metropolitan
Transporation Authority, and
change the state employee’s
current pension system to
a defined-contribution plan.
Overall, Paladino wants to
cut state taxes by 10 percent
and the state budget by 20
Recent polls indicate that
New Yorkers favor Paladino’s
opponent, Democrat Andrew
Cuomo, by as many as 20
percentage points. Paladino
scorned Cuomo, son of for-
mer New York governor
Mario Cuomo, as being part
of the “friends and family
And he claims that his
anger appeals to disillu-
sioned voters.
“I reflect the frustration
of the people, and I will con-
tinue to reflect that in my
own kind and gentle way,”
said the self proclaimed Tea
Party candidate.
At breakfast, Paladino
calls Silver a criminal
One step closer to law Traveling for a hero
Zadroga Passes House
Continued on page 11 Continued on page 10
Courtesy Paldinoforthepeople.com
GOP candidate for New York Governor Carl Paladino.
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C.B. 1
The upcoming week’s schedule of Community
Board 1 committee meetings is below. Unless other-
wise noted, all committee meetings are held at the
board office, located at 49-51 Chambers St., room
709 at 6 p.m.
ON WED., OCT. 7: CB 1’s Financial District
Committee will meet.
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Community Infrastructure Committee will meet.
ON TUES., OCT. 12: CB 1’s Youth and Education
Committee will meet.
Speaker at anti-Park 51 rally on trial
for hate speech
One of the keynote speakers at the September 11th protest
against the Islamic Cultural Center, Park 51, has gone on trial
for hate speech. Dutch politician Geert Wilders is charged
with inciting hatred against Muslims with his remarks compar-
ing Islam to Naziism and by calling for a ban on the Quran.
Wilders has called for taxing clothing that is frequently worn
by Muslims, such as headscarves, saying that they “pollute”
Dutch communities. Most discriminatory speech convictions
carry only small fines in the Netherlands, although Wilders
could face up to a year in prison.
“100” days vs. 50 reasons
After more than 160 years in operation, St. Vincent’s
Hospital closed its doors for good on April 30 — with a stag-
gering $1 billion in debt. Healthcare insiders have said chances
of getting a new hospital on the Lower West Side anytime
soon are basically nil. Plus, VillageCare and North Shore-Long
Island Jewish Health System recently announced an agreement
to team up on a state-funded urgent-care center on W. 20th St.
that would help fill at least some of the healthcare vacuum left
by St. Vincent’s going under. But none of that’s deterring the
die-hard advocacy group Coalition for a New Village Hospital
from its plans to hold a “100 Days Without a Hospital” rally
outside the former Catholic hospital, at 12th St. and Seventh
Ave., on Sun., Oct. 17. (Umm, not to nitpick — but by that
date it will actually have been 170 days without a hospital.
Maybe “100 Days Without a Hospital” just sounded more
catchy?…) The demonstrators will demand that the existing
hospital campus — or at least part of it — be reused as a full-
service hospital and not developed into luxury condos.
“Every minute counts” in the case of a medical emergen-
cy, traffic injury or terrorist attack, the group says, adding
that an urgent-care center isn’t enough, since it doesn’t treat
life-threatening conditions. A state Department of Health
spokesperson e-mailed us what we’ll now call the “50
Reasons Why St. Vincent’s Collapsed.” The response starts

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October 6 - 12, 2010 4
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Pace student murdered
Max Moreno, 21, a business student at Pace University
who was identified as a small-time marijuana dealer, was
shot to death shortly after midnight Wed., Sept. 29 in his 37

floor apartment at 2 Gold St., police said.
Two men entered the apartment and one with a gun
demanded money, police said. When Moreno refused to
comply, the gunman pulled the trigger but the safety catch
was on so he fired again and shot Moreno in the forehead,
police said. The two suspects fled with a black box and
escaped down the stairs after a brief confrontation in the hall
with an Erie Co. sheriff’s officer who was visiting someone
in the building.
A man and a woman had been in the apartment with
the victim to buy marijuana and were leaving when the two
suspects burst in, according to a Daily News article. Also in
the apartment was a woman friend of the victim, the Daily
News said.
Stephen Friedman, Pace University President, said the
school was shocked and saddened by the death. Moreno, a
Matawan, N.J. resident and a member of the Zeta Beta Tau
fraternity, was scheduled to graduate from Pace next year.
The fraternity held a vigil for Moreno Wednesday night.
Stolen cycle on eBay
Police arrested Kelis Livingston, 49, on Wed., Sept. 27
and charged him with the Sept. 9 theft of a bicycle from
a building at 137 Varick St, at the corner of Spring St.
Livingston made off with the bicycle, valued at $2,500,
around 6:52 p.m. and some days later sold it for $300,
according to charges filed by Manhattan District Attorney,
Cyrus Vance Jr. The purchaser of the cycle then offered it
for sale on eBay where the owner saw it and called police.
Livingston was being held pending a court appearance on
burglary and grand larceny charges
Soho nail salon
A burglar broke into Grand Soho II Nail Salon, 68
Thompson St. sometime between 7:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 3 and
the next morning, police said. The manager found the roll-up
gate open and the gate control box broken when he came to
open at 9:30 a.m. Monday. The surveillance camera had been
moved and $350 cash was stolen, police said.
Road rage
A driver stopped for a red light on West. St. at Vesey St.
at 3 p.m. Thurs. Sept. 30 when another motorist pulled up
alongside, threw a cup of hot coffee at the victim, scalding
his arm and shouted an obscenity. The victim confronted the
suspect and began to phone 911 but the suspect drove off.
Bicycle gone
A man who locked his Bianchi Pista bicycle to the rack at
the Mercantile Exchange, 1 North End Ave. at 8:45 a.m. Tues.
Sept. 28 found the cycle, valued at $2,500, had been stolen.
Vehicles stolen
A New Jersey man, 24, parked his motorcycle in front of
80 N. Moore St. in Independence Plaza, at 9:30a.m. Thurs.
Sept. 9 and returned later to find it had been stolen. Another
New Jersey man parked his motorcycle in the rear of 10
Liberty St. at 9 a.m. Fri., Sept. 17 and returned after work
at 5 p.m. to find it was gone. A visitor from Raleigh, N.C.,
parked his van at Greenwich and Watts St. at 4 p.m. Sun.,
Sept. 19 and returned at 7:30 p.m. to find it was stolen.
Housewares haul
An employee of the Bed Bath and Beyond branch at 270
Broadway demanded that a woman who was leaving the
shop at 9 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 9 show receipts for the mer-
chandise she was carrying. The suspect, Claudine Polycarpe,
25, had no receipts for the bedding, shower curtain, alarm
clock, curtains, candles, oven mitt and salad plates, valued at
$1,563 in all, and was charged with grand larceny.
Unlocked lockers
A Merrick, L.I. woman put her bag in a locker at the
Lucille Roberts fitness center, 143 Fulton St., at 11:45 a.m.
Tues., Sept. 21, left it unlocked and went to work out, police
said. She returned about an hour or so later to find the bag
gone and someone else’s stuff in the locker. She learned later
that the thief had used her credit card to make unauthorized
charges of $50 each at Starbucks and Duane Reade.
A man put his clothes and bag in a locker at New York
Sports Club, 503 Broadway, at 2:35 p.m. Tues. Sept. 28, and
left it unlocked while he went to work out. He returned an
hour later to find that his laptop computer had been stolen
along with his wallet and credit cards. The thief made unau-
thorized credit card charges at the Apple Store, 102 Prince
St. and at Best Buy at 622 Broadway, police said.
Greenhouse larceny
A busboy at Greenhouse, the club at 150 Varick St., spot-
ted a man in the men’s room rifling through a woman’s hand-
bag during the early hours of Tues., Sept. 21, police said.
The suspect, Trevor Nash, 19, was arrested and charged with
grand larceny for stealing the bag from a woman patron, 19,
visiting from Vilnius, Lithuania. When Nash was arrested,
the victim’s Nikon camera and her cigarettes fell out of his
pants leg, police said.
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Tasting the flavor of transition
Make plans to eat Sunday brunch in
the streets come October 24th. The Taste
of the Seaport is primarily a fundraiser for
the Spruce Street School Parent Teacher
Association, but also seeks to draw much
needed attention to the rapidly expanding
The South Street Seaport primarily caters
to the tourist crowd, but has recently started
to morph into a residential community.
Following in the footsteps of the Taste of
Tribeca, which takes place every spring,
Taste of the Seaport will be an annual fall
“A lot of attention is pushed towards
the West side, since that’s where all of the
schools have been up until now,” said Learan
Kahanov, co-chair of the Taste of the Seaport
Committee. “Now that we have a school on
the East side, and more families moving into
the Seaport area and the Financial District,
we need to call attention to the restaurants
and shops that support us.”
The Taste of Front Street, the pilot pro-
gram for this larger-scale fundraiser, took
place back in June. After taking parent
and merchant response into consideration,
Wendy Juan, treasurer of the Spruce Street
School PTA, decided the event should have a
more professional look this time around.
“We want to do it even better this time,
especially since we’re hoping for at least 750
people to come out,” Juan said.
The Taste of the Seaport event will be
slightly more kid friendly than the other
events, offering kid friendly treats like apple
cider donuts and cotton candy. There will be
two activity tables from the Quad, one from
Manhattan Youth, and other stations offer-
ing face painting and balloon animals. State
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is set to
make an appearance as the guest of honor.
This event will span much farther than
the last; General Growth Properties, the
event’s main sponsor, has allotted the use of
their private property from Front Street to
Peck Slip and down to Fulton Street. This
means that a stage can be set up for live
music, and more local merchants can get
The event is already drawing more atten-
tion than its predecessor, and new restau-
rants in the Seaport and Financial District
area are stepping up to support the school
and show off their goods. The number of
participants is still growing, so expect a vast
variety of food and a whole lot of fun.
“It’s more than a taste of the food that
the restaurants give out,” said Kahanov. “It’s
a taste of our neighborhood.”
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Port provides update
to WTC Committee
Port Authority officials presented an
update of the World Trade Center construc-
tion site at Monday night’s Community
Board 1 W.T.C. Redevelopment
“Construction is now underway on all
parts of the site – it’s [been] a heck of
a challenge, but it’s never been at that
point before, and that’s something to
celebrate,” said Janno Lieber, president of
the World Trade Center Properties. And
though Silverstein and the Port have come
a long way in achieving that goal, their
jobs are not quite finished, he said.
Chris Ward, executive director of the
Port Authority, presented a slideshow
update on the current state of the new
Work on the memorial site is moving
along as planned. The steel infrastruc-
ture of the memorial museum’s pavilion
entrance is now between 60 and 70 per-
cent complete.
“We feel like we’re really gaining
momentum,” Ward said of the project.
“I think having this completed for the
10-year anniversary will characterize the
completion of the memorial.”
Twenty-five out of about 60 swamp
white oak trees have been delivered to
the memorial site; the remainder will be
planted by the end of October, when the
project will halt until next spring.
“It won’t simply be a memorial,”
he said. “It’ll be a place where office
workers grab a sandwich, cut across the
plaza on a rainy day as a shortcut to
work.” Ward referred to the future 9/11
Memorial as “an incredible oasis of green
One W.T.C. is now 40 stories high,
rising at a continued construction rate of
about one floor per week.
“The building will be 90 stories high
by the 10-year anniversary of 9/11,” Ward
Work on the Transportation Hub is also
moving along, Ward reported – 700,000
square feet has been built below grade.
The construction workers were able to
dismantle temporary PATH platforms
without disrupting transit service.
“We’ve successfully avoided outages
on the PATH system which we’re very
proud of,” Ward said. Workers are now
constructing the hub’s mezzanine floor,
which will be located underneath the park
of the 9/11 Memorial. “We’ll be mak-
ing considerable progress in the coming
months,” Ward said. The hub is slated for
an on-time completion in 2014.
Conde Nast’s show of interest in leas-
ing office space in one W.T.C. is a “game-
changer for Downtown,” Ward said. “The
relationship with that type of employee
would have with Downtown… I think will
be really dramatic.”
The large-scale media company would
also nurture the area’s housing sector, he
said, since it caters to a primarily urban
work force.
“We don’t just have to fill the buildings
as a leasing matter,” Lieber said. “We have
to make sure we have the kind of tenants
that are going to support [Downtown]
culture.” One of the goals, he mentioned,
is to secure office tenants for all of Tower
4 by the end of 2010. Six out of 64 stories
of the tower has been built. Lieber point-
ed out the adhesive, dense fireproofing as
a major safety feature of the future build-
ing. Its lobby, which will face Memorial
Park, will have a granite wall reflecting
the trees as a sign of respect to the park.
The W.T.C. is “a very special place that
we hope will be an urban model for the
country and even for the world,” he said,
“and we’ve gotten most of the way there.”
The foundations of Towers 2 and 3
have been excavated, with set completion
dates of 2012 and 2014-15, respectively.
Greenwich Street, meanwhile, is expected
to be fully restored by 2014.
Ward said the Port is committed
to helping rebuild St. Nicholas Greek
Orthodox Church on its original footprint
on Liberty Street, and to expand it by
50 percent. The initial plan was a large-
scale $60 million project that would have
delayed the construction of the Vehicle
Security Center.
“It would be entirely appropriate, and
we’re working with the Mayor to bring
that negotiation to a successful conclu-
sion,” Ward said.
Committee member Marc Ameruso
asked whether the Port Authority could
seize ownership of the property, to which
Ward replied, “If [the church] fails to
negotiate in good faith, we’d have to
invoke some condemnation via eminent
domain, but we have no intention of
doing that.”
The current plan is to come to a mutu-
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“This is very exciting — we real-
ly appreciate you coming back,” said
Catherine McVay Hughes, chair of the
W.T.C. Redevelopment Committee, in
response to the Port’s slideshow.
Ward assured the committee of the
strengthened relationship between the
Port and Silverstein in light of the recent
financial agreement: “in all aspects we
have certainty, for the first time, and a
level of progress and public accountabil-
ity,” he said.
Ward said the Port is finalizing negotia-
tions with Westfield Group, an Australian
shopping mall operator, to create approxi-
mately 500,000 square feet in retail space
in Towers 2, 3 and 4.
And though the Port and Silverstein
have made major strides in the W.T.C.
redevelopment project, “Next year will be
the hardest year,” Ward said, particularly
in readying for the opening of the memo-
rial and forging ahead with the restora-
tion of Greenwich Street.
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Espresso master from Italy schools New Yorkers
Lucky Downtown patrons got a taste of Italy at the Manon
Café on Trinity Place last week. Illy Coffee’s Master Barista
Giorgio Milos visited the café as part of a yearlong trip through
the United States to train other Illy baristas and spread infor-
mation about espresso to coffee-loving customers.
“Culturally speaking, the United States is very different,”
Milos explained. “I see people walking with these enormous
cups in paper bags. Here it is more about consuming, but in
Italy coffee is about recharging and socializing.”
Manon on Trinity Place is one of three New York City
cafes to offer chocolates made by Leonidas Chocolates, a
Belgian company best known for their pralines. At Manon,
every coffee order comes with a complimentary small piece
of chocolate, explained Yodit Gebreab, one of Manon’s
Many of the customers who lined up for an espresso dis-
cussion with Milos said they visit Manon regularly, and some
cited the free chocolate as the reason. Mary Collette, who
works nearby as a construction manager, confessed that she
usually goes to Dunkin’ Donuts.
“But every once in a while I like a latte,” she said.
Giorgio’s terms were simple: ask a question and receive
a free sample of espresso – but he surprised many custom-
ers with an additional gift of a can of espresso beans. Joe
Matarazzo, a construction worker at the World Trade Center
site, said he has an espresso machine at home and looks for-
ward to brewing it himself, though he likes to visit Manon
midday for a double espresso.
Through the afternoon, Giorgio deftly answered ques-
tions about the caffeine content of espresso, the sustain-
ability of Illy’s coffee sourcing, and the best machines for
brewing espresso. And while Gebreab hovered nearby, ready
to provide free samples of chocolate with a winning smile,
Giorgio cautioned his patrons to drink espresso first and eat
chocolate later, because, he said, the oil in chocolate can
interfere with the taste of the coffee.
“My passion, my life, my love, is coffee,” he told a cus-
And how was the espresso?
“Fantastico,” said James Mallory, an local architect.
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October 6 - 12, 2010 8
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Manhattan-based commercial real
estate lender iStar Financial will have to
quickly refinance or restructure its debt
obligations in order to skirt bankruptcy,
according to a financial report released
last week.
Fitch Ratings announced in a press
release last Wednesday that the lender
will be facing considerable debt payments
by the second quarter of 2011, including
$1.7 billion in unpaid loans and another
$500 million in unsecured credit, or loans
that are not backed by collateral.
In response to the report, iStar claims
it is operating business as usual and is
continuing to assess its options to realign
its asset and liability deadlines.
“A Fitch default is not a default under
any of our loan agreements,” said Andrew
G. Backman, senior vice president of
investor relations and marketing for
He added that iStar has ample near-
term liquidity, cash to fund operation and
obligations in the immediate future.
“In our opinion, absent bankruptcy,
the company will need to restructure its
debt with its lenders” in order to push
out the due date of its loan repayments,
explained Steve Marks, managing director
of real estate investment trusts at Fitch
The company made some risky loans
since the recession began, said Dan
Fasulo, managing director of research at
Real Capital Analytics, which contrib-
uted to its current financial problems.
If they do declare bankruptcy, iStar will
either “try to restructure or do an official
Chapter 11 filing,” Fasulo said, who is
also acquainted with iStar’s financial situ-
The decline in value of commercial
real estate over the last several years has
prevented some of iStar’s borrowers from
paying back its loans, according to the
Fitch report. As a result, iStar is having
trouble recovering from its own debt to
stay afloat.
“iStar is not able to generate enough
loan repayments from its borrowers… to
repay its own loan obligations,” Marks
explained. “The issue now is, who will
lend to iStar.”
Currently iStar has loan agreements
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Lower Manhattan is now home to a new,
private pre-K through 12 school. School
staff, parents and students gathered at a
ribbon-cutting ceremony bright and early
Monday morning to celebrate the official
opening of Claremont Preparatory’s new
campus at One Morris Street.
On September 13, the new building
opened its doors to 162 youths grades five
through ten, with the goal of admitting
960 students grades five through twelve by
2016. The new portion of the school, serving
grades 5 through 10, is steps away from its
original building at 41 Broad Street, across
Broadway, which opened as an elementary
and middle school in 2005.
MetSchools founder and C.E.O. Michael
Koffler quickly saw the need to expand the
“We want to provide a sense of com-
munity that adds to what has happened in
Lower Manhattan going back nine years
ago,” said Koffler.
“Being able to support Lower Manhattan
with a project of this size and scope was an
uncompromising necessity.”
Koffler and his team began scouting
around for a site in Lower Manhattan early
last year. Of all the candidates, the building
on Morris Street stuck out.
“This building has character, it’s in a
proximate location [to the lower school],
which was important to us, and has a fabu-
lous ownership team,” said Koffler.
“It’s so great for Lower Manhattan,”
said John Whitehead, former chairman of
Goldman Sachs and the Lower Manhattan
Development Corporation. “Kids going to
private school had to commute by subway
uptown… now, they’ve got their own school
Ken Wrye, the interim headmaster for
Claremont Prep, spoke to the significance
of the new upper school as it pertains to the
rebuilding of Lower Manhattan. “It’s won-
derful that this school is a part of that whole
renaissance,” he said.
Wrye will help develop the curriculum
for the high school this year, which, current-
ly made up of ninth and tenth graders, will
tack on eleventh and twelfth grades in the
coming years. The high school will graduate
its first class in spring 2013.
“We feel the students need to have a
global view, not just a U.S. view,” said Wrye,
Claremont Prep happy
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October 6 - 12, 2010 9
Crane blocking Lower Manhattan hotel, no big deal
Bovis Lend Lease, a construction manage-
ment company, closed off part of Washington
Street, between Albany and Cedar Streets,
last week to operate a mobile crane to
remove the steel from the former Deutsche
Bank building at 130 Liberty, which is being
dismantled floor by floor.
The crane, which will be stationed on
Washington Street until October 17, is block-
ing the entrance of the World Center Hotel.
W.C.H. is making up for the inconvenience
by offering guests coupons and a compli-
mentary drink at the hotel bar, according to
Cheryl Palmer, corporate vice president of
the World Center Hotel.
“We have not seen any change in cus-
tomer interest in the hotel due to the current
construction,” Palmer noted.
The street closure is inconveniencing for
guests arriving to the hotel by car or taxi.
“The street is blocked off here, and it’s
very confusing for cab drivers,” said a con-
cierge who was perched on the corner of
Washington and Albany Streets.
He said he was hired as a part-time temp
to assist guests in accessing the hotel lobby
until the construction is complete.
“It’s a little annoying,” said hotel guest
Matthew McCasland, who drove in from
Cincinnati for the weekend and had trouble
unloading his luggage. “The access is very
The hotel has carved out a walkway
to access the lobby from the corner of
Washington and Albany. And though sev-
eral signs plastered onto the north side of
the hotel building are meant to help, “some
don’t know how to get in,” the concierge
Other pedestrians entering and exiting
the hotel said they were not bothered by the
“The crane doesn’t bother me,” said
Italian tourist Gaia Parasecoli, who is stay-
ing at the hotel for one month. Finding her
way to the hotel was “okay,” she said.
“I saw the signs,” Parasecoli said.
“I can’t even hear it or see it [from]
my room,” said Ryan Wynne, another
hotel guest. As for accessing the hotel’s
entrance, “it hasn’t been an issue at all,”
Wynne said.
“It’s definitely not beautiful,” Wynne said
of the crane, “but it doesn’t bother me that
LeRoy Wright, visiting with his wife from
Palmdale, California, said he was dropped
off right in front of the hotel by an airport
shuttle bus.
“It pulled up there, we unloaded, and
we went in,” without a problem, he said.
“As far as traveling, I see all around there’s
Some guests have even become acquaint-
ed with the construction workers.
“The guys here are really friendly in the
morning – they’re kind of like our friends
now,” said Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez, visiting
for a week from Omaha, Nebraska. “Plus,
I understand the symbolism behind [the
Getting to and from the hotel lobby, she
added, “has not been a problem.”
The construction work will contin-
ue through mid-November, according
to the Lower Manhattan Construction
Command Center. The project is being
coordinated with the Port Authority’s
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Next step for bill, Senate floor
Jones had a bout with pneumonia in
2008 and has since visited a clinic at
Bellevue Hospital every three months for
a check-up with an in-house physician.
“It’s kind of like one-stop shopping,”
she said of the clinic, which has an array of
specialists to treat 9/11-related illnesses.
“You name it, they have it,” she said.
But she has been told that without reg-
ular treatment she could develop emphy-
Jones is one of an estimated 71,000
civilians who were exposed to airborne
toxins in the days and months following
the attacks. Clinics at Bellevue Hospital,
Elmhurst Hospital and Gouverneur
Health Care Services were established
to provide 9/11 survivors exposed to the
airborne toxins with continued treatment
and medical monitoring.
The clinics depend almost wholly on
Uncle Sam: patients incur no out-of-pock-
et expenses, and only a small percentage of
the medical costs are financed by the city,
according to Kimberly Flynn, co-chair of
the Community Advisory Committee for
the W.T.C. Environmental Health Center,
which does outreach and advocacy for
9/11 victims.
“Having to rely on the yearly authori-
zation process throws into doubt whether
the programs will have the funding they
need to continue,” she said. “The further
we get away from 9/11, the harder it is to
get the same amount of money authorized
the following year.”
These and other 9/11 treatment pro-
grams are one step closer to securing
annual federal payments for the next eight
years. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health
Bill and Compensation Act (H.R. 847)
passed the House of Representatives by
a 268-160 vote last Wednesday, just over
15 months after it was first introduced.
The bill now awaits Senate approval.
President Obama has pledged to sign it
into law if it appears on his desk.
Zadroga offers $3.2 billion in medical
monitoring and treatment to residents,
workers and students, and expands on
the existing program by providing expert
treatment to patients.
It also allocates $4.2 billion to reopen
the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund that
will reimburse victims for economic and
job losses — an alternative to filing suit
against the city. It provides legal protection
to the city and W.T.C. construction firms
involved in the dismantling of buildings
near Ground Zero.
Community Board 1’s W.T.C.
Redevelopment Committee unanimous-
ly passed a resolution Monday evening
thanking elected officials and community
activists for their stalwart campaigning for
the bill.
The resolution also calls on the U.S.
Senate to build on the successful momen-
tum of the passage of [the Zadroga bill]
in the House and strongly urges Senate
Democrats and Republicans to work
together as soon as they return for the
final Senate session of the year.”
An estimated 71,000 people are
enrolled in the W.T.C. Health Registry,
claiming they had been exposed to toxins.
More than 53,000 first responders are cur-
rently registered for medical monitoring,
and around 36,000 individuals to date
have received treatment for 9/11-related
illnesses and injuries, mostly federally-
funded, according to Congressman Jerrold
Nadler’s office.
Nadler and fellow New York represen-
tatives Carolyn Maloney, Peter King and
Michael McMahon sponsored the bill. It
was on the House floor in July, but did not
gain a two-thirds majority it needed for
passage. Opponents, mainly Republicans,
fear the new entitlement program will
place an extra burden on American tax-
According to reports, the law’s advo-
cates are already calendaring it for consid-
eration once the politicians return to D.C.
from mid-election campaigning, circum-
venting the typical committee process.
“We’re working closely with Senate
majority leader Harry Reid to bring the bill
to a vote in the Senate by the end of the
year,” said Joe Soldevere, spokesperson for
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.
Though the bill has yet to go through
the Senate, its passage through the House
was a major victory in the eyes of its pro-
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“The further we get
away from 9/11, the
harder it is to get the
same amount of money
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October 6 - 12, 2010 11
On the bus to support Zadroga
Victim Compensation Fund.
Catherine McVay Hughes, who lives near
the site, and is a veteran of the struggle to
get the Zadroga bill passed, said the day
was a make-or-break moment. If the bill
again failed to pass, there would be no other
The Barclay Street bus was one of four
sponsored that morning by the non-profit
FealGood Foundation, whose founder, John
Feal, a demolitions supervisor, volunteered
at the site and lost half his foot when an
eight-ton steel beam fell on it.
The mood on the bus was somber. People
mostly read, slept, checked their cellphones
or seemed lost in thought. Some of them had
been to Washington before to lobby for the
Zadroga bill. A few were novices.
Battery Park City resident Chris Snyder
had not done this before.
“I think a lot of people were deceived
in terms of the atmosphere and what they
needed to do to protect themselves,” he
said, explaining why he had taken a day off
from work to be on the bus. “People were
told by Governor Whitman that the air was
okay. It wasn’t. Justice for these people is
Evelin Zumba, a case manager for the
World Trade Center Environmental Health
Center at Bellevue Hospital volunteered to
go to Washington out of personal experi-
ence – “a lot of people with mental health
and physical conditions, a lot with family
problems. A lot of the families have disinte-
grated. Whatever I can do to help — that’s
why I’m here today.”
Glenn Abatemarco, 49, of Brooklyn,
N.Y., was an example of what Ms. Zumba
described. Mr. Abatemarco was in good
health prior to 9/11 and had an important
managerial job at an investment bank. Now
he can only work a few hours a day because
of breathing and concentration problems
and traveled to Washington, D.C. with 19
medications and a nebulizer.
In New Jersey, the bus pulled into a rest
stop and more people got on. Among them
was Joseph Zadroga, 63, whose son, James,
was an NYPD detective. James died in
January 2006 at 34 — the first person whose
death was linked to exposure to World Trade
Center toxins.
“Jimmy was sick within the first two
weeks,” Mr. Zadroga said. “He had World
Trade Center cough and for four years, we
tried to get help for him from doctors and
hospitals and every time he went to a hospi-
tal, the hospital would discharge him and tell
him he wasn’t sick.”
After an autopsy came back “and showed
that he had died from 9/11,” Mr. Zadroga
continued, “the press came to our house
and I said to my wife, ‘We can either tell the
press to go away and not bother us or we can
become advocates for the other people out
there that are sick.’” The Zadrogas decided
on the latter even though, as Mr. Zadroga
said, “It’s been hard on us — constantly
bringing it up and talking about it — but it’s
something I think Jimmy would have wanted
for us to do.”
The hours and miles sped by. New Jersey.
Pennsylvania, Delaware. Some people on
the bus tried to get some sleep. A light rain
began to fall.
What would happen in Washington
and when it would happen were uncertain.
Briefly, it was reported that the vote sched-
uled for that day had been postponed. Then
it was said it was on again. A call came
through saying only an hour of debate would
be permitted prior to the vote. There were
phone calls as to when that would happen.
It wasn’t clear that the buses would arrive
in time.
No one said much. The tension mount-
Four and a half hours after leaving
New York City, the buses pulled up to
the Capitol and the riders were greeted
by Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY),
one of the Zadroga bill’s sponsors, and by
Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY), a
passionate advocate of the bill. Then the bus
riders filed into the House gallery.
At 1:10 p.m., Congressman Nadler got
up to speak on the floor of the House.
“Mr. Speaker,” he said, “pursuant to House
Resolution 1674, I call up the bill (H.R.
847) to amend the Public Health Service
Act to extend and improve protections and
services to individuals directly impacted by
the terrorist attack in New York City on
September 11, 2001, and for other purposes,
and ask for its immediate consideration.”
In the visitors’ gallery, firemen, police-
men, first responders, volunteers, neighbor-
hood residents, union representatives and
Mr. Zadroga looked down on the nearly
empty chamber where the proponents of the
bill sat on one side and the opponents on
the other.
For an hour, those for the bill and those
opposed to it debated.
“We have a moral obligation to treat
those who became ill,” Nadler said, “and
that is what this bill is all about. For eight
years, Representative [Carolyn] Maloney
and I, supported in a bipartisan basis by
the New York delegation and others, have
worked to bring this bill to the floor. Now it
is finally time to pass it.”
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spoke in opposition. The legislation, as writ-
ten, creates a huge “slush fund paid for by
taxpayers that is open to abuse, fraud and
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October 6 - 12, 2010
Zadroga bill passes
House; Senate
prospects up in the air
It is unconscionable that it took nine years. Nonetheless,
last week’s vote in the House of Representatives in sup-
port of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation
Act was historic.
Though long overdue, it was a refreshing example
of putting personal agendas aside for the good of the
And indeed, it was for the good of the entire United
States and not just the state of New York. Volunteers
from every state traveled to Lower Manhattan in the
weeks and months following that tragic day.
But still, there were 160 “no” votes. That’s disheart-
We’re talking about heroes. We’re talking about
thousands of citizens risking their own health to help
others, to help New Yorkers. In the weeks and months
after 9/11/01 we saw a country united like never before.
As far as this bill is concerned, Capitol Hill should be
a reflection of that quintessential moment of solidarity.
Party lines must disappear.
We are grateful to, and want to thank, the New York
Congressional delegation, and Reps. Maloney, Nadler,
King and McMahon, for getting the Zadroga bill passed.
After it failed in July, they kept working and they tri-
umphed and we salute them.
So now what? The fight is seemingly far from over.
The bill moves to the Senate floor and all signs point to
a lengthy battle, a possible filibuster and the real likeli-
hood that the bill will not see the light of day until 2011.
Which begs numerous questions: what if the Democrats
lose the Senate? What if Senator Gillibrand doesn’t pre-
vail in her bid to return to Washington?
The “right,” evidenced by the conservative from
Texas, Representative Lamar Smith who voted no and
called the bill a slush fund and even questioned its name
in an attempt to paint a hero as something less, is more
than ready for a fight in the Senate. Should they gain the
majority, the bill could very well be in jeopardy.
So now we call on Senators Schumer and Gillibrand,
local activists and community leaders to become educa-
tors. They have to explain that this about helping victims,
honoring heroes and paying tribute to those who volun-
teered to help our community rebuild and heal. We must
not let opponents of this momentous bill spread lies and
sway the debate for their own benefit. This is a moment
to stand up, fight back, speak the truth and educate.
Our local elected officials should become national
voices in the coming months, both for the good of their
real constituents and for the entire country.
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Thanks, Mr. Mayor
To the Editor:
I agree with the Mayor and your editorial
in September 22-28 Downtown Express. I
own a car and recently bought four new tires.
I guess if I didn’t buy the tires the tire com-
pany wouldn’t make money and pay taxes.
They wouldn’t need workers, which means
less jobs and less taxes paid by workers. I also
bought a new battery. If we auto owners don’t
buy batteries these companies wouldn’t need
workers and these companies would have to
lay off workers and no one will be paying
taxes. If I didn’t buy gas or oil these compa-
nies would probably go out of business and
less jobs and taxes. How about mechanics
and their shops and workers — no jobs and
no taxes. What about auto part stores and
their workers — no jobs, no taxes.
We could also save money at parking
meters and parking lots. What about insur-
ance companies and their workers. Lastly,
what about the DMV for drivers’ licenses
and plates. Oh, and let’s not forget our
friends the meter maids. So I guess if all
of us motorists sold our cars and bought
bicycles a lot of people would be out of work
and there would be no tax money. Thank you
very much Mr. Mayor.
I guess all of these out of work people
could get jobs in bicycle shops and you will
be putting in car lanes in our streets (for the
people who still own one) so that they could
drive next to all of the bicycles.
George Marmo
p.s. What about revenue from our bridg-
es and tunnels. New York is a big city. There
is supposed to be a lot of cars and people.
The hustle and bustle make New York City a
great place to live.
Does not ring true
To the Editor:
The content of the Letter to the Editor
regarding the replacement of St. Vincent’s
does not ring true to me. I would hope at
least one of five politicians who signed the
letter would answer the following ques-
1. Why does a hospital that existed for
160 years require a needs assessment? Did
all of the people in the catchment area
disappear? Don’t the St. Vincent’s medical
records provide the profile of the commu-
nity needs (weren’t there 60,000 visits in
2. Since Long Island Jewish wants to be
part of the medical services provided to the
West Village, isn’t there a conflict of inter-
est with Long Island Jewish conducting a
major part of the needs assessment?
3. Is the needs assessment a stalling tac-
tic? Those holding out for this and delaying
emergency services to the people of the
West Side appear to be acting as a “death
panel” for those requiring immediate care.
Isn’t it time for the elected representa-
tives of the people to start acting as such,
rather than as politicians who could be
furthering their own agenda?
Carol Venticinque
John W. Sutter
John Bayles
Scott Stiffler
Aline Reynolds
Albert Amateau
Lincoln Anderson
Francesco Regini
Jason Sherwood
Allison Greaker
Julio Tumbaco
Colin Gregory
Vera Musa
Troy Masters
Mark Hasselberger
Jamie Paakkonen
Wickham Boyle • Nikki
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Jerry Tallmer
Lorenzo Ciniglio • Milo Hess
Corky Lee • Elisabeth Robert
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Michael Mandelkern
Joseph Rearick
to the Editor
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October 6 - 12, 2010 13
I believe the time has come for Imam
Feisal Abdul Rauf to make an unequivocal
commitment to build the Cordoba House /
Park51 community center at the proposed
location on Park Place. It is time to end all
speculation that the project may be moved
Indeed, any decision to relocate Park
51 would be viewed (accurately, in my
opinion) as a victory for the extremists
who have spread lies and misrepresentations
about the project and used it to provoke
anti-Muslim hysteria by appealing to fear,
hatred and religious intolerance. Such a
victory would encourage these homegrown
fanatics to oppose Muslim projects in other
locations around the country. A decision
to relocate the project at this time would
also send a message to the rest of the world
that Muslims in the U.S., no matter how
moderate, are second-class citizens who are
subject to intimidation when they attempt to
exercise the most basic constitutional rights
others take for granted.
There is strong support for Park51,
including its proposed location, in our local
community. In addition to the inspirational
leadership of Mayor Bloomberg on this
matter, Community Board 1 has voted over-
whelmingly in support of the amenities that
the project would provide and that would be
open to all members of the community, not
just Muslims. Our local elected officials,
with one exception, have stood firmly with
Imam Rauf and his congregation that has
been a part of this community for 27 years.
Recently, an umbrella organization com-
prised of dozens of civic, religious, civil
rights and other community groups was
formed to offer visible support on a more
structured basis. Organized by Common
Cause, New York Neighbors for American
Values (which includes a 9/11 family group
representing about 250 survivors of 9/11
victims) held a candlelight vigil on the eve-
ning of September 10
that resulted in par-
ticipation by more than 2,000 Park51 sup-
porters. In addition, the two major down-
town political clubs, Lower Manhattan
Democrats (of which I am the President)
and Downtown Independent Democrats,
have each adopted strong statements favor-
ing the Park51 project and welcoming it to
our neighborhood.
There is no logical reason for local
Muslims to compromise away their rights
under our Constitution to build Park51
wherever they choose, including two blocks
away from the World Trade Center site.
Those who say it is “insensitive” to build
the project at that location are themselves
being insensitive to our local Muslim com-
munity because they are effectively saying
that all Muslims are tainted by, and bear
responsibility for, the actions of the 9/11
terrorists. The latter conclusion is wrong
and unacceptable and must be rejected by
our community. The best way to reject it
is to ignore such irrational statements and
proceed with the development and con-
struction of the project on Park Place.
Finally, one of the catalysts for the civil
rights movement over 50 years ago was the
fact that black Americans fought and died
in World War II, and those who returned
found it increasingly unacceptable to be
treated as second-class citizens in their
own country. Muslim Americans should
refuse to be treated this way as well.
Muslim soldiers serve today in our armed
forces and many of them have died fight-
ing for their country against terrorists in
Iraq and Afghanistan. This is one reason
that no one in the armed forces complains
when Muslim prayer services are held less
than 100 feet from the location of the 9/11
terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Dozens
of Muslims died at the World Trade Center
on 9/11 as well, and Muslims were among
those volunteers who worked at the site
following the attacks.
So there is every reason for the orga-
nizers of Park51 to fully exercise their
rights to build the facility on Park Place
and no reason whatsoever for them to
“compromise” (read capitulate) by relo-
cating it, especially when such a “com-
promise” could be interpreted as a sign
of weakness and thereby encourage addi-
tional attacks on Muslim activities by anti-
Islamic extremists. Other outreach efforts
by Park51 have been discussed, including
inter-faith programs and possibly even a
separate prayer space for non-Muslims
that involve no compromise of principle
– indeed, the project has been envisioned
from the start as one that would reach
out to engage non-Muslims. But moving
the location of the facility in reaction to
the irrational fears of some and the reli-
gious intolerance of others would send
the wrong message to the world. If the
facility is built at the proposed location,
I have no doubts whatsoever that in ten
or twenty years people will be amazed to
learn that a controversy once existed over
the project, because it will have become an
accepted and integral part of the fabric of
our community.
Bill Love is a member of Community
Board 1 and President of Lower Manhattan
An article by Aline Reynolds in last week’s Downtown
Express reported that Millennium High School is looking
into using space at 26 Broadway to relieve overcrowding.
The article, entitled “Millennium Shopping for Space,”
reported that the high school’s principal, Richard Rhodes, envi-
sions a campus model for Millennium: “there would be two
small schools, and they would share resources,” Rhodes said.
An article from 2003, “Millennium school opens
Downtown,” by Elizabeth O’Brien, documented the first day
of school for the new institution.
“City and state officials hailed the opening of Millennium,
the first public high school in Lower Manhattan to give admis-
sions preference to local students, as a sign of Downtown’s
rebirth after Sept. 11, 2001,” O’Brien wrote.
Community members had pushed for the school to give
preference to students living south of Houston Street.
Millenium’s first students were impressed with their new
school. Christopher Curmi, age 15, told O’Brien, “It’s very
retro and open.” And Brandon Ramirez, also age 15, said,
“It’s a lot better than being in someone else’s school.”
But school attendance has swelled downtown, and stu-
dents may soon find themselves sharing yet another building.
Millennium is currently holding classes in hallways due to high
enrollment. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who has formed a
School Overcrowding Task Force, wrote to NYC schools chancel-
lor Joel Klein in support of securing the space at 26 Broadway.
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Joyus day for locals
said Nadler in a statement. “I’m so proud of this victory,
and I’m moved by the prospect of finally, after nine long
years, delivering what thousands of ailing Americans
have been waiting for.”
Survivors Kathleen Moore and Mary Perillo were on
the edge of their seats at O’Hara’s Restaurant and Pub last
Wednesday afternoon to watch the play-by-play of the debate
on the House floor.
At around 3:30 p.m., the news was announced.
“I’m jubilant – I couldn’t be happier,” Moore said.
Perillo was temporarily relieved but said she would be on
pins and needles again in the days prior to the Senate vote. A
resident at 125 Cedar Street, a loft building facing the World
Trade Center, Perillo has volunteered to undergo a series of
medical exams as part of a heavy metals study. The doctors
are testing her lungs, blood and mental health.
Perillo began experiencing shortness of breath again back
in July.
“I just want to make sure it’s not anything scary,” she said.
Uncontrollable coughing sent her twice to the emergency
room in 2002. She was also diagnosed with spontaneous
asthma, which she said she had never experienced prior to
the attacks.
Perillo still shudders at the sound of a plane when it shifts
“You just feel it again, that ‘shaking in your boots’ phe-
nomenon,” she said.
The Zadroga bill is named after N.Y.P.D. detective James
Zadroga, who worked at Ground Zero for three weeks follow-
ing the 9/11 attacks. Zadroga developed flu-like symptoms and
respiratory problems in January 2006 and died soon thereafter.
Contrary to what was announced in 2006, Zadroga perished
from prescription drugs, not directly from health problems
caused by dust inhalation in and around Ground Zero.
Still, as, Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand said, “His
lungs looked like the lungs of an 80-year-old person.
Whatever the immediate cause of death, the fundamental
cause of death was his grave respiratory illness, based on all
the reports that I’ve read.”
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waste,” he said. “That is because the legislation creates an
inexplicable and unprecedented 21-year-long fund.”
He said that Detective James Zadroga had not died
because of exposure to Ground Zero dust, but for other
reasons. “So the bill is deceptive,” said Smith, “starting
with its title.”
Around 2:30 p.m., the House chamber began to fill.
Most of the seats were taken. The voting would soon
At 3 p.m., the Republicans, who were largely opposed
to the bill, made a motion to recommit it, which would
have sent it back to committee and killed it. The motion to
recommit was around 70 pages long, and the proponents
of the bill had not seen it before. As Congressman Nadler
later explained, the proponents asked for the provisions
to be read aloud to buy time as they pored through the
document newly put in front of them to make sure there
were no clauses that would make it impossible for them
to vote for the bill. As each new proposed amendment
was read, Nadler made a judgment.
“We can live with that,” he said.
The voting on the motion to recommit began.
Electronic boards at either end of the room kept a run-
ning tally of the yeas and nays, and another electronic
board above the press gallery listed each Congress per-
son’s name and how he or she voted.
At 3:24 p.m., the vote to defeat the motion to recom-
mit went over the top accompanied by applause on the
House floor and in the visitors’ gallery. Then a vote fol-
lowed on the passage of the bill. A simple majority was
needed for passage. At 3:32 p.m., the vote to pass the
bill went over the top. There was applause on the House
floor, and the people who had come down on the bus
were on their feet in the gallery, cheering and applaud-
ing. Maloney stood near the Speaker’s desk in her pearls
and dark pink suit, pumping her fist in the air.
The final vote was 268 to 160, with 255 Democrats
and 13 Republicans supporting the bill.
At a press conference afterward in the Rayburn House
Office Building, people were both teary-eyed and beam-
“I was extremely emotional today,” Nadler said. “We
won a major victory and I am overjoyed.”
After listening to speeches from everyone who had
anything to do with passing the bill, the bus riders
walked back to the Capitol steps for the trip home.
“Come over here!” John Feal barked at them. “Form a
circle! Join hands!” Everyone complied.
“I want someone to say a prayer,” said Feal. From the
back of the crowd, someone volunteered, mentioning
God and gratitude.
Mr. Feal looked solemn.
“Enjoy today’s victory,” he said. “But we still have a
long way to go. We have to be back here in a few weeks
to get the bill through the Senate.”
The Senate has recessed until after the November
election and many people think the Senate bill may
be blocked by a filibuster. New York Senators Charles
Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand will be leading the fight
for passage.
On the bus ride home, there were sandwiches, some
happy conversation and then exhaustion. It had been a
long day – not only physically but emotionally.
“When the bill finally passed — and we weren’t sure
it was going to pass — I got goose bumps all over,”
Catherine McVay Hughes reflected. “We really hope now
that this positive momentum will pass the bill in the
Senate. We need just a couple Republicans to support it.
It will be the right thing to do.”
Continued from page 11
Downtown Express photos by Terese Loeb Kreuzer
Images from Wednesday, Sept. 29 when the James Zadzoga Bill passed the House. Numerous advocates from
New York City made the trek to Washington, including James’ father, Joseph Zadroga, center, top photo.
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The 23rd annual Deepavali Festival was held Sunday, October
3 at the South Street Seaport. The festival featured awards
ceremonies, educational and cultural events, music and dancing,
fireworks, traditional costumes, and lots of tasty food. Deepavali,
also known as Diwali, marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year,
and is celebrated with a four-day festival of lights. The festival is
the major initiative of the Association of Indians in America’s New
York chapter and draws thousands of participants.
Festival marking
Hindu New Year
Downtown Express photos by Milo Hess
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Musician David Peel has been per-
forming since the 1960s. With his band
David Peel and The Lower East Side and
their raw “street” style, he was credited
as being a major early influence on punk
music. His debut album in 1968, “Have
a Marijuana,” sold a reported 1 million
copies. John Lennon first saw Peel per-
forming in Washington Square Park and
immediately took to his music, going
on to produce Peel’s third album, “The
Pope Smokes Dope,” for Apple Records,
the Beatles’ label. Peel also had a cameo
in a scene in Central Park in the movie
“Hair.” In 2008, he performed at the
20th anniversary of the Tompkins Square
Park riots, leading the crowd in a stirring
rendition of “Die Yuppie Scum!” “He’s
a neighborhood character, a neighbor-
hood icon,” said documentarian Clayton
Patterson. In the photo at right, Peel,
seated at center, performed circa 1989
on Cocoa Crystal’s MNN public-access
TV show, when MNN used to be on 23rd
St. From left were Crystal, an unidenti-
fied man, Buzzy Linhardt, Mickey Caesar
a.k.a. “The Pope of Pot” and an unidenti-
fied guitarist. Below right, Peel performed
in Central Park in the 1990’s at a memo-
rial for Beat poet Allen Ginsberg.
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iStar downgraded
Financial District. Both are run by the
developer, the Sapir Organization, which
has yet to reimburse iStar. Sapir did not
return calls for comment by press time.
“As each unit sells, a portion of the monies
gets returned to the lender to pay down the
loan,” Fasulo explained. “The goal for devel-
opers is to get to the end, where the loan is
paid off but you still have units to sell.”
Sapir could more easily sell off its apart-
ment units in William Beaver if it lowered its
asking price, at the risk of losing profits.
“It’s basically a game of chicken between
the developer and the lender,” Fasulo said,
noting that it took Sapir about several years
to sell off the market-rate units in One
Trump Tower.
In an attempt to issue a foreclosure, iStar
has already filed a law suit against Sapir for
William Beaver House. If iStar wins the suit,
the deed is transferred and the company
seizes the assets.
But acquiring land and buildings from cli-
ents isn’t iStar’s objective when issuing loans.
“They’re in the business of loaning money, not
developing real estate,” Fasulo said.
He noted that, in snatching William
Beaver from Sapir, iStar could also lose
money were the development is worth less
than the aggregate amount in unpaid loans.
Plus, iStar would likely have just as hard
of a time selling apartment units, as did
Even if iStar receives only 30 percent of
its loan repayments from its real estate cli-
ents between now and the end of 2011, Fitch
predicts “it would face a liquidity deficit of
over $2 billion, assuming that it was unable
to sell or monetize any assets.”
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Ilysa Winick had a high-pressure job
on Wall Street for 12 years, but said
she never once took her work home.
That changed recently when she started
her own business. The Tribeca resident
opened FasTracKids, an educational
enrichment program, on Reade Street,
this past June, and currently enrolls about
105 students.
“The response from parents has been
amazing,” she said.
FasTracKids utilizes an interactive,
Smartboard-based curriculum to achieve
its mission of “developing little lead-
ers in a way that’s fun” with a focus on
public speaking, communications, and
developing confidence. Winick’s facility
also includes a franchise of a company
called E.nopi, which is a workbook-based
approach to reading, writing, and math.
The two programs are not usually found
in concert, but Winick said there’s an
“obvious synergy” between the two, and
many of her students participate in both
One thing that differentiates
FasTracKids from other programs is its
use of video technology, not only as a
tool for teachers to demonstrate lessons,
but also to document students’ perfor-
mance in class and their progression
through the program. Melanie Begun, a
Tribeca resident whose two-year-old son
Hawke is enrolled in FasTracKids, knew
all about the program from her sister,
whose children attended FasTracKids’s
uptown location. Begun’s sister proudly
sent her children’s videos to all her family
“I was thrilled when Ilysa opened up
downtown,” Begun said. “Going to the
Upper East Side was not an option.”
Hawke started at FasTracKids in
Septmeber and has been thriving.
“Their methodology is not only enrich-
ing but also completely engaging,” said
Begun, who heads the philanthropy efforts
at Morgan Stanley. “It has all the ingredi-
ents for making successful boys and girls
into successful adults.”
Winick said about 95 percent of her stu-
dents live downtown – primarily Tribeca,
Battery Park City, and the Seaport. She
believes FasTracKids fills a hole in the
community. “There are gyms and art and
music, but no academic enrichment pro-
grams,” she said. And her students are
internationally very diverse, coming from
places like Bulgaria, Ecuador, and Korea.
Winick learned about FasTracKids
when she was pregnant with her first
child, Benjamin, who is now 14 months
“I had a great run on [Wall Street], but
halfway through my pregnancy we were
having layoffs,” she said. “I wanted more
balance and wanted to do something I
believed in. When I learned about this I
fell in love with it.”
Her biggest challenge was finding the
right location and building out the space
– but once she found the Reade Street
location, just west of Church Street, it
was a natural fit.
“This street is the new Sesame Street,”
she said.
There are two other children’s facili-
ties on the small block already.
Although the response has been over-
whelmingly positive, Winick wants to
limit the number of classes she runs this
fall, with the goal of expanding the num-
ber of classes next semester. And beyond
that, she said she’s already scouting other
“I’m trying to follow the mushrooming
of the public schools,” she said.
Tribeca kids on fast track
to learning
October 6 - 12, 2010 22
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Downtown Digest
with “The State Health Department did
not advocate for, nor in any way support
or encourage, the closing of St. Vincent’s,”
and continues from there. Other points
include the fact that St. Vincent’s, to
continue operating as a stand-alone hos-
pital, would have needed $300 million,
which the state didn’t have to give; that
only 14 percent of hospital admissions for
residents in the 11 zip codes around St.
Vincent’s actually went to St. Vincent’s;
that St. Vincent’s, despite having a Level
1 trauma-care program, which cost mil-
lions of dollars to maintain, only saw one
trauma case per day; and that, in D.O.H.’s
opinion, “the number of hospital beds in
Manhattan appears to be adequate to meet
need.” So, even though, er, 153 days have
now passed since St. Vincent’s closing, we
assume the state’s “50 Reasons” haven’t
AIDS/HIV nonprofit moving
to Lower Manhattan
The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative,
a nonprofit organization devoted to finding
preventative treatment for HIV infection
and AIDS, has signed a 15-year lease for one
floor of office space at 125 Broad Street in
Lower Manhattan. The 37,400-square-foot
space will become the group’s new global
“I.A.V.I. researches and develops vaccine
candidates, conducts policy analyses, and
serves as an advocate for the field with offic-
es in Africa, India, Europe and the United
States,” according to the group’s website.
Chin taps Viggiano
Many have been impatiently wondering
when new Councilmember Margaret Chin will
take a position on the N.Y.U. superblocks plan,
since the blocks are right within the northern
tip of her Council District 1. Chin, however,
has merely flashed her disarming smile and
remained mum. What she has done, however,
is to hire Matt Viggiano as her director of
land use and planning, and he’ll be assisting
her on reviewing N.Y.U.’s ULURP applica-
tion when the time comes. According to Jake
Itzkowitz, Chin’s chief of staff, Viggiano has
a background in planning and just received
his master’s degree in the field. Viggiano, who
grew up in Southbridge Towers, was former
state Senator Marty Connor’s chief of staff
and former Councilmember Alan Gerson’s
director of land use and planning. He was
also most recently the “planning fellow” at
Community Board 1.
“He knows the district,” Itzkowitz said
of Viggiano. As for why Chin herself hasn’t
weighed in on the superblocks proposals yet,
Itzkowitz said it wouldn’t be appropriate.
“There’s no reason to show your cards before
you negotiate,” he said, though adding, “We’re
going to work very closely with N.Y.U. Her line
has been, ‘ “New York University” — it should
be in New York, not just in the Village.’ She’s
committed to the community garden, for sure,
on LaGuardia.” But Chin is holding off on giv-
ing her full opinion — just as Council Speaker
Christine Quinn always does — until the actual
vote in the Council. Although Borough President
Scott Stringer, for one, has publicly stated he’s
concerned about overdevelopment on N.Y.U.’s
South Village superblocks, Itzkowitz noted the
B.P.’s role in ULURP is only advisory. On the
other hand, the Council’s vote is the final step
in the process and is binding.
Cliff Street mosque
open quietly
A Downtown prayer space for Muslims has
switched locations. The mosque, now at 30 Cliff
Street, was previously located in the basement
of 2020 Club, a night club at 20 Warren Street.
“It’s not a proper place for prayer,” said
Wolodymyr Starosolsky of the former loca-
tion. Starosolsky is an attorney for the principal
investor of Park51 who has recently talked to
the mosque’s Reverend Imam Mustafa about the
move. “[The Imam] was adamant about [find-
ing] a proper location for the place in the area.”
Starosolsky said the mosque moved to its
new Cliff Street home three weeks ago, after
the building was put up for sale. “There are
two Irish bars on both sides of the place – they
haven’t gotten away from the bar thing, but at
least it’s not in the same building,” he said.
Starosolsky said that Imam Mustafa’s mosque
has no relation to the Park51 project. The Imam
was not available for comment in press time.
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New home for Claremont Prep
previously the director of the United Nations
International School in New York.
Among other international programs,
Wyre and his administrative staff is consider-
ing adopting the International Baccalaureate
curriculum. Koffler noted that one quarter
of the school’s students are immigrants,
heightening the need for a transnational
academic program.
In spring 2009, MetSchools signed a lease
for six floors of the 22-story building on
Morris Street, converting empty office space
into state-of-the-art classrooms, art and music
studios, a two-floor library and a 400-seat
auditorium. The meals served at school’s 275-
seat cafeteria are prepared by chefs trained at
the French Culinary Institute in SoHo.
By December, the school will have a
full-size gymnasium and a competition-size
swimming pool — a complicated overhaul
of the first two floors, according to Scott
Herrick, principal at H.L.W. International,
the architecture firm responsible for the
job. “The easy fit was to do a three-lane
pool, without significant structural modifica-
tions,” said “But with three lanes, you really
can’t compete.”
Claremont Prep’s two campuses will share
their resources and space with one another.
The elementary students, for example, will
put on theatrical productions in the upper
school’s auditorium, while the high school
students will cross the street to train in the
practice pool for swimming competitions.
A featured facility of the school is its
digital media classroom, equipped with
12 brand new iMac computers. Instructor
Bradley Kaye will be teaching video shooting
and editing to the school’s ninth and tenth
“I just think they do so much video
work already, and [this class] is taking it to
another level,” he said.
With only eight students in the high
school workshop class, Kaye said he has
ample opportunity to work with students
individually to hone their skills. “I could take
the time and sit down with one, to get him or
her up to speed, if need be,” he said.
The upper school students are required
to wear Lands’ End uniforms – there are
many outfits the youngsters can choose
from — as long as they have the Lands’ End
“It keeps some continuity, and it also gives
them the ability to be a little bit more liberal
with their dress,” said Daniel Koffler, direc-
tor of business development for MetSchools
who is familiar with the upper school.
And, as do the elementary schoolers,
the youngsters keep their belongings in
unlocked cubbies.
“It’s an honor system,” explained Irene
Kauffman, president of the Claremont
Preparatory Association, the school’s par-
ent group. “Everyone needs to know they
can trust each other and are expected to be
Kauffman is equally excited about the
new space at One Moore Street. “You just
feel like you won the lottery in that building
– we just feel so lucky,” she said, comment-
ing on the amount of natural light pouring
into the classrooms.
On Monday afternoon, Kauffman gave
some lower school parents a tour of the new
space at One Morris Street.
The building itself is a relic of the past.
Erected in 1921, One Morris Street once
housed Cunard Cruiseline. The school’s
admissions office on the 22nd floor is the
former quarters of the commodore himself;
the room’s original floors, ceilings, fireplace
and stain glass windows are intact, accord-
ing to Daniel Koffler.
The top floor of One Morris Street has
a 12,000-square-foot balcony that provide
students with panoramic views. The Statue
of Liberty, Governor’s Island and parts of
Manhattan. “[The views] are used as an inspi-
ration for the art class and an overall under-
standing of where this school is and what it
means to the city,” Daniel Koffler said.
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‘You just feel like you won
the lottery in that building
– we just feel so lucky.’
Irene Kauffman,
President, Claremont Prep Assoc.
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TION Three years into its run, the Gazillion Bubble Show
welcomes creator Fan Yang’s 20-year-old son into the family
business. We’re promised that “Bubble Super-Star” Deni Yang
will elevate this already spectacular experience to new heights
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cupcake enthusiasts of all ages mingle at the space shared by
Books of Wonder and Cupcake Café. The Café has sweet stuff
all day, every day (they’ve got some of the best icing in town) —
while the bookstore has story time Sundays at Noon (appropri-
ate for ages 3-7). If you’re a kid, or have one to occupy on a lazy
weekend, there’s simply nothing better than being able to depend
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Manhattan Youth and Trinity Wall Street combine creative
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violin, viola or cello (and can read music), bring your instrument
along and join the seasoned pros of the Trinity Chamber Players.
Mondays, 7pm to 9pm, at the Great Hall (in the Downtown Com-
munity Center, 120 Warren St.). Call 212-766-1104 or visit www.
and Stu discover the audience in their attic. Clearly, these quiet
strangers are going to eat them, so they distract the hungry
savages by telling them their grandfather’s original fairytales.
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neighborhoods pals. Dash around the lawns, complete clever
art projects or play with toys and sports equipment provided by
the Battery Park City Parks Authority. Free. School-aged children
meet Wed, 3:30pm-5:30pm and preschoolers meet Mon-Wed,
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“Nighttime Traffic” — one of the 27
full productions in the New York Musical
Theatre Festival — is a classic case of two
steps forward, one step back. Then wash,
rinse, repeat for the next 90 minutes.
The occasionally profound but ultimately
unfulfilling tale scores points for its gay love
story and its unconventional time paradox
plot. But by curtain call, even those rooting
for creator Alex Wyse (books, lyrics, music)
will find it tough going to say his new show
makes a case for the claim that every artsy
homosexual has the goods to be a multitask-
ing showbiz savant.
That’s too bad — because there’s much
to admire here. But the potential for future
greatness is cold comfort when you’ve gone
out of your way for a nice little night of Off-
Off-Broadway entertainment.
Now for some good news: A multitude
of thorny issues dredged up by the premise
Play in this “Traffic” — With Caution
Time-surfing musical disappoints, but McCartney dazzles
Photo by Jeff Larkin
The cast, in a rare moment of no song/dance downtime.
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This docudrama has been hailed as a
picture that is on its way to becoming a
cult film. I agree. The script is based on a
book “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben
Mezrich — and a brilliant screenplay by
Aaron Sorkin. The incidents stated as facts
are subject to libel laws and, so far as I know,
no one has disputed them.
The central figure is currently the prin-
cipal owner and founder of Facebook,
Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), who
is currently the youngest billionaire on the
planet. We meet him at Harvard where he
uses his computer to embarrass his girl-
friend, Erica (Rooney Mara), who has just
ended their relationship. He smears her by
calling her a bitch on his blogs and then
posts photos of sorority girls stating who is
hot and not. Out of that comes an idea, not
yet clear in his nerdy mind. A precursor to
Mark’s computer genius is recognized by
two young socialite campus guys who are also
on the Harvard crew team: identical twins
Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss (both played
by Armie Hammer). They hire him to devel-
op their idea, also a progenitor to Facebook,
and later sue him for stealing their proposal.
Another suit is later brought by Mark’s close
friend, Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield),
whom Mark hired as chief financial officer of
Facebook — splitting ownership of the new
business 70-30 percent (with Mark to have
the lion’s share).
Through flashbacks and a pre-trial pro-
ceeding at which all of the suing parties
and their lawyers appear, all of the contract
breaches that allegedly occurred on the part
of Mark are laid out. They were primarily
aided and abetted by the well-known Sean
Parker, co-creator of Napster (remember
free music?). Parker is superbly portrayed by
Justin Timberlake.
The flashbacks include parties at
Harvard and in California, some of which
involve drunken brawls, sniffing cocaine
off the body of a girl, and a police raid.
The film’s director, David Fincher, has a
tornado touch. I enjoyed the chatter and
every movie frame which was quickly
followed by endless entertaining scenes,
including an affair that Eduardo is having
with a young woman who appears to be
psychotic. She tries to set his bed on fire.
A wild sex scene in a bathroom cubicle is
also included.
All in all, “The Social Network” is quite
a ride. The crawl at the end of the movie
reports on the outcome of the trials, which
although easily known if you use a computer,
I won’t divulge. I saw the picture at the AMC
Loews Kips Bay Theater (570 2nd Ave., at
the corner of E. 31
Running time: 2 hours. Rated PG-13.
This long-awaited sequel to the original
1987 “Wall Street” film is a bore.
The director, Oliver Stone, had so much
material to use as a result of the melt-
down and Great Recession — which began
in December 2007 and was declared to
have ended in June 2009, according to the
National Bureau of Economic Research.
Instead, the picture is a mishmash, and
a sometimes-incomprehensible journey of
subplots with stereotyped characters used
primarily to display the face of greed.
The worst caricature is that of an old
Jewish financier, Julie (Eli Wallach), who has
a Central European-Jewish inflection in his
voice. His appearance, comments and inex-
plicable whistling are bizarre. He is not, in
his actions, a bad guy. However, he looks like
he is ready to take the stage as Fagin.
Oliver Stone recently apologized for say-
ing that the “Jewish domination of the
media” has prevented Adolf Hitler and
the Holocaust from being viewed “in con-
text.” To what context was he referring?
Pray tell me, how does his apology undo the
damage of his strange comments?
I believe there is a great movie yet to be
made on the Great Recession, indeed one
with enough material for two sequels, detail-
ing what caused our President, Secretary of
the Treasury and most financial leaders to
support spending billions, perhaps trillions,
of dollars to keep the stock market and
banking system of the U.S. from a melt-
down, instead of allowing bankruptcy courts
to resolve the crisis.
In order to prevent ordinary citizens
from allegedly losing their proverbial shirts,
the U.S. was required to bail out financial
giants — while many in the middle class lost
their jobs and savings. We were told that not
doing so would destroy the U.S. economy
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Like the way cars speeding down a NYC
street seem to blur when viewed through
a foggy after-hours window, “Nighttime
Traffic” follows the intense, condensed jour-
ney of Max and Calder — who experience
one hour for every minute of real-world
time (after ingesting some magic pills sold
to them by Audrey, the nurse who’s prepping
Calder for a heart transplant).
The boys, both mere 24-year-old pups,
use that precious gift of elongated time by
taking a scalpel to their in-flux relationship.
Somber Calder is tiring of the party boy
lifestyle — while Max is squandering his gift
as a promising writer by dancing his cares
away. As we eavesdrop on their angsty why-
me woes, it’s pretty apparent that the pill
is a thoroughly mixed blessing. Sometimes,
unexpected introspection is more than a guy
can handle — and when you and hubby are
bogged down by destructive tiffs and vengeful
hissy fits, it’s every man for himself.
The only truly compelling person on the
scene is Audrey — a conflicted soul who
exudes complexity. When she leaves the stage,
you’ll do little more than twiddle your thumbs
until her return (90 minutes with her alone
would have been a far better use of our time).
She’s played by Liz McCartney — whose
vocal talent and charisma overshadows every
other aspect of the proceedings.
That’s not necessarily a diss on the two
other cast members (Matt Dengler and Jacob
Hoffman). They’re both talented singers and
actors — but they never manage to rise above
the material they’re given, and they only
achieve the believable chemistry of a couple
in love when they harmonize.
Shame on you, Alex Wyse, for creating a
musical with two gay leads which should have
us all wanting to charter a bus to Albany and
demand gay marriage. Instead, the relentless
parade of queer shallowness left me defensive
and depressed and mulling over the possibil-
ity of kissing a girl.
The lyrics, like the plot, deliver fleeting
moments of brilliance surrounded by deep
and wide pools of stunning mediocrity. Too
often, the words express utterly pedestrian
observations while lurching towards con-
trived rhymes. As for the score, Wyse’s over-
use of vocal crescendos quickly arrives at a
“Spring Awakenings” meets “American Idol”
tipping point from which there’s no dignified
Too harsh? Hardly. This should have been
a destination event for every young, still-
searching gay boy who longs to see his ideal
self represented on the stage. Not every piece
of theater needs to be the stuff of affirming
fantasia — but the creator of this effort could
have at least strived for a nuanced look at his
generation’s warts-and-all struggles.
Fortunately, in the third act of this intermis-
sionless tale, Audrey makes a final triumphant
appearance with a showstopping number.
Dressed in a Liza-like black sequined outfit,
she owns her spotlight and rips the roof off
with a performance that makes the previous 80
minutes totally worth slogging through.
The evening should’ve stopped on that high
note. Instead, we’re given a sappy closing num-
ber where, spoiler alert, Max has an epiphany
and row, row, rows his boat down the River
Styx to rescue Calder from the choppy flames
of eternal Hell. Seriously. That’s how the thing
ends. Heaven help us, Mary!
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Koch on Film
I’m not an authority on Wall Street. I
don’t know whether the prediction of the
Democratic and Republican experts as to
what would happen if we ignored their
advice was true or false. I do know that the
rich got richer and the financial position of
those on Wall Street has become even more
secure. The middle and lower economic
classes, however, have suffered what appears
to be a permanent reduction in lifestyle
and standard of living for them and their
None of this was explained or even dis-
cussed in the “Wall Street” sequel. Instead,
we see Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas)
leaving prison after serving an eight-year
sentence. He has been deserted by his daugh-
ter, Winnie (Carey Mulligan), who despises
him for having failed his son, Rudy, who died
of a drug overdose (Rudy is only mentioned
in the film).
Gekko encounters a man who introduces
himself as his future son-in-law, Jake (Shia
LaBeouf). Jake is an ambitious, conscien-
tious Wall Streeter looking to invest in green
energy. He is selected for further wealth and
power by Bretton James (Josh Brolin), a
really evil Wall Streeter. Later, a motorcycle
race between the two takes place, which has
no meaning or connection to the plot.
The best part of the film was the aerial
photography showing off the magnificent
architecture of New York City.
I honestly couldn’t wait for the lights
to go up and free me to leave the the-
ater. Don’t waste your time seeing this
picture. I was thinking of giving you a
stock tip, but fortunately for you, I don’t
have any. My money is managed by profes-
sionals; otherwise, I would have lost it all
a long time ago.
Running time: 113 minutes. Rated
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100 The 2010 installment of this annu-
al event celebrates Thelonius Monk’s
93rd birthday. The talent includes piano
virtuosos including bebop luminary
and Monk contemporary Hod O’Brien
— as well as Latin sensations Helio
Alves and Edsel Gomez, contemporary
jazz masters Harold O’Neal and Frank
Kimbrough, and young upstarts Gerald
Clayton and Robert Glasper. FREE. Oct.
14, 7pm, at the Arts World Financial
Center (World Financial Center Winter
Garden, 220 Vesey St.). For info, call
212-945-0505 or visit www.artsworld-
NIGHT Every Monday night, Man-
hattan Youth and Trinity Wall Street
combine creative forces to bring you
chamber music in a relaxed setting.
Music lovers of all ages are invited to
listen or get involved. If you play vio-
lin, viola or cello (and can read music),
bring your instrument along and join
the seasoned pros of the Trinity Cham-
ber Players. Mondays, 7pm to 9pm, at
the Great Hall (in the Downtown Com-
munity Center, 120 Warren St.). Call
212-766-1104 or visit www.manhat-
CITY WINERY Every Sunday, the
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musicians with top tier lox and bagels.
At 155 Varick St. at Vandam. Call 212-
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Works’ services for homeless and low-
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POETS HOUSE Their Battery Park
City home has a 50,000-volume poetry
library, a children’s room, a multime-
dia archive, a programming hall and a
reading room. Oct. 14 at 7pm, “Pass-
words: Kathleen Norris on Biblical
Themes in Contemporary Poetry” fea-
tures the celebrated poet and writer
of spiritual nonfiction considering the
significance of Biblical themes in the
work of contemporary poets. Wed.,
Oct.27 at 7:00pm, “Passwords: Archie
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Housman” features scholar Burnett and
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life and work of British classicist and
poet A. E. Housman. All above events
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SERVANCY Thr ough t he end of
October, enjoy a variety of free music,
dancing and storytelling, fishing days,
bird watching, garden tours and art
events for every conceivable age and
skill level. Oct. 16, at 11am, “Bird
Watching” is a free event led by Dave
Taft of the National Park Service. He’ll
lead a bird walk through BPCPC’s Rob-
ert F. Wagner, Jr. Park (access the park
at Battery Place & West St.). There are
many, many more events — and no
better way to find out about them than
by visiting www.bpcparks.org (or by
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TAGE A ser i es of cont empl at i ve
exhibits and talks educate and enlight-
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giving them a glimpse of Jewish life
before, during and after the Holocaust.
On Wed., Oct. 6 at 7pm, “Peter Sichel:
From Nazi Germany to the CIA” finds
“The Jewi sh James Bond” tal ki ng
about his years spent working with
the CIA during the Cold War. He’ll be
interviewed by investigative reporter
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for members). Tickets are available
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Film Festival also program this series
devoted to documentaries. Oct. 18. is
an appropriate date for “October Coun-
try” — which follows one year in the
life of the Mosher family as they deal
with the toll taken by war, teen preg-
nancy, foster care and child abuse.
Tri beca Docs happens every other
Mon., 7:30 pm, at Tribeca Cinemas (54
Varick St., at Laight, one block south
of Canal). For tickets ($10; $8 for stu-
dents/seniors). Visit www.tribecafilm.
on Greenwich St. between Chambers and
Duane, and is open every Sat, 8am–3pm
year round, and every Wed., 8am to 3pm
through Dec. Cooking demonstrations,
raffles, and educational activities make
the market a hands-on experience for all
open every Tues. and Thurs. from 8am to
5pm. It brings the freshest offerings from
local farms to Lower Manhattan’s his-
toric Bowling Green plaza. Load up on the
season’s freshest fruit, crisp vegetables,
beautiful plants, and freshly baked goods.
ed at Broadway and Chambers St., and
is open every Tues. and Fri. 8am to
5pm, through Nov. Sample Alex Farm’s
heirloom tomatoes, grab ripe peaches
from Orchards of Concklin, and stock
up on honey, cheese and fresh baked
GREENMARKET is located inside the
Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal,
and is open Tues. and Fri. from 8am to
7pm. Wilklow Orchards and Remsburger
Maple Farm team up to offer a cornuco-
pia of locally grown summer vegetables,
fresh beef, maple syrup, honey, pies, and
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Photo by Bill Cooper
Those lake-dwelling male swans are only in town through Nov. 7.
In 1998, director/choreographer Matthew Bourne
made Broadway history with his gay interpretation of the
classic Tchaikovsky ballet “Swan Lake.” Far from being
labeled a heretic, the production won three Tony and five
Drama Desk awards. Although the all-male ensemble of
swans was the premise that put butts in the seats, it was
Bourne’s innovative combination of humor and mascu-
line athleticism that made this an iconic, must-see event.
Those who missed it the first time around — or those
who are up for a second helping — had better get their
tickets now to this limited run. Oct. 13 through Nov. 7, at
New York City Center Mainstage (131 W. 55th St.). For
tickets ($25-$110), call 212-581-1212.
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They might not fast, but they’re passionate
Approximately 75 very senior seniors,
average age 88, residing in the Battery Park
City Hallmark senior residence, protested the
Afghan war last Saturday in the park adjoin-
ing their building on North End Avenue.
In wheelchairs and clutching canes and
walkers, the elderly protesters circled the
park several times for an hour until their legs
gave out, chanting anti-war slogans and car-
rying colorful signs.
Said 94-year-old Harold Hirschlag, a
principal organizer of the rally, “I’m abso-
lutely thrilled with the turnout. Ninety
percent of these people have never demon-
strated before. That shows how strongly
they feel about these wars. We are using
money which would be far better used for
much-needed health care, jobs, and other
urgent needs.”
Retired clinical psychologist Myron
Berrick, 88, and WWII veteran, said, “We
veterans of WWII know what war is all
about and want this one in Afghanistan over
as quickly as possible. WWII was a neces-
sary war, but all those since have not been.
War is about the stupidest activity human
beings get themselves into. Afghanistan has
never been conquered, has never accepted
outside influence, so we are wasting time,
money and precious lives.”
— Joan Wile
Downtown Express photos by Mauricio Soto
Last week, SOMA Architects released the first renderings of Park51, the proposed Islamic community center on
Park Place. The design plans adhere to an Islamic-influenced architecture style called “moucharaby.” There is no
timetable as of yet for the beginning of construction.
Park51 releases new design
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