Pataki commits to Downtown timeline
By Josh Rogers
Responding to criticisms that the Lower Manhattan rebuilding efforts are proceeding too slowly, Gov. George Pataki last week released an extensive timeline of short and long-term goals, such as a new Greenmarket, which will open across the street from the World Trade Center site this summer, and the last piece – a Downtown link to J.F.K. Airport and the Long Island Rail Road in 2013.

L.M.D.C. begins search for W.T.C. memorial ideas
By Josh Rogers
Any adult with $25 and an idea of how to remember the victims of the 2001 and 1993 terror attacks on America now has the chance to design the permanent memorial for the World Trade Center site.

Chinatown businesses battle SARS fears and rumors
By Elizabeth O’Brien
As rumor played tug-of-war with reality last week in Chinatown, community members voiced concern that an outbreak of the SARS virus—actual or perceived—could bring further economic damage to an area already struggling with fears of the illness.

Police clash with crowds rushing Chinatown banks
By Josh Rogers
Chinatown resembled Bedford Falls at its worst last week as an old-fashioned bank panic prompted over 1,000 immigrants to crowd two neighborhood banks in scenes reminiscent of the rush on the Bailey Building and Loan in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

12 new members join Community Board 1
By Elizabeth O’Brien
For the second year in a row, an unusually high number of new members will join Community Board 1. Retroactive as of April 1, 12 appointees began their two-year terms.

Fields finds a conflict of interest in Pier 40 vote
By Lincoln Anderson
Borough President C. Virginia Fields’ office has just ruled that one of the members of Community Board 2’s waterfront committee had a conflict of interest in voting on matters pertaining to the redevelopment of Pier 40 as part of the Hudson River Park.

Vesuvio, famed bread shop in Soho, is sold
By Albert Amateau
Vesuvio Bakery, at 160 Prince St., where Anthony Dapolito, unofficial Mayor of Greenwich Village, has presided for more than two generations, changed hands last month.

News Briefs
Downtown local

B.P.C. neighbors

Water St. deals

Tribeca teen discovered

Garden winner

Peking staying for now

Gill reappointed

Letters To The Editor

Editorials
Pataki timeline a welcome step
Gov. George Pataki last week began to do what we and others have been calling on him to do: start making decisions about Downtown’s future.

Downtown Notebooks
Krugman up close: ‘What went wrong?’
By John W. Sutter
Paul Krugman, one of the Bush administration’s most tenacious and effective critics arguing from no better perch than a bi-weekly column in the New York Times, addressed a New School University audience last week on the subject, “What went wrong?




EXHIBITIONS

ORDINARY EXTRAORDINARY Tom Gregg, a painter carrying the torch once held by Andy Warhol and Wayne Thiebault, is currently showing recent paintings at George Billis Gallery from April 29 through May 24. Relying on a palette of super-saturated colors, Gregg renders these simple still-life scenes with a “heightened realism creating a dialogue between kitsch, pop imagery and formal painting.” The Gallery is located at 511 West 25th Street and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (212) 645-2621 for more information.

ACA GALLERIES, 529 W. 20th St., Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 212-206-8080: “Painting the Town,” paintings by MAX FERGUSON, through May 10; NIELS STROBEK, recent paintings, through May 10.

A.I.R. GALLERY, 511 W. 25th St., Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 255-6651: MIMI ORITSKY, new paintings, through May 24; ANN SCHAUMBURGER, new paintings, through May 24.

AMERICAN INDIAN COMMUNITY HOUSE, 708 Broadway, 2nd fl. Tue.-Sat., noon-6 p.m., 598-0100: call for current exhibition information.

AMOS ENO GALLERY, 59 Frankling St., B2, Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 226-5342: “Material Improvisations,” constructed fabric collages by CHARLEEN KAVLESKI, April 30-May 24.

ANDREA ROSEN GALLERY, 54 W. 24th St., Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 627-6000: “And Jeopardize the Integrity of the Hull,” photographs by CHARLIE WHITE, through May 10.

ANNINA NOSEI GALLERY, 530 W. 22nd St., 2nd fl., Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 212-741-8695: GRACIELA HASPER, recent installation & paintings, through May 8.

ANTON KERN GALLERY, 532 W. 20th St., Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 367-9663: “The Song of the Bird is NONSENSE,” new work by LOTHAR HEMPEL, through May 10.

APEXART, 291 Church St., Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 431-5270: “Undesire,” group exhibition, through May 17.

ASIAN AMERICAN ARTS CENTER, 26 Bowery, 3rd fl., Mon.-Fri., 12:30-6:30 p.m., Thu., 12:30-7:30 p.m., 212-233-2154: “Below the Canal after 9/11,” group show, through May. 2.

AXIS GALLERY, 453 W. 17th St., 4th fl., Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 212-741-2582: “Glass Lace: Zulu Beadwork from Maphumulo,” by various artists, through June 28.

BANNING, 64 N. Moore St., Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 212-966-4144: “Objects that Create a Poetic Response,” group photograph exhibition, through May 10.

BLUE MOUNTAIN GALLERY, 530 W. 25th St., 4th fl., Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., (646) 486-4730: “In the Studio,” recent aintings by MARJORIE AUERBACH, through May 17.

BOTTOM FEEDERS STUDIO GALLERY, 352 Seventh Ave., 7th fl., Sat.-Sun., 1-5 p.m., or by Appointment, 917-974-9664: “Fruition,” small works group show, through April 30.

CAPELUTO ARTS, 443 Greenwich St., by appt., 219-8287: SHINMAN YAMADA, JISSEI OMINE & FRANK BOYDEN, ceramics, ongoing.

CAVIN-MORRIS GALLERY, 560 Broadway, Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 212-226-3768: call for current exhibtions.

DUSTY MOVEMENTS The large-scale works on paper of Susan Grossman are on view at DFN Gallery through May 31. This selection of new work features charcoal drawings of New York streets and Long Island landscapes. Grossman’s works are predominantly monochromatic, using splashes of color that “act as visual markers, guiding the eye through the composition and creating a particularly focused incidence in a field of imminent change.” The Gallery is located at 176 Franklin Street and can be reached by calling (212) 334-3400. They are open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

CENTER FOR JEWISH HISTORY, 15 W. 16th St., hours vary, please call, 294-8301: “THE JEWISH WRITER,” by Jill Krementz, photographs of the century’s literary talents, ongoing; “TRADERS TO TARTARY: FROM SAXONY TO THE CASPIAN SEA,” the story of Jewish traders from Germany & Poland, ongoing; “PERSECUTING GRANDFATHERS, INTERVIEWING GRANDSONS?” ongoing.

CERES GALLERY, 584-588 Broadway, Tue.-Sat., non-6 p.m., 212-226-4725: PHYLLIS ROSSER, new wood sculpture, through April 26.

CHERYL PELAVIN FINE ARTS, INC., 13 Jay St., Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 212-925-9424: “Arrangements,” paintings by DONNA SHARRETT, through May 10.

CLAMPART, 531 W. 25th St., Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 646-230-0020: “Photographs of the Palouse,” original photographs by CHRISTPHER HARRIS, through May 31.

DCA GALLERY, 525 W. 22nd St., Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 212-255-5511: “Pillar of a Cloud,” paintings by MAJA LISA ENGLEHARDT, through May 24.

DEBS & CO., 525 W. 26th St., 2nd fl., Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 212-243-2070: “Where We Come From,” new work by EMILY JACIR, through May 17.

DEITCH PROJECTS, 76 Grand St., Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 212-343-7300: “X-STaTIC Pro=CeSS,” a collaboration between MADONNA & STEVEN KLEIN, through May 3.

DENISE BIBRO FINE ART, INC., 529 W. 20th St., Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 212-647-7030: HOWARD KALISH, recent sculpture, through May 10; “Upward Bound,” recent sculpture by CAROL GOEBEL, through May 10; “Energy of the Matrix,” new work by CAROL NIFFENEGGER, through May 10.

DFN GALLERY, 176 Franklin St., call for hours, 212-334-3400: SUSAN GROSSMAN, new paintings, through May 31.

DIGITAL SANDBOX GALLERY, 55 Broad St., 4th fl., call for hours, 212-825-2059: “Tondos,” mixed media work by MARY FRANCES JUDGE, through April 30.

THE DRAWING CENTER, 35 Wooster St., Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 212-219-2166:“The Stage of Drawing,” drawings from the Tate collection, through May 31; “Street Selections,” eight artists from the viewing program, through May 31.

THE EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE, 197 E. Broadway, Mon.-Thu., 10 a.m.-9 a.m., Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 212-780-2300: “My Mother’s An Artist,” group exhibition, through May 29.

ELDRIDGE STREET PROJECT, 12 Eldridge Street, call for exibition hours, 212-219-0903: “Trance,” a site specific art installation by PEARL GLUCK & BASYA SCHECTER opens April 30, through May.

ETHAN COHEN FINE ARTS, 37 Walker St., Tue.-Fri., noon-6 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 625-1250: “Making China,” contemporary Chinese art by 13 artists, curated by HUANG DU & BINGYI HUANG, call for closing date.

FEIGEN CONTEMPORARY, 535 W. 20th St., Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 929-0500: “Imaging the Abstract,” group exhibition, through May 24; “Thirty to One,” new mixed media work by SHIRLEY KANEDA, through May 24.

FIRST STREET GALLERY, 526 W. 26th St., 9th Fl., Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., (646) 336-8053: call for current exhibition information.

FLORENCE LYNCH GALLERY, 531-539 W. 25th St., Tue.-Sat., 1

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IS. 89 film festival ahead of that Tribeca one
By Laura S. Greene
When you grow up in artsy Downtown, maybe you’re never too young to start making documentary and narrative shorts. In fact, you can take an afterschool class to teach you how.

Family Life

Well-played scrimmage
Many of the Downtown Little League games were canceled last weekend because of Saturday’s rain, but the Royals and Diamondbacks played a hard-fought scrimmage on Sunday in East River Park.

High school to open
Millennium High School will occupy its Downtown digs for the start of the school year this September, thanks in part to government funds earmarked for post-Sept. 11 revitalization.

Some parents concerned over new ferry terminal
By Jane Flanagan
A new, temporary ferry terminal, with diesel engine boats shuttling in and out, is set to open in May, across from Rockefeller Playground and Park. Its opening will coincide with the start of the summer season, the busiest time at the park and some neighborhood parents say they are worried.

Children

Resourceful babysitter is quite an icebreaker
By Jane Flanagan
At a preschool event some weeks ago, a woman I’d never met introduced herself and told me that my son Rusty, 41/2, was over at her place having dinner. She knew Rusty well, she said, and he and her 2-year-old daughter were good friends.

Children’s Activities
Everything you will need to plan play with your kid

Arts & Entertainment

Before the M.T.A., I remember Kalikow at The Post
By JERRY TALLMER
In late February or early March of 1988, I stood on the floor of the city room of the New York Post — then on South St., just north of the Brooklyn Bridge — and, with maybe a hundred other ink-stained (okay, computer-stained) wretches, survivors of close to a dozen near-death experiences of our beloved rag throughout the previous 10 years, listened to the new owner introduce himself.

Koch on film
Mayor Koch reviews Raising Victor Vargas and Lilya 4-Ever

Home

Room for Improvement
The best places to let there be light
By Beth Lee Segal
Whenever we turn the clocks ahead to signal spring’s arrival, I ask myself, “how did I live without the clear, pure light of this season?”

The Penny Post
Eulogy for a certain someone
By Andrei Codrescu
One day, a child who had been daydreaming under the big tree, was intercepted by an angry adult who looked at him with one hand on her hip and a ruler in her hand. “What, what?” mumbled the dreamer, who had just driven back an army of intruders and was about to make his victory speech before men in tophats who represented the best minds of all times in the fields of the sciences, arts, and diplomacy.\

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