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

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?


-1 (minus One), broadly based on the life of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, spolighting a poet named Leo Le Pard who has broken mainstream convention by marring a white woman during a period of heightened racial tensions, THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY, 145 Sixth Ave., Thu.-Sun., 8 p.m., May 1-18, $10, 212-254-1109.

THE ACCIDENTAL ACTIVIST, part fact, part fantasy, this irreverent perfromance imagines the ways in which one woman might make a difference on a planet that couldn’t care less, CONNELLY THEATER, 220 E. Fourth St., Tue.-Thu., 8 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m., through May 14.

THE ALCHEMISTS, a new musical that explors the pursuits & romantic entanglements of a group of childhood friends, THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY, 155 First Ave., Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 3 p.., through May 18, $12-$15, 212-868-4444.

AS YOU LIKE IT, using only their own indefatigable imaginations and the infinite imagery of Shakespeare’s language, a young company of six actors takes on all 15 roles in this classic comedy, THE PUBLIC THEATER, 425 Lafayette St., through April, call for performance schedule, $45, 212-239-6200.

AVENUE Q, a new musical featuring puppets about 20-somethings fresh out of college struggling to find their way in the city, THE VINEYARD THEATER, 108 E. 15th St., Tue.-Sun., 8 p.m., Sun., 3 p.m., through April, $20- $55, 212-239-6200.

BLUE MAN GROUP: TUBES, a multi-faceted and unique performance by silent and blue-faced iconoclasts and actors/ dancers/musicians, ASTOR PL. THEATER, 434 Lafayette St., open-ended run, Tue.-Thur., 8 p.m., Fri., 7 & 10 p.m., Sat., 4, 7 & 10 p.m., Sun., 2, 5 & 8 p.m., $55-$65, 254-4370.

BLUES TRAIN, a six character, intergenerational two-act play with music about women and the men they choose to love, saluting African American relationships in the present and the past, THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY, 155 First Ave., Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 3 p.m., through May 11, $10, 212-254-1109.

CAFE SOCIETY, a dark comedy about the bottomless cup of coffee, co-dependence, outrageous customer service, & a teenaged girl that wants more, much more, 13TH STREET REPERTORY COMPANY, 50 W. 13th St., Thu.-Sat., 7 p.m., through June 14, $10-$15, 212-675-6677.

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’, a new rock & roll musical that tells the story of The Mamas & the Papas, whose outrageous lifestyle & gorgeous harmonies captivated a generation & defined an era, THE VILLAGE THEATER, 158 Bleecker St., Mon., Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sat., 2:30 p.m., Sun., 3 p.m., through April, $65-$100, 212-307-4100.

CARA LUCIA, a theatrical exploration of the life of James Joyce’s only daughter, lucia, HERE ARTS CENTER, 145 Sixth Ave., Tue.-Sat., 8:30 p.m., Sun., 4 p.m., through May 11, 212-647-0202.

CHICKEN, in a series of vignettes, Laura Meyers stars as chicken, a distinct persona who lives in a space slightly apart from the normal world, THE MARQUEE, 356 Bowery, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1 & 8, 5 p.m., $10, 212-219-0736.

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: ABRIDGED, actors Peter Ackerman, Jeremy Shamos & David Turner take on 75 of Shakespeare’s characters in this contemporary and shamelessly abridged adaptation of the collected works of the bard; dir. by Jeremy Dobrish, CENTURY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, 11 E. 15th St., Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m., Sat., 2, 5 & 8 p.m., Sun., 4 p.m., ongoing, $29-$59, 239- 6200.

DAISY MAYME, humorously & skillfully characterizes a middle-class family’s struggle with issues of birthright, societal expectations & the true meaning of happiness, THEATER 80, 80 St. Mark’s Place, Tue., 7 p.m., Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m., Wed., Sat.-Sun., 2 p.m., through May 11, $30-$40, 212-598-9802.

DEBBIE DOES DALLAS, based on the American film porn classic, this is the story of a girl from a small town with stars in her eyes who dreamed about growing up & making it big in the city, JANE STREET THEATER, 113 Jane St., Mon.-Fri., 8 p.m., Fri., 10:30 p.m., Sat., 7 & 10 p.m., ongoing, $25-$45, 302-7000.

DIPTERACON, OR SHORT LIVED S*%T EATERS, based on the "Oresteia," the story reveals the very timely themes of lust, blood, guilt & greed, a Greek tragedy rock musical, by Raine Bode, LA MAMA E.T.C., 74 A E. Fourth St., Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m., Sun., 5:30 p.m., through May 27, $10-$15, 212-475-7710.

THE DONKEY SHOW, the audience participates in this bawdy, disco-infused adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” THE CLUB EL FLAMINGO, 547 W. 21st St., Wed. & Thur., 8 p.m., Fri. & Sat., 8 & 10:30 p.m., ongoing, $25-$39 plus drinks, 307-4100.

FASHION OR LIFE IN NEW YORK, a parody of the American elite’s infatuation with European Styles, a mixture of farce, melodrama & satire that mocks uniquely American pretensions by asserting core American values, METROPOLITAN PLAYHOUSE, 220 A E. Fourth St., Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 4 p.m., through May 4, $12-$15, 212-995-5302.

A GIRL OF 16, a story about unfulfilled desires from a long ago love affair poisoning the lives that surrounded it, the terrible beauty of murder, & the indescribable experience of being a girl of sixteen, CELEMENTE SOTO VELEZ CENTER, 107 Suffolk St., Wed.-Sun., 8 p.m., Sat., 3 p.m., through May 18, $15-$20, 212-206-1515.

GOLDEN LADDER, a comedy about growing up in a mixed-religion household and a daughter’s attempt to remedy her parents’ religious conflicts, THE PLAYERS THEATER, 115 MacDougal St., Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m., Sat., 4 & 8 p.m., ongoing, $50-$55, 239-6200.

JOB, a hip-hop musical written & performed by Jerome Sabil & Eli Batalion presented by FDLT Productions, HERE ARTS CENTER, 145 Sixth Ave., Thu.-Sun., 7:30 p.m., through May 4, $15-$18, 212-647-0202.

JOURNEYS : A NEW MUSICAL, a cabaret showcasing the work of seven new musical theater composers, ROSE’S TURN, 55 Grove St., Sun.-Mon., 8:30 p.m., through May 4, $10 cover, 212-752-1972.

THE LADIES OF THE CORRIDOR, a sharply funny & wryly sympathetic show set behind the closed doors of New York’s Hotel Marlow, where a skeleton is hung in every closet, BANK STREET THEATER, 155 Bank St., Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 3 p.m., May 2-25, $15, 212-561-9635.

THE LAST SUNDAY IN JUNE, a young gay couple intend to spend a quiet day inside during the NYC Gay Pride Parade, when it is interrupted by another friend sparking a chain of events that rocks the foundation of their relationship, THE CENTURY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, 111 E. 15th St., Tue.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sat., 4 p.m., Sun., 3 & 7 p.m., through April, $55, 212-239-6200.

LA TRAVIATA, Verdi’s opera about love & sacrifice brought to life by Amato Opera, AMATO OPERA HOUSE, 319 Bowery, through May 4, various performance times, call for schedule, $23-$28, 212-228-8200.

LINE, comedy by Israel Horovitz that is the longest-running off-off Broadway show, THIRTEENTH STREET REPERTORY, 50 W. 13th St., open-ended, Wed. & Thur., 7 p.m., Sat., 9:30 p.m., $10-$12.50, 675-6677.

LOVE & SEX, tales of relationships in the streets & townships of New York City, THE BARRIO, 99 Stanton St., Sun., 8 p.m., open ended, $12, 887-0951.

THE MISCHIEF MAKERS, the world’s favorite trick sters, rascals & rogues from across three continents & but them together on a totem pole somewhere on the Pacific Northwest coast, PROVINCETOWN PLAYHOUSE, 133 MacDougal St., May 1-3, 8 p.m., May 4, 3 p.m., free, 212-998-5867.

MONO, set in a Lower East Side bar, an exploration of the microcosms of Lower Manhattan, SURF REALITY, 172 Allen St., Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m., open-ended, $15, 358-3447.

NAKED BOYS SINGING, a nude musical extravaganza, THE ACTORS’ PLAYHOUSE, 100 Seventh Ave. S., Mon., Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m., Sat., 7 & 10 p.m., Sun., 3 & 7 p.m., open-ended, $35-$50, 239-6200.

NOBODY KNOWS I’M A DOG, examines the lives of six people whose false personas & unrealized dreams are played out in the electronic world of usenet singles newsgroups, e-mail, & internet relay chat, THE RED ROOM, 85 E, Fourth St., Sun., 8 p.m., through May, $12-$15, 457-5498.

NOTHING OF ORIGINS, challenges the myth of every woman’s life to uncover the fundamental truths about the virgin, the mother, the wife & the whore, URBAN STAGES, 250 W. 30th St., Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m., May 1-18, $12-$15, 212-352-3101.

THE NUCLEAR FAMILY, a fully improvised suburban saga, HERE ARTS CENTER, 145 Sixth Ave., Sat., 10:30 p.m., through May 10, $12, 212-647-0202.

THE ONTOLOGICAL DETECTIVE, a cerebral & spiritual mystery about a New York City police detective living on the edge of reality, where a common suicide investigation begins to torment the innerdemons of the main character, BLUE HERON ARTS CENTER, 123 E. 24th St., Mon., Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m., through May 11, Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m., $15-$25, 212-868-2444.

OUR LADY OF 121st STREET, the funny & touching story of a group of friends who are reuinited after the death of a feared but beloved nun from their childhood, UNION SQUARE THEATER, 100 E. 17th St., Tue.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 7 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 3 p.m., through April, $30-$65, 212-505-0700.

PASSING PASSIONS, four men & four women locked in a constant battle of lustful desires, a round robin of couples lost in an endless chain of carnal pursuits, eight characters in eight scenes, KRAINE THEATER, 84 E. Fourth St., Thu.-Sat., 7 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m., through May 18, $15, 212-206-1515.

THE PORNO JIM SHOW, a humorous & educational exploration of modern pornography presented in Porn 101 format because Porno Jim believes America needs better porn, COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS, Fri.-Sat., 10 p.m., through June 28. $12-$15. 212-352-3101.

THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW, a storytelling session delivered with the punk rock Kamikaze intensity of an artistic three-way between literature, theater & music, with Clay McLeod Chapman, THE RED ROOM, 85 E. Fourth St., 3rd fl., Fri.-Sat., 10:30 p.m., through May 3, $10-$15, 212-206-1515.

ROCK STARS NYC, stage dive into the intensified rock concert experience combining dance & live rock & roll music where the audience can dress, sing, dance & party like a rick star all night long, POLLY ESTHER’S, 186 W. Fourth St., Fri., 8 p.m., opens May 2, open-ended, $35-$55, 212-714-ROCK.

RHAPSODY IN SETH, tells of a young man’s journey from humble beginnings as a showtune-belting adolescent in Nassau County, to being the cosmopolitan musical director & raconteur to Broadway’s most delectable divas, THE ACTOR’S PLAYHOUSE, 100 Seventh Ave., Fri., 10 p.m., Sat., 3 p.m., Sun.-Mon., 8 p.m., through April 30, 212-239-6200.

SOMEWHERE SOMEPLACE ELSE, charts the self-discovery of a married mid-western woman who comes to visit her sister in New York City, in the smallest apartment in the world, and stays, part of the Springworks Festival, OHIO THEATER, 66 Wooster St., Fri.-Sun., 8 p.m., through May 3, $10-$15, 212-206-1515, call for more information about the festival.

UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL, a librarian goes to the stage to reveal “impressive evidence” of an event of great historical significance, discovered after finding a book 123 years overdue, SOHO PLAYHOUSE, 15 Vandam St., Tue.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sat. & Sun., 3 p.m., open-ended, $40, 239-6200.

VINCENT, a new musical by Robert Mitchell about the life of Vincent Van Gogh, directed by Judith Fredericks, WINGS THEATER, 154 Christopher St., Thru.-Sat., Mon., 8 p.m., Sun., 3:30 p.m., open ended, $19, 627-2961.


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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.


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
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


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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