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?


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?” I’m one of those people who leave lights on all over the house when it’s winter, even if it’s daylight, so that I don’t fall into a mood that reflects the gloomy one outside. Both natural and artificial light affects our feelings greatly. While we can’t do much about nature’s choices, we certainly can control our own, so take a look around your home and address the rooms where the lighting is less than spectacular.

Suitable light is needed to see and perform our daily tasks, but few of us really know how to properly light a space. Great lighting sets a mood and illuminates a space so that we feel comfortable and at home. If you’re planning to rehab your entire space, consider hiring a lighting designer, since all the choices available might overwhelm you. According to the International Association of Lighting Designers web site,, “a lighting designer brings an unparalleled level of expertise to a design project, offering a vast array of lighting solutions for interiors and exteriors.” If you’re just looking to replace a table of floor lamp on your own, bear in mind that are three basic types of lighting needed in any size room. First, there’s general or ambient light, which includes table and floor lamps, chandeliers and hanging pendants. These provide overall, even illumination and fill the space, setting the stage for the other lighting you’ll use in the room. Choose glare-free lights encased in a fixture like a sconce or soffit that points light upward or down. The type of lampshade used can make a difference. One with a reflective interior will give a brighter effect by reflecting light, while a fabric lampshade will absorb light, making it feel duller.

According to the Consumer Energy Center ( “what the spotlight is to accent lighting, the single fixture is to decorative lighting.” Accent lights focus on art, furniture or special room features, like columns in a loft. These lower-wattage, directional light sources include tracks or recessed downlights. Keep this type of lighting on a separate switch or dimmer from the rest of your lighting. Lighting used for specific activities like reading, crafts, writing and cooking is referred to as task lighting. When buying task lighting, keep in mind the area between the light and the work area, as the intensity of the light decreases as the distance between the light and the subject increases.

Before you start to shop, you need to know what you want to light. If it’s an area where people gather for entertaining, you need something that will make your friends feel welcome. If you’ve just built the perfect window seat for reading, you’re after a focused, clear light. Although where the light lands is more important than the object producing the light itself, there’s no reason why your lighting fixture can’t be both beautiful and functional. Most New Yorkers know about all the lighting stores along the Bowery below Canal St. but I’ll warn you-there’s almost too much product from which to choose, which can be confusing, and much of what you’ll find leans towards a Star-Trek meets Motel-6 feeling or faux-Victorian townhouse look.

I suggest browsing at O’Lampia, where owner-designer Kwang Lee and staff will give you great advice on what you need. There’s a range of stunning, handcrafted, made-to-order pieces in styles that include Gothic, Missions and Art Noveau in several different metal finishes. Their understated sconces are particularly suited to all decor. (; 155 Bowery; 212-925-1600; Tues.- Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.).

The new, ultra-hip Design Within Reach store (142 Wooster St.; 212-475-0001; Mon.-Sat. 11a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. noon-6 p.m.; has finally come to town. This San Francisco-based retailer and catalogue considers itself the “one-stop resource for some of the most exciting furniture designers internationally,” ranging from Isami Noguchi to Pablo Pardo. The lighting selection is fabulous and cool. The Tutu is a great accent light. It’s a long, narrow shelf made of polypropylene and gives an unexpected and soft glow to a room. It comes with orange, yellow or blue filters.

Moss is another exciting area store worth a visit even if you don’t need anything for your home; it’s the sort of place that fills your shopping spirit. Owner Murray Moss has arranged furnishings as if they were in a museum display, to “transform the public perception of industrial design.” Products include furniture, jewelry, books, tabletop items and lighting. I fell for the fixture called Set Up Shades #7, designed by Marcel Wanders. At a little over six feet high, seven PVC/cotton laminate lampshades have been stacked one on top of another and rest on a metal frame. My favorite lighting fixture of the season, though, is Tord Boontje’s Wednesday Suspension Light. Made from laser cut stainless steel that’s been photographically etched, it looks like a great, fantasyland of flowers suspended from the ceiling along with a mini-forest of white, silver and black leaves. Each steel shade is around five feet long. (Moss; 146 Green St.; Mon-Sat, 11a.m.-7 p.m; Sun, noon-6 p.m.; 212-204-7100;

Don’t want to leave the house? I discovered the web site for, which manufactures some of the nicer lighting fixtures that you may have seen in Crate & Barrel, Lee’s Lighting and Macy’s. You can also connect to their other lighting line, Fire Farm, from this site. Seascape’s Yellow Squares hanging light has a checkerboard shade of polished, aluminum squares, and Fire Farm has the great Femme Fatale pendant, which is a petticoat shape of mesh perfect for hanging over your dining room table. Of course, you need to consider your personal taste and style of décor when looking for lights. A few simple tips: shiny curtains (silk, shantung) have a reflective effect, while wooly or heavily textured curtains absorb light. Pale, glossy walls will give a brighter, well-lit effect. Light-colored frames and sills around your glass windows will make the room appear brighter.


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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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