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.

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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?

L.M.D.C. begins search for W.T.C. memorial ideas

By Josh Rogers

Photo by Ramin Talaie
Kevin Rampe, interim president of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp.

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.

The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. received thousands of unsolicited designs for the memorial in the nearly 18 months since its creation, so officials did not venture a guess as to how many anonymous submissions the L.M.D.C. and the 12 jurors will receive now that they are requesting ideas. The competition details were announced April 28.

Information on the competition in English, Spanish or Chinese can be downloaded at or by faxing a written request to 1-800-717-5699. People who call a toll-free number, 1-800-696-0081 696, can hear general information about the memorial.

Applicants have until May 18 to submit questions to the L.M.D.C. and answers to many of the questions will be posted on the Web site May 23. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and May 29 will be the last day to register. Applicants can make their submissions, which will have identification numbers but no names, between June 9 and June 30. The guidelines call for them to be submitted on one 30 inch x 40 inch board with a picture or pictures and text, but several speakers at the Monday announcement mentioned the value in being flexible and breaking the rules.

Kevin Rampe, interim L.M.D.C. president, said someone who alters the size of the submission will not be disqualified automatically.

“We are going to be as flexible as possible, [but] I mean, I don’t want to encourage people not to follow the rules,” said Rampe.

The jury will review the submissions in July and plan to narrow the field down to no more than five sometime in September, near the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack. The names and designs of the finalists will be released in September, said Rampe. There will be a public comment period and the jury, which includes prominent members of the art, architecture and academic fields, expects to make a final decision in October. Construction will begin as soon as possible after that.

Architect Maya Lin, who designed the widely praised Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. and is on the jury, offered this advice to applicants: “You enter a competition not necessarily to win, but to say what you truly believe needs to be done here.”

The guidelines call for the names of the 2,792 known victims of the Sept. 11 attack and the six victims of the Feb. 26, 1993 World Trade Center bombing to be displayed without any special highlight given to workers who rushed to the scene to save others.

Lin said she was looking to find a unique way to display the names. “I’m hoping we get a new way of defining a memorial,” she said.

Paula Grant Berry, the only juror who lost a family member in the attack, her husband David Berry, said she and the other relatives “are bound together by our experience and by our pride…. Each was innocent, each was lost….

“The memorial will be built for all of New York, really for all of the world, but especially for the families.”

There will be a public hearing on the memorial guidelines May 28 at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Members of the jury are expected to attend.

The guidelines explain the memorial area and access points architect Daniel Libeskind set aside in his W.T.C. design. The memorial will be 30 feet below ground, leave the “bathtub” slurry wall visible, include the area of the original Twin Tower footprints and will be 4.7 acres. Some residents and businesses have said the plan needs to be adjusted because it requires street-level pedestrians to walk several minutes out of their way to traverse the site. After at first resisting the idea, Libeskind said a few weeks ago he would not object if the memorial designer proposed pedestrian walkways over the site.

The 33-page booklet outlining the guidelines does not mention any of the access-questions some people have raised.

David Stanke, who owns a condo across the street from the site, said he was angry to hear that would-be designers are not being directed to think about those issues. “An artist can choose to change the access if they want, but no artist is going to choose to do that…. It’s not the same as giving a strong message that this is what you’ve got to do.”

Rampe said the jury would consider all factors including access. “We are in the third largest central business district…. That’s going to be part of the consideration the jury will have when they make their decision – one of many considerations,” said Rampe.

Deputy Mayor Daniel Doctoroff said several weeks ago that the proposed ramp entranceway to the memorial at Liberty and West Sts. was inadequate and needed it to be altered. “It won’t be a long ramp, it will be something different than that,” Doctoroff told reporters after a meeting with Community Board 1. “Good ideas will always get looked at.”

One juror, Lowery Stokes Sims, executive director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, said as she goes though the process she will keep in mind her friend, Michael Richards, an artist who worked in the trade center in a Lower Manhattan Cultural Center program and was killed Sept. 11. At airports, she would often run into Richards, who was working on a project involving the Tuskegee Airmen, and she always found it odd that he was killed by an airplane. “There was a kind of poetic irony in the way he died,” she said.


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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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