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?

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.

“This year it was a bumper crop,” said Judy Duffy, assistant district manager of C.B. 1.

Each year, half of the 50-member community board comes up for review. All members who sought reappointment this year were granted it, Duffy said.

This year’s vacancies arose in part because the board began last year two members short, Duffy said. Then, a few members left midway through the year, mostly for work reasons, while others decided not to renew their terms, she added.

Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields has the final say on all community board appointments, but half are made after local city councilmembers make their recommendations. In this year’s group, eight members were appointed by Fields and four got the nod from Alan Gerson, the only councilmember who represents Community Board 1.

Below, the appointees share their thoughts on their new positions and challenges that lie ahead.

Michael Connolly (recommended by Gerson) has been a public member of the board for most of the past year, sitting on the Tribeca and the World Trade Center Redevelopment Committees. A Downtown resident since 1983, Connolly serves as the president of his condo building at 27 North Moore St.

His main focus is ensuring that the trade center side is developed as quickly as possible, with Daniel Liebskind’s designs preserved but modified for greater accessibility and development of the street life.

“I think the community board just needs to try to expand the views and interests of the people who live and work Downtown,” Connolly said.

Connolly lives with his wife and two sons, 17 and 14.

Tom Goodkind (appointed by Fields) was so excited about his appointment to the community board that he and his 13-year-old daughter jumped around their Battery Park City apartment to celebrate, he said. He has also begun re-reading the Jane Jacobs classic “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” in preparation for his new duties. Goodkind, previously a public member of C.B. 1, said that he especially looks forward to bringing his professional auditing experience to the board.

Goodkind said that he can’t wait to be part of an organization that has played a pivotal role in shaping his community:

“It’ll be a lot of fun,” Goodkind said. “This is one of the greatest things.”

Goodkind and his wife, Jill, have lived in Battery Park City for 14 years. They have two girls, 6 and 13.

Arthur Gregory (Fields) has a lot going on right now. On top of his community board appointment, he and his wife, Ellie, are expecting their first child in two weeks. And if that weren’t enough, he just opened a fancy foods kiosk at Pier 17 in the South St. Seaport and his restaurant, A&M Roadhouse at 57 Murray St., has added seafood specials to its barbeque fare and plans to start a blues jam on Sunday nights.

But Gregory, who lives at Fulton and Gold Sts., has plenty of energy for his new responsibilities. While he is interested in the Seaport and Quality of Life committees, he’s keeping an open mind:“As a community board member, I will be a voice for the entire community, not just where I live and work,” Gregory said.

Joel Kopel (Fields) used to think of Downtown as the pearl in the city’s oyster. That was before Sept. 11, 2001, and Kopel said he wanted to join the community board to help restore the area’s vibrancy. Kopel, a resident of 3 Hanover Square, is the general manager at William Barthman Jewelers where he has worked since 1983.

“My main focus is trying to get the World Trade Center rebuilt as quickly as possible,” Kopel said. “As a retailer in front of the trade center, I really feel the effects.”

Kopel lives with his wife, Renee, and their 15-year-old daughter.

Pat Moore (Fields), a resident of 125 Cedar St., got her first taste of civic activism after Sept. 11, 2001. A jewelry and sweater designer, Moore lost her home studio in the terror attack, so she channeled her energy into battling various levels of government bureaucracy for the right of her and her fellow tenants to reenter their apartments. She said she is eager to represent the entire community, but especially the often forgotten residents living south of Liberty St. Moore plans to address noise and other concerns during her tenure on the board, but she’s not limiting herself:

“Whatever I see that needs to be taken care of, I’ll go after it,” Moore said.

Moore has lived at 125 Cedar St. for 25 years with her husband, Andy Jurinko, a painter.

George Olsen (Gerson) would love to see Chambers St. cleaned up. But he said he plans focus his energies on more likely scenarios, such as the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site.

Olsen serves as the president of the P.T.A. at P.S. 234, where he has a son in the fourth grade. In addition to youth and education issues, Olsen is particularly interested in protecting the former Urban Renewal Site 5B, located between Greenwich and West Sts. and Warren and Murray Sts. from excessive development, particuarly the proposed “Minskoff Tower.”

“I’m not averse to Tribeca changing,” Olsen said. “But it has to be sensible.”

An attorney who specializes in real estate law, Olsen also has a master’s degree in urban studies. A Downtown resident since 1982, Olsen lives on Chambers St. with his wife, Karen Barth, a painter, and their son.

Angela Sales (Fields) serves as the director of community and government relations for Borough of Manhattan Community College, where she has worked for seven years. “After 9/11, I thought it was more than necessary for our college to be more intertwined with the Tribeca community,” Sales said. Her primary committee interests lie in youth, education and health issues. In addition, Sales said she hopes to oversee the rebuilding of Fiterman Hall, the B.M.C.C. building that was severely damaged by the collapse of the neighboring 7 World Trade Center, in an architectural style consistent with the plans for the trade center site.

Attempts to reach the following new C.B.1 members were unsuccessful: John Fratta, a Seaport resident who ran for City Council in 2001, Mark Hsiao, Ingrid Maurer, Sheila Rossi, and Edward “Ro” Scheff.


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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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