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Second thoughts
By RICHMOND JONES

The Penny Post
By ANDREI CODRESCU


Downtown Local

Memorial Hearing

Whitman Resigns

Teen Beach Party

Grant Party

Museum Project

Correction


Children's Activities

Bouncing back to teach dance to kids
By Jane Flanagan
With the on-going construction work after Sept. 11, jackhammers incessantly pound outside Loretta Thomas’ Murray St. apartment. Unsettling as that is, it’s the least of the problems that Thomas, who owns the Murray Street Dance Studio, has been facing since that horrific day.

Boys and girls are different after all
By Jane Flanagan
One day my sister-in-law and I were walking up and down the isles of Toys “R” Us. Diane is in her mid-fifties and first became a parent in the 1970s. It had been some time since she examined the items on a toy store’s shelves and she was aghast. While I was spotting ideas for future birthday party presents, she, apparently, was contemplating social/political upheaval.


This picture from a De Sica film used to promote an Italian celebration in Tribeca has been criticized by three Italian members of Community Board 1 who find the work offensive.

Florence adopting Tribeca
By JOSH ROGERS
A business group from Florence, Italy is adopting Tribeca as its “sister city” and will help raise money for neighborhood children and struggling businesses at a fundraiser celebrating Italian culture this Thursday.

Downtown favors West St. tunnel, poll says
By JOSH ROGERS
Most people living in Battery Park City think building a short tunnel under West St. is at least somewhat important if not a top priority, according to a new poll of Lower Manhattan residents.

Private school to open
By ELIZABETH O'BRIEN
Lower Manhattan parents and students dreading a public middle school application process that leaves them few local choices will have a new option next year, with the opening of the private Downtown School in September, 2004.

Disputed ballot, but new Southbridge president is clear
By ALBERT AMATEAU
The election for the Southbridge Towers co-op board of directors earlier this month is under review by the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal after a series of missteps in the voting process and a disputed run-off between two of the candidates.

Bond firm adjusts design for new Tribeca building
By ELIZABETH O'BRIEN with JOSH ROGERS
A bond-trading firm that wants to move its new office and living space to Tribeca altered the design of a building it plans to construct on Greenwich St. after the community objected to its height and other aspects.

13 Downtown parks to get $25 million
By JOSH ROGERS
The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. will spend $25 million to create or improve 13 Downtown parks or plazas within the next two years. Most of the improvements will be finished within a year and “all will be done within 21 months” said Madelyn Wils, a member of the L.M.D.C. board of directors. Wils has worked with the city Parks Dept. on the agency’s document detailing how it will spend the L.M.D.C. money.

B.P.C.A. moves closer to buying Pier A
By JANE FLANAGAN
The takeover of Pier A by the Battery Park City Authority moved one step closer to reality this week after Community Board 1 gave the idea unanimous support.

Owners push for Hudson Sq. business district
By ALBERT AMATEAU
A group of property owners in Hudson Sq., a commercial neighborhood that is becoming more residential, met last week to discuss the proposal for a Business Improvement District in the area roughly between Canal and Morton Sts., west of Sixth Ave.

Petition begins against new ferry terminal
By JANE FLANAGAN
Sitting at Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City on a recent sunny weekday morning, Heather LaGarde was helping her 3-year-old daughter with an art project and enjoying the view. She is glad the warmer weather is finally here and plans to continue to travel to the park every day from her home on the Lower East Side.

Lopez wins right to run for reelection
By LINCOLN ANDERSON
Saying she was confident all along of the outcome, Councilmember Margarita Lopez was still elated to find out last week that the Appellate Division had reversed the lower State Supreme Court’s March decision that would have prevented her and five Council colleagues from seeking another two years in office.


Sharing time and space at the Café Society
By JERRY TALLMER
Let us go then, you and I. You and I and Willard Jenkins, a large, quiet enthusiast in a brilliant cherry-red cap who would take us back down a twisting flight of stairs to a lost shrine at No. 1 Sheridan Square. Today it’s a techno-modernized theater, the Axis. Nothing of the past is recognizable. But then…

Koch on film
By ED. KOCH
“Secret Lives” (+)
This documentary is one of the best I have ever seen. It is the story of Jewish children from various countries who were saved during the Holocaust...“The Matrix Reloaded” (-) This film can be summed up as high-tech dreck and drivel. I enjoyed the original and the first “Matrix” because of its novelty, but this sequel and second chapter is ridiculous.

Listen closely as your life improves
By PHIL HALL
Given the high volume of wailing ambulances, droning traffic jams, bleating car alarms, rumbling subway cars, and eardrum-shattering music in bars and clubs, it is safe to exclaim that New York is not a city rich with aural comfort. For anyone who’s had to brave the cacophony of the city’s soundscape (or had to live with noisy neighbors, for that matter), Jonathan Goldman’s “Healing Sounds” is a must-need, must-read study in the therapeutic value of sound on physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual life.



ARTSVAN BENEFIT PARTY On Friday, May 30, Richard Skipper, the performer renowned for his solo show, “An Evening with Carol Channing,” will assemble a platoon of Gotham Cabaret notables for “Carol’s ArtsVan Benefit,” a dazzling evening to benefit DowntownNYC!’s ArtsVan, the new mobile hospitality center and ticketing truck, which will debut this summer.

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