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Judgment needed on remaining Liberty Bond projects
The $8 billion Liberty Bond program is in danger of becoming synonymous with the phrase “9/11 boondoggle” unless state and city officials start giving more thought to the projects it allows the bonds to be used for.

Letters to the editor

Talking Point
More darkness comes to Family Court
By Ben Krull
On the tenth floor of Manhattan Family Court, where I and other government lawyers have offices, people are crowding their potted plants in front of the few remaining windows. There magnolias, orchids and azaleas soak up the disappearing days of sun left to the courthouse.

Second thoughts

The Penny Post

Downtown Local

Police blotter

Bus plan short circuit

New play space

C.B. 1 meetings

Sweet move

Tribeca diesel dispute

Bastille Day celebration

A replica of the Jeanie Johnston


Dapolito, parks advocate, 82, dies
By Albert Amateau
Anthony Dapolito, a Villager born and bred and a Soho baker who served Community Board 2 for 50 years, fostered the establishment of Village parks and fought against threats to his beloved neighborhood, died on Wed. Jan. 2 the day before his 83rd birthday.


Children’s Activities

Theater workshops
TADA! Children’s Theater is offering two, week-long musical theater workshops at Pace University this summer July 7 -11, and July 14- 18. Children will rehearse and perform music from Broadway selections and original TADA! shows and will be taught by the company’s musical director, Andrew Markus, and director/chorographer Cindy Thole.

Downtown Express photo by Ramin Talaie
Red, White & Blue Lion

Lion dancers in Chinatown’s Columbus Park showed their patriotism on July 4. With a rare fireworks display in the South Street Seaport and Independence Day events all over Lower Manhattan, the crowds were out in full force last Friday.

Judge says police are ‘heavy handed’ on Park Row
By Josh Rogers
A state judge said the city appears to have closed down more streets than necessary to secure the area around police headquarters and has taken “a very, very heavy-handed approach” with people living nearby. The judge however also said he doesn’t think there is much he can do about it under the law.

Noise complaints at Tribeca club

By Elizabeth O’Brien
The sleepless nights started about two months ago, residents say, when the velvet rope first appeared outside the bar at 99 Hudson St.

Papa ends fight on disputed Southbridge election
By Albert Amateau
The Southbridge Towers directors have decided not to hold a second run-off election for a fifth seat on the board despite the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal’s recommendation that the co-op board conduct a new election between two candidates.

Two false terror alarms disrupt Downtowners
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Last Wednesday, two unrelated terror scares that disrupted subway service and briefly closed the Brooklyn Bridge forced Lower Manhattan residents and workers to contend with missed appointments, delayed commutes, and for many, an eerie sense of déjà vu.

Park group challenges Trust on Pier 40
By Lincoln Anderson
The Friends of Hudson River Park sent a letter to the Hudson River Park Trust’s top officials last week, saying the Trust probably violated the Open Meetings Law and the act to create the park when it failed to pick a developer for Pier 40.

Looking to end tap dance around cabaret laws

By Elizabeth O’Brien
Both the city and nightlife advocates agree that New York City’s 77-year-old cabaret laws are antiquated. But after the Department of Consumer Affairs held a recent public hearing on the topic it remains unclear whether the laws will be eased into retirement.

Building Abbey Road on South End Ave.
By Patricia Belizario
A copywriter lawyer and resident of Downtown Manhattan has fused together his knowledge of the law and love of music to produce what may be Battery Park City’s only recording label—City Canyons Producing and Publishing.

Telling the tales of beautiful women
It was Laurel Pinson’s mother who from time to time during Laurel’s girlhood in Houston, Texas, would quote Rita Hayworth’s piercing remark: “They go to bed with Gilda, they wake up with me.”

Koch on film
Bonhoeffer (+) This is a very impressive documentary about a brilliant young German, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who became a Protestant minister and a mover and shaker among the clergy. 28 Days Later (-)When I called HS to suggest that we see this film, he was not happy. He doesn’t like scary films and had read The New York Times review which opened with “ ‘When 28 Days Later’ is not scaring you silly, it invites you to reflect seriously on the fragility of modern civilization…” I pushed the reference to the deeper, philosophical aspect of the film and he agreed to see it. At the end of the film, I said, “It was ridiculous.” He responded, “I liked it.”

New theater and director for Dance Theater Workshop
By Doris Diether
Major changes are about to take place at the Dance Theater Workshop, 2l9 W. l9th St. David R. White, executive director and producer of D.T.W. since l975, has just stepped down to be replaced by Marion K. Dienstag. And the newly constructed D.T.W. will open for its first season on Sept. 3.

New York's
“The Kick Ass Clown Cabaret,” a new side-splitting improv show at the People’s Improv Theater through July 27








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