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Bridge tolls, an idea whose time will come
Mayor Mike Bloomberg did New Yorkers a favor last week when he declined to put the final nail in the coffin of the idea of tolling the East River bridges. After his spokesperson said the idea was pretty much dead in the river, Bloomberg, according to New York Newsday, said, “Nothing is off the table…. You always want to have the administration look at all possibilities.”

Letters to the editor

Second thoughts
By RICHMOND JONES

The Penny Post
By ANDREI CODRESCU

Talking Point
Learning history for conversations with a preschooler
By Jane Flanagan
The developing mind of an almost 5-year-old is an amazing thing. And an intimidating one, at least for me. I always make the mistake of thinking that I have a good handle on how my son’s brain is operating at any given time.

Downtown Local

W.T.C. plans

9/11 reporters

Happy birthday Herman

Forward thinking

C.B. 1 meetings

Police blotter

Recycling a garbage plan

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.


Picture Story

Paddling hard down the lazy river
Bill Menke, of Tappan, N.Y., leads the Great Hudson River Paddle of 2003 into Pier 26, right, on the Tribeca waterfront on Saturday afternoon July 12.



Photo by James Neiss/Niagara Gazzette

A little-noticed part of Daniel Libeskind’s plan for the World Trade Center site would include a waterfall that would be almost as tall as Niagara Falls.



A waterfall at the W.T.C.?
By Josh Rogers
How about building a waterfall almost as tall as Niagara Falls at the World Trade Center site?
The idea perhaps sounds like just one of the thousands, if not millions, of ideas that have been proposed by architects and lay people and posted on Web sites, e-mailed to news organizations or discussed in barrooms all over the world since the 9/11 attack.

Downtown clash: parks vs. subways
By Josh Rogers
The drive to improve Lower Manhattan’s parks and subway service continued on its one-track collision course last week as Community Board 1 wrestled last week with the ways the subway plans will affect the proposed open space improvements.

I.P.N. tenants get notice of sale
By Albert Amateau
The new owner of Independence Plaza North has closed the deal on the purchase of the 1,340-unit Tribeca complex and has begun the year-long process of taking I.P.N. out of the Mitchell-Lama affordable housing program.

Work begins to open high school in September
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Construction has begun on the new home for Millennium High School at 75 Broad St. under an accelerated plan to open part of the building to students this September.

Council to hear proposed changes to Hudson Sq.
By Albert Amateau
The zoning subcommittee of the City Council land use committee will hear the proposal to allow residential development in the north and south ends of the Hudson Sq. manufacturing district on July 21.

Leadership school works on rec center
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Nearly two years after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a group of students at a high school just south of ground zero is taking a long view towards improving the quality of life Downtown.

Chinatown waiters win $500,000 settlement
By Mary Reinholz
A group of Chinatown workers who had been engaged in long-term demonstrations and legal battles against bosses at the now bankrupt New Silver Palace restaurant has won a settlement from their former employers amounting to nearly $500,000 for lost wages, misappropriated tips and other labor violations, according to lawyers on both sides of the dispute.

Making the union label for 100 years
By Sascha Brodsky
The world has changed a lot in the century since the local garment worker’s union was founded, but union members from 1903 would be instantly familiar with their counterparts of the current era.

Chinese workers rally against job training program
By Elizabeth O’Brien
More than 50 Chinese garment workers rallied last Wednesday outside their training school in Lower Manhattan and some protesters clashed with police in a demonstration against what workers called the school’s unfair cancellation of their computer classes.



‘Romeo and Juliet’ with a Latino quarterback
By Jerry Tallmer
This story has so many handles. Let us pick one. Well, two. Kirk Wood Bromley, playwright, actor and poet, the “Downtown Shakespeare,” grew up in Arizona. Aaron Beall, actor, director, playwright, producer, was obsessed by football as a kid. Still is.

Koch on film
By Ed. Koch
“Terminator 3” (-)What a stinker. This film will vie with the others that opened during the last several weeks for “worst of the year.”. I liked “Terminator l” in which Arnold Schwarzenegger was the bad machine sent back from the future to prevent the birth of a child who would lead the human race against the machines that had conquered the world. In “Terminator 2,” which I didn’t like, Schwarzenegger turned into a good machine intent on saving the child messiah for the future. “Swimming Pool” (+) The film is excellent and unusual. Detective story novelist Sarah Morton (Charlotte Rampling) is staying at a house in France owned by her editor, John Bosload (Charles Dance), hoping to write a novel of a different genre. John’s daughter, Julie (Ludivine Sagnier), drops in unexpectedly and has several one-night stands with local studs.

Trio of talents: bandleader, drummer and composer
By Sean Fitzell
At stage, drummer Susie Ibarra is poised behind her drum-kit so that she can clearly see the band and give them cues during a gig. She sits with straight posture, moving around the kit with fluid, minimal motions. This meditative appearance and economy of motion often belies the technicality of the rhythms and music she plays. Ibarra presides over shows seemingly without effort. In much the same way, she balances her busy musical career between the roles of bandleader, drummer, and composer.



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ATTEMPTING THE PERFECT CIRCLE Several artists have been selected by George Billis Gallery, located at 511 West 25th Street, to participate in “Round” their summer show featuring all things circular.
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