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315 cheap apartments are only a beginning
We would have liked to have said that on Monday, Gov. Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg announced a bold new plan to build affordable housing in Lower Manhattan, but the reality is the pair announced that they were able to find only $50 million of the $21 billion in aid for Lower Manhattan to build 315 affordable apartments Downtown.

Abusing Liberty Bonds
Unlike the residential Liberty Bonds discussed above, the office Liberty Bond money has not been moving. The tax-free bonds have not been enough to overcome a sluggish real estate market. With most of the $6.4 billion in commercial bonds languishing, Forest City Ratner has had the audacity to apply for the bonds to build a Tines Square office tower for The New York Times.

Letters to the editor

Second thoughts

The Penny Post

Talking Point
Daniel Libeskind
By Beverly Willis
Great architecture requires a great client. This truism has proved the rule in architecture since the days of early Greek amphitheaters. It takes two to create great buildings and places – a designer and a builder.

David Childs
By David Stanke
With a prepared statement of a simple paragraph, the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. announced that a collaboration between two architects would be responsible for producing a “world-class icon” and a “powerful symbol of our nation’s resilience.” A power struggle with overtones of politics, money, and ego is settled. With all of the interests involved, the final decision about who takes the lead on the first building to return to the World Trade Center was a simple struggle between form and function. And the right decision was made: Function must take priority over form.

Downtown Local

Waterfall idea almost as tall as Niagara

Governors I. tours

C.B. 1 meetings

Police blotter

First Precinct party

Online park connections

9/11 help programs


Children’s Activities

Where moms and toddlers network
By Jane Flanagan
The “Mom’s Network” is in session, a monthly meeting sponsored by the Battery Park City Neighbors and Parents Association. Mothers and small children have been gathering here for several years, sharing stories of sleepless nights and milestones such as successful potty training.

Downtown Express photo by Ramin Talaie

Architects David Childs, left and Daniel Libeskind near the World Trade Center site, as developer Larry Silverstein looks on.

Silverstein/Childs take W.T.C. lead, but Pataki objects to tower move
By Josh Rogers
Before Daniel Libeskind’s World Trade Center plan was picked, before the six Beyer Blinder Belle proposals for the site were rejected, David Childs knew he was Larry Silverstein’s architect and he was pretty confident he would get to design the new offices at ground zero. Childs’ confidence proved well placed when he was named the “design architect and project manager” last week and Libeskind was relegated to be the “collaborating architect” on the 1776-foot Freedom Tower first conceived by Libeskind.

Karen Finley on 9/11
By Jerry Tallmer
In a club called Fez, in a basement under the Time Cafe, corner of Lafayette and Great Jones Sts., Liza Minnelli in a golden-tasseled gown is gasping and deep-breathing and whooping and swooping and exclaiming: “It was such a beautiful day for a tragedy!”

$50 million for affordable housing Downtown
By Josh Rogers
The governor and mayor announced a $50 million program to build 315 affordable apartments in Lower Manhattan over the next few years. The apartments will be for people earning between $50,000 and $85,000 a year and are expected to make up 20 percent of the units in four new buildings on or south of Canal St., East Broadway or Grand St.

Community leaders cool to P.S. 234 expansion idea
By Elizabeth O’Brien
With the population of Lower Manhattan expected to balloon over the next several years, the community has begun debating the merits of building an addition to P.S 234 to accommodate the anticipated influx of new students.

Times’ developer seeks 9/11 funds for Midtown
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The New York Times reported last week that its development partner has applied for $400 million in Liberty Bond financing to construct the newspaper’s new Midtown headquarters.

Pier A sale awaits legislation in Albany
By Jane Flanagan
Lower Manhattanites will have to wait until at least September to find out whether they will see life anytime soon at Pier A.

Council committee backs half of Hudson Sq. plan
By Albert Amateau
The Department of City Planning was only half successful in convincing the City Council zoning subcommittee on Mon. July 21 to approve a proposal to allow residential development in the Hudson Sq. manufacturing district.

Pace professors launch unionization effort
By Sascha Brodsky
Some members of the faculty and staff of Pace University are organizing the school’s first union. Faculty members said that a union would help get better retirement benefits and a fairer system of merit pay among other issues. The school has been changing its benefit system in an effort to control costs.

Swan song coming for smokers on Pearl St.
By Elizabeth O’Brien
With the owner exemption to the city’s workplace smoking ban set to expire on July 24, the puffing days are numbered at Swan’s Bar on Pearl St.

Duffer launches magazine for black golfers
By Elizabeth O’Brien
In the short time that Debert Cook has played golf, her learning curve has been as tough as making par at Augusta.
Cook first picked up a club a little more than a year ago. Today, she is the publisher of African American Golfer’s Digest, a brand-new quarterly magazine that she runs out of her Fulton St. office.

Jimmy Bradley and Danny Abrams, successful restaurateurs in Chelsea and Tribeca, recently opened the Mermaid Inn in the East Village. It is an all-seafood restaurant, with very simple recipes and fish of the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean.

Examining Plath’s torments and tormentors
By Jerry Tallmer
When Angelica Torn was a belligerent, unhappy 14-year-old at the United Nations International School, she was told one day she couldn’t go to lunch unless she was carrying a book. She went into the school library, reached up to a shelf, and grabbed “The Bell Jar,” by Sylvia Plath, a work published a few months after Plath’s suicide in 1963, one year before Angelica was born.

Koch on film
Pirates of the Caribbean (-)
I have never missed a Johnny Depp movie, even if it was panned by the critics. I’ve never regretted going so far as I can recall. Now, for the first time, I must admit it wasn’t worth it. Northfork (-) The week began with a flurry of what, appeared to be, a sudden rain of good films in a period of a huge number of bombs. Of all of the movies reviews I read, Northfork seemed to be my kind of film: quirky, interesting and well acted. It is all three, but still a bomb.

New York's
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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