Community gains are making us believers
Recent exhilarating victories by community groups have us believing that great outcomes at the grassroots level can be accomplished if groups of individuals get together to build coalitions and do the hard work that needs to be done to achieve a goal.
Transit referendum good for Downtown and beyond
By Scott Stringer
Years of neglecting to fund and fix our arteries of travel; our roads,bridges, subways, and trains, have left the infrastructure of New York in critical condition. On Election Day, we can take a vital step to make repairs and provide for our transportation needs in the 21st century.
More heat than light from Deutsche meeting demonstrators
By David Stanke
The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. recently sponsored an event on Oct. 24 to explain the removal of the infamous and contaminated Deutsche Bank building at 130 Liberty St. Unfortunately, the meeting became a platform for grandstanding and press baiting. Behind the commotion and smoke screen, no compelling issues surfaced.
The Penny Post
By Andrei Codrescu
A rat gnaws at the heart. Its a wooga-booga rat colagged from newspaper articles, sound bites from TV, bytes from the blogosphere, and shifting existential sand. I know this rat because Ive created him at my work-table of doubt and confusion. The table itself, and its construction, is an interesting story, but I wont get into it now because you, my reader, are not my shrink and I am not your patient.
Letters to the editor
Downtowners get a full weekend as chill drives out rain
Temperatures are dropping, but the Downtown Soccer League hasnt cooled down. Teams played tough this weekend in the chilly weather.
Confessions of a recovering soccer mom
By Jane Flanagan
Its time to come clean. I am in the soccer/Little League mom recovery program. Last year my behavior became so unstable, I knew I couldnt continue. I needed help.
Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel
Bob Townley of Manhattan Youth, left, spoke on Pier 25 Oct. 31, the night his lease expired for the pier, which will soon be demolished to build the Hudson River Park. He thanked many for their work on the pier including artist Xavier Rivera, second from the left, and Toby Young, right.
B.P.C. committee backs B-ball over tennis in park battle
By Ronda Kaysen
West Thames Park in Battery Park City will likely have the same activities it has nowbasketball, community gardens, a tot lot and a dog runwhen it is redesigned next spring as part of an overhaul of Route 9A.
With a new center, seniors finally have the floor
By Lincoln Anderson
To the pounding of a wooden kettledrum, clattering of cymbals and high stepping of traditional lion dancers, a new $7.3 million center for Chinatown seniors opened last Friday morning at Grand and Centre Sts.
City agrees to remove garbage trucks from park
By Albert Amateau
The eight-acre Gansevoort Peninsula, used for decades to park garbage trucks, burn trash and store highway salt, will be ready to become part of the Hudson River Park in January 2013, according to an agreement last week settling a lawsuit by Friends of Hudson River Park and a group of elected officials against the city.
Chinatown building evacuated because of carbon monoxide
By Daniel Wallace
The apartment building at 20 Mulberry St. was evacuated at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday morning due to an incident of carbon monoxide exposure resulting from a faulty water heater in the buildings basement.
Vintage shoe store finds a toehold on Hester St.
By Christie Rizk
Girls Love Shoes is not your average shoe store its a history book of shoes within four walls. A cozy, small shop on the Lower East Side, Girls Love Shoes is a vintage shoe store, showroom and archive. The stores owner, Zia Ziprin, is a fashion designer by trade, but got involved in buying and selling vintage shoes by accident some years ago.
Pulling the words from the ruins
By Charles Graeber
Poetry, says Lawrence Joseph, is the highest form of expression. The 58-year-old poet, who doubles as a law professor at St. Johns University, also believes it is the best medium in which to chronicle our times. Fortunatelyor perhaps unfortunatelyJoseph has a particularly good vantage point to do this sort of work: he happens to live just blocks from Ground Zero, the site of the biggest, paradigm-shifting event of the 21st century (thus far).
Refusing to paint the Promised Land in black and white
Breaking the barrier between sound and movement
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