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Editorial:
Reviewing plans for the W.T.C.
It is much more telling to look at what many of the supporters of the plans to redevelop the World Trade Center site are saying rather than the critics. The critics will of course highlight flaws in the plan designed by architect Daniel Libeskind and look to turn the public tide against it.

Second thoughts
By RICHMOND JONES

The Penny Post
By ANDREI CODRESCU


Downtown Local

Lance-less race Downtown

Imagine an L.M.D.C. addition

Maya Lin film

Chinatown fest

Police Blotter


FOOD

Not a typical New York Chinese Restaurant
By Lauren Fouda
There’s a new sleek and sexy Chinese restaurant in Tribeca on Church Street. “66” is the latest venture of Jean Georges Vongerichten, owner of Jean Georges at the Trump Tower and Jojo’s on the Upper East Side.



Downtown Express photo by Ramin Talaie

City Hall visitors viewed the body of Councilmember James E. Davis Monday.



Remembering Davis before City Hall
By Elizabeth O’Brien
I remember the first time I met James E. Davis. It was August of 2001, and Davis was stumping on a sweltering morning at the subway station around the corner from my apartment in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. It must have been about 90 degrees, but the unflagging Davis wore a dark suit and a Cheshire Cat grin as he pumped my hand and asked for my support in the upcoming City Council race. He was the only candidate to campaign at my subway stop before the primary, and I thought to myself, “This guy’s got my vote.”

What Downtown’s councilmembers saw
By Elizabeth O’Brien with Lincoln Anderson
Local lawmakers described a scene of horror and uncertainty inside City Hall last Wednesday as a political opponent fatally shot Councilmember James E. Davis of Brooklyn before the assailant was shot and killed by a police officer in the chamber.

Trust knocked on Pier 40, Yankee Ferry
By Lincoln Anderson
A plan for interim recreational uses for Pier 40 will be presented to the Hudson River Park Trust’s board of directors in “a month or so,” reported Robert Balachandran, the Trust’s president, at the agency’s board meeting last Thursday.

W.T.C. plan needs changes, many say
By Josh Rogers
Many opponents and supporters of the selected plan for the World Trade Center site agreed that there was too much office bulk in the proposal, last week at the first meeting to discuss the environmental impact statement for the $10 billion project.

Council says bill would protect middle-income housing
By Albert Amateau
More than 200 residents of Mitchell-Lama houses throughout Manhattan came to the steps of City hall on Tues. July 22 to hear City Council Speaker Gifford Miller introduce legislation aimed at protecting tenants at risk of losing affordable housing when landlords leave the Mitchell-Lama program.

Harwayne retires three weeks after promotion
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Parents and community members expressed surprise and disappointment at the news last Friday that Shelley Harwayne, the former head of local school District 2, would immediately retire her new post as superintendent of Region 9.

Private school proposed for Wall St.
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Starting in the fall of 2005, backpacks could join briefcases on Wall St. as a new private school opens its doors across from the New York Stock Exchange. Private funds totaling $8 million have already been secured to open Claremont Academy, the planned school for kindergarten through eighth grade, according to Michael Koffler, president of Metropolitan Preschools, Inc., which owns Claremont Children’s School on Amsterdam Ave.

Facing threat, city backs C.B. 1 on high school
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The Department of Education stated last Friday that students living south of Houston St. would be granted preference in admissions to Millennium High School, providing the response that Community Board 1 officials sought when they recently threatened to withhold funding from the project.

C.B. 1 committee skeptical of tunnel plan
By Jane Flanagan with Josh Rogers
Still unable to come to a consensus over whether or not a West St. tunnel is a good idea, a Community Board 1 committee postponed a vote on it last week.

Downtowners brainstorm at L.M.D.C. workshops
By Josh Rogers
Before the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. had a staff or an office, John Whitehead, the agency’s chairperson, in Jan. 2002 said it was “the only organization in history to get over $2 billion that we never asked for.” Now with about $1.3 billion of federal money left to spend, the L.M.D.C. has begun a series of invitation-only neighborhood workshops to get feedback on how best to use the money.

Vendors and city dispute meaning of court ruling
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Art vendors cheered a federal court decision that upheld a lower court ruling against a permitting system for art sellers. But city officials said that the decision would have no bearing on the city’s ability to regulate selling in city streets or parks.

‘Great’ walker sits down to write
By Albert Amateau
It’s 32 miles around the shoreline of Manhattan and Cy Adler knows every inch of it. Teacher, writer and environmentalist, Adler is the founder of Shorewalkers, Inc., a not-for-profit walking and environmental group dedicated to exploring the metropolitan area shoreline on foot.



Dance company brings the world to Downtown
By Tanya Gingerich Warren
Despite over 27 years in the community, the full scope of the Battery Dance Company is still unknown to many downtown residents. They may be familiar with the Downtown Dance Festival, the free outdoor dance concert the company has produced in Battery Park every summer since 1982. But they may not know about their Dance-in- Schools program for inner-city schools.

Koch on film
By Ed. Koch
The Embalmer (+)
The style of this film, particularly the camera work and bleakness of scenes, reminded me of the Italian movies made after World War II like “The Bicycle Thief.” Johnny English (+)This film is a spoof on the great James Bond 007 series. The production - acting and script - are thoroughly British and enjoying it requires a taste for British humor, e.g., slapstick, pratfalls and toilet humor.



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