THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 19 Issue 46 | March 30 - April 5, 2007
Editorial
Saving the stairway would preserve falsehood
It’s hard to figure out which is more foolish about the latest plan for the “Survivors’ Stairway” – the possibility of delaying a much-needed school in Lower Manhattan or an investment of at least a few million dollars to preserve this World Trade Center remnant in the first place.

The Penny Post
Grapes from the Heartland
By Andrei Codrescu
Overbearing, too loud, nails on a blackboard is what I thought the woman behind me on the airplane sounded like. My nerves were a bit rattled from two days in Detroit, admiring urban ruins.

Downtown Notebook
Stopping the worst-laid plans of developers and educrats
By Michele Herman
I’m getting close to a big birthday, the kind of milestone that compels a person to do some assessing. From the back of an overcrowded, overheated meeting room filled with unhappy public school parents at 333 Seventh Ave., I’m assessing all right. Because I’m interested in both public education and land use policy, two issues that spawn a lot of meetings, I’m assessing the chunk of my life I’ve given over to meetings like this one.

Letters to the editor

Under Cover

Police Blotter

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel
Cycling a mile in their pedals
“Ride, Rosie, ride,” a crowd of cyclists shouted in support to Councilmember Rosie Mendez of the Lower East Side Friday, above. Mendez joined the monthly Critical Mass ride in a pedicab. It was the first ride since the city imposed a new rule requiring parade permits for any gathering with 50 or more cyclists. Police did not enforce the new rule, but they did make five arrests and issued nearly 50 traffic tickets to riders.

Downtown Express photos Jefferson Siegel

Adding colors and heart to yellow
Dylan, 8, a Long Island resident. About 33,000 floral decorations will be adorning New York City taxis later this year as part of the Garden in Transit program. This year marks the 100th anniversary of metered cabs in the city.


NEWS
W.T.C. stairs may delay steps to middle school learning
By Skye H. McFarlane
As both a preservationist and a public school parent, Community Board 1 member Barry Skolnick never imagined that his two pet projects — saving the Vesey St. “Survivors’ Stairway” and building a new school in Battery Park City — would someday be at odds.

Downtown groups move to add art to construction areas
By Brooke Edwards
Within the next few months, some of the many Downtown construction sites should start to look a bit more inviting.

Southbridge resident sentenced in housing scheme
Mark Marcucilli, a resident of Southbridge Towers and former assistant director of housing management for the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal who pleaded guilty last September.

AIDS demonstrators demand health care for all
By Andy Humm
Twenty years after ACT UP’s inaugural action on Wall St. protesting profiteering by pharmaceutical companies, hundreds of members and their allies staged an emotional and angry demonstration that surged south from Manhattan’s Federal Building to the Charging Bull statue in Bowling Green at the bottom of the island, shouting, “No More Bull! Health Care for All.”


ARTS

The unended journey from boyhood to B’way
By Jerry Tallmer
Jefferson Mays can do more with three words than other people can do with a thousand. He does it by — as it might seem, and that’s the ballgame — doing nothing.

Sweet street art
By Kaija Helmetag
Never has graffiti covered as pristine and sweet-smelling a surface as chocolate — until last week, when chocolatier Alison Nelson debuted a new line of bars designed by ten of New York City’s most legendary graffiti writers.

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Associate editor Josh Rogers and reporter Skye H. McFarlane are your hosts. This week small business owners, Pam Chmiel and Jan Lee discuss construction problems on Maiden Lane, the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center, and police parking problems in Chinatown. (recorded Tuesday, March 27, 2007)


NEWS

Split of W.T.C. arts draws questions, concern and hope
By Skye H. McFarlane
And then there was one. Once slated to house four cultural institutions in two separate buildings, the cultural site at the rebuilt World Trade Center will now host just a single tenant, according to Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff.

Downtown’s new beat cop traded a red coat for blue
By Janel Bladow
He walks some of the same streets, looks in on some of the same shops, but now it’s a whole different experience, with a completely new feeling.

Let the mega-shopping begin

Tax relief for Century 21 workers
By Skye H. McFarlane
Lisandra Defex may be one of the few people in the city who gets excited when talking about taxes.
“I’m always getting email updates from the I.R.S.,” said the 24-year-old Defex, grinning. “A lot of times it’s just about educating them on the little things that they’re eligible for.”

Downtown mermaids

With costs rising, immigrants get free citizenship help
By Brooke Edwards
With the price to apply for citizenship on the rise yet again, the Chinatown YMCA hosted a five-hour Immigration Assistance Day on Saturday. Over 100 immigrants got help completing the citizenship application and free legal advice from volunteer lawyers and paralegals.


FILM
No wrong turns in ‘The Lookout’
By Steven Snyder
What a brilliant performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the most unexpected, captivating — not to mention memorable — movie of the year thus far.


YOUTH
Youth Activities

Free sailing lessons from river to river
Applications are still being accepted for about 40 available slots in the first annual Young Sailors Program.


Obituary
Cozzolino, 56, Seaport attorney and cop, dies
By Chris Bragg
William Cozzolino, a long-time N.Y.P.D. transit police officer and a well-loved Seaport resident, died at the Cabrini Medical Center hospice on Mon. April 2 at the age of 56.

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