THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 19 Issue 48 | April 13 - 19, 2007
Editorial
It’s time to pull the plug on Imus
There’s comedy and then there’s callous insensitivity. The latter was recently displayed by radio “shock jock” Don Imus when he made ugly, inappropriate and blatantly racist comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team after their loss in the N.C.A.A. tournament championship game.

Talking Point
The pier’s a park, not a parkway
By Tobi Bergman
Picture a fine evening in June in the waterfront park. It’s 7 p.m. and the tail end of rush hour traffic is inching toward the Holland Tunnel. The heat of the day is yielding to a river breeze and the Greenway is jam-packed: cyclists and runners, skaters and strollers, commuting, exercising, grooving.

Letters to the editor

Under Cover

Police Blotter

Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess
Only for walkers?
If only all cyclists stayed off the sidewalks, perhaps some Sixth Ave. pedestrians were thinking last week.

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

Parc Place tenants cheered Tuesday when they heard they would not be forced to move.

B.P.C. tenants beat landlord
By Josh Rogers
It may not help having the state’s attorney general as a neighbor, but it sure can’t hurt. Battery Park City resident Andrew Cuomo, who by day is New York’s top law enforcement official, pressured a neighborhood landlord to live up to a previous agreement to extend affordable rent protections to 78 of the tenants at 225 Rector Place until 2019.


NEWS
Jack Parker exec ducks questions at Tribeca meeting
By Brooke Edwards
For those hopeful that the compromise reached last year over the size of the Jack Parker development in Northern Tribeca meant an end to the site’s controversy, the battle may have just begun.

Car slams into Chinatown restaurant, 1 injured
By Chris Bragg
A car plowed into the entrance of the Hop Kee restaurant in Chinatown early Saturday morning, taking out two walls at the building’s entrance weighing a ton each.

Federal program spikes business for preservationist
By Skye H. McFarlane
No one is quite sure why they did it, but sometime in the middle of the century, the owners of 37 Wall St. covered up their former banking hall’s ornate plastered ceiling and marble columns with a drop ceiling.

Good Friday walk

Downtown businesses praise commercial rent break from Albany
By Chris Bragg
Downtown business leaders breathed a sigh of relief recently, when they learned the State Assembly would continue to give rent relief to Downtown tenants, with a three-year extension of the Commercial Revitalization Program.

ARTS

A high-tech head trip
By Will McKinley
“The idea of solidity is wrong,” says a character in “Losing Something,” the new multi-media curiosity at the 3LD Art & Technology Center. The concept that reality is malleable and that certainty is just beyond our grasp lies at the core of this occasionally confounding but eminently enjoyable experiment in live theater.

One Lost Boy’s story, impossible to ignore
By McKay McFadden
When Sudanese refugee Valentino Achak Deng landed at JFK in September of 2001, he was a twenty-year-old Lost Boy. According to Deng, the Lost Boys are “unaccompanied minors who were separated from their families during wartime in Sudan” and traveled long distances seeking safety in a series of refugee camps in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

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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

Once a ‘failure,’ now vital, Spitzer reverses view of L.M.D.C.
By Skye H. McFarlane
Members of Community Board 1 tackled a jam-packed agenda Monday night at the World Trade Center Redevelopment Committee meeting.

C.B. 1 pumped to get high-tech cycling center
By Brooke Edwards
The city’s triathletes may soon be training in Tribeca. Construction is underway on a high-end training facility, Cadence Cycling and Multisport Center at 174 Hudson St., on the corner of Vestry St. Jay Snider, C.E.O. for Cadence, said he hopes to open June 15.

Window washing for the rich and famous
By Lincoln Anderson
With all the new luxury glass buildings sprouting up in Hudson Square, there are a lot more windows to keep sparkling clean. But it’s got to be done right. This has all meant more business for window washers like Brent Weingard of Expert Window Cleaners and his crew of fearless workers.

Whole Foods’ impact is felt by shoppers, and stores
By Brooke Edwards
The recent opening of Whole Foods Market on the Lower East Side is making life easier for many residents. But other neighborhood stores are already feeling the sting of competition.

Flood of people to mark Downtown’s predicted flood zone
A “sea” of thousands of people, dressed in blue, is expected to encircle Downtown Manhattan Saturday to show the area that may be submerged if global warming patterns continue.

Remains search closes lane on West St.
Downtown drivers should stay alert this spring, as the city’s continuing search for human remains around the World Trade Center site has necessitated lane closures, traffic rerouting and parking restrictions on the Lower West Side.


Tiny bubbles make this Tribeca lobby very happy
By Nicole Davis
At 54 North Moore St., five minutes —the time it takes for the renovated warehouse’s cage-like elevator to descend to the ground floor — felt like an eternity when the lobby was lit by only a few florescent bulbs.

The unspeakable silence of ‘The Accomplices’
By Jerry Tallmer
The very title — “The Accomplices” — is inflammatory. It strikes at the heart of the matter even if Bernard Weinraub wanted to write a play that merely explored the record.


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