THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 19 Issue 52 | May 11 -17, 2007

Look out below! Billions worth of building down at the W.T.C.
By Josh Rogers
Anthony Shorris pulls out a picture of the barren World Trade Center site from January 2006 as he raises his voice to talk over the noise created by the cranes and other equipment now working on the entire 16-acre sunken area. (go to article)


NEWS
1,500 swarm park meeting
By Lincoln Anderson
More than 1,500 parents, Little Leaguers and budding David Beckhams — plus a crew hauling a 14-foot-long Whitehall rowboat complete with a sail — mobbed P.S. 41 last Thursday evening for a public hearing on Pier 40’s future.

Trust architect suggests further delays likely
Heavy equipment for the pile driving work to build the Hudson River Park’s Tribeca segment arrived Monday, but one of the park Trust’s architects said Wednesday that a possible redesign of the Pier 26 boathouse is likely to cause further delays in the financially-troubled project.

Fire halts condo project
A fire erupted at 148 Chambers St. at around 9:30 p.m. Friday, spreading from the fourth floor up to the building’s eighth floor. Two firefighters sustained minor injuries and were taken to St. Vincent’s hospital, the fire department said.

Cycle of paintings examines cyclist’s death on path
By Jefferson Siegel
Seth Mulvey, a former special education teacher at a San Francisco elementary school, moved to New York two years ago and enrolled in the illustration program at the School of Visual Arts. A bike rider, Mulvey began hearing about a succession of cyclists killed in motor vehicle accidents around the city.


ARTS
Family man
By Rebecca Cathcart
Kyle Baker’s Chinatown office is the embodiment of his busy mind. A 30-inch computer monitor erupts from a mountain of paper strewn across his desk. Bookshelves border the room, the frayed spines of old comics and reference materials peering at the clutter below.

Abrons Center fills shoes of defunct Downtown venue
By Todd Simmons
Last weekend the Abrons Arts Center at the Henry Street Settlement launched the inaugural shows of Blurring Boundaries, a series of new and experimental music concerts curated by Tonic’s Melissa Caruso-Scott, with the compositions of Downtown alt-jazz maverick John Zorn.

The bad Samaritan
By Steven Snyder
Unlike Jimmy Stewart’s quietly suspicious peeping tom, looking out from seclusion, Terry (Peter Krause) is a man who lunges outside his apartment, all but screaming about his fears and proclaiming that terror has moved in next door.

Listen to Downtown Express
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Dep. Mayor Daniel Doctoroff talks about Downtown redevelopment, the W.T.C. arts program, Hudson River Park funding and congestion pricing with hosts Josh Rogers and Skye H. McFarlane. Julie Menin, Community Board 1's chairperson, discusses the need for schools and cultural programs Downtown and the new members of the board. (recorded 4/30/07)


NEWS

Neighbors Trumped! City says yes to Donald’s tower
By Albert Amateau
The Department of Buildings on Tuesday approved the plans and the application for a building permit for Donald Trump’s proposed 42-story condo-hotel on Spring St. in a manufacturing district in Hudson Square, a project that has roused intense opposition from preservation advocates.

Early reviews mixed on Downtown bus lane plan
By Alyssa Giachino
The newest attempt to ease the flow of traffic along Broadway, by extending the sidewalk out by about 10 feet for bus stops, has been received with mixed reviews from merchants, neighborhood activists, and mass transit advocates.

20 Years
COVERING EVENTS THAT CHANGED OUR LIVES
20 years Downtown (1987-1995)
20 years Downtown (1996-2007)
Prepared by Jennifer Milne with assistance from Craig Stalzer and Kristin Edwards.

Newspaper’s vets recall the early ‘frontier’ days
By Josh Rogers
Meyer “Sandy” Frucher
Battery News president 1987–1988, B.P.C.A. president and C.E.O.,1984 – 1988,

9/11 changes the Express and the rest of Downtown
The Sept. 11 attack forever changed Lower Manhattan. The paper, originally a monthly, came out every two weeks in the years leading up to the attack.

2 decades go by fast when there’s lots to report
By Al Amateau
When Downtown Express associate editor Josh Rogers asked me to write an article for the paper’s 20th anniversary issue, I said “Twentieth anniversary? Nah. It wasn’t 20 years ago. It started sometime around . . . 1987? Oh oh — that WAS 20 years ago.”

The issue few people ever saw
In the early morning of Sept. 11, 2001 our distributor was dropping off new copies of the paper, when he became one of the tens of thousands who was lucky enough to evacuate Downtown safely.

Paper’s key dates

SPORTS
Senior Girls Softball

Revolutions vs. Yorkville 9
The Revolutions Senior Softball team hosted Yorkville, and registered one of the great comebacks of the year.  Alessandra got the start for the Revolutions and gave up only one run on two hits, with one walk.  A run was saved in the second inning during a play at the plate by Jessica.

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