THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 20 Issue 10| July 20 - 26, 2007
Taking a hard look at Hudson Square
Hudson Square does not yet have the name recognition of its larger border neighborhoods — Soho, the Village and Tribeca — but this former printing district is rapidly developing with the stamp of high-profile architects like Winka Dubbeldam and the late Philip Johnson.

Under Cover

Letters to the Editor


Pace announces study abroad gift

This bike was made for walking

Brooklyn Bridge lane closings


Silver blocks the road to traffic’s promised land
By Charles Komanoff
I’m not a Zionist, but if I were I’d be giving thanks that Sheldon Silver wasn’t running the U.N. in 1947 when it voted to ratify the creation of Israel.

Fiction and truth
By Andrei Codrescu
John Irving, the American novelist, offers an apology for Gunther Grass, the German novelist, in the New York Times Book Review.


Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess
Pornographic view?
The stage setup last week for The New Pornographers’ free indie rock concert in Battery Park last week provided an interesting, but G-rated perspective of Downtown on Independence Day.

Judo dojo lands on its feet as a student gives back
By Lucas Mann
Last fall, it seemed that yet another small business would disappear from Downtown Manhattan as a long lease finally expired.

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Downtown Express photo by Geoff Smith

On the summer Seaport Front
In our special Summer in the City section, we take a look at activities Downtown with a focus on the Seaport and the resurgence of retail on Front St.

As he walks his last walk, construction czar cracks whip but sees progress too
By Skye H. McFarlane
There is an electrical generator blocking part of the bike path, and Charles Maikish isn’t happy about it.

Shaken by falling concrete, tenants hope developer changes his ways
By Skye H. McFarlane
As soon as the jackhammers started up next door, the nerves of the tenants at 109 Washington St. became shakier than the thin brick walls of their 1885 tenement building.


Nabe says: We’re here, we’re Square, get used to it
By Lucas Mann
Erin Roeder sat on a panel of developers on the stage at Don Hill’s bar, on the corner of Spring and Greenwich Sts., trying to envision Hudson Square. She was looking for a way to explain the difficulties of that task.

Toddlers may be in, but tenants still out at Rector
By Skye H. McFarlane
The tiny tots will be sticking around at 333 Rector Pl., but it looks as though most of the adult-size tenants will be out by end of September unless legal action intercedes.

Despite hitting a wall, South Ferry project running on time
By Joe Orovic
Residents tired of perennial construction delays all over Lower Manhattan as well as the clanging metal and construction eyesores in and around Battery Park, take heart. The South Ferry station project is currently on budget and scheduled to be completed by August 2008, to the delight of Community Board 1’s Financial District Committee and the Battery Park Conservancy.


The sea change that led to the Seaport Theater Fest
All changed, yes, changed utterly, a change within all of us, forever, in that choking rain of blood-scorched white dust. September 11, 2001. Changed not for beauty but for death.  

Cirque de Cabaret
By Nicole Davis
When Spiegelworld took up its summer residence at the South Street Seaport last year, it was hard to believe the tented venue would live up to the picture the press releases painted.

Machers and shakers: Best Emerging Jewish Artists Show returns

Homebrewed music from Oregon cascades to NYC
By Todd Simmons
There must be a band-developing compound somewhere in Portland, Oregon that is churning out aggressively quirky pop rock bands like microbrews at an alarming clip.

Pulling back the Sugar Curtain
By Steven Snyder
There’s a sequence in Michael Moore’s latest documentary “Sicko,” that has been widely discussed, but primarily for the wrong reasons.

A tiny theater company in a sea of plays
By Jennifer O’Reilly
The Shooting Star Theater at 40 Peck Slip in the South Street Seaport is a modest 30-seat venue which falls decidedly into the category of Off-Off Broadway both in location and size.


From maritime commerce to cafes, Front Street gets a dramatic face-lift
The center of world commerce is coming full circle. The South Street Seaport, once a thriving port in mid-1800s, has felt like a dead zone for decades, save for Pier 17 and the Fulton Fish Market, which ultimately left, too.

Slime and the city
I’ll admit it. I’m nearly 40-years-old and I still want to get slimed. And, thanks to Nickelodeon’s “Slime Across America Tour,” which is set to splatter the South Street Seaport with gelatinous green goop, I may finally get my chance.

Sitelines, Lower Manhattan performance fest, goes global
By Jennifer Milne
On the corner of Old Slip and Front St. last week, three people in orange jumpsuits laid prostrate over a large subway grate, face down.

The Seaport Museum: keeping maritime history afloat
By Laura Silver
Before Godiva and Abercrombie & Fitch, there were ships. Fulton Street’s fishmongers have been replaced by real estate brokers, shoppers and bar hoppers, but the boats are still there, tethered to Piers 15 and 16, a testament to New York City’s — and the globe’s — maritime heritage.

Real estate tidbits from the Seaport
By Joseph Dobrian
Historic Front St. is not the only Seaport block with retail activity. Several mixed-use buildings may be available on Beekman St., reports broker Ehsan Rahman of Century 21.


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Two residents who live near the former Deutsche Bank building, Pat Moore, a Community Board 1 member, and Dave Stanke, a Downtown Express columnist, talk about their concerns living near the skyscraper's dismantling and the construction as well as their thoughts on the Survivors' Stairway and other issues related to the World Trade Center site with hosts Josh Rogers and Skye H. McFarlane. Recorded June 4, 2007.

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