Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel
From left, on Tuesday, Bill Castro, Manhattan borough Parks commissioner; Anthony Crowell, counsel to Mayor Bloomberg; and Skip Blumberg, president of Friends of City Hall Park, announced the agreement to reopen the northern end of City Hall Park to the public.
A lawn-awaited park victory! Tweed greens to reopen Tuesday
By Anindita Dasgupta
The grass is finally within their grasp. After years of battling to reopen the northern reaches of City Hall Park, advocates learned this week that the gates will finally swing wide next Tuesday at 6 a.m.
Subway harassment takes a toll
By Audrey Tempelsman
This week, Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringers Office will release results from its survey of sexual harassment and assault on the New York City subway. More than 2,000 individuals participated in the survey since it first appeared online on June 22.
Countdown to Downtown Community Center starts
By Skye H. McFarlane
It may be run by Manhattan Youth, but the new community center in Tribeca will cater to teens, seniors and parents, too with no membership cards required.
Rats flood the seaport due to water-main work
By Joe Orovic
Lorraine Fittipaldi just wanted a regular evening stroll with her dog. In the process, she found herself taking a spill on Fulton St., tangled in a mess of leashes. A daredevil rat ran under her 60-pound mutt Rockys feet, startling the pooch and other dogs passing by.
9/11 dog handler indicted for bilking FEMA, Red Cross
By Jennifer Milne
Downtown resident Scott Shields, often seen around Lower Manhattan in the days after Sept. 11 with his golden retriever rescue dog, Bear, has been indicted on three counts conspiracy, theft of federal funds and mail fraud according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Small ships come in at South Street Seaport model festival
By Jennifer Milne
The South Street Seaport Museum is holding its Build a Boat event on Aug. 4 and 5 as part of the 15th annual Ship and Boat Model Festival. Gene Carlucci, the museums manager of school and family programs, says its expected to be just as popular as it has in years past.
VILLAGER ART & LIFESTYLE
Potter mania on Mercer St. at final books release
By Joe Orovic
Witches and wizards waving wands or carrying brooms were out in full force last Friday, as the countdown clock ticked away from six hours to zero. After two years of anticipation, a parade of Potter maniacs invaded Soho for the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final book about the boy wizard by J.K. Rowling.
One last summer fling with Harry Potter
By Sarah Norris
At the end of the 10-second countdown to midnight last Friday night, the estimated 2,000-strong crowd outside of Scholastic publishers in Soho erupted in cheers. Confetti streamed through the air along Mercer Street, cordoned off by police.
Building blocks for a better city
By Laura Silver
There are no Lenni Lenape longhouses still standing in New York City. But theres one in a storefront window on LaGuardia Place just south of Bleecker Street through August 11.
Portrait of a man as a young skinhead
By Leonard Quart
Shane Meadows films usually deal with the machismo and violence of young, British, working class, disaffected males, who exist on the dole outside the new service-oriented economy.
Magic without the hat
By Will McKinley
The Quantum Eye is the hottest show off-Broadway. And thats not necessarily a good thing. As I walked into the SoHo Playhouse on a recent Friday evening to see a performance of Sam Eatons amazing evening of magic and mentalism, I was greeted by a tall, spiky-haired woman named Janet.
Taking the slow boat to happiness
By Sarah Norris
Several years ago, Mary South writes at the beginning of her memoir, I was probably a lot like you. I had a successful career, a pretty home, two dogs, and a fairly normal life.
Nonprofits scoop up condos in old Insurance District
By Joseph Dobrian
When the law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft moved out of 125 Maiden Lane about a year ago, the buildings owners, Time Equities, had a half-full building and the opportunity to introduce a new concept to the Insurance District: the office condo.
Big row on waterfront as kayakers convene at pier
By Jefferson Siegel
If youve ever spent a summer day by the Hudson River and dreamed of being on the water, but your ship hasnt come in yet, dont despair. Downtown Boathouse on Pier 40 offers free use of kayaks on weekends and holidays all summer long.
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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.