THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 20 Issue 13| August 10 - 16, 2007
Before the deluge…prevent it
There was a day two or three years ago when the subway could run rain or shine, but now system-wide disruptions after a heavy rain are becoming more and more frequent as we witnessed Wednesday.

Chinatown bus chaos
Chinatown’s private bus business is booming. That this industry has grown to its current level in a little under 10 years is amazing. The rates are cheap and if one is not too fussy these rides are just the ticket.

Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess
Is it installation or is it art?
Installation. Tribeca’s art-loving residents strolling down Greenwich St. might have mistaken this piece for a sculpture, but the vent’s street-life was short-lived. It may have learned a valuable lesson in the summer heat though, as it will be used to help keep Independence Plaza tenants warm this winter.

Talking Point
What Mayor Mike and family ‘leaders’ have in common
By Michael Burke
The family groups are right: Michael Bloomberg does not give a hoot about commemorating 9/11. He thinks it’s time, already, for all of us to put it behind us – something he was prepared to do in February of ’02. However, the families’ group leaders are wrong; descending to bedrock should not be the focus of commemorating 9/11.

Under Cover

Letters to the Editor

Police Blotter

Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess

Soulful scene
It looked like a scenic, peaceful sunset in Battery Park City last week, but as the stars came out in the sky, singing legend Mavis Staples was wowing the crowd in a free River to River concert. More Pictures.

The yo-yo, once down, comes back
By Will McKinley
There’s a secret ingredient in the kitchen at Balthazar, the Soho brasserie that’s been a Downtown favorite for more than a decade. But you won’t find it any cookbook.

Streets and subway flooded
Early morning rain Wednesday flooded Downtown streets and caused subway shutdowns throughout the city. Much of the system was down in the morning and slowly came back The 1,2,3 service in Lower Manhattan took longer to restore.

C.B. 3 says historic district is key to L.E.S. future
By Sruthi Pinnamaneni
The Lower East Side Preservation Coalition, an alliance of neighborhood groups, made a leap forward in its efforts to create a 20-block historic district on July 24, when Community Board 3 gave its stamp of approval to the project. 

Delays, community eruptions; Vesuvio opens at last
By Barrett Z. Gross
The sounds of happy children splashing and laughing can be heard every day now at the new in-ground pool installed in the freshly renovated Vesuvio Playground, on Thompson St. in Soho.

Downtown principal removed after Santeria ceremony
By Jennifer Milne
A Soho high school principal was removed from her job Aug. 7, following allegations that she engaged in Santeria rituals in the school involving dripping chicken blood on the floors.

Would they rather be green than red?
By Josh Rogers
The color green has been at the center of many recent Hudson River Park debates — namely where to get the needed greenbacks to build the rest of the promised green space. But Henry Stern, a member of the park Trust’s board, splashed some red into the dispute last week, suggesting that some critics of the park’s plans are socialists.

School seems likely as stairway storage plan is not 2B
By Skye H. McFarlane
To be or not 2B — that question has finally been answered with regards to the Vesey St. staircase. Although the details have yet to be decided, it appears that a slimmed-down version of the staircase will be preserved permanently and incorporated into the World Trade Center memorial.

Lady Liberty to break free of lines; reopening uncertain
By Jennifer Milne and Joe Orovic
Fanning herself in the late morning sun, Ana Brouman checked her watch. “The wait isn’t that bad, but it’s the heat,” she said, counting how many people were in front of her in line. Brouman was on her second visit to the city in 34 years, leaving behind San Diego sun for a bit of New York heat.

Police study on Park Row changes, closure remains
By Skye H. McFarlane
The security barriers around 1 Police Plaza may be having a “significant adverse impact” on the historic Chinatown community, according to the most recent environmental study by the N.Y.P.D., but local businessman Jan Lee sees the fight against those barriers as a positive for Chinatown.

A movie shoot had license to burn on Orchard St.
By Lucas Mann
On the night of Tues., July 31, pandemonium broke out on Orchard St. at the corner of Stanton. Rubble covered a couple of parked cars and another car was billowing smoke after being engulfed in flames. Cut!

What’s on your Fringe list?
By Jennifer O’Reilly
When the annual New York Fringe Festival rolls around, sometimes it can be hard even for theater aficionados to sort through the endless sea of productions and pick out a few that are must-see.

An eye for history: the photographs of Ruth Gruber
By Laura Silver
Ruth Gruber has never stood idly by. At age 95, the photographer, writer and intrepid activist is being honored with a solo show in her hometown. Selections of her massive body of work are on display at Lower Manhattan’s Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust through October 8. The exhibition, “From the Heart:


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