Volume 20, Number 33 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | Dec. 28, 2007 - Jan. 3, 2008

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Mixed Use

Some wishes at the new year
Winter is upon us, 2007 is almost over, and so once again we turn our thoughts to New Year’s wishes of the community kind.

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Chatham Towers doorman Steven Yaboah, 62, greeted Howard Huie and other tenants at his recent farewell party. He is “retiring” Saturday and will be moving back to Ghana to become chief of the Agona tribe in Yabi.

Chatham doorman to become African tribal chief
By C.W. Thompson
Steven Yaboah walked into the lobby of 170 Park Row in Chinatown, the building he’s tended as doorman for the last 27 years. But rather than take his place behind the lobby desk, Yaboah, dressed in a green and gold decorative kanta cloth from head to foot, strode through the lobby and sat on a ceremonial chair made for this one occasion.

Tribeca pile work done
The pile driving on Piers 25 and 26 finished before the winter cutoff, the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center told the Quality of Life Committee last week. The concrete slabs that will top the piers could be poured this winter, depending on the weather.

PATH hub date pushed back a year

Anger grows as Port races to meet deadline
By Julie Shapiro
As New Yorkers scramble for New Year’s Eve dinner reservations, the Port Authority is rushing to finish work in the eastern bathtub at the World Trade Center site.

Battered Asian women find help Downtown
By Annie Lok
A new life in America held horrors Lisa had not imagined when she arrived at her husband’s Queens apartment three-and-a-half years ago.

C.B. 1 dispute over East River waterfront plan
A resolution criticizing aspects of the $150 million East River Waterfront plan sailed through the Community Board 1 Waterfront Committee in November but hit rocky ground at the full board meeting earlier this month.

Deutsche violations and questions keep mounting
By Josh Rogers
Two thousand and seven began with the hope of seeing long-delayed demolition work activity at the former Deutsche Bank building soon.

Matzo factory property will go for a lot of dough
After 82 years at the corner of Rivington and Suffolk Sts., Streit’s is putting its factory buildings on the block and planning to move all of its manufacturing out of the city.

Hell no, store won’t go, protestors hope
By Julie Shapiro
Waving colorful signs and shouting even more colorful slogans, 75 people turned out last Thursday to protest the rumored closure of the Cherry St. Pathmark.


Chelsea still center of art world, but L.E.S. beckons
By David Halle and Elisabeth Tiso
In 1987, the Dia Foundation converted a four-story warehouse on West 22nd Street into its first large-scale, rotating exhibition space in New York City, Dia:Chelsea, a move that seems prescient now but defied logic at the time. Soho was the epicenter of New York’s contemporary art world, and this section of Chelsea was far off the cultural map. Yet that was precisely the appeal.

Still in love with the Little Tramp
Edward Albee won’t remember this, but once, one Saturday afternoon many years ago, when he was just getting recognized as a playwright of some consequence, he was standing in line at an uptown movie theater, waiting for the show to break and a seat to become available, and so, as it happened, was I.


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