Volume 20, Number 34 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | January 11 - 17, 2008

Featured Columns

Mixed Use

W.T.C. work plan needs a little more work
The Port Authority’s New Year’s Eve admission that it would miss the Jan. 1 deadline to finish preparing two World Trade Center office sites can be seen several ways.

Letters to the Editor

Police Blotter



With dollar down, euromania sweeps Downtown


The sentencing of a cyclist’s killer
By Charles Komanoff
Last week was the sentencing for Eugenio Cidron, the driver who killed bicyclist Eric Ng on the Hudson River Greenway 13 months ago and pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in November.


M.A.T. girls roll as boys team rebounds
On Thurs., Jan. 3, the Manhattan Academy of Technology Dragons girls and boys basketball teams had a great night against TASS (Technology, Arts, and Science Studios) middle school, with the girls team winning 43-12 and the boys team rolling to a 63 - 47 victory at the Smith Recreation Center.  The games were never really close, with both teams playing swarming defense and taking command from the very start.





Battery design adds historic tops; wins some support

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

Blessed waters
Stephen Hartnett, left, got a jump on the competition as he dove for the Epiphany Cross during the blessing of the chilly waters ceremony Sunday near Battery Park. The centuries-old Eastern Orthodox tradition commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. According to tradition, Hartnett will get good luck for the year for retrieving the cross. “I just felt the rush,” he said after returning to dry land, “and wanted to represent my family. I thought it would be great to be part of the tradition.” St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which was destroyed on 9/11 and which plans to return to the new World Trade Center, organized the event.

Fashion’s private eye targets Canal St.’s counterfeit bags
By Julie Shapiro
A young Asian woman named Kelly wound her way through the crowds on Canal St. on a recent morning, not looking back. Behind her, a cluster of white middle-aged women and teenage girls struggled to keep up.

Mum’s the word as Deutsche firm
By Josh Rogers
The four-month search to find a new subcontractor to clean and dismantle the former Deutsche Bank building after the fatal fire has ended with a press release and silence from the L.M.D.C., the building’s owner.

Positively Vesey St.: Dylan’s spirit rises Downtown
It was at The Bitter End in the early ’60s that Bob Dylan supposedly made some of his earliest New York City appearances.

Families and advocates remember slain cyclists
By Jefferson Siegel
A somber procession made its way through four boroughs last Sunday as bicyclists participated in the 3rd Annual Memorial Ride and Walk to honor cyclists and pedestrians killed in 2007.

N.Y.P.D. looks to regulate environmental detectors
By Julie Shapiro
A far-reaching bill before the City Council would make it illegal to possess a biological, chemical or radiological detector without a permit from the New York Police Department.

Gateway tenants look for neighborly help in landlord fight
By Julie Shapiro
Every time Jeff Galloway tells someone about the plight of Gateway Plaza tenants, he realizes that he has to back up and start by explaining the building’s unique rent protections.

Hudson Square’s north end is eyed again for a rezoning
By Albert Amateau
A group of developers who hope to convert a commercial building to residential use in the north end of Hudson Square are seeking the rezoning of five-and-a-half blocks to allow residential development in what is now a manufacturing zone.

Wedding hall may cruise into Cunard Building
By Patrick Hedlund
The maritime history of one of Lower Manhattan’s most celebrated buildings could soon provide the backdrop for weddings and other special events thanks to a new plan aimed at converting the Financial District space for private functions.

Some skeptical as mayor moves to limit permit parking
By Julie Shapiro
Mayor Michael Bloomberg promised relief last week to residents who are tired of seeing government cars parked illegally.


Winter Jazzfest heats up again
Traditionally, American jazz festival season happens during the balmier months, the better to attract short-wearing listeners to cities like New Orleans and Los Angeles. But every January since 2005, a one-day event in New York packs the festival punch, with warmer clothing definitely required. The brainchild of self-proclaimed “curatorial consultant for different venues around the city” Brice Rosenbloom, the annual NYC Winter Jazzfest draws an international crowd to Downtown’s Knitting Factory.

Koch on Film

Birth documentary is a crowning achievement
When it premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, the documentary “The Business of Being Born” was hailed as “An Inconvenient Truth” for pregnant women. The reality is, however, that this documentary examining modern-day birth practices resonates with women and men of all ages by tapping into primordial truths.

All hail King Otto!
They don’t make them like Otto Preminger anymore.


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