Volume 20, Number 37 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | February 1 - 7, 2008


Vote for Obama Feb. 5


Under Cover

Mixed Use

Letters to the Editor

Police Blotter



How about free subways to go with that traffic pricing?
By Charles Komanoff
The debate over congestion pricing in New York City has featured a raft of surprises in its first nine months.


Super soup kitchen

New play space opens in Tribeca


Downtown Express photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio

Port Authority contractors work on the escalators for the third and last temporary entrance to the World Trade Center PATH stop. The entrance is expected to open in a few weeks and the permanent train station is scheduled to open in 2001.

W.T.C. construction pieces begin to take shape
By Julie Shapiro
When tourists and curious residents peer into the World Trade Center site from street level, they see a big dirt pit, studded with machinery, a jumble of puzzle pieces that don’t quite form a complete picture.

E.P.A. says it waited 5 months for Deutsche demo plan
By Julie Shapiro
Just over five months after the fatal blaze at the former Deutsche Bank building, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation submitted its first official plan for the building to the Environmental Protection Agency.

9/11 health cuts may keep coming, advocates warn
By Julie Shapiro
Joseph Libretti doesn’t call himself a hero. The ironworker from Pennsylvania, who searched for survivors and worked on the pile after 9/11, says that word belongs to those who died, not those who lived. The word belongs to his brother, Daniel, a firefighter killed in the North Tower collapse.

Seaport Museum and city fighting over pier space
By Julie Shapiro
Frank Sciame says the South Street Seaport Museum has rights to Pier 15. The city Economic Development Corporation says otherwise.

Four Seasons says Downtown’s time is now
By Julie Shapiro
Luxury amenities Downtown are nothing new. From Tiffany to Hermes, high-end retailers are flocking to the rapidly developing district.

Bye, bye Miss Tribeca Pie
By Tequila Minsky
Boxes of mud cake, peach pie, coffee cake, even broccoli and cheddar quiche, were stacked ready for delivery, the last vestige of Umanoff & Parsons as the guts of this long-time industrial neighbor were yanked out of the Tribeca bakery Sunday.

1,000 pack pier to rally against Cirque plan
By Lincoln Anderson
More than 1,000 kids and parents, one celebrity chef, local politicians and community leaders, L.G.B.T. waterfront activists and a rockin’ band of 12-year-old guitar heroes packed Pier 40 last Sunday afternoon.

Chinatown readies for the "Year of the Rat"

Al fresco Trinidad dish is a Downtown hit
By Linnea Covington
At lunch time in the Financial District, Alvin Badall wrapped and served a veggie roti for a regular from Buffalo, a chicken roti with pepper sauce to a man from the West Indies, and a shrimp roti to an Englishman – in less then five minutes.

Where’s the Franklin St. subway?


Landslide for Lane


Politics, as anyone with access to a newspaper or television knows only too well, is a very, very messy business. A combination of naked aggression, manipulation, ego run rampant, and cynicism tricked out as humanity, this most ancient of arts is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. The depressing and tawdry circus of the current, seemingly interminable primary season could make one laugh — if it didn’t so often make one want to cry.

Koch On Film

Under the sea, but not entirely soggy

By Scott Harrah

Anyone expecting a highbrow adaptation of a Disney film like Julie Taymor’s “The Lion King” will be disappointed with the colorful mess that is “The Little Mermaid,” but it is not nearly as bad as some of the buzz has claimed. The show has been receiving negative press ever since it started previewing out of town in Denver last year, but it is never as tepid as the ill-fated 2006 Disney adaptation of “Tarzan,” and it is actually more fun for children than the current revival of “Mary Poppins.”

Off the Grid


A new civilization of gallery life has sprung up in the immediate vicinity of the New Museum on the Bowery and along the blocks east of Ludlow Street. Reminiscent of the East Village scene of the ’80s, the current gentrification, somewhat less funky, makes a viable alternative to the architectural statement of mega-galleries hugging the Hudson in Chelsea. There is a “back to the roots” feeling about the spaces and a cottage industry look of an earlier time about the art being shown.

Ethereal metal at the Masonic Temple


Some 20 years after forming, the Bay Area band Neurosis is now part of a larger aesthetic it was instrumental in forming, a causality paradox on full display across the river at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple January 24th.


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