Volume 20, Number 38 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | February 8 - 14, 2008

Time to end R.F.P. process for Pier 40
In an ongoing exercise in futility, the Hudson River Park Trust’s board of directors last week failed to end the Trust’s second unsuccessful request for developers, or R.F.P., process for Pier 40.

Police Blotter

Under Cover

Mixed Use



The welcome death of 9/11 justifications
By David Stanke
Six years, four months, and 17 days later, the 9/11 engine finally ran out of steam.


Kid's Events

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Giant fans celebrated the team’s Super Bowl win, Tues., Feb. 5, the first Canyon of Heroes parade since 9/11.

Happiness & hope return to Canyon in a Giant way
By Josh Rogers
More than seven years after the last “heroes” paraded up lower Broadway and over six years after Sept. 11 forever changed Downtown, the New York Giants rolled up the famed Canyon of Heroes Tuesday to celebrate their upset Super Bowl win.

Search for B.P.C. housing answers yields plenty of questions
By Julie Shapiro
Dennis Gault and Tom Goodkind were on a mission. The Community Board 1 members, armed with concern about rising rents, set out across Battery Park City on a recent Saturday in search of rent-stabilized apartments.

Schools group gives Trust an ‘incomplete’ on Pier 40
By Albert Amateau
A public school advocacy group based in the school district that includes the Village, Chelsea and Tribeca has called for school space to be included in the redevelopment of Pier 40 at W. Houston St.

Bush cuts residents, others out of 9/11 health budget
President Bush’s final budget proposal reduces 9/11 health funding by 77 percent and restricts the money to first responders, cutting out residents, office workers and students.

Pier A lines will not be liberating, say some B.P.C. residents

M.A.T. tracksters make their run at Millrose
By Sebastian Kahnert
Manhattan Academy of Technology’s girls relay team was bursting with excitement after a photo finish on par with City Track at the Girls Youth 4 x 145 m Relay at Madison Square Garden last Friday.

Barack or Hillary? Tribeca voters torn by tough choice
By Julie Shapiro
A strong crop of Democratic presidential candidates means a tough choice for New Yorkers in the voting booth. Jadah, who cast her ballot at P.S. 234 on Greenwich St., said the decision was so hard she almost started to cry.

Downtown pols cool to new traffic pricing plan
By Josh Rogers
The road congestion pricing advocates must take to pass it in only eight weeks is long, bumpy and fraught with many obstacles.

Trust can’t swing vote as Cirque stays afloat
By Lincoln Anderson with Josh Rogers
With tension over Pier 40 reaching an all-time high, about 200 people packed The Museum of Jewish Heritage last Thursday afternoon.

Two workers injured in second Jack Parker accident
By Julie Shapiro
Two construction workers landed in the hospital after the second accident in two days at 450 Washington St. Work is temporarily suspended at the site, where Jack Parker Corporation is constructing a 15-story residential building.

Moody’s rebuilds damaged ‘Credit’ at 7 W.T.C.
By Julie Shapiro
Whenever Joseph Svehlak walked past 99 Church St., the old headquarters of Moody’s Corporation, he liked to look at the large metal sculpture above the doorway.


Iraq war drama leaps powerfully from print to stage
By Chris Lombardi
“To this moment, I dream about America.”
As the last line of “Betrayed,” George Packer’s acclaimed 2007 New Yorker article about Iraqis working for Americans in Iraq, that sentence was moving and near-elegiac. But as Waleed Zulaiter speaks that line on the stage of the Culture Project, ending Packer’s play “Betrayed,” the pain in his voice reaches an audience already in tears.

Koch on Film

Macabre playwright takes a stab at film
By Steven Snyder
Only in a world created by Martin McDonagh could we segue so seamlessly between a sequence involving suicide and that of a drug binge which culminates in one man using karate against a “midget.”

Lift every voice
Community, spirit, hope, dignity, celebration. No, it’s not a political campaign; Ronald K. Brown and Evidence are back in town. The company’s 2008 season at The Joyce Theater includes two programs — an evening of popular repertory works, and the New York premiere of “One Shot.” The evening-length dance was inspired by the legendary African-American photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris, nicknamed “One Shot” for his ability to capture the essence of his subjects with in single take.


Downtown Express is published by Community Media LLC. 145 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 229-1890 | Fax: (212) 229-2790 | Advertising: 646-452-2465 | © 2008

Community Media, LLC

Please visit our Community of Newspapers: