Volume 20, Number 40 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | February 15 - 21, 2008


EDITORIAL
What Downtown needs from the L.M.D.C.
This is one of the few times in the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation’s six-year history that we have heard no rumors of its imminent demise. Gov. Eliot Spitzer appears to be solidly behind the corporation created by his predecessor.

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel
Puppy love
On the same night Uno was making beagle history at the Westminster Kennel Show in Madison Square Garden, a few miles to the south, Periwinkle, right, 4, a ladylike pit bull, took home top costume prize Tuesday in a much more low-key affair — Salty Paw’s pre-Valentine’s Day party and dog costume contest in the Seaport. Peri, who lives on Front St. near the store, celebrated with her pug friend and neighbor, Sniffles.

Letters to the Editor

Police Blotter

Under Cover

Mixed Use

Scene

TALKING POINTS
Adjust the Port-Silverstein deal to include residents
By Daniel Squadron
As neighbors to the largest construction site in the city over the last few years, Lower Manhattan residents have suffered repeatedly. In the last few months, it’s gotten even worse. This is because in guaranteeing to complete the ground zero “bathtub” — the site’s water-tight foundation — for Sites 3 and 4 before Jan. 1, and agreeing to pay developer Larry Silverstein a $300,000 a day penalty for any delay, the Port Authority made a promise it could not keep.

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Tailor William Saad, who was kicked out of his Broadway office two years ago to make way for the Fulton Transit Center, now pays higher rent for space blocked by the construction. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority does not have the money for the train center’s building, which was to go where Saad’s office used to be.

More salt for wounded businesses: M.T.A. can’t rebuild the ruins
By Julie Shapiro
As William Saad ripped a seam out of a pair of Dockers, he listed the strikes against his small tailoring business — and he got further than three.


Deutsche cleanup approved, demo plan still not ready
By Julie Shapiro
Local activists are cautiously optimistic about a newly approved plan for the decontamination of the former Deutsche Bank building.
In the plan, announced Feb. 7, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation committed to clean up the entire building before continuing to demolish it, a course community members have been advocating for months.

CUNY hopes Fiterman demo will begin this year
By Julie Shapiro
The new Fiterman Hall won’t be open for at least another two years, but Community Board 1 got a look at the renderings at a meeting Monday.

Cyclists: DKNY knocked off our ‘ghost bike’ idea
By Jefferson Siegel
Just before the start of Fashion Week, dozens of neon-orange-painted bicycles appeared around the city chained to lampposts. Stenciled on each was the Web site address for the fashion company DKNY.

NEWS

Firm gets cold water after floating Seaport center
By Julie Shapiro
Seaport developers offered Community Board 1 a 30,000-square-foot community center this week, but quickly took the offer off the table when the board said it wouldn’t be enough.

Yellow store coughs up lots of green
By Lincoln Anderson
The owner of Yellow Rat Bastard really was a bastard for the way he treated his employees, according to a settlement brokered last month by state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

Cortlandt station may reopen soon, M.T.A. says
Subway riders headed for the World Trade Center haven’t been able to get off at the Cortlandt St. stop of the R/W train since 2005, when the station closed indefinitely for construction.

M.T.A. exec likes traffic pricing, not free subways
Bill Wheeler, director of planning at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, took a few minutes at a recent Community Board 1 meeting to defend congestion pricing..

Ferry good news
It’s been a good week for ferries.
First, Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced in her state of the city address that she and Mayor Mike Bloomberg want to create a citywide, year-round ferry system.

Thursday talks
Kent Barwick, president of the Municipal Art Society, will talk about the past and future of New York’s waterfront at 48 Wall Street on February 21.

One day shutdown for Silverstein
The 99 Church St. project that nearly received a standing ovation at a breakfast hosted by developer Larry Silverstein two weeks ago, got a stop work order this month.


DOWNTOWN ART & LIFESTYLE

I.S. 89 students dream up their own play
By Sebastian Kahnert
Life was a dream on Friday night, when the Manhattan Youth after-school program performed its play “89 Dreams” at the I.S. 89 auditorium.

Lost but found
By Steven Snyder
It’s their bright blue uniforms that make the Egyptian visitors stand out, leading one Israeli after another to stare in astonishment. Tawfiq (Sasson Gabai) is the conductor of a formal Egyptian police band, a musical group that has traveled to Israel to celebrate the opening of an Arab Cultural Center in the town of Petah Tikva.


Under the radar
By Todd Simmons
The musician/filmmaker Theo Angell is an Oregonian who has been living and working under the Lower East Side radar for more than a decade now and recalls how eccentric it used to be. “My old landlord was a cantor and he had an entire apartment floor filled with live roosters.”

Crossing the borderlines of belief
By Debra Jenks
Everyone loves a good hoax, like P.T. Barnum’s Fiji Mermaid or Orson Wells’ alien invasion. These infamous and artful pranksters have something in common with the art and artifice of Xu Zhen. It seems impossible that decades after the advent of television, a supposedly media savvy public could still be hoodwinked.


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