EDITORIAL

Money for suffering shops is a good first step
We are happy to report this week that the city and the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. have just started a program to give commercial rent subsidies to retail store owners whose businesses are suffering because of construction projects.

Letters to the Editor

Police Blotter

Under Cover

Mixed Use

Scene

TALKING POINT
Don’t let ‘perfect’ be the enemy of a good traffic plan
By Andrew Berman
With a state commission’s recent approval, a congestion pricing plan appears headed toward potential implementation later this year. An unusual coalition of environmental groups, neighborhood groups, mass-transit advocates and business leaders have been calling for such measures, successfully implemented in cities like London and Stockholm, for years.

Ira Blutreich

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Volume 20, Number 42 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | February 29 - March 6, 2008


Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

Police say two Murry Bergtraum High School students fought near Southbridge Towers Wednesday just after dismissal. No arrests were made. Faculty leaders say the school has become a “dumping ground” and is no longer the model school it was 20 and 30 years ago.

New fight near Bergtraum, as teachers cite school’s larger problems
By Julie Shapiro
As the school bell rang at Murry Bergtraum High School Wednesday, a throng of students poured out onto the sidewalks, heading for the Fulton St. Burger King.


B.P.C. library money is overdue
By Julie Shapiro with Josh Rogers
New York Public Library officials say they still do not have the money to build the Battery Park City library.

Jeans for teen program
A Downtown fashion boutique is selling designer jeans, tops and more at 50-75 percent off retail on March 6 to benefit an educational internship program.

Soccer travels to Downtown’s far east: Chinatown
By Sebastian Kahnert
Eight-year-old Tim was proudly sporting his white soccer T-shirt on a recent Saturday, and his sparkly white soccer ball left his hands as soon as he entered the gym at P.S. 2, joining 16 other first and second graders for the soccer academy in Chinatown hosted by the Downtown United Soccer Club.

NEWS
Grants are ready for stores hurt by construction
By Julie Shapiro
For more than 40 years, Fulton Supply, a hardware store, has stood on Fulton St., drawing business from tourists and local workers.

Lola’s journey to play music is still alive
By Barrett Zinn Gross
In a hearing before the board of the New York State Liquor Authority last Wednesday, the owners of Lola, the Cajun-soul food restaurant on the corner of Watts and Thompson Sts., asked the S.L.A. to finally let their music play at the new Soho nightspot.

Police bust ‘Counterfeit Triangle’on Canal St.
By Jefferson Siegel 
An entire city block of Chinatown was closed on Tuesday as police shut down dozens of stores they said were engaged in the sale of counterfeit goods. 

Board fires first shot on shop sizes in North Tribeca
By Julie Shapiro
Fifteen years ago, northern Tribeca was home to a cardboard warehouse, two pie companies, a host of fabric producers, a car repair shop and a carpentry store.

Free tax return help means big checks for low income filers
Sally only made $17,000 last year but received $5,720 in tax returns after filing her taxes for free at Henry Street Settlement’s Workforce Development Center earlier this year.


DOWNTOWN ART & LIFESTYLE

Transcending belief
By Sarah Norris
On September 11, 2001, Susan Retik and Patti Quigley, both of whom were pregnant, lost their husbands in separate plane crashes into the World Trade Center. Although their Boston suburbs are only one town apart, they had never met until shared tragedy brought them together.

Blue romance
BY STEVEN SNYDER
Enigmatic to the point of exasperating, “The Duchess of Langeais” is likely to confound many viewers. As the film delves deeper into the personalities of its star-crossed lovers, however, one appreciates that all of this tension is quite intentional.

A castle rich with compelling narratives
BY JERRY TALLMER
The Castle is a brooding, imposing four-story edifice on Riverside Drive at 140th Street, visible from the West Side Drive. Erected in 1913, it has in its time served as a Catholic girls’ school, a Yeshiva, and then an empty eyesore that became a crack house.


A sublime construction of Israeli stones
BY TALIA PAGE
Following the enormous success of showings in New York over the past decade, Michal Rovner’s latest installation, “Makom II,” at the PaceWildenstein gallery, has been highly anticipated. Rovner initially garnered public notice with her 1997 film, “Border,” which premiered at the Museum of Modern Art, and received more than a dozen subsequent screenings at major international venues. In 2001, “Notes,” her collaboration with composer Philip Glass, was featured at the annual Lincoln Center Festival.


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