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Leadership lacking Downtown on traffic
The utter lack of foresight and leadership almost all Downtown politicians have shown on congestion pricing has been maddening.

Letters to the Editor

Police Blotter

Back in the pew again: Finding a church that fits
By Kate Walter
“I like being pastor of a church that is being disciplined for its positions,” Reverend Dr. Jacqueline Lewis recently announced from the pulpit of Middle Collegiate Church.


Richard Cordtz, ‘The King of Lights,’ is dead at 55

Angela Costa, 54, Tribeca musician and writer

Irving Hunter, 91, singer and vocal music teacher

Volume 20, Number 44 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | March 14 -20 , 2008

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Cougars Roar in Finals
Grace Geist, star center of Manhattan Youth’s I.S. 89 basketball team, led the Cougars to a championship win Sunday against the their crosstown rivals, the Manhattan Academy of Technology Dragons in a close game. The two Downtown schools beat out all other Manhattan middle schools to reach the girls basketball finals. Article.

In high winds,Trump project rains glass down on Soho
By Albert Amateau
Winds gusting nearly 50 miles per hour on Saturday night played hell with Manhattan construction projects, including the accident-prone Trump Soho hotel condominium and The Related Companies’ residential project on the site of the former Superior Ink factory on the West Village waterfront.

C.B.1’s divided views on geographic divisions
By Julie Shapiro
Community Board 1’s newest committee is doing some soul searching.

Prince St. mall plan provokes road rage
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke
A Department of Transportation proposal to close six blocks of Prince St. in Soho to car traffic on Sundays is steering proponents and opponents on a collision course, as they paint vastly different portraits of what will transpire if the plan is enacted.

Southbridge votes to take the park and the money
By Julie Shapiro
It isn’t often that the government pays residents for the opportunity to build a park, but at Southbridge Towers, residents find themselves in just that position.

Downtown enters its next (prettier) security phase
By Julie Shapiro
After 9/11, aesthetics were the last thing on anyone’s mind. The city blocked off Lower Manhattan streets to car traffic, without worrying about the visual effect.

B.P.C. walkers keep half a bridge on Rector
Battery Park City residents got a surprise Friday morning when they headed to the subway: The Rector St. bridge was closed. A crane hovered over the south tube, which was missing its flooring and a chunk out of its side.

What will David do Downtown?
By Josh Rogers
Downtown leaders were mostly confident Wednesday that the new governor would not affect the continued rebuilding progress at the World Trade Center site.

In what turns out to be his last hurrah, Spitzer offers business help
By Julie Shapiro
Two weeks after a snowstorm cancelled the announcement of a grant program for small businesses, Downtown’s leading elected officials gathered for a second try.

B.P.C. library start pushed back again
By Julie Shapiro
A meeting about the fate of the Battery Park City library last week left more questions than answers.

Seaport mall identifies site for large food market
By Julie Shapiro
Things are looking good for a market in the Seaport, after a meeting Tuesday about a different amenity: community centers.

Steps survive a temporary move
The Survivors Staircase, which some office workers used to get safely to Vesey St. on 9/11, was the last part of the original World Trade Center complex to remain exactly where it stood seven years ago. Last Sunday, a crane moved the staircase to temporary storage, where it will remain until it is lowered into the Sept. 11 Memorial Museum.

Water main break on Church

Gerson’s a definite maybe on traffic pricing
By Josh Rogers
One-word answers are not Alan Gerson’s forte. Gerson, Lower Manhattan’s councilmember, often speaks at length to community groups, expanding on bullet points to his ideas with even more bullet points.

I.S. 89 tops M.A.T. in hard-fought championship
By Sebastian Kahnert
Emotions ran high as two Downtown middle schools faced off in a barnburner for the girls basketball championship last Sunday.


Starting from scratch
By Rania Richardson
“I’ve been flirting with modern art for a while, and my music videos have played in a bunch of museums,” says Michel Gondry, the multitalented French director who gained prominence in 2004 with “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” He credits art dealer Jeffrey Deitch with encouraging the connection of his art to his films. “[Deitch] thought I would be less exposed in a fragile way than if I went out on my own and said, ‘I am an artist.’”

Stoking the anxieties of adolescence
By Steven Snyder
Throughout his career, director Gus Van Sant has made a name for himself by stoking the anxieties of adolescence. It all started in 1985 with “Mala Noche,” a recently revived road romance about a gay teenager incapable of connecting with the Mexican immigrant he loves.

Pretty pictures reflect a world in crisis
By Dorothy A. Wilson
Committed to showcasing art that mirrors life in the 21st century, the nonprofit FusionArts Museum has spent two decades promoting ‘fusion art’ as a genre of its own. This wild, lesser-known form is defined, according to museum director Deborah Fries, by “constant chaos, multi-sensory bombardment and ever-advancing technology.” She likens fusion art to “an assemblage on steroids.”

Made by hand (and out to grab you!)
There is no big club in the art world today. No single, overriding movement prevails. Artists are like sled dogs pulling in lots of directions at once—and this is a good thing. It means there’s room for everyone to explore their own inner compass.



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