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Albany was roadblockfor congestion pricing
Facing an apparent recession, increasingly overcrowded subway trains, massive mass transit capital shortfalls, traffic pollution and a state budget deficit to boot, Albany sat on its hands Monday and said no to $500 million — per year — for transportation improvements and no to $354 million in federal aid to implement a congestion pricing plan that would have reduced traffic.

Why we published article on C.B. 1 member’s oust
From the editors: The large number of letters we received criticizing last week’s article about the non reappointment of Community Board 1 member Andy Neale warrants a response.

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Volume 20, Number 48 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | APRIL 11 - 17 , 2008

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

Iemi Hernandez-Kim, 17, who is learning about filmmaking at the Downtown Community Television Center, co-directed a documentary on immigration with fellow high schoolers Roanda Vatel and Rosalino Ramos. “You can actually say something to people, have a voice, as corny as that sounds,” Hernandez-Kim said. “But a lot of your morals are tested.” Their film, “Si Se Puede,” will be screened during the Tribeca Film Festival.

Narrow lens opens the world for these teen filmmakers
By Julie Shapiro
The camera pans over the protestors, holding signs in Spanish and English, marching to pounding drums beneath banners in red, white and blue, screaming: “Si se puede!”

Chinatown group fears gentrification from rezoning
By Matt Townsend 
A Chinese-American man stood behind the microphone during public testimony at Community Board 3’s recent full board meeting and ranted about what he saw as an unfair rezoning plan that left his community behind.

Gerson hawks his vendors bill but artists paint a grim picture
By Caroline N. Jackson
New vending rules proposed by Councilmember Alan Gerson are stirring up activists who have fought to protect First Amendment rights for artists selling their works on the sidewalks.

Downtown traffic islands are less than Grand, Silver says
By Albert Amateau
Congestion pricing was not the only traffic issue between Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and the city Department of Transportation over the past few weeks.


Developer: Schools’ laptop money is in the mail
By Julie Shapiro
A developer agreed Wednesday to immediately pay for laptops for two local schools, after Downtown Express inquiries.

Pols mull the post-congestion pricing era
By Josh Rogers
In the wake of Monday’s defeat of congestion pricing, Downtown lawmakers looked to higher taxes to close the M.T.A.’s capital budget gap.

Express’s coverage & editorials judged tops in state
Downtown Express’s coverage of last year’s fatal Deutsche Bank fire earned top awards in the New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, whose winners were announced last week in Albany.

Downtown Express' own Shapiro wins A.P. award

Work begins on Lin’s Chinese Museum expansion
By Julie Shapiro
As Charles Lai recently strode out of the Museum of Chinese in America’s new building, he couldn’t stop smiling.

West St. work will close Rector bridge again temporarily
By Julie Shapiro
The Rector St. pedestrian bridge, which connects southern Battery Park City to the Greenwich St. South neighborhood, will likely close for four weeks sometime this summer, the State Department of Transportation said last week.

9/11 health forum
Celia Correa, 58, has lung disease and a host of other medical problems that she believes are connected to her exposure to the World Trade Center dust after 9/11.

12 Emmys for NYC TV
New York City TV was awarded 12 New York Emmys at the 51st Annual New York Emmy ceremony last Sunday.


Reaching outward while looking within
By Stephanie Buhmann
When the New Museum first opened the doors of its SANAA-designed building on the Bowery last December, it was confirmed: Manhattan’s Lower East Side was becoming the offbeat, less commercially driven art-scene-counterpart to Chelsea.

Singing in the wilderness
By Jerry Tallmer
Mr. Fulcomtre, a hale and hearty English teacher of the long ago, always told us that “Ah, Wilderness!” was the best play Eugene O’Neill ever wrote.

In Paris, red balloon is inflated again
By Leonard Quart
Favorites at international film festivals, the severely minimalist films of Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien have typically received only short runs in New York theaters.

The personal aftermath of the Iraq War
By Sarah Norris
The superb documentary “Body of War” records the life of an Iraq War veteran, Tomas Young, in the aftermath of his paralyzing injury.



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