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W.T.C. arts center remains right move
When New Yorkers started to think about what should replace the World Trade Center after the horrific attacks, there was almost universal support for a memorial to honor the 3,000 lives lost. Probably the second most popular idea voiced by the thousands who spoke during the public process was for a cultural center. Then-Governor George Pataki often paid lip service to this idea, as did Mayor Mike Bloomberg. They all thought, correctly, that part of the response to incomprehensible evil should be beauty and art. Seven years later, the idea remains an afterthought with not much prospect of being even partially realized.

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Volume 20, Number 49 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | APRIL 18 - 25 , 2008


Thousands flock for a taste of the soon-to-open rec center
By Julie Shapiro
When Bob Townley decides to do something, he makes it happen. That was the message from the politicians, community leaders and crowds of residents who flocked to last Thursday’s grand opening of Manhattan Youth’s Downtown Community Center.

Council frustrated as Fulton subway project remains sidetracked
By Julie Shapiro
The work to untangle the subway lines beneath Fulton St. will take 12 to 18 months longer than expected and will not be complete for years, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said last week.

Port reports on World Trade Center progress
By Julie Shapiro
The Port Authority updated the community on a slew of Lower Manhattan construction projects this week — and at times the board members seemed unable to believe the good news.

Amidst Crisis, Quinn Returns to Reform
BY PAUL SCHINDLER
In a press conference aimed at turning the corner on a week-long controversy over revelations that more than $17 million had been budgeted for fictitious organizations during the past eight years.

Art Center is ‘forgotten stepchild,’ critics charge
By Julie Shapiro
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum reached a fundraising milestone last week, raising questions about when fundraising will start for another project on the site: the oft-forgotten performing arts center.

Downtown prepares for Pope Benedict’s W.T.C. visit
On a six-day trip to the United States, Pope Benedict XVI will visit ground zero for the first time Sunday.

Six injured as car slams into courthouse
A driver whose licensed had been revoked lost control of his car at 10:54 a.m. Fri., April 11 and jumped the curb in front of State Supreme Court, 60 Centre St., struck a coffee cart and overran the lower court house steps, injuring himself and five other people.

Cops ticket and tow their own placards
The New York Police Department’s recent four-day crackdown on illegally parked cars in Lower Manhattan resulted in 178 tickets, a police spokesperson said.

Connor-Squadron race heats up early
By Josh Rogers
Sen. Chuck Schumer came to Tribeca Sunday to endorse Daniel Squadron, his former aide who his challenging State Sen. Martin Connor in the Democratic primary this September.

Seniors fear fewer centers, meal visits under revamp
By Albert Amateau
The men and women who belong to the city’s 329 senior centers and the thousands of homebound elderly people who receive Meals on Wheels five days a week are anxious about the city’s Department for the Aging restructuring plan.

Silver gives Millennium a $750K assist for a gym
By Julie Shapiro
Millennium High School just took a large step toward getting a gym, thanks to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.


TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

Close to home from far and away
By Leonard Quart
Begun in 2002 as an effort to revitalize Lower Manhattan in the wake of 9/11, the Tribeca Film Festival was founded by New Yorkers Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff. The Festival’s success has benefited local inhabitants and businesses as well as the city as a whole, and has also been a channel for positive links with foreign countries via the arts.

Embracing the underdogs
By Michael Rymer
Most independent filmmakers know how it feels to compete against established filmmakers with more experience and better funding.


Keith Haring’s nonstop pop
By Rania Richardson
Conjuring the excitement of an era through an artist’s work, “The Universe of Keith Haring” is as much a biopic of pop culture in the 1980s as it is a portrait of Haring himself.

Unlocking the mysteries of Egypt in Tribeca
By Rania Richardson
I’ve never been to Egypt, but grew up amidst camel saddles and hookahs from my mother’s travels.

Drive-In thrills with family-friendly fun
By Lawrence Everett Forbes
Sports fans, music aficionados, and families alike are bound to find themselves parked up front and center at the North Cove of World Financial Plaza for the annual Tribeca Drive-In outdoor screenings.

New York City’s starring role
By Talia Page
Behind the scenes of some of the New York-based films in this year’s Festival, local filmmakers open up about the role of Manhattan in their movies.

Tribeca gives music reel coverage
By Adrienne Urbanski
Whether the theme of a fictional plotline, the subject of a documentary, or a soundtrack catchy enough to sing along with, music plays a starring role in many of the films at this year’s Festival.


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