EDITORIAL
School crowding crisis
There are school crowding problems all over the city but the problem is particularly acute in Downtown Manhattan and it may get worse faster than anywhere else.
Borough President Scott Stringer released a school crowding report a few weeks ago classifying the Village/Soho and Lower Manhattan south of Canal St. as two of the four “high risk” areas of Manhattan.

Letters to the Editor

Under Cover

Mixed Use

Police Blotter

Ira Blutreich

Downtown Express photo by Tequila Minsky
Just point me in the right direction
Just point me in the right direction
Some signs point to an increase in construction activity in Lower Manhattan.


TALKING POINT
Buildings Department is unsafe at any height
By Deborah J. Glick
Question: How do you change a flat tire on a car going 60 m.p.h.? Answer: If you are the Bloomberg administration, you don’t.
Six years into the Bloomberg administration, Dan Doctoroff made a private boast that his greatest achievement was the 78 re-zonings of 6,000 city blocks, which has opened the door to development, or, as many in our community would say, overdevelopment.

IN BRIEF


IN PICTURES


Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Students pray at Transfiguration School, where only about 20 percent of the students are Catholic. The Mott St. school was founded in 1832 and has educated thousands of new immigrants over the years.

In its 2nd century, school thrives in the area now called Chinatown
By Julie Shapiro
The Transfiguration School in Chinatown — a school that predates Chinatown itself, not to mention the Civil War — is celebrating its 175th birthday.


Trinity says BID will round out the Square
By Albert Amateau
The steering committee of a proposed new Hudson Sq. Business Improvement District held its first public meeting on Wednesday to begin a nine-month-long approval process for a BID intended to improve the 22-block commercial area from Houston to Canal Sts. between Greenwich St. and Sixth Ave.

The kinks in Lola license continue
By Barrett Zinn Gross 
Lola restaurant opened for business as usual on Monday despite news that the Soho Alliance’s second Article 78 lawsuit against the embattled eatery’s license to serve alcohol was successful.

NEWS
Sports Museum looks for a hit on Broadway
By Julie Shapiro
Listening to Philip Schwalb talk about sports is a lot like listening to an art collector talk about rare paintings. “It takes people away from the mundane and the everyday,” Schwalb said.

Residents eligible for 9/11 mental health payments
By Sebastian Kahnert
The city Health Department has just introduced a new benefit program for people still struggling with mental health problems connected to 9/11.

C.B. 1 steps on stoop idea for Tribeca townhouses
By Julie Shapiro
When 250 West St. reopens in two years, developer Mikhail Kurnev envisions high-end condos attracting buyers to a newly restored historic building.

Planners give their final ideas for N.Y.U.’s growth
By Albert Amateau and Lincoln Anderson
At the fifth open house presentation on April 23 of the long-range plans for New York University’s development in the Village and beyond, the reaction of visitors varied from relief to anxiety.


ARTS DOWNTOWN
Finding the truth and then some
By Will McKinley
Janice Erlbaum is a lot of things, but she’s no liar.
Over the past two decades, the 38-year-old author of the new memoir “Have You Found Her” has been a teen runaway, slam poet, journalist, dotcom executive, stand-up comedian, East Village art star, blogger, writing instructor and most recently an acclaimed memoirist. She has been there, done that, and written about it.

Not a lot of shows like this
By Jaime Jordan
The recent opening of “Lots of Things Like This,” an exhibition curated by Dave Eggers, much-loved author and founder of McSweeney’s literary journal, was mobbed with Fort Greene-esque hipsters in electric blue Keds and skinny jeans, nary a soul over 35. They lined up around the block, and waited many, many minutes to see the art—or maybe to rub shoulders with Eggers.

Madrid 1937, in the Hemingway original
By Jerry Tallmer
We are in Madrid, in the Hotel Florida in Madrid, under heavy bombardment by the Fascist shells that come screaming in and bursting in the street, killing many people.


SPORTS

Little Leaguers get in some innings in between the raindrops
The cool steady drizzle that fell Sunday could not dampen the spirits of the Orioles and Mets as they took the field at 10 a.m. for their Junior Minors contest. It was a tightly played game by two closely matched clubs in the Downtown Little League. For the Orioles, a scoreless first inning was highlighted by stellar play behind the plate by Henry Bodwell and by Nicholas Cheung playing the pitcher’s position.

ARTS DOWNTOWN
Fruits of a film festival
By Steven Snyder
In recent years, the Sundance Film Festival – held every January in Park City, Utah – has effectively splintered into two separate and wildly different events. On one hand, the festival remains committed to its original mission of discovering, celebrating and advocating independent filmmakers.


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Volume 20, Number 51
THE NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN
MAY 2 - 8, 2008