EDITORIAL
O.K. rezoning as is
 On Monday, the city certified the uniform land use review procedure, or ULURP, for the 197c East Village/Lower East Side rezoning. The ULURP clock has started ticking..

Letters to the Editor

Under Cover

Mixed Use

Police Blotter


DOWNTOWN NOTEBOOK

What does it mean when a pope comes Downtown?
A Catholic view
Blessing the W.T.C.
and Lower Manhattan

A secular view
Welcome omission
of ‘sacred ground’ talk




IN BRIEF



IN PICTURES


St. Vincent’s plan on life support as Landmarks cuts it down to size
By Albert Amateau
The Landmarks Preservation Comm-ission on Tuesday told St. Vincent’s Hospital and the hospital’s redevelopment partner, the Rudin Organization, to go back to the drawing board and come up with an entirely different project than the one submitted on Dec. 31.

E.P.A. shrugs at lead finds, saying it’s ‘no surprise’
By Julie Shapiro
The Environmental Protection Agency has poured millions into searching for lead and other 9/11-related contaminants in Downtown apartments. But once the federal agency finds lead, it does not follow up to make sure the lead is permanently gone. Nor does the E.P.A. warn neighbors that their children could be living in unsafe conditions.

Fatal accidents loom over city’s ‘Safety Week’
By Julie Shapiro
With New Yorkers talking not about “the big construction accident,” but “the latest big construction accident,” Construction Safety Week never felt timelier.



NEWS

C.B. 3 feels Chinatown pressure on zoning plan
By HEATHER MURRAY
Although Community Board 3 Chairperson David McWater has said the board won’t ask the Department of Planning to expand a 114-block East Village/Lower East Side rezoning plan to include the Bowery and Chinatown, a coalition determined to expand the rezoning’s area is working to mobilize the community.

Minor injuries, dogs saved in Church St. blaze
At 6 p.m. Wednesday about 100 firefighters responded to a fire in a five-story building at 177 Church St. near Reade St. A fire fully engulfed the ceiling between the first and second floors. Firefighters using a ladder bucket rescued two adults and two children, ages 1 and 3, from a third floor apartment.

Authority pledges to end decades of Pier A delay
By Julie Shapiro
Pier A sat undisturbed for decades, fenced off and inaccessible. Now, under the Battery Park City Authority, work to restore the 122-year-old landmarked pier once again appears to be moving forward.


ARTS DOWNTOWN

Winsome take on a children’s classic
By Talia Page
The New Acting Company, a program for The Children’s Aid Society, features new talent and a fresh take on the old classic, “Alice in Wonderland.”

Sound and fury resonates on stage
With those opening words, from next to a golf course in the Mississippi of 1928, we enter the mind of Benjy, also known as Maury, a grown man who cannot speak – was born mute and stayed that way.

Mastering the art of reinvention
By Michael Rymer
David Samuels’ first two books, “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” and “The Runner,” which are being published simultaneously, probe the theme of self-invention.


Things to do: The Listings

Appropriating stories of survival and loss
By Steven Snyder
Is Lukas a monster?
That is the question that pushes “The Memory Thief” towards its harrowing finale, as writer-director Gil Kofman holds this young man up to the light, twists him this way and that, and asks the audience to pass judgment. In the process, we find ourselves measuring our own morals and behaviors against his.

‘Country Girl’ takes the stage
By Scott Harrah
A revival of a classic starring two Oscar winners and directed by the venerable Mike Nichols (a multiple Oscar and Tony winner himself) might normally be something New York theater fans would be thrilled about.



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THE NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN
MAY 9 - 15, 2008




 

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