St. Vincent’s faces emergency situation
After a year and a half of public discussion of its rebuilding project, St. Vincent’s Hospital finds itself in a troubling bind. Namely, it’s become unclear whether St. Vincent’s will be able to construct the new, state-of-the-art hospital necessary to meet today’s and tomorrow’s Lower West Side healthcare needs.

Letters to the Editor

Under Cover

Mixed Use

Police Blotter



Para-people in the park

‘Playing the Building’ and playing on the island


Action on Downtown diamonds, plus games on Governors; Little League roundup

Youth Listings

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert
Aaron Lemson, a member of the I.S. 89 art therapy class, displaying a ceramic sculpture of a creature that he made.

Students’ art therapy class creates healing near and far
By Julie Shapiro
The silhouette of the Twin Towers rises from a grassy green island, near the bottom of the mural. Tendrils of roots wrap around the towers, shooting upward to form an enormous tree that blossoms with bright roses and magnolias.

Some work resumes at Goldman site as concerns linger
Work resumed at the Goldman Sachs construction site this week, just more than two weeks after a steel plate flew off of a hoist and landed in the middle of a Downtown Little League game.

No lifting for W crane until stop-work is lifted

Trust’s chairperson is ‘optimistic’ about Pier 40
By Lincoln Anderson
At a press conference last Thursday morning to mark the 10th anniversary of the Hudson River Park, Diana Taylor, the Hudson River Park Trust’s chairperson, seemed to indicate that there’s no way The Related Companies would come back into the picture as a possible developer of the 15-acre Pier 40 at W. Houston St.


In big upset, D.I.D. backs Squadron over Connor
By Julie Shapiro
In an upset vote that members described as “stunning” and “shocking,” the Downtown Independent Democrats endorsed Daniel Squadron over incumbent State Senator Martin Connor.

St. Vincent’s says hospital, for its health, must rebuild
By Albert Amateau
The Landmarks Preservation Com-mission’s first official hearing on the revised, scaled-back St. Vincent’s Hospital/Rudin project concluded after an exhausting five hours on Monday.

Crane collapse ratchets fears over Beekman project
By Julie Shapiro
Hours before Forest City Ratner planned to unveil Frank Gehry’s designs for the 76-story Beekman tower last Friday, a crane collapsed on the Upper East Side, killing two construction workers.


Hot town, summer in the city
By Lee Ann Westover
Though all of New York City seems to ring with music in the summertime, Downtown is fast becoming the epicenter of a varied and vibrant outdoor concert scene.

Loisaida artists find inspiration close to home
By Bonnie Rosenstock
When one conjures images of the Lower East Side, wildlife probably isn’t the first picture that springs to mind. But for the Artistas de Loisaida, or the Artists of the Lower East Side, the neighborhood flora and fauna offer endless inspiration. Here, the LES encompasses the East Village, which was part of the original area. From the community gardens that founding members helped to create and save, to the vitality of Tompkins Square Park and the energy of surrounding environs, all is manna for the urban artists.


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