‘Build more schools’ Downtowners tell Bloomberg
By Julie Shapiro
On a hazy, humid afternoon that marked the last day of school, parents and elementary students had one final assignment before they scattered for summer vacation: Several hundred strong, they marched to City Hall to demand solutions for the overcrowding at P.S. 89, P.S. 234 and other local schools.


Mediation could strike right note for Lola
The saga of Lola — a soul-food restaurant struggling to survive on Watts St. in Soho — has dragged on for four years. Pitting neighbors against the restaurant’s owners, the battle has been heated and, at times, downright nasty.

Letters to the Editor

Mixed Use

Seaport Report

Police Blotter

Ira Blutreich



Silence = Death on Greenwich Street By Charles Komanoff
I had no trouble seeing the black S.U.V. a block and a half up Greenwich as I stepped off the curb at Duane. Unless the driver was blind, he could see me just as well.


Dancing with the pessimists


Sun and rain for weekend baseball

M.A.T.’s perfect baseball season ends with a title
Hard work pays off.  That was the motto for the 2008 the Manhattan Academy of Technology boys baseball team all year, and in the end, it proved to be true.

Youth Activities

Under Cover

Photo by Robbie Bailey

Whitney Thompson, the latest winner of “America’s Next Top Model” showed off a design by Natasjah, one of the Manhattan Academy of Technology middle school fashion students who designed clothes for the show.

Famed model works the runway with middle school designs
By Julie Shapiro
Rail-thin models stomped down the runway at Milk Gallery, staring down the flashbulbs, flaunting clothing hot off the sewing machine.
One wore a tight black turtleneck paired with a patchwork miniskirt. Another sported a flowing gold gown, and a third wore a raincoat made entirely of silver Capri Sun pouches.

Child grazed by car on Greenwich St. renews safety call
By Julie Shapiro
Nina Sosa had just stepped into the crosswalk at the intersection of Duane and Greenwich Sts. on the afternoon of June 9 when she saw an SUV speeding toward her in reverse.

Landmarks to Tribeca architect: Addition needs some subtraction
By James S. Woodman
The Landmarks Preservation Commission last week told world-renowned architect, Vincenzo Polsinelli to revise his plan for adding a four-story additon atop a small, cast-iron-fronted building at 172 Duane St.

Mayor says yes to biking in his backyard; park users wary
By Julie Shapiro
To protect cyclists from speeding cars on Chambers St., the city Department of Transportation wants to create a new bike path that would cut through City Hall Park.

It’s official: Many oppose garage tower for garbage trucks
By Albert Amateau
The Department of Sanitation garage tower proposed for the UPS lot on Spring between Washington and West Sts. drew a chorus of criticism last Thursday from neighborhood residents and property owners at a joint hearing by Community Boards 1 and 2.

Seaport promises fresh food now, hopes for hotel tower later
By Julie Shapiro
A permament 16-stall, fresh food market will open this summer on South St., General Growth Properties executives said Wednesday after unveiling longterm redevelopment plans for Pier 17 and the rest of the Seaport mall.

‘All things considered,’ WNYC swings to Hudson Sq.
By Laura Latzko
Mayor Bloomberg had some advice Tuesday for WNYC Radio on its first day in its new Hudson Square studios.“Don’t screw it up,” Mike Bloomberg told station president Laura Walker on the air after praising the station.

Deluge expected from Waterfalls art
The crash and spray of water hitting water will give New Yorkers a new reason to look up this summer.
The New York City Waterfalls are opening June 26, creating a manmade version of a natural phenomenon that is difficult to find in this largely flat city.

Parents & pols look to take city to school on crowding
By Julie Shapiro
As the school year winds down, parents are ratcheting up the intensity of their fight against school overcrowding. More than 200 parents packed P.S./I.S. 89’s auditorium last Thursday morning to demand solutions for overcrowded elementary schools.

Digital showacase
Inside one of many loudly adorned trailers parked outside the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden Thursday, Mary-Beth Karabinos guided guests to a glass mannequin wearing a large headset.

Homing falcons are liking Downtown
This rare peregrine falcon spotted recently in Southbridge Towers was likely hatched Downtown in April and does not seem ready yet to give up his or her views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River.


By David Todd
The music of Ulrich Schnauss—part IDM (Intelligent Dance Music), part shoegaze rock—attracts with lilting melodies and then transports the listener into a certain pixilated haze.

Crossing the border
By Erasmo Guerra
“Mexican High,” the debut novel by Liza Monroy, reads like an insider’s guide to Mexico City. 


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