Marriage within reach
As L.G.B.T. Pride Month culminates with this Sunday’s Fifth Ave. parade, there is much to celebrate. In the past month, Governor David Paterson has ordered all state agencies to develop a blueprint for ensuring that any gay or lesbian couple legally married outside New York will have their unions recognized as marriages here. And, after five years, a transgender civil rights bill has finally been approved by the Democratic-controlled State Assembly.

Letters to the Editor

Mixed Use

Police Blotter

Ira Blutreich

Under Cover

News briefs

Safety march

River rescue

Free bike rentals

Talks on Millennium gym money

C.B. 1 shifts gears on greenway

Free tennis lessons

Fair shows green ways


Downtowners close the season with Minors Reds v. Cubs
The Cubs were on fire, winning seven out of their last eight games, and were excited to face the Reds for their last game of the season. Despite the threat of thunderstorms, the teams were able to eek out a game.  Tyler Rohan walked and Kai Glick singled. 

Youth Activities

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

The Strand Annex is closing its doors on Fulton St. at the end of August. The owner says construction has affected business so much that he can’t afford a rent increase.

Stranded by construction, book store will close its doors
By James S. Woodman
Strand Bookstore announced this week that its annex at 95 Fulton St. will soon join the multitude of New York bookstores that have succumbed to increasing rents in recent years.

B.M.C.C. fights for Fiterman funds at City Hall
By Julie Shapiro
As the clock ticks down on the city’s budget negotiations, it looks less and less likely that the City University of New York will get the money it needs to rebuild Fiterman Hall, the classroom building damaged on 9/11.

C.B. 1 approves Ratner’s tax break just by saying no
By Julie Shapiro
Forest City Ratner executives threatened to halt construction of the new school on Beekman St. unless they receive a 20-year tax break from the city.

The new Downtown: Nearly half will live in FiDi
By Laura Latzko
The Financial District is expected to be the most populous area in Community Board 1, overtaking Battery Park City, Tribeca and the Seaport.


A Whole big food market
opens next week in Tribeca

Out with the deadlines, in with the ??? Downtown asks

L.M.D.C. head blames C.B. 1 for some Deutsche delays

‘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.

Students win quality of life awards

L.M.D.C. money sits out another school year
By Julie Shapiro
Downtown schools have been waiting three years for grants promised by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation — and they will likely wait until 2009 before seeing any money.

Chopper flight numbers to be chopped down
By Albert Amateau
The noisy W. 30th St. Heliport, located within the Hudson River Park, will become progressively quieter beginning next year when sightseeing flights are reduced by half, and will be eliminated entirely by April 1, 2010, according to a settlement in Manhattan State Supreme Court.

City interested, Pier 40 school may make the grade
By Lincoln Anderson
Giving a major boost to a plan to keep Pier 40 afloat as a community-friendly, low-impact part of Hudson River Park, the New York City School Construction Authority wants to build up to three high schools on the sprawling W. Houston St. pier.

The season to prepare for Four Seasons construction
Demolition at 99 Church St. is done, but that doesn’t mean developer Silverstein Properties can leap right into the construction of the new Four Seasons hotel and condo tower.

Irish Rep’s ‘Prisoner of the Crown’ delivers
By Jerry Tallmer
SIR FREDERICK E. SMITH, Attorney General of England: And as Crown Prosecutor, I would be obliged to see that your rights and prerogatives were fully protected. Anything less on my part would be seen as deplorable.

Love and other indoor sports
By Sarah Norris
Keith Gessen didn’t answer any of my questions about love, and neither did his book. No, that’s not exactly true. If I came away from our interview feeling dissatisfied, it didn’t stem from his lack from response, but the fact that his debut novel left me unnerved.


Bärbel Neubauer, “Roots,” 1996. 35mm film, 3:44 min. © Bärbel Neubauer. Courtesy Center for Visual Music.
Drawing on Film Surveys the practice of “direct film”—the process of drawing, scratching, or otherwise manipulating film stock to create images without a camera. The exhibition presents experimental film works spanning from the late 1930s to the present May 29 – July 24. THE DRAWING CENTER, 40 Wooster St. 212-219-2166; drawingcenter.org.

Salute to the Grads!
Downtown Express Congratulates all members of the Class of 2008 and wishes them well on their next endeavor – whether it be a job or first grade or any other milestone on life’s journey. Some schools preferred to keep their graduations private. We’d like to thank those schools that allowed us to share in their celebrations for our special section.

P.S. 130

P.S. 150

I.S. 89

P.S. 1


Saint James

Millennium High School



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