City is ‘seriously examining’ 75 Morton St. for new school
By Gabriel Zucker
The outlook for middle schools in the West Village got significantly brighter last week when Assemblymember Deborah Glick convened a meeting with Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott, public school parents and Community Board 2 representatives to discuss overcrowding and the possibility of putting a new middle school at 75 Morton St.
Section of Tribeca’s park section to open this month
Bruce Springsteen was singing “these are better days” on the radio recently as contractors were putting some of the final touches on part of the Hudson River Park. The first part of the park’s Tribeca section is almost done and could open in two weeks.
Ellis Island staffers working through disabilities
By Fahima Haque
It’s a painstakingly long two-hour drive from Yonkers to Ellis Island. Yet Fernando Santiago, the historic port’s custodial supervisor, happily makes this commute every morning at 4:30 a.m. to ensure that every last surface has been scrubbed to gleam for the unwavering stream of tourists visiting daily.
Iraq War veteran is fighting to bring troops home
By Joy Wiltermuth
At 18, Fabian Bouthillette joined the Navy. In his words, he wanted to “do something good and decent.” He served for several years, but then as the Iraq War began and raged on, he found what he was doing was for all the wrong reasons.
Neighbors suspect deli fronts for strip club
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Support for Pier 40’s latest idea, but event space makes waves
By Lincoln Anderson
The Pier 40 Working Group got its first glimpse of the new proposal for Pier 40 last Wednesday morning.
What’s in a park name? A pond, city says
By Julie Shapiro
The Parks Department put the “pond” back in Collect Pond Park in their latest design, unveiled this week.
Smelling something funny, arts group forced to close
By James S. Woodman
A few months ago, volunteers at Collective: Unconscious a non-profit organization dedicated to providing space for emerging artists of almost every kind began noticing a subtle yet unsavory scent filling their Tribeca space.
Some like Seaport plan’s tower, others say build a school
By Julie Shapiro
Unless General Growth Properties adds a school to its plan to overhaul the Seaport, Community Board 1’s leader won’t support the plan.
Artists and residents aren’t sold on vending bill
By Albert Amateau
Swarms of street vendors, legal and illegal, have been an issue for years in Downtown Manhattan neighborhoods, particularly in Soho and along Canal St. Vendors have also been the subject of criticism in Battery Park and, after 9/11, near the World Trade Center site.
B.P.C. condo owners try to prevent steep increases
By Julie Shapiro
Pat Smith knew that living in Battery Park City could get expensive, but when he found out that he would have to pay an extra $300 a month for his condo, he decided enough was enough.
In the wake of Josephine Baker
By JERRY TALLMER
Claudie and Alphine, black and beautiful, rock stars in the makingClaudie is also a poethave been best friends all their lives, all but bedded lovers, though very different in temperament.
Railing against a dark period of American politics
By Nicole Robson
As another Bush era draws to a close, Theodore “Ted” Hamm, founding editor of monthly paper “The Brooklyn Rail,” tracks the rise of liberal media in his new book, “The New Blue Media: How Michael Moore, MoveOn.org, Jon Stewart and Company are Transforming Progressive Politics.”
Zombies on stage, in the crowd too
By David Todd
In “Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom,” a cast of four actors play revolving rolesvarious boys, girls, mothers, and fathersallowing the characters to merge into a sheltered blankness.
Five years at the Phatory and still having phun
By Jeffrey Cyphers Wright
On 9/11 Sally Lelong lost her studio space near the World Trade Center. She found a new place on East 9th Street and eventually turned it into The Phatory. This summer, she celebrates her fifth anniversary of life as both an artist and a dealer.
The revolutionaries revisited
By Ernest Barteldes
After chronicling his many travels through Brazil and paying homage to his former Lower East Side neighbors, artist and musician Michael Rimbaud has sought inspiration in 18th century historical figures for “Revolutions,” his new show at L’ Orange Bleue, the Soho restaurant that also doubles as art space, hosting art shows from local artists on a regular basis.
Father figure:‘New Yorker’ humorist Ian Frazier gets paternal
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