EDITORIAL

Small businesses need help
In an article about the stalled Fulton Street Transit Center in March, we told you about a tailor, William Saad, who was evicted from his office to build the train station and moved to Dey St., where construction problems subsequently forced him to close. Last week, we told you about Dib Reda, who had to move his clothing store, Stylz, to construction-riddled Fulton St. because of an M.T.A. eviction. Now he is waiting for city bureaucrats to clear an $8,000 check intended to ease the construction pain. 

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YOUTH

Youth Activities

Downtown tourney team knocked out after strong showing

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Robert Balachandran, center, stopped to smell the black-eyed Susans with his children, Isabelle, 4, and Rowan, 2. Balachandran, the former president of the Hudson River Park Trust, returned to his stomping grounds Wednesday for the opening of the first part of the park’s Tribeca section.

Tribeca gets a boardwalk as park begins to open
By Albert Amateau
The threatening rain held off and a crowd of more than 200 neighbors, park advocates and officials gathered on Wednesday morning to celebrate the opening of the first part of the Hudson River Park’s Tribeca section.

Strong resistance to bid for Chinatown BID
By James S. Woodman
The effort to instate what would be Chinatown’s first business improvement district has exposed deep rifts among residents with different visions of a changing community.

Row boat group looks for Brooklyn Bridge beachhead
Rob Buchanan wants to take a sandy strip of land beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, currently off-limits to boaters and pedestrians alike, and turn it into a public landing.

More Governors Island activity
Programming on Governors Island is heating up, with free water-themed events this Saturday and plans to bring artists to the island next summer.

Whatever Lola wants, Lola finally gets: Live music
By Barrett Zinn Gross and Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke
A song was in the air on Watts St. as the music finally played at Lola this Monday. Vocalist Alisa Ohri sang jazz standards, backed by drummer Steven Weinless’s trio as Lola began its nightly program of live music in the wake of a favorable decision by the State Liquor Authority on July 17.

With parting shots at Nadler, impeachment candidate ends run
By Gabriel Zucker
Adam Sullivan, the political novice who planned to challenge incumbent Congressmember Jerrold Nadler in the Eighth District Democratic primary, said on Tuesday that he would abort his campaign. His announcement came a week after Downtown Express and The Villager reported that Sullivan had registered as a Democrat too late to be enrolled in the party before the primary.

Not much cooking in Vesuvio renovation: Bakery will reopen
By Gabriel Zucker
Since June, a small sign has hung on the door of Vesuvio Bakery, the nearly 90-year-old landmark shop on Prince St.

Once tabled, City Hall Park’s new lawn and benches are coming
Eighteen months after the city promised to reopen and refurbish City Hall Park, and one year after the park reopened, the city agreed last week to make the rest of the improvements promised back in 2007.

NEWS

After Pier 57 R.F.P. sinks, another one is floated
By Albert Amateau
Pier 57, the former city bus depot on the Chelsea waterfront that served as a holding pen for protesters arrested in the summer of 2004 during the Republican National Convention, is up for grabs again.

Pretty smooth sailing for Pier 40 plan at committee
By Albert Amateau
Community Board 2’s Waterfront Committee last week got a floor-by-floor look at preliminary plans for the redevelopment of the 15-acre Pier 40 as “The People’s Pier.”

Work continues on most W.T.C. projects
By Julie Shapiro
Far below street level, towering white arches form a tunnel that will one day shepherd commuters beneath the World Trade Center site.

UPDATED 7-25-08
Dogs splash into E. River waterfront plan
By Julie Shapiro
Dog lovers had reason to celebrate this week after the city Economic Development Corporation released details about the first large dog run in the Seaport.

Dog-run dilemma

Peppered with violence & noise, Tribecans move against bar’s license
By Julie Shapiro
Tribecans accustomed to quiet nights and friendly streets have now gotten used to an entirely different atmosphere in front of Peppers on Leonard St. at Broadway.

Photographer is detained on street he’s shot for years
By Lincoln Anderson
After doggedly trying to document firefighters responding to an alarm on Ludlow St. last Thursday afternoon, Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson found himself handcuffed and spending a couple of hours in a Seventh Precinct cell after having repeatedly refused orders to keep his distance.

Neighbors: Liquor license vote wasn’t ‘N Sync with Tribeca
By Julie Shapiro
Murray St. residents don’t care how famous the clientele of the new bar at 6 Murray St. will be — even if Cameron Diaz shows up, as the bar owner promised, the residents do not want a new sports bar on their block.

City listens to placard complaints
By Julie Shapiro
Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler lent an ear to Civic Center residents last Friday to hear their concerns about placard parking.


ARTS DOWNTOWN

Finding the voice of the Battery Maritime
By Stephanie Buhmann
For more than three decades, David Byrne has defied categorization. While he is perhaps still best known as the co-founder and principal songwriter of the legendary rock band Talking Heads (1976-1988), they were just the beginning of his legacy. He has received Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe awards for his music, but his artistic achievements extend far beyond one medium and his groundbreaking excursions into film, visual art, as well as web-based media, have garnered widespread acclaim.


Stitching up a torn relationship
By Adrienne Urbanski
“Stiching” is remarkable for its astonishingly honest depiction of human sexuality and the constant contradiction of the male desire for both purity and depravity.

Amazon brought to life at the Seaport
By Talia Page
The recently closed Amazonia Brasil exhibit at the South Street Seaport’s Pier 17 featured a 13,000 square-foot recreation of the Amazon region in Brazil. Opened on Earth Day.


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