20 years later: Things change
Twenty years ago, at the end of the first major Tompkins Square Park riots in recent history, East Village anti-gentrification activists wound up the harrowing night by trashing the lobby of the Christodora House. Protesters threw police sawhorses into the lobby while tossing potted plants out. The riots, which were put down with police brutality, marked a turning point Downtown and in the city for that matter.

Letters to the Editor

Downtown Express Connor photo by Robert Kreizel and Squadron photo by Elisabeth Robert

State Sen. Martin Connor, left, will face Daniel Squadron in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary.

2 Dems fight to be the face of Downtown in State Senate
By Josh Rogers
When Martin Connor was first elected to the State Senate 30 years ago, his present-day challenger wasn’t even born. In many ways this year’s Democratic primary is a study in contrasts — the Albany veteran versus the young challenger with new ideas.

Liquor license plans

With little C.B. 1 opposition, ‘beca gets its wine license

C.B. 1 erupts over missing ballot
By Julie Shapiro
Community Board 1’s full board meeting erupted into a battery of accusations Tuesday night over the missing ballot from last month’s board elections.

Developer hopes to add windows and life to Verizon tower
By James S. Woodman
Since its completion in 1975, New Yorkers have openly scoffed at the virtually windowless skyscraper at 375 Pearl St.

It won’t be easy turning from Vesey

LA II teams up again with Haring on Houston mural
By Nick Brooks
This past spring the Keith Haring Foundation sponsored the re-creation of a popular Haring mural at the northwest corner of E. Houston St. and Bowery.

Tompkins Square riots burn again in black and white
By Lincoln Anderson
Just in time for the 20th anniversary of the Tompkins Square Park riots, East Village photographer Q. Sakamaki is releasing a book of his dramatic black-and-white images bringing that turbulent period in neighborhood history back to life.


M.T.A..’s flood plan grates on C.B. 1’s committee
By Julie Shapiro
Heavy rains last August deluged the subway ventilation grates from Lower Manhattan to Queens, sending water cascading onto platforms and tracks, immobilizing trains across the city.

The ‘genius’ of aluminum shine design in Tribeca
By Julie Shapiro
When the sun strikes the corner of Laight and Greenwich Sts., it hits a graffiti-scrawled brick garage — not exactly the type of building the Tribeca North Historic District is known for.

Lot still vacant where Pearl St. artists lost homes
By Laura Latzko
Crumpled pink satin covered the walls and hung from the ceiling of the bedroom of an apartment that was a piece of artwork.

Outside asbestos work prompts surprise & explanation
By Julie Shapiro
When Paul Stein walked past Fiterman Hall last Thursday night, he noticed something odd.

Rally for a new middle school

Seaport puts its redevelopment plans on display
Seaport residents and visitors who want to see how General Growth Properties’ plans for Pier 17 compare to the pier’s history have to look no further than “Seaport Past & Future,” a new exhibit on Front St.

Quinn: Council, developers need role in school planning
By Julie Shapiro
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn spoke at a roundtable discussion about education last week in Chelsea.


Twenty years to ‘Life’
By Will McKinley
“Did you find him to be annoying, arrogant and pompous?” a female audience member asked her male companion, following a recent performance of James Braly’s “Life in a Marital Institution” at the SoHo Playhouse.

A family comedy (well, sort of)
By Scott Harrah
Many consider this ultra-dark tragicomedy by prolific avant-garde playwright Christopher Durang to be among his finest works, and for good reason.

Elevated cinema
By Leonard Quart
Now in its third season, Movie Nights On The Elevated Acre takes place every Tuesday in August, starting at sundown between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.


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