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.
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.
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.
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.
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.