EDITORIAL

Time for a change: Squadron in State Senate primary
One of the disturbing things about Downtown politics is that incumbents just don’t face tough re-election battles. Although Lower Manhattan has many capable representatives who deserve to stay in office, they would nevertheless benefit from strong and serious challenges every few years. And there’s one legislator in particular, State Sen. Martin Connor, whom we have hoped for quite some time would face a candidate who offers a better choice. That day has finally arrived and that candidate is Daniel Squadron.

DOWNTOWN NOTEBOOK
With the working girls in the darkest days of AIDS
By Patricia Fieldsteel
During the 1980s, I worked the prostitute strolls in all five boroughs of New York.

Letters to the Editor


Downtown Express photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio

Wheelchair-bound Carmelo Gonzalez, who lives on construction-riddled Fulton St., rolls 11 blocks almost every day to the City Hall subway station, the closest handicapped-accessible station, often with his son, Carlos Sanchez.


Report details Deutsche firefighters’ last fatal hour
By Julie Shapiro
Across the street from the smoking Deutsche Bank building, an F.D.N.Y. commander orchestrated the firefighting operations inside. He communicated by radio, his voice coming in clearly as he asked repeatedly for a roll call.

The search for Beddia and Graffagnino

Deutsche radio transmissions
Excerpts of the audio transmissions from the fatal fire at the former Deutsche Bank building on Aug. 18, 2007, when firefighters Joseph Graffagnino, 33, and Robert Beddia, 53, were both killed. They are the missing Engine 24 firefighters referred to in the tapes. Graffagnino is the first one to be found and Beddia is the second.

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Feds charge developer with disability discrimination; others are next
By Albert Amateau
In what is likely to be the first of several federal civil lawsuits against city residential developers, the U. S. Attorney last week sued the developer of Avalon Chrystie Pl., the 361-unit residential complex just south of Houston St., contending the project discriminates against people with disabilities.

Brokers pack a punch even when the economy doesn’t
By James S. Woodman
Falling stock prices and the credit crunch have Wall Streeters like Vincent Quinones hitting the gym and the heavy bag more often.

B.M.C.C. wins $500,000 grant for emergency plans
By Sisi Wei
The piece of paper didn’t say much: “There’s a fire. You must evacuate. Start notifying your people now.”

Work finally begins around Louise Nevelson Plaza

Doctor serves up healthcare for workers in restaurants

NEWS

Wait for W.T.C. trains may be at least 8 years
By Julie Shapiro
The World Trade Center PATH hub will not open until 2016, according to a February 2007 engineering study, a portion of which was obtained by Downtown Express.

Rolling through subways & construction with a wheelchair and determination
By Laura Latzko
Carmelo Gonzalez is not your typical wheelchair user. He rides the subway.

Driving the piles over the shouts of ‘play ball’
By Julie Shapiro
Three-year-old Parker Brandenburg tilted his head back and looked up, up, up.

General shrinking? Critics warn Seaport firm has no dough
By Julie Shapiro
The developer planning a massive overhaul of the South St. Seaport faces money problems.

City appears bullish on ‘incubator’ school near Wall St.
The Department of Education appears to be moving away from opening a middle school at 26 Broadway and now wants to put 250 elementary seats there instead.

Deutsche firefighters remembered at memorial ceremony
By Julie Shapiro
Hundreds gathered at the Engine 24/Ladder 5 firehouse Monday morning to remember firefighters Robert Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino Jr., one year after they were killed at the former Deutsche Bank building.

Photographer focuses a loving lens on his neighbors
By Lucas Mann
Lorcan Otway is recognizable around Tompkins Square Park.

Teens spend the summer with an elderly ship
By Sisi Wei
As the tides gently rocked the boat left and right, teens devoid of their normal uniform of respirators, goggles, gloves, and hair caps gazed at the makeshift screen in front of them, a piece of white cloth clipped onto the wall. The walls to the cabin were covered with a fresh coat of white paint, parts of which had yet to dry.


ARTS DOWNTOWN

Judith Malina, woman alone (sort of)
By JERRY TALLMER
There’s going to be a benefit at Joe’s Pub this coming Monday, August 25, in honor of Judith Malina and The Living Theater, but Judith, though she will certainly be there along with Debbie Harry and other revolutionists—the evening is headlined  “Revolutionary Acts”—doesn’t really want to talk about that.

The darker side of the Fringe
By Adrienne Urbanski
Typically, the fare at New York’s annual International Fringe Festival looks toward the lighter side of life.

Sol mates in southern Spain
By Bonnie Rosenstock
John Reoli didn’t start out to write a gay play or a love story. He says it just turned out that way.

‘[title of show]’ perfectly tailored for New Yorkers
By Scott Harrah
This clever, original musical comedy was first produced more than two years ago off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in the East Village and won an Obie. Its transfer to Broadway has been anticipated with much fanfare, but does it live it up to all the hype?

Teen spirits
By Jen Anderson
Preferring to forget that I was ever a socially inept kid with braces and an unfortunate perm just trying to survive high school.


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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