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.

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


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.


Burden grills Sanitation over garage tower plan
By Albert Amateau
City Planning Commissioners zeroed-in on a few issues toward the end of an all-day hearing on Wednesday on the Department of Sanitation’s proposal for a $429 million garage for three sanitation districts on the UPS lot on Spring St.

Hotel keeps ’em guessing as business it’s messing
By Albert Amateau
The project at 180 Orchard St. that began more than three years ago looks like a derelict construction site whose future is a mystery. But one thing is certain to some:

Landlords sue, saying law would harass them
By Jefferson Siegel
Landlords filing suit against a new tenant anti-harassment law were lambasted at a rally on the steps of City Hall last week.

Strand books one more month on Fulton St.
Strand Bookstore’s 95 Fulton St. annex will be closing at the end of September, a month later than expected, said owner Fred Bass. The store closing was originally schedule for Aug. 31.

Greenwich St. pedestrian recounts limo road rage incident
On Aug. 27, Brian Lutz said he was speaking to his wife about how unsafe the intersection they were crossing — Greenwich and Duane Sts. — was when he suddenly heard someone yelling “Look out! Look out!” Looking to his left, Lutz saw a black limousine backing up straight at him.

Tugboats will tussle at annual Hudson River race
The 16th annual New York City tugboat race takes place on the Sunday before Labor Day when more than a dozen tugs will power down the Hudson River from the Riverside South Pier at W. 72nd St. to Pier 84 on W. 44th St. on the Clinton waterfront.


What’s up, Seaport? Business up, as lower-rent shops move Downtown
By Julie Shapiro
The mall on Pier 17 does not have the air of a doomed building.

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.

Artist with cancer ‘resurrected’ with Pollock grant
By Janel Bladow
“I love a black line,” says artist Paul Jansen strolling through his South Street Seaport painting studio, surrounded by tables topped with brushes, acrylic tubes, colored markers, and canvases covered with seven to eight coats of silky smooth white enamel.

Contractor looks to resume weekend work near ballfields
By Julie Shapiro
Goldman Sachs plans to start working evenings and weekends to finish the construction of its headquarters in Battery Park City.


The test numbers add up in math for Downtown schools
By Laura Latzko
There were drops in some reading scores at Downtown schools this year but almost all did better than the average in Manhattan on fourth and eighth grade reading tests.

Charter school debate continues with new ones coming

M.C.S. returns with small classes, perfect scores

High school academy gives teens a second chance to graduate

Will city make the grade on Morton middle school?

Wall Street’s masters take high school under their wings


Judith Malina, woman alone (sort of)
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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