Silver for Assembly
We share many of the oft-mentioned criticisms of Albany’s “three men in a room” system of government, and certainly one of the men, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, bears his share of responsibility for that. But Silver has also represented Lower Manhattan’s and New York’s interests very well. We understand the temptation to say “Throw him out and see what happens,” but the problem is we think things would be worse without him.

Is it special if your son is placed with special ed kids?

Trust in God’s love and a knee to the groin

Ross charter regroups with new teachers and principal

Where the first step to violin play is standing still

Helping immigrants and older students

Corporate help for P.S. 124’s English learners

In Pictures

Playing past the graveyard

Lending a (huge) hand at YMCA

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

1, 2-3-4, let me in the school door
Anna Basil waited to enter the P.S. 234 yard Tuesday and start the second grade at the Tribeca school. In our Back to School section this week, we have parent essays on being grouped in classes with special ed students, and on the worries of letting children walk to school on their own. We also take a look at the Ross Global Academy charter school and the Suzuki method of teaching toddlers to play the violin.

From war protests — Vietnam, to the school overcrowding battle
By Julie Shapiro
Eric Greenleaf’s journey to the front lines of Lower Manhattan’s school overcrowding crisis began when he looked out his window.

Park group says many bikers go the wrong way
By Julie Shapiro
For every two cyclists who travel the right way through City Hall Park, roughly one cyclist goes the wrong way.

Residents file new suit on Park Row plans
By Julie Shapiro
Civic Center residents who hope to see Park Row reopened someday don’t want anything to stand in their way — especially not a new high-tech N.Y.P.D. command center.

Mass bike riders convene on convention anniversary
By Jefferson Siegel
Last Friday was a night of milestones for the monthly Critical Mass ride. It was the fourth anniversary of the 2004 Republican National Convention ride that saw 264 cyclists arrested.


Before ‘Soho,’ Spring St. had stickball & horses
By Lucas Mann
Maybe you’ve seen him. The Mayor of Spring St. Seventy-two years after he was born on this same block, Richie Gamba still does not seem in any hurry to leave.

First small business checks finally arrive
By Julie Shapiro
Small businesses suffering from the construction Downtown got some relief Wednesday.

French lesson for stranded B.P.C. bus kids: ‘Déjà vu’
By Sisi Wei
Sixth grade students at M.S. 104 were waiting to take the bus from Battery Park City on Sept. 2 when 40 minutes later, the bus still hadn’t arrived. The second day of school, it happened again.

Construction accident near ballfields raises B.P.C.’s concerns
By Julie Shapiro
News of a construction accident at Sites 23/24 in Battery Park City heightened residents’ fears about the site, which is adjacent to the B.P.C. ballfields.

Eco ideas include ferries, cool streets
Gabriel Zucker
East River ferries used as public transportation, a state-of-the-future eco-village at the Seward Park Urban Reneweal Area...

Placing cats and critters is his lifelong pet project
By Lesley Sussman
Three young cats restlessly paced the floor searching for who knows what.


Under the cover lovers

The fashion queens of Christopher St.
By Laurie Mittelmann
On Staten Island, 20 wigs crowd the public housing unit of transgender model and prostitute Shawn Rachel, 28.

Under the spiegeltents, all the Seaport’s a stage
By Lee Ann Westover
Through the early part of the 20th century, itinerant theaters crisscrossed Europe—not unlike the Broadway road shows of today. Velvet-draped, teak-trimmed “spiegeltents” brought vaudeville-style entertainment to the public in portable opulence.

Transatlantic chase for money and love
By Michael Rymer
Sana Krasikov’s stories may never have a following on Wall Street, but they should. One character in her debut short-story collection.

‘[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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