EDITORIAL

7 years after 9/11, it’s time for change
This Sept. 11 marks the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. As we saw in the recent Democratic and Republican conventions, that day’s events still loom large in our country’s consciousness — though no more so than here in Lower Manhattan, where two of the four hijacked planes struck, and where the most death and destruction was wreaked.

Mixed Use

Under Cover

Police Blotter

The Listings

DOWNTOWN NOTEBOOK

Have rumors of Obama’s Judaism been greatly exaggerated?
By Ben Krull
Immigration records show that Sen. Barack Obama’s grandfather, Baruch Heshy Obramowitz, was an Ethiopian “Falasha” Jew, who changed his surname when he moved to Kenya. The revelation has set off rumors that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is a secret Jew.

Shot by police, bashed by Palin
By Nick Brooks
I never saw the policeman that shot me. Neither did I feel the hit directly. What I felt were the pieces of my camera that exploded in my face when the 40-millimeter, crowd-control round struck it.



How many children can we really fit in a school?

Extracurriculars can boost college admissions odds

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

YOUTH

Madrid and Sevilla begin Downtown season in midseason form


Pool photo by Patti Sapone/The Star-Ledger

Reflecting with Downtown on 9/11/08By Julie Shapiro

Tribute in Lights

Signing on to the memorial for this year’s 9/11 anniversary
Brian Cichetti was working on a Goldman Sachs construction project in Jersey City on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, with a clear view across the Hudson River to Lower Manhattan.

Officials release new looks at memorial pavilion
By Julie Shapiro
The builders of the World Trade Center gathered Tuesday in the one building that has been rebuilt since 9/11 to unveil new designs of the memorial pavilion.

Memorial group starts national education program at Millennium
By Sisi Wei
Seven years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, the juniors and seniors at Millennium High School were still in fourth or fifth grade.

City blasts CUNY for Fiterman demo delay threat
By Julie Shapiro
Word spread quickly that the City University of New York was planning to leave the damaged Fiterman Hall standing to pressure the city to pay to rebuild it — and at least two government leaders are not happy.

Money for Fulton St. facelift is not just a facade
By Sisi Wei
Since the water main project began on Fulton St. on June 23, 2007, business owners have seen added occasional overnight construction.

NEWS

Even with A’s, 2 principals scoff at report cards
By Julie Shapiro
I.S. 89 Principal Ellen Foote said when she found out that her school received an A this year from the Department of Education, she and her staff nearly rolled on the floor laughing.

Squadron beats
Connor while Silver holds seat

Mayor takes new stab at closing L.M.D.C.
By Julie Shapiro
Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to disband the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and transfer its functions to the city.

Seaport firm talks tower, school and greenmarket
By Julie Shapiro
General Growth Properties may combine a school with a community center in the redevelopment of Pier 17.

Pier 40 presentation
Sex discrimination suit at construction job settled
Three years after a job discrimination complaint was filed by a female laborer, Conti of New York, L.L.C. made a settlement on Mon., Sept. 8.

Port slows down W.T.C. work for residents
By Julie Shapiro
While the Port Authority looks for ways to speed up the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, one Port official said Monday that they are slowing some work to satisfy residents.

Fans pay ‘RENT’ loving respect after historic run
By Lincoln Anderson
As a sendoff to the legions of devoted fans of “RENT,” the hugely successful Broadway rock opera that closed on Sunday, Life Café hosted a joyous farewell bash last Friday evening.


ARTS DOWNTOWN

How’s he doing?
By LORI ORTIZ
Performance Space 122’s freewheeling spirit has only been fast-forwarded by its newish artistic director Vallejo Gantner.

Martha Wainwright finds new confidence
By ADRIENNE URBANSKI
As the daughter of musicians Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, Martha Wainwright spent her childhood in the shadow of the spotlight.

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.


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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