Accepting some firehouse cuts
Many New Yorkers feel an emotional pull to their neighborhood firehouses and with good reason. Quite simply, our Bravest protect us. It is understandable why any cuts to the F.D.N.Y. trigger resistance.

Letters to the Editor



Seaport History

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

Longtime Seaport resident Gary Fagin will be conducting the free debut performance of his Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra next weekend at Downtown’s Winter Garden.

Downtowner preserving the Seaport’s history and music’s classics
By Julie Shapiro
When the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra takes the stage for the first time Jan. 17, the two halves of Gary Fagin’s life will finally come together.

Milstein safety plan is less than Goldman, some say
By Julie Shapiro
Milstein Properties unveiled a long-awaited safety plan Tuesday night for the residential towers that will soon rise at Sites 23 and 24 in Battery Park City.

Authority approves new rent plan for 3 B.P.C. condos
By Julie Shapiro
The Battery Park City Authority approved a proposal Tuesday that will help some of the neighborhood’s residents but hurt the city’s affordable housing fund.

cyclistsCyclists read roll of fallen on a rolling memorial
By Jefferson Siegel
Cyclists gathered to remember their own at the Fourth Annual Bike Memorial Ride & Walk on Sunday.

Trump hotelTrump Soho hotel’s foes lose another round, but continue fight
By Albert Amateau
A State Supreme Court justice has dismissed the lawsuit by the Soho Alliance challenging the city for approving the Trump Soho condominium-hotel at Varick and Spring Sts.

Displaced tenants get little help due to landlord violations
By Julie Shapiro
The loud banging on the door came at 10 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving.

Parking tickets way down Downtown
By J.B. Nicholas
New York City’s deficit is the largest in years, yet city traffic agents issued far fewer parking tickets last year than they did in 2007. In all, millions of dollars in revenue may have been lost.

Squadron: We’ll get better in the Senate
Daniel Squadron, New York’s youngest State Senator, said during his campaign that Democratic control would bring new transparent government to Albany, but the last few weeks have seen numerous embarrassing reports about Democratic senators and backroom deals.

Deutsche contractor indicted for grand larceny
By Julie Shapiro
To the list of charges levied against John Galt Corp. workers since the fatal fire at the Deutsche Bank building, the district attorney added a new one this week: grand larceny.

chinaChinese emergency officials meet with B.P.C. group
A delegation of emergency management coordinators from China met their Battery Park City counterparts Tuesday night.

Brides, take a number for upscale City Hall weddings


The greatest story never told
A year ago, three days after Christmas, my mother died at the age of 72. Since then, like the reporter in “Citizen Kane,” I’ve been trying to piece together the story of her life through pictures, home movies, letters, yellowing scrapbooks and hazy recollections of friends and family.

Labors of truth, vying for Oscar contention
Anonymity is the biggest challenge facing documentaries—films that typically lack the big advertising budgets needed to draw mass audiences away from the multiplex.

A bowl of rock candy
The newly christened Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex in Soho has the potential to establish itself as a lively alternative to the usual circuit of New York City tourist destinations.

Fantastic Mr. Brecht
On February 27, 1933, the Reichstag building in Berlin that housed the German Parliament was ravaged by fire.


In focus behind the camera
“Annie Leibovitz at Work,” a newly published retrospective of the iconic photographer’s 40-year career, is equal parts text and images. She got her start in 1970, when one of her photos of Vietnam anti-war rallies in San Francisco and Berkeley was used for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, which subsequently offered her a job.

White picket malaise
“Prostitution is the perfect example of the double standard. It’s illegal to sell your body if you’re poor but when you’re rich—when you’re rich it’s perfectly acceptable. We just call it being a wife,”

Eden in the flesh
It was the morning after the opening, and the raves were in, but already Martha Clarke was on the cell phone


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