The new landscape 
In recent years, development — and typically community opposition to it — has been one of the leading stories. But, more recently, development had already been slowing down severely and then the financial crisis struck.

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Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess

Seaport on ice
The Seaport ice rink opened to the public Jan. 9 at last. Lincoln Palsgrove IV, the mall’s marketing manager, said Downtown’s rink jinx (our term) should be over since this one is about the size of Rockefeller Center’s ice and much larger than the previous unsuccessful rinks in Lower Manhattan. General Growth Properties has already inked a deal to bring the rink back at the end of the year and Palsgrove hopes to have an outdoor holiday market there too. A few thousand people have already skated, but Palsgrove thinks there have been even more spectators. “Maybe we can get some Wall Streeters out to skate for lunch,” he said. The rink will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. until late March.

W.T.C. ramp becomes history
By Josh Rogers
The last pieces of the World Trade Center ramp that Barack Obama, John McCain and grieving family members walked as they descended down to the Twin Towers’ footprints on Sept. 11 anniversaries, were removed Wednesday in order to continue constructing the memorial.

Meet Downtown’s 2 new principals
By Julie Shapiro
Lower Manhattan’s two new schools still look like construction sites, but this week the city picked the principals who will run them.

Port: Recession could change W.T.C. timeline
By Julie Shapiro and Josh Rogers
The Port Authority may try to delay the opening of some World Trade Center offices if the economy takes too long to bounce back, the agency’s leader said this week.

Council grills Deutsche contractors & officials
By Julie Shapiro
The Department of Buildings inspectors who failed to uncover unsafe conditions in the Deutsche Bank building prior to the fatal 2007 fire are still on the job.

Stuy students grieve over meningitis death
By Candida L. Figueroa
The death of 17-year-old arts enthusiast and active Stuyvesant High School senior Ava Hecht came as a shock to family and friends last Thursday. The autopsy revealed infections linked to bacterial meningitis.

Ground zero construction work to get more review
The Port Authority is taking a step toward transparency by making the inspections of its buildings public.

Talking about N.Y.C.’s fictional destructions
The repeated fictional destruction of New York in books, movies and other art forms will be the subject of a book talk next week at the Skyscraper Museum in Lower Manhattan.

maritime hall

Maritime Building’s hall would be open to the public
By Julie Shapiro
Borough President Scott Stringer got new concessions from the developers of the Battery Maritime Building last month in exchange for his approval of their plan.

Bridge, brides, bottlenecks raise Chatham Square scare


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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