Change for the park
After the second effort to redevelop Pier 40 sunk just a few months ago, previously heard grumblings about the Hudson River Park Trust’s board of directors grew louder.

Letters to the Editor

Downtown Notebook
Snapshots of Tribeca joy as Obama becomes president
By Wickham Boyle
We considered going to Washington D.C. for the big day; my African-American husband grew up in D.C. so we had places to stay and invites, but my husband wanted to be home. And home is Tribeca. He wanted to be home to hear every word and cry and cry when he needed and wanted to. And so we watched and held hands and then, overcome, I had to go out for a walk.


Under Cover

Police Blotter

Mixed Use

Transit Sam

Winter Garden waltz

Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess

Foley Square was packed with enthusiastic supporters Tuesday to watch live footage of Barack Obama being sworn in as president.

From pubs to clubs to Wall St.,Obama-mania sweeps Downtown
By Albert Amateau, Candida L. Figueroa, Josh Rogers and Lincoln Anderson
It was all Obama on Tuesday morning when gatherings celebrating the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States flourished in Downtown Manhattan.

Despite alarms, budget axe hits Engine 4 and island firehouse
By Julie Shapiro
A last-minute push by activists and the City Council last week did not dissuade the city from closing the Governors Island firehouse and cutting the hours of Engine 4 on South St.

What’s happening under Fulton St.? Slow but steady progress
By Julie Shapiro
People walking on Fulton St. see only the tall construction barriers and narrowed sidewalks, but behind those barriers is something else altogether — progress.

Students learn cold realities of construction work
By Julie Shapiro
When it’s cold and windy in Lower Manhattan, it’s even colder and windier on the just-poured concrete floors of the rapidly rising Forest City Ratner tower on Beekman St.

Wait for soundproof windows looks to be over at 1 spot
By Julie Shapiro
When Pat Moore heard that her apartment across from the World Trade Center site was finally getting soundproof windows, she put one hand over her heart and pretended to swoon.

Downtown basketball season opens with tight contests
Josh Leitner’s Blazers defeated Frank Karam’s Lakers in an exciting game on Thursday to launch the 2009 season for the fourth and fifth grade boys division in Manhattan Youth’s basketball league.

Powder deemed harmless after Wall Street Journal is evacuated
Thirteen envelopes containing a mysterious white substance were delivered to the Wall Street Journal’s World Financial Center office Wednesday, leading to an abrupt evacuation of the mailroom and a police investigation.


Stringer: No plans to challenge Gillibrand

Principals begin sprucing up new school plans
By Julie Shapiro
Parents who have spent the past year fighting against school overcrowding paused briefly for a bit of good news last week, then plunged directly back into the battle.

Deutsche worker breaks his leg
By Julie Shapiro
A worker at the Deutsche Bank building suffered a broken leg last Thurs., Jan. 15 when an excavator hit him.

Tribeca won’t have big cross to bear with new church
By Julie Shapiro
It looked like an ordinary landmarks application at Community Board 1 — a one-story penthouse addition, plus facade improvements — until the architect mentioned the 6-foot-tall cross.

‘Miracle’ plane came Downtown
Battery Park City residents got a close look at the city’s top news story when the airplane that landed in the Hudson River last Thursday near Midtown floated downstream and ended up tied to Rockefeller Park.

Saatchi & Saatchi want megagarage smaller & lower
By Albert Amateau
Hudson Square community leaders last week enlisted a heavyweight ally in their fight to convince the Bloomberg administration to accept an alternative to the three-district Department of Sanitation garage proposed for the UPS site on Spring St.

More preschools added to the fair

Remembrance of things past
By Matt Harvey
In the late1920s Carl Jung had a dream about Liverpool, then the second busiest port of the world’s most powerful empire. The psychoanalyst associated the dream’s content—a flowering tree in the middle of the city square—with man’s unconscious relationship to an ancient cosmology.

Cheat, tell and be merry
By Elena Mancini
“Stay Over” is a romantic comedy centering around a dull couple’s metamorphosis into a two-thirds of a bizarre love triangle. Mark has a roving eye, and Michelle knows it. In a naïve fit of calculated seduction, she decides to give him a free pass to sow his cheating oats. Her reasoning is that once Mark has satisfied his marauding needs, they’ll finally be able to settle down.

The Listings

Judith Malina directs a living classic
By Jerry Tallmer
It was in 1959 or maybe ’58 – “Don’t ask me the number, I’m no good at numbers,” says Judith Malina – that a young man stood at the door of her and husband Julian Beck’s West End Avenue apartment with a sheaf of paper he thrust at Julian.


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