Hospital’s great catch 
After 15 years at the helm of Village Care of New York, Arthur Webb is moving on to become chief operating officer of St. Vincent’s Hospital. When Webb arrived at V.C.N.Y. — which operates the Village Nursing Home on Hudson St. and the Rivington House AIDS residence on the Lower East Side, among others — it was an $18 million operation; by this year’s end, it will be a $145 million organization.

Letters to the Editor

Downtown Notebook
Listening to Obama and the racists in my W.W. II tent
It was a tent, on Guam, just large enough for four cots and a tinny radio that day and night conveyed from 10,000 miles away the searching voice of a skinny phenomenon named Sinatra who was packing the Paramount back in New York with screaming, fainting bobby-soxers.


Under Cover

Police Blotter

Mixed Use


Jose Torres, 72, boxing champ and local leader, dies


Antonio Pagan, former city councilmember, 50

‘The father of bicycles,’ Emey Hoffmann, 63


Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess

Dragon dancers were out for the beginning of Chinatown’s Lunar New Year celebrations Monday as a warm-up to the big parade Sunday. Firecrackers also helped ring in the Year of the Ox. The traditional Lunar New Year greeting, gung hay fat choy or best wishes for a prosperous new year, is no doubt the desire on nearby Wall St., although brokers may also be hoping the animal thing is not taken too literally since an ox, after all, is a castrated bull.

Chinatown bullish on oxen

400 years later, city goes Dutch on Hudson festival
Four hundred years after Henry Hudson sailed a Dutch ship up the river that now bears his name and discovered what would become New York City, the New York and Dutch governments are planning a massive celebration of the city’s history and waterfront.

Channeling icon’s spirit while trying to pay the rent
By Monica Uszerowicz
To worry is to use the imagination wastefully: This was the philosophy of Gene Frankel, one of Off-Broadway’s icons and its muse.

Liberation of Lady Liberty gets a boost
President Obama’s Interior secretary visited the Statue of Liberty on the administration’s fourth day and did something New Yorkers and tourists have been blocked from doing since 9/11: Climb up to Lady Liberty’s crown.

M.T.A. fixing a new design problem Downtown
Opponents of the new raised subway grates on W. Broadway have started calling them “dams,” because they cause water that once flowed off the sidewalk to sit in puddles that freeze into ice.

Gov makes grab for B.P.C. money
By Julie Shapiro
Gov. David Paterson is playing tug of war with the city over money generated by the Battery Park City Authority.

2 preschoolers killed by van on the sidewalk
By Julie Shapiro
For the family members of the two children killed on East Broadway last week, the tragedy is far from over.

Drunk construction worker jumps off tower into net
By Julie Shapiro
A construction worker showed up drunk last Thursday to the W Hotel tower rising at 123 Washington St. and made his way up the building, according to a city Buildings Dept. complaint.

Bad taste of Garlic Run lingers, but Board 2 gives its approval

Governors Isle officials hopeful for money to reopen
If Governors Island doesn’t get more money soon, the parkland just a 7-minute ferry ride from Lower Manhattan may not reopen this summer.


Webb could be a shot in arm for St. Vincent’s rebuild plan


Five acts of love
As far as Itamar Moses is concerned, his self-reflective dramas are bold acts of theatrical honesty.

Reflections of a 1960s radical
From the abandoned squats and rundown tenements, a longhaired band of lost young souls roamed the streets of the Lower East Side.

‘The Class’ graduates
Is there any cinematic sub-genre more abject than the tales of inspirational teachers who save their students’ lives?

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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