Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

Downtown school confusion
Downtown parents do have reason to breathe a temporary sigh of relief. It seems like the additional six kindergarten classes the city Dept. of Education plans to open this September in temporary incubator space at Tweed Courthouse will relieve most, if not all of the current overcrowding problems in Lower Manhattan schools.

Letters to the Editor

Downtown Notebook
Sex, politics & memories as V Day approaches
By Ben Krull
I met Karen on JDate, the Jewish dating site. Her picture showed a woman with long dark hair, blowing on a flute...oh, the Freudian implications!

Under Cover

Police Blotter

Mixed Use

Talking Point

Stick around L.M.D.C., we still need you
By Bob Townley
Recently, there’s been some nonsensical rambling in other papers questioning why the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation exists. “A barrel of pork” is how it is described, but I must differ.

In Pictures

A Dutch treat for Battery Park


Mavs hang tough against dominating Kings
The Downtown Basketball League game between the Mavericks and Kings last week started off with an official introduction of referee Frankie Alameda by Paget Williams, set to the Monday Night Football theme. 


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Downtown Express photo by J.B. Nicholas

Downtown parents got their first peek at the Tweed school incubator space opening in September. Many parents who had already applied for the school are only beginning to find out their applications for the incubator are not being considered and they must reapply.

Downtown school applications full of surprises for parents
By Julie Shapiro
Confusion and frustration are building among parents trying to figure out where their children will attend kindergarten next year.

Port moves toward permanent memorial opening in 2011
By Julie Shapiro
The Port Authority will get the 9/11 memorial open by the 10-year anniversary and keep it open to the public afterward, executive director Chris Ward said last week.

Ward says no to a watchman for the Port
By Julie Shapiro
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver wants an independent monitor to oversee the World Trade Center construction, but the Port Authority, which owns the site, wants to stay in charge.

Silver says L.E.S. business still hurting from 9/11
By Albert Amateau
State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver assured members of the Lower East Side Business Improvement District last week of his commitment to help small businesses of the Lower East Side, Chinatown and Little Italy weather the current recession.

Parenting scribes meet
Milda De Voe is out to convince people that professional writers can also take on the equally time-consuming role of parents.

Gates helps B.M.C.C. study effects of scholarship incentives
By Candida L. Figueroa
The Borough of Manhattan Community College has been awarded $1.4 million as part of the city-wide effort to increase performance and graduation rates among low-income students.

West. St. bike path to really close for 3 weeks


F.D.N.Y. disputes L.M.D.C. claims after Deutsche standpipe is cut

B.P.C.A. sees more green in YMCA bid
By Julie Shapiro
The two organizations dueling to run the new Battery Park City community center share a focus on children and sports but have starkly different financial plans.

Songs, Chinese-American style
By Stephen Nessen
They were all over Chinatown last week. From the fireworks ceremony that kicked off the Chinese Lunar New Year, to performances at City Hall, to the parade in Chinatown on Sunday.

In with the new senator

child glee

Ox celebration

Plan would let island buildings burn for 30 minutes
By Julie Shapiro
Fires on Governors Island could burn unchecked for half an hour or more before help arrives.

Suit filed on Sanitation garage
Neighborhood groups opposed to the city Department of Sanitation’s proposed three-district garage on Spring St. filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to block the $500 million project proposed for the UPS property between Washington and West Sts.

New exhibit’s old goal is to spur on Seward Park
By Heather Murray
A woman visiting the Visualizing Seward Park Urban Renewal Area exhibit’s opening reception Thursday night gingerly picked up a cube velcroed to the wall in front of her.

Board says we shouldn’t fight City Hall cafe
By Julie Shapiro
Community Board 1’s full board meeting exploded last week into a debate over when the board should advocate for tenants.


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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