A man of his times
From the late 1980s to mid-1990s, Antonio Pagan was a ubiquitous and influential presence in the East Village. First as a community activist, then as a Community Board 3 member, then for six years as the district’s city councilmember, Pagan was involved to one degree or another in every major issue and struggle.

Letters to the Editor

Under Cover

Police Blotter

Mixed Use

In Pictures

Downtown Express photos by Tequila Minsky

Painting the town…
Red lanterns were added to Chinatown’s Red, White & Blue Monday for the traditional end to the Lunar New Year season.



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Downtown Express photo by Scot Surbeck

February is supposed to go in and out like a lion but we’ve had some mild days this month, opening up springtime fun possibilities like pleasant skating in Wagner Park.

Friends & foes reflect on Pagan’s complex legacy
By Lincoln Anderson
On a bitter cold Thursday night four days after former City Councilmember Antonio Pagan died on Sun., Jan. 25, at age 50, his friends and family gathered to hold a memorial for him.

Young woman killed crossing West St.
By Julie Shapiro
A drunk driver slammed into a young couple crossing West St. early Saturday morning, killing Marilyn H. Feng, 26, and shattering her boyfriend’s leg.

Officials get their standpipe stories straight a week later
By Julie Shapiro
Clear answers were hard to find in the week after a worker at the Deutsche Bank building accidentally severed the building’s standpipe.

Groups wonder if it will be fun to be near the YMCA
By Julie Shapiro
Bob Townley is of three minds when he thinks about the new Battery Park City community center, which is slated to open at the end of 2010.

Chinatown groups sue, calling zoning ‘racist’
By Albert Amateau
The Chinatown groups and their Lower East Side supporters who denounced the East Village/Lower East Side rezoning approved in October as “racist,” went to court last week to annul the environmental impact statement for the 111-block land-use measure.

Fulton train project waits at the station for Congress
By Julie Shapiro
As the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives announced a $789 billion economic stimulus package Wednesday, Lower Manhattanites are hoping the Fulton Transit Center does not get lost in the shuffle.


Bricks made of glass will build these Tribeca homes

Council pokes holes in Chatham Sq. plan

City leaving homeless center out in the cold
By Julie Shapiro
After 20 years of serving the homeless in Lower Manhattan, the John Heuss House will close its doors for good at the end of June.

Residents say other streets are also unsafe
By Candida L. Figueroa
As drivers speed past the stop sign and pedestrians on the corner of West Thames St. and Battery Pl., there is a clash between who owns the right of way to the crosswalk.

Obama says he’ll ‘never forget’ those sick from 9/11
By Julie Shapiro
President Barack Obama last week renewed his pledge to help 9/11 first responders who are sick, a campaign promise his staff first made to Downtown Express in October.

BID for Hudson Sq.

Pier A losing a tenant

Blazers and Mavs battle to the buzzer


Live from New York, it’s Al Jolson!
By WiIl McKinley
In the early years of the 20th Century, New York City was the Vaudeville capital of America, with a pantheon of popular — and often peculiar — performers plying their trade live on stage.


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