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How to use a crisis
 A recent comment by President Obama’s administration chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, on the global economic meltdown has been getting a lot of play in the media: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

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Let us sell wine near the grapes
By Christina Minardi
Crisp apples from the Finger Lakes, finely aged cheeses from the Hudson Valley and briny oysters from the Long Island Sound.  With all the natural abundance from our great state, New York is a breadbasket in and of itself.


Horton Foote: No robots or caricatures, just humanity
Some people get up in the morning and go to Wall Street. Or to their job in a department store. Or a supermarket. Or a newspaper office. Or to fly an airplane.


Cougars battle hard, but come up short in championship

Pine leads Rockets to win



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Downtown Express photo by Jennifer Weisbord

Esther’s hard knock life
Children from Tribeca Hebrew, the Jewish Community Project and Synagogue for the Arts joined in a performance of “Little Orphan Esther” Sunday at P.S. 234 to celebrate the beginning of Purim, the festive Jewish holiday marking Queen Esther’s rescue of her fellow Jews.

B.P.C. parents demand 6th grade opens next year in new school
By Julie Shapiro
The city plans to open the new K-8 school in Battery Park City with only kindergarten and first grade classes in 2010, the Dept. of Education reaffirmed this week.

Correction: The case of the missing minivan

Squadron asks for legislation suggestions
State Senator Daniel Squadron is inviting the 25th Senate District to join him in an unusual political forum. The discussion will give constituents a rare opportunity to divide into small groups and tackle the state’s most pressing issues in depth.

Work stopped after W.T.C. crane dangles over street
By Josh Rogers
World Trade Center contractors allowed a heavy crane boom to hover over bustling Church St. last Thursday without getting approval to do so.

Galt still haunting Deutsche demo with old violations
By Julie Shapiro
Before the long-delayed demolition of the Deutsche Bank building can resume, the construction contractors have to remedy 17 of 24 outstanding violations and pay the city at least $22,800 in penalty fees.

Club Remix gets liquor license
By Julie Shapiro
Club Remix on Park Pl. is attracting a growing chorus of complaints from its neighbors, but the club still succeeded in renewing its liquor license this week.

Landmarks Commission gives hospital clean bill of health
By Albert Amateau
The Landmarks Preservation Com-mission on Tuesday voted 8 to 3 to approve plans for a new St. Vincent’s Medical Center, reduced in height from 299 feet to 278 feet, to be built on the site of the hospital’s O’Toole Building on the west side of Seventh Ave. at 12th St.

New permit challenge rule is challenged by many
By Albert Amateau
Representatives of elected officials and neighborhood groups had plenty to say last Friday — almost all of it negative — at the Department of Buildings hearing on proposed new rules for public review and challenges to applications for building permits.



Will Heuss closure make Downtown worse or better?
By Julie Shapiro
The city denied a last-ditch effort by Trinity Church this week to save John Heuss House, the homeless drop-in center that is slated to close in June.

Meat to survive a bear market
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke
Jeffrey Ruhalter said there’s one, and only one, reason why he recently started offering classes on butchering.

I.P.N. tenants say Stuy Town victory is a win-win
By Julie Shapiro
When a state court ruled last week that Stuyvesant Town’s owner should not have deregulated thousands of apartments, the mega-complex’s tenants weren’t the only ones who celebrated.

Construction will close Beekman firehouse temporarily
By Julie Shapiro
Another Lower Manhattan fire company will close its doors this fall, but this time the reason isn’t budget cuts — it’s construction.

Sand beach to the Seaport
By Julie Shapiro
Lower Manhattan residents who don’t want to go to Governors Island to go to the beach this summer will now have an option even closer to home: South Street Seaport.

Environmental extravaganza’s new M.O.: ‘Take me to the river’
For the last 15 years, Earth Cele-brations has been known for its Rites of Spring and Rites of Winter colorful costumed parades through the East Village and Lower East Side community gardens.

Council backs Battery Maritime project
By Julie Shapiro
The City Council gave the proposed Battery Maritime Building redevelopment a boost Wednesday when they voted overwhelmingly in favor of the land-use actions that will make it possible.


Milquetoast guys & one-dimensional dolls
By Scott Harrah
Despite infectious songs, this version fails to catch on

The newly stolen soul
By David Todd
A behind-the-book interview with New York author Mary Gaitskill

Atrocious fusion

Lies, sweetly disguised
Pushcart Prize-winning author Paul Maliszewski has written a fascinating social history of faking that spans from the truth excesses of Swiftian satire to the recent fake-memoir bombshells in the publishing world.

Warming up for the Frigid Festival
For the third winter, Downtown theaters offer a roster of fresh drama.


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