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New York City Newspapers Under Attack
Perhaps the community groups will be proud of their efforts when there are fewer community newspapers creating a sense of community within New York's neighborhoods. A well-organized and mis-guided campaign may ultimately eliminate the only vehicles that provide neighborhood news, coverage of the arts, government news, community calendars, while promoting commerce through advertising, and pushing payroll dollars into the community.

Moving forward with the W.T.C. memorial plans
Sept. 11 was a day that shook us all down to our lowest depths, but no geographic community felt the pain more deeply than Lower Manhattan. Thirteen jurors convened by the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. are now deliberating over eight possible designs to honor the lives of about 3,000 innocent people – we believe we’ll never be sure of the exact number – lost on 9/11 and in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. As the jurors ask for adjustments from the design teams, we look at the possibilities from a community point of view and offer our advice..

Cyril interviews me
By Andrei Codrescu
Questions by Cyril
Q: You, like Anne Rice, live in New Orleans. Do you suffer from vampire infestation? For the online global community, please tell us about the city you call home, and what made you settle there.

Letters to the editor

Police Blotter

Penny Post

Downtown Local

Bird countdown, Lights and Action, CB 1 Meetings


Lighting up
the Winter Garden
The Winter Garden kicked off its holiday season last Tuesday with its lighting ceremony and concert. Below, John Zuccotti, left, chairperson of Brookfield Financial Properties, owners of the Winter Garden, young Max Simeone, and Broadway star Jim Dale turned on the lights together. The Winter Garden will play host to free concerts throughout the season. For a schedule, call 212-945-0505 or go to

Florence Scinto, 72, owner
of Back Fence, dies

Freed Becomes a Judge

Thompson leaves L.M.C.C.

17 John is safe

WTC health forum

Garden Celebration

Cermaic Sale


The golden age of toys – the ’50s and ’60s
By Jane Flanagan
I’m depressed. Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday, is over, and I know what’s coming….
Turkey Day is a favorite for a few reasons. First of all – it’s just that one day. No long, stressful buildup. And since my husband and I (and now our son) began going down to a bed and breakfast in Cape May, New Jersey, it’s very appealing. Dinner is served community style, I don’t do any work and there are no relatives.

Downtown kicker juggles school & ball (552 times)
By Judith Stiles
Nathan Miller has been affectionately described by his teammates at the Downtown United Soccer Club as the “Master Juggler.” What comes to mind is a guy from the circus struggling to toss several rubber balls, bowling pins or sticks of fire from hand to hand. However, Miller is an expert at juggling one soccer ball off his feet (sometimes knees and head) without the ball landing on the ground. To be specific, his all-time record is 552 times! If you think it is easy, just put the newspaper down right now and try it just three times for starters. Did you say easy?


Mom and Pop Shop hangs on
By Aileen Torres
While Tribeca has undoubtedly become trendy, with its share of upscale stores, there are still a few shops offering some bargains. One of them is Ruby’s Book Sale.

Volume 16, Number 28 | Dec. 9 - 15, 2003

M.T.A.’s South Ferry numbers appear hyped
By Josh Rogers
Gov. George Pataki was answering a reporter’s question about the merits of the $400 million South Ferry subway station renovation last week and he wanted to know how much time it would save commuters, so he turned to his top appointee to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board, Peter Kalikow, who said the commute would be cut by about half.

E.P.A. releases lead tests
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Lead was the most common contaminant found among the 263 Lower Manhattan apartments the Environmental Protection Agency tested for a range of possible 9/11-related toxins, according to results released on Monday.

De Niro and partners buy Tribeca’s Screening Room
By Josh Rogers
Maybe all closings should end quickly too.
When the owners of The Screening Room closed their doors a month ago, they put up a sign on the marquee saying “all farewells should be sudden,” but now almost as quickly, actor Robert De Niro, perhaps Tribeca’s favorite son, and his Tribeca Film Festival partners, Jane Rosenthal and her husband Craig Hatkoff, have bought the movie theater and hope to open next month.
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Some Lower Manhattan residents continue to feel shortchanged by the city’s World Trade Center Health Registry, even though anyone who lived south of Canal St. on Sept. 11, 2001 is eligible to enroll.

Artists fight to return sculptures to Soho park
By Lincoln Anderson
Although the Parks Department probably wishes the issue would just go away, Soho art activists and Community Board 2 are not giving up their effort to return Bob Bolles’ scrap-metal sculptures to a small triangle park by the Holland Tunnel.

Students present ideas for Holland Tunnel rotary
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The Holland Tunnel Rotary is that rare urban space open enough to serve as a blank canvas. Landscape architecture students from City College designed park plans for the space in and around the rotary and presented their ideas to community members on Tuesday at Gilda’s Club on Houston St.

An office where students learn from 9 to 5
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The John V. Lindsay Wildcat Charter School keeps a low profile. It’s not widely known that 250 young people attend public high school inside an office building at 17 Battery Pl. “A high school at 17 Battery?” asked Nancy Sanfilippo, who works in the building for Imperial Commodities Corp. “I had no clue.”.

City proposes mini-cafes in Soho, near Canal St.
By Jessica Mintz
The Department of City Planning is making the rounds to Manhattan community boards with a plan that amends zoning laws to allow some restaurants to set up small sidewalk cafes. Downtown, City Planning deemed spots in Soho, the Lower East Side, Union Sq. and Chelsea ideal for the tiny outdoor additions. Negative response from outspoken residents from areas covered by Community Board 2 may have altered the department’s initial vision for such cafes on W. Broadway, but other areas like sections of Orchard and Delancey Sts. and near Canal St. still remain on the table.

Luxury housing coming to Lower East Side
Citi Habitats, Inc., has been named exclusive on-site leasing and marketing agent for The Coda, a new, seven-story, luxury residential building at 114 Ridge St. between Rivington and Stanton Sts.

Bouley settles 9/11 suit
Hot Tribeca chef David Bouley cut a deal with his insurance company last month to resolve a rancorous dispute involving 9/11 funds.

Workshop for non-profits
There will be a free how-to workshop for nonprofit groups considering adding a for-profit component to their organizations. The workshop is being offered by Seedco’s Nonprofit Venture Network, which supports community-based organizations with technical and business know-how needed to launch or expand socially conscious for-profit ventures.

Local teenagers host Mexican photographers
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
There is a picture of a young Mexican girl with long, black braided hair draping dozens of colorfully woven bracelets over her arm for display and gazing toward the ground. Another photo reveals dogs in bright sweaters frolicking at the Tomkins Square dog run, their bundled owners watching them from the nearby benches.

Koch on film
“In America” ( + )
This is a truly beautiful movie with a shimmering script — poignant, sad, joyous and most of all full of love. I believe it is based on the experiences of its director and scriptwriter, Jim Sheridan.

“The Triplets
of Belleville” ( - )
I haven’t seen a cartoon in a theater since the industry stopped showing them as an added attraction before a feature film and began presenting them as the featured attraction. Because of the improved technology in the industry, especially by the Japanese, and the rave reviews that this film received in all the papers, I decided to see it.

Comedians becoming ever more political
By Timothy Lavin
When Stephen Goldstein performed his satiric cabaret recently at the Museum of the American Piano, at 291 Broadway in Tribeca, he delivered something rare in the world of modern comedy acts: an incisive, topical, musically adroit routine that remained, for a performance titled “Screw You,” mercifully free of profanity. He also delivered something else, rather less mercifully: an overt political agenda.

Jazz series at St. Mark’s in the Bowery
By Lionelle Hamanaka
The nave at St. Mark’s Church echoed with the music of Stanton Davis and his group Delta 6, reverberating against the colorful stained glass windows on Sunday, November 23 to the delight of an enthusiastic crowd.

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