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Vote on Tuesday
On Tuesday, Sept. 15, New Yorkers will go to the polls to cast their votes in the Democratic primary elections. We urge all our readers to exercise their democratic franchise.

Our Endorsments:

Margaret Chin for City Council in First District
No one thought Alan Gerson would be running again for re-election to the City Council this year. Not only was he facing term limits, but Gerson also said he would not violate the will of the people by using a Council vote to reverse two voter referenda.

Rosie Mendez for City Council in Second District
In the Second City Council District, covering the East Village, Union Square, Gramercy, part of the Lower East Side and extending up to the E. 30’s, Councilmember Rosaura “Rosie” Mendez is being opposed by Juan Pagan.

Christine Quinn for City Council in Third District
In one of this year’s more high-profile City Council races, the Democratic primary in the Third District sees Council Speaker Christine Quinn facing a challenge from two first-time candidates, Maria Passannante-Derr and Yetta Kurland.


Growing up with Downtown’s scars
By Helaina N. Hovitz
When the Red Cross came to the community room on Sept. 13th, my father and I handed out sandwiches to the seniors, and other residents doled out water, milk, and fruit. I remember him surveying the room and saying, “It’s a shame it takes a tragedy like this to bring people together.”

Mixed Use

Under Cover

Police Blotter


They’re open! Spruce & 276 begin with 1st day fears and smiles
By Julie Shapiro
As Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver watched the first kindergarteners arrive at the two new schools in Tweed Courthouse Wednesday morning, he thought up an analogy that made him smile.

On the school stump

Slowly healing after a shooting, glad to be alive
By Albert Amateau 
Calvin Gibson had an anniversary of sorts on July 24 — not a celebration exactly — but it marked an event that could have been his last.

A Dutch treat for Downtown

Midnight ferries coming as crowds swarm Governors Isle
Though it was a national holiday, Governors Island was hard at work this Labor Day weekend. For the three-day stretch from Friday to Sunday, a record-setting 25,000 people visited the island.

Displaced tenants hope to prevent building’s demolition
By Julie Shapiro
A month after the city emptied a Chinatown tenement because it was in danger of collapsing, the fate of the building and its 60 tenants is still in limbo.

9/11 ceremonies and remembrances all around Downtown
This year marks the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and with it come a familiar host of memorial ceremonies.

City meets on Fulton traffic problems
The city has no plans to change what the community calls a dangerous intersection at Fulton and Gold Sts.

Locked out of swank galleries, they go underground
By Jefferson Siegel
“This world is but a canvas to our imagination,” wrote Henry David Thoreau. 

Summer day

A young artist’s legacy endures


Council Race Coverage


Council Candidates: Where Do They Stand?
Margaret Chin, Alan Gerson and Pete Gleason, Arthur Gregory and P.J. Kim. Click here for accompanying Video and Audio coverage of our recent District 1 Democratic Primary Debate, held Monday August 17, 2009 at Pace University.

District 2 Council Candidates Profiles

Mendez seeks re-election to a changed City Council

Lifelong Loisaider, Pagan
is taking a run at Mendez

Also See: What's the matter with Downtown's candidates?

Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Hallelujah, it’s college application time
By Michele Herman
The trees are in their autumn beauty, the woodland paths are dry, wrote Yeats.

Business high school moves near Wall St.
The Urban Assembly School of Business for Young Women launched its fifth year this week by moving from the East Village down to the Financial District, putting the school’s 375 students in the midst of the neighborhood they study.

Four school zones are better than one
By Eric Greenleaf
This week, due to the hard work of many parents and elected officials such as Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, in cooperation with the New York City Dept. of Education.

Claremont adds a high school class with building on the way

Schools at the center of emergency plans
By Bonnie Rosenstock
Sat., Aug. 15, was the Day of the POD on the Lower East Side. Around 500 New Yorkers volunteered to enact an all-too-scary scenario.

All Downtown schools make the grade in latest report cards


First day jitters for kids & principals at the 2 new schools

Summer Go Project gets students going in the right direction before the start of each school year

School budget woes

P.S. 150 and NEST readers are tops in the city



“A Short Wake” not here for long
Second time a charm for 1st Irish 2009 theater fest.

New York, New York: Read all about it
Books about, or set in, your patch of Gotham

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch

Downtown fest offers art, song and…health care?
Health care’s the hot topic just about everywhere these days — and that holds true at this year’s Howl! Festival as well.

Galleries forge ahead, despite economic uncertainty
Some abandon physical space for cyber, traveling presence.



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Volume 22, Number 18 | September 11 -17, 2009

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