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Landmarks Review of the the Cordoba Initiative’s Plans
We hope this will be our final editorial on this issue, for numerous reasons. First and foremost Soho Properties and the Cordoba Initiative’s plans to build a community center with a prayer space at the site of the old Burlington Coat Factory is an as-of-right project.

Letters to the Editor

Under Cover

Police Blotter

Over a decade later, still room for more representation
In July, 1998, the Downtown Express ran an article titled “When Will An Asian Candidate Be Elected?”

Carmine’s, World Cup Safari and plenty of posh pooches
BY Janel Bladow
The month began with plenty of fireworks in the hood: bed bugs at Abercrombie & Fitch… and the sad passing of a Seaport institution: Carmine’s, at Beekman and Front Sts. The seedy looking restaurant is the only “old” eatery in S3 not to have undergone a renovation as the hood changed from the Fulton Fish Market to the destination it is today.

Transit Sam



After Drake riot, GGP says problem solved, blames social media
BY Ellen Keohane
Free concerts will continue at the South Street Seaport pier—but with some necessary changes in light of the riot that erupted when organizers pulled the plug on a scheduled show by Canadian rapper Drake on June 15.

Governors Island taken over by meat-lovers
BY David McCabe
An estimated 5,000 hungry carnivores took the ferry from Manhattan to Governors Island last Sunday for Meatopia, an event that promised to showcase some of the city’s best chefs cooking all manner of animal products, from rib-eye to pork shoulder.

Hot town, summer in the city; Dealing with the heat

Roof work eyed as cause of a pair of building blazes
By Lesley Sussman
Nearly a week after a fast-moving, four-alarm fire engulfed the roof of a brick, five-story building at 240 E. Houston St., slightly injuring eight firefighters, Fire Department officials said the investigation was still continuing and that the blaze was “not of suspicious origin.” No tenants were injured in the fire.

Art vendors litigate as new regs are set to start

Arab-American fest a hit with patrons and businesses
BY Michael Mandelkern
The 8th annual Arab-American Cultural Street Festival defied the odds of a rainy day last Saturday and attracted a large and diverse crowd in Lower Manhattan.


Landmarks hearing on Cordoba House site takes angry turn
BY Aline Reynolds
Hunter College’s Assembly Hall played host on Tuesday to yet another media circus concerning the planned community center and prayer space slated to built at 45 Park Place, home of the old Burlington coat Factory.

New law could penalize careless drivers
BY Aline Reynolds
In January 2009, four-year-old Hayley Ng and three-year-old Diego Martinez were walking hand-in-hand along East Broadway when a 9,400-pound delivery van backed into them. The driver had leapt out of the car, accidentally leaving the vehicle running and in reverse.

Construction of Ground Zero is Moving Along as Planned
BY Aline Reynolds
In undertaking the daunting task of redeveloping Ground Zero, real estate man Larry Silverstein had a vision: to transform the site into a state-of-the-art office complex. He sought to create a center that’s accessible, secure and eco-friendly all at once.

Tuli Kupferberg, 86, iconic poet and singer of the Fugs

Advocates hope to alter NYCHA plan before it’s too late
BY Aline Reynolds
Fifty-year-old Rosa White, a tenant of Smith Houses, lost her father and baby brother on the same day. She is now facing eviction, after living for 40 years in NYCHA housing, because they say White’s mother never added Rosa to the lease of the apartment. She also died recently.

C.B. 1 committee hears plans for two temporary outdoor projects
BY Aline Reynolds
Plans are in the works for a new outdoor café on Pearl Street and a new plaza at Whitehall Street. The two projects were presented to the Community Board 1 Financial District Committee at its July 6 meeting and both were met with approval.

C.B. 1, Municipal Art Society of New York host event on land use reform
At 9 a.m. on July 21 the Municipal Art Society of New York and Manhattan Community Board 1 will co-sponsor “Land Use and Local Voices: Is the City’s Land Use Process in Need of Reform?” – a panel discussion on New York City’s land use process and reform proposals.

C.B. 2 hears proposal from Chinatown Working Group
BY Michael Mandelkern
Eager tourists from across the world flock to the famously cheap shops on Canal Street...

DLL 9-10 tournament team getting hot when it counts

Drop the Xbox controllers and venture out:A Summer Guide for Teens


Another Downtown theater bites the dust
Vital Soho institution booted to make way for needless boutique.



As July sizzles, Con Ed power propels their show
Parking Lot plays are Drilling Company’s gift to a hot town.

Ever battling good taste
John Waters talks about his heroes and what it takes to offend him.

Koch on Film


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Volume 23, Number 10
The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan
July 16 -22, 2010


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