THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | Volume 17 • Issue 35 | Jan. 27 — Feb. 4, 2005

Feb. 2, 2005
BREAKING NEWS
Silver says school deal has been reached
By Josh Rogers
Mayor Bloomberg and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver reached a deal Wednesday night to build a new K-8 school on Lower Manhattan’s East Side, Silver told Downtown Express. (article)


Inside
From The Editor
Reading the school tea leaves
Few things make us happier than the fact that Lower Manhattan’s population continues to grow. It’s concrete proof that Downtown is a desirable place to live. More people need more schools, community centers and parks. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Councilmember Alan Gerson and Madelyn Wils, chairperson of Community Board 1, understand that. And yes, so does Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

Reasonable development near the waterfront

Under Cover

The Penny Post
By Andrei Codrescu
A few years ago Air Cubana was the world’s last smoking airline. Before boarding, a Texas evangelist smuggling Bibles to Havana...

Downtown Notebook
Pondering the universe large and small as the year begins
By Wickham Boyle
As we plunge into a new annual rotation around the sun, we earthlings continue to ponder our place in this rapidly spinning world rampant with the unexpected: both good and bad. Last year and the start of 2005 brought huge climatic drama to earthlings

Police Blottter

Letters to the Editor

Downtown in Pictures

Snow and even lots of icicles in Teardrop
Saturday’s blizzard brought snow frolickers to Battery Park City’s Teardrop Park Sunday.

News Briefs

Farmers Market plan for Orchard St.

Remembering tsunami victims

Youth

The Cougars work on their games
By Zachary Roy
The 2005 season is underway for the I.S. 89 Cougars’ boys and girls basketball teams, which are part of the after school program run by the nonprofit organization, Manhattan Youth.

More than just kicks learning karate
By Michael White
While many children and young adults alike were reaching for the remote control or video game controller, on Friday, Jan. 21, at least a hundred participants, shattered the chronic “living room malaise” – as well as an impressive share of one-inch boards – during the Manhattan Youth Karate School’s semi-annual belt promotion awards ceremony.

Youth Activities


New York's
Exciting downtown scene
Bars/Clubs
Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert
A rider makes his way out of a 2 train at the Fulton St./Broadway-Nassau St. station. The train was more crowded because of the disruptions to the A and C service.

A slower "A" Downtown
By DIVYA WATAL
Many of the thousands of people who commute everyday to or through Lower Manhattan are irate about disrupted subway services, maddeningly long waiting times at stations, and the perceived inefficiency and negligence of the Metropolitan Transit Authority after Sunday’s fire near the Chambers St. A and C line subway station. (go to article)


Silver-mayor school talks near end
By Josh Rogers
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said he expects Mike Bloomberg to tell him soon whether City Hall will back a new K-8 school in Lower Manhattan and he denied reports that the mayor has linked the school to the quest to build a stadium on Manhattan’s West Side.

Dubbeldam turns her architectural eye to North Tribeca
By Hemmy So
The Landmarks Committee of Community Board 1 wants an architecture firm to modify its plans for a new building on Vestry St., the committee resolved on Jan. 18.

Tribeca project may close dog run
It may be a construction-eat-dog world in Tribeca.

Two boards mull idea to alter bus traffic near Holland Tunnel
By Nancy Reardon
Two Lower Manhattan community boards have teamed up to tackle traffic headaches caused by bus traffic heading to the Holland Tunnel, but some community members say that the buses are only a small part of the problem.

Arts groups look to Seward Park site
By Ronda Kaysen
A quartet of nonprofit arts organizations has plans to transform a portion of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area into an arts center celebrating New York City’s immigrant and ethnic history, despite the city’s recent move to abandon its renewal plans for the area.


A nest where Eagle fans flock to drink
By Sarah Dodd Schmalbach
It was a literal blizzard of Eagles fans at Wogie’s, a West Village bar and grill, this past Sunday during the fourth consecutive (and first successful) N.F.C. Championship game for the Philadelphia football team. Wogie’s, a nearly 1-year-old restaurant, served a flurry of Philly favorites, cheesesteaks and Yuengling lager, during the three-hour-plus game.

Prices and Beijing style draw dumpling house crowds
By Amanda Kludt
Even in the midst of this last weekend’s blizzard, customers crowded up in front of the small counter at Dumpling House on Eldridge St. and patiently waited for one of the cheapest and most filling meals in town. With most customers paying less than $5 for a full-sized meal, it is no wonder why they eagerly pack into the small space every day at lunchtime.

More than Token appreciation
Wall Street Rising is teaming up with Tokens, a Downtown gift store that carries work from local artists and national brands, to host a shopping party, Friday, February 11th, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at their Downtown store at 75 Maiden Lane (between William and Gold Sts.). During the event, shoppers will receive a 10% discount on all purchases.

I.S. 89 considers asking for a bite of Taste of Tribeca
By Hemmy So
P.T.A. members at I.S. 89, a school in dire need of more funds, approached Taste of Tribeca organizers this week for inclusion in their fundraiser, which currently benefits P.S. 150 and 234.


Downtown
Homes and Lofts

A look into B.P.C. living
By Alison Gregor
Battery Park City has found itself reluctantly thrust into the limelight in recent years. Though largely abandoned immediately after the 2001 terrorist attacks, it ended up playing a critical and highly public role in the city’s recovery. More recently, it became the unwitting backdrop to the tawdry romantic history of former New York Police Department Commissioner Bernard Kerik.

Iowa senator threatens tax break used in Tribeca
BY Hemmy So
Among the thousands of obscure tax code provisions, one has recently come to the attention of many New York City and Washington D.C. residents thanks to aggressive marketing strategies by certain non-profits groups: tax breaks for facade easements. These tax breaks often create windfalls for property owners of historical buildings, a situation recently examined by the Washington Post and lambasted by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

Condos get smaller and pricier
According to a survey done in New York City by Yale Robbins Inc., condominium prices have been steadily going up while their square footage has been plummeting down.

In The Arts
Play looks at first of the high school rampages
By Jerry Tallmer
They asked me what I thought that day. What TV shows did I watch? Did I read about Vietnam? Did I listen to rock music? They wanted to know what I saw when I pulled the trigger. I told them: Roses. They opened up like roses . . .

Monthly folk evokes intimacy and another era
By Aileen Torres
A sense of intimacy is what Alan Light, the curator of “Live From Home,” originally had in mind for the monthly acoustic music series at Housing Works.

The window on the ring
By Jerry Tallmer
This is an artist’s studio with a difference. It is also a boxing ring.
“There were two fights,” said the artist. “The first one in Miami, the second one up in Maine. The first one had red ropes. The second one had blue ropes. It just happened that way.”


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