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DOWNTOWN EXPRESS 2-9-11

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BY HELAINA N HOVITZ
It’s 6:15 p.m. on Super Bowl Sundayand even the most notorious restau-rants in the city are empty — somehaven’t bothered to open. Everyone iswatching the Super Bowl with friendsand family, gathered at bars or relax-ing at home — but there’s still a lineoutside the NYC Rescue Mission at90 Lafayette Street. The hungry andhomeless men who have nowhere elseto go will realize once inside that they,too, will get to celebrate the big gameat the place they’ll call home for thenight.SOUPerBowl Week, a seven-dayevent that pairs soup kitchens withsome of the city’s best chefs, wasinitially a fundraising event launchedby Michael Colameco, host of WOR’sFood Talk and Colameco’s FoodShow on PBS. After volunteering atthe Mission in 2007, he began mak-ing public service announcements forSOUPerBowl week and directing dona-tions to the Mission.A year later, Mayor MichaelBloomberg caught on, and officiallydeclared the week before Sunday’sbig game SOUPerBowl week citywide.“The mission is always edifying, butnot always festive,” explained JoeLittle, the mission’s community rela-tions manager. “This week, chefs sentsoup, chowder, chili and gumbo, andhelped make the entire week celebra-tory and warm.”These chefs included Tribeca’sown David Bouley, Vikas Khanna,Fox Sportscaster Duke Castiglione, AlYeganeh, the man behind the Seinfeld“Soup Nazi” Ron Silver of Bubby’srestaurant. Wade Burch, winner of Food Network’s Chopped and HeadChef of Southwest NY in Battery ParkCity brought chili so hot and spicy thatthe guys were still sweating it off onMonday.
Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess
Local pols looking for rabbit luck
The Chinese Lunar New Year Festival was held last Sunday. According to the Chinese Zodiac, the rabbit is theluckiest of the symbols.
BY ALINE REYNOLDS
The lines in front of Lower Manhattan elemen-tary schools are once againforming, the same way theyhave been for the last twoyears. Kindergarten registra-tion for the 2011-12 schoolyear is already creating angstamong Downtown parentswho are itching to knowwhere their child will begoing to school next fall.Pre-registration, whichbegan on January 10, is agood forecaster for nextyear’s enrollment at theLower Manhattan elemen-tary schools, which havealready received moreapplications than they haveseats.P.S. 234 is once againproving to be an extremelypopular choice for LowerManhattan families. Theschool has received 163applicants for 125 seats onemonth into pre-registration,causing its administrators toresort to a lottery for thethird year in a row.Public schools citywideare mandated by the NewYork City Department of Education to arbitrarilyadmit students in thesesituations, since they aren’tallowed to admit them ona first-come, first-servebasis, according to D.O.E.Spokesperson Jack Zarin-Rosenfeld.“If a school has moreapplicants than more zonedspots for during pre-reg-istration period,” he said,“they have a responsibilityto determine which pre-reg-istered zoned students aregetting an offer, and whichpre-registered zoned stu-dents they waitlist on a ran-dom basis.”Magdalena Lenski, theschool’s parent coordinator,said the stress level amongparents this year is lowercompared to three yearsago, when administrators
Lines, lotteries signalsame old song for elementary schools
No flat screens, just smiles needed for this SOUPerBowl party
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 VOLUME 23, NUMBER 39 THE NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN
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"Sweet Ted, your cageis empty. You're now inhamster heaven. We thinkabout you every day. Youwere a kind soul and awonderful, smart pet whoalways made us smile.We love you."
 Aline, Suzie, David and Ben
 Squadron named“Champ” by UnitedNeighborhood Houses
Photo courtesy of NYS Senator Squadron’s office
Senator Squadron is standing with Chester Lee (left), president of the board ofdirectors of Chinese American Planning Council, and David Chen (center), executivedirector of C.P.C. C.P.C. was one of the recipients of the funds; other recipients includethe Educational Alliance, Grand Street Settlement in Chinatown, Hamilton-MadisonHouse, Henry Street Settlement, and University Settlement.
Last week NY State Senator DanielSquadron was recognized by UnitedNeighborhood Houses, a non-profit orga-nization that promotes and advocates forsettlement housing communities throughoutNew York City.As the inaugural recipient of the SettlementHouse Champion Award, Squadron washonored specifically for his role in securing$9 million in state funding for settlementhouse programs and for his overall dedica-tion to the issue since he arrived on thescene in Albany two years ago.The roots of his advocacy on behalf of these communities, 38 of which exist asmembers of U.N.H., can be traced to theirhigh concentration in the district Squadronrepresents — primarily Lower Manhattanand a small portion of Brooklyn.The settlement housing model focuses onvulnerable populations including young chil-dren, senior citizens, homeless individuals,or people suffering from mental illness. Eachsettlement house community has programsspecifically designed to nurture individualsfrom a young age through adulthood andinto old age by providing services geared totheir specific needs.“We thought Senator Squadron to bean extraordinary example of commitmenttenacity and generosity when it came tothese communities,” said UNH executivedirector Nancy Wackstein.“We didn’t even need to lobby for thismoney,” said Wackstein. “Senator Squadron’sefforts were assisted greatly by AssemblySpeaker Silver. Their districts overlap andthey both share the commitment to hecause.”Senator Squadron together with AssemblySpeaker Sheldon Silver spearheaded the ini-tiative over the past two years.
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BY ALINE REYNOLDS
On the morning of the second day of theChinese New Year, community activists andpoliticians weren’t celebrating at a restau-rant or a park. Instead, they were huddledoutside in the cold, announcing a new statelaw intended to streamline the intercity buspick-up and drop-off system in Chinatownand around the city.The bill, if passed, would implement acitywide permit system for private buses thatnow chaotically pick up and unload passen-gers onto city streets. The new requirementwould mean safer conditions for pedestriansand result in fewer fines for bus drivers,according to its proponents.“Right now, the streets of Chinatown arelike the Wild West,” said NY State SenatorDaniel Squadron at a press conference heldlast Friday at Canal and Allen Streets inChinatown.Buses today, Squadron noted, can stopanywhere, double-park, and aimlessly circlearound city blocks to avoid the cops; whilesidewalks overflow with anxious passengerswho often don’t know where they’re beingpicked up.“The fact is,” Squadron said, “we lovehaving low-cost buses. We love the fact thatwe have an industry that’s growing and that’scentered in the Chinatown community. But ithas to grow and thrive in a way that worksfor the community.”“[Permits] would allow the legitimatebus companies to have a process they candepend on and that riders can depend on,”said NYC Councilmember Margaret Chin,who also spoke at the press event.“Both from a customer point of view andthe provider point of view, you want a certainreliability,” echoed Wellington Chen, execu-tive director of the Chinatown Partnership.Bus drivers, he said, would prefer to have adependable way of dropping off passengersthan risk paying fines.At a Chinese New Year’s celebration inSara D. Roosevelt Park last Thursday, agentleman asked Chen if he knew where abus coming into the city would drop off hisrelative.“I didn’t know, and [the gentleman’s rela-tive] didn’t have a cell phone,” Chen said.The new regulations would also tightenthe reins on bus companies that break traf-fic laws, according to NY State AssemblySpeaker Sheldon Silver. Apart from issuingpermits to the companies and designatingspaces for pick-up and drop-offs, the law, he
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New Ferry Service
The East River will soon have 24-hour ferryservice, according to a recent NY1 report.The ferries, which are scheduled tobe operating by June, will be run by NY Waterway, a family-owned business that hasthe largest ferry and excursion fleet in NYHarbor, according to its website. The boatswill make stops at several waterfront pointsbetween Long Island City and Brooklyn,including Pier 11 on the Lower East Side.During peak hours, the ferries will arriveat each stop every 20 minutes. Fares, whichwould vary based on the length of a pas-senger’s trip, will range from three dollars tothree-dollars-and-fifty-cents.They will not replace the NY Water Taxiferries, which will continue to make a hand-ful of trips along the East River each day.
Canal Street Vendors
Illegal vendors along Canal Street arebecoming combative toward New YorkPolice Department officers trying to catchthem breaking the law.The sellers are more regularly contesting theirarrests, according to Captain Edward Winski,commanding officer of the first precinct.“They fight with us, and then they run,”he told Downtown community members ata recent First Precinct Community Councilmeeting. Winski said that the increasing aggres-siveness by the vendors is likely an outcomeof heightened crackdown by the NYPD andthe Manhattan District Attorney’s office thathas resulted in more arrests, confiscationsand jail time.The NYPD has put 1,605 unlawful ven-dors behind bars and took nearly $50,000,24,675 handbags, 8,748 DVDs and 6,619watches, according to Winski.The newly renovated Pussycat Lounge isreportedly reopening next year, accordingto the NY State Liquor Authority. RobertKremer, the owner of the nearly half-centu-ry-old topless lounge on Greenwich Street,informed the S.L.A. about his plans toreopen the bar soon, after repairs to thebuilding’s interior are finished.New York City shuttered the bar last October,saying the building at 96 Greenwich Street wasunsafe for occupancy. Contractors were hired tostart fixing the building in November.Community Board 1 approved the renewalof the lounge’s liquor license at the FinancialDistrict Committee meeting last Wednesday.Ro Sheffe, chair of the Financial DistrictCommittee, said the bar has been a goodneighbor overall, and has caused very fewdisturbances in the community.
Deutsche Bank trial set to begin next month
The trial of three John Galt constructionemployees accused of neglecting to restorewater supply to the former Deutsche Bankbuilding at 130 Liberty Street will beginnext month, according to reports. It is set forMarch 21 at the Manhattan Supreme Court.Abatement manager Mitchell Alvo, 58,Salvatore DePaola, a foreman, and JeffreyMelofchik, a site safety manager, are chargedwith manslaughter and criminally negligenthomicide, according to reports.Their failure to fix a faulty standpipepurportedly resulted in firefighters RobertBeddia and Joseph Graffagnino trying toextinguish a fire in August 2007. They both
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C.B. 1
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EETINGS
A schedule of this week’s upcomingCommunity Board 1 committee meet-ings is below. Unless otherwise noted, allcommittee meetings are held at the boardoffice, located at 49-51 Chambers St.,room 709 at 6 p.m.
ON WED., FEB. 9:
C.B. 1’s TribecaTransportation and Parking RegulationsSub-Committee will meet at 5 p.m.C.B. 1’s Tribeca Committee and theArts and Entertainment Committee willhold a combined meeting.
ON THURS., FEB. 10:
C.B. 1’sLandmarks Committee will meet.
ON MON., FEB. 14:
C.B. 1’s WTCRedevelopment Committee will meet inthe State Assembly Hearing Room at 250Broadway, 19th Floor.
ON TUES., FEB. 15:
C.B. 1’s Seaport/Civic Center Committee will meet.
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