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The city is working on a new building plan for North Tribeca, including this block at Canal and West Sts., which
also has a closed a gas station. The City Planning Dept. is giving Community Board 1 leeway to decide if the new
buildings on the block could be made bulkier and go as high as 120 feet in exchange for getting about 50 lower-rent
apartments, or if more slender buildings of 110 feet should be built to protect the neighborhood’s light.
BY JOSH ROGERS
It’s often darkest before
the downpour, unless of
course it’s right before the
Most signs this week
pointed to the World Trade
Center storms getting worse.
W.T.C. developer Larry
Silverstein moved Monday
toward a complex arbitra-
tion proceeding, which
could be the ﬁnal nail in the
mediation talks spearheaded
by Mayor Mike Bloomberg
and Assembly Speaker
Sheldon Silver. The mayor
and Silver both blamed the
Port Authority for not budg-
ing in the negotiations over
when to build Tower 2 and
how to pay for it. And in the
surest sign that talks were
going nowhere, Silverstein
and the Port loosened their
resistance to making their
cases directly to the public.
Perhaps the only indi-
cation that a compromise
settlement was not impos-
sible was Bloomberg’s state-
ment to reporters Tuesday in
which surprisingly, he said
the New Jersey faction of
the Port was being “very
helpful” in trying to bridge
Bloomberg said he has spo-
ken with New Jersey Gov. Jon
Corzine on the W.T.C. dispute
several times and the governor
“has been pushing [Port chair-
person] Anthony Coscia, a
very competent person who’s
… Corzine’s representative.
And Coscia’s as smart and as
competent a person as you
can ﬁnd and Corzine assured
BY JULIE SHAPIRO
The city’s new descrip-
tion of how 9/11 affected
children downplays the seri-
ous health risks those chil-
dren could face, one doctor
Dr. David Carpenter
initially worked with the
city to draft the document,
which is designed to help
pediatricians treat children
who were exposed to toxins
released with the destruction
of the World Trade Center.
But Carpenter said the city
rejected many of his sug-
gestions, and before the city
released the health guide-
lines last week, Carpenter
removed his name from the
list of authors.
“The guidelines were
continually watered down,”
Mayor says Jersey
might solve World
Trade Center stalemate
Health guide for 9/11
kids is released, with
one doctor critical
BY JULIE SHAPIRO
The city’s plan for northern Tribeca
is starting to look a lot like the com-
After years of disagreeing with
Community Board 1 over how to shape
northern Tribeca’s future, the Dept. of
City Planning has agreed to nearly all
of the community’s suggestions. And
the most controversial decision — over
how to balance affordable housing
with added bulk and height — the city
is leaving up to C.B. 1.
“City Planning couldn’t have been
more amenable,” said Julie Menin,
chairperson of C.B. 1. “They really
showed a tremendous willingness to
work with the community.”
Menin and several community lead-
ers met with Planning Commissioner
Amanda Burden last week to discuss
the future of a neighborhood that has
changed steadily from warehouses and
factories to condos and restaurants.
The area’s zoning, though, still reﬂects
the district’s manufacturing past, with
uses like slaughterhouses and soap fac-
tories allowed while residential units
require a special permit. For years, resi-
dents have pushed the city to rezone
north Tribeca to make the rules match
Although the city agreed with the
residents that the neighborhood need-
Hey Tribeca, how big
do you want it to be?
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July 10 - 16, 2009 2
NEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-15, 18-19
Transit Sam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Mixed Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
EDITORIAL PAGES . . . . . . . . . . 16-17
YOUTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-21
ARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-27
Listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25-27
CLASSIFIEDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-27
The upcoming week’s schedule of Community
Board 1 committee meetings is below. Unless other-
wise noted, all committee meetings are held at the
board ofﬁce, located at 49-51 Chambers St., room
709 at 6 p.m.
ON THURS., JULY 9: The Landmarks Committee
ON MONDAY, JULY 13: The WTC Redevelopment
Committee will meet at 6 PM at 250 Broadway in the
Assembly Hearing Room, on the 19th ﬂoor.
ON TUES., JULY 14: The Seaport/Civic Center
Committee will meet.
ON TUES., JULY 15: The Planning and Community
Infrastructure Committee will meet.
ON TUES., JULY 16: The Quality of Life
Committee will meet.
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The old Harmony Theater burlesque club in Tribeca could
be staging a comeback.
Madeline Droege, who ran the Harmony and still owns
its 279 Church St. building, posted an online ad soliciting
renters for the ground ﬂoor and basement space.
“‘Anything goes’ uses include bar/night spot/party space/
restaurant/live theater/store,” she wrote in the ad. She is ask-
ing $10,000 a month for the 3,750 square feet.
Separately, Droege, a k a Madeline D’Anthony, also has
a Web site advertising the space as the Fig Leaf Theater and
Pink Fig juice and raw food snack bar. The site offers the
theater space for rent for themed parties and events, and
promises, “Coming soon.”
Droege did not return calls for comment, but one source
said she had approached at least one burlesque group about
performing in the space. Another source said costumed
people turned up at the building on a recent night looking
for an S&M party, and a sign posted on the front door told
them to go to a different location.
The city closed down the original Harmony Theater in
1998, but burlesque dancing crept back in. From 2006 to
2008, during nonproﬁt Collective:Unconscious’s lease of
the space, a group called Pinchbottom held monthly shows,
said a Pinch performer and producer who goes by the name
A burst sewer pipe forced Collective:Unconscious to leave
in the middle of last summer, and the space appears to have
been empty since then. Local residents, who long objected
to the stripping, likely prefer it that way, but they recently
got wind of Droege’s plans, and they are not happy. Several
people from the area turned up at a Community Board 1
meeting last week to urge the board to reject a liquor license
for the space, should Droege choose to seek one.
Millennium High School is very close to getting its long-
desired gym, but the location isn’t ﬁnal yet.
The School Construction Authority toured two potential
spaces last month: 25 Broadway, the Cunard Building, and
a double-height space on Wall St., said Angela Benﬁeld,
Millennium’s parent coordinator.
Meanwhile, we’re hearing from two other sources that the
city is actually focusing on 26 Broadway, the former Sports
Museum of America space, for Millennium’s gym. The Dept.
of Education is already leasing space in that building for
school seats and could be looking to expand its holding, the
Wherever the gym winds up, City Councilmember Alan
Gerson thinks its delivery is imminent.
The D.O.E. appears to have very speciﬁc plans in mind,
because they asked Gerson to increase his planned $250,000
allocation for Millennium’s gym to $350,000 in June, Gerson
“We allocated money at the last minute based on
[D.O.E.’s] representation that they would be able to proceed
with the gym immediately,” Gerson said.
Marge Feinberg, D.O.E. spokesperson, said only, “We are
exploring possibilities for a Downtown gym site and cannot
comment further at this time.”
If city ofﬁcials are indeed looking at 25 Broadway for a
gym site, they could face competition from Claremont Prep,
a private K-8 that is reportedly looking to lease 200,000
square feet there.
From the owners of SouthWest, the Merchants cafe
and Pound & Pence will soon come a new, more casual
dining option: an as-yet-unnamed barbecue stand on the
plaza just outside the World Financial Center Winter
Merchants Hospitality will open the stand as soon as the
Battery Park City Authority signs off and will add beer and
wine whenever the State Liquor Authority approves, said
Richard Cohn, a vice president with Merchants.
Tables and chairs recently arrived on the plaza, not far
from P. J. Clarke’s, courtesy of Brookﬁeld Properties, which
owns the Financial Center. The stand will be open seasonally
from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Cohn said. Some of cooking will be
done at the nearby SouthWest, with the grilling completed al
fresco at the stand.
“I think it’s a great idea,” said Jeff Galloway, co-chairper-
son of Community Board 1’s B.P.C. Committee, upon hearing
a presentation this week. The committee approved the beer
and wine license in an advisory vote.
Paul Newell didn’t manage to beat Assembly Speaker
Sheldon Silver in last fall’s Democratic primary, but his
effort is now chronicled in a documentary ﬁlm.
“Excuse Me, Mr. Speaker…,” by ﬁlmmaker Justin
Sullivan, debuted last month at the Vision Festival in
Tribeca. The 71-minute documentary follows Newell’s candi-
dacy through its ups and downs, and even travels with him to
the Democratic National Convention in Denver. In an e-mail
announcing a recent screening, Newell promises plenty of
humor along with the politics.
BLOCK PARTY SQUEEZED
The Goldman Sachs construction is putting a bit of a
damper on the annual Battery Park City block party, slated
for Sun., Sept. 13. The party usually closes off Vesey St.
between West St. and N. End Ave., but this year half of that
area is already blocked off for the Goldman construction.
Anthony Notaro, one of the organizers of the party, said
they’ll make do with just half the block.
“We’ll just have to adapt,” he said.
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Reports of island ﬁrehouse savior were greatly exaggerated
BY JULIE SHAPIRO
City Councilmember Alan Gerson thought he had secured
a coup for Lower Manhattan: During the city’s budget nego-
tiations, the Fire Dept. promised to restore services at ﬁre-
houses across the city.
Pleased, Gerson announced last week that two Downtown
ﬁrehouses, Engine 4 on South St. and the station on
Governors Island, would both reopen full-time.
But as it turned out, Gerson did not secure as much as
he thought. While Engine 4 and other ﬁrehouses around the
city received a reprieve, the Governors Island ﬁrehouse will
remain closed, F.D.N.Y. said this week.
“I’m furious,” Gerson told Downtown Express Wednesday.
“The Fire Dept. is playing games with words and lives.”
In January, the city closed the Governors Island ﬁrehouse
and cut the nighttime hours of four other companies, includ-
ing Engine 4. This spring, the mayor proposed further cuts
that would have closed Engine 4 and others entirely.
During the negotiations for the 2010 budget, Gerson said
the Fire Dept. agreed to provide “full coverage” at all the
houses that were previously cut. Gerson thought “full cover-
age” on Governors Island meant reopening the ﬁrehouse
full-time, but the Fire Dept. says that is not necessary.
Governors Island has no residents, but thousands of
people visit on summer weekends and an artist residency
program and a high school will soon bring even more people
to the island year-round.
Until six months ago, three ﬁreﬁghters were posted on the
island all the time. Since January, ﬁreﬁghters only staff the
ﬁrehouse when more than 100 people are on the island. The
rest of the time, ﬁrst responders are a boat ride away, and the
city estimates that it could take them half an hour to arrive.
“There should be no part of the city that is without emer-
gency coverage,” Gerson said. “We’re going to continue to
Steve Ritea, F.D.N.Y. spokesperson, said the island ﬁre-
house was used very infrequently, with only 12 calls in three
years and no major ﬁres.
The Governors Island ﬁrehouse closure will save almost
$600,000 this year, Ritea said.
Elizabeth Case, a research associate with the Governors
Island Alliance, was surprised to hear of the city’s decision.
“That’s incredible if they were to restore everything else
and leave Governors Island out in the cold,” Case said. “It’s
Case is particularly concerned about not having ﬁreﬁght-
ers on the island during construction and demolition opera-
tions in the off-season.
Peg Breen, president of the New York Landmarks
Conservancy, said it’s shortsighted of the city to put the
island’s many wooden, historic buildings at risk of ﬁre.
“Without those buildings, you’ve lost a lot of the draw of
the island,” Breen said.
The absence of ﬁreﬁghters also poses a risk to the security
guards posted on the island at night, who would not have
fast access to emergency medical care, Gerson said.
The Governors Island Preservation and Education Corp.,
which runs the island, deferred questions to the city.
Pat Moore, chairperson of Community Board 1’s Quality of
Life Committee, was glad to hear that the city was restoring
service at Engine 4. She and others had worried that response
times would increase after the city closed Engine 4 at night.
Ladder 15, which shares the house, remained open full-time,
and now Engine 4 is returning to full-time operation as well.
Moore also said she understood the city’s decision to only
have ﬁreﬁghters on Governors Island when many people are
“We’ve all got to give up something in this econo-
my,” Moore said. “We love the beautiful architecture [on
Governors Island] and we would love to keep it, but what’s
more important is people’s lives.”
The city restored all of the proposed ﬁrehouse cuts except to the one on Governors Island, which closed in
‘That’s incredible if they were to
restore everything else and leave
Governors Island out in the cold.’
City Councilmember Alan Gerson has
been missing in the action recently, and
for good reason: He’s been battling a case
of swine ﬂu.
Gerson fell ill two-and-a-half weeks
ago, shortly after the city budget nego-
tiations concluded. He went to the doctor
when his fever spiked, and a test for swine
ﬂu came back positive.
After a lengthy recuperation, Gerson
returned to his ofﬁce full-time on Tuesday.
“I’m ﬁne,” he told Downtown Express
Wednesday. “I’m still tired, but I’m ﬁne.”
As of July 1, a total of 1,262 New
Yorkers had been diagnosed with swine
ﬂu, but the city Health Dept. estimates
that many more people likely fell ill but
were not tested. Also as of July 1, 38
people had died of swine ﬂu in the city.
Gerson’s illness forced him to miss
or reschedule many Downtown events,
including a Council hearing on the World
Trade Center, which was postponed, and
one of his reelection fundraisers.
— Julie Shapiro
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The security guard at J. Crew, 99 Prince
St. near Mercer St. apprehended a woman
who was stufﬁng merchandize from the
shelves into a shopping bag around 5 p.m.
Sun., June 28, police said. Joan Lee, 49,
was apprehended and charged with third
degree burglary, fourth degree grand larceny
and possession of stolen property. She had
tucked clothes and shoes valued at nearly
$2,000 into her bag, according to the charg-
es. She was being held in lieu of bail pending
a Sept. 30 court appearance.
East River body
Police responded to a 1:32 p.m. call on
Thurs., July 2 about a body ﬂoating in the
East River off the FDR Dr. at Grand St. An
unidentiﬁed black woman between the ages
of 20 and 30 was pulled from the water and
declared dead at the scene. The Medical
Examiner’s ofﬁce is investigating the cause
Stock fraud arrests
Six defendants surrendered to the F.B.I.
in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday in con-
nection with a stock fraud and conspiracy
indictment charging that from 1998 through
2006 they defrauded investors of up to $140
million through two security companies with
ofﬁces on Wall St.
The leading defendant, Ross H. Mandell,
52, along with Stephen Shea, 37; Robert
Grabowski, 41; Adam Harrington, 39 (also
known as Adam Rukdeschel); Arn Wilson,
52, and Michael Passaro, 46, pleaded not
guilty at their July 8 arraignment.
The indictment charges the defendants
with inducing investors to buy shares in The
Thornton Company, with ofﬁces at 99 Wall
St. and Sky Capital Holdings, with ofﬁces at
110 Wall St., and their afﬁliates by misrepre-
senting the companies and omitting negative
information about them.
Investor funds were actually used to pay
off investors who had lost money through
earlier purported investments, to pay exces-
sive undisclosed commissions to the defen-
dants and other brokers and to pay expenses
including a private jet for Mandell, according
to the indictment secured by Lev. L. Dassin,
Acting U.S. Attorney in Manhattan.
The scheme involved manipulating the
market for Sky Capital stock to maintain
share price and make it appear there was
a demand for the shares when in fact there
was none, according to the indictment.
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A tractor-trailer caught ﬁre on the
Manhattan Bridge Wednesday morning,
resulting in a temporary closure of the
bridge’s upper level, but there were no inju-
The vehicle ﬁre, which occurred in a
Brooklyn-bound lane, was reported as under
control by 12: 25 p.m. July 8, according to the
New York City Fire Department’s press ofﬁce.
The ﬁre was reported just after 11 a.m.
that morning, when a marine unit respond-
ed to the emergency and extinguished the
Through trafﬁc resumed at 1:38 p.m.,
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July 10 - 16, 2009 5
ed to be rezoned, there were many disagree-
ments about what the new rules should be.
Neither side was giving in, and it looked the
rezoning would not move forward anytime
But when Burden met with a few resi-
dents last week, the tone was different.
“City Planning has been great in terms
of leaving it up to us to decide,” said
Peter Braus, chairperson of C.B. 1’s Tribeca
Burden agreed with the community’s
request to limit store sizes to 5,000 square
feet on narrow streets and 10,000 square
feet on wide streets, which will prevent
large clubs from taking up residence in the
neighborhood. She also agreed to lower
height limits on both sides of Greenwich
St., rather than allowing taller buildings on
the east side of the street.
City Planning will also look into limit-
ing the amount of space banks take up on
the ground ﬂoor of buildings, as the com-
munity requested, said Edith Hsu-Chen,
director of City Planning’s Manhattan
City Planning did not agree to restrict
cell phone stores and ban telecom hotels,
but several community members sounded
pleased that the city agreed to so much
Now, the sole issue left for the com-
munity to decide is how much of northern
Tribeca should be earmarked for inclusion-
ary housing. Both sides agree on an inclu-
sionary housing zone around the Holland
Tunnel entrance, which would allow devel-
opers to build bulkier buildings as long as
they add affordable housing.
But there is less consensus about wheth-
er that inclusionary housing zone should
extend up into northwest Tribeca, particu-
larly to the block bounded by Canal, West,
Watts and Washington Sts. City Planning
wanted that block to be included because
it has several developable sites, including a
closed gas station and a large parking lot,
providing the opportunity for nearly 50
affordable units, Hsu-Chen said. The rest
of the inclusionary housing zone has few
potential sites for new units.
But many residents are concerned about
adding bulk to the Canal and West block.
“It will look like a roller coaster skyline
on the waterfront,” said Marc Ameruso,
a member of C.B. 1’s Tribeca Committee.
“We need to strike a balance and make
sure the neighborhood is contextual.”
On Wednesday night, the Tribeca
Committee voted unanimously to leave the
Canal and West block out of the inclusion-
ary housing zone. About 20 residents came
to the meeting, and no one spoke strongly
in favor of extending the inclusionary
housing area up to that block, said Michael
Levine, director of land use and planning
for C.B. 1.
The full board will meet later this
month to take a ﬁnal vote, and Hsu-Chen
said earlier this week that City Planning
would follow the community board’s deci-
“It’s a dicey issue,” Braus said of the
inclusionary zoning question, one that
requires the community board to weigh the
beneﬁt of affordable housing against the
detriment of bulky buildings. The neigh-
borhood already got unwelcome bulk in
the form of the Jack Parker buildings just
to the south and is unlikely to want more
out-of-context development, Braus said.
In the inclusionary housing zone, devel-
opers would be allowed to have a 7.2
ﬂoor-to-area ratio if they built 20 percent
affordable units. Without the bonus, they
would be limited to a 5.4 F.A.R, and either
way the height limit would be 120 feet
with a setback at 85 feet.
The Tribeca Committee decided not to
give developers the option to go that large
and bulky. Under the committee’s propos-
al, the Canal and West block would have
an F.A.R. of 5.5, a height limit of 110 feet
and a setback at 65 feet, with no incentive
for building affordable housing.
Before the meeting, Richard Barrett, a
founder of the Canal West Coalition neigh-
borhood group, was concerned about the
shadows the larger inclusionary housing
buildings would create, removing light and
air from the neighborhood. Most of the
buildings on the block are much smaller
than what would be allowed under inclu-
sionary housing, he said.
Carol DeSaram, former chairperson of
the Tribeca Committee who remains on
the community board, is against giving
developers a bonus at the expense of the
neighborhood’s character. She and others
are also unhappy that developers do not
have to build the affordable units on site,
but rather can build them anywhere in the
community board or within half a mile.
She said Tribeca would beneﬁt by getting
more affordable housing.
“Why should the community suffer for
that and get no value out of it?” DeSaram
Hsu-Chen said developers would likely
build the affordable units on site because
the new rules for 421-a tax abatements
require on-site affordability, and most
developers would want to take advantage
of the tax break too.
Braus, though, said that when the econ-
omy eventually turns around, developers
may choose to build without looking for
tax breaks, and then there’d be nothing
to stop them from putting the affordable
The affordable units are geared toward
families making less than 80 percent of the
area median income.
C.B. 1 will make a ﬁnal decision on the
inclusionary housing zone at a meeting July
28. The full board generally follows the
committee’s opinion, especially on issues
with this much detail and history.
Rick Landman, who once chaired the
board’s Tribeca, Planning and Landmarks
committees but is no longer a board mem-
ber, thinks the board should look at the
broader need for affordable housing, rath-
er than take what he called a NIMBY view
of the bulk. Landman said in an e-mail that
the full board ought to take a close look at
the issue, and not just follow the Tribeca
Barry Skolnick, one of the board’s
strongest affordable housing advocates and
a Battery Park City resident, had not seen
the speciﬁcs of the Tribeca North plan, but
he said the city should not force no-win
choices like this on the community.
“I do like affordable housing, but I’m
not in favor of destroying neighborhoods,”
he said. “I don’t think there needs to be
a choice of that type if the planning were
After the board signs off on the rezon-
ing, the city will then begin environmental
review, which will take six months, fol-
lowed by land-use review, which will take
seven months, Hsu-Chen said.
The reviews cost the city money, and
Menin said it was important to get that
process started as quickly as possible,
while the money is in the city’s budget.
“I just want to see this moving,” she
City agrees to support community suggestions in Tribeca
Continued from page 1
The yellow highlights the North Tribeca area the city is considering rezoning. The red block could get as many as 50 affordable
apartments but Community Board 1 would have to agree to bulkier buildings of 120 feet to accomplish that.
July 10 - 16, 2009 6
W.T.C. stalemate moves to new phase
me that he was pressuring Coscia to ﬁnd a
solution to the problem and from what I under-
stand from [Dep. Mayor Robert] Lieber, in fact
Coscia has been very helpful.”
The Port and city have been at odds many
times over the years, and the New Jersey half of
the board has naturally been less accommodat-
ing to the city’s interests than the New York
half. (The most notable instance of the city and
Port working well together was in 2006 when
Bloomberg took the authority’s side during a
similar dispute with Silverstein.) In this dis-
pute, New York Gov. David Paterson appears
to be staying close to the ofﬁcial Port position
and to its executive director Chris Ward, whom
The two governors, who each appoint half
of the Port’s board, have not commented on
the W.T.C. since Silverstein’s arbitration action
Monday and their spokespersons did not com-
ment for this article.
Speaker Silver told Downtown Express
he has also spoken with Corzine about the
dispute, although he was not as optimistic as
“He said he would be cooperative to the
extent that he could,” Silver said of Corzine.
Ward has pointed to important transporta-
tion projects in Midtown that would be sac-
riﬁced if the Port helped guarantee the loans
Silverstein needs to build Tower 2.
Silver said certainly Corzine is not going to
abandon New Jersey desires such as the pro-
posed new commuter tunnel to Penn Station,
but building the W.T.C. towers goes hand in
hand with helping New Jersey residents com-
“We’re doing a big PATH station,” Silver
said of the Santiago Calatrava-designed train
station being built at the W.T.C. “You’ve got
to have a reason to bring people in from New
Silver said the biggest danger to going to
arbitration is that it will lead to more delays. He
said Silverstein has been patient with the Port
and the developer’s move to ﬁle formal notice
to go to arbitration was caused by the author-
He and the mayor also said that the W.T.C.
is not like any other project.
“No one disputes that the Port Authority
is engaged in many projects important to our
region, but pitting those projects against the
development of the World Trade Center site
creates a false choice,” Bloomberg said in a
prepared statement. “The reality is the Port
Authority owns and controls and is ﬁnancially
tied to 16 acres in Lower Manhattan, the devel-
opment of which this city and the entire nation
demand move forward. The Port can certainly
proceed with other projects without abandon-
ing its obligations Downtown.”
The Port’s Ward countered in his statement
that Silverstein is “walking away from the
negotiating table” and that arbitration “will
not resolve when there will be a market for
two private ofﬁce towers on the site, and how
this speculative private ofﬁce space should be
ﬁnanced. A resolution to these issues can only
be accomplished through good faith negotia-
tions, not a legal ﬁght.”
The Port, by all accounts, has agreed to help
Silverstein complete Tower 4 under construc-
tion near the corner of Church and Liberty Sts.,
but is against putting more money into Tower 2
at the northeast corner of the site.
Instead of towers, the Port has suggested
interim low-rise retail buildings until the market
can support ofﬁce buildings. The Bloomberg
administration and others have been skeptical
about whether it’s feasible to bring desirable
retail into spaces destined to be underneath
tower construction projects.
Ward said the Port has come up with other
ways to “give Mr. Silverstein the ability to build
a rational amount of ofﬁce space while protect-
ing scarce public resources for the public proj-
ects on the site,” in reference to the memorial
and the pricey train station, whose costs have
reportedly risen to over $4 billion.
Silverstein is accusing the Port of numer-
ous violations to the W.T.C. schedules set in
their 2006 Master Development Agreement
and says these delays preparing the tower sites
forced him to wait until the credit squeeze hit
before he could try and get loans. He points to
a Lower Manhattan Development Corp. report
a few months after the agreement was signed
that concluded that almost all of the W.T.C.
timetables were hopelessly unrealistic. The Port
did not come up with a new timetable until
last fall — a year and a half after the L.M.D.C.
The new schedule is also unrealistic according
to Silverstein who says the Port will have to delay
many key infrastructure components including
the Greenwich St. sidewalks that are supposed
to form entrances to the ofﬁce towers.
The Port maintains it will be able to meet
the new schedule, and disputes that any of the
delays have led to Silverstein’s money troubles.
“Where was the economic climate on Dec.
31, 2008,” one Port ofﬁcial asked, referring
to the date it was supposed to turn over the
Tower 2 site.
Silverstein, in a letter to the governors, the
mayor and Silver, said he has offered a “signiﬁ-
cant amount of cash equity” in the project and
would “give the Port Authority a substantial
share of the equity in the buildings, so when
there is a proﬁt in the future, the agency will
get a lot of the upside.”
He criticized the Port for being willing
to wait 30 years to rebuild the site fully. He
said even under the agency’s “unprecedented
doomsday scenario” of a 14-year time period
to lease the buildings, the Port would be risking
$300- $400 million under his offer, but under
any realistic estimates there would be no risk.
Even if Silverstein Properties defaulted on the
loans, the ﬁrm feels the Port would still make
out well because it would take possession of
valuable assets in the form of modern green
Monday started a 10-day period where
the two sides are required to meet twice
before deciding whether either wants to go
to arbitration. Silverstein proposed letting the
mediating parties — the governors, mayor
and the speaker — join in the pre-arbitration
talks because there is little chance of progress
Steve Sigmund, a Port spokesperson, said he
didn’t understand the reason for involving the
mediators in the arbitration talks because they
will be about a different subject. The mediation
is about how and when to ﬁnance the towers,
and arbitration will be about whether the Port
has violated the 2006 development agreement.
“This dispute notice is unrelated to the
ofﬁce towers,” Sigmund said in a telephone
interview. The Port remains ready to go back
to the mediation table, he added.
Sigmund said the Port continues to build
the memorial, the train station and Tower 1,
and that delays are not a problem.
“The entity that is making progress on the
site every day … is the Port Authority,” he
He said he would make the same statement
about Silverstein Properties’ work on Tower 4.
“They’re doing well on Tower 4,” Sigmund
said. “We hope it continues. They could start
building Tower 3 and 2 tomorrow if they had
Sigmund said although the Port has not
ﬁnished preparing the Tower 2 and 3 sites,
Silverstein could begin initial work. The ﬁrm
disputes the point, and says it is not even
allowed to be on the sites.
At the end of last year, the Port claimed
it had ﬁnished preparing the Tower 2 and 4
sites, but an arbitrator ruled that was not true
since the agency left a 200-foot wall on the
Tower 4 site. In January, Ward acknowledged
in an interview with Downtown Express that
ofﬁcials may have been “overly aggressive” in
asserting that Silverstein could work around
That dispute was straightforward and was
resolved quickly. This one is likely to take
longer since it involves a myriad of issues that
cover three years of action and inaction on
many of the different W.T.C. projects.
The dispute has left many Downtowners
wondering what will happen next. Community
Board 1 has not taken a position on the issue,
although a few board members like Barry
Skolnick remain skeptical of giving additional
money to a private developer.
“I don’t believe in spending public money
on speculative private interests,” he said.
With repor ting
by Julie Shapiro
Downtown Express photo by Josh Rogers
Recent work at the World Trade Center site.
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said Carpenter, the director of the University
at Albany’s Institute for Health and the
Environment. “They were minimizing and
trivializing things we felt were extremely
In particular, Carpenter wanted to high-
light the cognitive problems children could
face after breathing in the cocktail of chemi-
cals suspended in the air after 9/11. Those
substances, including lead and P.C.B.s, have
well-documented effects on children’s devel-
opment, Carpenter said.
But while the report lists the potential
health effects of those chemicals in a table, a
footnote downplays the evidence, saying the
impact of exposure for children is unknown.
Other sections of the report, which talk
about prenatal risks and the reasons children
are particularly vulnerable to toxins, use
qualiﬁers like “may.”
Carpenter agrees with the city that far
too few studies have been done on children
exposed to toxins on 9/11, which is part of
why it took the city until now to complete
the guidelines. But since doctors know which
chemicals were in the air, and the cognitive
effect those chemicals have had in other con-
texts, it isn’t much of a leap to extrapolate
that those effects could be present in Lower
Manhattan children, Carpenter said.
Instead, the city’s guidelines devote most
attention to respiratory illnesses, a well-
documented effect of exposure. Behavioral
effects, like difﬁculty concentrating and poor
school performance, are listed in the mental
“The city Health Dept. wanted to down-
play what are very real concerns and issues
around environmental exposures and pass
off any effect as being psychological, as
opposed to physical,” Carpenter said. “You
can pass anything off as psychological. It’s
just an easy out.”
Lorna Thorpe, deputy commissioner of
epidemiology at the Health Dept., said the
city’s goal is to raise awareness of potential
health risks, but the city does not want to
overstate what is known and cause alarm,
“It’s a challenge,” Thorpe said of balanc-
ing the two concerns. She added, “I don’t
think we’re downplaying the potential for
Thorpe pointed out that all of the poten-
tial health effects Carpenter mentioned are
listed in the report. Thorpe added that the
doctors who worked on the pediatric guide-
lines had a range of opinions about how to
convey the information, and some disagreed
Dr. Pauline Thomas, a pediatrician who
worked on the report, said it fairly repre-
sents what is known.
“It’s a question of evidence,” said Thomas,
who did a study showing that children
exposed to the dust cloud on 9/11 were
more likely to have asthma.
The neurological impact of exposure is
less certain, so it makes sense that respira-
tory effects received more attention in the
report, Thomas said.
The community has long been pushing for
the city to release the pediatric guidelines.
“It’s terriﬁc that they’re ﬁnally available,”
said Catherine McVay Hughes, chairperson
of Community Board 1’s World Trade Center
Committee. “It’s unfortunate that it’s taken
eight years…but at least the children haven’t
The city previously released two versions
of guidelines for the treatment of adults.
Hughes said that while the pediatric
guidelines might not be as comprehensive as
some had hoped, they still contain important
information that parents and doctors should
know. Hughes led the community board in
passing two resolutions calling for the city
to consult Carpenter, who specializes in
children’s environmental health issues, when
drafting the guidelines.
The pediatric guidelines represent a major
step forward in terms of the city acknowl-
edging 9/11’s impact, said Kimberly Flynn,
head of 9/11 Environmental Action.
Shortly after 9/11, the Health Dept. released
a bulletin saying pregnant women and young
children returning to their dust-covered homes
did not have to take any extra precautions. The
new guidelines describe for the ﬁrst time the
extra risks those two groups faced, Flynn said,
even though the language is not as deﬁnite as
she and Carpenter would have liked.
The 14-page guidelines provide doctors
with physical and mental symptoms to look
for, including difﬁculty breathing, chronic
coughing, aggressive behavior, new fears
and extreme dependency. The guidelines
also include questions for doctors to ask par-
ents and children and information on refer-
ring patients to Bellevue Hospital for more
in-depth treatment. The city has posted the
guidelines online (nyc.gov/html/doh/down-
loads/pdf/chi/chi28-4.pdf) and mailed them
to more than 30,000 city physicians.
Bellevue hosts the city’s W.T.C.
Environmental Health Center, which opened
a pediatric clinic at the end of 2007. The
clinic now serves about 50 children and has
expanded its staff recently with a pediatric
pulmonologist and a developmental pediatri-
cian. Dr. Joan Reibman, the W.T.C. center’s
medical director, hopes that the new pediat-
ric guidelines will raise awareness about the
center’s program for children, which offers
care for no out-of-pocket cost.
Reibman also helped the city draft the
guidelines, and like Carpenter, she had
some concerns about the details, though she
declined to go into speciﬁcs. But she did not
remove her name from the ﬁnal version of
“We think it’s very important that the
guidelines do come out,” she said. “They
were collaborative — everyone compro-
mised to some extent…. One could always
make things better or more perfect.”
Thorpe, the deputy Health commissioner,
said the city could revise the guidelines as
more information becomes available about
the impact of 9/11 on children. The city is
now reviewing data from a follow-up sur-
vey of children who are part of the W.T.C.
Health Registry, and Thorpe hopes to pub-
lish conclusions soon.
9/11 health guide for Downtown children is released
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Restaurant owner George Forgeois is hoping to build a
Tribeca tradition from the ground up —literally — by cover-
ing several Downtown streets with sand for the Bastille Day
festivities he’s planning for July 14.
Forgeois, 52, the owner of restaurant Cercle Rouge, will
be trucking in the sand to build 18 pétanque courts on West
Broadway between Walker and White Sts. for “Bastille Day
Tribeca.” Pétanque, a French game similar to lawn bowl-
ing, has proven popular in Brooklyn, where Forgeois owns
another restaurant and has made the sport a Bastille Day
tradition. This year, Forgeois is bringing the game back,
as well as food, drink, and live music to celebrate French
“I decided this year to do it, because there’s nothing
Downtown,” said Forgeois. “It’s like the Fourth of July [is]
for American people. It’s an important date in France.”
Forgeois said he expects to draw a large crowd this year,
and noted that the roster of 62 teams had ﬁlled up in only
two days. Competitors from France, Britain, and other
countries as well as local competitors will amount to an esti-
mated 200 participants in the day’s tournament. Though all
teams will be playing in elimination rounds during the early
hours, empty courts will likely be available as more teams
get eliminated, at which time locals and beginners will have
a chance to try their hand at Pétanque. Forgeois added that
traditional French food and drinks will be served outside
during the day, and there will a foosball tournament and
other activities for kids.
The West Broadway block between Walker and White
Sts. will be closed from 10 a.m. until after 8 p.m. on July 14.
Local businesses including Bubble Lounge and Capsouto
Freres have partnered with Cercle Rouge for the Bastille Day
celebrations, and will be present at the events.
— Jared T. Miller
Bastille Day in Tribeca
Downtown Express photo by Lincoln Anderson
You can’t burst his bubble
Soho has seen a lot of conﬂict lately, what with the ﬁght over the Grand St. bike lane and the Soho Alliance criti-
cizing the Soho Partnership for accepting funding from the Trump Soho condo-hotel, not to mention the ﬂying cell
phones at Downtown Independent Democrats endorsement votes. But Dondi McKellar a.k.a. The Soho Bubble Man
is a smiling sea of calm — and a ﬂurry of bubbles — amid the storm. He has sold his battery-powered bubble guns,
$5 each (batteries extra), at Spring St. and Broadway for the past four years. And if you buy $10 of his rainbow
items, he’ll kick in a free bottle of neon bubbles — great for use in nightclubs. He said he sells two boxes’ worth
of bubble guns, or 96 of them, daily, and could sell even more on Canal St., but loves his spot. Asked about all the
discord in Soho, the beaming Bubble Man said, “Right — I try to relieve that.”
July 10 - 16, 2009 10
BY JARED T. MILLER
Sheets of rain soaked Kevin Horgan as he paddled under
the Brooklyn Bridge on his way up the East River last week.
He had been going for just over an hour, and had already
seen some of the day’s extremes; blue skies and midday sun-
shine, dark clouds looming just beyond the Hudson as they
rolled in from Jersey City, and a river current that fought
continuously against him. In the next few hours, he’d still
have to make his way north to the Harlem River, and back
into the Hudson to get back to where he’d started earlier
And he planned to do it two more times. He was in New
York on business.
Horgan, 44, had pledged to circumnavigate Manhattan last
Thursday three times over a continuous 24 hours. He reached
his goal in 20 hours and stopped early at the request of the
Coast Guard. He paddled 85 miles while standing on a surf-
board — a sport known as “Stand Up Paddle Surﬁng”—and
returned to the Intrepid Sea and Space Museum where he
started the day. A seasoned surfer as well as a stock broker
based in Hawaii, Horgan took the opportunity of visiting New
York on a business trip to do the long distance paddle around
Manhattan as a fundraiser. It was the longest continuous
effort he has made to date, and the money raised in sponsor-
ship will be donated to an organization his brother founded
which serves wounded veterans and children with disabilities.
So far, Horgan’s efforts have brought the organization nearly
$40,000, with an additional $20,000 promised by a challenge
grant from Horgan’s associates.
“They call me the ‘Forrest Gump of paddling,’” laughed
Horgan, after he had ﬁnished the third lap around Manhattan,
several hours ahead of schedule. “I wanted to keep paddling
but the crew was going to have a mutiny.”
That night, he said, was “mind-blowing.” He completed
his ﬁrst lap just before 9 p.m. Thursday traveling just over
four miles for each hour he paddled, but it was the events
that followed which Horgan said impressed him the most. At
midnight, ﬁreﬁghters saw him paddle by as they responded to
an accident on the West Side Highway —and bowed in respect.
Paddling up the East River again, listening to Tom Petty, Lou
Reed, and others on an iPod, he said the water resembled a
sheet of glass. When he reached Harlem at 3 a.m., he recalled
feeling as if he could “paddle into the moon,” as its reﬂection
danced on the surface of the river.
“I was just blown away with the energy of New York,”
said Horgan. “It’s just nonstop.”
As he was paddling alongside the F.D.R. Drive, Horgan
remarked on the experience of trading the cliff faces of his
surroundings in Hawaii for the skyscrapers and the land-
marks of New York City. This was not the ﬁrst time he
had done such a marathon paddle; Horgan has paddled the
73-mile distance between Oahu and Kauai back home, and
said he stopped paddling last Friday mainly at the request of
Coast Guard ofﬁcials.
Horgan, who is a stockbroker for the New York-based
BTIG, an event sponsor, is married and lives on the Hawaiian
island of Kauai with his wife and daughter. He said he moved
there so he wouldn’t have to be more than three miles from
the best waves he could ﬁnd, and the sentiment isn’t a new
one. His upbringing in Newport, Rhode Island gave him
early exposure to the water, and cultivated an interest that
continues to drive him.
“Some years the Atlantic is great, and some years it’s
‘Lake Atlantic,’” Horgan said as he paddled up the East
River, explaining how the water has helped to deﬁne his
life. “I got the travel bug early and ended up in Hawaii. I’m
a stockbroker; I have to ﬁgure out how to pay for the surf
Several sponsors paid for this surf trip, and for a
good cause: Horgan’s brother’s organization, Shake-A-Leg
Miami, which serves children with disabilities. His broth-
er Harry, 51, has used a wheelchair since he was 21, but
early on turned to what he knew from his youth in Rhode
Island and developed a camp for children with disabilities.
Shake-A-Leg has offered its services — sailing, kayaking,
and other sports, all made accessible to the campers —
since 1990, and is currently expanding to offer a similar
program for wounded soldiers. The organization is cur-
rently under funded, and Harry said it was his brother’s
idea to do the 24-hour paddle to raise the money.
“You see these kids in wheelchairs and they’re limited to
the land — and they get in the ocean and they’re set free.”
Horgan said as he paddled. “I want them to have as much
fun as I do, and give something back.”
“To see him doing it for 24 hours, it’s tough,” said Darian
Boyle, 38, vice president of Typhoon Marine, a sponsor
of the event. She also organizes a yearly paddle around
Manhattan as a member of the Surfers’ Environmental
Alliance. “To do it for such a wonderful cause, it’s noble
what he’s doing.”
Standing up to the Hudson and East Rivers while paddling around
Downtown Express photos by Jared T. Miller
Kevin Horgan paddled around Manhattan three times over 20 hours last Thursday.
July 10 - 16, 2009 11
BY LINCOLN ANDERSON
In what’s being hailed as a sea change
in City Hall’s attitude toward community-
based arts groups, ABC No Rio recently
received $1.65 million in government fund-
ing to rebuild its crumbling Lower East Side
Steve Englander, ABC No Rio’s execu-
tive director and sole paid employee, said
Borough President Scott Stringer had allo-
cated $750,000 to ABC No Rio, while
City Councilmember Alan Gerson and the
Manhattan Council delegation each gave
“Hopefully, it’s a promising sign of robust
support by city government for small- and
mid-sized arts organizations,” said Englander,
speaking to The Villager two weeks ago, the
day after the government funding had been
The project’s ﬁrst phase is budgeted at
“We’ve raised about half a million dol-
lars, and we’ve got a couple hundred thou-
sand to go,” Englander said of the center’s
own fundraising efforts.
The project was broken down into two
parts to make it more feasible, he said. The
ﬁrst phase will involve demolishing the
building, then constructing a deeper base-
ment level and a longer ﬁrst ﬂoor, which will
completely ﬁll the property’s current back-
yard. The new two-level space will equal the
space ABC No Rio currently has. Work is
planned to start in spring 2010 and take a
year to complete.
Phase two will see three more stories
added, and is expected to take nine months
to ﬁnish. The entire project is slated at $4.2
Initially, the plan was to construct a new
building right inside the shell of the tene-
ment building; but the old exterior would
have needed repairs and ongoing mainte-
nance, so it wasn’t worth keeping, Englander
“There’s not enough there there to do
a renovation,” he explained. “It’s a timber-
frame building with brick inﬁll. With the
existing building, it would have been hard
to put in an elevator. And the front stoop is
up ﬁve steps — a community facility should
be handicapped accessible. It was difﬁcult
for people to come to terms with our having
to build new; people are attached to it. But
ultimately, what’s important is what goes on
in the building.”
The new basement and ﬁrst ﬂoor will
host the public events that occur now at
ABC No Rio: literary readings, art exhib-
its, punk music shows, forums, workshops
and presentations, as well as, probably, the
’zine library and silk-screen-printing shop,
Originally a squatter building, 156
Rivington St. was sold to ABC No Rio by
the city for $1 in 2006.
The new arts center will be “green,” and
quite recognizably so, since foliage will be
growing like a leafy waterfall on its front
“It is literally a planted facade,” Englander
said. “The way it works is the ﬂora grow on
Also, a grafﬁti work that the late Sane
Smith painted on an abutting building’s wall
will be incorporated into ABC No Rio’s new
building; since ABC No Rio doesn’t own the
wall, an aperture will be built through which
the grafﬁti will be visible.
Soon after the news of the city funding,
there was a Friday night open-house party
at ABC No Rio. A largely young crowd
checked out art displayed on the space’s
ground-floor walls; next to tacked-up
architectural renderings of the new build-
ing, there were thank-you cards — over-
flowing with penned notes of gratitude
— to the politicians who allocated the
“The heart and soul of this neighbor-
hood is the tradition of arts that come
Grassroots arts center is rebuilding ‘green’
A cross-section rendering of how ABC No Rio is expected to look and what uses it will contain after the two-phase rebuilding
project is completed.
Continued on page 19
July 10 - 16, 2009 12
Chinese museum gets new leader for new space
BY JULIE SHAPIRO
Alice Mong heard a statistic several
months ago that convinced her to leave
her job and run the Museum of Chinese in
The statistic was that 28 percent of
Americans say they rarely or never interact
with Asian Americans.
“Even though we’ve made great prog-
ress, one-quarter of the country doesn’t
know who we are,” Mong said this week.
“MoCA can help ﬁll in the blanks.”
The 28 percent statistic comes from a
recent report by Committee of 100, the
nonproﬁt Chinese American membership
organization where Mong has worked for
six-and-a-half years. Mong is leaving as
executive director of Committee of 100
on July 14, and the next day she will ofﬁ-
cially start as the new executive director
Mong, 46, replaces Charles Lai, who
co-founded the museum. Lai left MoCA in
1990 but returned in 2003 to shepherd the
museum through its expansion.
That expansion is nearly complete, as
MoCA moves from its old Mulberry St.
location to its new Centre St. headquarters,
designed by Maya Lin. The museum is
holding some programs in the new space
this summer and will ofﬁcially open a per-
manent exhibit there in September. The
old spot will be used for ofﬁces and archive
On Monday afternoon, Mong got a
jump-start on her new job by meeting with
MoCA staff in the Mulberry St. location.
Afterward, she sat in the middle of what
used to be MoCA’s main exhibition room,
amid the half-packed boxes of artifacts.
Mong recalled visiting that same room when
she ﬁrst moved to New York in 2003.
Back then, Mong came to the museum
to learn about Chinatown’s history and
culture, which has more depth than casual
visitors may notice.
“I don’t think most people know how
diverse we are as a community, even New
Yorkers,” Mong said. She hopes MoCA’s
expanded space will provide new opportu-
nities to tell that story.
One obstacle Mong will inherit is the
impact of the recession on the museum.
Like other nonproﬁts, MoCA’s budget got
pinched as donors and foundations were
less generous this year. To combat this, and
to continue raising the money the museum
will need for its new location, Mong said
she would look to a broader base of sup-
Mong said MoCA has traditionally
focused its content and fundraising efforts
on Chinatown, but the museum’s new per-
manent collection has a national focus
and she hopes money will come in from a
national group of donors as well.
Mong was born in Taiwan and her ﬁrst
language is Mandarin. She immigrated to
the United States when she was 10, and she
grew up mostly in Mansﬁeld, Ohio, where
her parents ran a Chinese restaurant. Out of
50,000 people in Mansﬁeld, Mong knew of
only one other Chinese family.
Mong’s friends were always curious
about her heritage, since they had so few
opportunities to learn about it. Mong hopes
MoCA can become a resource for anyone
who wants to know more about Chinese
American history and culture.
Mong is particularly excited about
expanding the museum’s web presence,
using the Internet to create a virtual com-
munity. She wants to feature individuals’
stories, through oral histories and written
“It would be great for a Chinese
American kid growing up in the Midwest,
like me 20 years ago, to ﬁnd someone like
me on digital MoCA and to become part of
a community,” Mong said.
Mong attended Ohio State University
and later spent 11 years in Hong Kong,
where she worked for a property manage-
ment company and attained an M.B.A.
Mong currently lives in Midtown but
plans to move Downtown soon to be closer
to MoCA. Among other perks of spending
a lot of time in Chinatown is that Mong will
be near all the local Chinese restaurants
that she loves.
Laughing, she said, “I can’t wait for the
food down here.”
Alice Mong is about to become the new
executive director of the Museum of
Chinese in America.
After only seven weeks of operation, the
Fulton Stall Market is cutting its hours in
The open-air market on South St. will
be open only Saturdays starting this week.
Since May 22, the market had been open
both Fridays and Saturdays.
“Friday tends to not be as big of a gro-
cery shopping day,” said Sara Weeks Dima,
the market manager. “We’re really trying to
focus on keeping Saturday strong.”
General Growth Properties, which owns
South Street Seaport, opened the market this
spring in former Fulton Fish Market stalls,
outside the building that houses the Bodies
The dozen vendors at the market peddle
everything from produce and meat to cup-
cakes and ﬂowers. The vendors have been
doing twice as much business on Saturdays
as on Fridays, because most Downtown
residents have more time on the weekends,
Many residents are out shopping on
Sundays as well, but for now Dima is focus-
ing on growing the Saturday business and
will not open the market on Sundays.
Consolidating the market to one day will
save vendors money, because they will pay
less rent on their stalls.
Dima and the vendors are also hoping for
drier, sunnier weather. One of the rainiest
Junes on record signiﬁcantly dampened ven-
dors’ sales, and the unseasonable weather
also hurt some farmers’ crops, Dima said.
The biggest seller at the market so far, out-
shining pricier specialty goods, is “produce,
produce, produce,” Dima said. “Tomatoes,
berries, the stuff that’s really fresh, the stuff
that when you buy it at the grocery store it
doesn’t taste as good.”
The community has been verbally sup-
portive of the market so far, but Dima said
the best way to make a statement is by shop-
“We can use all the help we can get,” she
said. “Now we need them to come out and
spend their dollars.”
The market is slated to last through the
end of September but Dima said she would
likely extend it through November. It is open
every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Seaport market cuts Fridays
with hopes of sunny Saturdays
July 10 - 16, 2009 13
BY SAM SCHWARTZ
Dear Transit Sam,
Why is N.Y.C. repaving Leonard St. with
cobblestones? Isn’t it worse for bike riders
and slippery for trafﬁc? How far are they
going to go?
Charlie, Worth St.
Ever hear the expression as a kid,
“Put it back the way you found it.” That’s
exactly what N.Y.C.’s Department of
Design and Construction is doing, per
the city contract, replacing cobblestone
with cobblestone, which are typically
found in historic districts. The cobble is
sloped (think of it like a bubble in the
center of each brick) so that water drains
off to the sides. Lines are chalked out
so crews know where to set each block,
with sand placed and filled in between
to keep the stones in place and as evenly
spaced as possible. Overall, cobblestones
are generally not bike friendly, due to
their uneven surface, though the new
cobblestones won’t be as slick for bikes
or cars since there won’t be any surface
wear at first. This comes straight from
one of the world’s most renowned traffic
experts, my co-worker Richard Retting.
Also, it’s very hard to put lane lines
down on cobblestones so I doubt that
the city will be putting in a marked bike
lane. Cyclists should let me know their
thoughts once construction of the street
from Hudson St. to West Broadway is
complete in August/September of this
Dear Transit Sam,
For EasyPayXpress pay-per-ride, why is
your account replenished when it reaches
or falls below $30? Why not $10 or $15?
I don’t use the subway that often so $30
just seems a bit steep.
Margot, Lower Manhattan
Better to have your MetroCard more than
half full instead of half empty. Let me clarify.
Thirty dollars seems like a hefty threshold
to automatically replenish your account, but
there’s a good explanation. Riders who use
express buses regularly at a cost of $5.50 per
trip or $11 round trip, spend over $30 in just
three days or three round trips.
N.Y.C. Transit spokesperson Paul
Fleuranges explains that, “Having a cus-
tomer board a bus, dipping a card in the
fare box and receiving a message of ‘insuf-
ﬁcient fare’ would be in direct contradic-
tion to one of the main selling points of
EasyPayXpress, which is the MetroCard
that never runs out of rides.” Thus, the
original intention of the $30 threshold was
to accommodate EasyPayXpress card hold-
ers who use express buses frequently.
However, since more straphangers are
using EasyPayXpress for local bus and sub-
way routes, which are considerably lower in
fare, N.Y.C. Transit lowered the replenish-
ment level for pay-per-ride to $20, plus the
15 percent bonus, which took effect June
28 (along with the fare hike). And I suspect
more straphangers will sign up for automat-
ic replenishment after reading this column,
which they can do by visiting http://www.
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Cobblestones are returing to Leonard St.
The Rector St. pedestrian bridge will
close for about 10 weeks starting Mon.,
The State Dept. of Transportation is clos-
ing the bridge to reconﬁgure the stairs on the
east side so that they ﬁt into the rebuilt Route
9A. The D.O.T. will also make the steps less
steep and improve the railings and light-
ing. At the same time, the Battery Park City
Authority will do work on the bridge and its
west side, making similar improvements.
During the closure, pedestrians will be
able to cross West St. at grade at Albany
St. and W. Thames St. Some residents and
workers have expressed concerns that the
street-level crossings are dangerous, par-
ticularly after a 26-year-old woman was
killed crossing the highway at Albany St.
earlier this year. State D.O.T. has straight-
ened the crosswalk since then and is further
enlarging it in preparation for the Rector
bridge closure. Pedestrians can also travel
several blocks north to cross via the Liberty
The Rector St. bridge was installed tem-
porarily after 9/11 and has already remained
in place far longer than anticipated. The
Battery Park City Authority recently unveiled
a concept for a new pedestrian bridge at W.
Thames St., which would allow the Rector
St. bridge to come down, but the new bridge
is still in the early planning stages.
Rector bridge is closing down
July 10 - 16, 2009 14
Landmarks approves part of St. Vincent’s residential plan
BY ALBERT AMATEAU
The Rudin Organization’s residential side
of the St. Vincent’s Hospital redevelop-
ment project won overwhelming approv-
al on Tuesday from the city’s Landmarks
The July 7 approval by a vote of 10 to
1 came after Dan Kaplan, of Fox Fowle,
architect for the residential part of the
project, submitted yet another reduction in
the height of the proposed large apartment
tower at 1 Seventh Ave., down from 218
feet to 203 feet.
The ﬁnal reduction in the residential tower
height was the fourth since the project ﬁrst
came before the L.P.C. in December 2007
when its was proposed to be 265 feet tall.
Kaplan noted later that the 203-foot
height would make the building shorter than
eight other existing apartment towers in the
Greenwich Village Historic District. The
newest plan makes the tower — on the east
side of Seventh Ave. between 11th and 12th
Sts. — 6 feet shorter than 175 W. 12th St.,
the co-op residence of several opponents of
the St. Vincent’s redevelopment project.
Alfred Smith IV, chairperson of St.
Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers, and
William Rudin, president of the development
company, said in a joint statement on Tuesday
that they were pleased by the L.P.C. vote.
“Due to the hard work of L.P.C., our
elected ofﬁcials and the community, we took
a giant step toward providing 21st-century
healthcare on the West Side of Manhattan
and adding a dynamic mixture of new and
adaptively reused residential buildings to
Greenwich Village,” the statement said.
In March, the L.P.C. approved the pro-
posed new 278-foot-tall St. Vincent’s Hospital
to be built on the west side of Seventh Ave.
between 12th and 13th Sts. to replace the
hospital’s existing O’Toole building. The pro-
posed football-shaped hospital building had
been reduced in height from 325 feet.
However, the L.P.C. approved the pro-
posed demolition of O’Toole to make way
for the new hospital only after St. Vincent’s
ﬁled a hardship application. A lawsuit by
a group of neighbors, Protect the Village
Historic District, challenging the hardship
application approval is still pending.
The entire project must also pass the
city’s uniform land use review procedure
(ULURP), a nine-month process involving
an environmental impact statement, review
by the City Planning Commission and a ﬁnal
decision by the City Council.
In addition, the State Department of
Health must approve the hospital compo-
nent of the project.
The Smith-Rudin statement goes on to
say: “Having worked with all stakeholders
to signiﬁcantly alter our plans for both the
new hospital and the residential complex
— including adaptive reuse of four build-
ings on the existing St. Vincent’s campus,
a 43-foot reduction in the height of the
hospital building, a 62-foot reduction on the
Rudin Seventh Ave. residential building and
an overall reduction of 50,000 square feet of
ﬂoor area above grade on the total project
— we are conﬁdent we now have a plan that
blends seamlessly in the historical context of
Greenwich Village and ensures the continua-
tion of St. Vincent’s 150-year mission.”
The plan to build a new hospital on the
O’Toole site on the west side of Seventh
Ave. and pay for it by selling the current
main hospital campus on the east side of the
avenue to the Rudin Organization originally
called for demolition of all buildings in the
complex, including the eight buildings of the
But the L.P.C. urged preservation of some
of the old buildings and Rudin complied,
planning the reuse of Smith, Raskob and
the Nurses Residence on 12th St. and the
Spellman building on 11th St. The plan
calls for demolishing the Coleman, Link,
Cronin and Reiss buildings to make way for
the Seventh Ave. tower, plus a new mid-rise
building on 12th St. and a row of town-
houses on 11th St.
In addition to reducing the height of the
Seventh Ave. tower, the new plans call for
the tower to step down in three stages from
12th St. to 11th St.
Robert Tierney, Landmarks Preservation
chairperson, on Tuesday noted that since the
project ﬁrst came before the commission a
year and a half ago, the L.P.C. has held nine
Christopher Moore, a historian member
of L.P.C., recalled the changes in the plan
over the past year.
“A year ago this was a ‘no way’ project.
Now it’s a good deal clearer that the project
is appropriate for the Greenwich Village
Historic District,” Moore said.
The lone dissenting vote on the commis-
sion came from Margery Perlmutter, who
said she thought the Seventh Ave. tower was
still too tall. She also called for the Seventh
Ave. tower to step down from north to south
even more than the newest version.
Andrew Berman, executive director of
the Greenwich Village Society for Historic
Preservation and a frequent critic of the
redevelopment project, said, “There are still
real issues about the combined bulk of the
hospital building and the residential tower
that hopefully could be addressed during
ULURP. The city gave permission for addi-
tional bulk years ago for the hospital and it’s
questionable whether it can be transferred to
private residential use.”
The latest design for St. Vincent’s planned new hospital building, on Seventh Ave.
between 12th and 13th Sts., is 278 feet tall.
The latest design for 1 Seventh Ave. includes a 203-foot-tall tower. The view above is looking east along W. 12th St. from west
of Seventh Ave.
July 10 - 16, 2009 15
West Thames Park work is a go
The W. Thames Park will close for seven
months starting in October so the state
Dept. of Transportation can rebuild it. The
adjacent dog run is also being rebuilt this
fall, but it will not close.
When it reopens in May, the park and
playground along West St. will include a
playground, an open lawn, basketball courts
and a community garden, with a dog run one
The park, between W. Thames and Albany
Sts., will close on Oct. 13, just after Columbus
Day, so work can begin, said Lisa Weiss, urban
design director for state D.O.T. The work is
part of the state’s overall Route 9A project.
Community Board 1’s Battery Park City
Committee has supported the designs in the
past and had few concerns when Weiss pre-
sented the latest plans Tuesday night.
The ﬁrst piece of the project to begin
construction will be the dog run just south
of W. Thames St., where work will start
after Labor Day and ﬁnish by the end of
November. Residents were pleased to hear
Tuesday that the dog run would not close
during the construction. Workers will do one
half of the run at a time.
“It might have a little bit of an odd shape,
but it will remain open,” Weiss said.
During the construction, an 8-foot fence
will keep dogs from entering the work zone,
and the contractor will use water to keep
dust to a minimum.
The new 6,000-square-foot dog run will
include separate sections for small and large
The new bridge the Battery Park City
Authority recently proposed for W. Thames
St. would land alongside the rebuilt dog
run, but state D.O.T. is proceeding with
plans to plant trees in that area anyway. If
the authority receives the many approvals
it needs to build the bridge, the authority
will replace the trees with a shade arbor on
the side of the bridge’s ramp.
Just to the north, the construction
of the new lawn and playground will
require the removal of some trees this fall,
including ones that are about 20 years
old. Jeff Mihok, a C.B. 1 board member,
objected to losing the trees, particularly
because young trees will provide much
“It’s going to be really hot for the park’s ﬁrst
ﬁve to eight years of existence,” Mihok said.
Weiss said the new park required a shift
in elevation that made it impossible to keep
Because of the construction, the com-
munity garden in W. Thames park will
have to move twice: once this fall, to
a temporary location, and once in the
spring, to its final home near Albany St.
Garden volunteers will work with the
B.P.C. Parks Conservancy to do the trans-
plants, Weiss said.
The hours for all of the construction will
be Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30
p.m., though contractors may work week-
ends if they fall behind schedule.
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To The Editor:
Re “Fulton St. work is getting dangerous”
(news article, July 3- 9):
Yes the street construction in and around
Fulton St. has made walking as well as driv-
ing an ongoing hazard for those living and
working in the area. Yet there is a bigger
and more dangerous situation just around
the corner by Beekman Downtown hospital.
The stop sign on Gold St. by the hospital is
ignored by most drivers. Some slow down but
most just plow through the stop sign. I and
other pedestrians have come close to being
hit by these cars. They also honk at you when
you try to cross as it slows them down. There
needs to be trafﬁc cops posted there to give
out tickets or at least put an empty police
car there as a deterrent before someone gets
seriously hurt by those numerous drivers who
ignore the stop sign.
A community loss
To The Editor:
While working with Community Board
1 colleagues in our attempt to keep the
John Huess House open, I felt frustrated,
determined and angry. I never realized
until now how many other emotions I’d
apparently stiﬂed during that time.
That realization came about 10 minutes
ago, when I read Julie Shapiro’s moving
story about the last day at John Huess
House (news article, July 3 – 9, “For
homeless, losing center is like losing their
home”), and felt tears suddenly rolling
down my cheeks. Many months of anger
and frustration reached a climax as I read
her words and spontaneously wept.
It is a tribute to Rev. Win Peacock, to
his colleagues and staff that this community
united in an effort to preserve a type of facil-
ity which many neighborhoods would reject.
Their dedication, skill and compassion rep-
resent the ﬁnest qualities of the human
spirit, and enrich all of us by association.
“We are a community of the marginal-
ized and at times we may think that society
has forgotten us,” Rev. Peacock once said in
a memorial service for a homeless woman
who died under a scaffold near the New
York Stock Exchange, “but as a community
we can celebrate that we are here.”
Society has not forgotten you, nor your
colleagues and clients, Rev. Peacock, even if
the City of New York has. Thank you, from a
grateful community. You will be missed.
Ranks and names
To The Editor:
Mr. Zelman talks about a Lower
Manhattan Development Corporation
vote (one I never knew about) and the
tension surrounding this vote (Letter,
“They all died together,” July 3 - 9). He
says the tension came from a feeling that
two memorials meant that one group
would be “labeled” more important. My
question is: Labeled more important by
whom? And which group would be more
important? Mr. Zelman doesn’t address
Ultimately, it comes down to this: Barry
Zelman doesn’t want his brother thought
of as a victim, so the rescue workers (and
military personnel) cannot have ranks. At
first his logic makes little sense, yet by
the end of the letter it is apparent Zelman
equates ranks with heroes. Zelman isn’t
driven by logic, he is driven by fear. Fear
that his brother’s death will be overshad-
owed if the rescue workers (and military
personnel) are identified fully.
What a pessimistic and shortsighted
view he has. Zelman doesn’t believe that
future visitors to the site will recognize
that in death all are equally deserving of
our grief so he advocates for editing the
information provided about some of those
Janet M. Roy
Sister of Captain William F. Burke, Jr.,
who was killed on 9/11, and of Michael
Burke, whose Talking Point, “Denying my
brother’s identity at the memorial,” was
published in the June 26 – July 2 issue.
To The Editor:
In his letter in your last issue (Letter,
“Council race,” July 3 - 9), Bill Love doubts
the inﬂuence of political clubs in elections,
and disputes the value of a candidate’s
endorsement by the Downtown Independent
In any important primary, a voter is
confronted by more than 100 names on
the ballot. When the voter has a preferred
candidate, as does Mr. Love in this primary,
there is no need for a club recommenda-
tion. When uncertain, however, voters often
accept the choice of the D.I.D. because our
endorsements are made by a democratic
vote of our membership.
Mr. Love seems to forget that in 2001, his
candidate won a Council seat only because of
a heavy D.I.D. vote. The Daniel Squadron
victory in the State Senate race last year
again showed that the club endorsement
turned out a disproportionately large vote
for our endorsed candidate.
Mr. Love and his friends may not require
D.I.D. advice in September, but there may be
many who do. And it’s a very big district.
Jim Stratton has been closely associated
with the D.I.D. since its rebirth in 1971, as
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
No Pride in Albany
with civil rights on hold
This was supposed to be the year for mar-
riage equality and other progressive L.G.B.T. break-
throughs. In Washington, the nation witnessed the
historic inauguration of the first African-American
president, a compelling, transformational leader who
took office voicing the strongest pro-L.G.B.T. agenda
in history. In Albany, after 40 years, the Democrats
finally were back in control of the State Senate; they
offered the promise of enacting three key pieces of
legislation that the former Republican leadership had
stood in the way of — marriage equality, transgen-
der rights and a school anti-bullying law with protec-
tions based on sexual and gender identity.
The first six months of 2009 have instead provided
plenty of reason for disappointment and frustration.
In Albany, the year opened on a rudely uncertain
note. The gay-and-lesbian community had poured
blood, sweat and treasure into last fall’s legislative
elections, which resulted in a razor-thin 32-to-30
Democratic advantage in the Senate. However, three
of the 32, among them Bronx Pentecostal minister
Ruben Diaz, an implacable gay-rights foe, threatened
to bolt to the Republican fold, returning control
to the G.O.P. Some manner of deal was struck to
avoid that disaster; but before that, the Democratic
leader appeared ready to bargain away civil rights
Undeterred, the Empire State Pride Agenda, State
Senator Tom Duane — the lead sponsor on all three
L.G.B.T. bills — and other advocates simply pressed
on, Duane working his colleagues, periodically
announcing progress. In mid-April, Governor David
Paterson introduced the marriage-equality measure in
one of his few strong acts of leadership.
As polls continued to show increases in support
for marriage equality and transgender rights among
New Yorkers, there was a growing sense of inevitabil-
ity about these issues. Dean Skelos, the Republican
leader in the Senate, said his members could vote
their consciences on gay marriage, that they would
not be held to a uniform party position.
Then came June 8. A Republican coup, in which
two Democrats defected from their party’s control
of the Senate, appeared to oust the existing lead-
ership and restore the old regime. Except one of
the Democratic rebels scampered back home. And
since then, nothing. Deadlock. Inaction. Arrogant
disregard for the fact that state government is at a
If the governor’s unilateral appointment of a lieu-
tenant governor Wednesday is quickly deemed to be
legal, that could end the stalemate, but that prospect
seems remote given his action appears to violate the
state’s constitution and will be challenged.
The damage is far from limited to the L.G.B.T.
community. But it’s that community and its support-
ers that likely will have to temper their expectations
more than most as their life plans and rights remain
stuck in limbo.
There is still time for the Senate to do the right
thing, go back to work vote on marriage, school con-
trol and the other vital local budget issues on hold.
If Duane is correct that he has the votes in hand
on marriage, that of course would be a sweet vic-
tory indeed — and one that should bode well for the
chamber soon, perhaps in 2010, finishing up its long-
neglected work on gender rights and school safety. Continued on page 17
July 10 - 16, 2009 17
president, district leader, and currently vice
To The Editor:
I write in reference to Bill Love’s attack
on Peter Gleason and the Downtown
Mr. Love states that the endorsement vote
at the D.I.D. in which Peter Gleason tri-
umphed was “split down the middle.” If you
want to call a 55 percent - 45 percent vote a
“split down the middle” that is ﬁne; however,
some political consultants would consider
that a “substantial margin of victory,” par-
ticularly against an established incumbent
like Gerson, who was endorsed by D.I.D. in
2001, 2003 and 2005. Mr. Gerson has often
credited D.I.D. with giving him the boost he
needed to get elected by a narrow margin
Mr. Love also states that Pete Gleason is
a “blank slate.” In this political climate, that
is a good thing! Gleason enters the race with
a fresh start unencumbered by the political
machines, ineptitude, absence, excuses and
tardiness that plagued the Gerson years.
Gerson’s constituent services are subpar, his
ofﬁce a picture of chaos and disarray, and his
stance on a number of issues — including
his undemocratic term-limits-extension vote
and the Spring St. sanitation garage ﬁasco —
have alienated large swaths of voters.
Democratic District Leader, member of
Downtown Independent Democrats
To The Editor:
Bill Love’s thoughtful letter about the
upcoming election for City Council brought
up several relevant points (Letter, July 3
– 9 “Council race”). It is true that a
local Democratic club’s endorsement does
not ensure a candidate’s election or defeat,
however, endorsements by political clubs
are made by people who are well familiar
with candidates’ records in ofﬁce and clubs
endorse who they think will do the best job
for the people. Then they work to get their
endorsed candidates elected. Most incum-
bents get automatically endorsed by political
clubs, but not this time.
Alan Gerson has had eight years to dem-
onstrate his effectiveness, and many people
have felt let down under his (lack of) leader-
ship. Good intentions do not sufﬁce — his
repeated absences, chronic disorganization
and lateness, along with his failure to take
timely action or follow up on many impor-
tant issues has been noted. Words are one
thing — effective action on the things that
matter is another.
Secondly, Alan Gerson’s vote to rescind
term limits after they were afﬁrmed twice by
the voters was generally viewed as an unprin-
cipled and self-serving vote. Of course, he
was not alone in voting that way, but his vote
in no way makes him automatically deserv-
ing of another term in ofﬁce, at least in the
minds of many people.
Now we are faced with the possibility of
four more years of Gerson governance and
the people who endorsed him twice before say
“no more.” Whether you agree or not with
this vote of no conﬁdence in him, people are
paying attention. Ultimately the voters will
make their choice on election day. The
Democratic primary is September 15.
To The Editor:
In a recent letter (“Council race,” July
3 - 9) a writer ﬂippantly disparaged City
Council candidate Pete Gleason’s community
Pete Gleason has served our neighbor-
hood since the 1980s, ﬁrst as an N.Y.P.D.
ofﬁcer cleaning up drugs and guns off the
Lower East Side, then as an F.D.N.Y. ﬁre-
ﬁghter serving our Downtown community.
If running into a burning building to save
a life, getting the right help for an injured
elderly woman in a ﬁfth ﬂoor walk-up, or
resolving a situation with a drug addict
comatose in the street doesn’t constitute
serving our community, what does?
As a U.S. Coast Guard Reservist sta-
tioned on Governors Island, Gleason pro-
tected New York Harbor as well as ensuring
its environmental integrity. He served on
active duty patrolling Los Angeles harbor
against terrorist attacks.
Currently an environmental and civil-rights
lawyer (recommended to law school by famed
First Amendment attorney William Kunstler),
Gleason selﬂessly volunteered on the pile after
the Sept. 11 attacks. If anyone knows about the
environmental consequences of 9/11, Gleason
does. He helped a W.T.C. emergency ﬁrst
responder wade his way through the bureau-
cracy to ﬁnd help for a medical condition when
they did not receive a response from the cur-
rent councilmember’s ofﬁce.
Additional qualiﬁcations are as diverse as
meeting with tribal councils in Alaska while
working on the Exxon-Valdez oil spill, to
being part of a study exchange helping build
a school in Thailand, and consulting on a
water puriﬁcation project in China. I am
unsure if our current councilperson has even
set his foot abroad. Gleason has probably
interfaced with more government agencies
on the state, local and federal level than any
of the candidates.
Whether it comes to demanding our
children get a seat in the schools, work-
ing pro bono on a case about unreported
asbestos in our schools, or standing ﬁrm on
the sanitation garage, Pete Gleason takes a
stand no matter the political ramiﬁcations.
He knows what it is like to put himself
between the public and harm’s way and I
trust his commitment to do so as the next
Volunteer campaign manager for Pete
To The Editor:
In our multi-cultural, multi-lingual
population in the United States, and spe-
ciﬁcally here in New York City, we are
forced to post messages in a multitude
of ways in order to convey those mes-
sages to people regardless of the language
or languages that they speak. Written mes-
sages expressed in a variety of languages,
as well as picture messages, all to insure
that everybody is on the same page regard-
ing the issue at hand.
I was looking out of the kitchen window
of my Battery Park City apartment recently
and observed something that struck me as
comical, hypocritical and pathetic, all rolled
into one image. I picked up my camera and
took the above photo.
As posted messages go, the sign in the
picture is fairly clear: “DOG FREE ZONE.”
The words are there, and the accompanying
visual image paints the picture should the
person viewing it be uncertain of the mean-
ing of the printed words.
What assumption should we make in
relation to this man’s total disregard of
the posted message? Does he feel (as most
of us New Yorkers do) that he is above the
law, and that he will do whatever he wants,
wherever he wants, to whomever he wants?
And without consequence?
It is probably not too much of a stretch
to assume that if the tables were turned, and
his child happened to sit in or place his hand
in an area where a dog had previously done
his “business” he would be furious. As he
Why then do we tolerate the use of
the very apparatus that supports a city-
placed sign that clearly notiﬁes all people
that this is a “DOG FREE ZONE” as a hitch-
ing post for his canine pet?
Why are these laws not being enforced?
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BY PATRICK HEDLUND
The city unveiled a pilot program
this week that would convert unsold or
unoccupied market-rate apartments into
affordable housing to help counteract the
slumping post-bust economy.
Introduced by City Council Speaker
Christine Quinn during her State of the
City Address, the Housing Asset Renewal
Program seeks to capitalize on the build-
ing crisis by working with developers and
banks to lower the cost of certain projects
to below market rates.
The $20 million program would turn
unsold condo units, market-rate rental
buildings and stalled construction sites
into affordable housing opportunities for
moderate- and middle-income residents.
The program will focus on two types
of developments — finished projects with
a large number of vacancies and stalled
construction sites — which will be select-
ed based on their ability to keep specific
communities stable, the amount of pub-
lic assistance required to achieve maxi-
mum affordability, and the developers
and banks offering the deepest discounts
below market rates.
The city will not own the units, but
instead provide financing and work with
current building owners to negotiate the
lowest possible price.
“Private developments that sit vacant
or unfinished could have a destabilizing
effect on our neighborhoods, but we’re
not about to let that happen,” said Mayor
Michael Bloomberg, who joined Quinn
at the July 8 announcement at City Hall.
“This program holds out the promise of
addressing the unintended blight caused
by vacant sites, while transforming what
would have been market-rate buildings
into affordable housing for working class
N.Y.C. RETAIL LEADS WAY
Despite a 10 percent decline over the
last year, New York City’s prime retail
rents remain the most expensive in the
world, according to report by brokerage
CB Richard Ellis.
The city’s typical open-market rental
price of $1,800 per square foot nearly
doubled the next-closest market, Hong
Kong, which had an average price of $975
per square foot in its top-quality retail
locations. Moscow ranked third overall
on the list, followed by Paris, Tokyo and
America’s next most-expensive mar-
kets, Los Angeles and San Francisco, came
in at the ninth and 10th positions world-
wide, the report added, with San Francisco
showing an increase of 20 percent since
The ﬁgures represent typical headline
rents that an international retail chain can
expect to pay for a ground-ﬂoor property
of the highest quality space in the best
location in a given market.
PLANNING’S NEW COMMISH
Borough President Scott Stringer tapped
housing advocate and community board
force Anna Hayes Levin as his ﬁrst-ever
appointee to the City Planning Commission.
Levin, a land-use expert who recent-
ly stepped down from Community Board
4 (covering Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen),
has remained active as chairperson of
the Hudson Yards Community Advisory
While her paid, part-time position on
the 13-member commission is still subject
to approval by the City Council, Levin’s
likely appointment marks the culmination
of nearly a decade of work on the West
“The experience of having seen the
process from beginning to end, and that
land-use expertise that I acquired in the
process, I believe was very relevant to
Scott and his decision,” Levin said, noting
her contributions to more than 60 ULURP
(Uniform Land Use Review Procedure)
applications during her eight-year tenure
with the board. “Obviously I’m going to
remain true to where I came from as some-
one who’s keenly attuned to the importance
of understanding all aspects of the applica-
tion. What I certainly learned through the
community board process is ensuring that
the legitimate concerns of the local commu-
nity are taken into account. It’s got to make
sense from the land-use perspective overall,
but it also has to make sense locally.”
A Yale grad with a law degree from
N.Y.U., Levin’s career as a corporate lawyer
instilled an attention to detail she will no
doubt need to pore over intricate land-use
applications. That’s one reason Stringer
seems so tickled by his selection.
“The more I thought about what I
wanted our appointment to be about, it
became clear to me that she was just the
obvious choice,” he said, citing his ofﬁce’s
commitment to engaging the community on
citywide planning issues and his relation-
ship with Levin as a former state assembly-
man. “She’s a blockbuster choice,” Stringer
added. “If this was the N.F.L. draft, she was
the ﬁrst pick in the draft.”
For her part, Levin never imagined
she would arrive at a perch like the City
Planning Commission. “This is not anything
that I could have ever predicted when I got
into community board work eight years ago,
knowing nothing about land use work,” she
said. “Life takes some interesting twists and
turns. … Who would have guessed?”
Levin will take the place of Angela
Cavaluzzi, an appointee of former Borough
President C. Virginia Fields, whose term is
expiring. Levin will assume her position in
September after a transfer of leadership at
HYCAC and the Council’s conﬁrmation.
“Before I selected Anna, I called Speaker
Quinn, and she was absolutely thrilled,”
Stringer said. “This is a very forward-think-
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chairperson of Community Board 3’s Arts
Task Force, at the open house. Bartlett
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the project’s then-projected cost had risen
from $1 million to $2.7 million, “I got
sticker shock — I didn’t think it was pos-
Bartlett said, at ﬁrst, politicians doubted
ABC No Rio could handle such large funds
because it has a tiny annual operating bud-
get — only $75,000.
“But the thing is, there are so many vol-
unteers,” he stressed.
He added that Paul Nagle in
Councilmember Gerson’s office, was
“huge” in helping secure the funding.
Nagle knows the neighborhood’s arts
scene intimately from having been direc-
tor of Clemente Soto Velez Cultural
Center, Bartlett noted.
Julie Hair, an ABC No Rio board
member, played bass in two bands that
performed there in the 1980s, Bite Like a
Kitty and 3 Teens Kill 4, the latter which
she noted is “actually thinking of regroup-
ing.” She said she was “ecstatic” that the
city funding had been secured.
“I think it’s what had to be done,”
Hair, also a sculptor, said of rebuilding
from scratch. “I’m really excited about it.
The building is falling apart. ... It’s going
to be like a newer, cleaner space.”
Asked if the new ABC No Rio would
lose some of what made the old place
special, Hair said, “You’re not going to
be able to throw up wallpaper on the wall
that you silk-screened that day. It’s scary
that it’s going to lose the persona — or
whatever you’d call the persona of a place
like this. It’s going to be different.”
Asked if the made-over ABC No Rio
would allow graffiti, like that which
abounds by the ground-floor bathroom,
she answered, “I don’t know — I’ve won-
dered about that myself.”
The current building has leaks in the
fourth-floor silk-screen shop and is drafty
in winter, she said.
“But there’s no other place like it,” she
added, smiling. “It’s our drafty building.”
After getting out of art school, Hair
worked at Printed Matter bookstore,
where a co-worker advised her that
the Lower East Side was affordable.
Nowadays, though, many musicians and
artists live in Brooklyn, instead of the
Lower East Side, which has gotten too
“Twenty years ago, this was a really
cheap place to live,” she reflected. “It’s
not like that anymore. We can’t really pre-
serve what it used to be like. But it would
be nice to preserve a little part of it.”
Thanks to the funding from Stringer,
Gerson and the Council, at least “a little
part” of that Lower East Side arts scene
will indeed be saved.
Continued from page 11
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ABC No Rio goes ‘green’
July 10 - 16, 2009 20
Downtown teams shine and reach the ﬁnal
The Downtown Little League Juniors Division Rockies
defeated the D.L.L. Tigers 8-7 in the inter-league Division
Championship last week at Pier 40 in an exciting and close
To reach the ﬁnal, the Rockies, putting together a
no-hitter, defeated the Greenwich Village Little League
Dodgers 10-0 in the semiﬁnal National League Division
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by Friday at 5 PM. Suggested donation is $5 per child. July 25.
10.30-11.30 A.M. The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place.
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P.M. Children’s Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street, (212)
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July 11. 10.30-11.30 A.M. The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery
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dates and rates go to edalliance.org.
SUMMER FAMILY CONCERT SERIES Everyone is invited
to this free musical event for the whole family. July 16-Louie
Miranda, July 23- Blue Rooster Pie, July 30- Baby Soda Jazz
Band. 6.30 P.M. Washington Market Park, (Greenwich & Duane
Streets) Rain location: Downtown Community Center - Warren
Street (between Greenwich and West Streets). washingtonmar-
YOUNG ARTISTS PROGRAM-SUMMER ART CLASSES The
program provides affordable art classes for kids and teens. Stu-
dents are able to experience creating art in a professional art
school. Class size is limited to 12 students so individual attention
is maximized. All art supplies are included. For ages 10 to 14 and
15 to 19. Meetings twice a week for 6 weeks. $220 per 12-ses-
sion course. Through August 14, 2009. Educational Alliance
Art School. 197 East Broadway between Jefferson and Clinton
Streets. Call Lee Vasu 646-395-4237 edalliance.org/artschool.
YOUNG SPROUTS GARDENING This gardening program is
for children 3-5 years old. It includes simple gardening projects
appropriate for preschoolers. Free. Tuesdays through October
27. 3.15-3.45 P.M. Space limited-first come, first served. The
Children’s Garden, Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, Battery Park City
(access: Chambers Street) 212-267-9700 ext 348. bpcparks.org.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE YOUR EVENT IN THE DOWN-
TOWN EXPRESS KIDS LISTINGS? Listings requests may be
e-mailed to email@example.com. Please provide the date,
time, location, price and a description of the event. Information
may also be mailed to 145 Avenue of the Americas, New York,
NY 10013-1548. Requests must be received two weeks before
the event is to be published. Questions? Call 646-452-2507.
Moving Visions’ Murray Street Studio
A Wise Choice for your child’s dance education!
Dance for Children and Teens
• Modern Ballet (ages 5-18) • Choreography (ages 8 & up)
• Creative Movement/Pre-Ballet (ages 3-5)
19 Murray St., 3rd Fl.
(Bet. Broadway and Church)
ADULT CLASSES Yoga - Tai Chi • Chi/Dance/Exercise for Women
For the Whole Family
For an appointment, call 212-941-9095
General Dentistry & Cosmetic
Dentistry + Implants
Bleaching + Orthodontics
Dr. Martin Gottlieb
Dr. Raphael Santore
Dr. Reena Clarkson,
Dr. Ken Chu,
Dr. Grace Chin
19 Murray Street
Between Church & Broadway
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Summer in the City
Best Downtown Bets for July & August
BY SCOTT STIFFLER
Is there anything sadder than strolling through a NYC
street fair — overpriced funnel cake or gyro in hand — while
telling yourself you’re having a good time?
There’s got to be a better place to spend your summer
than standing aimlessly in the middle of the street between
two rows of desperate vendors hawking tube socks and
sunglasses that nobody wants to buy. Of course, there’s a
better place; and it’s right here; Downtown; just beyond that
sprawling street fair.
Here, then (to save you from a fate worse than $1 Thai
food or $6 smoothies) is our totally biased, not nearly com-
prehensive list of best Arts & Entertainment events happen-
ing between now and Labor Day. Depending upon your likes
and general disposition, you’ll either be enriched or enraged
by our choices — but you won’t be bored. And isn’t that why
you live here in the ﬁrst place?
THEATER: ICE FACTORY FESTIVAL
Soho Think Tank presents the sixteenth annual install-
ment of its Ice Factory Festival —which means to shield
you from the summer steam by delivering the coolest per-
formances it can muster from emerging and established
downtown theater companies (with some national and inter-
national groups thrown into the mix as well).
July 8-11, Anonymous Ensemble’s “A Wonderland” delivers
a psychedelic, music-fueled take on Lewis Carroll’s timelessly
weird tale — by casting Alice as an aimless urban dreamer
whose journey through the looking glass and down the rabbit
hole just might lead to a new and better self-identity.
July 15-18, Aztec Economy’s “Lavaman” concerns a shy
Queens-based comic illustrator whose repressed anger spills
into the pages of his unpublished graphic novel. July 29 through
August 1, International WOW’s “Reconstruction” features a
ﬁve-piece bluegrass band, a 30-person ensemble and the build-
ing of a house before your eyes — as a town destroyed by fore-
closures and calamities rebuilds itself from the ground up.
August 5 through 8, “Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant”
invites you to gather around banquet tables and enjoy a
home-cooked ﬁve-course meal as art, food and consumption
merge into one crazy, uncategorizable happening. The Ice
Factory Festival runs July 8 through August 15; Wednesday
through Saturday, 7:00p.m. at the Ohio Theatre, 66 Wooster
Street (between Spring & Broome). To order tickets ($15
for adults, $10 for students/seniors), call 212-868-4444 or
www.SmartTix.com. Visit www.SohoThinkTank.org.
CONVENTION: FIRST ANNUAL ASIAN AMERICAN
Taking place at the new, Maya Lin-designed Museum of
Chinese in America, the Asian American ComiCon (the ﬁrst
annual one, we’re assured) aims to assemble the best Asian
American creators in manga, mainstream and indie comics.
That’s good news for fans, who get to meet and mingle with
masters like Larry Hama (G.I. Joe), Sean Chen (Iron Man),
Greg Pak (Hulk), Bernard Chang (Wonder Woman), Derek
Kirk Kim (The Eternal Smile), Cliff Chiang (Green Arrow),
Khoi Pham (Mighty Avengers), and many more. Attendees will
have the chance to get autographed copies of their favorite
graphic novels, commission original sketches from top creators,
and take part in panels with self-aware topics such as “Nerdpop:
The rise of the nerds, and why geek chic is changing the game”
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Photo by Eamonn Farrell
The Queen, from Anonymous Ensemble’s “A Wonderland” (Ice Factory Festival)
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and “Pop Goes East: How the Asianization of
American pop culture has reshaped the graphic
novel.” July 11, 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. at the
Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre
Street). Tickets: $15 for students, $25 for adults
(18 and older); $75 VIP Pass gets you priority
reserved seating at all panels and workshops,
plus a complimentary Asian American graphic
novel signed by its creators — and an original
sketch from one of the artists participating in
the event’s Artists Alley. For more information
MUSIC: WOODSTOCK 40TH
If you’re not an aging hippie of a certain
age who was at the original Woodstock, here’s
your chance to brag to future generations
about seeing some of the original perform-
ers — who will be gathering to celebrate
the event’s impending 40th Anniversary. “4
Nights of Peace, Love & Music: A Tribute to
Woodstock” is presented (as most things are
these days) by the River to River Festival (this
time, with able assistance from the Alliance
for Downtown New York). A series of four
free concerts will feature Richie Havens, Arlo
Guthrie, and a tribute to and Sly & The Family
Stone (by way of Steven Bernstein’s Millennial
Territory Orchestra). Tickets will be distrib-
uted, 2 per person, outside Castle Clinton on a
ﬁrst-come, ﬁrst-served basis starting at 5:00pm
on the day of each show. Free; 7:00p.m., at
Castle Clinton National Monument (Battery
Park; State Street and Battery Place) on 4 suc-
cessive Thursdays (July 16 to August 6). For a
schedule of performers, call 212-835-2789 or
FESTIVALS: RIVER TO RIVER
If it’s an outdoor event happening
Downtown during the summer, all roads inev-
itably lead to the River to River Festival. As
culturally comprehensive and geographically
expansive as its name implies, the Festival
delivers a seriously stacked menu of free
music, dance and cultural events — occurring
at, among other places, the World Financial
Center, South Street Seaport, Rockefeller
Park, Battery Park and Castle Clinton.
For a complete, incredibly dense and
detailed programming schedule (plus all the
details on events listed below), visit www.
On July 13, “Movie Nights on the Elevated
Acre” delivers a free screening of “The Taking
of Pelham 123” (the original version — which
our ﬁlm critic Ed Koch recently declared
superior to the John Travolta remake cur-
rently in theaters). On July 20, it’s “West
Side Story.” The series concludes July 27 with
“The Sweet Smell of Success.”
July 16 and 17 at 12:30p.m., jazz prodigy
Emmet Cohen (praised for his sophisticat-
ed phrasing and compositions) dazzles the
audience as he tickles the ivories (World
Financial Center, Winter Garden).
July 21, famed Indian composer Karsh Kale,
joined by Timeline, perform with GamelaTron
(provocatively, proudly billed as “the world’s
ﬁrst and only Gamelan orchestra”).
In celebration of Merce Cunningham’s
90th birthday, The Joyce Theater is co-
producing Merce Cunningham Dance
Company’s site-speciﬁc event—which cel-
ebrates the work of the legendary choreog-
rapher (August 1, 6:00p.m. and August 2,
2:00p.m.; at Rockefeller Park).
July 20 through 23 at 6:00p.m. and July
27 through 30 at 1:00p.m., LMCC Sitelines
presents “Sitelines: A Space Funk Invasion
by Nicholas Leichter Dance.” Witness the
present, and future, of funk with a perfor-
mance that combines elements of music,
cabaret club culture, fashion and dance (at
the Seaport, Fulton & Front Streets).
August 5, 7:00p.m., Los Salseros Del
Hudson brings, as it implies in another lan-
guage, the great sound of salsa music to the
Hudson. Led by Jimmy Sabater Jr. (son of
salsa legend Jimmy Sabater Sr.), an ensemble
of over a dozen musicians shake the raf-
ters with their explosive and unforgettable
sound; or they would, if not for the fact the
concert takes place outdoors — at Wagner
Park (Battery Place and West Street).
PHOTOGRAPHY: NEW YORK TO NEW
Since 1971, Soho Photo Gallery has been
showcasing a broad spectrum of imagery by
emerging and veteran photographers. One
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Photo courtesy of River To River Festival
Richie Havens, around now to celebrate
Photo courtesy of River to River Festival
Battery Park Orchestra (River to River Festival)
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Photo courtesy of Peter Leitch
“West Fourteenth Street, New York, 1999” (“New York to New Orleans,” through
July 10 - 16, 2009 24
particular artist, currently showing, takes a
look at the old and the new — in both name,
nature and concept. Peter Leitch’s “New
York to New Orleans” features more than
30 photographs culled from several road
trips Leitch made through the South (and
his time spent here, at home, in NYC). The
show contrasts New York City’s verticality,
crowded streets and media saturation with
the ﬂat highways, cotton ﬁelds and low-
rise architecture of the American South. In
the process, musician/photographer Leitch
both mirrors and differentiates the simplic-
ity of the rural blues from the complex-
ity of urban jazz. Through August 8, at
Soho Photo; 15 White Street. Call 212-226-
8571 or visit www.sohophoto.com. Gallery
Hours: Wednesday thru Sunday, 1:00p.m. to
6:00p.m. and by appointment.
EVENTS: FREE SUMMER
PERFOERMING ARTS FESTIVAL
City Parks Foundation is the organization
behind this series of summertime events
— which, when put together, comprise the
only free performing arts festival in NYC
that hosts performances in all ﬁve boroughs.
With 75 concerts, dance and theater events
happening throughout 21 parks, you need a
website calendar just to make sense of the
schedule. Fortunately, they have one: www.
Theatrical happenings featured in the
2009 season include Chisa Hutchinson’s
“Dirt Rich” — the ﬁrst play commissioned
by the festival. As for slightly older and more
established playwrights, NY’s Tisch School
of the Arts Continuum Company presents
modern adaptations of Shakespeare via their
“Theater in a Box: Essential Shakespeare
/ Dream A Little Dream.” Poet Jessica
Care Moore fuses music and spoken word
in her one-woman show, “God is Not an
Troupes on the calendar of events for
CityParks Dance: Morphoses/The Wheedon
Company; the African American troupe
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company,
break dancing experts Illstyle & Peace
Productions; abstract expressionist work
from nathantrice/RITUALS; and Ballet
Noir—featuring artists of diverse cultural
backgrounds on a mission to make ballet
accessible to the masses. Dance master class-
es will be featured before all performances,
and will be taught by dance professionals
Got music on your mind? CityParks
Concerts delivers performances from
Grammy award-winning R&B singer
Chrisette Michele, salsa sensation Frankie
Negron, and gospel music from the pastor
of Brooklyn’s Love Fellowship Tabernacle:
Hezekiah Walker. Fans of the ﬁrst wave of
hip-hop can catch Naughty by Nature, KRS-
One, and Slick Rick.
ART: NIGHT PAINTINGS
For nearly twenty years, NYC resi-
dent Tom Keough has focused on paint-
ing urban and country landscapes set in
the hours after sundown. “Tom Keough:
Night Paintings” is an exhibition of his
recent works. Focusing on quiet NYC
settings, Keough’s ominous yet melan-
choly vision of urban alienation will seem
both familiar and strange to anyone who
calls this densely populated city home.
Mysteriously empty streets, dark alleys
and overlooked corners are transformed
by the effects of man-made light and
heaven-sent snow. Frozen in time and
devoid of activity, they convey a sense
of solitude normally achieved only in
empty movie backlot visions of Gotham.
Through July 31, at Hal Bromm Gallery;
90 West Broadway (at Chambers Street);
MUISC: RIVER & BLUES
Thursdays in July, Battery Park City
Parks Conservancy’s “2009 River & Blues”
season presents a series of free sunset con-
certs. July 23, 7:00p.m., Hazmat Modine
takes to the stage with “the energy of a
brass band and the scratchy sound of an
old blues record.” July 30, Jay Collins
& the Kings County Band wrap things
up with their take on New Orleans-style
funk, classic jazz and blues. At Robert F.
Wagner Jr. Park on the Hudson River. For
more information, call 212-267-9700 or
MUSIC: SUMMER SOUNDS
Trinity Wall Street’s Summer Sounds
concert series helps you beat the heat
with free music performances every
Wednesday, 1:00p.m. to 2:30p.m., in July
and August. As free as the breeze, all you
need do to attend is show up at the north
churchyard of Trinity Church (Broadway
at Wall Street), all are welcome to take
a break from the workday, grab a free
lemonade and enjoy a musical perfor-
mance by an eclectic group of musicians.
From jazz, to blues & ragtime, to global
drumming, music from the Andes, and a
Beatles cover band, each week will fea-
ture a different style of music. Highlights
include music of the Andes from Agua
Clara (July 15); classical guitar player
Mark Edward (July 22); percussive-driven
sounds from Mecca Bodega (July 29);
New Orleans brass band sounds from
Jeff Newell’s New-Trad Octet (August 5);
and, on August 26, Beatles cover band
Yesterday And Today. For more informa-
tion, visit www.trinitywallstreet.com or
ART: THE SCULPTURE GUILD
What event gives you the opportunity
to experience a ferry ride, sea breeze, time
spent on an island other than Manhattan
and art? “Formative Lines: Working in
Drawing and Sculpture” (presented by
The Sculpture Guild) is a Governer’s
Island event happening through October
4. See 86 works of drawing and sculp-
ture (housed in historic House 19 on
Nolan park). The show, titled “Formative
Lines: Working in Drawing and Sculpture,”
examines (according to the curators
Johanna Kleinberg and Rachel Liebowitz
of The Drawing Center) “the interdepen-
dent relations between drawing and sculp-
ture, bridging the distinctions between
two- and three-dimensional artworks.”
As for the style, expect everything from
ﬁgurative or abstract to works tradition-
ally cast in metal or concrete, as well as
art processed in a 3-D digital computer.
Governors Island will be open to the pub-
lic on Fridays from 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
and on Saturdays and Sundays between
10:00a.m. and 7:00p.m.; reached every
hour by ferry from the Battery Maritime
building next to the Staten Island ferry in
Lower Manhattan. For more information,
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Photo courtesy of City Parks Foundation
City Parks Dance
Photo by Schector Lee
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I NTRODUCTORY ART WORK-
SHOPS Are you thinking about tak-
ing an art class, but not sure what
you want to take? Come to the art
workshops, try out a cl ass before
committing to a full course and make
an artwork to take home. Pottery, car-
tooning, drawing and photographs.
$15 per workshop The Educational
Alliance Art School 197 East Broad-
way 212-780-2300 x 428 edalliance.
ADULT FITNESS PROGRAM Yoga
classes are available at 9:15 A.M. on
Mondays, Zumba at 7 P.M. on Mon-
days and Thursdays and Total Body
Workout on Tuesdays at 9 A.M. Free
trial classes. Downtown Community
Center, 120 Warren St., manhattany-
DANCE AND PILATES Ballet, jazz,
tango, hi p-hop, and modern dance
classes offered for all levels. $16/
class, discounts available. Ongoing.
Dance New Amsterdam, 280 Broad-
way (entrance at 53 Chambers St.) 2nd
Floor. 212-279-4200. dnadance.org.
TABLE TENNIS TRAINING PRO-
GRAM Tabl e t enni s t r ai ni ng i s
offered to players of all skill levels. A
venue for players of all ages to come
together, enjoy the sport, and build
new friendships. Mon.-Fri., 10 A.M.-
1 P.M. $100 a year for people ages
6-15 and 50 and older, $200 for oth-
ers. American Asian Cultural Center
of Tribeca, 384 Broadway, lower level.
NE W B E G I NNI NG S C H A I R
YOGA Trinity Church’s seniors group
meets for one hour of gentl e yoga
while seated. 10-11A.M. Ongoing.
Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall St.
PERSONAL GRIDLOCK Learn how
to simplify your life, increase produc-
tivity, reduce stress and give yourself
a sense of control. $25. This program
will be available for Priority Regis-
tration July 16. General Registration
begins August 3. First session: Oct
27, 12-1 P.M. 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson
Street 212.601.1000 92ytribeca.com.
SUPPORT GROUP FOR FIRST-TIME
MOTHERS Join parenting experts,
Drs. Ann Chanler and Nancy Carroll-
Freeman, and other new mothers
to voice your thoughts and feelings
and find support and encouragement.
$25 per group. Thursdays 10-11 A.M.
Tribeca Pediatrics, 46 Warren Street.
WEIGHTWATCHERS Weekly meet-
ings to help motivate you and keep
you focused. Stop dieting and start
living! Come and meet our friendly
group and new leader. From $9 per
week. Tuesday afternoons at 3.30pm.
Doors open from 3.00pm for weigh in.
Caring Community Room, Level 2, 310
Greenwich St. Entry at side of building
next to Washington Market Park.646-
ISADORANOW The performance is
dedicated to preserving Isadora Dun-
can’s repertoire and continuing her
legacy. The company presents Isadora
Duncan’s Polonaise and Varshavianka
alongside three world premieres. $20;
$15 students/seniors; ($35 July 11)
Thursday-Saturday – July 9-11. 8 P.M.
Joyce Soho, 155 Mercer Street. 212-
SUMMER DANCE AT THE NATION-
AL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN
INDIAN Native Pride Dancers, led by
Larry Yazzie (Diné), lead special sessions
of storytelling and interactive dance.
July14-16, 11 A.M., 1-3 P.M. National
Museum of the American Indian, One
Bowling Green, 212-514-3700, nmai.
IRISH FAMILY DANCE For one night
at Battery Park City, everyone is Irish.
The Pender-Keady Academy of Irish
Dance will perform and lead the audi-
ence in traditional Irish dances. Free.
July 18. 6.30-8 P.M. Esplanade Plaza,
Battery Park City (subway: 4,5,J, M,Z
to Wall Street, R,W to Whitehall) 212-
ORIGINAL WOMEN SUMMER CEL-
EBRATION This artistic event cel-
ebrates women artisans from around
the globe. Guests will enjoy a compli-
mentary toast of South African spar-
kling wine, delicious hors d’oeuvres
by Toyo Kahane and cool world music
selected live by Béco, renowned Bra-
zilian musician. Free. July 22, 6-8.30
P.M. The Bubble Lounge, 228 West
FREE HEARING SCREENINGS AT
THE LEAGUE FOR THE HARD OF
HEARING Every Wed. from 12-2 P.M.
and every Thurs. from 4-6 P.M. Call
or email to schedule an appointment.
LEAGUE FOR THE HARD OF HEARING,
50 Broadway, 6th Fl. 917-305-7766,
THE PORT OF NEW YORK DURING
THE CIVIL WAR Visitors can learn
more about New York City during the
Civil War both on land and at sea.
Free admission from 5-9pm. July 17,
5-9 P.M. South Street Seaport Muse-
um, 12 Fulton Street. 212-748-8786
SI T E L I NE S- UNT I T L E D COR-
NER Thi s si te-speci fi c col l abora-
tion by Daniel Arsham, Jonah Bokaer
& Judi t h Sanchez Rui z exami nes
memory l oss, pattern recogni ti on,
and perceptual faculties as they apply
to the human body, creating the illu-
sion of an expanded space. Free. July
10,13,17 at 12.30 P.M. July 15 at 7 P.M
One Chase Manhattan Plaza (located
between Pine, Liberty, Nassau, and
William Streets) 212.219.9401 x118
THE BIG DRAW Everyone is invited
to participate in this fun and creative
group project that is guaranteed to
change the way people think about
drawing. July 18. The Bosque in Bat-
tery Park (South of Castle Clinton in
Battery Park)-11 A.M-4 P.M. Smithso-
nian’s National Museum of the Ameri-
can Indian (Alexander Hamilton U.S.
Custom House; One Bowling Green
across from Battery Park)- 11 A.M.-4
P.M. World Financial Center Winter
Garden (Between Vesey and Liberty
Streets and West Side Highway and
t he Hudson Ri ver ) - 11 A. M. - 4P. M.
PUBLI C SAI LS ABOARD 1885
SCHOONER PIONEER Enjoy spec-
tacular views of the New York Harbor
from the deck of the hi stori c shi p.
Tuesdays-Fridays: 3-5PM, 4-6PM and
7-9PM, Saturdays-Sundays: 1-3PM,
4-6PM, 7-9PM. Pri ces: 4-6PM and
7-9PM sai l s: Adul ts $35, Student/
Seniors $30m Children 12 and under
$25. 1-3PM and 3-5PM sails: Adults
$25, Student/Seniors $20, Children
12 and under $15. Members receive
$5 discount. Reservations suggested.
South Street Seaport. Pier 16. 212-
T HI S WORL D AND NE ARE R
ONES Thi s arti sti c event wi l l be
hel d duri ng the summer on Gover-
nors Island. 19 artworks by interna-
tional contemporary artists will be
presented. The exhibition is free and
open to the public. Fridays 11-4 P.M.,
Saturdays and Sundays 12-6 P. M.
Governor’s I sl and ( The Governors
Island Ferry departs from the Battery
Maritime Building, adjacent to the
Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Lower
POLICING A CHANGED CITY The
exhibition documents how NYPD uses
technological progress and new meth-
ods of gathering information and out-
reach to serve and protect the people
after the tragedy of 9/11. Adul ts:
$7.00,seniors: $5.00, children (6-18):
$5.00, members and children under 6:
free. New York City Police Museum,
100 Old Slip. 212-480-3100 nycpolice-
JOHN LENNON-THE NEW YORK
CI TY YEARS Rar e, or i gi nal and
never-before-seen artifacts of John
Lennon are on display for the public
at this rocking exhibition. $24.50, stu-
dents with ID $19.50. Buy tickets at
museumtix.com or 866.9ROCKNY. Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame Annex NYC, 76
Mercer Street rockannex.com.
BLACK&WHITE WORKS A diverse
range of black & white artworks in
varyi ng medi a i s the focus of thi s
exhibition.Through July 31.Ronald
Feldman Fine Arts, 31 Mercer Street,
BLACK ACID CO-OP Labeled the
“moniker for a counter-culture enclave
embedded in the metropolis, “this
artistic display is the third collabora-
tive project of Justin Lowe and Jonah
Freeman. Through August 15. Deitch
Projects, 18 Wooster Street. deitch-
BEAUTY SURROUNDS US Vi si -
tors can see a unique display includ-
ing an elaborate Quechua girl’s dance
outfit, a Northwest Coast chief’s staff
with carved animal figures and crests,
Seminole turtle shell dance leggings,
a conch shell trumpet from pre-Colum-
bian Mexico, and an Inupiak (Eskimo)
ivory cribbage board. Two interactive
media stations show visitors in-depth
descriptions of each object. Ongoing
through March 2010. National Museum
of the American Indian, One Bowling
Green, 212-514-3700, nmai.si.edu.
IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK Visit
Manhattan’s oldest surviving building,
54 Pearl Street which has witnessed
nearly 300 years of the city’s history.
Ongoing. $4, $3 seniors and children
under 18, and free to children under
six. Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl
St. 212-425-1776, frauncestavernmu-
WISER THAN GOD It presents world-
wide working artists born in or before
1926. Through July 31. BLT Gallery, 270
Bowery, 2nd Floor. 212 260 4129 billy-
MARINE ECOLOGY ABOARD 1885
SCHOONER PIONEER Learn about
the creatures that inhabit the local
harbor estuary, harbor water quality,
and what is being done to maintain
this valuable ecosystem. $30 adults /
$25 students & seniors / $20 children
12 and under / Members receive a $5
discount. South Street Seaport, Pier 16
(Programs Afloat) 212-748-8786 south-
WOMAN OF LETTERS: I RÈNE
NÉMIROVSKY AND SUITE FRAN-
ÇAISE The exhibit examines the life,
work, and legacy of this enthralling,
often controversial, literary figure.
Now extended through August 30. $12
adults, $10 seniors, $7 students, chil-
dren under 12 free. Museum of Jewish
Heritage 36 Battery Place 646-437-
WOMEN OF WALL STREET The
exhibition showcases notable women
i n t he wor l d of f i nance and Wal l
Street throughout history. Museum
of American Finance, 48 Wall Street,
HUDSON SQUARE MUSI C AND
WI NE FESTI VAL-AFTER-WORK
NYC BACKYARD BBQ A free neigh-
borhood celebration of music, food,
and wine. Free. Tuesday evenings at 5
P.M.Through August 11. Concerts: July
14-William Elliot Whitmore. Entrance
on Spring Street between Varick and
Hudson (parking lot) citywinery.com/
RI VER & BL UES F EATURI NG
HAZMAT MODINE Listen to soul and
blues as you enjoy spectacular sunsets
on the Hudson River. Free. July 23.
7-8.30 P.M. Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park.
Battery Park City (access Battery Place
& West Side Highway) 212-267-9700
CHRISTINA COURTIN A New York
City-based artist with a unique style in
concert at the 92Ytribeca. $10. July 17,
7 P.M doors, 7.30 P.M. show. 92YTribe-
ca, 200 Hudson Street 212.601.1000
ANTHONY GONZALEZ (OF M83)
AND JANET BIGGS The artist treats
the audience with an ambient perfor-
mance. New York-based artist Janet
Biggs begins the night with a screen-
ing of her short film, Vanishing Point.
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