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VOLUME 23, NUMBER 40
express THE NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN FEBRUARY 16 - 23, 2011

Negotiations for Peck


Slip school in final,
urgent stages
BY ALINE REYNOLDS Silver’s office last Thursday.
Downtown parents are She said the S.C.A. is in
eagerly awaiting news con- daily correspondence with
cerning a 400-seat elemen- the U.S.P.S., though she
tary school opening at the wouldn’t say when the two
Peck Slip post office build- parties would seal the deal.
ing in the Financial District. In the meantime, the
Whether its good news or S.C.A. has been given access
bad news is yet to be deter- to the building to conduct
mined. environmental tests and
Elizabeth Rose, direc- other standard inspections,
tor of portfolio planning which Rose says will expe-
for the city’s Department of dite the process when an
Education, said the School agreement is reached.
Construction Authority has A new school to the north,
not yet finalized its exclusive in Hudson Square, is also
negotiations with the U.S. on the horizon. Trinity Real
Postal Service for acquisi- Estate, which hopes to erect
tion of the site. a residential tower at Duarte
“There’s absolutely a Square, plans to carve out
sense of urgency,” Rose four stories of raw space for
told members of the School a K-5 public school and per-
Overcrowding Task Force at manently hand it over to the
Downtown Express photo by John Bayles Assembly Speaker Sheldon D.O.E.

A father never forgets Continued on page 20

Joseph Graffagnino Sr. lost his son in the 2007 Deutsche Bank Building fire. Although 130 Liberty is now at
ground level, Graffagnino Sr. chose to remind the L.M.D.C. that the tragedy that took his son’s life will never be
forgotten.

Out of sight, but never out of mind


BY ALINE REYNOLDS his 34th birthday. He died on August 130 Liberty Street were accidental.
Joseph Graffagnino Sr., the father of 18, 2007 along with 53-year-old Robert Nevertheless, the fire brought safety
a New York City firefighter who died in Beddia, in a blaze that set afire the and regulations of NYC buildings in
the 2007 Deutsche Bank building fire, upper floors of the building that were the spotlight.
delivered an unexpected and poignant undergoing demolition. State and city “watchdogs” he
testimony on Monday evening at 250 Thirty-nine months later, said, are now monitoring buildings all
Broadway. Graffagnino Sr. said, it was discovered over Manhattan to ensure that safety
His remarks stood in juxtaposition to that the demolition job wasn’t carried requirements are met.
a presentation made only minutes later out properly. “Does it slow down construction
by the Lower Manhattan Development “When questioned about their and deconstruction of buildings? Yes,
Corporation on the demolition of 130 responsibilities, we heard hundreds of it does,” he said. “Does it add to the
Liberty Street, where the Deutsche excuses, including they weren’t trained, costs and time involved? Of course.
building once stood. The presenta- didn’t understand, or didn’t think it But it should prevent another tragedy
tion marked the end of a flawed and applied to them,” he said. from happening, and it does safeguard
delayed project that took Joseph Peter It is “inconceivable,” Graffagnino
Graffagnino Jr.’s life two days before Sr. said, that the building violations at Continued on page 19 Dance programs inspire and illuminate. See page 24
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C.B. 1
Savor the Romance
Food lovers can meet at the front entrance of 120
Broadway between Cedar and Pine Streets this Saturday
Court against the Port Authority of New York and New
Jersey on Monday.
The church accuses the Port Authority of disavow-
ing to its agreement with the archdiocese to rebuild St.
M EE TING S
A schedule of this week’s upcoming Community
for the first installment of the Downtown Alliance’s Nicholas at 130 Liberty Street, the site adjacent to its Board 1 committee meetings is below. Unless otherwise
“Lower Manhattan Eats” culinary tours. original location at 155 Cedar Street. noted, all committee meetings are held at the board
The monthly series lets food enthusiasts wander the “Contrary to working cooperatively with the office, located at 49-51 Chambers St., room 709 at 6
streets of the oldest neighborhood in Manhattan, visiting Archdiocese and the Parish… the Port Authority— p.m.
restaurants that serve oysters, chocolates, and wine. without permission, notice, or any legal justification
“Lower Manhattan is ready to help you celebrate whatsoever—has sent its bulldozers” onto church-owned ON WED., FEB. 16: C.B. 1’s Affordable Housing
Valentine’s Day, from elegant dinners to world-class land at 155 Cedar Street and to church-promised land at Task Force will meet at 6:30 p.m.
chocolate and wine shops to a skating rink with dra- 130 Liberty Street, according to a statement issued by
matic views,” said Elizabeth H. Berger, President of the the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. ON THURS., FEB. 17: C.B. 1’s Quality of Life
Downtown Alliance. “The Parish and the Archdiocese would have preferred Committee will meet.
“And, with 12 subway lines, 30 bus routes, six ferry to rebuild the Church without litigation,” the statement
terminals and the PATH train,” she said, “it’s easy for continued. “However, they have been unable to do so ON MON., FEB. 21: The CB 1 office will be closed
everyone to get to their romantic destinations.” since the Port Authority renounced a long-standing for President’s Day.
agreement with the Church to rebuild at Ground Zero,
seized the Church’s land, barred the Church from access ON TUES., FEB. 15: C.B. 1 will have its monthly
D.W.C. files appeal against Black to it, and has refused to talk or meet with the Church or full board meeting at Pace University, Multipurpose
The Deny Waiver Coalition filed an appeal against a the Archdiocese.” Room, 1 Pace Plaza, Manhattan.
waiver granted to New York City Schools Chancellor Cathie
Black.
Education Commissioner David Steiner and NYC Mayor CATS Study comes out www.
Michael Bloomberg “colluded to circumvent the law by
appointing [Shael Polakow-Suransky as chief academic
officer], since Ms. Black has no experience in education,”
A new Canal Area Transportation study just released
will shed light on transportation and safety issues in
the area. The report, published by the NY Metropolitan
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according to a statement released by the D.W.C. Transportation Council, aims to identify short-term solu-
Parents held a press conference on the steps of Tweed tions to improve infrastructure and mobility, and relieve
Courthouse on Monday to announce the appeal, which they congestion, in the study area.
filed with the NY State appellate court to oppose the lower The area under evaluation is bounded by Houston
court’s decision made in late December that favored the Street to the north; Chambers Street to the south; and
Black waiver. the Hudson and East Rivers.
“No one should see the ruling of one Supreme Court The first CATS study, conducted in 2002, led to the
judge as dispositive of the dispute,” said Arthur Z. Schwartz, city’s repaving of Canal Street with higher-visibility 125 Fulton St.
counsel to the new public interest law firm Advocates for crosswalks; a renaming of traffic signals and repairing of
Justice, who will be representing the parents’ group in their streetlights along the street; and addressing traffic sign New York, NY
appeal. problems at the Holland Tunnel and Manhattan Bridge. (212) 619-0300
At a recent Downtown education forum, Julie Menin, Data compiled for the study includes traffic and
chair of Community Board 1, reiterated her concerns about pedestrian counts, travel time and delay information, Serving Breakfast,
Black’s facetious remarks made at a January overcrowding parking surveys, and accident data, according to the Lunch and Dinner
task force meeting organized by NY State Assembly Speaker report. Free Delivery in FiDi, Battery Park City,
Sheldon Silver. Black jokingly suggested to task force mem- Per the results of the study, the N.Y.M.T.C. recom- Seaport and Tribeca Areas
bers that the solution to overcrowding in Lower Manhattan mends a widening of sidewalks in the area; the continua- Order online: breadfactorycafe.com
schools is to use birth control, and that citywide decisions to tion of truck restrictions in the Holland Tunnel; and the breadfactorycatering.com
solving school problems is a “Sophie’s choice” of choices. upholding of Canal Street as a two-way thoroughfare Fax: 212-619-4907
“I know they were made in jest,” said Menin, but the with left-turn restrictions at certain intersections.
comments harped on a larger problem, which is that The N.Y.M.T.C. also suggested the addition of high-
the D.O.E. lacks a strategy to relieve overcrowding in
Downtown schools.
“Commissioner Steiner himself stated that Ms. Black’s
occupancy vehicle lanes on the Manhattan Bridge; real-
time signs encouraging the use of alternate routes to
Canal Street, such as Route 9A; and a park management
Having an Affair ?
resume does not demonstrate extensive knowledge about plan for the area.
the educational issues confronting New York City’s public It Should be Prestigious
schools,” said Schwartz.
“While others may accept Ms. Black’s appointment as Carmine’s making a comeback? It Should be Elegant
a fait accompli,” said Manhattan petitioner parent Noah Carmine’s Italian Seafood might return to the South It Should be……………………….
Gotbaum, “as parents and educators we will continue to do Street Seaport, according to reports. The famed res-
everything in our power to hold this mayor accountable to
appoint a schools’ leader with demonstrated interest in all of
taurant closed last summer after being open in the
Seaport, at Beekman and Front Streets, for more than
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shoplifted the three jackets at 3:15 p.m. and police said.


fled with them. He was identified on a sur- On Jan. 25, the suspects entered a shop at

POLICE BLOTTER veillance tape.

Boutique robberies
75 Baxter St., at 4:50 p.m. when one of them
punched the woman attendant in the face,
dragged her to the bathroom in the rear of
the store and tied her hands with plastic ties,
Police arrested Anthony Gilliam, 49, and according to the charges.
Baruch Houses murder Not a bellhop Albert Anderson, 48, for robbing shops in On Jan. 21, the suspects entered a bou-
Police responding to a 911 call at A woman visitor checked into the Chinatown, Soho and the Upper East Side tique at 533 Third Ave. at E. 35th St., where
4:58 a.m. Sat., Feb. 12 found a 30 year- Sheraton Four Points, 66 Charleton St., between Jan. 21 and Feb. 3 and tying up and one of them grabbed the woman attendant
old woman with multiple stab wounds Mon. Feb. 14 and saw a man she thought beating the employees. Gilliam, who was by the neck. The two suspects bound the vic-
to her back in the elevator of a Baruch was a bellhop taking her bags from the arrested Feb. 9, was charged with robbing tim’s hands and legs and took her bag before
Houses building at 555 FDR Dr. The front desk to the conference room shortly a shop at 199 Prince St. on the afternoon of fleeing, according to the charges.
victim was pronounced dead on arrival after noon, police. She left for a two- Feb. 3 with Anderson. They threatened to The suspects are being held pending a
at Beth Israel Hospital. Police withheld hours walk around the neighborhood kill the woman attendant and attempted to March 1 court appearance, according to a
the identity of the victim, described only and returned to learn that her bags were tie her hands behind her back, police said. spokesperson for District Attorney Cyrus
as a 30-year-old Hispanic woman, pend- missing. The hotel surveillance camera She managed to escape after the pair fled, Vance Jr.
ing family notification. The case is under showed a man who not a hotel employee
investigation. picking up the bags and walking off,

Triple stabbing
police said.
Beth Israel is coming
First Precinct police responded to a report
of a brawl at Sway Lounge, 305 Spring St.,
Recover East River DOA
The NYPD harbor unit pulled the body
to Chinatown
at 2:36 a.m. Tues. Feb. 8 and found one man of a man out of the East River who jumped Beth Israel Medical Center officially physicians to provide outpatient needs in
bleeding from a laceration to his scalp. An from the Manhattan Bridge on Thursday opened its Chinatown Multispecialty Group Chinatown by bridging the gap and to pro-
Emergency Medical Service team took the morning Feb. 10. A witness who spotted the on Wednesday February 16 with a ribbon- vide a continuity of care throughout the
injured man to Bellevue Hospital where he man jumping phoned 911 at around 7 a.m. cutting ceremony at 110 Lafayette Street at entire process from outpatient evaluation to
was described as being in stable condition. The victim was not identified pending family Walker Street. hospital treatment and intervention, to post
Police learned that a second man, 25, had notification. The clinic, staffed by bilingual Chinese- operative care and follow-up, said Martin
been stabbed in the stomach earlier and English physicians, surgeons and supporting S. Karpeh Jr. chairman of Beth Israel’s
gotten on his own to New York Presbyterian staff, brings specialty medical services treat- Department of Surgery.
Hospital where he was said to be in stable French Connection ing heart, vascular, lung, chest, gastro-intes- Office hours at the Lafayette Street clinic
conditions. A third man in the brawl walked Police arrested Bradley Jones, 53, on Feb. tinal and cancer conditions to Chinatown are normally 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday
into Downtown Hospital on Gold St. with a 4 and charged him with larceny for stealing residents. through Friday with some physicians avail-
laceration to his ear, police said. There were three jackets with a total value of $1,104 “The opening of this new group demon- able “23/7” via cell phone. In additions,
no arrests and police are investigating the from the French Connection boutique, 435 strates another strong union between New the bilingual staff will assist patients and
incident. W. Broadway near Prince St. on Jan. 5. Jones York’s Asian community and Beth Israel,” referring physicians with any other needs for
said Dr. Harris M. Nagler, president of hospital services.
Beth Israel Medical Center. Beth Israel’s Beth Israel Medical Center is part of
Asian Services Center, which includes the Continuum Health Partners, Inc., a not-for-
Chinatown Multispecialty Group, has a long profit system that also include St. Luke’s
tract record of working with local Chinese and Roosevelt Hospitals, Long Island
American physicians and community leaders College Hospital and New York Eye and Ear
to provide quality health care to the commu- Infirmary.
nity. Nagler said.
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Tired of being ‘malled,’ residents reject Soho BID


BY ALINE REYNOLDS dents their $5,000 fees.
A hotly debated business improvement “It’s not our intention to charge anything to
district for Soho is close to materializing. the residents,” he said. The Soho BID would
The proposal, approved by the City Planning become the first of all 64 BID’s in the city to
Commission last week, now only awaits approv- offer a reimbursement plan to co-op dwellers,
al by the City Council. according to the city’s Department of Small
But many Soho residents vehemently oppose Business Services.
a business improvement district, or BID, con- The BID, Steinwurtzel noted, should act as
tending that it will lead to more crowds in an an advocate for all stakeholders in Soho. The
area that is already jampacked with tourists and committee has devoted $250,000 to launch-
shoppers from elsewhere in the city. ing it.
The BID, which would extend between He said he plans to continue to meet with
Canal and East Houston Sts. along Broadway, area residents to get their input and will heed
would provide sanitation; public safety and visi- their concerns. He also hopes some of them will
tor services; marketing, promotion and adver- join the BID’s board, which currently mostly
tising; holiday lighting; and streetscape and consists of landlords, with just two residents.
storefront improvements. “A BID is a place where all the opinions
“Some people look at this and say, ‘It’s a BID have to be respected, worked on together and
— all you want to do is make the neighborhood agreed on,” Steinwurtzel said. His family has
more crowded, and have more tourists coming owned real estate on Broadway in the neighbor-
here,’ ” said Brian Steinwurtzel, co-chairperson hood since the early 1980’s.
of the BID’s steering committee, formed in June Having a centralized voice for the commu-
2009 to create the BID proposal. nity could be very advantageous, according to
“We’re not saying we’re only for that,” he Photo by Aline Reynolds John Pasquale, a member of the BID’s steering
continued. “What we’re saying is there are Ricardo James, right, a salesperson at Boys and Chicks on Broadway, said he’s tired committee who owns several properties in
already all these stores and traffic. We have to of giving visitors — like the couple above — directions all the time, and would wel- Soho.
figure out a way to deal with it, and we think the come a Soho BID providing such services. “It’s important to have a common company
BID is the best and proven way to deal with it.” that’s going to stay on top of all these concerns,”
If the BID wins approval, commercial prop- bursement plan that would compensate co-op than $50,000 slated for visitor services and he said.
erty owners and residents in mixed-use com- residents for the annual fees. Co-op residents marketing of the district. In assessing residents’ Many other Soho landlords, and even resi-
mercial co-op buildings will have to pitch in are legally required to pay the same sum toward concerns, City Planning advised the BID’s steer- dents, apparently agree with Pasquale. Of the
around $5,000 per year toward the services, a BID that commercial property owners do, ing committee to specify the intended use of the 45 percent of those that responded to a sur-
according to Steinwurtzel. All other residents, according to city Department of Finance regu- money toward these services. vey conducted by the steering committee and
meanwhile, will have to contribute a token fee lations. “Specifically,” Planning’s report states, “this overseen by the city, according to Steinwurtzel,
of $1 per year. This co-op residents’ fee was a chief reason plan should expressly state that funds are more than 90 percent of residents favored the
The planned district was approved unani- why Community Board 2 rejected the proposal. included for providing signage and other way- BID, and some 80 percent of all survey respon-
mously by City Planning on Jan. 26., whose The board’s January resolution states, “There finding tools for identifying the location of dents supported it.
vote is advisory and not binding. The City is no mechanism in place to ensure that all businesses, such as a logo and map, as well as Local residents opposed to the BID, however,
Council wouldn’t disclose a tentative timeline residential owners not be assessed more than providing information to the public about the remain convinced it will only serve Broadway’s
for its vote. $1 annually, as is custom in all BID’s in New unique historical character of the district.” businesses, and they resent the authority the
In a report, City Planning recommended York City.” Steinwurtzel said the organization is com-
that the Soho BID include a residential reim- Another point of contention is the more mitted to reimbursing all Broadway co-op resi- Continued on page 17

B.P.C. hotel gets makeover, goes green


BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER Fusco said that Goldman hopes that the At one time, Battery Park City had few the corner of North End Avenue and Vesey
The former Embassy Suites Hotel at 102 structure will be awarded LEED (Leadership restaurants to brag about. Now there will Street, Goldman is considering bringing in
North End Avenue is getting an almost total in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold be so many in the Conrad hotel property a bookstore, a cosmetics store or a cloth-
makeover. Status for its environmentally responsible that it may be difficult to choose. Danny ing store. Finally, on the North End Avenue
The property, which is owned by Goldman features. Meyer’s Shake Shack on Murray Street, fac- flank where the Pac Rim restaurant and the
Sachs and is directly across a narrow breeze- Because the Embassy Suites hotel roof ing the ball fields, will be one of the first to Embassy Suites reception area used to be,
way from the investment bank’s headquar- was not designed to sustain a great deal of open, possibly this spring. Next to it, Harry’s Danny Meyer will be opening a fine dining
ters at 200 West Street, closed on January 5. weight, landscape architect Ken Smith, who Italian Pizzabar, owned by the Poulakakas restaurant, as yet unnamed.
By the end of 2011, the hotel will reopen as also designed the plantings in front of 200 family, is coming in and is likely to open in On the second floor of the hotel itself will
Conrad New York with a bevy of new restau- West Street, has had to be imaginative in his the spring. Next to that will be two quick- be yet another restaurant, run by the hotel
rants and retail establishments. All that will treatment. Part of the roof will be planted service eateries, one offering pan-Asian food but open to the public, serving breakfast,
remain from the property’s former incarna- with sedum, a succulent that doesn’t require and the other, salads and sandwiches. A lunch and dinner.
tion will be the Regal Battery Park Stadium much dirt in which to grow. It will be sur- florist will flank the eastern entrance to the In addition to the retail and restaurant
movie theater (which will have a new box rounded with materials such as crushed Conrad, which is being redesigned with a space in the 102 North End Avenue prop-
office location and two outdoor kiosks for glass and crushed stones that will create staircase leading to the atrium where the erty, Goldman has been seeking tenants for
ticket purchases) and Pick-a-Bagel on the attractive patterns for anyone looking at the registration desk will be located under the 5,000 square feet of retail space in 200 West
Vesey Street flank of the building. roof from above. large Sol Le Witt mural that remains from Street, opening onto the breezeway. Fusco
Goldman Sachs managing director Dino Planters on the roof will be used to grow Embassy Suites. Then, on the corner, will be said that the tenants under consideration
Fusco told Community Board 1’s Battery herbs for use by the hotel’s restaurants. Pick-a-Bagel, where it is currently located. include a dessert or bakery shop, an eyeglass
Park City Committee that the hotel’s old- A 1, 350 square foot bar serving light food On the Vesey Street side of the building, store with an optometrist, a wine shop and a
fashioned façade is being replaced with and beverages will occupy one part of the roof. Danny Meyer is bringing in his barbecue res- small, gourmet grocer.
expanses of glass to bring light into the It will be open seasonally as a vantage point taurant, Blue Smoke. Next to that will be an Over the next months, these tenants will
building. New retail and restaurant tenants both for hotel guests and for members of the ethnic restaurant, Fusco said. Negotiations open their doors as the hotel itself is remod-
have signed leases and plans are now being public to admire Battery Park City’s dramatic are now under way with a tenant that eled. By the winter of 2011, all should be
finalized for adding a green roof. vistas of the Hudson River. would serve Mexican or Spanish food. At complete.
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Trinity says it’s time for residential in Hudson Square


BY LINCOLN ANDERSON desire” for some residential use in the dis- could rise to 7.2 with the affordable-housing borhood would be preserved as is.
Calling Hudson Square’s zoning “out- trict. bonus. The height cap would be about 12 Also, under the proposed change, new
moded,” Trinity Real Estate wants to rezone In addition, Trinity is seeking height caps stories. nightclubs would not be allowed to open
a major portion of the district to allow resi- for new construction in Hudson Square. The tower Trinity hopes to build at in Hudson Square. Big-box stores would
dential use. The caps are being described as “a modest Duarte Square — at the wide-streets inter- be banned, as well, with an exception for
With the change, Trinity expects 3,000 to downzoning.” section of Canal and Varick Streets and supermarkets.
3,500 new residential apartments over ten Along wide streets, like Canal, Hudson Sixth Avenue — at 429 feet would be taller Bounded by Sixth Avenue on the east, the
years would be added to the neighborhood and Varick and Sixth Avenue, there would than other new construction. The public Hudson River on the west, Houston Street
— not counting the district’s few existing be a height cap of 320 feet, or 32 stories. school in it would occupy four stories and on the north and Canal Street on the south,
legal residential units. For commercial use, the maximum floor be 100,000 square feet, and would not count Hudson Square was formerly known as the
The plan’s centerpiece is a new, 429-foot- area ratio, or F.A.R. (which determines how toward the project’s F.A.R. Trinity would Printing District. Located west of Soho and
tall, residential tower at Duarte Square, on much square footage can be built.) would build out the school’s core and shell — and north of Tribeca, it lacks both those neigh-
property owned by Trinity. Helping allevi- be 10, with current bonuses for including then give the space to the city for free — and borhoods’ renowned cachet. Yet, in recent
ate local school overcrowding, a 420-seat, public plazas and arcades eliminated. rent free, for perpetuity. years, as new businesses have moved into
K-to-5 public school would be included in On these wide streets, residential F.A.R. Trinity is also obligated to build a park on the area, Hudson Square increasingly has
the tower’s base. Trinity would build out the would be ten, which would get a bump up part of the property at Duarte Square as part become an energetic and hip, media and
school’s raw space for the Department of to 12 F.A.R. with the inclusion of 20 percent of the development. creative hub. Foot traffic — at least during
Education. affordable housing. A prime concern of Trinity is to pre- the day — has shot up.
Currently, residential use and schools Currently, the whole district’s F.A.R. serve the jobs of current commercial Trinity Real Estate wants to increase, not
are not allowed in Hudson Square’s M1-6 ranges from 10 to 12. Plus, there’s no tenants. Under the scheme, existing build- only residential occupancy, but also retail in
(manufacturing zoned) district. Neither are height limit — which is how the Trump ings of more than 50,000 square feet Hudson Square. Right now, the neighbor-
cultural uses currently permitted. Soho condo-hotel could be built to 490 feet, could not be residentially converted. If a hood turns quiet with empty streets at night
Tonight, Thursday, Trinity Real Estate equivalent to 49 stories, by acquiring air commercial building of more than 50,000 and on weekends. Lunch options are few.
will present the rezoning concept plan rights from adjacent buildings and using a square feet were demolished, then there Trinity would like to make it a “24-hour
to Community Board 2’s Land Use and plaza bonus. would have to be a “1-to-1 replacement” community.” Residential use would increase
Business Development Committee. Three On narrow streets, like Greenwich and in the new building — meaning it would foot traffic, helping sustain retail. However,
days earlier, Trinity gave The Villager, one of Spring Streets, and other east-west streets, the have to have at least 50,000 square feet luring chain-store-type or high-end retailers
the Downtown Express’ sister publications, height cap would be 185 feet, about 18 stories, of commercial space. Buildings less than is definitely not the goal.
an exclusive advance presentation. and on mid blocks the F.A.R. would be lowered 50,000 square feet could be residentially Specifically, Trinity is seeking a rezoning
Trinity officials who showed the plan from the current 10 to 6.5, but could rise to 8.5 converted, and the expectation is that for the area north of Canal Street, east of Sixth
asked not to be quoted by name in this with affordable housing included. many would be. According to Trinity, Avenue and Varick Street over to Hudson
article. On Broome and Watts Streets, however, under the rezoning, about 90 percent of
In short, Trinity feels there’s “a strong the F.A.R. would be even lower, 5.4, but the existing square footage in the neigh- Continued on page 13

Fighting to make
Lower Manhattan
the greatest place
to live, work, and
raise a family.

Assemblyman Shelly Silver


If you need assistance, please contact my office at
(212) 312-1420 or email silver@assembly.state.ny.us.
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C.B.1 says D.O.T. presentation leaves much to be desired


BY JOHN BAYLES The main sticking point with the both the
In just over 200 days all eyes will be on committee members and those in the audience,
Lower Manhattan. Many of them will descend was the uncertainty on behalf of the D.O.T. as
upon the WTC site in droves for the opening to where the tour buses will be dropping off
of the National 9/11 Memorial. They will passengers, picking up passengers and where
come by bus, by car and by train, which means they will be parking for the day.
the clock is ticking for the NYC Department of “There is concern about pedestrian flow
Transportation to finalize a program to ensure and how it will be interfaced with the tour
things go as smoothly as possible. buses and the other buses, the commut-
Luis Sanchez, the D.O.T. Lower Manhattan er buses, the double-decker buses,” said
Borough Commissioner, gave an update on the Hughes.
plan at Monday’s Community Board 1 WTC Sanchez said the presentation and the
Redevelopment Committee meeting. overall plan for expected influx of people
Sanchez said his team’s primary objective was the result numerous “working group”
has been to “minimize the footprint, or bet- meetings. That statement came as a surprise
ter yet the tire tracks” when the site opens. to Menin.
He said the focus was to maximize the use of “I was surprised to hear that the working
existing mass transit and create a manageable group has been meeting without community
plan for curbside pickup and drop-off, as well board and residential and worker representa-
as layover sites. tion,” said Menin.
Sanchez listed numerous factors that con- Menin demanded that C.B. 1 be allowed
tributed to the determining of curbside loca- to appoint a board member to sit in on
tions including the feasibility of tour bus the working group meetings and Sanchez
turning movements, making sure primary agreed.
emergency vehicle routes are not disrupted “Also, what are we going to do to try and
and ensuing minimal impact on ground floor provide incentives for people to use mass
retail stores in the area. transit,” remarked Menin. “We’re in a unique
“It was a first start and there are a lot of situation — the area has a dense, residential
questions yet to be answered,” said Catherine and commercial population.”
McVay Hughes, chair of the committee. The D.O.T. plans to reach out to C.B.1
C.B. 1 chair Julie Menin felt the same. Downtown Express photo by John Bayles and other stakeholders to help determine the
“The presentation was extremely impor- Luis Sanchez, the D.O.T. Lower Manhattan Borough Commissioner, presented plans final locations for the buses and will make
tant, but it’s just the tip of the ice berg,” said for managing the influx of tour buses expected when the National 9/11 Memorial another presentation when the working group
Menin. opens this year. prepares its preliminary recommendations.

New study proves 9/11-related


anxiety can linger for years
BY ALINE REYNOLDS document the long-term stress reactions of
Almost ten years have passed since the civilians that were inside the towers during
9/11 attacks and a new study shows many the attacks, according to Laura DiGrande,
survivors and first responders relive the the principal author of the study, and co-
horrors of that day for months or even director of the Injury Surveillance and
years. Prevention program at the D.O.H M.H.
Conducted by the New York City Many people recover from acute stress
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, experienced immediately after the event,
the study reveals that 95 percent of 9/11 DiGrande explained. “It seems like PTSD…
survivors report exhibiting at least one but it’s sort of like a natural repsonse, and
syptom attributable to posttraumatic stress many people recover from that,” she said.
disorder, as a result of the attacks. Other studies have tracked a high preva-
Based on suvivor interviews performed lance of these PTSD-like symptoms within
in 2003 and 2004, approximately 15 per- six weeks of the attacks, and a dwindling
cent – or about 355 – of the 3,271 people of the symptoms five months thereafter.
surveyed likely have a chronic case of “This is the first time that survivors
posttraumatic stress disorder two-to-three who are under direct attack were looked
years following 9/11, according to the at very closely,” said DiGrande, making it
study. “truly a civilian sample” of the emotional
The survivors that participated in the after-effects survivors of the attacks have
study are among the more-than 71,000 since endured.
individuals that belong to the World Trade Chronic PTSD is an extremely debilitat-
Center Health Registry, which allows ing disorder, and is commonly linked to
health experts to track and investigate suicidal thoughts, medical problems and
illnesses and recovery tied to 9/11. All functional impairment, according to Yuval
of the participants reported to be in one Neria, director of the Trauma and PTSD
of the World Trade Center towers during Program at Columbia University and a co-
the period between the first plane’s impact author of the study.
PREFERRED CARD OF
and the subsequent collapsing of the other The study indicated that low-income JA ZZ AT L I N CO L N C E N T E R

WTC buildings later that morning.


The study is the first of its kind to Continued on page 18
8 Februar y 16 - 23, 2011 downtown express

Women’s Health Center No left turns on Albany


New York Downtown Hospital
Dr. Allan Klapper directs the Women’s Health Center at
Street, says the D.O.T.
New York Downtown Hospital’s new Wellness & Prevention Center. BY ALINE REYNOLDS ing the World Trade Center to continue
Left-hand turns on Albany Street will not to occupy Route 9a right away,” said Lisa
be an option for drivers until 2013, at the Weiss, urban design director of the Route
Dr. Klapper is a recognized leader in the field earliest, according to the New York State 9a project.
Department of Transportation. The Seaport-Civic Center Committee,
of Obstetrics and Gynecology, specializing in The prospect of adding a left-hand turn also held last week, voted in favor of sev-
the treatment of female urinary incontinence, — which was never legal but unofficially eral street fairs Downtown, including the
bladder pain, pelvic pain, and pelvic organ accepted by drivers and even the city — will Chabad of Wall Street Civic Community Fair
be reassessed in 2013, according to Joseph in May; the NYC Business Expo in May; and
support disorders (bladder, uterus, and vagina). Brown, the Route 9a project director of the the Tribeca Community fair in June.
He is also a recognized leader in the minimally state D.O.T. Loretta Thomas, however, complained
invasive treatment of gynecological disorders. The announcement didn’t sit well with about the fairs that take place along Murray
members of the Community Board 1 Street, where she lives.
Financial District Committee. Committee
His team of board certified obstetricians, gynecologists and subspecialists chair Ro Sheffe stressed the need for an east-
west thoroughfare in the neighborhood.
utilizes leading diagnostic and treatment methodologies across a broad “For ten years, we’ve had no east-west “For ten years, we’ve had
spectrum of women's health issues including: thoroughfare across the Financial District
— it’s a zig-zag path no matter where you no east-west thoroughfare
go,” said Sheffe. “There must be some sort
• Comprehensive screening, disease prevention, and educational services of eastbound access into that area. This is a across the Financial
• Routine gynecological assessment critical issue for us.”
Drivers have to make convoluted loops District”
• Adolescent gynecology in the area to get to their destination, echoed
• Menopause management committee member Michael Ketring. The – Ro Sheffe
only options drivers have at the moment is
• Assessment and treatment of urinary incontinence, bladder pain / to make a right turn onto the southbound
urinary frequency and pelvic support disorders side of Liberty Street, cross through Battery
Park City, and come out onto Albany Street; “It’s completely disgusting,” said
• Assessment and treatment of gynecologic conditions including or, alternatively, make a U-turn at Battery Thomas. “There’s smoke and garbage
abnormal bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic pain and Place. from them all day long.” Traffic along the
Committee member Catherine McVay street has also been a “nightmare” lately,
ovarian cysts Hughes noted that out-of-towners driving she said, now that parts of Chamber and
• Cancer prevention and treatment to and from nearby hotels are in need of the Vesey streets are blocked off for construc-
left-hand turn. “No matter what,” she said, tion.
• Infertility evaluation and treatment “taking that left-hand turn has less impact “We’ve debated this issue hours upon
• Genetic counseling on the community, and on air quality issues hours,” responded Sheffe. The community
as well.” board is “treading a fine line” in evaluat-
Brown said the committee could possibly ing the street fairs, since “it’s a beneficial
The Center also provides DEXA Scan and Digital Mammography services. get to work on an Environmental Impact — and sometimes, the only — source of
Study to prove a more timely need for the revenue for many individuals and organi-
left turn on Albany Street, but they would zations, including nonprofits.
Dr. Klapper’s team at the Women’s Health Center looks forward to first need approval from New York City “If we get rid of them,” said Sheffe,
providing superb service and clinical excellence in our comfortable, agencies to proceed with the study. “they go away forever.”
Brown also noted that Vesey, Fulton and Joseph Giovanni, president of Mardi
state-of-the-art Center. Liberty streets will be closed for construc- Gras productions, which promotes the
tion later this year and won’t reopen in fairs, said there is a strong possibility the
For an appointment with Dr. Klapper, Chairman of the time to provide access to the World Trade ones now on Murray Street be relocated to
Center by the tenth anniversary of 9/11. The Warren Street for the next year or two.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, call (646) 588-2500 D.O.T., however, said it will ensure access One of the hurdles in selecting loca-
to the National September 11th Memorial tions for the fairs, Sheffe explained, is
when it opens in the fall, principally via that they can only occupy certain streets,
West Street. per city regulations — ones that are under
“There will be temporary access on construction or have entrances to parking
Route 9a for a period of time until construc- garages, for example, are ineligible.
tion of the streets have progressed,” said Downtown Alliance President
Brown. Elizabeth Berger said in a statement, “We
The Route9a project, which includes reinstate our position that we continue
refurbishments to the frontages of the World to oppose weekday street fairs on major
Financial Center, will continue through 2014. streets with, or adjacent to, construc-
Work on the area in front of W.F.C. 1 will be tion.”
completed by the fall. Toward the end of the meeting, Sheffe
The final product will be a continuous asked the committee members to come up
boulevard stretching from Battery Place to with appropriate locales and guidelines
170 William Street,New York, NY 10038 59th Street. The future W.F.C., meanwhile, for new greenmarkets and newsstands in
(212) 312-5000 Ň www.downtownhospital.org will have medians, plantings, bikeways and Downtown. Giovanni said that his com-
walkways. pany was going to try to encourage the
“We’re able to accomplish our plan to participation of greenmarkets in future
complete the project by 2014 while allow- multi-block fairs in the neighborhood.
downtown express Februar y 16 - 23, 2011 9

Hazelden facility to call


Tribeca home
A new facility for recovering alcoholics facility will not serve as an Alcoholics
and substance abusers will open on West Anonymous meeting spot, it will offer coun-
Broadway in August, to the community’s seling, a twelve-step abstinence program
delight. and other services for addicts on the road
The Hazelden Foundation, an addiction to recovery.
treatment organization based in Minnesota, The group counseling sessions will also
will offer lodging, counseling and mentor- be open to community members Downtown
ship to young adults ages 18 to 29 for six and around the city.
to 12 months at a time. The foundation The center will forge partnerships with
purchased a six-story building at 283 West mental health service providers, accord-
Broadway in December that was recently ing to Mishek, since alcoholism is often
gutted and transformed into a brand new coupled with anxiety, depression and other
living space. mental disorders. It will also collaborate
Manhattan is starved of centers that with the schools’ health service depart-
cater to addicts working towards sobriety, ments to help evaluate and treat the resi-
according to Mark Mishek, president and dent youths.
chief executive officer of Hazelden, who The foundation will be announcing a
presented the plan to the Community partnership with a major nearby medical
Board 1 Tribeca Committee last week. A center in the next week, Mishek said.
survey that Hazelden sent out to some 85 Youths will be encouraged to stay at the
universities and colleges in the Tri-state residence over the summer to participate in
area showed a strong need for the facility internships or fellowships, and, down the
in the borough. line, the center hopes to help them secure
“It’s a huge opportunity to be able to full- and part-time jobs.
make a difference with a population that The former addicts will face tremendous
really has a need here,” he said. “We have temptations to drink and smoke drugs, both
to provide them with an environment where on and off school grounds. “With the support
they can be successful, healthy and produc- and sobriety life they’re going to be living,
tive citizens who are sober.” they’ll have to be comfortable walking by the Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess
The center will target youths that are At least this guy is honest.
enrolled in nearby colleges. Though the Continued on page 15

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St. Paul’s Chapel
Arash Amini, cello, Jennifer Lim, piano how the Christian community can
An energetic celebration of
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Communion in the round.
dependency through teaching,
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2-6pm
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Open Labyrinth Walk
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for walking, prayers, and meditation. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1pm
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care available.
This film shows how poet Langston
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 10:10–11am
Hughes fused jazz, blues, and MONDAY – FRIDAY, 12:05pm
Children & Youth Sunday
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School Classes
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Children learn to encounter God in
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EDITORIAL LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


PUBLISHER & EDITOR
John W. Sutter Clock is Ticking Bloomberg should drop It’s about jobs
ASSOCIATE EDITOR We are just over 200 days away from the tenth the emperor act To The Editor:
John Bayles
anniversary of 9/11 and the opening of the National
ARTS EDITOR September 11th Memorial. This is not a small event, To The Editor: It was disappointing to learn at the recent
Scott Stiffler and how it could sneak up on anyone is baffling. As a former NYPD officer and long time New York City Council hearing on Walmart’s
That being said, it seems as if it has indeed Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association Union right to open any stores in the Big Apple that
REPORTERS slipped the minds of those at the Department of Delegate, I’m more than baffled and even many elected officials, including New York
Aline Reynolds
Albert Amateau Transportation. The presentation given at Monday’s more insulted by our mayor’s desire to uni- City Comptroller John Liu, Public Advocate
Lincoln Anderson World Trade Center Redevelopment Committee meet- laterally remove our bought and paid for Bill de Blasio, Council Speaker Christine
ing left much to be desired. At the bottom of every “defined benefit” pension plan. Quinn and many of her Council colleagues
SR. V.P. OF SALES slide was the word “draft.” That alone seems unac- We need some history: In 1968 the city, are continuing to stand in the way. Walmart
AND MARKETING ceptable. NYPD and fire unions came together at the coming to New York City would provide
Francesco Regini And then we were told the “working group” that request of then Mayor John Lindsey. At stake work for construction contractors, their
SR. MARKETING CONSULTANT had been meeting to come up with the solution to was using pension funds that were paid by employees and thousands of the 9 percent of
Jason Sherwood the immense problem that could result when mil- these members in the stock market to bolster New Yorkers currently out of work. The city
lions upon millions of people descend on Lower earnings for the city. In return, the police would benefit by several hundred million in
ADVERTISING SALES
Manhattan, had not reached out to the local com- and fire union members would, upon retire- new sales, payroll and real estate tax gener-
Allison Greaker
Michael Slagle munity board for their input, this editorial seemed ment, receive whatever the market returned, ated revenues.
Julio Tumbaco absolutely necessary. be it less or more. Walmart is the nation’s largest private sec-
Simply put, the clock is ticking for the involved Let’s move to 1988. Fiscal times were tor employer with over 1.2 million employ-
RETAIL AD MANAGER parties to come up with an acceptable plan as to how picking up just a little by then. Contract ees and growing each year. Tens of millions
Colin Gregory Lower Manhattan is supposed to accommodate a negotiations between fire and police (and I of Americans, including many fellow New
BUSINESS MANAGER / CONTROLLER monumental influx of people and buses not just this emphasize negotiations) led us to what we Yorkers own stock in Walmart. The same is
Vera Musa year but for the next two years. know as the “defined benefit.” Our unions, true for the various retirement and pension
Last September Luis Sanchez, NYC’s D.O.T. com- at the behest of City Hall, under Mayor Ed plans many people participate in.
ART / PRODUCTION DIRECTOR missioner for Lower Manhattan attended a Lower Koch, were willing to forgo ups and downs The starting pay at Walmart is between
Troy Masters Manhattan Marketing Association meeting. Sanchez of the stock market in order to have a yearly several dollars more and double the mini-
ART DIRECTOR was also the one giving the presentation on Monday. dividend — a dividend that was defined. mum wage for new employees around the
Mark Hasselberger Back then he said, “The D.O.T. is working with all Most police officers and firefighters in nation. Promotional opportunities including
interested parties” to prepare for the expected influx this city deserve this because, simply put, training for higher paying managerial posi-
GRAPHIC DESIGNER of tourists and buses. But apparently the Community they and their families’ lives are not defined. tions are common, and they offer health care
Jamie Paakkonen Board that represents Lower Manhattan did not Most of us living in New York City know or and other benefits. Walmart may actually
CONTRIBUTORS qualify as an interested party. have a brother, sister or close relative doing pay higher salaries and offer more benefits
Terese Loeb Kreuzer • David The tenth anniversary of 9/11 is predicted to these jobs. They’re not at home on holidays, than some of their competitors.
Stanke • Jerry Tallmer bring an additional 80-to-90 tour buses each day to for their children’s birthdays, et cetera. And Walmart consumers get a better bang
our community. Sanchez revealed that figure months every time they walk out of their doors, no for their buck, and many New Yorkers can’t
PHOTOGRAPHERS ago. And we believe that’s probably a low-ball figure. one knows if they will return. afford to pay extra. They need the great pric-
J. B. Nicholas • Milo Hess • Since the Vehicle Security Center will not be finished I won’t have a mayor that continually es, quality merchandise, and the affordable
Jefferson Siegel • Terese Loeb
until 2012 at the earliest, these buses could very well disrespects the municipal labor community. food and drug options that Walmart offers.
Kreuzer
be parking anywhere. Sanchez’s presentation cited You are not an emperor. You know nothing Several hundred thousand New Yorkers
INTERNS Greenwich Street as one area for pick-ups and drop- of my compatriots that toiled at Ground work off the books, full and part time, with
Jhaneel Lockhart offs. We wonder, has Mr. Sanchez ever walked down Zero. You sir, are a petulant, rich, spoiled no benefits or insurance. Many existing
Greenwich Street in Lower Manhattan? It’s possibly brat. I would not let you near a pair of burnt retailers pay minimum wage with no bene-
one of the narrowest streets in the city. boots that any of my partners wore. fits, but public officials who oppose Walmart
Published by This is why we don’t understand why the commu- This is a mayor who has tried repeat- never talk about these abuses.
COMMUNITY MEDIA, LLC nity has not been more involved in this process. And edly to usurp the legitimate gains organized Consumers have voted with their feet all
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Fax: (212) 229-2790 taken into consideration. Our benefit was earned, bought and paid Why not allow Walmart the opportunity to
On-line: www.downtownexpress.com Lower Manhattan is already plagued on a regular for. Any move to remove it will only sully compete in the New York City marketplace
E-mail: news@downtownexpress.com basis with idling tour buses that take up parking on Bloomberg’s reputation. as well.
almost every Downtown street. When the tenth anni- We all know how much politicians care For those opposed, don’t shop there, but
Gay City
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versary arrives, what we think is a problem now, will about their legacies. give everyone else a choice.
pale in comparison to what could happen if the D.O.T.
does not pick up the pace and bring all the stakehold- Mike Venckus Larry Penner
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Transit Sam
The Answer man
Dear readers, Dear Walter,
Just when you thought traffic in Tribeca You may not be bitter, but when I read of
couldn’t get any worse, it did! Right turns city workers usurping public parking space
from the Holland Tunnel exit onto Hudson my blood starts to boil. I spent 20 years as
St. are now banned due to water main work. a city employee and see no good reason why
Traffic using tunnel exit 2 have to go straight city workers should have on street parking
onto Beach St., turn left onto Greenwich for commuting. (I do recognize that police
St., go two blocks south to Franklin St., and and a few people from most agencies will
then left onto Hudson to get to where they need cars for use during the day). When I was
started. This pretzel of a detour will be in traffic commissioner and in charge of parking
effect for three months. enforcement, I routinely had my brethren’s
cars ticketed and towed for parking abuse.
Transit Sam You are absolutely right about lower
Manhattan. It is the capital of illegal park-
ing abuse by government employees. The
Dear Transit Sam, mayor has cracked down a bit, but from my
Thank you for the information about point of view it’s not enough and it hasn’t
more street parking on Washington and been sustained.
North Moore streets in the last issue. That As for the streets that I referenced in last
being said, I can sleep better at night know- issue (North Moore St. between Varick and
ing that the city now has more of our spaces Greenwich St., Beach St. between Hudson
to take up. What’s up with all those white and Greenwich St. and Washington St.
city cars taking up every available parking between Vestry and Hubert St.), I took a walk
spot in lower Manhattan? Forget about No on them recently and I didn’t see much abuse.
Parking 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and ASP. I’m even Maybe it’s too far west for most workers. If
talking about metered and muni-metered that changes, then please write me again.
spaces that are the only available spots that I’ve also passed your letter along to the
residents and non-city-elite have to park First and Fifth precincts. If you see vehicles
in the neighborhood! I’ve lived in Tribeca Photo courtesy of Joshua Knoller that are repeat offenders, don’t hesitate to
for thirty years, and I remember when you North Moore Street (above) in Tribeca. reach out to the community affairs’ officers
could park on those empty blocks that are of the First Precinct at (212) 334-0640 or
now Barnes and Nobles, etc. There were no progress, but why does the city bother desig- for your great column. the Fifth Precinct at (212) 334-0726.
restrictions then - there were not even any nating legal parking if it intends to use all of
signs! I’m not bitter about thirty years of it? Thanks for listening to my complaint and Walter, Tribeca Transit Sam

S EAPORT R EPORT
BY JANEL BLADOW mussels and lobster. SuteiShi (24 Peck Slip) played dog-themed games during commercial should run with scissors but you might not
Neither snow nor cold could stop the had Chef Paul put together a delectable tast- breaks. Woof! want to miss the 26th annual New York
residents of the South Street Seaport and ing menu for two, including dashi scallop Meanwhile non-dog people or maybe just Sword Dancing Festival. This ancient winter
Financial District from having a hot time in carpaccio, spicy tuna tartar, pickled ginger people who didn’t want to watch the best celebration of life with fast-paced rapper
the hood these past few weeks…. and chocolate mousse. in show or just like a good deal joined the sword and long sword dancing is unique
Even Mad Dog & Beans (83 Pearl St.) fun at Cowgirl Seahorse (259 Front St.) for and sure to be gasp inducing. Four to six
SUPER DUPER: Super Bowl saw Steelers got into the action – but with a twist. They Tuesday $2 fish tacos. Yum! dancers, circle around and merge together to
and Packer fans load into Meade’s on Peck took the opposite position and severed up create complex patterns and images all while
Slip for beers and cheers. Happily for some anti-Valentine’s Day spirits. Special on their GET CONNECTED FOR FREE: displaying their amazing skill and precision
of us, Cheeseheads reign! menu Monday night were drinks such as Downtown Alliance opens two new free with lethal weapons. Two hour-long perfor-
Sweet Revenge and Swingers Sangria. WiFi hot spots in the area. Look for a signal mances take place Saturday, Feb. 19,1 and 3
XXXXXXX: Cupid spread his heartwarm- at Peter Minuit Plaza, in front of the Staten pm at Seaport Museum New York (12 Front
ing message throughout the hood Monday. XXXXXXXX: Westminister Dog Show Island Ferry Terminal and at the upcoming St.). Free to members, $15 adults, seniors/
The day started with brisk sales at Godiva, fans had a lot to bark about this week too. pedestrian seating area designed by the NY students $12. www.seany.org.
Victoria’s Secret and La Maison du Chocolate The howling good times continued Tuesday Department of Transportation at Whitehall
and demos at Tiffany’s (37 Wall St.) by mas- night when dog lovers packed the Paris Café and Water Sts. These bring the number to 12 SHOW YOUR SUPPORT: Earlier this
ter engraver Timothy Murphy. (South & Peck Slip) for a Westminister Dog hot spots, spanning a half million square feet month, the financially strapped 44-year old
Many local restaurants offered love Show Party. Pooch parents couldn’t bring in park and public spaces in the hood. SR’s museum laid off five workers, including the
potions and passion-inducing nibbles. At their babies, but they did sip and nosh while favs include Pier 17 marketplace where you captain of the Pioneer sailing ship. Also it’s
Acqua (Peck Slip and Water St.) romantic watching all sizes and shapes of dogs appear can eat, drink and be wired! been reported that the museum stopped pay-
candlelight, free Prosecco and a fresh rose larger than life on the café’s six-foot TV ing 30 New York Harbor School students
captured the spirit while Wall and Water screen. The Salty Paw (38 Peck Slip) had DANCING WITH SWORDS: SR wouldn’t their stipends and now owes them oodles
kicked up libido with a special of oysters, fun, fab prizes and giveways and everyone recommend you try it any more than you of moola.
12 Februar y 16 - 23, 2011 downtown express

Franklin Street partially closed until the summer


BY ALINE REYNOLDS Franklin Street is already disturbing some
Construction along Franklin Street, part local residents, who are bracing themselves
of a five-year-long endeavor to update the for a long road ahead.
aging infrastructure beneath Hudson Street “We hear it all day, every day,” said Tom
in Tribeca, is now under way. Ness, an accountant at 145 Hudson Street,
The NYC Department of Design and who complained about the recent jackham-
Construction, who is heading the Hudson mering sounds and persistent beeping of
Street project, is updating old water and construction vehicles backing up.
sewer mains underneath Hudson and adja- When he opens the window on the 7th
cent streets. The job will be completed by floor of his office building to offset the heat
mid-2015, at which point the neighborhood in the room, the noise escalates. “Having a
will be hooked up to a new underground lot of random noises continuously going on
water tunnel that supplies water to the entire is difficult,” Ness said.
city, according to Craig Chin, public infor- Lunch hour is the peak time of the noise,
mation officer of the D.D.C. according to attorney Chloe Cockburn, who
Construction workers just began break- works at 99 Hudson Street, off the corner of
ing ground on Franklin Street, between Franklin Street.
Hudson and Greenwich Streets, last week. “It distracts you from your work,” she
Construction there will be completed in July, said.
according to Chin. Gary Walia, the general manager of
Once the water mains and private utilities Tamarind Tribeca, on the corner of Hudson
are replaced in the area, the city will redo the and Franklin Streets, said the noise has been
roadways, sidewalks and curbs, and add new extremely bothersome in the past week.
street lights and traffic signs to the affected “The street doesn’t look the same, and it’s
streets. hard to get traffic.”
The right-turn from the Holland Tunnel Downtown Express photo by Aline Reynolds “We’re a new business, and we could
onto Hudson Street, meanwhile, will be tem- Tom Ness (above) works on Hudson Street and is unhappy with the constant con- use some good exposure,” he added. “It’s a
porarily closed until the below-grade work in struction outside his office. mess.”
the immediate vicinity is complete. Parking, Walia said, has also become
Chin also reported that parking will be will be closed off to traffic. according to spokesperson Scott Gastel. The a hassle. “[Patrons] don’t want to come,
temporarily suspended along Franklin and The city Department of Transportation, new rules will also open up more alternate pay for parking garage, because everyone
other affected streets during regular con- meanwhile, is amending parking regulations side parking in the area.
struction hours, and parts of these streets in Tribeca to increase parking for residents, The hammering and other noise on Continued on page 15

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Continued from page 6 Grand Street. Without residential use, con-
verting the building into another hotel might
Street and then across Spring Street over to be the only option.
Greenwich Street and up to Houston Street. Under the proposed rezoning, a special
Trinity is, unquestionably, the area’s permit would be needed for new hotels with
major stakeholder; it owns 40 percent of the more than 100 rooms.
neighborhood’s built space and closer to 50 Trinity doesn’t want to attract so-called
percent if the land Trinity leases to others is destination retail — like Soho’s glitzy bou-
included. (The Saatchi & Saatchi building, tiques and the large stores lining Broadway.
at 375 Hudson Street, for example, is on Rather, Trinity hopes to attract small and
Trinity property but is owned by Tishman mid-sized retailers and restaurants — mainly
Speyer.) to service its own commercial tenants and
Meanwhile, Hudson Square’s retail the increased number of residential tenants
vacancy rate, 30 percent, is very high, that would populate the neighborhood due
despite having one of the lowest retail to the rezoning.
rents in Manhattan. Other areas, like Currently, Hudson Square’s residential
the World Trade Center and the Hudson occupancy is about 4 percent. With a rezon-
Yards, have commercial subsidies, but ing allowing residential use, Trinity hopes
Hudson Square does not. As a result, to boost this figure to 25 percent. Two
property owners are turning to hotels mixed-use neighborhoods that Trinity sees as
— a number of nondescript ones having comparable to Hudson Square, Park Avenue
recently popped up in the neighborhood, South and the Flatiron District, have resi-
along with the towering new Trump Soho dential rates of 38 percent and 29 percent,
condo-hotel at Spring and Varick Streets. respectively.
Yet, hotels generate a lot of traffic, which All of Trinity’s profits go to support
is a concern of Trinity Real Estate. Trinity Church as well as Trinity’s charitable
In addition, Trinity had a bad experi- mission throughout the city, focused on
ence with a hotel project on one of its own neighborhoods like Chinatown, the Lower
properties: The planned Viceroy hotel, to be East Side, Harlem, the South Bronx and
built atop the gutted shell of a warehouse at the Upper West Side. Except for its actual
330 Hudson Street, never panned out. At church building, Trinity pays property taxes
great expense, Trinity itself had to seal up on all its real estate holdings.
the vacant shell.
And SEIU is reportedly having trou- With repor ting
ble finding a buyer for its former union by John W. Sutter
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Franklin St. residents


deal with construction
the noise code set by the [NYC] Department
Continued from page 12 of Environmental Protection,” replied Chin.
The resolution also cited the difficulty
decided to hike the fares.” delivery trucks were having when unloading
Lee Yi, general manager of a grocery and loading goods in front of storefronts.
store on Hudson Street between Franklin Committee Co-chair Peter Braus said it’s
and North Moore Streets, said the water in impossible to satisfy everyone in this situa-
the store has been shut off a couple of differ- tion. “Some people in a massive project like
ent times, for six to eight hours at a time. this are just going to be unhappy – I think
“We use big buckets to save water,” he that’s what everyone has come to accept at
said. “I hope they finish soon – it’s uncom- this point,” he said.
fortable.” Other neighborhood residents don’t mind
Community Board 1’s Tribeca committee the noise, and are pleased that the city is
has been keeping a close eye on the project. making the fixes.
It passed a resolution last November asking “The street has been in disrepair for a
the D.D.C. to accelerate work along Franklin long time. I’m glad to see they’re fixing it,”
and Beach Streets in order to shorten the said Jeri Mendez, who lives on North Moore
duration of the project. and Greenwich Streets. Nearby residents,
The D.D.C. agreed to the proposal, and she said, are accustomed to sparse parking
announced at the January C.B. 1 Tribeca spots in the area, though visitors might be
committee meeting that it would curtail the inconvenienced in the short-term.
street work by six months. “It’s a visual reminder that it’s harder to
Hastening construction, Chin noted, will get around,” she said.
also benefit the city in terms of cost sav- “It’s a little inconvenient, but they need to
ings. do it,” said Andy Obstler, who lives nearby
The D.D.C. has been sending out con- on Watts and Greenwich Streets. “You need
struction updates to community members the sewer lines.”
weekly via e-mail. Nearby residents can also Silke Steinberg, who lives on Hudson and
notify the D.D.C. of concerns that arise Laight Streets, said the construction is the
during the construction phases, according best thing that could have happened to her
to Michael Connolly, co-chair of the com- and her family.
mittee. “Since they closed the Hudson Street
The project requires continual vigilance
by C.B. 1, according to Michael Levine, direc-
entrance to the Holland Tunnel [in
September], there’s almost no traffic,” she
Love under
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tor of land use and planning at Community said. “It’s like, amazing.”
Board 1. “We feel as though the D.D.C. is Transportation is also not a problem,
doing its best to work with the contractors Steinberg said, since cars can still drop off
to try to minimize the effect of the [construc- or pick up riders. The construction noise,
tion],” he said. she said, is far less jarring than the honks At Muscle Maker Grill, eating
In its resolution, the committee also from the cars that are usually backed up healthy doesn't mean giving
up on great food. From our
complained about construction noise disrup- along Hudson before entering the Holland
freshly prepared Italian and
tions before 8 a.m., and stressed the need for Tunnel.
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emergency access to the facing the affected And, as many local residents do, Steinberg entrees, salads, burgers and
streets. has no parking troubles, since she keeps her more, every dish is prepared
“The contractor follows the guidelines of car in a neighborhood garage. with your health and taste
buds in mind.

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER He said that he had been thinking of Downtown Express photos by Terese Loeb Kreuzer
closing during the month of December, and Eddie Yu, owner of the Gate House on South End Avenue at Albany Street, and
GATE HOUSE CLOSING: For seven finally reached a decision on January 31. Fiona Gallagher, one of the waitresses. After seven years, the Gate House will close
years, the Gate House on South End Avenue “I do not blame LeFrak,” said Yu. “As a as of February 23.
at Albany Street wasn’t just another restau- landlord, you get the best tenant who pays
rant to a lot of Battery Park City residents. It the best rent.” Neighborhood residents became, even in the spring, however, recently enacted
was their refuge, their club, a place friendly Yu added, “I believe I was a good ten- more than previously, the backbone of the federal regulations required changes to the
to kids and dogs where people could hang out ant.” He said he had never owed any back Gate House’s clientele. In addition to the bus design and delayed their delivery. They
with friends and neighbors, summer and win- rent until recently, when he was maybe two regulars at the bar, many people came in with should be on Lower Manhattan’s streets by
ter. At the end of the business day on Tuesday, months in arrears. their children. “Friday nights, it’s all families,” the end of May or the beginning of June.
February 22, the Gate House will close. Yu, who formerly owned Fox Hounds said Fiona Gallagher, a Gate House waitress. To ensure that there would be no gap
Owner Eddie Yu said that his landlord, across South End Avenue from the Gate “A lot of the kids have grown up here. We’ve in service, the vendor agreed to provide an
the LeFrak Organization, wasn’t interested in House, said that when the financial crisis known them since they were babies.” interim fleet. These buses, like their eventual
extending his lease, and added that he wasn’t started in 2008, it hurt his business. When Gallagher is one of 25 employees who will replacements, have onboard monitors where
interested in extending his lease, either – cer- Merrill Lynch and Dow Jones moved out of lose their jobs when the restaurant closes. riders can watch information about Lower
tainly not at a higher rent than he’s been pay- the World Financial Center, he lost a signifi- “My employees are not just employees,” said Manhattan.
ing. “I’m losing money the way it is,” said Yu. cant number of customers. Yu. “They’re good friends. Some have been However, the interim buses are not wheel-
working with me 15 or 16 years.” chair accessible. Riders who need that ser-
Still, he said, he wasn’t worried about vice can call (212) 232-0141 or (917) 939-
them. “They’re capable,” he said. He felt con- 1037 to schedule pickups and dropoffs at a
fident that they would find other work. Downtown Connection stop. Appointments
As for himself, he said he turned 65 in can be made from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. seven
October and has been working for more than days a week.
40 years. “If I work another five years, I’m
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I don’t really care. Fight or not fight? I don’t Three-year-old Rayan Sher’s parents, Sarah
want to fight.” and Farhan, moved to Battery Park City
Yu said that he knew that many of his two years ago full of hope that this would
customers were sad that the Gate House be a great place in which to raise their
was closing. Some of them, in fact, have son. However, a few months ago, Rayan
started a Facebook page called “Gate House was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic
Club House Alumni” where they are posting Leukemia, a form of blood cancer that will
photos of Gate House parties and their many probably kill him unless a suitable bone mar-
treasured memories of what some have called row donor can be found.
Battery Park City’s “Cheers.” Rayan is of Pakistani background, a
“They’ll find another place to go,” said Yu. group greatly under-represented in the bone
“This isn’t a tragedy. It’s a business decision.” marrow donor pool. Anyone from South
Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka
CONNECTION BUS: Some riders of the and neighboring countries) is more likely to
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undoubtedly startled on Saturday, February fering ethnicity.
12, when large, blue-and-white buses rolled Anyone between the ages of 18 and 60
up instead of the small, silver vans to which who is in good health can be a bone marrow
they were accustomed. These buses are only donor. The test to determine compatibility
temporary, however, until new buses can be involves a cheek swab and takes less than a
built for the Downtown Alliance by TMC minute. If a donor is found to be a match,
Group in Elkhart, Ind. the process of donating often does not
The free Connection bus service runs involve surgery and even if it does, donors
daily between the South Street Seaport can generally go home the day they donate.
and Broadway near City Hall. The Alliance For information about how to help Rayan,
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Connection service based on the vendor’s curerayan.org
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Residents reject Soho BID


Continued from page 5
The Association of Community Employment
Programs for the Homeless (ACE), which has
hired sanitation workers to clean up Broadway
New Multispecialty
BID would have in communitywide decisions.
“The main issue is putting the real estate
interests in control of our lives,” said Sally
and Soho’s side streets daily since the early
1990’s, will discontinue its service at the end of
June due to funding shortages.
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Lindsay, who lives in a 12-story loft building at
491 Broadway. “What if I missed the meeting
where they decided to put a kiosk in front of
“I think everybody is concerned about sani-
tation,” said Councilmember Chin. “We don’t
want the streets to go back to what they were
Chinatown
my door?” she asked. “We just don’t want that before, with garbage spilling out of garbage
kind of control.” cans, and wind blowing it all over. Whether or
Lindsay, who has lived in Soho since 1971, not you need a BID to supervise the cleaning,
has watched the neighborhood evolve from a though, is up for debate.”
desolate area to what she calls a “magnificent Some people in the neighborhood, however,
shopping mall.” feel there are alternatives to a BID to get similar
“It’s out of control already,” echoed Peter, a services, such as encouraging local retailers to
Broadway loft resident, declining to give his last
name due to the sensitivity of the issue.
voluntarily clean their sidewalks.
“The pretense of street cleaning is a sham,”
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Upward of 100 community members declared Sweeney. “What this intends to do is
opposed to the BID, including Lindsay, wrote
letters to Community Board 2, City Planning
bring more tourists into Soho.”
Forming a BID in order to keep Broadway
for treating:
and City Councilmember Margaret Chin. Many dirt- and litter-free, Lindsay echoed, is “like
of them requested that the BID proposal be building a chandelier to fix a light bulb that’s
rescinded altogether. out.” s (EARTDISEASE s #HEST RELATEDCONCERNS
As a result, in November, C.B. 2 urged the “The city is supposed to clean the streets,”
BID steering committee to withdraw the pro-
posal, referring to “overwhelming” opposition
she said.
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The board’s resolution states many resi- lots, though sources say this is not sufficient to s ,UNGDIFlCULTIES s !LLTYPESOFCANCER
dents’ concerns that the BID would only exac- keep the streets devoid of garbage.
erbate overcrowding on Broadway, and that its “They don’t understand that there’s more
stated mission to increase local tourism would to it than sweeping up in front of your store,”
negatively impact residents’ quality of life: said Jim Martin, executive director of ACE.
“The BID applicants have failed to convince Countless Soho visitors, he said, stroll along
the public of the necessity of a new business
improvement district for Soho, which is a flash-
Broadway each weekend, many throwing trash
onto the streets or in the trash bins, which Physician Staff
point for traffic and pedestrian congestion,” the quickly overflow. The city is solely responsible
board’s resolution states. for collecting the trash bags.
The BID is “self-defeating,” in that it could “If those garbage cans aren’t turned and
endanger the very businesses it hopes to pro- bagged,” Martin said, “you’re going to have a
mote, according to Sean Sweeney, director disaster.” The garbage problem gets even worse Breast Surgery Cardiothoracic Surgery
of the Soho Alliance. More tourists would during Fashion’s Night Out and other special !LYSSA'ILLEGO -$ 7ILSON+O -$
translate into increased sales, he argued, which outdoor events. (City Planning discouraged the
could lead to landlords hiking business own- BID’s organizing of such large public events in
ers’ rents, eventually forcing them out of the the neighborhood to avoid crowds and litter.)
neighborhood. Several BID opponents, mainly residents,
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landlord’s improvement district,” Sweeney said. meeting to voice their concerns and make
“It’s a pretense to set up a quasi-governmental suggestions.
agency within Soho that would be detrimental “It was a very good meeting,” said Chin, who
to the residents and the businesses.” has been fighting for more resident feedback to
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added, would also be passed onto tenants in the area came and expressed their interests.”
form of increased rents. In a phone interview last week, Chin said 4ERESA3HAO -$
Steinwurtzel, however, said additional ten-
ant payments would be insignificant.
that she would not support the BID until she
sees more resident involvement in the modi-
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tenants will be minor amounts,” he said, “and “We want to make sure the residents’ con-
will only be temporary until their leases expire, cerns are addressed, and that they will have a
since any new lease will be reset to market say,” she said. Interventional Pulmonology
rates.” The BID steering committee will hold its
As for tourism, Steinwurtzel assured that next meeting at Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 32 !RTHUR3UNG -$
the majority of the marketing budget would Prince St., on Tues., Feb. 22, to “finalize the dis-
go toward creating signage for the tourists that trict plan according to everyone’s satisfaction,”
are already there — not toward advertising or according to Steinwurtzel, who is holding out
other means to attract more out-of-towners. hope that, the more Soho residents learn about
Retailers along Broadway have complained to the BID, the more they’ll realize its benefits.
the steering committee that they often feel like “When you don’t know what something is, The Chinatown Multispecialty Group
tour guides to customers who easily get lost you get a little worried,” he said. “It’s not our
amid Soho’s streets. intention to make the neighborhood worse. 110 Lafayette Street, 5th Floor. (212) 844-8008.
Improving sanitation for the area — pur- We’re trying to make it better. We’re trying
portedly one of the BID’s main services — is to make this work for everyone in the com-
Office hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday.
something most community members support. munity.”
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Study reveals new findings about 9/11 related stress


able for an interview, since their names danger they were in until after they exited Act, or for any other mental health problem,
Continued from page 7 and contact information are not publicly the building. for that matter. The FealGood Foundation,
disclosed due to confidentiality agreements The key drivers of PTSD, the study a nonprofit that helped spearhead the bill,
participants were by far at highest risk of with the D.O.H.M.H. showed, was late evacuation; being on a is trying to change that.
developing post-traumatic stress from the high floor in World Trade Center 1 or 2 The Zadroga bill couldn’t be amended
9/11 events — almost half of them were when the evacuation began; being caught to add mental illness, explained Sean
screened PTSD-positive. “There are lots of in the dust cloud caused by the falling of Riordan of the FealGood Foundation. The
different theories why income and socio- “There are lots of different the towers; or witnessing horrific events, special master, though, who will serve
economic status is related to PTSD,” said such as the buildings’ collapse or people as an arbitratorin the claims process,
DiGrande, such as shortages in mental theories why income and jumping or falling out of them. Those that could include mental illness as a factor in
health resources available to them to help sustained an injury were also at a higher the amount of reimbursement granted to
overcome the trauma of 9/11. socioeconomic status is risk of developing PTSD, according to someone with a physical injury.
“It’s something researchers are continu- DiGrande. “We hope the regulations that are forth-
ing to try to understand more fully.” related to PTSD.” “When you added one or more of these coming will allow this to be considered
The implication of the findings, accord- exposures,” she said, “the risk for the per- as a factor for compensable loss,” said
ing to the study, “is that the impact of — Laura DiGrande son doubled.” Riordan.
terrorism on survivors, particularly those One out of every three African Gleaning the results of the study, the
in low socioeconomic positions, could Americans and Hispanics, and one out authors recommended that, during disas-
be substantial,” since PTSD is tied to of every five women, were found to have ter preparation training, civilians should
other disorders and harmful behaviors Nearly one in six participants tested chronic PTSD – an alarmingly high pro- be informed of potential experiences that
that effect daily functioning, wellness, and positive for probable PTSD, lower than portion, according to Neria. These rates, heighten one’s risk of acquiring PTSD,
relationships. the rate discovered among other terror- he said, “should signal an acute need for such as evacuation, physical injury, and
The study’s participants were asked ist attack survivors, such as those from treatment.” personally witnessing death, destruction
questions about whether or not they’ve the Oklahoma City bombings. Researchers Researchers attribute the high PTSD and other traumatic events.
repeatedly had disturbing thoughts or speculate that the 9/11 survivors have rates among these groups to increased The study, DiGrande said, can help plan
dreams of 9/11 events; physical reactions, lower rates of PTSD because they didn’t health exposure or mental problems before for future disasters and guide follow-up
such as heart pounding and sweating, know their lives were threatened while 9/11, immigrant status, lack of social sup- work of the WTC Health Registry.
when being reminded of 9/11; and dif- they were evacuating the towers. ports and emotional reaction around the PTSD patients can receive mental health
ficulty remembering significant events of Evacuee accounts described a “calm time of the attacks. treatment for free at Columbia University
the day. These questions, DiGrande said, descent” from the upper floors of the tow- Patients with PTSD are not entitled to Medical Center through Neria’s Trauma
are ones that psychiatirsts typically use to ers. Many of them did not predict the tow- financial compensation from the Victim and PTSD Program. For more information,
diagnose PTSD. ers’ collapse, according to the study, and Compensation Fund of the James R. visit 212-543-5520 or call www.columbia-
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C.B. 1 offers date for L.M.D.C. to close


Menin, “and said we didn’t know what we city agencies. Liberty with approximately eight acres
Continued from page 1 were talking about.” “The transfer of all such duties,” the of land that will be the future site of the
“The result was an absolutely tragic resolution states, “should be completed as National September 11 Memorial and
not only first responders, but also our fellow event, where two firefighters lost their soon as possible and an orderly dissolu- Museum.
citizens.” lives.” tion of the agency should certainly occur The Port Authority, which is currently
Heightened security enforcement, how- “We have no comment on [Graffanigno’s] no later than the tenth anniversary of using 130 Liberty as a staging ground for
ever, is coming at taxpayers’ expense. The statement,” said L.M.D.C. Spokesperson September 11.” the V.S.C., will have full access to the site
L.M.D.C., Graffanigno Sr. noted, spent John DeLibero in an e-mail. by the end of the month, according to
more than $900,000 in legal fees since the Demolition of the 41-story tower which the L.M.D.C. But, while the L.M.D.C. is
incident; and the city spent $6.5 million. was contaminated with asbestos and other granting access to the Port Authority, the
The NYC Department of Buildings and harmful toxins from falling debris on 9/11 ‘We’re working on sorting land swap has not taken place, according
the Fire Department of New York issued was finally completed last week. Bovis, the to Rosenbloom.
27 “stop work orders” against Bovis Lend company hired for the job, is now remov- out different political, legal “We’re working on sorting out differ-
Lease for safety violations – the equivalent ing the structural steel, rebar and concrete ent political, legal and financial arrange-
of nearly two per month – from March 2009 from the site. Air monitoring will be ongo- and financial arrange- ments,” Rosenbloom told the committee,
to May 2010. Yet the New York County ing until the end of the month. deeming it a “very long, time-consuming
District Attorney did not reopen the criminal “As long as materials original to building ments.’ process.” He wouldn’t disclose a tentative
case against contractors John Gault whom will be on the site, some form of monitoring date for the land swap.
Bovis hired for the job when he had the going on,” said Josh Rosenbloom, director — Josh Rosenbloom “There are a lot of [agencies] that have
opportunity noted Graffagnino Sr. of city operations at the L.M.D.C. to approve it before it can be negotiated,”
“It seems that law enforcement officials The committee said now that 130 explained John Delibero, a spokesperson
and politicians just want to keep their jobs Liberty is down, it is time for the L.M.D.C. for the L.M.D.C.
while millions of tax dollars are wasted to devise a sunset plan. Bureaucracies such DeLibero said the L.M.D.C. wouldn’t Construction of the V.S.C. would begin
and New Yorkers are put at risk,” said as the L.M.D.C. tend to perpetuate them- comment on its plans to sunset. immediately after the swap is finalized,
Graffagnino Sr. selves longer than necessary, according to The committee also requests that the according to a Port Authority spokesper-
Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin committee member Bill Love. “The original land swap between the L.M.D.C. and son. It is scheduled for completion next
reminded Graffinigno Sr. that C.B. 1 passed mission is over,” he said. “We’re reaching the Port Authority of New York and year.
a resolution opposing the L.M.D.C.’s hir- the end of the line with the L.M.D.C.” New Jersey occur as soon as possible, The resolution also called on the Port
ing of John Galt to demolish the building He and the other members voted unani- so that construction of the underground Authority, the future owner of 130 Liberty,
in the city after hearing about supposed mously in favor of a resolution that urges Vehicle Security Center parking complex to initiate an open, transparent public
links to the mafia and the company’s lack the L.M.D.C. to release its remaining grant can begin. planning process for the redevelopment
of experience. money and transfer any additional legal The two parties made an agreement of the site “in a financially sustainable
“They completely ignored us,” said and compliance tasks to other state and in 2003 to exchange the parcel at 130 matter.”

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D.O.E. undecided on Tweed


Southbridge Towers were counting on send- in Fall 2013, and 265 more in Fall 2014. dren on wait lists, Rose assured, will receive
Continued from page 1 ing their sixth graders to the school. He will be presenting this and other data alternate offers at other public schools.
“Now they assume it’s a dead issue,” to the D.O.E. in the coming weeks. Rose said the D.O.E. hasn’t made
“Trinity is to be commended about said Hovitz, “so they’re looking elsewhere P.S. 276, which will have space for a decision yet about which school will
being proactive in planning for a new in the city, when they would have much pre- between 75 and 100 kindergarteners next occupy the vacant classrooms in Tweed
school for residential development,” said ferred to have their kids close to home.” fall, has received 78 applications thus far, Courthouse starting next year. D.O.E.
Rose. “I am concerned that by delaying its 12 of whom are now in the pre-school. The spokesperson Jack Zarin-Rosenfeld said
P.S.234 parent Tricia Joyce and other opening and using that space for additional school is considering opening up a fifth the department would be making the call
task force members are nonetheless con- [Spruce Street] elementary school classes, section of kindergarten in September to in the next few months.
cerned that such new residential develop- we run the risk of losing needed middle accommodate more students. “That’s a good sign,” said Councilmember
ments in Downtown could outpace new school seats,” said Speaker Silver after the “They really can’t continue doing this,” Margaret Chin after the meeting. “We need
school construction. meeting. “I will continue to hold the D.O.E. said Greenleaf. “They’ll run out of space to keep the pressure on the D.O.E. to save
She and the other task force members accountable to its commitment, and I will in a few years.” those classrooms.”
were disappointed to hear that Spruce continue to press for more desperately P.S. 89 has accumulated 64 kindergar- Parents, however, are still frustrated
Street School (P.S. 397) will not open sixth needed school space in Lower Manhattan.” ten applications thus far — 11 of whom that Innovate Manhattan Charter School is
grade next fall in Beekman Street tower, as Task force member Eric Greenleaf have older siblings in the school — for one of the main candidates for the space.
they had hoped. believes middle school students zoned for between 65 and 75 available seats. “It’s not “What’s the point of taking our Tweed
When questioned about it, Rose replied Spruce Street should get priority at P.S. that far off from last year’s numbers,” said rooms and putting a charter middle school
sternly, “We’ve gone over this before. It 276; currently they don’t receive preference the school’s principal, Ronnie Najjar. there, if, according to [the D.O.E.], we don’t
just doesn’t make sense. We have middle at any of the Lower Manhattan schools. The school typically accepts more stu- need middle school seats?” said Joyce.
school seats in the area, and it’s difficult “We didn’t design the school — they dents than it receives, predicting some And while the Richard R. Green school
financially.” did,” said Greenleaf. “If the D.O.E. didn’t attrition to occur over the summer (though is set to move into the first two floors of 26
But some task force members didn’t buy design a school up to their financial cri- it eventually had to create a wait list for Broadway, the task force is determined to
into this reasoning. teria… they need to own up to it” and the 2010-11 school year due to the high find another Downtown site for a second
“The entire [D.O.E.] policy is geared accommodate the children that live in the number of applications). Millennium high school.
towards creating new schools,” said Leonie Spruce Street zone. Spruce Street, meanwhile, has received “There was capital money set aside for
Hamson, executive director of Class Size Downtown schools have already 60 applications so far — only 5 of whom are it,” said Speaker Silver. “It’s important for
Matters. “They have plenty of money to received 393 applications during pre- siblings – which is in line or below capac- this community.”
burn when it’s what they want to do; registration period, which began January ity for the school, according to Rose. “I’m very upset Millennium didn’t get
but when the community wants to, they 10, but only have room for 350 of them, P.S. 234, meanwhile, has 166 appli- into 26 Broadway,” said task force member
are suddenly broke. They are completely according to Greenleaf. If Spruce Street cants, 68 of whom are siblings; compared Liat Silverman, former president of P.S.
hypocritical.” accepts an excess number of kindergarten- to 186 applicants this time last spring, 234’s Parent-Teacher Association. “I feel
Community Board 1 member Paul Hovitz ers in the coming years, 244 Downtown according to Rose. that’s a lost opportunity, and we’ll all rue
said people in his residential complex at kindergarteners will be denied a seat there Pre-registration ends March 4. All chil- the day.”

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ate for ages 3-12. Through Feb. 19, Sat. at 1pm & 3pm and Sun.
at 1pm. At the Union Square Theatre (100 E. 17th St. btw. Union

YOUTH Square East and Irving Place). For tickets ($39.50-$65), call 1-800-
982-2787 or visit ticketmaster.com. Also visit angelinathemusi-
cal.com.

ACTIVITIES PRESCHOOL PLAY AND STORIES & SONGS A new ses-


sion of “Preschool Play” has been added: This program invites
walking toddlers to join other children, parents, and caregivers
for fun interactive play, art and theme days. Thursdays, through
and see some of the actual equipment carried by The Emergency March 24, from 1:30-3:30pm. The fee is $175 for 10 weeks (sib-
Services Unit. At 100 Old Slip. For info, call 212-480-3100 or visit lings: $100). At “Stories & Songs,” a variety of musicians teach
www.nycpm.org. Hours: Mon. through Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., and perform child-friendly music. Movement, dancing and rhythm
noon-5pm. Admission: $8 ($5 for students, seniors and children. instruments add to the fun. Mondays, through April 25 (except
Free for children under 2. 1/17 and 2/21) as well as on Wednesdays, through April 13.
Space is still available in 40-minute classes: the 9:30-10:10am
DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY CENTER For info on swim les- class for children 6-14 months — and the 12 noon-12:40pm class
sons, basketball, gym class, karate and more, call 212-766-1104. for mixed ages (6 months to 3.5 years). There is a $231 fee for 14
Visit manhattanyouth.org. The Downtown Community Center is weeks (20% discount for siblings). Both events take place in the
located at 120 Warren St. Meeting Room at the Verdesian (211 North End Ave., btw. War-
ren & Murray, in Battery Park City). For info or to register, call 212-
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE ARTS Explore painting, col- 267-9700, ext. 366 or 348. Visit bpcparks.org.
lage and sculpture through self-guided arts projects. Open art
stations are ongoing throughout the afternoon — giving children THE FESTIVAL OF THE VEGETABLES Once upon a time,
the opportunity to experiment with materials such as paint, clay, composer/librettist Michael Kosch and choreographer/costume
fabric, paper and found objects. Young minds can be great minds designer Rachael Kosch created a suite of savory vignettes
— and great minds, as they say, often think alike. See for your- designed for children and their families. Sometime later (the
self when you view “Art Within Reach: from the WPA to the Pres- present day to be exact), “The Festival of the Vegetables” has
ent” — on display now through June 5. This intergenerational returned for its fifth annual production. Metropolitan Playhouse
exhibit connects the artistic and intellectual dots between those presents, proudly we’re assured, this music-dance-poetry-theater
who grew up in NYC during the Great Depression and those who piece in which a troupe of dancers and actors (ages 5 to 45) per-
are growing up in the city today. Museum hours: Wed.-Sun., form a series of lighthearted poems and dances that reveal the
12-5pm; Thurs., 12-6pm (Pay as You Wish, from 4-6pm). Admis- secret life of vegetables. It is set in a vast supermarket where a
sion: $10. At the Children’s Museum of the Arts (182 Lafayette St. toddler, shopping with mom, nods off to sleep. The child dreams
btw. Broome & Grand). Call 212- 274-0986 or visit cmany.org. For of vegetable adventures — each story introduced by a couple
group tours, call 212-274-0986, extension 31. of bumbling yet eloquent produce clerks. Vegetable-people of
all varieties jump and whirl in a whimsical salad. Duncan Broc-
SATURDAY AFTERNOONS AT THE SCHOLASTIC coli dances a Scottish reel; King Potato holds vegetable court;
STORE Every Saturday at 3pm, Scholastic’s in-store activities lithe String Bean Fiddler twirls and trills; Colonel Corn stalks
are designed to get kids reading, thinking, talking, creating and the scary SpinWitch; Arugula weds ravishing Radish; and
moving. The Scholastic Store is located at 557 Broadway (btw. Rotund Rutabaga perches on pointe. If your kids won’t eat their
Prince & Spring). Store hours are Mon.-Sat., 10am-7pm, and vegetables after this show, maybe they’ll at least appreciate the
Sun., 11am-6pm. For info about store events, call 212-343-6166. entertainment value supplied by all that stuff that grows in the
Photo by Jean-Marie Guyaux Visit scholastic.com. ground, helps you grow and is very, very, very good for you! Sats.
Wilber is the lucky recipient of positive feedback from Charlotte’s web. and Suns., 11am, Through Feb. 20. At the Metropolitan Playhouse
POETS HOUSE The Poets House “Tiny Poets Time” program (220 E. 4th St., btw. Aves. A & B). Tickets are $10 for children 12
CHARLOTTE’S WEB offers children ages 1-3 and their parents a chance to enter the and under; $15 for adults. For reservations, call 212-995-5302 or
Before the two-hanky weeper of an ending, this BMCC Tribeca PAC and Theatreworks world of rhyme — through readings, group activities and interac- visit metropolitanplayhouse.org.
USA adaptation of “Charlotte’s Web” is sure to engage kids with its tale of a spider named tive performances. Thursdays at 10am (at 10 River Terrace and
Charlotte who saves the bacon of a pig named Wilbur. Generations after E.B. White’s Murray St.). Call 212-431-7920 or visit poetshouse.org. WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE YOUR EVENT LISTED IN THE
book first arrived on the shelves (1948), kids are still falling in love with its cast of barn- DOWNTOWN EXPRESS? Listing requests may be sent to
yard characters and learning life lessons about friendship and sacrifice. Sun., March 6, ANGELINA BALLERINA: THE MUSICAL Everyone at the scott@downtownexpress.com. Please provide the date, time,
3pm. At the Tribeca Performing Arts Center (199 Chambers St.). Tickets are $25 — but Camembert Academy is all aflutter because a special guest is location, price and a description of the event. Information may
with the purchase of a 10Club membership (a $140 10-ticket package), you’ll save more coming to visit. Angelina and her friends are excited to show also be mailed to 145 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY,
than $100 and also receive a discount with several of their neighborhood partners just off their hip-hop, modern dance, Irish jig and ballet skills — but 10013. Requests must be received three weeks before the event
by showing the membership card. The TPAC season continues with Bo Eason’s semi- will Angelina get that moment in the spotlight she’s hoping for? is to be held.
autobiographical “Runt of the Litter” on Sat., March 12 at 1:30pm; the Dallas Children’s Based on characters from the PBS series, this show is appropri-
Theatre presentation of “Giggle, Giggle Quack” on Sat., March 26 at 1:30pm; and the
Tall Stories of London production “Room on the Broom” at 1:30pm on Sat., April 16.
For info, visit tribecapac.org. Also visit theatreworksusa.org.

DOWNTOWN SUMMER DAY CAMP EARLY REGISTRA- Camp takes place at 120 Warren St. For registration and info, call
TION Spring’s not even in the air yet — but before you know 212-766-1104, x250 or visit downtowndaycamps.com.
it, summer will be just around the corner. Get the jump on the Moving Visions’ Murray Street Studio
always-popular Downtown Summer Day Camp by registering by THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE MUSEUM The Junior Officers A Wise Choice for your child’s dance education!
Feb. 28 for Early Bird Rates. For slightly less early birds, there will Discovery Zone is an exhibit designed for ages 2-10. It’s divided
be Open Houses on March 7 and April 5. The summer camp com-
bines a daily program at their facilities, with special events to
into four areas (Police Academy; the Park and Precinct; Emer-
gency Services Unit; and a Multi-Purpose Area), each with inter-
Dance for Children and Teens
give children an exciting and varied camp experience. Downtown active and imaginary play experiences for children to understand • Modern Ballet (ages 5-18) • Choreography (ages 8 & up)
Day Camp proudly boasts that they provide “simply the most the role of police officers in our community — by, among other • Creative Movement/Pre-Ballet (ages 3-5)
enjoyable summer experience available, all in a nearby, safe, things, driving and taking care of a police car. For older children,
caring environment.” This year, there’s a new swimming pool — there’s a crime scene observation activity that will challenge ADULT CLASSES Yoga - Tai Chi • Chi/Dance/Exercise for Women
plus art rooms, a multi-media lab, a dance studio, a gym, class- them to remember relevant parts of city street scenes; a physical
rooms and more. There’s also karate, musical performances, pier challenge similar to those at the Police Academy; and a model
barbecues, a camp carnival and special events. The camp day is Emergency Services Unit vehicle where children can climb in, use
19 Murray St., 3rd Fl. 212-608-7681 (day)
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DOWNTOWNEXPRESSARTS&ENTERTAINMENT
Birdland’s “Cast Party” heads to Town Hall
Host Caruso’s a swingin’ cat, a sly fox and one bad mother
CABARET
THE BEST OF JIM CARUSO’S CAST PARTY
AT TOWN HALL
A Benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Thursday, February 17, 8pm
At Town Hall (123 W. 43rd St. btw. Sixth Ave. & Broadway)
For tickets ($25, $50, $75): ticketmaster.com or call 800-982-
2787
“Jim Caruso: The Swing Set” is available at jim-caruso.com,
amazon.com and on iTunes.
“Jim Caruso’s Cast Party” happens Mondays, 9:30pm-1am, at
Birdland (315 W. 44 St. btw. 8th & 9th Aves.). $20 cover, plus
$10 food/drink minimum).
Visit birdlandjazz.com

BY SCOTT STIFFLER
Put on your Sunday best, lay down a modest cover charge
and step through the doors of Birdland Jazz Club on any
given Monday night — and it’s as if you’ve set the Wayback
Machine for a lost era when well-dressed guys and gals sat
at candlelit tables mere steps from household names who’d
belt out standards between the amiable patter of a much-
loved host.
That host is Jim Caruso — and that Monday night destina-
tion event for Broadway babies, journeyman jazz musicians,
cabaret veterans and chummy regulars is “Jim Caruso’s Cast
Party.” Now in its eighth year, the popular music-themed
open mic is a sweet-natured yet occasionally catty throwback
to the days of kitchen sink Vaudeville, when a beefy roster of
performers would get just a few short minutes to wow you.
Most of the time during any given night’s three-plus
hours, the folks who make it onto the Birdland stage deliver.
But a few do mange to fall flat (usually because the mate- Photo by Bill Westmoreland
rial doesn’t suit the room or their interpretive abilities). Swing time: Caruso’s CD shines.
When that happens, Caruso just winks and smiles and keeps
shoveling coal into his runaway train — schmoozing with cabaret reporter and his interview subject were basically Christopher Sieber. Tony nominee Sally Mayes. Jazz singer
the band about an unrelated and often surreal topic, then decent, driven men who worked themselves like show ponies Hilary Kole. R&B tenor William Blake. Nightlife Award-
brining up the next act. without the benefit of schemingly ambitious yet competent winning jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein. Klea Blackhurst (star
A few months ago, shortly after Oprah gave away interns. While this humble scribe speculated he’d gladly deal of the new IFC Comedy Series “The Onion News Network”).
those cars to her audience, Caruso turned the notion of with an “All About Eve” scenario in exchange for somebody Composer Andrew Gerle — and Countess Luann de Lesseps
ego cloaked in generosity into a scathing running joke that who didn’t mind making copies, Caruso allowed himself to (from “Housewives of New York City”).
didn’t wear out its welcome despite the fact that he trotted only pine momentarily for outside help. And girl, the boy Although the lineup is heavy on star power, Caruso says it
out subtle variations of the same basic zinger way into the clearly needs it. In addition to his hosting duties, Caruso won’t stray too far from the Birdland formula — then quickly
wee hours. Even when he’s cutting you down, Caruso never does all of the PR outreach for “Cast Party” and promotes adds, “I’m doing something with the Mark Stuart Dance
strays too far from the “Cast Party” mission of lifting per- the “Broadway at Birdland” series. There he goes again, Theatre. It’s going to be a full-on production number. We
formers up and making sure the audience knows his shtick is doing unto others what somebody should be doing unto him. just added Hinton Battle, the Tony winner. Karen Ziemba,
all in the service of good, (mostly) clean cabaret fun. It’s that Such altruism — it makes you sick! who won the Tony for “Contact,” is singing an Andrew Gerle
polite safety net that keeps audiences and performers coming Caruso’s pom poms and cabaret cheers will be out in full song, because so much of what we do is about new com-
back week after week. Despite being the frequent recipient force on February 17. That’s when “Cast Party” moves to posers.” Invoking his frequent collaborator, the great Billy
of coveted air kisses from the likes of Liza and Chita and Town Hall for one night only — for an amped up evening Stritch, Caruso says, “Billy will be at the piano. Neither of
any number of special guests in attendance, Caruso retains a that will have cabaret and Broadway fans worked up into a us plan to talk about what we’re going to say, so our casual
genuine aura of gee-gosh wonder which lets you know he’s as complete and total tizzy. Here’s a partial list of who’s on the take on hosting will help keep the freshness and improv
thrilled to be here as you are. It’s a thing to see. bill: The legendary Liza Minnelli (whose 2008 show “Liza’s quality alive.”
Chelsea Now recently had a long, dishy phone conversa- at the Palace” marked the Broadway debut of Caruso). Circling back around, Caruso adds, “I want to make it
tion with Caruso. It began with a mutual pity party during Broadway icon Chita Rivera. Country music superstar
which we was firmly established that both this intrepid Larry Gatlin. Lucie Arnaz. Marilyn Maye. Tony nominee Continued on page 23
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Norter (saxophones), Dave Trigg (trumpet)


Continued from page 22 and Ross Konikoff (trumpet). Not familiar
names? Google them and you’ll be suffi-
clear that Billy will be at the piano and I’ll ciently impressed.
have my ‘Cast Party Symphony Orchestra’ as High praise from the CD’s vocalist goes
we call it.” That means Billy Stritch (musical to Aaron Weinstein — the 24-year-old who
director), bass player Steve Doyle and drum- served as musical director, played violin and
mer Daniel Glass. created the musical arrangements (which have
Sprinkled throughout the starry night will an inspired purity that’s both sparse and com-
be a few selections from Caruso’s new CD. plex). Caruso says the concept for the CD has
“Jim Caruso: The Swing Set” is a 13-track been percolating for quite some time. Crediting
collection (12 of which are first-time covers its success to a sound created by Weinstein,
for the singer). Only one tune, “If I Only Caruso notes, “It’s all in the arrangements.
Had A Brain,” is from the Caruso reper- Aaron is a genius. He has an incredible capac-
toire. A parallel world away from the silly/ ity to interpret these songs. All the musicians
stupid scarecrow version you know from would come in and say how gorgeous the
“The Wizard of Oz,” this take is downbeat, charts were. These are guys who are in the
with only the slightest lemon twist of hope. studio every day playing for someone. They see
It’s a melancholy punch to the gut full of it all, and the fact that they were fainting at the
doomed “if only” moments punctuated by arraignments was just beautiful.”
Warren Vaché’s sad coronet and slow licks It’s at this point that Caruso goes back
from iconic superstar jazz guitarist Bucky into that gee-wiz mode that shoots out of
Pizzarelli. Fans know the man can pick at him like happy ectoplasm when he’s hosting
a furious pace — but here, like Caruso, his “Cast Party.” He’s clearly tapping into that
restraint packs an unexpected wallop. golden era of popular music, when collabo-
Asked what’s up with this very unusual ration came not in the form of a few distant
interpretation, Caruso traces its origins to Photo by Bill Westmoreland
studio musicians, but massive ensembles of
an early failure: “I auditioned for the role backup singers, chorus boys and multi-mem-
Frequent collaborators Billy Stritch (L) and Jim Caruso (R).
of the Scarecrow once, but I didn’t get it. It ber orchestras. Finding strength in numbers
went to a local hairdresser/makeup artist. place.” include the snarky “I’m So Happy,” the not suits him just fine. “I’ve always been lucky to
So the anger and sadness of not getting that Don’t get the wrong idea from that too saccharine sweet “Pick Yourself Up,” and surround myself with brilliant talent,” says
role stayed with me. I was telling Billy this “Brain” origins anecdote. “The Swing Set” an affectionately rendered “Manhattan.” Caruso — who grew up watching variety
pathetic story, and he said ‘you need to sing is full of upbeat, irony-free covers (includ- In addition to Vaché and Pizzarelli, other shows and wanting to be an Osmond broth-
that song.’ And I said I couldn’t just stand ing “Avalon” with Hillary Kole and Stritch; musicians lending their talents to the Caruso er. He’s achieved that dream in a roundabout
there and sing it, so he started playing these “Gotta Be This or That” with Michael cause include Harry Allen (tenor saxophone), but very satisfying way, creating on the stage
hip, jazzy, contemplative chords. It refreshed Feinstein; and “The Doodlin’ Song” with Tedd Firth (piano), Steve Doyle (bass), Jon and off a Mormon-sized family of friends

&
the song for me and took it to a whole other Stephanie J. Block). Solo Caruso numbers Burr (bass), Warren Odes (drums), Kristy who became collaborators.

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Dance programs inspire and illuminate


Movement provides antidote for winter doldrums
BY WICKHAM BOYLE
Most of us are fed up with cold, snow and
slush — but there’s no better antidote for
the winter doldrums than dance. Watching
others twirl, spin, glide and leap takes our
breath away and gives us a renewed sense
of possibility. We are transported and illu-
minated — and often inspired to move and
shake our own legs or derrieres.
Downtown, across town, in the Village
East and West then looping up to Chelsea,
audiences can find toe tappers, modern inter-
preters and gloriously delirious dancers.

DIXON PLACE
Ellie Coven’s old living room is now a
glorious space for dance theater, cocktails
and inspiration. All shows are $15 general
admission, $12 for students/seniors. At 161
Chrystie St. (btw. Rivington & Delancey).
Call 212-219-7581 or visit dixonplace.org.
“BODY BLEND” — See a collection of
new dancers and choreographers and pick
your own favorites. Curated by Niles Ford
Trebien Pollard Eddie Brito. Tues., March
1, 7:30pm.
“THE TRAGEDY OF MARIA MACABRE”
— Rachel Klein’s stylized movement-based
theater piece with live-action cartoon aes-
thetic pulls from circus imagery, silent hor-
ror films. Wed., March 2, 7:30pm.
“CROSSING BOUNDARIES” — Curated
by Marcia Monroe Regina Miranda Regina
Nejman. Tues., March 29, 7:30pm.
Photo by Bill Hebert
“Splice: Japan” double bills you. See “Dance New Amsterdam.”
DANCE NEW AMSTERDAM
Season performances take place Thurs., St. btw. 7th and 8th Aves.). Call 212-691-
Fri., Sat. at 8pm and Sun. at 3pm. At 6500 for info on this event and many other
280 Broadway, 2nd Floor (entrance on performances, lectures and event. Also visit
Chambers). For info on all the below per- dancetheaterworkshop.org/performances.
formances, call 212-625-8369 or visit dna-
dance.org. PERIDANCE CAPEZIO CENTER
“OBJECT.OBJECT” — Ximena Garnica, There are rarely performances here —
Jennifer Nugent and Adrienne Westwood, but there are dancers galore, and over 250
take to the stage. The season concludes with classes each week. If you want to warm up
vividly theatrical world premieres by Artists and rub shoulders and toes with dancers,
in Residence. Feb. 17–20: then dip your toe into a beginner class. At
126 E. 13th St. (btw. 3rd and 4th Aves.) Call
“SPLICE: JAPAN” is the winter season 212-505-0886 or visit info@peridance.com.
closer. This shared bill features up-and-
coming choreographers (and DNA Artists PUNCHDRUNK
in Residence) Mana Kawamura and Makiko British theater company Punchdrunk will
Tamura. Both of their works were inspired present “Sleep No More” — in a site-specific
by life experiences in NYC and their native production, billed as the former McKittrick
Japan. The choreographers received time Hotel (530 W. 27th St.). However, many
and resources to create unique experiential will remember it as Club Twilo. Based on
work, which represents a fusion trend in “Macbeth,” “Sleep No More” is devised
contemporary dance (by melding traditional and directed by Felix Barrett, Maxine Doyle
non-western dance with the theatrical and and the company. The show is mostly dance
modern aesthetic). Feb. 24–26. A post- (there is no spoken dialogue and the produc-
performance talkback moderated by Yoko ers are calling it “an immersion experience
Shioya, Artistic Director of Japan Society, as the audience chose where and what it
will take place on Thurs., Feb. 24. watches”). During the course of the show,
theatergoers move through the venue (which
DANCE THEATER WORKSHOP has been converted for the production),
The New York premier of Norway-based experiencing events in an intimate and often
Verdensteatret’s “And All The Question surprising manner. For tickets ($75), call
Marks Started to Sing” — a fusion of sound 212-352-3101 or visit sleepnomorenyc.com.
Photo © Volkmann – 2010
art, visual pieces, theater and dance. Feb. Opens March 7.
24-27, 7:30pm (matinee, Feb. 27, 5:30pm). L to R: Liz Beres, Prentice Whitlow, Clymene Baugher, Chalvar Monteiro, Rachel
At Dance Theater Workshop (219 W. 19th Continued on page 25 Holmes, Joe Celej & Ingrid Abeledaj. See “Elisa Monte Dance.”
downtown express Februar y 16 - 23, 2011 25

Photo courtesy of Verdensteatret

Visiting artists from Norway ask big questons. See “Dance Theater Workshop.”
with new and beloved work. The gala sionate descendant of Martha Graham, company performs an exhilarating program
Continued from page 24 opening is March 1. “Monte’s Dialogue moves us with sublime images that touch of contemporary dance exemplifying its com-
with Vanishing Languages” opens the the heart and embrace the soul. In the mitment to commissioning groundbreaking
AT THE JOYCE THEATER run. As well, the company will host world premiere of “Letters of Love on work by both world renowned and emerging
At 175 8th Ave., at 19th St. For info on over twenty special dance events — from Ripped Paper,” Buglisi reveals the rapture choreographers. Feb. 22-27.
all the below performances, call 212-691- master classes to website launches and and human complexity underlying human
9740 or visit joyce.org. video interviews with the artistic team relationships through a labyrinth of love KEIGWIN + COMPANY
and dancers. Most events are open to the letters: Pliny to Calpurnia; Queen Victoria After electrifying audiences with its first
ELISA MONTE DANCE public, at low-cost — and some are FREE. to Prince Albert; Zelda to Scott. Feb. solo Joyce season in 2010, KEIGWIN +
Elisa Monte has been breaking barriers Through March 6. 15-20. COMPANY comes back with the world
(by crossing between dance and spoken premiere of Dark Habits, an evening-length
word and theater) for 30 years. The com- BUGLISI DANCE THEATRE ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET work, which examines fashion and drama.
pany will celebrate its 30th anniversary Choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi, a pas- Celebrating its 15th anniversary season, the March 8-13.



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Just Do Art
LEIGHANN LORD WITH BLACK
WOMEN IN COMEDY
Tribeca Spotlight’s “The Next Voice You
Hear” series books only thinkers and per-
formers who deserve to be a “next big
thing.” This time up, quadruple threat
(smart, sexy, savvy, funny) Leighann Lord
hosts and headlines a night of stand-up.
Lord, who won the NYC Black Comedy
Award for “The Most Thought Provoking
Black Female Comic,” will be joined by other
vanguard black female comedians includ-
ing Abbi Crutchfield, Rhonda Hansome
and Angela Scott. Sat., Feb. 19, 8pm, at
the Borough of Manhattan Community
College/Tribeca Performing Arts Center
(199 Chambers St.). For tickets ($15), call
212-220-1460 or visit tribecapac.org. For
all things Leighann, go to www.veryfun-
nylady.com.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

THEATER: A WORLD APART Got issues? Lian Amaris lays it out —


Leading a monastic life doesn’t neces- and maybe works it out.
sarily free you from the pitfalls of the
human condition. In “A World Apart,” Lian Amaris will invoke that iconic Yiddish
Mother Augustina doubts her ability to expression; but her upbringing just might
lead her nuns into the future, given that inspire some new slang to add to the lexi-
she’s been contemplating a return to the con. Amaris, who was raised in a Kosher
outside world. In walks Father Byrne, Jewish household by a black father and a
who’s wondering if he can do more for feminist mother, was given the greatest gift
that world if he ventures beyond cloistered a performance artist could hope for — an
walls. While sharing their doubts, both identity inspired by gender-play, racial ambi-
become seduced by what’s outside and guity, mental illness and cultural tensions.
what’s inside. This tough nut is written That’s more than enough ground to cover
by multi-disciplinary theatre artist Susan in one show. That show, “Daddy’s Black and
Mosakowski (co-artistic director, with Jewish,” brings it all home through a hybrid
Matthew Maguire, of Creation Production of monologue, music, Brechtian storytelling
Company). Wed. through Sat., at 7pm. and visual language wrapped in a comfort-
Through Feb. 26, at The Flea Theater (41 able but confining blanket of pop culture
White St. btw. Broadway & Church). For neuroses. Feb. 23-26, 7pm, at Nuyorican
tickets ($18), call 212-352-3101 or visit Poets Cafe (236 E. 3rd St. btw. Aves. B &
theatermania.com. Also visit theflea.org C.) Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the
and creationproduction.org. door. To order, call 212-780-9386 or visit Photo courtesy of Franny Flüffer Nütter
nuyorican.org. Who gives a hoot about who killed Laura Palmer?

DADDY’S BLACK AND JEWISH Series pairs top tier musicians with top David Lynch Burlesque” takes place on
Black? Jewish? It’s enough to make a CITY WINERY tier lox and bagels (10am-2pm, with the eve of Palmer’s death — and serves as
gal go “Oy!” No word on whether or not Every Sunday, the Klezmer Brunch music from 11-noon and 1pm-2pm). $10 a reminder of how the unblemished odd-
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group of artists and thinkers, tackling Flüffer Nütter’s new “Pink Room” series
the hard questions in an easygoing man- is all about the world of Dale Cooper,
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Lang and Rabbi Ain explore the relation- into other aspects of Lynch’s influential
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