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Photo by Joe WoolheadTanya Ridley, a metal lather, hoists a rod of rebar at Tower 4 at the World Trade Center site.BY JULIE SHAPIROClaremont Preps $30 million expansion is back on track after the school nal-ized a lease this week for 200,000 square feet at 25 Broadway. Claremont will use the space for middle and high school classes starting in the fall of 2010, said Michael Kofer, C.E.O. of Met Schools, Claremonts parent company. Kofer made a similar announcement in March, saying the school had leased space for its expansion at 100 Church St., but Claremont opted out of that deal because the 25 Broadway space was better, Kofer said. A major tipping point was 25 Broadways location, just steps from Claremonts Broad St. home.You walk right out our door, cross Bowling Green, and there you are, Kofer said. Its a wonderful build-ing, its close by, and the staff is really thrilled.Claremont was able to back out of the 100 Church St. lease because owner The Sapir Organization took a long time to get their bank to sign off on the deal, Kofer said.The asking rent at 25 Broadway was $39 per square foot, compared to $40 at 100 Church. Kofer said he paid very close to the asking rent at 25 Broadway, which is owned by the Wolfson Group. Wolfson and Sapir could not immediately be reached for comment. Claremont had detailed architectural plans and ren-25 Broadway makes the grade for private schools expansionBY JULIE SHAPIRO Ashia Johns goes to work every day wearing a white hard hat on her head and a ashy white-gold diamond ring on her left hand. The hard hat keeps her safe as she builds the new Goldman Sachs head-quarters Downtown. The engagement ring look-alike, which Johns bought for herself, also keeps her safe from the attentions of the dozens of men she works with. I wear the ring as a decoy, Johns said, laughing as she ate lunch on the edge of the construction site on a recent afternoon. They dont really bother me, she said of her male co-workers. I just use [the ring] to throw them off. Johns, 35, is one of the rare women who choose carpentry as a career. For every 65 male carpenters, there is only one female carpenter, according to a 2008 U.S. Dept. of Labor study. Other trades are even more skewed toward men in the same 2008 study, the most unbalanced of all professions in the country was bricklaying, which boasted only one woman for every 230 men. On the whole, women represent 2.5 percent of the total workers in the construction and excavation industry, up from 2.1 percent 20 years ago, the Rosie the Riveter redux: Women work it at W.T.C.Continued on page 6Continued on page 14downtown expressVOLUME 22, NUMBER 11 THE NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN JULY 24 - 30, 2009Knitters get In The LoopPAGE 10COLLABORATIVE ART SHOWS, P. 23July 24 - 30, 2009 2downtown expressSTILL IN THE RACEArthur Gregory, a City Council candidate, started a phone conversation with us recently by saying, In case you heard the rumors, I did not drop out of the race. We actually hadnt heard that rumor yet, but it quickly became clear why it had sprung up. Gregory waited until 10 minutes before the midnight deadline last Wednesday night to le his petitions with the Board of Elections, so other can-didates gured he was a no-show. He also has not registered any campaign contributions with the city. Gregory said he likes being the last person to do some-thing for example, he claims that he was the last person in Manhattan to vote for Obama on election night. As for the lack of campaign contributions, Gregory says he has about $35,000 in undeposited checks. He didnt want to take peoples money until he was sure he would qualify for the ballot, he said. Gregory admits that he was considering dropping out because he has to have surgery on his ankle, but that can wait until after the primary. If he had dropped out, he would have given his vote to incumbent Alan Gerson, he said. The ve-way race is still without a clear overall frontrun-ner this week at least in terms of the candidates petition signatures and quarterly fundraising stats.Margaret Chin is leading the way in fundraising, hav-ing brought in nearly $114,000 so far. But PJ Kim is close behind, with just over $91,000, and he has more money still in the bank than Chin, about $41,000 compared to her $37,000, their campaigns said. The citys generous matching funds make small fundraising differences nearly irrelevant.Gerson has raised $54,000 and his campaign manager would not say how much he has left. Another candidate, Pete Gleason, has raised $37,500 and has about $11,000 left, his campaign said. None of the candidates challenged the others petition signatures, though many of them privately questioned each others numbers. Gerson indisputably came in with the most, a total of 7,100 and far more than the 900 needed. Kim said he had just under 5,500, Chins campaign said she had nearly 4,700, Gleasons campaign said 4,500 and Gregory said he would up with nearly 1,600. THREESOME NOW A TWOSOMEWhile the First District City Council battle rages on, a less well-known race got a little simpler this week when Adam Silvera stopped campaigning for Democratic district leader and endorsed fellow candidate Paul Newell. Silvera has been district leader for 16 years, but he said hes ready to try something new. It shouldnt be a life term, Silvera told UnderCover. There should be movement, opening up the opportunity for other people. District leader is an unpaid position and doesnt usu-ally engender so much interest, but this year Silvera found himself facing not one but two opponents. First there was Avram Turkel, a strong advocate of incumbent Councilmember Alan Gerson. (Silvera supports Gerson challenger Pete Gleason.)Then Newell joined the fray last month. Also a Gleason supporter, Newell had made an unsuccessful bid last year to topple Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver. Silvera said he made the decision not to run while on the trail collecting petition signatures, and he said in some ways he felt relieved to be done. Turkel and Newell, the remaining candidates, both shied away from criticizing each other in the press, but after Silvera challenged the signatures Turkel collected, Turkel is challenging Newells. Turkel said he collected just over 900 signatures and Newell said he got about 1,200. They each needed 500.VACANT LOTGood news for the people who are tired of staring at the garbage-heaped vacant lot at Greenwich and W. Thames Sts.: It could soon be cleaned up and home to construction trailers. Pat Moore, a Cedar St. resident, has been railing against the lot for months, calling it an eyesore totally out of keeping with the neighborhood just south of the World Trade Center site. A gap in the lots fence is wide enough for people to squeeze through, and the lot is lled with empty beer bottles, discarded fast-food wrappers and even some threadbare items of clothing. The city was apparently having trouble getting the owner to x up the lot, but now it looks like Bovis Lend Lease, which is managing the work at the Deutsche Bank build-ing, wants to use the site for construction trailers. John De Libero, spokesperson for the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., said Bovis is in negotiations to take over the site for the next six months. When Moore heard, she was happy, but not thrilled. So, itll be a trailer park, she said. SCAFFOLDING SALE There are plenty of recession specials popping up at shops all around the city, but heres one that was new to us: A value mart on Chambers St. is advertising a Super Scaffolding Sale, using signs dangling from said scaffolding to boast discounts of 25 percent or more. The scaffolding covering the RHX Super Value, and much of its block on Chambers St. between Church St. and Broadway, went up a couple months ago, partially hiding the store from view. Sale specials at the store include bottled water for 19 cents and rolling suitcases for $19.99. KEY ST. JAMES PERFORMANCEThis years July 25 celebration of the Feast of St. James wont be limited to a feast for the appetite; locally renowned organist Jonathan B. Hall will perform in Lower Manhattan for the days ceremonies.Hall, who was a former dean of the American Guild of Organists and is one of the premier organists in the metropolitan area, will play a special concert at 8 p.m. that day in honor of the holiday. He will also play the 11 a.m. Mass the next day. He will be joined by saxophonist William Powers. The performances will take place at St. James Church, located at 32 James St. Sundays festivities will also include other musical performances, a ea market and food, avail-able on James St., which will be closed to trafc. NEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-15, 18-19Transit Sam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Mixed Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18EDITORIAL PAGES . . . . . . . . . . 16-17YOUTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-22ARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23-26Listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25-26CLASSIFIEDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 C.B. 1MEETINGSThe upcoming weeks schedule of Community Board 1 meetings is below. ON TUES., JULY 28: The Community Board 1 monthly meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl.Read the Archiveswww.DOWNTOWNEXPRESS.comUNDER coverSEND YOU