Downtown Express May 29, 2009

Click here to load reader

  • date post

  • Category


  • view

  • download


Embed Size (px)


Downtown Express, May 29, 2009

Transcript of Downtown Express May 29, 2009

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel To get a public beach all to yourself, you usually have to travel thousands of miles from New York City, but this Battery Park City family Eve Mills and her children, Eden, 7, Hudson, 5 and Harrison, 2 had their run of the sand Saturday at the Seaport, save for a few workers putting the nal touches on Water Taxi Beach.This weekend the summer season begins all over Lower Manhattan. The annual River to River Festival, with hundreds of free events, kicks off at the World Financial Center May 31 with the Bang on a Can Marathon. Check out our summer preview section with a look at the some of the best bets Downtown, start-ing on Page 24, and nd out about the tempo-rary meadow in Collect Pond Park.Also this weekend, Governors Island reopens to the public with some new twists that will have cyclists going around in circles and Prince Harry chasing a ball. See our island article, page 16. The Mills got a preview of the Seaport sand last weekend, but the beachs mini golf course, Ping Pong and other games open in full on May 30. Let the summer fun start Summer Downtowndowntown expressVOLUME 22, NUMBER 3 THE NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN MAY 29 - JUNE 4, 2009BY JULIE SHAPIRO One of the citys oldest no-frills hotels is getting a facelift and pos-sibly an expansion. The owners of the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Tribeca want to modernize the 165-year-old building by adding a roof deck and a new entrance, and they want to enlarge the hotel onto an adjacent lot, adding 25 hotel rooms in a new building. The white, seven-story Cosmopolitan Hotel is a perennial choice for budget-minded travelers, with mini-loft rooms starting at $169 a night. The small lobby, basic dcor and sparse ameni-ties led a Frommers reviewer to write, You must be a low-maintenance guest to be happy here. The modest 125-room hotel now appears to be gearing for an upgrade, in the form of a six-story addition next-door. The modern addition at Reade St. and W. Broadway, opposed by Community Board 1, would be red brick with an all-glass storefront. The design for the top oor is inspired by the attics of Tribecas older buildings, the projects architect said. The new building would replace the two-story goldenrod stucco structure on that corner that now houses Mary Anns Mexican restaurant.Although the recession has fro-zen construction financing and put most development projects on hold, Cosmopolitan Hotel co-owner Gerald Barad said last week that he had secured money for the expansion. Its a little rough, he said of getting the nancing. When pressed, he said, We have enough money to build. The hotel owners did not return phone calls this week and have not given a total cost estimate for the project or a timeline for when they want it to be complete. In addition to money, Barad and fellow owner Jay Wartski will also need approval from the city Landmarks Preservation Commission to move forward, since the hotel and adjacent lot are in the Tribeca EASY FAMILY MEALS, P. 8Continued on page 5Budget hotel from 2 centuries ago hopes to expandMay 29 - June 4, 20092downtown expressCHINS CODA WINThe fourth time may be the charm for Margaret Chin, whos running for City Council again. Chin, a former executive with Asian Americans for Equality, was not able to secure the endorsement of the Coalition for a District Alternative in her three previous tries for the First District, but she got the CoDA nod last week, win-ning handily. Shes of course running to win, but if she doesnt, the club endorsement wouldnt be a bad coda to her political career.MENINS FOOTSTEPSTribeca resident Noel Jefferson is starting to look a lot like her neighbor Julie Menin. Not only did Jefferson chair this months Community Board 1 meeting (thats usually Menins job), but just like Menin, Jefferson is launching a TV talk show in which she interviews local leaders. Menins show, Give and Take, recently started airing in ve-minute segments on NBCs New York Nonstop chan-nel and focuses on women and entertainment and citywide politics. Jeffersons show, called As-of-Right, will soon debut on Manhattan Neighborhood Networks community chan-nel. The half-hour interview show will examine hot Lower Manhattan issues, including school overcrowding and World Trade Center rebuilding. One episode of As-of-Right will feature contenders for City Councilmember Alan Gersons seat this fall, including Margaret Chin, P.J. Kim and Arthur Gregory. To balance it out, Jefferson will devote a separate episode to Gerson and his accomplishments. (Note to Noel: Pete Gleason, the other candidate, is likely to be in touch.)Jefferson also has executives from W.T.C. developer Silverstein Properties signed up for an episode, including Janno Lieber, president of Silversteins W.T.C. Properties. Jefferson said Menin doesnt mind that theyre both doing TV shows in fact, Menin will make a guest appearance on Jeffersons show, along with State Sen. Daniel Squadron, Jefferson said. The 13 episodes of As-of-Right will begin June 25 and will run every Thursday night at 7 p.m. on Time Warner channel 34 and RCN channel 82. SONIA-MANIAIt seems in New York, you can put nominating the rst Hispanic to the Supreme Court right up there with being in favor of mom, apple pie and rent protections. The rush to praise the nomination of New York federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor by President Obama was so fast Tuesday, we gure wed let you know how the race nished in our e-mail inbox. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand won, followed by Sotomayors old boss, District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, then Mayor Mike Bloomberg, State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Manhattan Beep Scott Stringer, Gov. David Paterson, Council Speaker Chris Quinn, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver, and nally late in the day, U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler. Nadler actually came in after our rst draft was written, thus saving Silver from the rear. Maybe one of the perils of being chairperson of the Houses subcommittee on the Constitution is you feel compelled to think several hours before rendering a judgment. Well let Gmail be the judge if any politico wants to appeal our results. PIANO MAN Curbed picked up our tweet last week that a source told us that developer Larry Silverstein briey played the piano during the amicable World Trade Center summit at Gracie Mansion. The blog had a post-concert request: Please tell us he did a rendition of TLCs No Scrubs but changed the lyrics to No Stumps, as in retail stumps instead of ofce towers. The parties are scheduled to meet again June 11. In the meantime, you can nd out what all this Twitter fuss is about by following us at TRIBECA NOMINEESThe Tribeca Performing Arts Center and Manhattan Childrens Theater are among the eight New York City nominees for best theater or theater group for kids in Nickelodeons Parents Picks contest. Go to to vote early and often for Downtowns favorite sons. CALLING ONE CARCar 7468 where were you at 11:15 a.m., Thurs., May 21? Letting your driver, an N.Y.P.D. Trafc patrol ofcer, drift into the Washington St. bike lane in the Village. Then he stopped and completely blocked the lane to chat with a fel-low patrol car driver. The second offense theoretically could have been legitimate since perhaps it was an emergency so dire that you did not have time to we dont know, maybe see if the radio in the car worked. We hope your supervisors take note. If you dont want to enforce the trafc laws, at least dont break them.NEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-19Mixed Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18Transit Sam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19EDITORIAL PAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20YOUTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22ARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-31Summer Arts Picks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-28Listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29-31CLASSIFIEDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-31 C.B. 1MEETINGSCorrectionCommunity Board 1 has not yet released its sched-ule of June committee meetings. For more information, check an UnderCover item in our May 15 21 issue, Royal Pony we printed the wrong date for the opening of Governors Island, where Prince Harry will be playing in the Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic. The polo match and opening will be Sat., May 30, not the 31st. Read the Archiveswww.DOWNTOWNEXPRESS.comUNDER coverSEND YOUR Letter to the [email protected] SIXTH AVENUE, NYC, NY 10013PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR PHONE NUMBER FOR CONFIRMATION PURPOSES ONLYAmp up the power of mind, body, and spirit with insight, intention, and action.!&$R`XQWZ]\O.[OQQ][eeeR`QWZ]\OQ][downtown express May 29 - June 4, 2009 3Deal is sealed for pre-K classes in the VillageBY ALBERT AMATEAU Village parents who feared there would be no seats in their two zoned schools for their children entering kindergarten in September can breathe easier. The Department of Education reached a lease agreement Fri., May 22, with Greenwich House for space at 27 Barrow St., providing a short-term solution to the over-enrollment at P.S. 41 and P.S. 3.The ag