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Transcript of DOWNTOWN EXPRESS, OCTOBER 5 - 11, 2011

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    VOLUME 24, NUMBER 21 THE NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN OCTOBER 5 - 11, 2011

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    BY CYNTHIA MAGNUSI think we established a dialogue,

    said Pat Moore, chair of Community Board 1s Quality of Life Committee, about an informal meeting held on

    October 3 with some members of the Occupy Wall Street group who are camped in Zuccotti Park. The purpose was to discuss ways in which relations between the Downtown community

    and the protesters might be eased.At the C.B.1 full board meeting on

    Tuesday, Sept. 27, Financial District

    Downtown Express photo by Cynthia Magnus

    Its been over two weeks since the Occupy Wall Street protestors fi rst showed up at Zuccotti Park. Last week, some of them attended Community Board 1s full board meeting in an effort to start a dialogue with local residents.

    BY ALINE REYNOLDS Downtown residents

    wish to have their own cer-emony at the National Sept. 11 Memorial for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was never granted. Instead they were given what some com-munity members feel is an equally good opportunity for refl ection: special access to the memorial on the fi rst

    Sunday of every month. Assembly Speaker

    Sheldon Silver invited an estimated 2,000 Lower Manhattan residents to the memorials fi rst Community Evening on Sunday, Oct. 2. Starting at 4 p.m. only people who produced iden-tifi cation proving they lived in a Lower Manhattan zip code, were allowed into the

    BY ALINE REYNOLDSWhen Tribeca resident

    Matthew Foster moved to the community in 2008, he never dreamed hed have to send his two young children to a public school outside of the neighborhood.

    I live in this community, and I want to send my kids to school in this commu-nity, said Foster.

    The rezoning plan proposed by the citys

    Department of Education, however, would assign Fosters kids to P.S. 3 in Greenwich Village once they reach kindergarten.

    I dont think its a good idea at all, said Foster at a hearing held at P.S. 234 on Tuesday night. I had to look up P.S. 3 on a map. I have no idea about that school.

    Foster is one of a num-ber of neighborhood fami-

    9/11 Memorial, Silver host fi rst community evening

    Residents say no to proposed rezoning

    Protestors, C.B. 1 have dialogue

    Continued on page 23

    Continued on page 7Continued on page 4

    more information: www.mandellschool.org (212) 2222925

    Mandell is opening a new pre-school in Tribeca/ Battery Park City. Probably best to line up now.

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    BY KHIARA ORTIZThe FAB! Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, featured the

    ribbon-cutting Curtains Up ceremony for three multiarts facilities on E. Fourth St.

    The publicly funded projects include the Rod Rodgers Dance and Duo Multicultural Arts Center, The Shop and 64E4. Funders and supporters of the buildings renovations were thanked and honored, along with Borough President Scott Stringer, Councilmember Rosie Mendez and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

    Along with the BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) district in Brooklyn, E. Fourth St. between the Bowery and Second Ave. is New York Citys only other offi cially desig-nated cultural district. Since 2006, the city has committed more than $20 million to the renovation of six of the arts facilities on the block.

    The building that is now home to the Rod Rodgers Dance Company and DUO Theatre at 62 E. Fourth St. used to be boarded-up and graffi tied, said Tamara Greenfi eld, execu-tive director of FABnyc. Now they can be really proud and people will get a sense that things are happening.

    The renovation of 64 E. Fourth will almost triple our cultural programming offerings to our community, added Jose Cheo Oliveras, artistic director of Teatro Circulo. We will be able to present more than 25 theatrical productions, increase the amount of our classes and workshops, and even open a forum for local companies to use our spaces as their performing venue.

    Sharing the space are the IATI Theater and Paradise Factory.

    The third building, owned by New York Theatre Workshop, is at 72 E. Fourth St. and is New York States fi rst urban industrial cultural green building to meet gold-level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)

    standards. It was constructed using manufactured materials with recycled content and wood from well-managed forests to meet sustainable design principles. NYTW intends to attain the same level of green standards in its daily opera-tions.

    Greenfield is excited about upcoming events, espe-cially the second annual East Village Eats festival on Sat., Oct. 22. For $29 Village foodies can embark on a self-guided tasting tour at 12 to 15 different local restau-rants and bars.

    Fourth Arts Block cuts ribbon on renovated buildings

    Photo by Tequila Minsky

    Councilmember Rosie Mendez speaking at the FAB! Festival this past weekend.

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    NEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-9, 12-21

    EDITORIAL PAGES . . . . . . . . . . 10-11

    YOUTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

    ARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 - 27

    CLASSIFIEDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

    C.B. 1MEETINGSA schedule of this weeks upcoming Community

    Board 1 committee meetings is below. Unless other-wise noted, all committee meetings are held at the board offi ce, located at 49-51 Chambers St., room 709 at 6 p.m.

    ON WED., OCT. 5: The Financial District Committee will meet.

    ON THURS., OCT. 6: The Planning and Infrastructure Committee will meet.

    ON TUES., OCT. 11: The Youth/Education Committee will meet.

    ON WED., OCT. 12: The Tribeca Committee will meet.

    DOWNTOWN DIGESTV.C.F. OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

    The 9/11 Health and Compensation Acts Victim Compensation Fund registry is now open. Claimants may begin to fi ll out basic registration information, such as their names and addresses, but they wont be able to sub-mit medical and other eligibility information until the end of the month, according to V.C.F. Special Master Sheila Birnbaum.

    Birnbaum denied other media reports alleging the process has been delayed.

    There was no way we could get it up and running and be able to test the claims form and get it done in a way that would be meaningful, said Birnbaum. The claims section is being tested to make sure its understandable and easy to use.

    Birnbaum is organizing clinics for early November that would guide the claimants through the application forms. In the meantime, she said, interested claimants are offered assistance through a telephone help line. A list of frequently asked questions is also available on the V.C.F. website.

    For more information, visit www.vcf.gov. To register, visit www.claims.vcf.gov/welcome.aspx.

    DNA PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERES

    Arts center Dance New Amsterdam is presenting world

    premieres Between You and Me and Black Ground as part of its D.N.A. Presents Series.

    Splice features photographs of artists before and after tak-ing the stage, thereby highlighting the impermanent nature of performance. The show, brings together unique artists that share a common thread, however subtle, into a performance setting that offers insightful views into the breadth of con-temporary dance, according to D.N.A.s Executive Director Catherine Peila.

    PRET-A-MANGER COMES TO HUD. SQ.

    Pret-a-Manger has signed a 15-year, 3,854-square-foot lease at 350 Hudson Street. The sandwich shop is known for its all-natural ingredients.

    As Hudson Square continues to attract a diverse range of tenants, it is increasingly important to build a vibrant retail community to serve and retain those companies, said Jason D. Pizer, President of Trinity Real Estate. Pret-a-Manger is an important step in that process and we are delighted to welcome them to the area.

    The nine-story, 322,447-square-foot building houses the New York headquarters of leading international advertising and public relations fi rms Euro RSCG and Havas North America. The ground fl oor of 350 Hudson Street is also home to a signature caf and retail shop from renowned chocolatier and purveyor of gourmet confections, Jacques To