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    VOLUmE 25, NUmBER 26 mAY 29-JUNE 11, 2013

    A New Yorker for all New Yorkers


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    Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess

    ARTFUL BACKDROP FOR BIRTHDAY BRIDGEThe Brooklyn Bridge celebrated its 130th birthday on Friday, May 24, with a public art project created by architect Francesco Alessandra.


    one of the frequently heard fears about the Citi Bike pro-gram is that it will just mean thousands of more cyclists

    zooming around on the streets dan-gerously out of control.

    I got a chance to test-ride one of the new bike-share cycles just before the program started, and zooming wasnt exactly the fi rst word that sprang to mind. In fact, these bikes are pretty heavy 45 pounds and, well, defi nitely on

    citi biKes,For me or you?

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    with a shortage of public preschool seats in the area, two new, private pre-schools are opening up in

    Battery Park City this fall on South End Ave.

    A new Montessori school will open in September on the ground fl oor of the Regatta Building at 21 South End Ave., by the Battery Park City Esplanade. A compet-ing school, from the Preschool of America chain, will also open this fall across the street at 2 South End Ave. Both spaces were previously

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    Reporters Notebook

  • 2 May 29 - June 11, 2013

    Shelly StonewalledAssembly Speaker Shelly Silvers office

    tells us that the citys Dept. of Education has not yet responded to his request to find out where the city is thinking of sending wait-listed 5-year-olds to school in September. At a tense meeting three weeks ago in which D.O.E. officials were even chastised by one of their own principals, Silver asked them to come tell him by May 24 whether the city has looked at suggested temporary locations in Lower Manhattan, and what other alternate sites are under consideration.

    A Silver aide said the speaker is con-tinuing to pursue the matter, and were guessing hell have some answers by the next meeting, now scheduled for the end of next week.

    Seaport SilenceCity Comptroller and mayoral candi-

    date John Liu has seldom been accused of being cautious with his words, but his staff is another matter.

    Tina Kim, Lius deputy comptroller for audits, came before a Community Board 1 committee last week to talk about her audits by the Seaport. She has completed one finding on Seaport Associates, which controls a few neighborhood properties, but the board really wanted to know about any possible shenanigans with the big fish, Howard Hughes Corp., which leases Pier 17 and most of the other city-owned prop-erties nearby.

    Kim said she and her staff have com-pleted their investigation, but are waiting to hear back from the city and Hughes before completing the final report.

    C.B. 1s John Fratta and some of his colleagues were hoping to hear something before the firm demolishes Pier 17 at the end of the summer.

    We understand your concerns, was about as far as the just the facts Kim would go. We want to be fair to them.We want an accurate report.

    Stormy planSWeve heard Mayor Mike Bloombergs

    plan to protect the city from future storms is likely to be released the first or second week in June. One source confirmed a New York 1 report that installing temporary steel plates around Lower Manhattan prior to heavy storms is possible, but said the idea is not the only option being considered.

    Adding wetlands to other parts of the city may also be proposed, but it sounds as if Bloomberg is not likely to suggest them at the beach near the Brooklyn Bridge, as Borough President Scott Stringer has suggested.

    No surprise that the mayor remains down on storm surge barriers, which drew many other supporters after Hurricane Sandy. In addition to concerns about costs and the effects to parts of the region not protected by the barriers, there is also worry about when and if these barriers would ever get all of the necessary environ-mental approvals.

    It would make Westway look like a cakewalk, our source said of a different river project that was killed mostly from exhaustion a generation ago.

    corporate hipSterTo keep your eye on the bottom line,

    take your eye off the bottom line.That was the seemingly paradoxical

    message from Edward Hogan, national retail director for Brookfield Properties, which has been signing tenants to the new World Financial Center, now known as Brookfield Place.

    Hogan told Real Estate Weekly that even though he has a love for a nation-al chain like Chipotle, he nevertheless signed a deal with a restaurant with a lower credit rating, Dos Toros, because it talks about New York.

    When it comes to clothing stores, he said there might be a brand that is all across the nation that is a safer bet. But I might pick the hipper, more New York brand.

    Hogans no communist, though.If we create this amazing neighbor-

    hood, its only going to lift the rents upstairs, he added, and we have 8 mil-lion square feet upstairs.

    wedding BellS Probably no one chronicled the long

    fight to legalize same-sex marriage in New York more closely than Paul Schindler, editor and co-founder of Gay City News, a sister publication of Downtown Express. Almost two years later, Paul and his longtime compan-ion, Bert Vaccari, tied the knot May 24 in a small Lower Manhattan cer-emony at the citys marriage bureau. Congratulations, newlyweds!

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    group attack on man in Bar

    Police arrested a man on Sat. at a Soho karaoke bar and restaurant for what is being called a gang assault, after he and three or four others attacked another bar patron, police said.

    The victim, a 24-year-old Asian man from Connecticut was inside Biny, a karaoke bar at 8 Thomas St., with a few friends on Sat., May 25, accord-ing to police. The victim said that as he attempted to leave the bar at about 1:10 a.m., he was approached by four or fi ve Asian men, who began to punch and kick him in the head and face for no apparent reason. He said that the men were strangers and that he hadnt had any verbal confrontation with them prior to the attack. The victim sus-tained lacerations, bruising and swell-ing to his head and face, police said. The victims friends detained one of the men until police arrived.

    Huan Liang, 27, was arrested and charged with assault, police said.

    3 theFtS on 4 trainTransit theft was on the rise in the

    past week as several people reported having belongings stolen while on the 4 train, according to police.

    One woman told police that she was pickpocketed by a fellow passenger at the Fulton St. station. The woman, 24, stated that she had boarded a northbound 4 train with her boyfriend on Sun., May 26 at about 3 p.m. At the Fulton St. station, she felt someone bump her on her right side, she said, and when she turned to look, found that her pink and tan Coach wallet was missing from her pocket. The wallet contained her credit cards, Virginia drivers license, Macys work ID, $65 in Macys gift cards, a $20 Starbucks gift card, $15 in cash and her health insurance cards.

    She turned to the woman on her right and asked if the woman had taken her wallet. Police said that the woman became irate and boisterous and began to curse at the victim and tell her, Im, going to teach you a lesson. The victim said she felt threatened and got off the train at the next station to report the theft to police.

    Police are seeking a 55-year-old woman with dreadlocks in connection with the crime.

    Another woman had her cell phone snatched on the 4 train last week, police said. The victim, 29, stated that she boarded a southbound 4 train at the Fulton St. station on Fri., May 24, in the middle of the train. At about 3:40 p.m., she said the train rolled into the Wall St. stop, and she took a seat and pulled out her iPhone 4.

    As the doors were about to close, she said that a teenager in a red jacket who

    was on the train with her grabbed her phone from her hand and ran out onto the platform. The woman also jumped off the train and chased the young man through the station, to the northbound platform and out of the northbound exit at Broadway and Wall St. He managed to get away, and a police canvass of the area turned up no results. The Find My Phone app was not usable because the phone had been turned off.

    A third theft reported last week actually took place in March but was not reported because the victim said she did not realize anything important