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The newspaper for Lower Manhattan's special 9-11 coverage of the Tenth Anniversary.

Transcript of September 7-13, 2008 Downtown Express

  • Downtown Express photo by Tequila Minsky

    Remembering the fallen and honoring Father JudgeLast Sunday was the 10th annual Walk of Remembrance to honor the lives lost during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and to celebrate the life of Father Mychal Judge. More on pg 30.

    BY ALINE REYNOLDSFor some Downtown residents, The

    National September 11 Memorial is no longer just a vision based on architectural renderings.

    On Wed., Aug. 31, N.Y.S. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver invited members of Community Boards 1 and 3 to a preview tour of the memorial plaza, which is on the cusp of completion for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

    In an opening speech at the Port Authoritys Downtown office, Silver applauded the community boards for help-ing to mold the neighborhoods post-9/11 revitalization.

    With the 10th anniversaryless than two weeks away, I thought this was an appropriate time to bring together those in our community who have done so much to help Lower Manhattan recover and rebuild, Silver told the board members. You have helped us open new businesses [and] build new schools and new parks, from the East River to Battery Park City and everywhere in between.

    Since a prior tour of the site in early August, Silver noticed the plazas new lawn and newly planted ivy around the 225 sym-metrically positioned trees that have been

    BY CYNTHIA MAGNUSMayor Michael Bloomberg addressed an

    audience of approximately 800 on Tues., Sept. 6, at the Cipriani Wall Street hotel to discuss the growth and recovery of Lower Manhattan since the September 11 attacks.

    At the breakfast event hosted by the Association for a Better New York (ABNY) William C. Rudin, ABNY chairman and CEO of Manhattan real estate fi rm Rudin Management, introduced Bloomberg who

    highlighted the progress Lower Manhattan has made in terms of lower crime and growth in population and commercial devel-opment. He cited the Financial Districts transformation from an area that was empty after the close of the business day into a dynamic 24-7 community aided by the creation of new housing, schools, parks and infrastructure to attract new businesses.

    The mayor identifi ed several recent com-mercial success stories as part of his audio-

    visual presentation on Tuesday morning. One was the business incubator the Hive at 55, started in 2009 to aid local entrepre-neurs. Bloomberg also mentioned the zoning request by the Century 21 department store to expand by three more fl oors, and he praised the success of Stone Street, which he called a Downtown restaurant row.

    Bloomberg noted that the number of people living in Lower Manhattan has nearly doubled in ten years, and more people are living here

    than at any time since 1920. The mayor cited Pier 25 as a great example

    of Lower Manhattans rebirth, and the rebirth of our waterfront, and mentioned a $260 million investment in park construction and expansion. Bloomberg said that for the area to become a magnet for families the city needed to create more fi rst-rate schools. He cited Millennium High School, opened in 2002 by

    Silver provides sneak peek of 9/11 Memorial

    Mayor talks post-9/11 progress at Wall St. breakfast

    Continued on page 18

    Continued on page 7

    downtown express

    VOLUME 24, NUMBER 17 THE NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN SEPTEMBER 7 - 13, 2011

    downtown expressSeptember 11

    Ten-Year Anniversary Commemorative Issue

    Ten Years LaterA Decade of RenewalThe Headlines Tell the Story

    INSIDE: 10 YEARS LATER, A 9/11 RETROSPECTIVE

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    NEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-11, 17-25

    EDITORIAL PAGES . . . . . . . . . . 12-14

    ARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 - 27

    CLASSIFIEDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

    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., SEPT. 7: The Financial District Committee will meet.

    ON THURS., SEPT. 8: The Landmarks Committee will meet.

    ON MON., SEPT. 12: The World Trade Center Redevelopment Committee will meet.

    ON TUES., SEPT. 13: The Youth and Education Committee will meet.

    Below is a listing of the many events taking place over the next week to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.

    HAND-IN-HAND: REMEMBERING 9/11 At the toll of a bell at 8:46 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10,

    thousands of New Yorkers and people from all over the world will stand in solidarity along the Hudson River starting in Battery Park, joining hands to remember 9/11 and to reaffi rm a sense of unity and hope for a better tomorrow.

    The human chain will form directly south of Castle Clinton and stretch north along the Esplanade and the Hudson River. Throughout the day, participants and oth-ers will also post messages on a Wall of Remembrance located at the intersection of Battery Place and Greenwich Street. There are two ways to volunteer in Lower Manhattan on Saturday, Sept. 10 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

    First, volunteers are needed on the day of the event to help with everything from check-in to traffi c control to route marshals.

    Second, Community Board 1 is asking volunteers to give back to the neighborhood through the community service projects being organized by numerous organizations. A list of service opportunities can be found on the events website.

    Most importantly, everyone who wishes to take part in the event must pre-register. Visit www.handinhand911.org to register as an individual or a group.

    NYC 9/11 COMMEMORATION CEREMONY The offi cial NYC ceremony to observe the 10th anniver-

    sary of 9/11 will take place at the World Trade Center site in Zuccotti Park (on Broadway and Liberty St.) on Sunday, Sept. 11 from 8:40 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Starting at 8:46 a.m., four moments of silence will be observed to commemo-rate the times when each plane hit and each tower fell, as in previous years.

    The event is closed to the public, other than family mem-bers of those who perished. For more information, call the mayors offi ce at 212-442-8953.

    CHINATOWN C.A.R.E.S. The Pace University Community and Volunteer

    Mobilization (C.V.M.) AmeriCorps program will be host-ing Chinatown C.A.R.E.S. on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Broome Street Pit at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11th.

    The program was founded at Pace Univ. in 2002 as a response to the Sept. 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. In the effort to revitalize and rebuild the Chinatown and Lower East Side communities, the pro-gram has provided critical services in adult English-as-a-Second Language and computer education, as well as public health, safety and disaster preparedness. Today, the programs services has evolved with the changing needs of the community, and have come to include services in youth education and nonprofi t capacity building.

    For more information, contact Jen Lian at 212-346-1877.

    Continued on page 20

    9/11 10th anniversary events listing

  • September 7 - 13, 20114 downtown express

    Panhandling to robberyA man walking to his car parked in front of 300 Albany

    St. in Battery Park City around 7:45 p.m. Tues., Aug. 30, had unwelcome company in a stranger who followed him and asked repeatedly for money. The stranger fi nally reached into the victims back pocket for his wallet and started slap-ping and punching the victim when he didnt give it up, police said. Richie Wesc, 35, was arrested and identifi ed as the suspect a short time later. He was charged with third degree robbery.

    Party brawlA rowdy party at a bar at 41 Broad St. around 3:30

    a.m. Sun., Sept. 4 ended in a brawl in which two men were injured. One victim told police he was blindsided by what he thought was a punch but discovered blood oozing from a cut on the left side of his neck. Assailants

    caught up with another fl eeing victim at Old Slip