Feb. 24, 2009

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Today's Weather:  High: 36°. Low: 23°. Clear.

Greenmarkets: The Bowling Green Greenmarket is open today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. At this time of year, Greenmarket farmers carry potatoes, carrots, turnips, parsnips, apples and baked goods.
City Bakery opts out of Battery Park City
No longer enough cabbage here for 'green' vendor

Two sources confirm that plans for the Battery Park City branch of City Bakery - much anticipated by Downtown food lovers and devotees of green development - have been nixed. One source within the Battery Park City Authority and another who works for Riverhouse (the environmentally friendly building adjacent to Rockefeller Park, in which the bakery was going to be located) say Maury Rubin, the owner of the legendary chain of City Bakery and Birdbath Bakery stores (located in Greenwich Village and Los Angeles) has cancelled plans to open another location in Battery Park City. (Mr. Rubin did not return calls requesting comment for this article.)

All of Mr. Rubin's bakeries pride themselves on being "ultra-organic," using all natural ingredients, ecologically sensitive suppliers and aggressively seeking sources of alternative energy to power their operations. So both Riverhouse, with its cutting-edge environmental technology, and Battery Park City as a whole, where green development has been emphasized for a decade, seemed like natural choices for the chain's newest outpost when plans were announced in autumn, 2006.

Since then, however, the economy has faltered and the outlook for new retail and restaurant ventures in Manhattan has darkened considerably. A series of opening dates projected for 2007 and 2008 were periodically postponed. Finally, toward the end of last year, the source within Riverhouse said, Mr. Rubin quietly decided to cancel the plans entirely. "They just didn't want to spend six or seven figures opening a store that so many people wouldn't be able to afford to shop at anymore," he said.

- Matthew Fenton

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Downtown dining: Indian Express
Adventures in spiceland

Indian Express

(Above) Indian Express offers tranquil dining with widely spaced tables and the soothing sound of water that courses down a panel in one wall. (Below) The menu includes (from lower left) vegetable biryani, bhindi do pyaza, lamb chops, saffron chicken tikka, malai kofta and (in the center) poori bread. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Indian foodPapadums - the crisp, lentil wafers flavored with cumin seeds that often start or accompany an Indian meal - were familiar but the three kinds of chutney that went with them were not. Each was a complex medley of spices and herbs that included mint, cilantro, ginger, green chilies, spring onions, Garam Masala (itself, a blend of spices) and more.

This was the overture to a dinner at Indian Express, which opened on Murray Street in October, 2008, specializing in Awadhi cuisine from North India.

"We have genuine Indian food," said owner Chandra Shekhar Gowda. "It isn't fusion."

Durga Prasa and Alexander Paul Xalxo, Mr. Gowda's chefs, unroll a parade of subtly spiced food, offset by cooling raita (homemade yogurt whipped with grated cucumbers, roasted cumin seeds and cilantro, $3.95). Beverages include moderately priced wine, or as a perfect partner to the spices, mango lassis (mango pulp churned with yogurt and sprinkled with cardamoms, $4.50).

Cochin crab cakes with a crisp coating of panko (a breadcrumb used in Japanese cuisine, $9.95) are a stand-out on the appetizer menu, as is lasooni gobhi (stir-fried cauliflower florets sautéed with garlic, ginger and tomato purée, $6.95).

Many of the entrées are prepared in a tandoor (clay oven) and include prawns, Cornish hens, quails, chicken, lamb and a variety of vegetables. There are also a large selection of curries and several kinds of biryani (marinated meat or vegetables mixed with basmati rice).

"Most of the spices used in Indian cooking are based on Ayurvedic philosophy," Mr. Gowda commented. For example, he said, "Certain foods help in digesting, keep eyesight clear or act as a diuretic."

The setting is tranquil: a high-ceilinged room with the soothing sound of water coursing down a panel in one wall. This in itself could be good medicine these days.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Indian Express, 18 Murray St. (between Broadway and Church). 212-608-5555. E-mail: [email protected] Open daily for lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. All-you-can-eat lunch buffet, $13.95. Delivery available.

Indian Express

Indian Express chef Alexander Paul Xalxo is flanked by the restaurant's owner, Chandra Shekhar Gowda, and his son, Dheeraj Gowda, assistant manager. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Letters to the editor
MTA service cuts


The MTA is proposing cuts to night and weekend subway service. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

To the editor:
(Re Letter to the editor, "MTA service cuts," Broadsheet DAILY, Feb. 23): While I appreciate greatly the sentiments expressed by the Editor in response to Dolores D'Agostino about showing up at CB1 meetings, I would like to mention that these meetings all seem to start at 6 p.m.  For people working in midtown or beyond, getting downtown by 6 p.m is a difficult thing to do. I will, however, take your advice and write to our elected officials opposing these cuts that will effectively cut Lower Manhattan off from the rest of the city at those times and on those routes the cuts will impact.

Thanks for your direction and leadership on this issue and for all the good work you do.  Could you consider having a permanent link to the information about those elected officials to make it easier to make the contact you so strongly suggest? - Patricia Grande

To the editor:
 I agree that we in Battery Park City do not organize - two people or three do not a rally make.

Am I wrong to think that adequate public transportation is a "right" for tax-paying citizens?  Why does one have to fear that a short period of inattention - don't turn around! - may result in losing something as basic as getting from one place to the other in Manhattan? It takes very little for the downtown neighborhoods to become isolated from the rest of the city. - Dolores D'Agostino

From the editor:
Unfortunately, adequate public transportation is not a "right" for tax-paying citizens. Many cities in the United States have limited or almost non-existent public transportation. (Try getting around Los Angeles without a car, for instance.) New York City's MTA network is the largest in North America, serving 14.6 million people in a 5,000-square-mile area that includes New York City, Long Island, southeastern New York State and Connecticut.

However, cutbacks in this system on which millions of New Yorkers rely would be a hardship that would be especially acute in Lower Manhattan and would undoubtedly make it less desirable to live and work here. For many people, taxis and car ownership are not affordable alternatives and would add to road congestion and air pollution. For many reasons, we need frequent, reliable public transportation.

Contact information for elected officials who represent Lower Manhattan will be posted at the end of each Broadsheet DAILY in case you want to write to them about this or other matters.

To read the specifics of proposed MTA service cuts, click here.

 Calendar of events
Feb. 24-25

Tuesday, Feb. 24

Undercurrents & Exchange at the Winter Garden, World Financial Center
Undercurrents & Exchange is a month-long engagement with the employees and visitors of the World Financial Center. During February, artists will present a new dance every workday during the lunch hour, unearthing the hidden, interpersonal undercurrents of our daily routines. Each short dance will be a world unto itself but also accumulate meaning over the course of the month as the performances reveal the often veiled, but perpetually possible connections within the transitional spaces of the Winter Garden. Coupled with the performances are four displays located throughout the WFC that further explore hidden and improbable pairings. By Zach Morris and Tom Pearson, also featuring choreography by Marissa Nielsen-Pincus and Tara O'Con. Through Feb. 27. Free. 1 p.m.-1:10 p.m. Winter Garden. 212-945-5050.

Animation Celebration, Part 1 at the Museum of the American Indian
Short, animated films by Native directors in the United States and Canada. Through March 1. Free. 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. (and 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays). Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, One Bowling Green. 212-514-3716.

Pictures at An Exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
Book launch: salon conversation with author Sarah Houghteling. Set in a Paris darkened by World War II, Sara Houghteling's mesmerizing debut novel tells the story of a son's quest to recover his family's lost masterpieces looted by the Nazis during the occupation. This novel is based on a true story. At 11:30 a.m., take a highlights tour of Woman of Letters: Irène Némirovsky and Suite Française. $5. 2:30 p.m. Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 36 Battery Place. 646-437-4337.

Music and Talk: Tanglewood in Tribeca: A Winter Picnic at 92YTribeca
The renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra bring the sounds of Tanglewood, their idyllic summer home in the Berkshires and the spirit of summer to 92YTribeca. This informal performance and talk with the musicians mixes music, discussion and a sumptuous indoor wine-and-cheese picnic. $20. 5:30 p.m. 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St. 212-601-1000.

Wednesday, Feb. 25

Dialogues in the Visual Arts at Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Judd Tully, editor of "Arts and Antiques," will moderate a program about the global art market and its effects on artists. $5. 7 p.m. Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St. 212-220-1460.

Community Board 1 meeting tonight
Full Board meeting

Community Board 1's Full Board monthly meeting takes place tonight. Agenda:

I.  Public Hearings
    Public Hearing on Mayor's Preliminary Budget for fiscal year 2009  
    (3 minutes per speaker) To view document go to
II.  Public Session           
     Comments by members of the public (3 minutes per speaker)
III. Business Session
      A)  Adoption of Minutes
      B)  Chairperson's Report           J. Menin
      C)  District Manager's Report   N. Pfefferblit
IV.  Committee Reports
      A)  Street Fair Task Force          B. Love
            Discussion with Joe Giovanni of Mardi Gras Festival Productions regarding financial arrangements and locations for a possible "holiday fair" to be sponsored by CB1 in late 2009.  Related discussion of financial arrangements and potential locations for any other park-related fairs that could be sponsored by CB1 in 2009 - Report
       B)  Waterfront Committee         R. Townley
             1) Governors Island, SLA application for liquor license for Great Performances Artists as Waitresses Inc/New York Water Taxi -  Resolution
             2)  Hudson River Park Trust Update - Report
       C)  Combined Financial District, Tribeca and Seaport/Civic Committees  R. Sheffe
Financial District Committee
             1)  Presentation on Peter Minuit Plaza - Report
             2)  Presentation on NY 400 Dutch Pavilion - Report
             3)  *Proposal for newsstand at northwest corner of Greenwich and Barclay Streets  -                 Resolution
             4) *27 Park Place aka 24 Murray St., renewal of liquor license for MXK Restaurant Corp.             d/b/a Remix - Possible resolution  
             5)  *Continuation of item from Feb. 4th meeting agenda regarding location for street permit application by Community Board No. 1 on Friday, July 10, 2009
            6) 19 Rector St., application for on-premise liquor license - Resolution
            7) Street closure applications          
            Financial District and Tribeca Committees
             Street closure applications
            Financial District and Seaport/Civic Center Committees
              Street closure applications
       D)  Tribeca Committee          C. DeSaram
              1) Street closure applications
              2) 11 Hubert St., CPC application for special Permit pursuant to section 111-50 of the Zoning Resolution to allow conversion from office and storage use to residential use on second and third floor - Resolution
              3) Proposed Street Co-Naming - Southeast Corner of Canal Street and Cortland Alley for Dr. Thomas Tam by Chinatown Health Clinic Foundation - Resolution
              4) Liquor license applications
        E)  Planning and Community Infrastructure Committee     J. Galloway
              1)  Columbia University Planning Studio - Report
              2)  48-52 Franklin St. 421-a Tax Abatement Application - Report
              3)  City Land Use Review Process - Report
              4)  New York City Charter Revision - Report
         F)  Battery Park City Committee          L. Belfer
              1)  Report on presentation about WTC underpass currently being constructed from the N.W. corner of the site to the WFC Wintergarden by Clarelle Degraffe, Glenn Guzzi and Quentin Brathwaite of the Port Authority
              2)  Report on odor associated with Flight 1549 and remediation and communication issue - Resolution
              3)  Report on security at WFC, the Vesey Street Bridge and signage issues  
              4) Report on issues covered by Leticia Remauro, Vice President for Community Relations on Battery Park City Authority issue
         G)  Seaport/Civic Center Committee          J. Fratta
              1) South Street Seaport - Pier 17, application for Summer Vessel Liquor License for Nautical Gourmet Inc. vessel "Clipper City"- Resolution
              2) 125 Fulton St., BSA special permit application for operation of physical culture establishment - Resolution
              3)  Peck Slip Post Office - Resolution
        H)  WTC Redevelopment Committee          M. Connolly
              1)  New York City Department of Health Guidelines to Assist in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Children and Adolescents Exposed to the World Trade Center Disaster - Resolution
              2)  Update on the National September 11 Memorial & Museum - Report
              3)  Presentation on Strengthening the Safety, Oversight and Coordination of Construction, Demolition and Abatement Operations - Report
              4)  Presentation about World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program - Report
              5)  Update, including 130 Liberty St./Deutsche Bank - Report
      I)  Quality of Life Committee            P. Moore
              1)  Update on Construction Projects in Lower Manhattan - Report
              2)  Discussion about the practice of ticketing residents in District 1 for loading and unloading cars in No Standing or No Loading zones - Report
             3) Discussion of status of John Heuss House with Rev. Winfield Peacock, Executive Director - Report
      J)  Landmarks Committee           R. Byrom
             1)  401-403 Greenwich St., LPC application for replacement of buildings within Tribeca West Historic District -Resolution
             2) 77 Chambers St., LPC application for renovation of storefront -Resolution
             3) Wall Street and Broad Street,  LPC application for approval of historical interpretive markers to be located in the "The Street Plan of New Amsterdam and Colonial New York"  Historic District - Resolution
V.   Old Business
VI.  New Business
VII. Adjournment

PLACE: Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, Multipurpose Room (between Gold Street and Park Row)
TIME: 6 p.m.
All are welcome to attend.

Downtown bulletin board
School information; Bone marrow donors needed

··· School information sessions for parents of incoming kindergarten students

As a follow-up to a recent Open House at the Tweed Courthouse where two kindergarten programs will be housed in the fall, Assemblyman Sheldon Silver's office has set up additional information sessions for Downtown parents whose children will start school in September.

During these sessions, parents will be able to meet with the principals of the two schools (PS 276 and the Spruce Street School) and Department of Education staff who can answer questions about the schools and the application process.
The sessions are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St.
Thursday, Feb. 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Manhattan Youth Community Center, 120 Warren St.
In addition, Speaker Silver's staff is available to answer questions about the new schools.  Call 212-312-1420 or e-mail [email protected] for additional information.

··· Bone marrow donors needed

JasminaFive-year-old Jasmina Anema was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of leukemia on Jan. 20, 2009 and has been hospitalized since then, hoping for a bone marrow donation that could save her life. Jasmina is African-American and was adopted. Her doctor explained that finding a perfect bone marrow donor would be extremely difficult because African-Americans have more diverse HLA (human leukocyte antigen) types. Jasmina has no full siblings, and because she was adopted, there is no information about her extended birth family.

People from ages 18 to 55 can be bone marrow donors. Registration as a potential donor entails swabbing the inside of your cheeks and sending the sample to a lab to be tissue typed. Once you are processed, your information is stored anonymously until your 61st birthday, unless you ask to be removed. Most of the time, the actual procedure for donating bone marrow is similar to donating blood. Around one-quarter of bone marrow donations entail withdrawing marrow from the donor's hip using a special syringe. This is an out-patient procedure done with local or general anesthesia.

On March 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., PS 41 at 116 W. 11th St. will hold a bone marrow registration event with information about bone marrow donation and assistance in sending in a cheek swab sample.

For more information about Jasmina and about how to become a bone marrow donor, go to

Elected officials serving Lower Manattan
Contact information

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (8th Congressional District)
2334 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
Tel. 202-225-5635
Web address for e-mailing Rep. Nadler:
(For policy issues)

Rep. Jerrold Nadler
201 Varick Street, Suite 669, New York, NY 10014
Tel. 212-367-7350
(For personal issues dealing with a federal agency or other issues or concerns in Rep. Nadler's district)

Assemblyman Sheldon Silver (64th Assembly District)
District Office
250 Broadway, Suite 2307, New York, NY 10007
Tel. 212-312-1420
E-mail: [email protected]

Assemblymember Deborah Glick (66th Assembly District)
District Office
853 Broadway, Suite 1518
New York, NY 10003
Tel. 212-674-5153
Web address for e-mailing Rep. Glick:

State Sen. Daniel Squadron (25th Senate District)
Lower Manhattan District Office
250 Broadway, Suite 2011, New York, NY 10007
Tel. 212-298-5565
E-mail: [email protected] 

Council Member Alan J. Gerson (District 1)
District Office
51 Chambers St., Suite 429, New York, NY 10007
Tel. 212-788-7722
E-mail: [email protected]

Council Member Alan J. Gerson
Legislative Office
250 Broadway, 18th floor, New York, NY 10007
Tel. 212-788-7259
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