Another Year, Another Plea to Open Park Row in Chinatown

Elected Officials Press LaHood to Study Park Row Security

Last week, we reported on Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s meeting with members of the Chinatown Working Group. During that meeting, he promised to look into reasons for the continued closure of Park Row, ten years after 9/11. Community activists, frustrated by the NYPD’s refusal to reopen the street, asked for a comprehensive federal study of the security risks.

Today, Lower Manhattan’s elected officials followed up, releasing a press statement, which reads in part:

Monday News Links

State politicians are warning that chaos will ensue in New York City's schools if the paralyzed Senate does not act to extend mayoral control by tomorrow night.

On Friday, police arrested two teens in connection with anti-Semitic acts on the Lower East Side.

Did Mayor Bloomberg suggest he supported the idea of reopening Park Row? Some Chinatown residents say he did, but the mayor's office denies it. The Downtown Express has the details.

This afternoon at 5pm, Norm Siegel, public advocate candidate, will be holding a campaign event in Columbus Park.

We reported it last week – now the Times has details of the lifeline being offered by the city to the cultural and community center, ABC No Rio.

Paparazzi/screaming girl alert: Rob Pattinson will allegedly be on Orchard Street near Grand today, shooting his new film, "Remember Me."