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VOLUME 25, NUMBER 25 wtc sPire comPlete P. 12 MAY 15-MAY 27, 2013 anger Builds as school waitlists linger BY JOSH ROGERS hese are our lives — these are our lives,” Jessica Whitney Gould told Dept. of Education officials Friday. She was hoping they’d get the sense of urgency she and Downtown parents are feeling waiting to find out where their 5-year-old children are going to go to school. “Our son lives in the dining alcove,” she said. “Why? Because we’re in a great neighborhood in a great school zone. Our lease is up. t Continued on page 6 Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess Climbers were back May 11 for the reopening of the Pier 25 playground. Several individuals and organizations threw parties and held events to raise money for the pier. One of the families that donated was the Basile family, and daughters Ava and Olivia took pictures beside their names on the plaque announcing the park’s reopening. “I miss the spiderweb,” said eight-year-old BY KAI TLYN M EADE AND JOSH ROGERS he Taste of Tribeca chefs, like many of us, miss Grandma’s cooking. As a taste of Taste, we asked many of the chefs to talk about the dishes they’ll be serving this weekend, and for some of their cooking tips (read more chefs’ answers at So keep an eye out for their tables, and toast to clear skies and fewer burned fingers. Continued on page 16 Continued on page 21 Pier 25 playground rises back up BY KA I T LY N M E A D E flood poured into the park on Pier 25 Saturday as the gates to the playground opened for the first time since Superstorm Sandy’s surge destroyed it. The Tribeca pier welcomed families back to the newly refurbished playground, May 11 at an 11 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony presided over by the Hudson River Park Trust and local officials. a “What’s really been great as I continued to watch the progress of [the playground] being built, every time I came down here, there were little noses pressed against the fence and mothers with their carriages, yearning,” said Madelyn Wils, president of the Hudson River Park Trust. “It really is not only the front door of the park but one of the few parks in the neighborhood.” CATS For MAYOR taste oF triBeca cheFs dish on Food & cooKing t JOHN CATSIMATIDIS FOR MAYOR A New Yorker for all New Yorkers 5 15 CANAL ST RE ET • N YC 10 013 • C OPYRIG HT © 2013 N YC COMMU N ITY MED IA , LLC


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