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VOLUME 26, NUMBER 7 oUr endorsements P. 22-23 AUgUST 28-SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 anGrY deBate Between chIn & raJKUmar the future. She has had around 30 shows of her work in the last 40 years. This may be her last. Twice in her life so far, she found a home — once, as a child when she first visited New York City and loved it instantly, and once when she came to the South Street Seaport in the mid- B Y hEAThER DUBI N parks flew as City Councilmember Margaret Chin and challenger Jenifer Rajkumar, candidates in the race for the City Council’s First District, clashed in a debate last Thursday. sponsored by NYC Community Media, publishers of Downtown Express and The Villager. About 170 spectators — with an even show of support for both candidates — packed the room. The crowd was extremely vocal during the 90-minute debate and somewhat antagonistic with each side rooting loudly for their candidate. Both women are running in the Democratic primary election on Sept. 10 for the Lower Manhattan council seat. Hot topics of the debate included land use, specifically New York University and the South Street Seaport, and campaign financing. Chin claimed her opponent lacks political experience and spews misinformation, while Rajkumar knocked Chin as the candidate of big real estate, based on her support from the Real Estate Board of New York. The candidates referenced their immigrant pasts, and were proud of their accomplishments. Chin, who grew up in District 1, recalled her journey to the United States 50 years ago, and marveled that she is a first term city councilmember today; Rajkumar, who was born Continued on page 12 Continued on page 7 s Downtown Express photo by Terese Loeb Kreuzer Naima Rauam, who chronicled the old Fulton Fish Market with her paintings, will give up her last Seaport gallery on Sept. 9 when Pier 17 closes. “The moment I came here — it was 1966 — it was an instant click,” she said of the neighborhood. Seaport artist’s space will sleep with the fishes B Y T E RE SE L O E B K R E U Z E R rtist Naima Rauam has been painting and sometimes living in the South Street Seaport for 30 years, but now it’s time to say good-bye. Pier 17, where she has had a studio since 2005, will close on Sept. 9 prior to being torn down. Rauam’s gallery on the second floor of Pier 17 will also close. A She is holding a farewell exhibit in her gallery from Aug. 28 to Sept. 9, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. On Aug. 28, there will be a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for handshakes, hugs, wine and cheese, and maybe a few tears. “Come celebrate the past and welcome a new future!” she says on her invitation. But the past is far clearer to Rauam, 67, than CATS For MAYOR JOHN CATSIMATIDIS FOR MAYOR A New Yorker for all New Yorkers Paid for by Catsimatidis 2013 5 15 CANAL ST RE ET • N YC 10 013 • C OPYRIG HT © 2013 N YC COMMU N ITY MED IA , LLC

August 28, 2013 Downtown Express

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