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VOluMe 26, NuMber 14 reMeMberiNg JfK P. 23 deCeMber 4-deCeMber 17, 2013 Four seasons oF Joy as hotel work resumes BY J O Sh r O g e r S he groundbreaking was five years ago, but the construction celebration was Tuesday as work to build a Four Seasons hotel is once again in motion a block from the World Trade Center. Developer Larry Silverstein told Downtown Express there was no chance the project will ever get stalled again. “We’ve got the financing, it’s going [to happen —] 100 percent absolutely,” he said immediately t Continued on page 18 Progressives move to name sPeaker BY PA u l SC h iNd l e r espite a mushrooming of candidate debates around town, the race for City Council speaker is limited to just 51 voters. But that’s not to say that this year’s seven announced candidates have suddenly decided to open up to a wider constituency an exclusive prerogative councilmembers previously guarded jealously. In fact, individual members have often enjoyed little leeway in casting their vote for speaker. d Continued on page 8 LIGHTS, MENORAH… PENGUIN? Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess Chabad Battery Park City naturally celebrated the seventh night of Hanukkah Tuesday with a menorah lighting, but the congregation also had a large replica of Noah’s Ark on hand for children. More photos, P. 31. Advocates push for 1 more school below Canal St. BY SAM SPOKON Y chool advocates are still reeling from the recent announcement that the city’s Department of Education plans to build only one new 456-seat school below Canal St. as part of its five-year capital budget. Many, including Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, believed that two schools of that size s would be coming to Community Board 1, which is set to face more overcrowding as residential neighborhoods like the Financial District and Battery Park City continue to grow at faster rates than most others throughout the city. “I was disappointed to learn that only one new school is planned,” Silver said at the Dec. 3 meeting of his School Overcrowding Task Force. “I’m asking D.O.E. to have at least 1,000 seats in C.B. 1 by the time the plan is finalized [next June].” Michael Mirisola, a representative of D.O.E.’s School Construction Authority, had made the announcement at a District 2 Community Education Council meeting last month. He explained that the Come to Village Prep! We excel in... ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (K-12): Tutoring (All Subjects) • SAT Prep Homework Help Gifted & Talented Prep (Pre-K) • Common Core Curriculum EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAMS (ALL AGES): Computer • Fitness • Tae Kwon Do Art • Piano • Learning Chinese A Center for Enriched Academic Programs | Kindergarten to 12th Grade 236 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003 | 212-780-0098 | 5 15 CANAL ST RE ET • N YC 10 013 • C OPYRIG HT © 2013 N YC COMMU N ITY MED IA , LLC Continued on page 6


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