Ground Zero Arts Center Plans Put On Hold

New York City’s $500 million campaign to rebuild Ground Zero has officially kicked off, but buried in the celebratory press conference was a disturbing change of plans: “As originally planned, the $500 million would help finance a memorial and a museum complex as well as [a Frank Gehry-designed] performing arts center, to be shared by the Joyce Dance Theater, which specializes in dance, and the Signature Theater Company, an Off Broadway group. But now the performing arts center will be part of a ‘second phase.'” Worse, officials at the Joyce and Signature groups appear to have been left uninformed about the change of status for their new home.