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N.Y.U. now says it will appeal judge’s superblocks ruling BY LINCOLN ANDERSON
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At Tuesday’s C.B. 2 Landmarks Committee meeting, architect Barry Rice showed a view of the St. Luke’s block, with a rendering of the “Barrow St. Apartments” at the southwest corner, plus two stories added atop St. Luke’s school.
St. Luke in Fields wants to add tower on the block
BY SAM SPOKONY AND LINCOLN ANDERSON
West Village church hopes to construct a 15-story residential building on the corner of Greenwich and Barrow Sts., in order to fund both an expansion to its private school and the construction of a new mission building
that will provide 24/7 services to L.G.B.T.Q. youth and other underserved people. The Church of St. Luke in the Fields — which owns the entire block that is bounded by Greenwich, Barrow, Hudson and Christopher Sts. — plans to grant a 99-year lease to Toll Brothers, a luxury developer, for management of the future residential tower at 100 Barrow St., which would rise to
about 153 feet. That’s 23 feet shorter than the massive Archive residential building on the other side of Greenwich St., but 33 feet taller than the building directly to the south. Representatives of the church and its associates are quick to note that the proposed 70,000-square-foot, as-ofright building is much smaller than ST. LUKE’S, continued on p. 14
fter initially saying last week’s stunning legal setback on its South Village development plans was “very positive for N.Y.U.,” the university now plans to challenge the court decision. Meanwhile, the office
N.Y.U., continued on p. 6
Making the case, and offering ideas, for a new school BY HEATHER DUBIN
arents, community activists and school representatives came together in the East Village last Saturday to discuss their vision for a new school in the area. Sponsored by the District 1 Community Education Council, which cov-
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of City Councilmember Margaret Chin — whose district contains the superblocks, where N.Y.U. hopes to build — this week offered a statement indicating that, despite the judge’s unequivocal verdict, they still support the entire project going forward. Corey Johnson — who
ers the East Village, Lower East Side and Chinatown, and facilitated by the nonprofit NYCpublic.org, the “community engagement lab” was held at the Lower Eastside Girls Club on Avenue D. About 50 people from the East Village and the Lower East Side attended SCHOOL, continued on p. 11
New funding could cut burden on Section 8 residents BY SAM SPOKONY
ix months after heavily downsizing its Section 8 housing program due to budget cuts, the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development expects it will soon receive new federal funding that should allow the agency to consider other — perhaps more popular — policy options. In December, the U.S. Senate passed a two-year budget deal that provides about $22 billion in additional funding for all nonmilitary programs this fiscal year, while putting the allocation of that money back in the hands of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The deal was an important step in restoring some funding levels after the nationwide budget cuts that began in early 2013 with the implementation of the federal sequester. Sources close to the situation in Washington, D.C., said on Friday that there’s been no word yet on how the new funding will be allocated, but that they expect to see some details finalized sometime over the course of the next week. The sequester had forced H.P.D. to take a $35 million budget cut for 2013, and had a devastating impact on its Section 8 voucher program, which provides vital money for housing to around 30,000 low-income
residents across New York City, including nearly 1,200 who live in the East Village or Lower East Side. Last July, the agency scaled back Section 8 by forcing voucher holders to either pay a greater share of their rent or move to a smaller apartment, placing a huge burden on thousands of already struggling families who, on average, earn around $15,000 per year. The move was soon criticized by numerous elected officials, including a coalition led by Congressmember Jerrold Nadler. “We urge H.P.D. to re-examine these changes and consider alternatives that minimize the impact on our most vulnerable families and ensure there are no evictions of people currently receiving Section 8 vouchers,” said Nadler and nine other New York congressmembers, in a joint letter to the agency last September. Now, with the new federal funding on the way, it appears that H.P.D. may in fact be open to considering alternatives. An H.P.D. spokesperson said on Friday that, although Section 8 funding will certainly not be restored to pre-sequestration levels, the agency will have “more options” for managing its budget shortfall once the Senate Appropriations Committee finalizes its bill for allocating the new money. The spokesperson added that, as the agency learns more about its new funding
Congressmember Jerrold Nadler said if the Department of Housing Preservation and Development changes its Section 8 policies, there must be “opportunity for public input.”
levels, it will coordinate with the Mayor’s Office to adjust its Section 8 policies, “if possible and appropriate.” In a statement on Friday, Nadler stressed that any new changes to the housing program should be community-oriented, and should take into account the specific needs of low-income residents.
“If H.P.D. makes changes to its Section 8 policies, I expect that there would be a real public process and opportunity for public input,” Nadler said in an e-mail to The Villager. “Any policy changes must be structured to be the least burdensome possible for individuals and families who rely on Section 8.”
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MAYOR’S MANE MAN: Well, no $1,250 John Edwardsstyle haircuts for new Mayor Bill de Blasio. Nope, he gets his locks chopped at good old Astor Place Hairstylists, for just $16. We went there ourselves not too long ago to get a trim, and it turned out the mayor had just popped in a few minutes before us, with a strong security detail along with him. “He’s been coming here for 20 years — at least 20 years,” said Sal Ricovero, one of the place’s lightning-fast barbers, as he was giving us a quick buzz. “He talks Italian when he’s here. He reads the Oggi. … I speak Italian to him — he’s very good.” Actually, the mayor’s longtime personal barber is also a paisan, Alberto Amore, who Sal pointed out is right in the back. “I cut his hair — all the time,” Amore told us as he was giving a customer a clip job. As for de Blasio’s hairdo, he said with a smile, “I do Alberto style — just like a regular business cut. No punk haircut — not for the mayor.” And obviously no fancy Yankee “NY” logo or king’s crown head carvings and the like, either, we assumed (though, in this case, a crown would certainly be appropriate). “Nah! Nah! Nah!” Amore said. So, is it clippers or scissors for “de mane”? Actually, it’s a combination. “Yes, I do No. 2 [clipper], No. 3 and No. 1 — and the top with the scissors,” Amore explained. As for whether he speaks Italian to the mayor, he said, “Always! He calls me ‘Professor’ — because I’m his professor in Italian.” Amore said Blaz has been coming there since his days way back at N.Y.U. At least among the Astor Place barbers, de Blasio is, well, “de man.” Ricovero said de Blasio really paid attention to his concerns recently when he told him about an overcrowding problem at his child’s school in Middle Village, Queens. “I had a school issue, he listened,” he said. “You got an issue — he helps. He’s concerned about the
working people. That’s what we need. I think he’s going to be good for the city.” As for Amore and another barber, Worrell St. Ange a.k.a. “Speedy,” they would always ask de Blasio for an update on the situation with Jerry Delakas’s newsstand down the block, asking what could be done for the embattled vendor. Amore pulled some letters out of his drawer from advocates on Delakas’s behalf that he had recently shown to the mayor. Both Amore and St. Ange told us that de Blasio kept telling them he was trying to help Delakas, but that it was “complicated.” And then, this Monday, in a heart-warming ending to the saga, an agreement was reached allowing Delakas to return to the kiosk. We told Arthur Schwartz, the vendor’s attorney, about the de Blasio/barbershop connection. Schwartz responded, “We hope that next time the mayor gets his hair cut at Astor Place Haircutters, he will pay Jerry a visit. He will have a special gift waiting.” … P.S., for more on the mayor's favorite barbers, there’s a new documentary film on them, “Astor Barber All-Stars,” by Lower East Side resident Karen Gehres. It recently premiered at Anthology Film Archives.
TOWER OF BABBO: Babbo was back on the menu at the Board of Standards and Appeals Tuesday as super-chef Mario Batali continued to try to snag a variance extension for his famed restaurant at 110 Waverly Place. Of course, Doris Diether, the veteran Village activist — who lives across from Batali, who frequently disses her on his TV cooking program — was there, too. She said she didn’t see Batali, not espying any bright orange Crocs, but that he could have been hidden from view among the audience. Any thought by the B.S.A. or the Babbo contin-
gent that it would be a slam dunk was quickly debunked by the feisty Diether — who now, unfortunately for Batali — has her voice back after months where she couldn’t speak above a hoarse whisper. “At first, it sounded like they were going to grant the variance with no problem,” Diether told us afterward. “A lot of people on the commission [the B.S.A.] seemed like they hadn’t been in the city that long.” So, naturally, Diether had to fill them in. She explained to them that the Coach House, the restaurant at that spot before Babbo, was legal because it was there prior to the enactment of the city’s zoning. When Batali came in to the Waverly Place location more than 10 years ago, however, he needed a variance to allow commercial use. He wanted the variance for the entire building, which would have allowed a four-story restaurant, Diether said. “They turned him down and only gave him two floors — but he used the whole building anyway,” she told us, recounting her testimony to the B.S.A. “A commissioner asked, ‘What exactly is the use of the top two floors?’ Their lawyer said, ‘Temporarily, he’s letting a friend use the top two floors for offices.’ The commissioner — he was the only man, the rest were women — said, ‘That’s illegal.’ ” Diether noted, “They [Babbo] didn’t say how long the ‘temporary friend’ would be there.”
LIFE AFTER BLOOMBERG: Robert Walsh, the longtime commissioner of the city’s Department of Small Business Services, is starting a new career as a college professor. Walsh was appointed by former Mayor Bloomberg in 2002. He has now joined the faculty at Baruch College, where he will teach courses in urban economic development. From 1989 to 1997, Walsh led the 14th St.-Union Square business improvement district, playing a key role in the neighborhood’s revitalization. WILD ON THE STREET: Richard Pearson, a mentally ill man who is notorious to residents and merchants in Soho/Nolita for what they say is his verbal and physical harassment, is back to his old tricks after some jail time. Cops picked up Pearson, 48, on Jan. 10 at one of his favorite spots, D & D Deli & Grocery on Spring St. near Crosby and Lafayette Sts. Pearson was released in late December after serving six months for cocaine possession. He had twice avoided indictment on an assault charge. Jason Menkes, a Spring St. resident, had not seen Pearson recently, and inquired about him at the deli. According to Menkes, a deli employee informed him Pearson was trying to bite people last Friday, and police were called to the scene. Pearson was then taken by ambulance to a local hospital and released. “He sits on a milk crate in front of the deli, that’s kind of his go-to spot,” Menkes said. “Smoking a joint and asking for money, that’s what I’ve seen him doing.” The deli’s manager, Jea Paik, also heard of Pearson’s latest antics. “He’s outside, he follows customers, and everybody is scared of him,” he said. “He follows people into the store.” Paik explained that after he calls police, which he has done twice already, Pearson flees four blocks away. “They don’t find him, and then a few hours later he comes back,” he said. The “Soho Wild Man” also frequents the Starbucks just down the block, and Paik said that store’s manager told him he calls the police daily about him.
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Extra! Extra! Astor Place vendor returns to newsstand BY LINCOLN ANDERSON
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reat news! Longtime newsstand vendor Jerry Delakas is back at his kiosk on Astor Place. A press conference with Delakas, his attorney, Arthur Schwartz, and supporters was held at the stand on Monday afternoon to announce the settlement. Schwartz, of the law firm Advocates for Justice, who represented Delakas pro bono, declared it a victory for the 99%. And while the stand is admittedly small, its reopening — with Delakas manning it — represents a sea change at City Hall, he said. “Jerry Delakas’s license stands as the first action by the de Blasio administration to reverse one of the abusive actions of the Bloomberg administration,” declared Schwartz, who is also the Village’s Democratic district leader. “Jerry Delakas stands for the other New York, particularly small businesspeople who have been drowned over the past several years with escalating rents, increasing bureaucratic red tape, and overzealous enforcement in the form of increased fines. “Bill de Blasio said he was running to make sure that the constituents of the non1% New York were treated with respect,” Schwartz said. “And by reversing four years of policy aimed at destroying the life
of one 64-year-old Greek immigrant, Bill de Blasio has taken an important symbolic step in the right direction.” Phil Walzak, de Blasio’s press secretary, told The Villager, “We are glad we could reach an outcome that ensures Jerry’s will remain a part of this community for years to come.” Under an agreement that Schwartz worked out with the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs, Delakas will receive a license — in his own name — to operate the newsstand. But he’ll have to pay a $9,000 fine, to be done in installments through next November. Delakas was required to make a $1,000 payment at the time of the settlement, to be followed by $3,000 in May, $2,000 in August and $3,000 in November. In November, in the final days of Mayor Bloomberg’s administration, D.C.A. suddenly padlocked the newsstand, charging Delakas had been running it illegally without actually holding the license. All of the newsstand’s contents were removed to a warehouse. But the community came to the support of the beloved vendor, holding weekly rallies outside the stand and plastering it with fliers and posters advocating for his cause. The day after Mayor de Blasio’s inauguration, Delakas, accompanied by Kelly King, an East Village visual artist who has
At Monday’s press conference announcing the good news, Astor Place newsstand operator Jerry Delakas (holding heart), was joined by, from left, artist Kelly King and former Community Board 2 member Marty Tessler — who both championed his cause — and his attorney, Arthur Schwartz. The heart represented all the love Delakas has felt from the community in his fight to keep his stand.
championed his cause, attended a “public’s open house” at Gracie Mansion, and were able to briefly meet with de Blasio. They carried with them a small-scale model of Delakas’s stand. Told of Delakas’s plight, the mayor reportedly told them, “I know the stand, it’s great. And I know the issue well — it’s a great injustice.” He then told an aide, “It’s most important. Get on this right away.” Schwartz said King and Delakas’s interaction with the mayor was critical, and really started the ball rolling with the city. “It took three of four days, and it was a lot of back and forth with the city,” he said of the negotiations. The judged signed the order later on Monday and on Tuesday morning a D.C.A. inspector arrived to remove the padlock, and give Delakas a new one. As for how the vendor will pay off the $9,000 fine, Schwartz said, “I think people are going to do fundraisers. His supporters are going to raise money. They have a Facebook page set up. Also, the son of the last license holder will give some money. “If he misses the payments, the city will have to give him 30 days notice and 30 days to cure.” However, the special agreement pertains specifically only to Delakas’s case. While operating the stand for 27 years, Delakas was only a sublessee, paying the actual license holders $75 a week. The last license holder passed away a few years ago, but not before willing the license to Delakas. The city, though, maintained that wasn’t a legal transfer. So Schwartz, in a new strategy, decided Delakas had to apply for a new license on his own. At first D.C.A. staffers were loath to take the application packet, but, as Schwartz told the agency’s attorneys, “You’ve got a new boss now.” “It’s not precedential for anyone,” Schwartz explained of Delakas’s agreement, meaning it only applies to the Astor
Place vendor’s particular situation. “They don’t want people willing city licenses and passing them down in their will,” he noted. The agreement states, in part, “This stipulation shall not be admissible in, nor is it related to, any other litigation or settlement negotiations… Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to constitute a policy or practice of the City of New York… Nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit in any way the authority of D.C.A. to exercise its enforcement powers under…the New York City Administrative Code.” As Marty Tessler, one of Delakas’s biggest advocates, put it, “The de Blasio spirit of the law overruled the letter of the law. Jerry had a relationship with the original licensee — he entered into it innocently.” “Speedy,” a barber at Astor Place Hairstylists down the block, was happy to hear of the settlement. He said he would always buy Delakas a coffee every morning. Told of the press conference on Monday at the newsstand announcing the news, Speedy said, “I’ll be there.” Tuesday morning, after the newsstand had finally been reopened, Delakas told The Villager, “I thank the media. God bless America. I thank everyone in the city from the bottom to the top. Thanks for my nest,” he said, referring to his newsstand. King was there, too, to welcome him back to the kiosk. Explaining how she came to take up Delakas’s cause, she said, “When Taylor Mead got put out on Ludlow St. and died the week later — I said, if they ever strongarm an old man again… . I felt he needed someone to stand beside him.” She noted that Delakas, who lives in Sunnyside, is also the sole provider for his twin brother and an older brother. People kept stopping by to offer the vendor congratulations. “You see. The atmosphere on the corner has changed,” he said. “It’s a new atmosphere.”
POLICE BLOTTER E.V. rape arrest
Police made an arrest on Tuesday of a suspect in the brutal rape of a woman in the East Village. According to the New York Post, Fermin Flores, 32, was picked up on Jan. 14 and taken to the Special Victims squad in Harlem for questioning. The 22-year-old victim reportedly told police she was walking into her E. Seventh St. apartment around 3:30 a.m. on Mon. Jan. 13, when the suspect pushed her inside and forcibly raped her. After the attack, the perpetrator fled. The victim was taken to Beth Israel Hospital. The Post reported that one neighbor in the building said she had heard a single scream. The suspect was described as 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds, in his mid-30s, and was last seen wearing a white hat, blue sweatshirt and blue jeans. Police began canvassing the area immediately after the attack. Neighbors were interviewed and video surveillance tapes scoured. Police released surveillance video of the suspect recorded while he was inside the victim’s building. Flores, a resident of W. 163rd St., was charged with rape, burglary, criminal sex act and strangulation.
Essex killer sentenced
A man who admitted to killing his wife in 2008, inside a car parked on the Lower East Side, has been sentenced to 19 years to life in prison, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced on Jan. 9. William Davila, 48, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last month. On May 13, 2008, while they were sitting in the S.U.V. on Essex St., Davila stabbed his estranged wife, 44-year-old Leonida Nunez Davila, multiple times in the throat and chest, and then fled the scene, according to court records. Davila was able to evade police for two days, but was eventually arrested in the Bronx. Before the fatal attack, the woman had previously been granted an order of protection against her husband stemming from his past conduct in 2007, the D.A. said.
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Police arrested Scott Tessler, 51, on Jan. 11 after he allegedly attacked his wife in their West Village home. The woman, 46, told officers she her and husband were having an argument in
their apartment at 2 Grove St., around 9:45 a.m., when he shoved her, causing her to fall backwards onto a glass table that instantly shattered. The shards of broken glass left the woman with a five-inch cut on her backside, and she was later taken to Beth Israel Hospital, where she received stitches, police said. Tessler was arrested at the scene minutes later, after his wife called to report the incident. He was charged with assault and harassment.
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succeeded Christine Quinn in the Council — is wholeheartedly championing Mills’s decision, declaring that it calls into question the entire “N.Y.U. 2031" plan. And new Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said the ruling “has the potential to change the project significantly.” Last Friday, Crain’s New York Business reported that New York University will appeal Judge Donna Mills’s Jan. 7 ruling, in which she agreed with a community lawsuit’s contention that several open-space strips on the university’s two South Village superblocks are indeed parks. Mills said the park strips cannot be used for construction purposes unless the state Legislature votes to “alienate” them — meaning to remove them from being public parkland. Although the city and N.Y.U. argued the strips are technically under the Department of Transportation’s jurisdiction, the properties have been used as parks for decades, and there has never been any plan to use them as actual streets. Mills agreed with the plaintiffs’ argument that the parcels — which sport official Parks Department signage — are implicitly parks. “We are appealing because we disagree with the court’s designation of three of the strips as ‘implied parkland,’ ” N.Y.U. spokesperson John Beckman told Crain’s. He reiterated the university’s claim that Mills’s decision still allows the university to proceed with the first part of its proposal — the 1-million-square-foot, mixed-use “Zipper Building.” A spokesperson said N.Y.U. would not be commenting further, for now, beyond the Crain’s article. Mills’s ruling was in response to a landmark lawsuit filed by a unique coalition including dozens of local residents and community groups, plus N.Y.U. faculty members, Assemblymember Deborah Glick and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. Jim Walden, who along with Randy Mas-
Melissa Mark-Viverito, left, with her City Council supporters — including Corey Johnson, rear right, and Ydanis Rodriguez, front right — marched toward City Hall on Jan. 8, chanting, “Si, Se Puede!” (“Yes, We Can!”) and “Treinta Y Uno!” (“31!” as in the number of votes she had secured), before she was sworn in as the new Council speaker.
tro, both of the law firm Gibson Dunn, argued the case for the plaintiffs, said N.Y.U. is wrong to think it can now proceed with just half of the 2-million-square-foot 2031 plan while the status of the rest of the project is in doubt. Walden gave the example of whether a project that was approved because it had an affordable-housing component would be allowed to go forward if the affordable housing were later removed. “It would be a terrible precedent,” Walden told The Villager last Friday, “if a developer were permitted to proceed with a development plan after part of it was ruled to be illegal. Can you imagine if variances were granted and deed restrictions lifted by the City Planning Commission and City Council specifically based on the inclusion of affordable housing in a development plan, and, upon challenge in the courts, only the affordable-housing component was determined to violate some law? Would the com-
mission and City Council be satisfied with a developer who was determined to charge ahead? I doubt it. “Because the City Planning Commission and City Council approvals in this matter were based on a plan now declared illegal in part, the approvals themselves must be null,” Walden asserted. “We are hopeful,” the attorney concluded, “that, rather than having this dispute fester in the courts toward an inevitable result given the clarity of the court’s ruling on parkland protection, N.Y.U. will come together with its faculty, the community, the new borough president, the new City Council speaker and the new administration to explore other alternatives.” The community plaintiffs’ lawsuit was filed against the city and state. Since N.Y.U. was central to the case, it joined as a so-called “necessary party” in defending against the suit. According to a source, N.Y.U. can appeal
the ruling on its own. However, asked if the city — now under a new mayoral administration and with a new City Council speaker — would join N.Y.U.’s appeal, a Law Department spokesperson said it’s not clear yet. Chris Reo, lead attorney of the Law Department’s Environmental Law Division, told The Villager on Friday, “We are still continuing to review the decision.” Assemblymember Glick said of N.Y.U.’s plans to challenge Mills’s ruling, “Well, that’s not surprising, but I believe that the ruling was appropriate and will be upheld on appeal. And I’m confident that the land grab of parkland will be rejected once again.” Andrew Berman, executive director of G.V.S.H.P., said of the university’s latest move, “It’s ironic because when the decision came down, N.Y.U. tried to spin it as an affirmation of their position and that it was a good thing for the university. But, obviously, their plan to appeal is an admission that the decision was a defeat and a rebuke of the plan.” Mills, however, did rule that the strip with the Mercer-Houston Dog Run (plus the sunken playground and seating area that N.Y.U. has failed to maintain and which are fenced off) is not a park because it lacks official Parks Department signage and because N.Y.U., not Parks, has maintained it (well, at least the dog run). N.Y.U. contends this means that the university can proceed with the Zipper Building — which would sit on part of this openspace strip, which N.Y.U. would purchase from the city. Berman would not tip his hand if the plaintiffs intend to challenge Mills’s decision on this particular open-space strip. “We’re reviewing all legal options available to us,” he said. Meanwhile, new Councilmember Johnson — who succeeded Quinn in representing the Third District — hailed Mills’s ruling on what he, too, like Glick, called N.Y.U.’s “land N.Y.U., continued on p. 7
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grab.” And, in fact, he said it now casts the whole 2031 plan into doubt. Quinn, as the Council’s powerful speaker, supported the N.Y.U. plan, and with Chin, as the purported lead negotiator dealing with the university, pushed it through the Council to approval. “I applaud State Supreme Court Justice Mills’s decision striking down key parts of the N.Y.U. expansion rezoning,” Johnson said. “I agree with the determination that the public park strips on Mercer St. and LaGuardia Place were alienated [removed as public parks] without approval from the state Legislature. This decision calls into question the entire N.Y.U. plan — including the proposed plans for the superblocks, as well as the Zipper Building. N.Y.U. has the right to appeal the decision, but it is my hope that N.Y.U. will not appeal and that the city explores whether or not this project should go back to the drawing board and start over.” When she was still a councilmember, Brewer voted for the N.Y.U. 2031 project — though she admitted to Villager photographer Tequila Minsky on the floor of the Council Chambers right before the vote, that she was “doing it for Margaret [Chin].” Asked for comment this week on Mills’s decision, Brewer broadly praised it. “The judge’s ruling has the potential to change the project significantly, and my office is closely monitoring the case,” Brewer said. “I am particularly pleased that the judge ruled in favor of retaining publicly available open space. Protecting open space has long been a priority of mine, and I will continue to work hard on this issue as borough president.” Meanwhile, Chinʼs office, this Tuesday, offered The Villager an expanded statement on Millsʼs decision. Following Mills’s ruling, Chin on Jan. 9 issued a brief initial statement to The Villager. “Preserving green space is one of my utmost priorities,” Chin said. “I am glad that [Justice Mills’s] decision creates the opportunity for the LaGuardia Corner Garden and Time Landscape to enjoy the same protections as other parks in our community. Throughout the N.Y.U. 2031 negotiations, I worked to ensure that any construction is respectful of the residents that call this neighborhood home — and minimizing impacts on community green space was and continues to be an essential part of that goal.” (The Time Landscape is the long, fencedin plot south of the LaGuardia Corner Gardens, and is intended to represent Manhattan’s pre-Colonial foliage in its natural state. However, N.Y.U. has never expressed any interest in using the Time Landscape for its development plans.) The Villager, in turn, asked Chin, specifically, if she was equally glad that the openspace strips on the north superblock (which
include Mercer Playground and LaGuardia Park) will now — due to Mills’s ruling — likewise enjoy park protections. N.Y.U. hoped to use these strips to help construct “infill” buildings for its 2031 project, but now cannot based on Mills’s decision. This Tuesday, “Chin’s office” provided an additional statement indicating they still support the N.Y.U development plan in its entirety for both superblocks. In the Jan. 14 e-mail, Chin’s director of communications, Amy Varghese, specifically said the statement is “attributable to the office of Council Member Margaret Chin.” (On the other hand, the e-mailed statement sent the previous week was described in the message as “CM Chin’s quote.” Varghese did not respond to a request for clarification on why Chin did not want to be quoted directly in the most recent statement.) At any rate, in the new statement, “Chin’s office” said: “The City Council approved the N.Y.U. 2031 plan with legislative action to ensure that the north block parcels would obtain the same protections as mapped parkland, and has been working with the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Transportation to bring the remaining parcels under Parks’ protection as well. Residents, Community Board 2, neighborhood stakeholders and Councilmember Chin’s office worked together to include provisions in the N.Y.U. 2031 plan to reduce impacts on community green space in the interim, including staging construction away from these strips and requiring the use of minimally invasive construction materials. The court’s decision coincides with our continued efforts to minimize construction impacts on green space in our community.” However, the statement does not say that Chin and/or her office no longer support giving N.Y.U. 20-year easements for use of the superblock strips during the construction, which is what the City Council approved in 2012. Under that agreement, only after the 20 years were up, would the two strips on the northern block formally be transferred to the Parks Department. In 2012, Community Board 2 passed an “absolute NO” resolution against the N.Y.U. 2031 plan, recommending denial of the entire thing. On Tuesday, David Gruber, chairperson of Community Board 2, said, “It’s interesting that N.Y.U. is appealing a court decision that mirrors and agrees with the community board’s resolution, as well as the position of a plethora of individuals, elected officials, community-based organizations and the ever-expanding N.Y.U. Faculty Against the Sexton Plan group, and still claims to be a good neighbor and friend. It’s time that N.Y.U. realizes that it’s a part of the Village community and not the reverse.”
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR N.Y.U. to FiDi? To The Editor: “Judge says city broke law when it O.K.’d N.Y.U. plan” (news article, Jan. 9): I would also like to thank Assemblymember Deborah Glick and state Senator Brad Hoylman for not surrendering and helping to preserve the Village green spaces and park lands. There were many other activists who were also instrumental in winning this court victory. That is one of the wonderful things that makes living Downtown great. We all must work together to help solve N.Y.U.’s need for more space. This includes Councilmember Chin and Borough President Brewer. During the campaign for borough president, former Community Board 1 Chairperson Julie Menin suggested finding space for N.Y.U. in the Financial District. That may still be a viable option.
So let’s get on with the necessary business at hand. N.Y.U. for all its faults is a valuable asset to New York City. Alan Schulkin Schulkin is Democratic state committeemember, 66th Assembly District
R.J. not into B.S.? To The Editor: Re “Johnson’s staff chief a surprise choice” (news article, Jan. 9): There’s no need to re-fight the election. Corey beat Yetta by almost a 2-to-1 margin. It wasn’t close. The Villager seems to want
to create a situation with R.J. leaving when none exists, and Yetta’s supporters want to jump on it as some sort of proof that Corey is evil. R.J. decided he didn’t want to be chief of staff, so he left. Nothing more to it. Some people LETTERS, continued on p. 10
Some horse sense from the L.E.S. on carriage horses TALKING POINT BY CLAYTON PATTERSON
ayor Blasio says he is going to get rid of carriage horses in New York City, specifically singling out the horse-drawn carriages in Central Park. “We are going to get rid of the horse carriages. Period,” de Blasio said. “They are not humane, they are not appropriate for the year 2014. It’s over. So, just watch us do it.” He plans to replace them with vintage electric cars. Journalist Sarah Ferguson recently wrote a Facebook post on this move by de Blasio. Her piece made me realize the extent to which we have isolated ourselves from the animal kingdom, and also how rules and regulations are destroying the quality of life in New York City. I’m not here to present myself as an expert on horses. But I do know a little about the subject, and the Facebook post got me remembering my past connection to horses. My western Canadian grandparents on both sides were pioneers. My parents also grew up as pioneers. In the late 1940s, my father and a Native American friend, in a covered wagon pulled by a team of horses, and bringing along a herd of horses with them, made the several-hundredmile trek from Saskatchewan to Alberta. In Alberta, my father worked out a deal with a couple of Indian reservations to keep his horses on the reserve. One year the tribe would get two out of three the newborn folds, the next year my father got three and the tribe two, and so on. It got to the point where the herd ended up being a couple hundred horses. The nature of the reservation was such that the horses could run free. My father was a very eccentric person and — who knows why? — but he felt deeply connected to the idea of wild horses. Some of the horses were broke to ride, some were sold, but for the most part, it was about the wild herd. We also lived in the city, and in our working-class community, my father raised pigeons, guinea pigs, sometimes a rooster, and at times had a horse in the backyard. Our backyard was a little like one of those Lower East Side Puerto Rican plots. But instead of a casita we had a pigeon coop. With all my father’s eccentricities, it would be an understatement, to say he was out of sync with the rest of the community. He lived by his own rules. As a child I spent many summer days playing on the different reservations. To put this into some kind of perspective, Saskatchewan and Alberta became a province in 1905. In what became Alberta, the Blackfoot tribe signed a treaty with
The future L.E.S. documentarian around age 5, with Alex Bull, on the Saracee Reservation.
the British in 1877. I was born in 1948. As a child growing up, I especially remember a couple of the elders, the Big Plumes and Alex Bull, and was especially close to a young Calf Robe. In one memory, I must have been around 5 years old, sitting on the grandfatherly Alex Bull’s knee, in a small wooden house filled with the smell of burning wood. His breath had the sweet smell of dried wild berries he had been eating.
— and for those moments, for me, it was. My worst experience with horses happened when I was in junior high school. I used to ride a horse in the Stampede Parade. On one particular day, four of us — two older guys, a girl a little older than me, and myself — were on the way to the parade, and came across an obstacle with two choices. The obstacle was a ravine with a steep, grassy slope that ended at a busy road. The road then rose up another steep hill. Or we could just ride across the railway trestle. There was one issue with the trestle, though. On the other side was a hill that the track curved around, so one could not see a train coming. But it was a three-minute ride at most. What was the chance of a train coming? The horses were a little spooked by the tracks, so we let the first two older riders go first. Then the girl went, and I came up last. All of a sudden, a day liner came speeding around the hill. The first two made it across the span. I hopped off my horse and pulled it by the reins back to where we had gotten on the trestle, then turned around just in time to see the girl fighting her frightened horse. She was pulling hard on the reins, then — smack, the train hit the horse. She flew up in the air and then down about 60 feet to the ground below. Her horse ended up close to where I was standing next to the trestle. It was the first time I witnessed a violent death. It is a sight I will never forget.
Horses are work animals. Hauling a carriage is what carriage horses have been bred to do.
The elders were still directly connected to the aboriginal days. What especially affected me were the nightly drum circles the tribes held at the Calgary Stampede Indian Village. The pounding drums, the eldersʼ singing — then mix in Alex’s breath and the smell of wood burning — it all combined to charge my wild adolescent imagination, filling my body with a spiritual experience. I felt like I was going back all the way to ancient times
Needless to say, we were the news story of the day — and continued to be headline news because the girl survived. She was in a comma for 91 days and had to learn to walk and talk again. I have lived in New York City long enough to be somewhat separated from the natural environment, but not long enough to think of horses as show animals only to be looked at in zoos. Horses are work animals. Hauling a carriage is what carriage horses have been bred to do. There have been horses pulling carriages on city streets as long as there have been streets. My friend, R.I.P., Lionel Ziprin, as a child growing up on the Lower East Side, remembered seeing horses freezing to death on the winter streets. It is not the horses’ work that is the problem; it is the horses’ care that needs to be dealt with. Why aren’t people pushing to get rid of the police horses? The police horses deal with much more crowded and noisy streets, drunks, protests, cherry bombs, riots. They’re out in the hot sun and rain, sometimes hours without breaks. This is no walk through the park. The difference is the police horses are well cared for. This is the kind of care the carriage horses need — not to be put out to pasture, whatever that means. We do not need to lose another part of New York City. What do we get in exchange? More cars in Central Park? More bike lanes? More Starbucks? More sterility? What about the drivers’ jobs? Let’s save the horses, one of the longest, ongoing, continuous connections that we the “common” people have to New York City past and present. January 16, 2014
Bruce Kurland, artist, father of Yetta, dies at 75 Squadron tries to spark
pot possession law reform
BY SAM SPOKONY
BY ALBERT AMATEAU
ruce Kurland, a painter and the father of Yetta Kurland — a civil rights lawyer and two-time City Council candidate — died on Dec. 11 in Buffalo, N.Y., after a long illness. He was 75. A Buffalo-area resident for many years, he was born in the Bronx and raised on Long Island, according to an article on the Web site of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the Buffalo art gallery that represents his work. Described as a “rough enigma” by Anthony Bannon, a friend and the director of the Burchfield gallery, Bruce Kurland moved to the small town of Curriers, near Buffalo, in the 1960s. He served in the Coast Guard immediately after high school and studied at the Art Students League in Manhattan. He also studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Washington, D.C., and had his first one-person show in the Barzansky Gallery in Manhattan. John Canaday, The New York Times art critic at the time, said the works were by “a very strong talent.” Kurland’s early work was also recognized in shows at the venerable Salmagundi Club, the National Academy of Design, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. His later work was influenced by 17th-century Dutch still-life painters and the 19th-century American painter John F. Peto. When his work took on a more abstract and surrealist turn in the late 1970s, Kurland became interested in the work of the Modernist painter and photographer Man Ray.
Kurland moved to Western New York with his wife, Toni Lamberti, in the late 1960s, but the couple separated and Kurland went to live in Oakland, Calif., according to Bannon. Kurland also made a trip to Ireland before returning to the Buffalo area, Bannon said, Kurland's still life “Bone, Cup and Crab Apple,” is included in the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian in Washington, and more than 70 of his paintings were featured in a traveling retrospective organized by the Burchfield Center for Western New York Art in 1983. His work was also exhibited in the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo and in the Washburn and Victoria Munroe galleries in Manhattan. In addition to Yetta Kurland, two other daughters, Hannah and Justine, also survive along with two grandchildren and Kurland’s ex-wife. Donations may be sent in Bruce Kurland’s memory to the Art Students League of New York, 215 W. 57th St, N.Y., N.Y. 10019. A memorial service is planned in Manhattan for some time this month.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Continued from p. 8
like campaigning, some people like governing, some people like both. They require different skill sets. It’s not like R.J. is becoming chief of staff to some other councilmember. He’s left the political arena entirely. Maybe he couldn’t take the complete bulls--- that surrounds this, as evidenced by The Villager article and the comments by Kurland supporters. And who could blame him?
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tate Senator Daniel Squadron hopes to pass legislation this year that would amend marijuana laws and, according to him, cut down on the justice system’s unfair treatment of minority citizens. Squadron’s bill, which he introduced last year, would change the statute for misdemeanor marijuana possession to make it unlawful for a person to be arrested unless the drug is either in plain sight or already being smoked. Black New Yorkers in Manhattan and Brooklyn are nine times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites, according to a New York Civil Liberties Union report published in June. Those statistics are closely tied to the high rate at which black men have been stopped and frisked by New York City police — although those policies may soon change under Mayor de Blasio — because officers often force people to empty their pockets during a stop-and-frisk encounter, thus revealing marijuana that had previously been kept out of sight. “The unequal effects that this has across the city and state is unacceptable injustice, and that’s why it’s so urgent to address this with reform,” Squadron told The Villager. The “in plain view” bill passed the state Assembly last year, but it never came up for a vote in the Senate because it was blocked by Republicans. Squadron claimed that more than half the Senate supported the bill in the last session — including some Republicans. But he explained that some of the Republicans involved in blocking a vote on the legislation, in conversations with him, cited “politics” as a concern. “I think that’s just a bad reason to maintain a law that has an inequitable outcome,” he said. State Senator Brad Hoylman, one of the bill’s co-sponsors, said he firmly believes the bill would pass if it were brought to the floor of the Senate during this year’s legislative session. “It’s an issue that’s tied to ending stop-and-frisk and making sure that people of color are treated fairly in our justice system,” said Hoylman. “And all of these things have come to a focal point over the past year, so it’s not surprising that the public supports this, and support over all is gaining ground.” In his State of the State Address on Jan. 8, Governor Cuomo announced plans to loosen restrictions on medical marijuana use — a move cheered by Democrats across the state — but did not say he would take any action on amending marijuana possession laws. “Governor Cuomo’s proposal is a step forward, and I applaud him for that. But it’s also critical that we reform these possession laws,” said Squadron, who in a statement released immediately after the State of the State, urged the governor to do just that. In 2013, arrests for misdemeanor marijuana possession dropped by around 40 percent in the Downtown Manhattan area compared to 2012, according to police statistics. But there were still more than 650 arrests made last year, or nearly two per day.
January 16, 2014
Brainstorming for a new school
Explore. Imagine. Create.
PHOTO BY GIRLRAY
Workshop participants discussed what they’d like to see in the new school. Behind them on the wall were post-it notes with people’s ideas. SCHOOL, continued from p. 1
the six-hour-long Jan. 11 brainstorming session, which had food and free childcare provided. Space has been set aside for the potential school until 2020 at Essex Crossing, a planned commercial and residential mixed-use development, which begins construction in 2015, in the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. The Department of Education has stated there is no need for an additional school in the neighborhood. However, at the workshop, Lisa Donlan, District 1 C.E.C. president, presented significant figures of projected population growth, pointing to the need for the school. In a follow-up phone interview, Donlan, who has been on the C.E.C. since 2005, outlined the numeric evidence justifying the push for a pre-K-to-eighth grade school and the community’s integral role in the effort. She cited class-size increases over the past six years, including a 26 percent jump in class size from kindergarten through third grade in 2006, and an 11 percent class-size increase from fourth through eighth grade in 2007. Also, more students in the neighborhood have chosen to attend schools in their own district, with 84 percent of students from age 5 to 13 attending District 1 schools in 2010, compared to the citywide average of 76 percent. Donlan said D.O.E.’s one-size-fits-all formula is flawed. “Their algorithms are bad, wrong and biased — with a political agenda,” she said. “They don’t take into account overcrowding and co-locations.” According to Donlan, data used by D.O.E. projects student population growth in District 1 schools: slightly more than 14 percent from 2011 to 2016, and a little under 11 percent from 2011 to 2021. SPURA will have 1,000 units of new housing, further boosting the area’s population. “Anything I read shows anticipated growth in District 1,” Donlan said. “Ethnic groups are growing. There’s lots to sink
one’s teeth into: migration rates and birth rates, and the birth yield, which hasn’t been calculated, but needs to be.” After presentation of the stats, the fun began. “It was nonstop, constant buzzing, all day,” Donlan said. Using post-it notes to jot down ideas, community members worked in groups to talk about diversity, sustainability and assessment practices they value and desire in a school. This kind of community workshop and input is something Donlan strongly advocates. “It’s a modeling of a process that hasn’t existed in 12 years of mayoral control, where everything was dictated from the top down from a central board,” she noted. At the workshop, community members said they want collaborative leadership — with a principal selected early on in the process, perhaps before even breaking ground. Other wants included a gym, kitchen, garden, art room, library and a Spanish dual-language school. Cross-disciplinary curriculum, “real world” mathematics and robotics, as well as alternative grading techniques were also discussed. “It was amazing, a good first step,” Donlan said. “When people were standing up and reading out [their ideas on the postits], I literally had goose bumps and tears in my eyes. It was just all so thoughtful and meaningful and informative.” Kemala Karmen, co-founder of NYCpublic.org, which helped organize and run the event, explained its rationale. “The idea is that you have this process, tightly structured, where everyone participates, but no one dominates,” she said. “It’s visual, it’s oral and the democracy is inherent in it. “We’re sort of taking this into our own hands,” she added. “A school shouldn’t just be parachuted into a community. It should be evolved from community needs and wants.” NYCpublic.org will submit the workshop’s results to Community Board 3, which will create a “white paper” report, expected to be completed by March.
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What’cha what’cha want? C.B. 3 boosts Beastie count BY HEATHER DUBIN
proposal for a tribute to the Beastie Boys on the Lower East Side was a no-go Tuesday night at Community Board 3. LeRoy McCarthy, a Brooklyn resident, presented the board’s Transportation Subcommittee with an application to coname the corner of Rivington and Ludlow Sts. “Beastie Boys Square.” Board 3’s guidelines require that 75 percent of residents and merchants in the immediate area support a co-naming. Yet, while McCarthy collected enough signatures — from 17 apartment units out of 20 on Rivington St. between Essex and Ludlow Sts., and eight of nine businesses — this was not enough to satisfy the committee members. McCarthy also had 1,445 online signatures, not specific to the neighborhood. David Crane, chairperson of the board’s Transportation and Public Safety/Environment Committee, opposed the co-naming of the intersection, which the popular hip-hop band featured on the cover of their 1989 album “Paul’s Boutique.” He cited the board’s criteria for street co-namings and also contended there wasn’t enough residential support
from the area, noting that three other buildings — 113, 116 and 126 Ludlow St. — were not included in the petition. “I don’t find that there is a strong connection to the Lower East Side, which is the entire point of the guidelines that the board passed in 2006,” Crane said of the application. “The guidelines are looking for a very strong connection from the individual who is deceased and has been in the community for 15 years, or an institution that has been involved in the community for 30 years.” While there are exceptions, Crane noted it would have to be a “highly acclaimed accomplishment linked to C.B. 3 with overwhelming public support.” In this instance, however, Crane is unconvinced the Beastie Boys’ influence on hiphop warrants a square. “We were a set for an album cover,” he said. One of the Beastie Boys, Adam “MCA” Yauch, died of cancer in May 2012. The band’s surviving members are Michael “Mike D” Diamond, of Brooklyn, and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, of Manhattan. “There are lots of talented people on the Lower East Side who are living,” Crane said. “These types of honorific things should be posthumous.” He expressed concern that street namings have become too frequent.
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McCarthy discussed the significance of the Lower East Side to hip-hop and the band’s significance to the locale. The Beastie Boys lived in Chinatown, recorded music on Avenue A, have had office locations in Soho and Hudson Square, and are from New York. “They are New Yorkers,” McCarthy said. He touted “Paul’s Boutique” as a critics’ favorite and dubbed it a “cult classic” ahead of its time. “This is a symbolic album to the whole New York City underground hip-hop street culture,” McCarthy said. “This is more than one group, this represents a whole culture.” Shannon Sacks, who lives on The album cover from “Paul’s Boutique,” shot at the Rivington St., spoke in favor of intersection of Ludlow and Rivington Sts. the co-naming. “The Beastie Boys mean so much to me,” she said. “It’s imdirection, I feel.” portant that we recognize them McCarthy did not know if the board for the great band they are — for what they’ve given to music, what they’ve members comprehended the Beastie given to society and what philanthropists Boys’ contribution to the Lower East Side, and he wondered if there was a cultural they are.” Sacks also mentioned friends from disconnect. “I’m not sure how many people on the around the world who come to New York and ask her to show them where the al- board like hip-hop, buy it or knew who bum cover of “Paul’s Boutique” was shot. the Beastie Boys were before the presentaTwo other community members also tion,” McCarthy said. He has a larger goal in mind to bring shared their approval for the co-naming. Board members debated the issue for recognition to hip-hop in New York City almost two hours, and ultimately deter- beyond “Beastie Boys Square.” McCarthy wants to have a hip-hip icon honoree in mined more signatures were necessary. At one point, McCarthy questioned the each borough. Hollis, Queens is already board, “Are you changing the rules on taken care of with “Run-D.M.C. JMJ Way,” me?” He garnered the necessary 75 per- which McCarthy was responsible for. “Hip-hop has more mentions in its mucent of residential support, albeit in one sic than media referencing New York,” short block. “More signatures would tip the scale for he noted. “For that free advertisement, shouldn’t New York City government me,” said Karen Blatt, a board member. Chad Marlow, another board member, say, ‘Thank you,’ and show some apprewas in favor of the square’s co-naming, ciation?” A resolution requiring McCarthy to and urged McCarthy to gather as many signatures as he could from the neighbor- secure a total of 500 signatures from apartment units of buildings and merhood. “Come back and knock our socks off,” chants along Ludlow St. from Delancey Marlow advised. “Crush it. Let us know to Stanton Sts., and on Rivington St. from the community wants this, make us have Orchard to Essex Sts., passed with eight no doubt. There is no doubt — but just votes, with Crane abstaining. The resolution will go to a full board vote on Jan. 28. prove it.” If it turns out that the 75 percent benchIn a follow-up phone interview, McCarthy said he was not deterred by the new mark for this expanded area is greater task ahead of him. He was pragmatic re- than 500 signatures, McCarthy is permitted to stop at 500. However, assuming the garding the board’s response. “They put themselves in the line of fire,” number of units is lower, he was given a he said of the community board. “They minimum of 150. “This way it’s not an overwhelming efhave a job to do. But, at the same time, I think things changed after I thought I had fort,” Crane said. McCarthy can return to the subcomeverything [that they] requested.” He plans to re-approach residents and mittee after he has the allotted amount of signatures. resubmit the application in February. “Other applicants have brought a ton of “I don’t think it’ll be a big problem to get additional signatures,” he said. “Peo- signatures,” Crane said. “All have brought ple are elated when I’m telling them about hundreds, and some have brought thouit. This is going to move on in a positive sands since the guidelines of 2006.”
Pavilion bistro lawsuit is back on the front burner BY SAM SPOKONY
ith a new appeal, park advocates are continuing their legal battle against a plan by the city and Union Square’s business improvement district to place a restaurant in the Union Square Park pavilion. The opponents, led by the Union Square Community Coalition, believe that the pavilion, at the park’s north end, should remain public and open to recreational use — particularly for local children and seniors. “They’re trying to seize parkland from the community, and it’s mind-boggling that the BID has been allowed to dictate public parkland policy by pushing for the restaurant,” said Geoffrey Croft, a member of NYC Park Advocates and a U.S.C.C. board member. “Simply put, this is a universally hated plan. No one wants this restaurant.” U.S.C.C. originally won an injunction against the proposed seasonal restaurant in January 2013, when a State Supreme Court judge ruled that the city needed state legislative approval, under the public trust doctrine, before “alienating” the public parkland to allow the restaurant. But after an appeal by the city, that decision was overruled by the state’s Court of
of maintaining public parkland, Greitzer, who was present during lawyers’ arguments before the June Court of Appeals ruling, criticized that court’s methods. “I thought the appeals court judges asked some very peculiar questions, and they seemed more focused on the restaurant’s menu prices than they did on the alienation of parkland,” said Greitzer, who added that, at one point, one judge interrupted a lawyer’s argument to mention the price of a donut. Previously, U.S.C.C. and its fellow advocates had also criticized that June ruling because of its unexpected brevity. The Court of Appeals’ decision for the city was only one sentence long, while the State Supreme Court’s original ruling was much lengthier and more detailed in its reasoning. Meanwhile, as the new appeal has gone forward, the opponents are also attempting to raise the issue with Mayor de Blasio, who could potentially resolve the whole situation by simply killing the restaurant plan, which originated under former Mayor Bloomberg. De Blasio, in his previous position as the city’s public advocate, actually opposed the plan. Last fall, after the appeals court allowed it to go forward, he sent a letter to the State Liquor Authority on behalf of U.S.C.C., urging denial of the restaurant’s request for a liquor license. But now that he’s mayor, it looks as though de Blasio is supporting this Bloomberg-era decision — at least for now. A source close to the situation, speaking anonymously, said there have, in fact, been some talks between the park advocates and de Blasio since he took office earlier this month, but that a face-to-face meeting about the issue has yet to occur. “But it’s fair to say that de Blasio’s administration is well aware of the situation as it stands now,” the source said. The Mayor’s Office did not respond to a request for comment. The city’s Law Department, however, did respond. “We appreciate the court weighing this important issue, and will await the ruling,” said Deborah Brenner, a city attorney, in an e-mail this Tuesday. Later that day, after he had just finished the first day of arguments in the new appeal, the park advocates’ attorney, Sanford Weisburst, said he was confident in their case against the city. “I think it went well today,” Weisburst said in a phone interview. “We were definitely able to make our points about why our complaint should go forward to the next stage.” Greitzer also said the recent ruling on a community lawsuit against the N.Y.U. development project — which similarly involved the concept of parkland alienation — is giving them new hope.
Last fall, Bill de Blasio, when he was the public advocate, wrote the S.L.A., urging denial of a liquor license for the pavilion restaurant.
Appeals in June, allowing the restaurant plan to go forward. Now, U.S.C.C. has countered with its own appeal, again claiming the city is violating the public trust doctrine. Arguments in the case for the new appeal began Jan. 14. The lawyer representing U.S.C.C. explained that, while he doesn’t expect the court to grant a judgment in their favor, he hopes it will allow the case to be returned to State Supreme Court, where a full judgment against the restaurant plan could be achieved. “We still believe in this, so naturally we’re following it through,” said former City Councilmember Carol Greitzer, who is also a plaintiff in the suit. Aside from asserting the importance
A rendering obtained by NYC Park Advocates showing the design for the seasonal restaurant that the city and Union Square Partnership BID would like to see in the park’s pavilion.
“In addition to the N.Y.U. case, there has been increased activity regarding alienation suits in the city,” she said. “Another
suit is pending in Nassau County. Looks like the public is beginning to assert its collective self on this issue!”
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Church has plans for tower, school, drop-in center ST. LUKE’S, continued from p. 1
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COURTESY BARRY RICE ARCHITECT
what zoning allows. By law, a residential development on that spot could be built up to 200,000 square feet. The building is also planned to be socalled “80/20” housing, in which the developer would receive a tax break for making 20 percent of the units affordable. Currently, 10 of the tower’s 46 rental units are planned to be affordable, while the rest would be market rate. In an interview on Jan. 14, Barry Rice, the projectʼs architect, said that the developer has not yet filed for a 421a exemption for the 80/20 tax break, which requires state legislative approval, but that they plan to soon. When explaining the plan for 100 Barrow St., those behind the effort refer to it as the “economic engine” for the church’s goals both to expand the financially strapped St. Luke’s school — which borders the church within its self-owned lot — and build the new mission center. “People understandably think it would be ideal if we could do those things without any new development on the block,” said Reverend Caroline Stacey, rector of St. Luke’s. “But the truth of the matter is that we need that residential building in order to provide the necessary income stream for the school to have what it needs, and for us to build the mission space.” Since the proposed development site lies within the Greenwich Village Historic District, the plan will need a certificate of appropriateness from the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission before moving forward. Representatives of the church, the developer and their architect are currently scheduled to go before the L.P.C. on Feb. 4. St. Luke’s, which includes pre-K to eighth grade and is currently located in a two-story building along Greenwich and Christopher Sts., had 200 students in 2012, when it started expanding. “We realized that in this day and age, with the economic expectations and also the academic evolution of schools, to have just 200 students was not a generationally sustainable model,” said Bart Baldwin, head of St. Luke’s School. Since then, the Episcopal, nonprofit school has constructed two additional classrooms and currently serves 228 students. Eventually, if the income-generating 100 Barrow St. building is approved, the school hopes to construct two additional floors — a total of 20,000 square feet, including nine classrooms and a 4,000-square-foot gym — and expand its enrollment to 320 students. The expansion level would make heavy use of yellow-colored brick. The schoolʼs current small gym would become a 200-seat auditorium/theater. Slightly more than half the children currently attending the school live within Community Board 2, according to Baldwin. He stressed that a similar portion of those potential new school seats would serve
A rendering of the planned “Barrow St. Apartments.”
the Village area, which has faced plenty of school overcrowding in recent years. St. Luke’s annual tuition is $34,000. About 23 percent of the school’s students get financial aid. The square block was formally part of Trinity Church, but in the 1970s Trinity “spun off” all its chapels, which are now independent, except for St. Paul’s. The church currently has a Saturday night feeding program for L.G.B.T.Q. youth and H.I.V.-positive people that accomodates 80. But the program is outgrowing the space — which is why St. Luke’s wants to build a new mission center on the site of the school’s current playground at the corner of Hudson and Christopher Sts. “It’s an incredible ministry,” Stacey said. As for when the mission would be built, Stacey said they can’t say exactly when, since it would depend on 100 Barrow St. getting constructed, and the revenue from that. “We don’t have the money to build it yet,” she said of the mission. The mission would be “townhouse scale,” with a 24/7 drop-in center. Individuals would be able to get a change of clothes and take showers. It won’t be “a homeless shelter,” Stacey said, though they are allowed under regulations to do an eight-to10-bed facility.
In the future, the mission building could be “repurposed” to meet whatever the community’s needs may be — perhaps serving seniors, for example — she pointed out. As for the playground that the mission would eventually replace, the expanded school would have recreational space on its rooftop. The block’s gardens — which are the “fields” of St. Luke in the Fields, and are also known as “The Close” — would not be reduced for any of the projects, Stacey stressed. And with the construction of the Barrow St. tower, the rear gardens behind three townhouses on Barrow St. that the church owns would be better opened up to public view, though would not be available for actual public use. As for the affordable housing component in the planned tower, Stacey noted, “It’s the first affordable housing in the West Village in — what I’m told — a decade.” They hope to start construction on the Barrow St. tower and the school expansion this summer. The school addition would be built “like a bridge” on piles over the existing building, which dates from 1955. Work would be done during non-school hours and over school breaks. Andrew Bartle is designing the school
expansion, while Beyer Blinder Belle is coordinating the entire project. Regarding the three Barrow St. townhouses, the tenants there are currently nonchurch affiliated and on one-year leases. The buildings would be emptied and extensively renovated, also by Toll Brothers, with each townhouse getting up to $2 million worth of work on it. Rice, the architect for the Barrow St. tower, explained that the building materials for all the new construction are based on the color palette of the type of bricks used in the area. The middle section of the new tower would be copper clad, which would take on a light-green patina over time, mirroring accents on the church. They stressed that there would be “no segregation” at the Barrow St. tower, with the affordable units’ tenants sharing the same entrance as the market-rate tenants. The rector stressed that they are not a wealthy congregation — many of the worshipers are artists and self-employed — and that they need this project to move forward sustainably into the future. The church’s current endowment for the entire block is only $2 million, she said. It’s a long-term plan the church has been carefully planning for decades, added Rice, who is also a school parent. “It hasn’t been rushed to this point,” he said. The St. Luke’s group presented their project to Community Board 2ʼs Landmarks and Public Aesthetics Committee later on Tuesday evening. The committee, however, had its criticisms of the mission component, the tower’s height and some of the building materials. Speaking afterward, Sean Sweeney, the committee’s co-chairperson, said, “St. Luke’s was saying this would help the community, but it’s a private school, and a center for troubled youth, which the community has had many problems with along Christopher St. The community found an irony in that part of their proposal. “And how does it benefit the community to build a 15-story building that’s out of scale with the rest of the community?” he continued. “We’re going to recommend approval of the school building, but there was some concern about the yellowish color on the top floor of the school building expansion.” Also, he added, “The tower has a window wall in the center which seems out of context with the top and bottom of the building.” Or, as Doris Diether, the committee’s co-chairperson, said, “I thought the building they’re putting up looked ridiculous. It looked like a sandwich — it’s brick on the bottom, glass in the middle, and brick on top.” The committee’s resolution will recommend approval of the school expansion, ask that the tower’s height be lowered and also ask St. Luke’s to provide a master plan.
The shape of jazz to come Three young stars come Downtown MUSIC MONK IN MOTION: THE NEXT FACE OF JAZZ COMPOSITE BY LUCIANO CROSSA
Jan. 25: Godwin Louis Feb. 8: Melissa Aldana Feb 22: Tivon Pennicott All performances, 7:30pm BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center 199 Chambers Street (btw. Greenwich & West Sts.) $25 for each concert | $15 for students/seniors $20 for TribecaPAC Mainstage Members Visit tribecapac.org or call 212-220-1459
Sound and “Motion,” signifying talent: Melissa Aldana, Tivon Pennicott and Godwin Louis (L to R) are the next faces of jazz.
Also visit monkinstitute.org
MELISSA ALDANA BY SAM SPOKONY
n an era of club drug dubstep and tongue-out twerking, there are few better ways to spend your time, or your money, than by supporting young jazz musicians. And that’s because watching them perform — the great ones, at least — is, at some fundamental level, an incredible thing. These are people under the age of 30 who’ve devoted most of their lives to the craft, in the same way that Charlie Parker or Chet Baker once did. There’s a special kind of joy that pours out of a young player’s horn, and every time I’m sitting in some club Downtown, watching a bunch of immensely talented kids blow over tunes, I’m thinking, wow, maybe this is what it was like to see Bird play in 1939. So, with that in mind, you can (perhaps belatedly) start off your year in improvised music by checking out the top three finishers at the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition — which highlights the world’s best young players — during their gigs for the “Monk in Motion” series at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center.
The 25-year-old, Chilean-born tenor saxophonist who won last year’s competition, is an impressive person for a number of reasons — not the least of which is that she’s the first female instrumentalist to ever take home the top prize. Along with manual dexterity that rivals anyone in the scene, she carries the horn with a rare kind of poise — and every time I’ve seen her play, she always seems so very much at home, whether it’s with a bunch of fellow young guns or a veritable master like Joe Lovano. Aldana just recorded a new album with her Crash Trio — featuring bassist Pablo Menares and fiery drummer Francisco Mela — so you’ll hear some of those fresh tunes when she hits the stage with that very same trio on February 8. The saxophonist told us that she’s particularly looking forward to the BMCC series because of the close bond she shares with her two counterparts. “They’re good friends of mine, and we hung out a lot during the Monk Competition, so I’m just really happy to be doing this with them,” she said.
This slick, 28-year-old tenor saxophonist initially broke out while he was still in college, when legendary guitarist Kenny Burrell spotted his talent and invited the young man
to join his quintet. Pennicott finished as last year’s runnerup in the Monk Competition — but he shares Aldana’s keen melodic wit, as well as the visible sense of maturity that makes all three of these players so interesting to watch. He’ll be performing on February 22, leading his Sound Quartet that also features pianist Mike Battaglia, bassist Spencer Murphy and drummer Kenneth Salters.
Last but not least — and, in the case of this concert series, chronologically first — is 28-year-old alto saxophonist Godwin Louis, who finished as the second runner-up in last year’s competition. His resume is just as impressive as the aforementioned horn players — he’s performed with Herbie Hancock, Clark Terry, John Scofield and other icons — and Louis’ deeply soulful tone is no surprise, given his Harlem roots. He’ll take the stage on January 25, fronting a quintet that features trumpeter Billy Buss, pianist Victor Gould, bassist Ben Street and drummer Mark Whitfield, Jr. All three of these artists are on track to become key figures in 21st century jazz, and, just like you and me, they sure as hell ain’t getting any younger. So why not see them now? Decades from now — perhaps when their collective accolades include much, much more than top finishes at the Monk Competition — you can say you were there, and that, yeah, you saw them when they were just kids. January 16, 2014
Taking flight in Taipei Arvin Chen looks at unhappy lives and finds the magic
FILM WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Directed by Arvin Chen Opens Jan. 17 At Quad Cinema FILM MOVEMENT
34 W. 13th St. (btw. Fifth & Sixth Ave.) Visit quadcinema.com
Richie Jen in Arvin Chen’s “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”
BY GARY M. KRAMER
bittersweet romantic comedydrama, the wonderful “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?,” set in Tapei, features a handful of gay and straight characters unhappy in their lives and relationships. Screenwriter and director Arvin Chen is straight but displays impressive sensitivity toward all his characters. In fact, in a recent Skype interview, Chen said people often assume he is gay. “I don’t think making this film helps,” he joked. The filmmaker grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, but now lives in Taipei. He has had gay friends most of his life, he explained, citing those relationships as part of his motivation in making this film. Chen said he modeled one
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of the film’s queer characters — “down to their dialogue” — on one of his best friends. “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” concerns Weichung (Richie Jen), a married optometrist, whose wife Feng (Mavis Fan) wants to have a second child. At his sister Mandy’s (Kimi Hsia) engagement party, however, he reconnects with his old friend Stephen (Lawrence Ko), a gay man. Weichung, glum about his life, soon finds himself reevaluating same-sex feelings he had repressed and questioning his marriage — especially when he meets Thomas (Wong Ka-lok), an adorable flight attendant. When Mandy breaks off her engagement, the jilted fiancé, San-San (Stone), enlists Stephen and his queer friends to help him win her back. The film focuses on each character
grappling with a pivotal romantic crisis. Chen explained, “Weichung thinks he has moved on from being gay, but that affects his wife’s story. Does he love her? And what will she do when he can’t love her? His sister is also struggling with commitment and her romance being compromised.” Despite the unhappiness the characters contend with, Chen’s film is not choked with romantic despair but instead manages a buoyant feel based in part on the use of fantasy elements, such as when broken-hearted Mandy gets relationship advice from a soap opera actor who visits her in her apartment. The director deliberately subverts the tropes of traditional romantic comedies, which is what distinguishes his film and makes it as charming as it is wistful. “I try to find humor in situations that are not inherently funny,” Chen explained, “but also try to find sadness in scenes that are not inherently sad… These characters live in a boring world and have mundane jobs, but this film says that fantastical things could happen.” One such moment of magical realism occurs in a pre-credit sequence where Weichung’s boss literally flies away with an umbrella. Another sequence — Chen’s favorite — has Feng singing the title song in a karaoke bar. What begins as a solo performance soon turns into a full-blown musical number complete with backup singers. Like many of the scenes in the film, this episode is melancholic, sunny, and fantastical all at the same time.
Chen also infuses his entire film in bright, colorful visuals that are a wink and a nod to 1950s Hollywood melodramas and musicals. Referring to Todd Haynes’ 2002 “Far From Heaven,” an homage of sorts to the films of Douglas Sirk, he said, “‘Heaven’ is more melodrama, ours is goofy comedy, but the same aesthetic works in this story. The colors, music, and cinematography are much more from this older era.” Chen shows how Weichung struggles as he tries to conform to Taiwanese social pressure to be married and have a family. Stephen, openly gay, is less concerned about norms and expectations, but he does, after all, find a loophole by marrying a lesbian. He is the film’s happiest character, and though Ko comes across as something of a flamboyant stereotype, Chen emphasized that he wanted Stephen to be the opposite of the conservative Weichung. “Stephen knows exactly who he is and he is completely realized as a person,” the filmmaker said. “He has no conflicts.” Stephen’s gay friends, who help the heartbroken San-San, act as the film’s Shakespearean chorus. “Like Stephen, they are above the story and happy with who they are,” Chen explained. “They are dispensing advice rather than struggling with their own problems.” The filmmaker said he did not specifically cast straight or gay actors for any of the roles. “There are not many openly gay actors in Asia,” Chen said. “We had to worry about straight actors who wouldn’t want to do the film. All the main characters playing gay are straight, with the exception of one or two supporting roles.” Chen hopes that queer audiences appreciate his film and his characters, even as he acknowledged they might identify most with Feng because her story is perhaps the most moving of the film. She gives an extra dimension to her husband’s coming out drama. That said, Weichung’s emotional conflict is never handled anything but respectfully. Chen’s aim was to recapture the adolescent feelings of love Weichung once felt for men. His new object of affection, Thomas, functions as an attractive and possibly unattainable fantasy character. Still, Thomas makes Weichung literally float in another of the film’s wonderful magical scenes. His storyline in particular — and the film’s lush romantic qualities in general — will resonate with anyone who has sought love or struggled for personal happiness. “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” is a film romantics will embrace.
Just Do Art
BY SCOTT STIFFLER
Nobody’s a saint, all of the major players have a secret and almost everyone involved is willing to bend the truth to advance their agenda — in Gene Ruffini’s anything-but-blackand-white courtroom drama, “Color.” It’s the latest socially conscious production from director Elizabeth Ruf Maldonado, whose last production at Theater for the New City (“The Iron Heel”) gave an operatic treatment to Jack London’s dystopian novel. This time around, Ruf Maldonado turns her attention to the ease with which racial attitudes can become entangled with politics and gender issues. In “Color,” an African-American seeking the Democratic Party presidential nomination has a profile that reads like a Republican operative’s dream. He’s got darker skin and far more progressive politics than Obama, he’s in a biracial relationship and he’s a Hollywood actor. After being accused of rape by a seemingly respectable white girl (who worked as an extra on one of his films), the ensuing trial seems to be all his enemies need to derail those White House ambitions. Ambition, it turns out, is behind every twist and turn in what Ruf Maldonado calls a “wake-up call to Americans who have been seduced by the corporate media to focus on the titillating and the superficial rather than issues of real import.” Jan. 16-Feb 2. Thurs.-Sat. at 8pm and Sun. at 3pm. At Theater For The New City (155 First Ave., btw. 9th &-10th Sts.). For tickets ($15, $10 for students and seniors),
call 212-254-1109 or visit theaterforthenewcity.net.
HANAFUDA DENKI (THE DANCE OF DEATH)
Dust this “Hanafuda Denki” for prints, and you’ll find a production that’s been under the thumb of everything from psychedelia to goth, manga and kabuki — all set to a soundtrack that draws from Japanese classical music, modern pop, 1920s American show tunes and Weimar Republic cabaret. Brought to the stage by Japan’s experimental Ryuzanji Company, this highly choreographed tale from the late avantgarde master Shuji Terayama was written in 1967 — and predicts, by several decades, our ravenous appetite for zombies and mashups (in this case, infusing a “Munsters” and “Beetlejuice” mentality onto Bertolt Brecht’s “The Threepenny Opera”). The action takes place in a Tokyo funeral parlor during World War I, and concerns the dilemma of a dead funeral director Danjuro and his equally dead wife. Their daughter Kitaro, who’s also crossed the river into the land of the departed, upsets the family’s balance by falling in love with living a goth boy whose pulse makes him an unfit suitor. Satirical and boisterous yet tinged with sentiment, this meditation on life and death asks if love is enough to fill “incomplete cadavers” (playwright Terayama’s telling shorthand for humans). Jan. 21-26. Tues.-Fri. at 8:30pm, Sat. at 4pm & 8:30pm and Sun. at 4pm. At HERE Arts Center (145 Sixth Ave., at Dominick St., one block south of Spring St.). For tickets ($25, $20 for students & seniors), call 212-352-3101 or visit here.org. Also visit ryuzanji.com.
PHOTO BY DIXIE SHERIDAN
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE PRODUCERS
Fiction? Right-wingers use race to derail a candidate, in “Color.”
They did the mash: Ryuzanji Company’s take on a 1967 Japanese classic seems tailor-made for our times. See “Hanafuda Denki.”
THE TENNESSEE PROJECT
This collection of seldom-performed one-acts by Tennessee Williams recontextualizes the playwright’s themes of discovery and identity, as a way to explore “a fervently changing American society.”
Helmed by resident director Daniella Caggiano, “Project” features Bedlam Ensemble company members Cassandra T. Seale, Catherine LeClair and Samantha Jane Williams as well as Alexander JUST DO ART, continued on p.18
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Just Do Art JUST DO ART, continued from p. 17
PHOTO BY JIM CARMODY
Doomed to gloom: Jay Scheib’s adaptation of an unfinished Chekhov play gets the simultaneous stage and film treatment.
Miskin, Liam Cunningham, Jenny Hann, Thomas Wood, Helyn Rain Messenger, Christine Schisano, Tory Flack, Katie Henly, Giorgio Panetta, Txai Frota and Annie-Sage Whitehurst.. Through Jan. 26, at 8pm, at the Gene Frankel Theatre (24 Bond St., btw. Lafayette & Bowery). Additional matinee performances at 1pm on Jan. 18, 19, 25 and 26. For tickets ($20), visit tennessee.brownpapertickets.com. For more info, visit bedlamensemble.org.
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The last time Jay Scheib premiered a work at The Kitchen, his academia, sci-fi and Fassbinder-inspired computer simulation conspiracy tale (“World of Wires”) earned him a 2012 OBIE for Best Direction. Now, the multimedia designer returns to West Chelsea with a new theatrical event that doubles as a film — shot by the cast, live-edited and beamed to cinemas across the country while being projected onto screens integrated into the onstage set. A complex practitioner of grafting multiple themes, genres and technologies onto his source material, the home base for Scheib’s current project — The Kitchen’s bare bones black box theater — is a fitting location for a production that adds its own body and soul to the skeletal remains of Anton Chekhov’s first play. Found in a safe-deposit box after his death, Scheib’s take on the unfinished work is billed as “Platonov” on the stage, and “The Disinherited” in its cinematic form. Although the funny/gloomy Russian playwright thought his “Platonov” unfit for public consumption (hence the lockbox treatment), many familiar Chekhovian elements are here — from unrequited love to gunshots to the dark cloud of a family home in danger of being lost. With much of the action unfolding at the countryside home of Sasha and Platonov, tempers flare when the title character gravitates towards his old college flame, in an effort to carve out a new life. That choice proves illadvised, setting off a chain of events whose consequences include attempted murder and suicide, lynching, double crosses and heart attacks. Scheib’s adaptation centers around the tragic irony of its young, yet doomed characters — whom, he notes, “could have just gone to bed and continued along in their semiprosperous yet semi-boring lives — but instead stayed up and got more drunk and chose a destruction they knew somehow was coming anyway.” On the bright side, they did get to be in a play… and a movie! Wed. through Fri., Jan., 15-17 & 22–24 at 8pm. At The Kitchen (512 W. 19th St., btw. 10th & 11th Aves.). For tickets ($25), call 212-255-5793, x11 or visit thekitchen.org. Screens at 8pm, Jan. 22, at AMC Empire 25 in Times Square (234 W. 42nd
PHOTO BY STEVEN SIMRING
PHOTO BY BILLY CUNNINGHAM
Cassandra T. Seale as Lily, in “The Tennessee Williams Project.”
PLATONOV, OR THE DISINHERITED
Set in a Five Points saloon just before the Draft Riots of 1863, “Hard Times” reimagines the Stephen Foster songbook.
St., btw. Seventh & Eighth Aves.) and Jan. 16 & 23 at BAM Rose Cinemas (Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn). For screening tickets, visit bam.org or amctheatres. com. Visit jayscheib.com, and follow The Kitchen at twitter.com/ The KitchenNYC and facebook.com/TheKitchenNYC.
Larry Kirwan — lead singer of the Irish-American rock band Black 47 and a playwright who penned the music and lyrics to “Transport” (debuting next month at the Irish Repertory Theatre) — is already on the boards of another Chelsea performance space. Following its acclaimed 2013 premiere, Kirwan’s Stephen Foster musical has returned to 23rd Street’s the cell for a run that commemorates the 150th anniversary of Foster’s death (at age 37, on January 13, 1864). Drawing from the Foster songbook (“Oh! Susanna,” “Camptown Races,” “Beautiful Dreamer”), this re-imagining of his still-popular work integrates new material by Kirwan to create “a modern musical and dramatic JUST DO ART, continued on p.19
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sensibility.” Set in Lower Manhattan’s crowded and violent Five Points, the action unfolds in a saloon — where locals (including Foster, who lived in the neighborhood) converge, as ethnic, racial and political frictions explode into the Draft Riots of 1863. Thurs., Fri., Sat. at 8pm and Sun. at 3pm, through Feb. 2 (no Jan. 19 performance). At the cell (338 W. 23rd St., btw. Eighth & Ninth Aves.). For tickets ($18), call 800-838-3006 or visit thecelltheatre.org.
I COULD SAY MORE
Outside, the bitter sting of winter will be felt for two more months — but in the Hudson Guild Theatre, a group of nine is chilling out at a Long Island summer beach house. In “I Could Say More,” frustrated writer Carl (married to Drew, and father to adopted son Jason) compli-
Nine characters come to a fork in the road, when they gather at a Long Island summer beach house. See “I Could Say More.”
cates his two-week vacation by inviting the object of his true affection: his husband’s brother, who arrives with a new boy toy in tow. When two equally conflicted straight couples join the group, liquor flows — uncorking old rivalries, unrequited love and full-tilt neurosis. Foolish dreams of seaside serenity give way to fork-in-the-road decisions about life, love and commitment. Written and directed by Chuck Blasius, this world premiere is the latest from Other Side Productions — whose 2011 production of “Accidentally, Like a Martyr” was a critical and popular success. Through Feb. 7, every Mon. and Thurs., Fri, Sat. at 8pm and Sun. at 7pm (except Jan. 20) at 8 and Sundays at 7. At Hudson Guild Theatre (441 W. 26th St., btw. 9th & 10th Aves.) For tickets ($18), call 212352-3101 or visit othersideproductions. org. For info on the playwright and a video preview featuring interviews with the cast, visit chuckblasius.com.
Thank you for being funny ‘Golden Girls’ parody delivers for fans, delights the uninformed
Wed. at 7pm, through Feb. 12 At The Laurie Beechman Theater 407 W. 42nd St., at Ninth Ave. $20, plus $15 food/drink minimum Call 212-352-3101 Visit spincyclenyc.com
BY SCOTT STIFFLER
fter suffering the month-long indignity of being bumped from the schedule in favor of running those horrendous, holiday-themed movies, “The Golden Girls” are back on Hallmark Chan-
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THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND: A GOLDEN GIRLS MUSICAL PARODY
nel — but the real return-to-form news is playing out live, on a stage near you. Not so hot on the heels of sold-out runs in 2009 and 2010, “Thank You For Being A Friend” makes the great leap from its former East Village digs (at The Kraine Theater) to within walking (or walker?) distance of Broadway. Booked at West 42nd Street’s Laurie Beechman Theater through February 12, this musical parody suits up a cast of dudes in their best horrendous 80s fashions — “Dynasty”-style shoulder pads and all — for a breezy, bawdy romp as totally unauthorized versions of the 60+ Miami roommates. Across-the-board-funny, each member of the faux foursome comes to the table with a loopy, exaggerated take on the icon they’re tasked with playing. Luke Jones is towering, brainy Dorothea, Chad Ryan is prolific vixen Blanchette and Nick Brennan (who wrote the book and also directs) is sweet but ditzy Roz. Joined by wisecracking elder Sophie (Adrian Rifat), the dead ringers — who get laughs simply by striking a pose — must negotiate a premise as thin as the set’s two-dimensional wicker furniture.
Guys, as gals! The unauthorized “Golden Girls” musical pits four 60+ Miami roommates against noisy neighbor Ricky Martin.
Emboldened, perhaps, by his recently announced divorce, next door neighbor Ricky Martin (John De Los Santos, funny throughout in multiple roles) is casting a pall over the girls’ cheesecake-scarfing gabfests with his noisy outdoor sex parties. A musical variety solution presents itself, in the form of the upcoming Shady Oaks Retirement Home Talent Show. If the women win, the parties stop — and if the gays take the crown, the girls become the party’s cleanup crew.
Before the climax’s inevitable happy ending, the absurd storyline (punctuated by clever shoestring budget production numbers) twists and turns its way through sex reassignment surgery, childhood flashbacks, betrayals, reconciliations and a relentless barrage of Me Decade references (many of which are just plain funny, even if you’re clueless about the context). High culture it ain’t, folks — but for lovers of the cult TV show who like a little good, clean, gay-friendly raunch, this one’s a Hump Day must. January 16, 2014
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NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF TPH ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE FUND MANAGEMENT, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/18/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1111 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002. LLC formed in DE on 8/1/11. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/16 - 02/20/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ABBOTT CAPITAL SELECT BUYOUTS PARTNERS III, L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/20/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1290 Ave. of the Americas, 9th Fl., NY, NY 10104. LP formed in DE on 7/17/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LP: c/o The Corporation Trust Company, 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 01/16 - 02/20/2014 BEDFORD-WEBSTER COMMERCIAL LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 11/25/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 40 Fulton St., 21st Fl., NY, NY 10038. General Purpose. Vil: 12/12 - 01/16/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ABBOTT SELECT BUYOUTS FUND III, L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/20/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1290 Ave. of the Americas, 9th Fl., NY, NY 10104. LP formed in DE on 7/17/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LP: c/o The Corporation Trust Company, 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 01/16 - 02/20/2014
NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF CERBERUS CDP PARTNERS, L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/16/13. Name amended to Cerberus CDP IC Partners, L.P. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 875 3rd Ave., NY, NY 10022. LP formed in Cayman Islands (CI) on 7/8/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation, 111 8th Ave., 13th Fl., NY, NY 10011. CI addr. of LP: Intertrust Corporate Services (Cayman) Ltd., 190 Elgin Ave., George Town, Grand Cayman KY19005, CI. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with Asst. Registrar of Exempted LPs, Ministry of Finance, Govt. Administration Bldg., 133 Elgin Ave., George Town, Grand Cayman KY1-1001, CI. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/16 - 02/20/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF TPH ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE FUND PLUS, LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/14/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1111 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002. LP formed in DE on 8/1/11. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the DE addr. of the LP: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Regd. agent upon whom process may be served: CT Corp, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/16 - 02/20/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a restaurant wine license, #TBA has been applied for by Creative Restaurant Concepts LLC to sell beer and wine at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 178 Stanton Street New York NY 10002. Vil: 01/09 - 01/16/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF AMB CONCEPT, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/23/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Aneta M. Bocian, 1735 York Avenue, Apt. 22G, New York, NY 10128. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/09 - 02/13/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 530 PARK RESIDENTIAL HOLDINGS II LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/10/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o RFR Holding LLC, 390 Park Avenue, 3rd Fl., New York, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/09 - 02/13/2014
PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, that the NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at 66 John Street, 11th floor, on a petition for 567 HUDSON STREET, INC to continue to maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk café at 567 Hudson Street in the Borough of Manhattan for a term of two years. REQUEST FOR COPIES OFTHE PROPOSED REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSEDTO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, ATTN: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 01/16 - 01/23/2014
January 16, 2014
NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BROAD STREET PLAZA, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/24/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/14/13. Princ. office of LLC: 232 Madison Ave., Ste. 204, NY, NY 10016. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Princeton International Properties at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: 1521 Concord Pike, #301, Wilmington, DE 19803. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 01/09 - 02/13/2014 THE TRANSPORTER CHAUFFEUR LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 10/23/2013. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 130 Lenox Ave., Apt. 705, NY, NY 10026. General Purpose. Vil: 01/09 - 02/13/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF CAMMACK HEALTH LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/21/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 2 Rector Street, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10006, Attn: President. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/09 - 02/13/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BLISS INTEGRATED COMMUNICATIONS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/19/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Richard Sutliff, 500 5th Ave., Ste. 300, New York, NY 10110. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/09 - 02/13/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF DDC RTB, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/17/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1 Howard St., Burlington, VT 05401. LLC formed in DE on 1/20/09. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 01/09 - 02/13/14
NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF FREEDOM III INVESTMENTS I, LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/18/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus.addr.: 1185 Ave. of the Americas, 30th Fl., NY, NY 10036. LP formed in DE on 10/10/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LP: Incorporating Services, Ltd., 3500 S. DupontHwy., Dover, DE 19901. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 01/09 - 02/13/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF EVENTILATION, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Sec’y of State (SSNY) on 11/1/13. Office loc.: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served and shall mail copy of any process against LLC to: 15 W. 139th St. #15L, NY, NY 10037. Purpose: Any lawful activities. Vil: 01/09 - 02/13/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF GSNMF SUBCDE 12 LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/19/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 200 West St., NY, NY 10282. LLC formed in DE on 7/25/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE addr. of LLC: The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 01/09 - 02/13/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF AMERICAN BLUE COLLAR, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/04/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, c/o RG Apparel Group Corp., 1400 Broadway, 31st Fl., NY, NY 10018. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 01/02 - 02/06/2014
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF UES WINDSOR RESTAURANT, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/17/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207, regd. agent upon whom and at which process may be served. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 01/02 - 02/06/2014
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SKMTDOT, LLC AMENDED TO SKMTDOC, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/12/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., New York, NY 10011, the registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/02 - 02/06/2014
NOT. OF FRMN OF ACTIVITY EQUITIES LLC Art. of Org. f w/ Secy of STA of NY (SSNY) 11/14/13. OFC LCTN: NY Cty. SSNY is DA upon whom PROC AGA it may be served. SSNY shall mail a CY: Activity Equities LLC - 1500 Broadway 22nd Fl, NY, NY 10036. The Prin. bus. add. :1500 Broadway 22nd Fl, NY, NY 10036. PUR: any lawful act or ACTY. Vil: 01/09 - 02/13/2014
NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF KEHE DISTRIBUTORS, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State: 11/25/13. NYS fict. name: Kehe Distributors of Delaware, LLC. Office loc.: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 12740 Gran Bay Pkwy W #2200, Jacksonville, FL 32258. LLC formed in DE: 1/29/10. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 01/02 - 02/06/2014
NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF YASHIMA USA LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/19/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Tennessee (TN) on 01/09/12. Princ. office of LLC: 69 Tiemann Pl. #25, NY, NY 10027. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Ai Hayatsu at the princ. office of the LLC. TN addr. of LLC: 14203 Crowne Brook Circle, Franklin, TN 37067. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, 312 Eighth Ave. North, 6th Fl., William R. Snodgrass Tower, Nashville, TN 37243. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 01/02 - 02/06/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF DW EMPLOYEE FUND, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/16/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/13/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of DE, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 01/02 - 02/06/2014 22 E 14 LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 11/12/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to C/O Sutton, 41 E. 57th St., 28th Fl., NY, NY 10021. General Purpose. Vil: 12/12 - 01/16/2014
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF VALECHA ENTERPRISE, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/02/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207, regd. agent upon whom and at which process may be served. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 12/26 - 01/30/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ASSUREDPARTNERS OF MISSOURI, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/20/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Missouri (MO) on 08/26/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. MO addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 221 Bolivar St., Jefferson City, MO 65101. Arts. of Org. filed with MO Secy. of State, 600 W. Main St., Jefferson City, MO 65101. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 12/26 - 01/30/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 495 QUINCY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/22/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 38 E. 29th St., 5th Fl., NewYork, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/09 - 02/13/2014
PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, that the NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at 66 John Street, 11th floor, on a petition for P. M. W. INC. to continue to maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk café at 62 SPRING STREET in the Borough of Manhattan for a term of two years. REQUEST FOR COPIES OFTHE PROPOSED REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSEDTO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, ATTN: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 01/09 - 01/16/2014
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF COURTNEYGRAF. COM LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/30/2013 Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: COURTNEYGRAF.COM LLC, 353 LEXINGTON AVENUE #600, NEW YORK, NY 10016. Purpose:To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 12/26 - 01/30/2014
MONTY FOUR EAST 86TH STREET ASSOCIATES LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/22/13. Office location: NY Co. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 11/15/13 SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 90 State ST Ste 700 Office 40 Albany, NY 12207. DE address of LLC: 16192 Coastal Hwy Lewes, DE 19958. Arts. Of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, PO Box 898 Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/19 - 01/23/2014
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 737 PARK UNIT 1C LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/12/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: c/o 737 Park Unit 1C LLC, 737 Park Ave., NY, NY 10021. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 12/26 - 01/30/2014
EXCELSIOR CONSULTANTS HOLDINGS LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 10/2/13. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process toThe LLC, 431 W. 37th St., 7G, NY, NY 10018. General Purpose. Vil: 12/12 - 01/16/2014
NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ABBOTT CAPITAL PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTORS 2014, L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/10/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1290 Ave. of the Americas, 9th Fl., NY, NY 10104. LP formed in DE on 12/9/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LP: c/o The Corporation Trust Company, 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 12/26 - 01/30/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BOP MW RESIDENTIAL LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/16/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 250 Vesey St., 15th Fl., New York, NY 10281. LLC formed in DE on 12/10/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Corporation Service Company, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 12/19 - 01/23/2014
NOTICE OF QUAL. OF TOTEM POINT (GP), LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 5/31/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 5/29/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Darren Dinneen, 900 Third Ave., Ste. 200, NY, NY 10022. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 12/19 - 01/23/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF TOTEM POINT PARTNERS, LP Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 5/31/13. Office loc.: NY County. LP org. in DE 5/29/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Darren Dinneen, 900 Third Ave., Ste. 200, NY, NY 10022. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Name/addr. of each gen. ptr. avail. at SSNY. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 12/19 - 01/23/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF SOMA SPECIALTY MANAGEMENT LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 9/17/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 7/19/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Gen. Counsel, 390 Park Ave., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE off. addr.: CTC, 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 12/19 - 01/23/2014
NOTICE OF QUAL. OF WATCHTOWER LEASING LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 10/1/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 9/12/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to 666 Fifth Ave., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10103. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 12/19 - 01/23/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SHE + LO, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/11/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Kane Kessler, P.C., 1350 Avenue of the Americas, 26th Fl., New York, NY 10019, Attn: Darren S. Berger, Esq. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/19 - 01/23/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 530 PARK RESIDENTIAL MANAGER LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/4/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o RFR Holding, LLC, 390 Park Avenue, 3rd Fl., New York, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/19 - 01/23/2014
NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF POST CAPITAL EQUITY PARTNERS III LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/3/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 805 3rd Ave., 8th Fl., NY, NY 10022. LP formed in DE on 10/9/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LP:The CorporationTrust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 12/19 - 01/23/2014
NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF POST CAPITAL GENERAL PARTNER III LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/3/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 805 3rd Ave., 8th Fl., NY, NY 10022. LP formed in DE on 10/9/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LP:The CorporationTrust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 12/19 - 01/23/2014
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ESE ENTERTAINMENT NY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/27/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 12/12 - 01/16/2014
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF FEIL WHITESTONE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/04/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 7 Penn Plaza, Ste. 618, NY, NY 10001. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 12/12 - 01/16/2014
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF THE KAMAGE GALLERY, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/05/2013. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: the Kamage Gallery, 248 Sherman Ave. Apt 3 NY, NY 10034. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 12/12 - 01/16/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF INNOVA IMPORTS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/24/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1370 Broadway, Suite 540, New York, NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/12 - 01/16/2014
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SULLIVAN RUVOLDT PLLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/3/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1700 Broadway, New York, NY 10019. Purpose: practice the profession of law. Vil: 12/12 - 01/16/2014
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MULBERRY STREET COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/3/13. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o EVO Real Estate Group, 462 Seventh Ave., Fl. 12A, NY, NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/12 - 01/16/2014
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MULBERRY STREET MANAGER LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/3/13. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o EVO Real Estate Group, 462 Seventh Ave., Fl. 12A, NY, NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/12 - 01/16/2014
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MGG UK, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/2/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Marian Goodman Gallery, Inc., 24 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019, Attn: Marian Goodman Elaine Budin. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/12 - 01/16/2014
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an on-premise license, #1275668 has been applied for by Big Candy LLC to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 86 Allen St New York NY 10002. Vil: 01/09 - 01/16/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 530 PARK RESIDENTIAL HOLDINGS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/4/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o RFR Holding, LLC, 390 Park Avenue, 3rd Fl., New York, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/19 - 01/23/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF HERITAGE HOME GROUP LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 11/21/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1 N. Brentwood Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105. LLC formed in DE on 9/30/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 12/19 - 01/23/2014
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After Brandeis had started to pull away, Iyoha Agho (12, with ball) hit a key 3-point shot to spark N.Y.U.’s offense.
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ew York University men’s basketball team picked up its fifth straight victory thanks to a hardfought 64-58 win over Brandeis University on last Saturday at Coles gym in the Village. The Violets (11-1) once again received valuable contributions from sophomore starters Evan Kupferberg and Costis Gontikas, with both scoring in double digits. Kupferberg also pulled down eight rebounds, in addition to his game-high 18 points, while playing 37 minutes. The Jan. 11 matchup against the Judges (8-4) was the Violets’ first University Athletic Association game of the season. Entering the Saturday afternoon contest, N.Y.U. was averaging 74 points per game and on a four-game winning streak. Brandeis came to town coming off a pair of home wins in which they held their opponents to under 75 points. The Violets scored the first five points of the game, but after shaking off the early rust, the Judges got into the action, and the scoring went back and forth. After climbing back into things and cutting New York University’s lead to just 2 points, 9-7 the Judges sunk three consecu-
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