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Hud. Sq. rezoning O.K.’d; S. Village landmark pledged By linColn anDerson The City Council in committee has voted to approve the Hudson Square residential rezoning plan, coupled with the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s agreement to vote on designating about half of the unprotected area of the proposed South Village Historic District within the year. The full Council is expected to approve the rezoning later this month.

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Joined by supporters, Christine Quinn announced her campaign for mayor in Inwood on Sun., March 10. Her wife, Kim Catullo, is standing to the left of her.

Quinn makes it official; Says she wants to be next mayor By Paul sCHinDler Standing across the street from the Catholic church in Inwood where her parents married and her immigrant grandfather’s funeral was held, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn formally announced her candidacy for mayor on the morning of Sun., March 10. Explaining that her four grandparents came to New York from Ireland a century ago because it was a place where “you could be free and you could get out of poverty,” Quinn

said, “I’m running for mayor because I want it to remain that place and become even more of that.” If elected, the Council speaker would be the city’s first woman and first openly gay mayor. In the Sept. 10 Democratic primary, she will face off against Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu, former Comptroller Bill Thompson — the 2009 Democratic candidate — and former City Councilmember Sal Albanese. Vying for the Republican nomi-

nation are Joe Lhota, a former deputy mayor under Rudy Giuliani who resigned as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairperson at the end of last year; John Catsimatidis, the owner of the Gristedes supermarket chains; and Tom Allon, the publisher of a chain of Manhattan weekly newspapers. Quinn’s announcement speech made clear her campaign would emphasize her influence on city gov-

The Council secured a commitment from L.P.C. to calendar and vote on the next remaining section of the proposed South Village Historic District (the area north of Houston St.) and complete a survey of the proposed district’s fi nal section (the area south of Houston St.) by the end of the year. Council Speaker Christine

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Gottfried: Housing on Pier 40 ‘should be off the table’ By linColn anDerson It’s looking increasingly like Pier 40 won’t become the Lower West Side’s new residential hot spot — at least not anytime soon — as the number of key local politicians opposing, or at least uncomfortable with, the idea continues to snowball. This week, Assemblymember Richard Gottfried, who had been basically the only local politician even open to the

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possibility of allowing housing at the West Houston St. pier, declared the residential option now should be “off the table” because of “adamant opposition.” In a statement to The Villager on Tuesday, Gottfried said, “The Hudson River Park needs more open park space and fewer obstructions to views of the river. We need

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Quinn makes it official; Says she’s running to be the mayor Continued from page 1 ernment during her seven years as Council speaker. She pointed to success in delivering on-time budgets, in preventing the closure of any firehouses, and in the creation of mandatory kindergartens citywide. Mindful of criticism that she has moved to the right politically in her years as speaker, Quinn also mentioned her role in enacting a living wage requirement for businesses receiving city subsidies, in curbing deportation of undocumented immigrants convicted of minor offenses, in protecting a woman’s right to choose, and in preventing teacher layoffs. At the same time, the 46-year-old speaker, who was flanked by her wife, Kim Catullo, her sister, and her father and father-in-law, emphasized her roots in an Irish Catholic immigrant family. Her maternal grandmother, she said, was one of the few third-class passengers to survive the 1912 Titanic disaster, because “she made a run for it” rather than kneeling to pray. When Quinn told a priest her grandmother “knew there was a time to pray and a time to run,” he corrected her, saying, “Your grandmother knew you could pray while running.” The new mayoral candidate promised to do just that. First elected to the Council in 1999 –– in a special election to fill Tom Duane’s seat, representing the West Village, Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen, after he was elected to the state Senate –– Quinn has held tight reins over the Council’s agenda as speaker while forging a working partnership with Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Her close relationship with the mayor was a break with the progressive political tradition she grew up in –– as head of both the Housing Justice Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, as a protégé of Duane, who was an outspoken critic of Giuliani while on the Council, and as a top deputy to former Council Speaker Gifford Miller, who often adopted a confrontational approach toward Bloomberg. Quinn has consistently maintained that working with Bloomberg, as opposed to being at odds with him, was a recipe for moving the city forward. “I think in almost every issue we’ve had success on since being speaker, almost, we’ve played insider and outsider roles — this office — depending on the issue,” she told Gay City News, The Villager’s sister publication, last summer. At her campaign kickoff, she contrasted herself with her Democratic rivals, saying, “I’m not about talking and finger-pointing, I’m about action, results and delivery.” Quinn made much the same point in a campaign video posted on her Web site the morning of her announcement. The speaker’s cooperative posture

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Christine Quinn campaigns with her sister, Ellen, left, in Inwood on March 10.

toward the mayor has drawn fire from some in progressive political circles that formed her original base. After advancing legislation that overturned the term limits law –– allowing both Bloomberg and herself another four years in power –– Quinn faced an unusually tough Democratic primary in 2009, garnering just over half the vote in a three-way race. She has also faced criticism from some activists after she refused to support extension of public housing opportunities to all people living with H.I.V., as opposed to only those with an AIDS diagnosis; from civil liberties advocates for supporting a requirement than any outdoor demonstration of at least 50 people obtain a police permit; and from Lower West Side residents angry that more was not done to save St. Vincent’s Hospital. In the past several years, Quinn has found a powerful new political ally in Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has repeatedly credited her counsel in helping him push marriage equality through the state Senate in 2011. The speaker won early endorsements from the Empire State Pride Agenda, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, a Washington-based group that works to elect out L.G.B.T. candidates. Some activists upset over the New York Police Department’s targeting of gay men for false arrests in Manhattan video stores several years ago have praised the speaker for her intervention on that issue. Robert

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staffer at last: Community Board 1 has finally been able to get Diana Switaj on staff as its part-time deputy director of land use and planning. The city has had a too-good-to-be-true deal with Switaj, who joined the board as a planning intern in September 2011 while she was a graduate student at Columbia University, where she studied with Michael Levine, Board 1’s planning director. Switaj has remained with the board unofficially ever since, helping with a multitude of projects. After C.B. 1 leaders went through a few months of talks working through city red tape, she was able to join the staff and will at least be getting paid a salary for her work. We suspect it’s somewhere between Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s salary, and what all the work she has already done is worth.

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lilo laying loW? Tribeca and the city tabloids were all abuzz last month amid reports that Lindsay Lohan was planning to design a Mexican restaurant space on N. Moore St., but a neighborhood tipster tells us the uproar has prompted her to back away from the project. Would that be a first?

Comings…: Andy Breslau, a veteran of city government and journalism, has just joined the Downtown Alliance business improvement district as its new vice president of communications and marketing. Breslau has had stints with CNN, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, City Limits and with former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger.

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Cutting CamPout sHort? We hear John Penley’s campout in front of New York University’s Bobst Library might be coming to an early end this Saturday. He had wanted to last for a month, but word has it that he has a sick friend in Pennsylvania and wants to go support him. But there will reportedly be a better turnout this Friday evening, when Penley expects a group of N.Y.U. students to join him in calling on the university to do a 180 and build housing for the homeless, instead of being its usual gentrification juggernaut. Last Friday’s turnout was not as big as expected.

sanDy’s silVer lining: Hurricane Sandy of course wreaked lots of destruction in Lower Manhattan and all over Downtown, but it apparently also drove some rats out. Catherine McVay Hughes, Community Board 1’s chairperson, told us the Health Department says rat sightings are down Downtown because of the storm, although they did not have final numbers. She and the Health Department recommend calling 311 when the less-thanlovable creatures are spotted.

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Lower Manhattan customers hit by Hurricane Sandy — it’s still not done. The info giant has just started a new video P.R. campaign to thank customers for sticking with them. “We realize that any number of our impacted customers could have left us, but some didn’t. For that, we’d like to thank them,” Verizon said in the campaign. Eddie Travers, owner of the historic Fraunces Tavern restaurant, on Pearl St., is one of the first people featured. But he just talks about his business and does not mention the “V” word. Meanwhile, in the East Village, St. Brigid’s School, for one, is praying to get its phone service back. Timothy Cardinal Dolan recently led the rededication Mass of historic St. Brigid’s Church after it was saved by a miraculous restoration project — but the parish school’s on-the-fritz phones are hardly heavenly. And, even if phones were working, no one could call Dolan anyway for help since he was sequestered in the papal conclave at the Vatican… but now he’s out! Holy Francis!

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Gottfried: Housing on pier ‘should be off the table’ Continued from page 1 to support completion of the park’s construction and capital maintenance with revenue that comes from projects that have strong community support, benefit the park overall, and will have the least harmful impact on the park. “I have been urging that the Hudson River Park Act be ‘opened up’ to allow for more uses to be considered on Piers 40 and 76 [at W. 36th St.] to ensure that a wider range of proposals will surface from a future R.F.P. [request for proposals] for those piers,” Gottfried continued. “Some advocate high-rent offices and stores on those piers. However, allowing housing in that mix, at least at Pier 40, has adamant opposition, so I think it should be off the table. To protect the whole park’s future,” he said, “we all need to focus on achievable sources of revenue.” Gottfried co-authored the 1998 park act, which expressly prohibits housing in Hudson River Park. But with the park now mired in a cash crisis and Pier 40 needing costly repairs, Gottfried last summer became a convert to the idea of allowing residential use to generate funds for both the pier and whole 5-mile-long park. Two competing design concepts for Pier 40 — one by the Pier 40 Champions youth sports leagues group and the other by developer Douglas Durst — would each require a modification of the park act to be allowed. The dueling proposals were presented last week at a packed Pier 40 forum in Hudson Square attended by more than 400 people. The Champions plan, estimated cost $691 million, includes two 22-story residential towers that would be built at the foot of the pier, whose existing athletic fields would be doubled in size. Durst’s plan, slated at $384 million, calls for an adaptive reuse of the pier’s existing three-story shed structure, transforming it into commercial office space for high-tech companies and retail space, while the fields would be kept at the current size and raised one level to prevent future flooding by Sandy-like superstorms. Both Champions and Durst say their plan’s costs include fixing up Pier 40, would generate $10 million annually for the park and would be the least disruptive of use of the pier’s athletic fields. Hudson River Park is supposed to be financially self-supporting, and pressure is ratcheting

up on the 15-acre Pier 40 to be even more of a cash cow for the park than it has been already; Pier 40 historically has provided about 35 percent of the park’s annual revenue, but the cost of repairing the pier’s aging infrastructure is now becoming a financial drain on the park. However, ever since the option of residential use in the park was broached by the Hudson River Park Trust last year, Assemblymember Deborah Glick — whose district contains Pier 40 — has vigorously opposed it, making passage of the necessary legislation highly unlikely. She is amenable to office use, however, for the Durst plan. New state Senator Brad Hoylman has said he is also against housing in the park, and at last week’s big Pier 40 forum he told the audience he won’t support changing the legislation to permit it.

Wils, the Trust’s executive director, in which they stated they unequivocally oppose housing at the 15-acre West Houston St. pier. “First and most importantly, we must be clear, that under no circumstances will we support any residential development at Pier 40,” Quinn and the three politicians wrote in their letter to Wils. “Continued focus by the Hudson River Park Trust on this issue will not help us move the process forward toward a feasible solution to save the pier and the playing fields it houses. “We believe that only by working together can we move this process forward, and agree on a plan to stabilize Pier 40,” they told Wils. “As leaders in this community we must work together to find solutions and not foster unnecessary divisions among ourselves. We encourage you to work with us to achieve the economic

‘First and most importantly, under no circumstances will we support any residential development at Pier 40.’ Christine Quinn, Deborah Glick, Brad Hoylman and Daniel Squadron

“Not gonna do it,” he said bluntly. Hoylman also thinks the Durst office plan could work, saying that Pier 40 has a “wow factor” that would attract tech firms. State Senator Daniel Squadron, whose district contains Pier 40, has also voiced serious qualms about residential use in Hudson River Park. Last week, the news that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, whose district includes Pier 40, has come out strongly against residential use at the pier sent shockwaves rippling up and down the waterfront. As first reported by The Villager, Quinn’s office sent the newspaper a statement saying the speaker “supports a set of principles for the development of Pier 40, including a commitment to no residential development.” The day after that statement was issued to The Villager, Quinn joined Glick, Hoylman and Squadron in firing off a joint letter to Madelyn

security for the park while ensuring the continued public access to parkland.” The four pols, however, also stated, “As for the development principles which unite us, we must ensure that any future development at this site retain the playing fields and not relegate them to a roof of the structure. But it is not enough to preserve and protect the active space at Pier 40. Our community has asked for and deserves more park space. We must also do everything we can do to work together to add more playing fields at Pier 40 and throughout the park. We are committed to working with [the Trust] to find and facilitate such locations.” In addition, the Champions plan does not have strong support at the community board level, which would be the first hurdle it would have to pass. Rich Caccappolo, chairperson of the Community Board 2 Parks and Waterfront Committee and an influential past president of Greenwich Village Little League — a Pier 40 Champions member — said his committee members would never recommend approval of the 22-story towers plan. Similarly, David Gruber, C.B. 2 chairperson, said the Champions residential concept would definitely not be approved by the full community board. Asked to comment on the increasing lack of political support for residential use at Pier 40, Trust President Wils issued a statement that did not rule out the “R” word, and said, in part: “The Trust has diligently worked to protect the ball fields and is eager to provide additional recreation opportunities. However, we can only do so if we generate necessary revenues to support those opportunities. As it stands today, Pier 40 is actually draining money from the rest of the park, despite the intent of the Hudson River Park Act for Pier 40 to help support the entirety of the park.

“Though the Trust does not favor one use over another, the community has been clear that it wants to expand the available uses allowed on Pier 40, as indicated by the failure of two previous R.F.P.s. Since that time, infrastructure problems at Pier 40 have gotten far worse, putting the pier in actual peril. “The park act must be changed to allow for additional uses on Pier 40,” Wils stressed. “We will continue to work with the governor, mayor, local elected officials and the community to put the pier — and therefore the park — on sound footing for the future.” Asked about Gottfried’s latest position on housing at Pier 40, Tobi Bergman, the leader of the Pier 40 Champions, responded that cooperation “needs to stay on the table.” “Champions is fighting for a wonderful, open, riverside park for everyone and for more sports fields so every child gets to play,” Bergman said. “Our focus now is to get funds allocated to do critical repairs this year and to respond quickly to the play-space crisis affecting our burgeoning residential neighborhoods. Why? Because the worst place to be is under the gun where we have to sacrifice the extraordinary and irreplaceable opportunities of the site to deal with the structural and financial pressures of the current situation. What needs to stay on the table is a commitment by everyone to work together for a real solution to what remains a very difficult problem.” So far, though, proposed legislation to change the park act actually has not included allowing housing in the park. According to a well-placed source, “Various versions of bills have allowed office, retail, hotel, some miscellaneous other uses,” but not residential. Last year, Gottfried put together a last-minute bill with changes to the park act, but it wasn’t voted on before the end of the legislative session, so went nowhere. The source said the drafts of the bills have all originated with the Trust. With last year’s bill, Gottfried reportedly “did a lot of revising and editing” of what the Trust submitted. Word is that some language in last year’s bill also came from Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s staff, largely in an effort to come up with a proposal including elements that both Glick and Gottfried could accept. There is reportedly “a long list of things” that have been considered and may be in a new bill, including: longer lease terms at Piers 40 and 76; allowing additional uses at Piers 40 and 76; allowing the Trust to bond for infrastructure; redefining the park boundary down by Battery Park City; turning over the city’s share of Pier 76 to the park (currently, the city would get half of the pier’s commercial revenue after its redevelopment — the city tow pound is located there now); getting more revenue from the passenger ship terminal and from the passenger ships; simplifying zoning compliance (meaning removal of some aspects of the city’s ULURP review process in the park); and the proposed neighborhood improvement district or NID (though, according to the source, this actually probably does not require state legislation). As for trying to allow residential use at Pier 76 — which is in the part of Hudson River Park that is in Gottfried’s district — he is reportedly now trying to gauge what the community wants

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Synagogue members are split on residential conversion plan By rey masHayeKHi A proposal to renovate a historic East Village synagogue and construct a penthouse suite on top of it took a step forward last week, with plans passing through a Community Board 3 committee and subcommittee and now awaiting approval from the full community board and the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. Renovations to Congregation Adas Le Israel Anshei Meseritz’s 102-year-old synagogue at 415 E. Sixth St. would convert most of the building into three apartments, including a penthouse addition. While the proposal would refurbish the building’s facade and retrofit the structure with functional upgrades, the building’s status as part of the Lower East Side/ East Village Historic District requires that any exterior additions be approved by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. C.B. 3’s Parks, Recreation, Cultural Affairs, Landmarks and Waterfront Committee approved the proposal on March 7, after it was tabled by the board’s Landmarks Subcommittee at its meeting the night before. Next, C.B. 3’s full board will vote on the application at its meeting on March 19. Approval by the Landmarks Preservation Commission at its April 9 meeting would allow the work to commence. Architect Joseph Pell Lombardi designed the project for developer East River Partners, which recently agreed to a 99-year lease with Meseritz to redevelop the building. Lombardi said that the penthouse addition would not be visible from street level, complying with Landmarks guidelines and preserving the public’s view of the century-old facade. “The last thing we want to do is err on this point,” Lombardi told The Villager, noting that a bright, orange barrier indicating the location of the rooftop addition had been constructed atop the synagogue, to give an idea of how visible the future penthouse would be. “If we went ahead and built it, and it was approved on the basis that there is no visibility from a public way — and there was — then the commission would have us move it. That would have dire effects and concerns for everybody.” The project has elicited a negative response from several members of the synagogue’s congregation, as construction of the new apartments would require that the house of worship’s sanctuary be moved to the building’s basement level. Eli Shoshani, a cantor at the shul, said that the majority of the congregation was “displeased” with the arrangement, which was agreed upon by a five-member board of directors, including the congregation’s longtime rabbi, Pesach Ackerman. “They’re basically depriving the congregants of the synagogue itself,” Shoshani

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An architect’s rendering of Anshei Meseritz, showing the planned penthouse addition atop the three-story synagogue .

told The Villager. “There’s no unique quality to the bottom level that would attract people. People come to the synagogue specifically for the Old World charm that it has.” Shoshani added that the details of East River Partners’ plans for the synagogue “were never proposed to the congregation” as a whole. Robert Rand, a member of Meseritz’s board and the congregation’s acting president, told the C.B. 3 Landmarks Subcommittee on March 6 that the project was in the best interests of the congregation and its historic building. “If we want to preserve the past and stop the synagogue from collapsing, work needs to be done,” Rand said. Construction will require that Meseritz’s services move elsewhere for up to a full year once the project begins. An agreement is in place for the congregation to use community space at the Village View apartment complex.

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Police BLOTTER Perry rapist gets 20 years   The man who raped a 29-year-old woman last April, after tricking her into thinking he was a West Village “Neighborhood Watch” member, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced Tuesday. In January, Ivan Ramos, 22, plead guilty to one charge of first-degree rape, two charges of first-degree criminal sexual assault and one charge of assault. Ramos approached his victim in the West Village around 6 a.m. last April 15, after she had lost her cell phone, cash and other personal items in an unrelated incident, the D.A. said. Ramos then falsely told the woman that he was a member of the Neighborhood Watch, after which she asked him to take her to the nearest police station, according to court documents. But instead of leading her to safety, Ramos walked her into the isolated exterior stairwell of a Perry St. apartment building, where he raped her for 15 minutes, using his hand to stifle her screams, according to the D.A. Ramos was apprehended later that day, after nearby residents who heard the commotion reported the situation to police and identified the suspect. In addition to 20 years in prison, Ramos was sentenced to 20 years of post-release supervision.  

Taco Bell muggers   Police were able to get their hands on a knife-wielding robber after he struck at a Union Square Taco Bell restaurant, but his accomplice fled with the cash. A 21-year-old man told officers that, while he was in the taco joint at 18 E. 14th St. around 4 a.m. on Sat., Mar. 9, the two thugs punched him and snatched $120 in cash out of his wallet while he was down. The victim also said that when he tried taking the money back, one of the robbers — later identified as Anthony Campbell, 22 — brandished a knife, causing him to back off. Taco Bell employees reported the crime, and Campbell was apprehended shortly after the incident during a canvass of the area by officers. His buddy, who apparently wasn’t walking with Campbell after leaving the restaurant, is still at large with the cash, cops said.  

Head-butted officer   First, she violated a restraining order, and then she head-butted a police officer in the face. And she’s not even old enough to have a drink yet.

Police said they arrested Essivi Collins, 20, after she was reported hanging around the parking lot of Washington Square Village, the superblock apartment complex between LaGaurdia Place and Mercer St. The report was by a nearby resident who currently holds a court order of protection against her. But once they slapped the cuffs on Collins, she reportedly used her head to smack one of the arresting officers right in the kisser — leaving him with a nasty bruise and sending him to Bellevue for treatment. But now she’ll pay a double price — in addition to allegedly violating the restraining order, Collins was charged with assaulting a police officer.  

Graffiti guys busted   Police bagged two graffiti artists last week — one in the West Village and one in the Meatpacking District — who weren’t slick enough to place their tags and slip away. Giuseppe Passantino, 39, apparently thought no one would notice that he was blasting music through a boom box on the street at 4:45 a.m. That’s how officers found him, near the corner of Seventh Ave. South and Christopher St., on March 9. Police said Passantino was writing words like “Joe,” “Italian,” “Ice” and “Bambino” in graffiti style onto a Postal Service mailbox on the street. And on March 8, around 1 a.m., police said they spotted Angel Diaz, Jr., 30, using a black-felt marker to tag the wall of a building at 842 Greenwich St., near Gansevoort St. The officers said Diaz, Jr. was in the middle of writing “Silk City,” which they later learned is apparently his street name. Passantino and Diaz, Jr. were both charged with making graffiti.  

Exposed ‘meat’   Different strokes for different folks, right? Well…not those kinds of strokes. Police arrested Jerise Begley, 40, in the Meatpacking District after they saw him exposing his erect penis while walking down Ninth Ave., between Little W. 12th and W. 13th Sts., around 4:30 a.m. on Sun., Mar. 10, during which time he also reportedly began masturbating publicly. To cap it all off, the officers said that Begley also walked up to a group of young women while swinging his member, and said, “You know you want this!” Begley was charged with public lewdness.

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Candidates oppose pier housing Continued from page 4 there, and is “not ruling it out yet.” Meanwhile, in response to a query from The Villager, two of three declared candidates for City Council in District 3 who are running to succeed Quinn weighed in on residential use in Hudson River Park. “Pier 40’s open space and recreational ball fields are an invaluable asset for our communities,” said Corey Johnson. “Community Boards 2 and 4 rank 58th and 59th out of 59 community board districts in the city as it pertains to public, open park space. We are park-starved. Open public space and recreational fields should be increased on Pier 40 and throughout the entire length of the park from the Battery to 59th St. “Whatever happens at Pier 40 should bring revenue to the Trust and should have the least amount of negative impact on the park with regard to traffic,” Johnson said. “I do not believe that building residential development in the Hudson River Park is the solution to helping the Trust get on firm financial footing. I am opposed to residential development at Pier 40. Thoughtful consideration should be given to adaptive reuse concepts like that advanced by Douglas Durst, whose commitment to the park cannot be questioned. “It is my hope that we as a community can come together and work toward an achievable goal through an open, public process that pre-

serves Pier 40 and the entire park,” Johnson said. At a candidates forum at The Players Club on Tuesday night hosted by the League of Independent Theater, City Council hopeful Yetta Kurland reportedly said — unprompted — that, if there is to be housing at Pier 40, then it should include artists housing. The next day, Kurland told The Villager, “I am greatly concerned about the development of Pier 40. The primary focus for Pier 40 must be to refortify the infrastructure to preserve and protect the parkland and ensure it is a vibrant public space for the community. “It appears that there will be development on Pier 40 and that it may be residential, which I oppose for a number of reasons that Deborah Glick has eloquently articulated,” Kurland said. “But in the event the plan goes through with residential housing, I will work to create affordable and middle-class housing that will reflect the needs of our community and could include artists housing. Conversely, if Glick’s plan goes through and there is commercial space, I will work to create a community-based venue for artists to utilize.” Alexander Meadows, another Council District 3 candidate, said, “Developers often promise the sun, the moon and the stars, but rarely do they deliver for the surrounding community. As the next councilmember from the West Side, I will fight tooth and nail to ensure that our precious parklands are not invaded by irresponsible overdevelopment.”

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Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire 102nd Annual Commemoration Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Washington Place and Greene Street Please join the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition to honor those lost in the fire and pay homage to the workers’ rights reforms that have become their legacy. Triangle Fire descendents, elected officials, community activists, labor leaders, members of Workers United, and many others will gather for the traditional raising of a fire ladder, laying of flowers, reading of names, and other commemorative activities. All are encouraged to join this powerful yearly remembrance.

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Kurland and Johnson both snag union support in City Council race Two candidates for City Council in the Third District (West Council, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen) recently won dueling union endorsements. On Feb. 26, Yetta Kurland won the unanimous support of the executive board of the New York Metro Area Postal Union — the largest local in the American Postal Workers Union. “Yetta Kurland is the kind of person we need to have in elected office,” said the local’s president, Jonathan Smith. “Her experience as a civil rights attorney means that she knows the struggle of the poor, the disenfranchised and the middle class. Yetta fights the good fight with everything she has, and understands the power of working in coalitions with community groups and labor.”

New York University’s Office of Government & Community Affairs and Lois Rakoff, Community Director of the Poe Room, announce:

Open call tryouts for the Poe Room Event The Poe Room event is seeking creative submissions to showcase the life and work of Edgar Allan Poe. Community members are encouraged to audition for the chance to illuminate Poe’s life through media such as dance, drama, music, painting, sculpture, magic, readings, performance art, and other forms of expression. All ages are welcome to submit work on a rolling basis until Monday, March 25. Contact Arlene Peralta at 212.998.2401 or arlene.peralta@nyu.edu. And save the date for the Poe Room event:

Friday, April 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm NYU School of Law, 245 Sullivan Street Furman Hall, Room 216 Reception to follow in the Poe Room The Poe Room event is a partnership between NYU and the community. The event is free and open to the public. Visit OGCA on the web for details: www.nyu.edu/ogca Image courtesy of Alicia B. Lim, produced for a previous Poe Room Event

On Tues., March 11, Corey Johnson won the endorsement of SEIU 32BJ, the country's largest property service union, which represents 70,000 New Yorkers. Johnson was one of 30 City Council candidates endorsed by the union, including Councilmember Rosie Mendez, who is up for re-election to a third term. “All of these candidates have demonstrated a deep commitment to the working people of our city,” said Hector Figueroa, 32BJ president. “Now more than ever New York City needs real champions of working families who will stand up to special interests who would deny workers good jobs that will bring them solidly into the middle class.”

How to get rid of the fungus among us from the hurricane By Heather Dubin Mold removal might top your spring cleaning to-do list if your home or business was flooded by Hurricane Sandy. With warmer temperatures on the horizon, Graffiti Community Ministries, a Baptist church on E. Seventh St., held a mold-awareness and cleanup seminar on Monday night March 4. Put together by the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, and the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the event drew about 15 people, who learned how to identify mold, and safely get rid of it. “If you can’t see it, go by smell,” said Andrew McCartor, a regional program director for Blacksmith Institute, who specializes in environmental health training and led the session. He instructed locals to follow their nose to a “musty, like an old towel, distinct dank earthy smell,” to find the culprit, which could be hidden between pieces of material. “Mold can eat glue,” he added. A telltale visual is a fuzzy material or discolored walls and ceilings. Mold buries its roots into materials, and once it grows stems, spores are released from the seedpod. “That’s what we are worried about,” said McCartor. While mold only thrives in damp conditions, if it’s in a basement, and a door opens to a living room, the spores will travel upstairs. Its adverse effects include: breathing difficulties, cold symptoms, a cough, or wheezing. Pets are equally susceptible. “Dead and dry mold is just as dangerous as live growing spores,” McCartor explained. “It’s a health hazard to you.” The bottom line — get the mold out. To do this, McCartor outlined a five-step process. First, “muck-out,” or remove everything from the flooded area that isn’t stone, concrete or part of the structure. Next, gut: Take away any wet or damaged building mate-

rials, like drywall and paneling. Then, clean all mold and mud, top to bottom. Follow by drying with dehumidifiers in the middle of the room, elevated if possible, and windows closed. Use fans to blow air out to create a low-pressure situation. Finally, rebuild. He discussed how to use safety equipment for cleanup — such as an N95 respirator, a protective suit, gloves, brushes, soap, towels and safety glasses — and attendees received a free bag filled with these items. “Tape up your suit if it’s too big so you won’t rub up against mold,” he noted. “And take off the suit in the basement or outside when you’re done.” Clear plastic sheeting in doorways prevents contamination, reduces air flow and lowers spore count. Also, use a HEPA vacuum. Locals were advised to use soap and warm water on mold instead of biocides. “It’s good enough,” McCartor said. “You don’t have to kill it, you have to just remove it.” A mold seminar offered at the church on Nov. 5, led by Hurricane Katrina recovery workers, recommended ShockWave, an E.P.A.-registered disinfectant, for removal. However, McCartor explained, “There were health concerns about untrained people using it [biocides] incorrectly and hurting themselves.” If you use a contractor for the cleanup, do your research. “There is no certification for contractors dealing with hurricane removal here,” McCartor pointed out. See if the contractor has worked in your neighborhood, if clients were happy, and ask for a detailed plan. To check your own handiwork, use a moisture meter, a handheld device to gauge fungal growth. There will be 15 to 20 training sessions for New York area neighborhoods that were flooded. A community disaster relief, muck-out and mold-training seminar will be held at the Graffiti Church on Mon., March 18, at 7 p.m.

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No watering it down, we have to beat back fracking TALKInG POINT By Brad Hoylman Almost exactly four years ago, Community Board 2 held a forum on high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Few people had any idea what it was, but true to form, Villagers showed up en masse and quickly became vocal participants in the discussion. I was chairperson of the community board at that time and I remember many of the questions that were asked. What is hydrofracking? What chemicals does it use? Is it safe to blast these chemicals into shale that could leak into watersheds? Why doesn’t the federal government regulate hydrofracking under the Clean Water Act? Years later, we now know that there are no satisfying answers to these questions, or to the dozens of other questions that have arisen as catastrophes associated with natural gas drilling have occurred throughout the nation. In fact, many believe — and I agree — that hydrofracking is the most significant threat to our environment and our public health in decades. From flammable tap water to poisoned farm animals to ravaged rural communities to manmade earthquakes, the impacts of hydrofracking are becoming widely known thanks to films like “Gasland” and the work of environmental groups like Riverkeeper. Fast-forward to early 2013. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, which is charged with determining whether to

permit hydrofracking in our state and, if so, how to regulate it, has received a record 74,000-plus comments on its draft environmental impact study. The previous record was held by a proposal to expand of a cement plant in Albany County, which had garnered a paltry 800 comments. (The cement plant expansion was approved.) Of course, not all of the comments on hydrofracking are in opposition. But the momentum in our state is clearly against rushing ahead with this questionable method of drilling, as local governments, landowner coalitions, small businesses, university scientists, environmental advocates and concerned citizens have expressed deep concerns about its potential impacts. Remember: When C.B. 2 held that forum, New York State was preparing to follow the lead of other states and permit hydrofracking under existing — and woefully inadequate — regulations. Now, heeding the call of countless New Yorkers, Governor Cuomo is leading the country in providing time for the most robust review of the health and environmental impacts of hydrofracking conducted by a government agency to date. Recently, his administration let a deadline expire for finalizing regulations because its health impact analysis was not complete, thereby restarting a significant component of the public review process. I am proud that our state and our governor have demonstrated independence from the oil and gas industry. Indeed, on March 6, the New York State Assembly voted to approve a twoyear ban on hydrofracking with the support of

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local Assemblymembers Dick Gottfried and Deborah Glick. It’s a testament to New Yorkers’ activism on the issue, including hundreds upon hundreds of town meetings, rallies and visits with public officials across the entire state — and yes, here in Manhattan, too. This work is all the more important because no elected official

I believe that hydrofracking is the most significant threat to our environment and our public health in decades. can take on special interests without the strong support of their constituents. The issue of hydrofracking particularly resonates with me because of my background. I’m originally from West Virginia, a state that permitted energy companies to use untested and unsafe methods to extract coal as an economic development tool. The results, as many know, have been calamitous. Mountaintop-removal mines in West Virginia and surrounding states have demolished an estimated 1.4 million acres of forested hills, buried roughly 2,000 miles of streams, poisoned drinking water, and literally wiped entire towns from the map. Parts of New York where hydrofracking

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would occur, just like West Virginia, are in dire economic circumstances and hydrofracking is seen as a way to address the high unemployment rate. But at what cost to our environment and the health and safety of our water supply in the long run? Before we can answer this crucial question, we need the facts. First, the State Department of Health must make its health impact study of hydrofracking available for public review. Second, we need to see the Department of Environmental Conservation’s next set of proposed regulations. Will they protect all water sources, including private wells, and address the cumulative impacts of multiple wells in a given area? Will the regulations ban the use of certain toxic chemicals in fracking fluids, some of which are known carcinogens? What are the plans for wastewater treatment to handle the unprecedented quantities of toxic flowback? Will local governments have the right to say “no” to drilling companies? All of these questions require detailed answers. Until then, I’m extremely skeptical that we can ever safely regulate hydrofracking. Notwithstanding any short-term economic benefits from hydrofracking, that is why I’m cosponsoring legislation that would ban it throughout the state. As a great New Yorker and early environmentalist, Theodore Roosevelt, once said, “The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem it will avail us little to solve all others.” Hoylman is state senator for the 27th District

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High noon at high court About two weeks from today, the U.S. Supreme Court will be concluding oral arguments on two major marriage equality cases On March 26, the federal lawsuit challenging the Defense of Marriage Act filed by Village resident Edie Windsor — assessed more than $360,000 in federal estate taxes after her spouse Thea Spyer died in 2009 — will be heard. Windsor’s attorneys at the American Civil Liberties Union will be opposed by Paul Clement, a private attorney representing the so-called Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the House of the Representatives, which is controlled by Republican Speaker John Boehner. BLAG stepped into the DOMA litigation in 2011 after the Justice Department determined the 1996 law is unconstitutional. It was, in fact, the Obama administration that asked the high court to take up the case to settle the question of DOMA’s constitutionality. The Justice Department filed a brief in the case, arguing that laws treating gay and lesbian people differently should be subjected to the most searching form of judicial scrutiny — one that requires a showing of a compelling public purpose served, in narrowly tailored fashion, by the distinction. Viewed in that light, D.O.J. argues, DOMA cannot possibly survive. BLAG’s argument that the purpose of marriage is to promote responsible procreation by heterosexuals, the administration asserts, does not even meet minimal judicial standards of being rational. Arguments against DOMA may find a receptive ear among some of the court’s conservatives. The law was the federal government’s first significant legislative incursion in history into regulating marriage, something traditionally reserved for the states — so long (like in the case of the Supreme Court’s 1967 ruling on interracial marriage) as minimal federal constitutional guarantees are protected. Should the high court, or a few conservatives on it, conclude the federal government overreached in enacting DOMA, the victory should go to Windsor. Liberals on the court are likely to agree with the A.C.L.U.’s assertion that even the most lenient scrutiny of the 1996 law would find no constitutionally valid reason for its enactment. The issue of what level of scrutiny federal courts apply to sexual-orientation discrimination claims may have greater impact on the resolution of the other marriage equality case — the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) challenge to California’s Proposition 8. At the district court, AFER won a sweeping victory that found that samesex couples have a federal constitutional right to marry. The Supreme Court could conceivably uphold that finding even while applying the most lenient form of review. In 1996, it struck down a Colorado voter initiative that denied gay and lesbian couples the right to enact nondiscrimination laws. Such a victory for AFER would restore marriage equality to California without confronting the bigger questions of a federal constitutional right to marriage. AFER, of course, is aiming higher, with arguments that could provoke a bigger victory. The court might conclude that any state that gives couples all the rights and benefits of marriage, but denies them access to marriage itself — as California with its existing domestic partnership law and the seven other domestic partnership / civil union states do — is acting unconstitutionally. Or the court could wipe the whole issue off the table by embracing the sort of sweeping ruling AFER won at the district court. The arguments will be over on March 27, but the suspense could last through the end of June. Come what may, this is certainly among the most profound moments in the history of L.G.B.T. rights in America. This editorial is reprinted from Gay City News, a sister publication of The Villager and East Villager.

letters to the editor Trust needs new leadership To The Editor: Re “Pier 40 reality” (editorial, March 7): This was a well-written editorial that really synthesizes what has been happening. I’m glad The Villager and our local politicians have taken a firm stance against residential development in Hudson River Park. I am totally opposed to this desperate solution. I’m stunned Madelyn Wils of the Hudson River Park Trust would be in favor. The Trust needs new leadership. Kate Walter

Killing the golden goose To The Editor: Re “Pier 40 reality” (editorial, March 7): As a Tribeca parent whose family makes regular use of Pier 40, I strongly recommend that any communication from you and your staff on the topic of Pier 40 point out the fact that Pier 40 generates a massive amount of money each year — more than enough to keep up with its own needed repairs — which the Hudson River Park (Dis-) Trust has year in and year out drained away for other uses, ignoring the physical depletion of the very structure that generates much of the Trust’s own yearly budget. This calculated and cynical killing of the golden goose is reprehensible, and those overseeing Pier 40’s slow ruin should be called onto the carpet for their Tammany Hall scheming. Please give the Trust the message loud and clear — they and their real estate developer friends are greedy crooks, pure and simple. P.S., I should first have said a big “thank you” for your perspective on this issue and for publishing the piece in the first place. So, thank you!

The Villager editorial “demonstrates that while I have been a leader on a commonsense approach to Pier 40 and the Hudson River Park, I am hardly alone in my opinions, as a recent New York Times article might have led you to believe.” So it’s all about her and her staunch stance against housing. That’s defense, not offense. This is exactly what the problem is for so many of us who also categorically reject housing and have never wavered on that point. We don’t see a “leader on a commonsense approach” — we see only a “defender against an undesirable approach.” Great, we agree we’re not for housing — what next? With no money for repairs, no tax plan, no alternative ideas, or even a search for alternative ideas coming out of Glick’s office, where does that leave us? In my opinion, Glick is holding onto Pier 40 like it is a political and rhetorical lifeboat, a remnant of a ship long ago sunk by the creation of the Hudson River Park Act. It’s as if her ideological victory and legacy are more important than a robust community process and creative solution. If she is going to deny change then she must be the individual most out in front of this problem. It has to be item No. 1 on her agenda, coming up with money or ideas for a solution, guiding or hand-holding good ideas through to an R.F.P. (request for proposals). In all this time, this has yet to happen. Regarding the debate about whether or not the pier is threatened — and outside of the Hudson River Park Trust’s rhetoric, the clock is definitely ticking — we must err on the side of the pier’s being genuinely at risk, as evidenced by visible and dangerous deterioration. Both Glick and The Villager have gone too far in suggesting that there be any relaxing of the presumption that Pier 40 is in imminent danger. There is conflict ahead; let’s not be coy about the continued difficulties inherent in the park act. Charrette? Let’s go. Maybe there’s a safe space at Pier 40 where it can be held. Patrick Shields

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To The Editor: Re “Bialystoker backers praise historic home at hearing” (news article, Feb. 21): Of all the neighborhood news in The Villager and East Villager, what is most interesting for me is reading about our historic buildings and the efforts to landmark and preserve them. Terese Loeb Kreuzer’s article on the Bialystoker

To The Editor: Re “Pier 40 reality” (editorial, March 7): The latest e-mail blast from Assemblymember Glick has quickly seized upon The Villager editorial as proof of mandate, when that is far from the case. She says that

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Why is funding the Hudson River Park so contentious? TAlKinG PoinT By tom foX The effort to build Hudson River Park began in 1992 when Governor Mario Cuomo and Mayor David Dinkins accepted the recommendations of the West Side Waterfront Panel, signed a memorandum of understanding (M.O.U.) establishing the Hudson River Park Conservancy and pledged $100 million each to the construction of the park. The Concept and Financial Plan was completed in 1995, the Hudson River Park Act was signed into law in 1998 and the Hudson River Park Trust was formed to continue the work of the Hudson River Park Conservancy. But a strange thing happened along the way. The funding formula recommended to create the first park capable of sustaining its own operation and maintenance was scaled back drastically. However, the concept of a self-sustaining park continued to be a political imperative; even if securing the needed funding wasn’t. As initially planned, the city and state would fund the construction of the park. That $450 million-to-$500 million investment would result in the appreciation of the adjacent inboard real estate within three blocks of the park, generating new tax revenues. A portion of this new tax revenue would then be dedicated to maintain and operate the park, along with the revenue from three “nodes of development” and commercial maritime and recreational activities in the park. Commercial activities in the park were minimized so as not to compete with local neighborhood merchants on the other side of the highway. But the city and state never set up a mechanism to capture the increased tax revenues from the adjacent real estate. They failed to redevelop Pier 40 for more than 20 years and let that facility deteriorate. Worse, they’ve just about abandoned their responsibility to complete construction of the Hudson River Park or secure the funding stream required for park maintenance and operations. This has forced the Trust’s board and staff to scramble for capital and operating funds and has encouraged fighting among local neighborhoods over limited resources.

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A graphic on the screen at the start of the Feb. 28 Community Board 2 forum on Pier 40 and Hudson River Park made it clear that right now is a key moment for both the pier and park.

With minimal state involvement, the city’s Economic Development Corporation has effectively taken over the Hudson River Park Trust. The divide-and-conquer strategy seems to be working. In this upside-down world, a lifelong park activist running a local nonprofit is lobbying the government to support residential development in the park — surprisingly advocated for by the park act’s co-sponsor, Assemblymember Richard Gottfried — while real estate developers are fighting against it. One reason is that the state obviously has other priorities. Pataki appointed one

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state representative to the Trust Board, Elliot Spitzer appointed the other and one seat is vacant. The state Department of Environmental Conservation and the commissioners of the city and state Parks departments serve on the board as exofficio members, but the state contribution to the park has dwindled to a trickle in recent years. With minimal state involvement, the New York City Economic Development Corporation has effectively taken over the Trust. Robert Steel, deputy mayor for economic development, is the vice chairperson of the Trust’s board of directors. Madelyn Wils, the Trust’s president, was executive vice president at E.D.C. before leaving to head the Trust in 2011. The Trust’s new chief financial officer, Dan Kurtz, hired last year, is a former E.D.C. vice president. The Trust’s difficulty finding funding is curious given the fact that two major West Side rezoning efforts adjacent to the park (Hudson Yards and Hudson Square) have been approved by the city without making any financial contribution to the park. Yet both developments expect the park to pro-

vide required public open space for their new residential populations. It’s even more curious when you consider that in recent years the city has practically thrown money at other city/ state park projects and taken over those projects by establishing new city-controlled public authorities to replace state development agencies. The city pledged $55 million in new funding to the Brooklyn Bridge Park, and committed to complete this $350 million project without state support. The city also assumed complete responsibility for the redevelopment of Governors Island, and committed $260 million in new funding to the creation of that park. Why then is the Trust’s board of directors having such a hard time getting the city or the state to support the park? Diana Taylor, the chairperson of the Trust’s board for the past six years, has been on the board since 1999. She is an expert in banking and finance and has access to decision makers at the highest levels in the state and city government. During her tenure as chairperson, the West Side rezoning efforts received city approval and the city took over both Brooklyn Bridge Park and Governors Island. Yet, the Trust has had increasing financial problems and a second failed request for proposals (R.F.P.) for the redevelopment of Pier 40. Is the city setting the Hudson River Park adrift? If so, why, especially given the park’s incredible contribution to the redevelopment of the entire West Side? Is it to create a rationale for residential development in the park? Or is the city bound to repeat history and let West Side property values plummet as a result of an underfunded and neglected waterfront? Fox was a citizen appointee to the West Side Task Force in 1986; a citizen appointee to the West Side Waterfront Panel from 1988-’90; the first president of the Hudson River Park Conservancy (which completed the Hudson River Park’s concept and financial plan) from 1992-’95; a member of the Hudson River Park Alliance (which supported the Hudson River Park Act, creating the park) from 1996-’98; and a board of directors member of the Friends of Hudson River Park until 2011.

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Ric Menello, 60, starred at dorm before film fame oBiTuARY By alBert amateau Memorial candles were burning in front of New York University’s Weinstein Hall on University Place last week in impromptu tribute to a man who worked as a desk clerk in the student residence in the early 1970s. Although he was not a household name, Ric Menello, who died at the age of 60 after a heart attack near his home in Brooklyn on Fri., March 1, was influential in MTV and films. He was a scriptwriter and co-director with Def Jam founder Rick Rubin of the Beastie Boys’ legendary 1984 music video “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party).” Menello’s accomplishments include the script for the 2008 Joaquin Phoenix/Gwyneth Paltrow film “Two Lovers” and the script for another Joaquin Phoenix movie, “Low Life,” due for release soon. But among N.Y. U. alumni who lived at Weinstein Hall 40 years ago, “Mr. Ric” is remembered as a beloved friend and mentor who presided over the midnight shift of the front desk of the residence on University Place at Eighth St. Tom Goodkind, a Tribeca resident and Community Board 1 member who shared Weinstein desk duties with Menello from 1972 to 1974, recalled the man who became a beloved legend.

Ric Menello left an indelible impression as a desk clerk at Weinstein Hall in the early 1970s.

“He managed the crazy goings-on at Weinstein from the desk,” Goodkind recalled. “He got to know residents like Rick Rubin of Def Jam and Chris Columbus, who became a Hollywood star,” said Goodkind, who leads the TriBattery Pop band, which has been giving concerts for the past 10 years. “Mr. Ric was like a Beatnik, 20 or 30 years later. He knew everyone and became sort of a legend,” said Goodkind, a 1976 N.Y.U. graduate.

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Scores of friends paid tribute to Mr. Ric on Facebook. “Even in a bunch of really smart, funny, unique people, Ric stood out. I learned a lot from him just standing in front of the desk listening to him talk. He always made me crack up and he taught me a lot,” wrote Danny Sage. “I loved him like a dad and he didn’t yell at me when I got in at 3 a.m. xoxo Mr. Ric,” wrote Francesca Ortiz.

Gil Kaufman, in an online MTV News obituary, said Menello was “one of the most influential visionaries behind the emergence of commercial hip hop in the 1980s.” Kaufman went on to say, “Ric was amazing and the kind of insane that we love, the kind of insane that changes the world.” The Ditmas Park Corner, an online newsletter for the Brooklyn neighborhood where Menello lived for the past decade, said he was raised in Brooklyn, earned a degree from N.Y.U. and became the midnight desk clerk at Weinstein while doing graduate work in cinema studies. He became a familiar figure in Vox Pop, a Flatbush cafe that closed in 2010, and frequented Sycamore, a Brooklyn florist/bar on Cortelyou Road. In an interview in the online newsletter The Wandering Corpse, Menello recalled the shooting in a photo studio of the Beastie Boys’ 1984 music video. “We almost wrecked the place,” Menello said. “Two older Japanese men came to observe and one of the guys came up to me and said, ‘You are a very great director. Do you also do porn?’ I should have said yes. I could have ended up in Japan doing porn films that get respectable notices in the West,” Menello said. The funeral was on Tues., March 5, at Andrew Torregrossa & Sons, 2265 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn. Friends and neighbors are planning a memorial service at a time and place to be announced.

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too.” One other key piece of the political puzzle is what the city’s labor leaders end up doing in the Democratic primary. For now, most seem content –– even committed –– to holding tight. Quinn scored one early victory, however, when the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, led by Stuart Appelbaum, who is gay and a leading critic of Bloomberg, embraced her candidacy at the end of January. It was Appelbaum with whom Quinn negotiated the living wage legislation, and he is clearly primed to make the progressive case on her behalf. Quinn and her Democratic rivals will appear at a March 20 candidates forum sponsored by the city’s L.G.B.T. Democratic clubs. The forum, at Baruch College’s Mason Hall at 17 Lexington Avenue, starting at 7 p.m., will be moderated by Gay City News.

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Pinter, one of the men arrested and the original organizer of opposition to the practice, told Gay City News at that time, “Christine Quinn’s leadership provided a forum for this rare admission [of errors] by the N.Y.P.D. and the genesis for the positive changes that followed.” Last year, Quinn joined an umbrella group of civil rights organizations in a massive Father’s Day protest against the widespread use of stop-and-frisk tactics in communities of color, even as she showed support for steps Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was making, in his words, “to increase public confidence” in the department in light of the practice. Around the same time, Kelly and Quinn announced new police procedures to deal more respectfully with the city’s transgender community. City Council measures aimed at broader questions of police-community relations have not yet been acted on, but advocates for policing reform recently said they remain optimistic that legislation will advance. Over the past several weeks, Quinn has come under increased pressure to allow Council action on a paid sick-leave bill that would cover most of the city’s private-sector employees. The speaker has argued that ongoing economic sluggishness makes this the wrong time for imposing new burdens on small businesses, a position she stuck to at her campaign kickoff, even though she said she supports “the goal” of the legislation. Congressmembers Carolyn Maloney and Nydia Velazquez were among those at a recent City Hall rally pressing for Council action, framing paid sick leave as an issue that disproportionately impacts women. Feminist Gloria Steinem has said she will withdraw her endorsement of Quinn if the speaker remains an obstacle to the measure, and out bisexual actor Cynthia Nixon endorsed de Blasio, saying her concern over the issue trumps “identity politics.” Despite her critics, Quinn maintains a formidable position in the Democratic race, according to polls. A Quinnipiac University poll conducted in late February said she was leading de Blasio, her closest rival, by 37 percent to 14 percent. A candidate needs to reach a 40 percent threshold to avoid a runoff, so at this moment, the speaker is within striking distance. Still, many political observers agree that it is very early in the race and Quinn might now be benefiting from superior name recognition, an edge that could fade over time. The speaker also leads in fundraising, besting de Blasio by a margin of $6.1 million to $3.5 million as of

the mid-January filing date, though the public advocate out-hustled her by $300,000 in the six-month period ending then. The next filing deadline is March 15. Despite her close ties to Bloomberg, a series of New York Times articles over the past several months have reported that the mayor has cast about for other candidates he would like to see enter the race –– including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Though stories like that provide some embarrassment for Quinn, they may also help her with the Democratic primary electorate. “It helps her, obviously, to get some distance from the mayor,” George Arzt –– who served as press secretary to the late Mayor Ed Koch and now runs a communications and government relations firm ––  said. “If she can say, ‘Have you been reading the newspapers?’ while clearly getting his support, she can bake the cake and eat it,

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Man gets 240 years in East Village hostage incident

An evidence photo from the district attorney shows Steven Johnson’s weapons on the bar at Bar Veloce after he was apprehended.

A samurai sword is displayed in the office of the Manhattan district attorney on Feb. 4, after a verdict was reached in the trial of Steven Johnson. The sword was part of the arsenal Johnson used during his rampage at the bar in 2002.

The plastic ties that Steven Johnson used to tie up bar patrons at Bar Veloce in the June 2002 incident.

Photos by Jefferson Siegel

Ann-Margret Gidley leaving Manhattan Supreme Court last December, after testifying in the trial of Steven Johnson.

By Jefferson Siegel The case of a crime that shocked the East Village more than 10 years ago concluded last Friday in Manhattan Supreme Court when Steven Johnson was sentenced to 240 years in prison for taking hostages at gunpoint in Bar Veloce on Second Ave. Johnson had shot three people and doused 14 others with kerosene, threatening to set them on fire before he was overpowered by two of the bar's patrons. “I wanted to kill as many people as I could,” Johnson told police after his arrest. Around 2 a.m. on June 16, 2002, Johnson confronted two couples near the bar. He demanded one man’s wallet, then shot a man, Jonah Brander of New Jersey. As Brander staggered into the bar, between 11th and 12th Sts., Johnson followed, first shooting into the air before shooting Brander a second time. “White people are going to burn tonight,” Johnson shouted as pandemonium erupted. Many fled the bar. Others running into a back room found themselves trapped. Johnson ordered a woman to bind everyone’s hands with plastic ties. Then he poured kerosene on the terrified patrons. A restaurant owner from next door heard the ruckus and looked inside the door. Johnson shot the man in the wrist. As Johnson flicked a lighter, threatening to set the patrons on fire, two of the place’s waitresses, Ann-Margret Gidley, 23, and Anne Hubbard, 34, both from Manhattan, tackled him. Police arrived and an officer from the Emergency Services Unit shot at Johnson, grazing him in the head, before Johnson was apprehended. Testifying at the trial last December, Gidley cried as she recounted the horror of that night. Prosecutors played a tape of a 911 call from the bar in which Johnson can be heard screaming, “I will start burning motherf-----s, do you hear?”

“That’s when I got really scared,” Gidley recounted, because Johnson told police outside the bar, “Bring us 20 body bags ’cause that’s the only way we’re coming out.” As Gidley crouched by a sink in the kitchen, she saw Johnson momentarily pocket his gun. “I launched myself off the sink as hard as I could and I hit him a couple of times,” she recounted. As Gidley and Hubbard fought Johnson, he fired once, hitting Hubbard in the leg. Johnson’s arsenal that night included three guns, more than 100 rounds of ammunition, a samurai sword, a bottle of flammable liquid and two barbeque lighters. In court last Friday, Johnson launched into a profanity-laced rant, screaming, “F--- you,” and “Suck my d---” at Judge Daniel FitzGerald as the judge imposed the sentence of 240 years. Johnson had used an insanity defense at two previous trials, both of which ended in mistrials. Last month a jury rejected the same defense, finding him guilty on nine charges, including two counts of attempted murder and two counts of kidnapping. “The 15 victims in this case have had to endure years of psychological terror,” Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. said in a statement after the sentencing, praising the victims’ years of perseverance through the three trials. Before his rampage, Johnson was a barber. His most famous client, Jay-Z, once had Johnson play a drug dealer in a music video, “Friend or Foe.” Johnson, who had been diagnosed with AIDS and whose wife had died from the disease three months before his rampage, had a record of arrests for drugs and gun possession. After his arrest, police found a suicide note in his Brooklyn apartment.

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Photos by Clayton Patterson

Defending their homes on E. 13th St.; Homeless on A CLAYTON It was an early summer morning in 1996, and hundreds of police were getting ready to flood onto E. 13th St. between Avenues A and B, above, to evict squatters from several tenements. “We were welded into a building on the north side of 13th St.,” Clayton Patterson recalled of this photo’s vantage point. “Bratton showed up that day,” he said, referring to former Police Commissioner William Bratton. “He was in the huddle. He was there wearing a white, short-sleeve shirt.” To the left in the photo is Sucker’s Hole squat, which sported its own garden. “That was Parker’s building,” Patterson recalled. “Robert Parker lived there. He moved Upstate.” As for the squat Patterson was shooting from, David Boyle originally opened it. To make it harder for police to get onto the block, the squatters had turned over a car, and strewn heavy oil and debris all over the street. Although arrests were made that day, the L.E.S. documentarian and his partner, Elsa Rensaa, managed to slip away. In a scene you probably wouldn’t see today, in 1992 a homeless man slept on a pushcart during the daytime at Avenue A and Seventh St., right, as a police officer wrote up a ticket — not for the homeless guy, but for a parking violation for a car. Today, “You’d get a ticket for the pushcart — ‘Vehicle on the Sidewalk,’ ” the photographer commented.

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Photos by Bob Krasner

Rutherford Chang recorded one of the hundreds of “White Album”s from his collection for a master disc he’s creating.

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By Bob Krasner For a little more than a month, artist Rutherford Chang was the proprietor of an “anti-store.” His project, entitled “We Buy White Albums,” at Soho’s Recess Gallery on Grand St., was the repository for Chang’s collection of copies of The Beatles’ classic “White Album.” Rather than selling the vintage vinyl, however, the artist’s intention was to create a temporary home for his 650 copies of the groundbreaking album, which famously featured an all-white cover — plus, he wanted to add to his collection. Each of the 3 million copies of the album’s first pressing were numbered sequentially. So, it made perfect sense to find them arranged by number in the gallery, in bins like one would find in a record store, as well as displayed on the wall. Chang spent his residency there playing the different copies and recording each spin, with the ultimate goal of pressing his own version. The end result will be an audio collage of at least 200 different copies of the album played simultaneously, compete with skips and scratches. The cover will be a composite as well, highlighting the fact that previous owners had found the need to decorate their copies in various ways.  During the run at Recess Gallery, Chang bought a number of copies of the disc to add to his collection, bringing the total to more than 725. Meanwhile, the gallery became “a sort of a meeting place for collectors,” featuring a mix of many different types of visitors, from

“art people to Beatle obsessives,” the artist said. Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo stopped by to chat and gather info for his Web site, but Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono never did, Chang noted. One could wax on (sorry) for quite a while about the meaning of all this — the ravages of time, the communal experience of a shared cultural artifact, obsession as art. Let’s think for a moment about how a simple idea — a record with an almostblank cover — can still start conversations 45 years after its release. For more information on the project and the upcoming release, visit http://rutherfordchang.com/ .

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Three Rounds of Boxing

Artists and athletes train hard, to fight the good fight BY SCOTT STIFFLER

INTERNATIONAL STREET CANNIBALS PRESENT:

STRIKE! Sat., March 16, 8pm At Gleason’s Gym 77 Front St. in Dumbo, Brooklyn Tickets: $20, $15 for students Proceeds benefit the Gleason’s “Give a Kid a Dream” program For info, call 718-797-2872 Visit streetcannibals.com Also visit gleasonsgym.net

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STRIKE!

Burrowing down to the core of boxing and chamber music’s insular, highly disciplined worlds — then extracting their most dynamic elements — The International Street Cannibals (ISC) are on a focused mission to disrupt convention, challenge assumptions and spark conversation about the rituals that unite performer and audience. Since 2005, the maverick collective of well-traveled composers and instrumentalists have merged their new and classical repertoire with the work of athletes, singers, dancers and videographers — for performances at St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery, the HOWL! Festival, (Le) Poisson Rouge and the Brooklyn anchor location of Gleason’s Gym. There, on March 16, ISC will return to present “Strike!” — a sprawling hybrid of music, dance and sport that takes its audience among the sweet science mecca’s three boxing rings, weight equipment, treadmills and a central forest of well-worn heavy bags that regularly inspire even the most seemingly disinterested to curl their passive digits into a fist and make contact. Short 10 to 12-minute sets of three-minute chamber music works will alternate with nineminute boxing matches of three rounds each. Thematic interludes that involve music and movement will serve as transitions during the 60 seconds of down time between rounds. Boxing is hardly unfamiliar narrative terrain (“Golden Boy” just had a well-received Broadway revival). But ISC founder Dan Barrett sees in Gleason’s an opportunity to strip away the layers that separate artist, athlete and audience — by taking classical music down from its distant proscenium stage and transferring the human drama of boxing from a theater back to its roots. “We love those concert halls that appeal to us in a certain aesthetic way,” says Barrett of the typical chamber music venue. “But often, the aesthetics work in opposition to the acoustics. In the gym — which is a conservatory of this craft — everything, from the lockers to the rules for trainers to the boxing office to the arrangement of the rings, is predicated on the task at hand. It has a lean, exquisite functionality.” So Barrett stages “Strike!” as an upright, moveable event rather than a static one — which makes for a very different experience than sitting in the nosebleed section of a sports arena or left of center in a theater. Mere feet away from the action, you’ll hear the punches landing and the strings being plucked. You’ll see them sweat. “[Bertolt] Brecht had said at one point

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Boxing is an art: Young fighters and seasoned musicians are poised to “Strike.”

Photo courtesy of International Street Cannibals

Unusual match: Cellos and French horns occupy the canvas.

that the audience is to know this is work, not art,” says Barrett. “Art can have quotes around it, and can be an enameling of the truth. The idea of performers being elevated on a stage while the audience sits around them strikes me as a territorial, disempowering approach. It was very revealing that at the first few ‘Strikes,’ our belly dancer went around with Middle Eastern food. There’s no ritual without some sense of coming together. Brecht had argued for this. He wanted the audience to come to the theater with the critical faculty with which they come to a soccer game. Many of our countrymen,

who we denigrate for having short attention spans, are capable of the most nuanced and sophisticated analysis of a sporting event as they observe it. Their enjoyment is commensurate with their appreciation and knowledge of its history, its technical grammar and various attendant details.” No insider knowledge of the often impenetrable worlds of classical music or pugilism are necessary to enjoy “Strike!,” Barrett assures — but he does hope that by merging these two seemingly distant forms of expres-

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When brutality is an entitlement D.B. Sweeney creates drug-addled prisonguard with an unexpected tender side FILM K-11

Directed by Jules Stewart Breaking Glass Pictures Opens March 15 Cinema Village 22 East 12th St. cinemavillage.com

BY Gary M. Kramer The prison drama “K-11” gets its name from the LGBT unit of the Los Angeles county jail — “a sanctuary for broken toys” cracks one character. This is where Raymond Saxx, Jr. (Goran Visnjic), a straight man, finds himself incarcerated after being accused of homicide. Raymond is too drugged up to recall the circumstances of the crime. As he sobers up, he must navigate K-11’s power structure in his quest to recover his freedom. The cell is run by an inmate named Mousey (Kate del Castillo), a transgender queen bee. She is in cahoots of sorts with Sergeant Johnson (D.B. Sweeney), a corrupt, drug-fueled guard who is in love with her. Sweeney and del Castillo steal the film, sinking their teeth into their juicy roles. On the phone from Los Angeles, Sweeney spoke about making “K-11” and playing a violent, drug-abusing sexual predator. “It’s always a fun challenge to play someone different from you,” he said. “I’ve never had any problems with drugs. The drugs cloud his judgment, but he is a cunning character who is able to get ahead.” Johnson works things to his advantage throughout the film. He “buys” Raymond

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Kate del Castillo and B.D. Sweeney in Jules Stewart’s “K-11.”

for his unit, and there is a suggestion that the officer has designs on the hunk. “K-11” drips with erotic tension whenever Johnson hints he will use sexual dominance to control the male and transgender inmates. “It comes down to entitlement,” Sweeney said in explaining his character’s motivation. “Sergeant Johnson decided that because of all his experiences and all the wrongs committed against him, he will take everything he can.” The actor talked about visiting the actual K-11 unit in the LA County jail system and meeting young officers horrified by what they witnessed. “It’s interesting that it’s a mandatory first stop for cadets out of the academy, but Johnson who gets there can’t leave,” he said. “This is a guy very comfortable in a hellish environment.” The actor admitted he’s had a couple of

brief brushes behind bars himself. “I have been arrested when some barroom situations that have gotten out of hand — but just for a night or a couple of hours,” Sweeney said. “That’s a real ‘come to Jesus’ moment. I wouldn’t want to be in jail. It’s a deterrent when you get those handcuffs on — it’s a whole other level of correction.” Sweeney explained that he based his character’s thirst for power on “authoritarian people, like a TSA agent or security guard, who always wants to demonstrate their petty authority.” Johnson doesn’t like not getting his way; he scuffles with inmates who cut in on his drug business and he also experiences meltdowns. “When you push them, they get whiny,” Sweeney said of people like Johnson. But Johnson has a tender spot for Mousey, whom he sees as his girl. Sweeney described their relationship as that of Prince Charming and Snow White; Johnson buys her shoes off the Internet, among many favors. Still, the complex sexual politics of their relationship — in a prison setting, of all places — are not addressed. “The nuts and the bolts of it — so to speak — aren’t an issue,” Sweeney said. ”He’s so bought into Mousey the woman that he doesn’t think about it that much.

He accuses and uses everyone, including Mousey, but he has a sincere and deep love for her.” A critical scene in which Johnson and Mousey engage in erotic asphyxiation sex was a challenge the two actors surmounted with aplomb. “I met Kate once before filming, and that scene was the first thing we filmed,” Sweeney recalled. “We just dived in and did it. Kate was great and made me feel comfortable and dark and violent and emotional. If that were the first day with some actors I’ve worked with, we would never have gotten the scene. Kate made it happen. I didn’t remember what happened during filming, and when I saw it, it was fun to watch it. It was like watching someone else in the movie.” The actor transformed his look for he role, sporting a mustache and even a Hitlerish haircut. “I’m not interested in playing Hitler, but he was an inspiration for evil and for Johnson’s mustache,” Sweeney said. “A lot of guards have mustaches.” Johnson’s appearance was a source on debate on the set, the actor admitted. “Jules [Stewart, the director] wanted Johnson to have a puffy drug look,” Sweeney said. “I wanted to make him more emaciated like a meth addict. It was an interesting choice to make his clothes too tight.” Playing Johnson as an over-the-top figure was fun for Sweeney, but he recalled fondly his key role in the fine 1999 independent queer film “The Weekend.” In that drama, he was Tony, a man whose lover, friends, and family members gather on the anniversary of his death. “I really liked it,” Sweeney said. “I got to work with Brooke Shields and Deborah Kara Unger. Brian Skeet [the director, who adapted Peter Cameron’s novel] was a good friend. It was a great opportunity to spend idyllic time and that character was interesting. He’s so much kinder than me, and understanding — almost Christ-like. It made me think what parts of me are pure and good and bring them out.” Sweeney is just as memorable playing the evil, drug-addicted, and frankly pretty queer Sergeant Johnson in “K-11.” He takes praise for his performance in stride, though, taking pains to point to performances he admired in other prison dramas. “I really like ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’ and ‘Birdman of Alcatraz,” he said. “But ‘Papillion’ is my favorite.”

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Just Do Art!

KGB SHOW

Liliana Velasquez and former Robert Prichard (co-founder of the late, great Allen St. performance lab Surf Reality) produce this new monthly series that takes its name from the venue’s upstairs neighbor — KGB Bar (see kgbbar.com for a schedule of author readings and lit journal excerpts). Your ticket to “KGB Show” lets you knock one back at the bar — after you’ve been stimulated (intellectually and otherwise) by all manner of modern dance, traditional tango, mime, live music, sketch and

BY SCOTT STIFFLER

THE HIDEOUSLY EXUBERANT CATASTROPHICALLY CONSEQUENTIAL BOOK PARTY

He’s not likely to get booked at a twodrink-minimum, brick wall and mic, punchline-happy stand-up comedy club anytime soon. But if he were, Steve Bird would be that guy who compels other hungry comics (hacks and geniuses alike) to drop what they’re doing, hang on his every word and wonder what accident of nature gave him such a disproportionate capacity to mash absurdity, evil, wonder and a faint dash of hope into such a pulpy, addictive cocktail. No need to wait for that theoretical booking at Pete’s Chuckle Cave on Route 1— Bird’s put it all down on paper, for the ages. “The Hideously Exuberant Catastrophically Consequential Book Party” is described by the author as a “Psych Ward Talent Show” with “mingling for the socially awkward and inept.” Bird will read excerpts from “Hideous Exuberance” and serve as emcee, as he introduces performances from other troubled souls you really should get to know: Angry Bob, Audrey Crabtree, Jim Melloan, Brer Brian, Burt Napkins, Maureen Kelly Nolan, Big Mike “Aloysius” Logan, Mike Raphone and Jeff Nichols. FREE. Sat., March 16, from 7-10pm. At 292 Gallery (292 East Third St., btw. Aves.

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solo comedy. The premiere installment is cohosted by Natasha BikiniOff (Velasquez) and Pearl the Mime (Margot Carr), and features performances from Lloyd Floyd, Adam Motta, Victor Varnado and Joseph Mauricio. Thurs., March 21, from 10:30pm to Midnight. At The Kraine Theater (85 East Fourth St., btw. Bowery & Second Ave.). $15 admission includes “one communist drink” at the second-floor KGB Bar. For info, visit horsetrade.info/show/294 or call 212-460-0982.

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Friends of the exquisitely damaged Steve Bird share stage time with the author, on March 16.

C & D). Wine and beverages will be served. Cash only purchase: “Catastrophically Consequential” for $9 and “Hideous Exuberance” for $10 — or both for $10. Content from the books can be found on Amazon, Goodreads.com and Facebook.

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A Brief View of the Hudson is the musical guest, at March 21’s “KGB Show.”

Sunday, March 24, 5pm Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street On Palm Sunday, the GRAMMY®-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra will perform Bach’s monumental St. Matthew Passion, under the direction of Julian Wachner. With its multiple layers of mystical and theological symbolism, the St. Matthew is considered one of the most ambitious musical works of the Western tradition.

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St. Matthew Passion Johann Sebastian Bach

Painting Credit: Crucifixion-it is finished, 2009 (acrylic on canvas), Brintle, Patricia (Contemporary Artist) Private Collection / The Bridgeman Art Library

Premium $60, General Admission $40 at trinityearlymusic.com or 212.866.0468

an Episcopal parish in the city of New York

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‘Buffalo Girls’ documents child boxing Continued from page 17 sion, the uninitiated will come to appreciate how each offers its own virtuosic displays of physical dexterity, alongside the capacity to express a highly individualized style while adhering to strict rules mastered after years of sober dedication to the craft. “Having some background in boxing,” says the man who once worked with legendary trainer Freddie Brown, “I was moved by the idea that one is held rigorously responsible for one’s technical grammar — and if that fails, the results can be rather…severe. Boxing teaches us something about art, which seems to have lost a lot of the technical guidelines that define it.” Asked what performing artists can learn from an athlete’s ability to connect with a crowd, Barrett goes directly to “The Greatest” — Muhammad Ali, who for decades has ranked among the world’s most universally recognized faces (as much for his verbal sparring as his string of victories). “Ali,” argues Barrett, “captures the popular mind because he is lyrical. But we forget that Ali’s greatest strength was his understanding of the necessary use of position, space, angles, application of combination punches…his entire arsenal of offense and defense — and that includes the famous footwork, such as

the Ali Shuffle. We see that as adornment, but it was a functional weapon.” The intangible element of stage presence, says Barrett, is what makes the great ones great — but charisma matters very little if you can’t deliver the goods. You’ve gotta have skills before you can shuffle — and the earlier that foundation is built, the better. “Like the boxer who starts at six or seven,” argues Barrett, “the young violinist starts from an early age, establishing the fundamentals of his craft within which will grow his capacity for enlarging that very technique and, as a consequence, the attendant capacities for expression.” A late-blooming cellist who began his studies at the age of 10 ½, Barrett recalls being “raised within the ferment of the protest folk music and early rock era. This fertilized a love of lyricism, and troubadour sensitivity to an internal storyline. I was trained by my elder brothers, with whom I played bass guitar, on a nightly basis, from ages 9 ½ through 14. So my basis in creating improvisatory music while adhering to a style were understood at a young age.” Assistant Director Chala Yancy (who plays viola in “Strike!”) brings her own form of cross-discipline to the project, having fought in the Golden Gloves, played with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and taught classical music. In collaboration with choreographed

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Twin sisters Teisher (left) and Keisher, at Gleason’s, in front of items from their line of jewelry.

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Stam performs the Wai Kru before a fight as Pet looks on.

works by Megan Sipe and non-staged matches from boxers who range in age from 11 to 17, the ensemble of “Strike!” musicians will perform what Barrett describes as “rich and thematically charged transitions” and stand-alone sets — many of which feature world premiere pieces meant to compliment, contrast, praise and rib the in-ring drama. Of the French horn solo “Full Count,” Barrett says, “I asked John Clark, a 10-time Down Beat winner and a longtime professor at SUNY Purchase, to create an offkilter, cubist version of Wagner’s “Siegfried (Act 2).” The horn call is characterized by wild leaps…something of great machismo. I wanted to satire these old conventions and notions of masculinity. I sent to Megan, the old video of ‘Woolly Bully,’ by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, in which these women are standing around as half statues, half adornment. So in this piece, John will be flanked by a number of women who start to pose in statuesque fashion.” Other compositions include Dan Cooper’s “Soca” (a flute, French horn, bass trombone, violin, cello and double bass homage to Caribbean Soca music), Paul Hindemith’s “Musikstück” (from a song cycle about an imaginary and metaphoric city built and ruled by children) and Barrett’s own “Technical Knock Out.” Every element of the performance, says Barrett, is a variation on the theme of “independence of thought in the face of adversity and opposition,” with many of works dissecting “the primal indignation of boxers who’ve had a tough life. There is something

in personal rage that recognizes the sanctity of the soul and defies violation.”

BUFFALO GIRLS

Whether you’re duking it out ring or just watching, the fight game is a gambler’s dream. “Someone will lose, someone will win,” says a promoter. “People are interested in that,” he asserts…probably for the same reason this plump, seen-in-all maker of matches and shaper of destinies has such a tense, troubled glint in his eye. In the ring, cash is king — and who’s not interested in the drama of a clear-cut decision that ends with money in your pocket or a head full of regret? Profit and pride, in that order, drive rural Thailand’s underground child boxing economy — a desperate method of breadwinning put under the microscope by Todd Kellstein, in his sharply observed, bittersweet documentary. “Buffalo Girls” follows eight-year-old Pet and Stam through the rigors of training, in anticipation of winning their country’s national Muay Thai championship. Along with local village bragging rights, the victor walks away with a cash prize — one that both Pet and Stam’s families have already earmarked for life-changing purposes. No trips to Disney here, folks. These alternately outgoing and shy, deeply spiritual young girls lift weights, do hundreds of sit-ups and run on dirt roads through the serenely beautiful Thai countryside while carrying the burden of a somber focus. Thanks in large part to the film’s moody pace and contemplative bouts of silence, determined looks and childish giggles alike convey a knowing sense that everything is riding on that big win. It’s no wonder. The director tells us, on the film’s website, “Child boxers in Thailand

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At Golden Gloves, tomorrow’s Ali? Continued from page 20 [30,000 of them under the age of 15] sometimes take home more than what a farmer or factory worker earns in a month. Fighting without headgear, there is certainly a physical toll on the children. But in a country where the per capita income is less than 10 percent of that of the United States, there are other harsh realities to consider. The impoverished farming communities of rural Thailand offer few opportunities for people to better their lives, and boxing is one of the few alternatives to the country’s commercial sex trade as a means of escaping the extreme poverty.” “I cannot question the morality of the situation after learning how different the way of life is in Thailand,” says four-time New York Golden Gloves champion and two-time amateur World Champion Keisher McLeod-Wells (now a professional boxer coming off a February 21 win). Keisher, along with her twin sister (filmmaker/actress Teisher McLeod), attended “Buffalo Girls” when it screened as part of November 2012’s Shadowbox Film Festival. Equally conflicted, Teisher says that although it was “disturbing to watch eightyear-old girls fighting to make money for their families, I appreciated the cinematography. It showed how poor Thailand is but, at the same time, was able to capture the beauty that the country offers.” Director Kellstein, who seems locked in his own struggle between neutral observer and social crusader, certainly knows how to work the film’s glaring inconsistencies for maximum effect — eliciting outrage and empathy from the contrast between work and play, extreme poverty and rural beauty and, looming over it all, the rewards of victory vs. the consequences of defeat. While watching the film, Keisher recalls, “I was able to witness the moments of pleasure these families are able to have in a world that is intensely incomparable to the one I know. To see how the audience and family members treated these two girls like true warriors despite their gender was refreshing — but I'm grateful that I, unlike the girls in the film, don’t have to box to

support a family. I’m lucky that I get to enjoy the sport for what it has to offer, which can be confidence, strength and discipline — all external things. I got to compete in the amateurs and travel around to different states and countries with a team of girls without those kinds of worries. That’s why I feel so grateful for my choice to box competitively.” But even though “Buffalo Girls” effectively documents a variety of elements peripheral to the all-important final bout (family history, spirituality), it suffers — if only slightly — from the winner-takes-all narrative so common to tales set in the world of sport. “The director did a great job capturing the competitive moments in the fighting scenes,” says Teisher, who nonetheless adds, “There were moments when I felt the coverage of the competition was a bit one-sided. I would have liked to have seen more corner coverage of the coaching between the losing girl and her trainer. Instead, the film seemed to concentrate more on the winner’s coaching from her trainer between rounds.” A more nuanced approach would have made for a stronger dramatic arc, to be sure — but Kellstein still manages to send audiences out of the theater with a profound appreciation of why these girls fight, along with lingering concern as to what sort of life awaits both winner and loser. “It is difficult to understand the economic circumstances that lead to child boxing,” concludes the filmmaker. “But what now angers me is economic inequalities in the world. These circumstances exist and we should think of ways to make it better for everyone. Not just in Thailand, but everywhere.”

THE 2013 NY DAILY NEWS GOLDEN GLOVES

Having begun on January 30, the field of nearly 600 applicants to the 86th Annual New York Daily News Golden Gloves is well into the process of being whittled down. Far from the prestigious finals at Barclays Center (April 18/19), elimination bouts are currently taking place in athletic clubs, high schools and gyms throughout the metropolitan area. That’s where the real action is, though, and it’s worth negotiation some unfamiliar subway stops and neighborhoods (when you see

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Pet runs 10K after school.

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Back in the day: Max Tassy (left) and Daniel Girace, in a 2011 Golden Gloves 201pound novice bout.

an ambulance parked near a building that looks large enough to host a sporting event, you’re almost there). No way to tell, of course, if any of the fighters will match or surpass the achievements of past Gloves contestants such as Emile Griffith, Mark Breland, Jose Torres, Floyd Patterson, Howard Davis, Riddick Bowe or three-time world women’s light-

weight champ Alicia Ashley. One thing is certain, though: Plenty of young men and women will make their debut or improve upon impressive amateur records — and there’s a good chance some of the names you’ve never heard of today will be the Olympic athletes and professional fighters of tomorrow.

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Publ ic Notice s Notice of Qualification of GATEWAY CENTER PARKING ASSOCIATION, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/07/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/04/13. Princ. office of LLC: 60 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10023. 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. 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, John G. Townsend Bldg., Federal and Duke of York Sts., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/21 - 03/28/2013 THE GRAMERCY CENTRE LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 2/4/13. Office in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC 38 Gramercy Park Apt. 3E New York, NY 10010. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/21 - 03/28/2013 Notice of Formation of Wild History, LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/28/12. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 604 E. 11th St., NY, NY 10009. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/21 - 03/28/2013 Notice of Formation of North 9 Joy LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/6/13. 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 Joy Construction Corp., 40 Fulton St., 21st Fl., NY, NY 10038. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/21 - 03/28/2013 Notice of Formation of New Heights Tech. LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/3/13. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Stanley K. Anderson, 13 Pierson Curt, Mahwah, NJ 07430. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/21 - 03/28/2013 Notice of Formation of Leondari Marine Advisors LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 5/30/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Seward & Kissel, 1 Battery Park Plaza, NY, NY 10004. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013

Notice of Formation of SK Reade LLC, Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 9/21/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Qual. of Village 2 JV SPE LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 12/4/12. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 12/3/12. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. 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: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Qual. of Sydell Freehand Williamsburg LLC, Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 11/13/12. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 11/7/12. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. 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: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Qual. of Altalis Capital Management LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 8/2/12. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 7/19/12. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Sam Elder, 11 E. 86th St., Apt. 2C, NY, NY 10028. 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: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SG@NYC, LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/28/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal address: c/o Stephanie Garcia 1569 York Ave NewYork, NY 10028. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 75 WALL STREET LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/23/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal address: 118 Baxter St 402 NY, NY 10013. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Qualification of HEI Fund GP LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/15/2013. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/02/2013. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 477 Madison Ave. 8th Flr., NY, NY 10022. DE address of LLC: c/o Maples Fiduciary Services (Delaware) LLC, 4001 Kennett Pike, Ste 302, Wilmington, DE. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, of the State of DE, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Qualification of OUT OF EGYPT LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/06/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/22/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Louis R. Piscatelli, Esq., Withers Bergman LLP, 430 Park Ave., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of the State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Qualification of MKP OPPORTUNITY PARTICIPATION FUND LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/05/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/01/13. Princ. office of LLC: 4 World Financial Center, 250 Vesey St., 11th Fl., NY, NY 10080. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, DE, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013

Notice of Qualification of VOYANT CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/04/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/31/13. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Millennium Management, LLC, 666 Fifth Ave., 9th Fl., NY, NY 10103. 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 DE Secy. of State - Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Qualification of SOFT SERVE FRUIT CO LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/01/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/04/10. Princ. office of LLC: 337 Park Ave. South, 5th Fl., NY, NY 10016. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Qualification of Landmark Infrastructure Holding Company LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/28/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/8/10. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, also the registered agent. Principal office: 1700 E. Walnut Ave., Ste. 400, El Segundo, CA 90245. Address to be maintained in DE: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secretary of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Registration of GUSY VAN DER ZANDT LLP Certificate filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/19/09. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to:The LLP, 261 Madison Ave., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10016. Purpose: practice the profession of law. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Formation of AR ROZA FEE LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/2/12. 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 Steven E. Plotnick, 227 E. 58th St., 3rd Fl., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013

Notice of Formation of Roth Group LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/21/11. 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 Steven E. Plotnick, 227 E. 58th St., 3rd Fl., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Formation of ATF COMMODITIES LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/29/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 64 Waterman Ave., Rumson, NJ 07760. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Formation of 426 East 9th LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/24/12. 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 The LLC, 636 Broadway, Ste. 820, NY, NY 10012. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Formation of Eldridge Beaumont LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/1/13. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Andrews Kurth LLP, 450 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Qualification of Zuckerberg Media, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/8/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 5/7/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Jeffrey Paik, Zuckerberg Media, LLC, 960-970 O’Brien Dr., Menlo Park, CA 94025. DE addr. of LLC: National Registered Agents, Inc., 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of Graves, Horton, Askew & Johns, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NewYork (SSNY) on 02/22/12 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: Graves, Horton, Askew & Johns, LLC, 1750 K St., NW, #200, Washington, DC 20006. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Holland Hunt LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/11/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: US Corp Agents, Inc. 7014 13th Ave Ste 202. Principal business address: New York. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 Notice of Qualification of HOSPITAL MEDIA NETWORK, LLC Authority filed with Secy of State of NewYork on 01/28/13. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Connecticut on 5/1/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Avenue, 13th floor, New York, NY 10011. NRAI is registered agent as well. Address required to be maintained in home jurisdiction: 1 Station Place, Stamford, CT 06902. Arts of Org filed with the Secretary of State of Connecticut, Commercial Recording Division, 30 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT 06106. Purpose: Patient room TV advertising. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 NOTICE OF CONVERSION OF Charles, Frederic & Co., LLC Cert of Conversion filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/5/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: The Bank of New York Mellon, Securities Dept., One Wall Street, NY, NY 10286. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF THE ALCHEMY SHOP LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/3/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: 333 E 109TH STR #6C NY, NY 10029. Purpose: any lawful act. 2023960 Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: URBAN KINGS, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/22/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 245 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1001, New York, New York 10016. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 STONE & WILLIAMS PARTNERS LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 12/26/12. Office in NY Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP Attn: Theodore N. Kaplan, Esq., 850 3rd Ave., 14th Fl., NY, NY 10022, which is also the principal business location. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013

800 BP NYC, LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/27/12. 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, 1150 Ave. of the Americas, Fl. 5, NY, NY 10036. General Purposes. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 WINDSOR PARK, LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/19/12. 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, 54 W. 21 St., #905, NY, NY 10010. General Purposes. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 Notice of Formation of One Jewelers LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/7/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Tylan W. Davis, 1050 2nd Ave., #19, NY, NY 10022, also the principal office address. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 Notice of Formation of Re-Inked LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/25/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 225 W. 13th St., NY, NY 10011. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Hunter Gray at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 Notice of Formation of RGN INSTRUMENTS AND COLLECTIBLES, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/29/12. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 1700 Broadway, 39th Fl., NY, NY 10019. 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: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 Notice of Qualification of STAPLE STREET GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES FUND, L.P. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/24/13. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/07/13. Princ. office of LP: 24 W. 40th St., NY, NY 10018. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LP at the addr. of its princ. office. The regd. agent of the company upon whom and at which process against the company can be served is Nasser A. Ahmad, c/o Staple Street Global Opportunities Holdings LLC, 24 W. 40th St., NY, NY 10018. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. DE addr. of LP: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013

Notice of Qualification of YAMPA, L.L.C. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/22/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/18/13. Princ. office of LLC: 350 Park Ave., 11th Fl., NY, NY 10022. 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 DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 NOTICE TYPE: Certificate of Assumed Name Certificate of Assumed Name: KSA RETAIL LLC is doing business as EQUIPMENT; their principal place of business in New York is 80 West 40th St., #40, New York, NY 10018. Business will be transacted at 110 Wooster St., New York, NY 10012. This certificate was filed with the State of New York, Department of State on 12/18/12. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 Notice of Formation of Unit 500, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/19/12. Office location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 62 W. 47th St., Ste. 501, NY, NY 10036. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 Notice of Formation of October Management LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/7/13. 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 Libra Capital US, Inc., 134 E. 40th St., NY, NY 10016, Attn: Bert Diaz. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 Notice of Formation of DANA Building LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/7/12. 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 Naomi Avigdor, 45 W. 85th St., NY, NY 10024. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 Notice of Formation of Valet Parking Services LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/23/13. 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 Icon Parking Systems, 211 E. 38th St., NY, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013

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Trying in many ways to make our community a better place PROGRESS REPORT By MARGARET S. CHIN When I think about progress, I think about the ways that our community can become better — and how we can improve our lives, the lives of our children and those of our neighbors. Over the past year, I have been proud to support a host of programs, progressive legislation, and development opportunities to improve the lives of the residents of Lower Manhattan, and of all New Yorkers. As a member of the New York City Council’s Progressive Caucus, I helped pass our city’s first “Living Wage Law;” participated in the campaign to end the abuse of Stop, Question and Frisk; and I am working to bring paid sick days legislation to New York. In the year ahead, I will continue to work alongside my colleagues to pass the Community Safety Act to ensure that the law is applied equally to all — no matter the color of your skin — and to enhance accountability with the New York City Police Department.

It is imperative that we address climate change and stop the loss of affordable housing in our city. I will also work to build support in our small business sector for paid sick days for workers. Recently, I joined a coalition of Make the Road members and the Working Families Party to support a deli worker named Emilio Palaguachi who was fired after he got the flu. Mr. Palaguachi was fired from his job at Superior Deli, at 280 Henry St. near Grand St., on the Lower East Side after he asked for a day off to go to the doctor. Mr. Palaguachi is the father of four children, and now he is unemployed. We must challenge the notion that middle- and low-income workers are easily replaced and are not entitled to the considerations — like paid sick time — that higher-income workers generally receive. In this economy, it is also important that we work to remove barriers to employment and end discrimination based on credit history. That is why I am a proud supporter of the N.Y.C. Campaign to Stop Employment Credit Checks. I have heard too many stories about employers that have used an individual’s credit history to deny jobs and promotions or to terminate employment. Not only does this practice disparately impact communities of color, but it makes it difficult for anyone who has taken on debt — for example, to go to school or to pay their

medical bill — to find a job. In our drive to create a more sustainable and affordable city, it is imperative that we address climate change and stop the loss of affordable housing in our city. Recently, I attended a forum at Greenwich House’s Center on the Square Senior Center to discuss emergency preparedness with seniors in Greenwich Village. In order to make sure no senior is ever stranded in his or her own home — without access to food, water or medicine — I have submitted legislation to create a voluntary registry for vulnerable residents living in multifamily homes in New York City. This would allow elected officials, community-based organizations and programs like Meals on Wheels, to better assist those who cannot evacuate by stairs in an emergency. In addition, I am participating in the Mayor’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, which will work to develop plans for city agencies to implement, based on lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy and in response to long-term climate change. These plans could include things like solar panels for traffic signals, so that they do not shut down when electricity is lost; better hurricane and evacuation training for CERT teams (Community Emergency

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Response Teams); mobile phone-charging stations; and more timely mandatory evacuation orders. Last year, we suffered a huge blow when the state’s Court of Appeals refused an appeal by the Independence Plaza North Tenants Association of a lower court’s decision that allows landlords at former

Mitchell-Lama developments to retroactively withdraw from the J-51 program by repaying the benefits they have received. In light of this decision, in the year ahead, the fight to expand and protect affordable housing will be even more important. I am proud to have secured 500 units of permanently affordable housing at the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area site, as well as a commitment from the Bloomberg administration to build affordable housing in Community Board 2, on a vacant lot next to 21 Spring St. As your councilmember, the development of more affordable housing and creating opportunities for working families and seniors remains my utmost priority. I hope that I can count on your support in the year ahead, and I encourage you to learn more about the important progressive campaigns in our city by following @ NYCProgressives on Twitter. As always, I am proud to represent the diverse neighborhoods of Lower Manhattan and thankful for the support of so many partners — old and new — who make this the best place to live, work and visit. Chin is city councilmember for the First District

Rezone O.K.’d; Landmark pledged Continued from page 1 Quinn, speaking before Wednesday morning’s Council votes, said, “Currently, there are no height restrictions in the district, which could lead to unwanted skyscrapers. Additionally, the outdated prohibition of residential development has led to little foot traffic on nights or weekends hurting the neighborhood’s small businesses.” The votes by the Council’s Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises and Committee on Land Use, she said, would “help to preserve much of the neighborhood’s beloved character and commercial foundation while also bringing a desired vitality and more open space to attract new residents and businesses.” Trinity Real Estate, the area’s major property owner, was the applicant for the rezoning. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Community Board 2 and Assemblymember Deborah Glick, among others, had lobbied the Council to vote “no” on the rezoning unless the city moved ahead on South Village landmarking. “This is incredibly important progress because clearly the Landmarks Preservation Commission was not moving forward with any more of the South Village Historic District,” said Andrew Berman, G.V.S.H.P. executive director. “The commitment to hear and vote upon more than half of the remaining proposed South Village Historic District before the end of the year will help protect this endangered neighborhood from the increased development pressure it faces from this and other rezonings. However,” he added, “we are very concerned about the lack of commitment on landmarking the southern half of this neighborhood and we will continue to fight to preserve this vitally important area.” In addition, $5.6 million in “mitigation funds” from Trinity, designated for open-space improvements, has now been split

between the Dapolito Recreation Center, at Clarkson St. and Seventh Ave. South, and Pier 40. Separate payments of $2.8 million each will go toward the rec center — allowing it to operate its indoor and outdoor pools at the same time — and toward the pier, to help fix its crumbling roof. Also, the plan O.K.’d by the Council’s Land Use Committee will allow creation of about 130 more affordable units in the rezoning district, for a potential total of more than 600. Trinity additionally has agreed to construct new recreation spaces for community use at the site of a 444-seat elementary school it plans to build at Duarte Square, in the base of a new residential tower. According to David Gruber, chairperson of C.B. 2, these new spaces will include a 7,500-square-foot, N.C.A.A. standardsize, double-height gym for basketball and other sports and a 2,100-square-foot “flex area.” These facilities will be open to the community during non-school hours, weekends and holidays. Gruber said the hope is for the spaces to be programmed by a third-party operator, similar to, for example, Manhattan Youth. The rezoning, as previously O.K.’d by City Planning, includes a prohibition of new hotels of more than 100 rooms without a special permit. Said Gruber, “We truly thank Speaker Quinn and the Council for forging a true win/win compromise on the rezoning.” Said Glick, “I am pleased that a contribution to Pier 40 can be used toward repair of its roof, which is necessary to preserve the only major playing fields in the park.” Jason Pizer, Trinity Real Estate’s president, said, “Today’s positive action significantly advances the process launched more than five years ago, and we look forward to the rezoning’s final consideration by the full Council.” Ellen Baer, president of the Hudson Square Connection business improvement district, said, “The Hudson Square rezoning will transform our thriving business neighborhood into a 24/7 community.”

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letters to the editor Continued from page 10 Home is eloquently written. At the article’s end, I had tears in my eyes, as did some of those who attended the Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing. The immigrant experience resonates with so many who live here in the East Village. We identify with the historic buildings we pass by every day. Their presence brings back memories of our families who came to this part of New York City from around the world. June Hildebrand Abrams

Bitter feelings about BID To The Editor: Re “Soho BID Showdown” (Scoopy’s Notebook, Feb. 28): Residents don’t want clean streets? Who told the guy this? It will only cost $1? Yeah, right. And with it, ACE and its BIDDERS will gain control of what happens on Broadway in Soho. Sure, residents would have a say... but that doesn’t mean their say would have any impact. Especially with most of the business improvement district board’s members being representatives from large, even international, real estate concerns, plus, sadly, a city councilperson such as Margaret Chin. And with the structure, condo owners (many of them non-New Yorkers whose Soho residences are pied-à-terres) will have more say than those owning cooperatives. Of course, the co-op residents always contributed to ACE. It was these big real estate concerns and the shops that did not, and have deliberately chosen not to step in and clean up the sidewalks in front of them to blackmail us into accepting a BID. It was the residents who stepped into the breach, joined the city’s Adopt-a-Can program and persuaded the Department of Sanitation to add more trash cans to the corners. Broadway’s streets have improved without ACE. There is no need to add part of Soho to the areas covered by these semigovernmental nonprofits. Snoopy [sic] — shame on you. Lora Tenenbaum

Gives Hat another chance To The Editor: Re “Take a bite out of gentrification, eat at El Sombrero (Clayton, Feb. 28): I went there a long time ago. It was O.K. but I’m Chicano, grew up in West Side San Antonio. Now that you mention it, I will stop there and eat. My favorite was when the Mexican

ladies would set up by the basketball courts between Forsyth and Chrystie Sts. Gorditas made with handmade tortillas for $1. Tomas Melchor

NID is working with nabe To The Editor: Re “Is NID really needed, and who asked for it anyway?” (talking point, by Eileen Stukane, Feb. 21): I sit on the Steering Committee of the Hudson River Park NID. I have no problem with the first half of Ms. Stukane’s talking point; it is factually correct, and I thank her for at least getting her facts straight. However, I do have a problem with some of her conclusions. For example, her claim that the “public meetings do not seem to offer a plan in progress but rather, a plan in place” is simply unfair. The current draft of the district plan looks quite different from the original one 18 months ago when I joined the steering committee. During the past year and a half, the steering committee has paid careful attention to all comments and feedback that have been received prior to, during and after the public meetings.  We have analyzed them, debated them and incorporated many of the suggestions into each successive draft of the plan. A case in point are the NID’s current proposed boundaries, which have not yet been finalized mainly because we are still hearing from the community regarding certain pros and cons of different layouts. In short, the district plan, even at this late hour, is still a work in progress. We do hope to finish it in the next couple of weeks since our goal is to submit a finalized version to the city by the end of March. Until then, we welcome any and all comments. Regarding Ms. Stukane’s observation that “the NID Steering Committee... is comprised of 23 members. Of those, 10 are major real estate developers...,” she seems to imply that somehow they are running or controlling the meetings. Having attended every single meeting since I joined the steering committee nearly two years ago, I can assure you that nothing could be farther from the truth.  The real estate developers have always been cordial and professional — but somewhat reserved in their participation. Most of the debating has transpired among the 13 community members. Technically speaking, the community members now have a majority (13 to 10), but we’ve never had to use it because all decisions taken have been unanimous. As for Ms. Stukane’s complaint that “three — only three — residential owners” sit on the committee, let me assure that it’s not from lack of trying. The steering committee reached out to dozens of residential owners, but for one reason or another,

only three decided to join.  Had I known that Ms. Stukane loved the park so much, I would have reached out to her personally. Finally, I disagree with Ms. Stukane’s allegation that the NID is mostly being planned with the input of prominent real estate developers, and that residents are then being informed after the fact. I personally dragged representatives from Friends of Hudson River Park to nearly a dozen well-attended neighborhood and community board events, as well as to oneon-one meetings with individual residents in Chelsea, Clinton and Hell’s Kitchen. The same has been the case with my colleagues on the steering committee who live in the Village and Tribeca. In short, the NID is in fact really needed financially, and it’s the community that is asking for it. Raul Larios

Central Park has no NID To The Editor: The Hudson River Park Trust is a business masquerading as a public park. The people who supported it thought it would be a public park masquerading as a business. I testified against its establishment because I had been a member of a New York State authority board, whose preoccupation was always gaining revenue. Now the Trust has invented a 5-milelong, three-block-wide, permanent tax base masquerading as a “neighborhood.” The justification is an allegation — that the value of property in the “neighborhood” has gone up far more than property slightly further east. Even if the property value has risen slightly more, owners will not only pay higher city property taxes because of the increase in value, they will also pay a NID (neighborhood improvement district) tax. Purchasers since 2005 will have no windfall gains. The property owners surrounding Central Park pay higher property taxes, but no one has suggested establishing a NID for them, or for other public park abutters. Free the Hudson River Park from the Trust! David Z. Robinson

Brain injury: Think about it To The Editor: March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Since 1997, I’ve tackled the ongoing daily ups and downs of my own wholly life-altering traumatic brain injury, caused by Con Edison’s now so-called “stray voltage.” I had been talking on a payphone at Morton and Hudson Sts., when 90 volts of electricity shot through my body; it turned

out the utility had installed a high-voltage vault under the payphone. Many of the symptoms of brain injury are often recognized only by its survivors or the most sensitive care providers. Improved awareness and care may begin by obtaining information from organizations like the Brain Injury Association of America and by encouraging more indepth representation in the media. Phil Vanaria

A.k.a. touché To The Editor: Re “Scene” (March 7): Under the photo by Milo Hess is the caption, “A pigeon seemed to be contemplating the progress of One World Trade Center, a.k.a. The Freedom Tower.” Because “The Freedom Tower” is used only by those who are not in the cognoscenti, why not include “a pigeon, a.k.a. a promiscuous hoochie”? Warren Allen Smith Smith is founder, Philosopedia E-mail letters, not longer than 250 words in length, to lincoln@thevillager. com or fax to 212-229-2790 or mail to The Villager, Letters to the Editor, 515 Canal St., Suite 1C, NY, NY 10013. Please include phone number for confirmation purposes. The Villager reserves the right to edit letters for space, grammar, clarity and libel. The Villager does not publish anonymous letters.

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