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florist injured by drag racer has come out of coma By LINCOLN ANDERSON Mohammed Akkas Ali, critically injured on Wed., June 19, when a drag-racing driver hopped the curb and roared into his East Village flower stand, reportedly has come out of his coma. East Village activist Bill Weinberg posted on Facebook that he stopped by the store early Monday morning and received some encouraging

news. “Just dropped by East Village Farm Grocery and they told me that Akkas Ali has opened his eyes for the first time since the ‘accident,’ ” Weinberg wrote. “[They said] he didn’t talk, but I’ll take what I can get. Thank you, Akkas. We are rooting for you.”

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The cheers were even louder and more passionate than usual at this year’s Pride March after the Supreme Court earlier in the week approved federal benefits for same-sex married couples. See Page 14 for more photos.

durst says nid took a hit, but friends are fighting on By LINCOLN ANDERSON The Friends of Hudson River Park say that reports of the park NID’s death have been greatly exaggerated. However, Douglas Durst, the Friends former chairperson, assured the NID’s definitely not happening — at least not for now. Scott Lawin, the Friends’ vice chair-

person, who is also the chairperson of the NID Steering Committee, told The Villager on Tuesday that the effort to create the city’s first park-focused neighborhood improvement district is indeed now taking a step back, but that this had been the plan even before the State Legislature recently passed a bill allowing the Hudson

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River Park Trust to sell off the park’s unused air rights. “Prior to the legislation being passed, we had already decided we weren’t going to get the NID passed this year,” Lawin said. The initial plan had been to introduce

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Chick-fil-A chief serves up anti-gay marriage tweet By LAEL HINES “It’s almost just funny at this point. I think it’s ironic,” said one N.Y.U. sophomore. The student was referring to the ongoing issue of the Chick-fil-A outlet in the Weinstein Hall food court at New York University. In June 2012, the fried chicken chain’s C.E.O.,

Dan Cathy, made a series of homophobic statements opposing same-sex marriage. Chick-fil-A’s charitable enterprises have also been linked to political organizations that oppose L.G.B.T. rights. Then, last week, after the Supreme Court struck down

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up Renwick St., and then along the sidewalk on Spring St. The “Great Gatsby” star and his dark-haired sidekick came riding slowly down the pavement, swerving while talking to each other, just barely squeezing behind Tumbaco and Soto, without even ringing their bells. At the corner, they hung a left onto Hudson St., where — at last, no longer breaking the rules — they steered their Citi Bikes into the street and used the bike lane. DiCaprio wasn’t wearing a helmet, but instead sported a backwards newsboy cap and shades. They weren’t dressed in spandex or anything for a major workout, but had on normal street clothes. Soto said DiCaprio’s pal, in particular, passed by pretty darn close. “If anything, the friend was right on our tails,” she said. “They probably should have rang their bells, since, let’s face it, they were riding on the sidewalk.” Said Goodstein, “Leo might be H-O-T, but riding a bike on the sidewalk is N-O-T.”

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CLOSES THE DEAL: Congratulations to Colin Gregory, The Villager’s retail ad manager, and Barbara Isaacs, who got married in Stowe, Vermont, on June 14. Isaacs is a retired schoolteacher and financial consultant. They are “living together happily ever after” in Easton, Penn., though somehow Gregory still manages to commute into our office every day. His son, Kyrie, was best man and Andrea Odom, Isaacs’s best friend since high school, was matron of honor. Gregory’s daughter, Amadaline, and Kyrie’s wife, Rachel, witnessed the small wedding ceremony, held at the Green Mountain Inn. The reception will be July 13 in Bethlehem, Penn., at the Best Western Lehigh Conference Center, home of the famous noname bar, where former heavyweight champ Larry Holmes hangs out sometimes.

ROLLING WITH PRIDE: Villager Publisher Jennifer Goodstein, front row, third from left, and NYC Community Media staffers — and the “Kinky Boots” guys — manned the Gay City News truck at Sunday’s Pride March. They handed out thousands of issues of Gay City News, The Villager’s sister paper, to the cheering throngs along the route, many of whom expressed their heartfelt thanks for Gay City News’s ongoing coverage of critical issues affecting gay civil rights, including, notably, Villager Edie Windsor’s recent smashing DOMA victory in the Supreme Court. They also handed out cool rainbow-colored Gay City News rub-on tattoos. Troy Masters, G.C.N. associate publisher, is in front row at far left. Michael Shirey, The Villager’s art director, is in the back row, second from left, and reporter Kaitlyn Meade is in the front row, second from right. District Leader candidate Arthur Schwartz rolled with the G.C.N. crew, too, buying advertising space on the side of the truck.

to be where the action is — was standing near the corner of Spring and Hudson Sts. outside Ellen’s Deli on Monday afternoon, chatting with ad rep Julio Tumbaco and administrative assistant Cynthia Soto, when Goodstein, to her surprise, spotted DiCaprio and a buddy pedaling the distinctive blue bikes the wrong way

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Chick-fil-A chief serves up anti-gay marriage tweet Continued from page 1 the Defense of Marriage Act, Cathy disapprovingly tweeted, “Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies.” The tweet was later deleted. Chick-fil-A’s presence at N.Y.U., in the heart of the historically liberal and tolerant Village, is certainly ironic, many may even say, unfortunate. The main school year is over, but many students are still around for the summer, and more than a few are hungrily chowing down on the politically incorrect pollo. But others have had it with the controversial KFC competitor. “I think it’s pathetic, I think it should be shut down,” said N.Y.U. student Wes Middleton. Two students from Brazil likewise expressed their hostility toward the Chickfil-A. “It doesn’t sound right that in a university with an L.G.B.T.Q. center there is also a Chick-fil-A,” said one of them. His friend commented, “The Chick-fil-A plays against the image of the university. It doesn’t make sense to have a business like that on campus.” Despite the Chick-fil-A president’s conservative views on gay marriage and many students’ issues with that, the chicken outlet in the Weinstein food court remains popular and seemingly unaffected by the hoopla. In a statement, N.Y.U. said, “The university is well known for its strong and

longstanding support for the L.G.B.T. community, and N.Y.U. voluntarily provided partner benefits long before it was legally required. “The status of Chick-fil-A at N.Y.U. has been a topic of discussion in the past because of comments by the company’s leadership. But last year, after deliberating on the matter, the Student Senators Council said N.Y.U. should not consider banning Chick-fil-A because, in the words of their statement, ‘To ban any entity from campus for ideological reasons is, in most every case, to limit freedom of expression.’ That statement expresses the general sentiment of the university community.” In response to the N.Y.U. statement, student Middleton said, “The First Amendment is messy. Yeah, it’s the truth. You know you can’t talk about freedom of speech without allowing Nazis to march down the street in uniform because our laws protect them, too. It’s the same thing with homophobes. “America’s firm policy is people should be allowed to express themselves no matter who they are or what they think.” Apparently, students are just too apathetic to bother about Chick-fil-A’s problematic politics, and are mainly in a hurry to get their chicken sandwiches. “With students, the idea is they are not going to waste their time,” said Middleton. “The Chick-fil-A isn’t hurting anyone within N.Y.U. with their ignorance. Until they start hurting people in some way, people aren’t going to be up in arms about it.” Jessie, another N.Y.U. student, from New Orleans, said, “Most of my friends don’t have an opinion on it. People outside of N.Y.U. create most of the hoopla sur-

Pepe Verde closes on Hudson St., but there’s still Pepe Rosso in Soho By Lael Hines As of Tuesday morning, the cozy West Village Italian restaurant Pepe Verde, at 552 Hudson St., has been replaced by a closed roll-down gate and an “Out of Business” sign. The closure’s exact cause remains subject of speculation. Most locals think it was financial problems or a lease issue — challenges that many small businesses face in the Village. There is a genuine disappointment by neighborhood residents over the unexpected loss of Pepe Verde (“green pepper,” in Italian). A Village resident who gave his name as “Bruce Guitar,” exclaimed, “This place is going to be sorely missed by people in the Village. It’s been here for many years, and it was one of the only places where you could get an authentic Italian meal at an affordable price.” Pepe Verde had a strong connection

with the area. Village resident Spencer, who didn’t give his last name, said, “It was definitely a neighborhood place. During Hurricane Sandy when everything was blacked-out, they actually put out food for everyone in the Village to eat.” Another former Pepe Verde-goer, Olivia, shocked to see the restaurant closed, sadly said this small Italian gem was one of the “staples of the neighborhood.” Despite the disappointment of yet one more small business having closed, another restaurant by the same owner, Pepe Rosso, luckily remains close by on Sullivan St., just south of Houston St. Gianfranco, a manager at Pepe Rosso, said, “We are very sorry that Pepe Verde is closing. People from the Village have been calling our branch requesting deliveries, and of course we will deliver to them.”

rounding it. Most people at N.Y.U. are disenchanted with the level of the administration and they don’t see it worth protesting. Chick-fil-A is low down on the list of people’s priorities.” The resulting question is whether hos-

tilities against the Chick-Fil-A will grow enough to motivate stronger student action. “Not anytime soon,” predicted Middleton. “Maybe eventually — N.Y.U.’s all about change.”

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In the horrific June 19 incident, the white Nissan plowed through the flower stand, critically injuring Muhammed Akkas Ali, before coming to a stop in the crosswalk at E. Fourth St. The driver was taken to the hospital, where he was arrested.

Co-workers: Critically injured florist has come out of coma Continued from page 1 On Tuesday evening, Shaifu Sumon, who works the night shift at the store, told The Villager, that it’s true, Akkas Ali had opened his eyes for the first time “three or four days ago.” However, he added, “But he doesn’t speak.” Last Thursday afternoon, Manan Sath, who works days at the store, told The Villager that one of the grocery’s injured workers had recently been able to leave the hospital, but was only able to walk with the help of crutches. The force of the speeding car, which was reportedly flying at 80 miles per hour, uprooted a fire hydrant and threw it across Fourth St. to the south side of the street. A Muni-Meter was also torn out of the pavement by the speeding car, and a tree was also felled. Bikes chained up to poles were left mangled. In total, three of the store’s employees were hurt when the white Nissan Altima driven by Sean Martin, 32, flew up onto the curb. As for Akkas Ali, 62, the most severely injured of the three, Sath just said his condition was “critical.” Sath said he personally hadn’t been able to visit Akkas Ali at Beth Israel because he was too busy running the store.

However, he said, “All my family members, they have been going every single day” to visit him. Meanwhile, an emergency fund set up to help Akkas Ali, who has a wife and three sons, had 235 donations as of early Monday morning. The fund was set up by Chad Marlow, a Community Board 3 member. Marlow knows firsthand the pain caused by such an accident, since his own father was critically injured by a drunk driver and never fully recovered, devastating Marlow’s entire family. Akkas Ali’s having been in a coma is similar to what Marlow’s father endured. “My dad was in a coma for quite awhile,” he said, “so I think that is not necessarily a bad sign as much as it is a sign of the severity of his injuries.” The C.B. 3 member is also spearheading an initiative for an East Village / Tompkins Square Slow Zone that would implement measures to slow car traffic to create safer streets. Local blog EV Grieve recently reported that the fund for Akkas Ali had raised close to $12,000 from exactly 200 donors, according to Marlow. The fundraiser ends on July 20 and Marlow hopes to raise a total of $100,000. To contribute to the emergency fund, go to  www.giveforward.com/akkasali .

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Cronuts, the inside story: How idea was cooked up By LAEL HINES Every morning, Lin Ha experiences the new cronut edible phenomenon firsthand. “There is a frantic rush for them in the a.m. People are trying to sell them on craigslist or something!” said Lin, who lives near Dominique Ansel Bakery, at 189 Spring St., the crucible of the cronut’s creation. Cronuts of course are the innovative new pastry created by South Village baker Dominique Ansel. In an interview last week, Ansel told The Villager how the pastry’s creation came about. “Every week we gather together for a manager’s meeting, and I try to bring some snacks to inspire the cooks to be creative,” he said. “My team told me they wanted to eat doughnuts one day, but I wasn’t very familiar with doughnuts. I had my first one when I moved to New York eight years ago. “So I took two months and made my version of the doughnut, which I called a cronut, because I laminated the dough and made it similar to a croissant. We had no idea then how popular it would be, and it was just at that time a fun team snack.” To Ansel, the public’s insatiable appetite for the cronut was unexpected. “The reception has been quite unlike any I’ve seen before,” he said. “Every day now we have about 200 people outside the door and everyone is so excited. We have a lot of very sweet stories surrounding the cronut, actually. One man came for a cronut because he wanted to put an engagement ring in it to propose to his girlfriend. Another couple had actually met in the cronut line. In the mornings, when the first person gets the cronut, they often run down the line high-fiving each other. That’s always a fun sight to see.” Consumers’ cravings for the cronut seems nearly unbelievable. Hungry New Yorkers begin lining up in front of Ansel’s bakery between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Yet what is it exactly that makes cronuts so incredibly irresistible? Katie, a local resident and avid baker, offered, “The appeal of the cronut comes from the combination of the light and buttery texture of the croissant with the compact shape of the donut.” Olivier Dessyn, owner of Mille-feuille Bakery Cafe, at 552 LaGuardia Place, just five blocks away from Ansel’s bakery, recently created

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A group of five friends had a creative plan to cash in on the cronuts craze. A month ago, they put in a prepaid bulk order for 45 of the $5 concoctions. So, on July 2, they didn’t have to wait in line to pick them up. Along with the cronuts, they were given a pile of the little gold carry boxes, the signature of Dominique Ansel Bakery. The five cronut entrepreneurs then parked themselves at one of the chess tables at Vesuvio Park and started divvying up the haul, and vending them in the fold-up boxes. One sold one of his cronuts for $40. When a woman eyed the treats enviously, murmuring that it was her birthday, he sold her one for $20, explaining what a bargain she was getting. Biting into one expectantly, the cronut middleman finally got to taste one of them for himself. His verdict, delivered between bites? “I’d be really pissed if I got up at 5 a.m. and waited two hours in line to eat this.”

his own version of the cronut, which he has dubbed a French donut. (Ansel has wisely trademarked “cronut.”) Dessyn described the appeal of his new pastry creation. “It’s extremely flaky with a melting inside,” he said. “It’s something unusual. I believe American people have gotten used to donuts; these French donuts are something new. It’s like if you have only eaten bread all your life and one day you discover the croissant. It’s just something different.” Dessyn said it was public encouragement that forced him to start making his imitation of the cronut. “People were constantly asking for them, so after many months we started making them. We actually started making them last week. “If customers are asking for it,” Dessyn said, “there is no reason to not make it.”

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Police BLOTTER Perjury pals A man formerly charged with driving drunk in the Meatpacking District has been indicted on accusations of lying under oath during his trial, and for conspiring with a friend to give false testimony, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced on July 1. Leonel Polanco-Colon, 32, was first arrested for DWI in the early morning hours of Aug. 17, 2011, when police spotted him sitting in his car, with the engine on, outside Gaslight, the bar at 400 W. 14th. Polanco-Colon showed clear signs of intoxication, and even though the car was not moving, under New York State law the situation was serious enough to warrant charges, according to the D.A.'s office. But during his trial in June 2012, PolancoColon allegedly conspired with his friend Luis Nunez, 29, to create a false story that would help him get off scot-free. According to the D.A., after a secret meeting between the two men and Polanco-Colon’s defense lawyer, Polanco-Colon testified before a jury that he was with Nunez, who was not drunk, on the night of the crime, and that he gave his car keys to Nunez. Nunez then took the stand and also told the jury the false account. But investigators found evidence that Nunez was never actually with Polanco-Colon on the morning of Aug. 17, 2011, the D.A. said. Now, the D.A. has charged Polanco-Colon with eight counts of perjury and one count of conspiracy, and Nunez with six counts of per-

jury and one count of conspiracy. Both men are scheduled to appear in court again on July 25.

Scammer pleads guilty A Chinese-born man accused of scamming dozens of Chinese immigrants and illegally collecting Medicaid and food stamp benefits has pleaded guilty to all charges, D.A. Vance announced on June 28. Between January 2012 and January 2013, Dao Feng Lin, 52, a naturalized U.S. citizen, falsely represented himself as someone with the ability to assist Chinese immigrants — people living in Chinatown as well as other parts of Manhattan — with applications for lawful status and work authorization, the D.A. said. Lin, who lives near Chinatown, on Water St., reportedly charged a fee of $1,350 per applicant. According to records the D.A.’s office obtained from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Labor, Lin never actually submitted any applications for the defrauded immigrants. During that same period of time, Lin also reported his personal income to be between $6,000 and $9,600 on federal benefit applications, even though the D.A. found this to be false, and well below his actual income. Over the course of the year, Lin received more than $40,000 worth of Medicaid and food stamp benefits to which he was not entitled, the

D.A. said. Lin pleaded guilty to charges of scheming to defraud and offering a false instrument for filing, both of which carry sentences of between oneand-a-half and four years in prison, and a charge of welfare fraud, with a sentence of between two-and-a-half and seven years in prison. Lin is expected to be sentenced on Sept. 24.

Holy plant perp! This alleged perpetrator won’t just be dealing with criminal charges...he’ll have to face the wrath of the Almighty. Workers at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, at 232 W. 11th St., told police they spotted an apparently violent man — later identified as Jehovy Colongarcia, 24 — walking outside the church around 8 p.m. on Sun., June 30. The workers, along with witnesses who live on W. 11th St., said they then saw Colongarcia pulling down on one of the church’s hanging plant pots, continuing to do so until the pot eventually fell and smashed on the ground. After breaking the pot, Colongarcia reportedly began walking away along W. 11th St., but he was quickly stopped and arrested by officers who had responded to calls from the witnesses. Colongarcia was charged with criminal mischief.

Busted for bogus cash This guy thought his fake $20 bill would fool the bartender and land him free drinks, but the

scheme fell flat under sober eyes. A manager at Karavas, a Greek restaurant and bar at 162 W. Fourth St., called police around 2 a.m. on June 27 after examining the allegedly bogus cash. The bill had been used by Rohan Burnside, 26, to purchase two drinks, which he must have been enjoying until officers showed up minutes later to cuff him after inspecting the evdience and agreeing that he'd been shelling out fake green. Burnside was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Suspicion of burglary Police arrested a drunk man in the Village early on June 26, after they realized he was carrying equipment that could have been used to commit a burglary. Officers said that around 5 a.m. they approached John Pachero, 48, near the corner of Carmine St. and Seventh Ave. South, where he’d been spotted drinking out of an open container of alcohol. A quick search of Pachero revealed that he was carrying suspicious items, such as lockpicking equipment and a small crowbar. He was unable to give a good explaination for why he had the dubious gear, according to police. In addition to a violation for drinking in public, Pachero was charged with possessing burglar’s tools.

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‘Soho Wild Man’ appears in court Richard Pearson, a.k.a. the “Soho Wild Man,” appeared in State Supreme Court on June 25. He is charged with second-degree assault for allegedly throwing a brick at a person’s head. Neighbors and merchants in around Spring St. in Soho and Nolita say Pearson is mentally ill and has been terrorizing the community with aggressive, violent behavior. Pearson is 6 feet 4 inches tall and very strong, and even police say it is difficult to deal with him.

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Honored for fighting crime, colds and development The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation held its annual Village Awards on June 17 at The New School’s Tishman Auditorium, at 66 W. 12th St. The awards are given to honor the people, businesses and organizations that make Downtown’s neighborhoods special. This year’s honorees included Avignone Chemists; Block Drug Store; N.Y.U. Faculty Against the Sexton Plan; Jeremiah Shea, president of the Ninth Precinct Community Council; Sir Winston Churchill Square, the park at Downing and Bleecker Sts. and Sixth Ave.; and this year’s recipient of the Regina Kellerman Award, Bowery Alliance of Neighbors (BAN). Clockwise from top left: Carmine Palermo, Sr., former owner of the Block Drug Store on Second Ave. from 1962 to 2000 — the store is now run by his son Carmine, Jr. and daughter-in-law Beth Palermo; BAN members, from left, Michele Campo, Jean Standish, David Mulkins, Sally Young and Mitchell Grubler; and Professor Mark Crispin Miller of N.Y.U. FASP.

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Durst says NID took a hit but Friends keep up fight; Continued from page 1 the NID application with the city’s Department of Small Business Services in June or July and to have it passed before the upcoming elections. But opposition had been building in the community, causing the Friends to feel more outreach was needed. “More time was needed with the community and the community board,” Lawin said. But, in interviews with The Villager this week, Durst said the approval of air-rights transfers from the park was effectively the nail in the NID’s coffin, at least for the time being. “For this year, there’s no question it can’t go forward,” he said. “The [NID’s] economic plan is based on an evaluation of the amount of development.” In short, the air-rights transfers alter the equation of the development in the district, so all the plan’s financials have to be recalculated. Madelyn Wils, the Trust’s president, last week said the Trust believes the park has 1.6 million square feet of unused air rights on its commercial piers. According to figures Durst provided to The Villager, Pier 40 alone has 600,000 square feet of unused air rights, while the pier’s three-story shed structure encloses 740,000 square feet. So, if Pier 40’s shed structure were torn down, the pier would have more than 1.3 million square feet of unused air rights.

Opposition getting louder As Lawin noted, resistance to the NID had already been ratcheting up among local residents — particularly in Tribeca — some of whom object to being forced to pay a fairly small tax to fund the park, and disagree with the siting of its eastern border, calling it arbitrary. “As you’re well aware, there was building opposition,” Durst said. “And based on what just happened, it will be very hard to defend” asking people to pay into a special taxing district. “It’s not going to happen this year,” he reiterated, “so that means you’re going to have a whole new administration to take the temperature of. It was set to happen [be approved] next year. Now you have to factor in the new development, and you have to overcome a lot more opposition — which I don’t see happening.” Durst said the Friends had set a revised timeline, under which the NID plan was to be submitted to the Department of Small Business Services in November, then sent for review to the City Planning Commission in December, and then come back for final approval early in the new year under a new city administration. But the park’s new ability to sell air rights has undercut the argument that the NID is needed, Durst said.

Separate funding streams Lawin noted that the money from the airrights sales are mandated to go toward the park’s capital needs — infrastructure repairs to

piers and for finishing the park’s construction — while the NID money would go toward the park’s and the highway median’s general maintenance needs. The park needs about $250 million more to complete its construction, he said. As more of the park is built, its maintenance needs will only grow, creating a greater need for the NID, Lawin pointed out. The idea that the NID and the air-rights sales would be two separate funding streams earmarked for different purposes is something the Friends will strive to educate the public on, Lawin said. “It’s literally, simply, directing people to the legislation. People just read the headlines,” he said of how people may be confused on the distinctions. “All you need to do is read the legislation. … The passing of this legislation is a big win for the park, but it doesn’t obviate the need to raise funds for the park’s ongoing maintenance.” But Durst indicated that the initiative’s critics won’t be so easily dissuaded. “They’ve given them tremendous ammunition to fight with,” Durst said, referring to how the NID’s opposition will surely latch onto the air-rights issue. Durst also disapprovingly referred to the “stealth” nature of the legislative changes, saying that this, too, will fuel the NID’s critics.

Durst staying in NID mix Nevertheless, he said he plans to meet with the winner of the mayoral Democratic primary election — whom he assumes will be the city’s next mayor — after the primary and broach the issue of the NID. “We’ll see what happens,” Durst said. “The new administration, we’ll have to see how they feel about it. We spent a lot of time with Christine Quinn. She never said yes, she never said no. She was getting a little more friendly to it toward the end.” For right now, though, Durst has stopped pouring money into the NID initiative since the application to the city is on hold. “We were spending $30,000 or $40,000 a month collecting petition signatures,” he noted. “But it just didn’t make sense if we weren’t going to introduce it for this year.”

Leaves NID Committee On Mon., June 24, just two days after the New York State Legislature approved sweeping changes to the Hudson River Park Act, it was reported that Durst had pulled out of the effort to create a first-of-its-kind NID — basically, set up along the lines of a BID, or business improvement district, but geared toward raising funds for the park. In short, he stepped down from the NID Steering Committee, which he had been leading. Last year, Durst resigned from the Friends over differences with the Hudson River Park Trust on how to redevelop Pier 40, at West Houston St. Nevertheless, Durst — who is deeply committed to the park — had continued spearheading the Friends’ effort to create the

Developer Douglas Durst recently resigned from the steering committee trying to create a Hudson River Park Neighborhood Improvement District.

special-tax district. The improvement district’s boundaries were to include the Hudson River Park and several blocks inland, stretching the length of the park from 59th St. to Chambers St. The Legislature’s modifications last week to the 1998 park act upheld the pre-existing ban on commercial office use, except for allowing incidental commercial office use at Pier 57 to support, for example, possibly artisanal food shops and the like at the W. 17th St. pier, which is to be redeveloped with retail and food shops.

Adaptive reuse slapped down So, at least for now, Durst’s hope of transforming Pier 40’s massive three-story, pier-shed structure with his proposed adaptive reuse plan for a high-tech commercial office campus, has been stymied. What’s more, in another significant change to the park act, the Trust can now start selling off the park’s 1.6 million square feet of unused air rights (equal in total square footage to 5½ Trump Soho condo-hotels), which could be used up to one block inland from the park. Under one possible scenario, part of Pier 40’s existing “donut”-shaped shed could even be torn down, freeing up air rights that could then, in turn, also be sold across the highway — making it even more unlikely that Durst, or anyone else for that matter, would be able to redevelop the air rights-depleted Lower West Side pier.

‘Only option: Teardown’ “Now, the only thing that can happen to it is to be torn down,” Durst said fatalistically of Pier 40’s shed, “which is, I suppose, the goal of the Trust — because they did so little to fix the pier. … “It would be very expensive and take three or four years to demolish the shed and do environmental remediation. There’s oil. I’m sure there’s asbestos, led… Certainly, the playing fields

would be shut down for a number of years.” The demolition job would have to be done from barges since there’s not enough room on land in front of the pier, and it would constantly interrupt the heavily trafficked bicycle path, he noted. But water-based demolition would require getting permits from the Army Corps of Engineers, a lengthy process, he added. Speaking this week, Durst gave the impression that he wanted to repair and reuse Pier 40’s shed structure, more out of a sense of duty to the park than anything else. He’s got more than enough on his hands without it. “We have the project at the World Trade Center,” he said, referring to One World Trade Center, a.k.a. the “Freedom Tower,” on which he is partnering with the Port Authority. “We have 57th St.,” he said, referring to an 800-unit, pyramid-shaped, residential project designed by Bjarke Ingels that he’s doing. He’s also doing a mixed-use residential and office building at 855 Sixth Ave., at 30th St. “So, working on a reconstruction of Pier 40 is not really something I wanted to do,” Durst said. “But if the pier is to be saved, it’s the only solution I saw.”

‘Zoning will move too slowly’ Plus, the air-rights transfers won’t generate immediate income for the park, meaning Pier 40 will further deteriorate in the meantime, the developer warned. “This is a huge zoning that will take years to be put into effect,” he said. “It’s not going to mean any immediate funds for the park.” During that time lag, Pier 40 and its corroding, metal, support pilings will only further deteriorate, he warned. “In the adaptive reuse we proposed, it would cost $30 million to rebuild the piles, as opposed to $100 million to replace them,” he said, the latter being the Trust’s figure. However, he added, “If you wait five years, it will cost $50 million to fix the piles to support just the playing fields.” Durst also ran afoul with the Trust last year for lowballing the cost of fixing up the pier’s pilings — saying he could do it for $50 million less. Arthur Schwartz, vice chairperson of the Hudson River Park Advisory Council, said that at the group’s meeting on Mon., June 24, Matthew Washington, Durst’s special projects manager, announced the developer was pulling his energies — and, significantly, his funding — out of the NID effort. “Durst is pissed,” Schwartz said, “majorpissed.” Echoed a source with the Friends, “He didn’t get the adaptive reuse [at Pier 40] and he’s pissed. … He was helping with the [NID] cause — and now he’s not.”

‘forced out of friends’ As for why he left the Friends last year, Durst told The Villager he had no choice, and was

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to be continued next year under a new administration park. The ads for every condo that goes on the market anywhere near the park start with praise for the park. With more effective leadership, it may still have a chance.”

Continued from page 8 basically forced out. Durst opposed plans for residential use at Pier 40 that were supported by the local youth sports leagues. Trust officials deny they backed residential use over other ideas at Pier 40, claiming it was just one of numerous options they wanted to make available for the pier, so as to make it more likely a viable development plan would be found. Yet, many believe that the Trust officials, in fact, favored residential use at the sprawling, 15-acre pier. “I never understand why my proposing a different use at Pier 40 meant I could not remain on Friends,” Durst said. “But that’s what I was told — I agree with them, or resign — that’s what I was told…by Madelyn and Diana. They said I cannot have a different opinion from the Trust’s leadership as chairperson of Friends.” He was referring to Trust President Wils and Diana Taylor, chairperson of the Trust’s board of directors.

AiR RigHtS eQuAl HARd CASH How much money the development rights could actually generate for the park is still unknown, since, as Trust officials admit, no formal study of the air-rights transfers has been done. However, David Reck, former chairperson of Community Board 2’s Land Use and Zoning Committee, told The Villager that as recently as a few years ago, the going rate for air rights was $600 per square foot, which — if truly the case — would translate to $1 billion. Reck added that a new special zoning district would need to be created to legally transfer air rights across the highway. And, in fact, the Trust has said this would be the plan — to create such a district similar to the ones in Grand Central, the Theater District, the South Street Seaport and around the High Line. But Reck was leery of the air-rights transfer plan — which was approved, along with the rest of the park act changes, in complete “radio silence,” as one park watchdog put it, by the Assembly and state Senate, without any notification to the community beforehand, much less any opportunity for community review.

SOn Of WeStWAy? “It’s Westway — massive development along the waterfront,” Reck said, recalling the controversial highway-in-a-tunnel mega-project with accompanying development. Villagers vehemently battled the hated highway scheme for more than a decade before it was finally defeated in 1985. “This is Westway,” Reck declared of the park being allowed to make air-rights transfers. “This is what they always wanted. Now they’ve got it.” However, Westway would have resulted in far more development than this latest park airrights scheme potentially will. Westway would have added a total of 236 acres of landfill in the Hudson River — with new development on top

‘SuPeR-luxuRy’ leROy Building

Photo by Lincoln Anderson

Even without air-rights sales from the Hudson River Park, development pressure has been intense along the Lower West Side waterfront. A 10-story, superluxury apartment building is planned along West St. between Leroy and Clarkson Sts. on a site including this former car wash.

of it — extending all the way out to the pierhead line, from Chambers St. to 36th St. Submerged under this landfill would have been an eightlane highway. Meanwhile, Tobi Bergman, a leader of the Pier 40 Champions coalition of youth sports leagues that has been fighting to preserve — and expand — the sports fields at Pier 40, disagreed with Durst on the likely future of Pier 40. “I haven’t heard that anyone is talking about demo’ing the Pier 40 shed,” Bergman said. “In fact, they are repairing the pier’s roof.”

‘RAZing SHed SHOuldn’t Be HARd’ Responding to Durst’s claim that taking down the shed structure would take years, Bergman countered, “I don’t think he’s right. The shed is built mostly of assembled precast parts that could be disassembled from barge-mounted cranes. What harmful chemicals? Much more complicated demolitions, such as St. Vincent’s Hospital, occur in densely occupied areas of the city all the time.” However, Durst countered, “I told Tobi I won’t tell him how to run his playing fields, and he shouldn’t tell me how to do construction.” Regarding the NID’s seemingly running out of steam, Bergman said, “I think the NID is struggling, first, because it’s just a tough one to do. Remember, even the High Line [special-tax district] failed, and this one is more complicated. But also, very little enthusiasm has been generated by the effort. It was going downhill before the legislation, and I think Douglas is the only one who sees a connection [to the park’s new ability to sell air rights]. The NID still makes a lot of sense as a way to support the

Even without the use of park air-rights transfers, development is already booming around Pier 40. Bergman, who chairs the Community Board 2 Land Use and Business Development Committee, noted that this Wed., July 3, his committee will hear a developer’s application for a residential zoning variance for the square block bounded by Leroy, West, Clarkson and Washington Sts. The entire block is part of the development site except for the FedEx facility, according to Bergman. The application is to permit construction of a new “super-luxury” building, as Bergman described it, with retail use on the ground floor on Leroy St. and residences on the second through tenth floors. Apparently, this project would also include the site where Mystique, a new gentlemen’s club (topless strip club), is slated to open in several months. Bergman said it would be inaccurate to say he thinks the new air-rights transfer provision is a slam dunk for saving Pier 40. “It may be good for Pier 40,” he reflected. “We won’t know until we see how the air-rights transfer plays out. With the Clarkson/Leroy block going for a variance as we speak, the St.

John’s Building [directly across from the pier] is the only possible receiving site for Pier 40.” Asked why he assumes Pier 40’s air rights would be transferred to the St. John’s Building, Bergman said he feels it’s doubtful the City Planning Commission would transfer them a greater distance away.

‘HeARt And SOul Of nid’ Meanwhile, Lawin said there’s no question that Durst has been the key figure in the Friends of Hudson River Park and the NID up to this date. “You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who has been as dedicated and supportive with his energy and funding as Douglas Durst toward the park,” he said. “He’s been the heart and soul of the Friends and the NID Steering Committee.” Lawin said the steering committee will meet this month to “reassess” where they stand in the process. Asked to characterize the NID’s opposition, Lawin said, “As far as I can tell, it’s a relatively small but quite vocal and organized group. I think they do have legitimate concerns, but that we can address that.” But Lawin said that, from what the NID group is seeing through its outreach efforts about the special-tax district idea, “the overwhelming number of people are vastly supportive.”

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Edie’s victory, our progress

Kudos, but try some transparency

It was in the late winter of 2004 when I met Edie Windsor and the woman she would marry several years later in Toronto, Thea Spyer. A couple of weeks before, Gavin Newsom, then mayor of San Francisco, declared that city had the authority to marry same-sex couples. Relying on a legal argument that nothing in New York State law forbade marriage by gay and lesbian couples, activists planned a demonstration outside the City Clerk’s Office, then across the street from City Hall, demanding that same-sex marriage licenses be issued here as well. When a crowd got together at the L.G.B.T. Community Center a few evenings before the demo to strategize and make signs, Edie and Thea were among them –– certainly the oldest couple on hand. The demonstration had no immediate effect on the right to marry here in New York, and Newsom’s experiment in San Francisco was soon halted. The following year, marriage equality advocates won a trial court victory in Manhattan, but that was quickly appealed by Mayor Bloomberg and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. We lost at the Court of Appeals in the summer of 2006. When I met Edie and Thea, they were well into their 70s and Thea had suffered for decades from multiple sclerosis. By 2007, she was quite ill, and with marriage equality available only in Massachusetts –– and only for in-state couples –– the two women feared they would not see the day they could wed. With the help of the New York grassroots activist group Civil Marriage Trail — and six friends who helped handle Thea’s wheelchair at the airport –– the couple traveled to Toronto to marry. The following year, a state appellate court here ruled that marriages like Edie and Thea’s deserved recognition in New York. Thea died in 2009, but even though the women enjoyed two years of married life among their more than four decades together, the federal government judged them to be legal strangers. Edie received an inheritance tax bill of more than $360,000. Edie, who is now 84, has spent more than two years litigating against the Defense of Marriage Act, an endurance test she described as “joyous, just joyous.” She is energetic, passionate, opinionated, irreverent and articulate –– in short, a consummate New Yorker. It should be a point of pride for all L.G.B.T. New Yorkers that we have Edie and that it was she who won this smashing victory on behalf of gay and lesbian couples across the nation. As each successive victory at the Supreme Court has done, Justice Anthony Kennedy’s finding — that DOMA “is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity” –– advances our ability to mount successful legal claims for full equality. Kennedy did not take the bigger step we hoped he might and find that claims of sexual-orientation discrimination must be subjected to “heightened scrutiny” by the courts. Such a decision would have accelerated dramatically the vital work of clearing away the underbrush of homophobic marriage restrictions still in place in roughly three dozen states. Similarly, the court’s decision to deny standing to those appealing a lower court decision striking down Proposition 8 put off for the moment the effort to litigate the fundamental question of whether same-sex couples have a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Last Wednesday added two very significant victories and did nothing to foreclose continued efforts to press for marriage rights, both in state courts around the country and before the federal judiciary.

To The Editor: Re “Park bill made little noise, could have huge impact” (news article, June 27): Kudos to Assemblymember Deborah Glick and state Senator Brad Hoylman for once again warding off the misguided, often-revived push to amend the Hudson River Park Act to allow residential development in our waterfront park. Although some may dislike the permission for air-rights transfers, I am grateful to our two legislators in finding other funding sources for our park. Absent (and lamented by Senator Hoylman) was transparency. Proposed legislation that can fundamentally affect our precious open waterfront has to be reviewed by the community, not hidden from public view until it is done. When the Hudson River Park Act was enacted in 1998 it was only after many public hearings and committee reports. Assemblymember Richard Gottfried has already announced that “provisions relating particularly to Pier 40 and Pier 76” will be on the block next year. Let our legislators and our governor pledge now that proposed future amendments to the park act — especially concerning these piers — will be reviewed by the public, not decided behind closed doors.

This editorial was written by Paul Schindler, editor of Gay City News, where it first ran.

Jonathan Geballe Geballe is district Leader, 66th Assembly District, Part A

Trust inhospitable to unions To The Editor: Re “Park bill made little noise, could have huge impact” (news article, June 27): A difficult and overdue result for Pier 40 just became even more contentious and impossible. Taking a singlepier solution into the realm of air rights and preservation all along the park has kicked this can so dangerously far down the road. This was a stealth maneuver — and it is an abject failure for the community. The disastrously anti-union stipulations buried at the end, alone make it clear who authored this bill. For those who are wondering, a judge can now prohibit union activity, beyond our lifetimes, in any hotel or meeting or hospitality space throughout the Hudson River Park. This is a massive, park-wide, anti-union clause, pushed by our supposedly pro-union West Side representatives. This is what we get when, following the advice of Tobi Bergman, we “rely on the people we elect to legislate, for better or for worse.” I’m sorry, but that is unacceptable, Tobi. The amended section of the park act now reads:

EVAN FORSCH

“Should this act permit the construction, operation and use of a hotel or meeting space within any portion of the park, the Trust or the contractor or subcontractor of such project shall enter into a valid agreement [that]…shall, at a minimum, protect the Trust’s proprietary interests by prohibiting the labor organization and its members from engaging in picketing, work stoppages, boycotts and any other economic interference with the operation of the facility or associated hospitality operations for the duration of the Trust’s proprietary interest.” I’m a union member, and I want to know who specifically inserted this clause! Patrick Shields

Rising rents and transient tenants To The Editor: Re “Landlords’ rising income doesn’t justify a rent hike” (talking point, by Brad Hoylman, June 27): Thanks to state Senator Brad Hoylman for defending affordable housing. As a rent-stabilized tenant, I am about to sign on for a 7.75 percent increase on a two-year lease, and I can tell you that 7.75 percent in itself will be a financial hit for me. That the Rent Guidelines Board is considering upping the ante to 9.5 percent for two-year leases is unconscionable. There are other problems that threaten our eroding base of affordable housing. Twelve years ago, my building had 16 rent-stabilized units out of 16 units; now it has four. Relatively stable market-rent tenants are complaining that the rising “market rents” they are being asked to pay at renewal are too high. These rents are not justified in a fourstory, walk-up tenement that is, on the whole, rather poorly maintained, and the tenants cannot afford the increases. Now we have discovered that some of the units are being rented out as hotel rooms, at prices that are triple, quadruple, quintuple and beyond “market,” as well as, legal stabilized rents. After petitioning in the area around Petrosino Square for the upcoming September primary, and being bowled over by how many people identify themselves not only as not registered Democrats but as temporary residents and noncitizens, I went online and discovered on Airbnb — one of the main clearinghouses for apartment hotel rentals — no less than 156 units advertised in the nine square blocks bounded by Cleveland Place and Elizabeth St. and Broome and Prince Sts. My building has been plagued by burglary, blasting sound systems, hallways reeking of marijuana, trash being dumped

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Who has the guts to back retail rent control bill? talkinG point By SHARON WOOLUmS Because of the positive response to my June 6 talking point in The Villager, “Will a Democrat for mayor stand up for small stores?” and a desire of many to know more, it seemed important to simply ask the candidates: “Will you stop the closing of our small businesses?” Voters deserve answers. To help determine if a candidate’s small business platform is viable, top small business expert Sung Soo Kim was consulted to craft the questions. Laymen can be fooled by economic language and figures, but Mr. Kim cannot. Chairman of the first Mayor’s Small Business Advisory Board for former Mayors Dinkins and Giuliani, founder of the Korean American Small Business Service Center, the New York City Small Business Congress and the Coalition to Save New York City Small Businesses, Kim created The Small Business Bill of Rights that has been given to our elected officials since 1993. For 32 years, Mr. Kim gave more testimony at public hearings before the City Council and forums than all advocates combined. The pending bill, the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (S.B.J.S.A.), now bottled up in committee for three years, which would give commercial tenants rights to negotiate fair lease terms with landlords, is the ultimate test for Democratic candidates’ proposed solution to a crisis. Candidates proclaiming Democratic progressive values on social issues must also assure us at this crucial crossroads that they will take a sharp left away from Giuliani’s and Bloomberg’s failed Republican economic inroads — vigorous opposition to any regulation of landlords — and toward the S.B.J.S.A. Every election, despite candidates’ usual spouting of buzzwords hailing small businesses’ importance to the economy’s health — “engine of economic growth and job creation,” “backbone of our economy,” etc. — once elected, nothing changes and the same economic philosophy continues. The rich get richer and small businesses and the middle class suffer, leaving no avenue to success. The S.B.J.S.A. states: “The New York City commercial rental market has been negatively influenced by speculators for such an extended period of time that the interest of small businesses and job creation, and the broader general economic interest of the City, are being harmed. An unacceptable number of established small businesses are being forced out of business solely as a result of the commercial lease renewal process.” When will the threshold of “acceptable” be reached so that candidates are no longer content to remain silent as store owners are losing their life’s savings and workers are losing their jobs because landlords will not accept reasonable returns on their investments? Although, regrettably, no candidate responded to our questionnaire, the candidates’ records speak for them: Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Comptroller John Liu have similar histories. In October 2008, then City Councilmembers de Blasio and Liu, both sponsors of the S.B.J.S.A., made stopping the closing of businesses a pri-

Supporting the passage of the Small Business Survival Act, from left, Alfred Placeres, president of the New York State Federation of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce; City Councilmember Margaret Chin, the bill’s prime sponsor; Sung Soo Kim, president of the Korean American Small Business Service Centers; Gaejan Kim, chairman of the Korean Small Business Organization; Luis Tejada, tenants rights activist and candidate for City Council in the Seventh District (West Harlem, Morningside Heights, Washington Heights, Inwood); Steven Null, founder, Coalition to Save New York City Small Businesses; and Steve Barrison, spokesperson for New York City Small Business Congress.

ority campaign issue. Attending the hearing on the bill, forums and rallies, both were strong voices of support for S.B.J.S.A. to fight economic inequality. They pledged, if elected, to fight rent-gouging and unscrupulous landlords’ extorting cash from small business owners. Up to 82 percent of small businesses here are owned by immigrants. Liu was a successful product of that hard-working immigrant community where small businesses provided jobs, leading to many achieving the American Dream. Today, de Blasio and Liu still have similar policies on small business, yet these have changed from last election. Now neither speaks of rent-gouging or illegal extortion — or of the S.B.J.S.A. They stopped referring to small businesses as facing a crisis or needing help to survive. The focus of small businesses’ problems shifted from high rents to excessive fines. “Unburdening small businesses” under siege by fines is the primary problem, de Blasio claims. Meanwhile, Liu is doing what he accused Bloomberg of doing, failing to acknowledge what he knows — that exorbitantly high rent is the problem. We hope Liu decides to be the loud voice for the immigrant small business owners calling for economic equality, as he once did, rather than the silent voice for unscrupulous landlords. Member of the New York Press Association

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Bill Thompson’s and Speaker Quinn’s small business policies were practically the same in the last election. Throughout the campaign, it is purported that Thompson and Quinn avoided public hearings, rallies and forums addressing the crisis. Neither commented on the S.B.J.S.A. before the City Council, nor criticized Bloomberg’s economic policies, which small business advocates claimed were destroying their livelihoods and costing thousands of New Yorkers jobs. Thompson’s and Quinn’s ignoring the crisis so frustrated Hispanic merchants that they postered their store windows asking customers not to vote for either. Speaker Quinn made no significant small business initiatives until October 2009, when she made a monumental decision that would have a negative impact upon the future of small businesses, their employees and our economy. A June 29, 2009, hearing was held on the S.B.J.S.A. At the hearing, the chairman of the Small Business Committee, David Yassky, stated his belief that we absolutely have to do something — period — and that doing nothing was not an option. Agreeing with the merchant leaders, Yassky became a sponsor of the bill, with every member of the committee and 32 city councilmembers backing it, enough support for the bill to pass the Council. In early October a vote by the committee was requested, but denied due to Quinn’s legal staff claiming concerns and expressing doubts that it would stand up to a court challenge. At the bill’s public hearing, the real estate lobby, the city’s largest, did not testify regarding any legal concerns with the bill. Quinn’s legal staff, however, which had not attended the hearing, made the legal claim on behalf of the real estate industry months later. Unlike de Blasio and Liu, who have changed their positions this time around, Thompson and Quinn did not. They still avoid reference to small businesses being in a crisis due to skyhigh rents and neither mentions the S.B.J.S.A., reintroduced in 2010 with Councilmember Margaret Chin the new prime sponsor, nor are they critical of Bloomberg’s economic philosophy. Today, Thompson calls himself “a champion for the middle and working class” but he offers no meaningful solutions. To present an image of being pro-small business, Quinn joined with the mayor in promoting small business initiatives that don’t address the real problems. Anthony Weiner’s small business plan in his “Keys to the City” shows little understanding of Main Street small businesses. But Weiner, the newcomer, hopefully will further develop his plan and, with keys to the city, finally unlock some doors while keeping others from closing, reversing Bloomberg’s economic policies. Since the candidates chose not to respond to our questionnaire here, you may ask these pertinent questions at the next mayoral debate, to help understand why our world is changing around us and why, despite our desperate concerns, nothing has been accomplished to stop our stores from closing. There is a lifeline, the S.B.J.S.A. — the only real solution. We hope one of the candidates will grab hold of this very fair measure to save the few remaining mom-and-pop stores from disappearing before our eyes.

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By Lincoln Anderson A contractor for the city installing a new manhole at First Ave. and Houston St. last Thursday hit an electrical feeder, causing an explosion. But Con Ed denies the area was ever close to losing power. There were no injuries, according to Allan Drury, a Con Ed spokesperson. Repairs of the feeder were still ongoing through Monday. A contract worker at the scene early Monday morning explained that the network can continue operating with one of its two feeders, but that if the second feeder had been knocked out, too, it would have caused a power outage for the area’s network. Asked how wide an area that would cover, he shrugged uncertainly, “a couple of blocks.” The feeders each carry 13,000 volts, he said. The accident was caused when the con-

tract workers were putting in a new manhole for the watermain project at Houston St., he said. “They have no maps” of what’s underground, the contractor claimed. Con Ed workers labored all through the night Sunday and early Monday in a manhole at Second St. right next to the Village View complex, splicing in the new wiring, he said. However, spokesperson Drury dismissed the idea of there having been any risk of a power outage. “There’s definitely redundancy in the system,” he said, “so that when a feeder is out, there’s not a power outage. We can have two feeders out, and in some instances more, with no outages.” As for the watermain project, from Essex St. to Bowery, it will reportedly continue another two years, and include fixing up the medians in the middle of Houston St.

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Archive upscaling with swank gym, pricey preschool By CLARISSA-JAN LIm Come this fall, the landmark Archive building will see some new commercial tenants that will move it toward a more affluent position in the West Village. Both the Mandell School and David Barton Gym will be The Archive’s newest tenants, replacing VillageCare’s first-floor office space and Crunch gym, respectively, according to Patricia Dunphy, senior vice president at Rockrose Development Corp., the group that originally converted The Archive into a residential building. An imposing, elegant, solid mass filling a square block, between Christopher, Barrow, Greenwich and Washington Sts., The Archive building is a historical landmark that once housed federal archives. In 1988 it was converted into a residence that has since been home to, among others, Nobel Prize-winning poet Derek Walcott, actress Jennifer Connelly and Monica Lewinsky. Rockrose initially intended for The Archive to be a “vibrant retail center for the community and the residents” when it took over the reconstruction project, said Dunphy. Under an agreement with Community Board 2, as a condition for converting the building, Rockrose created a $1 million fund for restoration projects for community organizations in the C.B. 2 district. The last of that fund was finally allocated a few years ago. From those community-oriented origins, The Archive is now set to move into swankier territory. In Mandell, it will house an elite preschool whose annual fees range from $12,000 to $22,000. Speaking on the change in tenants, Dunphy said, “We’re actually activating space that we wanted to activate 20 years ago.”

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Crunch will be replaced by David Barton Gym in The Archive building, at Christopher and Greenwich Sts.

The Mandell preschool approached Rockrose about space in The Archive after its planned new Lower Manhattan space on Broad St. suffered water and electrical damage due to Hurricane Sandy.

The task of rebuilding and constructing safeguards against future storm damages on top of opening a new preschool proved too overwhelming, and the Mandell School instead decided to relocate to The Archive. “They really wanted to be in the West Village,” said Dunphy. “There are so many families there.” Slated for a fall 2013 opening, the preschool will occupy 10,000 square feet. The replacement of Crunch with David Barton Gym will also add to the building’s tony sheen. “David Barton Gym is a wonderful gym,” Dunphy said. “We really like their upscale image, and I think the residents are going to love it.” The gym is offering a pre-opening membership deal at its new West Village location. Howard Brodsky, David Barton C.E.O., wrote in an e-mail that there has been very “strong response from residents of The Archive and local buildings who are thrilled to finally have a DBG in their neighborhood. They couldn’t be more excited.” David Barton will occupy a total of 12,950 square feet, with 7,650 square feet on the ground floor and 5,300 square feet in the basement. Renovations are currently underway. As for VillageCare’s being pushed out of its first-floor space, Dunphy said, “I think, at the end of the day, they are much better off being in an office space in Lower Manhattan.” The change in commercial tenants has been brought about due to the community’s desire for improvements, according to Dunphy. “People are looking for a change,” she said.

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After DOMA victory, they were dancing in the streets New York City’s Pride March — the nation’s largest — filled Fifth Ave., Eighth St. and Christopher St. with a festive air, color, funky grooves and pounding beats — and bubbles, too. A nonjudgmental mermaid said to live and let live, while even Chihuahuas were feeling proud and sporting bling. This year’s march held special meaning, coming just days after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, allowing federal benefits to be enjoyed by gay married couples.

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gandolfini helped community fight against mega-garage o b i t uaRy By ALBERT AmATEAU James Gandolfini, the actor who achieved celebrity as Tony Soprano, and a community advocate who had joined his Tribeca and Hudson Square neighbors in a vain effort to stop a Department of Sanitation mega-garage, was mourned last week by friends and admirers. More than 1,000 people attended his funeral on Thurs., June 27, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. In addition to actors from the 1999-2007 HBO classic and other theater luminaries, ordinary fans attended the funeral, along with public figures, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Gandolfini, 51, died June 19 of a massive heart attack while on vacation in Rome, where his 13-year-old son by his first marriage, Michael, found his body in their hotel room. Raised in Park Ridge, N.J., Gandolfini had lived in Manhattan for about 25 years, most of them in Tribeca. When the city’s Department of Sanitation first proposed a three-district garage between Washington and West Sts. from Spring St. to Charlton St., neighbors organized the Tribeca Community

Association and Canal West Coalition to oppose the 118-foot-tall project. Gandolfini along with his neighbors vainly tried to convince the city to adopt an alternate project known as Hudson Rise, which called for a smaller, two-district garage with a public park on top of it. In May 2008, Gandolfini met with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to pitch the new plan but the response was not what he had hoped. A week later the actor paid for 5,000 four-color fliers blasting the city project and promoting the Hudson Rise plan. The fliers urged Tribeca and Hudson Square residents and merchants, “Please help and become involved. We can beat this if we act.” A month later Gandolfini told The Villager, “I live down here and I’d rather not have all those trucks that are going to come down here [as a result of that project]. I don’t think they’re paying attention to what they’re doing here, Mr. Bloomberg and the rest.” Gandolfini, who had a neighborhood reputation off-screen as a big, gentle and soft-spoken man, added that he thought Bloomberg, “seems like a very nice man. I like a lot of what he’s doing for the city. This is a terrible idea. There are many, many better places to put this.” Nevertheless, the three-district garage

James Gandolfini, center, flanked by Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed, were among the celebrities at a March 2009 fundraiser to oppose the city’s three-district Sanitation garage in Hudson Square.

won City Council approval (Quinn voted for it) and is currently under construction and nearing completion. The actor’s concern for the neighborhood went beyond the Sanitation garage issue. At a rally for the Hudson Rise alternative in 2009, Gandolfini weighed in on the 40-story Trump Soho condo-hotel built at Spring and Varick Sts. a few years earlier despite neighborhood opposition.

He called the supersized hotel a “piece of crap” to which the nearby Sanitation garage would add insult to injury. Gandolfini’s commitment to Tribeca included his being an investor in two residential developments, a seven-story building at 415 Washington St. with an entrance at 55 Vestry St. and another building at 414 Washington St. At Gandolfini’s funeral last week, David Chase, writer of “The Sopranos,” said his ability to endow a dangerous gangster with human vulnerability was the “little boy” inside the actor’s soul. In a tribute to him in Downtown Express, The Villager’s sister paper, last week, his friend and Tribeca neighbor Wickham Boyle said Gandolfini was “sweet and downright humble. It seemed as if he adjusted his height and his bulk and his big voice to be a person all of us could be very friendly with.” After “The Sopranos,” Gandolfini played a leading role in “God of Carnage” on Broadway, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award in 2009. His many film credits include the voice of one of the monsters in Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are.” In addition to his son, his wife of five years, Deborah Lin, and a nine-month-old daughter survive.

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Letting the sun shine in at positively powered fest The Positively 8th Street festival celebrated the summer solstice on Eighth St. with dancing, bouncing, yoga and free art and photography lessons as well as face-painting. The event’s main sponsor was the Village Alliance business improvement district.

Rock on Class of 2013! You have many reasons to celebrate. • 5 of you were prestigious National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. • 6 of you won National Achievement Scholarships. • 1 of you won a NYC Science & Engineering Fair prize.

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Sound and vision to celebrate the solstice Garden activist Claire Costello joined in the face-painting fun at the Siempre Verde Garden, at Attorney and Stanton Sts., on the first day of summer. There was also music and a barbecue at the event, part of the Seventh Annual Make Music New York, a celebration of the year’s longest day, held in countless parks and gardens and on sidewalks and streets in 500 cities worldwide. Performers at Siempre Verde included Tracy Thorne, Winston Smith, Marc Kamhi and Everest Cale.

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villager arts & entertainment Fests without rest By the river, atop the roof, on the stage and in church — all summer long

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On July 31, Soomi Kim (pictured), Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai and Bora Yoon present “New Looks @ New Works” as part of the Women Center Stage Festival.

BY SCOTT STIFFLER Anyone can slap together a few thematically similar events, put out a press release and tell the world they’ve got a festival. Plenty have — but you won’t find any of those lazy posers in this roundup. Everything here is solid.

RIVER TO RIVER

Through July 14: This month-long, mostly outdoor (and completely free) annual event offers music, theater, art and family activities — all taking place at 28 iconic and unexpected sites throughout Lower Manhattan. Open rehearsals and studio visits allow visitors a glimpse into the ways in which a painting, sculpture or song is created. On Thurs., July 11, 12:30-1:30pm, Brooklyn’s Hungry March Band brass ensemble fills One New York Plaza with its pulsating sounds (dancing encouraged — they’ll be doing it, too). Weekdays from 8am-6pm, through July 14, the “Fluid: Construct” exhibit at One Liberty Plaza features the work of four NYC-based artists who examine the city’s relationship with water. For a complete schedule, visit rivertorivernyc.com.

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The Washington Square Music Festival Ensemble (here, at 2012’s festival) will perform Verdi & Wagner and Spohr & Rheinberger on July 23.

THE WASHINGTON SQUARE MUSIC FESTIVAL

The city’s second-oldest free, outdoor classical music series wears its low budget — and its fondness for eclectic, experimental programming — as a well-earned badge of honor. Music Director Lutz Rath peppers his description of the upcoming 55th season with words like “unusual,” “rarely performed” and “odd” — but that doesn’t mean purists will be disappointed or alienated. Among the selections of contemporary avant-garde pieces and jazz or world-based improvisation, you’ll find a solid roster of pre-20th century classical works. July 9’s opener features “The Judgment of Paris” — a Baroque opera by British composer John Eccles, followed by a performance of “Concerto in D Major,” for three trumpets, two oboes and strings, by German baroque composer George Telemann. On July 16, toy piano virtuoso Margaret Leng Tan coaxes a mighty sound from her tiny instrument, as she performs two U.S. premieres, along with works by John Cage, Phyllis Chen and Jed Distler. July 23’s installment celebrates 2013 as the 200th anniversary of the births of famed composers Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner — and on July 30, an ensemble led by African-born composer/singer/guitarist Nepo Soteri spans the globe by

blending funk, R&B and world jazz sensibilities. Free Tues., July 9, 16, 23, 30 8pm in Washington Square Park. Rainspace: St. Joseph’s Church (371 Sixth Ave., btw. Waverly Place & Greenwich Ave.) Info: 212-252-3621 or washingtonsquaremusicfestival.org.

CULTURE PROJECT’S WOMEN CENTER STAGE FESTIVAL

The Culture Project collaborates with advocacy organizations and performing artists in order to promote dialogue and inspire action surrounding various forms of injustice (“The Exonerated” was an in-their-own-words look at the lives of six innocent death row survivors). The Project’s recently renamed Lynn Redgrave Theater is the setting for the Women Center Stage Festival — their annual laboratory for new work. The Directors’ Weekend (July 13 and 14) challenges 10 directors to create 15-minute pieces considering the media’s role in writing history, how it crafts the personas of women in power and by what means the media narrative can be shifted. Presented in partnership with the Warrior Writers (warriorwriters. org), July 15’s “Smashing the Stigma” finds female veterans taking the stage to reflect on war, trauma, rape and motherhood in the mili-

tary. The documentary “Girl Rising”(July 20) tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries — and on July 31, race, culture and gender are considered by multidisciplinary theater artist Soomi Kim, spoken word poet Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai and musician Bora Yoon, in an evening of “New Looks @ New Works.” Through Aug. 3 (kick-off party from 7-9pm, Mon., July 8).  All events at the Lynn Redgrave Theater (45 Bleecker St., btw. Mulberry & Mott Sts.). All shows $12 ($20 premium seats available with advance purchase). For info, call 866811-4111 or visit wcs.cultureproject.org.

LA MAMA MOVES! DANCE FESTIVAL

Featuring works designed to transcend politics and unify cultures, this month-long festival of emerging and seasoned chorographers (which began on June 7) is winding down — but you still have a chance to catch the NY Premiere of Irish director Luke Murphy’s “Drenched” (July 5-6 at 7:30pm & July 7 at 2:30pm). With visual splash provided by David Fischel’s multi-channel projection installation, it’s an intimate duet between Murphy and Carlye Eckert which examines the contrast between representations and realities

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Summer festivals swing, hop, swish and sizzle Continued from page 17 of contemporary romance. At La Mama (74 E. Fourth St., btw. Bowery & Second Ave). For tickets and info, call 212-475-7710 or visit lamama.org.

ICE FACTORY FESTIVAL

The New Ohio Theatre provides a space where Downtown companies can take risks and try out new ideas — with an eye towards nurturing their works for Off-Broadway productions, commercial runs and national and international tours. This year’s six new productions include The Mad One’s “Untitled Biopic Project” (July 10-13), a trippy meditation on 1960s folk rock culture. From July 17-20, Collaboration Town’s ensemble-driven “Help Me To Make It” follows multiple generations of contemporary families as their personal moments of everyday existence add up to lifetimes of monumental compassion, devastating betrayal and inevitable transformation. Through Aug. 3, Wed.-Sat. at 7pm. At the New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher St., btw. Greenwich & Washington Sts.). For tickets ($18, $15 for students/seniors), call 888596-1027. Schedule and tickets available at newohiotheatre.org.

ST. BART’S SUMMER FESTIVAL OF SACRED MUSIC

On Sundays throughout the summer, the St. Bartholomew’s Choir and the Boy and Girl Choristers present an array of mass music from the 15th century to the present (as part of the 11am service — the liturgical context for which it was composed). On July 14, the Choir is accompanied by an orchestra of period instruments, in a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Missa Brevis in G Minor.” Free. At St. Bart’s (325 Park Ave., at 51st St.). Call 212-378-0222 or visit starts.org for a complete schedule of upcoming events.

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Skip the family reunion, and see Collaboration Town’s “Help Me To Make It” — part of the Ice Factory Festival.

ROOFTOP FILMS

Cool breezes courtesy of the great outdoors trump multiplex air conditioning, as the 17th season of this series continues to promote the work of emerging and established independent filmmakers — with screenings on rooftops throughout the Lower East Side and Williamsburg. Two well-received documentaries from the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival deserve a look: “Bending Steel,” the story of an aspiring Coney Island strongman, unspools in that neighborhood on July 8 — and the painter-as-pugilist relationship saga “Cutie and the Boxer” shows atop Brooklyn’s Old American Can Factory on Aug. 3. Screenings are scheduled every weekend, through August. Tickets start at $13, and many screenings are free (donations welcome). For a complete schedule, visit rooftopfilms.com.

THE BRICK’S GAME PLAY FESTIVAL

Over the bridge, on the edge and always worth the trip, Brooklyn’s Brick Theater excels at curating festivals whose high concepts are more than just convenient hooks (The Antidepressant Festival showcases “all aspects of questionable and medicated hap-

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Rooftop Films screens the Coney Island strongman documentary “Bending Steel,” on July 8.

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Summer festivals bring the heat Continued from page 18 piness,” while the recent sound scape fest put theater’s aural element front and center). Other annual events, like the Comic Book Theater Festival, mine the fundamental appeal of seemingly competing mediums for their live performance potential. This year’s fifth annual Game Play Festival once again features “cutting-edge works that lie at the intersection of video gaming and performance.” Presented by The Story Gym (whose work “makes immersive experiences that encourage the audience to move and be involved”), “The Photo Album” takes a collection of photos recently found under the floorboards of a basement apartment in Brooklyn and challenges you to a scavenger hunt in which smartphones and tablets are used to scan the photos in order to discover the backstory behind the snapshots. Raised to avert her gaze, Semi Ryu’s “Targeting Eyes” explores her upbringing in Korea with a live game performance whose goal is to aim for the eyes, while in First-Person Shooter mode. Using characters from WoW, Far Cry 3, Minecraft and other games, the digital puppeteer performers in “Legendary, Maybe: 4 Machinima Theater Pieces adapted from Livy” combine ancient texts with modern technology to tell stories from Livy’s “Ab Urbe Condita.” Postapocalyptic games like Fallout, Wasteland and Bioshock inspired Charles Battersby’s “The Cute Radioactive Couple: A Post-Apocalyptic Comedy,” in which nuclear war strikes and Ray’s fallout shelter (built for one) must also accommodate his new wife. July 5-28, at The Brick (575 Metropolitan Avenue at Lorimer St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Subway: L to Lorimer, G to Metropolitan). For tickets ($15) and info, visit bricktheater.com or call 718-285-3863.

THE WEST VILLAGE CHORALE’S SUMMER SINGS SERIES

Technically, this isn’t a festival — but don’t let that stop you from showing up (and piping up). Since 1972, The West Village Chorale has been providing amateur and experienced singers with the chance to perform the classical choral masterworks (a special treat for those whose regular chorus takes the summer off). Participants will

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At The Brick’s Game Play Festival, Dysfunctional Theatre Company’s “Final Defenders” gathers a ragtag band of earthlings whose gaming skills just might save The Konami Atari Alliance of Eden 3.

have an opportunity to meet the conductor (a revolving roster culled from local choral groups) and discuss the evening’s work at intermission. Free. Through Aug. 19, in the historic (and air-conditioned) Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South, btw. Thompson & Sullivan Sts.). For schedule and info, visit westvillagechorale.org.

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Chrystie St., btw. Delancey & Rivington Sts.). For tickets ($10-25, $60 festival pass), schedule and reservations, visit hotfestival. org or call 212-219-0736.

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THE DIXON PLACE HOT! FESTIVAL

Always sexy, occasionally sleazy and not afraid to cross the line of good taste in the name of getting a rise out of you, the flame of Dixon Place’s HOT! Festival continues to burn bright 22 years after its debut. Back then, popular sentiment hadn’t even begun to warm up to the notion of gays in the military, in the wedding chapel or at the prom. Today,

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polite society seems to have caught up with NYC’s premiere LGBTQ arts festival — so HOT! 2013 has raised the bar, with a dizzyingly diverse roster of over 200 button-pushing burlesque and circus acts, comedians, dancers, musicians, cabaret crooners, theatrical performers and miscellaneous troublemakers. Through Aug. 3, at Dixon Place (161A

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Thursday - Sunday June 27 - July 14 Thu-Sat at 8pm Sun at 3pm All Seats $15 Students/Seniors/ Military $10

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The Crooning Crabcakes grasp at boy group glory, in “Life Could Be a Dream” — at The New York Musical Theatre Festival. Photo courtesy of The Studio

Continued from page 19 From July 10-13, Hip-Hop culture’s legacy as an agent of artistic progression, community building and social change is explored and celebrated through panel discussions, exhibitions, parties, an awards show and plenty of live performances. July 11’s Show & Prove Super Bowl is a showcase of up-and-coming talent vying for the chance to perform at July 13’s Final Throwdown at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5 Uplands. From 12-3pm, a “good old-fashioned, pop the sprinklers, speakers in the window” block party delivers kidfriendly music, demos and workshops. From 3-8pm, EPMD, Redman, Pusha T, Dizzy Wright and Soul Understate and others perform, along with local talent including F.Stokes, Danse of BKLYN STICKUP and Justo. The festival afterparty takes place 9pm-2am, at SRB Brooklyn (177 2nd Ave.). For info, visit bkhiphopfestival.com.

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Even after 11 years on the shelf, this ultra-inclusive queer confab of theater, music and dance still passes inspection. With particular attention paid to booking the work of lesbian and transgender artists, Fresh Fruit also wrings delicious pulp from performers of all racial and many ethnic backgrounds, sexualities and gender orientations (or, as they describe it, “African-, Caribbean-, East Indian-, Hispanic-, Japanese-, Native- and even unhyphenated Americans”) — and it’s not just fruity fodder from the five boroughs. You’re just as likely to fill your shopping basket with the delights of artists from Australia, Canada, France, Mauii, Israel, the Philippines and the United Kingdom — a global rainbow of fruit flavor! July 8-21, at The Wild Project, Nuyorican Poets Café and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art. For tickets ($10-18) and info, visit freshfruitfestival.com or call 212-352-3101.

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BY MAEVE GATELY & SCOTT STIFFLER TRINITY CHURCH PRESENTS FAMILY FRIDAY PIZZA & MOVIE NIGHT Trinity Wall Street hosts this third-Friday-ofthe-month event for kids who are hungry (for food and entertainment) and adults who are too pooped to cook (or even order delivery!). On July 19, there’s no need to hoof it to Broadway if you want to see “Matilda.” You won’t find any singing or dancing in this version, but the Danny DeVito-directed 1996 film does offer an appropriately dark (but safe for kids) take on the Roald Dahl book. The series rounds out its summer calendar on August 16, with “The Secret of Kells.” Free. From 6-7:30pm, at Charlotte’s Place (107 Greenwich St., rear of 74 Trinity Place, btw. Rector & Carlisle Sts.). For info, call 212602-0800 or visit trinitywallstreet.org/calendar. THE CHILDREN’S ROOM AT POETS HOUSE This bright and vibrant space encourages literacy and creativity. In addition to housing many poetry books by classic and contemporary authors, the Children’s Room is designed to stimulate the imaginations of young ones and drive them to create poems and art of their own. From Thurs.-Sat., children are free to draw inspiration from the room’s card catalogue full of quirky objects and type up their own masterpieces on vintage typewriters. Every Thurs. at 10am, “Tiny Poet Time” offers poetry readings and music for toddlers. At 10 River Terrace (at Murray St.). Hours: Children’s Room

open Thurs.-Sat., 11am-5pm. Admission: Free. For info, call 212431-7920 or visit poetshouse.org. LAWN TIME FOR LITTLE ONES, ON THE HIGH LINE Babies and toddlers will love this morning of sing-alongs and readings, full of bubbles and the wonder of storytelling. Come to the 23rd St. lawn (weather permitting) and enjoy an hour and a half of storytelling, blocks and sing-alongs with neighborhood performers. You might even find yourself singing “The Wheels on the Bus,” while your little one basks contentedly in the summer air! Open to all ages. Thursdays 10-11:30am. Rain location: Chelsea Market 14th St. passage. When the 23rd St. lawn is closed for restoration, Lawn Time will take place on the 10th Ave. Square at 17th St . For more info, or to find out the location that day, call 212-206-9922 or check @Highlinenyc on Twitter on Thursdays by 8am. THE SCHOLASTIC STORE Held every Saturday at 3pm, Scholastic’s in-store activities are designed to get kids reading, thinking, talking, creating and moving. At 11am every Tues., Wed. and Thurs., the Scholastic Storyteller brings tales to life at Daily Storytime. At 557 Broadway (btw. Prince & Spring Sts.). Store hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-7pm and Sun., 11am-6pm. For info, call 212-343-6166 or visit scholastic.com/sohostore.

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Amelia Nierenberg’s “Splash” (oil on canvas).

T.A.G. (TEEN ART GALLERY) PRESENTS “FULL SPECTRUM” Determined to overcome “the limiting environment assigned to us because of our age,” the members of T.A.G. (Teen Art Gallery) make their own opportunities by helping young artists navigate the process of showing in a gallery setting. Their latest exhibition is the group’s sixth since its inception in 2010. “Full Spectrum” features the work of 24 fine artists from across the country, as well as a selection of creative writing and four films exhibited via the new T.A.G. YouTube channel. July 10-19, at chashama (303 10th Ave., btw. 27th & 28th Sts.).Gallery Hours: 12-5pm, Tues.-Sat. The opening reception (July 10, 6-8pm) features an acoustic performance from N YC’s The Jacobins. For info, visit teenartgallery.org (which is regularly updated with new works).

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COME OUT AND PLAY Take the kids — and bring along your inner child — to see the streets and parks of New York transformed into a giant playground! Come Out and Play (part of Lower Manhattan’s River To River Festival) is a nationwide organization that provides games, activities and teamwork challenges. In the past, Come Out and Play has taken families on a city-wide scavenger hunt, taught them how to make paper-mâché pigeons and showed them the finer points of whiffle ball. This year, on July 13, Field Day will fill the Governor’s Island Parade Ground with games and events (some of which were suggested by the public). Then on July 14, Come Out and Play After Dark will fill South Street Seaport with real life re-inactions of video games and multiplayer activities to keep you playing until the clock strikes midnight! Free. Field Day takes place Sat., July 13, 10am-5pm, at the Governor’s Island Parade Ground. Come Out and Play After Dark happens Sun., July 14, 7pm-12am, at South Street Seaport, Cannon’s Walk. For more info, visit comeoutandplay.org. For more family-friendly River To River activities, visit rivertorivernyc.com.

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Publ ic Notice s Notice is hereby given that a restaurant wine license, #TBA has been applied for by Shanasheel Corp d/b/a La Sultana to sell beer and wine at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 124 East 4th Street New York NY 10003. Vil: 07/04 - 07/11/2013 Notice is hereby given that an on premises license, #TBA has been applied for by Bi - Brainnn, Inc d/b/a Inside Bar to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 221 Avenue B New York NY 10009. Vil: 07/04 - 07/11/2013 Notice is hereby given that a restaurant wine license, #TBA has been applied for by Famous Ben’s of 14th Street Corp d/b/a Famous Ben’s to sell beer and wine at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 2 West 14th Street aka 80 Fifth Avenue New York NY 10011. Vil: 07/04 - 07/11/2013 Notice is hereby given that license #1271774 has been applied by the undersigned to sell alcoholic beverages at retail in a restaurant under the alcoholic beverage control law at 208 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022 for on-premises consumption. MMW CAFÉ LLC d/b/a BLOOM’S Vil: 07/04 - 07/11/2013 Notice is hereby given that a license, (license # pending), for beer, liquor, and wine has been applied for by Classic Harbor Line, LLC d/b/a Beacon and another license, (license # pending), for beer, liquor, and wine has been applied for by Classic Harbor Line, LLC, d/b/a Kingston to sell beer, wine, and liquor at retail on a vessel under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at Chelsea Piers, Pier 62, W.23rd Street and the Hudson River, New York, NY 10011. Vil: 07/04 - 07/11/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: BEST BRANDS SALES COMPANY, LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/27/13. 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, 20 West 33rd Street, New York, New York 10001. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 07/04 - 08/08/2013 Notice of Formation of DS ADMIN, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/25/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Kalnick, Klee & Green, LLP, 767 Third Ave., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/04 - 08/08/2013

Notice of Formation of Good Life Society, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/19/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to:The LLC, 33 West End Ave., NY, NY 10023. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 07/04 - 08/08/2013 Notice of Qualification of TALISMAN GROUP ADVISORS L.L.C. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/20/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/07/12. Princ. office of LLC: 510 Madison Ave., 7th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process and DE addr. to c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/04 - 08/08/2013 Notice of Formation of JULAIDAN FAMILY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/13/13. 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 Moses & Singer LLP, Attn: Daniel S. Rubin, Esq., 405 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10174-1299. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 07/04 - 08/08/2013 Notice of Qualification of Lumenate Technologies, LP App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/18/13. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Texas (TX) on 11/15/05. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, the registered agent upon whom process may be served. TX address of LP: 16633 Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 450, Addison, TX 75001. Name/address of each genl. ptr. available from SSNY. Cert. of LP filed with TX Secy. of State, 1019 Brazos, Room 105, Austin, TX 78701. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 07/04 - 08/08/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of Homeownership Lending, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/21/13. 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: Homeownership Lending, LLC, c/o UHAB, 120 Wall Street, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10005. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013

Notice is hereby given that an on premises license, #TBA has been applied for by Dear Irving LLC d/b/a Dear Irving to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 55 Irving Place New York NY 10003. Vil: 06/27 - 07/04/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of Knock Out Beauty LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/16/13. 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: Knock Out Beauty LLC c/o Sharlay Sloss, 850 Amsterdam Ave. New York, NY 10025 . Purpose:To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 07/04 - 08/08/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: ORANGE STREET GROUP LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/29/13. 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, 30 Christopher Street, Apartment 2D, New York, New York 10014. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013 IDENTITY COUNSEL INTERNATIONAL LLC a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 3/26/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Joseph J. Atick, 1 Irving Pl., NY, NY 10003. General Purposes. Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013 ABBEYDALE LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 5/22/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 373 Park Ave S, Fl 6, NY, NY 10016. General Purposes. Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013 CONVENT/ST. NICHOLAS, LLC a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 5/1/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 425 W. 144th St., NY, NY 10031. General Purposes. Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013 TRUSOUND LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 2/11/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 2440 Broadway, #7, NY, NY 10024. General Purposes. Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF REBEL ROYAL LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/19/13. 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: MIA SPIVEY-REBEL 249 E 118TH ST, APT 10B NY, NY 10035. Purpose: any lawful act Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013 Notice of Formation of ROC NATION APPAREL GROUP, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/17/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 1411 Broadway, 39th Fl., NY, NY 10018. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013 Notice of Formation of Beauty 4 Empowerment, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/17/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., 13th Fl., NY, NY 10011, also the registered agent. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013 Notice of Qualification of ADLY Holdings LLC App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/10/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 6/7/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 405 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10174. DE address of LLC: 160 Greentree Drive, Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013 Notice of Qualification of 15 East Holdings LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 6/5/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 6/4/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, Attn: CT Corporation System, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013

Notice of Qualification of Irving Place Investor LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/12/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 825 3rd Ave., Fl 37, NY, NY 10022. LLC formed in DE on 2/5/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013 Notice of Qualification of SDF24 Flushing LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/17/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 825 3rd Ave., Fl 37, NY, NY 10022. LLC formed in DE on 1/8/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013 Notice of Qualification of SDF25 Lewis LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/17/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 825 3rd Ave., Fl 37, NY, NY 10022. LLC formed in DE on 1/8/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013 Notice of Formation of 4th Avenue MM LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/5/13. 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 Adam America Real Estate, 370 Lexington Ave., Ste. 607, NY, NY 10017, Attn: Omri Sachs. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 06/20 - 07/25/2013 APP FOR AUTH for CEBRIK SISTERS, LLC App for Auth filed with SSNY 06/11/2013 LLC. Registered in New Jersey on 11/15/2012 Off. Loc.:New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, c/o Brian D. Fuhro, Esq., 36 Mountain View Blvd., Wayne, NJ 07470. Purpose:Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 06/20 - 07/25/2013

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF GSO Eclipse Associates I LLC Authority filed with the Sect of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/14/13. N.Y. Office Loc: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 6/4/13. SSNY has been designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 345 Park Avenue, 31st FL, NY, NY 10154. DE addr. of LLC: 200 Bellevue Pkwy, Ste 210, Wilmington, 19809. Cert of Form filed with DE Sect of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 06/20 - 07/25/2013 Notice of Qualification of HENRY V MURRAY SENIOR LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/05/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/04/13. Princ. office of LLC: 299 Park Ave., 42nd Fl., NY, NY 10171. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Paul Hastings LLP, Attn: Martin L. Edelman, Esq., 75 E. 55th St., 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 Secy. of State of DE, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 06/20 - 07/25/2013 Notice of Formation of 16-18 East 30th Street CBP LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 4/11/13. 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. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 06/20 - 07/25/2013 Notice of Formation of 126 E. 65th St. LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 5/7/12. 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 126 E. 65th St., NY, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 06/20 - 07/25/2013 Notice of Formation of 93 Crosby Owner LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 1/11/13. 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 Javeri Capital, 592 Fifth Ave., 4th Fl., NY, NY 10036. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 06/20 - 07/25/2013 Notice of Qual. of 16-18 East 30th Street LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 5/1/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 2/13/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Jaz Patel, 101 Worthington Rd., White Plains, NY 10607. 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: 06/20 - 07/25/2013

Notice of Qual. of 110 Residence LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 4/10/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 5/22/12. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: David Snoddy, 110 E. 70th St., NY, NY 10021. Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served is NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011. 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: 06/20 - 07/25/2013 Notice of Formation of CAREX PROPERTIES LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/17/12. 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 Peter L. Herb, Esq., 1133 Broadway, Ste. 1215, NY, NY 10010. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 06/20 - 07/25/2013 Notice of Qualification of NIC 6 Manor at Woodside Management LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 6/4/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1345 Ave. of the Americas, 46th Fl., NY, NY 10105. LLC formed in DE on 5/22/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/20 - 07/25/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF DeRosa Double Reeds, LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on May 14, 2013. Office location:NEW YORK County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The Post Office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is: c/o DeRosa Research and Trading, Inc 1270 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 555 NY, NY 10023. The principal business address of the LLC is:450 W 46th Street # 4RE New York, NY 10036 Purpose: any lawful act or activity Vil: 06/13 - 07/18/2013 VEH Solutions, LLC Authority filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/17/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 1/18/13. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: 190 Spring St, NY, NY 10012. Cert of LLC filed with Secy of State of DE located: 401 Federal St, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 06/13 - 07/18/2013

Notice of Formation of WEST SPRING GREEN LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/22/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Diane S. Parrish, 505 Greenwich St., PHB, NY, NY 10013. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 06/13 - 07/18/2013 Notice of Formation of 300 EAST 23RD ST. ASSOCIATES LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/02/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 7 Penn Plaza, Ste. 618, NY, NY 10001. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 06/13 - 07/18/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: INTERNATIONAL ART TRADING LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/03/13. 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, c/o The Moinian Group, 3 Columbus Circle, 23rd Floor, New York, New York 10019. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 06/13 - 07/18/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of ORIGIN MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/06/13. 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: ORIGIN MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS, LLC, 117A E. Main Street, #245, New Rochelle, NY 10801. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 06/13 - 07/18/2013 Notice of Formation of SID Home One LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/17/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 153 E 87th St., Apt. 3D, NY, NY 10128. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 06/13 - 07/18/2013 Notice of Qualification of El Rey Network LLC App. for Auth. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/30/13. Off. loc.: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 1/31/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, the registered agent upon whom process may be served. DE address of LLC: Corp. Trust Ctr., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Arts. of Org. filed DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 06/13 - 07/18/2013

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publ ic notice S Notice oF ForMAtioN oF cs 122 west 146th street llc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/30/13. 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 The LLC, 1350 Broadway, Ste. 1010, NY, NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 06/13 - 07/18/2013 Notice oF QuAliFicAtioN oF 1749 holDiNgs lP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/24/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 152 W. 57th St., 22nd Fl., NY, NY 10019. LP formed in DE on 4/24/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LP:The CorporationTrust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/13 - 07/18/2013 Notice oF QuAliFicAtioN oF gso bAKKeN overseAs holDiNgs i lP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/23/13. Office location: NY County. LP formed in DE on 5/8/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr. of the LP: 345 Park Ave., 31st Fl., NY, NY 10154. DE addr. of LP: c/o The Corporate Service Company, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/13 - 07/18/2013 Notice oF QuAliFicAtioN oF cleAr cliNic & schweiger DerMAtology MANAgeMeNt coMPANy, llc Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/16/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/15/12. 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: c/o Vcorp Services, LLC, 1811 Silverside Rd., Wilmington, DE 19810. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19801. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 06/06 - 07/11/2013

Notice oF QuAliFicAtioN oF west seAttle AcQuisitioN co., l.l.c. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/21/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 05/17/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 06/06 - 07/11/2013 Notice oF ForMAtioN oF blAir A. cAsDiN, Msw-lcsw, Pllc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/23/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. As amended by Cert. of Amendment filed with SSNY on 05/29/13, the name of PLLC is: BLAIR A. CASDIN, MSW, LCSW, PLLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 06/06 - 07/11/2013 Notice oF ForMAtioN oF lewNowsKi reD Kite llc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/24/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: Oskar Lewnowski, III, 120 W. 12th St., NY, NY 10011. 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: 06/06 - 07/11/2013 Notice oF ForMAtioN oF rlJ Ny holDiNgs llc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/30/13. 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 Baker & Hostetler LLP, Attn: Laurence S. Markowitz, Esq., 45 Rockfeller Plaza, NY, NY Vil: 06/06 - 07/11/2013 Notice oF ForMAtioN oF North coAst ProPerties oF New yorK llc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/24/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Schanker and Hochberg, PC, 27 West Neck Road, Huntington, NY 11743. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 06/06 - 07/11/2013 Notice oF ForMAtioN oF vAN brocKliN & AssociAtes, llc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/16/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Finley Van Brocklin, 222 E. 75th St., 4C, NY, NY 10021. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 06/06 - 07/11/2013

Notice oF ForMAtioN oF ANi 88th street llc Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/17/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 79 E. 79th St. #14, NY, NY 10128. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: National Corporate Research, Ltd., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/06 - 07/11/2013 Notice oF QuAliFicAtioN oF AlPhAMetriX grouP, llc Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/20/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 5/27/08. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: c/o Victoria L. Adams, Chief of Staff, AlphaMetrix, 181 W. Madison St., 34th Fl., Chicago, IL 60602. Regd. agent upon whom process may be served: National Corporate Research, Ltd. (NCR), 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016. DE addr. of LLC: NCR, 615 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/06 - 07/11/2013 Notice oF QuAliFicAtioN oF blAcKstoNe treAsury solutioNs ADvisors l.l.c. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/12/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 3/4/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: c/o The Blackstone Group L.P., 345 Park Ave., 16th Fl., NY, NY 10154. Regd. agent upon whom process may be served: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE addr. of LLC: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/06 - 07/11/2013 Notice oF QuAliFicAtioN oF lAguArDA. low Architects. llc Authority filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/25/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in TX on 10/13/00. SSNY designated as an agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: 4333 North Central Expressway Dallas TX 75205. Cert of LLC filed with Secy of State of TX located: 4333 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75205. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 05/30 - 07/04/2013

Notice oF ForMAtioN oF A liMiteD liAbility coMPANy. The name of the limited liability company is Gaelic Park Management Company, LLC (“LLC”). Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NY (“SSNY”) on 03/15/2013. 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 any process to The LLC, 52 Duane Street, New York, New York 10007. Purpose: To engage in any lawful activity. Principal business location: 52 Duane Street, New York, New York 10007. Vil: 05/30 - 07/04/2013 Notice oF ForMAtioN oF eAst eND teNNis AND sPort, llc Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/8/13. 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: 328 8th Ave, Ste 347, NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 05/30 - 07/04/2013 Notice oF ForMAtioN oF your chilD iN Focus llc Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/15/13. 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: YOUR CHILD IN FOCUS LLC, Caroline Rosen 1095 Park Avenue, APT. 9B New York, NY 10128. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/30 - 07/04/2013 Notice oF ForMAtioN oF christiAN ZAMorA stuDio llc Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NewYork (SSNY) on 04/11/13. 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: CHRISTIAN ZAMORA STUDIO LLC, C/O UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC., 7014 13TH AVENUE, SUITE 202, BROOKLYN, NY 11228. Purpose:To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/30 - 07/04/2013

bAM 213 FuNDiNg, llc, A DoMestic llc Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 3/1/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Bryan Sanders, 12 W. 18th St. #8-W, NY, NY 10011. General Purposes. Vil: 05/30 - 07/04/2013 Notice oF ForMAtioN oF cAscAbel hosPitAlity grouP llc Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/2/13. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1538 Second Ave., NY, NY 10028. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/30 - 07/04/2013

Notice oF ForMAtioN oF lisA verDe llc Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/8/13. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 134 E. 93rd St., Apt 11C, NY, NY 10128. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil: 05/30 - 07/04/2013 Notice oF ForMAtioN oF stANley seNior housiNg DeveloPer llc Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/13/10. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CPC Resources, Inc., 28 E. 28th St., 9th Fl., NY, NY 10016, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/30 - 07/04/2013

Notice oF QuAliFicAtioN oF gso cAPitAl solutioNs FuND ii lP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/14/12. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Cayman Islands (CI) on 4/20/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr. of the LP: c/o GSO Capital Partners LP, 345 Park Ave., 31st Fl., NY, NY 10154. Regd. agent upon whom process may be served: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. CI addr. of LP: c/o Maples Corporate Services Ltd., PO Box 309, Ugland House, S. Church St., Grand Cayman, KY1-1104, CI. Name/ addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with Registrar of Companies, Citrus Grove Bldg., Ground Fl., Goring Ave., Georgetown, Grand Cayman, CI. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/30 - 07/04/2013

Notice oF ForMAtioN oF DiAMoND tech ProPerty DeveloPMeNt & coNstructioN llc Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NewYork (SSNY) on 04/06/11. 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: Diamond Tech Property Development & Construction, 266 Griffith St, Jersey City, NJ 07307. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013

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Above left, the late Taylor Mead, the former Warhol superstar, posed for a photo with Richie Chang — local building superintendent and Fire Department buff — in a Ludlow St. bodega two years ago. Above right, three young neighborhood women posed for their photo in front of Clayton Patterson’s Essex St. door, “The Wall of Fame,” in 1992. Below left, in the 1980s, activists and neighbors at a “Save the Synagogue” rally, demanded that the fate of a former synagogue on Seventh St. between Avenues B and C be determined by the community, not the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Below right, at an art show at Patterson’s gallery in the early 1990s, from left, artist Bill Heine, tattoo artist Tom Devita and poet Lionel Ziprin, the latter who is holding a photo of Harry Smith, a well-known Lower East Side musicologist, with a young Ziprin in the background.

letters to the editor Continued from page 10 inside and in front of the building, and the list goes on. As I wrote to my landlord recently, our affordable housing residence is being turned into a pricey flophouse for transients. Who will step in to arrest this destruction of our homes and, as importantly, our sense of community, which depends on residential continuity? Georgette Fleischer Fleischer is founder, Friends of Petrosino Square

Has ‘cultivated’ untold artists To The Editor Re “Garden revokes his membership again, throws

away the key” (news article, June 13): Jeff Wright is a generous-spirited person with a big heart. A poet himself, he has taken it upon himself to support countless artists and writers who are unsung in a city whose institutions champion mostly blue-chip, international art. For years he has published magazines and written reviews about artists’ shows that would likely have not gotten coverage otherwise. Jeff is loved and revered by hundreds of Downtown folks. Many of us treasure the small, quiet barbecues he hosts at Dias y Flores a few times a year. (Jeff and crew meticulously clean up after these events. I once walked back to the garden a couple hours after a party had ended and saw no trace of any paper, plastic or food.) Jeff Wright is the face of integrity in community gardens in New York. Though some board members routinely break the garden rules, he has not broken a single one at Dias y Flores. It is an egregious breach of his position that GreenThumb Deputy Director Roland Chouloute is siding with the elitist board. Wright has

tried for 15 years to make Dias y Flores a model garden. He has spread the word and welcomed people of all stripes to join. However Chouloute has now colluded with the board to thwart open membership. Without democracy the gardens are not truly public spaces. Inspired by Jeff's enthusiasm to make this the “greatest garden in the city,”  I plan to join Dias y Flores and will vote against the exclusionary policies of the possibly corrupt board. Gae Savannah E-mail letters, not longer than 250 words in length, to news@ 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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I survived SoulCycle: Extreme spinning in the Village By Clarissa-Jan Lim SoulCycle’s new branch in the West Village is a sleek, immaculate space on Leroy St. that, like its 16 other studios across the country, caters to a trendy, tote-toting crowd who come prepared to sweat it out in designer workout gear. I am more accustomed — meaning, if lucky, three times a year — to exercising in a fluorescent-lit room with CNN showing mute on the TVs as I stare at boring, white brick walls (ahem, SUNY Purchase gym). But when I walked into the new SoulCycle, at Leroy and Greenwich Sts., I was greeted by a front-desk staff so scrubbed-looking and chirpy that I almost disregarded my wariness of the workout ahead that, according to its Web site, “incorporates a mental component of inspirational coaching” (cue eye roll), and for which the price of a single session could buy me six beers at a decent bar in Brooklyn. I had to fill out a first-timer’s form and put on a pair of shoes with clips on the soles that attach to the pedals of the bike I would be spinning. My class was already five minutes into its 45-minute session when I arrived, so I hopped onto my bike and clipped my shoes to the pedals amongst a smattering of already-sweaty SoulCyclers. My instructor — and DJ, light technician and life coach — for the day was Stephanie Pearson, a petite ball of tireless pedaling energy perched on her bike on an elevated platform in front of the room, spouting into her microphone headset words of wisdom and encouragement. I applauded SoulCycle’s ingenuity to have the room lit only by candles (yes, we were cycling by candlelight), because it would have been discouraging to see in the mirrors how awful I looked trying to keep up with Pearson. SoulCycling includes an intense session of arm and shoulder workouts on the bike handlebars, light weightlifting and some moves that involved the abdomen muscles, all while pedaling to the beat of the music — and Pearson’s reminders to “hit the corners!” It felt like extreme dancing on a bicycle. I regretted not eating a banana for energy before the class. The seat was uncomfortable and painful at times, but the bike itself was attuned to my movements — when my legs dragged, the pedals slowed. There was a knob below the handlebars to increase the resistance (but instructions to do so I completely ignored because I thought it would’ve killed me) and small weights stored underneath the seat that, when I lifted them out, at first seemed pretty light but after a while felt like sacks of rice. The novelty of SoulCycling’s resemblance to dancing in a nightclub wore off at about the halfway mark. I marveled at Pearson’s endurance; even her voice never once wavered throughout the session. At times sounding like a self-help guru (“You never know who you might inspire today! Challenge yourself to be better than before!”), she cheered us on to the music with whoops of encouragement, and the class enthusiastically responded with hoots and hollers of their own. Sweat dripped into my eye. “Here at SoulCycle we’re a community!” she exclaimed into her mic. Pearson knew

SoulCycle workouts include intervals of lifting light weights, all while spinning on a stationary bike.

some by their first names and commended our performance often. I was a little terrified when she whipped her ponytail back and forth to a remix of an AC/DC song. She had an inhuman amount of energy. Part of SoulCycle’s draw is the instructors’ personalized playlist of songs that drive the sessions. Pearson had a great choice of high-energy tunes that synched perfectly with her instruction. That, along with her spirited encouragement, went a long way in getting me through the session — I don't think I would have made it otherwise. As the 45-minute sweat-fest wrapped up, everyone clapped (me in relief) and thanked Pearson for “an amazing class.” She confirmed my suspicions of her superhumanness when I asked her how she had so much energy by replying happily, “I don’t really know, I’ve been up since 4:30 in the morning!” Despite having been around for seven years, SoulCycle has a small presence in the U.S. Its carefully handpicked locations certainly contribute to its exclusivity — all 17 of its studios are situated in New York and California’s wealthiest of neighborhoods. I get the workout's appeal, though. It's one you can’t replicate on your own (although SoulCycle bikes can be purchased for your home at $2,200), and won’t find at a regular gym. And even though every fiber of my being cried out in protest during the session, after it was over I wistfully wished I could repeatedly splurge $34 on classes. SoulCycle’s West Village studio is located at 126 Leroy St. For more information, visit www.soul-cycle.com.

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Instructor Stephanie Pearson kept the class spinning along with inspirational patter and a high-energy music mix.

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Slow fix at J.J. Walker putting squeeze play on the g.V.l.l. If you build it they will come — but just don’t take forever to finish the job! Frustration has set in at the Greenwich Village Little League over the Parks Department’s slow replacement of the artificial turf at J.J. Walker Field, at Clarkson and Hudson Sts. The renovations of the key playing field started 10 months ago, when it was taken out of commission for athletic use. But no one ever thought it would take almost a year to lay down the new surface. According to John Economou, G.V.L.L. president, the latest update from Parks is that the field will finally be completed sometime around the middle of this month. Not having use of the field is playing havoc with the league’s programs. “The unavailability of J.J. has of course impacted our spring season and now is apparently also going to affect our summerball program,” Economou said. Unfortunately, the field wasn’t ready for

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