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Illegal hotel operator is gone — but so are rent-regulated units BY SAM SPOKONY PHOTO BY SAM SPOKONY

A great new space to create Renzo Ortega was one of 150 Hunter College art students who welcomed visitors into their new Tribeca studios Nov. 25 after a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The second through fourth floors of 205 Hudson St. now house Hunter’s M.F.A. studio art program.

Typewriter repairman’s job was punctuated by changes BY HEATHER DUBIN

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sad note to typewriter aficionados: The final period is about to be struck on a longrunning romance story — about typewriters. After 28 years in the business, Bino Gan, owner of Typewriters ’N Things in the West Village, is clos-

ing up shop. Gan and his wife, Nita, who also sell office supplies and stationery, will bid their loyal customers a final farewell on Dec. 31. In an interview last week, Bino Gan spoke about his career, the rise and fall of the typewriter, and the couple’s impending retirement. Originally from Manila, in the Philippines, Gan arrived in New

York in 1976, and started working at his brother’s store in the family business — typewriters. His brother, who owned a store for 20 years in Midtown, taught Gan the trade. In 1985, Gan branched out with his sister, and they purchased a typewriter business together, which ASDF, continued on p. 4

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ven though one of the city’s illegal hotel kingpins has now been shut down, housing advocates say that the resulting loss of rent-stabilized apartments is still a major problem. A year after the city filed a lawsuit against Smart

Apartments — also known as Hotel Toshi — for violating a state law that bans tourist rentals of less than 30 days in residential apartments, Mayor Bloomberg announced on Nov. 19 that a settlement had been reached. Smart Apartments will pay a $1 million penalty to REGULATION, continued on p. 9

East Villagers map out a plan to keep chain stores in check BY GERARD FLYNN

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HOYLMAN LAYS DOWN THE LAW: Outgoing Police Commissioner Ray Kelly surprised some when, last week, he wholeheartedly endorsed the raucous SantaCon. Earlier in the week, a police lieutenant in Hell’s Kitchen had declared the annually ever-larger, Santa-themed pub crawl / open-air vomitorium and urinal a disgrace, saying local bar owners should shun it. But, as reported by the Daily News, Kelly retorted, “This is an event that we support. It’s what makes New York New York. There have been some rowdy actions by a small handful of people in the past. I think that’s why the officers in Midtown North were trying to…alert the tavern owners.” Taking a far harder line on SantaCon, state Senator Brad Hoylman in October reached out to the St. Nick-themed booze fest, urging them to clean up their act and create a plan for how they’ll do that, to be shared with local police precincts and community boards. “I’m disappointed in Commissioner Kelly’s comments brushing off the negative impact of SantaCon, which seem way out of touch with New Yorkers and his own police force,” Hoylman told us. “Marauding droves of drunken people isn’t what makes New York special, and I hope the commissioner really doesn’t believe his police force should facilitate this brand of lawlessness. Instead, we need to hold SantaCon responsible by requiring them to make public and follow defined routes, ensure respectful participants, and implement a comprehensive safety plan. SantaCon needs to sober up and clean up

PIZZA PIE GOODBYE: The Roio’s Pizza (formerly Famous Ray’s) at 11th St. and Sixth Ave. was set to close this Wednesday, according to our intrepid Central Village correspondent Elissa Stein. They’ll be making ’za The Talking Transition tent was being struck in Duarte Square this week — and the black crates that had spelled out “TALK” were stacked and wrapped up and ready to until they run out of ingredients, go — after the temporary two-week interactive program came to a close. The initiative she told us. “Apparently, the family is making the results of its survey public and will also present the data to new Mayor owned the building before, so they Bill de Blasio. never paid rent,” Stein reported. “The building was finally sold and they FILLING GRUBER’S BIG SHOES: The election is still a can’t afford to pay what the new people are asking. … Honestly, they’re not all that busy anymore. I remember good ways off, but one candidate for Community Board when they were open until 3 a.m. on Saturdays. Now it’s 2 chairperson is already throwing his hat into the ring. empty much of the time.” Stein plans to give the whole Following the community board’s unofficial rule of two recap of the Ray’s multigenerational saga — which is the one-year terms in a row for board chairpersons, David real Famous Ray’s? etc. — for us in next week’s issue. Gruber will be stepping down next year. Typically, his Last we checked with her, she was heading to the place last month as chairperson would be June. Meanwhile, to get a slice of white pizza. We can’t believe this is re- Richard Stewart must be feeling his oats after winning ally the end, though, and are certain that a new Original 13 percent of the vote against Corey Johnson in the genFamous For-Real Authentic Ray’s will open there soon. eral election — without even trying! — because last week … Meanwhile, Stein also informs us that Chipotle will Stewart announced to us he’s now planning to run for the be opening at the “haunted and doomed retail corner” top spot at C.B. 2. “I was surprised that I got 13 percent at Sixth Ave. and 13th St. Yeah right…we’ll see how long of the votes when I clearly stated, ‘Vote for Corey Johnthat one lasts. … As for another original Ray, Ray of Av- son,’ ” the newly minted Republican district leader adenue A fame told us he recently received an order at 2 mitted to us. “I said I wasn’t running and couldn’t run a.m. for 900 beignets. “You better have the money!!!” in the district. … You tell me, what’s going on?” Stewart he warned the caller, then hustled back to the fryer to asked us. Of course, Scoopy readers will recall that Stewstart churning out the irresistible dollops of dough. The art actually lives outside of Council District 3 and that his guy showed up — with the cash — and relieved Ray of name was on the ballot merely as a “placeholder.” We still the freshly cooked golden beignets. Now that must have don’t — and may never — fully comprehend what that

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she later ran on her own for 18 years. After two years of working with his sister, Gan went solo and opened Typewriters ’N Things on Eighth Ave. near Horatio St.  The store is currently in its third location. Gan has kept it within a three-block area on the same avenue all these years. “I just love this neighborhood,” he said. “In Midtown, where I used to work, there were only offices. Over here, I’m servicing mostly individuals — and that’s a big difference.”  Local residents also bring in lots of business for supplies, which are plentiful and neatly displayed in the 300-square-foot space, with a workshop down below.  Following the advent of computers, Gan had to adjust to a market that was no longer exclusively demanding typewriters and calculators. “In 1992, it slowed down, and I switched my main bulk of business to office supplies and stationery,” he said. Previously, however, business boomed at Typewriters ’N Things, and there were four full-time staff, including Gan, to troubleshoot broken typewriters. “Our generation of technicians are almost gone,” he reflected. “Not too many are left.”  Last month, Gan lost a technician who was with him 28 years, and had been working in typewriter repair since the 1950s. It was also that man who sold the typewriter business to Gan and his sister. Gan’s other technician returned to the Dominican Republic. In addition to serving the local typewriter set, Gan bought Olympia and Olympus manual standard typewriters, mostly from Canada, fixed them up, and then exported them to the Dominican Republic and sometimes the Philippines.  According to Gan, the typewriters from Canada, which had blank letter keys, were in pretty bad shape. “The way the kids used them in school was very rough,” he said. “The students

All tapped-out: Bino Gan, 60, has worked at Typewriters ’N Things for more than two and a half decades and is ready to retire at the end of this year.

tried to destroy the machines. They can’t have class if they were broken.” It cost less for Canadian schools to buy new ones than bother with repairs, so Gan prospered from scooping up the rejects. He also used to sell electric typewriters until the late ’80s, and had a bench for people to sit and try them out. Gan next focused only on repairs, then when he moved to where he is now in 2001, he sold Olympia manual typewriters for a few years.  Eventually, Gan stopped selling manual typewriters since no one makes them anymore. However, there has been a resurgence of interest in vintage typewriters over the past five years. “Now everybody is looking for manuals, and I don’t have any,” Gan said.  While Gan is not exactly sure why, he does believe typewriters are making a comeback. “I get calls from people asking me all day if I have them to sell, or do I fix them, or do I still have ribbons,” he noted. Gan noted this demographic is in their 20s and 30s, and they are searching for Royal, Smith Corona or Remington typewriters, generally priced at $295 and up. These vintage typewriters are from the 1920s to 1940s, and are black and shiny. A much younger generation, ages 5 to 10, is being introduced to typewriters at Poets House, a library and literary center in Battery Park City which is Gan’s client. In a phone interview, Suzanne Lunden, the publicity and marketing coordinator at Poets House, explained why there are typewriters in the children’s

room, which is also open to the public. “We think it’s a tactile introduction to writing, and the kids like the mechanical fun,” she said. So much so, that they call them, “screenless computers.” Poets House also has a typewriter from W.S. Merwin, and a grownup recently came in to bang out her own poems on the former poet laureate’s trusty machine. Gan’s typewriter customers are a specific type. Most are writers and reporters who belong to an older generation. There are a slew of celebrities — Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola and Tommy Hilfiger — who have brought in typewriters to be fixed. Repairs cost $125 and up.  Gan produced a receipt from Coppola dated Oct. 18, 2002, for the cleaning and tuning of his Olivetti Lettera 32, a popular Italian model from the ’60s. “He told me it’s the same typewriter he wrote ‘The Godfather’ on,” Gan said. Coppola has yet to return, which may speak volumes about Gan’s handiwork, or perhaps Coppola has transitioned to writing on a computer. Beth Bogart, a relative of Humphrey Bogart, has frequented the shop with her typewriter. William Packard, the late writer, was a regular. And Keanu Reaves, the actor, was looking to buy his own; he brought in a manual to show the Gans and get an opinion.  Gan does not recognize many of the writers who come in, nor does he use a typewriter himself, but he gets the appeal. “It feels different,” he said. “The noise, the pounding and hitting of the key as it touches the paper.” Gan can tell the brand and model number of a typewriter from its case. Securing the right ribbon is also his specialty. There is a universal typewriter ribbon, but he prefers to match the ribbon to the model. As to whether the typewriter reveals insight into the writer, Gan did not refer to

brands per se. “Yes, if the machine is nice and clean, they’re clean. If it’s dirty, they are sloppy and dirty,” he said. “One time, I encountered a typewriter with lots of cockroaches and their eggs inside.” Kenneth Gangemi, an East Village writer, last week informed The Villager of Gan’s imminent departure. He likes his Smith Corona manual typewriters, and in a phone interview, he justified having two of them — since it is always smart to have a working backup. “I got the idea from the writer Isaac Asimov,” he explained. However, Gangemi is now on his second computer, and, as he put it, is not “one of those Luddites who works on a typewriter.” Yet, he still prefers his typewriter to knock out a quick note that takes him about five minutes — which is substantially less time than if he uses his computer.  “There’s no delete key and I can’t go fussing about it. It’s a charm, it has a singularity,” he said of the finished product. Another customer had Gan paint his typewriter a Ferrari red color. That was the first time Gan received a request like that. “It was beautiful, oh my God,” he recalled. Gan’s customers might be lost without him, and he is not sure what they will do. “Right now I still give free estimates. Bring it in, I’m out December 31,” he joked. “I’m not coming back to tell them what to do.” Gan did offer some simple advice. “Put a piece of paper in, and if it doesn’t roll up, it’s finished,” he said. Once the roller is flattened, and the paper is slipping around in it, it is beyond repair. There used to be 10 companies, now all defunct, that re-covered rollers in new rubber. Paul Schwitzer, who owns Gramercy Typewriter Co., in the Flatiron Building, has been running his 80-year-old family business since 1959. While Gan’s customers said they found Schwitzer hard to reach, this reporter got him with one call. The best times to catch him are in the early or late afternoon.  The Gans, who live in Dumont, N.J., are tired and ready for new adventures. They are looking forward to enjoying time together, and traveling to the Philippines to visit family.  But Gan has some mixed feelings about his last day. “I’m happy, I’m sad — after 26 years,” he reflected. Gan dug up an interview he did with another newspaper in 2011, where he said he would stick around for five more years, and admitted he was wrong. As for his customers, they will most likely miss him. “Woody Allen buys his ribbons from me, six pieces at a time. He owes me an autograph,” Gan said. “When he comes in again, he’ll be surprised I’m gone.”

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quarters, it was mostly quiet, if not nostalgic, for a neighborhood that has gone through a veritable “gut renovation” of gentrification for the last 20 years or so.   As groups sat around with colored markers mapping out their consumer habits or browsing a specially created pocket map showing alternatives to 7-Eleven, Melanie Trohn, a policy analyst with E.V.C.C., outlined the social forces driving the long-term trend. Mostly, she said, the loss of the neighborhood’s former retail character is driven by the bottom line. A bakery might only be able to pay $9,000 a month for a coveted spot, but the “corporate complex” can pay a landlord $30,000 or more, she noted. Also, unlike the small business owner, the formula-retail store can draw upon a large pool of cash and credit to stay afloat in hard times, whereas the small business sinks from few customers, she explained. In other words, the small store just can’t compete. On top of that, landlords might not even rent to small business owners, but rather hold out for the bigger payout. A creditcard culture also favors the larger retailer, drawing in many more customers, since competing independent business owners might not take plastic. Hence, the old-time bakery becomes an upscale juice bar. Jack Kerouac’s East Village becomes a mere dharma-bum brand.   As formula-retail outlets roll through her old neighborhood, one East Village resident, Kate Puls, said, “It’s hard to say, but I’m scared to think what the neighborhood might look like in 10 years.” She has seen the continuing loss of local character, as shoe repair stores, fish markets and bakeries disappear. What formula-retail stores and banks are creating, said local activist Rob Hollander, is a kind of corporate monoculture, a “homogenization” of a neighborhood that was once renowned for its cherished cultural and commercial diversity. As if the newcomers have a caffeinated preference for corporate culture, Puls recalled how a local chain, The Bean, lost one of its three stores to Starbucks, which she heard paid $38,000 for about 1,000 square feet. Hollander pointed to the strip along 14th  St. on either side of Union Square, where many small stores have been swallowed and supplanted by standardized replacements. But what can be done in a market economy when corporations have every right to pay a landlord the market rate in rent and push out anyone who can’t? Actually a lot, some said. A “resurgence” in opposition to formula retail is on its way, so there’s hope for the 400 or so small businesses that remain in the East Village, it was noted. As one activist stated, “Politicians may

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At the E.V.C.C. workshop, mapping out a strategy to preserve local mom-and-pop stores, from left: Udo Drescher, an East Village resident; Gayle Raskin, owner of Jane’s Exchange children’s and maternity consignment store; Karen Loew, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation’s director for the East Village and special projects; and Tania Vargas, owner of Goat-Milk kids’ wear.

not listen to hippies, but they will listen to business owners.” There was a loud call for considerably more political influence to be brought to bear on the issue, from the City Council and Community Board 3, to state government in Albany. “Anyone looking for an issue can just look out the window,” one activist reminded everyone, as the evening came to an end and as the talk turned more militant to street protests. As if on cue, state Senator Brad Hoylman stepped into the room, just as a recorded church bell was pealing 8 p.m. When asked what’s objectionable about larger commercial establishments pursuing their lawful right to do business in the East Village, Hoylman pointed to the loss of mom-and-pop stores and the subsequent erosion of the East Village’s uniqueness. These retail “pioneers,” he said, gave the neighborhood its distinct quality in the first place, long before the arrival of the chain store. In addition to looking at zoning as a means to curb the chain stores’ spread, he said that C.B. 3 and politicians like his colleague state Senator Daniel Squadron “would and should” get more involved as the issue gains community traction. At the workshop, Hoylman heard from a participant about a bill related to formularetail zoning that began in the Hamptons. According to Sara Romanoski, E.V.C.C.’s executive director, Hoylman subsequently wrote her last Friday to report he has now signed on to that bill.

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POLICE BLOTTER Fatal stabber pleads guilty

A man charged with fatally stabbing a patient at a Lower East Side treatment center in 2011 has pleaded guilty to firstdegree manslaughter, a district attorney spokesperson said. Charles Meredith, 48, pleaded guilty on Nov. 25, and is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 15. Around 3:20 a.m. on May 11, 2011, Meredith got into an argument with Stewart Rhodes, 50, who was being treated for mental illness at Stanton House, located at 190 Stanton St., according to police reports. Meredith then picked up a kitchen knife and plunged it several times into the torso of Rhodes, who was pronounced dead after being rushed to the hospital. Meredith had been a patient at the treatment center before the attack, and was reportedly once Rhodes’s roommate.

Gunpoint robbery

Police are searching for two suspects who robbed a South Village liquor store at gunpoint on the night of Sat., Nov. 23. The two unidentified men walked into Thompson Wine and Spirits, at 222 Thompson St., around  10:20 p.m., pulled out a gun and demanded cash, police said. The store’s employee handed over the money, after which the robbers fled the scene. No injuries were reported.

Surveillance camera images of the alleged liquor store robbers, according to police.

Meatpacking mayhem

Police arrested James Degivenchy, 50, on Nov. 23 after he allegedly attacked a New York Police Department sergeant because he was angry that his car was being towed. Around 2 a.m., a traffic cop was in the process of towing Degivenchy’s illegally parked vehicle on W. 13th St., between Washington St. and Ninth Ave., when the driver returned to the scene. Degivenchy reportedly became irate and jumped into his car, continuing to sit inside it even while it was lifted up onto the tow truck, police said. Degivenchy at first refused to get out of the car, even after the police sergeant arrived and instructed him multiple times to do so. When he finally did get out, the angry driver reportedly stood on the back of the tow truck and got into a fighting position, prompting the sergeant to take out his taser, police said.

When Degivenchy continued to be aggressive after coming down from the truck, the sergeant used the taser on him, but the man was apparently unfazed by the electric shock and punched the sergeant in the face, police said. The sergeant was eventually able to pepper-spray Degivenchy, and, with the help of officers who arrived to provide backup, he was finally subdued. On top of that, the alleged attacker’s wife, Gina Degivenchy, 46, tried unsuccessfully to stop the officers from arresting her husband once he had been apprehended, police said. James Degivenchy was charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer, as well as resisting arrest. His wife was also arrested and charged with obstructing government administration.

Gansevoort groper

A man was busted for groping two women at the Hotel Gansevoort on Fri., Nov. 22, police said. Jaime Crespo, 31, was reportedly standing outside a bathroom in the hotel, at 18 Ninth Ave., around  3:15 p.m., when, according to a 32-year-old woman, he grabbed her genital area as she was walking by. A 28-year-old woman said that, moments later, Crespo grabbed her breast as she was walking toward the bathroom. By the time those incidents were reported and police had arrived, the alleged perv was also spotted banging on a metal door

inside the hotel, causing some damage to it. Crespo was charged with forcible touching, sexual abuse and criminal mischief.

Beer brings on knife bust

Police arrested Kevin Willis, 51, on Nov. 22 after he was caught carrying an illegal knife while strolling down the sidewalk. Willis was spotted by officers around  7:30 p.m. near the corner of W. 14th St. and Eighth Ave., and was stopped and searched because he was reportedly drinking an open can of beer. He was then found to be carrying a gravity knife in his front pants pocket, police said. Willis was charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

Teen tagger gets tagged

A teenage graffiti artist was caught tagging the wall of the subway station at 14th St. and Sixth Ave. on Nov. 23, police said. Officers spotted the 17-year-old on the Uptown side of the B/D/F/M station around  12:30 p.m., as he was writing “Ramer,” apparently his nickname, on the wall with a white permanent marker. After interrupting the teen’s work, the officers also found that he was carrying a fake Virginia driver’s license. The teen was charged with forgery and making graffiti.

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unding is available for 10 new gun buyback events across the city, but it’s unclear whether one of those will be held for the Lower East Side’s public housing developments. In its fiscal year 2014 budget, the City Council set aside $150,000 to fund the buybacks, which offer cash to residents who anonymously turn in guns to their local police precinct. The New York Police Department has also provided a matching contribution of $150,000. In October 2012, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver worked with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office to sponsor the first-ever Lower East Side gun buyback event, which took 50 firearms — including four illegally altered, semiautomatic handguns — off the street.

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“The scourge of gun violence has brought tragedy to far too many families in our community, particularly on the Lower East Side, which recently saw yet another fatal shooting,” said Silver in an e-mailed statement last week, referring to the Nov. 10 murder of 30-year-old George Taliferro in Smith Houses. “I would welcome another gun buyback and I am continuing my strong effort to curb gun violence,” Silver said. The 10 locations for the new buybacks will be chosen through discussions between the City Council, N.Y.P.D. and D.A.’s Office, according to a D.A. source. “Every illegal firearm taken off our streets means lives saved and crimes averted, and that is why gun buyback programs are an invaluable tool in keeping New Yorkers safe,” said Councilmember Margaret Chin, who has also allocated $800,000 for the installation of security

cameras in public housing developments. “Curbing gun violence in our communities is of the utmost priority, and I expect the next administration to give this issue its full attention.” The Council also allocated more than $4.5 million in funding for other antigun violence initiatives in its F.Y. 2014 budget. But that money is all focused on five neighborhoods — in Harlem, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island — that have statistically higher rates of shootings than the Lower East Side. Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, in an interview with The Villager, called for a second Lower East Side gun buyback earlier this year, following January’s fatal shooting of Raphael Ward, 16, a Baruch Houses resident. Since Ward’s murder, there have been a total of eight more shooting incidents reported in the Fifth, Seventh and Ninth pre-

cincts, which collectively cover Chinatown, the Lower East Side and the East Village. The N.Y.P.D. did not respond to a request for comment. Christopher Delrosario, the 19-year-old Smith Houses resident who was arrested in connection with Taliferro’s death, has been indicted for second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon. He is scheduled to be arraigned in State Supreme Court on  Dec. 12, according to a D.A. spokesperson. In interviews conducted at the Smith Houses following Taliferro’s death, residents of the development generally supported the idea of bringing another gun buyback to the Lower East Side. But one woman, who has lived there 35 years, was bluntly critical of the program. “It’s bulls---,” said the 60-year-old woman. “For every gun they turn in, there are still five more on the street.” November 28, 2013

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New law broadens eligibility for tenants of Mitchell-Lamas BY SAM SPOKONY

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More than a year after Superstorm Sandy knocked out power in Hudson River Park, work is still ongoing to restore electricity to some parts of the park’s Greenwich Village section south of 14th St. Portable electric generators are being used in this area to provide light at night. To date, $31 million has been spent on Sandy-related repairs for Hudson River Park, according to the Hudson River Park Trust. Up to 90 to 95 percent of that amount will be covered by FEMA and some of the rest by New York State. The Trust, in the end, will be liable for from $1 million to $3 million of the total, according to Madelyn Wils, the agency’s president.

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newly adopted change to the Mitchell-Lama housing program will allow a wider range of middle-income families to enter the program. On Nov. 14 Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that makes it easier for a family with fewer than two dependents to qualify for a Mitchell-Lama unit. The law went into effect immediately. Now, any household that brings in more than 100 percent but less than 125 percent of the area median income will be eligible for the state-subsidized housing, even if they don’t have children. Families within that income range will still have to pay a rental surcharge in order to get a Mitchell-Lama unit. The legislation was sponsored by state Senator Daniel Squadron and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. “Thanks to our legislation, more families will have the chance to make a life here, no matter what their family looks like,” said Squadron, in a statement released on the day his bill was signed into law. “With the cost of housing steadily rising

and income levels remaining stagnant, it is more important than ever to make affordable housing more accessible to a greater number of families,” said Silver, in a statement released that same day. New York City’s area median income for 2013 — as determined by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development — is $60,200 for an individual, $68,800 for a family of two, $77,400 for a family of three and $85,900 for a family of four. And 125 percent of that area median income is $75,250 for an individual, $86,000 for a family of two, $96,750 for a family of three and $107,375 for a family of four. Victor Papa, president of the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council and also a resident of Southbridge Towers (a MitchellLama development), praised the newly approved expansion. “Anything that broadens eligibility and improves the Mitchell-Lama program is always welcome,” said Papa in a phone interview last week. “It’s noteworthy that Squadron and Silver sponsored this, and hopefully they’ll continue to be active in supporting legislation that will save Mitchell-Lama in a city that sorely needs it.”

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the city, and is now permanently prevented from doing business in the Big Apple, according to a statement released that day. The city’s lawsuit cited about 50 buildings in Manhattan and Brooklyn that contained units used by Smart Apartments as illegal hotel rooms. Seventeen of those buildings are located in the Downtown Manhattan area — 14th St. and below — according to a list released by the Mayor’s Office. This newspaper learned last week that, in at least one of those buildings, apartments that were formerly rent-stabilized — and which were, for years, used by Smart Apartments as illegal hotel units — are now being leased by the landlord for market rate rents. “Our landlord was completely in cahoots with [Smart Apartments],” said a resident of 79 Clinton St., one of the buildings cited in the lawsuit, who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal from the landlord. “Before [Smart Apartments] came in, the whole building was rent-stabilized,” the tenant said. “Then, they started using five of the apartments as illegal hotel rooms. And now that the illegal hotels are gone, we know that all those units now have tenants who are paying market rate.” Gilman Management Corporation, the owner of 79 Clinton St., did not respond to a

In a July 2012 letter to H.C.R., Rosenrequest for comment. thal asked the state agency to examHousing advocates believe that landine the rent histories of each unit in lords are now capitalizing off their assothe building, to determine which had ciation with Smart Apartments — which been illegally deregulated and to “agallowed them to use residential units for gressively enforce” rent regulations for years without listing a legal tenant — by those units. illegally deregulating apartments that Rosenthal followed that up with anwere once rent-stabilized. other letter this past January, but never Those advocates are also criticizing got a response from H.C.R. in writing, the state’s department of Homes and she said. Community Renewal — which overInstead, an H.C.R. representative resees rent regulation — for not launchportedly told her that investigating the ing an investigation into these allegallegedly illegal deregulations was not edly illegal practices by the landlords. a priority for the agency at that time. “What we’re seeing is landlords us“I thought it was such a wasted oping the vagueness of H.C.R. regulations portunity,” said Rosenthal, speaking to install illegal hotels in rent-stabilized last week. “When all those units sudunits,” said Tom Cayler, who leads the denly became deregulated after the ilWest Side Neighborhood Alliance’s Illelegal hotel operation was gone, it was gal Hotel Committee. “And if the landLinda Rosenthal wants an investigation of the rents being a perfect time for [H.C.R.] to step in lords get caught, it’s actually a win-win charged for former illegal hotel units. and recapture them. There are just too situation for them, because even though many New Yorkers in need of affordthey no longer have an illegal hotel unit, able housing for this to be overlooked.” they now have a free market unit. And H.C.R. did not respond to a request for Rosenthal continued to call on H.C.R. to H.C.R. is doing nothing to rectify it. They have comment. no interest, as far as I can see, in re-regulating State Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, launch an investigation, especially now that units that were used for illegal hotels.” whose district covers parts of Hell’s Kitchen Smart Apartments has officially been shut Cayler added that he believes many units and the Upper West Side, has also been push- down. “I would love for H.C.R. to take a stronacross the city have been unlawfully deregu- ing H.C.R. to investigate this issue, after learnlated as a result of illegal hotel use, and that the ing that 89 rent-regulated apartments in a W. ger stand on this now,” she said. “It’s such a full impact of this practice will not be revealed 73rd St. building may have been unlawfully simple case to make, but it just requires some effort.” until a thorough investigation is conducted. deregulated through illegal hotel use.

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With SWAMP stuck, it’s now time to start over EDITORIAL

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s we enter the last month of Mayor Bloomberg’s third and final term, one of his signature initiatives remains in limbo: SWAMP. That is, the mayor’s Solid Waste Management Plan, as part of which, all of Manhattan’s residential recyclable waste was to have been barged from Gansevoort Peninsula to a new recycling plant in Sunset Park. Because Gansevoort Peninsula — which juts into the river west of the Meatpacking District — is in Hudson River Park, legislation was needed to allow the “alienation” of parkland for a marine waste transfer station. The state Legislature passed the required legislation six years ago. Yet, the plan has lain dormant because a key memorandum of understanding, or M.O.U., is unsigned. In return for alienating 1.36 acres of parkland on the 8-acre peninsula — needed for a road for garbage trucks to reach the M.W.T.S. — the Trust, under the M.O.U., would receive $50

million, we’re told. But the mayor, governor and heads of the Assembly and state Senate all must sign the M.O.U. Bloomberg is ready to sign, but the state clearly doesn’t have the desire to do so. So, the clock will run out on Bloomberg with SWAMP unapproved. That will come as good news to many Villagers who don’t relish the idea of 60 or more, diesel particulate-belching garbage trucks rumbling daily across the park’s bikeway and walkway onto the peninsula. Adding to parents’ concerns, just a few hundred feet away is a popular children’s water-play pier. Five years ago, the Friends of Hudson River Park and local elected officials, including Assemblymembers Deborah Glick and Richard Gottfried, proposed Pier 76, at W. 36th St. in Chelsea, as an alternative site for the M.W.T.S. The city responded that retrofitting part of Pier 76 as a transfer station would be too expensive, costing millions more than siting such a facility at Gansevoort. Calling city officials “disrespectful,” Glick charged they barely even “flipped through” the alternative proposal. Ross Gra-

ham, then-co-chairperson of the Friends, declared they were reserving the right to sue over the M.W.T.S. In fact, back in 2006, Community Board 4, which covers Chelsea, actually supported the Pier 76 alternative, feeling Gansevoort — which is near Chelsea — is the better site for park use, plus, the area around Pier 76 isn’t residential. The most controversial — or highly publicized — part of SWAMP calls for a transfer station at E. 90th to export Manhattan’s other garbage to whichever municipalities want us to pay them to take it. So where are things now? The Brooklyn recycling center has been completed. But it’s been a decade since the Bloomberg administration launched the SWAMP idea, and all we have is that one facility. As for Pier 76, also included — along with park air-rights transfers — in the recent legislative amendment to the Hudson River Park Act that Governor Cuomo finally signed, is a provision under which commercial revenue from Pier 76 now all will go to the Trust. Previously, the city was to get the commercial revenue

generated on half of the pier. The other half of the pier will be developed for recreational park use. Meanwhile, Gottfried and others still want another amendment, to allow hotel use at Pier 76, which, if approved, surely would nix a garbage-barging operation there. Farther south, it’s expected the new Spring St. megagarage will be completed by 2015, allowing the garbage trucks currently parked on Gansevoort to relocate there, paving the way for the peninsula’s redevelopment into a genuine park. There was a study 10 years ago about sending Manhattan’s garbage out of the city by freight rail. Other activists note many cities now use “closed-system technology” to turn putrescible garbage into methane gas or biodiesel. In short, 10 years is a long time. And the Village will have more than its fair share of garbage trucks just with the new Spring St. threedistrict megagarage alone. With a new administration, it’s time to scrap SWAMP — and completely reassess the city’s approach to waste management with a fresh eye.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR A degree but no planet? To The Editor: After traveling across the country by train and visiting numerous schools on the East Coast, I have observed a growing number of students who are concerned with the investments of their institutional endowment. I am one of these concerned students. While colleges and universities across the nation accept and teach the science of climate change, they backhandedly invest their money in the very companies that perpetuate the climate crisis. This double standard can exist no longer. Students from more than 350 colleges have actively started to point out this contradiction between their schools’ values and their investment philosophy. New York University, the college that I proudly attend, is one these schools that has taken a moral stand on climate change. The school has recognized and taken steps to address the fundamental reality that the unabated burning

of fossil fuels will bring about globally felt consequences. I myself have been driven to direct action and activism because of the reality that my generation and our children will face. I want to live in a world that is not plagued by frequent droughts, fires and superstorms. I am part of N.Y.U. Divest and we are here to ask President Sexton

and the N.Y.U. board of trustees to divest the New York University endowment from the companies that produce these toxic fossil fuels. President Sexton, what is the use of my degree if I don’t have a planet to live on? Please divest for our future. Alex Suber

Like we have any say To The Editor: Re “Let’s embrace this key moment for Hudson River Park” (talking point, by Paul Ullman, Nov. 14): “We should take our new seat at the table?” What table LETTERS, continued on p. 24

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I was a grunt in Georgia the day that J.F.K. died NOTEBOOK BY DANIEL B. MELTZER

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n the Friday that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated I was a P.F.C. in training to become a Morse code and radio-teletype operator at Fort Gordon, outside of Augusta, Georgia. I was looking forward to a weekend pass and two days in Atlanta. We were learning how to tune Army radios, which were actually mobile radio stations, the numerous components filling a “hut” the size of a small truck. To college grads like us — many of us had enlisted or been drafted right after commencement in June — the complex electronics and the by-the-numbers military approach to everything made it all more complicated than seemed necessary. Each of us had a miniature radio set to work on. You had to power up, calibrate your transmitter and receiver, synchronize them, dip and load your antenna coil…a long list of steps just to get going. The room was quiet except for the occasional slam of a hand to the tabletop, and “God damn this f------ thing! Suddenly the classroom door flew open. A sergeant stuck his head in and called out, “The president’s been shot, get it on your

sets.” You never saw a bunch of liberal arts majors zip through those steps so fast.   We were restricted to base that evening. No rides to Atlanta or even into dreary Augusta: bars, tattoo parlors, pawnshops and hookers that none of us could afford. Someone in our barracks had a transistor radio. We heard the news as it unfolded. The next day a memorial parade was arranged, with a platoon from every unit on the base marching. Participants were chosen by size: Tallest, next tallest and so on, front rank to rear. They had enough before they could get to me. Normally, this would have been a relief. Marching in step for hours with an M1 rifle on your shoulder is not fun. And then standing stiff at parade rest without moving a finger for the speeches and then at full attention as the base commander reviews the troops can and does cause genuine physical pain. I didn’t care. Like everyone else in my family, I admired J.F.K., saw him as the brightest, gutsiest and coolest president ever. I had met him when he came to ABC in New York in 1960, where I was a page in the studio during his debate with Richard Nixon. I wanted to march in that parade. For two packs of Camels, I took another guy’s place. He thought I was

nuts to actually pay him to get him out of parade duty. It rained. It poured. The uniform of the day was Class “A” khakis freshly starched, spitshined combat boots, trousers bloused above the boot-tops. Due to the weather, ponchos were added. We could have been naked under those ponchos except for the boots. But we were marching instead, over wet grass and through mud with our rifle straps pressing down, and our cardboard-stiff khakis cutting into our necks, elbows and knees. My

Like my family, I admired Kennedy, saw him as the brightest, gutsiest and coolest president ever.

eyeglasses were fogged, rain-smeared and sliding down my sweaty nose. In their speeches, the high-level brass

seemed to bend over backward to avoid outright praise of the slain president. They didn’t like him, I recognized. I wondered why. Much later I came to understand the reason. He had been reluctant to commit U.S. troops to a major land war in a place called Vietnam. The Gung Ho guys were itching to go.  The next day I was put on KP. I was mopping when someone came running into the mess hall yelling, “Oswald’s been shot!” I ducked out and snuck over to the day room, where there was a TV. Officers were lounging on the leatherette sofas and easy chairs. In my water- and grease-soaked fatigues, mop still in hand, I saw the videotape replay of Ruby shooting Oswald. Walter Cronkite was at the anchor desk. Dan Rather was reporting from Dallas. I stood riveted, until the mess sergeant stood toe to toe in front of me with a very large knife in one hand and shouted and sprayed his miserable breath into my face to get my “f------ a-- back into that kitchen or I’ll…!” He didn’t have to complete the sentence. Random violence at military installations was not unusual even back then. Years later, I would become a writer for CBS News. As it happened, I started the week that was Walter Cronkite’s last. He was replaced the following week by Dan Rather. Meltzer’s most recent book is “Outsiders,” a collection of short fiction

A local architect’s assessment of The Greenwich Lane TALKING POINT BY CARL STEIN

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ecently, there has been much discussion in the community and in the press about The Greenwich Lane, the Rudin development on the old St. Vincent’s Hospital site. Either tacitly or explicitly, much of this discussion centers on attempting to define what constitutes appropriate development, particularly in communities with strong historic or cultural pasts. This is a highly complex question with no simple answers. Cities are evolutionary. Preservation of historic districts must be a high priority — but needs change, as do the technologies to meet these needs. On the one hand, for the case in point, the design for buildings currently under construction on the old St. Vincent’s site could have been far worse than it is. However, it could also have been far better. Having just returned from three days in Dallas, I’m struck by the wonderful qualities of Greenwich Village and reminded how little The Greenwich Lane has to do with these qualities. This is partly a function of architecture, of scale and texture. It’s also partly a function of the potential for creating an enclave — a gated community — in what

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is otherwise a very open and interconnected neighborhood. But more than anything else, what this new development does is accelerate the trend away from a place that accommodated an incredibly wide range of residents. The essence of the Village has been its diversity. It has accommodated the wealthy in large, single-family townhouses and gracious apartments. But it has also been home

ago, my neighbors included writers Donald Barthelme, Grace Paley, Kirkpatrick Sale, Steve Gaines and Israel Horovitz. There were at least three architects living on the block, and there were at least three doctors and a dentist all practicing in the area. The sculptor Gonzalo Fonseca lived and worked in the house where his family still lives. There were two feature writers and a wine critic for The New York Times, at least one senior editor for a major publisher, a tenor in the New York City Opera and a cabaret chanteuse. The block was a microcosm of the best of urban life — and my apologies to all I’ve left out. One Village block had all this, and there was still room for St. Vincent’s Hospital to occupy nearly half of the north side of the block and P.S. 41 one-third of the south. While real estate economics of recent years discourage these demographics, The Greenwich Lane makes an unprecedented leap away from that archetypal Greenwich Village block. Then there is authentic sense of place — genius loci. While I was in Dallas, I saw a lot of interesting — and in some cases quite good — architecture. However, it all seemed isolated both in time and place. It may be that over time, downtown Dallas will acquire some sense of history. But, for now, it feels like a massive space station that has re-

The Greenwich Lane is a leap away from that archetypal Greenwich Village block.

to a significant creative population, many of whose works had limited commercial potential. That it was a cultural center was not only important to the artistic population itself, but was also a benefit to all who lived in the Village, and was a major reason that many people who could have afforded to live on Park or Fifth Aves. chose the Village instead. When I moved to 11th St. a mere 42 years

cently landed on the prairie. The Village, though, has more than 300 years of continuous history. Some of its oldest features exist only in its irregular street patterns. But there are significant numbers of surviving, well-used buildings approaching 200 years in age. The challenge is to maintain this fabric, and the continuum of Village architecture, in ways that support the vibrant urban conditions that the Village has been known for —  while preserving the authenticity that only comes with the passage of time. I think of the appraiser on “Antiques Roadshow” saying, “That’s a lovely piece but it’s a shame that you cleaned away all of the wonderful patina that built up over the centuries. You’ve removed most of the value.” The “value” of patina is not just for collectors. We care about it, we value it for its integral connection to the historical / cultural continuum. Of course, there needs to be the possibility for new construction in places like The Greenwich Village. My own view is that this ought not be slavish copies of older buildings but should respect the underlying criteria that define this special place. Unfortunately, I believe that here, The Greenwich Lane falls short. Stein is a Fellow of American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and principal and founder, elemental architecture LLC November 28, 2013

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Obnoxious pedestrians are the new moving ‘vile-ation’ TALKING POINT BY DOTTIE WILSON

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ad Max wannabees on motorcycles and amateurs riding  Citi  Bikes are dangerous. The  M.T.A.  Select Bus Service, which doesn’t stop at St. Mark’s Place and bypasses most of the East Village, is annoying / criminal. And, as if that wasn’t enough, simply walking on an empty sidewalk these days has become a nasty accident just waiting to happen. Several times this past year, someone’s suddenly come up from behind me, indicating that I need to move and get out of the way — when there was no emergency whatsoever. This rude, rear-end pedestrian behavior is the car equivalent of tailgating, flashing headlights, loud honking.  The first time I had to “pull over into another lane,” I was walking down a completely unoccupied, spacious sidewalk on First Ave. It was a quiet weekday afternoon when a woman from behind loudly goes, “Excuse me,” like she might have been in a wheelchair or otherwise encumbered. I quickly move to the right. Fully functional and unburdened owner of said urgent command immediately passes by, without a word of thanks, and stops dead in her tracks

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 12:05pm Thanksgiving Eucharist In celebration of Thanksgiving, the 12:05pm Eucharist will be celebrated in the North Churchyard. Help serve Brown Bag Lunches afterward. Brown bag guests will receive a second meal for the long weekend. Trinity Church, North Churchyard ONGOING THROUGH DECEMBER 23, 9:30am-5pm Superposition: Observing Realities An art exhibit that considers the rapid advancement of our physical, social, and cerebral evolution. Trinity Museum (inside Trinity Church)

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“I HATE YOU!!!” I tell my totally bug-eyed friend how something like this happened just the other day. Somewhat relieved, she is like, “Geez, I didn’t think I was that fat,” as if we had been taking up too much space. I assure her that we are not

ogy in public, blocking the sidewalk, oblivious and stupid. But I don’t carry handheld phones, gadgets or doodads, i.e., I usually pay attention to my surroundings —  especially while traversing tricky bike lanes on foot, as opposed to zipping along on my mini “red devil” on wheels. With the exception of a lit cigarette, I am hands-free, and able to hear and see clearly — which has its pros and cons. I am so not the enemy here. Yet “these people” have become an obnoxious new category of moving violation. Why, oh why, must I now have to get all Christian Bale — “What Don’t You Get?!” — and Sarah (Terminator) Connor? Fair warning: Next time I hear a verbal air horn coming from behind and it’s completely uncalled for, I’m putting on the brakes big time. The other day I received advice that if this unwarranted mutation of a premature / immature street fight occurs again, I should simply stop, not move and freeze in place. These words of wisdom came from my mother while she was driving. We were stuck in traffic and the poor woman had to listen to my maddening ramblings about proper navigation while on foot. Yet she just had to add, “And you really  oughta  watch your step.” Hopscotch!

I assure her that we are not the crazy people here — then proceed to yell a few more choice insults down the block. 

the crazy people here — then proceed to yell a few more choice insults down the block.  Later, while listening to transcendental music and inhaling curry, I think, O.K., maybe this guy was in a mad rush to get home after a long, wretched day. Or just starving! And I know how enraging it can be to be inconvenienced or endangered by ignorant and preoccupied humans obsessed with social media and technol-

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 & 9, 1pm Bach at One The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra featuring the music of J.S. Bach. St. Paul’s Chapel WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4 & 11, 1pm Pipes at One Dec. 4: Nancianne Parrella, Associate Organist, Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, NYC. Dec. 11: Justin Bischof, Concert Organist, Conductor, and Composer. St. Paul’s Chapel

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approximately 15 feet of ahead of me to put a letter into a mailbox, bringing me to a full halt (as people were now starting to pass by on the other side of the pavement). This was the big rush? But because I didn’t say anything (dumbfounded at how truly infuriating the incident actually was), it’s possible I may have overreacted a tad when yet another similar transgression occurred. … It’s an early  Tuesday  evening, post-happy hour, yet still peaceful. A friend and I begin to walk east on E. Sixth St. between Second and First Aves. to enjoy a nice dinner on Indian Row, complete with live sitar music, at TAJ, at 310 E. Sixth (bliss). We weren’t doing anything irritating, just talking like normal people. There was no yelling, shrieking, squealing or chanting (or what I frequently hear out my window after 4 a.m.). Then all of a sudden it was, as Ronald Reagan would say, “Here we go again.” “Excuse  me!” The perpetrator makes it sound like an extreme disaster is about to occur. My nice, conscientious friend pushes me to the side, into some garbage cans. Tall, semi-skeletal dude zips by, without a peep, continues on merry way. WHIPLASH! “NO! That’s NOT the way it works! YOU need to move!”  I’m trying to channel my very best Alec Baldwin (yet another tortured Villager). “YOU ARE A RUDE ASSHOLE!” My friend’s jaw drops.

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Post-Sandy initiative putting residents’ views ‘on the map’

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new interactive, online map is helping Downtown residents provide input on post-Hurricane Sandy community reconstruction. The New York Rising program, an outgrowth of Governor Cuomo’s Office of Storm Recovery, now features interactive maps for six communities involved in the statewide effort, one of which focuses on Manhattan south of 14th St. The Lower Manhattan map can be accessed by visiting lowermanhattan.nyrisingmap.org. Visitors to the site can identify and label key neighborhood locations, including residential buildings, commercial centers, infrastructure systems and city parks. Residents are also able to highlight areas they believe contain particularly vulnerable populations, and they can provide additional input by writing comments on each location. “As a member of New York Rising’s Lower Manhattan Planning Committee, I’ve been actively trying to ensure that the consultants hired by the state have, and use, the most

SCOOPY’S, continued from p. 3 was all about, but clearly Stewart was encouraged by his showing while not even actively campaigning or spending a single dime on the “race.” In fact, he’s still trying to explain to the Board of Elections that he wasn’t actually a candidate, as he told us, “in case I do decide to run for office someday, since I don’t want this on my record.” Anyway, he definitely is now a candidate for C.B. 2 chairperson, that much at least is clear. Stewart told us that, in that vein, by the end of January, he’ll step down as co-chairperson of the board’s State Liquor Authority Committee, a position he held the last 10 years, and that Bob Ely will take over that job. Asked what his campaign platform is, Stewart responded, “I think that I just want to continue the good work that the community board has been doing, and strengthen relationships with a lot of the new incumbents — like Corey and Gale Brewer.” Stewart said there are a couple of other potential candidates whose names are also out there, but he didn’t let on who. We guessed Tobi Bergman, chairperson of the board’s important Land Use Committee, was one — and it sounds like we might be right. “The rumor is that I’m running,” Bergman, a veteran youth sports activist, told us when we asked him about it. “I’ve been on the board a long time. It’s something I’d like to do. I’m not saying I’m running, but it’s something I’m interested in.” However, he hedged, “I think it’s early — it’s not the president of the United States, after all. I’d like to do it at some point. I’m not going to say I’m throwing

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accurate information about our neighborhood,” said Kerri Culhane, associate director of the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, whose presence is already being felt on the interactive map. “This process is intended to be community-driven, and I encourage anyone with computer access to review the map and add comments.” Residents who want to get involved in that process can also attend New York Rising’s second public meeting for Lower Manhattan, which will take place at University Settlement’s Houston St. Center, at 273 Bowery, on Mon., Dec. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Lower Manhattan Planning Committee hopes to produce a final plan by March 2014, which will help decide how up to $25 million in state funding should be used to rebuild parts of the neighborhood that were affected by Hurricane Sandy, and to build resilience against future storms. The committee is co-chaired by Catherine McVay-Hughes, the chairperson of Community Board 1, and Dan Ackerman, the chief of staff for the Downtown Alliance business improvement district.

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my hat in the ring.” We hear that Bo Riccobono, who, as the board’s current first vice chairperson, is well-positioned for a run at chairperson, might well also be in the mix.

THE SCHWARTZ-SCHULKIN SHIFT:

Arthur Schwartz, after having won back the Village district leadership by beating Jonathan Geballe in the September primary election, has given up his state committeeman post, and members of the Democratic County Committee have picked Alan Schulkin to fill the office. Schulkin is known for his union work with PEF, the Public Employees Federation. We bumped into Schulkin at the Talking Transition tent in Hudson Square last week when Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio was coming by to talk about his own transition, and Schulkin told us it was, in fact, new “Boss” Corey Johnson who basically told Schwartz to give up the state committee post. We told that to Schwartz and he just laughed it off. “There’s only one person that can force me to do anything — my wife!” he declared. Meanwhile, Schwartz did admit that he and Johnson recently had a sitdown to clear the air. In the Democratic primary race, Johnson had endorsed Geballe for re-election as district leader, after which Schwartz promptly endorsed Yetta Kurland for Council against Johnson. But they’ve since talked it all out and Schwartz said he has “buried the hatchet” with Johnson. It seems we always come back to weapons of some sort in District 3. Oh, well!

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‘Hello, President Sexton?... Can you hear us now?’ BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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ast Friday, alumni members of N.Y.U. Divest held a call-in day of action that generated dozens of telephone calls into President John Sexton’s office, urging the university to divest from the top 200 fossil fuel companies. Four alumni and several students braved the rain to kick off the call-ins in Washington Square. The alumni call-ins followed a panel discussion at N.Y.U. the week before that drew more than 60 students and leading activists on the issue. Activists say that, after building a new cogeneration plant and taking other laudable sustainability measures, N.Y.U. must “continue to fulfill its mission of global leadership by divesting from fossil fuels.” The university provided a statement to administrators on Friday to “help them respond” to the divestment phone calls. “N.Y.U. believes that the most important step it can take to reduce climate change is to reduce our carbon footprint,” the statement said. “That’s why we have invested nearly $125 million just a few years ago to create a state-of-the-art cogeneration plant that, together with other steps — such as installing high-efficiency lighting and automatic switches to reduce electrical consumption — has enabled N.Y.U. to reduce its carbon

footprint by approximately 40 percent over the last six years. Through our widely recognized and ongoing sustainability efforts, we continue to actively pursue steps to reduce our carbon footprint even further.” The statement continued, “The role of the endowment is to provide financial resources for students and faculty now and in perpetuity. Like other universities [the N.Y.U. statement linked to a statement by Harvard University], N.Y.U. believes it should be cautious and circumspect about using the endowment as a vehicle for expression of political opinion. This is partly because our focus should be on maximizing returns that can support the university financially, and partly because, in a university as diverse as N.Y.U., there are a wide range of political opinions on any matter, including whether divestment is the best route to combat climate change. “As we have said in the past,” the statement concluded, “there is a mechanism for judging whether the weight of campus sentiment about a political issue is sufficiently great that it should be taken into account in our investment strategies, and that is for the matter to be considered by the University Senate. So far, this issue has not come forward there.” An N.Y.U. spokesperson did not immediately answer The Villager’s question on whether Sexton will agree to meet with N.Y.U. Divest. But the statement did say that other top university administrators have previously met with the group.

N.Y.U. alumni, with student activists in Washington Square, placed calls to President John Sexton’s office on Friday, urging that the university divest from major fossil fuel corporations.

Essex Market vendor fights to hold on to her stall BY HEATHER DUBIN

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hen Carmen Salvador arrived at work last month, she found her stall at the Essex Street Market closed, with a new lock on the gate.  Inside, there was a note from the New York City Economic Development Corporation, which operates the Lower East Side market space, informing her it was responsible for shuttering her stall, Three Brothers. E.D.C. also stated it would not renew her lease, and informed Salvador she could contact a maintenance worker to retrieve her merchandise, which is currently still locked inside the stall.  E.D.C. has filed a lawsuit to evict Salvador from the space. In a telephone interview, Carlina Rivera, director of programming and services at Good Old Lower East Side and a Democratic district leader, spoke about the case.  Rivera has accompanied Salvador to Civil Court twice regarding the matter. Salvador is a native Spanish speaker, and has difficulty understanding English. According to Rivera, Salvador has maintained Three Brothers — where she sold clothing, Avon products and other items, such as lighters, sunglasses and jewelry — for 23 years. The stall is named for Salvador’s three sons she raised on the Lower East Side.

The city has padlocked Carmen Salvador’s Three Brothers stall — with Salvador’s merchandise inside — in the Essex Street Market.

Vendors at the market, at Delancey and Essex Sts., are expected to have their stalls open during specific time frames and days, which is mandated in their contract. Planned absences also require advance notice to the E.D.C.   “The language does say in the contract that they can terminate at will,” Rivera said of E.D.C. “And if the vendor doesn’t adhere to guidelines, then they will issue a violation.” Salvador received a letter from the agency on Aug. 19, stating her one-year lease would terminate Sept. 30, and that she was not eligible for a renewal.   “Typically she’d sign every year or every two years, and there wasn’t an issue,” Rivera said. “Twenty-three years she’d been there. 

“E.D.C. never issued her any violations. They mentioned a lot of their warnings were verbal. The security guard translated at least once to her, but he’s not an interpreter. They had talked to her about her attendance.” Over the past few years, Salvador has experienced some medical issues that have prevented her from maintaining perfect attendance. Rivera asserted that Salvador had previously produced a doctor’s note, and had been in compliance with the contract for most of her 23-year tenure. Salvador also had surgery outside of the country, and had submitted documentation before she left. Rivera noted that an E.D.C. attorney claimed Salvador was shut down due to her attendance.  The city has been increasing food vending at the market, but Salvador has a non-food stall. “One comment made by their counsel was that they’re leaning toward a pure food market,” Rivera said of E.D.C. Rivera is concerned that when the Essex Street Market is relocated to its new site close by as part of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area project, current vendors under contract will not be protected or receive comparable rents.    “They did say they were going to honor everyone’s original contract, even if you weren’t a food market owner,” Rivera noted. “We want to make sure what was originally agreed upon is followed strictly.”

Salvador’s case has been adjourned a few times.  The judge recommended Salvador be placed on a probation period, and if she failed to have perfect attendance for 100 days, the judge would order her to vacate the space. However, E.D.C. has refused to negotiate, and maintains Salvador’s contract is terminated. Salvador now has legal representation, and the case was adjourned on Nov. 14 to allow for review. The next court date will likely be in January. “Carmen Salvador has no income, and she wants to work,” said Rivera, who is also a member of Community Board 3. “She might apply for benefits to pay rent; she can’t rely on her family. This could turn out to be a very long case.”  When asked for comment, a city Law Department spokesperson e-mailed a statement saying the department could not respond because the matter is in court. “However,” the statement added, “we strongly dispute Ms. Salvador’s version of events and allegations that E.D.C. violated the law.”   In a separate e-mail exchange, city officials also stated that Salvador’s stall has not been leased to another storeowner.   However, her permit has expired, and the stall is no longer under her control.  Additionally, city officials assert that Salvador can access her stall to retrieve her items, but has declined to do so.

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‘Pixelated’ art piece is taking shape for Father Fagan Park BY PASHA FARMANARA

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ather Fagan Park, at Prince St. and Sixth Ave., will soon be home to artist Anthony Heinz May’s third sculpture in New York City, “Disangeopia.” “Disangeopia” is an arch-like structure constructed with pixel-shaped pieces of wood, with two tree trunks holding the structure to the ground. A major theme of “Disangeopia” is the role of technology in our society, symbolizing the trend of substituting live experiences with technological shortcuts. “We have ostracized nature for the artificial more and more,” May said. “We can sit at home and go to the Louvre from your couch, then go to a forest in the same five minutes. It almost marginalizes the true physical experience of doing those things. I think that’s dangerous.” This project uses wood from trees knocked down by Superstorm Sandy. May was able to get in touch with the Parks Department’s Manhattan forestry division, which collected around 1,000 trees brought down by Sandy. Their annual average is around 50 to 70 trees a year. May originally planned to build the sculpture on site, but due to issues with insurance

he was forced to relocate the construction to his studio in Queens. Even though the process didn’t go as planned, the setback has proved useful. “While doing it at the studio, everything is within arm’s reach,” he noted. “You don’t have to have an unrealistic thousand-yard cord in order to plug in an electric drill, because everything is right there. It’s funny because at one point it seemed like the great cloud, but then there’s the lining.” “Disangeopia” has one unique characteristic unseen in May’s previous works: two tree trunks. His sculptures up till now have been based on a single trunk, and adding this extra component adds a new dynamic to his work. “The idea of using multiple trees brings with it new problems to solve, new ways of arranging, new ways of bringing things together,” he said. May hopes that his piece allows “people to look and reflect upon themselves the choices they make and their immediate surroundings and really search their soul for existence.” Going forward, May plans to be a part of a cultural art exchange with Canada. He was one of three artists selected to travel to Quebec at the beginning of the new year. May plans to finish his piece at his Queens studio, and have it installed at Father Fagan Park by the end of the first week of December.

A sculpture by Anthony Heinz May in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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PHOTOS BY TEQUILA MINSKY

Clockwise, from top left: Lawrence B. Goldberg, president of Friends of LaGuardia Place, left, presented Scott Stringer with a LaGuardia Medallion; Goldberg with the staff of C.B. 2, from left, District Manager Bob Gormley, Florence Arenas, Julio Mora and, accepting the award for her daughter, Cynthia Harris; another LaGuardia Medallion honoree, Paul Colby, owner of The Bitter End; and sculptor Neil Estern.

Hot times at ‘The Year of Our Dragon’ awards fete Although it’s technically the Year of the Snake, it was “The Year of Our Dragon” at the Friends of LaGuardia’s 18th annual gala event. Earlier this year, Adrienne’s Garden — a new playground with a kid-friendly dragon slide — was finally opened on LaGuardia Place. The community confab was held Oct. 29 at Noho Star, at 330 Lafayette St. As usual, the LaGuardia Medallion was presented to individuals “who have worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life of Greenwich Village.” This year’s recipi-

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ents included Borough President Scott Stringer, who was recently elected city comptroller; Paul Colby, owner of The Bitter End, the legendary Bleecker St. performance venue; and the veteran staff of Community Board 2 — District Manager Bob Gormley; Community Coordinator Florence Arenas; and Community Associate Julio Mora; with a special remembrance to Gloria Harris, the board’s community assistant, who died this May at age 51. Harris’s mom, Cynthia Harris, was overcome with emotion

upon accepting the award on her daughter’s behalf. Also attending was sculptor Neil Estern, whose Fiorello LaGuardia statue was dedicated on LaGuardia Place in 1994. Showcasing some of the local talent, Peter DeLuca, of Greenwich Village Funeral Home, sang for the crowd, as did Connie Masullo, who performed “God Bless America.” As if that wasn’t enough, dancing Chinese dragons delighted the audience, who were given tangerines to “feed the dragon.”

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The Adventures of an Underemployed Urban Elf ing football for over 30 years and generally spend every Sunday watching the games at my fave watering hole, Lucky Jack’s (129 Orchard St., btw. Delancey & Rivington Sts.). I highly advise going there to play pool, drink perfectly poured Guinness and support the most awesome neighborhood bar on earth. It is one of the few “douche-free” zones left on the Lower East side and every afternoon there is like an episode of “Cheers” — but way weirder.

Rev. Jen, on drunk arcade driving and leaving one’s comfort zone BY REV. JEN (rev-jen.com)

FOUR WAYS TO EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS

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his month’s column is all about leaving one’s comfort zone, trying new things — and, of course, utilizing funemployment until the inevitable, tragic day when one becomes reemployed. Herein, as usual, I will share tips on how to have fun in the “city that never sleeps” even when said city is so heavily medicated that most residents do nothing but sleep and/or bore you to death. There’s still cool stuff to do every night (or day) of the week in Fun City, even if you are broke and suffering from existential despair.

Since this month’s installment of “Underemployed Elf” is about expanding one’s horizons with no budget, ambition or self-esteem, I momentarily forced myself off of the barstool on a Sunday in the name of experiential journalism. For this column, I even left the borough of Manhattan. I realize I am not a war correspondent, but it wasn’t easy. Yet from my hard labor ye shall now reap the benefits and learn about cheap, unusual stuff to do here. Maybe you even have a date you’re trying to impress but can only stretch the $200 dollars a week you “make” on unemployment so far. No worries. There are at least four ways that you can still rock, people.

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Let’s start with Sunday. It’s generally considered a “day of rest.” Though I have never been to church and find the Bible totally confusing, I think this is because God was so exhausted after creating the world that he or she had to sit on his or her ass for at least one day. Adding to the confusion, someone years later created football — wherein everyone who isn’t actually playing gets to sit on their collective asses imbibing frothy beverages while continually checking their “Fantasy Football” stats. For those of you not in the know, Fantasy Football is like Dungeons and Dragons for 40-year-olds, minus the wizards and elves. Because I enjoy watching men in tight pants play with balls, I have been follow-

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TWO BITS ARCADE

What to do that’s even less intellectually stimulating than watching football? Getting inebriated and playing arcade games! Luckily, there is now a retro arcade on the Lower East Side that caters to this activity. Two Bits Arcade (153 Essex St., at Stanton St.) features a plethora of totally bitchin’ games that help you kill time before you die! When you are 41, unemployed, unemployable and feeling lost, this is the answer to your prayers. Despite the fact that my only video game At Two Bits arcade, Rev. Jen demonstrates the only way to drive drunk.

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experience consists of mastering “Pong” as a child, upon entering Two Bits, I immediately fell into a downward spiral of extreme video game addiction. In “real life” I would never compromise anyone’s safety by drinking and driving — but the good news is that, at Two Bits, you can drink a lot of beer and then get in a make-believe car featured in a game called “Cruisin’ World.” I am terrible at it, but that is not a deterrent from inserting my life savings (which can be counted in quarters) into Cruisin’ World’s slot in hopes that I might someday rise above 10th Place. Luckily, when I lift up my couch cushions, there is enough spare change hiding under the pink velour to feed a nation (don’t tell my seven roommates!). Sadly, I am still in 10th Place (also known as last place) even after “turning my friends on” to this paradise and visiting about 30 times. After my boyfriend witnessed me playing Cruisn’ World, he simply said, “I’m never getting in a car where you are behind the wheel.” While it is obvious that I am a terrible driver, I am apparently adept at hunting. Like drunk driving, hunting is not something I would do in real life — but “hunting games” are a whole other story. On a recent visit to Two Bits, my comedian friend, Mike Raphone, introduced me to “Big Buck HD,” a game where you can pretend to hunt and kill animals even if you love animals very much and have been a vegetarian for 15 years. It involves pointing fake guns at fake animals and temporarily inhabiting the spirit of an asshole hunter. Not to toot my own horn too profusely, but I am a natural at this. The only thing holding me back is that I have trouble killing a moose — even a virtual one.

Two Bits also has pinball machines. So it’s the perfect destination if you wanna feel like an extra in “Tommy.” Since I do want to feel like an extra in “Tommy,” I only wear retro outfits to the retro arcade, which enhances the experience (hence the denim jumpsuit). Also enhancing the experience is the fact that Two Bits serves cheap beer and pizza! Switching gears and also realizing some readers of this column might actually be sober adults who don’t drink beer, watch football or play video games, I attempted, as mentioned previously, to leave the borough of Manhattan and do something intellectually more stimulating. Unsurprisingly, this led to disaster — and the second portion of this column: “Field Trip to Brooklyn.”

RIDING THE SUBWAY FOR ENDLESS HOURS

The impetus for my field trip was a kindly friend who gave me a gift certificate to Film Biz Recycling — a non-profit prop shop located at 540 President Street in Brooklyn. Founded with my partner, Courtney Fathom Sell, A.S.S. Studios (a.k.a. Art Star Scene Studios) is the most underfunded motion picture studio in history. It’s so incredibly broke, we look for any opportunity to obtain props. Our new feature, “Werewolf Bitches From Outer Space,” has an approximate budget of $28, which means we can afford beer for the cast and not much else. However, we made our first feature, “Satan, Hold My Hand” for $27, so we’re moving on up. Unfortunately, the first stop on my field trip was the subway where I learned that the one place the MTA isn’t going is “my way.” Generally, I only take the subway when the phrases “open bar” and “free food” are involved — but in this instance, my commitment to the film outweighed my hesitation. Leaving one’s neighborhood puts one

at risk for many things, death chief among them. The New York City subway is known to induce panic attacks, nausea and high blood pressure. When I’m on the subway, it will often stop in a dark tunnel for over five minutes and I think either, “terrorists” or “apocalypse.” However once I’m off the subway I’m always thankful that I’m still alive. The subway reminds us that life is precious. With this in mind, I boarded a local R Train, hoping for the best. Almost immediately, the train was rerouted due to a mysterious fire on the tracks and I remembered my mantra: Never leave your neighborhood — and if you do, bring beer. After about an hour, the train then inexplicably dropped me off in the Wall Street region.

UNEXPECTED TRIP TO WALL STREET

I have no desire to occupy Wall Street. In fact, I want to stay as far away from it as humanly possible, given it’s full of a-holes. But, since the MTA dropped me off there, I had little choice. Luckily, I was wearing sneakers so I ran back to the Lower East Side.

FILM BIZ RECYCLING

I needed at least 24 hours to recuperate from my MTA experience and find someone willing to endure a subway ride with me. Luckily, my friend Kat, who hails from Boston, arrived in town the next day, as she was escaping the Red Sox parade. The subway might be terrible, but a Red Sox parade is worse. Together, we fearlessly boarded the R. We hoped, after visiting the prop shop, to swing by Beacon’s Closet (88 N. 11th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn). It’s my fave vintage store and Kat hoped to sell a pair of boots there that she was carrying. But when we made it to

Union Street and Kat tried to disembark, her boots somehow got caught in the closing subway doors and the ensuing chaos resembled a scene from “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.” Finally, the doors reopened and we made it to our destination.  The first thing that greeted us upon entering Film Biz was a skeleton in an electric chair. Awesome! Putting an impoverished screenwriter in a prop shop is like putting a kid in a candy shop. I simply could not believe my eyes. There were vats of fake body parts, bouffant wigs, buckets of blood, vintage electronics, a creepy O.J. Simpson mask, tons of scary baby dolls, a “Traction Kit,” crazy costumes, a disco ball and more. Sadly, the body parts, which I need for the film, are available on a rental basis only and there were no werewolf masks. However, we managed to pick up two cop uniforms, a bucket of blood and a ridiculous bonnet for a scene wherein a werewolf eats a member of the Westboro Baptist Church. We never made it to Beacon’s Closet, because we stayed at Film Biz till closing time. The only other places I stay at until closing time are bars. This speaks volumes about the awesomeness of Film Biz. If you are a low-budget filmmaker, it is heaven. So there you have it. Unfortunately, my days of video game-addicted, boozesoaked madness might soon come to an end, as I’ve actually been on a few job interviews recently. *Fingers crossed* no one hires me, because I’m having way too much fun. Originally from Middle Earth, Maryland, Saint Reverend Jen Miller is an “Art Star, Troll Museum curator, writer, painter, Voice of the Downtrodden & Tired and Patron Saint of the Uncool.” Her latest book is “BDSM 101.” Rev. Jen’s Anti-Slam, a free event, happens every Wed., 8pm, at Old Man Hustle (39 Essex St., btw. Grand & Hester Sts.). Visit rev-jen.com.

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Complex Cosme’s good cause Filipino photographer’s NYC debut will help typhoon relief

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IMAGE COURTESY OF THE ARTIST & TALLY BECK CONTEMPORARY

“Mater Dolorosa Protectrix” (digital photograph on canvas, 34 1/8 x 27 1/8 in, 2013). Niccolo Cosme’s solo exhibition is on view through Dec. 22, at Tally Beck Contemporary.

ART THE ALTAR BOY: NICCOLO COSME’S SOLO EXHIBITION Through December 22 At Tally Beck Contemporary 42 Rivington St. (btw. Eldridge & Forsyth Sts.) Gallery Hours: Tues.-Sun., 12-6pm Call 646-678-3433 Visit tallybeckcontemporary.com

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urrently living in Manila, Filipino photographer Niccolo Cosme says that although his city was spared from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, “We started to feel its impact day by day. We have never seen anything of this magnitude, where communities, towns and provinces were washed out. We found ourselves in volunteer work every night, assisting in relief operations, at the airbase where the refugees are flown from the typhoon-affected areas. It felt like we were at war. Work, family, the whole Philippines is affected by this event.” When Haiyan hit just over a week before Cosme was set to make his NYC debut as a solo artist, November 20’s opening night reception at Tally Beck Contemporary was hastily reorganized as a benefit. All of the

“Sagittae Sebastiani” (digital photograph on canvas, 22 ½ x 19 ½ in, 2012), part of Niccolo Cosme’s solo exhibition at Tally Beck Contemporary.

usual festivities took place, but the evening’s centerpiece was an auction of artwork by Cosme and fellow Filipino artist Lenore Lim — which raised $900 for Red Cross relief efforts. Donations will accepted at two upcoming talks directly related to the subject matter covered in Cosme’s solo exhibition. On December 11, Tally Beck (whose gallery specializes in Asian contemporary art) discusses Cosme’s use of religious imagery in “The Art of Ecstasy: The Legacy of Sexuality in Counter-Reformation Religious Art.” On December 17, Tally Beck Contemporary will present “Family Tree: Niccolo Cosme and the Photo Personification” — a lecture by NYU’s Anne Hoy (who teaches art history). Both events begin with a reception at 6pm, followed by

the talk at 7:30pm. As for the basis of these talks, Cosme’s “The Altar Boy” is comprised of 16 large-scale “personification photographs” drawn from the artist’s background as a gay man growing up in the intensely Catholic culture of the Philippines. Inspired by the manner in which Christian imagery was adjusted to the context of different cultures, Cosme uses live models to stage photographs whose hyper-realism, says Beck, “recalls the surrealism of Pierre et Gilles” while referencing ecstatic and hagiographical imagery — Reformation-era religious painting and sculpture “that focused on emotionally charged images of saints. These works also blurred the lines between sexual and spiritual ecstasy, and we see this ambiguity in Cosme’s personified photographs.” November 28, 2013

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Shocking! Mink Stole is ‘warm, gentle and surprisingly normal’ CD delivers a theatrically emotional, quiet cabaret set BY TRAV S.D.

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ver the course of her long career, Mink Stole has been associated with many shocking projects. But the big shock about her new CD, “Do Re Mink,” is how tasteful it is. After all, her frequent collaborator John Waters wrote the book on bad taste — literally (it’s called “Shock Value: A Tasteful Book About Bad Taste”). So I think I can be forgiven for expecting the album to contain punk music, something sort of Patti Smith-like. Or perhaps some sort of

big tacky parody. One can easily picture something along the lines of Tracey Ullman’s 1983 hit song and video, “They Don’t Know.” But while Stole’s most famous screen characters can best be described as monstrous, in real life she comes off as warm, gentle and — a most surprisingly — normal, a sort of Baby Boomer Shirley Jones. Compared with my preconceptions, “Do Re Mink” is what I would describe as a quiet cabaret set. It’s not without funny nods to her famous persona, though. Tunes include the theme song to the Waters film “Female Trouble” and an anthem to Bal-

Mink Stole’s CD is a tasteful treat.

timore by Randy Newman. Most of the tracks are jazzy and piano-based, and like I say, quiet, with a brushed drums kind of mood. Mink’s voice is lovely, relaxed and theatrically emotional. Almost all of the songs have some kind of ironic edge, subtly juxtaposed with her straight-faced renditions, which must go over like gangbusters in live performance. One of the highlights of the record is her French language version of the 1966 Sonny and Cher classic “Bang Bang (I Shot My Baby Down).” But the best new find of the bunch has to be a tune called “No Nose Nanook,” a mock lament about an Eskimo girl with a very special handicap. It seems this is the Mink Stole record fans were expecting after all. “Do Re Mink” can be purchased by visiting minkstole.com ($15, $25 for an autographed copy).

Just Do Art A JOHN WATERS CHRISTMAS From having doggie doo for dinner to fending off the unwanted advances of a giant lobster, John Waters has a knack for making bad taste feel good. Of course, in Waters’ capable hands, there’s a big difference between celebrating bad taste and elevating what’s just plain distasteful. You need look no further for an example of that than the nearest “Housewives” reality show. Their trashy,

train wreck shenanigans are far less appealing than the Baltimore filmmaker’s self-proclaimed “celluloid atrocities” in early works such as “Multiple Maniacs” and “Pink Flamingos.” Waters’ up-for-anything drag collaborator Divine may be gone — but the renegade aesthetic they cultivated is alive and well, and placed under a tree that’ll be toppled if Santa doesn’t deliver on those coveted cha-cha heels (see “Female Trouble” for the priceless context of that reference — a scene based on an incident from Waters’ childhood, when the holiday tree fell on Grandma). Create some precious memories of your own, by attending “A John Waters Christmas.” Performed only twice this December, the filmmaker, essayist and bane of the Catholic League’s existence will “cruise into town on his sleigh full of smut, spreading yuletide cheer and lunacy.” That boils down to, we’re told, an evening in which the troubled Waters discusses everything from his “compulsive desire to give and receive perverted gifts to his religious fanaticism for Santa Claus to an unhealthy love of real-life holiday horror stories.” Fri., Dec. 13 and Sat., Dec. 14. At Stage 48 (605 W. 48th St., btw. 11th & 12th Aves.). Doors 7:30pm, show 8pm. For tickets ($45, $99 for meet & greet), visit stage48.com/events .

DOCUMENTARY: ALL THE WAY THROUGH EVENING PHOTO BY GREG GORMAN

John “The Pope of Trash” Waters puts the “X” in Xmas, in his terribly inappropriate holiday solo show.

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“I have vivid recollections of the food program they had for men really debilitated by the illness during the horror years of it all,” says Mimi Stern-Wolfe of Middle Collegiate Church’s efforts during the height of the AIDS crisis. Reacting to the loss of many creative contemporaries, Stern-Wolfe channeled her experience as a pianist, conductor and teacher into a new effort — and in the process, became an activist and producer whose Benson AIDS Series (founded in 1990) keeps alive the memory, and the music, of local composers lost to AIDS. “I could see the outreach they were doing,”

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L to R: Reverend Jacqui Lewis, Ph.D, pianist Mimi SternWolfe and director Rohan Spong (whose documentary “All the Way Through Evening” screens on Dec. 1 at Middle Collegiate Church, then opens at Village Cinema East on Dec. 6).

says Stern-Wolfe of Middle Collegiate’s AIDS ministry, “and it seemed like a good fit with what I was trying to say with the concerts.” On December 1, as part of Collegiate’s World AIDS Day Art & Soul worship celebration, Stern-Wolfe will be on hand to once again play a few solo piano works from the Benson series repertory. The service will also include a screening of Rohan Spong’s “All the Way Through Evening.” The Australian director’s acclaimed musical documentary looks at SternWolfe’s longtime (and ongoing) efforts to collect, archive and perform the moving final compositions of her friends. Before the film screens, the service will feature music from members of the Middle Church Jerriese Johnson JUST DO ART, continued on p. 21

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Mad diary of ‘Anne Franxploitation’ In Salkind’s satire, Hollywood plays the Holocaust for laughs

THEATER ANNE FRANK SUPERSTAR: A ONE-WOMAN SATIRE OF ANNE FRANXPLOITATION Written & Performed by Betsy Salkind Presented by Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company Dec. 5-7 at 8pm & Dec. 8 at 2pm At The Kraine Theater PHOTO BY GAIL A. HALAHAN

85 E. Fourth St. (btw. Bowery & Second Ave.) For tickets ($25), visit smarttix.com For info: betsysalkind.com and playhousecreatures.org

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Not for the easily offended: Betsy Salkind, as Ethel Spiliotes, in “Anne Frank Superstar.”

est coast comic Betsy Salkind cut her choppers in 80s-era Boston — when stand-up was still an insular (mostly white) boy’s club. During a rare turn at the mic, she staged her own infamous tea party. The Emperor’s Getting F***ed,” a confrontational screed about toxic misogyny and racism in local comedy clubs, got Salkind effectively banned from the professional circuit. That pushback ended

up driving her even deeper into the city’s emerging sketch, improv and performance art scene — where she found kindred spirits (and new fans) by performing in non-traditional venues. A few years later, times and tastes caught up with her ability to mix blunt political material with the silly and the surreal — earning Salkind bookings in New York and LA comedy clubs, a job writing for the sitcom “Roseanne”

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and a staff position on Roseanne Barr’s short-lived, criminally underrated FOX sketch show (you’re in good company if you don’t remember “Saturday Night Special”). Salkind emerged from a brief appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” with a signature bit and a cult following. That memorable creation, a cracker-munching “Squirrel Lady,” somehow makes its way into the multicharacter solo show soon to touch down

in the East Village (courtesy of Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company). Based in no small part on her own experiences, “Anne Frank Superstar” is Salkind’s take on the age-old battle between artistic integrity and profit. Opening on the last night of Hanukkah (a happy coincidence, we’re assured), this “one-woman satire of Anne Franxploitation” looks at what happens when television executives decide that the tragic story of a brave little girl in an attic has mainstream hit potential…if they just add a few laughs. Bad idea meets even worse taste, when precocious little 11-year-old Ethel Spiliotes is manipulated into headlining the ill-advised sitcom, “Let’s Be Frank.” As much a commentary about the ease with which we bury unimaginable tragedy as the entertainment industry’s ruthless drive to copyright the next big thing, “Superstar” is Salkind’s latest — but hardly her first — experience with slaughtering sacred cows. Those not easily offended by her Holocaust humor should check out “Betsy’s Sunday School Bible Classics.” Now available for the iPad, it’s a 240-page, NC-17 version of religious morality tales — liberally interpreted by a woman who, prior to becoming a comedian, wrote an MIT Sloan School of Management master ’s thesis titled “Can’t You Take A Joke? A Study of Sexual Harassment Among Peers.” No matter what medium she’s working in, Salkind knows how to audit hypocrisy.

Just Do Art Gospel Choir (named for its founder and director, who died of AIDS). Half of the night’s offering will be donated to the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (gmhc.org). Former minister Rev. Gordon Dragt, who pastored during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, will return and co-preach with Rev. Jacqui Lewis. “All the Way Through Evening” screens at Middle Collegiate Church (112 Second Ave., at Seventh St.) at 7pm (World AIDS Day service begins at 6pm) on Sun., Dec. 1. Then, the film opens on Fri., Dec. 6, for a theatrical run at Village East Cinema (189 Second Ave., at 12th St.). Q&A sessions are currently scheduled for opening weekend. For more info, visit allthewaythroughevening.com. For info on the

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Play on: Mimi Stern-Wolfe’s efforts to preserve the work of others is, itself, captured for the ages — in Rohan Spong’s musical documentary.

World AIDS Day service, visit middlechurch. org. For more info on the Benson series, visit downtownmusicproductions.org.

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NOTICE OF QUAL. OF VALINOR CAPITAL PARTNERS SPV XIII, LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 5/17/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 5/16/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: David Angstreich, 510 Madison Ave., 25th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 11/21 - 12/26/2013 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF VALINOR CAPITAL PARTNERS SPV XIV, LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 5/17/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 5/16/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: David Angstreich, 510 Madison Ave., 25th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 11/21 - 12/26/2013 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF VALINOR CAPITAL PARTNERS SPV XV, LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 5/17/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 5/16/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: David Angstreich, 510 Madison Ave., 25th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 11/21 - 12/26/2013 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF VALINOR CAPITAL PARTNERS SPV XVI, LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 5/17/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 5/16/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: David Angstreich, 510 Madison Ave., 25th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 11/21 - 12/26/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF FARMMAVEN LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/7/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Corporate Research, Ltd., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016, the registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 11/21 - 12/26/2013

NOTICE OF REGISTRATION OF BUTLER SNOW LLP Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/4/13. Office location: NY County. LLP registered in ­­­Delaware on 10/10/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Thomas E. Williams, 1020 Highland Colony Parkway, Ste. 1400, Ridgeland, MS 39157. Principal office of LLP: 1700 Broadway, 41st Fl., New York, NY 10019. Purpose: practice the profession of law. Vil: 11/21 - 12/26/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SDF64 MERMAID AVENUE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 11/4/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 825 3rd Ave., Fl 37, NY, NY 10022. 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. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 11/21 - 12/26/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF PILLAR CAPITAL FINANCE LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 10/4/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 330 Madison Ave., NY, NY 10017. LLC formed in DE on 4/1/13. 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. 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: 11/21 - 12/26/2013 NOTICE OF CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORITY OF FOREXLIVE MEDIA LLC Certificate of Authority filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/8/2013. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: c/o Delaware Intercorp Inc., 113 Barksdale Professional Ctr., Newark, DE, 19113. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 11/14 - 12/19/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MANDER JEWELRY, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/15/13. 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: Mander Jewelry LLC, 400 Convent Avenue #52, New York, NY 10031. Purpose:To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 11/14 - 12/19/2013

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 200 CAPTAINS NECK LANE LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/05/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/23/13. Princ. office of LLC: 681 5th Ave., 11th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Apex Bulk Carriers LLC at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 11/14 - 12/19/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 613 WEST 46, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/02/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Sanders Ortoli VaughnFlam Rosenstadt LLP, 501 Madison Ave., 14th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Sanders Ortoli Vaugh-Flam Rosenstadt LLP, 501 Madison Ave., 14th Fl., NY, NY 10022. As amended by Cert. of Correction filed with SSNY on 10/16/13, the process addr. is: c/o Sanders Ortoli Vaughn-Flam Rosenstadt LLP. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 11/14 - 12/19/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF HUDSON TECH RESIDENTIAL LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/01/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 826 Broadway, 11th Fl., NY, NY 10003. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Hudson Companies at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 11/14 - 12/19/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 175 W 137 ST LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/31/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Gerald Migdol, Esq., 223 W. 138th St., Ground Fl., NY, NY 10030. 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: 11/14 - 12/19/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF KAPLAN INTERNATIONAL NORTH AMERICA, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/5/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in CA on 12/31/12. 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. Principal office address: 1015 Windward Ridge Pkwy., Alpharetta, GA 30005. Cert. of Org. filed with CA Sec. of State, 1500 11th St., Sacramento, CA 95814. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 11/14 - 12/19/2013

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NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF KLEOS MANAGED SERVICES, L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/12/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: One Liberty Plaza, 49th Fl., NY, NY 10006. LP formed in DE on 3/31/04. 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: 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: 11/14 - 12/19/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MIV BLUE LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/22/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: 333 E 91st St APT 14C NY, NY 10128. Purpose: any lawful act. 2174399 w.o Vil: 11/07 - 12/12/2013 SCEC MANAGEMENT LLC Art. of org. filed with SSNY on 10/03/2013. office location: New York county. SSNY is designated agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail the process to: The LLC, � Edmond Cho CALAMO SILK INC 55 West 39th Street New York NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 11/07 - 12/12/2013 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF TOMS RE MANAGEMENT LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 9/11/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 9/6/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to c/o TOMS Capital, 450 W. 14th St., 13th Fl., NY, NY 10014. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 11/07 - 12/12/2013 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF VALINOR CAPITAL PARTNERS SPV XI, LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/4/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 2/28/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: David Angstreich, 510 Madison Ave., 25th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 11/07 - 12/12/2013

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NOTICE OF CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORITY OF FXDD BULLION LLC Certificate of Authority filed with Secretary of State of NewYork (SSNY) on 10/28/13. 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: Delaware Intercorp Inc., 113 Barksdale Professional Ctr., Newark, DE, 19113. Purpose:To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 11/07 - 12/12/2013 LEVER AND BEAM MUSIC, LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 08/22/2013. 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 Alexander Kadvan, 325 West 38Th St., Ste 1101, New York, NY 10018. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 11/07 - 12/12/2013 THE VAGABOND TAPAS CAFE LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 07/29/2013. 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, 7 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity Vil: 11/07 - 12/12/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF VIRGO PENN BUSINESS CENTERS LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/16/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/27/12. Princ. office of LLC: 225 W. 34th St., 9th Fl., NY, NY 10122. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 575 Lexington Ave., 4th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, State of DE, Dept. of State, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. As amended by Cert. of Correction filed with SSNY on 10/22/13, name changed to VIRGO PENN BUSINESS CENTERS, LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 11/07 - 12/12/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF CPVT GROUP LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/7/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 381 Lenox Avenue, 1st Fl., NY, NY 10027. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil: 11/07 - 12/12/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF DENT LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 10/18/13. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 184 Thompson St., 5A, NY, NY 10012. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 11/07 - 12/12/2013

NAME OF LP: BLACK BEAN CAPITAL L.P. Cert. filed with NY Dept. of State: 8/28/2013. Office loc.: NY Co. Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Business Filings Inc., 187 Wolf Rd., Ste. 101, Albany, NY 12205. Name/ addr. of genl. ptr. available from Sec. of State.Term: until 12/31/2053. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 11/07 - 12/12/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF QUEENS BOULEVARD APARTMENTS, LLC. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/19/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: c/o A&E Real Estate Holdings, LLC, 1065 Ave. of the Americas, 31st Fl., NY, NY 10018. LLC formed in DE on 9/3/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE addr. of LLC: 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: organized for any lawful act or activity permitted by limited liability companies organized under the laws of the State of Delaware that are related or incidental to and necessary, convenient or advisable to owning real property. Vil: 11/07 - 12/12/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF CLARE V., THE SHOP, NEW YORK, LLC. Authority filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/4/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 9/30/13. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: Clare V., LLC, 3249 Casitas Ave, #210A, Los Angeles, CA, 90039. Principal business address: 239 Elizabeth St, NY, NY, 10012. DE address: National Registered Agents, Inc., 160 Greentree Dr, Ste 101, Dover, DE, 19904. Cert. of LLC filed with Secy of State of DE: 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE, 19901. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 10/31 - 12/05/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NAME: 2 WEST 45TH STREET LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/18/13. 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 Wohl Loewe Stettner Fabricant & Deitz, P.C., 9 East 40th Street, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10016. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 10/31 - 12/05/2013 BTED GROUP LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 06/28/2013. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 347 W. 57th St. Apt 11E, NY, NY 10019. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Vil: 10/31 - 12/05/2013

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF FLAT BOX RECORDINGS, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/4/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/2/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 1875 Century Park East, Ste. 800, Los Angeles, CA 90067, Attn: Mark Robbin, Esq. Address to be maintained in DE: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secretary of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 10/31 - 12/05/2013

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF NYMT RESIDENTIAL TAX 2013-RP3, LLC App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 10/15/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 8/16/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Capitol Services, Inc. (CSI), 1218 Central Ave., Ste. 100, Albany, NY 12205. DE address of LLC: CSI, 1675 South State St., Ste. B, Dover, DE 19901. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 10/31 - 12/05/2013

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF CRUNCH RICHMOND HILL, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/30/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 5/28/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 22 West 19th St., 3rd Fl., NY, NY 10011. Address to be maintained in DE: National Registered Agents, Inc., 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secretary of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 10/31 - 12/05/2013

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 57TH ST. PARTNERS, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 10/15/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 9/19/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 1700 Broadway, 41st Fl., NY, NY 10019. DE address of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/31 - 12/05/2013

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF VIRGO 575 BUSINESS CENTERS, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/18/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/11/10. Princ. office of LLC: 575 Lexington Ave., 4th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, State of DE, Dept. of State, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/31 - 12/05/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF NYMT RESIDENTIAL TAX 2013-RP2, LLC App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 10/15/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 8/16/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Capitol Services, Inc. (CSI), 1218 Central Ave., Ste. 100, Albany, NY 12205. DE address of LLC: CSI, 1675 South State St., Ste. B, Dover, DE 19901. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 10/31 - 12/05/2013

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SHIEL HOLDINGS, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 10/10/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 920 Winter St., Waltham, MA 02451. LLC formed in DE on 9/30/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/31 - 12/05/2013 APP FOR AUTH FOR EASY ICE, LLC App for Auth filed with SSNY 03/15/2013 LLC. Registered in Delaware on 04/15/2008 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 National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eight Ave, NewYork, NY 10011. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 10/24 - 11/28/2013 PER LEI LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 01/28/2013. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process toThe LLC, C/O John Sanil Manavalan, 515 East 85 St, Apt 5F, New York, NY 10028. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 10/24 - 11/28/2013

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BLUECURRENT PUBLIC RELATIONS LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/16/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 07/09/03. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/24 - 11/28/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 33 HENRY STREET LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/15/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 2121 Roundpoint Dr., Haverstraw, NY 10927. 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: 10/24 - 11/28/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF AUDUBON TP4 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/11/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 666 Fifth Ave., NY, NY 10103. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Phillips Nizer LLP at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/24 - 11/28/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF PROMENADE GLOBAL LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/26/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/22/13. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Nelson Management Group Ltd., 118-35 Queens Blvd., 14th Fl., Forest Hills, NY 11375. 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., Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Jeffrey W. Bullock, Secy. of State of the State of DE, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/24 - 11/28/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF HALLE’S JEWELS Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/13/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: 10 W 47 St NUM M110, NY NY 10036. Purpose: any lawful act. 2169796 w.o Vil: 10/24 - 11/28/2013 2061 JERICHO LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/04/2013. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 250 W. 26th St., NY, NY 10001. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Vil: 10/24 - 11/28/2013

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF MCCOURT GLOBAL LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/17/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 888 7th Ave., 43rd Fl., NY, NY 10106. LLC formed in DE on 12/20/12. 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, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/24 - 11/28/2013

NAME OF LLC: HNL VENTURES LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State: 10/7/13. Office loc.: NY Co. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Business Filings Inc., 187 Wolf Rd., Ste. 101, Albany, NY 12205, regd. agt. upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 10/24 - 11/28/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 155 BLEECKER TREVI LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/3/12. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: c/o Trevi Retail LLC, 130 E. 59th St., Ste. 14A, NY, NY 10022. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Goldfarb & Fleece LLP, 345 Park Ave., NY, NY 10154, Attn: Marc J. Becker, Esq. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/24 - 11/28/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ISR MARINE INSURANCE SERVICES LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/23/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 299 Ballardvale St., Wilmington, MA 01887. LLC formed in DE on 9/4/13. 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: 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: 10/24 - 11/28/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF CLEARVUE RC LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/8/13. 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, 405 E. 63rd St., Ste. 10K, NY, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/24 - 11/28/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF MCCOURT PARTNERS LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/17/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 888 7th Ave., 43rd Fl., NY, NY 10106. LLC formed in DE on 4/27/12. 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, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/24 - 11/28/2013

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might that be, exactly? If the answer is that anything that is shoved down our throats has to be either accepted with fake “negotiations” designed to make the citizenry falsely believe that they have had a voice in what happens — think ULURP — or else we don’t get even the appearance of a say, I say it is all over. This thing was put together in the middle of the night without public input. Period! What? Are you suggesting that some “make nice” appeasement negotiations under ULURP would have resulted in saving St. Vincent’s Hospital or stopping the N.Y.U. 2031 plan? What are you smoking, mister? Nick Fritsch

Need to transition to stevia To The Editor: Re “De Blasio and transition team tour transition tent” (news article, Nov. 21): I would like to get our newly elected mayor Bill de Blasio to nuance his stance on the soda ban initiated by outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The fight against morbid obesity and diabetes can only be won if we ban high-fructose corn syrup from our beverages, and replace or supplement sugar with stevia. You can look up this research, and you will see that the incidence of obesity and the onset of diabetes among New Yorkers correlate with the replacing of sugar in our sodas and drinks with high-fructose corn syrup. I hope that this information is at least considered. Vincent Nunes

Which way to the ‘old Village’? To The Editor: Re “It’s time for final push to pass small business bill” (talking point, by Sharon Woolums, Nov. 21): This morning two tourists stopped me on the street asking me to point them in the direction of the “old Village.” I responded that most of the old places were

gone — in their place, banks and luxury fashion stores. Their best bet was to pick a side street where, because of landmarking, the housing looks the same, although a new breed have moved in. If New York City is to maintain a rich cultural life and the kind of neighborhoods people actually want to live in, there needs to be affordable housing for people and for businesses. Melinda Holm

A crisis for small businesses To The Editor: Re “It’s time for final push to pass small business bill” (talking point, by Sharon Woolums, Nov. 21): The city has been throwing money, tax breaks, incentives, matching money and infrastructure improvements for big developer projects driven by big real estate for a long time, with zero to retain mom-and-pop businesses. We do need a basic fair lease renewal process for small business in New York City, which would address this single largest issue of the loss of our small business on local main streets in every community in all five boroughs. This would stop the bleeding of up to 1,200 small business closings in New York City a month! This is a crisis and commands attention and action. Steven Barrison Barrison is executive vice president, Small Business Congress of New York

Wasn’t Tweed’s Tammany anymore To The Editor: Re “Monument to machine politics, Tammany Hall is landmarked” (news article, Nov. 21): Boss Tweed was dead more than 50 years when the Tammany Hall headquarters at 100 W. 17th St. was erected in 1929, and neither he nor the Tweed Courthouse downtown had anything to do with the building that was landmarked. More representative of Tammany’s leaders in 1929 were Al Smith and his key aide Frances Perkins, who led the Democratic Party and the nation to enact the social welfare programs of the New Deal, including Social Security, the Fair Labor Standards Act and protections

for unions. These programs, in many ways under attack today, created the modern middle class. By emphasizing a crook like Tweed as representative of Tammany rather than Smith and Perkins, you do a disservice to the city’s history, as well as the building itself. James S. Kaplan

Growing need for senior care To The Editor: Re “VillageCare’s legendary night” (news brief, Nov. 21): As a former vice president and recording secretary of the Friends and Family Board of Executives of Jewish Home Lifecare / Bronx Campus, and a friend and neighbor of many VillageCare care recipients, I say congratulations to the organization and to Ms. Passannante-Derr. Their work will only become more important, and more necessary in the next 10 to 20 years. Support should continue, and be enhanced. It will be a crucial defense for our neighbors with a lack of options. Well done. Keep it up. Patrick Shields 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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ACCOUNTING PROCEEDING FILE NO. 2012-47/A CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK

Week of November 28 - December 4 BY ROB BREZSNY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Thinking inside the box will be a crime against your nature in the coming weeks. If you’re in a one-sizefits-all situation, you simply won’t be able to access your highest intelligence. I am rooting for you to wander into the wild frontiers where unsanctioned wonders and marvels await you. I’d love for you to find virgin terrain and uncharted territories where the boring old rules don’t apply. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Mike Finnigan is a veteran keyboardist and blues vocalist who has toured with more than 20 major acts, including Jimi Hendrix, Etta James and Leonard Cohen. There’s a primal quality to his singing. I understand perfectly why Bonnie Raitt has called him a “tall drink of bacon.” The sound he makes with his voice is that lush and tasty. His astrological sign? Taurus, of course. I’m naming him your patron saint this week because you yourself are as close as you have ever come to being a tall drink of bacon. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): French painter Henri Matisse ignored critics because he didn’t think they understood his art well enough to produce intelligent critiques. There was one person whose opinion he was willing to heed, though; a colleague he said had earned the right to evaluate and assess his art: Pablo Picasso. I encourage you, Gemini, to come up with your own short list of people whose judgment you trust and respect. It’s a good time to seek out their feedback on how you’re doing. CANCER (June 21-July 22): How can it be that you have come so far and worked so diligently only to be resigned to waiting around for the lucky break that may or may not ever arrive? I’m sure it’s a mistake for you to be passive and hope for the best. Still, you need to resume working diligently, focused for now on what’s right in front of you without worrying too much about the big picture. In my opinion, that approach will lead you to unforeseen help — and a clarification of the big picture.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): All of us, you included, are periodically guilty of sending out mixed messages. We confuse people with our ambivalence; what we say is sometimes different from what we feel. Now is your special time to reduce your mixed messages to as close to zero as possible. Like all of us, you are a bit hypocritical. You engage in behavior that you criticize in others. Now is your special time to work on being forthright, genuine, and consistent. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “I am very fond of strawberries and cream,” said author Dale Carnegie, “but I have found that for some strange reason, fish prefer worms. So when I went fishing, I didn’t think about what I wanted. I thought about what they wanted. … I dangled a worm or grasshopper in front of the fish.” Scorpio, in order to get your desires fulfilled by the people who have the power to do that, you should give them what they actually long for — not what you long for, nor what you wish they would long for. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Author Danielle LaPorte notes, “You will always be too much of something for someone — too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy.” But, she says, it would be a mistake to “round out your edges,” because then you would “lose your edge.” And I’m here to tell you that you need all of your edge right now, Sagittarius. To be true to yourself, you will probably have to be too much of something for several someones. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Going into my spiritual mentoring session with the priestess, I sought unknown truths about myself. That meant stirring up revelations about my ignorance, also my potentials. It worked. I was able to shed the debilitating nonsense stories I’d been telling myself about who I am. I awakened dormant strengths. What I predict for you, Capricorn, is a comparable experience. To expedite matters, seek out a person, adventure or breakthrough that can help provide you with the kind of prod I received.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your levels of personal magic are high. Without even trying, you’re exuding natural charisma and animal magnetism. I suspect you will have an elevated capacity for both giving and receiving pleasure. In fact, I predict that your ability to feel really good and make other people feel really good will be at a peak. I hereby designate this the Week of Supreme Bliss.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I bet people will be gossiping about you more than usual. Is there anything you can do to ensure that it’s mostly benevolent gossip? Yes, there is. First, make sure that when you gossip about others, you are unfailingly positive in your comments. If you don’t have anything good to say about someone, don’t say it. And contribute more inspirational energy than usual to every group you’re part of. Be an effervescent team player.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The BBC reported on an expert who combs Switzerland’s Risoud Forest to find the spruce trees whose wood can be made into the highest-quality violins. Lorenzo Pellegrini knows exactly which few trees will produce instruments with the most resonant tones. Your task in the coming weeks, Virgo, resembles the master tree-picker’s work. It’s time to start selecting and gathering the raw materials you will use to craft your own lyrical story in 2014.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Maybe your ego isn’t big enough. Could you benefit from being prouder of yourself? Would it be healthy for you to give yourself more credit for the struggles you have weathered and the beauty you have forged out of the chaotic raw materials life has given you? Pisces, I imagine you summoning the playful courage you’ll need to express more confidence — and to embark on adventures you’ve never believed you were strong enough to try before now.

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Unknown Distributees, Attorney General of the State of New York, Albert F. Nika, Teri St. Hilaire, as guardian of Norma Nika, Cabrini Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, Crestwood Memorial Chapel, Jewel Bachrach.

And to the heirs at law, next of kin and distributees of Elizabeth Goodman, if living and if any of them be dead, to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names and places of residence unknown and cannot, after diligent inquiry, be ascertained by the petitioner herein; being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, devisees, beneficiaries, distributees, or otherwise in the estate of Elizabeth Goodman, deceased, who at the time of his death was a resident of 542 E. 5th Street, New York, New York 10009. A petition having been duly filed by the Public Administrator of the County of New York, who maintains an office at 31 Chambers Street, Room 311, New York, New York 10007. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the New York County Surrogate’s Court at 31 Chambers Street, New York, New York, on January 24, 2014, at 9:30 A.M. in Room 509, why the following relief stated in the account of proceedings, a copy of the summary statement thereof being attached hereto, of the Public Administrator of the County of New York as administrator of the goods, chattels and credits of said deceased, should not be granted: (i) that her account be judicially settled; (ii) that the above named person(s) be cited to show cause why such settlement should not be granted; (iii) that the Court dispense with service upon Norma Nika if deemed unnecessary; (iv) that the claim of Crestwood Memorial Chapel and Jewel Bachrach for decedent’s funeral expenses be rejected; (v) that the claim of Cabrini Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in the amount of $ 23,151.47 for nursing serviced be allowed; (vi) that the Surrogate approve the reasonable amount of compensation as reported in Schedules C and C-1 of the account of proceedings to the attorney for the petitioner for legal services rendered to the petitioner herein; (vii) that a hearing be held to determine the identity of the distributees at which time proof pursuant to SCPA Section 2225 may be presented, or in the alternative, that the balance of the funds be deposited with the Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York for the benefit of the decedent’s unknown distributees; (viii) that the persons above mentioned and all necessary and proper persons be cited to show cause why such relief should not be granted; (ix) that an order be granted pursuant to SCPA Section 307 where required or directed; and (x) for such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper. Dated, Attested and Sealed. November 18, 2013. (Seal). Hon. Nora S. Anderson, Surrogate. Diana Sanabria, Chief Clerk. Schram & Graber, P.C. Counsel to the Public Administrator, New York County 22 Cortlandt Street, 16th Floor New York, New York 10007 (212) 896-3310 Note: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested. You have the right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you and you or your attorney may request a copy of the full account from the petitioner or petitioner’s attorney.

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he New York University men’s basketball team picked up its third win of the season after an 83-62 victory over the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Sat., Nov. 23, at home, at Coles Sports Center, at Mercer and Bleecker Sts. Costis Gontikas, the team’s sophomore center, from Athens, Greece, played the game of his life. He scored a career-high 21 points, in addition to scooping up six rebounds, while adding a pair of blocks on the defensive side of the ball. The Violets (3-0) entered this early-season matchup averaging 82 points a game, while the M.C.L.A. Trailblazers (2-2) were coming off two straight victories after being blown out 91-55 in their first game of the season. M.C.L.A. missed their first 10 shots as N.Y.U. built an early lead. The Violets charged out of the gate scoring the game’s first 16 points before the Trailblazers’ head coach, Jamie Morrison, who was clearly distressed at the early tone of the game, called a timeout. After some words from their coach, the Trailblazers got on the scoreboard when Ruben Delrosario managed to connect on a layup at the 13:58 mark of the first half. The Violets stayed on their game, however, and continued to stick to their plan of taking high-percentage shots in the paint while playing stout defense on the other end of the court. N.Y.U. continued to pad their lead. They went on a 15-7 run, with Gontikas contributing eight of the team’s points in that span, making the score 31-9 with 7:10 left in the first period. M.C.L.A. would then begin an offensive stretch of their own, using a 13-4 run to cut the deficit to 13 points, 35-22, with two and a half minutes left to play in the half. But

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