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October 24, 2013 • $1.00 Volume 83 • Number 22

Saying it saved her, Abate brings holistic healthcare to L.E.S. BY HEATHER DUBIN

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To remind the city that many are still suffering from Sandy’s impact, hundreds of New Yorkers — carrying wave-shaped signs — held a “Turn the Tide” rally Sunday by City Hall. Many had marched there through hurricane-ravaged neighborhoods.

Waves of pain haven’t receded

lternative medicine is gaining increasing acceptance in the Western world. In the case of Catherine Abate, president and C.E.O. of Community Healthcare Network, she not only accepts alternative medicine — she

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our months ago, a bill allowing the transfer of unused development rights from Hudson River Park one block inland of the West Side Highway was suddenly and quietly introduced at the end of the Albany legislative session. The Assembly passed the bill on

June 15 by a vote of 96 to 5. Then, after a marathon all-night session, the state Senate brought the bill up for a vote on Sat., June 17, and passed it unanimously at 5:18 in the morning by a vote of 57 to 0. Yet, today, the bill — an amendment to the Hudson River Park Act of 1998 — still has not gone into effect because it hasn’t been signed by Governor Cuomo.

At the time the Legislature passed the bill, there were many unanswered questions about exactly how the transfer of development rights — also known as air rights — would work. For example, how many available air rights does the park actually have? Where can

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Girls Club is aiming for the stars, and also hoping to make them BY HEATHER DUBIN

Park bill still up in the air, H forum to consider air rights BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

firmly believes it helped save her life. Diagnosed with stagefour uterine cancer in May 2012, Abate’s positive experience with holistic medical practices prompted her to bring these same modalities to Community Healthcare Network’s Downtown

ula-hooping on a Friday afternoon at The Lower Eastside Girls Club is not a bad way to end your week. Especially if you are a Girls Club member in the East Village, with access to its brand new $20 mil-

lion facility, located on E. Eighth St. near Avenue D. Last Friday, at The Lower Eastside Girls Club Center for Community, 23 girls, ages 11 to 18, were tossing balloons to each other as they twirled a hula hoop round and round in Baker Hall, a mirror-lined, sunny, GIRLS CLUB, continued on p. 28

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It’s not hard to find if you are anywhere near Henry M. Jackson Park, at Henry and Grand Sts. on the Lower East Side, where it covers a 277-foot-long wall. Originally created in 2002 by the nonprofit CITYarts as a reaction to the tragedy of 9/11, the work is titled “Celebrating the Heroes of Our City.” The years had taken their toll on the artwork, which was originally created by artist Richard Weinstein and 300 neighborhood kids. It was already in need of repair when Hurricane Sandy hit, leaving not much behind. Tsipi Ben-Haim, the executive and creative director of CITYarts, wasn’t ready to let the work crumble into the dust of history. After all, it wasn’t just a painting, it was a project that was fashioned not only for the community, but by the community. As before, she set out to bring the wall to life, using the East Village artist Janusz Gilewitz as the chief restorer, and volunteers from wherever she could find them. In addition to kids from after-school programs, retirees and various locals, Disney and Davler Media sent crews. Disney was in fact the sole sponsor and Benjamin Moore donated all the paint. Home health aide Doris Rodriguez was recruited one day by Ben-Haim while sitting in

the park, and since August she’s spent two to three days a week at work on the project, because, she said, “I’m proud to do something for the neighborhood.” Firefighters from Engine 15 pitched in to power-wash the wall before the painting began. Firefighter Arnold Galvez was subsequently surprised to find that his face was on the wall alongside his colleagues, the Freedom Tower and other symbols of New York. “It’s really flattering,” he said. “I’m looking forward to showing it to my kids.” Josephine Filomeno, 87, couldn’t be happier to work on the project. She’s lived in the area all her life and won’t hesitate to tell you that “there’s no place like the Lower East Side.” “It gave the whole neighborhood a pickup,” she said of the mural. She also has a good word for Gilewitz, whom she called “inspiring.” For his part, Gilewitz was energized by his part in the whole scene. Working with many nonartists, he realized that he “had to drop the idea that everything would be perfect.” “It wasn’t only about the heroes,” he reflected, “but also the everyday New Yorkers who are a vital part of the infrastructure, like the people in the neighborhood who are volunteering.” The piece is almost finished, and the last time the crew will be together will be at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 6, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. When the shouting is over, Gilewitz will be placing a call to the Guinness Book of World Records so that they may determine if it is indeed the largest 3D mural. Whether it is or not, he knows its true value. “The real 3D,” he said, “is the way that the wall connects the neighborhood.”

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Anthony Edwards, above, and Heather Graham, below, at Bluestockings bookstore on Monday.

GRAHAM SLEUTHS ON L.E.S. Bluestockings bookstore on Allen St. was the setting Monday for a shoot for the film “My Dead Boyfriend,” starring actress Heather Graham and directed by Anthony Edwards of “ER” fame. The in-production flick is a comedy set in the late ’90s that sees Graham investigate her deceased boyfriend’s life. Bluestockings, of course, is a Lower East Side activist bookstore that caters to feminism, the L.G.B.T. community, environmentalism, political theories, anarchism / Marxism and other subjects. DON’T VOTE FOR ME! DON’T!!! His name apparently WILL be on the ballot on Tues., Nov. 5, but Richard Stewart says he is not, repeat not, running for City Council against Corey Johnson. Seriously. Yet, we clearly espied Stewart’s name in the New York Post this Tuesday in a “Notice of General Election, 2013, Candidates List,” in which he is listed as the Republican candidate running against Johnson, the nominee of the Democratic and Working Families parties. “Let me reiterate again — not running for City Council in District 3,” Stewart told us later that evening. “I still live at 1 Fifth Ave., which is not in the district. I am still in support of Corey — I think Corey is the right choice for City Council. I do not know how that happened,” he said, of why his name is still on the ballot. Stewart, who is on Community Board 2, previously told us he couldn’t run because he lives outside the district, but that the G.O.P. was only using his name as a “placeholder” in case a viable candidate emerged. “Nobody should vote for me. Don’t vote for me,”

Stewart stressed to us on Tuesday. “I’m not running for that job now. I may one day, but right now I just want to begin my work as a Republican district leader.” We asked Stewart if, on Election Day — since he’s not running, but his name will be on the ballot, which obviously could cause confusion — he would go out to the polls and exhort people NOT to vote for him. No, he said, he would not do that. O.K., so, just assuming he did live in the district, would he run against Johnson? we asked. “I’m not going to answer hypothetical questions,” Stewart replied, getting slightly fed up and saying that was enough questions. Of course, were he actually running, we would have had to ask him the litmus-test questions for any candidate in District 3: Do you now or have you ever owned a gun, and where is it? And are you now or have you ever been a real estate executive?

and the effects it has on the communities it visits,” Hoylman wrote. “Each year local elected officials, community boards and local [police] precincts are besieged by complaints as SantaCon passes through their neighborhoods. While Santa Con may be a short-term boon to a select group of local businesses,” Hoylman continued, “the many adverse impacts it wreaks, such as vomiting in the streets, public urination, vandalism and littering, disrupt community members’ quality of life. I recognize that at any large event, a few bad actors may disrupt an otherwise orderly affair, but at previous SantaCons bad actors have hardly been the exception. As such,” he went on, “significantly more must be done to combat the neighborhood scourge SantaCon has become.” Hoylman added that the event has become so large as to “completely overwhelm sidewalks and public spaces, creating a public safety hazard for all.” He strongly urged SantaCon to work with the Police Department “in order to come up with a strong and effective plan to combat public intoxication and to ensure all participants are respectful of the neighborhoods they visit, as well as handling the overwhelming crowds associated with an event this size.” (We thought SantaCon’s plan was large-scale, obnoxious public intoxication.) Hoylman further urged SantaCon to make this plan (the nice, respectful, vomitfree plan, that is) available to local affected community boards “well in advance of your event so that they have time to comment and help shape it.” We e-mailed blitzen, and surprisingly got a response back — actually from none other than St. Nick himself. “We here at the North Pole share some of the concerns of Senator Hoylman’s Office,” St. Nick wrote. “This year, Santa will be doing everything in his power to mitigate the negative effects SantaCon had created for the neighborhoods it spreads cheer to. The Elfs are already coordinating with several community boards and police precincts to make SantaCon 2013 a SCOOPY, continued on p. 19

BRAD TO ‘BAD SANTAS’: SHAPE UP! SantaCon may well think he’s the Grinch, but Brad Hoylman is trying to rein in the unruly annual pub crawl of naughty St. Nicks. The state senator on Oct. 15 sent a letter to SantaCon, addressed “To Whom It May Concern,” to the address blitzen@nycsantacon. com. “I am writing to express my concerns regarding SantaCon

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With park bill still up in the air, community forum AIR RIGHTS, continued from p. 1

and can’t these air rights be transferred? For the most part, these questions still remain unanswered. About the only thing that was and is clear is that the 5-mile-long Hudson River Park — which is supposed to be financially self-sustaining — is facing a daunting financial crisis and needs to find ways to generate revenue. To that end, the air-rights scheme could be a lucrative solution for the Hudson River Park Trust, which operates the park. “The provision allowing the Trust to sell unused development rights of the park to adjoining properties can potentially provide considerable revenue for the park,” Assembly member Richard Gottfried told The Villager in June. Exactly how much that amount would be is, again, still unclear, Gottfried said, since the real estate market is always fluctuating. Again, as for what is known, about $250 million is still needed to complete the park’s construction. That amount doesn’t include Pier 40, for which the Trust has previously twice sought a private developer, the thinking being the developer would both foot the cost of the pier’s repairs and redevelop the huge, aging structure with some new commercial uses to help increase the park’s revenue flow. One thing the amendment passed in June

does clearly state is that any profits from the sale of air rights specifically from Pier 40 be funneled back into maintenance of the massive, 14-acre West Houston St. “sports pier,” which is in desperate need of repairs. According to Madelyn Wils, the Trust’s president, there are 1.6 million square feet of unused air rights in the park available for sale right now. The park’s upland portion — the part of the park on land — doesn’t have any air rights. And only piers that are designated for commercial use have air rights, namely, Chelsea Piers, and Piers 40, 57 and 76. Once piers are designated as public space — such as the Christopher St. Pier, for instance — they apparently lose their air rights. In July, developer Douglas Durst — who had pitched a plan to convert Pier 40’s existing pier shed into a high-tech office campus — told The Villager how many air rights he understood Pier 40 had, based on his own analysis. Durst said the pier has 600,000 square feet of unused air rights, while the pier’s current three-story shed structure encloses 740,000 square feet. So, according to Durst’s figures, if the pier shed were torn down, Pier 40 just by itself would have more than 1.3 million square feet of unused air rights for potential sale across the highway.

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Six proposals to amend the State Constitution are on the ballot... Amid all the buzz about air-rights transfers from Hudson River Park, a couple of swingers at the New York Trapeze School on Pier 40’s rooftop caught some serious air last Sunday afternoon. Behind them, across West St., is the St. John’s Center building, which could receive unused air rights from Pier 40 under legislation awaiting Governor Cuomo’s signature. At right is the 46-story Trump Soho Condo Hotel. By one estimation, Hudson River Park currently has enough unused air rights to allow five Trump Soho’s to be constructed.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZES Now, seeking to bring some clarity to the issue and also to strategize on how to protect the neighborhoods along the park’s eastern edge from overdevelopment due to the park air-rights transfers, community groups plan to meet on Wed., Nov. 13, at Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Bernard’s Church, at 328 W. 14th St., starting at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is sponsored by more than a dozen groups, ranging from block associations to political clubs, including Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Save Chelsea, the Council of Chelsea Block Associations, Tribeca Trust, Chelsea Reform Democratic Club, Village Independent Democrats, Village Reform Democratic Club, Greenwich Village Community Task Force, Lower Chel-

sea Alliance, Charles St. Association, W. 13th St. 100 Block Association, Charlton St. Block Association, Vandam St. Block Association, Perry St. Block Association and the Perry St. Crusaders. Andrew Berman, executive director of G.V.S.H.P., said local elected officials, as well as Trust representatives and community board members, have not expressly been invited to the meeting. “We reached out to all of them to let them know we’re doing this, but it wasn’t set around their schedules,” he said. “It’s not geared so much toward the politicians or the Trust, but toward educating the public. If the governor signs this bill, it presents an enormous, enormous challenge and we want to AIR RIGHTS, continued on p. 5

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will consider air rights AIR RIGHTS, continued from p. 4

educate people and get them organized, so that we can ensure that this provision isn’t used in a way that’s harmful to our neighborhood and doesn’t allow overdevelopment. “They still don’t know how many air rights there are,” Berman said of the Trust and politicians. “They’re saying they think it’s 1.5 million or 1.6 million, but they’d be the first to say they don’t know. They still don’t know how the air rights will be used.”

has 77 floors. And the new New York Times building, at 40th St. and Eighth Ave., enclosing 1.5 million square feet, is also more than 1,000 square feet tall, and is 52 stories. Since the money from Pier 40’s air rights sales must go back into Pier 40, Berman added, this pretty much guarantees these air rights would be used somewhere in Community Board 2, which stretches from Canal St. to 14th St. Why would C.B. 4, which extends north of 14th St., want these development rights added in its district when the revenue from them is earmarked for C.B. 2?

WHAT ABOUT ULURP? Berman expressed concern that the air-rights sales won’t undergo an open review process, such as the city’s seven-month-long ULURP (Uniform Land Use Review Procedure), but rather could happen suddenly without public input. He also noted that Pier 57 in Chelsea was rezoned one year ago, which saw its F.A.R. (floor area ratio) increased from 2.0 to 5.0. Any of this new unused F.A.R. could be transferred across the highway for development, he noted. Thanks to the efforts of G.V.S.H.P., much of the Greenwich Village waterfront today enjoys so-called contextual zoning, due to a downzoning in 2005. But another concern of Berman’s is if the air-rights transfers would override this contextual rezoning. Also, he wants to know to what extent the air rights can be used to “make big sites even bigger.” This last issue is no more clearly embodied than by the five-block-long St. John’s Center, located just east of Pier 40. “There’s obviously been a lot of discussion about the possibility of that site [receiving airrights transfers],” Berman said. If, on the other hand, the St. John’s Center’s zoning is modified to allow residential use, perhaps only partially, Berman added, that is not a problem. What is a concern to him is whether this site becomes massively overdeveloped.

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SUPERSIZED ST. JOHN’S? “Allowing for a larger development on that site is pretty scary,” he said. Under current zoning, according to Berman, the St. John’s site has up to 1.5 million square feet of development rights, which could allow a structure up to 900 feet tall. Berman didn’t explain exactly how a building would be massed over the five blocks to allow it to reach that height. However, he said, “It is very easy to reach 900 feet.” By comparison, he noted, the Chrysler Building, enclosing 1.2 million square feet, stands slightly more than 1,000 feet tall, and

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development on that site is pretty scary.’

Berman said his reading of the amendment passed in June means the air rights from any pier can be transferred anywhere up and down the park — and don’t have to transfer to a block directly across from that particular pier — since there’s nothing in the bill stating otherwise. Tobi Bergman, a leading advocate for the youth sports leagues that make heavy use of Pier 40’s artificial-turf playing fields, said whatever happens at the St. John’s Center, it doesn’t have to be as massive as Berman fears. “I think the question of how air rights are transferred, there’s going to be a lot of discussion about that,” he said. “Whoever develops the St. John’s Center is going to want to develop it at least partially for residential purposes. There are ways to restrict the total amount of development that can happen [there]. Andrew knows that — I think he’s sounding alarm bells.” So there won’t be a new tower the size of the Chrysler Building looming over Pier 40 across West St. someday? “That’s not going to happen,” stated Bergman, who also chairs C.B. 2’s Land Use Committee. “I don’t think anyone wants that to happen.” Last year, Bergman led the youth sports leagues, under the name Pier 40 Champions, in pitching their plan for two luxury towers to be built at the foot of Pier 40, which would generate revenue for the pier’s repair and maintenance. But their proposal, which would have required an amendment to the Hudson River Park Act to allow residential use in the park, failed due to lack of political AIR RIGHTS, continued on p. 20

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Catherine Abate brings holistic healthcare to L.E.S. ABATE, continued from p. 1

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Health Center, at 150 Essex St. on the Lower East Side. The nonprofit C.H.N. provides medical care to underserved New Yorkers at 11 federally qualified healthcare centers. In an interview last week, Abate spoke about the new Essex St. integrative health center — which will incorporate alternative therapies with traditional medicine — as well as about her own personal journey regarding her condition. Abate has always worked in public service, striving to help others. An attorney, she is a former New York state senator, and before that was the commissioner of New York City’s Department of Corrections. C.H.N.’s Essex St. center caters to 6,000 patients a year. According to Abate, this population has “a tremendous interest” in acupuncture, herbal supplements and medication, but lacks access to them. “Medicaid and private insurance doesn’t cover it, and there’s a great need,” she said. State, city and federal grants help cover the cost of medical services currently offered at the center. While there is a slidingfee scale based on income, patients are never turned away. Abate noted that C.H.N. centers are sited in the poorest and most underserved

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areas of the city. They have sites in every borough except for Staten Island. The Essex St. center offers complete primary care, pediatrics, nutrition, social services and other basic medical care. While these services will continue, Abate wants to add holistic medicine as an integral component to improve patient health. The program is in the planning process, and Abate anticipates the revamped facility’s opening next February. “It’s the perfect site to do this,” she said. The demographic the center serves is mixed ages with the majority of patients under age 50, while the ethnic breakdown is mostly Latino and Asian. Abate also noted that many patients suffer from chronic diseases, such as asthma, obesity, hypertension and diabetes. These patients are familiar with and eager to try alternative therapies that could potentially benefit them. Thanks to federal money, additional exam rooms have already been constructed to accommodate the expanding center. As part of the holistic approach, there will be more time focused on personal nutrition. Yoga, acupuncture, energy healing, reflexology and meditation will also be part of the new program. Abate wants patients to take ownership of their care, and she thinks these modalities will help them do this. “We want the patients to feel better about their care, and improve communication between them and their provider,” Abate said. Three years ago, she started a health literacy program. Results show patients, during an office visit, do not receive useful information that encourages them to go home and change their lifestyle, which is often essential for dealing with their health problem. “Whether it’s positive thinking about their healing, stopping smoking or eating healthy, or cleaning up their home environment from mold, or whatever,” she said, “there has to be better communication to really make them a partner in their healthcare.” Abate feels this improved informational dialogue empowers patients, providing them with more balance and control, which will improve their overall health and well-being. She understands this firsthand. “I don’t think I’d be in the shape I am in today if I didn’t use the complementary and alternative-use therapies,” Abate said. Her initial diagnosis, following her first operation in June 2012, gave her 12 months to live. Abate, who is in her mid-60s, turned to Western medicine for surgeries and chemotherapy, and saw an immunologist, which is a field she wants to implement at the center. But she also went to a

life coach and energy healer, who taught her the power of the mind. “Mind, body and spirit come together,” Abate said. “Everyone has the power to heal themselves. I had a lot of healing, and I’m not saying chemo didn’t have something to do with it. But even my oncologists would say, ‘It wasn’t just the chemo.’ ” One doctor told Abate that he thought her mind was one of her most powerful weapons in her recovery. The healthcare C.E.O. believes visualization, diet and acupuncture all help effect a change of attitude toward life. “It adds up, I’m feeling strong,” she said. “I’m not totally cured yet, but I’m on the right path.” Abate still receives some low-dose chemo treatment, but she has spent many months playing tennis, and, as she put it,

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is doing “quite well.” She partially attributes her health status to alternative therapies. “I’m not suggesting people turn away from Western medicine,” she said. “I’m suggesting Western medicine becomes that more effective when you also utilize holistic and integrative approaches.” She used to receive holistic treatments weekly when she was sick, but now only goes every couple of weeks. Abate does practice daily visualization and takes herbal supplements. “I wake up with gratitude every day,” she said. “I see the beauty in things and in people, and the promise of the world.” To help foster this same hopefulness for others, Abate has submitted grants for the holistic program. She wants the therapies to be free or low-cost for patients. With that goal in mind, a boat cruise fundraiser around Manhattan was held on the evening of Tues., Oct. 22, with 240 people paying $250 per ticket. Demonstrations of alternative therapies were conducted onboard the boat.

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Pioneering rock-’n’-roller Lou Reed dies at age 71 New York rock icon Lou Reed died on Sun., Oct. 27, at age 71. The cause was complications from a recent liver transplant. The epitome of Downtown cool, he was an oversized presence on the local arts and activist scene. Two years ago he embraced the Occupy Wall Street movement. Before that, he helped the community’s ultimately unsuccessful effort

to fight the city’s plan for a three-district Sanitation megagarage at Spring and Washington Sts. Not only did he “walk on the wild side,” he walked fast, as seen in the Westbeth photo. “I have several of him moving around very fast! It’s why the photos of him are a blur,” said Sharon Woolums, who posed with him for a photo at Occupy.

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Lou Reed with Village activist Sharon Woolums at Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park two years ago.

Lou Reed walking briskly through the courtyard at the Westbeth Artists’ Housing complex.

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A year later, still no Sandy rent rebates for Knickerbocker BY SAM SPOKONY

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year after Hurricane Sandy, Knickerbocker Village residents are still waiting for the rent rebates they were promised by the development’s management. Tenants of the 12-building, 1,600-unit, Lower East Side affordable housing complex spent weeks without electricity or hot water following the storm. Last November, a representative of AREA Property Partners, the management company, assured tenants that “not a penny of rent will be paid for the days on which [residents] didn’t have essential services.” But this week, management confirmed that none of that money has yet been paid out. “We’re still trying to make it happen,” said Edwin Maltzman, the building’s controller. Knickerbocker Village is a Mitchell-Lama development, so although it is run and maintained by AREA, its cash flow is controlled by the state’s Division of Housing and Community Renewal. Maltzman said that management has been working alongside D.H.C.R. in an attempt to fund rent rebates through insurance claims, but acknowledged that it’s still a work in progress.

At a November 2012 meeting, Jim Simmons, right, of AREA Property Partners, which owns Knickerbocker Village, addressed hundreds of tenants, as state Senator Daniel Squadron, far left, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, listened.

Meanwhile, Bob Wilson, a longtime tenant leader who has lived at Knickerbocker Village since the 1940s, said he believes the fight for rent rebates was unfeasible from the start. Typically when D.H.C.R. approves rent rebates for a Mitchell-Lama complex, those deductions must be balanced out later by rent increases in order to balance the development���s cash flow. If that ends up being the case at Knickerbocker Village, the process

would basically be self-defeating. “That’s the whole problem,” Wilson said. “They haven’t gotten the insurance companies to cover it, and if they can’t do that, then the money for rebates would eventually have to come out of the pockets of tenants.” Wilson said management should reach out to residents and explain the cash flow situation and the difficulty of securing rent rebates. “[Management] would be helping themselves out if they did that,” said Wilson, “because every time they walk outside, there are residents demanding the rebates.” Meanwhile, the elected officials who joined last year to push for the rebates — including Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Councilmember Margaret Chin, state Senator Daniel Squadron and Borough President Scott Stringer — are still pushing to make sure that any rebates are not paid for through later rent increases. “The residents of Knickerbocker Village should not be charged rent for the weeks they endured in their homes without essential services,” said Chin, in a statement released Tuesday. “I encourage management companies to do the right thing and honor their commitment to provide rent abatements for the residents who went without — without forcing tenants to

shoulder the costs.” In a statement also released Tuesday, Silver alluded to allocations of federal funding for building repairs, while also driving the same point home regarding rebates. “Since the storm struck, I have made it a top priority to work with the city to ensure that Knickerbocker receives the resources it needs to repair and rebuild,” Silver said in his statement. “I also secured a promise from the owner of Knickerbocker that tenants would receive rent rebates for the time they were without essential services and that the cost of those rebates would not be passed on to the tenants. I expect that promise to be kept.” But Maltzman’s response was tentative when this newspaper asked if he believes it would actually be possible to fund rebates without eventual rent increases. “We’ll have to see about that,” he said. In other news regarding the development’s post-Sandy recovery, the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development announced on Wednesday that Knickerbocker Village is now going to receive $1.46 million for building repairs. That money — which is separate from the issue of rent rebates — will be taken from federal funding and specifically allocated through the city’s Build it Back initiative.

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McBurney Y member slapped with two-year restraining order BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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ccording to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, a man who was arrested last year and charged with forcibly touching a teenager inside the McBurney YMCA pleaded guilty earlier this month to a lesser charge, plus has agreed to avoid contact with the youth for two years. According to a D.A. spokesperson, Victor Paravati, age 51 at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty Oct. 3 to disorderly conduct in connection with the Aug. 19, 2012, incident at the McBurney Y, at 125 W. 14th St., one of the Y’s most high-profile New York City branches. Paravati was sentenced to time served — the time from his arrest to his arraignment and release on his own recognizance — which, in most such cases, is typically within 24 hours. While forcible touching is a misdemeanor, disorderly conduct is only a violation. In addition, Paravati was slapped with an order of protection for two years, during which time he must steer clear of the teen. “This was done after meeting the complainant multiple times, and extensively,” the D.A. spokesperson said of the terms of the case’s resolution. According to police, Paravati was arrested Dec. 21, 2012, at 11:30 p.m., inside the McBurney Y and charged with forcible touching. His address then was 202 W. 24th St. “He slapped the buttocks of a 17-year-old male for no reason,” a police spokesperson told The Villager this past June, when The Villager first reported the incident. The police spokesperson confirmed that the arrest happened “inside the facility.” The district attorney’s complaint also states the “occurrence location” was “inside 125 West 14th Street.” However, the incident actually occurred on Aug. 19, 2012 at 8 p.m., but was not reported until November to police. According to the police spokesperson, it was the only arrest at the McBurney Y in 2012, and there had been no arrests there as of this June. It was Paravati’s first arrest, according to the D.A. Coincidentally, four months after the arrest, the McBurney Y, this past April, without explanation, installed dividers in its formerly wide-open men’s shower room. John Rappaport, the McBurney Y’s senior executive director, subsequently addressed questions about the dividers in a letter to gym members. He explained that the stalls were actually part of the Y’s original design but had been left out because the facility’s construction cost more than originally estimated. The women’s showers have always had dividers. Rappaport, in his letter, added that some Y members had “expressed feeling very uncomfortable showering in an open environment…or had witnessed inappropriate behavior in the shower area.” However, shortly after the shower divid-

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ers were added, a Y member, requesting anonymity, told The Villager he had heard there had been a situation involving an adult member’s teenage son. The father was reportedly furious. “It’s my surmising that there is a connection” between the incident and the showers’ renovation, the source said. The father was reportedly not interested in talking to the press, and attempts in June to reach him for comment were unsuccessful.

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Attempts to reach Paravati in June were also unsuccessful. In several telephone interviews with The Villager in June, Y Director Rappaport said he was unaware of Paravati’s arrest inside the facility that he manages. “I didn’t know of such an incident,” Rappaport said then. “That’s all news to me.” Asked if the father had made a complaint to him or other Y staff, Rappaport said he couldn’t comment, noting, “That’s a very intense and private thing.” He reiterated that the stalls in the men’s showers were part of the original plan for the Y, which opened more than a decade ago. “A lot of people had said they were uncomfortable in the gang type of shower,” Rappaport said. “It just provides a better environment in a lot of ways.” However, at least one Y staffer said he was aware of the incident. When a Villager reporter, back in June, asked a McBurney lifeguard why the men’s shower stalls were added, he blurted out, “Someone touched someone.” When the reporter — who is a Y member — subsequently identified himself as such, the lifeguard then quickly gave a different response, saying, like Rappaport, that the dividers were added because they were part of the gym’s original plan. Asked in June if Paravati was a McBurney Y member and, if so, whether the Y had considered terminating his membership over the incident, Rappaport said, “Our justice system does say, ‘Innocent until convicted.’ When made aware of [a] conviction, we would immediately terminate membership.” Rappaport did not return phone calls for comment for this article.

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No education, and another (glass) brick in the wall BY GERARD FLYNN

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tember. The board, however, praised the renovations proposed for the school’s facade. The developers must now return with a proposal that will “better relate to the landmark and feature more articulation,” said L.P.C. spokesperson Lisi de Bourbon. One L.P.C. commissioner called some of the proposed design “cartoonish.” Another joined C.B. 2 in blasting plans for the glass-brick facade. Although the design is within scale for the low-rise neighborhood — where height caps have been in place under the zoning resolution since the 1970s — it contrasts with the quaint 19th-century masonry of many of the buildings. But since 2003 the surrounding area has been transformed by a wave of swanky residences replacing abandoned lots. The prospect of a luxury condo development behind the 19th-century facade of a church he cherishes is too much for some so-called NIMBYs, like Sante Scardillo, an artist from Italy and member of the Little Italy Neighbors Association. Mourning the loss of much of the old neighborhood to gentrification, Scardillo said, “We’re being attacked from all sides.” Despite assurances by the developers’ architect appearing before C.B. 2 — which approved the demolition but not the design — Scardillo doubts the proposal would help maintain the neighborhood’s character. He added that the development will change the site’s function from “education with a philanthropic slant, to plutocrats’ playground.” The Historic Districts Council generally approves what is being removed in the project, but has issues with its replacements, namely visible bulkheads, canopies and rooftop additions.

ince it was built in 1826 as an orphanage, St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral School, on Prince St. between Mulberry and Mott Sts., has, like the rest of Little Italy, gone through some significant changes. During the 1860s a Mott St. wing was added, and in 1910 roof modifications were made, while additional classrooms were added out back in 1954. The late Federal-style institutional building was landmarked with the rest of the five-building complex and is part of the Little Italy Historic District. But the most recent changes are perhaps the most dramatic. The proposal by a developer to gut-renovate the historic school — closed in 2010 due to low enrollment — demolish the rear yard and replace it with a new modern look has some locals bemoaning the loss of their neighborhood’s character. A proposed glass facade for a single-family townhouse in the rear may be modern to some but was too much for the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which rejected the design at an Oct. 8 public hearing. Times Equities and Hamlin Ventures, a developer of upscale developments, plan to turn the historic site into upscale townhouses and a condo complex. According to Joe Zwilling, spokesperson for the Archdiocese of New York, the parish corporation that owns the site and the developers are in the final stages of closing the deal, worth around $30 million. While most of the site will be given over for development, he said, a portion will remain for Catholic education. But before the classrooms become luxury condos and the 1954 annex is turned into a high-end townhouse, the developers must get approval from L.P.C., which, while liking much of the design, also wants to see some modifications to the glass facade before giving the project its blessing. At the L.P.C. hearing, the “brickwork” came up for some serious scrutiny — namely because of the glass “bricks” proposed for the townhouse addition. Sean Sweeney, cochairperson of Community Board 2’s Landmarks and Public Aesthetics Committee, said the facade treatment may be hip and cool to some, but were out of historic context for the neighborhood. Plus, it would shine, he said, like a glow-inthe-dark lamp. “It’s basically a glass intrusion in a neighborhood of www.reddenfuneralhome.net bearing-wall masonry,” C.B. 2 opined in a resolution in Sep-

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Being prepared for the hurricane next time EDITORIAL

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t’s hard to believe that a year ago, we were in the throes of the post-Superstorm Sandy blackout. There was no electricity or heat, many residents lacked elevator service and running water — even cold water — flushable toilets, and, just our luck, it was starting to get raw and cold. We survived, but it took a long time for things to return to normal. Things don’t just snap back like nothing happened after Avenue C is flooded waist-high and Westbeth’s basement is inundated by the Hudson River. Many merchants and restaurants still haven’t fully recovered from the financial hit they took. For our part, we unfortunately lost about 95 percent of The Villager’s archives when the surge poured into our Canal St. basement. (Luckily, New York University and the Public Library also have our old issues.) Our part of the city wasn’t physically slammed as hard by Sandy’s surge as places like Breezy Point

or the Rockaways, where entire swaths of homes were obliterated by water and fire. But we were inundated in the flood zone, and the loss of electrical power was crippling and dangerous. We pulled together, as communities do. But when electricity and heat came back on around Friday night, we realized how deeply we depend on our utility services. For this part of the city, the most important thing was for Con Ed to harden its E. 14th St. plant against another abnormally large super-surge like Sandy’s. Sandy’s unexpectedly high waters had flooded the plant, and then Con Ed powered the facility down to keep from damaging it further, leaving us blacked-out south of the 30s. It’s reassuring to see — in a new video Con Ed posted on its Web site — that it has taken these steps. Important infrastructure has been raised higher off the ground, doors now have watertight seals, electrical conduit pipes have been filled with rubber sealant to waterproof them, and the complex’s walls have been raised.

Another change Con Ed should consider, is making sure hospitals are on networks that don’t need to be shut down during emergencies. For example, Downtown Hospital was shut down when Con Ed powered down its E. 14th St. plant. Luckily, in the Village, New York University opened its doors to the community, letting people charge phones, use laptops, even sleep on cots in some of its buildings. But Sandy also showed the need for a Lower West Side hospital with its own generator, like St. Vincent’s. We think Mayor Bloomberg’s idea for removable storm barriers along Lower Manhattan’s edge is a good idea. These would be set up on land and basically work as a large fence against the waters. For now, it’s a much cheaper alternative to full-on storm-surge barriers in the harbor. Great work is being done in the East Village and Lower East Side by the Long-term Recovery Group; GOLES and Two Bridges are organizing to ensure future storms don’t cripple and imperil residents of highrise public housing and low-income

housing, as in Sandy. By now, we’ve all learned how we should have “go bags” ready, just in case. We’re eager to hear more about the sustainable energy-powered WiFi-NY People’s Emergency Network that the Long-term Recovery Group is working on. During Sandy, only a few street corners had a signal — and everyone clustered there. In emergencies, communication is key. Our new understanding of flood zones is also affecting discussion about Hudson River Park, development on piers and the waterfront, and air-rights transfers from the park. Everything is being reassessed. When we interviewed Bill de Blasio before the primary election he showed an open mind on storm protection, but was more in favor of more affordable natural barriers, like wetlands and dunes. De Blasio’s a very intelligent man, and we’re confident he’ll make the right choices for the city’s protection. For now, we’re glad to see that, from Con Ed to community activists, people are doing their best to make sure, if another Sandy hits, we’ll be ready.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Kudos to Stringer and Dwellers

Dwellers are doing a good job

To The Editor: Re “Stringer asks C.B. 3 to ‘reconsider’ ban of LES Dwellers group” (news article, Oct. 24): Stringer should be applauded for calling into question Community Board 3’s suspension of a very legitimate community group called the LES Dwellers. That group is only trying to defend its neighborhood from the effect of an onslaught of liquor licenses coming to the Lower East Side. Like the L.E.S., other Downtown areas, like the Meatpacking District and Petrosino Square, are turning into a living hell for residents due to the rowdy crowds and terrible traffic brought on by the increasing number of late-night / early-morning venues with liquor licenses. Groups like the LES Dwellers are doing a public service for locals in the area now unfortunately called Hell Square.

To The Editor: Re “Stringer asks C.B. 3 to ‘reconsider’ ban of LES Dwellers group” (news article, Oct. 24): How do I sign up for LES Dwellers? As a longtime resident of the East Village, I can attest to the inordinate amount of noise on

weekends until 4 a.m. and the vandalism that ensues. We need fewer bars and new community board leadership that doesn’t pander to the bar owners. Bonnie Rosenstock

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An open letter to Community Board 3 from LES Dwellers TALKING POINT BY DIEM BOYD

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t is our view that Manhattan’s Community Board 3 and all block associations and community groups should be working together to solve the very real problems of our neighborhoods. For the LES Dwellers, this means improving the quality-of-life problems resulting from some of the worst liquor saturation in the United States. A pattern of evolving block association regulations never voted on by the full board has challenged the organizing ability of residents, hindering the democratic process that C.B. 3 is mandated to uphold. Certain members of C.B. 3 leadership have taken action to quiet the very voices they are responsible to hear from among the community. The shifting “rules” culminated in the questionable “suspension” of the LES Dwellers in October. The representatives

justified the three-month “suspension” with claims that the Dwellers have overstepped our role as a community group by contacting license applicants and the New York State Liquor Authority directly, and

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ciations’ geographic representation. As Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer expressed in a thoughtful letter (available on our Web site along with other “suspension” information, at http://lesdwellersupension.tumblr.com), even if a community board had the legal authority to put in place such a “suspension,” the lack of a transparent, “deliberative process” here would be worrisome. Moreover, the S.L.A. — in a meeting with the Dwellers and C.B. 3 leadership last week — has confirmed the rights of community groups to contact the S.L.A. and license applicants directly. This very meeting netted tangible solutions to strengthen the democratic process and to create a more transparent and open format. We look forward to these recommendations being shared with all members of C.B. 3 and swiftly adopted. It is clear that the way forward here is through greater transparency and a more

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democratic process. With that in mind, we would like to invite all members of C.B. 3 to do the following: 1.) Attend our next public meeting — and any future meeting — in order to better understand our mission, our membership and our methods. Our meeting schedule is posted on our Web site, http://www.lesdwellers.org/Calendar. 2.) Contact us directly with any questions or concerns by e-mail at info@lesdwellers.org. 3.) Visit our Web site, http://www.lesdwellers.org, where you can learn more about our organization. We remain confident that once C.B. 3 members know more about what we hope to achieve, and what we believe is our shared goal of neighborhood improvement, we can move beyond this impasse toward a productive future. Ultimately, our goal and commitment is one and the same, a better tomorrow for the communities where we live. Boyd is founder, LES Dwellers

Protesters will briefly block highway at anti-pipeline rally Opponents of hydrofracking and the new Spectra pipeline — which is now ready to start carrying “fracked” gas into the West Village and Chelsea — will hold a protest this Sat., Nov. 2, at Gansevoort St. by the peninsula. The Sixth Precinct has reportedly permitted the rally at the location as long as they don’t block pedestrian and bike traffic. The activists will gather at 2:30 p.m. for speeches and music — including a performance by Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Choir — and to chalk the high-pressure pipeline’s path and potential blast radius in the event of a catastrophic explosion. Some civil disobedience is also planned, including the strategic unfurl-

ing of up to two banners across the West Side Highway. Police will reportedly allow the protesters to do so for one or possibly two light cycles. Anyone who leaves the highway will not be subject to arrest. Anyone who doesn’t leave, will be. Police suggest those who don’t want to be arrested wear colored armbands. Local politicians invited to attend include Assemblymembers Deborah Glick, Richard Gottfried and Linda Rosenthal, as well as City Councilmember Gale Brewer. Word has it that Corey Johnson, Democratic nominee for the 3rd Council District, plans to be arrested during the protest.

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Margot Adler, a radio journalist and correspondent for National Public Radio and a Wiccan priestess, left, spoke about vampires as symbols during last  Sunday’s  service at Judson Memorial Church, on Washington Square South. Adler began by saying that previously she had never known much about vampires, but in the last five years, has read more than 200 novels about vampires, and also enjoys watching blood-sucking TV series. Taking a break from marionette activities in Washington Square Park, Doris Diether, the veteran Community Board 2 activist, right, fearlessly greeted her after the talk. “I’m not into vampires. I’m into ghosts,” Diether later told The Villager.

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POLICE BLOTTER Park sexual assault

Police are searching for a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a 37-year-old woman near Hudson River Park on Sun., Oct. 27. The woman told police she was walking north on West St. near W. 12th St., around 10:30 p.m., when the unknown assailant grabbed her and dragged her into a nearby playground. As she tried to fight him off, the man reportedly forced her to perform oral sex on him, police said. The victim was eventually able to flee, and made it across the street to a residential building on West St., where a doorman called 911. The attacker, whom the woman described as being around 5 feet 8 inches tall and 165 pounds, fled before police arrived. The woman was taken to Beth Israel Hospital, but refused medical treatment and also refused to allow law enforcement to swab for any DNA evidence that might have been left on her body, according to the New York Post.

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Bag thieves’ bitter end Police arrested two men after they allegedly stole a woman’s purse as she was leaving a Greenwich Village music venue early on Sat., Oct. 26. The woman, 25, said she stepped out of The Bitter End, at 147 Bleecker St., around 4:15 a.m., and placed her bag on the ground while putting on her coat. According to police, Joseph Alvarez, 19, and Brandon Bunch, 21, who were walking by, reportedly snatched the purse and took off running. But a couple of cops, who were on patrol nearby, spotted the action and were able to stop the pair before they could get away. Alvarez and Bunch were both charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

Violent vixens Police arrested Camille Palmer, 22, and Egypt Morgan, 24, after they allegedly stole a man’s wallet and then attacked him and his friend at a Meatpacking District nightclub on Sun., Oct. 27. The victim, 47, said the two women

approached him around 3:30 a.m., while he and his 39-year-old friend were standing at the bar inside Tenjune, at 26 Little W. 12th St. After chatting him up to distract him, the women reportedly took his wallet, and then walked into the bathroom to take out the cash and credit cards. By the time the two young women exited the bathroom and started making their way outside to a taxi, the two men had realized the scheme and tried to stop them. But both women reportedly pepper-sprayed the victim’s friend, and Palmer reportedly kicked the victim with her stiletto shoes. Fortunately for the men, a couple of officers noticed the commotion and dragged the ladies out of a taxi before they could speed off. Palmer and Morgan were both charged with robbery.

Meatpacking scratching Police arrested after they allegedly attacked a man at the Gansevoort Hotel on Oct. 27. The victim, 29, said he was having a drink at the Meatpacking District hotel’s rooftop bar around 2 a.m., when the woman

and man,started an argument with him. reportedly tried to punch him in the face, but missed, and then grabbed him while Said repeatedly scratched his face, drawing blood. Hotel employees called, and officers arrived in time to break up the fight and handcuff the two alleged instigators. Said andwere both charged with assault and harassment.

Senior straphanger fleeced

An elderly Greenwich Village resident told police she was the victim of a theft while riding the subway home on Oct. 26. The woman, 69, who lives on LaGuardia Place, said she took an uptown 6 train from Spring St. to Bleecker St. around 4 p.m., while carrying her purse. When she got home, she realized her credit cards were missing. She called to cancel her cards, and learned that unauthorized purchases had already been made on two of them. Police are investigating the case based on the credit charges’ location, but for now the thief remains unknown.

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Kids were frightfully cute Local kids — and their parents, too — were looking cute at the West Village Children’s Halloween Festival at Bleecker Playground on Sun., Oct. 27. The annual event was organized by Friends of Bleecker Playground and sponsored by a bevy of local businesses and community organizations.

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Putting on the dog for Halloween at park pooch parade Kids weren’t the only ones in Halloween costumes this past weekend. At the new Washington Square Park dog run, canines cavorted in imaginative getups in a costume contest. Sierra, dressed as Simba, the Lion King, was the winner. His owner, Peter Friedman, wore a matching outfit. A black Lab sported a George Clooney floating in deep space, a la the hit movie “Gravity.” There were bun-wearing “hot dogs,” butterflies, even a unicorn. Terri Cude, of Community Board 2, introduced the competitors. Matt Baney and Lori Schwab judged. “I like it when the owner and their dog are part of the costume concept,” Baney said. “They create their own show. Of course, it’s all about the dog.”

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Mulling why a mind is a terrible thing to gentrify On Oct. 8 the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, on Avenue C near E. 10th St., hosted author Sarah Schulman, whose latest book, “The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination,” revisits the Lower East Side’s rebellious gay culture in the AIDS-plagued 1980s and ’90s. Schulman took questions from Ben Shepard, an associate professor of human service at the CUNY School of Technology and a local activist.

Two galleries are better than one Antonio “Nino” Vendome, chairperson of the Vendome Group, above right, with P.J. Charlton restaurateur Phil Mouquinho, recently simultaneously opened two new art galleries in Hudson Square. Studio Vendome is on the ground floor of the Philip Johnson-designed Urban Glass House, at 330 Spring St., a residential project developed by Vendome. Meanwhile, Studio Vendome Projects, is at 30 Grand St., near The James Hotel. The galleries will showcase late-career artists and artist-estate collections deserving greater critical recognition. Vendome is also known for his “Nino’s Restaurant 9/11 Relief Fund,” in which he transformed his family’s Canal St. restaurant into a relief center for first responders and others at the World Trade Center site, serving thousands of free meals to Ground Zero workers for seven months after 9/11.

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charitable, peaceful and jolly good time for all.” St. Nick even sent a video highlighting all the good that SantaCon allegedly does, including donating three tons of food in 2011. By mistake we clicked on some of the other “official” SantaCon videos, which showed girls in “slutty Santa” outfits getting their butts slapped, a group of 10 guys clinking their flasks together before taking slugs of whiskey, etc. We shall see if the Santas are naughty or nice.

LAST CALL AT UNION SQUARE: Heartland Brewery’s rent on Union Square West is now $2 million a year, up from $150,000 when they opened there in 1999. It’s just too much, even for Heartland Brewery, which will be taking its famed pumpkin beer and other special brews and leaving the location before the end of the year. SOMETHING TO PONDER: A large “think tank” is being constructed at Canal St. and Sixth Ave. at Trinity Real Estate’s open lot, which is programmed as “Lent Space” by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. We had recently noticed all the industrial-looking materials — concrete slabs and the like — being stockpiled at the site, and then on Tuesday saw men putting up a large white, metal, arch-like framework. A security guard told us his understanding was it would be a “think tank” but only temporary and would eventually be dismantled. We called Ellen Baer, head of

the Hudson Square Connection BID, about it, and after a pregnant pause, she said we really should call Trinity, since it’s their property. We called a Trinity spokesperson, who did not get back to us by press time. Hudson Square resident Tobi Bergman said he’s been poking around, too, but can’t find out any info, and suspects the whole thing is being kept “under wraps.” Well, it’s definitely got us thinking!

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THE ART OF SURVIVAL: Due to a terrific response, Westbeth has extended its show about Hurricane Sandy, “Lost & Found: Scenes From After the Flood,” for three more performances on Nov. 7, 8 and 9. Paul Binnerts wrote the play, which was directed by Nancy Gabor. The Westbeth Sculpture Gallery is also doing a show, curated by Jack Dowling and running through December, featuring 11 residents whose artwork was damaged by Sandy because it was in the complex’s basement. FLEA MARKET KEEPS HOPPING: We’re informed by James Lamorte that East Side Community High School plans to continue its “community market” flea market on a weekly basis, every Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 420 E. 12th St., between First Ave. and Avenue A. “We really need to stress it’s a fundraiser for the school and we need the community to come out and support us,” Lamorte said. Vendors and, of course, customers are welcome. For more information, call 718-598-6604.

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support. “There’s only so many strikes when it comes to Pier 40,” Bergman noted. “There have been a number of swings. People need to ask themselves if they want to give up on the park and the pier.” As for potential “soft sites” for development in Chelsea to which air rights could be transferred, Bergman speculated they might include the post office on W. 25th St. and the Bayview Correctional Facility on W. 20th St.

‘NOT THE WHOLE COMMUNITY’ Bergman noted that C.B. 2 only recently found out about Berman’s meeting. “And it’s on a day that conflicts with the C.B. 2 Land Use Committee,” he added, “so the people most involved with this won’t be there. I’m not saying the community board’s the be-all and end-all. If it’s an organizing meeting of the historic preservation community, that’s O.K. — but it’s not the whole community.” Bergman added there’s no historic preservation issue, as far as he sees it, with the long, relatively low St. John’s Center. “It was a High Line terminus, but what is it now?” he asked. “A big monstrosity preventing people from getting to the water. … West Village Houses is not going to get built on. It can’t affect the Meat Market landmarked district,” he added of the airrights transfers.

GREEN OPPOSITION Meanwhile, some environmental groups are opposing the legislation — not just because of the air-rights transfers, but because of several other things it contains, as well — and are lobbying Cuomo not to sign it. Sierra Club’s New York chapter, NYPIRG, the Clean Air Campaign and Friends of the Earth signed onto a memo of opposition against the bill prior to its passage in the Assembly and state Senate, and another memo of opposition after its passage. One provision they oppose allows for “entertainment barges” to be moored in the park for up to six months at a time. Another calls for the W. 30th St. heliport to be moved 1,000 feet away from shore out into the river. There is also a provision they oppose to allow Pier 54, at W. 13th St., to be rebuilt wider to better accommodate events. In addition, the amendment increases permitted commercial uses on some of the park’s piers, which they also are against, feeling it could potentially harm the river. These environmental groups oppose the air-rights transfers, in general, since they are against development in coastal areas. Laura Haight, NYPIRG senior environmental associate, said the air-rights transfers can’t

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be separated out from the other parts of the bill. “This is the bill,” she said. “It’s basically all or nothing. Either the governor will sign it or he won’t.” “It’s awaiting his veto — we hope,” said Marcy Benstock, executive director of the Clean Air Campaign. Benstock helped defeat Westway in the 1980s. Like these other environmental groups, she opposed the Hudson River Park, except for its upland portion.

BENSTOCK’S BLOWBACK “There are so many things wrong with it,” she said of building more structures on piers or even development one block inland. “The Hudson River estuary is a wild system with wind, tides and storm going every which way. The first priority for the next mayor should not be putting more people in harm’s way along the water.” As for why the current bill is still unsigned by Cuomo, Benstock said, she’s not sure, but suspects powerful real estate developers may well be fighting the air-rights transfers. “They don’t want their views to the river blocked,” she noted. “The big developers own sites inland. The single biggest thing that increases real estate values is not park views, but river views. I’ve read it in the real estate sections of newspapers for decades.”

‘LOCAL ZONING APPLIES’ Gottfried took exception with Berman’s questioning whether the air-rights transfers would undergo ULURP and Berman’s saying that the air rights could be transferred basically anywhere from Chambers St. to 59th St. since the legislation doesn’t specify otherwise. “The state Legislature doesn’t tell the city where the air rights are transferred to,” Gottfried stated. “Nothing will happen with the air rights until the city adopts a plan on what to do and how to do it. It all has to be done subject to local zoning. Because the air rights would have to cross a street, that would require special zoning by the city.” A special zoning district would need to be created to receive the air rights. Gottfried also dismissed Berman’s claim that a 900-foot-tall building could be built at the St. John’s Center site, implying it was unrealistic. “I suppose you could build a 900-foot flagpole,” he said. Asked how much unused air rights the park currently has, Gottfried said, “It’s still imprecise,” but that it’s more than a million square feet. As for the environmental groups’ concerns, Gottfried said, first of all, anything involving barges or pier footprint expansion

will need reviews by and permits from state and federal environmental agencies. “If an environmental review shows that putting a barge out in the river for six months is going to hurt the striped bass, then they’re not going to get a permit,” he noted. As for making Pier 54 wider, he said, it would also have to be shorter, since the amendment says it must be built to the exact same square footage as it is now. However, Gottfried said, “I find it very hard to believe that the fish care whether the pier is wide and short or long and thin.” Environmentalists’ concern is that a wider pier — or barges — would shade the ecosystem below, negatively affecting aquatic wildlife. In fact, a finding that Westway did not sufficiently study this sort of impact on fish was part of what sunk the hated megaplan. And what about the environmentalists’ saying there should be no more building in what, after Sandy, is clearly a proven flood zone. “Obviously, people who design buildings are going to have to design them to sustain future flooding,” Gottfried said, “maybe raise buildings one story on 11th Ave. Maybe some people would argue that the condos that have been built along the West Side Highway should all be evacuated. I haven’t heard that suggestion yet.”

‘JUST A LOT OF DELAYS’ Gottfried co-sponsored the current modifications to the Park Act in the Assembly with Deborah Glick. As for why Cuomo still hasn’t signed the bill, Gottfried said he’s not sure, but that the governor hasn’t indicated he has any problems with it. It’s just that the bills are seemingly being given rather slowly to the governor to authorize. As for the Nov. 13 community meeting on air rights, Gottfried said, “I would have liked to be at it, simply because I think it’s important that elected officials hear what people have to say about it.” How about if that had happened before the legislators actually approved the bill? he was asked. Gottfried countered that each community board adjacent to the park had a representative on the Trust’s task force that was looking into all the ways for the park to increase its revenue. “Certainly, people from the community board were aware of the issue and could have raised it at a number of opportunities,” he said. For his part, David Gruber, C.B. 2 chairperson, said, yes, he knew there had been discussions about air rights, but didn’t know the timing of when the Legislature would actually act on it. “I didn’t know it was going to be in that legislative session,” Gruber told The Villager. “That’s the truth.”

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Questioning the Unanswerable Paranormal is business as usual, on The Psi Show BY SCOTT STIFFLER

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ntil a UFO lands in Times Square for a press conference, Bigfoot consents to a fireside chat or a spirit materializes to dish on the afterlife, “The Psi Show” hosts Larry Hewitt and Dan Sturges will be there to shed as much light as possible on things that lurk in the shadows. Broadcast live from Hewitt’s East Village apartment, “The Psi Show” uses the medium of Internet radio to make contact with psychics, paranormal experts, academics and the occasional crackpot. You can’t actually see or touch the zeroes and ones that translate the sound created by their voice boxes into the discussion that emanates from your speakers — but the fact that it’s intangible doesn’t mean it isn’t real. Keep that in mind later when they make the case for, or against, things like reincarnation, ectoplasm and haunted houses. Hewitt and Sturges have been conducting their Q&A sessions almost every Monday night, from 7-8pm, since October 9, 2011. Call it a chance encounter or a preordained meeting of the minds facilitated by a universe in which past, present and future exist on the same plane. Either way, it’s certainly ironic that the seeds for “The Psi Show” were planted when the two strangers were booked as guests on…a radio talk show. The chemistry (another one of those intangibles that everybody knows is real) was instant, and the two were soon conducting investigations together while occasionally mulling over the idea of providing a forum where informed guests and curious Chat Room listeners could dig into the marrow of paranormal phenomenon.

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The show was also created as a way to counterbalance the misleading — and sometimes manufactured — “evidence” uncovered by those cable shows where a night vision camera follows a team of investigators who recoil in fear or cackle with delight when they encounter a sudden change in temperature or an unexplained noise. Lately, the genre has moved from ghost hunting in haunted prisons, hospitals and castles to shows touting ghosts who possess, attack and even murder. From the looks of it on TV, you’d think we’re being overrun by angry souls from the great beyond. If so, who you gonna call? Hewitt and Sturges would be a solid choice. I say this (in the spirit of full disclosure) based on witnessing several investigations they’ve conducted at the Merchant’s House Museum (29 E. Fourth St.). In last week’s issue of The Villager, Sturges (who has logged dozens of trips to the house) noted, “There is obviously something happening at the Merchant’s House Museum. There is no doubt that people are having experiences. The question is, are people experiencing communication from the deceased Tredwell family and their servants?” The audio and video recordings he’s collected “suggest that there is some kind of communication happening. It’s impossible to say if the communication comes directly from the Tredwell family and others who are connected to the house or is just some form of telepathy between living people who are sharing information. I’m not exactly sure, but I feel that sometimes the Tredwells and others are indeed making some kind of connection to us living folks.” Sturges refuses to use the word “ghost” to identify the source of materializing objects, disembodied footsteps and bumps

Larry Hewitt (L) and Dan Sturges go in search of answers, on “The Psi Show.”

in the night he’s personally witnessed. Hewitt is similarly on the fence — willing to acknowledge that something is happening, but steadfast in his refusal to say that anything he’s encountered over the years proves…anything. That may be very unsatisfactory for those seeking definitive answers. But a healthy sense of skepticism is what makes “The Psi Show” such a compelling listen. It also helps that Hewitt and Sturges don’t take their line of inquiry too seriously. Each show is unofficially sponsored by an adult beverage, and a guest’s comments are often punctuated by sound effects. The light tone is a pleasant departure from shows like “Ancient Aliens” — whose talking heads speak with such authority and certainty that their outlandish claims thrust the proceedings into the realm of camp. There are plenty of laughs on “The Psi Show,” but not at the expense of serious (if not entirely sober) inquiry. With that in mind, we decided to turn the tables on Hewitt and Sturges, by putting them on the receiving end of a Q&A session.

How many investigations have you been on? What are the most notable experiences, and why? Hewitt: Maybe 11 or 12? The best one was the Lutheran church in Queens — amazing EVP [Electronic Voice Phenomena], and I was physically attacked. I had a group at the time, the Afterlife Research Group of New York. We were called by someone who worked at the church. At night, they’d often hear voices, footsteps. I arrived with four other investigators. One of them was a psychic, who told us that in the front of the church, there was a spirit, an older man who was angry in life, is angry in death and is angry that we’re there. The church had a mezzanine. I went up the stairs along with two others. We got about half way up, and the guy in front of me suddenly, violently, flew backwards. His feet literally went up in the air. I tumbled down, the guy in back of me tumbled down and the guy in front of me broke his ankle. When we hit the bottom of the stairs, all of the EMF [Electromagnetic Field] meters went off at the same PSI SHOW, continued on p.22

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time, which is very unusual. I always say that when you go on an investigation, it’s not like it is in the movies. But this place was. We really felt attacked. Sturges: I guess I’m closing in on the triple digits, in terms of investigations. For me, the most notable experiences are the ones that multiple people witness. It’s so educational to get “takes” on the same experience. It’s amazing how different people can perceive the same event. For example, the loud, “bang” or “door slam” that happened in 2011 [at Merchant’s House Museum]. Some people thought it was angry, some thought it wasn’t. But we all heard the same noise. 

What investigative equipment is, and is not, helpful? Hewitt: Not helpful: spot thermometers. Helpful: EMF meters and, although Dan scoffs, I’ve had interesting re-

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What guest was clearly a looney, and how you did deal with them for a whole hour? Hewitt: The UFO guy and the dog psychic woman. Sturges: We did have someone on who had written a book about a possessed dog who clearly wasn’t happy with Larry and I asking too many questions. Especially Larry, who doesn’t tolerate loonies so well. We also had a UFO fella on this past summer who was interesting for the first 40 minutes or so, and then went on a long rant about religion, ancient languages and who knows what. Larry and I turned our microphones down, had a drink and just let him go until we finally had to cut him off to end the show. Even the people in the Chat Room turned on him!

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What guest said something that significantly changed or expanded your opinion of a psi matter? Hewitt: Professor Stephen Braude [Oct. 14, 2013 guest], who has done research on ectoplasm, really added credence to a subject I thought was complete fraud. Sturges: Stephen Braude. I’ve always considered some aspects of Physical Mediumship to be too good to be true. Here is a tenured professor for 40 years and past president of the Parapsychological Association, who says he has witnessed levitation, bookcases bouncing across the room and has even photographed and video recorded a medium producing Ectoplasm. If someone as credible as Dr. Braude says he has seen this type of phenomena, I’m inclined to believe him. Dr. Ian Stevenson is Larry Hewitt’s choice for authoratative research on reincarnation.

sults from the Ovilus. It’s basically an EMF meter. But instead of lighting up or showing how powerful the field is, it has an onboard vocabulary of words. The theory goes, ghosts can pull words out of the device to express themselves. I was using one at this location where a psychic started telling a story about a friend who was a Catholic priest, who gave up the priesthood to become a witch. He’d do cleansings using a hybrid of Wiccan and Catholic prayers. Right after she said that, the Ovilus said three words in succession: priest, witch and prayer. You could say it was a coincidence, but it was contextually accurate. A few minutes later, we were going room to room and the Ovilus kept saying “angel” and “stairs.” It repeated those words a few times. After the second or third time, they psychic and I went down the stairs and were talking. She turned and said, “Look.” There was a two-foot tall statue of an angel. It was as if something was saying [through using the Ovilus] that I’m here, and I can tell you things. Sturges: I see a lot of people who like to, “go dark,” and shut out the lights, which just isn’t very practical. What if you trip over something? How are you supposed to see if something happens or moves? You’ll hear a lot of people saying that spirits or apparitions can only be seen in the infrared or ultraviolet (non-visual) light spectrum. I always ask, where’s the proof? First, we have to determine if consciousness can survive bodily death before we start setting rules and deciding what it/they can and cannot do. How were people experiencing apparitions before the ability to see into different light spectrums was even developed? C’mon! Also, I see a lot of people running around with AC (alternating current) EMF me-

He wrote the book on it: Dan Sturges says Loyd Auerbach is his paranormal go-to guy. This book is available as a pdf, at mindreader.com.

ters. Anybody who has the slightest knowledge of science knows you can’t detect ghosts or even living people with a device that measures man-made electromagnetic fields.  They can be used to eliminate man-made sources of EMF, but that’s about it. I think the best piece of equipment you can have is a levelheaded approach and a good, reliable psychic medium — someone who has been tested and examined (they’re out there) in a scientific manner.  I feel that science should be paying more attention to people who seem to have this type of ability. What books do you most often consult, or refer to and/or recommend? Hewitt: My specialty is reincarnation, and Dr. Ian Stevenson is the real expert. His book, “Children Who Remember Previous Lives,” is the one I often refer to, or refer other people to. Sturges: Anything by Loyd Auerbach. I go back and read his books often. There is also a great book called “The Quantum Enigma.” I think people starting out in the field should read up on the history of psychical research. It would open their eyes to all the research and techniques that were happening before the current crop of ghost hunting shows started airing.  “The Psi Show” airs Mondays, 7-8pm, at thepsishow.com. Email questions to dan@thepsishow or larry@thepsishow or call 347-2011-BOO. Visit sturgesparanormal.com.

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Just Do Art BY SCOTT STIFFLER

HUDSON PARK LIBRARY’S ERROL FLYNN BLAST

Hollywood heavies, as Brit flyboys: Errol Flynn, David Niven and Basil Rathbone soar on the Hudson Park Library screen (Nov. 28).

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He wasn’t all swashbuckling and Sherwood Forest. Although his icon status comes from physically demanding roles in popcorn pleasers like 1940’s “The Sea Hawk” and 1938’s “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” the final phase of Hudson Park Library’s “Errol Flynn Blast” plunges the moral high road occupant into the murky, violent realm of World Wars I & II. Not to worry. This is Hollywood, after all — so fisticuffs and grit end up saving the day, no matter what genre or era our hero is navigating. On Nov. 7, 1943’s “Northern Pursuit” casts Flynn as a Mountie whose bad guy act is just that — a clever ruse meant to snare his Nazi quarry. On Nov. 21, 1945’s “Objective Burma” has Flynn as an Army paratrooper who must lead his decimated ranks through the Burmese jungle. The series’ final film, 1938’s “Dawn Patrol,” teams Flynn with David Niven and Basil Rathbone — as a trio of British World War I flying aces. That one unspools on Nov. 28. Free. All screenings are at 2pm. At the Hudson Park Library (66 Leroy St., btw. 7th Ave. South & Hudson St.). For more info, call 212243-6876 or visit nypl.org.

Flynn as a WWII paratrooper — Nov. 21, at Hudson Park Library.

with vocalist Alexander Bishop. Free. Mon., Nov. 4 at 7pm. At bookbook (266 Bleecker St., btw. Cornelia & Morton Sts.). Call 212-807-8655 or visit bookbooknyc.com. Also visit garylucas.com.

EXHIBIT: “DYMAX REDUX”

In his new memoir “Touched by Grace,” singer and Grammy-nominated songwriter Gary Lucas delves into his complicated working relationship with Jeff Buckley. In addition to the usual meet-and-greet signing opportunity, this bookbook event features Lucas performing an acoustic set,

Some 70 years after Buckminster Fuller literally redrew the map of mapmaking, Cooper Union brings together a group of contemporary designers, artists and cartographers for an exhibit featuring often liberal, JUST DO ART, continued on p.24

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BOOK SIGNING: “TOUCHED BY GRACE”

A later version of Fuller’s Dymaxion Map, which takes the same Raleigh Edition layout developed in the 1950’s with updated information for land and water temperatures. Confused? See Cooper Union’s “Dymax Redux” exhibit for a more informed perspective.

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Just Do Art 8 & Sat., Nov. 9, at 7:30pm. At Chen Dance Center (70 Mulberry St., corner of Mulberry & Bayard Sts.). For tickets ($12, $10 for students/seniors), call 212-349-0126. Visit chendancecenter. org, and follow Waln at twitter.com/FrankWaln.

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                           Raised on South Dakota’s Rosebud Reservation, 24-year-old Chicago-based performer/producer Frank Waln grew up immersed in the surprisingly complimentary worlds Native American, electronica and hip-hop music. The resulting performance style is a deft mix of traditional beats, dense rapping and looping mixes used to address the negative portrayal of Native Americans and

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From South Dakota to our island’s southern tip: On Nov. 8 & 9, Rosebud Sioux Tribe member Frank Waln leads “Hip Hop & Hoops,” at Chinatown’s Chen Dance Center.

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CHEN DANCE CENTER: “HIP HOP & HOOPS: AN INDIGENOUS EXPERIENCE”

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sometimes lyrical interpretations of Fuller’s Dymaxion Map. Also known as The Fuller Projection Map, its at-the-time radical notion of viewing the world as a flat surface caused a game-changing shift in perspective by, exhibit organizers note, “revealing our planet as one island in one ocean, without any visually obvious distortion of the relative shapes and sizes of the land areas, and without splitting any continents.” The participants in “Dymax Redux” use Fuller’s original as a canvas onto which they project their own perspectives on deforestation, climate and atmospheric conditions, water use, urbanization, time zones and lunar topography.  A selection of Fuller’s own maps, displayed alongside their contemporary versions, provide background and context for the project.  Free. On view through Nov. 27. At The Cooper Union — Foundation Building (2nd floor of 7 E. 7th St., btw. 3rd & 4th Aves). Exhibit Hours: Mon.-Fri., 12-7pm and Sat., 12-5pm. For more info, visit cooper.edu. Follow Cooper Union at twitter.com/cooperunion and facebook.com/cooperunion.

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overcome “the self-oppression that exists in many Lakota communities.” He’s currently teaching a workshop at Chen Dance Center, which culminates in two public performances. Dance Center associate director Dian Dong, who notes that “Hip-hop is not a long-standing tradition in our largely immigrant community,” calls

Waln’s visit “a very special gift” meant to further the Center’s efforts to blend cultures and artistic styles. It seems to be working, according to Waln — who says that from the outset, his “happy connection” with the Chinatown dance institute felt “like I found a lost Tribe of mine!” “Hip Hop & Hoops” is performed on Fri., Nov.

KELLY KINSELLA’S “WHEN THOUGHTS ATTACK” Swirling around the deeply conflicted head of Kelly Kinsella, there’s a still small voice telling her she has the moxie to “move upstate and get a farm house with a garden and have all of my artist friends over for dinner and a drum circle. ” There’s another voice that keeps her from accomplishing the monumental task of deciding between the chicken or the steak. But wait, she’s in a seafood restaurant. It’s all so clear now. Her only two choices are “the salmon or a complete nervous breakdown.” In “When Thoughts Attack,” the simple task of perusing a menu triggers an epic (albeit typical) case of high anxiety. It’s no wonder the closest Kinsella’s ever come to that idyllic farm house is the time she was booked to do stand-up at a Renaissance Fair. But there’s a bright light at the end of the tunnel — and this time, it might not be an approaching train. Clinging to her sense of humor and an emergency Xanax, Kinsella sits at a table for one, navigating the restaurant’s menu while tracing the “whirlpool of anxiety over every life choice” that has led her to this meal — which will either culminate in a victorious order of intestinal fortitude or a doggy bag of indecisive shame. Either way, it’s a raw tale that’s ripe for laughs. Sun. at 7pm, through Dec. 22. At the cell: A Twenty First Century Salon (338 W. 23rd St., btw. 8th & 9th Aves.). For tickets ($30), call 800-838-3006 or visit brownpapertickets. com. For venue info: thecelltheatre.org. For more info on the artist, visit kellykinsella.com.

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Buhmann on Art Reinhardt goes solo at Zwirner & O’Connor comes to Brooklyn

PHOTO BY MARVIN LAZARUS

John O’Connor: “Portrait of a Psychopath” (2012, Graphite, colored pencil on paper, 74 x 73 inches). At Pierogi, through Nov. 10.

Ad Reinhardt in his studio, New York, 1966.

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN © 2013 ESTATE OF AD REINHARDT/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS)

AD REINHARDT David Zwirner just recently took on Reinhardt’s estate, and this will be the muchanticipated first solo exhibition of this major artist there. Renowned for his work as an abstract painter and for his influence on Minimalism, Reinhardt (1913-1967) was a pioneer of hard-edge painting. By the 1950s he began to limit his formerly eclectic palette to a single color, moving from red to blue and finally to black. His so-called “black” paintings of the 1960s are considered his most influential. While appearing at first glance to be simply black, a geometric structure composed of black and nearly black shades is revealed upon closer inspection. Nov. 7-Dec. 18, at David Zwirner (537 W. 20th St., btw. 10th & 11th Aves.). Hours: Tues.Sat. 10am-6pm. Call 212-727-2070 or visit davidzwirner.com.

JOHN O’CONNOR Working in collage, drawing and sometimes sculpture, O’Connor focuses on the visualization of complex subtexts. His compositions navigate between pure abstrac-

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tion and patterns while often incorporating snippets of language. This makes for dense visual and intellectually layered tapestries that evoke conglomerates of data, idiosyncratic systems, and codes. Here, information is transmitted through color and form, rhythmically weaving together the content of each piece. Through Nov. 10. At Pierogi (177 North Ninth St., btw. Bedford & Driggs Aves., in Brooklyn). Hours: Tues.-Sun. 11am-6pm. Call 718-599-2144 or visit pierogi2000.com.

John O’Connor: “Implosion, Explosion” (2013, graphite, colored pencil on paper, 74 x 57 inches). At Pierogi, through Nov. 10.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NAME: MedSpa 44, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/04/13. 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, 144 E. 44th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10017. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 10/17 - 11/21/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BLONDIT LLC App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 10/1/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 9/30/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Lori Hope Shabtai, 1 Central Park West, Apt. 41C, NY, NY 10023. DE address of LLC: 2711 Centerville Road, Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/17 - 11/21/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF UNE CONSULTING LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/4/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Gleason & Koatz, LLP, 122 E. 42nd St., Ste. 518, NY, NY 10168. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/17 - 11/21/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ST. URBAN, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/2/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Lenore Davis, 285 Central Park West, Apt. 8S, NY, NY 10024-3006. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/17 - 11/21/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF CAVALIER TELEPHONE, L.L.C. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/27/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in VA on 10/6/98. 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 addr.: 4001 Rodney Parham Rd., Little Rock, AR 72212. Cert. of Org. filed with VA Clerk of the Commission, 1300 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23219. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/17 - 11/21/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF OASIS JIMMA JUICE BAR, LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/26/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: 3163 BROADWAY NY, NY 10027. Purpose: any lawful act. 2139669. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013

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NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF EEGO 123 WILLIAM OWNER, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/17/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 6/8/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE address 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: 10/17 - 11/21/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF TOURAINE 3B, LLC Art of Org filed with Secy of State of NY on 6/18/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 5/15/13. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to princ bus address: 1000 Brickell Ave, Ste. 300, Miami, FL 33131. Cert of LLC filed with Secy of State of DE located: 16192 Coastal Highway, Lewes, DE 19958. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 PARK SLOPE ASSOCIATES LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 12/22/1997. 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, 303 East 57th St, Ste 45E, New York, NY 10022. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 355 GREENWICH LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/24/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 419 Park Ave. South, 15th Fl., NY, NY 10016. 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: The acquisition, ownership, leasing, operation, sale or other disposition of the commercial units in the building known as The GreenwichTownhouse Condominium and by the street number 355-361Greenwich Street a/k/a 28-30 Harrison Street, New York, New York. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF PHAETRA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT GP, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/26/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/24/13. Princ. office of LLC: Attn: Haena Park, 55 W. 25th St., #14J, NY, NY 10010. 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: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of DE, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ORBIMED GLOBAL HEALTHCARE GP LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/30/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 08/22/13. Princ. office of LLC: 601 Lexington Ave., 54th 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., 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Investments. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF STACEY GANDLER PUBLIC RELATIONS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/30/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 333 E. 75th St., #5G, NY, NY 10021. 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: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF STYLE BOOKINGS LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/24/13. 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: 181 Thompson St 9 NY, NY 10012. Purpose: any lawful act. 2161145 w.o. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 LESLIE DAVENPORT LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 7/29/13. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Leslie Davenport, 173 E. 101st St., NY, NY 10029. General Purposes. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 SOLE HUB, LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 9/11/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 75 Broad St., Ste. 3010, NY, NY 10004. General Purposes. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NAME: 111 POWERS LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/18/13. 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, 530 Laguardia Place, New York, NewYork 10012. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF RIDGE ADVISORY, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/10/2013. 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: United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF UNION SQUARE DOWNTOWN LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 7/17/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Chadbourne & Parke, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Rm. 3248, NY, NY 10112. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF UNCONVENTIONAL FOOD AND BEVERAGE LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/21/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Pavel Kolarov, 315 E. 80th St., Apt. 6H, NY, NY 10075. Purpose: any lawful activities Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GLOBEY WORLD PRODUCTIONS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/19/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 357 W. 22nd St., #1, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF TLDH CO, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/16/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Leon Wagner, 600 Madison Ave., 11th Fl., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/10- 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ILLUMINARIUM EXPERIENCES LLC App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/24/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/5/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Corporation Service Company, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. DE address of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/10- 11/14/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ENY II DEVELOPMENT LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/25/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o BRP Companies, 767 Third Ave., 33rd Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/10- 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BRP ENY II LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/25/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o BRP Companies, 767 Third Ave., 33rd Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/10- 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 30 PARK PLACE HOTEL JUNIOR MEZZ LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/11/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/14/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, Attn: Corporation Service Co., regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/10- 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 30 PARK PLACE HOTEL SENIOR MEZZ LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/11/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/14/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, Attn: Corporation Service Co., regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/10- 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 30 PARK PLACE RETAIL LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/11/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/14/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, Attn: Corporation Service Co., regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/10- 11/14/2013

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 30 PARK PLACE RRG MEZZ LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/11/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/14/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, Attn: Corporation Service Co., regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/10- 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GO ROCKWELL LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/24/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 1010 Ave. of the Americas, 4th Fl., NY, NY 10018. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Gotham Organization, Inc., Attn: Christopher Jaskiewicz at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SAMBA CHAPTER TWO, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/25/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/21/13. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Samba Brands Management, 17 E. 16th St., 2nd Fl., NY, NY 10003. 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. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with State of DE, Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 NOT. OF FRMN OF 1114 AVENUE OF AMERICA L.P. Cert. of L.P. f w/ Secy of STA of NY (SSNY) 07/31/13. OFC LCTN: NY Cty. SSNY is DA upon whom PROC AGA it may be served. SSNY shall mail a CY: C/O 1114 Avenue of America L.P. - 1500 Broadway 22nd Fl, NY, NY 10036. The Prin. bus. add.:1500 Broadway 22nd Fl, NY, NY 10036. PUR: any lawful act or ACTY. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MADELIN ADENA SMITH LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/11/2013. Office location, County of New York. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Ave., Ste 202, Brooklyn NY 11228. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NAME: TAMARES DEVELOPMENT I MANAGER LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/25/13. 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 BraunsteinTurkish LLP, 7600 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 402, Woodbury, New York 11797. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NAME: GIO COACHING & CONSULTING LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/30/13. 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, 408 East 92nd Street, #1403, NewYork, NewYork 10128. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF PLATEAU DATA SERVICES, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/9/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 8/30/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, also the registered agent. Address to be maintained in DE: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secretary of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF EVAJOM PRODUCTIONS LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/10/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 7/8/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Paracorp Incorporated, 2804 Gateway Oaks Dr., #200, Sacramento, CA 95833-3509. Address to be maintained in DE: 2140 S. Dupont Hwy., Camden, DE 19934. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secretary of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 149W119TH, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/2/03. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Charles D. Rubenstein, 192 Lexington Avenue, Suite 901, New York, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF REICHMANN SEVENTH, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/23/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus.addr.: 999 Waterside Dr., Ste. 2300, Norfolk, VA 23510. LLC formed in DE on 8/19/13. 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, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/03 - 11/07/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF RIDGEWOOD CLUB SEVENTH, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/23/13. Office location: NY County.Princ. bus. addr.: 999 Waterside Dr., Ste. 2300, Norfolk, VA 23510. LLC formed in DE on 8/19/13. 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, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF WESTWOOD SEVENTH, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/23/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus.addr.: 999 Waterside Dr., Ste. 2300, Norfolk, VA 23510. LLC formed in DE on 8/19/13. 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, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF CRESTVIEW PARTNERS III CO-INVESTORS, L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/23/13. Office location: NY County.Princ. bus. addr.: 667 Madison Ave., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10065. LP formed in Cayman Islands (CI) on 8/23/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. CI addr. of LP: c/o Maples Corporate Services Ltd., PO Box 309, Ugland House, Grand Cayman, KY1-1104, CI. Name/ addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with Registrar of Exempted LPs, Ground Fl., Citrus Grove Bldg., Goring Ave., George Town, Grand Cayman, CI. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013

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movement room. It was one of the center’s appropriately dubbed “Fab Fridays,” during which the girls participated in one of five activities offered that day. Maria Valentin, a mom of one of the girls, was giving hula hoop instruction, with lots of laughs and smiles.  That afternoon, two staff employees, Samantha Waite, program manager, and Kate Sease, development associate, led an enthusiastic tour of the first and only Girls Club center in New York City, which has been 17 years in the making. The Lower Eastside Girls Club was founded in 1996 by women in the neighborhood who wanted a place with services where girls could go, since they were excluded from the local Boys Club of New York. The entrance to the 30,000-square-foot, green building is on E. Eighth St., and will eventually be a gallery space for the girls’ artwork, along with that of guest artists. The big open space is also home to a free bookstand with donated books, and a juice bar area where the girls can grab a healthy snack. As part of the Girls Club guidelines, the center is officially a “junk-food free zone,” and no outside food or drink is allowed. Currently, there are 200 neighborhood girls who attend programs at the center during the week and mentoring on Saturdays. More programs will be offered as the center continues to evolve and grow, with an anticipated enrollment of about 1,000 girls by next January. Above the center there are 78 units of mixed-income housing, which is a separate entity from the Girls Club. The Baker Hall Health and Wellness Center will host varied physical activities from yoga to fencing to meditation, and is named for Ella Baker, a civil rights leader, Josephine Baker, the entertainer, and Jennifer Baker and her parents, all of whom died from AIDS. Art is integral to the center. Mosaic tile art even lines the bathrooms in the lobby, commissioned by local artists Cindy Ruskin, CHARAS’s Chino Garcia, Nicolina Johnson and Juan Carlos Pinto. The tile work references subjects the girls know well, such as La Tiendita, the Girls Club retail shop at the Essex Street Market on Delancey St.  Jing Shan, a nurse, teaches meditation to the girls. Earlier, she led a class with two younger girls and one older one. “Maybe the younger ones were not ready for the session, but it was good to work on breath, and it was fun,” she said. There is a large commercial kitchen with pizza ovens, where the girls will continue to learn about baking and business through their Sweet Things Baking Company. They will expand their knowledge at the pizza academy with partner Two Boots Pizza.

Lower Eastside Girls Club members have been hooping it up — and learning about the universe via a planetarium and scores of other fascinating, fun and important things — in their new, state-of-the-art clubhouse.

Next to the kitchen is Celebrate Café, where the girls will sell their baked goods to the public.  As one of their entrepreneurial programs, Girls Club members’ moms can take cooking classes with their daughters, and both mothers and daughters can earn handler licenses and food certifications at the We Mean Business culinary education center.  “We also want to have cooking classes for boys, and want to do other programming for boys at the center, too,” Waite added. Class trips for girls and boys to the center’s planetarium have already begun.  There will be more classes for moms at the center, too. Currently, the writer Hettie Jones is teaching a poetry or nonfiction writing class for moms. Around the corner from the kitchen, Megan Kindsfather, an artist who lives in Brooklyn, was creating a wall-size map of the Lower East Side with small pieces of glass. Waite explained that each red piece of glass represents a location where the Girls Club previously existed in the neighborhood, and there were more than 20 of them.  Upstairs in the second-floor design shop, Mary Adams, a dress designer and owner of The Dress in Manhattan, was busy sewing potholders that the younger girls, ages 8 to 11, assembled earlier. Adams has been a Girls Club volunteer on and off since 1996.  A recent project involves making aprons, which has morphed into crafting matching pot holders for Thanksgiving. “We are pushing people to buy a pie, and then they get a pot holder,” Waite said. The girls chose the fabrics, colors and appliqué while Adams diligently pulled it all together with a sewing machine. “This is sort of a mass production,” she joked. “We have to make a million for the

pies. I’m sure they’ll be a run on them.” The pie and pot holder combo will be available at La Tiendita for $30.  “We don’t usually work with the younger girls,” she noted. “We usually start older because they’re too crazy with the sewing items and the needles,” she said of the younger girls. However, she was pleasantly surprised that day, and the girls liked it, too.  Tyra Banks, the supermodel and entrepreneur, has founded the TZONE at the center, with the purpose of helping the girls focus on leadership. There will be an introductory 10-week program on Saturdays covering financial literacy, along with science, technology, engineering and math, which will also teach girls about careers in these fields.  The members will also do hands-on science activities at the BioBase Science and Environmental Education Center, a lab with microscopes on the third floor.  There will be green roof nearby where girls will run an urban farm, and on a different level there will be plants in a canoe, designed to attract bees and butterflies, and a meditation garden.  Banks will be involved with the center, but her role is still undefined. “We had the TZONE as a summer camp, and it was also a foundation,” Sease said. “We received funding, and that’s why it’s here.”  The audio lab and sound studio is adjacent to the TZONE, and will be a busy production space that also offers DJ classes. A 1958 Airstream trailer is parked in the room and will be a music recording studio, created by John Storyk, an architect and acoustician, and founding partner of WaltersStoryk Design Group. There is a center for media and social

justice for classes and screening events led by actress Rosario Dawson, who grew up nearby. There is a space for after-school group workshops in physical computing, basic coding and robotics and 3D scanning. The Reel Lives program brings in experts in documentary filmmaking, and holds classes in film editing, photography and information technology. The Alphabet City Art School is on the third floor, with ample studio space for classes.   “You never know what’s going to click with a kid or what interests them. Every program is to help kids find that path,” Waite said. Dave Pentecost, who worked as a TV editor and producer for 25 years, is the center’s director of technology. He gave an impromptu lecture at the planetarium, which sports a 30-foot digital dome and 64 plush seats. Dave is married to Lyn Pentecost, one of the original founders of the Girls Club and its current executive director.  The planetarium’s astronomical database is currently used around the world, and allows for collaboration with other institutions. “We want to do a weekly public show at night for the community, to let them know what you can see out there, and the state of the universe,” Dave Pentecost said. He was excited about the possibilities the dome presents for storytelling and inspiration, and also about a scheduled visit by a New York University class that was coming to study space visualization through code. “Any child has the capability of being inspired and adding to the sum of the universe,” he said. “I have kids ask me questions, and correct me every time.”

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Thanks to all the parents To The Editor: Re “Deborah Glick has been there for kids and schools” (talking point, Oct. 24): I wish to thank the parents from all over Lower Manhattan for their kind words, but even more for their commitment and dedication to improving education for all children. Deborah Glick Glick is assemblymember, 66th District

Sweeney’s yin to Trip’s Yang To The Editor: Re “More of Sweeney’s dirty tricks” (talking point, by Trip Yang, Oct. 24): I’d like to respond to the vituperative talking point from Margaret Chin’s campaign manager, Trip Yang, by taking the opportunity to congratulate him for running a successful campaign — despite the fact that 42 percent of the First City Council District (and an overwhelming majority of the Village and Soho electorate) chose to support Margaret’s opponent, as did the editorial boards of both this paper and Downtown Express. Incumbents generally win with more than 80 percent of the vote, witness Rosie Mendez. However, I am baffled why Mr. Yang ignored the substance of my talking point that revealed Councilmember Chin’s move to quickly and quietly pass the contentious Broadway Soho Business Improvement District immediately after her primary election win. Instead, his response devolved into a personal attack not only against me, but also Chin’s defeated opponent, Jenifer Rajkumar, as well as the Downtown Independent Democrats, the reform political club of which both Margaret and her husband are duespaying, voting members. Mr. Yang’s response is quite the non sequitur. Margaret’s victory should have been an opportunity for her to reach out to her constituents who didn’t support her. Unfortunately, she and her surrogates chose to open old wounds and walk the pathway of division, instead of commanding the high road of unity. For example, at the Downtown Independent Democrats’ September meeting, held in my loft, Margaret’s opponent, Jenifer Rajkumar, introduced a resolution endorsing Margaret’s re-election and calling for all of us to work together in the future. The resolution was immediately and unanimously adopted. So, although D.I.D. continues to be a progressive and independent political voice in

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Lower Manhattan, seeking reconciliation, it is disheartening to learn the councilmember does not feel the same way and employs her staffer to introduce salt into old wounds. Nevertheless, D.I.D. will continue to take the high road and will not respond to any future scurrilous and unfounded attacks from Mr. Yang. Instead we shall move forward and work with our fellow Democrats to help elect the first Democratic mayor in 20 years.

Regarding Chin’s ridiculous “Republican” attack, Margaret, lest you forget, 150 years ago the Republican Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which officially put an end to slavery. Even in today’s world that sounds pretty progressive to me Pete Gleason Gleason is the Republican candidate for Manhattan district attorney

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Chin ignores human trafficking To The Editor: Re “More of Sweeney’s dirty tricks” (talking point, by Trip Yang, Oct. 24): The unprovoked attack by Margaret Chin’s surrogate, Trip Yang, was unwarranted to say the least, nor would Yang have the personal autonomy to make such statements without the approval of Ms. Chin. After I was publicly critical of her tenure, Councilmember Chin pandered to me in 2012, via a well-respected Lower Manhattan elected official, who begged me not to further condemn the clearly misguided Chin agenda. Even though during the 2013 campaign cycle I was approached on numerous occasions for comment on the councilperson, the record will indicate that I was silent as to Chin’s treacherous vision. I respected the voters’ mandate from 2009. Besides, it was clear that Chin was becoming a polarizing political hack and did not need any assistance achieving her self-destructive goal. However, my campaign for Manhattan district attorney is, in part, inspired by Chin. At a number of public events, I personally asked Chin to assist in addressing the scourge of human trafficking. I showed her a copy of the Village Voice, in which most of the prostitution ads depicted young Asian females. One would think that as an Asian woman with the power of elected office, Chin would want to help end this scourge of slavery. Unfortunately, Chin’s indifference makes her part of the problem rather than an instrument for good progressive values. One can only surmise that Chin’s blind eye to the sexploitation of her fellow Asian women is either her indifference to human tragedy or political expedience. She realizes it would be political suicide to go after the power brokers behind the sexslave industry. If Chin should ever decide to take her position as an elected official seriously, she should unveil a plan to address the global problem of human slavery, which continues to rear its ugly head in Lower Manhattan.

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Free Will Astrology SOMETHING TO Week of October 31 - November 6 BY ROB BREZSNY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Once when I was hiking through Maui’s rain forest, I spied a majestic purple honohono flower sprouting from a rotting log. I bent down and inhaled the aromas of moldering wood and sweet floral fragrance. Let’s make this your metaphor of the week, Aries. A part of your life that is in the throes of decay can serve as host and fertility for a magnificent bloom. Halloween costume suggestion: a garbage man or cleaning maid wearing a crown of roses. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): What don’t you like? What don’t you want to do? What kind of person do you not want to become, and what life do you never want to live? Resolve those questions with as much certainty as possible. Write it all down, preferably in the form of a contract with yourself. Sign it. This document will be a declaration of the boundaries you won’t cross and the activities you won’t waste your time on and the desires unworthy of you. It will feed your freedom to know exactly what you like, what you want to accomplish and who you want to become. Halloween costume suggestion: the opposite of who you really are. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Not just on Halloween, but for a week afterward, be scarier than your fears. If an anxious thought pops into your mind, bare your teeth and growl, “Get out of here or I will rip you to shreds!” If a demon visits you in a nightly dream, chase after it with a torch and sword, screaming, “Begone, foul spirit, or I will burn your mangy ass!” Don’t tolerate bullying in any form, whether it comes from a voice in your head or from supposedly nice people trying to guilt-trip you. Your motto: “I am a monster of love and goodness who will defeat all threats to my integrity!” CANCER (June 21-July 22): Now would be an excellent time to shed your soul’s infantile illusions…to play wildly with the greatest mystery you know…to accept gifts that enhance your freedom and refuse gifts that don’t… to consort and converse with sexy magical spirits from the future…to make love with the lights on and cry when you climax. Halloween costume suggestion: the archetypal LOVER. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): All around you, hidden agendas are seeping into conversations, and gossip is swirling like ghostly dust devils. Yet in the midst of this mayhem, you’re poised and full of grace. I suspect this has to do with the fact that life is showing you how to feel at home in the world no matter what’s happening around you. Halloween costume suggestion: King or Queen of Relaxation. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Unification should be a key theme for you in the coming weeks. The more you work to find common ground between opposing sides, the stronger you’ll feel and the better you’ll look. If you can manage to mend schisms and heal wounds, unexpected luck will flow into your life. Consider these Halloween disguises: a roll of tape, a stick of Krazy Glue, a bridge.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): What do you think you’d be like if you were among the 1-percentwealthiest people on Earth? Would you demand that your government raise your taxes so you could contribute more to our collective wellbeing? This Halloween season, imagine what it would be like if you had everything you needed and felt so grateful you shared your abundance freely. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): What if you had the power to enchant and even bewitch people with your charisma? Right now, you may have more mojo at your disposal than you realize. Speaking for your conscience, I would tell you, if you must manipulate people, do it for their benefit as well as yours. Use your raw magic responsibly. Halloween costume suggestion: a mesmerizing guru; an irresistible diva. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I had a dream you were in the film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” You were like George Clooney’s character. You were wearing a striped jailbird suit, and a ball and chain were still cuffed around your ankle. But you were sort of free, too. You were on the lam, making your way from adventure to adventure. You were not yet in the clear, but en route to total emancipation. This is an apt metaphor of your life right now. Could you use it in designing your Halloween costume?

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