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MAPPING HISTORY IN GREENWICH VILLAGE A new project pinpoints key sites in the LGBTQ, women’s and civil rights movements BY MADELEINE THOMPSON

LGBT History

Social Justice and Political Activism

Women's History

African-American History

Hispanic History

Little Africa

What do the Oscar Wilde Bookshop, Café Society and 18 West 10th Street have in common? These sites are all significant to civil rights and social justice movements that have taken place in Greenwich Village. They are some of the nearly 100 important places listed on a new map created by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) to raise awareness of key moments in history relating to LGBTQ, women’s and minority rights.

14th Street, near Union Square. Residents fear that the L train closure project could innundate neighborhoods along the street. Photo: Violette79, via flickr

A ‘PARKING LOT’ OVER THE L TRAIN? Residents near 14th Street worry that the subway closure will add to street congestion BY RUI MIAO

Commuters are not the only people anxious about the L train closure scheduled to begin in January 2018. Downtown residents, especially those who live near 14th Street, worry about how congested their neighborhoods may become. “I’m very concerned that 14th Street will be a permanent parking lot during the 18 months,” said Luc Nadal, who has lived on the street for 10 years, “unless we take really strong measures to tackle the problem.” Nadal is among dozens of neighbors who showed up at a Manhattan Community Board 2 Traffic & Transportation Committee meeting on Jan. 5 to voice their concerns over the impact that the train closure will have on the area. In July 2016, the MTA officially announced the 18-month shutdown of the L train, due to a needed reconstruction of the Canarsie Tunnel

Being conscious of what’s going on in the country and the world around us right now, we just thought it was especially important to document and celebrate these accomplishments, these people, these institutions”


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West 10th Street, home to writer and immigrant rights activist Emma Lazarus during the mid1800s. Her best known poem is the sonnet that graces the monument of another famous New York City woman: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”


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The inspiration for the map came out of the current political climate. “Being conscious of what’s going on in the country and the world around us right now, we just thought it was especially important to document and celebrate these accomplishments, these people, these institutions,” said Andrew Berman, president of the GVSHP. “I think that you never appreciate something so much as when you know it’s under threat and that it’s in danger of being lost.” One key site on the map is 18


luxury building Robotic garage for board draws fire from community BY ZACH WILLIAMS

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at a a robotic garage A proposal for in Chelsea has thrown luxury building into the city’s zoning access to parking debate. proposed for a A high-tech garage W. 28th St. has 520 development at Board 4, which is riled Community arguing that it plan, in opposing the more car usage would only invite while only providthe neighborhood, residents. ing parking to rich a special city perThe garage needs 29 spaces rather mit to accommodate allowed the than the 11 automatically opted to oppose by the city. CB4 1 full board meetpermit at its April Carl a draft letter to ing, stating in Planning City the of Weisbrod, chair city criteria for such Commission, that based on the parking foran exception is ago, when many for stock of a decade spaces were used demer industrial future of parking in anticipation velopment in Chelsea. 40 residential have The project will comsquare feet of alunits and 11,213 the ground floor, mercial space on three parking spaces The lowing eight and the developer, respectively. But wants more for Related Companies, is the New York acthe building, which internationally City debut for Zaha Hadid. (Adjaclaimed architect Line, the build cent to the High








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Barely five blocks from Lazarus’s former home is the original location of the Oscar Wilde Bookshop. According to a New York Times article from 2009, it was believed to be the oldest LGBTQ bookstore in the country until it closed in March of that year. “In 1967 Craig Rodwell started this landmark store that not only sold Gay and Lesbian literature but also became a meeting place for the LGBT community,” Kim Brinster, the store’s


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MEET THE CHEF: 5 NAPKIN BURGERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ANDY Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;AMICO Taste what Andy Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Amico is serving up at Our Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art of Food at Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on February 4. Tickets available at

It was one of those odd things, I had started to set myself up to go back to school and ďŹ nd a job, and I wound up working with a friend in the restaurant at the front of the house, and I worked my way to the back because I wanted to work in the kitchen. And a friend of a friend told me to look into the Culinary Institute, and one thing led to another and I ended up leaving community college and going to the CIA. I did it on the ďŹ&#x201A;ip of a switch. I got straight to work in a hotel in Manhattan when I finished schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it was 1978, which was right at the beginning of the American Renaissance of food. It just so happened that Wolfgang Puck was the consulting chef on the job at this hotel at the time, and Emril was the cook that was next to me. It was a typical hotel staff of young guys like us.

we do a nacho dish with waffle fries that is very popular. The newest burger weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been featuring is a truffle egg burger. It has truffle butter on it, a fried egg, and mushroom ketchup. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very good. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not doing a burger for the Art of Food Event.

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the story behind 5 Napkin Burger? In 2003 I opened a French restaurant, Nice Matin, on the Upper West Side with my partner Simon Oren. He asked if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d put a burger on the menuâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;he had an idea for the name, â&#x20AC;&#x153;5 Napkin Burger,â&#x20AC;? so I said sure, and I built a burger that was somewhat provençale: it has rosemary aioli, comtĂŠ cheese, and caramelized onions. The burger itself got a lot of press, and down the road Simon wanted to open a restaurant called 5 Napkin Burgerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;he always did. So we opened the ďŹ rst one in 2008. The same burger is on that menu, and is still the best selling one. So 5 Napkin is a premium burger concept featuring 10 ounce burgers. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re one of the only premium, chefdriven, burger chains. And along with the burgers, we serve both comforting and interesting sides and appetizers;

Why not? I knew right away, after reading about The Art of Food, that my dish was supposed to have an artsy quality to it. I had, at the time, just started doing an avocado hummus that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really fond of. I knew right away, plating wise, that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be able to do an abstract kind of plate using the garnishes on the dish, and that I could make something pretty and artsy while showing the other side of 5 Napkin. We do burgers, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re famous for them, but we also have these very creative appetizers and sides, so I wanted to show this other dimension of who we are.

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How did you get started in the culinary world? I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cooking since I was 15, or doing dishes as a child. I got started late, and it really was a second career for me. My father was a musician, so I grew

up around music. I was always in the school band, and ended up picking up the base guitar in high school, wanting to be a young rock musician. I wound up in a club band. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking early-seventies, so we played rock and disco. But, I eventually decided it was time to do something else.

People donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize how important it is to work with a sharp knife. When you go to school itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the ďŹ rst thing you learn: the different cuts. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s endlessly boring, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re terribly scared of cutting your fingers off, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a real difference when you prep ingredients properly with a sharp knife. Even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just garnishing with cilantro or parsleyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cut it properly it bruises and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t taste right.

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Police arrested a 33-year-old man for assault inside Triple Crown at 330 Seventh Ave. late on Jan. 5 after an attempted dine-and-ditch. A manager and waitress at the bar said that the man consumed about $60 worth of food and beverages but the waitress placed the check on the table, he attempted to leave without intending to pay. The waitress confronted him but he resisted and fled, causing minor injuries on her forearm. Bar staff then followed him to Penn Station, where he was detained by Amtrak police officers.

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MEN BUSTED ON COCAINE CHARGES Two men were arrested on charges criminal possession of a controlled substance at the northeast corner of Ninth Avenue and West 17th Street early on Jan. 7. Police said that the men, 33 and 36, were sniffing cocaine in public view on the sidewalk in public view.

MAN ARRESTED FOR DAMAGING CAB MIRROR Police arrested a 23-year-old man for criminal mischief at the southeast

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corner of Seventh Avenue and West 20th Street on Jan. 8 at 3:20 a.m. Police said that the suspect smacked a cab driver’s mirror while he was driving. The suspect was arrested after a short foot pursuit not far from where the incident occurred.

SHOPLIFTER CAUGHT IN THE ACT Police arrested a 49-year-old man for attempting to shoplift a number of bottles of Dove body wash from

the CVS Pharmacy at 272 Eighth Avenue on Jan. 6 at 2:50 p.m. A store manager told police that the suspect grabbed the bottles, put them inside a Starbucks bag and tried to leave without paying. The employee stopped him and he dropped the bag before fleeing. The suspect was charged with petit larceny.

shop at 219 West 14th St. on Jan. 6 at 5:40 p.m. He told police that he was showing the products to a customer when the man took the vaporizer and said that he wanted to show it to his girlfriend, but he instead ran out of the store, down West 14th Street towards Sixth Avenue. No arrests have been made.



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Police arrested a 33-year-old man for criminal mischief in front of the

Lucky Strike bowling alley at 660 West 42nd Street on Jan. 6. Police said that the suspect kicked a side door to the bowling alley, breaking glass.

HOLIDAY DECORATIONS BURNED A West 17th Street resident reported that holiday decorations on her door were damaged Jan. 5 sometime between 7 and 8 p.m. A neighbor alerted the resident of the burned decorations.

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STATE LAWMAKERS GET TO WORK Democrats, Republican start session bickering about transparency


New York state lawmakers began their work for 2017 last week with a vote to prohibit the use of cellphones as recording devices in the Senate chambers. The ban is intended to protect the chamber’s decorum, according to lawmakers who included it in the Senate’s internal rules. Democrats, however, called it an infringement of free speech that could make it harder for journalists and the public to share information about state government. “It’s an insult to New Yorkers,” said Senator Brad Hoylman. “We are curtailing an opportunity to bring transpar-

ency to this chamber.” Photojournalists have long had permission to take pictures from the Senate gallery, a practice that Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco said would continue. He dismissed concerns over the ban, noting that live Senate proceedings are already broadcast on the Senate’s website and that traditional photojournalists will still be allowed to shoot photos from the public gallery. “It’s pretty logical,” DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, said of the rule change, which passed on a voice vote. “We are as transparent as (we) could possibly be.” Highlights of the six-month session will likely include state voting laws, Uber’s proposal to expand upstate and a proposal from Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make state university tuition free for middle-class residents.

Other proposals expected to draw debate this year include bills to end the practice of prosecuting and imprisoning 16- and 17-year-old offenders as adults and to authorize people with terminal illnesses to request life-ending drugs from a physician. Speaker Carl Heastie, a Bronx Democrat, said lawmakers will also work to resist Presidentelect Donald Trump if he and congressional Republicans move to rein in abortion rights, immigration, health care benefits or efforts to fight climate change. “There is little doubt that the change in our federal government will create serious challenges for us in New York,” he told the Assembly. “We will continue to stand guard for all of the constitutionally-protected freedoms and inclusive public policies that we have always championed.”

Republicans, however, said lawmakers must devote the year to improving the state’s business climate. “We’re going to stay very, very, very focused on job creation,” said Senate Leader John Flanagan, R-Long Island. Cuomo skipped the Legislature’s first day. He has had frosty relations with lawmakers in recent months and chose to hold an event in New York City at the exact hour the Legislature was set to convene. Cuomo is also choosing to forego the traditional state of the state address to lawmakers this year, instead planning a series of six regional addresses delivered next week at locations around the state. Many lawmakers blamed Cuomo late last year when talks about a legislative pay increase — the first in 18 years — fell apart.

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Billie Holiday, pictured performing in New York in 1947, first sang the haunting “Strange Fruit” at Café Society in Greenwich Village, one of dozens of sites pinpointed on a map where significant events of the LGBTQ, women’s and minority rights movements took place. Photo: William P. Gottlieb

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GREENWICH HISTORY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 then-owner, said at the time. Across Washington Square Park from the former bookstore is Café Society, where singer Billie Holiday first performed the song “Strange Fruit” to protest lynching and racism. Barney Josephson opened the nightclub in 1938, and it became the first in the city to integrate. “Very few people know that this part of town was the center of African-American life in New York City in the middle of the 19th century,” said Berman. “There were a variety of churches and institutions that were connected to that community there, almost all of which have been demolished or gone.” Donna Schaper, senior minister at Judson Memorial Church, is planning to use the map in some of her classes. Berman said that thousands more sites could easily be added to the map. “We consider it a work in progress,” he said. ”In fact, we’re inviting the public to submit nominations to us, of which we’ve already received some great ones.” Berman’s team researched each location thoroughly in the six months between the inception and execution of the idea. “It’s not just about the past,” Berman said. “These are the underpinnings of our present. They tell us a lot about how we got where we are and where we’re going.” Madeleine Thompson can be reached at


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Another mapped site is 18 West 10th Street, which was home to writer and immigrant rights activist Emma Lazarus during the mid-1800s. Photo: T. Johnson - The New York Historical Society.



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L TRAIN CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 flooded by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Thousands of riders who rely on the downtown line will have to find alternative shuttles for their crosstown or cross-river trips. Many worry that the vehicular traffic on 14th Street, under which the L train runs, will get out of control. A campaign called “PeopleWay” advocates that the city and the MTA close 14th Street to private cars during the absence of the L train, making it exclusive to buses, bikes and pedestrians. “Even if we get 14th Street closed,” said Nadal, “just putting all these people who are using the L train corridor to go crosstown on buses — it’s [still] going to transform 14th street into a parking lot, unless the buses are managed in an extremely efficient way.” “Street closures fall under the purview of NYCDOT,” said Kevin Ortiz, MTA & NYC Transit Spokesman. “That being said, we are working closely with DOT to mitigate the impact of this vital work on our customers.” “It’s a continuation of discussion that has begun in this committee,” said Terri Cude, chairwoman of CB2. Since last May, the MTA has held several community meetings in areas affected by the upcoming closure — in addition to its vis-

its to the 11 Community Boards along the L Line, CB2 among them. According to an announcement in late July, the MTA “plans to work closely with the city and state to develop routes and determine service levels needed to accommodate projected ridership.” To date, no plan has been revealed regarding substitute transportation for L train riders, or plans for street traffic in affected areas. “I’ve lived on 14th Street for 20 years, between University and Fifth — really a ground zero,” said David Koch, who also attended the CB2 meeting. “We have to come up with a great, great long-term solution to the problem it is because of the traffic and residential movements — and an interim solution that really make people … say ‘New York can do it’.” Ideas proposed at the meeting included trolley cars and Select Bus Service. The next “L train shutdown brainstorm workshop,” hosted by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s office, is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the Hudson Guild Fulton Senior Center, on Ninth Avenue between 17th and 18th Streets. Representatives from the MTA and DOT are scheduled to attend. “We are working closely with the MTA to look at all ways to mitigate the impacts of the L-train’s shutdown,” a DOT spokesperson said in an email. “With a focus on mass transit, bikes and ferries.”

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MTA employees used a pump train as they worked around the clock to pumping seawater out of the L train’s tunnel following a storm surge in November 2012. Reconstruction of the tunnel, starting in a year, will likely to close the tunnel for the duration, leading to what some fear will be traffic chaos above ground, particularly along 14th Street. Photo: Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Patrick Cashin.

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Manhattan moms’ memories: New Year’s Day, longtime neighbors standing in apartment building lobby. First neighbor reminiscing, “My daughter just got married at Tavern on the Green. Made me cry a little when I remembered her sitting in a high-chair in the Crystal Room.” Second neighbor, “Oh, do I remember her. She was a real little brat, always terrorizing my 3-yearold.” First mom, “I like my memory better. Happy New Year.” In praise of public service ads: In a recent 2016 end of year issue, the Wall Street Journal took notice of The Best and The Worst in some advertising campaigns in an article headlined, “Ads Flirted With Boundaries of Taste.” They gave thumbs up

to Sprint’s successful ads resulting from their having poached Verizon’s pitchman, and to Taco Bell’s ads with selfies transforming heads into giant tacos with drizzling Diablo sauce. And then there were The Worst. Will pass on those. Don’t know why a really effective public service ad wasn’t recognized among The Best. Other no-smoking ads have graphically emphasized the devastating physical consequences of smoking. Never being a smoker myself, I could only wonder how anyone could smoke after seeing those ads. Friends who are or were smokers found them a turn-off because, you know, thatwouldn’t/couldn’t-happen-to-me attitude. But the “Que Sera, Sera” no-smoking ad deserves recognition and takes the issue to another level. A couple, probably husband and wife, at home, and a young child sitting at a table probably doing homework is looking on. Husband,

in his 40s, rises out of bed in hospital type PJs, oxygen tube through his nose circling his ears, into the arms of his wife. The couple hold each other, dance in place, and look soulfully, sadly into each other’s eyes as their child looks on. No talking. Just words and music of “Que Sera Sera” in the background with the public service announcer saying, as the words appear on screen, “What will be doesn’t have to be,” along with 1-866-NYQuits phone number on the screen. Tasteful. Powerful. Deserves recognition. Online sales the old-fashioned way: Long lines are the dream of all businesses. Nowadays customers are willing to wait. You can’t sell iPads or Apples or iPods by giving them to those standing on line. But if you’re in the food business in a brick-andmortar store, you can boost sales by enticing the on liners with a taste — maybe of lobster or shrimp salad or some gravlax or a chopped liver nosh — as they wait. That’s what happened at a local appetizing store during Christmas-Hanukkah week


as behind-the-counter staff passed canape-sized servings to those waiting on line. It worked. Sales picked up. The immediate feedback, literally and figuratively, worked. And everyone was smiling. Doesn’t happen with Amazon. For sure. Right of way: City street traffic needs an intervention. Some higher authority to let the public know who and what goes first. It’s maddening. A corner on almost any avenue is home to a supermarket or a CVS or a Duane Reade with a good deal of foot traffic going in and out of the establishments. Supermarkets such as Whole Foods, Fairway, Trader Joe’s and the like have food carts and delivery people as a continuing presence on the street. So what’s a pedestrian or cyclist or skateboarder or someone in a wheelchair or with a walker or a stroller or a dog to do? Or maybe a street vendor or two selling food or wares. Everybody’s got the right to be there. Right? But who goes first when they’re all there at the same time? Can’t ask the City Council because they’ll come up with


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 50 percent of Americans older than 60 have no living will or advance directive spelling out end-of-life preferences. This is foolish, as many of the treatments that are implemented at the end of life are ineffective and can be very expensive. One way to circumvent this problem is to participate in the Stanford Letter Project, an initiative of the Stanford Successful Aging Program. The project includes a “What Matters Most” letter and is very specific as to one’s wishes. You complete a simple online questionnaire, addressing multiple topics about end-of-life wishes, such as how much sedation you might want and who should make decisions. It also includes questions about whether you’d want hospice care, to be at home or in a hospital and when

your appointed decision-maker should take over. After the form is completed you simply click print and the computerized tool at Stanford gives you a prefilled advance directive, along with a letter to your doctor stating your wishes. The advance directive should be notarized and copies given to several different people and agencies, such as your healthcare agent or proxy, your local hospital, your family doctor, your state’s Advance Directory Registry and others. Much more information about this new and important project can be obtained by emailing (Dr. VJ Periyakoil is clinical associate professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine). You can also call 650-493-5000, x65039. I am going to use this tool myself and hope that this information prompts my readers to research the project for more specific details. Maybe someday I’ll understand how the government computes annual

Photo: 401(K) 2012, via flickr Social Security increases, but as of now I don’t have a clue. All I know is that after waiting to hear how my 0.3 increase would affect my Social Security, I was sent a letter and found out that my annual increase is ... nothing. I’m getting the exact same amount as last year. However, my drug premium is going up, my monthly Medicare Supplement is going up, and undoubtedly my medications are going up. So where is the logic here? Something to do with gas prices? Can’t they find a better way to decide what kind of increases people really need? We do have to eat, after all. Maybe I should be thankful that I still have Medicare and Social Security, what with the new administration determined to deprive

us of what we did, after all, pay for all those years of working. I can’t take my eyes off the news, but it’s more like rubbernecking a car wreck. You know how traffic slows just so people can see how bad the accident is? That’s me and the cable news stations. MSNBC, CNN, back and forth, back and forth. I have to put it on mute with sub-titles because John can’t stand to listen anymore. But I can’t stop. I need to hear the scary parts, just to be prepared. Sorry, I know that 20 percent of New Yorkers voted for our president-elect; most of us are terrified. However, recently I was energized and uplifted by hearing Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Bernie Sanders on the Rachel Maddow show voic-

Photo: Eden, Janine and Jim, via flickr someone or something else giving them the right to be there. Right? What’s a person to do?

ing their plans for engaging people in the fight to preserve and expand the things that really do make America great. For the first time since the election, I felt a ray of hope. What a great show it was — just the boost many of us needed. I felt some of the awful fear melt away listening to the two of them voicing their plans and strategies. Especially important for us seniors was their total commitment to seeing that Medicare and Social Security, as well as the essence of The Affordable Care Act, not be easily overthrown by the new leadership. Organize, be involved, and don’t give up hope. That’s their message, and it lifted my spirits immeasurably. I thought you might want to know about an organization called Friends in Deed. It provides supportive programs and services to people with life-threatening illnesses. Also to their family friends and caregivers and people dealing with bereavement. There are facilitated Big Group meetings six times a week and also groups targeted to caregivers. All services are free and open to everyone. The location is 594 Broadway, Suite 706. The telephone number is 212-925-2009 or go to www. on your computer.

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WHERE HAVE ALL THE WOMEN GONE? Rosenthal and Mark-Viverito push to get more female politicians to run for City Council BY MADELEINE THOMPSON

By the end of 2017, the New York City Council’s 51-member body could have fewer than 10 women. That’s a sharp decline from a high point of 18 women in 2009. What accounts for the falloff? One reason is a coincidental alignment of female members whose term limits are approaching, as well as the resignation of one member and another moving to the state Assembly. But the larger reasons are unclear. “I don’t know how the number got to be so small,” Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said. “It’s very, very small and it shouldn’t be. That should be 50 percent, particularly at this local level.” Council Member Helen Rosenthal, who represents the Sixth District on the Upper West Side, is taking matters into her own hands to remedy the situation. Rosenthal hosted two fundraisers on Jan. 8 and 10 for three female Democrats in the Bronx who are running for election this year. “A lot of times, women don’t even get to have a platform to engage with the people who are making endorsements, or who are contemplating giving money,” Rosenthal said. “That certainly was what happened to me. And now I’m in office and I can help give these women a platform so they can present their ideas.” Democrats Diana Ayala, Amanda Farias and Marjorie Velazquez benefited from the fundraising, which Rosenthal and Brewer both cited as a particularly challenging endeavor for women. “It’s hard to call people and say ‘Believe in me, this is a political campaign. You’re not going to get a tax deduction, and could you please give me whatever you can,’” Rosenthal said. Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who co-hosted Rosenthal’s event, has made a point of speaking out against the male-dominated political climate of the city. “When you’ve got such a disparity in this legislative body in this most progressive city, it should be alarming to everybody,” Mark-Viverito told the New York Daily News last week. A 1991 report by the Center for the American Woman and Politics at Rutgers University, “Gender and Policymaking: Studies of Women in Office,” showed that

Councilwomen Helen Rosenthal, third from right, and Laurie Cumbo, second from right, co-chairwomen of the Women’s Caucus of the New York City Council, at an event in April. Photo courtesy of Councilwoman Cumbo’s office. women’s paths do not get easier once they are elected. Based on the report’s findings, women are equally as successful at passing and signing legislation as men, but their proposed bills tend to receive twice as much “hostile witness testimony” in opposition. “To argue that we need women politicians, or ethnic minorities, often implies more than simple equal opportunity,” the report states. “It implies that public policy would be better served, more sensitive and responsive to differing social needs, if our body of lawmakers were drawn from our many diverse societal groups.” Brewer pointed out that being a woman in politics can have its advantages, like loyalty and big voter turnout. “The women have always been my base,” she said. “Men, too, are always looking for women’s votes because the women vote in bigger numbers than men.” Brewer emphasized the importance of county leaders in endorsing female candidates. Each of the city’s five counties has a Republican and Democratic county leader — Adele Malpass and Assemblymember Keith Wright in Manhattan — who represent each party’s members and endorse candidates for various offices. “That’s something to look at very, very carefully,” Brewer said. “How many women are the county leaders really supporting?” Still, the specific case of the City Council and its declining number of female members is difficult to pinpoint. Brette McSweeney, president of Eleanor’s Legacy, an organization that supports Democratic, pro-choice women in politics throughout the state, said it was something she had spent considerable time thinking about. She described state and local politics as a “carousel that never stops,” and stressed that there is always room for more groups to support female candidates. “It’s up to us to provide opportunities to welcome them aboard and to slow the carousel

down a little bit,” said McSweeney, who also co-hosted Rosenthal’s fundraiser. The New York City Council is at a record level of racial diversity, however, with 26 members who are black, Latino or Asian, according to the Daily News. Women of color who hope to achieve political office face a different set of challenges from white women, both during their campaigns and after they are elected. According to Political Parity, a nonpartisan organization that aims to elevate women in government, “The typical politician is a non-Hispanic white male, meaning that women of color are likely to have a higher credibility threshold to surmount with voters compared with other candidates.” Stereotyping, recruitment and even the composition of the districts they run in are other barriers women of color face more acutely than anyone else. A special election will be held on Feb. 14 to fill former Council Member Inez Dickens’ seat, as she was recently elected to the State Assembly, and McSweeney urged voters to participate. “Women running at state and local [levels] and the impact that state and local government has in our lives, especially in [President-elect Donald] Trump’s America, can’t be overstated,” she said. “All of those calls to action have to go not just down to the Beltway but up to Albany and to our city halls.” New York City has never had a female mayor and, of course, the highest office in the country remains closed to women. But Hillary Clinton’s historic presidential campaign and just-as-historic loss may well energize women and minorities rather than discouraging them. This November’s City Council elections will begin to reveal whether the uptick in post-election grassroots organizing has paid off. Madeleine Thompson can be reached at newsreporter@

Notice of Filing by Hudson Transmission Partners, LLC Pursuant to Article VII of the Public Service Law NYPSC Case 08-T-0034 On or about January 4, 2017, Hudson Transmission Partners, LLC (HTP) will file an application to amend the Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need (Certificate) and the related Water Quality Certificate issued to HTP by the New York State Public Service Commission authorizing the construction of the New York State portions of a High Voltage Direct Current underground/submarine electric transmission line (Project). Description of the Project: The Project is a major electric transmission facility connecting a substation in Ridgefield, New Jersey to the West 49th Street Substation owned by Consolidated Edison Company of New York in Manhattan. Description of Modification Sought: HTP will request authority to employ mechanical dredging, in addition to excavation techniques already authorized, as part of a planned effort to repair a cable fault that has forced the shutdown of the Project. Details of the excavation technologies for which an amendment is being sought will be supplied in the application to amend the Certificate. Additional Information: Persons desiring additional information may contact Christopher Hocker of HTP at (203) 416-5590.



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David Zwirner Gallery, 525 West 19th St. 6-8 p.m. Free Opening reception for Aline Kominsky-Crumb and R. Crumb ‘Drawn Together,’ on view through Feb. 18. 212-727-2070. davidzwirner. com

The PIT Loft, 154 West 29th St. 8-10 p.m. $7 Boogiemanja: Cafe con sketch and American Danger is an hour of fantastic sketch comedy from some of the best performers and writers in the city. 212-244-1722.

DIGITAL ART CA it Awards, 511 West 20th St. 5 p.m. CA it Awards recognizes and celebrates the best of international digital art platform. Through Jan. 14. awards@caitawards-com.

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POSTCARD EXHIBITION Metro Pictures Gallery, 519 West 24th St. 6 p.m. Free Reception for a benefit for Visual Aids, “Postcards from the Edge,” featuring postcards by a myriad of international and emerging artists. 212-206-7100.

Sat 14 BEGINNER SALSA Stepping Out Studios, 37 West 26th St., 9th floor. 1-2 p.m. $24 Salsa class at professional dance studio for complete beginners. 646-742-9400.

FRESH TRACKS SHOWCASE New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th St. 7:30 p.m. $10 Featuring movement-based work by Doug LeCours, Jessica Pretty, Lily Bo Shapiro, Sophie Sotsky and Ashley R.T. Yergens. Jan. 13 & 14. 212-691-6500.

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Muhlenberg Public Library, 209 West 23rd St. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free Therapist and author discusses and signs copies of her most recent book, ‘The Power of Off: the Mindful Way to Stay Sane in a Virtual World.’. 212-924-1585.

‘END OF WORLD PARTY’ Babycastles, 137 West 14th St. 8 a.m. $12-15 The best and brightest of alteRANTive comedy, performance arts and politics with Vermin Supreme, Matthew Silver and Rob Potylo. babycastles-com. meow@

DANCING THROUGH LIFE ▼ Lithuanian Alliance of America, 307 West 30th St. 2-6 p.m. $100 Dance is used in a free and creative way, serving as a tool to the expression of the soul and awakening loving essence. Preregister: priscilasilveira148@ 347-819-3525.

Mon 16 ‘CHELSEA NIGHTS’ | CONCERT Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave. 6:309:30 p.m. Free This month, Chelsea


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Nights, a monthly concert series, presents performances from Django Voris, Jesse and Forever and Caged Animals. 212-652-2110.

‘VICTIM TO VICTORY’ Helen Mills Event Space & Theater, 137-139 West 26th St. 6-8 p.m. Domestic violence movie screening, book signing and celebrity panel discussion. Wear purple for a purpose and show your support. 212-243-6200.

Tue 17 ‘ONE WITH EVERYTHING EVERYTHING’ ▲ Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St. 7-8 p.m. $20 cover, $25 min food/beverage Lounge singer Victoria Lecta Cave performs. 212-206-0440.

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Wed 18 ‘MARY REVIEW’ Ace Hotel, 20 West 29th St. 7 p.m. Free A magazine of news and ideas written and produced by women; evening begins with personal stories of defiance from writers and activists. 212-679-2222.

‘UNCOMMON THREADS’ Yeshiva University Museum, 15 West 16th St. 6:30 p.m. Join curator Bonni-Dara Michaels for a tour of the Museum’s newest exhibition featuring garments, textiles and jewelry spanning three centuries. 212-294-8330.

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BEYOND MUSEUM MILE Off the beaten path: hidden gems of New York’s art world include ancient and modern works BY VIRGINIA RANDALL

Although New York’s Museum Mile has the title, there are plenty of hidden gems off the beaten bath, offering a variety of options for culture, art or history — both ancient and modern — with the start of the new season. For instance, behind the wooden doors of a stately townhouse near The Met Fifth Avenue is a world-class center of scholarly research and graduate education. Since 2006, The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University at 15 East 84th St. has welcomed scholars and visitors alike. The inside looks as if Indiana Jones might barrel down its spiral staircase two steps at a time to lecture on its current exhibit: “Time and Cosmos in Greco-Roman Antiquity,” on view through April 23. However, it’s not Indiana, but Alexander Jones, interim director of the ISAW, who curated this exhibit. Professor of the History of the Exact Science in Antiquity, Jones explained recently that sundials didn’t just tell time for the ancients. “Sundials represent what they thought the world looked like,” he said. “They were also status symbols, since many of the sundials would have been on private estates.” Unlike modern sundials, the ancients used hollow inverted bowls with a hole at the top to admit sunlight, which moved around the inside to highlighting the hours carved in-

side the domes. Beautifully mounted and lit, the current show packs a lot into two rooms, with additional context via touchscreens. Besides intricately carved sundials and sculptures, the show features artifacts like “pocket sundials,” used by the wealthy, a surgeon’s field medical kit, and vibrant mosaics of philosophers (“You can tell by the raised drinking vessels” Jones noted) or meditations on mortality. Viewers can reorient themselves to the present day by visiting the small gift shop near the entrance. Meanwhile, around the corner from Versace and Cartier, there’s a highrise tower that can transport visitors from midtown to antiquity with a walk through the lobby, or a trip downstairs. The lobby walls at 645 Fifth Ave. (aka the Olympic Tower) are adorned with plaster cast replicas of fragments from the Parthenon, cast directly from original molds made in the early 19th century and lent by the City College of New York. The display hints at the tower’s role as home to the Onassis Cultural Center of New York. Guided by Amalia Cosmetatou, its new executive director and cultural director of the Onassis Foundation USA, the Center aims to demonstrate how ancient Greece’s ideas still impact present day, using visual arts, performing arts, lectures and exhibits — all free to the public in its newly renovated space downstairs. Although open since 2000, according to Maria Galanou, a Center representative, the Center’s recent, museum-level quality renovation lets it present major antiquities, such as

The Czech Center, on East 73rd Street, puts on contemporary art shows. In December, the center previewed the animated narrative feature “Too Loud a Solitude.” Photo: the Czech Center those in “A World Full of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC-200 AD,” (March 9 -June 24, 2017). Many of the more than 130 items — vase paintings, sculptures, theatrical masks, artifacts, coins and more — will be on view in the U.S. for the first time and have been drawn from the Acropolis Museum, the Louvre, the British Museum, the Vatican Museums and elsewhere. Some works will leave Greece for the first time, specifically for this show. The collection will show the range of emotion — some familiar, some not — depicted in antiquity, to provide a

“Time and Cosmos in Greco-Roman Antiquity” at NYU”s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World on East 84th Street.

way to consider the role of feelings in our own personal, social and political lives, while helping to advance the relatively new field of the history of emotions. At the other end of the time spectrum, there’s no need to go to the Guggenheim when the Czech Center of New York mounts contemporary art shows and much more. The center, housed in a landmarked Renaissance Revival building on 73rd Street, uses the arts to strengthen cultural ties between the Czech Republic and the U.S. Visitors can see films, borrow books from its library, hear lectures and enjoy art in its gallery from contemporary artists and up and comers. Through Jan. 26, the gallery will show dramatic photography (both drone and still) by Petr Jan Juracka and Czech expert climber Klára Kolouchová when they scaled K2, the world’s second highest peak, as part of the USA International K2 expedition. The center also offers opportunities to see the work of aspiring artists in different mediums through its Bohemian Creative Hub. Inspired by Thomas Messer, the director of the Guggenheim Museum for 27 years (who was of Czechoslovakian heritage), visual and performing artists under 30 years old can apply to exhibit or perform at its gallery and cinema space in July and November of 2017.

Although not a niche in terms of sheer size (it takes up an entire city block), the Park Avenue Armory is becoming a source of some of the most unusual art experiences in the city — without a long trip to Brooklyn or downtown. Within its wood-paneled rooms and galleries, and especially in its huge (55,000 square feet) Drill Hall, the Armory hosts concerts, lectures and modern or original, commissioned art. A recent show at the Armory, “Manifesto,” by artist/filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt, featured a history of the manifestos of 20th century art movements, edited and re-imagined as dramatic monologues by 13 different characters, all played by Cate Blanchett. Blanchett assumed the personas of a Russian diva, a day trader, a teacher, a homeless man, a CEO, a puppeteer, a punk rocker, a news reader and more — all portrayed in huge video screens hung throughout the cavernous Drill Hall. The Armory’s Manifesto was the kickoff to a new cultural season at the Armory (the next big event is O’Neill’s “The Hairy Ape” with Bobby Cannavale in March), and proves that there’s more to New York’s art scene than Museum Mile, SoHo or Brooklyn. Dive in.

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Fans turn out from near and far as Crawford Doyle closes on Madison Avenue


The booksellers were on duty, even during the Jan. 5 reception marking the closing of Crawford Doyle, a retail mainstay on Madison Avenue for the last 21 years. A customer came up to co-owner Judy Crawford and said, “You can give me advice,” and then wondered aloud about what to read next. As longtime fans of the store drank wine, ate cheese and shared memories, Crawford suggested Ian McEwan’s new book, “The Nutshell,” explaining, “It’s very clear and it’s not too long.” The customer seemed satisfied with the suggestion. Crawford and her husband John Doyle had another ongoing task that night: comforting customers upset at the loss of a bookstore in the neighborhood. “This is bittersweet,” Crawford acknowledged. “We didn’t want to wait until we were forced to make a decision.” One staffer, Emma McNairy, said it was weird to see the store being physically dismantled. “It’s like a wake,” she said. Customers came from near and far. Maureen Berescik lives in Connecticut, but showed up for the farewell because she treasured her memories of the shop, which she used to visit when her daughter lived nearby. “This was my favorite

place to be,” she said. “So I had to make the closing night. It’s so worth it.” Marjorie Hilton, an Upper East Sider and self-described “interior decorator to the stars,” described how a friend of hers, during a difficult time, visited the store every day. “She felt safe here,” Hilton said. “That’s the kind of thing people need to know.” As booklovers mingled, another fan of the store asked Doyle, “Was it profitable? I know you owned the space.” “Bookstores are never profitable,” Doyle quipped. “It wasn’t meant to be.” The store, he explained in an earlier interview, was really a post-retirement exercise after his years working for IBM. “I was 59 at the time,” said Doyle, now 82. “We thought we could maybe do a 10-year project at that time. A bookstore sounded like a good idea, so we got it going. Time passed and the store’s done pretty well.” The store’s final day would be Jan. 10, but Doyle plans to continue selling first editions and unique books out of his home. “We have a library attached to our apartment on 90th Street and it’s accessible to the public the way it’s built,” he said. Manager Thomas Talbot was a key reason for the store’s success, Doyle said. Talbot and his team offered advice to customers. “That’s the difference with the chains or even Amazon,” said Doyle, pointing to the interaction between booksellers and customers. New Yorkers think of themselves as sophisticated and

steeped in literary tradition, but the city has provided a challenging retail landscape for independent bookstores over many years. While Doyle says such stores will “never play the role they once did,” he heralds his location between 81st and 82nd streets. “For any retail business, it starts with the location,” he said. Even without Crawford Doyle, there will be independent survivors. The Corner Bookstore, north on Madison Avenue, may inherit some Crawford Doyle customers. Shakespeare & Company survives to the south on Madison Avenue, near Hunter College. On the West Side there are three Book Culture shops, owned by Chris Doeblin. “Indie bookstores are having a moment and several, even in New York, are expanding,” Doeblin said. He explained how Crawford Doyle was aided by Doyle’s having purchased his retail space, but insisted there was another secret to success: “John’s love of books and his ability to select the people that could run the place. They probably deserve a great deal of credit.” Doyle said he’s hoping to send some of his staff members to Doeblin and Book Culture. On the night of the closing reception, though, Doyle took a moment to wonder about the future. He looked down from his upstairs office to the bookstore below, customers bustling, and thought about what would come next for the space. “It will be full of women’s clothes or perfume,” he predicted. The local paper for Chelsea

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5 Senses

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The Dog House

160 W 25Th St

Not Yet Graded (28) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred. Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored.


25 W 8Th St


Pizza 23

268 W 23Rd St

Grade Pending (21) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.

Black Tap

248 W 14Th St

Grade Pending (24) Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations. Hand washing facility not provided in or near food preparation area and toilet room. Hot and cold running water at adequate pressure to enable cleanliness of employees not provided at facility. Soap and an acceptable hand-drying device not provided.

The following listings were collected from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s website and include the most recent inspection and grade reports listed. We have included every restaurant listed during this time within the zip codes of our neighborhoods. Some reports list numbers with their explanations; these are the number of violation points a restaurant has received. To see more information on restaurant grades, visit The Ainsworth

122 West 26 Street


Salt And Pepper Diner

139 West 33 Street


Foley’s N.Y. Pub And Restaurant

18 West 33 Street


Skylight Diner

402 West 34 Street


Dali Market

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348 7Th Ave


2 Bro’s Pizza

601 6Th Ave


Dunkin Donuts

155 W 35Th St


Le Singe Vert

160 7 Avenue

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels

0 34 Street



358 7Th Ave


Tir Na Nog

254 W 31St St

Not Yet Graded (27) Food not cooled by an approved method whereby the internal product temperature is reduced from 140º F to 70º F or less within 2 hours, and from 70º F to 41º F or less within 4 additional hours. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.

Grade Pending (24) Food not cooled by an approved method whereby the internal product temperature is reduced from 140º F to 70º F or less within 2 hours, and from 70º F to 41º F or less within 4 additional hours. Live roaches present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewageassociated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.

Famous Bagel Buffet

510 6 Avenue


Pret A Manger

299 7Th Ave

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Vivi Bubble Tea

170 West 23 Street


Hilton Garden Inn Chelsea

121 W 28Th St


Go Go Thai

144 West 19 Street



287 7 Avenue

Grade Pending (25) Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.

Chuck And Blade - Buns Bar

184 8Th Ave


Casa Apicii

62 W 9Th St



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Grade Pending (38) Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan. Live roaches present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Live animals other than fish in tank or service animal present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.


37 7 Avenue


Cafe Prague

2 West 19 Street


Google Chelsea Market

75 9 Avenue



63 W 8Th St

Grade Pending (27) Appropriately scaled metal stem-type thermometer or thermocouple not provided or used to evaluate temperatures of potentially hazardous foods during cooking, cooling, reheating and holding. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored.

Padthai Noodle Lounge

114 8 Avenue

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599 6Th Ave

Grade Pending (41) Live roaches present in facility’s food and/or nonfood areas. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.

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229 9Th Ave


387 8Th Ave

Grade Pending (26) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.

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RICHARD SANDOVAL PREPS FOR THE ART OF FOOD Taste what Richard Sandoval is serving up at Our Town’s Art of Food at Sotheby’s on February 4. Tickets available at What sparked your interest in the culinary world? My love of cooking started by watching my grandmother cook in Mexico City when I was growing up. I would always gravitate into the kitchen and watch her cook. She would prepare these huge feasts for my whole family, I’ll never forget the authentic and fresh ingredients she used and how her food brought everyone together. My father was also a restaurateur in Acapulco who taught me how to run a business. Between the two, I was almost destined to have this profession. How did you get started in the culinary business? I actually started out as a professional tennis player and had the privilege of traveling around the world and playing – which would later play a huge role in my culinary career.

Somewhere along the way, I realized that I wasn’t going to make it on the satellite circuit, so I needed to decide if I was going to teach tennis or find a different career. I thought about what I really enjoyed and kept going back to cooking. It was then I took the leap & enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America. After graduating, I moved to Acapulco to work at my father’s restaurant. After four years there, I set off to New York with the dream of opening my own restaurant. What inspired the menu at Maya? What are some of the signature dishes? My vision with Maya was to achieve “Modern Mexican” which is what I like to describe as simply old ways in new hands. Elevating Mexican food has been my goal from the start. When I began my career, I wanted to overcome the perception that Mexican food was just “Tex-Mex” cuisine: smothered burritos, chimichangas, and so on.

What is your favorite ingredient to work with? Huitlacoche, or “corn smut.” It has a soft and velvety taste that is unlike any other ingredient. I also love working with all kinds of chiles, both fresh and dried; they add a flavor depth without added fat. What have been some of your career highlights along the way? The amazing restaurant teams I’ve created over the past twenty years, receiving Bon Appetit’s Restauranteur of the Year award & my James Beard nomination. This is Maya’s second time participating in the Art of Food event at Sotheby’s. Any favorite memories? The Art of Food does a wonderful job capturing the food scene in NYC. I loved getting to see some familiar faces of chefs that I started out with and chefs I look up to. Your number one cooking tip? Taste as you go!


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CUOMO OUTLINES PROGRESSIVE PATH In state of the state address at World Trade Center, governor prioritizes infrastructure, education, high-tech BY DAVID KLEPPER

New York state must stand as an alternative to the policies and pronouncements of President-elect Donald Trump and show the nation progressive achievements, racial and religious tolerance and that big investments in education and infrastructure can create a dynamic economy that works for all, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Cuomo, a Democrat, did not men-

tion the Republican president-elect by name in his state of the state address at Manhattan’s World Trade center, but he returned again and again to the political upheaval that propelled Trump to the White House. “We all heard the roar on election day, and we must respond,” Cuomo said. “The nation once again looks to New York to find the way up,” the governor said. Cuomo’s answer: a focus on infrastructure, like an overhauled Kennedy Airport, the new Tappan Zee Bridge and an upgraded New York subway system; big investments in education, including free state uni-

versity tuition for middle-class students; subsidies for growing hightech industries and fiscal discipline that keeps taxes low. Cuomo said his approach is intended to improve the lives of all New Yorkers by helping people rise out of poverty, expanding their career opportunities and supporting those most vulnerable. Other proposals from Cuomo include an expansion of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft into upstate cities such as Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester; an expanded child care tax credit and significant changes to the state’s cumbersome and outdated voting rules. Monday’s speech was the first

Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his state of the state address at the World Trade Center this week. Governor’s Office, via flickr of six addresses planned for locations around the state this week. Governors traditionally deliver the address to lawmakers in the state Capitol, but Cuomo’s administration said this year’s approach is an effort to communicate directly with

New Yorkers. Top lawmakers are skipping the speeches in a sign of the tense relationship between lawmakers and Cuomo. Many lawmakers blame the governor for killing their first pay raise in 18 years last month.

LATE-YEAR BOOM IN CITY REAL ESTATE PUNCTUATES 2016 How well Congress and Trump administration work together will help determine sector’s health this year BY FREDERICK PETERS

Like the presidential elections, the 2016 New York real estate market ended with a bang. Within a week of November 8, the market, which had been idling since July, kicked into gear. The early weeks of December saw more transactions over $4 million than any time since the spring, and other sectors benefited as well. The last six weeks of 2016 saw a level of transactional activity which ordinarily accompanies a looming tax change. But no tax change loomed. Instead, anticipation of a business-friendly administration on Capitol Hill, combined with relief that the whole wrenching election process was finally over, generated a dynamic response to well-priced listings, even those which had been languishing on the market for months. The turn was most dramatic in the upper market. While there still exists an oversupply of ultra-high-end condominiums, buildings like 432 Park have experienced renewed market activity as they move into their final selling phase. In the oversupplied areas, like the greater 57th Street corridor and river to river below Canal Street, this renewal has been spurred by substantial discounting, both in the form of developer-paid closing costs (usually a buyer’s responsibility) and prices agreed at 5 to 10 percent below

the ask. The co-op market will recover more gradually; many of the luxury co-op units are still overpriced and in relatively poor repair. The prospect of facing both the board approval process and a renovation sends increasing numbers of buyers, both local and foreign, fleeing to the condo market, where they can acquire spacious, toothbrush-ready homes with every modern amenity. The more moderately priced condominiums being built in the 80s and 90s on the Upper East and West Sides fared extremely well during the latter half of 2016 (of course, “moderately priced” is a relative term, as these units tend to cost between $1.5 million and $8 million.) These units, constructed in established residential neighborhoods and offering modern conveniences close to schools and parks, entice families and other buyers looking for spacious new quarters; the opening on January 1 of the Second Avenue Q line subway will only add value to these new residences east of Third Avenue. For this constituency co-ops increasingly attract by relative value; when the discount compared to a new building is substantial enough, the hassle of board approval and upgrading become tolerable. Smaller apartments drove real estate markets in every borough throughout the year. One- and twobedroom apartments, priced under $2 million, outperformed every other sector both in volume and in relative sales prices. These smaller homes

Sales of very-high-end condominiums buildings, such as 432 Park, had increased market activity at the tail end of 2016. Photo: Carl, via flickr experienced enormous demand with which supply could not keep up. Even during the early fall, when demand for most offerings slowed to a trickle, buyers were still competing for 3-, 3.5- and 4-room apartments – with the caveat that they were sensibly priced. 2016 was not a year during which buyers overpaid in any price range. Usually the rental market surges when sales are weak. Not so this year. Even last spring, luxury rentals were signing leases at 10, 15, even 20 percent below what they had achieved two years earlier. While overpricing hobbled some segments of the rental

market, even those units at the lower end which usually enjoy quick turnaround have been slow. Since the winter market for rentals is historically in the doldrums, we will have to wait for spring to get a sense of how strongly, and at what prices, this market will bounce back. While the Brooklyn market experienced the same ebbs and flows as those described above, the ongoing demand/supply imbalance protected prices in most neighborhoods. Competitive bidding remained common throughout the year, and prices in Brooklyn today have risen enough so that many buyers are turning back to Manhattan because neighborhoods such as the far East Side, upper Harlem and Washington Heights offer them better value. Overall, the two most significant real estate markers of the past year pertain to co-op values and shifting market dynamics. 2016 made evident in no uncertain terms the ongoing challenges implicit in co-op ownership: Board expectations and demands on the one hand and condition on the other. With a number of perfectly qualified candidates rejected by boards who believed the sales prices were too low, agents and sellers alike are placed in a quandary. No one WANTS to accept a low price; the deal that gets made is always the best deal available at the time. For boards to then reject the opinion of the market diminishes the quality of the co-op asset and drives more buyers towards the relative ease of condo-

minium purchases. For buyers to jump through the hoops required for co-op approval, only to learn that the board feels they are not paying enough, frequently drives a decision to cross coops off the list. Furthermore, almost every co-op needs SOME renovation. Little wonder that for many buyers, value versus condominiums becomes one primary motivation to consider a co-op purchase, the other being location. 2016’s other most significant development was the shift from seller’s market to buyer’s market. Increasingly, as the year went by, buyers possessed the upper hand; they balked at overpricing and waited sellers out. On the listing side, 2016 was a year of price drops, often multiple, to position the subject properties for sale in the changed marketplace. While the year began with sellers firmly in charge of the market, December saw almost every sale negotiated, often from prices which had already been reduced several times. As to 2017, we face the wild card of the Trump presidency. While I anticipate our market, like securities, will remain strong for the sale of properly priced property, predicting out beyond four to six months seems specious. Given how little we know about how well Trump and the Congress will work together, and what their disparate priorities may be, we will just have to wait and see. Frederick Peters is chief executive officer of Warburg Realty Partnership.

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TOASTING THE PAST — AND WHAT’S TO COME Tommy Burke reflects on his first deli and a forthcoming Victorianthemed bar channeling Oscar Wilde

Explain who Lillie was and what intrigued you so much to name your next venture after her. The BBC did a miniseries in 1977 and I saw that on television and was fascinated by her. She was born in 1853 on an island called Jersey, which is off the coast of England. She met Mr. Langtry who was a shipping magnate out of Belfast because he used to vacation there. And eventually he asked her to marry him. She was still very young, like 17. So he moved her to London and put her up in a beautiful house on High Street and then he went about back to doing what he did around the world. She genuinely loved him, but he left her alone. So she met friends, including Oscar Wilde, who wound up becoming her best friend. She became the mistress of the Prince of Wales and he sent her to Paris to acting classes. And that’s how she became an actress and became very famous.


When I asked Tommy Burke what one of the keys to the success of his longstanding New York establishments is, he said, “We’re basing them on a time a long time ago. It’s not trendy. This time will never change because it’s gone, so it will last forever.” The Irish native, who came to New York in 1985 and got his start in the industry working in his family’s deli, owns several popular establishments in the city — Papillon in Midtown East, Lillie’s in both Union Square and Times Square and Ashby’s on Wall Street and in the Flatiron District. His newest venture, Oscar Wilde, is slated to serve its first cocktail next month. The bar is inspired by its literary namesake, who also happened to be the friend of actress Lillie Langtry, after which two of his places are named. Oscar Wilde, at 45 West 27th Street, near Broadway, is ensconced in a building with a rich history. “We found out that Prohibition had their headquarters there and that the Mafia took the floor above them so they could listen in and spy,” Burke said. The bar will pay homage to the period with its cocktail menu, created by Johnny Swet. “We’re going to have an extensive cocktail list because Oscar liked cocktails and champagne. We’re also going to have a section for Prohibition-era cocktails,” Burke said.

Tell us about when you came to New York and how you got your start in the industry. I grew up in the west of Ireland and after I graduated from high school and worked for my father for a while, I decided I needed to get out of there and go to America. So I came to New York in 1985. I had a relative who had a food store, like a deli, on 23rd Street and Broadway and I started working there. And that was my start in the business. I worked for the family business until ’92. And then I got some money together and opened a little store on 46th Street, between Fifth


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The first bar/restaurant you owned was Papillon, which has been on East 54th Street since 1999. In 1999, I got into the bar and restaurant business, which is now Papillon. The building has a lot of history, 22 East 54th Street. It was owned by the Reidy family, who had it since 1944. Developers came in the ‘80s and bought all the buildings for demolition to put up a high-rise. But Mr.

Reidy wouldn’t sell. He held out. And there’s been books written about him since. When you go to Papillon, even today, before you go in and look up, you see it’s a little building. The developer had to buy the air rights and build over them; it’s a 60-story building. So I met William Reidy in 1999. He was an Irish Catholic from Riverdale and had nine children. He raised his kids and sent them all to school and it was time for him to retire. And he wanted someone he could trust to take over the business and rent the space ... I said to my best friend, Frank McCole, who I met in Murphy’s on Second Avenue in the early ‘90s, “Come in with me and we’ll build something amazing.” And that’s what we did. He was always in construction and in the bar business in Ireland as well, so knew the industry. We built Papillon together. It’s based on the true story of Henri Char-

riere, a man who went to prison for a crime he never committed. He broke out like three times and they caught him and put him back in again. And he got released because he was innocent and moved to Venezuela and opened nightclubs and had a very colorful life. It’s a movie with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.

You met your wife at Papillon. How does she handle you working in the restaurant business? I met her in 2002. She was a customer and came in all the time. She was going to school. And then she worked with me for a while. And we got to know each other and that was it. I met her in the business and she saw what I did, so for that reason, it worked. And we’ve been together ever since. And the funny thing is, Mr. Reidy met his wife there as well. So good things happen there.

Bill Clinton was memorable. He used to come to Papillon unannounced. One night he came, he was dressed down in jeans and a jacket. It was a Wednesday night. He was with another man and went to the upstairs bar. So when he’s dressed down, his security is dressed down. He was at the middle of the bar with his friend and drank vodka and soda with a piece of lemon. The restaurant was full, and little by little, people noticed him. Everyone got excited. The memorable part about it was that when he was ready to leave, all my staff, from the kitchen and everybody, wanted to meet him. They were at the top of the stairs, 15 people lined up. This all happened spontaneously. And he went and shook every single one of their hands. And for 15 minutes he talked to basically the lowest of them, a runner from India. And that was why he was so successful. Because he made everybody feel like they were the only person.

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