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Mayor Bill de Blasio is “very interested” in a proposal to penalize landlords who own buildings with long-term retail vacancies. Photo: Steven Strasser Graphic: NYC Department of City Planning

MAYOR FLOATS RETAIL VACANCY TAX

CENSUS 2020: 4 KEY QUESTIONS FOR NYC POLITICS City officials weigh in on citizenship status and other challenges for the count BY MICHAEL GAROFALO

The 2020 U.S. Census is still two years away, but New York City’s preparations for the decennial count have already begun in earnest.

BUSINESS Could a fee on empty storefronts reduce vacancies on Manhattan retail corridors?

Focus on the census has been amplified in recent weeks in response to concerns that the potential inclusion of a question about citizenship status could depress turnout among the city’s 3.2 million immigrants. City officials detailed the most significant census-related issues facing New York at an April 3 forum hosted by CUNY Journalism School’s Center for Community and Ethnic Media. Four key questions:

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“A vacancy tax, premised on a flawed set of assumptions, will punish owners further and do nothing to address vacancy.”

BY MICHAEL GAROFALO

Mayor Bill de Blasio waded into the policy debate over how to address persistent storefront vacancies in Manhattan retail corridors by endorsing a controversial policy intended to incentivize landlords to rent out empty spaces more quickly. In a recent interview with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, the mayor said he is “very interested ... in fighting for a vacancy fee or vacancy tax which would

REBNY President John H. Banks penalize landlords who leave their storefronts vacant for long periods of time in neighborhoods because they’re looking for some top dollar rent but they blight neighborhoods by doing it.” Clinton

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The effort to help small seems to businesses in the city be gathering steam. Two city councilmembers, Robert Margaret Chin and Cornegy, have introduced create legislation that wouldSmall a new “Office of the within Business Advocate” of Small the city’s Department Business Services. Chin The new post, which have up rezoning told us she’d like to would and the mid-2000s May 1 The and running this year, for of West Chelsea. Muas an ombudsman city serve Whitney the of opening Art on small businesses within them clear seum of American means not government, helping It’s new buildings, to get Gansevoort Street c to the traffi through the bureaucracy rising rents, that are even more foot things done. forcing some gallerists area. is that Perhaps even more also The irony, of course, to reconsider their Whitney -importantly, the ombudsman the arrival of the and number neighborhood roots art meccas will tally the type small business one of the city’s the end for of complaints by taken in BY GABRIELLE ALFIERO -- could also spell dealers the actions art owners, long-time policy buildStephen some response, and somefor ways to When gallerists Griffin in the area, as their are sold or recommendations If done well, Haller and Cynthiatheir W. ings increasingly begin to fix things. report would Haller reopened follow- demolished. lease the ombudsman’s 26th Street gallery With their 10-year quantitative afrst fi the rebuild Stephen us give cut short, with ing a five-month flooded abruptly shared taste of what’s wrong ter Hurricane Sandy they and Cynthia, who the city, an the space, small businesses in towards building with their first floor phone their and Tony important first step were still without were Lehmann Maupin they the problem. needed to xing fi of galleries, and Internet. Still, where Shafrazi property by June To really make a difference, the happy in the location, will have to to stay for vacate (Shafrazi is suing course, the advocaterising rents, they expected of 2014. find a way to tackle business’ the Manhattes some time. doltold less the landlord, which remain many While Chin Instead, they were their Group, for $20 million reproblem. vexing that Post most the New York than a year later gauge what to demol- lars, said it’s too early tocould have landlord planned ported). another role the advocate on the ish the building. They shopped for planned for there, more information in the neighbor“We had shows bad thing. We had location to find problem can’t be a with the long periods of time.amount hood but struggled a twoThis step, combinedBorough more than just put in a huge the anything efforts by Manhattan to mediate of money to refurbish“We year lease on a street-level in Chelsaid. President Gale Brewer offer space,” Cynthia space. After 13 years Gallery the rent renewal process, were really shocked.”Gallery sea, Stephen Haller signs tangible and early, Haller some For Stephen small left the neighborhoodStux it, it isn’t riswith of progress. For many can’t come and others like joined forces oor are driving business owners, that in a new sixth-fl ing rents that far new devel- Gallery soon enough. on 57th Street, not Chelsea, Zach Feuer them away. It’s

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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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“I think there should be a penalty if a landlord does that,” de Blasio said. “That’s something we could get done through Albany.” The mayor has yet to put forth a detailed proposal, but similar policies have been implemented and explored outside New York in recent years. In 2014, San Francisco adopted an ordinance requiring landlords to register vacant storefronts with the city within 30 days of a space becoming vacant. If the storefront is not occupied within 270 days of registration, the landlord is required to pay a recurring annual fee of $711. Failure to register can be punished with penalty fees of more than $6,000,

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SCREENING FOR COLORECTAL CANCER HEALTH A gastroenterologist evaluates two procedures: colonoscopy and Cologuard BY PASCALE M. WHITE, M.D.

Dr. Pascale M. White with colonoscope. Photo courtesy of Mount Sinai Department of Medicine

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. In 2018, it is estimated that there will be 140,250 new cases of colorectal cancer in the United States. Current guidelines from the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that patients who are at average risk for colorectal cancer should begin screening at 50 years old. The American College of Gastroenterology specifically recommends that AfricanAmericans begin colorectal cancer screening at 45 years old. The New York Citywide Colon Cancer Control Coalition (C5) was launched in 2003 to increase colorectal cancer screening via colonoscopy for all New Yorkers ages 50 and older. The efforts of this group produced an increase in screen-

ing colonoscopy rates in New York City from 42 percent in 2003 to almost 70 percent in 2014. Patients should be aware that there are different ways they can get screened, including colonoscopy and now Cologuard.

Colonoscopy Screening A colonoscopy is a procedure where an endoscope (flexible tube with an attached camera) is used to identify polyps in the colon. Polyps are abnormal tissue growths from the lining of the colon. Prior to the procedure, a patient is instructed to follow a special diet and drink a liquid laxative preparation that cleanses the colon. During the procedure, the gastroenterologist uses the endoscope to look carefully throughout the colon to find and remove polyps. After the procedure, the polyps are sent to the pathology lab where they will be identified as either benign or precancerous. Depending on the number and type of polyps that are removed, the gastroenterologist will recommend the time interval of your next colonoscopy. An advantage of having a colonoscopy is that if no polyps are found, the exam can be repeated in 10 years. If there is a lesion that appears sus-

picious during the procedure, it can be biopsied at that time and sent for evaluation as well. Another important advantage is that having a colonoscopy is both diagnostic and therapeutic, meaning that polyps can be detected and removed to prevent cancer. A disadvantage to having a colonoscopy is the risks associated with undergoing an invasive procedure. Certain barriers for some patients may include time away from work or the home, aversion to the bowel prep, and the need to have an escort home after the procedure.

Cologuard Screening Cologuard is a multitarget stool test that identifies abnormal DNA and human hemoglobin (blood) in the stool. A Cologuard kit is mailed to the patient’s home and they follow the directions to collect their stool sample. Once the kit is ready to be submitted, the patient will arrange for it to be picked up at their home where it will be mailed to a laboratory for evaluation. Advantages of this screening modality are that it is a non-invasive test, no laxative preparation is necessary, no special diets are required prior to collecting the stool sample, there is no time away from work or home, and there

is no need to arrange for an escort or transportation. A disadvantage of Cologuard may be the cost of the test because certain insurance companies may not cover it. If there is a negative result, the Cologuard test can be repeated in three years. However, if the Cologuard test returns positive, the patient will then have to take the next step and undergo a colonoscopy for further evaluation. Cologuard is only recommended for asymptomatic, average-risk patients who are 50 years of age and older. Patients who are having gastrointestinal symptoms (including abdominal pain and blood in the stool) or who have a personal history of colon polyps should not be screened with Cologuard. Overall, patients should be aware that colorectal cancer could be detected and prevented with appropriate and timely screening. While there are different ways of getting screened, the best test is the one that a patient commits to getting done. Pascale M. White, MD, is an assistant professor of Medicine and director of the GI Fellows Clinic at The Dr. Henry D. Janowitz Division of Gastroenterology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

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Police arrested a 60-year-old man for petit larceny inside the Duane Reade at 131 Eighth Avenue on Friday, April 6 at 5 p.m. Police said that the suspect put nine packages of Raisinets in a suitcase and then tried to leave the store without paying. The packages, comprised of raisins folded into milk chocolate, were given a total value of $18.

A resident of 247 West 26th Street reported that she was harassed when leaving her apartment on Wednesday, April 4 at 8 p.m. She told police that a drunk man approached her as she was leaving her apartment, pushing her head and grabbing her face. She said that he also pushed her into her closed apartment door and when she screamed, he went down the stairs. Police said that the man was removed to Bellevue Hospital as an â&#x20AC;&#x153;intox maleâ&#x20AC;? but was not arrested.

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Police arrested a 31-year-old man for petit larceny at the northeast corner of 11th Avenue and. West 20th Street on Friday, April 6 at 5:40 a.m. Police said that the man removed a bicycle from a rack at the corner. Officers found burglarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tools, including a grinder, multiple screwdrivers, vice grips, multitool and a wrench, as well as a marijuana, on his person. The e-bike was recovered when the suspect was arrested.

A 30-year-old man reported that his bike was stolen after he locked it in front of 264 West 23rd Street on Friday, April 6 at 12:55 a.m. He told police that he locked the bike to a bus stop pole, including the rear tire, and went into the business at 264 West 23rd Street to use the restroom. His bike was missing when he left the building 10 minutes later at 1:05 a.m.

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THE FRICK’S NEW VISION FOR ITS PAST REBUILDING The museum’s latest expansion proposal conceives of the viewing garden, formerly slated for eradication, as a centerpiece BY RICHARD KHAVKINE

The garden, after all, will stay in the picture. Almost three years after folding up expansion plans that had met vociferous opposition, The Frick Collection this week unveiled a design proposal that would add roughly 90,000 square feet to the museum for its exhibits and programming, education and conservation endeavors. Crucially, the proposal retains — and would restore — the museum’s 70th Street garden, whose prospective elimination in the Fifth Avenue institution’s 2014 expansion plans became a flashpoint for a coalition of residents, artists and preservationists. Opposition ultimately succeeded in getting Frick officials to retreat and start anew. This new plan, conceived by Selldorf Architects, a New York City firm, would repurpose 60,000 square feet of the Gilded Age building and build 27,000 square feet of new space. The viewing garden off of East 70th Street is now envisioned as akin to a centerpiece, viewable from a reconfigured lobby, second-floor store, café and classroom, and elsewhere within the museum. The garden, created by the landscape architect Russell Page in 1977, will be restored by Lynden Miller, a renowned public garden designer who has worked on the Conservatory Garden in Central Park, Bryant Park and the New York Botanical Garden. As with the previous plan, this one attends to what Frick officials have said is a pressing need for more exhibition space both for its permanent collection and special exhibits. It also adds resources for programming, education and conservation, as well as visitor amenities and accessibility. The proposal, as before,

A rendering of The Frick Collection’s reception hall, as conceived in a new expansion proposal, looking east toward the 70th Street viewing garden. Courtesy of Selldorf Architects would convert a suite of secondfloor rooms into gallery space for the permanent collection. Those rooms were formerly living spaces for the industrialist and art collector Henry Clay Frick and his family, the original occupants of the mansion, which was built by Carrère and Hastings in 1914. The conversion of the second floor, currently offices and meeting areas that have never been open to the public, would add nearly one-third more exhibit space to the museum. Access to the second floor will be via either a new bank of elevators or a new staircase. The original mansion’s main staircase will also open to the public for the first time. The proposal also envisions an education center and group entrance, to be built between the museum’s main building and its reference library. The construction portion of the project is budgeted at $160 million. Pending approvals from the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Board of Standards and Appeals, construction would start in 2020 and last roughly two years, said Heidi Rosenau, a museum spokesperson. The Frick’s 1,400 objects, including paintings by Goya, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Constable and Velázquez, could be exhibited elsewhere in the meantime. “We are working that out,” Rosenau said. “We are exploring options as we speak.”

PRESERVING INTIMACY The museum abandoned its 2014 plans, which included a six-story addition on the 70th

Street garden’s footprint, in June 2015 after residents and then a coalition of artists and others denounced it as intrusive and counter to one of the Frick’s most alluring qualities — its intimacy. Although museum officials at the time disputed that notion, this proposal doubles down on the Frick’s singular grace and elegance. “Our proposed design is the result of an unwavering commitment to maintaining the intimate experience of viewing art at the Frick that is unique and special to many — myself included,” Annabelle Selldorf, the architecture firm’s principal, said in a statement accompanying the Frick’s press release on the plan. One of the previous plan’s most prominent detractors, New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman, applauded this latest incarnation. “Frick admirably listened,” he wrote. Selldorf’s proposal “preserved what’s great about Frick and fixed what wasn’t, mostly backstage. The process worked.” The mansion was converted into a museum and opened in 1935. This expansion and renovation would be the first comprehensive such effort since then, museum officials said. Betty Eveillard, the chairperson of the Frick’s Board of Trustees, said in the press release that, together with Selldorf, “the Frick has set forward a plan that graciously ushers our institution into the twentyfirst century while preserving our Gilded-Age grandeur and a sense of tranquility.”


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“Look up already — from your iPhones” is what Archbishop Timothy Dolan recently said on that big device — the tube. Which itself often needs much looking away from, even from G-rated sporting events. But in essence, the archbishop said, look up from those devices, to allow time for reflection about things that matter, what’s happening outside your own world, or as one Protestant confession prayer repents“about things left undone.” Incidentally, this may

well relate to the forthcoming May 13 sermon by Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church’s new senior pastor, Jenny McDevitt, entitled“Don’t forget to look up.” But about things left undone or unseen really by those who look down a whole lot — except we all better look down when crossing the washboard-like cross streets. Now there may be a law not to walk and look down at a device to save life and limb, but the archbishop meant to save — what? Well, reflection, he said. Some undoubtedly likely to

bring people together. And doesn’t the city around us need big time reflection — not least those washboard streets? And looking out city bus windows is a great way to reflect on city conditions – by far the best traveling way to see the neighborhoods we pass - preferably from a pokey bus window. W-h -a-a-t? Yes, I said pokey. Pokey is safer and better to see what‘s going on out there. Ah, a brief sidetrack to recall how once people did look out the window when not reading a newspaper — ah, newspapers, a uniting as well as an educational force. Both newspapers and window views are needed to tell us what’s really happening out there. And let’s reflect about that.

But too few of us saw, let alone acted, about more and more empty storefronts out there - the places that supplied everyday needs and other retail shops and restaurants, once affordable and in wondrous profusion. Now there are also more empty faith group buildings. Oh you know what I mean — it’s been said here countless times – all these people gathering places which make this city so livable and connected. And don’t forget accessible. If the Americans with Disability Act only somehow covered this basic life need. But advocates for elder and disabled persons should do some serious reflection, especially with the rapidly growing 85-plus citizenry. But every age group should be re-

flecting, if especially young people, about how connected and yes, multigenerational communities are also safer ones. It takes a village and that really takes reflection and action. But for starters, action is easily taken on these and other basic needs, by calling elected officials and community boards whose numbers are listed in this paper’s Useful Contacts column. As Archbishop Dolan and Pastor McDevitt remind us, “Reflect” and “Don’t forget to look up!” Hey, and maybe attend faith group services after the Easter and Passover season. And this column again reminds, “It can be done if enough us try.” dewingbetter@aol.com

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR CYNTHIA NIXON’S RUN Cynthia Nixon is a superb actress, and a fierce advocate for a number of issues, including LGBT rights and education (“Cynthia Nixon’s Gubernatorial Gambit,” March 22-28). And yes, she is a New Yorker from a humble background. Unfortunately, none of this qualifies her to be governor. We do not know whether she knows how to balance her own checkbook, much less a $100 billion budget. She has not even run her own production company, so there is little reason to believe she could run a state government with over 200,000 employees. And while she has some legitimate understanding of many issues facing those in New York City, there is no reason to believe she knows or understands any of the issues facing the other one-half of the population of New York State. Your suggestion (and others’ comments) that the mere fact that she is a woman is reason enough for her to run is as absurd as the fact that she is a celebrity. (And haven’t we had enough of that?) What is saddest about Nixon’s quixotic run for governor is that when she loses to Cuomo (probably massively), it will make it harder for her to run for a more local office — which is where she should have started if she is serious about spending the rest of her life in politics.

I do not agree with all of Cuomo’s positions, and I know that I don’t like him as a person. But on balance, he has done more good than bad. As political consultant Hank Sheinkopf notes, “[He]’s passed gay marriage, stopped fracking, and enacted the toughest gun laws in the country” (among many other things). So for me, it is less the need for a “stellar argument” to vote for Nixon as it is the need for a “stellar argument” to vote against Cuomo.

Ian Alterman Upper West Side CRACKDOWN ON E-BIKES? Thank you for your front page article, “NYPD E-Bikes Crackdown Continues” (March 22-28). I’ve yet to see any evidence that the “crackdown” has even begun. Until the 311 answering personnel have a pre-ordained place to put caller complaints, we will never see any action. That is, unless someone gets run over and seriously injured. This is a 311 tactic learned from the previous administration. If residents can’t report it, the City can’t track it. There are real problems. E-bike drivers don’t identify themselves as from any particular restaurant(s). No name tags. City safety reps need to visit each restaurant and take an inventory of

All that remains of the Café Éclair is this fragment of its old sign, which hangs in the office of Landmark West! Photo: Courtesy of Landmark West! delivery bikes. Note: even if e-bike riders wear tags to identify the restaurants, residents will be loath to turn in their source for tasty takeout. Until something is done, keep your eyes open in the back of your head. They’ll be coming at us up and down already crowded sidewalks. Making dogs crazy. The faster they make their deliveries, the faster they can get back and reload.

Hugh G. Upper East Side REMEMBERING CAFÉ ÉCLAIR I moved to the Upper West Side in 1970. Discovered the Café Éclair before very long (“Secrets of the Café Éclair,” March 15-21). Needless to say, I remember the delicious desserts and coffee. But what has remained with me

to this day is a lesson owner Alexander Selinger gave my friend and me one evening. He came over to our table and told us that when placing a knife or spoon into a jar of jam, jelly or preserves, one must make sure it is clean — not having been used to spread butter or cream cheese first. Otherwise, he said, you are contaminating the contents of the jar and it will spoil sooner. I don’t remember exactly why he approached us with the friendly advice, but I’ve kept it in mind ever since, and after reading your article, I contacted my old friend, and he said he too has always remembered to do what we were told way back then. Thanks for reminding me again.

Richard Barr Upper West Side

My favorite memory of the Éclair restaurant was walking there in 1978 with my late first wife Karen and my cousin David Lehrman. “They make wonderful Napoleons there,” said Karen. “Oh?” asked David. “Do they leave out the bony part!”?

Leonard J. Lehrman Valley Stream, NY Loved your article! My German refugee parents lived in Wilmington, Delaware. My memories of visits to Fort Washington to see their childhood friends and gorge on pastries from Eclair will not leave me. I long for a re-creation of the Hazelnut Torte. Any ideas where to find their recipes?

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WALKING THE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW After the transporting AIPAD experience, exhibitions go on at some city galleries BY ANNE KRISTOFF

Adama Delphine Fawundo’s “Intersections.” Photo courtesy of the artist

I spent an afternoon being transported from Broadway and Canal in 1984, to Chicago in 1949, to Memphis in 1968. Nepal, Okinawa, Cape Town. I saw Muhammad Ali boxing underwater, Frida Kahlo “acting clownish,” and The Beatles having a pillow fight. I stood before a mountainous wave as it was about to swallow me whole and beneath a towering sequoia covered in snow. All of this, and much more, was on view at Pier 94 at the 38th edition of The Photography Show, one of the few art shows in the world dedicated to photography as a medium. It is presented by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD). The show ran from April 5-8 and featured 96 galleries and over 30 book sellers from 14 countries and 49 cities. There were three special exhibitions including, “A Time For Reflection,” curated by Sir Elton John, and “All The Power: Visual Legacies of the Black Panther Party,” curated by Michelle Dunn of the Photographic Center Northwest.

While this year’s edition of The Photography Show has wrapped, you can still view many of the works at galleries around New York, including two of the picks listed below. A Nobuyoshi Araki solo retrospective will be on view at The Museum of Sex through the end of August, and Adama Delphine Fawundu will be included in “Refraction: New Photography of Africa and Its Diaspora,” which opens at Steven Kasher Gallery on April 19. I walked the show with legendary subcultures photographer Janette Beckman and Vikki Tobak, photo curator and author of “Contact High,” a forthcoming book about hip-hop contact sheets. Among their picks for “Best in Show:”

Nobuyoshi Araki “Dead Reality” (Little Big Man Gallery and Polaroids at Komiyama Books)

Tobak: Nobuyoshi Araki is a either a genius or a master pornographer, depending on who you ask. To me, he’s both, in the best sense. Little Big Man Gallery has shown his work extensively and honors the Japanese photobook tradition with this series “Dead Reality.” These images of scenes, ruined by developing the prints in boiling fixative, speak to his dedication to analog tradition and also themes of death and destruction. He’s a prolific pho-

tographer who has produced thousands of photographs over the course of his career. Meanwhile Komiyama Books has a portfolio of Araki’s Polaroids of flowers as well as female muses in sexualized poses of “Kinbaku,” Japanese traditional rope bondage. Sex, death, life. Araki is all of those things.

Dorothea Lange, “Towards Los Angeles, Calif.” 1937 (Richard Moore Photographs)

Beckman: Ever since I read the “Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck as a kid ... I always had this image of America and the dusty roads stretching into the nowhere, because you don’t get those vistas in Europe. It’s the dust bowl era. It’s so atmospheric. It looks like they’re carrying all their belongings and they’re heading towards California on a dusty road and there [are] no houses or anything in sight. It’s a really deep picture. Very soulful. It’s a silver gelatin print, not a digital print, and it has all these beautiful mid-tones, blacks and grays that you don’t normally see because everything now, with digital, is so hyper-contrasty and the colors are all turned up and everything is on this kind of hyper plane, as if you’re listening to music with no bass and no treble. It’s a certain pitch. Whereas this has so many waves and tones.

Adama Delphine Fawundu “Intersections” (Steven Kasher Gallery)

Tobak: Delphine started her career photographing the male-centric hip-hop world in the early 90s and those early photos are some of my faves. Her new work shows how she has evolved as a fine artist pushing the boundaries. She is one of the founders of “MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora,” a publication committed to establishing and representing a collective voice of women photographers of African descent. LaToya Ruby Frazier “Woodlawn Street, Braddock, PA” 2010 (Steven Kasher Gallery) Helmut Newton “Rue Aubriot, Yves Saint Laurent, Paris Collections” 1975 (Staley Wise Gallery)

Beckman: I didn’t know who LaToya Ruby Frazier was but I was attracted to the image because it’s a gorgeous, strong woman on the street. Steven Kasher told me that it was an homage to the Helmut Newton photo that was hanging nearby. I was blown away by the synchronicity of the two photos hanging near each other. I just love strong, beautiful women on the street.


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DIGITAL DONNYBROOK ON 66TH STREET BROADBAND Or how a plan to tinker with a streetlight on a crosstown block — to fast-track the city’s wireless technology — met a fierce pocket of resistance on the East Side BY DOUGLAS FEIDEN

The history of New York City can be told in its humble streetlights: First, in the 1760s, there were oil lamps. By the 1820s, they were replaced by gas-fired lights. Then, in 1880, the first electric lights were introduced. Now, the municipal street lighting system is going through yet another transformation. It is being made over into a powerful digital device to usher in the next generation of internet connectivity. Not everyone is in love with the prospect. And on one Upper East Side block — where work crews within days are expected to reconfigure a lone city-owned standard light pole — the backlash has already begun. Thousands of lampposts and traffic poles are being outfitted with small wireless cellular antennas as telecom players

tap into city infrastructure to fuel the turbo-charged growth of broadband and cellular services. The idea is to provide hyperfast, super-reliable mobile coverage and sharply boost capacity in the run-up to 5G, the fifth-generation wireless system, that’s expected to be introduced citywide by 2020. Why place the new technology atop street furniture? The needs of 5G hardware differ from early-generation tech. Traditionally, cell towers were sited far apart, on hills, skyscrapers and apartment buildings. The delivery of new highspeed wireless signals relies on compact equipment, more of it positioned closer to street level, and spaced out every 250 to 550 feet. Bottom line: All of Manhattan is being rewired. Crowned with a 3.5-foot antenna attached to a utility pole, and featuring a high-tech contraption the size of a pizza box or suitcase, the units, installed over the past couple of years, almost never generate notice, fanfare or controversy. That’s changing now on East 66th Street. Residents of the crosstown block between York and First Avenues are alarmed

that a streetlight at mid-block is being reengineered to host a cellular antenna with no advance notice to the community, and directly opposite the entrance to a public elementary school. “We believe it’s a health hazard as the antenna will be emitting constant radio-frequency radiation 24/7,” said Anat Rosenberg, a writer and editor whose second-floor apartment overlooks the streetlight. “And we’re doubly outraged that they’ve been allowed to place the antenna in such clos e proximity to a school – with no notice of any kind to anyone,” she added. “The city is potentially jeopardizing the health of its smallest children.”

NETWORKING AGAINST A NETWORK The center of opposition to the installation is the Hardenbrook House, a condominium at 404 East 66th Street with 13 floors and 250 residents in 150 apartments. The pole is nine feet away from its front door. A few yards away, on the north side of the street, sits P.S. 183, the Robert Louis Stevenson School, at 419 East 66th Street, which teaches 550-plus students, from pre-K to fifth

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grade, in 28 classrooms. Some of the school’s parents and teachers were described as distraught. “The brains of young kids aren’t developed yet,” said Rande Coleman, the president of Hardenbrook House’s condo board and a real estate broker who’s lived in the building since 1976. “People with small children don’t want them exposed to potentially dangerous electromagnetic fields, and residents don’t want radiation right next to our building,” Coleman added. “This is not like a microwave oven that you can simply turn on or off. This is a 24-7 operation.” Neighbors say they were alerted to the project when work crews with jackhammers began preliminary site work, including micro-trenching under the sidewalk, at 7 a.m. on March 24. Other crews returned over the next three weeks, and a city franchisee, ExteNet Systems, confirmed it would install the antenna at some point in April. Despite neighborhood fears, the American Cancer Society contends there’s “very little evidence” to support a connection between cell towers and cancer risk. Still, 180 scientists and doctors from 35 countries in 2017 called for a moratorium on the rollout of 5G until potential hazards could be fully researched. The city says there is zero cause for alarm: “The great majority of installations are only noticed by New Yorkers when their cell service improves, and we’re happy to work with the community to answer their questions and assuage concerns,” said Stephanie Raphael, a spokesperson for the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. Known as DoITT, the city agency that handles technological upgrades says there are “no health or safety hazards related to this pole or the other light pole installations across the city.” It says all pole installations are in “strict compliance with federal standards.” But federal precedence curbs city clout. Not only does the Federal Communications Commission set safety and emissions standards, but the city is “preempted” from making decisions “based on perceived health or safety concerns,” DoITT documents show.

A new wireless cellular antenna mounted on a streetlight at the southeast corner of First Avenue and East 66th Street. It’s just down the block from another light pole, at 404 East 66th Street, where residents are trying to block the installation of an antenna across the street from an elementary school. Photo courtesy of Anat Rosenberg The agency confirmed no advanced notice was provided on 66th Street before work began, saying the installation “did not require any notifications.” In a statement, DoITT said it is “happy to conduct radio-frequency testing on this pole in particular to assuage any specific concerns once construction is completed.” But Hardenbrook House residents are seeking to block the project. They circulated a Change.org petition, urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to “Stop the Installation of a Cellular Antenna Opposite PS 183!” So far, their 104 signatures include the building’s superintendent, a doorman, two of three condo board members and several parents at the school. Community Board 8 is watching closely, said Will Brightbill, its district manager. “CB 8 expects the city and franchisee to be in compliance with all federal, state and local laws to protect the safety of Board 8 residents, tourists and New Yorkers citywide,” he said. Options appear limited. Occasionally, that’s proved vexing for East Side City Council

Member Ben Kallos, an attorney who’s studied legal issues involving wireless. “I have spent more time than I care to admit researching the case law surrounding the placement of antennas in response to these concerns — only to be frustrated by the federal preemption permitting placement anywhere subject to limited zoning restrictions,” Kallos added. As a result, unbeknownst to most New Yorkers, a vast network of 1,611 cellular antenna units has been assembled on Manhattan street poles, with 1,209 of them on avenues and intersections. More recently, 402 have been placed on cross streets, DoITT data shows. “I am by no means a technophobe,” said Omer Berger, a software developer and Rosenberg’s husband. “But the burden is on the city to prove this technology isn’t harmful to my family — rather than on me as a taxpaying citizen to prove that it is harmful.” invreporter@strausnews.com


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A GRANDDAUGHTER BEARS WITNESS FILMS Director Serena Dykman retraces her grandmother’s story of survival in Auschwitz and how past atrocities can shape our future BY ALIZAH SALARIO

Every film about the Holocaust reminds us to never forget. Very few articulate what it takes to always remember. “NANA,” (First Run Features) the debut film from Serena Dykman, documents her journey as she and her mother Alice retrace her grandmother’s story of survival, from her childhood in Poland to Auschwitz, where she was forced to translate for the “Angel of Death” Josef Mengele, to her postwar life in Belgium. Dykman, who was raised in Paris and Brussels and graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, says she wanted to make the film when she finally read her grandmother’s memoir, the day after the Charlie

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Maryla Michalowski-Dyamant as seen in “NANA.” Courtesy of First Run Features Hebdo attack in January 2015. “I didn’t realize what she lived and what she stood for, and the activist that she was. I think the combination of being in Paris during that time [of the Charlie Hebdo attack], and reading the memoir made me very angry to see that people like my grandmother did such amazing and important work, but so many survivors are already gone and can’t do that job anymore. I just felt like I had

her testimony is by turns lifeaffirming and humorous, bonechilling and incomprehensible. She recalls thanking the guard who tattooed a number on her arm because she understood this meant she would be allowed to live. She describes the fear that infused every interaction with Mengele, then calls him a very handsome man. She captures both the barbarism and sacrifice that humans are capable of. Michalowski-Dyamant told her story again and again, yet could never capture the totality of her experience. For skeptics, Dykman’s youth is one of the film’s strengths. This is a story of Holocaust survival, but also a master class in transmission. The film’s first image is a home video of a newborn Dykman, cradled by her mother as her grandmother looks on. Through her testimony, Michalowski-Dyamant projected the past into the future, transcribing it onto pages darkened by new shadows of authoritarianism. NANA’s story is now Dykman’s story, and, the film seems to suggest, it must be ours, too.

to do something about it,” says Dykman, who was eleven when she lost her grandmother. Three and half weeks later, Dykman began shooting “NANA.” At first, she says, people were skeptical; it was hard to be taken seriously as a 22-year-old tackling the Holocaust. Dykman made sure her grandmother’s story was told from a transgenerational perspective, from her grandmother to her mother to herself. Then Dykman got an unexpected boon. She began receiving footage from all over the world of her grandmother, Maryla Michalowski-Dyamant. After the war, MichalowskiDyamant devoted her life to sharing her story, sitting for interviews and returning to Auschwitz to educate visitors. Her testimony became part of her survival, and it boomeranged back to her granddaughter. Dykman wound up with nearly 100 hours of her grandmother’s testimony, which she juxtaposes with interviews and footage of her own trip to Auschwitz. Michalowski-Dyamant is compelling on camera, and

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Business WHERE TO SHOP FOR FUN AND HEALTH and that’s because it does, kind of. With hundreds of locations sprinkled throughout NYC, it is one of the largest independent grocery stores around. It’s almost too big to fall into this category. However, C-Town does carry options that are organic and locally sourced. Stores are clean and inviting, and with a membership rewards program that mimics corporate grocery stores, C-Town is a convenient and affordable place to shop.

FOOD Four Manhattan go-to places for nutritious and well-sourced groceries BY LIZ RICHARDS

When I first moved to New York, the question I got most often from friends and family back home was, “Where do you do your grocery shopping?” The assumption was that I had to stock up at Whole Foods, whose prices can be steep for a millennial grad student/ waitress/aspiring writer, or wait endlessly in line at Trader Joe’s. Don’t get me wrong, I love both of those places. The occasional splurge on raw almonds from Whole Foods or a leisurely day out at Trader Joe’s are two of my favorite ways to spend time. But for day-to-day food shopping, it’s essential to have a few go-to places for fast and affordable groceries that are nutritious and sourced well. Here are a few of my favorite spots:

4th Street Food Co-Op This Lower East Side gem has been a hidden staple of the community for over forty years. In recent years, they’ve gone completely vegetarian, but not vegan. That means that they are the perfect not-so-secret shop for organic produce that is locally sourced whenever possible, a robust selection of bulk grains (plus two different coffee roasts, a variety of snack mixes, flours, cocoa, and more), herbal

VACANCY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 but a recent report found that in spite of this threat, the penalty is rarely imposed and compliance among property owners is low. In all of San Francisco, just 25 vacant storefronts were registered with the city in 2016 — “clearly an understated amount,” according to a January 2018 report prepared by a city analyst. Other municipalities have adopted similar vacancy policies with fee schedules that escalate the longer a storefront remains empty. The Borough of Metuchen, N.J., for example, charges an initial registration fee of $500 that increases with each annual renewal, reaching $5,000 by the third

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teas, oils and a few packaged organic snacks. It is a small and modest space, but packed with all of the essentials for your cupboard. The best part about the 4th Street Food Co-Op? Unlike most food co-ops throughout the city, they are open to the public. They accept both working and non-working memberships (which come with proportional discounts) but any and everyone is welcome and encouraged to shop there.

A fixture of Union Square, Garden of Eden is a prime destination for NYU and New School students because of its locale — and a student discount in light of slightly higher prices. Walking into this store feels like walking into an open market. The produce is bountiful, beautifully displayed and very well-maintained. The store has a wide selection of breads, meats and chees-

renewal. The borough may waive the fee if “a consistent good faith effort is shown to market, rent, sell, or lease” the storefront. The ordinance notes that merely placing a “for rent or lease” sign in a storefront does not in and of itself meet the requirements of such a good faith effort. Lawmakers in other cities, including Berkeley, Calif., and Boston have also raised the possibility of implementing a commercial vacancy tax. A retail vacancy tax in New York City would face opposition from the real estate industry and would likely require approval from the state. The Real Estate Board of New York swiftly panned the idea in the wake of de Blasio’s comments. “The City’s retail environment is going through a transition primarily due to macro-

market forces, like Amazon, and increasingly unfriendly local regulations,” REBNY President John H. Banks said in an emailed statement. “Property owners take a substantial financial hit when they are unable to secure a tenant. A vacancy tax, premised on a flawed set of assumptions, will punish owners further and do nothing to address vacancy.” A retail vacancy tax would take aim at one specific condition that can lead to long-term vacancies — landlords holding properties empty until a tenant willing to pay their asking rent comes along — but speculation is just one of a variety of reasons storefronts become and stay vacant, which can differ by neighborhood, commercial corridor and individual storefront. The city does not comprehensively

es. They also have a food bar, baked goods and sushi. Garden of Eden is one of the largest local grocery stores in the area and the presentation is one of the best. It’s easily accessible from Union Square or Fifth Ave, and is an all-around great place to shop.

C-Town The name sounds like C-Town should belong to a big chain grocery store,

track retail vacancies or their causes. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who is supportive of a vacancy tax in principle, has advocated for better data collection by city agencies as a first step. “Unless we quantify the problem before, during and after we attempt to enact a solution, how will we be able to assess our success and how to best proceed in combating commercial vacancy in our neighborhoods?” Brewer said at a City Council hearing on the topic in December. “So the bottom line is we really need the data and we really need the agencies to help us gather it.” A December City Council report outlines a number of other potential policies intended to reduce the vacancy rate in Manhattan retail corridors,

No list of favorite local grocery stores would be complete without this legend. The world-famous establishment has called 80th and Broadway home for generations and is still a great place to shop. Better known for their coffee, deli classics and overall cultural significance, Zabar’s is also a wonderful grocery store. The deli is superior, boasting an unbelievable display of packaged meats, soups, salads and more. The produce is clean and well-stocked. Zabar’s bagels and breads department is extraordinarily fresh. Not only is this a community staple and a one-of-a-kind experience, it’s also a fun and fully functional grocery store for Upper West Siders. The city is full of options for grocery shopping. It’s easier here than anywhere to shop locally, affordably, responsibly and — most important — deliciously. In every corner of the city there are fun and fresh places to shop to stock our cupboards and fuel our busy lives. Happy eating!

including one idea to offer a tax abatement or subsidy to landlords willing to enter into leases with renewal riders setting a maximum threshold for rent increase — a carrot, in contrast to the stick of a penalty fee for vacancies. In the meantime, the retail leasing market has shown signs of a correction. Average asking rents dropped in 13 of 17 high-profile retail corridors tracked by REBNY from fall 2016 to fall 2017, the most recent data available. Price reductions were significant in many key corridors over the period, decreasing by 25 percent on Bleecker Street in the West Village, by 15 percent on Broadway in SoHo, and by 16 percent on Columbus Avenue on the Upper West Side.


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CENSUS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 What’s at stake? The census aims to count every resident of the country every ten years and is mandated by the Constitution. Seats in the House of Representatives are apportioned to each state based on the results. The city and state use the data to determine where to direct resources and project future needs for infrastructure, education and other critical areas. “In order for any government to provide services it has to know who it’s serving,” said Marisa Lago, director of the New York City Department of City Planning. Census data is also used by the federal government in determining how to distribute funding for programs among the states. “The federal government funnels $53 billion to New York state through programs that are dependent upon the census,” Lago said, noting that population-based formulas govern funding allocations for a diverse array of federal programs, including school breakfasts for low-income students, funding to support people with disabilities and homeland security.

Why is NYC a challenge for census takers? “Urban areas — and in particular, poorer urban areas — are notoriously hard to enumerate properly,” Lago said. J. Phillip Thompson, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, said that the city conducts extensive outreach efforts to engage communities that might otherwise not participate in the census. “I think New York is always undercounted, and one reason is that we have a large number of doubled-up households in New York City, and those folks are scared to report to the landlord [that] they’re on the lease,” Thompson said. Suspicion among immigrant populations of submitting personal information to the government, homelessness, language barriers and informal housing arrangements like illegal basement dwellings and subdivided apartments are a few of the challenges facing census enumerators, who are tasked with counting individuals regardless of their legal or residential status. “The census doesn’t care about the legality of where you live, it just wants to know where people live,” Lago said.

What steps does the city take to

“ICE has its own data. They know where immigrant populations live. They don’t need to rely on the census for that information.” Bitta Mostofi, acting commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

ensure an accurate count? Demographers within the Department of City Planning work closely with the U.S. Census Bureau to disseminate the census to as many residents as possible. The starting point for the distribution of census forms is a list of addresses compiled by the Census Bureau, which the city works to bolster. “The census is mailed to addresses,” Lago said. “If the Census Bureau doesn’t have your address, you’re never going to get the form and you don’t have the possibility of being counted.” The city sends staff into the field to search for addresses not included in the list provided by the Census Bureau, looking for signs of residences in commercial districts and other nonresidential areas, which might include extra doorbells or satellite dishes. “We are able to report back to the Census Bureau around 100,000 additional addresses,” Lago said. After the census officially kicks off in March 2020, the Department of City Planning will work with the Census Bureau in real time to monitor response rates and request that resources be directed toward increasing engagement in areas where undercounting is suspected. “We as a city and other urban areas are always going to be tougher to enumerate than a wealthy suburb,” Lago said. “This year though, we have the additional overlay of a federal climate that is hostile to immigrants, coupled with the citizenship question.”

If the citizenship question is included, will undocumented immigrants be at increased risk of deportation by participating in the census? On March 26, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross directed the Census Bureau to include a question about respondents’ citizenship in the 2020 Census. “Prior decennial census surveys of the entire United States population consistently asked citizenship questions up until 1950, and Census Bureau surveys of sample populations continue to ask citizenship questions to this day,” Ross wrote in a memo on the deci-

sion. The Justice Department requested that the question be included on the grounds that it would help enforce the Voting Rights Act, but critics have said it is intended to decrease immigrant turnout and impact congressional apportionment. Thompson called the Voting Rights Act explanation “entirely specious.” “This seems to be nothing else than a partisan political move aimed at cities like New York and other cities with large immigrant populations, to try and bolster one political party’s power over another,” Thompson said. New York City was home to 3.2 million immigrants as of 2015 — 38 percent of the city’s total population — an estimated 750,000 of whom were undocumented. Roughly one million households in the city include at least one undocumented person. Census data is aggregated and anonymized, and individual responses are subject to strict confidentiality protections. The city will work to inform immigrant communities of these protections and combat the misconception that citizenship data could be used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to target immigrants for deportation. “ICE has its own data,” said Bitta Mostofi, acting commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. “They know where immigrant populations live,” Mostofi said. “They don’t need to rely on the census for that information. This is more about the chilling effect and fear that it is intended to perpetuate and less about, frankly, their need for such information — they have that.” City officials will focus on educational efforts to inform immigrants that completing the census does not put them at increased risk. “I think the intent of including the question is to drive immigrants underground, and the best way to fight that is actually to stand up and be counted and to resist that effort to try and make immigrants invisible,” Thompson said.


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SUSTAINING CINEMA IN THE CITY The deputy director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center on fostering his passion BY ANGELA BARBUTI

Eugene Hernandez has been to so many film festivals he’s lost count. “When you go, they often give you these little plastic badges that you wear around your neck and for over 25 years, that’s the one keepsake I have from each of my festivals. They’re in boxes, in my closet, hanging up on hangers. There’s hundreds of them,” he said of the mementos that grace his Hell’s Kitchen apartment, the same one he moved into in 1994 when the California native started work for ABC TV. His penchant for film began during his student days at UCLA, attending screenings at the university’s student union. Hernandez would eventually run the office that scheduled programming there. Once in New York, the world of cinema opened up to him in a different way. “I was intrigued ... because, it turns out, a lot of my favorite movies were made in New York ... ‘Paris is Burning,’ ‘Do the Right Thing,’ ‘Metropolitan.’ There were so many movies that were so important to me that were rooted in New York. So I had this cinematic view of the city.” His job at ABC was in walking distance form the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and he would frequently

attend screenings there on his way home. IndieWire, the online film publication he started in 1996, was born from his growing passion. Now, as deputy director of the Film Society, Hernandez cultivates his dedication to the art every day. Besides running the Film Society’s day-to-day aspects, he oversees special events and programs, including a dozen film festivals a year, and serves as co-publisher of the institution’s magazine “Film Comment.” Hernandez is now gearing up for The New York Film Festival, the Film Society’s biggest event, which starts in late September and run through midOctober. He’s also planning its most important fundraising event of the year, the Chaplin Award Gala, scheduled for April 30, at which Helen Mirren will be honored.

Have you always been a movie buff? I became more focused on movies during college. I went to UCLA. As a student, I just started watching movies on the weekend at the Student Union. Screenings were like a dollar or two dollars. So I just started experimenting and watching movies I had never heard of, the kind of movies you watch on college campuses like “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” or “Blue Velvet” or John Waters movies. Those were the typical college campus in the ‘80s midnight movies. And I think it was these kinds of movies you would watch with 1,000 people in an

auditorium that had this communal movie-going experience that changed my perspective. And when I started seeing movies coming out of the Sundance Film Festival in the late ‘80s, early ‘90s, like “Poison” or “Paris is Burning,” “Reservoir Dogs,” those are the kinds of movies that really opened me up to independent film.

Tell us about the beginnings of IndieWire. I was in New York working for television, but had this growing passion for movies. I have to mention the place I work now because it’s integral to the story of IndieWire. Down the street from ABC is Lincoln Center. And I just started going to movies at the Film Society because it was on my way home from work. There was just so much happening in New York in the early to mid-90s in independent film production. So the idea for IndieWire was born out of creating a publication that would champion new filmmakers and films. It was a startup, with no funding and no investors.

Did you ever think the site would grow into what it is today? I couldn’t have imagined that it would become anything, because I didn’t imagine it as anything more than a passion or a hobby. It wasn’t meant to be a company. Through the support of the film community here and other filmmakers, it grew, and eventually I left my job at ABC to work

on it full time. We gott a point in the early 2000s where we e couldn’t even afford an office. There were three of us. We were all working from home and having our work meetings eetings at Starbucks and sending our ur mail to a post office box. We struggled; gled; the dotcom crash happened in n the late ‘90s and the seccond dot-com crash happened in 2007. We finally had to get an investor, and we sold the company to Ted Leonsis and Steve Case, the guys who started AOL. A nd t hat was what really stabilized the company. It’s in such a great place now, owned by Jay Penske at PMC.

You are started at the Film Society as director of digital strategy. What are some initiatives you’ve worked on so far that you’re most proud of? I am, without question, most proud of these new initiatives that I feel really enrich the mission of the organization. We re-energized an education program here. In the history of this organization, which will be 50 years old next year, education was a key program very early on. From the very beginning, it took filmmakers into local schools. It took Martin Scorsese into high schools. It brought students to Lincoln Center to watch movies. So we brought that back because when we opened the film center in 2011, we realized that it was an opportunity to re-engage the city and the Upper West Side and Lincoln Center in our mission. So I started organizing free events, free talks. I’m very proud of the free events that we do in our film center all the time and daily during the New York Film Festival, because sometimes people just needed to be invited in.

Who is a memorable person you’ve met through your career?

Eugene Hernandez, deputy director of the Film Society of Lincoln, with the film director Sofia Coppola. Photo: Mettie Ostrowski

The first person that came to mind was John Waters, and I think it’s because, as I mentioned, his films were so important to me as a college kid. He was just doing something totally different in Baltimore and I found his movies just so outrageous, funny and totally distinctive. So when I came to the Film Society, one of the first programs I was thrilled to collaborate on with my colleagues and our director of programming, Dennis Lim, was a complete retrospective of John Waters’s films on the occasion of his 50th year making movies. So we had John

Photo: Getty Images here at Lincoln Center and showed every single movie, including his short films and stuff from his personal collection. Movies he had stored in his attic in Baltimore, and he lives here in the West Village as well. He’s a huge cinephile; he comes to movies here at the Film Society. By way of Baltimore, he’s such a unique New Yorker.

You were honored on Out Magazine’s Out100 list. What did that recognition mean to you? When I was included, I was invited to stand alongside Christine Vachon, another really amazing and influential New Yorker. She’s arguably the leading independent film producer in the city. She produced “Poison,” and films by so many other filmmakers that I’ve grown to respect and gotten to know in New York. So when the magazine asked me to stand alongside her for a photo for their Out100 issue, it was just a tremendous honor, because she is someone whose work as a producer has had such a dramatic influence on me personally. We stood there as representatives of an entire film community, an entire LGBT community in New York, a creative community here, and of so many amazing filmmakers who Christine has produced or I’ve been able to interview or champion or celebrate, both at IndieWire and now at Lincoln Center.

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