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The intersection of Whitehall Street with State Street and Water Street in the Financial District includes an “exclusive pedestrian phase” signal that stops traffic for pedestrians in all directions. Photo: Michael Garofalo

DANCING IN THE STREETS? SAFETY DOT to study “pedestrian scramble” crossing model at dangerous intersections BY MICHAEL GAROFALO

Pedestrian safety advocates are hoping that a new law will bring an old way of crossing the street back into vogue. If the legislation’s supporters get their wish, pedestrians walking diagonally from corner to corner while vehicles are stopped in all directions could soon become a common sight at some of Manhattan’s busiest intersections. Legislation passed unanimously by the City Council last week requires the Department of Transportation to explore the implementation of Barnes Dance crossings at high-crash intersections. Under the Barnes Dance crossing model, also commonly referred to as a pedestrian scramble, traffic signals include a phase that halts vehicles in all directions, allowing walkers

to cross intersections as they please. “One in four of the crashes that kill or seriously injure people happens in the crosswalk when the pedestrian or the bicyclist has the right of way,” Council Member Helen Rosenthal, one of the bill’s sponsors, said in a telephone interview after the legislation was passed. “As I learned about the different street engineering ideas, the Barnes Dance stood out as something that could make a real difference addressing exactly this problem.” The Barnes Dance takes its name from Henry Barnes, who served as New York City’s traffic commissioner in the 1960s and implemented the signal pattern at a number of prominent crossings during his tenure. The Dance fell out of favor with transportation planners in the decades after Barnes’ death in 1968, but in recent years the scramble has been reintroduced in several cities, including Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

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During his third annual district-wide address, Council Member Corey Johnson touted his accomplishments and spoke out against President Donald Trump. Photo courtesy of Johnson’s office

JOHNSON’S ADDRESS TAKES NATIONAL TONE COMMUNITY At his annual summit, the council member warns about the city under Trump, and announces winners of the participatory budgeting vote BY MADELEINE THOMPSON

During his third annual West Side Summit at the Whitney Museum last Wednesday night, Council Member Corey Johnson addressed constituents of District 3 from Greenwich Village to the lower end of the Upper

West Side. Based on the long list of his accomplishments and local improvements Johnson recited for the crowd, District 3 is thriving, but these positives were followed by dire warnings of what could happen to the city under President Donald Trump. “I believe that in the not-too-distant future, Americans of all stripes and people around the world are going to ask each other, ‘what did you do in 2017 when an authoritarian, autocratic, demagogue, pathological liar rose to power?’” Johnson said. “When our children and grandchildren look back at the time we’re living in right 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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now ... each of one us, I hope, will be able to say that we were part of the resistance.” The audience seemed to agree with their representative, cheering loudly for this declaration and for Johnson’s attempt to force the release of Trump’s tax returns through a bill requiring information about his golf club in the Bronx. Special guests including former state senator Tom Duane and Comptroller Scott Stringer made appear-

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CROWDFUNDING PSYCHEDELICS HEALTH NYU researchers are studying psilocybin’s use in treating depression and alcoholism BY MICHAEL GAROFALO

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center are turning to the public to support clinical research on the use of psychedelic drugs for treating anxiety, depression and addiction. Fundamental, a crowdsourcing campaign based in New York, recently began efforts to fund ongoing studies at the forefront of psychedelic medicine, including two at NYU Langone. The campaign has raised over $18,000 of its $500,000 goal since it launched on May 9. One of the NYU studies, led by Dr. Michael Bogenschutz, aims to explore the use of psilocybin — the psyche-

delic compound found in so-called “magic” mushrooms — in treating alcoholism. Bogenschutz hopes to build on an earlier study he conducted, which found that alcoholic patients consumed alcohol less frequently and in lesser quantities after a 12-week course of therapy accompanied by two psilocybin sessions. The followup study is underway at NYU and partially funded; Fundamental aims to deliver the remaining funding required to complete the study. Though the research is promising, funding studies through conventional avenues has proven difficult. Most medication development research is funded by the pharmaceutical industry or the federal government, primarily through the National Institutes of Health. Pharmaceutical companies have shied away from funding studies exploring drugs like psilocybin and LSD because securing exclusive marketing rights for the drugs would likely prove elusive. Additionally, research suggests that patients treated with psychedelics may experience longterm benefits after only a handful of treatments. “It’s hard to see how you would make money off of a drug that people only have to take a couple of times,” Bogenschutz said. The NIH often plays a role in funding

research of potential value that, for lack of profit motive or other reasons, is not pursued by the private market — an umbrella that studies like those at NYU would seem to fit comfortably under, were it not for most psychedelic drugs’ Schedule I status under federal law. By definition, Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use, and lack evidence of safety when used under medical supervision. NIH has been reluctant to commit public funds to researching substances that are scheduled and, in some circles, remain controversial due to lingering cultural stigma dating to the Wild West days of psychedelic use in the 1960s. “The fact of the matter is that classic hallucinogens like psilocybin are not addictive,” Bogenschutz said. He added that psychedelics are not without dangers and can be abused, but that such risks are mitigated in the controlled settings in which clinical studies are performed. Due to these roadblocks, researchers exploring potential clinical applications for psychedelic drugs have had to turn to alternative sources like nonprofits and private donors to support their work. These barriers to traditional funding sources prompted Rodrigo Niño to launch Fundamental. As the CEO of

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CRIME WATCH BY MARIA ROCHA-BUSCHEL STATS FOR THE WEEK Reported crimes from the 10th precinct Week to Date

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A 60-year-old motorist reported that she was rear-ended by another driver who ďŹ&#x201A;ed the scene while she was stopped at the southwest corner of 11th Avenue and West 34th Street Friday, May 12, at 5:40 p.m. Police said that she was at a traffic light when another vehicle slammed into the back of her car, whose driver ďŹ&#x201A;ed. There were no reports of damage.

Police arrested a 52-year-old man and 36-year-old woman for criminal possession of a weapon after they were caught trespassing inside the Amtrak rail yard on West 38th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues Friday, May 12, at 12:10 a.m. Police searched the pair, who were found to both be in possession of a controlled substance. Police said that the woman also had a knife, which she told police she carries for protection. According to police, the woman has a prior conviction in New York State.

Police arrested two men in their 20s after the pair allegedly punched a third, a 31-year-old, at the southwest corner of Ninth Avenue and West 39th Street Sunday, May 14, at 4:45 a.m. Police said that the two men verbally harassed the victim before punching him in the face. The victim told police that he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know the two men and no further information was available about what started the dispute.

Police arrested a 21-year-old woman for assault in front of Marquee at 289 10th Ave. Saturday, May, 13, at 2:41 a.m. Police said that the suspect punched a 32-year-old woman who was walking into the club. No information was available about what prompted the attack. Police said that the assault caused pain, swelling and redness to the left side of the victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face.

A 44-year-old woman told police that her lost wallet was returned to a booth clerk at the 14th Street/Eighth Avenue station with $600 missing Thursday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. She told police that she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think the wallet was stolen and she may have dropped it when she was hugging someone.

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COLLEGES OPEN DOORS FOR SUMMER PROGRAMS Kids can attend camp at Berklee School of Music, a DNA lab upstate or a science facility in the San Francisco Bay Area BY KATHERINE ROTH

After most college students have packed up and moved out of their dorms for the summer, many campuses and research centers across the country stay open, making their dorms and other facilities available to kids eager for academic summer adventure. Campuses are home to a wide range of summer camp programs, some run by private groups that lease the college facilities, and others run by the colleges or research centers themselves. “Summer is a great time for kids to learn about what we do, and spend 20 to 30 hours a week getting hands-on lab experience and doing experiments,” says Amanda McBrien, assistant director of DNA Learning Center in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. It’s a branch of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, famous for groundbreaking genetics research. “We now offer a suite of weeklong day camps,

starting the summer after fifth grade and running through senior year in high school,” she says. “If a student is interested, they could come here for a week every summer starting in middle school and do something new and exciting each time, and by the end of high school they would have done more hands-on biology labs than they’ll probably do as undergraduates, if they’re even in a molecular biology program. It’s cool.” She said many of the kids who sign up for Cold Spring Harbor’s program do a variety of short, focused camps for the summer. “They’ll spend a week here getting deep into science, then they’ll leave here and do something completely different, like a week of robotics or space camp at NASA,” she says. For the musically inclined, the Berklee College of Music, in Boston, opens its doors in summer for intensive camps for kids as young as 12 who have a minimum of six months of musical training. Campers can spend their days doing a mix of small group lessons, music theory and ear training. Finding oneself part of a small group with a specific and shared passion can be transforma-


MAY 18-24,2017 tive for children and teenagers, parents say. “Our son thrived at the Berklee summer program, which helps students find their musical and creative voice by enabling them to play with musicians from all over the world and varying degrees of experience and training,” said Carol Rose of Boston. “The investment paid off: He’s a successful professional bassist.” The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, meanwhile, offers day camps and residential programs at campuses across the country in a range of subjects for kids in grades two through 12. Students can explore everything from anatomy to zoology. Stephanie Stiker of Greenwich, Connecticut, said her 11-year-old enjoyed the CTY camp on the campus of Washington College, in Chestertown, Maryland, and the experience of staying in the dorms. “CTY gave our son the chance to do a deep dive into robotics, where they programmed actual robots to make decisions and try to outwit each other. He also did his own laundry and managed his free time, all while making friends with

Chelsea News|Chelsea Clinton News chelseanewsny.com whom he shared the same interests,” she said. This summer, her son is returning to the camp, this time to study forensics. For students 14 and up who are interested in English as a second language, Concordia College in Minnesota offers a chance to get a feel for American life; summer campers stay in the dorms, study English on campus and, off campus, visit farms, attend barbecues and baseball games, and more. On the West Coast, The Lawrence Hall of Science, part of the University of California, Berkeley campus, offers summer camps for kids age 4 through high school. For those who want to emphasize sports instead of academics, the campus of the State University of New York at Purchase might be just the thing. A private group called Future Stars runs day camps at Purchase and three college campuses on Long Island, focusing on everything from tennis and soccer to circus arts and even magic 101 for kids ranging from preschool to 12th grade.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR THE BIKE DEBATE Douglas Feiden opens his article with an interesting, but unsupported statement: “Bicycles ... are swiftly multiplying on the streets of Manhattan” (“The Age of the Bike Controversy,” May 11-17). How “swiftly?” And are they in fact multiplying at all? Even if we assume some level of increase, it is certainly not to the degree that the bike lobby has claimed for years that it would be. When the first stretch of bike lane on Columbus Avenue was installed, and there was precious little increase in bicycle usage, the bike lob-

by claimed that it was because the bike lane was not complete. When the bike lane was completed, and the expected huge increase did not occur, the excuse was that it was finished during the fall/winter season. When the warm season came — and the expected increase still did not come — the bike lobby was suspiciously silent. Any increase that it has seen is not nearly what the bike lobby claimed would occur. I am not against bikes: I ride mine every day. But doing so has only proved to me that whatever “multiplying” has occurred has been

anything but “swift,” and is actually comparably negligible. Ian Alterman Upper West Side Beginning in 2007 I have been an advocate, writing published letters all to do with the bike situation. Since that time I have been a believer in licensing bikes and very vocal about it. When it hits you in the pocket perhaps there will be some of these selfish, arrogant bikers who will change their mindset; plus think of the extra funds for the city. I am not young and had many near hits, but the most frightening was walking out of my building one day and a man wearing a suit and a helmet rode directly in front of me — what a heart-stopper. He should have

known better. Our former DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and former Mayor Bloomberg were in love with bikes and bike lanes. How often did they attempt to step in a bike lane or cross a street to find that bikers feel they own the road, going through red lights, against traffic and on the sidewalk? I notice that the Citi Bike riders are quick learners. They, too, are doing the same. Is there no one to help pedestrians of all ages? Bunny Abraham Upper West Side

TOWN HALL CROWD How can the direction of an important article (“UWS Residents Decry

Proposed Supertall Building,” May 11-17) be subverted in the first three words [“Around 80 people ... “] of the article? This happened to be a very important neighborhood meeting with regard to the proposed skyscraper [at 200 Amsterdam Avenue]. The location was moved to accommodate the increased interest/attendance for the town hall meeting. Put another way, 80 does not do any kind of justice to the actual number of attendees, and seems to minimize neighborhood and civic interest. The larger venue held far more than the 80, and chairs were being added for most of the several presentations to accommodate arriving individuals. Manfred Fuchs Upper West Side

TRANSITIONING EAST SIDE OBSERVER BY ARLENE KAYATT

Where the bus doesn’t stop — Riders who take the uptown M101, M102, M103 on 14th Street and Third Ave may think they’ve hit pay dirt with a bus stop on the northeast AND the southeast corners. Odd for sure but maybe to accommodate the busy location. Not so fast. Yes, there are two stops, but buses stop only at the southeast corner. Good old MTA has a huge yellow sign pasted on the kiosk of the original bus stop on the northeast corner announcing that THIS IS THE STOP. Believe it at your peril — you’ll never get to where you’re going if you do. The bus stops ONLY at the southeast corner. So why the misinformation? You won’t find out from the driver (when you get on the bus at the southeast corner). When asked why the two stops and why the sign, his profound and helpful retort: “You’re on the bus now, right?” Wrong. It’s really simple to get this one right. Streets alive again — New businesses are back on the block and opening where once there was emptiness.

The block between 88th and 89th on the west side of Third Ave is coming alive again with the opening of Siena, an Italian restaurant wine bar where the Starlight Diner once was. And mid-block, where Vanilla beauty salon once was, Roma Pizza is opening a second location several stores down from its corner sit-down/takeout pizzeria. Between the old and new locations is an empty store and Wok 88. Don’t know if the corner store will close or if there will be two Roma pizzerias on the same block. My guess is that the new one will be a full service restaurant, and the other will remain a sit-down/take-out. Another Italian restaurant opening on Lexington Ave between 90th and 91st — Marinara — is in the space previously occupied by a kosher pizzeria. In Gramercy, hadn’t noticed that Sal Anthony’s had opened on the northwest corner of Third between 19th and 20th. There was this big splash of white that wasn’t there before — and then it was. It turned out to be the return of an old local favorite. The original Irving Place location lost its lease in a rent dispute years ago. Sal Anthony has other businesses in the Gramercy area — not only a restaurant. And it’s good to have the old

back as new. New game in town — At Third Ave, between 54th 55th Streets, the storefront once occupied by Sam Flax art store — which closed several years ago — will soon be home to Title Boxing Club. The fitness center, replete with punching bags and all things boxing, is opening its second location in Manhattan on the ground floor of the office building at 900 Third, opposite the FDR Post Office and boxed in by Chipotle on one corner and Bank of America on the other. The first location is in the far West 30’s. Interesting commercial enterprises evolving in our town. No doubt that Equinox, with gyms all over Manhattan, will get into the ring and go for the title. Judge time — Upper East Siders who made the cut and came out of the New York Democratic Committee Screening Panel and who are hoping to be on the ballot in November (unless there’s a Primary) are Suzanne Adams, Ariel Chesler and James Clynes. They and the other candidates will learn later this month who gets the party’s nomination. Then the public judging begins.

There are stops for the uptown-bound M101, M102 and M103 buses on both the northeast and southeast corners of Third Avenue and 14th Street. Wait to board on the northeast one and you’ll miss your ride. Photo: Mtattrain, via Wikimedia Commons

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Floodwaters surged into the Manhattan entrance to the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Future storm events were frequent topics at the Waterfront Alliance’s Waterfront Conference last week. Photo: Jay Fine, via Wikimedia Commons.

KEEPING THE WATERS AT BAY PLANNING City’s waterfront being compromised by Trump administration’s environmental policies, conference attendees say BY MADELEINE THOMPSON

New York City has more than 500 miles of coastline, leading some to refer to the expansive network of waterways as the city’s sixth borough. Protecting and taking full advantage of this resource was the focus at the Waterfront Alliance’s annual Waterfront Conference Wednesday, May 10. The daylong gathering, aboard the Hornblower Infinity on the Hudson River, convened experts and stakeholders on panels that explored maritime job opportunities, climate change and the harvesting of offshore energy sources. While there was plenty of talk about specific steps that could be taken to mitigate the effects of rising sea level and to improve the city’s resilience, a broader tone of anxiety reigned, attributable, the panelists said, to the Trump administration’s approach to environmental policy. Marcia Bystryn, the president of the New York League of Conservation Voters, called President Donald Trump’s view about climate change “a real problem” but suggested that Congress could help thwart some of the administration’s more radical environmental policy changes. “You might not agree with [U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin of Long Island] on many things, but he is passionate about cleaning up Long Island Sound ... because his constituents care

about cleaning up Long Island Sound,” she said, alluding to the second-term Suffolk County Republican. In her keynote address, U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, whose district includes Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn neighborhoods inundated during Hurricane Sandy, was more circumspect. She said any accomplishments that have been made to preserve and protect the city’s waterways are being undone by the Trump administration. “I am profoundly troubled that many of [Trump’s] environmental policies will turn back the clock on the progress we have made,” she said. “This president has proposed cutting the EPA budget by 30 percent, something that could impair projects like Superfund, which is helping clean up the Gowanus Canal.” Velazquez will soon reintroduce her Waterfront of Tomorrow Act, which would fund studies by the Army Corps of Engineers on protection the metropolitan region’s coast. Newark, N.J., Mayor Ras Baraka said there was a contradiction with regard to Trump’s promises to invest in infrastructure while at the same time he is asking for cuts to the budgets of two federal agencies that support infrastructure: the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who also addressed the conference, touted the recently launched citywide ferry service, reinforcing the water-focused message, but said more care and investment was needed. The city, he said, “became great because we were given this beautiful resource to cherish and then somehow it fell out of vogue.” The mayor’s recently pro-

posed budget includes $100 million to finish the greenway encircling Manhattan. “Each successive generation has to do more,” de Blasio said. “We have to get it right. We have to return to our roots.” Catherine Hughes, a former chair of downtown’s Community Board 1, who is deeply involved in resiliency efforts in Lower Manhattan, attended the conference for the first time. She was especially struck by an update on C40 — a coalition of 90 cities worldwide, including New York, whose leaderships have committed to addressing climate change — and wind power. “Right now there is a huge need to fill that gap as you’re replacing fossil fuels, as we’re going off of the carbon-intensive diet, with windmills,” she said following the conference. “It’s very exciting to hear about this offshore wind project moving ahead.” As a resident of downtown who weathered and helped clean up after Hurricane Sandy, Hughes is concerned for her neighborhood. She pointed out that it was featured in the upcoming documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” which she took as a sign that New York City is at the forefront of the issue. “People said the 9/11 Memorial could never flood due to sealevel rise,” she said, recounting part of the documentary. “Fast forward. Then you see all of Lower Manhattan and the Battery Tunnel flooding.” Unless there is significant progress, several of the panelists suggested, it almost certainly won’t be the last time. Madeleine Thompson can be reached at newsreporter@ strausnews.com

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Thu 18 ▲‘RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK’ | FILM

‘OLD TURTLE & THE BROKEN TRUTH’

Yotel Rooftop Cinema Club, 570 10th Ave. 8:15 p.m. $33-$39 Spend time outdoors and under the stars, drink in hands, and enjoy the classic film: archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. yotel.com

Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 West 36th St. 2 p.m. $25-$35 A family musical: Little One and her animal friends are in search for the missing half of the Broken Truth. For ages 6+ 212-868-2055. rebelplayhouse.org

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Jazz Standard 116 East 27th St. 7:30 p.m. $30 One of the leading instrumentalists of her generation, jazz violinist and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter celebrates the 100th birthday of her musical idol and inspiration, Ella Fitzgerald. 212-576-2232. jazzstandard. com

THE RETURN OF RETRO SWING Connolly’s Klub, 121 West 45th St. 8 p.m. $15 advance/$20 day of Lee Sobel Presents “Let's Swing: Sisters! A Night of Female Fronted Swing Bands.” Basic swing dance lesson at 8 p.m., and live bands 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 212-597-5126. connollyspubandrestaurant.com

Sat 20 'STAGE STRUCK' | WOMEN IN THEATRE New Perspective Studios, 458 West 37th St. 7:30 p.m. $15-$20 Portrayals of five women (Fiske, Hepburn, Kalich, Kitt, Morris) who helped shape modern theater and who, on and off the stage, made a difference in the civic and artistic life of N.Y.C. and the country. 212-630-9945. newperspectivestheatre.org

VEGETARIAN FOOD FESTIVAL Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $19-$30 Learn from expert plantbased doctors, authors, leaders, chefs, fitness professionals and others. Also features a special kids' activities. 125 vendors. Through 5/21.


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Michael Bourne, WBGO. 212-576-2232. jazzstandard. com

ADOPTAPALOOZA

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Union Square Park, North Plaza Noon-5 p.m. Free (adoption fees apply) More than 300 homeless dogs, cats and rabbits available for adoption will be waiting to meet you at the mega pet adoption event. 212-252-2350. adoptapaloozanyc.com

AIDS WALK 2017 Central Park, 446 West 33rd St. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. RSVP Since 1986, AIDS Walk N.Y. has raised more than $1.5 million for HIV programs and services in the tri-state area, and has grown into the largest AIDS fundraising event in the world. 212-807-9255. ny.aidswalk. net

Mon 22 MINGUS BIG BAND Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th St. 7:30 p.m. $25 "Every tune a classic, every player a master, every tune sounding new, every players keeping the spirit of Charles Mingus alive and swinging!" —

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Pearl Theatre, 55 West 42nd St. 7 p.m. $20 "Shakespeare's exiles help audiences to appreciate the shared human struggle for truth" by featuring performances of scenes from "Sir Thomas More," "Richard II," "As You Like It" and other works. 212-563-9261. pearltheatre. org

Tue 23 ‘WENDY SHALEN: EXPERIMENTS IN LANDSCAPE’ Prince Street Gallery, 530 West 25th St. 7 a.m. Free Opening reception, Wendy Shalen's works are abstract pigmented cotton pulp landscapes, wax encaustics, watercolors, pastel and mixed media. 646-230-0246. wendyshalen. com

REVERENT SOUNDS IN SACRED SPACE St. John the Baptist Church,

213 West 30th St. 7:30-9:30 p.m. The centerpiece of the program is the Lord Nelson "Mass (Missa in Augustiis, Mass for Troubled Times)" by Joseph Haydn. Also includes "Song to the Moon" for flute, oboe, piano and choir by Z. Randall Stroope. 212-564-9070.

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“A SUPERBLY REALIZED, REMARKABLY POWERFUL NEW PLAY by Pulitzer Prize winner PAULA VOGEL, sensitively directed by REBECCA TAICHMAN.” THE NEW YORK TIMES

OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW’S ‘BLONDE ON BLONDE’ The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd St. 8 p.m. $35-$45 High-energy old-time string band pays homage to Bob Dylan’s classic recording. 212-997-1003. thetownhall. org

PURCHASE DANCE COMPANY▼ New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th St. 7:30 p.m. $10-$20 The Conservatory of Dance presents the Purchase Dance Company in a diverse program dedicated to the memory of Trisha Brown, a pioneer of postmodern dance. 212-691-6500. newyorklivearts.org

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BRAVE NEW FASHIONS Rei Kawakubo’s avant-garde outfits at The Costume Institute challenge our notions of style and beauty BY VAL CASTRONOVO

She doesn’t consider herself a fashion designer. She says she’s “just an artisan” who produces clothing. She likes the term “worker.” “For [the] more than forty years that I have been making clothes, I have never thought about fashion. In other words, I have almost no interest in it,” Rei Kawakubo, 74, said in 2014. “What I’ve only ever been interested in is clothes that one has never seen before, that are completely new, and how and in what way they can be expressed. Is that called fashion? I don’t know the answer.” Her garments for Comme des Garçons (“Like the Boys”), the label she founded in 1969, are not fashionable, either, in the traditional sense. More like sculptural objects than clothing, especially in recent years, they are bursting with imperfection — tears, frayed edges, exposed seams, wild asymmetries — and outlandish embellishments such as baby dresses and teddy bears.

The works are concrete manifestations of Zen “koans” or riddles, meant to defy description. The show’s subtitle, “Art of the In-Between,” refers to the esoteric concept of “in-betweenness,” where the koan “mu” (emptiness) and its kin, “ma” (space), coexist. Kawakubo’s designs live in the spaces between the show’s nine opposing themes: Absence/Presence; Design/ Not Design; Fashion/Antifashion; Model/Multiple; Clothes/Not Clothes; and so forth. These spaces “[offer] endless possibilities for creation, re-creation, and hybridity,” Andrew Bolton, curatorin-charge of The Met’s Costume Institute, said at a preview of the spring exhibit of some 140 garments by the avant-garde designer, dating from her Paris debut in 1981 to the present. Born and based in Tokyo, this disrupter doesn’t care about femininity or traditional notions of beauty. What she cares about is projecting strength and power in her designs — and going where no clothes-maker has ever gone before. She’s an innovator with a punk sensibility. A bomb-thrower. “Rei doesn’t like to explain her work. She prefers her clothes to speak for themselves,” Bolton said. She dis-

Gallery View, Clothes/Not Clothes: War/Peace. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969), 18th-Century Punk, autumn/winter 2016–17; Courtesy of Comme des Garçons. Photograph by © Paolo Roversi; Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art trusts words. So much so that there is virtually no text in the show, aside from some titles and numbers on the floor — and a booklet you can grab at the entrance for guidance. “We wanted people to engage with Rei’s fashions on a more personal and intimate level,” the curator said. Caroline Kennedy, a former U.S. ambassador to Japan, paid eloquent tribute to the designer, her friend, at the preview: “Rei’s work is beautiful. It transcends age and gender, it reconnects us with silence, it makes us look more carefully at the things we take for granted.” The design of the exhibition is as unconventional as the clothes. The walls are pure white, and the mannequins appear in geometric structures that, in an aerial view, look like a collection of stadium bowls, silos and boxy spaces — the architecture of a small community in a galaxy far, far away. “There is no prescribed route through the exhibition,” Bolton said, noting that the collections are not presented in chronological order. A walkthrough feels very free and liberating, if somewhat disorienting — like the outfits themselves. Kawakubo is only the second living designer to be given a solo show at the costume museum; Yves Saint Laurent was the first in 1983. Bolton praised her ability to think abstractly. She

Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons, (Japanese, founded 1969), Blue Witch, spring/summer 2016; Courtesy of Comme des Garçons. Photograph by © Paolo Roversi; Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

comes up with the idea for a piece, and the patternmakers on her staff have the job of translating the concept into an actual garment. As one patternmaker said in 1990, per the show’s catalog: “Once [Kawakubo] gave us a piece of crumpled paper and said she wanted a pattern for a garment that would have something of that quality.” The inspiration comes from within — not from other designers and typically not from history or a particular culture or place, she claims. “The concept could be anger, energy or an aspiration to make something strangely shaped,” she has said. Self-taught, she’s guided by intuition and instinct; her designs are distinctly non-political and convey no social messages. The fashions conceal rather than reveal the female form and, by implication, take issue with male designers who create sexy, flesh-baring looks. The clothes are over-the-top strange and weird, which is how Kawakubo likes it because she is constantly in search of “newness.” Fabric is wrapped around bodies — draped, knotted, bunched and padded. Her seminal 1997 collection, “Body Meets Dress — Dress Meets Body,” boasts down-filled bustles and other protrusions in gingham. A harbinger of future disruption, it was dubbed “lumps and bumps” by the critics.

In 2014, Kawakubo abandoned making clothes altogether, opting instead to create “objects for the body” that take on a life of their own. The results, labeled Clothes/Not Clothes, mark the fulfillment of her mission to create “forms that have never before existed in fashion.” Akin to sculpture and performance art, the pieces “exist as purely aesthetic and abstract expressions,” the booklet states. The collections “Blood and Roses” (2015), “Blue Witch” (2016) and “18th-Century Punk” (2016-17) typify the new direction. “Kawabuko confronts expectations of fashion and subverts them,” Bolton said. “She is one of the bravest designers out there.”

IF YOU GO WHAT: “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” WHERE: The Costume Institute at The Met Fifth Avenue WHEN: Through Sept 4 www.metmuseum.org/


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DINING FOR DOLLARS INVESTIGATION Where Manhattan politicians court donors and raise campaign cash BY DOUGLAS FEIDEN

The path to grasping and retaining political power in New York City has long plowed through such sumptuous and moneyed Manhattan haunts as the Regency and the Harvard Club, the 21 Club and the Union League Club, Jean Georges and Il Mulino. It still does, of course. Pols will always court the uber-rich and venture into their lairs for donations. No sea change has taken place. Probably, it never will. For all his down-with-the plutocrats posturing, even Mayor Bill de Blasio is not immune from their blandishments. In fact, his reelection campaign held a private fundraising event at the Robert De Niro-owned Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca in March 2016, spending $1,895 at the restaurant, according to its filings with the city’s Campaign Finance Board. Then last November, it paid $266 for an unspecified political meeting at Keens Steakhouse, the eatery at 72 West 36th Street, founded in 1885, that still boasts of the old-line conservatives like J.P. Morgan and General

Douglas MacArthur who were members of its “Pipe Club.” But even as Manhattan’s signature clubs, hotels and restaurants retain their monopoly as venues to host highend fundraisers and attract big-bucks donors, there has also been a slow if steady democratization of the political watering hole in the post-Bloomberg era. Consider that in Manhattan alone, at least five Le Pain Quotidiens, four Sarabeth’s, four bagel shops, two Carmine’s, two Lebanese restaurants, two Mendy’s, roughly a dozen other kosher restaurants, a dozen-plus Greek diners and coffee shops and 10-plus pizzerias have been used to solicit funds, stage campaign events or hold political meetings, CFB filings show. “You can raise money just as easily at a humble diner as you can at a fourstar restaurant,” said Maureen Eng, a software engineer who lives on the West Side, works near City Hall and says she often crosses paths with Comptroller Scott Stringer in diners and coffee shops both uptown and downtown. “It’s cheaper, and it’s probably a lot more fun, too,” she added over a $13.50 Greek omelet with feta and spinach at the Utopia Diner, 267 Amsterdam Avenue near 72nd Street. Indeed, the Stringer campaign, originally focused on a mayoral bid but

Keens Steakhouse off Herald Square, also known as Keens Chophouse, where Mayor Bill de Blasio spent campaign funds. Photo: Leonard J. DeFrancisci, via Wikimedia Commons

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now gearing up for a re-election race, held nine fundraising meetings and breakfasts at the Utopia over the past two years, tallying a modest $263.95 for meals, an average of just $29.32 per utopian dining. Why the Utopia? Was he keeping campaign costs down? Dining at a place he cherishes? Picking a spot convenient to his West Side home? Those questions, asked repeatedly by this reporter, remained shrouded in mystery because, oddly, the Stringer campaign would not address them. According to CFB filings, Stringer also racked up modest fundraising expenses at the Gee Whiz Diner (motto: “Always Delicious”) at 295 Greenwich Street, and the Good Stuff diner, at 109 West 14th Street. And a political meeting in March at Barney Greengrass, the “Sturgeon King,” 541 Amsterdam Avenue, set him back a mere $17.40. Like most politicians, however, the comptroller can also be susceptible to a sprinkling of stardust: A 2016 fete at Joanne Trattoria — a mecca for Lady Gaga fans at 70 West 68th Street owned by her father, Joe Germanotta — cost the campaign $4,148.41 in “fundraising, catering” costs. Republican Michael Faulkner, the former New York Jet-turned-Harlem minister who is vying to unseat Stringer, followed a similar pattern. His campaign reported four payments to the City Diner, a 24-hour stalwart at 2441 Broadway at 90th Street that says it “specializes in the crafting of mouth-watering meals.” The average tab: $45. But Faulkner also dropped $10,479 at the Harvard Club, at 35 West 44th Street, a bastion of the Manhattan establishment since its founding in 1865. His campaign wrote six separate checks in 2015 and 2016 to pay for

“fundraising meetings, hotel rooms ... events, beverage service,” filings show. That bifurcation of political fundraising venues — the grand and often stuffy on the one hand, the relatively modest or lumpen on the other — is a common thread in campaign finance documents. And surprisingly, the latter can sometimes cost more than the former. Take the twin campaign launches of Upper East Sider Rebecca Harary, who is running as a Republican for the City Council seat being vacated by Councilman Dan Garodnick, a Democrat first elected in 2005 and barred by term limits from seeking a fourth term. Her formal March 29 kick-off took place at the Metropolitan Republican Club, 122 East 83rd Street, which was founded in 1902 and numbered Mayor Seth Low and President Theodore Roosevelt among its members. The storied club’s venue fee: $300. For a second, less formal event at Saba’s Pizza, 1217 Lexington Avenue at 82nd Street, Harary shelled out $618 for kosher pizza. As for Garodnick, who has continued to raise money for an undeclared office, his campaign spent $2,009 in December 2014 for a fundraising event at the World Bar in Trump World Tower, 845 United Nations Plaza at 48th Street. Billed as the spot “Where Manhattan Meets the World,” the bar is famed in Turtle Bay for its Remy XO-based “World Cocktail,” which will set you back $50, as well as the comparatively cut-rate “World Peace Cocktail,” which goes for $12. Garodnick also held another fundraiser in 2015 at the Brass Monkey, 55 Little West 12th Street, forking over $2,400 for the space, which brands it-

self an “unpretentious Meatpacking District pub with a roof deck.” And then there is Upper East Side City Councilman Ben Kallos and his penchant for Bagel Bob’s on York, where CFB filings show his campaign spent $239 in 2015, $468 in 2016 and $600 so far this year on the singular New York foodstuff. Kallos, who is running for re-election, says he uses his political funds to buy bagels for the scores of residents who show up every year for his Stateof-the-District Speech: “I hope they come to hear me,” he said. “But it is very possible that many of them come for Bagel Bobs.”

The exterior of the Harvard Club on West 44th Street, a block known as Clubhouse Row where politicians have been raising funds for more than a century. Photo: Wally Gobetz, via flickr


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RESTAURANT INSPECTION RATINGS APR 28 - MAR 12, 2017

INTERSECTIONS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

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 www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/services/restaurant-inspection.shtml. Pizza Italia

307 W 17Th St

B

Harbs

198 9Th Ave

Not Yet Graded (19)

Giovanni Rana Restaurant

75 9 Avenue

C

Ushiwakamaru

362 W 23Rd St

A

Elephant & Castle

68 Greenwich Avenue

A

La Panineria

1 W 8Th St

Not Yet Graded (7)

Le Baratin

26 Greenwich Ave

A

Cafe Loup

105 West 13 Street

A

Amelie

22 West 8 Street

A

El Quinto Pino

401 West 24 Street

Not Yet Graded (35)

Auntie Guan’s Kitchen 108 108 W 14Th St

A

Excellent Dumpling House

165 W 23Rd St

Not Yet Graded (10)

Carry On Tea & Sympathy

110 Greenwich Avenue Not Yet Graded (19)

Tabata

601 6Th Ave

Not Yet Graded (17)

Cappone’s

75 9Th Ave

Not Yet Graded (12)

Golden Wok Chinese Restaurant

209 8Th Ave

B

Amy’s Bread

75 Ninth Avenue

A

The Meatball Shop

64 Greenwich Avenue

A

Ny Gyro Xpress

154 8Th Ave

Not Yet Graded (38)

Greenwich Steak House Fg

62 Greenwich Ave

Not Yet Graded (12)

Madman Espresso

59 W 30Th St

A

Bcd Tofu House

5 West 32 Street

B

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Rosenthal and other supporters feel that Barnes Dance crossings could mitigate the risk posed to pedestrians by turning vehicles — particularly those turning left — at dangerous intersections. According to the DOT, vehicles making left turns account for more than twice as many pedestrian and cyclist fatalities as those turning right. Advocates say that the Barnes Dance ensures better outcomes by eliminating this conflict between vehicles and pedestrians, so that neither share the right of way concurrently. DOT has focused on several strategies to make dangerous intersections safer, including the installation of left turn signals, physical cues like rubber curbs intended to slow vehicle turning speeds, and “leading pedestrian interval” signals, which give pedestrians a head start crossing intersections before vehicles proceed. But the department has not moved towards reintroducing the Barnes Dance on a wide scale at high-traffic crossings. “We tend to shy away from it more now than we used to,” Sean Quinn, senior director of the DOT’s Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs, said at a November 2016 hearing on the legislation. As of November, the Barnes Dance was employed at 89 intersections in the city, often in the outer boroughs at intersections with lower pedestrian and vehicle volumes, Quinn said. At high-traffic intersections of the type that the DOT will study in response to the new law, the DOT has instead usually opted to implement alternative measures, due in part to certain drawbacks associated with the Barnes Dance. In areas with high pedestrian volume, Quinn noted, the Barnes Dance’s additional signal phase can cause increased sidewalk congestion at corners because pedestrians must wait longer to cross. Additionally, he said, the Barnes Dance requires increased signal time during the pedestrian phase to accommodate walkers covering longer distances by cross-

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ing diagonally. Combined, these signal timing factors can have broader implications for the movement of vehicle traffic on the surrounding grid. “It’s not out of our toolkit,” Quinn said. “It’s just not one of our newer tools that we’re really applying to these more congested locations.” The recently passed legislation does not specify the crossings to be studied by DOT (the department will be responsible for identifying locations that might benefit from the Barnes Dance), but Rosenthal believes one intersection in her Upper West Side district — where West End Avenue meets 96th Street — is an ideal candidate. “Coming south on West End and then turning on 96th seems to be one of the places that’s jammed up, and it’s a place where pedestrians and cars are really fighting,” she said. “The cars want to turn and the pedestrians are crossing. And that’s exactly where you would want something like a Barnes Dance so traffic would be stopped in every direction.” “We approach intersection design with an open mind and design to the context,” a DOT spokesperson said after the legislation was passed last week. “We implement several types of exclusive pedestrian phasing and protected pedestrian movements on a regular basis. For new changes and enhancements at our priority locations, we think that tools such as ‘split’ leading pedestrian interval phases [which give crossing pedestrians a head start while allowing non-turning vehicles to proceed through intersections] may often be the best choice for protecting pedestrians with conflict-free crossing time.” The law directs the DOT to submit a feasibility report to the mayor and City Council by August 1. It requires the DOT to study the potential use of the Barnes Dance at high-crash intersections, but does not bind the department to ultimately implement the crossing method. Michael Garofalo can be reached at reporter@ strausnews.com

JOHNSON CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ances to praise Johnson’s work in the district and echo his call to action. “We are organizing in a way I haven’t seen since the 60s and 70s,” Stringer said. “I do fundamentally believe that Corey is right — we will be better for it.” Johnson also announced the winners of the participatory budgeting vote, where constituents get to play a hand in how $1 million of their district’s money is spent. The project with the most votes — 1,405 to be exact — is a new park for Hell’s Kitchen, on Tenth Avenue between 48th and 49th Streets. The awarded $200,000 will transform a city-owned empty lot into public green space. Second place went to a project that will use $125,000 to put up electric boards with real-time information at five key bus stops in the area. P.S. 111 will also get air conditioning for its library, which serves as a summer school site. A project that got the fourth-most votes, but the most money — $500,000 — will renovate the grounds of the Elliott-Chelsea Houses with new fencing, walkways and gardens.

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UNFRIENDING MEGA-DEVELOPMENT ON THE UES REAL ESTATE Community advocates organize in opposition to super-tall projects BY RAZI SYED

With an expected spike of construction following the opening of the Second Avenue subway line, opponents of large developments are mobilizing. On Saturday, May 13, around 25 people attended a three-hour workshop on how to advocate for what organizers called the preservation of the Upper East Side. The workshop, titled “Attack of the Killer Megatowers,” was organized by Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts and the Municipal Art Society. “A couple years ago, Friends started to think seriously about potential upcoming changes that were going to affect the character of our neighborhood,” said Rachel Levy, executive director of Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts. “We were witnessing with alarm the rise of as-ofright supertowers in midtown to our south. And we wondered what if this accidental skyline would start creeping its way up our avenues and what that would mean for our neighborhood.” The Second Avenue subway, and the development that is expected to follow, as well as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s goal of dramatically expanding affordable housing concerned the Friends group. Levy said that although the proposed zoning changes are a worthy priority, they also threat-

If you go uptown, if you to east Harlem, central Harlem — the zoning map is simple. It’s like one district cover vast areas of central and east Harlem. The reason why is this community has advocated a generation to effect changes” George Janes en to lift in one fell swoop many of the protective zoning measures that had been in place for decades. Franny Eberhart, president of Friends’ board of directors, said the Upper East Side’s livability, sense of place and quality of life were threatened if development were to continue unchecked. Urban planner George Janes, who was recently hired to help challenge the construction of a building on the Upper West Side, said he became interested in the rising heights of towers while watching the construction of 432 Park Ave. Completed in 2015, 432 Park Ave. is the tallest residential building in the world.

Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts and the Municipal Art Society are organizing against super-tall towers. Illustration courtesy of Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts. “I was just like you when I saw this going up,” Janes said. “It just kept going up — I was like, ‘Oh, it must be done by now’ — no, it just kept going up. I was astounded at how tall it got. It became one of these things where I thought, ‘I’ve got to figure out how this happened.’” Janes said the fruits of community advocates’ labor to reign in develop-

ment can be seen in changes to the Upper East Side zoning map over the years. “If you look at a zoning map, it looks really complicated,” Janes said. “If you go uptown, if you to east Harlem, central Harlem — the zoning map is simple. It’s like one district cover vast areas of central and east Harlem. The reason why is this community

has advocated a generation to effect changes.” These changes wouldn’t have happened without advocacy at the local level, Janes said. “That kind of advocacy just doesn’t happen Uptown,” Janes said. “It’s people like you that effect these changes.”

Met Council is accepting applications for the waiting list of affordable housing rental apartments in our building located at 351 East 61st Street, NY. For one person households, applicants must be 62 years old at the time of application; for two person households, both applicants must be 62 at the time of application.

Met Council is accepting applications for the waiting list of affordable housing rental apartments in our building located at 334 East 92nd Street, NY.

Current Rent Range studio: $940.75 - $1281 Income Range: $39,830 - $53,440 (1 person household)

Current Rent Range studio: $848.47 - $1281 Income Range: $36,138.80 - $53,440 (1 person household)

Current Range 1 bedroom: $1052.10 - $1375 Income Range: $44,364 - $53,440 (1 person household) $44,364 - $61,120 (2 person household) Current Range 2 bedroom: $1300.53 - $1409 Income Range: $54,341.20 - $61,120 (2 person household) Monthly rent includes heat, hot water and gas for cooking. Seniors will be required to meet income guidelines and additional selection criteria to qualify. Income guidelines are subject to change. One application per household. Applications may be downloaded from: www.metcouncil.org/housing or requested by mail from Met Council: 351 East 61st Street Residence 120 Broadway, 7th floor New York, NY 10271 Please include a self-addressed envelope. No broker or application fee.

For one person households, applicants must be 62 years old at the time of application; for two person households, the applicant must be 62 and the co-applicant 55 at the time of application.

Current Range 1 bedroom: $950.41 - $1375 Income Range: $40,296.40 - $53,440 (1 person household) $40,296.40 - $61,120 (2 person household) Monthly rent includes heat, hot water and gas for cooking. Seniors will be required to meet income guidelines and additional selection criteria to qualify. Income guidelines are subject to change. One application per household. Applications may be downloaded from: www.metcouncil.org/housing or requested by mail from Met Council: East 92nd Street Residence 120 Broadway, 7th floor New York, NY 10271 Please include a self-addressed envelope. No broker or application fee.


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REIGNING CATS AND DOGS Avanti Press pushes the greetingcard envelope BY GAIL EISENBERG

One company has been in the business of cranky cats and anthropomorphized dogs long before they started breaking the internet. Colleagues dismissed Rick Ruffner when he employed photography as the primary medium for greeting cards to launch Avanti Press in Detroit in 1980. Years later, those same naysayers also balked when he began using dog and cat images. As it turns out, the joke is on them. “Rick takes great pride in not listening to the general consensus and successfully striking out into new frontiers. Avanti is now published in 30 countries and 12 languages, and we all know animals rule,” says Dave Laubach, Avanti’s Director of Design since 1998, based in New York. After nearly two decades at Lever Brothers, a Fortune 100 company that inhabited an entire building, it

was a bit of culture shock for Laubach to transition to the small, privatelyowned business to run the West 18th Street office of nine. But he quickly acclimated, and by all accounts loves his gig. “Having daily discussions about alpacas, chickens, and prairie dogs is so unlike corporate America. It’s a dream job. Just being able to come up with funny ideas every week is gift from the universe,” says Laubach. Ruffner’s passion to support his hometown has been a critical factor in maintaining Avanti headquarters in downtown Detroit for thirty-seven years. However, during the pre-internet days, when all of Avanti’s images were licensed from New York City stock photo agencies, it was advantageous to have a satellite office. Today, the New York location also affords them access to a wide variety of photographers and other creative resources. “I confess; I attended a lot of photo shoots early on,” says Laubach. “We

Avanti Press, 2017 LOUIE Award-nominated cards: Exercise Cat, and The Pug in the Afro Wig. Photo: Ryan Segedi

generally want as many of the litter as we can get. As you can imagine, herding kittens is a lot more challenging than working with a trained dog — but it’s so fun.” Women continue to buy the lion’s share — about 80 percent — of all greetings, though much has changed during Laubach’s tenure in the industry. Price points have increased substantially with consumers paying over $10.00 for some cards, and digital greetings have dipped into market share. “We assume a certain amount of business may have moved to digital, but the industry’s retail sales remain steady at $7 to $8 billion a year,” says Laubach. “It’s more likely to be techsavvy younger consumers purchasing digital greetings. Still, there are certain occasions like wedding, sympathy, and bridal shower, where digital cards don’t cut it.” The internet and its numerous social media outlets have also opened up avenues for the global humor brand to find inspiration. “Nothing is off limits. We scout everywhere — Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Flicker, you name it,” says Laubach. “If there’s an image we like, we try to license it. In fact, we have an advertising image from a pharmaceutical company that was licensed before I started working here, and it’s still in our line today.” The Avanti line skews more unisex, with images and captions that also work well for kids. A*Press, the company’s graphics-based card offerings often employ glitter and deliver a sassier and more sophisticated level of humor. The group will unveil their

Dave Laubach, Avanti Press Director of Design, with this year’s LOUIE Award nominations, The Pug in the Afro Wig and Exercise Cat. Photo: Ryan Segedi

new America collection at the National Stationery Show held at the Javits Center on Sunday, May 21. The line contains images and stories from the ‘20s through the ‘60s that capture America’s heart, humor, and history. Later on Sunday, it’s on to the Edison Ballroom for the LOUIE awards ceremony — the Oscars of the greeting card industry — where two Avanti entries will vie for top honors: The Pug in the Afro Wig, a get well card in the under $4.00 category, and Exercise Cat, a lenticular, or 3-D, card in the over $4.00 birthday category. The cat’s leg moves up and down in sync with the woman on the TV set behind her while the effort shows on her face. Inside, the verse reads: “The price we pay for having our cake and eating it too. Happy Birthday.” “It’s our first card ever nominated in the Birthday over $4.00 category, the toughest to compete in,” says Laubach. Team Avanti has garnered over forty of the prestigious awards since the Greeting Card Association launched

ON THE SIDE STREETS OF NEW YORK MARTINEZ HAND ROLLED CIGARS — 171 WEST 29TH STREET For more than forty years, this family-owned shop has been hand-rolling Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco into Ecuadorean and Brazilian wraps. According to the owners, Nicaraguan tobacco is arguably the best in the world, but “people fall in love with Cuban cigars because we want what we can’t have.” In a small

space at the back of the store, the rollers pull tubes of tobacco from stacks of wooden blocks and expertly shape dried leaves from giant bundles. When asked if anyone could roll, he replied, “No, man, it’s like a language.” The sentiment is borne out in the mesmerizing motions of the rollers. To read more, visit Manhattan Sideways (sideways. nyc), created by Betsy Bober Polivy.

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the annual event in 1988. As for whether more Avanti card buyers are cat people or dog people on the whole, well, the pussies have been outperforming their archenemies in recent years. “Cat people seem to love all cats, while dog people tend to be more breed-specific in their passion,” says Laubach. “We usually have a general idea of how well cards will perform, but it’s really fun when we’re surprised by what appeals to the consumer at retail. Currently, the best-selling cards are two chickens, a prairie dog, and a gorilla. Who knew?” For more information about Avanti Press go to www.avantipress.com Follow Avanti on social media: Instagram @ avantipress and Facebook @avantihumor The National Stationery Show takes place May 21 — May 24 at The Javits Convention Center. www.nationalstationeryshow.com


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TONY ROBERTS’ NEW YORK We sat down with the iconic actor and discussed his bromance with Woody Allen, growing up in the city and his new movie role BY ANGELA BARBUTI

When Tony Roberts walks around Manhattan, he often gets stopped with questions like, “Where do I know you from?” or “What have I seen you in?” This proves difficult to answer since the actor has enjoyed a five-decade career on stage and screen and is still working. Those encounters were the inspiration behind the title of his memoir “Do You Know Me?” which chronicles his lifelong acting journey with varied roles ranging from leads on Broadway to soap opera stardom to six Woody Allen films. It quickly becomes apparent that he could not tell his story without New York City being a significant backdrop. Not only at the start of his career-attending PS 6 on the Upper East Side and taking an acting class at the 92nd Street Young Men’s Hebrew Association – but later on for moments such as when Allen introduced himself backstage during Roberts’ run in “Barefoot in the Park,” or having a recent conversation about fame with a woman while sitting in Central Park. And at 77, he is still sought after in the industry. He added audiobooks to his prolific resume, lending his voice to the novels of Stuart Woods. And he was offered a role in the “Dirty Dancing” remake, which will air on ABC on May 24.

How did being raised in Manhattan shape your career? I had a tremendous advantage growing up here, not just because it’s New York, which is such a great place compared to any place else, in my opinion. But my father was in the broadcasting business, so I was able to see actors rehearse and perform when I was young. And that was an amazing revelation to see them pretending to be other people in an imaginary story. They played cowboys, gangsters, politicians, anything you can think of. They used different accents. And yet, they were these people who said hello and gave me a hug when I came in and then turned themselves into these other things. For kids with imagination, this was like an open door to pretend. So I was blessed to be exposed to all that at an early age.

Your father started as an actor and then became a successful radio announcer. He gave you a lot of advice when you were starting out, including encouraging you to hit the streets to give out your resume. Explain how actors looked for jobs in those days. Well, there was actually a little publication that came out every month called “Ross Reports,” which listed all the casting agencies in the city. There were no computers or iPhones, so you had the advantage of going yourself and opening a door and having somebody say, “Get out, we’re not taking any resumes today.” But that secretary who told you to get out would be the agent a year from then. She would have moved up inside that company. Well, they need their own clients; they don’t want somebody else’s clients. So the door is open for you to become the new client. But to do it, you have to prove that you’re ambitious and responsible, and that doesn’t mean showing up once or 20 times either, because then you become a stalker. But it becomes knowing when you have something to offer. So if you’re in a play or get a job, then you go back to all of them … . People who think you walk in and it happens, it doesn’t. But if you put your foot in 10 doors, there’s a chance one or two will open.

You explained that people liked your rapport with Woody Allen on camera, which is also your relationship in real life. Why do you think that is? There was a nice article in the New Yorker by Richard Brody about the relationship between Woody and the movies and he referred to it as a “bromance.” And he tried to explain what it was. Nobody knows what it is. It resonates. Most people want to

Shane Harper, Colt Prattes and Tony Roberts in “Dirty Dancing,” airing May 24 on ABC. Photo: © 2016 American Broadcasting Companies. know why we call each other Max and there’s a story behind that, which is in the book. But it was his genius to know that everybody who’s really friendly talks to each other with nicknames that are true only to those two people. And that gave it an authenticity right away. It was also because we are the same, but different. We’re both from New York City, but he’s from Brooklyn. He grew up in a crazy household of relatives and noise and not a lot of money. And I grew up in Manhattan with a very sophisticated, enlightened crowd of performers and actors. But there was something that connected us about being maybe Jews. Maybe neither one of us was particularly athletically gifted. He would hate for me to say that because he’s more athletically gifted than I am, but he doesn’t look like it. But mostly it was the way he wrote us. He was as surprised by it as anybody. Because when “Annie Hall” came out, he said, “You know, I hear a lot from people who say they like our schmoozing.”

After “Annie Hall,” people started recognizing you more in Manhattan, which still continues to this day. You talk about some of those encounters in the book. Tell us one of those stories. The first one that comes to mind is Joe Biden. He poked his head out of a

hotel lobby as I went by on Park Avenue and couldn’t wait to shake my hand and thank me for everything I’d done. And I thought, “What did I do that Joe Biden thinks I’m important?” But every time it happens it’s so startling. If you go out of the house in the morning thinking you’re going to be recognized, you’re going to be very disappointed. So you learn, if you live by the sword, you’ll die by the sword. So you don’t expect to be recognized to protect yourself from the ego of thinking, “Why don’t they know who I am?” So instead, you think, “Nobody’s going to know who I am, nor should they.” And then every time it happens, whether it’s an anonymous person from around the corner, or whether it’s Joe Biden, it’s a lovely surprise.

How did your role come about in “Dirty Dancing?” What was that like? They offered me the part. I wish I knew how I got the part because it’s rare you get an offer out of the blue, usually they want you to audition. And I don’t even know to this day where this came from, but I’m very glad it did. It took me about four or five weeks to film in North Carolina. I can’t say much about the new one because I haven’t seen it. It took about seven weeks, I guess, to make the whole thing. And I was there for my scenes

and then I left. And I haven’t seen the rough cut of it and don’t even know what parts are in and out of my own performance. There are more plot lines than there were in the original, if they’re kept in and there’s new music. Some of the music is the same, because some of those were iconic numbers, but there are new ones by new performers. And it’s more ethnically diverse and intentionally. The original one, you can say, is about Jews in the Catskills in 1963. I think that their intention, ABC and Lionsgate, was to make it more universal, with less Jewish identity. My part was originally played by Jack Weston, and we were in a television series together which failed, called “The Four Seasons,” based on the movie of the same name by Alan Alda. Jack and I became pals and he is no longer with us. And Jack played it very Jewish, very broad, almost comical. He was wonderful. It wasn’t written that way for me and I didn’t want to impose a value on it that wasn’t there.

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PUBLIC NOTICES ACCOUNTING PROCEEDING FILE NO. 2016-3054/A CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK MARCY JACOBS CYRILE SMITH MICHAEL JACOBS NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE CAPITOL FUNERAL SERVICE OF NEW YORK And to the heirs at law, next of kin and distributees of SIDNEY JACOBS, deceased, if living; and, if any of them be dead, to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest, whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence; being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, devisees, beneficiaries, distributees, or otherwise in the estate of Sidney Jacobs, deceased, who at the time of his death was a resident of 120 East 31st Street, Apt. 610, New York, New York 10016. A petition having been duly filed by the Public Administrator of the County of New York, who maintains an office at 31 Chambers Street, Room 311, New York, New York 10007, YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the New York County Surrogate’s Court at 31 Chambers Street, New York, New York, on June 27th, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., in Room 509, why the following relief stated in the account of proceedings, a copy of the summary statement thereof being attached hereto, of the Public Administrator of the County of New York as Administrator of the goods, chattels and credits of said deceased, should not be granted: (i) that her account be judicially settled; (ii) that the above named persons be cited to show cause why such settlement should not be granted; (iii) that a hearing be held to determine the identity of the distributees, at which time proof pursuant to SCPA 2225 may be presented, or, in the alternative, that the balance of the funds, less an appropriate reserve for the preparation of fiduciary income tax returns and the payment of taxes, if any, shown thereon to be due, be deposited with the Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York for the benefit of Decedent’s unknown distributees, or for the benefit of any distributee who is under a disability and for whom no fiduciary has been appointed, or who has post-deceased Decedent and for whose estate no fiduciary has been appointed, or whose whereabouts are unknown; (iv) that the claim of Capitol Funeral Service of New York in the amount of $108.00 for the balance of Decedent’s funeral expenses be allowed; (v) that, if any claim is asserted herein by New York State Department of Taxation and Finance for estate, individual income or fiduciary income taxes, the same be fixed and determined, or if

not so fixed and determined, deemed rejected; (vi) that the Surrogate approve statutory commissions and the Petitioner’s administration expenses pursuant to SCPA 1106(3), and the reasonable amount of compensation to the attorney for the Petitioner for legal services rendered to the Petitioner herein, as reported in Schedules C and C-1 of the account of proceedings; (vii) that the persons above mentioned and all necessary and proper persons be cited to show cause why such relief should not be granted; (viii) that an order be granted pursuant to SCPA §307 where required or directed; and (ix) for such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper. HON. NORA S. ANDERSON, SURROGATE, Dated, Attested and Sealed, May 9th, 2017, DIANA SANABRIA Chief Clerk, Steven R. Finkelstein, Esq. Counsel to Public Administrator of the County of New York, 90 Broad Street, Suite 1700, New York, New York 10004, (212) 3632500. Note: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you, and you or your attorney may request a copy of the full account from the petitioner or petitioner’s attorney.

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