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TWEET WELCOME FROM THE FED SOCIAL MEDIA A “DearJohninNYC” campaign gives the new boss from San Francisco a crash course in New York — and proves central bankers can have a sense of humor BY DOUGLAS FEIDEN

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is best known for formulating monetary policy, regulating depository institutions, redeeming billions in Treasury securities and serving as the banker of the U.S. government. But it isn’t all macroeconomics or post-crisis supervisory stress testing at the Florentine-style palazzo at 33 Liberty Street downtown: The Fed, it turn outs, has been conducting a crash course in New York City 101. The principal pupil is Sacramento native John C. Williams, a 55-yearold economist who started his new post as 11th president of the New York Fed on June 18 after seven years as president of the San Francisco Fed. Williams had never worked on Wall Street. He’d never called the city home. So the Fed’s digital team decided to welcome him and advise him on mastering life in New York — by launching a playful new social media campaign, #DearJohninNYC. “John has never lived in New York, he’s coming from San Francisco, and we thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cute if we told him a little bit about New York City,’” said Christine Sommo, an officer in the digital-strategy unit. Soon, a call went out seeking volun-

Following pronounced community concerns, an initial proposal for a lounge with live music and a capacity of 100 in the basement of 261 West 21st St., near Eighth Avenue, has been scaled back. Photo: Michael DeSantis

WEST 21ST STREET LOUNGE PLAN REVISED NEIGHBORHOODS Residents feared late hours, noise, mayhem would compromise quality of life BY MICHAEL DESANTIS

Raul Avila is revising his liquor license application for a proposed West 21 Street lounge following heavy criticism from the Chelsea community.

Avila’s initial proposal was for a bar in the basement of 261 West 21st St., a residential building, that would stay open until 4 a.m., host 75-100 people, and feature live music with a DJ. But residents came out strongly against the application at a meeting of Community Board 4’s Business Licenses and Permits Committee, which first debated the application last month. They cited noise concerns, danger from the max occupancy and overall disturbance on the residential block.

Avila appears to have heard the criticism. He now says he will not have live music and intends to revise the lounge’s hours so that it stays open no later that 11 p.m. weeknights and 1 a.m. on weekends. He also said he would reduce patron capacity to a maximum of 60 and is prepared to hire security to prevent loitering. He’s adamant that the soundproofing he plans to invest in will be enough to stifle noise.

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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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John C. Williams, the new president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. A Sacramento native and ex-president of the San Francisco Fed, he was welcomed to the city last month by Fed staffers who launched a social-media campaign. Photo courtesy of Federal Reserve Bank of New York   teers at the 3,000-employee central bank, and in no time, economists, statisticians, researchers, regulators, software engineers, information technologists and staffers in outreach, administration and communications had raised their hands. “The campaign gave us the opportunity to humanize the institution,” Sommo said. In a series of two dozen short video tweets, acted out by about 30 bankers and other staff around Manhattan, Williams is visually instructed in how to become a New Yorker.

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INTERVIEWING FOR DOGGY DAY CARE PETS At the newly rebranded AKC Canine Retreat, every animal gets a behavioral evaluation BY SUSHMITA ROY

In a crowded, bustling city, often the only friendly interaction you might have is with a four-legged animal that many New Yorkers adore. A dog to most people is a companion that pulls them out of loneliness. But can such a companion ever be judged not amiable or social enough in certain situations? At AKC Canine Retreat, a dog gets a

free comprehensive evaluation and is judged ďŹ t or unďŹ t for day care based on social interactions with other dogs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The question really is: is your dog social? Is it a young puppy with no exposure or is it an older dog with bad past experience?â&#x20AC;? said James Tysseling, COO of American Kennel Club (AKC) Pet Care LLC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every dog is judged on their own behavior and it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just that we throw them into a playroom to see if they ďŹ t; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a long procedure,â&#x20AC;? he said. AKC Pet Care LLC acquired all of SPOT Canine Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s locations last year and after a year-long rebranding process officially announced its expansion to ďŹ ve more locations in Manhat-

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tan in May. The rebranding involved a behavioral management system led by Eva Loomis, an animal behaviorist whom they hired as their dog-care manager. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We re-trained all our employees to better understand dog behavior,â&#x20AC;? Tysseling said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is easier in child care centers because a child can tell you what they feel, but if your [dog is whining] in a corner, there has to be a reason and often itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not easy to understand.â&#x20AC;? Before a dog is admitted to day care, their owners, or parents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as they often like to be called â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are ďŹ rst interviewed about their dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likes, dislikes and behavioral insights. The dog is then introduced to another dog in a private space. Based on that interaction, the dog is either deemed suitable or unsuitable for being let into the playroom with other dogs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do tell people your dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not ďŹ t in terms of their social interaction with the rest of our dogs. For example, if the dog is very anxious, we recommend jogging and running services â&#x20AC;Ś over a social environment like day care,â&#x20AC;? Tysseling said. The AKC offers a program called Running Paw that Tyselling claims is the ďŹ rst dog jogging and running service in the country. The service hires collegiate athletes who are also dog

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CRIME WATCH BY MARIA ROCHA-BUSCHEL TOURIST REPORTS ASSAULT

STATS FOR THE WEEK Reported crimes from the 10th district for the week ending July 1

A 22-year-old tourist reported that he was assaulted at the northwest corner of West 34th Street and 10th Avenue while walking back to his hotel on Saturday, July 7 between 3:45 and 4 a.m. The victim told police that he was walking from the Marquee Nightclub to his hotel at Four Points by Sheraton on West 35th Street when he was assaulted by two people. He said that he was punched in the face multiple times and when he attempted to defend himself, he accidentally punched the sidewalk, cutting his hand. He ran to West 23rd Street and 11th Avenue, where he called police, and he was escorted to Lenox Hill Hospital by EMS.

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DRUNK DRIVING ARREST PACKAGE STOLEN A 40-year-old man reported that packages were stolen from his building at 234 West 21st St. on Saturday, July 7 at 5:23 p.m. The victim told police that the suspect went into the building and removed packages that had just been delivered by UPS. He said that he followed the man when he left the building and shortly after, asked to see the man’s bag. He told police that the suspect ducked into an alleyway and

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said, “Come in, I’ll show you what I got.” The victim said that the suspect had a pair of shoes in the bag. No arrests have been made.

PHONE STOLEN A 24-year-old woman reported that her phone was stolen while she was inside The Park nightclub on Sunday,

July 8 at 1:45 a.m. The victim told police that she put her phone in her bag and a few minutes later, she felt that her bag was lighter. She checked and found her phone was missing. She said that she didn’t feel anyone going into her bag or bumping into her. She tracked her phone to a location on 13th Street. It is not known whether she was able to retrieve it.

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Police arrested a 33-year-old man for drunk driving at the northeast corner of Ninth Avenue and West 14th Street on Saturday, July 7 at 4:20 a.m. Police said that the suspect didn’t use a turn signal when making a left turn while heading down Ninth Avenue and turning onto West 14th Street to go east. The suspect reportedly had alcohol on his breath when he was stopped as well as slurred speech and police said that he blew a .17 on a Breathalyzer. The suspect also had

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PHONE THEFT An employee reported that a phone was stolen from the AT&T store at 180 Eighth Ave. sometime between Thursday, July 5 at 3:22 p.m. and Friday, July 6 at 2:30 p.m. The employee told police that an unknown person took an iPhone 8 plus from the store display without permission.

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TELEMEDICINE IN THE CITY HEALTH How virtual connections to medical professionals can help New Yorkers deal with certain health issues The concept of telemedicine — a doctor-patient consultation conducted remotely via technology — was once thought of as a solution for providing rural communities with health care. Telemedicine has come to include phone calls, text messages, and video and audio components, explains Innovations Manager Jessica Zhang at NewYork-Presbyterian. Now telemedicine is enabling NYC residents to deal with questions about health issues in innovative ways: • In the ER — For non-lifethreatening situations that may bring people into emergency rooms, telemedicine can reduce waiting time. As an example, Zhang said, someone who gets a cut from a pedicure can be seen quickly in the ER using telemedicine. By zooming in on a patient with a hi-res camera, physicians on site or at a related hospital can make a recommendation for treatment. • Urgent care — Telemedicine could replace certain types of visits to urgent care locations. Some conditions that physi-

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5 WAYS TO BEAT THE HEAT ■ Avoid drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, caffeine, soda or fruit juice, which contribute to dehydration. ■ Check in on your elderly or debilitated neighbors. People at extremes of age — the very young or very old — are more prone to heat-related illness and dehydration. ■ Limit exercise and other forms of exertion to cooler periods of the day, either early morning or in the evening. ■ Be aware that some medications may make you more vulnerable to dehydration from heat exposure. ■ If the air temperature is more than 95 degrees Fahrenheit, fans may be ineffective at cooling. Use air conditioning instead. Tips from Dr. Alexis Halpern, Emergency Medicine physician at NewYorkPresbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Telemedicine via NewYork-Presbyterian’s ED Express Care is offered in the emergency room at NewYorkPresbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Photo courtesy of NewYork-Presbyteria cians can examine visually – eye problems, rashes — people can do from home through an app. “I used it for myself in February when I thought I had the flu,” said Zhang. “A physician asked me to describe my pain, asked me to push on certain areas and did the entire exam virtually.” The doctor was then able to prescribe medication for her through the app. In January and February 2018, NewYork-Presbyterian started a kiosk program with

Duane Reade/Walgreens in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The program was “rolled out in phases,” said Zhang. There are now six such kiosks, equipped with an HIPAA-compliant internet connection, high-definition video cameras, forehead thermometers, blood-pressure cuffs and pulse oximeters that measure the amount of oxygen in the body. The busiest kiosk, at 40 Wall Street, has had 5060 consultations to date, according to Zhang. (All patients

who use NewYork-Presbyterian’s telemedicine platform, NYP OnDemand, are evaluated and treated by board-certified emergency medicine physicians.) At this time of year, telemedicine kiosks may be helpful for dealing with heat-related illness or dehydration in young children and the elderly that can be addressed remotely by board-certified ER doctors (see box). For more information about

kiosks: www.nyp.org/ondemand/urgent-care-kiosk • Virtual visits — includes primary care as well as outpatient follow-up visits after surgery or hospitalization. Patients can have a FaceTime visit with physicans without leaving home. • Second opinion program — The program reviews medical charts and puts patients in touch with NY-Presbyterian specialists. “We found that some of these cases result in a different course of treatment,” said Zhang. Zhang also mentioned other ways in which telemedicine can help patients. In emergency rooms in outer NYC boroughs that may not have a full complement of specialists — where one would otherwise, for instance, “have to wait for a psychiatrist to come on site,” says Zhang, “now we can connect that emergency room with

a specialist” remotely. And for critical cases involving mobile stroke units — ambulance vans with CT scanners — telemedicine can “connect stroke patients with neurologists to decide [whether] to administer medications while you’re en route to the hospital,” says Zhang. “Time is of the essence” in treating strokes, she adds — “you can get a quick physician consultation before the patient gets to the hospital. You can make that decision about a life-saving treatment.” There are medical emergencies for which telemedicine is NOT recommended — chest pain, trouble breathing, severe abdominal pain, heavy bleeding and other symptoms that require an immediate visit to the emergency room or calling 911. For a full list of medical emergencies, see www.nyp. org/ondemand/urgent-care/ faqs-about-digital-urgent-care


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DUSTUPS, POLITICAL AND OTHERWISE EAST SIDE OBSERVER BY ARLENE KAYATT

No can do — CB8’s chairwoman broke the cardinal rule of keeping politics out of governmental meetings by allowing a then-political candidate challenging U.S, Rep. Carolyn Maloney for her Congressional seat in the recent Democratic primary to address the board. The candidate spoke against the Marine Transfer Station, a hot-button issue for many Upper East Siders. Someone at CB8’s monthly meeting disputed the candidate’s seemingly newfound advoca-

cy against the facility and reminded him that, when he was out campaigning, he said that the MTS was “a done deal” and “to get over it.” As the wannabe congressman backtracked, he was cut off by another audience member, not by the chairwoman, who later acknowledged knowing the speaker was running for political office when he spoke. Political candidates are not allowed to campaign at Community Board meetings. Let’s keep it that way.

Diner down — Timothy’s on York Ave opposite Asphalt Green bit the dust. Is no more. With the bus stops along the avenue and the busy

sports facility, seems a likely spot for a casual food place. On second thought, brick-and-mortar food business in remote locations are not high priority — remote, of course, being relative. The corner of York has a great deal of foot traffic but is not a dining destination per se. Another food spot, The Vinegar Factory around the corner from Timothy’s, left the block about a year ago.

Changing spaces — first they’re out, then they’re in — Domino’s Pizza, a stalwart for some years on Third and 89th, has moved to First and 95th. In the last year Roma’s Pizza on Third and 88th moved several

storefronts north to a larger space. Kind of like musical stores — but at least they are still in business and staying local. Panera’s on East 86th Street is gone. No local replacement. Just a notice saying see us in our other locations. Will do.

Conflict of ads — interesting ad, or faux pas — the Metropolitan Republican Club’s e-blast for former TV Judge Jeanine Pirro’s new book, “Liars, Leakers, and Liberals” came with an events calendar promoting Pirro’s tome and upcoming events, including a launch party and town hall meeting for a local State Senate candidate Pete Holmberg. Interestingly, the blast included a link with ads for Democratic primary (November election) candidates. And there was Pirro, President Trump cheerer-in-chief, appearing along-

side Democratic candidates Alessandra Biaggi (running for Assembly in the Bronx) and Liz Handidge (running for office in Pennsylvania). The Dem ads were in the section of the email under “other events you may be interested in.” Interesting, maybe. Odd, for sure.

Street protest — When are the city streets in Manhattan going to finally be finally paved? For weeks, months — not yet years — the street have been tarred and peebled but hardly paved. Walking and traversing the streets — to say nothing of the bumps and grinds that result from cars and buses and bikes as they ride the pavement — is a dangerous daily activity. Come to think of it, the sidewalks with all the scaffolding and boarding up to accommodate new construction also are no comfort.

WHY I’M NOT ASHAMED TO MOVE BACK IN WITH MY PARENTS BY MATT ROSENBLUM

I didn’t grow up in NYC, but my parents moved to West 96th Street from Livingston, NJ, a few years ago while I was in college. Most people are amused that my parents moved into the city after living in the suburbs for 20 years. Don’t most families follow the opposite trajectory? My parents have always been very active people, and while the suburbs were a great place for me and my siblings to grow up, there wasn’t a lot left for them to do there after we went to college. My little brother was still in high school when my parents moved to NYC, but he wanted to transfer to the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC. It was always my parent’s intention to come to the city after we all went to college, but my little brother’s desire to change schools sped up the process. After graduating from Hampshire College, I worked as a freelance writer and parttime debate teacher to save up some money to move out of my parents’ place. It took me six months after college to get all

the finances together, find a place and roommates to be able to move out. Six months was a little longer than I planned it to be, but it could have been much worse. At the time, I really wanted to live on my own in the city more than anything. My parents actually liked that I was home since I had been away for four years. Fortunately for me, they are nothing like the Syracuse, New York couple who sued their 30-year-old son in an effort to get him to leave. At first, I found that being home, as an adult, was very annoying. I was working non-stop managing blogs for clients from my laptop. Having my mom nagging me to put the dishes away, clean up clutter or walk the dog during my work hours made it a lot harder to focus. I tried working from nearby cafes and coffee shops, but finding space is always competitive, and the WiFi at Whole Foods on 100th and Columbus is not reliable (I hope management is listening). After six months, I moved to 124th Street in Harlem, and it felt good to rent my first apart-

Matt Rosenblum with his mother. Photo: Lena Rosenblum

ment in the city and take a step forward with my adult life. I was living with three random roommates — we found each other on the roommate matching app Diggz and the NYC Facebook Gypsy Housing group. One of these roommates became one of my best friends, but the other two didn’t work out for various reasons. What I’ve learned over the past two years is that if you’re not friends or friendly with your roommates, it will lead to a toxic living environment. A lot of people say you don’t need to be friends with your roommates, but I disagree. If you’re friends with your roommates and have healthy boundaries, everything about your living situation becomes so much more enjoyable. Having neutral roommates or worse makes going home a lot less fun. After a year and a half of living in Harlem and Bushwick, I’m actually excited to move back home with my parents. By moving home, I get more money to invest in my business and creative projects. If anything, my social

life gets enhanced because I have more to spend on going out in the city. And I don’t lose privacy. I had just as much privacy living at home in the city versus not living at home in the city. My room in Bushwick didn’t even have a door. I’ve learned that I don’t need privacy as much as I think — and I’m a pretty introverted person. If I do need privacy, there’s a million places I can go, other apartments to stay at, and hotels I can rent. I’m glad I moved out when I did, but I’m a lot more patient with myself — and my parents — now that I’m returning home. Living at home simply gives me the best chance to succeed with my business, personal and creative goals. I’ve even found a coffee shop to work at that always has space (it’s a secret). I’m truly grateful my parents are happy to have me stay with them. Matt Rosenblum is the owner of Advanced Life Coach Marketing, which helps life coaches grow their practices, create online courses and more.

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OPULENCE ON DISPLAY A virtual visit to Versailles BY MARY GREGORY

No plans for a trip to Paris this summer? The Met’s “Visitors to Versailles (1682–1789)” offers a sense of French travel and time travel as well. The expansive and innovative exhibition brings together close to 200 works of art, costume, architecture, jewelry and furnishings from more than 50 international collections, including the Palace of Versailles, to give a sense of the history, aesthetic and grandeur of the French royal court. Versailles, just 12 miles outside of Paris, was a hunting lodge — a kind of weekend home in the Poconos for the kings and queens of France — until Louis XIV (1638–1715) transformed it into a dazzling, glittering spectacle unlike any other. From 1682, when the Sun King moved himself and his court out of Paris and into the palace at Versailles, it was the center of political power and a destination for visitors from around the world. The magnificent gardens, exquisite architecture and over-the-top opulence announced to all the elegance, taste and power of the French. Versailles was open to royals and ambassadors from abroad, as well as artists, writers, scientists, philosophers, socialites, tourists and day-trippers from Paris. One of the facts the exhibition brings out is the rare accessibility of the king. The royal court at Versailles was open to all who cared to make the trip hoping for a glimpse of Louis XIV — with one stipulation. Like those lining up outside Studio 54 in the ‘70s, visitors had to be deemed fashionable enough to get in. So, suits and gowns start the show. Gorgeous garments for men and women in silk and brocade, with textiles lavishly adorned and punctuated by silver buttons and dazzling embellishments, greet visitors to the exhibition. They’re accompanied by a special audio guide, available at no cost. It’s billed as a 3-D tour (actually it’s stereo) and features music, birdsong, background noises and actors with European accents delivering dialogue about what it was like to visit the royal palace, what they hoped to see, and how they prepared. It may bring the sense of a “visit” to life for some. For others, it might get in the way, making

IF YOU GO WHAT: “Visitors to Versailles (1682–1789)” WHERE: Met Fifth Avenue WHEN: through July 29 the experience more like watching an episode of “Outlander” than a chance to see objects of artistic and historical import. But there’s no wrong or right way to enjoy a Met exhibit, so go for it, if it sounds fun. Subsequent galleries highlight various aspects of the palace and life at court. There are portraits, porcelains and fans, three-cornered hats, tapestries and rugs. One section presents the famed gardens, with statuary placed in small bays in front of flowery backgrounds (here, the audio includes the sounds of fountains and actors talking about the palace’s menagerie of exotic animals). Paintings portray parties held on the magnificent grounds designed by André Le Nôtre in the 1660s. Royal hunts, visiting dignitaries, the private apartments and their furnishings are all presented. There’s an astonishing architectural model of the Ambassadors’ Staircase, made by Charles Arquinet in 1958 so detailed it calls to mind Alice’s magic potion. If you could just shrink temporarily, you could pop in for an ersatz visit. Busts of Louis XIV, XV and XVI, all in a row, gaze down from an imposing height just a few feet away. Some of the most dazzling objects in the exhibition give a sense of sumptuousness of gifts from foreign kings and queens. A tiny golden throne from Thailand and a fabulous Ottoman jeweled hunting quiver with an emerald the size of a walnut are particularly stunning. All this lavishness came at great cost, both literally and politically. In 1789, King Louis XVI had to leave a Versailles in deep decline and put upon by angry protestors. In 1792, the monarchy was abolished. The king was beheaded in January 1793, with Marie Antoinette following several months later. The last thing on display is a reproduction of a notice announcing “Ventes de meubles et effets, à Versailles” or an auction to sell off the contents of the palace. Rather than just shining baubles, the exhibition offers a final bite to chew on in another time of significant wealth disparity.

Model of the Ambassadors’ Staircase, by Charles Arquinet, 1958, from the collection of the Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles. Photo: Adel Gorgy

Lavish needlework on a man’s suit, like the type worn at Versailles, from about 1780. Photo: Adel Gorgy

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RESTAURANT INSPECTION RATINGS JUN 27 - JUL 2, 2018 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.

Tea and Sympathy

108 Greenwich Ave

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Starbucks #847

378 6 Avenue

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One Star

147 W 24th St

Grade Pending (18) Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, crosscontaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan. Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewageassociated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies.

Dunkin’ Donuts

243 9 Avenue

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Limon Jungle Empanadas

197 7th Ave

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Sullivan Street Bakery

236 9 Avenue

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Bareburger

103 W 14th St

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Till & Sprocket

140 W 30th St

Grade Pending (36) Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations. Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, crosscontaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan. Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewageassociated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.

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180 9th Ave

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425 W 15th St

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336 W 20th St

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Bar Six

502 6 Avenue

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35 West 19 Street

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352 Seventh Avenue

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259 West 19 Street

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75 Ninth Avenue

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88 10 Avenue

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Grade Pending (25) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation. 2) Food not cooled by an approved method whereby the internal product temperature is reduced from 140º F to 70º F or less within 2 hours, and from 70º F to 41º F or less within 4 additional hours. 3) Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.

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225 W 23rd St

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261 West 23 Street

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Champion Pizza

2 W 14th St

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224 West 20 Street

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465 W 23rd St

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185 7th Ave

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98 8th Ave

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70 7th Ave

Grade Pending (27) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/ sewage-associated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies. Hand washing facility not provided in or near food preparation area and toilet room. Hot and cold running water at adequate pressure to enable cleanliness of employees not provided at facility. Soap and an acceptable hand-drying device not provided. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.

Cafe Water

519 6th Ave

Grade Pending (27) Food worker does not use proper utensil to eliminate bare hand contact with food that will not receive adequate additional heat treatment. Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewageassociated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.

Hummus & Pita Co

585 Ave Of The Americas

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WELCOME CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 One woman demonstrates the proper angle at which to flag down a passing cab above a caption reading, “The taxi hail is all about the lean.” A man displays the “pizza fold” as he consumes a slice, an art form that “might take practice, but is worth it.” What’s up with the New York accent? “Fuhgetaboutit. No such thing.” That fabled span across the East River? “Fair market price or not, the Brooklyn Bridge is not for sale.” Meanwhile, a fast-moving walker appears stymied on video as he tries to get by three slow-footed pedestrians on the sidewalk. Capturing the frustration of the true New Yorker, the caption declares, “Slow walkers and large groups keep to the right. (C’mon, people.)” “We’ve got more than 8 million stories,” one post proclaimed. “We’re glad you’re now one of them. Welcome John!” “Wow!” Williams tweeted back on the day he started at his new job. “When my new colleagues told me about their #NYCtips, that’s when I knew that I could not refuse. Thank you for the warm welcome as I join you at the New York Fed — and as an official New Yorker,” he added. Sommo wrote the text to accompany the videos, each of which repeats in a loop and lasts just two or three seconds. She says the final product reflects the personalities of the individual Fed employees. “We wanted to make the videos playful, but with a little bit of that New York sensibility,” Sommo said. “We were hoping to highlight some of the unique aspects of New York City, and what makes it the place that it is, and it was very important to get the tone right. “New York may be confusing to newcomers, it has this reputation as being hard to figure out, but it’s a lot more welcoming and friendly than many people may know,” she added. Unfortunately for Williams, one tweet posted at #DearJohninNYC offered a bit of rather glum news: “Sorry, we can’t get you @HamiltonMusical tickets” it said. “We hear even @Lin_ Manuel can’t get them these days.” invreporter@strausnews.com

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ALL IN THE FAMILY Inside Motel Morris and The Commons, two Chelsea restaurants owned by Sam Nidel with the help of his relatives BY MICHAEL DESANTIS

Sam Nidel graduated from college in 2009 thinking he’d spend his years working in the family business of real estate. Instead, Nidel helped launch another type of family business: food. Nidel, 31, now owns two businesses on Seventh Avenue — a coffee shop cafe called The Commons, and Motel Morris, a comfort food restaurant. With the help of his family, Nidel achieved his goal of bringing two food establishments to serve the Chelsea community. Now that they’re here, Nidel and the rest of his team are hoping to not only survive, but thrive, in a city that has a track record of being tough on small businesses. Nidel worked for his uncle’s real estate company, Paley Management, for three years after graduation. During that time, he helped his brother, Brett, and an old friend with their hot cocoa stand on the High Line. Brett Nidel and his friend had won a competition that led to them to open a winter stand when the High Line was just starting to venture into food and beverages. “I helped them out during that venture and I really loved it,” Sam Nidel said. The trio opened a second location in Hudson River Park’s Christopher Street, which was an all-day cafe. Nidel helped manage that on weekends. From there, he fell in love with service and interacting with people seeking food and coffee. Nidel quit his real estate job in 2011. Later that year, he, his brother a family friend Matthew Mogil transformed

The Commons’ hot cocoa. Photo: Michael DeSantis

an old shoes store into The Commons. From then on, it was a family affair. Nidel the opened Motel Morris in April 2017 after signing a lease for it in 2016. With the help of his family, Nidel was able to get the businesses off the ground. Sam, along with Brett and Mogil, is the co-owner of both The Commons and Motel Morris but focuses on the former venture. Brett is the “brains” of the behind-the-scenes work that includes venting, electric and plumbing. Brett’s wife, Tamara McCarthy, is the business’s graphic designer and designed the Motel Morris bathroom. Nidel’s cousin, Jessica Corr, designed the restaurant’s furniture and lighting. Mogil takes care of a lot of the company’s finances. Arlene Novick, Sam and Brett’s mother, bakes a dessert called Arlene’s Special. And their father, Richard Nidel, is a lawyer for their business. In fact, Nidel and at least a dozen of his family members live in the apartments above Motel Morris. Though the building essentially serves as a motel, that’s not how it got its name. Morris Paley, the Nidel brothers’ late grandfather, served as part of the motivation. Mogil’s greatgrandfather was named Morris Minsker. The way Sam described growing up with his family evokes his passion for food. “Every day growing up, I was lucky enough to have two parents who loved to cook,” he said. “There wasn’t a day where I wasn’t obligated to come home and have dinner with my family. My brother and I used to hate it when we were little because we weren’t able to go out and be with our friends all the time. Our mom would kind of be like, ‘You have to come home for dinner.’ But now I definitely think that was a major contributing factor too for our love of food and this industry.” The Commons serves roughly 30 drink options ranging from coffee and tea to hot cocoa and cocktails. Foodwise, it offers egg sandwiches with bacon or sausage, scrambled eggs,

The bacon, egg and cheese sandwich at The Commons. Photo: Michael DeSantis

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Sam Nidel, co-owner of Motel Morris and The Commons, sits by a wall of family photos inside Motel Morris. Photo: Michael DeSantis mushroom or avocado toast, a variety of sandwiches and more. “It started off as something that we thought the neighborhood needed desperately,” Sam Nidel said of his motivation to found The Commons. “Being that we live [in Chelsea] and there weren’t any coffee shops, really. Or places to get a good, quick breakfast. The need of the neighborhood really drove that.” Eileen Millan, 67, who has lived in Chelsea for 40 years, only began going to The Commons this summer. She said she now goes twice a week after falling in love with the sausage, egg and cheese sandwich. “It was one of the best egg sandwiches I’ve had,” Millan said. Motel Morris, where Nidel takes more of a backstage approach, is run by a dating couple, Bill McDaniel and Jamie Steinberg. They serve as the head chef and general manager, respectively. McDaniel, 49, is responsible for putting the Motel Morris menu together. Under his lead, the restaurant offers American comfort food. “The whole idea about American food is that they’ve taken things from everybody’s culture,” McDaniel said. “I feel as though being a chef in the United States is a great opportu-

nity because you get to just pick all the great things.” Lunch items include soups, salads, chili, a burger with cheddar, bacon, onion rings and black garlic barbecue sauce, a noodle bowl and a crispy fried chicken thigh sandwich (a personal favorite of McDaniel’s). Dinner features skirt steak, roast chicken, chicken fried buttermilk pork chop, grilled trout or roasted salmon. If diners still have room, they can have dessert: butterscotch banana pudding pie, a chocolate s’mores sundae, or Arlene’s Special, which rotates. McDaniel, who grew up in Arizona and has been cooking for 32 years, said he tried to take as many individual preferences into account as possible when creating the menu. “The American cuisine now has really developed through understanding the diversity of people and what they need,” McDaniel explained. “Restrictions, likes, dislikes, gluten issues, allergies. It is, to a different degree, a new way to write menus.” Steinberg, 44, also runs the beverage program. Motel Morris serves about 10 different cocktails, dozens of wines and a handful of different craft beer selections. Between The Commons and Motel Morris, Sam Nidel heads a well-oiled

machine. However, there’s always the risk of dealing with rent and wage increases. New York City isn’t the easiest place to run a small business. Millan said she’s seen numerous restaurants and other long-time mom and pop shops leave Chelsea in her 40 years of living there. “The problem with Chelsea is that it wasn’t always expensive and it wasn’t always as hip to live here,” Millan said. “It’s gone through a gentrification. Most of the mom and pop shops are gone.” Nidel’s restaurants are doing well with rent and the owners have a good relationship with the landlord, but he feels he may need to make some changes with the minimum wage set to increase to $15 on December 31. “I love that our workers can make more money and that’s what we want for them,” Nidel said. “But we’re going to have to raise prices most likely.” Nidel is concerned that restaurants around the city having to raise their prices could scare off customers. Millan has a feeling that Nidel’s family business will be able to manage and that the community will stick with them. “I think they’ve gotten their customers,” she said. “The buzz is out about them. The food is really, really good.”


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CRAFTING A KENNEDY LEGACY THEATER A new play about a proposed sculpture of JFK and his son sparks debate about art history and historical accuracy BY MARC B. BOUCAI

Steven Skybell and ensemble in the Yiddish version of “Tradition.” Photo: Victor Nechy / ProperPix.com

IT TAKES CHUTZPAH CULTURE Joel Grey directs a Yiddish version of “Fiddler on the Roof” BY KAREN MATTHEWS

It might seem meshuga — crazy — to stage a beloved musical in a language that most of the audience won’t understand. But Tevye the dairyman and his family will speak Yiddish in an off-Broadway production of “Fiddler on the Roof” directed by Oscar and Tony winner Joel Grey. Previews started Wednesday for the show, which will be the first-ever U.S. production of “Fiddler” in the language its characters would have spoken. “I always knew what this play was about and that’s how I had the chutzpah to tackle it,” Grey said during a rehearsal at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, which is housed at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in lower Manhattan. “We work in English first on the scenes so that everybody understands the characters, and the third or fourth time we do it in Yiddish, and we just keep at it.” There will be supertitles in English and Russian for theatergoers who don’t know their schmaltz from their schmutz. “Fiddler on the Roof” opened on Broadway in 1964 starring Zero Mostel as Tevye and ran for eight years. It has been a favorite of schools and community theater groups ever since and has been revived on Broadway four times. Its songs including “Sunrise, Sunset” and “If I Were a Rich Man” are familiar even to people who’ve never seen the show. Based on stories by Sholom

Aleichem originally written in Yiddish, “Fiddler” is set in 1905 in a Jewish village in czarist Russia. A Yiddish version of “Fiddler” translated by actor and writer Shraga Friedman as “Fidler afn Dakh” was performed in Israel in 1966 but was never staged in the United States until now. In the Yiddish version of the show, the song “To Life!” doesn’t have to be translated from “L’Chaim!” — It’s just “L’Chaim!” “If I Were a Rich Man” becomes “Ven ikh bin a Rotschild,” from a story by Aleichem about a man who imagines he were as wealthy as a member of the Rothschild family. The new production shows how decades of work to preserve Yiddish by organizations including the Folksbiene — Yiddish for World Stage — have paid off. “For more than a generation we’ve had an explosion of contemporary Yiddish arts and culture by musicians, poets, theater makers, scholars and writers who have studied the language and its history and its incredible volume of modern literature and eclectic music,” said Alisa Solomon, the author of “Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof,” published in 2013. Solomon said “Fiddler” is “free to just kind of be itself in a way that 50 years ago it couldn’t be in some circles because there was an absence of that vibrant Yiddish culture.” Yiddish, which is based on German with elements taken from Hebrew and other languages and is written with the Hebrew alphabet, was once spoken by millions of Eastern European Jews but fell victim both to the Holocaust and the

pull of assimilation. Isaac Bashevis Singer, who won a Nobel Prize for his stories written in Yiddish, famously said the language “has been dying for a thousand years, and I’m sure it will go on dying for another thousand.” Immigrants to the United States built a thriving Yiddish theater scene that launched the careers of famed acting teacher Stella Adler and stars such as Edward G. Robinson. The Folksbiene was founded in 1915 and was once one of more than a dozen Yiddish theater companies on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. It presents plays from the Yiddish theater canon as well as new work and adaptations of Yiddish literary works such as “Yentl,” based on Singer’s story “Yentl the Yeshiva Boy.” Grey’s father, Mickey Katz, was a musician and actor who performed Yiddish comedy songs, but Grey said he doesn’t speak much Yiddish himself and has been learning while rehearsing. Grey watched as the actors rehearsed the tavern scene from “Fiddler” in which Tevye agrees to let the butcher Lazar Wolf marry his eldest daughter. To a non-Yiddish speaker, the most easily understood words were schnapps and vodka. The 86-year-old is best known for his role as the master of ceremonies in “Cabaret,” a musical that improbably turned the rise of Hitler into popular entertainment. “He brings a whole other dimension in terms of his theatrical knowledge and sense,” said Zalmen Mlotek, the Folksbiene’s artistic director. “It’s an experience.”

What responsibility does an artist have when representing a cherished historical figure? What standards of “authenticity” must the work achieve in order for a community to support local public art? When the lauded figure in question is none other than former President John F. Kennedy, the answers can often be controversial and contestable. Claude Soln ik’s f inely wrought new play, “A Walk on the Beach,” billed as a “Kennedy story you haven’t heard,” tells the story of retired plumber turned sculptor and Hyannis native David Lewis, and the over eight year-long battle he fought to build and fund a statue imagining JFK and his son walking arm in arm down the beach as adults. Solnik’s play is based on extensive interviews with David Lewis, the play’s protagonist, who, circa 2000, began sketching various possible images for a bronze sculpture commemorating both JFK and his son JFK Jr. After garnering initial support from Caroline Kennedy and Ted Kennedy, Lewis’s sculpture project hit a few snags when the local paper in Hyannis began to accuse the artist of changing history and tarnishing JFK’s legacy. Other members of the community cited that, just a few years after the tragic plane crash that took the life of JFK Jr., the statue could be seen as an insult, not a tribute. It is precisely the importance of JFK’s legacy that is at stake in both Lewis’s statue and Solnik’s play. The playwright stressed the importance of JFK as symbol, both real and constructed: “If this was a statue of anyone else, I don’t think people would have such strong feelings. Many feel like the Kennedys are part of their family — or they are part of the Kennedys. The passions are very strong ... He became an icon. He made many, many mistakes. And yet, people think of him as an

Sculptor David Lewis (played by Jack Coggins, right) has a private moment with JFK (played by James Earley) in his thoughts. Photo: Claude Solnik idealist ... Our view of JFK to begin with is imagination as much as actual events.” It is this line between history and artistic liberty, between truth and imagination that gives “A Walk on the Beach” its dramatic momentum. The tension between sculpture as representing historical “truth” and artistic interpretation come to a head when the editor of the local paper begins to accuse Lewis of tainting JFK’s memory. Solnik explains how, “at least in the play, the media does everything it can to turn the statue into an issue. The local paper writes editorials and articles questioning the idea of ‘imagination’ rather than history as the basis for a sculpture. It appears that the publication favors negative letters rather than those that support it. The voices of those opposed to things can be louder than those in favor. That’s the way media operates frequently.” The play’s most heated scene occurs between the sculptor (played by Jack Coggins) and the local paper’s editor (John Carhart). Lewis tells the editor (and the audience) that “art can be about imagination, changing reality. You can use art to imagine a different world. You can try to stop the bullet. You can try to put John John’s plane back in the air.” Solnik empathizes with Lewis’ position, noting that as an artist, “you don’t have to be a reporter. You can recreate the world and imagine it differently.” Though set in a pre-social

media landscape (Cape Cod between 2000 and 2007), Solnik’s play touches on contemporary issues around the role of the artist, the activist and the citizen journalist. It demonstrates how an artist, simply by sticking to their creative ideas, can inadvertently stir up a local dialogue about the role of art in civil society. In the case of Lewis, his initial sculpture was never fully produced. A miniature of the JFK/ John John piece is on display at the JFK Museum, and recently, a life-size sculpture of JFK alone designed by Lewis opened in front of Kennedy’s memorial in Hyannis. Solnik, a reporter by profession, uses the ear of a journalist and the heart of a poet to make clear how questions of art and accuracy, history and truth, memory and slander can be summoned up by one image. Although technically a story about the Kennedys, “A Walk on the Beach” is about the role of art in everyday life, and the way the act of creation can be a political, civic act, one that “can try to stop the bullet” and imagine a better, more just world.

IF YOU GO Where: Theatre for A New City, 155 First Ave. When: July 5 - 15, 8 p.m. weeknights, Sat. 3 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Price: $15.00 - $18.00


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IN THE PITS, ON BROADWAY The clarinetist Todd Palmer has accompanied performances of “South Pacific,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “The King and I” and now “My Fair Lady” BY MARK NIMAR

Todd Palmer is no stranger to Broadway. Having played clarinet in “South Pacific” with Kelli O’Hara, “Sunset Boulevard” starring Glenn Close and “The King and I” with Ken Wantanabe, he has become a veteran clarinetist in orchestra pits across the Great White Way. This spring, the Upper West Sider joined the “My Fair Lady”’ orchestra, and is currently accompanying — and appearing in — the show at Lincoln Center eight times each week. Palmer, 46, sat down with us to dish about the show’s offstage shenanigans, glamorous party scene and his favorite post-show cocktail.

How did you get the job playing in the orchestra of “My Fair Lady”? Well, as it is with most things in life, it’s about who you know. I knew Ted Sperling, “My Fair Lady’s” music director, from doing jobs around the city, and 10 years ago, he asked me to do “South Pacific” at Lincoln Center. That gig led me to do “Sunset Boulevard” with Glenn Close, “The King and I” again at Lincoln Center, and now “My Fair Lady.” I knew all the orches-

Lerner & Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” at the Lincoln Center Theater. Photo: Joan Marcus tra members of “My Fair Lady” before we started rehearsals. Lincoln Center likes to rehire their musicians. It’s a family affair, really.

Do you have a favorite moment in the show? In the show, the orchestra has a 10-minute cameo onstage. For the party scene, all 30 of us come onto the stage in our white tuxes and white ties. We get to watch Eliza Doolittle come down the staircase in an exquisite ball gown. We play on a big bandstand, which a giant machine pushes up and down. The audience always applauds when the platform descends.... It’s all very grand.

How do you keep the show fresh and interesting for yourself while playing it night after night?

Todd Palmer, a veteran clarinetist, joined the “My Fair Lady”’ orchestra this spring. Photo courtesy of Todd Palmer

Well in the show, there are long, eight-minute stretches of dialogue on stage where we have no music to play. And to ease the boredom, there ARE some shenanigans that go on in the pit. We throw sock puppets at one another, read magazines or stand up and play to keep ourselves entertained. I’ll even go out into the hall and exercise while the show is going on. Of course, the audience sees none of it, because we are in the pit below the stage. It is also cool to see how the actors deliver their lines night after night. The

dialogue is so well crafted and witty, and they deliver it a different way each night, depending on the audience’s energy, applause or the actors’ moods. The actors also forget their lines, and improvise. Or sometimes, someone in the orchestra comes in at the wrong time, and there’s lots of laughter. It’s live theatre; you never quite know what’s going to happen. That is what makes the show different and fresh every time, and makes it interesting for us night after night.

With the ongoing #MeToo movement, “My Fair Lady” has generated controversy in the press. How has the show’s creative team addressed elements of the show that some perceive as misogynistic? I think Eliza is a much stronger character in this revival. In the Hollywood film, Eliza stays with Henry Higgins, even after he mistreats her. But at the end of our show, Eliza is ambivalent; she ends up running off the stage. You’re not really sure what she is thinking: is she in a moment of indecision, or not? Bartlett Sher was very aware of not making this revival a reincarnation of a museum piece. He knows how to dust stories off, and make them relevant in this day and age. I think that’s one of the reasons why Bart wanted to do this show. It hasn’t been seen on Broadway in 25

years, and a lot has happened since then with women in the workforce and at home. For many years, we were lying to ourselves, saying that women were equal. But now, in this unique time that we are living in, change is in the air. And I know Bart Sher is trying to convey that in his staging.

What do you do after the show to decompress? Good question! Well, I make a cocktail before I go to the show every night. I mix Amsterdam vodka, triple sec, fresh lime juice and a delicious mango mixer. It’s not a cosmo; I call it a ‘Tozmo.” Before I leave, I put it in the freezer, and it is sitting there waiting for me when I get back home at 11:30. And when I get home, it is frozen to perfection. I nurse my cocktail, and sip it slowly instead of downing it all at once. And then, I watch reruns of “Modern Family” on my couch. It is the perfect way to decompress after a three-hour show.

How did you start playing the clarinet? Well, I grew up in Hagerstown, Maryland. I went to the local elementary school and played trumpet in the fourth grade. But my sister played the clarinet, and would leave her clarinet in her closet. And I would sneak into my sister’s room, and take it out. And I would teach the fingerings to myself

while she wasn’t home; I was completely self-taught. I one day went to my band teacher, and told him that I would be switching from trumpet to clarinet. And that was that.

Do you still practice? I still do warm up exercises. I was doing them as I was watching Wimbledon this morning.

As a young musician, did you ever think you would have all this success? At 19, I moved to New York. I came here, bright-lights-big-city, and made a career out of this. If I had gone to a fortune-teller back when I started, and had they told me things would work out the way they did, I would not have believed them. I feel so blessed to have had this career. Because of music, I have played in China, have swum in the Aegean Sea. Growing up, my family would never travel farther than a car would take us.... So without music, I never would have done any of this. So I am very appreciative of the things that have come my way.

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PUBLIC NOTICES SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK --COUNTY OF NEW YORK - Index No. 301355/2018 - Date Purchased: February 13, 2018 SUMMONS WITH NOTICE Plaintiff designates New York County as the place of trial-Basis of venue: is CPLR 509. -MARIA SANCHEZ, Plaintiff, against ALEXANDER LARA, Defendant -- ACTION FOR DIVORCE -- To the above named Defendant: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s attorneys within thirty (30) days after the service of this summons is complete and in case of your failure to appear, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the notice set forth below. Dated: February 13, 2018, Queens, New York. Law Offices of Donald Mastrodomenico By: Donald Mastrodomenico, Esq. Plaintiff’s Attorney 107-19 71st Ave. Forest Hills, N.Y. 11375 (718) 268-8111 - NOTICE: The nature of this action is to dissolve the marriage between the parties, on the grounds: DRL section 170 subd.(7) - the relationship between the Plaintiff and Defendant has broken down irre-

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trievably for a period of at least six months. The relief sought is a judgment of absolute divorce in favor of the Plaintiff dissolving the marriage between the parties this action. The nature of any ancillary or additional relief demanded is: That the Family Court shall have concurrent jurisdiction with the Supreme Court with respect to any future issues of maintenance, child support, custody and visitation. That the parties do not require maintenance and no claim will be made by either party for maintenance. That the Defendant shall pay to the Plaintiff reasonable amounts for child support. That the Plaintiff shall provide health insurance benefits to the unemancipated child until the age of 21 years. That the Court issue an appropriate Qualified Medical Child Support Order. That both parties may resume the use of any prior surname. That the Court grant such other and further relief as the Court may deem fit and proper. The parties have divided up the marital property, and no claim will be made by either party under equitable distribution. NOTICE OF AUTOMATIC ORDERS PURSUANT TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS LAW SECTION 236 PART B, SECTION 2, THE PARTIES ARE BOUND BY CERTAIN AUTOMATIC ORDERS WHICH SHALL REMAIN IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT DURING THE PENDENCY OF THE ACTION. NOTICE OF GUIDELINE MAINTENANCE You are hereby given that under the Maintenance Guidelines Law (Chapter 269, Laws of 2015), there is an obligation to award the guideline amount of maintenance on income up to $178,000 to be paid by the party with the higher income to the party with the lower income according to a formula, unless the parties agree otherwise or waive this right. Depending on the income of the parties, the obligation might fall on either the Plaintiff or the Defendant in the action. FOR FURTHER DETAILS YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE CLERK OF THE MATRIMONIAL PART, SUPREME COURT, 60 CENTRE STREET, NEW YORK, N.Y. 10007 TEL (646) 386-3010. DRL 255 Notice. Please be advised that once the judgment of divorce is signed in this action, both parties must be aware that he or she will no longer be covered by the other party’s health insurance plan and that each party shall be responsible for his or her own health insurance coverage, and may be entitled to purchased health insurance on his or her own through a COBRA option, if available.

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PUBLIC AUCTION NOTICE OF SALE OF COOPERATIVE APARMENT SECURITY PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: By Virtue of a Default under Loan Security Agreement, and other Security Documents, Karen Loiacano, Auctioneer, License #DCA1435601 or Jessica L Prince-Clateman, Auctioneer, License #1097640 or Vincent DeAngelis Auctioneer, License #1127571 will sell at public auction, with reserve, on August 1, 2018, in the Rotunda of the New York County Courthouse, 60 Centre Street, New York, NY 10007, commencing at 1:15pm for the following account: Catharina Maria Du Maire, as borrower, 650 shares of capital stock of 221 West Owners Ltd. and all right, title and interest in the Proprietary Lease to 221 West 21st Street, Unit 3A, New York, NY 10011 Sale held to enforce rights of CitiMortgage, Inc., who reserves the right to bid. Ten percent (10%) Bank/Certified check required at sale, balance due at closing within thirty (30) days. The Cooperative Apartment will be sold “AS IS” and possession is to be obtained by the purchaser. Pursuant to Section 201 of the Lien Law you must answer within 10 days from receipt of this notice in which redemption of the above captioned premises can occur. There is presently an outstanding debt owed to CitiMortgage, Inc. (lender) as of the date of this notice in the amount of $319,094.93. This figure is for the outstanding balance due under UCC1, which was secured by Financing Statement in favor of Citibank, N.A. recorded on February 29, 2012 in CRFN 2012000077599 and assigned to CitiMortgage,

Inc. via a UCC-3 recorded on October 10, 2017 in CRFN 2017000372265. Please note this is not a payoff amount as additional interest/fees/penalties may be incurred. You must contact the undersigned to obtain a final payoff quote or if you dispute any information presented herein. The estimated value of the above captioned premises is $630,000.00. Pursuant to the Uniform Commercial Code Article 9-623, the above captioned premises may be redeemed at any time prior to the foreclosure sale. You may contact the undersigned and either pay the principal balance due along with all accrued interest, late charges, attorney fees and out of pocket expenses incurred by CitiMortgage, Inc.. and the undersigned, or pay the outstanding loan arrears along with all accrued interest, late charges, attorney fees and out of pocket expenses incurred by CitiMortgage, Inc., and the undersigned, with respect to the foreclosure proceedings. Failure to cure the default prior to the sale will result in the termination of the proprietary lease. If you have received a discharge from the Bankruptcy Court, you are not personally liable for the payment of the loan and this notice is for compliance and information purposes only. However, CitiMortgage, Inc., still has the right under the loan security agreement and other collateral documents to foreclosure on the shares of stock and rights under the proprietary lease allocated to the cooperative apartment. Dated: June 6, 2018 #95084 Frenkel, Lambert, Weiss, Weisman & Gordon, LLP Attorneys for CitiMortgage, Inc. 53 Gibson Street Bay Shore, NY 11706 631-969-310 File 088374-F00

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