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FUROR IN CHINATOWN OVER JAIL PLAN COMMUNITY Residents protest city proposal for new Manhattan jail to replace Rikers BY MICHAEL GAROFALO

City officials presenting plans for a new 1,510-bed detention center in Lower Manhattan were repeatedly interrupted with chants of “no jail!” from angry Chinatown residents at a contentious Sept. 12 meeting at P.S. 124 in Chinatown. The proposal to build a new jail facility at 80 Centre St. — a crucial piece in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to close the notoriously violent Rikers Island jail facilities within ten years — has prompted passionate opposition from many in the Chinatown community. The city’s plan would transform the corner of Centre and Worth Streets, currently the site of the Louis J. Lefkowitz State Office Building, which houses courtrooms and offices of the Manhattan District Attorney, City Clerk, Manhattan Marriage Bureau and other city agencies. The new jail would be one of four new boroughbased jails to replace Rikers, with others located in Queens, the Bronx and Brooklyn. Proponents of the so-called community-based jails say that siting the facilities in each borough will lessen the isolation experienced by incarcerated individuals as they await trial and sentencing by allowing for easier contact with family members and other loved ones. The proposed site of the new jail at 80 Centre St. is adjacent to the New York County Criminal Court; early plans propose a pedestrian bridge across Hogan Street to connect the jail and the court. Many at the meetinng said they support the closure of Rikers and the idea of community jails, but oppose one

Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the Dominican Day Parade, Aug. 12. Photo via Gov. Cuomo’s flickr page

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HOW YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD VOTED POLITICS A Straus News street-level analysis of the Democratic Primary for governor illustrates Manhattan’s fault lines

Dozens of Chinatown residents turned out to a Sept. 12 meeting at P.S. 124 to voice their opposition to the city’s plan to build a 1,510-bed jail at 80 Centre Street. Photo: Michael Garofalo being built in Chinatown. Much of the public criticism centered on the fact that there was little transparency or opportunity for public input on the new jail’s location before preliminary plans for the 80 Centre St. site were released in mid-August. “Closing Rikers is a laudable goal,” said Nicholas Stabile, who lives in a Park Row coop near the proposed jail site. “But the process employed by the Mayor’s Office to achieve this goal focuses on only half the equation — the people inside the jail. It ignores the other half of the equation — the people in the surrounding community.” Rather than consulting locals before releasing the plan, Stabile said, the administration “came in with a fully baked plan that burdens the community and provides almost no benefits.” In comments at the beginning of the meeting, neither Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer nor local Council Member Margaret Chin took a posi-

tion on the proposal. Brewer criticized the administration’s handling of the planning process thus far, particularly the decision to release preliminary plans in August, when most community boards do not hold meetings. “I may disagree with you on whether or not there should be a jail, but I will never disagree that there should be a community process that has lots of time in order to have your input,” she said. Chin emphasized that the process of siting a new jail is still in its early stages and the result is far from certain. “I am not taking a position on this project because it’s only the beginning,” Chin said, explaining that she would listen to and evaluate the city’s presentation before passing judgment. Her statements drew jeers from many in the crowd who already oppose the jail plan.

BY DOUGLAS FEIDEN

Cynthia Nixon scored a landslide triumph over Andrew Cuomo — in the two square blocks bounded by First and Second Avenues and East 10th and East 12th Streets in the East Village. The insurgent racked up 184 votes to crush the incumbent governor, who managed only 86 votes, by a margin exceeding two-to-one in one of the city’s most liberal-left precincts. Nixon also walloped her rival on Carmine, Morton, Leroy, Cornelia and Bleecker Streets in Greenwich Village. She romped on a two-block strip along West 100th Street between Broadway and Riverside Drive

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on the Upper West Side. And her micro-sweep encompassed several long blocks of West 21st and 22nd Street in Chelsea, as well as both sides of East 67th, 68th and 69th Streets between York and First Avenues on the Upper East Side. It wasn’t enough. Cuomo pulverized her. He won the statewide ballot by a 65.6 percent-to-34.4 percent margin. Even in Manhattan, where Nixon fared far better, she managed just 41.6 percent of the vote, while he snared 58.4 percent. But as a pioneer in an emerging sisterhood of political newcomers vying to unseat male incumbents, Nixon notched some impressive wins: She animated a liberal-left base, energized the electoral discourse and left a foundation for future progressive female challengers to build on in the hundreds of blocks and scores of Election Districts in which she did prevail.

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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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POT PROSECUTIONS VACATED LAW ENFORCEMENT Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said his office would toss out low-level possession cases BY JENNIFER PELTZ

Over 3,000 low-level marijuana cases were thrown out last week as Manhattan’s top prosecutor furthered a shift away from arresting and prosecuting many people for small-time pot offenses in the nation’s biggest city. Misdemeanor and violation-level pot possession cases that had sat open for as long as 40 years were dismissed in a matter of minutes after Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. asked a court to scrap 3,042 warrants for people who missed court dates and to toss out the cases themselves. He recently decided to stop prosecuting many minor pot possession cases and argued it made sense to spare people potential arrests in old ones. “If anyone was brought in today on one of these warrants, my office would dismiss the case,” Vance said. He called the mass dismissal “something that is off-script but actually serves the interests of justice enormously.”

None of the people charged in the cases was there to hear Criminal Court Judge Kevin McGrath wipe them out. Some may long since have forgotten about the cases. But now they no longer face potential problems getting jobs or housing if the warrants pop up during background checks, or possible arrest if their IDs are checked during otherwise routine interactions with police — after a fender-bender, for instance, or while reporting a crime. “They are living with the peril of being put through the system for almost no reason,” said Carolyn Wilson, director of New York County Defender Services. Her group and Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem are ready to help people seeking to figure out whether the dismissals affect them. Vance and Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez decided this summer not to prosecute most new misdemeanor pot possession and smoking cases, saying they had little public safety impact but caused defendants problems with employment, housing, immigration and more. The two district attorneys oversee prosecutions in two of the city’s five boroughs; all five DAs are Democrats.

Gonzalez announced a plan earlier this month that could erase an estimated 20,000 minor pot convictions. Queens DA Richard Brown’s office said it would review any misdemeanor marijuana possession cases there that haven’t been dismissed. Vance said Wednesday he was exploring the legalities of potentially voiding old convictions but hoped state lawmakers would create a certain path for doing so. For now, he said he was using prosecutors’ discretion to drop open pot-possession cases and warrants as a move toward fairness. “You can drive down the West Side Highway at 75 miles an hour, and you’ll get a ticket, but if you are found smoking a marijuana cigarette, you’ll be arrested and put in cuffs” and held for up to 24 hours before going to court, Vance said at a news conference. “The offense, in our opinion, does not justify that level of enforcement.” New York allows marijuana-derived medications for some conditions, but recreational pot remains illegal, although Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed a panel to draft legislation that could legalize it. Meanwhile, New York City has been easing policing of minor pot possession, which spurred more than 50,000

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. in Manhattan Criminal Court on Sept. 12 arguing for the dismissal of 3,042 marijuana smoking and possession cases, some dating back decades. Photo: Manhattan District Attorney’s Office arrests a year as recently as 2011. Last year, there were 17,880, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services. A 2014 city policy called for police to issue summonses citing violations, instead of making misdemeanor arrests, for most low-level marijuana possession cases, though not public pot smoking. As of Sept. 1, officers also have been directed to issue tickets in most marijuana-smoking cases. City prosecutors have previously

agreed on voiding vast numbers of warrants, if not focusing on marijuana ones. Brown, Gonzalez, Vance and Bronx DA Darcel Clark together prompted courts to nix over 640,000 violationlevel warrants in one day last year for such offenses as littering and opencontainer drinking. Staten Island DA Michael McMahon called that initiative “unfair to those citizens who responsibly appear in court.”

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STATS FOR THE WEEK Reported crimes from the 10th precinct for the week ending Sep 9

At 8:50 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4, a man displayed a black firearm to a 29-year-old woman in front of 114 Sullivan St. and demanded that she hand over her belongings. He then grabbed her iPhone and fled northbound on Sullivan before heading westbound on Prince Street, according to police. The woman sustained no injuries. The iPhone was last tracked at 9:45 p.m. to a location on Shepherd Avenue between Pitkin and Belmont Avenues in Brooklyn. The iPhone 7 is valued at $500.

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ELECTRIC BICYCLE STOLEN At 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 2, a 57-year-old man left his electric bicycle in an area of the lobby at 431 West Broadway where residents and visitors always left their bikes. When he returned the next day at 11:30 a.m. his Emotion two-wheeler, valued at $4,500, was gone.

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DOUBLE TROUBLE A thief at a South Street bar victimized two patrons at the same time. At 7:50 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, an unknown man took the belongings of a 32-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman from under the bar inside the Industry Kitchen at 70 South St. before fleeing the location

on foot in an unknown direction. The woman told police that no unauthorized usage turned up on her debit or credit cards, and she canceled both. Police canvassed the neighborhood but came up empty. The patrons’ missing items included an iPhone 7 valued at $900, a Lenovo ThinkPad X270 priced at $800 and other property valued at a total of $1,960.

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SHOPLIFTER HITS GREEN STREET RETAILER At 6:57 p.m. on Friday, September 7, a man entered the Versus Versace store at 75 Greene St. took book a book bag, a fanny pack and a pair of slippers and fled. Police searched the area but couldn’t find the sticky-fingered thief. The items are altogether valued at $1,750.

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PHONES TAKEN At 7:13 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5, a man went into the AT&T store at 82 Wall St. and removed phones from the display before fleeing on foot in an unknown direction. The stolen phones were an iPhone X valued at $1,000 and an iPhone 8 worth $700, making a total stolen of $1,700.


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A rendering (left) shows plans for a 775-foot residential tower on West 66th Street. Extell Development previously secured approvals for a more modest 25-story development at the site (right) before ďŹ ling plans for the taller building, prompting Council Member Helen Rosenthal to call the move a â&#x20AC;&#x153;procedural bait-and-switch.â&#x20AC;? Images: (Left) Snøhetta; (Right) DOB notice at worksite local land use and preservation cial Lincoln Square District.â&#x20AC;? Rosenthal has also criticized nonproďŹ t Landmark West! and residents of a neighboring co- Extell for engaging in what she op building at 10 West 66th termed â&#x20AC;&#x153;a procedural bait-andSt. Manhattan Borough Presi- switchâ&#x20AC;? in ďŹ ling its plans for the dent Gale Brewer, City Council property. In December 2015, Member Helen Rosenthal, state the developer ďŹ led for permits Sen. Brad Hoylman and Assem- to build a much smaller buildbly Member Richard Gottfried ing at the site; at 292 feet, the proposed development would support the challenge. At a Sept. 13 meeting at Holy have been similar in size to Trinity Lutheran Church, neighboring buildings. Extell Rosenthal said Extellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pro- began clearing the site under posal relies on a zoning inter- the old permit, while Rosenpretation â&#x20AC;&#x153;that is the opposite thal and others called on the of what was intended when this developer to address rumors community adopted the Spe- that a larger project was in de-

velopment. Their suspicions were confirmed when Extell ďŹ led new plans for the 775-foot tower in late 2017. Extell Development did not respond to a request for comment. The Department of Buildings will likely issue its decision on the zoning challenge by late November at the earliest. Subsequent appeals may be made to the Board of Standards and Appeals. Construction can continue while the case is under review. The dispute takes place within the context of a debate over city zoning laws, as controversies have erupted over towers at 200 Amsterdam Avenue, 180 East 88th St. and 430 East 58th St., near Sutton Place, each the subject of pending litigation. Rosenthal, Brewer and other elected officials have called for an update to zoning rules to limit mechanical voids and other perceived loopholes, such as excessive floor-to-ceiling heights. The Department of City Planning is expected to take action to address excessive mechanical voids, but any change would not likely affect the West 66th St. project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This development is in a residential neighborhood, not Billionaireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Row,â&#x20AC;? said Sean Khorsandi, the executive director of Landmark West!

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understand how the landlord is getting away with it. There should be oversight of this kind of project once permits are granted. And time limits for completion. There sure are plenty of traffic enforcement agents writing out tickets for overtime parking on the street and on the avenue. How about the city deploying inspectors to ensure the landlord and his or her contractors are in compliance with safety and any other rules and regulations? And they should be giving out summonses for violations if they are not.

CHARGED UP EAST SIDE OBSERVER BY ARLENE KAYATT

Tough walking — The block between Third and Lex on 90th Street on the north side of the street is an accident waiting to happen. The sidewalk is in the process of being repaired in some of the old four- and five-story walkups, starting at 165 East 90th, and ending just before the luxury highrise on 90th and Third. The buildings have yellow plastic tape stretched from their entrances to the curb. As you try to make your way to Third Ave., there are no signs directing you on where to walk, or on how to get there. Very, very weird. It’s hard to

Small world — St. Agnes Library on Amsterdam Avenue in the 80s is a world made ready for the Lilliputians among us. No seating for grown-ups. Just kid-size chairs and tables. Haven’t been to other libraries lately, but if St. Agnes is a sign of what’s out there or is foretelling the future, teens and adults will have to

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do their reading at a Barnes & Noble. Unlike at the library, they will have to pay to take home a book but will have the option of reading while having a cup of joe at a B&N Starbucks. Not the same as the library — but sitting in a chair meant for 6-year olds is not my cup of tea — even with a good book.

Going batt(er)y — There was a time, like up to maybe two weeks ago, that you could go to a CVS or a Duane Reade to get an AA or AAA battery for TV remotes, a wireless mouse, whatever. Those days are over, gone. Now the batteries come in various sizes of AA or AAA — like AA2, AA3, AAA4. Hard to know which one to get. Unless, of course, you take heed of the old American Express commercial letting you know that “you can’t leave home without it,” “it” being the battery-operated thingamajig that has to be replaced. Yes,

thingamajig — a gadget or other thing that you either don’t know or have forgotten. Count me among the forgotten who will NOT carry a TV remote or other battery challenged device when I leave home or any place else.

Chutzpah, Chicago style — Within a year of Tronc taking over the Daily News from Mort Zuckerman, the Chicago-based media print and online company cut staff and content while raising the price of the weekday and weekend papers. Weekday papers went from $1 to $1.50. Saturday to $1.50 and Sunday to $2. Seems like Tronc is miming President Ford’s sentiment — so powerfully captured by the Daily News in its 1975 headline, “Ford to City: Drop Dead.” The venerable Daily News — however tabloid-y, and its reporters and staff — deserves better. So does its readers. So do New Yorkers.

A ‘BLUE WAVE’ ON THE WEST SIDE BY RICHARD BARR

It’s usually very rare that an incumbent running for re-election to our State Legislature is defeated. So last week’s primary day was a real anomaly — five of the six New York City members of the (former) Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) in the State Senate were taken down by challengers. The eight IDC senators (one of the two upstate members was also defeated) had been elected as Democrats but caucused with the Republicans, keeping them in the majority, with the Republican leader, John Flanagan from Long Island, controlling the Senate agenda. The IDC purportedly agreed, this spring, to rejoin and caucus with the mainstream Dems in the Senate, but by then a “blue wave” of groups opposing Republican agendas had arisen here in New York as it has throughout the country, driven largely by a perceived need to push back against the Trump era. Spirited challengers to all

eight IDCers emerged and refused to be deterred by the supposed deal that the group of eight — whom the challengers called “Rogue” or “Trump” Democrats — had made. The IDC group claimed that they had managed to get progressive laws passed as a result of their alliance with the Republicans, but the challengers pointed to legislation which the Democratic-controlled State Assembly was willing to pass which failed, or was watered down, in the Senate. In Senate District 31, which winds its way up Manhattan’s West Side from Hell’s Kitchen all the way up to Washington Heights and Inwood, Robert Jackson handily won the Democratic primary, defeating incumbent Senator Marisol Alcantara by 56 percent to 38 percent. Two years ago, the two of them faced off, along with Micah Lasher, to try to win the seat which had been vacated by Adriano Espaillat. They each got about a third of the vote in the primary, with Alcantara winning a narrow victory, aided by

an infusion of $500,000 from the IDC, which she joined immediately upon being elected in November of that year. This time around, Lasher endorsed Jackson, which gave the ultimate winner of the primary a big boost — and makes Jackson’s election in November all but certain. Jackson first became known in the early 1990s, when he was chair of the District 6 Community School Board in northern Manhattan. He was the plaintiff in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit, which sued the State for failing to provide the children of NYC schools with adequate funding to ensure that they receive the “sound basic education” which the New York State Constitution entitles them to. The State Court of Appeals eventually ruled for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit and said that the State owed billions more in education funding. From there, Jackson went on to serve several terms on the City Council, where he rose to become chair of the education committee. Now he will

Robert Jackson campaigning in the 2018 New York State Senate race. Photo courtesy of Robert Jackson campaign likely take his focus to the State legislative stage. He says about this campaign that “We didn’t pay for any polls — the poll we had was on the ground in the district — people everywhere were telling us we were going to win. And twice as many votes were cast this time as two years ago. The 31st had more votes cast than any other

district in the City.” “If I won and the others didn’t, nothing would change,” Jackson added. “It was imperative that the others won as well. I was motivated to run, as were all the others, and all the groups which rose up — the blue wave, the anti-IDC groups, everyone knew change was needed. Everyone was engaged.”

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DERAILING DIGITAL DEVIANTS SAFETY After several Tudor City women were sexually harassed online, two East Side pols crafted a bill that would crack down on threatening behavior in cyberspace

It’s a beautiful life, inside and out.

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The seismic power of the #MeToo movement has transformed the workplace, toppled executives, redefined personal relationships, revved up awareness and rattled the worlds of media, culture and politics. What it has yet to do is change the legal means by which prosecutors in New York can pursue sexual harassment offenders who prey on their victims with text messages, emails or other electronic communications. Now, two female state lawmakers who represent the Upper East Side are advancing legislation in Albany that would close a loophole in the current law and make it easier to build cases against online harassers. State Sen. Liz Krueger and state Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright were spurred to act after an incident this summer in which multiple women in Tudor City received unsolicited and unwanted text messages with sexually graphic images, allegedly from their building’s doorman. The employee, who was believed to have had access to the women’s cellphone numbers, was fired by the co-op for abusing his position and sending the residents numerous pictures of his private parts, along with sexually explicit videos, over a period of several months, police said. But though the alleged perpetrator was identified, no charges were filed against him, angering the women and calling legislators’ attention to a quirk of the state’s penal code that narrowly defines harassment in a way that fails to take into account evolving digital technology. “Specifically, dirty unwanted text messages with sexually graphic images are not considered harassment under existing New York State law,” said Seawright, a co-sponsor of the bill whose district covers the East Side and Roosevelt Island. To understand why, you

State Sen. Liz Krueger. The East Side Democrat recently introduced a bill in Albany that would close a legal loophole and facilitate the prosecution of online sexual harassment cases. Photo: Office of Liz Krueger have to go back to at least 1964, according to research by Krueger’s Albany office into the legislative history of a section of the state’s aggravated harassment law that her legislation would amend. It was the era of rotary dial phones — and the “Ma Bell” monopoly over telephone service — and at that time, aggravated harassment in the second degree was codified as a Class A misdemeanor only in cases where a person “makes a telephone call” with “intent to harass or threaten another person.”

A LAW THAT IS EONS OUT OF DATE Since it was the pre-internet era, there was no provision for electronic communications and no online victims to protect. Now, flash forward a halfcentury-plus. And absurdly, in today’s texting culture, where forms of harassment have evolved every bit as much as the technology itself, oldfashioned phone calls, when abusive, are still the evidentiary standard needed to find a party guilty under current aggravated harassment law. Other prosecutorial remedies for similar abuses exist, of course, under several stalking, obscenity and disorderly conduct statutes. But the Tudor City incident “highlighted the need to modernize our laws to address harassment by electronic means,” said Krueger, whose district takes in the East Side and Midtown East, including Tudor City. Accordingly, on Aug. 15, after the New York Post brought the “dirty doorman case” to light,

Krueger introduced her bill to broaden the offense of aggravated harassment so that the statute would include a person who “makes a telephone call, or contacts, via text, email or other electronic communication,” another person with intent to harass. The law “should certainly treat unwanted harassing text messages such as this just as seriously as harassing phone calls,” Krueger said. In the memo of support, written to attract elected officials from both parties to sign on as co-sponsors of the bill, the authors say the follow-up to the recent digital nightmare at Tudor City underscores the need to update the law. “Law enforcement representatives indicated that under existing law, such communications could only be treated as harassment in the second degree, a violation,” the memo states. “Since violations can only be charged in cases where law enforcement witnesses the offense, no charges could be brought in this case.” Updating the law — so that texts, emails and other electronic missives will fall under the same standard as phone calls — will provide prosecutors with better and more effective legal tools to clamp down on texting tormentors, the memo concludes. “In this national climate, in the reality of the #MeToo movement, it is imperative that a progressive New York State amend its penal laws to reflect changing technology,” Seawright said. “We should take up the challenge to protect the citizenry.” invreporter@strausnews.com

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MORE THAN PRETTY A new show at The Museum at FIT examines the history of pink in fashion BY VAL CASTRONOVO

The color has been embraced by painters, pop stars, protesters, preppies, punks, fashionistas, Hollywood and Apple, which added a rose gold iPhone to its lineup in 2015. Its fans include Louis XV’s mistress, Madame de Pompadour, first ladies Mamie Eisenhower and Jackie Kennedy, Elvis Presley, boxing legend Sugar Ray Robinson, screen icons Elle Woods (“Legally Blonde”) and Andie (“Pretty in Pink”), rappers Nicki Minaj and Cam’ron, Florida hoteliers, plus legions of Barbie and Hello Kitty aficionados everywhere. And lest we forget: Gwyneth Paltrow cried in a pink Ralph Lauren gown when she won the Oscar in 1999 for her performance in “Shakespeare in Love” (a copy of the gown, sans tears, is on view here). At The Museum at FIT, curator Valerie Steele, who has edited a new book on the subject, provides a rich history of the color and its connotations in two darkened basement rooms that highlight its many shades — 45 to be pre-

IF YOU GO WHAT: “Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color” WHERE: The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street WHEN: through January 5 www.fitnyc.edu cise, according to her book, ranging from baby pink, ballet slipper pink and bordello pink to Mexican pink, millennial pink and Tumblr pink. The color caused a stir in the walkup to the Women’s March on Washington in January 2017, with a Washington Post columnist cautioning women to “back away from the pink” and rethink the “pussy hats.” She felt the pink would undermine their cause. “For all its femininity, or because of its femininity, it is seen as a profoundly unserious color,” Steele said on a recent tour of the exhibit. The curator has made it her mission these past two years to dispel the cute factor — the notion that pink spells sugar and spice and all things nice and not much else. She has done a prodigious amount of research to document new perspectives on what has been called “the world’s most polarizing color.”

The “feminization of pink” on display in the first gallery of the show. Photo: Val Castronovo

An ode to girlhood, the diorama in the first gallery features pink toys, doll clothes, princess costumes, flamingos, a calculator, Minnie Mouse and more. Objects lent by Raina Bajpai, Jessica Barber and Jennifer Morgan, Grazia d’Annunzio, The Fashion Class, Jennifer Farley Gordon, Theodora Hellen Rose Ingersoll, Loretta Keane, Larissa King, Olympia Maldonado, Melissa Marra, Gladys Rathod, Jody Shields, Julie Steele and Hannah Steele-Morris. Photo: © The Museum at FIT In essence, the conventional pinkblue divide — pink to denote girls, blue to denote boys — became increasingly apparent in the U.S. in the 1950s and 1960s before “the pinkification of girl culture really took off in the 1970s and 1980s, when Mattel’s Barbie acquired a new, predominantly pink wardrobe. By the end of the 20th century, the association of pink with girls had spread throughout the world,” she writes. Go down, down, down to the galleries and enter a pink wonderland, with 80 ensembles and a fabulously sweet diorama in the first gallery overflowing with pink things — toys, doll clothes, princess costumes, flamingos, a calculator, Minnie Mouse and way more. It’s a kitschy, over-the-top ode to girlhood that sets the tone for this exhaustive show. The first room, showcasing EuroAmerican fashions from the 1850s to 1990s, illustrates the “feminization of pink,” Steele said. It’s a glam fest, with haute outfits by designers such as Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Cristobal Balenciaga, Elsa Schiaparelli and Chanel. Dior favored soft pink in his couture collections (e.g., his late 1950s silk moiré evening dress), while his successor, Yves Saint Laurent,

opted for deeper hues (e.g., his 1960 bubble-gum silk faille cocktail dress, with bubble skirt). By the 1980s, pink-and-black combos were trending, a blend of feminine and chic. Victor Edelstein’s show-stopping black-velvet/pink-satin gown (1987) has a giant pink bow at the back that seductively suggests its wearer is a present waiting to be unwrapped. The second room invites a broader look at the color. “Pink was a completely androgynous color in the 18th century.... It was a color associated with novelty and aristocrats. See this wonderful cupcake-like gown and her male companion in pink silk suit,” the curator said, pointing to two French royal court outfits. The color has been fashionable across centuries but also across cultures — in Japan, China, Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America and Africa. Fashion editor Diana Vreeland once said, “Pink is the navy blue of India.” It remains popular with both sexes there today (see the pink-silk wedding Sherwani, a man’s coat, from 2018). Globalization has abetted acceptance of pink by men in the West. The show’s mantra borrows from French color guru Michel Pastoureau:

“It is society that ‘makes’ color, defines it, gives it meaning.” By the end of the 20th century, the meaning of pink had toughened up considerably in the U.S. It was a color to be reckoned with — it was powerful and serious, feminist and transgressive. In 1994, Hillary Clinton wore a pink suit to her first press conference as first lady. During the AIDS crisis, gay-rights activists adopted the Naziera pink triangle — used in concentration camps to single out gay men — as a symbol of advocacy, while breastcancer awareness campaigners have adopted a pink ribbon to brand their deadly serious cause. Punks, rockers and hip-hop artists made the color cool and gender-neutral. Punks reveled in its “bad taste,” inspiring Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons to create her “18th-Century Punk” collection, which includes a warrior-pink, faux-leather costume in the style of body armor (fall/winter 2016-17). “Pink is something that more men feel confident about wearing, and more women don’t feel embarrassed to wear,” Steele concluded. “It’s not just saying, ‘I never grew out of my 5-year-old fashion idea.’”


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Here’s a conversation I had on the corner of my Upper East Side block, when I ran into an acquaintance. Him: So, you’re a writer. What do you write? Me: Mostly essays for magazines, newspapers and websites. I’ve also had a couple of novels published, and I wrote a screenplay that I hope will get produced sometime before I die. Him: I’m a writer, too. Me: What do you write? Him: Well, I don’t have time to actually sit down and write, but I have a lot of ideas and I’ve written a novel as well. I just haven’t gotten it on paper, yet. It’s all up here, though. At this point he took his index finger and tapped his temple. I then smiled and wished him luck — he’ll need it. Here’s the cold, hard truth: you’re not a writer if you never write anything. This is also the surefire way to NOT get published. Yes, it’s that easy. Don’t write and you won’t see your words in print. Someday in the distant future, technology will perhaps advance so that you can create something in your chip-implanted mind and then transmit it telepathically out into the universe and people will be able to read it in their heads. Until that day comes, you need to put pen to paper so to speak, so that you can submit to editors via email. I’ve found that writers usu-

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ally fall into three categories: a) those who don’t know where to begin; b) those who write, but don’t know how to sell it; or c) those who get published often, but wish to take their heir writing to the next level by breaking into a different genre or type of venue. I’ve lived through all three phases, so I can tell you from experience you need to reach out for advice/help in order to game-change. About nine years ago, I wrote a newspaper column as well as one online, had written for The New York Times, and had my first novel published; yet I could not get a piece in a magazine to save my life. I heard from an editor, to whom I had been lamenting, that there was a professor named Susan Shapiro, who offered a once-a-week, five-week class out of her Greenwich Village apartment titled “Immediate Gratification Takes Too Long.” She alleged that by the end of the term students would have a published piece and could use their fee to pay for the class. As a born and raised New Yorker — make that an “outta” borough NYer — I was skeptical. But by the end of five weeks, I had what would become my first published magazine clip. Perhaps at this time, you’re not able to make a financial or time commitment to head downtown on Wednesday nights for a little over a month, but you can still benefit, as I did, because Shapiro has just consolidated her class into a book: “The Byline Bible — Get Published in 5 Weeks.” (Full

disclosure: the author in included the essay I wrote in her class, along with those of other students, in the how-to as an example of publishable work — page 167, FYI.) For less than twenty bucks, you can find out where to start, get assignment prompts, learn how to find a home for your writing and direction on crafting a cover letter. It’s the closest thing to having an instructor come to your apartment, sit at your computer and do the whole thing for you. Shapiro also moderates free editor panels around the city, so you can hear from the proverbial horses’ mouths what stands out in the submission slush pile. This is New York, so there are many teachers, courses and, of course, books on the subject of writing. I’m recommending that which I’ve actually experienced, but if you ask around I’m sure you’ll have a plethora of options to choose from. Just choose something. Invest in yourself in some way and start doing what you set out to do when you got here. Then you’ll really have something to write home about. Lorraine Duffy Merkl is the author of the novels Fat Chick and Back to Work She Goes. Susan Shapiro’s next free publishing panel Friday 9/21 from 6-8 p.m. at Union Square’s Barnes & Noble.

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We sold our Murray Hill co-op on our own and the closing is quickly approaching. We were wondering if we need to leave all the designer light fixtures and window air conditioners for the new buyer? This is an interesting question and one that certainly comes up often. When it comes to “what’s included as part of the sale,” it often boils down to what is stated in the contract of sale, as that overrides any verbal or non-verbal understanding. If nothing is stated in the contract about the light fixtures, it is common that sellers will remove designer chandeliers, sconces or expensive lighting and replace them with inexpensive fixtures. When it comes to window air conditioners, which are personal property, the contract of sale rules. This is why it is so important that all these nuances be communicated to your attorney so that they can incorporate them in the contract. Once it’s in writing, you’re protected and hopefully your closing will be smooth sailing. Andrew Kramer is a licensed associate real estate broker with Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales

What do real estate agents really earn? Every year the National Association of Realtors releases data on the median income of its members. For 2017 the median income for real estate agents countrywide was just under $40,000. Hardly a living wage! Of course, there are many variables which go into the number. Those agents who have qualified to be brokers almost always earn more than salespeople; maybe it is the extra effort required to get the higher level qualification which indicates a greater commitment to success. And agents with broker’s licenses who have been in the business over 15 years tend to earn far more than their colleagues who are newer: the median income for these experienced brokers is over $100,000, which actually IS a living wage (and more) in most of the country. The study brings to my mind every year how little most people know about pursuing a career in real estate brokerage when they decide to do so, and how much harder it is to succeed than most newcomers understand. The exam rooms for the (pathetically easy) New York State real estate salesperson’s exam are always full. Of those taking the exam, maybe 50 person maxi-

mum will stay in the business more than a couple of years, and of those 50 percent, maybe another 40 percent to 50 percent will actually make a decent living. Because the bar for entry remains so low, and because the job looks easy from the outside, a great many people want to get in on the easy money. After all, prospective agents have said to me many times over the years, how hard can it be? I used to say, only half in jest, that the public looks at real estate brokers in Manhattan and sees a fur coat, a ring of keys and a big check. If only it were so easy ... During my almost 40 years in the business, I have seen some stunning successes and a lot of failure. While I can’t offer a formula to guarantee the former, I can make some observations about what makes people successful in real estate: • Great agents are not ashamed. You can’t succeed in a job you are embarrassed to have. Sure, it’s true that agents don’t have the best reputation, but I always urge that we make it our business to elevate that reputation with every client interaction. Most of the agents I know in New York (and every agent at Warburg!) adhere to the highest ethical and professional standards. If you cannot say with pride that you are a residential agent, you probably won’t get too far trying to succeed as one. • Great agents know how to mine their spheres. Great agents build a powerful network of referrals. But how? The answer:

it is different for everyone. Social media is great if you are a whiz but useless if it’s not intuitive and fun for you. Do you love giving big parties or intimate dinners? Are you brimming over with market data and tactical advice to share? Any one of these serves the purpose of keeping you connected to once and future clients. Whatever you choose, it has to be an intuitive fit for you. If you don’t like doing it, you won’t do it, so it won’t work. • Great agents get back up again. In this business you get slapped to the ground time and time again. My rule; give yourself 24 hours to feel bad, then bounce back. You can’t stay down if you want to succeed. • Great agents self start. It’s not your company’s responsibility to give you buyers or hand you exclusives. In my career I never once had a deal handed to me by either of the companies I worked for as an agent. I worked day and night (literally) to build a sphere of contacts to whom I demonstrated my competence and commitment. If you are not self-reliant and always figuring out how you can do it better, this line of work is probably not for you. It’s a 24/7/365 affair and the ball is always in your court. Win or lose, your success as a real estate agent is up to you. Frederick W. Peters is chief executive officer of Warburg Realty Partnership.


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VOTING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Take the single square block bounded by West 106th Street to the south, West 107th Street on the north, Broadway to the west and Amsterdam Avenue on the east, where the tenants have historically included Columbia University students, professors and support staff. Nixon amassed 210 votes on the block, trouncing Cuomo, who tallied just 158 votes. Based on the unofficial election night results from the state Democratic Party primary on Thursday, Sept. 13, Straus News conducted a preliminary and unscientific street-level analysis of how dozens of the mini-neighborhoods of Manhattan voted. The review focused on the borough’s 12 state Assembly Districts, and then drilled down into what is probably the states’ smallest political jurisdiction, the Election District, which can comprise an area as little as one city block, or at most, eight or nine blocks. Known to political cognoscenti as EDs, the districts in Manhattan alone number in the thousands. For instance, in the 66th Assembly District, or AD, which covers Soho, Tribeca, Greenwich Village and the East Village, there are 106 EDs. Nixon won 74 of them. Among the findings of the Straus News primary analysis, which was based on online data available on the New York City Board of Elections website: • The 66th AD, represented by Assembly Member Deborah Glick, is the only AD that backed Nixon. She won handily, chalking up 10,574 votes to Cuomo’s 8,903. • Within the 66th AD, she crushed the governor by a 208-

We’re going block by block by block by block.” Cynthia Nixon, campaign speech

to-138 margin in the 23rd ED, which runs from West Houston Street on the south to Bleecker Street on the north and from Crosby Street on the east to Greene Street on the west. • Also in the 66th, she scored a two-to-one win in the 30th ED, drawing 164 voters from East 3rd, 4th and 5th Streets between First and Second Avenue against Cuomo’s 80. • Nixon was unbeatable in Soho, cleaning up by hefty margins on West Broadway and Wooster, Mercer, Prince, Spring, Broome and Thompson Streets, also in the 66th AD. “We’re going block by block by block by block,” the challenger said in a hopeful campaign speech back in June. Those efforts sputtered in the face of the incumbent’s onslaught. And the establishment she had denounced as the “state’s old-boy network” roared into action, outspending and out-organizing her and marshalling unions, elected officials and political clubhouses to do lethal battle. In the end, Cuomo had spent north of $23 million to win, while Nixon’s losing effort cost south of $3 million. The review of unofficial Board of Elections returns, with 98 percent of vote scanners reported, also found that: • The 68th AD, covering most of East Harlem, was Cuomo’s best district, and his 11,620 votes dwarfed the 4,755 that Nixon mustered. • The two districts taking in

the Upper West Side, the 67th and 69th ADs, were comfortable territories for Cuomo — even though Nixon had lived in the neighborhood for years — and he won them by 13,783to-10,389 and 14,134-to-12,282 vote margins respectively. • Within the 67th AD, the sprawling Lincoln Towers apartment complex flanking West End Avenue in the upper 60s gave Cuomo one of his best victory margins. In four EDs that take in most but not all of the eight-building, 20-acre campus, he tallied 1,136 votes to Nixon’s 561. • The 76th AD, represented by Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright and taking in the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island, was the scene of another Cuomo landslide as he took the district by 10,120 votes to the challenger’s 6,559. • And within the 76th AD, he vanquished Nixon in the front yard of one of her closest political friends, and one of his favorite political punching bags, Mayor Bill de Blasio, who after long public ruminations ultimately endorsed no one in the gubernatorial race. The 74th ED sits due west of Gracie Mansion and runs from East End Avenue to York Avenue along East 88th and East 89th Streets. Cuomo won it by a better than two-to-one margin, collecting 126 votes while Nixon managed 58. invreporter@strausnews.com

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Liza Treyger is not afraid to offend you. A New York-based comedian, Treyger talks about everything from the Holocaust to her one-night stands in appearances on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “Chelsea Lately” and “@Midnight.” Treyger has her own half-hour show coming out on Netflix at the end of October. We sat down with her recently to chat about cokedout audience members, the #MeToo Movement and the real difference between male and female comedians.

Where are you from? I was born in Russia, but I grew up mostly in Skokie, which is a suburb of Chicago. I feel lucky that I lived so close to Chicago, and I had Chicago to do stand up.

How did you get into comedy? When [the movie] “Superbad” came out, I decided I wanted to write a movie like “Superbad” and I was invited to go to an open mic my friend invited me to. I bombed, but I returned because I really liked it.

And he stood up, and took hundreds of dollars out, and said he would pay for anyone else to come up on stage, and make me stop talking. Then earlier in the evening, he threatened to kill me. [The audience] just kept interrupting, kept screaming to order drinks and going out for cigarettes. They were coked out, and at any normal place, they would have been kicked out.

How are audiences different inside and outside of New York? Yeah, New York, you can talk the fastest and have the most amount of jokes. New York is bam-bam-bam — I love it. Some places just truly hate me, where you go to towns where people are boring, and people don’t like their spouses. When people get free ticketsthey’re just there and they don’t ... a lot of people just don’t care for women. You have to trick them into liking you. Sometimes men are dragged there by their wives and girlfriends. And one time, one man did not look at me the whole night, and I called him out on it. And I said, “You don’t want to hear a woman talk,” and he was like, “No.” I just feel like when it’s Midwest-suburb-boring, they don’t like me. Cincinnati hates me. Upstate New York hates me. But I wonder if I go back to these places, and if I am more experienced, they would like me more.

What’s the craziest thing an audience member has done at a show?

What’s it like being a woman in comedy?

This one guy, he was the worst. There were only six people in the audience.

I mean, I have a great time,... I love doing comedy. Men usually go into

The comedian Liza Treyger half-hour show will debut on Netflix at the end of October. Photo courtesy of Liza Treyger

“I just like to talk, make jokes and have my point of view heard,” says the comedian Liza Treyger. Photo: Mindy Tucker. comedy, because nothing else worked out for them in their lives. They are able to go onstage and talk about how miserable they are, and people love it. But for women, [comedy is] such a hyper-masculine thing that you already have to be a confident woman to do it. The women I know [in comedy] have friends, clean apartments, and we have a great time together. Obviously, there are moments where I cried in my car, or I feel like shit, or a man I had sex with publicly humiliated me, and that sucks. But comedy is hard, and you have to do the hard things to get to the fun stuff. Now, I guess the only thing that’s annoying is that the men I am surrounded with don’t understand #MeToo, or Time’s Up, and think they’re victims. They’re myopic, and don’t understand anything that’s not them, because the whole culture is them. They don’t understand harassment. The things that come out of these dudes’ mouths are truly insane. These people who are supposed to be progressive, funny and are supposed to be part of the counter culture and be commenting about it [are] true idiots. And just not understanding feminism

is annoying. It bothers me. I used to care so much about getting into certain places, and them thinking that I am cool. But now I don’t care, and I’m just like, “I’ll have fun over here.”

many jobs to be had. It’s exciting that people can make money. If you’re a weirdo and you might not be for certain things, people can find you. There’s more for everyone.

When it comes to comedy, where is the line between what’s funny and what’s offensive?

What’s something people don’t normally know about comedy?

You don’t know it. You have to be able to try stuff out, but why are you saying these jokes? Do you have something intelligent or awesome to say? .... A part of comedy is being likable. And you have to ask yourself: are you connecting with them? Are you giving them what they want? But if you’re up there, and it’s your goal to make people uncomfortable, and make marginalized people feel bad, people don’t have to laugh.... You are not entitled to people’s laughter. Go find your audience. People don’t have to like you.

How has the industry changed since you started out? There just seems to be more of everything. More cities, more comics, more jobs.... There’s just a lot. There’s so many channels and avenues.... So

It’s just like a thing you have to do every day for many years. Just because you’re funny and you make people laugh at your job ... it’s an actual thing you can’t just do. People will want advice, and want a shortcut. [But] it’s a thing you have to do for a long time to get anywhere. It takes four to 10 years to get a late-night set. I just like it so much. Yeah, it’s what I love to be doing. I just like to talk, make jokes and have my point of view heard. It’s great.

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Sprains vs. strains: What’s the difference?

Sprain

A strain and sprain can look and feel similar. No matter how many times you roll, bend or twist your ankle, it can be hard to tell the difference between the two.

• Bruising • “Popping” sound or sensation in the joint

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Strain

• Limited movement

• Muscle spasms

• Swelling

• Loss of strength

• Pain

If you think you have a minor or moderate sprain or strain, you can treat it at home using the R.I.C.E. method; it can help speed healing and reduce pain and swelling up to 72 hours after injury.

Rest. Avoid weight bearing activity on the injury to avoid further damage. Use crutches or splints, if necessary.

ICE

Ice. Apply ice for 15 to 20 minutes, two to three times every hour to reduce swelling and inflammation.

Compression. Wrap the affected area with an elastic bandage or compression sleeve to reduce swelling and stabilize the area.

Elevation. Elevate the injured part above your heart to decrease swelling and pain and help fluid return to your circulatory system.

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Sprains most commonly occur in the wrist, thumb, knee and ankle, while strains are found mostly in the elbow, lower back and hamstring. Did you know…

Alcohol increases swelling and can cause additional damage to the injury. For optimal recovery, skip the wine while using the R.I.C.E. method.

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