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Since 2014, the city has financed over 77,000 units of affordable housing through the mayor’s Housing New York initiative. Photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photo Office

AFFORDABLE HOUSING PLAN’S IMPACT ON CHELSEA

Youth and supporters from the Ali Forney Center gather on the steps of City Hall Thursday to advocate for the new legislation. Photo: Liz Hardaway

HELPING HOMELESS YOUTH

COMMUNITY Mapping a mayoral initiative BY MICHAEL GAROFALO

SHELTERS New legislation would raise the age for raise the age for runaway young people, streamline intake procedures and extend shelter stays BY LIZ HARDAWAY

City Council members presented four pieces of legislation last Thursday that would help the city’s efforts with combating youth homelessness. The legislation included raising the age for runaway homeless youth from

21 to 24; streamlining youth intake at the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) from the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD); extending how long youth can stay in a shelter from 30 to 60 days, and 120 days with guardian permission; and requiring DYCD to never turn away a homeless youth. “While we support the intent of the following bills,” said Commissioner Bill Chong of DYCD, “it would be extremely challenging for the Administration to implement these measures without adequate funding.” “Young people who face the cold

Housing New York, an ambitious 10-year plan to build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing across the city, has been a centerpiece of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s policy agenda during his first term. Since de Blasio took office in January 2014, the city has financed over 77,000 units under the plan, which will cost a projected $41.4 billion. Nearly 24,000 of those units are in Manhattan, 4,935 of which are new construction and 18,927 are preserved units. According to the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, hous-

hard truth of aging out,” Alexander Perez, 24, who testified at the city council hearing for the Committee on Youth Services on Thursday, “now [have] to understand why things like funding come in between the city’s youth having a semblance of what home is.” DHS currently has three shelters that solely house homeless youth with a capacity of 167 beds, according to Council Member Steve Levin. “Clearly there are not enough beds for this population,” Levin said.

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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 the problem. they 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 are driving sixth-floor business owners, that ing rents that Gallery in a new far soon enough. Zach Feuer them away. It’s new develon 57th Street, not

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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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ing is considered affordable when a household spends no more than 30 percent of its income on rent. Housing New York aims to preserve or create affordable housing for households falling into various qualifying income categories. The income categories, which range from “extremely low income” to “middle income,” are based on household income as a percentage of the region’s Area Median Income (AMI), as defined annually U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Households classified as “low income” (those earning 50 to 80 percent of AMI; or between $47,701 and $76,320 for a four-person family in 2017) are the most heavily targeted

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DOCUMENTARY-RICH NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL MOVIES Forget red carpets — what matters at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual uptown event are the works themselves BY JAKE COYLE

Ninety-nine feature films will dot the sparkling lineup at the 55th New York Film Festival, which kicked off last Thursday night with Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying.” There is no way, really, to take as a whole an 18-day festival that will include new films from Todd Haynes, Woody Allen, Agnes Varda, Claire Denis, Greta Gerwig and Hong Sangsoo. But the common denominator at the sober-eyed New York festival has always been quality, as discerned through an especially global outlook. The only currency that matters at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual uptown event is the movies, themselves — not red carpets (they’re typically short and perfunctory), not prizes (there aren’t any) or even Oscar buzz. The New York Film Festival generates a lot of conversation by keeping the noise at bay. “I see a lot of things shifting in the film festival world, and they’re shifting for reasons that have to do with

things other than the art of cinema,” says Kent Jones, the festival’s director. “We’re 55 years old now and we’ve always stuck to our mission. And I think that means a lot to the audiences and the filmmakers.” The festival’s main slate, its most curated selections, numbers 25 films this year. Most of them (“Lady Bird,” “Call Me By Your Name,” “Mudbound,” “The Square”) have been plucked from the standouts of Sundance, Cannes, Telluride and other festivals. But this year’s festival is also intent to play by a different set of rules than other major international film festivals. The main slate is light on world premieres, a much-sought designation for prominent entries elsewhere. Others will play in a different format: Arnaud Desplechin’s “Ismael’s Ghosts” will screen in a director’s cut that differs from the version that opened the Cannes Film Festival in May. There will still be several muchwatched premieres. Allen’s “Wonder Wheel,” the 81-year-old filmmaker’s second film for Amazon Studios, is the closing night film. A “return to form” is often said of Allen’s later works but the gala slot is a clear sign of belief in Allen’s latest. Set in 1950s Coney Island, it stars Kate Winslet, who will also sit for a staged conversation at the festival. Opening the festival was “Last Flag Flying,” a road trip reunion of three for-

mer Navy men (Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne) who are something like older, grown-up versions of the main characters in Hal Ashby’s “The Last Detail” (1973). In Linklater’s film, which Lionsgate and Amazon will release Nov. 3, the trio reunites to bring home the dead son of Carell’s character, a young soldier killed in Iraq. Chloe Zhao’s sensational sophomore feature, “The Rider,” goes further in blending fiction with nonfiction. A deeply heartfelt heartland elegy, it stars real Sioux cowboys in South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation, following a rodeo star (Brady Jandreau) forced to contemplate quitting. Including Zhao, a third of the films in the main slate are directed by women — many of which rank among the class of the festival. Zhao is just starting out but Agnes Varda, the 89-year-old French filmmaking legend, has been at it for decades. Her “Faces/Places,” which she co-directed with the much younger photographer JR, chronicles the unlikely duo traveling the French countryside, looking — and finding — chance encounters that they then memorialize with massive photographs JR pastes across buildings, barns and other structures. The festival’s documentaries as a whole are a vibrant, varied bunch, teaming with big personalities like Joan Didion, Steven Spielberg and Jane Goodall.

Author Joan Didion at home in Hollywood. From “Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold,” at the New York Film Festival. Photo courtesy of Julian Wasser “Odds are, if you just walked into something at the multiplex, it might

OCTOBER 5-11,2017 not be that good,” said Jones. “The average documentary is good. The films that we’re showing, as far as I’m concerned, are well above average. I think it’s possible to be so much faster and more fluid with documentary filmmaking than it was in the pre-digital age. There’s a richer sense of character in a lot of documentaries that I see than in the average fiction movie.” One case in point in Rebecca Miller’s tender and intimate character study of her father, the playwright Arthur Miller. Just as personal is Travis Wilkerson’s “Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?” wherein Wilkerson investigates a tragedy in his family’s past. His great-grandfather killed a black man in 1946 Alabama in a crime that went unpunished. Alex Gibney’s inquiry into the past in “No Stone Unturned” is more journalistic. He calls it “a hardcore criminal investigation.” The documentary peers into the 1994 Loughinisland murders in Northern Island, where six men were gunned down in a pub. The tale is just one of the thousands of unsolved murders from the Troubles, the 30-year conflict that ended in 1998. But for Gibney, the story of Loughinisland is a microcosm of how injustice gets buried after times of great violence. “We’re hoping that the police will finally bring a case. I just can’t believe that they haven’t already,” said Gibney. “There has to be some justice.”

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CRIME WATCH BY MARIA ROCHA-BUSCHEL PAINTINGS STOLEN The 89-year-old owner of a building on West 21st Street near 10th Avenue told police that paintings were stolen from his building sometime between September 17 and Thursday, September 28. He reported that ďŹ ve paintings had been taken off the wall on the ďŹ rst ďŹ&#x201A;oor. He told police that the building is a multi-dwelling apartment building and anyone visiting could have taken them.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR REAR-ENDING COP CAR Police arrested a 33-year-old woman for intoxicated driving in front of 420 West 25th Street Saturday, September 30 at 2 a.m. The suspect told police that she was driving west one West 25th Street when she rear-ended a police vehicle in traffic. She said that she dropped her phone in her car while she was driving and when she went to pick it up, she hit the NYPD vehicle. Police administered a Breathalyzer at the scene and her blood alcohol content was 0.065.

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STATS FOR THE WEEK Reported crimes from the 10th precinct for Week to Date

Police arrested a 31-year-old man for petit larceny inside the bar at the Dream Hotel on West 16th Street Sunday, October 1 at 1:30 a.m. An employee at the bar told police that the suspect removed a bottle of Patron from the bar and started drinking from it. He reportedly told the employee that he would pay for it but ultimately lacked the funds to do so, the employee said. The employee told police the bar valued the bottle at $408.

TRAIN CONDUCTOR SPAT ON AT 14TH STREET A 64-year-old A train conductor reported that he was spat on while inside the Eighth Avenue/14th Street station Sunday, October 1 at 4:20 a.m. He told police that he was on a downtown A train in the station when the man spat on and cursed at him. No further information was available about what prompted the harassment.

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Police arrested a 54-year-old man for menacing at the northeast corner of West 37th Street and Dyer Avenue Friday, September 29 at 1:50 p.m. Police said that the suspect and the victim were involved in a road rage incident and police were responding to the scene because of a reported assault. Police said that the suspect got out of his car and attempted to spray the victim with an aerosol can.

A man reported that his car was broken into while it was parked in front of 365 West 28th Street between 4:30 p.m. Thursday, September 28, and 10:15 a.m. the following Friday. He told police that he parked the car on West 28th on Thursday afternoon and when he returned to the vehicle Friday morning, he saw that the driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side window had been broken and his GPS device and radio had been stolen.

A 22-year-old man reported that his bike was stolen after he locked it in front of 450 West 15th Street Thursday, September 28, around 3 p.m. He told police that he locked the bicycle to scaffolding and went inside the building. The bike was gone when he returned a few minutes later. He searched the area and wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to ďŹ nd the bike, but police said that video surveillance of the theft was available. No arrests have been made.

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In New York state government news, the debate over a constitutional convention heats up and Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes new tools to help authorities crack down on a powerful drug. A look at stories making news:

CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION The battle lines are drawn over whether New York should hold its ďŹ rst constitutional convention in 50 years. Last month, the New York State Bar Association came out in support of a convention, as did the League of Women Voters and the goodgovernment group Citizens Union. Organized labor is opposed, as are top legislators and organizations including Planned Parenthood, the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conservative Party and the

state Pistol and RiďŹ&#x201A;e Association. Voters will decide in November whether they want to call a convention, where delegates would propose changes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or wholesale rewrites â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 121-year-old political blueprint. Supporters say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a once-in-ageneration opportunity to address corruption, government inefficiency, environmental protections and other important topics. Opponents, however, worry about activists using a convention to advance political causes like gun control or chip away at protections for abortion. The question goes on the ballot at least every 20 years. Voters rejected calls for conventions in 1977 and 1997. If approved, a convention wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be held until 2019 to give time for voters to pick delegates and organize the gathering. Voters would also have ďŹ nal say over any recommended changes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our state constitution is broken. It is badly in need of repair,â&#x20AC;? said Bar Association President Sharon Stern Gerstman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Yorkers deserve better.â&#x20AC;?

TARGETING FENTANYL New York may soon add 11 types of the synthetic fentanyl to the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list of controlled substances to make it easier for authorities to go after those who manufacture the dangerous opioid.

Fentanyl is a powerful drug that can be legally prescribed for pain relief. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also easily abused, and dealers have learned to manufacture different formulations of the drug. Cuomo says he will introduce legislation to authorize the expansion, saying adding the synthetic versions of fentanyl to the list of restricted drugs will give police and prosecutors more tools to crack down on a lethal substance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just to give you an idea, 3 milligrams of fentanyl can kill a person, where it takes 30 milligrams of heroin,â&#x20AC;? Cuomo said.

COMING UP Republican Sen. Patrick Gallivan was to hold a small business summit in West Seneca on Tuesday. The Senate holds hearings on recent ďŹ&#x201A;ooding along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River Oct. 10. On Oct. 12 the Assemblyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agriculture committee meets Oct. 12 to discuss state spending on agricultural programs. On Oct. 30, the Assembly committees on health and corrections meet together to discuss health care in state prisons. And on Oct. 25 the Senateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction travel to Cortland to hear from local residents and experts about the ongoing heroin epidemic.

Chong said that 525 beds were available through the DYCD Runaway Homeless Youth (RHY) dropin centers and crisis shelters, and 128 are in-progress to being implemented. DYCD also plans on increasing the price per bed to $47,000, allowing greater funding for services per youth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Runaway homeless youth are commonly referred to as one of the most vulnerable populations in New York,â&#x20AC;? Councilman Corey Johnson said Thursday at the hearing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fully describe the gruesome reality of physical, mental, emotional and sexual abuse and exploitation that young people endure when they are forced to live on the street.â&#x20AC;? Typically, DYCD claims to serve an average of 474 youth each night, with 50 beds available, according to Susan Haskell, the deputy commissioner of youth services. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can ďŹ nd a bed for any young person,â&#x20AC;? Haskell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The number of truly unsheltered youth has been very small for the past couple of years, around 44 unsheltered age 21 or under ... many more are unstably housed.â&#x20AC;? However, there appears to be some discrepancies between the numbers obtained by DYCD and other sourc-

OCTOBER 5-11,2017 es. In July 2017, there was a reported total of 60,856 homeless people sleeping in the New York City municipal shelter system, according to the Coalition for the Homeless. At one downtown drop-in center, The Door, which primarily provides services for youth development, 45 percent of young people canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get shelter when they request it, according to Sarah Meckler, the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistant director of special populations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hearing two things that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t jive,â&#x20AC;? Levin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honestly itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to [DYCD] and the providers to explain ... why youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not on the same page.â&#x20AC;? During the hearing, Levin received information that on the previous night, the Ali Forney Center on West 35th Street reported that they had 12 youths in their drop-in center overnight because of a lack of crisis beds to send them to. The Ali Forney Center is a 24-hour drop-in center that has become the â&#x20AC;&#x153;largest agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youths in the country,â&#x20AC;? according to their website. The center serves nearly 1,400 youth annually and provides over 70,000 meals annually. Senior director Randolf Scott of DYCD gave out his number during the hearing, 1-646-457-2705, to ensure that no youth goes without a bed. The local laws are planned to take effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

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WATERSIDE PLAY AREA TO GET MAKEOVER RECREATION Officials break ground for renovation, expansion Elected officials broke symbolic ground Tuesday morning at Hudson River Park’s Chelsea Waterside Play Area ahead of a complete renovation and expansion of the Chelsea park. The park, off 11th Avenue between 23rd and 24th Streets, was built in 2000, and its rubbery surface, safer than concrete, experienced much wear and tear in the intervening years. Many of the playground’s climbing structures were cordoned off because they had become unsafe. But it’s the park’s popular water features that were perhaps the most missed the last few years, when the drainage system essentially stopped functioning because of either damaged or blockage. The Friends of Hudson River Park, a nonprofit, in partnership with Hudson River Park Trust and with the support of local elected officials, began a capital campaign two years ago to fund renovations and raised $3.4 million for a makeover designed by the firm Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates.

Among officials at the park renovations’ groundbreaking Tuesday were, fourth from left, state Senator Brad Hoylman, to his left Hudson River Park Trust President Madelyn Wils, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, in a white jacket, and to her left, state Assembly Member Dick Gottfried. Photo: Hudson River Park

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CASHING IN EAST SIDE OBSERVER BY ARLENE KAYATT

Checking on out — Decorum is dead in social discourse. I’d have to ditto that in other parts of civic life as well. And let’s not forget the commercial sector. A check-cashing store on the northwest corner of First Ave and 90th has been there for years. The shop fronts First and has a window on 90th St. On the avenue side there’s a ginormous “STORE FOR RENT” sign that covers the entire window. There’s also a jewelry counter within the store — added several years ago — which you could usually see from the win-

dow. Not any more, though. The “for rent” sign is plastered across the entire window, making it appear that the check-cashing store and jeweler are out of business. They’re not. Inquiring of the employees at the location, I learned that the owner of the building (across the street from the East Side’s ‘billionaire’s’ high rise on 89th Street) wants to sell the building and wants the store empty. So why a “for rent” sign? The employees who shared the info didn’t know the details — whether the store has a long-term lease and the landlord doesn’t want to buy out, or some other sad and sordid tale of why businesses aren’t making it in Manhattan. What bothered the locals was that it looked like the store had already closed and gone out of business because of the landlord’s misleading sign peddling his property. Hmm, if the landlord’s trying

to sell the building, why a “for rent” sign? Another story for another day. Politics is not for the feint of heart — If “It’s not over till it’s over,” then when it’s over, it’s over, right? Not if you listen to Marti Speranza, one of the candidates who lost the race in the Fourth District’s City Council race to Keith Powers. Her home club, Gramercy Stuyvesant Independent Democrats, held a post-primary club roundtable meeting last week — which she chaired — to discuss why her race was lost before voters showed up at the polls. Sounded like sour grapes to me. Speranza had a plethora of endorsements. And she sought endorsements from the same candidates who ultimately endorsed Powers. Now she’s griping and accusing them of not being progressive and in league against her. IMHO, Democrats and local political clubs should be banding together

to get like-minded candidates elected and not fighting lost elections and going after those who didn’t endorse her. Speranza may want to take note of club member Michelle Winfield’s advice that, when campaigning and otherwise, candidates should let the voters know who they are, what they will and will not do, and not waste their time beating up and denigrating their opponents. Sounds sound. Judgment day — Primary season’s over for this year. Onto the November elections. The judges selected at the Manhattan Democratic Party’s Judicial Convention last week are assured of winning in the November election — they don’t have opponents. To the victors — Judges Lori Sattler, Nancy Bannon, Anthony Cannataro, Verna Saunders, Franc Perry, Adam Silvera — go the role of Justice of the Supreme Court, New York County. Hard fought — espe-

cially for Sattler — who recently was elected to a second term on the Civil Court as an acting Supreme Court justice. Congratulations to all — and a shout out to East Siders Lori Sattler (UES), Nancy Bannon (Midtown East), Adam Silvera (LES). Onto next year’s selections. Praying pop up — One of the highlights of the recent Jewish holiday week, ending with the blowing of the shofar on Yom Kippur, was passing the storefront at 1231 Third Ave (formerly home to Grace’s Marketplace, which is now located on Second Ave in the 60’s) as the end of Yom Kippur approached, and seeing, through lacey-ish curtains, yarmulkas as men and women and children were attending service and praying in the last hours of the holiest day in the Jewish year. A kosher pop up. Why not?

‘I BELIEVE IN YESTERDAY’ BY JON FRIEDMAN

I miss the good old days of popular culture, the Swinging Sixties and the Me-Decade Seventies. Self-pitying? Check. Pathetic? You bet. There is so much great stuff going on right now in any of the five boroughs of New York City. Ask anyone under thirty years of age. But for the rest of us, well, it’s a sad situation. So much of what we enjoyed about New York City is gone. Yes, that’s our problem. But it is still true. I’m going to sound like One of Those People who stays trapped in the good old days, which may or may not have actually been so great. Remember that for every “Revolver” or “Blood on the Tracks” or Who concert at the Garden or Godfather classic, we also had “Sugar Sugar.” It’s pathetic because I know better. I am a card-carrying member of the club which lives by Bob Dylan’s brilliant takedown of people who remain trapped in yesteryear. In 1992, when Dylan was going through hard times, he told Robert Hilburn, then the sharp music writer for The Los Angeles

Times: “Nostalgia is death.” My gloomy-Gus ‘tude stems from thoughts of how much my culture scene has changed, for the worse. So many of the music landmarks of my misspent youth are as relevant and, oh yes, pathetic as a baseball old-timer lamenting the loss of the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field (not to mention Shea Stadium and the original Yankee Stadium(s). (Cue up The Pretenders doing “My City Was Gone”). If only I was cool enough to walk tall throughout Bushwick and discover new painters, bands and sculptors — my own little version of Martin Scorsese’s terrific, quintessential “After Hours.” Forget it. Next life. When I moved into my first apartment in Manhattan, the West Village was Bushwick. There were endless places to hang out. Hey, media types, do you remember how great it was to drink beers and gawk at the industry celebs at the Lion’s Head? What makes me uber-pathetic is that I still live for the nostalgia. I like it. I was returning to Manhattan on New Jersey Transit on the early evening of Sept. 15. I had a sudden impression that I was the only person on the

Jon Friedman with Elvis Costello at SummerStage, June 15, 2017. Photo: Emily Tan for SummerStage train who was not going to see Paul McCartney play that night at Madison Square Garden. I have seen Paul perform on five other occasions and had steadfastly refused to fork over the exorbitant amount of money for a ticket — roughly the GNP of a small nation. I still felt jealous. I wanted to see Paul, too. Fast-forward to the following Tuesday night when I attended his first concert that week at the Barclay’s Center. Paul was magnificent. We all grinned at the nostalgia (sorry) till our faces hurt and marveled at McCartney’s musical brilliance, at 75 years of age. Paul played 40 (forty!) songs. Rough-

ly 90 percent of them were recognizable Beatles or Wings or Macca solo gems. Yes, it’s true that his singing voice sounds strained, almost ragged by now (remember, the man is 75!). But as a tradeoff, McCartney is a vision on stage. The man never stops — singing, playing bass and lead guitar and piano (not to forget his terrific turn on the freakin’ ukulele during “Something,” his tribute to the late George Harrison). As much as I loved seeng McCartney in concert, I’d prefer to catch Elvis Costello on stage. It’s what rock and roll should always be: fun, rocking, memorable — and affordable.

Costello, perhaps to his chagrin, has never had the kind of following that requires me to spend time on StubHub scrounging for a seat. I’ve seen Costello on virtually every one of his tours since his debut in 1977 and he has never let me down. When I met him, before his CenterStage performance on June 15, 2017, I reminded him that the time he played in a deluge at Jones Beach in 1991 was the most memorable. He nodded, in recognition and shot back: “Until tonight.” Thank you, Elvis. Last summer, I took the students in my culture-reporting class to Greenwich Village for a field trip. It went something like this: Me: “The Bottom Line, where Bruce Springsteen got his big break, used to be here until it closed down ... Moving on, this is where Gerde’s Folk City used to be. Bob Dylan got his big break here, long before it closed down ... Here, on MacDougal Street, there used to be lots of nifty music and comedy clubs, where you could watch the up-andcomers ply their crafts. People like Woody Allen and Bill Cosby (gasps of horror) got their big breaks, long before those clubs closed down. “All right. Who wants to get ice cream at Cones?” Thank heavens that Cones is still in business.

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‘CRAFTIVISM’ FOR BREAST CANCER

REGISTERED NURSES REHABILITATION THERAPISTS MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKERS CERTIFIED HOME HEALTH AIDES

ACTIVISM Volunteers at an UWS yarn store knit prosthetic “knockers” for low-income women of color

Your wife needs help after her stroke and she can’t even ask for it.

BY LESLIE GERSING

Barbara Demorest figured her cancer doctor wasn’t making small talk when he asked if she could knit. The Washington state resident learned complications from a mastectomy prevented her from getting reconstructive surgery. Her doctor said the heavy, rubbery inserts worn in special post-mastectomy bras don’t work for everyone: they get hot and sweaty, irritate surgery scars, and cost $300 to $500. He showed her a printout of a hand-made, breast-shaped pillow with a link to a website. Demorest immediately contacted the source — a yarnstore owner in Maine who had undergone mastectomy, and got her permission to share the pattern. She then asked a friend to knit her one. “It changed my life,” she told a gathering at Knitty City on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. “It was soft, it was light, it was made by somebody who cared, and I could wear it in my bra ... and my doctor said I could wear as it as soon as I could tolerate wearing a bra.” That was six years ago. Now Demorest heads an all-volunteer foundation, giving out at least 1,000 prosthetics a month. More than 300 groups in the U.S. and 16 countries have joined the cause, donating the inserts to women, through doctors’ offices, clinics, hospitals, breast cancer support groups, and directly, through KnittedKnockers.org. The hand-made “knockers” are the latest campaign of “craftivism” at Knitty City, an 11-year-old small business at 79th and Amsterdam Avenue which got international exposure last spring, making thousands of pink “pussy” hats for marchers protesting the Trump administration. Store owner Pearl Chin also donates yarn to an Asian women’s organization, holds free knitting classes during the summer in Bryant Park, and is handing out patterns to make “welcome blankets” for new immigrants. Regulars gather on Tuesdays. However, anyone can come to the store for free patterns, help and discounts on yarn used to

Now what?

Knitty City employee Nancy Ricci with orange knitted knockers. LatinaSHARE asked for larger, brightly colored inserts. Photo: Leslie Gersing make the “knockers.” Chin expects Breast Cancer Awareness Month to generate even more interest in the project, which benefits LatinaSHARE, a support group serving low-income women of color in New York. When Chin brought them samples, “They looked at the colors and they said, ‘well, could you make them more colorful?’” And, they told her, cup-size matters: “’We’ll have to have them larger than that — C’s or D’s.’” Maria Estrella, LatinaSHARE coordinator and volunteer breast cancer patient navigator at Bellevue Hospital, says the inserts can help many women feel more comfortable after mastectomy. While “the majority opt for reconstruction,” she says, healing, chemo and radiation can delay the procedure “up to a year.” The American Cancer Society estimates one in eight women (252,710) will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year, including 16,000 New Yorkers. While mastectomies are on rise, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons says, “less than half of all women

who undergo mastectomy are currently offered breast reconstruction surgery, and fewer than 20 percent ... undergo immediate reconstruction.” In December, Demorest traveled to Rwanda to teach women how to make their own “knockers,” after learning reconstruction isn’t an option for most of them. They told her that some women are taught breast cancer is a curse, and were dying of shame rather than live with disfiguring surgery. One Knitty City customer shows off a pair of purple knockers to the group, adding that she “says a prayer,” for the women who will get them. Others say they plan to attach personal messages to their finished projects. Demorest nods, telling the group she often gets asked, “Why not manufacture the prosthetics and sell them?” “We’d be meeting one need, but we would be losing out so much on that caring factor,” says Demorest. “When you make the Knitted Knockers, you feel the sense of purpose with your knitting and your crocheting. You are making a difference in somebody’s life.”

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MARBLE COLLEGIATE CHURCH Sunday Worship at 11:00am Sunday Worship, led by Dr. Michael Brown, is the heart of our community. It is where we gather to sing, pray, and be changed by an encounter with God. Marble is known throughout the world for the practical, powerful, lifechanging messages as well as world class music from choirs that make every heart sing.

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Upcoming Events Open House New York Marble Collegiate Church | Saturday, October 14 at 12:00pm Marble is excited to once again open our doors as a part of Open House New York. Our church is a prominent example of Romanesque Revival architecture with Gothic influences and preserves many original 1854 features. See our historic Sanctuary, featuring beautiful stained glass windows, two of which are Tiffany, our Labyrinth Room with an inlaid labyrinth and our lovely Chapel. From the spire to the fine details of the interior, Marble is a treasure worth exploring. Join us for guided or self-guided tours. No registration necessary. FREE ADMISSION.

Silent Movie Night: Halloween Edition The Phantom of the Opera Marble Collegiate Church Thursday, October 26 at 7:30pm World-renowned Peter Krasinski returns for our Halloween-themed silent movie The Phantom of the Opera! Come experience thrills and chills with a live, improvised organ score. Tickets are available at the door. Tickets: $20 general admission and $15 for students/seniors

Family Costume Party Marble Collegiate Church | Saturday, October 28 at 12:00pm Join us for another spooky day of fun, food, and prizes. Children and adults are encouraged to dress in costume. Prizes will be given for a variety of costume types! $10 per person; family discounts available.

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OLDER RE-EMERGING ARTISTS MAKE THEIR MARK 6 p.m. Free Carter Burden Gallery, 548 West 28th St. 212-564-8405. carterburdengallery.org The Carter Burden Gallery is proof that creative peaks aren’t tied to a particular age. The gallery, which champions older, lesser-known artists and believes they must not be overlooked due to age or decreased marketability, will launch an exhibition featuring artist over the age of 60 with deep roots in New York’s creative communities. Carter Burden’s three galleries will be devoted to the trippy and textured, earthy and organic work of these seasons artists. “In the Dark: Packages & Shadows” features work by Werner Bargsten and Charles Ramsburg. Bargsten presents clay sculptures bound in copper, inspired by childhood memories of the rich black Iowa dirt of his family’s farm. Ramsburg’s delicate, dark and quiet drawings from the series “Blind Spot” were inspired by his years in the Adirondacks. One piece, “Pathing Sticks,” draws on the ancient tradition of the walking staff, while incorporating organic and man-made materials, The intimate oil paintings in Danny Turitz’s series “Carts” use “homeless shopping carts” as metaphor, and they reflect the “isolation, melancholy and degradation” of the human condition. In the West Gallery, a 7-by-18 foot space outside the main gallery for experimental public art installations, viewers will find Edward Fausty’s “On the Wall.” Inspired by a dream he had during college, Faust uses landscapes done with a fisheye lens to replicate the wonder of seeing our planet from above, and ponder our footprint upon it. Enjoy the opening reception on Oct. 5 or view the exhibition through Oct. 26.

Thu 5 MIXING MUSIC AND OIL Mannes School of Music, 55 West 13th St. 7 p.m. Free What’s your relationship with oil? In a documentary music project, “The Tar Sands Songbook,” creator Tanya Kalmanovitch, who was born near the Athabasca oil sands, in Alberta, Canada, asks viewers to consider their connection with this slippery, controversial substance. Additional performance Oct. 6. tarsandssongbook.com

Fri 6 THE LEGACY OF FLORENCE PRICE► The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th St. 7 p.m. Free Be inspired by a screening “The Caged Bird,” a film about Florence Price, the


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first female African-American composer premiered by a major American orchestra. Performance by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and a conversation about the film and Price’s legacy to follow. 212-594-6100. dimennacenter.org

Sat 7 COMICS IN ACTION: KUMAIL NANJIANI AND EMMA ALLEN SVA Theater, 333 W. 23rd St. 10 p.m. $59 Kumail Nanjiani, star of the critically acclaimed film “The Big Sick” and the Emmy Awardwinning series “Silicon Valley,” will be in conversation with Emma Allen, The New Yorker’s cartoon editor. Part of the New Yorker Festival. 212-592-2980. festival. newyorker.com

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DEEP LISTENING WORKSHOP ► Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th St. 11:30 a.m. $15 Sometimes there’s nothing like the sound of silence. Based on the practice of deep listening developed by composer and sound pioneer Pauline Oliveros, participants will explore the difference between passive hearing and active listening, delve into body awareness, and listen to the sounds of one’s own thoughts, imagination and dreams. 212-620-5000. rubinmuseum.org/events

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Mon 9 UNSILENT FILM NIGHT: ‘CITY LIGHTS’ LIVE John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 Fifth Ave. 7 p.m. Free Now here, this: Under the baton of music director Mark Gould, students from Mannes School of Music and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music will perform Charlie Chaplin's original score to his classic silent film “City Lights.” 212-229-5150. events. newschool.edu/event

Tue 10 FASHION, SCIENCE, AND EXPLORATION SYMPOSIUM Museum at FIT, Seventh Ave. and 27th St. 10 a.m. Free, advanced

registration required The Museum at FIT presents its 18th academic symposium, “Fashion, Science, and Exploration.” This daylong event explores the impact of scientific thought on fashion, including the influence of thinkers such as Charles Darwin and how environmental concerns are manifested in fashion. 212-217-4558. fitnyc.edu/ museum/events

Wed 11 ‘THE DHARMA OF THE PRINCESS BRIDE’ ▲ Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th St. 7 p.m. $22 Friendship. Romance. Humor. Humility. Join Ethan Nichtern, author of “The Dharma of the Princess Bride,” as he hosts a special screening of Rob Reiner’s classic film and a discussion of what it can teach us about relationships and Buddhist values. 212-620-5000. rubinmuseum.org/events

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MORE THAN MERELY SURREAL MoMA’s Max Ernst exhibition captivates

IF YOU GO

BY MARY GREGORY

In “Max Ernst: Beyond Painting” on view through January 1, the Museum of Modern Art is taking the opportunity to show a recent acquisition with the unlikely title of “65 Maximiliana or the Illegal Practice of Astronomy.” The 34 aquatints which comprise this illustrated book use a form of concrete poetry, where the placement of letters on the page (here cross-hatched like roads, or descending in cupped shapes like falling petals) create a visual poem which join with drawings or pictograms in complex, mysterious creations. Some even use an Ernst-invented written language. The invention of a secret alphabet was not much

WHAT: “Max Ernst: Beyond Painting” WHERE: The Museum of Modern Art WHEN: Through Jan. 1 www.moma.org/

of a stretch for an artist who regularly transgressed, as the title states, beyond painting. Curators Starr Figura and Anne Umland, with curatorial assistant Talia Kwartler, have taken the book as a starting point, or in the geography of the exhibition, a grand finale, for a survey of this important 20th cen-

Gallery view of Max Ernst: Beyond Painting with “The King Playing with the Queen.” Photo: Adel Gorgy

tury master. Ernst (1891–1976) was a founder of both the Dada and Surrealist movements, and his brushstrokes and gestures, both artistic and intellectual deeply influenced both European and American art. In the paintings, collages, drawings, prints and sculptures on display, one experiences the senses of isolation and irrationality that color Dada and Surrealism. Confusing landscapes, enigmatic texts and lonely figures (or machines or creatures or strange hybrids that resemble them) are the norm. We in the 21st century have the blessing of some distance from the angst and horrors of the two world wars. European artists of the early 20th century did not. The trauma of the wars painted the literary, artistic, poetic and cultural landscape with colors and imagery that seem incomprehensible, because they are. German-born, French and then later American émigré artist, Max Ernst was influenced by Sigmund Freud’s theories about dreams, and was fascinated by the subconscious, primal emotions and forms of automatic painting. As a young man he studied philosophy, poetry and art, but, in ar World War I was drafted into an army tillery division in the German army he and sent to the trenches on both the er Eastern and Western fronts. After er the war, first in Cologne, then later ed in Paris and in New York, he created ply subversive, questioning, yet deeply thoughtful works. n is Part of the focus of the exhibition ch the endlessly creative ways in which d Ernst utilized the materials and e tools of art. With titles like “The d Gramineous Bicycle Garnished with Bells the Dappled Fire Dampss e and the Echinoderms Bending the d Spine to Look for Caresses” and works that use techniques such as afrottage, grattage and decalcomania (which the curators explain as ed rubbing graphite on paper placed pover objects 659[frottage], scrape], ing wet paint on canvas [grattage], st and pressing paper or glass against ed wet paint to create chance-based re textures [decalcomania]) there are nd certain to be novel experiences and r. revelations for almost every visitor. The exhibition of about 100 works is drawn from the museum’s collection and includes masterpieces like the early Surrealist painting/assemblage,

In 1923, Ernst painted “Woman, Old Man, and Flower,” and a year later, added the mysterious semi-transparent central figure. Photo: Adel Gorgy “Two Children Are Threatened by a Nightingale” from 1924. From its clear blue sky emerge a gate, a building whose doorknob resembles a cleaver, a woman running with a knife, a man escaping on the roof with a baby and the outlines of distant architectures of authority — arches and domes. About the only non-threatening element is a nightingale. What questions does it raise? What answers, if any, does it offer? What emotions does it evoke? A nearby suite of drawings titled “Natural Histories” offers both alternative histories and

“Lunar Asparagus” a white-painted bronze Ernst sculpture with “The Blind Swimmer.” Photo: Adel Gorgy

alternative nature. There’s a sphinx with a bird’s head, and lightning bolts coming from a dragonfly. Also on view are books and folios that present strange, fanciful creatures like smiling fish or newt-bearing spectacled puffins which hint at the artist’s playful nature. Powerful, totemic sculptures in bronze suggest the influences of Cubism as well as African art, while being imbued with the artist’s ar own sensibility and interests. Ernst Er was deeply involved with the game gam of chess, as can be seen in “The King Kin Playing with the Queen” which is rife with refere references to structures of power. po A lovely momen ment in the exhibition is tthe placement of “The Blind Swimmer” with its vague but clearly biomorphic, reproductive imagery which ca can be seen through “Lunar Aspar Asparagus” from 1935. The white scu sculpture’s tall, wobbly forms ma may have been influenced by the time Ernst spent with Alberto Albert Giacometti the prior summe summer, but have a wit that seems all Ernst. Peripatetic a and always searching both in his hi life and his art, Ernst mined the th hidden corners of the human ps psyche to give voice to a world that h had lost its reason. In doing so he found fo ways to challenge convention conventions, reinvent methods, and find anxiety and alarm, but also whimsy, humor and beauty in the power of imagination.


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www.cityandcountry.org Mayor Bill de Blasio (second from right) and Governor Andrew Cuomo (second from left) tour 23rd Street and the site of an explosion in Chelsea on Sunday, September 18, 2016. Photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office.

CHELSEA BOMBING TRIAL OPENS LAW ENFORCEMENT Ahmad Khan Rahimi charged with detonating pipe bombs in New Jersey and Manhattan BY COLLEEN LONG

A trial opened on Monday for a man accused of setting off a pipe bomb in New York City that injured 30 people. While Ahmad Khan Rahimi has not been charged with terrorism, federal lawyers say his interest in jihad, terrorist attacks and terrorist organizations vastly influenced his plans. The government said it is seeking to have an expert witness testify about al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden and other terrorist leaders as a primer for jurors and to help explain some writings he made in a journal. Defense lawyers have argued the government is trying to wrongly paint a picture of Rahimi, an Afghanistan-born

U.S. citizen, as an extremist. They say federal lawyers have drummed up a “radicalization” theory “To make its case more ‘compelling, dramatic, and seductive,’” the lawyers wrote in court papers. Rahimi, 29, who lived with his family in Elizabeth, New Jersey, is charged with detonating a pipe bomb along a charity race in Seaside Park, New Jersey, and planting two pressure cooker bombs in Manhattan on Sept. 17. One device did not explode. The other one detonated in Chelsea. Rahimi was shot by law enforcement during his arrest two days after the attacks. He has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail. Jurors were expected to see various terrorism-related videotapes, a book, a bloodstained journal with a bullet hole in it and two 2012 emails found during the investigation, after U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman ruled the evidence could be included because they might show motive,

intentions, preparation and knowledge of the bombings. They also may hear details of a bomb left in an Elizabeth, New Jersey, trash can, along with video recordings of Rahimi in New Jersey and New York on Sept. 17 and setting off explosives in his backyard two days before the bombing. Prosecutors have said they’re not planning to introduce statements Rahimi made in the days after his arrest, gleaned while he was hospitalized and medicated with a breathing tube down his throat. Investigators asked him yes or no questions and had Rahimi nod his head. His lawyers said he was improperly interrogated. Berman rejected a request to move the trial from New York to Vermont or Washington, D.C. Rahimi also has been charged with attempted murder in New Jersey, because authorities say he shot at police officers during his arrest. Details of the shootout won’t be included in the federal trial.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6TH, 6:30PM Public Theater | 425 Lafayette St. | 212-539-8500 | publictheater.org Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books and the host of Freakonomics Radio, comes to Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater for weekend series. There will be two tapings each night through Sunday ($25).

Fashion, Science, and Exploration Symposium

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10TH, 10AM Museum at FIT | Seventh Ave. at 27th St. | 212-217-4558 | fitnyc.edu Spend a day exploring science’s impact on fashion in conjunction with two current MFIT exhibitions, Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme and Force of Nature. Charles Darwin, the history of exploration, and environmental concerns will be considered (free).

Just Announced | TimesTalks: Sir Richard Branson

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18TH, 7PM Symphony Space | 2537 Broadway | 212-864-1414 | timestalks.com Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, speaks with Squawk Box’s Andrew Ross Sorkin on the occasion of the release of Branson’s new autobiography, Finding My Virginity ($60).

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AFFORDABLE HOUSING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 of the income bands, accounting for a planned 58 percent of all units. Under the plan’s targets, 40 percent of the 200,000 affordable units will be new construction. The remaining 60 percent will be affordable units preserved through various strategies, including building improvements, subsidy extensions, and protecting tenants in rent-regulated units. While de Blasio has touted Housing New York as a suc-

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cess as he seeks reelection this fall, some critics claim that the program fails to serve those most in need of assistance. According to the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development, New Yorkers classified as “extremely low income” (those making below 30 percent of the AMI) make up 47.9 percent of Manhattan’s rentburdened population, but just 12.6 percent of affordable housing units created or preserved to date under the mayor’s program have served this group. The Citizens Budget Commission, using data from the city’s

Department of Housing Preservation and Development, has assembled a map of projects financed to date through the program. The chart and map here, drawn from the CBC’s analysis, show the program’s impact on Chelsea. Community District 4, which includes Chelsea and Clinton, has had the third-most affordable units financed under the program of Manhattan’s 12 community districts, due in large part to the over 2,000 affordable units preserved at the Penn South co-op complex under a deal reached earlier this year.

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APPLYING FUN Appliké Couture is among several businesses on an East 75th Street where children can enjoy themselves BY MICKEY KRAMER

The colorful and decorative window display of children’s T-shirts, hoodies and onesies, emblazoned with drawings of hearts and cherries, and sayings such as “smile forever” and “vintage,” as well as accessories like backpacks and toys, is hard to miss when walking past Appliké Couture on East 75th Street. Felicia Wollerstein, 61, and her husband Mark Wollerstein, 66, opened the children’s clothing and accessory store five years ago this month. “We had just moved into the neighborhood and my husband saw the empty space and said ‘let’s do this,’” said Felicia Wollerstein, who worked in children’s fashion for about two decades prior to opening the store. What makes Appliké Couture stand out is that children can pick their own designs, which are then added to clothes via a heat press. “It’s a very personalized service and we have customers from day one who still stop in.” Wollerstein said. Currently, some of the most popular appliqués are unicorns, rainbows and various emojis.

Another part of the store’s appeal are the birthday parties. The store can accommodate up to 20 children (they can take celebrations outside if need be). Appliké Couture hosts about three or four such occasions each month. Brianna Ardizzone, 8, celebrated her sixth birthday at Appliké and, recalling that she and her friends “made shirts and ate candy,” called the day “a lot of fun.” Brianna is still a regular at the store. “They have a lot of cool things and appliqués,” she said. Her favorite custom-designed shirt features a “cupcake.” Brianna’s mother, Barri Ardizzone, raved that “Felicia really makes Brianna feel special.” “They really are amazing,” Ardizzone said of the Wollersteins. “In addition to a terrific selection of clothes, it’s a great community store that, for example, does fundraisers for schools.” Appliké supplies school apparel for a number of Upper East side public schools, including P.S. 77 Lower Lab, P.S. 158, P.S. 290, and P.S.6 Ann Marie Meissner, has shopped with her twin 13-year-old daughters for more than four years. She called the shop a “great, unique concept.” “When they were younger, they’d

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Brianna Ardizzone, 8, celebrated her sixth birthday by making shirts and eating candy at Appliké Couture on East 75th Street. Photo: Courtesy of Appliké Couture

Another Appliké Couture satisfied customer. Photo: Courtesy of Appliké Couture

pick out their own decals, but now prefer buying plain shirts,” she said of her daughters. For parents who might like to have a day for themselves, dropping their kids off on East 75th Street between First and York Avenues might be the way to go. Along with designing their own clothes, children can also spend time at two dance studios, The American Youth Dance Theater and Manhattan Dance Academy that share the

south side of the street, and can also visit the Art Center and the School of Rock on the north side of the block. Felicia Wollerstein recalled her favorite moment as when one of her early customers, Bella, a second-grader, was asked to do a “before and after” story for school, and did it about Felicia Wollerstein and the store – the blank shirt was “the before” and the decorated shirt was “the after.” For its fifth anniversary celebration

Kids can celebrate birthdays while decorating clothes with all sorts of designs at Appliké Couture on East 75th Street. Photo: Courtesy of Appliké Couture Appliké Couture is planning two special nights, one for kids and another for mothers. “From the day that we opened nearly five years ago, we have maintained a friendly creative environment and helped kids transform garments into their own creations,” Wollerstein said. “We look forward to seeing the smiles on their faces for many more years to come.”

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HUGH HEFNER’S NEW YORK MEDIA Or how the sexual celebrant, master marketer and destroyer of mores lured swingers, sophisticates — and yes, sleazoids — into the Playboy Club, turning it into the busiest nightspot in the city BY DOUGLAS FEIDEN

One of the most telling time capsules in the city can be found under “Help Wanted — Female” in the classified section of The New York Times. Take March 1965, and scan the ads: They seek “Kelly Girls” and “Gals Friday,” “Dictaphone Secretaries” and “World’s Fair Hostesses.” A marketing firm wants a “Girl Trainee,” and adds, “Housewife OK.” Pan American World Airways “needs girls to fly all six continents” — but they must be single, and please, no contact lenses. And then, wedged in between the listings for bookkeepers and “comptometer operators” at Bloomingdale’s, there comes this gentle throwback: “BUNNY.” A companion ad on a facing page from the same employer gets straight to the point. “GIRLS — LOVELY,” it says. “Apply for glamour, excitement and top earnings as a Playboy Bunny.” The venue, of course, is the Playboy Club, at 5 East 59th Street, “three doors east of Fifth Avenue, three doors west of Madison Avenue,” and the number to call is PL 2-3100. How hopelessly dated, even quaint, it all seems now. But in that era of rotary phones and lettered prefixes, the Plaza 2- exchange, taking its name from the high-end district around the Plaza Hotel, was as iconic as Butterfield 8-, the Upper East Side exchange that gave its name to a 1960 Elizabeth Taylor film

and the 1933 John O’Hara novel on which it was based. Ah, PL 2-3100. Once, it was as celebrated as “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” the title of a pop standard recorded by the Glenn Miller Orchestra that was derived from the switchboard number for the Hotel Pennsylvania. But did the “PL” really stand for “Plaza”? In the world according to Hugh Hefner, the answer was an emphatic NO. Indeed, operators at the Playboy Club, or “Bunny Central,” were for a time instructed to answer the phone, “Playboy 2-3100.” The failure to do so could result in demerits and the docking of salary. “I still hear that number in my sleep,” says retired Broadway publicist Hal Adler, 95, who worked in the theater district and says he used to squire “chorus girls” to the club in the mid-1960s. “To me, Playboy 2-3100 still brings to mind happy days, good clients and lovely women. It was surprisingly tame, too, at least by today’s standards.” In fact, the New York club enjoyed a semi-wholesome cachet: It was the place where indulgent fathers would take adolescent sons as a rite of passage, providing them a first glimpse of pulchritude and promise. But it had a tawdry side, too. Touching and groping and propositioning were all too frequent. Only flagrant offenders were 86ed. And it was none other than Gloria Steinem, later the co-founder of Ms. Magazine, who went undercover as a bunny for 17 days in 1963 and in an expose in now-defunct Show Magazine, revealed how all would-be bunnies were required to undergo a gynecological exam and testing for sexually transmitted infections, typically at the hands of male doctors. All of this came to mind as news broke that the pipe-smoking, silk-robe clad Hefner — who for better or worse

A 1970 press photo for the syndicated TV show “Playboy After Dark,” which was in taped in Los Angeles. Hugh Hefner (in tuxedo) is at far right, actor-comedian Don Adams, who played Maxwell Smart, also known as “Agent 86,” in the comedy “Get Smart,” is at center, and Playboy cover girl and longtime Hefner girlfriend Barbi Benton is seated between them. Photo: Playboy Enterprises, via Wikimedia Commons

had an outsized impact on the worlds of sexuality, marketing, media, culture, creativity, advertising and brand promotion — had died at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles at the age of 91 on September 27. Reviews of his life and times, issued from critics on both the left and right, were scathing: To conservative Times columnist Ross Douthat, he was a pornographic “father of smut addiction,” a “leering grotesque,” and “grinning pimp.” British feminist Julie Bindel opined that “no one should shed a tear” for the “ultimate enemy of women.” Praise for “Hef” on social media? “It’s disgusting,” feminist critic Susan Brownmiller offered. Defenders included left-wing political activist and TV producer Norman Lear, who tweeted, “We’ve lost a true explorer, a man with a keen sense of the future.” Conservative-libertarian Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist, hailed him for embracing a “sexual complementarity that has bound men and women together since the dawn of time.” Complementarity? Well, call it what you will, but it was sure on display behind the white canopy bearing the black bunny symbol that was arguably the world’s most recognizable logo. It was here, on December 8, 1962, behind the dramatic, shimmering darkglass façade that curtained off 59th Street, that Hefner conjured up his 40,000-square-foot, multi-level palace of dreams and desires, flesh and fantasies, seduction and sexism. Entry to the seven-story nightspot was controlled by a “Door Bunny,” “floor bunnies” served drinks, and patrons were feted by musicians, magicians and chanteuses in the Living Room, Party Room, Play Room, Penthouse and VIP Room which, naturally, stood for “Very Important Playboy.” Why 59th Street? The Copacabana had been around the corner, on 60th Street off Fifth Avenue near the Pierre Hotel, since it bowed in 1941. Hefner believed that the storied nightspot had become a tad stuffy and felt a more unbuttoned club in this buttoneddown part of town could capture the Copa’s overflow. And so it did. Marketed as private club for the “keyholders” who paid a onetime fee of $25 a year, the Playboy Club quickly drew swingers and sophisticates — but it cannot be denied that sleazeballs masquerading as respectable gentlemen also made their presence known. “What do you think I come here for, the roast beef?” one four-martini customer asked Steinem after breathing heavily down her neck. Other patrons offered her Hotel Astor and New Yorker Hotel room keys, she wrote in the 1963 article. There were also the “usual tail-pullings and propositions and pinching

Hugh Hefner donned one of his trademark caps for an event in Long Beach, California, in November 2010, one of the last times he left his beloved Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills in Los Angeles. Photo: Glenn Francis / PacificProDigital, via Wikimedia Commons and ogling,” to which she would utter a ritual reply, “Please, sir, you are not allowed to touch the bunnies.” But if there was boorishness, there was courtliness, too. Adler recalls a “sweet innocence” — even as he sat at the bar, cigarette in hand, surrounded by gorgeous women in low-cut, skintight, one-piece satin outfits complete with black bow tie, bunny ears, threeinch heels and fluffy white pom-pom tails, reminiscent of a scene from “Mad Men.” “I never so much as took off my suit jacket,” he says. “The only thing I ever took off was a lady’s coat at the hatcheck counter.” The club was a commercial smash. It was one of 40-plus Playboy Clubs around the world, and Hefner spent more time at those in Chicago and Los Angeles. But thanks to Madison Avenue’s romance with the Playboy brand, 59th Street brought far more advertising to the magazine and franchising to the Playboy empire. At its peak in the 1960s, the club hosted 2,700 people daily, making it the busiest in the city. It employed 128 bunnies, and Steinem wasn’t the only famed alumni: Model, Vogue cover girl and “American Gigolo” actress Lauren Hutton worked at the club in 1964. Platinum-haired Blondie lead singer Deborah Harry spent five years as a bunny starting in 1968.

But no bunny can endure forever. Constantly policing the “bunny image,” Playboy dismissed scores of women it felt no longer maintained that “look of freshness, vitality and cheerfulness,” the “vibrant, charming look” that included “standards of figure proportion.” Before long, the Playboy Club itself had lost that “look of freshness.” The once-forbidden sexual imagery it had brought to the masses had become passé. Just as it had once eclipsed the Copa, two hot new clubs were now poised to poach its business, Studio 54, which debuted in 1977, and the Limelight, which followed in 1983. After a 21-year run, Playboy shuttered the 59th Street club in August 1983. It briefly reopened in the Hotel Lexington in 1985, with male rabbits to complement its female bunnies, only to close again for good the next year. The unzipping would now take place in other venues. Should it be lamented? Romanticized? Perhaps. But let’s give Gloria Steinem the last word. The subject is bustier padding: “My unofficial list of Bunny Bosom Stuffers,” she wrote in her 1963 expose. “1) Kleenex 2) plastic dry cleaner’s bags 3) absorbent cotton 4) cut-up Bunny tails 5) foam rubber 6) lamb’s wool 7) Kotex halves 8) silk scarves 9) gym socks.”


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In Mexico circa 1987, photographer Flor Garduño stumbled onto a mysterious scene. A man holds a bull by a rope. On that bull stands a small goat as if someone had purposely stacked the two creatures like toys. It was a scene she didn’t compose. According to Garduño, she just captured the peculiar moment in Mexico’s history, titling the image, “Totem, Mexico.” Today, the intriguing photograph hangs on the wall at New York City’s Throckmorton Fine Art Gallery on the East Side — one of 40 black-andwhite photographs featured in the gallery’s “Surrealismo Ojos de Mexico: Surrealism in Mexican Photography” exhibit. A gallery that specializes in the work of contemporary Latin American photographers, Throckmorton Fine Art seeks in their newest exhibit to demonstrate the enduring influence of Surrealism in Mexico’s history of photography. “We wanted to highlight this wonderful period,” said Norbereto Rivera, photography director at Throckmorton. “We start off with one of the greats, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, up until Flor Garduño and the current torchbearers in Mexico whose works have a lot of Surrealist influence.” The gallery’s executive director Kraige Block explains the tug-of-war behind the Surrealist movement in Mexico. Many Mexican artists often resisted the labels of Surrealism by refusing to adhere to the “high culture” of Europeans. Other artists viewed Surrealism as a mechanism for celebrating strange juxtapositions. “Surrealism was not an art movement of protest, but instead one that explored the irrational,

the unexpected in life,” Block said. “Our world is so Eurocentric. It is actually very rare that there is a focus on Latin America.” Surrealism in Latin America provides a lens for viewing a country’s history with its many contrasts. Many of the photographs focus on the stark contrasts between rich and poor, ancient and modern, tradition and innovation. The photographs range in content from a 1942 image of “La Quema de Judas,” (the Judas burning), a traditional Easter-time Mexican ritual to a simple 2005 image of seven, silver fish heads, floating in dull water. Despite the emphasis on contrast, most of the images in the exhibition reveal a serious, unifying subject — Mexico and its people. “The current headlines regarding Mexico are unfortunate, but that’s always been a part of Mexico’s history,” Rivera said. “There’s always hardship, but then there’s always this growth and beauty and flourishing in the arts. They are resilient.” Ilona Golovina, 30, a student at the International Center of Photography, appreciated the photographs’ representations of a rich cultural history. “It’s a good look back,” she explained. “You can experience their past through each of these photographs.” The exhibit opened in the midst of National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15. However, “for the gallery, it’s Hispanic Heritage Month everyday.” said Rivera. “Latin American art is underrepresented here in the states. [This exhibition] is a good way to start the fall season, and we are happy to be a part of the month celebration.” “Surrealismo Ojos de Mexico” will be open for public viewing at 145 East 57th Street until December 2, 2017.


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A controversial 668-foot residential tower is one step closer to rising over the Upper West Side following the Department of Buildings’ decision last week to lift a hold it had previously placed on the proposed project. The proposed 55-story building at 200 Amsterdam Avenue has faced consistent opposition from a number of neighbors, community groups and elected officials, who claim that the design of the tower, which would be the tallest on the Upper West Side, does not align with the scale or context of the surrounding neighborhood. The Department of Buildings placed a hold on the project in June, following a zoning challenge filed by the Committee for Environmentally Sound Development that cited various technical issues in the proposal, including that the open space used to justify the building’s exceptional height does not meet zoning requirements. The department lifted the hold September 26, paving the way for the project to move forward. The proposed building’s height is based, in significant measure, on the large, irregularly shaped zoning lot on which it would sit, which opponents of the development have likened to a gerrymandered political district. Though the tower itself would occupy the former site of Lincoln Square Synagogue, near Amsterdam Avenue and 69th Street, its zoning lot — the size of which helps determine a building’s maximum size — is significantly larger than the proposed building’s footprint. Snaking in untidy fashion across much of the block, portions of the sprawling 110,000-square-foot zoning lot front 70th Street, West End Avenue and West End Avenue. In July, the Department of Buildings issued a notice of objections and an intent to revoke “to verify the open space ratio and that the zoning lot was properly formed.” After the hold was lifted last week, a Department of Buildings spokesperson said that the developer had supplied the necessary additional information and zoning calculations to support the approval and

resolve the Department of Buildings’ objections. The spokesperson noted that no changes to the structural plans for the building were required to resolve the objections. After the hold was lifted, the applicant refiled the permit application for the project and the Department of Buildings issued a new building permit. Details regarding the applicant’s responses to the Department of Buildings’ objections had not been posted to the department’s website as of press time. Council Member Helen Rosenthal, whose district includes the site of the proposed tower, has criticized the project and joined in support of the Committee for Environmentally Sound Development’s zoning challenge. Rosenthal issued a statement objecting to the Department of Buildings’ decision to lift the halt on the project, stating that the questions raised in the challenge “simply have not been answered to my satisfaction.” “When this proposal was filed, it failed to include even the necessary facts and figures pertaining to its compliance with Open Space requirements,” Rosenthal said in the statement. “This was highlighted in the Committee’s challenge and led to the audit and the issuance of the Notice of Intent to Revoke. That information has apparently finally been provided. But the substantive concerns about the proposal’s bizarre, gerrymandered zoning have not been addressed.” Olive Freud, the president of the Committee for Environmentally Sound Development, said that the committee plans to file an appeal with the Department of Buildings and, if necessary, with the Board of Standards and Appeals. George M. Janes, a planning consultant who filed the zoning challenge on the group’s behalf, said that the appeals process could take months to play out. “That’s precious time lost,” Janes said. “There’s no stop work order, so the applicants can continue building the building.” Freud said that Committee for Environmentally Sound Development would seek administrative relief through all available avenues. “If this 600-footer goes up, it sets precedence going all the way north on Broadway and Amsterdam and Columbus,” Freud said. “It’s horrible. Everyone on the West Side needs to be concerned about this.”


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Affordable Housing for Rent

West 42nd Street Apartments Phase II 166 NEWLY CONSTRUCTED UNITS AT 605 West 42nd Street, NY, NY 10036 CLINTON Amenities: 24-hour attended lobby, on-site resident manager, lawn, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playroom, water club â&#x20AC; , fitness centerâ&#x20AC; , putting greenâ&#x20AC; , cafĂŠâ&#x20AC; , parking garageâ&#x20AC; , bicycle storageâ&#x20AC;  and moreâ&#x20AC;  (â&#x20AC; additional fees apply). Transit: Buses: M50, M42 Trains: A, C, E, 7, 1, 2, 3, N, Q, R, S; Port Authority Bus Station 1RDSSOLFDWLRQIHHÂ&#x2021;1REURNHUÂśVIHHÂ&#x2021;6PRNH-free building This building was constructed through the Inclusionary Housing Program and is anticipated to receive a Tax Exemption through the 421-a Tax Incentive Program of the City Department of Preservation and Development and State Low Income Housing Tax Credit (SLIHTC) Program of New York State Homes and Community Renewal. Who Should Apply?

Individuals or households who meet the income and household size requirements listed in the table below may apply. Qualified applicants will be required to meet additional selection criteria. Applicants who live in New York City receive a general preference for apartments.

A percentage of units is set aside for: x Mobility disabled applicants (5%) x Vision or hearing disabled applicants (2%) Preference for a percentage of units goes to: x Residents of Manhattan Community Board 4 (50%) x Municipal employees (5%)

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How Do You Apply? Apply online or through mail. To apply online, please go to nyc.gov/housingconnect. To request an application by mail, send a selfnd addressed envelope to: W. 42 Street Apartments Phase 2 1357 Broadway Box 460, New York, NY 10018. Only send one application per development. Do not submit duplicate applications. Do not apply online and also send in a paper application. Applicants who submit more than one application may be disqualified. When is the Deadline? Applications must be postmarked or submitted online no later than December 1, 2017. Late applications will not be considered. What Happens After You Submit an Application? After the deadline, applications are selected for review through a lottery process. If yours is selected and you appear to qualify, you will be invited to an interview to continue the process of determining your eligibility. Interviews are usually scheduled from 2 to 10 months after the application deadline. You will be asked to bring documents that verify your household size, identity of members of your household, and your household income. EspaĂąol

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James Dubin, Chairman of the Board of the Lighthouse Guild, cuts the ribbon at the Guild’s new location on the Upper West Side, with Council Member Helen Rosenthal and Manhattan Borough President Gayle Brewer (to right of Dubin). Photo: Ben Asen

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The Lighthouse Guild has relocated on the Upper West Side to 64th Street and West End Avenue. At their ribbon-cutting ceremony, they had speakers associated with the Guild, as well as City Council Member Helen Rosenthal, speak about the work the Lighthouse Guild does and their partnerships. “People who are blind are at the core of who New York City is,” Rosenthal said as she welcomed the Lighthouse Guild to the “coolest area of the Upper West Side.” (The previous location was at 15 West 65th Street.) The Guild also featured testimonies from Adrienne Norbeck and Yvette Ramos-Stuckey, two people who received help from the organization. Both described the Guild as their “home.” “The Lighthouse to me is home because it makes me feel normal and like everyone else,” said Ramos-Stuckey. She was joined by her husband, who she said goes everywhere with her. Ramos-Stuckey choked back tears while she was making her speech. She was born with a vein in her eye that wasn’t fully developed. She said doctors predicted she would lose her vision in her teenage years, but she retained her sight until she was in her fifties. The loss still affected her deeply. She said she didn’t think she could even peel a potato. But teachers encouraged her and gave her the confidence to live her life. “The best part is helping the 25,000 people we help — that’s what it’s all about,” said Alan Morse, president and CEO of the Guild. Morse said his passion right now is with vision studies and health care. He is active in the role of making sure people prevent vision loss and get the resources and technology they need to live normally with it. “We’ve been remiss,” Morse said. “We’re not doing enough to prevent vision loss.”

Adrienne Norbeck looked like Alice in Wonderland with her light blue dress and her cropped, blonde hair as she told her story to the audience. She spoke with a soft voice about the trials she’s had to overcome and how the Lighthouse Guild helped her take the first steps to being independent. “I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when I was two,” Norbeck said. “And as a teenager, I didn’t take very good care of myself.” Norbeck lost her vision completely when she was 28 because of her diabetes. She said she spent a lot of time alone while her husband had to work and she was afraid of everything. She fell into a deep depression before she sought help at the Guild. “I learned how to read Braille first because I loved to read,” she said. “Now, I want to get a degree in nutrition so I can help people and prevent what happened to me.” In her time, she’s seen many improvements for the blind throughout the city. Norbeck said she loves the “little bumps” that let her know that a sidewalk ends. She also appreciates the voice that indicates when it’s safe for her to cross the street. The Lighthouse Guild has been officially around since 2013, when the Jewish Guild Healthcare and Lighthouse International merged, but their history can be traced back to helping people who are visually impaired since 1905. Each floor of the new building is designed for the needs of its occupants. A patient can visit two or three doctors without having to travel through different floors. A student can take a technology class and a cooking class conveniently on another floor as well. The Guild purchased and gutted the seven-story building to accommodate the specific needs of their patients and students. The music school, for example, worked with architects to soundproof their rooms to create an ideal acoustical environment. The entire construction took about a year and a half to complete. But now that it’s done, it’s the new home for people like Norbeck and RamosStuckley.


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AN ACE UP HIS COMEDIC SLEEVE Ted Greenberg on writing for the

Harvard Lampoon and Letterman, and on his new passion project BY ANGELA BARBUTI

Ted Greenberg grew up on the Upper East Side in the 1970s and ‘80s and remembers the city’s “exhilarating grit” at the time, which he says “was a lot of fun as a teenager.” Back then, his neighborhood was a mecca for stand-up comedy, which shaped him as a fledgling comic. His first live performance took place at the Comic Strip’s open mic night, where he took the stage at 2:30 a.m. He went on to attend Harvard University, where he fulfilled one of his early comedic goals by contributing to the renowned “Harvard Lampoon.” Returning to New York, he wrote for “Late Night with David Letterman,” citing his knack for conceptual comedy as contributing to his success there, which ultimately earned him an Emmy Award. As for working with

Dave, he credits his former boss with giving him the best entertainment lesson he ever received. For the past four years, his labor of love has been penning the play “Ace,” named after his father, a Wall Street titan who served as the CEO of Bear Stearns in 1987, the year in which the show is set. The autobiographic plot has his son driving a New York City taxi with a looming deadline of a nineyear overdue paper that he must submit to Harvard or else fail to graduate.

How can you describe your comedy? My stand-up is very broad. It’s goofy; it’s silly. It is conceptual. My heroes growing up were Steve Martin and Albert Brooks, rather than observational comics. And that’s the reason I was hired for “Letterman,” because he was really into that in his early years. He’d much rather do an idea that no one else had done than a set of jokes. Something that appealed to him was putting on a Velcro suit and jumping off a trampoline and sticking to a wall. Just sort of a straight concept. And

when I was writing for him, me and my partner were concept machines. That’s why we were hired. We weren’t prefect joke writers; we just had a lot of great concepts.

What was it like working for Letterman? It was great working for him in that he was the best boss I ever had in this respect: he knew exactly what he wanted. There was a mediary; you gave your stuff to Steve O’Donnell and you rarely dealt with Dave directly. But you did know exactly what he wanted. And the big joke is he wouldn’t dance, take off clothes or act. So from time from time, writers would deliberately submit a routine where he had to jump on his desk, do a jig, take off all his clothes and pretend he was a clown, knowing that was the last thing he wanted to do. But that sort of clarity in a boss is fantastic. And that’s one reason he became who he was. He really knew his strengths and weaknesses early on and was able to shape the show around that.

You went to Harvard and wrote for the “Lampoon” there. It was my dream since I was 15 when I tried to do stand-up was to be on the “Harvard Lampoon.” Because it was really famous even then because of the “National Lampoon.” And I got into Harvard and eventually got on the “Lampoon.” Now my pieces seem incredibly sophomoric and dumb, but it was a humor magazine and I got a lot of stuff published. And crazily, when I was there, Lisa Henson, daughter of Jim, was president, and three years later, Conan O’Brien was president. There was this “Life” magazine spread when Lisa was president with all these pictures revealing the inside of the “Lampoon” castle, something that had not been done before in the press. And in those pictures was Conan O’Brien. It was really very exciting to be a college kid and be in “Life” magazine.

Explain what your show “Ace” is about.

Ted Greenberg. Photo: Hunter Canning

“Ace” is about a 27-year-old who has owed a paper for nine years and today is the day he is given a deadline — he either has to get the paper in or he’s a dropout. And in that 12-hour period, a lot happens. It turns out he’s driving a cab. This is 1987, right after the big stock market crash, and the main character’s father is this huge Wall Street guy who runs this firm called Bear Stearns. So it’s kind of about the kid and his father. And then there’s a third major character who comes in who’s sort of the ‘80s equivalent of Bernie Madoff, this guy named Ivan Boesky. So there’s a ticking clock, the paper had to get in on December 18th, or this guy is a college dropout forever. It’s a really fun and fast 65-minute piece with a great ending.

Ted Greenberg in his autobiographical comedy, “Ace.” Photo: Hunter Canning

Explain your dad’s career and how much of that is in the play. Enough so you know this guy is incredibly charming and great at everything he does and casts a really large shadow. And there are a lot of Ace Greenberg fans who will get their money’s worth. You get the idea that he had this rags-to-riches story where he was one of those guys who came to New York City in his 20s and through grit and cunning, climbed the top of the heap, made a fortune and gave a fortune away. And that’s sort of a nice part. The audience likes hearing that. And he comes off as a very hardened realist about how to handle yourself in the world. There’s this Boesky guy who’s very snakelike and then there’s Ace Greenberg, who’s a rock. And I should point out one thing — that Ace Greenberg was an amazing magician. He was amazing at a lot of things and there is magic in the show. And I’m one of those people who gets angry when there’s magic or special effects in a show that seem gratuitous. But in “Ace,” it totally works and you walk out thinking, “The magic in this show, it couldn’t have been any other way.” I’ve been crusading around town insisting that the magic in this show is not gratuitous.

What was it like driving a cab in the city? It was really exciting and doing it

short term is fun because one minute you’re picking up hookers at Carnegie Hall and then the next minute you’re picking up some woman who missed her train for her bris, so you have to drive her to Salmouth, Massachusetts, so she can make it. Now if I had five kids and had to rely on it for my family, it would be a different story. But when you’re in your 20s and doing it part time, it was this great rush and adventure. And it could be scary. The first two weeks I was doing it, I picked up anybody, so I was a mule for a cocaine dealer and we made eight stops in Queens and I didn’t get paid. How else could an Upper East Side privileged kid have an experience like that other than by driving a cab? And I should mention that I still have this stand-up show that’s monthly at the SoHo Playhouse and it does end with me driving audience members home in a yellow cab. www.tedgreenberg.com “Ace” runs through November 5 at The Marjorie S. Deane Theater, 10 West 64th St.

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