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SCANDAL? WHAT SCANDAL? IOWA BECKONS LEADERSHIP Even before he’s sworn in for a second term, Mayor Bill de Blasio will hit the Hawkeye State to rev up his national profile — despite intense blowback from bogus leadpaint inspections at public housing BY DOUGLAS FEIDEN

When the going gets tough, Mayor Bill de Blasio gets going — as far away from City Hall as politically, geographically and logistically possible. It’s been a four-year pattern. And now, even as his administration reels from a mushrooming scandal at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), it is about to repeat itself: The mayor next month packs his bags for Iowa, home of the first-in-thenation caucuses — and graveyard-inthe-cornfields for outsized dreams and overreaching politicians. Fresh from his reelection triumph and two weeks before his swearing-in for a second term, he’ll headline the fifth annual holiday party for the lib-

eral advocacy group Progress Iowa in Des Moines on December 19th. It is the classic testing-the-waters event — one that Bernie Sanders keynoted in December 2014 as he geared up for his 2016 presidential bid. “Welcome back to Iowa,” said Matt Sinovic, the group’s executive director and a “BBQ sauce competitor” at the Iowa State Fair. He said the mayor’s “progressive leadership and passion for common-sense solutions provides a model for the entire country.” Perhaps. But at the largest public housing authority in America, the home of one out of every 14 New Yorkers, there’s been a spectacular lack of common sense. Not to mention absence of compassion for the vulnerable. Even disrespect for the rule of law. It turns out that NYCHA over a fouryear period failed to conduct leadpaint safety inspections in thousands of its apartments as mandated by state and federal laws, then lied about it by submitting false claims, the city’s Department of Investigation revealed in a November 14th report.

Mayor Bill de Blasio outside Trump Tower on November 21st. Amid a growing lead-paint scandal at the city’s public housing, he heads to Iowa next month in a quest for national attention. Photo: Ed Reed / Mayoral Photo Office, via flickr

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A NIGHT AT ‘ZOMBIE MCDONALD’S’ NEIGHBORHOODS Inside an Eighth Avenue hangout, with fights, stretchers and noddingout patrons BY LIZ HARDAWAY

With ten, maybe twenty bags of trash slushing onto each other on the curb, the doors open to four men leaning a little too far into their chairs.

The McDonald’s at 490 Eighth Avenue. Photo: Andrew Willard

Are they asleep? They’re not really moving. A line curls, immobile, from the lone cashier. This is 10 p.m. on a Monday at the McDonald’s on 34th Street and Eighth Avenue. “That McDonald’s?” locals ask. With NYPD and ambulances frequenting the establishment on a weekly basis, it’s hard to not notice what’s going on. Notorious for its back room, where drug deals are allegedly made, it seems every visit is accompanied by Clinton

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WHAT NEXT FOR CHELSEA GALLERIES?

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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his gallery in After 15 years running to partner with Joel two gallery spaces, (left) leaves the neighborhood team will operate Mesler (right). TheMesler/Feuer, on the Lower East Feuer/Mesler and May 10. Slide, slated to open

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a fight or spectacle. Customers blow up about getting 15 cents too much for change, proclaiming “I don’t need your handouts” for the whole place to hear, while others get carried out by stretchers. On Nov. 11, NYPD squad cars were traded out for fire trucks because the roof had caught on fire. No one was hurt, and the place opened up the next morning.

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HOLIDAY TRENDS SURE TO CHARM — AND VEX CONSUMERS Surprises are part of the package BY JOSEPH PISANI AND ANNE D’INNOCENZIO

Amazon goes into the holiday season with a newly magnified brick-andmortar presence, giving it more opportunities to sell its Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets and other gadgets. The online retailer now has more than a dozen Amazon Books stores, which also sell toys, electronics and small gifts. Kohl’s has carved out space for Amazon shops in 10 of its department stores. Amazon also has small shops in several malls, and is selling most of its gadgets in 100 Whole Foods stores and opening popup shops in five. But the Seattle-based company’s physical stores are a small part of its business, making up just 3 percent of its total revenue between July and September, even though it bought Whole Foods and its 470 stores during that period. And its online sales will still dominate. Bain & Co. analysts expect Amazon.com Inc. to take about half of the total growth in online sales

Photo: simone.brunozzi, via flickr during holiday shopping season. Still, having a physical presence gives shoppers a chance to see and try out Amazon gadgets, and maybe buy. It also gives shoppers a chance to ``interact’’ with Amazon employees, and learn more about the products, analysts at KeyBanc Capital Markets say. Here are some other trends this holiday season:

TOYS THAT SURPRISE After the wrapping paper is ripped off, some gifts will need to be unwrapped again. Some of the hottest this year are LOL Surprise and Pikmi Pops. These and similar toys hide small stuffed animals or dolls inside plastic balls that are wrapped in several layers of pack-

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TURMOIL IN TOYLAND Being in the toy business seems less

fun these days. Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy protection in September, hampered by the weight of its debt. Barbie-maker Mattel and rival Hasbro, the company behind Monopoly and My Little Pony, said their recent financial results were hurt by the Toys R Us Chapter 11 filing. Both said they temporarily slowed shipments to Toys R Us ahead of the bankruptcy, but that their toys would be on the retailer’s shelves before the holidays. Besides problems with Toys R Us, the companies have faced trouble selling their toys to kids, many of whom would rather play with a tablet or smartphone. Mattel has tried to revive its iconic brands, such as giving Barbie new body shapes and skin colors, but third-quarter sales fell across all its brands, including Hot Wheels and American Girl. Hasbro even reportedly made a takeover approach that Mattel rejected, a subject neither company is commenting on. Even Lego, which has posted years of growth, said in September that sales of its colorful bricks fell for the first time in 13 years, and announced plans to cut 1,400 jobs.

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CRIME WATCH BY MARIA ROCHA-BUSCHEL MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING GIRLFRIEND A 28-year-old man was arrested on assault charges following an argument with his girlfriend that turned violent, police said. The man, whose name was not released, was in front of 435 West 31st Street Friday, November 24, when he punched the woman, according to the police account. The victim told police that she and the suspect were arguing inside their apartment before he assaulted her. The victim refused medical attention at the scene.

PHONE STOLEN FROM REBAR A 50-year-old man reported that his phone was stolen while he was at Rebar inside 225 West 19th Street Saturday, November 25, around 2 a.m. He told police that he put his phone down on the coat check counter and when he went to retrieve it, the phone was missing.

TRESPASSING ARRESTS Police arrested a 50-year-old man for trespassing inside the Chelsea Houses at 415 West 25th Street Friday, November 24, at 9:30 a.m.

Police said that while walking through the building, they found the man inside and he had no permission to be there. He allegedly told the officers, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m waiting to cop crack but I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get it yet.â&#x20AC;? When he was searched, he was reportedly in possession of a red wrist wallet containing a crack pipe and a bag of alleged marijuana. On the following Sunday, police arrested another man for trespassing inside Chelsea Houses at 420 West 26th Street at 11:18 a.m. Police said the man, 47, was seen on the 11th ďŹ&#x201A;oor of the NYCHA building without permission to be there and when he was searched, police said that he was holding a crack pipe with residue in his hand.

GUARD HARASSED AT CONSTRUCTION SITE A 46-year-old security guard reported that he was harassed while he was working in front of a construction site for Marriott at 461 West 34th Street Wednesday, November 22, at 4:45 p.m. The guard told police that two men came up to him and asked if they could retrieve some of their property. He said that one of the men became irate and verbally threatened him, causing him to feel alarmed. He told police that he thinks the men work at the location and they ďŹ&#x201A;ed on foot.

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PHONE STOLEN FROM CHELSEA CHURCH A 37-year-old woman reported that her phone was stolen while she was inside the Metropolitan Community Church of New York at 446 West 36th Street Sunday, November 26, around noon. She told police she was at the desk inside the church and turned around for a minute, and when she went back, her phone was missing.

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Some of the problems at this McDonald’s stem from the methadone clinic just down the street, dispensing the opioid to help treat heroin addiction. There is also a needle exchange and two outpatient substanceabuse programs within walking distance. In 2015, reporter Kim Barker’s story in the New York Times exposed this McDonald’s for what it is: a trap house (or drug den). “A Manhattan McDonald’s With Many Off-the-Menu Sales,” was the headline on the Barker story. Patrons go to the bathroom, buy what they need and nod off in the front tables. “The Zombie McDonald’s” or “The Junkie McDonald’s,” as locals have called the place, according to Barker, is just twelve blocks from Times Square. As tourists run starry-eyed among the concrete metropolis, a man wrapped in a blanket sleeps above a subway grate. UGG boots from Mississippi or Maine stomp near his cup of change next to his cardboard sign, oblivious to the poverty at their feet. One Monday night, just after the Thanksgiving holiday tapers off into Christmas cheer, at 10:09 p.m. a woman is screaming from the back of the McDonald’s for a winter coat. Almost

immediately a man runs in carrying a bunched-up blue coat. Another man walks in the restaurant saying, “Check, please!” but there’s no check. There are two young women, and the thinner of the two brings a wad of paper towels towards the back. Both of them are arguing with a man, claiming he stole the women’s phone cord and battery from her coat, with some expletives sprinkled into the conversation. “Thief,” she spits. “You better get away from me, I’m going to punch you in the mouth,” he retorts. Their arguing continues, getting louder, bouncing throughout the McDonald’s booths. A man starts to usher his wife out of the restaurant at 10:18 p.m., looking fearful and not even ordering food, as another man follows the people arguing with a phone, recording and egging them on. Sometimes this McDonald’s has a security guard to calm the ruckus. Even police officers will stroll in to keep the peace. This night, however, the place is unsupervised, just for the patrons and the workers. As the fighting continues, a homeless man approaches a table for a dollar. They don’t have cash, he asks again, and they say the same thing so he leaves. The people arguing continued their aggressive conversation outside.

A group of four huddle behind this table at 10:21 p.m. In hushed voices, one man whispers to the others, “I need it,” repeatedly. Another whispers back, “I got fired.” At one point a woman appears, with an Auntie Anne’s pretzel wrapper, and hands this to the man who “needs it.” He leaves, less anxious, as ambulances whir by, flashing through the window. The thin young woman returns, guiding another woman with a ponytail to the back room. A different woman walks towards one of the men sleeping near the front. She checks to see if he’s breathing. Meanwhile, a man who appears to be homeless starts rifling through the McDonald’s trash bins. He takes a cup, throws away the lid and walks away with a seemingly empty cup. It’s now 10:30 p.m. A worker walks towards the back and announces she is shutting the area down for the night. One man rises to the occasion, grabbing cups, ketchup wrappers, napkins and a stray newspaper from the floors and tables, throwing them away. As the back is closing down, the endless line has become bearable, people are just sitting eating burgers and pizza that is not on the menu. As the doors close, the same four men are unmoved. Slouching, leaning into the plastic chairs, eyes closed, hopefully just asleep.

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FAMILY DYNAMICS GRAYING NEW YORK BY MARCIA EPSTEIN

Every family has its own way of doing things, and the people in that family have to make many kinds of adjustments. I am the grandmother in a family of two daughters and four grandchildren, and none of us spend

Thanksgiving together. Instead, for the past many years, I have gone with partner John’s sister to “our” Thanksgiving restaurant on Long Island, just the three of us. Why? Well, when my older daughter married her husband, they both apologized and told me that his family celebrates only one holiday a year — Thanksgiving. My family celebrates birthdays, both adults’ and children’s. We are usually able to manage being together on those occasions. So I gave Thanksgiving to the in-laws with not a squawk on my part. My younger daughter and her family usually travel south to spend Thanksgiving with her in-laws or else celebrate with friends on Long Island. That’s OK also, as we, as I’ve said, get to-

gether often for birthdays and other occasions. And it really is all right. I like the restaurant we go to, and it’s a peaceful and stress-free day. But sometimes it does feel sad, such as when my women’s group is discussing their holiday plans, which are all with family. Or my other friends are telling me of their plans, which are also all with family. Then I do get a pang or two. Don’t all the magazines and TV shows and newspapers show family members going to airports, trains, highways, to visit family for Thanksgiving? Isn’t that the American norm? A Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving is what we think of when we imagine the holiday. But the truth is that there is no norm. That’s why there are so many

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organizations that offer Thanksgiving dinners to New Yorkers without families or any other place to go. Many churches and religious organizations know that lots of people will be alone and prepare Thanksgiving dinners for them. People who are alone also can volunteer to serve Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless or the lonely. And believe me, there are those who prefer not to have to deal with the roads and airports on this holiday, not to mention difficult families and uncomfortable situations. The city is so quiet and empty during the holiday; I’ve spoken to people who just love being alone and walking the streets, picking up a sandwich or even a dinner in a coffee shop while peacefully reading the newspaper.

In my case, well, it would be nice, though a bit stressful too, to spend the holidays with family. I’ve gotten to the age where the running and screaming of the kids can affect me, and the next day I am totally exhausted. But I know I am lucky also; I don’t need Thanksgiving to know that I will see my children and grandchildren again. On the day that my 6-year-old grandson suddenly looked up from his toys and said, “Grandma, did you ever have any children?”, I knew no big, raucous family get together could ever top that moment. So yes, I was a little disappointed, but I was also fine with the lovely restaurant with the fireplace and the adult company. And there are no dishes to wash!

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prey to the practice. And we don’t need passengers being held up when the taxi’s pulled over.

BY ARLENE KAYATT

Schmoozing on the job — 6 p.m. on the day before the start of holiday gridlock season. Jumped in a taxi on 39th and Third going west. Rush-hour traffic picking up. Taxi approached 39th and Lex. Traffic cop, standing at the far corner, was busy talking to his partner, and not directing traffic. Without being signaled to stop, the taxi proceeded to move through the intersection. Suddenly, Police Officer G. Miller was on the job, pulling over the taxi driver and eventually handing him a citation. More than $100. Impervious to the fact that he wasn’t directing traffic and to the poor driver’s explanation, Miller, with a big grin, went back to his schmoozing. That may be a good way to generate money to fill city coffers and show the boss you’re on the job. Not. We’ve been that route before. Traffic police should be directing traffic so that tickets aren’t necessary and traffic keeps moving. We don’t need quotas. We don’t need police officers not doing their job. We don’t need hard working taxi drivers

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9 and counting — New York Post’s Cindy Adams off her ninth annual Blessing of the Animals Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist Church at 520 Park Ave. She’ll be there with her Yorkie, Juicy. People bring your pets. Pets bring your people. No solos. Bring the pooch, the cat, the gerbil, the bird, and don’t forget the goldfish. They’ll all be blessed by Christ Church Senior Minister Stephen Bauman and Central Synagogue Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein. No RSVPs. Come early. Or SRO. The place fills up real fast. And thanks to Cindy Adams for her advocacy on behalf of NYC’s animals. The event lasts ‘till 4 p.m. Manhattan vista — The Parks Department is really making the city a premier place for parks. Last week, Steve Simon Manhattan, chief of staff for the department, joined Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver and local public officials and community leaders at the ribbon-cutting for the newly completed Andrew Haswell

Green Park at 60th Street and York Ave at the top of the ramp at the site of the former heliport. We now have a new and idyllic place, surrounded by a large lawn with shrubbery, to take in the view of the river and the Roosevelt Island tram. And have a game of chess or checkers at one of the tables. Nashville, New York — Just before Thanksgiving Nashville looked like New York — well, Manhattan anyway. Not only is there a West End Avenue and Broadway in the country music capital, but members of New York’s judiciary broke bread with Nashville’s Mayor Megan Barry at a reception held by the New York State Bar Association’s Torts, Insurance Compensation Law Section, honoring Barry with an award presented by Justice George J. Silver. Joining Silver were Supreme Court Judges Tony Cannataro and Adam Silvera, and the UES’s newly elected Civil Court Judge Suzanne Adams. Here’s hoping that New York’s mayor, who’s not keen on Manhattan, will be as gracious to Nashville as Barry was to New York when Nashville’s Southern-themed restaurant and concert space, Opry City Stage, comes to Times Square in December.

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Ellaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greens is a refreshing organic eatery tucked away between Bleecker and Seventh Avenue, on Carmine Street, a short walk from the West Fourth Street subway stop. The location is charming, but it is the care that goes into the food here that is magical. Leith Hill is a vivacious mom who created Ellaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greens from a lifelong love of good food. She grew up in New Orleans; her father was into healthy living long before it was trendy, so she was raised knowing more than the basic four food groups, eating whole grains, lots of vegetables and desserts that were often sweetened with fruit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been cooking since I was little,â&#x20AC;? says Hill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know if you start with amazing ingredients, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to do much with the food. It will stand on its own.â&#x20AC;? The idea for the restaurant got ripe over time. After college at Harvard, Hill worked in public relations and development in Boston for the Girl Scouts. Her favorite moments of the job were when she got to interact with the kids. She went back to school at Boston College for a masters in social work and was enjoying helping teens when she became pregnant with her first son. Ellaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greens â&#x20AC;&#x201D; derived from Ella, the name of both her grandmother and great-grandmother â&#x20AC;&#x201D; started taking root soon after her son was born. Hill was then living

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KARPOFF AFFILIATES JTZPVSTJOHMFTUPQGPS TFOJPSMJGFUSBOTJUJPOTBOESFBMFTUBUFCSPLFSBHF OFFET Ellaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greens owner Leith Hill. Photos: Susan Marque in Stony Brook, Long Island when she was driving with her newborn in the back seat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was happily hopped up on breast milk and I was starving,â&#x20AC;? Hill recalls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was nowhere that I could eat.â&#x20AC;? She only saw fast-food restaurants, not anywhere she could be comfortable getting the quality ingredients that made her feel good. Hill thought there should be a place to get organic food that would fit all types of diets. She went to work researching what people ate around the world and what she could ďŹ nd locally. Now Hill uses her social skills and love for humanity by making wholesome ingredients tasty and available. Her menu is coded for vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, and except for a small amount of tofu, the menu is also soy-free. It does have meat and fish. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew that having a restaurant with flexibility, that had healthy sexy food, opening up options for everyone, was what Ellaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greens was all about.â&#x20AC;? The meats are carefully sourced from local farmers that the restaurant knows personally. The bacon, cured and smoked in-house, is from a heritage breed of pig that is over a hundred years old and much leaner and more moist than more modern breeds. Ellaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cures the pork belly for six days with celery juice that has juniper berries and spices mixed into it, and smokes it inhouse. Everything Hill uses is organic and fresh, which adds to the ďŹ&#x201A;avors. The smoked deviled eggs melt in your mouth and are both delicate and filling. The hummus is light and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave

any garlic aftertaste; in the garden wrap, it is served with a side salad dressed in a slightly sweet raspberry vinaigrette dressing. Ellaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greens serves organic beer and wine that Hill says doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cause hangovers the way other alcoholic beverages can. She has had customers call the next day wondering about the secret since they knew they were being indulgent and couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite believe how well they felt after drinking and dining at Ellaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greens. The place also serves a variety of juices and smoothies so that kids, and those who want something fun without alcohol, are covered too. Care and thoughtfulness go into everything at this downtown eatery, from the recycled cardboard light ďŹ xtures to the live plants. Planning began in 2010 and the restaurant opened in April 2013. Hill worked with the architect Shawn Sullivan to create details that make the space warm. She wanted diners to feel like they were in a garden, no matter what the weather outside. The restaurant is so interested in recycling that instead of getting plastic menu holders, they took the prettiest part of the cardboard boxes that deliveries came in and cut out pieces to glue their menus onto. It shows off the artwork of the suppliers, while providing a service. Ellaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greens has a second location at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy on Randallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Island that is an organic cafĂŠ counter with a different menu. With so much to choose from, this is a place to go back to again and again â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or get delivery when you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it in.

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GRAMERCY PARK 292 3rd Avenue @ 23rd St 212-777-3030 YORKVILLE 1491 3rd Ave @ 84th St 212-289-6300

UPPER EAST SIDE 888 Lexington Ave @66th St 212-772-1400

HELL’S KITCHEN 766 10th Ave @ 52nd St 212-245-3241

UPPER WEST SIDE 159 W 72nd St @ B’way 212-595-2500

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SOHO 55 Thompson St @ Broome 212-627-1100

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LONG ISLAND CITY 30-35 Thomson Ave 347-418-3480

Thu 30 Fri 1 HANDMADE COLLECTIVE HOLIDAY MARKET▲

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Chelsea Market 75 Ninth Ave. 10:30 a.m. Free Peruse handmade jewelry, crafts and gifts from over 70 talented artisans at the New York Handmade Collective’s “Making New York — A Hands-on History & Shopping Experience.” This pop-up market will showcase the history of makers in New York City, plus offer a few hands-on workshops. Through Dec. 3 nyhandmadecollective.org

Whitney Museum of American Art 99 Gansevoort St. 3 p.m. Free with museum admission Take a closer look at select highlights from the Whitney’s collection in this 45-minute session, which focuses on the connection between two works of art, one from Joseph Stella, the other from Edward Hopper. The two twentieth-century painters both depicted enduring visions of American life, both the industrial and the bucolic.

Sat 2 BILLY MARTIN’S OMNISPHERIC ORCHESTRA Greenwich House Music School 46 Barrow St. 8 p.m. $15-$20 Rhythm melds with prose in Billy Martin’s Omnispheric Orchestra, an improvising ensemble that weaves words and song in a dynamic musical and literary experience. The ensemble includes top-notch musicians, plus poets Bob Holman, Ashley August, Nkosi Nkululeko and others. 212-242-4770 greenwichhouse.org


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Meet in Madison Square Park, at the William Seward statue, 23rd St. & Broadway 11 a.m. Free Learn the stories behind the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse, and of course the iconic Flatiron Building on this dynamic walking tour led by historian Miriam Berman. Participants will also partake in a discussion with the designers behind the “Flatiron Reflection” holiday installation. 212-741-2323 flatirondistrict.nyc

The Strand, 828 Broadway 6:30 p.m. $15 Join literary lushes for an evening of cocktails in the Strand’s Rare Book Room with the on-demand liquor, beer and alcohol deliver service Minibar Delivery. They’ll provide the tools and know-how to create signature, one-of-a-kind cocktails that nod to literary classics. 212-473-1452 strandbooks.com

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The Tank 312 West 36th St. 7 p.m. $14 Explore new ways to tell stories on film at this series about friendship, trust and loss. The series will feature the films “We Will Be Ephemeral,” “This Thing of Ours,” and “16 Words or Less,” followed by a talk with the creators about nontraditional techniques in cinematography, set design and performance. 212-563-6269 thetanknyc.org

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TAKE A BOW, DAVID HOCKNEY A blockbuster retrospective at The Met Fifth Avenue surveys the celebrated artist’s six-decade career BY VAL CASTRONOVO

Think of him as an heir to Picasso and Matisse, a lover of cubist tenets and a great colorist. David Hockney, now 80, is a giant in the art world and still painting — every day. He showed up at a preview of his latest show at The Met looking dapper as ever in cap, blazer, red tie, gray slacks and turquoise sweater-vest with matching turquoise socks, a playful nod to his signature aquamarine swimming pools. He used a black walking stick and seemed genuinely amused by the awe his appearance inspired. The black-rimmed owl glasses made him instantly recognizable as he slowly moved through the crowd to a chair beside the lectern. “I want my work to be seen. I don’t have to be seen,” he said in brief remarks to a rapt audience. “Thank you very much.” He may be keeping company on the museum’s second floor with Michelangelo, whose divine drawings are down the hall. But this art world royal was taking it in stride and enjoying the moment. “David wears his sophistication and his eminence lightly,” Sheena Wagstaff, head of the museum’s Department of Modern and

David Hockney at the Met Museum Fifth Avenue earlier this month. Photo: Don Pollard Contemporary Art, said. The blockbuster show, comprised of paintings, drawings, photocollages and compositions on the iPad, is the fullest presentation of the artist’s works to date and includes his latest painting, “A Bigger Interior with Blue Terrace and Garden” (March 2017), a picture of his home in Hollywood Hills with chopped-off corners. Fans hoping to see his famous nearlife-size double portraits and an abundance of California swimming pools and brightly hued landscapes will not be disappointed. The exhibit is an exhaustive, roughly chronological sur-

David Hockney, “A Bigger Interior with Blue Terrace and Garden.” 2017, acrylic on canvas. Collection of the artist. © David Hockney. Photo: Richard Schmidt

David Hockney, “Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy.” 1968, acrylic on canvas. Private collection. © David Hockney vey of Hockney’s work from his early abstract experiments at the Royal College of Art in London (1959-62) to his enchantment with naturalism after his migration to Los Angeles in 1964, where he has lived on and off since leaving the U.K. Born in West Yorkshire in 1937, Hockney has never been wedded to a particular style of art. Many of his works, the early ones especially, are an amalgam. The influences go back 5,000 years. As Wagstaff said: “By his own description, Hockney’s influence was ‘the history of pictures,’ that is, humankind’s repertoire of artistic achievement since people first drew a line on a surface to describe what they saw in the world.” But with a special hat tip to the double figures in Fra Angelico’s “Annunciation,” Chinese scroll paintings, the fauves and Picasso’s dismissal of single-point perspective in favor of multiple vantage points. Hockney painted what he knew. He reveled in the familiar, the stuff of his own experience. In the early pictures from the 1960s, he bravely outs himself, years before homosexuality was de-criminalized in Britain in 1967. He drew inspiration from graffiti in public toilets in the London Underground and from masters of abstraction like Dubuffet to create tributes to homosexual desire, some quite explicit. Phallic forms cheekily mix with scrawled words, lines from Walt Whit-

man and coded references to men he was smitten with. Upon graduation from the Royal College of Art, Hockney was already a celebrity. The work softens and figures emerge in domestic interiors, suggesting partners in committed relationships (e.g., “Domestic Scene, Los Angeles,” 1963). Hockney was consumed by a desire to paint relationships, intrigued by the psychological dynamic — the tension — between couples. Showstoppers “Mr. and Mrs. Clark and Percy” (1970-71), “Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy” (1968), and “Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott” (1969) are among the five grand-scale double portraits of friends and acquaintances here. (Geldzahler was The Met’s first curator of contemporary art.) The wedding portrait of designers Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell in their flat in Notting Hill, separated by a long open window, riffs Jan van Eyck’s iconic marriage painting, “The Arnolfini Portrait” (1434). The dog in van Eyck’s masterpiece is a symbol of fidelity; the cat on Ossie’s lap is a symbol of waywardness. Ossie’s right leg is extended, with his foot buried in the carpet, creating a kind of ominous line in the sand. Feelings of estrangement are palpable — and prophetic. The couple split in 1974. According to Helen Little’s essay in the catalog, “Portrait of an Artist

(Pool with Two Figures)” from 1972 is the climactic work in the series and signals the painful unraveling of Hockney’s relationship with Peter Schlesinger, whom he met in California in 1966. Schlesinger, depicted nude by the artist in several works, is fully clothed here. “Peter ... appears introspective and remote both from the viewer and from the distorted swimmer whom he looks down upon,” Little writes. The rest of the galleries are largely devoted to color-saturated interiors and expansive landscapes that the eye can roam — Hollywood, the Grand Canyon, Yorkshire. A fan of smart technology, Hockney remains hip and continues to innovate. In his most recent painting, he flaunts his obsession with “reverse perspective,” a technique in which lines extend out toward viewers, inviting them in. “I don’t think there are any borders when it comes to painting. There are no frontiers, just art,” he recently said.

IF YOU GO WHAT: “David Hockney” WHERE: The Met Fifth Avenue, 1000 Fifth Ave. (at 82nd Street) WHEN: Through February 25 www.metmuseum.org


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MINI BUFFALO CHICKEN MEATBALLS Our Town’s

ART OF FOOD at

Presented by

To see what Chef Holzman is creating this year, get tickets for The Art of Food at: artoffoodny.com. For the third consecutive year, meatball master Daniel Holzman is bringing his ballin’ expertise to The Art of Food. Last year, he was paired with John Chamberlain’s piece Marvelettes, and created a mac ‘n’ cheese meatball inspired by the colors in the artwork. To hold everyone over until the Feburary 8th event, Holzman is sharing his famous Mini Buffalo Chicken Meatballs recipe.

Chef Daniel Holzman of The Meatball Shop

Macy’s theme: “The Perfect Gift Brings People Together.”

A HOLIDAY TRIBUTE TO NEW YORK SCENE IN NEW YORK Department store windows focused on the city’s cultural institutions — and messages of acceptance PHOTOS BY ANDREW WILLARD

Manhattan’s holiday windows are always a draw, for

city dwellers and tourists alike. This year department stores outdid themselves, with themes that focused squarely on the best that NYC has to offer. “To New York With Love,” was the message of Bergdorf Goodman’s opulent displays paying tribute to the New York Philharmonic, the American Museum of Natural History, the New-York Historical So-

Lord & Taylor’s “The Best and the Brightest.”

ciety and other exemplars of the city’s vibrant cultural life. Lord & Taylor emphasized “The Best And The Brightest.” Some focused on city values: harmony at Macy’s (“The Perfect Gift Brings People Together”) and Barneys’ whimsical take on being socially conscious, with a rainbow zebra representing “diversity and acceptance.”

Mini Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Makes about forty 3/4 -inch meatballs

INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp vegetable oil 4 tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 1/3 c. Frank’s RedHot Sauce 1 lb ground chicken, preferably thigh meat 1 large egg 1/2 celery stalk, minced 3/4 c. bread crumbs 1 tsp salt

PREPARATION 1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Drizzle the vegetable oil into a 9×13-inch baking dish and use your hand to evenly coat the entire surface. Set aside. 2. Combine the butter and hot sauce in a small saucepan, and cook over low heat, whisking until the butter is melted and fully incorporated. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool for 10 minutes.

3. Combine the hot sauce mixture, ground chicken, egg, celery, bread crumbs, and salt in a large mixing bowl and mix by hand until thoroughly incorporated. 4. Roll the mixture into round, 3/4 inch balls, making sure to pack the meat firmly. Place the balls in the prepared baking dish, being careful to line them up snugly and in even rows vertically and horizontally to form a grid. The meatballs should be touching one another. 5. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the meatballs are firm and cooked through. A meat thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball should read 165°F. 6. Allow the meatballs to cool for 5 minutes in the baking dish before serving.

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RESTAURANT INSPECTION RATINGS

THE TOP OUT-OF-TOWN EXCURSIONS OF BILL DE BLASIO Mayoral itinerary for 2017 covers at least 16 cities in roughly a dozen road trips

NOV 14 - 20, 2017

Atlanta

The following listings were collected from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s website and include the most recent inspection and grade reports listed. We have included every restaurant listed during this time within the zip codes of our neighborhoods. Some reports list numbers with their explanations; these are the number of violation points a restaurant has received. To see more information on restaurant grades, visit www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/services/restaurant-inspection.shtml. Citizens Of Chelsea

401 W 25th St

A

NY Cake Pops

642 W 28th St

A

Golf & Body NYC

883 6 Avenue

A

Hyatt House New York / Chelsea

815 Ave of the Americas

Not Yet Graded (23) Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/ refuse/sewage-associated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies. Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.

Subway

173 West 26 Street

A

Starbucks

227 West 27 Street

A

Herald Square Cafe

151 West 34 Street

A

Stella 34

151 West 34 Street

A

New York University Lipton Hall

33 Washington Square West

Grade Pending (39) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewageassociated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies.

Pecorino

197 7th Ave

Grade Pending (30) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F. Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.

Jupioca

200 W 14th St

A

Rin Thai Cuisine

265 West 23 Street

A

Phd

355 West 16 Street

A

Sotto 13

140 West 13 Street

A

Highline Cafe

85 10th Ave

A

Rebar

223 West 19 Street

A

Boqueria

53 West 19 Street

A

Domino’s

16A W 8th St

A

Harbs

198 9th Ave

A

McDonald’s

541 6th Ave

A

Roccos

162 7th Ave

Grade Pending (16) Food not cooled by an approved method whereby the internal product temperature is reduced from 140º F to 70º F or less within 2 hours, and from 70º F to 41º F or less within 4 additional hours. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.

Cappone’s

75 9th Ave

Grade Pending (35) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F. Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations. Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.

Oramen

579 Avenue of the Americas

A

Shorty Tang Noodle Shop

98 8th Ave

Grade Pending (23) Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.

FEBRUARY

Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Chicago and Fort Lauderdale

Attends Democratic National Committee meeting, backs losing candidate in race for DNC chair

MARCH

Holds at least four fundraisers over several days for his mayoral campaign

APRIL

San Francisco, Sacramento and Seattle Holds at least three fundraisers over several days for his mayoral campaign

Burlington, Vermont Delivers speech at fundraiser for Vermont Democratic Party, makes joint appearance with Senator Bernie Sanders

MAY

Miami Beach JUNE

Hamburg, Germany Boston and Maine Attends global anti- Takes what City Hall Trump rally at Group & calls a “personal trip of 20 summit, delivers keynote speech at event called “Hamburg Shows Attitude”

Addresses United States Conference of Mayors, pushes anti-Trump agenda at Fontainbleau Hotel

JULY

to visit family”

Rhode Island AUGUST

Connecticut Takes week-long, post-election family vacation

Takes week-long, pre-election family vacation

NOVEMBER

Des Moines, Iowa DECEMBER

Set to headline fifth annual holiday party and fundraiser for grassroots group Progress Iowa on Dec. 19 and 20

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MAYOR CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Not atypically, de Blasio was enjoying a week-long, postelection family vacation in Connecticut when the news broke — but that didn’t deter him from mounting a strong defense of NYCHA’s embattled chair, Shola Olatoye. After 24 hours of silence, and an initial refusal to address what DOI termed “systemic mismanagement” at her agency, the mayor took to Twitter on November 16th to say Olatoye is “turning NYCHA around” and “she isn’t going anywhere.” Now, consider that the mayor had just praised an apparatchik whose blunders had put tenants, mostly children, at risk, and who had falsely and knowingly certified in federal documents that lead-paint inspections had been carried out, even though she knew that wasn’t the case, according to DOI Commissioner Mark Peters. It got worse: “POISON BILL,” screamed the Page One headline in the Daily News on November 19th. “Blaz knew,” the story said with tabloid succinctness. It disclosed that for more than a year, the mayor had concealed from the public and 400,000 public housing tenants his knowledge that NYCHA was violating the law by failing to perform inspections designed to protect kids from lead poisoning. By November 20th, the mayor was back from Connecticut, and at a press conference in Queens, he acknowledged he was “angry” and “frustrated” and “never wants to see anything like this happen during my administration.” All at-risk apartments had been belatedly inspected and remediated as of June, he said. “Personnel changes” had forced out two senior managers. A third was demoted. But he also blamed the Bloomberg administration, saying lapses in inspections began in 2012. And he continued to heap praise on Olatoye, saying she was “absolutely part of the solution at NYCHA.” Let’s take a step back: NYCHA was created in 1935 to offer safe, decent and affordable housing to low- and moderateincome New Yorkers — exactly the citizens de Blasio vowed to champion in 2013 as the candidate of the have-nots who would reverse income inequality and restore affordability. Instead, it is those residents — living in 176,066 apartments in 326 public housing buildings, including 97 in Manhat-

New York City Housing Authority chair Shola Olatoye with Mayor de Blasio at Lincoln Houses in Harlem when she was appointed in 2014. She is under fire after city investigators said she falsely certified that NYCHA had inspected thousands of apartments for lead paint; the mayor has been caught up in the scandal because he knew for over a year the inspections hadn’t taken place, but never disclosed it. Photo: Ed Reed / Mayoral Photo Office, via flickr tan — who are now the victims of the NYCHA scandal. Their landlord? The mayor of New York City. Yet it is de Blasio, self-styled fighter for the dispossessed, who will be feted in the Hawkeye State. As Sinovic put it in a statement, Progress Iowa is eager to hear his take on the future of a movement to “ensure working families get a fair shot at success.” So de Blasio, now term-limited and technically a lame duck, is changing the subject to burnish that image: Before addressing the NYCHA scandal on November 20th, he took to online publishing platform Medium to unveil the Iowa trip, writing that “fighting for New Yorkers doesn’t end at the edge of the five boroughs.” No, he insisted at the Queens press conference, he’s not running for president. But he’ll travel out of town when he’s needed, for instance, to support Democratic efforts to retake the House and Senate in 2018. “This is who I am,” he said defiantly. “This is what I’m gonna do.” So take him at his word. It’s indeed who he is. In times of crisis, he hits the road: Among his 2017 destinations: • Atlanta in February. Backing a fellow progressive and bucking his party’s establishment in the race to chair the Democratic National Committee, he jetted off to the DNC winter meeting — but came away empty when his candidate lost. He’d been grilled by then-Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara hours earlier over his campaign’s sketchy pay-for-play fundraising practices. No charges were filed. • Miami Beach in June. Traveling with first lady Chirlane

McCray and a dozen city officials, he checked into the Fontainbleau Hotel to address the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The scheduled expiration of mayoral control of public schools was just days away, and critics rapped him for leaving town with the outcome unclear and a pitched battle still raging in Albany. • Hamburg, Germany in July. Arguing that America is ill-represented by President Donald Trump abroad, the mayor demonstrated at a rally of global leftists at the Group of 20 summit. Police Officer Miosotis Familia had been assassinated in the Bronx the day before, cops were enraged about the trip, and Ed Mullins, head of the NYPD sergeants union, said, “As the city mourns, its leader flees.” • Rhode Island in August. Taking a week-long family vacation on the eve of a major election is rare enough, but de Blasio did so just days after coming under fire for claiming he faced a tough, “competitive” race so he could score $1.6 million in public matching funds from the city’s Campaign Finance Board. His victory margin? A landslide 39 percent. As for the latest out-of-town excursions, well, New Yorkers had a few choice words for his timing: “What about the lead poisoning you’ve covered up for the past year?” tweeted @ dang90, the handle of Daniel Girdusky, on the mayor’s Twitter feed. Added @Spratterz, also known as Kate Spratt, “Yea, it’s going to Iowa during the lead-paint mess.” Give the last word to @MyGlassBagel, the handle for Darrius Andorrus, who posted, “You are the mayor of New York City. Nothing more. Stop your pitiful overreaching.”

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RECIPE: THE FIVE NAPKIN BURGER In anticipation for this year’s Art of Food, Chef Andy is sharing his classic 5 Napkin Burger recipe with our readers. To see the masterpiece he whips up this year, get your tickets at: www.artoffoodny.com. He’s known for his burgers, but last year, Chef Andy D’Amico switched things up a bit at The Art of Food, creating a hummus avocado toast that remarkably resembled his paired artwork: Wayne Thiebaud’s Cheese Chunks. “We do burgers, and we’re famous for them, but we also have these very creative appetizers and sides, so I wanted to show this other dimension of who

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1. MAKE THE CARAMELIZED ONIONS 2 tbsp. olive oil 2 lbs. onions, thinly sliced 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. thyme leaves Heat oil in a large skillet, add onions and salt, cook over low heat for 45 minutes. Stir onions every 10 minutes, being careful not to let the onions brown. After the onions have softened and have turned golden add the thyme & salt, cook 5 minutes longer and remove from heat.

2. MAKE THE AIOLI 2 large egg yolks 8 cloves garlic, crushed into a paste with a pinch of salt 1 cup olive oil 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice Whisk egg yolks in a medium sized stainless bowl until light in color. Add garlic and begin to add the oil very slowly, in a thin stream, while beating. As the emulsion forms, oil may be added faster. Add the lemon juice and reseason with salt & pepper.

3. MAKE THE BURGERS 2 ½ lbs. fresh ground beef 4 soft white hamburger rolls ¼ lb. gruyere cheese, sliced thin 1 ½ cups caramelized onions 1 cup aioli Divide the meat into 4 equal portions and form each into a burger about 1 inch thick. Cook to desired doneness over a hot grill, preheated iron skillet or under the broiler. Top each burger with two slices of cheese and melt, place the burger on the bottom half of a toasted bun. Top each burger with a generous portion of onions and a heaping spoon of aioli.


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5 HOTELS WITH SOMETHING SPECIAL TO OFFER Cool NYC places to stop in for a drink or dinner — even if you’re not staying overnight BY BETH J. HARPAZ

New York has hundreds of hotels, located in different neighborhoods, with different styles and amenities. But a hotel is more than just a place to rest your head. Many hotels have something truly special to offer, and often those features can be experienced even if you’re not staying overnight. Stop in for a drink, for dinner or even just take a peek inside the lobby or the bar. Here’s a quick look at five Manhattan hotels and what’s unique about each of them.

BEST HISTORIC RESTORATION The Beekman hotel opened just last year at 123 Nassau Street, but its Temple Court restaurant and bar has already become one of Lower Manhattan’s most popular after-work spots. It’s located in a landmarked 1881 building that was vacant for years before the hotel’s painstaking historic restoration brought it back to life. The building’s star attraction is a glorious nine-story atrium surrounded by decorative wrought-iron balconies.

In the lobby, antique oriental carpets suggest exotic adventure, while Edgar Allan Poe’s portrait connects the site to an even earlier incarnation as the Mercantile Library Association, frequented by Poe and other 19th-century writers.

lions out front. You can even see the public library from some of the guest rooms. But the really clever thing about the Library Hotel is that it’s organized according to the Dewey Decimal System, which uses numbers to classify books by subject. Every floor is themed on a different Dewey Decimal category — for example technology, social sciences or literature. And each room is themed with art and books on a topic within that category. Looking for a romantic place to spend the night? On the philosophy floor, there’s a room themed on love.

MOST PLAYFUL Moxy hotels are part of the Marriott chain, but they were designed to appeal to millennials and they have the look and feel of fun, chic boutique hotels. The Moxy Times Square, which opened in late September at 485 Seventh Avenue, has already become a playground for the city’s twentysomethings. It’s hosted everything from a graffiti master class to a popup shop with an “embroidery bar” offering personalized designs. But it’s the Moxy’s Magic Hour rooftop bar and lounge that’s the killer attraction, with a view of the Empire State Building, live DJs, a carousel, a minigolf course called Foreplay and topiary bears in naughty poses. You can even order up a $99 crash pad from the cocktail menu.

COOLEST CO-WORKING SPACES Hang out with the cool kids on the Lower East Side in the co-working spaces at the Public hotel, 215 Chrystie Street. It’s got everything from

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Message in a room at the Library Hotel. Photo: catherinecronins, via flickr stadium-style seating to long white sofas, along with spots for food, coffee and cocktails. Bring your laptop, sketchpad or notebook and come up with the next big idea. There’s also a small, tranquil park with a picnic table just out front, a sleek rooftop bar with great views and a groovy escalator lined with neon-like lights. The hotel opened earlier this year and is the brainchild of Ian Schrager, co-founder of the legendary 1970s

disco Studio 54 and the businessman credited with creating the concept of boutique hotels.

BEST THEME There are 6,000 books in the Library Hotel. You’ll find books in the lobby, in your room, at the rooftop bar and in the hotel’s reading room. Located at 299 Madison Avenue, it’s a block from the grand New York Public Library building with those famous stone

You may know the name Baccarat from the company that produces some of the world’s finest French crystal. But you may not know that there’s a Baccarat hotel, open since 2015 and discreetly located at 28 West 53rd Street across from the Museum of Modern Art. If you can’t afford an $855-a-night room here, how about a $42 cocktail called La Belle Epoque? As you walk to the bar, take in the crystal chandeliers and candelabras, the sparkling stemware and bowls, the white sofas and bouquets of perfect, bright red roses. It’s not just bling. It’s a sumptuous look that simply defines luxury.

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BOMBAY SANDWICH 48 WEST 27TH STREET While gazing at the menu, one of the members of the Sideways team giddily said, “This is totally hippie food.” It immediately took her back to her time spent in Oregon and she was thrilled. The tiny sandwich shop is vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free serving bowls, wraps, salads and smoothies of healthy, delicious food. With their success in Brooklyn at the now well-known Smorgasburg, the brother and sister team decided to open their own brick and mortar in the fall of 2013. The only issue that anyone could have with this tiny gem is deciding what to order, as everything is excellent. For more photos and side streets, go to sideways.nyc


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BRIGHT AND PRECIOUS Playwright and actor recounts her coming-of-age in a one-woman show BY ANGELA BARBUTI

“Even in America, I can tell a Guyanese from the gold ring on their hand. It’s very distinct gold,” Ingrid Griffith, the woman behind the one-woman play “Demerara Gold,” said. “Everybody in Guyana, whether you’re rich or poor, has a ring on their hand, because it shows that we are going to get out of this.” When it came to naming her two-act show, which recounts her immigrant story through 18 different characters, she used the unique gold from the Demerara River in her native Guyana as a metaphor to represent the uniqueness inside each of us. The plot centers around her young self being left with her two grandmothers and sister in the Caribbean when her parents immigrate to America. When she finally secures a visa and joins them in the United States, things are not what she expected as she assimilates to American culture. The Upper West Side resident, who has been in New York since 1984, now looks to the Hudson River that runs through her adopted home as a replacement for the one that represents

her childhood. “Demerara is much more vast, but the Hudson is like the water still in me.” Griffith, who has done the show 75 times to date, will be performing it at Goddard Riverside’s Bernie Wohl Center on December 8.

Give us a synopsis of your show. It’s a coming-of-age story of a 7-yearold girl who is left behind in the Caribbean as she watches her parents leave without her to come to the U.S. The story starts there, when she realizes she’s not going. When they tell her there’s no visa for her, just for them. And then there’s a scene with them leaving her behind in the care of her two grandmothers. For about 25 minutes, you see the child between her two grandmothers. One is a very strict ex-teacher, who doesn’t leave her house anymore. The other is a religious fanatic. It’s very humorous, about her growing up among her two grandmothers who are in two different worlds and her having to adjust as she waits for her parents either to return or for a visa for her to join them in the U.S.

This project started out as a memoir. What were the challenges you faced while writing it? I’m an actor and got my master’s in

creative writing, so when I got out of the program, I thought, “Maybe I should try a one-woman show with that story.” Six months into writing, I looked into various people in the city and found Matt Hoverman, who is really amazing who coaches solo show workshops. I did the first part, which took six months, and then had to write the second part, about when she comes to the U.S. The story continues when she does get the visa. I thought that would have been the end, but once I finished that, I realized I needed to tell about what life was like when I did finally rejoin my parents. So that took another six months to write and then I workshopped it for another six months. The process was about two years, with workshops and rewriting, and performing it at small venues.

When you first came here, you lived on Long Island, and attended a school that was mostly white. Was America like you had envisioned it? I lived in Wheatley Heights, New York, right outside of Wyandanch. I never even thought about that I would be in a school that would be mostly white. Guyana is the land of five races, so it’s mostly Indians from East India, blacks from Africa, Portuguese from Madeira, Chinese and indentured people. As a 12-year-old, I just wanted to be with my

Photo: Bernadette Wills parents. So when I came, there were a lot of new awakenings and things that I never even considered. Like the fact that snow would be really uncomfortable. I thought it would be magical and I’d be outdoors all day in it. There were a lot of things that, as a kid, I never thought of, because we never experienced them in Guyana.

In this show you play 18 characters. How do you keep them all straight?

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I just have been doing it for a while. I know these characters, in the sense that I grew up with them — my mom, dad, family members. So I know exactly who I’m playing because I know them well. I think that just to keep them straight in the piece, I’ve written and rewritten the story 500,000 times, so know it inside out. When I just started performing it, I used to be afraid that I wouldn’t remember where I was next. Not necessarily the characters, but, “Where am I going next?” Once, when my mom was in the audience, I think it was because she was there, it felt like 30 minutes of not knowing where I was. But when I told everyone I was so sorry, they said, “What are you talking about?” It seems much longer than it is. But you’re out there on your own, so you just jump in and figure it out.

What do you want audiences to take away from your story? First, the fact that it’s such an empowering genre. The one-woman, one-man format is really empowering to not only the actor, but the audience, because I can tell my story and make it work and don’t have to count on a budget, producer, agent, or find the right cast and all that. And I think the audience feels it. When they see a woman on stage and then the story begins, they have to be swept into it, and they are. I speak from the child’s point of view and you don’t really hear that when it comes to an immigrant experience, you always hear the adults. The takeaway is our experiences are so similar. People come and tell me, “I know this story.” Their parents are from Ireland or Russia and they connect because the story is so universal in a very profound way. www.demeraragoldtheshow.com

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PUBLIC NOTICES PUBLIC AUCTION NOTICE OF SALE OF COOPERATIVE APARTMENT SECURITY PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: By Virtue of a Default under Loan Security Agreement, and other Security Documents, Karen Loiacano, Auctioneer, License #DCA1435601 or Jessica L Prince-Clateman, Auctioneer, License #1097640 or Vincent DeAngelis Auctioneer, License #1127571 will sell at public auction, with reserve, on December 6, 2017, in the Rotunda of the New York County Courthouse, 60 Centre Street, New York, NY 10007, commencing at 1:30pm for the following account: Dalio Teran a/k/a Dalio Felipe Teran, as borrower, 250 shares of capital stock of 460 West 47th Street Housing Development Fund Corporation and all right, title and interest in the Proprietary Lease to 406 West 47TH Street, Apt. 3C, New York, NY 10036 Sale held to enforce rights of Citibank NA, who reserves the right to bid. Ten percent (10%) Bank/Certified check required at sale, balance due at closing within thirty (30) days. The Cooperative Apartment will be sold “AS IS” and possession is to be obtained by the purchaser. Pursuant to Section 201 of the Lien Law you must answer within 10 days from receipt of this notice in which redemption of the above captioned premises can occur. There is presently an outstanding debt owed to Citibank NA (lender) as of the date of this notice in the amount of $18,962.41. This figure is for the outstanding balance due under UCC1, which was secured by Financing Statement in favor of CitiBank, NA recorded on January 30, 2002 in Document No.

02PN02544. Please note this is not a payoff amount as additional interest/fees/penalties may be incurred. You must contact the undersigned to obtain a final payoff quote or if you dispute any information presented herein. The estimated value of the above captioned premises is $410,000.00. Pursuant to the Uniform Commercial Code Article 9-623, the above captioned premises may be redeemed at any time prior to the foreclosure sale. You may contact the undersigned and either pay the principal balance due along with all accrued interest, late charges, attorney fees and out of pocket expenses incurred by Citibank NA. and the undersigned, or pay the outstanding loan arrears along with all accrued interest, late charges, attorney fees and out of pocket expenses incurred by Citibank NA, and the undersigned, with respect to the foreclosure proceedings. Failure to cure the default prior to the sale will result in the termination of the proprietary lease. If you have received a discharge from the Bankruptcy Court, you are not personally liable for the payment of the loan and this notice is for compliance and information purposes only. However, Citibank NA, still has the right under the loan security agreement and other collateral documents to foreclosure on the shares of stock and rights under the proprietary lease allocated to the cooperative apartment. Dated: October 24, 2017 Frenkel, Lambert, Weiss, Weisman & Gordon, LLP Attorneys for Citibank NA 53 Gibson Street Bay Shore, NY 11706 631-969-3100 File #01-085791-#93388

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