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Squadron: Leaving out gun reg would be ‘mind-boggling’ BY SAM SPOKONY Daniel Squadron, a cosponsor of the state Senate’s bill requiring microstamping — a hotly debated new technology that advocates believe would strongly help solve gun crimes and deter gun violence — said Thursday that it would be “simply mind-boggling” if Governor Cuomo leaves microstamping out of the gun control legislative

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Their New Year’s was chill! Coney Island Polar Bears Club members dashed into the frigid waters at their annual New Year’s Day swim in Brooklyn.

Sophie Gerson, 88, former school board president, pol Alan’s mom BY ALBERT AMATEAU Sophie Gerson, a beloved Greenwich Village neighbor and Democratic Party activist who served two terms on the local school board after retiring from a teaching career, died Saturday in Beth Israel Hospital at the age of 88. The cause of death was an infection. More than 200 mourners, including city councilmembers, community board members, Democratic district leaders and residents of the LaGuardia Place co-op where she lived with her family since

1967, paid their respects at the Mon., Dec. 31, funeral. Her son, Alan Jay Gerson, former city councilmember, who spent the past year or so helping his mother to get around the neighborhood as her health became fragile, recalled her devotion to her family and to the things she cared about. “She cared about the world. She cared about injustice and she cared about righting wrongs and making things better,” her son said. “When the neighborhood had a prob-

lem a few years ago about motorcycle noise, my mother went right up to the Hell’s Angels’ clubhouse on E. Third St. and spoke to a leader — his name was Bird, and he listened,” her son recalled. She was an early member, with her husband, Herman, of the Village Independent Democrats (V.I.D.) and joined the breakaway Village Reform Democratic Club (V.R.D.C.) to support Mayor Ed Koch when V.I.D. supported Mario Cuomo for

package he is expected to announce as part of his State of the State Address on Jan. 9. “A majority of the members of the state Senate all support this,” Squadron said in an e-mailed statement. “It’s time to let it come to a vote.” He was responding to recent reports that Cuomo

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Peaceful printer left positive mark in East Village BY LINCOLN ANDERSON In a tragic story that sent a shockwave of fear through the city and resonated around the world, Sunando Sen, a 46-yearold immigrant, was killed last week, when he was pushed in front of a subway in Queens by an emotionally disturbed woman. Sen’s death is being felt especially deeply in the East Village, where he worked for years at New

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York Copy and Printing Co., on E. 11th St. between Second and Third Aves. Early Wednesday morning, a memorial note to Sen along with flowers and yellow ribbon were taped to the wall outside the store’s entrance, while on the shop’s front counter votive candles fl ickered amid a collection of cards left by friends and customers.

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Peaceful printer left positive mark in East Village Continued from page 1 Bidyut Sarker, the printing shop’s owner, was opening up for business. “He worked here for 16 years,” Sarker said, congenially. About three months ago, Sen left the E. 11th St. shop to start his own printing store up by Columbia. According to Sarker, Sen had suffered a mild heart attack and figured he’d be able to work a little less hard if he ran his own business. Plus, Sarker admitted, the printing business is “a bit slow” right now, so it was better that Sen struck out on his own. Ironically, once Sen had his own shop, he found himself working harder than ever, Sarker said. They still stayed in touch. “He helped me all the time,” he said. “I called him just a few days ago. He was the one who kept all the computer files.” Sen, who was from India, and Sarker, from Bangladesh, shared a common language and religion, Hinduism. A friend had pointed Sen in Sarker’s direction when he needed work. He had been studying economics at New York University and knew nothing at all about computers and printing. But he threw himself into the job and became a self-taught expert, Sarker said. “All the networking, Web sites, he set it up for me,” he said.

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Bidyut Sarker, above, was Sunando Sen’s boss at New York Copy and Printing on E. 11th St.

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Menendez, 31, of the Bronx, who was later arrested after being ID’d from surveillance camera footage of her fleeing from the scene. Sen’s funeral was Sunday. Monday, per Hindu custom, his cremation ceremony was held. Finally, on Tuesday, there was a ritual service at which the slain man’s soul was “released,” hopefully clean of sin, hopefully to attain nirvana. “We believe in reincarnation,” Sarker explained. “We are asking for God to release his soul so he doesn’t have to come back.” One hundred fifty to 200 people turned out for the final service. “A lot of customers show up also,” Sarker said. He was very touched by the diverse outpouring of mourners, including from different religions. “A Buddhist monk pray, a Muslim imam,” he said. “A customer who is Jewish — she went there and prayed for him.” Lorcan Otway, the proprietor of Theatre 80 on St. Mark’s Place and a Quaker, also attended the ceremony. He recalled Sen as being like “the Indian Gregory Peck.” “You can see him on Channel 5,” Sarker noted of the news coverage. Otway worked with Sen on aiding Hindus facing oppression in Bangladesh. Also paying his respects was Art Baron, who plays sax with Bruce Springsteen and leads the Duke’s Men, a a group of Duke Ellington band alumni. As the memory of all the friends and customers at the service came flooding back, Sarker was for a moment suddenly overcome by emotion. He bowed his head and brushed a hand slowly through his hair.

Subway pushing victim Sunando Sen worked for 16 years at the East Village copy shop.

Sebastian Beckwith entered the store and gave Sarker a hug, offering words of support. Working with Sen, he used to do “layouts and photos” for tea labels and such for his company, In Pursuit of Tea. “He was just low-key,” Beckwith recalled of Sen. “Very low-key,” the shop’s owner agreed. “He had no fight with anyone. He never meant for harm to nobody.” News reports variously quoted Menendez as saying she shoved Sen to his death because since 9/11 she has hated Muslims, or both Muslims and Hindus. But Sarker said Hinduism is a peaceful faith. And he can’t believe Menendez initially said she hated Hindus, but feels she must have added it to her rant only after she was informed it was Sen’s religion. “Name of Hindu never associated with violence in the world,” Sarker declared. “Hindus are mostly vegetarian — we don’t kill any animals for food. … The implication of Hindu with terrorism is wrong.” Meanwhile, while Sen’s soul hopefully has been cleansed of sin and attained a transcendent state of rest, the same can’t be said for Menendez. “She is probably taking his sin,” Sarker said of his departed friend and his troubled killer. Sen’s was the second fatal subway push last month in New York City. On Dec. 3, Ki Suck Han, 58, was hurled to his death by Naeem Davis, a 30-year-old homeless man. The two had argued moments before Davis heaved Han onto the tracks in front of an oncoming train. The spate of high-profile subway incidents has sparked a debate about whether the city should install platform barriers, such as exist at certain train stations in some other cities, including Paris, London and Tokyo.


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NOTEBOOK WILL GERSON RUN? Although devastated by the loss of his mom, Sophie, former City Councilmember Alan Gerson is deciding whether to dive back into politics. Over the past few years — after being unseated in his bid for a third term by Margaret Chin — Gerson spent time caring for his elderly parents. His dad, Herman, is 100. After Sophie’s funeral on Monday, Marvin Greisman, a friend of the Gersons from the Lower East Side who now splits his time between the city and Florida, said Alan recently told him he’s definitely thinking about a political return. “Alan might be running again,” Greisman told us. “He’s seriously thinking about it. He’s a committed guy and people love him.” When we queried Gerson later, he acknowledged he has absolutely been considering it, but that he’s not exclusively looking at his former District 1 Council seat, but also at other local seats that might open up. He noted that, for example, if state Senator Dan Squadron wins the race for public advocate or possibly Brooklyn borough president, then he might run for Squadron’s former office. But it’s clear that political players are watching whether Gerson will run against Chin. He told us that District Leader Jenifer Rajkumar recently called him, obviously eager to sound him out on his plans, but that he hasn’t returned her call yet. Rajkumar is reportedly seriously looking at running against Chin. As for the state of the district during his absence from office, Gerson sighed and said simply, “Things could have been done differently.” He said that comment applied both to the rezoning for the N.Y.U. 2031 megadevelopment plan for the South Village superblocks and also the demise of St. Vincent’s Hospital. Gerson lives in 505 LaGuardia Place, on the southern N.Y.U. superblock. But he indicated he was even more distressed about what happened with St. Vincent’s Hospital. POLITICAL PASSING: Councilmember Chin was among the many local officials and community leaders paying their respects at Sophie Gerson’s funeral. The overflow crowd filled the Beth Abraham Funeral Home, at 199 Bleecker St., to capacity, and people unable to get into the main room watched the service on two flat-screen TVs. Also attending were City Councilmembers Gale Brewer and Letitia James, new state Senator Brad Hoylman, State Committeeman Arthur Schwartz, Community Board 2 members Anne Hearn, Lois Rakoff and Terri Cude and district manager Bob Gormley, Ray Cline and Connie Masullo of 505 LaGuardia Place, Sam Jacob and Marcus Andrews of Le Souk, Arthur Harris of Village Reform Democratic Club, Maureen Remacle of the Sixth Precinct Community Council, Judith Callet of Bleecker Area Residents’ and Merchants’ Association, District Leader Paul Newell, City Council candidate Yetta Kurland, former Assembly candidate Luke Henry, former Gerson arts liaison Paul Nagle and Friends of Petrosino founder Georgette Fleischer. Also at the service were the Village Independent Democrats’ Katharine Wolpe and Tony Hoffman, the club’s new president. James told us that C. Virginia Fields, the former Manhattan borough president, was unable to make the funeral, but Gerson later told us Fields was planning to sit shiva for Sophie later on Wednesday evening. Among those sitting shiva on Monday evening, the first night, were former N.Y.U. Vice Chancellor Arnold Goren and his wife, Rhoda, parents of Susan, who they said was in Vietnam again. Also there were political strategist Jerry Skurnik, former Gerson chief of staff Tammy To, leading N.Y.U. 2031 critics Paul

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and Sylvia Rakow and Noho activist Zella Jones. The food was provided by Jack Lebewohl of the 2nd Ave. Deli, a good friend of Sophie’s. FORMER L.E.S. SYNAGOGUE SITE: Among the “three sets of rabbis” at Sophie Gerson’s funeral were two of the three rabbinical Spiegel brothers. Sophie’s background was Romanian, so she sometimes worshiped at the former First Roumanian-American Synagogue on Rivington St., whose roof collapsed in January 2006 and was subsequently demolished. We asked Rabbi Shmuel Spiegel what’s the latest on the vacant lot. “We’re still working on the plan, what to do,” he told us. “I’m not a prophet,” he added. “It fell down in one second. It could go back up in a second — but we don’t want to rush into it.” The key is that they want to do it with “sechel,” he said, which he explained as “the right state of mind.” Overhearing the conversation, Trudy Mason, Democratic state committeewoman from the Upper East Side, chimed in, “Sechel means sense — common sense.” “Sophie not only had sechel, but she was a mensch,” added Mason, who was always Alan Gerson’s “Aunt Trudy.” CONCEDING SOHO BID BATTLE? During a recent conversation, Soho Alliance Director Sean Sweeney told us that opponents and proponents of the proposed Broadway Soho business improvement district have been in talks since the City Council’s Finance Committee hearing on Nov. 20. The next Council hearing on the matter has yet to be scheduled. In the meantime, according to Sweeney, members of the two factions have recently held a few behind-the-scenes meetings to work out some “compromises” on the BID proposal. Why? It seems like he and his crew have come to terms with the notion that, since Councilmember Chin strongly supports the plan, the antis will probably end up on the losing side of this battle. “Chin wants [the BID] to happen, so it’s going to happen,” Sweeney said, although he didn’t seem overly dejected by the admission. When we asked for some specifics on these “compromises,” he directed us to fellow BID opponent Pete Davies, who’s apparently been closer to the front lines of the closed-door discussions. Davies, on the other hand, told us in an e-mail that it’s “too premature” to share any details, since those talks are still in their initial stages. But he added that, now that the holidays are over, both sides are planning to meet again soon. We’ll get back to you about this one. DISTRICT LEADER DOINGS: We hear that Jonathan Geballe, former V.I.D. president, is thinking of running for Democratic district leader. The unsalaried office is currently held by Hoylman, who, after being elected state senator, is expected to shed the lower-level post. State Committeeman Arthur Schwartz had previously told us he’d try to reclaim the district leadership if Hoylman won election to the state Senate, but now it sounds like Schwartz isn’t so sure it’s worth all the effort and might just stick with State Committee. Plus, he’s very busy with his new progressive law office. He still plans to hold a big 60th birthday bash/political fundraiser, though, and told us that if he doesn’t run for district leader, he’ll use the funds to help finance other local races. IS IT O.K. TO DUMP DRIED-OUT CHRISTIMAS TREES ON THE CURB? Absolutely. From Wed., Jan. 2, to Sat., Jan. 12, the Department of Sanitation will be collecting the tired tannenbaums for recycling. The trees should be unbagged, and all tree stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments should be removed before the trees are put out. The brittle boughs will be chipped and made into compost, which will spread on parks, ball fields and community gardens throughout the city. Typically, the city collects more than 140,000 discarded Christmas trees each year for “tree-cycling.”

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Mulch ado about trees… For those who want to take their Christmas tree recycling to the next level, and save the Department of Sanitation the work of curbside pickups, there’s MulchFest 2013. Chipping sites will be in action on Sat. and Sun., Jan 12 and 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tompkins and Washington Square parks, as well as in Stuyvesant Town’s 20th St. oval. People can also drop off their trees on Sunday only at Union Square Park at 17th St. and Park Ave. South, though there won’t be any chipping there.

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POLICE BLOTTER Jane New Year’s assault Police arrested the man who they believe bashed his girlfriend around inside their room at the Jane Hotel early on Jan. 1. The victim, 22, told cops that her boyfriend, Steven Fortier, 28, had already attacked her on New Year’s Eve by throwing her against a wall, and said that he then entered the fifth-floor room of the landmarked hotel around 2 a.m. and began attacking her once again. Fortier allegedly punched the woman repeatedly in the head and arms, and, when she tried to escape, began choking her and forcing her to the ground. The woman told cops she made one lastditch effort to open the door and crawl away, but Fortier pulled her back in by her legs. However, by that point a 60-year-old bellhop heard the struggle and came to the woman’s aid, according to the police report. Hotel security guards were then able to respond, and they restrained Fortier until officers could arrive. Fortier was charged with assault. His girlfriend didn’t suffer any serious injuries, according to the report.

East Side sex attacker Police are still hunting for the man who tried to sexually assault a 42-year-old woman as she jogged through East River Park at midday on Dec. 27. The suspect targeted the woman around 11:30 a.m., while she was running near Houston St., and snuck up from behind, tossed her to the ground and began pulling off her pants, police said. The woman, however, fought back and escaped. Police later released a sketch of the suspect, pictured above, whom they described as a 17-to-25-year-old man last seen wearing a gray hoodie and green sweatpants.

W. Ninth weapons bust A Greenwich Village couple was busted on Dec. 29 for storing guns and a chemical substance used for making bombs in their apartment, and now stand accused of intending to use the weapons in a future attack. Morgan Gliedman, 27, and Aaron Greene, 31, were arrested after police raided their apartment at 8 W. Ninth St. around 6 p.m., finding seven grams of highly explosive H.M.T.D. powder and two shotguns, according to the police report. Officers also found a stack of papers titled “The Terrorist Encyclopedia,” according the Manhattan Criminal Court complaint. The complaint further alleges that the pair planned to use the bomb materials and firearms against either a person or property. The Daily News reported that neighbors had originally called police in late November after spotting the weapons stash, but cops were not able to make their move until a month later, when they secured a Manhattan Criminal Court search warrant. The events of Gliedman and Greene’s case are eerily similar — but, fortunately, not identical — to those that took place just two blocks away in 1970, when a bomb made by the radical group the Weather Underground accidentally exploded. That weapon was being constructed in the basement of 18 W. 11th St., and its untimely detonation completely destroyed the townhouse and killed three Weather Underground members. Actor Dustin Hoffman and his wife, who lived next door and were at home at the time of the explosion, escaped unharmed.

around 3:30 a.m. near the corner of Bleecker and W. 10th Sts., according to police, after he blew through two red lights while traveling southbound on Bleecker St. Officers said that when they approached his vehicle, Ortiz had a flushed face, watery eyes, slurred speech and smelled of alcohol. A Breathalyzer test immediately after that revealed that his blood alcohol content was .153. The legal limit for driving is .08. Ortiz was charged with D.W.I.

Taxi attack After a cab driver caught him trying to run away from a ride without paying, police arrested, 26, for allegedly attacking the driver early on Jan. 1. The cabbie, 53, told cops that he picked up at Allen and Delancey Sts. around 1 a.m., and that he asked to be taken to Times Square. But he then apparently asked to be let out at the corner of Sullivan and W. Houston Sts. — and when the driver obliged, Mendonce started to flee the scene, heedless of his $7 fare. According to a vague line in the police report, however, the driver was, with “great difficulty,” able to force his rider to hand over the cash. But when the hack then turned to walk back to his vehicle, Mendonce blocked his path and punched him in the face multiple times, police said. After officers responded to the action, Mendonce was charged with assault, and the driver was treated for minor cuts but wasn’t hospitalized.

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Bleecker St. D.W.I. Police booked a drunk driver who was speeding through the West Village early on Dec. 29, saying that his blood alcohol content was nearly twice the legal limit at the time of the arrest. Miguel Ortiz, 36, was pulled over

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‘Green wave’ bike plan has Soho leader seeing red BY SAM SPOKONY Community Board 2 is calling on the city’s Department of Transportation to study the possibility of resequencing traffic lights along Soho’s Prince St. bicycle lane, saying that synchronized timing on the red-to-green light progression could create a more consistent traffic flow for both cars and bikes and, in turn, increase safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

‘D.O.T. should do their job by addressing our broken crosswalks before they worry about any kind of green wave.’ Sean Sweeney Photo by Sam Spokony

A cyclist traveled alongside vehicular traffic in the Prince St. bike lane near Sullivan St.

The concept, referred to as a “green wave,” would involve changing the timing of signal progression along Prince St., from Bowery to Sixth Ave., in order to move traffic at a steady pace of roughly 10 to 15 miles per hour — a typical speed range for bikes. Advocates say that the more even, predictable flow would cut down on congested stop-and-go traffic, while discouraging cyclists from slipping through red lights and also discouraging drivers from speeding through yellow lights. If it were to be implemented in the future, the green wave would be the city’s first. The practice has already caught on in several bike-friendly cities, such as San Francisco, where cyclists have celebrated several so-called waves in recent years. A resolution requesting that D.O.T. perform a study on the feasibility of the green wave passed C.B. 2’s Dec. 20 full board meeting, albeit in a somewhat contentious 19-to-16 vote. In fact, the final resolution only asked for a study of the concept — rather than its actual implementation —

because of a last-minute amendment put forth by board member Jo Hamilton. The original resolution, which was passed by a 10-to-0 vote by C.B. 2’s Traffic and Transportation Committee earlier last month, did actually ask D.O.T. to execute the green wave plan. But Hamilton proposed the change after some board members voice concerns with the proposal. “I thought it was a pretty fair way to amend it,” said Shirley Secunda, the C.B. 2 Traffic and Transportation Committee chairperson, who added that her committee had been considering a green wave resolution for several years. It was fitting, then, that the plan was proposed by Ian Dutton, the committee’s former vice chairperson, who has since moved to Brooklyn. Among other things, Dutton’s presentation at the committee’s December meeting pointed out that D.O.T. had expressed potential support for a green wave on Prince St., dating back to 2007

(when the bike lane was created), but has not yet taken any real action on the concept. A D.O.T. spokesperson did not respond to request for comment.

Sean Sweeney, director of the Soho Alliance, spoke out strongly against the green wave idea during C.B. 2’s full board meeting. He said the bike lane never should have been run through Soho on Prince St., but belongs on Houston St., which D.O.T. considers too dangerous for bicycles. In an interview, this Wednesday he said that he believes Soho is unfairly used as a “petri dish” for transportation experiments. “D.O.T. should do their job by addressing our broken crosswalks before they worry about any kind of green wave,” said Sweeney, who has a history of opposing pro-cycling developments in the neighborhood. He went on to claim that he’d recently spoken with a D.O.T. representative who said that the agency isn’t actually interested in pursuing the concept — but Secunda dismissed that notion when asked about it. “I’m not sure where Sean got the idea that D.O.T. doesn’t like it,” she said, “because, even though they’ve been dragging their feet, they’ve always seemed interested to me, and they’ve never said they have any reservations about the idea.” C.B. 2’s resolution includes a request for D.O.T. to bring its report and recommendations regarding a green wave to the board upon completion of the proposed study.


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Sophie Gerson, 88, former school board president

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Sophie and Alan Gerson in Washington before Bill Clinton’s inaugural ball in 1992. Sophie had been active in the campaign and so was invited. She brought Alan as her guest.

OBITUARY Continued from page 1 governor over Koch. Herman, who is 100 years old and survives her, remained with V.I.D. and served as its president. “It was a mixed marriage for our family,” Alan said. “My father was in one Democratic club and my mother was in the other Democratic club.” A stalwart labor union member, Sophie was active with the United Federation of Teachers and supported the union in its 1968 strike over community control of school boards. “She had a falling out with Koch later over an argument about the U.F.T. but she was still very fond of him,” Alan said. Sophie was also a friend and supporter of Mayor David Dinkins. “I was told that Bill Passannante [the late state assemblymember representing the Village] used to say that my mother put his bumper sticker on my baby carriage,” Alan said. A girls’ physical education teacher through-

out her 36-year career with the New York City public school system, Sophie pioneered as an advocate for equal sports opportunities for girls. “She cared about her students and she cared about teaching,” Alan said. “She enjoyed politics like it was a sports contest,” he added. “But she didn’t like the nasty backstabbing and the fact there were no umpires or referees — so she always tried to act as an umpire at political meetings.” Sophie ran as a Democratic Convention delegate for Albert Gore in 1988; she attended the convention in Atlanta but, since Gore lost the state nomination to Michael Dukakis, she wasn’t a delegate. Sophie Greenberg was raised in the Bronx by struggling immigrants from Romania. Her mother was often ill and her father lost his business in the Depression. Sophie was great at street sports, like ringolevio and box ball. In high school she won the admiration of classmates for reaching the top of the rope-climb ahead of all the girls and some of the boys. She graduated in 1941 from Walton High where she said in her yearbook entry that she wanted to be a girls’ gym teacher. She graduated from Hunter College four years later and earned

Sophie Gerson with presidential candidate Al Gore in 1988 on the grounds of N.Y.U.’s Silver Towers complex, at Houston St. and LaGuardia Place. “They wanted an outdoor setting for a commercial for the campaign,” said her son, Alan. “They were trying to gather a group of retirees. The Secret Service came and everything.” Sophie Gerson ran as a delegate for Gore, but Michael Dukakis won the nomination.

a master’s degree from Teachers College at Columbia in 1947. She retired in 1988 and won election to the local school board where she served from 1991 to 1999. “She edited the best and the shortest political speeches I every made. She was organized, always on time, everything in its place… . Some traits skip a generation,” said Alan, who is known for long speeches and for often running late for appointments, eliciting some light laughter from those gathered. “She loved life and made my friends a part of our extended family. She loved country music. Her favorite song was Willie Nelson’s ‘On the Road.’ When she retired I took her to Nashville and we sang ‘You Are My Sunshine’ on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. “Mom, you’ll always be my sunshine, every day, every moment,” Alan said, overcome for a moment by emotion. In addition to her son and her husband of 56 years, a daughter, Rikki, and two grandchildren, Lance and Dillon, survive. Beth Abraham Funeral Home, 199 Bleecker St., was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens.

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Squadron pushes for Cuomo to back gun microstamping instead, negatively impact law-abiding gun owners and manufacturers with new costs. The Democrat-led Assembly has passed the microstamping legislation four times since 2008, but the bill has died in the Republican-led Senate each time. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said on Wednesday that he remains committed to passing that microstamping bill yet again in his own house, with the hope that it won’t again fail in the Senate. Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos — who, as a result of a deal made after the 2012 elections, will now share authority over the chamber with Democratic Senate Leader Jeffery Klein — did not respond to request for comment.

Continued from page 1 — who in fact supports microstamping — is now unlikely to include it in the package, based on the governor’s belief that he won’t be able to reach a deal with the Senate’s Republican leadership in time for the start of the next legislative session, which also begins on Jan. 9. “I think it’s highly improbable at this point that you would get agreement on it,” Cuomo was quoted as saying at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Microstamping technology ensures that a unique code — identifying the make, model and serial number of a gun — is “stamped” onto shell casings whenever the gun is fired. In theory, it would allow law enforcement to easily track any gun used in a crime by using the shell casings left at the crime scene. In addition to the hope of catching more criminals, advocates of the technology believe that it will help combat illegal gun trafficking and reduce overall gun violence. Squadron’s bill — which he is co-sponsoring with Senator Jose Peralta — would require all semiautomatic handguns made or sold in the state to be capable of microstamping ammunition. “The system we use now only gives us about a 2 percent chance of identifying the gun for a given shell casing, and

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State Senator Daniel Squadron speaking at a recent event in the East Village.

microstamping would make that process at least 25 times more effective,” said Jackie Hilly, executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, in an interview with this newspaper last October. She was citing a study published last spring by Iowa State University’s

Ames Laboratory, which showed that microstamping could be up to 97 percent effective in some cases. Opponents of the concept have countered by saying it simply hasn’t been proven to work in real-life settings, and many gun rights proponents claim that it will,

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Saturday, January 5, 1pm Goldberg Variations/Variations St. Paul’s Chapel Jazz pianist and composer Dan Tepfer performs. Watch online at trinitywallstreet.org

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EDITORIAL Sandy relief betrayal Condemnation was swift for the House Republicans’ heartless abandonment of people devastated by Hurricane Sandy. No one put it better than Representative Peter King of Long Island. He said anybody from New York or New Jersey who donates money to help his fellow Republicans get re-elected is crazy. We hope Wall Street heard King clearly the first time, and ignores his subsequent backpedal, which was presumably done for political survival. The “Boehner Betrayal,” as Senator Chuck Schumer calls House Speaker John Boehner’s broken promise to bring a $60 billion hurricane relief package to the floor, will likely have real and devastating consequences in Downtown Manhattan and other areas that were hit even harder by Sandy. Many businesses close to home have still not reopened and are desperately waiting for relief to rebuild their livelihoods. Others are looking with horror at their repair bills and their loss of customers. In other parts of the city and state and in New Jersey, there are many without homes — people who can’t even recognize where they lived or worked because the storm just washed it all away. Boehner’s plan is to take up the bill in piecemeal manner this month with the first vote expected Friday. Boehner may have clinched his leadership re-election by waiting for the new session of Congress, but the delay means the Senate — a body that the Founding Fathers designed to act slowly — must pass a new bill all over again. This during a time when divisive debates continue in Washington on unrelated topics. It was an outrage that Boehner waited more than two months to consider Sandy relief in order to focus his attention on bad-faith, pointless negotiations with the White House on the “fiscal cliff.” Our man in Congress, Jerrold Nadler, said extending the hardship was “a total collapse of leadership” on Boehner’s part. He may have been too kind to use the “L” word in the same sentence with the speaker.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR It’s rrruff without dog run at night

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To The Editor: Just before Hurricane Sandy tore apart our neighborhood, I adopted a 7-month-old puppy. A smart little watchdog, she was comforting company during the blackout. Since then she has grown like a weed and is now a large mass of moving puppy play energy. I want to raise a well-behaved canine good citizen, so now is a critical time to keep her well exercised and practice obedience training with her. Unfortunately, due to Sandy’s destruction of the Hudson River Park’s electrical system, the park, which normally closed at 1 a.m., currently and indefinitely, closes at dusk (4:30 in December). This means that the many people in our neighborhood who take their dogs to the run after work and in the evening, no longer have anywhere to go…indefinitely. Not having the use of the run at night creates a big problem for me since younger dogs need to be physically active and mentally engaged at least two times a day. (When puppies are not exercised and challenged regularly they develop behavior problems.) I cannot train my dog during the daytime when the run is crowded — the shortened hours cause the already overcrowded run to be even more crowded. Also people who have undersocialized and/or aggressive dogs, and who used to use the run in the evening, are now much more likely to bring their socially challenged dog or dogs into the often crowded run. There are roughly 25,000 people who own dogs in our immediate neighborhood and dog owners are the largest single use group that frequents parks. Neighborhood dog owners rely on the Leroy St. dog run since it is the only place left in our neighborhood where it is legal to have a dog off leash. I have contacted the Hudson River Park Trust to no avail. Why, when it would be so easy to accommodate so many, does the Trust continue to ignore dog owners’ recreational needs for their animals? By the way, it is not unusual for a dog run to stay open later than the rest of the park. Some parks departments realize that if the amount of dog owners exceeds the recreational space available, lengthening the hours of dog run usage helps minimize overcrowding. For example, the new Washington Square dog run will remain open 24 hours a day, once it is completed, even though Washington Square Park will close in the evening. The Leroy St. run could easily keep its usual hours during repairs to the park if there was the will to do so from the Trust. For instance, dog owners could use the park entrance right by the run to enter and exit, using stanchions to line the walk to the run’s gate. The Trust has a small fleet of little light generators. One little generator could illuminate the run since the lights along the bikeway still work, already providing some light. Please — we need the evening hours in the run back A.S.A.P.

To The Editor: When the paper didn’t appear last Thursday, I thought the readers were getting “Scrooged” out of Scoopy’s Notebook for Christmas, but the Scoopster came through! I need my weekly Scoopy’s fix, it’s that addictive. Thanks! Lewis Nathan

Just call it ‘The Clemente’ To The Editor: Re “Jazz greats, artists make a play for new L.E.S. venue” (news article, Dec. 20): A few clarifications: First, we’re not “accepting proposals” for adaptive reuse of the basement and ground floor. I try to be extremely clear that whatever architects we hire will do some kind of community outreach, probably “town halls,” where they explain what must be done — given code compliance issues and a tight budget — and will invite community members to discus what they would like to see the spaces ultimately used for. Second, we don’t use “C.S.V.” anymore since it erases the Puerto Rican identity of the person it was named after, as well as the founders’ intentions, doesn’t communicate anything, and is often confused with CVS. We say, “The Clemente.” Also, Patricia Parker’s mention of being in a former bathroom (one of her two spaces) is a little surprising since her application for an appropriate space is in, and is a high priority. Again, when the architects are in place — hopefully, by the end of January — they can help us analyze optimal space utilization. Otherwise, it was an impressive article about the quality of program Patricia can put together. Thanks! Soon there will be articles where no mention of that old, long-dead struggle will appear. Jan Hanvik Hanvik is executive director, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center

What a long strange trip it’s been To The Editor: Re “Nebraska burns beal; Gives pot activist 4 to 6 in the joint” (news article, Dec. 27): Dana Beal and I started the mass marijuana movement when he had the first smoke-ins in Tompkins Square Park

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After a momentous year, what’s next for Pier 40? TALKING POINT BY MADELYN WILS The change of the calendar always serves as an appropriate time to reflect and learn from the past, and by doing so, best prepare for the future. There is little doubt that 2012 was a momentous year for the Hudson River Park, and what made 2012 truly different was the enormity of both the achievements and challenges that occurred throughout the 12-month cycle. We saw record attendance throughout our 5-mile expanse. New programs attracted a slew of new visitors. Hudson River Park continued to serve as the model for other multiuse parks. Our formalized partnership with Friends of the Hudson River Park drove fundraising to neverbefore-seen levels. Even in a tough financial climate, construction began on the next park section in Tribeca. At the same time, Superstorm Sandy caused significant damage up and down the park. (The electricity is still off in many sections.) Earlier in the year, a majority of Pier 54 — the spot where Titanic survivors returned to shore — had to be closed down due to pile conditions. And the continuing, rapid deterioration of Pier 40 resulted in closed stairwells, restrooms and public spaces. To be simplistic, the Hudson River Park Trust’s job is to be a steward on behalf of the park — to help ensure the park is operating in the best possible manner while staying true to the intent and vision of the original Hudson River Park Act that launched the park. It is with that rather elementary notion in mind that we have been working alongside our elected officials, neighborhood leaders and the community as part of a Hudson River Park Task Force to amend the act. In conjunction with community boards and our task force (which includes elected officials, community boards, environmental organizations and other leaders), we achieved much in the last calendar year, including: • Broad support for advancing a Neighborhood Improvement District; • Agreement to include Pier 76 as a revenuegenerating pier with broader commercial uses and longer lease terms; • Agreement on ideas that would reduce park maintenance costs;

• Openness to consider fees from certain passenger ships, and; • Willingness to consider some new uses at Pier 40, such as offices. We have reached agreement on a great many steps that will help to meet challenges that the framers of the park act could have never foreseen. But now — with a goal of pushing legislation forward sometime during Albany’s spring session — is when we must take on the biggest challenge of all, one that will determine the entire park’s long-term viability. Namely, what should we do about Pier 40? From the beginning, and contrary to the rumor that we are solely focused on a scenario involving residential development, the Trust has been clear that it is interested in hearing any and all ideas for Pier 40 that accomplish three separate goals: • Generate enough revenue to fix Pier 40 and help maintain a significant portion of the park. (The revenue from Pier 40 has historically provided maintenance for roughly 40 percent of the entire park.) • Maintain, or preferably expand, the existing amount of open space and play areas at Pier 40

On the second point, with the increasing number of children moving into the Lower West Side, we now find Pier 40’s ball fields to be booked solid during the spring, summer and fall. Perhaps it is time to realize that the status quo is no longer good enough and increase our park space. And let’s be plain about what is happening at Pier 40 and why time is of the essence. Many of the issues with Pier 40 are obvious: the severely dilapidated roof, the aged utilities that have complicated restoring Pier 40 postSandy, and numerous shuttered amenities, such as public bathrooms. And while all of these visible issues cost dollars that the park doesn’t have, what can’t be seen is even more threatening and costly than what can. Underneath Pier 40, the thousands of piles on which the pier literally stands continue to erode. While these piles do not all need to be repaired immediately, we can neither responsibly ignore them, nor hope for a solution that ignores how their

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officials and community leaders. We will also recap some of the ideas from the previous two failed request for proposals (R.F.P.’s) on Pier 40 for context. We are hopeful that discussion about these and other ideas that may come forward will help build consensus about what uses could work best on the pier while meeting the three criteria laid our above. We also know that Community Board 2 is planning something similar for the public. We look forward to participating in that discussion, since it is only through the most transparent process through which the best of ideas can be presented and studied, and hopefully form the foundation of the R.F.P. process. With our push for legislation now moved to the spring, we have but a couple of short months to hammer out the remaining items that will result in changes to the park that will ensure its viability in the future. We are hopeful and confident that our upcoming discussion will help set in motion a plan to transform Pier 40 from a dilapidated, crumbling structure to a strong anchor of the park that ensures the entire park’s continued success in the decades to come. Wils is C.E.O and president, Hudson River Park Trust

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Tryin’ to see Mayan signs amid the shopocalypse On the night of Dec. 21, Reverend Billy and his Church of Stop Shopping brethren swarmed Times Square to search for signs of the Mayan apocalypse. Gazing skyward, they tried to “look past a thousand corporate logos” to find a strip of sky heralding the end of, hopefully not the world, but at least consumerism. The world continues…and so does consumerism.


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"HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE" From left, Fran Luck and Carl Rosenstein picketed outside the Tarrytown real estate office of Ronald Friedman on Monday.

Vegan mecca’s supporters ride rails to protest baker’s eviction BY PETE DOLACK Neighborhood activists picketed the Tarrytown offices of the landlord whose high rents have forced the Whole Earth Bakery to shut its doors after two decades on St. Mark’s Place. The Dec. 28 action came a day before the popular vegan bakery’s final day, and amidst a steady stream of fans and patrons who consoled proprietor Peter Silvestri upon hearing the news in midDecember. The bakery was remembered by patrons as a friendly community space where regulars were greeted with a hug by Silvestri, who often donated his vegan goodies to help community events. The bakery’s closing was seen as not only a blow to the East Village — where mom-and-pop businesses integrated into the neighborhood are steadily being forced out of business by rapidly rising rents — but as symbolic of gentrification. The group of seven activists, organized by Fran Luck, who traveled to Tarrytown in Westchester County were backed by many others who could not travel. Among them were artists Seth Tobocman and Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz, who made signs that the picketers carried, and an anonymous donor who underwrote the MetroNorth fare for those who could not have otherwise participated.

Equating landlord Ronald Friedman with the Dickens character Ebenezer Scrooge, the activists walked a picket line in front of Friedman’s suburban office and spoke to passing office workers for close to two hours. They held a speakout — which was videotaped for future YouTube presentation — in which they demanded commercial rent control and an end to tax write-offs for properties left vacant because of gentrifying rents. After picketing, the activists went inside in an attempt to speak to the landlord. His office was closed for the holiday, however, and they left a copy of their flier, titled “Merry Christmas Mr. Scrooge,” under his office door. “We went up to Tarrytown because landlords who pull the strings on our community from afar, and without any consequence, should know that we will come to their communities to respond,” Luck said. Whole Earth Bakery’s rent rose from $1,100 a month in 1991 to $5,300, an increase about three times faster than the rate of inflation. Proprietor Silvestri worked seven days a week at his bakery, only to have all his revenue go to the landlord, who could thus afford to take off for the holiday, the protestors said during the action.

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Friends (left to right) Doe, 21; Kay, 22; Jay, 21 Live: Baruch Houses (Lower East Side) Spotted: Outside Baruch Houses, on Pitt St. near Delancey St. Defining moment of 2012: After being incarcerated, Kay regained his freedom this year. New Year’s resolution: To get jobs, and to change our lifestyles. We want to move forward, not backward.

Moshena Ross, 16 (with sister Monae Ross, 6) Live: The Bronx Spotted: Pitt and Stanton Sts. Defining moment of 2012: Our aunt lives in Baruch Houses, and during Hurricane Sandy we were here to help her through the blackout and loss of water. New Year’s resolution: To keep my extended family in touch with each other. Last year we didn’t see each other or talk very much.

Doris Riegelnegg, 27 Works: Teacher Lives: Austria Spotted: Tompkins Square Park Defining moment of 2012: The birth of my cousin’s daughter, who’s my godchild. My cousin and I have a very special relationship, and as kids we promised that we be the godparents of each other’s children. New Year’s resolution: To learn salsa dancing, and to visit Sweden.

Carlos Jaimez, 10 (with mother, Paula Jaimez, 39) Live: East Village Spotted: Avenue C, between Fifth and Sixth Sts. Defining moment of 2012: It’s hard for us to pay our rent, so my dad had to work harder, during the day and at night, so we could afford it. New Year’s resolution: To help my mom take care of my brother [2 years old] and my sister [6 months old].

What was your defining moment of 2012? Interviews and photos by Sam Spokony

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The Villager took to the streets on the afternoon of Mon., Dec. 31, to ask locals and visitors alike about their most memorable moment of last year, and their resolution for the new year. Some responses highlighted key events in the city or the nation, and others were more personal, reminding us of the humanity and society we all share.

Joe Pintauti, 28 Works: For a nonprofit Lives: Tucson, Arizona Spotted: Washington Square Park Defining moment of 2012: When I was working at Whole Foods, and I realized that I just wasn’t happy with my life. New Year’s resolution: I’m going to Mexico City soon, and I want to follow that by seeing South America.

Raul Zamudio, 53 Works: Curator, art critic, professor Lives: West Village Spotted: Washington Square Park Defining moment of 2012: I was able to overcome what could have been a fatal disease, and it helped me realize that my family is more important than my profession. New Year’s resolution: Ironically, I plan to work even more diligently on my projects this year, because I was often distracted from them last year.

Lyssette Horne, 28 Works: Homeless rights activist/mentor Lives: Harlem Spotted: Astor Place Defining moment of 2012: When Mitt Romney said he would cut funding to PBS, and the public outcry in response to that. New Year’s resolution: To continue working in a field that gives back to the communities of which I’m a part.

Anne Lewison, “over 45” Works: Architect Lives: Lower East Side Spotted: Essex and Delancey Sts. Defining moment of 2012: The experience of Hurricane Sandy. It was remarkable to watch the neighborhood make such a huge adjustment, and the storm was an enormous equalizer, since everyone around here lost power, regardless of their living situation. New Year’s resolution: After Sandy, we need to be more aware of how to handle the environmental changes we’ve wrought.


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VILLAGER ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT An array of musical moods from improvisers, songwriters Winter season brings musical diversity to Downtown BY SAM SPOKONY If you’re like me, the idea of actually following through on a typical New Year’s resolution has become a meaningless myth. Quit smoking? Meh. Stop eating McDonald’s or go back to the gym? Maybe next year. Make more money? No thanks. I’m good with my ramen and shared two-bedroom in Bed-Stuy. On the other hand, with both the supposed apocalypse and several genuine disasters behind us, I do think that the end of 2012 has brought with it an excitingly unpredictable future for all of us. What better way to celebrate than by opening your ears and embracing new (or old) colors dashed amid an endless aural palette? Downtown’s winter season is packed with improvisers and songwriters who represent an array of musical moods — but what’s especially great is the diversity of ethnicities and nationalities that’s about to hit the scene. We’ve got African roots, a group of Scandinavian electro-rockers and, as always, a few domestic mainstays. As if that weren’t enough, some of these gigs feature album releases from young performers on the cutting edge — and everyone knows it’s cooler to be one of the first to hear those new tunes live. So, as I curse the arrival of sub-freezing temperatures, here are my picks through

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Vocalist Andrea Wolper celebrates her birthday alongside her trio, at the West Village’s Bar Next Door, on Jan. 14.

March. Keep an open mind this year! And remember, people…music is always there to share the golden secrets that hide within our culture of fear and lies!

JAZZ Andrea Wolper is, I think, one of the best vocalists you’re going to hear these days — and it’s because her creativity and musicianship consistently stretch beyond generic limitations. I’m an especially big fan of her work with pianist Connie Crothers — a disciple of free jazz pioneer Lennie Tristano — as part of TranceFormation; and on Jan. 14, Wolper will perform at the Bar Next Door, 129 MacDougal St. (btw. W. Third & Fourth Sts.) in a trio with TranceFormation bassist Ken Filiano and guitarist Michael Howell, another one of her regular sidemen. They’ll play two 75-minute sets, one at 8:30pm and another at 10:30pm, and the $12 cover must be paid at the door. And on a side note, Wolper will be celebrating her birthday that night (even though it’s not really until Jan. 16). Ever the gentleman, I decided not to ask her age. When strong musical traditions merge across continental boundaries, beautiful things happen. A perfect example is Afrobeat — which blends African rhythms, jazz harmonies and funk attitude to create a soulful, high-energy atmosphere. And it’s not hard to argue that multi-instrumentalist Femi Kuti and The Positive Force remain the top suppliers of those particular jams. The son of activist and Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Femi will lead his ensemble at Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. (btw. Third & Fourth Aves.) on Jan. 26, for an 8pm set. Tickets cost $30, and can be purchased in advance by visiting ticketmaster.com and searching for the artist or venue. Only a handful of mid-century jazz icons are still going strong in the 21st century, and Ron Carter is certainly one of them. The 75-year-old bassist has become a veritable institution, gaining fame with Miles Davis’ second “great quintet” in the early 60s and subsequently appearing on thousands of albums, including dozens as a leader. What does this mean, you ask? It means that when the guy’s playing Downtown, you take out your wallet and get your ass there! Fortunately for us, Carter and his quartet — featuring pianist Renee Rosnes, drummer Payton Crossley and percussionist Rolando Morales-Matos — are playing every night from Feb. 5-10 at the Blue Note, 131 W. Third St. (btw. MacDougal St. & Sixth Ave.). They’ll perform two sets each night, one at 8pm and another at 10:30pm. Bar

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Bassist Ron Carter will join his quartet for six nights at the Blue Note, starting on Feb. 5.

seating is $20 per person, while each table seat costs $35 — but remember, only table seats can be purchased in advance! For tickets, visit bluenotejazz.com. I always like to include at least one player whose musical experience spans the oft-crossed gap between jazz and classical. This winter, Argentinean pianist Fernando Otero is a great choice in that regard — not just because of his worthy skills, but because his March 2 concert at 92Y Tribeca celebrates the release of his new album, “Romance,” which features 11 tunes written by Otero and performed by a nine-piece group that includes strings and vocals. The pianist’s rich compositions are characterized by a sense of tonal exploration that shifts between tender, flowing melodies and dense counterpoint. The gig will be played at 92Y Tribeca’s Mainstage, at 200 Hudson St. (btw. Vestry & Desbrosses Sts.) at 9pm, and tickets cost $12. To purchase in advance, visit 92y.org/tribeca.

INDIE We find another record release taking place over in West Village, this one for lo-fi rockers Ducktails, whose new

album “The Flower Lane” will be performed in its entirety. Led by singer/ guitarist Matt Mondanile, Ducktails has morphed over the years from a solo project into a more adventurous, full band effort. That should be especially apparent on the new album, which features more diverse instrumentation, like synths and saxes, along with laid back tunes that are less hipster and more head nod. You can catch the release show at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St. (btw. Sullivan & Thompson Sts.) on Jan. 23, starting at 8:30pm. Tickets cost $12 in advance and $15 at the door, and can be purchased online at lepoissonrouge.com. Scandinavian people are just nicer than Americans! I learned this firsthand in 2011, when, while working for a different rag, I went to Oslo, Norway to interview a jazzturned-electro-pop trio named Pelbo. And now, you can have the treat of seeing Urban Cone, a group of forward-thinking Swedes — vocalist Rasmus Flyckt, keyboardist Jacob Sjöberg, guitarist Tim Formgren, bassist Emil Gustafsson and drummer Magnus Folkö (they

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The American Taliban’s Boston Roots How 19th century moral crusaders established the tradition of censoring books BOOKS BANNED IN BOSTON: THE WATCH AND WARD SOCIETY’S CRUSADE AGAINST BOOKS, BURLESQUE AND THE SOCIAL EVIL By Neil Miller Beacon Press $26.95 209 pages Visit beacon.org

BY DOUG IRELAND There are many forms of censorship, and gay-themed books are constantly under attack. One pernicious form is economic. Nothing is “free� in the mythical “free marketplace of ideas� about which we’re taught in our high school civics classes. Competition from Amazon.com and e-books has driven many independent booksellers out of business. Here in New York, we are still mourning the loss of our last two remaining gay bookstores — the legendary Oscar Wilde Bookshop, which under the leadership of its late founder, the out-before-Stonewall queer activist Craig Rodwell, played such a key role in the birth of the modern gay liberation movement, and A Different Light, another fine purveyor of gay literature. Both were driven out of business over the past decade by the failure of cost-conscious LGBT book buyers to support them. Now, two young gay entrepreneurs are attempting to fill the void. Since November, a new bookstore and queer community space with the somewhat cumbersome name

of Bureau of General Services — Queer Division has been operating out of a temporary headquarters at the Strange Loop Gallery at 27 Orchard Street, while trying to raise the modest sum of $15,000 to rent a permanent home. But this valiant effort to create a sex-positive, activist-oriented bookstore on the Oscar Wilde model will lose its temporary location at the end of January. So, if you care about books and want to take a concrete step to fight the censorship of the marketplace, I urge you to visit their web site at bgsqd.com and make a donation while there is still time. The other form of censorship that threatens LGBT books is the political homophobia of the fundamentalist Christian right, which is the American Taliban. Their censorship campaigns target, in particular, school libraries. When I recently ordered some quality gay novels from my favorite independent bookseller, New York’s legendary Strand Books, which stocks 15 miles worth of “used� volumes, I was sickened to find several of these superior literary efforts had come from school libraries, but were stamped with an ominous black “Withdrawn� label indicating they’d been removed from those libraries’ shelves, undoubtedly under Christian right pressure. The anti-gay censorship in libraries embraces more than just books. The American Civil Liberties Union this year initiated a highly successful “Don’t Filter Me� campaign asking students to report censorship of LGBT-related material on the web when school libraries employ software programming to screen out the offending queer material. This campaign, too, deserves your support; you can visit the ACLU web site at aclu.org/dont-filter-me-web-contentfiltering-schools to find out more about this important effort. Sadly, the roots of the American Taliban’s censorship crusades are deep ones. The first organization in the country to conduct such a campaign was the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, headed by the notorious 19th century anti-obscenity crusader Anthony Comstock. A salesman of ladies’

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dry goods, Comstock discovered that two of his fellow employees were reading erotic books. He bought one and had the dealer arrested, and went on to found his Society as an outgrowth of a YMCA committee of which he was a member. So influential did Comstock become — his Society seized some 100,000 pounds of bound books in its first year — that he was hired as a special obscenity czar by the postmaster general and wrote the infamous federal Comstock Law, enacted in 1871, which gave the Post Office the power to ban and seize “indecent material.� His name entered the language when the playwright George Bernard Shaw, faced with Comstock’s charge that he was an “Irish smut dealer� during a campaign against his play about prostitution, ‘Mrs. Warren’s Profession,� dismissed the broadside as “Comstockery.� In an absorbing book from Beacon Press, “Banned in Boston,� Tufts University journalism professor Neil Miller relates how that retort “became a term of ridicule, a synonym for Puritanism, censorship, and general moral squeamishness.� In 1878, in a meeting at Boston’s Park Street Church — where William Lloyd Garrison had launched his anti-slavery campaign in 1829 — leaders of Boston’s uppercrust Protestant Brahmins established what

became known as the Watch and Ward Society. Comstock was the featured speaker at that meeting, and the Boston group was modeled on Comstock’s New York Society. One of the Watch and Ward Society’s first targets was America’s greatest poet, Walt Whitman, and his famous volume “Leaves of Grass,� which included the Calamus poems, Whitman’s homoerotic paean to “comradeship� among men who loved men. First published in 1855, “Leaves of Grass� had gone through a number of editions, and its erotic content had forced Whitman to publish the book himself. But in 1881, a distinguished Boston publisher, James Osgood — who’d published Emerson, Twain, Hawthorne, and Dickens — approached Whitman about releasing a definitive, one-volume edition of the work. Whitman readily accepted, but wrote Osgood, “Fair warning on one point: the sexuality odes about which the original row was started and kept up so long are all retained and must go in the same as ever.� Osgood agreed. By this time, Whitman’s literary reputation was already well-established, not just in America but internationally. Indeed, in Great Britain, the first public associations of gay

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Continued from page 14 men were a skein of Walt Whitman Clubs, organized by the poet’s queer devotees. But Comstock denounced the Osgood edition as “Another ‘classic’ for which exemption is named, an attempt by an author of our own time to clothe the most sensual thoughts with the flowers and fancies of poetry, making the lascivious conception only more insidious and demoralizing.” The Boston practitioners of Comstockery targeted the Osgood edition of “Leaves of Grass,” and as the result of their pressure, the Boston district attorney sent the publisher a letter telling him the book of poems had been classified as “obscene” and demanding elimination of the contentious passages. When Osgood buckled and sought to make the changes demanded by the censors, Whitman rebelled, broke his contract with him, and took the book to a Philadelphia publisher who brought out an unexpurgated version — the first printing of which sold out in a single day! The Watch and Ward Society was supported financially by the cream of the Boston aristocracy — its treasurer for 40 years was the immensely wealthy Godfrey Lowell Cabot, and its contributors included such famous family names as Coolidge, Lodge, Saltonstall, Weld, and Forbes. The Reverend Endicott Peabody, headmaster of the prestigious Groton School (and grandfather of a later Massachusetts governor of the same name) was a vice president of the Society, and Julia Ward Howell, author of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” was another major supporter. With roots like these, the Society’s censorship crusades went on for many decades, targeting and successfully instigating prosecutions of some of American literature’s greatest works — from Theodore Dreiser’s “An American Tragedy” to Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer-winning play ”Strange Interlude” and Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” The Society even succeeded in having the great H.L. Mencken arrested for selling a copy of his magazine American Mercury. Meanwhile, the phrase “banned in Boston” made bestsellers out of many books and plays eagerly snapped up by the literate in the rest

Thomas Eakin's 1887 portrait of Walt Whitman.

of the country in search of some titillation. With the federal Comstock Law undermined by a 1959 Supreme Court decision against the banning of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” the Watch and Ward Society expired in 1967, the victim, as Miller writes, of “the secularization of society, the increased frankness about sex and sexuality in literature, [and] the diversity of a city where the old families no longer controlled many key levers of power…” Miller’s book makes a fascinating read, and a vital one — for, as he writes in closing, “Many of the attempts at book and theatrical censorship in our own time stem from the same root causes as those that led to the founding of the Watch and Ward Society — fear of social and cultural change and an attempt to shore up traditional values. Today, one can simply substitute gay parenting for heterosexual sex, and J.K. Rowling’s sorcery for Sinclair Lewis’ affronts to religion.” Miller’s “Banned in Boston illuminates a particuolarly sinister chapter in America’s literary history. And, as my friend Jules Feif-fer has often remarked, “Sex is still America’s dirty little secret.” This superbly researched book helps us to understand why.

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Just Do Art! BY SCOTT STIFFLER

BARBARA RUDIN’S “CHRISTMAS ON EARTH” Boo-Hooray Gallery extends the holiday season through the middle of the month, with an exhibit comprised of images and ephemera from 1963’s “Christmas on Earth.” Filmed at 56 Ludlow St. (which at the time was occupied by John Cale and Tony Conrad, and later home to Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison), “Christmas on Earth” was among the first sexually explicit films of America’s post-war avant-garde. All about “fantasies that freely expressed our sexual needs and dreaming beliefs” painted on the nude bodies of both gays and straights, filmmaker Barbara Rudin spent three months “chopping the hours of film up into a basket” until its contents were ultimately separated onto two different reels, with one reel projected at half size inside the other reel’s full-screen image. In 1966, the film was projected onto the performing Velvet Underground as a part of Andy Warhol Up-Tight (an early incarnation of his Exploding Plastic Inevitable multimedia events). Rudin, who introduced Bob Dylan to Allen Ginsberg (and, according to John Cale, Edie Sedgwick to Andy Warhol), died in 1980 (in childbirth, in France) at the age of 35. In conjunction with the exhibition,

Photo by Alex Colby

Come Jan. 18, Velocity Chyaldd and her scantily clad cronies celebrate nine years of !BadAss! Burlesque.

is bound and determined to get you off by any means necessary. This upcoming probe of humanity’s dark psyche (among other hidden recesses) uses its post-apocalyptic theme to mine the erotic potential of zombies, cannibals, werewolves, cult leaders, aliens, mutants, Mayans, pagans, Shiva, Jesus and Satan himself. World Famous *BOB* and Michael FORMIKA Jones host, welcoming toxic hotties and atomic insurgents including Reverend Mother Flash, Rosabelle Salavey, Velocity Chyaldd, Delysia LaChatte, Magdalena Fox, Julie Atlas Muz, Misty Meaner, Legs Malone, Fem Appeal, Danger Doll, Anna Evans, Mocha Lite, Mat Fraser, Jo Boobs, Ammo and Tigger. Stage Masters Faceboy and SuperMorgan are also on the bill, and Stage Kitten Amanda Whip will transform the simple task of cleaning up between acts into a compelling act of slinky provocation. Fri., Jan. 18, 1am-4am, at The Kraine Theater (85 E. Fourth St., btw. Bowery & Second Ave.). Admission is $15. For reservations and info, call 212-460-0982. For more info: badassburlesque.com or facebook.com/ BadAssBurlesque.

FOCUS 2013: DANCE GOTHAM

THE !BADASS! POST-APOCALYPTIC 9TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

Image courtesy of Boo-Hooray Gallery

Still from “Christmas on Earth” (doubleprojected 16mm film, 1963).

“Christmas on Earth” and “To Barbara Rubin With Love” (by Jonas Mekas) will

Photo by Julieta Cervantes

See Armitage Gone! Dance, Jan. 12, on the Dance Gotham bill.

be screened at Anthology Film Archives at 7:30pm on Wed., Jan. 9. Boo-Hooray is also publishing a limited edition book of still images from the film, which comes with an extended biographical essay and bibliography by art historian Daniel Belasco, alongside rare ephemera and correspondence. Free. Through Tues., Jan. 15. At BooHooray Gallery (265 Canal St., 6th Fl., btw. Broadway & Lafayette). For more info, visit boo-hooray.com.

Velocity Chyaldd’s long-running burlesque revue ought to come with a warning for prudes, squares and minors — just like her show’s website does. Both take that standard disclaimer (“contains sexually explicit material”) and wear it, along with little else besides a thin leather strap, like a badge of honor. An unapologetic skin show as interested in mental stimulation as physical thrills, “!BadAss! Burlesque”

Through Sun., Jan. 20. At the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow St., at Seventh Ave. South). For tickets ($79.50), call 212-868-4444, visit smarttix.com or purchase in person at the box office, open at 1pm daily. Performance schedule: Tues.Fri. at 7:30pm and Sat./Sun. at 2:30pm & 7:30pm. For more info: barrowstreettheatre.com and oandmco.com.

Photo by Gregory Costanzo

“Tribes,” at the Barrow Street Theatre, closes Jan. 20.

“T R I B E S” CLOSES JAN. 20 The most nominated new play of the 2012 season is set to close in early 2013, after almost 400 regular performances at the Barrow Street Theatre. Directed by David Cromer (whose outstanding production of “Our Town” also had a similarly long, acclaimed run at Barrow Street) and written by Nina Raine, “Tribes” concerns the emotional awakening of Billy — who, born deaf into a hearing family, ventures beyond his parents’ politically incorrect and idiosyncratic cocoon when he meets a young woman on the brink of deafness.

Presented as part of Gotham Arts Exchange’s FOCUS 2013 event, Dance Gotham’s annual performance series at the Skirball Center expands to three nights, with an expanded roster of companies whose aesthetic ranges from post-modern athleticism to seasoned theatricality. Among the offerings: Keigwin + Company’s “12 Chairs,” Parsons Dance’s “A Stray’s Lullaby,” Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo’s “Patterns in Space,” Armitage Gone! Dance’s “Quantum” (an excerpt from “Three Theories”), Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s “Square None” and Lucky Plush Productions’ “Cinderbox 2.0.” FOCUS 2013 events are also taking place at New York City Center and Chelsea’s The Joyce Theater (where Parsons Dance will have a stand-alone run Jan. 15-27). Dance Gotham is presented (with varying performers on each night’s bill) Fri., Jan. 11 & Sat., Jan. 12 at 8pm and Sun., Jan. 13 at 7pm. At NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place, at Washington Square South). For tickets ($18), call 212-352-3101 or visit nyuskirball.org. For info on other FOCUS 2013 events, visit focusdance.us.


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A blizzard of jazz, indie and record release gigs Continued from page 13 have better names, too) — when they hit up The Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. (btw. Ludlow & Essex Sts.) on Jan. 24. The five-piece has a tight, electronic sound that packs an aggressive punch without ever getting cheesy, with steady rock beats holding it all together. After Ski Lodge opens the show at 6:30pm, Urban Cone will take the stage at 7:30pm. Tickets cost $12, and can be purchased in advance at mercuryloungenyc.com. Although you’ll generally find me in the jazz bars these days, my time as a suburban youth was mainly spent listening to the kind of post-punk/alt-rock/whatever that all the kids were digging around the turn of the millennium — and that’s the kind of throwback feeling I get while hearing Balance and Composure. So if you’re up for some distortion, edgy vocals and moody songwriting, check those guys out on Feb. 24 for their set at Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. (btw. Bowery & Chrystie St.). The show starts at 8pm, and also features opening acts The Jealous Sound and Daylight. Tickets cost $13 in advance and $15 at the door, and can be purchased online at boweryballroom.com. The Canadian five-piece Stars have certainly earned their continued presence on the indie scene over the past dozen years, with a sound that ranges from up-tempo, synth-laden jams to reserved chamber pop. They also released a new album of their own, “The North,” in September — so go check out how those new tunes sound live! Stars will perform with opener Milo Greene on both Mar. 8 and 9 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N. Sixth St., Brooklyn (btw. Kent & Wythe Aves.). The show starts at 9pm, and tickets cost $25. To purchase online, visit musichallofwilliamsburg.com. That’s that! And on a more serious note — since I haven’t been around the arts section in a while — I think it’s worth mentioning that, even though they may not have all sustained physical damage, the vast majority of Downtown arts venues did take a serious financial hit as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The storm took place over two months ago, and those in Manhattan — unlike, sadly, some other affected areas — are by this point finishing the recovery process and moving on with their lives. Let’s not forget that, as true music fans, this is a time at which we should be really, really, really focused on supporting our local sources of live entertainment. As they reemerge, we need to be there. So whether it’s the venues I’ve listed above, or your own favorite hole in the wall, go check out a show soon. Buy a few drinks. Tip the bartender — and imagine how awful it would be if the world’s hippest scene didn’t exist right outside your door. In the meantime, happy listening! Stay warm! If you have any questions, suggestions or hidden secrets about sweet shows on and under the Downtown radar, drop me a line at sam@thevillager.com.

Photo by Danielle Parsons

Balance and Composure, a five-piece from Doylestown, PA, will rock out at the Bowery Ballroom on Feb. 24.

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Femi Kuti and The Positive Force will bring good vibes to Webster Hall on Jan. 26.

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Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, the five members of Urban Cone will make a stop at the Mercury Lounge on Jan. 24.


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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF TRIDENT PLACEMENT GROUP, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/6/12. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 392 Central Park West, Unit 12N, NY, NY 10025, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/27 - 01/31/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF TRACER CONSTRUCTION LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/10/12. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 5500 Wayzata Blvd., Ste. 800, Golden Valley, MN 55416. LLC formed in DE on 6/29/98. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 12/27 - 01/31/2013 PLOOSH LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 10/24/12. Office in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC 156 W 15th St Apt 4AB New York, NY 10011. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 12/20 - 01/24/2013 1152 SECOND AVENUE, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 11/21/12. Office in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC 1152 2nd Ave New York, NY 10021. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 12/20 - 01/24/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF WOLK PROPERTIES, LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/19/03. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Anne Fried, 740 West End Ave., NY, NY 10025, the registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/27 - 01/31/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF J&L GRANDCHILDREN’S LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/03/12. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Joshua Levin, 205 W. 95th St., NY, NY 10025. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 80 State St., Albany, NY 122072543. The regd. agent of the company upon whom and at which process against the company can be served is Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 122072543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 12/20 - 01/24/2013

NAME OF LLC: RONMARK CAPITAL LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State: 11/26/12. Office loc.: NY Co. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Business Filings Inc., 187 Wolf Rd., Ste. 101, Albany, NY 12205, regd. agt. upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 12/27 - 01/31/2013

P.A. COLLINS P.E. CONSULTING ENGINEERING, PLLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 12/17/12. Office NY Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 15 W. 26th St., 5th Fl., NY, NY 10010. Purpose: To practice professional engineering. Vil: 12/27 - 01/31/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF FOREIGN LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) Name: HSP PARTNERS LLC. Application for Authority was filed by the Department of State of New York on: 10/24/2012. Jurisdiction: Delaware. Organized on: 10/17/2011. Office location: County of New York. Purpose: any and all lawful activities. Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: 325 Canal Street, #2, New York, NY 10013. Address of office required to be maintained in Delaware National Corporate Research, Ltd. 615 South DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901. Authorized officer in its Jurisdiction is: Secretary of State of Delaware John G. Townsend Building, 401 Federal Street, Suite 4, Dover, DE 19901. Vil: 12/20 - 01/24/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ACISION LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/19/12. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 5/17/07. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Registered Agent Solutions, Inc., 99 Washington Ave., Ste. 1008, Albany, NY 12260. Principal office: 6404 International Pkwy, #2048, Plano, TX 75093. Address to be maintained in DE: 1679 S. DuPont Hwy, Ste. 100, Dover, DE 19901. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secretary of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 12/20 - 01/24/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ASPIRE CHANNEL, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/31/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: Aspire Channel, LLC, 2077 Convention Center Concourse, Ste 300, Atlanta, GA 30337, ATTN: Paul Butler. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 12/20 - 01/24/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF HORIZON 6F LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/07/12. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 244 Madison Ave., Unit 724, NY, NY 10016. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 12/20 - 01/24/2013 CENTRAL PARK FINANCIAL LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 10/10/2012. Off. Loc.:NewYork Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, 551 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor, Suite 612, New York, NY 10176. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 12/20 - 01/24/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF PARK VIEW 54C LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/17/12. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Jacob & Co., Attn: Angela Arabo, 48 E. 57th St., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/20 - 01/24/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF WLZ 43-45 EAST 60TH STREET MANAGER, LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/27/12. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Kane Kessler, P.C., 1350 Ave. of the Americas, 26th Fl., NY, NY 10019, Attn: Robert L. Lawrence, Esq. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/20 - 01/24/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 119 CHAMBERS RETAIL OWNERS LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/6/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Centurion Realty, LLC, 512 7th Ave., 37th Fl., NY, NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/20 - 01/24/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 75 & 81 ORCHARD ASSOCIATES LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/30/12. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 417 Fifth Ave., 4th Fl., NY, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/20 - 01/24/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GUSTUS MANAGEMENT LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 6/29/2012. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Poles, Tublin, Stratakis & Gonzalez, LLP, 46 Trinity Pl., NY, NY 10006. Term: until 12/31/2099. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/20 - 01/24/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF S & J GATES AVENUE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 11/29/12. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Jusuf Zlatanic, 201 E. 80th St., Apt. 16A, NY, NY 10075, principal business address. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 12/20 - 01/24/2013


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PUBL IC NOTICE S NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF EXECUTIVE ADVANTAGE, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/4/12. NYS fictitious name: New York Executive Advantage, LLC. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in CT on 5/10/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. CT and principal business addr.: 22 Randolph Farm Rd., Milford, CT 06461. Cert. of Org. filed with CT Sec. of State, 30 Trinity St., Hartford, CT 06115. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 12/20 - 01/24/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF GREEN ACRES 666 FIFTH RETAIL EAT TIC OWNER LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 11/16/12. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 210 Route 4 East, Paramus, NJ 07652. LLC formed in DE on 11/5/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/20 - 01/24/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF GREEN ACRES 666 FIFTH RETAIL EAT TIC PARENT LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 11/16/12. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 210 Route 4 East, Paramus, NJ 07652. LLC formed in DE on 11/5/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/20 - 01/24/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF S&P/DOW JONES INDICES LLC. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 10/24/12. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 6/28/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., Attn: General Counsel, 1221 Ave. of the Americas, 48th Fl., NY, NY 10020, principal business address. DE address of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/20 - 01/24/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 53 MERCER STREET PARTNERS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/13/12. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 236 Elizabeth St., NY, NY 10012. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, c/o Geller & Lehmann LLC, 10749 Falls Rd., Ste. 202, Lutherville, MD 21093-7033. As amended by Cert. of Amendment filed with SSNY on 11/16/12, the name of the LLC is: 258 WYTHE AVENUE PARTNERS LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 12/13 - 01/17/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 1075 FARMINGVILLE LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/29/10. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o The Tzanides Law Firm, PLLC, 275 Madison Avenue, Suite 1000, New York, New York 10016. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 12/13 - 01/17/2013 DAJD REALTY LLC, A DOMESTIC LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/9/12. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, c/o Andrew Schonzeit, 37 W. 26th St., NY, NY 10010. General Purposes. Vil: 12/13 - 01/17/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF WEISSGLASS PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES, PLLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/27/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the PLLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the PLLC is to: Weissglass Psychological Services, PLLC, 139 W 75th St, Apt 5 New York, NY 10023. Purpose:To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 12/13 - 01/17/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 43-22 QUEENS STREET L.L.C. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/30/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Company, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activities. Vil: 12/13 - 01/17/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 28-E LAUSANNE LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 10/29/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to H.B. Woolfalk, Esq., 113 Walworth Ave., Scarsdale, NY 10583. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 12/13 - 01/17/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF INFINITY 55-01 MYRTLE AVE LLC, FILED UNDER THE ORIGINAL NAME INFINITY RETAIL PORTFOLIO LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 9/26/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 1407 Broadway, 30th Fl., NY, NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 12/13 - 01/17/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 2505 THIRD DEBT LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 9/20/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Bluestone Group, 40 Rector St., Ste. 1500, NY, NY 10006. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 12/13 - 01/17/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF WATERMELON CANTINA LLC FILED UNDER THE ORIGINAL NAME 107 THOMPSON STREET CAFE LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/22/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Golenbock Eiseman et al, Att: David Rubin, 437 Madison Ave., 35th Fl., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 12/13 - 01/17/2013 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF AIM QUANTITATIVE GLOBAL SF LP Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 5/3/12. Office loc.: NY County. LP org. in DE 4/18/12. SSNY desig. as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to 529 5th Ave., 8th Fl., NY, NY 10017. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Name/ addr. of each gen. ptr. avail. at SSNY. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 12/13 - 01/17/2013 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF TWO SIGMA ACTIVE EXTENSION U.S. SMALL CAP EQUITY PORTFOLIO, LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 8/6/12. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 8/2/12. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Matthew Siano, 379 W. Broadway, NY, NY 10012. DE off. addr.: CSC 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 12/13 - 01/17/2013

NOTICE OF QUAL. OF TWO SIGMA ACTIVE EXTENSION U.S. SMALL CAP EQUITY FUND, LP Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 8/6/12. Office loc.: NY County. LP org. in DE 8/2/12. SSNY desig. as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Matthew Siano, 379 W. Broadway, NY, NY 10012. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Name/addr. of each gen. ptr. avail. at SSNY. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 12/13 - 01/17/2013 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF TWO SIGMA ACTIVE EXTENSION U.S. SMALL CAP EQUITY MASTER FUND, LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 8/6/12. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 8/2/12. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Matthew Siano, 379 W. Broadway, NY, NY 10012. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 12/13 - 01/17/2013 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF ARDEN GARDEN STATE NJ FUND, L.P. filed under the original name Arden Liberty Fund, L.P., Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 8/10/12. Office loc.: NY County. LP org. in DE 4/19/12. SSNY desig. as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Averell Mortimer, 375 Park Ave., 32nd Fl., NY, NY 10152. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Name/addr. of each gen. ptr. avail. at SSNY. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 12/13 - 01/17/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF RIVER PARTNERS 2012-TAH, LLC App. for Auth. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/16/12. Off. loc.: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 11/13/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Levin Capital Strategies, LP, 595 Madison Ave., NY, NY 10022. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed DE Secy. of State, Loockerman & Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/13 - 01/17/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 147 WEST 46TH STREET OPERATING, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 10/2/12. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 560 Fifth Ave., 3rd Fl., NY, NY 10036, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/13 - 01/17/2013

NAME OF LLC: SHOWTIME ON THE PIERS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State: 11/16/12. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Quinn McCabe LLP, 9 E. 40th St., 14th Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/13 - 01/17/2013

BOULEVARD BISTRO, LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 07/30/2012. Off. Loc.:NewYork Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, 117 West 123rd Street, 8A, New York, NY 10027. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 12/06 - 01/10/2013

SUBSTITUTE TURPENTINE LLC a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/6/12. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to:The LLC, 118 Perry St., #J40, NY, NY 10014. General Purposes. Vil: 12/06 - 01/10/2013

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF CGL MANAGEMENT SERVICES, LLC App. for Auth. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/15/12. Off. loc.: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 5/8/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 4401 N. Mesa St., El Paso, TX 79902. DE address of LLC: 1675 South State St., Ste. B, Dover, DE 19901. Arts. of Org. filed DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/06 - 01/10/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF WHITE PEACOCK LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/21/12. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Hunter Gray, 225 W. 13th St., NY, NY 10011. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 12/06 - 01/10/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF YURMAN RETAIL CANADA, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/20/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Pavia & Harcourt LLP, Attn: Jordan E. Ringel, Esq., 590 Madison Ave., 8th Fl., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 12/06 - 01/10/2013 GILDA PROPERTIES LLC a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/24/12. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Richard K. Eng, Esq., 100 Lafayette St., Ste. 403, NY, NY 10013. General Purposes. Vil: 12/06 - 01/10/2013 MAPPHOTODATA LLC Arts., of Org., filed with NY Sec. of State (“SSNY”) 11/20/2012. Office in New York County; SSNY designated agent for service of process with copy mailed to Pryor Cashman LLP, 7 Times Square, New York, NY 10036, Attn: Joshua Zuckerberg, Esq.; All lawful business purposes. Vil: 12/06 - 01/10/2013 J OAK LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 11/5/2012. Office in NY Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 248Terrace Ln., Galax, VA 24333, which is also the principal business location. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Vil: 12/06 - 01/10/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ALALI VENTURES, LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/9/12. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Ahmed Alali, 330 E. 75th St., NY, NY 10021. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/06 - 01/10/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF THEKEEP NYC, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 11/9/12. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o John R. Devine, Esq., Miles & Stockbridge P.C., 10 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21202. Regd. agent upon whom process may be served: Mary S. Devine, 234 Thompson St., #10, NY, NY 10012, principal business address. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 12/06 - 01/10/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF OFS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 11/13/12. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 2850 West Golf Rd., Ste. 520, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008. LLC formed in DE on 3/18/10. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 12/06 - 01/10/2013

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF OFS CAPITAL SERVICES, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 11/13/12. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 2850 West Golf Rd., Ste. 520, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008. LLC formed in DE on 4/16/10. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 12/06 - 01/10/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MIRROR THE HAIR SALON AT CAROL’S DAUGHTER, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/14/12. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 99 Hudson St., NY, NY 10013. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 11/29 - 01/03/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF VIKING MVI II LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/27/12. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 3/22/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: c/o Viking Global Performance LLC, 55 Railroad Ave., Greenwich, CT 06830, Attn: General Counsel. DE addr. of LLC:The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 12/06 - 01/10/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF LIN MOBILE, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/15/12. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 11/07/12. Princ. office of LLC: One West Exchange St., Providence, RI 02903. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: To engage in the development and sale of advertising solutions for the mobile and smartphone markets in addition to any other lawful act or activity incidental thereto. Vil: 11/29 - 01/03/2013

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ARCHETYPES BRANDS LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/07/12. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/21/12. Princ. office of LLC: 5 Crosby St., 3rd Fl., NY, NY 10013. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 11/29 - 01/03/2013 YOGAYAEL LLC Arts. of Org filed NY Secy of State(SSNY)11/6/12. OFC in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 119 W 72 St #274 NY NY 10023. Purpose: any lawful act. 1985259 Vil: 11/29 - 01/03/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF FACE UP, LLC Authority filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/25/12. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 6/1/12. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: 80 State St Albany, NY 12207-2543. Principal business address: 550 Madison Ave NY, NY 10022. DE address of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd Ste 400 Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert of LLC filed with Secy of State of DE located: PO Box 898 Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: any lawful act. 1984366 Vil: 11/29 -01/03/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ARIAMA LLC Authority filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/9/12. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 11/8/11. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: 80 State St Albany, NY 12207-2543. Principal business address: 550 Madison Ave NY, NY 10022. DE address of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd Ste 400 Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert of LLC filed with Secy of State of DE located: PO Box 898 Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: any lawful act. 1984362 Vil: 11/29 - 01/03/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF XTRAINER LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/9/12. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 515 Madison Ave., 3rd Fl., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 11/29 - 01/03/2013 NYLLCCO, LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 03/02/2012. Off. Loc.:NewYork Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, 305 Broadway, Suite 200, New York, NY 10007. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 12/20 - 01/24/2013


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January 3 - 9, 2013 ACCOUNTING PROCEEDING FILE NO. 2446/A-2011 CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK By the Grace of God Free and Independent

TO: Unknown Distributees, Attorney General of the State of New York, Con Edison, Cordia Communications Corp., Beth Israel Medical Center, BIK Orthopedics, PC, SLR Diagnostic RAD, Beth Israel Med, New York Post, Department of Medicine – Beth Israel, Gary Michael Wood, Barry J. Wood, And to the heirs at law, next of kin and distributees of Robert Wood, a/k/a Robert J. Wood, a/k/a Robert James Wood, if living and if any of them be dead, to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names and places of residence are unknown and cannot, after diligent inquiry, be ascertained by the petitioner herein; being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, devisees, beneficiaries, distributees, or otherwise in the estate of Robert Wood, a/k/a Robert J. Wood, a/k/a Robert James Wood, deceased, who at the time of his death was a resident of 100 W. 12th Street, New York, New York 10011. A petition having been duly filed by the Public Administrator of the County of New York, who maintains an office at 31 Chambers Street, Room 311, New York, New York 10007. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the New York County Surrogate’s Court at 31 Chambers Street, New York, New York, on February 19, 2013, at 9:30 A.M. in Room 503, why the following relief stated in the account of proceedings, a copy of the summary statement thereof being attached hereto, of the Public Administrator of the County of New York as administrator of the goods, chattels and credits of said deceased, should not

NOTICE OF DISTRICTING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARINGS FROM JANUARY 7, 2013 TO JANUARY 15, 2013 The NYC Districting Commission will hold five public hearings from January 7, 2013 to January 15, 2013. These hearings are open to the public. Individuals wishing to pre-register for speaking time or to submit written testimony in advance may do so by signing up online at http://www.nyc.gov/districting. Individuals wishing to speak at any hearing will be provided up to three minutes of speaking time. MANHATTAN Monday, January 7th 6:00PM - 9:00PM

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Prior to the hearings, you may also submit written testimony to the NYC Districting Commission by mail to: NYC Districting Commission, Attn: Jonathan Ettricks, 253 Broadway, 7th Fl., NY, NY 10007, or by email to: hearings@districting.nyc.gov on or before 5:00 P.M. on the date of the hearing. Please indicate in your correspondence the date of the hearing for which you are submitting your comments. NOTE: The hearing locations are accessible to those with physical disabilities. Individuals requesting an interpreter for sign language or any other language at any hearing should contact the NYC Districting Commission at hearings@districting.nyc.gov or by calling 212-442-0256 five days in advance of the hearing, and reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate such requests.

be granted: (i) that her account be judicially settled; (ii) that the above named person(s) be cited to show cause why such settlement should not be granted; (iii) that a guardian ad litem be appointed to represent the interests of decedent’s unknown distributees; (iv) that a hearing be held to determine whether Gary M. Wood and Barry J. Wood are decedent’s sole distributees; (v) that the claims of Con Edison, New York Post, Department of Medicine – Beth Israel, and SLR Diagnostics RAD, Beth Israel Med, be rejected for failure to file a claim in accordance with the provisions of SCPA Section 1803(1); (vi) that the claim of Cordia Communications Corp. in the amount of $ 125.97, of Beth Israel Medical Center in

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at 66 John Street, 11th floor, on a petition from Meath Trails Inc to continue to, maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk café at 61 2nd Avenue in the Borough of Manhattan for a term of two years. REQUESTS FOR COPIES OF THE PROPOSED REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 01/03 - 01/10/2013

the amount of $ 1,132.00, and of BIK Orthopedics, PC in the amount of $ 332.08, be allowed; (vii) that the Surrogate approve the reasonable amount of compensation as reported in Schedules C and C-1 of the account of proceedings to the attorney for the petitioner for legal services rendered to the petitioner herein; (viii) that the persons above mentioned and all necessary and proper persons be cited to show cause why such relief should not be granted; (ix) that an order be granted pursuant to SCPA Section 307 where required or directed; and (x) for such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper. Dated, Attested and Sealed. December 18, 2012. Hon. Nora S. Anderson, Surrogate. Diana Sanabria, Chief Clerk. Schram & Graber, P.C. Counsel to the Public Administrator, New York County 350 Broadway, Suite 515 New York, New York 10013 (212) 896-3310 Note: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested. You have the right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you and you or your attorney may request a copy of the full account from the petitioner or petitioner’s attorney. Vil: 12/27 – 01/17/2013

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Continued from page 8 in 1967. Allen Ginsberg and his affinity group — LEMAR (Legalise Marijuana) — had the first demo for legalizing pot and freeing marijuana prisoners in front of the Women’s House of D (Dope) in 1965. Then I had National Marijuana Day, which Dana turned into International Marijuana Day. Steve D’Angelo took it further. The dude is an O.K., honest guy. Got to hand it to him. He fought Nazis. Steve, that is.

I also understand the vendor who is trying to make a living in tough times. Vendors have been part of New York City for generations but they are often easy targets for blame for problems that are not of their doing. It is a fact that vendors have often experienced bias and have been treated unfairly. With that in mind, I hope the new location they give this vendor provides a decent living and she finds a neighborhood that welcomes her microbusiness. Lawrence White

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Pot prisoner and park panic To The Editor: Re “Nebraska burns Beal; Gives pot activist 4 to 6 in the joint” (news article, Dec. 27): It is interesting to note that many of those who are demanding lower taxes are often the ones who want to keep funding the disastrous war on drugs. Investigating, arresting, prosecuting and incarcerating low-level drug crimes is not only a huge financial burden, it permanently harms people’s lives. On the other hand, prisons are the only growth industry in some parts of the country. It turns out that the war on drugs is their bread and butter. As the old saying goes, if you want to find someone who is profiting from illegal drugs, find someone who wants to keep them illegal. Re “Panic in Petrosino Square sparked by mini-crepe cart” (news article, Dec. 27): I understand the neighborhood’s feelings about the crepe cart in their park but

Giant thanks to Tiny’s Giant To The Editor: Re “Chickens join children in an L.E.S. Magical Garden” (photo, Dec. 27): Giant thanks to Dave and to everyone at Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop for providing kitchen-prep waste and day-old bread to gardeners and chicken volunteers who feed these food scraps to the chickens. Marisa DeDominicis

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Passersby posed in front of Nicolina’s Portal 1 on Avenue C. It wasn’t known if they later disappeared through the portal only to re-emerge in ancient Yucatan.

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Prepare to be transported! Street artist Nicolina strikes again with a series of Mayan-esque “portals” created with Brazilian artist Pérola Bonfanti. This is Portal 1, on the corner of a former bank on Seventh St. and Avenue C, which cleverly assimilates the building’s Masonic architecture for awesome effect. The trypitch — replete with jeweled scarab, Horus (the Egyptian falcon god) and scary Mayan face — has a QR code that you scan to receive

instructions for how to “pass through” the portal by cracking its “code.” Another portal (Portal 0) is up on the corner of Third St. and Second Ave. According to the Web site www.13portals.com: “Once all 13 portals have been completed, the shroud of mystery behind the works will be lifted, and the 13 portals’ esoteric secrets will be revealed.”

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