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Soho neighbors demand a do-over on God’s Love vote BY LINCOLN ANDERSON The recent approval by Community Board 2 of a “minor modification” to allow God’s Love We Deliver to transfer air rights to an adjacent residential project has left Soho neighbors furious and saying they were deceived. At least 50 of them have filed a petition demanding a rehearing and a new vote on the issue.
Everyone on all sides of the debate basically supports God’s Love We Deliver and its mission: to cook nutritious meals and deliver them to sick individuals living at home who in some cases are too ill even to cook for themselves. G.L.W.D. started 26 years ago at the height of
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Crying and praying, a man added a candle on Monday to a large memorial for slain Baruch Houses resident Raphael Ward, 16.
L.E.S. teen’s murder prompts call for more police patrolling BY SAM SPOKONY In the aftermath of the Jan. 4 shooting death of Raphael Ward, 16 — a resident of the Lower East Side’s Baruch Houses who officials believe was killed for his coat — some other Baruch residents said they want police to increase their patrols around the complex. “I’m not sure if this will change anything, but I’d definitely feel safer if there was a bigger police presence,” said Josh Cedeno, 29, who has lived in the development for two years. He added that, while he believes the
17-building public housing complex is still a relatively secure place in which to live, this incident — and what he feels is a lackluster police presence — has given him some second thoughts. “Now, if someone asked me if they should move here, I’d tell them to think about it,” Cedeno said. Shortly after 9 p.m. on Jan. 4, Ward was shot in the chest after a scuffle with a group of teens near the corner of Columbia and Rivington Sts., about a block away from the Baruch Houses apartment where he lived with his mother
and younger brother, according to police. He died later that night in Beth Israel Hospital. While the gunman remains at large, cops are now searching for four suspects who were spotted on security cameras in a nearby grocery store a few minutes before the shooting. Another Baruch resident, a man who declined to give his name but said he’s lived in the complex for around 30 years, also said following Ward’s death that he
BY SAM SPOKONY The Community Board 2 Transportation Committee has told the city’s Department of Transportation to go back to the drawing board following the department’s proposal to install two new “bicycle corrals” in Soho. Some neighborhood residents also say that this issue has added to their already-growing frustration with D.O.T., which they claim has ignored other recent community requests to imple-
ment street safety measures within Soho. D.O.T. representatives presented the plan at the committee’s Jan. 3 meeting, proposing to create bike corrals at the southwest corner of Spring and Lafayette Sts. and the southeast corner of Mott and Prince Sts. Bike corrals are clusters of bike racks that are installed in the curbside lane of the street
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Victor Papa spoke at a rally in October to save the Cherry St. Pathmark. The supermarket closed Dec. 22.
C.E.O. said to be ‘enthusiastic’ about Pathmark L.E.S. presence SAM SPOKONY Three weeks after the closure of the 30-year-old Pathmark supermarket on Cherry St. — an affordable food source that was a lifeline for thousands of lowincome and elderly residents of the Two Bridges neighborhood — it appears that the national chain store is still interested in maintaining a Lower East Side presence. Victor Papa, president of the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, traveled with several associates to the Montvale, N.J., corporate headquarters of A&P (which owns Pathmark) on Monday, to meet with A&P C.E.O. Sam Martin. In an interview the next day, Papa told this newspaper that Martin and his team were “very enthusiastic” about collaborating with community leaders, with the ultimate goal of finding ways to allow Two Bridges residents to keep shopping for Pathmark groceries. “I have no reason to doubt their sincerity, or their interest in staying connected to the Lower East Side community,” Papa said.
Martin could not be reached for comment by press time. Specifically, Papa explained that he and Martin discussed the possibility of an Internet shopping plan, through which Two Bridges residents could buy groceries online and have them delivered from other Pathmark supermarkets, such as those in Harlem or Gowanus. But Martin doubted the feasibility of a Two Bridges-based suggestion to place a smaller supermarket within the previous Pathmark pharmacy building on Cherry St., according to Papa. In any case, the Two Bridges leader stressed that Monday’s meeting was a very positive first step, and noted that the discussion ended with an agreement that both sides would continue to convene in the coming months. “They took the time to understand us,” said a clearly appreciative Papa, who has taken the lead on this issue ever since A&P announced the sale of its lease on the 227 Cherry St. lot to a developer in September. “They trust us now and, to some degree, we trust them.”
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NOTEBOOK NOHO DISTRICTING DONNYBROOK: The Districting Commission has announced that due to the outcry over the new lines it drew for City Council districts that it will now hold more public hearings. The announcement came as a bit of a surprise, but it was welcome to Sean Sweeney of the Downtown Independent Democrats club, who was angered that the reconfigured lines cut Noho out of Margaret Chinâ€™s Council District 1 and shifted it into Rosie Mendezâ€™s Council District 2, while keeping Soho in District 1. The two neighborhoods represent a â€œcommunity of shared interest,â€? he noted, which is one of the criteria the redistricting process is supposed to recognize. â€œWe were both founded by artists in the 1960s and â€™70s,â€? Sweeney said of Soho and Noho. â€œBoth neighborhoods have joint live-work quarters for artists â€” J.L.W.Q.A. We have large lofts. The demographics are similar. You have artists like Chuck Close living in Noho. You have radicals like Dana Beal [who is currently in prison on pottrafficking charges]. We have similar architecture â€” cast-iron and generally 1880s architecture. Itâ€™s an identical community separated by a large boulevard. We always have had the same councilmember, and weâ€™ve had the same political club, D.I.D., for 40 years. I have a lot more friends in Noho than in the Village,â€? noted Sweeney, who is also the director of the Soho Alliance. In fact, Sweeney charged that the reason Noho was proposed to be cut out of District 1 was because Chin wanted to neutralize a potential threat from Jeanne Wilcke, who was seen as a possible challenger to her in this yearâ€™s election. â€œShe gerrymandered Jeanne Wilcke, D.I.Dâ€™s president, out of the district,â€? he charged. â€œIt was a cynical gerrymandering ploy to eliminate a leading figure in the fight against N.Y.U. and the president of a Democratic club, D.I.D. Do you know how many voters there are in Noho? About 100,â€? he scoffed. â€œI think Margaret Chin thinks voters fell off the pumpkin truck.â€? As it turned out, Wilcke wasnâ€™t actually interested in running anyway. â€œBut no one knew that,â€? he said, â€œthis was four months ago.â€? In fact, Sweeney admitted he personally asked Wilcke to run against Chin. â€œA lot of people asked her to run,â€? he said. But it didnâ€™t stop there. â€œWe asked Kathryn Freed!â€? Sweeney exclaimed. But the former councilmember turned judge â€œhas zero interest in runningâ€? for her old seat and is set on running for State Supreme Court, he said. â€œWe talked to Menin â€” that was like six months ago,â€? he said of Julie Menin, but sheâ€™s focused on becoming borough president. No one was interested, it seemed. â€œMadelyn Wils? Who else is strong?â€? Sweeney asked desperately â€” though apparently he hasnâ€™t actually asked the Hudson River Park Trust C.E.O. if she wants to get into electoral politics. â€œJessica Loeser â€” she didnâ€™t want it,â€? he said of the Lower East Side district leader. â€œNewell doesnâ€™t want to do it,â€? he added of District Leader Paul Newell, who has his sights set on state office, apparently, such as Dan Squadronâ€™s state Senate seat should it become open. â€œWe asked Jan Lee â€” he didnâ€™t want to do it. He said he has his business, so doesnâ€™t want to run,â€? Sweeney said of the Chinatown merchant and outspoken activist. Some are trying to enlist Terri Cude, co-director of Community Action Alliance on N.Y.U. 2031 (CAAN) to run. (We hear her campaign office would probably be at Le Souk.) But she didnâ€™t respond to our query on whether sheâ€™ll be tossing her hat in the ring. Of course, as we reported last week, another former councilmember, Alan Gerson, is also thinking of launching a campaign. But Sweeney didnâ€™t know how realistic that is. However, District Leader Jenifer Rajkumar actually has filed with the Board of Elections and set up a campaign committee. â€œJeniferâ€™s running â€” Jeniferâ€™s the one,â€? the D.I.D. honcho said. But Sweeney seems skeptical that anyone could actually beat Chin. Not even Wilcke? â€œProbably not,â€? he conceded. The Irish national said, at this point, he might even become a citizen so he could take on Chin himself. At any rate, Sweeney is now demanding that the councilmember state publicly that she wants Noho reunited with Soho in District 1. â€œI
challenge her to restore the Noho/Soho lines back to their historical and logical configuration,â€? he said. However, Chin spokesperson Kelly Magee said that, well, this is just Sweeney being Sweeney, and that Chin and her staff were as surprised as anyone that Noho was removed from the district by the Districting Commission. In fact, Chin has publicly testified that she didnâ€™t want any changes to her districtâ€™s lines. Of the Districting Commissionâ€™s decision to hold further public hearings, she said, â€œItâ€™s very strange. We were not aware that the Districting Commission had decided to rescind its map before the holidays. We thought it was moving forward in the process.â€? As for who exactly is upset besides Sweeney over Nohoâ€™s proposed removal from District 1, Magee said Chinâ€™s office hasnâ€™t received even one complaint about it. â€œI donâ€™t have 100 e-mails from people in Soho and Noho saying they donâ€™t want this,â€? she noted, adding, â€œWe never advocated for Noho to be cut out. I really have no patience for Sean Sweeney â€” for his comments and his antics. Iâ€™m not even going to dignify that with a response.â€? Asked if Chin plans to publicly call for Noho to be reunited with Soho in District 1, Magee responded, â€œNot at this point.â€?
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BILL LIKES YETTA: We hear from a well-placed source that mayoral candidate Bill Thompson will endorse Yetta Kurland for City Council in District 3, but that the announcement might not come for another week or two. â€Ś Meanwhile, the heterosexual mystery candidate we recently spoke to tells us heâ€™s still deciding whether to jump into the race and doesnâ€™t want to put his name out there until heâ€™s ready. BRADâ€™S BIG DAY: On Wed., Jan. 9, Brad Hoylman was in Albany for the start of the state legislative session. On Sun., Jan. 13, the former Community Board 2 chairperson and newly elected state senator will be back on the West Side for a swearing-in ceremony from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fashion Institute of Technologyâ€™s Haft Auditorium, 227 W. 27th St., between Seventh and Eighth Aves. Refreshments will be served at a reception immediately following the ceremony. CO-LEADER WANTED! Speaking of Hoylman, District Leader Keen Berger tells us sheâ€™ll be calling a meeting of the Democratic County Committee to choose her temporary district co-leader, since Hoylman â€œis a reform Democrat, and heâ€™ll step down â€” and I need a co-leader.â€? She said the meeting will probably be before the end of this month, and somewhere accessible to everyone in the 66th Assembly District, Part A. NEW SCHOOL BRAINSTORMING: Community Board 2 and the District 2 Community Education Council are cohosting an information session on 75 Morton St. on Thurs., Jan. 17, at P.S. 41, 116 W. 11th St., starting at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will consider the 75 Morton St. building and surrounding area; ideas from local schools for the type of school or schools to have there; updates from elected officials; and â€œnext stepsâ€? and how people can voice their opinion on the subject. AINâ€™T NO SUNSHINE AT C.B. 3: Just before the New Year rolled around, we reported that Sunshine Cinema, the indie movie house at 143 E. Houston St., is planning a million-dollar renovation that will include comfier seats, an expanded dining menu and a second-floor bar. Michael Fant, a rep for Landmark Theatres (which owns Sunshine Cinema) told us then that the overhaul wouldnâ€™t take place until the establishment receives a full liquor license. The problem was, Fant and company had to withdraw their application from C.B. 3â€™s S.L.A. Committee in December because they didnâ€™t bring a petition signed by local residents who support the proposal. So Fant confidently told us that theyâ€™d be back at the committeeâ€™s January meeting with a petition and a successful proposal. But when we showed up to the meeting on Monday night, the Sunshine Cinema crew was nowhere to be found! We wondered, what gives? That query, however, also went unanswered, as multiple calls to Landmarkâ€™s press office received no response. Seems like the need for a liquor license might not have been so urgent after all.
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Fracking foes drill home their message at Cuomo fete Governor Cuomo, who just turned 55, was at the Waldorf-Astoria on Park Ave. Monday night for a birthday celebration-and-fundraiser combo — and so were a vocal contingent of fracking foes. Brandishing a giant, signed birthday card to the governor and protest signs, the opponents of hydrofracturing, a.k.a. fracking, demonstrated and marched back and forth on the sidewalk outside the posh hotel. The Cuomo administration — saying it wanted more review of the data of fracking’s potential health effects — recently decided to extend the date for deciding on whether to allow the controversial gas-drilling technique in New York. Cuomo reportedly said he was taking the added step to ensure that his administration could win expected court challenges from environmental groups. According to polls, New York State voters are about evenly split on the issue, though downstate and New York City residents are more strongly against fracking.
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POLICE BLOTTER Senior MacDougal mugging Police arrested a thug who scared a senior citizen into coughing up more than $200 in cash late on Fri., Jan. 4. The victim, a 65-year-old man, told cops that he was walking along MacDougal St., between W. Third St. and Minetta Lane, around 11 p.m., when someone approached him from behind. The perpetrator, later identified as Derrick Gary, 44, then allegedly told the older man, “Give me all your s---.” Without hesitation, the victim then pulled $210 out of his pocket, according to his testimony in the police report, and Gary snatched it before fleeing the scene on foot. But about four hours after the crime was reported, officers canvassing the area were able to track down Gary, charging him with grand larceny.
Beaned by a barstool Things got a little too heated at a West Village Mexican restaurant and bar early on Jan. 5, when one woman ended her night of drinking by allegedly beaning another female with a barstool. Police responded to Ofrenda, at 113 Seventh Ave. South, around 5 a.m., following reports of a dispute. After officers arrived, the 29-year-old victim told them that, as a result of the argument, Mariela Reyes, 31, had picked up the stool and heaved it at her, hitting her above the left eye. Reyes was charged with assault, and while the victim suffered minor swelling and bruising on her face, police said she refused medical attention.
Not D.W.I., but trouble Police arrested a 29-year-old man for reckless endangerment on the night of Jan. 3, after he drove dangerously down
West St. and was found to have alcohol in his system. Gerti Muho was first spotted by officers around 11:30 p.m., while driving his 2013 BMW south on 10th Ave. at 60 miles per hour in a 30-mile-per-hour zone. After crossing Little W. 12th St., police said Muho continued down West St., increasing his speed to around 80 miles per hour while also cutting off multiple other vehicles as he weaved through traffic. And when the officers turned on their lights and siren in order to pull him over, Muho then allegedly accelerated to 90 miles per hour and began swerving even more in an effort to evade pursuit. After a brief chase, the speeding driver eventually gave up, police said, and slammed on the brakes shortly after passing W 11th St. Once Muho stopped, police said they could smell alcohol on his breath and noticed other typical signs of drunkenness, including bloodshot eyes and unsteady walking. But a Breathalyzer test showed Muho’s blood alcohol level to be .076, just under the .08 necessary for a driver to be charged with D.W.I.
License plate forgers Two men accused of making and using a fake license plate were busted as they drove through the South Village early on Fri., Jan. 5. Police said they pulled over Ehab Haroun, 28, near the corner of West Houston St. and Laguardia Place around 2:30 a.m. when he was seen talking on his phone while driving. After making the stop, the officers discovered that the temporary plate attached to the rear of his vehicle had been forged. And upon questioning Haroun and his passenger, Hashmel Osuman, 26, police said they learned that Osuman had in fact created the false plate. Both men were charged with forgery.
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Neighbors shocked by abrupt reversal on God’s Love Continued from page 1 the AIDS crisis, providing meals for people suffering from H.I.V./AIDS. Today it provides 1.1 million meals a year to people living H.I.V./AIDS, cancer and nearly 200 other illnesses. The group purchased its building at Sixth Ave. and Spring St. from the city at auction for $535,000 in 1993. Originally an M.T.A. garage, the structure had most recently been a library for the blind and was vacant before G.L.W.D. took it over. Now, because the organization has outgrown its Soho headquarters, and because it famously has “no waiting list,” it plans a vertical addition to increase its building’s size. But the question of whether God’s Love should be allowed to transfer its air rights to an adjacent project, at 180 Sixth Ave., has pit the community board against the community. The G.L.W.D. property contains a deed restriction for community-facility use. Opponents of the air-rights transfer question how development rights for community-facility use can be sold off to help increase the bulk of a market-rate residential development. In turn, for the residential project to meet its open-space requirement, under the “minor modification,” its residents would be able to access the new G.L.W.D.’s building’s rooftop — which would be
planted as a garden for herbs and vegetables for use in the organization’s prepared meals. The building that G.L.W.D. plans would be 41,000 square feet. G.L.W.D. could, however, develop up to 66,000 square feet on its own property, but instead plans to sell 19,000 square feet of air rights to the adjacent development project.
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Either way, with or without the added air rights, the residential building would be 14 stories tall. But with the air-rights transfer it would extend about 30 feet farther southward. G.L.W.D. would reap about $6 million from the deal, helping it ensure the financing of its own $22 million expansion project, which would result in a five-story building. What has infuriated community members living near the adjacent project sites,
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however — particularly residents along Sullivan St. — is the fact that C.B. 2’s Land Use Committee at its Dec. 12 meeting voted nearly unanimously to deny the application for the minor modification; but then, over the course of the following week, reversed itself and wrote a new resolution approving the application, which was subsequently approved by the full board of C.B. 2 at its full board meeting last month, as residents in the audience looked on in disbelief. Adding to residents’ anger was the fact that the committee’s resolution was changed after its chairperson, Tobi Bergman, and the C.B. 2 chairperson, David Gruber, held a subsequent private meeting with representatives of G.L.W.D. and QT, the developer of the adjacent residential project. Bergman and Gruber were able to get some concessions from QT, but these were paltry in the eyes of neighbors, who said they certainly didn’t justify the committee’s about-face on its resolution. The concessions amounted to QT paying for air conditioners and double-pane windows for the building on Sixth Ave. directly to the north, up against which the QT building will legally abut. QT doesn’t want to shift its building further to the south on the currently vacant lot because the lot is widest at its northern end and becomes too narrow toward its southern end for development purposes. Initially, the the Land Use Committee stated that it was recommending denial of the G.L.W.D. application because, “While C.B. 2 is proud to be home of this important life-sustaining group, the applicants failed to recognize and respond to important concerns from neighbors.” In its subsequent substitute resolution recommending approval, the committee wrote, “C.B. 2 recommends approval if the agreements contained herein [air conditioners, double-pane windows, etc.] are complied with, but notes that modification of a use restriction is an extraordinary measure warranted in this instance only by the specifics of the affected organization and underlying conditions.” Also adding to the push for the minor modification to allow the G.L.W.D. project to go forward was retiring state Senator Tom Duane, who was making his last appearance before C.B. 2 before leaving the Senate. He noted that in his 21 years as an elected official representing the community, he had rarely weighed in on and issue before C.B. 2 voted on it. This, however, was one of the rare exceptions. “I use my goodbye time to talk about something that is very close to my heart,” Duane told the board members. He began by recalling the early days of the AIDS crisis when people “were literally wasting away.” “The fix is in!” yelled out one of the opponents in the audience. Speaking of the restrictive declaration on the G.L.W.D. site, which was put in
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Before last month’s C.B. 2 Land Use Committee meeting, posters were plastered on lampposts around Soho, urging local residents to turn out at the meeting to oppose an air-rights transfer plan between God’s Love We Deliver and QT development.
place before the city sold the property off, Duane said, “We enshrined that restriction — that it would be for social services — in law. It was hard work, and I carried it to the City Council and it got passed. And today aren’t we the same community? This will make it possible that G.L.W.D. will continue its mission of never saying no to its clients. Without that access [to G.L.W.D.’s roof by the new residential project] the air rights have no value and G.L.W.D. cannot improve its facilities,” Duane explained. He added that the extra bulk the QT project would gain thanks to the additional air rights would be “less dramatic than it might seem. Yes, a more bulky building,” he conceded, “but it would leverage the sale of air rights to help G.L.W.D. fulfill its mission.” “We saved that building from being sold to the highest possible bidder,” he recalled of when he was in the City Council and fought to include the deed restriction. “We said, ‘No, we want social services there.’ That’s the gift of Community Board 2.” Duane added that he is a strong supporter of creating a full South Village Historic District as advocated by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.
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O.K. corral? No! Residents say spots poorly sited Continued from page 1 instead of on the sidewalk, and, according to the D.O.T. Web site, are “a great solution” for places where demand for bike parking exceeds the available sidewalk space. But to some community members, that demand for bike parking is itself exceeded by the need for a safe and unobstructed street, considering the high rate of traffic congestion already present, especially at the Spring and Lafayette Sts. corner. “That area already has a lot of [car] parking spots, and adding another obstruction there would be really worrying,” said Broome St. resident Lora Tenenbaum, who testified at the Jan. 3 meeting and referred specifically to problems faced at that corner by the neighborhood’s Fire Department trucks. There are two F.D.N.Y. firehouses in the immediate vicinity — one on Lafayette St., between Spring and Prince Sts., and another on Broome St., between Mott and Elizabeth Sts. Georgette Fleischer, founder of Friends of Petrosino Square, who lives on Cleveland Place, on the edge of the small park, explained that she has often seen F.D.N.Y. trucks struggling to make the turn at the crowded Spring and Lafayette Sts. corner. “I’m really afraid that someone would get hurt there if corrals were to be installed,” Fleischer said, “especially considering some
of the recent fatalities in the area that resulted from trucks hitting vulnerable people.” She was referring, in part, to the recent death of Jessica Dworkin, 58, who was killed in August while riding her kick scooter, after a truck turning from West Houston St. onto Sixth Ave. hit her and dragged her beneath its trailer bed. Both Tenenbaum and Fleischer added that they are not “anti-bike,” or against the concept of bike corrals in general. Recently, Fleischer also vehemently opposed the Parks Department’s plan to place a small food cart in Petrosino Square — a proposal that Parks ultimately withdrew. Transportation Alternatives, a cycling-advocacy group whose representatives attended the Jan. 3 Transportation Committee meeting in order to support the proposed corrals, did not respond to requests for comment. Shirley Secunda, the committee chairperson, explained that fierce community opposition to the corrals, particularly at the Lafayette and Spring Sts. corner, played an important role in the meeting. But she pointed out that, instead of deciding to deny D.O.T.’s proposed locations outright, the committee’s resolution instead simply asked for a halt on any new corral installations until the department returns with a more comprehensive set of guidelines that address the overall program’s goals and structure. “Our major concern was that when we asked [the D.O.T. representatives] if they
could show us the full criteria by which they’re choosing locations for new bike corrals, they said they didn’t have one,” Secunda said. To that end, she added that the representatives in fact told her that D.O.T. chose those areas primarily because restaurants located at the two sites had agreed to maintain the corrals. When asked about the committee’s response, a D.O.T. spokesperson did not address any specifics, and said only that the department will continue to have discussions with the community board on the overall matter of bike corrals. Aside from the actual proposed locations of the corrals, Tenenbaum and Fleischer both expressed frustration with D.O.T.’s general methods of operating within their neighborhood. Tenenbaum accused the department of “tyranny” because it supposedly proposed the corral locations based on the request of the two local businesses, rather than on the safety concerns of local residents. With that in mind, she also condemned D.O.T. for a somewhat related issue that took place last summer, when a local F.D.N.Y. captain complained about problems involving the Grand St. bike lane. She explained that a captain at the Engine 55 station, on Broome St., told her that D.O.T. had never informed him about the bike lane’s installation, which he said now makes it more difficult for trucks to reach fires because the bike lane has narrowed the street. According
to Tenenbaum, the captain also sent a letter to D.O.T. to inform them of that situation, but he told her that they never responded. Fleischer, in turn, said that there has been “a real failure of public service” on the part of D.O.T., regarding requests she and other residents made last year for safety and quality of life measures along Kenmare St., such as a limit on truck traffic, “Don’t Block the Box” signs and “No Honking” signs, among other things. She noted that, while both C.B. 2 and local elected officials were in favor of those proposals — and while she and other residents had taken the time to perform studies and draw up the necessary maps — D.O.T. failed to implement any of those measures. “They ask us to suggest treatments, but then they reject every single one,” Fleischer said. “What are we supposed to do?” Sean Sweeney, director of the Soho Alliance, was at the Jan. 3 meeting to oppose the Soho bike corrals, but he stressed in an interview earlier this week that, like Tenenbaum and Fleischer, he doesn’t consider himself to be “anti-bike.” “My battle isn’t with cyclists,” Sweeney said. “It’s with the pinheads at D.O.T. who don’t know the neighborhood, and who don’t listen to the residents.” However, in 2008, Streetsblog, a publication of Transportation Alternatives, gave Sweeney its NIMBY of the Year Award because of his strident opposition to bike and pedestrian initiatives in Soho.
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Minimalist’s studio nearing end of major renovation; BY GARY SHAPIRO For a Minimalist artist, Donald Judd’s presence in Soho is far from minimal. Many in the art world know that Judd’s former home and studio at 101 Spring St. is about to reopen in June. But few know that Judd’s footprint in Soho is more expansive than this. Well, it at least extends a little beyond Spring St. As befits a major artist, there is a kind of small corridor in Soho devoted to Judd. How so? One of the main conservators and fabricators of Judd’s work, Peter Ballantine, resides three blocks away on Greene St. in a redbrick Federal-style building. “I used to say my place is so close to Judd, you could walk there in the rain without an umbrella,” said Ballantine. Ballantine bought his building on Greene St. in 1973, while Judd had purchased his building five years prior. Judd had lived in a rental apartment on E. 19th St. but wanted more space. He laid out $65,000 for a five-story building on the northeast corner of Spring and Mercer Sts. in 1968. He purchased it on the strength of the success of a Whitney Museum retrospective of his work that year. He was drawn to the building because of its scale and natural light, Julie Finch, Judd’s former wife, told The Villager. The Judd Foundation, which was founded in 1996 by Judd’s last will and testament, will have its offices in the basement and subbasement of 101 Spring St. The first floor will have uses such as a temporary exhibition space. The second floor is the kitchen, where meals were enjoyed with artists such as Carl Andre, John Chamberlain, Larry Bell, Dan Flavin and Robert Irwin, and musicians such as Philip Glass. “We were always wining and dining our friends,” said Finch. The third floor was Judd’s studio, which had originally been on the ground floor, which he moved for reasons that included wanting more privacy. The fourth floor at 101 Spring St. was a very seldom-used dining room with a pine floor and ceiling that run like parallel planes. The fifth-floor loft space was for bedroom areas. “Don spent a lot of time thinking about where everything should go and what it should look like,” said the artist’s son, Flavin Judd. Back in the late 1960s, Soho lacked certain amenities. “I had to go all the way to Eighth St. to buy fresh dill and blueberry muffins,” said Finch. She recalled making these trips while pregnant with their daughter, Rainer, and pushing along Flavin in a stroller. Rainer Judd is now a filmmaker, who has completed a short film called “Remember Back, Remember When” about her parent’s divorce as seen from the point of view of the two children.
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Donald Judd in 1970 inside his studio at 101 Spring St.
Photo by James Dearing
Peter Ballantine in 1976 in his studio on Greene St. near Houston St.
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A time capsule of an artistic, more affordable Soho Continued from page 8 A meticulously restored cast-iron facade at 101 Spring St. was revealed when decade-long scaffolding came down this year. The project architect on the renovation is the firm Architecture Research Office. Under ARO’s leadership, Walter B. Melvin Architects has overseen the exterior restoration and Robert Silman & Associates has been the structural engineers. A key fabricator for Judd, Ballantine began by doing carpentry for the artist on his Spring St. building beginning in April 1969. Ballantine had originally met him in February 1968 while studying at the Whitney Museum’s Independent Studies Program. Judd had come to give a seminar, as had others like Frank Stella, Barnett Newman and Roy Lichtenstein. Even though Judd lived three blocks away from Ballantine, interestingly, Judd only once visited the site of his important art fabricator on Greene St. This was in 1973, the year Ballantine bought the place. Judd’s visit, Ballantine said, was only prompted by the artist’s like of old buildings. In a New York Times article, architectural historian Christopher Gray cited research showing that Ballantine’s building on Greene St. was once a brothel in the 19th century, ensconced in a red light district. Art dealer Richard Feigen had used the building for storage for his gallery one building north. Judd’s son Flavin said of Ballantine’s unadorned Greene St. building, set amid neighborhood commercialization: “His little house is looking good — it’s a nice antidote to shoe shops and hip fashion stores.” From 1969 to 1994, Ballantine went on to fabricate about 250 works of the artist. Ballantine has since hosted conferences and symposia relating to Judd: One title had a Latin phrase whose humorous translation goes to the heart of what art fabrication is about: “Judd made it, but he didn’t make it.” In the decade after Judd’s death, Ballantine has worked to preserve and restore a large number of the artist’s works. He was art supervisor of the Judd Estate from 1994 to 2000, and subsequently of the Judd Foundation till 2004. Presently a freelance curator, restorer and consultant, Ballantine is currently working on Judd symposia to take place in New York and Berlin next year. They will address Judd’s process of delegating the fabrication of his works. As part of the New York event, Ballantine also plans to exhibit a Judd drawing show he had previously curated in London and Edinburgh. Judd is difficult to pin down: He used terms like “specifi c object” or “threedimensional work” rather than “sculpture” or “artwork.” “Judd did not consider himself a Minimalist, but of course everyone calls
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An exterior view of 101 Spring St. before the start of its lengthy renovation.
him one,” said David Raskin, chairperson of the department of art history, theory and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. “It’s common for critics to coin names and for artists to reject them,” he added. Box-shaped sculptures became Judd’s signature form, making him one of the preeminent figures in the 1960s and ’70s. His spare, nonfigurative art drew attention in the wake of Abstract Expressionism. “Judd asked himself whether a new sculptural form was possible,” said Richard Shiff, an art history professor at the University of Texas at Austin. “His solution was to allow his sculptural forms to project abruptly from the wall or rise abruptly from the floor. This is why the boxlike forms held such attraction for him. They had a quality of abruptness that ensured that they did not reduce to a set of pictorial transitions in space.” Judd’s early pieces from the beginning of 1964 were made in a sheet-metal factory called Bernstein Brothers, and later on made by others. They were in part the
result of Judd’s looking to such professional expert sheet-metal workers to do a superior job in making beautiful pieces. As Raskin of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago said, such delegation was also a deliberate attempt to prevent the handwork of the artist from having expression. Raskin noted that after Judd hit upon the three-dimensional rectangular pieces, he explored these closed and open forms in a variety of materials, such as metal, plywood, cement and Plexiglas, sometimes having internal dividers that are perpendicular, diagonal or parallel. “He is taking a basic shape and exploring all these permutations,” said Raskin. Shiff of the University of Texas Austin said, “You have to view Judd’s forms from all angles in order to appreciate them, even though you may think that you know what a ‘box’ is. He had many ways of complicating the sensation of the form with surface reflectivity, color contrast, changes of scale and the like. “At any rate, let me say that if you live
with a Judd object, it’s like no other object that you know,” said Shiff. Judd, who was born in Missouri, studied philosophy at Columbia University, and went on to study at the Art Students League. He pursued a master’s degree in art history at Columbia University, where he studied with Rudolf Wittkower and Meyer Schapiro. He completed the prerequisites for his Master of Arts, except for the language requirement. Ballantine believes Judd’s study of philosophy at Columbia, particular the British empiricists, had a greater impact on Judd than did his study of art history. Fitting for the son of a Western Union executive, Judd traveled. After spending time in locales like Baja, Judd moved to Marfa, Texas, in 1977. Adam Yarinsky of the project architectural firm ARO said, “101 Spring St. is where Judd conceived his idea of the permanently installed space, which he subsequently developed on a much larger scale in Marfa.” Flavin Judd said, “Sparse, unpeopled Marfa was the perfect contrast to New York.” The faded area was famously featured in the movie “Giant,” featuring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson. Trains had ceased stopping there in 1971. “Real estate was cheaper than New York. He could buy a former Army base,” said Raskin. A former supermarket, a former bank and a former grocery store joined Judd’s collection of buildings. In fact, one of the next big tasks of the Judd Foundation will likely involve working on 16 buildings there. Julie Finch said that Judd loved the desert because the plants had the same relationship to the flat land as Judd’s pieces did to the floor. Judd’s theoretical writings have drawn the attention of critics, which is fitting since Judd himself wrote for art magazines early in his career. Raskin said Judd wanted the viewer of his art to stave off as long as possible seeing his work as a metaphor for something else. He said those who would reduce Judd’s work to “making a dull presentation of material facts, such as, ‘Here is a piece of metal, and here is another piece of metal,’ don’t want to engage the sensual complexity of the visual experience.” The next generations of artists will have an opportunity to learn from Judd by visiting 101 Spring St. beginning this June. The property will show what Soho once meant to artists before many of them were priced out of the neighborhood. Art students can seek out Judd’s studio and home to inform their own work. “Judd thought that each generation of artists ought to create forms unique enough to bear the stamp of that generation,” Shiff said. “So he wasn’t rejecting the quality of past accomplishment, but arguing that artists should not get credit for merely extending the accomplishments of the past.”
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EDITORIAL Tough call for C.B. 2 Zoning issues are invariably complex, but the case of God’s Love We Deliver’s plan to sell a portion of its air rights to a neighboring development project presented special challenges for Community Board 2. Ultimately, the community board resolved to support the application, but its stance has left many neighbors angry — and not just at the board’s resolution, but also at the process by which the board arrived there. The board was confronted with an issue with many sides. First was the fact that God’s Love is an organization that most support. Founded during the AIDS crisis to feed people who were literally wasting away from their sickness, today G.L.W.D. distributes more than 1 million healthy meals per year in New York City and the surrounding region, to people suffering from not only AIDS and H.I.V. but cancer and other illnesses. However, God’s Love, which prides itself on having no waiting list for its services, today is at the bursting point in its small Soho building at Sixth Ave. and Spring St. Rather than relocate, the organization decided to grow vertically by adding three floors. To ensure that its $22 million expansion project will have the needed finances, G.L.W.D. hit upon the idea of selling air rights to an adjacent 14-story residential project. Although neighbors aren’t happy about God’s Love adding even three floors, there are larger questions of whether the organization can in fact legally transfer its air rights to a forprofit entity. In 1993, before God’s Love purchased its then city-owned building at auction, the City Council put a special deed restriction on it, requiring community-facility use. God’s Love’s air rights presumably also carry the community-facility use restriction. The air rights transfer would allow the developer, QT, to build more condos in a bulkier building, one that would extend 30 feet farther south as a result. This extra 30 feet is not “just a few feet,” one neighbor said, but — at 14 stories — is “a huge mass.” As Tobi Bergman, the chairperson of C.B. 2’s Land Use Committee, stated, there clearly is an argument that can be made that the air rights transfer doesn’t pass legal muster. As one Soho activist on C.B. 2 put it more bluntly, it just “doesn’t pass the sniff test.” And yet, the Bloomberg administration is clearly behind the God’s Love application — that is for a so-called “minor modification” that specifically would allow the QT building’s residents to access the new G.L.W.D. rooftop, fulfilling the residential building’s open-space requirement. Without this modification, the deal wouldn’t work. What really has galled neighbors though was the board’s process. At its Dec. 12 meeting, the Land Use Committee nearly unanimously resolved to deny the application. But then two board members, Bergman and David Gruber, the C.B. 2 chairperson, met privately with G.L.W.D. and QT. Some concessions were agreed to, but they fell far short of what was needed in neighbors’ opinion. Clearly, Bergman and Gruber assayed to do the right thing, and were perhaps hoping the committee’s denial would be bargaining leverage to wrest greater concessions. But, as Bergman himself has said, it would have been better if these negotiations had happened earlier in the process — which would have allowed more public input and review. There was also the issue of not wanting to block a good organization from doing what it feels it must do in order to survive and flourish, and to keep helping people. We support God’s Love’s mission. We also sympathize with its neighbors. We think C.B. 2’s members made their best efforts to do the right thing for all parties involved and to strike the right balance on a complex issue. But next time, these sort of critical negotiations must, to the greatest extent possible, be done and vetted in public — so that the affected community members have a fair chance to weigh in. Yes, this was a tough call for C.B. 2, but the public should never be left out of the process — or, just as important, should never feel that it was left out.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Mom taught the lesson of love To The Editor: Re “Sophie Gerson, 88, former school board president, pol Alan’s mom” (obituary, Jan. 3): Thank you for your beautiful tribute to my mother, our beloved Sophie Gerson. Sophie would want me to add that her last community meeting, just a few short weeks ago, was that of the board of directors of Friends of LaGuardia Place, on which she served for years, helping to guide the transformation from the dusty, dirty strips to what she called the “greenway,” which she enjoyed and which she hoped would remain. I would also like to thank the community for your outpouring of affection and esteem for Sophie and care and concern for our family. More than anything else, my mother taught me the lesson of love. The constant, unconditional love she gave to me will remain within me forever.
spots, such as Club Howdy, located along the W. Third St. corridor of N.Y.U.’s Bobst Library that catered to gay women. Since W. Third St. was once blighted real estate, with the noisy elevated train running above, this shaded street of low buildings attracted meeting places for gay people. The nightclubs and jazz joints flourished for decades along this unwanted stretch of the South Village, not yet noticed by N.Y.U.’s developers. The Cinderella Club at 85 W. Third St. attracted top musicians like Willie “The Lion” Smith, memorable standup acts like Ray (“Let Me Tell You About My Operation”) Bourbon and singer Sylvia Syms, and guests like Mae West came to listen from a ringside table. Perhaps the city planners felt a vacant lot on “Fifth Avenue South,” as it was once called, was better than the likes of a Club Sahara. LindaAnn Loschiavo
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Book vendors outlast chain
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To The Editor: Walking past the closed Barnes & Noble store on Sixth Ave., I realized that the vendors selling books on the sidewalk outside have achieved something heroic — they have outlived Barnes & Noble! More power to them. What happens now? Another Duane Reade? I say turn the empty store into an indoor book market for the local vendors and others who sell books on the street — some of them because B&N and other chains drove them out of business, or because gentrification made their store rents unaffordable. Poetic justice, literally. Run this one by Mayor Bloomberg.
To The Editor: Re “Sophie Gerson, 88, former school board president, pol Alan’s mom” (obituary, Jan. 3): Sophie was a force for the good in the Village. She brought together teachers and parents as a school board member and fought for rationality in local politics. She will be missed. Liz Shollenberger
From Gersons to gay clubs
To The Editor: Re “Sophie Gerson, 88, former school board president, pol Alan’s mom” (obituary, Jan. 3): What a vibrant and active couple of political activists: Herman and Sophie Gerson. I attended several political “meet and greet” gatherings in their large, sunny co-op on LaGuardia Place. The Gersons were one of the area’s original tenants who were displaced and inconvenienced for many years during the noisy construction interval. Herman and Sophie Gerson told me several anecdotes about this period of upheaval when I was one of the guests in their spacious household, one of the nicest places for a V.I.D. rally ever. Speaking of LaGuardia Place, for decades, there was an empty lot on the southwest corner of LaGuardia Place and W. Third St., an undeveloped lot left vacant for years. It had been Club Sahara, one of the many popular night-
Will Boehner and his cronies finally get the message?
To The Editor: Re “Spectra pipeline case fuels a big day for attorneys” (news article, Dec. 28): Thank you for publishing the article by Eileen Stukane about the lawsuit by the Sane Energy Project et al. against the Hudson Park River Trust to defeat the Spectra pipeline constructed at the Gansevoort Peninsula. She highlights all of the dangers of the pipeline and of Marcellus shale gas coming into the city. It is such an important issue — it is good that you have included it. Kathleen A. Reynolds
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Why we don’t have the right to care about Newtown TALKING POINT BY TED RALL We don’t have the right to be sad. We don’t have the right to be angry. We don’t have the right to care about the 20 dead kids, much less the six dead adults or the one deranged shooter. American newspapers don’t have the right to pretend that we are a nation stricken by grief. Our television networks don’t have the right to put the Newtown shootings at the top of the news. Americans don’t have the right to gather around the water cooler and talk about how terrible it all is. The U.S. president doesn’t have the right to express grief or remorse or pretend to be a human being or reference the fact that he is a parent or wipe his eye (assuming he was crying). Pundits don’t have the right to use this massacre as a reason to call for gun control. Our Congress doesn’t have the right to use it as a reason to propose a single piece of legislation. Until Americans start caring about other people’s dead kids — and their adults — kids and adults made dead by American weapons — we don’t have the right to mourn our own. Every couple of days, President Obama orders drone attacks against innocent people in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and, no doubt, other places we are unaware of. But Americans don’t care. There is no moral or legal justification for a single one of the more than 3,100 murders committed by the U.S. via drones. The guilt or innocence of the drones’ targets is never reviewed by any legal body. (The White House won’t even say how they compile their “kill lists”.) The dead never have a chance to confront their accusers. And in any case the offed “militants” are not threats to the American people. They are merely political opponents of repressive regimes allied with the United States. Moreover, the vast majority of the victims are innocent bystanders (by one count 36 civilians per militant), members of the families of the target, or people who simply happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. The Newtown massacre, so tragic and
pointless, would be just another run-ofthe-mill, made-in-U.S.A. afternoon in the places targeted by America’s campaign of aerial terror. On March 18, 2011, for example, a U.S. drone blew up between 17 and 40 civilians and policemen in the village of Datta Khel in the North Waziristan region of northwest Pakistan. This was part of America’s nasty “double-tap” strategy.
Drone strikes approved by Bush and Obama have killed at least 168 children in Pakistan alone. “As the drone circled it let off the first of its Hellfire missiles, slamming into a small house and reducing it to rubble. When residents rushed to the scene of the attack to see if they could help they were struck again,” reported the U.K. Independent. Not an accident. Double-taps are policy. And we’re O.K. with them. Drone strikes approved by Presidents Bush and Obama have killed at least 168 children in Pakistan alone. And in recent months, more than 100 people have been killed by unmanned aerial vehicles (U.A.V.’s) in the same area. And Americans don’t care. Actually, that’s not fair. The truth is, Americans are pro-mass murder. Barack Obama makes Adam Lanza look like a peacenik, but we love him. A whopping 62 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s extrajudicial drone war. Let’s give you, dear reader, the benefit of the doubt: Let’s assume you’re one of the 38 percent of Americans who disapprove of one man acting as judge, jury and executioner of people half a world away, seen through a video feed taken thousands of feet up. The fact remains, you probably don’t lose a hell of a lot of sleep over the drone victims. Which is understandable. You don’t know them. They wear funny clothes. They do live, after all, half a world away.
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Which is why reporters don’t cover their funerals. Why “The Today Show” doesn’t interview their grieving relatives. Why our politicians don’t shed tears (real or imagined) for them. Which is why we don’t ask each other: “Why?” Even the Left doesn’t care. Not much. America’s most recent major progressive movement, Occupy Wall Street, focused on economic injustice and corporate corruption. O.W.S. hardly had a word to say about the drone strikes that killed so many children. America’s “liberal” media — NPR, The Nation, Mother Jones, etc. — barely mention them. Which is fine. Americans have the right not to care about anything we want. Including dead kids. Even dead kids killed by U.S. missiles. Even dead kids killed by a president re-elected by a comfortable majority. Since Americans have made a collective national decision to be a bunch of coldhearted bastards, however, we have
to be morally consistent. And that means not caring about American kids either. Even when they are little, cute, white, and live in Fairfield County, an upscale suburb of New York City where many reporters, editors and other members of the national media reside. We owe it to the little, cute, brown kids we’re killing in Pakistan. Stop caring about all kids. “They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own,” Obama said of the Connecticut victims. That was equally true of the children Obama murdered — some whose snuff videos he watched. It is also true of the children Obama is planning to murder. “We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years,” the president continued. Not that he cares. Rall’s most recent book is “Wake Up, You’re Liberal! How We Can Take America Back from the Right” (Soft Skull Press).
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‘Green Wave’ is way to go
To The Editor: Re “ ‘Green wave’ bike plan has Soho leader seeing red” (news article, Jan. 3): Houston St. is becoming more like a superhighway as each section of it finally gets paved. I ride on it with great fear because of the crazy speeds cars and trucks get away with — and then the screeching gridlock between Bowery and Broadway. The idea of the speed of traffic being cut for motor vehicles down to 10 to 15 miles per hour on Prince St. would make me crazy if I drove a car. But it’s one of those things you get used to. I did when I drove a car and lived in San Francisco. The biggest pain in the butt on Prince St. is actually the pedestrians who aimlessly walk into the street and the bike lane. This creates a situation where the cyclists veer into the traffic lane. If car speeds were reduced, then that maneuver would be safer. Mr. Soho Alliance guy, do you actually see how many people walk along in the streets in that neighborhood, be it lost in conversations on their smartphones or just in a shopping haze, going from store to store, without any awareness of traffic? I would think that’s what you’d want. So why wouldn’t you want these people to be safe in their shopping journeys.
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Drivers outnumber cyclists To The Editor: Re “ ‘Green wave’ bike plan has Soho leader seeing red” (news article, Jan. 3): Kowtowing to bikers has got to stop. They are rogue riders and lawbreakers and have done nothing to earn special consideration by the city’s Department of Transportation. Every curb and gutter in the five boroughs is in need of repair. How can D.O.T. Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan justify continuing to spend megabucks on “green waves,” protected bike lanes and bike paths that are unnecessary, underused
To The Editor: Re “Jazz greats, artists make a play for new L.E.S. venue” (news article, Dec. 20): The Under_Line benefit that took place on Dec. 4 was a great event. It brought people together and raised consciousness about the importance and need for creative music to have a permanent home on the Lower East Side. This is an ideal opportunity for those who have any say in what happens in the community to do the right thing. Let’s hope it happens. William Parker
Keeping the spirit alive To The Editor: Re “Jazz greats, artists make a play for new L.E.S. venue” (news article, Dec. 20): The important thing to keep in mind is the need for Arts for Art, Inc. to be successful in this mission. When you think of the Lower East Side and jazz, you think, Wow, Charlie Parker used to live in this neighborhood — Mingus used to walk these streets — Sun Ra used to play regularly on Third St. The great contribution this neighborhood has made to jazz history — actually, American history — is in danger of extinction. Thank goodness that Arts for Art, Inc. is trying to create a situation where the praxis and spirit of one of our greatest cultural gifts is being keep alive. Matthew Shipp
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P.S. 3 and P.S. 41 are split over idea of zone split will make way for the Foundling School, a public elementary school set to open at W. 17th St. and Sixth Ave. in 2014. “Years ago, a shared zone made sense because the schools weren’t above capacity, but we just have to evolve and adjust with the times,” said Kelly Shannon, who has been P.S. 41’s principal for eight years, and was the school’s assistant principal for five years before that. “Right now it’s so hard to plan for the needs of incoming students, because we have no way of predicting them,” she said, “but a split zone would help us to better understand the unique needs of each school.” She said she believes that splitting the zone will be an important step in tackling the overcrowding problem, which currently affects P.S. 41 much more heavily than it does P.S. 3. P.S. 41 is currently at more than 130 percent capacity, and Shannon said that, if those figures continue to grow unabated, the school will soon lose classroom space that is currently used for art, science, drama and music. She explained that those space-related problems have already been an issue in recent years, as average class sizes have ballooned, and additional — and likely unsustainable — sections have had to be added within each grade level. Many members of the P.S. 41 community also believe it’s inaccurate to say that
The proposed boundary line for a new split zone in the Village, which currently has one shared zone.
BY SAM SPOKONY As the debate continues over whether to split the zone shared by P.S. 3 and P.S. 41 — Greenwich Village’s two public elementary schools — representatives of P.S. 3 are making it clear that they believe that discussion has overshadowed the “real issues” that must be addressed for both schools in order for each to solve their overcrowding problems. In a Jan. 7 open letter sent to Department of Education officials, the P.S. 3 School Leadership Team wrote that, regardless of the District 2 Community Education Council’s forthcoming decision on the zone split, D.O.E. should be more focused on working alongside the schools to find an immediate solution involving their enrollment process and enrollment caps. The letter urgently calls for a meeting between D.O.E’s Office of Student Enrollment and Office of Portfolio Management, the principals of P.S. 3, P.S. 41 and P.S. 11 (which is located in Chelsea) and a parent representative from each of those schools to generate a “binding, mutually agreed upon solution” to the issues of enrollment process and caps.
That solution, according to the letter, would ideally go into effect immediately — rather than next September — so the schools would be forced to stick to the capped number of students and therefore see a decrease in overcrowding. “The enrollment process is broken, and fixing it has nothing to do with splitting the zone,” said Nick Gottlieb, P.S. 3 P.T.A. co-president and S.L.T. member, who, like many others in his school’s community, is against the proposed zone split, which would take effect in 2014. When asked for a response to the P.S. 3 letter, D.O.E. answered in brief and vague fashion, declining to specifically address any of the actual issues raised within the letter. “The Department of Education has and will continue to work with the principals of these schools to conduct admissions as effectively as possible,” a department spokesperson said. Meanwhile, the vast majority of the P.S. 41 community remains strongly in favor of splitting the zone, coming from the perspective that a split would “finish the job” that was started when the C.E.C. approved D.O.E.’s District 2 rezoning plans that
any real “choice” exists now within the shared zone between the two Greenwich Village schools, given that applications far exceed the number of available seats each year. “Choice is an illusion today,” said Gillian Sowell, a P.S. 41 P.T.A. co-president. “All it does is pit two excellent schools against one another and force families to compare the schools. Each school deserves its own zone.” But Gottlieb countered by saying that, while he and many within the P.S. 3 community believe that the aforementioned “real issues” of enrollment process and caps must be discussed first, D.O.E. shouldn’t do away with a system of choice that “has benefited the community and allowed both schools to flourish.” P.S. 3, also known as the John Melser Charrette School, was in fact founded in 1971 as an experimental school — an alternative option — and promotes itself as a more arts-based institution. A C.E.C. hearing for community feedback on D.O.E.’s proposal to split the shared zone was held on Wednesday night, as this newspaper went to press. The C.E.C. is currently scheduled to vote on the proposal during its Jan. 23 meeting. The vote has already been postponed twice — it was first scheduled for Dec. 6, and then Dec. 19, before being pushed back again.
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Stuffed animals, stockings, flowers, angels and tears Following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec. 14 that left 20 young students, as well as the school’s principal and five other staff members, dead, dozens of memorials — both public and private — sprang up all over the Connecticut suburban hamlet. Five days after the shooting, photographer Q. Sakamaki visited the tragic town to document the memorials and the scene. This past week The New York Times reported that Patricia Llodra, Newtown’s first selectwoman, recently made the painful decision to order the community’s Public Works Department to start taking down some of the most elaborate memorials.
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Rocking in the new year Vocalists Terry Brennan (above) and Sabrina Seidman (below), members of Mercury Landing, a New York City-based prog-rock/funk band, were still in the New Yearâ€™s spirit during their concert at the Bowery Electric on Saturday night. Their group was the headlining act for â€œWintercourse,â€? an annual event that also featured musical acts Belt and Adam and the Interns, as well as comedians Maddog Mattern, Grant Gordon, Rodney Banegerfield and Mike Dobbins. Anyone looking to groove can catch Mercury Landing again this coming Saturday, when they play their next gig at Arleneâ€™s Grocery, on Stanton St. between Ludlow and Orchard Sts.
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Was private meeting legal? 50 residents sign petition Continued from page 6 “I would lie down in the street against oversized, noncontextual development,” he declared. However, speaking before the full board voted on the substitute resolution, Micki McGee, a Sullivan St. neighbor of G.L.W.D. and the QT site, was beside herself at the committee’s 180-degree reversal. “Last week I saw a Land Use Committee that stood up to arrogance,” she said. “Here we see a substitute resolution that no member of the public has seen. I am heartbroken, because we are going to have to move, and if we don’t move, we’ll have a constant project next to us for years.” McGee later added, “They’re trying to get this through before the historic district happens.” Added David Chester, another neighbor, “The reason I moved to Soho 15 years ago was because of the low-rise, low-density nature of the neighborhood — and the Trump Soho was built and damaged the neighborhood, and now it’s coming to us. “You represent us,” he scolded the C.B. 2 members, “and don’t you forget that.” Several C.B. 2 members did speak out against the substitute resolution they were being asked to vote on. Said Maury Schott, “I can’t help noting the irony that 18 years after a huge battle to keep this site from being given to a luxury developer, now G.L.W.D. is trying to use its goodwill to leverage and benefit a luxury project.” He added, “We all know that institutions by their very nature want to expand.” Said Sean Sweeney, “We’re a nation of laws and none of us are above the law. You and I have to obey the law — and the zoning laws. We can’t abrogate the law because it’s a nice organization.” The 1993 restrictive declaration on the G.L.W.D. site actually allows only certain types of community-facility use — not education, for example. Sweeney noted that was because the community specifically wanted to block N.Y.U. from ever getting control of the site. But Bergman said while they would have liked to have gotten more concessions from QT and G.L.W.D., they did get some things. QT also agreed to add “attractive landscaping” on the roofs in its rear yard. “We’re not delighted,” Bergman said, “but they did come a good distance.” At the same time, he said dubiously of the air-rights transfer, “I think there’s a clear argument that something illegal is going on here — but the Department of City Planning has stated to us that it’s ‘as of right,’ ” meaning legal. In fact, the Bloomberg administration is solidly behind the application. Representatives of the city’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services and
City Planning attended the Land Use Committee’s December meeting. In the end, the board voted 22 to 14 to approve the minor modification to allow the QT project residents access to the G.L.W.D.’s rooftop. In a statement after C.B. 2’s vote, Karen Pearl, president and C.E.O. of G.L.W.D., said, “We are grateful that after careful consideration Community Board 2 voted to support our expansion plans. We look forward to the conclusion of the review process later this month as
‘I think it was the best we could do. I was upset that we couldn’t wrangle more concessions.’ David Gruber the project moves to the City Planning Commission for consideration.” Meanwhile, unhappy with how the Land Use Committee reversed its resolution without first cluing in the community — and questioning if Bergman and Gruber’s private powwow with the applicants violated the Open Meetings Law — about 50 local residents, mostly on Sullivan St., have signed onto a petition demanding that C.B. 2 rehear the whole matter. “We believe,” the petition states, “that in order to maintain the trust of the neighborhood in the community board, and the legitimacy of its procedures, it is important to avoid even the appearance of impropriety that emerged from the hasty reversal of the Land Use Committee’s Dec. 12 decision to recommend denial of the G.L.W.D. request.” Both Bergman and Gruber said their private meeting with G.L.W.D. and QT did not violate the Open Meetings Law. “Meetings must be public when an action can be taken, that is, when there is a committee or board quorum,” Bergman said. Speaking to The Villager following the full board’s vote, Bergman said, “I will say I feel the project is a significant project. Right now, we have a vacant lot and a nonprofit that is struggling. They are in a position where they need to expand to continue to do what they do,” he said of G.L.W.D. “There was no way to reduce the impact of the project. And the impact of the project is overblown — this is New York.” He said he had hoped the changes that they got from QT had happened between the Land Use Committee’s November and December meetings, but unfortunately it didn’t happen that way.
Asked if he’d been pressured by the city or elected officials to change the committee’s resolution, Bergman said no. Similarly, Gruber said he and Bergman didn’t violate any rules by meeting with G.L.W.D. and QT. He said Bergman’s only “mistake” was to have written up the substitute resolution before the full board meeting, since substitute resolutions usually “come from the floor,” proposed at the full board meeting by fellow board members. However, board members have previously arrived at C.B. 2 full board meetings with substitute resolutions already written out that were subsequently approved by the board: Shirley Secunda did this a few years ago with a resolution on the Washington Square Park renovation, overturning a Parks Committee resolution that opposed the project. “I think it was the best we could do,” Gruber said of the board’s final resolution on the G.L.W.D. issue. Though, he added, “I was upset that we couldn’t wrangle more concessions.” Some opponents were outraged that Duane had been allowed to speak on G.L.W.D.’s behalf at the meeting. However, Gruber said, “Can I really tell a state senator, ‘You can’t come to your last community board meeting before you retire?’ That would have been
a little bizarre.” As for C.B. 2 rehearing the matter, he said, “I don’t think that’s going to happen. The reso is passed, it’s on its way to the Planning Commission.” As for whether the private meeting by Bergman and Gruber with the applicants violated the Open Meetings Law, Audrey Gelman, a spokesperson for Borough President Scott Stringer, who appoints and oversees the boards, sent the following response: “Based on consultation with the New York City Law Department and the New York State Committee on Open Government, Open Meetings Law requires that members of the public be allowed to attend meetings of public bodies that consist of at least a quorum of its members; and where a quorum is not present, the Open Meetings Law does not require a meeting to be open to the public. Upon such consultation, neither agency determined that there was a violation of Open Meetings Law.” One C.B. 2 member, requesting anonymity, suggested a bit cynically that the board could have avoided all the the hoopla by just voting to deny the application in its advisory opinion, since City Planning, in the end, would likely just approve it anyway. “Keep the farmers happy,” he said.
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Teen’s murder prompts call for more police patrols reported within the development. “Last week I made a report about a domestic disturbance that was happening in an apartment above me, and it took the police over an hour to show up,” Nicole said. “And they just didn’t have a smart response to the situation. They didn’t let me report it anonymously, which I thought was endangering my own safety, and they were questioning me when they could’ve been upstairs investigating the crime.” Police Department patrols within Baruch and the surrounding public housing developments are typically handled by Police Service Area 4, whose headquarters are located at Avenue C and E. Eighth St. The department’s Seventh Precinct also covers basically all of the Lower East Side. The Police Department did not respond to request for comment. Baruch Houses is the largest New York City Housing Authority development in Manhattan. Its 17 buildings contain nearly 2,200 apartments and nearly 5,400 residents.
Continued from page 1 believes there should be more police on patrol. He chalked up a recently decreasing presence — based on his own observations — to an incident that occurred at Baruch last February, when Police Officer Thomas Richards was shot while patrolling the development. In that case, Richards was miraculously unharmed because a metal gun clip attached to his belt stopped the incoming bullet. With the most recent shooting in mind, the aforementioned unnamed Baruch resident went on to say that he hopes there is more than just a short-term response from area police. “You’ll see more cops patrolling around here for the next few days because of this, but I don’t know about after that… . I guess we’ll see,” he said. A 57-year-old resident, who identified himself only as Dave and said he’s lived in Baruch for his entire life, wasn’t surprised by the crime. He explained that, while he’s never been involved in a dangerous situation within Baruch, he always keeps his head down at night because of drug deals and possible gang-related activity he sometimes sees in the area. “At night you can’t talk to anybody, you can’t trust anybody,” Dave said. He added that while there is certainly a genuine police presence around Baruch, he thinks there “hasn’t been a lot” recently,
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Friends and family of Raphael Ward attended his funeral on Second Ave. on Wednesday.
compared to past years. A 25-year-old resident, who identified herself as Nicole and said she’s also lived in Baruch for her whole life, didn’t talk much about the overall patrolling presence but said that, lately, cops haven’t been very quick or effective in their responsive to crimes
MENDEZ: DIALOGUE, YOUTH PROGRAMS NEEDED In an interview on Tuesday, City Councilmember Rosie Mendez, whose district includes Baruch Houses, said that there needs to be some “real dialogue” within the Lower East Side
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Synagogue booted from 16th St. building will appeal BY SAM SPOKONY A historic but embattled Orthodox synagogue in the Flatiron District has seemingly lost its battle for survival, after a State Supreme Court judge ruled Tuesday not to extend a stay of eviction that had previously given the congregation some semblance of hope. The eviction stems from a decades-old fight that found the synagogue caught in the middle of — and then bumped out of — a prior agreement between its leadership and a pair of developers, an agreement that lacked a written contract. The Sixteenth St. Synagogue has called its 3 W. 16th St. building home since 1945, and it had been in trouble ever since the building was sold by the National Council of Young Israel in 1999. In an immediate attempt to save the ground-floor synagogue, Steven Ancona — who had connections to another
temple that was, at that time, also located at 3 W. 16th St. — had set up a plan to purchase the six-story building, build luxury condos on the first four floors, and use the profits to keep the synagogue in place. The deal revolved around a simultaneous agreement between Ancona and developer Jack Braha, who decided to fund the purchase and renovation in exchange for Braha being granted sole ownership of the building. If the plan had eventually succeeded, Braha would have given the bottom half of the building back to Ancona, who would have then donated all necessary space to the Sixteenth St. Synagogue. But money and deadline issues arose, and the relationship between Ancona and Braha soured. That left the synagogue without a savior, but, more importantly, without a written contract stating the terms planned for its future under the previous agreement between
the two men. So when Braha evicted Ancona from 3 W. 16th St. in order to simply convert the entire building into condos, the synagogue was left without any deed of ownership, and faced eviction. The synagogue was initially told to vacate the building several weeks ago. A stay of eviction was granted by State Supreme Court Justice Martin Shulman on Dec. 24, as the synagogue argued that it has had explicit one-third ownership of the building ever since it was owned by the National Council. Even though there are no written documents, attorneys for the synagogue claimed that its ownership of the space remained untouched. But that effort fell flat on Tuesday, when Acting Supreme Court Justice Debra James called the synagogue’s argument nothing more than “sophistry,” and denied an extension of the stay of eviction. By law, the 67-year-old
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synagogue must now leave the building. Synagogue President Richard McBee — who in fact did not seem very shocked by the decision when he walked out of the courtroom at 71 Thomas St. on Tuesday — condemned the ruling in a statement released later that day. “The court most certainly did not take into full account our historic, legal, equitable and moral rights to this building, as well as the fact that we have been trying to work this out to the best of our abilities,” McBee said. Braha and Ancona could not be reached for comment by press time. McBee said the synagogue will file a motion to appeal James’s decision in the State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division, maintaining the argument that Braha made a commitment to recognize the synagogue as a co-owner of the building after he purchased it in 1999.
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VILLAGER ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Ten signs that cinema lives Amidst renewed anxiety about medium’s demise, stand-outs from 2012 BY STEVE ERICKSON n 2012, cinema died. At least that’s what many think pieces would have you believe. David Denby, David Thomson, and Andrew O’Hehir all wrote articles lamenting the death of cinema — or in O’Hehir’s case, the death of film culture. This is nothing new. The birth of cinema was followed by pronouncements of its death as soon as the talkies were invented. Technological changes, such as the advent of television and the VCR, have always led to apocalyptic predictions. In this case, the switch from an analog, celluloid-based technology to digital projection — a source of anxiety reflected in films as different as “The Artist” and “Holy Motors” — has led to much hand-wringing, some of it justified. I have nothing against seeing new films in DCP — digital cinema package — since they were meant to be shown that way, but I worry that film history is getting lost or distorted. The warmer textures of 35mm do more justice to the cinematography of classic Westerns than digital video does. There’s one more factor at play, which Denby touches on. Mainstream movies have become a medium aimed at teenage boys. Hollywood rarely releases films aimed at adults before the final three months of the year. For film critics who review mainstream releases, cultural literacy now means playing video games and reading comic books and YA novels. As O’Hehir’s essay shows, cinephiles have a tendency to romanticize the ‘60s and early ‘70s, as though the whole country was discussing Godard and Bergman films with Susan Sontag over cocktails. The days when fi lms like “The Godfather” and “Chinatown” could be instantly acclaimed and hugely popular are well behind us. TV shows like “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men,” and “Louie” have given that medium a new respectability and a share of the adult audience that Hollywood tapped into in the era between “Easy Rider” and “Jaws.” However, art films continue to be made and distributed. All the same, the kind of eclectic cinephilia that values bleak Hungarian auteur Béla Tarr and the video game-derived bloodbaths of Paul W. S. Anderson equally seems to be an increasingly minority taste. The film audience is fragmenting into niches. How many people saw both “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and “Resident Evil: Retribution”? It’s too soon to tell if this development is entirely negative, but it’s at the heart of the changes in American film culture.
“Attenberg” does so in a refreshingly light style that flirts with Sundance quirkiness but backs away from treating its heroine as a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. 7. “Compliance” (Craig Zobel) The most contentious film on my list, “Compliance” was widely accused of being an exploitative peep show, even though it only offers a few brief glimpses of nudity and keeps rape entirely offscreen. Based on a true story of a phone “prankster” who commits sexual assault by proxy, it allegorizes the loss of civil liberties during the Bush and Obama administrations.
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Fran Kranz in Drew Goddard’s “The Cabin in the Woods.”
In addition to my top 10 list itself, I’d like to salute two films without American distribution, both of which received oneoff screenings courtesy of the Film Society of Lincoln Center — Adam Curtis’ “All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace” and Radu Jude’s “A Film For Friends.” Curtis’ three-hour documentary, made as a BBC mini-series, examines the ways in which ideologies ranging from Bill Clinton’s neoliberalism to Ayn Rand’s libertarianism have promised freedom and turned out to be traps. Jude’s hour-long film, most of which consists of a single shot from a video camera, starts out as the epitome of Eastern European miserabilism and ends up repudiating it.
MY CHOICES FOR THE BEST OF 2012 ARE: 1. “The Cabin in the Woods” (Drew Goddard) A comedy about the codes of the horror genre, drawing on everything from Michael Haneke to H. P. Lovecraft, “The Cabin in the Woods” critiques slasher films’ puritanical attitudes about sex and pot while still offering up their pleasures. It’s every bit as smart and clever as it thinks it is, and quite unpredictable to boot. 2. “Moonrise Kingdom” (Wes Anderson) Who’d have thought the year’s most touching love story would take place between two 12-year-olds? “Moonrise Kingdom” rests on the border between
total ridiculousness and aching sincerity — and is all the stronger for it. 3. “The Color Wheel” (Alex Ross Perry) The protagonists of “The Color Wheel” are a brother and sister who can’t stand each other, so naturally they go on a road trip together. Inspired by Jerry Lewis and Philip Roth, Perry creates an abrasive comedy in which love turns out to be the most twisted joke of all. 4. “Holy Motors” (Leos Carax) Appearing under 11 different guises, Denis Lavant delivers the performance of the year. It’s easy to say that the activities of his role-playing, limo-riding character are a metaphor for acting, but that doesn’t resolve the mysteries of “Holy Motors,” a film that seems torn between an excitement about cinema’s remaining possibilities and a weariness about the end of celluloid. 5. “Abendland” (Nikolaus Geyrhalter) Politically suggestive but far from didactic, Geyrhalter’s style combines the icy gloss of Haneke with the observational technique of Frederick Wiseman. His documentary observes Western Europe at night, finding immigrants doing menial labor and getting deported while the locals are busy calling suicide hotlines and keeping the Oktoberfest emergency room occupied. 6. “Attenberg” (Athina Rachel Tsangari) Tsangari’s film tracks a young Greek woman’s first encounters with sex and death.
8. “This Is Not a Film” (Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb) When does a video diary become an act of political resistance? When the man in front of the camera is under house arrest, banned from filmmaking — hence the title — by the Iranian government. “This Is Not a Film” wears its poverty of means — part of it was shot on a cell phone — as a badge of honor. 9. “How To Survive A Plague” (David France) In the wake of Occupy, France’s documentary about ACT-UP, taken mostly from archival footage shot by AIDS activists in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, is a reminder of the value of street-level activism. Its ending may be overly optimistic, given that millions of people still can’t afford medication to treat HIV, but who can blame the ACT UP members whose lives were saved by protease inhibitors for their cheer? 10. “Django Unchained” (Quentin Tarantino) At long last, Tarantino has put his sadistic streak to good use in this spaghetti Western/ blaxploitation mashup, which carries an unexpectedly potent strain of horror. Extremely violent and filled with humor, the latter never trivializes the former. “Django Unchained” replays American history as a sick joke with real victims. Runners-up: “Chronicle” (Josh Trank); “Crazy Horse” (Frederick Wiseman); “The Day He Arrives” (Hong Sangsoo); “Keep The Lights On” (Ira Sachs); “The Queen of Versailles” (Lauren Greenfield); “The Raid: Redemption” (Gareth Huw Evans); “Searching For Sugar Man” (Malik Bendjelloul); ”Tabu” (Miguel Gomes); “Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning” (John Hyams); “The War” (James Benning).
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c s e o o s p H ro Aries That brief window of time between being outside and putting on a hat will give you cold that’s difficult to shake. Unlucky firework: Sparkler.
Taurus You will meet an attractive stranger, way out of your league, who’ll spurn your advances. Unlucky lottery numbers: 78, 24, 25, 3, 16. Gemini An unkind remark made to a coworker today will haunt your dreams tonight. Unlucky campfire snack: S’mores.
Cancer Don’t host that party. Mystico has foreseen an outbreak of food poisoning for which you will be blamed. Unlucky bird: Pheasant. Leo Overconfident survivors of the Mayan apocalypse will be pelted with fist-sized balls of hail. Unlucky soup: French Onion.
Virgo An accident while practicing a new skill will require expensive and painful surgery. Read a book instead! Unlucky author: Judy Blume. Libra Put off getting that mole checked and regret it for the rest of your (brief) life. Unlucky coin: Penny.
Scorpio A private detective in your employ will confirm suspicions with photographic evidence of a hurtful betrayal. Unlucky flavor: Mango.
Sagittarius Flying monkeys will pinpoint your location, allowing an evil witch to steal your slippers. Unlucky gumdrop color: Green.
Capricorn Bad Karma from an act of drunken holiday regifting will lead to your ruin before St. Patrick’s Day. Unlucky shake: Vanilla.
Aquarius A bad investment will plunge you over your own personal fiscal cliff. Unlucky mode of transport: Cable Car.
Pisces You will find that Hobbit film to be an enormous letdown. It should be better! Unlucky potion ingredient: Wolfsbane.
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Just Do Art! BY SCOTT STIFFLER
PARSONS DANCE Blink and you’ll miss him. That challenge is nothing compared to the pressure on the man tasked with performing David Parsons’ “Caught.” One wrong step, and he’ll miss his target, in this extraordinarily impressive display of timing that uses strobe lights to follow a dancer’s trajectory from planted feet to leaps and bounds to soft landings on the precise point at which a spotlight is aimed. The masterwork will be performed in both Program A and the family-friendly Program B — when Parsons Dance makes its annual January return to The Joyce Theater. The ensemble will also premiere two new works. Set to the music of Grammy Award-winner Andrew Bird and Miami’s legendary Tiempo Libre, Parsons’ “Dawn to Dusk” celebrates the people and landscapes of Southern Florida — by merging high-def footage of dancers in the sunshine state’s Big Cypress, Biscayne, Dry Tortugas and Everglades National Parks with their onstage counterparts. In “Black Flowers,” former Parsons dancer Katarzyna Skarpetowska explores her Polish roots with choreography that guides six dancers through a mystic lamentation and a mourning ritual (set to the music of Poland’s greatest composer, Frédéric Chopin). Jan. 15-27. Program A is performed Tues.-Wed. at 7:30pm; Thurs.-Fri. at 8pm; Sat. 2pm (Jan. 19 only) & 8pm; Sun. 1pm & 5pm. Program B, the family matinee, is performed Sat., Jan. 26, at 2pm. At The Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St.). For tickets ($10-$59), call 212-242-0800 or visit joyce.org.
SUPERMAN AT 75 From the pulpy Fleischer brothers cartoons of the 1940s to the fleshy George Reeves of 1950s TV to Christopher Reeve’s chiseled 1978 big screen incarnation, the last son of Krypton has been reimagined dozens of times since his first appearance in 1938’s issue #1 of Action Comics. Throughout 2013, as Superman turns 75, you’ll be see-
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Eric Bourne of Parsons Dance, in stroboscopic syncopation.
ing much more of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s creation (including this summer’s cinematic reboot, “Man of Steel”). DC Comics will officially acknowledge his birthday in June — but the Center for Jewish History is getting the celebration started with a panel that discusses the muscled crusader’s wide appeal, hidden depth and Jewish roots. “Superman at 75: Celebrating America’s Most Enduring Hero” features Former DC Comics publisher and president Jenette Kahn, Denny O'Neil (who spearheaded a remake of the Superman storyline in the 1970s), Jim Shooter (who sold his first Superman story as he was turning 13), Nicky Nicholson Brown (granddaughter of the founder of the company that became DC Comics) and Sam Norich (publisher of The Jewish Daily Forward). Larry Tye, author of “Superman: The High-Flying History of
America’s Most Enduring Hero,” moderates the event. After the panel discussion, an exhibit will be unveiled featuring Joe Shuster’s pencil sketches of Stanley Weiss — who, in 1945, was stopped on the street by Shuster because of his remarkable resemblance to the comic book hero. David Weiss, son of Stanley, will also be on the panel, to talk about his dad’s chance meeting with Superman’s co-creator. Sun., Jan. 27, 1pm. At the Center for Jewish History (15 W. 16th St., btw. Fifth & Sixth Aves.). Admission is $25 (includes a copy of Larry Tye’s “Superman: The High-Flying History of American’s Most Enduring Hero”). Seating is limited, and advance reservations are required. Call 212-868-4444 or visit smarttix.com. Also visit cjh.org.
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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…a Superman panel discussion!
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Just Do Art! Continued from page 21
PS122’S COIL FESTIVAL PRESENTS “MAGICAL” In this collaboration between director Annie Dorsen and choreographer/ performer Anne Juren, the canon of historical feminist performance art is placed into the context of a magic show. Referencing seminal 1965-1975 works by Martha Rosler (“Semiotics of the Kitchen”), Yoko Ono (“Cut Piece”), Marina Abramovic (“Freeing the Body”) and Carolee Schneemann (“Interior Scroll” and “Meat Joy”), “Magical” uses the illusionist’s skillful employment of trickery and transformation to reveal the contradictions that exist in contemporary feminism, contemporary art by women and the contemporary female body. Tues., Jan. 15 through Sat., Jan. 19 (Jan. 15, 17, 18 at 7:30pm and Jan. 19 at 6pm). At New York Live Arts (219 W. 19th St., btw. Seventh & Eigth Aves.). For tickets ($30), call 212-924-0077 or visit newyorklivearts.org. For info on the COIL Festival, visit ps122.org.
Photo by Christoph Lepka
Anne Juren places historical feminist performance art into the context of a magic show, in “Magical.”
BARBARA RUBIN’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 Street (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 Rubin 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 fullscreen 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). Rubin, 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, Boo-Hooray is 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.
Image courtesy of Boo-Hooray Gallery
A still, from “Christmas on Earth” (doubleprojected 16mm film, 1963).
“TRIBES” 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. 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.
January 10 - 16, 2013
BY KAITLYN MEADE & SCOTT STIFFLER P O E T S H O U S E T h e P o e t s H o u s e C h i l d r e n ’s R o o m gives children and their parents a gateway to enter the world of rhyme through readings, group activities and interactive performances. For children ages 1-3, the Children’s Room offers “Tiny Poets Time” readings on Thursdays at 10am; for those ages 4-10, “Weekly Poetry Readings” take place every Sat. at 11am. Filled with poetry books, old-fashioned typewriters and a card catalogue packed with poetic objects to trigger inspiration, the Children’s Room is open Thurs.- Sat., 11am-5pm. Free admission. At 10 River Terrace. Call 212-431-7920 or visit poetshouse.org. S AT U R D AY F A M I LY P R O G R A M S AT T H E S K YSCRAPER MUSEUM Dinosaurs aren’t the only big and tall creations to fascinate the very young and very short. Towering skyscrapers also have a pull on the seven-plus set — and there’s no better place to see them than right here, in the world’s foremost vertical metropolis. But why crane your neck looking upwards? Explore tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction and places of work and residence (and build one of your own!) at The Skyscraper Museum. Their winter/spring “Saturday Family Program” series features workshops designed to introduce children and their families to the principles of architecture and engineering through hands-on activi-
ties. On Jan. 12, the “New Year’s Calendar Construction” workshop challenges you to make an architectural calendar (also known as a 12-sided rhombic dodecahedron). Learn about geometric shapes used in architecture, and construct a 3-D calendar for 2013 that celebrates skyscrapers and geometry. On Jan. 26, “So Sew Tall” takes its inspiration from the museum’s current “Urban Fabric” exhibition— which tells the story of New York’s Garment District. Back in the 1920s, the area from 35th to 41st Sts., from Seventh to Ninth Aves., produced nearly three-fourths of the apparel worn by American women and children. After a series of activities exploring factory designs and production methods, build your own factory and organize the production of a product! All workshops ($5 per family) are for ages 7+ and take place at 10:30am. Registration is required. Call 212-945-6324 or email education@ skyscraper.org. At 39 Battery Place (btw. First Place & Little West St.). Regular museum hours are Wed.-Sun., 12-6pm. Admission is $5 ($2.50 for students/seniors).
mischievous friends arrive at the Playhouse and realize the circus they came to see isn’t going to show up, they decide to put on a show — by using all the fun and fantastic things they find in a huge antique trunk. Music, acrobatics, physical comedy, juggling and pantomime are all performed at a breathless pace by the Trio, who cut their clown teeth (and earned their big red noses) while studying with Circus Smirkus, the awardwinning international youth circus. Brunch at the theater’s Waffle Iron Café is available before and after the show. The menu includes hot-off-the-waffle-iron frittatas, French toast, traditional Belgian Waffles and two famous house specialties: The Playhouse Pink Waffle (a pink waffle with strawberries and whipped cream) and the Decadent Dark Chocolate Waffle. Don’t have a sweet tooth? Really? Well, then, entree salads are also available! Through Jan. 27, 1pm & 4pm, Sat. & Sun. At Canal Park Playhouse (508 Canal St., btw. Greenwich & West Sts.). For tickets ($20), call 866-811-4111 or visit canalparkplayhouse.com.
THE PICCOLINI TRIO: “CIRCUS IN A TRUNK” After a two-month hiatus and extensive renovations due to Hurricane Sandy damage, Canal Park Playhouse is back — and so is The Piccolini Trio, whose third annual run at the theater combines contemporary big top hijinks with classic European style clowning. When the three
FANCY NANCY THE MUSICAL The Vital Theatre Company’s tuneful adaptation of the beloved book series finds the girl with a flair for fancy words, clothes and décor in the middle of a serious personal crisis. Along with good friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda and Lionel, Nancy has landed a role in the school play (“Deep Sea
Dances”). That’s the good news. The bad news: Nancy won’t be a glamorous mermaid, just a dreary and dull tree. After the initial disappointment, our heroine resolves to use her trademark flair to make the small part into something as entertaining and unique as she is. Through July 13. Sat. at 1:30pm and Sun. at noon. At Culture Project, 45 Bleecker St. (btw. Mulberry & Mott Sts.) For tickets ($30), visit vitaltheatre.org, call 212-579-0528 or visit the Vital Theatre box office (2162 Broadway) Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm (or the Culture Project box office one hour prior to show time). On Feb. 2, performances resume, every Sat. & Sun., at 3:30pm, at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre (2162 Broadway, at 76th St.). THE SCHOLASTIC STORE Held every Saturday at 3pm, Scholastic’s in-store activities are designed to get kids reading, thinking, talking, creating and moving. At 11am every Tues., Wed. and Thurs., the Scholastic Storyteller brings tales to life at Daily Storytime. At 557 Broadway (btw. Prince & Spring Sts.). Store hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-7pm and Sun., 11am-6pm. For info, call 212-3436166 or visit scholastic.com/sohostore. WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE YOUR LISTING IN THE VILLAGER? Please provide the date, time, location, price and a description of the event. Send to scott@ chelseanow.com.
Photo by Michael Kosch
CREATIVE DANCE CLASSES Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Center
THE LITTLE PRINCE The most read and most translated book in the French language is also one of the world’s most beloved and interpreted stories. Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s “The Little Prince” has inspired a ballet, an opera and a museum in Japan. Full of whimsy and wonderment, this Target Storybook Series version of the classic tale incorporates puppetry, multimedia projections and original
music as it follows one brave little boy’s journey through the universe — exploring the mysteries of grownups and the stars, and searching for what is most important in life. Sun., Jan. 27, at 2pm. At the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College (2/5 trains to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Ave.). For tickets ($7), call 718-951-4500 (Tues.-Sat., 1-6pm) or visit brooklyncenteronline.org.
Children’s dance expert Rachael Kosch kicks off her new classes in the West Village, with free open houses on Wed., Jan. 16 or Mon., Jan. 21. At 3:45pm, children ages 3-5 take a free half-hour class — and at 4:15pm, children ages 6-9 have their turn, as parents observe. Afterwards, refreshments will be served while you talk with Rachael and Michael Kosch. This will be a Modern/Ballet based class, with live music by classical composer Michael. The basics of classical ballet, musicality, the ideas of Modern
Dance pioneer Martha Graham and movement derived from the imagination of the students are the main ingredients of this fun yet disciplined class. Classes are every Mon. & Wed., 3:30-4:15pm for 3-5 year-olds, 4:15-5pm for 6-9 year-olds. Price: $420 for Mon., $360 for Wed., $780 for twice a week, through June 26. At The Community Room at Westbeth (55 Bethune St., corner of Washington St.). To reserve a space or for info, call 212-566-3097 or email rachael.kosch@ gmail.com — or just come to one of the open houses.
January 10 - 16, 2013
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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF A & J HOFFMAN REALTY ENTERPRISES LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/7/12. 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 Alter Mantel, LLP, 90 Park Ave., NY, NY 10016, Attn: Irving D. Alter, Esq. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/03 - 02/07/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF DIESSEBI LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/3/12. 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 DeGaetano & Carr, 488 Madison Ave., 17th Fl., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/03 - 02/07/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MARK TAVERN MANAGEMENT, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 10/25/12. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 130 E. 18th St., Apt. 16D, NY, NY 10003, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/03 - 02/07/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 99 JOHN DECO, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/12/12. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 387 Park Ave. South, 7th Fl., 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: 12/27 - 01/31/2013 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 267 EAST 10TH STREET REALTY LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 8/3/12. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 6/5/12. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 12/27 - 01/31/2013 77 JANE STREET, LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 04/24/2012. 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, 127 West 11th Street, New York, NY 10011. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 12/27 - 01/31/2013
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF KAIRIS LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/25/12. Office location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal address: 57 W. 38th St. Ste 1201 New York, NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 12/27 - 01/31/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ISITE REAL ESTATE LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/11/12. Office location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal address: 109 Lafayette St. Ste 301 New York, NY 10013. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 12/27 - 01/31/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SKYLAUNCH ADVISORS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/15/12. 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 United State Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Ave., Ste. 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/27 - 01/31/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 13-15 WEST 54TH STREET LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/14/2012. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Reid A. Rosen, Esq., 15 Wilputte Place, New Rochelle, NY 10804, the registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil: 12/27 - 01/31/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SWEET SPOT FASHIONS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/6/12. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Office of Steven M. Gerber, 666 Fifth Ave., 26th Fl., NY, NY 10103. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/27 - 01/31/2013
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
January 10 - 16, 2013
PUBL IC NOTICE S 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
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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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 10 - 16, 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
‘We need to work together on this’ Continued from page 18 community in the aftermath of Ward’s tragic death. “Our society has become so desensitized to killings and shootings, and we need to have more conversations with the young people of our community to let them know that something like this — for a boy to lose his life over a coat — this is absolutely unacceptable,” Mendez said. She went on to say that she believes these types of discussions — focused on stopping youth violence and instilling the sense that all actions have consequences — should be taking place more often within public schools, including middle and high schools, but also for younger children. In addition, Mendez said that schoolbased efforts should be supplemented by increased funding for area youth programs, which can provide activities —
such as athletics, hobbies or other skills training — that place kids in a productive environment away from the streets. She stressed that Mayor Bloomberg needs to stop cutting funding to such organizations, and that she now plans to collaborate with the community’s other elected officials and the remaining youth centers to see what kind of new outreach can be done to neighborhood kids. “We need to all work together on this, and call some kind of forum soon to get it going,” Mendez said. “We need to take the grief that we’re feeling now and try to turn it into something positive.” On a more personal note, the councilmember also said that while she didn’t know Ward, he was a close friend of her goddaughter, since the two were around the same age and went to school together. “So this one hit close to home, and I heard that he was a really good kid,” Mendez said. “A lot of people are feeling this loss, in many different ways.”
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
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New York as administrator of the goods, chattels and credits of said deceased, should not 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
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Hostos Community College Repertory Theater, Building C 500 Grand Concourse Bronx, NY 10451
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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 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.
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