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C.B. 2 votes to save garden, plus focus on affordable housing BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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A city bus driver died and several people were injured when the bus and a stolen truck collided early Wednesday morning on W. 14th St. See article, Page 13.

Weisbrod named Planning czar BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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alling it “very, very personal” and “a particularly moving day” for him, Mayor de Blasio last Friday appointed his friend Carl Weisbrod chairperson of the City Planning Commission. As Planning chief, the mayor said, Weisbrod “will have a huge positive impact on the future of this city.” That’s because Weisbrod will be a key partner in helping the mayor realize his vision of reshaping the “tale of two cities” into a new narra-

tive of a unified, more equitable city. “We see the City Planning Commission as a central piece of a strategy to change this city’s reality,” de Blasio declared, “to make sure that people can afford to live here and have jobs that they can feed a family on.” The two men have been friends since first working together back in the Dinkins administration in the early 1990s. The new mayor’s confidence in Weisbrod was evident when he tapped him as co-chairperson of his transition team, helping de Blasio select many of his top

administration appointments. Now, in turn, Weisbrod himself has been chosen to be one of the mayor’s most crucial agency chiefs. In his remarks announcing the news, de Blasio repeatedly characterized it as one of the most essential appointments in his administration. Whereas the Planning Commission under former Mayors Bloomberg and Giuliani was largely concerned with aesthetics, de Blasio said, under his administration the position will be more wide-ranging, helping shape the overall direction

greeing with about 150 passionate, green-T-shirtwearing adults and kids who filled the auditorium at its recent full board meeting, Community Board 2 voted to recommend preserving the Elizabeth St. Garden as permanent public, open green space.

The city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development is considering the site — a 20,000-square-foot, through lot from Elizabeth to Mott Sts. between Spring and Prince Sts. — as a spot for an affordablehousing development with 60 or 70 units. The garden GARDEN, continued on p. 23

Of ice and men: Can the police clear their own sidewalks? BY SARAH FERGUSON

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ow is the winter of our discontent. The onslaught of snow — once a delight — has become an endless slog of winter storms and polar vortexes. And the ice — what’s up with all the ice? Some streets and side-

walks resemble bobsled courses due to all the thaw and refreeze. Emergency room visits for slip and falls are up 300 percent. I should know. Two weeks ago, I wiped out on a treacherous set of stairs in Tompkins Square Park that were coated in black ice. I flipped up into the air like an Olympic snowBLUE ICE, continued on p. 12

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Google wants cut of Meatpacking BID as residents stew BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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s Google part of the Meatpacking District? Of course, you could probably just google that to try to find out the answer. Nevertheless, there was a vigorous discussion about the subject at a community outreach meeting on Mon., Feb. 3, as part of the process of creating a new Meatpacking District business improvement district. Specifically, the planned BID’s northern boundary isn’t W. 14th St. — which many consider to be the northern limit of the Meatpacking District — but W. 17th St. Google, which would be one of the heavy hitters in the BID, is located between 15th and 16th Sts. Other major property owners in the planned district, but also north of 14th St., include the Dream and Maritime hotels and Chelsea Market. The proposed district’s other boundaries are Eighth Ave. on the east, Horatio St. on the south and the West Side Highway on the west. Lauren Danziger, executive director of the Meatpacking District Improvement Association, and planning adviser Carl Weisbrod gave a presentation of the specific BID-to-be — and about what BIDs, in general, do — before opening up the meeting to questions. BIDs typically supplement city services by providing things like extra sanitation, public safety, plantings and upkeep of public plazas, programming and marketing for the district. Weisbrod’s stint advising the startup BID, however, would prove to be shortlived. Just four days later, the HR&A Advisors partner was tapped by Mayor de Blasio to be chairperson of the City Planning Commission. The audience of about 25 to 30 — including local business owners, residents and community board members — was told that after the BID is formed, M.P.I.A. would continue to exist, serving as a local development corporation, or L.D.C., partnered with the BID. Meanwhile, the current Chelsea Improvement Company would be absorbed into M.P.I.A. Both M.P.I.A., which currently covers the district south of 14th St., and C.I.C., which covers it north of 14th St., could be called voluntary or private BIDs, in that, unlike as with a city-sanctioned BID, the city doesn’t assess all the property owners in these districts a special tax that is then funneled back into these areas. Local businesses currently only voluntarily contribute to these two organizations. Danziger said the two “pseudo-BIDs” that exist now just can’t keep pace with the needs of the burgeoning district, which in the years to come will see the arrival of the new Whitney Museum on Gansevoort St., the redevelopment of Pier 57 on W. 16th St., plus new developments at 837 and 860 Washington St. and the Prince Lumber site. “I think it means a long-term, proactive solution to a district that is constantly

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A map showing the proposed boundaries of the Meatpacking Area business improvement district and some of the notable current and future commercial and institutional presences.

evolving,” she said. “For the amount of tourism, and the amount of visiting, and as a place where more and more people are headquartering their businesses —  we’re only going to get more foot traffic. But we are currently underserviced. We can only do so much on donations.”

tion packets about the BID were recently mailed out — one to every address, whether commercial or residential, in the district. Included among the materials was a support form, intended to be returned to M.P.I.A. to help gauge whether the initiative has sufficient backing. For the city to approve a new BID, it’s required that strong support for the effort from all constituents be demonstrated. The next step will be to create a district plan within the next few months, to lay out, among other things, what services the BID will specifically provide —  in this case, basically, the typical ones — its budget and its formal constitution. The point when the application is formally delivered to the city’s Department of Small Business Services is still a ways off, she said. A vote by the City Council would follow down the road. Danziger said there is “a natural flow” between the several blocks in southern Chelsea and the Meatpacking District. Employees at Google and visitors at the Dream and Maritime all enjoy going down to the Meatpacking District, she said. In other words, the Meatpacking District makes the blocks north of 14th St. attrac-

‘As the core does better, the periphery ends up benefiting.’ Carl Weisbrod

Commercial property owners within the new BID’s boundaries would annually be assessed 22 cents per square foot. Residential property owners would be asked to provide a token $1 total per year. The district’s square footage is about 20 percent residential. Danziger noted that 4,000 informa-

tive for businesses and visitors alike. However, Benjamin Stark, representing Christopher Reda, owner of several Meatpacking District businesses, said his client objects to including the blocks north of 14th St. Reda owns the Sugar Factory, a dessert and brunch place that opened in April, The Griffin nightclub and Gansevoort Market, set to open in June, featuring 24 different food stations. “If you take out the very large properties — Google and Chelsea Market — Chelsea is a residential area,” Stark declared afterward. “We don’t understand why the Meatpacking District is being exported. Extending three blocks northward seems innocent — but my client and other tenants have a vested interest in that intangible quality that is the Meatpacking District.” For her part, Danziger said she just “doesn’t get” why there is this opposition to include these northern blocks. The Chelsea section will disproportionately fund the district’s maintenance, she added, since about 55 percent of the assessed square footage is located north of 14th St., while 55 percent of the actual sidewalk and outdoor area — that will need cleaning and other services — is south of 14th St. “The work is being done in the south, and the northern part is paying for it,” she explained of the dynamic that would exist. “The reality of the numbers is you just don’t have enough if you only take the Meatpacking District.” According to a source, the opposition to adding the Chelsea blocks is coming solely from one Meatpacking District property owner. William Floyd, head of external affairs for Google New York, told the meeting the tech giant isn’t interested in the BID as a means to further boost the area as a club zone. “As a property owner,” he assured, “we’re not in the business of promoting clubs. We’re in the business of promoting business. We have 4,000 employees.” Speaking afterward, he said, “I don’t understand the north-south thing. The northern part of the BID district is all commercial.” Google owns its massive, full-squareblock building at 111 Eighth Ave., having purchased it for $1.8 billion in 2010. Floyd noted that, with 2.16 million square feet, it’s arguably the city’s second-largest building in terms of square footage, behind only 55 Water St., though 1 World Trade Center, when completed, will be the largest. Meanwhile, Ritu Chattree, a 61 Jane St. resident, had another pressing concern — namely, that the Meatpacking District is currently a quality-of-life nightmare for residential neighbors. She wanted to ensure that any future BID would represent the needs of residents, particularly regardMEATPACKING BID, continued on p. 4

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E.R. IS ON THE WAY: The pain of the loss of St. Vincent’s is still sharp. It seems like just yesterday that the community was desperately fighting to save the historic, 161-year-old hospital from closing. But, four years later, the new 24/7 emergency room at the former St. Vincent’s O’Toole Building is not far off from opening. We hear that it will actually begin operating in late June, which will restore a full-service emergency room to the neighborhood for the first time since the St. Vincent’s E.R. closed in April 2010. One activist we know likes to quip that this new facility — from North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System — will be a “two-and-a-half-bed hospital.” (Actually, it will only have two beds.) But, in an era where the state wants to slash the number of hospital beds, this new facility isn’t about hospital stays: People will be able to receive emergency treatment, but if they need further care or an overnight stay, will be transported by ambulance to a nearby full-service hospital. This will be the first time that this “stand-alone E.R.” model — an E.R. not attached to a hospital — will be seen in New York City, though they do exist Upstate and in other states around the country. We’re told, in fact, that embattled Long Island College Hospital may also be moving toward a future as only a freestanding E.R., so it seems to be a growing trend. The North Shore-L.I.J. facility is also slated to contain a Comprehensive Care Center, but word is that it could potentially be up to another year before that part of the project is completed. A name has been chosen for the W. 12th St. E.R./healthcare center, and a press conference is coming up at which the place’s new logo will be unveiled on the side of the building. PUMPING UP OVER PASTIS: A-listers like Beyoncé, JayZ, David Bowie and Katie Holmes will need to find a fallback spot to dine in the Meatpacking District now that fave Pastis is set for a renovation. A vertical expansion is planned for the twostory building that houses Keith McNally’s Gallic gustatory hot spot at 9 Ninth Ave. The Daily News recently reported that Pastis would be closing for 15 months for a “massive renovation,” after which it would reopen with a 15-year lease. An October job filing with the Department of Buildings calls for “Interior rehabilitation, renovation and vertical enlargement of building. Work on floor(s) CEL 001 thru 005.” It appears D.O.B. may not actually have approved the work yet. But, assuming “CEL 001” means the cellar, we assume “thru 005,” means the plan is currently to top out at four stories. McNally opened the pioneering Pastis in 1999 when the Meat Market still was one. The property is owned by the Gottlieb real estate company, but the vertical expansion is reportedly being done by an outside private developer. It’s not clear that McNally would get any additional space in the beefedup building. Ultimately, the project would need approval by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, since the site is in

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the landmarked Gansevoort Market Historic District. Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, said his group and others will be watching the Pastis site carefully. An earlier version of the plan, he said, called for a six-story addition, which would make it an eight-story building, which would be too large, in their view. “We think a modestly scaled addition with an appropriate design would be appropriate there,” he told us. If the design is too big or doesn’t fit in, Berman said, “I think it’s going to bump up against some significant resistance — and not just from G.V.S.H.P.” … Meanwhile, Berman and fellow preservationists were celebrating a victory involving another Gottlieb property this week. A developer had been seeking a variance from the Board of Standards and Appeals for an office building project on the empty lot along 10th Ave. between 13th and 14th Sts., which is outside the landmarked district. Specifically, the developer — claiming economic hardship caused by the closeness of the High Line, which is affecting the project’s design — wanted a one-third increase in allowable bulk for the new building. But the B.S.A. was giving clear signals that it wasn’t buying the argument, and this week the developer pulled the application. Berman said this is an area of the High Line with open views and it’s important that any new building on the site not be too massive, so as not to block the vista. Admittedly, the developer is also seeking variances to set back the building a bit more to the north than normally allowable, and Berman approves that part of the plan, since it would open up a view corridor south of the building.

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A PIER FOR PETE? The Hudson River Park Advisory Council, at their Monday night meeting, raised the idea of honoring the late Pete Seeger in some way in Hudson River Park. The folk-singing activist, of course, was a dedicated environmentalist, who through the sloop Clearwater, brought attention to the need to clean up and safeguard the Hudson River, leading to G.E.’s cleanup of toxic PCB’s it had dumped for years in the waterway. ILL COMMUNICATION: The proposal to co-name the intersection of Ludlow and Rivington Sts. “Beastie Boys Square” is now BACK on the agenda for March at Community Board 3. There was much hoopla after the application was deep-sixed at last month’s full-board meeting — even though the applicant, LeRoy McCarthy, had previously withdrawn it, meaning it technically couldn’t be denied. In addition, along with the denial by C.B. 3 came the prohibition that McCarthy couldn’t even reapply to the board for the co-naming street sign for several years. It was particularly whack — i.e. confusing — for the hiphop advocate since he had previously been instructed by the board’s Transportation Committee to go out and collect more petition signatures to show greater neighborhood support for the initiative — which he had already started doing. After the full-board meeting, Chad Marlow, an outspoken C.B. 3 dissident, fired off a letter to new Borough President Gale Brewer, voicing his concern that the board had not followed proper procedure. A staffer from the B.P.’s Office subsequently called C.B. 3 District Manager Susan Stetzer to discuss the matter. “We’ve reached out to the parties involved and are hopeful for a resolution,” Stephanie Hoo, Brewer’s press secretary, told us. After getting the call, Stetzer forwarded the relevant committee and full-board resolutions to Brewer’s Office, and also reported to them that she had already spoken to Gigi Li, C.B. 3’s chairperson, about the matter. We’re told that Li and Stetzer had already been discussing restoring the item to the agenda, and that Li “was leaning toward putting it on the March agenda.” Li then reportedly spoke to David Crane, the Transportation Committee chairperson, and made the final decision to do so. This is what weʼre told. At any rate, Marlow said the Beastie Boys need to be given their fair shake. Yes, it’s true, the application might not meet all of the board’s requirements — for starters,two of the Beastie Boys are still alive. (Itʼs generally recommended that the people honored on the co-naming signs be deceased.) However, Marlow said, the Ramones, who made “white rebellious music,” have Joey Ramone Place in the East Village, but the Beastie Boys, who made “black rebellious music” — although they were white, they were working in a black musical genre — deserve recognition, too.

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ing issues of traffic mitigation and public safety. “Have you ever been out there at 1:30 at night? I did a walk-through with Corey Johnson before the election,” she told The Villager after the meeting. “It was like Mardi Gras in a confined space. We have screaming, we have traffic backing up to Bank St. The volume of the noise coming out of the places is incredible. The Gansevoort Hotel is a horrible neighbor. You could have a party on the ground floor of the hotel from all the music from the rooftop club, Plunge.” However, Danziger told the meeting she feels the interests of businesses and residents are “aligned.” “M.P.I.A. has a good reputation of being

open to conversations,” she said. “We can have more conversations. We can have a meeting.” Weisbrod noted that he was involved in getting the city’s original BID law passed in 1980. He was also instrumental in the turnaround of Times Square, which benefitted early on from a BID. In short, BIDs don’t push quality-of-life problems into residential areas on their edges, as one might expect could happen. Instead, they have a positive impact on surrounding areas, he said. “As the core does better, the periphery ends up benefiting,” he explained. Also, he added, a BID is self-enforcing. “There’s a tremendous amount of peer pressure on a BID for businesses to be responsible,” he noted. Posting unarmed BID public safety officers at “obstreperous locations” can help cool them down, he added.

David Gruber, chairperson of Community Board 2, said of his board, “We like the idea of a BID. I think the problem is, down the road, when this group of people [at the BID] is no longer on the scene. What the BID does not only impacts the BID area, but has a longer-range effect…15 years down the line.” Gruber said the community would like to see more in writing on exactly what the BID will and won’t do. The BID’s steering committee includes two residents who live within the district, Jim Jasper and Donna Rastery, plus Gruber and Betty Mackintosh, a C.B. 4 member. Several business owners on the steering committee also live in the district. So, for the record, how far north did the working Meat Market actually extend in its heyday? “I’m not sure there is a single clear an-

swer,” Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, later told The Villager. “The Gansevoort Market Historic District we proposed [for landmarking], which was adopted by the state and feds — but scaled back by the city — did go to 16th St., including the old Nabisco factories, which are now Chelsea Market. Nabisco was never meatpackers, but it was wholesale food production and shipping. Meatpackers tended to be limited to the north side of 14th St. and below, with some exceptions. “That said,” Berman added, “I’m not sure any of this really settles the question of where the BID’s boundary should be. Certainly, the Meatpacking District and southwest Chelsea are much different neighborhoods than they used to be.” For more information on the BID proposal, visit meatpackingbid.org .

Lexus to roll out new design hot spot on W. 14th St BY PASHA FARMANARA

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n pop music, fast cars are a recurring topic. Rappers go on about the rims on their car, often a Bentley, MercedesBenz or BMW. A brand that has been al-

ways left out, though, is Lexus, which somehow just doesn’t rate cool enough. To change the public perception of the brand, Lexus is launching a new project in the Meatpacking District that does not involve selling cars. The company plans to open Intersect by

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Lexus, at 411 W. 14th St. A combination event space, gallery, lounge and retail boutique, it will be a place “where people can experience the Lexus brand beyond going to a dealership or a retail space,” explained Nancy Hubbell, Lexus Prestige communications manager. A fall 2015 opening is being eyed. This will not be the first Intersect by Lexus. One branch has already opened in Tokyo, and the company also plans to open an Intersect A wall is artfully festooned with auto parts at the Tokyo Intersect by Lexus in Dubai. The Meatpacking by Lexus. District Intersect is expected to be similar to the current Tokyo exception of Tesla, are not owned by the store. brand, but rather by the individual dealerThe Japanese location features a cafe, ships. restaurant, retail space, garage (used to On Thurs., Feb. 13 Community Board display concept vehicles) and even a pho- 2’s State Liquor Authority Committee will to gallery. It’s a multifunctional space all discuss Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.’s based around the car brand. request for a liquor license for the future The store has a glass storefront, and is Intersect by Lexus store. filled with all things luxury. From the cafe The committee will draft a resolution on to the retail space, every piece of furniture is whether to recommend approval or denial modern and sleek, evoking a youthful vibe: of a license, and their recommendation — the reputation the brand is hoping to build. which is advisory only — will be sent on to The W. 14th St. location’s decor will be the S.L.A., which will make the final decicrafted by renowned interior designer Ma- sion. samichi Katayama and his Tokyo-based Asked how he thinks the board will firm Wonderwall. view the application, David Gruber, C.B. The store’s approach to changing the 2 chairperson, said there are a lot of interbrand’s image may seem a bit overdone, locking parts. but when in the car business, there aren’t “I don’t know,” he said. “It’s so complex. many options. Car dealerships, with the We haven’t seen it yet.”

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POLICE BLOTTER Anti-gay attack

Police images of two suspects in a Jan. 25 gunpoint robbery inside a resident’s home.

Noho home invasion Police are searching for two men who they believe robbed another man at gunpoint inside his Noho home on Jan. 25. The alleged thugs, pictured above, were both packing firearms when they broke into the apartment at 645 Broadway around midnight, according to cops. They then forced the startled resident, 29, to hand over an undetermined amount of cash, an iPad and a laptop, after which they fled the scene. There were no injuries reported, police said.

Police images of three suspects in a Jan. 1 anti-gay assault outside Stuyvesant Town.

Police are also still searching for three men who allegedly attacked another man on a sidewalk outside Stuyvesant Town on Jan. 1, in what is being investigated as an anti-gay hate crime. The victim, 27, was walking along First Ave. with a male friend, 34, around 3 a.m. when the three men, pictured below, left, reportedly started a dispute with him near the corner of E. 15th St. by making homophobic slurs. Moments later, the allegedly bigoted attackers punched the victim in the head multiple times, leaving him with bruises, police said. That case is being investigated by the Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force, according to authorities.

The great chase An alleged robber had the tables turned on him on Feb. 9, when his victim pursued him in a wildly dangerous underground chase that ended in his arrest. It all started around 7:30 a.m., near the corner of W. Fourth St. and Sixth Ave., when Jeff Hamm, 54, snatched $94 in cash and a cigarette lighter out of the hand of the 52-year-old man, police said. The victim immediately tried to grab back his possessions, but Hamm backed him off with a fighting stance, and then turned and fled on foot. The other man chased him all the way to W. Houston and Varick Sts., where Hamm reportedly ran down into the No. 1 train subway entrance. The victim kept pursuing him. Hamm then decided to jump down onto the northbound train tracks and run into the subway tunnel, according to the

Bleecker pot activist gets out of jail BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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fter three years in jail in Wisconsin and Nebraska on pot-trafficking charges, Dana Beal was freed on parole in Nebraska on Wed., Feb. 12. According to his attorney, Noah Potter, Beal is currently in Omaha. Potter is trying to find a place for Beal to live in New York City that is acceptable to authorities. His former residence at 9 Bleecker St., the longtime Yippie headquarters, was recently vacated due to an ongoing dispute over mortgage payments. “They don’t want him to stay with a Mex-

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ican cartel,” Potter explained. “They want him to stay in a nice, stable environment.” Beal was arrested after he was caught in the Midwest while transporting marijuana in a duffel bag in a van from the West Coast bound for Michigan and New York City. Beal argued in court that it was all medical marijuana. Activist John Penley said he was relieved to hear Beal, 67, was released, but that it will be hard for him to find a place to live. “No one’s going to want him to live with them,” Penley said. “The parole agents can go in any time. Nobody likes government agents coming into their place.”

police report. The other man did the same, chasing Hamm through the dark tunnel, all the way up to the Christopher St. station, where the alleged robber jumped up onto the platform and headed back up to street level. The epic chase continued aboveground, as the victim followed Hamm on a twisting path that led them to Grove and Bleecker Sts., where the perpetrator tried to hop into a cab and get away. But a nearby police officer spotted the commotion as the victim struggled with Hamm and screamed, “That guy robbed me!” The officer was able to yank Hamm out of the taxi and arrest him. Hamm was charged with robbery.

Stolen-card stash Police arrested Akiirah Allen, 20, on Feb. 6 after she was stopped and searched due to suspicious behavior and found to be carrying four stolen credit cards. Officers said they spotted Allen around 2:30 a.m. as she walked along Grove St. while attempting to open the front doors of several residential buildings. She eventually got into the lobby at 35 Grove St., near Bleecker St., after which she was immediately questioned by cops. After running a check on her name, it was discovered that Allen had several open warrants, including one for multiple counts of assault, as well as harassment and menacing, stemming from a Brooklyn incident last June. Police searched Allen and found the four allegedly stolen credit cards in her wallet, none of which were in her name. For the Feb. 6 incident, Allen was charged with criminal possession of stolen property.

Rough way to get kicks Plenty of revelers flock to the Jane Hotel for the lively atmosphere of its bar. But on Fri., Feb. 7, one unfortunate man found that, sometimes, the real action takes place in the bathroom. The man, 37, was doing his business in a stall at the 113 Jane St. hot spot around 10:45 p.m. when Michael Klein, 39, inexplicably walked into the restroom and kicked the stall door, bashing it open and hitting the man in the head, according to police. Klein then reportedly counted to three before kicking in the door once more, again slamming the stall’s occupant in the head. After security discovered the situation, police were called to the scene and Klein was arrested shortly afterward. He was charged with assault and harassment. The victim refused medical attention, police said.

Thief caught at Catch Police arrested Marius Paduraru, 24, on Feb. 2 after he allegedly snatched a woman’s cell phone at a Meatpacking District bar. The victim, 22, said she momentarily placed her phone on the hostess’s table after entering Catch, at 21 Ninth Ave., around 2 a.m. Witnesses claimed Paduraru immediately picked it up and tried to stroll out of the bar, but he was stopped by a security guard who had realized something was afoot. The bouncer reportedly found the stolen phone stashed inside Paduraru’s pant leg, and police said they arrived on the scene shortly afterward to apprehend him. Paduraru was charged with petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

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Chin: Landlords should pay to relocate vacated tenants BY SAM SPOKONY

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ouncilmember Margaret Chin on Feb. 4 introduced legislation aimed at helping tenants who are forced out of their homes by city vacate orders. Buildings can be vacated unexpectedly by agencies such as the Department of Buildings or the Department of Housing Preservation and Development based on healthcode violations or structural hazards, and tenants in those situations are essentially left homeless for indefinite lengths of time. Chin’s bill would mandate that H.P.D. require landlords to deposit money in escrow — with H.P.D. holding the escrow — in order to supply reliable funding for tenant relocation in the event of a vacate order. “In the midst of the all the disorder of vacating one’s home, residents should at least have the assurance of a place to go until they can make more permanent arrangements,” said Chin, in a statement after the bill was introduced. “Holding building owners responsible for the welfare of their tenants after a vacate makes things a bit easier for families, and takes some of the uncertainty out of an already difficult situation.” Given the fact that much of the city’s affordable housing stock is aging — and, in

some cases, deteriorating — the problem of sudden vacate orders has significant implications for thousands of tenants, especially those in Chinatown and the Lower East Side. D.O.B. issued 1,496 partial-vacate orders and 346 full-vacate orders in 2013, according to an agency spokesperson. Those numbers, however, include orders for all types buildings, not just residential. In Chinatown, vacate orders at 47 Bayard St. left nearly 30 people without homes last month. Last July, around 50 tenants struggled after their 17 Pike St. building was vacated. In her Feb. 4 statement, Chin highlighted the sense of urgency and panic that overwhelms residents dealing with this problem, stating that emergency shelter and aid currently offered by the city, the Red Cross and community organizations is often “too little and too late.” There are some questions, though, surrounding the bill at this early stage, which may affect it moving forward. Most notably, H.P.D. is struggling severely with multimillion-dollar budget shortfalls due to a recent decrease in its federal funding, and it’s hard to know at this point whether the agency can handle this kind of new administrative burden. Additional funding and staffers would likely be required for H.P.D. to effectively enforce the proposed mandate on landlords.

Hope and youth spring eternal The Hope Generation Benefit to aid young victims of the Philippines disaster was held at P.S. 41 on Jan. 30. Organized by 41 Cares, the charitable arm of P.S. 41, it was an evening of art, poetry and music performed by current P.S. 41 students, alumni and special guests. Above, kindergartener Caroline Vigil Moore played “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” All proceeds — $8,341.64 was raised — were donated to UNICEF to help its continuing work in the Philippines.

A live performance concert series celebrating the would-be 50th anniversary of the legendary 1960s venue February 24 - Scenes from a Café with DAVID AMRAM, TERRI THAL and MATT UMANOV, Moderated by ASHLEY KAHN Live Performance by STEVE CUIFFO as LENNY BRUCE

Celebrate the would-be 50th Anniversary of Café au Go Go with a screening of original footage from the Café in “Seven Years Underground: A 60s Tale,” followed by a discussion about the history of the Café as music venue.

March 6 - Dom Flemons and Eli “Paperboy” Reed

Two classic Americana artists present an evening of acoustic blues.

March 13 - Falu

Known for her fusion of rock, jazz, funk and traditional Indian music, Falu explores the quieter, classical side of her musical heritage.

March 20 - Pharaoh’s Daughter

Weaving Middle Eastern music, psychedelia and modern pop, Pharaoh’s Daughter updates the Flower Child aesthetic for the new millennium.

March 27 - Michael Daves and Tony Trischka

Daves, a young Atlanta prodigy, joins one of the all-time-great string players for an illuminating evening of country/bluegrass.

April 3 - Julia Haltigan

New York native, Haltigan, proudly carries the torch for the modern West Village singer-songwriter tradition.

April 10 - Getz Au Go Go Revisited: Another Look at Bossa Nova in the 1960s

With Stan Getz’ influential album Getz au Go Go as inspiration, a stellar line-up of NYC’s top Brazilian musicians explore the ‘60s US and Brazilian Bossa Nova sound.

April 17 - David Amram meets The Amigos

Renaissance man David Amram returns to his Village roots with the electrifying Americana group, The Amigos.

April 24 - Deva Mahal

Vocal phenom Deva Mahal performs invigorating blues and R&B grounded in the 60s-era Southern Soul tradition. All 2014 CaGGR concerts begin at 8:00 pm at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street For ticket and artist info visit www.greenwichhouse.org/music_school/cafe-au-go-go-series-schedule

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Bill kills ‘infill’ plan for NYCHA sites

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n the same day he appointed a new leader of the New York City Housing Authority, Mayor de Blasio said he will not go forward with the Bloomberg-era “infill” plan that would have leased some NYCHA land to private developers. Several of the sites were on the Lower East Side and in the East Village. But the mayor did state, at the Feb. 8 press conference, that he would consider a new land-lease plan if it were supported by pub-

lic housing residents — perhaps an unlikely prospect, even though such a plan could bring tens of millions of dollars in new revenue to the cash-strapped agency. De Blasio named Shola Olatoye, a former executive of a nonprofit organization that invests in affordable housing, to be the new NYCHA chairperson. She replaces John Rhea, who, along with Bloomberg, was heavily criticized by tenants over the infill scheme, among other issues.

N.Y.U. student dead in likely suicide

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New York University student was found dead in her Midtown hotel room on Tues., Feb. 11, after apparently committing suicide, police said. Rowen Altenburger, 18, who was staying at the Bryant Park Hotel on W. 40th St., left a note at the scene describing her depression — for which she was taking medication — and was discovered by hotel workers with a plastic bag over her lifeless head, according to police sources cited

in media reports. The New Jersey native was pursuing a degree in creative management and art direction, and reportedly moved to Manhattan eight months ago. N.Y.U. declined to comment. Two weeks ago, another 18-year-old N.Y.U. student, Titan Lee-Hai, plunged 15 stories to his death from the top of a Third Ave. university dorm while reportedly high on hallucinogenic mushrooms.

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About 50 gay activists protested outside the Russian Consulate, on E. 91st St., on Feb. 6, at the start of the Sochi Olympics. They were demonstrating against a Russian law passed last year restricting gay-rights activities performed around children, under which simply displaying a rainbow flag can result in jail time. Vladimir Putin, Russia’s macho, chest-baring president, recently tried to reassure the thousands of people pouring into the country for the Olympics, by saying, “We are not forbidding anything and nobody is being grabbed off the street, and there is no punishment for such kinds of relations. You can feel relaxed and calm [in Russia], but leave children alone please.”

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Doggone great! To The Editor: Re “Sidewalk danger: Dogs getting jolted by stray voltage” (news article, Feb. 6): I want once again to thank Susan Stetzer and Community Board 3 for their help with this persistent and dangerous problem. You are terrific. Thanks again.

favor of the carriages. Working horses love what they do. They live longer lives by working. They avoid slaughter. Nine hours of work is nothing for a horse. Pulling a carriage of people for a horse is like pulling two gallons of milk for a human.

Last year, 154 humans were killed by cars in New York. How many by horses? Zero. London and Paris still have carriage horses. I could go on and on. But why not just instead read Jon Katz, the wonderful writer, about our bond with animals. He’s writ-

ten several pieces about what is going on with the carriage horses, which can be found on his blog, bedlamfarm.com . Olga Humprhey LETTERS, continued on p. 9

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They’re work horses To The Editor: Re “Free the carriage horses” (letter, by Casey White, Feb. 6): Casey White must surely be a member of NYCLASS, the fanatics funded by real estate money who are looking to buy legislation to ban carriage horses, when 61 percent of New Yorkers are in

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Birth of a Voice, Chapter 2: Lunch and the 4 voices NOTEBOOK

Thompson’s home run heard round the world — and by me on a portable radio five flights up in that apartment, where an earlier tenant had been Surrealism’s André Breton.

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he lunch at the Chinese restaurant on Eighth Street went on for a couple of hours. I liked Dan Wolf the moment I laid eyes on him. He looked like me, slim, dark, average height. And he thought like me, full of political skepticism, not to say sarcasm. I didn’t know this at the time, but Dan was also pretty deaf, which I was not — not then — and he used his deafness whenever a discussion began to bore him or get out of hand. Neither Ed Fancher nor Dan Wolf had any newspaper or magazine experience whatsoever. My own slender track record was editorship, just before and after World War II, of a pro-interventionist college daily newspaper, The Dartmouth, up in Hanover, New Hampshire, followed by two or three postwar years on a hallowed radical magazine, Freda Kirchwey’s The Nation, where I wasn’t allowed to write anything. That was followed by a few years as a blocked writer living at 265 West 11th Street, during which I spent too much time staring with venom at the pigeons pooping on the cornices of the buildings across the way while I babbled inanely: “Pigeons on the grass, alas… .” What grass? And Bobby

Norman Mailer was to be a silent partner, to help them get started.

Ed Fancher, a graduate of the University of Alaska, was the scion of the family that owned the Orange County Telephone Company in Upstate Middletown, New York. He was going to put toward the newspaper some money his grandfather had left him for a trip around the world. Daniel Wolf had no money to speak of. He had written the Turkish section of an encyclopedia. They told me that Dan’s friend Norman Mailer was going to be a silent partner, solely an investor to help them get started. I asked how much money they had, all told, and Ed

said, if I remember rightly, $5,000. In my infinite wisdom I leaned back and said: “Well, maybe if you guys had twice that… .” (In the end, it would take more than $65,000 and a New York City 1962 daily newspaper strike before The Village Voice broke even.) There, in the Chinese restaurant on Eighth Street, I finally said: “Well, gentlemen, thanks again but no thanks. Maybe, if you actually do get this thing off the ground, if you ever need something like a movie review… .” And I went out, that day or the next, I forget which, and visited every single movie house — there were then about a dozen — in Greenwich Village. I sought out the manager of each one — movie-theater managers, except for those at a couple of art houses, were not then on the whole a notably agreeable or polite or intellectual breed — and I asked each of them if they could and would supply, in advance, their week’s movie schedules, titles and show times, to a new newspaper in their area. Grouchily, sneeringly or however, they all said they’d do it if it didn’t cost a penny and they didn’t have to do anything more than let us copy the schedules. I phoned Ed Fancher and told him what had transpired. “I knew right then that we’d hooked you,” he has told me — told everybody — many times since. And the movie listings — two double columns of type at the very center of the paper, with titles, hours and capsule appraisals, became the heart and spine of The Village Voice from Day One to as long as I was there to fight for that layout.

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How about a shout-out? To The Editor: Re “New Tamiment director led makeover of Nixon Library” (news article, Feb. 6): Gee, Al, you forgot to mention my photo archive in Tamiment Library, which includes many copies of old Villager newspapers with my photos published in them. Anyway, I wish the new director well, and — who knows? — I may be camping out in front of the library working on my archive sometime in the future. By the way, I recently added many new photos of Daniel Ellsberg at every major Chelsea (Bradley) Manning protest to my archive. John Penley

Voice and era are gone To The Editor: Re “Birth of a Voice, Chapter I: The apartment on Perry” (notebook, by Jerry Tallmer, Feb. 6): Although I didn’t get here till the ’60s, this column paints a nostalgic picture of

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the same Village that greeted me. I was drawn here at the calling of the Village Voice, which we mourn today. As a fledgling actress, I was advertised in and reviewed by the renegade publication — a dream come true. And as a member of the Warhol theater tribe, I was included in front-page articles. It was a time of folkies; folk rock; sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll; intelligent social-political-artistic discourse in cafes, and avant-garde “happenings.” I haven’t felt that kind of intellectual and artistic stimulation for a long, long time. Melba LaRose

Not really about Rosie To The Editor: Re “Co-op dogged by charges it won’t allow service pets” (news article, Jan. 23): Heather Dubin’s article concerning the stance of East River Houses’ co-op board misses a few key points. As seen in a local BBS [bulletin board system], its co-op residents appear generally worried that the board’s much-flouted ban on pets has failed to create a consistent and reasonable policy. Many of the postings on this

site — in a thread supposedly devoted to this particular topic — concern items such as the board’s high legal expenditures and its lawyer’s luxury-car racing. Thus, this building complex appears poorly equipped to deal with needful issues such as service pets. I also understand that people are afraid. Having said this, I can personally vouch that Rosie is one of the most peoplefriendly dogs I have ever met. Whatever this fuss is about, it is not about Rosie per se. She is an extraordinary service pet for the East River Houses resident who was lucky enough to find her. Elissa Sampson

Saved it, now upgrade it To The Editor: Re “Saving Jerry’s newsstand: The story behind the story” (talking point, by Martin Tessler, Jan. 30): O.K., now that it has taken the better part of the city government to allow Jerry to continue operating the newsstand at Astor Place, how about making it a real newsstand? I’ve lived in the neighborhood since

August 1981 and could never understand why there were only a few crummy copies of the Post and the Daily News, and maybe a few out-of-date, and usually pretty wet, magazines at his kiosk. It’s a terrific location for a well-stocked stand. Maybe some of the people who rallied behind Jerry can help him make it something more than the pile of newspapers it has been for the last 32 ½ years. Louis Cohen E-mail letters, not longer than 250 words in length, to news@thevillager.com or fax to 212-229-2790 or mail to The Villager, Letters to the Editor, 515 Canal St., Suite 1C, NY, NY 10013. Please include phone number for confirmation purposes. The Villager reserves the right to edit letters for space, grammar, clarity and libel. The Villager does not publish anonymous letters.

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Weisbrod chosen to achieve affordable housing goals WEISBROD, continued from p. 1

of the city on many fronts, not just focused on aesthetics. Planning will take “a very different approach” than in the past, de Blasio assured. “We’re talking about an entirely different dynamic,” he said. In the past, under Amanda Burden — who de Blasio said he respects — City Planning was “siloed,” focused on “a purer vision…of aesthetics,” he said. Creating affordable housing will be Weisbrod’s chief responsibility, as de Blasio described it. But Planning will also have a hand in helping improve other interlinked “strands” that affect the middle class, from job creation and transportation to schools. No one, de Blasio said, is more qualified for the job than Weisbrod, who has deep experience in New York City urban planning and neighborhood revitalization. “Now, he’ll take on the greatest challenge of our time — the crisis of affordability and the crisis of inequality that grips this city,” de Blasio said of his new Planning czar. “Now, we’re talking about here the core of our agenda as an administration. It’s something I’m entirely focused on — this progressive core of what we came here to do. … We have to preserve and expand our affordable housing

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and create 200,000 units over the next 10 years.” The focus for affordable housing will be the entire city, the mayor said, not only a few hard-hit neighborhoods, since we are experiencing “a five-borough crisis” of affordability, as he put it. Planning will also concentrate on creating new manufacturing and industrial uses to provide “good jobs with wages

and benefits a family can actually live on,” the mayor added. Also, he said, “We have to develop strong mixed-use communities that are resilient to climate change. “Our focus will be unrelenting, and we’re going to achieve this agenda,” the mayor vowed. “All of that will take an extraordinary effort and we’ve chosen an extraordinary leader to help us get there,” de Blasio said of Weisbrod. The Planning commissioner will work closely with Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen in all these efforts. Recently, Weisbrod spearheaded the Trinity Real Estate-led rezoning of Hudson Square to allow residential use and make it more of a 24/7 neighborhood. He was the founding president of Lower Manhattan’s Downtown Alliance, the city’s largest business improvement district, and was at its helm on 9/11. With the help of a national organization, Seedco, Weisbrod was able to get some of the first grants to help small businesses near the World Trade Center begin to recover. While at the Alliance from 1995 to 2005, he developed a strong relationship with Community Board 1, and worked with the board to develop a plan to redevelop the East River waterfront on the Lower East Side, which was largely adopted by

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the Bloomberg administration. Twenty years ago, he was the founding president of the Economic Development Corporation under Mayor Dinkins. He has often said that the agreement to build what is now the Citi headquarters in Tribeca was one of the best economic development deals he ever did because it also included the construction of P.S. 234, which fueled the residential growth of the neighborhood. De Blasio also praised the 99-year lease Weisbrod cut with the United States Tennis Association for the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, saying that the planner drove a hard bargain that proved to be an excellent deal for the city. In the 1980s and ’90s, Weisbrod famously played a key role in the redevelopment of Times Square from a seedy XXX-rated district to the family-friendly entertainment zone it is today. Most recently he was a partner with HR&Advisors, one of the city’s most influential planning consulting firms, and was advising on the creation of a new Meatpacking District BID. (See article, Page 2.) Weisbrod, a native New Yorker, started out as a young anti-poverty lawyer in the administration of former Mayor John WEISBROD, continued on p.13

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Laundromat gets too hot on W. Fourth St. PHOTO BY TEQUILA MINSKY

A fire broke out Tues., Feb. 4, at 2:37 p.m. at Campus Laundry and Cleaners, at 146 W. Fourth St. near Sixth Ave. The four-story building has residential units above the laundromat. An initial report said the fire was in the basement and on the roof, but a later report said it was in the first-floor laundromat. Responding to the “all hands” call, firefighters brought the blaze under control at  4:03 p.m., according to the Fire Department. An investigation of the fire’s cause is ongoing.

Lorraine Colville, 88, educator, active in politics OBITUARY BY ALBERT AMATEAU

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r. Lorraine Colville, a retired John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor and former regional director of the U.S. Department of Education, died at the age of 88 of heart failure in New York-Presbyterian/ Lower Manhattan Hospital on Jan. 20. A resident for decades of Thompson St. in the South Village, she was active in local, state and national Democratic politics over a span of 50 years. “Lorraine was one of my closest and dearest friends and advisers, both personal and political,” said Louis O. Schwartz, a former secretary of the New York City Department of Public Works in the administration of Mayor Robert Wagner Jr. “She was a valuable assistant while I was deputy campaign manager for Pat Moynihan the first time he ran for U.S. senator,” said Schwartz. Schwartz was a co-guardian for personal needs and property management for Colville during her extended illness. “Her love and passion for the success of the American Sportscasters Association is part of the reason the association has continued to flourish for 35 years,” added Schwartz, a founding member and current president of A.S.A. “Lorraine was involved in planning the A.S.A. Hall of Fame dinners,” Schwartz recalled. “She knew everybody, from Carmine DeSapio to Mayor John Lindsay to Matilda Cuomo, Mario Cuomo’s wife,” Schwartz said. “At the 1998 Hall of Fame dinner, we invited Henry Kissinger to present an award to Joe DiMaggio and I wanted to introduce Lorraine to Kissinger. Before I could make the introduction, Kissinger said, ‘Oh, hello Lorraine.’ We made Lorraine an honorary member of the A.S.A. in 2005,” Schwartz said.

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Sid Davidoff, a lawyer and lobbyist who was an assistant to Mayor Lindsay, said that Lorraine Colville had one of the best political minds of the past 50 years when it came to local politics. “She was a confidante not only of Lindsay but also of former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, former U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett and former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly,” Davidoff said. “Before she was at John Jay, she taught at Baruch College where she was my political science professor and mentor,” said Davidoff, who was co-guardian with Schwartz during Colville’s illness. She was a founding member of the first faculty of the Police College (renamed John Jay) in 1965 when nearly all the students were police officers.

In a history of the school, Colville is quoted about one session in which she noticed someone who hadn’t been there before. After the class she asked a student sitting next to the stranger who he was. The police officer student explained he had made an arrest earlier but would have missed the class if he had taken the suspect immediately to central booking, “so I brought him to class with me.” Colville added that the “suspect” had appeared to have been the most interested person in the class. Dr. Sandy Lanzone, a professor of communications and theater arts at John Jay and a longtime friend, recalled Colville’s efforts during the municipal fiscal crisis of the 1970s to prevent the city from shutting down the school. “Not only was she instrumental in starting the school, but she played a pivotal role in keeping it open,” Lanzone said. “Lorraine’s politics transcended political parties,” said Robert Armao, who worked for the Republican standard bearer Nelson Rockefeller when he was New York State governor in the 1960s and U.S. vice president in the 1970s. “Lorraine’s guidance, political acumen and knowledge of government were invaluable to me in those days,” said Armao, who remained a close friend of Colville’s to the end. Colville retired from John Jay in 2001 when she was appointed director of the U.S. Department of Education for Region II (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands), serving until 2004. Hugh Wyatt, former health affairs editor of the Daily News and publisher of The Medical Herald and The Spiritual Herald, and Charles Slepian, a lawyer and security expert, also paid tribute at her Jan. 30 funeral Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Church on Sullivan St. Born in the Bronx to Russian immigrants, Isidore and Rose Osias Coldwell, she went to public schools and earned a PhD from New York University. Lorraine Colville converted to Roman Catholicism several years ago and her mentor in the faith, Father Eugene Swizkey, officiated at her funeral. A brother died 10 years ago and there are no surviving family members. February 13, 2014

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Of ice and men: Can cops clear their own sidewalks? TALKING POINT BLUE ICE, continued from p. 1

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boarder, then slammed down on my ass, shrieking in pain and rage as passersby stared at me like a madwoman. The X-ray revealed a  possible fracture in my tailbone, but since you can’t put a cast on your butt, I hobbled out of Beth Israel with a scrip for painkillers — and a wary eye for danger lurking beneath the gray snow piled up at crosswalks. Since then, I’ve developed profound sympathy for elderly and disabled folks trying to navigate our slicked-up streets. Which is why I figure it’s time to call out people who don’t shovel their sidewalks in a timely fashion. Starting with the Housing Police at the P.S.A. 4 stationhouse at 130 Avenue C. Check out these photos I shot last Thursday, after another snowstorm had subsided into deep freeze. If Mayor de Blasio can get out and shovel the walk in front of his Brooklyn home, then why can’t the NYCHA cops in Alphabet City do their part? While the sidewalk on Avenue C in front of P.S.A. 4 is generally clear, the sidewalks that run along the cops’ parking garage on E. Ninth and E. Eighth Sts. between Avenues C and D are rarely if ever shoveled. Since I moved to E. Ninth four years ago, I’ve never seen the NYCHA cops shovel on this block. Neighbors who’ve lived on this street far longer say they can’t recall the cops shoveling since the Avenue C stationhouse was built more than 10 years ago. “I don’t ever remember it being shoveled,” says Bill Wonder, an architectural model maker who has lived on E. Ninth for the past 20 years. “It’s ridiculous. Don’t they have any able-bodied men who can shovel?” When I called the P.S.A 4 stationhouse to complain, the first officer I reached seemed unaware the Ninth St. side was even housing police property. He first tried to say that side of the street was unshoveled because it was a “construction site,” then dropped the phone to “go check.” I called back and got another officer, who told me, “Yeah, we have to shovel. They probably just forgot.” Worse, there is always a squad car or some other police vehicle parked in the driveway on the E. Ninth St. side, meaning pedestrians must walk into the street to get by. Last week, that meant climbing over an obstacle course of frozen snow and ice pushed there by the plows. I watched several people climb over the snow and just walk down the middle of the street — because the opposite sidewalk, adjacent to a community garden, had not been shoveled or salted either. While community gardeners are also mandated to clear sidewalks, unlike the

Even directly in front of P.S.A. 4, the Housing Police station at 130 Avenue C, the police, at least initially, did not bother to shovel or salt the sidewalk curb cuts last week.

police, gardeners don’t get paid for their work.  Locals here have grown used to this. Another neighbor told me that the cops at P.S.A. 4 don’t shovel because it’s not part of their job description. Instead, they leave it to a maintenance worker, who is already maxed-out with other tasks. Whether this is true, I can’t say. The N.Y.P.D. public affairs office did not respond to my requests for comment.  But the day before, I watched with envy as a NYCHA worker driving a nifty new John Deere tractor outfitted with a minisnowplow swiftly cleared the sidewalks in front of a block of NYCHA-run housing on Avenue C. So why can’t the NYCHA tractor come plow the sidewalks in front of the NYCHA precinct house? Yeah, I know, that’s not how bureaucracies work. Anyway, shortly after I called P.S.A. 4, I returned to find the sidewalk freshly shoveled and salted — except for the icedup area that you have to walk through to get around the squad car and  impounded pickup truck that are blocking the sidewalk. Apparently, they think we can leap over this. Seems like the city is trying to get a handle on the ice, however. Call 311 and there’s now a separate prompt to report snow and icy conditions. If you go online, there’s even an interactive 311 map showing which neighborhoods are getting the most complaints. Not sure how accurate it is, since there

Pedestrians had to navigate this iced-over sidewalk outside the NYCHA police station’s parking garage on E. Ninth St. and Avenue C.

was no record of the report I made on Sunday about the impromptu ice rinks that had cropped up inside the Tompkins Square Park playground and surrounding pathways.   Nor did I see any complaints for the never-shoveled sidewalk outside the old P.S. 64 school building at 605 E. Ninth St. and Avenue B. (It’s an icy mess, a good bet for falls, if anyone were looking to slip

and cash in.) Postscript: Although the N.Y.P.D. public affairs office did not respond to my request for comment, since I e-mailed them about the conditions outside P.S.A. 4, the sidewalks and curb cuts have been fully cleared and the cars obstructing the sidewalk on Ninth St. were moved — but only for a day. The next day the cars were back on the sidewalk.

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Lindsay. However, during his subsequent career, he has never really been associated with affordable housing — though that will obviously be his primary focus now. “I’m a little surprised to see myself up here,” Weisbrod said, at the press conference. Indeed, de Blasio noted that Weisbrod had appeared set on not returning to government. Yet he noted de Blasio’s “extraordinary powers of persuasion.” “I welcome this opportunity to help shape New York City’s destiny and especially to help address the challenge of meeting Mayor de Blasio’s ambitious goal of creating and preserving 200,000 units of affordable housing,” he said. He added he’s looking forward to working with Deputy Mayor Glen on jobs creation, and also hopes “to solidify and enhance New York City’s status as the greatest city in the world and the epicenter of culture and commerce.

‘Carl’s tenure and temperament make him uniquely qualified.’ Douglas Durst

“I’ve devoted most of my career to revitalizing New York City neighborhoods — Times Square, Lower Manhattan and Hudson Square — and I’m excited about doing that in neighborhoods throughout the city,” Weisbrod said. “In the neighborhoods I’ve worked in, I have learned the importance of being part of the neighborhood and not just an emissary from the city,” he noted. “I am committed to having City Planning staff deeply embedded and empowered in the neighborhoods we serve. I learned a long time ago that New York City’s greatest strengths are its neighborhoods and the rich diversity of our residents.” Weisbrod, however, noted it won’t be possible to have “embedded planners” for every single neighborhood. In his State of the City address this week, de Blasio, again touched on his housing plan, this time addressing “the real estate industry.” “Let me be clear,” he said. “We want to work with the real estate industry to build. We must build more to achieve our vision. But the people’s interests will be accounted for in every real estate deal made with the city. “In total, we pledge to preserve or construct nearly 200,000 units of affordable housing — enough to house between

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400,000 and 500,000 New Yorkers — to help working people by literally putting a roof over their heads.” Local leaders had high praise for Weisbrod. Tobi Bergman, chairperson of Community Board 2’s Land Use Committee, said an important job for the Planning honcho will be to work out the new air rights transfer provision for Hudson River Park. “I think everyone knows he has a track record of achievement,” Bergman said. “What I like most about him is that when you disagree with him, as will happen, a conversation begins. He looks for common ground.  “It’s a big plus that he arrives fully educated about the importance of Hudson River Park for Manhattan’s Lower West Side and about the crisis the park faces unless long-term revenue sources are secured,” Bergman added. “Using air rights from the park will require either a rezoning or a General Project Plan from the state. Either way, City Planning will be involved.” Rich Caccappolo, C.B. 2 Parks Committee chairperson, who has been active on Hudson River Park issues, said, “I think Carl is a great choice for the position — the best choice I could think of for such a critically important role in this new administration. I don’t know of anyone with more extensive experience. I’ve always been impressed by him and enjoyed my interactions with him because he listens and he is honest, and though he generally knows more than everyone else in a discussion, I’ve never seen Carl use his advantage inappropriately.” Madelyn Wils, the president of the Hudson River Park Trust, called Weisbrod “effective” and a “steady hand.” “Carl is one of the most thoughtful and smartest people I know,” she said. “Our careers intersected multiple times and ways over the last 25 years. The city of New York will be in great hands as he assumes his new position as chairperson of City Planning. One of Carl’s many great gifts is his ability to be effective — a critical talent in any business or endeavor. I look forward to working with him and experiencing his steady hand of leadership.” Douglas Durst, who is both a top developer and a longtime Hudson River Park activist, also gave highest praise to Weisbrod. “Carl Weisbrod is an excellent choice to lead the City Planning Commission,” Durst told The Villager. “I had the good fortune to serve under him on Mayor de Blasio’s transition team. Carl’s tenure and temperament, both in and outside of government, make him uniquely qualified to implement the mayor’s vision of building the housing that our city desperately needs.”

A stolen truck and cross-town bus collided and both smashed into the southeast corner of 14th St. and Seventh Ave. Wednesday morning.

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n a deadly traffic accident that killed an M.T.A. bus driver and left several others injured on Wednesday, around 5:30 a.m., a stolen truck crashed into a 14th St. cross-town bus at Seventh Ave., sending both vehicles careening into the intersection’s southeast corner. The vehicles smashed into a scaffold, and two parked cars and a cab were also struck. According to the police report, E.M.S. medics responded to the scene and declared the bus’s operator, William Pena, 49, of Hillside, N.J., dead on arrival. A 17-year veteran driver of the cross-town route, Pena was married and had a teenage daughter. Two pedestrians at the location were removed to local hospitals in stable condition. Three passengers on the bus were also injured, as was 15-year food vendor Ashraf Marei, who, enclosed inside his food cart, suffered minor injuries after a cab clipped his cart and boiling water spilled on him. He was treated at Beth Israel. A person on a three-wheeled scooter who was struck by the truck prior to the collision with the bus was removed to Bel-

levue Hospital in stable condition. The stolen orange box truck’s sides were marked “18 Rabbits Granola.” The driver — identified by the Daily News as Dominic Whilby, 22, of Georgia — was removed to Bellevue Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. According to the police report, around 5:30 a.m., officers responded to a 911 call for a burglary at 347 W. 16th St. Upon arrival, they were informed by an employee that an unidentified male had entered the employee’s delivery truck and driven away from the location. Officers conducted a canvass of the area for the vehicle and discovered it had been involved in the collision at 14th St. and Seventh Ave. with an eastbound M14D bus. The bus was an articulated, or doublelong, model. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending against Whilby. The accident snarled morning rush hour at and around the intersection. Vehicular traffic was rerouted, while pedestrians were prevented from crossing the intersection in any direction. Especially inconvenienced were the many workers trying to find a way to cross the street and enter the building that the bus and truck struck, as well at students who attend Star Career Academy, which is located in the building. February 13, 2014

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Uncle Ted’s is putting a modern spin on Chinese food BY MELISSA KRAVITZ

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n Bleecker St., Uncle Ted’s, a new incarnation of a beloved West Village eatery, is taking the traditional idea of a Chinese restaurant in new directions. Formerly Suzie’s Chinese, the cherished American Chinese eatery closed its doors in 2012, and Ted Chang, a close friend of Suzie’s family from Shanghai, took over the restaurant, this time giving it a more contemporary, upscale vibe. Forget the red dragons and paper lantern décor. Famed restaurant designer Alvarez Brock LLC has created a classy interior sporting crisp white walls decorated with chic textured stars. Often Yelped-out perfectly clean bathrooms and pristinely white cloth napkins on wooden tables further distinguish the restaurant from other Chinese places. Tables turn over quickly at Uncle Ted’s during lunch and dinner. Local clientele — longtime Villagers, as well as a slew of N.Y.U. students (many of whom are from China, but still crave the American Asian cuisine) — are the regulars that keep the restaurant packed, requesting age-old menu items, like Suzie’s famous chicken wings, beef with broccoli, and Ted’s interpretation of a Chinese-American invention, General Tso’s Chicken. Fried and sweetened meats will always be popular among an American crowd, but Uncle Ted’s aims to bring out Chinese food’s healthier side. Fresh produce and meats are sourced from Chinatown and other local suppliers, and the simple yet flavorful ingredients star in many of the dishes without too much sauce to complicate their flavor.

The Crystal Shrimp and Snow Pea Leaves Dumplings are a clear favorite at Uncle Ted’s. Ted Chang, above, is taking the traditional Chinese restaurant in new directions. His Uncle Ted’s features a classy interior, some new and interesting twists on traditional Chinese fare and a full bar, featuring wine, beer and Chinese huangjiu.

The restaurant also features a buildyour-own healthy menu, where diners can choose from four vegetables, including green beans, broccoli and bok choy, which are then steamed and served with a choice of sauce and protein and rice. Other dishes include the refreshingly light Dan Dan Noodles, featuring boiled noodles with fermented beans, meat and cucumber on top. As the neighborhood’s only Chinese restaurant, Uncle Ted’s identifies by its cuisine and appeals to a wider crowd by adapting the menu to customers’ tastes. A dim sum chef crafts a variety of dumplings, including pan-fried pork and bok choy dumplings served perfectly crisp on one side

with tender filling inside. Dumpling devotees can also enjoy the Crystal Shrimp and Snow Pea Leaves Dumplings, combining succulent chunks of shrimp in a thin wrapper, drizzled with a sweet sauce — or the thin pork dumplings served with a tingling chili oil. There are also ample vegetarian options, from classic tofu nuggets in garlic sauce to an entire menu of wholly vegetable creations, like cauliflower in chili sauce and a vegetarian version of General Tso’s. General Tso isn’t the only celebrity around the restaurant. Servers, and Chang — who wears an elegant navy blazer with gold buttons and maintains a very businesslike stance as he walks through his dining room — are known to locals, and make it a priority to give the restaurant a neighborhood feel. With its tantalizing smells and impressive interior, Uncle Ted’s also benefits from plenty of foot traffic on Bleecker St. Generous portions and fair prices also help keep

customers coming back. Perhaps most unique to Uncle Ted’s is its full bar and cocktail program. “People don’t come to Chinese restaurants for a bar,” Chang noted. Which is exactly why he installed one. There’s an extensive list of international wines and beers. Diners can also enjoy creative cocktails whipped up by the restaurant’s manager, Kevin, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Some cocktails feature huangjiu, a 110-proof Chinese liquor made from rice or wheat, mixed with fresh ingredients like lychee and pineapple. Since opening in June, Chang is still testing what sophisticated, new foods from China he can introduce to his diners. In January, he hired a new chef and they are planning new menu additions, including handpulled noodles. Whatever they add, it will stick to the Uncle Ted’s formula: healthy ingredients and good cooking technique. Uncle Ted’s, 163 Bleecker St., 212-777-1395.

G.L.W.D. yoga fundraiser is set to be weekend’s hot ticket HEALTH BY DANIEL-JEAN LUBIN

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ith a major yoga fundraising event this weekend led by popular local instructor Jason Patrick, Modo Yoga NYC is heating up the frigid city, and hopes to raise mucho funds for God’s Love We Deliver. Modo Yoga NYC opened in January 2012 at 434 Sixth Ave. at 10th St. to rave reviews. The studio is co-owned by Sarah Neufeld, violinist and composer for Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire. What makes the place unique is Modo’s commitment to what’s known as “hot yoga.” This yoga style uses heat to develop an individual’s flexibility, plus simulates the heat and humidity of India, where yoga originated. “Modo Yoga is a dynamic system of pos-

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tures and breathing exercises specifically designed to be practiced in the heat,” explained Patrick, known to some as Downtown’s “Bearded Yogi.” “Modo classes are intended to open, strengthen and detoxify the entire body,” he said. “We’re committed to ethical, compassionate and environmentally conscious living, and believe that the benefits of yoga are limitless and accessible to all.” God’s Love We Deliver provides hot, nutritious meals to New York-area residents living with H.I.V. / AIDS and a variety of chronic illnesses, as well as to their caregivers. Patrick hopes his Big Love Weekend will raise $100,000 — which would fund 10,000 meals — for the nonprofit food provider and its Soho location, which is currently being renovated and vertically expanded. God’s Love also holds a special place in Patrick’s heart since he is H.I.V.-positive. Patrick has teamed up with friends Shauna Robertson and actor Edward Norton in conjunction with Crowdrise.com, which

Jason Patrick is headlining the yogathemed benefit.

will be providing the fundraising platform for Big Love Weekend. Attendees will be able to reserve a spot at one or more events, and will then have their very own personalized Crowdrise page to share with their friends as a means of generating further funds via sponsorship donations.

Sat., Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will see yoga exercises and talks. Sun., Feb. 16, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., will feature the Big Love Birthday Bash, with performances by Pharaohs, Christine Cole, Robert Locke and Anny Finnestad, followed by the Big Love Dance Party, from 10:30 p.m. to 3 a.m., with performances by Neufeld and Rebecca Foon of Saltland, plus beats by DJ’s. “I believe this fundraiser will raise a significant sum of money for G.L.W.D. over the two days at the Ace Hotel, doubling as a birthday party and a fundraiser for this charity,” Patrick said. “I’m excited by the prospect of having many people in my community become involved in the act of selfless service through their participation in this fundraiser event, as the money they will be raising will go toward feeding a lot of wonderful souls in need of nourishment.” For more information about how to register for Patrick’s Big Love Weekend or to donate, visit http://www.crowdrise.com/ BigLoveWknd .

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Comfortable, no complacent Linda Oh heads to the Jazz Gallery with key collaborators

MUSIC LINDA OH Linda Oh, bass; Dayna Stephens, saxophone; Sam Harris, piano; Kendrick Scott, drums Sat., Feb. 22 at 9pm & 11pm At The Jazz Gallery 1160 Broadway, 5th Floor (at W. 27th St.) Tickets: $20 ($10 for Jazz Gallery members) Advance purchase: jazzgallery.org Visit lindaohmusic.com for info on the artist PHOTO BY VINCENT SOYEZ

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wo years after winning a coveted “rising star” award from DownBeat Magazine, bassist/composer Linda Oh has certainly become much more than a vibrant young talent in the eyes and ears of jazz fans. With three albums under her name, she’s explored the depth of both acoustic and electric sounds, with a sense of open-mindedness that can push freely and intricately past idiomatic boundaries while often remaining solidly in touch with the simple, sheer beauty of tradition. Now, Oh is months away from reaching a milestone that many of us, especially artists, are not so quick to celebrate: she’s almost 30. But the age-centric self-consciousness that can often be found amid the New York scene (possibly marked by some panic-laden, alcoholism-inducing checklist of musical achievements) is quite absent from her thinking. Oh isn’t artistically complacent,

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Linda Oh is joined by Sam Harris, Kendrick Scott and Dayna Stephens, at her Feb. 22 Jazz Gallery gig.

but she’s comfortable — and she carries a kind of lighthearted wisdom that matches the spirit of her playing. “Yeah, I guess I used to have some anxiety about turning 30,” she said, over a cup of hibiscus tea in the Village, just a few minutes before walking her bass to a gig at Christopher Street’s 55 Bar. “But then I just kind of let go of it. As you get older, I think you start to value the private victories more than the public ones.” An ongoing effort to reach some of those private victories — one that inspired her second album, 2012’s “Initial Here” — has been a powerful journey back through her cultural heritage. Oh, who now lives in Harlem, spent her formative years in Australia (and she still carries the accent) after being born to Chinese parents in Malaysia.

“Initial Here” was rooted in that search to capture some of the soul of traditional Eastern folk music and incorporate it into the harmonically complex language of jazz, and her passion was immediately recognized by listeners and critics alike. Talking about her upcoming February 22 gig at the Jazz Gallery, Oh said she’ll be revisiting some of the tunes from that album, as she continues telling — and learning — her story of cultural and musical identity. “I think there are so many beautiful parts of Chinese culture that people in the West aren’t exposed to,” she explained. “The tradition is so far removed from where we are here, and I just want to keep getting to know more about aspects of that culture.”

It makes sense to delve back into those feelings for the upcoming show, because on that night Oh will be joined by a quartet featuring the immensely talented tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens, who also backed her on “Initial Here” (pianist Sam Harris and drummer Kendrick Scott, two other key voices in the contemporary jazz sphere, will round out the group). One particularly important tune from that record, and one to listen for at the February 22 gig, is “Thicker Than Water,” a deeply personal tribute to Oh’s grandmother, for which the bassist wrote lyrics that are half in English and half in Mandarin. It was originally recorded as a duo, with Oh emotionally bowing her instrument alongside the vocalist Jen Shyu. But, just as it’s been performed live ever since, audience members will this time hear an instrumental version that will undoubtedly bring an equally engaging vibrancy to the piece. The upcoming show won’t just be about reviving older tunes — she’ll also be introducing several new ones that haven’t yet been publicly performed. These, she noted, have been inspired by an impulse to bring more bass oriented melodies into the mix, and to reassert the inherent tonal strength of her instrument. “It’s not about just playing melodies all the time,” she said. “It’s really about wanting to take more responsibility with my own music, and to see in what other ways I can bring out my role a bit more.” And while she’ll never be called uptight, it becomes clear, once you sit down for chat with her, that Linda Oh’s sense of responsibility — and alongside it, her sense of self — is unshakable. Maybe it’s just part of turning 30, but maybe there’s something much deeper and intellectually stimulating at work there — something that shows itself in every thinking pause she takes, and every note she touches. February 13, 2014

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Longing and Long Underwear Couples strive to make a love connection under the Northern Lights

THEATER ALMOST, MAINE Written by John Cariani At The Gym At Judson 243 Thompson St. at W. Fourth St. Through March 2 Tues.-Thurs. at 7pm, Fri.-Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 3pm, Wed. at 2pm Tickets: $49-$65 Reservations: transportgroup.org Call 866-811-4111

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ne of the most infamous misfires Off Broadway in recent memory was the 2006 production of “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani, which closed just one month into a commercial run at the Daryl Roth Theatre, losing its entire capitalization. The highly anticipated production, which some ridiculed as “cloying,” made Entertainment Weekly’s list of worst theater of the year. But since then the offbeat, high-concept dramedy, comprised of several loosely linked vignettes depicting couples seeking an emotional connection in a “small town in Northern Maine that doesn’t quite exist,” has exploded in popularity, racking up more than 2,000 productions across the globe. A couple of years ago it was the most produced play in North American high schools, even surpass-

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ing “Our Town” and Shakespeare standbys. And now, the risk-taking Transport Group is staging the work, the first revival in New York, with an eye toward erasing the painful memory of that initial flop. Did they get it right this time? I’d say it largely depends on your tolerance for sweetness. Under the guidance of Jack Cummings III, “Almost, Maine” pulses with wit and charm as various couples — and would-be couples — test the limits of love and longing. In one scene titled “Sad and Glad,” lovelorn Jimmy is devastated to run into his ex, Sandrine, at the local watering hole. Just when he gives up hope of getting back together, he finds the promise of new love right under his nose. In “Where It Went,” after an evening of ice-skating, the bickering Marci and Phil finally come to grips with the fact that their marriage is not nearly as solid as they’d pretended. These days you can’t have a play about relationships without at least one same-sex couple. “They Fell” finds forlorn best buds, hanging out drinking brewskies in a potato field, lamenting the perils of dating women. When, against his better judgment, Chad literally falls for Randy, something astonishing happens. In a bid for equal opportunity, there is also a female version of this scene, written for a women’s theater project in 2008. This is the first production to incorporate both takes in rotating repertory. It’s worth noting that there was at least one production of “Almost, Maine” where homophobic high school officials tried to cut the same-sex scene. The students cried “censorship” and, with the help of the ACLU, fought to restore it and won. Set against a frigid backdrop on a dark winter’s night (snow falls lightly now and then), each vignette features a miraculous moment

Kevin Isola and John Cariani in the “They Fell” vignette in Cariani’s “Almost, Maine.”

that transforms the fragile lovers and renews the power of the human spirit. The Northern Lights, shooting stars, and stolen smooches all figure prominently to help evoke the magic. An agile ensemble of four plays some 20 characters: Donna Lynne Champlin (“Billy Elliot”), Kevin Isola (“Brooklyn Boy”), Kelly McAndrew (“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”), and Cariani, the playwright himself. The comic timing, tonal shifts, and surreal flourishes can be tricky to pull off, but under Cummings’ savvy direction, the performances are spot-on. Somehow, the actors manage to convincingly flesh out the personas in just a few minutes. The white box space at the Gym At Judson is well suited to this intimate endeavor. Absent a traditional stage or proscenium, there is a deeper connection with theatergoers, who must trudge through the artificial snow to get to their seats. The residents of Almost, Maine are honest, down-to-earth, smart and warm-hearted. Bundled up in layers to protect them from winter weather and the bitter chills that love can bring, most of these eccentrics end up wearing

their hearts on their sleeves. Clichés of clueless country hicks and “Ya caint git they-ah from he-ah” accents are wisely avoided. “Almost, Maine” is more interested in the cusp of joy rather than overt joy that can come across as saccharine. The text, however, does contain a certain amount of sugary contrivances that brought the college-age women (clearly the target demographic) in front of me to tears. In the final vignette, “Seeing the Thing,” Dave gives his longtime snowmobiling companion, Rhonda, a cryptic “homemade” picture he painted using pointillist splotches of colors. In a clever bit of slapstick, Rhonda tries squinting and walking past the picture and cocking her head repeatedly to see the image, but still is stumped. It’s not until one of those mystical moments that she sees what Dave has been desperately trying to show her all along. Like Rhonda, I suspect certain frosty theatergoers watching the earnestly engaging “Almost, Maine” will be blind to its charms. But if they simply open themselves up to its ardent, magical spell, it will surely warm their hearts.

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Not as lovely as a tree

Emma Roberts, John Cusack are starred-crossed would-be poets in Scott Coffey’s new comedy

FILM ADULT WORLD Directed by Scott Coffey At IFC Center 323 Sixth Ave. (at W. Third St.) Visit ifccenter.com

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he getting of wisdom is fraught with many attempts that result in failure. Life can grind talent down. It’s enough to cause a young, unpublished poet like Amy (Emma Roberts) to stick her head in the oven — that is until she declares it “suicidal plagiarism.” Gay filmmaker Scott Coffey’s “Adult World” is a knowing and very funny comingof-age comedy about Amy’s craving for fame and her failure. Amy is exhaustingly self-important, which is why she is such a terrific comic heroine. “Adult World” makes sure the insufferable Amy, played to a tee by Emma Roberts, gets every comeuppance she deserves. Roberts acts at such a perfectly high, chipper pitch that dogs might come running. Amy writes pretentious, eye-rolling verse about the “screaming dirt of chaos.” She claims, rather unconvincingly, “I’m resilient!” after being humiliated by a hunky fellow poetry student. And when her father (Reed Birney) informs her he will not subsidize her poetry career, she

Emma Roberts fawning over John Cusack in Scott Coffey’s “Adult World.”

declares, “I will suffer through this!” with a pluckiness that may induce giggles. All of Amy’s “thinking” and “feeling” are really indications of her lack of knowledge and understanding. She also has all too few coping mechanisms for life’s harsh realities, which makes her agitation so amusing. Amy reluctantly finds a job at Adult World, a sex shop where the vibrators scare her and she wonders aloud — and in front of a customer, no less — about “sticky video returns.” Her naiveté is evidenced when she believes her cute coworker Alex’s (Evan Peters) story about a customer’s dead wife and then tested when she spies the transgender Rubia

(Armando Riesco) through a glory hole while cleaning the bathroom. And she’s drolly melodramatic when she compares riding the bus home at night in Syracuse to being “like in Mogadishu.” “Adult World” is full of such moments brilliantly puncturing Amy’s millennial privilege. The film’s central storyline has Amy trying to ingratiate herself with her favorite poet, Rat Billings (John Cusack), a local. To him, she is a manic sycophant and a first class pain in the ass. Her pushiness prompts sarcasm from Rat: “You would be the type of muse I’d get!” Of course, Amy only hears the word “muse” and delights in it. Rat’s bon mots in response to his

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Just Do Art

The Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society pays tribute to great 19th century composers: Feb. 14, at the Merchant’s House Museum.

BY SCOTT STIFFLER

LOVE IN THE PARLORS: A VALENTINE IN CONCERT

WEST VILLAGE CHORALE WINTER CONCERT

The West Village Chorale, having dug out from more than one storm since their December holiday concert (as seen in the picture, with maestro Michael Conley wielding the baton), presents a program of unconventional selections. The choral music arrangements for “Found in Translation” are inspired by everything from Mozart to Coldplay and John Lennon, with shouts out to the big band and country-dance styles. Conley conducts, with Elena Belli on piano and 50 choristers giving voice to selections including the overture to “The Magic Flute” and “Turkey in the Straw.” Sun., Feb. 23, at 5pm. At Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South, at Thompson St.). Admission is $25, with $10 tickets for students. For info, call 212-517-1776 or visit westvillage.org.

It’s an evening of towering voices, subtle dramatic chops and classy charisma — when The Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society returns to the spectacular Greek revival double parlors of the Merchant’s House Museum, for what’s become a destination event for lovebirds seeking a truly unique Valentine’s Day date. This program of lush, romantic vocal music features rarely heard gems from 19th-century composers such as Rossini, Schumann, Liszt, Delibes, Rachmaninoff and Stephen Foster. Fri., Feb. 14, at 7pm. At the Merchant’s House Museum (29 E. Fourth St., btw. Lafayette & Bowery). Tickets: $30, $20 for students & seniors, $15 MHM Members. Reservations required: Call 212-777-1089 or visit merchantshouse.org/calendar.

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The West Village Chorale’s Feb. 23 concert warms up to Coldplay, among other influences.

Justifiable paranoia grips the cast of “I Call My Brothers.”

I CALL MY BROTHERS

Awash in the sort of confident paranoia that comes from a place of knowing that everybody actually is looking at you with suspicious eyes, Swedish playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s “I Call My Brothers” is a tense tour of our post-9/11 world. The day after a car bombing, Amor — wearing a backpack and talking on his cell phone, is a racial profile incident in motion, as he navigates the city streets in an innocent attempt to accomplish an important errand. Over the next 24 hours, the lines between criminal and victim, fantasy and reality, become increasingly unreliable. At 7:30pm on Feb. 13–15, 17, 19–22. At 2pm on February 15, 22. At 4pm on Feb. 16, 23. At The New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher St., btw. Greenwich & Washington Sts.). For tickets ($25-$40), call 866-811-4111 or visit playco.org.

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From looky-loo to Nancy Drew Former home columnist turns her gaze to missing couple THEATER THE MYSTERY OF PEARL STREET Through Feb. 22 Fri. & Sat. at 7:30pm At Dixon Place 161A Chrystie St. Btw. Rivington & Delancey Sts. Tickets: $16 in advance At the door: $20 ($12 for students/seniors) Reservations: 212-219-0736 Visit dixonplace.org For info on the show: tonischlesinger.com Follow the venue on Twitter: @dixonplace On Facebook: facebook.com/dixonplace

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Projecting her own problems: “The Mystery of Pearl Street” really picks up steam, when The Woman’s navel-gazing turns inward.

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ack in the day, before a quick Google search did the all the heavy lifting, you had to be an extremely motivated sleuth to piece together a complete stranger’s dossier. Brick and mortar research methods like a trip to the library, poring over the city’s daily papers and informed gossip just might do the job — but even then, your enormous investment of time usually dredged up just as many questions as answers. So when a seemingly happy couple vanishes from their immaculate loft with no signs of struggle — and quick escape essentials like passports left behind — it eats away at a person whose bread and butter involves peering into the domestic life of other people. It’s 1997, and intense navel-gazer Toni Schlesinger — a Village Voice writer who profiles the layout, design and relative affordability of NYC apartments — makes a bid to cover the disappearance of Michael Sullivan and Camden Sylvia from their low-rent FiDi loft. Her editor’s gruff, dismissive response: “I have better people to work on it. Go back to

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your ‘Shelter’ column.” He might as well have told her she had his blessing, unlimited resources and all the time in the world to solve “The Mystery of Pearl Street.” Maybe he did. Maybe she just imagined his firm opposition so she’d have a righteous springboard from which to dive into the murky waters of a missing persons case. And why not? It’s a perfect fit for her obsessive need to form a single, satisfactory picture from a million scattered puzzle pieces. Flash forward to the present. That nice couple has yet to be found, and Schlesinger still hasn’t abandoned the quest for closure. We find her (or more accurately, an enigmatic doppelganger known only as “The Writer”) nursing a scotch and locked in gumshoe detective mode, having a one-sided conversation with “The Man.” This happens at twilight, mere blocks from the Pearl Street (crime?) scene, at a jazzy cocktail room drenched in dreamy blue light. It’s the perfect setting for spies, murderers and others who do their best work in the shadows. Laying out the tangled web of possibilities (augmented by projected images of tabloid headlines, mystery movies and investigative ephemera), The Writer’s true crime tangent keeps us guessing: Was it a suicide pact? Amnesia? Maybe they joined a cult, or were drowned during a gang attack…or maybe the landlord (whose backstory is plenty suspicious) offed them “just because they were only paying $306, one-tenth the 1997 market rate, for a 1,200-square foot loft and pestering him for more heat all the time.” With almost two decades worth of time to mull things over and no real answers to show for her effort, The Writer’s connect-the-dots curiosity has nowhere to go but inward. “Why did the Pearl Street mystery have such a grip?” she wonders aloud. “Was the street a replacement for my mother who said she never wanted a child?” Maybe it’s more about her own existential desire to disappear, or reconcile the collateral damage of love and loss (her mother’s name was Pearl, by the way). Like the fate of Sullivan and Sylvia, you’ll probably never know — but long after this play closes, you might find yourself up at night, providing your own end to the mystery.

“The vanishing headline is the marmalade on everyone’s toast.”

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LANDED NY L.L.C. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/12/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 1 Sheridan Square, Suite #6E, NYC, NY 10014. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/06 - 03/13/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GL FAMILY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/8/14. 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 Maryellen Goble, PLLC, 302 Fifth Avenue, 8th Fl., New York, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/06 - 03/13/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ORCA TV, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/16/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in VA on 5/22/09. 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. VA and principal business address: 10717 Falls Pointe Dr., Great Falls, VA 22066. Cert. of Org. filed with VA Clerk of the Corporation Commission, 1300 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23219. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 02/06 - 03/13/2014 NAME OF LLC: PPL SERVICES LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State: 12/24/13. 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 10016. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 02/06 - 03/13/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 118 GREENE STREET PARTNERS (NYC) LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/17/14. Name amended to 118 Greene Street Partner (NYC) LLC. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 203 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 1900, Chicago, IL 60601. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 02/06 - 03/13/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 118 GREENE STREET (NYC) LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/17/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 203 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 1900, Chicago, IL 60601. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 02/06 - 03/13/2014

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NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF NINETEEN WEST REALTY COMPANY LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/03/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 11/27/06. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Solow Realty & Development Company, LLC, 9 W. 57th St., Ste. 4500, NY, NY 10019. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o General Counsel at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 01/30 - 03/06/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ERIN HYNES INTERIORS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/7/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 660 White Plains Rd., Ste. 615, Tarrytown, NY 10591. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 01/30 - 03/06/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF MOLTON BROWN USA LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/30/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/27/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, c/o The Corporation Trust Company, Corporation Trust Center, 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801, also the address to be maintained in DE. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secretary of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 01/30 - 03/06/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF WEST 87 PARTNERS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/13/13. 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 The LLC, 1325 Franklin Avenue, Ste. 255, Garden City, NY 11530. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/30 - 03/06/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF THREE COHENS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/16/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 250 E. 54th St., Apt. 36A, New York, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/30 - 03/06/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF WALCOTT SHOE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/24/04. Office location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 1536 3rd Ave., 3rd Fl., New York, NY 10028. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil: 01/30 - 03/06/2014

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NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF AGR EUROPE LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/7/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 1/6/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Angelo Gordon & Co., L.P., 245 Park Ave., 26th Fl., NY, NY 10167, principal business address. DE address of LLC: c/o 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: 01/30 - 03/06/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF AG OWL GP LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/7/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 1/6/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Angelo Gordon & Co., L.P., 245 Park Ave., 26th Fl., NY, NY 10167, principal business address. DE address of LLC: c/o 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: 01/30 - 03/06/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BTG PACTUAL COMMODITIES TRADING (US) LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/8/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 400 Atlantic St., Stamford, CT 06901. LLC formed in DE on 10/28/13. 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: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: 01/30 - 03/06/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SHEEPSHEAD DEBT LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 9/18/13. 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 Bluestone Group, 225 Broadway, 32nd Fl., NY, NY 10007. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 01/23 - 02/27/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF PVS DESIGN LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/13/14. 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 Phillips Nizer LLP, 666 Fifth Ave., NY, NY 10103. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 01/23 - 02/27/2014

TRIGABO MARKETING LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 11/15/13. 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, 116 W. 23rd St., NY, NY 10011. General Purpose. Vil: 01/23 - 02/27/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 33/34 WEST OWNER LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 11/12/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 11/8/13. 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, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. 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: 01/23 - 02/27/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BROAD STREET PLAZA, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/24/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/14/13. Princ. office of LLC: 232 Madison Ave., Ste. 204, NY, NY 10016. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Princeton International Properties at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: 1521 Concord Pike, #301, Wilmington, DE 19803. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 01/09 - 02/13/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 574 FIFTH AVENUE LESSEE LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 11/20/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 11/20/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 160 Greentree Dr., #101, Dover, DE 19904, the princ. office addr. of LLC. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 01/23 - 02/27/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF WALKER & DUNLOP COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FUNDING, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/07/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 11/05/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, Attn: Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, regd. agent upon whom and at which process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 01/23 - 02/27/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 495 QUINCY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/22/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 38 E. 29th St., 5th Fl., NewYork, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/09 - 02/13/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF RED AWNING LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/10/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 11/14/13. Princ. office of LLC: 246 W. 44th St., NY, NY 10036. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, New Castle Cnty., DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 01/23 - 02/27/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF GSNMF SUBCDE 12 LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/19/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 200 West St., NY, NY 10282. LLC formed in DE on 7/25/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE addr. of LLC: 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: 01/09 - 02/13/2014 BRIGHT BEGINNINGS NYC LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 9/16/13. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Joseph Ben Moshe, 111 Fulton St., Unit 701, NY, NY 10038. General Purpose. Vil: 01/23 - 02/27/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF TPMN INVESTORS VI LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/10/14. 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 Phillips Nizer LLP, 666 Fifth Ave., NY, NY 10103. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 01/23 - 02/27/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SKILLEDUP LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 11/6/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 205 E. 63rd St., #12D, NY, NY 10065. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Ave., Ste. 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 01/23 - 02/27/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BR PRIVATE EQUITY 2014 LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/08/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/24/13. Princ. office of LLC: 630 Fifth Ave., Ste. 2100, NY, NY 10111. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of the State of DE, Office of the Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 01/16 - 02/20/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 15 CHRISTOPHER STREET LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/23/2013. 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: 15 CHRISTOPHER STREET LLC, c/o JoAnne McShane, 15 Christopher Street, NewYork, New York 10014. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 01/16 - 02/20/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF JOANNA’S CONSULTING, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/16/2013 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: JoAnna’s Consulting, LLC, 270 First Avenue, Apt.6E, New York, NY 10009. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 01/16 - 02/20/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BOP 450 WEST 33 II LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/24/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 250 Vesey St., 15th Fl., New York, NY 10281. LLC formed in DE on 12/19/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Corporation Service Company, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. 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: all lawful purposes. Vil: 01/16 - 02/20/2014 S2UARED PRODUCTIONS LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 12/23/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Staci Sarkin, 415 W. 24th St., Ste. 1K, NY, NY 10011. General Purpose. Vil: 01/16 - 02/20/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 203 EAST 71 ST LLC AMENDED TO MMH CAPITAL LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/18/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 180 E. 64th St., NewYork, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil: 01/16 - 02/20/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF CERBERUS INSTITUTIONAL ASSOCIATES CT, L.L.C. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/17/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 875 3rd Ave., NY, NY 10022. LLC formed in DE on 7/2/13. 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, 111 8th Ave., 13th Fl., NY, NY 10011. 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: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/16 - 02/20/2014 NOT. OF FRMN OF ACTIVITY EQUITIES LLC Art. of Org. f w/ Secy of STA of NY (SSNY) 11/14/13. OFC LCTN: NY Cty. SSNY is DA upon whom PROC AGA it may be served. SSNY shall mail a CY: Activity Equities LLC - 1500 Broadway 22nd Fl, NY, NY 10036. The Prin. bus. add. :1500 Broadway 22nd Fl, NY, NY 10036. PUR: any lawful act or ACTY. Vil: 01/09 - 02/13/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF TPH ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE FUND MANAGEMENT, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/18/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1111 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002. LLC formed in DE on 8/1/11. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. 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: 01/16 - 02/20/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ABBOTT CAPITAL SELECT BUYOUTS PARTNERS III, L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/20/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1290 Ave. of the Americas, 9th Fl., NY, NY 10104. LP formed in DE on 7/17/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP 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 LP: c/o The Corporation Trust Company, 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 01/16 - 02/20/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ABBOTT SELECT BUYOUTS FUND III, L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/20/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1290 Ave. of the Americas, 9th Fl., NY, NY 10104. LP formed in DE on 7/17/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP 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 LP: c/o The Corporation Trust Company, 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 01/16 - 02/20/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF CERBERUS CDP PARTNERS, L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/16/13. Name amended to Cerberus CDP IC Partners, L.P. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 875 3rd Ave., NY, NY 10022. LP formed in Cayman Islands (CI) on 7/8/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation, 111 8th Ave., 13th Fl., NY, NY 10011. CI addr. of LP: Intertrust Corporate Services (Cayman) Ltd., 190 Elgin Ave., George Town, Grand Cayman KY19005, CI. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with Asst. Registrar of Exempted LPs, Ministry of Finance, Govt. Administration Bldg., 133 Elgin Ave., George Town, Grand Cayman KY1-1001, CI. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/16 - 02/20/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF TPH ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE FUND PLUS, LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/14/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1111 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002. LP formed in DE on 8/1/11. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the DE addr. of the LP: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Regd. agent upon whom process may be served: CT Corp, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/16 - 02/20/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF AMB CONCEPT, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/23/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Aneta M. Bocian, 1735 York Avenue, Apt. 22G, New York, NY 10128. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/09 - 02/13/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 530 PARK RESIDENTIAL HOLDINGS II LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/10/13. 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 RFR Holding LLC, 390 Park Avenue, 3rd Fl., New York, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/09 - 02/13/2014 THE TRANSPORTER CHAUFFEUR LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 10/23/2013. 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, 130 Lenox Ave., Apt. 705, NY, NY 10026. General Purpose. Vil: 01/09 - 02/13/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF CAMMACK HEALTH LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/21/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 2 Rector Street, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10006, Attn: President. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/09 - 02/13/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BLISS INTEGRATED COMMUNICATIONS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/19/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Richard Sutliff, 500 5th Ave., Ste. 300, New York, NY 10110. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/09 - 02/13/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF DDC RTB, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/17/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1 Howard St., Burlington, VT 05401. LLC formed in DE on 1/20/09. 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, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 01/09 - 02/13/14 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF FREEDOM III INVESTMENTS I, LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/18/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus.addr.: 1185 Ave. of the Americas, 30th Fl., NY, NY 10036. LP formed in DE on 10/10/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP 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 LP: Incorporating Services, Ltd., 3500 S. DupontHwy., Dover, DE 19901. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 01/09 - 02/13/2014

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was identified as a site to provide more affordable housing in connection with the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area project, located on the Lower East Side at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge. But neighbors who turned out in force at C.B. 2’s recent January full-board meeting protested that the neighborhood barely has any open space left and that the garden, which is now regularly open to the public, has become a genuine community resource. Neighbors are in the process of setting up a 501c3 nonprofit to run the open space. Among those testifying in favor of preserving the garden was Sharon D’Lugoff, one of the daughters of legendary Village Gate impresario Art D’Lugoff. She received a round of applause from the audience after her name was announced before she took the microphone. She noted she lived on Elizabeth St. for 30 years and has witnessed the neighborhood — which she calls Little Italy, not Nolita — radically transform over the years. “I’ve raised three kids here,” she said. “Two grew up and moved away — they can’t afford to live here.” Nevertheless, she doesn’t support affordable housing on the Elizabeth St. Garden. “There are many sites that can be converted, and I truly believe that we can preserve open space and have affordable housing,” she said. But K Webster, a member of the M’Finda Kalunga Garden in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, spoke in favor of affordable housing. “I guess you could just look around the room to see we could use more diversity — racial and economic,” she said of the overwhelmingly white crowd. “We can’t pretend there are more sites to build affordable housing — they’re not.” Webster invited people to come enjoy her own garden, located just two blocks away from the Elizabeth St. Garden. However, architect Steve Wanta, a 30year Soho resident, lamented the neighborhood’s loss of all its undeveloped spaces and parking lots “where kids would have snowball fights and pickup games. These are all gone,” he said. After the public testimony and before voting on the issue, C.B. 2 members first debated it among themselves. “Nolita is ultra-wealthy now,” stated Daniel Ballen, saying he supported “putting a roof over 70 people’s heads.” Susanna Aaron also came down on the side of constructing affordable housing on the garden. “Whether the people in that building come from Little Italy or West Harlem,” she said, “we all benefit from the diversity.” Robin Goldberg, though, noting she is a 36-year Little Italy community member, said the area is starved for quality open space for families. “DeSalvio Playground is generally ridden with drug addicts and homeless people and other people that play cards and check-

Young Elizabeth St. Garden activists made their point clear at the C.B. 2 meeting, hoisting their signs up in the front of the auditorium, right next to where the community board officers were seated on stage.

ers and that have nothing to do with kids,” she said. “I don’t consider the Liz Christy Garden or the Sara Roosevelt — which is essentially a traffic strip — to be a park.” Added Richard Stewart, “We are a community board and we should be listening to the voices around this park.” Another board member noted, “This is the southeast corner of the district; it’s not what it’s like if you live near Hudson River Park.” Maria Passannante-Derr said that the recent Hudson Square rezoning includes a provision for “inclusionary housing,” which would allow developers to build higher if they include affordable housing in their projects. Other members said another potential development site, the St. John’s Center, across from Pier 40, could be somewhere affordable housing is created. The board then voted on the resolution by its Land Use Committee, chaired by Tobi Bergman. That detailed resolution noted that in the mid-1970s, P.S. 21 was demolished on the site, and in 1981, part of the site was sold to LIRA Apartments Co. for the construction of 152 units of Section 8 affordable housing, now known as 21 Spring St. That agreement called for development and maintenance by LIRA of a public “recreation area” on the remaining portion of the former school site, which remained cityowned; but for unknown reasons this never occurred and the lot became derelict. In 1991, the open space was leased on a month-to-month basis to Allan Reiver for use by his Elizabeth Street Gallery. Reiver cleaned up the then-crack-infested lot,

planted it with trees and shrubs and set out his artifacts and monuments in it — some for sale, some for permanent display — also leasing the space out for private events. In June 2013, the C.B. 2 committee’s resolution further noted, neighbors, upon learning that the site was city-owned land, worked with Reiver to open up the garden to the public on a daily basis from noon to 6 p.m. The local group subsequently organized free community events in the garden, including movie nights, poetry readings, children’s art programs, the planting of 2,000 daffodil bulbs and a “Harvest Festival” attended by 1,500 people. The resolution ultimately urges the city to transfer jurisdiction of the lot to the Parks Department; supports the efforts of the Elizabeth St. Garden volunteers to form a nonprofit group to improve the garden and provide programming and community events; and also commits C.B. 2 to “an ongoing and strategic and activist effort, alongside our elected officials and government agencies, to expand and preserve affordable housing in the district.” The board approved the resolution overwhelmingly by a vote of 30 “Yes” to 2 “No.” City Councilmember Margaret Chin originally supported the idea of using the Elizabeth St. Garden site as a spot for more affordable housing as a part of the SPURA plan. The SPURA site will have 50 percent affordable housing, but some advocates had pushed for 100 percent affordable housing, and Chin has said she was disappointed she couldn’t get more affordable

housing on the actual SPURA site. Asked her thoughts on the board’s vote, Chin said, “I fully support Community Board’s 2 commitment to develop more affordable housing in our neighborhood. In today’s difficult economy, it is more important than ever to create housing opportunities for working families. The site on Elizabeth St. is an ideal place to start; it is one of the largest publicly owned, undeveloped sites in Community Board 2, and also offers the potential for a significant open-space component that everyone can enjoy. I thank everyone who has participated in community discussions for the best uses of the site, and I look forward to continuing the dialogue and exploring these possibilities with residents and neighborhood stakeholders. Together, we can work toward a plan that reflects both affordable housing and openspace priorities.” Meanwhile, Land Use Committee chairperson Bergman and David Gruber, C.B. 2 chairperson, stood firmly behind the board’s resolution on the garden. “The response in the community to the idea of using this site for housing was huge and almost unanimous in opposition, but the proposal served as a wakeup call,” Bergman said. “Our resolution also strengthened our commitment to preserving and expanding affordable housing, which is as important to protecting the true character of our neighborhoods as preserving our historic districts and buildings.” Added Gruber, “We need to do more for affordable housing, but we can’t give up our precious open space. Our district is at the extreme bottom of community boards in terms of parks and open space. I’ve appointed a task force of board members to work with H.P.D. and our elected officials as well as housing experts to develop a strategic and activist approach to assure we will be doing everything we need to do to hold onto the thousands of affordable apartments we have, and to encourage and work toward creation of new permanently affordable units. “This month,” Gruber said, “I expect the board will approve a project that will build 25 new affordable apartments in Hudson Square, the first new affordable units to be built in our district in many years.” Bergman said that project is on Clarkson St. The H.P.D. proposal for the Elizabeth St. Garden isn’t even in the ULURP stage yet, Bergman noted, referring to the city’s seven-month-long Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, which would be required for such a project. Under ULURP, C.B. 2 would again have a chance to weigh in on the proposal. But first, H.P.D. would have to issue a request for proposals, or R.F.P., from developers for the site. If H.P.D. picked a developer, that developer would have to do the necessary environmental reviews and the ULURP. “As far as I know, H.P.D. is not working on an R.F.P. at this time,” Bergman said, “and of course given the C.B. 2 position, I hope they will not.” February 13, 2014

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