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Meadows enters the field; Villager is running for Council BY LINCOLN ANDERSON Shaking things up in the campaign for the City Council’s Third District, a third candidate is entering the race. Alexander Meadows, a member of Community Board 2 for the past three years who lives in the far West Village, said he will be holding a press conference to announce his candidacy this Fri., Feb. 22. But he said he wanted to

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Slither, rattle and roll! The Chinese Lunar New Year Parade and Festival snaked its way along Mott St. in Chinatown on Sunday, celebrating the Year of the Snake. For more photos, see Page 14.

It’s been a long run for Malina and Living Theater — but now? BY JERRY TALLMER The spear she flung in fury sixtysomething years ago has not yet hit the ground. Not quite. But now? Is the longest-running show in town — any town, every town, wherever on the globe — once and for all about to close its doors forever? One could say: “Drop the curtain forever,” except everybody knows

the Living Theater doesn’t employ any actual curtains. No matter. The point is that as of the final occurrence on February 23 of “Here We Are,” a “participatory play” about anarchism — what else? — at the Living Theater’s final venue, 21 Clinton Street, just below Houston on the Lower East Side, there will, short of divine intervention, be no more Living Theater, and the sole surviving co-founder of

that remarkable permanent artistic revolution will be moving from her apartment upstairs at that address to the protective arms of the Lillian Booth Actors’ Home assisted-living facility in Englewood, New Jersey. It was in the very early 1950s that this spirited young woman named Judith Malina, on stage at the historic Cherry Lane Theater on hidden-away

break the news first in his neighborhood newspaper, The Villager. The Third Council District covers the West Side from Canal St. up to 63rd St., including Hudson Square, Soho, Greenwich Village, Chelsea, part of the Flatiron District and Hell’s Kitchen. In recent years it’s been known as the Council’s “gay seat”

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In vino veritas: Liquor store must leave N.Y.U. strip BY LINCOLN ANDERSON After 40 years on LaGuardia Place, Washington Square Wines and Liquors will be closing for good at the end of this month. Clift Arden, who has been a manager at the store since 1976, said his understanding is that New York University — the landlord of the strip of single-story retail stores on LaGuardia between W. Third and Bleecker Sts. — recently doubled the rent

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for the space, and that the store’s owners simply can’t afford it. He said that at least three potential buyers of the store (who would essentially buy the place’s remaining stock of alcohol) were scared off from taking a potential seven-year lease because of a demolition clause under which N.Y.U. can evict the commercial tenant in six months.

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Clift Arden, a manager at Washington Square Wines and Liquors, said the new rent N.Y.U. is asking for the space is prohibitively high. N.Y.U., however, said the store is already way behind on its rent.

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Continued from page 1 “Who the hell is going to invest a half a million dollars in a space if they’re going to demolish in six months?” Arden asked incredulously, speaking early last Friday evening. Behind him, the store’s shelves were largely empty, as the place has been selling off what’s left. The site is on the northern of the two N.Y.U.-owned South Village superblocks, on both of which the university plans a massive development project that would add around 2 million square feet of new space. The retail strip would be razed, though that might not happen for a while, since the northern superblock might not be redeveloped until 10 years from now. On the other hand, N.Y.U. plans to start soon on rebuilding its Coles gym site on the southern block, replacing it with a far larger building, for now known only as the “Zipper Building.” “Let’s all make sure that we vote for Chris Quinn. We know how behind the neighborhood she was,” said customer Wendy Nadler fatalistically, as she stopped in to buy a bottle of wine. “It’s over down here. What they never understood — this is a village of low buildings.” Last year, the City Council approved N.Y.U.’s 2031 mega-development plan for the superblocks, which would shoehorn several new high-rise buildings onto the two blocks. Council Speaker Quinn and the local

councilmember for the area, Margaret Chin, were the main deciders on the plan at the Council level. Arden noted that another nearby space in the retail strip occupied for more than 20 years by Ennio & Michael’s Italian restaurant has been empty for more than two years now. Again, he said, no one is going to come in and fix up the space with a seven-year lease with a six-month demo clause. Arden, who lives on the Bowery, said, “We used to think like nine out of 10 people didn’t like N.Y.U. in the neighborhood — now it’s 99 out of 100.” However, Philip Lentz, an N.Y.U. spokesperson, said Arden didn’t have the story quite right. Referring to the store’s corporate name, Lentz said, “The fate of the Wine Barrel is directly related to its inability to pay its monthly rent. The Wine Barrel’s last lease was negotiated in 2002. The rent at the Wine Barrel has not increased since the lease expired in March 2007, and its current rent is very favorable compared to its neighbors. The store has been behind on its rent since at least 2006. “Because of the continuing arrearage, N.Y.U. has been unable to offer Wine Barrel a lease renewal, so the Wine Barrel has occupied its space on a month-to-month basis since 2007. As of today, the store owes N.Y.U. 15 months in back rent totaling more than $110,000. There are no immediate plans for eviction. The Wine Barrel can avoid eviction if it pays its past-due rent.”


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KHAN MOVES ON: One of the nicest — not to mention, most professional and helpful — guys you’ll find in the local political scene, Shaan Khan last week stepped down from his senior staff position with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s Office. Khan, who spent nearly eight years working for Stringer, said it was with “a mix of excitement and sorrow” that he’s moving on to join his father as a managing member at RK Capital Partners, a mortgage and investment company. “In this new role, I will have an opportunity to grow a family business while continuing to be involved in the community work I love,” Khan said. “This was not an easy decision to make. This office, the principles we fight for and the communities we serve mean so much to me. It’s been an honor to be part of this team and a privilege to work with all of you.” We caught up with Khan at his farewell party at Amity Hall on W. Third St. last Friday evening. Among the group giving him a send-off was Hunter Johansson, twin brother of actress Scarlett Johansson. Hunter worked as Stringer’s liaison to Community Board 2 — which Khan had been before him — before departing to work on Obama’s 2008 campaign. His sister, ScarJo, of course, is known for being a huge Obama booster. It was, in fact, Scoopy who “outed” Hunter as Scarlett’s twin — at least for C.B. 2 members and our readers. At the time, we offhandedly

dubbed him HunJo, but Khan subsequently informed us that he was, in fact, properly known in the Beep’s office as HuJo (rhymes with Cujo). We ran a correction, which Khan — or should we  say, ShaKa? — said he loved. Other things Khan said he loved included The Villager’s editorial four years ago endorsing Stringer for re-election, since Khan said, the piece acknowledged all the community board reforms and other good-government measures that the B.P. had worked to implement in his first term. Khan told us he even clipped out the editorial and kept it — “I’m a Villager fan boy,” he admitted. He also said he valued getting to know and work with C.B. 2 members, especially veterans like the late Ed Gold, who tied him into the “oral history,” as he put it, of the Village’s storied political lore, stretching back to the days when the Village Independent Democrats toppled Carmine De Sapio and Tammany Hall. “To play a small role in that for eight years,” Khan reflected, “it’s an honor. … The Village community is just so great,” he added. “It’s got pols, activists, a great press — not all communities are so lucky.” Before he joins the family business, Khan is taking a solo cross-country train trip. Coincidentally, Johansson is also going cross-country solo, but will be riding a BMW motorcycle; he’s thinking of doing an audio diary of his travels, and plans to rejoin Stringer’s office in May as a senior staffer. The two shared a couple of high-fives as they excitedly discussed their upcoming treks, then shared a final bro hug before HuJo said goodbye. KOCH’S SCOOPY QUINN ENDORSEMENT: Tuesday’s New York Times had an article about the fact that, three days before he died on Feb. 1, former Mayor Ed Koch reportedly said he “wanted to help” Christine Quinn — as in endorse her for mayor — but didn’t manage to do so. Although Koch endorsed the City Council speaker in 2011, he never made a film clip of his statement and there is no prepared endorsement. No endorsement exists — nowhere! Or so the Times says. Well, the Times writer must not have seen Scoopy’s Notebook two weeks ago, when we spoke with Hizzoner, and he clearly told us he’s backing Quinn. Specifically, we asked Koch what he thought of Mayor Bloomberg’s reportedly courting more glitzy political figures, like Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer or Ed Rendell, to be his successor. As Scoopy reported on Jan. 24: “Koch didn’t have much to say on that one, other than that his support for the City Council speaker is unwavering. ‘You’ll have to ask [Bloomberg] — I’m for Christine,’ he told us.” CAPSIS SUES N.Y.P.D.! State Committeeman Arthur Schwartz tipped us off that he’s filing a class-action lawsuit this week on behalf of a half-dozen individuals who charge they were roughed up by police, though had committed no crime. Among the plaintiffs is George Capsis, the publisher of WestView newspaper. On May 17, 2012, Capsis got into an altercation with a Sixth Precinct officer after a police van cut him off while the publisher was ped-

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aling in the Bleecker St. bike lane. As Capsis, 84, later told us, he just had had a tough day, and he suddenly found himself slapping the Sixth Precinct officer’s face — as if his hand had a mind all of its own. The officer promptly responded by socking Capsis right back, shattering the octogenarian’s glasses, and leaving him with a large, livercolored welt under his eye. Another plaintiff in the suit is an East Village woman who came upon a large crowd on the street, with a woman lying in a pool of her own vomit, and started photographing or videoing the scene with her cell phone. Police ordered her to stop and when she didn’t, they slammed her to the ground. The suit’s defendants are the New York Police Department and the individual police officers. HOT PIER, COOL HEADS (HOPEFULLY): The C.B. 2 forum on Pier 40 will be Thurs., Feb. 28, at the Saatchi & Saatchi Building, 375 Hudson St., ground floor, starting at 6:30 p.m. It will be, according to the board’s Web site, “A discussion of various and diverse concepts and proposals for the development and funding of Pier 40.” As David Gruber, C.B. 2 chairperson, explained, “Right now, people are thinking about a lot of different concepts. People are looking at ideas and they’re being discussed.” The forum’s intent is for folks to keep an open mind and try to brainstorm at this point, he said. But what about the hot-button issue of residential housing on the waterfront? “I’m not against housing. I’m not for housing,” Gruber told us. “I’m not against anything. I’m not for anything. … I don’t have a dog in this race.” As for who will be attending, Gruber said he’s expecting Assemblymember Deborah Glick, state Senator Brad Hoylman, possibly state Senator Dan Squadron and representatives for Pier 40 Champions and Douglas Durst, as well as the Hudson River Park Trust. GANGSTA GARMENT: We bumped into Lorcan Otway, the impresario of Theatre 80 St. Mark’s, at the recent Theater for the New City mortgage-burning. But we didn’t even recognize him at first, since he’s now rocking a new semi-Hassidic look. He told us that the Museum of the American Gangster, which he also runs, is honored to be getting Vincent “Chin” Gigante’s famed bathrobe that “The Oddfather” used to traipse around in on the Village’s streets while mumbling incoherently. As the Genovese crime family boss later admitted, the robe routine was an elaborate ruse to to avoid prosecution. Rita Gigante will present the garment and then read from her new autobiography, “The Godfather’s Daughter.” “It’s one of the iconic images of organized crime in New York,” Otway noted. FRIEDMAN MEMORIAL: We hear from politico-abouttown Alan Flacks that Sylvia Friedman’s memorial service will be Sun., March 3, at 2 p.m at the Friends Meeting House on 15th St. and Rutherford Place (between Second and Third Aves). Friedman, a longtime East Side political leader, died Feb. 3 at age 74.


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Bialystoker backers praise historic home at hearing BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER Two days before Valentine’s Day, advocates for the Bialystoker Center and Home for the Aged at 228 East Broadway crowded the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s hearing room to declare their love for this endangered building and to flood the commissioners with reasons why it should be saved. The 10-story brick structure trimmed with terra cotta opened in 1931 to care for elderly and infirm emigrés from Bialystok, Poland. It closed on Nov. 1, 2011. Over almost two hours, more than 20 people came to the podium to ask that the Bialystoker Home be landmarked. They included City Councilmember Margaret Chin, a representative of Borough President Scott Stringer, members of Community Board 3, numerous speakers for historic preservation and neighborhood groups, and descendants of the building’s architect, Harry Hurwit, and of David Sohn, who raised the money to build the home and who managed it. They also included people who live and work in the neighborhood, like Rima Finzi-Strauss. “When I walk past the Bialystoker Home, I feel a direct connection to an older time when countless Jewish immigrants struggled to create a new life for themselves here,” she said. At the height of the Depression, Bialystok Jews of the Lower East Side financed this grand structure, which cost $40,000 to build (almost $600,000 in today’s currency), with small contributions from their meager incomes. Triumphantly, this testimony to their generosity embodied their desire to be modern but not to forget their heritage and their homeland. The Bialystoker Home “is one of the more striking Art Deco buildings in the city,” said Samuel D. Gruber, lecturer in Judaic Studies at Syracuse University, whose letter in support of the building was read into the record. In addition, with a nod to the past, the facade is decorated with roundels representing the 12 tribes of Israel and with the word “Bialystoker” in Hebraicized English lettering. When the center opened, according to Joyce Mendelsohn, a founding member of a group called the Friends of the Bialystoker Home, “the founders declared ‘Our Home will combine modernity with compassion — a Home with a Heart that will stand as a monument for succeeding generations.’ ” However, faced with debts of around $14 million for back taxes, wages and pension payments, the center’s board of directors voted to close the home. For months thereafter, their stated plan was to demolish the building and sell the land to a developer who would use the site to erect luxury apartments. The community resisted. Then, in August 2012, the Landmarks Preservation Commission made it known that the building qualified under L.P.C.

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Landmarks Chairperson Robert Tierney listened during testimony last week about the Bialystoker Center and Home on the Lower East Side.

standards for landmark consideration. Months passed before the building was calendared, leaving the preservationists in a state of nervous uncertainty. Six months went by. In that intervening time, something happened to change the Bialystoker Home’s board of directors’ thinking. It isn’t clear what that was. One of the first speakers at the Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing on Feb. 12 was Gary Ambrose, a member of the Bialystoker board. “We have been honored to be stewards of this wonderful building, which holds unique historical value,” he said. He mentioned the board’s “great reverence for the symbolism on its façade, including the name plate and the panels bearing the symbols of the 12 tribes of Israel, emblematic of the center’s mission of service,” and said that the board was “well aware of the prominent role that the building has played in the history of the Lower East Side in the Jewish community throughout the years.” Ambrose said the board had been sorry to have to close the Bialystoker Center but saw no alternative. Then, in a surprising about-face from its previous stance, he went on to say, “We wish it to be known that we very much understand and do not oppose the proposal by New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate the Bialystoker Center a landmark.” Previously, according to Councilmember Chin’s office, the board had been known to be negotiating a sale with the Aegis Group, which offered $17 million for the

property with the intention of tearing it down and erecting luxury condominiums. At the time, Chin’s press secretary, Kelly Magee, said that, “Aegis has issues with landmarking” and would not buy the property if it were landmarked. Having said that the board of directors were not opposed to landmarking, Ambrose went on to say, “At the same time, the board has a fiduciary responsibility to raise the necessary capital to honor its obligation to another incredibly deserving community — the Bialystoker Center’s 115 union employees. One hundred of these former employees are members of 1199, United Health Care Workers Union, and continue to wait for payment of back wages, benefits and pension funds.” Ambrose said that the board was in discussions with potential buyers who recognize that the Bialystoker building is expected to receive city landmark designation and accept that reality. However, he continued, “At this time the board has not yet entered into a contract of sale with any of these prospective purchasers. As a result, we cannot yet be assured that the sale would generate sufficient funding to make good on Bialystoker’s obligations to our dedicated former staff, vendors and government agencies. This is of great concern to us.” Ambrose made no promises about the building’s future. He said that the board remained “hopeful that the building ultimately will be preserved while simultaneously yielding a sufficient amount to allow us to repay our obligations. This truly would be a win-win,” he said, “allowing

for the preservation of a meaningful piece of history while also ensuring that we are able to do the right thing and provide for the needs of the working people who have cared for the center’s senior citizens with such devotion.” Michael Sokolow, a real estate developer with a firm called Sheridan Advisors, was in the room but had not planned to speak. Prompted by Ambrose’s comments, he came to the podium. He said that when the building was being marketed as a development site, his firm had put in an offer for the Bialystoker Home, agreeing to all of the board’s stated terms, but had been turned down. He also said that his firm supported landmarking and wanted to save the building. “We’d love to work with you guys,” Sokolow said, referring to the members of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, “and work with the owners. I don’t want to throw anybody under the bus but I don’t know what their specific agenda is. We would love to sit down and talk to them and work out a deal and work with you guys.” “They’re right behind you,” L.P.C. Chairperson Robert Tierney replied, referring to the Bialystoker Home’s attorney, who was still in the room (Gary Ambrose had already left.) “Nothing is certain until the building is actually landmarked,” noted Joyce Mendelsohn after the hearing ended. It could be months before the L.P.C. votes on the landmarking proposal. With all the talk at the hearing about the Bialystoker Home’s architectural and historic merit, one man made it dramatically clear what would be lost if the building were destroyed. In halting and heavily accented English, Sam Solasz, 85, the Bialystoker Home’s former president, described what it had meant to him. He was born in Bialystok and fled during World War II, ending up in a displaced persons’ camp. “I went to the Bialystoker Center the day I came to this country, January 22nd, 1951,” he said. “The Bialystoker Center and Home provided for everyone who came to this country from Bialystok. I came to this country with $10 and today thanks to the Bialystoker Center and care I have 50 people working for me and I’m one of the largest meat companies in New York State.” He said the Bialystoker Center provided money to buy clothes and food and it found jobs for those who needed them. He said that former New York Mayor Abe Beame’s in-laws lived in the home for 20 years. “Mayor Lindsay, Mayor Koch — everybody came to visit the home,” he said. “People were so generous,” he said, “and when someone asked, ‘What can I give back?’ the answer always was, ‘Don’t worry.’ ” When he finished speaking, he was crying. Many who heard him later said that they were crying, too.


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Meadows enters the Council field Continued from page 1 and is currently represented by openly lesbian Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who faces term limits and is running for mayor. The other candidates in the race include Corey Johnson, chairperson of Community Board 4, and activist and civil rights attorney Yetta Kurland. Meadows, 36, has lived in the district for seven years, two of those in Hell’s Kitchen and the last five in the Village. A first-generation, openly gay Cuban American, he grew up in Florida. He’s forthright about having been raised in a dysfunctional family environment with an abusive father, and about having to overcome hardship. “He’s held guns to our heads — he’s threatened out lives,” he said of his father’s tormenting him and his family members. When his mother finally divorced her husband, the family found themselves struggling to get by on food stamps. Meadows volunteered on Quinn’s reelection campaign in 2009. Prior to that his main political experience was running for student council at his Florida high school, a race he won. He was also a student senator at the University of Florida. Diabetes runs on both sides of his family — his father died of the disease at age 53 — which compelled Meadows to enter the healthcare field, specializing in the disease. But he lost his job in the economic downturn a few years ago, which is how he wound up volunteering with Quinn. Now he is in estate management, overseeing a handful of real estate holdings. Given his family background, health is an important campaign issue for him. Others include education and school safety; caring for seniors; improving public transportation; preserving and expanding affordable housing; fighting for civil rights — especially for the transgender community; and also ensuring quality, accessible healthcare. “The closing of St. Vincent’s Hospital was a tragic loss for our entire district,” he said. An animal lover, he said, if elected, he would work to ban the use of horsedrawn carriages in the city. “And we should not allow residential development on Pier 40 or in any public parks,” he added. Meadows is a member of several local political clubs, including Village Independent Democrats — in which he is corresponding secretary, making him a member of the club’s executive committee — and Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats, on which he’s also an executive committee member, as well as Stonewall Democrats and Chelsea Reform Democratic Club.

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Some C.B. 2 members, however, have sniffed that Meadows “isn’t a serious candidate,” mainly because he’s newer to the local political scene and doesn’t have as extensive a network of supporters as Kurland or Johnson. Meadows claims to have already raised $100,000 when public matching funds are factored in, though he still has a way to go to catch up to the other two candidates. Yet, Sean Sweeney, a leader of the Downtown Independent Democrats club and a fellow C.B. 2 member, said not to count Meadows out, though he’ll face a challenge against two strong candidates. “Alexander’s a rising star on the community board and the local political scene,” Sweeney said. “He works well with people and applies himself. However, Corey and Yetta have laid a strong foundation over the past couple years and Alexander will have to work hard to catch up.” Meanwhile, fiery preservationist Andrew Berman still hasn’t announced if he’s decided to enter the race or not. Another candidate who has been thinking about running also didn’t respond by press time as to whether he’s made up his mind. In other campaign doings, Kurland, courting the animal lovers’ vote, recently launched a “Kittens for Yetta” Facebook page.

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Activist will camp out, call for N.Y.U. to house homeless BY LINCOLN ANDERSON New York University is constantly being accused as being a major force of gentrification in the Downtown area. Now, a longtime local activist is calling on the university to do just the opposite — by constructing a large building, or renovating an existing one, to be used expressly for housing the homeless and low-income individuals. To call attention to his plea, John Penley will be staging a campout on Washington Square South, starting Fri., March 1, at 4 p.m. Nights, he hopes to sleep on the Judson Church steps in a sleeping bag. During the day, he plans to be in front of N.Y.U.’s Bobst Library, where he’ll attempt to educate students about the issues of housing and homelessness. A former news and community photographer, Penley also plans to take activists inside Bobst to show them the Tamiment Library, which houses his photo archives, which he donated to Tamiment a few years ago. “It’s not going to look good if N.Y.U. arrests me,” he warned, “because they have my photo archives in there.” “The statistics show homelessness is on the rise in New York City,” Penley said. “And Bloomberg is putting people out onto the streets even when it’s Cold Blue, when they’re supposed to be taking people in off the streets.” Penley himself is homeless and a Navy veteran.

John Penley being arrested in North Carolina at Occupy Asheville last February. He had previously helped start Occupy Wall Street’s encampment at Zuccotti Park.

“One out of four homeless people in America are veterans,” he noted. He said N.Y.U. should provide “a fairly large building” for this cause “just to give a balance to the neighborhood — because there’s so much market-rate housing being built.” “Gregg Singer’s trying to do something with his building,” he said, referring to

the former public school at 605 E. Ninth St., the onetime CHARAS/El Bohio community center. “Maybe they can work out a deal with Gregg Singer to do something for homeless and low-income people. I think N.Y.U. would actually go for it.” Penley said the university’s students could use the building as a “training center,” particularly dental and medical stu-

dents, as well as aspiring social workers. “They could set up a daycare over there” manned by N.Y.U. students, he added. So far, 131 people have posted on Penley’s Facebook page saying they’ll join him at the protest, while 96 others say they may possibly come. “People from the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space say they’ll come over and hang out and bring me coffee,” he added. He hopes to maintain the campout for a month, but recently aggravated a back injury when his car was rear-ended while he was driving in North Carolina, so doesn’t know if he’ll be able to last that long. Rumor has it he may also go on a hunger strike. Asked for a response to Penley’s protest plan, Philip Lentz, a university spokesperson, said, “N.Y.U. students, faculty and staff provide thousands of hours of community service every year to those in need in New York City. In addition, the N.Y.U. Community Fund, which is funded by donations from N.Y.U. employees, annually supports numerous organizations that assist the homeless, including — to name a few — the Bowery Residents’ Committee, Nazareth Housing and the Village Temple Soup Kitchen. “Finally, last summer N.Y.U. signed an inperpetuity lease to provide very affordable housing on its property at 505 LaGuardia Place.”

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poLIce bLotter Letting it all hang out He couldn’t hold it in, so they hauled him in. Cops said they saw Walter Bryant, 23, urinating inside the 14th St. F train subway station around 1 p.m. on Feb. 13, in full view of passersby. After apprehending him, the officers also said they found an illegal gravity knife tucked into Bryant’s right boot, as well as six bags of alleged marijuana in his jacket pocket. Along with public urination, Bryant was charged with criminal possession of weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Donna Karan carjacking A couple of opportunistic car thieves almost made off with a shiny new Cadillac on Valentine’s Day. But, in a hunt that led police from the West Village to the northern edge of the Bronx, cops foiled the crooks with a crafty tracking tool of their own — an app on the cell phone left behind by the vehicle’s rightful driver. The driver of the 2013 Escalade — which is owned by the Donna Karan fashion company — told police he’d left the keys in the car’s ignition after parking outside Karan’s Stephan Weiss Studio, at 711 Greenwich St., near Charles St., around 6 p.m. to step inside and use the bathroom. Upon returning to the spot, he found that the car had been stolen by unknown individuals — who were later identified as James Vincelette, 28 and Erin Chamberlain, 34 — and immediately reported the crime. Although the thieves had by that point already sped far away from the scene, police considered their options, and soon found that the driver’s iPhone was actually still sitting in the Escalade’s front seat. Using a GPS device installed on the phone through an app, they were

able to pinpoint the stolen car’s location as it traveled north through Manhattan and eventually onto the Major Deegan Expressway. After broadcasting the location and description of the Escalade to all available patrol cars, a chase ensued that took police farther up the highway, all the way to its intersection with W. 230th St. in Marble Hill. It was there that cruisers from both the New York Police Department’s Highway Patrol and the Sixth Precinct teamed up to finally pull the thieves over. Vincelette and Chamberlain were both charged with grand theft auto.

Bar thief busted A wallet thief came up empty after being called out in a Sheridan Square gay bar early on Feb. 12. The alleged victim, 23, told cops that he was sitting inside Monster bar at 80 Grove St. around 4 a.m. when he realized his keys were on the floor and his jacket — which contained his wallet — had been snatched from behind him. A witness then pointed him in the direction of the man who took the jacket, later identified as Jeremy Roldan, 26. Soon after that, according to the victim, he confronted Roldan in the bar’s bathroom doorway. The alleged criminal was surprisingly obliging, allowing the man to check his backpack and pockets, and he soon recovered his jacket and wallet — which contained all his credit and debit cards, but was apparently missing $19 in cash. Responding to a call, police then arrived on the scene and arrested Roldan for grand larceny. After apprehending him, they also found an illegal gravity knife and alleged marijuana joint in his jacket pocket — so, he was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana.

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Brawling couples Police arrested Gary Linares, 41, and Gina Fernandez, 39, early on Feb. 16, after their West Village bar brawl with another couple turned ugly. Witnesses said that, following a heated dispute around 1 a.m., Linares and Fernandez attacked the other man and woman while they were all inside Desire Bar and Grill, on W. Eighth St. near Sixth Ave. The alleged aggressors reportedly hit the other couple with glass cups taken from the bar, leaving them with minor facial injuries. Linares and Fernandez were both charged with assault.

Meatpacking rock rap A fight along a Meatpacking District street early on Feb. 15 that escalated from fists to a rock left a man hospitalized and requiring stitches. The victim, 28, told police that he’d been in an altercation with Amar Patel, also 28, near the corner of W. 13th and Washington Sts. around 2:30 a.m. After things got intense, the victim said, while he was turned away, Patel then picked up

a rock and hit him hard on the back of the head. The injured man was treated at the scene by paramedics, who then took him to Beth Israel Hospital for stitches, police said. Patel was charged with assault.

Without license, with knife This guy’s bad driving led cops to find his stashed illegal knife — and the fact that he wasn’t even supposed to be behind the wheel. Terence Morgan, 47, was pulled over near the corner of Charles and Greenwich Sts. around midnight Feb. 15, after police reported that they saw him driving erratically. After they made the stop, a check of Morgan’s identification quickly revealed that his license was in fact suspended at the time. And after they pulled him out of the car to book him, the officers said they then found that he was also carrying a large knife. On top of driving without a license, Morgan was charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

Sam Spokony

We Need Your Attendance to Save Pier 40 Pier 40 is at risk. The Hudson River Park Trust cannot afford the repairs needed to keep it open. There is a consensus among elected officials that the Hudson River Park Act needs to be changed so that commercial use of the pier can pay for the repairs and bring income to the Trust. This may be very good, if the amendments to the act allow the kinds of uses that will encourage excellent proposals for the pier. It's a great opportunity to increase the number of fields and create a beautiful big riverside park. But if the uses are limited, or unrealistic ideas are pursued, the legislation change may bring the worst kind of development to the pier, including retail and entertainment malls. Pier 40 Champions will make a public presentation of our concept for how to save Pier 40 and build a 9-acre open green park with more fields at the pier. Developer Douglas Durst will present his plan for commercial development of the pier, one that doesn't improve the park or add more fields.

The Sixth Precinct is requesting your help to combat grand larcenies in the area. Don’t be a victim! Here are some tips that can help you protect yourself against thieves:

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 28TH 6:30 PM. Saatchi & Saatchi. 375 Hudson Street.

• When in a bar or restaurant, don’t leave your handbag over the back of your chair or stool or on the floor.

• Don’t leave belongings, such as bags and laptop computers, unattended.

• Hold on to your cell phone and keep it secured out of sight when it’s not in use.

• Carry your wallet in the breast pocket of your jacket or in your side pants pocket, rather than in your rear pants pocket, which is one of the easiest to pick.

• Carry your purse close to your body. Never wrap the strap around your body.

We need you there to show your interest and express your concerns about the pier, the park, and the need for more places for children to play sports.

Save and Green the Pier. Protect and Grow our Fields.

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Living Theater leaving venue; Malina moving to N.J. Continued from page 1 Commerce Street in Greenwich Village, broke off her rehearsal of one of the ancient Greeks — Euripides? Sophocles? — to hurl that spear at an intruding Fire Department inspector. That got her fledgling, super-avant-garde Living Theater company kicked out of that venue. (She and her husband had come Downtown from putting on plays and readings in Judith’s parents’ rambling old West End Avenue apartment.) The deceptively fragile-looking, steelwilled, painter-poet husband was Julian Beck, co-founder and brilliantly gifted set designer of the Living Theater. Judith was 25 years old. Julian was 26. Quick Jean-Luc Godard jump cut to the year 2006 and the premises Judith and Hanon’s new residence up over the Living Theater’s own new home, three or four venues and 55 years later, at 21 Clinton Street. Hanon is actor and playwright Hanon Reznikov, who became Judith’s husband after the 1985 death at age 60 of Julian Beck, whom they both loved. Hanon is 57 years old and, when he comes over to greet a visitor, appears a foot or so taller than 80-yearold Judith. The visitor is a newspaperman and critic who many years ago — the summer of 1959 — had saved from sudden extinction not only the 14th Street Living Theater production of “The Connection,” young Chicagohatched Jack Gelber’s “jazz play” about a roomful of junkies waiting for their fix, but quite probably had saved the very existence of the Living Theater itself, at least for the next 44 years. Well, as this newspaperman and old ally enters the room at 21 Clinton Street, that same Judith Malina jumps to her feet, flings out her arms, and starts reciting, passionately, purely from memory, on tiptoes, the great last stanza of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “Ulysses”: It may be that the gulls will wash us down, / It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles, / And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.

shockers, Kenneth H. Brown’s “The Brig,” set in a U.S. Marine Corps barbed-wire punishment center evocative of — or forecasting — Guantanamo. It was during the run of “The Brig” in 1963 that the feds moved in and padlocked the show for alleged insufficient payment of taxes. One last audience came over the roof and burst the padlocks to see a bootleg performance of “The Brig,” and Judith and Julian did time in jail (30 days for her, 60 days for him) for causing disorder — by insistence on being heard — in the court. After which, Judith and Julian and the entire Living Theater split for Europe and burgeoning fame around the world. Hanon Reznikov, playwright, director, actor, husband No. 2 of Judith Malina, was killed by a stroke and pneumonia at age 59 on May 3, 2008. Part of what killed him, Judith Malina thinks, was the daily and nightly strain of trying to make an at least break-even go of the Living Theater down there on Clinton Street. Holding things together since the death of Hanon has been a young actor named Brad Burgess, who joined the Living Theater in 2006 and has since become its executive producer and a hard-working personal assistant to Judith Malina. Born and bred in suburban Dracut, Massachusetts, Burgess turns 28 on March 1, the day Judith — burdened with emphysema — is to take up residence at the Actors’ Home living and nursing facility in New Jersey. He hopes to keep the Living Theater going through affi liation with neighborhood groups, but that remains to Judith Malina, heart and soul of The Living Theater from the 1940s to now, with Hanon be seen. Reznikov, left, and Julian Beck, the two men who were the lights of her life. “Here We Are,” the concluding event at Living Theater, Clinton Street, is an exploration of — naturally! — anarchist collectives in Tho' much is taken, much remains, and and hurls at me that last line, “To strive, to 1870 France, 1920s Ukraine, 1930s Spain. tho' / We are not now that strength which seek, to find, [loud burst] AND NOT TO Way back in 2007, when Judith Malina in old days / Moved earth and heaven, that YIELD!” was only 81 years old, The New York Times which we are, we are /One equal temper They’ve given her a 10-year lease. She asked her if she still believed in pacifism and of heroic hearts, / Made weak by time and looks at me girlishly as she says: “Do you anarchism. fate, but strong in will / To strive, to seek, think it’s nervy for an 80-year-old woman to “Still?” she’d cried. “I’m just beginto find, and not to yield. sign a 10-year lease?” ning! Still?” The Living Theater opened on Clinton The New York Times had best watch out. And then she looks me in the eye — for Street in the spring of 2008 with a new Where Malina goes — unyielding, spear in yes, I am that newspaperman and critic — production of one of its hardest-impact hand — revolution follows.

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Racial insult sparked vicious Village beating, suspect says A racial epithet led to the horrific beatdown of a Massachusetts man on MacDougal St. last month outside Artichoke Pizza, according to a report in Tuesday’s Daily News. Kevin McCarron, 24, a former standout hockey player at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, was eating a falafel sandwich from Mamoun’s up the block when the incident erupted. He wound up being bludgeoned with a bat, tire iron and club in the middle of MacDougal St. before a crowd of shocked onlookers. According to the News, the alleged attackers claim someone in McCarron’s group of friends called them “f------ dirty Arabs.” Some members of the attackers’ group may have been sitting on a car that belonged to someone in McCarron’s group. “Everything started when they call us f------ Arab,” Hatem Farsakh, 24, told detectives on Jan. 14, according to statements filed at his arraignment this Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court. There are reportedly at least five videos of the attack. Four were from businesses on MacDougal St., including Artichoke Pizza, and one was from a cell phone camera — likely the same footage that went viral online, according to the News. Farsakh and Sherif Rizk, 22, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, gang assault, attempted gang assault and two counts of assault. Farsakh previously told the News he was just eating a falafel sandwich at Mamoun’s when a fight involving his friends broke out. Both he and Mahmoud Habib, a co-

Kevin McCarron, a former Massachusetts high school hockey star, was nearly beaten to death in the attack.

defendant, claimed that McCarron’s group started the fight after they tried to defuse the tense situation. “The guys followed us to the next block and they keep on calling us names when we told them, ‘O.K., no problem, keep on going home have a nice night and we don’t want no problems,’ ” Habib wrote. Farsakh is free on $5,000 bail and Rizk is out on $15,000. Habib, out on $75,000 bail, saw a judge on Jan. 30 and also pleaded not guilty. The trio each face up to 25 years in prison and are due back in court on April 16. Three other suspects wanted in connection to the attack are still at large.

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Quinn’s middle way It’s become de rigeur for our top city officials to all give annual State of the City addresses. As it turns out, these speeches are about more than simply raising one’s profile, and, in fact, offer many good ideas. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, in her State of the City address on Feb. 11, laid out an ambitious proposal for preserving and increasing the city’s stock of affordable and middle-class housing. Under her plan, 40,000 new middle-income apartments would be built over the next 10 years. The money for this, Quinn said, would come from finding “increased efficiencies” in city government, basically reallocating money from wasteful programs. It’s not as if nothing is being done now on the affordable-housing front: Under Mayor Bloomberg, 4,000 lowincome units are being created per year. Yet, it was refreshing to hear an official of Quinn’s caliber speaking forthrightly about helping keep this city a place where the middle class can still live. Despite his creation of low-income units, Bloomberg is thought of as a mayor who has focused on big-ticket development projects, such as the Hudson Yards. Under his administration, there’s finally been movement forward on the long-dormant Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. Of course, these mega-projects are essential for the city to move forward and keep pace. And Bloomberg deserves credit for jumpstarting them — and, let’s not forget, SPURA will have a healthy amount of affordable housing. Admittedly, Quinn has, in fact, often been criticized for being cozy with big developers. Nevertheless, her promise not to forget the middle class and New Yorkers of even less means was heartening and refreshing — and needed. She noted that the Mitchell-Lama program created 100,000 middle-income rentals and co-ops in the 1960s and ’70s, but that many of these have been lost as Mitchell-Lama owners have converted to market rate. So, Quinn said, her plan would create a Permanent Affordability Act to give property owners new tax incentives for not converting their units to market rate. What’s more, Quinn added, her plan could be applied to existing affordable units. The Council speaker said, while some neighborhoods around the city have already gotten out of reach of the middle class, “we’re not giving up on any communities.” She cited Park Slope, Carroll Gardens and Throgs Neck as places on the tipping point of becoming fully gentrified, though, surprisingly, not any areas right in her own Third Council District. (Then again, she is, after all, running for mayor.) Of course, the proof will be in the pudding as to how many of her ambitious proposals come to fruition. But it was uplifting to hear her focus so exclusively on the middle class and affordability. People of lesser economic means strive to rise to become a part of the middle class; so it’s also about ensuring that those who work hard and improve their lot in life will have a place here, as well. The late Mayor Ed Koch produced more affordable housing — 180,000 units — than anyone, and it was one of his proudest achievements. It’s an achievement not lost on Quinn. “The dream and promise of the middle class — that’s the dream that Mayor Koch was thinking about,” the speaker said. She ended with a pledge to the middle class: “New York was — New York is — and New York always will be your city.” Let’s hope so, that the Big Apple won’t increasingly be a heartless place of empty pied-à-terres, but a place with a healthy mix of income levels with strong middle-class backbone.

LetterS to the edItor Koch ruled by division

What sad news to return to

To The Editor: Re “Koch’s color, complexities laid out in new documentary” (news article, Feb. 14): Koch brags about bringing people together? What a sad joke. He ruled by division, especially along racial lines. And his failure to bring people together to fight H.I.V./AIDS allowed the virus to spread out of control from New York, the epicenter of the pandemic. That’s what made his sexual orientation relevant. His fear of being identified as homosexual drove some of his worst actions — and prevented him from identifying the gay men who were dying as his brothers.

To The Editor: Re “Soho woman riding on kick scooter is killed by long truck” (news article, Aug. 30): Away for six months, I was shocked to learn from a friend tonight, on Feb. 13, of Jessica Dworkin’s recent horrid death and I just now read The Villager story. How sad and tragic. What a happy, free spirit in her cowboy hat with her love affair with plants, animals and people, life and New York City. I knew her from the Village and Soho and would bump into her on the street or at Morton Williams where she’d drag me to the Washington Square Village gardens where she’d commune with the flora and fauna like St. Francis. She said the Allman Brothers titled their song “Jessica” after her, and why not? May this angel liven up things in heaven.

Andy Humm

Goldin is a treasure To The Editor: Re “Moses couldn’t part the L.E.S.” (news brief, Feb. 14): Frances Goldin is a treasure — but she’s nearly 90, so we need to learn from her while we can. Check out the history of the Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association, which is the result of the fight she, Esther Rand and Thelma Burdick led. These are the names of heroes, along with all the others who fought to retain low-income housing stock. But you won’t find them on plaques in any Hall of Fame, or even talked about much, since the powers that be don’t want you to know about them. If the people knew they could own and manage their own buildings, with nonprofit rents of a quarter or less than market rate, landlords wouldn’t stand a chance. Chris Brandt

Her prayers finally answered To The Editor: Re “Derelict Canal building and two others to be renovated” (news article, Jan. 24): Many thanks for your supportive article regarding the wee houses that are going to be rehabilitated. I’ve often said a prayer for them when walking back from the City Records room on John St. Jessie McNab

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Feldman’s vision was key Re “Feel the burn! Theater for New City pays off mortgage” (news article, Feb. 7): Something’s missing from your article about Theater for the New City. You failed to mention that Floyd Feldman — co-founder and director of Good Old Lower East Side — was the genius that envisioned the transformation of the underutilized Department of Sanitation facility, in the former city market, as a home for the theater. Without Floyd’s creativity and tireless effort, along with the efforts of the staff of GOLES, T.N.C. would not today be calling E. 10th St. and First Ave. “home.” Susan Leelike Leelike is co-founder, Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES)

People were scared to back me To The Editor: Re “Geballe wins Round 1” (Scoopy’s Notebook, Feb. 7): On Jan. 31, Arthur Schwartz, a State Committee member, and I lost a three-way special race to Jon Geballe for male district leader for Part A of the 66th

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Is NID really needed, and who asked for it anyway? tALkInG poInt BY EILEEN STUKANE The Hudson River Park is in a financial fix with about $40 million in repairs needed to keep Pier 40 stable, plus the costly rebuilding of park structures damaged from Hurricane Sandy. And as noted in this newspaper, the Hudson River Park Trust was already operating at about a $7 million deficit last year. Fees from commercial leases along the waterfront, such as the parking on Pier 40, as well as tenants like Chelsea Piers and the Circle Line, are not enough to cover the park’s operating costs. City and state funding for the Hudson River Park has dwindled to a trickle, and the park is essentially supposed to be financially selfsustaining. Residential and commercial property owners near the park are now waking up to the fact that they will be offsetting this shortfall if Manhattan’s first neighborhood improvement district, or NID, which allows for property tax assessments, is ultimately sanctioned by the City Council. The NID will cover the park’s 5-mile length, along the river from W. 59th St. to just below Chambers St., and eastward from the river for about three blocks (with some variation along the way). The NID area for the Village will extend from the Hudson River east to Eighth Ave. and Hudson St., and from W. 14th St. south to the beginning of Hudson Square. The idea for creating a neighborhood improvement district seems to have sprung from concerns of the Friends of Hudson River Park. The NID boundaries and the small annual assessments, 7.5 cents a square foot for residential ($75 for 1,000 square feet) and 15 cents a square foot for commercial, were decided upon by the Hudson River Park NID Steering Committee. No input from the general public was sought. A.J. Pietrantone, executive director of the Friends of Hudson River Park, assures that the fees will never go up, and may in fact go down as more properties are created in the NID. The yearly assessments are estimated to bring in $10 million to the Trust. The NID is following the procedure used to create a business improvement district, or BID, of which there are 67

across the five boroughs of New York City. In Manhattan there are BIDs around parks like Union Square and Bryant Park. However, this Hudson River Park NID is much larger than a typical BID, and the grassroots motivation of businesses in a certain area to assess themselves to improve their neighborhoods and businesses has not exactly been a grassroots movement in the Village. Everyone loves the Hudson River Park and there’s no doubt that the community would want to come together to save it. As an example, the High Line has created a remarkable profile for itself by reaching out to the community. People apply to, and wait to be accepted into, the High Line’s gardening maintenance program,

St. Vincent’s, the Spectra pipeline, now the NID… . Residents feel powerless in their own community. and these same people would have gladly volunteered for the Hudson River Park if a program had reached out to them. Many residents who are only now learning about the proposed NID at public meetings would have liked to have been involved through their block associations or other neighborhood organizations earlier on. The public meetings do not seem to offer a plan in progress but rather, a plan in place. Having attended many community board meetings and civic gatherings in the Village, I have a sense from residents that they feel powerless in their own community. The closing of St. Vincent’s Hospital, the arrival of the Spectra pipeline, the announcement that they may be living in a special tax-assessment district, these events accumulate around them and they feel voiceless. On its Web site the Hudson River Park notes that the NID Steering Committee, which decided on the district’s geographical boundaries and levels of assessment, is comprised of 23 members. Of those, 10 are major real estate developers, among them The Durst Organization, Member of the New York Press Association

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Rockrose Development and Silverstein Properties. Among the others there are representatives for Community Boards 1, 2 and 4, one neighborhood organization, and three — only three — residential owners. There was certainly enough time to bring in neighborhood groups and residents. According to “The Impact of Hudson River Park on Property Values” study on the Trust’s Web site, Friends of Hudson River Park received a $25,000 grant in 2005 “to document the impact of the new Park on adjacent property values.” Friends used a 2001 analysis by John Crompton for guidance, and with the Real Estate Board of New York, analyzed property values for 2003, 2004 and 2005 in the area that is now designated for the NID. It was determined by the Friends committee that due to the Hudson River Park, the surrounding area’s property values went up 20 percent in those years. In the words of the study: “Over the 16 years since the Park plan was announced, buildings in Greenwich Village have increased in value by approximately 300%...as compared to approximately 200% for Manhattan as a whole.” Of course prices in the West Village

have skyrocketed in the last 10 years. The park is a factor, but here there are good schools, renovated landmarked buildings, upscale shopping, and other parks as well. Property values from the Hudson River to Hudson St. were not compared to property values from Hudson St. east to Sixth Ave. in the West Village for the same time period. The people who are affected by major changes in their communities ought to be allowed greater input. Since 2005 there were surely ways of making Greenwich Village more aware of the needs of the Hudson River Park, more fundraising events, more inclusion of neighborhoods. Rather than planning a neighborhood improvement district mostly with prominent real estate developers, and then informing residents after the fact, the NID could have truly been a grassroots movement. If more residents had been included in the process, there might have been other suggestions, perhaps a graduated assessment — higher at the park’s eastern edge and lower farther inland — or even a willingness to expand the NID’s boundaries. Imagine... .

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A new vision for Pier 40 and for a truly public park TALKING POINT By Tobi Bergman On clear and crisp Saturday morning in April, 27 years ago, I walked with my family along Clarkson St. past J.J. Walker Field, a dust bowl that had long been the exclusive home of a network of local “bar league” softball teams. Groups of Little Leaguers were on the field, something I had never seen before, gathered in groups with their coaches. My older son, born with a baseball glove on his left hand, was transfixed. He sent his mother out to the registration table, but she came back with bad news: no more spaces for 6-year-olds. Patrick would not be dissuaded, so we sent him out on the field to make his case. Our very shy son, to our amazement, tugged on coaches’ shirts until Coach Ken Levy said, “Yeah, sure, I’ve got an extra shirt.” I didn’t know then Patrick was introducing his family to community. For almost 20 years, our neighborhoods have discussed the fate of Pier 40 with customary passion, in this case, appropriate to the importance of the topic. The discussion will continue at a community forum next week. The funny thing is, excepting for a fringe that says to let the pier fall into the river, everyone agrees that the goal is to get the best park we can get on this very special, publicly

owned, 15-acre site. And most now agree the status quo is not an option, and the Hudson River Park Act has to change. The youth sports leagues were and are rightly impatient. Back then, leagues that asked for temporary fields at Pier 40 — because they had run out of space and were turning children away — were seen as interlopers and compromisers by those demanding an open green park. Now families want to protect the fields, for themselves and others to follow, and leagues want to increase them because the neighborhoods are growing and they are again turning children away. Children can’t wait. Sure, children can travel to play ball, but it takes a local field to make a village. And yes, families get to know each other in schools, too, but the leagues are broader, and the times on the field are less rushed. Youth sports is about kids playing games, but it’s also about small-town ways in the big city, and the Pier 40 fields are pure, joyful magic for that. Others in the neighborhood were and are equally dedicated to getting the best possible park at the pier and are rightfully worried about powerful developers getting a foothold along the river. But they feel less urgency, and the compromises they are willing to make are different. The two points of view were at odds in the years prior to passage of the Hudson River Park Act. Then they came together in 2005 in a fight against a harmful proposal for an

entertainment-and-retail mega-complex. Now we are all faced with a challenge: to change the act in a way that allows a practical and excellent solution. Is it better to allow a limited amount of residential development in the area in front of the pier in exchange for a 9-acre park with more fields and income for the park? Or is it better to accept a lesser park, but hold the line against residential development on the waterfront? Is it a greater risk to allow some residential development, or to accept a choice between high-impact projects and ones that don’t provide fields our families need and can’t provide the income necessary to maintain the park? Our West Side communities got a decent deal in the Hudson River Park Act. The city and state agreed to build the park. The Hudson River Park Trust was given control of the land and piers on the west side of West St., mostly state-owned. Most areas were designated for park use, and a few “nodes,” including all of Pier 40, were designated for “park commercial use.” It was not the enlightened vision our city had during a century of construction of great parks. But that was a different time, and on the plus side, unlike our city parks — where income flows to the general municipal fund — funds generated in this park stay in this park, including rev-

enue from the commercial nodes and most taxes and fees. As tax-levy funding for parks spreads thinner each year, Hudson River Park is fortunate it has the framework for a way to fund the much higher per-acre costs of maintaining waterfront parks. A new vision for Pier 40 will be presented on Feb. 28 by Pier 40 Champions and WXY Architecture — one that seeks to “save and green the pier, protect and grow the fields.” It may fairly be said the idea lets a foot in the door for residential use along the river. But it also squeezes the door tight by designating 60 percent of the pier for park use and eschewing new construction on the pier entirely. It opens views to the river across a new 9-acre park. And it creates, for the first time, a true public park on the pier, with the same protections as other city parks, perhaps not perfect and immutable, but strong and long-lasting. A different and less-visionary approach will be presented by a team led by developer Douglas Durst. It should be a time for a serious and productive discussion about how best to save our very important pier, and for people to come together. Come, and be community. Bergman is president, P3 (Pier Park & Playground Association), a member of Pier 40 Champions

letters to the editor Continued from page 10 Assembly District (Greenwich Village, south Chelsea parts of the East Village, Soho and Tribeca). About 60 members of the district’s County Committee cast votes in the election. This special election was held to fill temporarily the position vacated by recently elected state Senator Brad Hoylman until the next primary election. After the election on Jan. 31 a number of people reached out to apologize for not being able to cast their vote for me. They revealed that they could not possibly vote publicly against the candidate handpicked by the district leadership. The vote was an open, voice vote. Although I lost in the County Committee vote, I plan to run for district leader in the September primary election. In the primary, the entire community of Part A of the 66th Assembly District will have a voice and the ballots will be secret. If elected, I will bring diversity and, in fact, will be the first person of color ever to help lead the most legendary, progressive district of our city. Deley Gazinelli

Takes pot shots at Beal To The Editor: Re “Nebraska burns Beal; Gives pot activist 4 to 6 in the joint” (news article, Dec. 28): In your article on Dana Beal you are glorifying a twice-convicted drug felon! Why are you serving as a public relations firm for him? The word on the street is this Dana Beal sold garbage pot! Low-quality, inferior stuff! Dana Beal took advantage of very sick people by lining his pockets with money from these poor souls! Has Dana Beal ever held a lawful job? Can he show a W-2 form? The taxpayers of this country paid for his heart operations! Your newspaper should devote space to the more than 100,000 legitimate citizens of Greenwich Village — not to bums! Joseph Marra E-mail letters, not longer than 250 words in length, to lincoln@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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Holly Van Voast put up her “breast defense” in court.

Artist busted over her bust beats the charges in court By Jefferson Siegel Holly Van Voast walked out of Manhattan Criminal Court a free woman last Wed., Feb. 13, then celebrated by baring her bosom. Van Voast, 46, a performance artist and activist for the right of women to go topless in public, appeared in court to respond to the last three of several charges against her. The most serious of the charges involved Van Voast’s arrest for disorderly conduct, trespassing and pot possession when she doffed her top in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in January 2012. The other two arrests included her topless appearances on subways. The dismissal of all charges “covers all of Ms. Van Voast’s outstanding busts,” her lawyer, Ron Kuby, told reporters outside the courtroom, his tongue firmly in cheek. For her part, Van Voast, also known

for her painted-on black mustache, kept a black jacket on while appearing before Judge Ann Scherzer because Van Voast claimed, “I’m not an exhibitionist.” However, once outside the building, she immediately doffed her top, to the delight of several onlookers who whipped out cell phone cameras. News stories posted within hours after her appearance elicited dozens of comments, including several from Van Voast herself. Referring to her documentary, “Topless Shock Syndrome,” she opined, “...how weird other people get about breasts and a drawn on mustache!” Van Voast was frequently seen down at Zuccotti Park during the Occupy Wall Street encampment, as well as at O.W.S. events. For 20 years, women have had the same right as men to go topless in public in New York.

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Lunar Parade makes hissss-tory in Year of the Snake The Chinese Lunar New Year Parade and Festival wended its way through Chinatown Sunday. People born in the Year of the Snake are said to be complex and mysterious, and to have a sixth sense. Snake-sign people are also stylish and fashionable and have exceptional taste. Above left, lion dancers are always in vogue.


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Whole lotta shakin’ going on in Washington Square Everyone is doing the Harlem Shake, including New York University students, who gathered in Washington Square last Friday to join in on the viral video trend that’s sweeping YouTube. The phenomenon combines a 1980s Harlem dance move (the Harlem Shake) with 30 seconds of an electronic dance track produced in 2011 by Baauer. It starts with one solo dancer gyrating (the “chicken man,” below left) as everyone else sits around placidly. Then, 18 seconds in, everyone jumps in and starts doing freaky freestyle moves, standing on their head, riding unicycles with angel wings on, or whatever. One segment was even filmed underwater. YouTube recently reported that more than 4,000 Harlem Shake videos were being uploaded every day, with a total of more than 44 million views as of last week. To view the N.Y.U. Harlem Shake, go to http://search.yahoo. com/search?p=harlem+shake+video+nyu&ei=UTF-8&fr=moz35 .


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Pink Pony had a great ride, but couldn’t buck changes CLAYTON By Clayton Patterson It’s one thing to be anti-gentrification and against the corporate development that is destroying the fabric of the community and plowing under the elements that make a neighborhood, and another thing to be engaged in helping to save what is left of the community. If we don’t support our local familyand neighborhood-owned small businesses then we are contributing to the destruction of the community. It’s not always the unregulated rent increases, it can be the lack of customers or a combination of both. In the last few months on Ludlow St., just between Delancey and Houston Sts., we have lost the Pink Pony Cafe Littéraire & Ciné Club, the Cake Shop independent music venue, the print shop at 139 Ludlow St., Press Tea, Earth Matters natural food store, and soon Motor City bar, and possibly El Sombrero Mexican restaurant, at the corner of Stanton and Ludlow Sts. Uli Rimkus, the owner of the Max Fish bar, opened the Pink Pony in 1989. The two businesses, Max Fish and Pink Pony, are on the ground floor of the same building and are connected by a lease and a shared emergency exit. Phyllis and Lucien Bahaj took over the running of the Pink Pony in 2001. Phyllis was the business side of the family and Lucien created the wine list, the menu, the ambience. The Pink Pony was their second eatery in the neighborhood. Phyllis and Lucien lived Downtown. They had one son, Zac. Zac attended the Lower East Side NEST School, and his second home was the restaurants. Lucien was born in Morocco and grew up in the South of France, where he was attracted to the luxurious hotels and establishments that served fine food and had an intelligent clientele. He learned the proper way to serve, dress, present himself, and how to address the clients in the refined, upper-class service industry. His sense of adventure brought him to New York City. His service skills kept him alive and his knowledge of people opened the door to most of the exciting scenes happening in New York City. He worked in many of the clubs and in in-vogue restaurants. He knew the scene, the people, and hung out with the players who made the action happen. In 1998, he opened Lucien’s French Bistro at 14 First Ave. Lucien’s and the Pink Pony are his works of art and, besides his family, his other love. He had a vision, a feeling, he knew what he wanted, and he worked to perfect it. Nothing loud or pretentious, it must be somewhat understated, subtle, a little rustic, have a low-key elegance, and exude charm and sophistication. All blending together to create the atmosphere and feeling of being in an authentic French establishment.

Photo by Clayton Patterson

Restaurateur Lucien Bahaj and his son Zac Bahaj at the Pink Pony on Ludlow St., which just closed.

The visual was meant to please the eye. The atmosphere to soothe the soul and calm the body. The food was to delight the palate. At Lucien’s a customer had a choice of grilled salmon, rack of lamb, roasted squab, as well as traditional hors d’oeuvres, like escargots de Bourgogne, moules mariniere traditionnelle (mussels) and soupe de poisson traditionnelle (fish soup). Lucien made sure that there was something on the menu for a person on a limited budget. Lucien’s is the more expensive finedining experience. Pink Pony more casual, less expensive, good food, of course, but less European, closer to a more American taste. You could get one of the best steaks Downtown smothered in his special pepper sauce.   Typical customers tended to be connected to the world of culture: publishers, filmmakers, writers, artists, actors, photographers, gallery owners. Losing the Pink Pony is just one more death blow to what made the Lower East Side culturally alive. We trade culture for 7-Elevens and Dunkin’ Donuts. We go from the special and the unique to what one can find anywhere in America. It’s not just about authenticity but also about the loss of the family business. I watched Zac grow up and pass

through the various trials and tribulations that challenge a youth in the city. I saw him go from an innocent, bright-eyed kid hanging around the restaurant to chilling with some of the more notorious home boys. Letting his hair grow wild and his pants hang low and his underwear hang high. Then, in what seemed like only a short period of time, he morphed into a fine, upstanding, sharp-looking, mature young man who had developed the skills to manage the business on his own. Thankfully, he never got into any kind of serious trouble and he was not attracted to hard drugs and didn’t fall into the trap of uncontrollable drinking. Lucien always welcomed his customers. At the Pink Pony a customer could eat or drink coffee and people-watch, or just relax by oneself with the wide selection of books, newspapers and magazines to choose from. Lines from a René Ricard poem were painted on the wall. Jerry Pagane added the gold-leaf lettering on the place’s window. The walls were lined with photographs of local legends, like Allen Ginsberg, Judith Malina, Ira Cohen and Jonas Mekas, as well as a good crosssection of other notable customers; Spidey the rickshaw driver was a recent addition. If a person sits at one of Lucien’s establishments, you are his guest. Lucien

was always feeding someone. If an artist had no money but felt the need to be present, there was the $1 hard-boiled egg. Taylor Mead had an open invitation. Lucien supported local art establishments like Participant. He opened up the back room for book parties, art exhibition celebrations. He catered shows at my place. Zac curated art shows that he hung on the Pink Pony’s walls. He did a Monday night film series there, too. The Pink Pony was an asset to the Lower East Side. I have no idea how these new luxury builders think. The Norfolk St. Blue building intrigued prospective renters using the local culture as bait — yet they drove their neighbor Tonic, the highly respected experimental music and bookstore venue, out of business. The luxury, 27-story hotel next to the Pink Pony could not have asked for a better local flavor and good eatery next to it. What happened to the Pink Pony is many of the patrons moved to Brooklyn, the new people don’t get it, and the rent increases made it impossible to continue. Down the block from the Pink Pony, El Sombrero is on the verge of extinction, as is El Castillo De Jaguar, on Rivington St. Goodbye to the flavor of the French Moroccan, the Dominican and the Mexican — traded in for what?


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villager arts & entertainment Just Do Art! BY SCOTT STIFFLER

BOOK RELEASE: REVEREND BILLY’S “THE END OF THE WORLD”

No definitive word from the mountain as to whether the world will end with a bang or a whimper — but when it does, you can tell the desperate citizens fighting over the last Twinkie that Reverend Billy tried to warn us all. The righteous trickster in a shiny white suit and clerical collar, who cut his teeth with social justice flash mob actions that have become the stuff of legend, has brought his brimstone teach-ins to profit palaces such as the Disney Store and Chase Bank. This night, though, the good man of the cloth touches down at Culture Project — to celebrate the release of “The End of the World.” Reverend Billy’s short, often bittersweet and frequently brilliant tome will be read aloud from the stage by some of the greats — including Tony Torn, Malachy McCourt, Penny Arcade, Donald Gallagher, Georgina Young-Ellis, Mark Read and Dick Zigun (the Mayor of Coney Island). The Stop Shopping Gospel Choir will sing, conducted by Nehemia Luckett. Selections include a new song (composed by Sister Diva Laura Newman) that takes its message, and title, from the Reverend’s book. Free. Sun., Feb. 24, 3pm. At The Culture Project (45 Bleecker St., at Lafayette St.). Visit revbilly.com.

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Stop the Stop Shopping, long enough to buy Reverend Billy’s new book.

The West Village Chorale has cleared away the decorations from its December concert, for a musical event marking the spirit of the Lenten season.

WESTBETH GALLERY PRESENTS MARION LANE, DIANA T. SOORIKIAN & REBECCA DANKER

Westbeth Gallery brings together three gifted artists in this exhibit of paintings, wall sculptures and drawings. Marion Lane says of her creative process, “The possibilities of color, shape and line invites and delights me. It is always a new experience that I find impelling and often beautiful.” For Diana T. Soorikian, “The human body, without narrative or locale, dominates my work. I welcome the struggle between the opposites of figuration and the imperatives of paint.” Color moves Rececca Danker into “deciding how it can be applied, and how to combine it with shapes, the resulting composition can be an abstraction, with or without figurative elements.” Feb. 23 to March 10 (opening reception, 6-8pm, Feb. 23). At Westbeth Gallery (55 Bethune St., corner of Washington St.). Gallery Hours: Thurs.Sun., 1-6pm. For info, call 212-9894650 or visit westbeth.org. Also visit marionlanestudio.com, columbia.edu/ cu/arts/varchive/soorikian and rebeccadpaintings.com.

Photo by Marion Lane

Marion Lane’s “Bird Spirit” (painted and unpainted aluminum, 50x38x8 in.). Photo courtesy of the filmmaker

THE WEST VILLAGE CHORALE WINTER CONCERT: “THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY”

The West Village Chorale marks the Lenten season with this spiritually evocative winter concert traversing the realms of penitence and reflection to the heights of transcendent joy. The program includes selections from the German repertoire of three centuries: Allegri and Schein (representing the 17th century), the Romantic period (Brahms) and the 20th century (Hugo Distler’s rarely performed masterpiece “Fürwahr, er trug unsere Krankheit”) — plus arrangements of spirituals (“Sinner Man,” “Steal Away,” “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child”) and Eric Whitacre’s rhapsodic “Alleluia.” Music Director Michael

On Feb. 27, see the film — and stay for a panel discussion on current legislation.

Conley’s 2010 composition “The Quiet Man” (a setting of a 16th century Tudor England text) will also be performed, with pianist Elena Belli. Sun., Feb. 24, at 6:30pm. At Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South, at Thompson St.). Tickets: $25, $10 for students. Chorale Info Line: (212) 517-1776. Visit westvillagechorale.org.

FILM: “AFTER I PICK THE FRUIT”

Bookended by scenes from the apple orchards around Sodus, NY — with stops in between at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, the orange groves of Florida and the Capitol Building in Albany — this featurelength documentary follows the lives of five immigrant farmworker women (three of them undocumented) over a ten-year

period as they struggle to fulfill their roles as workers, wives, mothers and members of an isolated community. “I was inspired to make the film after seeing women working in the fields and orchards near my hometown of Sodus,” says director Nancy Ghertner. “I wanted to meet them, to understand how they lived and what happened — after they picked the fruit.” The film will be followed by a panel discussion on current legislation (the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act) which would grant farmworkers the same rights as every other worker in New York. Free. Wed., Feb. 27, at 7:30pm. At New York Law School (185 West Broadway, btw. Leonard & Worth Sts.). RSVP to mloresto@nyclu.org. Visit afteripickthefruit.com.


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SATURDAY FAMILY PROGRAMS AT THE SKYSCRAPER MUSEUM Explore tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction and places of work and residence at The Skyscraper Museum. Their winter/spring “Saturday Family Program” series (taking place from 10:30-11:45am) features workshops designed to introduce children and their families to the principles of architecture and engineering through hands-on activities. On March 2, “Stack ‘Em High Woolworth” challenges kids ages 4-10 to construct a miniature version of the Woolworth Building (subject of a current exhibition). On March 16, “Greening of the City” celebrates St. Patrick’s Day by exploring the possibilities for greening NYC. Kids ages 7-14 will work together to create a model green building. On April 6, also designed for ages 7 - 1 4 , “ C a t h e d r a l o f C o m m e r c e ” e x p l o r e s h o w t h e Wo o l w o r t h t o w e r used the architectural vocabulary of medieval cathedrals. On April 27, “Woolworth’s Gargoyles” takes kids ages 3-10 on a quick tour of the exhibition “Woolworth Building @ 100,” then reveals why its design includes sculptures carved to resemble a monkey, dragon or lion (hint: it has something to do with rain water and the roof!). After the tour, participants will design skyscrapers with visual stories of their own. All workshops ($5 per family) are for ages 7+ and take place at 10:30am. Registration is required. Call 212-945-6324 or email education@ skyscraper.org. At 39 Battery Place (btw. First Place & Little West St.). Regular museum hours are Wed.-Sun., 12-6pm. Admission is $5 ($2.50 for students/seniors). THE SCHOLASTIC STORE Held every Saturday at 3pm, Scholastic’s instore activities are designed to get kids reading, thinking, talking, creating and moving. On Sat., Feb. 23, meet Stephen Savage — who’ll read from his new book, “Polar Bear Morning” (a follow-up to the popular “Polar Bear Night”). After meeting the author, make your own pom-pom bear to take home. This event is perfect for ages 3 and up. At 11am every Tues., Wed. and Thurs., the Scholastic Storyteller brings tales to life at Daily Storytime. At 557 Broadway (btw. Prince & Spring Sts.). Store hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-7pm and Sun., 11am-6pm. For info, call 212-343-6166 or visit scholastic.com/sohostore. PURIM IN THE STADIUM Chabad of Battery Park City hosts this allages event that invites you to come dressed up as a true sports fan and enjoy hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, French fries, sports-themed activities and games. There will be a multimedia Megillah reading and an awesome half time show featuring the World Yo-Yo Champion. Sun., Feb. 24, from 11am-1pm, at Chabad of Battery Park City (280 Rect o r P l a c e ) . $ 3 6 p e r f a m i l y. F o r i n f o , c a l l 6 4 6 - 7 7 0 - 3 6 3 6 , e m a i l i n f o @ chabadbpc.com or visit chabadbpc.com. SHOW WAY Vital Theatre Company’s world premiere of “Show Way” i s a m u s i c a l b a s e d o n t h e N e w b e r y H o n o r- w i n n i n g b o o k b y J a c q u e line Woodson (and illustrated by Hudson Talbott). Designed with kids ages seven and up in mind, it’s the perfect introduction to both musical theater and a uniquely American tale — specifically, the journey of modern-day Brooklyn girl Toshi Georgiana, whose search for a beloved family heirloom leads to an even richer discovery (about the generations of women who came before her — from slaves who sewed paths to freedom to civil rights marchers who pass on their stories and teach Toshi to reconnect with the past while celebrating the possibilities of the future). Sat. & Sun. at 11am & 1pm, through March 3. For tickets ($25; premium seats for $30), visit vitaltheatre.org or call 212-5790528. Vital Theatre Company’s McGinn/Cazale Theatre is located on the 4th floor of 2162 Broadway, on Manhattan's Upper West Side btw. 76th and 77th Sts. WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE YOUR LISTING IN THE VILLAGER? Please provide the date, time, location, price and a description of the event. Send to scott@chelseanow.com.

FACE TO FACE: AN EXHIBIT AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE ARTS The Children’s Museum of the Arts celebrates its quarter century of promoting self-expression and esteem — by presenting a new exhibit that offers a fascinating exploration of self-identity through still, moving and living portraits, as portrayed by children using traditional methods of painting and drawing as well as technology. “Face to Face” features 40 portraits selected from CMA’s Permanent Collection of children’s art from over 50 countries, dating back to the 1930s. “When viewed together,” says CMA Deputy Director Lucy Ofiesh, “the exhibit represents the diversity of self-expression and identity across the world and through the years.” To incorporate CMA’s philosophy of hands-on-art-making, the exhibit will be accompanied by a variety of interactive installations that examine the texture, shape and sound of portraits. Hands-on stations will encourage visitors to become part of the exhibit, including reimagined versions of a typical self-portrait station. At the CMA Media Lab,

visitors can take photos that will be projected on the wall. These photos will stream into a montage that will be accessioned into the collection and will also serve as a fascinating time-lapse of the exhibit as a whole. “Face to Face” also offers aspiring young artists the opportunity to submit their own works for a chance to become part of the museum’s Permanent Collection. CMA will accept 25 original works, in honor of 25 years of operation, to be selected by the museum’s curatorial team (with one chosen by an online viewer’s choice campaign). At the Children’s Museum of the Arts, in the CMA Gallery (103 Charlton St.). Hours: Mon. & Wed., 12-5pm; Thurs. & Fri., 12-6pm; Sat. & Sun., 10am5pm. Admission: $11 (Seniors and 0-12 months, free). Thursdays are pay-as-you-wish. For info, call 212274-0986 or visit cmany.org. For Twitter: twitter.com/ cmainnyc.


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Martha Graham’s spirit kindled, expanded Iconic dancer maker’s company lovingly reinvents DANCE

THE MARTHA GRAHAM COMPANY Through March 3 At The Joyce Theater 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street) Tues.-Thurs. & Sun. at 7:30pm Fri./Sat. at 8pm Sat./Sun at 2pm Tickets: $10-$59 Visit joyce.org Call 212-242-0800

BY GUS SOLOMONS JR How does a dance company survive after the death of its founding choreographer? That’s the question companies like Ailey and Limón have wrestled with successfully — by expanding their repertoires with works by new choreographers who reflect consonant aesthetic points of view. The Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s unprecedented solution was to close down and license some of his masterworks to companies that can do them justice both technically and expressively. When the company founder was a force of nature like Martha Graham, the impulse to keep her company alive is understandable, but maintaining its relevance is a challenge with no new dances coming from its founder. However, since 2005, under the artistic and executive direction of Janet Eilber and LaRue Allen, respectively, the once nearly moribund troupe has sprung to new life by emulating the best practices of art museums.

Photo courtesy of Hibbard Nash Photography

Photo courtesy of Costas

Lloyd Mayor in Richard Move’s “The Show (Achilles Heels).”

Blakeley White-McGuire in Martha Graham’s 1946 classic, “Cave of the Heart.”

Eilber’s vision is to design programs thematically, presenting groups of Graham’s repertory in ways that illuminate certain aspects of them — era, political content, emotion — in depth. This year’s 15-performance, two-week Joyce Theater season (February 20-March 3) continues this thematic approach with “Myth and Transformation,” which encompasses three different programs,

crammed with Graham classics. The erotic 1962 “Phaedra” joins masterpieces from the ‘40s, “Cave of the Heart” (1946), Graham’s take on the Medea legend; “Night Journey” (1947), the Oedipus tragedy embodied; “Errand into the Maze” (1947), based on the myth of Ariadne and the Minotaur, and the lovely, lyrical “Diversion of Angels” (1948).These ballets alone constitute a

treasure trove of Graham, but there’s more… The company has also been commissioning new ballets, some directly in Graham’s tradition, like the “Lamentation Variations,” based on Graham’s famous 1930 solo. Recent commissions to be presented this season include ones by postmodernist Yvonne Rainer (2012), Taiwanese dance maker Bulareyaung Pagarlava (2009), and the premiere of a piece by Doug Varone. The season also includes a reconstruction of Graham’s 1935 solo “Imperial Gesture,” as well as “The Show (Achilles Heels)” by Richard Move, who notoriously channels Graham in his own stage shows. Graham admirer Mikhail Baryshnikov originally commissioned this work for his White Oak Dance Project in 2002. At the February 21 Gala Performance, fashion icon Patricia Field will introduce “The Show,” and pop icon Deborah Harry of Blondie fame, who contributed original songs to Arto Lindsay’s score, will perform live. And as if all that Graham wonderfulness weren’t enough, the company will also do a premiere by noted contemporary Italian choreographer Luca Viggetti, titled “From the Grammar of Dreams,” and give us a sneak peek at a new work by Spain’s Nacho Duato, which will premiere in April in North Carolina.  The irony of the Graham Company taking over Merce Cunningham’s Westbeth facility is compounded by the sad fact that the Graham sets and costumes, stored in the building’s basement, fell victim to the flooding from apocalyptic Superstorm Sandy. So, the February 26 performance is dubbed “Fall and Recovery Benefit” and will feature a slate of guest artists who define their dance forms — ballet star Wendy Whelan, tap dancer Michelle Dorrance, and modern dance legend Desmond Richardson.

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Love N’ Courage

10th Annual Benefit for TNC’s Emerging Playwright’s Program

Celebrating Charles Busch

Actor, Writer, Innovator, Supporter of Freedom in Artistic Creation

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25th

at THE NATIONAL ARTS CLUB,15 Gramercy Park South Cocktails 6:30pm, Seated Dinner 7:00pm, Performances 8:00pm

Performers include: CHARLES BUSCH, CAROL FREEMAN, JOHN GRIMALDI, TAMMY GRIMES, THE LOVE SHOW, KITTY LUNN, MARK MARCANTE & CRYSTAL FIELD, LUBA MASON, DREW PULVER, KT SULLIVAN and SURPRISE GUESTS Tickets $150 Available online at www.theaterforthenewcity.net TNC’s Programs are funded in part by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts


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Ho r osc o p e s

Aries Impatient rams with multiple irons in the fire risk getting burned while watching their pots boil. Lucky Village Person: Cowboy.

Taurus You will find the character flaws of a Reality TV star both repulsive and intriguing. Lucky Bond: Timothy Dalton. Gemini Submit to bulk shopping urges when it comes to candles, canned goods and Marshmallow Peeps. Lucky Peep color: Blue. Cancer Next Wednesday will be present several opportunities to get what you gave up for Lent. Resist! Lucky beat: Bossa Nova. Leo Important information awaits, a foot to the left, as you glance downward to inspect your shoelaces. Lucky animal: Salamander. Virgo Pick a fight with a fellow subway passenger who’s clearly in the wrong and risk incurring the wrath of Saturn, their overprotective ruler. Lucky lines: A, C, E.

Libra Overconfidence from surviving that meteor strike will allow Russian Libras to scale new career heights. Lucky fabric: Wool Tweed. Scorpio Your competitive nature, applied to the problems of a casual acquaintance, will make all the difference. Lucky ill-advised snack: PEZ. Sagittarius Uneasy dreams prompt an early morning bout of contemplation in

matters of the heart, followed by the purchase of flowers. Tip well! Lucky pie: Apple.

Capricorn It is imperative that you cross over to the other side of the street, so to speak. Lucky chapter: 5. Aquarius This Tuesday at 8:37am, you will be challenged by a situation requiring empathy but inspiring apathy. Sleep in to avoid certain doom. Lucky drawer: Middle one.

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Canal Park Playhouse welcomes another eccentric Classic clown Avner defies logic, gravity THEATER

AVNER THE ECCENTRIC, IN “EXCEPTIONS TO GRAVITY” March 1-25 At Canal Park Playhouse 508 Canal St., btw. Greenwich & West Sts. Fri. at 7pm, Sat. at 1pm/7pm Sun. at 1pm/4pm Tickets: $20 Call 866-811-4111 Visit canalparkplayhouse.com Photos by Warren S. Westura

Avner the Eccentric comes to Canal Park Playhouse with “Exceptions to Gravity.”

Having fallen hard during Hurricane Sandy only to make a spectacular recovery, the newly refurbished Canal Park Playhouse — a frequent host to jugglers, magicians and all manner of vaudevillians — welcomes to

its previously warped boards a thoroughly warped performer who bends the rules of gravity, and logic, to his will (for your viewing pleasure). Known on the stage as Avner the Eccentric,

Avner Eisenberg has toured the world performing everything from Shakespeare to Brecht — and in this latest incarnation, (“Exceptions to Gravity”), the recent inductee into the International Clown Hall of Fame returns to

the classics, so to speak, in the form of timeless physical comedy. Think you’ve seen him before, on screen? You did — as the scenestealing holy man in “Jewel of the Nile.”

—Scott Stiffler

Rendez-Vous with a lush, languid Renoir French cinema fest a state-of-the-art survey of Gallic film FILM

RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA

February 28 to March 10 At IFC Center 323 Sixth Ave. at W. Third St. Also at Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater (165 W. 65th St., btw. Amsterdam & Broadway) and BAMcinematek (30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn) For ticket & schedule info, visit rendezvouswithfrenchcinema.com

Vincent Rottiers as Jean Renoir and Christa Theret as Andree Heuschling.

BY RANIA RICHARDSON “Renoir,” a lush, languid film that follows the aging impressionist painter PierreAuguste Renoir and his son, legendary filmmaker Jean, is a highlight in Rendez-Vous with French Cinema — the annual state-ofthe-art survey of Gallic film. Now in its 18th year, Rendez-Vous will show 26 films at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the IFC Center and BAMcinematek, February 28 to March 10, and will feature work by

Photos courtesy of Fidelite Films and Samuel Goldwyn Films

Michel Bouquet as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, in “Renoir.”

emerging filmmakers as well as auteurs. In a tribute to Jean Renoir, three of his masterworks will screen — including "Boudu Saved from Drowning," an early film that satirizes the bourgeoisie. Among the notable guests in attendance at the festival will be "Renoir" director Gilles Bourdos. Beloved, prolific director Francois Ozon will be on hand with "In the House," the comic tale of a high school writing teacher (Fabrice Luchini) who becomes personally

involved in the stories of one of his students, along with his wife (Kristin Scott Thomas), a provocative gallery owner. "Therese Desqueyroux," the final film of Claude Miller (who passed away last year) will be accompanied by Annie Miller, his producing partner and widow, and star Audrey Tautou, who plays the disturbed, titular heroine in a modern remake of the 1962 Georges Franju film of the same name, which will also screen in the festival.


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February 21 - 27, 2013

Public Notice s NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SWEET ANGEL GARMENT CARE LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/8/13. Office New York County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal address: 713 Washington St. New York, NY 10014. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 02/21 - 03/28/2013 Notice is hereby given given that license #1268837 has been applied by the undersigned to sell wine at retail in a restaurant under the alcoholic beverage control law at 125 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016 for on-premises consumption. SUIMON INC d/b/a KAJITSU Vil: 02/21 - 02/28/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of Palmer Sound NYC LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NewYork (SSNY) on 01/03/13. 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: 65 Downing Street Apt A New York, NY 10014. Purpose:To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 02/21 - 03/28/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of APAC LIVING, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NewYork (SSNY) on 01/28/13. 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: Gartner+Bloom PC, 801 2nd Ave #1505 NY, NY10017. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 02/21 - 03/28/2013 Notice of Qualification of CCD OF NEW YORK, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/07/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/27/11. Princ. office of LLC: The Learning Experience, 4855 Technology Way, Ste. 700, Boca Raton, FL 33431. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State - DE, Corp. Dept., Loockerman & Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/21 - 03/28/2013 Notice of Formation of PHIPPS HPS GP LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/07/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 902 Broadway, 13th Fl., NY, NY 10010. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/21 - 03/28/2013

Notice of Qualification of GATEWAY CENTER PARKING ASSOCIATION, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/07/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/04/13. Princ. office of LLC: 60 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10023. 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. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of DE, John G. Townsend Bldg., Federal and Duke of York Sts., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/21 - 03/28/2013 THE GRAMERCY CENTRE LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 2/4/13. Office in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC 38 Gramercy Park Apt. 3E New York, NY 10010. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/21 - 03/28/2013 Notice of Formation of Wild History, LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/28/12. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 604 E. 11th St., NY, NY 10009. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/21 - 03/28/2013 Notice of Formation of North 9 Joy LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/6/13. 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 Joy Construction Corp., 40 Fulton St., 21st Fl., NY, NY 10038. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/21 - 03/28/2013 Notice of Formation of New Heights Tech. LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/3/13. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Stanley K. Anderson, 13 Pierson Curt, Mahwah, NJ 07430. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/21 - 03/28/2013

Notice of Formation of SK Reade LLC, Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 9/21/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Qual. of Village 2 JV SPE LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 12/4/12. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 12/3/12. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, 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: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Qual. of Sydell Freehand Williamsburg LLC, Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 11/13/12. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 11/7/12. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, 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: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Qual. of Altalis Capital Management LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 8/2/12. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 7/19/12. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Sam Elder, 11 E. 86th St., Apt. 2C, NY, NY 10028. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013

Notice is hereby given that an on-premises license, #TBA has been applied for by Bowery Kitchen LLC to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 220 Bowery New York NY 10012. Vil: 02/14 - 02/21/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SG@NYC, LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/28/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal address: c/o Stephanie Garcia 1569 York Ave NewYork, NY 10028. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013

Notice of Formation of Leondari Marine Advisors LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 5/30/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Seward & Kissel, 1 Battery Park Plaza, NY, NY 10004. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 75 WALL STREET LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/23/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal address: 118 Baxter St 402 NY, NY 10013. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013

Notice of Qualification of HEI Fund GP LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/15/2013. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/02/2013. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 477 Madison Ave. 8th Flr., NY, NY 10022. DE address of LLC: c/o Maples Fiduciary Services (Delaware) LLC, 4001 Kennett Pike, Ste 302, Wilmington, DE. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, of the State of DE, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Qualification of OUT OF EGYPT LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/06/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/22/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Louis R. Piscatelli, Esq., Withers Bergman LLP, 430 Park Ave., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of the State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Qualification of MKP OPPORTUNITY PARTICIPATION FUND LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/05/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/01/13. Princ. office of LLC: 4 World Financial Center, 250 Vesey St., 11th Fl., NY, NY 10080. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, DE, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Qualification of VOYANT CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/04/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/31/13. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Millennium Management, LLC, 666 Fifth Ave., 9th Fl., NY, NY 10103. 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, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State - Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013

Notice of Qualification of SOFT SERVE FRUIT CO LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/01/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/04/10. Princ. office of LLC: 337 Park Ave. South, 5th Fl., NY, NY 10016. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Qualification of Landmark Infrastructure Holding Company LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/28/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/8/10. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, also the registered agent. Principal office: 1700 E. Walnut Ave., Ste. 400, El Segundo, CA 90245. Address to be maintained in DE: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secretary of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Registration of GUSY VAN DER ZANDT LLP Certificate filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/19/09. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to:The LLP, 261 Madison Ave., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10016. Purpose: practice the profession of law. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013

Notice of Formation of ATF COMMODITIES LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/29/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 64 Waterman Ave., Rumson, NJ 07760. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Formation of 426 East 9th LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/24/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 636 Broadway, Ste. 820, NY, NY 10012. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Formation of Eldridge Beaumont LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/1/13. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Andrews Kurth LLP, 450 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013 Notice of Qualification of Zuckerberg Media, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/8/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 5/7/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Jeffrey Paik, Zuckerberg Media, LLC, 960-970 O’Brien Dr., Menlo Park, CA 94025. DE addr. of LLC: National Registered Agents, Inc., 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013

Notice of Formation of AR ROZA FEE LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/2/12. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Steven E. Plotnick, 227 E. 58th St., 3rd Fl., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION of Graves, Horton, Askew & Johns, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NewYork (SSNY) on 02/22/12 Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: Graves, Horton, Askew & Johns, LLC, 1750 K St., NW, #200, Washington, DC 20006. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013

Notice of Formation of Roth Group LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/21/11. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Steven E. Plotnick, 227 E. 58th St., 3rd Fl., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/14 - 03/21/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Holland Hunt LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/11/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: US Corp Agents, Inc. 7014 13th Ave Ste 202. Principal business address: New York. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013

Notice of Qualification of HOSPITAL MEDIA NETWORK, LLC Authority filed with Secy of State of NewYork on 01/28/13. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Connecticut on 5/1/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Avenue, 13th floor, New York, NY 10011. NRAI is registered agent as well. Address required to be maintained in home jurisdiction: 1 Station Place, Stamford, CT 06902. Arts of Org filed with the Secretary of State of Connecticut, Commercial Recording Division, 30 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT 06106. Purpose: Patient room TV advertising. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 NOTICE OF CONVERSION OF Charles, Frederic & Co., LLC Cert of Conversion filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/5/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: The Bank of New York Mellon, Securities Dept., One Wall Street, NY, NY 10286. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF THE ALCHEMY SHOP LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/3/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: 333 E 109TH STR #6C NY, NY 10029. Purpose: any lawful act. 2023960 Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: URBAN KINGS, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/22/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 245 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1001, New York, New York 10016. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 STONE & WILLIAMS PARTNERS LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 12/26/12. Office in NY Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP Attn: Theodore N. Kaplan, Esq., 850 3rd Ave., 14th Fl., NY, NY 10022, which is also the principal business location. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013

800 BP NYC, LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/27/12. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 1150 Ave. of the Americas, Fl. 5, NY, NY 10036. General Purposes. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 WINDSOR PARK, LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/19/12. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 54 W. 21 St., #905, NY, NY 10010. General Purposes. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 Notice of Formation of One Jewelers LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/7/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Tylan W. Davis, 1050 2nd Ave., #19, NY, NY 10022, also the principal office address. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 Notice of Formation of Re-Inked LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/25/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 225 W. 13th St., NY, NY 10011. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Hunter Gray at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 Notice of Formation of RGN INSTRUMENTS AND COLLECTIBLES, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/29/12. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 1700 Broadway, 39th Fl., NY, NY 10019. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 Notice of Qualification of STAPLE STREET GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES FUND, L.P. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/24/13. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/07/13. Princ. office of LP: 24 W. 40th St., NY, NY 10018. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LP at the addr. of its princ. office. The regd. agent of the company upon whom and at which process against the company can be served is Nasser A. Ahmad, c/o Staple Street Global Opportunities Holdings LLC, 24 W. 40th St., NY, NY 10018. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. DE addr. of LP: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013


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Public Notice s Notice of Qualification of YAMPA, L.L.C. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/22/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/18/13. Princ. office of LLC: 350 Park Ave., 11th Fl., NY, NY 10022. 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, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 NOTICE TYPE: Certificate of Assumed Name Certificate of Assumed Name: KSA RETAIL LLC is doing business as EQUIPMENT; their principal place of business in New York is 80 West 40th St., #40, New York, NY 10018. Business will be transacted at 110 Wooster St., New York, NY 10012. This certificate was filed with the State of New York, Department of State on 12/18/12. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 Notice of Formation of Unit 500, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/19/12. Office location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 62 W. 47th St., Ste. 501, NY, NY 10036. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 Notice of Formation of October Management LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/7/13. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Libra Capital US, Inc., 134 E. 40th St., NY, NY 10016, Attn: Bert Diaz. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013

Notice of Formation of NYNP LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/22/13. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Capitol Services, Inc., 1218 Central Ave., Ste. 100, Albany, NY 12205. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 Notice of Formation of J2FIT, LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/23/13. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1382 First Ave., Apt. 19, NY, NY 10021. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 Notice of Formation of Gallagher’s Famous, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/13/12. LLC formation on 1/1/13. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 228 W. 52nd St., NY, NY 10019, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 Notice of Formation of Gallagher’s National, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/13/12. LLC formation on 1/1/13. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 228 W. 52nd St., NY, NY 10019, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013

Notice of Formation of DANA Building LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/7/12. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Naomi Avigdor, 45 W. 85th St., NY, NY 10024. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013

Notice of Qualification of Lazard Emerging Markets Debt Blend (US), L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/17/13. Office location: NY County. LP formed in DE on 1/11/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, NY, NY 10112. DE addr. of LP: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 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: 02/07 - 03/14/2013

Notice of Formation of Valet Parking Services LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/23/13. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Icon Parking Systems, 211 E. 38th St., NY, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/07 - 03/14/2013

OTCEX LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/20/12. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Kaiser Saurborn & Mair, P.C., 111 Broadway, Ste. 1805, NY, NY 10006. General Purposes. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013

Notice of Qualification of MKP Opportunity HedgeFocus Fund LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/14/12. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 11 Madison Ave., NY, NY 10010. LP formed in DE on 12/10/12. 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: 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: 02/07 - 03/14/2013 NOTICE TYPE: Certificate of Assumed Name Certificate of Assumed Name: KSA RETAIL LLC is doing business as JOIE; their principal place of business in New York is 80 West 40th St., #40, New York, NY 10018. Business will be transacted at 1196 Madison Ave., NewYork, NY 10128; 429 14th St., New York, NY 10014; 114 Wooster St., New York, NY 10012. This certificate was filed with the State of New York, Department of State on 12/27/12. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of J + G Interior Design, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NewYork (SSNY) on 01/11/13. 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: J + G Interior Design, LLC, 1 University Place, Apt. 5G, New York, NY 10003. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013 Notice of formation for 753 Ninth Ave Realty LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (“SSNY”) on 12/12/12. Office location: NY county. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail a copy of any process to: 1461 First Avenue, New York, NY 10075. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013 Notice of formation for 753 Ninth Ave Holdings LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (“SSNY”) on 12/12/12. Office location: NY county. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail a copy of any process to: 1461 First Avenue, New York, NY 10075. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013 Notice of formation for 212 East 72nd Street LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (“SSNY”) on 12/12/12. Office location: NY county. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail a copy of any process to: 212 East 72nd Street, New York, NY 10021. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013

Notice of Qualification of Real Time Neuromonitoring Associates, PLLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/14/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Tennessee (TN) on 12/31/08. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: URS Agents, LLC, 25 Robert Pitt Dr., Ste. 204, Monsey, NY 10952. Principal office address: 3004 B Poston Rd., Nashville, TN 37203. Arts of Org. filed with the TN Secretary of State, 312 Rosa L. Parks Ave., 6th Fl., Nashville, TN 37243-1102. Purpose: to practice the profession of medicine and any lawful activities. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013 Notice of Formation of Golf Manhattan Instruction LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 11/30/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to CSC, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013 Notice of Formation of Luis Guerrero, PLLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 10/15/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to CSC, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: to practice the profession of Law. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013 Notice of Formation of Yield Curve Capital, LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 12/3/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Att: Amir Sadr, 105 Duane St., #44F, NY, NY 10007. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013 Notice of Formation of WiSH Trading LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 12/3/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Att: Amir Sadr, 105 Duane St., #44F, NY, NY 10007. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013 Notice of Formation of PFNY, LLC filed under the original name PFNY Operating Company, LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 11/27/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 320 Yonkers Ave., Yonkers, NY 10701. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013

Notice of Qual. of Armistice Capital, LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 6/4/12. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 4/11/12. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Steven Boyd, 237 Park Ave., 9th Fl., NY, NY 10017. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013 Notice of Qual. of Manor Road Investment Partners, LP Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 7/25/12. Office loc.: NY County. LP org. in DE 6/19/12. SSNY desig. as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: John Ku, 900 Third Ave., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Name/addr. of each gen. ptr. avail. at SSNY. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013 Notice of Formation of MAGNACARE IPA, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/15/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: One Penn Plaza, Ste. 4630, NY, NY 10119. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Attn: Craig B. Greenfield at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013 Notice of Qualification of THR WASHINGTON II, L.P. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/18/13. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/17/12. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. DE addr. of LP: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013 Notice of Qualification of SOLUTIONSTAR REALTY SERVICES LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/16/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 11/02/12. Princ. office of LLC: 350 Highland Dr., Lewisville, TX 75067. 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, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013

Notice of Formation of GNYHA Purchasing Alliance, LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/10/13. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o GNYHA Ventures, Inc., 555 W. 57th St., Ste. 1500, NY, NY 10019. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013 Notice of Formation of Hudson Empowerment LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/11/13. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 826 Broadway, 11th Fl., NY, NY 10003. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013 Notice of Qualification of Merrimac Marine Insurance, LLC Fictitious name in NY State: Merrimac Marine Insurance LLC, Brokerage. App. for Auth. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/31/12. Off. loc.: NY County. LLC formed in Florida (FL) on 6/27/02. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Corporate Research, Ltd., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016, the registered agent upon whom process may be served. FL address of LLC: 1020 North Orlando Ave., Ste. 200, Maitland, FL 32751. Arts. of Org. filed FL Secy. of State, 2661 Executive Center Circle, Tallahassee, FL 32301. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013 Notice of Formation of SES Wealth Advisors LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/18/12. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 237 Park Ave., 9th Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013 Notice of Formation of Weiter, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/10/12. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 405 Howard St., Ste. 550, San Francisco, CA 94105. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013 MANHATTAN COGNITIVE – BEHAVIORAL THERAPY / PSYCHOLOGY, PLLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 12/10/2012. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC 276 Fifth Avenue, STE # 905, New York, NY 10001. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 01/24- 02/28/2013

Notice of Qualification of HIROAKI, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/12/12. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Hawaii (HI) on 12/5/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: c/o Keiko Ono Aoki, 645 Fifth Ave., Ste. 905, NY, NY 10022, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. HI addr. of LLC: 1136 Union Mall, Ste. 301, Honolulu, HI 96813. Cert. of Org. filed with HI Commissioner of Commerce & Consumer Affairs, 335 Merchant St., Honolulu, HI 96810. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013 Notice of Qualification of Libra TE, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/17/12. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 11/13/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business address: 777 Third Ave., NY, NY 10017, Attn: Ranjan Tandon. DE address of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 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: 01/31 - 03/07/2013 Notice of Qualification of Thorley Industries LLC. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/10/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in PA on 6/15/05. 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. PA and principal business addr.: 40 24th St., 2nd Fl., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Cert. of Org. filed with PA Sec. of the Commonwealth, 206 North Office Bldg., Harrisburg, PA 17120. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013 Notice of Qualification of SP HHF Sub Brook Avenue LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/19/12. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: c/o Storage Post HHF Venture LLC, Two Buckhead Plz., 3050 Peachtree Rd. NW, Ste. 580, Atlanta, GA 30305. LLC formed in DE on 12/17/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013

Notice of Qualification of Zion Rootswear L.L.C. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/17/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in FL on 2/8/99. 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. Principal office addr.: c/o Bravado International Group Merchandising Services Inc., 1755 Broadway, 2nd Fl., NY, NY 10019. Cert. of Org. filed with FL Sec. of State, 2661 Executive Center Cir., Tallahassee, FL 32301. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 01/31 - 03/07/2013 Notice of Formation of CawsVideo LLC Articles of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/26/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: 116 Pinehurst Ave., Suite J23, NewYork, NY 10033. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act. Vil: 01/24 - 02/28/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ARAVO HOLDINGS LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/9/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal address: 118 Baxter St Ste 402 New York, NY 10013. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 01/24- 02/28/2013 TJD 21 LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 9/21/12. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 245 Park Ave., NY, NY 10167. General Purposes. Vil: 01/24- 02/28/2013 LENOIR LAW FIRM, PLLC, a domestic PLLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/28/12. Office location: New York. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the PLLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: S. John Lenoir, 2753 Broadway, Ste. 251, NY, NY 10025. Purpose: Law Vil: 01/24- 02/28/2013 Notice of Formation of SASHA WOLF GALLERY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/20/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 70 Orchard St., NY, NY 10002. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 01/24- 02/28/201


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Publi c Not ices COMGROUP GLOBAL HOLDINGS LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/18/12. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Trief & Olk, Esqs., 150 E. 58th St., 34th Flr., NY, NY 10155. General Purposes. Vil: 01/24- 02/28/2013 DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/10/12. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The Street.com, c/o James Cramer, 14 Wall St., 15th Flr., NY, NY 10005. General Purposes. Vil: 01/24- 02/28/2013 Notice of Formation of LINCOLN PLAINS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/10/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to M. Nader Ahari, 524 Broadway, Ste. 405, NY, NY 10012. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 01/24- 02/28/2013 Notice of Qualification of METLANG LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/09/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/08/10. 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. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of DE, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 01/24- 02/28/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION of Battery Park Holdings Subsidiary LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 01/10/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 200 Vesey St., 11th Fl., 3 WFC, New York, NY 10281. LLC formed in DE on 12/21/2012. 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: 01/24 - 02/28/2013 JONATHAN RAIBLE ARCHITECT, PLLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 12/24/12. Office in NY Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 370 Riverside Dr., #8B, NY, NY 10025. Purpose: To practice the profession of Architecture. Vil: 01/17- 02/21/2013

Notice of Formation of SN Compliance LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/4/12. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: USPO Village Station, P.O. Box 132, NY, NY 10014. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/24 - 02/28/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION of Brookfield Properties W 33rd Co. L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 01/11/13. LP formed in DE on 04/15/1986. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 200 Vesey St., 11th Fl., 3 WFC, New York, NY 10281. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP 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 LP: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. avail. 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: 01/24 - 02/28/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION of BOP West 31st Street LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 01/10/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 200 Vesey St., 11th Fl., 3 WFC, New York, NY 10281. LLC formed in DE on 01/15/1999. 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: 01/24 - 02/28/2013 Notice of Qualification of Foreign Limited Liability Company (LLC) Name: Global Tax Network Northeast, LLC. Application for Authority was filed by the Department of State of New York on: 01/02/2013. Jurisdiction: Delaware. Organized on: 01/30/2008. Office location: County of New York. Purpose: any and all lawful activities. Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to principal business address: 7950 Main Street N., Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55369. Address of office required to be maintained in Delaware: One Commerce Center, 1201 Orange Street, Suite 600, Wilmington, DE 19899. Authorized officer in its Jurisdiction is: Secretary of State of Delaware John G. Townsend Building, 401 Federal Street, Suite 4, Dover, DE 19901. Vil: 01/24 - 02/28/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF DONG & GU REALTY LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/3/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal address: 82 Rutgers Slip Apt 18G New York, NY 10002. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 01/17- 02/21/2013 Notice of Formation of Philal LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/6/12. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 01/24 - 02/28/2013 Notice of Qualification of Potenza Capital (GP), LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/28/12. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 12/21/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 01/24 - 02/28/2013 Notice of Qualification of EEGO West 44 Owner, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/27/12. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/17/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Jonathon K. Yormak, c/o East End Capital, 600 Madison Ave., NY, NY 10022, also the principal office address. Address to be maintained in DE: 27111 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808, c/o Corporation Service Company. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secretary of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 01/17- 02/21/2013 Notice of Formation of MARGULIES FAMILY PLAN, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/26/12. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 3 Savanna Circle, Mt. Sinai, NY 11766. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Steven Margulies at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 01/17- 02/21/2013

Public No tices Notice of Formation of THREADSTONE RETAIL TRACKER LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/04/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Treadstone Advisors, 477 Madison Ave., 24th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 01/17- 02/21/2013

Notice of Formation of 9 Gramercy Park South LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 11/14/12. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 9 Gramercy Park So., NY, NY 10003. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP, 1 N. Lexington Ave., White Plains, NY 10601. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/17- 02/21/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION of 50HT LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NewYork (SSNY) on 12/7/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: Corporate Filing Solutions, LLC, 425 Boylston St., 3rd Flr., Boston, MA 02116. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 01/17- 02/21/2013

Notice of Qualification of Catamaran LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/31/12. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in TX on 12/4/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Principal office address: 2441 Warrenville Rd., Ste. 610, Lisle, IL 60532. Cert. of Org. filed with TX Sec. of State, PO Box 13697, Austin, TX 78711. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 01/17- 02/21/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: PARKER ROSE LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/27/12. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 39 Broadway, Suite 3300, New York, New York 10006. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 01/17- 02/21/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of New Ballon Holdings, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/14/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: The LLC, 105 East 29th Street, Suite 5, New York, New York 10016. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 01/17- 02/21/2013 Notice of Formation of Charles Realty Associates, LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/11/07. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Corporation Service Company, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/17- 02/21/2013 Notice of Formation of 57 Reade 20A LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 10/11/12. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o David Chen, 57 Reade St., #20A, NY, NY 10007, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 01/17- 02/21/2013

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Public Notice NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at 66 John Street, 11th floor, on a petition from Gigino, Inc to maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk café at 323 Greenwich Avenue in the Borough of Manhattan for a term of two years. REQUESTS FOR COPIES OF THE PROPOSED REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 02/14 - 02/21/2013

CITATION File No. 2011/765 SURROGATE’S COURT, New York COUNTY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: The heirs at law, next of kin and distributees of VERA SAVOYKA, deceased, if living; and, if any of them be dead, to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest, whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence A petition having been duly filed by Public Administrator of the County of New York who is/are domiciled at 31 Chambers Street, Room 311, New York, New York 10007 YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, New York County, at 31 Chambers Street, New York, Room 509, New York, on March 22nd, 2013, at 09:30 o’clock in the forenoon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Vera Savoyka lately domiciled at 20 West 64th Street, Apt. 31V, New York, New York 100237129, United States admitting to probate a Will dated September 30, 1994 a copy of which is attached, as the Will of Vera Savoyka deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that: Letters of Administration c.t.a. issue to Public Administrator of the County of New York Further relief sought (if any): that Letters of Administration heretofore issued to the Public Administrator of the County of New York be revoked. Dated, Attested and Sealed, January 29th, 2013 HON. Nora S. Anderson Surrogate, Diana Sanabria Chief Clerk, Steven R. Finkelstein, Esq. Attorney, (212) 363-2500, 90 Broad Street, Suite 1700, New York, New York 10004-2286. NOTE: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you. Vil: 02/07 – 02/28/2013


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Fighting corporate ownership Hoylman hails delay of impact of our homes and our stores study on fracking; Calls for ban tALkInG poInt BY ROB HOLLANDER Back in pre-revolutionary New York, land owners took great care for their properties, prioritizing the quality of the living spaces that they allowed to be built on their land. Henry Rutgers required that no second house-in-back be built on his lots because only riffraff would rent a back house, and riffraff would ruin the neighborhood. When the first urban slums appeared around 1820, the landowner — now at a safe distance — allowed back houses, no longer caring about the future of the neighborhood. (You can still see those back houses in Chinatown and in the East Village. Look past the garden at the southeast corner of 13th St. and Avenue B, and you’ll see a row of back houses.) When the land or property was not fit for the owner to live there, it became a commodity to rent. Sacrificed for expediency, the quality of living space declined as the slum grew more densely populated. The goal was to maximize

Jared Kushner is also owner of the New York Observer, the salmoncolored paper on the newsstands. That might make him a bit more vulnerable than Ben Shaoul: The owner of a media outlet has a stake in his public profile. profit by packing in as many immigrants as possible with the fewest amenities necessary: The tenement, the first apartment house, commodified living space. The landlord, of course, lived in a townhouse, civilized and remote. Ownership from afar has profound and pervasive consequences for those who rent in New York. To the extent that the apartment building is the characteristic residential structure in New York, ownership from afar has defined the entirety of residential New York City. The ownership species in the city has evolved as individual persons have been replaced by corporate persons. The clear trend in our neighborhood has been toward corporate ownership. We saw it before the recession with “predatory equity” — corporations that bought a portfolio of properties with the express intent to evict and upscale. We see it more recently with Ben Shaoul’s Magnum Real Estate, perhaps the

most widely hated landlord in the East Village. It seems as if everyone in the neighborhood has a Shaoul story or has heard one. Now Ben Shaoul has sold a large portfolio of buildings to Jared Kushner, who is married to Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka. The buildings include 201 E. Second St., 23 Avenue A, 191-193 Avenue A, 211 Avenue A, 49 1/2 First Ave., 129 and 143 First Ave., 338-340 E. 11th St., 500 E. 11th St., 435 E. 12th St., 504-508 E. 12th St., and 516-518 E. 13th St. And If Shaoul’s corporation is big, Kushner’s is megabig. Distance can be measured not only in miles but also in bureaucratic levels, layers, offices and titles. The larger the corporation, the further from the consumer or client. How will this new super-remote corporate ownership affect the tenants? Kushner is also owner of the New York Observer, a reputable political newspaper, the salmon-colored paper on the newsstands. That might make him a bit more vulnerable than Shaoul — the owner of a media outlet has a stake in his public profile. Shaoul occasionally complained about his bad press, but it never slowed him down. Vulnerability notwithstanding, the tenants are worried, justifiably. They’ve created a hyperlocal tenants association, tenants from all the newly bought buildings, a super-tenant association. And they have allied with a local movement — called NO 7-Eleven — to resist the corporate commerce that Shaoul brought into his properties. The danger of ownership from a distance applies to commerce as well. Shaoul had a landlord’s preference for chain stores and franchises, Starbucks and the biggest franchiser in the world, 7-Eleven. Corporate stores can pay more rent than individual stores. Giant corporate stores not only can pay higher rent, they are less likely to fail, and so are more reliable renters. Shaoul evicted the coffee shop The Bean on E. Fourth St. just to rent the space to yet another, larger corporate cafe, Starbucks. Shaoul also cottoned to 7-Eleven. The projected 7-Eleven on 11th St. and Avenue A, target of community outrage as you’ve no doubt seen in the news, on the blogs and in the streets — that is in one of Shaoul’s buildings, and now it belongs to Kushner. It’s no coincidence that the organizer of the hyperlocal Kushner tenants association is also an active member of NO 7-Eleven. Both groups intend to support each other, feed each other, and use each other as leverage on the new landlord. So there will be high-profile pressure from multiple sources. The struggle against nonlocal, corporategiant control of our streets will soon meet the mayoral and City Council elections. Coming after 12 years of an administration that treated the city as a business rather than a conglomeration of communities with people in them, and pushed rezonings to gentrify every inch of real estate, the call for local community voice in land use and commercial character will be loud and angry. And might actually be heard.

After sustained pressure from environmental activists and their allies in government, Governor Cuomo’s administration last week took a positive step in the fight against hydrofracking in New York State. Per a request made by the commissioner of the state Department of Health, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced that it would delay the finalization of its supplemental generic environmental impact statement, or S.G.E.I.S., on hydrofracking until the ongoing study of the potential health impacts of the controversial dangerous drilling method is completed. Before this announcement, D.E.C. was slated to complete the S.G.E.I.S. and issue final regulations before the end of this month, officially opening the door to hydrofracking in New York State. This delay effectively continues the prohibition on hydrofracking, since no permits can be issued before the final environmental impact statement is released. New state Senator Brad Hoylman called for a ban on the drilling technique in the Empire State. “I strongly believe that hydrofracking should be prohibited throughout all of New York State,” Hoylman said. “In my first days in office, I submitted comments on D.E.C.’s draft hydrofracking regulations in which I strongly urged the agency to halt its march toward permitting tracking until the health study had been com-

pleted. I noted: ‘The sequencing and apparent lack of transparency of this process undermines public confidence in our state’s commitment to protect our precious natural resources and public health from the dangers of fracking,’ and I pushed D.E.C. to commit to release the health impact analysis for public review and to formally consider additional public comments on any updated or amended regulations upon the completion of all ongoing analyses.” Earlier this month, Hoylman also joined Assemblymember Barbara Lifton of IthacaTompkins County and many of their colleagues in the state Legislature in sending a letter to Governor Cuomo expressing serious concerns about what Hoylman blasted as “the utter lack of transparency in D.O.H.’s health impact study,” and urged D.E.C. to withhold adoption of the final environmental impact statement pending the completion of a robust and public health impact review. “While I continue to have reservations about the secrecy of the health impact study, I am pleased that D.O.H. and D.E.C. heard our call and have agreed to slow the process down,” Hoylman said. “We can’t let the interests of the drilling industry dictate the pace of the state’s review of the dangers of hydrofracking. The only way to ensure that this review is credible is to make the process by which it is conducted as open and transparent as possible.”


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Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, in black down jacket, center, led the march at Sunday’s rally on climate change in D.C.

Warming up to climate change By Royal Young The sprawling chemical plants of New Jersey pump billows of white exhaust into the clear blue February sky, underlining our mission. I am on a bus from New York en route to Washington, D.C., for what promises to be the largest climate change rally in American history. Organized by fantastic and passionate volunteers, these buses are full of a wide range of people young and old with pure motives they share on the four-hour drive: “I’m worried about the polar bears.” “I want to do my part to protest the Keystone pipeline.” “I love the planet.” Yet, my motives are a little more selfish. I was born and raised on New York’s Lower East Side, pre-gentrification. I remember a Downtown that was both derelict and beautiful, filled with prostitutes who I waved hello to on my way to kindergarten, but also hydrants blasting jets of limitless water into summer streets and smiling Dominican men selling cherry-flavored crushed ice from pushcarts. As I grew up, I saw my neighborhood changed by capitalism. As condos and chic wine bars opened, catering to the rich and hip, my youth disappeared. And the weather changed with it. There are no more cold, crisp winter days like when my young friends and I built castles out of snow drifts. Now, roses still bloom in Sara Delano Roosevelt Park in mid-January and mild days of sunshine have replaced blizzards. An apolitical, introverted journalist, I at first enjoyed these early warning signs. As a cynical city kid, I callously told friends the unseasonably warm weather was welcome. Then Hurricane Sandy hit. Sandy devastated New York. I feared for my elderly Jewish grandparents trapped out on Long Island with no heat or power. Though I moved out seven years ago, I packed bags and huddled with my parents in their renovated tenement apartment for a week, and we helped each other through the ordeal. Climate change, with all its catastrophic effects, was no longer something I could ignore. So when my politically active and admirable younger brother told me he was working with

350.org to organize buses for their Forward on Climate rally, I asked to join. Washington, D.C., is freezing, but a sea of people stretch as far as I can see, trekking over the muddy National Mall to listen to speakers from another native Lower East Sider, Rosario Dawson, to 350.org’s founder, Bill McKibben. The gathering’s main goal is to show President Obama that he should not pass legislation allowing the building of the Keystone pipeline, which would take the dirtiest fuel on earth from Canada to Texas. Native Indians from Canadian tribes show up on stage to speak about how the Canadian government is trying to take away their lands in the name of mining the earth for resources and money that will line the pockets of the already ultra-rich. From all over our country, earthlings have gathered to fight for nature. People hug in solidarity, a couple kisses, saxophones blare and voices are raised in chants. Yet, these are not all tree-hugging hippies. They are concerned children, adults, elders, Texans who work in the oil industry, scruffy New Yorkers like myself who see no profit in destroying the planet we live and give birth to new life on. “Organized money can’t beat organized people,” one of the speakers shouts and the roar of the crowd echoes blocks away to the White House. Yes, there is a dreamy part of me that imagines it might be exciting to live in a postapocalyptic world where the seas have risen to swallow cities, and resources are fought for by roaming tribes of humans who no longer belong to any one nation but battle each other for fuel. But having been through Sandy and witnessed shuttered gas stations on Houston St., their tanks guarded by armed police; having lived for even a week in an East Village without electricity — with scary nighttime streets shrouded in complete darkness — I know the reality. Climate change is deadly serious, and at the risk of betraying my old happily unaware self, it’s a dangerous problem that must be stopped and so must our attitude toward it.

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