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Champs pitch towers plan; durst goes to bat for reuse

iPhone bar thefts have sent village crime rate soaring

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON More than 400 people turned out for a public forum on Pier 40 last Thursday night, to hear presentations on two competing plans for the crumbling structure — including one that would add a pair of 22-story residential towers at the foot of the pier. The standing-room-only crowd packed the ground-fl oor meeting space at the Saatchi & Saatchi building, at Hudson and Houston Sts., just two blocks east of the sprawling but dilapidated 15-acre pier. The Pier 40 Champions plan would make the key Lower West Side site into even more of a sports mecca, expanding upon its existing, generous athletic field space. To fund sorely needed repairs for the aging pier, the proposal would include two high-rise towers located within Hudson River Park, just east of the pier. However — a critical requirement — a legislative change to the Hudson River Park Act of 1998 would be needed to allow housing in the park. The rival plan, by the Durst Organization, is an adaptive reuse of the current pier-shed structure. The pier’s parking operation would be consolidated into less space via parking stackers, while new commercial uses would be added to the pier, including a mix of high-tech offices and retail. Sporting their blue soccer training jackets, as they filed into the meeting, about 20 members of The Zum Schneider FC came to support the Pier 40 Champions plan. “We hold five permits at Pier 40. We’ve been playing there about 10 years,” said Joseph Roubeni, the 150-member soccer club’s director. Asked about the two 22-story towers, Roubeni said, “I think it’s a bit of a tradeoff, but if it could help push the financials at Pier 40, then I’m for it.” “It’s large,” he said of the appeal of Pier 40’s sports facility. “It has among the best fields in the city.” Meanwhile, standing nearby,

BY PAUL BUFANO After steadily decreasing for the past eight years, crime is soaring in the Sixth Precinct, which covers Greenwich Village and the West Village. Between January and February, the number of crimes reported to police rose 33 percent, compared to the same period a year ago. According to police, a wave of thefts committed against people at bars

and nightclubs is chiefly responsible for the increase. Criminals are stealing cell phones — especially the popular iPhone, because of its marketability and high selling price. There have been 172 reported cases of grand larceny this year to date, compared to 124 last year, an increase of 39 percent. Deputy Inspector Brandon

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Taking homeless fight to N.Y.U.’s door, he camps out

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Members of the ASA College baseball team turned out in support of the Pier 40 Champions plan. The school’s lacrosse team also uses the West Houston St. pier.

Maria Passannante Derr, a former chairperson of Community Board 2, was lobbying people to oppose the Champions plan and asking them to sign a petition. “I got two pages full of signatures, about 50 names,” she said later. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Derr said, “I think it’s impractical to build on the water right now.”

BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL John Penley, a photojournalist, Navy veteran and well-known local activist, has witnessed some of the most seminal uprisings in recent East Village history. In 1994 he documented the scene on E. 13th St. as police drove an armored personnel carrier — a.k.a. “the tank” — onto the block to evict squatters. More recently, he helped bring about the “Donut Social” concert of 2008, in what Penley describes as “the last minor

Plus, she added, taking away, or “alienating,” parkland to add towers is an issue for her. “We have the issue of park alienation,” she said, “and to alienate parkland in a community where we don’t have enough parks… .” Tobi Bergman, president of P3

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riot in the Lower East Side.” After an absence of about a year from the city, Penley is again bringing the fight back home, “home” being a problematic description because he is currently homeless. But Penley, never one to shy away from a fight, sees his predicament as part of the larger issues of homelessness and gentrification. Last Friday Penley took the fight to the front door of

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Taking the gentrification fight to N.Y.U.’s doorstep Continued from page 1 his perceived opponent, New York University. Standing in front of the Bobst Library on Washington Square South, Penley told several dozen people about N.Y.U.’s expansion, beginning in the 1980s, beyond Washington Square into the East Village and Lower East Side. “Every time they put up a dorm, the area around those dorms rapidly gentrified,” Penley said of the university. “N.Y.U. contributed to the speeding up of the gentrification of the Lower East Side. I’m out here to ask them to put something back,” the activist told the crowd, adding, “The dormitories have deposited large numbers of N.Y.U. students on the neighborhood who are not part of the community.” Penley recalled that, back in the day, he would run into Lou Reed, Deborah Harry of Blondie, the Ramones, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs on the East Village’s streets. “The reason those people were able to be there and do what they did was the rents, the cheap rents that were available,” he explained. Local groups like the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, the Historic Districts Council and the East Village Community Coalition have also railed against N.Y.U.’s relentless expansion. In addition, some of the school’s own staffers, members of N.Y.U. Faculty Against the Sexton Plan, have voted in favor of resolutions denouncing the

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At the start of John Penley’s campout protest outside Bobst Library last Friday were, from left, Barbara Ross, Frank Morales, Penley and L.E.S. Jewels.

university’s 2031 expansion plan. Just last week, a State Supreme Court judge ruled that opponents of N.Y.U.’s plan to develop open-space strips on Mercer St. and LaGuardia Place could proceed with their case. Penley said gentrification was behind the greater evil of homelessness in the area and throughout the city. Recent surveys have shown that New York

may be experiencing the largest wave of homelessness since the Great Depression of the 1920s and ’30s. The Coalition for the Homeless found that in January 2013, there were a record 50,135 homeless using the city’s shelters each night. Of those, more than 21,000 were children. The Coalition also said that the number of homeless sleeping in city shelters is 57 percent higher than in January 2002, when Mayor Bloomberg began his first term in office. The city’s Department of Homeless Services counted 3,282 homeless in its 2012 survey of streets, parks and subway stations. “I think N.Y.U. needs to put something back,” Penley said, offering a plan he’d like the university to seriously consider. He is suggesting that N.Y.U. buy the CHARAS/P.S. 64 building in the East Village, empty for many years but once home to numerous community groups. The building would be used to house the homeless and lowincome individuals, and could further serve as a training center for N.Y.U.’s students in fields like medicine, dentistry and social work. Told of Penley’s proposal, Philip Lentz, N.Y.U.’s director of public affairs, responded, “N.Y.U.’s students, faculty and staff provide thousands of hours of community service to those in need in New York City, but we leave it to those whose expertise lies in the area of serving the homeless to tend to those urban needs.” Lentz added that the N.Y.U. Community Fund annually supports a number of agencies that aid the homeless, including the Bowery Residents’ Committee, the Bowery Mission and University Community Social Services. Ironically, Penley’s photo archive of East Village history is housed in the university’s Tamiment Library collection. Other speakers at the rally vented their outrage at the growing problem of homelessness citywide. Father Frank Morales, a pioneer squatter and member of the group Picture the Homeless, told the crowd, “There’s a crisis in New York City of homeless...with women and children being the fastest-growing demographic in the homeless population.” He said

a recent Picture the Homeless survey found enough vacant housing in the city to house the homeless population three times over. Picture the Homeless, founded by two homeless men in 1999, recently counted more than 3,000 vacant buildings in the five boroughs. In 2009 Morales and eight other members of the group were arrested for taking over a vacant lot on E. 115th St. as they called for empty lots and buildings to be used to house the homeless. East Village performance artist Penny Arcade said, “The reality of homeless veterans in this country is one of the most shameful rightin-your-face secrets that is going on right now.” Arcade said that major movements, from civil rights to women’s rights, came about as the result of revolution, suggesting it would take a rebellion to bring the issue of homelessness to the fore. “The students have always been the front line of revolution in this country,” she declared while, throughout her 10-minute talk, crowds of university students passed by without stopping to listen to her. Barbara Ross of Time’s Up! — the procycling and environmental group — revealed to the crowd that she had once been married to a man with an undiagnosed mental illness. They separated and, last December, he was found dead on the street, another victim of homelessness. “Compassion is lacking in our culture,” said Joan Moosey, a Lower East Side activist and co-host of the cable show, “Let Them Talk.” “Why is any veteran of the U.S. military homeless? They’ve paid enough already. We owe them,” she declared. During his first night in the cold, Penley managed only a few hours of sleep. He said that at 6:30 a.m. N.Y.U. security asked him to move across the street into the park. “Being homeless sucks, man!” Penley said Saturday afternoon while sitting on his suitcase in front of Bobst Library. He had just returned from using the bathroom in the Yippie Museum on Bleecker St., several blocks away. As the afternoon temperature hovered around 40 degrees, Penley was already in pain. “I don’t know if I can take it take it that long,” he said. “My back really hurts.” Asked why no one had joined him in his overnight protest, Penley observed, “A lot of the people from the housing movement got gentrified and are gone.” He also excoriated the residents of several former squats for not turning out to support him. “When people get ownership of property and become legal, they go, ‘O.K., I got mine, and forget about the rest of you.’ “N.Y.U. needs to pay back the East Village and give people who got gentrified out a chance to come back,” he said. He plans a monthlong stay on the library’s doorstep. In some encouraging news for Penley, on Tuesday he reported that a bunch of N.Y.U. students plan to join him camping out this Friday evening, starting at 8 p.m. “It’ll be about housing and gentrification,” he said, “with food — kind of like a party — in front of the library.”


March 7 - 13, 2013 THE AGONY OF GUS: We hear from Mindaugus Blaudziunas — just call him Gus, it’s a lot easier — that the shuttered Our Lady of Vilna Church was recently put on the market for $13 million by the New York Archdiocese. Massey Knakal is brokering the sale of the old church, at 568 Broome St., just steps east of the Holland Tunnel entrance. “This development site represents an opportunity for a large resedential [sic] and commercial development with possible 45,636 buildable square feet. Delivered vacant,” the listing states. Ironically, the former congregants just marked the sixth anniversary of the humble Lithuanian Catholic church’s closing by Edward Cardinal Egan, during which they renewed their vows to keep hope alive to reopen it as a house of worship. Making a very good point, Gus told us, “Because of the proposed growth of the population in the area from 4 percent to 25 percent under the Hudson Square rezoning, and no churches (except Our Lady of Vilna) existing in Hudson Square, I took part in the rezoning hearings and advocated for the reuse of the building to serve the community needs. I wonder what the archdiocese of New York City or Trinity Real Estate would say about a nonexisting plan for serving the faithful in the area.” He’s in the process of gathering information to submit to the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission in hopes that the beloved church can finally be designated a landmark, and is reaching out to local elected officials. And if it doesn’t get landmarked, is there, he prays, another “angel” like the one who gave $20 million to save St. Brigid’s Church in the East Village from demolition — or maybe the same angel — who will rescue St. Vilna from the wrecking ball? We assume the development pressure has ratcheted up on the old church site because City Planning recently agreed to remove the lower-height Subdistrict B (located around the Holland Tunnel entrance) from the Trinity-led rezoning plan and raise these blocks’ height cap and F.A.R. up to the same level as the rest of the rezoning district.

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Mendez hits the big five oh and is going for three BY SARAH FERGUSON Councilmember Rosie Mendez celebrated her 50th birthday with a big-bucks celebration at the worker-owned Colors restaurant on Lafayette St. last Thursday. The event brought in more than $45,000 in donations to kick off her third-term bid to represent the East Village and Lower East Side. “Not even the Republicans in Washington could keep me away today,” joked Congressmember Nydia Velazquez, who planted a big kiss on Mendez’s cheek. Also in the house were Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn, who said she had been friends with Mendez since the two were housing activists together 25 years ago; and Councilmember Daniel Dromm, who drummed up donations like an auctioneer, while presenting himself as “one of the many queens from Queens for Rosie.” The place was jammed with community activists and artists of all stripes, includ-

ing members of Coalition for a District Alternative (CoDA) — Mendez’s political organization — the Lower Eastside Girls Club, and Mendez’s rarely seen older brother, Antonio, an emergency room M.D., who credited himself with being Rosie’s first “sparring partner” as they grew up in the projects in Williamsburg. “I have to say, I feel the love,” a beaming Mendez told the crowd.” Previously a vocal opponent of raising term limits, Mendez showed no qualms about running a third time. Citing recent successes—like the preservation and restoration of St. Brigid’s Church—and her role in coordinating relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy, Mendez said: “I believe I have worked tirelessly, and I want the opportunity to do that again.” Mendez’s mentor, former Councilmember Margarita Lopez cheered: “She’s the girl. She’s got the power!”

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The capacious building at 160 Bleecker St. was formerly a “reform house” for men called Mills House No. 1.

down-and-out men got lots of air, but almost no furniture BY T. SCHOEN In 1879 the Tenement House Act was passed. The measure ensured that tenements were no longer built with their windows facing interior hallways, instead requiring that they face an open area, which could simply be the open air, or a courtyard. As a result, numerous “reform houses” were constructed in this manner. Among the larger buildings constructed under the act’s provisions was Mills House No. 1, at 160 Bleecker St. Designed by Ernest Flagg, the building stands now as a refurbished relic from another time. The squat building is plain white, for the most part, with tall, narrow windows occupying much of the exterior wall space. Directly above the entrance, the building is shallowly partitioned by an ornate arch, set below a circular window lined with decorative carvings. The building, now an apartment complex called The Atrium, originally served as a home for the destitute. It featured 1,500 small rooms, each of which contained only a bed, intended for use only at night. A large, open courtyard was incorporated into the design, with many of the tiny rooms’ windows opening onto it. The complex was complete with all the necessary facilities: a restaurant, a laundromat and various washrooms and sitting rooms. The building was intended by the owner to be run not as charity housing, but as a business — a hotel that made a profit, but also encouraged the homeless men staying there to find work, providing them with a chance to get their lives in shape. Not long after its construction, in 1897, according to The New York Times, a man named Edward

J. Epstein became the first suicide victim in the history of the building, ironically being one of the more well-off tenants staying there at the time. Although the Bleecker St. building is known today primarily for its former use as a reform house and its current incarnation as an upscale apartment building, it also underwent a dark transitional period. After it had exhausted its use as a house for the unfortunate, it was renovated, and converted into a hotel, called The Greenwich, which was possessed of brief notoriety as a hub of crime in the neighborhood. Fortunately, this reputation was short-lived, and the building was soon renovated again, transformed into the well-developed apartment complex that it is today, the expansive courtyard sealed over with skylights. Today, the many former tiny rooms now converted into large apartments — sporting a bit more furniture than just a single bed — offer little to remind of what the complex’s original purpose had been. Commercial tenants on its lower floors include the Poisson Rouge music club — where the former Life club used to be located — and a Duane Reade. Before Life, the club space was home to the famed Village Gate. The former Mills House No. 1 is one of 500 buildings in the proposed South Village Historic District currently being advocated for by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. In 2009, New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission designated one-third of the proposed district, protecting about 250 buildings.

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iPhone thefts in bars and clubs driving a crime wave Continued from page 1 del Pozo, the Sixth Precinct’s commanding officer, said these crimes are mostly happening in the Meatpacking District from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. “The department is attacking the situation from every possible direction,” del Pozo said. “We’re using video cameras to track down known criminals, and our officers have stopped suspects at nightclubs and found up to five stolen phones and hundreds of dollars of cash on them. The challenge is people are going out to have a good time, but are being careless with their property because they assume the area is safe.” But felony assaults are on the rise as well. This year to date, victims reported 22 assaults, compared to 10 during the same period one year ago. The increase in assaults can in part be attributed to an incident on MacDougal St. where in a five-minute span a group of seven youths were assaulted with bats, del Pozo said. In the same period of time, there have also been two rapes, compared to none last year. “But these aren’t the violent acts you normally associate the word with,” del Pozo said. “One included a younger woman who took narcotics with an older

man and passed out. And then when the woman woke up, she said that she had been raped.” Dave Poster, head of the volunteer anticrime Christopher St. Patrol, said that as bad as crime is now, it will only get worse as the weather gets warmer. “Criminals are just opportunists,” Poster said. “It’s just like on the train when a criminal is watching you on your phone, and then waits until the last second for the door to close to run off with it. Also, there’s so many tourists here that aren’t used to the threat of such crimes, so they’re often taken advantage of.” In an effort to deter criminals, the Police Department has installed surveillance cameras in busy nightlife areas to identify and pursue known criminals. Police have also set up sting operations at businesses known to buy stolen phones, including Crazy Fantasy Tattoo on Sixth Ave. “It’s still a major problem, but I love the idea of installing more cameras in and around bars just like the rest of Manhattan,” Poster said. “In setting them up, you may not be able to prevent a crime, but you sure will be able to go on after them.” Another way that police have been dealing with the problem is by posting warning signs in bars to alert patrons of the threat. Brendan Kirkpatrick, head bartender at The Village Tavern, at 46 Bedford St., said

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Brendan Kirkpatrick, head bartender at The Village Tavern, poured a drink next to a patron’s phone left carelessly on the bar top.

that the problem comes down to people making careless mistakes. “I hear stories all the time of young people just trying to have a good time, but

who get their phones stolen because they were left unattended,” Kirkpatrick said. “You can’t leave your phone out even for a second because there will always be people with sticky fingers. Even here where there’s three bouncers it’s just never going to stop.” Chelsea resident Chuck Roseman, 30, was having a drink at The Village Tavern with his phone on the bar, even though his previous phone was recently stolen. “I went to the bar across the street with my phone, but went home without it,” Roseman said. “I was sitting at the bar with my phone out like I usually do, and after turning around for a second it was gone. I admit it was terrible, but it’s not going to stop me from keeping my phone out — if anything I’ll just be more alert.” Even though the community has seen an increase in crime, the police have been making more arrests, del Pozo said. “We’re keeping right up with the criminals, but I think this trend will continue to plague our community as long as these phones cost so much,” del Pozo said. “In the ’80s criminals would break into homes for a VCR player that’s now worth $50, but today they can just take a cell phone and it’s worth $500. At the end of the day, people just need to be careful because these guys will hurt you to get what they want and not think twice about it.”

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Police BLOTTER Meatpacking smash

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  There’s a right and a wrong place for everything. For example, it’s not a great idea to start a bar fight while police are there for an inspection. Two officers from the Sixth Precinct said they were conducting a routine inspection inside Anja Bar, at 25 Little W. 12th St., around 2 a.m. on Sun., March 3, when they heard glass shatter. According to their report, it turned out that Paul Bipblob, 28, had cracked a bottle of Jack Daniels over another man’s head after an argument. And as the officers walked over to break up the fight, they also saw Bipblob’s friend Gurdarshan Singh, 28, punching the other man. After the officers apprehended the two instigators, the victim, 19, was taken to Bellevue for treatment of a large cut on his forehead from the bottle smash. Bipblob and Singh were both charged with assault.  

  You know what they say — the customer is always right…except when he tries to steal your personal belongings. Two employees at the Staples at 390 Sixth Ave., near W. Eighth St., got a shock on Mar. 3, when, around 1 p.m., they walked into the store’s staff locker room to find an unknown man making off with items owned by two of their co-workers. The witnessing employees later told officers that after they realized the situation and called out the intruder, he dropped all of the stolen goods — $60 in cash, a couple of MetroCards and a Kindle Fire — and gave himself up. Once the crime was reported and police arrived, the perpetrator — later identified as Michael Douglas, 53 — was charged with burglary.

Clumsy purse picker   This guy certainly isn’t going to convince anyone that he’s good with his hands. Police arrested Alan Fenelon, 26, around 3 a.m. on March 3 after his botched attempt to steal a distracted woman’s credit card out of her purse. The woman, 24, told cops that while she was talking to a friend inside Tenjune, a nightclub at 26 Little W. 12th St., she felt Fenelon’s hand inside her bag, rummaging around for items. She reported the incident to the club’s security, who promptly escorted Fenelon out of the place — after the thwarted thief threw her credit card and ID onto the floor. The bouncers held Fenelon in custody until the arrival of police, who charged him with criminal possession of stolen property.  

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Eighth St. fracas Things went from bad to worse for this hotheaded couple, after the girlfriend decided she wanted to pick a fight with a police officer. Cops said they apprehended Evelyn White, 29, and Garry Pinkney, 33, around midnight on Fri., Mar. 1, after they were spotted beating up two women on the sidewalk at W. Eighth St., between Fifth and Sixth Aves. According to the police report, those assaults stemmed from an argument that had taken place between the two groups as they were passing each other on the street. But things turned uglier after police stepped in to break up the beating, when White reportedly kicked one of the officers in the kneecap, leaving him with severe bruising that required hospitalization. She continued to lash out as the officers tried to slap the cuffs on her, by continually spitting and swinging at them until she’d been subdued. In addition to the initial assault charges for both White and Pinkney, White was charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

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New York University’s Office of Government and Community Affairs and Lois Rakoff, Community Director of the Poe Room

Announce OPEN CALL TRYOUTS We are looking for creative submissions to showcase the life and work of Edgar Allan Poe. Mediums such as dance, drama, music, painting, sculpture, magic, readings, performance art, and other forms of expressions are encouraged to audition for the chance to illuminate Poe’s life. ALL AGES ARE WELCOME TO SUBMIT WORK on a rolling basis until Monday, October 29. Contact Arlene Peralta at 212.998.2401 or at arlene.peralta@nyu.edu SAVE THE DATE FOR THE POE ROOM EVENT Friday, November 16, 2012 at 6:00PM NYU School of Law, 245 Sullivan Street Furman Hall, Room 216

*Reception to follow in the Poe Room* The Poe Room event is a partnership between NYU and the community. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. Visit OGCA on the web at www.nyu.edu/ogca for details. *Artwork above taken from a lithographic print by Alicia B. Lim 

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in real-life drama, grandson saved theater icon, 96 BY JERRY TALLmER If his grandmother could for 40 years save her theater, the tiny 13th Street Rep, against all wolves domestic or foreign, why then, John O’Hara, Jr., could save his grandmother when he couldn’t reach her on the telephone. On the second day after Hurricane Sandy he walked over the Williamsburg Bridge from Brooklyn to Manhattan and found the then 95-year-old Edith O’Hara alive and well but with no food, light, heat, electricity, running water or any means to reach the outside world. The next day John Jr. somehow corralled a taxicab and took his grandmother by ferry over to Staten Island, where his parents — musicians Jack and Annie O’Hara — had a house high enough on a hilltop to escape the reach of the disaster. That was October 31 of last year. Since then, guitarist and actor John Jr., who also works as a compere at the storied Blue Note jazz club, on West Third Street, has attained the ripe old age of 29, while Grandma Edith — born on a farm in northern Idaho in 1917 — reached the ever-young age of 96 on February 16 of this year. The birthday party was a week later in and around the 50-seat playhouse that has been Edith's place of work, residence and resistance to would-be legal and corporate invaders since 1972. That was the year stageminded Edith’s eyes had fallen on an ad in a local newspaper offering for sale or rent a pint-sized, centuries-old, three-story townhouse that “contains a small theater” on West 13th Street — “and I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.” Well, not quite yet. “Gettin’ up there,” the daughter of Idaho logger Oscar Hopkins remarks dryly to a journalist who has offered birthday congratulations. Edith, the journalist inquires, what would you have said if I’d told you 75 years ago that you were going to live to be 95-plus? That you were part of history? “I’d probably have said, ‘O.K.’ — but I never thought about it.” What’s the most exciting thing you’ve ever done? “Starting a summer theater in Warren. Pennsylvania, before all this,” she says. “And then bringing that show, a musical called ‘Touch,’ to New York and the East Village, where it ran two years and made everything else possible.” Edith O’Hara’s living quarters are two flights up over the tiny theater and even tinier box office and what passes for a lobby. Two flights, no elevator. “Handrails on both sides,” says Edith helpfully. “Mom goes up and down there three or four times every day,” says Jenny O’Hara, studying her iPad but listening in.

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At Edith O’Hara’s 96th birthday party, from left, Michael Adams, historian for state Senator Bill Perkins, who gave O’Hara a lifetime achievement award; Jenny O’Hara; Edith O’Hara; and John O’Hara.

Jenny O’Hara and Jill O’Hara, actresses both, are Edith’s beautiful and sprightly daughters, who, at one time or another, in one Broadway or Off Broadway show or another, have, separately, held this town in thrall. At the moment Jenny is one of the stars of “Luck of the Irish,” a play about race, real estate, and 1950s “ghost buying,” at Lincoln Center, while Jenny’s husband, Nick Ullett, is the Lady Bracknell of an “Importance of Being Earnest” in Naples, Florida. “Mom fell and broke her hip a couple of years ago,” Jenny informs the press. Her mother’s face registers disapproval. She starts to protest, but Jenny overrides her: “You fell on stage, moving a trunk. It fell on top of you.” “I cracked a hip,” Edith O’Hara says tartly. A couple of years ago Edith O’Hara finally won her long-running battle to keep herself and her theater going on, right where they are, till the end of her life. Had Jenny — who, like sister Jill, fought like a tiger on behalf of their mother — ever now felt that Mom was actually out of peril? “I did. She is a tough cookie — with a soft heart — and they couldn’t take her down.” Listening in — while waiting to say Happy Birthday to Edith — was an actor named Daniel Crane. He now chipped in: “They mistook her kindness for weakness.” Several young people ran through and out of the lobby, chirping a “Goodnight, Edith!” as they ran. “Edith has given us a home here for the past 25 years,” said Wendy Tomkin, director of the 13th Street Children’s

Theater. “What that woman has done!” A beauty under a halo of light brown hair came up and introduced herself to Jenny O’Hara: “Are you Edith O’Hara’s daughter?” the young woman said. “I’m Melodie Bryant. I made a documentary film about your mother. Everywhere I go, I come across actors saying: ‘Edith O’Hara gave me my first part.’ She is in history.” Speaking of history, a hiding place underneath one of the ancient dressing rooms of the theater at 50 West 13th Street was once a way station on the Underground Railroad of runaway slaves fleeing from South to North before and during the Civil War. One of the many messages now addressed to the 96-year-old birthday girl — on the heels of last year’s salute from Barack and Michelle Obama — was a Harriet Tubman Lifetime Achievement Award, for Black History Month, from Harlem-based state Senator Bill Perkins, Harriet Tubman being one of the most forceful and famous of all runaway slaves, male or female. A poem about her by the Spoken Word Group’s Abiodun accompanies the citation to Ms. O’Hara. Speaking of presidents, had Edith O’Hara voted for anyone this time around? “No,” she murmured. “I don’t travel much. But I would have voted for Obama.” Rushing up now to throw a bear hug around Edith was a large, amiable, enthusiastic person of rotating gender — male, then female, then male again — named Brian (Tish) Belovitch. His “Boys Don’t Wear Lipstick” was done at the Players Theater, MacDougal Street, back in 2000. He has, he said, just finished a screenplay of that saga — “and Edith is in the screenplay as somebody who gave me a huge boost, saved my life.” Edith O’Hara seems to have had a way of saving people’s lives, especially people who were taking stabs first at this career, then that career. One such is Sandra Nordgren, who turned up at 50 West 13th Street as a refugee from Hollywood 17 years ago. “Didn’t like film, wanted to get back in theater,” says the Sandra Nordgren who today is the producing artistic director of that same 50 West 13th Street Rep. On the 13th Street’s current or near-future docket are: “The Accidental Pervert,” a one-man piece by Andrew Goffman, directed by Charles Messina, that opened here in July 2011 and will run “to the end of June anyway,” says Ms. Nordgren. “Line,” by famed Greenwich Village neighbor Israel Horovitz, a wry, dry playlet about one-upmanship, now in the 39th year — yes! — of an unbroken run that has given birth almost to more stage-and-screen luminaries-to-be than there are stars in the summer sky. “The Barbecue,” a political farce by Buddy Parmer, directed by Robert Nunkele. “One Night With Fannie Brice,” a story, song, and tapdance venture by jazz critic Chip Defaa. “What I’m Failing to Learn,” a musical of “inspired adolescent confusion,” by 13-year-old Schuyler Iona Press, who at age 3 was on her way to preschool when the first plane hit the first tower. Another refugee who received succor from Edith is 13th Street Rep publicist Dell Long, who fled Katrinasmashed New Orleans eight years ago and, like so many others, now says: “Edith gave me a home.” Bang! Bang! Bang! Brrrrrrrr-rrrrrr-rrrrrr! On the pint-sized 13th Street stage, actor turned jazz drummer JoJo Novellino and his sidemen are opening the delivery of birthday greetings from around the world to 96-yearold Edith Hopkins O’Hara. Sitting quietly, stage right, in gray gym clothes, taking it all in, is the 29-year-old who walked over that bridge under a stormy sky, last October, to keep the show headed toward 97.


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Patricia Buzzuro, 86, active in community and G.O.P. OBITUARY By Albert Amateau Patricia Buzzuro, a Village resident for 80 years who organized the Far West 10th St. Block Association 40 years ago and served as the Republican Party State Committee member from the 64th Assembly District in the 1980s, died Sunday, Feb. 24, at age 86. Pat Buzzuro’s dedication to her neighborhood is commemorated by a bronze plaque installed in January 1996 in a sidewalk tree pit in front of 195 W. 10th St. where she made her home for more than 50 years. The plaque recognizes her commitment to the block association, of which she served as president from 1973 to 1996. At the same time, she was honored with a New York State Assembly citation sponsored by the Village assemblymember, Deborah Glick, a Democrat. Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger declared Jan. 29, 1996, as Pat Buzzuro Day. For the past two years, Pat had been living near relatives in the Poconos where she died after a brief illness, said her daughter, Gail Arnholdt. Betsy Mickel, a block association member for nearly 20 years, related how Pat organized the association in the early 1970s when the city was in financial trouble and crime was on the increase. “She wanted to join the W. 10th St. Block Association but they said ‘no’ because their western border was Sixth Ave., so Pat started

her own association, adding the word ‘far’ to the title,” Mickel said. Pat organized an annual street fair that continues to raise thousands of dollars for local charities and tree pit plantings. She promoted the “Lights On” campaign, convincing merchants to leave their lights on to illuminate sidewalks at night, and lobbied for rear-yard lighting as crime deterrents. She organized a neighborhood youth group and also helped get the mural painted on the front door of the Squad 18 Firehouse on W. 10th St. near Greenwich Ave. “Around 1990 the block association had a table at the street fair selling sandwiches,” Mickel recalled. “The Health Department showed up and they were displeased about our not having a food handler’s license. Pat talked our way out of a $200 fine. But we dumped the sandwiches. ‘Feisty’ is the word I think of when I think of Pat,” Mickel added. Pat was devoted to her family — her two daughters Gail and Susan, her grandson Brendan Cross and her granddaughter Kaitlyn Arnholdt. When Kaitlyn, now 19, was in fourth grade at P.S. 3 in 2003, she wrote a fourpage “Biography of My Grandmother, Patricia Buzzuro” earning an A+ and “Bravo!” from her teacher Lupe Del Toro. Much of what follows comes from the biography. Patricia was born in the Bronx on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1926, to Frank Maio and Anna Dorraine Maio. “When she was only 3 years old her mother died of pneumonia,” Kaitlyn wrote. When

Patricia Buzzuro standing by the tree-pit plaque honoring her commitment to the Far W. 10th St. Block Association, of which she was the founder and longtime president.

Patricia was 7, her father remarried and she came with her father, stepmother and three stepsisters to W. 11th St. She went to St. Veronica’s Elementary School on W. 10th St. (now the Greenwich Village Community School) a short walk from home. “Although her school was strict, my grandmother learned a lot and respected her teachers,” Kaitlyn wrote, adding, “She did well in

history, one of her most favorite subjects.” Patricia went to Textile High School on W. 18th St. “Her favorite things were dancing, playing basketball, going to movies and hanging out with her friends. She went to weekly dances at St. Bernard’s School [on W. 13th St.],” Kaitlyn wrote. Television was new in the mid-1940s and Patricia liked to watch “The Milton Berle Show,” and listened to “The Shadow” on radio, Kaitlyn noted. After high school, Pat worked at the famous Sutter’s French Bakery, on W. 10th St. between Sixth and Greenwich Aves. Later she worked as a manager for various Barricini candy shops, and then for more than 20 years for Blue CrossBlue Shield, from which she retired. In 1955 she married Frank Buzzuro, a Villager, and moved to W. 10th St. where she remained until recently. Frank Buzzuro died in 1992. A Republican stalwart in a very Democratic neighborhood, Pat earned honors from the G.O.P. and a recognition from the Republican National Committee for her support of President Reagan. But her great legacy was her devotion to the Village. “She loved the neighborhood and was deeply involved in its health and well-being,” said Betsy Mickel. Pat’s two daughters, Gail Arnholdt and Susan Buzzuro, and two grandchildren, Kaitlyn Arnholdt and Brendan Cross, survive. Perrazzo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Charlie Walker, 63, lawyer, songwriter, gentle soul OBITUARY By Sharon Woolums Charles Louis Walker emanated a sweetness, gentleness and kindness that made you feel that he liked you, that he would be interested in your complexities — and he would appreciate you! He enjoyed life and people. At Charlie’s memorial on Feb. 23 my sentiments were expressed by many in myriad ways. He was born July 28, 1949, in the Bronx. His parents owned the Walker Studio, where wedding, school and baby portraits were photographed. Speaking of photos, Charlie’s sentimental connection to all New York was hung on his wall: a poster of Miss Subways of January 1942, Charlie’s mom. He is survived by his brother, Dr. Edward S. Walker, and his wife, Mary, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They recalled that Charlie had brought much joy to their lives, always kind and patient with their four children, “even with all seven of us crammed in the car on our many outings,” they recalled. “Put in any situation, whatever was going on, he never complained and was happy to go with the flow.” “Volley Box,” one of many games Charlie invented, was often played by nieces, nephews and cousins who adored him. Not unlike many of our past U.S. presi-

dents, whom Charlie studied intently, he was a lawyer during the week and a weekend farmer at the family farm operated by his cousins Bob and Joanne Thompson. He was a poultry fancier, and grew his own hops to make the home-brewed beer for which he was famous. For the last 15 years, Charlie, a songwriter and guitarist, was the wandering minstrel at the Garden State Sheep Fair every September. At his memorial, Neil Pellone led us in a rousing rendition of one of Charlie’s songs, “Stop Rockin’ the Bar.” Neil said Charlie had an ability to disarm you and always had a smile on his face. Charlie’s nephew, Billy Thompson, spoke of his stand-up comedy act and dry sense of humor: “Why are there no restaurants on the moon? No atmosphere!” Billy also talked of Charlie’s love of U.S. history and politics — many of his friends, though, had to find it in themselves to forgive him for being a Republican! Rocco Pellone, organizer of the Saturday night Carmine St. ballgame where Charlie was one of the best pitchers, spoke of Charlie’s integrity as his lawyer for 10 years. “With his ability to think outside the box, it was hard to win an argument with him,” Pellone noted, adding, “But he never overcharged and was noted for his pro bono work for those in need.”

Charlie Walker with his omnipresent guitar.

Theodore Schroetter based his short story about a lawyer, “A Short Tale or A Long Story,” on Charlie. He explained why Charlie rarely lost a case. “Charlie was a purist, something about him made you feel he had the law in him,” he said. “His quiet, intelligent demeanor, with his knowledge of the law, his pleasant, relaxed but brave manner and serious way, would convince any judge or jury. On any side of the

question, what Charlie proffered had to be true; if not, the whole world would be inside out and upside down, there would be no social order left, no law, no place to stand!” Graduating from New York Law School in 1978, Charlie was a mentor to his good buddy and fellow lawyer Bob Goldman, who described Charlie as one of the sweetest guys he ever knew. Gail Lichter and Steve Siegel, friends at New York University, from which Charlie graduated in 1971, remembered the college years; the happy person he was, his brilliance on so many topics, and late-night tie-dyeing. Cheryl Floyd wrote, “Charlie Walker was an integral part of the social fabric of Greenwich Village, always seen at local restaurants, corner delis, the music scene and baseball fields. He was a kind man, generous in spirit and always available to help others, asking for little or nothing in return. He will be missed.” It was good to know that Charlie’s neighbors on Bleecker and MacDougal missed him, looked for him and found him in his apartment at 185 MacDougal St. where he had expired peacefully in his sleep on Jan. 30, 2013. It’s a reminder to us all to look out for each other. It takes a Village. Charlie was vintage Greenwich Village.


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More than 400 people turned out for a major forum on Pier 40 last Thursday evening. David Gruber, chairperson of Community Board 2, convened the forum and did an admirable job moderating it, and is to be commended for his efforts. Much information was shared, and we all learned a lot. The major stakeholders had their say, including the backers of two competing concept designs for the pier: Douglas Durst’s adaptive reuse plan and the Pier 40 Champions’ proposal for two 22-story residential towers to be sited at the foot of the massive West Houston St. pier. But last week’s forum, in our view, is just the beginning of what must necessarily be a carefully considered and ongoing dialogue. In short, the issues confronting Pier 40 are not going to be solved overnight — and are not going to be solved, for that matter, in the next seven months or the next 10 months. Residential use has been pushed by the Hudson River Park Trust, the state-city authority that is building and operating the 5-mile-long park. Yes, residential could be the so-called “quick fix” that the Trust is looking for. It is after all the “highest use” in New York — the type of project that generates the most revenue. And revenue is precisely what’s needed to repair the 50-year-old former Holland-America shipping pier. But the Hudson River Park Act of 1998 doesn’t allow housing in the park — and for a very good reason. This is a park: It’s about open air and unbroken vistas. The park act wasn’t created overnight, nor should it be modified overnight. (And, honestly, how many people are really going to want to live right next to a major athletic venue, with kids cheering wildly early on weekend mornings and adult leagues playing into the night under the lights? Residents would soon be asking to restrict the pier’s hours, etc.) The Trust has been lobbying aggressively to open up the park act to allow a wider range of uses — chief among them being residential. But once residential is allowed, the die will have been cast. The Trust will put out a request for proposals, R.F.P., and guess which proposal will win? Residential, of course, since it’s the highest use. And that will be that. We will have massive towers on the waterfront — with the threat of only more to come. As Assemblymember Deborah Glick has stated repeatedly, development pressure on the waterfront will never abate — even, seemingly, in a post-Sandy environment. This despite serious questions about whether we should now even be building in the flood zone, which Pier 40 is definitely in. Madelyn Wils was brought in as president of the Trust only about a year and a half ago — in other words, very late in the game. In 10 months, New York City will have a new mayor, and the Trust itself may very well be overhauled, as a result. Wils comes from the city’s Economic Development Corporation, where she spearheaded major building projects, like the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area plan. SPURA was a major achievement and Wils did a tremendous job, along with Community Board 3, in pulling it off, painstakingly working to achieve community consensus. But Pier 40 and Hudson River Park are not SPURA, and there is hardly consensus in our community on residential use in the park — far from it. Yes, without a doubt, the Lower West Side has experienced an amazing youth sports boom, and Pier 40, with its huge courtyard artificial-turf athletic field, is our youth sports mecca. The field was created on an interim basis after the first R.F.P. for Pier 40 failed in 2003. A second R.F.P. for the pier, in turn, failed in 2005. Meanwhile, the

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letteRS to the editoR Trinity should help existing school To The Editor: Re “Rezoning needs landmarking, rec space, critics say” (news article, Feb. 14): Regarding the City Council hearing on the rezoning of Hudson Square, there is an additional issue, presented at the hearing, that needs to be added to the mix of community “givebacks” in return for the rezoning. This is a commitment from Trinity Real Estate to include an expansion of physical education and other facilities for the N.Y.C. iSchool, a public high school, and the co-located, but separate, Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School. Located at 131 Avenue of the Americas at Dominick St., the shared school building houses a combined student population of almost 1,000, yet it has no gym and a severely undersized cafeteria. N.Y.C. iSchool’s 450 students have P.E. in a weight room, and Chelsea’s students must use the sloped-floor auditorium and work around its fixed seating. These makeshift facilities are not sufficient to provide all students with the required P.E. time to earn the 54 credit hours each year that the Department of Education requires for graduation. As a result, many students must arrange for P.E. instruction outside of school hours and at their own expense in order to graduate. Joint school baseball and basketball teams play their “home” games at 135th and 103rd Sts. Trinity owns the vacant lot behind the schools and any future development must include facilities for these two schools. This expansion would be in addition to the sorely needed community recreational facility, at nearby Duarte Square, rightly requested by Community Board 2. Eileen McColgan McColgan is a parent at N.Y.C. iSchool and a member of its School Leadership Team

No more N.Y.U. land grabs! To The Editor: Re “Not strips — but parks” (editorial, Feb. 28): Thanks for the positive editorial! I was at the courtroom with more than 100 supporters of the lawsuit against N.Y.U. 2031 when Judge Mills ruled on the discovery issue. New York University and the city’s lawyers tried to sidetrack the issue, but Judge Mills was really instructive in her decision. Our community applauds the participants in the lawsuit. We shall not give up our public parklands to satisfy N.Y.U.’s overly ambitious takeover of more and more of our Village communities. N.Y.U. also grabbed land on Laguardia Place to

build Bobst and on Mercer St. for its co-generation plant. We were very pleased about former Parks Commissioner Henry Stern’s testimony regarding the illegal transfer of our park lands on Mercer St. to N.Y.U. Many of us were incensed when Councilwoman Chin gave away this strip between Bleecker and Houston Sts. so that N.Y.U. could widen its building. She had promised to protect those public land strips! Can we ever trust her again? And despite our pleas to Speaker Quinn to save those strips she turned a deaf ear to us. She too is not trustworthy. The City Council is supposed to represent citizens, not institutions. We thank the participants in the lawsuit. Unlike our elected officials — who’ve given away our hospital and our neighborhoods — they truly care about our Village neighborhood. Sylvia Rackow Rackow is chairperson, The Committee to Preserve Our Neighborhoods

O.k., sodas — but now parks? To The Editor: Re “Not strips — but parks” (editorial, Feb. 28): Dear Mr. Mayor Bloomberg, even you admit the land the city gave to N.Y.U. is parkland! Your name, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is clearly affixed to the official New York City parks signs posted along Mercer St. and LaGuardia Place, along with the New York City flag, the Parks Department flag and the American flag. So, seriously, how can you now say, Oops, it’s not really a park? For sure, John Sexton who walks in the area all the time, knows these strips are parks, since one can’t possibly miss the Parks Department flags and signs. Mr. Bloomberg, you have spent the last year describing New Yorkers as overweight, and telling us that we need the city to measure our soda cups. But seriously, wouldn’t the logic be that New Yorkers should be outside exercising more? So how can you take the little, open spaces, our parks, and give them away? From someone who voted for you three times, I am ashamed of you and what you are doing to the citizens of this city, and think you owe us not only an explanation and apology, but also must immediately reverse your actions to give our city parks and open land away. Explain it to us, so we understand how you can take public parks, public land, and give it to a private corporation — I mean, a private university — to increase its financial portfolio? Leslye Alexander

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doing my part in the critical fight against fracking pRoGReSS RepoRt BY RACHEL LAVINE What does it mean to be the New York Democratic State Committeewoman for the 66th Assembly District, a long title for a political position whose duties are obscure to most voters? It entails two principal duties. The first is voting for candidates for statewide office at the New York State Democratic Convention; this allows them to bypass the onerous (and expensive) process of collecting the required number of signatures of registered Democratic voters, county by county, throughout the state. The second duty, equally dear to the hearts of policy wonks like myself, is the drafting, promulgating and passing of resolutions by the 360-member body of the Democratic State Committee. These resolutions help to shape the State Democratic Committee position on current political issues, as well as serve to educate and lobby Democrat leadership, on a range of current concerns, such as fracking. As the State Committeewoman for the 66th A.D., I am fortunate in having a particularly important vote, because in the State Committee not all votes are created equal. Those of us who represent heavily Democratic districts such as ours have the “weight” of our vote correlated to the number of Democratic voters who cast ballots during the most recent gubernatorial election. Since our Assembly District has one of the state’s highest Democratic turnouts, I, thanks to my fellow voters, have one of the “heaviest” votes — equal to or greater in weight than the combined vote of some Upstate counties! Which means that when Democratic candidates for statewide office are seeking to obtain the required minimum of 25 percent of the total State Committee vote, they actively seek the votes of State Committee members such as myself. I am particularly proud of my role as the major force in getting the State Committee to support, after many years of opposition, first domestic partnership, and then same-sex marriage, many years prior to Governor Cuomo’s historic advocacy of marriage equality and the passage of that important legislation. My most recent political work has been in opposition to hydrofracking. I have twice drafted resolutions, which I put forward at two separate Democratic State Committee meetings, demanding that there be a ban on

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hydrofracking in New York. Both resolutions garnered substantial support from the State Committee membership, from both Upstate and Downstate. The first time the resolution was killed in the Executive Committee, based on a voice vote, despite calls for a roll-call vote. As a result, the second time I brought in members of the Sierra Club and of Upstate communities who have been adversely affected by fracking; they explained what the environmental consequences would be, and rebutted some of the economic arguments made about fracking — in particular, the argument that fracking is good for economically stagnant or depressed areas. While the pro-fracking faction, led by thenstate Democratic Party Chairperson Jay Jacobs, had the opportunity to bring in proponents of the supposed benefits of fracking, they failed to do so, instead relying on that old political sawhorse, “Just trust us.” When it became clear that we had organized sufficiently to move the resolution out of the Executive Committee, Chairperson Jacobs tabled — in my opinion, illegally — the antifracking resolution at the general meeting, again based on a voice vote. While that tabling of the anti-hydrofracking resolution was, of course, unfortunate, in some ways it ultimately turned out to be quite productive. While my anti-fracking resolution was “voted” down, there was active opposition from the floor, as well as media attention during and after the vote, which highlighted not only the issue of hydrofracking, but the meeting’s disregard for procedural due process. There is

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no doubt in my mind that the issue of hydrofracking received far more media attention as a result of the state party’s refusal to allow a proper vote. Governor Cuomo’s subsequent decision to more thoroughly study the many implications of fracking — environmental, economic and health-related, is likely a result of our efforts. And as I write, there is a breaking news report that Nirav Shah, commissioner of the state Department of Health, has announced that the department needs more time before a decision can be made on whether fracking should be permitted in New York, due to “the complexity of the issues.” While some may see this as a cynical ploy to defuse the increasing momentum of the anti-fracking movement in New York, we can also see it as a hopeful indicator that the voices of reason and of science are having an impact. It’s clear from both an environmental and health perspective, that fracking is a dangerous activity that will permanently despoil our land. So it’s all for the better if we can persuade our elected officials to make their decision based on

facts and science, not the greed of the natural gas industry. On a more personal level, as the mother of a young boy, I have started to experience both the good and the bad of New York City education. And as the very proud spouse of Roberta Kaplan, who is arguing the historic case of Windsor v the United States before the Supreme Court this month, I am watching with with excitement and hope the culmination of the L.G.B.T. community’s fight for marriage equality. In this case, Edith Windsor, an 83-year-old widow (and Villager!) was forced to pay $363,000 in federal estate tax upon the death of her spouse, because her spouse was Thea, not Theo. Ms. Windsor is arguing that the equal-protection clause of the Constitution requires the federal government to recognize all legally valid marriages, including those of New Yorkers, thus entitling same-sex spouses to the more than 1,000 federal rights benefits now available only to heterosexual spouses. A victory in Windsor’s case will be a victory for fairness, decency and justice — and truly reflective of the values of our Village community.

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Green scene: Gotta have parks PROGRESS REPORT By Rich Caccappolo The Community Board 2 Parks and Waterfront Committee, working with the Parks Department and the Hudson River Park Trust, as well as block associations and neighborhood organizations, and backed by the support of our local elected officials, drove several noteworthy accomplishments in 2012. The committee has great plans in the coming year for continued improvement and expansion of public spaces, for both passive and active uses, in our community. Ours is a park-starved district. We rank second to last in the city in terms of green space per 1,000 residents. But in the last year, even in this time of significant budget constraints, we were able to improve the quality of these few treasuries we do possess. Larger initiatives took place at some of our favorite neighborhood locations. The redesigned and rehabilitated Bleecker St. Sitting Area was reopened. Reconstruction of the beloved ballfield at J.J. Walker began and should be completed in June. The third (and final) phase of the renovation of Washington Square Park — including the field house, mounds play area, large dog run and perimeter sidewalks — commenced and is expected to be completed this summer. Similarly, a long-running project, Adrienne’s Garden at LaGuardia Place — also referred to as “A Garden for the Little Flower,” in honor of Fiorello LaGuardia, after whom the street was named — should soon see the arrival of the remaining play equipment, which is being custom-built based on unique designs created by local schoolchildren. We hope to see Adrienne’s Garden open in April. In addition, we also worked diligently to reopen as quickly as could be done, the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center — our district’s only indoor rec center — and the all-important playing fields at Pier 40 after they were both closed due to damage from Hurricane Sandy flooding. Our committee also assists with programming public spaces, as demonstrated this year with efforts in Petrosino Square — which featured two temporary art installations with more to follow in 2013 — and on Pier 45, the Christopher St. Pier. Though the pier is managed by the Hudson River Park Trust, we helped recruit art exhibits and public performances that were presented on that wonderful jetty over the water last summer. In addition, The C.B. 2 Parks and Waterfront Committee spends a significant amount of effort participating in the review of large land-use proposals, and we have had some significant such projects recently, including the St. Vincent’s redevelopment, N.Y.U. core expansion and Hudson Square rezoning. One such result will come to life in 2013, as we will see the groundbreaking for one of the most significant additions to open space in our neighborhood in memory — the St. Vincent’s Triangle Park. This space will be transformed from a closed, private, locked

area into a beautiful public open space, featuring the moving and powerful New York City AIDS Memorial in the northwest corner. In Hudson Square, where open space is extremely tough to find, we are campaigning for the creation of a new indoor recreation center. Other initiatives in the coming year include redesign and renovation of DeSalvio Playground, at the corner of Mulberry and Spring Sts., which has been driven by a tremendous, dedicated and energetic group of local residents. Also Father Fagan Park, on the east side of Sixth Ave. at Prince St., is being redesigned. And  benches will be installed in three other small parks along Sixth Ave., plus a new comfort station in recently rehabilitated Seravalli Park, on Hudson St. between Gansevoort and Horatio Sts.

Ours is a park-starved district. We rank second to last in the city in terms of green space per 1,000 residents. Further into the future, we are looking forward to the development of new public open space on top of four watershaft construction sites, including at Hudson and Clarkson Sts. As the Department of Environmental Protection’s efforts on the shafts wind down, we are pushing for more progress in officially turning these spaces over to the Parks Department to begin the planning and design process. In addition, it is expected that Duarte Square, at Canal St. and Sixth Ave., will be developed and will include a new park in conjunction with a residential development. Meanwhile, Soho Square, at Spring St. and Sixth Ave., will be renovated by the Hudson Square Connection BID. On an ongoing basis, we will continue our efforts to encourage Parks to place a greater emphasis on replacement of trees in vacant tree pits. We have seen improvement in some parts of the district, but will strive to get as many empty spaces filled with new trees as possible. Finally, and very critically, we will continue to work to protect and expand the active playing fields in our neighborhood — including those at Pier 40 — to handle the increasing demand from families in our growing community. I am sure I speak for all members of our committee when I say that we are aware and appreciative of the beauty of the community in which we are so fortunate to live. We see it as our job and our opportunity not just to protect what exists, but to continue to enhance and effectively expand it through creation of new public spaces. Caccappolo is chairperson, Community Board 2 Parks and Waterfront Committee


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Fire hits First Ave. high-rise On Friday night March 1 a fire broke out at one of the Village View Houses at 60 First Ave. at E. Fourth St. (behind the trucks, above). More than a half-dozen fire trucks responded. A fire chief on the scene said that the fire was in one room of Apartment 18B on the 18th floor. The chief said there were no civilian casualties but one firefighter suffered a very minor injury. By 7:30 p.m. the fire had been extinguished.

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Champs and Durst make their pitches for Pier 40; Continued from page 1 (Pier Park & Playground Association) — a member of the Pier 40 Champions coalition of youth leagues — said that, as of this Tuesday, they had received more than 5,000 signatures on their own petition in support of their plan. Most were from family members of youth leagues comprising the Champions, like Greenwich Village Little League, Downtown United Soccer Club and Gotham Girls. The leagues also did a good job turning out people for the forum, judging by the strong applause levels at various times during the evening. The audience makeup seemed a bit weighted toward the Champions.

Quinn weighs in However, there’s no question that the Champions plan is still struggling to find support among elected officials, which will be essential if the park act is to be modified to allow housing. Assemblymember Deborah Glick and state Senators Brad Hoylman and Daniel Squadron have all made it clear that they have serious issues with the idea of housing in the park. And this Tuesday, a spokesperson for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn told The Villager that Quinn also opposes housing in Hudson River Park. “The speaker supports a set of principles for the development of Pier 40, including a commitment to no residential development,” Justin Goodman said. The spokesperson added, “Any future

‘The same amount of fields is not enough.’ Tobi Bergman

development at this site must retain the playing fields and not relegate them to a roof of the structure. Finally, we must do everything we can to work together to expand park space, and add more playing fields at both Pier 40 and throughout the park.”

Stringer: Hear the people Speaking at the forum’s outset, Borough President Scott Stringer indicated he’s on the same page with Glick regarding housing at Pier 40, which is in Glick’s district. “I think whatever is decided for the pier, that the voice of the people must be considered,” Stringer stressed. “Deborah Glick, in particular, has been right at the

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Assemblymember Deborah Glick declared she would not support housing in the park, as Tobi Bergman of Pier 40 Champions seemed to be feeling the pinch.

forefront of making sure the community’s voice is heard.” A portion of the audience — those opposed to housing in the park — applauded. Next, Madelyn Wils, president of the Hudson River Park Trust — the state-city authority that operates the 5-mile-long riverfront park — outlined the greensward’s financial plight. The park is supposed to be financially self-sustaining, but with 70 percent of it complete, its operating budget has ballooned to $16 million per year.

Wils: Pier shed’s kaput The Trust has never received operating funds from the city and state, but rather is expected to operate the park with revenue it collects from a few designated commercial “nodes,” a major one being Pier 40. However, the prodigious pier has now become a cash drain on the park. Every day something new is failing on the infrastructure of the 50-year-old pier building and needs to be fixed, Wils said. “Pier 40, historically, supported 35 percent of the park’s revenue,” she noted. “Now the park is funding Pier 40 — it’s costing $2 million [per year] for the Trust to keep up Pier 40.” As a result, the Trust is dipping into an endowment left by the state Department of Transportation, the pier’s former owner, but that will be depleted by 2015. “We’re looking at well over $125 million to fix the pier — and we just don’t have

the money,” she explained. So, the Trust is mulling a “managed shutdown” of Pier 40, she said, and this year will consider closing down the parking on the pier’s south side, where the roof is in bad shape. Wils indicated the Trust hopes to put out a request for proposals, or R.F.P., for the pier in a few years. But, unlike previous R.F.P.s that tanked, in 2003 and 2005, she said, this time the park act should be opened first, to allow a wider range of legal uses, “so we can have — instead of failed R.F.P.s — successful R.F.P.s.” Another portion of the audience this time — the sports contingent — cheered and clapped loudly. Douglas Durst, chairperson of the Durst Organization, one of the city’s biggest developers, gave the opening remarks about his proposal. Durst was formerly chairperson of Friends of Hudson River Park, the park’s leading fundraising group, but resigned last December over differences with the Trust about Pier 40.

Durst: Fast, low-impact Differing from Wils’s assessment of Pier 40, he said, “The building is in good condition and can be used to support the park. Adaptive reuse of the pier would be the fastest way to stabilize it while minimizing the impact on existing uses,” he said — “existing uses” clearly referring to the popular sports fields. Durst said Pier 40’s current layout is what today’s tech firms seek: large floor

plates and high ceilings. His plan would avoid “the demolition and disruption of building two, 300-foot towers and razing half of the pier shed,” he added. On the other hand, the Pier 40 Champions plan calls for opening up the pier by removing the middle segments of its eastern and western walls. Durst’s plan would retain almost all of the current pier shed. Under Durst’s scheme, the playing fields would be moved up one level — on a platform built over the ground floor, where the parking would be concentrated. This would ensure future superstorms don’t flood and damage the sports field, as happened during Sandy. A running track would ring the field. The rooftop would include park space and areas for paid recreational uses, such as tennis and basketball courts. The total project cost — including fixing the pier — would be $384,000. Durst says his concept would generate $10 million in annual revenue for the Trust.

Korman: We may come in Partnering with Durst in the concept design is Ben Korman, who formerly ran the parking at Pier 40. Until now, Durst and Korman have said they are just “putting the idea out there” to be helpful. But last Thursday, Korman hinted they might be interested in actually doing the project.

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Continued from page 14 “This is not necessarily for us to do, but could be for another developer,” Korman initially said last week, though later added, “At one point we may come in — but right now we’re doing it as citizens.” They haven’t said they want to develop the pier themselves, he said, because they “didn’t want to seem self-serving.”

Champs’ proactive fight Bergman presented the Pier 40 Champions plan. “The pier isn’t in good condition,” he stated. “The roof is collapsing.” During previous R.F.P.s for the pier, Bergman said, the youth leagues fought proposals they didn’t want, like The Related Companies’ so-called “Vegas on the Hudson” that featured Cirque du Soleil and the Tribeca Film Festival, which would have turned the pier into a destination entertainment zone. This time around, Bergman said, “Instead of fighting against, we decided maybe to fight for something.” Working with WXY Architects, the Champions came up with their current plan, including the two residential high-rises. The towers would be constructed on sites “that really aren’t now that attractive, and would never be desirable for park use,” he noted. The Champions design, like Durst’s, also features a running track, but elevated above the field level. By removing the middle part of the pier shed on Pier 40’s eastern and western sides, Bergman explained, “The idea is to connect the park to the pier and the pier to the river.”

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Maria Passannante Derr spent the whole time outside the forum asking people entering and exiting to sign her petition against residential use in the park.

As to the towers’ height, he said it would roughly be the same size as the Saatchi and Saatchi building in which the forum was being held. “They’re about the same size as other buildings that are going to be coming into Hudson Square,” he noted. The buildings were originally designed at 15 stories, but based on the income figures sought by the Trust, were bumped up to 22 stories. The concept plan also includes parking, paid indoor recreation, retail uses, some office space and a marina. The Champions total project cost is $691 million — including $493 million for the two towers and $197 for pier repairs and renovations.

Anchors away? Bergman took a shot at Durst’s design, charging that its retail space would necessarily attract large-sized retailers, and that it would take years to find a good one. “You can’t have mom-and-pop shops, Murray’s Cheese, in 400,000 square feet of space or even 100,000 square feet of space,” he maintained. “You need an anchor tenant.” Bergman added that the Champions would build the sports field only 3 feet higher than where it is now, while in the Durst plan it would be 20 feet higher.

Would double field size Due to Lower Manhattan’s population boom, the Champions’ idea calls for adding even more playing-field space to Pier 40 than there is now. “The same amount of fields is not enough,” Bergman asserted. “We’re going to have conflicts between one community and the next. We’re proposing doubling the size of the playing fields.” The pro-fields faction applauded heartily.

‘We have to stay faithful to principles.’ Brad Hoylman

Condo-rental combo The Trust recently commissioned real estate consulting firm Newmark Grubb Knight and Frank to do financial models for the two competing plans. As first reported last Thursday morning in a special online article by The Villager, Newmark recommended that the best scenario for the Champions proposal would be one 280-unit residential condo building paired with one 326-unit “80/20” rental building, with 80 percent market-rate units and 20 percent affordable units; the developer would get a property-tax break for creating the affordable units. An upfront ground-lease payment for the

two towers would pay the Trust $115 million, Newmark found — about equal to what the Trust says is the cost to fully repair Pier 40. On top of that, the towers and other commercial uses would generate $10 million per year for the Trust, according to Newmark. In Newmark’s analysis, rents for the market-rate units would range from $3,580 for studios, to $4,500 for one-bedrooms, $6,500 for two-bedrooms, and $8,645 for three-bedrooms. Meanwhile, the affordable studios would rent for $647 per month, onebedrooms $812, two-bedrooms $1,175, and three-bedrooms $1,560. As for the Durst plan, Newmark felt its projected rents were too optimistic. During the Q&A, Korman assured that their anchor tenant would be “a strong tenant and will come in as a partner.” Each team claimed their project’s construction phase would be less disruptive of the ball fields’ use than the other plan.

Pols on residential use At the forum’s end, three local elected officials took turns at the microphone. A convert to the idea of housing in the park, Assemblymember Richard Gottfried said he felt the park act should be opened up to allow new types of uses for both Pier 76, at W. 36th St., in his district, as well as Pier 40. Gottfried co-authored the park legislation along with former state Senator Franz Leichter, who was seated in the front row, next to Bergman.

Hoylman: Not gonna do it However, new state Senator Hoylman took a hard line on residential use in the park. He represents the area around Pier 40, though due to quirkily drawn district lines, Squadron’s district includes the actual pier.

Trust President Madelyn Wils explained the park’s dire economic straits.

“I think we should be very, very skeptical about gifts being brought to us in the form of housing on public land,” Hoylman said. More to the point, he stated, he opposes giving away public parkland to build luxury housing. “I’m just not gonna do it,” Hoylman declared, sparking applause. “We have to stay faithful to principles.” He also emphasized that the city and state must allocate more money “to keep up the park,” especially given that the city recently allocated $260 million for Governors Island and has given $130 million to the High Line. Over the years, the city and state have given Hudson River Park a total of $350 million to fund construction costs.

Glick: Soccer in shadows For her part, Glick said, “The pressure for development on the waterfront will never change. The easiest thing to do is say, ‘Let’s take a chance on high-rise development.’ ” She noted that the park act was developed, not in a rush, but at numerous meetings like last Thursday’s, “over two, three, four years.” “I appreciate the effort of the Champs,” she said, adding, “They were given financial targets by the Trust. But two 22-story buildings right in front of Pier 40 would have your kids playing in shadows in the morning, and in the afternoon — with the pier shed down on the west side — winds coming in. “The only thing that keeps [the Trust] from making bad decisions are the protections in the legislation,” she stressed.

Can fix 40 in phases Also, she asserted, “You don’t need $120 million right at the beginning. You

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The signs are looking good for embattled L.E.S. arts icon CLAYTON By Clayton Patterson Taylor Mead is smiling. And what’s not to be happy about? His apartment at 163 Ludlow St. is bedbug-free. And the Department of Buildings on Jan. 17 slapped a stop-work order on the tenement’s owner, Ben Shaoul, prohibiting ongoing renovation work in hallways that was making Taylor’s life hell. On Thursday, Brandon Kielbasa, lead organizer from the Cooper Square Committee, a representative from Margaret Chin’s office and I will visit Taylor in his apartment. Maya Contreras initiated the calls to Chin’s office. She has been dealing with Persephone Tan. I have been in contact with Chris Brandt, Val Orselli, Joyce Ravitz and Frances Goldin. GOLES (Good Old Lower East Side) is also informed. It seems like only one or two other people are left in the building besides Taylor. The roof door is always left open, which means wind and snow come in and the security of the building is wide open. You can tell by the graffiti on the roof that people go up there. And people have been mugged in the hall before. So far Cooper Square Committee hasn’t been working with the Shaoul-owned buildings on the street. However, Brandon said, “I’m working with other buildings on Ludlow and the

tenants in them have done outreach to a number of these Shaoul-owned buildings — saying get in touch with C.S.C. if you need help or want assistance organizing — but I haven’t heard from any tenants in them as of yet. “We have very limited staffing right now. We’re relying on community members to spread the word that we’re here when they see neighbors in need.”

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South Street Seaport Museum exhibits evoke the past Tranquil galleries document folk art, Florida, NYC Streets THE SOUTH STREET SEAPORT MUSEUM 12 Fulton St., btw. Front & South Sts. Open daily, 10am-6pm Admission: $10, free for children under 9 Call 212-748-8600 or visit southstreetseaportmuseum.org

BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER Like a stout ship that was buffeted by a severe ocean storm, the South Street Seaport Museum came through Superstorm Sandy battered but fundamentally intact. The museum’s elevator and escalator no longer work. To see the exhibits, it’s necessary to climb the stairs of the early 19th-century buildings on Schermerhorn Row that house the galleries. But happily, the museum’s collections weren’t damaged — and some special exhibits that would have closed by now, had Sandy not intervened, are still on display. “Compass: Folk Art in Four Directions,” an exhibit drawn from American Folk Art Museum’s 19th-century paintings, sculptures, carvings and other artifacts related to the maritime history of New York City, was supposed to have closed in early October. Now, the closing date is March 31. Another exhibit, “Romancing New York,” of watercolors by Frederick Brosen, was also supposed to have closed by now. It was held over from its original closing date of Jan. 6, 2013 and will close on March 10. For the “Compass” exhibit, four galleries are arranged around the themes of exploration, social networking, shopping and the environmental conditions that affected ships and the men who worked on them. Voyages aboard commercial sailing ships often took three to five years. The exhibit depicts the men who went to sea, the women who waited for them to return and the children who grew up — and in some cases, died — while their fathers were away. It also shows some of the fancy goods that the ships brought to New York City from all over the world and the comfortable life that this commerce enabled, at least for some. One room of the exhibit contains portraits

Photos by Terese Loeb Kreuzer

This weathervane in the shape of a horse-drawn, steam fire engine was made in Boston around 1880. Although weathervanes were a necessity in 19th-century port cities, they were often highly decorative as well. The “Compass” exhibit includes several weathervanes that show a high degree of imagination and craftsmanship.

The 19th-century Manhattan waterfront was an exotic olio of wares shipped from all over the world, imaginative shop signs and carved, wooden statuary placed in front of stores so that passers-by would know what goods were available within. These artifacts are part of the “Compass: Folk Art in Four Directions” exhibit, on view through March 31.

of fashionably dressed women, children with expensive dollhouses and other toys and handpainted furniture embellished with gold leaf. As sailing ships gave way to steam, the workshops that had formerly carved ships’ fig-

ureheads had to find new sources of revenue. Larger-than-life statues that once stood outside tobacconists’ shops display the craftsmanship of some of these late 19th-century carvers. One of the most prominent artisans was

a man named Samuel Anderson Robb, who had studios first on Canal Street and later on Centre Street. Several pieces from his workshop are in the “Compass” show, including a Sultana dating from around 1880 who stands with her right hand held aloft — reminiscent of the Statue of Liberty, but holding a bunch of cigars instead of a torch. Much of the last gallery of “Compass” revolves around the wind and weather that were the linchpins of maritime life. Weathervanes were an important addition to the rooftops of many buildings. Though a necessity, they were also frequently decorative. One in the exhibit is particularly elaborate, depicting a horse-drawn fire engine. It was made around 1880 of copper and zinc with traces of gilding. The description notes that early structures in the seaport and Wall Street areas of Manhattan were usually made of wood rather than bricks, which were expensive. “Firefighting equipment was of paramount importance but did not prove effective on a winter’s night in 1835, when the water froze in the hoses and fire swept through lower Manhattan, destroying more than 600 structures,” says the descriptive sign next to this weathervane. On the floor above “Compass” is a gallery holding an exhibit of the woodcarvings of a selftaught artist named Mario Sanchez who lived in Key West, Fla. and who portrayed the world of his early 20th-century childhood in his carvings.

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Battered by Sandy, but still intact

Photo by Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Photographed in 2010, Matt Weber’s “Coney Island” is part of the “Street Shots/ NYC” exhibit, on view through April 5.

Continued from page 17 “A Fisherman’s Dream: Folk Art by Mario Sanchez” was supposed to open on Nov. 8, 2012 and run through Dec. 31, 2012 — but the South Street Seaport Museum’s shaky electrical and heating systems, severely damaged by Sandy, delayed the opening. Finally, the exhibit opened on Dec. 14 and will be in place through March 31. The show was mounted by the South Street Seaport Museum in partnership with the Key West Art & Historical Society (where Sanchez worked as a janitor) and the American Folk Art Museum. The 43 bas-relief carvings in the show sketch out a sunny world where women stood on a street corner and gossiped, fishermen sold their catch directly to local residents and a horse-drawn ice wagon passed by, carrying blocks of ice delivered by a sailing ship that came to Key West from Maine. One carving shows the grocery store that belonged to Sanchez’s grandfather. In that same carving, he depicted his mother, Rita, sitting on a porch with himself and his older brother next to her.

On the back of that picture, he noted that when he created it in 1971, she was still alive and 85 years old. In this tranquil world, there were intimations of change. One carving shows a train from the Florida East Coast Railway belching smoke as it passed above a little island where men sat around a card table, a woman tended her chickens, a man fished with a pole and a child and dog raced along the beach. The trains brought people from New York City to Key West. When the tracks were washed away by a hurricane in 1935, they were replaced by a highway that allowed cars to access the island for the first time. The most famous of Sanchez’s works is called “El Galano” — a depiction of an old fisherman alone in his boat. Sanchez based it on Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea.” Spencer Tracy, who was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of the old fisherman in the 1958 film of the book, once owned this carving and gave it to Katharine Hepburn. On the back of it, Sanchez wrote a poem about the old man. In fact, several of the carvings have nota-

The South Street Seaport Museum on Schermerhorn Row once housed several hotels for seamen. In 1952, the writer Joseph Mitchell and Louis Morino — who owned a restaurant called Sloppy Louie’s on this site (92 South St.) — used this old elevator shaft to enter the boarded-up Fulton Ferry Hotel (in operation from 1874 to 1935), where they found iron bedsteads, bureaus and a sign reading “All Gambling... Strictly Prohibited.”

tions on the backs and they are very much worth reading. One of them provides some information that is not on the descriptive card in the front of the carving. Called “The Lucky Fish Rhumba,” it shows some strangely clad people in black hoods and cloaks on a Key West street. “This is an initiation dance of Nanigos, a secret voodoo cult which customarily held it ceremonies on Whitehead Street, Key West,” says a typed note on the back of this carving (spelling and grammar, as written). “The participants used a half-dead chicken or fish in their rites and their gesticulations became more and more Afro as their native music rose to a high pitch.” The carving had a price tag of $350. Next to Sanchez’s gallery of memories is another gallery with the remarkable watercolors of Frederick Brosen. In these pictures, he shows historic structures of Lower Manhattan and the kitsch of Coney Island, creating a world of complete stillness. Nothing moves — not a person, not a car, not a leaf, not a bird. Nothing. These paintings might seem photographic at first glance, but they are not. Brosen works on his pictures with meticulous care, studying his subjects carefully over a period of time, then drawing them and finally applying the paint. They envelop the viewer as they must have enveloped him in the making of them. He has said that a single painting may take him 10 weeks to create. Also on this floor of the museum is an exhibit of photographs called “Street Shots/ NYC” with images from 125 professional and amateur photographers of the city’s kaleidoscopic street life. A red dress hangs from the fire escape of a tenement. An enormous American flag is draped over a building on Mott Street. A baby howls as its mother tries to take a picture. In a photo called “NYC Morning Walk Home,” a woman in a short, tight skirt and high heels passes an elderly, white-bearded Jew with his prayer books under

his arm, who looks at her askance. “Street Shots” will be at the museum through April 5. Finally, on this floor, visitors can glimpse one of the most intriguing parts of the South Street Seaport Museum — the remnants of the old hotels that the Schermerhorn Row buildings once housed. By the time these buildings had been turned into cheap hotels, they had definitely come down in the world. That the six buildings of Schermerhorn Row were built of brick and not wood says something about the affluence of their builder and the importance of the project. Peter Schermerhorn erected them in 1811-1812 to serve as counting houses for the seaport merchants. At the time, they were among the largest and most imposing structures in the city. Over the ensuing decades, they were repurposed as warehouses with stores on the ground floor. Several hotels for seamen and traveling salesmen opened in the buildings in the latter part of the 19th century. On the fourth floor of the museum, visitors can see what remains of an elevator shaft through which the writer Joseph Mitchell and the restaurateur Louis Morino (owner of Sloppy Louie’s on the ground floor of 92 South Street) ascended in 1952 to the boarded-up third floor of the building, formerly occupied by the Fulton Ferry Hotel. There they discovered discarded iron bedsteads, bureaus, seltzer bottles and signs reading, “All Gambling… Strictly Prohibited” and “The Wages of Sin is Death.” Mitchell wrote about this in his famous article, “Up in the Old Hotel.” Visitors can still see the hotel’s laundry room with its racks for drying linens, its large tubs, and its mangle for pressing excess water from the wash — and they can also see the cubicles in which the guests slept, with strips of faded wallpaper still hanging from the partially exposed laths. No exhibit in the museum is more evocative than the very structure of the building itself.


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Tours take you up stairs and through NoHo Get to know Irish servants, monied merchants A TRIBUTE TO THE TREDWELLS’ IRISH SERVANTS Sun., March 17 at 12pm, 2pm & 4pm Included with regular admission; reservations not required

GLAMOUR & GREED, MONEY & MURDER TOUR OF NoHo Sundays at 1pm $15 ($20 includes museum admission) Photos courtesy of Merchant’s House Museum

At Merchant’s House Museum 29 E. Fourth St., btw. Lafayette& Bowery Regular Museum Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 12-5pm Admission: $10, $5 for students/seniors For info, call 212-777-1089 Visit merchantshouse.org

BY SCOTT STIFFLER On St. Patrick’s Day, climb the deep and very narrow stairway of the Merchant’s House Museum — to find a faithfully restored fourth floor servant’ quarters and hear how its Irish inhabitants lived and worked. As it turns out, domestic life in New York City from 1835-1865 as lived by the Tredwells and their servants was every bit as complex and fraught with class distinction dynamics as their “Downton Abbey” counterparts. Merchant’s House has more bygone intrigue to serve up, every Sunday, in the form of their new walking tour of 19th century NoHo

See how the Irish half lived, when you visit the servants’ quarters of Merchant’s House Museum.

(which harkens back to a time gloriously bereft of such snazzy monikers). “Glamour & Greed, Money & Murder” takes you on a journey back in time to the elite Bond Street stomping grounds of the wealthy mercantile families whose grand Federal mansions once lined the area’s tranquil cobblestone streets. The well-known homes of the Astors, Vanderbilts and Delanos may be gone — but the Tredwell home still stands, frozen in time, waiting for you to explore. That can be done at your leisure, once the NoHo tour has given you the historical skinny on Colonnade Row, the Public Theater, The Cooper Union, Astor Place (site of 1849’s bloody Opera House riot) and the site of the scandalous, still-unsolved 1857 Bond Street murder of Harvey Burdell. The Irish Servants tribute is included with regular admission. The NoHo “Glamour & Greed” walking tour is approximately 50 minutes. Promenaders will return to the museum in time to take the 2pm Guided Tour, if they wish. For both events, reservations are not necessary.

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Written by NICK JONES Directed by MORITZ VON STUELPNAGEL Thursday - Sunday February 28 - March 17 All Performances 8pm Tickets $18/tdf Students & Seniors $15

From the original Quebecois “Rouge Gueule” by Étienne Lepage Adaptation by: Philippe “Keb” Blanchard Directed by: Ted Mornel

Thursday - Sunday February 28 - March 17

Thu - Sat at 8pm, Sun at 3pm

All Seats $25/tdf

Sun: Pay-What-You-Can

SWAN DAY Wednesday, March 13th 7pm

A Celebration of Women’s History Month featuring THE WOMEN OF TNC Barbara Kahn, Bina Sharif, Lissa Moira, Mary Tierney, Victoria Linchong & Francesse Maingrette Admission by Donation

TNC’s Programs are funded in part by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts

Sundays, at 1pm: Take a trip, and a4:05 walk, Pawel.VV.12:Pawel.TONY.04 2/25/13 PMback Pagein1 time — with the “Glamour & Greed, Money & Murder” tour of NoHo.

L a u r a P aW E L D a N C E C O M P a N Y at the chen dance center 70 mulberry street, 2nd floor chinatown thursday, friday & saturday march 14, 15 & 16 at 7:30 pm live music : barebones, phil stone and the cecilia coleman quartet tickets $20 seniors / students $15

reservations ( 212 ) 349 - 0438

www.LauraPaWELDaNCE.org


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March 7 - 13, 2013

Just Do Art! BY SCOTT STIFFLER

Photo © Janna Giacoppo

L to R: David Hull and Matt Lauria, in a scene from MCC Theater’s “Really Really.”

THEATER: “REALLY REALLY” 

Paul Downs Colaizzo’s New York playwriting debut has proven so popular, its run has been given a number of extensions — but must close on March 30. In “Really Really,” a group of young friends navigate the hazy morning after a boozesoaked party. What begins as a bit of harmless gossip turns ugly…fast. David Cromer (whose stellar 2009 Barrow Street Theatre revival of “Our Town” still resonates) directs Matt Lauria (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood”), Zosia Mamet (HBO’s “Girls,” AMC’s “Mad Men”), Lauren Culpepper, David Hull, Evan Jonigkeit, Kobi Libii and Aleque Reid. Through March 30, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher St., btw. Bleecker & Hudson Sts.). For tickets ($69-$89), visit mcctheater.org or call 212-352-3101. All performances front row and rush seats available two hours prior to curtain (pending availability) for $25 — to patrons 29 years old or younger on the day of the performance. Advanced $25 Under 30 seating is offered online for each performance, with

choose whichever song most compelled them, with the singular guideline of keeping it under 10 minutes and adhering to the selection’s basic melodic material. “Each piece represents a totally unique union of the composer’s individual style with Sondheim’s underlying substance,” notes de Mare. “These aren’t songs without words. They are complete musical compositions in their own right that reveal Sondheim’s unparalleled capacity for melody and musical architecture.” A full recording of the project will be released in spring 2014. Sat., March 9, at 7pm. At the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, at 95th St.). This one-nightonly incarnation of “Liaisons” includes a live on-stage interview with Sondheim. What are you waiting for? For tickets ($55, $15 for those under 30), call 212864-5400 or visit symphonyspace.org. For more info, visit liaisonsproject.com and anthonydemare.com.

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Anthony de Mare plays Sondheim and talks to the master, March 9.

tickets available for pick-up at will call with valid ID. One ticket per ID. No exceptions. $20 student rush tickets are available, for full-time high school and college students (20 minutes before curtain, cash only, with valid ID).

MUSIC: LIAISONS II: REIMAGINING SONDHEIM FROM THE PIANO

He lives in Chelsea with a partner, an adorable dog and a 1908 Steinway grand piano. But don’t hate him because he’s bountiful — love him because he’s talented (and on amiable speaking terms with Stephen Sondheim). After a long period of touring, pianist Anthony de Mare sets up temporary shop at Symphony Space, to perform a new collection of Sondheim songs. “Liaisons II: Reimagining Sondheim From the Piano” is the latest installment in de Mare’s Liaisons Project — a unique piano repertory developed by commissioning leading contemporary composers from the classical, jazz, theater and film worlds to write short solo piano pieces inspired by Sondheim’s music. De Mare encouraged the composers to

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David Nadel’s “Burn #124.”

David Nadel: Burns II

Most of Nadel’s images have been gathered in the northern Rocky Mountains. More specifically, his photographs capture a landscape altered by massive forest fires. The latter have traveled over mountainsides, blackened thousands of acres of woodland and left nothing but giant “burns.” As these fires travel quickly, they mostly consume the lighter and dryer parts of the forest. Black tree trunks solely remain and appear as otherworldly relics. At first, these landscapes seem desolate. But Nadel’s images still succeed in uncovering a sense of serene beauty. Ashes might read as snow or an opaque layer, which veils destruction in poetic abstraction. Through March 10, at Sasha Wolf Gallery (70 Orchard St, btw. Broome & Grand Sts.). Hours: Wed.-Sun., 12-6pm. Call 212-925-0025 or visit sashawolf.com.

—Stephanie Buhmann

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Weekend! Saturday, March 16 & Sunday, March 17 Open Saturday @2pm, Open Sunday @Noon

$2.50 GREEN MILLER LITES Free yummy corned beef for your tummy (Sunday only) 281 West 12th St. @ 4th St. NYC • 212-243-9041 • cubbyholebar.com


March 7 - 13, 2013

BY SCOTT STIFFLER

TRINITY CHURCH PRESENTS FAMILY FRIDAY PIZZA & MOVIE NIGHT

Every so often, every family should get together for pizza and a movie. To help make that noble goal a regular thing, Trinity Wall Street hosts this third-Friday-of-the-month event for kids who are hungry (for food and entertainment) and adults who are too tired to cook (or even dial for delivery!). The March edition of “Family Friday Pizza & Movie Night” features “Wall-E” — Disney’s not-toodistant future tale of a robot who collects garbage from an abandoned planet (ours) that has been overrun with trash. As he sorts through the rubbish, he finds forgotten treasures that he keeps for himself. Love and adventure soon follow — and following “Wall-E,” Movie Night offers up “Kung Fu Panda” on April 19 and Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” on May 17. “Wall-E” screens Fri., March 15, 6-7:30pm. At Charlotte’s Place (107 Greenwich St., rear of 74 Trinity Place, btw. Rector & Carlisle Sts.). For more info, call 212-602-0800 or visit trinitywallstreet.org/calendar. For Twitter: @ CharlottesPlc. For Facebook, facebook.com/ CharlottesPlaceNYC. Charlotte’s Place is a free space. Open to everyone, it is supported and operated by Trinity Wall Street, an Episcopal parish in the city of New York.

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

“Wall-E” screens on March 15, at Charlotte’s Place.

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., 10am-5pm. Admission: $11 (Seniors and 0-12 months, free). Thursdays are pay-as-you-wish. For info, call 212-274-0986 or visit cmany.org. For Twitter: twitter.com/cmainnyc.

La MaMa KIDS PRESENTS SWEETBEATZ

Shadow puppets, dance, music, storytelling and mask-making for youngsters and their families all figure into the schedule of events that are part of “La MaMa Kids.” This new series of creative workshops, La MaMa’s first such regular series of programming for family audiences, is sure to inspire a love of theater — and likely help launch a whole new generation of theatrical performers! The next installment in the series (which runs through June) is an interactive concert from “Sweetbeatz” — a musical group for young audiences that keeps the little ones on their feet and. Vocalist Meredith Wright (a member of Great Jones Repertory since 2001) will perform songs and tell stories from across the globe. Sat., March 9, at 11am. At La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre (66 E. 4th St., 2nd floor). Admission is $10 per family. For a full schedule of events and more info, call 212-475-7710 or visit lamama.org. Also visit sweetbeatzbaby.com.

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Publ ic Notice s Notice is hereby given that an on-premises license, #TBA has been applied for by Marlton Hotel Operating LLC to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 5 West 8th Street New York NY 10011. Vil: 03/07 - 03/14/2013 Notice is hereby given that an on-premises license, #TBA has been applied for by 35th Ventures LLC d/b/a Monarch at the Marriot to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 960 Sixth Avenue New York NY 10001. Vil: 03/07 - 03/14/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of Halo Direct, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/22/2013. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: Halo Direct, LLC, 832 Broadway, 6th Floor, New York, New York 10003. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 03/07 - 04/11/2013 Notice of Qualification of TARGET SOURCING SERVICES LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/25/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/25/13. Princ. office of LLC: 500 Seventh Ave., NY, NY 10018. 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. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, DE Dept. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 03/07 - 04/11/2013 Notice of Formation of SHAP ENTERTAINMENT, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/26/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 415 Madison Ave., 20 Fl., NY, NY 10017. 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: 03/07 - 04/11/2013 Notice of Qualification of AIG PORTFOLIO SOLUTIONS LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/15/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/19/12. Princ. office of LLC: 80 Pine St., NY, NY 10005. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy of State, DE, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 03/07 - 04/11/2013

Notice of Formation of DRS Productions LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/26/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 601 West 26th St., Ste. 1762, NY, NY 10001, also the principal office. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 03/07 - 04/11/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of AMERICAN DIAMONDS UNLIMITED, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/26/13. 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:The LLC, 579 5th Avenue Suite #888, NewYork NY 10017. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 03/07 - 04/11/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF STRIVE ASSET MANAGEMENT LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/7/13. 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: VIJAY BACHANI 330 E 33RD ST, APT #5C, NY, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful act. 2038871 Vil: 03/07 - 04/11/2013 FORMATION NOTICE OF THE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC). NAME: APPLE RESIDENTIAL VENTURES LLC. Application for Authority filed with NY Secretary of State (SSNY): February 13, 2013. The LLC was originally filed with Secretary of State of Delaware: April 15, 2011. Office location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 230 West 41st Street, Suite 1102, New York, New York 10036. Purpose: All lawful purposes. Vil: 03/07 - 04/11/2013 Notice of Registration of Rich Michaelson Magaliff Moser, LLP. Certificate filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/20/13. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLP, 340 Madison Ave., 19th Fl., NY, NY 10173. Purpose: practice the profession of law. Vil: 03/07 - 04/11/2013 Notice of Formation of 528-534 West 39 L.L.C Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/10/12. Office location: NY County. Principal business location: 666 Fifth Ave., 5th Fl., NY, NY 10103. SNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Rockrose Development Corp., 666 Fifth Ave., 5th Fl., NY, NY 10103, Attn: General Counsel. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 03/07 - 04/11/2013

Notice of Qualification of Long John Silver’s LLC App. for Auth. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/27/13. Off. loc.: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 6/6/69. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Arts. of Org. filed DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 03/07 - 04/11/2013 Notice of Qualification of Premier Research International LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/19/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 4/16/08. 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 address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 03/07 - 04/11/2013 Notice of Qualification of Redwood Income Fund LLC App. for Auth. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/12/13. Off. loc.: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 9/12/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Steven Katz, 227 E. 56th St., Ste. 401, NY, NY 10022. DE address of LLC: c/o United Corporate Services, Inc., 874 Walker Road, Ste. C, Dover, DE 19904. Arts. of Org. filed DE Secy. of State, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/28 - 04/04/2013 Notice is hereby given that license #1269193 has been applied by the undersigned to sell alcoholic beverages at retail in a restaurant under the alcoholic beverage control law at 22 East 13th Street, New York, NY 10003 for on-premises consumption. CGM 13 LLC d/b/a ALL’ONDA Vil: 02/28 - 03/07/2013 Notice of Formation of 150 NYC LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/15/13. 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 Isaacs & Associates, PLLC, 260 Madison Ave., 17th Fl., NY, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/28 - 04/04/2013 Notice is hereby given that a vessel on-premises license, #TBA has been applied for by Marco Polo Cruises Inc. to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 2430 FDR Drive, East Service Rd., Skyport Marina, New York NY 10010. Vil: 02/28 - 03/07/2013

Notice is hereby given that a restaurant wine license, #TBA has been applied for by New York Sushi Ko Inc to sell beer and wine at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 91 Clinton Street New York NY 10002. Vil: 02/28 - 03/07/2013 Notice is hereby given that a Liquor License (# Pending) has been applied for by Tum Tum BKK Corp, to sell Liquor, under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 650 9th Ave, NYC. 10036, for onpremises consumption. Vil: 02/28 - 03/07/2013 Notice is hereby given that license #1268609 has been applied by the undersigned to sell alcoholic beverages at retail in a restaurant under the alcoholic beverage control law at 21 West 9th Street, New York, NY 10011 for on-premises consumption. West 9th Street Consulting Group LLC d/b/a OMAR Vil: 02/28 - 03/07/2013 LUXURY CHAUFFEURED SERVICE LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/9/11. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Nissim Holand, 270 11th Ave., NY, NY 10001. General Purposes Vil: 02/28 - 04/04/2013 Notice of Formation of DURST WARREN STREET LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/14/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: One Bryant Park, NY, NY 10036. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Rosenberg & Estis, P.C., Attn: Gary M. Rosenberg, Esq., 733 Third Ave., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/28 - 04/04/2013 Notice of Formation of ECHO INVESTORS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/13/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to M. Nader Ahari, 524 Broadway, Ste. 405, NY, NY 10012. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/28 - 04/04/2013 Notice of Formation of HANG WU REALTY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/19/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: c/o 349 Fifth Ave., NY, NY 10016. Latest date on which the LLC may dissolve is 12/31/2035. 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: 02/28 - 04/04/2013

Notice of Qualification of 205E45 LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/17/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 1/8/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, Attn: William R. Hagner, 135 E. 57th St., 6th Fl., NY, NY 10022, also the principal office address. Address to be maintained in DE: The LLC, 3500 S. Dupont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secretary of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 02/28 - 04/04/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. MF ROSE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/23/13. 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, 82-30 98th Street, Woodhaven, New York 11421. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 02/28 - 04/04/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF POINTE TIBET RETAIL LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/14/13. 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: 1 Little West 12th St New York, NY 10014. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 02/28 - 04/04/2013 Notice of Formation of TessAnnieK, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/7/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 30 Crosby St., NY, NY 10013. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Mihir Patel, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, 55 E. 52nd St., 28th Fl., NY, NY 10055. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 02/28 - 04/04/2013 Notice of Qualification of National Women’s Soccer League, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/8/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1801 S. Prairie Ave., Chicago, IL 60616. LLC formed in DE on 12/12/12. 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. 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: 02/28 - 04/04/2013

Notice of Qualification of VTR Hertlin House, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/3/12. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 10350 Ormsby Park Pl., Ste. 300, Louisville, KY 40223. LLC formed in DE on 11/27/12. 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:The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 02/28 - 04/04/2013 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 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 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 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 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


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Publ ic Notice s 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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


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Publ ic Not i ces 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 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 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: 777Third 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

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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 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 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

G.V.L.L. past prez: Champs are striking out with housing Continued from page 15 can fix the pier in phases.” Glick said the forum should be seen as just the start of a planning process for Pier 40. “I pledge to you: Open ears and open mind,” she told the audience, “but committed to a principle of open space for an open park.” Gottfried, Hoylman and Glick all said they support the proposed Hudson River Park Neighborhood Improvement District. The NID would assess a small tax on surrounding property owners, with the revenue going toward the park. “I think it’s a creative idea,” Glick said, however, adding, “I think there might be some inequities about how money would be raised.” She said she might favor a slidingscale fee.

Caccappolo: Call it off Meanwhile, following last week’s forum, Rich Caccappolo, an influential past presi-

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A Manhattan Youth member showed up to support more fields at Pier 40.

‘I don’t think most people want residential in the park.’ Rich Caccappolo

my opinion, detrimental to the leagues — to whom I have dedicated years of service — and the schools and the neighborhood as a whole.” Instead, Caccappolo said, he’s now working “to tone down the contentious claims, and realign toward progress that can be achieved.”

dent of Greenwich Village Little League, who now chairs the Community Board 2 Parks and Waterfront Committee, has finally broken his silence on the issue of residential use at Pier 40. In short, he said, residential use has become “contentious” and is already “creating division in the community.” “In all honesty, I don’t think most people want residential in the park, and would like to see all other options exhausted first,” he told The Villager this week. “Personally, I don’t believe that residential in the park is good public policy, and I believe it is very unlikely that a developer will be able to solve the challenges of the pier and the park — fixing the pier and contributing significantly to the park each year. “More importantly, I don’t think this is a battle worth waging in this post-Sandy environment — not until new building codes for flood zones are clarified, new insurance rates become clear, etc. — and I don’t believe the legislation is going to be changed this year. “So, fighting a contentious battle that creates division in the community, pits groups against elected officials and elected officials against each other, over a false choice is, in

Sandy’s lasting impact Getting back to Derr, she told The Villager this week, “I’m looking to start a coalition against residential use in the park.” Derr owns a condo at nearby Morton Square, which she said she someday plans to retire to, and doesn’t relish the idea of two new towers fronting on nearby Pier 40. “We’re still repairing the lobby of Morton Square, which was flooded during Hurricane Sandy,” she said. “These two buildings are going to work as a seawall and divert the water right to Morton Square. I think it’s impractical to build on the water right now.” Asked by an audience member at last week’s forum about Sandy’s impacts on building in the flood zone, Bergman answered that the Champions aren’t “trying to solve the world’s problems — we’re trying to save Pier 40.” It will be up to the city, he said, to figure out what needs to be done to build safely in Zone A. The Pier 40 forum in fact had been planned for last year, but had to be rescheduled. David Gruber, C.B. 2’s chairperson, had set it for Oct. 29, but it was canceled — due to Hurricane Sandy.


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editorial Time to join the ‘bigger team’ Continued from page 10 pier’s field has become an icon of the community, a family-centric safe zone where kids and parents congregate and experience a healthy, almost small town-like environment in the big city. It’s a wonderful thing, and it needs to be safeguarded. All of Downtown and Lower Manhattan is starved for park space, in general. That’s a reality. We all want to save the sports field on Pier 40. But the pier — despite the Trust’s steady drumbeat of pronouncements — is not ready to sink into the river. In fact, as Durst has said, if repairs are started on Pier 40’s corroded piles now, the overall price of the repairs will be significantly less in the long run. And Durst’s cost estimates, in general, for the pier are far below the Trust’s. Durst is a pro, he’s not making up fantasy financials. More to the point, there is simply no political will — really, almost zero — to allow residential in the park. Assemblymember Glick, new state Senator Brad Hoylman and state Senator Dan Squadron all have said they don’t support it. And now, this week, in major news, Council Speaker Christine Quinn has added her voice to the mix, telling The Villager she also opposes residential use in Hudson River Park — though she does support saving Pier 40’s field, as well as creating more sports fields in the park. For his part, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is simply not going to go up against Glick, a part of his trusted inner leadership team and whose district contains the pier. With Quinn’s statement, reality finally seems to be setting in, at least for some people. Tobi Bergman, a leader of the Champions effort, appears to have accepted the reality. In a statement to The Villager on Wednesday evening, Bergman said, “Champions was never about residential development. We are about public open space and fields. We see a big win in the Speaker’s statement. For the first time, part of Pier 40, about 25 percent, will be designated for park use, and there’s a commitment to build more fields to meet the needs of a growing community so every child can play. We still have to figure out how to pay for the repairs needed to keep the pier open, but Champions are eternal optimists and team players, and we are ready to join a bigger team to get it done.” It’s now time for the Trust to join that “bigger team” — to work with the community to find a solution we all can live with. But when we asked the Trust if they will now drop the plan for high-rise towers at Pier 40, they sent us a statement that indicates that Wils will still push for a legislative change to allow residential use in the park. The Trust’s statement said, in part: “In order to protect the future of the pier and achieve long-term sustainability for the park as a whole, the legislation needs to allow for as many options as possible because the park cannot afford another failed R.F.P.” The word “quixotic” comes to mind. Again, yes, residential could be the easy quick-fix — but it’s not right for the park for so many reasons. The Champions and Trust have worked hard toward this one solution, but it’s simply not the right fit. Worse, it would be a major mistake. SPURA was a win-win. Twenty-two-story towers at Pier 40, however, would be a disaster. It’s now time for the community to come together, as a “bigger team,” as Bergman said. The Trust’s fear-mongering about the pier, the manipulative riling up of local parents against our elected officials, is simply not constructive. We agree with Glick and others that incremental fixes can be made in the meantime while some acceptable, sensible ideas are worked out. One good idea, for example, that we support is for a charrette, as the Trust did a few years ago, soliciting design concepts for the pier. New York City is full of so many creative, dynamic people — we’ve got to be able to come up with more than two plans for Pier 40. Also, people need to stop seeing Douglas Durst as some sort of obstacle to saving the pier. He’s one of the city’s top developers — and, most important, he’s deeply committed to this park. He was, until recently, chairperson of Friends of Hudson River Park and has done a tremendous amount for the park, in terms of projects and fundraising. He’s got good ideas on how to save Pier 40, so let’s take advantage of his deep expertise in construction and development projects. The city’s administration will be changing in 10 months, but we feel pretty confident that Durst’s interest in the park won’t be going away. His knowledge is valuable. He needs to be part of the “bigger team” that can save Pier 40 and Hudson River Park. We hope that the Trust will be part of that team, too. So, again, let’s scale back on the crisis-mode fear-mongering, and let’s get back to thinking — as a community — about how we can solve Pier 40. And the park act must not be opened — and it won’t be opened — until there is consensus in our community and our elected officials are onboard. To try to fight that realty in the last 10 months of Bloomberg’s last, lame-duck term — we just don’t see the point. Tone down the panic, anger and the hype, and let’s calmly work toward a constructive solution that we all can live with. Again, do we really want 22-story towers on our unspoiled, glorious waterfront, towers that will be there for 100 years looming over the pier and the park? There’s no emergency other than that which the Trust is creating. We need to think this through a little more carefully — make that, a lot more carefully.

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Fashion’s Night 2.0? No! To The Editor: Re “Fashion’s Night Outta here! Cans event for this year” (news article, Feb. 28): “I hope that in the future, F.N.O. is more responsive,” Margaret Chin is quoted saying in the article. The councilmember seems to be the only one who wants this awful event to have a “future.” The fashion blogs and other news blogs all expressed relief that F.N.O. was eliminated. Chin is certainly out of touch, not only with her constituents, but with the fashion world, including Anna Wintour. Dierdre Thompson

Hat was where it was at To The Editor: Re “Take a bite out of gentrification, eat at El Sombrero” (Clayton, Feb. 28): That neighborhood is a lost cause. Furthermore, I ate at The Hat probably 100 times in the ’90s and early ’00s, and the food isn’t very good. All it had going for it was location and the fact that us cool kids liked divey places back then, but these kids now don’t. They want the pretendiest fancy that they can afford. Abe Froman

Beware BID and its Wi-Fi! To The Editor: Re “Feeling hot, hot, hot! Union Sq. hotter than ever!”(Progress Report, by Jennifer Falk, Feb. 28): Are Jennifer Falks’s numerous rave reviews in The Villager about the business improvement district she runs paid ads, or are we to see them as editorial commentary? This former staffer for Mayor Bloomberg has presided over years of violating artists’ rights and violating the community’s rights to use their own park. Her shilling for corporate and real estate interests would be laudatory if Union Square Park was the private property her Union Square Partnership BID officers keep telling artists it is. What used to be a world-famous location for labor and other mass protests and a park that truly celebrated freedom has, under her leadership, devolved into just another piece of commercial real estate ripe for the picking. Helping Danny Meyer and other multimillionaires get richer by exploiting public property is not the purpose of New York City parks.

For me, when one considers the harmful effects of Wi-Fi that are now coming to light, Falk’s BID providing free Wi-Fi in a public park — which will cellularly damage trees, animals and human tissue — pretty much sums up the real effect of the Union Square Partnership on New York City. Robert Lederman Lederman is president, ARTIST (Artists’ Response to Illegal State Tactics)

We definitely need the NID To The Editor: Re “Is NID really needed, and who asked for it anyway?” (talking point, by Eileen Stukane, Feb. 21): I am a homeowner in a section of the West Village included in the proposed Hudson River Park Neighborhood Improvement District and I am a member of the NID Steering Committee. I fully support the creation of a neighborhood improvement district to maintain the Hudson River Park we have all come to rely on and love. The Hudson River Park is a remarkable, beautiful open space that undoubtedly improves the lives of those of us who live in the West Village. The modest assessment proposed is a straightforward measure to help ensure the park continues as a cherished part of our daily lives. I know the NID takes very seriously its role in providing accurate information, informing the community of the proposal, and incorporating the community’s feedback. I have personally heard voices from all ends of the spectrum in this process — a process that seeks to include, not exclude, those affected by the proposed assessment. This high level of outreach is certainly the case with residential property owners and community members like me. In fact, I hosted a meeting this fall for neighbors to inform them of the proposal and to receive feedback. These types of meetings, both large and small, have been an ongoing process. The proposed NID is part of an essential effort required to preserve a park that could easily return to the run-down waterfront of a not-so-distant past. It is time for our community to support the NID and protect this truly invaluable community asset.   Kate Bostock-Shefferman 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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pUblic n o ticeS Public Notice NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at 66 John Street, 11th floor, on a petition from Tecton Cafe Inc. to maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk café at 460 Greenwich Street 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: 02/28 - 03/07/2013

Public Notice NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANTTO LAW, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at 66 John Street, 11th floor, on a petition from Lekkas Restaurant Corp. to maintain, and operate an enclosed sidewalk café at 322 Seventh 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: 02/28 - 03/07/2013


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The Violets defended against New Jersey City’s offense, above, but they couldn’t find an answer for Khalid Muhammad’s lethal 3-pointers.

Violets bounced at home in first round by Jersey City SPORTS By Daniel Jean-Lubin New York University’s men’s basketball team saw their season come to an end at home in a 74-66 loss to neighbors from across the Hudson, New Jersey City University, in the quarterfinals of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Metro Championship Tournament on Wed., Feb. 27. Entering the game, the third-seeded N.Y.U. Violets (15-11) carried a streak of at least one postseason win in each of their last five ECAC tournament appearances. Their opponents, the sixth-seeded New Jersey City Gothic Knights (15-12), led by Khalid Muhammad, Rookie of the Year of the New Jersey Athletic Conference, looked poised for an upset. The Violets opened the first half with a quick jumper from center Devin Karch, but Muhammad quickly responded for the Knights with a wide-open 3 to give New Jersey an early lead. The teams traded baskets for most of the first half. The Gothic Knights managed to maintain their slim lead until the Violets’ leading scorer, Carl Yaffe, hit a midrange jump shot at the 9:50 mark to put N.Y.U. up 16-15. N.Y.U. then increased their lead after two Karch free throws. This began a 7-1 run for N.Y.U. as a timely 3 from Max Wein and a jumper from Yaffe put the Violets ahead 23-16 with 5:05 left in the first half. But New Jersey City responded with four

straight points after a deft steal by Asmar Edwards led to a fast-break layup and cut the lead to just 3 points. The Violets showed great poise and responded with their own offensive salvo; scoring 5 straight points, they ended the half up 28-23. The second stanza began as the first did with both teams exchanging quick field goals. Gothic Knights’ forward Drew Marley produced the second tie of the game, 32-32, on a smooth layup at 15:53. A 3 from Muhammad — his first of four in the half — gave New Jersey their first lead since the 9:51 mark of the first half. The Knights would never look back, however, as they scored four consecutive points and led 39-32. N.Y.U. returned to the scoreboard on a converted free throw, hoping to end the Knights’ run, but Muhammad quickly snuffed out all hope, scoring 8 points, including two 3’s in the span of about a minute. Muhammad’s fourth 3 of the half practically sealed the game for the Gothic Knights as they led by 14 with 5:32 remaining. N.Y.U.’s Iyoha Agho would cut the lead to 6 points, 67-61, on a 4-point play, with 2:09 left in regulation, but that would be as close as the Violets would get, losing 74-66. Muhammad led all scorers with 23 points. He also had two assists and two steals. Yaffe led N.Y.U. with 18 points. Yaffe ends his N.Y.U. career ranking fifth all time in school scoring with 1,365 points.

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Dear City Council Speaker Christine Quinn: Only YOU can protect our neighborhood. PLEASE vote NO on the proposed Hudson Square Rezoning UNLESS the City keeps its promise to landmark the South Village. Sincerely, Andrew Berman Executive Director, Greenwich VIllage Society For Historic Preservation Simeon Bankoff Executive Director, Historic Districts Council Howard Negrin Washington Place Block Association Sylvia Rackow Chair, Committee to Preserve Our Neighborhood Richard Blodgett President, Charlton Street Block Association Arthur Schwartz Democratic State Committeemember, 66th A.D. Judith Callet Former Resident Chair, Bleecker Area Merchants and Residents Association

Jeanne Wilcke President, Downtown Independent Democrats*, Former Chair, Community Board #2 Zoning Committee Katy Bordonaro and Zack Winestine Co-Chairs, Greenwich Village Community Task Force Lora Tenenbaum Former Chair, Community Board #2 Zoning Committee Gerald Banu President, Perry Street Block Association Silvia Beam Van Dam Street Block Association Lois Rakoff Community Board #2 member and former Resident Chair, Bleecker Area Merchants and Residents Association Bob Trentlyon Chelsea Waterside Park Association*

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Tobi Bergman Chair, Community Board #2 Land Use Committee Margaret Halsey Gardiner Executive Director, Merchant’s House Museum Micki McGee South Village Neighbors Lesley Doyel Co-Chair, Save Chelsea Martin Tessler & Terri Cude Co-Chairs, Community Action Alliance on NYU 2031 Constance Dondore Coordinator, 15 Washington Place Tenants Committee Mary Ann Arisman Co-Chair, St. Luke’s Place Block Association *For Identication Purposes Only

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The City Council will vote soon on a developer-requested rezoning of Hudson Square, which will greatly increase development pressure on the adjacent, low-rise, historic South Village. More than four years ago, the City promised to consider the entire South Village for landmark designation. It has not, and as a result more and more buildings are being demolished, with towers up to 18 stories planned in their place. Demolitions have increased in anticipation of a possible rezoning. If the rezoning passes without landmark protections for the South Village, this neighborhood will suffer irreversible damage. The rezoning must be approved by the City Council. Speaker Quinn has the power to tell the City that she will not approve it unless long-promised landmark protections are granted to the South Village.

Call Speaker Quinn at (212) 564-7757 or e-mail speakerquinn@council.nyc.ny.us For more information, go to gvshp.org/southvillage Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation ● www.gvshp.org ● 232 East 11th Street, NY, NY 10003 ● (212) 475-9585


The Villager, March 7, 2013