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Hoylman backs tough penalties for killing of auxiliary officers BY SAM SPOKONY
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n the seventh anniversary of the fatal shooting of two young auxiliary police officers on a South Village street, state Senator Brad Hoylman introduced legislation that would make the penalty for killing an auxiliary officer the same as that for killing a
regular New York Police Department officer. Nicholas Pekearo, 28, and Yevgeniy “Eugene” Marshalik, 19, were killed on March 14, 2007, while pursuing a crazed gunman who had just slain a pizza restaurant worker on W. Houston St. and was then fleeing on foot while firing wildly. Since AUXILIARIES, continued on p. 4
Determined: Deborah Glick spoke at Saturday’s victory rally at LaGuardia Park as attorney Jim Walden stood behind her.
‘Let it be’; Pols urge mayor not to appeal N.Y.U. ruling BY LINCOLN ANDERSON
athered round the Fiorello LaGuardia statue in LaGuardia Park last Saturday afternoon, local politicians, plus “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon, joined by a crowd of dozens of Villagers, once again urged N.Y.U. to scrap its embattled plan for its two South Vil-
lage superblocks and “go back to the drawing board.” Similarly, they told the de Blasio administration to drop any idea of appealing last month’s extraordinary court ruling that has thrown a huge roadblock in front of New York University’s 2031 development scheme. “We are here to celebrate a victory,” Assemblymember Deborah Glick told the crowd. “But we also
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want to send a signal to the city that they should cease and desist from any effort to appeal.” Everyone cheered. “All right!” someone shouted. “The city paved over is a death zone,” Glick declared. She promised to keep up the fight. To do otherwise, she said, “would be breaking faith” N.Y.U. PLAN, continued on p. 2
Tribes, exuberant East Village arts space, faces eviction BY SARAH FERGUSON
ast week, the Howl! Festival announced that it had selected blind poet and playwright Steve Cannon to be 2014’s poet laureate of the Lower East Side. But the news of this latest feather in Cannon’s cap is bittersweet, because he and his iconic
E. Third St. gallery/performance salon, A Gathering of the Tribes, are now on the verge of losing their home. According to the terms of a legal settlement with his landlord, Lorraine Zhang, both Cannon and Tribes — which has operTRIBES, continued on p. 27
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with previous generations of Village activists who fought off unwanted mega-projects. Added Congressmember Jerry Nadler, taking the bullhorn from Glick, “We’re here to celebrate victory, but we haven’t won yet. It’s very important to this neighborhood to say to this mayor: ‘Let it be — don’t appeal.’ This administration has shown it can step away from a case, from a decision.” A month ago, N.Y.U. suffered a major setback to its vision of packing four new buildings into the two jumbo-sized blocks. On Feb. 7, State Supreme Court Judge Donna Mills ruled that three of the four openspace strips along the edges of Mercer St. and LaGuardia Place, between Houston and W. Third Sts., are “impliedly” parkland, even though they are under the Department of Transportation’s jurisdiction. Mills agreed with a community lawsuit’s argument that the strips have been used as de facto parks for decades. The ruling has crippled N.Y.U.’s ability to build at least two, if not three, of its planned buildings. For their part, the plaintiffs and politicians say none of the buildings should be allowed to be constructed at this point. “It’s a changed development with the court decision,” Nadler stated. “What remains is a difficult project and should be subject to a new review.” “Yes!” the crowd roared its agreement. “Negotiate a reasonable, contextual development that everyone can be happy with,” the congressmember urged the university. Actress Nixon noted she is “relatively new” to the Village, having moved here a year and a half ago. But she has quickly grown to love, like many local parents, the “Key Park” playground, which is located on the Washington Square North superblock, and which would be destroyed if N.Y.U.’s full plan was carried out. “I am here very much as a mother,” Nixon said. “We are here at the Key Park every week. If we were to lose this playground — there are very few in this neighborhood. We’re so gratified by Judge Mills’s decision. We urge the city government, Bill de Blasio to stand with us. Listen to Judge Mills. Go back to the drawing board.” However, the university says it can still proceed with the construction of its planned, 1-million-square-foot Zipper Building — which would rise as tall as 300 feet at one point and sit on part of the strip along Mercer St. between Houston and Bleecker Sts., where Coles gym is currently located — since Mills ruled that lone strip is not a park. Attorney Jim Walden, of Gibson Dunn, who represented plaintiffs in the community lawsuit, declared, “We shouldn’t have to go to court to protect parks in our neighborhoods,” as the crowd cheered and clapped in agreement. The plaintiffs in the suit include Glick,
Actress Cynthia Nixon spoke of her love for the Key Park, as standing alongside her were, from left, attorney Jim Walden; Bo Riccobono, of N.Y.U. FASP; Geoffrey Croft, of NYC Park Advocates; and Mark Crispin Miller, of N.Y.U. FASP.
A sound bubble was provided for the statue of former Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia.
the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and N.Y.U. Faculty Against the Sexton Plan. The plaintiffs have filed a notice of appeal, and plan to challenge Mills’s ruling on the Coles strip, among other things. N.Y.U. has also filed notice of appeal to overturn the judge’s ruling on the three strips, and — backing up N.Y.U. — so has the city. The deadline to file the actual appeals is not until about eight months from now. The Mayor’s Office has not replied to requests for comment from The Villager on its apparent intention to appeal Mills’s decision. But a Law Department spokesperson said the city’s disagreement was over the open-space strips, and that this was a project that was approved under the Bloomberg administration.
Councilmember Margaret Chin, in whose district the superblocks are located, has issued general, carefully crafted comments about Mills’s decision, being cautious not to say anything about its impact on the full four-building N.Y.U. project. Three years ago, an even larger crowd had rallied at the same spot, around the LaGuardia statue, warning the university to “Keep your hands off the superblock strips!” One notable difference between the rally back then and the one this past Saturday was the absence of Chin this time around. “These strips need to remain as public parkland,” Chin had declared at the December 2010 rally. “There are other places for N.Y.U. to grow.” Walden, meanwhile, praised new City
Councilmember Corey Johnson, whose West Village / Chelsea district is adjacent to Chin’s, for boldly proclaiming that N.Y.U. should go back to square one in its development plans. Walden said Johnson has “taken the issue and tackled it to the ground,” even though councilmembers normally don’t oppose a fellow councilmember on an issue in the latter’s district. “N.Y.U. continues to say it wants to be a community partner,” Johnson said. “But these words have not been backed up in action in any way. We have seen enough privatization. Go back to the drawing board.” State Senator Brad Hoylman, who chaired Community Board 2 when it issued its unanimous, “absolute No” resolution on the N.Y.U. superblocks plan, said, “This is public land, bottom line, and we cannot let it go. We are standing up against powerful forces here, not just in the Village, but across the city.” State Senator Daniel Squadron said the Public Trust Doctrine, which Judge Mills cited in her decision, “is something real.” “What it means is, when you have public open space, you can’t short-circuit the people,” he said. Under the doctrine, the state Legislature must vote to “alienate” public parkland before it can be used for a nonpark use. Mark Crispin Miller, a leader of N.Y.U. FASP, said, “This has been an unprecedented town-gown alliance against a real estate development — right? We will not stand by and let them turn this into an East Coast replica of Abu Dhabi, with steel towers that cut off light and air. We will not stand for that.” N.Y.U. has a campus abroad in that Persian Gulf city which has become synonymous with gleaming, new skyscrapers. Arriving at the end of the press conference, Public Advocate Letitia James declared it “a great day for open space and a great day for communities that want to remain intact.” Asked by The Villager if she would talk with her ally Mayor de Blasio about not appealing Judge Mills’s ruling, she said, “I haven’t had a conversation with him about the status of the litigation yet, but I will.” Then, addressing the crowd, she reiterated, “I know that the mayor has dropped appeals in other matters, and I’m going to ask him to drop this one. But if he says no — we’ll fight on.” Asked by The Villager why she, like all the other councilmembers — except for Charles Barron — voted to approve the N.Y.U. 2031 plan two years ago, James responded, “The circumstances were different. We had a Council speaker back then who ruled with an iron fist. Your support was linked to projects that needed to go forward. I had a district with a lot of needs. I was conflicted. But projects had to move forward.” Asked for comment on Saturday’s rally, N.Y.U. PLAN, continued on p. 13
Prince St. “Google has been looking in Soho for a long time,” Consolo told Bloomberg. “They want to be near Apple, and they’ve been concentrating on Greene St. There are different streets that are in vogue, that have become hot, and it’s just now that Greene St. has become the street in Soho.”
SPARROW’S NEW PERCH: Walking down E. Ninth St., we heard a call behind us. It was David Leslie, the East Village performance artist / Brooklyn Bridge Swim phenom, and he was dropping off the baby chair of his young son, Brooks, at artist Theresa Byrnes’s place. His son doesn’t need it anymore, but it’ll be perfect for little Sparrow Joe Louis, he said. NATURAL HIGH: We caught up with Dana Beal, who recently was sprung after three years in Midwestern jails for pot trafficking. Speaking from Omaha last week, the Bleecker St. Yippie told us he’s confident he has found a place to live in New York that will be O.K.’d — namely, “in the top” of the Millinery Center Synagogue, on 38th St. and Sixth Ave. “I think that’ll pass muster with the parole board,” he said. “It’s a center of the Hassids.” Beal is Unitarian, but still there’s some sort of connection. “Remember Yitzhak Freed, the medical marijuana rabbi?” he asked. Of course, Beal can’t return to 9 Bleecker St., from which the Yippies were recently booted in a mortgage payment dispute. He said he’ll be back in the Big Apple in about a month, “unless this reality TV show comes through. Let’s put it this way,” he said. “It’s going to be bigger than ‘Duck Dynasty.’ It’s ‘The Yippies Re-Occupy’ — actually,
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IF YOU ENJOY intricate, micro-detailed paintings, check out Philip Van Aver’s work at the Dorian Grey Gallery, at 437 E. Ninth St., where he’s currently showing with Lowell Nesbitt in an exhibit called “Secret Gardens.” You’ll need to use the magnifying glass, like the woman above, to appreciate fully the intricacy of Van Aver’s painting. Though he has lived in the same E. Sixth St. apartment since 1969, this collection of works, from 1976 to now, is Van Aver’s first gallery show in the Tompkins Square Park area. “Ever since I was a child, I have been drawn to small-scale objects and miniatures,” he said. “I am employing elements derived from classical antiquity, postcards, many kinds of decorative art, fashion and botanical prints, the movies of Luchino Visconti, old engravings and erotic material.” Van Aver, 74, is also active in the hood. In 1976, he became a member of the Citizens Committee to Keep the Ottendorfer Library Open. At the time, the New York Public Library was attempting to close 18 branches, including the historic one on Second Ave. He was also on the executive committee of the Lower East Side Joint Planning Council, which was mostly concerned with housing issues. And he was a founding member of CoDA, Coalition for a District Change, a Democratic political organization. In fact, it was Van Aver who, in 2005, wearing his CoDA hat, had the guts to speak out and tipped off The Villager about an investigation into former City Councilmember Margarita Lopez’s campaign finance shenanigans in her 2001 election race.
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GOOGLE IT — IN SOHO: Google, the search-engine giant, has been searching for a spot in Soho for its first stand-alone retail outlet. The company, which has expanded into smartphones, computerized eyeglasses and laptops, is considering leasing up to 8,000 square feet of space at 131 Greene St., according to Faith Hope Consolo, of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Bloomberg News recently reported. That’s just steps away from the Apple Store, on
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THE GOLD STANDARD: The new “marquee” above Jerry Delakas’s Astor Place newsstand says it all, “Victory.” The golden letters are the work of East Village artist Kelly King, who championed Delakas’s fight to regain the kiosk after he was evicted from it during the waning days of the Bloomberg administration. In the end, Mayor Bill de Blasio allowed Delakas to return, reducing the fine he owed and giving him a manageable schedule to pay it off. Last Saturday, another Delakas savior, Marty Tessler, above left, giving the “V” for victory with the news vendor, was at the stand buying some tickets for the $400 million Mega Millions lottery.
it’s going to be called ‘Cures Not Wars.’ ” As for Beal, 67, he’s, well, turned over a new leaf. “I can’t smoke pot — I could be ‘P’-tested anytime,” he noted. “If I did, though, I’d use a vaporizer.” Which leads into Beal’s new health kick. After suffering two heart attacks and a near stroke in lockup, he’s given up beer, plus artery-clogging eats, and this from a guy who used to wolf down two eggs and home fries every morning at The Stage restaurant on Second Ave. next to “Stomp.” “This is the clean and sober Beal, man — actually, I get a lot more done,” he said with a laugh. “I lost a lot of hours, mainly at night. I’m like a born-again health nut. I just don’t want to die. I want to live to be 92. One egg yolk is worse than a pack of cigarettes,” he noted. As for reclaiming 9 Bleecker St., he said, they’ll be reaching out for help, including to George Zimmer, former chairperson of Men’s Wearhouse, who supports legalizing marijuana. “He’s a big pot guy,” Beal said. As for clean Beal, he’s so energized now, he’s already penned the first six chapters of his autobiography, titled “Letters of Transit,” which takes its name from his favorite flick, “Casablanca.”
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PHOTOS BY SAM SPOKONY
the city’s auxiliary officers are unarmed, the two men were defenseless when the gunman, David Garvin, turned and shot them dead near the corner of Sullivan and Bleecker Sts. Garvin was killed minutes later in a shootout with N.Y.P.D. officers who’d rushed to the scene. The deaths of Pekearo and Marshalik led to a landmark change in safety protocols for auxiliary police officers, who are all unpaid volunteers. Days after the tragic incident, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg and former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly asked the City Council to set aside money, for the first time, to provide funding to issue bulletproof vests to all auxiliaries. Before that, auxiliaries had to purchase their own protective vests. However, from a legal standpoint, another key aspect of the fatal shooting went largely unnoticed for years. If Garvin had survived the incident and stood trial for killing Pekearo and Marshalik, he would not have been charged under New York State’s first-degree murder or manslaughter laws that apply to the killing of a police officer. Instead, the shooting of the auxiliary officers would have been treated the same as the shooting of a civilian. “But auxiliary police officers deserve the same protections as police and peace officers, and their assailants should face the same penalties,” said Hoylman at a March 14 press conference outside the Sixth Precinct, on W. 10th St. “It’s crucial that we recognize these civic-minded individuals and the sacrifices they make, as well as the families who have suffered, and who are concerned about their well-being each day they’re out in the line of duty.” Hoylman's new bill, the Auxiliary Police Officers Yevgeniy Marshalik and Nicholas Pekearo Memorial Act, would finally bring the legal penalty for killing an auxiliary officer in line with the penalty for killing a regular officer. “It’s a matter of justice, it’s a matter of fairness and it’s a matter of respect for Officers Marshalik and Pekearo,” Hoylman added. Jeff Schlanger, chief of staff for Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, said at the press conference that the new legislation is “long overdue,” and will correct an “oversight” in the criminal justice system. “We believe it does the right thing,” said Schlanger. “It helps to further protect those who protect us, and that’s vitally important.” The New York Police Department’s Auxiliary Police Program includes more than 4,500 volunteer officers — more than any such program in the nation — who assist their local precincts by performing uniformed patrols. Although auxiliary officers are trained to observe and report crimes rather than directly engage with criminals, the nature of their work often
Flanked by community members holding photos of the slain auxiliary officers, state Senator Brad Hoylman introduced the Auxiliary Police Officers Yevgeniy Marshalik and Nicholas Pekearo Memorial Act.
N.Y.P.D. Manhattan South Commander William Morris spoke at the March 14 memorial, honoring the families of Nicholas Pekearo and Yevgeniy Marshalik, at left.
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places them in dangerous situations. Later on March 14, the families of Pekearo and Marshalik joined both Sixth Precinct officers and auxiliaries in an annual memorial ceremony at the corner of Bleecker and Sullivan Sts., which were conamed after the fallen men in 2009. “I stand here with sadness and with pride,” said Inspector Elisa Cokkinos, who commands the Sixth Precinct, in remarks at the ceremony. “Sadness because we all know they were much too young and full of humanity to be taken so soon from their families and society. And pride because these two young men were out there on that tragic night, protecting our neighborhood, when they didn’t have to be.” Deputy Inspector Phylis Byrne, commanding officer of the auxiliary police program, explained that, seven years later, the sacrifice of the two men — and the circumstances that led to their deaths — still remains at the forefront of the program. “I donʼt make a decision about this program without thinking about Nick and Eugene first; they affect everything I do in this job,” she said. “And aside from the fact that, after they were killed, the program changed to provide more protections, another thing happened after that. People started to understand the job they and other auxiliary officers actually do for this city.”
After the commanders’ remarks, community members and the families of the slain men once again recalled the great talents and personalities of Pekearo and Marshalik, which were blossoming just as their lives were brutally cut short. Marshalik was a New York Univesity student who had immigrated from Russia at age 5, and had previously become a top debater at Stuyvesant High School despite not being a native English speaker. Pekearo, a lifelong Villager, was an accomplished author who had already written three novels, one of which — “The Wolfman,” published posthumously in 2008 — is now being adapted into a feature film. Pekearo’s mother, Iola Latman, who still lives on Morton St., just blocks away from the murder site, mentioned the prospect of the film adaptation while talking about her son’s legacy following the ceremony. “He had such a bright future as a writer, but he was also just such a good human being,” Latman told The Villager. She added that the annual memorials for her son and Marshalik affect her and her family more deeply with each passing year. “We’ve been really shaken up today,” she said. When asked for her thoughts on Hoylman’s new legislation, Latman said she thought it was another positive way of protecting auxiliary officers, just as the order for bulletproof vests was back in 2007. “Yes, I think it’s a good thing,” she said of the new bill.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Washington Pl. at Greene St. Join Workers United (formerly the ILGWU) and the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition to honor those lost in the fire and pay homage to the workers’ rights reforms that have become their legacy. Triangle Fire descendents, elected officials, community activists, labor leaders, union members, and many others will gather for this moving ceremony. All are encouraged to join in this powerful yearly remembrance. Visit RemembertheTriangleFire.org for details on upcoming commemorative events. Support for this event comes in part from the NYU Office of Government and Community Affairs. Visit nyu.edu/nyu-in-nyc for news about other upcoming programs.
March 20, 2014
Hoylman’s ‘L’ of an idea: Get developer to add exit BY ZACH WILLIAMS
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s one real estate developer seeks to build up, state Senator Brad Hoylman suggests they burrow below as well. Word, however, has yet to reach Hoylman in response to a letter to Extell Development Company suggesting the latter contribute to the construction of a second exit at the First Ave. station on the L subway line. Continued development in the East Village is causing a need for cooperation between government and private interests in updating the 89-year-old station, according to Hoylman. “With only one station entrance/exit at the western end of the platform, there is massive congestion at the stairs during rush hours,” reads the state senator’s Feb. 10 letter. “The lone exit also raises serious concerns about egress in the case of an emergency. It is clear that an eastern entrance at 14th St. and Avenue A will eventually be needed in order to ensure the safety and efficiency of this station.” The letter concludes with the stated hope that the developer will work with the city to ensure that, no matter from where funding derives, straphangers will eventually be able to exit the station via its eastern end.
“Such improved station access would be a benefit to your new development’s residents as well as the neighborhood as a whole,” Hoylman wrote. Extell, one of the most prolific developers in New York City, plans to rebuild a significant portion of the block, which it leased in 2012 from Solil Management for $35.1 million, according to a report earlier this year by real estate publication The Real Deal. The resulting structure would be seven stories tall and have a mix of both residential and retail space, states the report. Although the developer has yet to respond to Hoylman’s suggestion to fund the proposed new station exit, changes to the current site are upcoming, according to Anna LaPorte, who works for a public relations firm that represents Extell. “While the plans for the site have not been finalized, demolition is slated for this spring,” she said in an e-mail. “Extell does intend to meet with members of the community in the near future.” Raising awareness of the issue was the primary aim of the letter, said Julia Alschuler, a spokesperson for Hoylman. She added that he will now seek a meeting with the developer as well as discussing other funding options with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Such private funding of a subway exit would be rather “unique,” said M.T.A. spokesperson Kevin Ortiz. Determining
With only one exit at its western end, the First Ave. L station is often massively congested.
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costs and the time needed to realize the proposed alteration cannot be done currently, he added. “It’s way too early to speculate on details and the process moving forward,” he said in an e-mail. While stations at First and Third Aves. both have only one exit, the former accommodates more than three times more riders, about 7.1 million annually, according to M.T.A. statistics. Subway riders interviewed by The Villager said crowds are denser and space on trains scarcer at the First Ave. station, making it harder to access the one exit as well. “It’s usually hard to get on,” said Maxine Senior, who lives in Midtown. Factors such as mechanical reliability
and frequency of service helped the L line earn the distinction as the fifth best out of 19 subway lines ranked in the annual State of the Subways Report, released on March 7 by the Straphangers Campaign. Yet, at the same time, the line struggled with belowaverage rates of open seating and uncollected garbage on platforms. Crowding on the platform varies throughout the day. The morning and early evening rush hours with the L train shuttling people between the East Village and Williamsburg are a frustrating experience for some regular riders. “Oh, my God, yeah, it is,” said Luis Piabrasanta, a construction worker who said he has used the station for the past 25 years.
POLICE BLOTTER Truck-crash murder charge
The man arrested Feb. 12 for stealing a delivery truck and killing a city bus driver in a drunken crash at W. 14th St. and Seventh Ave. has been indicted for murder and aggravated vehicular homicide, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced on March 12. Events leading up to the tragic incident began on Feb. 11, when Domonic Whilby, 23, of Georgia, spent the night drinking heavily at various parties that continued into the next morning, according to the indictment. Around 5:30 a.m. Feb. 12, while still intoxicated, he reportedly broke into a commercial truck parked at the loading dock of the Dream Hotel, at W. 16th St. and Ninth Ave., started the engine and then drove away after first careening into the loading dock wall, a taxi and another truck, the D.A. said. After several minutes of a speeding joyride around corners and through a red light, Whilby was driving south along Seventh Ave. where he ran another red light at W. 14th St. and smashed violently into an M.T.A. crosstown bus passing through the busy intersection, the indictment said. As the bus plowed into nearby scaffolding, its driver, William Pena, was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. Four other people were injured in the crash. Whilby was arrested at the scene moments after the carnage occurred. At the time of the crash, his blood-alcohol level was at least .18 percent, the D.A. said — more than twice the legal limit. In addition to murder and vehicular homicide, Whilby was also charged with seconddegree vehicular manslaughter, first-degree burglary, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and grand larceny.
A 14-year-old girl was arrested on March 11 after she allegedly attacked her older brother and threatened him with a knife inside their South Village home. The boy, 17, told police that his sister was verbally abusing him throughout the day in the Thompson St. apartment, and then began to hit and scratch him on both arms. He further claimed that she then picked up the knife and menacingly approached, causing him to fear for his life, according to the police report. The girl was apprehended inside their home shortly after her brother called police. She was charged with assault, but was placed in the custody of a guardian and will face the charge in Family Court, police said.
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Police arrested a teenage boy early on March 15 after he allegedly stole a Citi Bike and then drew graffiti on a W. Fourth St. apartment building. An officer said he spotted the boy, 15 — who lives just blocks away on LaGuardia Place — outside 132 W. Fourth St. around 3:50 a.m., using a paint bottle with a brush
attachment to tag his nickname, “Skeez,” on a glass encasement on the building’s front. Once the cop approached and questioned him, both about the graffiti and the Citi Bike lying beside him, the alleged vandal admitted to taking the bike from a nearby dock without paying for it, according to the police report. The bike hadn't been pushed all the way into its slot, the boy reportedly told the officer, so he took it. “I was going to ride it and put it back,” he said, according to the report. The boy was charged with making graffiti, possession of graffiti instruments and criminal possession of stolen property.
Craigslist con job
Police are searching for a shifty man who allegedly conned 10 women out of nearly $22,000 by posting fake East Village apartment rentals on Craigslist. The suspect — a photo of whom, below, was released by cops — claimed to be a rental agent while posting the false listings for 321 E. Sixth St. and 434 E. Ninth St., police said. During that time, he reportedly used the aliases David Horowitz and Michael Bryant, although his true identity is still unknown. Between Jan. 16 and Feb. 1, nine women paid the suspect cash deposits of $2,200 as down payment on the bogus E. Sixth St. rental, and the other woman paid a $2,100 cash deposit for the E. Ninth St. listing on Jan. 30, police said. Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call the New York Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline
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Police arrested Ivan Garcon, 28, on March 11 after he allegedly exposed himself and masturbated in front of a 17-year-old girl onboard a PATH train. The victim told cops that she was riding the downtown train around 4:40 p.m. when Garcon approached her, pulled out his penis and began pleasuring himself. The girl said she tried walking to the next train car, but Garcon reportedly followed her and continued his gross display. The alleged perv was arrested inside the Ninth St. PATH station at Sixth Ave., where he had exited to continue following the girl after she stepped off and reported the incident, police said. Garcon was charged with public lewdness and harassment.
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Big development bonus to float around Hudson Square? BY SAM SPOKONY
ast month, the first proposal for affordable housing within the new Hudson Square Special District was publicly unveiled, when major developer Extell brought its plans for 68 Charlton St. to Community Board 2. The developer has applied for an “inclusionary housing” bonus — offered within Hudson Square as part of the area’s rezoning last year — which will allow them to build higher than zoning regulations typically allow as of right, in exchange for including those affordable units (in Extell’s case, 25 of them) along with luxury units. Now, it looks like another big developer, Related Companies, is also taking advantage of the same kind of bonus — but they're proposing to do it through a site that lies just outside the Hudson Square Special District. The site is 261 Hudson St., between Canal and Spring Sts., where Related demolished a long, one-story building last year to make way for a future 12-story residential building. Although construction has not begun, the new building is currently planned to include a total of 201 apartments — 160 market rate and 41 affordable — according to a spokesperson for the developer. Along with getting a 421a tax break — since the building would
be 20 percent affordable — Related has also submitted an inclusionary housing application to the city in order to get a big floor-area bonus, according to a spokesperson for the Department of Housing and Preservation and Development, the city agency that handles the inclusionary program. An interesting point, however, is that the site actually lies outside the rezoned Hudson Square district. In fact, because it’s just across the street from the rezoning district’s western boundary line — in a separate zoning district that doesn’t allow inclusionary housing — that bonus can’t be used at 261 Hudson St. Instead, Related would be able to transfer or sell the bonus to a nearby site, most likely within Hudson Square. That bonus would be equivalent to the total square footage of the 41 affordable units at 261 Hudson St., and while it wasn’t immediately clear yet exactly how big those units will be, it will be tens of thousands of square feet that could eventually be tacked onto some mega-luxury development nearby, or perhaps split up among multiple sites. Related presented its plans for 261 Hudson St. to C.B. 2’s Land Use Committee on March 12, but no vote was taken because, as Committee Chairperson Tobi Bergman told The Villager, there were some “unresolved discussions” that will have to be continued at the committee’s meeting next month.
Since then, the developer has not responded to this newspaper’s questions about their plans for using the bonus, if the application is approved by the city. In any case, that possibility of a sizable floor-area bonus to be transferred or sold within Hudson Square
Related can’t use the bonus at its Hudson St. project.
is certainly something worth keeping an eye on, especially as the new district is expected to continue to draw attention from big developers in the coming years. “Related are the masters of working the system,” said Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, when this paper mentioned the issue to him. “They definitely know how to work the system to get the maximum advantage.” Meanwhile, Related made a big purchase last week just south of Hudson Square, in
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Chin wants higher fines for harassing senior tenants BY SAM SPOKONY
sserting it will help to protect seniors from wrongful eviction and abuse, City Councilmember Margaret Chin on March 12 introduced legislation that would increase the penalties against landlords caught harassing their tenants. The bill would double the maximum fine for tenant harassment by increasing the penalties from the current range of $1,000 to $5,000 up to $5,000 to $10,000 per dwelling unit. Harassment can include refusal to make necessary repairs or accept rent payment, shutting off services like heat and hot water or threatening force. The legislation would also create a “blacklist” for offending landlords, by requiring the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development to post information about the violations — including the building address and owner’s name — whenever properties are found to breach city laws against tenant harassment. Chin, who chairs the Council’s Committee on Aging, noted that since many seniors are long-term residents of rent-regulated apartments — especially in Chinatown and the Lower East Side — they are frequent targets of landlords who hope to
force them out in order to then sell or lease the units at market rate. “This legislation puts the power back in the hands of the tenants by providing readily available access to records of landlord violations,” said Chin, in a March 12 statement. “With steeper fines and more comprehensive reporting of found violations, unscrupulous landlords will think twice before attempting to illegally drive seniors out of their homes.” Jennifer Vallone, director of Project Home, an eviction prevention program run by the Lower East Side nonprofit University Settlement, said that around 30 percent of her cases involve seniors. “Frivolous lawsuits against seniors, especially those living in rent-stabilized apartments, is something we see on a pretty regular basis,” she said. “A big problem for seniors in Chinatown and the Lower East Side is that many of them are more vulnerable to those actions because of their health or because they don’t speak English well.” Vallone added that she believes stiffer penalties for tenant harassment are a positive step forward, but that she also believes that the city’s Housing Court should be acting faster to enforce those penalties. “If a landlord is not doing what they should be doing, they should be held ac-
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Concerned the city might not follow through on its Vision Zero plan to eliminate traffic fatalities — and that promised Slow Zones might not be implemented — the activist group Right of Way, on Sunday, put up 20-mile-per-hour signs in 11 neighborhoods around town. Above, they attached the signs to poles in the Hudson Square neighborhood. They don’t want the exact locations printed in hopes the signs will stay up longer. The West and East Villages are among neighborhoods slated to get Slow Zones, which feature street humps near schools, lower speed limits and other traffic-calming measures. Pedestrians and cyclists are much more likely to survive a car accident if the car is traveling 20 m.p.h. versus 30 m.p.h., the advocates say. Mayor de Blasio has asked the state to authorize the city’s lowering its speed limit from 30 m.p.h. to 25 m.p.h. Uptown Assemblymember Danny O’Donnell is sponsoring a bill to cap the speed limit at 20 m.p.h.
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To The Editor: Re “Zipper reconsidered: N.Y.U. retools project it says it can still build” (news article, March 13): As for Professor Magder’s statement about N.Y.U. Faculty Against the Sexton Plan being comprised of only 400 faculty, let’s put that into perspective: The University Open Space Priorities Space Committee that he chaired had only 22 faculty members, and 19 were handpicked by administrators. And he, himself, was selected by the administration to chair the committee. Furthermore, two individuals on the committee were senior administration members. The survey conducted by the Faculty Senators Council in spring 2012, on the other hand, had 1,146 faculty participants, with 718 opposed to the N.Y.U. 2031 development plan.
To The Editor: Re “Zipper reconsidered: N.Y.U. retools project it says it can still build” (news article, March 13): The N.Y.U. working group has proposed the establishment of a “work-study center” away from the Zipper Building construction site for N.Y.U. faculty who currently live on the superblocks and “work at home and...have no other office options.” Wow, well, speaking as a current Washington Square Village resident, wouldn’t it be just dandy if all of us non-N.Y.U. faculty living in the superblocks area could also have a “work-study center” during this would-be, ill-conceived, toxic construction period?
To The Editor: Re “Rosie and the roses” (Scoopy’s Notebook, March 13): Judge Mills’s decision — and Rosie Mendez’s agreement with it — ruling out designation of the Mercer-Houston Dog Run as parkland because of its private/members-only policy, completely ignores the history of this open-space strip. Community Board 2 stipulated this restrictive policy, along with formal bylaws, a constitution, elected officers, dues and insurance as requirements for approval of the dog run’s occupancy of that portion of the Mercer St. strip. The run, which opened on Oct. 26, 1981, was New York City’s first official dog run. Its long-term and continued existence should remain a source of pride to our community.
To The Editor: Re “Zipper reconsidered: N.Y.U. retools project it says it can still build” (news article, March 13) and “Rosie and the roses” (Scoopy’s Notebook, March 13): It sounds like a really political faculty study group acceded to a soon-to-retire President Sexton. How many were promoted to higher ranks? Did they look at other solutions? One solution to the theater space crisis could be returning Skirball to N.Y.U. student use. (Or is it too lucrative to waste on students?) The “new project” diverges from the ULURP previously presented, making us even more wary since it looks oddly fishy to us. So, in anticipation, the study group says to put the entrances on Mercer St., far away from fac-
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After director’s firing, WBAI sale is now rumored TALKING POINT
by Fuentes to fire Reese failed in February. She added that Fuentes has never been a programmer or board member of KPFA, yet made the motion to fire Summer without ever talking to her. There was reportedly no discussion among members during the telephone conference call meeting when Reese was fired. Also since Reese’s contract was signed a few months ago, she has not had her scheduled annual performance review yet. Rosenberg also claims that nearly
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ummer Reese, the executive director of the Berkeley-based Pacifica Foundation, was fired on March 14 in a closed session of the Pacifica National Board. No official reason was given for the firing, which was announced two hours after Reese publicly announced that she had paid the overdue severances of the majority of WBAI’s employees laid off in a financial crisis triggered in part from damage from Superstorm Sandy. Reese’s firing is related to a recent election to the board of members of an opposing faction. After a bitter factional struggle in 2001, an expensive and unwieldy election system for board members was put in place. The latest election changed the makeup of the P.N.B. with 12 of the new members voting against Reese and 10 in favor. The new board members claim that they are not required to recognize Reese’s three-year $315,000 contract with Pacifica because it was signed by the previous board. Summer Reese, although a California native, has a connection to the Lower East Side. In the 1980s as a teenager she was often seen in the neighborhood at protests for the homeless and squatters, and around 1989 briefly stayed in a teepee soup kitchen erected in La Plaza Cultural, at E. Ninth St. and Avenue C. Reese is a friend of mine and I have always supported her career and hope her the best in this struggle. However, the problems faced by Pacifica and WBAI are much greater than the fate of one manager in a revolving door of 11 national managers over the past decade. WBAI, for example, has gone through at least five program directors in the past two or three years. While this fight reflects an internecine battle between factions at the Pacifica stations in Berkeley and Los Angeles, it may have a direct effect on WBAI. However, lately WBAI’s financing has come under control, with the layoff of most of its staff and a move to cheaper digs on Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn. Yet, according to Reese, there are powerful forces in California who are pushing hard for a sale of WBAI to bring in funds to endow the California stations. Reese referred in particular to a Bay Area attorney named Dan Siegel, currently a candidate for mayor of Oakland, who told her directly that he would “sell WBAI to save KPFA,” the Berkeley station. Reese said that a sale of WBAI could bring in between $50 million and $90 million. According to board member and Reese supporter Tracy Rosenberg, there is a “rumor” that “a small segment of the board has been in negotiations with an entity associated with Comcast news
Summer Reese in New York City in Midtown recently.
channel MSNBC to take over WBAI’s license.” Rosenberg maintains that while impossible to verify, she believes the rumor is true. According to a media release Monday morning, Reese and a small group of supporters removed a padlock installed at Pacifica’s offices the previous day and “informed staffers that business would continue as usual.” Rosenberg claims the firing was illegal because of the three-year contract held by Reese, adding that she has “no doubt” that the board was planning to fire Reese for political reasons. She pointed out that a recently elected KPFA board member and employee of the law firm of Siegel and Yee named Jose Fuentes Roman had brought up the motion to terminate. According to Rosenberg, a first attempt
and necessary, and we’re not in the business of disclosing information about personnel issues to the public.” In New York the WBAI local station board is also deeply divided. A former program director, Bernard White, was fired three years ago and lost a subsequent employment discrimination lawsuit against Pacifica. His supporters on the board have spoken out against Reese on several occasions, and White has expressed his desire to see WBAI sold. In an interview, White said, “It’s not really a bad idea — WBAI could sell for $350 million, and you can take $100 million and create a smaller radio station, and take the $200 million and buy smaller radio stations.” WBAI veteran programmer Gary Null is a supporter of Reese and he said during his Monday show that he believes the new management will remove him from the air. Null has often decried “mismanagement” at WBAI and claims that thousands of premiums provided to listeners in return for donations have never been delivered. A news release on the Web site of Null’s Progressive Radio Network claimed that insurance brokers have written the board claiming that, “Pacifica’s high level of employment litigation posed a threat of ‘uninsurability.’ ” It’s time for Pacifica’s leading programmers to put aside their differences and come to a unified agreement on what to do with their valuable radio properties. Whatever happens next in the Pacifica drama may decide the future of the entire embattled network.
Former program director Bernard White hopes WBAI is sold. Meanwhile, Gary Null fears his program will be pulled for his supporting Reese.
$80,000 “in missing event revenues” at KPFA has been “identified” and that KPFA administrators had refused to turn over the station’s books for an annual audit the morning Reese was fired. As of Monday, Margy Wilkinson, the chairperson of the Pacifica National Board who had been appointed interim executive director of Pacifica, was sitting in the network’s offices in a tense standoff with Reese and her supporters. Wilkinson has said that, “The board took an action that it felt was reasonable
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ulty housing, which indicates much more foot traffic in our area at all hours, of not only students and faculty but theater attendees, too. Wow, what a nightmare for our community. This whole “new project” needs rethinking now and should require a new ULURP. Mayor de Blasio, give us back our neighborhood! As for Rosie Mendez, how silly can she get? Councilwoman Chin may be her “sister,” but Chin wasnʼt the one who saved 505 LaGuardia Place as affordable housing. No, it was Congressman Jerry Nadler! And we would like Snoopy [sic] to set the record straight. Sylvia Rackow Rackow is a member, Committee to Preserve Our Neighborhood
Horse hoopla To The Editor: The concern for carriage horses in the city seems to be misplaced, as I hear nothing about the terror and pain of the horses that are being rounded up and slaughtered for food out West, or those sent to Mexico and Canada for slaughtering. Not a word is being spoken about that. Where is the real concern? Ruth Kuzub
It’s now or never To The Editor: Re “Rally blasts pavilion bistro as mayor remains mum” (news article, March 13):
The mayor has the legal right to cancel the Bloombergera restaurant contract. Children of all ages, seniors and residents need to have free use of their pavilion returned to them. After more than three decades, during which it was allowed to deteriorate, the newly renovated pavilion cannot be taken away from the community for the benefit of a commercial, high-end restaurant. Once it is taken away for commercial profit, the public will never get it back. We must urge the mayor to do the right thing and act to ensure the pavilion’s free year-round use by the community — not by a for-profit restaurant. Edith Shanker
Pavilion power! To The Editor: Re “Rally blasts pavilion bistro as mayor remains mum” (news article, March 13): In view of the many park articles (Washington Square, N.Y.U., Children’s Magical Garden) in the March 13 Villager, the coverage of the Union Square fight to save the pavilion and the north plaza for their traditional recreation and free-speech roles was much appreciated. I would like to add that, in addition to Congresswoman Maloney and state Senator Hoylman, who were mentioned in your story, other elected officials who were present and spoke included Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Borough President Gale Brewer and Councilmember Corey Johnson. State Senator Liz Krueger was represented. Your readers can join these officials by asking the mayor to restore the pavilion to its traditional use as a sheltered recreational space for the adjacent playground. We don’t need another fancy restaurant in the Union Square area, which is already saturated with eating places. Write, phone or e-mail Mayor de Blasio at City Hall to add your voice to this campaign.
Lora Tenenbaum Tenenbaum is a former member, Community Board 2
Another heroic woman To The Editor: Re “An East Village artist reveals her fierce path to motherhood” (news article, March 13): Excellent article. I have always admired Theresa. She has conquered and overcome hardships that would have stopped most of us. She has managed to survive as an artist in a city that has almost crushed the alternative art scene. And now she has a baby to take care of. I am sure she will be a great mother. There really are some heroic woman on the L.E.S. and I would say Theresa Byrnes is one of them. Clayton Patterson E-mail letters, not longer than 250 words in length, to news@ thevillager.com or fax to 212-229-2790 or mail to The Villager, Letters to the Editor, 515 Canal St., Suite 1C, NY, NY 10013. Please include phone number for conﬁrmation purposes. The Villager reserves the right to edit letters for space, grammar, clarity and libel. The Villager does not publish anonymous letters.
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To The Editor: Re “Conservancy, C.B. 2 feel unmitigated heat at very tense meeting” (news article, March 13): I must admit I am disappointed in the antagonistic, defensive comments by Community Board 2 Parks Committee members quoted in this article that were aimed at members of the non-conservancy community. I’m not particularly worried that this is a disguised N.Y.U. takeover of the park. I am more concerned that it is a Washington Square Park Conservancy takeover, and that the C.B. 2 member they put on the conservancy’s board seems to show an extremely pro-business propensity in her community board voting record.
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Park campaign offers perks, from discounts to free events Foodies pour in for cookie cup BY LINCOLN ANDERSON
utting a new spin on fundraising, the Friends of Hudson River Park is offering supporters the opportunity to enjoy discounts and access to exclusive, special park events and activities in return for their donations. Launched last week, it’s called the “Friendship Drive,” and the idea is that supporters join it as membership program. “Rather than offer T-shirts and tote bags, we want to offer experiences to immerse people into the park in a new way,” explained Gregory Boroff, the Friends’ new executive director. For a minimum contribution of $50, the so-called “Seedling” level, each member will get a card, good for discounts at select “community partner” businesses both inside the 5-mile-long waterfront park, as well as those nearby it. The card is good, for example, for a 20 percent discount on food and drink at P.D. O’Hurley’s, at Pier 84; or 50 percent off a $50 day pass at the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers; or a free game of mini-golf (limit of three free games per year) at Pier 25, in Tribeca; or 10 percent off a beginner’s stand-up paddleboard class at New York Kayak Company, at Pier 40. “Community partners” near the park include, among others, Anfora, at 34 Eighth Ave., 30 percent off cocktails before 7 p.m.; Desmond’s Steakhouse, 513 Seventh Ave., 20 percent off food and beverage; and Epicurean Events, 225 Varick St., 10 percent off food and beverages for all first orders. In addition, members get access to special events in the park. For $100, “First Mate” members are invited to Friends’ “insider events,” such as V.I.P. invitations to World Yacht’s Holidays on the Hudson, including the lighting of the Ships and Boats Parade during the holiday season. For “Tree”-level contributors, who give $250, the perk is an exclusive outing with New York Outrigger. For $1,000, “Gardener” members are invited to attend the Friends’ Fourth of July fire-
works viewing. For $2,500, the “Steward” level, members can request tours of the park on their particular subject of interest — from horticulture and nature to operations or events — plus can have a ball playing Kayabi (kayak dodgeball). For $5,000, “Mariner,” members get an exclusive night of high flying at the New York Trapeze School, at Pier 40. Finally, at the “Captain” level, $25,000, members can attend a “Captains’ Leadership Dinner” hosted by Mike Novogratz, the Friends’ chairperson, and celebrity chef David Chang. Monthly payments are allowed. “This is something that only Hudson River Park can offer because of all the great activities that we have,” said Boroff. “What makes it very different is that it’s all experiential.” Since becoming the Friends’ executive director last August, Boroff personally has learned a lot more about the park, and he wants other local residents to enjoy the same process. “I’ve lived along the West Side, in Chelsea and Greenwich Village, for 20 years,” he noted. “I’ve seen the changes that happened. I go to the dog run in Chelsea Waterside Park with my dachshund, Vava. But I had never been in an outrigger canoe before. There are six people in it. The skyline from that vantage point — out on the river — was so dramatic. It was sunset. I really bonded with the six people in the canoe.” It’s that kind of experience that Boroff and the Friends want the new fundraising campaign’s members to enjoy, too. “Our job is to be friends, to be the welcoming group,” Boroff explained. “Not to be corny — but we want to be friends.” Although the Friends held its big gala in October, Boroff said this new Friendship Drive — with its dual role — is the major focus now. “Our number one job is to get people interested and involved in the park,” he said, “and then get them to support the park.” To join and for more information, go to hudsonriverpark.org, then click on “Support the Park” and “Become a Friend.”
Following on the heels of the wildly popular, and often immitated, cronut, Spring St. pastry maestro Dominique Ansel unveiled his newest creation last Friday — the cookie cup. Ryan Khosravi, a New School writing student who lives on the Lower East Side, left, was the first in line, and as such was given the “faux baguette” to indicate his prime position. For $3 you get what is essentially a chocolate chip shot glass and some organic milk to put in it. You can buy cookies in bulk, plus a small bottle of the milk separately. Ansel actually launched the cookie cup earlier, and not in the South Village, but at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, saying he wanted to create “something fun for the fans.”
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Alicia Hurley, N.Y.U. vice president for government affairs and community engagement, issued a statement. “N.Y.U. is committed to improving and protecting the public open spaces on the superblocks before and after any construction takes place,” the statement said, in part. “In fact, N.Y.U.’s plan for the open spaces on the superblocks creates tremendous opportunities to revitalize and open to the public both N.Y.U. privately owned open space and existing public space. … “All existing public uses on the superblocks, including the dog run and playgrounds, will be replaced in kind and
enhanced to create opportunities for the entire community to enjoy the benefits of a well-maintained public space. “Specifically, four new playgrounds will be built and opened to the public and offer such amenities as bicycle/tricycle riding, toddler play areas and older-children play areas. These playgrounds will also offer new public seating, gardens and walking areas on both blocks. …” The statement added, “N.Y.U. is committed to taking extraordinary efforts to protect the LaGuardia Corner Gardens during construction of the Bleecker Building. The construction staging for the Bleecker Building will take place on Bleecker St., NOT on the community garden.”
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March 20, 2014
Garden developers say building is for their own kids BY SARAH FERGUSON
PHOTOS BY ARESH JAVADI
embers of the Children’s Magical Garden filed a lawsuit in state Supreme Court on March 10 to reclaim the portion of the garden that is now slated for development. They say their 30-year occupation of the lot at 157 Norfolk St. gives them a legal claim of “adverse possession.” They are asking the court to name C.M.G. as the lot’s rightful owner and are seeking damages against its previous owner, developer Serge Hoyda, whose workers fenced off the parcel last May, trampling plantings and effectively dividing this Lower East Side haven in half. Under New York State law, a person can claim adverse possession if they “openly, notoriously and exclusively” use someone else’s property continuously for 10 years, and believe they have the right to do so. “We’ve met the 10-year period, and our suit alleges we’re entitled to damages for having been deprived of the use of the land by the fence,” said C.M.G. attorney Benjamin Burry of the firm Sidley Austin, which is handling the case pro bono. “We are seeking a permanent injunction that will prohibit them from further trespassing or developing the lot in any way.” Whether C.M.G. members can prevail with an adverse possession claim now, after Hoyda just sold the lot to another developer for $3.35 million, will be a true test of this centuries-old legal doctrine. The new buyer, 157 LLC, is also named in the suit. A woman who answered the phone at Hoyda’s real estate firm, S&H Equities, in Long Island, dismissed the lawsuit out of hand: “Are you serious? Do you realize how ludicrous this is, that we don’t even own it now, and that it was a blight on the neighborhood?” responded the woman, who declined to give her name. The gardeners say they staked their claim to “lot 19” and two adjacent city-owned parcels at the corner of Norfolk and Stanton Sts. 30 years ago, when the place was an open-air shooting gallery festering with trash, rats and used needles. They chased out the junkies, put up a fence, and planted fruit trees and vegetables, transforming it into a green oasis and learning center for local children and neighboring schools. By contrast, the lawsuit claims that “for decades” Hoyda and preceding owners “abandoned lot 19 as a shameful eyesore and a danger to school children.” City records show Hoyda purchased the lot for $180,000 in 2003. Prior to that, the lawsuit alleges that in 1999, Hoyda or his associates tried to erect a “makeshift” interior fence around the lot, but community members tore it down. Over the years, Hoyda floated some development schemes, but did not seek to evict the gardeners until last May, when he enclosed the lot in a hurricane fence and hired a 24/7 security crew to keep activists out. C.M.G. members rallied and succeed-
Supporters of the Children’s Magical Garden came together on the morning of March 11, resolving to reclaim a lot that is slated for a development project.
ed in getting the garden’s two adjacent city-owned lots transferred to the Parks Department for preservation under the GreenThumb program. Despite such official recognition and appeals to keep the garden whole, last November Hoyda filed plans to erect a six-story, six-unit residential building on his parcel, complete with a penthouse and gym. Then in January, Hoyda sold the property to 157 LLC, a legal entity connected to the Yonkers-based development firm Horizon Group. (Horizon is currently putting up a swanky condo building down the block at 100 Norfolk St.) When contacted last week, Horizon spokesperson Brian Hamburger sought to distance his firm from the turf war. “This is really a lawsuit between the previous owner and members of Children’s Magical Garden,” he responded in an email. Hamburger also defended his clients’ “honest intentions.” He said the partners in 157 LLC were “longtime friends” who “raised their families in New York City” and were seeking to “develop homes for their own children and future grandchildren.” “They understand the importance of community and plan to work with the local Norfolk residents to maintain the garden while fulfilling their own personal
Tristan Wiechers, a kindergartener at P.S. 20, spoke at the March 11 rally, along with his mother, garden member Emily Weichers.
goals,” Hamburger said. But C.M.G. members say they’ve invested heavily in the property, too. On the morning of Tues., March 11, parents, children, teachers and the principal of P.S. 20, the Anna Silver School, gathered near dawn to describe how the garden evolved over the years to become an open-air classroom for P.S. 20 and three other neighboring schools. Last year, kids at Marta Valle High School made pies from apples they picked from the garden’s apple tree, and children from P.S. 20 now grow herbs for their school lunches. The garden also hosts free jazz concerts and poetry readings, and offers summer camp programs to children in Head Start and the Cub Scouts. “Our claim represents decades of caring for and loving a particular piece of land,” said C.M.G. President Kate Temple-West, who has been mentoring children there for the past 17 years. “Every single tree and plant that’s growing here has been planted by the children in the community, with the help of members and teachers. Every plant means something to somebody.” Although the garden’s two other lots are now protected, bulldozing the interior “lot 19” — the space that gets the most sun, and where the children had their vegetable beds and meditation circle — would rip the heart out of this budding community haven, C.M.G. members maintained. March 20, 2014
PHOTOS BY JOHN PENLEY
Denver’s Rocky Mountain high Former longtime East Village activist John Penley has been in Denver following the legalization of buying marijuana there earlier this year. Fifty-five percent of Colorado voters supported legalizing pot. Washington has also legalized marijuana sales, and four other states are expected to follow soon, including Alaska, California, Florida and Oregon, plus Washington, D.C. Pictured on this page, clockwise from above left, an employee tending cannabis plants in a greenhouse, a Pony Express monument, two women readying to light up, a store — the Green Solution — where pot can be purchased legally and Purple Haze.
March 20, 2014
From the train station to the stage, grooves keep growing Underground Horns resurface to release third album
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UNDERGROUND HORNS CD RELEASE SHOW WITH BROWN RICE FAMILY VIDEO LAUNCH PARTY At Drom 85 Avenue A, at E. Sixth St. Friday, April 4 Doors at 10 p.m.; Show at 11 p.m. $10 for advance tickets, $15 at the door For tickets, visit dromnyc.com Visit undergroundhorns.com and brownricefamily.com
BY SAM SPOKONY
or millenia, the harrowing descent into the underworld — whether it be Egyptian, Greek or Judeo-Christian — has left mythical travelers with some infinitely valuable knowledge or possession, some new sense of truth. And while I certainly wouldn’t claim that the New York City subway turns all its resident performers into Odyssian heroes, there are those musicians whose sound, like a thick, sweeter smelling steam, rises off the platform and up through the grating in what really could be called a most holy offering to the mortal world of man. Underground Horns, a multi-ethnic brass band who draw as much from the Afro-Cuban tradition as they do from that of New Orleans, is one of those groups that got their start — and their name — in front of subway foot traffic at Union Square or Grand Central. Now, along with maintaining that subterranean presence (generally on Friday or Saturday evenings), the group is also releasing their third studio album. When “Almost Blue” comes out on April 4, the band
Underground Horns celebrate the release of “Almost Blue” — April 4, at Drom.
will celebrate with a CD release show at Drom in the East Village — but it was actually recorded in 2012, presenting a seven-piece incarnation of the group that tears through both original material and a couple of perfectly suited covers. The 10-song release is packed with a robustly joyful spirit, which thrives on the typically soulful pairing of a persistent montuno pulse in the rhythm section (tuba, drum kit and djembe) with edgy horns (trumpet, cornet, trombone and sax) that shift between tightly close harmonies and individual flights of improvisation. Fittingly then, Underground Horns open the album by taking jazz bassist Charles Mingus’ 1959 tune “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” — which was composed as a slow, wailing elegy to tenor saxophonist Lester Young, who'd died that year — and deftly pumping it up into a dance-inducing, second line romp. The upbeat take on that much-revisited classic comes off successfully, rather than awkwardly or insensitively, both because of the band’s respect for Mingus’ powerful melodic theme and because the start-to-finish groove laid by tubist Chanell Crichlow and drummer Kevin Raczka provides such deeply solid support for the horn solos. Following that are a couple of nods to the group’s musical lineage, marked most directly by “Creole,” an original by djembist Okai Fleurimont that was written
to celebrate his home country of Haiti. It’s another tune that will get anyone with ears and legs up and moving, while never becoming overly self-indulgent or playful, with Fleurimont also providing vocals that bounce around the polyrhythmic beat and add a passionate spark to the mix. But the album’s top composer is, unsurprisingly, the German-born alto saxophonist Welf Dorr — who, along with contributing five tunes, ties the band together as both its leader and a perpetually vibrant, searching soloist. A good example of Dorr’s open-minded approach is “House Song,” which apparently takes its cues from the lively atmosphere of electronica, while translating those vibes into an acoustic setting that’s nicely propelled by punctuated group horn riffs. Backed by contributions from trumpeter Andrew McGovern, cornetist Patriq Moody and trombonist Kevin Moehringer, the saxophonist ends that tune with some welcome swirls of free improvisation, expanding the sonic range while never leaving the groove behind. Later comes the intense, head nodding rush of “Rag a Tone,” another Dorr original whose emotional chorus features the horns playing in tight harmony over a pounding, rock-influenced tuba bassline. This time, the saxophonist really tells a story with his solo by striding from honks, wails and calculated dissonance all the way back to outlining the triumphant chords of the main theme. And just as it began with a voice from the past, the album closes with another great cover. This time it’s “Mopti,” a tune by pioneering trumpeter Don Cherry, who famously began playing with free jazz icon Ornette Coleman in the late-50s and who wrote the aforementioned number after visiting an African town of that name. Underground Horns are once again able to put their own great spin on the tune, leaving some room for the individual brass voices to step out while holding true to Cherry’s stirring melody. So, whether you want to hit the dance floor or just feast on the aural complexities, there’s going to be something for everyone when the band plays through “Almost Blue” for their release gig at Drom. And there’s even more to get excited about, as fellow funkers Brown Rice Family — another group that knows a few things about how to blend musical traditions — will be joining the show in order to launch their new music video for “Latin Goes Ska,” a remix of the original 1964 tune by the Skatalites. March 20, 2014
The Springtime Adventures of an Underemployed Urban Elf
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PHOTO BY REV. JEN
One less place to get cool stuff: Daniel's Leather.
Louis Ressy and Nadeem Waheed — of the late Orchard St. institution, Daniel’s Leather.
Weather’s warmer, L.E.S.’s still hot
ity of bohemian extremism, I thought of the 1939 British Ministry of Information phrase (also now a phrase on every annoying magnet on earth): “Keep Calm and Carry On” — or, as my Scottish mother would say, “Haud yer weesht and get oan wae it.” It was time to stop listening to “Love Hurts” on repeat, put on actual pants and get on with it. After all, spring is about renewal. As Bette said, “It's the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance.” With the sun's inevitable love, I would soon become a rose. Also, there was college basketball to look forward to and yet another excuse to hang out at Lucky Jack’s (129 Orchard St.). March is actually pretty cool. Ugly snow melts and crap blooms. So get out there, enjoy the madness of March and find reasons to dance in April showers. To help with this mission, I’ve prepared a handy guide to fun, springtime activities (though the simple fact that you can now leave your home in less than five jackets should be considered a fun activity at this point). Also featured in this column: a bit of important neighborhood news, which is where we’ll start.
would emerge from my den of iniquity and chat with “Lou” who stood outside, vending merch — whether there be snow, rain, heat or gloom of night (the local Post Office could take a cue from him). Daniel’s Leather was incorporated in 1995 and has sold jackets to Dog the Bounty Hunter, Ice T, CeeLo Green, countless tourists and residents. It’s leaving the neighborhood simply because “the rent’s too damn high.” Presumably, this paves the way for yet another douchey restaurant I can’t afford to eat in. Meanwhile, if you need a dose of the Lower East Side when it actually had personality, visit their Paterson, New Jersey location at 175 Main St.
THE CLOSING OF DANIEL’S LEATHER
BY REV. JEN (rev-jen.com)
s prophesied in my last column, my boyfriend of almost four years dumped me two days before Valentine’s Day. I realize I’m not the easiest person to date — but it’s not like I advertised sanity. (Note: hoping this is a Richard Burton/Liz Taylor temporary thing.)
Adding to the fun of this nightmarish February was the second wave of the Polar “BOREtex” — wherein moving within a foot of one’s radiator or space heater was out of the question. Laundry became unnecessary, as I didn’t change out of my paint-covered pajamas for a full month. And then I got the flu, which left me feeling like Mimi in “La Bohème” (only old, single and possessing the sinuses of David Bowie circa 1976). But as I lay in my sickbed pondering the futil-
130 Orchard St. While spring is all about change, this one kind of kills me. I have lived on Orchard Street for 18 years now (not an invitation to stalk me), and one of the things I love about my block (aside from Jack’s) is the hilarious staff who sells coats at Daniel’s. Every morning I
March 20, 2014
REV. JEN’S ANTI-SLAM
Old Man Hustle, 39 Essex St. Every Wed. at 8pm If it’s not obvious from the first paragraph, I am broken and lonely. So come to my open mic and perform. It’s free, and every performer gets six minutes and a perfect score of 10. Added bonus: Johnny Bizarre (Mr. Lower East Side 2013) now bartends on Wednesday nights. Old Man Hustle, 39 Essex St. Every Sun. at 8pm March madness continues at this funfilled weekly event. Performers Brer Brian, Monster and Jim Melloan host this musical/comedy/poetry free-forREV. JEN, continued on p.19
Wicca Wednesdays, worth the Brooklyn trek REV. JEN, continued from p. 18
I would never denigrate anyone else’s religion (unless you are a member of Westboro Baptist Church) — but it’s time for me to come out of the broom closet: I’m a Witch. Since this is not a treatise on Witchcraft, I will only say it’s a spiritual path that’s helped me a great deal, and I like Wicca because we sing, dance and sometimes make love potions that ruin my life — thus making my art better (though us Wiccans are so cool we don’t proselytize). One of the coolest Witches I know is Courtney Weber, a High Priestess, writer and performer. She is teaching a set of seminars at Catland (987 Flushing Ave.), Brooklyn’s premier metaphysical boutique and event space. They “aim to serve the local community of Occultists, Yogis, Pagans, Mystics, Thelemites, Witches, Chaotes and anyone interested in the enhancement of his or her spiritual self.” While I tried to avoid leaving “Sos-
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TAKING A CLASS ON WICCA
PHOTO BY JIM MELLOAN
all. Not to sound too much like I’m writing for Teen Beat (though that’s a goal), but Brer Brian is like my fave rave musician ever. Brer says, “I started Breraoke because I love open mics, singing and drinking, and I wanted to have something where, if I felt like it, I could play as long as I wanted to without being consigned to waiting forever for that ‘make-or-break’ two-song slot. Also, I love people playing together and I wanted to encourage like-minded people to do the same, without worrying about stepping on people’s toes or feeling like a stage ho.” Performers are invited to hang out and do their thing, usually for as long as they wish, in an informal round robin setting. Old Man Hustle is equipped with a keyboard, guitar, lots of weirdoes and beer. Always great fun. Get on down to Old Man Hustle, Sundays at 8, to see Monster (left), Brer Brian and maybe even Paige Danoff.
High Priestess, writer and performer Courtney Weber teaches at Catland, Brooklyn’s premier metaphysical boutique and event space.
ta” (my new term for South of Stanton, North of Canal) for this column, checking out her first seminar proved too tempting. Turns out “The Wiccan Path: Introduction to Wicca” series was educational and fun, like school but better and cheaper (20 bucks a class), and we did two meditations where I totally tranced out (not that I didn’t trance out in school, but this was strangely under the influence of nothing but meditation). Check it out and learn that us Witches aren’t so scary (we’re a lot more like Glinda than you think). Every Wednesday at 7.
rock 'n' roll with names that did not speak of badass behavior? When I hear “Maroon 5” my soul just sort of cries and all I can think of is Adam Levine Proactiv ads and yearn for a time when rock stars didn’t care what their skin or hair looked like. Not so with the Slut Junkies, who appear to actually be making rock 'n' roll (you might remember “Jurgen” of the Slut Junkies from this summer’s “mini golf experiment”). I recently went to see them at Grand Victory, which necessitated another trip to Brooklyn (245 Grand St.) — but it was worth the trek, as there were three great bands playing and apparently, excellent bands play there often. Nothing will pull you out of a depression quite like live rock 'n' roll music.
HANGING WITH FRIENDS AND PLAYING A BIZARRE NEW GAME THAT FACEBOY MADE UP
Guess what’s cool? Having a library
card! Turns out, you don’t need a Kindle or money to buy books if ya’ got one. My BFF, Faceboy, utilized his card to check out a copy of Freud’s “The Interpretation of Dreams.” He then came up with an activity that can be done anywhere and will save you money when you are bored and have no money to be saved: First, have your friends over (or one friend). Second, ask a question and throw out a page number. Third, have your companion turn to that page of Freud’s book. Your question will be answered.
Specifically, that of the “Slut Junkies.” Is it me, or was there a moment when bands began to denigrate the fabric of
REV. JEN, continued on p. 20
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March 20, 2014
Rev. Jen’s guide to getting on with it
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Rev. Jen and Faceboy, armed with only a library card, are ready for Game Night.
Badass behavior and great music: The Slut Junkies rock. See for yourself on their YouTube channel.
at St. Anthony’s REV. JEN, continued from p. 19
THE “SATAN, HOLD MY HAND” LAUNCH PARTY
Sunday, April 6th at Cake Shop (152 Ludlow St.), 8pm. Admission: 69 cents, exact change only Finally, ASS Studios, the most underfunded Motion Picture Studio in history, will unleash its first feature film upon the Universe (available everywhere March 25th from MVD). Di-
March 20, 2014
rected by Courtney Fathom Sell and written by me, it stars Faceboy, Janeane Garofalo, Robert Prichard and many other fine folk. Appropriately, the event is a Halloween-themed costume party. Bands TBA. There will be a screening, expired Halloween candy and other delightful surprises.
Lay off the social media for a second, the addictive Buzzfeed quizzes, the Zimbio quizzes, the crackbook, the iPhone, the Grindr (actually, don’t lay off that one) and everything else that distracts you from the fact that it is now Spring.
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BOOK LAUNCH: A LOVE LETTER TO THE CITY
Under the baton of Music Director Barbara Yahr, the Greenwich Village Orchestra’s March 30 concert concentrates on works by 20th century masters. Originally the slow movement of his string quartet. Barber’s cathartic “Adagio for Strings” will strike a chord with film fans, likely to recognize its use in “Platoon.” Elsewhere in the program, Prokofiev’s “Symphony #5” was, the GVO tells us, a wartime work (1944) intended by the composer to function as “a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit.” For these selections, the Orchestra is joined by renowned violinist Hye-Jin Kim (the 2009 Concert Artists Guild Competition winner). Sun., March 30, from 3-5pm. At Washington Irving High School Auditorium (40 Irving Place). Suggested Donation: $15, $10 for students/seniors. Visit gvo.org or call 212-932-0732.
Tag, he’s it: Stephen “ESPO” Powers’ collection of collaborative urban murals is celebrated, at the Strand’s March 25 book launch.
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GREENWICH VILLAGE ORCHESTRA
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Even when working as “ESPO” and tagging late 1990s-era NYC with graffiti, the artful mark Stephen Powers was leaving on public spaces seemed to be just as much a product of genuine affection as expansive ego. These days, the indelible impressions he leaves around the world are legal and by invitation. His new book is a collection of collaborative rooftop and wall murals, featuring “visual jingles, often poignant affirmations and confessions” that deliver a message designed with a particular neighborhood’s unique occupants in mind. Those featured communities are as far away as Dublin, Belfast and Johannesburg, and as close to home as Brooklyn and Coney Island. To celebrate the release of “A Love Letter to the City,” Powers is doing more than just showing up at the Strand for a meet and greet. He’s also currently painting a mural on the exterior wall — and several of his small paintings will be displayed around the inside of the store. Tues., March 25, from 7-8pm. At Strand Book Store (828 Broadway, corner of E. 12th St.). Free, with purchase of the book or a gift card. For event info, visit strandbooks.com or call 212-473-1452. For info on the book, visit papress.com.
The Greenwich Village Orchestra’s next concert is March 30, at Washington Irving High School Auditorium.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
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For all his huffing, puffing and implications of a dangerous nature just waiting to wreak havoc once unleashed, most versions of “Beauty and the Beast” keep their beastly character’s dark impulses at arm’s length — which makes it ripe for an interpretation that replaces the chaste relationship with more skin than what’s on display at your average Downtown burlesque show. Real life husband and wife Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz are perfectly cast in this explicit take on the classic tale of opposites drawn towards each other. Song, dance, puppetry and frankly staged acts of physical intimacy are used to look at disability, sexuality and romantic love. For more info on what makes the two leads tick and click, check out julieatlasmuz.com and matfraser.co.uk. After that, you’ll understand more about why the March 29 performance is part of “Access All Areas: Live Art and Disability” — a free, daylong event looking at some of the radical approaches to representations of disability being taken by contemporary performance artists, particularly in the UK. March 20–23, 26–30 at 8pm. At Abrons Arts Center (466 Grand St., at Pitt St.). For tickets ($35), call 212-352-3101 or visit abronsartscenter.org. Also visit thisisliveart.co.uk.
Julie Atlas Muz, Jonny Dixon, Mat Fraser and Jess Mabel Jones (see “Beauty and the Beast”). March 20, 2014
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an on-premise license, #TBA has been applied for by LAML LLC d/b/a John Sullivan’s to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment with one additional bar. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 210 West 35th Street New York NY 10001. Vil: 03/20 - 03/27/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an on-premise license, #TBA has been applied for by Pasta Shop LLC d/b/a Bar Primi to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment with one additional bar. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 325 Bowery New York NY 10003. Vil: 03/20 - 03/27/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an on-premise license, #TBA has been applied for by Moxy Restaurant Associates Inc. d/b/a Smithfield Hall to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 138 West 25th Street New York NY 10001. Vil: 03/20 - 03/27/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an on-premise license, #TBA has been applied for by The Lobster Place, Inc. d/b/a The Cull & Pistol to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 75 9th Avenue aka 436 W. 16th Street New York NY 10011 Vil: 03/20 - 03/27/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GUARD HILL MAINTENANCE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/11/14. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Yuco Management Inc., 200 Park Ave., 11th Fl., NY, NY 10166-0005. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 03/20 - 04/24/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF COOK MEDICAL LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/03/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Indiana (IN) on 11/06/03. 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. IN addr. of LLC: 750 Daniels Way, Bloomington, IN 47404. Arts. of Org. filed with IN Secy. of State, 302 W. Washington St., Rm. E018, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Purpose: Sale of medical devices. Vil: 03/20 - 04/24/2014
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 50/8 REALTY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/10/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 770 Lexington Ave., 18th Fl., NY, NY 10018. 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: 03/20 - 04/24/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 404/75 REALTY LLC Cert. of Conversion filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/11/14, converting Deborah Realty Co. to 404/75 Realty LLC. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Friedman Management Co., 770 Lexington Ave., 18th Fl., NY, NY 10065. 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: 03/20 - 04/24/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF RAINBOW ROOM, L.L.C. Authority filed with Secy of State of NY on 03/05/14. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in DE on 02/04/14. 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 Avenue, 13th floor, New York, NY 10011. NRAI is registered agent as well. Address required to be maintained in home jurisdiction: 160 Greentree Drive, Suite 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org filed with DE Secy of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., Federal & Duke of York Streets, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Vil: 03/20 - 04/24/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 313 CONSTRUCTION LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/12/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 489 5th Ave., 7th Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 03/20 - 04/24/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF WEST 54 55 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State: 3/3/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. Regd. agent upon whom process may be served: John LaGratta, c/o JD Carlisle LLC, 352 Park Ave. So., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10010, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 03/20 - 04/24/2014
NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF PARMED PHARMACEUTICALS, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/3/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 7000 Cardinal Place, Dublin, OH 43017. LLC formed in DE on 1/1/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/20 - 04/24/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SERVICELINK APPRAISAL, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/4/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 12/30/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE 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: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/20 - 04/24/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an on-premise license, #TBA has been applied for by Tipp One LLC to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 18 Murray Street New York NY 10007. Vil: 03/13 - 03/20/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ORCHARD ANALYTICS, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/31/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/29/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Angela Ceresnie, 902 Broadway, Ste. 1611, NY, NY 10016. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/13 - 03/20/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a license, number 1276750 for wine has been applied for by the undersigned to sell wine at a hotel under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 312 West 37th St., New York, NY 10018 for on premises consumption. West 37th Street Operator LLC d/b/a Homewood Suites by Hilton New York Midtown Manhattan Times Square South Vil: 03/13 - 03/20/2014
NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BOP MW RESIDENTIAL PARKING LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 03/10/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 250 Vesey St., 15th Fl., New York, NY 10281. LLC formed in DE on 03/06/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Corporation Service Company, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BOP MW RESIDENTIAL RETAIL LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 03/10/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 250 Vesey St., 15th Fl., New York, NY 10281. LLC formed in DE on 03/06/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Corporation Service Company, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF DR RISK SOLUTIONS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/04/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 140 E. 81st St., Apt. 2D, NY, NY 10028. 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: 03/13 - 04/17/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: RO 35 W. 9TH STREET LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/11/13. 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, c/o Goldfinger & Lassar LLP, 750Third Avenue, 11th Floor, NewYork, New York 10017. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014 UPPER WEST SIDE PLAYGROUP, LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 1/19/11. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process toThe LLC, 10943 Mayfield Rd., Houston, TX 77043. General Purpose. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014
PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, that the NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at 66 John Street, 11th floor, on a petition for YUCA BAR & RESTAURANT INC. to continue to maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk café at 111 AVENUE A in the Borough of Manhattan for a term of two years. REQUEST FOR COPIES OF THE PROPOSED REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, ATTN: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 03/13 - 03/20/2014
March 20, 2014
NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF NIGHTLIFE OPPORTUNITIES IN SELECTIVE ENTERTAINMENT LLC Authority filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/3/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 9/28/12. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: NIGHTLIFE OPPORTUNITIES IN SELECTIVE ENTERTAINMENT LLC 365 W 52nd ST Apt 1F, NY, NY 10019. DE address: 1521 Concord Pike Ste 301, Wilmington, DE 19803. Cert. of LLC filed with Secy of State of DE: 401 Federal St. Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ADVANTAGE OPCO, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/24/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 7652 Narcoossee Rd., Orlando, FL 32822. LLC formed in DE on 1/31/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF DWIGHT GROUP LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/05/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Kalnick, Klee & Green, LLP, 767 Third Ave., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF WP 112 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/27/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Hirschen Singer & Epstein LLP, 902 Broadway, 13th Fl., New York, NY 10010. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 568 DRIGGS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/10/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Hope Kessler, 425 East 58th St., New York, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014
NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ATC TOWER SERVICES LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/10/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 116 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116. LLC formed in DE on 1/1/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF VIVINT SOLAR ELYSE PROJECT COMPANY, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/24/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 4931 N. 300 W., Provo, UT 84604. LLC formed in DE on 2/3/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/13 - 04/17/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF KEN DEVELOPMENT LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/29/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Carl Demler, 211 W. 58th St., 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: 02/13 - 03/20/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF AGI LIFESTYLE ENTERTAINMENT, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/24/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 9130 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069. LLC formed in DE on 11/27/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 02/13 - 03/20/2014
NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 170 BROADWAY NYC HOTEL LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/25/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004. LP formed in DE on 2/24/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LP: c/o The Corporation Trust 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: 03/13 - 04/17/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 170 BROADWAY NYC RETAIL LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/26/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004. LP formed in DE on 2/24/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LP: c/o The Corporation Trust 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: 03/13 - 04/17/2014 NY SNEAKER GAME LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/16/2013. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: P.O. Box 165, NY, NY 10033. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Vil: 03/06 - 04/10/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF AYTA CONSULTING, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/25/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 805 Third Avenue, 15th Fl., New York, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 03/06 - 04/10/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 189 PKG, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/12/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Aronauer Re & Yudell LLP, Attn: Michael S. Scher, Esq., 60 E. 42nd St., Ste. 1420, NY, NY 10165. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil: 03/06 - 04/10/2014
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NAME: JAX BEACH HOUSE 28, LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/25/14. 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, 487 Greenwich Street, Apartment 7A, NewYork, NewYork 10013. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 03/06 - 04/10/2014 747 STUYVESANT III, L.P. filed an App. for Authority with the NY Department of State on 2/13/2014. Jurisdiction: DE, and the date of its formation is 12/7/2010. Office location in NYS: New York County. The Secretary of State of NY (“SSNY”) is designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of such process is: Attn: Mr. Gijs vanThiel, c/o 747 Capital, LLC, 880 Third Ave., 17th Flr. NY NY 10022 The address in its jurisdiction if required or the office address: 2711 Centerville Rd., Suite 400, Wilmington DE 19808. A copy of the Articles of Organization may be obtained from Sect’y of State of DE, 401 Federal St., Dover DE 19901. The list of names and addresses of all general partners is available from the Secretary of State. The purpose of the LP is any lawful act. Vil: 03/06 - 04/10/2014 APP FOR AUTH FOR MARSDEN MEDICAL PHYSICS ASSOCIATES, LLC App for Auth filed with SSNY 02/19/2014 LLC. Registered in New Jersey on 05/04/1998 Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, c/o David Marsden, 266 Long Meadow Road, Kinnelon, NJ 07405. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 03/06 - 04/10/2014 CITYSCAPE ABSTRACT LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 02/25/2014. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, 111 John Street, Suite 1050, New York, NY 10038. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 03/06 - 04/10/2014
PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, that the NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at 66 John Street, 11th floor, on a petition for LEGENDARY NIGHT SPOTS INC. to continue to maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk café at 61 Christopher Street in the Borough of Manhattan for a term of two years. REQUEST FOR COPIES OF THE PROPOSED REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, ATTN: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 03/20 - 03/27/2014
NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SKYFALL II LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/12/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/03/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 350 W. 23rd St., PHA, NY, NY 10011. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., Federal and Duke of York Sts., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 03/06 - 04/10/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SKYFALL III LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/12/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/03/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 350 W. 23rd St., PHA, NY, NY 10011. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., Federal and Duke of York Sts., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 03/06 - 04/10/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ARHC NPNPZNY01, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/21/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/16/14. Princ. office of LLC: 106 York Rd., Jenkintown, PA 19046. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o CSC, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 03/06 - 04/10/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 110 WILLIAM PROPERTY INVESTORS III, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/26/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/20/13. Princ. office of LLC: 10 E. 53rd St., 37th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, regd. agent upon whom and at which process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, New Castle Cnty., DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John B. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 03/06 - 04/10/2014
NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF GG CGS BRAND CAPITAL LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 11/18/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 411 W. 14th St., 4th Fl., NY, NY 10014. LLC formed in DE on 11/12/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 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: 03/06 - 04/10/2014 EL SENOR NEW YORK LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 2/4/14. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process toThe LLC, 159 Essex St., Ste. #C, NY, NY 10002. General Purpose. Vil: 02/27 - 04/03/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF INTIMA CAPITAL, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/11/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 3 Columbus Circle, 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 princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/27 - 04/03/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 142 DUANE OWNER LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 10/28/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 150 E. 58th St., 39th Fl., NY, NY 10155. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 02/27 - 04/03/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF WALL STREET PSYCHOLOGISTS, PLLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/03/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, c/o 132 East 35th Street, Apt. 7E, NY, NY 10016. Purpose: to practice the profession of psychology and any lawful activities. Vil: 02/13 - 03/20/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 144 DEBT LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 12/9/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Bluestone Group, 225 Broadway, 32nd Fl., NY, NY 10007. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 02/27 - 04/03/2014
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 151 BRUCKNER HOLDINGS LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 9/9/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Bluestone Group, 225 Broadway, 32nd Fl., NY, NY 10007. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 02/27 - 04/03/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 75 125TH HOLDINGS LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 10/9/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Bluestone Group, 225 Broadway, 32nd Fl., NY, NY 10007. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 02/27 - 04/03/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF RAD & DYLAN, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NewYork (SSNY) on 01/16/14. 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: Rad & Dylan LLC,136W 131 st, apt-1, New York, NY 10027. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 02/27 - 04/03/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 1763 AMSTERDAM EQUITIES LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/12/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Exact Capital Group LLC, 100 Park Ave., Ste. 1600, NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/27 - 04/03/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF WINTER ART CO. LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/13/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to princ. bus. loc. of LLC: 730 Fifth Ave., 12th Fl., New York, NY 10019. Purpose: any purposes permitted by applicable law. Vil: 02/27 - 04/03/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 158 AVENUE C REALTY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/15/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 632 Broadway, 7th Fl., New York, NY 10012. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/27 - 04/03/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MEETSNYC LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/16/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Cooperman Lester Miller LLP, 1129 Northern Blvd., Ste. 402, Manhasset, NY 11030, Attn: Barry R. Carus, Esq. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/27 - 04/03/2014
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF VDK, L.P. Cert. filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/4/2013. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: c/o Virginia Commander Knott Family Trust, 232 Cleft Rd., Mill Neck, NY 11765, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from Sec. of State. Term: until 12/2/2063. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 02/27 - 04/03/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF YORK MULTISTRATEGY HEDGEFOCUS FUND LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/7/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 11 Madison Ave., NY, NY 10010. LP formed in DE on 2/5/14. 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: 02/27 - 04/03/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF CRANBERRY FAMILY OFFICE, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/29/14. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/20/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 1301 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY 10019. Address of the office to be maintained in the jurisdiction of its formation: c/o Corporation Service Company, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secy. of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 02/20 - 03/27/2014
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF KV URBAN ABSTRACT, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/03/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 39 W. 37th St., NY, NY 10018. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Kensington Vanguard Holdings, LLC at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/20 - 03/27/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF IH4 PROPERTY WASHINGTON, L.P. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/05/14. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/10/14. Princ. office of LP: 345 Park Ave., NY, NY 10154. 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., 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: 02/20 - 03/27/2014
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LA CENTRAL MANAGER LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/7/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 826 Broadway, 11th Fl., New York, NY 10003. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/20 - 03/27/2014 LINDSEY POLLAK, LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 01/02/2014. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, 23 West 69th Street, Suite B, New York, NY 10023. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 02/13 - 03/20/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF AIMS SENIOR LOAN ACCESS ADVISORS, L.L.C. App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 10/9/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 8/28/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 200 West Street, NY, NY 10282-2198. DE address of LLC: 2711 Centerville Road, Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Secy. of State, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/20 - 03/27/2014
NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF AIMS SENIOR LOAN ACCESS LP App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/9/13. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 8/28/13. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 200 West Street, NY, NY 10282-2198. DE address of LP: Corporation Service Company, 2711 Centerville Road, Wilmington, DE 19808. Name/address of each genl. ptr. available from SSNY. Cert. of LP filed with DE Secy. of State, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 02/20 - 03/27/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF RS JZ GREENPOINT, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/3/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 9 W. 57th St., 33rd Fl., NY, NY 10019. LLC formed in DE on 11/12/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 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: 02/20 - 03/27/2014
PREMIER ASSET LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 11/21/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Brian Pun, 2 Mott St., Ste. 402, NY, NY 10013. General Purpose. Vil: 02/13 - 03/20/2014 APP FOR AUTH FOR GREENWICH STREET HOLDING LLC App for Auth filed with SSNY 3/9/2007 LLC. Registered in Delaware on 12/27/2004 Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, c/o Vendome Property Management Co., Inc. 330 Spring Street, #1E, New York, NY 10013. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 02/13 - 03/20/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MANHATTAN GLORY - W 37B LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/04/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/13 - 03/20/2014
NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF LAM FUNDS GP LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/31/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/28/14. Princ. office of LLC: 405 Park Ave., 6th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. The regd. agent of the company upon whom and at which process against the company can be served is Jeffrey A Keswin, 405 Park Ave., 6th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 02/13 - 03/20/2014
March 20, 2014
Stripping down to the basics at Chelsea’s naked yoga HEALTH BY ANN VOTAW
udity is not about sex, according to Monika Werner and Joschi Schwarz, co-owners of Bold & Naked Yoga. The Chelsea business is the nation’s first nude yoga center, which recently expanded its male-only instruction to include women and co-ed classes. “It’s too new to say something,” said Schwarz about the format, which started in January. “It’s hard to answer right now. I think it’s the people we get. They’re very cool.” Schwarz, a spiky-haired blond from Germany, has a background in dance and medicine. He said when he sees a nude student, he examines bone and muscle alignment from a scientific perspective, not a sensual one. But he understands clients may be reluctant to take off their clothes. “I think people have a fear of being judged for not being good enough,” said Werner, also German. “Women compare themselves to supermodels who are airbrushed. This is how we’re supposed to look. Supermodels compare themselves to supermodels until there is no normal standard. “Men have just as many body issues as women do,” she continued. “ ‘I’m not thin enough. I’m not ripped enough. Does my penis compare to others?’ I’m sure women
have the same size issues with breasts.” To create a sense of security, Bold & Naked forbids photography and requires online registration. Observation by others is not permitted. “We want you to commit to a time slot,” Werner said. “You probably noticed that we don’t provide our address until you register. In our online registration, we ask about your yoga experience and what you expect from participating in Bold & Naked classes. Then we send you a confirmation e-mail telling you how to get here.” Schwarz and Werner greet students at the front desk, near two studios and a techinspired waiting area. Co-ed and women’s classes are taught one floor above. Before a Thursday session, Werner unlocked the expansive, top-floor room accentuated with a skylight and chandelier. Discarding Capri pants and tank top, she sat crosslegged in front of a wall installation suggestive of bamboo. She explained that she and Schwarz acquired this loft three years ago, an addition to the downstairs space they have owned for eight years. A former corporate headhunter and marketing event planner, Werner moved to New York in 2000. She and Schwarz also teach clothed classes. Their teacher-certification program is recognized by Yoga Alliance, a national credentialing organization. “I want my students to be more connected, to embrace their bodies,” Werner said. “You’re so much more connected when you get dressed after class and go to your interview, your job, into your relationship.
Monika Werner, left, and Joschi Schwarz are co-owners of Bold & Naked Yoga.
Think how much better sex will be when you accept your body. Once you accept your body and feel good about it, what a difference.” “I want people to know that naked yoga is a liberating experience, that it’s an empowering experience,” she continued.
“There’s nothing sexual or creepy about it. I really want to take this as far as it goes. I want to travel with this and bring it outside of New York and beyond. There are other people renting space and teaching nude classes, but we’re the only nude studio. We’re doing something different.”
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aying for items with our cell phones is a new revolution that has taken over the app store. One new mobile payment app to hit the app store, Cover, is a big game changer for the restaurant business. Cover allows users to pay for their restaurant tabs with their smartphones instead of cash or a credit card. The app does not replace the cards, because it requires users to enter in their credit card information to pay for their meals. Cover was designed in New York City, and as of now, can only be used at select New York City restaurants. Among the first to use the app was Swine, at 531 Hudson St. “We were one of the early beta restaurants, so it’s been over a year for us. We started way before the public launch,” said public relations director Cris Criswell, “The only issue is teaching new servers about it. But after five minutes they get how it works.”
With Cover, diners can leave a restaurant whenever they please, without having to wait for a check. Cover is beneficial for the restaurants, too. Servers no longer have to spend time bringing the check to and from the table, giving them more time to wait on other tables. The mobile payment movement began with car service app Uber, which allows users to hail a car and then pay for their ride, all by using their smartphones. Deciding to test the app, I downloaded Cover onto my phone, and went to El Toro Blanco, at 257 Sixth Ave., which is now accepting Cover. After the meal was finished and it was time to go, I stood up and left. Walking out without paying a check felt uncomfortable. As Criswell put it, “Everyone feels like they are dining and dashing!” But after using Cover dining at other restaurants that don’t except it, asking for the check felt like using a typewriter or listening to a cassette tape. For now, Cover is only available through the Apple App Store, but will soon be available for all android devices. For a list of area restaurants that currently accept Cover and more information on the app, go to paywithcover.com.
Crawl had all central Village’s top coffee spots BY MELISSA KRAVITZ
PHOTOS BY MELISSA KRAVITZ
indows in The Village got steamy last week as East and West Village residents came together…for coffee! From March 9-16, New Yorkers could use Village Coffee Crawl punch cards to visit each of 10 participating businesses for half-priced cups of hot or iced coffee, or coffee-like beverages. The inaugural Village Coffee Crawl — “a caffeinated celebration of local coffee culture” — offered an excellent opportunity for Village residents as well as intraborough travelers to explore the central Village area (between Third and Sixth Aves., below 14th and above Houston Sts.), and put new local venues on their radar, for both coffee and food, the latter which was inevitably enjoyed with steaming warm mugs of java. The variations included Italian, French, Japanese, Persian, Brazilian and good old New York coffee. Participants included Agate & Valentina, Amorino, Archie & Sons, Café Nadery, Ciao for Now, Culture, Le Pain Quotidien, Matsunosuke, Mud Truck, O Café, Stumptown Coffee Roasters and The Nut Box. The Village Alliance business improvement district helped organize the event. “We thought the idea of a coffee crawl would introduce new establishments to local residents and students, bringing neighbors together and highlighting some of the unique cafes here in the Village Alliance’s commercial district,” a statement by the BID said. “We know coffee can be a very personal choice, and we are all sometimes loath to try out new places for our morning fix, so the Crawl is also an incentive to step out of the box, try a new brew, and maybe make a few new friends along the way!” And the crawl was certainly useful in identifying new local hangouts! From yogurt shops, like Culture, to new Japanese bakery Matsunosuke, to gelato shop Amorino (go for the affogato — gelato in espresso), this Village resident discovered some great coffee and company in unexpected locations. Café Nadery, the colorful Persian cafe at 16 W. Eighth St., has fantastically rich drip coffee and iced coffee. For those who aren’t fans of the bean, they also offer a classic Persian black tea, exceptionally sweet and soothing on cold days. Inside, Café Nadery remains hip yet intellectual, with a bookshelf stuffed with Arabic and English titles, plush multicolored sofas for reading, and plenty of tables within reach of their WiFi access, which were bustling on a recent afternoon with a writer working on a short play and two Spaniards planning a new fashion line. In addition to coffee, Café Nadery also serves fantastic Persian food, including vegetarian stews and soups, kebabs and a notable beet burger. On the more casual side, Archie & Sons, on Third Ave. just north of St. Mark’s Place, is a new neighborhood deli, claiming to serve New York’s “# 1 tuna melt.”
Not a tuna melt fan, I went straight for the coffee, which is best enjoyed with a magazine or newspaper in the corner of the retro-themed eatery. Grab-and-go coffee is of course an essential in any New Yorker’s daily routine. The Mud Truck, a bright-orange mobile outpost of Mud’s E. Ninth St. store, parks itself outside on Astor Place daily, and serves up steamy, rich brews of their signature coffee. The Mud Mocha, a dark roast with a generous pump of chocolate syrup, is a great morning pick-me-up before hopping on the No. 6 train. The Nut Box, at 49 E. Eighth St., specializing in nuts, fruits and other crunchy goodies, also offers a cardboard cup full of tasty java, ideal for sipping as you pick your protein boost from their extensive snack selection. Stumptown Coffee Roasters, at 30 W. Eighth St., a co-sponsor of the Coffee Crawl, offered daily coffee tastings at 2 p.m. during the event, and a cupping class on Thursday evening for lucky social media users. The class demonstrated subtleties of smell and taste, plus flavor profiles in various coffee beans. The hour-long session led to a greater appreciation of coffee varietals and the Stumptown brand itself, which sources all its beans directly from farmers in Latin America and Africa, and roasts the beans locally. Stumptown, with its grandiose, woodpaneled corner coffee shop, wide windows and rustic chalkboards, truly offers a lovely ambiance for those who want an escape from bustling Downtown life. The menu features pour-over espresso, and an incredible nitrate iced coffee, with a unique yet natural sweetness and an impressive ability to keep you caffeinated for hours.
Even if you’re no tuna melt fan, you can sit and enjoy the coffee at Archie & Sons amid the place’s retro decor.
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A tip from a Stumptown barista: “If you’re feeling too jittery after your coffee, eat a banana. The potassium helps break down the caffeine in your stomach.” This would have been good advice before this reporter downed 10 different cups of coffee for “research purposes.” The Village Coffee Crawl was certainly a success, and will hopefully inspire many more crawls to come — tea, wine, ice cream, cheese… — celebrating the quality and diversity of the Village culinary scene.
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‘The end of the free spirit’; Tribes faces eviction TRIBES, continued from p. 1
ated out of Cannon’s second-floor apartment since 1991 — have to get out by April 15. While the 78-year-old Cannon has been battling to stave off eviction for the past three years, news of the finality of this legal agreement came as a shock to many of his supporters. “It’s the deathknell of a generation. It’s the end of the free spirit of the anarchoartist of the Lower East Side,” charged Bowery Poetry Club founder Bob Holman, who is on the board of Howl! “The era of the poets crashing on couches has been taken over by Airbnb. Tribes is the last holdout for the gallery/performance crash pad,” Holman opined. But though he may have lost his legal fight with Zhang, Cannon says he’s not ready to quit holding out just yet. In a letter last month to supporters, Cannon once again pitched the idea of finding a “benevolent donor” to buy back the four-story row house at 285 E. Third St. and help convert it into an artists’ residence. As the letter notes, Zhang, who purchased the property from Cannon for $950,000, is looking for a buyer — the property is currently listed online at $3.35 million. “It would be a tragedy to lose our space in spite of such ongoing recognition of the services we provide as an arts incubator on the Lower East Side,” reads the Feb. 19 appeal. “We are one of last places left that nurtures young aspiring artists in all disciplines. Please help, or help pass the word. SAVE TRIBES!” Among Tribes fans, there’s now talk of a Kickstarter campaign to muster funds, or even a last-ditch occupation to “fill the place with bodies” and so pre-empt the marshals from carrying off the blind professor (along with his myriad books and poetry zines). “People should contact Steve, go by his house, the door is always open,” urges Holman. It’s all pretty 11th hour, which is why Cannon concedes he’s simultaneously looking for another apartment in the neighborhood where he might continue some scaled-down version of Tribes. “I could keep the Web site and publish a few poetry books a year,” he said. “That’s the backup plan. But, really, my hope is to find a way to stay here,” Cannon added, sunk into his living room couch where he has held court for decades. Zhang declined to comment and referred all questions to her attorney, Steven Gee. “We intend to enforce the litigation,” Gee told The Villager. “I hope he can relocate his organization. He should have been looking for a long period of time. There’s been plenty of notice.” Cannon first purchased the crumbling row house back in 1970 for $35,000, using the royalties from his first novel, “Groove
Steve Cannon at A Gathering of the Tribes in 2011.
Bang and Jive Around.” In 1989, after his failing eyesight forced him to quit teaching at Medgar Evers College, Cannon began informally schooling young poets and writers on the stoop of his building, located just a block away from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and catty-corner to the old Living Theater. That stoop workshop became the genesis for Tribes, which morphed into a literary magazine, art gallery, poetry salon, periodic performance venue and perpetual hangout. Over the years, Tribes has received funding from the New York State Council of the Arts, the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the Andy Warhol Foundation and an abundance of private donors. In 2007, Mayor Bloomberg even issued a proclamation honoring Tribes for its role in hosting the East Village’s annual Charlie Parker Festival. Nevertheless, Cannon fell into debt trying to sustain Tribes and maintain the crumbling building. (A fire in 1990 had gutted the top floors, and Cannon’s former partner ran off with the insurance money, he claims.) Frustrated with trying to play landlord as a blind man, Cannon sold the building to Zhang in 2004, with an agreement that he be able to continue living there, and holding “non-for-profit” [sic] arts activities in his apartment and the back garden for another 10 years. Cannon concedes it was a bad move to set a time limit on his and Tribes’ occupancy. “I was just looking for a good person to run the building,” he explained. “I thought I would let her take over the building and I would just stay here, that’s all.” The initial agreement allowed him to remain for five years at a rent of $1,000 per month, with the option to renew for another five years at $2,200 per month. So, even if he didn’t get into a court battle with Zhang, legally he only had the right to remain in his apartment until August
31, 2014. Cannon says he realized he was in trouble in early 2011, when he found out that Zhang had listed the building for sale. Later that year, Zhang moved to evict Cannon, alleging that Cannon had never given proper notice of his intent to renew the second five-year term of his possession agreement, and that Tribes’ latenight gatherings were disturbing other tenants and neighbors. Zhang also charged that Cannon’s use of his apartment for Tribes was illegal, citing a 2006 violation issued by the Department of Building, which claimed Cannon had converted his apartment into an “office and art gallery.” In fact, according to the city’s zoning laws, it’s legal to have a noncommercial arts space in one’s home under the so-called “home occupation” provision, as long that use does not exceed more than 500 square feet. (Whether the foot traffic or noise generated by Tribes’ at-times boisterous happenings would be permitted under that statute was never determined in court.) Faced with a trial and the possibility of having to pay Zhang’s legal costs if he lost, Cannon was urged by his attorney to settle the case. Last year, Cannon agreed he and Tribes would leave by May 30, 2014. But the date got whittled back to April 15 after Zhang moved to take Cannon to court again for allegedly exceeding the number of public events allowed under the stipulation. Zhang and her attorney declined to comment on the specifics of the case. “The pleadings speak for themselves,” Gee told the Villager. Indeed, Gee seemed exasperated by the continued uproar over Cannon’s loss of the space. “He wasn’t supposed to occupy forever,” Gee pointed out. “There was an agreement all along that he would have to move out. Now we’re at the end of the agreement, it’s not fair for Mr. Cannon to
say it’s unfair. “If this case had gone to trial, he would have faced a shorter time. I don’t understand why now it’s such a big affair,” Gee added. For his part, Cannon says he regrets not taking the case to trial to present his side of the story. He claims that Zhang’s real motive for getting him out is financial. He says Zhang got into hot water after she subdivided the building’s other three floors and began renting out the rooms to students and tourists. In 2009, she was cited by the Department of Buildings for operating a “transient hostel.” “She put 33 beds in two small apartments,” charged poet Chavissa Woods, who was living in Cannon’s back room at the time. “There were dozens of people moving in and out at all hours, and then the place got infested with bed bugs. Steve was covered in bites, and the neighbors were complaining,” Wood claimed. Gee declined to comment on any of these allegations. The Buildings Department slapped Zhang with fines and issued a vacate order for the subdivided floors, leaving Cannon the only rent payer while Zhang worked to restore the other apartments to singlefamily residences. City property records show Zhang has accrued substantial debt on the property. Still, Cannon probably didn’t help his case by allowing young artists to continue to stage exuberant performances on both weeknights and weekends, some of which carried on into the wee hours. One neighbor forwarded a video she shot from her back window showing a stripper flogging herself in the backyard while audience members seated on risers in the backyard hooted and hollered. Earlier this month, Cannon confessed he’d just let a punk rock group play a show in his living room. “It was funny as all hell,” he quipped. In spite of such unorthodoxies, Cannon’s downstairs neighbor told The Villager he didnʼt mind having Cannon and Tribes there. “I can’t begrudge a blind guy for doing something interesting with his life,” said the resident, who asked not to be named. Similarly, the neighbor who sent the newspaper the video said the noise problems had stopped two years ago, and even offered to write a letter in support of Tribes. According to supporters, the real problem is that Tribes’ freewheeling existence now clashes with the now-gentrified norms of the far East Village. “Maybe we don’t really have a great legal defense, but what we have is an artistic, and very human defense,” Woods insisted. “Steve is preserving what’s been happening down here since the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, and now people are complaining about that. When people say we’re crazy, well, O.K., but that’s what made this neighborhood so valuable in the first place.” March 20, 2014
March 20, 2014