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March 27, 2014 • $1.00 Volume 83 • Number 43

State finally transfers 75 Morton St. to city for new middle school BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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Dr. Eric Cruzen, emergency medical director, left, and John Gupta, executive director, of the Lenox Hill HealthPlex, on a balcony overlooking both the new Greenwich Lane residential project, left, and a future park and AIDS memorial site, right.

or seven years, local politicians and community activists have pushed for the state to sell 75 Morton St. to the city so it could be converted into a sorely needed public middle school. Complicating and slowing the process, dur-

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o, admittedly, it’s not a fullservice hospital to replace the former St. Vincent’s. Nonetheless, the Lenox Hill HealthPlex will definitely be a major new medical presence on the Lower West Side. And it’s rapidly taking shape in the former St. Vincent’s O’Toole Building, at W. 12th St. and Seventh

Ave. Most notably, the $150 million project will include a 30,000-squarefoot, state-of-the-art emergency department, slated to open by the end of June. It will be Manhattan’s first freestanding E.D. — as in, not physically connected to a hospital. Last week, top officials from the new facility gave The Villager a tour of the whole 160,000-square-foot building. They included John Gupta, the HealthPlex’s executive direc-

tor; Dr. Eric Cruzen, the emergency department’s medical director; Alex Hellinger, the facility’s associate executive director; and Terry Lynam, vice president of public relations for North Shore-LIJ Health System, the HealthPlex’s parent company. Construction workers were all around, going up and down on beeping lifts, using loudly whirring elec-

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Nolita apartments illegally deregulated, building tenants say

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ing that time there have been three governors. From the start, Assemblymember Deborah Glick has been a leader in the effort. Two years ago, former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn — as part of the approval of the Rudin residential

ould you like to pay $4,200 a month to live in an apartment that might actually be rentstabilized? Probably not. In fact, you might be pretty upset with the landlord and real estate broker who tried to sell you on that deal.

And that might be why the broker who was advertising two Nolita apartments at market-rate prices hastily removed those listings on the afternoon of March 24 — just hours after this newspaper started asking about claims that both units are being unlawfully deregulated from RENT RUSE, continued on p. 6

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NEW BOOKSHOP SPOT? Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York reported last week that St. Mark’s Bookshop is looking to move into 136 E. Third St., just west of Avenue A, in the First Houses, which is part of the New York City Housing Authority. “We’ve been sent a proposed lease,” bookstore co-owner Terry McCoy told the blogger, “and we have a lawyer who has gone through it and sent comments to the landlord, who is the city, NYCHA. There’s a long way to go to signing a lease, though.” The bookstore is still working hard to raise funds for the move through an Indiegogo campaign. Landmark Vintage Bicycles, which is now on the corner of Avenue A and E. Third St., used to be in that First Houses storefront space. Asked why they left the NYCHA spot, a manager at the bike shop told us it wasnʼt anything against the housing agency. “We wanted to be on the corner,” he said. CITI GREASE: Citi Bikes definitely don’t move like greased lightning, but they’re sturdy and stable, and super-affordable for an annual membership. The bike’s seatposts, however, weren’t moving for a while there, especially once the weather turned cold, making adjusting the saddle height a hernia-inducing effort. It now appears, in fact, that some sort of “Citi Grease” lubricant has been smeared on many of the seatposts, so that they can be slid more freely up and down to the right height. But the black grease does come off on our fingers, and the seats now sometimes swivel unless you really tighten the clamp. Anyway, we can “roll with it” — but is it too much to ask for a Citi Rag to wipe the Citi Schmutz off our hand?

SPIRIT DOESN’T MOVE THEM: Community Board 2 continues to wrestle with the issue of street-fair oversaturation. Last Thursday, the board voted to recommend denial of a street-fair application for WitchsFest USA, to be held on Astor Place on Sat., July 12. During the members’ discussion, some argued that the Wiccans had “no indigenous connection to the district,” and particularly none to Astor Place. But Keen Berger, notably, stood up for the pagans’ proposal, feeling they weren’t getting a fair shake. Maury Schott, chairperson of the board’s Sidewalks and Street Activities Committee, explained the board’s dilemma: Three years ago, then-Mayor Mike Bloomberg decreed that New York should reduce its number of street fairs by 25 percent. But the city’s Law Department then counseled him that this was a free-speech issue, so they couldn’t cut any of the sponsoring organizations. Long story short, the city combined the sponsors into a smaller number of events — but there are still way too many, in C.B. 2’s view. “We have 85 events within seven months, or 10 a month,” Schott said. In the end, only four C.B. 2 members went for the witches, as the board nixed their fair. Shedding some light on the issue, in a June 2012 article in The Villager by Lael Hines, “Pagans seek to dispel fears, and find a Village home,” two of the Wiccan women, Star Raven Hawk and Shantel Collins, explained that they hope to secure a permanent place in the Village. “We want to start to have our own space,” Raven Hawk said then. “We just want to have our own space like any other denomination out there. Over the years, Children’s Aid Society has called me and said, ‘We have families who are pagans and they want a place they can go’ — but sadly, we don’t have a building. … Honestly, I’ve been all over the city practicing in different places, and I don’t know how to describe it, but there’s something down here,” Raven Hawk said of the Village. “I think it’s always had a spiritual background and you can feel it down here. Even when we’re in the park or the garden or something like that, you feel it.” Oh well, C.B. 2 didn’t feel it. HOUSING HUNT: There’s been a lot of speculation — but few details — so far when it comes to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s highly anticipated plan to create or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing. With the eyes of the city upon him, the mayor has said he and his administration will reveal the plan on May 1. Meanwhile, in our neck of the woods, C.B. 2’s Affordable Housing Working Group met for the second time on March 24 to talk about locations in the district that could potentially become sites for development that would include such housing. We got our hands on a copy of a draft handed out at that meeting, listing some of those potential sites — which were ranked by the working group, apparently based on their perceived likelihood of housing development — and some of them are pretty interesting. Aside from numerous

lots within the new Hudson Square Special District that are already owned by Trinity Real Estate or other big developers, most of the C.B. 2 working group’s top-ranked sites are on currently city-owned land, both in and around Soho and the West Village. Those potential sites include a current Fire Department parking lot at 243 Lafayette St., between Prince and Spring Sts., as well as the Ladder 20 firehouse itself, located at the adjacent 247 Lafayette St. A Nolita site that placed highly on the working group’s draft list was 34 Spring St., between Mulberry and Mott Sts., which currently houses the Judson Health Center. A potential West Village site that we found particularly interesting — and which was also ranked among the top locations on the list — was 229-233 W. 10th St., which Villagers might recognize as the current location of the Police Department’s Sixth Precinct. And looking back to the east, yet another high-ranking Soho-area site was 2 Howard St., between Lafayette and Centre Sts., which is city-owned but currently leased to the federal General Services Administration. Top-ranked sites on privately owned land included the St. John’s Center building at 305 West St. (long talked about as a potential receiving site for Hudson River Park air rights) and the building at 627 Greenwich St. (which sits just steps away from 75 Morton St., site of the forthcoming middle school). We asked C.B. 2’s Tobi Bergman, a member of the working group, for some insight on all of this, but he didn’t go into too much detail, calling the debate over possible affordable housing sites “a work in progress.” He pointed out that there’s the possibility of pushing for rezoning in the southeast corner of the district — presumably involving one or more of the aforementioned Soho sites — to create “additional inclusionary housing possibilities,” and said it’s also possible that rezoning in connection with the transfer of Hudson River Park air rights could result in some inclusionary housing, but he added that until that process begins, it’s too early to predict what could happen. “Our district generally is almost fully built up and has many development constraints,” said Bergman. “Preserving the affordable housing we have has to be a primary focus.” True enough, but one assumes that it’s certainly worth keeping an eye on who’s eyeing those potential development sites… .

GOOGLE IT? NOT HERE! Google might be thrilled about opening up its first-ever retail store at 131 Greene St., right near the Apple Store, as reports indicate is in the works, but some residents on the block aren’t happy at all. “It’s a very bad idea,” Bo Riccobono told us. “It will bring hordes of people to this quiet street with low-traffic, high-end stores. Google should be on Broadway, West Broadway or Lafayette St. on a corner near a subway. Plus,” the C.B. 2 member continued, “I am looking into suspiciously quick Department of Buildings and Department of Transportation approvals at 131 Greene St. without a public hearing or the approval of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.”

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POLICE BLOTTER Girl gone wild

Katherine Martinez, 25, viciously attacked two male cops near Union Square early on Sun., March 23, forcing them to call for backup to subdue her, police said. The officers said they were trying to stop Martinez following a previous incident in order to see her ID, and approached her near the corner of E. 13th St. and University Place around 1:30 a.m. Martinez reportedly responded by telling one of them, “Suck my d---,” and when he continued to approach and reached to stop her, she bit his left arm, leaving a gash. The wild woman then scratched the stunned officer’s face and kicked him in the chest, after which she also kicked the other officer, who had attempted to intervene, police said. After the two cops radioed for assistance and got a car full of help, Martinez was eventually restrained, although she reportedly continued to flail against the officers. Both hurt cops were later briefly hospitalized and treated for minor injuries, police said. Interestingly, though, Martinez wasn’t charged with any felonies for assaulting a police officer. Instead, she was charged with misdemeanor assault, aggravated harassment and resisting arrest.

Booze bust

Juan Molina and Alexander Nash, both 22, were arrested early on March 20 after they botched a bar booze burglary, police said. The two alleged crooks busted in through the side delivery door at the Slaughtered Lamb Pub, at 182 W. Fourth St., around 3:30 a.m., but immediately set off the building’s security alarm, according to cops. They reportedly tried to carry out the crime anyway — packing a bottle of Absolut vodka, two bottles of Peroni beer and a bottle of Red Stripe into a bag before turning to run. But police responding to the alarm cut off the exit and quickly apprehended them. Molina and Nash were both charged with burglary.

Park pepper spray

Police arrested Shashank Nayyar, 23, on March 20 after he allegedly peppersprayed a man during a dispute just outside Washington Square Park. The victim, 32, said they got into an argument near the south side of the park around 5:15 p.m., after which Nayyar reportedly whipped out the small canister and sprayed the other man on his mouth and cheek, leaving him with swelling and burning pain.

Officers nearby noticed the commotion after the victim went down, and were able to nab Nayyar before he could flee the scene. He was charged with misdemeanor assault, unlawful possession of noxious material and harassment.

Meatpacking karate

Basel Khabaz, 20, was arrested early on Sat., March 22, after he kicked out the window of a Meatpacking District nightclub, police said. Witnesses said Khabaz was in the middle of an argument with his friends outside the VIP Room, at 409 W. 13th St., around 3:30 a.m. when he flipped his lid. The fuming man reportedly spun around and shattered the club’s front glass with a single kick, sending shards flying but causing no injuries, police said. Khabaz was charged with criminal mischief.

Ouch! Torture freak guilty

The Village resident and ex-Stuyvesant High School librarian charged with planning to kidnap, rape, torture and kill women and girls was convicted in federal court on March 14.

Robert Christopher Asch, 62, who was arrested by the F.B.I. last April at his apartment in the St. Germain, at Greenwich Ave. and W. 10th St., was found guilty along with an Internet co-conspirator, Michael Van Hise, 23, of New Jersey. The pair had plotted to attack members of Van Hise's family, according to Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, and Asch was separately convicted of targeting a different woman, who was in fact an undercover F.B.I. agent. Asch had reportedly studied a gruesome video called “Pain 35” — which showed two nearly naked women being tortured with various disturbing implements — as part of his preparation for the scheme, investigators previously said. The ex-librarian originally was exposed as part of the federal investigation into former New York Police Officer Gilberto Valle, a.k.a. the “Cannibal Cop,” who was convicted last March of plotting to kidnap, cook and eat women. Lawyers for Asch and Van Hise reportedly vowed to appeal their convictions, claiming, as they have all along, that their clients were only engaging in violent, pornographic fantasies.

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Green Dot scams, ID theft pose challenge for police BY ZACH WILLIAMS

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s overall crime continues to drop in the East Village and citywide, felony assaults and robberies have spiked in recent weeks in the Ninth Precinct, while identity thefts targeting local residents especially continue to challenge police resources. The March 18 meeting of the Ninth Precinct Community Council focused heavily on such crimes, which police said are best combated with a mixed deployment of public awareness and proactive policing. In the 28 days prior to the meeting, felony assaults and robberies in the precinct increased by 25 percent and 37.5 percent, respectively, compared to the same period last year — a stark contrast with neighboring precincts, which have not experienced such a spike. Over all, crime in the Ninth Precinct has decreased 21 percent compared to last year, according to police records. Identity thefts in the area, meanwhile, take on forms new and old, including a scheme growing nationally in prominence that follows a common script. A call or e-mail placed to an unsuspecting victim will claim to be from entities such as utility companies or government

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agencies. Threats follow the announcement that an account is overdue and that without immediate payment, consequences will ensue, including additional charges, cessation of services or even deportation. One local resident at the March 18 meeting said she was contacted by someone purporting to represent an Upstate city where she supposedly drove afoul of traffic laws. “They have these emblems on it to make it look real,” said Linda Giser of suspect correspondence. “They are trying every which way.” A quick trip to her next-door neighbor on E. Fifth St., the Ninth Precinct, let her know that the inquiry was “worthless,” yet another attempt, she said, to steal her identity. Deputy Inspector John Cappelmann, the precinct’s commanding officer, said a similar, so-called “Green Dot scam” earlier that day targeted locals through the impersonation of a Con Edison employee. Separately, two Romanian nationals were arrested March 6 for stealing credit card information from local A.T.M.’s. Green Dot credit cards, available for purchase in many convenience stores, allow the transfer of money through the use of a set of numbers, making it difficult to trace the trails of such perpetrators. Cappelmann said at the meeting that trends in local crime

are moving away from property crimes, such as burglary, to new opportunities for thievery created by digital technology. “We have seen a large increase in ID theft,” Cappelmann said of the pattern in recent years. Impersonated parties, such as the I.R.S., have begun public outreach efforts informing citizens that such correspondence does not follow their protocols, such as, for example, the use of e-mail. Incidents of larceny rose while other categories fell in recent weeks as thieves are turning their attention to finding cash through inattentive A.T.M. users and residents who unknowingly give their personal information over the phone or through email. Recent schemes have included Green Dot scams that follow a common routine increasingly familiar to local residents. While police try to curb a local prevalence of the growing national problem, one controversial police tactic has helped curb the recent spate of strong-arm robberies and assaults. A recent string of robberies in the area ended after police officers stopped a suspicious-looking youth and examined his school ID. After a description matching the 15-year-old in connection with a robbery reached the officers, his identity was known to police, who later arrested and incarcerated him. The tactic of street interrogation known as

stop and frisk arouses strong criticism from civil rights groups. However, it does lead to the capture of criminals, said Cappelmann. “You see the same people commit crimes over and over again… . In this case, it was a productive stop,” he said. But other suspects remain at large, including one who regularly operates in the southwestern area of the precinct near the intersection of Broadway and E. Houston St. The man, believed to be 35 to 40 years old and roughly 5 feet tall, is being sought in connection with four separate incidents. Among his known targets was a Chase bank A.T.M. where a security camera caught an image of his face, police said. Such a danger is only one reason for people to be extra-careful while withdrawing cash. Identity thieves are also known to linger in such places in hopes of compiling personal information or installing small cameras for the same purpose. Police conceded at the meeting that preventing and solving identity crimes can be difficult given their volume and the elusiveness of the suspects. But awareness and a sense of when a normal situation is slightly amiss can protect people from further risk, said Sergeant Carty, who spoke about identity theft at the meeting. “A gut feeling is worth a million dollars,” he said.

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Arrest is made in killing of Riis Houses teenager BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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man has been arrested in the killing of Deontay Moore, 18, who was fatally shot outside the Jacob Riis Houses last summer. Police reported on Saturday that Allah Dajon, 21, of 577 Roosevelt Drive, in the Baruch Houses, had been arrested and charged with second-degree murder. On Fri., July 20, 2013, at around 10:47 p.m., police responded to a 911 call of a shooting outside 118 Avenue D, in the Riis Houses. Moore was found with a gunshot wound to the head. E.M.S. responded and transported the victim to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition, where he was pronounced dead at 10:45 the next morning. According to the Daily News, two suspects on bicycles had fired several shots from a nearby courtyard, with one bullet hitting Moore in the back of the head. The victim lived around the corner in another building in the Riis complex, at 466 E. 10th St. A man entering 118 Avenue D Sunday evening, bringing home some chicken from the store across the street, only gave his name, Jake, and age, 18. He said he had been in front of the building hanging out right next to Moore and others when the shooting happened. A scaffolding has since been erected over the walkway. “You see where that third rail is at?” he said, pointing to one of the scaffold’s support poles. “That’s where he was shot. “We didn’t get to see him,” he said of the gunman. “We just heard shots.” He said everyone “panicked,” and he himself immediately darted for the building’s door.

“When he went down,” he said of Moore, “he went fully down. I didn’t stand there watching. I heard, ‘No! D! … He got shot!’ “It took a while for the ambulance to come,” he said, adding that police could have arrived sooner, too, considering the precinct is just a block away. “I heard a brawl happened before he got shot,” he added. It had been a warm night, and people were sitting on the benches out front and along the fence leading to the building’s doorway, he recalled. “We were all hanging out, listening to music,” he said. “It was summertime. I was coming from the chicken store, like I am now, so I decided to hang out.” Asked how long he had known Moore, he said, “I know D since middle school. … We all know each other around here,” he said, as a couple of young men entered the building, giving him fist bumps on their way in. According to DNA info, Moore, who had dropped out of Murry Bergtraum High School in 10th grade, was studying to get his G.E.D. Last Sunday night, Franklin Pagan was coming out of 118 Avenue D after having just paid a visit to his mother, 82. He grew up on E. 14th St. but now lives nearby in Waterside Plaza and works as a bouncer in Jamaica, Queens. Asked if he felt the area was safe, he said, yes, but “it depends what you run into.” When it’s freezing cold, like it was Sunday, it’s not dangerous, he said. But when it gets warm, that’s when trouble and violence can break out. “When it’s warm out, you won’t find me around here,” he said. “I’ll be far away — I’ll be in Coney Island.”

Deontay Moore, 18, was killed outside the Riis Houses on Avenue D last July.

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Units go from illegal hotel to illegal deregulation RENT RUSE, continued from p. 1

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dano was reportedly out of the country and could not be reached, Novo’s managing director, David Roy Duenias, agreed to meet with the reporter at noon that day to discuss the topic. But when the time came to meet, Duenias was nowhere to be found. And when he was contacted once again, he had apparently changed his mind, nervously saying that he no longer had any interest in discussing the listings or their history. Minutes after that, both listings suddenly vanished from the Novo site. The next day, a followup call to Fontana — asking about the landlord’s knowledge of the Novo listing — was once again met with a refusal to comment, along with some palpable hostility, after which the representative hung up on the reporter. Meanwhile, New York State Homes and Community Renewal, the state agency that oversees rent regulation, has remained silent on this particular issue, primarily due to its self-imposed restrictions regarding the investigation of rent history and deregulation. Since only an apartment’s leaseholder can ask for the rent history of that unit, only Toledano or Azulay (while they held the leases) would have been able to trigger an H.C.R. investigation into the possibly illegal deregulations of 1C and 3A — something they clearly had no financial interest in doing. The exception to that problem is H.C.R.’s relatively new Tenant Protection Unit, which announced in February that it had returned 28,000 units across the state to rent-stabilization rolls after random audits of building owners who had engaged in illegal deregulation. But

‘Right now, everything is stacked against keeping units in rent-regulation.’ Gale Brewer

Last week, 1C (a studio) was being advertised alongside Manhattan rentals on Novo’s Web site, and was listed at a rate of $3,500 per month. And 3A (a one-bedroom) was listed just below it, for $4,200 per month. Both rents were clearly thousands of dollars beyond what’s allowed under rent-stabilization, and would be unaffordable for the kind of middle-class tenants aided by rent-regulation. The key question is, why were these two units — which were leased under rentstabilization before their Airbnb period — being advertised at market rate? Did the landlord, Fontana Realty, go through the proper process of deregulation, by doing substantial renovations to the units or allowing the legal, regulated rent to eventually rise to $2,500 per month? It’s unclear. Fontana Realty continues to refuse to answer questions on the subject, while Fleischer and Lawrence said they believe their landlord has in fact tried to flout state law and illegally deregulate the units. The interesting part came on the morning of March 24, when this reporter called Novo to ask about the listings for 1C and 3A, in order to learn about why they were being advertised at market rate. Since Tole-

the state agency has, so far, not expressed interest in doing such an investigation at 19 Cleveland Place, after multiple requests from Fleischer have gone unheeded. H.C.R. also did not respond to request for comment when this newspaper asked about the possibility of investigating the Cleveland Place deregulations. When it comes to illegal hotel units being passed off as being deregulated — as this newspaper previously reported has taken place at 79 Clinton St. on the Lower East Side and other Downtown buildings — Borough President Brewer said she believes the city and state need to be more proactive regarding the investigation of situations like this. Since the city’s O.S.E. is directly responsible for investigating illegal hotels (assuming that it does successful investigations), and H.C.R. is directly responsible for dealing with rent-stabilization, it only makes sense, she noted. “And a big issue is that H.C.R.’s Tenant Protection Unit is very understaffed, so I hope that Mayor de Blasio’s administration will take an interest in playing a greater collaborative role in this,” Brewer said. “The key is that we want more coordination between O.S.E. and H.C.R., because the way the system works right now, everything is stacked against keeping units in rent-regulation.” For now, it may only be a matter of time before 1C and 3A — as well as numerous other units at 19 Cleveland Place — are once again listed online at unaffordable rates. And Fleischer still thinks that action from the city, regarding illegal hotels, and the state, regarding deregulation, is long overdue. “I just feel like the city and the state have failed to do their jobs,” she said, “and they’ve failed us.”

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rent-stabilization. The apartments in question are units 1C and 3A of 19 Cleveland Place, a 16-unit building right off Petrosino Square — and they’re just two of a dozen units that some of the building’s longtime tenants, along with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, believe have been illegally deregulated by Fontana Realty since it became the building’s landlord in 2000. And, as has already been the case with many residential buildings across the city, the deregulation of 1C and 3A may have been aided by their use as alleged illegal hotel rooms. Starting several years ago, after they had spent decades on the state’s rent-stabilization rolls, leases on both of these apartments came into the hands of former real estate partners Yaniv Toledano and Pini Azulay, according to information obtained by The Villager. The two businessmen, under their co-founded company Staynovo, then reportedly rented both units periodically on the home-sharing Web site Airbnb, which is currently in a legal battle with the New York State attorney general over possible violations of the state’s illegal hotel law (which bans rentals of fewer than 30 days in residential apartments). Those Airbnb rentals created a shady and unsafe atmosphere within the building, according to some residents of 19 Cleveland Place, as tourists and other unidentified people strolled in and out using copies of the front-door key. Georgette Fleischer, a longtime rent-stabilized tenant of the building and founder of the advocacy group Friends of Petrosino Square, recalled that short-term renters regularly left trash and cigarettes in the hallways, turning the building into what she called a “transient flophouse.” And in the summer of 2012, while the Airbnb rentals were taking place, the apartment next to 1C was burglarized by a still-unknown perpetrator. Marna Lawrence, who lives in that rentstabilized apartment and was out of town when it was ransacked in 2012, told this newspaper that, based on the unsuccessful police investigation at that time, she’s still not sure whether the crime was committed by someone connected to an Airbnb rental. But she was sure about the fact that the rentals, brokered by Toledano and Azulay, severely impacted her quality of life. “It was just really disturbing to live next to what was basically a hotel room,” said Lawrence. “I never had any idea who was really living next to me.” A Fontana Realty representative, who refused to identify himself during numerous phone conversations, denied that any illegal hotel use had ever taken place in the building, although he also refused to respond to questions about his alleged association with Staynovo or Toledano and Azulay. In addition, the Mayor’s Office of Special

Enforcement, which investigates illegal hotel use, has visited the building but dismissed residents’ complaints regarding such activity, according to city records. O.S.E. did not respond to request for comment. In any case, Staynovo’s Airbnb listings for both 1C and 3A became inactive within the past year, according to searches on the Web site — and during that time, the company’s two founders parted ways, to some degree. In 2013, Azulay founded a boutique real estate firm called the Azulay Group, and Toledano around the same time founded his own new group, Novo International Realty. In a phone interview on March 24, Azulay said he no longer has anything to do with the two units at 19 Cleveland Place. But Toledano’s Novo firm remains linked to both apartments as a broker, while Fontana Realty has apparently begun trying to lease both of them to new long-term tenants for market-rate rents.

Catting around after getting the route Sat., March 15, saw a major Alley Cat race start at Tompkins Square Park. The anarchic event — which drew participants from around the country and globe — saw cyclists weave in and out of traffic to reach various checkpoints. Above, a rider read over the manifest after the route was revealed.

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C.B. 3 raps Beasties co-naming Synagogue landmarking battle BY LESLEY SUSSMAN

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ou gotta fight for your right… .” That’s how LeRoy McCarthy summed up his feelings Tuesday night, when Community Board 3 voted to deny his proposal to co-name the intersection of Rivington and Ludlow Sts. as “Beastie Boys Square.” “There are many people within city government who do support this street renaming and honoring hip-hop and the Beastie Boys,” a disappointed McCarthy said afterward. “ ‘Fight for your rights,’ that’s what the Beastie Boys would say, and I’m going to see if we can do something to change this.” C.B. 3 guidelines say McCarthy must wait five years before reintroducing the measure before the board. So the Brooklyn man said his next step would be to take his idea to the City Council. He added that the close, 19to-13 vote by C.B. 3 indicated strong community support for the co-naming. Since January the board had gone back and forth on the proposal. The Transportation and Public Safety/Environment Committee initially told McCarthy to collect more signatures to show support before they could consider it. David Crane, the committee’s outgoing chairperson, said the band did not meet C.B. 3’s criteria for community involve-

ment and dedication. McCarthy disagrees. “They’ve done so much for the community in charity work and artistic contributions,” McCarthy told the board. The Beastie Boys were the first big white hip-hop group. The trio wrote many of their raps in an apartment at 59 Chrystie St., and even recorded an early album in a basement on Avenue A. In 1989, the northeast corner of Rivington and Ludlow Sts. was immortalized on the cover of their “Paul’s Boutique” album. However, former board chairperson Dominic Berg said the co-naming for a local music group would “open a Pandora’s box.” “It would open the floodgates for conaming streets after so many important performers who lived in this neighborhood, like Madonna,” Berg said, drawing laughs. “We only have so many streets.” But Ayo Harrington, speaking for McCarthy’s idea, said, “If we were talking about another kind of music we wouldn’t be having this debate. Most of this board’s members are older and don’t relate to it.” Others noted that jazz great Charlie Parker only lived in the East Village four years, yet his residence at 151 Avenue B has been landmarked and the street renamed Charlie Parker Place. C.B. 3 Chairperson Gigi Li said, “We had a very spirited debate. It was a very close vote but we decided to support the application for denial.”

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lans to renovate an E. 14th St. synagogue may depend upon the view of local residents who want to see the 150-year-old building designated by the city as a protected landmark. Opposing views were aired March 25 before the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which will accept public comment for another 30 days. Leaders from Tifereth Israel Town and Village Synagogue said there were no plans to demolish the building for development, a fear that spurred the new landmarking effort. However, they do want to renovate much of the structure. But such efforts will face restrictions if advocates convince the commission that 334 E. 14th St. merits protection. Built in 1866, the building first came before the commission in the 1960s, though no vote was held. Advocates, led by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, argued that the building front’s combination of German, Ukrainian and Jewish features is an attractive glimpse into the local historical landscape which too often disappears. More spoke in favor of landmarking than against. “It is the pinnacle of our neighborhood,” said Jeannie Engelbagh, one of about a dozen local residents who testi-

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Occupier who says cop grabbed her breast is on trial BY BETSY KIM

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n a potential blow to the case of Occupy Wall Street protester Cecily McMillan, State Supreme Court Justice Ronald Zweibel last week refused to allow review of the personnel file of Grantley Bovell, the officer involved in her arrest. The 25-year-old New School graduate student is charged with felony assault of a police officer and obstruction of governmental administration, stemming from the six-month anniversary of the O.W.S. protests in Zuccotti Park. If convicted in a trial scheduled for April 7, McMillan could face up to seven years in prison. Hers is the last New York Occupy case to go to trial. Photos following her arrest indicate she was severely bruised, including above her right breast. Speaking on March 17, Attorney Martin Stolar, of the National Lawyers Guild’s New York City chapter, who is representing McMillan, said that Officer Bovell grabbed McMillan’s right breast from behind, and that, in response, McMillan threw up her elbow, hitting his cheekbone. Stolar said McMillan was only reacting to being groped, and never intentionally tried to injure Bovell. She did not even realize it was an officer behind her, thus could not have been trying to prevent him from performing his duties, the attorney said. Other officers joined the arrest, leading to what Stolar described as McMillan’s being knocked to the ground, beaten, then suffering seizure-like conditions, memory loss and post-traumatic stress disorder. “It was total over-policing, the use of brute force,” Stolar said. “And that is really a hallmark of how police reacted with

Cecily McMillan, center, at a Justice4Cecily fundraiser party in Brooklyn on March 1.

most Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, gatherings and protests.” N.L.G. New York City chapter’s Web site shows a different policeman grabbing another female protester’s breasts.) For their part, police say McMillan intentionally elbowed Bovell in the face. Bovell was internally disciplined in the Bronx ticket-fixing scandal.

After leaving court on March 19, Stan Williams, a Cecily McMillan supporter, left, and McMillan’s attorney, Martin Stolar, discussed the case.

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In another case, a 2011 civil lawsuit by Reginald Wakefield named Bovell as a passenger in an unmarked police car that intentionally drove into Wakefield, who was riding a dirt bike. That case settled, but Bovell was disciplined for failing to report the chase over the police radio. Bovell was also accused of kicking or beating two arrestees. Citing these four incidents, Stolar requested review of Bovell’s Police Department Internal Affairs Bureau personnel files to shed light upon his interaction with McMillan and the truth of the officer’s testimony. On March 19, the judge ruled Bovell’s personnel records were not relevant to McMillan’s case. However, Stolar plans to use these incidents to question the officer’s credibility at trial. On March 1, McMillan’s supporters hosted a party at the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Brooklyn. A poster for the event read, “We won’t be silenced by their violence.” Messages on colorful, paper cutouts of police badges surrounded the sign. “I think, as the healing wall shows, when we asked people to share their police brutality stories, this was not an isolated incident that happened to me alone,” McMillan said. “We decided to have an event as a show of solidarity. This party was a celebration of standing together.” Justice4Cecily, a group supporting McMillan, collected donations for admission, pizza, beer and wine. Stolar is providing pro bono representation, but friends hope to help defray trial costs. Stan Williams, one of the organizers of the party, works with McMillan in union organizing. For Williams, the evening was

less about raising funds than focusing on encouraging the “99 percent” to continue its movement, to get to know one another, support ideas and build a community. Handwritten donation signs asking for $2 or $3 contrasted with media reports that, in 2010, JPMorgan Chase donated $4.6 million to the New York City Police Foundation. Some people at the party questioned the contribution: Were police at Zuccotti Park acting to protect the people — or rather as Wall Street’s security detail, motivated to shut down and discourage the protests? A JPMorgan Chase spokeswoman declined to comment for this article. Drew Mitchell said the case is about an innocent person, wrongly charged. In the context of the Occupy Wall Street protests, he hopes McMillan’s trial also highlights the First Amendment right of ordinary people to peacefully petition the government, and to assemble without fear of police brutality or criminal charges. Lauren Wilfong hoped the party would bring supporters to the trial. More than 50 people attended the hearing. A Popular Resistance petition bearing 1,944 signatures and an Avaaz petition with 1,106 signatures, as of press time, request that Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. dismiss McMillan’s case. Diem Tran, the D.A.’s deputy press secretary, stated they can’t comment outside the courtroom on pending cases. Williams said McMillan turned down the prosecutor’s offer to plead guilty to a felony and receive probation. “A felony for being groped by a police officer?” he said. “No way.”

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On Purim night, Sat., March 15, women prepared the Book of Esther, the Megillah, for reading at the Stanton Street Shul. At the 180 Stanton St. synagogue, men and women are separated during prayer and men lead the services. On Purim, women held their own reading downstairs, while men were in the main sanctuary. Wearing costumes is part of the holiday, which celebrates the deliverance of the Persian Jews from a plot to destroy them. Lower East Side women also participate in many other separate womenled services at the Stanton Street Shul during the year. It’s one of the last remaining tenement shuls from the more than 700 congregations that served the area’s Jews 100 years ago.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Lies and distortions To The Editor: Regarding your March 20 talking point, “After director’s firing, WBAI sale is now rumored,” by Paul DeRienzo: DeRienzo is no disinterested observer of this issue; he is a former WBAI employee and board member. I find it amazing that almost five years after my summary removal as WBAI’s program director, supporters of the faction responsible for my dismissal are still spreading lies and distortions about my tenure. DeRienzo attributes to me a quote purporting to support the sale of WBAI, deceptively implying that he interviewed me. Actually, the quote was lifted from a 2006 article in Black Star News, whose previous sentence read, “‘Many of them wanted to sell the radio station, so they [could] make some money,’ says White, who survived, and is now the Program Director,

referring to the Board members.” As I told the editor at the time, the (original) writer failed to clarify that the “quote” from me that followed characterized those board members’ position — not my own. Furthermore, to accuse me of wanting to sell WBAI flies in the face of all available empirical data: First, I was one of two people fired in December 2000 for opposing the faction on the board of the parent Pacifica Network that was interested in selling WBAI. Many unpaid producers were arbitrarily stripped of their programs and banned. Second, I was an intricate part of the 13-month-long Pacifica Campaign, which successfully fought those who were moving to sell WBAI. Third, I spent more time on air raising money for WBAI than any individual during my employment as program director. Finally, I raised more money than any individual in the history

of the institution in an effort to keep it alive. I actively fought against the sale of WBAI in the past, and although it is a poor shadow of its former self, I don’t support a sale, lease or signal swap, nor do my colleagues in the local board minority. Instead, on the 15th anniversary of the death of my friend and predecessor, Samori Marksman, I call on the listenership to help rebuild WBAI into something deserving of those who have given so much by writing to us at savewbai@gmail.com. I don’t usually respond to the fabricators who seek to promote themselves by pretending to present objective appraisals of what has happened to WBAI. However, this was a lie of such enormous proportion and it comes when the fate of the station is being decided, that I felt compelled to speak. The faction DeRienzo supports has been fully in charge of WBAI and Pacifica for the last five years. They are responsible for the destruction of

Pacifica’s finances and programming, setting the stage for those who would present the sale of WBAI as an easy way of saving the network. I am proud of my accomplishments at WBAI. Some of my colleagues and I were able to create a dynamic, community-focused media outlet that was well respected by listeners, activists and journalists around the world. We were able to achieve this in spite of the racism and duplicity that we faced on a daily basis. If you want to know what’s wrong with WBAI, ask people who listened six years ago what they think about the station today. Bernard White White is a current WBAI local board member, and was WBAI program director, 1999-2000, 2002-2009, and WBAI “Wakeup Call” co-host, 19922000, 2002-2005 LETTERS, continued on p. 12

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My family tie to the Triangle Shirtwaist tragedy NOTEBOOK BY ALEC PRUCHNICKI

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ack in high school, I learned about the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, which occurred on March 25, 1911. This tragedy took the lives of 146 workers, mostly young Italian and Jewish women who lived in Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side and worked in the nearby garment factory on the corner of Washington Place and Greene St. Locked fire exit doors, inadequate elevators and fire escapes, and a location on the eighth to tenth floors, out of the reach of fire truck ladders, all contributed to the deaths. Many years ago, during a Sunday dinner at my grandmother’s house, I found out that her sister, my great-aunt Alice, had lived in Greenwich Village at the time.

Firefighters battling the Triangle Shirtwaist fire in Greenwich Village at 4:40 p.m. on March 25, 1911. The photo was first published on the front page of The New York World.

When I asked her about the fire, she told me that she had actually worked at the Triangle factory and remembered the day of the fire very well, although she was not working that day. People in the neighborhood knew Triangle. Both the Village and the Lower East Side were communities where everyone had a friend or relative working there. From history, I also knew that the owners of the Triangle factory had been wellknown leaders of the employers during a major garment workers strike a few years prior to the disaster. On the day of the fire, my great-aunt was sick and she had a cousin of hers go in to take her place, since highly competitive owners didn’t want idle sewing machines. My aunt said that all the garment factories were considered firetraps, and there were constant small fires from the cloth dust, machine oil and electrical sparks, which the workers usually managed to put out themselves. While sitting at home in her apartment, she heard a commotion in the street and

looked out to see hundreds of people running toward the factory. “Triangle’s on fire!” She described the panic with such wideeyed horror that I still can’t speak about this without getting a little choked up myself. Other than the fact that her cousin died in the fire, I don’t remember what she said about the aftermath. But history tells the rest of the story. There was a massive funeral for the victims of the fire. The owners went to trial, but were acquitted when it couldn’t be proven that they had ordered, or even known about, the fire exits being locked. The biggest effect was on the industry as a whole. The International Ladies Garment Workers Union, which represented the employees, underwent a major expansion. Fire and safety codes were strengthened and enforced. A generation later, when my mother and other members of my family worked in the Garment District, the Triangle Shirtwaist fire was just a memory, and not a recurring tragedy. Let’s hope it stays that way.

Birth of a Voice, Chapter 6: The 4 voices — Ed Fancher NOTEBOOK BY JERRY TALLMER

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ig, strong, soft-voiced Ed Fancher, sophisticated, small-town boy from Middletown, N.Y., rugged combat veteran of the 10th Mountain Division — Ed the stubborn bohemian who had reached Greenwich Village by way of Alaska — dreamed of The Voice being a tidy, little, local newspaper like those he’d grown up with back home, but a good one. (In reflection, all these years later, that’s what John Wilcock wanted too, but with hippy-pippy steroid bells on.) Ed, by the way, like everybody else in this world, was a far more complex human being than appeared at first glance. I more than once heard him murmur: “The hell with all this. I wish I could get with Fidel Castro up in the Sierra Maestra.” When Alger Hiss came out of jail and was starting a new life as a printing salesman, Ed helped him get on his feet. At the same time, Ed Fancher had a nose for where the money was buried that might keep The Voice alive for one more week, one more month — rich, potential wouldbe investors, who usually also wanted to write for us. That’s what brought us close to Whitey and Evie Lutz, the Eli Lily heiress, of whom more later. Of Ed Fancher, football player, Norman Mailer used to say, mockingly but admiringly, “If you needed somebody to go straight through center, Fancher was your man.” Ed was also — until his lifelong

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marriage to Vivian — a formidable bedder of quite a few cooperative young women, one of them the fiery Adele Morales, who went from Ed to Norman Mailer. I always knew whenever I came into the office and found all the desks and the mimeograph machine moved around, that Ed had been muscularly working off his fury and frustrations at keeping The Voice breathing for just one more daunting day. Well, he came by it honestly; he was a furniture mover by profession, wasn’t he? But also — miracle of miracles — Ed Fancher even then was a trained, and licensed, and practicing psychotherapist.

And still is, as I write these words six decades later. Back then, Ed’s favorite amusement was to submit one and all to something called the Szondi Test, the brainchild of a certain Dr. Leopold Szondi of Budapest, Hungary. Ed would hand you two sheets of 48 mug shots of what appeared to be dreadfullooking, murderous male psychopaths, and ask you to pick out your favorite pair and least favorite pair. I would never submit myself to that test — for fear, I suppose, of uncovering some murderous psychopath within myself. Back to the four Voices: Norman Mailer — oh, all that Norman

wanted out of The Village Voice was for it to strip off, unpeel and remake the psyches of everybody born on earth, the hip as well as the square. This ambition was reinforced in those days by Norman’s discovery of and struggles with the illusory world of pot, of grass. Unfortunately, the grass all too often interfered with his writing. And I? Well, if you had to define it, Jerry Tallmer just wanted to be able to write about — and have others write about — theater, movies, literature, painting, the arts, politics, life itself, in good, clear, deeply personal, non-mandarin English prose. You could say American English, but that isn’t what I mean either.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Continued from p. 10

WBAI mail mess To The Editor: Re “After director’s firing, WBAI sale is now rumored” (talking point, by Paul DeRienzo, March 20): This is totally not in any relation to the weighty matters you are discussing, but something is very wrong at WBAI on the business side. I was surprised a few days ago to receive two identical letters of acknowledgment of a donation of $10 I made in 2013. Both had a corrected street address but in two different hands. Both carried full postage, 48 cents. I don’t usually get such letters for my piddly donations, and considered this a waste of money. I wrote to the office manager. Yesterday I received two more such identical letters, stamped 48 cents. That makes four. What is going on there? This year I gave them $15. Are they spending it on postage? The first two were an error that should not have happened, but two more looks like malfeasance. Zulema Seligsohn

Two-tiered parks To The Editor: Re “Opponents want Bill to block bistro pavilion plan” (news article, Feb. 27): Our park buildings are needed especially now for public uses that have no hope of profit: meeting sites for community boards, centers for seniors and for youth, children and families, AA meetings, resiliency/recovery centers for emergencies, centers to promote and model sustainable practices, etc.

These buildings should be active hubs of local organizing. Where the Parks Department has no funding to sustain programming, they should be leased by R.F.P. to local nonprofits to program with shared space for local community organizations, and monitored by Parks. There is no benefit to the local community, nor to the Parks Department when these buildings are leased for private profit. It sends the message that our parks are two-tiered: Some parts belong to the public — while some parts belong to those who can afford the high cost of a meal in them.

and for all. That said, as someone who lives across the street from the DL, they should be shut down for their blatant disrespect for the community. Reverend Jen 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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Decriminalize drugs To The Editor: Re “Bleecker pot activist gets out of jail” (news article, Feb. 13): Dana Beal is a good example of why all drugs should be legalized and regulated. This way, the criminal aspect will be done away with and the quality of the drugs can be controlled and deaths prevented. By taxing marijuana sales, the billions of dollars that lubricate criminal activity will be redirected to programs that serve U.S. citizens, including drug rehab for those who want it. While I myself do not advocate drug use, we have to decriminalize it. A story on what happened to 9 Bleecker St. hopefully is on The Villager agenda. And I hope that everyone makes sure that people understand Dana was transporting pot — not heroin. Marijuana is legal for personal use in some states, and medical marijuana has helped with pain and mood conditions in people with serious health issues.

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E.D. to focus on service, but can help in a crisis quickly provide data on drug interactions and the like, the doctor added.

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E.D. ON SEVENTH AVE. The emergency department’s main entrance will be on Seventh Ave. If a walkin patient has a serious condition, he or she will walk straight through to the main emergency center. For less-serious problems — if, for instance, only some sutures are needed — walk-ins will go to the left or right, where there are waiting areas and exam rooms where they’ll receive treatment. The E.D. will feature 26, private, stateof-the-art, critical-care rooms. “They have every piece of technology you’d see in an E.R.,” stated Cruzen, who is friendly and smiles readily. There will also be “telemedicine” devices in each room, he added, which will allow the staff to “beam specialists in” to help treat patients. Although the rooms are intended for one patient each, they are fitted with two medical-gas outlets, so they can each be doubled-up with two patients in the event of a disaster. “We want to be prepared,” he said.

BEYOND URGENT CARE More than a few local residents, still anguished about the loss of St. Vincent’s, have dismissed the HealthPlex emergency department as just an “urgent-care center on steroids.” After all, people who are suffering heart attacks, need cardiac cath-

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trical saws, chipping off excess concrete with a long pole. Construction dust from all the work filled the air. Everyone on the tour donned neongreen safety vests, hard hats and protective plastic glasses. The visit started with an elevator ride to the top and worked its way down the stairs. As Gupta explained, while standing on the roof, the building, constructed in 1964 by the National Maritime Union, was designed by architect Albert Ledner to resemble a ship. Thus, the round top of the shaft for a former elevator that serviced the union conference room on the setback sixth floor, sticks up on the roof to resemble a ship smokestack. The building widens as it rises, again, like a ship does. The glass-block wall that rings the first floor is supposed to evoke water upon which “the ship” is floating. Also adding to the structure’s nautical motif are the distinctive, scalloped, porthole-style windows higher up on the facade. However, while the tour went from top to bottom, it makes sense to skip floors six through two, for now, and jump down to the first floor. That’s because the emergency department will be located there, and that's where most of the action will be occurring.

Dr. Eric Cruzen, left, and Executive Director John Gupta with a $1 million, low-dose, CAT-scan machine in the Lenox Hill HealthPlex E.D. “It can scan your entire body in two breaths,” Cruzen noted.

eterization or bypass surgery or neurosurgery or have open fractures or major head trauma — not to mention gunshot wounds — won’t be dropped off here by paramedics and E.M.T.’s, but rather will be taken to an emergency room connected to a fullservice hospital. However, the HealthPlex E.D. will offer advanced life-support services, so that patients with acute conditions — suffering heart attacks or strokes or with major trauma — if needed, can be treated and stabilized here and then transported. It’s expected the E.D. will see 45,000 patients annually. The range of illnesses and injuries it is prepared to treat includes, but is not limited to, chest pain and other cardiac symptoms, early-onset stroke, shortness of breath, respiratory illnesses (asthma, pneumonia, chronic bronchitis and emphysema), concussions, fractures and joint injuries, motor vehicle injuries, severe cuts and burns, abdominal pain, allergic reactions, gastrointestinal illnesses, influenza (flu), occupational injuries, sports injuries and behavioral health issues.

‘INFINITELY DIFFERENT’ In short, Cruzen said, this E.D. will be “infinitely different than an urgent care.” For example, it will offer board-certified emergency physicians and nurses, plus a “128-slice” CAT scan, X-rays and ultrasound. It will be open 24/7 and staffed by 100 people — with 30 to 60 staff on duty depending on the time of day. The E.D. will be a receiver for the city’s 911 system. And it will be certified by the New York State Department of Health as an emergency center. Meanwhile, most urgent-care centers

might have only four treatment rooms maximum, he added. They also aren’t required to treat people without insurance, while the HealthPlex is required to do so. “We’re not just another City MD,” Cruzen stressed, referring to one of the current urgent-care operations out there. “We’re doing a whole different service.” For example, the high-tech, CAT scan machine costs $1 million, Cruzen said, and could be used to assess stroke patients. “It’s so advanced,” he said, “it can scan your entire body in two breaths.” They are applying for the E.D. to be a certified stroke center.

‘MORE LIKE A SPA’ Beyond its capabilities, a major theme of the new emergency center will be customer service. For example, staff soon will be trained on interacting with patients on the CAT scan by first using a robotic talking mannequin on it. “It’s an idea to totally redo customer service that’s more like a spa than an E.R. — like the Ritz-Carlton,” Cruzen explained with a smile. “We’re re-envisioning the way people are treated in an emergency department.” In a traditional E.R. layout, the nurses’ station is in the middle of the room. Here, the patients will be in the center, in 12 cubicles which will sport La-Z-Boy-style recliners and TV screens. “We want it to be like a spa,” Cruzen reiterated. “We didn’t want it to be focused on the doctors and nurses. The center of the room is now centered on the patients.” There will be “bedside” computer monitors, and all information will be taken down electronically on them, which will

The building’s W. 12th St. side is dominated by the E.D. ambulance bay, which has two special “resuscitation rooms” attached to it. Medical equipment and large movable lights in these two rooms will hang down from the ceiling, and they will be like any top-notch emergency operating room. Two HealthPlex ambulances will be based here to transport any patients to hospitals who require more intensive care or a hospital stay. In general, paramedics and E.M.T.’s have protocols for where to take various types of patients, so they won’t be dropping people off at the HealthPlex in the first place if they need a higher level of care, Cruzen noted.

MOSTLY TREAT-AND-RELEASE In fact, they expect that more than 90 percent of the patients they treat will be released without needing hospitalization. “There are 400 of these around the country, and they’ve been around for 20 years,” Cruzen said of the stand-alone E.D.’s. Studies have shown that only about 6 to 8 percent of patients at this sort of facility will need to be admitted to a hospital.

DISASTER RESPONSE A doorway at the ambulance bay’s west end leads to a full decontamination center, which Cruzen noted, could come into use during a mass casualty, if people are exposed to chemicals, radiation or “any toxin.” It has a giant shower that can be used by one or two people at a time. In addition, they will have large tents that can be set up outside where more people could be decontaminated. Although not designated as a trauma center, Cruzen said the HealthPlex will be prepared do whatever it can in the event of a major catastrophe — which, again, sets it apart from an urgent-care center. In terms of how many patients the firstfloor E.D. could handle at one time during a crisis, he stated, “I would say 75 to 100 would be our surge capacity. If another 9/11 happened, we’d have people in the halls — whatever we needed to do. In an emergency, we could shut down the rest of the building — the comprehensive care center — and use it for crisis.” Two emergency generators have now been installed for the building and there is a connection to allow a third to be hooked HEALTHPLEX E.D., continued on p. 24

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Freaks, flesh and fun: Coney’s beachin’ fundraiser Coney Island U.S.A. invaded Manhattan for its spring gala benefit, “The Ides of March,” at Webster Hall, on E. 11th St., Sat., March 15. There were burlesque performers galore, including such talents as Wae Messed, Sizzle Dizzle, Dottie Dynamo, Boo Boo Darlin, Brief Sweat, Bunny Buxom, Cheekie Lane, Ginger Twist, Heather Whatever, Miss Poison Ivory, Dolly Debutante and more. As for sideshow superstars, performers included the likes of Serpentina and Leo The Human Gumby. There were aerialists and a juggler, too, a dominatrix, a strong man and, of course, mermaids, plus a mini Mermaid Parade. The macro Mermaid Parade is slated for Sat., June 21, at 1 p.m. in Coney Island.

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On his rowdy Bowery, ‘the hook’ was born Henry Clay Miner’s reach was longer than a shepherd’s crook BY TRAV S.D. (travsd.wordpress.com)

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unday, March 23, marked the birthday of a once-important, now-forgotten New York theatrical impresario, politico and all-around mover and shaker named Henry Clay Miner (1842-1900). Miner began his adult life in the approved Bowery Boy fashion, as a city cop and volunteer fireman. He also obtained a degree in pharmacy from the College of Physicians and Surgeons and operated pharmacies, one of many revenue streams in what eventually became a multi-million dollar empire. In the 1860s, he began to amass experience that would serve him well in his theatrical activities. He was an advance man for Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill Hickok and Texas Jack. He booked a medical lecturer named Professor De Courcey, a magician and bird trainer named Signor Blitz and Slavianksi’s Russian Opera Company. Miner’s first venture operating an actual venue was a short-lived dime museum and variety hall in Baltimore. He broke into New York by managing the clumsily named Falk’s Volk’s Garden in 1875. From there he went on to establish the London Theatre, an early vaudeville house located at 235 Bowery. He sold out to his partner James Donaldson in 1878. The London operated as a variety, burlesque and vaudeville emporium for another couple of decades, later becoming a Yiddish theatre, an Italian playhouse and a venue for Chinese opera. Today it is the site of the New Museum. The success of the London allowed Miner to start what became New York’s first theatre chain, eventually encompassing the American Theatre, the 13th Street Theatre, Miner’s People’s Theatre, Miner’s 8th Avenue Theatre and the Fifth Avenue Theatre (which burned in a fire and was replaced with the Imperial Music Hall). He also owned theatres in Brooklyn and Newark. But the most famous of all his houses was Miner’s Bowery Theatre (1878). Miner’s influential amateur night (instituted by Miner’s son Tom) played every other Friday. Performers were each given a dollar (which was a lot of money in those day), and winners were given fancy prizes, such as watches. The amateur night at Miner’s was popular; the audience, rowdy. A saloon and poolroom adjoined the theatre helped fuel the rambunctious energy, necessitating the use of hired “policemen” to roam the theatre ready to bust the heads of

Miner’s Bowery Theatre, 165-167 Bowery.

any troublemakers. Somewhere along the line, someone got the bright idea of yanking particularly clueless acts offstage with a shepherd’s crook. This became known as “the hook” (as in “Give ‘im da hook!”). This device was widely emulated throughout the country, and has even become an idiom in the English language. The innovation lives on in popular memory, even if Miner’s Bowery Theatre does not. Among the notable performers who trod the stage at Miner’s were Eddie Cantor, Weber and Fields, the Four Cohans, A.O. Duncan (vaudeville’s first ventriloquist), singer Lottie Gilson (known as “The Little Magnet”), monologist John W. Kelly “The Rolling Mill Man” and Charlie Ross (later of the team of Ross and Fenton). In addition to his pharmaceutical and theatrical concerns, Miner also operated one of New York’s premier lithography printing companies, turning out beautiful color posters not only for his theatres, but for many others of the day. These many enterprises made Miner a rich and power-

Somewhere along the line, someone got the bright idea of yanking particularly clueless acts offstage with a shepherd’s crook. This became known as “the hook” (as in “Give ‘im da hook!”). The innovation lives on in popular memory, even if Miner’s Bowery Theatre does not.

ful man. In time, he became cronies with Tammany Hall politician Big Tim Sullivan, and there was a certain amount of cross-fertilization between the two. Perhaps inspired by Miner, Sullivan went into the vaudeville business, becoming backer of the Sullivan and Considine chain, an important circuit in the Pacific Northwest. And Miner became a U.S. Congressman, representing New York’s Ninth district from 1895 to 1897. For someone named after Senator Henry Clay, this must have been a proud phase of Miner’s life. Nonetheless, Capitol Hill appears not to have suited him. He did not run for reelection, but returned to New York to run his business interests after one term. He passed away three years later, and now occupies a gorgeous mausoleum in Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. His sons Edwin, Thomas, Clay and George continued to run his empire in the early years of the twentieth century.     Trav S.D. has been producing the American Vaudeville Theatre since 1995, and periodically trots it out in new incarnations. Stay in the loop at travsd.wordpress.com, and also catch up with him on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, et al. His books include “No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous” and “Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and its Legacies from Nickelodeons to YouTube.” March 27, 2014

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Iron-willed ingénues keep going strong Shirley and Valeria transition beautifully, Van Druten rediscovered BY DAVID NOH

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scar-winning movie musical queen Shirley Jones just made her Café Carlyle debut with a well-received show and I grabbed the opportunity to chat with her. For those who know her as such, you will be pleased to know that “Mrs. Partridge” is every bit as warm and down-to-earth as the Dream Mom you’d imagine her to be, ensconced in her hotel suite and gleefully greeting a girlfriend, “Red,” who’d just arrived from Rochester, bearing a gift bottle of vodka. “My opening last night evidently went really well,” she said. “My manager, Milt, called me this morning with a spectacular online review that really made me happy. Fortunately most of my audience were older people who knew my career completely and that helps a lot, even though I don’t sing as well as I used to.” In her show, Jones not only sings but chats extensively about her life and rich career in film, which happened at the sunset of the great studio era when she worked with industry legends. She was more than happy to answer my rambling questions, faced with the glorious diversity of her past: “You know, Warner Brothers had wanted to cast Frank Sinatra in ‘The Music Man’, and were about to sign him, but [composer] Meredith Wilson flew in and went to the studio saying, ‘Unless you use Robert Preston, you don’t do my show.” I was the first person cast in the film and I’d worked with Frank, but was very eager to work with Preston. He’d done the role for three years on Broadway and won the Tony, and sometimes when an actor has done a role for so long, they kind of throw it away or they keep giving directions to everybody else. Preston did none of that. It was like he was doing it for the first time, and he made it so easy for everyone else.”

Oscar-winning movie musical veteran Shirley Jones just made her Café Carlyle debut.

‘I am not fascinated by me. I like when other people are — I have the vanity of an actress — but me, myself, am much more fascinated by a different actress.’ Valeria Golino

Jones had another close call with Sinatra, who “was supposed to do ‘Carousel’ with me. He was thrilled about the part and we did all the rehearsals, which were like for a Broadway musical, done months ahead, and the prerecording. We were shooting in two separate processes –– regular Cinemascope and Cinemascope 55 –– and were up in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. “Frank arrived, got out of his limo, and

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asked, ‘Why the two cameras?’ Everybody knew why, but director Henry King explained it to him, and Frank said, ‘Does that mean we have to shoot scenes twice?’ ‘Well, maybe once in a while.’ He said, ‘I signed to do one movie, not two,’ and went back in his car to the airport, after doing everything! It could have been the role of his career, and [producer] Henry Ephron said, ‘Shirley, where’s Gordon MacRae?’ ‘He’s in Lake Tahoe, doing a nightclub act with his wife, Sheila.’ ‘Can you get him on the phone?’ “I’m standing on the dock at a pay phone with quarters and I got him and said, ‘How’d you like to play Billy Bigelow?’ He said, ‘Give me three days. I have to lose ten pounds.’ Afterwards, I tried to ask Frank about this and he’d always say, ‘I don’t want to talk about it, Shirley.’ I came to find out about three years ago, talking to some old guys from the press who said, ‘Ava Gardner was doing “Mogambo” in Africa with Gable, and she had called him and said, ‘Unless you get your fanny down here, I’m having an affair with Gable.’ So that was it.” Although much of Jones’ career was

charmed, two great directors gave her a hard time. “I knew Vincente Minnelli [with whom she worked on ‘The Courtship of Eddie’s Father’] was a great director, but on my first film, ‘Oklahoma,’ I had worked with Fred Zinneman, who was a spectacular actor’s director, who helped me tremendously. Minnelli did not do that. All he cared about was the scenery and where you put your arm or walked. He didn’t seem to care about the acting part and I never got any real direction, so that I wasn’t thrilled with. “John Ford was pretty terrible for me on ‘Two Rode Together.’ He was a man’s man and not good with women, sort of an inferior race for him. I never got any direction –– here we go again. He’d say, ‘I don’t like your hair. Do it another way,’ and that would be it. I’d walk on, ready to do a scene, and he would rewrite and change the whole scene while you were there. He also had a handkerchief hanging out of his mouth all the time. I said to Richard Widmark, ‘Why that handkerchief?’ ‘Shirley, don’t ask him about it.’ Very strange. “Jimmy Stewart was so great. At one point I was in a scene with him in the bedroom, and for some strange reason I went blank and couldn’t remember my line, and said, ‘Oh, Jimmy, I’m so sorry.’ He said, ‘ Oh Shir-shir-shirley, just say what comes into your head. Don’t worry about it!’” Jones worked with my favorite actor, the astonishingly versatile and sexy George Sanders in “Dark Purpose”: “I loved him. He was a very quiet man on the set. I took my little boy Shaun with me to Italy for the filming. George played the piano brilliantly and when we finished shooting at the end of the day, he’d say, ‘Shirley come up here and sing with me,’ and he loved playing for me, which was so sweet. “He would sit in his chair, always reading Italian comic books, and Shaun, seeing the comics, would go and stand by him. I said, ‘Leave him alone,’ because George was a very quiet guy who didn’t want to talk between scenes. Finally, one day he picked Shaun up, put him in his lap, and read the comic books to him in English every day after that. So dear.” My favorite Jones performance is as Flo, in “The Happy Ending” (1969), a good-natured, slightly weathered, but quite lovely mistress of a series of married men. I said that it seems the part that most resembles her in real life, and she replied, “Really? Wow! I loved that part. I was reunited with ‘Elmer Gantry’s’ Jean Simmons and [director] Richard Brooks, to whom she was married at IN THE NOH, continued on p.19

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the time. She was so lovely, and Bobby Darin fell madly in love with her. He’d come up to me and say, ‘What am I gonna do?’ I said, ‘Bobby, you’re crazy! She’s married to the director!’ ‘Yeah, but when I’m around her, I can hardly speak.’ “I was so thrilled to be cast in that, as I was in ‘Elmer Gantry.’ Originally, Richard didn’t want me for the part [in ‘Elmer Gantry’], but Burt Lancaster was the one who fought for me and got me the role. Richard didn’t think I could do that kind of thing because I was a musical performer, and if you sang, they didn’t think you could act.” Jones won her Oscar for that film: “Oh my God, I didn’t think I was gonna win that night. Janet Leigh in ‘Psycho’ had won all the other awards. I was thrilled just to have the nomination so it was a real shock. I had a dress made by a famous Beverly Hills designer who had his own shop, David something. I didn’t even have a speech prepared, and my husband, Jack Cassidy, said, ‘You got up there, and instead of saying, ‘This is the most wonderful moment of my life,’ you said, ‘the most wonderful moment of my career!’ But it wasn’t! Giving birth to my sons was the most wonderful moment in my life. “Jack was a super talent. We played Vegas twice with our act ‘The Marriage Band,’ with singers and dancers, and went on the road, in ‘Wait Until Dark,’ with me as the blind lady and him as the villain. People applauded last night when I spoke about him, he was so admired, with many Broadway shows and TV series. He was very complex –– a lot of problems and bipolar, which wasn’t diagnosed. A heavy drinker, so that was part of it. He had a lot of that stuff, you know, the Irish.” Cassidy tragically died in a 1977 fire, having fallen asleep with a lit cigarette in his hand. Jones has now been married for 36 years to comedian Marty Ingels: “He’s wonderful and was supposed to come with me here. He has a fear of heights and doesn’t fly so he was going to train here and I would have gone back to our home in Encino with him, but he got two jobs, believe it or not, and I said, ‘You can’t leave!’ Everybody wonders how we met, he’s so crazy. But he’s a comic and I’ve always been attracted to that. Jack was very funny and most of his close friends were comedians. It wasn’t his looks or debonair personality, it was his humor, and that’s exactly what attracted me to Marty. Debbie Reynolds once said to me, ‘Why’d you ever marry that guy? My gosh!’ I said, ‘Why’d you marry all those guys who stole all your money?’ “I lived in Beverly Hills for 35 years and

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raised my kids there because it had the best public school system in the country. But we moved to the Valley, which I love because it’s like a small town. My boys are all so talented. Patrick’s done a lot of Broadway shows and we were supposed to do a concert version of ‘The Music Man,’ on the road but it’s so difficult now getting anything produced, financially. Ryan, my youngest, is a set decorator. “[Stepson] David is still out there, doing his concerts, but, you know, he’s having alcohol problems, which is unfortunate. Yeah, it’s really rough, really rough. Shaun has three or four TV series about to air. He’s a writer now and doing very well. He made a great transition from teen idol and is very happy, with seven kids. Three marriages, but seven kids!”

DIRECTOR'S CHAIR SUITS GOLINO

There rarely was a more luscious ingénue in cinema than Valeria Golino in “Rain Man” back in 1988, with her Botticelli face, mane of ringlets, and body that all in one recalled the great 1960s invasion of LorenLollobrigida-Cardinale. Well, a girl cannot remain the exotic toast of Hollywood forever, and she has come back this time sitting in the director’s chair with her first feature, “Honey” (Cinema Village, 22 E. 12th St.; cinemavillage.com). It’s a grim but highly provocative, deeply humanistic investigation into that scariest of subjects, death, focusing on Irene (Jasmine Trinca), who provides euthanasia to a variety of desperately needy, oblivion-seeking “clients.” Golino, who in person is like a juicier, younger, life-embracing Anna Magnani, would seem the last person to broach such a topic but she told me, “I felt a certain urgency about this ethical problem –– dealing with death –– which is a part of everybody’s life. I thought it was possible to make a very cinematic, visual movie, although it was difficult to find the money. The only reason I could take the leap and have the courage to do it was because I felt it was worth it. “I really wanted to try to face this subject of death. Violent death is at the root of show business, but it is the stylization of death as a spectacle, blood everywhere, which is cathartic but empty, not personal. It’s only the idea of death. In my movie, you don’t see any person die, but I wanted to make it, nevertheless, a real aspect of life.” Golino purposely did not cast herself as Irene: “This would have been fantastic for me when I was 30. People told me to put myself forward when we couldn’t find the money. This sounds like a precious thing to say, but I am not fascinated by me. I like when other people are –– I have the vanity

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Actress Valeria Golino’s first feature film as a director, “Honey,” is at the Cinema Village.

of an actress –– but me, myself, am much more fascinated by a different actress, who needs to be young, not youngish, like you and me. Jasmine was 32 when she did the movie, but looks 25. If it is a woman like me doing her job, it isn’t going to change –– it’s established. And then I stop being interested because there is no potential of change.” As Carlo, the older, wiser man who turns Jasmine around with his specific desire for death, despite seeming to have it all, esteemed actor Carlo Cecchi brought a special gravity to the film. “There was one line when Jasmine says, ‘Yes, I have this piercing because the Mayans did this because, etc.,’ and he says something like, ‘Modern imbecility is out of control.’ That line was exactly what he had said the day before in reference to some young stupidity he had observed. He’s a great theater actor with a rather snobby attitude toward filmmaking, with all the waiting, and I was lucky to have him and presented him as the real diva of the movie.” Golino looks uncannily ageless, and I asked what was her Italian secret: Garlic?: “Actually, during ‘Rain Man,’ Dustin Hoffman ate so much garlic that, at a certain point, [director] Barry Levinson had us all come on the set, wearing face masks. I was 21, so undisciplined, and with Hoffman and Tom Cruise, these American actors at their most disciplined and focused. I had started being an actress at 17, but it was not enough to be pretty or have talent somewhere. You had to work, and there I was, making joints, so wild. Barry kept telling me, ‘Valeria, focus!’ It was great but also tough because every time you learn something, it is not always nice when you realize what you’ve been doing is wrong. “I was the flavor of the month when I ar-

rived and it was cool. There’s not one thing I regret about the 10 years in Hollywood and I made some of my best friends there, but it’s a dangerous place, too. Time goes by and you have to work to keep up this life you build for yourself –– mortgages and working constantly to support the six people working for you, the swimming pool, etc., the image of who I was. I finally realized what is inspiring to me. I love to live well, but to keep up this kind of good life is no longer a priority to me. “The rest of the world is not like this. In Italy and Greece, we are in deep shit, don’t get me wrong, but I come from a different mentality. It’s not moralistic judgment at all, and if I was in a situation like Marion Cotillard or Penelope Cruz now, it would be different. But I was right before them, you see?” Golino made “Big Top Pee-wee,” and had this to say about her talented, embattled co-star, Pee-wee Herman, aka Paul Reubens: “I adored him and was very much in pain for him during that troubled time he had. I was scandalized by this country, so hypocritical, which mistreated this man with all this talent. America creates these idols only to be able to get rid of them. Madonna was doing sex then, too, but it was a stylization of sex, which is okay. When it becomes real and also private, that is somehow a scandal! I love and respect him. We have been emailing each other lately and I am so happy to reconnect with him.” Golino returned to Italy, where she is now based, and had to find her place in film again. She’s been working constantly and quite rewardingly there, although not many of her films have reached our shores. She confided one more secret of her eternal youth before I left her: “I am very happy in my personal life now, with a good man now. Yes, he is an actor, but nobody���s perfect, no?”

JOHN VAN DRUTEN BACK IN FOCUS

I heartily recommend Mint Theater’s “London Wall,” which, along with the revivals of “Cabaret” and “I Remember Mama” this season, is bringing the skilled gay writer of well-made plays John Van Druten back into so-deserved focus. This play (through Apr. 20 at 311 W. 43rd St.; ovationtix.com), written in 1931 and glowingly directed, acted, and designed by the estimable Mint, has much to say about women’s then-revolutionary position in the workplace and the killing lack of options offered to them, which somehow remains all too sadly pertinent today. Contact David Noh at Inthenoh@aol.com, follow him on Twitter @in_the_noh, and check out his blog at http://nohway.wordpress.com/. March 27, 2014

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Irish Prime Minister Pledges Partnership with Hell’s Kitchen Arts Center

Expanded facility ‘a new center, for a new century’

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Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, center, spoke at the soon-to-be-expanded Irish Arts Center on March 17, flanked by IAC Executive Director Aidan Connolly, right and IAC Vice Chair Pauline Turley.

BY SAM SPOKONY

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s he spoke to a beaming crowd in the cramped lobby of the Irish Arts Center (IAC) on St. Patrick’s Day, Enda Kenny (Ireland’s prime minister) recalled his favorite work by the legendary poet Seamus Heaney. It was “Lovers on Aran” — a brief meditation on Ireland’s Aran Islands and the philosophical nature of their identity. “He describes those ‘timeless waves, bright, sifting, broken glass,’ ” said Kenny, smiling and opening his arms wide. “And, as he said, they came ‘sifting from the Americas, to possess Aran.’ ” Now, that storied interplay between Ireland and America — spanning from New York’s early industrial days to the modern literature of Heaney and so many others — is gaining yet another foothold. The IAC, located at 533 West 51 Street since its founding in 1972, has announced plans for a $54 million expansion

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that will increase its overall size by seven times — from around 5,000 to 35,000 square feet — and which will be funded through a unique partnership between New York City and the Irish government. For its new facility, the IAC plans to take over an adjacent city-owned building at the corner of 11th Avenue — acquiring it from the city by the end of 2014 — allowing the center to greatly expand its ability to present Irish and Irish-American theater, music, dance and art. Once complete, the center’s main entrance will be located at 726 11th Avenue, with a side entrance at 555 West 51st Street. “This will be a new center, for a new century, for a new Ireland,” said IAC Executive Director Aidan Connolly. “We will finally have a proper home to share the excellence, diversity and dynamism of Irish culture with New York and the world.” Along with increasing the theater’s capacity from 99 to 199 seats, the new space will include an 80-to-90-seat cafe venue for live

A rendering of the new 199-seat theater planned for in the center’s expansion.

music, as well as a 1,250-square-foot studio for dance classes, artist residencies and rentals for catered events. The space will also include two classrooms for community education programs in Irish music, language and history, and a project space for visual arts. In addition, a new streetlevel “social space” will allow visitors and artists to gather before and after performances or classes, along with helping to engage with the greater Hell’s Kitchen community and surrounding neighborhoods. In order to create those new elements, the center will construct five new stories atop the city-owned building, with groundbreaking planned for March 2015 and completion expected by the end of 2016, according to IAC leadership. Before that groundbreaking can take place, the proposal will have to go through the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) — which requires input from Community Board 4 (CB4) and the Manhattan Borough President, and, ultimately, approval from the City Planning Commission and the City Council. But the ULURP is unlikely to be controversial, since — after some initial disagreements over plans for a taller building — CB4 and local elected officials have expressed support for the proposal. And as a show of that support, Councilmember Corey Johnson and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer were both in attendance alongside the Irish prime minister at the March 17 event. Johnson, who is Irish-American, said that day that he is “thrilled” about the expansion, explaining that IAC worked closely with the community in order to respect the context of the neighborhood while increasing its size. The structural plans were in fact created in partnership with Clinton Housing Develop-

ment Company, a local affordable housing developer. That group’s executive director, Joe Restuccia, said in a statement that he appreciated the IAC’s “deep understanding and commitment” to the community while proposing its expansion. “[That communication] should be a model for all development in our city,” said Johnson. The center has raised $37.5 million so far for construction costs. Out of that, $30 million has come from the city and $3.4 million has come from the Irish government, along with $3.5 million from IAC board members and $600,000 from New York state. That leaves $16.5 million of fundraising to go — but during his talk on Monday, Prime Minister Kenny seemed open to the possibility of pouring some more cash into the project. “I’m aware of the financial situation,” said Kenny, “and we want to work and evolve with this in the best way that we can.” Of course, the prime minister had come to the center that day after walking in the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade just hours earlier. And, referencing the Heaney poem once again, he remarked upon his deep commitment to maintaining ties with allies across the pond. “Here we are, in New York City — which was built on and carries the personality of the Irish in so many ways — to embrace America,” said Kenny. “That’s what we’ve got to do with the Irish Arts Center. “Unity is strength, and the connectivity and collectivity of people brings results,” he continued. “For me, it’s about thinking of all the young dancers, the young dramatists, the young writers, the young people who over the next generation will come through these doors, and will hopefully go on to inspire so many others by what they do, by what they create, by what they say, and how they live.”

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Buhmann on Art © JULIAN SCHNABEL. COURTESY GAGOSIAN GALLERY. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT MCKEEVER.

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Installation view, from “Michelangelo Pistoletto: The Minus Objects 1965-1966” (on view through May 11, at Luhring Augustine, Bushwick).

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Julian Schnabel: “The Day I Missed” | 1990. Oil, gesso on white tarp, 96 x 76 inches (243.8 x 193 cm). On view at Gagosian Gallery, April 17–May 31.

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MICHELANGELO PISTOLETTO: THE MINUS OBJECTS 1965-1966

Born in Biella, Italy, in 1933, Pistoletto is best known for his Mirror Paintings and Minus Objects, which were fundamental to the birth of the Arte Povera movement in the 1960s. This exhibition focuses on the latter series, which radically upended the prevailing art trends of the time. Exhibited in 1966 in the artist’s studio in Turin, the Minus Objects comprise a group of disparate sculptural objects, striking for their individuality as well as their sheer diversity of form, media and means of production. Evolving in a spontaneous and organic manner, these objects seem as fresh as ever. Pistoletto still lives and works in Biella, where he founded the interdisciplinary laboratory Cittadellarte. Through May 11, at Luhring Augustine, Bushwick (25 Knickerbocker Ave., Bushwick, Brooklyn, corner of Ingraham St.). Hours: Thurs.-Sun., 12-6pm. Call 718-386-2746 or visit luhringaugustine.com.

JULIAN SCHNABEL: VIEW OF THE DAWN IN THE TROPICS: PAINTINGS, 1989– 1990

Born in 1951, Schnabel came to art world fame in the 1980s with his large-scale paintings set on broken ceramic plates. Since then he has successfully branched out into film and won the award for best director at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, a Golden Globe, as well as a BAFTA, a César Award, two nominations for the Golden Lion and an Academy Award nomination. However, this exhibition looks back at a period when Schnabel was primarily known as a painter. He might not have re-invented the wheel back then, but he certainly knew how to draw attention. To be able to look back at this earlier period of his oeuvre will offer a good opportunity to re-evaluate its quality and ponder its longevity. April 17–May 31, at Gagosian Gallery (555 W. 24th St., btw. 10th & 11th Aves.). Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm. Call 212-741-1111 or visit gagosian.com or julianschnabel.com.

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PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, that the NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, April 11, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at 66 John Street, 11th floor, on a petition for PANZI ENTERPRISES LLC to continue to maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk café at 92 SEVENTH AVENUE SOUTH 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: 03/27 - 04/03/2014

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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 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 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 23, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at 66 John Street, 11th floor, on a petition for JAPP Business, Inc. to establish, maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk café at 4179 BROADWAY in the Borough of Manhattan for a term of two years. REQUEST FOR COPIES OFTHE PROPOSED REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSEDTO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, ATTN: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 03/27 - 04/03/2014

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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 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

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up outside. So the E.D. could keep running during a blackout. “We’re required by law to operate without external resources for 96 hours,” the medical director noted. How about longer? Not a problem, Gupta said, since North Shore-LIJ could bring in resources. “That’s the benefit of being part of this large health system,” he noted. “Any disaster we’ll be able to accommodate.”

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PSYCHIATRIC TO BARIATRIC Farther inside the E.D., there will also be two behavioral-health isolation rooms for people who are in emotional distress, drunk or violent. The idea is to allow these individuals to calm down here, and remove them from the rest of the population in the E.D. waiting area. There are no gas nozzles or other things in these rooms that people could hurt themselves with. “They wouldn’t be locked in there — it’s not a prison,” Cruzen said. “But they can relax in there.” In addition, there is a “bariatric room,” with an extra-wide doorway so obese patients over 350 pounds can fit inside. Seven of the critical-care rooms have a glass-block wall, letting in natural light, which Cruzen noted, is always a plus in New York, and has been shown to improve health.

ALL FRESH STAFF In terms of the doctors and nurses, Cruzen said, “It’s all fresh staff, specifically selected for this place.” In other words, they didn’t just pull personnel from other North Shore-LIJ hospitals and facilities, but each individual applied and was interviewed. Several of the

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Another doorway, at the ambulance bay’s east end, is a dedicated entrance for sexual-assault victims. “We’re going to be a center of excellence for forensic examination of sexual assault,” Cruzen said. Here, evidence will be collected for prosecution purposes against the perpetrators. “Unfortunately, St. Vincent’s used to have a large volume of sexual-assault cases,” he said, “which is why we decided to apply to the state for the designation.” This area will have a comfortable, living room-like space to try to put the victims at ease and also a bureau of clothes they can wear, if their own clothes are taken for evidence. “Usually, they don’t want anything to do with the clothes they were wearing anyway,” Cruzen noted.

In the former seamen’s union conference room on the HealthPlex’s sixth floor was a blownup, black-and-white photo, circa 1960s or ’70s, showing the former O'Toole Building, top, and how the “St. Vincent’s Triangle” garden looked back then. The latter was previously home to a movie theater. Plans are now to transform it into a combination public park and AIDS memorial.

nurses and staff formerly worked at St. Vincent’s, according to Cruzen. “We’ve had five recruitment fairs so far,” he said. “We’re almost done. We’ve really got some incredible people. I think the community’s going to be very pleased when we open.”

COMPREHENSIVE CARE CENTER Above the E.D., the HealthPlex will feature a comprehensive care center, which will open at a later date. This will have a separate entrance on W. 13th St., where two elevators will take patients up to the building’s second through fifth floors. “If you’re coming in for an imaging test or a mammogram at the comprehensive care center, there’s no reason for you to be walking through the emergency department,” explained Gupta.

IMAGING SERVICES The fifth floor, currently a large, gutted, open space with many thin columns, will eventually be developed as an imaging center — for X-rays, CAT scans and M.R.I.’s — Gupta explained. Over the years, the subway running underneath “vertically magnetized” the building, and this magnetization then spread horizontally, the executive director

noted. As a result, they had to replace all the building’s iron with nonferrous metal and add shielding so the sensitive imaging machines’ measurements won’t be affected.

AMBULATORY SURGERY The fourth floor, also currently just a raw space, will be developed with six operating rooms and two procedure rooms for ambulatory surgery. Types of surgery offered will include orthopedic — fixing broken bones and fractures — plus “scoping” for joints, and even some spinal procedures, Hellinger said. The surgeries performed will be “safe, nothing out of the ordinary,” Gupta said. Because the building cantilevers out as it rises, the third floor is a so-called “interstitial space,” featuring massive, loadbearing, steel support beams, but no other uses. Half of the second floor is taken up by new mechanical systems for the emergency department below. There will also be some physicians’ offices and patient rehab services on this floor.

L.G.B.T CENTER TIES At one point, Gupta stepped out onto a small balcony behind the HealthPlex that faced the rear of the L.G.B.T. Center, on W. 13th St. “They’ve been phenomenal neighbors to

us during this process,” he said of the construction work. “We’ve been trying to minimize disruption to the neighborhood.” The executive director, who brims with enthusiasm, added that the HealthPlex and the L.G.B.T. Center “match up very well,” in terms of their missions regarding care. Cruzen sits on the board of the New York City AIDS Foundation. In fact, the HealthPlex has made an agreement with the L.G.B.T. Center that, if anyone at the latter needs to go to the E.D., he or she can discretely be admitted through the 13th St. entrance, which has a set of doors leading into the E.D., rather than walking around to the Seventh Ave. side. The L.G.B.T. Center does offer mental-health services, the HealthPlex officials noted, and previously had a similar arrangement with St. Vincent’s. Cruzen said the E.D. will have board-certified E.R. psychiatrists — plus, again, one can always be patched in via telemedicine.

SAVING SEAMEN’S ROOM The former O’Toole Building is part of the Greenwich Village Historic District, and so its exterior is landmarked, but — like most New York City landmarked buildings — it is not an interior landmark. Even so, the former union conference room on the sixth floor, which will be used as a meeting room, is being sensitively restored. The handsome, pressed-wood, circular table that rings the room is being preserved.

NOT A HOSPITAL Gupta won’t be on site all the time, since he also runs the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital on the Upper East Side. But Cruzen and Hellinger will be based at the HealthPlex. Asked if the HealthPlex could someday be expanded into a full-service hospital, Gupta responded, “This is not being designed and built to be an inpatient hospital, but designed to be the latest and greatest in ambulatory care and emergency services.” How about the comment made by one Villager reader, who charged that a recent headline in the paper about the HealthPlex E.D. was inaccurate for calling it an E.R.? The reader claimed an E.R. must technically have a certain number of hospital beds connected to it. Not so, according to Cruzen and Gupta: An E.R., by definition, doesn’t need to be connected to hospital beds, they said. “It is an E.R… . It is an E.D.,” Gupta asserted. The main reason the term “ ‘E.R.’ is frowned on,” they said, is because, technically, it won’t be “one room,” like, say, Bellevue Hospital’s E.R., where the patient areas are sectioned off only with curtains. Here, patients will each have their own critical-care rooms. Thus, “E.D.,” as in “department,” is the term they prefer.

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project at the former St. Vincent’s Hospital site — helped broker the deal under which the city finally committed to buying the building, though there was technically no linkage between the two projects. But then the process stalled. The deal was never sealed, the state agency occupying the building delayed moving out, and the school’s opening date kept getting pushed off into the future. Last week, Community Board 2’s Task Force on 75 Morton St. issued yet another strongly worded resolution on the inaction: “We are livid that the city’s Department of Education has not closed on the sale of 75 Morton St.,” they said, “and that the School Construction Authority now plans the school’s opening for 2017.” Perhaps that frustrated plea finally got through, because this Monday, the state officially transferred the building to S.C.A., which will renovate it into a middle school for at least 800 students. The area has lacked a public middle school since 2010, when Greenwich Village Middle School, formerly located in the P.S. 3 building, at Hudson and Grove Sts., relocated to the Financial District. Politicians and advocates were elated. “Anyone with a child in public school can tell you that school overcrowding is out of control,” said Glick. “I’m pleased to report that with 75 Morton St. becoming

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The  horrific March 25, 1911, Triangle Shirtwaist fire in the Asch Building, at Washington Place and Greene St., was commemorated Tues., March 25, for the 103rd time, with a ceremony at the site, now known as the N.Y.U. Brown Building. There were Triangle fire descendants, labor leaders and union members. Speakers included Borough President Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. In addition to a wreath of red and white carnations left outside the Washington Place building, there were chalked words of remembrance on the sidewalk in front of 35 Second Ave. in the East Village, where members of the Maltese family, who were among the fire’s 146 victims, had lived. Of the total, 123 were women and girls, mostly immigrant, who sewed “shirt waisters,” or women’s blouses. At the Washington Place memorial, a modern fire truck ladder was solemnly raised up to the building’s top floors. At the time of the fatal blaze, fire truck ladders couldn’t reach the factory on the eighth through 10th floors, and many of the victims leaped to their deaths.

much-needed classroom space, we are on our way, and we will stand together until our children are in their new school.” According to Glick’s office, the building’s sale price was $40 million. State Senator Brad Hoylman said, “This milestone is a tremendous achievement… . We have more work ahead as we enter the construction phase, and I’m looking forward to working with all the stakeholders to get this new middle school online as quickly as possible.” “I look forward to working with the community and my colleagues to make sure that this school fits the needs of the community — and that it certainly doesn’t take as long to build as it did to acquire,” added Councilmember Corey Johnson. David Gruber, C.B. 2 chairperson, stated, “This happened on my watch but it has been a continuous effort by my predecessors on the board, former Chairpersons Brad Hoylman and Jo Hamilton, as well as Keen Berger, and many others, like schools advocate Irene Kaufman, who never lost sight of the goal. Now the next stage begins. Our 2015 opening for the school was moved to 2016 and the S.C.A. must meet that goal. This can and must happen.” It was reportedly Kaufman who first identified the building as a school site. School-parent activist Ann Kjellberg declared, “The process that made 75 Morton St. a new public school was a triumph of civic leadership. Parents came together, public officials listened and provided ideas and means, and a real need was met. With 75 Morton, we are a big step closer to giving our kids the education they deserve.”

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