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41 are arrested in Baruch/Campos coke-delivery ring BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL A massive drug ring was busted last Thursday night, April 11, when police raided apartments in several area housing projects. Forty-one people were arrested and charged with running a cocaine delivery service. Thirty-three members of the Blocc Boyz gang from the Baruch Houses in the Lower East Side were charged with using car services to deliver cocaine

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Johnson and Rajkumar win V.I.D.’s backing for Council BY LINCOLN ANDERSON In a very competitive endorsement vote for the upcoming City Council District 3 (Greenwich Village/Chelsea) primary election, the storied Village Independent Democrats club gave their nod to Corey Johnson over Yetta Kurland last Thursday. In the first round of voting, Johnson got 26 votes to Kurland’s 22; a third candidate who recently entered the race, Alexander Meadows, got 7 votes, and there were also 3 “no endorsement.” Under the progressive club’s rules, because Johnson didn’t win a simple major-

ity (50 percent plus 1), a runoff was then held. Ultimately, Johnson picked up significantly more voters than Kurland in the runoff — 5 versus 1 — going on to win by 31 to 23, with 1 “no endorsement.” One club member later said the runoff showed that, although Kurland has a very loyal core following, she may not be able to expand her base as well as Johnson can. In somewhat of an upset, in V.I.D.’s Council District 1 (Lower Manhattan) endorsement vote, District Leader Jenifer Rajkumar beat incumbent Councilmember Margaret Chin by 29 to

20, with 6 votes for “no endorsement.” In the endorsement for Council District 2 (East Village), sitting Councilmember Rosie Mendez easily won the club’s support for a third term over opponent Richard Del Rio, by 50 votes to 2, with 3 “no endorsement.” The candidates were each given six minutes to address the club, after which there were six minutes for questions and answers. Kurland was asked about whether she

orders. Another eight members of the Money Boyz gang from Campos Plaza in the East Village were charged with traffi cking crack cocaine. Charges ranged from conspiracy to criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. The dealers had posted photos of themselves on social media sites cavorting

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Newsstand’s arrival comes as shocking news on Ninth St. BY ELISSA STEIN Almost as if by magic, last week a cumbersome newsstand appeared in the middle of the night on a busy corner of the West Village. Much to the surprise and frustration of locals, the alreadybusy northeast corner of Ninth St. and Sixth Ave. can now be called home to the largest-style prefab newsstand approved for use in New York City — in spite of recommendations from

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Banking on ‘Windows 200.0’ His name is Obarh and his obsession is unique geometric drawings. He disdains using a table to display his artwork, finding it “limiting.” So last Saturday, he had taped up dozens of his creations in the window panels of the HSBC bank at the corner of 14th St. and Sixth Ave. But saying he does “geometric patterns” doesn’t do justice to what he does. So it’s best to let him tell it in his own words. “I’m into a duality phase of things — yin and yang,” he said, pointing to one of his works. “I’m also into the singularity thing — everything has a center,” he noted, indicating a dot in the middle of another. “I’m also into the trinity thing — the sun, the moon and the star — the electron, proton and neutron,” he said, gesturing to still another work. A self-taught artist, Obarh said he sells about eight pieces a day, and he was just then focused on trying to make his eighth and final sale. He’s planning soon to take his work “to another level,” he said. No, not the roof of the bank — but selling his designs on T-shirts online. He doesn’t appreciate people photographing his work without his permission, since he noted, “There’s a lot of vampires out there.” He only discusses prices with buyers.

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‘JUNCTION,’ IT’S A GAS, GAS, GAS: Oh, sure, everyone’s talking about the Tribeca Film Festival. But let’s not forget about the Soho International Film Festival, at which “Junction” just took home the grand jury prize — the best competition film of the festival. Matt De Matt, at far right, with cast members in the photo above, who is a partner in Gaslight bar, G2 lounge and Gaslight Pizza in the Meatpacking District, was an associate producer on the new flick, and also plays the character Ross. According to imdb. com’s plot synopsis of the movie, which was written and directed by Tony Glazer, center above, “Junction follows four strung-out meth addicts who discover a dark secret about a homeowner during a burglary, pitting them not only against the police but against each other.” Whoa! Sounds pretty intense. In fact, we didn’t even know, until we checked the “Junction” Web site, that De Matt has an extensive background as an actor, having appeared in a number of movies, including “Searching for Bobby Fisher,” “The Professional” and “Lowball,” among others, and that he has recently developed  a “treatment,” as they say in the biz, for a major TV series. As for where he got his moves? He started out as a trained dancer and semipro baseball player. We’re guessing, oh, maybe there was just a small party at Gaslight after they nabbed the Soho Fest best picture award. THE COMEBACK KID? At the Village Independent Democrats endorsement vote last week we heard a rumor from a few folks that another candidate is mulling entering the race for the Third City Council District. Actually, he’s not exactly “new” in the traditional sense, in that he, in fact, held the seat once before. Yes, word is that Tom Duane may be

thinking of throwing his hat into the ring — or at least that’s what we hear. We called Duane on his “super-top secret” cell phone number, which he had given to us while he was still a state senator, but didn’t get a response by press time. If Christine Quinn becomes mayor, the scuttlebutt also has it that Duane could be tapped to be a commissioner in her administration. To be continued... . We also get the strong sense that there’s a pretty heated battle going on within V.I.D. over their upcoming Manhattan borough president endorsement vote. It sounds like two candidates have the most support in the club, Julie Menin and Jessica Lappin, and that these two will be duking it out. Gale Brewer has some fans, notably Frieda Bradlow, but apparently “hasn’t been campaigning” hard within the club to round up more support. Robert Jackson has the backing of education advocate Keen Berger, we’re told, because he was a party to the lawsuit for equal funding for city schools versus Upstate schools.

BLUE BIKES CREW: We were bicycle-commuting earlier this week along the Ninth St. bike lane — watch out for cars zipping out of those parking garages! — when we saw a small convoy of the new blue Citi Bike bike-share cycles. They were pulled over to the side of the road, after having done a promo ride over from the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where a bunch of the bikes are being stored. Asked how the share cycles handled, they said it’s a very safe ride. “Like a car,” one said. “Like a tank!” said another. It sounds like they’re not super-fast though, since one of them, referring to our 10-speed, said, “It’s not like a road bike.” But the bikephobes and, well, haters will, we hope, be happier about that, if these new “blue bombers” do indeed run a bit slower than most rides. GOING POSTAL — BUT WHERE TO? We got a call from Brenda Santiago, president of the First Houses, who told us that there’s a lot of concern in the neighborhood about the planned closing of the Stuyvesant Post Office on 14th St. between Avenue A and First Avenue. The U.S. Postal Service is saying they’ll

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relocate the post office — to a site yet to be determined — but that isn’t really reassuring local residents. Although there’s a post office on E. Third St., only the Stuyvesant P.O. offers pickup for packages — though the wait in line is usually a half hour — and the other nearest option for package delivery is all the way down on East Broadway, a long walk away. A major meeting to discuss the Stuyvesant P.O. closure will be held this Mon., April 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Campos Plaza community room, 611 E. 13th St., between Avenues B and C. Many — if not all — of the local elected officials are expected to attend, and Santiago and others are hoping for a big turnout to send a strong message that people need their post office and want some clearer, detailed information on exactly what the heck is going on. Santiago noted there are even rumors swirling that N.Y.U. is eyeing the corner of 14th St. and A for a planned new dorm. But university spokesperson Philip Lentz told us on Wednesday, “There are no plans. The rumors are without substance.” TAYLOR HAS LEFT THE BUILDING: According to Bowery Boogie, Warhol superstar Taylor Mead recently reached a buyout with his landlord Ben Shaoul, for his apartment at 163 Ludlow St., after which he headed out West for a while. Anthology Archives reported that because Mead planned to leave town on April 14, they moved a screening event with him up to April 9. Mead is now said to be visiting family in Denver, and may be going to New Orleans at some point, too. An attorney for Magnum Management, Shaoul’s company, released the following statement: “[Taylor] has vacated his Ludlow St. apartment and any conflict with his now former landlord is behind him. Despite whatever battles took place in the past over conditions Mr. Mead lived with, it is worth noting for the record that he is satisfied and pleased with the deal he made involving the surrender of his apartment.”

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41 arrested in Baruch and Campos coke-delivery ring Continued from page 1 at a Queens strip club, where one of those arrested, Krista Zuniga, was a dancer. Other online photos depicted them holding wads of cash. At a news conference announcing the busts, prosecutors had printed out pages of photos and video stills from the Web, along with a pile of indictments the size of a small-town phone book. Listed were 165 counts and 161 “overt acts” of sales and conspiracy. Undercover officers made dozens of drug buys in 2011 and 2012 as they monitored the gangs’ activities on wiretaps. One damning e-mail blast the gang sent after Superstorm Sandy reassured their customers that they were still in business. Last Friday morning, April 12, the first batch of defendants were brought to court for their arraignments. Security was so tight that, after family and friends had passed through magnetometers to enter the court building, they encountered a second level of court officers screening people as they entered the 11th-floor courtroom. One by one the accused appeared before Judge Laura Ward, who listened as public defenders made their cases. Only one young man from the Baruch Houses was released on his own recognizance; the rest had various levels of bail set and were

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Alleged drug-delivery ringleader Michael Austin Rodriguez, a.k.a. “Woodstock,” at his arraignment last Friday.

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“Drug Kingpin” statute — operating as a major trafficker — a class A-1 felony. Many of those arrested also worked in the area. One young woman was a cashier at an Avenue B pharmacy while another man worked at a copy and fax center on Avenue C. Michael Austin Rodriguez, a.k.a. “Woodstock,” one of the four alleged ring-

leaders, is a student at Borough of Manhattan Community College. Assistant District Attorney Michelle Warren noted that Rodriguez drove a Mercedes sedan. But his court-appointed lawyer countered that it was a low-end Mercedes “C” model and that Rodriguez had put $3,500 down on eventually buying the car. Rodriguez’s attorney asked for reasonable bail, noting it had been five years since his client’s last encounter with the criminaljustice system. At that, Judge Ward paused, looking closer at Rodriguez before saying, “I remember you.” She then recounted Rodriguez’s arrest on a drug charge five years earlier and how she had sent him to Daytop Village for drug-abuse treatment. As the first of the arraignments were being held in court, just blocks away at Police Headquarters, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced details of the takedown. “Residents of Manhattan today can get nearly everything delivered to their doorstep, from dinner to dry cleaning and even cocaine,” Vance told a roomful of reporters. “They [the arrestees] made hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from this service at the same time they were living in citysubsidized housing as NYCHA residents.” As the arraignments continued into Monday, Judge Edward McLaughlin paused the proceedings at one point to compliment A.D.A. Warren on the thoroughness of detailing the offenses. “Parenthetically, the list of overt acts at the back of the indictment is particularly helpful,” he told the prosecutor. “It’s something I’ve never seen before.”

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Newsstand’s arrival comes as shocking news on 9th St. Continued from page 1 Hoylman, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Community Board 2, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and the Department of Transportation about how this came to pass. Although both D.O.T. and the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the newsstand’s installation, many people have legitimate questions about how the decision was made — as well as understandable concerns about pedestrian safety — and have yet to get a reasonable response from anyone. This congested corner is already home to a crosstown bus stop and an entrance to the PATH train. Ninth St. also has a designated bike lane, which instructs riders to cross from the south to north side at that very spot, as they head across Sixth Ave. And long before this new impediment arrived, residents were registering complaints with D.O.T. about this dangerous intersection — saying the light change is too brief considering the avenue’s width. Requests have been made, to no avail, for a countdown sign to help both vehicles and pedestrians navigate the crosswalk. While D.O.T. claims the structure conforms to city regulations regarding pedestrian flow and sidewalk clearance, locals say it’s hard to imagine a city official ever did a reliable head count at this location. The corner in question is already often overflowing with youths heading home from school, baby strollers, wheelchairs, shopping carts, neighbors with canes and walkers and tourists with maps, along with crowds of commuters and visitors exiting the PATH train, who now will all have much more limited space in which to coexist.

Citarella, the storefront facing the new structure, often used the curb-cut at Ninth St. to transfer deliveries from trucks into the market. One of the store’s managers noted they will have now have to rethink their delivery process. He also wondered how busy pre-holiday shopping will be handled now that there will be so little room in front of the store for crowd management. And with the newsstand’s rain shield within arm’s reach of Citarella’s awning, the navigable space shrinks even more. Apparently the proprietors of the boardedshut newsstand at the corner of Sixth Ave. and Waverly Place will be relocating to this new spot. It seems the existence of newsstands on either side of Sixth Avenue and Eighth St., a 24-hour deli on the south side of Ninth St. and magazine shops on Sixth Ave. at 11th and 12th Sts., did not deter the city’s decision to move this newsstand two blocks north. While the move may have made economic sense to the stand’s proprietors, and perhaps to the city officials who approved it, residents and merchants say it is compromising the safety and quality of life for countless locals. The lack of transparency and accountability from the city regarding its process and decisionmaking is leaving many understandably fuming. Arguments are mounting against both the structure itself and the safety issues it is creating. And while it’s hard to imagine D.O.T. reversing its decision, local activists say they will continue fighting — hoping the newsstand can be taken down as quickly as it was installed. In a late-breaking update, Ninth St. advocates said they have heard back from Quinn’s Office that D.O.T., while confident that the new newsstand is in compliance, will do a pedestrian recount.

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Police BLOTTER Booked in sick plot A former librarian arrested by federal agents on Mon., April 15, is accused of planning with accomplices to kidnap, rape, torture and kill women and children. Robert Asch, 61, who was a librarian at Stuyvesant High School, was arrested by the F.B.I. at his Greenwich Village apartment in the Saint Germain, at Greenwich Ave. and W. 10th St., following a six-month-long investigation that included numerous meetings between Asch and undercover agents. According to F.B.I. documents released the day of the arrest, Asch and co-conspirator Richard Meltz, 65, spent at least two years plotting the attacks, while collecting weapons and supplies they planned to use, including a taser gun, hypodermic needles, chemical sedatives and specialized dental and medical equipment. Meltz is a police chief at a U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs medical center in Bedford, Mass. The investigation of Asch and Meltz, who was arrested on April 14, originally stemmed from details relating to the prosecution of New York City Police Officer Gilberto Valle, the socalled “Cannibal Cop,” who was recently convicted of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat women. Specifically, agents learned that Asch and Meltz were in communication with Michael Vanhise, who was arrested in January for conspiring with Valle, according to F.B.I. documents. The New York Times reported that Asch was also arrested in 2009 after being accused of inappropriately touching four male students during his tenure at Stuyvesant High School. Those charges were later dropped. Asch will be charged in federal court with conspiracy to commit kidnapping, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and maximum fine of $250,000.

Gunman caught near Boston Police said that on Tues., April 16, they arrested a suspect in an East Village shooting that occurred three days earlier. Brooklyn resident Jose Cintron, 44, was nabbed in Massachusetts, where he apparently fled and attempted to hide after the incident. Around 1:49 p.m. on April 13, Cintron reportedly pulled a handgun on Bronx resident Arnold Cintron, 52 (who is not related to the defendant), during an argument between the two near the corner of E. Third St. and Avenue C. A police source said Jose Cintron is believed to have fired a single shot into the stomach of Arnold Cintron, who was later taken to Bellevue Hospital in serious condition, though reported not likely to die. The source added that an investigation showed the dispute between the two men had been brewing for at least a month. Jose Cintron was tracked to Bedford, Mass., by the New York Police Department Regional Task Force, which works in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Service. He was arrested on the afternoon of April 16, police said.

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Robert Asch was arrested at the Saint Germain, at 33 W. 10th St., on Monday, accused of planning to rape, torture and kill women and babies. A doorman on duty there Tuesday said Monday was his day off, so he hadn’t been around to see all the action. He said he had known Asch as a tenant of the building “for many years,” but declined further comment. An older woman talking on the sidewalk outside with a friend about an upcoming street fair said it was the first she had heard of the story. “Oh! My God! I didn’t even know about it,” she exclaimed in shock, quickly adding, “Let’s stick with the street fair.” Andrey Malashenkov, 25, a doorman who lives around the corner, said he had noticed all the news media camped out in front of the building the day before but hadn’t known what it was for.

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Thunder Jackson’s action Police officers from the Sixth Precinct had a busy couple of hours outside Thunder Jackson’s bar, at 169 Bleecker St., early on Fri., April 12, when they dealt back-to-back with two unconnected perpetrators who allegedly assaulted several officers and caused general havoc on the street. First, cops responded to the bar shortly after 2 a.m. to remove Hector Gonzalez, 22, who employees said was creating a disturbance and refused to leave. When the officers instructed Gonzalez to vacate the premises, he did, but not before spitting at a bartender and an unknown patron, police said. When the officers then stepped forward to apprehend him outside the bar, Gonzalez reportedly grabbed one of them by the throat and was about to start throwing punches before other officers stopped him. Gonzalez continued to fight back while cops tried to cuff him, and caused minor injuries to one officer’s knee and thumb before he was subdued, police said. Gonzalez was charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Then, only minutes after they were through handling the first pugnacious perpetrator, the officers said they saw Rohan Rowe, 29, drinking a bottle of wine while sitting in the driver’s seat of his car — with the engine running — on the street out-

side Thunder Jackson’s. When they ordered Rowe to get out of the 2008 Infiniti, he refused, and when the officers attempted to pull him out, Rowe reportedly shifted the vehicle into drive and slammed on the gas, accelerating down the street while dragging an officer for several seconds and inflicting minor injuries, before hitting a parked car, police said. Shortly after he was eventually cuffed, Rowe took a breathalyzer test and blew a .18 — more than twice the legal limit for operating a car. He was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment, assaulting a police officer, driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest.

iPhone-filching duo A thieving duo allegedly pushed around a young woman while snatching her cell phone early on Sat., April 13, but cops were able to track them down. The victim, 24, told police that the two men — later identified as Barry Campbell, 20, and Andrei Robinson, 22 — were acting together when one of them ripped the iPhone out of her hand as she was walking down Seventh Ave. South, past Sheridan Square, around 3:30 a.m. She also claimed that, when she tried to take the phone back, Campbell shoved her down, causing minor injuries, before the two men fled on foot.

During a canvass of the area over the next couple of hours, following the woman’s report, police said they were able to identify and apprehend the men close to where the alleged crime took place. Campbell and Robinson were both charged with robbery.

Free hugs…or else! Police arrested a man who allegedly attacked a 20-year-old woman after she declined his offer of a “free hug” in Washington Square Park on the afternoon of Tues., April 9. The victim told officers that Jermaine Himmelstein, 21, approached her and asked if she wanted a hug while she was passing by the park’s arch around 3 p.m. When she replied with a simple “No,” the woman said, Himmelstein threw a can of soda at her face — hard enough to leave a deep red mark on her cheek — and then dumped water on her. A Sixth Precinct source said that Himmelstein is relatively well-known to the precinct, and was also recently stopped after chasing after a different woman who spurned his attempt to share some “free” love in the park, although she declined to press charges. Himmelstein was charged with assault.

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V.I.D. backs Johnson over Kurland; Rajkumar over Chin Continued from page 1 owned a handgun, and said no. Jim Fouratt — a former ally of Kurland’s on the St. Vincent’s Hospital issue who subsequently fell out with her — didn’t feel she had addressed the question sufficiently. “Answer the question!” Fouratt demanded, drawing a sharp rebuke from club president Tony Hoffmann. Kurland is a civil rights attorney who formerly also owned an English language school. She has, in the past, variously said she needed the firearm as a “court officer” and also because she was designated to have it by her Hello World Language Center as part of its post-9/11 security protocol. At the same time, Kurland has led guncontrol vigils — after the Tucson shooting that left Congressmember Gabby Giffords critically injured and also after the more recent Newtown school mass shooting. Meanwhile, two years ago, The New York Times, in an exposé on high-profile New Yorkers with gun permits, had “outed” Kurland as being a gun owner. After the Newtown shooting, The Villager queried Kurland again about her gun, and she told the newspaper that she no longer had the weapon because she had left the school. Kurland basically reiterated this statement to V.I.D. last Thursday night, saying that while she had been the “gun custodian” for her language school, she no longer has a gun. Being designated the gun custodian was a responsibility she took “very responsibly,” she noted, though added, “It was not a position that I at all was interested in or took delight in.” However, she added, “The welfare of hundreds of students who came into this country and were under our auspices is something that’s very serious.” “It is unfortunate,” Kurland said, “that this issue has been used to try to undermine my candidacy and my work.” She said the real issues include, among others, banning assault weapons, ensuring there are background checks for gun buyers and making sure weapons are kept out of the hands of the mentally ill. Speaking after the vote, John Geballe, the

Corey Johnson, left, won V.I.D.’s endorsement over Yetta Kurland, right.

club’s immediate past president, said Kurland “gave a good answer” on why she had had a gun. “She said, ‘Yes, I had a gun, but I stood with the people that were for gun control.’ ” As for Johnson, Geballe said, “Corey was very solid in saying that there was going to be a sea change in government. There’s going to be a lot of new city councilmembers, a new mayor, a new comptroller. There will be 10 or 11 new councilmembers in Manhattan, plus five others.” Before the vote, Frieda Bradlow, Ellen Peterson-Lewis and Eli Hausknecht spoke from the floor in support of Johnson; and Ron Illardo and Stacy Lentz spoke in support of Kurland. One observer said, in his opinion, it was an “upset” that Johnson had beaten Kurland for the club’s support. “I mean, she’s a woman, a civil rights attorney…,” he said, requesting anonymity. But others said both Kurland and Johnson had come to the endorsement vote fully expecting to win. In their comments before the club, both Chin and Rajkumar started out by referring to their immigrant roots. In Chin’s case, she said she recently marked her 50th anniversary of having landed in New York City without winter

boots on a snowy day. She said she had looked up at the City Council Chambers ceiling on that anniversary and, realizing how far she has come, said to herself, “This is what the American Dream is all about.” Rajkumar noted her parents landed here with “$300, a suitcase and dreams.” Chin said she has overseen four ULURP (uniform land-use review procedure) applications in the past year alone, with three of them being for major rezonings and development projects. Though noting “not everybody was happy with what happened” on the ULURP for the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, or SPURA, she said she felt the right “delicate balance” had been achieved. “It wasn’t 100 percent affordable housing, but we got 50/50,” she said. “On top of that, we got a school.” She notably didn’t mention the ULURP for New York University’s 2031 expansion plan in the South Village. Tom Connor, a member of the Greenwich House Senior Center, said, “Margaret has been there” for local seniors, assuring that their programs aren’t cut. Surprisingly, there were no questions for

Chin — something Hoffmann later chalked up to it having been late in the meeting, so “people were tired.” In her remarks, Rajkumar, who recently announced her campaign against Chin, said, “I’m here to stand up for my community.” As for why she decided to run, she said, “What I saw was there was a representative not listening to the people.” She said the N.Y.U. 2031 plan approved by Chin and the City Council was a threat to “our homes — to Greenwich Village” that would make the area look like “Midtown Manhattan.” Rajkumar lives in Battery Park City. “And on the Seaport,” Rajkumar added, “the Council hid part of the development.” She said one of her favorite sayings was by a law professor of hers who told her, “Courage is a muscle and needs to be used… . I’m going to be a person who has courage,” she said. “I took a leap of faith,” Rajkumar said, of her decision to run. “And I ask you to take a leap of faith, too,” she told the club members. “Because I know we can do so much better.” Dodge Landesman spoke for Rajkumar, saying she had “risked arrest” when she and scores of other local residents were tossed out of the City Council by Speaker Christine Quinn before last year’s vote on N.Y.U. 2031. Afterward, asked about the club’s endorsement of the upstart Rajkumar over Chin, V.I.D. President Hoffmann simply commented, “It was N.Y.U.” During her Q&A with club members, Mendez, when asked about the New York City Housing Authority’s infill development plan, said, “Personally, I don’t like the idea. There is a federal process that has to be put in place, and NYCHA is just steamrolling this along.” Queried by Fouratt about what can be done to keep the Village from losing its supermarkets, Mendez said that Councilmember Robert Jackson has a bill pending that would implement some form of commercial rent control, but that it has “sat in the City Council for the past year.” Speaking in support of endorsing Mendez were Assemblymember Deborah Glick and state Senator Brad Hoylman. Glick said Mendez is a politician who has never lost “the connection” to her community. Said Hoylman, “Rosie is an elected official who leads from the heart — and that is so valuable in this job.” Del Rio is pastor of Abounding Grace Ministries, which has held worship services in P.S. / M.S. 34 on the Lower East Side for the past four years. Although the Department of Education wanted to put an end last year to religious groups using its school spaces for worship services, a district judge’s injunction is allowing the churches to continue the practice. V.I.D. also endorsed Scott Stringer for comptroller and Cy Vance for re-election as Manhattan district attorney.


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Al D’Avanzo, 76, architect and a founder of BAMRA obi tu AR y BY ALBERT AMATEAU Albert N. D’Avanzo, an architect and Villager who was a founder of the Bleecker Area Merchants and Residents Association (BAMRA), died in his home on Thompson St. between late Sun., March 24, and early Mon., March 25, his 76th birthday. In ill health for the past two years, Al was last seen by friends and neighbors on Sunday afternoon. On Tues., March 26, his friends Chic Sgroi and Julie Lau, a BAMRA colleague and former chairperson, went to his apartment and discovered his body. “How will we get anything done without him?” was a frequent comment at his April 7 memorial at the Greenwich Village Funeral Home on Bleecker St. As the first chairperson of BAMRA, Al D’Avanzo wrote the organization’s bylaws and registered it with New York State as a nonprofit civic group. He initiated a treeplanting program and mapped the organization’s boundaries between Sixth Ave. and Mercer St. from Houston St. to W. Fourth St. He was working on a revision of the bylaws when he died. “He was cantankerous and benevolent at the same time,” said Lois Rakoff, a BAMRA

member and Thompson St. neighbor. “He was in favor of the Washington Square Park redesign and I was against it, along with many neighbors. But he ‘forgave’ me, saying that he was a ‘symmetrian’ while I was an ‘asymmetrian’.” A man of many talents and strongly held opinions, Al D’Avanzo preferred direct action to long talks. “He took the whole responsibility for coming up with the name of BAMRA and incorporating it with the state,” said Lau, who succeeded Al as chairperson of the group. “He organized an anti-graffiti program, hiring a homeless man [to remove or paint over the graffiti] and buying the paint and brushes. He always wanted to do the right thing, by his vision,” Lau said. “Al was against the annual Legalize Marijuana rally in the Village and made a complaint about it under my name as BAMRA chairperson,” Lau added. “I was giving birth at the time and didn’t know what was happening until the marijuana people picketed our restaurant.” Devoted to the neighborhood, Al frequently ignored his own needs. “He looked pale and ill in 2011,” Lau recalled. “I asked how he was and told him to go to the hospital. He said, ‘Yeah, yeah.’ But he didn’t do anything. So I took him to the

Al D’Avanzo sitting at one of his favorite Bleecker St. cafes.

emergency room myself. He hadn’t seen a doctor since he was in the Army, and they found lots of problems,” she recalled. “He used to say, ‘I’m like an old tree; nothing can hurt me.’ He was like a tree: Once he made up his mind and took a stand, he would not be moved,” Lau said. Al was also a Parks Department-certified tree pruner.

Sgroi, a general contractor, worked with Al on several projects. She recalled him as a stubborn and loyal friend who once worked for the City Planning Department in order to promote the Bleecker area tree program and to change the rules on sidewalk cafes. “Al was involved in the redesign of Father Demo Square on Sixth Ave. and on Minetta Park across the avenue,” Sgroi said. Rick Bell, director of the American Institute of Architects New York Center on LaGuardia Place, recalled Al D’Avanzo as a talented and outspoken colleague at the architectural firm of Warner Burns Toan & Lunde. “He could draw wonderfully and he was never shy about questioning a project,” Bell said. “He wouldn’t play office politics games.” Victor D’Avanzo, Al’s nephew, told the April 7 memorial that his uncle was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the youngest of five brothers and one sister. His father was born in Naples, Italy, and his mother was from Chillicothe, Ohio. Al served in the Army in the 1950s in the Military Police, stationed at the Berlin Wall. After his discharge he came to live in the Village and earned a degree in architecture from Columbia University. As a young Villager he wore his hair long and rode a motorcycle. Al’s personal style changed but his love for Greenwich Village remained constant.

Margaret Rock; Polish immigrant lived to age of 109 obi tu AR y BY ALBERT AMATEAU Margaret Rock, who came to New York from Poland in 1958, died peacefully on Sat., April 13, in her second-floor walkup on E. Sixth St. She was 109 years old. “She was fiercely independent,” said Irene D’Alessio, a social worker at the Selfreliance Association of American-Ukrainians who had visited Margaret regularly for the past 14 years. “A few years ago, Margaret had a hip operation and I was able to get her into a nursing home in Queens,” D’Alessio said. She continued, “She got antsy after about a year and wanted to come home. We had kept paying her rent and were able to get her 24-hour home care, so she came back to her apartment.” For the past five years, Margaret’s three city home care attendants took turns being with her round the clock. “They took care of her as if she was part of their own family,” D’Alessio said. “The Department of Social Services was going to stop the home care; I had to go to a department fair hearing last year and they decided to keep it,” D’Alessio added. In recent years, Margaret spoke less and less English and conversed mostly in Polish. But D’Alessio speaks Ukrainian (her maiden name is Repezuk), so the language barrier was not very high. Margaret told friends a few years ago that she was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, on July, 13, 1903, to a family that later returned to their native Poland. She was married in 1923 in Vilno, Poland, to Anton Biesickierski, who died in 1929 leaving her with two daughters. What she and her children endured during World War II is not known at this point. She came to the U.S. alone 30 years later, made a home on E.

“I think a secret of her long life was simplicity and strength of character,” D’Alessio said. A memorial service will be held at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church, 106 E. Seventh St., at a date to be announced.

Margaret Rock in a recent photo.

Sixth St. and became an American citizen in 1964. The day after she was naturalized, she changed her name from Malgorzata Gratulewicz (her maiden name) to Margaret Rock, possibly as an assessment of her own character. Two years later she brought her two daughters and five of her six grandsons from Poland to New York. One of the grandsons remained in Poland. A seamstress in Poland, Margaret worked as a cook and housekeeper for a wealthy family on Central Park West. Her two daughters and their sons lived in the same E. Sixth St. building that she did. One of her daughters died and the other moved in 1979 with two of her sons to Hyannis, Mass.

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We need vision, not people hiding behind computers CLAYTON By Clayton Patterson I appreciate the debate going on around Soho House. Does a private, exclusive, expensive-to-join, membershiponly art club belong on Ludlow St.? A reasonable question. People agree that so much of the old Lower East Side has been gentrified and there is not much left to save. What are people doing to save what little is left? Are the people against Soho House supporting the few struggling artists left in the community? How many people are helping Shell Sheddy save her L.E.S. photo archive? Or buying Peter Missing’s inexpensive artwork? Or supporting John Penley’s protest efforts to bring attention to the human suffering connected to gentrification? John, a well-known and respected L.E.S. photojournalist, knows the price of gentrification: He is now homeless. What seems to be the norm is, rather than actually doing something, it’s easier to go on the computer, use a pseudonym, and make caustic remarks criticizing or supporting whatever it is the writer is for or against. If people want to save some of what is left, they have to do something to

Let’s not exaggerate how wonderful the old Lower East Side was. It’s not like it was a utopian village. support what’s still here. They have to stand up, be seen, be counted. Have a plan. A Vision. A goal. For example, it makes me question the seriousness of the debate to save what is left of the old community when I read the flier to save the Meltzer Tower park. Turn over the flier and there is a list of local politicians to call. To begin with, the list is incomplete. It does not have the phone number to some of the local politicians, like Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver or Councilmember Rosie Mendez — or former Councilmember Margarita Lopez, now a New York City Housing Authority board member. Soho House is not the problem. In fact, I have met the owner, a real person, and I have met Rachel Smith, who controls who gets a Soho House membership. They both seem like real people, good people, people who at least have some kind of humanist vision of what makes a community. It may not be my vision — but, for the most part, the community I love is gone. Compare Soho House to the Extell Corporation, which bought 17 Lower East Side buildings for $72 million. What is Extell? Who owns Extell? Change was and is important. It is just that the pendulum of change has swung too far over to the money side. It is not like the old L.E.S. was a utopian village. Take Hell Square — the area between Houston and Delancey Sts., Essex to Allen Sts. — before the Entertainment Zone. Just to pull a few examples out of my photography archive. ... Remember the abandoned crumbling buildings on Ludlow St.? Or when the young junior high school student, in school, with a pair of scissors, killed a drug dealer’s son and the family had to leave Ludlow? Or when Tony the drug seller was shot on Essex and no ambulance or police showed up and a Delancey St. car service drove and I drove him to Bellevue? I’ve got one photo of that. Or when Fernando and his Hell Raisers heroin crew ran Ludlow, from Stanton to Houston? Or young, beautiful Anna, whose father was in jail for murder, who started to grow

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Ludlow St. in 1990. Today, the ultra-exclusive Soho House is planning to open up a new club on the block.

up and run wild, eventually getting eaten up by the streets? Or when NETA started taking over the dope spots? Or when young PEEWEE was riding his bicycle on Rivington and Orchard and took a stray bullet in the leg? Or when the Chinese man’s face was slashed up in a robbery gone bad, and so on? We must be careful to not exaggerate how wonderful the old L.E.S. was. We must find a balance. We need the people to stop hiding behind fake names on the computer and get out and do something. We need political change. We need new blood in our political system. Out of all the complainers, there must be someone who has a vision that includes a place for the poor, the struggling, the rent-controlled and rent-stabilized, the local mom-and-pop businesses. A leader who can fight to protect the rights of the long-term residents in the community. Someone who will fight for We The People, All the People, instead of the sellouts we have representing us now. For me, Soho House coming to Ludlow is not such a crisis of change. Soho House is looking to take over an already commercial property. This is much different than when the Economakis family evicted all the families in 47 E. Third St., a doublewide tenement building, so they could have a one-family mansion. It is easy to be against. We need someone who can fight

for the rights of all of us. Take the example of the stalled, 20-plus-story luxury hotel that wiped out almost half of the local, small momand-pop businesses on the east side of Orchard St. and the west side of Ludlow St. This unregulated project was a complete failure right from the start. Rebecca Moore, using her own name and face, stood up and fronted the fight to try and save some of what was being lost on her block, between Stanton and Houston Sts. She created the Ludlow Orchard Community Organization, or — in the acronym that sums up how they were being driven to distraction — L.O.C.O. In her dealings with the community board and local politicians to try and stop this hotel, she was called crazy, extremist. Eventually, she was so overcome by all the construction noise and lack of community support, that to save her own sanity, she had to eventually leave New York City — the place she was born and raised. Ironically, it was her photographer father, Peter Moore, and his documentation of all that was lost with the destruction of Penn Station, who was, in large part, responsible for getting New York City to begin landmarking buildings. To read about Rebecca and her out-front fight to save her block, go to http://www.thevillager.com/villager_104/newgroupsgoingloco.html .


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Landmarks O.K.’s Meseritz plan, but with some revisions BY REY MASHAYEKHI The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a plan last week enabling the redevelopment of a historic East Village synagogue into residential apartments, contingent on the project’s developers meeting a set of modifications meant to preserve the integrity of the building’s 102-year-old facade. The commission unanimously voted 6-0 in favor of the plan, which will transform Congregation Adas Le Israel Anshei Meseritz’s synagogue, at 415 E. Sixth St., into three apartments and construct a penthouse addition on the building’s roof. Upon review, however, the commission requested that the project’s architect, Joseph Pell Lombardi, and its developers, East River Partners, reduce the height of the penthouse addition and build its exterior with darker construction materials, in order to decrease the addition’s public visibility. The changes to the proposal followed recommendations made by representatives of both the Historic Districts Council and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, who spoke at the commission’s meeting on April 9. The Historic Districts Council asked that “steps be taken to minimize” the visibility of the project’s rooftop addition, citing how “a darker [construction] material that would blend with the wall of the neighboring building” would better complement the building’s facade, as opposed to the addition’s proposed beige stucco exterior. Andrew Berman, executive director of G.V.S.H.P., told The Villager that the change would ensure that “even from a distance, [the rooftop addition] does not obscure the distinctive historic rooftop details of the synagogue.” The house of worship is located within the East Village/Lower East Side Historic District, which was created by L.P.C. last October. Lombardi, the project’s architect, told The Villager this week that developers have already submitted the proposed revisions to both the color of the rooftop addition, as well as its height, which was contested by several commissioners. Lombardi said he expects the project to receive a certificate of appropriateness from the commission within the next month. According to Landmarks spokesperson Elisabeth de Bourbon, the project will be able to obtain a building permit and commence upon the commission’s approval. The plan for the synagogue’s redevelopment has proven contentious among members of the Meseritz congregation and its surrounding community, since it would gut the shul’s existing sanctuary and move the congregation to the building’s basement floor. However, the project would also preserve and restore the structure’s century-old, neoclassical facade, which many have acknowledged is in need of repair. The proposal passed through Community Board 3 last month, after meetings held by C.B. 3’s Parks, Recreation, Cultural Affairs, Landmarks & Waterfront Committee and the Landmarks Subcommittee, as well as the full community board. Carolyn Ratcliffe, chairperson of the Landmarks Subcommittee, was

in attendance at L.P.C.’s April 9 meeting, and read a statement on behalf of C.B. 3 Chairperson Gigi Li expressing support for the board’s resolution on the project. The statement added, however, that “it is with sorrow that the interior of the synagogue won’t be preserved” by the project. Robert Rand, the congregation’s acting president, also spoke at the commission’s meeting and said that Meseritz congregants “overwhelmingly support the plan.” That has been contested by other congregation members, however, many of whom, during the course of last month’s C.B. 3 meetings, voiced displeasure with the residential conversion and its handling by the congregation’s board of directors. Matt Malina, a lifelong East Village resident who spoke at the commission meeting in opposition to the plan, told The Villager that he took issue with the manner in which the congregation’s board negotiated the redevelopment. “It was done by a few people behind closed doors,” Malina said. “It’s not kosher.”

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eDitoRiAl Boston and 9/11 As we were going to press on Wednesday night, the investigation was continuing into Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and left 170 injured. The F.B.I. was denying reports that a suspect had been taken into custody. However, it was being widely reported that interest was focusing on a man who was captured on video dropping a black bag at the scene right before the explosions. Hopefully, we will soon get to the bottom of this horrible crime. Three innocent lives were taken and many people — spectators and runners alike — suffered gruesome injuries. There were reportedly numerous amputations. The bombs were packed with nails and ball bearings — designed to maim, according to bomb experts. The Daily News, in its editorial, noted that perhaps the second bomb was timed to go off slightly later so as to hit first-responders who were rushing to assist the wounded. How sick. Monday’s attack was the worst incident of what clearly was an act of domestic terrorism since 9/11, nearly 12 years ago. It’s sad that we still must be on alert for these kind of cowardly, vicious, senseless attacks. At the same time, it makes us appreciate even more the job that Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and other law enforcement have been doing to keep New York safe. We know we are a target, but thanks to a vigilant Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, we have been kept safe. There have been some close calls, though, including, most notably, the car packed with explosives in Times Square that was caught in the nick of time. Nevertheless, understandably, some Downtowners are taking the Boston bombing especially hard. Even if they didn’t know anyone personally involved in that incident, it’s brought the dread of 9/11 rushing back for them. Yet, thankfully, there weren’t any other incidents after Boston — the coordinated sort of attacks that the twisted terrorists delight in. Security is clearly a major issue in the upcoming New York City mayoral election. Whoever is elected must not lose focus on efforts to combat terrorist threats. One can only hope and pray that our world someday evolves to the point where we no longer bomb, maim and kill each other in this way — or any way. If this incident was somehow connected to any religion or religious cause, it is only the more depressing. When will we, as a planet, as a species, move on past these ancient hatreds to a place of mutual respect and understanding — to live and let live? A multicultural, multiracial, religiously diverse city like New York offers the world the best example of an inspiring look at how we can all live in relative peace. Perhaps that, too, is why we are a target. Despite our differences, we are all, at heart, the same. But for now, we must focus on bringing the terrorists in this incident to justice. We must send the message that America — whether it be New York or now Boston — will not be victimized by hateful terrorist violence. Again, nothing justifies this kind of carnage. The perpetrator or perpetrators must not get away.

letteRS to tHe eDitoR Eva’s schools get a free ride To The Editor: Re “Charges over charters fly as Eva enters Wash. Irving” (news article, April 4): A few corrections and comments are needed on your April 4 article about the co-location of a K-to-4 Success Academy charter school at the Washington Irving High School building. The first was a quote that was somewhat out of context, about how puzzling it was that the Department of Education was putting a K-to-4 school in a building otherwise populated by high school students. My comment had nothing to do with the fact that the high school students came from impoverished families. I have a 7-yearold and a 9-year-old. I wouldn’t want them sharing a building with 1,500 high school students of any financial stratum, even if it was at a fancy prep school. To me it is inappropriate. Success Academy — everywhere Eva Moskowitz places her empire — sets itself down in public school buildings, unlike most charter schools, which rent space. Success does not pay the city, even though the law requires them to pay the cost. The Independent Budget Office sets the cost of about $3,000 per student, which means Success, with its 5,000 students, got a $15 million subsidy from New York City’s school budget last year. We are in court over that travesty and expect a ruling soon. The biggest problem is that Success goes where it is unwanted, and where its presence will disrupt the education of thousands of other, noncharter students. Success has no relationship to its host communities and, in fact, it considers community opposition “U.F.T. inspired,” and therefore unworthy of consideration. Mayoral candidates Bill de Blasio, John Liu and Bill Thompson all oppose the co-location of charter and regular public schools, as do most education leaders. We are fighting to stop the inappropriate spread of Moscowitz’s empire now, but there is a good chance that the next mayor will stop it for good. Arthur Schwartz

Congrats on all the awards! To The Editor: Re “The Villager judged to be among state’s top weekly papers” (news article, April 11): Thanks for the great work and congratulations for the

well-justified recognition! And this article is a nice piece of writing also. I particularly enjoyed reading about the judges’ remarks and reasoning. The Village and the Villager are a great combination! Diane Lebedeff

More power to you! To The Editor: Re “Villager judged to be among state’s top weekly papers” (news article, April 11): Congrats, Villager! We definitely agree — everyone at Sane Energy Project! You folks have been terrific the way you have followed the Spectra pipeline story from day one! Clare Donahue Donahue is a founding member, Sane Energy Project

First, give us a supermarket... To The Editor: Re “Super-anxiety about closing of Sixth Ave. supermarket” (news article, April 11): If Catsimatidis wants our vote for mayor, he should start by opening a Gristedes in the neighborhood and hire Food Emporium’s workers, union scale or not. Jon Lichtenstein

Wils/Bergman plan too slow To The Editor: Re “Leagues make pitch for more funding and fields for Pier 40” (news article, April 11): It is not feasible to build housing on Pier 40 and that concept has been abandoned. The Wils/Bergman plan is to build housing in the park west of Pier 40. Building housing in parks is an excellent idea for developers. Unfortunately, by the time the Hudson River Park Act is amended, the project plan is amended, the zoning is changed, and the three public processes these entail are complete, it will be too late for Pier 40. Douglas Durst

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Alphabet City slow zone would rapidly increase safety tAlkinG point BY CHAD MARLOW It was the story that broke the hearts of all New Yorkers. Just a few short weeks ago, Nathan and Raizy Glauber, both just 21 years old, were in a livery cab riding to the hospital where, perhaps, they would deliver their first child. They never made it. A BMW driving at excessive speed crashed into their car killing both young parents. The baby was born within hours and died the next day. Speed kills. Indeed. Elected and appointed officials from across the city, seeking a constructive way to respond to such a senseless tragedy, rallied behind a proposal to install speed cameras in select locations throughout the city, especially near schools. Unfortunately, because New York City cannot blow its nose without permission from the Legislature in Albany, we lacked authority to enact this safety measure unilaterally. And guess what happened? Our request was denied because certain influential Upstate legislators did not want to risk creating a precedent that could bring speed cameras to their own dis-

Protecting pedestrians from dangerously operated vehicles is very important and personal for me. tricts (where they might get caught speeding), and two Brooklyn state Senators cared more about currying favor with the police union than saving lives. Fortunately, notwithstanding Albany’s obstructionism, New York City’s progressive Department of Transportation has implemented numerous programs that do not require Albany’s sign-off to protect pedestrians, cyclists and other motor vehicles from those traveling at excessive speeds. One such program allows for the implementation of “slow zones” in select neighborhoods. The slow zone program, in short, takes a well-defined, relatively com-

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painted speed limit information on streets and the selective use of speed humps (relatively flat, elongated speed bumps that are designed to be traversed at 15 to 20 miles per hour). It is hard to overstate the value of a slow zone’s speed reduction: A pedestrian

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who is struck by a car going 30 miles per hour has a 45 percent chance of being seriously injured or killed, but if the car’s speed is 20 miles per hour, the chance of serious injury or death drops to just 5 percent. Additionally, such a speed reduction reduces the risk of child pedestrian/cyclist accidents by 67 percent. It is, therefore, not surprising that similar programs have produced dramatic results. In London, a 9-mile-per-hour reduction in average slow zone traffic speeds resulted in a 46 percent reduction in fatal and severe injury crashes compared to non-slow zones. In the Netherlands, slow zones resulted in a 25 percent average decrease in injuries. In Barcelona, crash rates in newly created slow zones dropped by 27 percent. The success of these programs led other cities to implement similar programs, including Berlin, Zurich, Dublin, Stockholm, Helsinki and New York. Beyond their positive effect on health and safety, slow zones also bring numerous quality-oflife improvements, such as reducing traffic noise, reducing cut-through traffic volume (and its related air pollution) and creating more social streets. Because D.O.T. will not implement a slow zone where its benefits are offset by negative externalities, such as increasing traffic congestion or restricting the flow of emergency services, many areas are not well-suited to receive the gift of a slow zone. Fortunately, one area within the district I represent as a member of Community Board 3 — and in which I have a special interest as founder of the Tompkins Square Park & Playground Parents’ Association (TSP3A) — meets or exceeds all of D.O.T.’s standards for the implementation of a new slow zone. In fact, if established, it would be the new gold standard for New York City slow zones. To that end, I am pleased to announce TSP3A will soon be submitting an application to D.O.T. for what we are calling the “Tompkins Square/Alphabet City Slow Zone” (TSACSZ). The proposed borders of the zone (which themselves are not part of the zone) are as follows: the western border is First Ave.; the eastern border is the F.D.R. Drive; the northern border is 14th St.; and the southern border — which,

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From left, Jefferson Market Garden volunteers Ro McIntyre, Judy Cohen, Alexis and Jane Osmers were on hand last Sunday to greet visitors.

Garden increasing development (birdhouses) and programming By Tequila Minsky Sunday was the season opening of the Jefferson Market Garden, on Greenwich Ave. between Sixth Ave. and 10th St. This year, the magnolia trees and daffodils are foreshadowing the arrival (hopefully!) of spring weather. “Last year, it was warmer and we opened in late March,” noted Jane Osmers, a garden volunteer. Still to look forward to, tulips, forsythia and a plethora of other spring flowers have yet to bloom. The garden also boasts three birdhouses — with more to come. A ribbon-cutting with dignitaries, later in the season, will inaugurate the garden’s new bird condos.

Completely volunteer-run, the green oasis is open to the public on afternoons except Mondays, weather permitting, through October. “We’re trying to expand our outreach,” said Kacie Carl, volunteer coordinator. The hope is that more volunteers will join the outreach committee to expand programming, including music, poetry and other compatible activities, to bring more community residents into the garden.     “A lot of neighbors don’t even know we’re here,” Carl added. Although the air was still a bit cool last Sunday, plenty of passersby strolled through the garden. A lot of texting, reading, chatting and just communing with a bit of the Village’s greenery occurred on a cool and sunny day.


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Original punk shop rocks on, but in a retro cool way By Bob Krasner In the fashion world the next thing is always the best thing, unless it’s so retro that it’s cool. Mariann Marlowe, proprietor of the East Village clothing shop Enz’s, has been at both ends of the spectrum. She started out selling Vivienne Westwood’s punk designs in the West Village when that was the cutting edge in 1974. Today, she is currently selling a mix of her own rockabillyand burlesque-inspired fashions, as well as others, in her Second Ave. location, having made stops in between on St. Mark’s Place, the Hamptons and a brief detour into the world of body piercing. Her original shop, at 49 Grove St., was “the first punk rock store in New York City,” she said in a recent interview. Shopping trips to London kept the store stocked with the threads that New York punk rockers couldn’t get anywhere else. Those were the days when Debbie Harry, Lou Reed, Joey Ramone and Andy Warhol would drop by. The Internet didn’t exist, so there was no way to do a Google search for “punk rock clothing.” Sid and Nancy were alive (if not exactly well) and the East Village looked like a war zone. Marlowe survived, where many did not, in part because she kept her focus. “I was a wild child,” she said, “but I was responsible. And I didn’t do drugs.” The city has since changed and just being a survivor of the ’70s is a badge of honor; the fact that Marlowe still has a store is a minor miracle. It was a “mom and pop” store back then, but the husband that Marlowe started the business with is an ex and N.Y.U. has done its best to populate the neighborhood with squeaky-clean college kids. The racks that once sported ripped up T-shirts held together by safety pins now hold ’50s-inspired cocktail dresses, polka-dot swimsuits and leopard skin gloves. Helen Mirren and Norah Jones have stepped in as the celebrity clientele, and the chaotic soundtrack of punk — The Clash, the Ramones, the New York Dolls — has been replaced by the upbeat rockabilly of Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys. But Marlowe is one of the reasons that the East Village still has character. She runs the store from her heart — corporate entities like the nearby Bettie Page store just don’t have the soul that fills her tiny shop. She continues to look to the future, with an eye on possibly opening a new store in Williamsburg. Inspiration continues as well: A vision of cherries and skulls that came to her in her kitchen is on its way to becoming an original outfit that’s been  made by hand in America, rather than the outsourced norm. If you’re looking for copies of Marlowe’s style you might just see them around: People regularly sneak photos in the shop (not allowed, of course) in an effort to duplicate her template. While the imitators may manage to replicate a design or two, there’s one thing that can’t be copied. “People always ask me what my formula is,” Marlowe said. “I have no formula. My life is my formula.” Enz’s is located at 125 Second Ave., between St. Mark’s Place and E. Seventh St., and online at http://www.enzsnyc.com/ .

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Mariann Marlowe under the watchful gaze of Bettie Page and Audrey Hepburn in Enz’s, her boutique at 125 Second Ave.

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Bike chic is used to sell other kind of wheels In a city like New York, with a growing number of bike lanes and two-wheeled commuters, what better way to sell a car than by featuring…a bike? That was the premise for a commercial being filmed last Thurs., April 11, at Madison Square Park. An attractive young bike messenger, appropriately decked out with a scratched helmet, bike lock, walkie-talkie and whistle and with a worn messenger bag, straddled her bike as she looked at the car next to her. And, although a production assistant and the clapperboard identified the ad as “Uber Honda,” the cyclist was filmed next to a shiny new Volkswagen. The background scene included two faux construction workers jackhammering the street. In the commercial, the construction noise proved less of a distraction to the cyclist than the car she kept glancing over at, take after take.


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following D.O.T. rules, is drawn to avoid having a firehouse in the zone — is Second St. to the west of where it meets Houston Street, and Houston Street to the east of where it meets Second St. TSP3A believes the proposed TSACSZ will benefit our neighborhood’s residents, visitors and businesses. With respect to our residents and visitors, the zone will create a safer, cleaner neighborhood with less traffic noise. The improvements will be of particular benefit to children, senior citizens and certain physically challenged persons for whom speeding traffic presents the greatest danger. Local businesses will benefit in two ways. First, when motor vehicles pass through a neighborhood more slowly, their passengers are more likely to notice and patronize its local businesses. Second, reduced traffic speeds offer increased protection to the patrons of local businesses. Despite what we may think of the noisy, drunken masses that teem out of our local bars late at night, no one wants to see an intoxicated person stumble into a street and get hit by a speeding car. For bars — which can be subject to “dram shop law” civil liability in such cases — the extra safety that slow zones provide should be enthusiastically welcomed. As noted, the TSACSZ abundantly satisfies all of D.O.T.’s major slow zone approval requirements. For example, D.O.T. requires that slow zones have strong borders. The proposed TSACSZ has a major avenue, highway and crosstown thoroughfare as three of its borders, and a major crosstown thoroughfare as part of its fourth. One significant benefit D.O.T. looks for in a slow zone is that it protects school children. The proposed TSACSZ is home to 12 schools located within seven school buildings, so its beneficial impact in this area would be significant. In fact, the highest concentration of schools in an existing zone — the New Brighton/St. George Slow Zone — is five schools. Likewise, D.O.T. favors slow zones that help protect kids in preschools and daycare centers. TSACSZ has 22 combined preschools and daycare centers, which is more than double that of the Corona Slow Zone, the existing zone with the highest preschool/daycare center concentration. The proposed TSACSZ is also home to three senior centers and 38 parks, which attract sizable populations that would greatly benefit from a slow zone’s traffic calming measures. Moreover, TSACSZ avoids virtually all of the negative factors that count against slow zone applications, insofar as it has no firehouses, hospitals, truck routes or major thoroughfares within its borders. Finally, the proposed TSACSZ encompasses 0.38 square miles, just 0.08 square miles more than the Elmhurst Slow Zone, whose size D.O.T. calls “ideal.” Perhaps the strongest factor weighing in favor of the TSACSZ is that the area

is particularly dangerous. According to Transportation Alternatives, from 2005 to 2009 (the five most recent years for which State Department of Motor Vehicles data is available), there were 143 pedestrian injuries and 70 cyclist injuries in the proposed TSACSZ. There were also two pedestrian fatalities. That means the proposed TSACSZ averages 42.6 injuries and 0.4 deaths annually. By way of comparison, only one existing slow zone — Elmhurst, with an average of 44.6 annual injuries — is even in the same ballpark as the proposed TSACSZ. The next highest injury total for an existing slow zone is Boerum Hill, which has 28.2 annually. In fact, one existing slow zone, Dongan Hills, was approved by D.O.T. despite having just 4.6 annual injuries — 89.2 percent less than the proposed TSACSZ. Although, as the above data demonstrate, the proposed TSACSZ is ideally suited for D.O.T. approval, no slow zone application can be successful without demonstrated support from the local community and its elected officials. Although I will personally reach out to key stakeholders in our community to encourage their support, any person, business or organization that wishes to lend a hand to this health and lifesaving effort should contact me by e-mail at TSP3A@yahoo.com. Time is of the essence with respect to this application: The deadline for submissions is May 31, and with a new mayoral administration coming this January, there are no guarantees a slow zone program will exist in 2014. In the interest of full disclosure, I feel it is important to conclude by explaining why protecting pedestrians from dangerously operated vehicles is so important and personal for me. When I was 23 years old, my father was struck and nearly killed by a speeding drunk driver. The accident left him bedridden, with quadriplegia and a severe brain injury, until he passed away 13 years later, just 16 days after my first child was born. The events of that terrible day — December 5, 1995 — completely devastated my family and me, and the relentless physical and emotional suffering and financial struggles that followed took an enormous toll on us for years to follow. Having endured such an agonizing experience, I would do anything to help other families avoid a similar tragedy, but I cannot do it alone. This effort cannot succeed without strong, public support from the residential and business communities of the East Village and Community Board 3. So I am asking the readers of this talking point to please join me and TSP3A in our effort to protect the health and lives of our families, friends and neighbors through the implementation of the Tompkins Square/ Alphabet City Slow Zone. Every voice counts. I hope we can count on yours. Marlow is founder of Tompkins Square Park & Playgrounds Parents’ Association and a member of Community Board 3, where he serves on the Transportation and Public Safety Committee


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Tribeca docs long on good sports, big stars Athletes, entertainers, dancers and directors get the reality treatment BY TRAV S.D. As it has from its inception, the 2013 edition of New York’s hometown Downtown film festival will showcase an impressive slate of documentaries. This year, 61 films from over a dozen countries will grace Tribeca Film Festival screens, with an unsurprising preponderance of them originating from the U.S. In the past, the festival has been accused of not having a theme or a focus. This year’s documentary division does not suffer from that drawback, although the theme that has emerged can’t be said to be a particularly serious one. Given the festival’s close association with Robert DeNiro, it may not shock you to learn of a curatorial preoccupation with the subject of celebrity. Nearly half the films are about the famous, the near famous, the oncefamous, the briefly famous or those aspiring to be famous. The most extreme example is perhaps Andy Capper and Juliette Eisner’s “Lil Bub & Friendz” — about Internet “cat-lebrity” and meme of the moment, Lil Bub. Mercifully, the heroes of the other films are human for the most part. Several are about famous actors. There’s “Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic” by Marina Zenovich, a profile of the late controversial comedian, who passed away in 2005. Not to be outdone, Whoopi Goldberg chimes in with “I Got Something to Tell You” — a documentary about her hero, the pioneering AfricanAmerican female comic Moms Mabley. “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” is a portrait of the Tony- and Emmy-winning actress, legendary for being a hot pistol. Directed by Chiemi Karasawa, it features interviews with Tina Fey, Nathan Lane, Hal Prince and others. “The Battle of amfAR” (by documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, of “The Celluloid Closet”) tells the story of how Elizabeth Taylor came to found the first AIDS research foundation. Famous literary figures are at the center of several docs. Director Barbra Kopple (of the Oscar-winning 1976 coal miners’ strike documentary “Harlan County U.S.A.”) gives us “Running from Crazy” — an up close and personal view of the Hemingway family’s history of suicide and mental illness. “Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia,” directed

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Brooklyn’s Jonathan “Jay Donn” George, from “Flex is Kings.”

by Nicholas Wrathall, paints a picture of the recently deceased novelist, essayist and screenwriter — with commentary by David Mamet, Christopher Hitchens, Mikhail Gorbachev and others. “Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton” (co-directed by Stephen Silha, Eric Slade and Dawn Logsdon) tells the story of an influential beatnik poet and filmmaker, who was a friend and colleague of Pauline Kael, Stan Brakhage and Alan Watts. There are also a couple of rockumentaries in the festival. Steven Kochoches’ “Who Shot Rock and Roll: The Film” gives us not only every famous rock and roll star, but the photographers who have captured them on film — including Linda McCartney, Edward Colver, Edward Diltz, Jill Furmanovsky, Lynn Goldsmith, Bob Fruen, Norman Seeff, Mark Seliger and Guy Webster. “Mistaken for Strangers” tells the story of an up and coming rock group called The National as they embark on “their biggest tour to date.” The twist is that the film was made by Tom Bernger (the band’s roadie and the lead singer’s brother). The visual arts are also well-represented. “Michael H. Profession: Director” is a portrait of Austrian film director Michael Haneke (“Amour” and “Funny Games”) made by French filmmaker Yves Montmayeur. Then there’s “The Director” — which is not about a

movie director, but the current creative director of the House of Gucci (Frida Giannini), as she strives to make her mark at the 82-year-old fashion and clothing firm. “The Director” is co-produced by James Franco and directed by Christina Voros. “Herblock: The Black and the White,” directed by Michael Stevens, tells the story of The Washington Post’s longtime political cartoonist Herbert Block. And there are two films about dance. Hilla Medalia’s “Dancing in Jaffa” chronicles the doings of renowned ballroom dance instructor Pierre Dulaine as he teaches both Israeli and Palestinian young people to find positive ways to express themselves. Closer to home, “Flex is Kings,” directed by Deidre Schoo and Michael Beach Nichols, focuses on three Brooklyn flex dancers — a “savvy promoter,” a “local legend” and an “innovator with the talent to take him far from home.” At least ten of the films in the festival are about athletes and sports figures. Bill Siegel’s “The Trials of Muhammad Ali” talks about the controversial boxer’s troubles with the U.S. government for refusing to serve in the Vietnam War. “The Motivation,” by Adam Bhala Lough, introduces us to “eight of the world’s greatest professional skateboarders.” “McConkey” profiles Shane McConkey, described by some as “the most influential skier ever,” and was

directed by no less than five sports documentarians: Steve Winter, Murray Wais, Scott Gaffney, David Zieff and Rob Bruce. “The Diplomat,” directed by Jennifer Arnold and Senain Kheshgi, examines the life of Katerina Witt — described as “one of East Germany’s most famous athletes, winner of six European titles, four world championships and back-toback Olympic gold.” “No Limits,” directed by Allison Ellwood, tells the story of Audrey Mestre — who overcame scoliosis to become a world-class free diver. “Bending Steel” is a sensitive study by director Dace Carroll about the efforts of Brooklynite Chris Schoeck to become a professional strong man. “Rider and the Storm,” a short executive produced by actress Olivia Wilde, concerns a surfer who lost his home to Hurricane Sandy. A total of eight percent of the documentaries in the film festival are about basketball. “Wilt Chamberlain: Borscht Belt Bellhop” is a short by Ian Rosenberg about Wilt the Stilt’s time as a teenager working and playing at Kutsher’s Country Club in the Catskills. “Coach,” directed by Bess Kargman, introduces us to C. Vivian Stringer — coach of the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights women’s basketball team at the time of the Don Imus “nappy headed hoes” scandal. “Pat XO” is a portrait of Pat Summitt (the NCAA’s winningest basketball coach), who was forced to retired due to Alzheimer ’s disease. The film was directed by Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters. “Lenny Cooke,” directed by Bennie and Joshua Safdie, is about a promising high school athlete and his failure to get drafted by the NBA. Even some of the films that are not about sports are about...sports: “Cutie and the Boxer” (directed by Zachary Heinzerling) is about the painter Ushio Shinohara, who creates art by dipping boxing gloves in pigment and punching a canvas. And though, as mentioned, half the documentary films are not about people with high public profiles or those seeking to achieve them, celebrity still has a way of creeping in. “Out of Print,” about the dying industry of book publishing, is narrated by Meryl Streep and has interviews with Scott Turow, Ray Bradbury and Jeff Bezos.

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Kids access correspondents are red carpet ready Reporters from 10 to 14 to cover 20 events BY KAITLYN MEADE Every year, the Tribeca Film Festival rolls out brand new family programming to bring even the littlest filmmaker into its fold. The tried-and-true favorites of ESPN Sports Day and the Family Festival are back this year with new activities and guests. The Drive-In will be back too, showing three films — two old favorites and a premier from the festival — in one weekend. Throughout the festival, check out exclusive family screenings and a budding partnership with MoMa PS1. TFF is also bringing back its Kids Access program with expert guides in the area of kid-friendly programming.

THE YOUTH VOTE

Reporters from the festival’s Kids Access program will be on the scene, asking the tough questions and giving you the kidfriendly scoop. These young correspondents, between the ages of 10 and 14, come from local schools Downtown and cover over 20 events, from interviewing stars on the red carpet (like Emily Blunt and Jason Segel last year) to attending screenings, panels with filmmakers and community activities. On Monday, April 15, the kids toured some filming locations in Tribeca and brought along camera crews to shoot a neighborhood report. They started off in front of Tribeca Cinemas on Laight Street and then scattered throughout the surrounding streets to do individual takes of each reporter. “I’ve never tried to be a press before. I’m having fun, so I might want to be a press when I grow up,” said Fanta, a fifth grader at P.S. 1 and the youngest of the student reporters, who says her favorite movie is “Dreamgirls.” She said she has learned about interviewing people and is looking forward to talking to the celebrities. “On the red carpet, they’re gonna be busy with older person stuff, so we have to get their attention. We have to stand

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The “Kids Access” correspondents will be reporting on all aspects of the festival.

out but not be rude.” “On the red carpet, we’ve found they are a secret weapon,” said Peter Downing, creative director and producer of the Tribeca Family Festival, in a phone interview. Celebrities are inundated by reporters, he said, so when they see two very bright-eyed and interested young people ready to ask questions, they tend to gravitate to the Kids Access corner. “It’s a fun gig. Every year, I tell them how jealous I am of them, in a good way,” said Downing. But, he added, “This is a job. It’s

fun, but it’s a lot of work. When they go to an event, they’re given a list of people who are expected to attend and then they have to research them.” The kids have had two training sessions so far that include everything from tongue twisters to interview questions. Alice, a fifth grader at P.S. 150 and Harris, a fifth grader at P.S. 234 said they practiced mic techniques, “like hold the mic in the hand that is closest to the person. But not too close.” said Alice. “So that they’re eating the mic!” Harris chimed in. The program is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year after beginning in 2003 in partnership with Scholastic, which was already running a kids press core program. About five years ago, the Kids Access program took shape. The Art Institute of New York City provides their student filmmakers as crew as well as editing equipment and

facilities. There will also be a strong writing component as the kids will be expected to contribute to a blog. “This year, we wanted to put a particular emphasis on the writing,” said Downing, who said it was incorporated into the selection process. “They took six people from our school to interview, and you had to read things and talk about yourself,” said Mia, a seventh grader at Lower Manhattan Middle School. This was no problem for the outgoing seventh-grader, who wants to be either a singer or a writer. “I just heard it from my teacher,” said Nortee, a seventh grader at P.S. 289, who said he had never done anything like this before. “You don’t really get to do this a lot in your life. Even just trying something out is a good experience.” For more information on Kids Access, visit tribecafilm.com/tka.

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Regardless of preference, they’ve got your type Films that defy categorization, categorized for your convenience!

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Tanner (Michael J. Willett) has a bonding moment with Fawcett (Sasha Pieterse), in “G.B.F.”

BY SCOTT STIFFLER Like a thumbprint or a snowflake or a beautifully crafted excuse to miss work on a warm spring day, each film in this year’s festival is a unique creation. That said, even the most unconventional effort can, for marketing and viewer choice purposes, be lumped into a handful of descriptive categories. There’s a name for that, and it’s not “laziness” or “convenience.” It’s…genre.

HORROR

Nearly two decades after he cut his teeth on “Interview with the Vampire,” Neil Jordan’s “Byzantium” tells another story of two centuries-old, nomadic bloodsuckers — this time, in the form of “sisters” Eleanor and Clara, who take up residence in a small seaside town, at the titular hotel. Eleanor and Clara have about as much luck escaping their nature as a group of World War II-era Russian soldiers have of escaping a factory full of reanimated prototype supersoldiers, in “Frankenstein’s Army.” This “darkly comedic, wild steampunk, Nazi foundfootage-style Zombie mad scientist film” marks the genre-splicing, blood-spattering feature

film debut of Richard Raaphorst (one of the Netherlands’ top directors of commercials). Not to be outdone in the “trapped in a spooky place” premise, “V/H/S/2” (a sequel to the 2012 outing) puts two investigators in an abandoned house, as they attempt to solve the disappearance of a student. Their decision to view a series of VHS cassette tapes containing paranormal, apocalyptic and alien invader scenarios proves very unwise (and potentially fatal). This film works its found footage premise to maximum effect by having the work of seven directors represented by the various tapes on view. In the process, it pays a massive debt to “The Blair Witch Project” (“Blair” creators Gregg Hale and Eduardo Sanchez contribute a segment that puts their own spin on gut-hungry zombie flicks). Found footage isn’t the only horror trope on the tasty brains of the Tribeca Film Festival programmers. Those who hunger for more Frankenstein-meets-military weapon fare have another Midnight film choice, in U.K., writer/ director Caradog James’ “The Machine.” Set during a second Cold War, Britain’s Ministry of

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Rene (Paul Rudd) and Dennis (Paul Giamatti) try to make a quick buck selling trees, in “Almost Christmas.”

Defense sees potential in the work of programmer Vincent McCarthy — whose human cyborg prototype avoids the draft by decimating his lab and generally going bonkers. Things go downhill from there, when McCarthy continues his obsessive work (underground and off the books).

LGBT

The robust list of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-themed films starts off with a bang — or, more accurately, a pair of B’s: “BIG JOY: The Adventures of James Broughton,” is a documentary (or, as its creators describe it, a “celebratory portrait”) of the post-World War II, San Francisco-based poet and filmmaker. Home movies, historic photographs and interviews with contemporary admirers (as well as quotations from Broughton’s writings and clips from his movies) are used to put all of his artistic endeavors into context, with special concentration on his creative writing and filmmaking. Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (who long ago secured her gay cult appeal cred by creating “Designing Women”) brings the world premiere of her documentary to the festival. “Bridegroom”

looks at the ongoing debate over the legal rights of same-sex couples by zeroing in on one of them — Shane and Tom (who, six years into their relationship, experience a tragic accident that leaves one of them fighting “to be recognized as his soulmate’s legitimate counterpart”). Fifteen years after “Heathers” and nine years after “Mean Girls,” clique culture remains every bit as cutthroat as it was when Winona Ryder and Lindsay Lohan roamed the high school hallways (and they turned out just fine, didn’t they?). “G.B.F.” has three popular girls fighting for supremacy by becoming the first Gay Best Friend of Tanner, their school’s first openly gay student. Close friendship has darker, more erotic consequences in “Floating Skyscrapers.” Polish writer and director Tomasz Wasilewski’s second feature takes off when Kuba (at an art opening with his girlfriend of two years) bumps into Mikal. Sparks fly, and Kuba soon finds himself losing interest in girls…and sports! Soon, he’s spending less time in the swimming pool, and more time “drowning in the destruction of his desires.”

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Visually enticing vampire tale needs sharper bite Schmaltz dilutes a potentially bloody good time FILM BYZANTIUM

Directed by Neil Jordan Runtime: 118 minutes 4/25, 9:30pm, at BMCC Tribeca PAC 4/26, 4pm, at AMC Loews Village 7 4/27, 8:30pm, at SVA Theatre

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN The British-Irish fantasy thriller “Byzantium” tells the story of Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) — who, with her mother Clara (Gemma Arterton), forms a tightknit vampire duo. They are both two centuries old, yet look not a day older than 16 and 35 (Clara had Eleanor young while working as a prostitute). Both survive on human blood, but each has their own almost endearing code of ethics for how to acquire food. Whereas Eleanor feeds only on the elderly, who express that they are ready to die anyway, Clara mainly kills the mean male abusers of this

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Clara, holed up in a seaside hotel, has certain standards when it comes to acquiring food.

world (one scene shows her feasting on a street pimp). However, as we have learned in many a vampire movie before, eternal life is no pony farm. In fact, it is a tormenting existence for the sensitive — and so we meet kind Eleanor, as she is getting eager to

share the truth of her identity and her complete story with someone special. The latter appears in the form of Frank, in a little run-down coastal resort where the women have taken temporary refuge. Frank is a sensitive red-haired boy who, while developing a quick crush on Eleanor, is also

battling terminal cancer. The secret he discovers through her is one the audience learns about in bits and pieces throughout the film — involving kidnapping, forced prostitution, an orphanage and prosecution (as well as a mysterious shrine on a deserted island which holds the secret of eternal life). Directed by Neil Jordan (of “Interview with the Vampire” and “The Crying Game” fame), “Byzantium” makes for a visually enticing adventure. However, the film falls short, unable to overcome the many injections of schmaltz in its storyline. The biggest problem is its indecisive tone. Moments of serious emotions become overshadowed, and at times are even made ridiculous, by aesthetic kitsch (Frank has an accident and a hand wound turns into a gushing fountain of what looks like strawberry syrup). Some of it is straight up camp (Clara, a passionate seductress, could easily have table-danced in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” or “From Dusk Till Dawn”). Singularly, none of these directions would make for a weak movie — but scrambled together, one finds “Byzantium” to be neither here nor there. Soon enough we face Eleanor, a fair and often melodramatically wideeyed loner, with exasperation rather than compassion. At the crux of the film, it is hard to still care who will or will not live for eternity.

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RUSH TICKETS Screenings and events that have no more advance tickets available will be listed as Rush Tickets.

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Lines will form approximately 45 minutes prior to scheduled event times at the venue. Admission will begin approximately 15 minutes prior to the scheduled event times, based on availability (limit, one Rush Ticket per person). Tickets are priced as single tickets (as noted above), except at the BMCC Tribeca PAC Theater, where Rush Tickets for screenings will be $8 and Rush Tickets for Tribeca Talks will be $15. Admission is not guaranteed. SAME DAY TICKETS Tickets are available at venue box offices during the festival, about one hour before the venue’s first screening/event of the day. DISCOUNTS Discounts are available at Ticket Outlets for students (with valid ID), seniors (age 62+) and select Downtown Manhattan residents (with proof of residency). Service charges and fulfillment fees may apply.

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‘Powerless’ of particular relevance, post-Sandy ‘Robin Hood of electrical wiring’ sheds light on the rich/poor divide FILM POWERLESS (KATIYABAAZ)

Documentary Directed by Fahad Mustafa & Deepti Kakkar Runtime: 80 minutes 4/21, 5:30pm, 4/22, 7:30pm & 4/27, 3:30pm, at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea

BY SAM SPOKONY Those extended power outages that followed Hurricane Sandy gave us a small taste of the struggle faced every day by millions of people in developing countries. With that shock still fresh in our minds, “Powerless” will give English speakers everywhere an extraordinarily intense, yet well-balanced look at how an insufficient supply of electricity continues

to devastate the impoverished Indian city of Kanpur — and it should force us in the West to acknowledge our own position of material privilege, while also confronting our preconceived notions about when it is or isn’t right to stop following the law. With around three million people living within its borders, Kanpur is about twice as populous as Manhattan — but well over 10 percent of its residents live without regular electricity. The film thus begins by following Loha Singh, a diminutive, crafty and mostly penniless character who’s known throughout the city as a kind of Robin Hood of electrical wiring. Whether it’s a household that needs to power a water pump for a family’s survival or a local factory that will be doomed if the machinery fails, Singh and others like him use katiyas (illegal, makeshift power lines that tap into the government supply grid) to divert the flow of electricity to those who either can’t afford to pay for it, or simply can’t access it. But, for all its benefits, we later learn that not everyone in town is proud of Singh or his line of work. To capture the other half of the issue, the directors shift their focus to Ritu Maheshwari, the new managing director of KESCO (Kanpur’s equivalent of ConEd), as she attempts to crack

Photo by Egon Johann Vencour

Power to the people: Loha Singh risks life and limb to supply the have-nots with electricity.

down harder than ever on “katiyabaaz” like Singh. In board meetings, press conferences and extensive interviews, Maheshwari tries to explain that her perceived lack of mercy for the hundreds of thousands of “powerless” residents of Kanpur is part of her wish to create better

conditions for everyone. If KESCO cuts off the thieves, it can actually make money via bill-paying consumers — and if it makes money, it can build new power generators to more effectively serve the city’s population. But, to use a power pun, there’s just no stable connection between KESCO and the poor everyman of Kanpur. The two factions, who sit on opposite sides of socioeconomic privilege, can’t overcome the deep-seated resentment and the sheer lack of understanding that pervades this entire issue. The only sparks here are those that lead to explosions of anger — protests, insults and riots. Finally, we get glimpses of the politicians who say they’re going to make an impact on behalf of Kanpur’s struggling residents, as well as many others throughout India who live without electricity. But their words seem just as hollow as those we often hear in New York, when elected officials tell us they’re going to save us from the evils of the establishment. This is a beautifully executed documentary that captures the tension of a thought-provoking issue without creating one-dimensional heroes or villains. The story of power in Kanpur, told in its honest entirety, will provide a truly valuable learning experience to Western audiences.

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Well aware that we’re living in the world’s biggest, best, open-air backlot, the festival has always had a soft spot for films set amongst the streets, bridges and iconic landmarks of the five boroughs. In “Almost Christmas,” two iconic Pauls play French Canadian ne’er-do-wells determined to make a quick fortune selling Christmas trees in NYC. Sally Hawkins co-stars as the wife of misanthropic ex-con Dennis (Paul Giamatti). She’s being romanced by the charming Rene (Paul Rudd). Phil Morrison (“Junebug”), equally adept at quirky charm and genuine emotion (often in the same scene), directs. She recently announced her intentions to leave our city — so it’s a good thing documentary filmmaker Chiemi Karasawa’s “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” captured the then-87-yearold Broadway legend in all her Gotham glory. Testimonials from the likes of Tina Fey and Hal Prince, as well as brutally honest insights from the lady herself, promise to “reach beyond Stritch’s brassy exterior, revealing a multidimensional portrait of a complex woman.” If the film manages to deliver, its 80 minutes will be worth more than a month’s worth of James Lipton interviews.

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A cook plucked from obscurity is called upon to serve her country’s president, in “Haute Cuisine.”

Based on a true story, “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors” is set in Far Rockaway, in the days leading up to Hurricane Sandy. Its parallel story follows two people making connections and finding community — as the mother of autistic teen Ricky combs the streets, while her son rides the subway. Four short films also make good use of the city. In “Ice,” unlucky-in-love enforcer Ronnie (between jobs for his Brooklyn crime boss) hides out in the backroom of a bar, sculpting ice

and exploring the roots of his ambivalence. Five minutes is all it takes to tell the story of “Two Islands” — a pair of enormous waste dumps that put the city’s rejected surplus into perspective. In “Zzzzzz,” sleepwalkers Henry and Lucy take the audience along on a tour of nocturnal sights and sounds. Saved from the trash heap and taken to a repair shop in the Flatiron building, a seemingly obsolescent “Royal American” typewriter is used to write letters (answered by, among others, President Clinton).

If past years are any indication (and they almost always are), foreign language films will account for the festival’s strongest entries in virtually every category — acting, cinematography, art direction and, of course, subtitles. The 2013 roster includes entries from Australia (“Red Obsession”), Belgium (“Broken Circle Breakdown”), Brazil (“Reaching for the Moon,” Canada (“Whitewash ), Denmark (“Northwest”), India (the documentary “Powerless,” favorably reviewed by our Sam Spokony), Iran (“Taboor”), Israel (“Big Bad Wolves”), Italy (“Ali Blue Eyes”), Japan (“Odayaka”), New Zealand (“Fresh Meat”), Saudi Arabia/ Germany (“Wajdja”) and Turkey (“Jin”). A trusted friend’s recent, unexpectedly persuasive case as to why the French hold Jerry Lewis films in such high regard inspired my curiosity about two efforts from that heretofore impenetrable country. In “Cycling with Moliere,” once-great actor Serge Tanneur finds himself twisting in the wind, cycling through France’s Île de Ré — when an old friend temps him to return to the stage, in Molière’s “The Misanthrope.” A chef toiling in obscurity is chosen to whip up classic French dishes for her nation’s president, in “Haute Cuisine.” It’s based on the real-life story of the personal chef to former French president François Mitterrand.

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Notice of Qualification of ROTHSCHILD CORNERSTONE GP, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/29/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/29/03. Princ. office of LLC: Attn: David D. Rothschild, 477 Madison Ave., 6th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State of DE, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/11 - 05/16/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of Yola Colon LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NewYork (SSNY) on 03/11/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: 200 E 64th St., #26AB, New York, NY 10065. Purpose:To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 04/11 - 05/16/2013 RD LEGAL GROUP, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 03/21/2013. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Irena Leigh Norton, Esq. C/O Law Office of Roni Dersovitz, 295 Madison Ave., 39th Fl, NY, NY 10017. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Vil: 04/11 - 05/16/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Wall Street Cross Border Alternative Equity Index, LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/28/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: 52nd Fl, The Trump Building, 40 Wall St, NY NY 10005. Purpose: any lawful act. 2062154 Vil: 04/11 - 05/16/2013 Notice of Formation of Village JV 340 East 11th LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 1/2/13. 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 Kushner Co., 666 Fifth Ave., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10103. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 04/11 - 05/16/2013 Notice of Formation of Village JV 500 East 11th LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 1/2/13. 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 Kushner Co., 666 Fifth Ave., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10103. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 04/11 - 05/16/2013

Notice of Formation of Village JV 504 East 12th LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 1/2/13. 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 Kushner Co., 666 Fifth Ave., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10103. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 04/11 - 05/16/2013 Notice of Formation of Village JV 435 East 12th LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 1/2/13. 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 Kushner Co., 666 Fifth Ave., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10103. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 04/11 - 05/16/2013 Notice of Formation of Village JV 338 East 11th LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 1/2/13. 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 Kushner Co., 666 Fifth Ave., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10103. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 04/11 - 05/16/2013 Notice of Formation of Village JV 211 Avenue A LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 1/2/13. 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 Kushner Co., 666 Fifth Ave., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10103. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 04/11 - 05/16/2013 Notice of Qual. of Valinor Capital Partners SPV IX, LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 11/8/12. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 11/7/12. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: David Angstreich, 510 Madison Ave., 25th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 04/11 - 05/16/2013 Notice of Qual. of Valinor Capital Partners SPV X, LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 11/8/12. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 11/7/12. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: David Angstreich, 510 Madison Ave., 25th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 04/11 - 05/16/2013

V. STEWARD GROUP LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 2/11/13. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 201 E. 17th St., #11H, NY, NY 10003. General Purposes. Vil: 04/11 - 05/16/2013 Notice of Qualification of VHA Mid Atlantic, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/22/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 220 E. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, TX 75039. LLC formed in DE on 5/7/99. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 04/11 - 05/16/2013 Notice of Qualification of VHA MidAtlantic Purchasing Coalition, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/21/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 220 E. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, TX 75039. LLC formed in DE on 10/8/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 04/11 - 05/16/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of Halo Direct, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/22/2013. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: Halo Direct, LLC, 832 Broadway, 6th Floor, New York, New York 10003. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 04/04 - 05/09/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of Lord Jane LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/15/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: Lord Jane LLC, 200 West 16 Street, Apt 11K, New York, NY 10011. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 04/04 - 05/09/2013


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Publ ic Notice s NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC). NAME: 338 JEFFERSON LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 1/17/2013. Office location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 228 Park Ave S #42608, New York, NY 10003. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil: 04/04 - 05/09/2013 Notice of Qualification of AlpInvest Secondaries Fund (Offshore Feeder) V, L.P. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/21/13. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Cayman Islands (CI) on 09/11/12. Princ. office of LP: 630 Fifth Ave., 28th Fl., NY, NY 10111. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 122072543. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. Arts. of Org. filed with Registrar of Limited Partnerships, Government Administration Bldg., Grand Cayman, CI KY1-9000. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/04 - 05/09/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF KRAUS LAW PLLC a professional service limited liability company (PLLC). Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New mi (SSNY) on 03/04/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the PLLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the PLLC is to: Kraus Law PLLC, 131 E. 81st St., No. 15, New York, NY 10028. Purpose:To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 04/04 - 05/09/2013 Notice of Qualification of GEM Holdco, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/13/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/10/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 590 Madison Ave., 27th Fl., NY, NY 10022, also the principal office. Address to be maintained in DE: 1811 Silverside Rd., Wilmington, DE 19810. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secretary of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 04/04 - 05/09/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of G and C Arts, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 2/22/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: G and C Arts, LLC 370 Lexington Avenue, Suite 509, NY NY 10017. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 04/04 - 05/09/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION of The Law and Mediation Office of Justine Borer, Esq., PLLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/05/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: The Law and Mediation Office of Justine Borer, Esq., PLLC, 44 Wall Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10005. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 04/04 - 05/09/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Mundaca Artese LLP. Certificate filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 2/27/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLP may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against LLP is to: Business Filings Incorporated, 187 Wolf Rd, Ste 101, Albany, New York 11205. Purpose: To engage any lawful act or activity. Vil: 04/04 - 05/09/2013 AUTHOR LEVIN LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 1/16/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Charles Hopfl, 2211 Broadway, NY, NY 10024. General Purposes. Vil: 04/04 - 05/09/2013 GA REP LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/5/12. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Dorf & Nelson LLP, 555 Theodore Fremd Ave., Rye, NY 10580. General Purposes. Vil: 04/04 - 05/09/2013 GENESIS CAPITAL LEGACY AND ESTATE, LLC a foreign LLC, filed with the SSNY on 3/4/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 80 Maiden Ln., Ste. 303, NY, NY 10038. General Purposes. Vil: 04/04 - 05/09/2013 97 NOBLE LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/13/12. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Donna Jones Marfino, 401 2nd Ave., NY, NY 10010. General Purposes. Vil: 04/04 - 05/09/2013 MOKSH PROPERTIES, LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 3/11/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Meghana Giridhar, 347 W. 57th St., #28F, NY, NY 10019. General Purposes. Vil: 04/04 - 05/09/2013

DESTROYHIPSTERS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 02/21/2013. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Kantor Davidoff Wolfe Mandelker Twomey & Gallanty, P.C., Attn Thomas E Kass, 51 East 42nd St. (17th Fl), NY, NY 10017. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Vil: 04/04 - 05/09/2013 Notice of Formation of CA EAST HOUSTON LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/22/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 1407 Broadway, 41st Fl., NY, NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 04/04 - 05/09/2013 Notice of Formation of twentybridge LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/21/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Sharon deMonsabert, 14030 Thunderbolt Place #900, Chantilly, VA 20151. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 04/04 - 05/09/2013 Notice of Formation of Leslie Lane, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/27/13. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 04/04 - 05/09/2013 Notice of Qualification of Pliant, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/15/10. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 6/29/06. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 875 Ave. of the Americas, Ste. 501, NY, NY 10001. Principal office: 200 East Main St., Macedon, NY 14502. Address to be maintained in DE: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secretary of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 03/28 - 05/02/2013 Notice of Formation of YORK MANAGED HOLDINGS II, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/04/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 767 Fifth Ave., NY, NY 10153. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, regd. agent upon whom and at which process may be served. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 03/28 - 05/02/2013

Notice of Qualification of AlpInvest/ Michigan Investment Fund, L.P. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/20/13. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/29/11. 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, 401 Federal St., #3, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 03/28 - 05/02/2013

Notice of Qualification of Secoya Partners, LLC App. for Auth. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/14/13. Fictitious name in NY State: Secoya Partners of Delaware LLC. Off. loc.: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 8/8/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o United Corporate Services, Inc., 10 Bank St., Ste. 560, White Plains, NY 10606. DE address of LLC: c/o Incorporating Services, Ltd., 3500 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Arts. of Org. filed DE Secy. of State, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 03/28 - 05/02/2013

Notice of Qualification of AlpInvest Secondaries Fund (Onshore) V, L.P. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/20/13. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 07/16/12. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. DE addr. of LP: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., #3, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 03/28 - 05/02/2013

Notice of Qualification of Napier Park Railcar Lease Fund LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/12/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 3/7/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Napier Park Global Capital LLC, 399 Park Ave., 7th Fl., NY, NY 10022, principal business address. DE address of LLC: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/28 - 05/02/2013

Notice of Formation of P3 & G DONUT HOLDINGS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/15/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 135 W. 18th St., 2nd Fl., NY, NY 10011. 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: 03/28 - 05/02/2013 Notice of Formation of LHL HOLDINGS NY, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/14/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 183 Madison Ave., NY, NY 10016. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Bennet L. Schonfeld at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 03/28 - 05/02/2013 Notice of Formation of Kroesser + Strat Design LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/26/13. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 227 E. 87th St., NY, NY 10128, Attn: Amelia Setar, the registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 03/28 - 05/02/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: THE FRENCH RESISTANCE, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/13/13. 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, 156 Fifth Avenue, Suite 200, NewYork, NewYork 10010. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 03/21 - 04/25/2013 STUDIO CUBE LLC, a domestic LLC currently known as REID & TAYLOR STUDIO LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 1/7/13. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 328 W. 11th St., 1-C, NY, NY 10014. General Purposes. Vil: 03/21 - 04/25/2013 AMB PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, LLC a foreign LLC, filed with the SSNY on 2/27/13 using the fictitious name AMB 77 PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, LLC. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 1374 Whitehorse Hamilton Square Rd., Hamilton, NJ 08690. General Purposes. Vil: 03/21 - 04/25/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION of Run Away With Me Productions, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/18/13 Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: The LLC, c/o Alexes Lowe, 321 Edgecombe #20 NY NY 10031. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 03/21 - 04/25/2013 Notice of Formation of HANNAH EAST END LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/06/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Davidson, Dawson & Clark LLP, 60 E. 42nd St., NY, NY 10165. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 03/21 - 04/25/2013 Notice of Qualification of QDG RETAIL PARTNERS, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/11/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/14/13. Princ. office of LLC: 60 Columbus Circle, 20th Fl., NY, NY 10023. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of DE, John G. Townsend Bldg., Federal and Duke of York Sts., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 03/21 - 04/25/2013 Notice of Qualification of IH2 PROPERTY GP LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/05/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/14/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with State of DE, Dept. of State, Div. of Corps., Secy. of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 03/21 - 04/25/2013 Notice of Formation of KLW ADVISORS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/06/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 252 7th Ave., NY, NY 10001. 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: 03/21 - 04/25/2013

Notice of Formation of Champion Parking 230 LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/22/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 655 Third Ave., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil: 03/21 - 04/25/2013 Notice of Formation of XENIA GHALI LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/4/13. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Arent Fox LLP, 1675 Broadway, NY, NY 10019, Attn: Ross Charap, Esq. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/21 - 04/25/2013 Notice of Qualification of Withers Consulting Group LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/5/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 2/25/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: James R. Brockway, Esq., Withers Bergman LLP, 157 Church St., 19th Fl., New Haven, CT 06510, principal business address. DE address 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: 03/21 - 04/25/2013 Notice of Formation of NV Realty Holdings, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/18/2012. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP, 900 Third Ave., NY, NY 10022. Term: until 11/1/2057. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 03/21 - 04/25/2013 Notice of Formation of OPP LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/04/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Salvatore D’Avola, c/o Restored Homes, 150 Broadway, Ste. 2101, NY, NY 10038. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 03/14 - 04/18/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: THE MAK ORGANIZATION LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/26/13. 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, 37A Orchard Street, New York, New York 10002. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 03/14 - 04/18/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: PUSHPOINT, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/04/13. The latest date of dissolution is 12/31/2113. Office location: New York. 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, 400 Townline Road, Suite 150, Hauppauge, New York 11788. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 03/14 - 04/18/2013 Notice of Formation of MOMIC LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/5/12. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 10 Bank St., Ste. 560, White Plains, NY 10606, the registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 03/14 - 04/18/2013 Notice of Formation of Caldera Brand Development LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/6/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 171 E. 84th St., Apt. 31E, NY, NY 10028. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 03/14 - 04/18/2013 Notice of Formation of Anat Nev, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/13/12. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Ellyn Roth Mittman, Esq., 110 E. 59th St., 23rd Fl., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 03/14 - 04/18/2013 Notice of Formation of Travis Quinn Design LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/22/13. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 445 W. 23rd St., #15A, NY, NY 10011, Attn: Travis Quinn. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/14 - 04/18/2013 Notice of Qualification of Ladder Capital Realty Finance III LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/22/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 345 Park Ave., 8th Fl., NY, NY 10154. LLC formed in DE on 5/16/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/14 - 04/18/2013


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p u b lic not i c eS Notice of QUALificAtioN of thL creDit ADvisors LLc Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/22/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 570 Lexington Ave., 28th Fl., NY, NY 10022. LLC formed in DE on 6/26/09. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 03/14 - 04/18/2013

Notice of QUALificAtioN of rose moss AssociAtes, LLc Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/14/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 3/22/00. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Toback, Bernstein & Reiss, LLP, Att: Leonard Reiss, Esq., 15 W. 44th St., 12th Fl., NY, NY 10036. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, Duke & York Sts., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 03/14 - 04/18/2013

Notice of QUALificAtioN of sPriNgs 6 LLc Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/20/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 11/1/06. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o John Silberman Associates, 145 E. 57th St., 9th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE addr. of LLC: c/o National Corporate Research, Ltd., 615 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 03/14 - 04/18/2013

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N.Y.U.’s Alison Wang tees up a serve against Ithaca College.

PUbLic Notice NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, that the NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday May 8, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at 66 John Street, 11th floor, on a petition from COWGIRL, INC. to continue to, maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk café at 519 Hudson Street, in the Borough of Manhattan, for a term of two years. REQUEST FOR COPIES OFTHE PROPOSED REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, ATTN: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 04/18 - 04/25/2013

PUbLic Notice NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, that the NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday May 8, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at 66 John Street, 11th floor, on a petition from Two Bikes LLC to continue to, maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk café at 85 Orchard Street, in the Borough of Manhattan, for a term of two years. REQUEST FOR COPIES OFTHE PROPOSED REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, ATTN: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 04/18 - 04/25/2013

PUbLic Notice NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at 66 John Street, 11th floor, on a petition from 31 Great Jones Restaurant Corp. to continue to, maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk café at 31 Great Jones Street in the Borough of Manhattan for a term of two years. REQUESTS FOR COPIES OF THE PROPOSED REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 04/18 - 04/25/2013

PUbLic Notice NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANTTO LAW, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at 66 John Street, 11th floor, on a petition from IDG Seaport Inc. to continue to, maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk café at 21-23 Peck Slip in the Borough of Manhattan for a term of two years. REQUESTS FOR COPIES OF THE PROPOSED REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 04/11 - 04/18/2013

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N.Y.U. women break out broom, sweep Ithaca, 9-0, in the Bronx SpoRtS BY DANIEL JEAN-LUBIN New York University’s women’s tennis team notched their second consecutive win of the season, defeating the Ithaca College Bombers, 9-0, at the Stadium Tennis Center at Mill Pond, the Bronx, on Sat., April 13. The New York University Violets (3-3), 18th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northeast Region rankings, got off to a remarkable 3-0 lead against the winners of four straight, Ithaca College, thanks to a clean sweep from their doubles squad. Alison Wang, Mari Tzakis, Ashley Masanto and Madeline King all went undefeated on the day, winning both their singles and doubles matches. In doubles play on court one, Masanto and Wang (3-2 in their last five matches together) defeated Cristina Nunez and Laurel Salladay of Ithaca College (15-2), 8-6. Both pairs held serve for the first four games of the set, until at 30-40, Masanto, playing at the net, fired a blazing forehand winner that just touched the baseline and could not be returned by the ladies of Ithaca, making it 3-2 in favor of the Violets. After an easy hold of service by N.Y.U, Nunez and Salladay responded by taking the set’s next two games, both without dropping a point. The rally would not be enough, however, as Wang and Masanto never faced the pressure of another break point in the match, winning easily. Later that day, it was the Alison derby as N.Y.U.’s Alison Wang defeated Ithaca’s Allison Young 6-0, 6-1. The match was a quick one after a tight first game that saw three deuces before Wang pulled off a passing backhand that clipped the net and remained in play but bounced too quickly and could not be returned by Young.

Young double-faulted twice in her first service game and was never able to recover after that, losing the first set in less than a half hour. Wang hit 28 winners in the match and 10 of them came in the second set, in which she continued to dominate, winning the set and match just as quickly as the first. In other doubles final scores, Tzakis and King of N.Y.U defeated Carly Siegel and Allison Vizgaitis, 8-3. The Violets’ Jazmin Colling and Becky Kumar beat Marni Blumenthal and Alyssa Steinweis, 8-6. In singles, Masanto bested Nunez 6-0, 0-1. (Nunez retired after the first game of the second set.) N.Y.U.’s Wang and Ramya Pokala both got 6-0, 6-1 wins over Young and Blumenthal, respectively. The Violets’ Tzakis knocked off Siegel, 7-5, 6-2. Ithaca's Salladay lost, 7-5, 6-0, to King. Alexandra Ziarko of N.Y.U defeated Alyssa Steinwies, 3-6, 6-4, 10-6. The N.Y.U. men’s tennis team also earned its fourth consecutive victory by shutting out Ithaca College’s men’s squad, 9-0, later that day. The Violets return to action on Sat., April 20, when they host SUNY Geneseo at the Stadium Tennis Center at noon in the final home series of the season.

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Pipeline flipped her on NID To The Editor: Re “Most park users are residents” (letter, by Sandy Yeltser, April 4): Sandy Yeltser says that most of the people who use Hudson River Park are residents of the immediate area. Therefore, Yeltser implies, all area residents should be willing to support the park financially. Yeltser may be right about who uses the park, I don’t know. But it’s also true that there are many local residents who don’t use it — like me. Nevertheless, had I been asked about the neighborhood improvement district a year or so ago, I would have said sure, of course I want to help out the park. Now, however, I don’t feel that way about the NID. We who live near the park do have a special interest in it, because we are the people who are most endangered by the Spectra pipeline. The Hudson River Park Trust is welcoming the pipeline onto the Gansevoort Peninsula, a stone’s throw from the children’s water playground on Pier 51. The Trust is getting more than $2 million for the pipeline easement, so let that $2 million be considered the residents’ contribution, since it is this neighborhood — a neighborhood that has opposed the pipeline and has been blithely ignored by the Trust — that is most at risk. I don't wish to support an organization that is putting me in danger and hypocritically insisting that the danger doesn’t exist. Myra Malkin

Silence speaks volumes To The Editor: Re “Rajkumar’s running against Chin; Vows to be pro-community” (news article, April 11): I don’t mean to sound negative, but I have a hard time taking Mr. Finan’s statement about Rajkumar and Chin seriously, just weeks after it was revealed that Councilmember Chin has known about Howard Hughes Corp.’s plans for the Seaport for the past two years and kept her constituents in the dark. Sorry. Joan Rosenstein

Talks a good game, but... To The Editor: Re “Rajkumar’s running against Chin; Vows to be pro-community” (news article, April 11): Talking populism is enough sometimes for disappointed (rightly so, at times) constituents. I’d like to hear in-depth knowledge

of what our communities have to do to push back against hyperdevelopment during this luxury developers’ dream mayoral administration. Also, not going to any meetings on SPURA before making a “statement” that displayed no grasp of what it took to achieve a pretty good deal in this economic climate doesn’t reassure. It also diminishes the community board that worked their butts off to get it (and unanimously approved it). Laying out positions that guide us forward in human terms is important: We have to know what we’re aiming for to create a just world. But attacking the person who has had to face the issues in real time, without acknowledging what it takes to get forward movement in a period of literally off-thecharts income inequality in the U.S. — that’s not so interesting. I think Ms. Rajkumar and her supporters need to stop trying to read like a P.R. script. K Webster

Fagan Park site was better To The Editor: Re “Citi Bike set to roll in May; Some say No to Petrosino site” (news article, April 11): I just learned that one of the locations will be on the west side of MacDougal St., north of Father Fagan Park. That will not only be depriving the neighborhood of some much-needed, on-street parking, but more important, will bring hustle and bustle and noise 24/7 to a narrow, quiet, residential street. The original sites proposed were on Hudson St., which makes much more sense: It’s both wide and commercial. To whom can we protest this? Merle Kaufman

Feminist didn’t flaunt fame To The Editor: Re “Shulamith in-depth” (Scoopy’s Notebook, April 11): I met Shulamith in 1976, when she came to work at M.I.T. She was definitely not crazy and did not exhibit any strange behavior. She was a typist in our program and just wanted a job. The director of our program was all atwitter with her because of her “fame” as a feminist and her book, “The Dialectic of Sex.” She didn’t really want to talk about her book or her feminism. She was just a rather quiet, smiling, nice, smart woman. She was articulate and rather sweet. There was no evidence of any mental illness during the time she worked for us, albeit a rather short time, but she wasn’t a man-hater or gay-hater or some of the other things she has been called. Rachel Cherkovsky

So fed up with crusties To The Editor: Re “A crusty proposal: Crack down on ‘voluntary homeless’ ” (talking point, by Chad Marlow, March 28): I found Chad Marlow’s talking point about a crusty proposal to be articulate and concise but, unfortunately, a form of magical thinking. Even if we can get the present laws enforced and new ones passed, sadly, the Police Department is already stretched to the limit. The justice system has morphed into an infinite revolving door; the crusties come in and they just go out. They’ve nothing to lose, only much to gain. While in custody, they have heat, food and medical care… all on our dime. Then they are back on the street to beg, fight and steal for their heroin. And what, Mr. Marlow, should we do with their dogs? You just can’t take them from their people, for they don’t go peacefully, even though these pit bulls are on the street in 20 degrees, 24/7. That in itself is a law breaker. What do you think happens when these innocent and loyal dogs go to the pound? If a no-kill shelter doesn’t rescue them, many are euthanized, only to be replaced with a new dog by the crusty “owner,” and the merry-go-round starts again.

Insidiously, this crusty culture is just another form of misanthropic nihilism. The insouciance of this culture of “voluntary homeless” has even stretched Berkeley, California, to its liberal limits. In last November’s elections, Berkeley tried to pass an amendment making it illegal for people to lie around on its commercial streets between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Even Berkeley, the bastion of tolerance, has had enough! I would like to commend The Villager and Mr. Marlow for bringing this dilemma to light — for knowledge really is power — and maybe we can take these neighborhoods back for their citizens to enjoy, and not be shamed when tourists think that we ignore our “poor, young and homeless,” and reveal them for the selfish and solipsistic, drug-addled urchins they are. Deborah Spicciatie E-mail letters, not longer than 250 words in length, to lincoln@thevillager. com or fax to 212-229-2790 or mail to The Villager, Letters to the Editor, 515 Canal St., Suite 1C, NY, NY 10013. Please include phone number for confirmation purposes. The Villager reserves the right to edit letters for space, grammar, clarity and libel. The Villager does not publish anonymous letters.


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Annie Wilson with Lovi Dovi and her regular output of two eggs.

She just loves her Lovi Dovi pet Set BY LINCOLN ANDERSON Annie Wilson, a longtime resident of E. 13th St., just loves her pigeon, Lovi Dovi. Originally from Canada, Wilson is a former experimental musician turned environmental activist. She inherited the bird from a good friend in her building who passed away. She lets Lovi Dovi (pronounced “lovey dovey”) fly freely all around the apartment. The pigeon is actually very clean, she said, not doing any “aerial bombings.” Wilson also has two large potted trees in her place that are “Lovi Dovi’s trees.” Lovi Dovi has a routine: Every couple of weeks she lays two eggs, and then sits on them in her nest. But since the eggs are never fertilized, Wilson just lets the bird have them for a while, and then takes them away and puts them in her refrigerator freezer. Lovi Dovi seems O.K. with this, Wilson said — and just goes right ahead and lays more eggs.

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