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Three key sites are added to proposed historic district By LInCoLn anDerSon Andrew Berman told The Villager late last Friday afternoon May 3 that three important sites — including two owned by N.Y.U. on the edge of Washington Square Park — that had previously been left out of the proposed South Village Historic District “Phase II” have now been included in it by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Berman, executive

director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, said he received word earlier on Friday from both L.P.C. and Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s Office that the three sites are now in the proposed district. The sites most notably include N.Y.U. Law School’s Vanderbilt Hall. A low-scale, Italianate-style building, it

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‘Clarified’ park rules for artists, buskers still called unclear Photo by Jefferson Siegel

Councilmember Margaret Chin, flanked by Congressmember Nydia Velazquez, left, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, at her May 4 campaign announcement in Tribeca.

Chin’s all in: Silver, Nydia back bid for a second term By JeFFerSon SIegeL On Sunday morning, Margaret Chin formally announced her campaign for a second term. Dozens of supporters, including local activists and powerhouse political allies like Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Congressmember Nydia Velazquez, filled the steps of Independence Plaza North in Tribeca to show their support for the First

District’s first Asian-American councilmember. “Councilmember Chin has been one of our community’s staunchest advocates, making sure that as we continue to rebuild, Lower Manhattan receives its fair share,” said Silver, offering Chin his “strong endorsement.” Velazquez also praised Chin’s commitment, saying the district

By TereSe LoeB KreuZer Puppeteer Ronny Wasserstrom and artist David Evirett-Carlson were nervous. They had just emerged from a Community Board 2 Parks and Waterfront Committee meeting on May 1 where Manhattan Borough Parks Commissioner Bill Castro had faced a room full of expressive-matter vendors who were not shy about expressing their

needs someone to “stand up for small businesses, working families, affordable housing and access to better education and childcare.” Chin, who seemed to know every supporter personally, took pride in recounting the accomplishments over her past four years, including gaining protected affordable housing

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questions and grievances with the city’s parks rules and regulations. Castro wanted to allay their fears about the “clarified” rules issued by the Parks Department on April 2. This clarification stated that as of May 8, musicians and other performers in parks would have to abide by the same rules as expressive-matter vendors

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Mayoral contenders try to cultivate their green cred By Sarah Ferguson New York’s community gardeners were once derided as squatters, even “communists,” for staking out flowerbeds and vegetable patches on city-owned lots. But on Sat., April 27, they were greeted by the city’s mayoral contenders as something else: political stakeholders. Seven candidates — including frontrunner Christine Quinn, Comptroller John Liu and former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion — came to The Cooper Union’s Great Hall to present their views on greening and open space at a mayoral forum hosted by the New York City Community Garden Coalition. While not all turned out — Joe Lhota and Bill de Blasio were last-minute no-shows — the presence of so many candidates was testament to just how far this grassroots movement has come in the last 15 years. “We want the gardens and their preservation to be an issue in this campaign,” said Charles Krezell, an N.Y.C.C.G.C. board member. “It’s an environmental issue, it’s a health issue. We’re saying, making gardens permanent is a very inexpensive way for the city to help itself.” In general, all the candidates agreed on the need to preserve and even expand the number of community gardens in the city, though they differed in approach. Council Speaker Quinn recalled protesting alongside gardeners in 1999 as many risked arrest to stop the auction of green spaces under the Giuliani administration. Those protests, and a lawsuit by former Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, led to

an agreement with the Bloomberg administration to save nearly 200 community gardens threatened by development. But Quinn warned that the legal status of these community-tilled spaces remains nebulous. “The challenge with what we did is, it’s only as good until the end of Bloomberg administration,” Quinn noted, adding, “We need to make sure that gardens don’t become political footballs in future administrations.” Quinn advocated placing all gardens in a “land trust” to make them permanent, though she did not spell out how that trust would be administered. By contrast, Liu said he would put all community gardens under the wing of the Parks Department, because that would ensure a “permanent stream of resources.” “But we should also ensure that the organization in the community that created the garden in the first place should always have some say in how that garden is maintained and grows,” Liu added, drawing cheers from the audience. Similarly, former Bronx Beep Carrion, who is running as an independent, said he would “designate gardens as part of our parkland.” Quinn and Liu also differed when asked to comment about the Bloomberg administration’s willingness to privatize public land and resources — such as the transfer of parkland to build the new Yankee Stadium, the city’s ongoing attempt to install a private restaurant in Union Square, and the proposed transfer of at least two open-space strips in the South Village to New York University.

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Garden activists really dug what some of the candidates had to say at the April 27 forum.

Folk legend Pete Seeger, 94, inspired with his musical performance — and mere presence.

“It seems like this administration, in its last eight months and three days, is trying to sell off as much property as possible,” said Liu. He pointed to the recent proposal to allow “luxury” development in the open spaces within New York City Housing Authority projects. “That is absolutely wrong,” he said, adding, “Once you sell off a public asset, you never get it back.” By contrast, Quinn said the city should “minimize” sales of public assets to those instances when “we have no choice.”  “When that does have to happen, and the developer makes real promises of other land or other compensation, we have to have real clawbacks built into those deals, so if they don’t follow through, there are real penalties and real repercussions,” she said. All the candidates advocated expanding funding for Parks to “green” the city. “We can’t want to be the greatest environmental city in the world” without a “robust and fully funded Parks Department,” Quinn noted. But Liu was more specific, saying he would add $310 million a year to the Parks Department’s coffers simply by taxing insurance companies, which are currently exempt from general corporation tax in New York City. In general, Liu received more support from the crowd, while Quinn drew a few jeers from those audience members critical of her financial backing from real estate interests. Carrion was loudly heckled for his role in overseeing the Yankee Stadium deal. There was plenty of green visioning from the other candidates. Green Party candidate Tony Gronowicz said there should by a citywide “greenhouse initiative” to stem the obesity and diabetes

epidemics. “We have to restore our connection to nature in every neighborhood,” he said, “and have children learning to grow fruits and vegetables from an early age.” Likewise, Carrion advocated a network of “urban vertical farms” to supply the city with fresh produce and build a “green collar economy.” And George McDonald, the Doe Fund president, pledged a “garden on every rooftop” supplying food to schools and communities, and the expansion of other green initiatives to create a “full-employment economy.” “Why can’t we spend a few pennies more to make apple sauce in the Bronx?” he asked. But for many who attended, these wouldbe mayors were just a warm-up act for headliner Pete Seeger. The folk singer and environmentalist, who turned 94 last week, brought the audience to its feet when he launched into his classic anthem, “Turn, Turn, Turn.” “To everything, there is a season,” the gardeners sang along, many with tears in their eyes. Seeger even debuted a few verses that he had penned years back for his children. After receiving an engraved hammer from organizers — and leading a raucous singalong of “If I Had a Hammer” — Seeger praised New York City gardeners for pioneering new models of sustainable urban living. “If we do our job right, 200 years from now, they will look back to this day when you showed people how planting gardens will bring people together,” Seeger said. For many in the house, it seemed like that milestone had already arrived. 


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MEET THE NEW PARK CHIEF: Sarah Neilson, above, the new administrator of Washington Square Park and director of the planned Washington Square conservancy, if it can actually be called that (see below), introduced herself at the Wed., May 1, meeting of C.B. 2’s Parks and Waterfront Committee. Because the expressive-matter vendors issue, which was also on the meeting’s agenda, was expected to have copious discussion, the committee decided to put off its consideration of the so-called conservancy — also expected to be a lengthy and intense subject — until its next regularly scheduled meeting, on June 5. Initially, we were hearing, however, that it wasn’t clear if the committee would actually take any position on the conservancy issue, as in passing a resolution for or against the idea. That clearly wouldn’t go over well with many community members. So we asked C.B. 2 Chairperson David Gruber about it, and it sounds like things are still a bit in flux. “That needs to be discussed in Executive Committee,” he told us, adding, “I’ll have to weigh in on that.” Gruber then made a quick call to Rich Caccappolo, the Parks and Waterfront Committee’s chairperson, then reported right back to us. It actually will not be a conservancy registered with the Parks Department, Gruber explained, but a “friends” group, so C.B. 2 conceivably might not feel it has to weigh in on the issue with a resolution. “Talk to Rich,” Gruber urged us. Caccappolo told us, “We may do a resolution based on what we hear, i.e. concerns and risks and fears raised that should be mitigated, pledges and promises, agendas and goals, etc. My understanding is that there will be no formal agreement, e.g. a license, between the Parks Department and this organization.”

MAGICAL MYSTERY TRICKS: A small but enchanted crowd gathered around David Blaine, above, on a quiet Tuesday night in the Village, as he was being filmed doing card tricks on MacDougal St. The world-famous magician declined to say what the footage would be used for. But he was gracious enough to stick around to pose for photos with some very happy fans. EARLIER SUNDAY EYE-OPENER? We hear from Bob Gormley, Community Board 2 district manager, that the city is proposing changing the opening time for sidewalk cafes on Sundays to 10 a.m. Currently, sidewalk cafes legally aren’t allowed to open on Sundays before noon, due to the prohibition on serving alcohol until that hour on the traditional church-going day. Under the proposal, from what we understand from what Gormley told us, not only sidewalk cafes, but obviously, bars and restaurants, in general, would be allowed to start serving booze at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Gormley, and other representatives of several other Manhattan community boards, were down at the City Council earlier this week when the proposal was being discussed. He told us that, generally, the board reps were O.K. with allowing sidewalk cafes to start serving at 10 a.m. However, since this might mean a bit more morning noise under residents’ windows during these two added hours, Gormley advocated for cutting back the Sunday night closing time for sidewalk cafes by two hours from the currently mandated midnight. “We recognized it’s very helpful to Sunday brunch,” he said of the outdoor Bloody Mary-inthe-morning-enabling proposal. “But we asked the Council to link the 10 a.m. opening time to a 10 p.m. closing time.” David Rabin also attended the Council discussion, representing the restaurant industry.

DORIS DOES REHAB: The C.B. 2 district manager also brought us up to date on board member Doris Diether, who is rehabilitating at VillageCare, on Houston St. between Sixth Ave. and Varick St. The octogenarian activist should be out by May 16, Gormley said. Although she’s recuperating from a broken hip and broken shoulder, the biggest issue for her might be the fact that one of her vocal cords is damaged, preventing her from speaking above a loud whisper, he said. “I heard someone say it was possibly paralyzed,” he noted. “There’s a shot that can restore her voice for a few months, but it would only be temporary.”

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Way-finding signs driving Downtowners up the wall By aLan KraWITZ “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind.” Those lyrics from the 1970s song “Signs” could also apply to some Downtown residents’ wariness about a new program intended to help people navigate city streets. The new city initiative, scheduled to begin later this spring, will include the placement of about 150 “way-finding” signs in neighborhoods throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. The neighborhoods in Manhattan will reportedly include Midtown, plus Chinatown and Soho. According to the Department of Transportation, the program is part of a citywide effort, first announced in 2011, to make the streets easier to get around and more accessible for locals and visitors by providing “clear and readable signage” for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers to better find key locations, such as landmarks and attractions. While D.O.T. was publicly sketchy on the program’s specifics — a spokesperson said the agency would provide an update “when available” — some details have slowly leaked out. And, many of those details, such as the programs’ reported $6 million price tag and signs that will stand more than 8 feet tall at busy intersections, have some locals questioning whether the signs will be more hindrance than help. One pressing concern of many Soho residents is the placement of signs at busy

intersections, possibly resulting in obstructed views for drivers and danger for pedestrians. Soho activist Lora Tenenbaum said that a proposed way-finding sign at the corner of Broome and Lafayette Sts. would be dangerous since the intersection has a history of accidents caused by traffic turning too quickly from Lafayette onto Broome. Georgette Fleischer, founder of Friends of Petrosino Square, said, “It is upsetting that D.O.T. is placing two large ‘area kiosks’ at the corner of Lafayette and Broome… . Furthermore, Lafayette and Broome is one of four corners in our area identified last year by Community Board 2’s Traffic and Transportation Committee as in traffic crisis.” Fleischer said that corner in particular, where gridlocked vehicles on Lafayette struggle to turn onto Broome en route to the Holland Tunnel, is “mayhem.” She added that last year, C.B. 2 requested that D.O.T. simplify the clutter of signage already there, much of it blocked by building scaffolding and other traffic signs, and the rest obscured by graffiti and advertising stickers. “In what has become typical of our experience of D.O.T., we no sooner plead for calming of dangerous existing conditions than D.O.T. imposes another high-concept initiative that brings clamor and more overcrowding,” Fleischer said. For its part, D.O.T. claims past surveys showed many New Yorkers and visitors were getting lost in neighborhoods around the city

and could benefit from improved signage. The agency also said the signs would encourage walking and help boost local business activity. But, Soho Alliance Director Sean Sweeney believes the way-finding signs are unnecessary and frivolous in comparison to Soho’s other, more pressing transportation problems that need to be addressed. “Don’t you think that the money [for the way-finding signs] would be better spent fixing the appallingly broken crosswalks on Mercer and Greene Sts. that Commissioner [Manhattan D.O.T. Commissioner] Forgione has been promising to repair for years, but claims she cannot, due to lack of funding at D.O.T.?” Sweeney asked, in a letter to a department contact for the way-finding program. “Is helping tourists find north from south more urgent than preventing further accidents and broken bones to our citizenry?” he continued. Sweeney also noted that most tourists in Soho and elsewhere in the city have maps in their hands or smart phones to provide directions. Simeon Bankoff, executive director of the Historic Districts Council, also was skeptical of the way-finding signage program. “We haven’t seen the specific proposal yet but they’re bound to add visual clutter to an already chaotic streetscape,” Bankoff said. “As we understand, they’re supposed to be 8 feet tall and doubtless will be the target for all manner of stickers and other graffiti,”

Bankoff added. “New York City has a reasonably understandable grid system — even Downtown — and everyone either knows where they’re going or has a cell phone or informational device in their pocket now. So adding to crowded streets with necessarily limited way-finding signage just seems like a waste of space, money and resources.” Moreover, Sweeney and C.B. 2 have been asking D.O.T. to return and give a presentation to the board’s Landmarks Committee since some of the proposed placards will be placed in Soho’s historic district. D.O.T. did make a brief presentation to the board’s Traffic and Transportation Committee in March but has not responded to subsequent invitations. “C.B. 2 has the most historic districts in the city, so it is not only Soho that will be affected, but also Greenwich Village, the South Village and NoHo,” Sweeney said. “The New York City Independent Budget Office has demonstrated that landmarking increases the property value of historic districts. These monoliths are perhaps more appropriate for “2001: A Space Odyssey” than a landmarked district,” he scoffed of the oversized signs. Tenenbaum added, “We have so many needs for D.O.T. action in Soho and Petrosino Square — and to see millions spent on this, which will only detract from the quality of life in our area by cluttering up our streets more, is just disheartening.”


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polIce blotteR L.E.S. shooter convicted The man accused of shooting and wounding three people on the Lower East Side in 2010 has been found guilty of all charges, including second-degree attempted murder, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced May 1. Mario Rodriguez, 25, was also convicted on counts of assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment. Around 8:45 p.m. on Oct. 26, 2010, Rodriguez was in the middle of an argument with another man in front of 195 Stanton St., when Rodriguez pulled out a 9-millimeter semiautomatic handgun and began firing at the other man, hitting him in the torso, according to court documents. Bullets fired by Rodriguez also struck two bystanders — a man, 44, and a woman, 52. Rodriguez fled the scene, but was tracked to Jersey City, and was later arrested there by members of the Seventh Precinct Detective Squad, the D.A. said. Rodriguez is expected to be sentenced June 6.

Taxi thief gets 11 years The man convicted of assaulting a cab driver on the Lower East Side, stealing his taxi and then crashing it in Union Square has been sentenced to 11 years in prison, D.A. Vance also announced on May 1. Michael Findley, 33, was found guilty of robbery, reckless endangerment, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property by a State Supreme Court jury last December. Around 3:15 a.m. on Feb. 27, 2011, Findley got into a taxi at the corner of Bowery and Delancey St. After causing a disturbance, the driver asked him to get out at the corner of Houston and Lafayette Sts, according to court documents. When the hack then got out to try and remove his fare, Findley punched him and stole the taxi, speeding through Soho and Greenwich Village at more than 80 miles per hour, the D.A. said. After leading police on a wild chase through red lights and oncoming traffic, Findley crashed into a light pole at Union Square West and E. 15th St. In addition to his prison term, Findley was sentenced to five years of post-release supervision.

Who’s the big man now? Police arrested a man who allegedly threatened to cut another man with an illegal knife as they were riding a southbound F subway train past the W. Fourth St. station on Sat., May 4.

The victim, who was with his girlfriend at the time, said that around 9:30 p.m. he got into an argument with Dwayne Brown, 49, on the train. He said Brown then punched him in the mouth — and when the victim tried to use his cell phone to take a photo of the alleged aggressor, Brown reportedly pulled out a box cutter, brandished it and said, “You wanna be a big man in front of your girlfriend?” Unfortunately for Brown, the other man didn’t have to do much, since there were a couple of Sixth Precinct officers walking along the W. Fourth St. platform — and when the train stopped, they heard the commotion and apprehended Brown. He was charged with menacing, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and disorderly conduct.

Phone snatching in bulk A sticky-fingered duo allegedly tried to steal phones, credit cards and drivers’ licenses from four young women, all in their 20s, at a Meatpacking District bar and lounge early on Sun., May 5. One of the victims called police to report that her phone had been stolen inside Gaslight, at 400 W. 14th St., around 2 a.m., and described the suspects, who were later identified as Eliza Barbosa, 40, and Johnny Thomas, 48. When officers arrived at the scene, they quickly spotted the two alleged crooks, since Thomas has been arrested numerous times before. After arresting them, the officers discovered all of the thieves’ spoils, which, in addition to the phones and cards, included a Louis Vuitton wallet. Both Barbosa and Thomas were charged with grand larceny.

Passport to arrest It’s tough to start a business these days — but it’s even tougher if the whole thing is a fraud. Tanisha Mack, 35, learned that the hard way when she was arrested outside a bank on April 30 after allegedly trying to open a business account using false documents. Mack reportedly walked into the TD Bank at 122 Greenwich Ave. that afternoon, tried to open the account, and handed over a clearly fake passport, which gave a different name, address and date of birth. The bank employee immediately called police to report it, and when they showed up soon afterward, Mack even tried to give her fake documents to the officers. But she wasn’t fooling anybody. Mack was charged with forgery.

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notebook Continued from page 3 In The PoLe PoSITIon: The “Mosaic Man,” Jim Power is giving it another go, as he’s ratcheting up (yet again) his legendary “Mosaic Trail” project, this time with a little help from Indiegogo. He’s aiming to raise no small sum — $80,000 — which would pay for the renovation of half of his trail of tile-encrusted lampposts throughout the East Village. You can give $5 “and Jim will love you forever,” the site promises. For $25, you get an official Mosaic Trail sticker. For $100, you — yes, you! — can become a part of the trail, with your face on a tile, on a lamppost, on the most famous public art trail in history. And, no, it doesn’t stop there. For $250, you get a T-shirt with one of Power’s mosaic designs from the trail. For $500, you’ll get a one-of-a-kind, wearable-art, Mosaic belt buckle. For $1,000, you will receive an original 8-inch-by-8-inch mosaic artwork by Power. And — drumroll, please — finally, for $2,500 you can “Adopt a Light Pole,” with your name, business or brand featured on a lamppost along the trail. For more information, go-go online to Indiegogo at http://www.indiegogo.

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Margaret Chin makes it official Continued from page 1 at 505 LaGuardia Place, inclusion of permanent affordable housing at the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, securing local space for two new schools and keeping firehouses open. No detail seemed too small, with the crowd ecstatic at the mention of a new traffic light at Duane and Greenwich Sts., a long-fought battle that began before Chin was elected in 2009. With her husband, Alan Tung, a public school teacher, standing nearby among the supporters, Chin recalled her arrival in the U.S. 50 years ago, and how she took care of her younger brothers while her mother worked in a Chinatown garment factory. Also in the crowd were the parents of U.S. Army Private Danny Chen, who died in Afghanistan after a hazing incident by fellow soldiers. Chin said the groundswell of Downtowners’ anger over his death resulted in the discharge of four of the eight soldiers charged in connection with his death. After the speeches, Chin made sure she greeted and thanked everyone in attendance. Ro Sheffe of Community Board 1 said Chin has been “one of the strongest pillars in our community.” Bob Townley, founder and director of

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Margaret Chin was feeling the love from supporters at her campaign announcement on Sunday.

Manhattan Youth, said Chin helped families navigate the Department of Education system. “Those issues are at the heart of working parents,” Townley said. “She doesn’t just say the words, she does the work,” said Diane Lapson, president of the I.P.N. Tenants Association. “She’s never failed to support Independence Plaza North’s issues, like preserving affordable housing.” Chin will face off against Jenifer Rajkumar in the Sept. 10 Democratic primary.

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Paul Caruso, 65, musician who played with Hendrix OB ITUAR IE S By T. Schoen Paul Caruso, a well-known East Village musician who played with Jimi Hendrix and worked to help the neighborhood’s homeless, died of a stroke on April 20. He was 65 years old. Caruso grew up in the Bronx. After dropping out of school in the ninth grade, he later took studies through Clayton College of Natural Health. He went on to pursue an artistic career, playing the guitar and the harmonica. His musical talent secured a friendship with Hendrix, whose song “My Friend” featured Caruso playing the harmonica, a role incorrectly credited at the time of the album’s release to a “harp” player named “Ger.” Caruso’s association with Hendrix led to his appearance in a documentary about the rock star’s life, which granted him some minor fame Caruso continued his music career after Hendrix’s death, playing music alone on his E. Ninth St. stoop and in parks with his friends even into his final days. “We were playing in the park just a few hours before this happened,” said Ash Gray, another musician and friend of Caruso’s, at his funeral service at the Ortiz Funeral Home on First Ave. Caruso’s artistic talents were not only in music, but extended also into painting and cooking, according to his son, Avian, who had been estranged from his father for more than 10 years, only hearing of his death a few days after it happened. “He was writing a book that will, unfortunately, never be published,” said Brendan, a friend of Caruso’s. Brendan originally met Caruso through the Hendrix documentary, approaching Caruso on the street after recognizing him from the movie, and finding a friendship rather than rejection. “He was a celebrity, but he was a good

Paul Caruso and his wife, Carol, in 2012.

friend,” Brendan said. Even with his family, friends and music all keeping him busy, Caruso still gave his time to serve the community he lived in. “He really did like helping out,” said Ayana, his stepdaughter. “Paul was a wonderful person, he served others. He would assist homeless people,” said Dash, another friend and fellow musician. “We would do the food runs from Trader Joe’s for the homeless people,” said Gray. “He’d get a big van and we’d just drive around, picking up food.” To the people who knew Caruso, he was a passionate, intelligent and humble person. Jimmy Sims, another friend, said Caruso and Carol only recently married after having been together for years. Together, they fed the East Village’s homeless at different local spots over the years. Sims said Caruso would wear a cowboy hat when he played guitar on his stoop. He is survived by his wife, Carol, his son, Avian, his two brothers, Phil and Tony, several stepchildren, grandchildren and many other family members. “He was the most intelligent person I’ve ever known,” said his brother Phil. “Throughout his life there had always been a lack of contentment, but these last years were the greatest of his life.”

Francine Morin, 62, artist and longtime East Villager Longtime East Villager Francine Morin passed away at Beth Israel Hospital on April 27. She was 62. Raised in California and Ohio, Francine moved to New Francine Morin York City in the around 1980. mid-1970s to pursue a career as a painter and printmaker. After living briefly in Chelsea, she moved to an apartment on E. Seventh St., and main-

tained studio space first on E. 12th St., then on E. Ninth St. “Though she endured extreme difficulties in the last years of her life, Fran should be remembered as a kind, smart and funny woman,” said her friend Larry Gregory. “She was a loyal friend with a genteel presence and a fiercely independent spirit. “She never lost her love of the East Village,” Gregory said. “Those of us who cherished our neighborhood for encouraging and embracing creative energy, should celebrate not just those who became ‘art stars,’ but also those who came here to experience the joy of trying.”


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Landmarks likes 9th St. dorm; Protest march planned By Sarah FerguSon Gregg Singer’s plan to convert the East Village’s old P.S. 64 into an upscale 500bed dorm received favorable reviews from members of the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday. Although L.P.C. postponed a vote on the project pending further modifications, the commissioners generally praised the proposed reworking of the turn-of the-century elementary school as “inventive and appropriate.” “I think it’s a great application,” said commissioner Joan Gerner, an architect and preservationist who helped oversee construction of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. “A stroke of genius,” Gerner added, referring to the plan to replace the bulky wheelchair ramp on the Ninth St. courtyard with two smaller handicap-access ramps. There were some quibbles over the proposed addition of glass-and-steel railings, and the obtrusive HVAC units and bulkheads, which might mar the historic mansard roof. But none of the commisioners even mentioned Singer’s role in scalping the terracotta details of the facade in 2006, which he had jackhammered in a last-ditch effort to undo the building’s landmark desgination. Nor did L.P.C. take him to task for his abject neglect of the property over the last seven years — even though by law owners of landmarked buildings are required to keep them “in good repair.” “I have always said that the best way to preserve a building is to reuse it in an appropriate way, so I think this is heading in that direction,” stated L.P.C. Chairperson Robert Tierney. Such deference stood in contrast to the testimony of community members, including Councilmember Rosie Mendez, who attacked the dorm plan as “inappropriate.” Although L.P.C. has no authority to regulate [ital] how [unital] a landmarked property is used, Mendez argued that the communal legacy of the old P.S. 64 — first as a school and then as the community center CHARAS —should be recognized. “The history, architecture, cultural and community significance of this building is inexorably intertwined with the role it has played in the lives of successive generations on the Lower East Side,” Mendez wrote in a prepared statement read by a staffer. Mendez also condemned Singer’s scheme to chop out sections of the 10th St. elevated courtyard so as to provide light and air to the first floor — primarily so he can add more dorm bedrooms there. The school’s original architect, CBJ Snyder, had designed the courtyards to be open and accessible to the public — a fact noted by L.P.C. in its 2006 designation report. “Many things have changed since 1904, but the need for shared open space that is a source of community pride has not,” Mendez noted. Singer’s scheme got even worse reviews from the community members who testified. Carolyn Ratcliffe, who chairs the Ninth St. Block Association, accused Singer of “disregarding the health and welfare” of local residents when workers cleared out the building’s fourth and fifth floors “by throwing the debris

A rendering of the “University House” dorm-conversion plan for the old P.S. 64, showing the historic block-through building’s 10th St. side opened up with new windows and entryways.

out of the windows without any protection from the dust that covered our buildings and apartments, as it fell into an uncovered dumpster at the first-floor level.” More recently Ratcliffe said she sent L.P.C. pictures of large sections of copper flashing that had come loose under the dormer windows that Singer had jackhammered. “These violations were only repaired when the Department of Buildings executed emergency repairs when 50 mile-per-hour winds were hitting the block,” Ratcliffe said. The Buildings Department Web site shows a history of “hazardous” violations, including “loose brickwork” and “loose copper flashing.” Singer could not be reached for comment on Ratcliffe’s specific allegations. When asked about his overall neglect of the property in an interview at The Villager offices two weeks ago, Singer said he could not repair the building without an approved renovation plan. “My hands are tied,” he said. After Singer amends his plans to answer the commissioners’ recommendations, L.P.C. will schedule another public hearing and vote on whether to approve the dorm renovation. It is then up to the Department of Buildings to approve the project. But thus far, D.O.B. has not weighed in on whether Singer’s proposed “University House” even qualifies as a legal dorm. In order to meet the “community-facility use” standard, D.O.B. requires proof of either ownership or a long-term lease with a school. The Cooper Union has announced plans to rent out two of the building’s five floors for 15 years, but the leasing arrangement remains unclear. Singer says Cooper is leasing 196

beds, while Cooper Union officials maintain that they have only “the right of first refusal” for these beds — meaning they might not take all of them if their students don’t want them. It is also unclear whether the students would be leasing from Singer or Cooper directly. Singer and Cooper Union have both declined to share copies of the lease, citing a confidentiality agreement that Cooper inserted. On April 30, Mendez sent a letter of complaint to D.O.B., demanding that the department review Singer’s dorm application with “precise scrutiny” and refrain from approving it until Singer can show “enforceable” leases for all 500 rooms. “As you know the Dorm Rule was explicitly adopted to guard against ambiguous and speculative actions of this type,” she wrote. Meanwhile, Mendez says she is setting up a meeting with Cooper Union President Jamshed Bharucha so that he can hear the “full history” of the property from community members, including former CHARAS Director Chino Garcia and members of Community Board 3. On May 15, there will be a march from the old P.S. 64 to Cooper Union to protest the school’s role in legitimizing Singer’s dorm scheme, as well as its decision to begin charging undergraduate tuition after 100 years. Members of the East Village Community Coaltion, Cooper Union alums, members of Community Board 3 and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh will be attending.

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Street fair oversight Street fair season is back — and with it, the perennial issues surrounding this very public, and much-debated, feature of city life. Community Board 2, which includes Greenwich Village, annually has among the most street fairs in the city — and receives the most street fair applications. These events, when small and locally based — run by block associations and community groups — are great for bringing neighborhoods together. However, many of the longer, multi-block street fairs are run by large operators, with the same “cookie-cutter” offerings at each one — i.e., sausages, funnel cakes, tube socks, wallets, etc. These fairs clog our streets. Sometimes multiple fairs are occurring in the same neighborhood simultaneously, snarling traffic. Residents who need to drive cars onto their block, say, to pick up an elderly family member or drop off groceries, can’t. Emergency vehicles are impacted. Merchants are put out since the fairs rob their foot traffic and block views to their stores. In recent years, C.B. 2 has looked into whether the street fair applicants are legitimate and have any authentic local connection to justify their presence here. A community board, though, lacks the power and time to probe each suspect organization. And the board’s opinion is advisory only. The deciding body, the city’s Street Activities Permit Office, doesn’t rigorously vet these groups — and that is precisely where the problem lies. Further complicating matters, the city is now “bundling” several sponsoring groups together for individual street fairs. A number of street fairs in C.B. 2, for instance, are now co-sponsored by St. Stephen / Our Lady of the Scapular Church and Chapel, on E. 28th and E. 33rd Sts. — which, it also bears noting, are outside the Board 2 district. As street fair applications recently came up for review, C.B. 2 recommended denial for several groups it deemed “bogus or non-indigenous organizations.” Among these were the Stonewall Veterans’ Association (which, C.B. 2 charges, “is essentially one man and… provides no benefit to anyone else”), the International AIDS Prevention Initiative (which uses the fair’s funds to help, again, one man — but in L.A.! — travel abroad, plus had its 501c3 status revoked, C.B. 2 says), the Village Crosstown Trolley (which advocates for an Eighth St. light-rail system, but which, “in 17 years…has provided no appreciable value to the district,” in the board’s view), and the Independent Downtown Republican Club (for which C.B. 2 could find no proof of its existence). The board also rejected St. Scapular’s permit bid due its to having “NO relationship of any sort with C.B. 2.” As Maury Schott, chairperson of the board’s Sidewalks & Street Activities Committee, noted, the city doesn’t require these groups to show where the money from the fairs goes. And, Schott admitted, despite his committee’s efforts to vet these applicants for fakes and lack of local connection, it’s unlikely the city will deny any of them permits, except maybe — just maybe — the guy out in L.A. “SAPO hadn’t investigated any of these applicants in years,” Schott said. At least, he added, in a step forward, SAPO will now require applicants to prove 501c3 nonprofit status. Meanwhile, Williamson Henderson, director of S.V.A., vowed he will again prevail over the Board 2 “haters,” who have backed denying his fair in years past, as well. “We’re very indigenous,” he told The Villager. “It’s an outrageous accusation to make [that we’re not].” S.V.A. has an executive committee that meets monthly at the L.G.B.T. Center on W. 13th St., he said, plus a Web site with “over 5 million verified hits for 2012.” Bottom line, C.B. 2 shouldn’t have to screen all these groups for legitimacy and local connection. Unfortunately, though, no one else is providing any help or oversight.

letters to the editor Schwartz absent on key issues To The Editor: Re “J’Accuse! McCarthyism, Village Politics and Pier 40” (talking point, by Arthur Schwartz, April 25): Arthur Schwartz is hardly the first person to misuse the term McCarthyism. Just because the Village Independent Democrats endorsed Jonathan Geballe for Democratic district leader rather than Arthur, he has chosen to apply the term to our president, Tony Hoffmann. Implicit in the appellation is that Tony is accusing Arthur of plotting to overthrow the government or, worse yet, that Tony is associated with an organization (V.I.D.) which has that as its goal. That is the meaning of McCarthyism to those of us who directly experienced it in the 1950s when we were members of such radical organizations as Americans for Democratic Action or the Urban League. One reason Arthur has not received the support of our community is not just his tirades, but his notable lack of commitment to our causes as marked by his absence at critical times. He has been our male Democratic State Committeeman in the 66th Assembly District. When his female counterpart, Rachel Lavine, with our support, tried to get the issue of fracking in New York State brought up for a vote, Arthur was not there and left her alone to represent us. Whatever priorities prevented his attendance, it was not the only incidence. He has not taken part in the process of drawing our district lines for political representation that would re-establish our unity and, ultimately, our clout. Where was he when our influence was at stake? In conclusion, there are times when Arthur’s self-interest takes precedence over his facts or service to his community, making him unfit to hold office. He should therefore withdraw from the election to the office of Democratic district leader in the 66th Assembly District, Part A. Frieda K. Bradlow

Artie can never be replaced To The Editor: Re “Artie Stewart, the ‘Heart of the Park,’ dies at 68” (obituary, May 2): I took for granted that Artie would be with us forever and a day, but he left us much too soon. He was the vocal and visual spark to any musician, young or old, who wanted to jam in the park. I knew Artie had some medical problems, but he rarely, if ever, acknowledged those problems with me

or anyone else other than his wife, Mary. I recall about a year ago strolling through the park near where the guy feeds the pigeons on a daily basis for hours, and seeing a rare Artie alone and singing to himself. I sat down next to him and we dueted on an oldie, “Whispering Bells,” as some tourists approached and listened. When we finished to the tourists’ applause, Artie smiled at them and began singing something else as I sat and listened to the growing number of tourists standing listening to him. There are still very good musicians in the park, but as so many already know, that indefinable Artie essence is missing, and cannot be replaced. R.I.P., baby... . Al Heitzer

Bikes deflate N.Y.U. ‘core’ claims To The Editor: Re “Bikes on the brain as cycle-share is about ready to roll” (news article, May 2): Assuming the bike-station docks are here to stay in some form, this is an important bellwether that New York University should acknowledge as an incentive to expand its footprint to the nearby Financial District, rather than insisting on jamming out-of-scale, dense buildings into the Village. We now live in a Big Apple that is clearly fostering and encouraging easy accessibility between neighborhoods for the long term — the Village alone no longer needs to be the “core.” Robin Rothstein Rothstein is a member, Community Board 2

L.A. escapee now cycles To The Editor: Re “Invasion of the bike-share docks” (front-page photo, April 25): I love this bike plan. I lived in L.A. for 20 years, where cars and multi-lane freeways rule mercilessly over everything. It is also where the widening of the 405 (San Diego) Freeway has resulted in even worse traffic nightmares, including it taking an hour (once 10 minutes) to drive from the West Side to the Valley. I moved here to get away from all that, and traded in my maroon Ford Mustang convertible with baby leather seats for a $300 bike. I could not be happier or healthier.

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Bike-share in the Village: What would Jane Jacobs do? tA l k InG p oInt By CharLeS KoManoFF I didn’t get to speak at the Community Board 2 meeting last Thursday night to discuss bike-share — I stayed outside too long kibitzing on W. 11th St., so my speaker card landed at the bottom of the stack. Here’s what I would have said: I live in Community Board 1, on Duane St., but my first New York apartments were in or just outside C.B. 2, on W. 15th St. and Minetta St. My kids were born across the street at (now-shuttered) St. Vincent’s Hospital. My two sisters lived a few blocks away. And there were timeless evenings at the Village Gate, the Village Vanguard, etc. So there’s a lot of Greenwich Village in me. I don’t quite know what to make of the uproar and upset from so many of my neighbors last Thursday evening. I think I’ll try to channel Jane — Jane Jacobs, the immortal author-activist who led the insurrection that stopped the Lower Manhattan Expressway and whose “Death and Life of Great American Cities” laid the intellectual foundation for today’s livable streets movement. Jane famously lived at 555 Hudson St., a stone’s throw from where last Thursday’s C.B. 2 meeting was held. I met her just once, in Toronto, in 1990 or 1991, where Jane had moved in 1968, the year I moved in to the Village. Obviously, I didn’t know her well. But I’ve studied her life and her work enough to venture what Jane might want to tell us. To start, I think Jane would have understood that for Citi Bike to succeed it has to be done “at scale.” So far as I know, Jane didn’t use the term “network effects,” but that idea pervades her work, as blogger Timothy B. Lee points out: Jacobs doesn’t quite put it this way, but “Great American Cities” is really a treatise on the importance of network effects to urban wealth creation. The reason people flock to noisy, dirty, crowded cities like New York and Chicago is because most of the things we value are provided by other human beings, and being in a large city puts us in close proximity with many more of them. Network effects apply to systems as well as populations: Telephone systems

are based on them, since the value of your phone depends on my having one as well. Indeed, “network math” posits that while the cost of a network rises in linear proportion to the number of instruments, the network’s value rises geometrically in relation to that number. Just so, with bike-share. A Citi Bike won’t be fully useful unless there’s a full-blown network of stations where you can find a bike and then leave it at the end of the trip. In short, without scale, forget about bike-share, Jane Jacobs the analyst might have said. Without question, Jane Jacobs the urbanist would have wrapped bike-share in a bear hug. Jane would have relished the opportunity to always have a bike at the ready and to be unencumbered by it at her destination. She would have delighted in the sturdy, interchangeable and utterly

utilitarian machines themselves. And she would have appreciated the access to cycling the system would have provided everyone — not just those fortunate enough to live within easy cycling distance of work, as Jane did, but the throngs of workers and visitors who come in from the boroughs and the suburbs. Where my channeling gets a tad murky is with Jane’s neighborhood-activist part. I’m sure Jane would have shrugged off the NIMBYs last Thursday night who kvetched that the bike stations block “their” streets but never organized against the cars that until a week ago filled the same curb space 24/7. And she’d have scoffed at the idea that bike-share users will be endangered by speeding and fast-turning cars and cabs. Why not go instead after the miscreant drivers who threaten everyone? But some of the micro-adjustments sought at the C.B. 2 forum — a gap in the line of bike docks for a truck loading zone, shifting a

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this. You know that we fought back. Some of you fought with me, or are the inheritors of those who did. “We always said that reversing Moses’ monstrous legacy wouldn’t happen overnight. It won’t happen without some pain, either, even some loss. And the restored world won’t look exactly like the old. But it will be a lot better than what he left us with.” Jane concluded “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” by proclaiming that “lively, diverse, intense cities contain the seeds of their own regeneration.” Thanks to bike-share, New York is poised to become even more lively and more diverse, and to keep on regenerating. Komanoff is an energy-policy analyst, transport economist and environmental activist. This column first appeared on Streetsblog.

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3 key sites are added to proposed historic district Continued from page 1 occupies the block bounded by Washington Square South, MacDougal St., W. Third St. and Sullivan St. The second site, on a much smaller footprint, just to the east of Vanderbilt, is N.Y.U.’s Kevorkian Center, which sits at the corner of Washington Square South and Sullivan St. Also, the blockfront of low-rise buildings on the north side of Houston between MacDougal and Sullivan Sts. had been previously left out of the proposed historic district, but is now included in it. “This is tremendous news. All three of these sites will be in [the proposed district],” the preservationist told The Villager. “They’re all historically significant and belong in the district. But if they hadn’t been included, very inappropriate development could take place on these sites without landmarking. In the case of Vanderbilt, in particular, that could have been [developed as] a 300-foot-tall tower. “It’s extremely rare to get N.Y.U. buildings landmarked — particularly when they were already excluded for a proposed district,” Berman noted. In addition, Berman said he and G.V.S.H.P. were “especially thrilled” that the 170-year-old buildings on the Houston block are now in the proposed district. These small structures are historically significant in their own right, he said, but also significant because they abut the landmarked MacDougal-Sullivan Gardens Historic District, just north of them. “It will help protect MacDougal-Sullivan Gardens from development that would overshadow and shatter the scale of those charming houses,” he said. As for the Kevorkian Center, which is adjacent to the Judson Church Hall, Berman added, its famed architect, Philip Johnson, “very correctly lined the building up with the roofline of Judson Hall.” A larger development on the site would ruin that contextual scale, he said. However, while L.P.C. has pledged to vote on whether to designate the district, that won’t happen until December, which is a long way off. Until a designation hearing is officially calendared, all the properties in the proposed district still face the risk of development. Plus, it’s always possible that parcels could be removed from the proposed district before the vote. “I want to strike a note of caution,” Berman said. “The district has not been voted upon yet. We pushed so hard [to include these three sites] because the boundaries, once set, can’t be expanded. They can be shrunk — and it does sometimes happen.” Yet, he added, “We feel confident that the case is 100 percent solid that these sites belong in the district.” In addition to working to ensure that the proposed district’s boundaries now aren’t shrunk, Berman said G.V.S.H.P. and its allies will keep up their effort to landmark “Phase III” of the proposed South Village Historic District — south of Houston St. It’s hard to underestimate the significance of putting a check on N.Y.U.’s potential ability to develop new, taller and bulkier buildings

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Under current zoning, a 300-foottall building could be built on the site of Vanderbilt Hall, on Washington Square South, between MacDougal and Sullivan Sts.

The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation circulated this map after learning that three important sites had initially been left out of the proposed Phase II of the South Village Historic District. The sites have now been included in the proposed district.

on the edge of Washington Square Park. With Vanderbilt and Kevorkian not having been included in the proposed South Village Historic District, there was no telling what could have been constructed on these sites in the future. Out-of-scale, overshadowing development could always have been a possibility, especially on the Vanderbilt site. “They had a free hand,” Berman said of N.Y.U., “and I would say, their free hand has now been limited.” Speaking late last Friday afternoon, a Landmarks spokesperson said, if the three sites had been included in the district, that a letter would have been sent to Berman and Quinn stating so. But since it was after business hours and she was out of the office, she said, it would be hard to track down the letter for confirmation. However, the spokesperson, Lisi de Bourbon, e-mailed The Villager back a bit later on Friday, stating, “The information you have about the three buildings [sic] is not correct. The question of whether to include them remains under review. No final determination has been made.” Told of de Bourbon’s statement, Berman said he was, in fact, told verbally that the sites

have been included, and has had numerous conversations with the Council speaker’s office about the matter. “I haven’t seen that yet,” he said of the letter, “but I have been told that it’s the case.” He then forwarded to The Villager a letter that Quinn had e-mailed out to thousands of Village-area constituents at 5:20 p.m. Friday, confirming the news on the three sites. Quinn’s e-mail stated, in part, “I am writing with excellent news regarding the South Village Historic District… . I am pleased to inform you that L.P.C. has agreed to include all three locations [Vanderbilt, Kevorkian and the Houston St. blockfront] in the proposed boundaries. This means that the proposed district, when calendared, will include these locations. This significant commitment will help ensure that the character of the South Village, and the history of the late 19th- and early 20th-century immigrants who populated it, is preserved. I am grateful to L.P.C. and, specifically, Chairperson Robert Tierney, and I look forward to working with you and L.P.C. in our continued effort to protect and preserve our city’s architectural and historical heritage.” N.Y.U. was not as effusive about the news as Berman and Quinn.

“We’re not going to comment on the landmarking process,” a university spokesperson said. As for why there was any confusion on the trio of sites being added, speculation is that Quinn and L.P.C. might have had some miscommunication on when to make the announcement. Things were finally clarified on Wednesday, when Berman received the official confirmation letter, dated Mon., May 6, from Robert Tierney, the Landmarks chairperson. “After a careful evaluation,” Tierney wrote, “the commission staff has concluded that the New York University Vanderbilt Law School, at 40 Washington Square South, and the New York University Kevorkian Center appear to meet the criteria for designation and will be recommended to the full commission for inclusion within the proposed South Village Study Area. The Vanderbilt Law School Building is a contextual design that contributes to the sense of place along the southwest corner of Washington Square South — the western edge of which is within the boundaries of the Greenwich Village Historic District. The Kevorkian Center is a critically well-received modern building designed by a celebrated architect. “In addition,” Tierney continued, “the commission plans to bring forward for calendaring the 10 buildings on Houston St. between MacDougal and Sullivan Sts. Although initial research suggests that due to extensive changes over time, the entire row is too altered to merit consideration, the commission plans to include this block in the boundaries to be calendared to allow for a robust public review process.” With the question of whether to add the three sites no longer under review, on Wednesday, spokesperson de Bourbon told The Villager, “The vote to calendar — or schedule a public hearing on — the proposed South Village Historic District, including the two N.Y.U. buildings and the 10 Houston St. buildings will be on May 21. The public hearing will be held on Tues., June 25.”


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Pier 42 opens on interim basis; Art next on the way By Sam Spokony Damaris Reyes, executive director of Good Old Lower East Side, was the final person to speak before the interim opening of Pier 42 last Saturday, but she told a beginning of its history. And with her organization, which works to support neighborhood and preservation, entering its 35th year — just after recovering from the impact of Hurricane Sandy — Reyes seemed to be marking a moment of singular importance as she told that brief story. “When we learned several years ago that the city was looking into redeveloping the waterfront, I’m not going to lie, we were afraid,” Reyes said. “And we were afraid because of all the development that we knew was coming. And we thought, ‘If they rebuild the waterfront, it’s just going to mean more displacement. It’s just going to mean more luxury development.’ ” But as everyone present could see on that long-awaited, sunny spring day, those fears had never been realized. This wasn’t a groundbreaking for the construction of a luxury high-rise. It was a celebration on the path to a new city park — one soon to be designed by a renowned architect who worked on Hudson River Park, and which is expected to be on par with any major green space in the city. To Lower East Side community leaders, it had been a long time coming. And to local politicians, it was a step forward in bringing a little more breathing room to their densely populated and park-hungry community.  “We’re building a harbor park — a Central Park in the center of the city — and it’s full of world-class open space,” said state Senator Daniel Squadron, who, along with U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, secured $16 million in funding for the pier’s redevelopment in November 2011. Construction on the 8-acre waterfront space next to South St., between Montgomery

Photos by Sam Spokony

With the waterfront at his back, state Senator Daniel Squadron, with community leaders and collaborators, announced the interim opening of Pier 42 for public use on Saturday.

and Jackson Sts., isn’t set to start for at at least a year, as a master plan is now being finalized by Lower Manhattan-based firm Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, in collaboration with the city Parks Department, Community Board 3, local advocacy groups and area residents. But the pier’s northern-

Luther Stubblefield, a longtime member of the Baruch Houses Tenants Association, right, drew pictures with children for an interactive installation by art designer Chat Travieso, one of the Paths to Pier 42 participants.

most section is now open to interim public use, for picnicking, ball playing or quiet relaxation, from dawn to dusk. It was fitting that Squadron led the pier’s interim opening just two days after Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, who also attended the pier’s opening, teamed with Borough President Scott Stringer to introduce the updated East River Blueway plan. The Blueway is an innovative scheme to reinvigorate the waterfront — and also protect it from storm surges — from the Brooklyn Bridge to E. 38th St. The success of Pier 42’s redevelopment would help support the Blueway plan, which does not yet have a budget or a timeline. Saturday’s other highlight was a public preface to the Paths to Pier 42 series, which will feature art, educational and design installations on the pier’s northern portion during this summer and fall. The program was conceived by the Lower East Side Waterfront Alliance — which includes GOLES, Hester St. Collaborative, L.E.S. Ecology Center, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council and the Committee Against AntiAsian Violence (CAAAV) — and aided by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Starting July 20, five jury-selected artists and designers will display their installations at the pier, using a mix of historical and cultural visual elements to enliven the previously empty space. Jennifer Wen Ma, one of the five selected

artists, a Lower East resident for more than a decade, said she’s tossing around ideas about creating a community garden, or developing a mentoring program for local children in association with other video artists. “I actually take walks around the waterfront quite a lot, and I’ve always noticed that this portion was like no-man’s land,” Ma said Saturday. “So when I found out about [Paths to Pier 42], I thought it would be great to finally work in my community, for my community.” Signe Nielsen, principal of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, will present two master plan options to Community Board 3 on Thurs., May 9, and hopes to return with a final plan in July. “This is a rare opportunity to actually open a park before it’s capitally improved,” Nielsen said. “It’s also hugely informative for us, because it allows us to see where people are choosing to sit down, which way they’re facing and what they’re looking to do here. How many people are bringing kids? How many are bringing bikes? Looked at over the course of the summer, these are valuable things that can help influence the our design and the park’s future.” When asked about her perceptions of the concepts being put forth by the Paths to Pier 42 artists, Nielsen said she believes they all have “really good ideas,” and even hopes to make them a permanent part of the park once it is developed.


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Anger over bike sites in high gear at C.B. 2 forum By Lincoln Anderson More than 400 people — many of them indignant and fuming — turned out for a Community Board 2 forum last Thursday night on bike-share and, specifically, the siting of the new bike-share docking stations. C.B. 2 Chairperson David Gruber opened the remarks by saying he was disappointed that, despite his invitations, the Department of Transportation had declined to send a representative to the meeting. He said people were caught off guard by the bike-share docks, which he slammed as “barricades.” The board received more than 100 phone calls and e-mails about bike-share in the past couple of weeks, he said, “70 percent of them negative comments” about the new docking stations. But many people, while critical of the bike docks, aren’t against the whole bike-share program, he stressed. “I think what people are upset about is the sheer volume, the size…,” Gruber said, as people in the audience shouted out, “Yes! Yes!” and applauded. “It was done really in the most heavy-handed way possible,” he said to more applause. Holding up placards outside before the meeting, Ian Dutton, a former C.B. 2 member and cycling advocate, maintained, “New York City’s streets were originally paved for bicycles.” Stu Waldman of Bedford St. was one of the few who spoke in favor of the bike-share stations and the whole program. “There’s no bike rack in front of my house — but I would love one to be put there,” he stated, “because then there wouldn’t be cars and trucks there. Our streets aren’t pristine now. Having bikes is a lot better than cars.” Bike-share is “very effective in Paris,” added his wife, Livvie Mann. But Deborah Stone of 175 W. 13th St. — which has a big bike-share station in front of it — retorted, “I don’t care what they do in Paris! I live in New York City!” sparking among the night’s biggest cheers. One bike-share advocate — only about a handful spoke during the forum — explained that the docks are “modular” and easily movable. As if one, many in the audience called out, “So move it!” Her voice rising in fury, Marna Lawrence, a Nolita quality-of-life activist, blurted out, “Why did they decided to experiment with Downtown Manhattan?” as the audience roared its agreement. “It’s unconscionable that they think they can get away with this — it’s not O.K.,” said Jerry Banu, president of the Perry St. Block Association. Architect Stas Zakrzewski said, “They installed a 40-bike rack right outside our building at Renwick and Spring Sts. There’s no access to our building. I think it’s very interesting — whenever there is someone applying for a liquor license, there are signs up all over the neighborhood. Why don’t they do that for this? It’s too large — it needs to be well thought-out.” Carlo Giurdanella of Bella Tile on E. 11th St. between First Avenue and Avenue A com-

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Carlo Giurdanella objected to the loss of his loading space.

Ian Dutton, right, shared a thought with fellow bike-share advocate Charles McCorkell, owner of Bicycle Habitat.

plained that one of the new bike docks had taken away his loading zone. Former Councilmember Carol Greitzer said her daughter is a doctor living in London who rides the bike-share there everyday, but that the stations there are smaller, for only 10 to 20 bikes per location. Singer/songwriter Jamie Bendell, a 175 W. 13th St. resident, protested, “These areas between the bike racks and the sidewalks will become new garbage pits. Will they ask our doormen to clean them?” Standing in the back of the auditorium, Charlie McCorkell, owner of Bicycle Habitat on Lafayette St., commented disapprovingly, “Most people agree the greater good is bikeshare, but nobody is willing to give up anything for it.” “These are all rich white people,” a young man standing next to him remarked of all the naysayers.

Sean Sweeney, director of the Soho Alliance, likened the placing of a bike rack on the spot where public art has been shown in Petrosino Square to the Taliban’s famously blowing up an ancient Buddha cliff carving. He blasted the Department of Transportation as the “Department of Taliban.” Glen Gaylinn, who owns Dog Wash on MacDougal St., said the new bike station on the block already stinks because dogs have been peeing on the curb next to it and the urine is seeping under it. “It smells horrible,” he said, “rotting urine, uric acid.” “You have depreciated my property value,” said Dorothy Sluska of Barrow St. “People spend a lot of money to live in the West Village.” Sugar Barry of 10th St. said two potted plants on the street “that we paid for” just disappeared when the bike-station on her block was put in.

Alexandra Scott protested the loss of public art space in Petrosino Square.

Attorney Jeffrey Barr of 99 Bank St. has filed two lawsuits — one against the city and the other against Citibank, the bike-share’s sponsor — on behalf of his 100-unit building. The purpose of the litigation, he said, is simple: “We just want you to go there, see it with your own eyes, see how ridiculous it is, and move it.” The city has so far responded by removing the part of the bike station that was right in front of the Bank St. building’s entrance. Barr has said he may soon be representing more buildings in lawsuits over bike docks. The suits argue that the bike-share will cause people to ride on the sidewalk — because Bank St. is cobblestoned — and also cause the cyclists to cluster under the building’s awning when it rains, among other things. But Steve Vaccaro, an attorney who represents cyclists and pedestrians who have been in accidents and who is a cycling advocate, said that the Citi Bikes will have balloon tires and so will offer a “comfy ride” over cobblestones, for one. “Bringing in new street fixtures, there are going to be issues about what fits, where things fit,” he said. “Every square foot and every square inch of Manhattan is claimed by at least one person. “At this point, bike-share is starting in two or three weeks. Let’s put the bike stations in and see what works and what doesn’t work,” Vaccaro said. “D.O.T. has shown a willingness to adjust — they’ve adjusted the 99 Bank St. station. “This is part of the city’s transportation structure,” he said. “This is no gimmick or a passing fad — no more than a building can say, ‘We don’t want this bus station or this subway station on our street,’ or ‘We don’t want parking on our street.’ “One building cannot dictate the details of a citywide transportation system. If every building said, ‘We love bike-share but not on our block,’ you’d have no bike-share.”


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Artist struggles to survive amid life on the street CL AYTON By Clayton Patterson One of the greatest blessings I have received in life is connected to my archive. How fortunate and blessed I have been to have been able to document such a wide cross-section of the people, places and events, the life and heart beat of the Lower East Side, before so much of the community was lost and destroyed by gentrification. Celebrity photography is where the glamour, fame and money are. Much of my work is closer to the street and of those people and events that tend to be off the monetary radar. In my archive, I have photos of individuals that are among the only existing images of them. One of the artists I have documented over the years is Anthony Dominguez, and currently, he has an art show at my place on Essex St. I first met Anthony in the late 1980s. This was a period of great political turmoil. The short version is that much of the political struggle was centered around real estate. Property values were going up, and our politicians worked hard to undo many of the rights and laws that protected the average tenant from being gouged by landlords. People were being forced out of their homes, mom-and-pop businesses could not keep up with the escalating cost of doing business. The courts and the police became the muscle, the driving force behind the evictions and the displacement of people. New York City had a homeless crisis on its hands. Tompkins Square Park was fully occupied with a Tent City. New York City had not had this kind of homeless takeover of public land since the Great Depression, when Hooverville was constructed in Central Park. Anthony Dominguez was one of the homeless artists who had found a place to fit in and be accepted, a place to show his art and be a part of the Lower East Side culture scene. It’s now 19 years later, and he is still one of the city’s homeless. To clarify: Anthony does not consider himself homeless, he considers himself free. He does not receive or seek any kind of

Photo by Clayton Patterson

Anthony Rodriguez with some of his artwork in his current exhibition at the Clayton Gallery & Outlaw Art Museum.

social support or handouts. He is not addicted or dependent on drugs or alcohol, and works hard at living a moral and spiritual life. Over the years, Anthony has stopped by a number of times to visit me. Usually his visit is connected to some sort of police or community harassment. Anthony has delicate features, is soft-spoken and appears somewhat meek and humble. He explains that the police and other community enforcement types label him a male prostitute or accuse him of being some sort of “homosexual pervert,” which he feels puts his life in danger. He sees this harassment as a subtle — not physically violent, but psychologically threatening — tool the authorities use to make his life too uncomfortable to be in the area where he is living. One of the ways Anthony deals with these threats is by keeping a few trusted friends informed of his situation. He sees this as a form of protection. His way of communicating his problem is to write notes or longer letters detailing this harassment. I have several of these

communications. Mild-mannered or not, Anthony lives a hard life. No question, at times, his is a very dangerous lifestyle. The city has all the appearances of a civilized society. But make no mistake, especially for the homeless or the free, there are still sections with no rules, or few rules, or rule by force, or muscle, or gun, or crew, or posse, or gang, or psychotics, or by crackheads, or whatever. Often in the places on the street where the homeless find shelter, there can be more than one exceptionally crazy, out-of-the-box, off-theradar character lurking in the foreground. And as the city becomes more gentrified, the police are pressured to move out the homeless. But no matter what hardships or adversity Anthony is faced with, he has never stopped making art. In the earlier days, he produced wonderful patch-like bleach prints. His method and tools were simple: Find some black, heavy fabric, like black denim; get a piece of thin, sturdy card-

board, or possibly a piece of thin rubber; draw the image on the material; using an X-Acto knife, cut out the image; and now you have a stencil that can be used to make multiples. Just place the stencil on top of the black fabric. Using a bunched-up, dampened cloth or a sponge dipped in bleach, press it onto the stencil, and the end result are these beautiful images. Because he has no steady place to call home and must travel light, Anthony carries everything in a small backpack. By making a few design changes to his backpack, he has figured out an ingenious way to carry his art, his art supplies and the necessities he needs to keep himself clean and alive. His art, like his backpack, tends to be neat and organized. In the winter he goes to the public library and uses one of the reading cubicles to paint in. Again, he is very neat and tidy. In the last few years, he has been painting on the white, heavy canvas used to make store awnings and the industrial, outdoor photo billboards stuck on the sides of buildings. He cuts the canvas into strips about 8 inches wide, with the height up to around 15 inches long. These pieces roll up and fit into the backpack. His palette tends to be limited to black, white and red acrylic paint. His tools are a ruling pen and a small selection of brushes, charcoal and pencils. His work is somewhat graphic in appearance, tightly painted, with figures that can include cops, hobos and workers. Some are abstract designs with titles like “Puzzle,” “Empty Full” and “The Ungrateful Hour Glass Man.” Some of his pieces include his original music scores and the lyrics he writes. He made a flute out of a half-inch piece of PVB pipe that sounds much like a wooden recorder. He can play the tunes he writes. For those who desire a taste of the old Lower East Side, I would suggest making an appointment and discovering this amazing artist’s work. Clayton Gallery & Outlaw Art Museum, 161 Essex St. (between Houston and Stanton Sts.), 212-477-1363.

Pro-marijuana mayoral candidate says legalize it By Jefferson Siegel Trailing a cloud of smoke, the annual New York City Cannabis Parade made its way from 24th St. to Union Square on Saturday. About 100 people gathered under sunny skies for speeches and music. Among the speakers was mayoral candidate Sal Albanese. “I think the time has come to legalize it,” Albanese said to cheers. “If you think the time has come to end the prohibition on marijuana, then I need your help,” he added. “I’ve always been an advocate of legalizing marijuana,” Albanese said afterward. “We’re wasting taxpayer money. It will also bring down stop-and-frisks. We’re criminalizing tens of thousands of people.” Asked how a city official could affect state and federal laws, Albanese elaborated, “The mayor has a bully pulpit. Let’s tax it and put revenue toward education.”

Photo by Jefferson Siegel

Among the marijuana marchers was Phil Hollenbeck of Brooklyn, who claimed he was smoking sage.

Aron Kay, the “Yippie Pieman” was also in the crowd. Noting he was at the first marijuana smoke-in in 1973, he said, “I have not missed a pot march in New York City since.” Phil Hollenbeck of Brooklyn stood puffing a monstersized blunt. Asked what was in it, he laughed and said, “Sage.” Also among the pro-cannabis crowd was political comedian and mayoral candidate Randy Credico. David Peel and The Lower East Side were among the afternoon’s musical highlights. An organizer said similar parades were taking place in 400 cities worldwide. The march was organized by NORML, the Yippie Cafe on Bleecker St. and others. Medical marijuana is legal in 18 states and the District of Columbia. Washington State has decriminalized marijuana. Last year, Colorado legalized recreational use.


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VILLAGER ARtS & enteRtAInMent Rhyme Machine Kid Lucky and La MaMa celebrate ‘the art of human noise’ AMERICAN HUMAN BEATBOX FESTIVAL 2013 Fri., May 24, 10pm: Beatrhyme Battle Sat., May 25, 11am: La MaMa Kids: Beatbox Workshop Sat., May 25, 10pm: Vocal Wars: Hip Hop Team Battle Sun., May 26, 5:30pm: “Nos States” (film) Sun., May 26, 8pm: Baba Israel and Playback NYC: Tribute to Steve Ben Israel At La MaMa The Club, 74A E. 4th St. (btw. Bowery & 2nd Ave.). May 25 Workshop, 2nd floor of The Annex (66-68 E. 4th St.) Tickets: $10 in advance, $20 at door ($15 for students/seniors) Workshop: $10 per family (in advance & at door) Film: $10 (in advance & at door) Reservations: 212-475-7710 or lamama.org Photo courtesy of the artist and La MaMa

Kid Lucky, at the 2011 La MaMa World Block Party.

By ToM Tenney In a 1913 letter to the composer Francesco Balilla Pratella, Italian Futurist Luigi Russolo declared, “The variety of noises is infinite…today we have perhaps a thousand different machines, and can distinguish a thousand different noises, tomorrow, as new machines multiply, we will be able to distinguish ten, twenty, or thirty thousand different noises, not merely in a simply imitative way, but to combine them according to our imagination.” This letter, which became a known as “The Art of Noises,” advocated a new sonic vocabulary through the imitation of machines — and became one of the

most important manifestos in the history of sound. As technological advances at the turn of the century paved the way for a revolution in mass media, they also created new possibilities for individual expression. By mid-century, the computer had opened new sonic territory by permitting an unprecedented extension of sounds and scales, pushing the boundaries of music beyond what the Futurists ever imagined. In 1983, 70 years after Russolo’s letter, a British avant-garde electronic group that called itself The Art of Noise (after the manifesto) released a song that mixed sampled sounds of car engines and industrial machinery with time-warped drum

beats and orchestral stabs. This song would become one of the most influential instrumentals in the world of hip-hop, sampled by artists from X-Clan to Marky Mark. The name of that song was “Beat Box.” A year later, an 18-year-old rapper from Harlem by the name of Doug E. Fresh pioneered the art of imitating electronic drum machines using only his voice. The art of “beatboxing” was born, and the verity of Russolo’s vision was, once again, affirmed. As do all musical genres, beatboxing has evolved in the intervening three decades, spawning a variety of techniques — including the “human turntable” (a style invented by Wise of the group Stetsasonic) and

“mouth drumming” (developed by Wes Carroll). From May 24-26, the Third Annual American Human Beatbox Festival at La MaMa Theatre will give New Yorkers the opportunity to sample some of the most eclectic beatboxing styles by artists who make percussive rhythms with the human voice. This three-day exhibition of performances, workshops and film kicks off on Friday night with a battle, not of beatboxers, but beatrhymers — performers who beatbox and rhyme at the same time. Beatrhyming was developed and popular-

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Concert celebrates 50 years of Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan Album’s anniversary feted by its contemporaries FREEWHEELIN’ 50TH

ANNIVERSARY ALL-STAR JAM

Tues., May 21, at 8pm At the Village Underground 130 W. 3rd St. (just east of Sixth Ave.) Purchase tickets ($5) at the door For info: 212-777-7745 or villageunderground.com

BY MICHAEL LYDON Fifty years ago this month, May 1963, Columbia Records released Bob Dylan's second album: “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.” Dylan had come to New York only two years before and, like countless young singers, actors, dancers, artists and writers before and since, he was bound and determined to make his mark on the world. “I knew whatever I did had to be something creative,” he told an early interviewer, “something I could do just for me. I was about seventeen, eighteen. I knew there was nothing I ever wanted, materially, and I made it all up from that feeling.” Dylan’s combination of Chaplinesque charm, political protest and driving ambition had already carried him far. In little more than a year in New York, he had become a friend and protegé of Woody Guthrie, headlined weeklong gigs at major clubs, gotten a rave review in the New York Times, been signed to Columbia by veteran producer John Hammond and recorded “Bob Dylan” —

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Steel wheelin’: An all-star roster fetes Dylan, on May 21.

his first LP. Yet “Bob Dylan,” a folk song collection released in early 1962, stiffed, as they say in the record biz, and Columbia executives whispered that Hammond’s boy genius had become “Hammond’s Folly.” Through the rest of the year Dylan kept gigging and writing, coming up with his first masterpiece: “Blowin’ in the Wind.” His new manager, Albert

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Grossman, gave it to the newly minted pop-folk trio, Peter, Paul and Mary — and while Dylan recorded the “Freewheelin’ ” tracks, the trio recorded “Blowin’ in the Wind.” Their single, released right after “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,” quickly became a million-selling pop chart-topper. Other covers by Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, Marlene Dietrich and Trini Lopez soon followed.

“The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” album

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Bob Porco, grandson of legendary Gerde’s Folk City founder Mike Porco, is producing the upcoming Dylan tribute.

had a gritty-romantic cover of Dylan and his girlfriend, artist Suze Rotolo, huddled against a wintry Manhattan wind on Jones Street near West 4th, and featured his solo version of “Blowin’ in the Wind” as the opening track. Lacking Peter, Paul and Mary’s sweet

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Air of celebration blowin’ in the wind, at Dylan tribute Continued from page 18 three-part harmonies, “Freewheelin’ ” never sold at gold record volumes. But 11 of the album's 13 songs were powerful and soon-beloved Dylan originals. With “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,” the kid in the corduroy cap stepped out on his own — and through the five decades since the album’s release, Bob Dylan has remained a force to be reckoned with in popular music. To celebrate the album’s 50th birthday, a baker’s dozen of contemporary folk singers will perform the album’s 13 songs (and more) in a special concert on May 21 at the Village Underground — a most fitting venue, because 130 West 3rd was the second site of Gerde’s Folk City, the club that launched Dylan’s career. Also fitting: Bob Porco, grandson of the legendary Mike Porco (who founded Gerde’s and booked Dylan to his first paid New York gigs) is producing the celebration. “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” is an album worth celebrating. At times Dylan’s voice sounds high and scratchy, at others warm and caressing. The puzzling riddles of “Blowin’ in the Wind,”

At the May 21 tribute, spoken word artist Paul Mills (aka Poez) will deliver Dylan’s black comedy song “Talking World War III Blues.”

the winsome romance of “Girl from the North Country,” the dramatic guitar runs of “Down the Highway,” the antic comedy of “Bob Dylan's Dream,” the Biblical imagery of “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” the ironic resignation of “Don't Think Twice, It’s All Right,” the howling harmonica of “Talking World War III Blues” — Dylan seeds every

track with sounds and styles that have blossomed in the dozens of masterful albums he has recorded since. “The [May 21] concert grew out of the folk revival nights I put on over several years at the old Gaslight," said producer Porco, a trim personal trainer, “and now I'm making a documentary film about my grandfather Mike and his musician friends that he helped get started at Folk City. In March, around the fountain in Washington Square Park, we shot the film’s first interview with Izzy Young. He ran the Folklore Center on MacDougal Street where Dylan, Phil Ochs and the other protest singers hung out.” Porco has put together a congenial group of Folk City alums for the May concert. Terre Roche, known both as a soloist and, with her sisters Maggie and Suzzy, as a member of the folk trio The Roches, will sing “Blowin’ in the Wind.” Judy Gorman, who describes herself as “An Analog Girl in a Digital World,” will perform “Masters of War.” Singerhumorist Willie Nininger, who has won numerous Bob Dylan imitator contests, will handle the stark “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” — and Erik Frandsen will sing “Bob Dylan’s Dream,” a nostalgic song that Dylan adapted from an old English folk melody, “Lord Franklin.” “I’ve always loved how Dylan made traditional tunes his own,” says Frandsen, adding with a chuckle, “or you could say, Bob Dylan knows how to steal!” Samoa Wilson, a singer with a richly romantic alto voice who came to prominence with the Jim Kweskin band, will sing the bittersweet love ballad “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.” Paul Mills, better known as the spoken word artist Poez (who, in the 70s, busked in Washington Square, reciting poetry and wearing a black stovepipe hat), will deliver Dylan’s black comedy song, “Talking World War III Blues.” “When I started out, poets imitated Allen Ginsburg’s sing-songy, ‘Dah-dah, dah-dah’ style of reading poetry,” says Poez, now a lawyer who has defended many Occupy Wall Street protestors. “I wanted to get the drama, the music, out of poetry. I’ve always been a huge Dylan fan, especially of the Freewheelin’ album. Dylan’s songs are in the long American tradition of honesty, compassion and simplicity. He’s up there with Dashiell Hammett, John Huston and Ernest Hemingway.”

Photos by Michael Lydon

L to R: Izzy Young and David Massengill, in Washington Square.

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Joe Matarese in Laughs For Mom Friday, May 10 at 8pm . $15 / Students & Senior $10

Joe Matarese

What better way to celebrate family, especially mom, than with stand-up comic Joe Matarese’s completely autobiographical act that pokes fun at his subtly dysfunctional Italian family, his own neuroses, his life with a four year old, and his marriage to a psychologist (his perfect match). With Adrienne Iapalucci and Paul Virzi Call 212-220-1460 for more information or

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Just Do Art! By SCoTT STIFFLer

MOTHER’S DAY TRIBUTE TO ELIZA TREDWELL, AT MERCHANT’S HOUSE MUSEUM

To the modern eye, Eliza Tredwell’s duties may seem retro — but the love that went into them is timeless. “The home was the mother’s domain,” says Merchant’s House Museum (MHM) board member Anthony Bellov, while discussing the 19th century family matriarch’s legacy. “She was expected to make the home a comfortable and beautiful and fashionable place — not just for the husband, but for the children as well.” Life must have been sweet. Of the eight Tredwell children, says Bellov, “Four of her daughters didn’t marry. They remained at home and returned the favor by caring for Eliza in her later years.” Similar loving care has gone into the museum. Packed with the family’s original furnishings and personal possessions, it offers visitors “a rare and intimate glimpse of domestic life from 1835-1865.” It’s as if the family never left. Apparently, some of them didn’t. That’s according to dozens of eyewitness accounts over the years — compiled by Bellov in the “available in the gift shop” booklet, “Some Say They Never Left.” Today, Eliza’s bedroom “is the room where we receive the most reports,” says Bellov in regards to the museum’s well-earned reputation for paranormal activity. “We have audio recordings and

unexplained photographs, and people claim the sense of another presence is strongest in that room,” he notes, while stopping short of a guarantee that you’ll come face-to-face with mama Eliza or daughter Gertrude or any of the servants and caretakers who those in “Some Say” say they’ve seen. Celebrate the life of Eliza Tredwell, and learn more about her role within the context of 19th century motherhood, when MHM offers special Mother’s Day tours of the house. Or, spend some time in Eliza’s room when you take the self-guided tour as a regular museum visitor. During the Ghost Tours (third Friday of the month), you’ll hear more

about the mysterious goings-on in Eliza’s room, and throughout the rest of the house. Sun., May 12. At the Merchant’s House Museum (29 E. 4th St., btw. Lafayette & Bowery). Mother’s Day tours at 12:30pm, 2pm & 3:30pm (included with regular admission). In May, when accompanied by their children, mothers visit for free (excludes Walking Tour, special events and group programs… but includes the Mother’s Day tour!). Call 212777-1089 or visit merchantshouse.org.

ADVANCE GUARD

Willy and Milo drop out of art school. Unable to make ends meet or create their own masterpieces, they fall under the spell of a mysterious artist known as “The Prophet” — who provides them with art supplies, cash, drugs and marching orders. “Occupy Wall Street meets Fight Club meets the Art World” is how the multi-ethnic Spookfish Theatre Company describes their production of Ming Peiffer’s “Advance Guard.” Through May 19, at The Kraine Theater (85 E. 4th St., btw. 2nd Ave. & Bowery). For showtimes and tickets ($18, $15 for students/seniors), visit horsetrade.info or call 212-868-4444.

RETRO PULFER: ZUSTANDSEFFEKTE

Photo courtesy of Merchant’s House Museum

Pulfer’s work navigates between architecture and performance. In his first U.S. solo exhibition, he creates an ethereal environment by suspending large swathes of hand-painted cloth from the gallery’s ceiling. Visitors enter into a mysterious backlit interior, whose walls are covered by unbleached cotton cloth. Everything sways with movement, while color accents can be found on

Courtesy the Artist, Balice Hertling Gallery, Paris and Holly Bush Gallery London

Reto Pulfer, Zustandseffekte, 2013.

the fabric-covered ceiling. The exhibition’s title (“Zustandseffekte”) roughly translates as “effects of a given state.” It refers to both stagnation and transformation, and it is up to each viewer to transition between reality and imagination. Through June 23, at Swiss Institute (18 Wooster St., btw. Grand & Canal Sts.). Hours: Wed.-Sun., 12-6pm. Call 212-925-2035 or visit swissinstitute.net.

—Stephanie Buhmann

Photo by KL Thomas

From “Advance Guard” — Mari Yamamoto and Ben Kaufman.

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Beatrhymers battle, at La MaMa Continued from page 17 ized by the festival’s curator, Kid Lucky, who coined the term, and who characterizes the new style as one that allows the performer to move beyond simply providing a beat. Beatrhyming adds language — poetry, rap, song, spoken word — to the vocal effects, freeing the piece to take off in new directions. “Beatboxers listen to the beat,” Lucky explains, “Emcees listen to the words. With beatrhyming, we listen to the whole concept of the song.” Kid Lucky isn’t the first to beatrhyme, and readily acknowledges those who went before him — like Biz Markie, Darren Robinson of the Fat Boys and Rahzel of the Roots, who astonished hip-hop audiences by beatboxing and singing the chorus simultaneously on “If Your Mother Only Knew.” For the most part, however, Lucky has seen beatboxers use beatrhyming mainly as a musical machination, a trick for cheap applause. Lucky, who began beatrhyming in the mid-90s, saw the potential to elevate the style into an art form in its own right. “People used beatrhyming as a trick, or a gimmick,” he says, “I saw it as something much more than that. I saw the possibilities to take the concept and push it beyond the boundaries of what anybody else is doing. That's how you move from gimmick to art.” He’s also quick to point out that beatrhyming doesn’t necessarily mean rapping, but can include a number of vocal styles (such as singing and spokenword). When La MaMa approached Kid Lucky to curate the first beatboxing festival in 2010, he saw an opportunity to challenge traditional notions of beatboxing, and bring his innovations to a wider audience, many of whom still maintain rigid definitions of beatboxing as a human emulation of technology. While he recognizes the cultural roots of beatboxing as “man-imitatingmachine,” Lucky sees beatrhyming as an opportunity to reintroduce the human element, or “soul,” back into the art. “Beatboxing, which began by imitating the Roland 808 drum machine, is more concerned with the electronic aspect,” he explains, “but as beatboxing moves further, it emphasizes the soul and the feeling as opposed to the technical aspect of it.” For Kid Lucky, the next step in the advancement of beatrhyming is handing his skills down to a new generation of performers. He teaches weekly beatrhyming workshops at Midtown's famous Funkadelic Studios, and plans to develop them into a school of what he calls “Mixed Vocal Arts” — an institution that will teach not only his signature style, but also an entire array of vocal techniques including humming, whistling, scatting, vocal sound effects, singing, spoken word, yodeling, rapping

and Tuvan throat singing. The concept of the school was born of Lucky’s frustration with the limited number of styles represented in universities and professional training schools. Scat singing, for example, a uniquely American form of jazz vocalization popularized by Ella Fitzgerald in the 1950s, isn’t taught at most universities. “With scatting, Ella Fitzgerald became a whole entire instrument right there, and people went crazy,” Lucky said. “Why would you stop doing that? Why would you stop pushing that type of situation forward?" Those who wish to experience this “pushing forward” in person should check out the beatrhyming battle on May 24, where the performers will include D-Cross, Kid Lucky, Kaila, Graffiti, Richard, Esalaah, Kenny Urban, Mandibul, Menyu and Baba Israel. Saturday morning, bring your baby beatboxers to the Kids Beatbox Workshop, and then come back for the emcee/beatboxer team battles at 10pm. Sunday offerings include “Nos States” — a documentary about French beatboxer Priceps, followed by a tribute to the late Steve Ben Israel. It’ll be a unique celebration of music, beats, words and the art of human noise. Tom Tenney is a performer, producer, sound artist and founder of the annual RE/Mixed Media Festival in Brooklyn, NY (remixnyc.com).  He currently teaches media theory at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. Follow him on Twitter at @tomtenney, or follow his blog at inc.ongruo.us.

Photo courtesy of the artist

Baba Israel, on the bill of May 24’s Beat-Rhyming battlers.

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Rabbi Darkside, one of the May 25 Vocal Wars warriors.


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Publ ic Notice s NOTICE OF FORMATION of MARMELADE, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/26/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 281 Hollow Tree Ridge Road, Darien, CT 06820. Purpose: any lawful activity. The LLC is to be managed by one or more managers. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice is hereby given that an on premises license, #TBA has been applied for by ECCO 124 Chambers LLC d/b/a ECCO! The Italian Saloon to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 124 Chambers Street New York NY 10007. Vil: 05/09 - 05/16/2013 Notice is hereby given that an on premises license, #TBA has been applied for by Mafrey Corp to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 45 West 8th Street New York NY 10011. Vil: 05/09 - 05/16/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Carlo Balestri Architect, PLLC a professional service limited liability company (PLLC). Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 1/24/13. 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: Carlo Balestri Architect, PLLC, 40 Wall Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10005. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of YOUR CHILD IN FOCUS LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/15/13. 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: Your Child in Focus LLC, 1095 Park Avenue, APT. 9B New York, NY 10128. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: CMT BOOTCAMP LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/01/13. 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, 111 Broadway, Suite 1702, New York, New York 10006. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013

Application for Authority of 114 5th AVENUE NEW YORK CITY, LLC filed with the Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/23/13. The LLC was formed in DE 4/19/13. Office loc.: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The principal business loc. and address SSNY shall mail copy of process is 600 Madison Ave., 20th Fl., New York, NY 10022. The office address in DE is 203 NE Front St., Ste. 101, Milford, DE 19963. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Div. of Corporations, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Formation of 150th Debt LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/12/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Bluestone Group, 225 Broadway, 32nd Fl., NY, NY 10007. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Formation of Agente Creativo, LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/26/13. 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 c/o Ana Leshen, 451 Broadway, 3rd Fl., NY, NY 10013. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Formation of Rapha Racing NY LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/21/13. 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 Salans LLP, Att: Jody Saltzman, Esq., 620 Fifth Ave., NY, NY 10020. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Formation of WellGen Power, LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec���y of State (SSNY) 2/8/13. 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 330 Madison Ave., 6th Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Qual. of TWG OE Funding LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/22/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 2/20/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013

Notice of Formation of Maki Bar LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/13/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Yaniv Shaky Cohen, 451 Broome St., #5E, NY, NY 10013. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013

Notice is hereby given that a Tavern Wine license, #TBA has been applied for by NH F + B. Inc. d/b/a Neuehouse Collective to sell beer and wine at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 104110 East 25th Street NewYork NY 10010. Vil: 05/02 - 05/09/2013

Notice of Qualification of Long John Silver’s, LLC App. for Auth. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/27/13. Off. loc.: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 6/6/69. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Arts. of Org. filed DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013

Notice is hereby given that a restaurant wine license, #TBA has been applied for by Antler Dispensary Inc. d/b/a Antler to sell beer and wine at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 123 Allen Street New York NY 10002. Vil: 05/02 - 05/09/2013

Notice of Qualification of Shaner Industries, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/17/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/12/11. 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: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Formation of 48150 Boxwood Holdings LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/29/12. 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 The Community Preservation Corp., 28 E. 28th St., 9th Fl., NY, NY 10016, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Formation of 48152 Chestnut Holdings LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/31/12. 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 The Community Preservation Corp., 28 E. 28th St., 9th Fl., NY, NY 10016, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice is hereby given that license #1270506 has been applied by the undersigned to sell alcoholic beverages at retail in a restaurant under the alcoholic beverage control law at 52 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, NY 10017 for on-premises consumption. AMMOS NYC LLC d/b/a AMMOS ESTIATORIO Vil: 05/02 - 05/09/2013

Notice is hereby given that an on premises license, #TBA has been applied for by WhiskeyBarrelBar LLC d/b/a American Whiskey to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment with one additional bar. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 247 West 30th Street New York NY 10001. Vil: 05/02 - 05/09/2013 Notice is hereby given that an on premises license, #TBA has been applied for by La Quinta Group LLC d/b/a Peix to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 151B Elizabeth Street NewYork NY 10012. Vil: 05/02 - 05/09/2013 Notice is hereby given that an on premises license, #TBA has been applied for by Cafe Habana Inc. d/b/a Cafe Habana to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 229 Elizabeth Street aka 17 Prince Street New York NY 10012. Vil: 05/02 - 05/09/2013

Notice of Qualification of AEC PowerFlow, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/8/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 3/15/07. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, also the registered agent. Address to be maintained in DE: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secretary of State, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 Notice of Qualification of BERKSHIRE ACQUISITION II, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/19/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/17/13. Princ. office of LLC: 7 Hanover Sq., 20th Fl., NY, NY 10004. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 Notice of Qualification of 156 EAST 33RD STREET LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/18/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/17/13. Princ. office of LLC: c/o CORIGIN, 505 Fifth Ave., NY, NY 10017. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of the State of DE, Corp. Dept., Loockerman & Federal Sts., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013

Notice is hereby given that an on premises license, #TBA has been applied for by Beep Beep NYC LLC d/b/a Jeepney to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 201 First Avenue New York NY 10003. Vil: 05/02 - 05/09/2013

BIG GULP HACKING LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 3/15/13. 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, 415 W. 127th St., NY, NY 10027. General Purposes. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013

Notice of Formation of Besame Mucho LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/7/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Rothstein Kass, 9171 Wilshire Blvd., 5th Fl., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013

Notice of Formation of Lookout Point Films, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/8/13. 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 S. Reid Kahn, Esq., Kane Kessler, P.C., 1350 Ave. of the Americas, 26th Fl., NY, NY 10019. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013

Notice of Formation of Barclay 7 Realty LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/19/13. 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 Goldberg Weprin Finkel Goldstein LLP, 1501 Broadway, 22nd Fl., NY, NY 10036. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 Notice of Formation of MB 1200, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/27/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Marisa Bellis, 182 Poppasquash Road, Bristol, Rhode Island 02809. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 Notice of Qualification of McFarland Dewey Company, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/15/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 420 Lexington Ave., Ste. 300, NY, NY 10170. LLC formed in DE on 3/12/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 Notice of Qualification of Partners VII/98 Avenue A Owner LLC uthority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/18/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: c/o AEW Capital, Two Seaport Lane, Boston, MA 02210-2021. LLC formed in DE on 4/12/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 Notice of Qualification of Select Media Services, L.L.C. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/8/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 18th Fl. - 1067 W. Cordova St., Vancouver, BC, Canada V6C 1C7. LLC formed in DE on 12/23/97. 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: 05/02 - 06/06/2013

Notice of Qualification of Walleye Trading Advisors, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/20/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in MN on 3/24/05. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business address: 16-18 W. 22nd St., NY, NY 10010, Attn: Peter Goddard. MN address of LLC: 14601 27th Ave N, Ste. 102, Plymouth, MN 55447. Cert. of Org. filed with MN Sec. of State, 60 Empire Dr., Ste. 100, St. Paul, MN 55103. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 Notice of Qualification of Zentis Sweet Ovations Holding, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/12/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in IN on 11/22/06. 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. IN and principal business addr.: 2050 North Oak Rd., Plymouth, IN 46563. Cert. of Org. filed with IN Sec. of State, 302 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 Notice of Formation of foreign Limited Liability Company (LLC) Name: Prevention Metrics Advisors LLC Application for Authority filed by the Department of State of New York on: 10/26/12 Jurisdiction: Delaware Organized on: 2/15/12 Office location: County of New York Principal office: 137 Riverside Drive, #6D, New York, NY 10024 Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: 137 Riverside Drive, #6D, New York, NY 10024 Address of office required to be maintained in Delaware 1209 Orange Street Wilmington, DE 19801 Authorized officer in its Jurisdiction is: Secretary of State of Delaware John G. Townsend Building 401 Federal Street, Suite 4. Dover, DE 19901 Purpose: any and all lawful activities Vil: 04/25 - 05/30/2013 CAPE END EAST HOLDINGS, LLC Arts., of Org., filed with NY Sec. of State (“SSNY”) 03/28/2013. Office in New York County; SSNY designated agent for service of process with copy mailed to Cape Advisors, Inc., 483 Broadway, 5th Fl. New York, NY 10013, Attn: Curtis Bashaw, All lawful business purposes. Vil: 04/25 - 05/30/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION of FORTIS BARA LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/13/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to:The LLC, 1196 PARK PLACE, BROOKLYN NEW YORK 11213. Purpose:To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 04/25 - 05/30/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: HARPER SPIN LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/17/12. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 214 W. 21st Street, Apt. 5A, New York, New York 10011. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 04/25 - 05/30/2013 Notice of Formation of Mortensen MidAtlantic of NY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/3/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, also the registered agent. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 04/25 - 05/30/2013 Notice of Formation of EMPIRE STATE DENTAL MANAGEMENT, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/15/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 577 Isham St., 1G, NY, NY 10034. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, Attn: Ysabel Ulerio at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/25 - 05/30/2013 Notice of Formation of MPP #9 ACQUISITION LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/15/13. 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 Millhouse Peck Properties LLC, 420 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10170. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/25 - 05/30/2013 BENITO ONE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/12/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP, Christian Moretti, 2 Wall St., NY, NY 10005. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/25 - 05/30/2013


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Publ ic Notice s SAMANTHA LITZINGER LUTZ, PH.D. PSYCHOLOGIST PLLC, a domestic PLLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 2/22/13. Office location: New York. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the PLLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Ronald Lawrence Crane, Esq., 5 Farmers Rd., Great Neck, NY 11024. Purpose: Psychology Vil: 04/25 - 05/30/2013 AREXA RURIK EKSTROM AND ASSOCIATES LLC a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 2/20/13. 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, 35 Canal St., 3rd Fl., NY, NY 10002. General Purposes. Vil: 04/25 - 05/30/2013 Notice of Formation of EPHOCUS CAPITAL, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/8/13. 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 Kustal & Kustal, PC, 237 W. 35th St., Ste. 1001, NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil: 04/25 - 05/30/2013 287A WEBSTER AVENUE LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 01/11/2013. Off. Loc.:NewYork Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, c/o Ian DeFronze, 1396 Third Avenue, #1B, New York, NY 10075. Purpose:Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 04/18 - 05/23/2013 Notice of Qualification of US VC PARTNERS GP, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/08/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/11/13. Princ. office of LLC: 900 Third Ave., 19th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/18 - 05/23/2013 Notice of Qualification of SNOWPLOW HOLDINGS LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/09/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/04/13. Princ. office of LLC: 950 Third Ave., 18th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o The Worldwide Group, Attn: David Lowenfeld 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, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/18 - 05/23/2013

Notice of Qualification of SNOWPLOW LH LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/09/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/04/13. Princ. office of LLC: 950 Third Ave., 18th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o The Worldwide Group, Attn: David Lowenfeld 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, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/18 - 05/23/2013 A.C. LAWRENCE WEST, LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 1/4/13. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Leonard Franzblau, 729 Seventh Ave., NY, NY 10019. General Purposes. Vil: 04/18 - 05/23/2013 D28 CAPITAL 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: Douglas A. Lobel P.C., 28 W. 44th St., Ste. 1205, NY, NY 10036. General Purposes. Vil: 04/18 - 05/23/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Nelson, Robinson & El Ashmawy, PLLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/22/13. 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: 342 Broadway, #164 NY, NY 10013. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 04/18 - 05/23/2013 Notice of formation of Gretchen & Waters LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York. SSNY on 03/12/2013, Office located in New York County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC at 1509 Broadway, Suite 1920, New York, NY 10038. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil: 04/18 - 05/23/2013 Notice of Qualification of FBS Education, LLC App. for Auth. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/3/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 6/8/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Capitol Services, Inc., 1218 Central Ave., Ste. 100, Albany, NY 12205. DE address of LLC: 1675 South State St., Ste. B, Dover, DE 19901. Arts. of Org. filed DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 04/18 - 05/23/2013

Notice of Formation of Leslie Earl Robertson, Structural Engineer, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/5/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 100 Riverside Blvd., (18-D), NY, NY 10069. Purpose: practice the profession of engineering. Vil: 04/18 - 05/23/2013 Notice of Formation of 22 BNDO LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/27/13. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Wachtel Masyr & Missry LLP, 885 Second Ave., 47th Fl., NY, NY 10017, Attn: Mitchell Fenton, Esq. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 04/18 - 05/23/2013 Notice of Qualification of Fluent Medical LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/2/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 377 Broadway, 11th Fl., NY, NY 10013. LLC formed in DE on 8/1/06. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o 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: 04/18 - 05/23/2013 Notice of Qualification of GOLF RIVERHEAD, LLC. Authority filed with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/28/13. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/20/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Avenue, 13th Floor, NewYork, NY 10011. Address required to be maintained in home jurisdiction: 160 Greentree Drive, Ste. 101, Dover, Delaware 19904. Arts. Of Org. filed with DE Secy. Of State, Corporate Div., 401 Federal St., Suite 4, John G. Townsend Bldg., Dover, De 19901. Purpose: Acquisition, Development & Management of Real Estate and operation of a golf club. Vil: 04/11 - 05/16/2013 Notice of Formation of Furious Flames Films, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/3/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 601 West 26th St., Ste. 1762, NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 04/11 - 05/16/2013

Notice of Formation of Case Real Estate Funding, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with 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, c/o Seyfarth Shaw LLP, 620 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10018, Attn: Lester Bliwise, Esq. Principal Office: c/o Case Real Estate Capital, LLC, 340 West Passaic St., 3rd Fl., Rochelle Park, NJ 07662. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 04/11 - 05/16/2013 Notice of Qualification of AlpInvest Secondaries Fund (Offshore) V, L.P. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/03/13. 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 Admininstration Bldg., Grand Cayman, CI KY1-9000. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/11 - 05/16/2013 Notice of Qualification of ROTHSCHILD INNOVATORS GP, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/28/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/22/13. 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 addr. of its princ. office. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of DE, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/11 - 05/16/2013 Notice of Formation of RA 70 PINE DEVELOPMENT LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/01/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 200 Madison Ave., NY, NY 10016. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Rose Associates, Inc. at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/11 - 05/16/2013

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

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


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p UblIc notIce S 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, NewYork, 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: New York 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

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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

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

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

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 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

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letteRS to the edItoR Continued from page 10 The central problem is that cars are inefficient city transport. They also pollute and envelope people in a metal bubble, cutting off interaction. Want to see an isolated person? Look for someone stuck in traffic, alone in his car. Bikes are much more efficient, and this program will encourage more bicycling. Also, it will make neighborhoods far off the grid — like the far Lower East Side — much more accessible. Let us not lose the larger picture — greater transport efficiency, more interpersonal interaction, less pollution and better exercise while commuting — while arguing over details. The kiosks can be re-sited, if need be. The concept, though, is wonderful. Joseph Hanania

Smart locks versus smart docks To The Editor: Re “Bikes on the brain as cycle-share is about ready to roll” (news article, May 2): It may be too late, but one option is to implement newer smart-lock technology. Not only is it much less expensive, it also takes up much less space and is much more flexible than the older smart-dock technology. It is also New York City technology! Hoboken is piloting it this summer with two New York City-based companies, Bike and Roll and SoBi.

whelming complaints from residents of the neighborhoods impacted by the racks about how they disrupt simple acts of daily life, such as just getting access to their buildings or shops, along with city garbage pickup. D.O.T. planners must learn to understand and address daily street life in New York City before they start drawing lines on paper that neither work nor advance the expansion of biking. Martin Tessler

Can serve but can’t smoke? To The Editor: Remember Jessica Lynch? She was a young woman who joined the military at age 18 or 19. She was trained not only to kill, but to accept the fact that she could also be killed. She was sent to Iraq during the early days of the war, and became one of the first Americans to be captured. Before her rescue, she was reportedly raped and tortured. All of this before her 21st birthday. Meanwhile, back in The Land of the Free, she wasn’t old enough to sit down and have a drink. And, if Christine Quinn has her way, hundreds of young New Yorkers returning home from Afghanistan won’t even be able to sit down and have a smoke. Jerry The Peddler

bad either. Better than many. I’m willing to bet that the tradeoff will need to have an extensive résumé of shows included, although, I have not checked into it yet. I am deeply saddened by the state of the Village, East and West, and the Lower East Side, hell, all of New York City. I am an artist and musician who is also fascinated with the way it used to be back then. I think the most important thing now is not to lose your voice. It is a cold, hard fact that money obviously prevails in this city. Development and gentrification mean money and greed with no regard for the “richness” of the history and disappearing generations who once owned a very real and beautiful yet dangerous culture. Dennie Hausen

My city was gone To The Editor: Re “Super-anxiety about closing of Sixth Ave. supermarket” (news article, April 11): I have lived on W. Eighth St. for nearly 40 years and I have lost my diners, delis, supermarkets, bookstore, haircutter and my wonderful Hong Wah Laundromat across the street that burned down two months ago without replacement. Where are we to shop? Where are we to find the food basics that are slowly being taken away from us? I just ran out for a small bag of flour, going to what was left of the Food Emporium, where I shared tears and memories with staff. Why is this happening and what are we to do?

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To The Editor: Re “Things change: If not Soho House, what will we get?” (Clayton, April 4): First off, I am usually in complete agreement with Clayton. But a couple of things. John Varvatos does not support just any band. You have to be established already. C.B.’s was not like that. Coupled with his high-end, unaffordable-to-the masses clothing for men, Varvatos means nothing to me, eye contact or not. He’s no different than N.Y.U.’s cancerous spread. But I have to say at least Clayton took the time and effort to meet him face to face. No one would do that but him. As for Soho House, I have a real problem with the “exclusivity” factor of this “art club.” Again, I am willing to bet that art in trade for membership is going to be pretty difficult for some, including myself. I have never had an “art show” but have tried in New York City — which ain’t too easy for someone self-taught. My stuff’s not perfect, but not

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To The Editor: Re “Bikes on the brain as cycle-share is about ready to roll” (news article, May 2): Transportation Alternatives members display robotic following of a programmed script that they cannot depart from in the face of the Department of Transportation’s misplaced bike-rack siting installations. Anyone who attended Community Board 2’s session last Thursday would have heard almost unanimous criticism of rack placements but general support of biking. It’s the disconnect between biking as a policy versus bike-rack placement as a site-specific hindrance to daily life in the neighborhoods that D.O.T. and T.A. have failed to comprehend. The C.B. 2 meeting served to convey the over-

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Bergman asked Castro to clarify what had happened at that time and why it happened. “Somebody went off physically and enforced the strict letter of the law,” Castro replied. He indicated that that had not been Parks Department policy and that it had been a PEP officer who took matters into his own hands. Colin Huggins, who plays a grand piano under the Washington Square arch, said that the summons issued to him in 2010 did not come from a single PEP officer. “It was from all of them,” Huggins said, “and even Ray Brown [PEP director of operations] himself came up to me, and I have him on film saying it, ‘If you don’t take your piano out of here right now, you’re going to jail.’ “We want to make sure that there’s something in the rules to really clarify that this isn’t going to happen again,” Huggins said. “It wasn’t just a small incident. It was over a long amount of time, and I don’t think I was the only one who was threatened to be put in jail.” Robert Lederman, who has been suing the Parks Department in federal courts for years over infringements to the free-speech rights of expressive-matter vendors, told the audience that Castro’s statements were at odds with Parks’ stated, written rules. He assiduously videotaped Castro’s comments at last Wednesday’s committee meeting. “If you’re selling art, if you’re accepting a donation while doing a performance, you’re an expressive-matter vendor,” Lederman said. “And you therefore have to follow all of the expressive-matter vendor rules. The 2013 amendment, which they claim clarifies that, says the same exact thing [as rules put forth in June 2010], slightly reworded.” Lederman took issue with Castro’s statement that the rules would not apply to performers in Washington Square Park. The activist called that “selective enforcement.” “We’re going to arrest or summons every single artist that even tries to sell one picture in the park, but we’re going to let an unlimited number of performers basically do anything they want?” Lederman asked rhetorically. He said that Castro’s statements that evening directly contradicted sworn statements in a suit that Lederman has brought against Parks and that is now before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. In its defense in that suit, Parks is saying that the rules are being applied equally to performers, visual artists and, indeed, to expressive-matter vendors of all kinds. “Commissioner Castro,” one C.B. 2 member asked, “if someone feels they are being harassed, what kind of recourse do they have? Is there a phone number they can call?” “Yes,” Castro replied. “They can call 311 obviously. They can call my office in Manhattan, 212-408-0201, or they can write or call the Parks commissioner.” As she left the meeting, community board member Frederica Sigel remarked that Castro had come there to clarify the rules, but despite several hours of discussion, there was just as much confusion as ever. “This struck me as a ‘ruly’ group,” she said of the expressive-matter vendors in the audience, “as opposed to an ‘unruly’ group. I think that most of them would try to obey the rules if they understood what they were.”

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