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P.S. 41 is pushing to grow slow zone’s size in West Village BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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Interfaith leaders prayed at the East Village’s Middle Collegiate Church on May 13 for the safe return of 276 Nigerian girls kidnapped last month. One young worshiper filmed the service on her phone, above. See Page 2 for more photos.

.S. 41 is spearheading an effort to expand the planned West Village slow zone, so that it will include the W. 11th St. public school, along with nearly 10 other schools and school- or senior-related programs. The city’s Department

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urors who convicted Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan aren’t the only voices calling for leniency in the sentencing of the 25-year-old New School graduate student, who is facing between two and seven years in prison for elbowing a police officer in the face at an O.W.S. protest on March 2012. Last week, nine of the 12 jury mem-

bers petitioned Judge Ronald Zweibel to “consider probation with community service” when McMillian is sentenced on Mon., May 19. This past Monday, on the steps of City Hall, a handful of city councilmembers followed suit. Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, who was arrested while protesting with the Occupy movement — his charges were later dismissed — condemned the Police Department for

what he called its tendency to use “excessive force” at protests. He said the effort to keep McMillan incarcerated is an attempt by the powers that be to chill free speech. “Many of the arrests at Zuccotti Park were provoked by the police and unnecessary,” he said, adding that protesters often were charged afterward with assaulting a police officer.

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of Transportation plans to implement the slow zone in 2015. According to D.O.T., “The slow zone program, in short, takes a well-defined, relatively compact area, and reduces its speed limit from 30 miles per hour [the standard throughout the city]

torytellers and interviewers in an ambitious oral history project came together last month at Jefferson Market Library to celebrate their effort to preserve the past. For five months, volunteers worked to record neighborhood tales from

people who have lived, worked or spent more than 20 years in the area for “Your Village, Your Story: A Greenwich Village Oral History Project.” Successfully archived, the stories are now accessible online. More than 100 people turned out for the April 25 event, which was moved STORIES, continued on p. 16

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United to save Nigerian girls Hundreds of interfaith worshipers joined the international call of “Bring Back Our Girls!” on May 13 during a service in Middle Collegiate Church, at 112 Second Ave. Like millions of other people around the world, they were praying for the safe return of the 276 Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped last month by Islamist militants. The interfaith service began with a traditional Muslim call to prayer, and also featured emotional songs and speeches by Christian and Jewish leaders. “Concerned people around the globe, empowered by our prayers and impassioned by the convictions of our faith, must speak truth to all who would objectify women and children,” said the Reverend Dr. Jacqui Lewis, senior minister of Middle Collegiate Church, holding a congregant’s daughter, above. Ruth Messinger, former Manhattan borough president and current president of the American Jewish World Service, also gave remarks, below. “We cannot stand idly by as women and girls are attacked by extremists aiming to strip them of their dignity and rights,” she said.

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GIVE HIM A HAND(PRINT): A theater revival, complete with stars’ handprints in concrete, is turning St. Mark’s Place into Hollywood East. On the evening of Mon., May 5, no less a luminary than actor Alan Cumming arrived

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NEW DO: Kurland…Yetta Kurland, I presume. … Cue the James Bond theme music for this Scoopy item about Yetta Kurland’s new hairdo. … Well, she conducted a poll, via Facebook (how else?) on whether she should change her look. Some of her friends and supporters were aghast that Kurland would think of changing her signature funkypunky spiky hairstyle. Others told her to boldly take the plunge and go for it. Well, she did, and now is sporting what looks to be a long pompadour. Though — who knows? —

maybe it will in time come to be known simply as “The Yetta.” We don’t really remember her rocking the bowtie before, either. Rather, we recall open-collared button-down shirts, with a white undershirt underneath poking out at the neck. Of course, we assume the suits are still custommade by Luigi’s, in Chelsea. The new 007 look becomes her, we think. All we can say is...shaken — not stirred.

at Theatre 80 St. Mark’s to have his hands and signature memorialized in mortar as part of the New York Walk of Fame. “I hope I have bigger hands than Joan Crawford,” Cumming told The Villager before a ceremony on the theater stage. “I live in the East Village and always pass here with my dogs,” the film and TV star said. “He’s at the point in his career as an actor that his place in the history of theater is secure,” said Lorcan Otway, owner of the theater as well as the adjoining Museum of the American Gangster and the William Barnacle Tavern. Like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the New York version, gracing the ground at the theater’s entrance, boasts the handprints and signatures of Joan Crawford, Gloria Swanson, Myrna Loy and Joan RivSCOOPY’S, continued on p. 25

Council approves expanded SCRIE, freezing more rents BY SAM SPOKONY

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he City Council on Wed., May 14 unanimously voted to expand a housing subsidy program that will now give a rent freeze to tens of thousands more seniors citywide. The newly passed legislation, which was introduced last month by Councilmember Margaret Chin, will broaden eligibility for the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program, which freezes rent for adults above age 62 who live in rentregulated apartments, and whose rent ex-

ceeds one-third of their household income. Currently, residents are eligible for SCRIE if their annual household income is $29,000 or less. Once the expansion goes into effect July 1, that income cap will be increased to $50,000 — a 72 percent increase that will allow roughly 24,000 more seniors to enter the program, which already serves 48,000 seniors. “Today’s vote to increase SCRIE income eligibility is a major step forward in our goal to increase stable, affordable senior housing options in our city,” said Chin, who chairs the Council’s Committee on Aging, in a May 14 statement. The expansion was made possible by a

provision passed in the state Legislature’s budget on March 31, which allowed for increasing the income limit, and which was based on legislation that had previously been introduced by Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh. The state — whose approval is currently required for any such increase — will have to renew this expansion in 2016 in order to keep the income cap at $50,000. Also on Wednesday, the City Council unanimously approved Chin’s resolution to call on the state Legislature to pass a bill that would remove that need for future state action to further broaden SCRIE eligibility. The state bill, first introduced in January 2013, would require the SCRIE income cap

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Jamie Pugh, 20, appears at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on Wed., May 14. Pugh is charged with the brutal murder of Wen Hui Ruan, 68, on E. Sixth St. near Avenue D. At left is his defense attorney, East Villager Frank Rothman.

Arrest in senior’s killing

Police are questioning a suspect who allegedly beat an elderly man to death just around the corner from the senior’s East Village home on May 9. Jamie Pugh, 20, was picked up Tues., May 13, on E. 14th St. near First Ave. about 1:45 a.m. after police received a tip through the Crime Stoppers line. Pugh, a resident of 691 F.D.R. Drive, in the Lillian Wald Houses, is charged with second-degree murder, second-degree robbery and assault. The victim, Wen Hui Ruan, 68, a Chinese immigrant who lived with his family on Avenue C, was walking along E. Sixth St., near Avenue D, around 8:45 p.m. when the suspect approached and began yelling at him, police said. The suspect then threw Ruan against a wall, knocking him to ground, and then punched him and stomped on his head three times, after which the suspect fled the scene, according to police. Ruan was rushed to Bellevue Hospital after a bystander called 911, but he died shortly after reaching the hospital. Based on witness statements, police believe the altercation was the result of a robbery attempt, according to a source mentioned in The New York Times. Police said Pugh has a history of robbery and drug sales.

Home invader sentenced

A man who admitted to violently burglarizing five Manhattan homes in 2009, including three in the West Village, has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced on May 12. William Rodriguez, 57, pleaded guilty on April 28 to multiple felony charges of burglary, robbery and kidnapping, as well as two misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child, for the 2009 spree. Before the sentencing for those charges took place, he had also just begun serving a 20-years-to-life prison sentence, which was handed down in March after he was arrested and convicted, through DNA evidence, of an August 2012 burglary of a West Village home, the D.A. said.

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Rodriguez began his 2009 spree on Oct. 8 of that year, when he followed a cleaning woman in a W. Ninth St. apartment where she worked, then choked her, threw her on a bed and punched her in the head multiple times, according to court documents. He then used a vacuum cleaner cord to tie her hands and feet, after which he stole computers, cash and other property from the apartment. After another burglary in Morningside Heights, Rodriguez struck again Downtown on Oct. 29, 2009, when he pretended to be a deliveryman and brought a fake package to a Bank St. apartment, according to court documents. A nanny, who was watching a 3-year-old child, opened the door, and Rodriguez forced his way inside while flashing a knife, after which he threatened to kill the nanny, tied her up using her own shirt, and stole a computer and camera equipment from the apartment. Then on Nov. 2, 2009, Rodriguez forced his way into the W. 12th St. apartment of an elderly woman, again while wielding a knife, according to court documents. As in the previous incidents, he threw her down and tied her up — this time with a telephone cord — after which he stole cash from the apartment. He finished the spree two days later, with a similar burglary on the Upper West Side. Rodriguez has been arrested more than a dozen times, including once in 1988 for attempting to shoot a police officer.

Drunken limo joyride

Marwan Elbordiny, 24, was arrested early on May 7 after he drunkenly stole a limousine packed with passengers and crashed it into a garbage truck in the West Village, police said. The driver of the white stretch limo told cops he parked near the corner of W. Fourth St. and Seventh Ave. South around 3:15 a.m., with four passengers sitting in the back seat, and briefly stepped out of the car, leaving it idling with the key in the ignition. It was then that Elbordiny reportedly jumped behind the limo’s steering wheel and sped away, knocking over the driver and leaving him with minor injuries, according to documents filed in the Manhattan D.A.’s Office.

With the four frightened passengers still inside — one of whom eventually jumped out of the vehicle — Elbordiny reportedly then began a strange, high-speed joyride that initially consisted of driving in two small circles. After pulling away from the original parking spot, he drove south on Seventh Ave. South for one block, then turned left onto Grove St. (driving the wrong way), then drove for another block and turned left onto W. Fourth St. (again driving the wrong way), then immediately turned left once again onto Seventh Ave. South — after which he made the same loop again, according to the D.A. documents. During his second loop, Elbordiny reportedly continued driving north on W. Fourth St., on which he was soon traveling with traffic, rather than against it, after crossing over Seventh Ave. South. But his frenzied joyride came to an end just a block later, when he slammed into the front of a private garbage truck at the intersection of W. Fourth St. and W. 10th St., according to the D.A. documents. The limo’s three remaining passengers, as well as a passenger in the garbage truck, all reportedly sustained minor injuries in that crash. With the driver’s door apparently inoperable, Elbordiny then climbed through the limo’s passenger-side window and attempted to flee the scene on foot, but was stopped by passersby, according to the D.A. documents. After cops arrived on the scene and apprehended him, Elbordiny took a breath test and was found to have a blood-alcohol content of .181 percent — more than twice the legal limit — police said. He was also carrying two small bags of alleged cocaine and one small bag of alleged hashish, police said. Elbordiny was charged with grand larceny, reckless endangerment, unauthorized use of a vehicle, unlawful imprisonment, driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance, among other charges.

Planned to rob drug dealer

Police arrested three men — two of whom later confessed — as they were allegedly about to rob a drug dealer’s West Village apartment at gunpoint early on May 10. Cops said they saw Aziz Rasheem-Coleman, 20; Devon Davis, 21; and Unique Smith, 35, arrive outside 15 Jones St., the alleged location of the robbery target, shortly after midnight. Davis was reportedly carrying a loaded 9-millimeter handgun and sat down on the steps of a building across the street, while Rasheem-Coleman and Smith approached the target building’s entrance, according to documents filed with the Manhattan D.A.’s Office. Smith was also carrying a knife, a fake pistol, a ski mask and gloves, police said. When cops approached the three men, they all took off running, and tossed away both the real and fake gun, but all were apprehended after a brief chase, and both guns were recovered, police said. It was Smith and Davis who later admitted to the officers that they were planning to commit the robbery, which targeted a drug dealer who was known by RasheemColeman, according to court documents. All three men were charged with attempted burglary, attempted robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and conspiracy.

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A.G. keeps after Airbnb to turn over rental records BY SAM SPOKONY

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t ended up being a short break for the nation’s most talked-about shortterm apartment rental Web site. Just one day after a judge blocked state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s subpoena of Airbnb — the popular “home-sharing” site — based on a technicality, Schneiderman issued a new subpoena that purportedly addresses that technical matter. Through the subpoena, the attorney general seeks to force Airbnb — a San Francisco-based company that operates in cities around the globe — to hand over customer records. Those records would be used to determine if, and how many, users of the site have violated a 2010 state law (sometimes referred to as the “illegal hotel law”) that makes it illegal to rent out a residential apartment in New York City for less than 30 days if the leaseholder or owner of that unit is not also present. “The time has come for Airbnb to stop shielding hosts who may be violating a law that provides vital protections for building residents and tourists,” said Matt Mittenthal, an attorney general spokesperson, in a statement released after the new subpoena was issued on the evening of Wed., May 14.

In a decision released the day before, State Supreme Court Justice Gerald Connolly blocked the first subpoena, ruling that it was too broad because it targeted Airbnb customers throughout the state, rather than only in New York City, where the 2010 illegal hotel law applies. Immediately following that ruling, Airbnb seemed to declare victory by releasing a statement in which the company called Connolly’s decision “good news for New Yorkers who simply want to share their home and the city they love,” and saying, “Now, it’s time for us to work together… . We look forward to continuing to work with the Attorney General’s Office to make New York stronger for everyone.” But it now seems that Schneiderman may have the upper hand. As part of his May 13 decision to block the initial subpoena, Connolly also made a number of rulings that will heavily weigh against Airbnb, if the attorney general’s new subpoena is deemed acceptable in its geographical focus. “There is evidence that a substantial number of [Airbnb users] may be in violation of the [2010 illegal hotel law],” the judge wrote in that decision. He also went on to write that “the record before the Court indicates that there are [Airbnb users] regularly using their apartments to

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provide lodging to guests who may not be complying with the state and local tax registration and/or collection requirements.” That evidence was likely based on research the Attorney General’s Office submitted to the court earlier this year, which stated that as of Jan. 31, Airbnb listed 19,522 apartment rentals in New York City, and only one of those listings required guests to stay for at least 30 days. In addition, 64 percent of those listings were for rentals of the entire apartment, meaning the host “presumably would not be present during the rental period,” according to the attorney general’s researcher. Referring to Airbnb’s other arguments

“I feel like it’s a win,” said state Senator Liz Krueger, who sponsored the illegal hotel law, referring to Connolly’s ruling. She has long railed against Airbnb’s media campaigns in New York City. She added that both tenants and landlords have called her office many times to complain about the “nightmare” of dealing with short-term apartment rentals, citing security concerns due to the presence of strangers in their residential buildings. Krueger also stressed her belief that Airbnb’s apartment rentals are having a negative impact on affordable housing in the city. “We’re finding over and over again that a huge portion of the apartments that show up on Airbnb, as well as similar sites, are in 421a buildings and buildings with rent-regulated units,” she said, referring to the state’s 421a program that provides tax breaks to developers for including 20 percent affordable housing in a building. The Villager reported in March on a Nolita building in which two previously rentstabilized apartments were believed to have been illegally deregulated after being used for several years as Airbnb rentals. In that case, a broker later advertised the two units online at market rate after removing them from Airbnb, but hastily deleted the listings from his Web site after this newspaper inquired about their history in rent-stabilization. Given the recent release of Mayor de Blasio’s major, 10-year affordable housing plan — which seeks to preserve 120,000 affordable units and build 80,000 more — Airbnb opponents in the city are also calling on the mayor to reject the homesharing site’s efforts to further embed itself within the local economy. One of the most outspoken opponents is Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who, in a May 13 letter to de Blasio, asked him to oppose Airbnb’s business model, and to also oppose recently introduced state legislation that seeks to legalize short-term apartment rentals. “Illegal rentals through Airbnb have to be part of the discussion when we talk about affordable housing, because the fact is that they take rent-regulated units off the market,” Brewer told The Villager. “It’s something that deals directly with the preservation aspect of the mayor’s affordable housing plan, so we need to be talking about it in that context.” The Mayor’s Office did not respond to a request for comment. New York State Homes and Community Renewal, the state agency that oversees rent-regulation, also did not respond to a request for comment.

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against Schneiderman’s action, Connolly also found in his May 13 ruling that the home-sharing company had failed to prove that the initial subpoena was “unduly burdensome” or that the customer records requested by the attorney general were confidential. That is what set the stage for the attorney general’s subsequent action on the following day. “Since the judge rejected all of Airbnb’s arguments except for a narrow technical matter, our office has served the company with a new subpoena that addresses that issue,” said Mittenthal, in his May 14 statement. The statement did not specify exactly how the technical issue will be addressed, but the new subpoena will likely be specifically focused only on New York City users of Airbnb. Following the issuance of the new subpoena, Airbnb responded by saying it was, “disappointing that the Attorney General’s Office continues to demand private information about thousands of Airbnb hosts, so many of whom struggle every day just to make ends meet.” In interviews earlier on May 14, even before the new subpoena had been issued, supporters of Schneiderman’s investigation were optimistic.

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Ex-Pride Agenda director at home at settlement house BY SAM SPOKONY

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n a sense, Alan van Capelle’s first midlife crisis came at age 34. It was then, in January 2010, that he stepped down as executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, less than two months after the state Senate had decisively rejected its first marriage-equality bill. Van Capelle’s seven-year tenure — which itself had come after years as a union leader — made him the Pride Agenda’s longest-serving leader, but he was still a young man. “I worried, after I left the Pride Agenda, that I would never again find something that was so personally significant or meaningful to me,” he said in an interview last month. Van Capelle next became deputy comptroller for public affairs under then-City Comptroller John Liu. Then, about a yearand-a-half later, he switched course once again to become president and C.E.O. of Bend the Arc, a Jewish faith-based, socialjustice advocacy group. This year, van Capelle, now 39, took the next leap in his career by becoming president and C.E.O. of the Educational Alliance, a 124-year-old nonprofit social service organization based on the Lower East Side.

Alan van Capelle on a terrace at the new Manny Cantor Center.

And for van Capelle, that decision certainly wasn’t just about staying close to his L.E.S. home, where he has lived with his husband and two young sons for the past three years.

“After all those worries I had [in 2010], I don’t think they’re going to be a problem anymore,” he said. “In my short time so far at the Educational Alliance, I think I’ve been more personally and professionally fulfilled than anything since my time at the Pride Agenda.” That’s because he plans to bring new life to the advocacy efforts of the organization, which opened its groundbreaking Manny Cantor Center in February. The center is being promoted as a vibrant new source of equality within a community that includes both ultra-wealthy residents and others living below poverty level in public housing. Along with numerous other services, the center features an early-childhood education program that serves both students from higher socioeconomic backgrounds and those from low-income families who receive federal Head Start subsidies. There’s also a fitness center with sliding-scale membership fees to include low-income residents alongside their wealthier neighbors. “It’s really an experiment, because there isn’t another facility in this city that is situated at the intersection of several different communities, and which is designed to be for everybody across the economic strata,” van Capelle said. “My hope it’s a model that can be replicated.”

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Idea to improve Mulberry, create Jersey St. plaza BY GERARD FLYNN

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ince the mid-1990s, the summer Mulberry St. Mall has lured tourists to Little Italy, allowing them to dine at sidewalk cafes that are extended out into the street, which is closed to traffic. But closing Mulberry St. down to traffic for four months every year has had its share of vocal critics from the start. On the evening of Mon., May 5, some of those were in attendance downstairs in Old Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, which faces the famed thoroughfare, to protest a proposal for a significant facelift to the historic street. In 2013, the cathedral, which was elevated to basilica status by the Vatican several years ago, applied to the Department of Transportation’s “Plaza Program.” The Bloombergled initiative, which dates back to 2008, provides funds to create plazas “that will transform underused streets into vibrant, social public spaces.” Monsignor Donald Sakano, Old St. Pat’s pastor, wants to use the money to restore the old feel of the neighborhood, making pedestrians take more notice of the many landmarked structures on the block, he said. The monsignor sees the proposal as a done deal, with its implementation “immediate.” But D.O.T. project planner David Breen told the roughly 50 locals at the meeting that the proposal is still in its “very, very early stages.” He stressed that the D.O.T. officials were there to just “workshop ideas,” not much else. The plan would develop with community input and that D.O.T. “has no agenda,” he said. But, as the evening wore on, that was clearly a view not shared by everyone. Proposed alterations to one block of Mulberry St., between Prince and Houston Sts., and the adjacent Jersey St., between Mul-

Georgette Fleischer, center, and Minerva Durham, right, speaking with D.O.T.’s David Breen about the plaza plan at the May 5 meeting.

that they only found out two days before the meeting that C.B. 2 had already given its support to the project, which is required to obtain the funding. The May 5 meeting was led by Sakano, and was not a C.B. 2-sponsored meeting, she noted. The board passed a resolution of approval in September 2013 that concluded, “Whereas a large number of letters in support of the proposed project were received from local residents, business people, cultural, educational and other nonprofit institutions, property owners and elected officials, and several residents came in person to express their support (including a representative from the Broadway Residents Coalition who praised the Basilica’s Monsignor Sakano for his helpfulness to the community); “Therefore be it resolved that Community Board 2 fully supports the proposal by the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral to plan enhancements for Jersey St. between Mulberry and Lafayette Sts. and Mulberry St. between E. Houston and Prince Sts. and encourages D.O.T.’s Plaza Program to approve and provide financial support to carry out this important project.” The resolution was approved unanimously with 38 board members in favor. However, Secunda subsequently stressed to The Villager that what C.B. 2 approved was merely the planning process itself, and not the final proposed plan.

and provide perches for seating. A design of similar finished plaza drew approval from some but sighs of disappointment from others, when the gravelly looking Bogardus Plaza in nearby Tribeca, with its smart chairs and tables was shown. In addition, some local residents are still riled at D.O.T. after the agency allegedly backpedaled in 2011 on promises not to replace an art space at nearby Petrosino Square with a Citi Bike bikeshare station. Georgette Fleischer, founder of Friends of Petrosino Square, fought the city on the bike-share site all the way to the Supreme Court, and lost last year. While some left the meeting expressing satisfaction with the proposed changes, Fleischer has no faith that D.O.T. will do right this time around. “I don’t trust them,” she said, adding she worries the department will do a flip-flop on assurances — guaranteed by the monsignor — that the project won’t close the street permanently. As for Sakano’s expectations of more serenity, she said, Mulberry St. is already serene enough. She said the priest was “absolutely incorrect” in saying the completed project would bring out the neighborhood’s old flavor, cobblestones and all. Instead, she said, it would just add to the city’s “suburbanization.” “This will turn Mulberry St. into a street just like any other plaza, choked with tourists,” she said. Fleischer was also particularly incensed

To the monsignor, the proposal is a done deal.

berry and Lafayette Sts., include sidewalk widening, with planters and new lighting “harkening back,” the monsignor said, to the old days. Jersey St. might look more plaza-like when the project is slated for implementation by July, after one more public hearing and the hoped-for nod of approval from Community Board 2. The plaza program requires letters of support from nonprofits and businesses in the community. A C.B. 2 member or members reportedly did meet with Monsignor Sakano to discuss the proposal. Large stone or cast-concrete blocks looking big enough to build the pyramids might also be brought in to define the plaza area

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To The Editor: Shirley Secunda is right in her letter “Horses not Cars” (May 1). Horses have partnered with humans since 2000 B.C.E. Actually, the root of all this is real estate. Developers have their greedy eyes on the carriagehorse stables. No horses? Presto! Newfound territory ripe for major development. Keep the horses in the park. Keep them for my fifth-generation native New York grandsons. Keep them for all New Yorkers.

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article, April 17): I lived three blocks away for 12 years, and was Tribes’ bookkeeper for five years. Steve gave me my first venue to perform in New York City. And that’s what makes it a special place. Steve welcomes all artists and is open and generous to a fault. We should reciprocate for him now. Jessica Eubanks

Red couch relocating? To The Editor: Re “Steve has left the building, but takes a piece of it” (news article, April 17): I’m glad Steve will continue to be part of the East Village — even though it is no longer the artistic sanctuary it once was — and to have a roof over his head, especially since he has offered the same to so many people over the years. Steve, I think you have a beautiful future ahead — but in Detroit. I’ll meet you there with a red couch

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Seat of L.E.S. poetry To The Editor: Re “Steve has left the building, but takes a piece of it” (news article, April 17): My son Tovey Halleck made the iron “poet’s bench” on the sidewalk outside the building. Tribes is the last of the good old Loisaida. DeeDee Halleck E-mail letters, not longer than 250 words in length, to news@thevillager. com or fax to 212-229-2790 or mail to The Villager, Letters to the Editor, 515 Canal St., Suite 1C, NY, NY 10013. Please include phone number for confirmation purposes. The Villager reserves the right to edit letters for space, grammar, clarity and libel. The Villager does not publish anonymous letters.

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Clean for Gene, sorry for and sore at R.F.K. in ’68 NOTEBOOK BY JERRY TALLMER

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y their hands ye shall know them, and I was at my desk in the City Room of the New York Post, typing away, when I became aware of a tall presence looming just to my left, and then of the large sweaty limp hand that grabbed my own hand off the keys and squeezed it. “Hi, ah’m Lyndon Johnson,” said the tall presence, and then passed on to the next desk, the next hand. Lyndon Baines Johnson, the troubled vice president of the United States, had come into the old building on West Street to pay obeisance to Dorothy Schiff — they all did, all the candidates or potential candidates, nothing unusual in that. This was around 1961. Nobody — loosely speaking — had ever heard of Gene McCarthy. Jump seven years. The whole world now knows about Gene McCarthy, and I have been assigned to cover him along the campaign trail wherever he goes. McCarthy has, among other attributes, a pair of big strong plainspoken hands, a farmer’s hands, though so far as I know, he has never worked on a farm or on an assembly line or in a garage or any of that. Now, in the bleak New Hampshire sunlight, his large right hand comes down over my hand and pen and notepad in which I’ve jotted down the key words of something outrageous he has just said about Lyndon Johnson: “I thought when presidents got in trouble, they went to blacks for help, not Jews.” Blacks, I wonder, like maybe Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall? “Please don’t write or print that,” says Gene McCarthy, lifting his hand off my notebook, himself a candidate for president on the stop-the-war ticket — and I don’t write it or print it and don’t resent not writing it in all the 46 years then till now. The neatly dressed Clean for Gene kids are all over the state, all over the United States, knocking politely on doors, waiting to speak when spoken to. “Good morning, Ma’am, may we come in? Yes, a cup of coffee would be nice right now.” On the sidewalks of Manchester, New Hampshire, I get talking with a kid from California — an ultra-radical white kid, slim, tall, nice-looking — who’s in a rage, eyes full of tears, because his candidate, Gene McCarthy, won’t pander to the publicity-seeking organizers of a big outdoor rock-and-rally the next evening. “If this [McCarthy campaign] fails,” the California boy is saying grimly, “I’m off to join Huey Newton in the hills.” Cool it, I tell him. You know that McCarthy won’t do any crap like that thing tomorrow. “Yes,” says the weeping, smiling kid, “isn’t he beautiful?” Eugene Joseph McCarthy (1916-2005), whose upset showing in the New Hampshire primary will soon lead L.B.J. to withdraw shockingly from the race altogether. So, for the McCarthy team, it’s off to New York and then Chicago, and may the best survivor win. En route, I find myself in a crowded motel room in, I think, New Jersey. There are two big guys sitting side by side on a daybed, passing a baseball bat back and forth between them, fist over fist over fist, as if choosing up sides. The two big guys are Gene McCarthy, whose large strong hands I’ve already noted in New Hampshire, and his campaign pal, elite Boston’s poet-playwright Robert Lowell, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and much else. I don’t know if they ever played that ballgame, or who won, who lost, but I do know that, rather than baseball, McCarthy likes to talk dryly about his youthful football days, when you tried in desperation “to gain a few yards

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through the Forward Fumble.” I’ve already driven over half of Minnesota on the McCarthy trail, past countless fishing tents atop frozen lakes, and now I’m closing in on one of his alma maters. “Look,” says the head of St. John’s College as a young man and woman in ordinary clothes run past us, laughing, across the campus. “That’s a priest and a nun.” I’m back in Washington, listening to this one and that one on the subject of what makes Gene McCarthy tick. Across a lunch table, a Democratic Party hostess and insider named Katie Loucheim is saying: “Minnesota, that strange state. Too much talent. Hubert Humphrey. Walter Mondale. Gene McCarthy.” Her candidate is Humphrey, of course. She guesses, correctly and sadly, that I too want to stay clean for Gene. I’ve managed to land a few minutes interview with Robert Kennedy, the attorney general of the United States, not one of my favorite people. He has refused to do what Gene McCarthy is now doing, go one-on-one against L.B.J. No guts.

R.F.K. himself is on the phone, frazzled. He nods for me to take a seat.

I’m shown into the attorney general’s place of work, a spacious room, at the far end of which, by the windows, sits R.F.K. himself, on the telephone, looking frazzled and exhausted. He nods for me to take a seat. “No,” he is saying into the phone. “No, I’m sorry, but I just can’t. No way. Tomorrow is Saturday, the only day I can be with my children. So I’m sorry, but I cannot be there with you. Sorry.” He hangs up. And I? I suddenly feel so sorry for him that I cannot ask the question I’ve come all the way to Washington to ask him: When if ever are you going to get off the dime, and run? I can’t ask it.

Eugene McCarthy.

J.T. … no guts. The day after L.B.J.’s withdrawal, we get the answer: Now Robert Kennedy is entering the race to the White House. Only now. Which does not endear him more to me. Chicago — well, Chicago 1968 was something else, with tear gas and stink bombs everywhere, and Mayor Daley’s cops running wild in pursuit of Abbie Hoffman & Co. through Grant Park and up and down Michigan Avenue. Some thugs unknown invade the McCarthy campaign headquarters on a high floor of the Hilton to beat up all the Clean for Gene kids in sight, and the splendid Murray Kempton of the New York Post leads a candlelight procession through the streets of Chicago, in protest. The day after the day after, I’m having breakfast at a coffee shop downstairs in that same Hilton, the perfume of stink bombs still in the air. Across the table is — guess who — Mr. Yogi Berra, then a coach of the New York Mets. He stares at me, I stare at him, but I don’t have to verify what everybody knows. Yogi Berra has good hands. And clean hands.

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Downtown politicos get a workout at spiffy N.Y.A.C.

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The Downtown Independent Democrats held a swank “Downtown Goes Uptown” fundraiser at the New York Athletic Club on Sun., May 4. The main “sport,” obviously, was politics. From left, D.I.D.’s Joyce Brody, Congressmember Jerrold Nadler, state Senator Brad Hoylman, D.I.D. President Jeanne Wilcke and former District Leader Adam Silvera, who became a Civil Court judge last year.

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With rent up, antiques no longer in, shop is closing BY ZACH WILLIAMS

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rushes with history are inevitable at Archangel Antiques. The pictures they paint of the closing 21-year-old store tell as much as the diverse inventory of premium keepsakes. The two-storefront business occupying two connected basement railroad car-style spaces, at 334 E. Ninth St., between First and Second Aves., will start emptying out at the end of May with a final closing by June 30. Two owners eager to unload an eclectic accumulation of vintage clothing and other artifacts of bygone eras will then embark on a fresh leg of a three-decade journey in the antique business, and a new chapter in their lives, while one longtime store manager with tales to tell of his own awaits the possibilities following a long summer in the sun. Increasing rent pressure, as well as the divergent tastes of a younger generation, are reasons for seeking an exit to the business, which co-owner Gail, who requested her last name be omitted fearing harassment via telephone, started with her longtime partner, Richard. The pairing began when Gail and Richard met at the Canal St. Flea Market in the ’70s. They opened their store at the present

Store manager Michael Duggan, left, helped costumer designer Molly Maginnis, right, and her first assistant costume designer, Michael Sharpe, as they selected a garment for “Smash,” a TV program.

location in 1982 and will continue through an online Web site she has set her sights on mastering. They maintain their own sides of the business, with her room devoted primarily to clothing as old as the 19th century, as well as what she described as 1 million buttons. The quick-witted merchant has a response for anyone challenging her contention — but he or she better keep an accurate count. “Then you get a free button if I’m wrong” said the longtime Queens resident. Richard’s side contains items as diverse as a portable Decca phonograph player, tin-

plate snapshots of “instant ancestors” and a taxidermied badger seemingly poised to pounce on elephants hiding below an African-shaped tabletop. “You really have to have patience and curiosity,” she said of noticing interesting objects, like a pterodactyl-looking beast, sculpted from a repurposed shovel, which hovers above it all. The appeal and financial prospects of a shop showcasing historical curiosities in the East Village has waned, she said. Artist types have left for Brooklyn and younger residents seem to prefer cheaper, modern products and imitations rather than Archangel Antiques’ pricey but ultimately authentic wares, she added. She felt a similar dissonance with the times back when the “weird” styles of the ’70s inspired her to dress as if it were 30 years before. Soon, she extended her business interests beyond yoga and psychotherapy to the sale of garments spanning from the Victorian to late Cold War era. Her devotion to the value in the appearances of the past has earned a steady clientele of patrons seeking the ideal thing from the right time. Among them on a recent Friday afternoon was the purchaser of a cotton floral print dress, ideal for a fashionable young lady in the ’60s and the purposes of an upcoming video project in Montreal about poet Dylan Thomas called “Dominion.”

“I’ve known about them for years,” said costume designer Molly Maginnis, who has browsed the shop in the past for other projects, such as accouterments for the actress portraying Marilyn Monroe in a NBC TV program called “Smash.” A local artist seeking the right fabrics for patches and an Upper East Side apronmaker were also spending some time in the store searching for the ideal material muse. But no feature of the business speaks more than longtime manager Michael Duggan, a former scion of Allentown, Penn., steel wealth who turned to truck driving before becoming fashion and design confidant to the New York City elite. Detailed recollections of European royalty, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the recently deceased Rene Ricard from Andy Warhol’s Factory are mere prefaces to lengthy and eloquent dissertations on his areas of expertise in the history of American fashion and the distinctive qualities of Bourbon French interior design. However, the hundreds of dollars spent to acquire a beautiful, hand-beaded suede blouse or a James Dean-style, high-riding leather jacket is an extravagance that can be had for far less, albeit in an imitation, according to Duggan. “Why do we care about things we just toss?” he said. “Nowadays, people are interested in holding onto a moment, not living that experience.”

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P.S. 41 leading push to grow the slow zone’s size SLOW ZONE, continued from p. 1

to 20 miles per hour, with further reductions to 15 miles per hour near schools. These newly reduced speed limits are then promoted and enforced through the use of traffic-calming measures, such as specialized signage at zone entry points, painted speed limit information on streets and the selective use of speed humps (relatively flat, elongated speed bumps that are designed to be traversed at 15 to 20 miles per hour).” Currently, the proposed West Village slow zone’s boundaries are Hudson St. on the west, W. 11th St. on the north, Seventh Ave. South on the east, and W. Houston St. on the south. Included in the city’s proposed zone are P.S. 3, Greenwich House Music School and City as School High School, among others, plus J.J. Walker ball field and the Hudson Park Library. However, P.S. 41 — known as the Greenwich Village School — is advocating for this slow zone to be extended to Sixth Ave., which would include its own school, plus the Joffrey Ballet School; Village Preschool Center; Academy of St. Joseph; Greenwich House Nursery School and Senior Center; Greenwich House Pottery; Our Lady of Pompeii School; the Downing St. Preschool; Little Red School House, and a Kumon tutoring branch. P.S. 41 Principal Kelly Shannon presented the proposal for an expanded slow zone at Community Board 2’s Traffic and Transportation Committee meeting last Thursday evening. Pointing to the need for the larger zone, she said, “Just this past fall, I witnessed a cab hit a child and caregiver on W. 11th St. just off of Sixth Ave., right in front of our school’s entrance.” Shannon sent out a letter in February to elected officials, school advocates and D.O.T., making the argument for enlarging the zone. “A simple solution would be to extend the zone one block east on 11th St. and use Sixth Ave. instead of Seventh Ave. South as the zone’s eastern corridor,” she stated in her letter. “As such, a West Village zone extended to include P.S. 41 would still be smaller than most existing slow zones. D.O.T. engineers and C.B. 2 would need to properly review all options in detail, but it appears this suggested suggestion to include P.S. 41 would create a zone of about .2 square miles — still only half the area of the East Village’s .4-square-mile slow zone.” The East Village slow zone is set to be rolled out very soon, this August, in fact, according to Chad Marlow, of Community Board 3, who was one of its biggest advocates. Its boundaries are E. Second St. on the south, First Ave. on the west, E. 14th St. on the north, and to the western edge of the F.D.R. Drive on the east. In addition, Shannon and P.S. 41 are calling for the majority of the intersections within the zone along the Sixth Ave. and Seventh Ave. South to be made even safer by making them so-called “complete streets.” These improvements would include shortening pedestrian crossing distances and adding better street markings to “clarify who belongs where.” As of last week, Shannon and P.S. 41 had collected more than 330 petition signatures in support of the effort. The signatures were gathered “on four chilly mornings on 11th St., outside P.S. 41, in early April 2014,” stated the information packet the principal presented at last week’s committee meeting. Heather Campbell, a P.S. 41 parent, said, “I’m very excited that C.B. 2 and D.O.T. are focusing on how to make this area safer. As you can see from the map, extending the slow zone to Sixth Ave. creates a safety

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A map handed out by P.S. 41 Principal Kelly Shannon showing the proposed extended West Village slow zone.

buffer for a huge number of child- and senior-focused entities. It is a big and important step for safer streets. And after the slow zone conversation, we’re hoping the next part that will get on another agenda is complete streets for the area, including Sixth Ave. and Seventh Ave. South.” During the board members’ discussion of the proposal, committee chairperson Shirley Secunda said of P.S. 41, and the other additional schools, “they meet the criteria” for being included in a slow zone.”

However, Tom Connor added skeptically of the traffic-slowing strategy, “I don’t think it will really work till they have it everywhere.” In the end, the committee voted in favor of the zone’s expansion, with seven members and one public member voting “yes” versus one “no” vote and one abstention. While not guaranteeing the outcome, Colleen Chattergoon, the D.O.T. community representative for C.B. 2, said the agency would look at the possibility of expanding the zone.

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Terri Cude, left, and Community Affairs Officer Martin Baranski coordinated to help make Operation Safe Child happen.

Climbing fun, safety were in the cards at playground

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

PHOTOS BY TEQUILA MINSKY

A police officer belayed a young boy as he scaled the climbing wall.

A girl got her fingerprint scanned for a Safe Child card.

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ids hit the wall last Saturday — literally — at Mercer Playground, as police brought in a giant climbing structure as part of Operation Safe Child. In addition, nearly 50 kids got Safe Child ID cards, which include fingerprints of both index fingers, an up-to-date photo taken on site and detailed information about them. Luckily, the torrential downpour held off until just after the event had ended. Terri Cude coordinated the event on behalf of the Bleecker Area Merchants’ and Residents’ Association (BAMRA). She said it was two years in the making, and that she even personally bought a generator to power the printer that produced the ID cards on site. It was a good investment, she said, also coming in handy during the post-Sandy blackout to help light the lobby of 505 LaGuardia Place. In addition to working with police, Cude posted fliers, plus had to get a Parks Department permit to use Mercer Playground for the event. Ironically, the city continues to argue that this strip — located on one of the N.Y.U. superblocks — is not a park, and plans to appeal Judge Donna Mills’s January ruling that this site and two others nearby are de facto parks.

Snacks were also provided, plus colored chalk sticks for drawing on the playground’s pavement and bubbles for blowing. And, as usual, kids were kicking soccer balls, riding scooters and generally scurrying around in the popular play space. Coordinating things on the police’s side were Community Affairs Officer Martin Baranski, from the Sixth Precinct, and Sergeant Michelle Martindale, of the New York Police Department’s Community Affairs Bureau. L.M.N.O.P., the group that created the playground, was also involved. Coby, a bomb-sniffing police dog, was also on hand, helping to do some wetnosed community relations with the kids. Although Cude is a co-leader of Community Action Alliance on N.Y.U. 2031, or CAAN, which opposes the university’s superblocks expansion plans, she noted that neither she nor CAAN were party to the community lawsuit on which Mills ruled earlier this year. Prinny Alavi got her daughter, Esfahan, 15 months, a Safe Child card. However, in hindsight, she had somewhat mixed feelings about it. “I saw the flier about two weeks ago, and I thought, ‘This is a good idea,’ ” Alavi said. “At the same time, this is putting our kid into the system. If I was AfricanAmerican, I would have a problem with this.” May 15, 2014

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upstairs to a larger room to accommodate the crowd. Frank Collerius, the Sixth Ave. library’s manager and the project’s creator, said it exceeded his expectations, and will continue. The original goal was to collect 30 stories. They now have 102. “We’re not stopping this,” he said. “It’s a living thing. It’s the Village. These people are fantastic. They’re not shy about telling their story.” That evening, Barbara Steinberg surprised Collerius with a story about a hair-straightening mishap at a Village salon years ago before jetting off to Paris. Collerius said Steinberg had starting out by telling him, “I sued the Dorothy Lamour hair studio,” and he knew that was a story they needed to hear. While Collerius noted that Jefferson Market Library is a special place, and Greenwich Village is legendary, he stressed the real history is the lived experience of neighborhood inhabitants. “It’s not just about Dylan,” he said, referring to the famous folk singer. “It’s the day-to-day experience of people, in their homes and on the streets.” Collerius also personally interviewed locals for the project, and recalled great Mafia-related stories from a woman who raised her family on King St. One of the best stories she told him involved Italian housewives who leaned out of their apartment windows onto pillows to survey the neighborhood. “When they went inside to watch soap operas — that’s when crime happened,” he said. “They weren’t watching.” The interviews are presented in their entirety and run from as long as short as 20 minutes to as long as two-anda-half hours. “We’re putting up unedited, unfiltered interviews, in traditional oral history style,” explained Alexandra Kelly, an outreach services assistant at the New York Public Library. She also led the training for volunteer interviewers. The interviews are in circulation at the Jefferson Market Library, where they are available on CDs and part of the research collection, and will remain online. “People can hear them 100 years from now,” Kelly said. Storytellers include a former employee of the Pleasure Chest sex shop on Seventh Ave. South, puppeteers responsible for starting the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade and Sharon D’Lugoff, daughter of the late Art D’Lugoff, owner of the

Jim Costanzo is one of the more than 100 people who have been interviewed so far for “Your Village, Your Story: A Greenwich Village Oral History Project.”

Village Gate, the legendary jazz nightclub at Thompson and Bleecker Sts. D’Lugoff described her father as “one of those Village people” who was an active member of the community. Technology is being developed for this project that will allow users to type in the name of a specific street, time or place and find that exact reference throughout all of the interviews. Additional annotations can also be added to the audio bytes. Heather Campbell, a 17-year West Village resident, described her experience as an interviewer. “The hardest thing was getting people to wait,” she said. “You’d walk into people’s apartments and they would start talking as soon as you walked in the door.” Campbell conducted four interviews and had a favorite moment in each. During Richard Stewart’s interview, she learned about a person who camped on top of the arch in Washington Square Park for six months. In another, someone entrusted her with very personal information. “I could see from her eyes that she was debating whether or not to share this, to give that gift,” she said. Campbell enjoyed going through the process.

“It was so incredible to listen to people share their story of the streets I walk down 10 times a day,” she said. “I have so much hope for this project for the library.” At the evening’s end, community members mingled and reminisced. Sandra Molè lived next door to the Village Gate until her family moved to New Jersey when she was a teenager. Her parents, ages 92 and 93, were both interviewed for the project. Molè shared her own neighborhood story about the Beatles that has yet to be recorded. She was 12 years old in eighth grade and was walking home from school with two other girls. The Beatles were here for their first performance in America, 50 years ago, for two nights on the Ed Sullivan Show. Molè was not allowed to go. Instead, she and her friends decided to call the Beatles from a payphone on the corner of Thompson and Bleecker Sts. They had heard George Harrison had a bad cold, and thought they would give it a shot to see if they could reach the Beatles on the telephone at the Plaza Hotel. “I pretended I was Harrison’s doctor — nobody knows that part — and they just put me through,” she said. “Luck of the draw.” John Lennon picked up the phone, and informed Molè that Paul McCartney was just getting out of the shower. All three girls spoke with Lennon, Harrison and Ringo Starr. “John was so fascinated that we were from Greenwich Village,” Molè said. He had heard of the Village Gate, and when Molè said she lived next door, he had lots of questions about the club. “They were very nice,” she added. Molè remembered her girlfriend, a year older, somberly told the Beatles, “I’d like to personally welcome you to the Village.” “We told her to stop it! And then the youngest, our friend Linda, who has since passed, was crying, ‘I love you.’ We told her to stop it, too,” she said. The girls kept running into a liquor store close by to get change for the phone. Molè recalled people nearby asking the girls why they were screaming like that. “No one believed us,” she said. “When it was over, we just sat and cried afterwards — like all the girls did in those days.” Among the dozens of locals interviewed for the project are the likes of Charles Mirisola, Sr., Nicky Perry, Ralph Lee, Susanna Aaron, Tania Grossinger, Kathy Donaldson, Jimmy Tarangelo, Jim Fouratt, Gloria McDarrah, Arthur Stoliar and Elaine Goldberg, just to name a few. To listen to the interviews or for more information go to oralhistory.nypl.org.

Friends go to Jersey to pay respects to Larry Selman BY MELINDA HOLM

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riends and neighbors of Larry Selman traveled to East Brunswick, N.J., last Wednesday to unveil his funeral stone. Selman, who was developmentally disabled, died on Jan. 20, 2013, at age 70. In Jewish tradition, the headstone is typically dedicated within about a year of the person’s death. He was considered by many to be the glue that brought the Bedford, Barrow and Commerce Sts. community together. He raised thousands of dollars for his favorite charities, as immortalized in the film “The Collector of Bedford Street.” A mysterious and haunting perfume permeated the Beth Abraham Cemetery on

the glorious spring day as Sally Dill led the gathering in reciting the 23rd Psalm. As the traditional cheesecloth veil was removed from the stone, Kathy Donaldson, president of the Bedford Barrow Commerce Block Association, said, “We are grateful for the years we were privileged to share with Larry — years when he brought us so many pleasures, annoyances and taught us so very much by example.” Those present said a few words about experiences with Larry over the years. Norm Steele recited the Kel Maleh Rachamin, the prayer of mercy. Ellen Millman said Kaddish and Alice Elliott finished with a prayer for Larry, “When All That’s Left Is Love,” by Rabbi Allen S. Maller. The gathering joined hands and shared a moment of silence to end the service.

From left, Alice Elliott, Sally Dill and Kathy Donaldson at the Beth Abraham Cemetery in East Brunswick, N.J., for the unveiling of Larry Selman’s funeral stone.

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Marxfest, a month at the races, carries on Fest features first-ever revival of Marx Brothers’ debut Broadway musical BY SAM SPOKONY

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s the story goes, four of the five Marx Brothers got their iconic nicknames during a poker game in 1914, years before they broke out and became one of America’s most beloved comedy acts. It was the vaudevillian Art Fisher who bequeathed the monikers as he was dealing to each brother — all still in their 20s at that time — around a table in Illinois, about 1,000 miles away from their hometown of New York City. Leonard, the oldest, became Chicko (later Chico), because of his penchant for chasing chicks, and Arthur, a year younger, became Harpo, because — although he couldn’t read music — he was already an excellent performer on the harp. It’s generally believed that it was the especially cantankerous shtick of the middle brother, Julius, that earned him the name Groucho, while younger brother Milton’s rubbersoled galoshes got him the title of Gummo. And it would be only a few years, of course, until Gummo was replaced in the family act by the youngest brother, Zeppo (née Herbert). One hundred years later, the names, faces and, above all, the gags of the Marx Brothers remain imprinted on our culture like those of few other performers in history. “The simple thing is, they’re still funny,” said writer, performer and vaudeville historian Trav S.D., one of the organizers of Marxfest — a month-long, citywide extravaganza marking the centennial of the famous naming, and celebrating the many triumphs of the brothers’ work on screen and stage. “There’s always been this major theme, especially in American comedy, of the outsider who becomes a sort of anti-aristocratic figure, someone you root for as the

L to R: Seth Shelden, Robert Pinnock, Melody Jane & Noah Diamond in the May 23 & 25 Marxfest production of “I’ll Say She Is.”

little guy,” he continued. “And there’s a certain irreverence about the Marxes that really tapped into that feeling, and it’s part of why they remain funny to so many people today, even while so many of their contemporaries became dated.” At this point, we’re halfway through Marxfest, which has included screenings of their movies “Monkey Business” (1931) and “A Night at the Opera” (1935), several historical talks about the era and, perhaps most notably, a May 4 forum featuring famed talk show host Dick Cavett, who, along with chatting many times with Groucho on “The Dick Cavett Show,” also had the honor of introducing the mustachioed, cigar-smoking wisecracker at his famous 1972 appearance at Carnegie Hall. But the hijinks and hysterics are still far from over, with several screenings still to come — including the fan favorite, “Duck

Soup” (1933) — as well as some particularly unique programming that could provide some new insight into the influential comedy team, even for diehards. Meanwhile, for anyone who feels compelled to do some historical boning up in advance of attending a Marxfest event, Trav S.D. has got you covered on that end as well. Aside from being a frequent contributor to this newspaper, S.D. has literally written the book(s) on some of this stuff, authoring both “No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous” and “Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to YouTube.” Tapping into that wealth of knowledge, he's paying tribute to the Marxes throughout the month of May, by writing a daily commentary about all of their film and television appearances (both as an act

and as solo performers), one at a time, on his blog, Travalanche (travsd.wordpress. com). So if you don’t want to make the embarrassing mistake of letting a Rufus T. Firefly reference go over your head before a screening, check it out! But of course, there’s more to celebrating the Marx Brothers than laughing at your favorite film for the umpteenth time. In the case of this festival, you can also see the Marxes’ first Broadway musical, 1924’s “I’ll Say She Is,” performed live on stage (on May 23 and 25, at The Players Theatre in the South Village). Oh, you’ve never seen that one performed live before, eh? Maybe you weren’t even aware it existed. Well, don’t feel too left out — shockingly enough, “I’ll Say She Is” hasn’t been brought back to the stage since its original run 90 years ago (whose opening night was also the last time the brothers were ever publicly billed as Julius, Arthur, Leonard and Herbert). The show has also become somewhat of a forgotten gem for casual fans, because the Marx Brothers’ second and third Broadway musicals — “The Cocoanuts” (1925) and “Animal Crackers” (1928) — were, of course, quickly adapted to the screen and popularized as the films we’ve come to know and love. The long-awaited adaption of “I’ll Say She Is” was put together by Marx Brothers historian and Marxfest co-organizer Noah Diamond (who will be co-starring in the show as Groucho), and is produced and directed by none other than Trav S.D. “It’ll be an oddly familiar show for fans, because it’s as funny as their early movies, but it’s a different story, with different jokes,” S.D. said of the 90-year-old musical, which he explained is really more of a Broadway revue, with fragmented smatterings of sketches and songs, than MARXFEST, continued on p.20

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The Adventures of an Underemployed Urban Elf Passings, closings and hopeful rays of weirdness

attended. Sadly, Taco passed away this month from leptospirosis, an infection carried by rats. (Don’t let Disney fool you: rats will not sew you a dress like in “Cinderella.” They are actually kind of assholes.) There is a vaccine for the aforementioned disease and if you are concerned, consult your pet’s vet. We will honor Taco’s legacy with a memorial to be held at Lucky Dog on Sun., May 25 at 6 p.m. All are welcome to read, sing, weep and drink heavily. But, truly, the best way to honor Taco’s legacy is to foster or adopt a pet. What seems like a mangy junkyard dog might just turn out to be man or woman’s best friend. And always be grateful for the existence of Dog.

ALL HAIL GWAR! DAVE BROCKIE MEMORIAL ART SHOW

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ome of you might have noticed my face (and elf ear) gracing the cover of a recent issue of TimeOut New York, wherein I am the poster girl for weirdness in New York. This was a great honor and a band-aid on my sorely wounded ego. But don’t let my current stint of fame fool you: I am still a total failure with absolutely no self-esteem, money or shame. Yet, if the cover helps to sell even a single copy of one of my books, I will continue to kiss the buttocks of media outlets everywhere in hopes that I see a royalty check in this lifetime. And as ever, I am committed to bringing you the latest in local news and events. Sadly, many events that occurred since my last column were tragic, and I would be a dishonest writer if I pretended that all was hunky dory on the Lower East Side. Spring is supposed to be about renewal and growth — but this one has pretty much sucked, as the art scene lost far too many cherished badasses. So this

One hundred percent better than Amazon: Kim’s Video stock is 30 percent off, in anticipation of its closing.

installment of “The Adventures of an Underemployed Urban Elf” will focus largely on loss, grief and coping, and trying to regain your strength when you are faced with a miasma of protoplasmic shit. Happy Spring! February saw the loss of writer, Maggie Estep. We became friends while working at the now-defunct SHOUT magazine. Her writing inspired me and if you’ve never read one of her books, go out and get one. I was always envious of her career and I wanted to hate her, but I couldn’t because she was so kind to me. Also, she was about one of ten poets I could actually stand. Her poem, “F**K Me,” inspired my BFF, Faceboy, to want to do just that. They did and then they lived together. She will be missed. In other extremely depressing news:

THE TACO WAGGYTAIL MEMORIAL

When my friend, Holly DeRito, went to the pound to get a dog, she found “Taco” — a tiny Chihuahua who had been severely abused, starved and burned with cigarettes. (Note: Some people suck.) Holly immediately took him home and nursed him back to health. Her love for him inspired her to start Waggytail Rescue, a non-profit that has now saved over 4,000 dogs (waggytailrescue.org). When Taco met my Chihuahua — Reverend Jen Junior — the frightened tail that had been between his legs started wagging (hence, his last name). The two canines then fell in love and went on to have the healthiest relationship on the Lower East Side. After a decade together, Taco and Jen Junior wed in the backyard of Luckydog (303 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn) on April 29, 2011 — the same day as the other, less cool Royal Wedding. Faceboy officiated the “puptials” and many said it was the best wedding they’d ever

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In other crap news, Dave Brockie (a.k.a Oderus Urungus), frontman for the awesome band, GWAR, passed away suddenly this March. In 2011, I was lucky enough to perform with him at GWAR’s Crack-a-Thon at MF Gallery in Brooklyn (213 Bond St.) At the end of the show, Oderus and I trashed the stage set together, and then drank tall boys. I can honestly say that being able to proclaim that I have not only had beers with GWAR, but tore apart a stage with them, is one of my greatest accomplishments. MF Gallery is now hosting an art show in his memory and to raise money for The Dave Brockie Foundation, a charity fund with the mission of promoting the advancement of music, writing and art. The fund’s first goal is to finance the creation of a memorial monument to Dave in his hometown of Richmond, VA to pay respect to the memory of a very charismatic man. (If you aren’t familiar with GWAR, simply Google “GWAR on Jerry Springer” and you will have all the information you need.) Opening night of the show was packed with GWAR fans and art lovers. If you have money, go to MF and buy art. If you don’t have money, go there and look at the art. You will be inspired.

THE CLOSING OF KIM’S VIDEO

While not on the same tragic level as losing friends and pets, the closing of Kim’s Video really bites — especially if you are a film-addicted insomniac like me. Kim’s has always stocked the films of my film production studio, ASS Studios, as well as the Electra Elf box set, 22 episodes of the superhero-themed cable access show I made with director Nick Zedd. The best thing about Kim’s has always been meeting other film nerds there at weird hours. Given that everything there is now 30 percent off, I recently visited (along with my friend, George). As we browsed the sexploitation section, I noticed two young men about to purchase “Anthole Dickfarm.” “No! Don’t buy ‘Anthole Dickfarm,’ ” I blurted out. “It’s not as good as advertised. I actually sold it back to Kim’s.” They then noticed I was holding “Werewolves Vs. Strippers.” “Don’t buy that,” one of them said. “It’s not that good.” “But it looks like an awesome crappy movie.” “It’s not the right kind of crappy movie. It’s not like Tom Selleck’s ‘Runaway.’ ” These were clearly my new best friends. They introduced themselves as Scott and Tomas. We hung out in Kim’s for two hours, discussing films. Scott claimed he REV. JEN, continued on p.19

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once watched six Ed Wood films in a row, a feat that impressed me. Together, we perused titles such as the “Early Films of John Holmes,” “DILF Porn” and other gems. This is the problem with the Internet and online buying — conversations like this just don’t happen on Amazon. After checking out several sin-sational films, the four of us then proceeded to go to The Library, which is actually not a library at all, but an awesome bar that serves two for one drinks from 10 till 12 on Sunday nights (7 Ave. A.).

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Originally from Middle Earth, Maryland, Saint Reverend Jen Miller is an “Art Star, Troll Museum curator, writer, painter, Voice of the Downtrodden & Tired and Patron Saint of the Uncool.” Her latest book is “BDSM 101.” Rev. Jen’s Anti-Slam, a free event, happens every Wed., 8 pm, at Old Man Hustle (39 Essex St., btw. Grand & Hester Sts.). Visit rev-jen.com.

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So, despite the fact this spring done sprung with some terrible events, New York always offers a spirit of redemption. Nothing will ever replace the wonderful people and animals that were lost, but sometimes just wandering into a video store and telling a stranger not to buy “Anthole Dickfarm” can lead to new friends. Sometimes, old friends reappear. Nick Zedd — whom I hadn’t spoken to in years, whom I dated for half a

decade, made countless movies with and subsequently had a bitter breakup with recently — visited New York. I knew that he cared about Taco so I got in touch with him and told him the heartbreaking news. He came over and hung out with my new BF and our former assistant director. We laughed the way we did when we used to sit at Mars Bar all night, and I was happy to let go of everything in the past. If you’ve never seen his movies, you can check out a couple of them, which are screening at Museum of Modern Art on May 26. Though technically not located Downtown, there will be nothing “Uptown” about the event. So put on your finest, hop the F Train, have some fun and help keep New York weird. As the cover girl for New York weirdness, it’s my duty to encourage this.

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MARXFEST AT-A-GLANCE For a full schedule: marxfest.com May 17: Barx Brothers Dogwalk | in Yorkville The Marxes of Yorkville | at the 96th Street Library You Bet Your Ass | at the Cutting Room May 18: An Elephant in Your Pajamas | at the Bronx Zoo The Pinch Brothers in “The Bawdy House” | at the

Players Theatre May 22: “A Day at the Races” | free screening at Epiphany

Library “Duck Soup” | screening at MoMA The Pinch Brothers in “The Bawdy House” | at the

Players Theatre May 23: “I’ll Say She Is” | at the Players Theatre May 24: “Room Service” | screening at Astoria Historical

Society The Love Song of J. Cheever Loophole | at Kabin May 25: “I'll Say She Is” | at the Players Theatre May 27: Theatre Museum Gala | at the Players Club May 29: “Horse Feathers” | free screening at Epiphany Library We’re All Mad Here | free lecture at Mid-Manhattan

Library May 31: Marx Brothers & Algonquin Round Table Walking Tour Marx Brothers Speakeasy Party, with Wit’s End | at

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or old.” Meanwhile, the host himself — who got turned on to the Marx Brothers as a teenager some three decades ago — pointed out that it isn’t only Marxfest attendees who are getting a kick out of all this. “This is like my Comic Con, to be meeting all these people who just as invested in this stuff as I am,” said S.D. “I’m having the time of my life here.”

Amore’s ‘Butterfly’ has Kabuki style BY SCOTT STIFFLER Drawing on his undergraduate studies of traditional Japanese theater, as well as the expertise of several Japanese cast members, director Nathan Hull brings elements of Kabuki into this production of Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s 1904 opera (which itself drew from an 1887 work by French novelist Pierre Loti as well as the 1990 London stage adaptation by American theatrical titan David Belasco). In Amore Opera’s version, characters enter along a walkway to the left of the house (hanamichi), and then strike dramatic poses during moments of emotional intensity (mie). One of

them is played as a supernatural being who suddenly materializes (recalling the Aragoto style). Performed by a diverse rotating cast, with Douglas Martin conducting a full orchestra, this visually bold production closes the company’s fifth season. Also playing: an all-youth version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado.” Part of Amore’s “Opera in Brief” series, it features a cast of 24, ranging in age from 6-13. “Madama Butterfly” (sung in Italian with English subtitles) is performed at 7:30 pm on May 15-17 & 21-24 and at 2:30 pm on Sun., May 18 & 25. “The Mikado” performances are Sat., May 17 & 24, at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $20. “Madama Butterfly” tickets are $40, $30 for seniors/stu-

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a solidly plot-driven show. Among other things, he also mentioned that Zeppo’s role in “I’ll Say She Is” is more prominent than his place in the brothers’ later, more wellknown work. “Essentially, this is now a brand new Marx Brothers show, and that’s kind of an incredible gift,” S.D. continued. “So we’d all agreed that Marxfest was clearly the ideal place, the perfect forum in which to bring it to life.” He added that the May 23 and 25 performances will only be the beginning of the “I’ll Say She Is” revival, as a full production run will follow the festival dates (although those details are still under wraps). Another particularly exciting Marxfest event, organized and hosted by Noah Diamond — taking place on May 24 at Kabin bar and lounge in the East Village — will feature the unlikely friendship that grew between Groucho and T.S. Eliot, the famed British poet and playwright who was just about two years older than the comedian. As that story goes, the correspondence between the two began in the spring of 1961, when Eliot wrote a letter to Groucho requesting a photo, in a manner that was, surprisingly enough, not very much unlike any other gushing Marx Brothers fan. After expressing some disappointment that the photo he eventually received didn’t show Groucho holding one of his trademark cigars, the poet was then overjoyed to get another one that did feature a cigar. “You will have learned that you are my most coveted pin-up,” an effusive Eliot wrote to Groucho in April 1961, after receiving that second photo — to which the poet responded in kind, at the comedian’s request, by sending a portrait of himself. Groucho, never one to be verbally outdone, reacted to that image with some compliments of his own. “I had no idea you were so handsome,” the wisecracker wrote to Eliot in June of the same year. “Why you haven’t been offered the lead in some sexy movies I can only attribute to the stupidity of the casting directors.” It should be stressed that this correspondence — consisting of a total of 11 letters — was itself no joke, and revealed a deeply genuine respect between two giants of their generation. “It's an interesting and slightly offbeat corner of the Marx saga,” said Diamond, whose May 24 event will include a reading of the Groucho/Eliot letters, as well as a discussion of the comedian’s forays into poetry, alongside the poet’s forays into comedy. “I've always been fascinated by the fact that these two guys were friends, and had a mutual admiration society.” Perhaps the most striking element of the friendship was displayed after the two men finally met in person in June 1964, when Groucho had dinner with Eliot and his wife. According to letter Groucho wrote, shortly afterwards, to his brother Gummo, he was thrilled to have met Eliot, but just a little bit disappointed by the dinnertime discussion. While the comedian had wanted to talk serious literature — he’d prepared by reading Eliot’s “The Waste Land” three times just before the meeting — the poet was more interested in discussing “Animal Crackers,” “A Night at the Opera” and, specifically, the courtroom scene from “Duck Soup.” In the end, Groucho told Gummo that he and Eliot shared three things in common: affection for good cigars, cats and making puns. But the connection, of course, ran deeper than that. “I like what [the meeting of Groucho and Eliot] says

about art, artists and the supposed line between ‘high’ and ‘low’ art,” said Diamond. “I've always considered the Marx Brothers' best work to be high art, no less than that of a literary giant like Eliot. Eliot's adoration also reminds us of the special depth of the Brothers' appeal. It's impossible to imagine, say, William Carlos Williams writing a fan letter to the Three Stooges. “I find the Groucho/Eliot relationship touching,” he continued. “Groucho always wanted to think of himself as a literary figure; he wrote several books, and co-wrote some plays and screenplays. His best friends were almost all writers, and he preferred their company to that of performers. In Groucho's literary ambition, and love of writers, I detect a desire to be taken seriously, to be seen as an artist (though Groucho wouldn’t have used that word to describe himself). How many ex-vaudevillians were friendly with T.S. Eliot? Exactly one.” And for yet another event to look out for as Marxfest continues, we turn back once more to Trav S.D., who on May 29 (at the Mid-Manhattan Library, at 40th St. and Fifth Ave.) will host a rousing discussion entitled “We’re All Mad Here: The Marx Brothers in Context.” This will be one for the diehard vaudeville history buffs, during which S.D. will talk not only about the origins of the iconic Marx Brothers act, but also about the early-20thcentury group acts — such as Weber and Fields, Smith and Dale, and the Avon Comedy Four — that paved the way for Groucho and company. “Everyone knows that Groucho continued to be such a big star throughout his career,” said S.D., “but it’s important to remember that the Marx Brothers really came from somewhere, that there were antecedents who had a strong effect on them, and that the brothers also had contemporaries who resembled them.” One of those contemporaries, Eddie Cantor, will certainly factor into that discussion — as any of our readers who saw S.D.’s relatively recent piece on the performer, known as “Banjo Eyes,” might expect. “Overall, I’m just interested in tying the past to the present, because it’s really true that there’s nothing new under the sun,” said S.D. “You can look at somebody new like Sacha Baron Cohen and see the kind of precedents set by the Marx Brothers, because there are these cultural elements, these aspects of the satire, that have always brought people together, whether they’re young

Manami Hattori is among the six who appear in the lead role of Amore Opera’s “Madama Butterfly.”

dents/children. Call 888-811-4111 or visit amoreopera.org. At The Connelly Theater (220 E. Fourth St., btw. Aves. A & B).

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Just Do Art BY SCOTT STIFFLER

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“Art Stands Up to Power. Corporations Are Not People, Green vs. Greed” is the 2014 theme of Theater for the New City’s annual cross-cultural, multi-generational, family-and-hyphen-friendly, totally free Memorial Day Weekend hodgepodge of performance, music, dance, theater, film and comedy. The event takes place on stages located throughout Theater for the New

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Dozens of acts populate the activist-minded Lower East Side Festival of the Arts: May 23-25, at Theater for the New City.

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THE 19th ANNUAL LOWER EAST SIDE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

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A worthy successor to February’s ethnically diverse and relentlessly intense Black Panther Party version of “Othello,” Rebel Theater Company returns to The Nuyorican Poets Cafe with a similarly ambitious adaptation. Director and playwright Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, the man with the “Panther” plan, sets his “Salome” in New Orleans during the violent height of Hurricane Katrina. Primarily concerned with the devilish deals we make in order to survive, rather than the gross indecency of Oscar Wilde’s original, there’s still enough sin and skin on display to merit that “Adults Only” disclaimer (Salome’s Dance of the Seven Veils was so steamy, it set off the smoke detector at last Saturday’s performance). The opening scene finds an elderly man in Holt Cemetery, surrounded by advancing waters and showing signs of a heart attack. Accepting a challenge from the soul-collecting Papa Ga, Noah vows to save himself by listening to the tale of Salome, and resisting her siren pull. It’s a great framing device that ups the stakes of every test of faith and battle of wills to follow. Even better is how the children of Israel are reimagined as zombies trapped in purgatory, each doomed to repeat the particular hell of their own creation. Haunting all sides of the stage for much of the play, and intensely committed throughout, the torment they generate spills into the tension between the deeply conflicted main players. Apart from the occasional pop reference (Salome dances to “When Doves Cry”), the use of a cappella spirituals as a plot-advancing device effectively hammers home the notion that floods may kill flesh, but faith saves souls. Through May 24: Thurs. & Fri. at 6:30 pm, Sat. & Sun. at 6 pm. On May 25, 2 & 6:30 pm. (2 pm matinee, May 25). At Nuyorican Poets Cafe (236 E. Third St., btw. Aves. B & C). Tickets: $25 online, $30 at the door. $20 for students, with ID (door & online). To order, visit nuyorican.org.

Captives of purgatory navigate Hurricane Katrina, sin and temptation, in Rebel Theater Company’s adaptation of “Salome.”

City, and outdoors during the Saturday afternoon Block Party. The dozens of performers include Academy Award-winner F. Murray Abraham, Le Squeezebox Cabaret, NY Lyric Circus (with juggler and bubblemeister John Grimaldi), the aerial dance Constellation Moving Company, Burning City Orchestra, comedienne Penny Arcade, The Rod Rodgers Dance Company and legendary TV pioneer Joe Franklin — plus theater pieces by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz, Eduardo Machado, Barbara Kahn and others. A lobby art exhibit features paintings, photographs and sculptures from Lower East Side and East Village artists. If you appreciate the consistent — and decidedly offbeat — tone to the proceedings, seek out Theater for the New City Artistic Director Crystal Field, and congratulate her on re-

cently winning an “Acker Award” — given annually for “Achievement in the AvantGarde.” Free. May 23-May 25. On Fri., performances from 6 pm-1 am. The Sat. Block Party is noon-5 pm, with films from noon-midnight and youth programming from 2-5 pm. On Sun., performances from 6 pm-midnight and poetry readings from 4-7 pm. At Theater for the New City (155 First Ave., btw. 9th & 10th Sts.). For a performance schedule, call 212-254-1109 or visit theaterforthenewcity.net.

FROM MAE WEST TO PUNK: THE BOWERY ON FILM

Coming at you from the “It’s About Time” zone, the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors and Anthology Film Archives have teamed up to present this look at the many

faces and functions of NYC’s oldest thoroughfare: the Bowery. “An incubator for American culture since the 1800s,” organizers note, “the Bowery helped foster tap dance, minstrelsy, vaudeville, Yiddish theater, jazz, Abstract Expressionism, Beat poetry and punk rock.” You’ll see all of that and more, during the four-day festival. Among the offerings: From 1915, Raoul Walsh’s silent film “Regeneration,” shot on location in and around the Bowery, is arguably the first feature-length gangster film. It’s preceded by three brief kinetoscopes — filmed in Thomas Edison’s Black Maria Studio between 1897 and 1901, and originally viewed by peering through a peep show device. From 1933: Paramount Pictures’ homage to the gay 1890s Bowery, “She Done Him Wrong,” elevated Mae West and Cary Grant into the household name realm — and gave us cinema’s best proposition: “Why don’t you come up sometime 'n see me?” On the same program, 1931’s “Sightseeing in New York” is introduced by historian David Freeland (author of “Automats, Taxi Dances, and Vaudeville”). Lionel Rogosin’s semi-documentary “On The Bowery” (1956) chronicles three days on New York’s Skid Row, while 1964’s “How Do You Like The Bowery?” is a collection of vivid, sometimes harsh, answers to that question. The program of “Selected Bowery Shorts” includes a newsreel filmed mostly with a hidden camera. Elsewhere on the schedule, “Bowery: Spring 1994” is a promenade trip down the Bowery and across the centuries. Its director, Sara Driver, appears at the screening, with an introduction by architectural historian Kerri Culhane (whose research resulted in the Bowery’s designation to the National Register of Historic Places). Places long gone, historic and otherwise, loom large over the festival’s closing day. Mandy Stein’s 2009 documentary, “Burning Down The House: The Story of CBGB,” was filmed during waning days of American punk’s birthplace. After a screening of 2010’s “The Vanishing City,” filmmakers Jen Senko and Fiore DeRosa will be joined by former Landmarks Preservation Commission chair Kent Barwick, zoning expert and activist Doris Diether and others. They’ll expand on the documentary’s look at “the policies and economic philosophy behind…the process that has jeopardized the social fabric and neighborhoods that have always made New York unique.” May 16-19, at Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Ave., at Second St.). $10 general admission, $8 for students/seniors, $6 for Anthology members and children under 12. For info, visit anthologyfilmarchives.org and boweryalliance.org. This festival runs in conjunction with Lower East Side History Month (leshistorymonth.org). May 15, 2014

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PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANTTO LAW, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, June 04, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at 66 John Street, 11th floor, on a petition forTATANE CORP. to establish, maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk Cafe at 203 MOTT STREET in the Borough of Manhattan for a term of two years. REQUESTS FOR COPIES OF THE REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, ATTN: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 05/08 - 05/15/2014

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NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SPRING CREEK GROUP, L.L.C. App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 4/14/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Washington (WA) on 8/30/06. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: IPG, 1114 Ave. of the Americas, 19th Fl., NY, NY 10036. WA address of LLC: 1780 Barnes Blvd., SW, Tumwater, WA 98512. Arts. of Org. filed with WA Secy. of State, 801 Capitol Way South, Olympia, WA 98504. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/01 - 06/05/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF VILLAGE TOWNHOUSE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/17/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Curtis, MalletPrevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, Attn: Marty Forman, Esq., 101 Park Ave., 34th Floor, NY, NY 10178. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/01 - 06/05/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ISRRON, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/9/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 37 President Street, Staten Island, NY 10314. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/01 - 06/05/2014 NAME OF LLC: LIVE FOREVER YOU, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State: 4/14/14. Office loc.: NY Co. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Business Filings Inc., 187 Wolf Rd., Ste. 101, Albany, NY 12205, regd. agt. upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 05/01 - 06/05/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF MEADOWLARK CAPITAL LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/3/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 125 W. 55th St., NY, NY 10019. LLC formed in DE on 11/22/13. 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: 05/01 - 06/05/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BENEFIT STREET PARTNERS CRE CONDUIT COMPANY SERVICES L.L.C. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/14/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 9 W. 57th St., Ste. 4700, NY, NY 10019. LLC formed in DE on 12/16/13. 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: 05/01 - 06/05/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BENEFIT STREET PARTNERS CRE CONDUIT COMPANY L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/14/14. NYS fict. name: BSP CRE Conduit Company, L.P. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 9 W. 57th St., Ste. 4700, NY, NY 10019. LP formed in DE on 11/5/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LP: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/01 - 06/05/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 183 YORK LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 12/24/13. 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 Kriss & Feuerstein, 360 Lexington Ave., Ste. 1200, NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 145 SPRING PARTNERS LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 12/6/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 10/2/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to One Penn Plaza, Ste. 3430, NY, NY 10119. 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: 04/24 - 05/29/2014

NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 650 FIFTH LESSEE LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 1/17/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 6/24/13. 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: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF VC SPECIAL HOLDINGS, LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 6/21/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 6/19/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: General Counsel, 888 Seventh Ave., 22nd Fl., NY, NY 10019. 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: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF VISIUM ROYALTY PARTNERS LP Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 10/2/13. Office loc.: NY County. LP org. in DE 9/30/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Jacob Gottlieb, 888 Seventh Ave., NY, NY 10019. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Name/addr. of each gen. ptr. avail. at SSNY. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF PLAZA CONSTRUCTION LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/07/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/06/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 260 Madison Ave., NY, NY 10016. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, New Castle Cnty., DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 AKAY DIAMONDS LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 4/11/2014. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, 15 W 47Th St, Ste 900, New York, NY 10036. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014

EDIT MODERN UPTOWN LLC Articles of Org. Filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on March 10, 2014. Office in New York Co. SSNY Desig, Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 303 E. 33rd Street, Ste 3L, NY, NY 10016. Purpose: Real Estate Holding & Management. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF AP PRODUCE LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/7/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Alex Badillo, 1314 Elder Ave., Apt. 3B, Bronx, NY 10472. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF NEW YORK RHINOS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/13/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Foral, LLC, 12325 SW 131st Ave., Miami, FL 33186. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF CS 570 GP PARTNERS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/13/2014. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: 545 5th Ave., 12th Fl., NY, NY 10017, Attn: Daniel Ghadamian, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Term: until 12/31/2054. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF OLD ORCHARD CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LP Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/14/14. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/08/14. Princ. office of LP: 90 Park Ave., 5th Fl., NY, NY 10016. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, Attn: Ross Jackman at the princ. office of the LP. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. DE addr. of LP: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014

PUBLIC NOTICE – HARLEM RIVER DRIVE Cellco Partnership and its controlled affiliates doing business as Verizon Wireless is proposing to collocate antennas on an existing building with an overall height of 81 feet, which is located at 596 Edgecombe Ave, in New York, New York County, New York. Public comments regarding the potential effects from this site on historic properties may be submitted within 30-days from the date of this publication to: Andrew Maziarski - IVITelecom Services, Inc., 55 West Red Oak Lane, White Plains, New York 10604, CulturalResources@ivi-intl.com, or (914) 740-1930. Vil: 05/15/2014

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF JODY REAL ESTATE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/27/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o DeGaetano & Carr LLP, 488 Madison Ave., 17th Fl., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF K & D U.W.S., LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/18/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o DeGaetano & Carr LLP, 488 Madison Ave., 17th Fl., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF NAS INSURANCE SERVICES, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/28/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in CA on 12/30/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. CA and principal business address: 16501 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 200, Encino, CA 91436. Cert. of Org. filed with CA Sec. of State, 1500 11th St., Sacramento, CA 95814. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF OMNIVERE, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/8/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1008 Asbury Ct., Winnetka, IL 60093. LLC formed in DE on 8/28/13. 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: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 NOTICE OF FOREIGN REGISTRATION OF SIKICH LLP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/4/14. Office location: NY County. LLP registered in ­­­IL on 9/3/08. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: National Corporate Research, Ltd., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016, principal office address. Cert. of Org. filed with IL Sec. of State, 501 S. 2nd St., Rm 351, Springfield, IL 62756. Purpose: practice the profession of public accounting. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014

AMORE PRESS LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 3/12/14. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process toThe LLC, 119 W. 72nd St., #339, NY, NY 10023. General Purpose. Vil: 04/17 - 05/22/2014 EMANYC LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 3/17/14. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Legalinc Corporate Services Inc., 8857 Alexander Rd., Ste. 100A, Batavia, NY 14020. General Purpose. Vil: 04/17 - 05/22/2014 GG4 PRODUCTIONS LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 3/12/14. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process toThe LLC, 160 W. 66th St., Apt. 39D, NY, NY 10023. General Purpose. Vil: 04/10 - 05/15/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ATERIAN INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT, LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/7/14. Office location: NY County. LP formed in DE on 8/28/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: c/o Aterian Investment Partners, 1700 Broadway, 38th Fl., NY, NY 10019, Attn: Michael Fieldstone, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LP: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF AUTONOMY HOLDINGS, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/07/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/03/14. Princ. office of LLC: 385 Fifth Ave., Ste. 500, NY, NY 10016. NYS fictitious name: AUTONOMY HOLDINGS INTERNATIONAL, LLC. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Alfred Sutton at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with State of DE, Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/17 - 05/22/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF RENMAC GP, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/09/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/19/14. Princ. office of LLC: 116 E. 16th St., 12th Fl., NY, NY 10003. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. The regd. agent of the company upon whom and at which process against the company can be served is Steven Hash, 116 E. 16th St., 12th Fl., NY, NY 10003. 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 the State of DE, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/17 - 05/22/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF JD 257 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/02/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 120 E. End Ave., NY, NY 10028. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/10 - 05/15/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BELLA TALENT GROUP, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/07/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 310 E. 74th St., Apt. 4F, NY, NY 10021. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/17 - 05/22/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF THIS&THAT, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/8/14. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 3/7/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Barlevi & Co., 11601 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1840, Los Angeles, CA 90025. Address to be maintained in DE: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 04/17 - 05/22/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BAXTER OF CALIFORNIA LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/03/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 575 Fifth Ave., NY, NY 10017. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207, regd. agent upon whom and at which process may be served. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/17 - 05/22/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 5 GUNPOWDER LANE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/19/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Menaker & Herrmann LLP, 10 E. 40th St., NY, NY 10016, Attn: Robert F. Herrmann. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil: 04/17 - 05/22/2014 ESSAR CAPITAL LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 03/13/2014. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, c/o The Law Offices of Mitchell J. Devack, PLLC, 90 Merrick Avenue, Suite 500, East Meadow, NY 11554. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 04/10 - 05/15/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF PAUL FRANCIS FINANCIAL CONSULTING GROUP LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/28/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 200 Riverside Blvd., Ste. 12M, NY, NY 10069. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 04/17 - 05/22/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SOUL DOC PRODUCTIONS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/1/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Bronson Lipsky LLP, 630Third Avenue, 5th Fl., NY, NY 10017-6705. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 04/17 - 05/22/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF TRIMMINGS BEER LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/9/13. 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, 107 W. 20th St., NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 04/17 - 05/22/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF TRIMMINGS WINE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/8/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 111 W. 20th St., NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 04/17 - 05/22/2014

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF FLEUR WOOD LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/30/13. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 30 Main St., Apt. 11F, Brooklyn, NY 11201, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 04/17 - 05/22/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 206-210 W. 77TH, L.L.C. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/2/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004. LLC formed in DE on 4/24/13. 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/oThe CorporationTrust 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: 04/17 - 05/22/2014

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Love is in the air, with Larry PET SET

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arry Reddick, a.k.a. “The Bird Guy,” was entertaining people in Washington Square Park last Saturday, as he drew a flock of pigeons with shouts of “Over there!” followed by tosses of handfuls of birdseed. “They know my voice,” he said of the birds. The pigeons like to perch

on him, as well as on unsuspecting tourists who engage him in conversations. While the birds might not be Reddick’s pets per se, they certainly can be called his fine feathered friends. “They’re the most harmless things in the world,” said the formerly homeless man. Ricky Syers has made a marionette of Reddick, who is a companion of “Little Doris,” the marionette of Doris Diether, the veteran Community Board 2 member, another park regular.

Free disaster-readiness seminar BY HEATHER DUBIN

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nowing what to do in the event of a hurricane, power outage or apartment flood is half the battle. While New Yorkers handled Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 with resilience, many lessons were learned for the next time a disaster hits. Graffiti Community Ministries Baptist church on E. Seventh St. will hold a free community preparedness seminar on Sat., May 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the Red Cross and World Cares Center, a national disaster relief organization. “We need to anticipate and prepare for disasters before they happen instead of waiting afterwards,” Pastor Taylor Field of Graffiti Community Ministries said. “Since we’ve had that experience in our neighborhood, we want to be proactive in case something like that happens again.” The seminar will cover how families and individuals can prepare their homes, figure out a meeting place or locate relatives, and what to do if alone. “You want to have a ‘go bag’ you can grab with bottled water, food, batteries,

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flashlights and chargers,” said Christy Dyer, the church staff administrator. The first 100 attendees will receive a free go bag with a hand-crank flashlight and a portable charger for cell phones. People can fill up the rest of the bag with items they need. Mental and emotional preparedness will also be addressed by a professional counselor. “Sometimes people don’t think about their mental and emotional state in a crisis,” Dyer explained. “You’re never fully prepared to deal with something like that. But if you’re in the best emotional place possible, it will make responding to disasters easier.” The final topic is community preparedness, and how neighbors can work together to pool community resources, respond to a disaster and prevent injuries. “This gives you ideas — like sandbags, what you need to move or do if water is coming into your basement — and how to help your neighbors,” Dyer said. Door prizes, including a hand-crank radio and gift cards, will be distributed, along with lunch.

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF NOVOCURE USA LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/3/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 195 Commerce Way, Portsmouth, NH 03801. LLC formed in DE on 12/3/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State,Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 04/17 - 05/22/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF QSQUARED CAPITAL LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/4/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 2/24/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 04/17 - 05/22/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF PIA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/20/14. Office location: NY County. LP formed in DE on 11/25/08. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 95 Morton St., Ground Fl., NY, NY 10014, principal business address. DE address of LP: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/address of genl. partner available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 04/17 - 05/22/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BLS2, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/27/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 509 W. 24th St., NY, NY 10011. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/10 - 05/15/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ROSEBUD HOLDINGS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/24/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Moses & Singer LLP, 405 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10174-1299, Attn: Daniel S. Rubin, Esq. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 04/10 - 05/15/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF INSTANT VOCAL TRANSFORMATION, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/13/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 115 W. 82nd St., Apt. 2R, NY, NY 10024. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 04/10 - 05/15/2014

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SCOOPY’S, continued from p. 3 ers, to name a few. Before immortalizing his palm prints on a concrete block, the Scottish actor shared a few thoughts on the city. “I find Mayor Bill de Blasio to be really dynamic," said Cumming, an early supporter, adding that, “The incentives for film production and Broadway have been amazing.” Like a true East Villager, Cumming also offered some keen observations of his home turf. “Everybody wanted to come to the city because it was diverse and exciting,” he said. “Now a lot of them can’t afford it. Let’s make sure New York is not just a playground for the rich.” Cumming’s concrete “handiwork” will be installed on the street in a few months.

COMMUNITY BOARD (AND MARIONETTE) REPORT: “I took another fall,”

Doris Diether told us when we called her on Monday. “I landed on my rear end. I was walking with the puppet and I fell background. I’m O.K., I have some bumps and bruises.” Of course, Diether, 85, is referring to “Little Doris,” the marionette Ricky Syers made of her. Earlier on Monday she had been interviewed by a Wall Street Journal reporter for an article on community boards. “They asked me what I thought about term limits for community boards,” she said. “I said I

minimum age requirement, feeling this injection of youth and fresh ideas would be a good thing. City Councilmember Rosie Mendez is also a sponsor of the resolution to allow younger members to serve. Approval from Albany and the governor would also be needed.

supported them for board chairperson but not for board members — because when you get someone on the board that wants to stay, you got to keep ’em!” The journo, she said, “was looking for the longest-serving community board members. I’ve been on since ’64. There’s one person who has served longer than me. She was put on in ’62, she’s from the Bronx.” Apparently, fueling the discussion is a bill by Councilmember Ben Kallos, who represents the Upper East Side, that would institute 10-year terms for community board members. Another Council resolution — apparently separate from the Kallos term-limit bill — supports allowing people as young as 16 and 17 years old to serve on the volunteer boards. David Gruber, C.B. 2 chairperson, said he testified against Kallos’s bill on terms limits because he feels that having “institutional knowledge” on the boards is important. He cited the late Ed Gold, who always provided a wealth of information about past issues and precedents — especially concerning N.Y.U.’s doings over the years — for his fellow board members. Also, Gruber feels that having younger teens on the board isn’t the best idea, either, and suggested they could just as well serve as public members on committees, meaning not actually appointed to the board. But Borough President Gale Brewer, for one, does support lowering board members’

PARK NOTES: We checked out the new Washington Square Park restrooms on Saturday, and the reports that they have too few facilities seem to be accurate. There was actually a line several persons long in the men’s room, as folks waited to use one of the three urinals or the one toilet. At least there will probably be less loitering in there now, as there is simply no space for it. It could have smelled a bit better, too. Unfortunately, it clearly appears that public restroom space in the park has been reduced while office space (remember those ridiculously tiny park office “huts”?) in the new building has been increased. … Meanwhile, there don’t seem to be any complaints about the new cable-rope play structure nearby. The kids really love it, and it was jam-packed with them and their parents — who were helping lift the kids up to reach the rope-ladder bridge and so forth — last Saturday. Kids also enjoy scampering on the new lawn around the play structure, which used to be where the dog run was located.

DON’T BE A HEEL! Evelyn’s Playground in Union Square Park reopened last week after its shock-absorbing play surface got a major repair job. The main culprit behind all the punctures in the former surface? High heels, according to the Union Square Partnership. Moms and caregivers are being asked to wear flats to the playground or to take off their high heels when entering. It’s unclear if actual “No High Heels” signage, like the one above, will be installed, but Jenn Falk, the Partnership’s executive director, told us that discussions about new signage are currently ongoing with the Parks Department. CORRECTION: The photo caption for Otis Kidwell Burger’s talking point last week about her stolen Bethune St. iron coal chute cover incorrectly stated that the photo was of a cover that was on W. 11th St. but resembled hers. In fact, the address on the cover, 369 W. 11th St., referred not to where it was located on the sidewalk, but to the foundry at which it was forged, the Hudson River Iron Works. The “Chas. H. Fox” across the cover’s middle referred to a partner in the foundry, Charles H. Fox.

PHOTO COURTESY CITY AND COUNTRY SCHOOL ARCHIVES

City and Country sails on As part of City and Country School’s 100th anniversary celebration, an exhibit of photos from the school’s archives is on display in the Jefferson Market Library’s Willa Cather Room from May 14-22. Principal Kate Turley noted that the photos showing the progressive school’s history also paint a portrait of Greenwich Village over the years, as well. The school — for students ages 2 through 13 — was founded by Caroline Pratt, a shop teacher, and was based on her theory “children learn best when they are doing.” Working with wood and wood blocks — each year, the 7-year-olds build a model of the Brooklyn Bridge — is a key part of the younger students’ curriculum. Above, children displayed their handmade boats in the 1920s. Field trips — one photo shows a visit to a tugboat on the working waterfront in the late 1940s — are another feature of the school’s experiential learning approach. Started on W. Fourth and 12th Sts., City and Country in 1921 moved to its current home, seven brownstones on W. 13th and 12th Sts. between Sixth and Seventh Aves. Jackson Pollock once worked at the school as a janitor and Pete Seeger briefly taught there. Today, the private school has 365 students. The exhibit will also include original copies of Pratt’s groundbreaking book, “I Learn From Children”; Village maps made by children in the 1940s; works by renowned artists with ties to C & C; and materials from the founding of the Bureau of Educational Experiments, established by C & C teachers, and which became the Bank Street College of Education.

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At a City Hall steps rally for leniency for Cecily McMillan on Monday, speakers included, from left, Yetta Kurland and Councilmembers Laurie Cumbo, of Brooklyn (Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, Eastern Parkway), and Ydanis Rodriguez, of Upper Manhattan.

Call for leniency for McMillan MCMILLAN, continued from p. 1

Rodriguez said those in the justice system want would-be protesters to take a look at McMillan’s case as “an example to all people who join protests.” The Upper Manhattan councilmember called her a “role model” of how hard it can be, under the system, to defend the Bill of Rights. Other politicians who joined the rally to call for leniency for McMillan were City Councilmembers Laurie Cumbo, Robert Cornegy and Helen Rosenthal, while a representative of Jumaane Williams read a statement of support. Randy Credico, who is running for governor of New York, said McMillan’s case is quickly and increasingly gaining international attention. He called that bad for the justice system, as well as for “phony progressives” in the City Council who didn’t turn up at the rally. “Forget about the lack of city councilmembers — she’s quickly becoming an international star,” Credico said. If she’s kept jailed, he added, it will make her more famous than the members of Pussy Riot, some of whom, in fact, visited her recently in prison.

McMillan is currently being held on Riker’s Island without bail. Her supporters are calling for her sentence to be reduced to time served, plus community service. Former City Council candidate Yetta Kurland also spoke at Monday’s rally. Kurland, a civil rights attorney, said it would be “an injustice” for McMillan to be sentenced to jail time for reacting to what she perceived to be a sexual assault: McMillan alleges that a police officer grabbed her breast from behind as she was leaving Zuccotti Park, and that she was then beaten and subsequently arrested. Kurland added that McMillan was one of the very few Occupy protesters to be hit with criminal charges, as many of the others had their charges dropped. “Cecily is a warm compassionate person,” Kurland said at Monday’s rally. “We feel horrible about the decision. We all know the interconnectedness between Cecily’s situation and others who have to deal with the criminal justice system. “I think it’s upsetting to see bruising on her breasts,” Kurland said of photos taken after McMillan’s arrest. “What she experienced seems to be a compelling piece of evidence and shows a level of force. We have to look at the way sexual violence plays out in some of these police brutality cases.”

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