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THE WEST SIDE’S COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER SERVING CHELSEA, HUDSON YARDS & HELL'S KITCHEN

Concerns Linger Over Radon Levels in Spectra Pipeline Gas BY SAM SPOKONY It’s been nearly seven months since the Spectra pipeline came online, pumping millions of cubic liters of natural gas to serve homes throughout New York City — but medical experts, administrators, residents and legislators are still raising urgent concerns about the possibility that the gas is also bringing dangerously high levels of radon. Those concerns are part of what sparked numerous protests against the pipeline — which enters the city through the west side of Manhattan at the Gansevoort Peninsula — long before it became active. Radon, a radioactive element that normally exists as a tasteless, odorless and colorless gas, is responsible for approximately 21,000 deaths each year across the country, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Exposure to radon is also recognized by numerous medical and government sources to be the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers — and it’s been well documented that radon is found in natural gas. However, the potential dangers of radon in this case have, up to this point, been considered inconsequential by some federal officials. In allowing the Spectra pipe-

line project to move forward as it currently exists, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) determined that levels of the radioactive element coming into New York City homes would be low enough so as not to require special monitoring. But a number of city and state lawmakers, including State Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, believe that ignoring the potential public health risks of those radon levels could be a grave mistake. Last year, Rosenthal introduced a bill that would require constant monitoring of the state’s natural gas delivery points — notably including the Spectra pipeline — in order to prevent radon levels from rising above a certain threshold. That threshold would correspond to a recommendation by the United Nations’ World Health Organization that radon levels, in order to maintain public safety, should not exceed 2.7 picocuries per liter of gas (picocuries being the accepted unit of measurement among experts). Rosenthal’s bill would require gas companies — such as Con Edison, which is the main supplier of gas

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Shades of Gray in Conflict of Interest Rules for Community Boards BY EILEEN STUKANE The public session of May 7’s full board meeting of Community Board 4 (CB4) ignited a burst of neighborhood activism in the many Hell’s Kitchen residents who came out to speak either for or against the liquor license application for Rise Bar at 859 Ninth Ave. (btw. W. 55th & 56th Sts.). Annetta Marion, representing the co-op board of 855/857 Ninth Ave., was one of a number of speakers opposing Rise who said that a

member of CB4 was involved with the bar, and a conflict of interest existed. Also, John Blair, one of the owners of Rise, has previously served as a CB4 member (for seven years). It suddenly seemed more than coincidental that CB4’s Conflict of Interest Rules and Procedures were being reviewed that night. A conflict of interest, which comes up more often in areas of real estate (because members may be architects, real estate brokers, or developers themselves), requires

a board member to recuse himself during a vote. However, a member can still attend and speak at a committee meeting. The New York City Charter, Chapter 68, rules of conduct for Conflict of Interest among community board members, allows a member with a conflict to speak at a board’s committee meeting as long as he/she reveals the situation. As Christine Berthet, CB4 chair,

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May 21 - June 05, 2014

Garden Series Has Rhythm, in the Key of Play You don’t need a green thumb, but you might need a key. Having already made stops at Alice’s Garden and Teresa’s Park, the “Playin’ in the Garden” program continues its trek through the hidden gems of Hell’s Kitchen. Sponsored by Clinton Housing and CultivateHKNY, their self-described “Rhythm & Green Garden Series” brings live music and light refreshments to the neighborhood parks and gardens of Hell’s Kitchen. Up next is the Juan Alonso Park & Community Garden event, with music provided by the Irish Arts Center. That takes place on May 22, at 565 W. 51st St. The series continues on May 29, with a visit to CHDC Courtyard & Garden (at 554 W. 53rd St.), and then a June 5 trip to the Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project (on the rooftop of 410 W. 40th St.). On June 12, Bob’s Park (454 W. 35th St.) is the penultimate place to be. The series concludes on June 14, with the “Playin’ in the Kitchen Block Party” (on 52nd St., btw. 10th & 11th Aves).

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But it will also likely have the same effect going the other way, considering the massive commercial development already underway at Related Companies’ Hudson Yards project (with its first office tower planned to open next year) and Brookfield Properties’ neighboring Manhattan West project (with its first office tower planned to open in 2016), as well as Tishman Speyer’s newly planned commercial development at W. 34th St. and 10th Ave. (which could eventually rise to become the nation's tallest building). Just as thousands of new residential units are springing up around Hudson Yards and Hell’s Kitchen — with many more to come from Related — that housing boom has already taken place down in the Financial District and its surrounding neighborhoods below Canal Street. In that Lower Manhattan area, the residential population practically doubled between 2000 and 2010, from around 32,000 people to nearly 60,000, according to U.S. Census data. The new 7 train subway extension, at W. 34th St. and 11th Ave., will certainly bring some additional relief to West Side transportation woes when it opens later this year — but many local leaders around both Hudson Yards and FiDi agree that the ferry is a much-needed option. “We’re definitely very excited about it,” said Christine Berthet, chair of Community Board 4, one of those local leaders who took. The ferry for its maiden voyage on May 19. Aside from the community-wide benefits, she was also particularly enchanted by the ride itself. “It was such a pleasant trip, especially because the weather was so nice, and the boat is very spacious and comfortable,” said Berthet. “I think it’s just a great experience.”

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Forums, Receptions, Art & Pie: You’re Invited BY EILEEN STUKANE The monthly full board meeting of Community Board 4 (CB4), held on May 7 at the St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, brought forth important news and event dates from elected officials and other community leaders. Peter Mullan, Executive Vice President, Friends of the High Line, announced that the vendors are back on the High Line to serve lunches and dinners. High Line Art has installed a billboard by Faith Ringgold on W. 17th St., which can be seen until June 2. Archeo, a new public art installation of sculptures by various artists, will be gracing the High Line until March 2015 (visit thehighline.org for more info). Mullan took a moment to respond to a resident’s complaint that the W. 23rd St. elevator to the High Line has been out of order since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Contractors are now on the site and working six days a week to have the elevator functioning by the end of June. There are also available elevators available at Gansevoort, W. 16th and 30th Sts. High Line Events include “Pie In The Sky” — free pie and lemonade along the High Line, Mon., June 9, for the Five Year Anniversary of the park. On Thurs., June 26, free beverages and snacks will be distributed on the High Line in honor of its Green Corps (teens from the community who undertake a six-month horticultural

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Faith Ringgold’s “Groovin High” (1986) is on view through June 2, at W. 18th St. & 10th Ave.

internship with the park). Visit the High Line’s website for details. City Councilmember Corey Johnson noted that he is a lead sponsor on four pieces of humane animal legislation. The new laws would regulate puppy mills in the city, require spaying and neutering in pet

stores, implement mandatory microchipping and would strengthen and clarify the city’s new animal abuse registry. Following a strong request from residents, Johnson was pleased to get a speed bump installed on W. 26th St., btw. Ninth and 10th Aves. The plans for a new local bus route

between the West Village and Columbus Circle are under way. At its southern end, the new M12 will start at Jane St. and Eighth Ave., travel north via Eighth Ave. on a route that involves turns onto West St., 11th Ave. and 12th Ave., and will terminate at its northern end on W. 57th St. and Seventh Ave. The M12 is scheduled to begin operating in September 2014. A big win for the overcrowded Education District 2 (which includes Chelsea, Greenwich Village and Hell’s Kitchen) is a new public middle school at 75 Morton St., which Johnson hopes will open in Fall 2016. Events from Johnson’s office include: “Let’s Talk” — a series of forums that will bring together speakers on relevant subjects to engage in discussions around various issues. The first “Let’s Talk” will be held on Thurs., May 29, 6:30-8:30 pm, at the New School Student Center, 55 W. 13th St., 2nd Floor. The evening’s topic, The Empowerment of Women, will delve into issues such as equal pay, healthcare and domestic violence. Women from various organizations (among them The Work And Family Legal Center, Global Women For The Arts and The Mayor’s Office’s New Domestic Violence Initiative) will be speaking. RSVP: district3@council.nyc.gov Vision Zero is the city’s action plan for ending traffic deaths and street inju-

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Decoding Conflict of Interest at CB4

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John Blair makes his case for Rise Bar, at CB4’s May 7 full board meeting.

Continued from page 1 explains, “At the beginning of a committee discussion, when an item of conflict comes up, a person is supposed to stand and say, ‘I have to recuse myself’ and explain his or her involvement so everybody knows that whatever they say they’re also involved, but they are still allowed to discuss the matter.” Although it might seem that allowing someone with an investment in a restaurant to participate in the discussion of its liquor license could sway a vote, Berthet says that presumably after a committee hears that a person speaking has a conflict of interest, “They will make their own judgment on what the individual says on an issue. This is the rule in the New York City Charter, not just a CB4 rule.” She further explains that someone with a conflict “may have knowledge on an issue that is relevant to share, but again, other members will evaluate what is said in context.” It seems that as much as rules may be black and white, shading is gray. During the full board’s voting session for Business Licenses and Permits, CB4 member Morgan McLean said that he had accepted the job of Rise manager. He recused himself from voting on the liquor license application from Rise. However Chelsea Now learned that he did not yet have the job when he participated in the Business License and Permits (BLP) Committee’s discussion of the liquor license application for Rise, when the owners had

met with the committee. It was only after that committee meeting that McLean was offered employment. According to the rules, there is no restriction on board members serving on committees even when those committees are addressing matters of their private interests or employers — but the members are required to “disclose, discuss and recuse” themselves. CB4 is strengthening the city’s Conflict of Interest rules by asking each board member to sign a disclosure form which states that the rules have been read and requires members to list interests that may have potential conflict with CB4.“This is much stronger than what is done in the rest of the city,” says Berthet. Twenty-two people took to the microphone with voices raised against the establishment of Rise. They spoke of the oversaturation of bars in the neighborhood, the wish to have the bar close at 2 am rather than the requested 4 am on Thurs., Fri. and Sat., the issue of noise and inappropriate street activity in the wee hours, and possible CB4 member conflict of interest. Patrick MacMurray begged the board not to allow another 4 am bar closing. “If I want to go to a gay bar, I don’t have to go to the new one across the street. I can go to any one in the neighborhood,” he said. Seventeen people, Hell’s Kitchen residents — some former employees of Blair and at least one nightlife promoter — spoke in support of Rise. Blair himself, who had been involved in the flashy XL Nightclub on W. 42nd St., said he was planning to spend $70,000 on soundproofing for what he called a “first-class lounge” with a capacity of 73 people. Board members initially discussed a recommendation to the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) to deny the license because Blair, who as a compromise to the community had agreed to closing at 2 am on Sun. through Wed., would not budge on a 4 am closing from Thurs. through Sat. A motion to deny the license with information to the SLA that the denial was based on the fact that the owners would not agree to 2 am on weekends did not pass. No community concerns were discussed. Board members in favor of allowing a 4 am closing spoke out for New York City nightlife, and in support of Blair as a good business operator. Finally the motion passed 21 to 12 to recommend a 2 am closing Sun. through Wed. and 4 am Thurs. through Sat. Although the SLA’s 500-foot rule would apply — if three bars are in operation within 500-feet then a fourth one would have to prove it is in the interest of the community to exist — in Hell’s Kitchen this rule has been fairly ignored. Many bars survive side by side. Since the vote was in favor of late hours, CB4 was acknowledging its recognition of the bar, not claiming oversaturation. At the SLA, however, there will be a hearing on the 500-foot rule for Rise and the community can bring its concerns there. Conflict of interest, however, will not be the argument to use.

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A.G. Keeps After Airbnb To Turn Over Rental Records BY SAM SPOKONY It ended up being a short break for the nation’s most talked-about short-term apartment rental website. Just one day after a judge blocked state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s subpoena of Airbnb — the popular “homesharing” 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 Franciscobased 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.” “Now, it’s time for us to work together,’ he vowed, adding, “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 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 sub-

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mitted to the court earlier this year, which stated that as of January 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 against Schneiderman’s action, Connolly also found in his May 13 ruling that the homesharing 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. “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. Our sister publication, The Villager, reported in March on a Nolita building in which two previously rent-stabilized 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 website after The Villager inquired about their history in rentstabilization. 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 home-sharing 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 rentregulation, also did not respond to a request for comment.

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Continued from page 1 through the Spectra pipeline — to implement a “radon mitigation response program” to ensure that radon levels in their natural gas do not exceed 2.7 picocuries per liter over any one-hour period. Along that same line, the bill would specifically make it illegal for a company to supply gas to consumers if its radon levels exceed that point, and would allow that state to impose a $25,000-per-day fine if that limit is exceeded and the gas supply is not shut off until acceptable levels are reached. The Assembly held a hearing on the bill on May 9, at the legislative body’s offices in Lower Manhattan, led by Rosenthal and Assemblymembers Dick Gottfried, James Brennan and Nily Rozic. Gottfried and Brennan are both co-sponsors of the radon monitoring bill. The hearing featured testimony from more than a dozen experts and advocates who support Rosenthal’s bill — but representatives from Con Ed and other major gas supply companies were notably absent, having declined the invitation to appear publicly. “Despite all our best efforts, [those utility companies] have refused to participate in today’s discussion,” said Rosenthal at the hearing. “To say that I’m disappointed is an understatement. They deprive the public of the opportunity to learn more about the process and to have a lively discussion.

“Their actions cannot and will not hide the fact that there is no statewide monitoring system in place to deal with radon levels present in the natural gas that’s delivered to our homes,” she continued. “They have a vested interest in ensuring that the public is safe, and that’s why we’re holding this hearing today.” Con Ed did, however, submit written testimony to the hearing. In that testimony, Andrea Schmitz, Con Ed’s vice president for environment, health and safety, argued that, contrary to Rosenthal’s bill, radon mitigation should instead be undertaken by federal entities — which have jurisdiction over all aspects of natural gas production, transmission and distribution — rather than regional supply companies. Schmitz also argued against the potential for shutting off gas under state orders, claiming that such a shutdown could “result in a threat to public health and safety.” In addition, she wrote that the additional costs of constantly testing radon levels in natural gas would result in “considerable increases in monthly utility bills.” But those who actually showed up to speak at the May 9 offered a very different perspective — with many essentially claiming that the primary concern right now should be on getting more information about current radon levels in New York’s natural gas lines, in order to prevent a potential public health crisis. “That’s why we need [Rosenthal’s] bill so badly,” said Albert Appleton, former commissioner of the city’s Department of

Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, second from right, led the May 9 hearing on her radon monitoring bill, alongside, from left, Assemblymembers Nily Rozic, James Brennan and Dick Gottfried.

Environmental Protection and a Senior Fellow at the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design. “We need the information, and we need the remedial authority. We’re going down a path where people are going to have very large amounts of money, and very large amounts of institutional credibility and capital invested in the idea that natural gas is a radon-free, radon-safe fuel. We need to cut that debate off at the pass.” Appleton also stressed that he believes the bill was also necessitated by the “gross negligence” involved in FERC’s decision against requiring radon mitigation at the Spectra pipeline. He, along with other panelists at the hearing, stressed concerns that natural gas from the radon-heavy Marcellus Shale — which is a major source of gas coming through the Spectra pipeline — could potentially bring levels of the radioactive element to 17 or even 30 picocuries at the New York City delivery point. That would, of course, be many times higher than the aforementioned “acceptable” level of 2.7 picocuries. “I can tell you that the physician community is very concerned about the health risks of exposure to indoor radon,” said Dr. Sheila Bushkin-Bedient at the May 9 hearing, representing the Medical Society of the State of New York. That hearing had some immediate impact, as Rosenthal’s bill made a first step forward on May 13 by passing the Assembly’s Committee on Health. “The government has to protect New

Yorkers against the dangers posed by natural gas coming from the Marcellus Shale,” said Assemblymember Richard Gottfried, who, in addition to co-sponsoring the bill, chairs the Assembly’s Committee on Health. “This is a serious public health risk. Natural gas coming into our homes should be subject to strict radioactivity limits and monitoring.” Councilmember Corey Johnson — whose efforts in opposition of the Spectra pipeline (and its potential radon impact) included being arrested on West St. during a protest last November — has meanwhile supported Rosenthal’s bill by cosponsoring a City Council resolution calling for passage of the bill. “With the Spectra pipeline pumping thousands of cubic square feet of natural gas into our community and radon being one of the leading causes of lung cancer, we must ensure that all appropriate steps are taken to prevent dangerous radon levels from entering our stoves or homes,” said Johnson, in a statement to Chelsea Now. And on an even more local level, the Council of Chelsea Block Associations (CCBA) — which has also long raised these concerns — recently applauded the Assembly for holding the May 9 hearing on Rosenthal’s bill. CCBA President Bill Borock told Chelsea Now that his group was “very pleased” about the hearing, and hoped it would lead to the passage of Rosenthal’s bill.


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The 3D Economy and the Transcendence of The State TALKING POINT BY GREG BEATO Last May, Cody Wilson produced an ingeniously brief but nuanced manifesto about individual liberty in the age of the ever-encroaching techno-state — a single shot fired by a plastic pistol fabricated on a leased 3D printer. While Wilson dubbed his gun The Liberator, his interests and concerns are broader than merely protecting the Second Amendment. Wilson is ultimately aiming for the “transcendence of the state,” as he has said. And yet because of the nature of his invention, many observers reacted to his message as reductively as can be: “OMG, guns!” Local legislators were especially prone to this response. In California, New York and Washington, D.C., officials all floated proposals to regulate 3D-printed guns. In Philadelphia, the City Council successfully passed a measure prohibiting their unlicensed manufacture, with a maximum fine of $2,000. But if armies of Davids really want to transcend the state, there are even stronger weapons at their disposal: toothbrush holders, wall vases, bottle openers, shower caddies and tape dispensers. All these consumer goods and more you either can or will soon be able to produce using 3D printers. Imagine what will happen when millions of people start using the tools that produced The Liberator to make, copy, swap, barter, buy and sell all the quotidian stuff with which they furnish their lives. Rest in peace, Bed Bath & Beyond. Thanks for all the stuff, Foxconn, but we get our gadgets from Pirate Bay and MEGA now. Once the retail and manufacturing carnage starts to scale, the government carnage will soon follow. How can it not, when only old people pay sales tax, fewer citizens obtain their incomes from traditional, easyto-tax jobs, and large corporate taxpayers start folding like daily newspapers? Without big business, big government can’t function. 3D printing is a painstaking process, with extruders or lasers methodically building up objects one layer at a time. Most

consumer-level devices currently only print in plastic, and only in one color. At online platforms such as Thingiverse.com — where 3D printing enthusiasts share open-source design files and post photos of their wares — the final products often look a little rough around the edges, without the spectacular gloss and streamlining we’ve come to expect from, say, a Dollar General toilet bowl scrubber. In many ways, 3D printing barely seems ready to disrupt the monochromatic knickknacks industry, much less the world. When it takes hours to produce a pencil cup, transcending the state may prove to be a tall order. And yet in the industrial realm, where 3D printing has been around for decades and goes by the name “additive manufacturing,” companies such as Boeing and General Electric are using much more sophisticated machines to produce parts for jet engines. Medical device companies use them to custom-manufacture hearing aids, replacement knees and designer prosthetics. In time, Cornell University professor Hod Lipson predicts in the 2013 book “Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing” (Wiley), 3D printers will be capable of constructing houses with plumbing and wiring in place, and printing “vanity organs” for people who want new or improved athletic abilities. Inevitably, such technologies and capabilities will trickle down, and probably faster and more radically than many people anticipate. While MakerBot Replicators may still look a little too DIY for those of us who have yet to fully exploit the capacities of our microwave ovens, ease of use is evolving rapidly. In January, Adobe announced that it is adding 3D printing capabilities to Photoshop, giving users the ability to design three-dimensional objects and send them to their own printers or 3D printers in the cloud. A California startup called AIO Robotics is developing a machine that points the way toward a future where the goods in the picture-frame aisle at Target become just as easy to duplicate and manipulate as Metallica’s back catalog. It’s called Zeus. It looks like an unusually stylish kitchen appliance, and its creators, who met as students at the University of Southern California,

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describe it as the “world’s first 3D copy machine.” Place an object in its central chamber, then push a button. Zeus scans the object in 3D. Push another button, and Zeus uses the 3D file it has created to reproduce an exact plastic replica of your object. In essence, Zeus makes “making” even easier than consuming. If you decide you really, really like the pasta bowl your mom gave you for Christmas, you don’t even have to go to the mall, or surf Amazon.com to get another. Just throw it in Zeus and push a button! In almost all visions of the 3D-printed future, manufacturing changes dramatically. If a high-end 3D printer can fabricate a pistol or a panini press on demand, why bother with huge production runs, global distribution networks, warehoused inventories and the cheap human labor that only underregulated developing nations can provide? While it will still make sense to produce some goods in large quantities using traditional methods, manufacturing is poised to become a far more local, just-in-time, customized endeavor. But if the nature of manufacturing is poised to change dramatically, what about the nature of consumption? In many ways, it’s even harder to imagine a city of, say, 50,000 without big-box retailers than it is to imagine it without a daily newspaper. So perhaps 3D printing won’t alter our old habits that substantially. We’ll demand locally made kitchen mops, but we’ll still get them at Target. We’ll acquire a taste for craft automobile tires, but we’ll obtain them from some third party that specializes in their production. Commercial transactions will still occur. But if history is any guide, more and more of us will soon be engaging in all sorts of other behaviors, too. Making our own goods. Sharing, swapping and engaging in peer-topeer commerce. Appropriating the ideas and designs of others and applying them to our own ends. Combining resources and collaborating on extremely large and ambitious projects we couldn’t hope to accomplish alone. And, over time, these new behaviors will have consequential impacts on scores of products, companies and industries. Already, according to a study authored

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by Joshua Pearce, a Michigan Technological University engineering professor, and six others, there are significant economic incentives for consumers to pursue 3D printing. According to Pearce’s calculations, a person who constructs an open-source 3D printer called the RepRap, at a cost of around $575 for parts, can theoretically avoid paying between $290 and $1,920 a year to retailers simply by using the device to print 20 common items (iPhone case, shower curtain rings, shoe orthotics, etc.). If you are willing to invest some time in its construction — Pearce estimates that the RepRap takes around 24 hours to build — the printer can quickly pay for itself, even if you don’t use it all that often. If you start making orthotics for your neighbors, who knows? It could even turn into a profit center. Soon, we’ll begin to see the rise of manufacturing Matt Drudges and printer-sharing Reddits. So many different producers will be churning out so many different products that it will become harder and harder for even well-established and trusted brands to charge for anything but the scarcest and most coveted goods. In a bid to survive, places like Walmart and Best Buy will begin to offer stuff as a subscription — you’ll get 200 pounds of goods per year for a monthly fee of $19.99. But maybe even that will seem too steep to you, or just not as autonomous as you’d like. Ultimately, 3D printers and the distributed manufacturing they enable will democratize and mainstream survivalism. You won’t need five remote acres, heavy equipment and a lot of practical know-how to live off the grid. Be prepared, however, to expect some pushback from your local regulators. Consumers must be protected against strawberry balsamic jam made in home kitchens. Travelers must be protected from cheap rides from the airport. When government realizes that selfproduced plastic shower curtain rings are far more potentially disruptive than selfproduced plastic pistols, it’ll be more than libertarian entrepreneur-iconoclasts at risk. Greg Beato is a contributing editor at Reason magazine.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Carriage Industry Has No Honor To The Editor: Re the April 22 editorial (“Ban Horse Carriages; Keep Citi Bikes”) and a May 7 Letter to The Editor from Shirley Secunda, chairperson, Community Board 2 Traffic and Transportation Committee: How Shirley Secunda can call herself an “animal rights activist” and then defend the abuse and enslavement of the NYC carriage horses is truly astounding. Who is enforcing all these “regulations” she refers to, which are inadequate and mostly ignored? When it was the ASPCA, for instance, humane officers would suspend the hack line when it reached 90 degrees (humidity not taken into consideration) and order the drivers to take their horses back to the stable. There is no provision in the law on how to lift a suspension, so the drivers would wait until one of their sources claimed it now read 89.9 degrees — and they were back on the hack line. Activists have seen this sort of thing happen many times. I watched a horse (Flash) collapse from exhaustion in December 2011, as the horses are often overworked and doubleshifted during holidays. There is nothing sadder than seeing such a majestic animal lying on the filthy NYC streets, and the other drivers going by with their loads of passengers, not even stopping to help, because their fares are more important than a fallen horse. Just recently, a driver was caught altering a hoof brand to make a 22-year-old horse with a breathing ailment appear to be a healthier 12-year-old horse. And the older horse, Caesar, (since “sold”) was also being illegally worked during the time he was supposed to be on the mandated five-week “vacation.” There is nothing right or honorable about this industry. It doesn’t need to be replaced with anything. It needs to be banned, now. Teresa D’Amico

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serious injuries have there been between bicycles and pedestrians that resulted in serious and even sometimes permanent damage? We might never find out because it seems if you don’t get killed, it does not count. We need better enforcement of all traffic regulations — and that includes cars, bicycles and pedestrians. If we don’t change the culture, there are going to be a lot more stories like this. We have bike lanes — and with them, thousands of bikes used by people not familiar with our traffic regulations have been introduced into our very crowded and sometimes chaotic streets. One thing is for sure: the current system is not working. Tommy Re “Hoylman’s Bill to Treat Hit-And-Run Cyclists Like Drivers” (news, May 7, 2014): A few comments from an avid cyclist: Did the guy that got hit have the right of way or was he blindly walking into a bike lane, while talking on his phone? I agree with requiring licenses for bikers… and for pedestrians. Everyone should be required to have a license, cuz pedestrians are irresponsible, jerks too. Eight people killed over 13 years! I’m no statistician, but my guess is more people than that have slipped, fallen and died. Maybe if you bump into someone on the street, you should be required to wait there for the police too. There should be more rules for cars than bikes because they are a lot bigger and go faster. Make sense? Lastly, maybe everyone should walk around in full football gear, helmet and all. Fewer injuries that way. Steve

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POLICE BLOTTER Criminal Mischief: All bets are off

Petty Larceny: Those weren’t my friends

Saturday night’s all right for…pushing? With barely a half hour left on the clock, four males entered Am & Al Deli (at 374 Eighth Ave., at 29th St.) on the evening of Sat., May 10. After becoming involved in a heated exchange with the clerk, one of the men pushed the lottery machine off of the counter. Although the device was not damaged beyond repair, there were no winners in this unfortunate fracas.

It’s always darkest before the dawn — and sometimes, it’s downright dangerous. That was the case for a 35-year-old man, who was standing near the 1 Oak nightclub (453 W. 17 St., btw. Ninth & 10th Aves.) shortly after 5:15am on Sun., May 11. Approached by two men — whom the victim confidently believed himself to be acquainted with — he handed over his iPhone (worth $600), so they could enter their contact information. One of the perps passed the pricey device to the other, who pretended to return it to the victim (via his back pocket). The two men then left the scene — and a short time later, the victim went to retrieve his phone, only to discover that it was missing.

Harassment: Cleaning house is a dirty business Dirt day afternoon? A Ninth Ave. bodega worker was nearly assaulted, at around 2:45pm on Sun., May 11. That’s when he tried to close his store, just for a few minutes, in order to clean the place — but he was met at the door by a prospective customer, who felt so strongly about conducting his own supermarket sweep, that he threatened to kill the shopkeeper if the temporary shutdown went ahead as planned. Based on a description, police canvasses the area for the perp — but the mouthy, would-be mom and pop patron was nowhere to be found.

Criminal Posession of a Controlled Substance: Park Perp

At around 8:30am on Sun., May 11, police observed a man who was hanging out, sans a youthful charge, inside of Penn South Playground (in the rear of 321 Eighth Ave.). Signs posted in the park clearly indicate that it’s off limits to

those who are not accompanying children under 12. Upon confronting the man, police removed a pipe (which contained crack cocaine residue) from the perp’s front jacket pocket. He was then taken into custody.

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CHELSEA: ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Marxfest, a Month at the Races, Carries On Fest features first-ever revival of Marx Brothers’ debut Broadway musical BY SAM SPOKONY As 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 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

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

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 a solidly plot-driven show. Among other things, he

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Down South: Summer Arts Below Canal Festivals, sales, Shakespeare and time travel BY SCOTT STIFFLER

THE RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL

Consider yourself lucky: For the thirteenth annual edition of River to River (R2R), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council has trimmed this normally monthlong, totally free summer arts event down to a lean 11 days — without sacrificing any of the diversity we’ve come to expect from its dense blend of music, dance, visual art and participatory experiences. With many of the activities set outdoors, the June 19-29 festival hits that late spring/ early summer sweet spot — meaning there’s every chance you won’t even need a light jacket, and even less chance you’ll be subjected to the sort of oppressive heat that will soon have us pining for a winter storm advisory. So forget all about those Netflix marathons and binge on the arts, old school style: by seeing and doing as much as you can, all around Lower Manhattan, in a week and a half. These highlights will get you started. For R2R, top to bottom, visit the website: RiverToRiverNYC.com. On opening night, the “R2R Bash” (5-8 pm) is a block party-style event on North End Way. Many of the festival’s participating artists will be there for meet-and-greet opportunities, and there will be discounts at area restaurants and retailers. In addition to many family-friendly activities, the dance troupe/rock band People Get Ready will get, and keep, the people moving. On the first official night of performances, June 21, “Terry Riley and Friends” is dedicated to the music and influences of minimalist composer Terry Riley. Performers include his son, Gyan, Tracy Silverman and the Young People’s Chorus. Renowned flutist Claire Chase and Bulgarian percussionist Svet Stoyanov will perform a new duet by composer Marcos Balter that’s based on a poem by Edgar Allen Poe, paired with a new arrangement of Riley’s “Tread on the Trail.” Also on June 21, R2R contributes to the citywide day of free music that marks the summer solstice. “New York Walkscape” is a parade through Lower Manhattan, during which participants will transform environmental sounds into a musical score (by using a specially created, GPS-enabled app). “And Death Shall Have No Dominion” celebrates the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas in a distinctly modern way — by using your mobile device to accompany the singing of words from Dylan’s work. It concludes when all involved converge on a public park, for a group sing. “Digital Sanctuaries, NYC” is another gizmo-driven walk. It allows you to visit 12 historic sights throughout Lower Manhattan, using an app to turn them into musical, meditative sanctuaries. The next day, the annual “Bang on a Can Marathon” delivers eight hours of boundary-busting music, of the world and local variety, from the likes of Louis Andriessen,

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From 2012’s “Le Grand Continental.” This year, River to River public dance events include “Fronteras: New and Old Sounds from Latin America and the Caribbean” — a series of concerts and DJ sets taking place June 27-29 at the Seaport.

Carlos Carrillo, Julius Eastman & Jace Clayton, Paula Matthusen, Meredith Monk, The Bang on a Can All-Stars & Friends, Bearthoven, Contemporaneous, Dawn of Midi, Great Noise Ensemble, Roomful of Teeth and (they really mean this) many, many more. On the festival’s final three days, a series of concerts will highlight “New and Old Sounds from Latin America and the Caribbean.” You’ll see (and hear) everything from an accordion-fronted Tex-Mex punk band to ambient folk and electronica to experimental and socially conscious work. Each evening features sets by the NY-based DJ Nickodemus. Although dancing is not required, it’s highly encouraged. From Memorial Day through the end of September, LMCC’s Arts Center on Governors Island is the setting for “Trisha Brown: Embodied Practice and Site Specificity.” An exhibition of her work between 1961 and 1979, it focuses on the choreographer’s range of responses to NYC’s built environment. Back on the island of Manhattan, R2R features dance work at a variety of venues, in various stages of development. Eiko, Vanessa Anspaugh, enrico d wey, Tere O’Connor, Souleymane Badolo, Reggie Wilson, Wally Cardona & Jennifer Lacey, Maria Hassabi and Okwui Okpokwasili are among the participants. The festival’s Exhibition & Open Studios

program features visual art installations, exhibitions and studio visits. On June 28 & 29, a mobile app will help you navigate the studios of LMCC’s 20 artists-in-residence on Governors Island. In Battery Park, “The Signs of Paradise” is a vertically robust installation that takes its name from the fact that all 50 states have a town named “Paradise.” A signpost will point to each of these towns, and note the specific mileage (should you want to plan a summer road trip to, say, Paradise, Wyoming). This year, R2R is debuting “Living Rooms” — a series of after-hours parties that will put you in the same room as festival presenters, and then encourages all manner of dance, discussion and brainstorming. It’s held at VBar Seaport. River to River takes place at numerous Downtown venues, from June 19 to 29. All events are free — but due to limited capacity, some require advance notice (RSVP period begins June 9). For the full schedule & more info, visit RiverToRiverNYC. com. Facebook: facebook.com/rivertoriver. Twitter & Instagram: @R2RFestival.

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Founded in 1985 — just around the time when a flood of zeroes and ones began to wash away vinyl as the commercial medium of

choice, the ARChive of Contemporary Music began doing their Noah thing — by gathering two copies of all popular music released in America each year. Today, their library has over 22 million songs from 1950 to the present. The collection is made available to researchers, press and the music industry. Every June and December, the fun-loving archivists open their doors and turn their ground floor over to the public, for a massive sale that helps fuel the non-profit’s mission. The summer version of this event will feature over 20,000 items up for grabs — including an “Astroturf Yard Sale” section full of vintage kitchenwares and clothing. But the real draw that keeps old school hard copy purists coming back twice a year — year after year — is the promise that everything in stock is donated by record companies and collectors. That means no need to check for scratches, skips or other defects among the pop, rock, jazz, reggae and world music releases. Also in prime condition: vintage 60s psychedelic posters from the Gande Ballroom in Detroit, Japanese pressings of Nonesuch CDs, rare Fillmore East programs, turntables, audio equipment, DVDs and shelf upon shelf of music-themed books. “Our CDs are cheaper than downloading,” the organizers vow, noting that most

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Up with Downtown Arts Continued from page 12 classical LPs go for $1, hundreds of CDs are priced $1-$5, and most just-released selections are in the $5-$10 range. In the priceless column: free admission, the chance to talk shop with other likeminded souls, and the ten-digit search engine’s promise of unexpected finds hidden at the bottom of a stack. Want to up your chances of unearthing that hidden treasure? Become a member of ARChive, and you’ll score an invite to June 5’s pre-sale cocktail party — where members shop before the general public, while snacking on quality grub from Bonnie's Grill in Brooklyn, Tribeca’s Bubble Lounge and Two Boots. Kenny, the “hipster city bus driver,” mixes drinks at the bar and keeps you just lubricated enough to be magnanimous in defeat, should you get bested in the inevitable trivia-based conversation with fellow shoppers. Free admission. Sat., June 7 through Sun., June 15, from 11 am-6 pm daily. At the ARChive of Contemporary Music (54 White St., 3 blocks south of Canal St., btw. Broadway & Church Sts.). Call 212-2266967 or visit arcmusic.org.

NEW YORK CLASSICAL THEATRE: “AS YOU LIKE IT”

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cooped in by a ceiling and subject to a climate that’s as controlled as the notion of assigned seating? This summer, as it has for the past fifteen years, New York Classical Theatre wants to take you out of the box and into woods. For their Lower Manhattan waterfront production of “As You Like It,” the sprawling Forest of Arden (circa 1910) is played by the wide open spaces of Battery Park — whose winds, as fresh and occasionally rough as the trials of budding romance, give wing

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Spend a dapper-dressed, dance-filled, cocktail-friendly afternoon living like the Great Gatsby — without the expense of owning a grand estate or the hassle of cleaning up after all the party guests have retreated from your great lawn. To do so, you need only hitch a ferry ride from the tip of Manhattan to nearby Governors Island.

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

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SALOME: DA VOODOO PRINCESS OF NAWLINS

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.

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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 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 recently winning an “Acker Award” — given annually for “Achievement in the Avant-Garde.” Free. May 23-May 25. On Fri., performances from 6 pm-1 am. The Sat. Block Party is noon-5 pm, with films from noonmidnight and youth programming from 2-5 pm. On Sun., performances from 6 pmmidnight 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.


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Groucho and T.S. Eliot, Vaudevillian History and Much More Continued from page 11 also mentioned that Zeppo’s role in “I’ll Say She Is” is more prominent than his place in the brothers’ later, more well-known work. “Essentially, this is now a brand new Marx Brothers show, and that’s kind of an incredible gift,” S.D. continued. “So we 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 correspon-

dence — 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 cowrote 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 exvaudevillians 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 early20th century 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 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.”

MARXFEST AT-A-GLANCE More info at marxfest.com 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: T heatre 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: M  arx Brothers & Algonquin Round Table Walking Tour Marx Brothers Speakeasy Party, with Wit’s End at Flute

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operating expenses. The deadline is Fri., June 6 at 6 pm. Information can be found at manhattanbp.nyc.gov, under the heading “Budgets & Grants.” A reception for the city’s new community board members, (although older members can attend too if they wish), is being hosted by Brewer on Wed., May 28, 6-8 pm, at The American Museum of Natural History, Hall of the Universe (Central Park West, at W. 79th St.). The Borough President’s office will also be conducting a series of Community Board Workshops in June (dates to be announced). For New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat, David Baily spoke on how state officials are focusing on pedestrian safety. Senator Espaillat is co-sponsor of a legislation that would reduce speed limits in certain neighborhoods of New York City to 20 miles per hour. Related to this legislation, the State Senate authorized 120 new speed cameras for school zones across New York City as part of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan to end traffic fatalities. For NY State Assemblymember Richard Gottfried, Eli Szenes-Strauss told everyone that earlier in the day a rally had been held in Albany in support of Gottfried’s “New York Health” legislation to create a universal, single-payer health insurance system in New York. The bill is backed by the SEIU 1199 as well as other powerful labor unions, such as the New York State Nurses

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Association, The Working Families Party and the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus. Baily also conveyed the fact that Gottfried had held a teach-in for fellow legislators on April 28, to explain the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) and urge them to pass it. Gottfried has been trying to get the bill passed since 2003. It has been passed by the Assembly six times and is sponsored by Daniel Squadron in the Senate. Erica Overton, for NY State Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, was delighted to report a victory for Rosenthal, since for four years she has been working on behalf of constituents who complained about noise and disturbances from the Fairytail Lounge, 500 W. 48th St. She recently wrote to the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) about Fairytail’s workers lacking workers’ compensation insurance, and other legal issues. On May 2, the Fairytail Lounge was closed by the NYPD and the SLA. With the New York City Department of Finance, Rosenthal is hosting a “SCRIE, DRIE and Homeowners’ Exemption Clinic” for those who currently receive (or are interested in) Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE), Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE), Senior Citizen Homeowners’ Exemption (SCHE), and Disabled Homeowners’ Exemption (DHE). People who are over 62 or older, disabled,

rent-stabilized or rent-controlled, may be eligible for a rent freeze. Coop or condo owners may be eligible for lower taxes or maintenance fees. Wed., May 21, 2-5 pm, District Office of Assemblymember Rosenthal, 230 W. 72nd St., Suite 2F. RSVP: 212-873-6368 or rosenthall@assembly.state.ny.us. For U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Tricia Shimamura announced that earlier in the day the bill the Congresswoman has been working on since 1997 to establish a Congressional Commission to create a National Women’s History Museum, had passed in the House and was moving on to the Senate. Maloney’s bipartisan legislation with Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Republican from Tennessee, will create a place to recognize the contributions of women, over 50 percent of the population, to the nation’s history. Through Congresswoman Maloney’s office, high school students who live in, or attend school in her district are eligible to enter the Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Competition by creating and exhibiting their software app for mobile, tablet, or computer devices. The deadline for entering has been extended to May 31. For information visit maloney.house.gov/house-app-contest. Full reports from all local elected officials are available on the CB4 website: nyc.gov/ mcb4.


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Into the woods, and blinded by love: Rosalind (Rin Allen) and Orlando (Ian Antal), in New York Classical Theatre’s “As You Like It” (July 1-27, all around Battery Park).

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