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‘A special building’: Landmarks O.K.’s Bialystoker Home By TERESE LOEB KREUZER The nine-story building that once housed the Bialystoker Center and Home for the Aged at 228 East Broadway will survive. On May 21, after around 15 minutes of discussion, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to approve it for designation as a New York City landmark. The Art Deco build-
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In response to the recent spike in anti-gay attacks, St. John’s Lutheran Church on Christopher St. has put up lavender ribbons on its fence, with the names of some of the victims. A black bar at a ribbon’s bottom indicates a fatal attack.
Eighth St. murder follows wave of anti-gay assaults By ANDy HUMM The point-blank shooting murder of a gay man this past weekend has galvanized concern in the L.G.B.T. commu-
nity about a spate of anti-gay attacks in Manhattan that number at least seven since May 5. Mark Carson, 32, a gay man out
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ing was erected during the Depression by immigrant Jews from Bialystok, Poland, who scraped together $40,000 (equivalent to around $600,000 today) to create a place where the elderly and ill could receive the care they needed. It opened with great fanfare on June 11, 1931. It closed on Nov. 1, 2011, beset with debts.
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D.O.T. backpedals, removes Renwick rack in Hudson Sq. By LINCOLN ANDERSON The squeaky wheel gets the — bike-share docking station removed. Residents of 49 Renwick St. in Hudson Square were relieved Tuesday to see workers wielding hand trucks dismantling and removing the new bike-share station lining Renwick St. at Spring St. in front of their
home. Bike-share critic Sean Sweeney, director of the Soho Alliance, alerted The Villager of the development by forwarding an e-mail in which the building’s residents happily shared the news among each other. “Mad Men” actor John Slattery was
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Above, City Councilmember Margaret Chin visited the Children’s Magical Garden on Norfolk St. last Thursday — a day after developer Serge Hoyda fenced off his land — and spoke with garden member Dave Currence, who was holding his 4-month-old son, Wells. Below, Chin, accompanied by staff member Matt Viggiano, surveyed the garden and new banners that the gardeners had put up on Hoyda’s fence. Hoyda’s workers later ripped down the banners. Two adjacent lots are owned by the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Community gardeners and the LES Prep School across the street, whose students use the lots for gardening, are asking that Hoyda and the city work out a “land swap” so that the full Children’s Magical Garden can be preserved. For an in-depth article on the situation at the garden, check thevillager.com .
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notebook DIETHER BACK WITH A BLAST — SLAMS WITKOFF, BATALI: Longtime Community Board 2 member Doris Diether finally returned home to Waverly Place last Thursday after rehabbing her broken hip and broken shoulder at VillageCare on W. Houston St. She got great care at VillageCare since, she said, “I had the two best aides — Jainisha and Whitney.” But the veteran activist, 84, said she was glad to go home since there just wasn’t enough for her to do at the rehab center. We called her Tuesday and she had just returned from a Board of Standards and Appeals hearing on Steve Witkoff’s residential project on Charles St. The project’s opponents drove her down to the hearing. The board allowed Diether to testify first, and she blasted the plan. “I’m against it,” she told us. “I said, they lied.” The developer, in order to get a zoning boost, was supposed to retain the building’s base — and build on top of this — but didn’t, Diether asserted. “They didn’t. It’s a vacant hole,” she told us. “No bonus!” she declared in a hoarse whisper due to an ongoing problem she’s been having with a paralyzed vocal cord, another health issue she’s been grappling with. But Scott Alper, principal with the Witkoff Group, said Diether doesn’t have it right. First of all, the project was never granted any bonuses, he stressed. Instead, he said, the building will be contextual. “It will be a 15-story building instead of a 30-story tower in the West Village — analogous to the Trump Soho — which could have been built there.” The B.S.A. will reportedly render its decision on the challenge on July 23. And the walls that were required to be left standing are still there, he assured. Diether is O.K. living at home but needs assistance going in and out of the building with her walker, navigating the front three steps. She’s been busy, doing some cleaning, opening six weeks worth of mail, “and my cats want attention,” she added. Friends are coming by to help feed the felines, because Diether can’t bend over to feed them due to her hip. Meanwhile, Diether, in another B.S.A. battle, is also continuing to bash Mario Batali’s Babbo restaurant across the street from her. She charges that the building’s top two floors — which Batali was using as offices — are supposed to be residential. Batali recently put a “For Rent” sign up on the floors, but Diether scoffed that it’s not a genuine effort and that, “He’s just doing that to get the B.S.A. off his case.” WITKOFF PROJECT FALL: Speaking of the Witkoff project, Jean-Louis Bourgeois, one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Charles St. luxury development, called us on Tuesday to report a construction accident at the site. He said he witnessed a slew of police cars and emergency vehicles responding to the scene. A police spokesperson later con-
firmed that a worker at the site, a male in his 50s, had fallen about 25 feet and suffered broken bones and been removed to Bellevue Hospital, and was “not likely to die.” Alper said he and Witkoff visited the man in the hospital on Wednesday, and that he has a broken leg but is doing O.K. “It was a freak accident,” said Alper. “It was his negligence. It was a misstep — he admitted that.” Told that Bourgeois is now saying the project is unsafe and should be shut down on safety grounds, Alper said, “That’s the furthest thing from the truth,” adding, “I wouldn’t be surprised that’s coming out of his mouth.”
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Landmarks Commission designates Bialystoker Home Continued from page 1 “It’s a special building and it has special character and more than meets our criteria and it tells so many stories,” said the commission’s chairperson, Robert Tierney, after hearing from the other commissioners, who also lauded the building. “The form of the building is so sculptural,” said Margery Perlmutter, a commission member. “It’s quite extraordinary in its architecture.” “I’m always astounded that this building could be constructed on the Lower East Side in 1929,” commissioner Michael Goldblum commented. “It’s just fantastic.” The motion to designate the Bialystoker Home as an official New York City landmark passed unanimously. As Tierney announced the vote, two members of the audience, Joyce Mendelsohn and Mitchell Grubler, applauded and grinned. Along with Linda Jones, they had founded the Friends of the Bialystoker Home to save the building. They had won. Praise and the quick, decisive vote to landmark the Art Deco building came at the end of a year and a half of struggle, during much of which, it seemed that the Bialystoker Home might be sold by its board of directors to a developer who
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Mitchell Grubler and Joyce Mendelsohn applauded after the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to landmark the Bialystoker Home for the Aged at 228 East Broadway. With Linda Jones, they founded the Friends of the Bialystoker Home a year and a half ago to fight to save the building.
would raze the building in order to build luxury apartments. At the time it closed, the Bialystoker Home was roughly $14 million in debt for wages and pensions owed to its healthcare
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workers and for taxes. The board of directors claimed that a sale to the highest bidder would be the only way to repay that debt — and also said that landmarking would preclude such a sale. Grubler, Mendelsohn and Jones, all of whom have ties to the Lower East Side, were just acquaintances when they heard in August 2011 that the Bialystoker Home was about to close. Quickly, they became determined confederates. “We had our first official meeting [to try to save this building] at the end of September 2011,” Mendelsohn recalled. Shortly thereafter, they went to a strategy session with Simeon Bankoff, the executive director of the Historic Districts Council. “We really felt that this was a very long shot,” Mendelsohn said. “But we felt that we had to stand up for this cause, so we just kept going.” She and Grubler said they never felt discouraged, even though, according to Mendelsohn, “the whole campaign was a roller-coaster, so our adrenaline was always at a high level.” “There were plenty of adversities,” Grubler said. At a meeting of Community Board 3’s Preservation Subcommittee in December 2011, some people argued against landmarking. A representative of Local 1199, SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, spoke about the union’s concerns that its members get the wages and contributions to medical and pension funds that were due to them. Nevertheless, the subcommittee voted to support a resolution in favor of landmark designation. In April 2012, the Friends of the Bialystoker Home met with union representatives and “aired our case,” in Grubler’s words. The union said it would
remain neutral and not oppose landmarking. At a subsequent full C.B. 3 meeting that month, the community board passed a landmarking resolution with a vote of 20 in favor, 12 opposed and four abstentions. Three days later, Grubler and Mendelsohn met with City Councilmember Margaret Chin, who represents the Lower East Side. She said that she would support landmarking. “Margaret has said that the union [Local 1199] not being in opposition was the deciding factor in her coming out in favor of it,” Mendelsohn said. Now that the Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved landmarking for the Bialystoker Home, the City Planning Commission must weigh in, and then the designation goes to City Council. Mendelsohn said that City Planning invariably approves the L.P.C. decision and that, after that, “City Council usually votes according to the wishes of the councilmember of that district. Margaret has been a strong supporter.” City Planning has 60 days to consider the matter and the City Council has 120 days. However, according to Lisi de Bourbon, spokesperson for Landmarks, “Legally the building has been designated, so any work done to the building would require a permit.” Grubler, Mendelsohn and Jones will no longer have to stand vigil over the vacant building, as they did during the months of uncertainty, to make sure that it wasn’t damaged while it was in limbo. They have not yet been permitted to go inside, but are concerned about what they will find when they do. They know that there are historic plaques and that there may be important records in the basement. “The Bialystoker Landsmanshaften [mutual aid society] is very important to immigrant history, American history, New York City history,” Grubler said, “and any records of this organization deserve to be preserved in a publically accessible archive.” As for the building’s future, Grubler said, “In an ideal world, it would continue to serve the demographic that it has always served — people in need, seniors. Whether that is economically feasible, I cannot say.” Mendelsohn thought it might be suitable for affordable housing. “My grandparents moved to the Lower East Side when they came to the United States,” she said, summing up her feelings about the landmarking vote. “My parents were born there.” When the vote occurred, she said, “I was thinking about my grandparents, and I was thrilled that we were able to save another building that reflects the Jewish heritage of the Lower East Side, since the neighborhood is changing so rapidly. That’s so important that here we have a visible link.”
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The Citi Bike docking station on Renwick St. at Spring St. was removed Tuesday in response to residents’ complaints. All that was left were painted white lines and ﬂexible bollards, which presumably will be removed sometime soon.
D.O.T. backpedals, removes Renwick rack in Hudson Sq. Continued from page 1 cc’d. Titus Leung, the president of the building’s co-op board, said they succeeded in getting the rack removed only because “we spoke out as a group.” Leung said he received a message from the Department of Transportation “commissioner” — apparently referring to Margaret Forgione, the agency’s borough commissioner — confirming that the racks were permanently removed, and also that that they would not be resited anywhere in the area. “I guess they decided that we really don’t need these many stations in our little neighborhood,” he said. “I don’t want to get into specifics, but let’s just say the decision to reverse location of the racks on our street was probably easy,” Leung told The Villager. “It’s a very narrow, one-way street, and there are a number of construction projects just beginning at the south
end of the street. So these racks likely would’ve created a significant safety issue, in addition to all the practical issues it would’ve created. Somehow, I believe, these facts were not known — or were ignored — when our location was first identified.” That D.O.T. was willing to backpedal and remove the Renwick rack in response to residents’ concerns was encouraging, Leung said. “From my point of view,” he said, “at the very least, this does show that D.O.T. is ultimately being rational in its deployment of these racks.” Architect Stas Zakrzewski said the building’s courtyard sports a bike rack and that all the residents are avid cyclists, but that the bike-share station just had been sited in a bad spot, “on one of the most narrow streets possible.” “I really think the bike program is awesome,” he said. “I just think that parts of it didn’t seem to be thought-out in terms of where it was going.”
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New windows, A/C will help muffle N.Y.U. project din By Lincoln Anderson To help South Village superblock residents endure the years of construction, dust and general upheaval from its N.Y.U. 2031 mega-expansion plan, New York University is preparing to install sound-buffering windows in its Washington Square Village and Silver Towers complexes. Alicia Hurley, N.Y.U. vice president of government affairs and community engagement, recently set up a demonstration for The Villager by the acoustical consultants that the university is working with on the windows project. As part of the city’s approval of the 2031 plan, N.Y.U. agreed to mitigate the construction’s impacts, such as noise and dust. N.Y.U.’s plan is to start construction sometime in the near future on the south superblock, then to begin work on the north superblock a number of years after that. Even though the construction work would thus occur in stages, the university plans to do the windows project for all of its buildings on both blocks in one fell swoop, according to Hurley. Doing it all at once is more economical, she said, plus sound-attenuating windows would immediately benefit Washington Square Village residents, for example, who live along Bleecker St. and currently have to deal with the noise of loud bar patrons going to and from the Bleecker St. bars. “The faculty are eager to have this,” Hurley said, “especially those facing out on Bleecker St. The faculty have been asking for a long time to do window improvements.” About 17 percent to 20 percent of residents
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In a Washington Square Village apartment, acoustic consultant Dan Abatemarco demonstrated a time-tested way to mask outside noise — switch on the air conditioner.
in Washington Square Village are non-N.Y.U. affiliated. Installing the windows would entail a two-tothree day process per apartment. A faculty group was expected to give its recommendations on the windows project this month. The Villager was given demonstrations of noise levels — with and without sound-attenuation — in a pair of model apartments mocked up with the
new window treatments. For Washington Square Village, the idea is to replace all the buildings’ existing windows with new double-paned ones. Also, the air conditioners that are built into the wall would be fitted with covers on their inward-facing sides that would help block out the noise. Taking the cover off and running the A/C would block out even more outside noise by creating white noise. In Silver Towers the approach is to leave the existing windows in place and install a second pane of glass behind them. Hurley said this is because Silver Towers are landmarked, and also because the original windows — some of which are in very bad shape — are set into the facade in such a way that they would be difficult to modify. Starting out in a Washington Square Village apartment on a low floor facing the complex’s courtyard garden, Dan Abatemarco, an acoustical consultant with AKRF, used a handheld control and speakers to play audio recordings simulating the noise levels one could expect to hear under different conditions. “We’ve calculated these noise levels for every apartment in Washington Square Village and Silver Towers,” he noted. First, he played a recording of how it sounds with the current single-pane window shut and no construction going on — a car could be heard driving away into the distance, the sound fading away. The sound level reaching the room was 38 decibels. Next, Abatemarco clicked a recording simulating “peak period of construction noise.” There was suddenly the jarring racket of bulldozers snorting, the screeching of metal against metal, something being crushed. The simulated reading inside the apartment: 51 decibels. The next audio clip was of the “improved condition” — with the double-paned windows. The simulated outside construction noise was barely audible, registering at 38 decibels. Taking the A/C cover off, this jumped a bit up to 46 decibels. He then turned the air conditioner on, which effectively masked the outside noise. Abatemarco noted the decibel-deflecting windows would also dampen the din from “emergency sirens and aircraft flyovers.”
However, one resident of the complex recently told The Villager that residents, after receiving a notice on the noise-mitigation plan, took it to mean that their windows were going to be “sealed over,” and that they themselves would thus be “sealed in.” “We’re wondering if that’s legal!” she said. But Hurley pointed out, “Remember, construction ends around 4 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.,” so residents could open their windows after then. The new, double-pane windows would have the same panel configurations as the current windows, so as not to alter the views tenants are accustomed to. The demonstration next shifted to a 15th-floor apartment in the easternmost Silver Tower, with its windows overlooking the rooftop of Coles gym below. Without any mitigation, the simulated noise in the apartment was very loud, even with windows closed — partly because there were no nearby buildings of the same height to block out the surrounding street noise. Abatemarco then played an audio sound clip he called, “unimproved — peak construction,” meaning with the current, single-pane windows. It sounded like a cross between a forest being felled and a building being demolished. With the attenuation — a new, second, slider window added behind the first — with 9 inches of “dead air” between the two panes — and a new cover added over the built-in A/C unit, the decibel level dropped to a very quiet 40. However, the low pitch of a diesel engine could still be heard on the sound clip. Abatemarco said that while noises like jackhammers and metal clanking on metal can be attenuated, it’s harder to block out the low rumble sound. “There’s no such thing as soundproof,” he noted. However, he added, with the sound-mitigation improvements, outside noise levels inside the apartments will actually be lower than they are currently. As for 505 LaGuardia Place, Hurley said — as noted in the environmental impact statement for the 2031 plan — this building already has double-paned storm windows installed, plus its own “means of alternate ventilation,” i.e. airconditioning units. “Consequently,” she said, “the [university’s] mitigation offering is not warranted for this building.” The building 505 LaGuardia Place is a Mitchell-Lama affordable co-op, and its tenants are non-N.Y.U. affiliated. Constructed as part of the original three-building University Village (Silver Towers), N.Y.U. ceded it for residential housing as a “giveback” to appease the community in return for the university’s gaining control of the superblock. Meanwhile, Professor Mark Crispin Miller, a leader of N.Y.U. FASP (Faculty Against the Sexton Plan), said faculty residents aren’t exactly ecstatic about the windows plan. “They said you also have to run the air conditioner,” he noted. “There are two problems with this. One, you don’t run an air conditioner in cold weather. And when someone said, ‘What about fresh air?’ they said, ‘You get fresh air through the air conditioner.’ … None of the top N.Y.U. administration people live on these superblocks.” Plus, Miller added, “It’s not just noise. We’re also talking about toxic emissions and copious dust and huge holes in the ground and traffic jams lasting years.”
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Police hauled in two men on the afternoon of May 20 after they were spotted trying to beat each other’s brains out on a West Village sidewalk. Dawud Stewart, 37, and Hama Amadou, 31, were apparently engaged in a heated argument near the corner of Washington and Christopher Sts., around 4:30 p.m., when they both picked up blunt objects and began mercilessly whacking each other, police said. After witnesses called to report the incident, officers arrived to find Stewart wielding a metal rod and Amadou waving a wooden broomstick. Stewart and his heavier weaponry got the better of the duel, as he left the fight with only a cut on his hand while Amadou was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment of several cuts on his neck, police said. Though each man claimed he was the victim, both were slapped with assault charges.
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An opportunist crook thought he would have an easy time stealing from a senior citizen, but the tables were turned when the victim, his son and several bystanders chased the thug down. The victim, 70, told police he was walking past the corner of W. Ninth St. and Sixth Ave. with his son, 45, around 1:15 p.m. Sat., May 18, when the alleged thief — later identified as Eric Collier, 29 — ran up from behind and snatched his wallet out of his hand. And when the senior struggled to take his property back, Collier reportedly muscled him down, regained control of the billfold — containing a credit card, MetroCard and $60 cash — and fled on foot. The victim’s son ran after Collier and was able to corner him down the street, but the shifty thief feigned a punch and got away, police said. But the son continued the chase — now aided by three citizens who had witnessed the crime. After several more failed attempts to corner Collier, the posse of pursuers succeeded in stopping Collier, soon after which police arrived to arrest him, charging with robbery.
Bottle smasher acted out Police arrested Tal Grinbram, 21, early on Sun., May 19, after they say he smashed a beer bottle over another patron’s head during a bar fight. Grinbaum got into it with a 20-year-old man shortly after midnight, while they were both having drinks at the Actors Playhouse, at 100 Seventh Ave. South (an establishment that doubles as an indie theater), police said. The victim told officers that he was left with cuts on his head and chest after Grinbaum hit him with the glass bottle, but he didn’t require hospitalization. Grinbaum was apprehended about an hour later just down the block from the Playhouse, after police on patrol identified him by the description given by the victim. He was charged with assault.
Made in the shades, not Two women tried making off with $1,200 worth of merchandise stolen from two swanky Bleecker St. stores on May 14. An employee at Marc Jacobs called police around 7 p.m. to tell them that two women — later identified as Sonia Ufot Johnson, 35, and Fatou Fadiga, 20 — had just left the shop with a pair of $340 sunglasses without paying. The employee then followed the women on the street for several minutes, until cops arrived and quickly discovered the stolen shades. Upon searching Johnson and Fadiga, the officers also found pricey earrings and bracelets that had just been reported stolen from the nearby Alexis Bittar shop. Both women were charged with grand larceny.
‘Spirited’ away her cash Police are searching for three women who allegedly conned an elderly woman out of $2,000 on a Nolita sidewalk by claiming they could use psychic powers to cleanse her cash of “evil spirits.” The three suspects, all believed to be in their 40s, approached the victim, 72, near the corner of Prince and Elizabeth Sts. around 9 a.m. on Thurs., May 9, police said. One of the alleged scammers reportedly told the older woman her entire family would be haunted by the spirits if she didn’t “purify” her money. But when the unwitting woman took the suspects back to her Spring St. home and gave them $2,000 in a bag, the thieving trio kept it and gave her back a fake replacement bag, full of shredded newspapers, police said. The scammers covered their tracks by telling the senior not to open her newly “purified” bag for several days, in order to make sure all the spirits had left the cash. When the woman finally peered in her purse, she realized she’d been had, and reported the crime to police, who are still investigating.
6th Precinct A.T.M. safety tips Be aware of suspicious people outside and inside A.T.M. location; Don’t leave A.T.M. without completing your transaction, even if you need to switch machines; Block bystanders’ view while conducting your transaction. Use the mirrors positioned at the A.T.M. to see behind you; If you feel someone is looking over your shoulder, cancel the transaction and leave immediately; Only use A.T.M.s in well-lit, populated areas; Avoid A.T.M. locations that have unlocked doors or are open to the street; Put your money away and take your card and receipt before leaving the A.T.M.
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Scoopy’s notebook Continued from page 3 also interested in a diverse ticket reflecting a majority minority city. It’s good to have an elected official at the citywide level who’s representative of the city. Diversity was the tie-breaker between two very good candidates.” Farrin is a big Chin supporter personally, though conceded, “She wasn’t great on the N.Y.U. stuff — but she was great on Seward Park [SPURA].” As for borough president, Harrington said of Menin, “She’s likable. She seems smart. She’s a tough cookie.” But she added that club members spoke critically of Menin’s having “a 25,000-square-foot apartment and a multimillionaire real estate developer as a husband.” Harrington admitted, however, she doesn’t really know if Menin’s place is actually that big. “The idea is people got the idea, you know — she’s privileged,” Harrington said. Plus, she added, versus Jackson and Brewer, Menin “just pales in comparison.” For his part, Farrin is a strong backer of Menin, who recently picked up impressive support in Northern Manhattan, as well. Will anybody be re-voting for mayor now that Weiner has entered the race, and how would he have done if he had been in the
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running before? V.I.D.’s Hoffmann said, “We have gone through our endorsement process. There will not be a revote. I have no idea how Liu would have fared if Weiner was in the race. Given that I didn’t predict that Liu would win in the first place, I will not venture a guess how Weiner would have affected the outcome.” VACATING THE VOICE: The talent purge / exodus at the Village Voice continues to snowball. Just after reading that Michael Musto and other top writers were getting canned, we bumped into reporter Nick Pinto Monday on Eighth St. at the rally against the surge in anti-gay hate crimes, including Mark Carson’s murder. It turns out Pinto is also bailing from the Voice. “Actually, I just gave notice earlier today,” he told us. P.S., We haven’t even seen The Voice distributed in its news boxes this week! ROCK THE MAYO! One doesn’t usually associate Whole Foods with rock ’n’ roll, but that was the explanation for the couple of slinky-looking, long-haired guys walking around Hudson Square in black jeans and no shirts on Wednesday afternoon. Turns out they were shooting a print ad at the old Don Hill’s club for a W.F. product, Fakin’ Bacon Mayonnaise.
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OBITUARY By Julio Mora Gloria Harris, who worked as a community assistant at Community Board 2 for 17 years, passed away suddenly on Thurs., May 9. Harris’s responsibilities at the community board included scheduling meetings, arranging the monthly calendar and administering for several committees, as well as dealing directly with inquiries from the public. She was dedicated to the community board and considered her co-workers an extension of her family. Her colleagues on the C.B. 2 staff, District Manager Bob Gormley, Florence Arenas and Julio Mora, will remember her great sense of humor, her laugh and smile, her collegiality, her commitment to her job, and most especially, the great love and pride she had for her family. Harris was born on Oct. 24, 1961. She graduated from Grace Dodge High School with honors and continued her education at Bronx Community College, while simultaneously working to support her family. She was a deeply religious woman, with a devotion to God and her Christian
faith. She will be remembered by many as a loving individual, with a quiet wisdom and a resilient nature. She is survived by her mother, Cynthia, her three children, Laticia, Frederick and Shamira, her two grandchildren, Zaniya and Jocelyn, and her longtime partner, Archie. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
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Spectra pipeline radon fear starting to catch fire By EILEEN STUKANE Evidenced by the large turnout at the May 14 public forum “Lung Cancer and New York City Kitchens: Why Increased Radon in Natural Gas Could Be a Public Health Disaster,” local residents are growing increasingly concerned about seemingly high radon levels in the natural gas that the Spectra Energy pipeline will be bringing to New York City. The newly constructed pipeline enters Manhattan at Gansevoort Peninsula, near W. 14th St. The event, primarily sponsored by The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, with six other organizations related to either health or the environment, had backing from a strong cohort of 60 other community, environmental, health and political organizations as co-sponsors. About 350 people gathered in The Great Hall at Cooper Union to learn from a panel of five experts about radon: the tasteless, odorless, colorless gas, the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, second leading cause among smokers, that may be arriving in our homes in unsafe levels to breathe. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates 21,000 U.S. lung cancer deaths a year are due to radon inhalation. Noting that sobering figure, the panelists — from the fields of environmental law and public and occupational health — explained just how the radon content will increase in the gas we are using to cook in our kitchens and heat our homes, and they alerted everyone to the fact that this could
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potentially be a major public health issue. The forum concluded on a note of hope, however, as Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal made a powerful announcement of her sponsorship of a bill “to amend the public health law in relation to the protection of public health from exposure to radon in natural gas.” But first everyone heard the facts. Jeff Zimmerman, an environmental lawyer with a degree in physics, has spent most of his career with the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and now represents various environmental and citizen groups. He explained how radon gas results from the radioactive decay of uranium, thorium and radium, minerals present in significant quantity in the Marcellus Shale. The Marcellus Shale stretches thousands of feet below ground, from West Virginia, through Pennsylvania, into a bit of Ohio, and along the west side of the Hudson River in New York. Hydraulic fracturing — hydrofracking —blasts open the underground rock by using an array of unspecified chemicals and tons of water and sand to release the gas from the shale’s uranium and radium-226. Gas from the disturbed minerals contains, as a side effect, radioactive radon. Radon is present in all natural gas, and Zimmerman, along with other panelists, decried the fact that there is little information, very few studies that have looked at radon levels in natural gas. The E.P.A. considers 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/l) as the safe level in homes. The
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World Health Organization cites a lower 2.7 pCi/l as safe. Zimmerman explained that most of our New York City natural gas has come from the Gulf Coast, and studies from offshore Louisiana wells have shown that this gas starts at 5 pCi/l. Radioactive radon has a relatively short halflife of 3.8 days, after which its concentration drops in half. After another 3.8 days, that half divides in half, so it’s a fourth of the original, and so on. It dissipates quickly. Radon in the gas New Yorkers have been receiving from the Texas-Louisiana coast, takes six to eight days to travel through pipelines to get here, so radon is diluted and the levels we are breathing in are considered safe. However, natural gas hydrofracked from the Marcellus Shale, which Zimmerman explained is a “dark shale” — indicating high uranium and therefore high radon content — will be mixed into the natural gas travelling through the Spectra Energy pipeline from the Gulf Coast and other locations. The Marcellus Shale is already being hydrofracked in nearby Pennsylvania and in certain locations in Upstate New York, and more locations may be approved in the future. Gas from the close-tohome Marcellus Shale area travels an estimated 10 miles per hour and can be here to fire our gas stoves in less than a day, not the usual six to eight days, and certainly not enough time for radon’s radioactivity to reduce to safer levels. A recent U.S. Geological Survey tested
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radon levels at 11 wellheads — chosen by the industry, according to Zimmerman — in the Marcellus Shale in Western Pennsylvania and found 37 pCi/l as the median radon reading. This is not anywhere even near the E.P.A.’s safe level of 4 pCi/l of radon in our homes. Another panel member, Elizabeth Glass Geltman of CUNY School of Public Health, also noted that based on reviews of natural gas from other parts of the country, which she did not see relating to more local natural gas, New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health have stated that they “do not believe that radon in Marcellus Shale gas poses a significant risk to residents in homes that utilize gas.” She remarked that, in “backwards thinking,” D.O.H. has stated that if New York State permits further hydrofracking of the Marcellus Shale, D.O.H. will assess radon levels through samplings, “in order to verify that they do not pose an unanticipated health risk to end-users of the gas.” Geltman added, “If you wait for that to happen, the infrastructure will be in place and the argument will be that we can’t change the infrastructure.” Dr. Sheila Bushkin-Bedient of Concerned Health Professionals of New York highlighted those who would be most vulnerable to radon inhalation: children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
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Bike-share sites could have been a win-win, but alas TALKING POINT BY David Gruber and Corey Johnson Let’s start with the obvious: We support the bike-share program. Our respective community boards wrote resolutions that said just that. There was outreach, but it was not done well and there wasn’t enough of it. Most residents did not know about the details of the program or maybe didn’t focus on the public meetings that took place more than a year ago. Many people went to the see the sample bike docks in wide-open areas, like Washington Square Park and Matthew Palmer Playground, and saw a four- or five-bike installation and likely left saying, “This seems O.K.” This lack of true understanding is both a discredit to the residents of New York City’s hundreds of neighborhoods as well as the New York City Department of Transportation itself. Folks were left completely unprepared for the size and bulk of the racks — 30, 40 or 50 in a solid wall. They were unimaginably placed with almost total disregard for any other city operational needs in many instances. The location of these large stations are already having detrimental and potentially dangerous consequences — such as blocking essential services for garbage collection, building entries and Access-A-Ride services. They create impossible situations for moving vans and delivery vehicles, creating dangerous turning radii by extending the dock corner-to-corner on narrow blocks. In one location docks
stations starting popping up on our blocks. Six months won’t remedy a poor placement decision — it will just make a bad situation six months worse. And here is the kicker. With a little juggling and tweaking all the docking stations (in the critical-mass numbers needed to have a successful program) could be placed in locations that actually make sense. Almost everyone at the very well-attended recent Community Board 2 forum said, “I support bike-share,” and then followed up by pleading for the city to work with them to achieve smarter, more nimble and appropriate locations. Not everybody is a NIMBYist. Some New Yorkers are just smart, concerned citizens who simply want their government to listen and really hear them — you know, it’s called participatory democracy.
As the New York City garment industry proverb goes: Measure 10 times, then cut just once. Evaluation and greater community engagement must occur each step along the way. We welcome this innovative program to the streets of New York, but D.O.T. must listen to affected communities, give residents a voice in shaping the implementation, and not worry about an artificial legacy timetable. We are told the bike-share program has been designed to be easily moved and adjusted, so let’s do just that. Let’s work together to ensure that this program is integrated into our neighborhoods appropriately. Only then will it become right-sized and a win-win for New York City. Gruber is chairperson, Community Board 2; Johnson is chairperson, Community Board 4
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With a little tweaking all the bike stations could be placed in locations that make sense. were put in a designated spot held by another city agency for an outdoor arts program. The stations have been placed on small, historic Village streets that don’t even allow car parking, or on very intense commercials streets, where bikes must be extracted from the docks directly into heavy traffic. We can go on ad nauseam except we are getting nauseous. The Department of Transportation has trumpeted the reaction in London, saying that residents will “hate you for six months and then they will love the program.” Maybe that’s true, maybe not. Perhaps in London they were more sensitive and flexible in their dock-station placements from the start. That statement is very insulting to local residents and neighborhoods. It says, ignore the criticism because it is simply NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard). We don’t know how well they positioned the bike racks in London or Paris or Amsterdam or Montreal, but those cities have seemingly integrated their respective bike-share programs into the fabric of each city. Additionally, many of these cities have a real “stop for red lights and pedestrians” culture, and we would wager that the vast majority of cyclists in these cities obey traffic rules, which still isn’t the norm in New York. D.O.T. is saying, let the stations be in place for six months and then let’s evaluate the effects. While a few of the docks have been removed, there has been, for the most part, a refusal to respond to many legitimate complaints voiced by community leaders, elected officials and everyday New Yorkers. It feels like the program has been driven to be implemented — good, bad or dangerous — since the
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editorial We will fight back
Seven anti-gay attacks in 16 days. One a shocking closerange shooting of Mark Carson in the face, resulting in the 32-year-old man’s death. The West Village, the East Village, Madison Square Garden, Union Square and Soho. The city’s elected leadership laudably stepped up to condemn the hatred, support the victims and mourn Carson. Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly spoke unsparingly of their outrage at the murder. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, an out lesbian and a leading mayoral contender, was the driving force behind a May 20 march in remembrance of Carson that drew an estimated 1,500 participants. All four of her Democratic mayoral rivals also joined the gathering. The gay community in New York has enjoyed equal marriage rights for nearly two years. As Quinn’s strong position in the mayoral race attests, gays and lesbians are rapping on the doors of some of the highest political offices. And still the hatred continues. It’s always ugly, sometimes brutal, and on the most tragic occasions lethal. And the bigotry which helps fuel the hatred also continues. When gay marriage first headed for the floor of the Assembly in 2007, Assemblymember Dov Hikind said, “If we authorize gay marriage in the state of New York, those who want to live and love incestuously will be five steps closer to achieving their goals as well.” In April, Cardinal Timothy Dolan wrote that his parents welcomed anyone into his childhood home, so long as they remembered to “wash your hands.” A group of gay activists with dirty hands who attempted to enter St. Patrick’s Cathedral the following Sunday were met with determined N.Y.P.D. resistance. More to the point, while New York has come so far in terms of L.G.B.T. civil rights, this recent wave of shocking violence — culminating in Carson’s senseless murder — shows us that the threats to safety, and to just being able to live one’s life, remain. Some say the upsurge in violence is precisely because gays and lesbians are more high profile than ever now, that the L.G.B.T. community most notably is continuing to make great — long-overdue — strides on marriage equality. In other words, the fear is that there is a backlash against the advances of gays and lesbians. One speaker, a pastor, at Monday’s rally at Eighth St. and Sixth Ave. — the site of Carson’s murder — noted the significance of basketball player Jason Collins having recently publicly come out, finally cracking the macho bastion of pro sports. As he put it, to the crowd’s cheering approval, pro hoops players are “taking off Jordans and putting on pumps!” At the same time, Carson’s death also points to the ongoing need for gun control. It was sadly far too easy for an inebriated, bigoted and twisted coward — who served time in jail previously on assault charges — to shoot Carson to death, after having initiated things by insulting the victim and his friends verbally. Guns need to be kept out of the hands of highly dangerous, unbalanced individuals like this. We were glad to see a strong, reassuring police presence posted along Sixth Ave. at Eighth St. on Saturday after the shooting. Merchants on Eighth St. tell us the block is safe. Even so, alcohol, a gun and hate proved a volatile combination. We were inspired to see 1,500 people turn out for Monday’s anti-violence rally in the Village. “We will not be harassed! We will not be threatened!” one of the speakers exhorted the crowd. In shades of Stonewall, one man at the rally answered back with his own words, punctuating them by punching his fist repeatedly into the air, “We will fight back! We will fight back! We will fight back!” Backlash or not — we won’t let our society go backward. We will stand up to the hate. We will fight back. It’s up to all of us.
letters to the editor Sounds like 8th is getting great! To The Editor: Re “8th St. walks away from shoes toward something new” (notebook, by Elissa Stein, May 16): If hearts could smile, mine would. As an ex-sole proprietor of a small stationery and gift store that survived 28 years (25 terrific years, three not so much), this is music to my ears: Japanese bakery, Peruvian restaurant, Wisconsin cheese, burgers, beer, wine, jazz lounge, independent coffee shop and more — all walking distance from a midrange boutique hotel...complete with brilliant artists’ spirits in residence. I felt so good after reading this. If I could do it all again, I’d head straight to Eighth St. and join in the resurgence. Can’t wait for my next visit to New York. Nice story. Christie Cluff
Will stores become extinct? To The Editor: Re “8th St. walks away from shoes toward something new” (notebook, by Elissa Stein, May 16): Elissa Stein, writing about Eighth St., says that “new tenants have been moving in, and more are on the way in the coming weeks and months.” I hope she is correct, but I am worried. Eighth St. has often been ahead of its time, and perhaps vacant storefronts are the wave of the future. Borders bookstores has gone out of business, and Barnes & Noble has closed several stores, with the one on Eighth St. being only the most recent. People shop online nowadays. The only stores that seem to be resisting this trend are restaurants, supermarkets and nail salons.
congestion,” in large part because of “the misapplication of bike amenities” is like blaming the overactive heater in my apartment for global warming. Might I suggest he change the name of his organization to CARR-AZY?! Chad Marlow
The artistic life vs. media hype To The Editor: Re “Francine Morin, 62, artist and longtime East Villager” (obituary, May 9): “Those of us who cherished our neighborhood for encouraging and embracing creative energy, should celebrate not just those who became ‘art stars,’ but also those who came here to experience the joy of trying.” This was a beautiful quote from Larry Gregory and it is said in the real spirit of the longtime East Village. The East Village creative energy — what people call the buzz — was built on people living an artistic life, not on socalled “art stars,” usually invented by the media. Penny Arcade
Very strange bedfellows To The Editor: Re “Dormitory foes warn Cooper: Don’t get in bed with Singer!” (news article, May 16): One of your best headlines to date. Very sassy. Lawrence White
Chin is smart, fair and fun
Ridiculous spin on bike-share
To The Editor: Re “Chin’s all in: Silver, Nydia back bid for a second term” (news article, May 9): Margaret Chin represents her whole district, which is proven by her actions. She is smart, fair and hardworking, plus she has a sense of humor and fun. I bet she will be re-elected by the majority who support her.
To The Editor: Re “Like a cult — but on wheels” (letter, by Jack Brown, May 16): I can understand the divergent opinions on bike-share, but the statement by Coalition Against Rogue Riding (CARR) founder Jack Brown that “New York City has...the nation’s longest commuting time and the fifth-worst traffic
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Conceal and carry: And the lead poisoning is free! tALkInG poInt By JERRy TALLMER Shannon Rose Eclectic Media Productions Tampa, Florida Dear Ms. Rose: I am in receipt of your May 17 e-mail headlined, “FREE AMMO FOR THE MONTH OF MAY.” It sort of stopped me in my tracks. Free ammo for me? Golly gee. Reading further, I learn that a gentleman named Tim Schmidt, president and founder of the United States Concealed Carry Association and its Concealed Carry periodical, is telling us that “right now ammunition is nearly impossible to find,” and “To combat that, the United States Concealed Carry Association is giving away 1,000 PHYSICAL rounds of ammunition every day for 31 days during the month of May.”
when he met his wife at Michigan Tech — his U.S.C.C.A. gave away 30 new guns to new subscribers. “I know without a doubt,” says Mr. Schmidt — why do these gun guys never have the slightest doubt? — “that what we are doing at the U.S.C.C.A. is helping communities across the nation become more safe.” With friends like that… . It is time to reread Hemingway’s “The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber.” Margo Macomber had no doubts either, when she grabbed a gun against a charging buffalo.
And blew her husband’s head apart by mistake. Myself, whenever the subject of guns comes up, I always think of Pop Taylor. He looked like Walter Brennan, if you can remember Walter Brennan — Bogart’s leathery sidekick in “To Have and Have Not.” Pop Taylor was a New England version of Walter Brennan. I can hear him now, the calm, dry rifle counselor, as I'm lying on my belly on the grass of the 50-foot target range at Camp Menatoma, Readfield, Maine, a .22 cradled in my arms. “Squeeze it, son,” Pop Taylor is saying. “You don’t pull the trigger, you squeeze it. If
you pull it, you’ll miss.” And then Pop Taylor says one more thing: “Never point a weapon at anything you don’t intend to kill.” The merry month of May. A maypole, my Eclectic friend, is a longstanding symbol of sex, of love. It is not a Bushmaster .223 or an AK-47. So, dear Ms. Shannon Rose, what are you and your Concealed Carry client offering us — love or death? I can’t wait till June and High Noon. Yours very truly, J.T.
Whenever guns come up, I think of Pop Taylor and the target range at Camp Menatoma… . The merry, merry month of May. In the springtime, the only pretty ring time, When birds do sing, nay ding a ding ding, Sweet lovers love the spring… . All an ammo-seeker has to do is subscribe to the U.S.C.C.A. magazine — the kind you read, not the kind you shoot — and the free bullets are yours, though it’s not clear whether that means one round per new subscriber or 1,000 rounds. I wonder if sure-shot Dick Cheney has ever subscribed to your publication. Tim Schmidt, claimant of a degree in engineering from Michigan Tech University, describes himself as “a passionate defender of the 2nd Amendment” and donor of $10,000 “to lift the handgun law in Chicago in 2010.” Last month, April, an even prettier ring time —
‘Keep on keepin’ on,’ writes Seeger Pete Seeger sent a postcard, above, to say he enjoyed the recent article by Sarah Ferguson on the New York City Community Garden Coalition’s candidates forum at The Cooper Union. The folk icon, 94, stole the show with his appearance — and a classic photo of him plucking his long-neck banjo, by Tequila Minsky, ran on the East Villager’s front page. The article also ran in The Villager. Underneath his signature on the card, Seeger drew a banjo.
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New Yorkers who support it, must e-mail, snail mail, text or call their representatives, in both the Assembly and state Senate and cite support of the bill numbers. For Assembly representatives’ contact information, visit assembly.state.ny.us/mem/ . For state Senators’ contact information, visit : www.nysenate.gov/senators . Rosenthal emphasized that before the Assembly’s session ends in six weeks, the bill needs as much support as possible to show Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg that public energy is behind it. “They need to be inundated,” she said. She recalled 2001, when after 9/11, E.P.A. Director Christine Todd Whitman obstructed the truth and told Lower Manhattan residents the air was safe to breathe. Rosenthal believes that the government should be there to protect its citizens, and this bill is legislation for just such protection. City Councilmember Gale Brewer was not at the forum, but she is working with attorneys on a local level, to see what jurisdiction the city has to require radon testing. Her goal is to propose a resolution through the City Council. David Braun, co-founder of the antifracking group United For Action, was seated next to Rosenthal at the forum. He summed up the event and the risk at stake. “It’s up to us,” he said, “to raise our voices and say, ‘We are not your lab rats in a radon gas experiment.’ ”
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Citi Bikes not ‘Fast and Furious,’ but slow, stable By Lincoln Anderson One of the frequently heard fears about the soon-to-launch Citi Bike program is that it will just mean thousands of more cyclists zooming around on the streets dangerously out of control. The Villager recently got a chance to test-ride one of the new bike-share cycles, and “zooming” wasn’t exactly the first word that sprang to mind. In fact, these bikes are pretty heavy — 45 pounds — and, well, definitely on the slow side. I was among a group of reporters who got to take the bikes for a spin at the Brooklyn Navy Yard last Friday. First, Dani Simons, director of marketing and external affairs for NYC Bike Share, the operator of Citi Bike, explained the basics about the bikes, and demonstrated how the docking system works. Clearly printed on the top of each bike’s handlebar stem, she noted, are the instructions — ones that many Downtowners say bicyclists disobey — “Yield to pedestrians”; “Stay off the sidewalk”; “Obey traffic lights”; “Ride with traffic.” “I call these the four cardinal rules of biking in New York City,” Simons noted. If you have purchased a $95 annual membership, you’ll receive a key — a small, blue, plastic stick — that you can insert into any docking station to release a bike. You’ll then be able to ride that bike for 45 minutes, after which you’ll have to park it at another dock, or face additional charges. You can wait a minute and then take another bike for another 45-minute spin, and so on, for as long as you like. So-called “casual members,” people who purchase a daily ($9.95) or weekly ($25) bikeshare pass, won’t get a key, but will swipe a credit card on a bike-share kiosk. They’ll receive a five-digit code that they’ll use to unlock a bike, which they can ride for a shorter period — 30 minutes — before re-docking it, and can then take additional 30-minute rides. People with yearly memberships can start riding May 27. The daily and weekly program will kick off June 2. If cyclists don’t return the bikes within the allotted time, charges kick in: $2.50 for the first half hour, $6.50 for the second half hour and $9 for each additional half hour. If you ride to a bike dock and all its slots are full, you can get a 15-minute extension. I assumed people would just use the extra time to wait for a slot to open up, but the energetic Simons said she’d use it to bike to another nearby station. Once the key or the code is put in, there’s a beep and a small green light displays on the dock, indicating the bike can be pulled out. A reporter for one of the city’s daily tabloids who recently test-rode one of the bikes moaned about how difficult it was to remove the bike from the dock, saying she literally had to get on her knees and yank it out with all her strength. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to pull out a Citi Bike. As Simons explained, the wrong way is to try to pull it out by the handlebars, which doesn’t work — the bike barely budges. The right way is simply to grab hold under the seat’s back with one hand and lift the bike up a couple of inches, which is quite easy to do — “and I don’t have biceps like Michelle Obama,” Simons quipped — and then
A reporter had plenty of room for her two bags in the front basket of her Citi Bike.
step backward. The bike slides out of the dock effortlessly. Next, check that the tires have air and that the brakes are working properly. If there’s a problem, put the bike back and take another. Then, adjust the seat to waist height, if it isn’t already, Simons said. Though the seat can be lowered all the way down for a very small person, Citi Bikes aren’t for kids. You must be 16 or older. Finally, it was time to take a spin around the Navy Yard. The bike glided along, coasting surprisingly well, if not particularly fast. The seat was wide and comfortable. The tires were fairly fat and cushy, making for smooth rolling. One of the charges made by 99 Bank St. residents in their lawsuit against the bike-share station in front of their building is that Citi Bike riders will use their sidewalk, since Bank St. is cobblestoned. But the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard has an uneven, patchwork surface — from cobblestones to old railroad tracks half-buried in asphalt pavement — and, from the feel of the ride, I was confident that my Citi Bike could roll over these rough surfaces without problem. On the other hand, my 10-speed bike with narrow tires that I had ridden over to the Navy Yard could never handle these conditions. Citi Bikes have three gears, with a twist-grip handlebar shifter. In first gear, in the flat Navy
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Dani Simons, bike-share’s marketing director, held out the blue key that comes with a Citi Bike annual membership.
May 16 - 22, 2013
Eighth St. murder follows wave of anti-gay assaults Continued from page 1 just after midnight on the morning of Sat., May 18, by a gunman shouting anti-gay slurs. Apprehended nearby shortly after the shooting, Elliot Morales, 33, has been charged by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance with murder in the second degree as a hate crime, menacing in the second degree, and two weapons charges. Less than 24 hours after the killing, hundreds turned out for a vigil at the site of the murder at 60 W. Eighth St. just east of Sixth Ave. following a social media call from Adam Feldman, a writer for Time Out. On Mon., May 20, three days after the murder, elected officials and L.G.B.T. groups organized a march of more than 1,500 people from the L.G.B.T. Community Center on W. 13th St. to a rally at the same site. Just hours after that rally, Dan Contrarino, a club promoter, was attacked on Avenue D and E. Fourth St. by an assailant shouting “faggot,” NightLifeGay.com reported. Contrarino posted on Facebook, “GAY BASHED LAST NITE… back from small surgery…. CHEST XRAYS THIS AM…. suspect still at large… police n media waiting to interview me… U JUST WANNA CRY N MOVE ON…” At 5 a.m. on Tues., May 21, a gay couple, Steven Dixon, 42, and Michael Coleman, 41, were attacked in Soho by men shouting anti-gay epithets and repeatedly punching Dixon, causing lacerations, swelling and pain to his eye, the New York Post reported. Fabian Ortiz, 32 and Pedro Jimenez, 23, were arrested on charges of felonious assault as a hate crime. Unlike these two attacks and four others since May 5, where violence erupted quickly, seemingly out of nowhere, Morales is alleged to have been carrying on in an abusive and menacing manner for some time prior to the Carson shooting. According to police, after urinating outside the Annisa bar and eatery on Barrow St. at West Fourth St., he entered the establishment, spewing anti-gay slurs at the bartender, showing off a weapon, and threatening to kill him if he called 911. Morales and his friends then encountered Carson’s group outside a 99-cents pizza store on Sixth Ave. near W. Eighth St., and Morales allegedly targeted anti-gay invective at them as well, including, “Look at you faggots, you look like gay wrestlers.” Carson’s group moved on, but minutes later Morales — after his friends failed to dissuade him from another confrontation — allegedly came back at Carson’s group, saying to them, “You want to die tonight?” According to the district attorney’s complaint, Morales then asked Carson, “Are you with him?” and “Carson answered, ‘Yes,’ at which point the defendant shot Carson in the head with a silver pistol.” Carson was brought to Beth Israel Hospital and pronounced dead at 1:40 a.m. Morales was confronted at 12:05 a.m. by police officer Henry Huot who ordered him to stop, “at which point the defendant drew a gun and turned toward Officer Huot,
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Soon after Mark Carson’s murder on Eighth St. just off Sixth Ave., a memorial sprung up at the corner in front of the former Barnes & Noble store. Below and opposite page, top, on Monday, 1,500 people marhed from the L.G.B.T. Center to Eighth St. in a rally against anti-gay violence.
but the gun fell to the ground.” It contained three live rounds. Morales was arrested. In recounting the murder, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said, “It’s clear that the victim here was killed only because and just because he was thought to be gay.” The Daily News reported that “the commissioner added that Carson in no way antagonized his killer.” Morales’s sister told The New York Times her brother, who was in prison for 10 years for robbery, had not been homophobic and “he doesn’t remember anything [about the murder]; he was under the influence, he was drinking.” The defendant “laughed in hideous glee as he confessed, a prosecutor told the judge” at Morales’s arraignment, according to the Daily News. Carson worked as a manager at the Ciao Bella gelato store in Grand Central Terminal and was “very good with people” and open about being gay, a colleague told the Times. He had once been a client at the HetrickMartin Institute for L.G.B.T. youth, on Astor Place, according to Thomas Krever, the agency’s executive director. Carson’s brother, Michael Bumpars, said Mark was a “courageous” and “beautiful” person, the Daily News reported. Carson had recently moved from Harlem to Brooklyn, according to the Times. His friend Kay Allen told the newspaper, “His spirit was too big for this city. He didn’t have a negative bone in his body.”
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‘Only light and love can drive out darkness and hate’ On Saturday afternoon, Takis Kouvatseas lit a candle in what would soon grow to be a much bigger memorial for Mark Carson at Eighth St. and Sixth Ave. The Cirque du Soleil drummer, who lives nearby on Sixth Ave., said he knew Carson from hanging out with him around the neighborhood in gay bars, like Pieces. Kouvatseas also posted a quote by Martin Luther King: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness…only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate…only love can do that.” Eric Einstein, the owner of Pieces, however, said he actually didn’t recall seeing Carson from his photo. The afternoon after the shooting, police tape was left on a pylon near the scene.
May 16 - 22, 2013
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President John Sexton with Edith Windsor, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case challenging DOMA.
Each N.Y.U. school division — such as Tisch, Stern, Gallatin, Steinhardt, etc. — gets its own distinctive type of sticks to wave at commencement to show their school spirit.
Gay nups advocates a hit at N.Y.U. stadium ceremony Yankee Stadium was packed with a crowd of 33,000 Wednesday — not for a baseball game, but for New York University’s 181st commencement. Also, it was in the morning, not the evening. But pretzels and Nathan’s hot dogs were still being sold at the concession stands. Under overcast skies, 8,000 students receiving undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees were joined by faculty members and
25,000 guests at the ceremony, which filled most of the stadium, stretching up to the nosebleed seats, all the way from the right-field foul pole to the third-base line. Down on the field, there was one guy wearing a Yankee cap, though it wasn’t Robinson Cano or Mariano Rivera, but John Sexton, the university’s president, who officiated the ceremony, along with Martin Lipton, chairperson of the university’s board of trustees.
N.Y.U. bestowed honorary degrees on attorney David Boies, genome scientist Claire Marie Fraser, Afghan Museum Director Omara Khan Masoudi and film director Oliver Stone, who is an alumnus of N.Y.U.’s Tisch School of the Arts. Boies, the renowned attorney and litigator, is the lead co-counsel in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the historic same-sex marriage civil rights case challenging Proposition 8 now before the
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Tisch School of the Arts graduates cheered as they received their diplomas. (One graduate from each N.Y.U. school ceremonially receives a diploma on behalf of all the graduates from that particular school.)
Supreme Court. Boies addressed the graduates on behalf of the honorary degree recipients. Boies said these are “interesting times,” with L.G.B.T. civil rights and liberties being challenged. Sadly, he said, alluding to the recent bias attacks in New York City, there is still violence in the streets against gays. He said his hope is that in the future, the children of today’s graduates won’t have to ask why gay and lesbian couples can’t marry each other. In addition, the 2013 N.Y.U. Presidential Medal was awarded to Edith Windsor, an N.Y.U. alumna and Greenwich Village resident who is the plaintiff in the fight against the Defense of Marriage Act, the other same-sex marriage case currently being considered by the Supreme Court. Adressing the graduates, Sexton said, “The challenges that confront your generation — climate change and developing sustainable energy sources, political and religious extremism, poverty, to name just a few — may appear daunting and complex. They require men and women with a global outlook who are prepared to act with thoughtfulness, resolve and wisdom. But I am confident that the lessons you learned at N.Y.U. have given you the tools, the knowledge, and the critical thinking skills to take on these challenges and make the world a better place.” However, the crowd reception for Sexton — particularly from faculty — seemed lukewarm. The student speaker was Chelsea Garbell, who graduated summa cum laude from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and was a national finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Garbell was founder and president of Bridges: Muslim Jewish Interfaith Dialogue @ N.Y.U., which encouraged communication, understanding and friendship among Jewish and Muslim students. Under her leadership, Jewish and Muslim students rebuilt tornado-damaged homes in Alabama and Missouri. A highlight of the commencement was a video of the song “Diamond In The Sky” sung, shot and produced by N.Y.U. students.
May 16 - 22, 2013
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P.R. push for N.Y.U. and Chin To The Editor: Re “N.Y.U. gives space for tots and seniors on its superblocks” (news article, May 16): This is just one big P.R. move for N.Y.U. and Councilwoman Chin. Creative Steps, as noted, has been in Washington Square Village rent-free for years — and now will pay rent? Apparently there’s some sort of sweetheart deal between N.Y.U. and the councilwoman to pump up the university’s “credentials” by portraying it as being kind to the community, in an election year, naturally. The few thousand square feet provided in the agreement, as Andrew Berman notes in the article, is a pittance compared to the overwhelming addition of 2 million square feet by N.Y.U. that will dominate our once-pleasant residential community. Sylvia Rackow Rackow is chairperson, The Committee to Preserve Our Neighborhood
It’s about oversaturation, not art To The Editor: Re “Soho House has my support, but won’t get Acker Awards” (Clayton, May 16): Mr. Patterson’s view of accepting the Soho House proposal seems to be mainly based on the idea of the “lesser of two evils.” But we also have to keep in mind that though we would all like to see a better and community-friendly use made of this space, adding a new liquor license to a neighborhood already oversaturated with bars is not the way to go. If Soho House is approved, that will mean this address will have a liquor license where none existed before, and that license will remain there whether Soho House is successful or not. I have had similar battles on the northern end of Avenue A where oversaturation has been an ongoing issue for years, with landlords claiming the only businesses that could survive needed a liquor license. Not enough daytime foot traffic, they said. But residents campaigned against this argument and now on my block (between 12th and 13th Sts.) where we had
five liquor licenses, we now have an architects group, a hair salon, a veterinary clinic, a tech shop and an antiques store. Two of the bars remain, but now there is a balance and a once out-of-control block has reclaimed some quality of life. Mr. Patterson admits the artist benefit claimed by Soho House is dubious and limited at best. I would say there is not public benefit here — only a public buy-in. It will still be another late-night bar bringing additional out-of-neighborhood crowds to a block already oversaturated with liquor licenses — maybe not rowdy frat types, but additional crowds nonetheless. We didn't buy the “lesser of two evils” line on Avenue A and neither should the residents of Ludlow St. Dale Goodson
Rock on, Richie Havens To The Editor: Re “Woodstock icon Havens dies at 72” (April 25): Your recent coverage of Richie Havens leaves much to be desired! Your paper routinely gives tons of print space to bums, criminals, Yippies, crusties and other ne’er-dowells. Richie lived in the Village for 50 years! His widow, Nancy, is on Jane St. in the West Village! As a young man, Richie came to the Village from Brooklyn and read poetry in our cafes! He then turned toward folk singing and performed in small cafes, like the Why Not, Raffio’s and Four Winds. He then want on to Cafe Wha? and then starred in shows at the Night Owl Cafe, where he was on the bill with the likes of the Lovin’ Spoonful, Tim Hardin, Fred Neil and Bob Gibson. Richie was a star long before he appeared at Woodstock in 1969. He was a credit to all of us Villagers! Joseph Marra E-mail letters, not longer than 250 words in length, to firstname.lastname@example.org 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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Forget the couture, ‘Just Chaos’ puts focus on punks By Bob Krasner “Forget about the Met show — this is where it’s at,” Monte A. Melnick, former tour manager of the Ramones, firmly stated. He was speaking of the May 9 opening of “Just Chaos,” a photo show by some of the major documentarians of punk rock at Marc Jacobs’s hip literary emporium, Bookmarc, at 400 Bleecker St., at W. 11th St. Conceived and curated by noted photographer Roberta Bayley, the modest exhibit is meant to be an addendum to the Metropolitan Museum’s “PUNK — Chaos to Couture” show, which concentrates on the influence of punk on fashion, and in which photos of New York rockers are not a priority. Bayley, who photographed the first Ramones album cover, put together a group of 13 artists, including herself, whose love of the music led them to document a brand-new scene that seemingly had little commercial potential. David Godlis, who just goes by Godlis, was one who found himself at the epicenter, C.B.G.B., “just to hear good music.” After a few weeks, he realized that he wanted to record, in the available-light style of Brassai, the scene on the street outside the legendary dive that gave birth to punk. After three years and a whole lot of film, he produced a body of work and became friends with many of the others who were covering the scene. Most of the participants in the show turned out to celebrate alongside some of their subjects, including Richard Hell and Deborah Harry. “It’s like a high school reunion,” said Godlis. The energy of the attendees was palpable
as East Village scene makers such as filmmaker Amos Poe, music industry legend Danny Fields (also a photographer in the show) and The Dictators’ Handsome Dick Manitoba rounded out an upbeat and colorful crowd that was dressed mostly in black. The mélange of photogs, fans, celebs and gawkers spilled out of the store, onto the sidewalk and into the street, leading to a warning from the local mounted police. The store has taken the opportunity to stock its shelves with a wide variety of books on the subject, including attendee John Holmstrom’s new book, “Best of Punk Magazine,” Bryan Ray Turcotte’s “Punk Is Dead” and Richard Hell’s new autobiography, as well as rare ephemera and out-ofprint titles, such as “Making Tracks — The Rise of Blondie.” As much fun as it is to look back, however, nostalgia — as one might expect from the survivors of the punk aesthetic — is not at the top of the list. Not many wished to return to the New York of the late 1970s, although photographer Marcia Resnick said that she missed “the audacity, the immediacy and the conversation” of the times. Bayley, however, doesn’t harbor any desire to go back. “I don’t long for those times,” she said. “I’m 63 and I have no desire to be poor.” Leee Black Childers, a photographer who became manager for the Heartbreakers and later, Iggy Pop, is content to sit at his computer listening to Ethel Waters. Does he miss anything about the punk years? Well, maybe a few things, he said: “Being young, getting high and getting laid.”
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Singer Deborah Harry and photographer Roberta Bayley at the opening of “Just Chaos” at Bookmarc earlier this month. Bayley was wearing a T-shirt with her vintage image of Harry.
Bob Gruen, left, and Godlis, who documented the punk scene with their photography, caught up at the opening. The image on the “Just Chaos” show poster/invite, behind them, was a shot by Godlis.
Amos Poe, director/producer of “The Blank Generation,” about the early days of punk, got ready to split.
May 16 - 22, 2013
villager arts & entertainment Downtown heats up with the diversity of jazz and indie Avant-garde, acoustic, other sounds make the coming months rock and swing BY SAM SPOKONY Whenever the seasons change, it’s like I’m seeing everything for the first time… again. Yes, maybe I could chalk that up to some rapid diminishment of long-term memory — a possible result of all those things I may or may not have done during high school and college — but I’d rather try to see something a little more uplifting there. Maybe it’s nice to have that feeling of a little rebirth of the consciousness every few months. It can remind us of the importance of spontaneous discovery and rediscovery. Anyway, we’re here to talk about music. Yes! This year, spring and summer (along with those long-awaited rays, warm breezes, etc.) bring great improvisers and musical performers to that wonderful portion of Manhattan below 14th Street, with something for everyone and, I would think, someone for everything. The question is, “What do you want to explore? And what sounds do you feel like revisiting? It’s moments like these when I think, you know, maybe it’s not so bad to live amid the perpetual drone of city life and all its politicized, corporatized mayhem — because even when the absurdity seems too much to bear, when you just can’t seem to find any semblance of understanding, you can just head Downtown and find all the right vibes. And you know you’re in the right place…again.
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Challenge your perceptions of sound and design at the Music and Architecture Series, curated by Aruán Ortiz, at Drom.
I’d like to begin with an exciting Thursday night series that began in April at Drom (85 Avenue A, btw. Fifth & Sixth Sts.), and which includes one show every month through August. It’s the intriguingly titled “Music and Architecture Series,” curated by the equally intriguing Cuban-born pianist Aruán Ortiz — who has already done enough solid work composing and performing with his own quartet to make this a must-see for all our experimentally inclined listeners. According to Revive Music, the forward-thinking jazz collective that’s sponsoring the series, these concerts “intend to narrate different concepts and ritualism behind ancient architectures, deconstructing their forms, shapes and textures.” Sounds good enough for me. Each gig has its own distinct subtitle — so check out “Reflections as a Reality” on June 20, “A Piece Within a Piece” on July 18, and “The Alchemist and His Sacred Family” on August 29. All concerts start at 9:45pm. Tickets cost $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. To purchase,
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Feast on the swinging wisdom of Joe Lovano, who will lead his nonet at the Village Vanguard from May 28 to June 2.
visit dromnyc.com. Few cats indeed have been able to match saxophonist Joe Lovano’s ability to channel the roots of swing and bop while also help-
ing to drive the free-thinking expression of 21st-century performance. Dig Mr. Lovano at the Village Vanguard (178 Seventh Ave. South, just below W. 11th St.), where he’ll
be joined by his nonet from May 28 to June 2. This incarnation of the nonet will comprise almost exactly the same personnel (including baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan and pianist James Weidman) as those featured his brilliant 2006 album “Streams of Expression,” and, happily, Lovano and company will be rehashing tunes from that record throughout their sixnight stand. You’ll have a choice between two sets each night, at 8:30 and 10:30pm, and tickets cost $25. To purchase, visit villagevanguard.com. For those of you who’d rather take your avant-garde jazz with a healthy spoonful of soulfully foot-stomping church music, I would of course recommend clarinetist/saxophonist Don Byron and his New Gospel Quintet. The group’s first album, “Love, Peace and Soul,” which came out a little over a year ago, was rightly praised for its depth of exploration into the gospel idiom, along with Byron’s typically vibrant playing. Catch the quintet at 92YTribeca (200 Hudson St., just below Canal St.) on Wed., June 12, where they’ll be the featured act for a live presentation of WBGO 88.3 FM’s award-winning radio show, “The Checkout.” The show, which also includes opening act The Bridge Trio, begins at 8pm, and tickets cost $12. To purchase, visit 92y.org/tribeca. On an unfortunate side note, this will be one of the final events staged at the 92Y’s Tribeca location, as it’ll be closing later in June. From that point on, all 92Y events will take place at the organization’s Upper East Side headquarters, at 1395 Lexington Ave. Aside from the fact that I’ve always found him to be a generally insightful guy, saxophonist/flutist Ras Moshe represents an important element of the New York music scene — that which, in essence, refuses to compromise, remaining true to a very spiritually introspective core of freely improvised music. The ghosts of people like Albert Ayler and Pharoah Sanders truly do live on, and you’ll usually find them floating through the air at Ras Moshe gig (the sound of which, while certainly not for squares, can send us on some of our most incredibly powerful aural journeys). Moshe plays at the Downtown Music Gallery (13 Monroe St., btw. Catherine & Market Sts.) at 6pm on July 7, alongside vocalist Kyoko Kitamura, guitarist Anders Nilsson and bassist Shayna Dulberger. And there’s no cost to enter!
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May 16 - 22, 2013
Smooth sounds and dance grooves Continued from page 21
The Thermals are a real throwback for me, if you’ll allow a 23-year-old to use that expression. Their haphazardly titled 2004 album “Fuckin A” was an integral part of my high school playlist. Now, a decade later, the postpunk trio is still going strong. Just last month, they released “Desperate Ground,” an album which is a selfdescribed “brash and irresponsible ode to human violence.” You’ll probably hear plenty of those new tunes, full of punchy beats and urgent lyrics, during their back-to-back dates at the Bowery Ballroom (6 Delancey St., btw. Bowery & Chrystie St.) on May 28 and 29. Both shows, which also feature Screaming Females as the opening act, start at 9pm. Tickets cost $16 in advance and $18 at the door. To purchase, visit boweryballroom.com. Some bands these days need all the production technology money can buy in order to sound bigger and more affecting — but the duo of Death From Above 1979 have made a career out of turning bass, drums and a well-place synth into a colossal wall of sound. Whether you want to call them alt-rock, noise rock, electro-dance-punk or whatever else comes to mind, Jesse Keeler and Sebastien Grainger probably represent the best thing to come out of Canada since ice hockey. When this band broke up in 2006, I remember being heartbroken — not least of all because I’d just that week bought a super sweet band teeshirt — but when they decided to reunite a couple of years ago, all was quickly forgiven. Check them out at Irving Plaza (17 Irving Pl., at E. 15th St.) on Fri., June 7, at 11pm. Tickets cost $32. To purchase, visitvenue.irvingplaza.com. I always like to include a little something for those acoustic singer/songwriter fans out there. With that in mind, I’ll introduce you to Maya Isacowitz, whose voice is very much the equal to her radiant beauty — which is to say that they both rank quite highly in my (rather self-professedly) esteemed opinion. Ms. Isacowitz first made a name for herself while performing throughout Israel, the country in which she was raised, and is now rightfully spreading her sphere of influence overseas, with sensitive guitar work, wonderfully penned tunes
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Turn up the distortion with The Thermals at Bowery Ballroom on May 28 and 29.
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June 12: Catch Don Byron and his New Gospel Quartet, at 92YTribeca.
and a very balanced, low-key vibe. You can catch her at SubCulture (45 Bleecker St., btw. Mott & Mulberry Sts.) on Wed., June 26. The show starts at 7:30pm, and tickets cost $12. To purchase, visitsubculturenewyork.com. Now, if you’re looking for a real throwback — and this one actually goes way back, far beyond that happy accident that was my birth — I would suggest donning your best rude boy
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Enjoy the warm tones of singer/songwriter Maya Isacowitz at SubCulture on June 26.
outfit and heading down to see those living legends of ska and rocksteady, those inimitable Brits, The Specials. Yes, it’s been a while, and the current lineup certainly doesn’t include all of the group’s original personnel. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth giving a nod to one of the hippest socio-politically minded bands to ever hit the stage. The performance I’ll now direct your attention to represents a particularly special chance to see these guys live, because
it’ll be an outdoor gig at Pier 26 in Hudson River Park (located off of West St., btw. Hubert & N. Moore Sts.). The Wed., July 17 show starts at 6pm, and tickets cost $35 in advance and $40 on the day of the show. To purchase, visit bowerypresents.com. Happy listening, and enjoy the weather! If you have any suggestions or hidden secrets about sweet shows on and under the Downtown radar, drop me a line at email@example.com.
May 16 - 22, 2013
Six-Day Planet ‘Connections’ kicks off summer theater fest season THEATER PLANET CONNECTiONS THEATRE FESTIVITY
May 29-June 3 At the Robert Moss Theatre (440 Lafayette St., near Astor Place) And the Gene Frankel Theatre (24 Bond St., corner of Lafayette St.) For tickets ($18), call 866-811-4111 or visit planetconnections.org Photo by Ashley Marinaccio
BY MARTIN DENTON (of nytheatre.com and indietheaternow.com) New York City’s busy summer theater festival season kicks off on May 29 with Planet Connections, a four-week celebration of independent theater and social consciousness that is now in its fifth year. Its official moniker is “Planet Connections Theatre Festivity” — and that last word is just one thing that sets this event apart from the many other theatrical marathons that dot (dominate!) our landscape here in the Big Apple from June through August. So what’s different about Planet Connections? This: the fact that all of the shows presented, in addition to being interesting new works spanning many genres and styles of the indie theater landscape, also champion specific causes. Each show is a benefactor for a nonprofit organization
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Breani Michele, in Girl Be Heard’s production of “9mm.”
Articulate Theatre Company launches, with Jenny Connell Davis’ “Dragon.”
— and these entities will be represented in talkbacks, promotions, information sessions and fundraising throughout the Festivity. Among the recipients of Planet Connections shows’ largesse this year are my own (The New York Theatre Experience, Inc.) along with many others — ranging from The LIT Fund to The Ali Forney Center to The Blue Green Alliance to the ASCPA. You should definitely check out the information about these charitable groups on Planet Connections’ website (planetconections.org). But of course, artistically, the Festivity is well worth your time! I’ve been a regular attendee at all the previous editions, and I’ve met some truly exceptional playwrights, directors, actors and other theater artists along the way. Works by a diverse and talented roster of playwrights, ranging from Yvette Heyliger and Duncan Pflaster to Jason
S. Grossman and Kimberly Pau have been seen at Planet Connections, and many of the best scripts from past years are assembled at Indie Theater Now (indietheaternow.com/ Collection/Index/planet-connections). This year’s Festivity runs from May 29 through June 23 at two East Village venues — the Robert Moss Theater and the Gene Frankel Theater. This is a fun, vibrant neighborhood with many shops, bars and restaurants where you can fill the time before, after and inbetween the shows you catch at the festival. There are 30 mainstage productions in Planet Connections 2013, along with a variety of special events and readings (including a special gala event on June 16th featuring readings of short plays by Neil LaBute, John Patrick Shanley and Winter Miller, at the Signature Center at Pershing Square). Because this is a relatively compact event, in terms of geography and size (but not in
terms of timeframe), it is very possible for an audience member to see virtually everything the Festivity has to offer. Here are a few of the works in this year’s Festivity that I know enough about to comment on, based on experience with the artists and companies involved. Don’t limit yourself to what I talk about here, though. Check out the variety and range of work and find subjects, styles and worthy causes that appeal to your sensibility. “9mm America” — This devised theater piece from Girl Be Heard, about violence in America, was created by 10 young women of high-school age. Director Ashley Marinaccio, a passionate and dedicated activist/artist, is a Planet Connections veteran. Expect thoughtprovoking, raw, documentary-style theater. “Artaud…mon momo” — Roi “Bubi” Escudero is a one-of-a-kind artist, with a deep knowledge of the avant-garde, a limitless imagination and a penchant for never repeating herself. This is her second look at the ethos of “Theater of Cruelty” inventor Antonin Artaud. There won’t be anything in the festival remotely like it. “Dragon” — Articulate Theatre Company is launching with this new play by Jenny Connell Davis that looks to blend realism and mythology within the framework of a timeless love story. Director and company founder Cat Parker has been responsible for some excellent productions over the years, including the NYC premiere of “Sister Cities” back in 2007. “Fix Number Six” — If nytheatre.com’s annual Person of the Year recognition means anything to you, then this is a show to see. This new play by Jerry Polner is about a travel agent who longs to be a spy. It’s directed by Michael Criscuolo, and its cast includes Arthur Aulisi and Alyssa Simon. All three of these luminaries have been People of the Year, which means that we think they’re top-notch artists. “Straight Faced Lies” — This is the fourth year in a row that Mark Jason Williams will have a new script in Planet Connections
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Fifth year of ‘Festivity’ set to connect with audiences Continued from page 23 (each of the other three was nominated for a playwriting award, with 2011’s “The Other Day” winning that honor). Mark is a smart, sensitive, courageous writer — and I expect this new piece, set at a family Thanksgiving dinner, to be one of this year’s highlights. “Subject 62” — Rhode Island-based Lenny Schwartz is another four-time Festivity contributor. His latest play, which he calls his most personal, follows last year’s somewhat sensational “Accidental Incest,” 2011’s “Fidelity” and 2010’s “The Six Month Cure.” Expect an earnest treatment of a serious topic — how the onset of illness affects one family’s life. “The Greatest Pirate Story (N)ever Told!” — On a lighter note we find this new musical by Christopher Leidenfrost, whose contributions to Planet Connections over the years include his award-winning starring roles as Whizzer in last year’s revival of “Falsettos” and appearing in drag in the gay marriage drama “The Declaration.” This new show ought to be just as it sounds — a fun, musical romp with plenty of audience interaction. “What Do You Mean” — This entry from Ego Actus marks my first time seeing a play written by Bruce A. Kraemer. He is usually a designer and producer, so I’m excited to see him stretch in this meta tale of a person who is writing a play for a festival but doesn’t know what to write about.
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Moira Stone and Mateo Moreno, in Jerry Polner’s “Fix Number Six.”
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His longtime partner, Joan Kane, directs. As I said, these represent just a sampling of what’s on offer at the Festivity. Browse their websites, check out previews and reviews on nytheatre.com and elsewhere and keep your eyes and ears open as you shuttle between the festival venues for audi-
ence buzz. Planet Connections is a fun event that’s much less intense than FringeNYC, yet still packed with entertainment value. I’m hoping to do one or more talkbacks and am looking forward to taking in as much as I can during the festival’s four weeks. Enjoy!
LOWER EAST SIDE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 24, 25, 26
Theater • Music • Dance • Film • Poetry • Puppetry • Youth Program • Visual Arts
Perfor mances Ever y Night 6pm-1am
Outdoors on E. 10th St. Saturday 12pm - 6pm w/Performances & Vendors Youth Program Sat 2 - 5pm Film Sat 12pm - 12am Poetry Sun 4pm - 7:30pm
Scheduled to Appear:
SPEAKERS: Joe Franklin, Council Member Rosie Mendez, Judith Malina PERFORMANCES BY: Tammy Grimes, Reno, Phoebe Legere. George Bartenieff, Epstein & Hassan, John Jiler, Katherine Adamenko, Stan Baker, Louisa Bradshaw, Susana Cook, Lindsay Davis, J. Lois Diamond, Michael Domitrovich, Dixie Lee Estes, Evan, Tjasa Ferme, Ines Ferre, Benno Haenel, Clare Helene, Inma Heredia, Bobbie Horowitz, Baba Israel, Ariana Johns, Evan Laurence, Mike Lesser, Ed Malin, Fran McGee Jessie "Hula Hoops" McGee, MD, Lissa Moira, Stephan Morrow, Vernita N'Cognita, Aidan O'Shea, Karen Oberlin, Valery Oisteanu, Anne Pasquale, Mike Perrie, Poez, Elizabeth Ruf, Therese Schorn, Robert Schwimmer, Margo Lee Sherman, Alice Shields, Connie Flagtwat, John Taylor Thomas, Mary Tierney, Richard Weber, Lei Zhou MUSIC: David Amram, KT Sullivan, Judy Gorman, Lucas Papaelias (LPFunk), Bill Zeffiro, Gingger Shankar, David Ippolito, Maquina Mono, Arthur Abrams, Burning City Orchestra, Judeth DeMott, Peter Dizozza, Downtown Music Productions, Ben Harburg & Friends, David Jacobsen, Kitsch, Dawoud Kringle, Melange, Susan Mitchell, Marissa Mulder, Open To The Hound, Lorcan Otway, Danielle Erin Rhodes, Norman Savitt, Silvercloud Singers & Drummers, Ellen Steier, Jacob Merrik Storms, Alison Tartalia, Michael Vazquez, David Vernon, Richard West DANCE: Rod Rodgers Dance Co., e-Dance, Kinding Sindaw, The Love Show, Kitty Lunn, Amy Marshall Dance Co., Alessandra Belloni, Andre Brown, Constellation Moving Co., Desert Sin, Maya DeSilva, Raqsuncommon, House of Ducatti, Human Kinetics, Kaoru Ikeda, Infinity Dance Theater, John J. Zullo Dance, Juana Cala Flamenco, Kalpulli Atlachinolli, Laura Shapiro, Suspended Cirque, Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, Vangeline Theater, VonDuvois Dance Collective, Ashley Liang THEATER GROUPS: G.O.L.E.S., Cooper Square, New York Theatre Workshop, The Living Theatre, La Mama E.T.C., Yangtze Theater Co., Rev. Billy & The Church of Earthallujah, Cobu, Accidental Rep, Alternative Theater of Manhattan, Arts Without Walls, Beautiful Soup, BK Culture Jammers, Bond Street Theatre, Caps Lock Theater, The Cell, Chinese Theatre Works, Coatlique Theater Co., Dixon Place, Downtown Urban Theater Festival, Ego Actus, The Experimentals, Le Squeezebox Cabaret, Less Than Rent, Lesser America, Loretta Auditorium, NY Lyric Circus, Project Girl, Prophecy Productions, The Slipper Room, Take Wing and Soar, Teatro La Tea, The Troupe Theatre, Time Banks NYC, Wise Guise, Yara Arts WRITERS: Eduardo Machado, Lyle Kessler, Barbara Kahn, Bina Sharif, Lissa Moira, Matt Morillo, Tom Attea, Seymour Barab, Liza Birkenmeier, Sara Cooper, Walter Corwin, Tom Diriwachter, Chris Force, Anthony Laura, Eugenia Macer-Story, Sabura Rashid, Ramiro Sandoval, Oliver Thrun, Trav S.D., Peter Welch, David Willinger
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A gay couple must decide between love or liberty, in Marcus Yi’s “The Procedure.”
May 16 - 22, 2013
Just Do Art! BY SCOTT STIFFLER
THE 17th ANNUAL LOWER EAST SIDE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Founded 18 years ago by Theater for the New City’s prolific, indefatigable Crystal Field, the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts — like TNC’s annual Halloween bash and its upcoming summer street theater — just keeps going and going (and growing). Organized in collaboration with local civic, cultural and business leaders, this three-day indoor/outdoor festival offers performances from over 100 arts organizations, local and international celebrities, independent artists, poets, playwrights, dancers, comedians, musicians, puppeteers, filmmakers and other utterly unique creative types who call the Lower East Side home. This year's lineup includes Academy Award-winning actor F. Murray Abraham, solo performer and comedian Reno, TV and radio host Joe Franklin, aerial performance group Suspended Cirque, dance groups Desert Sin and The Rod Rodgers Dance Company — plus new work from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz. Cultural institutions such as New York Theatre Workshop, La MaMa, Bond Street Theater, Beautiful Soup Theatre Collective, The Living Theatre and TNC will present work, and there will be plenty of creative output by kids, as well as performers with disabilities. The area’s distinct ethnic populations will also be represented — including the Latin American, African American, Chinese, Indian, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Native American, Polish and Ukrainian communities. “Art for Eco Justice: Ecology and Economy” will be the theme. FREE. In and around Theater for the New City (155 1st Ave., btw. E. 9th & 10th Sts.) throughout Memorial Day weekend: Fri., May 24, 6pm-1am; Sat., May 25, noon-1am (noon5pm: Cultural Fair, outside on E. 10th St., btw. 1st & 2nd Aves., and from 2pm-5pm, performances for kids and by kids, inside Theater for the New City) and Sun., May 27, 6pm-1am. For info and a full performance schedule, call 212-254-1109 or visit theaterforthenewcity.net.
WHAT I’M FAILING TO LEARN
Back when old school was still in session, we used to call it “high concept” — but these days, the ensemble of young artists who’ve collaborated on “What I’m Failing to Learn” characterize their work as “a mashup of theatri-
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The compositions of Schuyler Iona Press anchor the mashup musical “What I’m Failing to Learn.”
cal drama/live concert/multimedia video.” No matter what name you give it, there’s plenty going on here. Anchored by the folk, rock, punk and Latin-infused compositions of 14-year-old Schuyler Iona Press (the youngest artist ever to play the singer/songwriter sessions at the Bitter End), this journey through the unpredictable streets of NYC also gives audiences a glimpse into the interior world of a modern adolescent. Played close to the bone by Schuyler, that main character’s constant questioning of her world and status as “an outsider longing to be on the inside” is used to confront the “positives and negatives of growing up unsheltered from certain truths of our human world.” Sound familiar? Her quest may sound a lot like your teen years — but chances are, you didn’t have the benefit of a live band, percussive modern Irish dancers and video. That’s the advantage of searching for self, mashup-style. Through June 15. Wed. at 7pm, Sat. at 3pm. At the 13th Street Rep (50 W. 13th St., btw. 5th & 6th Aves.). For tickets ($18-$30), call 866811-4111 or visit 13thstreetrep.org. Also visit whatimfailingtolearn.com.
HOWL! FESTIVAL 10TH ANNIVERSARY EXTRAVAGANZA
He saw the best minds of his generation — but even at the pinnacle of his meditative clarity, it’s not likely that “Howl” author Allen Ginsberg managed to conjure up a vision of the future in which a festival named for him would be celebrating its tenth anniversary (with no signs of shrinking or slowing down). The 2013 edition of the Howl Festival promises to “continue the Ginsberg tradition with more poetry, theatrical madness and activities for parents and kids than ever before!” After the three-day Tompkins Square Park festival, HOWL! extends its reach throughout June — in the form of the HOWL! Arts Project (a month-long program of poetry, theater, performance art, music, dance, puppetry and children’s performance to support HOWL! Emergency Life Project — which provides assistance, and a health fund, for the East Village and Lower East Side arts community). First things first, though. The May 31-June 2 offerings include an opening celebration featuring the work of contemporary poets (and the traditional reading of “Howl”). At the weekend-long “Art Around the Park” event, festivalgoers will connect with more than 140 artists as they turn a giant blank canvas encircling the exterior of Tompkins Square Park into an explosion of color and creativity. The Kids Carnival offers games, fairway attractions and art activities for “toddler taggers and pint-sized Picassos” — while those of more advanced years will heed the siren call of Riki Colon’s Men In Skirts “And Still I Rise” (featuring an international cast of singers, dancers and drag performers). Elsewhere, “The Beautification Station” is a marathon reading by the Poetry Project, and “Low Life 7: Bowery Bombshells” features generations of local contemporary and alternative performers — including butoh performance ensemble Vangeline Theater, Velocity Chyaldd, The Rachel Klein Theater and The Duelling Bankheads. FREE, Fri., May 31 through Sun., June 2 (4:30-7pm on Fri., 11am-7pm on Sat./Sun.). At Tompkins Square Park (enter through southwest entrance, Ave. A & 7th St.). Visit howlfestival.com for a full schedule of events.
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Dance band Maquina Mono (“The Monkey Machine”) will open the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, at 6pm on Fri., May 24.
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At the HOWL! Festival’s 2012 opening celebration, a Greek chorus of voices read their own work, followed by the signature reading of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl.”
May 16 - 22, 2013
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Notice of Qualification of ATALAYA SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES FUND (CAYMAN) IV LP Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/01/13. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Cayman Islands (CI) on 06/16/11. Princ. office of LP: 780 Third Ave., 27th Fl., NY, NY 10017. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 122072543. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. Arts. of Org. filed with Registrar of Companies, P.O. Box 123, Ground Fl., Citrus Grove Bldg., Goring Ave., George Town, CI KY1-9000. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 Notice of Formation of EAST 74TH STREET BRIDGE, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/30/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, Attn: Jay Neveloff, 1177 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY 10036. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 Notice of Qualification of 53 FRONT STREET, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/26/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/19/13. Princ. office of LLC: 5 Hanover Sq., 25th Fl., NY, NY 10004. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of DE, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of NEW WAVE DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGY, PLLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/06/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the PLLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the PLLC is to: The PLLC, 400 Jericho Tnpk., Ste. 100, Jericho, NY 11753. Purpose:To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, YES LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/22/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to:The LLC, 290Third Avenue, #30A, New York, NY 10010. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013
SANDEMAR CONSTRUCTION, LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 3/1/13. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Moss & Kalish, PLLC, 122 E. 42nd St., Ste. 2100, NY, NY 10168. General Purposes. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 UNITY YOGA LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/10/12. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 311 W. 127th St. #807, NY, NY 10027-1892. General Purposes. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 Notice of Qualification of JZ REIT Fund Flatbush Portfolio, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/26/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 767 5th Ave., 48th Fl., NY, NY 10153. LLC formed in DE on 4/11/13. 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: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 Notice of Qualification of Screaming Spirit Productions, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/26/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/12/11. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: c/o Home Box Office, Inc., 1100 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY 10036, 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: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 Notice of Qualification of Valar Ventures LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/25/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 4/22/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, Attn: CT Corporation System, 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: 05/16 - 06/20/2013
NOTICE OF FORMATION of MARMELADE, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/26/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 281 Hollow Tree Ridge Road, Darien, CT 06820. Purpose: any lawful activity. The LLC is to be managed by one or more managers. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Carlo Balestri Architect, PLLC a professional service limited liability company (PLLC). Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 1/24/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the PLLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the PLLC is to: Carlo Balestri Architect, PLLC, 40 Wall Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10005. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: CMT BOOTCAMP LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/01/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 111 Broadway, Suite 1702, New York, New York 10006. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Application for Authority of 114 5th AVENUE NEW YORK CITY, LLC filed with the Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/23/13. The LLC was formed in DE 4/19/13. Office loc.: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The principal business loc. and address SSNY shall mail copy of process is 600 Madison Ave., 20th Fl., New York, NY 10022. The office address in DE is 203 NE Front St., Ste. 101, Milford, DE 19963. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Div. of Corporations, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Formation of WellGen Power, LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/8/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 330 Madison Ave., 6th Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Formation of 150th Debt LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/12/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Bluestone Group, 225 Broadway, 32nd Fl., NY, NY 10007. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013
Notice of Formation of Agente Creativo, LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/26/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Ana Leshen, 451 Broadway, 3rd Fl., NY, NY 10013. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Formation of Rapha Racing NY LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/21/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Salans LLP, Att: Jody Saltzman, Esq., 620 Fifth Ave., NY, NY 10020. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Qual. of TWG OE Funding LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/22/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 2/20/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Formation of Maki Bar LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/13/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Yaniv Shaky Cohen, 451 Broome St., #5E, NY, NY 10013. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Qualification of Long John Silver’s, LLC App. for Auth. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/27/13. Off. loc.: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 6/6/69. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Arts. of Org. filed DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Qualification of Shaner Industries, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/17/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/12/11. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013
Notice of Formation of 48150 Boxwood Holdings LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/29/12. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o The Community Preservation Corp., 28 E. 28th St., 9th Fl., NY, NY 10016, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Formation of 48152 Chestnut Holdings LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/31/12. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o The Community Preservation Corp., 28 E. 28th St., 9th Fl., NY, NY 10016, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Formation of Besame Mucho LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/7/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Rothstein Kass, 9171 Wilshire Blvd., 5th Fl., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 Notice of Qualification of AEC PowerFlow, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/8/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 3/15/07. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, also the registered agent. Address to be maintained in DE: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secretary of State, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 Notice of Qualification of BERKSHIRE ACQUISITION II, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/19/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/17/13. Princ. office of LLC: 7 Hanover Sq., 20th Fl., NY, NY 10004. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013
May 16 - 22, 2013
pUbL Ic notIce S Notice of QUalificatioN of 156 east 33rD street llc Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/18/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/17/13. Princ. office of LLC: c/o CORIGIN, 505 Fifth Ave., NY, NY 10017. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of the State of DE, Corp. Dept., Loockerman & Federal Sts., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 big gUlP hacKiNg llc, a Domestic llc Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 3/15/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 415 W. 127th St., NY, NY 10027. General Purposes. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 Notice of formatioN of looKoUt PoiNt films, llc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/8/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o S. Reid Kahn, Esq., Kane Kessler, P.C., 1350 Ave. of the Americas, 26th Fl., NY, NY 10019. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 Notice of formatioN of barclay 7 realty llc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/19/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Goldberg Weprin Finkel Goldstein LLP, 1501 Broadway, 22nd Fl., NY, NY 10036. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 Notice of formatioN of mb 1200, llc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/27/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Marisa Bellis, 182 Poppasquash Road, Bristol, Rhode Island 02809. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 Notice of QUalificatioN of mcfarlaND DeWey comPaNy, llc Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/15/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 420 Lexington Ave., Ste. 300, NY, NY 10170. LLC formed in DE on 3/12/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013
Notice of QUalificatioN of PartNers vii/98 aveNUe a oWNer llc Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/18/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: c/o AEW Capital, Two Seaport Lane, Boston, MA 02210-2021. LLC formed in DE on 4/12/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 Notice of QUalificatioN of select meDia services, l.l.c. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/8/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 18th Fl. - 1067 W. Cordova St., Vancouver, BC, Canada V6C 1C7. LLC formed in DE on 12/23/97. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 Notice of QUalificatioN of Walleye traDiNg aDvisors, llc Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/20/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in MN on 3/24/05. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business address: 16-18 W. 22nd St., NY, NY 10010, Attn: Peter Goddard. MN address of LLC: 14601 27th Ave N, Ste. 102, Plymouth, MN 55447. Cert. of Org. filed with MN Sec. of State, 60 Empire Dr., Ste. 100, St. Paul, MN 55103. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 Notice of QUalificatioN of ZeNtis sWeet ovatioNs holDiNg, llc Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/12/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in IN on 11/22/06. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. IN and principal business addr.: 2050 North Oak Rd., Plymouth, IN 46563. Cert. of Org. filed with IN Sec. of State, 302 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013
Notice of formatioN of foreigN limiteD liability comPaNy (llc) Name: Prevention Metrics Advisors LLC Application for Authority filed by the Department of State of New York on: 10/26/12 Jurisdiction: Delaware Organized on: 2/15/12 Office location: County of New York Principal office: 137 Riverside Drive, #6D, New York, NY 10024 Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: 137 Riverside Drive, #6D, New York, NY 10024 Address of office required to be maintained in Delaware 1209 Orange Street Wilmington, DE 19801 Authorized officer in its Jurisdiction is: Secretary of State of Delaware John G. Townsend Building 401 Federal Street, Suite 4. Dover, DE 19901 Purpose: any and all lawful activities Vil: 04/25 - 05/30/2013 caPe eND east holDiNgs, llc Arts., of Org., filed with NY Sec. of State (“SSNY”) 03/28/2013. Office in New York County; SSNY designated agent for service of process with copy mailed to Cape Advisors, Inc., 483 Broadway, 5th Fl. New York, NY 10013, Attn: Curtis Bashaw, All lawful business purposes. Vil: 04/25 - 05/30/2013 Notice of formatioN of fortis bara llc Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/13/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to:The LLC, 1196 PARK PLACE, BROOKLYN NEW YORK 11213. Purpose:To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 04/25 - 05/30/2013 Notice of formatioN of limiteD liability comPaNy. Name: harPer sPiN llc. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/17/12. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 214 W. 21st Street, Apt. 5A, New York, New York 10011. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 04/25 - 05/30/2013 Notice of formatioN of morteNseN miDatlaNtic of Ny llc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/3/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, also the registered agent. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 04/25 - 05/30/2013
Notice of formatioN of emPire state DeNtal maNagemeNt, llc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/15/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 577 Isham St., 1G, NY, NY 10034. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, Attn: Ysabel Ulerio at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/25 - 05/30/2013 Notice of formatioN of mPP #9 acQUisitioN llc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/15/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Millhouse Peck Properties LLC, 420 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10170. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/25 - 05/30/2013 beNito oNe llc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/12/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP, Christian Moretti, 2 Wall St., NY, NY 10005. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/25 - 05/30/2013 samaNtha litZiNger lUtZ, Ph.D. Psychologist Pllc, a Domestic Pllc Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 2/22/13. Office location: New York. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the PLLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Ronald Lawrence Crane, Esq., 5 Farmers Rd., Great Neck, NY 11024. Purpose: Psychology Vil: 04/25 - 05/30/2013 arexa rUriK eKstrom aND associates llc a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 2/20/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 35 Canal St., 3rd Fl., NY, NY 10002. General Purposes. Vil: 04/25 - 05/30/2013 Notice of formatioN of ePhocUs caPital, llc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/8/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Kustal & Kustal, PC, 237 W. 35th St., Ste. 1001, NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil: 04/25 - 05/30/2013 287a Webster aveNUe llc Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 01/11/2013. Off. Loc.:NewYork Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, c/o Ian DeFronze, 1396 Third Avenue, #1B, New York, NY 10075. Purpose:Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 04/18 - 05/23/2013
Notice of QUalificatioN of Us vc PartNers gP, llc Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/08/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/11/13. Princ. office of LLC: 900 Third Ave., 19th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/18 - 05/23/2013 Notice of QUalificatioN of sNoWPloW holDiNgs llc Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/09/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/04/13. Princ. office of LLC: 950 Third Ave., 18th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/oThe Worldwide Group, Attn: David Lowenfeld at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/18 - 05/23/2013
Notice of QUalificatioN of sNoWPloW lh llc Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/09/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/04/13. Princ. office of LLC: 950 Third Ave., 18th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o The Worldwide Group, Attn: David Lowenfeld at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/18 - 05/23/2013 a.c. laWreNce West, llc, a Domestic llc Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 1/4/13. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Leonard Franzblau, 729 Seventh Ave., NY, NY 10019. General Purposes. Vil: 04/18 - 05/23/2013 D28 caPital llc, a Domestic llc Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 1/16/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Douglas A. Lobel P.C., 28 W. 44th St., Ste. 1205, NY, NY 10036. General Purposes. Vil: 04/18 - 05/23/2013
Notice of formatioN of NelsoN, robiNsoN & el ashmaWy, Pllc Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/22/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: 342 Broadway, #164 NY, NY 10013. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 04/18 - 05/23/2013
Notice of formatioN of leslie earl robertsoN, strUctUral eNgiNeer, llc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/5/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 100 Riverside Blvd., (18-D), NY, NY 10069. Purpose: practice the profession of engineering. Vil: 04/18 - 05/23/2013
Notice of formatioN of gretcheN & Waters llc Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York. SSNY on 03/12/2013, Office located in New York County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC at 1509 Broadway, Suite 1920, New York, NY 10038. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil: 04/18 - 05/23/2013
Notice of formatioN of 22 bNDo llc Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/27/13. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Wachtel Masyr & Missry LLP, 885 Second Ave., 47th Fl., NY, NY 10017, Attn: Mitchell Fenton, Esq. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 04/18 - 05/23/2013
Notice of QUalificatioN of fbs eDUcatioN, llc App. for Auth. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/3/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 6/8/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Capitol Services, Inc., 1218 Central Ave., Ste. 100, Albany, NY 12205. DE address of LLC: 1675 South State St., Ste. B, Dover, DE 19901. Arts. of Org. filed DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 04/18 - 05/23/2013
Notice of QUalificatioN of flUeNt meDical llc Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/2/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 377 Broadway, 11th Fl., NY, NY 10013. LLC formed in DE on 8/1/06. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 04/18 - 05/23/2013
PUblic Notice NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANTTO LAW, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at 66 John Street, 11th ﬂoor, on a petition from RADIANTE LLC to continue to, maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk café at 131 DUANE ST in the Borough of Manhattan for a term of two years. REQUESTS FOR COPIES OF THE PROPOSED REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 05/16 - 05/23/2013
PUblic Notice NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANTTO LAW, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at 66 John Street, 11th ﬂoor, on a petition from FRANCIS LOUIS, LLC to continue to, maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk café at 570 HUDSON STREET in the Borough of Manhattan for a term of two years. REQUESTS FOR COPIES OF THE PROPOSED REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 05/23 - 05/30/2013
PUblic Notice NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at 66 John Street, 11th ﬂoor, on a petition from RECTOR STREET FOOD ENTERPRISES LTD. to continue to, maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk café at 11 RECTOR STREET in the Borough of Manhattan for a term of two years. REQUESTS FOR COPIES OF THE PROPOSED REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 05/16 - 05/23/2013
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May 16 - 22, 2013
‘The Slow, Comfy and Stable’; How Citi Bike rolls Continued from page 15 Yard, I found my feet spinning cartoonishly fast — I actually imagined the kooky bongos from when Fred Flintstone starts running — plus the bike didn’t really move very much. I ruled out ever using first gear again, except possibly for going up Mount Everest. Third gear I honestly found a bit hard to pedal in; I don’t know if this was because I had just earlier zipped over the Manhattan Bridge to get to the Navy Yard — maybe blowing out my legs a bit? — but third gear felt “heavy,” and again, the bike didn’t really go very fast. It was tricky to get into second gear with the twist shifter, requiring a very delicate touch. But once I did, I found second was still slightly too easy for me. I was pedaling a little too fast, and wanted a bit more resistance; meanwhile the bike was not making incredible forward progress. I felt, well...frustrated. Another gear between second and third — a 2½ — was where I wanted to be. As I continued to pedal around, however, the greater realization dawned on me — in a bit of a letdown — that this bike, no matter what gear it was in, simply would never go any faster. I returned to the docking station, where Simons demonstrated how to park it. Grabbing the bicycle by both handlebars, she lined up a small metal triangular prow on its front with the dock, and — explaining, “Use a little force” — pushed it firmly into the slot. A green light displayed, showing the bike had locked into place. Carlos Rivera, a Citi Bike mechanic, said the cycles are built to handle city conditions. “Great bikes, durable,” he said. “It’s New York City — they’ve got to be tough.” As he slowly rode off on one of the Citi Bikes — they were disassembling this Navy Yard bike station, in preparation for deploying all the bikes to the street — I noticed he was “standing” on the pedals, as in not sitting in the seat. This is what cyclists do when climbing a hill, when it’s tough to pedal. I later realized: Rivera must have been in third gear. So maybe it’s not only me who thinks Citi Bike’s third gear is a bit hard to pedal. I later asked Simons about the bike’s gears, wondering if maybe mine had been off. “These are the standard gear settings,” she replied. Oh well, even if my gears did need a tuneup, probably the answer is simple: The bikes are configured to keep anyone from being able to ride fast — which should make many readers of The Villager extremely happy. Anaïs Digonnet, a reporter with a French Web TV station who also took a Citi Bike for a spin last week, said these ones are actually lighter than the bike-share cycles they had in Lyon a few years ago. She said it’s fine if the bikes are slow. “Anyway, in New York you don’t want to ride too crazy,” she said. “The streets are really not made for bicycle.” On the other hand, her native town is quite bike friendly, she said, noting, “In Lyon we have special areas for the bikes. There is a line. If the driver crosses it, there is a fine, like 90 euros.”
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Dani Simons demonstrated the right way to pull a bike-share cycle out of the dock — lift it with one hand by the back of the seat and just step backward, and it comes out easily. Don’t try pulling it out by the handlebars — it won’t budge.
Digonnet said she would ride a Citi Bike in New York, but only on a street with a bike lane — never on a normal street amid busy traffic. As for the bikes’ lack of speed, Simons said they are really meant for short trips, and so speed isn’t the goal. “The typical bike-share user is someone who wants to get somewhere and have a bit more control on their way,” she said. “It’s not the bus or subway, and it’s a lot cheaper than a cab.” Bike-share is also convenient, Simons added, for someone such as herself who might not want to have her bike with her all day, for example, if she’s going out after work, or if rain is forecast later in the day. As for myself, I was a little underwhelmed by Citi Bike. I don’t exactly need to be in “The Fast & Furious 6” (even if Vin Diesel did grow up in Westbeth), but these wheels were a bit too slow. In the meantime, I think I’ll stick with my 10-speed 1980s road bike. Again, many Villager readers will be relieved at least to hear that these bike-share cycles won’t be careening around out of control — not at high speeds, anyway. And who knows? Since these new blue cruisers are safe and slow, maybe some of the Citi Bike critics might even want to try riding one themselves sometime.
Each Citi Bike has these four basic rules of the road displayed clearly on the top of its handlebar stem.
May 16 - 22, 2013
Golden years health guidelines SPECIAL BONUS 2013 By HEATHER DUBIN Senior citizens received sound advice on how to “Take Charge of Your Health” at the second annual free community health forum co-sponsored by the New York University Office of Civic Engagement and VillageCare on May 14. Moderated by Dr. Max Gomez, an Emmy award-winning CBS television medical reporter, the event — held at the N.Y.U. Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, on Washington Square South — was attended by about 100 people. Audience members listened to five experts discuss personal healthcare issues, and learned preparation tactics for future health challenges. With a clear view of the Freedom Tower, and catered dinner, the seniors were advised to take control of their health, from navigating doctor’s visits to securing end-of-life care. Emma DeVito, president of VillageCare, spoke of the organization’s origins in the 1970s as a community nursing home and its growth into a multifaceted healthcare provider. Today, VillageCare includes facilities for people living with H.I.V. and AIDS, plus a new rehabilitation center on W. Houston St. “When we closed the nursing home, we wanted to serve individuals, and 13,000 were served at home last year,” DeVito noted. Alicia Hurley, the university’s vice president of government affairs and community engagement, said, “N.Y.U. has a long history and tradition of community service, particularly in the health arena.” Elizabeth Butson, former publisher of The Villager, the event’s media sponsor, expressed the importance of having a voice in the changing landscape of healthcare. “Planning ahead is necessary to avoid becoming a statistic,” she said. While Gomez infused his speech with humor, he was anything but lighthearted when dispensing guidance. “I’m not just a moderator,” he said. “I was a caregiver for my dad, who passed away a year ago of Alzheimer’s. I know from firsthand experience how important this information is.” Dr. Tara Cortes, executive director of the N.Y.U. College of Nursing / Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, was the first expert. “Age is relative, but you have to keep yourself healthy,” she said. Cortes urged seniors to have a relationship with their primary healthcare provider, whether a physician, nurse or physician’s assistant. According to Cortes, only 16 percent of Americans take advantage of Medicare wellness visits; and the first visit (no co-pay) is a question-only exam about cognitive issues, eyesight, screenings and general well-being. She suggested seniors who take 20 to 30 pills a day bring the bottles to their next doctor’s visit. Primary care is for medication review, resources and track-
ing immunizations. Write questions down before your visit. On the legal front, attorney Sharon Cooper, a partner at Gardner, Weiss and Rosenblum LLP, recommended a healthcare proxy, someone to communicate your healthcare wishes if you cannot, and a living will, a written directive of these same wishes, honored by law. These documents dictate whether tube feeding, a ventilator or cardiopulmonary resuscitation are administered, if one has a terminal condition or is in a vegetative state. Find a trusted family member or friend for a healthcare proxy. “It helps if they have the same idea you do on end-of-life care, and you can name people in succession,” said Cooper. Since multiple copies are allowed, keep one at home in a marked file, give one to your doctor, and bring one in for surgery. “These are important decisions to have with people when you are healthy,” Cooper said. Forms are available online, and you don’t need an attorney. Dr. Marcia Wade, VillageCare medical director for managed long-term care, said long-term care fills in the gaps between regular insurance and nursing home insurance. “People do not leave their home because they do not want to be put in a nursing home,” she said. But after a fall, or not taking medicines, they end up in one. With a personal care attendant or a health-coordinated package, people can have better managed long-term care, allowing them to remain at home. “By transporting social workers to them, and primary care help at home, people can stay safely there as long as possible,” Wade said. Wade advocated the shingles vaccine, which reduces shingles by 50 percent, pneumonia vaccine and Prevnar vaccine. Kimberly Williams, Citigold relationship manager, said to go over retirement assets, income, expenditures and mortgages with your banker. Also, seniors should use online banking for reoccurring payments so they won’t forget. The final speaker, Dr. Jonathan Whiteson, director of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation at N.Y.U. Langone Medical Center, Rusk Rehabilitation, is a physiatrist, who looks at the whole person and how the body functions. Traumatic brain injury and fractures are possible consequences of a fall, and at least a third of people over age 65 will fall every year. Just from a hip fracture, Whiteson said, 25 percent will die in six months, and 25 percent will need lifelong nursing care. To prevent falls, Whiteson said, any kind of movement is important. It can be T’ai Chi or yoga, and even walking in your apartment or building hallways improves cardio. Audience members asked questions of the experts, plus reps of the 10 healthrelated businesses present. In closing, Gomez concluded, “Old age is not for sissies.”
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May 16 - 22, 2013
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Hats off — make that on! — to 40 years at Liz Christy Members of the Liz Christy Garden, at Bowery and East Houston St., celebrated the 40th anniversary of the city’s first community garden. There was the famous hat party, with this year’s winner sporting a chapeau in the shape of a watering can. There were free hot dogs and nonalcoholic drinks, and a band played. Founded by legendary greenthumb Liz Christy, today the lush swath of foliage across from more recent arrival Whole Foods Market is home to an eight-story-tall Metasequoia, or dawn redwood, the biggest example of the tree in the city. Dawn redwoods were once thought to be extinct, but a former Liz Christy gardener, today only recalled as “the soldier,” brought back a seeding from a remote area of China where a stand of the stately trees was discovered.
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