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Pier 40 M.O.U. is still M.I.A., but suit could appear soon BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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he fallout continues to mount over the secret agreement to transfer $100 million worth of air rights from Pier 40 in Hudson River Park across the highway to the St. John’s Center site. The signed agreement has yet to be produced — PHOTO BY TEQUILA MINSKY

HealthPlex medical staff washed off a contaminated patient during a disaster drill on Friday.

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he full extent of what had happened wasn’t immediately clear — only that a chemical explosion of unknown nature had hit Lower Manhattan. Whatever it was, the medical staff were ready. They wore protective equipment — hoods, respirators, full-body plastic suits, gloves and booties — to safeguard them from

exposure. A decontamination tent had been set up and stood at the ready in the outdoor ambulance bay. Suddenly, a surge of patients arrived from the disaster scene. Some were the “walking wounded,” ambulatory, clutching injured limbs, or with hands clamped over their ears — deafened by an explosion — some wailing in pain. Clinicians quickly triaged them, putting tags around necks stating

their various conditions, and directing them to a decontamination room with showers. They were told to bag their clothes, with ID numbers, then don hospital gowns after showering, then go inside the facility for assessment and treatment. Others, in more serious condition, were wheeled up on lightweight, disposable plastic stretchers. Tags on

AIR RIGHTS, continued on p. 4

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HealthPlex flexes disaster readiness in real-time drill I BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

despite politicians’ repeated demands to see it. The president of the Hudson River Park Trust is in hot water over the hush-hush deal — with a local assemblymember declaring the Trust leader has lost the community’s trust. Meanwhile, an engineer-

n what is expected to be a highly volatile election with racial undertones, Community Board 3 Chairperson Gigi Li will square off next month in her second-term re-election bid against board member Chad Marlow.

Marlow is aligned with a faction of board members who have openly accused Li of excluding AfricanAmericans and Latinos from leadership of various C.B. 3 committees. It would mark the first time since 2007 — when former chairperson Dominic Berg was challenged C.B. 3 RACE, continued on p. 9

DISASTER DRILL, continued on p. 14

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The day the music died: EVR signs off on First Ave. After more than 10 years of operating — first on the air as an unlicensed pirate-radio station, then on the Internet — East Village Radio shut down last Friday. It had been running at a loss. At the last “Black and Blue” hardcore Tuesday show, MC Cuz (Joseph Cammarata), in white T-shirt, spoke about the station. EVR was located in a glass-walled storefront space, at 19 First Ave., near E. Second St. Music stars would drop in, like when Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon and Amy Winehouse producer Mark Ronson famously guest DJ’d there one night a few years ago.

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Wright’s “41 Keys for 41 Gardens” mobile, actually a collection of keys by his artist friends who supported him in his “feud amid the foliage” at Dias Y Flores Garden, on E. 13th St. As for the court case against Wright for a downand-dirty scuffle (well, it did involve soil, right?) last summer with Claude T. Kilgore over a dispute over plants and a garden plot, Wright said it was recently dismissed. As for Kilgore, he said, “As long as Jeff Wright stops harassing me — charges were based on sufficient evidence of physical assault — or creates libel to my name, I don’t care what transpires in his life.”

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lan’s sentencing in last week’s print edition of The Villager didn’t include a comment from the prosecution. Erin Duggan Kramer, deputy chief of staff for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, issued the following statement on the Occupy Wall Street protester’s sentencing: “The District Attorney’s Office will always uphold the right to freedom of speech and the right to peaceably assemble. These constitutional protections are bedrocks of our personal liberties, the passionate exercise of which is deeply entrenched in our city’s culture. We also have a duty to uphold the law when someone’s action crosses the line between a protected freedom and a crime against another. An unprecedented amount of time and care has been given to the mass arrest cases that arose during the Occupy Wall Street movement. More than 2,600 cases came into the D.A.’s Office — from violations to felonies — and each case was individually reviewed to ensure that only those whose actions provably violated the law were charged. Great leniency was offered first-time, nonviolent offenders and the overwhelming number of cases were justly resolved with adjudications in contemplation of dismissal, in which charges are dismissed and sealed from a defendant’s record after six months. This defendant chose to take her case to trial, and was convicted by a jury of her peers for a violent felony.”

ART IS THE STORY: Some of the art on display at last weekend’s Lower East Side Festival of the Arts literally could have been “ripped right from the headlines” of The Villager. There was a painting of Minerva Durham in front of the Citi Bikes at Spring and Lafayette Sts., “The battle for Petrosino Square,” by Serge Strosberg; and a sort of N.Y.U. collage including purple pennants and a graphic of the “Proposed ‘Zipper’ Building,” by Marianne J. Edwards, called “License to Destroy.” Then, there was Jeff

JEREMIAH JOINT-SON? Former Lower East Side activist — and perpetual pot activist — John Penley last week called from North Carolina, where he recently moved temporarily after giving cannabis-friendly Colorado a try. The house he was staying in had too many people in and out, so he didn’t feel his computer and belongings were secure. Plus, he was living up in the mountains in the snow, which, along with the energy-draining high altitude, was grueling. Sounds sort of like that classic Robert Redford mountain-man flick, “Jeremiah Johnson” — umm, maybe “Jeremiah Joint-son?” Always the agitator, Penley wondered how much L.E.S. documentarian Clayton Patterson will rake in for his place on Essex St. when he sells it before he departs for Austria. “I’m sure he’s getting millions for that building,” Penley said. “Somebody’ll buy that and tear it down and build a big building. It’s a great location. He and Elsa will have more money than they know what to do with for the rest of their lives.” Plus, he asked, what is Patterson going to do with his voluminous photo archives? Patterson doesn’t know, either, except he won’t give them to N.Y.U.’s Tamiment Library like Penley did with his own photo archives because they didn’t do right by Penley, in terms of archiving and crediting, he said. So — does Patterson’s property have air rights? “Who knows?” the L.E.S. documentarian said. “And what difference does it make? This world is a different world than what I came to.” As for Penley saying how Patterson and Rensaa stand to cash in, Patterson said taxes and the dollars-to-euros conversion rate will suck up a lot of the bucks. “People always want to tell other people what to do with their money,” he said. Penley will be back in town to help lead a 740 Park Ave.protest on June 5 at 6 p.m. against the Koch brothers — there will be a movie and free popcorn — and a campout outside the Mexican Consulate, 27 E. 34th St., over the recent brazen assassinations of Zapatistas in Mexico.

HOLY TWEET! Local Episcopal churches definitely have each other’s backs. After the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted on May 6 to approve a shorter design for Church of St. Luke in the Fields’ planned residential tower at Barrow and Greenwich Sts., Pastor Winnie Varghese, of St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, tweeted out our article about it — with a little dig added, zinging the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation: “GVSHP fails to preserve West Village parking lot. Church moves forward with mission with modified plan.” Ouch! for its planned building on the current Coles gym site, at Mercer and Houston Sts., but could soon. The university recently created a Superblock Stewardship Advisory Committee to advise the administration on quality-of-life issues related to construction on the Coles site. President John Sexton said the committee will advise on picking an architect — a process to begin this summer, with a selection expected by early fall. Superblocks resident Sylvia Rackow, one of the most vocal critics of the N.Y.U. plan, says that a new ULURP is needed now that an architect is being selected. However, N.Y.U. spokesperson Philip Lentz countered, “A new ULURP is not required because January’s court ruling dismissed all the challenges to the ULURP raised in the court case. The ULURP adopted by the City Council included height and square-foot limits on the building on the Coles site, and those, of course, will be followed in the design of the building.” While a faculty working group didn’t recommend any retail shops for the Coles site, Lentz said, that’s not set in stone. “As for commercial uses, that will be determined as planning for the site gets underway with the new stewardship committee,” he said. There’s no target date for when construction could begin at Coles, and rumors of a September 2015 start date are just that, Lentz said. “We are just beginning the process of selecting an architect,” he stressed. As for the dueling appeals on the N.Y.U. community lawsuit, arguments will likely be held in the fall, with a resolution expected by the end of the year.

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M.O.U. missing; Suit may be coming; Is pier sinking? AIR RIGHTS, continued from p. 1

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ing study of Pier 40, set to be released June 15, reportedly will say that, without major repairs, the hulking structure has only two years of life left, after which it might well collapse into the water — and that public use of the pier might have to be shut down as early as this summer. On top of all that, The Villager has learned that a community lawsuit may soon be filed in an attempt to derail the stealth Pier 40 air-rights sale plan completely. An article two weeks ago in The New York Times blew the lid off the story, reporting that a memorandum of understanding, or M.O.U., for the air-rights deal had, in fact, been signed six months earlier by the Empire State Development Corporation — the state’s development agency — the Trust and Atlas Capital Group, a partner in the St. John’s Center, at 550 Washington St. Local politicians, who only learned about the M.O.U. from an offhand remark that an E.S.D.C. official let slip at a meeting that same day, were stunned to find out about it. Of particular concern, Governor Cuomo and E.S.D.C. are pushing for what’s known as a General Project Plan for the air-rights transfer and redevelopment of

Youths and parents are constantly streaming in and out of Pier 40 at W. Houston St., the Lower West Side’s “sports pier.”

the St. John’s Center site, meaning there would be no binding city review, known as Uniform Land Use Review Procedure. Meanwhile, two weeks later, the M.O.U. still has not been seen, not even by the politicians, including Congressmember Jerrold Nadler, who have been requesting a look at it. On May 21, in a unified front, a total of 10 local pols wrote to Kenneth Adams, the president and C.E.O. of E.S.D.C.

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“The M.O.U. was apparently signed in anticipation of the transfer of air rights through a General Project Plan (“G.P.P.”) from Pier 40 in the Hudson River Park to the building,” the elected officials wrote. “We requested a copy of the M.O.U. at a meeting on Friday, May 16, and were promised by a representative of E.S.D.C. that it would be sent immediately.” The letter was signed by Nadler, Borough President Gale Brewer, state Senators Brad Hoylman and Daniel Squadron, Assemblymembers Deborah Glick, Richard Gottfried and Linda Rosenthal, and City Councilmembers Corey Johnson, Margaret Chin and Helen Rosenthal. Still being stonewalled as of this Wednesday, the politicians now plan to file a Freedom of Information Law, or FOIL, request soon to obtain a copy of the document. It’s especially surprising that even Brewer hasn’t seen the agreement. As borough president, she controls the appointment of three members on the Trust’s board of directors. E.S.D.C., the Trust and Atlas all declined to comment for this article — much less specifically answer the question: Will the M.O.U. ever be produced? Part of the argument for a G.P.P. that Cuomo and E.S.D.C. are making — at least publicly — is that it’s more “timely,” as in, everything will get done more quickly than in ULURP, which requires reviews and advisory recommendations by the local community boards and borough president, plus further reviews and binding votes by the City Planning Commission and City Council. Under the air-rights legislation that was stealthily and hurriedly passed in the state Legislature last year, the money from Pier 40’s air-rights sales specifically have to be funneled back into repairs and maintenance of the dilapidated 14-acre pier. G.P.P. proponents say the pier won’t last unless the air-transfer deal is done A.S.A.P., generating the huge cash windfall for the pier. However, this Tuesday, attorney Arthur

Schwartz told The Villager he is currently looking into a lawsuit to stop the plan in its tracks. The amendment regarding airrights transfers states that the transfers must be done “to the extent designated and permitted under local zoning ordinances” — although the word “ULURP” is not expressly stated. Even if the legislation could be construed not to require ULURP and Cuomo tries to ram a quick G.P.P. through, Schwartz said a potentially lengthy environmental review — known as an Environmental Impact Statement, or E.I.S. — likely would be required. “There could be an argument that this has to go through an E.I.S.,” he said. “I’m sure a G.P.P. of sufficient size requires an E.I.S. A full-blown E.I.S. could take years. “I once stopped a state project because of an E.I.S. Costco was going to go on 14th St.,” he noted. The 14th St. site was then home to a state armory. Not wanting to go through a time-consuming E.I.S., Costco — which neighbors feared would generate heavy auto traffic — pulled out. A lower-impact use came in. “Then we got the Y,” he said, “and that was fine with me and people that live there.” Similarly, the rooftop sports field at Pier 40 was the settlement of a lawsuit Schwartz brought against the state. In that one, the suit charged there had been no E.I.S. done for the pier when it was leased to parking operators Ben Korman and Meir Cohen. “I was just part of a team that just knocked out the New York Public Library plan. The library hadn’t done an E.I.S.,” Schwartz added. That plan would have seen seven stories of underground stacks replaced with circulating-library uses — basically, cramming two other libraries into the bottom of the main branch. In short, when it comes to E.I.S. lawsuits, Schwartz's record is quite good. As for who might be the plaintiffs on the potential G.P.P. suit, Schwartz said, “Don’t know yet. But I’m sure I could find a few. Maybe I’d put an ad in The Villager,” he quipped. “Maybe G.V.S.H.P.” Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, was not ready this week to say if his group would definitely be a party to the lawsuit, though it sounded like it was on his mind, if not the tip of his tongue. “This focus on selling air rights as a way of funding the park opens up a world of troubling possibilities,” the preservationist said. As for Atlas Capital Group, it’s part of an ownership partnership of the threeblock-long St. John’s Center building, the other members being Fortress Investment Group and Westbrook Partners. AIR RIGHTS, continued on p. 25

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Police arrested Octavius Bacon, 33, after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend and then threatened to stab numerous people on a West Village street early on Sun., May 25. Witnesses told cops the incident began inside a Sixth Ave. tattoo shop, near W. Third St., around 4:30 a.m., when Bacon reportedly got into a heated argument with his girlfriend. After he initially refused the establishment’s order for him to take it outside, the dispute then escalated out the door and onto the street, where Bacon punched his girlfriend twice and threw her to the ground, according to the police report. When multiple passersby tried to intervene, Bacon picked a glass bottle up off the street, broke it and then brandished the jagged edge as a weapon, witnesses told cops. The enraged boyfriend reportedly continued to threaten the bystanders with the glass shard until police arrived minutes later to apprehend him. Bacon was charged with six counts of attempted assault, four counts of menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and criminal trespassing.

Jaewoong Kim, 23, was arrested early on Sat., May 24, after he apparently freaked out and began destroying potted plants outside a Meatpacking District restaurant. Police said they spotted Kim smashing the plants and wooden fencing outside Fig & Olive, at 420 W. 13th St., around 2:30 a.m. As he was engaged in that mayhem, the crazed man was also reportedly yelling at passersby who were coming to and from nearby Meatpacking bars. Kim was charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

Food filcher Police arrested Kenneth Marcelina, 29, after he allegedly tried to steal an array of food items from the Whole Foods Market in Union Square on May 23. When he was stopped by security while exiting the 40 E. 14th St. grocery store around 4 p.m., Marcelina was reportedly carrying four bottles of vegetable juice, a stalk of cauliflower, a salmon sushi roll and five cans of dog food, none of which he had paid for.

He was charged with petty larceny.

Security swipe A security guard’s quick reflexes thwarted a two-man shoplifting attempt at a trendy Soho purse purveyor on May 18, police said. An employee for the Louis Vuitton store at 116 Greene St. told officers that the two unidentified crooks walked in around 5:15 p.m., and gathered up five leather bags

from the displays. One of the suspects reportedly stashed the goods in a larger bag, after which they headed for the door and attempted to dash out. But the Louis Vuitton security guard spotted them and ripped away the bag of stolen items before the two men could get out the door, according to the police report. Both would-be thieves fled the scene before cops could arrive to make arrests.

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Cops to carry heroin OD kits Nearly 20,000 New York Police Department officers will now be equipped with and trained to use medical kits to instantly treat heroin overdoses, officials announced May 27. The office of State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will provide the N.Y.P.D. with roughly $1.2 million for the effort, which uses the heroin antidote naloxone, according to the announcement by Schneiderman and Police Commissioner William Bratton. That funding comes from the A.G.’s Community Overdose Prevention (COP) program, which uses cash seized from drug dealers and other criminals to reim-

burse local police departments for the naloxone kits’ cost. More than 150 law enforcement agencies around the state have applied to the program since it was launched April 3. “The COP program is an essential part of our effort to combat the spike in heroin overdoses that is plaguing communities and families here in New York City and across the state,” said Schneiderman. “This program will literally save lives.” “We look forward to the expansion of the program and thank the Attorney General’s Office for their continued support in this lifesaving initiative,” Bratton said.

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Actor Robert De Niro and Elizabeth Butson, two of the honorees at B.M.C.C.’s Reaching for the Stars gala.

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Rosenthal said, “Bob you’re going to get this lovely award tonight, and B.M.C.C., you’re going to get the cash.” For her support of B.M.C.C., Butson was profiled in a “Donor of the Day” column in the Wall Street Journal this Feb. 12. Based on the draw of De Niro, Butson and the third honoree, Kurt Woetzel of BNY Mellon, the college took in about $1 million for its scholarship fund, which typically helps immigrant students who succeed despite daunting obstacles.

The ever-gallant De Niro kissed Butson’s hand after meeting her at the event. Jane Rosenthal, De Niro’s Tribeca Film Festival cofounder and former B.M.C.C. honoree, said, “On 9/11, Bob took it personally.” At the time, De Niro was living in Tribeca, and he, Rosenthal and her husband, Craig Hatkoff, launched the fest that spring. “We didn’t even think about it, we just did it,” De Niro said. “It feels odd for getting an award for reacting — but don’t get me wrong, I’ll take it.”

obert De Niro and the rest of the audience were treated to a long highlight reel of his films at the Borough of Manhattan Community College’s annual gala at 4 World Trade Center on May 13. The actor smiled fondly with the crowd, particularly as they watched clips of his early films, like “Mean Streets.” It was the first gala in the building, which is not yet open for its commercial tenants. Also honored was Elizabeth Margaritis Butson, a longtime B.M.C.C. board member and supporter of the college, and a former publisher of The Villager.

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for the board’s leadership by then board member Barden Prisant — that there has been a contested election for this position. At last month’s full board meeting, Li, who is of Chinese-American descent, found herself under sharp attack by a fellow board member who accused her of “consistently and regularly” failing to appoint any African-American or Latino members to high-ranking positions on the board’s committees, subcommittees and task forces during Li’s one-year tenure. The accusation — which has been strongly denied by Li and other board members — was lodged by Ayo Harrington, a board member who is African-American. The matter is scheduled to be investigated by the city’s district office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. At Tuesday night’s four-hour full board meeting, at P.S. 20, at 166 Essex St., attended by more than 100 local residents, Li, Marlow and other board members downplayed the racial issue and said this election was about different points of view regarding C.B. 3’s future role in the community. Former C.B. 3 Chairperson Berg told this paper, “This election isn’t about racism. It’s always a good experience to give people choices. There’s a platform that’s being pushed by both candidates, and it’s up to board members to decide whether or not it’s a valid platform.” Marlow is a former president of the Village Independent Democrats political club who, for the past 10 years has served on four different community boards in Manhattan and Brooklyn. He is currently senior policy adviser with the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He said his main reason for running was simply to “improve the functioning of our board and restore its reputation with our community.” “The past 18 months have been challenging ones for C.B. 3,” he said, “and this June’s election is an opportunity to give the board a fresh start — to turn a new page with new leadership.” He added that, during a seven-month period, from October 2013 to April 2014, “the Manhattan borough president has had to intervene three separate times in the functioning of our board because we have gone so off the rails.” Marlow, however, did allude to the racial bias controversy, stating, “I will ensure that our board operates in a manner that is democratic, transparent and inclusive.” He went on to say that, in addition to his extensive participation on various community boards, as former V.I.D. president, “I have a lot of experience in running efficient and effective large, group meetings by Robert’s Rules of Order, so that people feel they get a lot of value out of going to these meetings.” Marlow also touted his community service, saying that as founder of The Tompkins Square Park & Playground Parents’ Association, he was instrumental in getting

Chad Marlow has announced he is challenging incumbent C.B. 3 Chairperson Gigi Li.

former Mayor Bloomberg to resolve the park’s rat problem. He said he was also a driving force behind efforts to bring more “slow zones” to the East Village as part of the Department of Transportation’s Slow Zone Program. The Tompkins Square / Alphabet City Slow Zone will be implemented this August, according to Marlow. Asked if his decision to oppose Li was personal and some type of vendetta against a board leader with different views than his own about C.B. 3’s role in the community, and who he has clashed with at board meetings on several occasions, Marlow strongly denied that was the case. “It’s actually quite the opposite,” he said. “I actually like Gigi. I think she’s a very nice person and a very intelligent woman. I think she has pretty great things ahead of her in the future. “But,” he added, “just as the community board would benefit from a fresh start, I think Gigi would benefit from a fresh start and needs to step away for a while. She didn’t have a lot of experience when she came aboard and I think she’s struggling with that. I think maybe she should come back after a while and try this again. Marlow further said that if elected, he had no plans to seek a replacement for C.B. 3 District Manager Susan Stetzer — the board’s top staffer — as part of the sweeping changes he has in mind. “I think that when Susan is at her best, she is the best district manager in New York,” he said, “and I’ve seen a lot of them. “Sure, there are some areas that need to be fine-tuned and tweaked,” he added, “because, as much as the board needs some changes, the operating officers also need some changes.” Asked after the meeting if she was dis-

appointed in having to face an opponent in next month’s election, Li said she was not. “There’s a reason why we have one-year terms, and that’s so that anyone who feels that they want to run for office can run,’’ Li said. “I think there are some differences of opinion on how this board should be conducted, and any board member has a right to express their opinion and run for any position they want to.” Li said she was preparing a position paper that would be released shortly, and preferred to wait until that paper was released before commenting publicly on what issues were most important to her. The C.B. 3 chairperson did reject Marlow’s assertion that she lacked experience for her job. “I’ve been on the board since 2009 as vice chair,” Li said, “as well as chair for the past two years. “I also have personal experience from my day job,” she added. “I run a nonprofit coalition for increased public funding for afterschool programs and childcare programs, which are very important to this community. It’s given me experience on how to advocate for this board.” At Tuesday night’s C.B. 3 meeting, the subject of racial bias flared momentary in a heated exchange between City Councilmember Rosie Mendez and Harrington who, at last month’s meeting, accused Li of excluding minorities from leadership posi-

tions on the board. “Gigi did not intentionally discriminate against any minority group,” Mendez told the group. “She may have made some mistakes, but they were not intentional.” Harrington shot back that such remarks were inappropriate. “It’s not helpful for an elected official to get up and make that kind of comment while an investigation is not complete,” she said. Mendez told Harrington that she had been informed of the situation. “It’s a matter of public record,” Mendez said, “and it’s important to me to state my opinion.” Meanwhile, at Community Board 2, board members voted to have a “stub election” next month to cover the period from June through November. Current Chairperson David Gruber would have had to step down this June after serving two years. But he successfully advocated for resetting the board’s elections to November, which is a trend among other Manhattan boards, he said. Gruber and all other board officers are running unopposed in the June “stub election,” except for Jo Hamilton, the second vice chairperson, who is not seeking reelection. Terri Cude is running to fill Hamilton’s seat.

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Gathering of the facts To The Editor: Re “Response to senior’s murder recalls infamous case” (news article, May 22): After careful review of Gerard Flynn’s May 22nd article in The Villager, I would like to clarify a couple points. First, since I am legally blind, I certainly did not see the person who was attacked coughing up blood. I was told that by my friend. The woman who was standing in front of the building as I approached with my two companions was shouting she wanted entrance to the building because her 6-year-old son witnessed the attack. We let her and her son into the building vestibule so she could wait for the police. She related to us that she had already called 911 and she needed entrance to the building because

she did not want anything bad to happen to her son if the attacker came back. According to my friend, the police arrived within two minutes of us walking up to the building. According to my companion, the ambulance arrived four minutes after that. As far as the other tenants responding to the woman’s plea — I cannot answer that, as I do not know. But, like others in the community, I feel we as adults should look after each other and our children, as well. Furthermore, many of us feel adamantly that E. Sixth St. needs more police presence. Steve Cannon Cannon is director, A Gathering of the Tribes, Inc. Editor’s note: Gerard Flynn says he tape-recorded the whole conversation he had with Steve Cannon,

and that the article noted Cannon is blind. He stands by the article.

What would Francis do? To The Editor: Re “Idea to improve Mulberry, create Jersey St. plaza” (news article, May 22): This article raises questions about the apparent priorities of my local parish. The monsignor had an extensive history in affordable housing, so I find recent trends surprising. A high-end liquor license garnered support and, in the process, the Russian Catholic Church across the street was denied the status of “church” by our church leadership (which would have ensured no liquor license). Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral’s beloved school was sold off for luxury condos, while my church sat silent on the issue of the pros-

pect of affordable housing nearby. As an aside: Restoring “the old feel” of the neighborhood might have gone better if the school had been kept intact. We have need of school spaces. I believe Pope Francis has clearly instructed us to take on the challenging job of fighting for fairness, equity and justice — not streetscaping. “I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security,” the pope said. And when Francis mentioned “streets,” I don't think he was referring to tidying up the already authentic and beautiful Mulberry St. K Webster

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entrification has often been defined as the process of making an unprosperous neighborhood prosperous. But I tend to think of it as the process of making a once rockin’ neighborhood suck. I would much rather dodge bullets on my way home to an affordable apartment than traipse through a neighborhood full of khaki-clad bros and women who can’t handle their three overpriced PBRs and are therefore re-enacting “Girls Gone Wild Cancun.” And as a long-term Lower East Side prisoner...OOPS...I mean resident, I have witnessed the negative impact of gentrification on an almost daily basis. Case in point is the plan for the new $1.1 billion development called “Essex Crossing” (formerly known as SPURA). The megaproject is set to be built on the south side of Delancey St., which has been vacant since 1967 when more than 1,000 low-income families were booted from their homes in order to make room for “urban renewal” development. According to plans, Essex Crossing will contain commercial space, “affordable housing,” luxury housing and an Andy Warhol museum. (Ironic, given the city didn’t do s--- when 88-year-old Warhol Superstar Taylor Mead was evicted from his Lower East Side tenement and died a few days later.) If you ask me, there should be a Taylor Mead museum, and I’m guessing Warhol would agree. Why? Because Warhol loved personalities. Personality is what makes New York great. People visit New York for personality; not for places that look like a hybrid between the Death Star and a shopping mall. New York should actually pay for eccentrics like me to live here. And now it seems, due to Essex Crossing (which will herein be referred to as the Death Star Mall of America Shanty Town), New York City will lose two of my favorite, personality-filled places: Jade Liquor and Olympic Restaurant. Let’s start with Jade Fountain Liquor Corporation, one of the aforementioned businesses unfortunate enough to be located on the south side of Delancey (123 Delancey). First, there is Jade’s loveable awning, which proclaims the store to be “as old as the hills” and to have been established in the ’20s. (Clearly not the case due to a little thing called Prohibition.) Second, there is Jade’s derelictfilled interior where I have witnessed unprintable things. There’s also the fact that Jade is open late and cheap as hell. As one Yelp reviewer aptly expressed, “I’m using my savings to buy a new liver when the time comes.” When I first broke the news of Jade’s closing to my lady friend Scooter Pie, she screamed, “Noooooooo!” On the brink of tears, she added, “They were open until midnight.” We then held each other and made sweet, passionate love. (Just kidding, but I thought it’d make the story better.) Jade’s doors aren’t closed yet, so head over there, pick up a bottle and witness a cast of characters central casting couldn’t invent if they stayed up all night. Moving on, it appears the always delightful Olympic Restaurant (115 Delancey St.) will soon have to close its doors. Though it’s called a “restaurant,” Olympic is very much an unpretentious diner. With so many ego-driven celebrity chefs opening up fancy-pants places out there, who couldn’t use a good diner? Sometimes it’s just nice to get a cup of coffee, a greasy omelet, a beer and the company of real human beings who possess soul. This sentiment is the basis for “Diner,” one of the greatest films ever made. Diners are a vanishing source of entertainment and inspiration, a place where people go to share ideas, get caf-

Rev. Jen and Steve at the Olympic Restaurant on Delancey St.

feinated and eat things that are bad for them. Diners are (I’m sure) where many revolutions started. Guess where no revolution has ever started? In a high-end luxury housing complex / shopping mall that fronts as a place where middle-income people can actually afford to live. (Note: There are no middle-income people left.) As diners go, Olympic offers everything a decent diner ought to: tasty food and a bounty of wacky characters, along with a small television that perpetually plays soccer. Spiro Nikos, one of Olympic’s proprietors, who hails from Greece, once played soccer. There are few things more fun than watching games with him as he vociferously protests everything happening on the field. His business partner, Steve, also from Greece, is equally charming. He describes himself as a grandpa, a “lover boy” and a “playboy.” What I do know is that both Spiro and him are hilarious, and that if you sit at the counter, the stories just keep coming along with the cups of coffee that

they insist on refilling, even when you tell them you suffer from crippling anxiety. Olympic Restaurant has been on Delancey for 35 years, longer than many of the neighborhood’s newer residents have been alive. And in its 35 years, the place has served many a broke New Yorker the most important meal of the day (i.e. the one meal they can afford.) Now, Olympic is being asked to vacate the premises in June, even though construction on the Death Star isn’t slated to begin until 2015. Olympic already went to court and received one extension but it appears their days are numbered. According to the Essex Crossing Web site, the development will place an emphasis on “community and opportunity,” along with being a place where people can “play, meet, think and relax together.” Upon reading this, I couldn’t help but think of all the times I’ve thought and relaxed at Olympic. It will be missed.

IRA BLUTREICH

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Aren’t the millionaire landlords more the problem? TALKING POINT BY BRANDON KIELBASA

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’m always glad to see media coverage of housing issues that affect workingclass New Yorkers. That said, it bothered me to see the off-base examination of rent stabilization put forth by a number of local media outlets within the last several weeks. Several articles reported that potentially thousands of millionaires are living in rent-stabilized apartments throughout New York City. Although that seems jarring at first glance, if you delve a bit deeper, it reveals itself to be of exaggerated sig-

nificance and a distraction from the more important issue: the continued disappearance of affordable housing in New York City. I understand that these recent articles could only be so comprehensive — rent stabilization is somewhat complicated after all — but they still failed to mention a key point about stabilization: It is not a taxpayer-funded subsidy program. People can take issue with wealthy New Yorkers having stabilized apartments, but it should be known that we are not “footing the bill” for them doing so. It’s also worth noting that although rent stabilization has no formal system for distributing units based on income, it’s definitely not a program that ultra-high income renters regularly benefit from. Through a quick examination of the statis-

tics cited in these recent articles, the potential millionaires who are reported to be living in stabilized units make up merely 0.2 percent of the total stock of this housing. Rent stabilization provides close to 1 million units of housing for the nearly 2.5 million New Yorkers it protects. Tenants living in stabilized housing earn on average roughly $37,000 a year and also regularly face tenant harassment by the speculative landlords. I believe that instead of taking issue with these incredibly uncommon millionaire cases, we should instead take issue with the eradication of stabilized housing units occurring in droves throughout the city. We should also be paying attention to who reaps financial benefit from destabilization. When rent-stabilized apartments are removed from the system, frequently

millionaire and multimillionaire landlords are the ones reaping huge profits through the destabilization of these units. Workingclass New Yorkers get nothing from the removal of this stabilized, affordable housing from their communities. They only lose. Over two-thirds of New York City’s households are renters, the highest percentage of any major city in America. In a city that consistently has one of the world’s most competitive rental markets, I recommend we not focus on exceptional flukes — such as these millionaire cases — but instead on how to create and preserve more affordable housing for working-class New Yorkers. Kielbasa is lead organizer, Cooper Square Committee

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR of this piece and I thank her for her attention to detail in explaining Bill’s life as a master of photography. I shall miss him greatly.

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A true photo genius To The Editor: Re “Bill Silano, 80, cutting-edge fashion photographer” (obituary, May 22): Bravo to the writer for her in-depth depiction of a major contributor to the world of artistic photography. Silano was a brilliant man and a true genius in his time. Preston King

Captured Bill, beautifully To The Editor: Re “Bill Silano, 80, cutting-edge fashion photographer” (obituary, May 22): This obituary was so well written and encompassed my brother’s career beautifully. Ms. Woolums displayed a marvelous talent as writer

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Cruel carriage-horse industry To The Editor: Re “Horses not cars” (letter, May 1, by Shirley Secunda): How Shirley Secunda can call herself an “animal rights activist” and then defend the abuse and enslavement of the New York City carriage horses is truly astounding. Who is enforcing all these “regulations” she refers to, which are inadequate and mostly ignored? When it was the ASPCA, for instance, humane officers would suspend the hack line when it reached 90 degrees (humidity not taken into consideration) and order the drivers to take their horses back to the stable. There is no provision in the law on how to lift a suspension; so the drivers would wait until one of their sources claimed it now

read 89.9 degrees — and they were back on the hack line. Activists have seen this sort of thing happen many times. I watched a horse (Flash) collapse from exhaustion in December 2011, as the horses are often overworked and double-shifted during holidays. There is nothing sadder than seeing such a majestic animal lying on the filthy New York City streets, and the other drivers going by with their loads of passengers, not even stopping to help, because their fares are more important than a fallen horse. Just recently, a driver was caught altering a hoof brand to make a 22-year-old horse with a breathing ailment appear to be a healthier 12-year-old horse. And this older horse, Caesar (since “sold”), was also being illegally worked during the time he was supposed to be on the mandated five-week “vacation.” There is nothing right or honorable about this industry. It doesn’t need to be replaced with anything. It needs to be banned, now. Teresa D’Amico

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their wrists labeled their status, such as, “severe pain,” “confused” or “unconscious.” These latter individuals were put through the tent. Once inside the blue tubular enclosure, their clothes were immediately cut off their bodies by a team of about eight medics, and the individuals were then sprayed with water and (a bit like a carwash) scrubbed down with brushes, to decontaminate them. They were then placed on a clean stretcher and sent inside to the resuscitation room for medical care. However, in truth, these nonambulatory patients were lifeless mannequins. And the ambulatory victims were playacting 14- and 15-year-old students from the Institute for Health Professions at Cambria Heights, Queens — and they didn’t actually take showers or change out of the dark-blue scrubs they were wearing. The medical staff, though, was real. What it was, in fact, was a real-time disaster drill early last Friday afternoon. The location was the new Lenox Hill HealthPlex, at W. 12th St. and Seventh Ave. Manhattan’s first freestanding emergency center, it’s expected to open sometime in July. It’s anticipated that 90 to 92 percent of the predicted 45,000 patients the emergency center sees annually will be treated and released, with the rest needing to be transported to hospitals for a higher level of care. But in the event of a disaster, the HealthPlex will be here also to help out. Although last Friday’s simulation was for a chemical explosion, the facility would also be able to help respond to biological and radiological incidents. The center received 20 patients during the drill, 10 each ambulatory and nonambulatory. Ambulatory patients who were treated and cleared to leave, were allowed to walk out the complex’s W. 13th St. doors. Nonambulatory patients needing further care were sent by ambulance down to New York-Presbyterian Hospital — the borough’s only acute-care hospital south of 16th St. — at 83 Gold St. While Lenox Hill and New York-Presbyterian are competing health systems, they cooperated for the drill. Ambulances from both North Shore-LIJ and NY-Presbyterian participated in the simulation. The mannequins needing to be transported were loaded into the vehicles on W. 13th St. near the entrance to the L.G.B.T. Community Center. However, before the simulated patients were transported to “Presby,” as it’s called in medical lingo, their wrists were banded with an e-FINDS bracelet, which has a barcode with their name and date of birth. A new tracking system, touted as secure and confidential, the scannable bracelets identify the location of patients in real time, as they are treated and transferred between locations. The eFINDS system grew out of problems during Superstorm Sandy, when some patients were lost in the shuffle during the chaos. Last Friday’s emergency-preparedness drill in the Village was overseen by top officials from NS-LIJ, the major New York-area health system that has renovated the former St. Vincent’s O’Toole Building as a stand-alone emergency center, complete with an emergency room. The facility also has backup rooftop generators that would kick in during a blackout. (The generators are on the rooftop, again, because of lessons learned from Sandy.) “They put a tremendous amount of money into this place,” said Scott Strauss, the health system’s director of protective services, before the drill began. “It’s not a Level 1 trauma center, unfortunately, with the closing of St. Vincent’s. But I think the neighborhood residents will be very happy having an emergency room.” In fact, NS-LIJ spent $150 million to create the new facility.

New York-Presbyterian Hospital medics on W. 13th St. loaded a “patient” needing further care into an ambulance bound for “Presby.”

A doctor assessed a Queens student playacting having lost his hearing in an explosion.

Strauss was formerly a member of the Police Department’s elite Emergency Service Unit — the heavily armed “SWAT” officers — assigned to E.S.U. Truck 1, a.k.a. “Hollywood,” which covered Manhattan south of 59th St. “I’m a retired cop,” he said. “I used to work down here. We were at St. Vinny’s a lot. This is going to be a busy place,” he predicted of the HealthPlex. After 45 minutes, the drill was winding down. Inside the heart of the 30,000-square-foot HealthPlex emergency center, as other personnel clustered around him, Dr. Eric Cruzen, the facility’s medical director, held a walkie-talkie, as Tony Egan, NS-LIJ’s manager of security and emergency training, held a telephone to his ear. Nearby, a man was jotting notes on a whiteboard, tracking patients’ whereabouts. A “mobile risk center,” with “situational awareness software,” had also been set up, basically, several computer screens that were tracking any crises in the surrounding area, plus a device that could take diverse radio systems and make them communicate with each other — which had been a problem on 9/11. Weather software was charting wind direction, important to know if there is a chemi-

cal incident. “This is Entity Command,” Cruzen spoke into the walkie-talkie. “We have no further information at this time. So far, we haven’t lost anybody.” “We just got a call from New York City O.E.M. [Office of Emergency Management],” Egan relayed to Cruzen. “All victims have been removed from the scene. We will be receiving no more patients.” “At this time,” Cruzen announced, “everyone in [protective] suits will receive instructions for dropping of suits.” There was scattered applause. The group untensed, began to break up. The “emergency” was over. Afterward, Cruzen assured that all the individuals participating in the drill were actual doctors, physician assistants, nurses and patient-care technicians who will be working at the new HealthPlex. He explained that, even though the emergency center has a decontamination room, the outdoor tent was set up so that many patients could be decontaminated at once. Although some community members have derided the new stand-alone Seventh Ave. emergency center as an “urgent-care center on steroids,” NS-LIJ officials assure there is no comparison. Unlike the HealthPlex, urgentcare centers don’t have disaster-preparedness or specially emergency-trained doctors and nurses. The HealthPlex is also capable of caring for psychiatric patients. And the center will operate 24/7, 365 days a year, and will be a receiver for the city’s 911 system. It will also be able to draw on the resources of the state’s second-largest private employer and the nation’s tenth-largest healthcare system, with 18 hospitals. “While the HealthPlex wasn’t designed to be a trauma center, it does have the ability to provide a high level of response should a natural — or manmade — disaster strike,” Cruzen stated. “We have advanced decontamination equipment, specialized training and the ability to provide immediate response, whatever the situation. “The HealthPlex was designed to serve and protect its community.”

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Clockwise from above, N.Y.U. students cheered at commencement; N.Y.U. President John Sexton awarded degrees to Justice Elena Kagan, soul legend Aretha Franklin and former Yankee great Mariano Rivera.

Mo and heavy hitters team up for N.Y.U.’s graduation BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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here was quite a lineup at Yankee Stadium last Wednesday morning — but only one of them was actually a baseball player. The occasion was New York University’s 182nd commencement at the House That Jeter Built. Having outgrown its former commencement venue, Washington Square Park, N.Y.U. has held its graduation at the Bronx stadium since 2008. Around 8,000 students received undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees at the morning ceremony, which was attended by 25,000 guests, as well as alumni, faculty and other N.Y.U. community members. The star-studded lineup — each of whom received an honorary degree from the Greenwich Village university — included Janet Yellen, chairperson of the Federal Reserve; Mariano Rivera, the Yanks’ former relief pitching ace; Elena Kagan, the U.S. Supreme Court justice; Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul”; and Martin Edelman, an international and real estate attorney. Commencement speaker Yellen told the grads to expect failure as well as success. “Even Ruth, Gehrig and DiMaggio failed most of the time when they stepped to the plate,” she said. “My Federal Reserve colleagues and I experienced this as we struggled to address a financial and economic crisis that threatened the global economy.” She praised Ben Bernanke’s leadership of the Fed during the recession. N.Y.U. President John Sexton and Martin

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Lipton, chairperson of the N.Y.U. board of trustees, officiated. The 2014 Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City was presented to Daniel Doctoroff, president and C.E.O. of Bloomberg, L.P., “in recognition of his superb record of service to the city as deputy mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding during the Bloomberg administration and his leadership in making New York the vibrant capital of creativity and culture that it is today.” Sexton told the students, “The challenges that confront your generation — climate change and sustainable energy sources, political and religious extremism, poverty — are complex and daunting. They require women and men with a global outlook who are prepared to act with courage, with thoughtfulness, with resolve and with wisdom. “Our duty as a university is to help give you, our students, the tools you need — the understanding, the knowledge, the criticalthinking skills — to take on these challenges and to make the world a better place.” The student speaker was Corey Blay, who graduated with a dual M.B.A./M.P.A. degree from Stern School of Business and Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Blay previously taught history at Fieldston, where he also planned a middle school and founded a youth advocacy organization in Harlem. Blay was a student representative on N.Y.U.’s University Space Priorities Working Group. His ambition is to build a private middle school in Upper Manhattan for young men of color.

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Private Danny Chen Way is dedicated in Chinatown BY NICOLAS FERNADES

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Part of Elizabeth St. was renamed for Private Danny Chen on May 17.

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section of Elizabeth St. between Canal and Bayard Sts. in Chinatown was renamed Private Danny Chen Way on Sat., May 17, honoring the U.S. Army soldier who died in Afghanistan after racist hazing committed against him by his platoon. Chen, 19, was bullied and taunted by other soldiers for being a Chinese American. They threw rocks at him and dragged him across the ground, before investigators believe he shot himself in the head. Eight soldiers were charged in the case. However, none were ever tried for involuntary manslaughter, the original charge prosecutors sought against some of the defendants. Seven were found guilty of hazing-related charges and the eighth was thrown out of the military. Five were sentenced to prison for short periods of time. Sook Ling Lai, executive director of the Chinatown Head Start, wants the school’s four- and five-year-olds to keep learning about who Chen was and that he died fighting for America. “The sign will remind them that their brother Danny will never be forgotten,” Lai said at the May 17 ceremony. Many others spoke and reminded ev-

eryone what Chen was known for. “We’ve lost one of the best young men in Chinatown,” said Eric Ng, president of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. Cousin Banny Chen described how he was two years younger than Danny and thought he was catching up with him every birthday when they were younger. “Now I am 21 and he is still 19,” he said. “I never wanted to surpass him.” Banny Chen talked about his memories of the two of them running up and down Elizabeth St. together as children and the first time they were allowed to leave Elizabeth St. and ate at McDonald’s on Canal St. P.S. 130 Principal Lily Woo said she was honored to host a commemoration ceremony because Chen attended preschool there. After the event, everyone was given a balloon and marched to the corner of Canal and Elizabeth Sts., where the new street co-naming sign was revealed. Chen’s mother Su Zhen Chen cried in front of the site. Councilmember Margaret Chin, who helped lead the local advocacy efforts for Chen’s family, attended the ceremony, along with Public Advocate Letitia James and City Council Speaker Melissa MarkViverito.

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s Wellington Chen, executive director of the Chinatown Partnership, put it, it’s been a long time coming. Even as they’ve continued to build communities, Chinese families all over the city have always had to choose whether to send their kids to school on the Lunar New Year or keep them home to celebrate the major cultural holiday. “In Flushing, they’re waiting, and in Sunset Park, they’re waiting,” Chen said at a May 16 press conference. They may not have to wait much longer, as the state Legislature has now taken a major step toward compelling the city’s Department of Education to close schools on the Lunar New Year. The state Senate passed a bill May 13 that would require officials to consider closing schools if a “considerable proportion” of students are likely to be absent. Since the state Assembly had already passed that bill in February, it will now go to the desk of Governor Cuomo, who, by most accounts, is likely to sign it into law soon. “Passage of this bill to push the Lunar New Year school holiday is proof that momentum is building,” state Senator Daniel Squadron, who sponsored the bill, said at the May 16 press conference outside Chinatown’s P.S. 124, on Division St. “And we’re confident that we’re going to get Lunar New Year as a school holiday

permanently,” he added, “so that everyone in this community knows that their holiday tradition is part of what our school system respects.” Squadron said the absentee rate at P.S. 124 this past Lunar New Year, exceeded 60 percent — and the absentee rate at P.S. 130, on Baxter St., was around 80 percent. The bill’s passage was also celebrated that day by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, as well as Assemblymember Felix Ortiz of Brooklyn, and Assemblymember Marcus Crespo of the Bronx, who had also supported the bill. “Parents should not have to choose between celebrating their cultural heritage and their children’s learning time at school,” said Silver. Maloney said she’s been so “inspired” by the push for Lunar New Year school closure that she’s “definitely taking this idea back to Washington.” Chen rounded out the remarks by verbally taking “a deep bow” on behalf of the Chinese community. “We’re deeply grateful for all this,” he said. It should be noted that students will be off for next year’s Lunar New Year regardless of any D.O.E. decision, since the holiday, which falls on Feb. 19 in 2015, will occur during the scheduled winter break. D.O.E did not respond to a request for comment.

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A smooth operator with horns to balance that halo Doris Payne keeps us guessing what’s real and what’s an enticing lie

FILM THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF DORIS PAYNE COURTESY OF FILMS TRANSIT INTERNATIONAL

Produced & Directed by Matthew Pond & Kirk Marcolina Through June 10 At Film Forum 209 West Houston St. (West of Sixth Ave.) Screenings daily at 12:45, 2:40, 4:30, 6:20, 8:10 & 10:00 p.m. Visit filmforum.org

Filmmakers Matthew Pond (left) and Kirk Marcolina, with Doris Payne.

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ven Doris Payne’s closest friends understand that she is nowhere near the charming, innocent old woman she appears to be on the surface. “Doris is no saint,” says her lifelong friend, Jean. “Her horns are holding her halo up. But she’s 80 years old — come on, give her a break!” Jean says this as she’s waiting in court to hear a jury’s verdict on whether or not Doris goes to jail. You see, Doris Payne is not only a charismatic, elderly mother of two — she’s also a notorious international jewel thief. Payne is a woman of contradictions, equal parts legend and liar, hero and criminal. In the new documentary “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne,” directors Matthew Pond and Kirk Marcolina find tension in their attempts to pin down exactly who Doris Payne is, and what she stands for. It’s something of a Sisyphean task — an exercise in scrutinizing the inscrutable. As the film begins, Doris is facing some serious jail time for allegedly stealing an

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expensive ring from a Macy’s. She claims that she never stole anything from the store, despite the fact that the description of the thief’s methods fit her M.O., and the fact that the store possesses (admittedly blurry) footage of the thief who may or may not be Doris. By centering the film around the trial, the filmmakers present an engaging “Did she or didn’t she?” narrative, which also is able to highlight the differences between the Doris of her heyday, and present-day Doris — who struggles to outwit modern technology and the law. The movie spends a lot of time recounting the decades Doris spent building a name for herself amongst jewel thieves. Using her considerable charms and beauty, and adopting an air of upper class sophistication that belied her roots as a poor southern child from a home with an abusive father, Doris was able to lull jewelry store owners into a false sense of security — which allowed her to rob them blind, repeatedly, and still (according to her) never get caught by authorities walking out of the stores. When all was said and done, she’d

stolen over $2 million, hopped across continents and outsmarted all her accomplices and law enforcement agents along the way. Periodically a host of interviewees crop up to play armchair psychologist, theorizing what motivated Doris to steal, by taking into consideration all of her life story. While she was ruthless in order to get ahead, she also had to deal with growing up in the segregated south as a woman of color. Doris herself said she saw her stealing as some kind of revenge for the prejudice that she faced as a black woman in the 1950s-70s. She also used her ill-gotten gains to support her children, and help her mother escape an abusive relationship. On the other hand, the money funded her expensive tastes and trips abroad (to steal more). There’s also the undeniable rush she felt when stealing that indicates something more selfish at play underneath her claims of righteous criminality. The film is at its most intellectually interesting during these sections — but it fails to dig deeper into the psychology of its subject, to see what makes her tick. Spending more

time with Doris’ family would certainly be more enlightening. And the film could definitely have had more cutting insight, by conducting a thorough examination of how racial inequality and sexism shaped the young Doris, as well as the larger effects these factors had on society as a whole. But then one can’t complain too much, as Payne herself is a fascinating and lively subject. The doc comes to life whenever she’s on screen. She’s everything her critics and admirers say she is: sweet, whip smart, classy, funny — and never to be completely trusted. She is, after all, a criminal who spent years fooling people into believing she something she’s not. This makes Doris tremendous fun to watch, because you’re constantly trying to figure out whether she’s being candid, fudging the truth or telling outright lies in order to build up her legacy or get out of trouble. While most of these present-day interviews and day-to-day footage are shot in a manner similar to a standard History Channel program, the film nonetheless is able to inject a distinct sense of style into the proceedings. Doris’ anecdotes about past capers are augmented by re-enactments which are all soft-focus and supersaturated color — reminiscent of glamorous Technicolor films of yore, like 1955’s “To Catch a Thief” (amusingly, one of Payne’s favorite films and an inspiration for a particularly daring theft/escape). Combined with the playful, jazzy score that accompanies most of these tales, “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne” capture a vibrant, nostalgic atmosphere that stands in stark contrast to the more clinical filmmaking. Overall, this is an entertaining, if slight, documentary about a larger-than-life figure. At its best, the documentary asks audiences to consider what circumstances shaped Doris into the unique individual she is, and challenges them to discern what is real and what’s an enticing lie. That Doris Payne is such a fun, memorable subject is just the cherry on top. May 29, 2014

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Eye-opening views, embedded in the landscape Lauren Henkin’s lens sees Central Park anew

PHOTOGRAPHY LAUREN HENKIN: THE PARK Through June 8 At Foley Gallery Wed. through Sun. | 12-6 p.m. 97 Allen Street (btw. Delancey & Broome) Call 212-244-9081 or visit foleygallery.com

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h, wilderness. For many New Yorkers and visitors, Central Park is their breath of fresh air: the essence of Mother Nature, au-

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© LAUREN HENKIN | IMAGE COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND FOLEY GALLERY, NEW YORK

“The Park No. 11.”

“The Park No. 1.”

tumn leaves, sledding and snowmen, the miracle of spring, summer fun, running and biking — a great, albeit temporary, escape from noise, pollution and crowded sidewalks. Central Park has its own unique physical and spiritual attractions, and generations of photographers have long-recognized them — from iconic names like Papageorge, Meyerowitz, Davidson and Friedlander to the growing hordes of camera-toting visitors. In fact, in 2013, Instagram ranked Central Park as the seventh most-photographed place in the world. Lauren Henkin’s photographic discovery of the Park began on a beautiful day in 2009 when she took a walk there while visiting from Portland, Oregon. An accomplished landscape photographer, Henkin explains, “I just wanted to be in the Park on that day and be open to a new way of seeing; I had no intention of doing a project.” Back in Oregon, Henkin spent months looking at her pictures and thinking about what she could say about Central Park that would offer a different perspective than what the other photographers had done. Finally,

two pictures in particular “spoke” to her and let her view the park through, as she puts it, “the right pair of lenses.” Henkin says, “Situations began to present themselves to me such as people climbing rock formations as if they were in the Southwest, or a woman in a rowboat looking completely uncomfortable while trying to experience nature. I saw real moments of people embedded in the landscape and found this very powerful. I saw the opportunity to incorporate the landscape as a major structural component and show how people engage it instead of just honing in on the people or the trees as Papageorge, Davidson and Friedlander had done.” Henkin decided she wanted to show what makes people wake up on a Saturday morning and tell themselves, “I want to spend the day in the park.” She spent the next two summers shooting in the Park and then moved to New York in 2012 to work on the project full-time. She explains, “By living here, I was able to devote six hours a day looking for things to make the THE PARK, continued on p. 19

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The great escape available to all of us

© LAUREN HENKIN | IMAGE COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND FOLEY GALLERY, NEW YORK

© LAUREN HENKIN | IMAGE COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND FOLEY GALLERY, NEW YORK

“The Park No. 8.”

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project come together.” Her search took her from the southern end that’s framed by midtown New York’s skyscrapers to the Sheep Meadow’s sunbathers and then further north to the park’s heavily wooded, secluded areas. Her aim was to show us what we might overlook if a photograph wasn’t making us aware of it. One example from the exhibition (now at the Foley Gallery) is “The Park No. 8,” which shows a woman in a print dress lying in the shade on a tablecloth with a tacky potted plants pattern. Her legs are raised and resting on a tree trunk, her hands cupped over her eyes. You wonder how relaxed she must feel, you understand what made her come to the Park that day and you see how she’s engaged with the landscape.

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I also liked the series of sunbathers in a variety of positions, some with arms or legs splayed out. A few of them must have felt a sudden urge to plop down on the grass, because there’s no towel or blanket underneath them. Although there is a casualness to these pictures, some have an intimacy that feels a bit voyeuristic. The artist says this is the first time she photographed people for a project, and reveals that “It became a turning point in the way I work.” In “The Park No. 4,” Henkin combines landscape with people and the architecture of 57th St. She says, “We see the Essex House sign in the background and the tall new One 57 building that will really change the southern edge. This picture says so much about the whole project. It’s about scale, it’s how people use the park; it’s about a really intimate moment, with two people lying on the rocks

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holding hands. To me, it says what the Park is now and how it’s going to change with the building being constructed.” “The Park” includes three 38 x 30.5 inch silver gelatin prints of London Plane tree trunks that seem entirely out of place, but that’s precisely the artist’s point. As the largest prints in the show, Henkin makes us stop and notice these trees and their anthropomorphic qualities. When I looked at “The Park No. 11,” I thought I saw Yoda from “Star Wars” staring back at me, but that was my take. On my next visit to Central Park, I plan to look for other London Plane trees that speak to me.

As shows go, “The Park” is eye-opening. Henkin shows us a Central Park that we may have seen before but really didn’t notice. The majestic scale, the rocks and the rock climbers, the boaters and the sunbathers, the hidden beauty — the great escape available to all of us. Norman Borden is a New York-based writer and photographer. The author of more than 100 reviews for NYPhotoReview. com and a member of Soho Photo Gallery and ASMP, he currently has two images in the juried show, “Hue,” at the Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT. For more info on Borden, visit normanbordenphoto.com.

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Incubator Arts Project to close after a decade of experimental programming

THEATER “Nomads” May 30-June 15

“Katorga” June 20-29 At Incubator Arts Project Located inside St. Mark’s Church 131 E. 10th St. at Second Ave. Visit incubatorarts.org

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rom Chicago, Toronto and other chilly climes they come — to perform daring acts of indie theater and mock a weary Manhattan’s notion of what passes for excessive snowfall. To the realists and the cynics, it was probably inevitable — but that doesn’t make it any less painful. After nearly a decade of presenting experimental theater, performance art, concerts and other innovative ventures, the Incubator Arts Project announced in April that it will not renew its lease at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, at 131 E.10th St. in the East Village, and will close down on July 1. “It’s the end of an era that extends very

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Final two shows are a reminder of what made it great

far back, and this last month is so much about having the last experience as a community,” said Samara Naeymi, Incubator’s producing director, in a May 23 phone interview. “It’s a stinging feeling that’s going to leave such a big hole in my heart,” she added. The program was originally known as INCUBATOR, when it began in 2005 as an outgrowth of the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, which had been led at the St. Marks space by renowned avant-garde playwright Richard Foreman since 1992 (Foreman originally founded that organization in 1968). When O.H.T. left the church in 2010, INCUBATOR had just won an Obie grant, and it went on to remain at St. Marks’s — renamed the Incubator Arts Project — continuing a mission of providing younger, less established artists with financial support and practical resources as they developed, workshopped and eventually staged their unique works. Naeymi explained that the reasons for the closure are primarily financial: an inability to meet the company’s bottom line led to the decision to not renew its lease. It wasn’t one particular pitfall that brought down Incubator — which has relied on a mix of government and arts foundation funding, along with private donations — but rather a gradual realization over recent years that incoming cash wasn’t going to be able to make things work in the long run. “Our ultimate vision was one that entailed more financial and production support, and we tried various structures for producing agreements on different projects, but it just wasn’t balancing out in the way we needed to meet our bottom line,” said Naeymi. “And people should be assured that we, as a team of curators, explored a lot of options in terms of those structures, but we just decided that it was time to strike this one, rather than continue the downward trend and put the burden on the artists.” She also pointed out that there are no plans for any kind of smaller scale revival of the program in a different location — this is it. “It’s really so sad that Incubator is closing, because it's one of the very few theaters left, especially in Manhattan, that’s actually interested in taking on truly experimental theater programming,” said Julia Jarcho, a playwright and New York University professor who will be the second-to-last writer to stage a piece at Incubator. “They’ve consistently made their choices based on a genuine excitement

New York Theatre Ballet will soon take over the space currently occupied by Incubator Arts Project.

about new work, rather than on hype or on whose work it was, and it’s sad that they’re closing because of taking those risks,” she added. Jarcho’s recent career is particularly emblematic of Incubator’s mission — her 2013 play “Grimly Handsome,” which was staged at Incubator, won her an Obie Award for Best New American Play. “It was a big deal for me, career-wise, so I have a lot of feelings about this space, and it’s going to be tough to see it go away,” she said. Jarcho will help send off Incubator with her play “NOMADS,” which will run at the space from May 30 to June 15. The play, directed by Alice Reagan, explores themes and moods inspired in part by the work of modernist writer Jane Bowles, and follows two American women in the late 1930s as they struggled to understand both themselves and their ability to communicate with other people. Aaron Meicht, one of the founders of the arts collective OZET, which presented the multimedia performance piece “Common Hall Village 20” at Incubator in 2012, as well as some other previous works — and which will be the final group to present work at the Incubator space — echoed Jarcho’s sentiments about the closure. “What’s great about Incubator is that they always understood they were doing tricky work, and that it often wouldn’t have been commercially viable to most other companies,” he said. “They knew you weren’t going to sell 500 tickets a night for that kind of experimental stuff, but they knew it was still worth exploring, still worth doing. And it’s those experiments that really are what the arts are all about.” INCUBATOR, continued on p. 21

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Needles, knives, past and present lives PUMA PERL’S “RETROGRADE” BOOK LAUNCH SPECTACULAR Free 8 to 10 p.m. At Parkside Lounge 317 E. Houston St. (btw. Clinton & Attorney Sts.)

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lean and sharply focused when it really should be scratched and cloudy, considering everything it’s been through, Puma Perl’s mirror has two equally unforgiving settings: rear view, and front and center. “20 years since I shot my last speedball & I’m still losing teeth,” she says, in the first line of “& I’m Still Losing.” It’s a wry, admirably self-aware observation

that comes early and hits hard, in “Retrograde” — Perl’s 76-item collection of poetry and short prose that finds her no longer using heroin, but still in firm possession of a temperament that makes the take-no-crap author an extremely light touch, nonetheless, for the temptation to get lost in contemplating old haunts, habits and patterns. For the Brooklyn native and longtime Lower East Side resident, every turn of the corner or look out the window comes with a reminder of the hellish lows and high times of an addict’s life. That sort of sobriety’s not an easy road to travel — but it makes for an extremely authentic and unsentimental look at the gritty and dangerous New York that has since been glamourized, mourned and burnt beyond recognition into the realm of cultural mythology. Puma Perl was there, though — apparently keeping at least one eye open for keen observation, even when nodding off. “Retrograde” takes you on past and present trips to Brooklyn, Coney Island and all points below Delancey. Both deeply connected and uncomfortably detached, it’s a world of nicotine patches, faked orgasms, thwart-

ed hook-up text messages, comparative lists of arrests and addictions, creature comforts stolen from rehab stints and the knowledge that Perl’s ill-advised lean out the window to get that perfect photo would surely be mistaken for a suicide attempt if she were to fall. No matter. The chance to greet each new day with an “Oh shit” is reward Puma Perl, seen here at Manitoba’s (99 Ave. B), celebrates the enough for the highly launch of “Retrograde” on June 3, at Parkside Lounge. capable Perl — who seems perfectly content to live in a world in this book are a result of these collaborathat often assumes the worst, for no good tions.” This is great weather for MEDIA’s reason other than the fact that it happens first single author poetry collection, and its launch event will feature spoken word to be the easy way out. Find out if that assessment is way off, and music from Perl, Joff Wilson, Danny dead on or somewhere in the muddy Ray, Walter Steding and Angello Olivieri middle — when you join Puma Perl for — plus special guests Verless Doran, Aithe “Retrograde” release party. “Over mee Herman and The Bowery Boys. Later the last few years,” says the author, “per- in the month (June 27), Perl’s quarterly forming with musicians has shaped my “Pandemonium” live music and spoken work, providing new rhythms and keep- word event takes place at Bowery Elecing it fresh each time. Many of the poems tric’s Map Room.

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Meicht (who is a composer), along with OZET collaborators Scott Blumenthal and Daniel Baker, will close out the space with their new multimedia work “Katorga,” which will run at Incubator from June 20 to 29. Like Jarcho, Meicht was inspired by a writer of yesteryear— in his case, the futurist J.D. Bernal — and used that as the groundwork to develop eight musical themes that grew into the overall work, which will be presented as a live electronic and acoustic music performance, including both spoken and sung text and gestural choreography. The surreal plot of the performance revolves around the experiences of a young woman in a prison colony, who, as she attempts to communicate with her captors, reaches the limits of language and music. “Katorga” was developed over the course of a two-year residency at Incubator, making it perhaps the perfect show with which to end the company. “It's sad for me because I’ve had this long relationship with them,” said Meicht, “and my emotions right now are just leaning more towards the fact that

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what these guys are doing just can’t be supported in the city anymore. So that’s really a drag, and the whole experience of staging the this work will be bittersweet, because developing the piece here has really made me what I am.”

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Just two months after Incubator packs up and leaves St. Mark’s Church, an equally storied replacement will be coming in to fill the space in September. That will be the New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB), which will be moving from its home of 34 years on E. 31st St. down to the E. 10th St. church. Along with its main offices, the ballet troupe will also be bringing its Ballet School NY into the new space. The school will begin classes at St. Mark’s Church on Sept. 15, and NYTB “looks forward to becoming an active member of the St. Mark’s community,” according to a press release earlier this month that announced the move, by offering open rehearsals and in-house performances. “We are thrilled to be beginning this new chapter for NYTB,” said Diana

Byer, the troupe’s artistic director, in a statement released with the announcement. “With two national tours planned, a new venue for repertory works and an expanded schedule of classes to meet the needs of our new neighborhood, NYTB is in a stronger position than it has ever been to advance its mission to bring the love and appreciation of dance to an evermore-diverse audience.” NYTB will now be one of two dance-

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF OLD ORCHARD CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LP Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/14/14. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/08/14. Princ. office of LP: 90 Park Ave., 5th Fl., NY, NY 10016. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, Attn: Ross Jackman at the princ. office of the LP. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. DE addr. of LP: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014

related organizations located within the church. The other, the Danspace Project, will continue to present new works in contemporary choreography — supporting experimental artists much as Incubator has done. In addition, the church will also continue to house the Poetry Project, which features live readings and writing workshops, among other special poetry events.

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ATERIAN INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT, LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/7/14. Office location: NY County. LP formed in DE on 8/28/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: c/o Aterian Investment Partners, 1700 Broadway, 38th Fl., NY, NY 10019, Attn: Michael Fieldstone, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LP: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF NAS INSURANCE SERVICES, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/28/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in CA on 12/30/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. CA and principal business address: 16501 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 200, Encino, CA 91436. Cert. of Org. filed with CA Sec. of State, 1500 11th St., Sacramento, CA 95814. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014

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ORTAGGI LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 03/18/2014. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 304 Hudson St., # 507, NY, NY 10013. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ACF FINCO I LP Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/20/14. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/25/14. Princ. office of LP: 245 Park Ave. 44th Fl., NY, NY 10167. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. DE addr. of LP: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, New Castle Cnty., DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Jeffrey W. Bullock - Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF JODY REAL ESTATE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/27/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o DeGaetano & Carr LLP, 488 Madison Ave., 17th Fl., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 21 CROSBY STREET LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/22/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 05/21/14. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Corigin, Attn: Spencer Romoff, 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: 05/29 - 07/03/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF PING GUI LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/4/14. Office location: QUEENS County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1824 COLLEGE POINT BLVD, COLLEGE POINT, NY 11356 Purpose: Any lawful act Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ALVAREZ & MARSAL ASSET MANAGEMENT SERVICES, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/15/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 05/12/14. Princ. office of LLC: 600 Madison Ave., 8th 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., 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 State of DE, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BRONX FOOD PROCESSING AND DISTRIBUTION CENTER FUND, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/15/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: c/o NY City Regional Center, LLC, 99 Hudson St., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10013. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MAJESTIC ACQUISITIONS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/8/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 721 Fifth Avenue, Ste. 45C, NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 15BUNP LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/14/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Solomon Blum Heymann LLP, 40 Wall St., 35th Fl., NY, NY 10005, principal business address. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF K & D U.W.S., LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/18/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o DeGaetano & Carr LLP, 488 Madison Ave., 17th Fl., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014

NOTICE OF QUAL. OF COBBLE HILL HEALTH AND WELLNESS PARTNERS LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/19/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 3/19/14. 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: 05/29 - 07/03/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF THE RICHMAN GROUP OF CONNECTICUT, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/14/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in CT on 10/24/94. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: National Corporate Research, Ltd., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. CT and principal business address: 340 Pemberwick Rd., Greenwich, CT 06831. Cert. of Org. filed with CT Sec. of State, 30 Trinity St., Hartford, CT 06106. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014

NOTICE OF QUAL. OF COB 3420 BROADWAY LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/19/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 2/12/14. 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: 05/29 - 07/03/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SOHO-LUDLOW TENANT, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/12/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 12/26/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Andy Childs, 515 W. 20th St., NY, NY 10011, principal business address. DE address of LLC: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SPG MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES III, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/13/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in IN on 1/29/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. IN and principal business addr.: c/o Corporate Paralegal, 225 W. Washington St., PO Box 7033, Indianapolis, IN 46207-7033. Cert. of Org. filed with IN Sec. of State, 302 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an on-premise license, #TBA has been applied for by NNJ Restaurant LLC d/b/a Shuko to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 47 East 12th Street NY, NY 10003. Vil: 05/22 - 05/29/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF LINDSAY GOLDBERG IV L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/6/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 630 5th Ave., 30th Fl., NY, NY 10111. LP formed in DE on 4/2/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: National Corporate Research, Ltd. (NCR), 194 Washington Ave., Ste. 310, Albany, NY 12210. DE addr. of LP: NCR, 615 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. #3, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an on-premise license, #1278416 has been applied for by K&S 32 Inc. d/b/a Stage 3 to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 23 W 32nd Street NY, NY 10001. Vil: 05/22 - 05/29/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF LINDSAY GOLDBERG IV - A L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/6/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 630 5th Ave., 30th Fl., NY, NY 10111. LP formed in DE on 4/2/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: National Corporate Research, Ltd. (NCR), 194 Washington Ave., Ste. 310, Albany, NY 12210. DE addr. of LP: NCR, 615 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. #3, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an on-premise license, #TBA has been applied for by DSW Rest. Inc. d/b/a John’s of 12th Street to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 302 E. 12th Street NY, NY 10003. Vil: 05/22 - 05/29/2014

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANTTO LAW, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at 66 John Street, 11th floor, on a petition for 505-23 BAR, INC to continue to maintain, to maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk Cafe at 505-507 23RD STREET in the Borough of Manhattan for a term of two years. REQUESTS FOR COPIES OFTHE REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSEDTO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, ATTN: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 05/29 - 06/05/2014

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an on-premise license, #1278419 has been applied for by AJ 32 Inc. d/b/a Stage 4 to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 23 W 32nd Street, 4th FL NY, NY 10001. Vil: 05/22 - 05/29/2014

TIME TUNNEL HERITAGE SERVICES LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 5/2/14. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process toThe LLC, P.O. Box 1126, Gracie Square Station, NY, NY 10028. General Purpose. Vil: 05/22 - 06/26/2014 E&L EPICERIE LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 02/05/2014. 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 Laurent Baud, 37 West 26th Street, Suite 302, New York, NY 10010. Purpose:Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/22 - 06/26/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ERICA SILVERMAN INTERIORS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/6/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Capitol Services, Inc., 1218 Central Avenue, Ste. 100, Albany, NY 12205. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/22 - 06/26/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BROADWAY BUILDERS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/6/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 826 Broadway, 11th Fl., NY, NY 10003. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/22 - 06/26/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF NEST FILM PRODUCTIONS LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/7/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 100 Universal City Plz., Universal City, CA 91608. LLC formed in DE on 3/20/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE 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: 05/22 - 06/26/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ONVOY, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/21/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in MN on 3/10/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. MN and principal business address: 10300 6th Ave. N., Plymouth, MN 55441. Cert. of Org. filed with MN Sec. of State, 60 Empire Dr., Ste. 100, St. Paul, MN 55103. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/22 - 06/26/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF OMNIVERE, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/8/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1008 Asbury Ct., Winnetka, IL 60093. LLC formed in DE on 8/28/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an on-premise license, #TBA has been applied for by PKNY II, LLC d/b/a Papaya King to sell beer only at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 3 St. Marks Place NY, NY 10003. Vil: 05/22 - 05/29/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an on-premise license, #1278416 has been applied for by K&S 32 Inc. d/b/a Stage 3 to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 23 W 32nd Street NY, NY 10001. Vil: 05/22 - 05/29/2014 SW10 PICTURES LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 10/04/2013. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, c/o Guy Godfree, 67 E 2nd St, Unit 43, New York, NY 10003. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/15 - 06/19/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF TECHTRONICS MOBILE SOLUTIONS LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on MM/ DD/14. 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: Techtronics Mobile Solutions LLC, 248 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001. Purpose:To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/15 - 06/19/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an on-premise license, #TBA has been applied for by NNJ Restaurant LLC d/b/a Shuko to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 47 East 12th Street NY, NY 10003. Vil: 05/22 - 05/29/2014 NOTICE OF FOREIGN REGISTRATION OF SIKICH LLP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/4/14. Office location: NY County. LLP registered in ­­­IL on 9/3/08. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: National Corporate Research, Ltd., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016, principal office address. Cert. of Org. filed with IL Sec. of State, 501 S. 2nd St., Rm 351, Springfield, IL 62756. Purpose: practice the profession of public accounting. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 AVERAGE HUSTLE PUBLICATIONS, LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 1/22/14. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Ave., Ste. 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. General Purpose. Vil: 05/15 - 06/19/2014 HANCHUK KHEIT LLP a domestic LLP, filed with the SSNY on 3/13/14. Office Location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLP may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLP, 258 St. Nicholas Ave., No. 8A, NY, NY 100275353. Purpose: Law. Vil: 05/15 - 06/19/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 92 HENRY FULTON LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/01/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 299 Park Ave., NY, NY 10171. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Fisher Brothers, Attn: General Counsel at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/15 - 06/19/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF RUBY FRESH LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/30/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/10/14. Princ. office of LLC: 333 7th Ave., 18th Fl., Ste. 2, NY, NY 10001. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, Corp. Div., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/15 - 06/19/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BRO PLUS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/05/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 158 W. 29th St., 3rd Fl., NY, NY 10001. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/15 - 06/19/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BIG TIME LEARNING LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/22/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: Jeffrey de Vito, 59 W. 12th St., 16th Fl., Ste. A, NY, NY 10011. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/15 - 06/19/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MUSICAL THEATER CHINA, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/25/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: Rm 2005, Block 17, Hopson Intl Garden, Beijing 100022, China. 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. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/15 - 06/19/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF PALLI CAFARELLI, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/30/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Marco Antonio Palli Cafarelli, 200 Mercer St., Apt. 4D, NY, NY 10012, principal business address. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/15 - 06/19/2014

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NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF THE LIONS MODELS BRAND, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/28/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 9130 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069. LLC formed in DE on 11/22/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 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: 05/15 - 06/19/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SCCP SALINA II, LIMITED PARTNERSHIP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/17/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1075 W. Georgia St., Ste. 2600, Vancouver, BC C6E 3C9, Canada. LP formed in DE on 6/19/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LP: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/ addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/15 - 06/19/2014 ELITE 106 LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 4/17/14. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to SMMW Consulting Corp., 220 Bristol Terr., Edgewater, NJ 07020. General Purpose. Vil: 05/08 - 06/12/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF FFP ACQUISITION I, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/28/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Florida (FL) on 8/4/11. 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. Address to be maintained in FL: 3300 Corporate Ave., Ste. 104, Weston, FL 33331. Arts of Org. filed with the FL Secy. of State, Clifton Bldg., 2661 Executive Center Circle, Tallahassee, FL 32301. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/08 - 06/12/2014

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NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF DIGITAL EXPANSE, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/9/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 4/4/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 33 Whitehall St., 8th Fl., NY, NY 10004. Address to be maintained in DE: c/o Capitol Corporate Services, Inc., 1111B Governors Ave., Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secy. of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/08 - 06/12/2014 AMITALIE LLC Arts. of Org filed NY Secy of State (SSNY) 3/27/14. OFC in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 225 Rector Pl #9K, NY NY 10280. Purpose: any lawful act.1928233 Vil: 05/08 - 06/12/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF TZFAT LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/29/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Edry, 220 E. 65th St., No. 21L, NY, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/08 - 06/12/2014 NOTICE OF REGISTRATION OF CHATILLON WEISS LLP Certificate filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/24/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLP, 420 W. 14th St., Ste. 5SE, NY, NY 10014. Purpose: practice the profession of law. Vil: 05/08 - 06/12/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF DUCK REALTY MANAGEMENT, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/1/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Capitol Services, Inc., 1218 Central Ave., Ste. 100, Albany, NY 12205. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/08 - 06/12/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF CHARLIE CHEWS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/16/11. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Ashley Jurgenson, 251 W. 30th St., 16th Fl., NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/08 - 06/12/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 40 WEST 116TH STREET LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/19/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, c/o Radius Ventures, 400 Madison Ave., 8th Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/08 - 06/12/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MAKOM REAL ESTATE SERVICES, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/24/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 75 Rockefeller Plaza, 18th Fl., NY, NY 10019, principal business address. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/08 - 06/12/2014 NAME OF LLC: ONEOKDREAM LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State: 3/6/14. Office loc.: NY Co. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Business Filings Inc., 187 Wolf Rd., Ste. 101, Albany, NY 12205, regd. agt. upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 05/08 - 06/12/2014 CENTRAL DENIM LLC Arts. of Org filed NY Secy of State (SSNY) 3/20/14. OFC in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 1410 Broadway #2901, NY NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful act.1928233 Vil: 05/08 - 06/12/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SUNSTRUCK LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/6/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business address: 11 Riverside Dr., Apt. 8UE, NY, NY 10023, Attn: Shaun M. Moss. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/08 - 06/12/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF OAK GROVE COMMERCIAL MORTGAGE, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/21/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 2177 Youngman Ave., Ste. 100, St. Paul, MN 55116. LLC formed in DE on 12/1/08. 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: 05/08 - 06/12/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF VIVA GROUP, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/14/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 3585 Engineering Dr., Ste. 100, Norcross, GA 30092. LLC formed in DE on 12/31/13. 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: 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: 05/08 - 06/12/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF STONEHENGE GROWTH EQUITY INNOVATE NY FUND, LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/18/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 191 W. Nationwide Blvd., Ste. 600, Columbus, OH 43215. LP formed in DE on 12/18/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LP: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: investment. Vil: 05/08 - 06/12/2014 SANLAN LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 3/13/14. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Susan Defranca, 200 E. 79th St., Unit 15B, NY, NY 10075. General Purpose. Vil: 05/01 - 06/05/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ENTRUST FOCUS PARTNERS LP Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/11/14. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 3/10/14. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, also the registered agent. DE address of LP: 160 Greentree Dr., St 101, Dover, DE 19904. Name/address of genl. ptr. available from SSNY. Cert. of LP filed with DE Secy. of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/01 - 06/05/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 665 LENOX LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/21/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 404 W. 145th St., Unit 0, NY, NY 10031. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Urban Green Investments, 1746 Union St., San Francisco, CA 94123. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/01 - 06/05/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF STEVEN HARPER, ARCHITECT PLLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/11/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of PLLC: 310 W. 122nd St., 4E, NY, NY 10027. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti LLP, Attn: Larry Gainen, 250 Park Ave., NY, NY 10177. Purpose: To practice the profession of architecture. Vil: 05/01 - 06/05/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF VAISHALI FANTASY DIAMOND LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/15/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 6 E. 45th St., 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. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/01 - 06/05/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF WEST 37TH YYY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/1/10. 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 Joy Construction, 40 Fulton St., 21st Fl., NY, NY 10038. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/01 - 06/05/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 2065 WALTON AVENUE ASSOCIATES LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/21/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o B&B Supportive LLC, 419 Park Avenue South, 18th Fl., NY, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/01 - 06/05/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SHARESTREAM, LLC App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 4/14/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Maryland (MD) on 8/4/00. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 11600 Sunrise Valley Drive, Ste. 400, Reston, VA 20191. MD address of LLC: 936 Clintwood Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20902. Arts. of Org. filed with MD Secy. of State, 301 West Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/01 - 06/05/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SPRING CREEK GROUP, L.L.C. App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 4/14/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Washington (WA) on 8/30/06. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: IPG, 1114 Ave. of the Americas, 19th Fl., NY, NY 10036. WA address of LLC: 1780 Barnes Blvd., SW, Tumwater, WA 98512. Arts. of Org. filed with WA Secy. of State, 801 Capitol Way South, Olympia, WA 98504. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/01 - 06/05/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF VILLAGE TOWNHOUSE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/17/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Curtis, MalletPrevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, Attn: Marty Forman, Esq., 101 Park Ave., 34th Floor, NY, NY 10178. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/01 - 06/05/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ISRRON, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/9/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 37 President Street, Staten Island, NY 10314. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/01 - 06/05/2014 NAME OF LLC: LIVE FOREVER YOU, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State: 4/14/14. Office loc.: NY Co. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Business Filings Inc., 187 Wolf Rd., Ste. 101, Albany, NY 12205, regd. agt. upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 05/01 - 06/05/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF MEADOWLARK CAPITAL LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/3/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 125 W. 55th St., NY, NY 10019. LLC formed in DE on 11/22/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/01 - 06/05/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BENEFIT STREET PARTNERS CRE CONDUIT COMPANY SERVICES L.L.C. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/14/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 9 W. 57th St., Ste. 4700, NY, NY 10019. LLC formed in DE on 12/16/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/01 - 06/05/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BENEFIT STREET PARTNERS CRE CONDUIT COMPANY L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/14/14. NYS fict. name: BSP CRE Conduit Company, L.P. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 9 W. 57th St., Ste. 4700, NY, NY 10019. LP formed in DE on 11/5/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LP: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/01 - 06/05/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 183 YORK LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 12/24/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Kriss & Feuerstein, 360 Lexington Ave., Ste. 1200, NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 145 SPRING PARTNERS LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 12/6/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 10/2/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to One Penn Plaza, Ste. 3430, NY, NY 10119. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 650 FIFTH LESSEE LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 1/17/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 6/24/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF VC SPECIAL HOLDINGS, LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 6/21/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 6/19/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: General Counsel, 888 Seventh Ave., 22nd Fl., NY, NY 10019. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF VISIUM ROYALTY PARTNERS LP Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 10/2/13. Office loc.: NY County. LP org. in DE 9/30/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Jacob Gottlieb, 888 Seventh Ave., NY, NY 10019. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Name/addr. of each gen. ptr. avail. at SSNY. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF PLAZA CONSTRUCTION LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/07/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/06/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 260 Madison Ave., NY, NY 10016. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, New Castle Cnty., DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 AKAY DIAMONDS LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 4/11/2014. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, 15 W 47Th St, Ste 900, New York, NY 10036. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 EDIT MODERN UPTOWN LLC Articles of Org. Filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on March 10, 2014. Office in New York Co. SSNY Desig, Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 303 E. 33rd Street, Ste 3L, NY, NY 10016. Purpose: Real Estate Holding & Management. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF AP PRODUCE LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/7/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Alex Badillo, 1314 Elder Ave., Apt. 3B, Bronx, NY 10472. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF NEW YORK RHINOS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/13/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Foral, LLC, 12325 SW 131st Ave., Miami, FL 33186. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF CS 570 GP PARTNERS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/13/2014. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: 545 5th Ave., 12th Fl., NY, NY 10017, Attn: Daniel Ghadamian, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Term: until 12/31/2054. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 04/24 - 05/29/2014

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PHOTOS BY CLAYTON PATTERSON

Not a pipe dream but a pipe nightmare on E. Houston Last Thursday, a water main dating from 1959 burst on E. Houston St. leaving an enormous sinkhole in front of Katz’s Deli. Katz’s basement and several others were flooded, ruining food and merchandise. A grocery store had four inches of mud in its basement. Despite it all, Katz’s and most other merchants stayed open through the deluge and subsequent repairs. Clockwise from above left, fixing the street after the water-main break and sinkhole; Katz’s Jake Dell, left, at the scene with members of the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management; mopping up in Katz’s pop-up space.

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More businesses using Bitcoin ‘Community’s belief is shaken’ BY ZACH WILLIAMS

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.S. dollars are no longer necessary to acquire food, shelter and drink in the East Village and Lower East

Side. Online restaurant and entertainment guide Yelp recently joined a growing number of businesses now recognizing the increased use of Bitcoin. The Web site will now list businesses that accept the digital currency, which is gaining increasing interest from tech-savvy New Yorkers. “We’re constantly thinking about how to make our business attributes more useful for consumers and businesses,” reads a statement posted April 28 on Yelp’s official blog. An East Village real estate agent, lawyer and neighborhood wine bar are also helping increase the local prominence of the 5-year-old concept among residents. True believers in Bitcoin’s future within the local community meanwhile have ambitions to transform far more than the medium through which goods are bought and sold. “Crypto-currency — whatever you want to call it — is going to be around,” said attorney Jonathan Lefkowitz, who has accepted several Bitcoin payments from clients. “It has value and it’s easy to get paid.” Confidence in Bitcoins’ increasing value versus the U.S. dollar inspires new users of the currency, which allows funds to be exchanged anonymously with a few taps of a smartphone or computer keyboard. Avoiding charges associated with credit card and check payments also helps the bottom line, according to Andrew Hanna, an East Villager whose firm, Bond New York Real Estate, began accepting the digital currency earlier this year. “There have been a few transactions,” he reported. Though he sometimes uses Bitcoin to purchase groceries and daily necessities online, he prefers to hold onto as much of the cyber currency as he can. “It does have the potential to increase in value,” he noted. In addition, recent drops in value have led to a decreased willingness among users to spend Bitcoin that were each worth hundreds of dollars more months ago. Mike Jarmuz, co-owner of Old Man Hustle, on Grand St., said about a dozen Bitcoin transactions per week occur at his business, a drop from months ago when the novelty of a wine bar accepting “emoney” was still knew. However, he said, one “fluke” night, every transaction utilized the digital currency, which his business receives from customers through a smartphone app that links to a customer’s Bitcoin “wallet” by taking a picture of a QR code. “They usually don’t tip with Bitcoins,” he said of such customers. Curious residents can now attend

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classes at a computer repair shop located on the corner of Essex and Hester Sts. to learn more about Bitcoin, according to Patrick Cheng, owner of the shop, XCubicle Game Repairs and Hackerspace. Members of a local community of Bitcoin enthusiasts — which he numbered at about 1,000 — also congregate there. Plans are underway to promote Bitcoin at the upcoming Hester St. Fair in June, he said. “New York City is one of the largest Bitcoin communities,” Cheng said. Unfortunately for his business, most of the virtual currency’s users don’t need help repairing their computers. “We don’t really get many people with Bitcoin,” he said. “Most people who have them, hoard them.” Nick Spanos, co-founder of the Bitcoin Center NYC, two doors down Broad St. from the New York Stock Exchange, said he was involved in the first U.S. real estate sale through Bitcoin. Crain’s New York Business reported April 4 that a Nolita apartment was leased through the acceptance of the equivalent of $18,000 in Bitcoin. The first Bitcoin A.T.M. machine resides at the center, though it can’t be operated due to money-laundering laws, according to spokesman Alex Palantzas. State regulation is expected in the near future, he added, potentially providing a boost for the fledgling currency, which despite fluctuating exchange rates, maintains certain longterm tendencies, as well as philosophical overtones. “The more people use it, the more savers are rewarded,” he said. Spanos said Bitcoin is not a currency, but rather just one element in a new concept of how value is made and information organized within society, in contrast to the current financial system, which he derided as dependent on debt and chicanery. “There’s a lot of bulls--- artists in this world. This is going to stop them,” he said of Bitcoin. A number of East Villagers interviewed said they were familiar with Bitcoin, but questioned its viability. They also wondered if it could overcome its negative associations with Silk Road, an online marketplace that used the digital currency for selling narcotics and weapons, among other things, and whose operator, “Dread Pirate Roberts,” was arrested and charged with ordering murder-for-hire hits on drug dealers. Dominick Santa Catarina, an E. 10th St. resident, said he does not yet fully trust the abstract nature of digital currency. Local bartender Ignacio Indacochea said customers have yet to request payment through it. Others indicated that if more people get behind the idea, they might just join them. “It makes sense if everybody wants it,” said Ron Ramati, who has managed Pianos, on Ludlow St., for the past four years.

Michael Novogratz, a principal with Fortress, is the chairperson of the board of directors of the Friends of Hudson River Park — the 5-mile-long park’s main private fundraising group — and was formerly a member of the Trust’s board of directors. Novogratz, like other local youth sports advocates — such as the Pier 40 Champions group — has been very open about his fervent hope to see Pier 40 fixed up and preserved as a local mecca for youth sports — and sports in general. Known as “Novo” for short, he’s the founder of Beat the Streets, a nonprofit that promotes youth wrestling programs in the city. Reportedly driving the push for a G.P.P. is the fact that clarifying how the park airrights transfers will work will take time. “It will take years of studying to create the mechanism to transfer air rights,” said a source familiar with the plan, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Pier 40 might not be around anymore by then.” Meanwhile, the pier reportedly needs $100 million in repairs, and at least $44 million to repair the most critically decayed steel support pilings. What Cuomo, E.S.D.C. and the Trust want is actually a “modified G.P.P.,” explained the source. There would be a review by City Planning, by something called a “consultative council,” plus the borough president and so forth — but apparently none of these would be binding. Discussions between the three parties, as well as the Bloomberg administration, started a year ago and were ongoing, the source said. Bloomberg was on board with the modified G.P.P., but Mayor de Blasio’s deputy mayor for economic development, Alicia Glen, has now called for city review of the plan. Yet, Glen apparently did not use the word “ULURP,” per se. Assembylmember Glick said she still supports the idea of air-rights sales, though she has previously said it wasn’t her first choice for how to solve the park’s cash woes. But she said she’s adamantly against a G.P.P. “The transfer of air rights and the money for the park is a good thing,” she said this week. The first rumblings that a G.P.P. was being mulled came last October and November.

“We told them, ‘You’re better off going through a ULURP, that is, a process — the community board, the borough president, City Planning, the City Council weigh in,” Glick said the politicians told the parties back then. “We said, ‘There will be lawsuits.’... We thought it was dead.” Recently, though, the rumblings started up again, and so, earlier this month, the pols wrote a joint letter objecting to a G.P.P., only to find out through the Times article, and at the May 16 meeting, that a G.P.P. was exactly what had been agreed to behind their backs. And still no one has seen the M.O.U. “It’s another indicator that the Trust has operated in bad faith,” she said of the secret agreement that no one has seen yet. As for the forthcoming Pier 40 study that reportedly will say the pier is kaput and will need to be closed soon, possibly even by this summer, Glick scoffed, “Everything the Trust has ever said about Pier 40 has been a means of terrorizing the community so that the Trust gets its desired action.” She said the park authority should cut the fear campaign and immediately start fixing Pier 40’s most-damaged piles, since every day of delay just causes them to deteriorate more. “This is a critical need for the entire West Side and kids and families all over Manhattan,” she said of the pier. “This is essential and critical infrastructure.” Of Trust president Madelyn Wils, who personally signed the M.O.U., Glick said, “This latest revelation has shaken the community’s belief in their ability to work with someone who has been less than forthcoming. There are people that felt a real sense of betrayal. I think she has seriously undermined her ability to be effective with the community.” State Senator Hoylman said, “It’s beyond ridiculous that we were promised the M.O.U. two weeks ago and haven’t received it. I think it’s beyond preposterous that we have to FOIL our own government, our employer, for information. None of this inspires confidence in this process, which is tragic, given the needs of the park. “Obviously,” Hoylman said, “the Bloomberg administration worked to put something in place before they left office — but I don’t know what it is because no one has seen the M.O.U. yet!”

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OUR EVERYDAY LOW PRICES WE HAVE OVER 500 WINES UNDER $10! Prosecco Martini & Rossi Italy 750ML

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We have wine to meet all tastes and all budgets. Our enormous selection of wine under $10 is the finest in New York City. We always have brand-name liquor at bargain prices too! Our knowledgeable sales staff is available to assist with your selections, both large and small. Come in and let us welcome you to New York’s greatest wine and liquor superstore, where everything is on sale every day. Shop with us and save with us. You’ll be glad you did!

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