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‘Wild man of Soho’ is causing mayhem, fearful locals warn BY HEATHER DUBIN Residents and merchants from around Spring St. in Soho and Nolita turned out in force at last week’s Fifth Precinct Community Council meeting to voice concern about Richard Pearson, a mentally ill man who, they say, has verbally and physically assaulted pedestrians and retailers alike. Pearson is currently in jail after being arrested for throw-
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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON It was still unseasonably brisk on the first Sunday in May, as the members of Dias Y Flores Garden gathered around a picnic table in the place’s rear. Whitepetaled seedlets drifted down from a tree, and on the East Village garden’s floor, freshly fallen pink cherry blossoms
ing a brick at a person’s head two weeks ago, for which he was charged with assault in the second degree, a felony. About 50 people, including representatives for state Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Deborah Glick, were there to address the issue of Pearson, and appealed to police to keep him off the streets.
own vibrant planted plots, there was also an arbitrator, Roland Chouloute, deputy director of GreenThumb, the agency that oversees the community gardens. A few days earlier, Jeff Wright, one of the Dias Y Flores gardeners, had had his mem-
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fields gives Kurland ‘very good’ chance vs. surging Johnson BY GERARD FLYNN When Yetta Kurland, 43, a civil rights attorney, ran for the City Council’s Third District in 2009 she was up against a political powerhouse, the incumbent Christine Quinn, who has held the so-called “gay seat” since 1999. Quinn’s win was no doubt helped along by key support from powerful unions and local politicians like then-state Senator Tom Duane, her men-
tor and former boss, calling it a “slam dunk.” But Kurland put up a surprisingly strong challenge for the mostly West Side district, which spans the length of Hells Kitchen and extends through Chelsea and the Village down to Canal St. The second time around, the “Yetta Kurland Live!” radio show host faces another Duane favorite, Corey
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notebook MORUS GIVES YOU MORE: Bill di Paola, right, who with Laurie Mittelmann co-directs the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, proudly displayed MORUS’s CHARAS pop-up exhibit last Friday. The new Avenue C museum’s temporary display included vintage photos by Marlis Momber and newspaper clips, including The Villager article that broke the story of Gregg Singer’s plan for a 23-story “towering dorm,” and The Villager’s follow-up story on the developer’s scheme for an only slightly shorter, 19-story “Son of Towering Dorm.” The pop-up was taken down over the weekend, but there’s always something cool and educational going on at MORUS. Last Friday’s event focused on the battle to save the E. 13th St. squats from being evicted and featured presentations by Fly and Frank Morales and Cari Luna, reading from her new squatter novel, “The Revolution of Every Day.” A PEW TO A KILL? Preservationist Andrew Berman reports that developer Douglas Steiner apparently is beginning to remove objects, such as pews and windows, from the Mary Help of Christians Church and Rectory, at 12th St. and Avenue A. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation director notes, “This is probably a precursor to demolition.” Berman and fellow preservationists have pleaded with the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission and Department of Buildings to commission a full archaeological review of the site, since it once was home to a large Catholic cemetery. However, he told us, “It appears that the city is not requiring any sort of archeological study before digging might begin to determine if there are any bodies underneath which that might be disturbed.” COUNCIL PRIMARY TO OPTIMUS PRIME? One reaction to the recent negative article in the Post’s Page Six about Jenifer Rajkumar seems to be proving the adage that any publicity is good publicity. Page Six pummeled the City Council candidate, noting, for one, that her W-Spin nonprofit organization, intended to help young women around the world achieve leadership positions, never got off the ground. We hear that the sight of Rajkumar’s color photo in Page Six caused a casting agency to e-mail her an offer for a part in the next “Transformers” movie, specifically for a “gorgeous exotic female.” More intent on trying to unseat Margaret Chin than in becoming the next Megan Fox, Rajkumar turned the offer down. What did she think of the offer, and has she ever considered acting? we asked her. “I thought it was hilarious,” she told us. “No, I’m too much of a nerd at heart for movies.” DON’T PUSH HER! Meanwhile, Mary Johnson, a former Community Board 2 member, reported that she got a push-
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poll call last week from the West Coast for Margaret Chin. “I received a telephone call...from a California number asking if I would answer some questions regarding candidates for the upcoming New York City elections,” Johnson said. “I agreed. The lady read off the names of candidates for each office and asked me to select the name of the candidate I was most likely to vote for...or to say ‘not sure yet.’ Then, abruptly, she homed in on Margaret Chin and her challenger, Jenifer Rajkumar... . I was asked to listen to a lot of praise and many embellished accomplishments of Margaret Chin during her almost three years as Councilmember for District 1. On completion of this recitation I was asked, ‘After hearing about all Margaret Chin has done for her constituents, has it affected how you will vote?’ Following that, the woman went on to tell me that Jenifer Rajkumar had no political experience, has lied about her law firm experience and did not divulge that she operates a not-for-profit organization. Next question, ‘Now that you have heard about Jenifer Rajkumar, has it affected how you will vote?’ Now I know what is meant by ‘push polls,’ ” Johnson said. “To me, this seems totally unethical and an unnecessary tactic. I wonder who else was polled? I haven’t heard of anyone else getting these calls.” Johnson said she kept the phone number. NEVER MIND THE BURNING CARS…: We know the Hudson River Park Trust is working hard to restore the power in the park’s Village section, but they’re not quite there yet. “The electrician is still troubleshooting,” the Trust’s spokesperson told us. However, we were relieved (well, pun intended, we guess) to
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Squat spirals into new flap with unpermitted stairs By Lincoln Anderson Rosario Dawson was famously discovered, at age 15, on her stoop at the squat at 544 E. 13th St., landing her a role in the film “Kids” and launching her acting career. Since then, Dawson’s star has steadily continued to rise, and she was recently seen in the psycho-thriller “Trance.” But the building where she grew up today lags far behind a group of other former East Village squats that have been undergoing conversion into permanently affordable co-ops. In a 2002 deal, the city sold 11 squats for $1 to the squatters, under a deal brokered by the United Homesteading Assistance Board. Many of these former squats have already completed the renovation and conversion process or are well on their way to doing so. But at 544 E. 13th St., it seems that renovations have barely started. There have been accusations of harassment and theft of utility services at the building, whose occupants are divided into two factions. On one side, controlling half the building’s units, are the Dawson family, their friends and allies, led by Rosario’s mother, Isabel Celeste. On the other side are the rest of the building’s tenants, who are hoping that the building’s conversion to an affordable co-op will someday be completed, and that services that have been nonexistent at times — including heat, gas and hot water — will be restored. Things came to a head this past week
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The squat at 544 E. 13th St. is lagging far behind in the process of being converted to an affordable co-op.
when Celeste, without permits, reportedly drilled through the floor of her ground-floor apartment and then installed a metal spiral staircase down to the basement, in order to create a duplex for herself. She had recently evicted a tenant from the basement unit who was paying her rent, according to tenants. Over the weekend, several tenants reportedly saw the staircase through the window of the
basement, where the light had been left on. As a result of complaints about the unpermitted work and vibrations through the building, on Thurs., May 30, Buildings Department inspectors and firefighters arrived and conducted a full inspection of the six-story tenement. It was determined that the rear external fire escape was not securely attached, causing a partial vacate order to be issued, for all the units in the building’s rear. Also, firefighters removed a leaning parapet on an unused elevator shaft, feeling it also posed a danger. D.O.B. ultimately issued a stop-work order for the entire building, which was still in effect as of press time. The Villager toured the building about a month ago, led by one of the tenants. The lobby was cluttered with discarded furniture and other junk, and a pile of bicycles were jammed in the bottom of an air shaft. The Villager has spoken to a handful of tenants, all of whom said they did not want their names printed because they fear reprisals. Celeste is physically imposing, and is frequently described in the tabloids as “Amazonian.” It’s said that shortly after the deal with the city, Celeste chased out a worker who was in the hallway trying to install an electrical conduit as part of the process of bringing the building up to code. Recently there was talk that UHAB was so frustrated with the state of the building that it would make it an affordable rental, and scrap the plan to make it an affordable co-op. In a telephone interview several weeks ago, asked about the situation at the building, Marina Metalios, a UHAB organizer, initially said, “UHAB has no comment.” However, she eventually said, “UHAB will work with  13th St. to become a co-op. … We would need to work with a functioning resident group there. We’ll work with them to become a co-op, that’s what we do.” The Villager called Isabel Celeste at around the same time.
“I’ve been here 27 years, and I raised my kids here,” she said. “People malign me because my daughter is a celebrity and they think that her paycheck is mine. Rosario is my kid and she was raised in this building, so we can’t be as horrible as people make us out to be.” Celeste also noted she does a lot of nonprofit work around the world, in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Ghana. “I live a life of service,” she said, adding, “I’m not what you would call your run-ofthe-mill Boricua goddess.” As for whether she and her family members have been taking over apartments in the building, she said, “That’s gossip,” adding, “Ask others what have they done in the past — sweat equity. Anytime any work gets done is when I’m here.” Two or three times during the conversation, Celeste burst into song, including a tune she said she learned at an amputee clinic in Sierra Leone, “Oh, oh, me love, my life — today!” “That’s my mantra,” she said of the African tune. She also said she has turned over a new leaf, and is not the former Isabel Celeste that people may have known. “I have not misbehaved for like a decade, not really-eeely misbehaved,” she said. In fact, she said, she prays daily for everyone in the building, including her “nemeses,” as she put it. “Everyone has a history, but my daughter is a celebrity or nobody would care about me,” she reflected. At another point, she said, “I’m taking everybody upward with me, upward into the light. … I’ve forgiven them,” she said of her critics. But at another point, she indicated she’s tired of their complaining. “You live in the building, but don’t help or work,” she said, before launching into an inspired verse of “Cry me a river!” It’s easy to see where Rosario gets her dynamic talent. She didn’t really want to get into details about the litany of charges and countercharges. “Just Google it, dude,” she said. “It’s all out there, it’s been written about.” When The Villager went by the building this past Tuesday, a young, heavily tattooed man having a beer on the stoop said Celeste was inside sleeping in her first-floor apartment and they had been told they had to be quiet. The Villager phoned a bit later and Celeste answered, sounding hoarse and saying she had a cold. “Things are fine as far as I’m concerned,” she said. “We’re going to get permits, we’re going to be working on the building, because the building needs it. I’m excited about it.” But when asked about the hole she had reportedly drilled in the floor and the spiral staircase, the conversation quickly ended. “O.K.,” she said, “you know what? Good bye,” and hung up the phone. A bit later on, a tenant reported seeing her through the basement window, sitting in a chair and looking at the spiral staircase.
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Bono and The Edge get some el-eh-vay-tion on 8th St. Bono, The Edge and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. of U2 (bassist Adam Clayton might have been hidden from view) performed on top of the world-renowned Electric Lady Studios on W. Eighth St. last Friday, as seen in this photo snapped by Sharon Woolums from her window across the street. Bono later came down and posed with fans, including Woolums, right, but the shot would have come out better if the singerâ€™s handler had allowed flash.
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Police BLOTTER Snuck in to shoot up skirt
Phone thieves in club
A woman, 27, told police that when she walked into her building at 10 Jones St. around 1 a.m. on Thurs., May 30, a man — later identified as Joseph Pagan, 38 — snuck in behind her, sidled up next to her in the building’s vestibule, held his cell phone under her skirt and took several photos. The woman said she didn’t even realize what Pagan was doing until she felt his hand against her leg. After the voyeur fled the scene, she immediately called police to report the incident. Officers were able to apprehend Pagan less than an hour later, during a canvass of the area, and cuffed him after a positive identification by the victim. Pagan was charged with unlawful surveillance at the scene, and a police source said that the District Attorney’s Office has also slapped him with a burglary charge.
Early on Fri., May 31, two men — Ali Afzal, 21, and Adnan Muzaffar, 28 — were allegedly working together, between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., at Tenjune nightclub, at 26 Little W. 12th St., to jostle, sneak up on, and otherwise distract women patrons in order to grab the phones out of their purses, police said. Toward the end of the pair’s spree, one of the victims, 22, informed the club’s management, who reported the activity and got a couple of officers to show up at the establishment. The young woman, along with the help of three other victims — all in their late teens or early 20s — pointed out the two thieves to cops, who quickly arrested them after finding all four of the stolen phones stashed in their pockets. Afzal and Muzaffar were both charged with grand larceny.
Peacemaker gets slashed A man, 38, told police he was trying to step in between his friends and another man, Carlos Dominguez, 22, to stop their dispute, which was occurring near the corner of W. 14th St. and Eighth Ave., around 12:30 a.m. Sat., June 1. But when the peacemaker informed the aggressor that he was about to call the authorities, Dominguez reportedly pulled out a knife and chased him down the street, eventually slashing him and leaving a minor cut on the man’s back. By that time, one of the victim’s friends had already called the police, and officers arrived in time to apprehend Dominguez before he could flee. He was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
Bodega worker pulls knife Police arrested a disgruntled bodega employee on the afternoon of Thurs., May 30, after he threatened a customer with a knife he had stashed behind the counter. The customer, 32, told officers that while he was inside the store, 256 W. 14th St. Food Corp., just east of Eighth Ave., around 4:30 p.m., he was trying to talk on his cell phone, and asked the employee, Khiballah Al-Aabli, 22, to quiet down after Al-Aabli began yelling at a co-worker. But instead of following that age-old mantra “The customer is always right,” Al-Aabli reportedly picked up the knife and waved it at the man, telling him, “This is my store!” and aggressively asking him, “Do we have a problem?” The customer, fearing for his life, called police, who arrived minutes later. When officers spoke to both men, Al-Aabli apparently realized his error and willingly turned over the knife. He was charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.
Phone-photo fracas Two women turned from friends to enemies all because of a cell phone photo, and now one of them is facing charges after a heat-of-the-moment brawl. The alleged victim, 44, told police that while she was waiting with her friend Vanessa Farley, 43, for a southbound A train at the W. Fourth St. subway station around 11 p.m. on Tues., May 21, she showed Farley a photo she had recently taken on her phone’s camera. The shot was apparently so offensive to Farley that she smashed the phone on the ground — breaking it beyond repair — and then attacked her friend by biting and scratching her ear, neck and finger, police said. The victim reported the incident to police several days later, and Farley was arrested May 30, and charged with assault and criminal mischief.
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‘Spring St. Wild man’ is violent, fearful locals say Continued from page 1 Deputy Inspector Gerard Dowling, the Fifth Precinct’s commanding officer, described Pearson as, “6 feet 4 inches…and mentally unstable.” Pearson has been arrested 21 times, with his first arrest on Jan. 28, 1983, for burglary. According to Dowling, Pearson has committed numerous offenses around Spring St., and has been labeled by police as an emotionally disturbed person, or E.D.P. “We had to be assisted by our Emergency Services Unit to control this person,” he said, adding, “He does have issues — criminal, health and drugs.” Several community members spoke, including Christina Nenov, who lives on Spring St. She pleaded with officers for protection from Pearson, noting she had called 911 in the past after he prevented her from leaving a store. “I’m disabled, I can’t run, and he was threatening me with sexual assault,” she said. Nenov was upset to learn that Pearson isn’t just on her block. “It’s Crosby St., it’s tourists, it’s children, it’s Lafayette St. — this man has been a predator in my neighborhood,” she said. Hemal Sheth, manager of Lafayette Smoke Shop, said he has called the police on Pearson 10 to 12 times over the past year. “We have an order of protection [against
Pearson] for assault in the third degree,” Sheth said. “He entered the store, broke newsstands, pushed me and tried to hit me.” When the protection order expired, Pearson returned to the store on that very day. “He knows what he’s doing,” Sheth added. Neighbors also claim Pearson has been physically violent with people on her street prior to the recent brick incident. “He will harm people, he cannot control himself, and he’s a known danger,” Nenov stressed. Peter Chong, a crime prevention officer, injured his shoulder while struggling with Pearson to get him into an ambulance. “My shoulder is not the same,” he said. “Dealing with him is not like dealing with anyone else.” Another officer told of arresting Pearson on Spring St. for snapping a tree in half, a criminal misdemeanor. The limits of police response are also an issue. “The cops come, but an officer told me, ‘Well, I didn’t see it, therefore, we can’t really do anything,’” said Nenov. One officer advised Sheth to call police when Pearson entered the store, and they would pick him up for trespassing. “By the time you guys come — 45 minutes to an hour later — he’s gone,” Sheth replied. Since he is considered an E.D.P., Pearson receives different legal and medical treatment. “By law, if you’re mentally unfit and charged with a misdemeanor, your charges are dismissed,” said Assistant District Attorney Kaitrin Roberts.
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“There is a complicated analysis when the police can make arrests.” When an E.D.P. is brought to a hospital, New York State law only allows the person to be committed if he is a danger to himself or others, or if a psychiatrist determines he needs to be involuntary committed. Under Kendra’s Law, an At 6 feet 4 inches tall, E.D.P. can leave Richard Pearson is an the hospital, but intimidating presence, is not required to people say. take medicines. “Just because they’re outside ranting and raving, we can’t force them to go to the hospital,” said an officer. “We can only tell the psychiatrist what the person is doing, and the experience of other people.” Pearson’s latest behavior presents community members the opportunity to share their stories about him with a judge, which could lead to substantial jail time and psychiatric intervention
for Pearson. On May 29, Pearson was indicted for assault charge, and is scheduled to appear in front of Judge Charles Solomon in State Supreme Court on June 25. A.D.A. Roberts explained that Pearson’s bail was set at $5,000, or $7,500 bond, in Criminal Court, and that if he’s still in jail by his court date, his bail could potentially increase. “A lot of you would like to be heard, and I think it’s very appropriate for those of you who’ve had interactions [with Pearson] to write a letter to the judge,” Roberts told the community council meeting. She suggested residents detail what Pearson has done to the community, and how he has impacted their lives. Frustrated by having to assign two officers to cover Pearson whenever he is in Bellevue Hospital, and the general disruption he causes, Dowling urged residents to write letters. “I get tied up with manpower with Richard Pearson,” the deputy inspector said. “I know how much of a pain he is to you, and I don’t want to escalate this to anything else.” Robert Ianniello Jr., president of the Fifth Precinct Community Council, and owner of Umberto’s Clam House, the renowned Mulberry St. restaurant, agreed that a letter-writing campaign is warranted. “If the judge gets 50 letters saying this guy is terrorizing our neighborhood,” Ianniello said, “he’s going to have to do something about it.”
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former B.P. fields gives Kurland a ‘very good’ chance Continued from page 1 Johnson, 31, the chairperson of Community Board 4 (Chelsea/ Clinton), who, like Kurland, is openly gay. (Kurland actually had to suspend her radio show due to her campaign, with her last broadcast airing on May 22.) It’s shaping up to be a dynamic contest between the selfdescribed “poor kid” from Upstate New York and her opponent and fellow activist, who made a name for himself when he became the nation’s first out high school football team captain. A lesser-known candidate, Alexander Meadows, is also in the race, though he is trailing the other two candidates in the fundraising stakes. While Kurland and Johnson both talk “progressive” views on issues like healthcare, gay rights, education and affordable housing, Johnson has been getting the lion’s share of endorsements. With support from Duane, Congressmembers Jerrold Nadler and Barney Frank of Massachusetts, new state Senator Brad Hoylman and Assemblymember Richard Gottfried, as well as powerful labor unions, like the United Federation of Teachers and 1199 S.E.I.U., Johnson is seen by some as the front-runner. Johnson has also been sweeping the endorsements of local Democratic political clubs, including Village Independent Democrats, Downtown Independent Democrats, Chelsea Reform Democratic Club and Village Reform Democratic Club, plus also has the support of the Working Families Party. In addition, in a recent New York Times article that announced Duane was supporting him, Johnson came out as H.I.V.-positive. But to guests at a fundraiser for Kurland on Monday evening, her election campaign is very much in the running, with three months to go before the Sept. 10 primary. The fundraiser was organized by the Women's Democratic
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Yetta Kurland with C. Virginia Fields, right, and Erica Vargas, a political and legislative analyst for District Council 37, left, at a fundraiser for Kurland on Monday.
Club and held at the loft of Virginia Davis in the West Village. A buoyant Kurland described her campaign as going very well and said she was excited following the first day of a petition drive to get her name on the ballot. Kurland was remembered for her work during the recovery from Hurricane Sandy and the fight to stop the closing of St. Vincent’s Hospital. She said that of all the issues facing the next city councilmember, a new hospital should figure prominently. Calling Johnson the “establishment figure,” Kurland's supporters said his connections and endorsements are certainly helping, but added that noteworthy labor and political support was also getting behind their candidate’s campaign. For her part, Kurland has garnered endorsements from the New York Metro
Area Postal Union and more importantly, District Council 37, the city’s largest public workers’ union. A union representative, who asked not to be named, said Kurland’s leadership in attempts to save St. Vincent’s had garnered her “great respect” and was part of the reason for their support, as well as her commitment to low-wage employees. In formally announcing her endorsement at the event organized by the Women’s Democratic Club, C. Virginia Fields, the former Manhattan borough president, was joined by Betsy Gotbaum, the city’s former public advocate. Fields described Kurland’s chances of taking Quinn’s seat as “very good.” She praised Kurland’s record on affordable housing and healthcare and added that while name-brand support from the establishment is “always good,” it doesn’t necessarily mean victory. “I think today people are making decisions independent of the establishment,” Fields said. Recalling a prior political victory of hers, the former borough president said, “In my case, I ran against an incumbent and we went to the voters and made our case. Running against recognition makes you work harder but it is not something not doable.” Even if Johnson is ahead in the endorsements race, it wouldn’t be the first time that Kurland has been playing catchup. In terms of campaign funds, Johnson quickly raised his maximum spending limit by last July. According to the most recent data from the Campaign Finance Board, he has raised $176,000 as of May 15, with almost $100,000 remaining for the race’s homestretch. Kurland, on the other hand, is trailing in dollars, with total receipts of more than $133,616, leaving her with a remaining balance of just under $50,000, as of last month.
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Busted in buffet with big blade, but he wasn’t a chef
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Morgan Soto being removed from Centre Buffet restaurant after being arrested for allegedly carrying a 16-inch sword in Chinatown while acting erratically.
On the afternoon of Wed., May 29, a police traffic sergeant noticed a man acting erratically and carrying a 16-inch long sword near Canal St. in Chinatown. She gave chase while calling for backup. Within moments, uniformed and plainclothes officers from the Fifth Precinct cornered the man in a Chinese buffet restaurant at the corner of Howard and Centre Streets. The
man, identified as Morgan Soto, 35 of Kips Bay, was removed by ambulance to a hospital for a psychological exam. He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, disorderly conduct and also false impersonation, because he gave police a phony last name, according to the Daily News. Soto reportedly has more than 30 prior arrests, mostly for drug-related offenses.
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Grand Streeter floats ferry idea to revitalize area By Maeve Gately Since its inauguration as a three-year pilot program in 2011, the East River Ferry has become a key commuting feature for residents of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens, carrying a total of more than 1.6 million people during that time. Currently, the ferry stops at 34th St. and Wall St., bringing commuters to Midtown and the Financial District. But many residents have expressed the sentiment that these stops are too limited. Joseph Hanania, a freelance journalist and a resident of the East River Housing co-op, is pushing to have the East River Ferry service expanded to Grand St., where a new dock was recently installed by the city. Hanania got the idea for the ferry stop a few months ago when he was running in the co-op board elections and looking for ways to help revive his neighborhood. Though he did not win election, he attracted the interest of fellow resident and real estate agent Jim Keenan, who encouraged Hanania to pursue the ferry initiative, and together the two started a petition. Hanania believes the ferry would bring economic stimulus to Grand St., an area that from Essex St. to the F.D.R. is relatively dead. “The closer you come to the East River, the deader it gets,” he said. By directly connecting this lightly trafficked area to Brooklyn and Queens, the ferry would bring in an “influx of artists” and commuters from the outer boroughs — including those who don’t bike across the bridges — and help make the Lower East Side a more viable destination. More practically, the ferry would be a viable public transit option for thousands of residents living in an area that is poorly served by the subway system. It would connect commuters from the outer boroughs to three major crosstown bus lines, the East River bikeway (the ferries carry bikes as well as passengers), and provide access to Chinatown, Soho, the Village and City Hall. Keenan expressed his support in an e-mail, saying, “Any additional mode of transportation that steers my neighbors from overcrowded subways and buses and provides access to the other areas is a bonus for the Lower East Side. Also, the ferry service would provide access to the new waterfront parks and piers for visitors and residents.” The East River Park stands in sharp contrast to its Hudson River counterpart, which has a lively and active relationship with the West Side community, hosts a series of events through the Hudson River Park Trust throughout the year and has several restaurants and waterfront cafes, including at Chelsea Piers. As Hanania points out, the East River has not a single restaurant, despite its prime location and impressive views. In addition to seeking grassroots support, Hanania reached out to the city’s Economic Development Corporation, the organization that built the Grand St. dock last year. He had e-mail contact with both the agency’s president, Seth Pinsky,
and Ashley Dennis, in the community relations department. He was told that E.D.C. is looking to increase the number of East River Ferry stops, and is considering Grand St. as a potential addition. Hanania posted his petition on Change. org, and has thus far received more than 300 signatures. He is looking to raise this number to 500 by June 15, the date when E.D.C. needs the petition in order to factor it into its decision. In addition to signing their names, supporters have listed reasons for their support on Change.org. “Grand Street is the missing link in the route of the ferry,” one said. “Additional transportation alternatives would really help this neighborhood, which is underserved by M.T.A. subways,” said another Wei-Li Tjong, president of the Seward Park Co-Op, sup-
ports Hanania’s initiative. “As the Lower East Side continues to develop,” Tjong said, “we look forward to the new generation of waterborne carriers bringing accessibility to our neighborhood, as well as to neighborhoods across the rivers.” A former Santa Monica resident, Hanania moved to New York two years ago, and has become heavily invested in his new city and neighborhood. He is trying to gather as much support for his initiative in the next two weeks as possible, pushing to expand and revive the street he has come to call home. Detailing all of the different ideas he has for such a revival (rooftop gyms and restaurants, sidewalk cafes and more), Hanania promised he will push the ferry initiative forward. “We want to be more than considered,” stressed. “We want to make sure we get this thing.”
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Pitting bikes vs. art Well, bike-share is off and rolling in New York City, and as of this past weekend, the new program is now open to users on a daily and weekly basis, as opposed to annual membership. The Citi Bikes are pretty much everywhere. Every tenth cycle or so whizzing by on the Hudson River Park bikeway, for example, seems to be one. You can spot them, not only by their distinctive blue hue, but by the fact that their lights are always on — thanks to a reserve power source built up from the users’ pedaling. No, admittedly, these aren’t streamlined racing bikes or even fairly fast hybrids. But they’re solid, serviceable. And it’s good to see that they’re being used, and that more folks are out biking, be they New Yorkers or tourists. There have been glitches and problems, for sure. On Tuesday, we saw a bike-share mechanic replacing a credit-card swiper in the Citi Bike kiosk at 11th St. and Second Ave. — apparently someone had poured a salty substance into the slot, disabling it. But the mechanic seemed very capable, and it’s good to see this program is also creating jobs. However, as everyone is well aware by now, the siting of the bike-share docking stations has been a cause of concern for many residents and merchants. The city’s Department of Transportation has addressed some of the complaints, by shortening certain docks, such as on Bank St., or, in at least one case — on Renwick St., in Hudson Square — by completely relocating the station to another street. We hear the Fire Department has also gotten some docks shifted where they were blocking fire trucks’ ability to make turns. Without weighing in on every bike dock in the Downtown area, we do think one location, in particular, presents a unique situation that D.O.T. needs to consider. We’re referring to Petrosino Square, at Spring and Lafayette Sts., in Soho. As area residents have been saying in their protests and petition — and as The Villager reports in this week’s issue — Petrosino Square has regularly hosted public art displays since 1984. This is, after all, Soho, a neighborhood world-renowned — or at least once renowned — for its artistic life. Although Broadway and Prince and Spring Sts. have long since morphed into glitzy shopping strips, the artistic spirit lives on in Soho, and in what today many call Nolita, as seen in the creative protests that denizens have been doing in the square ever since the bike docks arrived. What’s more, it’s clear that, in Petrosino Square’s recent renovation, the Parks Department designed the triangle’s northern end to be open, in part to accommodate public art. Indeed, Parks e-mails leaked to The Villager by a Petrosino activist state this, and also make it clear that Bill Castro, Parks Manhattan borough commissioner, felt it was inappropriate to site the bike-share dock here. Yet, D.O.T. went ahead and put the bike-share dock right on the spot designated — or, at least, seemingly designated — for public art. Of course, the number-one concern is safety. Cleveland Place, on the square’s eastern edge, actually does get slammed by traffic fairly often, and this five-way intersection has some confusing traffic patterns. If the Petrosino bikeshare dock can be relocated into the street bed somewhere nearby — without compromising the safety of cyclists, pedestrians or drivers — then, by all means, we support this. From what we’ve seen, most of the bike docks actually are in the street bed, so it’s not clear why this Soho location had to be different. Clearly, the Petrosino protesters are fiercely protective of this small public space, and want to see it restored as a display area for public art. The record of 30 years of public art isn’t going away — and neither will the protesters. There’s a simple way D.O.T. can end this standoff: Just move the bike-share station.
letters to the editor Tammany Hall to be landmarked? To The Editor: After almost three decades of citizen lobbying for the landmark designation of the former Tammany Hall on Union Square, the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously on May 14 to calendar a public hearing to consider granting protection for the building, at 100-102 E. 17th St., a.k.a. 44 Union Square East. The date for the hearing has yet to be announced. This is the first step in the designation process, which, if successful, will ultimately be up to the City Council to affirm or deny. City Councilmember Rosie Mendez, in whose district the building is located, has been a strong supporter of its designation — as were her predecessors, former Councilmember Margarita Lopez and Carol Greitzer. Support the landmarking has come from many sources over many years, including the three leading preservation organizations in the city — the Historic Districts Council, the Municipal Art Society and the New York Landmarks Conservancy — as well as Community Board 5. Elected officials, in addition to Councilmember Mendez, include Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, state Senator Liz Krueger and former state Senator Tom Duane, and Assemblymembers Richard Gottfried, Brian Kavanagh and Deborah Glick. The Union Square Community Coalition and the Gramercy Neighborhood Associates are the two leading local groups that have consistently urged protection for the structure. Jack Taylor
Reporter rebuts on radon To The Editor: I am responding to Michael Bernstein’s letter “Radon reaction is ‘just ignorant’ ” (May 30), which was a response to my article “Spectra pipeline radon fear starting to catch fire” (May 23): The Environmental Protection Agency’s safe level for radon in homes is 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/l), and no one should be living in a home that has a higher level. To know the radon levels in their homes, homeowners can purchase radon monitors. Many homeowners do this since they do not want to inhale cancer-causing levels of this colorless, odorless, tasteless gas. If levels are high in homes, there are fan systems for radon removal that can be purchased to vent the radon-filled air outdoors where it dissipates. I do not understand why Mr. Bernstein is O.K. with homeowners breathing in possibly high levels of radon for years. The longer one inhales radon that is in the air, the greater the risk of lung cancer. According to the E.P.A., radon currently causes 21,000 deaths from lung cancer a year. Yes, it does take years for lung cancer to be
diagnosed from radon inhalation, but many people live in the same home for decades. It is true that radon is naturally occurring in all natural gas. But the gas hydrofracked from the Marcellus Shale has a higher radon content and shorter transport time (hours as opposed to four to six days for half-life decay) than the gas from sources in the Gulf Coast — the usual source of gas for New Yorkers. It seems wise to legislate a radon monitoring system at the city gates rather than wait until levels above 4 pCi/l may be detected in the air of New York City kitchens. Eileen Stukane
We tried to say something To The Editor: “See something, say something.” Really. Who wants to know? Three of us gathered on the corner of Eighth and Mercer Sts. one morning last week as someone apparently comatose was on the ground. Who do we call? We decided not 911. Who needed fire engines to show up? 311? We’d never get through. I offered to dial the Sixth Precinct, a number I keep on my phone for bicycling problems. I dialed and redialed the Sixth Precinct and listened to instructions to call 911, 311 or try the detective line, the latter which I did. No one answered. By this time we roused the person, who stumbled off. We felt he was a danger to himself. If we are the community’s eyes and ears, especially on Eighth St. these days, why shouldn’t our local precinct be available? Renee Feinberg
Cyclists should have helmets To The Editor: Re “Citi Bikes not ‘Fast and Furious,’ but slow, stable” (news article, May 16): The bike-share spokesperson describes “the four cardinal rules of biking in New York City.” But the use of helmets should be “rule” No. 1, and not a mention of it — particularly for so-called “casual” users. Who’s going to pay for all those lawsuits? Robert Feingold E-mail letters, not longer than 250 words in length, to lincoln@ thevillager.com or fax to 212-229-2790 or mail to The Villager, Letters to the Editor, 515 Canal St., Suite 1C, NY, NY 10013. Please include phone number for confirmation purposes. The Villager reserves the right to edit letters for space, grammar, clarity and libel. The Villager does not publish anonymous letters.
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Will a Democrat for mayor stand up for small stores? talkinG point BY SHARON WOOLUMS After listening intently to each candidate at the Village Independent Democratic club’s mayoral forum, I had a nagging sense there was an elephant in the room. And it wasn’t the Republican symbol. No, I was in a room full of Democrats. The elephant in the room was what was not debated: the closing of our small businesses and a lack of criticism of a 20-year Republican mayoral economic philosophy for New York City that many feel is a disaster for small businesses and the middle class. All the candidates speak of small businesses as the city’s economic backbone and job creators. Yet, at the forum, there was no talk of the dire situation these merchants face. The very stability of our community hangs on the issue of these stores closing. And the politicians must surely know that small businesses cannot compete with banks “too big to fail” and national franchises for rental space on Main Street. So I did my research. Statistics are staggering and speak to a crisis. Between 1994 and 2012 under Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg, the Landlord and Tenants Commercial Courts issued 143,202 warrants to evict businesses. Another estimated 235,000 businesses walked away without a court fight. In short, up to 380,000 small businesses closed in New York City under Republican economics. Of all the economic problems facing our government, rent gouging, which is causing the closing of our mom-and-pop stores, is the easiest to resolve, restoring the American dream for our small businesses. There is a bill now pending before the City Council, the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (S.B.J.S.A.). The original version was introduced in 1986 by Councilwoman Ruth Messinger to save small businesses from sky-high rent gouging resulting from out-of-control real estate speculation in New York City; as well as the unscrupulous practice of landlords demanding “cash under the table” to remain in business; oppressive and unreasonable lease renewals, often doubling or tripling rents; and retail tenants even being forced to pay the landlord’s property tax. A survey of Hispanic small businesses by the U.S.A. Latin Chamber of Commerce showed the No. 2 reason small businesses failed was due to paying their landlords’ commercial property tax. All of the current mayoral candidates are aware of the S.B.J.S.A. In fact, in the last election, four of the candidates took strong positions on the bill. Posters highlighting the bill’s supporters were put in the windows of small businesses. John Liu and Bill de Blasio, who had made the bill a central topic of their campaigns, were featured in these posters. Other candidates, however, got negative posters, including Christine Quinn for stopping the bill in the City Council and Bill Thompson for not fighting for it. Many now feel Liu and de Blasio have abandoned the issue that they once championed to get elected as comptroller and public advocate, respectively. When candidates forget what they promised only four years ago we have to remind them! We have to remind them to revisit this crucial issue and make it the top priority it must be.
Four years ago, New York City Hispanic bodega owners endorsed John Liu, Bill de Blasio and Tony Avella due to their support of the Small Business Jobs Survival Act. The sign reads: “Dear customers, please vote for [Avella, Liu and de Blasio]. The candidates are fighting to save small businesses and jobs. Your vote counts! Please vote.” After deciding Avella’s chances of winning were slim, they made a second poster featuring only Liu and de Blasio.
Why in this election, have none of the candidates mentioned S.B.J.S.A.’s existence? In the last election, this bill had the sponsorship of the City Council’s entire Small Business Committee, including its chairperson, David Yassky, and 32 members of the City Council, including both then-Councilmembers Liu and de Blasio. May we interpret this new silence to mean New York City will remain a liberal Democratic town continuing a conservative Republic economic philosophy regardless of which party we elect? A major study was released in 2009 by the U.S.A. Latin Chamber of Commerce showing the true crisis state of our city’s small businesses. Small Business Committee Chairperson Yassky opened the public hearing on the bill stating, “I believe that we absolutely have to do something. Period. It’s not an option to do nothing.” Either our small businesses face a crisis and can survive only with government intervention or they are not in a crisis and do not need help. The voters who know the truth have a right to know how their candidates actually stand on this critical issue.
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For those candidates who know small businesses are in a crisis, and that the only real solution is the S.B.J.S.A., this bill is still alive in the City Council…waiting for a candidate with the political will, leadership and courage to fight and stand up to the political machine and the powerful real estate industry to get it passed into law. This bill may serve here as a litmus test for the differences in the political parties and the candidates’ willingness to engage on this issue in depth rather than merely spouting platitudes. Any of the candidates’ jobs-creation initiatives, loan programs or economic stimulus plans would be of little value if the businesses continue to close. Hopefully, this issue and a platform distinguishing itself from a failed Republican philosophy will be readdressed and re-enter the debate now that Anthony Weiner, “the scrappy political street fighter” as The New York Times May 22 article calls him, has announced his candidacy. Weiner has claimed, “The ideas that I have will set me apart.” And he will, according to the Times, “likely…depict his opponents as machine liberals…unprepared for the kind of tough financial decisions confronting the city.” The recently deceased Senator Lautenberg nailed it when he said, “If one of the parties is shameless, the other party cannot afford to be spineless.” For this mayoral election, the stakes are high for every middleclass and small-business family. Business advocacy groups predict that if government does not pass the S.B.J.S.A. soon, within 16 years our mom-and-pop Main Street businesses will become extinct. We who love our neighborhoods must demand that one Democratic candidate distinguish him- or herself from the failed 20-year Republican economic policies and reflect a true progressive economic philosophy. I’m not an economist but I — and you — see, hear, discuss, listen, learn and read, and we feel that something is wrong, something has changed, and that we are in trouble and that we must fix it, and that doing nothing is not working. Actions speak louder than words. The record speaks for itself. I have one vote, and so do you. Our vote en masse speaks louder than empty words. Some say money talks, but so do our votes, if we cast them in droves at the polls. And if just one candidate speaks to this important issue, we will prove our one vote is worth more — yes, more valuable than a corporation’s coffers or a real estate’s lobbying dollar. Real estate campaign donations and lobbyists’ influence should never be more valuable to candidates than any one vote from a constituent who has felt the pinch from losing his or her job; or from those investing life savings and years of work into a store, only to have their businesses fail because of ridiculously high rent hikes; or of a young native New Yorker or immigrant aspiring to the American dream only to experience a nightmare of impossibility; or finally the mom and pop who dreamed of passing on their business to their children. If ever there was a time for an elected official to stand up for “the people,” it is now. For it’s not just our quaint stores that are disappearing — but also the faith in knowing whom our government actually serves. That candidate, whoever it may be, may soon inhabit the lovely Gracie Mansion that has sadly been vacant for 11½ years.
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Petrosino Square has seen its share of public art displays By Lincoln Anderson A vocal core of residents around Soho’s Petrosino Square are protesting the siting of a new Citi Bike docking station on the triangular island’s northern end, saying it has “usurped” a spot traditionally used for public art displays.. Indeed, the spot, formerly known as Kenmare Square, has been home to public art since 1984, when a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council-sponsored installation, Lisa Hoke’s “Molecular Motion,” first graced it.
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‘Greenery had to be taken up to accommodate the large steel plate to which this artwork is anchored, which demonstrates in itself why we need the installation space.’ Georgette Fleischer Other notable works included Stephen Whisler’s monolithic “Tongue of Fire,” in 1985; Rudolph Serra’s unnamed white, ball-like piece perched between the square’s entrance piers in 1988; “Let Them Die in the Streets,” a series of signs about the AIDS crisis and homelessness ringing the square’s fence by the ACT UP artists collective Gran Fury, in 1990; and Minsuk Cho’s 2007 “Ring Dome,” constructed of white hula hoops. In 1987, the park within the square was renamed for New York police Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino (1860-1909), who was a pioneer in the fight against the mafia. Other works in the triangle, at Spring and Lafayette Sts., have included pieces sponsored by Storefront for Art and Architecture, such as Nancy Hwang’s “S: An Urban Oasis,” in 2002, in which people could get their hair cut underneath potted palm trees; and Kim Holleman’s “A Park in a Trailer in a Park,” 2006, featuring a trailer with a park constructed inside it. From 2008 to 2011 Petrosino Square was closed for renovation. After it reopened, public art exhibits continued in the open space at its northern corner, including Carole Feuerman’s “Survival of Serena,” from May to September 2012; and Jessica Feldman’s “The Glass Sea,” from October to November 2012. The latest public artwork, installed last month by the Parks Department and running through September, is Tracey Emin’s “Roman Standard.” But this last piece, critics say, is not in the art-installation space taken over by Citi Bike, but rather in a green, planted area
inside the fenced-in park. “Greenery had to be taken up to accommodate the large steel plate to which this artwork is anchored, which demonstrates in itself why we need the installation space,” said Georgette Fleischer, founder of Friends of Petrosino Square. Images of the public artworks were provided to The Villager by Fleischer, fellow Soho activist Pete Davies and, in some cases, by the artists themselves. Davies noted that the L.M.C.C. Web site states that 30 years’ worth of archives held in the organization’s offices at the World Trade Center were destroyed on 9/11. “So, much of their record may have been lost,” he said. The Villager also reached out the city’s Parks Department to see if it had images of the 30-plus years of art displays in Petrosino Square, but Parks never responded. However, Fleischer forwarded to The Villager e-mails from Parks officials showing that they clearly understood the historic role of public art in the square. After Fleischer reached out via e-mail to Christopher Crowley, a designer with Parks, to convey the community’s concerns, Crowley, in turn, e-mailed Steve Simon, Parks chief of staff, on April 5, saying, “Hi Steve, Georgette is right. There was a lot of effort during the design phase to preserve the front triangle of Petrosino for art display. This is why there is a lack of green in this area.”
‘Please let D.O.T. Borough Commissioner Forgione and the Director of Bike-Share know that Manhattan Parks Commissioner Bill Castro agrees that this is not an appropriate location for a bike station.’ Steve Simon Less than an hour later, Simon e-mailed Colleen Chatergoon, community liaison for Margaret Forgione, Manhattan borough commissioner of the Department of Transportation, regarding the community opposition to a bikeshare rack at Petrosino Square: “Colleen: Please let D.O.T. Borough Commissioner Forgione and the Director of Bike-Share know that Manhattan Parks Commissioner Bill Castro agrees that this is not an appropriate location for a bike station.”
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Public artworks in Petrosino Square since 1984 have included, top row, from left: “Molecular Motion,” by Lisa Hoke, in 1984; and Stephen Whisler’s “Tongue of Fire,” in 1985; middle row, from left: Rudolph Serra’s unnamed piece perched between the square’s entrance piers, in 1988; and “Let Them Die in the Streets,” a series of signs about the AIDS crisis and homelessness that ringed the square’s fence by the ACT UP artists collective Gran Fury, in 1990; bottom row, from left, Minsuk Cho’s 2007 “Ring Dome,” made of white hula hoops; and, more recently, Carole Feuerman’s “Survival of Serena,” from May to September 2012.
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125 years at famed Katz’s Deli; It’s a lot to digest Katz’s Deli, at E. Houston and Ludlow Sts., celebrated its 125th anniversary Sunday with a food-filled affair, featuring pastrami-eating and pickle-bobbing contests. In the pastrami chew-down, the East Village’s own mysterious Eater X put up a good fight, but was edged out by hungrier opponents. For eating the most 7-ounce sandwich halves in 10 minutes — 25, to be exact — Joey Chestnut won the coveted Gilded Pastrami Sandwich Championship Trophy, along with $7,500 in prize money. Runners-up included Matt Stonie, Notorious B.O.B. and Eater X, with 21, 18.5 and 16 sandwiches, respectively. Councilmember Margaret Chin, below, made the scene, hanging with Katz’s owner Alan Dell, left, and Bob Zuckerman, executive director of the Lower East Side Business Improvement District, right. The event was also tied in with the BID’s Day Life series of events, featuring the best of local food and fashion vendors.
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At HOWL! clockwise from above left: artist Jeffrey Jameson said, “It’s going to get a lot messier before it’s done”; the Vangeline Theater performed “Mosaic”; Jacqueline Dupree performed her original song “I Came To Win”; working on a nude, Bruce of York said, “It’s my first year at HOWL! I just started painting.”
HOWL! blows into Tompkins with art, music, poetry With poetry, rock and roll, Butoh, drag queens, burlesque, healthcare info booths, a whole section devoted to kids and art that stretched around most of the park, the 10th annual HOWL! Festival indeed had something for everyone. The weekend-long event at Tompkins Square Park began with a group reading of erstwhile East Village resident Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” — for which the fest is named — by a cast of performers that included Lydia Lunch.
Riki Colon’s “Men in Skirts” featured disco diva Jacqueline Dupree and a crowd-pleasing dance show on Saturday night. Chi Chi Valenti and Johnny Dynell once again produced the finale on Sunday, “Bowery Bombshells,” a burlesque tribute to women of the Lower East Side, featuring Bridget Everett and Justin Vivian Bond. The kids carnival kept the families busy with inflatable bouncing houses, slides, miniature golf and arts and crafts, while live music ranged from the surf-and-twang
of the Bakersfield Breakers to the serious goofiness of the TriBattery Pops. Wrapped around the park was an 8-foot-by-900-foot canvas that was decorated by more than 140 artists, who ranged from young to old and had varying levels of artistic experience. Add to all of that a dose of perfect weather and you’ve got the consummate East Village celebration.
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Getting to the root of a clash at a community garden was reinstated as a member of Dias Y Flores. “Your suspension is being reversed,” Chouloute announced. Also, it was decided that GreenThumb, working with the garden’s board, would go over the Dias Y Flores bylaws, modifying them where necessary, and these would be voted on in the fall. The GreenThumb deputy director also suggested to Wright that he could switch to one of several other local gardens where the memberships aren’t very active. Chouloute later said that Wright didn’t seem interested in the idea, but Wright told The Villager that actually he was, yet also wants to remain active at Dias Y Flores. However, Chouloute told the newspaper, “I’m not going to give him that option.” He added, “He has some good ideas, to be honest — that he could help gardens that aren’t that active.”
Continued from page 1 bership of 15 years revoked, and had been forced to turn in his key to the front gate. After being cc’d on an ongoing, heated e-mail string of back-and-forths about the flap, Chouloute decided he had to intervene. Chouloute told The Villager he became particularly concerned when he saw in one e-mail that Claude T. Kilgore, one of the garden’s board members, had allegedly told Wright to “Grow the f--- up.” At the same time, Chouloute was also alarmed that Wright was cc’ing local elected officials on his e-mails. “He’s copying people from the Borough President’s Office, the [state] Senate,” Chouloute said disapprovingly. A longtime East Villager, Wright was a leader in the effort to save the neighborhood’s community gardens when they came under threat during Mayor Giuliani’s last term. At the height of the struggle, Wright helped organize a major rally in Bryant Park that saw folk legend Pete Seeger come down to play “Guantanamera” for the garden advocates. But, despite his green cred, Wright has clashed with the board of directors at Dias Y Flores to the point where they recently felt compelled to expel him. Board members say Wright has made it nearly impossible to get anything done due to his obsessive focus on whether various of the garden’s bylaws are or aren’t being followed, and that he has tried to circumvent the board, for example, by signing up new garden members on his own. One person familiar with the situation said simply, “Jeff is an attention-seeking, loudmouth guy, who, when he doesn’t get his way, tries to dominate.” For his part, Wright calls the board a bunch of “bullies,” and charges they have repeatedly flouted the garden’s bylaws, and that he is only trying to ensure they respect the regulations.
‘Wasn’t kicked out — quit’ Some of his opponents at Dias Y Flores say Wright has been kicked out of several other community gardens. But he says that’s untrue, that he has only been booted from one other garden, Green Oasis, on E. Eighth St., and that he merely “quit” some others. An ongoing issue is the garden’s parties. Dias Y Flores has a mandatory party each month — mainly because Wright got this inserted into the garden’s bylaws three years ago. The obligatory parties include the likes of Labor Day and Halloween, as well as Leftover Day (the day after Thanksgiving), solstice, equinox and Imbolc (a Gaelic spring holiday with pagan roots). Using Facebook, Wright blasts out the invites for the parties, by some accounts, from 250 to 1,000 invites per event. The parties, however, had recently been starting to draw complaints over loudness from some neighbors. In addition, there were charges that people were getting drunk and falling down and hurting themselves in the garden. Technically, alcohol isn’t allowed in the
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Jeff Wright in Dias Y Flores garden after the May 5 arbitration meeting, as two other gardeners who don’t approve of his behavior, behind him, looked on warily.
city’s community gardens, but GreenThumb — which is under the Parks Department — is a small organization and doesn’t rigorously monitor this. Wright, however, counters that the garden was being mismanaged and becoming cluttered — for example, with an unstable pile of boards for a long-stalled shed project stacked on the ground — causing hazardous footing that was making people trip and fall.
was Jerry Trudell who, while strumming the guitar, tried to leap over the garden’s cement hob — which is usually lit with a fire for the parties. “The party was over and I said, ‘One more song,’ ” Wright recalled. “This was my fault. He said, ‘I’m Pete Townshend, watch this,’ and he jumped over the pit and caught his foot.” Hill later told The Villager that he witnessed two of the people who fell leave the party in
‘This is the East Village. This is the last bastion of freedom in America.’ Jeff Wright
The three incidents At the May 5 meeting, Everett Hill, a 63-year-old Marine veteran who is a garden board member, referred to the “three incidents” — two people who fell down and injured themselves and one person who tried to jump over a fire pit but fell into it. One woman who was hastily arriving at the meeting quickly spoke up and said she was one of those who fell — she pointed to her forehead, where she had been injured — but said she hadn’t been drinking; that she fell after her foot got wedged between the garden’s paving stones. Wright later identified her as Angela Lehup. As for the other person who fell, Wright said, “He told me he just got dizzy.” Wright, who plays guitar and sings at the parties, also later told The Villager that it
taxis to go to the hospital. “I was right here,” he said. “Serious head injuries.”
Lilacs from Chico All the charges and countercharges were duly aired at the arbitration meeting. Wright had been ordered beforehand by the garden’s board to clear out his plot, but instead he actually added some more plantings to it that very day — including lilacs that he saved from the Chico Mendez Mural Garden, formerly on E. 10th St., before it was bulldozed by a developer back in the late 1990s. In the interim, he had planted them in another garden, El Sol Brillante, on E. 12th St. The upshot of the meeting was that Wright
By all accounts, Wright, 61, is a free spirit. Originally from West Virginia, Wright is a poet who formerly edited Cover magazine and currently edits another art magazine, Live Mag! He’s also a special-education teacher in the public school system. He has two sons who are engineers, and a granddaughter. He said he’s trying to change the garden’s complexion by bringing in new members. Speaking to The Villager after the May 5 meeting, Wright said, “We’ve swelled the membership — this garden’s become the premier art and poetry garden in the city. It’s a music garden too. “This is the East Village,” he stressed. “This is the last bastion of freedom in America.”
Membership war Traditionally, the time when people could apply for membership to Dias Y Flores was one Thursday evening per month. But Wright charged this was unfair, since Thursday — a big evening for gallery openings — is “a working night” for artists. According to other garden members, though, who accused Wright of “subversive activities,” he was trying to sign up new members on his own, but didn’t have the authority to do this. Kilgore said, “He held meetings and made it sound like they could join through him — and he sent out minutes from meetings that should come from the board.” At the May 5 arbitration meeting, it was decided that there would also be one Saturday meeting per month at which new members could join. Wright’s critics were skeptical that the new people he wanted to bring into Dias Y Flores would be interested in planting flowers and composting coffee grounds. However, putting an end — at least temporarily — to any plans by Wright of a takeover of the garden by enlisting new members, about a week after the meeting, Chouloute abruptly announced that membership for Dias Y Flores was closed until the end of fall.
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Sowing seeds of discontent or cultivating a rebirth? “It’s a city rule — no alcohol,” McGorty said. “It can be done, but it was becoming unsafe,” she said of drinking in the garden. McGorty said she is the garden’s senior member, having been with Dias Y Flores since 1983. As for the missing “Freedom Gate,” she scoffed, “The fence can’t be stolen if it’s not your property. It’s been removed for safekeeping. It’s not a ‘Freedom Gate.’ It’s the property of the garden.” Freedman said the final straw was the Easter “drunken party.” He said someone had peed in the plot of a gardener named Alex. Kilgore later explained what actually happened was that some of the partiers had been emptying beer bottles into Alex’s plot and Alex objected, and they then threatened to urinate in his plot.
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‘Free — BUT within limits’ Kilgore, who moved to the neighborhood three years ago and works in real estate, said he has heard about the wild times in the old East Village, and wishes he had been a part of them. “We never revoked his membership because of the parties,” he said of Wright. “I love the free spirit. I would have loved to be here 15 or 20 years ago. … “It can’t be limited,” Kilgore said of the revelry, “but it has to be reasonable. Someone has to take responsibility for it when there is drunken behavior and people get hurt. The thing is, with GreenThumb — we’re not even supposed to be drinking in here. He’s inviting thousands of people to these things.” Wright said, “There have been charges against me ever since I joined: ‘Drunken parties, drunken parties,’ always ‘the drunken parties….’ “Did he thank me,” he asked of Kilgore, “for bringing people into their little private garden? “The gardens are really important,” Wright said, “and I’m afraid that GreenThumb is trying to neuter and sanitize them with this power grab that they’re doing.” Wright said he’s also trying to build up the garden’s membership because he’s always worried that it could be seized back for development. But Hill said that’s ridiculous because the garden isn’t lacking for members, and in fact currently has 68.
Beef at Brillante After the arbitration meeting at Dias Y Flores, over at nearby El Sol Brillante, a man who asked that his name not be printed said they decided this year not to give Wright a key because he wasn’t doing the minimal things required of members. Plus, he said, he objected to the huge fires Wright would have blazing, as well as Wright’s trademark wolf howling. They change the lock on the gate annually, which is the way they weed out unwanted members, he said. “He was thrown out,” the man said. “Look at this party — nice, quiet, mellow,” he said, as he nursed a can of Budweiser. A former garden member was having a pre-wedding party. As opposed to a GreenThumb garden, El Sol Brillante is a land trust. As for Wright, the man continued, “This guy used to take a Christmas tree, chop off all the branches, light it on fire and run around the garden. They used to have a flame 12 feet high” in the fire pit, he said. Nick Breeden, another El Sol Brillante member, said with a smile, “I like Jeff,” later adding, “He’s a handful.” Plus, he said, his wolf howl is “horrible.” Both said that, just as at Dias Y Flores, Wright was prone to making a big issue over bylaws at El Sol Brillante’s meetings. “We used to call him ‘Bylaws Jeff,’ ” Breeden noted. For his part, Wright denied he was kicked out of El Sol Brillante. “That’s not true. They just wouldn’t give me a key after 12 years,” he said.
A party of artists Photo by Lincoln Anderson
Susan Yung, left, and Everett Hill had differing ideas on exactly what kind of “community” is meant by the term “community garden.”
After his Dias Y Flores key was initially taken away, friends of his threw him a party, giving him 30 keys, including one 5 feet tall made out of foamcore. The plan is to assemble these into a sculpture. Wright said he sinks about $1,000 of his own money into the parties each year, which includes “refreshments, charcoal and logs.”
How the howl started As for how his signature party howl emerged, he said it was “when we were in the garden struggle — ’95, ’96 — trying to save Chico... . I was looking for a war cry. I tried the rebel yell and the war cry whoop.” Then he was at a family affair in North Carolina and heard a wolf howl in the distance. “I can do it for like a minute,” he said. “I like to do it a couple of times [per party] — when someone really cool comes in or goes out. And why shouldn’t I make a little noise, to let people know that we’re in the garden, and using it, and defending it? There’s no law against howling. Excuse me — get over it, it’s New York City. … I love howling. The people who like it are at the party and they howl with me.” “People don’t like it,” Hill said, “and it seems to me, people don’t like it is why he does it.” Wright noted that he sent food up to Hill in his apartment when he was recently recovering from quadruple heart bypass surgery. Hill admitted he used to do the grilling at Wright’s parties. Hill said, however, after neighbors started complaining about noise from the parties, he “tried to help” Wright and went over to the Ninth Precinct to find out exactly what the regulations were. Basically, he was told that guitar playing and loud music at garden parties are supposed to end at 8 p.m., except for Fridays and Saturdays, when they can go till 10 p.m. Not long after the May 5 meeting, another
controversy erupted over the so-called “Freedom Gate” that Wright had stuck in his garden plot. This had been a small prototype section of a new fence that the garden’s board was planning to install. They paid $2,600 for this sample, which came out of the garden’s $5,500 treasury, and were then looking into a grant for the fence’s full $75,000 cost. Wright slammed the process, saying not all members were involved in the approval, and the board ultimately scrapped the project. Wright then took the small mock-up section of the fence and stuck it in his plot, dubbing it the “Freedom Gate.” But the fence recently vanished — and he filed a report for grand larceny at the Ninth Precinct.
‘All of us, I think, love large, outdoor, loud, drunken, s---stomping parties. We just can’t have them on 13th St.’ Ron Kuby This past Memorial Day, per the Dias Y Flores bylaws, the garden had a party. However, feeling his actions are now under the microscope, Wright said that “to be safe” he didn’t send out a mass notice on Facebook.
New zero-tolerance policy Sitting on a bench inside the garden’s gate, Fran McGorty and Robert Freedman explained they were enforcing a “zero tolerance policy” on alcohol, though they suspected it was being violated.
Gathered in the garden’s rear, the Memorial Day party was fairly small and low-key, with only about 15 or 20 people. Most were artists of some sort, including Ron Kolb and Steve Dalachinsky of the loose-knit writers’ collective The Unbearables; Debra Drexler, a visiting art professor from Hawaii; Gary Ray, who formerly ran Darinka, a performance space on the Lower East Side; poets Judy Rifka and Susan Yung; and Patricia O’Rourke, a visual artist from Gowanus. Some were discretely sipping wine from paper coffee cups covered with plastic lids. One gardener who didn’t give her name, but who everyone else told The Villager was Debra Jenks, was circulating a petition for the “immediate revocation” of the Dias Y Flores board. It was a little too mellow, so Wright decided it was time to play some guitar and sing. “It’s the East Village! It’s Memorial Day!” he said with a semi-incredulous expression on his face, aware of the others up at the front of the garden keeping a watch on the party, before he launched into “My Girl.” “Caterwauling” was how McGorky described Wright’s singing, but he actually wasn’t too bad. He later hopped up on the table and did a dance with another reveler. Some partiers who were more into drinking had decided to go over to El Sol Brillante, where they found a secluded bench. But when a Villager reported arrived, one of them promptly tipped off the side of the seat and toppled over onto the ground. “Whoa! I don’t normally do that!” he said as one of his drinking buddies stood convulsing with laughter and woozily tried to fill his own lidded, paper coffee cup with more wine.
Coat-of-arms controversy As the party back at Dias Y Flores petered out about 6 p.m., Jenks, who is an accomplished artist, was painting the garden’s “new coat of arms” — which Wright had mentioned to The Villager earlier — on a wall of the con-
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villager arts & entertainment Brick up your ears Brooklyn theater hosts festival of sound design THEATER sound scape A Festival of Theatrical Sound Design
June 7-29 At The Brick 579 Metropolitan Ave. At Lorimer St., Williamsburg Brooklyn (btw. Lorimer St. & Union Ave.) Tickets: $15, online at bricktheater. com or call 866-811-4111
BY TOM TENNEY The Brick Theater produces a lot of festivals — it’s kind of their thing. But festivals at the Williamsburg experimental venue aren’t your garden-variety observances of artist or genre: they’ve become the theater’s way of exploring aesthetic and cultural intersections. Sure, some of the dozens of festivals produced during the theatre’s first decade have had a chimerical bent (The Antidepressant Festival comes to mind), but just as often they examine critical connections between live theatre and other arts or performative elements. Their annual Game Play festivals, for example, present works that probe the relationship between performance and video gaming. Others, like the Comic Book Theater Festival, bring divergent artistic forms to the theatrical table. It’s what Co-Artistic Director Michael Gardner calls “hybrid theatre,” and it makes one wonder what took them so long to come around to sound design. But come around they did — and for two weeks starting June 7th, the Brick Theater will present sound scape: a festival of 11 productions that celebrates the sound designer as a driving creative force. “I’m a huge fan of sound design,” Gardner said. “It’s an unsung art form, and needed a spotlight. In this festival, the sound designer
is the primary artist, and sound design, typically in the background in most theatrical shows, is foregrounded." While sound and theatre aren’t exactly incongruous forms — sound, of course, is an integral element in theater — the aural is normally relegated to the role of servile valet to the mighty image, and this is precisely what makes it cry out for a festival of its own. Scanning the roster of performances, it’s hard to miss the fact that over half the productions in sound scape are based on past works — a fact that is thrilling to Gardner, who also curated the festival. “There’s a lot of classic text in there, and it spans a wide swathe of time,” he said. “You’ve got Homer, Dante, Beckett and Virginia Woolf. It wasn’t intentional, it’s just how it fell out.” One of the most intriguing of these is a performance of Alvin Lucier’s 1969 recording, “I Am Sitting in a Room.” A classic among aficionados of avant-garde composition, Lucier’s piece is as much a scientific experiment as it is a work of art. In the original, Lucier recorded himself speaking into a tape recorder in an isolated room. The tape was then rewound, played back and re-recorded onto a second machine. This process repeated through several generations, each producing resonant frequencies which harmonized with each other — until the artist’s voice was obliterated, and all that remained were reverberating tones. This was groundbreaking stuff in 1969, and sound designer Ryan Holsopple’s revival as a concert-style performance designed using 2013 technology (the multimedia program Max/MSP) may be considered a scientific experiment in its own right. Holsopple will employ the Brick’s new 5.2 surround sound system, but his use of modern tech is aimed towards maintaining the original piece’s simplicity. “It’s very stripped down and simple at its core,” he explained, adding that a public performance allows the possibility of the audience becoming part of the composition itself, in the tradition of John Cage. “If people get up to go to the bathroom, cough, move around, or if a siren goes by, every sound becomes a part of it because the room is constantly being recorded.” Chris Chappell also plans on exploiting the Brick’s new sound system to its fullest.
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Photo by Gyda Arber
Sound designer Ryan Holsopple’s revival of Alvin Lucier’s 1969 recording, “I Am Sitting in a Room,” presents the avant-garde composition as a concert-style performance using 2013 technology.
Photo by Chris Chappell
Chris Chappell’s “ELE↓↑TOR” takes place in an elevator in the Empire State Building, slowly ascending through a sonic spectrum on its way to the 80th floor.
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The Brick’s latest theater fest shines spotlight on sound Continued from page 21 His piece, “ELE↓↑TOR”, was developed specifically for the kind of theatrical spacialization that a surround system can provide. The play takes place in an elevator in the Empire State Building, slowly ascending through a sonic spectrum on its way to the 80th floor. Elevators are awkward and uncomfortable, and Chappell sculpts his sound to evoke this feeling in the audience. “We’re trying to create a feeling of being pushed into the confinement of a closed space,” he explained. Chappell cites two disparate sonic inspirations for the piece — elevator music, and the “noise instruments” developed by Futurist Luigi Russolo a century ago. He views the former as “a really empty kind of music, with a flattening quality that dampens the sharper emotions” — a perfect soundtrack to the social awkwardness of elevators. Russolo’s influence is a bit more opaque, with pounding, electrical zapping and the sounds of “unfathomable technology” providing a counterpoint to the corporate, anxiety-mitigating quality of elevator music. Chappell says this theatrical noise “is not about soothing the modern man, it’s very loud and threaten-
Image courtesy of Roger Nasser
Director Roger Nasser’s “Commotion Collage” appropriates elements from the Dadaist simultaneous poem.
ing and unpredictable.” Another interesting sonic play on the past is “Commotion Collage,” which appropriates elements from the Dadaist simultaneous poem — a form pioneered in 1916 by Tristan Tzara at the Cabaret Voltaire, in which multiple voices and other sounds combine in a singular sonic composition. Director Roger Nasser’s appropriation liberates the original form from its historic cultural context, and yokes it into service as a building block for a more contemporary version of the acoustic collage. “I’m going to take fragments of the original poems and weave them throughout, as part of the background,” he explained. He’ll also include contemporary sounds, such as answering machine messages,
white noise and a riff from the “Family Ties” theme song — artifacts from an electronic culture that didn’t yet exist in 1916. Given the number of ways the festival’s producers are demonstrating that a focus on sound can spur such theatrical innovation, it’s unlikely that sound scape will be merely a one-off festival, and may even become a staple of the Brick’s annual offerings. “I like the idea that theatre began as an auditory experience,” Gardner said, adding that, “Today, one thinks of going to see a play. But we want to remind the audience that they’re there to listen. I hope this is an opportunity for audiences to reinterpret what the stage is to them, and to re-imagine what a theatre-going experience can be.”
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Just Do Art! BY SCOTT STIFFLER
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Gregg Mozgala as Blizzard the underworld kingpin. See “The Penalty.”
Like a rundown carnival’s dark ride attraction, Clay McLeod Chapman packs his monologues, short stories, novels and plays with the unnerving sense that serious danger is lurking just around the bend. But unlike promised Midway thrills that rarely materialize, Chapman’s characters always deliver when it comes to crossing the line that separates sinister impulse from violent action. That makes him particularly well-suited for this musical version of “The Penalty.” Chapman’s stage adaptation (with music and lyrics co-written by Robert M. Johanson) is inspired by the Gouverneur Morris novel and the Lon Chaney film version. Set in 1920 New York City, a legless beggar’s plea for spare change is ignored by Lower East Side passersby — who are blind to the fact that the seemingly helpless derelict is actually an underworld kingpin obsessed with executing a macabre revenge plot against the prominent doctor who deformed him. “The Penalty” stars Gregg Mozgala as Blizzard, along with an ensemble that includes actors from Mozgala’s The Apothetae theater company (dedicated to the production of new full-length plays about the "Disabled Experience,” and the only NYC-based company to be run, owned and operated by people with disabilities). Fri. & Sat., June 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29. At 7:30pm, at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie St., btw. Rivington & Delancey Sts.). For tickets ($15 in advance, $18 at the door; $12 for students/seniors), call 212-219-0736 or visit dixonplace.org.
YOU ARE DEAD. YOU ARE HERE.
The debut production from playwright Christine Evans, director Joseph Megel and
media designer Jared Mezzocchi’s Transit Lounge theater company shifts between the past and present, telling the story of a charged encounter between an American soldier and an Iraqi girl blogger. The project came about in 2010 when Megel commissioned Evans to write a script about a U.S. veteran haunted by video game-style flashbacks to Iraq. What ultimately became “You Are Dead. You Are Here.” has been evolving ever since, most recently under the auspices of the HERE Artist Residency Program. Inspired by the ever-blurring line between video game environments, interactive technology and military research, the play incorporates animated landscapes from “Virtual Iraq” — a virtual reality program used in military training, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder therapy and rehabilitation. Dr. Skip Rizzo, the creator of Virtual Iraq, worked with Transit Lounge to retool his cutting-edge software for the stage. Tues.-Sun. at 8:30pm, Through June 22, at HERE (145 Sixth Ave., just below Spring St., entrance on Dominick St.). For tickets ($10 in advance, $18 one day prior, $20 day of show), call 212-352-3101, visit here.org or purchase at box office (5pm to curtain, on day of show). Student rush tickets free with ID.
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Kathreen Khavari, in the Transit Lounge production of “You Are Dead. You Are Here.”
THE LAST OF THE ITALIANS
Once dominant and now dwindling, South Greenwich Village’s Italian community has been captured for the ages — in vibrant and loving detail — by New York-based photographer, writer, installation and mixed media collage artist Anne Kristoff. In “The Last of the Italians,” Kristoff uses expressive photos accompanied by brief interview excerpts to tell the story of a changing neighborhood’s casualties, stubborn survivors and enduring traditions. At its best, as in the case of Frances Ciotta, the exhibit’s combination of visual and audio beautifully conveys both the crystalized essence of a particular person and their universal desire to retain that which they hold near and dear. “We celebrated everything in that place,” says Ciotta of an old haunt. Refusing an invite to join her daughter in the outer boroughs, she insists, “I’m going from here to the cemetery. I’m my own boss. I like it that way.” True to her word, Ciotta passed away in 2012, exiting this world as a Village Italian. Her sense of defiance endures, alongside other exhibit participants — such as 43-year-old Tommy Cannella (who’s been praying in front of the blessed mother at St. Anthony’s for decades) and 16-yearold Christina Auricchio (who admits to spending most of her time out of the neighborhood, yet daydreams about what life would have been like to grow up with dozens of kids her age on the block). Free. On view from June 11-15. Opening reception: June 13, 6-9pm. At Soho Gallery for Digital Art (138 Sullivan St., btw. Houston & Prince Sts.). For info, call 212-228-2810. Visit lastoftheitalians.com for a sneak peek.
Photo by Anne Kristoff
See, and hear, the late Frances Ciotta — one of Anne Kristoff’s “Last of the Italians” (on view at Soho Gallery for Digital Art, through June 15).
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BENEDICTUS Written by TOM ATTEA Directed by MARK MARCANTE Music composed by ARTHUR ABRAMS
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FINDING MY WAY BACK HOME
A play about a group of people who find a new path of hope, after a hard and homeless journey.
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THE EMPRESS DOWAGER
Written & Directed by MICHAEL VAZQUEZ
Presented in Mandarin with English subtitles Adapted & Directed by JOANNA CHAN
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Aiming high, with a low budget B.Y.O.B. film fest lubricates life on L.E.S. BY SCOTT STIFFLER Shoestring filmmakers, and cinephiles wrestling with a similar shortage of coinage, are poised to find some common ground — when the reasonably priced Lower East Side Film Festival returns to its namesake neighborhood to “continue the tradition of showing great low-budget films from around the world.” The sprawling June 13-23 event takes place at venues including Landmark Sunshine Cinemas, Anthology Film Archives and The Crosby Street Hotel. Feature, short, documentary, experimental, foreign, LGBT and animated films populate the festival’s roster — which also offers music, visual art, installations, a block party/Drive-in and a June 17 panel discussion featuring Tamara Jenkins, Ira Sachs and Craig Zobel. In addition to the self-professed “inexpensive tickets,” the screenings will, festival organizers proudly declare, “be BYOB as always.” Curated with attention to the demands of the well-lubricated as well as those more prone to sober contemplation, we’re especially interested in seeing the following:
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A longtime local merchant gets his overdue doc treatment, in “The Birdman.”
Director Chioke Nassor’s “How To Follow Strangers” is based on the true story of a woman who died in her apartment, and was found a year later (decomposing, but still looking snappy, in a crisp
music SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 3pm Trinity Youth Chorus: Spring Pops The Trinity Youth Chorus and Outreach Choirs from P.S. 140, P.S. 315, and Hour Children sing hits about New York. Trinity Church
THURSDAY, JUNE 6 & 13, 11am Fellowship Gathering: Job Seekers’ Group Join others seeking to improve and effectively market their job skills. 74 Trinity Pl, 3rd Fl, Room 2 THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 10am—1pm Mosaic Art Project: Workshop Help design a large-scale mosaic for Charlotte’s Place. Facilitated by public artist Jackie Chang. Charlotte’s Place
Chanel suit). When a young man becomes obsessed with this urban tragedy and disappears, a young woman who shares his commuting schedule inserts herself into his life after he resurfaces.
TUESDAY, JUNE 11 & 18, 1—3pm Open Hours Origami Learn origami with interfaith minister Lisa Bellan-Boyer. Charlotte’s Place WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 6pm Beyond the Canon This gathering is for those interested in studying Early Christian texts using traditional and non-traditional interpretive methods. 74 Trinity Pl, 3rd Fl, Room 2 SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 5—6:30pm The Family Table An opportunity to relax with family over a healthy meal while donating a meal to a family in need. More information at trinitywallstreet.org/familytable. 74 Trinity Pl, 2nd Fl, Parish Hall
worship SUNDAY, 8am & 10am St. Paul’s Chapel · Holy Eucharist SUNDAY, 9am & 11:15am Trinity Church · Preaching, music, and Eucharist · Sunday school and child care available MONDAY—FRIDAY, 12:05pm Trinity Church · Holy Eucharist MONDAY—FRIDAY, 5:15pm All Saints’ Chapel, in Trinity Church Evening Prayer, Evensong (Thurs.) Watch online webcast
TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 6pm The Poet’s Corner From the Psalms to Walt Whitman— explore how the divine is communicated to us through verse. 74 Trinity Pl, 3rd Fl, Room 3
an Episcopal parish in the city of New York
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Joanna Arnow’s “I hate myself :)” charts her dysfunctional relationship with racially charged poet-provocateur James Kepple (including a scene where Kepple razzes her about her online profile pic, while the filmmaker questions why her Romeo needed a wingman for his OkCupid date). Jessie Auritt’s “The Birdman” looks at the life, and livelihood, of Rainbow Music’s 70-year-old proprietor. Still going strong at its St. Marks Place & First Ave. location, the store’s floor-to-ceiling inventory of CDs, VHSs and old cassettes could easily be mistaken for the lair of a world-class hoarder — but the quirky owner’s mastery of the soft sell and ability to find exactly what you want amidst the clutter makes him a treasured neighborhood character (as well as a momand-pop shop survivor whose very existence is helping to protect the East Village from total immersion into a Starbucks and Subway mentality). “If you’re not afraid to come in,” he vows, “you’ll probably end up buying a lot of stuff.” June 13-23, at Landmark Sunshine Cinemas, Anthology Film Archives, The Crosby St. Hotel and other Lower East Side venues. For a full schedule of events, visit lesfilmfestival.com.
June 6 - 12, 2013
Contemplating family, the future and fracking Talking Band’s latest digs deep below the surface THEATER
Written & Directed by Paul Zimet Music by Ellen Maddow A Talking Band production Through June 9 At La MaMa 74A E. Fourth St. (btw. Bowery & 2nd Ave.) Tickets: $25 ($20 for students/seniors) For reservations, call 212-475-7710 or visit lamama.org
BY MARTIN DENTON (of nytheatre.com and indietheaternow.com) When I first saw the title “Marcellus Shale,” I thought it was somebody’s name: it sounds like the moniker of a character in a Thornton Wilder play, doesn't it? It’s not, though. Paul Zimet got the title for his latest work from a geological formation located in the Appalachian Basin, including the Catskills in Southern New York. This region is at the center of some significant controversy at the moment, for it contains massive amounts of untapped natural gas resources that many entities want to tap using the process known as fracking. But my leap toward Thornton Wilder proved apt, as it turned out. This new work by Zimet — a remarkable, wise, deeply moving, highly necessary play — is in its way a descendent of “Our Town,” examining the details and rhythms of usually unexamined American lives to reveal something at once ineffable and fundamental. Zimet’s not interested here in what's eternal, but rather in what’s inexorable. “Marcellus Shale” is not so much about policy or economy as it is about complacency and inertia. Its central question is: How did we get to this place, where a society of supposed rugged individualist can-do Yankees got cowed into submission by a passel of entities that are too big — not just to fail, but also to topple or even to challenge? “Marcellus Shale” unfolds in a small New
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L to R: Joel Leffert, Harlan J. Alford, Linda Tardif and Tina Shepard, in “Marcellus Shale.”
York town only a few years into the future (the play is set in 2016), where gas companies have disrupted virtually every aspect of a life that residents sold out for leases that felt lucrative but now perhaps seem paltry. The story revolves around four families: Tom and Bonnie, who leased their farm and are now retired; Betty, who works as a First Responder and whose son, Duncan, has just returned from the military abroad; Alex, a middle-aged stoner whose son Pablo has also just returned home; and Adelyn, a corporate trainer whose daughter Rona has also just returned home (from NYC). The play has a strong narrative throughline, but I leave its compelling details for you to discover. It also probes into the rituals and dreams of these varied people, and finds in them evidence (as opposed to reason) that help us see, from our vantage point as onlookers, the paths these folks have taken. Zimet gets under these characters’ skin with insight and eloquence. Here's one of my favorite moments, in which Tom contemplates hitting the road: I sometimes had had thought had thought when I was younger that I’d like to be a truck driver and see a lot of the
country and well Well yes I’d like to I’d like to see an awful lot of our country I’ve I’ve always been uh had the wish to see the Great Smoky Mountains and see the uh the Grand Canyon of the Colorado and uh Rocky Mountains and Mojave Desert and you know all the all the places that you see beautiful pictures of… The play is gorgeously lyrical and suspenseful and involving. Zimet’s staging is signature Talking Band style — meaning that there’s not a wasted or unnecessary movement or transition; that there’s always music (by Ellen Maddow) and singing, and even dancing (sometimes, especially when you don't expect it); that the ensemble work is tight and flawless and that simultaneously each of the production’s ten remarkably accomplished actors creates a full-bodied, empathetic, deeply human character. The actors are Harlan J. Alford, Suli Holum, John Kurzynowski, Joel Leffert, Ellen Maddow, Mike Mikos, Steven
Rattazzi, Tina Shepard, David Smilow and Linda Tardif. The design is stunning, with thrillingly evocative sets and video by Anna Kiraly, sound by Maddow, lights by Lenore Doxsee and Natalie Robin, and costumes by Kiki Smith, all working together to create a magical and theatrical world for a play that is mostly about the ground and our relationship to it. I think what I most admire about “Marcellus Shale” is the fact that Paul Zimet has written it at all. In a time when so many artists seem content to gripe and grumble on blogs or Facebook, Zimet has done what he does best: creating a work of theater art to try to figure out how we got into this mess and what we are supposed to do about it. And I love, too, that of course no simple answer is promulgated here — we live in complicated, difficult times, after all; except, perhaps, the simplest answer of all, which comes in the play’s final, resonant moment. “Marcellus Shale” does what great art is supposed to do. It engages us, jolts us, surprises and challenges us (even drawing the unexpected smile now and then, given its somber setting). If we can get art as beautiful as this, then there’s hope that we can fix anything, right? Note: This review first appeared on nytheatre.com.
June 6 - 12, 2013
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Notice of Qualification of ATALAYA SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES FUND (CAYMAN) IV LP Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/01/13. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Cayman Islands (CI) on 06/16/11. Princ. office of LP: 780 Third Ave., 27th Fl., NY, NY 10017. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 122072543. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. Arts. of Org. filed with Registrar of Companies, P.O. Box 123, Ground Fl., Citrus Grove Bldg., Goring Ave., George Town, CI KY1-9000. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 Notice of Formation of EAST 74TH STREET BRIDGE, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/30/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, Attn: Jay Neveloff, 1177 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY 10036. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 Notice of Qualification of 53 FRONT STREET, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/26/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/19/13. Princ. office of LLC: 5 Hanover Sq., 25th Fl., NY, NY 10004. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of DE, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of NEW WAVE DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGY, PLLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/06/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the PLLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the PLLC is to: The PLLC, 400 Jericho Tnpk., Ste. 100, Jericho, NY 11753. Purpose:To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, YES LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/22/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to:The LLC, 290Third Avenue, #30A, New York, NY 10010. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013
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Publ ic Notice s SANDEMAR CONSTRUCTION, LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 3/1/13. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Moss & Kalish, PLLC, 122 E. 42nd St., Ste. 2100, NY, NY 10168. General Purposes. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 UNITY YOGA LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/10/12. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 311 W. 127th St. #807, NY, NY 10027-1892. General Purposes. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 Notice of Qualification of JZ REIT Fund Flatbush Portfolio, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/26/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 767 5th Ave., 48th Fl., NY, NY 10153. LLC formed in DE on 4/11/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 Notice of Qualification of Screaming Spirit Productions, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/26/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/12/11. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: c/o Home Box Office, Inc., 1100 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY 10036, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 Notice of Qualification of Valar Ventures LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/25/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 4/22/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, Attn: CT Corporation System, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013
NOTICE OF FORMATION of MARMELADE, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/26/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 281 Hollow Tree Ridge Road, Darien, CT 06820. Purpose: any lawful activity. The LLC is to be managed by one or more managers. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Carlo Balestri Architect, PLLC a professional service limited liability company (PLLC). Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 1/24/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the PLLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the PLLC is to: Carlo Balestri Architect, PLLC, 40 Wall Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10005. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: CMT BOOTCAMP LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/01/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 111 Broadway, Suite 1702, New York, New York 10006. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Application for Authority of 114 5th AVENUE NEW YORK CITY, LLC filed with the Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/23/13. The LLC was formed in DE 4/19/13. Office loc.: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The principal business loc. and address SSNY shall mail copy of process is 600 Madison Ave., 20th Fl., New York, NY 10022. The office address in DE is 203 NE Front St., Ste. 101, Milford, DE 19963. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Div. of Corporations, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Formation of WellGen Power, LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/8/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 330 Madison Ave., 6th Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Formation of 150th Debt LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/12/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Bluestone Group, 225 Broadway, 32nd Fl., NY, NY 10007. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013
Notice of Formation of Agente Creativo, LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/26/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Ana Leshen, 451 Broadway, 3rd Fl., NY, NY 10013. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Formation of Rapha Racing NY LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/21/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Salans LLP, Att: Jody Saltzman, Esq., 620 Fifth Ave., NY, NY 10020. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Qual. of TWG OE Funding LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/22/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 2/20/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Formation of Maki Bar LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/13/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Yaniv Shaky Cohen, 451 Broome St., #5E, NY, NY 10013. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Qualification of Long John Silver’s, LLC App. for Auth. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/27/13. Off. loc.: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 6/6/69. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Arts. of Org. filed DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Qualification of Shaner Industries, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/17/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/12/11. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013
Notice of Formation of 48150 Boxwood Holdings LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/29/12. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o The Community Preservation Corp., 28 E. 28th St., 9th Fl., NY, NY 10016, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Formation of 48152 Chestnut Holdings LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/31/12. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o The Community Preservation Corp., 28 E. 28th St., 9th Fl., NY, NY 10016, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Formation of Besame Mucho LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/7/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Rothstein Kass, 9171 Wilshire Blvd., 5th Fl., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 Notice of Qualification of AEC PowerFlow, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/8/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 3/15/07. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, also the registered agent. Address to be maintained in DE: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secretary of State, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 Notice of Qualification of BERKSHIRE ACQUISITION II, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/19/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/17/13. Princ. office of LLC: 7 Hanover Sq., 20th Fl., NY, NY 10004. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013
Notice of Qualification of 156 EAST 33RD STREET LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/18/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/17/13. Princ. office of LLC: c/o CORIGIN, 505 Fifth Ave., NY, NY 10017. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of the State of DE, Corp. Dept., Loockerman & Federal Sts., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 BIG GULP HACKING LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 3/15/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 415 W. 127th St., NY, NY 10027. General Purposes. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 Notice of Formation of Lookout Point Films, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/8/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o S. Reid Kahn, Esq., Kane Kessler, P.C., 1350 Ave. of the Americas, 26th Fl., NY, NY 10019. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013
Notice of Formation of Barclay 7 Realty LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/19/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Goldberg Weprin Finkel Goldstein LLP, 1501 Broadway, 22nd Fl., NY, NY 10036. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 Notice of Formation of MB 1200, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/27/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Marisa Bellis, 182 Poppasquash Road, Bristol, Rhode Island 02809. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 Notice of Qualification of McFarland Dewey Company, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/15/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 420 Lexington Ave., Ste. 300, NY, NY 10170. LLC formed in DE on 3/12/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013
Notice of Qualification of Partners VII/98 Avenue A Owner LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/18/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: c/o AEW Capital, Two Seaport Lane, Boston, MA 02210-2021. LLC formed in DE on 4/12/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 Notice of Qualification of Select Media Services, L.L.C. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/8/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 18th Fl. - 1067 W. Cordova St., Vancouver, BC, Canada V6C 1C7. LLC formed in DE on 12/23/97. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013
Notice of Qualification of Walleye Trading Advisors, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/20/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in MN on 3/24/05. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business address: 16-18 W. 22nd St., NY, NY 10010, Attn: Peter Goddard. MN address of LLC: 14601 27th Ave N, Ste. 102, Plymouth, MN 55447. Cert. of Org. filed with MN Sec. of State, 60 Empire Dr., Ste. 100, St. Paul, MN 55103. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013 Notice of Qualification of Zentis Sweet Ovations Holding, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/12/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in IN on 11/22/06. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. IN and principal business addr.: 2050 North Oak Rd., Plymouth, IN 46563. Cert. of Org. filed with IN Sec. of State, 302 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/02 - 06/06/2013
Public Notice NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at 66 John Street, 11th floor, on a petition from GRAHAM CENTRAL CAFE LTD to continue to, maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk café at 442 GRAHAM AVENUE in the Borough of Brooklyn for a term of two years. REQUESTS FOR COPIES OF THE PROPOSED REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 06/06 - 06/13/2013
FAMILY COURT FOR THE STATE OF DELAWARE NOTICE OF FAMILY COURT PETITION FOR ORDER OF PROTECTION FROM ABUSE To: Dwyonne Towns respondent(s) Petitioner (s), Latricia Dasent filed a Protection from Abuse petition against you in the Family Court of the State of Delaware for Kent County. Petition No. 13-15964 A court hearing has been scheduled for June 11, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. in the Family Court located at 400 Court Street Dover, DE 19901. The hearing will proceed whether you appear or not. If you wish to obtain the information on this filing before the hearing, please respond to the Clerk of Court for Civil Case Processing at the Family Court location noted above. Vil: Jun 06, 2013
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Photos by Carin Ehrenberg
All-star squads from the four Little Leagues listened to the Downtown Little League team’s manager, Matthew Bogdanos, in foreground, talk about military service.
Greenwich Village Little League’s Sam Crowson fired one to the plate.
G.v.L.L. and Harlem go head to head on memorial Day SpoRtS BY DANIEL JEAN-LUBIN The third annual Downtown Little League Memorial Day Tournament was three days of action-packed games, with all-star rosters from four Little League programs from across the city. Fielding teams for two age groups — 9 to 10 and 11 to 12 — Downtown Little League, Peter Stuyvesant Little League and Harlem Little League all delivered the best representatives of their respective leagues. For its part, Greenwich Village Little League entered two teams of 11and 12-year-olds. The tournament’s format allowed for the age-9-to-10 teams to play three games each over Saturday and Sunday, with a double-elimination championship and also a consolation game on Sunday. The championship match saw Harlem beat Peter Stuyvesant Little League 17-9 at Con Ed Field. Meanwhile, the 11-to-12s tournament included four games for each team over Friday night and Saturday, Sunday and Monday morn-
ings. The championship game and consolation games were Monday afternoon. Before the championship game, at Battery Park field, Downtown Little League’s team manager, Matthew Bogdanos, a former Marine colonel, spoke to the players about military service and his own experiences as a Marine. The players and coaches from all four leagues, lined up on the field, across the street from the 9/11 Memorial, doffed their caps and all had a moment of silence and remembrance. In the 11-12s championship game, it was Greenwich Village’s A Squad versus Harlem Little League. “It was an exciting, tight game with excellent pitching, fielding and batting,” said Carin Ehrenberg, Downtown Little League’s executive vice president. Greenwich Village took a quick 5-run lead in the first inning. But Harlem, loaded with talented players in their own right, clawed their way back inning by inning. As the game entered the sixth and final inning, the Villagers led 6-5. All looked to be lost for Harlem until, in the bottom of the sixth, with two outs, the Uptowners were able to send one more run home and tie the game. The contest stretched into extra innings, and in the bottom of the ninth, with two outs and two men on, Harlem took the championship with a walk-off homerun! Final score, Harlem 9, G.V.L.L. 7.
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Nashville was music to the P.S. 41 chess team’s ears, as they checkmated their way to victory. Daniel Levkov (center in second row, holding trophy and with mouth open) and Achilles Imundi (to the left of him, with long hair) led the talented team. Behind them are their coaches, from left, Anatoly Trubman, Jeremy Sche inbach and James Lewis.
Check it out: P.S. 41 chess team are national champs BY A.G. BASOLI The P.S. 41 chess team made all the right moves at Nashville’s K-12 Scholastic Chess National Tournament, a.k.a. the Supernationals V. Third graders on the Greenwich Village School chess team playing in the K-3 section became national champions at the chess übertournament in April, snatching a dazzling, hard-fought victory from the older, betterfunded players of elite private schools, such as Dalton. Leading the Village team in the Under 800rated category was new national champion Achilles Imundi, 8, who came out on top with a perfect 7/7 score against 473 other children. In the Championship section, for players rated above 1,000, P.S. 41’s Daniel Levkov, 9, placed third out of 278 players. Levkov is the former national second grade co-champion and was invited to play in the World Youth Tournament in Slovenia last December. At a chess event at the Marshall Chess Club, on W. 10th St., he held his own against Norwegian Super Grand Master Magnus Carlsen. Much like the Olympics, the Chess Supernationals, this year in its fifth edition, takes place every four years in Music City, drawing players from first to 12th grade between the ages of 4 and 19 across the
United States. According to the U.S. Chess Federation, which runs the event, it is the largest rated tournament in the world. This year broke all records with 5,335 participants. Its 21 sections are arranged by grade and rating reflecting the players’ ability. Over a period of three days the children play seven rounds of chess, often sitting for up to four grueling hours per round in large tournament hall, from which the parents, relative and fans are banned. The P.S. 41 Chessers in the Under 800rated category competed against 75 other teams, and in the K-3 Championship beat out 30 teams to first place, winning over Dalton at tiebreakers. “It is rare to win both sections. Usually it is one or the other,” said Jeremy Scheinbach, who runs the after-school program at P.S. 41 and coached the team to victory. Scheinbach has run the after-school program for the past 10 years, but competing at large tournaments is a relatively recent venture dating back three years. The program is entirely parent-sponsored. First graders of the P.S. 41 chess team distinguished themselves too and came in seventh, though they unofficially won first place as the cutest team — an achievement for which Chess Life Magazine is running their photo on the cover of its June issue.
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as ye sow, so shall ye reap? Continued from page 20 troversial shed. It was two large green, crossed keys on a white background. But it turned out they didn’t have board approval, sparking yet the latest garden flare-up. Afterward, Kilgore said, “They went and vandalized and painted some kind of ‘freedom keys’ on the shed. ‘Coat of arms,’ what does that mean? If it was up to me, I would file a police report. I think we’re probably just going to paint right over it. This could be grounds for immediate removal.”
OTHER GaRDEnERS WEIGH In Other veteran East Village gardeners offered their take on Wright and the Dias Y Flores situation. Elizabeth Ruf Maldonado, a founding member of LUNGS (Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens) and a performing artist, said, “I think people are standing up for Jeff right now. And I think what they’re standing up for is the spirit of gathering and spontaneous joy. I know that when administrative stuff takes over it can be a downer. I think gardens not only are there for preserving nature but also are supposed to be fun places to relax. “I’ve been at plenty of events where there will be wine,” she said, “but I wouldn’t want to have an event that was built around drinking in a garden... We have a right to celebrate — I mean, it is New York City.” Another longtime East Village gardener, who asked that neither her name nor that of her garden be printed, said that howling in the gardens — specifically, at the full moon — is a neighborhood tradition. But she said she didn’t know Wright, or his particular howl, so didn’t want to comment about him. “We have people that howl like wolves, too,” she said. “That wouldn’t identify him to me.” In general, the neighborhood has radically changed, she said, noting, “We had some of the loudest rock and roll bands play our garden in the early years and nobody complained. Nowadays, the people here have a lot more money. They want to go out and party on the streets, but when they live there [come home], they want quiet.” Liz Christy Garden, at East Houston St. and the Bowery, has its factions, too. “We have a core — I would say, three dissidents,” said Hector Rodriguez. “So you have three that say ‘No’ and 12 that say ‘Yes.’ Tension is just personalities usually.”
HILL HaS HaD IT A few days following the May 5 arbitration meeting with GreenThumb’s Chouloute, Dias Y Flores members held yet another contentious meeting. During this one, Wright accused Hill of dispensing garden memberships without making the applicants go through the normal sign-up process. Afterward, Hill told The Villager that’s it, as far as he’s concerned. “We used to be friends,” he said of Wright. “He comes and lies on me today. I’m sorry to say, I’ve had it. I feel the garden ain’t gonna be
O.K. until we get rid of him. “All I want to see before I die is the garden being peaceable, a new fence and a whole bunch of children enjoying themselves in there,” he said. “You got holidays like Easter, Halloween — you could have thousands of children.” However, poet Susan Yung, a fan of Wright and his parties, countered, “But there are lots of different places around here for kids to go.” Yung recalled that, as an emerging artist from Chinatown, it was Wright who gave her her first reading back at the old CHARAS/El Bohio community center.
‘THInK Of THE GaRDEn’ But Chouloute said, ultimately, the focus needs to remain on the garden itself. “He’s too confrontational — his way, or no way,” he said of Wright. “Maybe he enjoys the spotlight. Whoever he really is, it’s not really doing good for the garden. Because people come and go — but the garden stays. At the end of the day, he should ask himself, what exactly is he trying to do.” Meanwhile, for his part, Wright said he’s being unfairly harassed and that he’ll continue to battle the garden’s board. “The board is ‘drunk with power,’ to quote another garden member,” he said. “They remain as they have been for over a decade — bullies, cheats, thieves and liars.” Ron Kuby, the well-known civil rights attorney, and his wife, Marilyn Vasta, a psychotherapist, used to live in the building just east of the garden. In fact, Vasta was a founding member of the garden, and gave it the name Dias Y Flores (“Days and Flowers”) after a song by legendary Cuban folk singer Silvio Rodriguez. Kuby said Wright recently contacted him for legal representation about the garden. But Kuby, in a telephone interview, told The Villager that he gave Wright basically the same advice as GreenThumb’s Chouloute — if you want to party hearty, find another space. “The people who are on the board, most of them have been in the garden for 30 years,” Kuby said. “They’re good people. I can see why it’s attractive to use it as a large, outdoor party space. All of us, I think, love large, outdoor, loud, drunken, s---stomping parties. We just can’t have them on 13th St. It’s a residential area. “It is first and foremost a community garden, an oasis for kids, nature and gardening,” Kuby continued. “If Jeff wants to party and drink — which I totally approve of — he should be allowed to. But my advice to him was: ‘If you want freedom, no limits, hearty party — create your own space.’ I said, ‘I understand your vision, but don’t force your vision on other people.’ “I’m not a prude — ‘smoke ’em if you got ’em, dude,’ ” Kuby said. “But don’t do it where you’re jeopardizing an institution that people worked decades to build. If there are a couple of people having beers at night, no one gets upset. But don’t make it your party space. It can’t work. The garden eventually will get closed down.” As he sniffed a bush of pink flowers on Memorial Day, poet Dalachinsky offered, “Jeff, he should howl a little less. … And this should be the last line of the article: Don’t forget to smell the petunias.”
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June 6 - 12, 2013
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south plaza starting at 7 am Open to all levels. Presented in partnership with Paragon Sports.
THURSDAY June 13 7:00 am 7:00 am 8:00 am 10:00 am 11:00 am 12:00 pm 5:00 pm 6:00 pm
morning running Club with paragon sports Boot Camp with Circuit of Change yoga with Jivamukti yoga storytime with karma kids Baby Loves Disco new school Jazz performance by peridance Contemporary Dance Company Zumba with Zifa
THURSDAY June 20 7:00 am 7:00 am 8:00 am 10:00 am 11:00 am 12:00 pm 5:00 pm 6:00 pm
morning running Club with paragon sports Boot Camp with Circuit of Change yoga with Jivamukti yoga storytime with karma kids Cpf marionette show – Little red’s hood new school Jazz performance by peridance Contemporary Dance Company salsa with Baila society
THURSDAY June 27 7:00 am 7:00 am 8:00 am 10:00 am 11:00 am 12:00 pm 6:00 pm
morning running Club with paragon sports Boot Camp with Circuit of Change yoga with Jivamukti yoga storytime with karma kids meg’s melodies new school Jazz Club Dance with peridance
KiDS pavilion starting at 10 am & south plaza starting at 11 am
MUSiC West side seating area at 12 pm Performed by The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
THURSDAY JuLy 11
THURSDAY august 1
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morning running Club with paragon sports Boot Camp with Circuit of Change yoga with Jivamukti yoga storytime with karma kids randy kaplan new school Jazz Zumba with Zifa
THURSDAY JuLy 18 7:00 am 7:00 am 8:00 am 10:00 am 11:00 am 12:00 pm 6:00 pm
morning running Club with paragon sports Boot Camp with Circuit of Change yoga with Jivamukti yoga storytime with karma kids rolie polie guacamole new school Jazz salsa with Baila society
THURSDAY JuLy 25 7:00 am 7:00 am 8:00 am 10:00 am 11:00 am 12:00 pm 6:00 pm
morning running Club with paragon sports Boot Camp with Circuit of Change yoga with Jivamukti yoga storytime with karma kids key Wilde & mr. Clarke new school Jazz Club Dance with peridance
morning running Club with paragon sports Boot Camp with Circuit of Change yoga with Jivamukti yoga storytime with karma kids story time with oLivia™ Barry g with ramblin’ Davey new school Jazz Zumba with Zifa
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morning running Club with paragon sports Boot Camp with Circuit of Change yoga with Jivamukti yoga storytime with karma kids gazillion Bubble show – the next generation Baby Loves Disco new school Jazz performance by peridance Contemporary Dance Company salsa with Baila society
THURSDAY august 15 7:00 am 7:00 am 8:00 am 10:00 am 11:00 am 12:00 pm 5:00 pm
morning running Club with paragon sports Boot Camp with Circuit of Change yoga with Jivamukti yoga storytime with karma kids hot peas ‘n Butter new school Jazz performance by peridance Contemporary Dance Company Club Dance with peridance
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south plaza starting at 5 pm Learn to dance with our partners at Peridance.
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