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God’s Love ready to get cooking again at its new enlarged Soho building BY TEQUILA MINSKY

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here was a lot of bonhomie and a shot of glam at the ribbon-cutting for the new God’s Love We Deliver building at the corner of Spring St. and Sixth Ave. on Tuesday morning. Despite threatening gray skies, the rain held off.

The $26 million project — built in a year and a half — has transformed the nonprofit meal-provider group’s former headquarters, a squat, two-story, 60-yearold building, into a new five-story facility, more than doubling the space to 48,000 square feet. GOD’S LOVE, continued on p. 31

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on,” said state Senator Brad Hoylman. “They’ve considered their job done. I think a lot of us believe differently.” Hoylman’s remarks came at the start of a panel discussion about the future health of the Hudson River held Thurs., June 4 at the SVA Theatre, at 333 W. 23rd St. HUDSON, continued on p. 6

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usic in Washington Square Park, long a cherished tradition in Greenwich Village (a neighborhood full of traditions), was the focus of a meeting last week packed with neighborhood residents and many of the people who play music in the park. No one wanted to stop the music. The issue was how loud it should be and how to keep a reasonable noise level. There were questions

about rules — hours and decibel levels. And there were calls for enforcement. “The number one complaint at Community Board 2 is noise, and most of the complaints come from park neighbors and park users,” said Tobi Bergman, chairperson of C.B. 2. “I don’t like noise, but when I was 40 years younger I did like it — and added to it,” Bergman said. The June 3 meeting of the board’s Parks Committee was intended “to hear what

people had to say and to help find a solution,” Bergman added. “The rules are not enforced,” declared a woman resident of 2 Fifth Ave. just north of the park. “We can’t live in our own homes.” It was a complaint often repeated at the two-hour meeting. A rare occasion when a phone call to the Parks Department did bring results involved a woman who WASH. SQ., continued on p. 26

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EMERGENCY NAME CHANGE: The executive director of the new Lenox Hill HealthPlex, Alex Hellinger, tells us that the facility will be changing its name to Lenox Health Greenwich Village. The name change was required as a result of an agreement between North Shore-LIJ Health System — the regional health giant that runs the Seventh Ave. and W. 12th St. medical complex — and Healthplex, Inc., a dental plan administrator covering 3.4 million people in New York State. It’s expected that signage and marketing materials using the Lenox Hill HealthPlex name will be removed or replaced before Nov. 15, 2015. The six-story medical hub is anchored by Manhattan’s first and only freestanding emergency department, which is open 24/7. North ShoreLIJ has filed a formal application with the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission to change the building’s signage.

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IN THE STARS: Don’t say Melissa Mark-Viverito doesn’t believe in transparency! In response to our request, the City Council speaker readily shared with us the fortune that she got from the all-knowing Zoltar outside Gem Spa during the recent “Follow Me Friday” event she and Councilmember Rosie Mendez led to help businesses still impacted by the Second Ave. gas explosion. Zoltar — well, at least this time — appears to have been eerily on target. “...[M]y dear outspoken one... You have a very sharp tongue... You are of a generous disposition... You have a keen mind. Try to improve it. [Ouch!] Your best friends like you for your ready wit. ...” However, Zoltar’s fortune concludes with a cryptic piece of advice: “Try to cultivate a red haired person. Therein lies a great deal of happiness for you.” Hmm... Had this fortune been disgorged a couple of years ago, we might have asked if that was then-Speaker

SEX SELLS: Christopher St. writer Robert Heide is miffed to report that while Boots ’N’ Saddles’ relocating to a new home off of his street is a good thing, its replacement is not what people were hoping to see. The gay bar had become a quality-of-life issue for some neighbors due to its uproarious drag queen lip-syncing nights, but eventually found a new, larger space nearby to move to. “Boots ’N’ Saddles left, but what are we getting there?” Heide said. “A porno shop... that’ll be open all night long, 24 hours, fluorescent lights. It’s an eyesore, in my opinion.” CORRECTIONS: Last week’s Scoopy’s Notebook item on Gigi Li running against Jenifer Rajkumar for Democratic district leader incorrectly stated that Li is also running for her third oneyear term as chairperson of Community Board 3. In fact, Li is running for a fourth term as the leader of C.B. 3. ... In addition, last week’s article on the cash mob event for merchants hard-hit by the March 26 Second Ave. gas explosion incorrectly referred to last Friday’s Shabbat dinner as a Seder, which only occurs during Passover.

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75 Morton group pushing to engage more parents BY SARA HENDRICKSON

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hase one in the evolution of the 75 Morton St. middle school, opening in fall 2017, was a 10-year community crusade, mostly about bricks and mortar to get the school off the ground. Stunning architectural drawings and floor plans were unveiled a month ago to much admiration at a well-attended community meeting in the Village. This next phase also requires dedicated community engagement, but is mostly about the school’s principal, programming and policies — including admissions, first and foremost. All this needs to take shape in less than 18 months, by fall 2016, in time for the middle school admissions season. Before families scatter for the summer, the 75 Morton Community Alliance held a meeting on June 1 at P.S. 33 in Chelsea, at which about 50 parents walked through their to-do lists. The meeting was co-hosted by Community Education Council District 2 and Community Boards 2 and 4. Heather Lortie and Patricia Laraia of 75 MCA helped facilitate, along with Jeannine Kiely, chairperson of the C.B. 2 Schools and Education Committee. “We are really going to work closely with the D.O.E. and ask what would it take to get the new leader on board by fall 2016,” said Nick Gottlieb, a member of the School Leadership and Programming Committee of 75 MCA. “We are hoping to burn a new path with how school leadership is selected. We want to think out of the box and not just consider assistant principals of city middle schools: We need to hire a leader who is an exciting and creative choice.” 75 MCA parent Alisa Ali, a psychology professor at New York University, has been proactive on the Partnership Committee for 75 MCA, reaching out to nearby partners — such as the new Whitney Museum, the Greenwich

House Music School, N.Y.U. and The Public Theater — to create student programs. 75 MCA won’t address the subject of admissions quite yet, since C.E.C. 2 has been tackling that complex topic with D.O.E to come up with an improved approach for the whole district. After committee updates, much of the evening was spent brainstorming on how to engage parents from all parts of School District 2, no small feat for a district that runs from the southern tip of Manhattan, to W. 59th St. on the West Side, and E. 96th St. on the East Side, and includes more than 30 elementary schools. “As an Upper East Sider, one of my kids is already going to Chelsea for school every day,” said C.E.C. 2 member John Keller. “So 75 Morton is certainly on our radar screen for our younger kids.” “It’s really dictated by public transportation,” added C.E.C. 2 President Shino Tanikawa. Direct subways and buses with no transfers are also important to families. 75 MCA used a “come one, come all” approach for its envisioning sessions during the last two years, convening large groups, mostly composed of parents, along with some educators and experts, who spent hours sharing viewpoints and ideas to coalesce around core decisions for the school and building design. Despite these efforts, Lortie said, “There were underrepresented groups that are minorities in our district — socioeconomically, racially and learning needs.” The new school at 75 Morton will include a District 75 school on the second floor with about 100 special-needs students, one of the largest concentrations in the city. “The more our vision is representative of all children, the more these recommendations will hold weight with the D.O.E,” Lortie explained. 75 MCA has devoted much energy

to outreach across District 2 elementary schools, but there are barriers. Parents can’t always attend evening meetings due to work schedules and childcare needs. Meetings have been primarily in the Village, so location can be an issue. Plus, not all parents are comfortable sharing their thoughts in an open forum. Increasing parent involvement from Chinatown elementary schools is a goal, especially with their relative proximity to 75 Morton. “It’s a Western process,” Lortie said, “and we need to make everyone feel welcome.” At the June 1 meeting, facilitators described an approach used by the Lower East Side’s School District 1 to achieve broad parent representation for its planning sessions to develop a new school. A ticketing system was set up whereby each district elementary school was allocated two tickets for parents and a few more for teachers and administrators. Another fixed number of tickets were set aside for all others. Facilitators then asked parents to break into small groups and consider contrasting approaches, including fully open versus ticketed meetings, or some hybrid thereof. After reconvening as a group and taking some polls through the show of hands with red, yellow and green index cards, a lively discussion ensued. “I don’t know why we would limit involvement,” said Matthew Horowitz, who has been active on 75 MCA outreach to District 2 schools. “Ticket holders might feel they have a responsibility and this might incentivize parents to come to meetings,” commented another parent. “Even if it is just symbolic, that might generate a push.” Using a more virtual process gained some traction at the meeting: An online drop box could gather input anonymously from parents, educators and even students. Consensus emerged that a ticket

system was not enough to increase parent engagement and that new outreach action steps were needed. A list of ideas was generated by the group, ranging from asking principals to identify parent representatives, to coordinating with C.E.C. 2 members who are already liaisons with specific school clusters. “We will need people to step up and make these ideas a reality,” urged Heather Campbell, a longtime 75 MCA parent. Applause broke out when Emily Hellstrom, a parent with twin second graders at the Peck Slip School in the Financial District, didn’t hesitate to respond, declaring, “I will step up to a leadership role!” C.B. 4 on the West Side (Chelsea/ Hell’s Kitchen) has a keen interest in how the 75 Morton school plays out, especially since that area is experiencing some of the most explosive residential development in the city. Hudson Yards, a massive multiuse development in the far W. 30s, will include 5,000 residential units. Ambur Nicosia and Lowell Kern, chairperson of C.B. 4’s Education Working Group, attended the 75 MCA meeting. They are already planning ahead. “The Hudson Yards will have a new elementary school, but there may not be seats at 75 Morton for those kids by then,” Nicosia worried. But Kern saw hope in the Village process. “The more this 75 Morton process succeeds,” he said, “the more we can get a new school in Hell’s Kitchen.” Next up on the agenda for the 75 MCA at their next October meeting will be the school’s principal and its programming. In the meantime, expect plenty of action, recruiting and outreach from 75 MCA during the summer months. To join a committee, sign up for the mailing list or just get involved, go to www.75mca.com or Facebook.com\75MCA or e-mail 75morton@gmail.com .

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n June 2, Borough President Gale Brewer, far left, and Councilmember Rosie Mende, near left, celebrated Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signing of legislation requiring landlords to provide tenants with advance notice for non-emergency repair work that will result in disruptions to building services. The law establishes a baseline of 24 hours advance notice for most work. For work affecting elevators, the bill requires 10 business days notice for major alteration work and 24 hours notice for any other work that will suspend all el-

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evator service for more than two hours. “It’s no secret that no-notice quality-of-life disruptions labeled as ‘maintenance work’ are a frequent harassment tactic to push tenants out of rent-stabilized apartments,” Brewer said. “This law...will take another harassment tool away from abusive landlords.” “This legislation codifies common sense and common courtesy,” Mendez said. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the Department of Buildings will enforce the new law, which will take effect this fall. June 11, 2015

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Don’t go with the flow on river cleanup: Panel HUDSON, continued from p. 1 PHOTO COURTESY STATE SENATOR HOYLMAN’S OFFICE

between Eighth and Ninth Aves. PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, have plagued the Hudson for generations, said Daniel Raichel, staff attorney for the National Resources Defense Council. Between the mid-1940s to the mid’70s, Raichel explained, GE “dumped millions of pounds of PCBs directly into the Hudson River.” The manmade chemical was used in manufacturing because of its durability and is nonflammable even at high heats, he said. GE discharged the PCBs into the river and they went everywhere, he said. “Even though GE dumped PCBs into the river from plant sites way way north of Albany...the flow of the river, which goes both ways but mostly down, has brought PCBs to the entire New York area, including around Manhattan,” Raichel explained. The actual amount of PCBs the company put into the Hudson is unclear, but some estimate as much as 1.3 million pounds. The majority is basically trapped in the 40-mile segment between GE’s plant sites and

State Senator Brad Hoylman hosted the forum on existing and potential environmental threats to the Hudson River.

the federal dam in Troy, he said. PCBs are easily absorbed into the human body and have been linked to cancer, as well as reproductive, neurological and hormonal disorders, Raichel noted. The chemical has contaminated the river’s fish. It is recommended that women under age 50 and children under age 15 not eat fish from the Hudson, he said. The 200-mile stretch of the Hudson River from Glens Falls, which is about 40 miles north of Albany, down

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to the Battery is a federal Superfund site because of the PCBs, Raichel said. It is one of the oldest and largest such designated contaminated sites in the country. Under the Superfund law, called CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act), if you pollute a resource, you are responsible for cleaning up that resource, Raichel explained. “CERCLA not only makes polluters clean up the resource, it also requires that they compensate the public for the damage done, and then restore the resource to its full health,” he said. In terms of the affected areas of the Hudson, GE is financially responsible for everything, including damages, which have yet to be determined, he said. In 2009, GE began a huge dredging operation to get rid of the PCBs in the upper Hudson. It’s an operation that takes hundreds of people, very sophisticated machinery and an expensive cleanup infrastructure, Raichel said. Contaminated river sediment is dredged out of the upper Hudson and then taken to a hazardous waste plant. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency oversees the cleanup, and what has been done so far has gone well, according to Raichel. “The clean up as planned by E.P.A. is scheduled to finish this summer,” he said. “The problem is that initially the E.P.A. only required GE to clean up 65 percent of the pollution in just the upper Hudson.” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that if the dredging work is stopped now, there could be the equivalent of a series of Superfund-caliber sites in the Hudson River, Raichel. With GE planning to finish soon, it could then dismantle an estimated $200 million cleanup facility, he said.

“Once they break up and dismantle this facility,” the N.R.D.C. attorney said, “it may be generations before we have the opportunity to do the type of cleanup that we can do right now.” GE can come to the table and negotiate with all federal actors “to make sure that all New Yorkers get the safe and usable river that they deserve,” he said. One of three things is going to happen, he said: GE is going to pay for it, the taxpayers can pay for it, or the PCBs are just going to sit there. “I think it’s going to have to be intense public pressure and visibility of this issue,” Raichel said. N.R.D.C., Scenic Hudson, Riverkeeper and others have organized a campaign for a cleaner Hudson. (More information and a petition are at cleanerhudson.org.) “The next two months is crucial ’cause they’re well on their way to completing their final year of currently mandated dredging,” said Paul Gallay, president of Riverkeeper. Hoylman said he is circulating a letter among his state Senate colleagues — addressed to Governor Andrew Cuomo and GE C.E.O. Jeffrey Immelt — “to put pressure on them to revisit the dredging and make certain that they don’t leave before the job is finished.” GE declined to comment for this article. PCBs are not the only threat to the Hudson’s health. Hayley Carlock, environmental attorney for Scenic Hudson, explained that every week there are 25 to 35 trains carrying crude oil along the banks of the Hudson. Around three years ago, Bakken crude was discovered in North Dakota and production skyrocketed. The amount of crude oil shipped by rail in the U.S. has increased 4,000 percent since 2012, said Carlock, “and that’s why the risk has risen so greatly.” Bakken crude is unrefined petroleum that is very flammable, she explained. Much of it — over one-third of the Bakken crude — goes down the Hudson River from Albany to New York City, and is destined for refineries in New Jersey and Philadelphia. A derailment of a train loaded with Bakken crude could lead to devastating explosions and fires, Carlock said. If the Bakken crude were spilled into the Hudson, the best-case scenario would be that only 20 to 25 percent of the oil could be recovered, she said. The Hudson Valley is “the last place that something like this should be shipped,” Carlock warned. “We all have to be concerned with that,” Hoylman concurred. TheVillager.com


Idea for solar WiFi posts is starting to connect BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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ooking a bit like a jumbo-sized solar-powered top hat perched on a pole, a Cooper Lumen will be stationed at Second Ave. and St. Mark’s Place on Sat., June 13, during the Cooper Square Committee’s Second Ave. Festival. However, while it’s certainly a heady idea, the Cooper Lumen is not a hat. Rather, it is a solar-powered WiFi hotspot and free phone-charging station. The model that will be on display at the festival is a prototype. Invented by East Village Internet pioneer Paul Garrin, the Cooper Lumen is being developed in partnership with Two Bridges Neighborhood Council. Engineering students at The Cooper Union helped work on the first stage of the project, creating hardware to fit Garrin’s concept principles and designs. The idea’s genesis was Superstorm Sandy, whose flooding of underground cables and cooper wiring knocked out wireless and Internet communication in large swaths of the East Village, where Garrin lives. The Cooper Lumen is 10-feet tall and designed so that it can function with everything but its top submerged un-

Paul Garrin, third from right, explaining the Cooper Lumen to people in S.D.R. Park during Ideas City.

derwater. In addition to a WiFi hotspot and phone-charging station, the Lumen is also a “social space,” Garrin noted, since it has a bench at its base, which also contains its solar-powered bat-

tery. The Lumen will also have a light for nighttime use and, the final version will sport an umbrella for shade during the day. The prototype has been making the rounds lately, and was recently in Sara

D. Roosevelt Park as part of the New Museum’s Ideas City, and was at Two Bridges on Earth Day. “The Lumen was providing fully solar-powered WiFi and phone charging in S.D.R. Park, which was extremely popular,” Garrin noted. “The New Museum allowed me to put a WiFi-NY repeater on the east side of their pristine building.” People were very inquisitive about the project, Garrin said, and were signing a petition he is circulating to put Lumens in local parks, particularly East River Park. The city plans to convert telephone booths to WiFi hotspots. However, since there are no phone booths along the waterfront, Garrin figures this is the perfect spot for the Lumens. The Lumen’s wireless service will be through Garrin’s company, WiFi-NY, whose monthly cost is about half that of other providers. People will be able to connect for free through the Lumens on a limited basis, and will have unrestricted access with a WiFi-NY membership — which is the company’s current policy. “Public access,” Garrin explained, will be “30 minutes on, one hour off, LUMEN, continued on p. 10

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entathletes will be competing in Hudson River Park on Sat., June 13. But they won’t be doing the long jump or throwing the discus and javelin (admittedly, a tad dangerous in the crowded waterfront park). Rather, they will be clashing in dodgeball, beach volleyball, kayaking, flag football and a “take no prisoners” obstacle course. Also, the park pentathletes will be competing, not as individuals, but in 10-person teams. A bit like the Olympics, where there are multiple venues, the action at the first annual Hudson River Park Games will be based mainly in Tribeca at Piers 26 and 25, but Pier 40 will also see some action. Presented by Friends of Hudson River Park, the park’s main private fundraising group, the games will go on, rain or shine, from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Participants will range from elite athletes to weekend warriors. In a showdown between the 1 percent and the 99 percent, teams from Citigroup

Hudson River Park Games athletes train to compete in beach volleyball on Pier 25.

and Goldman Sachs, among others, Games’ opening and closing ceremowill go up against ones from commu- nies. nity groups, like Manhattan Youth, in The 5-mile-long waterfront park reportedly “competitive but friendly” receives no public funding for its opcontests. No word yet on whether Oc- erations, and the games are intended, cupy Wall Street will field a squad. in addition to good fun, to be a major There will also be a 5K “Fun Run/ fundraising event. Walk” for adults and kids, sports clinRegistration will be open right up ics, sunrise yoga and — as as if nor- to the day of the Games for business mal yoga wasn’t difficult enough — teams, community groups and indistand-up paddleboard yoga. viduals to sign up for the events, inAt the delivery.com Games Vil- cluding the pentathlon. lage on Pier 26, there will be food Gregory Boroff, executive director booths, live entertainment, beer (no, of Friends of Hudson River Park, said not a competitive event) and an expo participants are “super-excited” for showcasing of the latest outdoor gear. the Games to begin. Pier 26 will also be the venue for theT:8.75” “We wanted to create a fundrais-

ing event that, like the park itself, had something for everyone and was both incredibly engaging and lots of fun,” Boroff said. “The Games do just that, and what’s been especially great about this inaugural year, is that we’re hearing from both the teams registering for the pentathlon and people signing up for the individual events, that they’re super-excited to have a chance to help support this neighborhood oasis that brings such direct benefit to their lives, businesses and homes.” Andrew Olinick, who lives Greenwich Village, is getting psyched to dive in the sand for spikes in beach volleyball and to kayak up a storm in the pentathlon. “My wife and I love living in the Village,” he said. “It’s where we’ve always wanted to be. We love being able to raise our family here, so close to Hudson River Park and all that this area has to offer. We’re so excited the park is offering an event our whole family can enjoy, as well as a simple way for people to support this indispensable resource that’s right in our backyard.” For information on registration and fees for the Hudson River Park Games and for details, visit  www.hudsonriverpark.org/thegames .

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Belgian fries stayin’ alive with MacDougal St. move BY TINA BENITEZ-EVES

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t still feels weird for Omer Shorshi. For 18 years, he and business partner Suzanne Levinson ran a petite East Village eatery specializing in Belgian-style fries paired with dozens of original sauces. Then, suddenly, it was all gone. Located at 123 Second Ave., Pommes Frites was destroyed following the March 26 explosion at 121 Second Ave. and the subsequent fire and building collapses of Nos. 119, 121 and 123. No Pommes Frites employees were injured in the blast. Like everyone who witnessed or had some connection to the explosion, the owners were in shock. Whether you were looking for an afternoon or post-bar snack or some serious starch to stanch your hangover, Pommes Frites was there since March 1997. It wasn’t unusual to see a line of people out the door of the fry shop, all waiting for a paper cone full of frites with a choice of sweet mango chutney, peanut satay, Vietnamese pineapple or any of the rest of the 28 specialty sauces at the pumps. Levinson modeled the place after frites shops that she would frequent while working in the travel industry, as she bounced back and forth between the Netherlands and Belgium. She took the European idea of a dozen, mostly mayonnaise-based sauces, and nearly tripled it, along with the help of Shorshi, a former Israeli army paramedic and Institute of Culinary Education graduate. Fried twice — Belgian style — the frites, along with the shop, were an East Village staple for 18 years. After the catastrophe, Shorshi and Levinson did not want to wait a year or longer to reopen; it had to be sooner, they felt. Both started looking at new spaces within a week of the Second Ave. explosion. Originally, the plan was to keep Pommes Frites in the East Village, but finding the right space at a good price proved difficult. In the end, they found a new location in Greenwich Village. This fall, Pommes Frites will reopen south of Washington Square Park at 128 MacDougal St. Larger than its previous small Second Ave. location, which housed a 460-square-foot restaurant with an additional 300-square-foot basement, the new location’s retail space is nearly twice as large at 800 square feet with no lower level. Shorshi said that because there’s no basement, they will have to move everything upstairs to one level, which will be challenging. But the additional space gives them room to improve TheVillager.com

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Omer Shorshi, co-owner of Pommes Frites.

the restaurant’s kitchen, which previously used a smaller electrical convection oven at the old location. “Hopefully, we can do things better all the way around,” Shorshi said. Seating space will be expanded, and alcohol might be served; the owners have applied for a beer and wine license. More sauces will also be added to the menu. “We’re always looking to add more sauces,” laughed Shorshi. Their rent on MacDougal is higher at $9,000 than their previous $5,000, but Shorshi believes the new location will pay for itself. “The rent is much higher than what we paid, but it’s a good location on the street for our product,” he said. “People going out in the East Village always came to our place at the end of the night, so hopefully they’ll still come.” Days after the disastrous March 26 collapse, fans of Pommes Frites began offering donations to help resurrect the fry shop. But Shorshi refused the funding, which he felt should go to the victims. They later accepted mobile donations via Square, but are working on launching an official Indiegogo campaign later in June to help with the cost of building out the new space. Shorshi also plans to hire back Pommes Frites employees this fall — some of whom have worked at the restaurant for as long as eight years. “It means a lot for us,” Shorshi said. “It’s a shock that we are not open, because we have been open for 18 years, all year-round, seven days a week. It’s still weird, but we have to do this.”

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East, at 411 E. 10th St., and at Two Bridges Tower, 82 Rutgers St., which would provide the signal for the Lumens. He is applying to register WiFi-NY, currently an LLC, as an L3C, or low-profit corporation. “It’s like a nonprofit, but it puts community benefit first,” Garrin explained of an L3C. Now Garrin’s goal is to raise funding to create a “street-ready” model of the Lumen, “so that it can stand on a New York City street and take all the abuse it’s subjected to, and also so that it can be submerged and still function.” A gofundme campaign for tax-deductible donations is at http:// gofundme.com/cooperlumen . A portion of the proceeds from Cooper Lumen sales will be donated to a scholarship fund to benefit students attending The Cooper for the Advancement of Science of Art, of which Garrin is an alumnus. The Lumen project is part of the WiFi-NY People’s Emergency Network in conjunction with LES Ready. TheVillager.com


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Police have arrested a homeless man in the Mon., June 1, incident in the No. 6 train station at Lafayette and Bleecker Sts. when a transgender Uptown woman who goes by “Danny” was pushed onto the train tracks. Rolan Reid, 32, was arrested and charged with second-degree attempted murder as a hate crime and assault as a hate crime and third-degree assault as a hate crime. In addition, he was also slapped with all of these charges but not as hate crimes.

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Police have made an arrest in an attempted rape that occurred in Gramercy on June 5, at 3:25 a.m. At that time, according to police, the suspect followed the victim, 25, into her apartment building and attempted to rape her in the lobby. The victim was able to fight off the man, who then fled the scene. The victim refused medical attention at the scene. Police released surveillance video and images of the suspect. On June 9, police reported that Dominique Brown, 20, of 2075 First Ave., had been arrested and charged with first-degree rape, second-degree burglary and sex abuse. Police did not clarify why a press notice said he was charged with rape as opposed to attempted rape.

Crosswalk creep Police said that on Mon., May 4, at around 8 p.m., a 24-year-old woman was walking in the crosswalk at the southeast corner of W. 14th St. and Fifth Ave. when an unidentified male grabbed her backside and walked away on foot. The suspect is described as a white male, with collar-length salt-and pepper-hair. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, black jeans, yellow work boots, eyeglasses and carrying an AND1 black-and-white book bag. Police released a photo of the suspect taken by the victim with her cellphone. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline, at 800-577-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Web site, www. nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting them to 274637(CRIMES) and

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and unregistered 2006 Chevy. He also had an active warrant for a prior unspecified crime.

A 29-year-old homeless man reportedly punched an unidentified man in the nose on the sidewalk outside of 8 Christopher St. on Sat., June 6. Police could not say what sparked the assault, which erupted just after 8:30 p.m. The two men were not acquaintances, according to a police report. Officers responded to the scene and arrested Percy Hernandez for misdemeanor assault. Hernandez also had an active parole violation warrant. The victim snapped a shot of the alleged pervy pedestrian.

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Police said they caught a Brooklyn man driving with a forged temporary New Jersey license plate on Wed., 3:30 a.m. He was busted outside of 77 Bleecker St. on felony charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument. Agustin Torres, 29, was reportedly driving with a suspended New York State driver’s license in an uninsured

Finger gun, boozy threat Unsolicited advice was offered by a Brooklyn man to police after they stopped him for having an open container of alcohol inside Christopher Park at Sheridan Square, at Christopher St. and Seventh Ave. South. He reportedly aimed an imaginary gun at the officers at about 8:20 p.m. on Sat., June 6. DeAnthony Nugent, 37, then told police that stopping people invited consequences, according to a police report. “That’s why you motherf---ers get shot,” he said, adding, “I got that fire coming back with my little brother and I’m going to find you three.” He was arrested shortly thereafter and charged with obstructing government administration, a misdemeanor.

Sixth Ave. groper A Brooklyn man allegedly made unwanted sexual advances to a woman, 58, outside of 424 Sixth Ave., on Fri., June 5. Police said the woman then fled to the nearby Citarella grocery store just before 7:30 p.m.  The perpetrator reportedly followed her inside, reached underneath her skirt and grabbed her buttocks with both hands. Police were called to the scene, where the victim identified him. Police arrested Lesley Richard, 24, for forcible touching, a misdemeanor. A partially smoked joint was found in the possession of Richard, who had an open warrant for an unspec-

Not very polished A shoeshine man looking to make a buck was rebuffed by a man outside 108 McDougal St. The decliner then brandished a gravity knife at about 4:30 a.m. on Sat., June 6, according to police. Nearby officers on patrol observed the scuffle and arrested Loren Ashby, 22, charging him with criminal possession of a weapon, a felony. He allegedly flailed his arms while shouting, “Fight them brother! Fight them!” before spitting in the arresting officer’s face. Two acquaintances, Vincent Servio, 21, and Mohamed Kaba, 20, were also present at the scene. Servio reportedly told police, “That’s my brother! What’s he under arrest for? I don’t give a f---.” Police said Kaba simply stated, “I didn’t do anything.” They were arrested as well and charged with unspecified charges.

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William Dale Stricklin, 48, former president of V.I.D. OBITUARIES

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illiam Dale Stricklin, previously of Hatfield, Arkansas, and New York City, passed away on April 25 at his home in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. He was 48. He had recently returned to Arkansas from New York City, where he had lived for the past 23 years, working as a campaign manager for a number of notable local politicians and as a union organizer. He was a four-time president of the Village Independent Democrats, founded by Eleanor Roosevelt, one of the city’s oldest and most influential political clubs. Additionally, he was an organizer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), one of the largest unions representing healthcare and property services workers, as well as local and state government employees. He grew up in Hatfield, where he was a 1984 graduate of Hatfield High

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School. Prior to moving to New York, he studied sociology and history at the University of Arkansas. He is survived by his mother, Mary Hampton, and sister, Jane Miner. He was preceded in death by his father, William Dale Stricklin, Sr. A memorial service will be held at Hatfield Town Hall, 115 Town Hall St., on Sat., June 27, at 9 a.m.

Miriam Chaikin, 90, children’s book writer who loved Israel

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iriam Chaikin, a children’s book writer and longtime Westbeth resident, died on April 19, surrounded by family and friends who loved her. She was 90. Born in Jerusalem in 1924, Miriam came to the U.S. as a small child. She remained a staunch supporter of her country of birth throughout her life, and held both U.S. and Israeli passports. Coming from very humble beginnings in Brooklyn, she was a self-made and self-educated woman. As a young woman, she worked for the American branch of Irgun, fighting for Palestine’s independence from Britain. She often reflected on this as her life’s most meaningful chapters. She later worked for several members of U.S. Congress in Iowa and in Washington, D.C. She eventually began a career in publishing, specializing in children’s literature. She worked for several large publishing houses, and began writing children’s books. Her books’ themes derived from her life and values. Most focused on Jewish history and culture, including the “Yossi and Molly” books that reflected her Brooklyn childhood in the 1930s. Author of more than 35 books, she received acclaim for her writing, including the Sydney Taylor Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries, the Notable Book designation, American Library Association and the National

Miriam Chaikin.

Jewish Book Award for illustrated children’s book, 1988, for the beautifully written and illustrated “Exodus.” In addition to her writing for children, she was a prolific poet who especially loved haiku and tanka. She recently published an edited volume on Jewish wisdom for everyday life. Her final book, “Jerusalem: An Informal Biography of the City,” is in press, and will appear posthumously. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, noted playwright and director Joseph, and Israel ben Zion. She is survived by sisters Shami Chaikin, of New York, and Faye Pearl, of California, and nieces, nephews and cousins. She will be buried in Israel. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Simon Wiesenthal Center in her memory. TheVillager.com


A slice of old New York survives on E. Fourth St. RHYMES WITH CRAZY BY LENORE SKENAZY

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o me, “old New York” is the city I moved to in 1981. Back then, the subway cars were so covered with graffiti, you couldn’t see out the windows. You always added a 20-minute cushion to your commute, just in case. And Times Square… Well, I’m getting off track. My point is, everyone’s got an “old New York.” The one Edith Wharton was referring to when she was writing a hundred years ago was the “old New York” before the Civil War, already a quaint and distant memory in the Gilded Age. Old New Yorks are always being demolished, or updated beyond recognition, so it is astonishing to learn that one slice of the old, old New York not only still exists, it stands virtually intact, right down to its original furnishings from 1832. It is the Merchant’s House Museum, at 29 E. Fourth St., and last week I went to hear a lecture about it at another amazing venue, the National Arts Club. (Hat tip to Gary Shapiro, the club’s dapper emissary, who alerted me to the talk.) “We call it the ‘Miracle on Fourth Street,’ ” began the speaker, Carl Raymond, a tour guide at the Merchant’s House who is also a professional chef. He combines both those skills to sleuth out what the home’s original owners would have been eating 183 years ago, when they first moved in. But before getting to the meat of his talk — as it were — he explained how the miracle came to be standing at all. When a young man named Seabury Tredwell moved to New York at age 18 to make his fortune in the hardware business, he lived in a boardinghouse. Perhaps predictably, he fell in love with his landlady’s daughter. They married and had seven kids. In 1832 they bought a brand-new house on Fourth St. — the suburbs at the time — and in 1840, when Seabury was 60, they had a surprise eighth child, Gertrude.  “Like my mother,” continued lecturer Raymond, “Gertrude never threw anything away.” She also never married. So when she died in 1933, just 20 feet from the bed she’d been born in 93 years earlier, she was surrounded by the very same objects that she had grown up with, right down to 39 dresses. These included the one her mom got married in more than a hundred years earlier, in 1825. Gertrude’s heir was about to sell the TheVillager.com

place and all its dusty contents when a distant cousin, George Chapman, realized that this was no ordinary fixer-upper. Stepping inside was like walking into a time capsule — the King Tut’s Tomb of Manhattan. Gertrude had kept the house “as Papa would’ve wanted it” and Chapman wanted that for the rest of us. He purchased the place and turned it into a museum. In 1965, Merchant’s House was one of the first 25 buildings on which our city bestowed landmark status. To this day, 90 percent of the items in the building are original.  So what did the Tredwells eat during the century or so that they lived there? Alas, nothing particularly delicious at first.  Despite our modern pining for heirloom vegetables, early 19th-century New Yorkers generally boiled these to death. The watery mess was served alongside boiled or roasted meats with perhaps some melted butter as gravy. And since Eliza was raised in a boardinghouse, it is likely she served the same kind of food her mom did, including what one boarder back then described as “the dessert feared by every boardinghouse resident: a sour apple encased in dough.” Historians contend that more change occurred in the 19th century than in any other era, and happily, some of that occurred in the kitchen. By the end of the 1800s, French cuisine was all the rage, along with the new practice of serving food in courses, instead of putting it all out at once.  You can still see the dining room table and chairs the Tredwells used, and some of their cookware, and the bells to call the servants, à la Downton Abbey. But threatened is the beautiful original plasterwork in the dining room and elsewhere.  The neighboring lots are not landmarked, and a boutique hotel is slated to rise on one side. Vibrations from nearby construction could crack the walls. The museum is hoping to ensure that doesn’t happen by working with lawyers and engineers to develop protection plans. With any luck, the Merchant’s House will be around for another 183 years, when aged locals may remember an “old New York” back when food was created by cooks, not 3D printers, and delivered by bike, not drone.  For more information on the Merchant’s House, visit merchantshouse. org or call 212-777-1089.  Skenazy speaks at conferences, companies and schools about her book and blog, “Free-Range Kids”

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Battery carousel preview goes swimmingly The Battery’s long-awaited colorful Seaglass Carousel — featuring fish instead of horses — will “definitely” open sometime next month, a Battery Conservancy spokesperson said last week at the new park feature’s preview. The carousel, open till 10 p.m., will cost $5 per ticket and no doubt draw Downtown families, tourists and couples from all over. “It’s absolutely beautiful at night,” a source said. “It’s very romantic.” The exact opening date in July is yet to be announced. Officially, Battery Park is now known as simply The Battery, under a change the city Parks Department quietly made in February. The idea is to limit confusion with Battery Park City. PHOTO BY MILO HESS

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Journalism at its best To The Editor: Re “Hope or hype? Battle of the small business bills” (talking point, by Sharon Woolums, June 4): Bravo. Journalism at its best. Sharon Woolums’s probing of the glib excuses from the borough president’s office — great stuff articulated in down-toearth language that we can all understand. I read this with no preconceived positions on the issue of commercial rent control. I’m sure it’s

complicated. But like many of us, my heart breaks about once a week to see yet another neighborhood store closing up shop. Ms. Woolums’s column gave me a better understanding of the history of the issue, and the options on the table. I look forward to reading about this continuing story in The Villager.  Brent Sharman

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How the S.B.J.S.A. works To The Editor: Re “Speaker commits to hold a hearing on S.B.J.S.A.” (news article, June 4): A clarification is needed on how the S.B.J.S.A. works. The article states, “However, a new potential tenant could take over a space if he negotiates terms that the existing tenant refuses to meet.” The bill calls for a tenant who can’t pay the rent determined by the arbitrator to remain in business paying his old rent, plus a small percentage increase, until the landlord has a legitimate offer from a potential new tenant. The old tenant then has the right to match that offer and remain in business, or if he can’t pay this new rent, must vacate the premise. Steve Null

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To The Editor: Re “The ’61 Beatnik Riot and music in Wash. Sq. Park” (talking point, by Dodge Landesman, June 4): Music is not the problem. One issue is the volume LETTERS, continued on p. 18 TheVillager.com


Two ambitious young women vie for district leader TALKING POINT BY DODGE LANDESMAN

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n interesting Downtown political battle is shaping up between Jenifer Rajkumar and Gigi Li. It’s a contest that will capture the tone of the post-Sheldon Silver era, and will pit two ambitious, young, upand-coming women against each other in a hotly contested race for Democratic district leader. One is carrying the torch of untested reform while the other is making a strong challenge with an infrastructure built by the former Assembly speaker. Both candidates are accomplished. They are close in age. Both are ambitious, and it’s clear, their ambitions extend beyond district leader. Li quickly worked her way up the political ladder, starting out as a member of Community Board 3 and, within three years, becoming chairperson. Rajkumar, meanwhile, was recruited to challenge a sitting district leader in 2011 who some in the community had grown weary of. Rajkumar’s impressive winning percentage against an incumbent immediately put her on the map as a force to be reckoned with. Li’s election as the city’s first Asian-American community board chairperson cast her as a trailblazer and advocate for her community. It was only a matter of time before these two women would inevitably meet on a collision course. Each candidate, without directly acknowledging it, is representing much bigger interests, making the race about more than just these two individuals. In 2013, Rajkumar challenged Councilmember Margaret Chin, slamming her for supporting the N.Y.U. 2031 expansion project in the South Village. Though she didn’t win, Rajkumar pulled about 42 percent of the vote, an impressive feat since she was challenging an incumbent with a very loyal support base. That support base, in turn, may well come out for Li. Chin has forged deep connections from her two decades of community and political activism. It would not be surprising if Chin — who still can run for a third term — encouraged Li to challenge Rajkumar, who is a potential threat to run against Chin again in two years from now. Some are also calling it “payback” for Rajkumar’s having dared to run against Chin. At first glance, it would seem like Rajkumar has the upper hand. Assembly District 65, Part C, encomTheVillager.com

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passes very little of the Chinatown base loyal to Chin that would, in turn, support Li. In addition, most of the district includes areas that Rajkumar won in her Council primary election against Chin. But while Chin’s base might not be available to support Li, those of Assemblymember Shelly Silver and Councilmember Rosie Mendez most certainly will, and that might make up for not having Chinatown in the district. Voters often look at constituent services, and have admired Silver’s efficiency. Silver, though not publicly, will most likely use his base of support to aid Li. If you think that loyalty doesn’t translate to other candidates, or that it evaporates after the hero has lost his luster, let’s look at a recent district leader election in Williamsburg. Vito Lopez, the local power broker, had been publicly disgraced over sexually harassing staffers, yet his base still turned out for his chosen candidate, Chris Olechowski — also a community board chairperson, like Li. Olechowski’s opponent was Lincoln Restler, a young, up-and-coming politician, who, like Rajkumar, knew how to work the media and never missed a photo opportunity. Restler was an effective communicator with a sweeping reform vision for the district. What he didn’t realize, however, is that an entrenched political organization, which takes decades and millions of (often illegal) dollars to establish, can win the day. Lopez didn’t make an endorsement, and neither will Silver. But Lopez deployed his base to defeat Restler. The same could happen with Rajkumar. However, Rajkumar can combat Chin’s support base with the endorsement of the powerful Downtown Independent Democrats. D.I.D. initially got Rajkumar elected against

an incumbent who had much more community experience. Rajkumar romped with 70 percent of the vote in that race. Her running mate, Paul Newell, got the same percentage, as well, which may mean that district leader elections — no offense to the candidates — simply aren’t significant enough that voters do more than look at their guidebook, and D.I.D. has proven to be powerful. That being said, D.I.D. might not come out in full force for Rajkumar like they have in the past. While she kicked off her campaign with a cadre of elected officials endorsing her, what was missing were the very local ones who could potentially deploy staffers, tenant leaders and others who could make the difference. With Chin likely set on defeating Rajkumar, the councilmember will likely be heavily involved behind the scenes. That, along with Silver’s blessing and his people pulling out all the stops, may be a recipe for victory for Li. Rajkumar has also rubbed some D.I.D. members the wrong way, almost becoming a perennial candidate. For example, she expressed interest in Daniel Squadron’s state Senate seat when it was thought to have opened up for a moment, and has indicated she would run for Silver’s Assembly seat should it become available. Many in the political club saw Rajkumar setting herself up for those seats as a slight against her co-district leader, Newell, who was instrumental in recruiting her and getting her elected. Having run against Silver in the past, Newell will have the powerful calling card of saying of the fallen speaker, “I told you so.” Admittedly, D.I.D. might also take some pleasure in seeing all this buzz around two of their home district leaders — Rajkumar and Newell — and competition isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Rajkumar knows how to

work the press, something that may be beneficial in her race against Li. While many community members might find Rajkumar’s self-promotion to be shameless, you need to play politics to play activist. As a frequent political pundit on PBS and other shows, Rajkumar is propelling the role of district leader into the national spotlight. And with no real other power, what else should you do? Li needs to promote herself and talk about the work that she has been doing on the ground. If she portrays herself as the candidate who has dealt more head-on with hyper-local issues, she can say she’s been in the trenches and has delivered results much more than Rajkumar has. And that’s a powerful bargaining chip when running for district leader. However, the job of district leader is essentially promoting issues affecting the community, so a talent to frame your message effectively and communicate with the press is crucial. So far, Li hasn’t shown she has that talent. While communicating might not be Li’s strong suit, it’s not always Rajkumar’s either. As an incumbent, you want to portray that you are above the fray and that you don’t see your opponent as a threat. Yet, Rajkumar made a risky move as an incumbent by firing the opening shot against Li, telling her to stay in Chinatown and run for district leader there. While Rajkumar didn’t mean to sound racist in saying Li should “run in Chinatown,” that statement can easily be misconstrued. A shrewder politician would not have allowed herself to fall into that trap. Residency is a weak argument, as well, considering the Assembly part is so tiny, and that much of Li’s C.B. 3 covers the district, so Li can say she has been bringing home the bacon to the area despite not living there. Why should you lose out on an effective advocate simply because she lives a few blocks outside the area? Rajkumar can counterpunch that, while Li has been more involved in community issues, she hasn’t always taken the most popular of stances. For example, Li temporarily banned the LES Dwellers — an advocacy group opposed to more bars in Hell Square — from participating in C.B. 3 meetings. While the Dwellers’ are firmly anti-development and anti-bar, and while they make more noise than most, they are residents of the community and have a First Amendment right to be heard. And each time the LES Dwellers do make noise, their grievances make it into the press. A community board chairperson, one would think, would want more people paying attention to these local issues. LEADER RACE, continued on p. 28 June 11, 2015

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They give Staples/P.O. deal stamp of disapproval BY LIZA BÉAR

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ohn Dennie, a member of National Postal Mail Handlers Union, Local 300, was recently handing out protest fliers outside the Staples store at Broadway and Eighth St. His blue T-shirt sported the slogans “Don’t Buy Staples” and “U.S. Mail Is Not For Sale.” As Dennie explained it, “About a year before he retired, former Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe sold Staples on a deal to put fake post office counters inside 1,500 Staples stores across the country, staffed not with postal employees but with postal employees who’ve received only four hours training. The postal service trains their clerks for 80 hours before they let them work the windows.” Another protester, Shirley Dunaway, a postal worker retired for eight years, added: “We want Staples to denounce the contract U.S.PS. offered them to set up little mini-post offices inside, sell stamps and take in packages. We feel that Staples employees have no way to protect the public if someone sends in a letter bomb or a package containing chemicals. They have no technology to test the mail for those things.” Dennie added, “It’s all part of a grand overall plan to privatize the post office. It’s not just Staples. They’re privatizing our over-the-road trucking routes by using nonunion freight haulers.” Traditionally, all 600,000 U.S. Postal Service employees have belonged to one of four unions, and introducing nonunion workers has been a source of aggravation to union members. While U.S.P.S. em-

From left, John Dennie, Rosa Greene and Doris Leary decried the U.S. Postal Service’s putting postal counters in Staples stores.

ployees are paid a living wage, with standards set by the unions, Staples employees are paid low or minimum wages. There are other sources of concern. “And they’re having mail processed in nonunion processing plants,” Dennie said. “Pitney Bowes is the biggest operator of these with 35 plants domestically. But in the meantime, U.S.P.S. is closing 82 of its own large processing plants this year alone. In 2012 they closed about 140 plants.” Closure of processing plants has disastrous consequences for speed of mail delivery. “In some closures, such as the one in Newburgh, N.Y.,” Dennie noted, “the mail has to be sent 125

miles away to Albany. For a letter going to the mid-Hudson Valley it’s a 450-mile roundtrip before delivery.” But it gets worse. “Albany can’t handle all the mail coming from the Newburgh plant,” Dennie said, “so they have to hand it off to Syracuse and Springfield, Mass. This is wreaking havoc with service standards. On Jan. 5 this year they did a terrible, rotten thing. They eliminated mail processing at night all over the country. Because of this, it’s taken as much as a week to get a first-class letter delivered.” Currently, 20 Staples outlets in Manhattan already have postal counters. While no post offices have yet had to close because of the competition, Dennie referred to consequences in other cities. “In the Bay Area, where they rolled out the Staples program a year ago, they have cut hours at some of the San Francisco post offices,” he stated. “They put a sign in the window saying, ‘We’re no longer open till 5 p.m., only till 3 p.m. When we’re closed, you can conveniently go to Staples.’ “And they’re working on a deal to put post office counters in 2,000 Walmart stores,” he added. “In the meantime,” Dennie concluded wryly, “our union, on the national level, is intervening in the attempt of Staples to merge with Office Depot. So we’re trying to throw a monkey wrench at them wherever we can.” Since the U.S.P.S.-Staples deal went into effect, according to the union’s Web site, 170 Staples stores have gone out of business, indicating that the U.S. mail has been entrusted to a failing franchise.

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of music at certain times of the day. Another issue is that some musicians are drowning out other musicians, making it difficult to enjoy some performers. Solo drummers with large drum sets seem to be a problem. When drummers play with other musicians it seems to lower the volume. The hours when musicians play also appears to be a problem. Finally, the one thing I think everyone can agree on is that the Parks Enforcement Police are useless in enforcing any rules or regulations. These issues are going to be very difficult to resolve. Bob O’Sullivan

Annoying, arrogant...aargh! To The Editor: Re “Will Board 2 drum loud music out of Washington Square Park?” (news article, May 28): All these musicians should go get a real gig and stop inflicting their “art” on citizens who want some space to breathe and not to be hit over the head with some cliché tourist-pleasing noise. The piano guy is very annoying. He just takes over half the park.

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I can get away from the acoustic people if I need to. But the cliché jazz and the piano guys, you can’t get away from. And then there are the arrogant jazz guys who think some spot belongs to them. They’ll set up right in front of another musician and start farting away. Jim Hildreth

It’s time to clean house To The Editor: Re “Reform of 7th Community Council is long overdue” (talking point, by Clayton Patterson): Though Mr. Patterson’s question is a good one, the answer is an obvious one. The Lower East Side has been swimming for years in corruption, cronyism and divisiveness. As the saying goes, the fish rots from the head. While Shelly Silver’s world falls apart and we count down to his inevitable exit, all the double-dealing and wrongdoing that everyone on the L.E.S. accepted — whether out of resignation or fear of retribution — is finally being exposed, questioned and challenged.  The problem, I would say, is not what Mr. Patterson terms the Dwellers’ “mistake” in expecting help from the Seventh Precinct Community Council in dealing with the problems of Hell Square. Rather, the real problem is that everyone, not just

the Dwellers, has been forced, at their own peril, to navigate the murky waters of Don West of the community council and Susan Stetzer of Community Board 3 — two egos so big, jockeying for power, desperate for importance and relevance — that they can’t be in the same room with each other. West and Stetzer are the same side of the same coin — often divisive, manipulative and vindictive. Yet, their dysfunction is cover for Shelly’s puppet, the feckless Councilmember Chin. The only way things will change is if new voices emerge and challenge the status quo. The politics have to change, or groups like the Dwellers or the everyday citizen don’t stand a fighting chance if Shelly’s machine stays in place. C.B. 3 and the Seventh Precinct Community Council need to be overhauled. Chin needs to be voted out office and her replacement, C.B. 3 Chairperson Li, needs to rethink her political aspirations.  Erin Harvey E-mail letters, not longer than 250 words in length, to news@thevillager.com or fax to 212-229-2790 or mail to The Villager, Letters to the Editor, 1 Metrotech North, 10th floor, Brooklyn, NY, NY 11201. Please include phone number for confirmation purposes. The Villager reserves the right to edit letters for space, grammar, clarity and libel. Anonymous letters will not be published. TheVillager.com


Chelsea Music Fest fetes Finns, leaves you ‘Hungary’ for more Food and music, June 12-20 BY SEAN EGAN

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ince its inception in 2010, the Chelsea Music Festival (CMF) has been steadily gaining ground as must-attend event for serious music lovers. Using local landmarks such as St. Paul’s Church (315 W. 22nd St.) as performance venues, the Festival brings world-class music from around the globe to New York City. With events ranging from galas, to late night shows, to family friendly activities, there’s something for everyone. This time around however, as the Festival enters its fifth season, its focus has turned to the music and culture of Hungary and Finland. “The Chelsea Music Festival highlights a different theme every year, a choice that is often based on composers’ anniversaries,” said Artistic Directors Ken David Masur and Melinda Lee Masur in a conversation with Chelsea Now. They note that this year, in particular, they are celebrating the 150th birthday of the influential Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius. As for Hungary, the focus will be on works from a handful of masters, including Béla Bartók, Ernö Dohnányi, Zoltán Kodály, Joseph Joachim and Karl Goldmark. But why Finland and Hungary of all places? “The juxtaposition of the two cultures as well as their shared linguistic heritage,” assert the artistic directors. In order to pay tribute to these unique musical cultures, the Masurs set out to assemble a program of diverse and talented musicians from abroad — the first of which is the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, whose

The players of Avanti! Chamber Orchestra will be featured heavily in this year’s CMF.

members will kick the Festival off at June 12’s Opening Night Gala. Avanti!, who describe themselves as “an ensemble consisting of anything from a single player to a symphony orchestra,” that “operates freely over different eras and genres” was selected to be CMF’s Ensemble-in-Residence this year. The Masurs recalled that they wanted to offer the ensemble the position after they “Witnessed the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra in their native Finland and were thoroughly

taken by their fiery music making and unorthodox interpretation,” back in 2009. “Each concert with Avanti! promises to be a breath of fresh Finnish air,” they assure, including their participation in a June 13 “Fiddle Off,” and June 15’s “Carte Blanche” evening. One of the most interesting acts booked for this year’s CMF is Loop Doctors. Representing a slight (or perhaps drastic) change of pace from the classical music and jazz that dominates the program, the Loop

Doctors offer something different, and a little difficult to peg down. The Masurs describe the group’s sound as “A medley of different styles, including jazz, drum ‘n’ bass, jungle, hip-hop and rap. An overall category could be nu-jazz, but Loop Doctors can also be seen in clubs, where people actually dance to the music.” The group is set to play on June 19, at what is known as the “Late Night” event, which serves up a MUSIC, continued on p.20 June 11, 2015

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“cutting-edge take” on the festival’s theme. The Doctors’ distinctive brand of trippy, funky, infectious music, especially as joined by saxophonist Chris Hunter, certainly fits this bill. “For this concert only, Loop Doctors will prepare four pieces from well-known Hungarian contemporary composers and add their distinct electro-drum’n’bass-jazz touch to the compositions,” guarantee the Masurs. Equally diverse and talented performers populate the rest of the festival, from The Lee Trio (a group comprised of three string-playing sisters, including Melinda Lee Masur) to the Santa Diver Trio (spearheaded by jazz-violinist Luca Kézdy). But the festival’s celebration of Finnish and Hungarian culture extends even further than the music — various events also feature authentic cuisine courtesy of Sami Tallberg and Carl Frederiksen, Culinary Artists-in-Residence.

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Finnish jazz pianist Tuomo Uusitalo will close the Festival with arrangements of Sibelius.

Loop Doctors set to get you moving with their infectious beats on June 19.

Closing out the festival on June 20 is Tuomo Uusitalo, a Finnish jazz-pianist who, as of 2012, has called New York City his home. Approached to arrange and perform some works by Sibelius himself, Uusitalo notes, “It’s a great thing for me to arrange some of his music for the festival, which I wanted to do already for a while.” He’ll be joined by bassist Myles Sloniker, and, at the request of the Artistic Directors, by Finnish drummer Olavi Louhivuori — “Which is great because I’ve been a big fan of all of his music for years and years,” Uusitalo divulges. In arranging Sibelius’ music to suit his jazz style, Uusitalo tries to find pieces that touch him personally, and then, “try to keep the real essence of what he really meant.” “Most of Sibelius’ music is very, in a positive sense, nationalistic,” he says, noting, “There are a lot of strong feelings about what it means to be Finnish,” and he wishes to capture that feeling, and the feeling of nature, both calm and harsh,

that his music evokes. In addition to Sibelius pieces, Uusitalo plans on performing some original music as well as jazz standards, perhaps including works by famous Hungarian composer of popular songs, Sigmund Romberg. Ultimately, the Artistic Directors see the Festival as an event that will enrich the lives of Chelsea residents, which they refer to as “one of New York City’s most dynamic neighborhoods,” which possesses a “creative spirit.” Their eagerness to take advantage of “the unique spaces including intimate art galleries, former warehouses and beautiful historic churches” to present site-specific work, and their excitement over being able “to contribute to the fabric of the community through family events, outreach and education events at schools and other public spaces,” speaks to the special appeal that Chelsea, and New York as a whole, has for artists, and why festivals like CMF are able to thrive. Uusitalo also speaks elo-

quently of the city’s unique appeal. “There is no other place like New York,” he says of his adopted home. “I think there never was another place that was so full of jazz — especially jazz, but also other culture. You can find, you know, all kinds of stuff. It seems like in New York you have more of everything.” And when events as exciting and illuminating as the Chelsea Music Festival happening regularly, it’s hard to disagree with him. The Chelsea Music Festival happens June 12–20, at venues including Canoe Studios, St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church, Scandinavia House, Leo Baeck Institute, Norwood, and Finnish Lutheran at St. John’s Church. Tickets range from $8-$68. Discounts available for people under 30 and seniors, with ID. For reservations and a full schedule, including info on free events, visit chelseamusicfestival.org. Twitter: @ cmf_nyc. Also see facebook.com/chelseamusicfestival.

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Kiss Punch Poem a magnet for ‘beatiful creative panic’ Verse and improv collide at weekly series

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The Kiss Punch Poem ensemble is not afraid to make light of the darkness.

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hen I first heard about Kiss Punch Poem, a weekly series at the Magnet Theater that merges poetry and comedic improv, my initial reaction was that there were two ways this could go: painfully bad or insanely hilarious. I am pleased to report that my experience reflects the second supposition. The blend of a talented group of improvisers, known as the Kiss Punch Poem Ensemble, with featured writers performing original work, accomplishes its goal of bringing about the unexpected in both comedic and poetic ways. The event follows a specific formula, beginning with an exquisite corpse poem written in collaborative fashion by audience members prior to the show. Exquisite corpse is a poetry game that originated in the Parisian Surrealistic Movement, in which a paper is passed around and each player writes a word or image and the end result forms a poem. In this case, each participant writes a line, and a volunteer reads the finished product. The Kiss Punch Poem Ensemble then improvises a scene based on what they heard. This first improv, pretty much a warm-up for the show, is followed by the first of three featured poets. An improv takes place after each reading, and at the evening’s conclusion one or two of the poet members create a brand new end poem for the audience, inspired by the show. On the night that I attended, I was TheVillager.com

honored to be one of the three features, along with Taylor Mali, a wellknown poet, educator and teacher advocate, and Mason Granger, a talented poet who decribes himself as “part comic and part hip-hop.” Both Mali and Granger were familiar with the format, so I paid close attention to their choices. And then I agonized. I had selected a poem that was rich in narrative and imagery, thinking that it would lend itself to improvisational work, but listening to Mali read a poem called “Undivided Attention,” I wondered whether my subject matter was too dark for the audience to enjoy. Learning that Granger’s piece was entitled “Dr. Seuss” did not boost my confidence. I grabbed my book and quickly chose a lighter poem. I recited it in my head and rejected it. Selected another. Not quite right. “First thought, best thought,” Allen Ginsburg intoned in my head, and I resignedly returned to my original choice. Mali was concluding his poem, about the distraction of watching a Steinway piano being moved out a window while he was trying to give a math lesson, and ending with the haunting line “Let me teach like the first snow, falling.” The troupe raced onto the stage as he exited. My next task would be to stay focused so I could take my place center stage just as they concluded their final improvisational skit — if my timing was off, they would return and continue. Meanwhile, troupe member Nathan was playing the part of the piano, hanging from a window that’s part of the simple set, as a combination of wit and slapstick kept the

Performance poet Mason Granger’s Seuss-themed reading inspired the Kiss Punch Poem troupe to improvise equally farcical acts of silliness.

audience laughing. And thinking. I managed to get onstage in time to read a poem called “Gallery Walls,” about the experience of viewing photographic images of my past at a gallery opening, and feeling invisible in my present. As I said, a bit dark for this sort of thing, but the audience was quiet and attentive. “Photographs lined the gallery walls,” it began. “Kids pushed carts down abandoned streets.” I finished, the troupe raced on, Kiss Punch Poem co-founder Alex Marino leaned back in his chair, crossed his legs and remarked to two troupe members, “Yeah, those little effin’ brats and their shopping carts,” and they were off. The painful aspects of my life that the poem reflected were now hilarious, as presented by The Surreal Three Stooges. When I told Alex later about my trepidations regarding my choice, he responded that they loved to be presented with serious

matter, as it offers a different kind of challenge than a humorous piece, which is already funny. Perhaps a lot of money could be saved on therapy if poets simply bring their angst to the venue and watch it dissolve into the ridiculous. The final piece, “Dr. Seuss,” brilliantly performed by Mason Granger, inspired even broader dimensions of farce and silliness, sort of The Surreal Three Stooges On Acid — and then it was time for the end poem. Poets Thomas Fucaloro and Jared Singer traded off lines, creating a duet of sweet sensibility, picking up words from one another as segue. Although they are very different types of writers, a cohesive piece emerged, including elements from the poems read by the features and highlighting the Dr. Seuss character, Sam (of Sam-IPOEM, continued on p.22

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Riffing on Taylor Mali’s poem, troupe member Nathan plays the part of a distracting piano being moved out of a window.

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Am) as an innocent voice. “There is an angel to be found in all of us” was one of the parting lines. Kiss Punch debuted in 2011 as part of an experimental performance show the Magnet Theater called “Test Drive.” “If you had an idea for a show you could pitch it, get a slot and try it out,” Alex explained. “If it worked, you would get another chance.” Kiss Punch played to a packed audience, receiving a standing ovation and, eventually, proving its potential to capture an audience. Alex was already teaching improv at the theater when he met Meghan Plunkett, a “poet slinking around the Bowery Poetry Club,” as she put it. She started to attend the initial performances and became interested in the fusion of poetry and improv, convincing Alex to visit the Bowery Poetry Club and meet her poet friends. The two decided that their poet and actor buddies needed to get together and create something, and that’s how the improv group fused into Kiss Punch Poem, with Alex and Meghan co-producing the resulting project. They both participate in the performances as well. The popularity of the series has won it a weekly slot at the theater, and the troupe has toured around the country.

When asked the ways in which improv informs her work as a poet, Meghan responded that a lot of her poems have been inspired by scenes that come from the show. “Improv allows you to look at life with a different lens,” she said. “One of my favorite things to do is to write the end piece, a poem that is written while the show explodes on stage. Having fifty minutes to write a poem based on improv ignites a beautiful kind of creative panic. There is no time to censor yourself, and you begin to wonder, ‘Why did I ever censor myself?’” It was Alex who originally came up with the idea of the end piece. “I had always been really in love with the idea of someone watching the whole show and writing a poem on the spot. I thought it would be so cool if someone could improvise that end poem, and one night we were all playing pool at some bar and Jared Singer said, ‘You know, that’s what I do, right? I started doing poetry by improvising poems for my college improv troupe.’ So that’s sort of how he got involved.” The bonds of friendship and a shared sensibility create the trust that must exist with any group operating without a net. The cast includes performers with credits from NPR, The Onion, Second City and other respected venues. It has been favorably reviewed by Time Out Chicago and The American Reader, and praised by Mark Smith, founder of Slam Poetry. “Their performance took me back to the formative years of the slam,” he wrote. “It was exhilarating.” What I like most is the blend of the raw and the personal with the giddy feeling of jumping as high as you can without knowing where you will land — or when, or if. One of the qualities that separates a great poem from a good one is the element of surprise, and Kiss Punch Poem, on a weekly basis, aims for greatness and brings the audience and the guest features right along with them. “Kiss Punch Poem” takes place every Sat., 9 p.m., at the Magnet Theater (254 W. 29th St. at Eighth Ave.). $10 admission. For more info, visit kisspunchpoem. com and magnettheater.com. The next “Puma Perl’s Pandemonium” will be Fri., June 19, 7 p.m. at Bowery Electric Map Room (327 Bowery at Joey Ramone Place). No cover, no admission, 21+. Poetry and Rock and Roll featuring poets Ted Jonathan, Corrina Bain and Linda Rizzo, musicians Jeff Ward and Sarah Amina, Puma Perl and Friends and more. Visit pumaperl.blogspot.com. TheVillager.com


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Parsons Dance (pictured), the Paul Taylor Dance Company and Ballet Hispanico put feet to Pier 63, at June 17–18’s Hudson River Dance Festival.

Andra Gabrielle’s workspace will be among those open to the public, at June 13/14’s West Chelsea Artists Open Studios Tour.

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HUDSON RIVER DANCE FESTIVAL

WEST CHELSEA ARTISTS OPEN STUDIOS TOUR

This annual self-guided tour gives you the opportunity to enter the minds — and the work spaces — of more than 30 West Chelsea artists, in nine buildings along the High Line between Westbeth Artists building and the West Chelsea Arts building. In close proximity to the tools of the trade and the fruits of their labors, this event encourages dialogue and provides a window into the creative process. Best of all? Much of what’s on display is up for grabs, at considerably better rates than what you’d pay for in a gallery setting. Free. From 12-6 p.m. on Sat. & Sun., June 13 & 14, in the West Chelsea Gallery District. The self-guided tour starts at the West Chelsea Arts TheVillager.com

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The inaugural edition of the Hudson River Dance Festival puts its focus on modern American dance, with performances from three dynamic companies known for their frequent appearances at The Joyce Theater (a festival co-sponsor). Among the featured works: The Paul Taylor Dance Company will perform 1991’s “Company B,” which juxtaposes Andrews Sisters songs with the sacrifices made by those who lived through the vocal group’s World War II heyday. “Nascimento,” a classic from the Parsons Dance canon, is a high-flying celebration of the Brazilian spirit penned by one of that country’s premiere composers after he saw the troupe perform at Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro. More graceful athleticism is on display, when Ballet Hispanico performs “Sombrerísimo,” in which six male dancers evoke the surrealist world of the Belgian painter René Magritte (he of the paintings of men in bowler hats). Free. An identical program plays on Wed. & Thurs., June 17 & 18, 6:30 p.m. at Hudson River Park’s Pier 63 Lawn (23rd St. & the Hudson River). For the full schedule, visit hudsonriverpark.org/events.

On June 13, Cyndi Freeman, Erin Barker and Caitlan Brodnick bare their souls on the matter of their breasts. See “Navigating the Science of Genetic Testing for Cancer Risk.”

building (508-526 W. 26th St. btw. 10th & 11th Aves.), where visitors can pick up tour maps. For more info, visit westchelseaartists.com. Maps also available now at the stores of event sponsor, DaVinci Artist Supply (132 W. 21st, 137 E. 23rd & 170 E. 70th Sts.), Westbeth Artists Housing (lobby, 55 Bethune St.), Macelleria Restaurant (48 Gansevoort Ave.), Skyframe (141 W. 28th St. 12th fl.) and Vasari Classic Artists’ Oil Colors 547 W. 27th St. Suite 628).

CAITY & CYNDI’S BOOBS: NAVIGATING THE SCIENCE OF GENETIC TESTING FOR CANCER RISK

A few decades ago, they would have gone to the bookstore and bought a copy of “First You Cry” — Betty Rollin’s culture-changing 1976 account of her breast cancer diagnosis. But for Caitlin Brodnick

and Cyndi Freeman, coping mechanisms deployed upon testing positive for the breast cancer gene included drinking heavily, becoming a stripper, gaining newfound respect for Angeline Jolie and coming up with a killer plan to stay alive. As science rapidly advances in its ability to predict our medical future, prevention becomes a matter of everything from surgery to preemptively choosing embryos based on genetics. Delving into everything from ethics to health care to sexuality, seasoned storytellers Brodnick and Freeman will come clean on their own diagnosis, then converse in a panel session moderated by Erin Barker (a senior producer for Story Collider, which presents true, science-themed stories). A Q&A follows the panel. All three women are veterans of The Moth and prolific autobiographers in a variety of mediums — making this an evening whose sober topic is handled with graphic honesty and a strong dose of medicinal humor. Sat., June 13, 8 p.m. at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place btw. First Ave. & Ave. A). For tickets ($15, $12 for students), visit horseTRADE.info. June 11, 2015

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ZH DEVELOPMENT LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 2/25/2014. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, 515 Canal St., Suite 1C, New York, NY 10013. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 06/11 - 07/16/2015 TWO RIVERS ENTITIES LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 6/1/2015. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, One North End Avenue, Suite 1251C, New York, NY 10282. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. TV: 06/11 - 07/16/2015 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 127 EAST 78 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/1/15. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 128 E. 78th St., NY, NY 10075. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 06/11 - 07/16/2015 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GLENMORE COMMERCIAL TENANT LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/1/15. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 325 E. 104th St., NY, NY 10029. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 06/11 - 0716/2015 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BFB NEW PALTZ LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/20/15. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Ary Freilich, c/o Blumberg & Freilich Equities, 2050 Center Ave., Fort Lee, NJ 07024. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 06/04 - 07/09/2015

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ARIANT CONSTRUCTION, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 5/13/2015. 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, 80 East 116th Street # 210 NewYork NY 10029. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 06/11 - 07/16/2015

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF Z GALLERIE HOLDINGS, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/3/15. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1855 W. 139th St., Gardena, CA 90249. LLC formed in DE on 9/25/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with NOTICE OF FORMATION DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE OF MINT CONDITION 19901. Purpose: all lawKIDS, LLC Articles of Organization ful purposes. Vil: 06/11 - 07/16/2015 filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/24/2011. Office NOTICE OF QUALIFICAlocation: NY County. TION OF UTICA PARTNERS LLC SSNY has been designated as an agent Authority filed with NY upon whom process Dept. of State on against the LLC may be 5/28/15. NYS fictitious served. The address to name: Broad Reach Utica which SSNY shall mail a Partners LLC. Office locopy of any process cation: NY County. Princ. against the LLC is to: bus. addr.: 2835 O’DonMint Condition Kids, LLC nell St., Ste. 200, Balti250 W. 85th St. #6F more, MD 21224. LLC New York, NY 10024. formed in DE on 5/8/15. Purpose: To engage in NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon any lawful act or activity. Vil: 06/11 - 07/16/2015 whom process against it may be served and shall NOTICE OF FORMATION mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 OF HOMAGE RESTAURANT GROUP, 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom LLC Articles of Organization process may be served. filed with Secretary of DE addr. of LLC: c/o The State of New York (SSNY) Corporation Trust Co., on 03/20/2015. Office 1209 Orange St., Wilmlocation: NY County. ington, DE 19801. Cert. SSNY has been of Form. filed with DE designated as an agent Sec. of State, 401 Federupon whom process al St., Dover, DE 19901. against the LLC may be Purpose: all lawful purserved. The address to poses. Vil: 06/11 -07/16/2015 which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process NOTICE OF against the LLC is to: FORMATION: HNA Homage Restaurant EXPRESS Group, LLC 250 W. 85th St. #6F New York, NY TRANSPORTATION LLC 10024. Purpose: To Articles of Organization engage in any lawful act filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) or activity. Vil: 06/11 - 07/16/2015 on 04/16/2015 Office location: NY County. IKAR USA, LLC SSNY has been Arts of Org filed NY Secy designated as an agent of State (SSNY) upon whom process 5/07/15.OFC in NY Co. against the LLC may be SSNY design. Agent of served. Copy of any LLC whom process may process against the LLC be served.SSNY shall to: National Corporation mail process to Amir Ron Research, Ltd, 10 E. Ronkin 31 W 34th St 40th St. 10th FL NY NY #7030 NY NY 10024. 10016 Purpose: Any Purpose: any lawful act. lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/28 - 07/02/2015 Vil: 06/04 - 07/09/2015

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF DUCERA PARTNERS LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/22/15. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 05/18/15. Princ. office of LLC: 499 Park Ave., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Dept. of State, Div. of Corps., PO Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: Provide consulting services related to investment banking. Vil: 06/04 - 07/09/2015

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF DEUS EX MACHINA LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/28/15. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 440 W. 15th St., NY, NY 10011. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Perry M. Amsellem, Esq., Pryor Cashman, 7 Times Sq., NY, NY 10036. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 06/04 - 07/09/2015

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GLOBID LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/7/15. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Arnaud deVienne, 225 W. 34th NOTICE OF FORMATION St., Ste. 2116, NY, NY 10122. Purpose: any WILLENS & lawful activity. SCARVALONE LLP Vil: 06/04 - 07/09/2015 Cert. of Reg. filed with SSNY 4/14/15. Off. Loc.: 40 Wall St., Ste. 4100, New York, NY 10005. SIX SIGMA JJ LLC SSNY designated as agent of LLP whom process may Art. of Org. filed with the on 03/24/15. be served. SSNY shall mail SSNY Office: New York County. process to: c/o the LLP, 40 Wall St., Ste. 4100, SSNY designated as New York, NY 10005. agent of the LLC upon whom process against it Purpose: Law. Vil: 06/04 - 07/09/2015 may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 213 AMSTERDAM 1835 West 35th Street, New HOLDINGS LLC York, NY 10001. a domestic LLC, filed Purpose: Any lawful with the SSNY on purpose. 7/22/14. Office location: Vil: 06/04 - 07/09/2015 New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SPRING DIGITAL served. SSNY shall mail VENTURES, LLC process to The LLC, 131 W. 33rd St., 10th Fl., NY, Articles of Organization NY 10001. General filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) purpose. Office Vil: 06/04 - 07/09/2015 on 03/24/15. location: NY County. SSNY has been NOTICE OF FORMATION designated as an agent OF UVC REALTY LLC upon whom process Arts. of Org. filed with against the LLC may be Secy. of State of NY served. The address to (SSNY) on 3/11/15. which SSNY shall mail a Office location: NY copy of any process County. SSNY designated against the LLC is to: as agent of LLC upon Spring Digital Ventures, whom process against it United States Corporation may be served. SSNY Agents, Inc., 7014 13th shall mail process to: Avenue, Suite 202, 146 Suffolk St., NY, NY Brooklyn 11228. 10002. Purpose: any Purpose: To engage in lawful activity. any lawful act or activity. Vil: 06/04 - 07/09/2015 Vil: 06/04 - 07/09/2015

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ANGELSGUESTLIST, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/12/15. Office loc.: NY County. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: AngelsGuestList, LLC, 400 2nd Ave., Apt. 26A, New York, NY 10010. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 06/04 - 07/09/2015

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SNOWDAYS WEST VILLAGE, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/21/15. 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 CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/04 - 07/09/2015

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ONE PART HEART LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/31/15. 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: C/O United States Corporation Agents, Inc, 7014 13TH AVE, STE 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 06/04 - 07/09/2015

NOTICE OF QUAL. OF HICKORY KINGDOM CAPITAL LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 7/21/14. Office loc: NY County. LLC org. in DE 7/17/14. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom proc. against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Liam Dalton, 780 Third Ave., NY, NY 10017. DE office addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/28 - 07/02/2015

BLUSHINGTON 56TH STREET LLC Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 01/22/15. Office: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 187 Wolf Road, Suite 101, Albany, NY 12205. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. TU 6t (3816308) Vil: 05/28 - 07/02/2015

NOTICE OF QUAL. OF HUDSON YARDS BAKERY I LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 4/14/15. Office loc: NY County. LLC org. in DE 4/13/15. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom proc. against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to CSC, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. DE office addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: NOTICE OF FORMATION SSDE, Townsend Bldg., OF DR. VIRNA Dover, DE 19901. Purp: LAMPINSTEIN D.C, LLC any lawful activities. Articles of Organization Vil: 05/28 - 07/02/2015 filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/07/14. Office NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SCONSET LLC location: NY County. SSNY has been Arts. of Org. filed with designated as an agent Secy. of State of NY on 5/14/15. upon whom process (SSNY) location: NY against the LLC may be Office served. The address to County. SSNY designated which SSNY shall mail a as agent of LLC upon copy of any process whom process against it against the LLC is to: Dr. may be served. SSNY Virna Lampinstein D.C, shall mail process to: LLC 555 Madison Av. 5th Capitol Services, Inc., floor, New York NY 1218 Central Ave., Ste. 10022. Purpose: To 100, Albany, NY 12205. engage in any lawful act Purpose: any lawful act or activity. or activity. Vil: 05/28 - 07/02/2015 Vil: 05/28 - 07/02/2015 TheVillager.com


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NOTICE OF QUAL. OF HICKORY KINGDOM FUND LP Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 7/21/14. Office loc: NY Cty. LP org. in DE 7/17/14. SSNY desig. as agent of LP upon whom proc. against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Liam Dalton, 780 Third Ave., NY, NY 10017. DE office addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Name/addr. of each gen. ptr. avail. at SSNY. Purp: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/28 - 07/02/2015 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MFP FILMS LLC Arts of Organization filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/26/2015. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: Abdelhay Elanbassi, 65 West 87th Street, Unit 3, New York, NY 10024. Principal business address: 65 West 87th Street, Unit 3, New York, NY 10024. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 05/28 - 07/02/2015 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BERKELEY RESEARCH GROUP INVESTIGATORY SERVICES OF NEW YORK, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/24/15. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 181 W. Madison St., Suite 2950, Chicago, IL 60602. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/21 - 06/25/2015 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF INDOOR SKI NY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/15/15. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Carl van der Zandt, 8 W. 40th St., 12th Fl., NY, NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/14 - 06/18/2015 TheVillager.com

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF TRICAP INVESTMENTS, LLC App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 5/8/15. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 3/4/15. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Capitol Services, Inc., 1218 Central Ave., Ste. 100, Albany, NY 12205. DE address of LLC: 1675 S State Street, Ste. B, Dover, DE 19901. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/21 - 06/25/2015

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF WHITNEY 90 PARKING LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/8/15. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Icon Parking Systems, 211 E. 38th St., NY, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/21 - 06/25/2015 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ELTON CROSSING LIHTC ASSOCIATES LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/11/15. 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 Phipps Houses, 902 Broadway, 13th Fl., NY, NY 10010. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/21 - 06/25/2015

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ARTIE & MAGGIE PRODUCTIONS LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/22/2015. 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: 7014 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/21 - 06/25/2015

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF KHRG NYC BROADWAY U2 LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/13/15. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 05/05/15. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/21 - 06/25/2015 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF RIVERHEAD SOLAR FARM, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/27/15. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/19/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/21 - 06/25/2015 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MILESTONE DISTRIBUTION, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/12/15. 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 United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Ste. 202, Brookly7n, NY 11228, the registered agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/14 - 06/18/2015

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF FULL THROTTLE FILMS, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/8/15. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 912 Ruberta Ave., Glendale, CA 91201. LLC formed in DE on 12/4/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/07 - 06/11/2015

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF D & B 160 WOOSTER STREET RES. LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/1/15. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/21 - 06/25/2015 SUSIE SALTZMAN LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 3/2/15. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Susie Saltzman, 225 Rector Pl., 20J, NY, NY 10280. General purpose. Vil: 05/07 - 06/11/2015 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ROSSONYC, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/27/15. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 118 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/07 - 06/11/2015

1130ELRO, LLC Arts of Org filed NY Secy of State(SSNY)1/21/15. OFC in NY Co.SSNY design.Agent of LLC whom process may be served.SSNY shall mail process to Ronna Ullman 93-02 70Ave Forest Hills NY11375.Purpose:any lawful act. Vil: 05/14 - 06/18/2015

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MANORHAVEN PARTNERS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/17/15. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 120 Wall St., NY, NY 10005. 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 13 SOUTH FOURTH LLC its princ. office. Purpose: Arts of Org filed with NY Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/07 - 06/11/2015 Sec of State (SSNY) on 1/6/15. Office: New York County. SSNY designated NOTICE IS HEREBY as agent of LLC upon GIVEN whom process may be that an on premises served. SSNY shall mail license, #TBA has been process to: c/o Smith & applied for by 344 Shapiro, 116 E 27th St, Restaurant Group LLC to 3rd Fl, NY, NY 10016. sell beer, wine and liquor General Purposes. at retail in an on Vil: 05/14 - 06/18/2015 premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 344 Third CREEPCO, LLC Avenue NY, NY 10010. Arts. of Org. filed with the Vil: 06/11 - 06/18/2015 SSNY on 04/17/2015. NOTICE IS HEREBY Office loc: NY County. GIVEN SSNY has been designated as agent that a Hotel Liquor upon whom process license, #TBA has been against the LLC may be applied for by 180 served. SSNY shall mail Orchard Owner LLC, IHG process to: Austin Management (Maryland) Gutowski, 10-43 47th LLC, as manager and GG Rd., 1st FL, Long Island LES LLC, as manager to City, NY 11101. Purpose: sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in a Hotel. For on Any Lawful Purpose. consumption Vil: 05/07 - 06/11/2015 premises under the ABC law at 171 Ludlow Street a/k/a 180 Orchard Street NY, SHOWTIME EATS LLC NY 10002. a domestic LLC, filed Vil: 06/11 - 06/18/2015 with the SSNY on 4/9/15. 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, 170 E. 61 St., Fl. 4, NY, NY 10065. General purpose. Vil: 05/07 - 06/11/2015

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LICHTIGER FAMILY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/29/15. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/07 - 06/11/2015

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF IM FRANCHISE, LLC App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 4/29/15. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 4/25/05. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Davis & Gilbert LLP, 1740 Broadway, 3rd Fl., NY, NY 10019. DE address of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/14 - 06/18/2015 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an eating place beer license, #TBA has been applied for by Delicias Deli & Restaurant Inc. to sell beer only at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 371 Hempstead Turnpike Elmont, NY 11003. Vil: 06/04 - 06/11/2015

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Drumbeat builds for reining in loud music, WASH. SQ., continued from p. 1

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played four notes on an amplified keyboard for 10 hours, according to another neighbor. Sarah Neilson, the Washington Square Park administrator, said that rules prohibit music after 10 p.m. and also prohibit music seven decibels above ambient sound. Amplified music requires a permit. But neither police officers nor Parks Enforcement Patrol officers are equipped with decibel meters. However, William Castro, the Manhattan borough commissioner for Parks, promised that the department would provide the six-officer Washington Square PEP team with a decibel meter in the near future. Castro suggested that complaints about noise levels should be made to the city’s 311 central complaint line, as a matter of record. He said that once the record is established, the department would focus on the problem. Responding to repeated charges that PEP officers ignore complaints about excessive noise, Castro said, “I take what you’re saying seriously and I’ll take the matter up with the PEP supervisor today.” Musicians, as well as neighbors, said that drummers were the worst offenders, playing so loud that they overwhelmed other music makers. Indeed, Castro said that on one occasion he could hear drumming that dominated the park from its southeast to northwest corners. “Tic and Tac show up every day and break every rule,” said David Heller, a frequent park visitor. “If you enforce against them, it would resolve the problem.” A musician who plays trumpet in the park for an hour a day said that he tried to talk to Tic and Tac. “But they don’t listen,” he said, adding, “They play very, very loud. There has to be some enforcement, some guidelines.” Richard Howard, who said his jazz band has been playing in the park for 23 years, called the two performers “renegade rogue musicians who don’t respect anyone else.” A folk musician said, “We’re trying to keep the folk tradition alive, but we are being forced out of the park. There has to be some way to control the noise.” Another folk musician complained that Tic and Tac overtly solicit money from their audience, in violation of park rules. Merely leaving a hat for donations is allowed, he said. Tic and Tac, the twin brothers who were the targets of the complaints, also attended the meeting. Tac (Tyheem Barnes), said, “We’ve always found a way to get along with each other.” He spoke against “selective policing” that would target him and his brother. “Drumming is a black and Hispanic thing,” he added, implying that cultural bias was their critics’ motivation. The remark provoked shouts of derision. After the meeting, Tic and Tac told The Villager that their performance, which features tumbling and acrobatics, was mostly a comedy act. “We only play two days a week,” said Tic (Kareem Barnes). The brothers were not without supporters. One of their fans said, “People come from all over to hear them.” A suggestion that there should be a noise-free zone in the park was dismissed as impractical. “A noise-free zone won’t work in this park,” said Castro. The 9.75-acre park is a mostly flat space, so

“We can’t live in our homes” because of loud music in the park, a resident of 2 Fifth Ave. complained.

Sarah Neilson, the administrator of Washington Square Park and director of the Washington Square Park Conservancy, explained the park’s current rules on music.

the sound carries, he noted. Furthermore, he added, unamplified music becomes acoustically amplified when it is played under the Washington Square Arch. Writer David Carter — author of “Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution” (2004) — said he’d like the whole park to be a quiet zone.

“I come to the park for peace and quiet, to get closer to nature,” he said. “What about my right to silence?” Gil Horowitz, a park neighbor, told Castro, “The bangers and blasters ruin things for everyone. We need your help and we’ll do whatever it takes to make it happen.” TheVillager.com


mostly drums, in Washington Square Park

Also sounding off on the issue were jazz musician Richard Howard, center, guitar player Bruce Martin, left, and a trumpet player, right.

“What about my right to silence?� asked writer David Carter.

Folk musician Coyote, of Coyote & Crow, noted they have gotten several mentions in the press as a result of the current discussion over loud music in the park. TheVillager.com

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Mari and Bob’s rock ’n’ roll wedding was a real Gem East Village residents Mari Tanaka and Bill Crable tied the knot Monday at Middle Collegiate Church in a ceremony presided over by Reverend Amanda Joy Rubin. In tribute to their neighborhood and their love of rock ’n’ roll, the couple took their formal wedding photo in front of Gem Spa. The St. Mark’s Place institution was made famous by the New York Dolls, who posed there for the cover shot of their 1973 debut album. Tanaka and Crable, who met in a vinyl collectibles shop in Japan where the bride was formerly employed, also enlisted their family to re-enact The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” cover on Second Ave.

Li challenges Rajkumar for D.L. LEADER RACE, continued from p. 17

Rajkumar has had some victories as district leader, for example, playing a key role in restoring a crucial bus line from Battery Park to Gramercy. And Rajkumar has been active in opposition to the N.Y.U. expansion in the South Village, and could point to Li’s silence on the issue, even thought it is outside of C.B. 3. If money were involved, it would be best to bet on Rajkumar, although I wouldn’t bet too much. The incumbent always has the upper hand, but Rajkumar seems prone on making mistakes, and she could blow her advantage. That being said, Li seems unexciting and uninspiring, while Rajkumar connects well on the stump. Both candidates want to run for Silver’s Assembly seat, and this election could make or break either one. If Rajkumar wins, but with only 51 percent to 55 percent of the vote (which I expect will happen), she will not be seen as strong enough to make a credible run for the Assembly seat. If she can’t retain votes in a small election that pri-

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marily consists of her base, how can she win an entire Assembly district with Chinatown included? On the other hand, if Li loses only by a little bit, she could say that, even without Chinatown, she made a significant dent against a strong incumbent, auguring well for an Assembly run. With Chinatown included in the Assembly district, Li could easily say that the built-in base there would easily create, at minimum, another 10 percent needed in order to win. If Rajkumar gets 60 percent or more versus Li, she will be set up in a pretty good position. If she loses, however, her career in local politics will most likely be dead in the water, so the stakes are high. And Li would immediately spring into the spotlight as the rising young politician to watch. Both candidates represent a new generation. Will the old guard retain its hold, just with newer players, or will a real sea change occur? Stay tuned to find out. Landesman is a former member, Community Board 2, and a recent graduate of Fordham University TheVillager.com


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They’ll be dancing in the street (to a Greek beat) On Sun., May 31, Romaniote and Sephardic Jews celebrated their unique heritage at the Greek Jewish synagogue Kehila Kedosha Janina, at 280 Broome St., between Eldridge and Allen Sts., at the first-ever Greek Jewish Festival. Five live bands played Greek, Sephardic, Balkan and Israeli music. Also part of the festivities and fun were traditional kosher Greek Jewish food, homemade Greek pastries, a marketplace full of vendors, and arts and educational activities for kids. Visitors could take tours of the landmark synagogue building, constructed in 1927.

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Debbie Harry of Blondie fame performed at the fundraiser, where many, like these two men, came in traditional garb.

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n May 30, local talents and Nepalese performers came together to raise money for victims of the April earthquake in Nepal. The event was organized by Indra Tamang, longtime collaborator on art projects with the late Charles Henri Ford. Tamang is well known in New York art circles, as well as in the Nepalese community. Debbie Harry, Penny Arcade, Felice Rosser and Faith, and Tammy Faye

Starlite, along with Barry Reynolds of Marianne Faithfull fame, joined Tamang in his efforts by performing at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral at Second Ave. and E. 34th St. The turnout was terrific, yet their goal of $75,000 for Nepal has yet to be met. To contribute, visit Indra Tamang’s Go Fund Me page or contact him at 917-913-2693 or Tamang49@gmail. com . He is also considering auctioning off a piece of art by Ford to raise additional funds. TheVillager.com


G.L.W.D. ready to get cooking again

The facade of the new, enlarged God’s Love building features a mix of materials, in contrast to the much more humble two-story brick building it replaced. GOD’S LOVE, continued from p. 1

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Right to the north of the G.L.W.D. building, construction continues on a new luxury residential project that benefitted from the purchase of unused development rights from the G.L.W.D. site. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Michael Kors and Blaine Trump were the featured speakers. Melissa Rivers and Anna Wintour got upper-tier seats, seated on the place’s entrance porch. Local politicos, including former state Senator Tom Duane; Councilmember Corey Johnson; Donna Corrado, commissioner of the Department for the Aging, stood to the right of the few rows of seats. God’s Love We Deliver has been cooking and delivering nutritious, individually tailored meals to people living with severe illnesses in the New York City metro area for more than 30 years. It was started specifically to help address the AIDS crisis, but has since expanded to serve individuals who are suffering from any number of serious illnesses. Each weekday, the group delivers 5,400 meals. Last year it cooked and delivered, more than 1.2 million meals. Recipients are serviced within 48 hours of the organization receiving a phone call of their need. Meals are also provided for children of clients and senior caregivers, since, due to their debilitating illnesses, they often are unable to cook for themselves and their families. Thousands of volunteers contribute time to G.L.W.D.’s work. The new Spring St. headquarters is now known as the Michael Kors Building, named for the wellknown fashion designer, who donated $5 million toward the project. The building also includes the Anna Wintour Volunteer Center — almost a full floor — and the Joan Rivers Bakery, located on the second floor, near the enlarged, natural light-filled kitchen, which formerly was in the basement. In addition to private gifts, an $8 million city grant helped pay for the major expansion. Additionally, G.L.W.D. sold some of its development rights to the developer building the 14-story condo next door. The city sold the now-prime Soho corner property to the organization about 20 years ago, with the caveat that it only be for community use. But it was determined that the provision did not apply to the site’s unused development rights. A group of neighbors from Sullivan and Spring Sts. protested the sale of the development rights

“Should I cut on the bias?” designer Michael Kors quipped, using textile lingo, as the V.I.P.’s cut the ribbon at the dedication of the new God’s Love Michael Kors Building in Soho. From left, Scott Bruckner and Blaine Trump, G.L.W.D. board chairperson and vice chairperson, respectively; Mayor de Blasio; Kors; Karen Pearl, G.L.W.D. president and C.E.O., and Michael Sennott, G.L.W.D. expansion campaign chairperson.

Melissa Rivers, the late Joan Rivers’s daughter, with her son, Edgar Cooper Endicott, at the God’s Love ceremony. Joan Rivers was a board member of the nonprofit meals provider since the mid-1990s.

for the private development next door, charging that it violated the deed restriction on the G.L.W.D. property. Following the ribbon-cutting, the ARC gospel choir belted out “Oh Happy Day,” “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher” and other handclapping songs, while guests filtered into the new building

to check it out. There is a large, southern-exposure patio on the fifth floor, where some guests gathered during the reception. During the construction, G.L.W.D. continued its services, operating out of a temporary Brooklyn location. The nonprofit is awaiting final inspections and permits before it moves back to its Soho H.Q. June 11, 2015

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