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A dozen occupiers still hold Cooper president’s office By JeFFerson sieGel Just before lunchtime on May 8, several dozen students made their way to the office of Cooper Union President Jamshed Bharucha in what they described as a “nonviolent direct action.” They came to deliver a statement of “no confidence,” with plans to occupy the office until Bharucha resigned. Their dramatic action was spurred by The Cooper

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On a gorgeous Wednesday afternoon, a human gyroscope — call him “Gyro Man” — whirled and wheeled around in Washington Square Park, and collected a few bucks, too.

Committee gives green light for a Wash. Sq. conservancy By Terese loeB KreUZer A large room at the Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender Community Center on W. 13th St. was packed on the evening of June 5 by people who wanted to weigh in with Community Board 2’s

Parks Committee on a newly formed, nonprofit organization called the Washington Square Park Conservancy. The conservancy was the brainchild of four Greenwich Village women who said they were “passionate” about Washington

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Union’s plan to begin charging tuition, up to $19,000 a year, in 2014. Last Tuesday afternoon a dozen current students and recent graduates sat quietly around a table in Bharucha’s office. The occupiers, many who have been in the seventhfloor aerie for five weeks, sat calmly, working on their computers.

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Garden revokes his membership again, throws away the key By linColn anderson Accusing him of “creating a hostile environment” at Dias y Flores, the E. 13th St. garden’s board members last week voted unanimously to revoke the membership of embattled member Jeff Wright. Another gardener, Debra Jenks, an ally of Wright’s, also had her membership revoked. The board sent them letters Saturday night informing them their memberships were ended.

The garden’s board had also revoked Wright’s membership a little more than a month ago, but the action was rescinded on May 5 by Roland Chouloute, GreenThumb’s deputy director, after Chouloute led a tense arbitration meeting at the garden. However, Claude T. Kilgore, a board member, said the latest revocation was based on “a number of destructive activities

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As University Plaza preschoolers looked on, state Senator Brad Hoylman greeted his daughter, Silvia, as she zipped down the dragon play slide’s tongue in Adrienne’s Garden.

New children’s dragon playground is roaring good fun Adrienne’s Garden, a new toddlers playground boasting a gleaming dragon climbing structure and slide, was officially opened

last Thursday morning on LaGuardia Place near W. Third St. It’s named after artist and high school teacher Adrienne Goldberg, the

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late wife of community activist Lawrence B. Goldberg, the president of Friends of LaGuardia Place. Adrienne died at age 63 in February 2008. However, New York University plans to close the new playground in around 10 years from now when it expects to start construction on the first of the “Boomerang Buildings” — two boomerang-shaped infill buildings on the Washington Square Village superblock. Alicia Hurley, N.Y.U. vice president of government relations and community engagement, said, in a statement, “As per the City Council’s approval of N.Y.U.’s ULURP application, there will be no construction on the northern superblock for at least 10 years. Once construction begins on the building planned along LaGuardia

Place on the northern block, Adrienne’s Garden will be displaced. But at the conclusion of construction, the garden will be expanded and relocated on the city-owned strip of land along LaGuardia Place.” Philip Lentz, N.Y.U. director of public affairs, added, “We have an easement on that strip for the construction of the LaGuardia building, such as for moving construction materials in.” But officials at Thursday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony were breathing fire at the threat of closing and relocating the dragon playground. They said they would fight to keep it open and right where it is. Under the plan, N.Y.U. intends to construct four new buildings, with a total of 2 million square feet, on its two South Village superblocks.

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At the new playground’s dedication ceremony, from left, state Senator Brad Hoylman and his daughter, Silvia; Borough President Scott Stringer; Assemblymember Deborah Glick; former Councilmember Alan Gerson; Lawrence B. Goldberg; David Gruber, Community Board 2 chairperson; Councilmember Margaret Chin; and Bill Castro, Manhattan borough Parks Department commissioner.


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noTeBooK V.r.d.C. VoTes are in: The president of the Village Reform Democratic Club, Maria Passannante Derr, gave us the results of the club’s recent endorsement votes. Mayor: no endorsement. Public advocate: Daniel Squadron. Borough president: Julie Menin (who romped over Jessica Lappin, 40-12). George Arzt, Menin’s P.R. guru, hailed it as a “smashing Menin victory.” City Council Districts 1, 2 and 3: Jenifer Rajkumar, Rosie Mendez and Corey Johnson, respectively. District leader: Keen Berger and V.R.D.C.’er Arthur Schwartz. aPPle-dee aPP HooKers: A few years back, we heard that many of the transgender sex workers who used to troll the Meat Market — and the Village streets just south of it — had gone online to meet johns, since there was less risk of arrest. Now we hear they’re going online, specifically — namely, at the Apple Store, at 14th St. and Ninth Ave. “They come in all dressed up and use the A/C and the free Wi-Fi, too. They check their status [on Facebook],” an employee told us. “They’re pretty recognizable because they’re the worst dressed — I mean, most scantily clad.” liTTle leaGUe seXUal seCUriTy? Meanwhile, in related raunch (sort of), we see that a Department of Buildings permit was recently posted on the door of the former West World, at the corner of Clarkson and West Sts., allowing its conversion from “adult bookstore” to “adult eating and drinking” establishment. In other words, it looks like plans for Platinum, a new Scores-like “gentlemen’s club” — i.e., topless joint — are indeed underway. This past October, Thomas Wolfe, the club’s operator, had assured The Villager that his bouncers and exterior lighting would only make the street safer for Little Leaguers and youth soccer players traipsing by on their way to and from Pier 40. yoU da man! Congratulations to Jefferson Siegel, who won Best Feature Photo at the New York Press Club’s 2013 journalism awards on Monday night. His winning shot was of six alleged sex traffickers all handcuffed together, sitting on a bench outside a courtroom, with all but one of them doing their best to hide their faces from the camera.

TaPe me aT WoUnded Knee: Continuing in the “medical Hudson Square” vein, Sol Rosenblatt, 83, a Hudson Square resident (actually, he lives right above The Villager’s offices), happily reports that the F.D.A. has finally cleared his new wound-healing invention, Iodofoam, which releases iodine in a controlled manner. It’s already been favorably written up in the Key West Citizen. The jingle goes, “I oughta used Iodofoam.” Just kidding. … Seriously, earlier in his career, Rosenblatt was part of the medical team for the Apollo missions, where he became concerned about bringing Earth’s germs to the moon. He also invented Merocel, an antimicrobial alternative to gauze, hoping it could help treat seriously injured soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. UlTimaTe Corn-doG ConFliCT: We bumped into activist Rob Hollander in Tompkins Square Park early Sunday eve-

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JUsT WHaT We needed? So, will it be a Duane Reade or a CVS? We hear the ground-floor commercial tenant at 482 Greenwich St., Ben Shaoul’s new residential building on the late artist Armand’s lot at the corner of Greenwich and Canal Sts. (right across the street from The Villager’s offices), could well be pharmaceutical in nature. “It won’t be a pizza place or a Subway,” we’re told by a source. “A bid was put in for a small pharmacy.”

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Noodles Ginsberg howled for return for second serving By Clarissa-Jan Lim Allen Ginsberg’s favorite noodle store is returning to the East Village. The Beat legend loved Mee Noodle Shop and Grill, a simple, no-frills eatery on First Ave. between 13th and 14th Sts. But Mee was forced to leave the location in 2007 due to infrastructure issues, or a “crack epidemic,” as real estate broker Conrad Bradford put it. There were serious cracks in the wall and the building was starting to collapse. Joyce Chi, an employee whose 10 years at the restaurant have seen her work at both its current Midtown location on 49th and at the former East Village spot, said Mee Noodle had been looking for a new place back in the area ever since it was shut down because “it’s a good location.” Bradford sent out a notice of the deal last month, prior to which there had been no news of Mee’s return to First Ave. Until then, the reopening was expected to be a low-key event that only some customers know about. But the ensuing media coverage helped change that. For those former customers already in the know, Chi said, she thinks “they are happy” that the East Village will soon once again have a Mee Noodle Shop and Grill to call its own. Bradford, the real estate agent behind the deal, said he was approached by the restaurant’s management after his company, Miron Properties, put the space on the market. Bradford struck a favorable deal with the landlord that allowed the restaurant to set up the space without having to pay rent for the duration

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of construction. Mee Noodle’s determination to snatch up the space was evident. According to Bradford, the deal was made in just five days — a record time, by real estate standards. “We had three offers within 14 days,” said Bradford. “They [Mee Noodle] came from

behind… . But when they came onboard, they acted as quickly as possible.” According to Chi, the restaurant will be reopening in about five months, at 223 First Ave., a mere two doors away from where it used to be. Part of the place’s fame is due to Ginsberg’s

frequent visits to the former East Village branch for his fix of Chinese food. His 1997 obituary in The New York Times quoted a waitress at Mee Noodle Shop and Grill saying, “When he came in, we knew what he wanted,” referring to the particular dish that Ginsberg favored, steamed flounder in ginger sauce.

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Garden revokes his membership again, and he really doesn’t dig it Continued from page 1 that occurred even since our arbitration.” The lock on the garden’s gate has now been changed, and members have been coming by to pick up their new keys. “The overwhelming impression is a sense of relief and peace,” Kilgore said. “The garden looks great! The shed is nearly complete. We’re happy and excited to move on with all of the garden’s summer programs.” The plants in Wright’s plot were all reportedly removed and potted. He has been given time to come pick them up, and if he doesn’t, they will be planted in garden common areas. Among Wright’s latest violations, according to the board, were failing to post a notice about his Memorial Day party on the garden’s shed a week in advance, plus “vandalizing” the shed by conspiring with Jenks to paint a new “coat of arms” on it, without the board’s O.K. In addition, Julie Friesner, another Dias y Flores board member, said that a video by The Villager of Wright’s Memorial Day party posted online showed there had been alcohol — technically a violation of GreenThumb rules. On Memorial Day, the garden’s board had decided to crack down with a strict “no tolerance” policy on booze. The Villager video showed Wright playing guitar and singing an original impromptu song, “Ten Little Indians” (“How Many Indians?”) The camera panned across the crowd a couple of times, showing others clapping along and garden member Annie Wilson walking by with her African rock dove, Lovi Dovi. But, toward its end, as Wright was winding up the song, singing, “I’d follow Crazy Horse any day…” the video inadvertently captured one of the revelers removing a bottle of white wine from a blue plastic bag on the picnic table. He is seen discretely hiding the bottle from sight under the table, then furtively refilling his coffee cup, before placing the plastic lid back on the cup. Partiers that imbibed — there were about two dozen poets and visual artists in all at the fairly tame event — used lidded paper coffee cups, trying to avoid detection. (The Villager had not even noticed the man’s actions until Friesner mentioned it to the newspaper this week. Clearly, the Dias y Flores board watched the video intently for any violations.) Asked what he’ll do now, Wright told The Villager, “As John Paul Jones said, ‘We have not yet begun to fight.’ ” He charged that he is the one who has been harassed by the garden’s board for whistleblowing. Wright e-mailed GreenThumb’s Chouloute stating, among other things, that his plants had been “illegally destroyed.” “They have again revoked my membership and the membership of another garden member based on outright lies and misinterpretations of our bylaws and rules,” Wright wrote Chouloute. “We expect our memberships to be restored as I have broken no rules, just as I had not last time. “This time the board members have destroyed my plot and dug up all my plants without warning. I am sending you a bill for $300 to take care of this and I fully expect my plants to be replanted.” Wright also charges that the shed was painted

The Dias y Flores board says this “coat of arms” painted on the garden’s shed on Memorial Day — without board approval — is vandalism. Jeff Wright warns painting over it would violate the Visual Artists Rights Act.

gray previously without proper approval. If his new “coat of arms” keys are painted over, he warned, there will be consequences. “I want you to understand,” he wrote Chouloute, “that painting over artwork is a crime under the Visual Artists Rights Act and artists can be recompensed according to their reputation.” Wright also objected that he and Jenks are being unfairly accused of hosting the Memorial Day party — even though he did send out the invites for it. If anything good can come from all this garden mudslinging, it may well be its artistic legacy. Wright is a poet and the editor of Live Mag! He told The Villager, “I have written a play based on the situation called ‘Clubhouse on East 13th.’ The play has been accepted for the Boog Festival in August.” Also, when Wright’s Dias y Flores key was first taken away a month ago, his friends all presented him with keys at a “key ceremony,” which apparently was filmed. “The ‘Key Ceremony’ will have its film debut this fall,” Wright said. “The 41 keys from the ceremony will be made into a mobile by Judy Rifka, Ford Crull and myself and should be in fall show at the Theater for the New City.” It’s not clear at this point if GreenThumb will attempt to hold another arbitration after this latest meltdown. Chouloute last month told Wright he would find another garden for him in which he could throw his monthly parties, which have become an issue over the past few years. “It’s not the parties per se,” Friesner told The Villager. “It’s extreme disruptive behavior. He formed an unelected steering committee to oversee the elected board. It’s really just that he was trying to take over — that’s what this was all about.” But the parties were also an issue. Friesner, who lives next door to the garden, recalled, “The Martin Luther King Day party, I came home around 7 p.m. and heard someone playing guitar and singing at the top of his lungs, ‘I’m a drunken pirate!’ ” Somehow, that didn’t exactly seem to be in the spirit of Dr. King, she said.

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Police BLOTTER Pickpocket’s poor timing A well-placed police officer was patrolling an L subway set to depart the Eighth Ave. station, at W. 14th St., around 6:30 a.m. on Sun., June 9, when he spotted Norberto Reyes, 35, making his move. While the train was still in the station, Reyes approached a sleeping 69-yearold man, reached into the passenger’s pants pocket, and snatched his phone, according to the officer. Noticing the officer approaching him, Reyes dropped the phone back onto the lap of the senior citizen — who was still dozing — to make it look as if nothing had occurred. But it was too late, as the officer had seen all he needed to arrest Reyes and charge him with grand larceny.

Not so fast, buddy! A woman, 31, told police that, while partying inside Gaslight bar and lounge, at 400 W. 14th St., early Sun., June 9, she left her bag unattended for several minutes and, upon returning to her seat around 3 a.m., realized it was gone. An on-duty police officer, who happened be walking along W. 14th St. at the time of the theft, noticed a man — later identified as Arton Hasanaj, 32 — sprinting out of Gaslight. Suspecting foul play, the officer stopped and questioned Hasanaj, who was holding the stolen purse. After the victim was located in the club and confirmed that it was her bag, Hasanaj was charged with grand larceny.

cell phone as he walked through the Village. Witnesses said that the two perpetrators — Troy Thurman, 18, and a 16-yearold male whose name was not released — snuck up on the victim, 22, near the corner of Greenwich and Sixth Aves., around 12:30 a.m., and that Thurman swiped the phone out of the man’s hand before he could react. The teens fled on foot, but were caught two hours later during a police canvass of the area, and were positively identified once cops saw that their stolen phone matched the victim’s. Thurman and his sidekick were charged with grand larceny.

Vodka gets credit for bust An open-container violation early on Wed., June 5, led police to recover a stolen credit card — and it landed the card’s illegal user behind bars. Officers on patrol said they spotted Rashawn Kelly, 26, drinking a bottle of Georgi vodka at the corner of Christopher and Bedford Sts. around 2:30 a.m., and stopped him. When they searched Kelly, they found he was carrying a credit card belonging to a 23-year-old woman who had recently reported it missing. Police said several unauthorized charges had been filed on the stolen card, but it was unclear if Kelly had actually made them. In addition to drinking in public, Kelly was charged with criminal possession of stolen property.

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‘What are you gonna do?’ Police arrested Zachary Clemons, 38, after he allegedly roughed up another man while stealing his cell phone on the evening of June 6. The victim, 34, said he was walking east on Christopher St. near Seventh Ave. South around 5 p.m., when Clemons approached him and grabbed the phone out of his hand. Clemons then reportedly pushed the man into a wall and said, “What are you gonna do about it?” Since the victim was, by his own testimony, scared stiff, Clemons also reportedly tried to get more out of him by menacingly asking, “You have some money on you?” But a bystander at the busy intersection had already called police to report the crime. Before Clemons could flee, a patrol car responded and he was charged with robbery.

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Locksmith to celebs can’t cut it on 8th St. anymore By JeFF VasisHTa What do Martin Sheen, Rod Stewart, Anderson Cooper and Lindsay Lohan all have in common? They have all at one time or another been clients of Virote Sirirat Sivawong, or “Tang” as he’s commonly known to his clients in Greenwich Village. And who is Tang? An Asian herbalist, yoga instructor or spiritual healer? Not quite. Tang has been the proprietor of T.S. Hardware, at 52 E. Eighth St., between University Place and Greene St., for the last 35 years. It’s an old-fashioned, mom-and-pop store, 500 hundred square feet, the quintessential hole-in-the wall, selling everything from sheetrock knives to wood stain and padlocks. Tang, 63, actually started working in the store three days after he arrived from Bangkok, Thailand, in February 1971. When the previous owner, Murray Mantel, decided to sell in 1978, Tang had saved up enough money to take over the business. While it’s been a good long run, he’s closing the business this month. “I can’t blame the landlord, Mark Greensburg,” Tang said in his heavily accented English. He’s a friendly man, with olive skin and receding gray hair. “It’s a combination of the rent going up and the economy going down,” he noted. Tang currently pays $8,500 per month. “Homeowners are not doing repairs like they used to,” he said, “and I cannot survive simply on key-cutting, which is mainly what I do now.”

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Virote Sirirat Sivawong, a.k.a. “Tang,” started working at T.S. Hardware and Locksmith 44 years ago at age 19. The place is almost empty now and he expects to close within the week.

Tang, who commutes from his home in Jamaica Estates, Queens, and works long hours, doesn’t plan to retire when he gives up his lease. “If I can get a smaller, cheaper place on a side street I will open up another hardware store and work for a few more years,” he said. Has the thought occurred to him to try anything else?

“This is all I know,” he said smiling. The neighborhood, which now includes so many banks, fast-food restaurants and boutique clothing shops, is unrecognizable since Tang started working there in the ’70s and paid $1,250 a month in rent. His former boss paid just $700 a month. At its peak the store was grossing $6,000 a week and helped pay, along with scholar-

ships, for Tang’s three sons, now aged 35, 33 and 30, to graduate from Ivy League universities. His eldest became an engineer after attending Columbia, and the other two, doctors who graduated from Columbia and Yale. “My wife, Soontharee, has to take the credit for their success,” he stressed. “She would come into the store in the morning and was there at 3 o’clock every day when they came home from school. That type of stability was so important in allowing them to feel relaxed and able to focus on their schoolwork.” What does Tang remember about his many celebrity clients? “Rod Stewart and Martin Sheen would come in here from time to time and buy padlocks,” he recalled. “Anderson Cooper from CNN was interesting. He came in here a year ago and bought a green ladder. I asked him how he was going to get it home. He told me he had a bike. He went outside with the ladder, put it on his bike and rode down the street. Then Lindsay Lohan came in here last week. She needed a key cut.” Tang is philosophical about his 40 years at T.S. Hardware. “The last 10 years have been tough,” he said. “Sometimes I’d get eviction notices but I always managed to find the rent somehow. Now my children are no longer in school and settled, I don’t need to worry so much. I like working and am not ready to stop. Maybe I’ll work part-time somewhere.”


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If you go all the way back to 1900, three of the 10 worst storms to hit the Battery occurred after 2009. That’s one of the more staggering things revealed in the Bloomberg administration’s comprehensive analysis of the growing threats from climate change. The most memorable — and overwhelmingly the largest of the 10 storms — of course, was Superstorm Sandy, which devastated chunks of Lower Manhattan as well as other parts of the region. In southern Manhattan, defined as south of 42nd St., 73 percent more buildings are now in the flood plain, representing 10,000 more homes, even though the flood zone has not expanded significantly in Manhattan. The 430-page report, “A Stronger More Resilient New York,” by Mayor Bloomberg and his team, is full of short-, medium- and long-term solutions to better protect the city. The need is obvious. We are pleased that the $20 billion plan is bolder than we and many others were expecting, given that Bloomberg had been so dismissive of harbor and river surge barriers. He is now proposing a few and is open to studying others. That debate with the public, scientists and politicians needs to continue. We are far from consensus on that issue, but even if there was agreement, we’d still be a long way from building this protection. That is why the shorter-term solutions, like movable barriers along Lower Manhattan’s vulnerable East Side, are important. Also critical is the level of attention paid to protecting utilities, hospitals and communication networks. One reason Sandy hit Downtown so hard was because it was high tide here, but the city has also looked at protecting critical areas that made out fine — most notably our food supply, which comes in large part from Hunt’s Point. The mayor has set up ambitious yet achievable goals for 2013 before he leaves office and he has given his successor a good framework to build on and change, where needed. The dialogue with the mayoral contenders on this issue should begin now. We do have some concern about the amount of communication so far between the city, state and some of the other critical players, including the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Having watched the many years of delays redeveloping the World Trade Center, we know all too well the perils of competing jurisdictions and egos. The subways and transportation network are critical and there needs to be more coordination. Lastly, the idea to build another Battery Park City in the East River, the so-called “Seaport City,” is very long-term, and we can already imagine the scoffing to come. But we hope the idea gets a chance to breathe because it is worth exploring. We recognize the potential downsides — overdeveloping the waterfront, forever marring historic South St. Seaport by taking it away from the water — but these are not impossible obstacles to overcome. While Battery Park City made out well after the storm, the Seaport and the rest of the East Side is clearly vulnerable. The plan would not only provide protection, but it would also add desperately needed park space. It’s something for us and our future leaders to consider. In the meantime, let’s do what we can now to protect our lives, our homes and our livelihoods.

To The Editor: Re “ ‘Wild Man of Soho’ is causing mayhem, fearful locals warn” (news article, June 6): I know Richard personally and they got his size wrong. He is 6 feet 5 inches and slightly over 300 pounds and extremely strong. I’m surprised he hasn’t killed anyone yet. Luis Jimenez

There ought to be a law To The Editor: Re “ ‘Wild Man of Soho’ is causing mayhem, fearful locals warn” (news article, June 6): Sounds like a Larry Hogue, Upper West Side in the ’80s / ’90s type situation. He landed at Creedmoor. I personally witnessed Hogue physically assaulting people three times, and terrorizing people countless other times. Where do New York State’s mental hygiene laws stand on this these days? What’s the answer? The laws are being used to relieve vulnerable seniors like Mike Quashie, once renowned as the Limbo King — a former Villager now in a nursing home in the Bronx — of their assets, under court order, patronage style, rather than to address the mentally ill. Patrick Shields

Sorry state of the gardens To The Editor: Re “Garden hero — or partier amid the plants? Or both?” (news article, June 6): For two decades I have fought passionately to save and safeguard the precious community gardens of our fair city. Indeed, Ron Kuby defended me when I was arrested (with activist Fran Luck) for interrupting Giuliani’s second inaugural speech in 1997, two days after Giuliani bulldozed the Chico Mendez Mural Garden. All too often I hear people express negative opinions of the gardens. They see many gardens that are locked with no open hours posted. They see gardens with only one member. They have gone to gardens and been discouraged or prohibited from joining. They find an ossified and abusive power structure — as is the case at Dias y Flores. Though some people are derisive of my efforts to ensure fairness and transparency in gardens, I am proud to have the nickname “Bylaws Jeff.” Without bylaws and rules the gardens quickly become “Lord of the Flies.” The clichéd pablum that Ron Kuby and Everett Hill spout

that the “gardens are for children,” is hyper-hypocritical, given that it is my friends and I who always color the Easter eggs and help the children tend the fire. We started Bring Your Own Puppet Day. We opened the gate on Halloween in the blackout after Hurricane Sandy. The people the board kicked out didn’t break the rules. But the board did and continues to do so. All plots are supposed to be “turned by June 1” or they revert back to the membership. Board member Claude Kilgore’s plot and Ron Kuby’s partner Marilyn Vasta’s plot are two weeks delinquent. Fran McGorty repeatedly interrupts people at meetings, counting out loud how many seconds they have left and demanding there be “No whispering.” Julie Friesner interrogates would-be members and told someone to “Go to hell” at a meeting. Everett Hill recently allowed a member to miss the “mandatory annual meeting,” do her hours during another member’s slotted time and host an event without the required advance notice — a triple play of rule breaking. These are the people GreenThumb is allowing to ruin the garden. Deputy Director Roland Chouloute has chosen to cast a blind eye. Thank you to The Villager for shedding light on this ugly situation. P.S. The bulldozers are still circling…. . Jeffrey Cyphers Wright

From one ‘Howl’ to another To The Editor: Re “Garden hero — or partier amid the plants? Or both?” (news article, June 6): Allen Ginsberg, who figured strongly in Jeffrey Wright’s poetry training, would be proud of Wright’s howling. A little howling once a month is welcome. It wakes and shakes us out of complacency. This is a great article. But also at issue, however, is that the gardens are meant for the community, not just for the next-door real estate holders. Why is it that creative efforts are so often subsumed by private interests? The reason the board took such action against Wright had little to do with drinking or wild parties. They never suggested the simple solution — enforcing the rules on these issues. The real reason is that Wright proposed term limits for board members and this scared them. One posted on her Facebook wall, “Come to the meeting or else you-know-who could take over the garden.” I’m paraphrasing here, but this is the crux of the controversy. It’s about public versus private. To avoid conflict of interest, the board cannot consist of nextdoor-neighbor property owners. Lori Ortiz

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Jane and the death and life of a great American park TalKinG PoinT By CaTHryn sWan The community around Washington Square Park is currently debating whether a private conservancy is a legitimate way to “improve” the park or just a “scheme” for New York University and other private interests to increase their real estate values and take further control of this essential public space. In her influential 1961 book, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” Village resident and noted activist Jane Jacobs wrote of Washington Square Park: “The city officials regularly concoct improvement schemes by which this center within the park would be sown to grass and flowers and surrounded by a fence. The invariable phrase to describe this is ‘restoring the land to park use.’ That is a different form of park use, legitimate in places. But for neighborhood parks, the finest centers are stage settings for people.” To this day, people come to Washington Square Park because of its history, reputation and a certain charisma that the park retains despite its recent redesign. The park is currently in the midst of Phase III, the final phase of its five-plus years of reconstruction. This included the Bloomberg administration’s obsession with moving the historic fountain 22 feet east to “align” it with the Washington Square Arch at Fifth Ave. — which actually took the fountain out of alignment after 137 years in its previous location at the center of the park. I started the Washington Square Park Blog five years ago around the time the park’s reconstruction began. For four or five years prior, the community participated in numerous meetings with the Parks Department and elected officials, addressing the city’s overhaul of the park. Park advocates filed several lawsuits attempting to prevent the cutting down of trees, the reduction of public space and limitations on performances and protests. The city incorporated some slight modifications to the plan as a result of public input, but, for the most part, the redesign of the park went on as the Bloomberg administration decreed. In researching the history of the redesign, I quickly learned that the Village community and parkgoers largely did not want a private conservancy, which would change, they felt, the rebellious character of the park. So when word spread over the last few months of the formation — behind closed doors — of a Washington Square Park Conservancy, those who had attended those past meetings, as

well as newer people on the scene, felt alarmed and outraged. (In fact, The Villager published many letters of indignation.) Last week, Community Board 2’s Parks Committee held a meeting addressing the formation of a Washington Square Park Conservancy. The four women who founded the conservancy outlined some of their plans. They stated that they have “no formal agreement” with the city’s Parks Department. And yet, the new Washington Square Park administrator, Sarah Neilson, is a Parks Department employee who serves in a dual role as the conservancy’s “executive director.” At the meeting, the conservancy group provided no mission statement and no bylaws for their new organization. When these board members were asked for their projected budget over the first year, as well as the next five years, they had no answer. They said that Sarah Neilson is not being paid a salary by their organization. In fact, conservancy directors are paid well at the larger parks, double-dipping salaries from the city’s Parks Department as well as the conservancy. According to fiscal year 2012 tax filings, the salary for Douglas Blonsky, head of the Central Park Conservancy, was $456,319. Bryant Park Corporation Executive Director Daniel Biederman made $240,701 in 2011. Madison Square Park Conservancy President Debbie Landau brought home $245,669 in 2011. Aimee Boden, at the Randall’s Island Sports Foundation, received $62,745 in 2011 from the foundation, and $122,807 from the city as park administrator, totaling $185,552. One of the founders of the Washington Square Park Conservancy, Gwen Evans, said at the meeting that they were “encouraged to proceed all along the way” in setting up the conservancy. Really? They clearly did not speak to the many community members who opposed the conservancy, and who — though especially distrusting of the Parks Department — nevertheless saw a private conservancy, as well, as a step in the wrong direction. Which brings us to a larger question — why can’t our city’s Parks Department run our parks? Well, they could. While it’s true that the percentage of New York City’s overall budget allocated to the Parks Department has shrunk over the years, there is no good reason why a public agency is incapable of properly running our city’s public parks. The shortchanging of public funding for parks is part of a plan to allow parks to deteriorate in order to rationalize the private confiscation of “the commons.” Bill Castro, the Manhattan borough Parks commissioner, cited Member of the New York Press Association

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the success of one private conservancy in having “brought Central Park back from disaster” in the 1970s as a rationale for installing a private body at Washington Square Park. Does Washington Square Park have to follow the same formula of private control as every other park? Unfortunately, once a conservancy is installed, there is no going back. And if Madison Square Park is any example, these organizations just take root and spread their dominance. At Madison Square Park, an innocent “friends” group formed with restaurateur Danny Meyer at the helm. Two years later, it morphed into a full-on conservancy running the park, with Meyer’s private business, Shake Shack, granted exclusive rights to set up shop in the park. Community Board 5 has complained over the years about the commercialization of parks in its district — Madison Square Park, Union Square Park, Bryant Park — all run today by private entities. And yet the Washington Square Park Conservancy founders stated again and again that they are just there to raise funds. Elizabeth Ely said, “We have no plans to run Washington Square Park. The city runs the park.” That’s great! But what about two years or five years from now when new board members take the place of these well-intentioned individuals? Community Board 2 member Keen Berger stated, “Don’t we already have organizations like this? Something is very suspicious about how this is happening.”

I have my issues with the Parks Department — it is hard not to. But I would not take the management of the park away from public control, however flawed, and hand it over to a private entity. While the conservancy says it will not run the park, we all know that money talks. I asked Brad Hoylman, former C.B. 2 chairperson and now state senator, for his views on private conservancies. “I’m not supportive of conservancies in general for parks,” he said, “because I think that the design, operations and management of public parks should remain transparent and accountable to the local communities they serve. The conservancy model has a tendency to undermine these goals.” After most of the general public had left the meeting, Board 2’s Parks Committee voted to endorse this conservancy for Washington Square Park. Only one public member of the committee, Sharon Woolums, cast a “no” vote. The full board of C.B. 2 will vote on this resolution at its next meeting Thurs., June 20, at 6 p.m., at the Scholastic Building, 557 Broadway (between Spring and Prince Sts.), auditorium. What would Jane Jacobs do? If she could be there, she’d oppose that resolution on behalf of the community’s fight to keep Washington Square Park under public control and retain its wonderful rebellious spirit. Swan is founder and editor, Washington Square Park Blog

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Déjà vu all over again To The Editor: Re “Garden hero — or partier amid the plants? Or both?” (news article, June 6): The other day, when I picked up The Villager, and began to read Lincoln Anderson’s article, I was hurled back in time. The late 1990s were a demanding time for the community gardens of the East Village and Lower East Side. We fought hard and furiously to preserve our gardens from the developers. After the Chico Mendez Garden was slated for development,

 

Jeff was looking for another garden to join. Because of his seeming zeal and commitment, he was welcomed as a member of Green Oasis, the garden to which I belonged. At the Green Oasis, he behaved in exactly the same ways as the members of Dias y Flores now describe him as behaving in that garden some 10 to 15 years later. After a couple of years of  this, including late-night parties where underage kids jumped into our koi pond, and our asking Mr. Wright and his girlfriend at that time to follow the rules of the garden and GreenThumb, etc., they would not cooperate. We had a few very difficult meetings, then voted them out. We ended up going to adjudication with a city ombudsman. One of the adjudicators asked us if it had occurred to us that Wright and his pals might be trying to take over the garden.The result of the meetings (if I remember it correctly) was that they were

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Poetry of garden gatherings To The Editor: Re “Garden hero — or partier amid the plants? Or both?” (news article, June 6):

T.S. Eliot, “The Waste Land” What better place to exchange lovely ideas and spend time than in a garden? I really enjoyed stopping by, even in winter when the flowers weren’t blooming, and meeting all different sorts of people. Jeff is a lovely man who understands how incredibly important it is to have a place outdoors where friends can meet, mingle and enjoy away from the hustle and bustle of New York City. Katherine Sloan

Mitigation by air conditioner?    

         

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With a shower of rain; we stopped in the colonnade, And went on in sunlight, into the Hofgarten, And drank coffee, and talked for an hour.

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asked to leave for the remainder of the season, but they could reapply. They didn’t. We were very relieved. Through his contacts, he had  brought Pete Seeger to the Green Oasis. He noted this as an example of what he had done for our garden. He asked another lawyer to represent him at that time. Is Jeff Wright living though his own tragic version of “Groundhog Day”? He is the sword and the wound.

To The Editor: Re “Carrots, sticks, air conditioning and N.Y.U. 2031” (talking point, Martin Tessler, May 30): Thanks for bringing this to light, Martin Tessler! It’s incredible and horrifying that N.Y.U. is promoting air conditioner use to “mitigate” construction noise. The air conditioners will be sucking in the construction toxins while still assaulting eardrums by creating an equal (but perhaps less obnoxious) noise level. This noise “mitigation” will be needed year-round during two decades of construction. Run an air conditioner in October? The antithesis of green! The cost for the mitigation of the N.Y.U.-created noise assault will be borne by those living on and near the superblocks. N.Y.U. 2031 is nothing but a way to make more money for N.Y.U. Otherwise, why would N.Y.U. have repeatedly testified that it had carefully analyzed its space needs and was asking for only exactly what it absolutely required — then, after approval, convened a Space Priorities Committee? And why did N.Y.U. require a rezoning to commercial, other than to make money by renting out the housing units on its lower floors to businesses that will pay top dollar? N.Y.U., please go back to being an educational institution and stop being one of the city’s greediest developers. Pay your hardworking professors appropriately for the excellent education they provide, and stop wasting huge dollars on celebri-profs. Mary Leigh E-mail letters, not longer than 250 words in length, to lincoln@ thevillager.com or fax to 212-229-2790 or mail to The Villager, Letters to the Editor, 515 Canal St., Suite 1C, NY, NY 10013. Please include phone number for confirmation purposes. The Villager reserves the right to edit letters for space, grammar, clarity and libel. The Villager does not publish anonymous letters.


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Committee votes 11-1 for new Wash. Sq. conservancy Continued from page 1 to help fund the park, they might not have anticipated that their good intentions would provoke suspicion and opposition. But many of the people in the room had questions about what this conservancy would do, what it might become in the future and how it would interact with the Parks Department and the community. Some were adamantly opposed. “I am very much against the conservancy,” said Mary Johnson, a longtime Village resident. “It scares me.” She was not alone. “I see this as a bait-and-switch,” said Keen Berger, a C.B. 2 member and the Village’s Democratic district leader. “We are a group of neighborhood people who care about Washington Square Park and we are here to help,” said Gwen Evans, one of the conservancy’s founders. “We have no plans to run Washington Square Park. I know that there may be some people in the room who think that, but that is not our agenda. “The city runs the park and the city provides a substantial portion of the funds required to maintain the park,” Evans said. “But it’s not enough, and rather than let Washington Square Park deteriorate, we decided to get involved.” In addition to Evans, the conservancy was founded by Betsey Ely, Veronica Bulgari and Justine Leguizamo, wife of actor John Leguizamo. “Our goals are simple,” said Ely. “We want to fund a late-evening garbage collection to solve the [problem of the] rat cafeteria. We want to fund PEP [Park Enforcement Patrol] officers in the park. And we want to organize a volunteer group to work on the flower beds, to plant new seeds and to water them.” Ely said that the group already had the money to pay for a recreation director to assist with the children’s playground in the park during July and August. William Castro, Manhattan borough commissioner for the Parks Department, told the meeting that these funds would be most welcome. “One of the things you witness as a Parks person — and I don’t think this will come as a surprise to anyone on the Parks Committee and probably not as a surprise to most of you here — is that the budget of the city waxes and wanes,” he said. In flush times, he said, it would be possible to hire staff, but then the city would pull back and declare a hiring freeze. “It would be a real shame to see this park fall prey to the normal things that happen through city budgets where, over time, things start to deteriorate and where you can’t give it the kind of extra care that it really deserves,” said Castro. “And I really want to commend the women who have formed this Washington Square Park Conservancy for spending a lot of time and effort to try to work out a way of raising funds to assist the park.” Currently, Washington Square Park has one gardener to tend its nearly 10 acres. It has two staff people who are mostly there during daylight hours. The park’s supervisor and assistant supervisor are responsible not only for Washington Square Park but for all the parks within Parks District 2, which has the same

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Drummers in Washington Square Park banged out funky beats on spackling buckets.

Her salary would be paid by the Parks Department. Although the question was asked by several people, it was not clear whether she would also receive a salary as executive director of the conservancy. Responding to the accusation of a lack of transparency, Evans said, “We are a newly formed organization. We did not want to appear — and it was not appropriate for us to appear — at a public meeting until we had our organizational documents and our 501(c) 3 in place, which has just happened. We are registering our organizational

documents with the…attorney general.” She also said that the conservancy founders had met with certain members of Community Board 2 last summer “and we have been encouraged to proceed all along the way.” Another issue that worried many people was what role N.Y.U. would or could play in determining what happens in the park. “For the most part, I think a conservancy is a good idea,” said Ralph Gleason, “but not for Washington Square Park. The elephant in the room is N.Y.U.” He said that N.Y.U. tends to regard the park as “their quadrangle. They have inordinate influence,” he charged. “They might allow something to begin here, but eventually they would take it over.” “N.Y.U. does not in any way run Washington Square Park,” Castro replied. “There’s no undue influence. There never has been. It’s just a nonissue.” After the public discussion, the community board’s Parks Committee met in executive session and voted 11 to 1 to endorse the conservancy, but with caveats. A resolution will be presented to C.B. 2’s full board meeting on Thurs., June 20, that will include restrictions. “We are very sensitive to the issues that were raised in the public commentary, but we felt that many of them could be addressed,” said C.B. 2’s Susanna Aaron, who chaired the meeting. “Between endorsing outright and not endorsing, there are many gradations of stipulations and requests.”

RETURN YOUR VEGGIES TO THE FARM Doris Diether was enjoying the drumming and other goings-on in the park on Wednesday.

boundaries as Community Board 2. Nevertheless, despite clear needs for the park, some people at the meeting were not convinced that the Washington Square Park Conservancy would be the best way to meet them. In addition, they were worried about the dual role for Sarah Neilson, the park’s new administrator. She would also be the executive director of the conservancy. “I don’t doubt the good motives of the people who have organized this group, but I do question the methods that they have used,” said Carol Greitzer, who formerly represented the Village on City Council. “They went about this secretly for many, many months. Nobody knew anything about it. There was no transparency. The notion that you can have a Parks employee as executive director of what is supposed to be a community group is just ludicrous.” Castro said that there were precedents for having a park administrator also serve as the executive of a conservancy. He said this had happened successfully in Riverside and Fort Tryon parks, among others. Neilson commented that, “The arrangement benefits the park and the public because it keeps the conservancy goal closely aligned with the Parks goal.”

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Alan Merrill, who wrote “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll,” rocked the 6th and B stage.

A trio sat in the fallen tree’s crook, from left, Nova and Lucas Haluska and Manny Vega.

I luv 6th and B, so now put another roof up, baby! By Lincoln Anderson Hurricane Sandy slammed the East Village’s 6th and B Garden hard. An enormous willow tree was sent falling diagonally across the Avenue B green oasis, shearing off two other trees’ branches on the garden’s south side as it came crashing down. The superstorm’s winds also blew off the stage roof’s fiberglass panels, leaving them scattered all over the place. The panels were gathered up and tacked back onto the roof frame, but it was just a makeshift job. So, last Sunday, 6th and B held a “Raise the Stage Roof” party, with the target of pulling in $2,500 to install a sturdy, new, polycarbonate canopy. Roger DeGennaro, the garden’s event committee chairperson, explained that a watertight roof is needed to keep the wooden stage below from rotting and also to protect its electrical system. Gracing the stage last Sunday were the Hayes Greenfield Trio, Marni Rice of Mad Juana, Maya Caballero, Joff Wilson of the Bowery Boys, Rick Eckerly and Alan Merrill, who, in 1975 while in the band Arrows,

wrote the classic rock anthem “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll.” Merrill was the lead singer on the infectious rockin’ riff, which didn’t chart due to poor promotion. But in 1981, the song was famously covered by Joan Jett. The 6th and B bash also rocked some great grub courtesy of Gruppo Pizza, which donated 20 large pies; Veselka, which contributed sandwiches; Metropolitan Market (a.k.a. Met Foods), which helped out with hot dogs, hamburgers and condiments; and Veniero’s, which contributed cookies. Afterward, Sally Young, the garden’s president, reported the fundraiser had been a good haul. “We’re halfway to our goal,” she said. “We’ll do some garden rentals and other stuff, but we’ll get it done.” Trees whose branches were sheared off by the falling willow also need pruning, she added. They hope to install the new roof by July. “It will look very similar to what’s up there now, but it’ll be strong, much stronger,” Young said. “Hopefully, it’ll withstand another hurricane.”

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The gardener of the plot with this piece at 6th and B is more into art than plants, it seems. But members are concerned about his use of sharp glass shards to cover the plot’s surface.

Carmine was selling vintage rock posters — this one for just $30 — to raise bucks for the garden, while simultaneously effortlessly continuing to grow his beard. It’s his new thing, and he said his goal is to attain “ZZ Top” length.


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At the World Science Festival, Denny Daniel from The Museum of Interesting Things demonstrated an Edison cylinder phonograph while a woman checked out a Mutoscope, both inventions from the early 1900s.

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N.B.A. great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar posted up next to theoretical physicist Brian Greene, co-founder of the World Science Festival.

Kareem, scientists — and the brain — team up for fest Trevor came in from Queens for the World Science Festival and went home with some major bragging rights, having had the chance to hold an actual human brain. Washington Square Park and some of the adjoining streets were taken over Sun., June 2, by the festival, a very kid-oriented event that was fun for pretty

much everyone. National Geographic, Con Ed, Columbia University and the American Museum of Natural History were just a few of the institutions that lent their presence to the fair. Topics included climate change, alternative energy, robotics and the aforementioned brain.

Kids could sample a cerebellum.

A raptor had a young boy’s rapt attention

Live music and science demonstrations ran constantly on several different stages, with the celebrity slot filled by basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who was promoting his latest book, “What Color Is My World? The Lost History of AfricanAmerican Inventors.”


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Joey always photographs well in black and white since, well, he is black and white. Above, he horses around with some zebras on Toni Dalton’s computer.

Jumping Joey: Shadow Warrior PeT seT Joseph Anthony, a.k.a. Joey, is a rescue cat from Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, “but before Sandy,” explained his best buddy, Toni Dalton. “Most folks there are Italian and that is the most popular name in the neighborhood,” Dalton said. “That’s why I named him Joseph Anthony. “He is a real character. He is 2½. He is a street cat, that’s all I know.” Dalton, a photographer and artist, and Joey live in Westbeth, the full-square-block artists housing complex at West and Bethune Sts. Joey’s favorite thing to do goes well with his name. “Jump, jump, jump — jumping Joey,” Dalton said. “He is a shadow warrior. He can chase shadows day and night till he gets exhausted. “He is afraid of new people until he gets used to them. Then he sits and waits for them to make shadows on the wall with their hands or with a flashlight. He can jump so high. “He is terrified of the vacuum cleaner. “He is the complete opposite of my cat Huey who passed away,” Dalton said. “He was an angel. It took every penny to try to save him but it didn’t. “He used to put his hand on top of my hand when I was using the computer mouse and moving it around. He just always loved to hold my hand. “I carried him in my mouth by the back

They don’t call him Jumping Joey for nothing. He loves to leap and try to catch shadows — like the one that was on the wall a fraction of a second before this photo was taken.

of his neck like his mother would. He was an amazing cat and everyone loved him, some more than their own cat, if you can believe it.” If you know a pet you would like to be in the Pet Set, please send a photo or photos and a description to news@thevillager.com .


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Photo by Sarah Hamblin

Artist Robert Seyffert (right) and frame designer David “Mdot Beatz” Yearwood stand in front of Seyffert’s “White Chevrolet Sedan” (1995, Oil on Linen, 24 x 30 inches. Yearwood’s frame is from 2013). It’s part of “Urban Automobiles” — on view through June 16, at William Holman Gallery.

Just Do Art! BY SCOTT STIFFLER

ROBERT SEYFFERT: URBAN AUTOMOBILES

Bronx-based third generation artist Robert Seyffert, whose grandparents were close friends with Edward Hopper, readily admits the artist’s influence on his own paintings. “Whether it’s a big tree or a 1965 Pontiac,” notes Seyffert, “there’s something about the light hitting the subject that excites me, and that’s what I paint. I’m trying to get the sensation created by the thing I’m looking at, and not just copying it.” Seyffert is certainly a kindred spirit to Hopper. Both men excel at using moody oils to evoke nostalgia and melancholy, as well as an appreciation for the beauty of urban constructs. But Seyffert’s current body of work invites contemplation not only of one singular object or moment in

time, but its larger place within the context of America’s changing desires. Although many of the cityscapes and automobile paintings in “Urban Automobiles” were done on the Lower East Side in the 1990s, the exhibition also includes Seyffert’s first explorations of these subjects (in the late 1980s, while he was teaching in Baltimore). The 30 works on display feature mid-to-late 20th century cars within both real and imagined urban landscapes — from a 57 Chevy to a Pontiac Delta 88. Cars both gritty and gleaming appear as testimony to American industrial prowess as well as our keen interest in a sleek, sexy design that compels restless spirits to get behind the wheel (drivers are often found in his cars, while historical figures sometimes lurk on the periphery). In his latest works, Seyffert has collaborated with New York City graffiti artists, including the seminal graffiti artists Tats Cru, on three tagged giclee prints of his paintings. He’s also conceived of frames painted by David Yearwood (aka “Mdot Beatz” of the South Bronx) —

giving the subject matter an unexpected contemporary spin even when the cars depicted are relics of the past. Through June 16. Tues.-Sat., 10:30am6:30pm and Sun. 1-5pm. At William Holman Gallery (65 Ludlow St., btw. Broome & Grand Sts.). For info, visit wholmangallery.com.

JAMES ADLER, AT THE MAKE MUSIC NEW YORK FESTIVAL

James Adler has called 14th Street home for years…during the times when he’s actually been home. The well-traveled pianist (whose music encompasses chamber and choral pieces, a film score and a children’s “pOpera”) has appeared as a soloist all around the world — including gigs at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Dimetria Festival in Thessaloniki, Greece and at Alice Tully Hall right here in New York. For one afternoon only, you can see him at two events — both under the auspices of the “Make Music New York” festival.

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Photo by Frank Gimpaya

James Adler plays piano (alongside 174 others) in the middle of Cornelia St., on June 21.


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Just Do Art! Continued from page 15 On Fri., June 21, Cornelia Street will be closed to traffic all day so performances can take place in the street. From 9-11am, Yamaha keyboards will be set up, in an attempt to both entertain and make it into the Guinness Book of World Records (as the largest outdoor piano gathering). Three times between 12 and 2pm, NYC music students and professionals (including Adler) will perform a new work by Jed Distler, composed for the 175-keyboard configuration. Then, at 2:30pm, Yamaha artist Adler will perform three works for solo piano: Paul Turok’s “Tango,” Seth Bedford’s “Christopher Street Rag” and Adler’s Piano Fantasy on “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd.” For a full schedule of festival events, visit makemusicny.org.

FRACKING DOCUMENTARY: “DEAR GOVERNOR CUOMO”

Documentary filmmaker Jon Bowermaster has used the Antarctic Peninsula, the Aleutian Islands and French Polynesia to examine the tenuous relationship between humans and nature. In the 2013 documentary “Dear Governor Cuomo,” he follows a coalition of musicians, scientists and activists who gather in Albany to call for a ban on hydraulic fracturing. The group’s blending of music and message, they hope, will raise awareness about the controversial form of energy extraction’s environmental, economic and health risks — and perhaps motivate the film’s titular character to lay down the law. Bowermaster will participate in a talkback session, after the 75-minute film screens. Thurs., June 27, at 7pm. At Bluestockings Bookstore (175 Allen St., at Stanton St.). Suggested donation: $5 (nobody is turned away for lack of funds). This event is wheelchair accessible. For more info, visit bluestockings.com or call 212-777-6028.

LA MAMA KIDS: FAMILY PLAYDATE

SLANT Performance Group will weave their magical humor through La MaMa’s first Family Playdate — a funfilled showcase performed by members of the Great Jones Repertory Company. Embracing intelligent dance, music and theatre, this unique event is specially tailored for a theatrical family experience in a relaxed atmosphere. Sat., June 22, at 11am. At La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre (66 E. 4th St., 2nd floor, btw. Bowery & Second Ave.). Admission is $10 per family (no family turned away due to lack of funds). For a full schedule of events and more info, call 212-475-7710 or visit lamama.org.

Photo courtesy of St. Regis Doha, by Amara-Photos.com

June 22, at the Chelsea Music Festival: Vivaldi, Dowland and Duke Ellington receive new jazz arrangements, by Aaron Diehl (performed by his trio and an all-star ensemble of festival musicians).

SUMMER MUSIC IN CHELSEA

The next installment of St. Peter’s Summer Music in Chelsea concert series features an all-Mozart program that nourishes the soul of those in the pews, while raising much-needed funds to benefit the church’s Food Pantry outreach program. Matthew Oberstein will conduct the New Amsterdam Summer Orchestra, with violinist Jiwon Evelyn Kwark as the guest soloist. The selections include Mozart’s Violin Concerto #5, K. 219 A Major (Turkish) and Symphony #38, K. 504 D Major (Prague). Thurs., July 28, at 7:30pm. At St. Peter’s Church (346 W. 20th St., btw. 8th & 9th Aves.). The suggested donation is $10 ($5 for students/seniors). For more

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Jiwon Evelyn Kwark is the soloist in New Amsterdam Summer Orchestra’s July 18 Summer Music in Chelsea concert.

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Just Do Art! Continued from page 16 info, visit stpeterschelsea.com, or call 212-929-2390.

CHELSEA MUSIC FESTIVAL

Running three years in a row is an admirable achievement — but the upcoming fourth installment of the Chelsea Music Festival elevates the annual event to its rightful place as an official local tradition. CMF 2013 is poised to deliver another imaginative, unconventional fusion of music, art, cuisine and family-friendly programming. This time around, the British-Italian theme pays tribute to three composer anniversaries: Benjamin Britten (100th), Arcangelo Corelli (300th) and Carlo Gesualdo (400th). Performances will showcase existing and newly commissioned works in the classical, jazz, folk, art song and early music genres. The featured artists include Germany’s Ensemble Amarcord, musicians from London’s Guildhall School of Music, Mexican visual artist Nacho Rodriguez Bach, Momenta String Quartet and The Declassified. Designed to stir your soul while stimulating your intellect, CMF’s lectures, festival talks, collaborative visual art exhibits and post-concert receptions encourage dialogue between artists and audiences. June 14-22, at various venues — including Dillon Gallery (555 W. 25 St., btw. 10th & 11th Aves.), the Leo Baeck Institute (15 W. 16th St., btw. 5th & 6th Aves.) and the General Theological Seminary Chapel (440 W. 21st St., btw. 9th & 10th Aves.). Tickets range from $25-65. Purchase at chelseanusicfestival. org — where you’ll find a complete schedule of events. Students and seniors receive a $10 discount, per concert (must show ID at the door). The CMF@Noon outdoor concerts are free. Following the festival on Twitter (@cmf_nyc) and Facebook (facebook.com/chelseamusicfestival).

Photo by Ron Marotta

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry: Elaine Bromka, as Betty Ford.

TEA FOR THREE: LADY BIRD, PAT & BETTY Three gold frames hang on the back wall of a room in the White House — where we’re about to meet a trio of first ladies in the waning hours of their reign. There’s no portrait or picture within them…and as the tight, 80-minute “TEA FOR THREE” plays out, the conspicuously empty space inside those gilded adornments will speak volumes about how we project our own values, opinions and desires onto the blank canvas of people we think we know (even if we’ve never actually met them). Credit director Byam Stevens for that telling visual metaphor. The writing, by Eric H. Weinberger and Elaine Bromka, has its own stealthy dramatic conceit: Each presidential wife we’re about to meet (Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford) is reflecting on life in the White House, just as the new first lady is about to show up for the grand tour. About to be stripped of their duties (or freed from them as the case may be), this unique place in time affords them the rare chance to offer unusually candid opinions. Depending upon their disposition and the reason their hubby left office, the tea room becomes a confessional, a wartime bunker or the backroom of a speakeasy during last call. It’s a great premise to throw at lone cast member Bromka — a disciplined theater vet whose mastery of each woman’s voice, posture and temperament is as far from mimicry as one could possibly hope to expect. She’s especially good when required to make the swift shift from self-aware humor to clueless pathos. Played as a fun-loving gal who just wants the party to go on, her Betty Ford is especially poignant — a survivor of breast cancer who hasn’t yet been stopped in her tracks from the booze and pills she downs with skill and aplomb. Moments like that (and there are plenty of them) will stay with you — even if you don’t know much about the era in which these three women occupied the White House. Through June 29. Wed.-Sat. at 8pm. Matinees Wed. & Sat. at 2pm & Sun. at 3pm. At The Theatre at 30th Street (259 W. 30th St., btw.7th & 8th Aves.). For tickets ($45), call 212-868-4444 or visit teaforthree.com. Visit teaforthree.com.

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The unsinkable River To River rises, again Down by the water and in the streets, 150+ events at 28 sites THE RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL All across Lower Manhattan June 15 through July 14 Free For a schedule of events & more info, visit rivertorivernyc.com

BY MAEVE GATELY Every time spring turns to summer, it seems as if the promotional material for every musical performance, theatrical presentation, art exhibit, reading or family activity in Lower Manhattan boasts the same familiar phrase: “Part of the River To River Festival.” The mostly outdoor and completely free series, which long ago had art down to a science, has designed its first postSandy installment to function as a homecoming for displaced artists — as well as a reminder to audiences that the area’s energy and vitality wasn’t washed away, or even slightly waterlogged, by the physical destruction of last October’s superstorm. When asked whether the ongoing struggle to rebuild this area has impacted the event, Sam Miller (president of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, which sponsors the festival) said, “What has compounded the personal and professional losses for both artists and organizations, particularly in the areas most severely damaged, has been the loss of community, of home in that wider neighborhood sense.” As restaurants and stores closed, he went on to explain, the area struggled to recover psychologically. That’s why this time around, River To River hopes to bring back more than foot traffic. “We will be providing activities and events that engage residents, workers and visitors in the hardest hit districts, particularly along the Water Street and South Street corridors, that we hope will generate a sense of excitement and interest in the area,” said Miller, adding that, “The festival will remind people of what a magical place Lower Manhattan is to work, play, learn, eat, shop and experience art.” That there was any festival at all, let alone one whose physical reach and formidable roster equals that of years past, only happened “with the support of stakeholders in

Photo by Stephanie Berger

Every year, a glorious noise: River to River favorite Bang on a Can opens the festival with a nine-hour super mix of boundarybusting music.

the neighborhood.” This year’s event will focus more closely on the processes by which the artists create their work, and not simply the works themselves. Open rehearsals and studio visits will allow visitors a glimpse into the ways in which a painting, sculpture or song is created. But before you go pulling the curtain back to see what makes a River To River artist tick, give the analytic part of your brain a break and just enjoy the beat.

THE BANG ON A CAN MARATHON An all-ages event on Sunday, June 16, 1-10pm. At the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts (3 Spruce Street). A feat to witness and a joy to endure, this culture-blending, genre-busting musical marvel returns, with its traditional

non-stop, nine-hour compilation of musical styles from across the world. The group, which is celebrating its 26th year, began as a one-day marathon concert in 1987. It’s since grown to include a variety of active and innovative programs and approaches — including residencies for musicians in developing countries (partnering with the State Department), a summer music festival for young composers, Asphalt Orchestra and an aggressively creative street band. This year’s marathon will include performances by Alarm Will Sound, Talk Normal, Asphalt Orchestra and Hans Abrahamson.

FLUID: CONSTRUCT June 15 through July 14. From 8am-6pm. Weekdays, at One Liberty Plaza. Many of the shops at South Street

Seaport are still closed, and the memory of the overwhelming power of Superstorm Sandy lingers. With this in mind, four New York artists will examine the city’s relationship with water in an exhibition commissioned by Arts Brookfield. David Baskin, Jason Head, Wyatt Nash and Emily Sartor will present their own interpretation of this shared theme, drawing from their backgrounds as painters and sculptors to bring color and life to an otherwise dark part of the city’s recent past.

THE JAZZ SAXOPHONE An all-ages event on Friday, June 21 at 12pm, 12:30pm & 1pm. At Brookfield Place Plaza, 220 Vesey Street, One New York Plaza and Zuccotti Park.

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June 18 & 19: Multimedia, performance art and electronics visionary Laurie Anderson adds “River to River Guest Curator” to her list of credits, when she joins select artists to perform “The Language of the Future.”

Continued from page 18 New York City is, in so many ways, where the saxophone found its first and truest home. From the jazz clubs of 1920s to the work of Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker and Jimmy Heath, to the backing tracks of many Frank Sinatra songs — the saxophone has had a love affair with this city. A co-presentation with Arts Brookfield, as part of Make Music New York, “The Jazz Saxophone” is a musical tribute to this soulful instrument. Three 15-minute sets in three different locations will feature hip voices from the contemporary jazz scene. Come celebrate the perfect fusion of lively jazz and a lazy summer afternoon, and let the wail of the sax take you back — or forward.

LAURIE ANDERSON June 18-22. A film/mixed media, interactive, literature/spoken word and music event, at various locations. NASA’s first artist-in-residence isn’t

resting on that 2003 laurel. The uncategorizable, unpredictable and prolific Laurie Anderson brings her decades of experience as a multimedia artist, musician and cultural analyst to the job of River to River Guest Curator. On June 18 and 19, two 7pm Rockefeller Park concerts, “The Language of the Future,” have Anderson’s group of handpicked writers and performers exploring how time functions in their work. The first performance will focus on stories, the second on songs — as Anderson attempts, to “create a floating atmosphere that extends the summer evening and makes it all the more dream-like and timeless.” Over the next three nights, Anderson will present a series of projects that demonstrate her interest and investment in fellow writers, directors, theatre and visual artists working in and around New York City — including a June 22 multimedia performance by Brooklynbased performer and interactive-electronics artist Andrew Schneider. It takes place at 9pm, on Pier 15 (East River Esplanade). Expect the unexpected — but plan for plenty of “strobe lights and loud music.”

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Notice of Qualification of GSO Bakken Overseas Holdings I LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/23/13. Office location: NY County. LP formed in DE on 5/8/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr. of the LP: 345 Park Ave., 31st Fl., NY, NY 10154. DE addr. of LP: c/o The Corporate Service Company, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/13 - 07/18/2013 Notice is hereby given that an on-premise license, #TBA has been applied for by Maiden Rest LLC d/b/a Merchants River House & Oaxaca Express to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 70 South Street New York NY 10005. Vil: 06/06 - 06/13/2013 Notice is hereby given that an on-premise license, #1271138 has been applied for by Empire JJ Park, Corp d/b/a Shanghai Mong to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 30 W 32nd Street NewYork NY 10001. Vil: 06/06 - 06/13/2013 Notice is hereby given that license #1271176 has been applied by the undersigned to sell wine and beer at retail in a summer restaurant under the alcoholic beverage control law at 89 South Street, Space 1185A, Pier 17, New York, NY 10038 for on-premises consumption. STARFISH CAFÉ INC d/b/a WINE & BEER STATION AT THE PIER Vil: 06/06 - 06/13/2013 Notice is hereby given that license #1271229 has been applied by the undersigned to sell alcoholic beverages at retail in a restaurant under the alcoholic beverage control law at 137 West 25th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10001 for on-premises consumption. GOURMET EXPRESS LTD d/b/a PETER CALLAHAN CATERERS Vil: 06/06 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Qualification of CLEAR CLINIC & SCHWEIGER DERMATOLOGY MANAGEMENT COMPANY, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/16/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/15/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Vcorp Services, LLC, 1811 Silverside Rd., Wilmington, DE 19810. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19801. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 06/06 - 07/11/2013

Notice of Qualification of WEST SEATTLE ACQUISITION CO., L.L.C. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/21/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 05/17/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 06/06 - 07/11/2013 Notice of Formation of BLAIR A. CASDIN, MSW-LCSW, PLLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/23/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. As amended by Cert. of Amendment filed with SSNY on 05/29/13, the name of PLLC is: BLAIR A. CASDIN, MSW, LCSW, PLLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 06/06 - 07/11/2013 Notice of Formation of LEWNOWSKI RED KITE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/24/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: Oskar Lewnowski, III, 120 W. 12th St., NY, NY 10011. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 06/06 - 07/11/2013 Notice of Formation of RLJ NY HOLDINGS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/30/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Baker & Hostetler LLP, Attn: Laurence S. Markowitz, Esq., 45 Rockfeller Plaza, NY, NY Vil: 06/06 - 07/11/2013 Notice of Formation of North Coast Properties of New York LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/24/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Schanker and Hochberg, PC, 27 West Neck Road, Huntington, NY 11743. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 06/06 - 07/11/2013 Notice of Formation of Van Brocklin & Associates, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/16/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Finley Van Brocklin, 222 E. 75th St., 4C, NY, NY 10021. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 06/06 - 07/11/2013

Notice of Formation of ANI 88th Street LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/17/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­79 E. 79th St. #14, NY, NY 10128. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: National Corporate Research, Ltd., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/06 - 07/11/2013 Notice of Qualification of AlphaMetrix Group, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/20/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 5/27/08. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: c/o Victoria L. Adams, Chief of Staff, AlphaMetrix, 181 W. Madison St., 34th Fl., Chicago, IL 60602. Regd. agent upon whom process may be served: National Corporate Research, Ltd. (NCR), 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016. DE addr. of LLC: NCR, 615 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/06 - 07/11/2013 Notice of Qualification of Blackstone Treasury Solutions Advisors L.L.C. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/12/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 3/4/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: c/o The Blackstone Group L.P., 345 Park Ave., 16th Fl., NY, NY 10154. Regd. agent upon whom process may be served: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE addr. of LLC: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/06 - 07/11/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION of LAGUARDA. LOW ARCHITECTS. LLC Authority filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/25/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in TX on 10/13/00. SSNY designated as an agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: 4333 North Central Expressway Dallas TX 75205. Cert of LLC filed with Secy of State of TX located: 4333 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75205. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 05/30 - 07/04/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. The name of the limited liability company is Gaelic Park Management Company, LLC (“LLC”). Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NY (“SSNY”) on 03/15/2013. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to The LLC, 52 Duane Street, New York, New York 10007. Purpose: To engage in any lawful activity. Principal business location: 52 Duane Street, New York, New York 10007. Vil: 05/30 - 07/04/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF East End Tennis and Sport, LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/8/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: 328 8th Ave, Ste 347, NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 05/30 - 07/04/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of YOUR CHILD IN FOCUS LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/15/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: YOUR CHILD IN FOCUS LLC, Caroline Rosen 1095 Park Avenue, APT. 9B New York, NY 10128. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/30 - 07/04/2013 BAM 213 FUNDING, LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 3/1/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Bryan Sanders, 12 W. 18th St. #8-W, NY, NY 10011. General Purposes. Vil: 05/30 - 07/04/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of CHRISTIAN ZAMORA STUDIO LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NewYork (SSNY) on 04/11/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: CHRISTIAN ZAMORA STUDIO LLC, C/O UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC., 7014 13TH AVENUE, SUITE 202, BROOKLYN, NY 11228. Purpose:To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/30 - 07/04/2013 Notice of Formation of Cascabel Hospitality Group LLC Arts. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/2/13. Off. loc.: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1538 Second Ave., NY, NY 10028. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/30 - 07/04/2013

Notice of Formation of Lisa Verde LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/8/13. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 134 E. 93rd St., Apt 11C, NY, NY 10128. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil: 05/30 - 07/04/2013 Notice of Formation of Stanley Senior Housing Developer LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/13/10. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CPC Resources, Inc., 28 E. 28th St., 9th Fl., NY, NY 10016, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/30 - 07/04/2013 Notice of Qualification of GSO Capital Solutions Fund II LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/14/12. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Cayman Islands (CI) on 4/20/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr. of the LP: c/o GSO Capital Partners LP, 345 Park Ave., 31st Fl., NY, NY 10154. Regd. agent upon whom process may be served: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. CI addr. of LP: c/o Maples Corporate Services Ltd., PO Box 309, Ugland House, S. Church St., Grand Cayman, KY1-1104, CI. Name/ addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with Registrar of Companies, Citrus Grove Bldg., Ground Fl., Goring Ave., Georgetown, Grand Cayman, CI. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/30 - 07/04/2013 Notice of Formation of Tre Monelli LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/10/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Linda Marini, 9 Murray St., #7SE, NY, NY 10007. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/23 - 06/27/2013 ARIANE PROPERTIES, LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 01/30/2013. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, 261 Madison Avenue, Fl 9, Suite 964, New York, NY 10016. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/23 - 06/27/2013 Notice of Formation of 1315 SEABURY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/07/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Pembroke Companies, 70 E. 55th St., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/23 - 06/27/2013

Notice of Formation of BREWSTER MEWS DEVELOPER, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/10/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 60 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10023. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/23 - 06/27/2013 Notice of Qualification of 146 MULBERRY, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/14/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/04/13. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Hendrie Lane Partners, LLC, Attn:Tony Calabrese, 411 LaFayette St., 6th Fl., NY, NY 10003. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, New Castle Cnty., DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Townsend Bldg., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/23 - 06/27/2013 Notice of Qualification of 425 Lexington Realty Company LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/6/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 5/3/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE address of LLC: The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/23 - 06/27/2013 Notice of Qualification of 54 East 64th Street Townhouse, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/9/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 4/15/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP, 101 Park Ave., NY, NY 10178, Attn: John J. McDonald, Esq. DE addr. of LLC: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/23 - 06/27/2013


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Publ ic Notice s Notice of Qualification of RS Funds Distributor LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/6/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 388 Market St., Ste. 1700, San Francisco, CA 94111. LLC formed in DE on 9/6/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: brokerdealer, securities and other lawful business. Vil: 05/23 - 06/27/2013 Notice of Qualification of IVP CIF II (AIP A), L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/14/12. Office location: NY County. LP formed in DE on 12/11/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: c/o Insight Venture Associates Coinvestment II, L.P., 680 Fifth Ave., 8th Fl., NY, NY 10019. DE addr. of LP: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/23 - 06/27/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: PACIFIC 4, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/08/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o Vincent Boitier, 431 Broome Street, New York, New York 10013. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 Notice of Application for Authority for a Foreign Limited Liability Company (LLC): Name: STORY SHELTER, LLC. Application for Authority filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/23/2013. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: C/O STORY SHELTER, LLC. 635 West 42nd Street, Apartment 4H, New York, NY 10036. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Latest date upon which LLC is to dissolve: No specific date. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013

Notice of Qualification of ATALAYA SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES FUND (CAYMAN) IV LP Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/01/13. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Cayman Islands (CI) on 06/16/11. Princ. office of LP: 780 Third Ave., 27th Fl., NY, NY 10017. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 122072543. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. Arts. of Org. filed with Registrar of Companies, P.O. Box 123, Ground Fl., Citrus Grove Bldg., Goring Ave., George Town, CI KY1-9000. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 Notice of Formation of EAST 74TH STREET BRIDGE, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/30/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, Attn: Jay Neveloff, 1177 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY 10036. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 Notice of Qualification of 53 FRONT STREET, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/26/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/19/13. Princ. office of LLC: 5 Hanover Sq., 25th Fl., NY, NY 10004. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of DE, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of NEW WAVE DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGY, PLLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/06/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the PLLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the PLLC is to: The PLLC, 400 Jericho Tnpk., Ste. 100, Jericho, NY 11753. Purpose:To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, YES LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/22/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to:The LLC, 290Third Avenue, #30A, New York, NY 10010. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013

SANDEMAR CONSTRUCTION, LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 3/1/13. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Moss & Kalish, PLLC, 122 E. 42nd St., Ste. 2100, NY, NY 10168. General Purposes. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 UNITY YOGA LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/10/12. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 311 W. 127th St. #807, NY, NY 10027-1892. General Purposes. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 Notice of Qualification of JZ REIT Fund Flatbush Portfolio, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/26/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 767 5th Ave., 48th Fl., NY, NY 10153. LLC formed in DE on 4/11/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 Notice of Qualification of Screaming Spirit Productions, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/26/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/12/11. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: c/o Home Box Office, Inc., 1100 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY 10036, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013 Notice of Qualification of Valar Ventures LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/25/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 4/22/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, Attn: CT Corporation System, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/16 - 06/20/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION of MARMELADE, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/26/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 281 Hollow Tree Ridge Road, Darien, CT 06820. Purpose: any lawful activity. The LLC is to be managed by one or more managers. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Carlo Balestri Architect, PLLC a professional service limited liability company (PLLC). Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 1/24/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the PLLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the PLLC is to: Carlo Balestri Architect, PLLC, 40 Wall Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10005. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: CMT BOOTCAMP LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/01/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 111 Broadway, Suite 1702, New York, New York 10006. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Application for Authority of 114 5th AVENUE NEW YORK CITY, LLC filed with the Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/23/13. The LLC was formed in DE 4/19/13. Office loc.: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The principal business loc. and address SSNY shall mail copy of process is 600 Madison Ave., 20th Fl., New York, NY 10022. The office address in DE is 203 NE Front St., Ste. 101, Milford, DE 19963. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Div. of Corporations, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Formation of WellGen Power, LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/8/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 330 Madison Ave., 6th Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Formation of 150th Debt LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/12/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Bluestone Group, 225 Broadway, 32nd Fl., NY, NY 10007. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013

Notice of Formation of Agente Creativo, LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/26/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Ana Leshen, 451 Broadway, 3rd Fl., NY, NY 10013. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013

Notice of Formation of Maki Bar LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/13/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Yaniv Shaky Cohen,

Notice of Formation of Rapha Racing NY LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/21/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Salans LLP, Att: Jody Saltzman, Esq., 620 Fifth Ave., NY, NY 10020. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013

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Notice of Qual. of TWG OE Funding LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/22/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 2/20/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013

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10013. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013 Notice of Qualification of Long John Silver’s, LLC App. for Auth. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/27/13. Off. loc.: NY County. on 6/6/69. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Arts. of Org. filed DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013

Notice of Qualification of Shaner Industries, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/17/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/12/11. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013

Notice of Formation of 48152 Chestnut Holdings LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/31/12. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o The Community Preservation Corp., 28 E. 28th St., 9th Fl., NY, NY 10016, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013

Notice of Formation of 48150 Boxwood Holdings LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/29/12. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o The Community Preservation Corp., 28 E. 28th St., 9th Fl., NY, NY 10016, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/09 - 06/13/2013

Public Notice NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, that the NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday July 3, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at 66 John Street, 11th floor, on a petition from LDV Greenwich LLC to establish, maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk café at 363 Greenwich Street in the Borough of Manhattan, for a term of two years. REQUEST FOR COPIES OF THE PROPOSED REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, ATTN: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 06/13 - 06/20/2013

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On Tuesday, some of the Cooper Union occupiers worked on their computers in President Bharucha’s office as a security guard sat nearby, at far left.

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Another occupier opted for a more leisurely spot.

12 occupiers still hold Cooper president’s office Continued from page 1 As sun streamed in through large windows with stunning views to the east and south, the students spoke of their dedication to their school and their motivations for being confined to a room for more than a month with constant supervision by private security guards. “It’s becoming a life-changing experience,” said newly graduated Mauricio Higuera, 28, who plans on attending Rutgers in the fall for his M.F.A. Higuera praised Cooper Union as the only art school that was able to provide financial help to him, an undocumented immigrant from Colombia. Higuera, a painter, found his artistic horizons broadened at Cooper. “I succeeded in making paintings more,” he said, “but I also studied sculpture, photography, video, sound art and printmaking.” Higuera and several other occupiers who spoke to The Villager are newly minted graduates, so the imposition of tuition will not affect them. Regardless, they feel obligated to champion a larger issue. “The reason Cooper Union is in trouble is because money is wasted,” Higuera said. “There’s a hiring freeze but the school hires overpaid development and public relations teams.” He noted the school used to promote free education in its mission statement but now only emphasizes excellence, “like any other school.” According to the administration, the school, which had been free to all students for 100 years, must impose an annual tuition because of financial necessity. The occupiers challenge the school’s reasoning and have made three demands. First, they demand that President Bharucha step down, charging that he doesn’t believe in Cooper’s mission and thus divides the school. Also, they are calling for restructuring of the school’s governance to enable more participation by students, faculty, staff and alumni in decision-making. Finally, the occupiers say, the school must reaffirm its free education mission statement and replicate the model elsewhere. “This is why we’re here,” said Vincent Hui,

23, who just graduated from the architecture school. When Hui first applied to Cooper he was turned down. He took a well-paying job in interior design but felt compelled to reapply the following year, when he was accepted. “Two percent of applicants get in,” Hui said. “The architecture school is tougher than Harvard. That’s the beauty of it, if you’re here, you know you’re not here by luck!” “Once the notion of free education is gone from this school,” he continued, “your struggle is merely the same as at other schools.” A week after the occupation started, Bharucha made a surprise visit to his office after midnight. As the room filled with faculty, staff, alumni and students, and as hundreds more tuned in on a Livestream broadcast, Bharucha, his back literally to the wall, listened to the occupier’s concerns. But, according to many who were there, the president appeared disinterested at best. Several students asked Bharucha why they were threatened with dismissal or with not being allowed to graduate before Bharucha or any of the school’s board members even offered to negotiate with them. After raucous applause, Bharucha replied, “That’s fair enough,” to which one student retorted, “That’s not an answer.” Bharucha raised his hand, saying, “Let me speak. I speak the way I speak and I tell the truth. If you don’t like it...” he started to say, before the same student interrupted him with, “You’re beating around the bush.” Students went on to describe other problems, including confrontations with guards and the locking of bathrooms and turning off of water fountains. “When you manage an institution, you don’t tell people every little detail,” Bharucha said. A day after the occupation started, tensions soared when police and firefighters were called to the school’s Foundation Building. Many occupiers and their supporters worried the group would be removed. The first responders gathered on the second floor but, after being filled in about the situation, declined to take action and left. The occupiers have sent various messages to the streets below, from using red lights to illuminate the windows to projecting an image of school founder Peter Cooper on the build-

A sign under an Internet video camera lets occupiers know if the Livestream feed is on.

ing’s exterior with the slogan, “You can’t evict an idea whose time has come.” In interviews this week, occupiers complained of both school guards and private security guards blocking access to fire exits. At the occupation’s outset, bathrooms were locked with metal plates on the doors. Hui said the students simply unscrewed the plates and they have remained open ever since. Despite the calm atmosphere inside the office, students described an ever-present feeling of tension. Two private security guards sit at either entrance to the president’s office. A third sits among the occupiers in the office itself. Several occupiers claim miscommunication between the administration and security guards effectively forms an unhelpful buffer between the students and administration. From the outset, the private guards tried to stop students from taking photos. As recently as a week ago, when three students went to the lobby and started taking photos, they were quickly surrounded by six guards. “A supervisor saw this on camera, walked over and told the students they now had to ask permission to take photos,” Higuera recalled. He countered by telling the supervisor that he

didn’t need so many guards. Other troubling incidents were described to The Villager. A female student said that one night, while female students tried to sleep, they saw male guards watching them intently. Early in the occupation, a male guard said to several female students he was enjoying his job because he’s in a dark room with three college girls. Many of the occupiers are troubled by what they consider to be overt intimidation. Hui said he’s tried to complain to the school’s security supervisor, only to be told the incidents are only his opinion. When he pressed the issue, Hui said his complaints are dismissed with the accusation that he’s trespassing. On Memorial Day, Hui said that, while holding his laptop in an elevator, he was grabbed by one of what he called the “rent-a-cops.” He went to the lobby to file a complaint but was told they had run out of complaint forms, even though Hui saw a blank one on the desk. Students said the guards in the president’s office are often disruptive during quiet times like meditation sessions. “They play music on their phones loud,” Higuera said. “The guards try to intimidate us by walking around and looking at our stuff,” Hui added. A day earlier, Hui said a guard had called him an “asshole and a jerk.” Hui filed a complaint; however the guard was still on duty a day later. Hui added that on weekends, when the building’s air conditioning is turned off, the guards get noticeably testy. Tension and intimidation notwithstanding, the occupiers give every indication of staying put for the long haul. “It’s a real testament to the issues many institutions of higher education are facing,” said Victoria Sobel, who just graduated from Cooper with a degree in fine arts. “This is a very solvable problem,” she said. “The administration and board have not exhausted all that the community and alumni have to offer. They also take away a lot of the social capital built over a century.” Ultimately, Sobel believes the board’s failings are about ego. “They don’t want to seem like they’re giving in,” she said. Cooper Union did not respond for a request for comment by press time.


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Thom Fluellen Award Project Renewal

Community Fund Awards

New York University salutes the 2013 recipients of the

NYU Community Fund and T.G. White Awards The NYU Community Fund is a workplace charitable giving program that awards grants to local nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving our neighborhoods and advancing the health and well-being of those who live in them. Through committed work and outreach, these organizations strive to bring about a stronger, healthier, and more vital Lower Manhattan.

A Fair Shake for Youth A Place for Kids ACE Programs for the Homeless Artists Space Ascension Outreach Bailey House Bowery Mission (Christian Herald Association) Bowery Residents’ Committee Cabrini Immigrant Services Cafeteria Culture Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services Chelsea Opera Children of Bellevue Children’s Aid Society Chinese-American Planning Council Church of St. Luke in the Fields Church of the Village - Hope for Our Neighbors in Need City Parks Foundation Community Health Project Community of St. Egidio USA Cooper Square Committee Covenant House New York/Under 21 Dances for a Variable Population Dias y Flores Community Garden Doing Art Together Downtown Art Downtown Music Productions East End Temple Father’s Heart Ministries Fourth Arts Block Fresh Art Friends in Deed Gay Men’s Health Crisis Gifted Hands Gina Gibney Dance Hetrick-Martin Institute Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen Legal Information for Families Today Magis Theatre Company Manhattan Youth Recreation and Resources Mariners’ Temple Baptist Church - Helping Hands Outreach Program Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals - Not Home Alone Project

Movement Research Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project New York City Rescue Mission New York Foundling Nicu’s Spoon No Longer Empty Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry Our Time Theatre Company Project Ezra Rattlestick Productions Reading Partners Resources for Children with Special Needs Senior Citizens Club of St. Anthony’s Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders St. Joseph’s Soup Kitchen Theater Breaking Through Barriers University Community Social Services Village Center for Care (VillageCare) Village Temple Soup Kitchen Vision/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired Visiting Neighbors Washington Square Association Music Fund Xavier Mission Young Playwrights

T.G. White Awards Andrew Glover Youth Program Cornelia Connelly Center Door - A Center of Alternatives Educational Alliance Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center George Jackson Academy GO Project Grand Street Settlement Greenwich House Greenwich Village Youth Council Henry Street Settlement - Boys and Girls Republic Lower East Side Girls Club of NY Third Street Music School Settlement University Settlement Society of New York Urban Justice Center - Peter Cicchino Youth Project

NYU Community Fund 25 West Fourth Street, Room 501, New York, NY 10012-1119 212-998-2097


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