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Claws came out as complex fought over L.E.S. feral cats BY SERGEI KLEBNIKOV

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Where poet O’Hara was prolific amid city’s din, a new plaque is placed BY HEATHER DUBIN

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reservationists, poets and a pizzeria teamed up to honor Frank O’Hara with a plaque dedication at his former East Village home. The embossed bronze homage was unveiled June 10 at 441 E. Ninth St., where

the poet lived from 1959 to 1963 with his roommate, Joe LeSueur. The ceremony was a joint effort of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Two Boots Pizza and the Poetry Project. Some of O’Hara’s poems feature East Village referencO’HARA, continued on p. 15

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here have the Broome St. Alley Cats gone?” reads a flier posted by local residents of the Amalgamated Dwellings apartment complex. The flier calls for help as the last elderly cats of what used to be an established feral

feline colony pass away. The “Broome St. Alley” cats, reportedly one of the oldest and most successfully managed such colonies in New York City, has come to an end. A large number of cats used to populate the alley — which runs next to Luther Gulick Playground

A father with his adopted child snapped a selfie, savoring the moment at Sunday’s Pride March. For more photos, see pages 6 and 7.

Court of Appeals supports ‘home rule’ fracking control BY ALBERT AMATEAU

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he state Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, on Mon., June 30, affirmed the right of local municipalities to use their zoning laws to ban fracking to extract gas from deep shale deposits. By 5 to 2, the court made its decision on the narrow issue of the “home rule” provision of the state’s constitution. The ruling was hailed by a coalition of environmental groups who for several years

have declared that drilling gas wells by horizontal hydraulic fracturing endangers the supply of drinking water and severely degrades the landscape. Gas and oil industry advocates, however, said the decision casts a pall on the economic future of New York State. The issue has been in the forefront for several years. Since 2008, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has been holding hearings on proposed frack-

ing regulations, but has not yet indicated when a final draft will be made public. In 2012, the state Department of Health began considering the implications of fracking, but has not announced any conclusions, and still declines to say when it might conclude its study. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who faces an election in November, has so far refused to commit himself on the issue. Nevertheless, Kate SindFRACKING, continued on p. 8

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Alessia Reggiani, 25, a Parsons fine-arts student, stood in Union Square on a recent Saturday and encouraged passersby to paint her body, which she had primed with white like a blank canvas. It was a project that she called, “Leave Your Mark.” “The relation between everyone we meet, every place you go, you leave your mark,” she explained. “It’s an experiment how the audience would react.”

Have camera, will travel Activist John Penley — who is a former news photographer — was recently in Tompkins Square Park, new digital camera in hand. He had come to the city a week earlier to organize a protest at the Mexican Consulate over recent attacks on a Zapatista school that left one dead, 15 injured and the school burned down. He also co-organized the “Money Out / Voters In” protest outside David Koch’s, of the Koch brothers, Upper East Side home. Penley planned to return soon to Asheville, N.C., to fight fracking, which he said the state legislature there had just legalized. “I’m going to Mexico in the fall to continue my support of the Zapatistas,” he said, “because I feel what happened was the opening shot in a campaign that involves government officers, narco-traffickers and police to get the Zapatistas off their land.”

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KARDASHIANS TAKE SOHO, PART II: It looks like the Kardashian crew will be taking over yet another Soho space, but this time it’s going to be a whole building. Last Thursday — as a huge crowd of paparazzi, fans and gawkers crowded outside — Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian toured 63 Spring St., at the northwest corner of Spring and Lafayette Sts. The entire 6,600-square-foot building is vacant, and the deal is being brokered by JTRE Holdings. Jack Terzi and Ricky Braha, the C.E.O. and director, respectively, of JTRE, personally gave the celebrity sisters the tour. According to reports, the building’s bottom two floors will be a retail space while the top three floors will be office space for the Kardashian sisters’ businesses. JTRE wasn’t saying much about the deal, since things reportedly are still being finalized. However, Ariella Pitchon, who works next door at the Forever Flawless skin cosmetics shop, at least knew more about it than us. She said it was definitely a major scene when the sisters came by. Will Kim be involved? we asked. Naturally, Pitchon told us, since all the sisters are involved in these businesses together. The building’s first floor was formerly occupied by the Lafayette Smoke Shop, a favorite of magazine aficionados. Of course, this would be the Kardashians’ second Soho location. They opened a Dash boutique at Spring and Greene Sts. four years ago. Sean Sweeney, director of the Soho Alliance — as usual — had a few choice words about the whole affair. “The Kardashians’ first foray into Soho during their store’s launch on Spring St. in 2010 turned into a mob fest with arrests for row-

No. 63 Spring St., at the corner of Spring and Lafayette Sts., looks like it will be the Kardashians’ new New York City H.Q.

diness — a public-relations fiasco for the sisters,” he said. “Hopefully, they learned that Soho ain’t L.A. They should show respect to the neighbors and the neighborhood. Whether they will adopt to the Soho essence or else stand out like a tawdry Hawaiian shirt on Hollywood Boulevard is their decision.”

E.D. TO OPEN: On a more serious note, the new 24 / 7 Lenox Hill HealthPlex emergency department, at Seventh Ave. and W. 12th St., will be opening very soon — from the sound of it, possibly by next week. A news conference / dedication ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wed., July 9, and, according to Terry Lynam, a spokesperson for North Shore / LIJ Health System, the E.D. “should open for patients shortly thereafter.” The facility is located in the ground floor of the former St. Vincent’s Hospital O’Toole Building.

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Kourtney (in pink) and Khloe Kardashian (in front of her) toured 63 Spring St. last Thursday. Jack Terzi (in sunglasses) and Ricky Braha (open shirt collar) of JTRE Holdings personally showed them around the space. TheVillager.com

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POLICE BLOTTER Bad Benjamin A female bartender, 21, caught a man trying to pay for a drink at the Luxor Lounge, at 118 MacDougal St., with counterfeit money last Saturday, police said. It was 3 a.m. when Jawann Toomer, 27, allegedly tried to pay with a bogus $100 bill. The witness alerted nearby police, who verified that the currency was fake upon arriving at the scene. They detained Toomer, who — without the counterfeit bill — was reportedly unable to pay for his drink. He was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony.

Pride fence offense After last Sunday’s Pride March, a man was charged with a misdemeanor for resisting police arrest at the southeast corner of Christopher and Weehawken Sts. According to a police report, at 7:20 p.m., Jacob Alejandro, 24, “dis-

obeyed a lawful order” from a police officer and illegally jumped over a police barrier. The officer tried to handcuff Alejandro, who reportedly resisted by fighting and flailing his arms to prevent being cuffed. During and after the march, police carefully controlled the flow of crowds at the west end of Christopher St., and allowed only limited access to sections of Hudson River Park.

Exposed on the PATH Police said Gregory Richardson, 35, was arrested last Sunday for “manipulating his penis in public view” while aboard the PATH train to New Jersey. At 11:15 a.m., police responded to reports from the PATH station at Ninth St. and Sixth Ave. that a man was exposing himself on a crowded train car. When officers arrived on the scene, Richardson was placed under arrest for public lewdness, a misdemeanor. He was transported to the Port

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Authority Bus Terminal, at 42nd St. and Eighth Ave., for processing, and — despite his previously open pants — reportedly didn’t have any open warrants.

Lobby break-in Last Saturday, at 4:22 a.m., according to police, two people broke into the lobby of a residential apartment building on Cornelia St. belonging to Midboro Management. A female witness, 55, reported seeing a woman — later identified as Emily Nagy, 21 — kicking a glass window in the front door multiple times, ultimately breaking it. Nagy and an accomplice — later identified as Callum King, 22 — then entered the lobby, and “remained unlawfully” after gaining access inside, according to the police report. Police were notified by witnesses, and responded to the scene. King was found to be in possession of two AAA cards, an American Express credit card and a Bank of America credit card, all of them without his name on them. Nagy and King were charged with a misdemeanor for criminal mischief and related offenses.

A photo of the alleged Citibankrobbing suspect, according to police.

ing a suspect wanted for grand larceny in the First and Seventh precincts. A white female, in possession of a fake ID with another person’s name and information, attempted to withdraw money at two Citibank locations, each time by filling out a withdrawal slip. On Mon., May 5, the suspect unsuccessfully attempted to withdraw $2,900 from the Citibank at 153 Prince St. On Tues., May 13, she tried again at the Citibank at 52 Ludlow St., and this time was successful — withdrawing an undisclosed amount of money, according to police reports.

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On Wed., June 25, police arrested a man for attempting to steal a chained-up bike in front of a building on Broadway. Fred Beauchamp, 47, was observed on the sidewalk at 11:30 p.m., trying to cut the bike chain with several tools, police said. The bike belonged to a male victim, 20. Police arrived on the scene, and charged Beauchamp with misdemeanor criminal mischief for being in possession of burglar’s tools. Upon a search, police found a wire cutter, a pair of pliers and a screwdriver on his person.

Two men were charged with a misdemeanor for assault and related offenses after allegedly beating up a food cart vendor on Tues., June 24, at 12:35 a.m. The male vendor, 28, sold the men food from his cart on the corner of Seventh Ave. south and W. Fourth St., before they reportedly got into a “verbal dispute about the food” with him, according to the police report. A male witness, 20, informed police that the two men — later identified as Nicolo Bondoc, 24, and Benjamin Cruz, 41 — then pushed and punched the vendor multiple times, causing bruising and swelling to the left side of his face, before police arrived on the scene to arrest the two assailants.

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Laverne, love and lots of angels at Pride March With rainbow flags, balloons, music-pumping floats and thousands of participants and spectators, the 44th Annual Pride March turned the lavender-striped route from Fifth Ave. from Midtown down to the Village and then along Christopher St. to Greenwich St. into a joyous celebration for the soul and senses Sunday afternoon. Transgender star Laverne Cox, of the hot Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” opposite page, in convertible, who recently scored TIME magazine’s cover, was a grand marshal. After a year of amazing gay civil rights gains, the mood was even more euphoric than usual.

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Court supports ‘home rule’ control on fracking FRACKING, continued from p. 1

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ing, senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said of the Court of Appeals ruling, “This is a tremendous decision. We joined with about a dozen environmental organizations in a ‘friend of the court’ brief on how local governments can use their land use regulations.” Sinding noted that there has been a semi-official moratorium on fracking for six years because of the state’s reluctance to publish new regulations. “When the issue was kicked up to the Department of Health two years ago, there was almost no data on fracking’s effect on health,” she said. “But in the last year and a half, there’s been a lot of development along those lines, and we hope the governor will be able to take new health information into consideration before making a decision.” The two cases before the Court of Appeals began in 2011 in the town of Dryden in Tompkins County, near Ithaca, and in Middlefield in Otsego County, east of Cooperstown. Since then, about 170 towns have passed fracking bans or moratoria and about 40 towns have passed ordinances supporting fracking. The Dryden action was challenged

in court by Norse Energy, a Norwegian energy company that went bankrupt after investing heavily in drilling leases on land in the state. The Middlefield action was challenged by Cooperstown Holstein, a dairy farm that had leased out land for drilling. In Ulster County, in the Hudson Valley, the towns of Marbletown, New Paltz, Rochester, Rosendale and Woodstock have banned fracking, according to the Oneida Daily Dispatch. In the past year, three townships in Colorado and one in Ohio have approved anti-fracking ordinances, according to N.R.D.C. Brad Gill, executive director of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York, said the Court of Appeals decision “puts a chilling effect on investing in New York’s oil and gas industry.” But Sinding suggested that the current relatively low prices in the gas market make drilling unlikely in the near future. Fracking involves injecting high volumes of water, laced with chemicals and sand, under high pressure, into the Marcellus shale deposits 2,000 to 5,000 feet deep. Each well could extend horizontally for thousands of feet and each could be

Governor Andrew Cuomo, who legalized gay marriage in New York State, marched in Sunday’s Pride March in Manhattan. He has yet to come down on either side of the fracking issue.

“fracked” two or three times. The Marcellus formation has been said to contain gas reserves comparable to those of Saudi Arabia. The Marcellus underlies an area between Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York, whose Southern Tier counties along the Pennsylvania border have 20 percent of the regional formation. New Yorkers Against Fracking, a group opposed to the practice, said on Monday, “We applaud the court for once again affirming the rights of New Yorkers to ban fracking and its toxic effects from their communities. But water and air contamination do not stop at local boundaries. Governor Cuomo must ban fracking statewide to protect our health and homes from the arrogant and inherently harmful fracking industry.” Nevertheless, Annie Wilson, senior energy policy adviser of the New York Environmental Justice Committee, said that the decision was very good news indeed for fracking opponents. Paul Gallay, president of the environmental group Riverkeeper, said, “This decision is a big step forward. Now, municipalities have the fate of their environment in their own hands. We’re very proud to have joined Environmental Justice and N.R.D.C. in the amicus [friend of the

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court] brief in these cases.” Moreover, Gallay said, he did not see any possibilities of appeal, for example, to a U.S. District Court, because no federal law was involved in the cases. The majority opinion of the state Court of Appeals, said, “The towns both studied the issue and acted within their home rule powers in determining that gas drilling would permanently alter and adversely affect the deliberately cultivated small town character of their communities.” While towns could not preempt state jurisdiction regarding gas drilling regulations, “we do not lightly presume preemption where the preeminent power of a locality to regulate land use is at stake,” said the decision by Judge Victoria Gaffeo, joined by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and Judges Susan P. Read, Jenny Rivera and Sheila Abdu-Salaam. The dissent, by Judges Eugene Pigott and Robert Smith, held that the towns of Dryden and Middlefield did preempt the state jurisdiction on regulating fracking. Two years ago, the New York State Legislature banned fracking in the New York City and Syracuse watersheds. TheVillager.com


R.I.P., Scrappy and Co.; L.E.S. cat colony is lost FERAL CATS, continued from p. 1

— spilling over into the Amalgamated Dwellings basement and the neighboring Hillman Housing complex’s grounds. Using a trap-neuter-and-release program, locals had been caring for the cats for decades. However, after adopting out friendly felines, only several elderly ones were left — too old to be moved, and living in a basement of the Amalgamated Dwellings. “There has been a cat colony established here for a long time,” said Janet Jensen, a local resident who took care of the cats and reached out to The Villager. “When I first moved in years ago, there were 40 cats in the alley and park.” Ellen Renstrom has been tending to the animals for almost 10 years. She pointed out that it was indeed a “registered colony” for many years, since the feral cats were vaccinated and had microchips implanted in their ears. However, after the cats’ entrance to the basement was blocked off due to a potentially serious rat infestation, the remaining elderly critters had nowhere to go, according to several residents who were taking care of them. This issue had fueled prior disagreements about the animals between a few residents and the development’s board of trustees. Requesting anonymity, a member of the Amalgamated Dwellings board of trustees explained the board’s decision on closing the basement vents. Last February, he said, after a dead cat and several dead rats were discovered in the vents, a wildlife expert was brought in to check the building and found that there was a rat infestation. With animal laws forbidding the extermination of rats with cats inside the basement, he said, the board gave residents “every opportunity to relocate the cats.” However, he added, “We never gave residents permission to use the building for them.” The board member was quick to point out that being a shareholder in the building does not entitle one to use common space for whatever one wants. He added that that they “didn’t end any colony,” and were acting by order of the rodent control expert to prevent a serious rat infestation. Originally, he said, the board and property manager were against removing the cats. But after waiting a couple of months, it was noticed that rats were getting into the building, and the decision was made to close the vents. The board also cited complaints about the cats that were received by a few shareholders in the buildings. Besides the issue of fear of a rat infestation, there were complaints about TheVillager.com

Some of the former Broome St. Alley cats eating food that was left for them.

some of the cats carrying diseases. One of the worst cases, the board member pointed out, is that outdoor cats are “the primary hosts” of taxoplasmosis, a disease estimated to infect almost 30 percent of humans worldwide, according to a March 21, 2014, New York Times article headlined, “The Evil of the Outdoor Cat.” Taxoplasmosis, according to the article, produces lifelong parasitic cysts in the brain, and although usually asymptomatic, can be linked to neurological impairments, depression, blindness and birth defects. Brooke Myers, another local resident, started taking care of the cats many years ago after constantly seeing them outside her first-floor window. She said the complaints led to “bad feeling between neighbors” and an “uptight scene.” A petition, “on behalf of Amalgamated Cats,” was even started by several local residents. The Amalgamated Dwellings board received 22 signatures, but the member who spoke to The Villager said that several people who signed didn’t even live in the building complex. The board, along with property manager A.M Katz Real Estate, sent out an e-mail to all of the petitioners to explain the reasons behind their decision, mainly citing the cats as a health hazard. At that point, most of the cat advocates “deserted the cause or apologized,” the board member stated. However, Myers said, “People got screamed at and threatened” for signing the petition. “They could have at least left the shelters,” said Renstrom. She explained that makeshift cat shelters, provided by Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, were repeatedly re-

Scrappy and other Broome St. Alley cats, who have all died since Amalgamated Dwellings cut off their basement access. Scrappy passed away on June 10.

moved by the board. Jensen added that after the vents were boarded up, the elderly cats “had no real shelter anymore.” However, the pro-cat residents agreed that A.M Katz tried to remove the animals “in a humane way,” and pointed out that they were just acting on the board’s orders. The Amalgamated board downplayed the whole affair. The board member reiterated that they had nothing against the cats, and their removal was necessary for the health and safety of the building’s shareholders. Currently, out of the three elderly

cats that remained several months ago, two are dead and one is missing, also presumed dead. The local residents who have been taking care of the cats for so many years were sad to see all of them gone. “There probably won’t be cats in the building ever again, and a lot of people are very sad about that,” said Myers. “The colony came to an unfortunate and sad end,” Jensen said. “The cats didn’t need to die this way,” Renstrom said. “It’s a loss for the neighborhood.” July 3, 2014

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PHOTOS BY ERIC INGRAM FOR HUDSON RIVER PARK

Gotta have water-play park; Kids pier reopens Damage from Hurricane Sandy kept the “water playground” at the Jane St. Pier (Pier 51) out of action. But now, the Hudson River Park Trust is finally set to reopen the popular playground on Thurs., July 3.

PHOTO BY MILO HESS

Remembrance of fire hydrants past A beagle of a certain age sitting on Tribeca’s Pier 25 was in the spotlight, of sorts. The late-day sunlight, around 8 p.m., shone only on the pooch’s face. “It was Mother Nature — not me,” the photographer said. “It was like he was posing. Like all photography, timing is everything. That sun lasted maybe a minute.”

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Bill Cornwell, 88, Horatio St. owner, activist OBITUARY BY ALBERT AMATEAU

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ill Cornwell, a West Village resident and neighborhood activist for more than 50 years, died unexpectedly in his Horatio St. home on Thurs., June 19. He was 88. Although he’d had a bypass operation eight years ago and had a pacemaker, he was still active. “It has been a little harder for him to get around the past three years,” said Tom Doyle, his friend and life partner for 55 years. A resident of his home on Horatio St. between Greenwich and Washington Sts. since 1961 and owner of the four-story walk-up since 1971, Cornwell was for several years president of the Horatio St. Block Association. He was also a zealous supporter of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. A graphic artist, he worked for several advertising agencies, including J. Walter Thompson, from which he retired in 1991. Thereafter, he worked for other agencies as a freelance artist. William Cornwell was born in Trinidad, Colorado, to Carrie Lloyd Cornwell and her husband, Lathe, a coal miner who hailed from Kentucky. The family, including Bill, his two older brothers and an older sister, moved to California during the Great Depression. “He was in the Navy for a while, but he said he never got on a ship,” Doyle said. Bill went to Pomona College and studied art before coming to New York. “We met in 1958 or ’59 at Riis Park Beach,” Doyle recalled. “We lived for a while on W. Fourth St. and then we found an apartment on Bank St. for $69 a month. “There was a Chinese egg-roll plant

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on the block and you could smell it. Uta Hagen’s studio was right across the street,” Doyle added. “In 1961, we heard about this garden apartment on Horatio St. It was the Meat Market back then,” Doyle continued. “Trucks would roll up the street and bones would fall off the back. The landlord was asking $95 a month and we took it.” About 10 years later, the owner, Mary Main, a prominent writer, sold the building to Todd Griggs, a local investor, who soon had to sell and offered the building to Cornwell before Griggs put it on the market. “Bill had just got a job at J. Walter Thompson and we weren’t sure we could swing it,” Doyle said. “But we got a good real estate lawyer and we were able to buy it.” Cornwell became a regular member of the Sixth Precinct Community Council and a leader of the block association. He was a devoted animal lover and a dog owner until recently. “We’ve had three giant schnauzers,” Doyle said. “We had to put the last one down three years ago and it broke Bill’s heart. People said, ‘Get a new dog,’ but Bill was worried that we wouldn’t be able to take care of it.”

Cornwell was a regular at the Abingdon Square farmers’ market on Saturdays. “We got to know a lot of the vendors personally,” Doyle said. “Bill would tell people to patronize the market or it wouldn’t stay in business.” For the past few days, Cornwell’s only remaining family member, a niece, Sheila McNichols, has been visiting from California. “I’m so grateful that she’s here,”

Doyle said of McNichols. “We were so close, Bill and I, it’s hard to be without him. I’m just taking it one day at a time. “We were talking about getting married,” Doyle said. “Bill even sent away for two rings. But we’d have to make two trips, one for the license and one for the ceremony. I’m Catholic, for another thing. And after a lifetime together, marriage doesn’t mean so much.” Cornwell’s death has been a blow to the seven tenants of the building, especially for Erin Smith Dennis and her husband, Mark Dennis. “I moved into the building about seven years ago when I got married,” Erin Smith Dennis said. “Bill has been such a great landlord. He really loved people and took care of us.” Mark Dennis has been living in the building for more than 10 years, and his brother lived there before him. “The apartment has been in the family for 18 years,” he said. “Bill and Tom have been my surrogate fathers.” A memorial for Bill Cornwell is planned, time and place to be announced. Redden’s Funeral Home, at 325 W. 14th St., is in charge of arrangements.

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Villager owners buy newspaper group

Named best weekly newspaper in New York State in 2001, 2004 and 2005 by New York Press Association PUBLISHER JENNIFER GOODSTEIN

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ennifer Goodstein, the owner and publisher of The Villager and NYC Community Media, and her husband, Les Goodstein, have agreed to buy the Community Newspaper Group, which publishes 11 community newspapers in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. “This is an exciting time as we expand to the outer boroughs,” Jennifer Goodstein said of the purchase from News Corp. “My priority will remain the papers serving Lower Manhattan and Gay City News. From an editorial standpoint, the papers remain committed to serving the residents of Downtown Manhattan. Our sales and marketing team is eager to offer our advertisers great opportunities to reach new markets through the C.N.G. newspapers, magazines and Web sites.” In addition to The Villager and Gay City News, NYC Community Media also publishes the East Villager, Downtown Express and Chelsea Now. Les Goodstein created Community Newspaper Group as an executive with News Corp. in 2006, and ran it until 2013. “Besides my love of newspapers, it was an honor to complete this transaction with News Corp.,” he said in a statement. “I look forward to the continued success of the Community Newspaper Group. Both my wife

Tour buses run amok To The Editor: Re “Senior struck by tour bus” (news brief, June 19): It is well beyond time that the Department of Transportation regulates sightseeing bus routes. They have the right and responsibility to do so. The bus companies are a $100 million-a-year industry, according to newspaper articles. Enough free streets for this greedy monopoly. Judith Chazen Walsh

Waterfront intrigue

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To The Editor: Re “Let’s work together to better Hudson River Park” (talking point, by Susanna Aaron, June 26):

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fice caused by Hurricane Sandy. Jennifer Goodstein, who bought the Community Media papers in 2012, said the long-term plan is to set up a satellite office in Manhattan. C.N.G., which distributes more than 235,000 papers a week, publishes Caribbean Life, The Brooklyn Paper, The Bronx Times Reporter, Bay News and Bay Ridge Courier, Bayside Times and the TimesLedger. It also publishes specialty magazines, including the Wedding Guide and Sweet Sixteen Magazine. The terms of the deal were not released. In a statement, Robert Thomson, chief executive of News Corp., said the sale “helps us reshape the News Corp. portfolio as we achieve greater globalization and digitization of our businesses… . We’re confident that these newspapers and magazines will prosper under the leadership of Les and Jennifer Goodstein.” Phone numbers and e-mail addresses for The Villager and NYC Community Media staff are expected to remain the same after the move.

‘The papers remain committed to serving the residents of Downtown Manhattan.’ Jennifer Goodstein

the Community Newspaper Group’s Downtown Brooklyn office at One MetroTech. It will be familiar territory as the papers temporarily relocated there at the end of 2012 because of damage to the company’s Canal St. of-

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and I are members of the community and are pleased to continue serving the readers of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. We plan to expand local coverage with local news important to the neighborhoods we serve.” The Villager and its sister papers will be moving later this month to

Am I the only person who thinks that it is quite possible that the memorandum of understanding (M.O.U.) is not being released because it will reveal that both the Hudson River Park Trust and the local elected officials worked on it, and knew about it? If this is not true, show us the M.O.U. Get us the M.O.U. There is no reason our entire cadre of public officials — our entire power base — should be unable to obtain this simple document in a matter of hours. Something else has to be in play here. File a FOIL asking for Assemblymember Deborah Glick’s direct correspondences with the Trust and the Governor’s Office, on the matter of Pier 40 air rights and any M.O.U., in the last six to eight months, so we can at least clarify whether or not it is the Trust alone at play here. For that matter, we should seek documents relating to the creation of the

air-rights transfer law. I want to know who was in the loop beforehand. This community deserves to know the answers to questions that, up until now, have been completely evaded. Patrick Shields

Cyclists just don’t stop To The Editor: Re “Rolling on the river: Focus on speeders and joggers” (news article, June 5): Glad to read about bike enforcement in Hudson River Park. The biggest problem I have observed is that many cyclists do not stop for pedestrians, even if we are in the appropriate crosswalk. And what about skateboarders? I often see them zooming along on the LETTERS, continued on p. 14

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Enclosed cafes gone, there’s more to the story COLLECTION OF LINDAANN LOSCHIAVO

HISTORY BY LINDAANN LOSCHIAVO

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n April, when two long-standing sidewalk sheds were being demolished at 24 Fifth Ave., passersby saw a curious sight — gay Moorish tiles, their blue, white and orange pattern still bright after several decades of subterranean slumber beneath a heavy blanket of linoleum, tar and parquet, forgotten layers of flooring from the outdoor extension of an old ballroom. Suddenly, a house of history was lifting its petticoats. How long had these twin encroachments stood like imposing bookends on either side of the Fifth Ave. entrance, decreasing the width of the pavement meant for pedestrians? And who made the decision to restore the space to its original dimensions, enabling, once again, a sweet sidewalk symmetry from W. Ninth St. to W. 10th St.? As with most pre-war buildings in Greenwich Village, there is a short answer — and also the spectator’s saga, unfolding bit by bit. Ridding the sidewalks of intrusive ornamental entrances, porticoes and kiosks has been an ongoing concern for lawmakers. When this main artery was first laid out in the early 1800s, the avenue was 100 feet wide, providing for a roadway width of 60 feet and sidewalks of 20. Early on, New York City gave property owners permission to encroach 15 feet for stoops, gardens and the like. But, as traffic congestion increased, the city began to rescind permits. In April 1908, the Board of Estimate and Apportionment ordered all encroachments removed from Fifth Ave. In 1925, the palatial Brevoort mansion (which had become the residence of the Charles De Rham family) was razed. On its site, the Fifth Avenue Hotel opened in 1926, designed in the Spanish Renaissance style by architect Emery Roth. Their first announcements in The New York Times, introducing “the largest apartment hotel,” were bigger and more captivating than most; their creative pitches easily eclipsed those ho-hum print ads for tony Upper East Side residential apartment buildings. Headlining the new hotel’s real estate notices as “Heir to a Fine Old Name,” the new owners of 24 Fifth Ave. saw no irony in this dichotomy — that they were promoting both the modern conveniences therein (i.e., automatic refrigeration, ice-making and serving pantries) along with the grand history of a manor house they destroyed. For instance, one lavish piece captioned “The First Fancy Ball” stated: “The old Henry Brevoort residence, on the site of the new Fifth Avenue Hotel, was a society rendezvous in the Golden Age. America’s first masked ball, held here in 1840, was followed by an elopement which scandalized our worthy forefathers. From the time of the first masked ball, the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue at Ninth Street has been famous in the annals of New York’s society.” A crisp pen-and-ink drawing of the building was paired with a finely detailed sketch of that infamous Valentine’s Day affair, when Miss Matilda Barclay (daughter of the British consul) slipped out with Mr. Burgwyne at 4 in the morning and, still costumed and masked, ran off to find a preacher. Though it’s not recorded what refreshments TheVillager.com

A 1930s-era postcard showed 24 Fifth Ave.’s sidewalk cafe (only open during mild weather). At left is a rare glimpse of the Berkeley Hotel, then located next door at 20 Fifth Ave.

the Brevoorts served at their frisky “Red Ball,” the newcomers wanted to assure prospective residents that “complete hotel comforts” were offered in the lease and an owner-managed restaurant would be available. By the 1930s, the hotel operators were circulating hand-colored postcards showing an outdoor sidewalk cafe surrounded by shrubs in tubs and outfitted with red and green awnings. In bygone days, there was also a cocktail bar on the roof (adjacent to a children’s playground) and a smaller restaurant in the lobby’s rear called The Palm, details fondly recalled by veteran Village residents. In 1972, after the building had been sold to Nathan Brodsky, the sidewalk eatery was permanently enclosed. When The New York Times food critic Raymond Sokolov visited Feathers, he called it an “elegant new café with varied fare,” praising its Baked Alaska and Cherries Jubilee and its vantage point that looked out on Fifth Ave. But his review criticized the restaurant’s policy of pay toilets (then located in the cellar not far from the kitchen), particularly out of kilter with the establishment’s plush Upper East Side décor. By 1975, Feathers was a clear favorite with locals, thanks to one of its specials: a complete steak dinner for two with a glass of champagne for $10. But other things did not go down as easily — including, for one, the landlord’s attempt to rent the ground-floor ballroom to a nightclub called Abracadabra. Luckily, the tenants found a reliable advocate in Greenwich Village Assemblyman Bill Passannante, who waved his legislative wand and made the noisy nightspot disappear. Nevertheless, ongoing problems persisted. For instance, tenants who moved in during 1975 were given a standard two-year apartment lease and were informed that the hotel was being converted

A New York Times ad for the Fifth Ave. Hotel, at 24 Fifth Ave., from spring 1926.

into a rent-stabilized building; a rider advised that hotel conveniences would be discontinued and individual electricity meters would be installed. But by 1980, the ownership had flipped its position, attempting to offer six-month hotel leases with higher increases. Because of these landlord-tenant disputes, a 24 Fifth Avenue Tenants Association formed and contentious monthly meetings in the lobby were a regular occurrence. By August 1981, The New York Times was running articles like “Residential Hotel Dispute Builds.” Times reporter Lydia Long described these challenges and noted: “The tenants association at 24 Fifth Avenue is challenging the building’s classification as a hotel.” Long also observed: “But enough questions about classification of residential hotels have arisen to attract the attention 24 FIFTH AVE., continued on p. 24

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A very healthy turnout at senior health forum BY SERGEI KLEBNIKOV PHOTO BY JOSH BISKER/N.Y.U. COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

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uality of life was the focus of the Third Annual Community Health Forum, co-hosted by VillageCare and New York University. Specifically, expert panelists described how local seniors can stay healthier in their later years. The forum was held at the N.Y.U. Kimmel Center on Wed., June 18. The topic of this year’s “Take Charge of Your Health Today!” event focused on the importance of the mind-body connection in maintaining well-being. “We usually pick specific topics that are important for the community,” said Elizabeth Butson, the event chairperson and a member of the VillageCare board of directors. Butson gave opening remarks before handing the podium over to Dr. Max Gomez, a nationally known broadcast journalist and the medical correspondent for WCBS TV. After introducing the topic, Gomez, the forum moderator, then turned things over to the panel members. The first panelist to speak was Dr. Tara Cortes, the executive director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatrics, and a professor in geriatric nursing at N.Y.U. College of Nursing. In her second appearance as a panelist at the annual health forum, Cortes focused on the topics of memory loss, hearing loss and vision loss. Cortes described how to treat com-

From left, Linda Lennaco, Elizabeth Butson, Dr. Tara Cortes, Dr. Jonathan Whiteson, psychotherapist Susan Light, N.Y.U. Senior Vice President Lynne Brown, and Dr. Max Gomez at the senior health forum.

mon cases and diseases related to the topics, and gave advice to all of the seniors in attendance about when to get medical attention. There was a very healthy turnout, as more than 150 people attended the forum. A key point, however, Cortes noted, was the importance of “love of senior self.” In short, she encouraged audience members to accept old age rather than fight it. The next panelist to speak was Linda Lennaco, the founder of Dance and Fitness, Inc. As an expert in functional fitness, Lennaco helps clients of all ages achieve “pain-free” living. Her main advice to elderly citi-

zens was that “everyone should stay active.” In addition, she led a brief exercise in which she told everyone, “Ears over shoulders,” to make audience members more aware of their posture. Next at the mic was Susan Light, a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist in private practice who treats adults and couples. With a past working at Mt. Sinai and Lenox Hill hospitals, she advised those present about mental illness, and specifically about how to be more aware of depression. Light’s main piece of advice was for seniors was not to focus on the past, and what they used to do. She mentioned the importance of “neigh-

borly contact with other people,” as well as staying informed and “a part of the world” by watching TV and following the news. The final expert speaker was Jonathon Whiteson, M.D., the director of the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Wellness program at Rusk Institute. In addition to the importance of mood, he also discussed family involvement in elderly family members’ lives. Love and intimacy are key, he described, since being alone can lead to depression. After the panelists had all spoken, group questions were collected and answered, wrapping up the event. Afterward, Butson said, “We are very pleased with the results.” She called it the “best-ever event,” citing that there were double the number of attendees than the previous year. This year also saw double the amount of exhibitors. Several of these set up at tables around the room, including the new Lenox Hill Health Plex, Duane Reade, Village Apothecary and even The Villager. “It took a lot of connections and work to organize the event,” said Butson, who is a former publisher of The Villager. “N.Y.U. and VillageCare work beautifully together,” she added. With such success from the health forum this time around, she said she was already thinking about the topic for next year.

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pedestrian esplanade. Shouldn’t they be in the bike lanes? Kate Walter

A tail-wagging tale To The Editor: When I first moved here 40 years ago, there were stray dogs and and cats all over the place. It was heartbreaking! I picked up 10 cats and one dog, the latter which then had a puppy that I raised. In the ’80s, it was terrible. The rents went up, and the nice people I knew moved out and the “new” ones weren’t so nice. I noticed they didn’t like dogs. When walking my two dogs, I hardly saw any dogs in the neighborhood. And I was

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being harassed by the new gentrified people and they would even say: “Did you clean up after your dog?” Sometimes they were for no reason so mad, I thought they were going to attack me. Then the drug dealers came. They left me alone and I could go after my business unbothered. They disappeared and it was quiet, too quiet. Oh, how I missed the old Sicilian people who were thrown out, sometimes criminally. Of course, most of all, I missed the characters. Back then, walking around the block was a like a show — entertainment. The finest character I met was Jerry The Peddler. The street started to disintegrate into boredom when he left. That went on for a while, until things changed suddenly. There was a new dog run in Tompkins Square Park. That must have drawn people from all over. Whenever I

walked my now one dog, there were new people walking their dogs, and there were dogs all over the place. A new cafe opened, Ost Cafe. They have a little “doggie” window where people with their dogs get their coffee. Is this why I call E. 12th St. from Avenue A to First Ave. “Dog Street”? The church is no more; otherwise, I would see Lola, “Queen Lolita,” going up the stairs on Blessing the Animals Day, leading the pack of all the newly arrived dogs on E. 12th St. There is “Pancakes” Charlie Rascal and many, many more. They just appeared overnight. They are all under the command of Lola, “Queen Lolita,” a Westie. Did she replace Jerry The Peddler? I have to ask her. Charlie also has a story. Adam, a landlord who didn’t want dogs, met a woman. A very nice woman. “Not without my dog,” she told him. Now, when it is really bitterly cold, Adam

walks the dog! Of course this dog idyl, with Ost Cafe and the many dogs sitting with their owners on the benches outside, will never replace the old East Village, where we were like a family and where there was music and joy. But “Dog Street,” Ost Cafe and the new, much kinder people make me feel at home again. In the real East Village. Ginette Schenck E-mail letters, not longer than 250 words in length, to news@thevillager. com or fax to 212-229-2790 or mail to The Villager, Letters to the Editor, 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. TheVillager.com


Where poet Frank O’Hara was prolific, a plaque O’HARA, continued from p. 1

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es in their titles, such as,“Avenue A” and “Second Avenue.” In “The Day Lady Died,” he mentions the Five Spot, an East Village jazz club of the 1950s and ’60s. “Early on Sunday” has a mention of St. Brigid’s Church on Avenue B. Born in Baltimore in 1926, O’Hara grew up in Grafton, Massachusetts, and made his way to New York, where he worked at the Museum of Modern Art. He began as a clerk at MoMA’s information desk, and later, with no formal training, became a curator. He was a part of the New York School of painters and writers — who have been called “the last avant garde” — and hung out with them at the San Remo Café on MacDougal St. and at the Cedar Tavern on University Place. “Frank was a groundbreaker in so many ways, which is reflected in his poetry,” said Andrew Berman, G.V.S.H.P. executive director. “He was openly gay at a time when that was not so easy, and he wrote about his sexuality with an ease and casualness that was rare at the time.” During his lunch hours at MoMA, O’Hara penned several poems that contributed to his collection “Lunch Poems.” There is an immediacy and journal-entry-like quality to his work, which creates a feeling of accessibility. A fiftieth anniversary of “Lunch Poems” was reissued by City Lights books, and a reading of O’Hara’s poems was held June 11 at the Poetry Project, at St. Mark’s Church. O’Hara died at age 40 during the summer of 1966 on Fire Island. “What he wrote lives in the hearts and minds of so many people here today,” Berman said. Phil Hartman, owner of Two Boots Pizza since 1987, has been funding G.V.S.H.P.’s historic plaque program through the Two Boots Foundation. The plaque program aims to preserve the Village’s history, and remember people who have made significant contributions to the neighborhood. “Honoring great artists from the past is an important mission for us,” Hartman said. Edmund Berrigan read O’Hara’s “Avenue A” aloud. The Brooklyn poet recalled growing up around the corner on St. Mark’s Place and First Ave. “What this neighborhood is about has drifted away as I’ve gotten older,” said Berrigan, 39. Berrigan is the son of poets, Alice Notley and the late Ted Berrigan, who were friends with O’Hara. Ted Berrigan founded C magazine, and

From left, Phil Hartman, Tony Towle and Andrew Berman at the dedication ceremony for the Frank O’Hara plaque on E. Ninth St. Towle, a poet and friend of O’Hara’s, lived in O’Hara’s E. Ninth St. apartment after he did.

also had a publishing relationship with O’Hara. “My dad was a champion of his poetry,” Berrigan said of O’Hara, “He was one of many advocates.” Berrigan’s parents quoted O’Hara at home and had his books. When deciding which poem to read at the dedication, Berrigan consulted his mother. “She suggested I read ‘Avenue A,’” he said. “She told me I’d cry when I read it — I didn’t.” Despite his pedigree, Berrigan wasn’t pressured to become a poet. He remembered writing in collaboration with his mom. “I don’t know if I expressed an interest in it, but at age 8 I was given a blank book,” he recalled. “I wrote poems in it, and I’ve never really stopped.” Poet Tony Towle read O’Hara’s “The Day Lady Died” at the plaque event. Towle was friends with O’Hara, and the E. Ninth St. apartment was passed on to him and Joe Lima after O’Hara moved out. “When Frank was here, the place had charm,” he said. “A Motherwell and a de Kooning and other artwork on the walls, the interesting books on the shelves, the bourbon in the glass, the Prokofiev on the record player, and, above all, his engaging conversation.” When Towle lived there the rent was $56, and he and Lima would buy kielbasa, bread, milk and eggs on credit from the deli across the street, just like O’Hara and LeSueur did. O’Hara’s time on E. Ninth, Towle noted, was a prolific period for the influential poet. “He wrote everything that ended up in ‘Lunch Poems’ [except for the

book’s last poem], and what was included in ‘Love Poems (tentative Title),’ that he wrote for Vincent Warren, and also the unique ‘Biotherm,’ ” he said. Towle acknowledged that O’Hara was able to write no matter what his environment. “He just ignored it, if it was hot or

cold — something I can’t always do,” Towle said. “He typed his poems on the kitchen table, up there on the second floor between the first and second window, accompanied periodically by the din of the Ninth St. crosstown bus,” he added. A second dedication of a historic plaque for another artist is anticipated for this fall. “There’s so much history in these neighborhoods,” Berman said. “It’s not always apparent to people. This is a way to memorialize it and preserve it in a tangible way.” According to the preservationist, the task is not easy. He sends lots of requests to building owners just to secure one positive response. And then there is the issue of finding an appropriate physical space to attach a plaque. “There are a lot of stars that have to align to make this work,” he noted. “It’s a lot more work than it looks like.” But, he said, “It’s worth it.” Removing a new plaque’s covering at its unveiling is something Berman cherishes. “I always love that moment when I take that stuff off,” he said, “and introduce it to the world.”

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Market’s proudest product: The American Dream BY ZACH WILLIAMS

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ozens of community members had assembled to commemorate his life’s work, but Luis Batista escaped notice beforehand, seeking customers to help as he had for 29 years in the Essex Street Market. June 27, 2014, was Luis Batista Day in Manhattan. So declared Borough President Gale Brewer, who presented him with a framed proclamation at a reception within the aisles of his former grocery store inside the market. She said he exemplifies the “mom-and-pop business model.” “We are standing here today in the type of community which is the backbone of New York City,” Brewer said. Batista retired May 1 due to lingering health problems that now make it difficult to endure the physical toll of operating a grocery business. He started working in the market in 1985 as a recent immigrant from the Dominican Republic, going on to open his own business, Batista Grocery, a decade later. His kind disposition made him like a neighborhood uncle to his regular customers, according to Councilmember Margaret Chin. “It’s just great to be so neighborly and to have so many people love him,” she said. “I think, among immigrant communities, they want to be entrepreneurs, set up their own businesses; and I think Essex Street Market offers this opportunity to a lot of small businesses at affordable rents.” Batista said he will miss “everything” about running the business, though he plans on occasionally venturing from his Bronx residence to the market in the future. He expressed gratitude to God, the city Economic Development Corporation, customers and fellow market vendors. “I want to say thank you for everything in my life,” he said. He sold the business for about $100,000 to Luis Vargas, who learned through his cousin of Batista’s wish to sell the roughly 1,400-square-foot spot. For 20 years, Vargas worked in the grocery industry in the city and New Jersey. He came to the States in 1993 from the Dominican Republic, where he grew up in the same city, Santiago, as Batista. Vargas’s first grocery store closed after seven months due to what he said was a poor location. But he expressed confidence that the Essex Street Market would have the customer base and location for his newest venture to succeed. The new owner added that he will reorganize some of the grocery’s

Luis Batista was joined by local officials and family members as he spoke at his retirement ceremony at the Essex Street Market last Friday. Councilmember Margaret Chin is second from right, and Borough President Gale Brewer is fourth from right.

New grocery store owner Luis Vargas said the Essex Street Market’s location and customer base are both very good.

space in the market, though the business will mostly stay the same as it was under Batista, including the staff. “We think we have to have more employees, because we expect the sales to increase,” Vargas said. “In this country, you can be success more than any other one.” Another Santiago native, Fillipe Caba, who works for the adjacent meat vendor, said Batista is a bit like his own father. Chit chat about sports, the weather and their native land were common topics when they interacted, he said. “He’s a nice guy,” said Caba. The enclosed market space was created in 1940 by Fiorello La Guar-

dia, specifically for pushcart vendors, to keep them from clogging up the streets. Today, 20 independent vendors fill the space, according to E.D.C. But the historic market will be reborn in a new space in the near future. It will be shifted into the planned 1.65-million-square-foot Essex Crossing mixed-use development, which will include residential, commercial and community space. Construction will begin in spring 2015, with the first five buildings projected to open by summer 2018, according to the Web site of Delancey Street Associates, the development partners. Nevertheless, the market’s mission

will remain very much the same, according to E.D.C. officials who oversee it on behalf of the city. Vendors such as Batista reflect the ideals of the Essex Street Market and the community it serves, said Lisa Thompson, the market’s manager. “He’s a small business owner and entrepreneur, an immigrant who came onboard in the market, specifically at a time that it was not in as high demand as it is currently,” Thompson said. “And he built a business from a stall, and his footprint is not necessarily the footprint that he started off with. And it’s truly the American story of the small business owner who worked really hard.” TheVillager.com


An unfolding awareness of psychic abilities Linda Lauren brings mediumship into the mainstream

BOOKS MEDIUM RARE: THE MEMOIR OF A FOURTH GENERATION PSYCHIC By Linda Lauren E-Book: $7.99 Paperback: $14.99 272 pages Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch & Mac Available in paperback, at lindalauren.com

Linda Lauren’s “Medium Rare: The Memoir of a Fourth Generation Psychic Medium” is another fine addition to the growing list of Spirit Medium literature. Chronicling her life from childhood to the present, Lauren tells the story through the lens of an unfolding awareness of her psychic abilities. “Medium Rare” is entertaining story about how one deals with, and grows into, a gift that just doesn’t go away. Although I appreciate the men in the field, I am very happy to see a woman who is intent on bringing mediumship into the mainstream. After all, the woman’s suffrage movement was closely associated with the Spiritualist movement in the late 1800s. Some of the finest mediums were female, and it was an early opportunity for women to speak publicly and have their own businesses, and thus, financial freedom. Writing a book about a situation that’s hard to prove and not accepted in many circles is a daunting task. Lauren does an admiral job of portraying mediumship to an audience of both believers and skeptics, as well as those wanting TheVillager.com

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to learn more about their own unfolding gift. I appreciated her humor and grit when facing down the paranormal. It isn’t easy to stand your ground when confronted with an apparition! All of us in the paranormal field have had those moments when we wish we were somewhere else, but our curiosity keeps us plugging on. Lauren takes us with her into those moments with a laugh and a reassuring tug. Evidence in the world of mediumship is all in the eye of the beholder. What might seem sentimental and convoluted to some might be concrete and real to another, all based on context. When speaking about others’ evidential experiences, the book is totally on track and believable. When it comes to her own experiences, although funny and acerbic, it lacked the oomph and deep

thought that I was expecting from the author. I wanted to see more of the struggle to believe in one’s ability, and the cognitive dissonance that one has to reconcile with in that situation. I think a lot of beginning intuitives need that insight, and for me it was sorely missing. Don’t get me wrong, I did like this book — but it did touch on one of my pet peeves: self-advertisement. Granted, it is very hard to have the detachment of storytelling without an editor (Lauren’s book is self published). But a chapter about an app for your services…really? A couple of chapters came off sounding more like a business brochure than storyline, which took it out of the memoir genre for a moment. While it is interesting to know how the business evolved, I wanted to hear more about the issues that come up in our work — like handling overload and burnout, keeping boundaries with clients, and how to handle the negative aspects of the work — things that starting mediums really need to know. Lauren’s quick wit and humor tucks you right into a story that you want to keep reading. No matter where she goes, the spirits come with her, and are there to meet her with great stories. I was especially delighted to read that she had a book signing at the East Village’s Merchant’s House Museum — a wonderfully spirit-filled place that I have had the honor of investigating with the Sturges Paranormal team. All in all, “Medium Rare” is an engaging tale, which will add to your understanding of the field of mediumship. Cathy Towle is a Psychic Medium, Shaman, and Life Coach living in Brooklyn. She is one of the few Mediums Certified by the Forever Family Foundation, and works with scientists to further the understanding of the afterlife. She teaches and works privately with clients as well as paranormal investigation with Sturges Paranormal (sturgesparanormal.com). Also an interfaith minister, she is on the executive council of the NGO Committee for Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns - NY with the UN. For more info, visit cathytowle.com. July 3, 2014

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Buhmann on Art

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN (stephaniebuhmann.com)

JERRY KEARNS: RRRGGHH!!!

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Jerry Kearns: “BAM BAM” | 2010-13, Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 92 in. (182.9 x 233.7 cm).

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Kearns’ first show in New York since 2006 will feature eight new paintings on canvas, as well as five wall murals. All of these works source inspiration from animation, as well as the comic novel, both stylistically and in regard to structuring content. The drama-laden conflict of good versus evil, as it is being played out between hero and villain, is at the core here. In Kearns’ hands, however, this duality is far from simple. Instead, it finds manifestation in complex, layered compositions that have a common thread: a hero’s journey captured in various scenes.

Each hero embodies at least one of the more influential archetypes in culture, such as Jesus (see a work entitled “BAM BAM”) or a hybrid of The Joker and the American Cowboy (see “AGGGKK!”). But Kearns is not interested in romanticizing culture. In fact, as someone who came to prominence in the 1980s with politically minded Psychological Pop Art Paintings, he understands his works as a sign of warning, pointing out that in our time, nature has been virtually replaced by mediated information — and that we risk becoming corporate avatars. Through August 23, at Mike Weiss Gallery (520 W. 24th St., btw. 10th & 11th Aves.). Hours: Tues. – Sat., 10a.m. – 6 p.m. Call 212-691-6899 or visit mikeweissgallery.com.

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Jerry Kearns: “AGGGKK!” | 2013-14, Acrylic on canvas, 84 x 108 in. (213.4 x 274.3 cm).

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Organized by Avi Lubin, this exhibition features works by several well-known names, among them Mark Dion, Pierre Huyghe, and Roxy Paine. In the past, scientists often employed artists to illustrate the results of their research and sometimes, scientists were artists in their own right (think of Ernst Haeckel and his famous “Art forms of Nature”). Today, film, photography, and digital animation no longer make art and science co-dependent. As a twist, this exhibition picks works that use science as a source of inspiration, albeit without getting lost in truisms. Whereas science aspires to systematically accumulate knowledge and understand the universe from an outside perspective, artists often attempt the opposite. Working from within, they do not assume to understand the world (nor do they long to explain it). Instead, they aim for sparking our imagination and

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All of the Christmas tradition, with none of the snow: The West Village Chorale’s “Summer Sings” series turns its attention to Handel’s “Messiah” (July 14).

benefits the church’s Food Pantry program). On July 17, Matthew Oberstein conducts works including Haydn’s “The Creation” and Beethoven’s “Overture to Creatures of Prometheus.” Soprano Angela Leson and baritone Christopher DeVage are the soloists. On Sept. 9, an all-Mozart program includes “Sinfonia Concertante” and “Overture to La finta giardiniera.” Yuga Cohler guest conducts, with Katarzyna Bryla (violin) and Elzbieta Weyman (viola) as the soloists. Thurs., July 17 & Tues., Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. At St. Peter’s Church (346 W. 20th St., btw. Eighth & Ninth Aves.). Suggested Donation: $10 ($5 for students & seniors). For info on the concert, the food pantry, and upcoming events, call 212-929-2390 or visit st.peterschelsea.com. For info on the Orchestra, visit nasorch.org.

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The New Amsterdam Summer Orchestra (the seasonal incarnation of the Symphony Orchestra, seen here) performs at St. Peter’s Church (346 W. 20th St.) on July 17.

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THE WEST VILLAGE CHORALE SUMMER SINGS SERIES

The weather outside might be frightful — but in no way, shape or form is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas. You wouldn’t know that, though, if you happened to stroll by historic (and air conditioned) Judson Memorial Church on the early evening of July 14. That’s when Young New Yorkers’ Chorus conductor Michael Kerschner will preside over the rehearsal — and the performance — of a composition by Handel that’s usually associated with low temperatures and the calendar year’s waning days. It makes perfect sense, though, for

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The West Village Chorale’s superior contribution to all that “Christmas in July” hype (retail sales themes, Hallmark movie marathons). Fast becoming a tradition in its own right, this repeat performance of the Chorale’s traditional December “Messiah Sing” is just one of the installments in its ongoing “Summer Sings” series. Every Monday through Aug. 18, a different guest conductor will guide participants through a brief rehearsal of a classic work, followed by a performance (which you can participate in, or just sit back and enjoy). Other upcoming “Sings” events include the Mozart “Mass in C Minor,” led by Cynthia Powell of the Stonewall Chorale (and the Melodia Women’s Choir (July 21), the Brahms “Requiem,” led by

John Maclay of the Choral Society of Grace Church (Aug. 4), and the Mozart “Requiem,” led by Patrick Gardner of Riverside Choral Society (Aug. 18). Musical scores, piano accompaniment, and intermission refreshments are provided. Mondays, through Aug. 18, at 7:30 p.m. At Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South, at Thompson St.). For more info, visit westvillagechorale.org 212-517-1776.

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The New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra’s appropriately named seasonal incarnation — the New Amsterdam Summer Orchestra — returns to St. Peter ’s Chelsea for their annual two-part “Summer Music in Chelsea” series (which

The clock’s running out on your chance to visit the World Cup’s host country — but if sampling the music of Brazil is your goal, Arts Brookfield has game. Through July 22, their “Brazil Sounds Downtown” series pays tribute to that country’s melodies and rhythms. You’ll hear work that blends traditional Brazilian genres (samba, bossa nova, and forró) with distinctly American styles (jazz, soul, and country). On July 8, “Brasil Love Acoustic” showcases the Brasil Live collective of professional Brazilian musicians and performers — led by Rio de Janeiro native guitarist and musical director Marcos Vigio. On July 15, Benji Kaplan (guitar/vocal, flute) performs his rhythmically creative works, which have earned accolades from the likes of iconic Brazilian composer Guinga. The series concludes on July 22, when accordion player Rob Curto performs. The skilled forró artist combines that style with his love of North American swing music, bebop piano, funk, rock, and blues. He’s joined by 6- and 7-string guitarist Cesar Garabini. Free. July 8, 15 & 22, from 12:30–1:30 p.m. in Zucotti Park (Broadway & Liberty St.). For more info, visit artsbrookfield. com/events. JUST DO ART, continued on p. 21 TheVillager.com


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THE POETS HOUSE 22nd ANNUAL SHOWCASE

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It’s harvest season at Poets House — when the innovative Downtown library and event space adds to its 60,000-volume collection with an exhibition comprised of all the poetry books published in this country during the last year. “There is nothing like it anywhere else,” says Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti, who justifiably calls the Showcase “a demonstration of the poetic impulse and practice of our country.” This year’s exhibition — on view through Aug. 16 — features upwards of 3,000 volumes from over 700 micro-presses and publishers. But it’s not all about the up-close, looky-loo experience. The Showcase Reading Series gives voice to the words, by presenting authors

who have works on display. Brett Fletcher Lauer (“A Hotel in Belgium,” Four Way Books) and Wendy S. Walters (“Troy, Michigan,” Futurepoem Books) are among those at the July 23 reading. On July 30, featured authors include Jeffrey Harrison (“Into Daylight,” Tupelo Press) and Lenelle Moïse (“Haiti Glass,” City Lights). On Aug. 6, the guests are Cathy Linh Che (“Split,” Alice James Books), Harmony Holiday (“Go Find Your Father/A Famous Blues,” Ricochet Editions), Yusef Komunyakaa (“Testimony, A Tribute to Charlie Parker,” Wesleyan University Press), and Mark Wunderlich (“The Earth Avails,” Graywolf Press). Free. The Showcase is on view through Aug. 16, at Poets House (10 River Terrace, at Murray St.). Hours: Tues.–Fri., 11 a.m.–7 p.m. & Sat., 11 a.m.–6 p.m. All readings are free, and start at 7 p.m. on Wed., July 23, 30 & Aug. 6. For info, call 212-431-7920 or visit poetshouse.org.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MORRIS AVENUE MASTER TENANT, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/23/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Omni New York LLC, 885 Second Ave., 31st Fl., NY, NY 10017, principal business address. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF CERBERUS SWC LEVERED OPPORTUNITIES GP, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 6/19/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 6/13/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Seth P. Plattus, c/o Cerberus SWC Levered Opportunities GP, LLC, 875 3rd Ave., 11th Fl., NY, NY 10022, principal business address. DE address of LLC: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a summer on premise liquor license, #TBA has been applied for by Masterpiece Cateres Corp d/b/a Sky 55 to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 55 Water Street, Elevated Acre NY, NY 10004. Vil: 06/26 - 07/03/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a summer on premise liquor license, #TBA has been applied for by Masterpiece Cateres Corp d/b/a Promenade Grill to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 55 Water Street, Vietnam Veterans Plaza NY, NY 10004. Vil: 06/26 - 07/03/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a on premise liquor license, #TBA has been applied for by Masterpiece Cateres Corp d/b/a Cafe 55 to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 55 Water Street, 1st Floor NY, NY 10004. Vil: 06/26 - 07/03/2014

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BNT HOLDINGS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/11/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Proskauer Rose LLP, Attn: Ivan Taback, Eleven Times Sq., NY, NY 10036. 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: 06/26 - 07/31/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 3400 LAWSON BLVD LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/6/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Davis & Gilbert LLP, 1740 Broadway, NY, NY 10019. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 06/26 - 07/31/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF WARBURG PINCUS XI (LEXINGTON) PARTNERS - A, L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/16/14. Office location: NY County. LP formed in DE on 4/16/14. 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 Warburg Pincus LLC, 450 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10017, Attn: General Counsel. 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: any lawful activity. Vil: 06/26 - 07/31/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF WARBURG PINCUS PRIVATE EQUITY (LEXINGTON) XI - A, L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/16/14. Office location: NY County. LP formed in DE on 4/16/14. 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 Warburg Pincus LLC, 450 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10017, Attn: General Counsel. 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: any lawful activity. Vil: 06/26 - 07/31/2014

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NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SOLENIS LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/30/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 4/30/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE and principal business address: 500 Hercules Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/26 - 07/31/2014 NAME OF LLC: RELEVANCE CONSULTING, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State: 6/6/14. Office loc.: NY Co. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Business Filings Inc., 187 Wolf Rd., Ste. 101, Albany, NY 12205, regd. agt. upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 06/26 - 07/31/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF COMMUNITY NEWS GROUP, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on June 9, 2014. 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: Community News Group, LLC, 515 Canal Street Unit 1C, New York, NY 10013 Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 06/19 - 07/24/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 2065 WALTON AVENUE MANAGING MEMBER LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/16/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o B&B Supportive LLC, 419 Park Avenue South, 18th Fl., NY, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 06/19 - 07/24/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF WEEN & KOZEK, LLC, A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (PLLC). Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 6/4/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 150 Broadway, Ste. 1920, NY, NY 10038, principal business address. Purpose: practice law. Vil: 06/19 - 07/24/2014

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NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF THIRTEEN PARTNERS PRIVATE EQUITY 3 GP, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 6/27/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 830 3rd Ave., 6th Fl., NY, NY 10022. LLC formed in DE on 6/17/13. 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: 06/19 - 07/24/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF TICO INVESTMENT VEHICLE IV, LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 6/3/14. Office location: NY County. LP formed in DE on 5/14/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 590 Madison Ave., 35th Fl., NY, NY 10022, principal business address. DE address of LP: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/address of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/19 - 07/24/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF NEWYORK.COM ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, LLC App for Authority filed with Secy of State (SS) of NY on 8/21/12. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 1/5/12. SSNY designated as an agent upon whom process may be served. PO address to which SSNY shall mail copy of process against LLC: 19495 Biscayne Blvd, Ste 600, Aventura, FL 33180, which is also the FL address of LLC. Cert of LLC filed with SSDE located: 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 06/12 - 07/17/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF TICKETSATWORK – PLUM BENEFITS, LLC App for Authority filed with Secy of State (SS) of NY on 4/17/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 1/31/14. SSNY designated as an agent upon whom process may be served. PO address to which SSNY shall mail copy of process against LLC: 19495 Biscayne Blvd, Ste 300, Aventura, FL 33180, which is also the FL address of LLC. Cert of LLC filed with SSDE located: 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 06/12 - 07/17/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF AR NEWYORK 1, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/2/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1430 Spring Hill Rd., Ste. 300, McLean, VA 22102. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/12 - 07/17/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF CCATT LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 11/20/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1220 Augusta Dr., Ste. 600, Houston, TX 77057. LLC formed in DE on 11/14/13. 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: 06/12 - 07/17/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF POLYPLEX USA LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/25/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in AL on 7/19/11. 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. AL and principal business address: 3001 Mallard Fox Dr. NW, Decatur, AL 35601. Cert. of Org. filed with AL Sec. of State, 100 N. Union St., Ste. 770, Montgomery, AL 36104. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/12 - 07/17/2014 HOK 2 LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 6/4/14. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, c/o Lisa Lou, 95 Colon Ave., Staten Island, NY 10308. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 06/19 - 07/24/2014 MACNEE LLC Arts. of Org filed NY Secy of State (SSNY) 5/09/14. OFC in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 119 Bank St, #3H, NY NY 10014. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 06/05 - 07/10/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 340E24 JV LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/25/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Benjamin Shaoul, 594 Broadway, Ste. 1010, NY, NY 10012. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 06/05 - 07/10/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF FIREMON, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/22/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Missouri (MO) on 10/01/03. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011. Address to be maintained in MO: 120 S. Central Ave., Clayton, MO 63105 . Arts of Org. filed with the MO Secy. Of State, 600 W. Main St., Rm. 322, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 06/05 - 07/10/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 95TH STREET REALTY COMPANY LLC Cert. of Conversion filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/19/14, converting 95TH STREET REALTY COMPANY to 95TH STREET REALTY COMPANY LLC. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 55 Fifth Ave., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10003. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Robert Kantor, c/o Cityprop Management Corp., 55 Fifth Ave., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10003. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 06/05 - 07/10/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 102-116 EIGHTH AVENUE ASSOCIATES LLC Cert. of Conversion filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/11/14, converting 102-116 EIGHTH AVENUE ASSOCIATES, L.P. to 102-116 EIGHTH AVENUE ASSOCIATES LLC. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, c/o The Brodsky Organization, LLC, Attn: Daniel Brodsky, 400 W. 59th St., NY, NY 10019. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 06/05 - 07/10/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF UB LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/22/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 228 W. 47th St., NY, NY 10036. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Hotel Edison at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 06/05 - 07/10/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 451 TENTH AVENUE MEMBER LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/31/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 666 Third Ave., NY, NY 10017, Attn: Jeffrey Moerdler, Esq. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/05 - 07/10/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF FTI CONSULTING TECHNOLOGY LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/18/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in MD on 1/11/05. 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. MD and principal business addr.: 909 Commerce Rd., Annapolis, MD 21401. Cert. of Org. filed with Custodian of Records, MD Dept. of Assessments & Taxation, 301 W. Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/05 - 07/10/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF GOLDENTREE PARTNERS LOAN FUND LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/12/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 3/31/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Attn: General Counsel, 485 Lexington Ave., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10017, principal business address. DE address of LLC: 615 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 06/05 - 07/10/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF HONDA AVIATION FINANCE COMPANY, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/20/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 20800 Madrona Ave., Torrance, CA 90503. LLC formed in DE on 1/21/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CT Corporation System, 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: 06/05 - 07/10/2014 ORTAGGI LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 03/18/2014. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 304 Hudson St., # 507, NY, NY 10013. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ACF FINCO I LP Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/20/14. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/25/14. Princ. office of LP: 245 Park Ave. - 44th Fl., NY, NY 10167. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. DE addr. of LP: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, New Castle Cnty., DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Jeffrey W. Bullock - Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 21 CROSBY STREET LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/22/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 05/21/14. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Corigin, Attn: Spencer Romoff, 505 Fifth Ave., NY, NY 10017. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of the State of DE, Corp. Dept., Loockerman & Federal Sts., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF PING GUI LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/4/14. Office location: QUEENS County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1824 COLLEGE POINT BLVD, COLLEGE POINT, NY 11356 Purpose: Any lawful act Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ALVAREZ & MARSAL ASSET MANAGEMENT SERVICES, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/15/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 05/12/14. Princ. office of LLC: 600 Madison Ave., 8th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of State of DE, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BRONX FOOD PROCESSING AND DISTRIBUTION CENTER FUND, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/15/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: c/o NY City Regional Center, LLC, 99 Hudson St., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10013. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF COBBLE HILL HEALTH AND WELLNESS PARTNERS LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/19/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 3/19/14. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF COB 3420 BROADWAY LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/19/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 2/12/14. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MAJESTIC ACQUISITIONS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/8/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 721 Fifth Avenue, Ste. 45C, NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 15BUNP LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/14/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Solomon Blum Heymann LLP, 40 Wall St., 35th Fl., NY, NY 10005, principal business address. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF THE RICHMAN GROUP OF CONNECTICUT, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/14/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in CT on 10/24/94. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: National Corporate Research, Ltd., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. CT and principal business address: 340 Pemberwick Rd., Greenwich, CT 06831. Cert. of Org. filed with CT Sec. of State, 30 Trinity St., Hartford, CT 06106. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SOHO-LUDLOW TENANT, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/12/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 12/26/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Andy Childs, 515 W. 20th St., NY, NY 10011, principal business address. DE address of LLC: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SPG MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES III, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/13/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in IN on 1/29/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. IN and principal business addr.: c/o Corporate Paralegal, 225 W. Washington St., PO Box 7033, Indianapolis, IN 46207-7033. Cert. of Org. filed with IN Sec. of State, 302 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF LINDSAY GOLDBERG IV L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/6/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 630 5th Ave., 30th Fl., NY, NY 10111. LP formed in DE on 4/2/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: National Corporate Research, Ltd. (NCR), 194 Washington Ave., Ste. 310, Albany, NY 12210. DE addr. of LP: NCR, 615 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. #3, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 05/29 - 07/03/2014

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Hey, the Kardashians aren’t the only celebrities around here! Actor Paul Rudd was recently spotted walking up Greenwich St. in Tribeca. And by the time he was about to pass by The Villager’s office, staff members / fans were ready and waiting to snap a shot of him with Alex Newhard, NYC Community Media’s advertising summer intern.

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

of Attorney General Robert Abrams.” Due to these disputes, petitions were circulated, pickets were organized and residents regularly reached out to the press, elected officials, the Conciliation and Appeals Board, and the Department of Buildings. In 1978, when the landlord installed a bland enclosure in the lobby that covered the handsome cherub-and-garland-decorated entrance to the ballroom and eliminated a popular seating alcove, tempers flew. Shortly thereafter, when the ballroom’s sidewalk shed was being remodeled and equipped with outside doors, security-conscious tenants joined forces to summon building inspectors and complain to City Hall about the encroachments — that is, the two enclosed sidewalk cafe structures. On Aug. 14, 1983, the Times ran an article with the headline, “Hotel Rent Rules Start Tomorrow,” explaining that “new restrictions effective tomorrow will limit the amount by which hotel operators may increase

the rent for long-term tenants in rent-stabilized hotel rooms after they become vacant. The restrictions will affect about 35,000 dwelling units in 260 hotels… . ” It took another frustrating decade before a lawsuit with numerous “complaining tenants” would be settled and the Brodsky Organization would issue leases with a legal rent. The dichotomies linger at W. Ninth St. and Fifth Ave. When the management decided in April to demolish both sidewalk sheds and repave the sidewalk, it was said that they wanted to restore this landmarked building’s original appearance, with its tall French doors overlooking the avenue. Gossip among the long-term tenants has hinted about ulterior motives. But everyone seems happy to see that sleeping beauty of a hidden sidewalk returned to one and all. Community Board 2 recently decided to approve a scaled-back sidewalk permit for the building’s newest eatery, Claudette. However, the proposed outdoor light fixtures on the corner “have no precedent in the district,” according to C.B. 2.

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crystal ball for the World Cup? The oddsmakers at football-bookmakers.com in the U.K. surely would love to get their hands on that ball. Mathematicians, statisticians, even psychoanalysts are weighing in and crunching the numbers on what country is likely to win the 2014 World Cup. But as Alexi Lalas, former U.S. National Team player and current ESPN commentator, said last week, “Anything can happen in the knockout phase.” These days with World Cup fever sweeping the streets of New York City, just about everyone is a knowit-all with an opinion about the tournament. From the epicenter of New York City soccer in Lower Manhattan — beloved Pier 40 — some very knowledgeable soccer aficionados are going on record with which two teams they think will face off in the finals. Tom Giovatto — Pier 40 / Downtown United Soccer Club coach (1990s); head men’s coach, St. Francis College (Brooklyn); 2013 BigAppleSoccer.com Coach of the Year; NSCAA North Atlantic Region Coach of the Year (Translation: Giovatto is total soccer guy and tactical genius): Germany vs. Netherlands: “Both teams know how to win, are very smart tactically, and have great finishers.” Manny D’Almeida — Pier 40 referee, coach, player (D’Almeida, a.k.a. Mr. Brazilian Fancy Footwork, lives and breathes soccer and he remembers 15 World Cups): Brazil vs. Argentina: “Brazil — home — and Argentina — second home — because the home crowd almost always makes the difference.” Shannon Carr — Pier 40 / director of recreational program (1990s); coach; player (It’s amazing to watch games with Coach Carr, who has the facts and history 411 on every player): Germany vs. Netherlands: “The Netherlands will win based on the Dutch having the highest goal differential (+7) in the group stage.” Robert Priest — Editor in chief, TheVillager.com

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Look out, Lalas! Gabriella Palomino, above, of Downtown United Soccer Club (DUSC), gives her spot-on analysis of who will be in the World Cup finals.

Eight By Eight magazine (the absolute BEST new soccer magazine with insightful articles and beautiful graphics; perfect for soccer nuts who think outside the box and crave juicy details) 8by8mag.com : Germany vs. Argentina: “Germany has the best organized team. Argentina has the best player, Lionel Messi.” So what can go wrong with thoughtful, calculated predictions? A lot. Everything from bad referee calls, suffocating heat, injuries, red cards, biting, etc. can cause an upset of the team that should have won. A perfect example is the Netherlands, who should thank their lucky stars for squeaking by against Mexico (in suffocating heat) in a game the Orange looked poised to lose. If the Dutch make it to the final four, their likeliest opponent would be Argentina, in a tantalizing showdown between dribbling maestros Arjen Robben and Messi. Messi is considered the better player by most, but expect Robben to prevail. You can hate him for diving, but there is simply no getting around the man’s consummate quality: Every time he gets the ball, the Dutch look to be on the brink of doing something special. If Coaches Carr and Giovatto are

correct in their prediction (Germany vs. Netherlands), expect to see some more goals by Germany’s Thomas Müller, who happens to be the son of Gerd Müller, who scored the winning goal in the 1974 World Cup finals against — who else? — the Netherlands. And if you still don’t know what to think? Well, ask a 13-year-old girl. Yes, ask Gabriella Palomino, a star player at Pier 40 who doesn’t seem to need a crystal ball. “I have to say that Brazil and Holland are going to be in the finals,” she predicted. “Maybe these two teams are not playing their best soccer, but they are getting the results and they are getting stronger after every match. “Also, both teams have a key player, Neymar from Brazil and Robben from Holland,” Palomino noted. “They are so good taking on players, one-on-one. They do it all the time. I love players doing that on the attacking third of the field. In order to win the World Cup you need these types of players on your team.” Perhaps Miss Palomino should join Mr. Lalas on ESPN next week?

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