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Zephyr Teachout blows into primary, pressuring Gov. Cuomo on his left BY LINCOLN ANDERSON
owntown progressive Democratic club members were having a hard time finding reasons why they should support re-electing Governor Andrew Cuomo to another term. More to the point, there were too many reasons
not to back him, they felt, such as his support for charter schools, his acceptance of the Independence Party ballot line and his indecision on hydrofracking, just to name a few. In fact, some clubs — including Village Independent Democrats and TEACHOUT, continued on p. 14
BY ZACH WILLIAMS
ven on the evening of Mon., July 7, the final day of a 76-year run, much remained the same at Bowlmor Lanes. The elevator attendant ran the antique cab up to the second floor of 100 University Place, as he had for de-
cades. Dance music played loudly. The lights were dim and couples romanced between turns. Monday night business appeared slow but steady as the dozen lanes on the second floor gradually became filled with patrons. The walls were festooned with celebrity autographs BOWLMOR, continued on p. 6
Ice Factory Fest a cool treat........page 20
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Final frame is played at famed Bowlmor Lanes as condos keep rolling
On Tuesday, as it hit 91 degrees, people cooled off at the Washington Square fountain.
Greenhouse courts neighbors with ‘new concept’ early hours BY SERGEI KLEBNIKOV
fter closing for “rebranding,” v i olence-plagued nightspot Greenhouse will continue with its attempts to reopen, this time reportedly with a “new concept.” The Varick St. nightclub has had a troubled history. In late April, the club was forced to shut down after its liquor license expired. A renewal application was filed with the State Liquor Authority, which after several months
has yet to reach a decision. Separately, Greenhouse has also applied to the city Department of Consumer Affairs for a cabaret license, which is needed to allow patron dancing at the club. At a Community Board 2 S.L.A. Committee meeting last month, Greenhouse representatives surprised everyone with a presentation on their reopening plans that opponents described as “bizarre.” The discussion focused on the club’s application for a cabaret license,
for which C.B. 2’s role — as usual — would be to give an advisory approval or denial. Speaking for Greenhouse were the club’s lawyer, Monte Albers de Leon, and Eric Biberman, who described himself as the club’s new special events manager. They said that the club plans “a completely different method of operation” in order to win community support. The two representatives explained that the club wantGREENHOUSE, continued on p. 4
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New NYCHA chief talks about trust at First Houses BY LESLEY SUSSMAN
PHOTOS BY LESLEY SUSSMAN
hola Olatoye, chairperson of the New York City Housing Authority, paid a surprise visit on Wed., July 2, to the East Village’s First Houses, as part of a renewed effort by the city agency to establish “better relations and trust” with its tenants and staff. Olatoye, a Mayor de Blasio appointee who has been on the job a bit more than 100 days, toured the NYCHA housing development, on E. Third St. and Avenue A. Opening in 1935, the First Houses were the nation’s first public housing development. The chairperson visited the apartment of a 92-year-old resident, and then met with the tenants council to field questions and respond to concerns. During that meeting, Olatoye told Brenda Santiago, the tenants council president, that these grassroots meetings were “important to my learning experience and a way to build more trust between tenants and us.” Yet, she said, the Housing Authority’s financial picture was challenging. “We lost half of our federal funding in 1981,” she explained. “And yet we have a significant aging population that needs special care, and many buildings that are over 80 years old and in need of repair. “Our greatest challenge is to make sure that the New York City Housing Authority is here for the next 100 years in order to provide affordable housing to the poor,” Olatoye stated. “Our primary task is to focus in on ways of getting resources to continue our work.”
The chairperson said there are currently more than 150,000 people on a waiting list for NYCHA apartments, and that this list is growing daily. She also stressed that the mayor wants to ensure that NYCHA developments don’t become “disconnected islands” within the surrounding community. “The mayor has asked us to figure out ways to contribute to the community,” Olatoye said, “and that is now part of our mission, along with preserving NYCHA housing for future generations.”
NYCHA Chairperson Shola Olatoye, front right, spoke with a resident, 92, in the First Houses back yard, as Brenda Santiago, the tenants council president, listened in.
Olatoye spoke with workers inside the future home of the St. Mark’s Bookshop, in a First Houses retail space on E. Third St. The bookstore is slated to reopen at the new location later this month.
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SOMETHING IN THE AIRBNB? At the Village Independent Democrats’ May 30 endorsement meeting, Assemblymember Keith Wright spoke on behalf of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s re-election bid. That much we understood. What we eventually didn’t quite get, though, was when Wright started riffing about other various issues he’s been dealing with and specifically got on the topic of Airbnb. He held up his smartphone to show that The New York Times’s then No. 1 article, as he put it, was “Airbnb takes to the barricades,” about the home-sharing-style hotel operation’s ongoing battle with state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “Airbnb is a big outfit, but basically they promote illegal hotels,” the Manhattan Democratic County leader told V.I.D. “I think people have a right to know if the people in 5A are...[involved in] drugs, a brothel or any illegal activity.” Then, in the part that puzzled us, he emphatically stated, “I’ve had this bill for two years — the bill ain’t going anywhere. I’m holding the bill — ain’t going nowhere.” Wright, who is chairperson of the Assembly’s Housing Committee, noted he had, in fact, even just held an anti-Airbnb press conference with Congressmember Charles Rangel and state Senator Liz Krueger. However, just a week later, on May 6, the Daily News reported that a coalition of affordable housing advocates, labor unions and tenant associations — dubbed the Real Rent Reform Coalition — is fighting two bills that seek to loosen restrictions on using Airbnb in New York. The bills would both exempt so-called “good actors” from a 2010 law targeting illegal hotels that prohibits renting apartments by the night. As the News reported, “One bill — sponsored by State Senator Martin Golden and Assemblymember Keith Wright — seeks to help ‘legitimate individuals’ who lease their apartments as vacation rentals. Another bill — sponsored by State Senator Diane Savino and Assemblyman Karim Camara — would make exceptions for ‘individuals that rent out their own units to help make ends meet and earn extra income.’ ” We asked Michael McKee, one of the city’s longtime leading tenants activists, what he made of it all, and he, too, indicated it doesn’t make sense. Basically, he said, if Wright doesn’t intend to move his own bill, why the heck is it even on his desk? More to the point, McKee told us, Airbnb is pouring millions of dollars into its campaign to loosen the rules that currently make what it does illegal, and that includes heavy lobbying of elected officials in Albany. McKee added the decision potentially would ultimately come down to the old TheVillager.com
“three men in a room,” meaning Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver would be calling the shots for the Assembly. “It ultimately does not matter what Keith Wright says or does with his bill,” McKee scoffed. “If Airbnb wins a bill at the end of session, it will be a negotiated bill — negotiated behind closed doors by Silver and the other legislative leaders. It will not be Keith’s bill and Keith will not be in the loop.” A Silver spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment. Well, the legislative session just ended, and we haven’t heard of any negotiated bill — so apparently the Airbnb debate continues to hang in the air. And, speaking of hanging, so do Airbnb’s plentiful P.R. ads, blanketing the subways, featuring the operation’s smiling, happy “hosts” — in-yourface evidence of the mega-bucks P.R. campaign of which McKee spoke. Local pols apparently aren’t too reassured by Wright’s words, either. On June 4, a dozen of them signed a joint letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, expressing their concern that if the two bills are passed, they would “gut the city’s enforcement system, and have serious repercussions on the housing and homelessness crisis in New York City.” The signatories, who asked for de Blasio’s help in keeping Airbnb in check, included Borough President Gale Brewer, Congressmember Jerrold Nadler, state Senators Brad Hoylman, Liz Krueger and Bill Perkins, and Assemblymembers Deborah Glick and Richard Gottfried, among others — but not Wright, which somehow doesn’t surprise us.
BRING THE NOISE: Extell will start pile-driving
on its Lower East Side residential project, at Cherry and South Sts., at the former Pathmark site in seven days. The developer’s decision to split off its affordable housing component into a separate building still has many in the community steamed. However, an informational meeting on Tuesday night with about three dozen local residents was cordial. There was discussion of installation of vibration sensors, among other things.
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Bleecker St., the former Yippie headquarters, will be a hipster boxing gym/party space isn’t sitting well with Aron Kay. Known as the “Yippie Pie Man,” the peaceful Kay has always made his points with pies — not punches — thrown in the faces of the likes of Phyllis Schlaﬂy, William F. Buckley and former Mayor Abe Beame. Joey Goodwin a.k.a. “Soho Joe” and John Galliano, of the Unruly Heir fashion company, have leased out the building and, along with another partner, are recasting it as the NYC Overthrow boxing gym, after the name of the Yippies’ gonzo newspaper, Overthrow, which was published out of the location. In a video, Goodwin explained the place will be “paying homage to what was here before. It’s going to be boxing meets punk rock/ Downtown New York.” They recently held a “Friday Night Throwdown” there for a release party for Transmission magazine. “I’m taking a wait-and-see attitude,” Kay said. “I’m not happy about it. I feel I’ve been exiled from a space — by the real estate maggots.” He noted that Dana Beal, the Yippies’ leader, can’t even step foot inside the place because he has a restraining order against him. “Will they let me come and do my political work in there?” the Pie Man asked of the fashionista/pugilists.
CORRECTION: In the June 26 issues of The Villager and East Villager, in the real estate article “Hell’s Kitchen moves up to the head of the pack,” Gotham West’s address was given incorrectly as 420 W. 45th St. The correct address is 550 W. 45th St.
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Here’s to your HealthPlex! New E.D. set to open The new Lenox Hill HealthPlex, at 12th St. and Seventh Ave., in the renovated former St. Vincent’s Hospital O’Toole Building, was dedicated in a ceremony on Wednesday morning. The $150 million facility includes the city’s first freestanding emergency department — with no hospital beds on site — which will operate 24/7, 365 days a year. This first part of the HealthPlex will be opening next week, possibly Tuesday, according to a North Shore-LIJ Health System spokesperson. More parts of the HealthPlex will be coming online in the near future. In the photo above, at the ribbon-cutting, from left, were Glennda Testone, executive director of the adjacent L.G.B.T. Community Center; state Senator Kemp Hannon, chairperson of the state Senate Health Committee; Borough President Gale Brewer; Assemblymember Deborah Glick; state Senator Brad Hoylman; Dr. Eric Cruzen, the HealthPlex’s director of emergency medicine; Alex Hellinger, the HealthPlex’s executive director; William and Phyllis Mack, the philanthropists whose names adorn the building; Michael Dowling, president and C.E.O. of North Shore-LIJ Health System; Mark Claster, chairperson of NS-LIJ’s board of trustees; Assemblymember Richard Gottfried, chairperson of the Assembly Health Committee; and City Councilmember Corey Johnson.
Neighbors slam club’s ‘new concept,’ want place shut GREENHOUSE, continued from p. 1
ed to open at 4 p.m. (instead of 10 p.m.), and have a happy hour, serve dinner and become a place where local residents could enjoy hanging out. In addition to those additional early-evening hours, Greenhouse would remain a nightclub from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., they said. However, their application to D.C.A. for a cabaret license ran into opposition from local residents and neighborhood associations who want the club closed for good. The C.B. 2 committee advised against the application, telling the Greenhouse reps that they would need to clarify details about the club’s new model or else they would have to withdraw. According to Sylvia Beam, president of the Vandam St. Block Association, Greenhouse lawyer de Leon told the C.B. 2 committee that the nightclub was waiting for papers to get signed, and “couldn’t disclose anything at this point.” Beam also noted
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that the club was illegally operating without a cabaret license, since its previous one expired two years ago. “Besides the new hours, we haven’t seen anything concrete,” said Richard Blodgett, who lives near the club, which is at Varick and Charlton Sts. He added that Greenhouse has repeatedly made excuses that there are “new principles involved,” despite refusing to reveal additional details. “They need to show us what is going to change,” he told The Villager. Greenhouse withdrew its cabaret-license application to D.C.A., but reportedly plans on re-filing. There is another C.B. 2 committee meeting at which it can provide further information scheduled in late July. The application is “sitting in limbo,” explained Blodgett, but he thinks that “clearly they will re-file.” The S.L.A. has yet to reach a decision on Greenhouse’s application to renew its liquor license. However, Blodgett and other locals suspect that the prolonged decision period means
the S.L.A. will most likely renew the license. Greenhouse is currently owned by Larry Hughes, a former basketball player with the Knicks, and Hirokuni Sai, a Japanese businessman. According to new manager Biberman, Hughes and Sai should not be held responsible for the club’s many problems, since they are hands-off owners. The two owners are never present for any of the hearings and are “passive investors who don’t get involved,” according to Blodgett. Several people present at last month’s meeting requested but were reportedly denied the e-mail addresses and contact information of the two owners. Biberman said that the prior management should be held accountable for the club’s many problems in recent years, and that they have been fired. However, this is a story that neighbors have heard repeatedly from Greenhouse — that is, blame everything on prior management. Opposition continues against the
club in the wake of the two applications. Neighbors have been expressing opposition at C.B. 2 meetings, as well as starting letter campaigns to Governor Andrew Cuomo and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. Even the Hudson Square business improvement district, Hudson Square Connection, has condemned the nightclub. Not only is it unusual for a BID to oppose a local business, but in this case, one located in a property owned by one of the BID’s own board members. In addition, the Trump Soho condo-hotel, on Spring St., wrote a strongly worded letter to the S.L.A. in opposition to Greenhouse’s liquor-license renewal application. The only comment Greenhouse could give The Villager on the situation was made by de Leon. “The corporation is currently working with the community and is looking forward to providing its neighbors a level of service they can be proud of,” he said. TheVillager.com
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Final frame is played at famed Bowlmor Lanes BOWLMOR, continued from p. 1
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and old news clippings, as well as oversize flat-screen TVs. But despite the typical buzz of activity and the clatter of bowling balls slamming into pins, the longest continually operated bowling alley in New York City closed at 1 a.m. the next morning to make way for new condominiums. “It’s a painful loss,” said Bowlmor owner Tom Shannon. Bowlmor operated at the location since 1938. And it was here, under Shannon, that recreational bowling as we know it today was transformed. Among the famous who laced up bowling shoes there were Richard Nixon, Jimmy Fallon, Uma Thurman, Julia Roberts and Paul Shaffer. Business flourished during the 1940s until the 1960s, when a decline hit both the sport and the city. A chance birthday party held there in the mid-1990s inspired Shannon to re-imagine the space, he said. This was where bowling alleys became a bit pricier and more akin to a disco club than the previous business model, where bowling leagues dominated, according to Shannon. “I made bowling expensive,” he quipped. Bowling alleys now emphasize fun and entertainment rather than exclusively athletic competition.
Bowling at Bowlmor Lanes on its last night on University Place.
He realized such a vision in 1997 when he bought the venue through a $3,000 downpayment on a $2 million loan with 17 percent interest. What had been a dilapidated bowling alley losing money became the model of what is now the largest bowling empire in the United States with more than 265 locations. Critics at the time said the low ceilings, “rickety elevator” and on-
going decline of bowling leagues would make it difficult to turn a profit on University Place, Shannon said. “When I bought it, we were doing a million dollars a year,” he said. “Within four years, we were doing 10 million, so they weren’t exactly right.” However, the building hosting the recreational hub for the glitterati
and neighborhood residents alike is owned by real estate developer Billy Macklowe, a man with business ambitions of his own, who decided not to renew Bowlmor’s lease on the space. According to Shannon and local media, the site will be redeveloped as residential condominiums. An offer of $20 million for two floors of the building did not pique Macklowe’s interest, Shannon said. A Macklowe spokesperson declined to comment on the future of 110 University Place. The last night of business, though, featured little evidence of the impending closure. The raucous mix of black lighting, Justin Bieber tunes, drinks and bowling attracted new patrons, even as employees huddled to exchange final reflections on what 110 University Place had meant to both their company and their friendships. Brooklyn residents Olga Skyba and Samuel Weisman were there for the romance as well as sport. They said they were unaware that Bowlmor would be closing its original location on the very first day that they came there. The ambiance defines the venue, Weisman said. “I like it better here, the music, atmosphere and everything,” he said. “I’ve been to other bowling alleys in Brooklyn, but this seems to be nicer actually.”
Pink boxes proliferate throughout Lower East Side BY ZACH WILLIAMS
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ithin 30 minutes via bicycle, The Villager found nine illegal sidewalk clothes-and-shoes-donation boxes around Delancey St., but their origins and charitable legitimacy remain unclear. The boxes are pink and operated by Our Neighborhood Recycling, with a phone number listed below the group’s name. State business registration records link them to an apartment in Jamaica, Queens, as a limited-liability corporation. A call to the number listed on the boxes was answered by a call center in Carlstadt, N.J., where a woman took a message, which was not returned by press time. The unidentified woman said she had no information on what Our Neighborhood Recycling LLC did with the donations. While repeatedly declining to directly address questions concerning these pink bins, Department of Sanitation spokesperson Kathy Dawkins
said owners of illegal donation bins have 30 days to remove them once they are spotted by the department. “The placement of collection bins by any person, other than a government or governmental agency, or its contractors or licensees, on any city property, property maintained by the city, or on any public sidewalk or roadway is prohibited,” she said in an e-mail. On Sunday, The Villager noticed that a pink box, located at the northwest corner of Wyckoff and Bond Sts., in Brooklyn, just north of the Gowanus Houses, had been plastered with Department of Sanitation stickers, saying it was illegal and subject to removal by the department. But none of the pink boxes observed by The Villager on the Lower East Side bore such stickers. According to Dawkins, clothing-box confiscations are already up citywide — 125 this year compared to only seven in 2013. She declined to comment on whether enforcement or the number of bins
One of the dubious pink clothes-donation boxes, at Delancy and Ridge Sts.
had increased this year, but did add in a subsequent e-mail that the department has received about 160 complaints citywide this year, specifically, regarding the pink clothing receptacles. A representative of Viltex, a for-profit company that organizes donations for charities, told The Villager on July 8 that the company does not manage any receptacles in Manhattan
south of Harlem, though their receptacles are pink. Local blog Bowery Boogie highlighted neighborhood concerns on July 9 that the bins’ operators seek to turn a profit for some from the donations of others.
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Forged driver’s license Police said officers pulled over Deonarine Singh, 26, at 1:45 a.m. last Wed., July 2, while he was driving along Christopher St. Police found him to be in possession of a forged Maryland driv-
Hot wheels Last Saturday, a man was observed at 7:35 p.m. riding a Citi Bike against traffic and running red lights along Bleecker St., according to police. When police stopped the man, identified as Naquan Edmundson, 22, they found that he did not have a Citi Bike card authorizing his use of the cycle. A Citi Bike employee confirmed that the bike had been stolen earlier that afternoon from its docking station at Carmine and Bleecker Sts. Police arrested Edmundson, who had an active warrant and was in possession of the stolen bike — valued at more than $1,000 — on felony charges.
Whole Foods shoplifter A man was arrested last Sunday
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On Tues., July 1, a man was hit in the face with a metal meat tenderizer at Macelleria restaurant on Gansevoort St. A male victim, 35, stated that he got into a verbal argument with Oscar Orellano, 29, in the basement of the restaurant at 6:25 p.m. As the argument heated up, Orellano picked up the meat tenderizer and reportedly hit the other man on the forehead, causing lacerations and bleeding. Police arrived on the scene, and recovered the weapon as the victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Orellano was arrested and charged with felony assault.
er’s license, and he was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony.
Victor Greer, 46, was arraigned in court in Manhattan on criminal weapon-possession charges last Thurs., July 2, after he was arrested at 1:15 a.m. the previous day driving through the Village with guns and ammo and a note saying he wanted to “die in combat,” according to law enforcement. The Pennsylvania man is an unemployed civil engineer. According to the Daily News, Greer was initially stopped after police noticed him going the wrong way up southbound Seventh Ave., at the intersection of Grove St. When officers approached the rented 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, the News reported, they noticed a box of ammunition and a 25-round clip in the back seat and took Greer into custody. A .40-caliber handgun, AR-15 assault rifle, .45-caliber rifle and 12-gauge shotgun were in the car’s trunk, police said. A note found on Greer reportedly stated, “I want to die in combat so I can go to Heaven and [be] next to God,” according to police. The News reported that Greer’s mother said he had not left his room much in the past two years, and did not have a history of violence.
at 6:40 p.m. for attempting to steal several items from the Whole Foods Market on E. 14th St. at Union Square. Police received a phone call from the supermarket, as the man was observed removing perishables and putting them into his backpack without paying. When stopped by police, the individual was found with the shoplifted items stored in his bag. James Vigliotti, 47, was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for attempted petit larceny.
Counterfeit clothes Police said a man was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for selling knockoff clothes on W. 14th St. with counterfeit trademarks for the company Burberry on them. On Mon., July 7, a man identified as Javed Muhammed, 41, was observed selling the garments — 13 dresses and one button-up shirt — outside of the Z & Z Luggage & Gift Shop. Police arrived at 3:20 p.m. and
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charged Muhammed with forgery and fraud. Harry Cheng, a Burberry agent from Allegiance Protection Group Inc., confirmed that the merchandise was counterfeit.
Relish, ketchup and slash On Tues., July 8, at 9 a.m., a man was attacked by a knife-wielding hot dog cart vendor while he was walking along LaGuardia Place at W. Houston St., police said. The victim reportedly told police that Mohamed Ismail, 47, slashed his left arm with a knife from the hot dog cart, causing a laceration and bleeding. Police arrived on scene to arrest Ismail, as the victim was able to identify his attacker before he was treated by E.M.S. medics and transported to Beth Israel Hospital. Ismail was charged with felony assault. The reason for the assault wasn’t immediately clear.
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Hot rooftop, but not a party On Tues., July 1, around 5 p.m., a fire broke out on a rooftop at 151 W. 10th St., at the corner of Waverly Place. Several fire trucks quickly arrived and the flames were speedily extinguished. Tom Bernardin, who was inside Julius’ bar across the street, ran out and snapped this shot. “I heard it might have been caused by a cigarette butt,” he said, “that there were dead, dried-out plants on the roof. The fire was put out with a minimum of water, so the apartments were not damaged. The fireman went up and sprayed something on it.”
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.Y.U.’s Office of Civic Engagement recently awarded nearly $100,000 in grants to 87 community-based nonprofit organizations. The grants were given out at a June 3 ceremony to nonprofits with “missions to serve the local community in Lower Manhattan,” according to New York University. The ceremony was presided over by Lynne Brown, senior vice president for university relations and public affairs; Alicia Hurley, vice president for government affairs and community engagement; and Bill Pfeiffer, director of the Office of Civic Engagement. The event was “very upbeat,” according to Phil Lentz, the university’s Director of Public Affairs, and every organization receiving an award was represented. “NYU and its employees are proud to give back to the Lower Manhattan community,” Pfeiffer said in a press report. Money was raised through the N.Y.U. Combined Campaign and the T.G. White Fund. The N.Y.U. Combined Campaign is an annual employee donation for university faculty, staff and administrators. The T.G. White Fund was TheVillager.com
established by longtime Greenwich Village resident Theodore Greeley White, who died in 1913, and is administered by the N.Y.U. Office of Civic Engagement. The N.Y.U. Community Fund has given out more than 1,600 grants to local organizations over the last 33 years, totaling near $2.6 million. A group of volunteers from each school within the university selects the awards for the Community Fund by scoring proposals from the local nonprofits. Awards were focused on groups providing support in five areas: arts and cultural programs, at-risk children and youth programs, homelessness and hunger prevention, education and literacy programs, and low-income health services. Among local groups that won awards this year were the Educational Alliance, Cooper Square Committee, Manhattan Youth, GO Project, Bowery Mission, Bowery Residents’ Committee, VillageCare, Greenwich House, Hetrick-Martin Institute, Chelsea Opera, Cherry Lane Theatre, Fourth Arts Block, NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, Gilda’s Club, God’s Love We Deliver, Lower Eastside Girls Club, Theater for the New City, and Third St. Music School Settlement.
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Janet Freeman Way honors tireless tenant advocate
Yanking the string to pull off the paper wrapping covering the new Janet Freeman Way street co-naming sign.
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riends, family, neighbors and local politicians recently gathered at Kenmare and Elizabeth Sts. as the city paid one of its highest, and most visible, honors to Janet Freeman — co-naming the street corner for the late community activist. A resident of the neighborhood for more than 40 years, Freeman died in 2011 at age 60. She lived in a graffiti-covered storefront apartment on Elizabeth St. Freeman was a tenant advocate, dedicated and tenacious, helping her neighbors save their homes when faced with harassment and possible eviction. At the June 22 dedication of Janet Freeman Way, neighbor Elizabeth Espada told of how Freeman had helped out when a fire in Espada’s building left residents homeless. Freeman de-
fended tenants with disabilities and immigrants with little English, Espada noted. Maria Muetes, of Housing Court Answers, one of the co-naming’s sponsoring organizations, said Freeman could always be counted on when it mattered. “She was the only one person there through all the meetings and court hearings,” she said. City Councilmember Rosie Mendez, who was friends with Freeman, shared with her a passion for tenant organizing. “Through the years, we joined together in the noble struggle to preserve our Lower East Side community and affordable housing at large,” Mendez said. The councilmember noted that Freeman was a founding member of the Coalition to Save Public Housing and Section 8. Freeman was also
Holding up an honorary co-naming sign that was given to Freeman’s family members, from left her brother, Ed, Councilmembers Rosie Mendez and Margaret Chin, Borough President Gale Brewer, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney and Freeman’s sister, Pixie.
active — first as a volunteer, then as a staffer — at Metropolitan Council on Housing and the Citywide Housing Court Task Force, now known as Housing Court Answers. She was known for assisting anyone who was in a vulnerable housing situation, and was often referred to as “the woman on the bicycle with a cigarette in her hand.” She worked with Met Council, Cooper Square Committee, Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES). University Settlement and the Coalition for a District Alternative (CoDA). Freeman also helped create the Lower East Side Co-op Watch, the Croman Tenants Association and Justice for Lincoln Swados. “People in the Lower East Side, Little Italy and Chinatown,” Mendez said, “can accredit Janet for organizing tenants threatened by aggressive landlords and ravenous developers, as she helped the average citizen understand the interworkings of housing court. Janet’s passing was a huge loss for tenants everywhere.”
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Chilling with Ricky, Little Doris and Mr. Stix As the temperatures have been soaring, Ricky Syers has been offering refreshment from his “Good Humor” cart in Washington Square Park — no, not ices, but marionettes. The whole gang is there, including Little Doris Diether and twerk-happy hillbilly Mr. Stix, getting a high five from a little girl, above right.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR It’s about local news To The Editor: Re “Villager owners buy newspaper group” (news article, July 3): Moving to a central location helps the bottom line, but I’m not sure it helps make a local paper a truly local paper. As to consolidating Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Manhattan papers under one roof, I think we get it — build a New York City paper to challenge the Daily News and The Post. Let’s hope it paves the way for a paper that delivers actual news (not Post news — mere incitement on issues that we need thoughtful deliberation about), investigative reporting that challenges the real powers that be (the 1%) and factual information for readership. What will matter is how much autonomy, intelligence and integrity
the reporters are allowed or encouraged to exhibit — not necessarily who owns the paper. I guess this ends News Corp.’s foray into influencing political outcomes through local media. It was a smart strategy for molding viewpoints to their corporate ends. It’s just that once you forget that local papers are loved because they are local — you kind of miss their point. K Webster
How about Staten Island? To The Editor: Re “Villager owners buy newspaper group” (news article, July 3): Before moving to Staten Island in 1989, I’d spent most of my life in the Village, where I was both a reader of and contributing writer for The Villager.
Perhaps you would consider a Staten Island publication? The Staten Island Advance is putting its resources into downsizing print publishing in favor of a digital version. Much as I love trees, I also favor print publications. In junior high school, I sold The New York Times to classmates. Out here on Staten Island, our own poetry program, Ten Penny Players, celebrates its 35th year of poetry publication today. There is much value in the word printed on paper, archived in libraries (public and private). Staten Island sorely needs independent publications bringing the printed page to residents and workers. Barbara Fisher
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The East Village is replaced by its own simulacrum TALKING POINT BY BILL WEINBERG
fter more than a generation of living on E. Fourth St. in the East Village, I feel more and more like I’m in the old joke about the city slicker who asks the farmer for directions on a country road. Punch line: the farmer says, “Oh yeah, you make a left where the old red barn used to be.” The irony is that this native New Yorker “is” the old farmer in the joke. This past month, I was hit with a triple whammy. Three longtime businesses that had been there as long as I could remember closed their doors for the last time. The 2nd Ave Launderette, where I’d been washing my clothes for years, run by very sweet Puerto Rican folks, was forced to close by rising rents. Ditto the check-cashing place on 14 St. where I’d been paying my utility bills for years. Yet, somehow it’s the place I frequented the least that hits me the hardest. Plantworks had been on my block for 40 years… . It stuck it out through the rough desolate years of the late 1970s and ’80s, when this stretch of the East Village was still called The Bowery and considered a “bad neighborhood,” before it became gentrified “Noho.” Now Plantworks is also being forced out. I hadn’t actually bought anything there since I procured my indestructible mascot, a golden pothos I call Arnold, some 15 years ago. But the owner was a familiar face, who I’d passed almost every day for a sizeable chunk of my life. I finally learned his name when I spoke to him for this column, approaching him as he stood outside his now near-empty storefront, on the final days of a clearance sale. His name is Chris Baptiste, and he came from Trinidad to open Plantworks back in the 1970s. It had been at its current location on E. Fourth St. between Bowery and Lafayette St. for 30 years, and was at another location on Waverly Place for some 10 before that. He had hoped to find a third location and stay in business, but is starting to despair of this. “We cannot get a space,” Baptiste told me. “Banks and Wall Street and CVS and Duane Reade — they are the only ones who can survive.” Baptiste said the building, which is now a co-op, had tripled the rent on his storefront to $15,000 a few years ago. (It had been a mere $3,000 when he opened.) It is now being jacked up to $40,000 — more than he can afford. With no lease, he has no recourse. “I’m 74,” said Baptiste, obviously struggling for some optimism. “I can still work. I’d like to continue working. One door closes and another opens.” But he admitted: “Small businesses are in big trouble in Manhattan. Manhattan is becoming a place to come and work and then go home to the Bronx or Brooklyn. It’s just for the rich and the tourists.” And Plantworks is to be replaced, Baptiste says, by yet another gym. There is already a gym right around the corner on Cooper Square West, in the new luxury development that went up a few years ago...and another one around the other corner, up Lafayette St….and yet another one where Tower Records used to be, directly across Lafayette. And another one two blocks to the east, on E. Fourth St. near Second Ave. Is the market really not saturated yet? I find myself wondering: How many nar-
cissistic yuppie masochists can there be in Noho? But what hits closer to home still is the news, reported in the New York Post last week, that the former Yippie Cafe, over on Bleecker St., is to be replaced by a boxing gym. The cafe had been closed for several months, as creditors repossessed the building and evicted Yippie Holdings — a surviving fragment of the Yippie radical youth movement of the 1960s. I spent much of my own youth among the latter-day Yips at the notoriously malodorous hangout that we called “Number 9” back in the early ’80s. This was the most gutting line in the Post story: “The new gym will be called Overthrow NYC — a reference to one of the alternative newspapers the Yippies published from Number 9.” Overthrow is where I cut my teeth as a journal-
Like a punch to the gut: The Yippie Cafe will become a boxing gym.
ist. The first reporting I ever did — on the anti-nuclear movement, Native American resistance to mining schemes, revolutionary struggles in Central America — was for the radical rag published on the third floor of Number 9. Now the name is to be appropriated by a joint catering to yuppie narcissists with some kind of prole pretensions — the kind who would patronize a boxing gym? O.K., I hadn’t gone into Number 9 very much since it was resurrected as the Yippie Cafe a few years ago — I found some of the personalities that hung out there to be deeply annoying. But I still felt a pang at its demise. For me, it was rather like that of Junior’s cheesecake emporium on Brooklyn’s Flatbush Ave. I hadn’t gone into the joint in years, viewing cheesecake as a decadent indulgence. But its closure still hurt, as a landmark I had known all my life disappeared from the cityscape. With Number 9, it felt like a part of my past was being erased. It was with this despairing attitude that I dropped by the former Number 9, to speak with Joey Goodwin, the young entrepreneur behind the new “Overthrow” boxing gym. I found him to be a likeable and straightforward kind of guy.
“I found the [Overthrow] magazines covered in cat piss,” he told me. “The name is powerful and has a history behind it.” Goodwin said he grew up in Florida but has been living at various locations around Downtown Manhattan for much of his life, and was long a fixture playing basketball at the court on Sixth Ave. and W. Fourth St. He admits he expects a “white-collar clientele,” and that’s “not the answer the Yippies want to hear.” He insisted, almost apologetically, that he is very “liberal” — not seeming to get that, for the anarchist Yippies, this was a term of opprobrium. He tells me he bought a copy of Abbie Hoffman’s “Steal This Book” to get up to speed on the Yippie ethos. To my relief, he said he intends to erect some kind of marker or exhibit on the premises explaining the name and the building’s counterculture history. But he also admitted that he sees “John Varvatos as a model” — the fashion boutique in the site of the old CBGB, which is self-consciously cashing in on the rock ’n’ roll image and mystique. A particular sinister characteristic of post-modern or “too late” capitalism is its relentless displacement of organic social realities with the pre-packaged oxymoron of pseudo-authenticity — as when Starbucks pushes out Greenwich Village coffee shops, or the Subway chain pushes out authentic New York sandwich joints. This is an appropriation and privatization of what Walter Benjamin identified as the “trace” of authenticity — the false promise that entices us into complicity in the destruction of our own culture. Or, as Jean Baudrillard observed: “Everything is replaced by its own simulacrum.” There are some other obvious and very irritating examples. The upscale DBGB bar and grill in the new luxury development a block down from the former CBGB site is also shamelessly exploiting the legacy of the legendary, defunct rock club. There are still more depressing examples elsewhere on the Lower East Side. The Eastville Gardens housing development on E. Seventh St. is thusly named because it is on the former site of the beautiful Esperanza Garden — which was bulldozed in February 2000 to make way for the housing development! Or the interior concrete courtyard in the shape of a Tao symbol at the housing project on Eldridge St. — where the heart of old Adam Purple’s Tao-shaped Garden of Eden used to be before it was destroyed to make way for the housing project in 1986. SIMULACRUM, continued on p. 25
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Zephyr Teachout pressures Cuomo from the left; TEACHOUT, continued from p. 1
A BREATH OF FRESH AIR But then, after losing out to Cuomo for the Working Family Party’s ballot line in late May, Zephyr Teachout announced she was considering running as a Democrat, and — true to her name — it’s been like an uplifting breeze of fresh air for local progressives. V.I.D. will hold a do-over this Thurs., July 10, on whether to endorse for governor, and, this time, it sounds like Teachout has a good chance of winning their nod. Similarly, D.I.D. also plans to reconvene and reconsider whether to endorse, and is doing so only because Teachout — a Fordham University law professor who worked on Howard Dean’s campaign — has entered the race. Meanwhile, two other local clubs have already endorsed Teachout — Coalition for a District Alternative, the leading East Village politi-
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Downtown Independent Democrats — had recently voted “no endorsement” in the Democratic primary for governor, an unusual move in such a high-profile race. One factor in D.I.D.’s snubbing of Cuomo was the governor’s role in the recently revealed “secret M.O.U.” (memorandum of understanding) to transfer $100 million worth of development rights from Pier 40 to the St. John’s Center site in Hudson Square. Assemblymember Keith Wright, speaking on behalf of Cuomo, had made a personal plea to V.I.D. at their April 30 endorsement meeting. “As your Manhattan County leader, I need you to support Governor Cuomo,” Wright urged them. Club members peppered Wright with questions, taking Cuomo to task on his support of charter schools, in particular, and even on medical marijuana — the latter which Cuomo subsequently did recently legalize in New York State, albeit in a form that many advocates decry as too limited and watered down. “I know that Governor Cuomo’s in favor of medical marijuana,” Wright responded, though adding, “I don’t know if medical marijuana is a litmus test for progressives.” It was Cuomo who passed gay marriage in New York, Wright noted. But the skeptical questions continued. Finally, Wright conceded, “The governor has some great progressive credentials. He also has some good moderate credentials. And he deserves to be re-elected.” But V.I.D. was not convinced.
Zephyr Teachout speaking at an endorsement interview with the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club at the Caledonia apartment building, on W. 17th St., in Chelsea. The gay political club later voted to support her bid for governor.
cal club, and the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, a gay organization led by Allen Roskoff. However, the Village Reform Democratic Club, a more moderate club, at least by Village standards, is supporting Cuomo. On June 12, Teachout came to V.I.D.’s membership meeting to introduce herself and her candidacy. She hadn’t yet actually committed to entering the primary, saying she would do so in the next few days, after seeing how her fundraising was going. She was excited, she said, but wanted to make sure she could “make a credible run,” as she put it. However, the next day, she went all in. And she’s been busy collecting petition signatures to get on the ballot ever since. This Thursday, by the midnight deadline, according to her campaign treasurer, Arthur Schwartz, Teachout will present her petition signatures, and there should be no problems. “She’s well over 45,000. She needed 15,000 statewide,” said Schwartz, the West Village’s Democratic district leader.
MAKES PITCH TO V.I.D. A polished, upbeat and confident speaker, Teachout told V.I.D. at their June 12 meeting what many of them had wanted to hear from a gubernatorial candidate. Starting out talking about her background, in a light tone, she noted that, “‘Teachout’ is not an invented name in the ’60s, despite what you might think.” She grew up in a small town in Vermont, where her father teaches law and her mother is a judge. In 2004, she was the director of online organizing for Dean’s surprising presidential campaign. “It’s the kind of campaign I want
to run, but make it better,” she said. She said she’s been a New York resident for five years. This spring, the Working Families Party asked her about running for governor. “I had thought about running for office before,” she told V.I.D. “If I hadn’t been approached, I probably would have waited a few more years. But New York has a very long tradition of electing people who have not spent as much time in New York, even not as much as I as I have. “Honestly, I really want to do this,” she said. “The Working Families Party approached me in late March, and I thought about it for 30 seconds… .” She got 45 percent of the W.F.P. vote — even with Mayor de Blasio making phone calls to lobby on Cuomo’s behalf to curry favor with the governor. “I am a Democrat,” she noted.
create a sustainable state, but also create jobs. “It is embarrassing that New York is not leading on this,” she said of sustainable energy. “It is the governor and his interest in himself and his big donors that is keeping us from doing that.” She also hit Cuomo on education, charging that he has “completely abandoned schools.”
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM Similarly, she criticized the governor on campaign finance laws, accusing him of not living up to his promises to pass “some serious reform on public financing of elections,” while he personally can rely on big-bucks contributors. “He seems quite happy with the current position he’s in,” she said of Cuomo. “He needs to make just a handful of phone calls to some of the richest people in world history — many of whom are not Democrats — and see where that gets him.” She continued that she’s “completely committed” to home rule on issues affecting New York City, which would give the city — instead of the state — control over its own housing laws, for example. “The idea that you can’t be solving these very serious problems that you see?” she said. “It’s a deep philosophical commitment of mine.” On healthcare, she stated, “I am committed to single-payer, that’s what I want to get to. … The number of hospitals that have closed under Cuomo’s watch is quite depressing,” she added.
PLANS TO PRESSURE CUOMO During her speech at V.I.D., Teachout said that while she planned to be “in it to win it,” she also hoped to pressure Cuomo on the issues. A strong run by Teachout, even if she doesn’t win, could put a dent in Cuomo’s presidential ambitions, many say, denying him the overwhelming mandate he wants. “I would love to be the governor of New York,” Teachout said. “But I would also like to get this governor of ours back inside the Democratic fold, get a little discipline, actually listen to the deep, very heartfelt concerns of the Democrats of this state.” She hammered Cuomo on fracking, saying she hopes that during the campaign he will “feel pressure” to announce a ban on the hotly debated drilling technique. The governor, she declared, should “commit to protecting our state from poison, and commit to sustainable energy — sun, solar and wind — that would not only
‘GONNA TELL THE TRUTH’ “My commitment in this campaign is — I’m gonna tell the truth,” she told V.I.D. “I believe that right now there’s just a sense that not only is politics distorted by money, but political language is distorted — and we don’t gain anything by that.” Also, she hopes to help grow the progressive movement in New York State, which admittedly might take a little time. It’s all part of her vision — for now, as well as the near future. “One of the goals is to actually bring out the progressive New Yorkers who feel totally forgotten and ignored right now,” Teachout said. “That may not happen in one [election] cycle — but I’d like it to happen in one cycle. That means talking to far more people under 40 than politicians usually do. That means going TEACHOUT, continued on p. 15 TheVillager.com
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to communities that aren’t usually gone to.”
$5 DONATIONS ARE FINE As for her fundraising, she said the first two weeks she would start out with higher-dollar donors. “But after that, as much as possible, I want to engage people to bring in the $5 donations,” she said, referring to smaller contributors. “I’m not going to turn down any $120,000 contributions,” she noted, adding, “but my heart is in engaging people, both as volunteers and contributors.” However, speaking to the Jim Owles Club, Teachout said, by necessity, she’ll keep her public message simpler, sticking to three main themes: anti-corruption, education and the economy. She expects her media coverage will be limited, so plans to streamline her soundbites. Her running mate for lieutenant governor is Tim Wu, a Columbia law professor who is a leader on Internet neutrality. Teachout told The Villager that — as seen with Senator Elizabeth Warren — it just seems to be a time when candidates — like herself and Wu — are increasingly emerging from academia to confront the entrenched problems in our political system.
CONNECTS WITH LOCAL CLUBS Her message is clearly resonating with Downtown progressives. Sean Sweeney, a leading D.I.D. member, said Teachout seems to be a shoo-in for when they take another try at endorsing for governor. “I fully expect her to be endorsed,” he said. “Cuomo has engendered a lot of antagonism amongst the D.I.D. grassroots, while Zephyr better embodies their beliefs.” Sweeney also cited Cuomo’s “resistance to taxing the wealthy.” And on medical marijuana, he said, “The problem with his bill is you can’t smoke it.” The new law allows medical pot to be ingested only in nonsmokable form, such as pills, oils and vapors. Sweeney conceded that, in his opinion, voting for Teachout is “a protest vote,” but that nonetheless her campaign can hurt Cuomo. “If she gets 25 or 30 percent, that’s embarrassing,” he said, noting that, in any race, the typical protest vote is only around 15 percent. “She could bloody Cuomo’s nose, which would certainly affect his ability to garner the Democratic nomination in 2016.” TheVillager.com
Zephyr Teachout in Chelsea on a 14th-floor deck at the Caledonia, overlooking the High Line after her endorsement interview with the Jim Owles Club. The endorsement interview was held in a community room located off of the deck.
Teachout, for her part, told the Jim Owles Club, “I know I’m an underdog — there’s a difference between an underdog and a protest candidate.”
CODA BLOWN AWAY Meanwhile, Ayo Harrington, co-president of Coalition for a District Alternative, said, again, whereas her organization had a “laundry list” of issues with Cuomo, they really liked what they saw of Teachout when she recently came to speak to them. About three-quarters of CoDA members subsequently supported the upstart candidate for governor. “Some of the members cited a number of reasons why they were disappointed with Cuomo,” Harrington said, “which included the premature disbanding of the Moreland Commission, budget maneuvers regarding the [state-versus-city] inequities in education — basically Cuomo’s response to the C.F.E. [Campaign for Fiscal Equity] agreement — and support for charter schools over regular public schools. “She was just forthright and really refreshing,” she said of Teachout. “And when she said that she believes that education is the infrastructure of democracy — I knew at that point that she was someone that I wanted to support.” But does Teachout have a chance? “I don’t know,” Harrington admitted. “But CoDA is very grassroots, and we stand by principles which she seems to champion.”
For his part, Roskoff, of the Jim Owles Club, said Teachout can’t be counted out — that she could very well pull off a stunning upset, just as de Blasio did against Christine Quinn in last year’s mayoral race. In a release, Roskoff said, in part, “Zephyr Teachout embodies the progressive ideals of the Jim Owles Club and has articulated a vision of economic equality for all New Yorkers. Her bold ideas, including reducing the prison population by granting clemency to those too harshly sentenced are being ignored by the powers that be. … Governor Cuomo has been heartless in his refusal to grant anyone in prison clemency. “We disagree with him on charter schools and his refusal to allow New York City to raise the minimum wage and to increase taxes on the wealthy. Cuomo’s watered-down version of allowing for the ridiculously limited use of medical marijuana is something you would expect in Texas. … “While we recognize the governor’s role in achieving marriage equality, we are not a single-issue organization,” Roskoff said. “We expect a sizable portion of the L.G.B.T. establishment and political organizations will endorse Cuomo, as they did Christine Quinn. We believe, however, that the community is to the left of these organizations — as was proven in last year’s mayoral race. At this point in the mayoral race, Quinn had the most money and was far ahead in the polls. History has been known to repeat itself.”
FACING A ‘FORMIDABLE FOE’ However, one V.I.D. member, requesting anonymity, said, while Teachout seems to have a lot to offer, the timing of her candidacy — and the high office she’s ambitiously running for — are problematic for him. “I like her stand on the issues,” he said. “I find her to have a good presence. She’s a dynamic speaker. I’m just concerned that her first campaign is for governor against a very formidable opponent.”
TREASURER: SHE’S MONEY Meanwhile, Teachout campaign treasurer Schwartz — like Roskoff
— also strongly feels she’s no mere protest candidate, but the real McCoy. “The people who are giving her money don’t consider her a protest candidate,” he said. “There’s a lot of money coming in.” All that cash has been going right out, since it’s been a big petitioning effort to get on the ballot, he noted. “At Gay Pride, she was very well received,” Schwartz added. “She was slapping five and taking pictures with people the whole route.” As Roskoff noted, primary elections can be surprising. “Once she gets on the ballot and she gets her word out — it’s a very liberal electorate in the primary,” Schwartz said. “And if she polls over a certain number — 5 or 10 percent could be enough by early August, but I think she’ll be higher — then the networks will make Cuomo participate in a debate with her. … And that will be interesting.”
DÉJÀ LIU (ALL OVER AGAIN)? But while some leading Downtown Democratic clubs are championing Teachout, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the ultimate barometer for this election. After all, last year, V.I.D., D.I.D. and CoDA all backed John Liu for mayor in the primary, feeling he was the most progressive candidate. But hamstrung by a campaign finance scandal, Liu wound up finishing fourth. And while many Downtowners detest charter schools, even Keith Wright said the main problem, for him, isn’t charters per se, but co-locating them in buildings with regular public schools. “Co-locations have torn at the fabric of my community,” the Harlem legislator told V.I.D. “I’m not against charters. [But] co-locations are horrible.” And, in fact, many inner-city families see charters as a pathway to a better life for their children. And we still don’t know where Cuomo will come down on fracking. And, well, some medical marijuana is better than zero medical marijuana, some might say. In short, many moderates might see Cuomo more favorably.
V.R.D.C. BUCKS THE TREND In that vein, Ray Cline, a leading member of the Village Reform Democratic Club, said they don’t share the same view of the governor as “more radical” local political outfits, and won’t be holding a revote in light of TEACHOUT, continued on p. 25 July 10, 2014
World Cup’s ups and downs Colombians watching the World Cup on LaGuardia Place celebrated a goal during their country’s very physical match against Brazil, which saw super-striker Neymar sidelined with a bad back injury. The tournament’s host team had the last laugh, winning 2-1 — though, only to go on to be humiliated 7-1 by Germany in the semifinals.
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Works in progress: One Vandam, left, and G.L.W.D., right.
Super-luxe building soaring next to God’s Love BY LINCOLN ANDERSON
he skyline is rapidly changing around Spring St. and Sixth Ave. On the corner, God’s Love We Deliver is rebuilding and vertically expanding its Soho headquarters. Meanwhile, just to the north — and getting a boost from a transfer of air rights from the do-gooding, hot-meals provider — One Vandam, a new 25unit luxury apartment building, is swiftly rising. The 14-story project’s Web site lists
four units still available, including two penthouses with four bedrooms each. One penthouse has 5,300 square feet and is going for $28 million, the other, with 3,400 square feet, is priced at $15 million. Two units on lower floors are being offered for a mere $6.2 million and $6.5 million. A group of residents called the South Village Neighbors is still to battling the project. “We have recently retained new counsel and continue to explore legal remedies to the dubious air rights trans-
fer that permitted this massive, out-ofscale and out-of-context building,” said Micki McGee. “The challenges are formidable in such a fight, and the failure of the Landmarks Preservation Commission to protect the full South Village as a landmarked district in time to prevent this calamity is one that is likely to impact residents for years to come. “The entire South Village, including the triangle South of Houston St., should be landmarked immediately to prevent further damage to this beautiful, low-scale residential neigh-
borhood,” McGee said. “This is not a place for towers. Not at 180 Sixth Ave. [the actual address of One Vandam], not at 78 Sullivan St., and not on another lot in our beautiful, but vanishing, neighborhood. “The ad copy for One Vandam is ‘SOHO. ELEVATED.’ We say the South Village is being decimated,” McGee said. “God’s Love We Deliver should rightly change their name to God’s Love We Develop for their part in this disaster of overdevelopment.”
A beautiful day Upstate, and almost a victory… NOTEBOOK BY TIM GAY
here we were, on June 14, a beautiful early summer afternoon, drinks in hand, smalltalking and air-kissing on the manicured meadow rolling away from the great stone barn at Grasmere in Rhinebeck. This magnificent estate was built by Janet Livingston Montgomery, just after her husband, General Richard Montgomery, died in the Revolutionary War. The lady built it on her land, hundreds of acres, bequeathed by her grandfather, Colonel Henry Beekman. The colonel’s father, William Beekman, was one of the earliest immigrants in North America, sailing to New Amsterdam in 1647. Janet Livingston Montgomery’s brother, Robert Livingston, was part of the “Committee of Five,” including Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jef-
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ferson, who drafted the Declaration of Independence. Robert Livingston later administered the oath of office to President George Washington. The estate has roots in our history and heritage. It was also here that Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky held their wedding rehearsal dinner on July 30, 2010. Looking around, I was part of a gathering of definitely established, stylish and well-to-do women and men, professionals and artists, musicians and writers, perhaps a politician or two. But we were much more colorful than our parents and siblings would be at the country club cocktail reception. We were there for the Empire State Pride Agenda’s “Hudson Affair,” and we were raising money to continue the cause for the passage of progressive equal-rights legislation for all the L.G.B.T. communities in New York State. And I thought to myself, “Wow! It wasn’t that long ago we had a hard time even booking a dining room in a
Chinese restaurant. And here we are, at one of the most historical places of our nation.” We were on the eve of two victories — passage of GENDA (the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act) and of the legislation to rid the state of “gay conversion therapy” practices — and both were shockingly killed by the New York State Senate on the last day of the legislative season. Here in the Hudson Valley, we have a great congressmember, Sean Patrick Maloney, who has brought home federal dollars to help our Sandy-related damages, and to boost our local industry. And we have Sean Eldridge, a strong, youthful entrepreneur who helped a lot of our local-origination food companies become strong regional businesses. That both men are gay and both are married is almost beside the point. (Sean Patrick Maloney and his longterm partner Randy Fiorke just got married.) They are both leaders and public servants in the best of U.S. tradition.
It was only 11 years ago that the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA) became law in New York State. And that took way too long. Next year, we’ll be there again for GENDA and to protect our our young from cruel mental torture. And we’ll be there slowly and forcefully hammering away at those small-minded state senators who are afraid of transgender empowerment, and opposed to protecting the young and the change that is inevitable. I’m a lucky older gay man, fortunate to be alive today, out in society, and seeing what was unimaginable. And the best thing is that we don’t have to be in a dark back dining room anymore. A longtime gay activist, Gay lived in Chelsea from 1980 until this year, and now lives in the Sundown Wild Forest section of Catskill Park. Formerly Manhattan deputy chief clerk of the New York City Board of Elections, he is currently the deputy commissioner for the Ulster County Board of Elections. TheVillager.com
A natural connection between words and music On the Bowery, the sum of what was and what will be BY PUMA PERL
nyone remember the song, “Poetry In Motion,” recorded by a guy named Johnny Tillotson? The opening lines are Poetry in motion, walking by my side Her lovely locomotion keeps my eyes open wide
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Motion and locomotion — a natural connection between words and music. Any good songwriter feels it, and the best poets develop their own rhythms whether they take it to the stage or leave it on the page. So why do so many of my rock and roll friends believe that they don’t “like” poetry, even with the likes of Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Jim Carroll spinning around on their turntables? (Yes, the hard-core crowd loves its vinyl.) For many of us, our first exposure to poetry took place in the schools. We were force-fed stanzas and forms, some of it in Old English that we didn’t even understand — and it definitely didn’t rock. It didn’t even move. I remember memorizing pieces like “Invictus” and “In Flanders Field.” The first is about awaiting death. In the second, poppies cover the graveyard. Words to rock a 12-year-old heart. Sure, there was always one cool jeans-clad English teacher who included Dylan in the syllabus, but I never had a single class with that dude. I’m not sure if he even existed in my working class, inner city school. The closest I got was a middle-aged woman with shoe polish hair. It was rumored that she’d been observed wearing a black jumpsuit and reading poetry to some guy in a Village coffeehouse. Maybe it was the Dylan dude. So how did I find poetry anyway? The short answer is that I was an undercover nerd who sneaked out to libraries in neighboring areas where nobody would see me. I’d watch the F train from my window and eventually started riding it randomly, often winding up in the
Kee Cartel (Jeff Ward, Russ Brazello, Cynthia Ross, Sam Hariss) perform at Bowery Electric.
Eighth Street Bookshop, located on, of course, Eighth Street, in the heart of the Village (back in the days when it still had one). Upstairs, in the poetry section, there were these little City Lights Books that could fit right into your pocket — just a theory, of course, although I’m pretty sure the statute of limitations has passed. Ginsberg, Corso, Diane DiPrima. Ferlinghetti. Motion. I read all of the Beat poets, and started to hear those bongos and saxophones between the lines. Late one school night, I accidentally tuned in to Symphony Sid on my little clock radio and discovered Billie Holiday singing “Willow Weep for Me.” That was a pivotal moment for a dorky, yet rebellious, seventh grader. There are as many ways to combine spoken word and music as there are ways to create poems. On June 20, I checked out a show a young friend, Sam Hariss, had put together at Bowery Electric’s Map Room (327 Bowery, btw. Second &
Third Sts.). Sam deejays the Friday Happy Hour, which he renamed “Wham Bam Raff & Sam” — Raff being the gorgeous bartender, Mary Raffaele, a founding member of the late ’80s/early ’90s all-girl metal band known as Cycle Sluts from Hell. Sam plays bass in several bands, including Kee Cartel, led by Jeff Ward who is also a prolific writer and the author of several books, including “Parasite: Joyous Flashbacks Amidst a Crystal Meth Nightmare.” Jeff suggested that a few poets be invited to the gig, which also included The Nuclears, Stiletto, and the Bowery Boys. After a stripped down set by The Nuclears, and a rocking one from Stiletto (which included a cover of “Dead Flowers” with guest vocals by Jeff Ward), poet Tessa Lou Fixx opened for Kee Cartel. She allowed her still, ethereal presence to capture the audience before proceeding with a slow, thoughtful delivery of two pieces. The BOWERY, continued on p.18 July 10, 2014
Poetry in motion, on the Bowery And he concludes:
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and the sound of coming was always more like the blues than rock and roll and the lights went down once more and came up again just like they always do.
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longer one, “Organic Heroin,” set up an original song, “Transatlantic Tales,” written by Jeff Ward. Almost hypnotically, she told of “women on the street, tied to their ankles… open-hearted, crying for it.” It’s that open-hearted thing that hit me the hardest. Her piece not only provided a contrasting segue to the driving beat provided by two bass players (yes, two), but complemented the sensibilities of the Jeff Ward songs as well as the camp/glam vibe. An interesting aside is that Tessa actually knows the subjects of the opening song, but, according to the songwriter, she “doesn’t know she knows.” The members of Kee Cartel are Ward, Hariss, and Cynthia Ross, of The ‘B’ Girls. Russ Brazello of Stiletto and the Bowery Boys sat in on drums. Several songs in, poet Verless Doran stepped into the corner of the room, wearing his usual Bud Lite baseball cap and jeans. The poem he chose is called “7:30 AM Pines Motor Lounge Blues.” Doran’s Tennessee twang and killer words entitle him to call almost anything he writes the blues, especially when it’s a country boy’s love song. He is equal parts storyteller, poet, and hillbilly from hell. This one brings you close to tears, as he describes the hooker “hiding from old Leadbelly... the girl who looks like the blues for real…she’s the quiet girl, used to sit behind you in homeroom.” This room filled with rockers quieted as soon as he began reading and seemed to join in a collective sigh followed by an explosive cheer as he ended and the band immediately launched into a new tune written by Jeff Ward, called, appropriately, “How Could You B-Girl.” Following their set, I honored a last-min-
Poet Tessa Lou Fixx brings a “still, ethereal presence” to the Bowery Electric stage.
Sam Hariss deejays Bowery Electric’s Friday Happy Hour, redubbed “Wham Bam Raff & Sam.”
ute request from Jeff and Sam and stepped up to the podium and performed a piece called “The Perfect Man.” Again, the crowd immediately fell silent and paid attention to the reading. It’s a funny piece, and they laughed in all the right places — giving the next band, The Bowery Boys, a chance to set up, and providing a segue into their set of original work by leader/guitarist Joff Wilson, as well as some covers. Joff’s lyrics paint pictures through color and image — “Rochester Grey” is a good example — and they were the perfect choice to close a night of poetry and rock and roll. I caught up with Jeff Ward to talk about his thoughts on poetry, rock, and the show. “Songs are my poetry,” he said, noting, “I always add the music later. Music gets in the way of really hearing the words at times. Although I like extended readings, it also works well to have
short bursts of poetry and music to switch attention and mood.” Asked what his dream spoken word/music set would be, he replied, “My fantasy would involve Mumia Abu Jamel and The Last Poets…and I’d tap along on bongos.” Hey now! As the night ended, I stood outside for a while with Verless Doran. Even leaning against the rail, he towers over most people — and that boy can lean. We were occasionally interrupted by members of the audience, as well as by residents of several nearby shelters asking for change. The upscale Bowery denizens hurried by. “I like the poetry that’s not what people study in high school,” said Doran. “People back home, they don’t read Shakespeare.” By the next day, he had a new poem illustrating what he meant and describing his lean: “Bonnaroo on the Bowery.” This is a short excerpt from the opening stanza: this dude came pushing his bicycle up to me outside the Bowery Electric where bands and poets play for peanuts, and less for smiles and the way a foot taps against a wood floor sticky with a thousand spills and secretions the way a head sways hypotized the way arms swing like drunk angels toward rusted pipes and wires dangling overhead like old clockworks
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Just another night on the Bowery, sort of what it used to be, and a little like it is going to be. An 18-yearold plays in three bands, including one with a former B Girl. A 22- yearold bass player curates and deejays the show, and also plays in three bands. A metal goddess serves up drinks. The lead guitarist of Kee Cartel writes novels as well as songs and the Bowery Boys’ lead guitarist paints pictures, both metaphorically and literally. The poets photograph the session and this writer multi-tasks as best she can throughout the evening. And the lights went down once more. ****** “The Wham Bam Raff & Sam” Happy Hour takes place every Fri., 5-9 p.m., at the Bowery Electric (327 Bowery, btw. Second & Third Sts.). Live music in the Map Room is often included, free of charge. On July 11, The Sad Bastards of Brooklyn — a side project of vocalist Charlene McPherson and guitarist Mo Goldner of the New York City band Spanking Charlene — will perform an acoustic set of covers of “some of the saddest songs ever” by artists including Bob Dylan. Puma Perl is a widely published poet and writer, as well as a performer and producer. She is the author of two chapbooks and two full-length poetry collections: “knuckle tattoos” and the recently published “Retrograde” (great weather for MEDIA press). “Puma Perl’s Pandemonium,” a quarterly event, brings spoken word together with rock and roll. As “Puma Perl and Friends,” she performs regularly with a group of excellent musicians. They will appear at Sidewalk Cafe (94 Ave. A, at Sixth St.) at 10 p.m. on July 25. Produced by AHPresents, it is a second book release party for Retrograde (bands start at 7 p.m. and include the Downtown Pidgeons, the Joey Kelly All-Stars, Red Gretchen and Dirty & Naughty). No cover, no minimum, all ages welcome. Perl’s video links and event updates can be found at pumaperl.blogspot.com. TheVillager.com
It’s melting! It’s melting! The clock is ticking on New Ohio’s Ice Factory Festival THE NEW OHIO THEATRE’S ICE FACTORY FESTIVAL Through August 2 Wed. – Sat. at 7 p.m. At the New Ohio Theatre 154 Christopher St. Tickets: $18, $15 for students, seniors Call 888-596-1027 or visit NewOhioTheatre.org Facebook.com/IceFactoryFestival Twitter: @NewOhioTheatre.org
BY SCOTT STIFFLER
ike the noonday sun bearing down on a treat from the Mister Softee truck, time has been melting away the New Ohio Theatre’s Ice Factory Festival — its annual summertime showcase, where emerging and established companies develop their work. Already chipped off the Ice block: Rady&Bloom’s June 25 – 28 production of “The Upper Room,” in which quirky small town characters, electronic music, and supernatural tales tackled global warming. From July 2 – 5, the Carroll Simmons collective’s “Too Many Lenas” brought an absurd sense of parody to the “relatable” comedy of Lena Dunham — with a coven of Dunhams buckling under the strain of being themselves for a living. These shows are over, but not to despair: true to the nature of a work-in-progress production, they’ll likely be back soon (to learn about the artists and track future productions: RadyAndBloom.com, CarrollSimmons.tumblr.com). Four Ice Factory productions remain. Through July 12, “Feather Gatherers” is set in a fictional 1960s Serbia and influenced by Yugoslavian Black Wave film and vaudeville. An eight-piece band TheVillager.com
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and theatrical crew known as The Drunkard’s Wife rethinks Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” in a manner akin to “a village wedding and the 1968 Paris student riots.” Access some of their music, at thedrunkardswife.bandcamp.com. The festival is rounded out with two works based on documented facts, and another that’s strictly gonzo fiction. From July 16 – 19, Live Source, a group of theatre and film artists, brings their highly stylized performance method to “The Incredible Fox Sisters.” Based on a true story that remains clouded by fantastic claims and multiple recantations, the controversy begins in Hydesville, NY, circa 1888 — when two sisters convince their older sibling (then the town, then the nation) that they can commune with the dead. “There is quite a market for strangeness these days,” says a doctor (and budding tour manager) who’s more P.T. Barnum than altruistic M.D. The two younger sisters became the darlings of America’s budding spiritualism movement — and perhaps the first casualties of reality star culture. Eventually revealed as hoaxters, they both died soon after (one from alcoholism). Like the sisters’ alleged parlor tricks, the script (by Jaclyn Backhaus) takes liberties with the truth — and in doing so, adds an effective layer of complexity to the uneasy sibling dynamic and the enduring question of whether paranormal forces were at work alongside good old-fashioned greed. No matter the nature of their power, Live Source’s version of the Fox sisters are effective mediums for examining the ease with which we permit ourselves to believe when there’s money, power, or peace of mind to be gained. Visit Live-Source. org for more info. From July 23 – 26, the Asian American theater company Second Generation Productions (2g. org) presents “Galois” — and although they’ve only made a synopsis available to the press, the stamp of Sung Rno on this pro-
Paranormal portals, or opportunistic tricksters? “The Incredible Fox Sisters” leaves that question open to debate.
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Taming of The Shrew a Play by william Shakespeare Directed by Thomas g. waites
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L to R: Elizabeth Trieu, Tessa Skara and Sam Corbin, in “Too Many Lenas.”
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duction gives it a sight-unseen vote of confidence. Rno, after all, was the man behind “Yi Sang Counts to Thirteen” — the 2001 FringeNYC Excellence for Overall Production award-winner that took a self-described “mathematical-theoretical” approach to the waking world love triangle and the inner life of Korean surrealist writer Yi Sang. In his latest project, Rno once again contemplates the intersection of doomed relationships, art, and politics — as lived by a brilliant-but-unappreciated man who died young (Yi Sang succumbed to tuberculosis at 27, while in a Tokyo jail cell, and the title character of this new work met his doom at 21). Expanding upon the life of mathematician Evariste Galois (1811-1832), Rno elevates the “genius of abstraction” to rock star status, by melding the music of Aaron Jones with his own book and lyrics. The result is a “rock & roll expression” of “contradictory passions.” Locked in conflict with teachers unable to understand and unwilling to nurture his exceptional talents, Galois meets Stephanie at a gathering of Parisian student radicals (“they both like explosions and singing,” the synopsis declares). A botched entrance exam to the premiere science school in France, participation in street riots, and a stint in jail are followed by a duel insisted upon by Galois (to avenge a perceived insult to Stephanie’s honor). Just before that fateful exchange of gunfire in a field outside of 1830s Paris, the mad/brilliant young man secures his legacy by putting down on paper the theory of Galois groups — alternately baffling and fascinating algebra students for years to come. Untimely death is played for kicks — and often done with karate chops — in the Ice Factory Festival’s final entry (July 30 – Aug. 2). It’s a currently untitled offering from writer Qui Nguyen and director Robert Ross Parker, the prolific brains behind Vampire Cowboys. The once-scrappy, now-iconic troupe has earned their cult following by bringing comic book, grindhouse, sci-fi, and horror sensibilities to their pulpy tales of everyday people thrust into supernatural quests. It’s hardcore nerdcore, yes — but you don’t necessarily have to drool over vam-
Julian Cihi (foreground, as Galois) and Andrew Guilarte (as La Forge), in rehearsal for Second Generation Productions’ “Galois.”
pires, werewolves, zombies, highstakes stage combat, and profane puppetry to enjoy the ride. Camp with consequence is what they do best. The deaths (often accompanied by dismemberment and gore) earn a laugh from the audience, yet still manage to
take a lasting, emotional toll on the surviving characters. There’ll be no time for tears for the chosen one from this new project. Set in a utopian future, Vampire Cowboys’ “sacrilegious action-adventure play” compels a young lady in possession of extraor-
dinary powers to murder those who would usher in hell on earth. Yikes! Visit vampirecowboys.org, where you won’t find any further details on their latest bloody slugfest — but you will get a very good primer on what to expect, based on past productions. TheVillager.com
An intimate epic about growing up Linklater’s 12-year experiment is an emotionally satisfying masterpiece
FILM BOYHOOD Written & Directed by Richard Linklater 165 minutes Opens July 11 At the IFC Center 323 Ave. of the Americas Btw. W. Third & Fourth Sts. COURTESY OF MATT LANKES & IFC FILMS
Info: 212-924-7771 or ifccenter.com
BY SEAN EGAN
here is, quite literally, nothing like writer/director Richard Linklater’s latest feature. The conceit is simple — the film follows the life of Mason Jr., a young boy from a broken home, as he grows into a young man in Texas. Within this framework, though, lies a quiet tour de force of innovative production and storytelling techniques — an intimate epic that muses on what it means to mature and discover who you are. It’s impossible to discuss “Boyhood” without first considering its unprecedented production. In order to show the development of its main character, Linklater shot the movie over a period of 12 years, allowing him to grow up on screen. Texas native Ellar Coltrane played Mason from age six onward, filming scenes that trace his journey from elementary school student to college freshman. Growth and development permeates all other aspects of the movie, as the world slowly shifts from landlines to iPhones. Right from the outset, the film whisks viewers back to the nottoo-distant past by using period-appropriate pop songs (the strains of Coldplay’s “Yellow” are put to particularly good use in the opening moments), while characters reference current politics and fads (the War on Terror and Britney Spears, to name a couple). Though it’s a kick to get glimpses of politics and pop culture from the past decade, Linklater avoids nostalgia just for the sake of it — instead, allowing the film’s in-the-moment reflections on the cultural climate to invoke realism and universality. The success of “Boyhood,” however, is not contingent on the novelty of its TheVillager.com
Back when a tablet was something made of paper: Mason (Ellar Coltrane), at age 7.
production, but on the story Linklater and company chose to tell. Since his iconic 1991 feature, “Slacker,” Linklater has consistently subverted traditional narratives in order to tinker with more challenging, experimental structures. “Boyhood” may be his greatest use of this method to date. While it fits snugly in the “coming of age” genre, it is anything but ordinary. Eschewing clichéd milestones of youth, Linklater focuses on the day-to-day minutiae of growing up and small snapshots of highly particular moments in time. These vignettes never give the film much narrative thrust, but they all inform one another, creating a larger mosaic of Mason’s young life, showing how his experiences shaped him into the intelligent young man he becomes. The cumulative effect is akin to having an introspective browse through a family photo album, reminiscing on formative influences and experiences to better understand oneself. The film vividly captures the confusion and motivations of childhood, while tempering it with the benefit of adult hindsight and understanding. The principle cast is excellent at grounding the movie. Every character is fully realized, and each actor digs into their increasingly nuanced relationships and internal lives as the movie marches on. Patricia Arquette brings depth and a deft touch to the role of Olivia, Mason’s divorced mother. Her character’s efforts to improve her family’s lives provides the film with some
of the most emotionally vulnerable and affecting moments. Ethan Hawke, a Linklater regular, plays Mason Sr. as a flawed yet loving father, and gives the movie a lot of heart and energy. Lorelei Linklater (the filmmaker’s daughter) as Sam, Mason’s older sister, is an effective female counterpoint to Mason (far more talkative than her brother, her rapier wit the yields some big laughs). Collectively, they are totally believable as a family, and help to expand the scope of the film — allowing it to examine parent/child dynamics, sibling relationships, the effects of divorce, and more. Yet the show ultimately belongs to Coltrane’s Mason. Through serendipity, the young boy of the opening reel grows into a highly capable actor, and his transformation from wideeyed child to an intelligent young man with a burgeoning interest in art is amazing to watch. Coltrane’s low-key charm and charisma help make Mason an engaging character to follow, and his performance is one of the most emotionally complex depictions of a teenager on screen — all grand ideas, yet frustratingly inarticulate. And though “Boyhood” is ambitious in concept and execution, it plays like classic Linklater through and through. His dialogue, as always, feels real and naturalistic — even when the characters begin to wax philosophic, it retains its well-observed, colloquial Texan flavor. His direction is unobtrusive, but elegant. High and low angle shots are repeatedly used to place the
audience in the mind of both parent and child, and show how their relationships shift with time. Elsewhere, Linklater’s signature walk-and-talk tracking shots, a mainstay of his “Before” trilogy, find a welcome home. Throughout it all, Linklater and cinematographers Lee Daniel (a longtime collaborator) and Shane F. Kelly find the beauty in the film’s lived-in locations, suburban idyl, and sprawling Texas landscapes. The care put into every aspect of the production gives the film a genuine sense of warmth and compassion, drawing you into its world and allowing the audience to appreciate every moment (the sizable running time breezes by). It is, in short, something of a culmination of Linklater’s work to date — a capstone of sorts for one of America’s best, most overlooked directors. It’s a masterpiece, sure, but it never announces itself as such. On paper and in theory, the film is a truly monumental achievement, but its greatest feat is how personal and small-scale the film feels. While it has the swollen running time and heady themes more familiar to biblical and historical epics, it never becomes overblown or pretentious — in fact, the film is as unassuming and charming as Mason becomes through the years. This accessibility is key to the movie’s greatness. Whether one’s childhood and teenage years are in the distant past, or fresh in the mind, “Boyhood” is a relatable, beautiful, and emotionally satisfying whole. July 10, 2014
THE ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT FACILITY In accordance with Federal and State laws, prohibits discrimination based on age, creed, color, race, national origin, sex, sexual preference, disability, blindness, marital status, sponsorship or source of payment in its admission and employment practices. Vil: 07/10/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an on-premise license, #1279416 has been applied for by 2 West Nightlife Inc. to sell beer wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 2 W 32nd Street, Suite 402 NY, NY 10001. Vil: 07/10 - 07/17/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a License, number 1277637 for an On Premises Liquor License has been applied for by La Piccola Cucina Inc., the undersigned to sell alcoholic beverage at retail in a restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control law at 964 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025 for On-Premises consumption. Vil: 07/10 - 07/17/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 141 LIVINGSTON OWNER LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/27/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/26/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to David Bistricer, c/o Clipper Equity, 4611 12th Ave., Ste. 1L, Brooklyn, NY 11219. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of DE, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/10 - 08/14/2014
NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF VERTO DIRECT OPPORTUNITY GP, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/19/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/22/14. Princ. office of LLC: 477 Madison Ave., 12th 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. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/10 - 08/14/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MAROON PEAK HOLDINGS LLC ORIGINALLY FILED AS 530 PARK LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/12/14. 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, 56 Indigo Trail, Madison, CT 06443. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 07/10 - 08/14/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF G$POT MANAGEMENT LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/25/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 411 W. 14th St., 4th Fl., NY, NY 10014. LLC formed in DE on 10/31/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 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: 07/10 - 08/14/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an on-premise license, #TBA has been applied for by ETSP Inc. to sell beer and wine at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 151 Mott Street NY, NY 10003. Vil: 07/03 - 07/10/2014
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that license #1279327 has been applied by the undersigned to sell wine at retail in a restaurant under the alcoholic beverage control law at 3658 Broadway, New York, NY 10031 for on-premises consumption. 3660 BROADWAY RESTAURANT LLC d/b/a BONO TRATTORIA Vil: 07/03 - 07/10/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GATEWAY GROWTH LLC Articles of Organization filed with NY Secretary of State on 6/30/14. Office Location: New York County. Secretary of State designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail process to: Greenberg, Trager & Herbst, LLP, 767 Third Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful act. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GATEWAY GROWTH II LLC Articles of Organization filed with NY Secretary of State on 6/30/14. Office Location: New York County. Secretary of State designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail process to: Greenberg, Trager & Herbst, LLP, 767 Third Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful act. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GATEWAY NYC II, LLC Articles of Organization filed with NY Secretary of State on 6/23/14. Office Location: New York County. Secretary of State designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail process to: Greenberg, Trager & Herbst, LLP, 767 Third Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful act. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 SHATTAN ADVISORY SERVICES LLC (the “LLC”) filed Articles of Organization with the NY Secretary of State (“SOS”) on May 29, 2014. LLC office is in New York County. SOS was designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SOS shall mail copy of any process served to 1271 Avenue of the Americas, 43rd Floor, New York, New York 10020. The purpose of the LLC is any lawful act or activity. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014
NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF EIGHT CONSTRUCTION GROUP (NY) LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/26/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/18/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, 787 Seventh Ave., NY, NY 10019. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Trust Center, 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, 401 Federal St. #3, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BV70 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/25/14. 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, 1285 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY 10019-6064. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 451 TENTH AVENUE OPERATING 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 FORMATION OF ROEBUCK MARKETPLACE ASSOCIATES, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/20/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 324 Datura St., Ste. 102, W. Palm Beach, FL 33401. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Rosenberg & Estis, P.C., Attn: Michael E. Lefkowitz Esq., 733 Third Ave., 14th Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014
PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, THAT THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON Wednesday, July 30, 2014 AT 2:00 P.M. AT 66 JOHN STREET, 11TH FLOOR, ON A PETITION FOR J & H RESTAURANT ASSOCIATES, INC TO ESTABLISH, MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE AN UNENCLOSED SIDEWALK CAFÉ AT 65 SHERMAN AVE IN THE BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN FOR A TERM OF TWO YEARS. REQUEST FOR COPIES OF THE REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, ATTN: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 07/10 - 07/17/2014
July 10, 2014
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ROUNDSTONE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/12/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Norman R. Berkowitz, Esq., Ballon Stoll Bader & Nadler, P.C., 729 Seventh Ave., 17th Fl., NY, NY 10019. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF THE IRVINE AT GREENWICH, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/17/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 27 Bank St., Apt. 23, NY, NY 10014. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Cestone & Thompson, P.C., 85 Livingston Ave., Roseland, NJ 07068. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (DOMPROF.LLC) JEREMY L. GOLDSTEIN & ASSOCIATES, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/28/14. Office loc.: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of DOM-PROF. LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The address SSNY shall mail copy of process to is 119 Old Church Rd., Greenwich, CT 06830. Mgmt. of the LLC shall be by the members. Purpose: To practice law. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 RESTORE REAL ESTATE, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 06/13/2014. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Douglas B Eaton, 270 W. 22nd St. #8, NY, NY 10011. Reg Agent: Douglas B Eaton, 270 W. 22nd St. #8, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BROOKFIELD BPY PROPERTY HOLDINGS I LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State 6/24/14. Off. location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 250 Vesey St., 15th Fl., New York, NY 10281. LLC formed in DE 2/19/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Corporation Service Company, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 209W14 DEVELOPMENT LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 4/23/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Adellco, 18 W. 27th St., NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 209W14 LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/18/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 3/11/14. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Adellco, 18 W. 27th St., NY, NY 10001, 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: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 719 SEVENTH TIC 1 OWNER LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 4/10/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 4/9/14. 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: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 7 E 96 LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 4/11/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 4/10/14. 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: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 605 GREEN MEMBER LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 4/11/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 4/10/14. 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.
NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 605 MEZZ FUNDING LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 4/11/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 4/10/14. 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: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 635 MADISON FEE OWNER LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/31/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 3/27/14. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904, the princ off. addr. of LLC. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF PACIFIC MULTI-STRATEGY RETURN FUND L.P. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/13/14. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 6/3/14. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Sharon A. Cheever, 700 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660. DE address of LP: 160 Greentree Dr., St 101, Dover, DE 19904. Name/address of genl. ptr. available from SSNY. Cert. of LP filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 3, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ATL MANAGEMENT LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/26/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 25 Broad St., Apt. 19F, NY, NY 10004. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MADISON DEVELOPMENT LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/13/01. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o NAW - Goldfarb & Fleece, 345 Park Ave., NY, NY 10154. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 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 OF FORMATION OF NEW YORK FORTUNE GROUP LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/03/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: The LLC, 40 WALL STREET, 28TH FLOOR, NEW YORK, NY 10005. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 06/26 - 07/31/2014
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF S GROUP MANAGEMENT, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/08/14. Office location: NY County. 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. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 06/26 - 07/31/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF M. MARTIN NEW YORK LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/11/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 515 Greenwich St., NY, NY 10013. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Alex Gaines at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 06/26 - 07/31/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF CONSILIO SERVICES, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/09/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 05/23/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Dept. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 06/26 - 07/31/2014 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 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
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 â€“ 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
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
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
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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
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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.
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
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: Missouri (MO) on 10/01/03. SSNY
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 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
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bring are not considered. I hope those who made these decisions reflect on this and how things might have been handled differently. There are far too many cats on death row at the city “shelter” (Animal Care & Control); dozens are killed almost every night due to abandonment of some kind, as well as the fallacy of “too little space.” Someday, New York City’s shelter system will be “no kill”; but, until that day, this goes on. Perhaps in memory of Scrappy and the others, some of these cats and kittens now sentenced to death at A.C.C. could be relocated to Broome St. Alley and given a good home to continue the tradition of caring for Lower East Side cats and appreciating what they add to all our lives.
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Straight poop on toxo To The Editor: Re “Claws came out as complex fought over L.E.S. feral cats” (news article, July 3): It is disgusting that toxoplasmosis continues to be used as a scare tactic by people who have obviously not researched how it is transmitted. In a nutshell, if you don’t eat cat poop or handle it, you will not get toxo. Period. Susan Loesch Loesch is a member, Feline Rescue and Rehome (FuRR)
Lost cat colony’s lessons
To The Editor: Re “Claws came out as complex fought over L.E.S. feral cats” (news article, July 3): I’m wondering what the conversations were as this was happening to fight off the false scare of toxoplasmosis. An article in The Villager as this was happening might have helped, versus reading about it after the fact. I’m not faulting The Villager, just wondering how “public” this all was. It also looks like the cats’ area was pretty set off — there was grass and a gate. It’s hard to imagine that they were really bothering anyone and that their shelters could not have remained in place, even if basement access was cut off. It’s sad that we live in a world where humans dominate everything. Real estate and those who hold it come above everything else, and consideration for other species, their lives and the enjoyment they
Editor’s note: The Villager, in fact, did start reporting on the struggle to save the Broome St. Alley cats more than a month before their eventual demise. Despite initially having reached out to The Villager asking that an article be written, the cat advocates subsequently turned skittish. In short, they asked that the article be held, fearing that its publication would wreck their tenuous negotiations with management to save the cats. As a result, the article was not published until the cat advocates gave the O.K. — which was after the feral cat colony was lost. 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.
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ACCOUNTING PROCEEDING FILE NO. 2011-3734/A - CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK TO: Unknown Distributees, Attorney General of the State of New York, Isa Schott, Elaine Zarief, Ellen Zarief, Barrow Grove Associates, Inc., Consolidated Edison Company of N.Y. Inc., Atlantic City Electric, GreatCall, Inc. Citibank, NA, for Citi Mastercard account #5424180829832762, Lucy A. Sourial, MD, Discover Card, for account ending in 4238, Bank of America, for account #4313072084419517, SLR Diagnostic Radiology, Citibank, NA, for account #63065506, DIRECTV. To Ellen Zarief, whose whereabouts are unknown, if living, and if she died subsequent to the decedent herein, to her executors, administrators, legatees, devisees, assignees and successors in interest whose names and places of residence are unknown; and to the heirs at law, next of kin and distributees of Theodore Zarief, a/k/a Theodore L. Zarief, a/k/a Ted Zarief, if living and if any of them be dead, to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names and places of residence are unknown and cannot, after diligent inquiry, be ascertained by the petitioner herein; being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, devisees, beneficiaries, distributees, or otherwise in the estate of Theodore Zarief, a/k/a Theodore L. Zarief, a/k/a Ted Zarief, deceased, who at the time of his death was a resident of 77 Barrow Street, New York, New York 10014. A petition having been duly filed by the Public Administrator of the County of New York, who maintains an office at 31 Chambers Street, Room 311, New York, New York 10007. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the New York County Surrogate’s Court at 31 Chambers Street, New York, New York, on August 27, 2014, at 9:30 A.M. in Room 503, why the following relief stated in the account of proceedings, a copy of the summary statement thereof being attached hereto, of the Public Administrator of the County of New York as administrator of the goods, chattels and credits of said deceased, should not be granted: (i) that her account be judicially settled; (ii) that a hearing be held to determine the identity of the distributees at which time proof pursuant to SCPA Section 2225 may be presented, or in the alternative, that the balance of the funds be deposited with the Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York for the benefit of the decedent’s unknown distributees; (iii) that the claim of Barrow Grove Associates, Inc. in the amount of $3,244.50 for rental expenses associated with decedent’s apartment for the period March 2011 through August 2011, be allowed and paid; (iv) that the claim of Consolidated Edison Company of N.Y. Inc. in the amount of $60.36, be allowed; (v) that the claim of Isa Schott, if any, for reimbursement of payment of decedent’s funeral expenses, be rejected for failure to file a claim in accordance with the provisions of SCPA Section 1803(1); (vi) that the claims of Atlantic City Electric in the amount of $477.69, Great Call, Inc. in the amount of $ 180.51, Citibank, NA, for Citi Mastercard account #5424180829832762 in the amount of $18,449.59, Lucy A. Sourial, MD in the amount of $71.19, Discover Card, for account ending in 4238 in the amount of $1,247.16, Bank of America, for account #4313072084419517 in the amount of $3,984.09, SLR Diagnostics in the amount of $22.08, Citibank, NA, for account #63065506 in the amount of $3,806.91, and DIRECTV in the amount of $249.70, be rejected for failure to file and/or substantiate a claim in accordance with the provisions of SCPA Section 1803(1); (vii) that the Surrogate approve the reasonable amount of compensation as reported in Schedules C and C-1 of the account of proceedings to the attorney for the petitioner for legal services rendered to the petitioner herein; (viii) that the persons above mentioned and all necessary and proper persons be cited to show cause why such relief should not be granted; (ix) that an order be granted pursuant to SCPA Section 307 where required or directed; and (x) for such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper. Dated, Attested and Sealed. June 23, 2014 (Seal) Hon. Nora S. Anderson, Surrogate. Diana Sanabria, Chief Clerk. Schram Graber & Opell P.C. Counsel to the Public Administrator, New York County 22 Cortlandt Street, 16th Floor New York, NY 10007 (212) 896-3310
A new “protected bike lane” is being created along Hudson St. from Hudson Square up all the way through the Village, where it will connect with the existing, protected bike lane in Chelsea on Eighth Ave. The lane, painted green, is similar to protected bike lanes on First and Second Aves. — and now on Lafayette St./Fourth Ave., too — which are buffered from motor traffic by a lane of parked cars. TheVillager.com
East Village as simulacrum Teachout takes on Cuomo SIMULACRUM, continued from p. 13
These are fast becoming meaningless symbols, as their origins fade from memory. I try to tell myself this is a natural process that has been going on in New York City since the beginning. After all, the Bowery itself is named for the Dutch word for farm — because it cut through what was the sprawling estate of Peter Stuyvesant. Who remembers that today other than history buffs? Or that Clinton St. (as well the new moniker for what used to be Hell’s Kitchen) is named for DeWitt Clinton, New York state’s early and influential governor? Or that Morrisania in the Bronx is named for the aristocratic Revolutionary War hero Gouverneur Morris? But these examples reveal more of an organic process rather than conscious acts of cultural appropriation. A bitter irony of this process is that the hipsters (who followed the Beats, punks and Yippies) made the Bowery/Noho and the L.E.S./East Village fashionable for the more upscale crowd that, in turn, followed them — and who are now making the enclave increasingly sterile and domesticated. This process is also evident in the changing names of the business establishments. The once-fashionable Bowery Bar (which was an abandoned gas station when I moved onto the block) is today known simply as B-Bar, an admission that “The Bowery” is now déclassé — or that the clientele has changed from “slumming” edgy types to tourists and suburbanites. The slightly upscale Mexican joint a few doors down is called Hecho en DUMBO — a Manhattan business establishment named for a neighborhood in Brooklyn. This is an admission that the cutting edge of chic has long since jumped the East River. Another few doors down is the Deth Killers boutique (in the site of what was until recently an auto repair shop), which pitches its designer
jeans as “Bushwick style.” Us old-school hipsters who played our paradoxical role a generation ago in making the district fashionable have now become strangers in a strange land. Check-cashing places are closing because yuppies pay bills online, and paranoiacs like me who prefer to pay cash are apparently seen as doomed to extinction. As for laundromats — I’m really not sure where yuppies are supposed to wash their clothes, but they clearly don’t want to live in the same neighborhood with anything so quotidian and working-class as a laundromat. Chris Baptiste recalled the old days as we chatted in front of his empty storefront. “This block — it was bad,” he said. “There were crackheads, violence, theft, arson. If you left a bicycle on the block, the crackheads would take it around the corner to sell it.” I remember those times, and they were certainly challenging. Romanticizing squalor is clearly perverse. But back then, when my building was on rent strike because the landlord wasn’t doing any upkeep, we had a tenants association. It was factionalized and dysfunctional, but it was capable of organizing an ultimately successful rent strike. (The city took over the building from the slumlord, ultimately flipping it to a new and more respectable landlord.) Today, the notion of organizing the tenants in my building is unthinkable. They are mostly yups, who stay just a year or two, facilitating massive rent hikes with each new lease, and have contempt for the few rent-stabilized holdouts in the building, such as myself. As to the bigger question of actually trying to organize the neighborhood to protect small businesses and fight back the tide of luxury development, one wonders if it’s still possible over to the east in Alphabet City. But I see few signs of potential here in “Noho.” If anyone out there has any ideas, I’d like to hear ’em.
TEACHOUT, continued from p. 15
Teachout’s late entry into the primary. “V.R.D.C. endorsed Cuomo for governor as the best Democrat for the job,” Cline said. “As far as I know, we will not be reopening the endorsement process. Yes, there were some members of V.R.D.C. that didn’t want to endorse Cuomo for various reasons. We did a straw poll and they represented less that 15 percent. “CoDA and Jim Owles are more radical in their opinions than we are,” he asserted. “I can only speak for myself, in that, I personally think he has done a good job. If you compare him to the Republican candidate [Rob Astorino], he is far and away the best person for the job. Yes, you might have problems with some of his decisions, but that doesn’t make him a bad candidate.”
GLICK STICKS WITH CUOMO And while local political clubs are being wowed by Teachout, elected
officials aren’t ready to toss Cuomo overboard. Assemblymember Deborah Glick’s home club is V.I.D., but she said she’s supporting the governor for re-election — though she hasn’t issued a formal endorsement statement. “I don’t know her. I haven’t heard her speak,” Glick said of Teachout. “When you’re a candidate, it’s one thing,” she noted. “When you have to govern, it’s different. Being governor is a tough job. “I’ve certainly had my differences with the governor,” Glick said. “But, on balance, he has demonstrated that government can work, at a time when the opposition — and I mean the Republicans and conservatives — are saying that government can’t work and should be done away with. And through the floods and emergencies, he’s demonstrated that government can do things, and there’s a reason for government.” However, she added, “I am supporting him, but I’m also hoping to convince him to ban fracking. I think a lot of anger comes from his indecision on that, when the environmental and health issues are so clear.”
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July 10, 2014
It’s not over for U.S. soccer SPORTS BY SERGEI KLEBNIKOV
hile watching England lose to Uruguay — an early result that ended England’s World Cup hopes — a frustrated fan at a pub just north of the East Village made a bet that the U.S. would win the World Cup before England would again. Although it sounds like a long stretch, especially since the English have won a World Cup before (in 1966) and practically invented the sport, this wager may become reality in future years. The U.S. National Team’s round of 16 loss to Belgium on July 1 saw the U.S. bow out of the World Cup again, at the same stage of the tournament as they did four years ago. Harsh critics might say that the team hardly gained ground since last World Cup, and point to the familiar feeling of losing in the first knockout round. In a Facebook post, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann admitted that losing in the round of 16 meant that there was “a lot of hard work still ahead” for the team. After the charismatic German-born Klinsmann won the respect of U.S. fans this summer, most of his pundits have agreed that he is still the right man to lead the team. But the fact remains that out of four games in Brazil, the U.S. only won one game — in addition to drawing one and losing two others. However, this year’s World Cup has given fans a glimpse of the future — of what U.S. soccer has the potential to be. At the summer’s start, the National Team was faced with the prospect of surviving the “Group of Death” — with opposing teams Ghana, Portugal and Germany. In their first game, the U.S. defeated Ghana 2-1 — the opponents who knocked them out in the last tournament — and racked up a surprising amount of TV viewers. High viewership numbers continued as the U.S. pulled off an upset and advanced out of the Group of Death on goal differential with a 2-2 tie against Portugal and 1-0 loss to Germany, both good results considering the quality of those teams. The 2-1 loss to Belgium, which devastated fans all over the country, was the second-most watched World Cup game, with 16.5 million U.S. viewers watching on ESPN, according to ratings data from Nielsen Media Research. The game was only eclipsed by the U.S. team’s 2-2 tie with Portugal on June 22, which averaged 18.2 million viewers on a TheVillager.com
Sunday. However, data focuses on homes rather than outdoor venues, restaurants and bars, so actual numbers are reportedly even higher. Such high viewership for soccer games is usually unheard of in the U.S., and these numbers are a testament to the sport’s growth in our country. “The game has definitely become more acceptable in the U.S.,” said Andy Scruton, chairperson of the board of the Downtown United Soccer Club youth league. Over all, the U.S. team’s technical performance on the field was less than stellar, according to some pundits. In the World Cup, the team was deficient in passing and lacked individual talent in the attacking end. A team without these qualities simply is not a formula for success. Yet the U.S. displayed an ultimately passionate and resolute performance. The team was very organized, and good defensively with outstanding goalkeeping from Tim Howard. Howard put in a more-than-spirited performance against Belgium, holding back their repeated onslaughts before the U.S. was finally eliminated in extra time. Howard’s 16 saves throughout the match is the highest number made by any goalkeeper in a World Cup match since 1966. A day after the match, President Obama made an Oval Office phone call to Howard and team captain Clint Dempsey, praising their leadership and the team’s performance. He commended the National Team for “making their country proud” in the World Cup in Brazil. The U.S. will need to continue moving forward by developing our domestic league (M.L.S.) and by creating a better youth system across the country. “Youth development has to focus on the fact that soccer is different from all other U.S. sports,” said Scruton, who is involved with running DUSC’s prestigious youth soccer camp. In several World Cups from now, America will undoubtedly be a big competitor, but there is a long road ahead until this becomes reality. It was a performance that “excited the nation,” as Scruton put it, yet far from the finished product. Could this World Cup be a turning point for U.S. soccer? According to Reuters, the U.S. is reportedly planning a bid to host the 2026 World Cup (with Mexico as a co-host). If this proves successful, the next 12 years may be just enough time for the U.S. to fully develop future stars, and 2026 the perfect time for us to conquer our final sporting frontier and win the World Cup.
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