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Tenants battle Kushner over homes and garden amid a renovation hell BY ZACH WILLIAMS
backyard garden on E. Second St. between Avenues A and B doesn’t look like a place that would be the center of conflict, but it was there that a landlord-tenant dispute quickly escalated in April.
A new building manager announced on April 8 that repairs to a retaining wall required the demolition of the garden, which is where residents of 170-174 E. Second St. go to unwind and also hold their tenant association meetings. Ever since Jared KushKUSHNER, continued on p. 20
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eyson and Plasm roam the streets, their sole belongings in backpacks hiked up on their shoulders. They occasionally stop by “bum feeds” or dig through dumpsters for food. They clandestinely drink alco-
hol from brown bags on the street or in parks with fellow “crust punks,” at times in the company of a dog or two. The “crusties” are unmistakable with their patched, black outfits and general unkemptness. Especially in warm weather, they’re a common sight in the Village, CRUSTIES, continued on p. 15
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TWILIGHT TUG: The 105-year-old tug Pegasus, berthed at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25, in Tribeca, offers free dockside tours and educational river trips. She spent her career towing barges and docking ships in New York Harbor.
V.I.D. is ‘riding the Zephyr’; Backs upstart versus Cuomo BY LINCOLN ANDERSON
fter previously voting “no endorsement” in the Democratic primary for governor, the Village Independent Democrats last Thursday reconsidered their position, ultimately throwing their support behind political newcomer Zephyr Teachout. Teachout, a Fordham law professor, entered the Democratic primary in June after losing the Working Fami-
lies Party endorsement to Governor Andrew Cuomo — and after V.I.D., in a rebuke of Cuomo, had already voted 26-0 for “no endorsement” in the race. Before last Thursday night’s revote, the contenders first had another chance to address the club. Standup comic turned political candidate Randy Credico, a merciless Cuomo critic, chided V.I.D. for not backing him the last time around. “I earned the right to be endorsed by this club. But
this is not a radical club — this is a Jacobin club,” accused Credico, who is also a student of political history. He admitted, however, that Teachout has “got a lot of buzz” right now. “She’s a very dynamic candidate,” he said. “Cuomo is probably more fearful of her than me.” With a final impersonation of Jimmy Stewart, followed by a declaration of, “I’m the Robespierre of the DemoV.I.D., continued on p. 9
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which is why there’s a protective covering on his left hand, which is luckily not his dominant one. His daughter, Silvia, has thoughtfully decorated his hand guard with “Frozen” and “Sleeping Beauty” stickers. “She’s in her princess phase,” Hoylman explained, adding, “She says she wants a dad with two hands.” As if the whole ordeal wasn’t enough, Hoylman also “lost” his wedding ring — which had been on his slashed ring finger — while under anesthesia at Albany Medical Center. Oh well...thankfully, they saved his fingers. Rings can always be replaced.
FARMHOUSE ALARM: Villagers are up in arms over news that the historic little 1800s farmhouse, at the corner of Greenwich and Charles Sts., has been put up for sale for $20 million as a “development site.” A real estate listing for the quirky building, which is owned by Suri Bieler, was posted by ERG Property Advisors, and has sparked widespread panic. The Daily News reported on Tuesday that a developer could use the 5,000-square-foot site to build “a three-story luxury mansion or even a slimline condo tower,” which could be worth $30 million. However, the site is in the Greenwich Village Historic District — so, as the News said, “the design could not get too crazy...as the city would have to sign off on any plan.” The farmhouse actually was up on E. 71st St. until 1967, when, to avoid demolition by the Archdiocese for senior housing, it was moved down to the Village. Andrew Berman, director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, said, “They don’t have a permit. They haven’t even applied for a permit,” adding that the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission would likely not consider this site a “blank slate,” contrary to the realtor’s claims. Should the building be sold to a developer, though, Berman assured that G.V.S.H.P. “will be mobilizing very, very strongly” against any effort to demolish it and develop the site. “KNOW WHEN TO HOLD ’EM…”: After recent-
ly losing the election for Community Board 3 chairperson to Gigi Li, Chad Marlow was off to Vegas for still more excitement, where he tried his hand in the World Series of Poker. “I was out of the event in about three-and-a-half hours,” he told us afterward. “I started strong but lost to some very unlucky cards. I then entered a poker tournament at the Mirage Hotel and won! I guess the saying is true: If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again!” Hmm, could that also mean another run for C.B. 3 chairperson is in the offing? By the way, a former C.B. 3 chairperson we know was also a gambler, and even named one of his East Village establishments after a legendary Old West card sharp. Any guesses...Doc? PHOTO BY SCOOPY
OUCH! We constantly hear about cutting and slashing in Albany, though it usually involves the budget. But state Senator Brad Hoylman, above, recently had a frightening accident where he severely cut his ring finger and pinkie. Hoylman told us it happened several weeks ago when he was up at the state Legislature and was gripping a glass water pitcher. It slipped from his hand, and he went to catch it, but missed, and it violently shattered. He underwent two-and-a-half hours of delicate emergency surgery to repair severed tendons, arteries and nerves in his fingers. He’s still healing, 2
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HEIDE, HEIDE, WHOA! His article about the swinging ’60s Village scene in our recent Gay Pride special section (“The way we were: Lenny’s Hideaway to Stonewall”) is earning Robert Heide rave reviews. Heide tells us he’s received a number of congratulatory e-mails and calls, including from no less than Terrence McNally, John Guare, Edward Albee and the Actors Studio, to name just a few. Heide also distributed our June 26 issue containing his article at the St. Luke’s Church in the Field Evensong and Supper on Gay Pride Sunday. Hallelujah to that! THEY’LL BNB BACK: Tenant super-activist Michael McKee confirmed that there was, indeed, no “negotiated bill” at the end of the legislative session
to loosen illegal-hotel regulations, and make things easier for Airbnb to, well, take over every single last apartment in New York City. “We dodged a bullet. But they will not give up,” he warned of the “home-sharing” juggernaut.
WEALTH OF HEALTH INFO: For those wanting to learn more about the Lenox Hill HealthPlex, at 12th St. and Seventh Ave., and the changing face of healthcare today, key personnel from the new facility will speak at a Community Board 2 joint committee meeting on Tues., July 22, at 6:30 p.m., at the L.G.B.T. Community Center, at 208 W. 13th St. VOLATILE SITUATION: Tenants at 105 and 107 E. 10th St. are fuming. All 40 of them haven’t had gas since July 3, when, due to reportedly illegal construction across the street, workers hit a gas line.
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Stuy Town groper has struck twice, still at large BY LINCOLN ANDERSON
olice are seeking the public’s help in locating and identifying an individual wanted in connection with two early-morning, forcible-touching incidents at Stuyvesant Town. According to police, on Sun., May 18, at about 2:52 a.m., the male suspect grabbed a 24-year-old female victim’s buttocks inside the hallway of her apartment building in the vicinity of E. 14th St., then fled. In the second incident, a month later, on Sun., June 15, at around 2:05 a.m., the same man reportedly touched a 22-year-old female victim’s buttocks inside the hallway in her apartment building located at Stuyvesant Oval, then fled. The suspect is described as age 25 to 35, with a dark beard, around 5 feet 10 inches tall, and weighing 175 to 200 pounds.
He was last seen wearing a black sports jacket, black dress pants, and a light-colored dress shirt, with black dress shoes. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers, at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). Citizens can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Web site, at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential. State Senator Brad Hoylman handed out fliers in Stuyvesant Town last Friday with information on the groping suspect and a surveillance image of the man. “This is a concern,” Hoylman told The Villager afterward. “That two assaults have occurred in two months is worrisome. There’s alarm. This is not a time for overreaction, but people need to take precautions, and also show solidarity with the victims.”
Last Friday in Stuyvesant Town, state Senator Brad Hoylman, above, handed out informational fliers with an image of the groping suspect, inset. In both incidents, the suspect forcibly grabbed a twentysomething woman’s buttocks between the hours of 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.
POLICE BLOTTER Wanted a free ride On Thurs., July 10, at 4:30 a.m., a man was charged with a felony offense for criminal mischief when he refused to pay his cab fare, and then tried to attack the cab driver, according to police. The hack, 44, stated that the passenger, identified as Samuel Rogers, 21, refused to pay the $6.50 fare upon arriving at his destination at the corner of LaGuardia Place and W. Houston St. Rogers then exited the vehicle, before allegedly chasing after it again to break the driver’s side front window with a knife, causing the driver to “fear for his safety,” according to the report. While police arrived and spoke to the victim, Rogers returned to the area of the crime. He was identified by the cab driver and taken into custody.
Detective assaulted The New York Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating an unidentified male suspect who assaulted an off-duty detective in the Gramercy area last Saturday.
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At around 6:23 p.m., while standing on the southbound No. 6 train platform of the 23rd St. and Park Ave. South station, the 29-year-old detective was punched in the face by the suspect, according to police. While falling to the ground, the male detective sustained a severe head injury. E.M.S. responders arrived on scene to transport the victim, in critical condition, to Bellevue Hospital. The suspect was accompanied by two females, and fled the scene on foot. He was described as a black male in his early 40s, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. Police said the suspect is around 5 feet 9 inches tall, and weighs 200 pounds. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the N.Y.P.D.’s Crime Stoppers Hotline, at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Web site, at www. nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting tips to 274637(CRIMES), then entering TIP577.
Pees and flees Police said they observed a man urinating on a Village sidewalk in the
early hours of Sat., July 12. He was spotted on the corner of Christopher and Greenwich Sts., at 2:10 a.m. As police approached, the man ran into the street and into oncoming traffic, “creating hazardous conditions,” according to the report. Christian Johnson, 22, was charged with a misdemeanor for reckless endangerment. Doing a routine warrant check, police found that he had an active State Supreme Court bench warrant.
The subway dance beat At 3:55 p.m. on Tues., July 8, police received reports of two teenagers “dancing recklessly” on a subway train. Nathaniel Jones, 19, and a juvenile male, 15, were charged with a misdemeanor for reckless endangerment while on the A train in the W. Fourth St. station. Police reported that the pair had been hanging and swinging from the train poles in a dangerous manner, which allegedly put passengers “at risk of substantial physical injury.” The two teens were playing loud music from a portable amp and soliciting money from passengers for their routine, all of which was deemed to be “causing public annoyance,” according to the report. Upon arrest, the boys didn’t
have any identification. Police Commissioner Bratton is leading a crackdown on buskers dancing inside subway cars.
Pizzeria robbery Also on July 8, a female victim, 49, was mugged inside of 99-cent Fresh Pizza, at 388 Sixth Ave. According to police, while waiting in line, Camillea McFarlane, 18, and two accomplices — who are still at large — were caught putting their hands into the victim’s purse. When confronted, McFarlane began hitting the older woman with a closed fist, causing bruising and swelling to the victim’s left eye and neck, the police report stated. When the victim’s brother, 32, attempted to stop the violence, he was attacked, too, by several individuals. He also had his phone, valued at around $600, stolen in the process, while his sister’s phone was broken in the earlier melee. Police arrived on scene at 7:15 p.m., and spoke to the victims, who refused medical attention. McFarlane was charged with robbery, a felony. Police are still searching for her two accomplices, one of them a 20-yearold female.
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V.I.D. ‘rides the Zephyr,’ backs Cuomo challenger V.I.D., continued from p. 1
Jim Fouratt posed a question to Zephyr Teachout (standing) before V.I.D. voted last Thursday evening on who to endorse in the Democratic primary for governor. Seated at the table are Tony Hoffman, V.I.D. president, and Kathy Slawinski, the club’s recording secretary.
Scott Kaplan asked why Cuomo is only supporting “a small, pilot program for medical marijuana,” to which Bottcher replied, “I don’t think the governor is in favor of legalizing marijuana.” V.I.D.’s Nat Johnson warned that Cuomo, if elected, would surely push ahead with legalizing fracking. But Bottcher replied that Cuomo has said he won’t make a decision while environmental studies on fracking’s safety are still being done. “There’s no rush to move forward with this,” he said. “The studies are still taking place.” Hitting Cuomo on another progressive point, Alec Pruchnicki said, “At some point, we’ve got to start taxing the rich.” Added Johnson, “We can’t trust him. We know that he’s in this only for himself — 2016, if Hillary [Clinton] doesn’t run.” Keen Berger said she was backing Teachout because of her stance on two issues of deep importance to her — public education and campaign finance reform. Added Jim Fouratt, “We have a really good chance here to support a progressive Democrat who is a woman.” However, Anne Heaney offered, “Teachout isn’t quite ready for prime time. She’s a little naive.” Bradlow reminded everyone of a core club credo: “Never let someone who is unsatisfactory go unchallenged. … There is a legitimate challenger to Andrew Cuomo,” she said of Teachout. However, Stimson said, while Cuomo, at least in the Village, is seen “as not liberal enough,” many Upstaters hate the strong gun-control laws he passed, for example. Similarly, state voters are said to be split 50/50 on fracking. “I think Teachout is a fraud!” he declared. Finally, it was time to vote. A Paragon bag was passed around to collect the paper ballots. The final tally was
14 for Teachout, six for Cuomo, two for Credico and four “no endorsements.” V.I.D. President Tony Hoffmann later noted that if Teachout had gotten just one less vote, she actually wouldn’t have claimed the endorsement, since she would not have had a majority. Asked for his take on the result, he said, “I think Teachout was saying what V.I.D. considers its political principles — and they liked what they heard. I think a strong anti-fracking statement, that was a biggie — the biggest. “I think she’s legitimate candidate, a legitimate protest vote,” he said. “But if she was just a protest, we wouldn’t have endorsed her. Is she an underdog? Yes, because she’s new to politics. She will carry forth our vision of what New York State will look like. “She’s a legitimate candidate — well-spoken, articulate, attractive — and knows what the issues are. I think the main issue that turned the tide was fracking.” As for Stimson’s attack on Teachout’s voting record, Hoffman said, “If she voted or not is not as important as where she stands on the issues of New York today and what she would do about fracking, education, charter schools, taxing the wealthy. “In the general election, it will be between Cuomo and an archconservative, the Republican,” he noted. “Rob Astorino is going be pro-life and Cuomo is pro-choice. Astorino is going to be pro-fracking and Cuomo is going to be saying, ‘I’m studying the issue, but I haven’t done anything.’ Unless these issues come out in the primary, they won’t come out in the election. Zephyr is the right person to bring up these important issues in the primary. “Nobody’s saying that Cuomo is the devil,” Hoffmann noted. “We all recognize it’s hard to govern. What we do is bring up issues that New Yorkers feel are important, and we do that
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cratic Party,” and “You’re Danton,” flung humorously at a V.I.D.’er., he strode out of the room, pushing his “running mate,” his little white dog, ahead of him in a baby stroller. As for Credico’s blasting V.I.D. as not being radical, veteran club member Frieda Bradlow later said it puzzled her. “We never posed as radicals,” she shrugged. Next to have the floor, Teachout blasted Cuomo for not having achieved a Democratic-led state Senate or campaign finance reform, both of which he had promised he would bring about. In fact, she branded him “a good, moderate Republican.” Actually, at the very moment, Cuomo was “at a fundraiser Upstate with two Republicans,” she charged. “Someone with core Democratic values would take a clear stance on fracking,” she declared. “New York should be leading on that question of banning fracking.” Saying, if elected, she would focus on infrastructure, she noted, “and I think public education is a fundamental part of infrastructure,” earning a round of applause from club members. During questions from club members, Charles Stimson asked why she didn’t vote last year, to which Teachout responded she had been out of town at a political event. But there were three different dates to vote — the mayoral primary, the general election and the public-advocate runoff between Tish James and Dan Squadron — he noted. Unphazed, a smiling Teachout responded that she’s committed to running. She then said she was off to submit her more than 40,000 petition signatures, quite a cushion, since only 15,000 are needed to get on the ballot. Finally, Erik Bottcher, Cuomo’s local liaison, spoke for the governor. He noted Cuomo passed marriage equality, plus has handled three 100-year storms in three-and-a-half years, including Sandy, and won federal funding to deal with the disasters’ effects. Unemployment is down to pre-2008 levels, he said, while the state has its highest credit rating since 1972. Also, Cuomo has closed 13 Upstate prisons, he said, noting, “We don’t build prisons to give people jobs.” The amount of solar-powered energy in the state has quadrupled under Cuomo, who also acquired land in the Adirondacks for the state, he added. “These are progressive accomplishments that haven’t made the cover of The New York Times,” he stressed. As for campaign finance reform, the Dream Act and GENDA (the Gender Non-Discrimination Act), Bottcher predicted these will all be passed next year.
Erik Bottcher made the case for re-electing Governor Cuomo.
through the endorsement process.” Progressive local elected officials that are members of V.I.D., like Assemblymember Deborah Glick and state Senator Brad Hoylman, aren’t going to reject Cuomo and endorse Teachout, “because they have to work with him,” Hoffman noted. “It’s like ‘good cop / bad cop,’ ” he explained of how the clubs and politicians together can push Cuomo to where they feel he needs to be. Coalition for a Democratic Alternative, the East Village’s leading political organization, also has endorsed the upstart Teachout. Michael Farrin, CoDA’s political director, said, “She’s certainly more than the ‘typical protest candidate.’ Win or lose, she’ll send a powerful message to centrist, Republican-lite Democrats.” July 17, 2014
SPURA park will offer art, nature and relaxation BY LAUREN VESPOLI
n July 10, representatives from West 8 Design and Landscape Architecture presented the current plans for the proposed park at Essex Crossing at a meeting of the Community Board 3 Parks Subcommittee. The new park will be built as part of the $1.1 billion Essex Crossing development project for the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. Jamie Maslin Larson and Claire Agre of West 8 presented renderings of the park, and explained the rationale behind the current design, then addressed residents’ concerns. At slightly less than one-third of an acre, the 15,000-square-foot park will stretch from Suffolk St. to Clinton St. with its entrance on Broome St. The idea behind the space is to provide a “relaxing, green oasis in the city,” Larson said. The most recent design incorporated community feedback from the last town hall meeting regarding the park, held in late May. During that discussion, neighborhood residents expressed desire for the incorporation of artist-created visual, flexible programming that could be adjusted seasonally. They also said they wanted the park to be a place for quiet
A rendering of people enjoying the future park at Essex Crossing.
relaxation, with ample green space, that would echo the history of the Lower East Side as the birthplace of the community garden movement. Under the current design, the park will be 35 percent planted, with a linear central plaza surrounded by “woodland garden concept” planting, Agre said. The plaza’s flexibility will come from its “pockets,” or spaces set back into the greenery from the main thoroughfare, which could be used for 10-to-20-person individual events. There will also be a play area for children ages 2 to 5 adjacent to the
site where it’s hoped that an elementary school will be developed; a sculpture / community-message board hybrid that will serve as the park’s “curated cultural piece,” according to Agre; and a large, communal table that will seat from six to 10 people. Other planned seating includes both backed and non-backed benches that will line the planting’s perimeters, in addition to movable tables and chairs. The park would not have any fence surrounding it. “Fence not permitted,” states a presentation brochure for the project.
Residents, along with members of the Parks Subcommittee, then asked questions about the park’s current design. A primary concern was whether the developers would commit to the park’s ongoing maintenance. Isaac Henderson of L+M, one of the development partners in Delancey Street Associates, said the park will have its own maintenance staff responsible for its upkeep. Locals also requested that there be a community advisory group to serve as a forum for ongoing discussion on the park’s use and maintenance after its completion, to which Henderson agreed. Another concern was whether cyclists and skateboarders would be able to disrupt the space’s intended serenity. Agre said there will be bike racks at the entrance and signage throughout the park, plus “skateboard-proofed” benches. The park designers were also asked what will be done to keep rats from enjoying the space, too. Agre assured that, with trashcans at every entrance, plus a planting tapestry intended to eliminate “rodent corridors,” rats should not be an issue. Construction on the park is set to begin in March 2015 and expected to finish by 2017. C.B. 3 is hoping to vote on an advisory resolution on the design by this September.
Mrs. Green’s settles labor dispute, rehires workers BY SERGEI KLEBNIKOV
rs. Green’s Natural Market, which is set to open a location in the West Village next month, has just settled a drawnout labor dispute that threatened to halt its expansion plans. The upscale market, which prides itself on its organic produce, was accused of breaching a prior settlement when it fired eight pro-union employees earlier this year. Now, Mrs. Green’s has agreed to make a settlement with the opposing parties, rendering the federal charges against it irrelevant. Pressuring Mrs. Green’s to give in was the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union Local 1500. The market agreed on Tues., July 15, to reinstate the employees — who were fired from the company’s Mt. Kisco location in January — with backpay as compensation. This agreement may mark the end of a labor dispute between UFCW 1500 and Mrs. Green’s that started in May 2013. Last year, according to Mrs. Green’s, after an analysis of its location in Mt. Kisco, it was determined that store
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sales were not as good as they should be, and Mrs. Green’s decided that the employees’ service needed to improve. Meetings then ensued as some workers pushed to unionize, but the workers as a whole ultimately voted not to unionize. After losing the bid for a union election, UFCW 1500 lodged charges that the company “took advantage of its workers” and used threatening tactics to prevent them from unionizing. Subsequently, in June, the National Labor Relations Board charged Mrs. Green’s with violating federal labor laws, by performing illegal interrogation and intimidation of employees in the weeks leading up to the vote on whether to form a union. A hearing was conducted, and charges were settled in November. Mrs. Green’s agreed under federal order to create an intimidation-free environment for its workers — as well as post a 60-day notice in the store informing workers of their rights. But the union wasn’t completely satisfied. “The settlement wasn’t what we had hoped,” summed up Aly Waddy, UFCW 1500’s director of organizing. The posted notice remained in the
store throughout December and until January, when eight reportedly prounion workers were abruptly fired, “allegedly for bad customer service,” Waddy said. Mrs. Green’s, for its part, says it assessed its Mt. Kisco employees, and decided that eight were “lower quality.” But the union claims they were fired as retribution after having tried to hold a union vote. UFCW 1500 immediately filed charges, calling the firings “illegal retaliation” from the previous settlement. The union pointed out that the fired workers had all been leading supporters of the union — and had spoken out during the vote — and that community members testified that the charges of bad customer service against the workers were untrue. Picket lines sprung up outside the Mt. Kisco market, and have been ongoing for several months. Last May, after an internal investigation by the N.L.R.B., its regional director found merit to the union’s unfair labor practice charges against Mrs. Green’s and filed a federal complaint against the company, revoking the previous settlement. The case
was set for a trial late this month. Waddy said that the union’s objective had been to get the workers rehired without the difficulty of going to trial, since “it’s a disgrace what they’ve been through already.” On May 23, Robin Michel was forced to step down as Mrs. Green’s C.E.O., and after talks with the company board, has now been made a senior adviser. Pat Brown, who has replaced Michel as C.E.O., has brought “new leadership” to Mrs. Green’s, and helped make a “concerted effort to solve the problem,” according to John Collins, of Mercury LLC, a public affairs strategy firm that represented Mrs. Green’s during the dispute. The company still hopes to open in the West Village, which is part of a regional plan to increase store expansion, Collins said. He added that Mrs. Green’s was “excited about the great opportunity” to open at 585 Hudson St., at Bank St., in the West Village. This would be the company’s first New York City location. Mrs. Green’s has 17 other locations in the tri-state area, and also plans new markets in Chicago and the Mid-Atlantic area. TheVillager.com
Berimbau is a real keeper, in more ways than one BY SERGEI KLEBNIKOV
PHOTO BY SERGEI KLEBNIKOV
or Brazilian restaurant and bar Berimbau, the World Cup was personal. Mario Espindola, the place’s owner and manager, can boast that he is related to a player who was in the starting lineup of the Brazilian national team — his cousin, goalkeeper Julio Cesar. Cesar reportedly frequents the West Village restaurant, at 43 Carmine St., when he’s in the city, with his most recent visit occurring several months ago, before the World Cup. According to restaurant staff, he comes to eat and hang out with his cousin Espindola. The goalkeeper was described by Berimbau’s employees as a “nice guy” who is “laidback and quiet” in person. They say that a lot of people — especially Brazilians and soccer fans — recognize the goalkeeper, who started every match for Brazil in the World Cup. However, the tournament no doubt left a bitter taste for Brazilian fans as their team bowed out in disappointing style. “You can’t blame him,” said waiter Evy Loreiro of Julio Cesar. “It’s easy to blame the goalkeeper, but it was the entire team and coach who are to blame.” The game turned out “not at all as expected,” Loreiro said, for the 70
On Berimbau’s wall is a No. 18 jersey of midfielder Paulinho, signed by the whole Brazilian national team, that Julio Cesar brought to the restaurant.
fans who crowded into the restaurant, only to watch in horror as Brazil conceded seven goals to Germany in the
semifinal loss. “We’re not used to losing like that — Brazil is usually one of the best
teams,” added a waitress who didn’t give her name. Loreiro pointed out that despite Brazil’s subpar performance, the general feeling was that Cesar played well in the tournament, including saving some penalty kicks during the shootout against Chile. Local resident and soccer advocate Patrick Shields heard about the restaurant’s connection to Cesar from area shop owners. He described the atmosphere in Berimbau when Brazil triumphed over Chile in penalty kicks during the round of 16. As Cesar saved two consecutive penalties to put Brazil into the next round, “the place erupted,” Shields recalled. There was dancing, drums, hugs and high fives as everyone was filled with a sense of “joy partnered with relief,” as he put it. Now that the World Cup is over, Berimbau will continue introducing Brazil to its customers, but now without the soccer. However, the restaurant has a comprehensive menu of traditional Brazilian foods, like steak, seafood and rice with beans — “the classic dishes.” Shields, who traveled to Brazil to watch the World Cup games, and just recently returned, called it an amazing experience. “It was a triumph for the nation, regardless of their team’s outcome,” he said. “They really pulled it off.”
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After final checkup, HealthPlex to open Anjali Bharati, one of the emergency-trained doctors at the new Lenox Hill HealthPlex emergency department, was ready to get to work last Thursday, above, after the facility’s dedication ceremony. The HealthPlex had been planned to open this Wed., July 16, but, pending final approvals, the opening was pushed back to the following day. On Wednesday, Dr. Bharati said she was anxious to start seeing patients.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Fight has only begun To The Editor: Re “Li wins a third term to lead C.B. 3, beats Marlow by 31 to 15” (news article, June 26): Thirty-one to 15 sounds like a big loss. It really wasn’t. Several months ago, a group of us, members of Community Board 3, got together because we were very concerned about the way the board was being run. We were aware that the community had lost confidence in our board, and that there were other C.B. 3 members who felt the same way we did, but who did not realize they were not alone. In the beginning, we simply discussed strategy. At one of the meetings, I suggested that we run a candidate for board chairperson in June. I felt that by doing so, we would be able to better publicize the platform of our goals, make other board members
aware that we were dissatisfied and wanted change, plus signal to the community at large that we were aware of their frustrations and dissatisfaction and wanted to do something about them. Chad Marlow was the only one of us willing to take on the challenge. He is to be applauded for that, and much appreciated. So, for our preliminary goals, we certainly won. One of the C.B. 3 members of what I would like to call The Courageous 15 told me that those who vote for change will do so because they really care about the community and making the board better. Those who don’t, will vote because they really have their own personal agendas. In the end, that was true in many cases, but not all. Some of the board members who did not vote for change were members of the ruling hierarchy, and of course wanted to keep the status quo. Some
voted because, like it or not, pressure was being put on them by certain elected officials. That is my belief, but has been stated, as well, by those making online comments. Some, I guess, really believed that change was not necessary, for whatever reasons remain to be seen. Also, unfortunately, some who agreed with us thought they could make deals. We have yet to see how that plays out. In their speeches to C.B. 3 on the election night, it was obvious who was the more thoughtful and certainly more experienced of the candidates. Even though he had a question thrown at him that was preceded by a blatant, lying accusation against him, Chad Marlow showed that he would be a fair and impartial chairperson, and that changes would be made for the better. LETTERS, continued on p. 14
On hunger and homelessness in the land of plenty TALKING POINT BY LYNN PACIFICO
wning a dog widened my social circles considerably. For instance, I would never have met Jimmy, of “Man in a Van” fame. Jimmy lives with his two dogs in a van parked in the West Village. A hoarder without a home, he drags his treasures back to accumulate in, under and on top of the van. Jimmy, 62, gets by on a small S.S.I. check and income from occasional odd jobs. He also sells things he finds and fixes, but is often penniless. He is one of about 10 homeless people living in our lovely neighborhood where rents are staggering and conspicuous consumption glares from shop windows. Jimmy grew up on Leroy St. He is the last of his family here since all the elders have died and their children, except for Jimmy, have moved away. He talks about moving to Pennsylvania, to “the country,” but his roots are still firmly grounded here. In the Village, he has many old friends and he knows where to get food, take a shower, find a toilet and many other commonplace but necessary things that we who have homes take for granted. Jimmy’s dog walks are scouting excursions, especially on recycling days. Not only does he find food and anything one could think of, he is a dedicated recycler, often picking up bottles and metal from the street to recycle. And after Christmas, when people in the neighborhood throw out their trees with the decorations still on them, Jimmy takes off the ornaments so that the trees can be chipped. The tree stands are recycled. The decorations go to the thrift shop. People call him a “junk man” because most of what he finds is junk. He always has something he wants to show me. One day, it was a box of meat. A transient homeless man had found it in trash bins outside a supermarket. The “street price” was $20 for about $80 worth of meat. I bought it. As an animal lover, I generally keep eggs, dairy and meat out of my diet since buying these creates the demand that sustains factory farms and slaughterhouses. And as a person who works to rescue animals, I face a moral conundrum: How can I justify rescuing a dog if that means that 100 chickens and other animals must die yearly — to be made into dog food — for my dog to live? But here was a solution, and so I became a “freegan.” Wikipedia explains: “Freeganism is the practice of reclaiming and eating food that has been discarded. Freegans and Freeganism are often seen as part of a wider ‘anti-consumerist’ ideology, and freegans often employ a range of alternative living strategies based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources.” Over the two-year period I was bin-diving I met a freegan subculture. These people, to varying degrees, “live off the land” right here in the big city. Some freegans are homeless, others live financially secure lives. One was a French chef. Another was a single parent of three, who lives off the rent from properties that he owns. No matter our circumstances, our little group of freegans all thought that throwing out good food was wrong. In the evening, when most people were asleep, we’d meet at the trash bins. I found organic chicken, pork, beef and Cornish hens, and was able to provide three neighborhood
Jimmy Tarangelo, with the van that he lives in with his dogs, on Greenwich St. near Leroy St.
seniors with hundreds of dollars worth of free food each month. Most things one finds in the supermarket were also found in the bins on various days, and 80 percent had not yet reached the expiration date. One year during the holidays, I found four large turkeys and two large hams. These factory-raised animals led torturous lives and deaths only to wind up in the trash.
Being a freegan helped me transcend my bourgeois cultural consciousness.
Most nights I came home with a large shopping cart overflowing with food. There were others doing the same from just this one supermarket
in a country full of supermarkets, which are all discarding huge amounts of good food each day. The food waste is staggering and a failure of our acquisitive, “throwaway” society where so many people face hunger on a daily basis. The freegan lifestyle helped me break out of my bourgeois cultural consciousness. For example, how mortifying is it to be seen by your neighbors, community board members, etc. bin-diving? But our little freegan club came to an abrupt end when an antisocial homeless man claimed the bins for himself. When we went to get something in the bin, he knocked our hands away and threatened to kill us and our dogs. Consequently, for the last two years, all that food and animal suffering (from the discarded meat) have been wasted. This man, who accepts help from no one, lives a life of isolation and anger on the sidewalk, where he builds a “fort” for himself out of empty bottles, cans and other items he picks up from the trash. That’s when Jimmy discovered God’s Love We Deliver. God’s Love’s mission is to “prepare and deliver nutritious, high-quality meals to people who, because of their illness, are unable to provide or prepare meals for themselves.” The extra SURVIVING, continued on p. 14
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On hunger and homelessness in the land of plenty SURVIVING, continued from p. 13
God’s Love food (fresh and frozen packaged meals) was often dumped in black plastic garbage bags in city garbage cans near Jimmy’s van. So, for a while everyone was getting God’s Love. God’s Love is currently waiting for its Soho space at Spring St. to be rebuilt and enlarged and has temporarily moved to Brooklyn, so there has been no God’s Love here lately. Adding to Jimmy’s food choices, the vendor at a coffee kiosk gives him the leftover bagels, pastry and hardboiled eggs. The pastries encourage people to stop by Jimmy’s van, where there is often something to eat. Here is where I met more of the neighborhood’s homeless. These are very complicated people, who, for various reasons, just don’t function well in our (crazy) society. For example, if Jimmy has an appointment, you can bet that he will be anywhere else except where he is supposed to be at the time he agreed to be there. Jimmy, who gets food stamps but has nowhere to cook, also acquires nourishment by taking the leftovers from the local senior program at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, on Carmine St. I interviewed Sandy Gabin, director of the senior center, the Greenwich House Caring Community at Our Lady of Pompeii. The center is funded by the Department of Aging and provides meals and activities, such as bingo, sing-alongs, chair yoga and current events, for between 60 and 80 seniors a day, Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sandy explained that most of the young seniors, in their 60s, have jobs — “It’s hard to retire these days,” she noted — but the majority of the people benefiting from this program are
in their 80s. These are the last of the “originals,” whose families came to settle in Greenwich Village generations ago, and who have held on to their customs and history. They are a proud people. So proud that, in spite of isolation and hunger, Sandy said, “Some people won’t come into the center because they think it is a charity.” Sandy, who has worked 25 years in senior care and lives with her 85-year-old mother, said her seniors do not complain, avoid authority and are very oriented toward their culture. She said 25 to 30 percent of them live below the poverty level and most are alone. Here at the center, they form an extended family and look out for each other: “Have you seen so and so? “I haven’t seen them all week.” Sandy has learned to watch for changes, such as “boredom in your people, or wearing the same clothes.” Seniors are eligible to get the meals for $1.50, but Sandy said the people don’t want to pay that much, so she only charges a dollar. She makes up the rest by selling clothes at the thrift shop she has set up in the church basement. She also clothes people in need from garments that are donated. Sandy told me that the grandparents of these elders worked with Mother Cabrini to help establish St. Vincent’s Hospital. Years later, it was St. Vincent’s that asked the churches to begin senior-care programs and that is how the Caring Community began. (The Caring Community programs are now run by Greenwich House.) Seniors and the homeless also go to Greenwich House, at 27 Barrow St. at Seventh Ave., where they are served both breakfast and lunch. The Senior Center on the Square, also run by Greenwich House, at 20 Washington Square North, serves weekday lunch. On Saturdays, there are two soup
kitchens in the Village, one at St Joseph’s Church, at Washington Place and Sixth Ave., and the other at the Church of the Village, at 13th St. and Seventh Ave., where they serve hot food. Part of the Church of the Village’s Food Ministry is Daisy’s Food Pantry on Tuesday afternoons, where they distribute bags of groceries. In stark contrast is the “new” Village. For instance, two blocks from Jimmy’s van is One Morton Square, a “full-service” residence where a 3,644-square-foot, four-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom condo sells for $9.5 million, and a 4,090-square-foot rental with 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms goes for $28,750 a month. Included in the trend of luxury residences is the Abingdon, remodeled from the former Village Nursing Home. Here prices range as high as $31 million for an apartment. That our neighborhood 200-room nursing home will now accommodate just 10 households illustrates the change in Village life. Generations visited their family members and friends in the old Village Nursing home. Now, those who eat at Greenwich House centers are not allowed the same solace when ill and at the end of their life. Their loved ones will need to travel out of the neighborhood to visit them in a nursing home, which means that there might not be daily or even weekly visits. We have also lost our only hospital to luxury housing. Where St. Vincent’s used to be is now the Greenwich Lane, described on its sale Web site as: “…individually crafted with high-end, state-of-the-art, luxury living in mind.” St. Vincent’s, founded in 1849 as a charity hospital, served the immigrant poor and homeless. It served my father’s Italian family for five generations. My son was born there, and we all used its E.R.
The freestanding emergency department in the new HealthPlex in the former St. Vincent’s O’Toole Building won’t be able to deal with heart attack and stroke emergencies at the same level as a full-service hospital. People will die, I fear, because of the time it takes to cover the distance to a hospital outside of the neighborhood, combined with the heavy traffic on our tiny, crowded streets. “Treat, Stabilize, then Transfer” patients for higher-level care to a full-service hospital — which is what the HealthPlex says it will do — is not enough. One evening on Bleecker St., an ambulance, with lights and sirens blasting, was stuck behind traffic at the Carmine St. stoplight. Jimmy ran to the first car, banged on its hood and yelled, “Pull over!” All the cars then pulled off to the side and the ambulance continued east. Jimmy explained: “It could have been one of my friends in the ambulance.” Developers and the people who buy these ultra-luxury apartments have shattered what took generations of effort to create. Today’s veteran Villagers have no way to benefit from the wealth creation that has destroyed their way of life, other than selling their leases and moving away. Their descendants will not know the same Village, and few will be able to afford to live here. Also, many of the new buildings are in the flood zone. What would happen if we had two hurricanes back to back, for instance, or the “grid came down” and Manhattan and the Village were without food and water for more than a few days? In the event of a crisis, should the new, wealthy residents of the Village not be able to buy their way out of it or leave, my bet would be on the homeless to survive. It is already their reality, after all.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Continued from p. 12
The incumbent made some remark about building “ladders of leadership,” as if we were at an Amway sales meeting and not at a community board meeting. I wanted to stick my finger down my throat. Isn’t she aware of the fact that all of us on community boards were appointed because we already are community leaders, and many of us have had far more experience than she? Give me a break. Yes, we lost this election, but we won our first round. This is the first time in as long as I can remember that even a single vote — let alone 15 — was cast against an incumbent chairperson. It was very heartening to see the response of community
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members who wrote comments and letters, most of whom agreed with our assessments, wanted change and stood behind us. Trust me, we have just begun to fight. We will continue to do everything in our power to make this board a fairer, more responsive board, to all of the board members and all of the community, and not just a chosen few. Anne K. Johnson
Support St. Mark’s Bookshop To The Editor: Re “The East Village is replaced by its own sim-
ulacrum” (talking point, by Bill Weinberg, July 10): In the spirit of supporting small East Village businesses that once gave the neighborhood its identity, please keep in mind the old St. Mark’s Bookshop has moved to Third St., between First Ave. and Avenue A. I know a lot of people have issues with the old store, but it still was around from back in the day. So, please keep it in mind when you need to buy a book or periodical. You’ll be doing your part in preserving what the East Village once was. Arthur Nersesian
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Crusties summer on Village sidewalks and in parks CRUSTIES, continued from p. 1
usually in or around Tompkins Square or Union Square, or hunkered down by Abe Lebewohl Park in front of St. Mark’s Church. Modern-day nomads, they travel from city to city across the country, some aimlessly, some looking to do odd jobs for money. Peyson — Peso to friends — and Plasm, both 22, have been traveling together since they met in the winter. They have been in New York for a month so far, having made a pit stop here to visit Plasm’s mother in Staten Island. “We don’t get along, but I try to see her once in a while,” Plasm said. She stays there intermittently when she visits, but it has become more complicated of late. “She hates me,” interjected Peyson, sipping from a can peeking out of a paper bag. “She thinks I ruined [Plasm’s] life.” Peyson has been homeless since he was 16, but was vague about the circumstances surrounding it. “Just bad luck,” he said. “Not even bad luck — I just happened to hit the streets at some point.” He grew up in Phoenix, and left at 18. “At first I loitered in Phoenix, tried to get a job, but I didn’t know how to be on the streets,” he said. “I didn’t know basic survival needs, so I was really depressed and angry and alone. I was always alone. “The next thing I know, travelers came into town one day and said, ‘Hey dude. You should check out San Diego. I mean, f-- it – you’re already on the streets, might as well be by the beach, out on the desert,’ ” he recalled. He went to San Diego and has been traveling
ever since. In the past year, Peyson said he has also been to jail in six different states: Wyoming, California, Illinois, New York, North Carolina and three times in Utah. Peyson and Plasm sleep wherever they can, usually on the sidewalk, to the general detached disdain of New Yorkers. Sometimes, Plasm stays with her father, who also lives in Staten Island, but she said that relationship is also tense. She’s uncomfortable staying with her mother because of her stepfather.
‘We’re not all bad. People end up on the street for different reasons.’ Plasm
“We come from a long history of domestic violence in that house,” she said. “I don’t want to put her up with this choice between her daughter and the guy who helps her pay her rent, so I try not to really go there.” Her parents know she is out on the streets, but
Plasm said she has few alternatives at the moment. “We really have serious issues living together, and I don’t have the money right now to do anything else, so I’m kind of cornered into doing this.” Known for their penchant for using heavy drugs like heroin, many crusties overdose. In the past year, Plasm has known 13 people who “dropped” because of substance abuse. So, although she smokes pot on occasion and drinks, she avoids doing dope or “anything hard.” Peyson also claimed not to do any drugs, but then remembered that he had blacked out on Klonopin, a prescription anxiety medication, and a lot of liquor the day before. “I was kind of feeling like s--- all day,” he said. “But I generally don’t do drugs. I really don’t.” A blond-haired crusty who goes by “Matty Ice,” originally from Jamaica Plain, Boston, said he and his girlfriend used to “dabble” — drink and smoke at parties, do dope on the weekends. “Then I decided that I really love the girl and we shouldn’t be messing each other’s lives up like that,” he said. “So we’ve been clean for the most part since.” He added that he did smoke pot that day because he wasn’t feeling well. He, too, had a difficult childhood. His parents died when he was young. His adoptive parents, he said, “used to beat the s--- out of me and tried to kill me a few times.” Matty recalled his adoptive mother trying to feed him ADHD medication four times the prescribed dosage one morning. He was 12. The next day, he packed his bags and left. CRUSTIES, continued on p.18
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“Matty Ice,” in Union Square Park, said of his adoptive parents, “They tried to kill me a few times.” TheVillager.com
Plasm said there was a lot of domestic violence in her family on Staten Island.
Peyson a.k.a. Peso has been homeless for six years, since he was 16. July 17, 2014
Village senior center runs on volunteer power Latin, French, Italian film, salsa, knitting and a biweekly financial seminar are also on the class am going to miss her, I will never schedule, and are all taught by get another volunteer like Chris,” volunteers, many of whom are said Loretta Wilson, her voice also members. cracking, tears in her eyes. “She’s my Retired engineer Harvey Osvery best.” good, who is a member of the Every Wednesday, and other days as senior center, got involved as a needed, Chris Bennett, 92, dishes out volunteer 10 years ago. the vegetables during the senior lunch“My wife of 25 years had died,” es at the 20 Washington Square North he said, admitting it had left him location of the Caring Community Severy depressed. “I needed somenior Center. thing to do.” She is about to move to California to He joined the center’s Grievjoin her son. ance Committee. He helped bring “I know I’ll miss people,” she said, over a discussion group from though adding, “It’s time.” another senior center, a weekly, For Wilson, the senior center’s “Let’s Talk,” which is now modfood-service supervisor, Bennett has erated by another retired engibeen an inspiration. neer, volunteer Alan McElroy. “I want to grow up to be like Chris,” Harvey also started a “Let’s she said. Listen” monthly group, featuring In addition to Bennett, there are othguest speakers who share personer volunteers who help make sure the al anecdotes or have a political food service for more than 120 seniors slant — like Randy Credico — runs smoothly. or voice neighborhood concerns For example, early each workday, — like Doris Diether — followed Village resident Rose Marie Neilsen, by discussion. And for the past with the help of stained-glass arttwo years, his “Let’s Jam” series ist Bob Rambusch, dries silverware and then wraps the forks, knives and For three years, 92-year-old Chris Bennett, right, has worked with Loretta Wilson, has regularly brought five to 10 left, the 20 Washington Square North senior center’s lunch-service supervisor. musicians to the center’s mezzaspoons into sets in napkins. nine room to play while seniors And every day, three or four devel- Bennett will be sorely missed when she moves to California soon to join her son. drift in and out at will. Volunteers also run the Theater opmentally and intellectually disabled volunteers, in a program through Club, calling for and picking up tickets AHRC, also assist in the lunch service. for shows, and manning the center’s Gina Zukerman — a real dynamo theater desk, providing tickets at a towho is both a volunteer and a center ken price. Volunteers also come from the more member — helps ease the serving logistics, calling out numbers for the “organized” institutions. Computlunch crowd to line up. She formerly er pros, often from neighboring high worked at an ad agency, where she schools, provide free assistance in the did production. But long before that, computer room. Chabad House holds in a dark chapter of her life, this Pol- three free holiday parties at the center ish-born immigrant worked in three each year. Corporate volunteers come different German forced-labor camps, and converse with the seniors once a month. New York University students the last in Bavaria. also drop by to provide cross-genera“I’m 88½!” she’ll let you know. “Adrienne’s Garden” Grand Opening The Caring Community at 20 Wash- tional conversation. June 6, 2013 When she began as the center’s ington Square North has 1,200 memLaGuardia Park, on LaGuardia Place between Bleecker and Westand 3rd West Streets, bers, with three paid staff along with director, Marcera found volunteers aGuardia Park, on LaGuardia Place between Bleecker 3rd features a dramatic statue of the late NYC Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia, lush social workers. Director Laura Marcera through Craigslist. Streets, features a dramatic statue of the late NYC Mayor Fiorello H. greenery, and proudly introducing “Adrienne’s Garden” – a secure and “That’s the best!” she said, adding has been at the center since its renovaLaGuardia, lush greenery, and proudly introducing “Adrienne’s Garden” – welcoming toddlers’ playground with a friendly dragon that children can she also went to other local senior cention 11 years ago. aclimb, secureslide andand welcoming play on. toddlers’ playground with a friendly dragon that ters to recruit help. “I couldn’t run his place without children can climb, slide and play on. Petite Anne DeSimone has volunvolunteers,” she said. The Friends of this extraordinary park wish to extend a sincere Thank You to all the volunteers who created and help preserve and protect this park. Luckily, there a lot of volunteers, a teered at the Caring Community for 10 The Friends of this extraordinary park wish to extend a sincere Thank years. She walks six blocks — and four total of 40 — 15 of whom are seniors. the dedication of Mayorand LaGuardia to the Greenwich Village Commemorating You to all the volunteers who created help preserve and protect The center, open Monday through flights of a walk-up — to travel from community this park. and visitors, the Friends celebrate those who continue his legacy Friday, also offers members more than her Village apartment to the center. by annually awarding the Friends of LaGuardia Medallion. Twice a week, she’s at the front desk, 25 recreational and educational classCommemorating thePlace dedication of Mayor LaGuardia the contributions Greenwich es, half of them taught by volunteers. making sure that all who enter sign The Friends of LaGuardia is a not-for-profit association, relying onto private and limited public funding. Contributions and Friends participation are alwaysthose appreciated. The most popular are the three-times- in. A retired Department of Education Village community and visitors, the celebrate who continue a-month poetry sessions, led by volun- teacher’s aide, she gave her age as “80 his legacy by annually awarding the Friends of LaGuardia Medallion. Friends of LaGuardia Place teers, and the weekly singing lessons plus something.” www.friendsoflaguardia.org | firstname.lastname@example.org | (212) 252-8300 “I think it’s a good thing to help othThe Friends of LaGuardia Place is a not-for-profit association, relying on private contributions and taught by Richard Mithies — who also ers,” she said. And, echoing the sentiteaches Greek mythology at the center limited public funding. Contributions and participation are always appreciated. — the latter which attract 20 members. ments of the many other volunteers, Two young volunteers alternate she said, “I like to feel productive, and FRIENDS OF LAGUARDIA PLACE weeks teaching a chair-yoga class. 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Crusties’ Village summer idyll LETTERS TO THE EDITOR CRUSTIES, continued from p. 15
He stays with friends in Brooklyn when possible. “On the weekend, I’m like, ‘Hey, can I throw you 50 bucks and you can let my old lady shower there and crash? We can come over and hang out.’ Sometimes, I smoke them out,” he quipped. Many Downtowners are accustomed to seeing the crusties flock here every summer. But the travelers say the city, as a whole, isn’t always welcoming. Despite having grown up on Staten Island, Plasm said it’s always a culture shock when she comes back to New York City. She has spent time in the South. While it was less acceptable to sleep on the sidewalk there, she felt Southerners were friendlier toward her compared to what she’s experiencing now in the city. She noted she recently had a bad interaction at Best Buy in Union Square, when, at 2 a.m. one morning, she went in to use the bathroom and fill up her water bottle, and was told to get out. “The moment you walk into a place like that and you look this certain way, you get treated like s---,” she said. “You’re less of a human being.” Matty also said that New Yorkers are less sympathetic to the homeless. “I have a good relationship with a lot of the stores,” he said. “I don’t do drugs, I don’t die in the bathrooms. I always try to buy something if I go to a restaurant. But I’ve been having a really hard time this year with a lot of the establishments because they see a backpack, they’re like, ‘Oh, one of them.’ ” Luckily for the young homeless, there are places here where they can find assistance. A notable one is The Space at Tompkins, an organization aimed at “providing unconditional aid and support to the transient homeless.” It’s one of only a few groups in the city that targets its services specifically toward the crust punk community. The Space at Tompkins distributes “survival items,” such as socks, razors and soap, and gives out peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches at free dinners. They also provide over-
dose-prevention kits and syringe-exchange services, among other things. Even so, Plasm said, it’s still difficult to break out of the homelessness cycle, particularly in a city as expensive as this one. “I think already there’s a lot of resources, but they’re not so useful,” she said. “There has to be something done as far as housing goes, and the shelters are not cutting it. When you have all the lower-income housing being torn down to build luxury buildings for whoever’s yuppie daughter, that’s taking away from the people who are actually New Yorkers that need help from New York, and not the kid that came here just to go to N.Y.U.” Last year, in a hot-button talking point in The Villager, Chad Marlow proposed cracking down on crusties who camp out on the sidewalks, citing their involvement in violent incidents and unlawful activity. Marlow argued that many crusties were “voluntary homeless tourists” who “compete for pocket-change donations with legitimately homeless persons.” Marlow recently ran unsuccessfully for Community Board 3 chairperson. Prior to Marlow’s talking point, City Councilmember Rosie Mendez had stated publicly that she hoped to explore some legal ways to keep the crusties from sleeping on the sidewalks. Two summers ago, there had been several incidents in the East and West Village where crusties’ behavior drew complaints, which is what Mendez was responding to. But she never followed through on her intention, partly because the legal protections permitting sleeping on the sidewalk are strong. For his part, after seeing Mendez broach the idea of addressing the “crusty problem,” Marlow tried to offer his own solution. At any rate, over all, the stigma against the crusties is simply unfair, Plasm said. “Most is negative most places you go,” she said of public opinion about the young homeless travelers. “But it’s not true — we’re not all bad people. There’s people that end up on the street for different reasons. There are people that have mental issues and severe drug abuse issues — that doesn’t mean they should be shunned.”
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Still hanging in there To The Editor: Re “The East Village is replaced by its own simulacrum” (talking point, by Bill Weinberg, July 10): I have lived on E. Fourth St. for almost 40 years, saved from gentrification by the Cooper Square Committee’s lower-income redevelopment project; I have survived as an artist due to their work, especially that of Fran Golden. I am trying to survive the bad feeling of gentrification and N.Y.U. changing the neighborhood. The world is in a different place now. I’m not sure it interests me here anymore. But I am trying to survive the loss of so many businesses. Most of what you are talking about are male-owned businesses, at which, as a woman and a lesbian, I was always an outsider — except for the WOW Cafe, still there on E. Fourth St., and LaMaMa, also still on the block due to Ellen Stewart. Just sayin’. Peggy Shaw
Maggots bugging him To The Editor: Re “The East Village is replaced by its own simulacrum” (talking point, by Bill Weinberg, July 10) and “Pie Man’s Plaint” (Scoopy’s Notebook, July 10): I feel like a displaced person since the real estate maggots seized No. 9 Bleecker St. These interests led by N.Y.U. and the banks have killed a living organism — the East Village. Those pigs want to make it into something plastic and appalling, causing the demise of our community. Therefore, we still need to fight back. I will not set foot in the building until the restraining order against Dana is lifted. To do so would be a form of collaboration with the real estate maggots. Aron Kay, a.k.a. “The Yippie Pie Man”
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Zombie Times boxes To The Editor: Re “Pink boxes proliferate throughout Lower East Side” (news article, July 10): About 15 years ago, The New York Times started dropping illegal storage boxes in front of stores that sold its newspapers. These were basically locked metal boxes, with the New York Times logo, used solely for storing newspapers until the stores opened or needed them. They were not protected under city regulations because they were not used for distribution — only storage. The Department of Sanitation confirmed the boxes were illegal, sent a letter to the Times (which I saw) and then proceeded to do nothing. The Times didn’t remove them. Many of them are still around, most painted over, although the Times abandoned using them long ago. So, I’ll be interested in how long after “notification” these bins disappear. Lora Tenenbaum
Soccer is here to stay To The Editor: Re “It’s not over for U.S. soccer” (sports article, July 10): Spain, England and Italy all went home before we did. It was a triumph. Soccer has been here, it is here. It will continue to grow exponentially. It’s time for the “Is it finally here?” or “Is this the turning point?” conversations to end already. P.S.: The great tragedy of American soccer is that Pier 40 will not end up being what could have been home to a small, successful, influential, Greenwich Village neighborhood, pier-saving, park-dollars-contributing Major League Soccer franchise. Patrick Shields E-mail letters, not longer than 250 words in length, to news@thevillager. com or fax to 212-229-2790 or mail to The Villager, Letters to the Editor, 515 Canal St., Suite 1C, NY, NY 10013. Please include phone number for confirmation purposes. The Villager reserves the right to edit letters for space, grammar, clarity and libel. The Villager does not publish anonymous letters. TheVillager.com
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Tenants battle Kushner to save homes and garden KUSHNER, continued from p. 1
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ner — son-in-law of Donald Trump and owner of about 15,000 residential units nationwide — purchased the E. Second St. buildings at the beginning of this year, the tenants had been on edge. Kushner representatives quickly offered six-figure buyout offers, followed by a pattern of harassment defined by long periods of silence from building management interrupted by sudden and intimidating developments, tenants say. “This is where the turning point was,” said Cypress Dubin, a 10-year resident of the building, during an interview held July 14 in the garden. Dubin constructed the garden five years ago with the help of other tenants. They fought back by asserting to the New York State Homes and Community Renewal agency that the garden was a protected building amenity, and that the dilapidated retaining wall cited as a Class C building violation was located elsewhere. Management stepped back from touching the garden. But, within days, they also served Dubin with legal notice, claiming she was illegally occupying her studio apartment and owed the company thousands of dollars in back rent, plus attorney fees. Legal actions by tenants and the landlord followed during subsequent months, with three tenants still considered illegal occupants by building management and 64 building violations issued by the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development — 40 of them since March 1. Conflicting claims focused on the rent-stabilization status of apartments and whether the ownership / management company, Village K2, had adequately addressed building repairs and complaints about ongoing renovation work. The renovations, they said, were exposing the remaining in-place tenants to construction dust, in addition to causing noise, damage to walls, utility shutdowns and other inconveniences. Meanwhile, following months of wrangling — and as the construction work still continued — Mary Ann Siwek finally received a new lease on the apartment she has occupied for three decades. “There was so much powder and dust,” she said. “I was coughing. I had itching. I suffer from depression also. I increased my medication. I was losing it, just losing it. It was insane… . There was nobody to ask.” Kushner representatives told The Villager that the cold winter, the previous landlord and the Department of Buildings permit process all created problems in addressing
The backyard garden, created by tenants, at 170-174 E. Second St. At left is Mary Ann Siwek and at right is fellow tenant Mark Fritsche. The buildings’ new owner previously tried to demolish the garden, and plans are on file to expand the buildings into the open space.
many tenant concerns. Ever since Kushner bought the buildings, they said, efforts have been underway to perform “electric system upgrades, new heating and hot water systems, plumbing repair and replacement, roof work, pointing, sidewalk repairs, refurbishing common areas, hallways and lighting systems, and new intercoms and mailboxes.” However, the “illegal” tenants will not let management enter their apartments. A repairman, though, eventually did manage to visit Fred Kaplan, a resident of 174 E. Second St. who also is seeking a new rent-regulated lease, on July 14 to fulfill a long-requested floor repair. “We have a very strong track record of being responsive landlords in our other residential properties across the city,” Matthew Gorton, a Village K2 spokesperson, said in a statement. “And we will provide the same high level of engagement and communication to address our residents needs in these buildings, despite attempts by a handful of illegal tenants to sabotage our efforts for their own personal gain.” These tenants are holding out in hopes of receiving larger monetary settlements before vacating their apartments, Gorton added. Some of the ambiguity on the apartments’ rent-stabilization status results from the previous owner’s casually shifting tenants around within the buildings, while also maintaining inaccurate rental histories, tenants said. Building residents point to the experience of Mark Fritsche, the tenant association president, as an example
of how the shoddy rental records were fraudulently used to make the case for deregulation. Ultimately, Fritsche received a rent-stabilized lease after he proved the records had inaccurately recorded an apartment vacancy in 2007 — even though he resided there then. Dubin admitted that, in previous years, she didn’t fully understand the legal requirements for deregulation — namely, that a unit can be deregulated following a vacancy, if the rent is exceeds $2,500 — which is far above the $1,425 she had been paying. “I didn’t know what to look for,” she said. “I had a good relationship with them. The rent increases were reasonable.” In mid-April, the tenants association began seeking allies in their ongoing battle, including the Cooper Square Committee, Councilmembers Rosie Mendez and Margaret Chin and Community Board 3. By then, about two-thirds of the tenants in the two buildings had left. For months, the tenants tried to get their grievances on the agenda of the C.B. 3 Land Use Committee. Finally, the committee heard the tenants at its July 9 meeting, and, in the end, voted to write a letter in support of their cause. “There are dozens of other cases like this going on in the Lower East Side each year,” said Brendan Kielbasa, lead organizer for the Cooper Square Committee. “With the most aggressive, speculative landlords, we see a pattern of acquisition, renovation, management — or lack thereof… . We’ve seen that 170-174 E. Sec-
ond St. fits that pattern.” Whether the city’s Housing Court ultimately rules that the tenants should receive new rent-stabilized leases won’t be decided for weeks, at the earliest. Any type of cash settlement would have to be large enough to secure new housing of a comparable quality and cost, said Dubin, who has spent thousands of dollars of her own to retain an attorney. She added that, even with a six-figure buyout, finding an apartment with a garden — where residents could gather for any occasion, and in which she could hold her private yoga classes — would be a tall order. Building management, meanwhile, has yet to say what will happen with the garden at 170-174 E. Second St. “A final decision has not yet been made with respect to the backyard,” Gorton said, “but access may be interrupted during reconstruction of the retaining wall.” Plans on file, however, call for the building eventually to be expanded into the backyard. Gorton did not respond by press time as to whether that will, in fact, occur. For her part, Dubin warned that anyone considering settling with a landlord to vacate a rent-regulated apartment in the expensive East Village should first consider the overall costs of such a decision. Sure, the sum of cash initially appears a bit dazzling, but the rent at the next place will no doubt be higher. “When you really break down how much more a month you have to pay,” she said, “there’s really no way for people to move and survive.” TheVillager.com
Failure to mine
‘Beneath’ doesn’t dig beyond the surface of its rich premise
FILM BENEATH Written by Patrick Doody & Chris Valenziano Directed by Ben Ketai An IFC Midnight Release Runtime: 89 minutes At the IFC Center 323 Ave. of the Americas Btw. W. Third & Fourth Sts. Info: 212-924-7771 or ifccenter.com Available On Demand through Sept. 25
BY SEAN EGAN
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he main feeling one takes away from watching “Beneath,” the new release from IFC Midnight, is one of mild disappointment rather than fear. Initially, it seems to have all the right elements for a potent psychological horror movie — solid premise, talented cast, handsome visuals — though this potential gets wasted as the film goes on. Ultimately, “Beneath” ends up being decidedly less interesting than the film it seems to be setting up in its early stages — making its shift to by-the-book horror in its back half all the more disheartening. The story begins auspiciously enough, with eager environmental lawyer Samantha Marsh (Kelley Noonan) returning to her hometown after years in the city, in order to cele-
Uneasy reunion: Joey Kern and Kelly Noonan, as a miner and his eco-lawyer ex, fight unseen forces.
brate her father George’s (Jeff Fahey) retirement. He’s a veteran coal miner, who’s developed health issues later in life, preventing him from continuing to work. After some barbs traded over drinks enters battle-of-the-sexes territory (debating whether women can mine), Sam decides to accompany her father underground for his
last day of work. All goes well, until the mine collapses — trapping Sam, George, and a whole crew of men in the mines. With help days away, and clean air running out, things start to get real tense, real quick…and then the bodies start to pile up. Trapping this group of people to-
gether in such a stressful situation and putting them at each other’s throats is a set-up ripe with interesting narrative possibilities. The film seems to be preparing to explore the ways in which the mind deteriorates in desperate situations, letting the worst aspects of its nature come out. This would dovetail nicely with a taught, violent horror/thriller, or even a whodunit slasher. It also seems to be toying with some other interesting themes and questions in the beginning, such as considering the damage wrought by mining to real people and the environment (by putting the grizzled, blue collar miners and their town in contrast with the more cosmopolitan, environmentalist Sam). There’s also squandered opportunity to examine the industry’s gender politics — and, by extension, these kinds of conservative communities. With everything lined up for some smart, heady scares, what goes wrong, exactly? It certainly isn’t the cast and characters. “Beneath” actually has pretty solid, well-developed characters in the lead roles (significantly more than is usually called for in a gorefest), and actors with the chops to make viewers genuinely care about and believe in them. The heart of the film, the relationship between a father and daughter entrenched in totally different worlds, feels emotionally and narratively fresh. The film mines (pun, for the record, unintended) this relationship for some of its most unexpectedly resonant moments — such as when George, with the toxic mine fumes going to his head, lashes out at his BENEATH, continued on p. 25 July 17, 2014
Fierce farce Dramatist Everett Quinton sustains the skewed tradition of Ridiculous Theatre
THEATER DROP DEAD PERFECT Written by Erasmus Fenn Directed by Joe Brancato Presented by the Peccadillo Theater Company and Penguin Rep Through Aug. 10 Wed.–Sat. at 8 p.m. | Sat., Sun. at 3 p.m. At the Theatre at St. Clement’s 423 W. 46th St. (btw. Ninth & Tenth Aves.) $25 at dropdeadperfect.com or 845-786-2873
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hen an edgy, offbeat play transfers to Off Broadway, it’s easy to imagine the work has sprung from some fringy stage in the bowels of downtown Manhattan — or perhaps Bushwick. But “Drop Dead Perfect,” a madcap romp that manages to both skewer and honor noir melodramas from the 1950s, was incubated elsewhere. Stony Point, to be exact, in the wilds of Rockland County. Helmed by Joe Brancato, artis-
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Square basement in Greenwich Village. “I went to see the joy and the downright audacity,” he said. “Charles’ philosophy was: if you think it’s funny, if you know it’s nasty, if you feel it’s working, then do it.” Brancato laments that such risk-taking is scarce nowadays, whether in commercial theater or even not-for-profit, where the stakes are so high it might as well be commercial. “Seeing Everett in that world was amazing, and I’m ecstatic he has joined us in our throwback thriller,” he enthused. “His work is genius.” “Drop Dead Perfect” bears more than a passing resemblance to “Irma Vep.” Both plays open with a raging thunderstorm, feature a menacing DROP DEAD, continued on p. 25
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Unmistakably, “Drop Dead Perfect” has roots in the genre known as the Theatre of the Ridiculous, spearheaded in the 1960s by John Vaccaro’s Play-House of the Ridiculous and Ludlam’s Ridiculous Theatrical Company and later embraced by Charles Busch and Ryan Landry, among others. The genre’s hallmarks include men in female roles, a campy queer sensibility, fierce double entendres, and sly cultural references. The more tasteless and tawdry, the better. Quinton believes that Ludlam’s troupe was among the first to draw on popular literature, cinema, and television as source material. “Our whole culture is doing that now,” he said. “You can’t deny the influence.” Brancato recalls being enthralled by the Ridiculous Theatrical Company, whose home was in a Sheridan
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Everett Quinton and Jason Cruz in Erasmus Fenn’s “Drop Dead Perfect,” directed by Joe Brancato.
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tic director of Penguin Rep Theatre, the enterprise could be mistaken for a long lost Charles Ludlam spoof. Propelled by a glowing review in the New York Times, the Penguin Rep production has landed at the Theater at St. Clements in the heart of the theater district, courtesy of the Peccadillo Theater Company. And who better to star in this “adult comedy” than the illustrious Everett Quinton, Ludlam’s longtime companion and collaborator in the fabled Ridiculous Theatrical Company? (Tragically, Ludlam died of complications due to AIDS in 1987, just as his career was taking full flight.) Quinton plays Idris Seabright, the daffy mistress in a Florida manse whose life begins to unravel. The production is transferring largely intact and also features Michael Keyloun doing double duty portraying the narrator and the drug-toting attorney, and an often-shirtless Jason Cruz as the shady nephew from Cuba. The exception is Jason Edward Cook, who took over the role of an aspiring ingénue with a phallic fixation for the original actor, who had a scheduling conflict. Quinton, who has at least 75 productions under his belt, recently directed the exuberant revival of the Ludlam classic “The Mystery of Irma Vep.” Now he’s happy to hop out of the director’s chair and get back on the boards. “The public likes to see me as these diesel women,” he said. “I was praying for a role like this to come along. It’s fun getting back into it.”
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JADED EYES ARTS COLLECTIVE PRESENTS “THE FOX”
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Only as old as the year is long, Jaded Eyes Arts Collective puts its founder, Matt Savins, in the position of mysterious (and perhaps dangerous) interloper — when the provocation-minded troupe brings their inaugural production to the Gene Frankel Theater for a limited run. Adapted by Allan Miller from a 1922 novella by D.H. Lawrence, “The Fox” hasn’t been seen on Manhattan boards since its debut at the Roundabout Theatre in 1982. Set in rural 1918 England, Savins’ Henry is a charismatic World War I vet who, on his way home, endears himself to Nellie (Clea Straus Rivera) and Jill (Elizabeth Elkins). On a farmhouse whose physical isolation mirrors the women’s distance from traditional domestic roles, Henry offers to catch an elusive fox that’s been depleting their stock of hens. The predatory dynamic happening outside soon finds its way into the farmhouse, as Henry’s increasingly domineering presence (and some uneasy dreams) forces to the surface issues of femininity, power dynamics, and desire. At 7:30 p.m. on July 18, 19, 23–26 & at 2 p.m. on July 19 & 26. At The Gene Frankel Theatre (24 Bond St., btw. Bowery & Lafayette). Purchase tickets ($18) at thefox.brownpapertickets.com. For more info, visit thefoxnyc.com.
Happy with their (parking) lot in life: The cast of “Twelfth Night” brings Shakespeare to the paved outdoors, for one final season at Ludlow & Broome Streets.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKING LOT PRESENTS “TWELFTH NIGHT”
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Predatory dynamics: Clea Straus Rivera as Nellie (left), Matt Savins as Henry and Elizabeth Elkins as Jill, in “The Fox.” TheVillager.com
Shakespeare on the roof? In an alley? On a moving flatbed truck, perhaps? The Drilling Company is weighing its options, determined to ensure that the show will go on. After the current (20th!) season of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, the much-loved “Bard-under-the-stars and among-the-cars” open air mustsee will be kicked to the curb. This is no midsummer night’s dream. Plans have been cemented to pave over the parking lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome, to accommodate the Essex Crossing project that will swallow up other neighborhood stalwarts (including the beloved Olympic Diner and the infamous nip bottle paradise known as Jade Fountain Liquor Corporation). Fittingly, The Drilling Company notes that the first of two swan songs in this particular location — “Twelfth Night” — is “one of the last and most bitter-sweet of Shakespeare’s comedies.” This adaptation casts shipwrecked twins Sebastian and Viola as lost visitors swept into the Municipal Parking Lot — where they must navigate mistaken identity and unrequited love, after encountering characters reimagined as contemporary Lower East Side denizens (Sir Toby is an affectionate nod to the drunks who’ve injected their own drama to past productions; Olivia resides in one of the area’s new upscale towers; Feste is
a drag queen, and the servants are longtime neighborhood residents employed by monied newcomers). “Like the Lower East side itself,” notes director Hamilton Clancy, “the
Parking Lot is a melting pot. Shakespeare speaks to human diversity and performing it in the Parking Lot has always seemed the perfect frame for us. This production aims to celebrate that.” The celebration doesn’t end with the last night of “Twelfth.” One final stab at immortality remains, when The Drilling Company presents “Othello” (July 31–Aug. 16). “Twelfth Night” plays through July 26. Thurs.–Sat., 8 p.m. at the Municipal Parking Lot (corner of Ludlow & Broome Sts.). Free (donations gratefully accepted). Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes. For info, call 212-873-9050 or visit shakespeareintheparkinglot.com.
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It’s a sight that can only be fully appreciated by those of us who loved the nightlife — and had to boogie — during that too-brief period in the 1970s. Occasional theme nights notwithstanding, we’ll never again see a time when flecks of light from
Flo Fox’s “Disco Line-Up” (16” x 20” framed, 1978) is on view at the Carter Burden Gallery through July 24 (the same date as the Chelsea Art Walk).
The Heritage Blues Quintet performs a free outdoor concert on July 24, as part of Battery Park City Parks Conservancy’s “River & Blues” series.
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profiting from it ever since, in the form of annual free concerts that comprise the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy’s “River & Blues” series. As the BPCPC’s Director of Parks Programming, Ehrlich has a decisive (albeit, collaborative) hand in selecting the bands and producing their concerts. So far, the series has presented trumpet sensation Christian Scott and blues-meets-swing-meets-surf band The Wiyos. Three performances remain, set against the backdrop of a spectacular — and increasingly earlier — sunset over the Hudson River. On July 24, the Heritage Blues Quintet celebrates the longstanding musical mingling between African-American music, modern jazz, and Western European harmony. Slide guitar, blues drumming, virtuosic harmonica, a pounding horn section and three part harmonies are among the tools used to bring contemporary life to classics from Son House, Muddy Waters, Leadbelly, and others. On July 31, soul singer and songwriter Bettye LaVette — who famously teamed with Bon Jovi to sing Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” at President Obama’s 2009 Inaugural Celebration — performs an R&B set that’s alternately intimate and epic. The series wraps up on Aug. 7, when the 12 members of Sun Ra Arkestra builds on the legacy of its late founder (who would have turned 100 in May). Composer, pianist, electronic keyboardist, synthesizer player, poet, and Afro-Futurist philosopher Sun Ra will surely be smiling down from his home planet of Saturn, as the band continues his legacy by taking you on an intergalactic journey spanning the past, present, and future of jazz. Charismatic altoist Marshall Allen, who has led the Arkestra since 1995, presides over the highly evolved and skillfully calibrated madness. Free and family-friendly. All shows are 7–8:30 p.m. at Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park (access: Battery Place), in Battery Park City. For info: 212-267-9700 or visit bpcparks.org.
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Bill Richards’ “Crossover” (72” x 120” [Dyptych], acrylic on canvas, 2012-2013) is one of the “Streamed Space Paintings” on view at the Carter Burden Gallery through July 24.
light, and Studio 54 — comprise “Disco Ball.” It’s one of three exhibits currently at Carter Burden Gallery. The nonprofit space gives voice to New York City’s re-emerging older artists — who, this exhibit reminds us, were in their prime during the reigning days of Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, The Village People, The Bee Gees, and The Weather Girls. You won’t find any of those artists in this exhibit, though, nor will you see the garish colors of 1970s fabrics or the ultra violet lights that flooded the dance floor. By presenting the disco era in black and white, Fox and Speier allow the viewer to focus on the intense displays of self-expression, rather than the bright and shiny surroundings. Also on view through July 24, Bill Richards’ bold “Streamed Space Paintings” are filled with luminous streams of color that, curator Marlena Vaccaro notes, appear to “converge and diverge simultaneously, forming a kind of fluid Gordian knot that seems to unravel as it is tied.” In the installation “On the Wall,” Marilyn Sontag uses cut and torn shapes of paper to create a light, ethereal environment that gives the illusion of movement. Free. On view through July 24. A closing reception will be held that day, from 5–8 p.m. — as part of the Chelsea Art Walk. For info on other galleries and studio artists participating in the Art Walk, visit artwalkchelsea. com. Carter Burden Gallery is located at 548 W. 28th St. (btw. 10th & 11th Aves. Suite #534). Hours: Tues.–Fri., 11 a.m–5 p.m. & Sat., 11 a.m.–6 p.m. For info, call 212564-84505 or visit carterburdengallery.com. TheVillager.com
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daughter for not comprehending the sacrifices he made for her growing up, and how much his job means to him despite its perils. Also good is Joey Kern as Randy, Sam’s ex-boyfriend and current trapped miner. Their relationship isn’t played for romance, but the two share a familiar, wistful chemistry — with Kern bringing a sense of kindness and level-headedness to a role that’d be thankless in other films. “Beneath” also doesn’t falter in its technical aspects — for a genre film of its kind, things look very nice. It has some pretty nifty visuals that elevate it above its low-budget peers. The cinematography’s on point, helping the mining town feel acutely realized, and lived in — from the dim, neon glow of the neighborhood bar, to the gray dawn of another day on the job — while allowing the mines to be suitably dark and menacing. The production design is strong as well, particularly the sterile, blindingly white “luxury condo” the miners hide out in for safety, which stands in stark contrast to the cavernous mining tunnels. Director Ben Ketai keeps things moving along with a (mostly) steady
No light at the end of this tunnel: Samantha Marsh (Kelly Noonan) is one of many interesting characters betrayed by a good premise that goes nowhere.
hand (the use of shaky cam becomes a tad excessive as things progress), while using his camera and the location’s darkness to play up the claustrophobia, and cleverly hide some of the film’s budgetary constraints. The film’s main issue, then, is not trusting the story and the characters to push events forward. Instead, Ketai and his screenwriters rely on outside stimuli to drive the story somewhere else entirely. As “Beneath”
nears its climax, the filmmakers shift the focus from man’s fallible mind, crumbling sanity, and violent nature in order to pile on half-baked supernatural scares. These supernatural elements are never satisfyingly explained, and begin to suffocate the rest of the film by pushing everything else to the wayside. Most disappointing is the failure to fully explore the intriguing psychological aspects — it becomes
less interested in the depths of madness people can sink to, than how irritable they can become when in mortal danger. And, perhaps worst of all, once the film tips its hands in favor of the ethereal rather than the grounded, it ceases to be particularly suspenseful or scary. It starts to rely on rote horror movie beats and clichés that make the outcome of the film predictable, and thus, devoid of the tension it so effectively built up earlier. True, the spooky visuals allow for some effective jump chills, and the gore is nasty enough, but it lacks the kinds of scares that get inside your head and rattle around for days — the kind that can only be achieved when grounded by disturbing insight into the characters, society, or mankind itself. So while “Beneath” is never actually bad, it becomes an exercise in frustration the longer it runs on, as it becomes clear its leaving its promise behind to become more conventional fare. To have a movie come out the gate getting so much right, only to falter so thoroughly in its second half is always disappointing — and makes this a below average viewing experience.
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portrait above a fireplace mantel, and are obsessed with flora like pyracantha and bougainvillea. Brancato feels the play embraces a similar sense of brash abandon. “It’s a salute to what Charles was about, rather than an imitation,” he said. “Trying to replicate anything is not artistically satisfying and you always fall short. One can paint a mustache on the Mona Lisa and that’s fun. Trying to paint the Mona Lisa again? Not so much.” Brancato explained, “Some people see it as a wacky little thriller, others catch the allusions and enjoy it on a deeper level. It’s very naughty in the best sense of the word.” But was he worried it might be too racy for Stony Point? “Suburbia no longer has issues with risqué,” he said. “Theater is tame now compared to what comes into their living rooms over cable TV. This play is different from what we normally do. It was a brave step, and that’s what the Ridiculous was about. I always wanted to mount something like this.” A truism in theater is that comTheVillager.com
edy is much harder to pull off than tragedy. And while a play’s appeal depends on the skills of the ensemble and the creative team, Brancato credits another factor, as well: the audience. “A comedy is successful if people are ready to have a good time,” he said. “If you’re hosting a dinner, you can serve all the martinis you want, but if the guests are in a bad mood the party goes south.” Brancato praised the unique, communal joys of live theater. “We used to go to the movies and now we do Netflix,” he noted. “We used to go to flea markets and now we sell on eBay. Synagogues, churches, and theater are basically the only places that we gather. Give me the frickin’ theater any day.” The subversive spoof is the brainchild of Erasmus Fenn, who, as it happens, is actually a pseudonym, adding a layer of mystery. So who is this enigmatic figure? “What can I say about Erasmus Fenn?,” Brancato mused. “He lives in the Bronx but is agoraphobic. He always wanted to pen such a tale. He has clearly put his ego aside and is letting the collaboration between Everett and myself live.”
Although the Ridiculous Theatrical Company was born in 1967, Quinton didn’t join until 1976, by which time it had become less explosive. “The pendulum was swinging back,” Quinton recalled. “You could not get away with things in the ‘70s that you could do in the ‘60s.” He cited an early, particularly scandalous play titled “Conquest of the Universe,” based on Marlowe’s “Tamburlaine,” that lifted a shocking scene from Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus” where they bake the two sons in a pie and feed them to the Emperor. “[One actor] put nine cocktail franks up his ass and shit them out onstage in front of the public,” Quinton said. “Scatological humor represents anger in the theater, and Ridiculous Theatre was borne out of rage.” In fact, Quinton believes that the Theatre of the Ridiculous offered the first honest gay voice on stage. “We were an oppressed minority group with no rights, and this theater allowed us to say, ‘We’re queer and you can go fuck yourself if you don’t like that,’” he said. While no cocktail franks appear in “Drop Dead Perfect,” there is a bit
of racy business involving a crème sandwich cookie. Another prolific Ridiculous acolyte, Charles Busch (“Vampire Lesbians of Sodom”), is often compared to — and confused with — Charles Ludlam. I couldn’t help wondering if Quinton and Busch have a fuming rivalry — you know, kind of like Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland. “In the early years I was a bit jealous,” Quinton admitted. “He was an upstart. But we have been friends for a long time. I love Charles and consider him a dear heart. I don’t know how he feels about me.” Although rehearsals prevented Quinton from joining New York’s recent Gay Pride celebrations, he did manage to catch some of the parade. “There was the cutest cop,” he said excitedly. “He was very friendly and had this beatific smile. In the olden days, the cops were not friendly to us. In fact, every time the gay cops would march by in the parade, the straight cops would turn their backs on them.” Quinton continued, “I love that we stop traffic and that we make police work overtime to protect us. We are taxpayers, too. We deserve it.” July 17, 2014
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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 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
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
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 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 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 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 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 529 WEST 29TH HOLDINGS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/15/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 60 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10023. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/17 - 08/21/2014 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 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
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 99 SOUTH REST. CORP. TO CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE AN UNENCLOSED SIDEWALK CAFE AT 99 7TH AVENUE SOUTH IN THE BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN FOR A TERM OF FOUR 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: 07/17 - 07/24/2014
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. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014
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 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 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 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 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
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 ITM GARDEN, INC. TO CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE AN UNENCLOSED SIDEWALK CAFE AT 10 LITTLE WEST 12TH STREET IN THE BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN FOR A TERM OF FOUR 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: 07/17 - 07/24/2014
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 – PLUM BENEFITS, LLC App for Authority filed with Secy of State (SS) of NY on 4/17/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 1/31/14. SSNY designated as an agent upon whom process may be served. PO address to which SSNY shall mail copy of process against LLC: 19495 Biscayne Blvd, Ste 300, Aventura, FL 33180, which is also the FL address of LLC. Cert of LLC filed with SSDE located: 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 06/12 - 07/17/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF AR NEWYORK 1, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/2/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1430 Spring Hill Rd., Ste. 300, McLean, VA 22102. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/12 - 07/17/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF CCATT LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 11/20/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1220 Augusta Dr., Ste. 600, Houston, TX 77057. LLC formed in DE on 11/14/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/12 - 07/17/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF POLYPLEX USA LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/25/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in AL on 7/19/11. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. AL and principal business address: 3001 Mallard Fox Dr. NW, Decatur, AL 35601. Cert. of Org. filed with AL Sec. of State, 100 N. Union St., Ste. 770, Montgomery, AL 36104. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/12 - 07/17/2014
PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, THAT THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON Wednesday, August 06, 2014 AT 2:00 P.M. AT 66 JOHN STREET, 11TH FLOOR, ON A PETITION FOR SEVENTH AVENUE TOMATO, INC. TO CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE AN UNENCLOSED SIDEWALK CAFE AT 209 SEVENTH AVENUE IN THE BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN FOR A TERM OF FOUR 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: 07/17 - 07/24/2014
July 17, 2014
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
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Note: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested. You have the right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you and you or your attorney may request a copy of the full account from the petitioner or petitioner’s attorney.
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The Greenwich Village Little League Under-16 Senior Tournament team after recently beating Inwood on the Village squad’s way to winning the District 23 Seniors title.
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he final at bat in the first game of the 2010 District 23 Little League World Series qualifier saw Greenwich Village lose to Peter Stuyvesant. A feeling of disbelief hung over the kids and their coaches. Just the week before, the Village team — Andrew Ehrenberg, Eli Kimbell, Max Schneider, Jack Miller, Nick White, Julian Harris, Terrence Mallon, Elias Goodman, Harrison Rottman, Ben Crowson, Lucas Baez and Alec Morea — had destroyed P.S.L.L. They had been confident this would be their year. Now, relegated to the losers’ bracket, the path was a daunting one. Win five games in a row and then play the team from the winner’s bracket, having to defeat them twice. Michael Buczek was that team and G.V.L.L. did win its next five games and the right to play them. Game 1 was hard fought and G.V.L.L. came out on top. Unfortunately, not all stories have happy endings, and in this case, G.V.L.L. went down to defeat to Michael Buczek, the District 23 Champion. Four years later and many battles against each other, has the clock ticking. Most of these boys are playing their last season ever in G.V.L.L. TheVillager.com
The boys four years ago during their District 23 tournament run to qualify for the Little League World Series, which ultimately did not end in a trip to Williamsport.
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