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Board 5 O.K.’s needle exchange around Union Sq. By lael hineS and lincoln anderSon Community Board 5 has given its conditional approval for a needle-exchange program for heroin users to operate just steps away from Union Square Park. On July 11, the full board of C.B. 5 O.K.’d the application of the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center to the State Department of Health to allow the center to distribute clean needles to
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‘Soho Wild Man’ is cleared, again, of assault charges
The hurricane next time: Post-Sandy preparations already started nearly two months ago, on June 1. On Monday evening, Graffiti Community Ministries, a Baptist church on E. Seventh St., held a seminar to help locals learn the basic steps to take before disaster strikes. Also participating in the program were representatives
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A young boy got tips on casting with a rod and reel on the East River on Saturday. Art and fishing are netting parkgoers at Pier 42. See Page 25.
By heather duBin Hurricane Sandy caught the city and many New Yorkers off guard last October. While anything can happen during an emergency, a little preparation goes a long way. In fact, hurricane season officially
heroin users right outside the park, which is notorious as a locus for heroin users. According to the C.B. 5 resolution, the board received support from local businesses for the program. The needle exchange would operate five days a week, three hours per day, starting some days as early as 11 a.m., and on other days going as late as 8 p.m. or 11 p.m.
of the Project Hope Crisis Counseling Program, a community support and networking group formed after Hurricane Irene, and Ready New York, a campaign of the city’s Office of Emergency
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By heather duBin Second-degree assault charges are no longer on the table for Richard Pearson, a mentally ill man accused of waging a reign of terror on the streets of Soho by verbally and physically harassing residents and merchants. After two grand juries failed to indict Pearson on assault, the prosecution opted not to pursue a third presentation to a grand jury,
and informed Judge Charles Solomon of this in State Supreme Court on July 19. Both grand juries have indicted Pearson for possession of a narcotic, a misdemeanor. He was arraigned in State Supreme Court on July 12 for possession of cocaine. Pearson, 48, has been dubbed the “Soho Wild Man” by some community
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notebook Sext and the city: Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner was on Washington Square South on Monday, outside the Caring Community, for a press conference at which he pitched his “Keys to the City” — specifically, “Idea Number 32,” about aiding families who care for senior relatives at home. Weiner supports a $7,800 exemption from the caretaker’s personal income tax at the city level, which would double the existing federal tax relief. Another mayoral wannabe, former standup comic Randy Credico, came up and greeted him. Credico tells us he successfully made it through the petition-gathering phase and will be on the Democratic ballot in September. Sharon Woolums, who took this photo, told us she liked some of Credico’s 19 “promises to New Yorkers” platform points, especially Number 5: “Protect small business from predatory rent hikes and unfair ‘take it or leave it’ lease renewals that have forced 387,700 of them to close since 1988.” Of course, the next day, round two of Weiner’s sexting scandal exploded. Then, on Wednesday, Weiner showed up at the New York City Housing Authority’s board meeting at Pace University. Initially, he was didn’t get a great reception from the public, but people seemed to warm up to him quickly as they liked what he had to say about the embattled public-housing agency. What can we say? Hey, you just can’t keep a good man...umm...down. Speaker Glick??? Speaking of politics, what to make of New York Post Albany reporter Fred Dicker’s Monday column in which he claimed Assemblymember Deborah Glick could soon be gunning for Sheldon Silver’s speakership? In an “exclusive,” citing an anonymous source, Dicker wrote: “Disgraced Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver faces a ‘serious leadership threat’ from an embarrassed bloc of Assembly members: the 30
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Anthony Weiner, right, shared a chuckle with fellow mayoral contender Randy Credico on Monday, but things got more serious — make that, nutso — on Tuesday as Sextgate, Part II, dropped.
Democratic women who defended Silver despite his efforts to cover up the Vito Lopez sexual-harassment scandal. … With 30 votes to begin with and a few more from around the state, the Democratic assemblywomen could be in a position to replace Silver,” Dicker said. According to Dicker, “Glick was described as the most likely challenger to Silver.” However, as Politicker reported, Glick immediately took to Twitter to respond. “Surprised NY Post’s Fred Dicker didn’t support pot decriminalization more fervently — Since he obviously spends much time smoking something!” she tweeted. In a subsequent interview with Politicker, Glick accused Dicker, the dean of the Albany press corps, of “sowing seeds of dissension where none exist.” Glick told Politicker, “You can’t take it seriously... . There’s no substance to any of what he has to say. The women are not unhappy with the speaker.” She also said that, despite her name being floated as a possible speaker, she has “no ambitions to do a job different from what I have now.” Hmm, if, as Glick says, Dicker is “hitting the pipe,” maybe he’s getting his stuff from Credico, a marijuana-legalization advocate who is the “resident comic” on Dicker’s show. Garden dispute mushrooms: The saga — well, that’s a nice way to put it — of Dias y Flores garden continues. The latest meltdown amid the mulch at the E. 13th St. green oasis erupted late on the afternoon of Wed., July 17. Jeff Wright, the editor of Live Mag!, who recently was booted from the garden by its board, had been given an ultimatum to remove his plants by 6 p.m. on that day.
Actually, Wright had been told previously once before to get his plants out of the plot he was using, and the plants had been removed and put in pots on the side of the garden for him to take away. But then he just went and replanted them in the plot on July 4, leading to the July 17 showdown. As the deadline approached, Wright and several supporters, including fellow exiled Dias y Flores green-thumb, Debra Jenks, held hands around the plot, and sang the civil-rights anthem “We Shall Overcome.” To prevent the digging up of Wright’s lilacs and other plants, they took all the garden’s shovels, laid them on the ground, and then stood on top of them as they sang. What happened next — well, it sounds like it got kind of chaotic, quickly. Apparently, Claude Kilgore, a Dias y Flores board member, may have tried to slide through the group’s interlocked arms — and, well, that’s when the fertilizer, so to speak, hit the fan. There was a scuffle, police were called — by Wright — and when it was over, Wright was handcuffed and taken away in a police car to the Ninth Precinct, where he received a desk-appearance ticket for a court hearing at a later date, and soon released. “It happened so fast,” Wright told us. “I could barely call 911 because Claude was pushing me. I didn’t think they would go through with it,” he said of the board’s plan to uproot his plants (for the second time). “We were standing on the shovels. He was pushing me and I pushed back. We were yelling, ‘Stop pushing us!’ ” They all received bruises, according to Wright. Meanwhile, Kilgore told us, “It’s an ongoing investigation, I can’t really
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After Sandy, how to be better prepared next time; Continued from page 1 Management. The evening began with a discussion group facilitated by three Project Hope counselors from Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side, with 10 people from the neighborhood, who were all affected by Hurricane Sandy. They shared stories about their experiences, swapped cleanup tales, and talked about how they feel now. Sylvia Mandel, who lives on E. 10th St. near Avenue B in a homesteader building, recalled how she was on the phone with a friend last October as Sandy hit the city, and then suddenly saw a gush of water come down her street. “I saw water go up to 9 feet,” she recalled. “We had to replace the boiler in our building and all the electricity. Fortunately, we run the building ourselves. We had to spend all our money in our checking account for repairs.” Even after the replacement of the building’s vital services, the recovery process continued for a long time. There was mold to contend with, along with the loss of telephone and Internet service. Project Hope counselors urged community members to voice their concerns about future potential storms.
“I’m still anxious about the building,” said Mandel. “The boiler is still in the basement, and we’re still very vulnerable. We have a good bunch of people in the building, but the weather, it’s not great,” she added, with a laugh. Mary Ting, a neighbor in Mandel’s building, explained that it took 14 years for them to renovate the building’s interior. “We’re ‘sweat equity,’ and in that way, we’re always accustomed to doing,” she said. “We were down with candles right away [during Sandy], and that made us ahead of a lot of other places that were waiting for help.” Fred Seiden, and E. Seventh St. resident who has lived on the Lower East Side for 45 years, saw the water last Oct. 29 and panicked. He raised family photos up as high as he could, thinking the water was going to run into his apartment. The boiler in the basement and the building’s electrical wiring were destroyed. In addition, he said, “The front wall holding up the building collapsed, and we worried the first week the first floor was going to fall.” Workers were able to prop up the floor and rebuilt the wall. The group discussed flood insurance. Anne Edris, who owns a community-based business on Avenue C, and used all her savings for repairs, said she has pulled together with her
A to-go bag and its contents, including the Ready New York “My Emergency Plan” booklet.
neighbors to build a buttress to help protect against future flooding, plus deter rodent infestation. She said she also “wants a generator.” Now that people know what to expect when a hurricane hits town, water, flashlights, and candles should be high on everyone’s list. However, participants at Monday night’s session still had concerns about communication, and the group brainstormed about what should be done during similar types of emergency situations — such as having the city post fliers to disseminate urgent information. “I don’t think the city communicated with us really well,” said Edris. For example, after Sandy, Avenue C residents were not supposed to drink the water, even after boiling it. Rather, they were instructed to drink only bottled water. Yet, no one knew this at the time. “Three months later, the Department of Environmental Protection sent letters telling us, Don’t drink the water,” Edris said. She and other people had felt sick post-Sandy from drinking the water.
Seiden, who made copies of family photos to mail to relatives prior to the storm, worried about the general public’s mentality. “I wonder if we’ll slide just back in complacency,” he said. “That’s why I’m here, in case it happens again.” The counselors discussed the physical, emotional and cognitive aspects of disasters, and how to reacclimate oneself to the community and re-establish a sense of normal life. Victoria Nilsson, a coordinator for New York City Civic Corps at the Office of Emergency Management, talked about the practicalities of disaster preparedness. She travels to all five boroughs to train people for emergencies, doing one session per day. “We’ve had a huge focus on areas affected by Sandy,” she said. The city’s emergency plan, which covers creating a support network, packing a to-go bag and a stay-at-home kit, is not only for hurricanes. Nilsson noted there are plenty of hazards in the city besides flooding, such
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Getting ready for a hurricane
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The day after Hurricane Sandy slammed New York last year, Mike Schweinsburg, at 14th St. and Second Ave., held up a prized possession, a candle, that he was lucky to find at a store on Avenue B. “D” batteries were also hard to find, and exploiting the crisis, one E. 14th St. store had jacked up the price for a pair to $5.50.
Continued from page 4 as “blackouts, fires, gas leaks, utilities, lack of public transportation, cell phone towers down, earthquakes, tornados and terrorism.” O.E.M. used to be part of the New York Police Department, but after Sept. 11, 2001, it was made separate. “If there’s an outbreak,” Nilsson said, “we have operations, F.D.N.Y., N.Y.P.D. But sometimes you have to have multiple agencies in place, as you’ve seen. Sometimes they don’t work well together. O.E.M. goes in and coordinates the efforts.” An emergency support network is step one in the plan. Have at least two people, one near you, and one not in the city, she explained. “It’s preferable if it’s outside of the state,” said Nilsson. This is crucial so that you do not feel isolated in an emergency zone, people will be able to deliver messages, and you’ll have somewhere to stay, if necessary. Also, write down medical conditions, allergies and prescription doses. “It’s very important,” advised Nilsson. “Even though it’s personal, have it on you.” Make sure you list your blood type, any devices you may need, and contact information
for doctors, pharmacies and health insurance. Figure out reliable transportation. Add friends who may have cars to your list, plus taxi service numbers. As for when public transportation goes down, Nilsson said, “They say three days, but it can take a lot longer. If you need to get somewhere, make sure you have transportation in your plan.” She also recommended organizing a community carpool if there are there are neighbors with serious health needs. If you are stuck during an evacuation period, Nilsson urged calling 911 instead of 311, which would take a lot longer to get a response. Give a photocopy of your plan to people in your support network, and keep a copy on you at all times, she said. “Not everyone speaks English, and there’s no guarantee that first responders speak another language [than English],” Nilsson added. She recommended writing down medical issues, such as “I’m a diabetic,” or any other relevant phrases, in English on a 3-by-5 index card. Also, know where you are supposed to evacuate, and make sure you have items of value insured that are left behind, the meeting was told. A shelter situation is not always an option for families; sometimes it might be easier to bring a relative with health issues to your house to better monitor food and medicines. Hurricane maps were released by the city Monday in 11 languages with updated changes for flood zones. Type in a specific address at maps.nyc.gov/hurricane/ to locate your flood zone and a nearby emergency shelter. A to-go bag, intended for one person, includes the basics for a hurried departure. “No originals — have copies of your passport and license,” Nilsson explained, “a thumb drive [USB flash drive], and your Rx’s.” Also, don’t forget comfortable walking shoes, she added. “Have a piece of mail with your name on it,” she said. “For security reasons, if you’re forced to evacuate, have something that proves you live there.” “You should have cash in your go bag,” she continued. “Ones and fives, nothing larger because people take advantage of you in an emergency situation, unfortunately.” An animal should have its own to-go bag as well. Make sure to have food and water for pets — dogs, cats, and snakes are allowed in shelters — and copies of documentation. When you are forced to stay at home, or “sheltering in place,” you should have enough food and supplies for three days. “It’s basically a go bag, but more of it,” Nilsson said. “One gallon of water per person per day, nonperishable foods, flashlights and batteries.” The city is currently in the process of developing an emergency app for cell phones. If your cell phone doesn’t work, listen to a battery-operated or hand-crank radio for updates. Nilsson asked the group in closing when they were supposed to prepare their plan. “As soon as we get home, and before the next emergency,” joked a group member.
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And on that note…the band plays on at Campos Plaza On June 25, 31 students with the “Music Is Mine” program performed at Campos Plaza playground on E. 13th St., alongside a top-flight backup band of Roy Campbell (on trumpet), Darius Jones and Rob Brown (on sax), Max Johnson (on bass), Cooper-Moore (on piano) and Chad Taylor (on drums). For the past three years, the nonprofit Arts for Art has been offering free after-school music classes at the Campos Plaza community center. This year — after the federal sequester slashed more than $200 million in New York City Housing Authority funds — the children were told that this much-loved music program would be canceled. But on June 24, the mayor and City Council passed a budget that kicks in $58 million to NYCHA and $13 million to other city agencies to take over NYCHA-run community centers, like the one at Campos Plaza, which would have otherwise been forced to close. So for now, at least, the band plays on.
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Assault charges against ‘Soho Wild Man’ not sticking Continued from page 1 members who have experienced his erratic and frightening behavior. He is charged with second-degree assault, a felony, for allegedly throwing a brick at a person’s head on May 17. He entered the courtroom wearing a white T-shirt, and his hair had been shaved off. Once Pearson, 6 foot 5 inches tall and 240 pounds, was seated at a table next to his attorney, Alex Grosshtern, three officers moved in to stand close behind him. “At least for now there are no additional changes,” said Solomon, and called for pretrial motions to be filed by July 23. Grosshtern appealed for Pearson’s release from jail. “This is a misdemeanor, an ordinary crime — minus all the hoopla around this case,” he said. “The time he’s had in, almost two months, would generally be time served.” Assistant District Attorney James Zaleta countered by referring to Pearson’s character and criminal history, which includes six convictions. “He has no fixed address, and his mental issue is an issue,” Zaleta added. Additionally, the recommended jail time for a misdemeanor, Zaleta argued, is one year. Solomon reduced bail from $7,500 bond to $5,000 bond, or as an alternative, $5,000 cash to $3,500 cash. The case was adjourned to July 30 at 3 p.m. “The D.A.’s Office has finally given up on pressing felony charges,” Grosshtern said. “After unjustified repeated attempts by the D.A.’s Office to indict, it is now clear that the evidence was always insufficient.” Speculating as to why two grand juries did not indict on the assault charges, the attorney said, “There may have been a credibility issue with the witness, which Pearson has been saying all along.” Unable to divulge the facts, since grand jury proceedings are secret, Grosshtern merely said of the witness, “According to my client, it is also someone without a permanent address.” Pearson, who nodded his head at certain points during the case, was decidedly calmer than his previous court appearance on July 12. Grosshtern acknowledged the court cannot mandate medicines, but, he said, “Maybe on Riker’s they could be sustaining him and put him on something.” Five people had turned out for Pearson’s July 12 court date, but only two members of the Spring St. community were present in the courtroom on July 19. “The word ‘hoopla’? I found it quite offensive,” said Minerva Durham, owner of Spring Studio, a figurative drawing studio. “We have created hoopla around a case because a man has terrorized the neighborhood,” she said. “The way the lawyer is defending this man is to attack us.” Christina Nenov, who lives on Spring St. was extremely upset at the development. “It’s highly alarming that this man may be allowed to come back and torment the community.” Nenov attributed last Friday’s low turnout to the fact that people in the neighbor-
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Richard Pearson at an appearance in State Supreme Court last month.
hood had to be at work. But she said many people had e-mailed her for updates on the case. And 50 people turned out for a Fifth Precinct Community Council meeting in May to express their concerns about Pearson. “There is a false sense of calm right now,” she said. Citing ongoing questions about the Police Department’s CompStat figures — specifically, underreporting of crimes — Nenov spoke about police protocol involving Pearson. She said there is “a very long list of people that have had crimes committed against them [by Pearson],” but that “90 percent of police in these cases haven’t reported anything on Spring St. They come, and they walk [Pearson] down the street,” she said. Nenov referred to the May community Ccouncil meeting, where a police officer explained to the public how to ensure a better response. “Get the cop’s name, the badge number, and insist they write the complaint,” the officer advised. Nenov identified the witness to Pearson’s alleged assault as Willie Walker, “ ‘Sunny,’ we call him. He’s a part-time super, he lives Uptown. “Everybody knows him, which further discredits Richard Pearson’s lawyer’s claim that this is a class situation,” she said. “People like him because he’s cheerful, and that’s why his nickname is Sunny.” Nenov said she thought Walker was the person hit with a brick by Pearson, and that his arm had been hurt. “He’s usually working the corner Monday through Friday,” she said. “He’s a very nice man, and I don’t know anything about his background, but whatever it is, no one deserves to be hit with a brick.” On July 12, Solomon waited until 11:30 a.m. as members of the Spring St. community trickled in. The case had been represented to a second grand jury on June 28, and Pearson pled not guilty to the drug charge indictment. Pearson has testified before three grand
juries. But Grosshtern succeeded in stopping the second one. “We were ambushed,” he said, claiming the prosecution asked questions about other incidents, and wanted to add charges he was not made aware of. “We went to the judge, the prosecution conceded, and it started all over again,” Grosshtern said. The defense attorney protested a third presentation to a grand jury, and asked for either Pearson’s release or a change in the amount of bail, which he called excessive at $5,000. Solomon denied a bail change. The discussion then became heated over the two separate grand juries’ dismissal of the assault charges. Pearson, who had been shaking his leg and his head during the hearing, grew more agitated and yelled something. The bailiff got up from his desk and joined the three other officers who were surrounding Pearson. In an even tone, the judge admonished Pearson, and told him he had to behave in court. “You may not be satisfied with some of the decisions,” he said, “but you have to respect this is a courtroom.” Pearson then yelled obscenities as he was led from the courtroom by the officers, his shouts still audible after the door to a corridor lined with jail cells shut behind them. There was also the sound of something being kicked. “That’s what we have to live with, and he’s on the street,” said Durham, who was present in the courtroom.
She recalled one experience with Pearson as she was holding a life-drawing art class outside in Petrosino Square. A clothed male model was posing. Durham said Pearson interrupted the class by urinating on the ground near the model, and also pushed an old man. Durham called police, but said their response time was slow. They didn’t file charges, and no arrest was made. “Police told our model, ‘Touch him [Pearson], and we’ll arrest you,’ ”she said. “He’s terrifying the neighborhood.” According to Durham, Pearson sneered to the model, an actor, “My penis is larger than yours.” The actor later told Durham that Pearson clearly wants to be the center of attention. Jason Menkes, a Spring St. resident, also shared stories about Pearson. “I’m glad the judge is taking in his history of violence,” he said. “He’s mentally ill, and he needs long-term care. It should be addressed to some degree.” Menkes told of how the panhandlers on Spring St. are scared of Pearson, and that he has seen four officers needed to control him. “He’ll just lie down on the sidewalk and you have to walk around him,” he said. In a phone interview two weeks ago, Grosshtern defended Pearson to Soho residents. “He’s a sight they’d rather not see,” he said. “It’s a wealthy area. His only crime — he’s poor and a panhandler in a wealthy neighborhood.”
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Police BLOTTER Managed to steal $1.5 mil A former property manager of two Chinatown buildings pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1.5 million from the buildings’ business accounts, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced on July 19. Kee Lin, 43, who managed 11 East Broadway and 128 Mott St. from November 2006 to August 2009, admitted to writing multiple unauthorized checks, payable to cash, in order to illegally funnel the money from the buildings’ accounts to his own company, AIP Realty Services. To conceal the theft, Lin created numerous false bank statements, and submitted them to the buildings’ board members, according to court documents. But Lin slipped up on his math, and one of the board members found a difference between one of the fake statements and a corresponding bank statement. Lin pleaded guilty to first-degree grand larceny, which carries a sentence of from five to 25 years in prison. He is expected to be sentenced Oct. 1.
Jacobs trans-gression An employee of the Marc Jacobs outlet at 403 Bleecker St. called police around
1:30 p.m. on July 22 to report the reappearance of a cross-dressing man in the store, after he’d allegedly gotten away with stealing two bottles of body wash, two bottles of perfume and a bottle of body cream the previous afternoon — a total of $540 worth of goods. The employee, who said she identified the suspect after watching video surveillance footage that captured the crime on tape, helped police track him down to make the arrest. Police were called, but the suspect — later identified as Lisa Olmo, a 42-yearold man, given name Luis Ramos — exited the store before officers arrived. But the employee went with the officers on a canvass of the area and quickly spotted Olmo, who was arrested and charged with petty larceny.
Clarkson teen fracas A teenager allegedly attacked and injured two other boys during a fight on a West Village sidewalk on the evening of July 16, police said. Officers on patrol said they saw the 17-year-old, whose name was not released, get into a heated dispute with the other boys, 14 and 17, near the corner of Clarkson St. and Seventh Ave. South around 5:30 p.m. The officers said, as they approached, they saw the first 17-year-
old pick up a large wooden stick and began beating the other boys with it. The 14-year-old was left with an ankle injury that required hospitalization, and the 17-year-old victim received minor cuts and bruises to his left arm. The officers stopped the fight and arrested the alleged attacker, charging him with assault.
Cell-phone psych-out Witnesses told police that a man, later identified as Jude Levia, 28, approached a passerby around 4:30 a.m., as they crossed paths at the corner of W. 14thSt. and Ninth Ave. Levia reportedly got into the 35-year-old man’s face, and confused him by claiming the other man had stolen his cell phone. When the other man took out his phone to prove it wasn’t stolen, witnesses said Levia tried to snatch it away — and when he failed, he swiped the victim’s cheap watch right off his wrist. But, unfortunately for Levia, as he turned to flee, a vigilant bystander tackled him, and recovered the victim’s watch, then
held him until cops could arrive. Levia was charged with grand larceny.
The Sneaky Surfer Here’s another reminder to keep your eyes open — and your head on a swivel — while making even the most routine stop for a cash withdrawal at an A.T.M. Police arrested Dainon Johnson, 41, around 3 p.m. on July 20, after they spotted him peeking over the shoulder of a 74-year-old as the senior was typing his PIN number into a sidewalk ATM at the corner of W. 12thSt. and Eighth Ave. In a maneuver commonly known as “shoulder surfing,” Johnson was stealthily trying to learn the man’s PIN number in order to eventually access his bank account illegally, police said. But his surreptitious “surfing” ended with a wipeout, as Johnson was charged with attempted grand larceny.
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Cheers in Chinatown on Grand St. By Clarissa-Jan Lim Elected officials and several tenants of 289 Grand St. last Thursday celebrated the tenants’ return to the building after it was ravaged by a fire in 2010. Joining the tenants were Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Councilmember Margaret Chin and state Senator Daniel Squadron, as well as Mathew Wambua, commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, representatives of Asian Americans for Equality and other local elected officials, plus members of the local Chinatown community. In a hard-fought legal battle lasting nearly two years, the 289 Grand St. Tenants Association, with the help of AAFE, the H.P.D. legal team and the support of the area’s local politicians, won their case in early 2012 against the building’s landlord, Wong’s Grand Realty Corp. The court ordered the property owner to fully restore all apartments to the tenants by March 1, 2013. It is also significant win for the community in terms of protecting affordable housing. Elected officials at the press conference stressed their dedication to protecting affordable housing. “This victory belongs to the tenants of 289 Grand St.,” Chin said. “Since the devastating fire in 2010, we have fought for their right to return home and rebuild
their lives. Protecting tenants’ rights and affordable housing is of the utmost priority in Chinatown and Lower Manhattan, and I will continue to make sure these voices are heard.” Silver expressed gratitude to AAFE, H.P.D. and other officials “for their hard work and advocacy in protecting the rights” of the 289 Grand St. tenants. He pledged he will continue in his effort to “preserve and protect affordable housing in Chinatown and throughout Lower Manhattan.” The 2010 fire torched three residential buildings, of which 289 Grand St., despite heavy fire and water damage, emerged in the best shape. The other two buildings, 283 and 285 Grand Sts., sustained such severe damage they were deemed unsalvagable and required demolition. Two hundred people were displaced, 33 injured and an 87-year-old man died in what was deemed one of Chinatown’s worst fires. Property owners declared the repairs needed for 289 Grand St. “economically infeasible” and pushed for razing the residential building. However, H.P.D. and the Department of Buildings inspected and concluded that, despite the damage, the building could be repaired and restored to habitability. H.P.D. lifted the vacate order in April of this year, and all residents of 289 Grand St. returned to their newly renovated, still rentregulated homes.
Funds will start a new chapter for storm-‘slammed’ Nuyorican By Heather Dubin At Tuesday night’s Community Board 3 meeting, City Councilmember Rosie Mendez announced $5.3 million in funding had been secured with Speaker Christine Quinn and the Manhattan Council delegation to assist the Nuyorican Poets Cafe with major renovations and repairs. “The Nuyorican Poets Cafe was hard hit during Sandy,” Mendez said. Mendez said this capital grant will allow the East Village poetry mecca to become compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act, as well as fix its upper, unused floors above the performance space and the basement. “We were very fortunate, and quite gratified by the result,” said Daniel Gallant, executive director of the Nuyorican. “We are very grateful to all members of the City Council who put in a good word for us.” Plans have been underway for the past decade to redo the place’s floors, said Gallant, who began his tenure in 2008. “We’d accrued $1 million over three years,” the director said in a phone interview. “It was a good start, but we still needed much more funding to more realistically approach these floors.”
Nuyorican sustained damage from both Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Sandy. Its basement has flooded two years in a row now, and required a gut renovation, as did part of the performance space. “Sandy knocked out our heating and air conditioning,” Gallant said. “We had to go the entire winter without heat.” He was appreciative of the venue’s supportive fan base, which came to performances despite the cold, until enough money was raised to replace the heating. “The biggest structural issues involve drainage, a new roof and brickwork on the upper floors that’s starting to crumble,” he said. The building is more than 100 years old, and was previously a residential tenement. Renovation of the upper floors is necessary to ensure safety below them. “Every time we have a major storm, there are still some leaks that opened up since Irene and Sandy,” Gallant said. “During both hurricanes we called it the ‘indoor waterfall effect,’ ” joked Gallant. “It’s pretty to look at it, but not a lot of fun when the piano is under it.” Construction is anticipated to begin in the next two to three years.
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editorial Some summer reading We’re proud, in this week’s issue, to unveil our first installment of V Lit, a new special supplement to The Villager and the East Villager newspapers. Why did we do it? For starters, amid the never-ending pressures of the news cycle, a number of author interviews and book reviews we had done were starting to pile up — and, of course, more were only steadily coming in. It seemed like a good idea to take a moment, take some of these and put them all into one section. But more to the point, as one Villager subscriber told us, encouraging us to do the section, “Villager readers are readers,” as in people who love newspapers, books, literature in general. And, of course, there are few places on Earth as renowned for inspiring writers and being a home to writers — and artists of all kinds, and art in general — as Downtown Manhattan. So, all in all, it just seemed like a good idea. Is the selection of books and authors featured in this section as inclusive and representative of the area’s rich diversity as it could be? No, it’s not. However, in its own imperfect and flawed way, it came about organically. Some of these books, like John Strausbaugh’s “The Village,” were major releases that have — justifiably — received glowing reviews in the national press. It was fitting that the legendary Jerry Tallmer, a founding editor of the Village Voice, and himself a living part of the Village’s history, review Strausbaugh’s epic book. And Lucas Mann, a former Villager intern, is now emerging into “a league of his own,” with a new nonfiction work on a Midwestern minor league baseball team. It seems that he’s become a “player.” In other cases, an Unbearable casually slipped us his latest volume of poetry in a community garden, or we chanced to hear an author giving a reading of her new book on squatting at MORUS (the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space), or a local musician / writer told us at MORUS’s opening party that he had penned a new rock-and-roll novel, or we chanced upon a cool new comic book shop on Carmine St., or readers pitched us their latest book, or a review of a friend’s new work. … Somehow, it all came together, and fairly ad hoc, in a short amount of time. If we do another edition of V Lit, we will strive to ensure that it is even more inclusive of the people and the neighborhoods that make up Downtown Manhattan. On another note, V Lit has taken “artistic license,” so to speak, by retaining (as in, not censoring) some of the authors’, let’s say, “colorful” language, be it in their writing or their interviews. We hope readers are not offended. Again, this seemed to be in the spirit of creativity and free expression — though would normally be edited in our regular news pages. For now, we hope you enjoy this first installment of V Lit.
letters to the editor Leading women support Kurland To The Editor: We are a group of women who have worked hard and gotten involved in the political process. We do this for ourselves and our families, to create a world where all of our daughters can have opportunities equal to those given to our sons. In the City Council race here in District 3, on Manhattan’s West Side, we believe the best candidate is Yetta Kurland. The Villager seems to focus its reporting on attacks against Yetta, who had the guts to take on Christine Quinn a few years ago, and who has upset some members of the political establishment by fighting passionately to save St. Vincent’s Hospital. We can understand why some looking to make a deal over the hospital closure may not have appreciated Yetta Kurland’s strong advocacy for healthcare and against the millionaire developers who stood to make so much money by closing the hospital and building luxury condos. But that doesn’t change one thing: Yetta Kurland was fighting for her community with skill and with passion, working with more than 8,000 community members, as well as grassroots organizations, unions and local groups. In doing so, she showed respect to the elected officials, staying in constant communication with the Borough President’s Office, the Public Advocate’s Office, and local, state and national leaders. She did this without compromising the community’s message. This is a sign of a gifted advocate. As we watch other communities’ leaders getting arrested in civil disobedience fighting to save Long Island College Hospital and other hospitals, we see the importance of Yetta’s work. We also see the temperance and discipline she demonstrated during one of the most challenging times in our community’s history. Where we come from, that is exactly what a city councilmember is supposed to do, and we support Yetta Kurland for Council precisely because she did advocate for her community, even when some powerful people asked her to quiet down and go away. Yetta Kurland has demonstrated the courage and the intelligence to speak out on many issues. She sued the New York City Fire Department in order to win equal pay for female firefighters. Her clients recently won a generous settlement with the city. She has defended tenants facing unfair eviction. She has served on the national board of Marriage Equality. She has gone to court to protect protesters, the victims of hate crimes, and L.G.B.T.Q. people demanding their equal rights under the law. While The Villager has a right to its own editorial judg-
ment, we ask that your readers be given a fair portrayal of Yetta Kurland’s candidacy. She is a woman of character and courage, and that is why we support her. Betsy Gotbaum, former New York City public advocate Jean Grillo, district leader, 66th Assembly District, Part B Trudy L. Mason, Democratic State Committeewoman Denise Spillane, district leader, 75th Assembly District, Part B Erin Loos Cutraro, managing vice president and political director, Women’s Campaign Fund Virginia Davies, West Village resident Jill Greenberg, co-chairperson, Working Families Party, Manhattan chapter (for identification purposes only) Velma Hill, vice president, Chelsea Midtown Democratic Club Kim Moscaritolo, former president, Manhattan Young Democrats Patricia Rudden, president, Women’s Democratic Club Elaine Schulman, president, Ansonia Independent Democrats Jeanne Wilcke, president, Downtown Independent Democrats (for identification purposes only)
No NID is a bad idea for park To The Editor: It is rare to hear an argument against more open space for Downtown. Most people I encounter want more — more fields, more playspaces, more bike paths, more everything. One visit to Tribeca’s Pier 25 on a weekend or Washington Market Park after school lets out will show you that in fact we don’t just want it — we need more open space Downtown. An argument against the Hudson River Park Neighborhood Improvement District is an argument against more open space. Gone are the days when government builds new parks
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The billionaires back Margaret Chin for City Council tAlkinG point By Sean SWeeney Voter beware! In a move that surprised few, a consortium of real-estate developers, landlords, investment firms and bankers have endorsed Margaret Chin for City Council, pledging a share of its $10 million war chest to elect the embattled councilmember. The Real Estate Board of New York, a.k.a. REBNY, a pro-real estate, pro-development, lobbying association of the city’s biggest real-estate developers, is spearheading a political action committee, or PAC, cynically named “Jobs For New York,” deceptively claiming it is seeking affordable housing and jobs for the middle class. Nothing could be further from the truth. Although candidates for the City Council can generally spend only $168,000 on their campaigns under strict Campaign Finance Board regulations, recent rulings now permit private-expenditure groups to spend basically an unlimited amount of money to influence an election’s outcome. The bulk of the $10 million that this new PAC is promising will go toward direct mail, TV and radio advertising. The group plans to spend $2 million on voter identification and field-targeting in 25 City Council races. The PAC also suggested that it would run negative campaign ads against Chin’s opponent, civil-rights attorney Jenifer Rajkumar. Susan Lerner, the executive director of Common Cause, a government watchdog group, indicated that the multimillion-dollar effort is a significant shift in city politics that might alter the nature of campaigning on the local level. “The entire point of a City Council race is to reflect the needs of the neighborhoods in a district,” Lerner said. “This undercuts the neighborhood-based nature of a district and replaces neighborhood concerns with industry concerns.” According to The New York Times, “the [Jobs For New York] PAC represents an aggressive new involvement in New York’s heavily regulated city elections by a major independentexpenditure group…to direct donations to back candidates in both parties who support pro-development policies.” In a Times interview, REBNY’s president, Steven Spinola, called Mayor Bloomberg’s time in City Hall a “wonderful era” and said his organization’s PAC intends to support candidates who would advance a pro-jobs, prodevelopment agenda similar to Bloomberg’s. Crain’s New York Business reported: “The group hopes to elect a bloc of councilmembers that would make it more difficult for the Council to override vetoes by a businessfriendly mayor. … The PAC intends to focus on councilmembers, who tend to have great sway over development in their districts. Ironically, however, the group will advocate for members to play a lesser role in supervising development." The PAC has hired the powerful P.R. firm the Parkside Group to run its campaign to elect Chin. Parkside describes itself as providing “campaign management…strategic com-
is clearly the candidate closest to the issues the real-estate industry cares about. Bill O’Reilly, a Republican strategist who is not involved in the PAC, said he was impressed with Jobs For New York from the outset, and hoped it has learned lessons from past efforts to sway elections. “It’s smart what they’re doing, because there’s a very good chance we could have a mayor who is to the very, very far left… . I think the industry needs to protect itself. And the one place they could do that would be to have some voices in the City Council.” In case there is any doubt of the group’s agenda, REBNY’s Web site states the organization’s goals. These include: Fighting to oppose legislation on paid sick leave, prevailing wage and minimum wage; Opposing legislation that would limit commercial rent increases, a move that hurts independent retailers and momand-pop stores;
‘There's a very good chance we could have a mayor who is to the very, very far left. The industry needs to protect itself.’
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munications and public affairs…for major real estate firms.” Parkside’s president has said, in describing the real-estate industry’s new PAC, “We are...supporting candidates who we think are most likely to support the issues that are important to us.” REBNY confirms it in Crain’s: “We’re going to run an aggressive field-effort to communicate with voters and promote candidates.” However, REBNY / Jobs For N.Y. know full well the public’s aversion to pro-real estate candidates running for office. Crain’s quotes a source close to the PAC: “The perception that some people have, historically when some of these endeavors are attempted, it’s like, ‘Oh, the business group is going to run the Chamber of Commerce guy,’ ” said one source. “Well, the Chamber of Commerce guy is probably not going to win. There are three to four legitimate candidates. Let’s see who’s closest to the issues the organization cares about.” With REBNY’s endorsement and money, Margaret Chin
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Lobbying for government tax subsidies for the real-estate industry (while doing its best to remove rent subsidies for the middle class and the poor); Repealing President Obama’s healthcare reform; Seeking the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts; Opposing landmarking laws, claiming that historic preservation hurts economic growth (Tell that to Tribeca, Soho and Village residents); And, last but not least, supporting moderate Republicans. REBNY’s board of governors include, among scores of multimillionaire developers: Larry Gluck, who purchased Independence Plaza in Tribeca and removed it from Mitchell-Lama rent protection, dispossessing hundreds of people; Jerry Speyer of Tishman Speyer, who tried Gluck’s scheme at Stuyvesant Town / Cooper Village;
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letteRS to the editoR Continued from page 10 on a grand scale without having a revenue stream to support them. The NID is good planning for a neighborhood that uses its parks like no other. The NID allows neighbors to proactively support a resource they need and love. The yearly cost of the NID to Downtown residents is very small relative to the value of the park in our lives. Hudson River Park can live within its current means, yes. It does that now. But the job we have as stewards of the park is to plan for the future, not just to get by for the time being. Two-thirds of the park’s budget goes to structural maintenance, security, lights and utilities, and cleaning. So to continue to run the park on our current income means we won’t be able to complete the park’s full construction, or worse, commercial development where park should be. It also means, as time goes on, that the park will no longer look like the one we know today, or be maintained or policed the way it is today, as costs for everything from security staff to power to garbage removal go up. Already I have heard suggestions not to build the remaining sections of the park that are still uncompleted, to save maintenance costs. This is a shortsighted, uninspired and, frankly, depressing notion. Perhaps another solution will come along in the next several years. Or perhaps by then we will have missed a chance to ensure a strong future for the park we all depend on. Pam Frederick Frederick is a board member, Hudson River Park Trust
Air-rights idea a good compromise To The Editor: Re “Pier air rights may open a Pandora’s box of development” (talking point, by Andrew Berman, July 18):
REBNY for Chin Continued from page 11 Richard LeFrak, who has expressed his desire to remove all rent protection for his tenants in Gateway Plaza in Battery Park City; Bill Rudin, who bought St. Vincent’s Hospital and is turning it into luxury apartments; Mary Ann Tighe, REBNY chairperson, who now works
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The amendments to the Hudson River Park Act, if signed by the governor, will improve the prospects for a sustainable Hudson River Park. The sale of air rights cannot proceed without an approval process that will offer the opportunity to balance the need for public open space — and, in particular, the opportunity to save the large-footprint sports fields at Pier 40 — with the need to protect the park and the adjacent neighborhoods from the wrong kinds of development. It’s a good thing when opportunities for development are linked to requirements to meet the needs of a growing community, because the more common zoning approach simply makes a huge gift of new development rights to property owners. These changes come as a responsible compromise after a long period of public debate about how to secure the future of the park. The only property in the Village where more development is likely to result is the St. John’s Center, a site where the underlying manufacturing zoning is outdated and likely to be changed in any case. We will need an open process to assure the most benefit to the park in the context of sustaining the quality of life in our neighborhoods. But if we want the benefits of a waterfront park, we can’t just keep saying “No.”
They will never be able to escape this designation, and it will forever be foisted upon them. “Oh, you live in the ‘AIDS Memorial’.” “No, I live in The Greenwich Lane.” “No, you live in the AIDS Memorial.”
Tobi Bergman Bergman is a member, Pier 40 Champions, and chairperson, Community Board 2 Land Use and Business Development Committee
Enjoy your ‘AIDS Memorial’ condos! To The Editor: Re “Fewer but wealthier tenants for former St. Vincent’s site” (news article July 11): They will be living in the actual AIDS Memorial, and that is how locals will always refer to that set of buildings now.
for the Howard Hughes Corporation, the company to whom Margaret Chin handed over the South Street Seaport and the Fulton Fish Market for high-rise luxury development; Jared Kushner, the East Village’s biggest landlord and Donald Trump’s son-in-law; Jeff Gural of Newmark Realty, the folks behind the Soho Business Improvement District, Chin’s pet project; Two of the group’s other governors, Larry Silverstein, the World Trade Center developer, and Dan Tisch, another major construction honcho, as well as Bill Rudin, are all N.Y.U. trustees — who are showing their thanks now to Chin for her obeisance to New York University’s massive expansion
‘Speed racers’ better get brakes To The Editor: Re “Speeding cyclist slams woman on Broadway” (June 27): I’ve been a bike rider on these mean streets since 1970. I never once hit a pedestrian. However, pedestrians have hit me, on a couple of occasions, by casually walking out from between parked cars in the middle of the block and against the light. My bike has brakes. Bikes without brakes are speed racers. Theoretically, I could be given a ticket if I ride my bike without lights at night. Maybe if the law required that speed racers without brakes could not be driven on city streets, an incident like you report here would not take place.
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Regarding the university’s 2031 expansion scheme, REBNY has the temerity to proclaim, “REBNY applauds N.Y.U. for creating a plan that allows for growth on its own property while maintaining the neighborhood character of Greenwich Village. The Real Estate Board commends Margaret Chin, who was instrumental in getting the plan approved.” Italics added. Since July 1, voters in Chin’s district have been bombarded almost daily with campaign mailings that spuriously trumpet her work for affordable housing and the middle class, never revealing the hidden agenda behind the real-estate giants’ largesse or the industry’s concerted effort in making Manhattan unaffordable for the middle class. Chin disingenuously claims she has nothing to do with Jobs For New York. However, she could easily denounce the PAC, as so many others have done, could stop posing for its campaign photographs, and could insist REBNY stop its deceptive mailing blitz. She hasn’t. The Democratic primary is six weeks away. The voters will then decide whether Abraham Lincoln’s maxim is correct: You cannot fool all the people all the time.
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Former N.Y. Press editor covers Village, ‘A’ to ‘Z’ By JERRY TALLMER Take a letter, any letter… . After all, there are only 26 of them in our language. Take the letter “K,” for instance — “K” as in King Street in Greenwich Village, where one evening six years ago I was knocked down by a car driven by a lively young woman who stopped, dusted me off, spotted a couple of books under my arm, and, this being Greenwich Village, asked me what one single book I liked best to read in all this world. When I said maybe Stendhal’s “The Charterhouse of Parma,” she looked at me strangely. I said: “Oh, well, how about Salinger’s ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ then?” “Now you’re talking!” the girl said. It is early (Page 13) in a superb new book, not of fiction but of fact, an heir of Stendhal in scope, length, complexity, sophistication and human voice, that we learn of the post-Colonial role of South of Houston’s parallel King, Charlton and Van Dam Streets in replacing the golden splendors of Richmond Hill (now Varick Street), where once Abigail Adams reigned supreme and Aaron Burr and John Jacob Astor had built their mansions. All of that was replaced with a fly-speckled “museum” and such 1830s tourist traps (50 cents box seats, 25 cents in “the pit”) as a Richmond Hill Theatre and a Miss Nelson’s Theatre, where Off Off Broadway still has its outposts today. Perpetual story, then and now. … The book, all 624 pages of it (HarperCollins, $29.95), is simply titled “The Village,” with all the rest in the subtitle: “400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues — a History of Greenwich Village,” by John Strausbaugh, former editor of the now defunct weekly New York Press. On the evidence of those 624 pages, Mr. Strausbaugh is a natural writer, i.e., he writes the way he breathes and breathes the way he thinks. You know, the old William Saroyan “breathe in, breathe out,” daring young man on your flying trapeze. Better yet, E.M. Forster’s “Only connect.” Mr. Strausbaugh connects everything to everything across 400 years of U.S. and Greenwich Village history. Reading straight on, for instance, from the bottom of Page 13 to the top of Page 14, we’re reminded of the neon sign on an aged town house at 39 Grove Street proclaiming it the locale of Marie’s Crisis Café, a hiddenaway piano bar in the basement where this observer many years ago first laid eyes on entertainer Mark Nadler ripping the joint and the piano apart a la Jimmy Durante. Well, I’ve been vaguely aware of that neon sign and Marie’s Crisis Café for — what? — sixty-something years? — but I never knew till I read it on Pages 13 and 14 of Mr. Strausbaugh’s masterwork that one of this country’s (and my own) greatest heroes, Thomas Paine, “didn’t do much in the Village except die there,” at this very spot, unloved, unsung, unwanted, on June 8, 1809, despised as an atheist who defiantly proclaimed: “My own mind is my own church.” The “Crisis” in that neon sign is for Tom Paine’s battle-cry pamphlet, “The American Crisis,” and its “These are the times that try
men’s souls,” eight gleaming words that, 165 years later, carried one future Greenwich Villager all the way through World War II. The Marie in the sign is for Marie Dumont, the original proprietor of Marie’s Crisis Café. The index alone of Mr. Straussbaugh’s opus is a masterwork of another sort, 30 pages of tiny type adding up, if my arithmetic is correct, to some nearly 3,000 entries, from “Abbey Players (Dublin),” Page 108, to “Zoo Story, The (play),” Pages 356-357. Let us revert to the letter “K” and pick out a just few of its indexed highlights of interaction with Greenwich Village. “Kaddish,” the wrenching poem by Allen Ginsberg mourning the death of his mother. Kaposi’s sarcoma, an AIDS-related cancer. Kaprow, Allan, creator of “happenings.” Karp, Ivan, pioneer Soho gallery owner. Kaufman, Murray (“Murray the K”), disc jockey.
“The Town and the City.” Kettle of Fish, watering hole and hangout on Christopher Street. Kiesler, Frederick, architect, artist, theatrical designer Kilgallen, Dorothy, gossip columnist. King, Martin Luther, Jr., civil-rights leader. “King Kong,” motion picture. Kingston Trio, song group. Kirkland, Sally, actress. Kitchen, The, culture gallery. Kitt, Eartha, actress/singer. Kluver, Billy, artist. Koch, Ed, mayor. Koch, Kenneth, playwright.
Kennedy, John F., president.
Kornfeld, Lawrence, director.
Kennedy, Robert, senator, attorney general.
Kramer, Larry, playwright.
“Kennedy’s Children,” a play by Robert Patrick.
Krasner, Lee, painter.
Kent State shootings (1969). Kern, Jerome, songwriter. Kerouac, Jack, a dozen entries from “Lenny Bruce and” to “On the Road” to
Krassner, Paul, satirist. Krim, Seymour, writer. Kubrick, Stanley, moviemaker. Kupferberg, Tuli, musician of The Fugs.
That should give you some idea of the range, grasp, and impact of Mr. Strausbaugh’s “The Village,” in the lines and between the lines — just for the letter “K.” And much of the history of Greenwich Village starts in the 1600s, way before all the above, with “half-free” blacks given tiny patches of land to protect New Amsterdam’s Dutch settlers from sporadic raids by the displaced Lenape Indians. What is now Washington Square was then and subsequently a potter’s field burial ground for the criminal and impoverished, a military parade ground, and the gallows for executions by hanging (but not from the great, over-credited “Hanging Elm” that still spreads its arms over the northwest corner of the park). Strausbaugh begins this all-embracing story with a loving pen portrait of the nowgoing-on 83 years young David Amram, composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, author, memoirist, actor (“Pull My Daisy”), and keeper of the eternal flame — a Villager to his roots even when not always a resident of Greenwich Village. When we leave Amram, far deeper in the book, he has pulled out a flute and is playing “Amazing Grace” at the May 2012 memorial services at The Cooper Union for Samuel Beckett’s good American friend, lifelong radical Grove Press publisher Barney Rosset. It was one of Rosset’s favorite songs. Much of “The Village” — the book and the place itself — pivots around the concept of Bohemia and its Bohemians, terms invented in 1834 by French journalist Felix Pyat and echoed 15 years later, Strausbaugh tells us, by Henry Murger’s international smash hit “Scenes de la Vie de Boheme.” Everybody his own artist. “Greenwich Village is a state of mind,” as we used to say when creating The Village Voice. Or as Strausbaugh wryly puts it, “With all these new freedoms came another: the freedom to starve.” Two of its greatest exponents: doomed, restless Edgar Allen Poe and “twofisted,” London-based butterflying James McNeil Whistler. David Amram has been too productive all his life to be tagged “a Bohemian,” though I’m sure he has done his share of starving. So have we all, including, I’m further sure, John Strausbaugh. Let us pray that his tide has now turned. The closing pages of his book dramatize the hatred of warrior playwright Larry Kramer for the rigidly closeted Mayor Ed Koch, two men who frequently had to face one another every morning in the same Eighth Street apartment-house elevator. “Plague had played a significant role in the early nineteenth century,” Strausbaugh writes. “Now another plague” — the H.I.V. that swept like the black death through the 1980s — “contributed to its transformation at the end of the twentieth.” May that be not the end of the story, just one of Greenwich Village’s thousand and one new beginnings.
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When we were making ‘The Revolution of Every Day’ Cari Luna received an M.F.A. in fiction from Brooklyn College. Her short fiction has appeared in failbetter, Avery Anthology, PANK and Novembre Magazine. New York-born, she now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, their two children, a cat and four chickens. Her new novel, “The Revolution of Every Day” (Tin House Books, October 2013), an excerpt from which follows below, is about East Village squatters.
By Cari Luna Steve stares out the bedroom window. It’s cold — no way to totally draft-proof hundred-some-year-old frames — but he doesn’t mind. He had the same kind of tired tenement window in his room as a kid, across the street and up the block a ways. The cold never stopped him from standing by it all hours of the night, staring out, hoping to see something. Shooting star, spaceship. All he ever saw was Crazy Louie dragging his decrepit Chihuahua for a late-night walk; old man Hoffman coming home from his shoe repair shop on Avenue A; gangs of teenage boys, all slick and sharp-edged, cutting jagged lines as they walked right down the middle of Thirteenth Street. Juan Carlos Ramirez. Manny Miranda. Miguel Angel del Prado. He mouthed their names like incantations, breathed them, didn’t dare give them voice. The kings of Thirteenth Street. The princes of Loisaida. All dead years ago. Princes die young around here. Thirty years gone since then. New Juan Carloses, new Mannys, dozens of Miguel Angels since then. Same old story in an endless loop. It was probably the same story when the neighborhood belonged to the Jews. The black kids over on Avenue D are probably living out the same shit, too. People aren’t so different. Times haven’t changed so much. Young is young. Poor is poor. And here Steve is, forty-two years old, still standing at a bedroom window looking out on Thirteenth Street. But he’s done some good here in the old hood. Carved out a place in the world for himself and his wife. He and Anne and the other homesteaders, they’re taking Loisaida back from the crackheads and dealers one abandoned building at a time. Call them squatters, fine, but homesteading’s what this is really about. Staking a claim. Taking back the land. Loisaida — as much his ancestral home
as Puerto Rico. More so. A gang of teenagers slides down the street. Boys like lion cubs, testing their teeth. Steve grabs his coat, heads down the stairs. “Going for a walk,” he says to Anne, who’s planted on the folding chair in the vestibule, empty mug by her feet and a book in her hand. A quick kiss to her cheek and he’s out the door. It’s a beautiful night, cold and clear. Nights like this, Steve feels like he could follow the streets and they’d take him anywhere. Walk east into the river and across to Brooklyn; walk north into the low mountains of Rockland County. Walk south and jump off the island’s end, swim through the harbor and right on out to sea. Maybe he’ll head over to the Brooklyn Bridge. Walk halfway across, just to look back, see the city lights in the water. The lights in the water like some second city, a city of the drowned. He always thought that when he and Anne had a kid, he would spin it into a bedtime story. “Hey, kiddo, guess what? There’s a whole ’nother city in the East River. Folks who drowned and came back to life, only now they live in the river. They breathe water. They eat tin cans and tennis shoes.” Instead he takes a right on A venue B and up to Fourteenth. The all-night Chinese on the corner is lit up, the cold white fluorescent lights a beacon against the rolled-down security gates of the stores around it. Chicken wings and rice $2.99. Spare ribs $1.95. A black guy in a banker suit waits for his food. He leans his shoulder against the bulletproof glass walling off the register and kitchen. A thick scar cuts across his cheek like words escaping his mouth. On past the Chinese and around the corner. Madame Rosa Palm Reader gone dark for the night. The plastic and grime of Fourteenth Street shut tight. Only the dime-bag bodega is open along this stretch. Across the way, light gleams still from some of the windows of Stuyvesant Town, the redbrick towers with their backs turned to the tenements to hide the secret playgrounds and quiet treed streets at the center. When he was a kid he’d sit in the Oval in Stuytown — that park at the heart of it with the fountain and
the benches and the smooth, looping walkways. The trees and the playgrounds. He’d watch the shiny kids in their shiny shoes, and pretend he lived there, too. Or he’d imagine he was a fish in that fountain, a magic fish that ate all the coins thrown in there. A wish-eating fish. Up the block, he spies Ivan, that old queen all done up in his dress and wig and the whole bit, just turned the corner from A onto Fourteenth and walking west. Five kids come around the corner — same kids Steve saw out his window. They’re silent and quick, sleek like sharks, but Ivan knows they’re following him; you can see it in his walk, all nervous and clipped in those high heels, not his usual strut.
Steve knows Ivan from way back, like grade school way back. They’d sit on their stoop sometimes, swapping comic books while their dads played dominos at a card table on the sidewalk. Steve breaks into a jog. Easy, like he wants to catch up to a friend. Casual. “Hey, Ivan! Wait up!” Usually Ivan won’t respond to that name when he’s all dressed up, but Steve’s fucked if he can remember what he is supposed to call him. And now he knows for sure that Ivan knows the kids are after him because he responds to his guy name, that big platinum wig swinging around a beat behind the rest of him when he turns. Steve meets the kids’ eyes as he passes them. I see you, motherfuckers. That’s enough. They melt around and past him and Ivan, a muttered “fuckin’ faggots” and on ahead to First Avenue, where they disappear around the corner, headed downtown. Ivan spits on the ground, adjusts his wig. “Like goddamn baby piranhas, I swear to God.” Steve offers his arm. “Let me walk you a ways.” Ivan laughs and it’s the same high, ringing sound from when they were kids. “You’re a good man, Estefan. Go home to your wife.” He kisses Steve’s cheek and walks on, swinging his skinny Rican ass more than strictly necessary. “And how am I supposed to explain the lipstick on my face?” Steve calls after him. He watches until Ivan crosses First Avenue and sinks into the safety of the crowded sidewalks there. He buys a beer and a paper at the bodega, a cup of coffee for Anne. He goes home to his wife.
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Peeling the layers of Tania Grossinger’s cocoon By JERRY TALLMER The last four words of the Skyhorse Publishing press release on Tania Grossinger’s new book, “Memoir of an Independent Woman; An Unconventional Life Well Lived,” are: “She lives in Manhattan.” It might more precisely say: “She lives in Greenwich Village, New York City, and has for all the 54 years since — a college girl down from Brandeis — she first came across an ad in The Village Voice for a 3½ -room rent-controlled furnished apartment on Christopher Street, $168 a month.” “I had no idea where Christopher Street was,” says the Tania Grossinger who’d grown up, fatherless — but oh no, not motherless — first in Beverly Hills, California, where glamorous mama Karla Grossinger, a Vienna-born Ph.D. who spoke 13 languages, found employment charming the celebrity customers at John-Frederics hat shop on Wilshire Boulevard, and then as social director at the famous Grossinger’s resort hotel, run by distant cousin and boss lady Jenny Grossinger, up in New York State’s even more celebrity-crammed Catskill Mountains. Celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher on short-lived honeymoon, or political philosophy’s Ayn Rand, or baseball’s pattern-smashing Jackie Robinson, who became lifelong friends with Tania Grossinger over a ping-pong table at Grossinger’s when she was 8 years old. Tania Grossinger, who played the trumpet, and her Brandeis roommate, who composed music, were taken into that 3½ -room Christopher Street furnished apartment on six months’ probation. “I figured: $168 a month. How bad can this get?” The two girls kept things muted and passed the test. After four years, the roommate moved along. Tania has been there solo, ever since. “I’m the only person you know,” says the Tania Grossinger of today, “who loves her landlord, Jimmy Silber, and her publicist. Jimmy Silber’s great-grandson, Eugene Silber, is my computer guru. And Greenwich Village is my protective cocoon.”
But “Memoir of an Independent Woman” is not a travel guide to Greenwich Village. It is, rather, a road map to “An Unconventional Life Well Lived,” that being the journey of a woman who through several careers — Playboy magazine and Hugh Hefner publicist, Betty Friedan publicist, travel writer, freelance writer — deliberately chose not to have children, though she now writes an entire book (this one) addressed to a daughter, Natasha, whom she will never have. A woman who also survived one brief bad marriage only to find herself in love for the next 40 years with a man, 13 years her senior, who was already long married to a troubled woman by whom he was the father of one grown son and three no-less-troubled daughters. He and Tania first started talking, and laughing, one afternoon at the Lion’s Head, a newspaper hangout on Christopher Street now renamed Kettle of Fish. His name, which came as an enormous shock to the person you are at this moment reading, is and was Art D’Lugoff, an entrepreneur, producer, anti-cop, antiMafia blacklist-busting freedom warrior, and club owner — the Village Gate — whom I have known, or thought I knew, ever since the launching of The Village Voice in the fall of 1955. But I did not know about Art and Tania Grossinger even though I’d interviewed her about an earlier book of hers, “Growing Up at Grossinger’s,” back in 2008. It was a year later, November 4, 2009, that Art D’Lugoff up and died on us. His wife, Israeli-born Avital D’Lugoff, lost in a world of her own, would follow not long thereafter. “[I] intuitively sensed that the less I knew about her or their relationship,” Tania Grossinger tells us toward the end of her new memoir, “the easier it would be. Am I implying that if I knew more I might have felt guilt about being with her husband? Possibly. I was not willing to find out. Cowardly? We all select, consciously or unconsciously, our personal mechanism for survival. This one worked for me.”
Tania Grossinger on Christopher Street.
Art D’Lugoff was not a devious personality. Insistent, yes, but the opposite of devious. Tania Grossinger started to laugh. “I was thinking on the subway coming up here,” she said, “that if Art were alive now, he’d say: ‘Jerry’s going to interview you? Good! I’ll come along… .” Does Tania Grossinger still play pingpong? “I haven’t in a long time. Bad knee. But I was good!” She thinks maybe Jackie Robinson, back there at Grossinger’s, let the 8-year-old win — but maybe not. April 15 of this year was an important date both nationally and for Ms. Grossinger, whose “Jackie and Me: A Very Special Friendship” was published by
Skyhorse on that day — Jackie Robinson Day, all over the country, with every ballplayer in the Big Leagues wearing 42, Jackie Robinson’s number on the Brooklyn Dodgers. It was also the day the movie “42” opened across the land, telling again the story of the black American Mr. Guts who, thanks to Branch Rickey, broke the color line in Major League Baseball (and everything else). Jackie Robinson, who for a while wrote a column in the New York Post, was an Eisenhower Republican. Tania Grossman is distinctly not that. “But we never discussed politics,” she says. “I was lucky,” she says of the “protective cocoon” that is Greenwich Village. Now she knows where Christopher Street is.
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Ex-G.V. Little Leaguer hits it out of the park with ‘Class A’ By clariSSa-Jan lim The literary world has been set quietly abuzz by Lucas Mann’s debut nonfiction work, “Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere.” Mann’s chronicle of the LumberKings, a minor league baseball team in Clinton, Iowa, has been hailed as “a revelation” by The Seattle Times, and, according to N.P.R., “offers a fresh, unexpected angle on this welltrodden game.” Mann heard about Clinton while studying at the University of Iowa for his M.F.A. in creative writing. He was intrigued by a place that so picturesquely evoked the idea of an all-American town steeped in its own culture and traditions. Mann approached the team in 2010 with the idea of their story for his senior thesis, and the possibility of a book in mind. “It was a happy accident,” he said of his discovery of the LumberKings. “I really lucked out.” More than just focusing on the team or the sport, “Class A” is an in-depth look at a way of life. Mann profiles the team’s players, their families, its fans and the town of Clinton itself — once considered the “Lumber Capital of the World” but now in economic decline. Mann approaches his subject from a personal rather than a detached, journalistic perspective. “When writing nonfiction,” he explained, “the takeaway should always be the human element, the personal element, not the exact statistics.” He considers “Class A” a story about “a place and a group of people that seemed really interesting and have really resonant themes more than just baseball.” Mann’s work was a personal journey for him, as well. A big part of the book is him trying to reconcile the insideroutsider nature of being around the team and its fans. He said he thinks what helped make the players comfortable with his continuous presence were his youth (he was 23 at the time) and the fact that he had no credentials whatsoever. “It’s sort of an exciting place to come from,” he said. “You just have as little control as they do.” His choice of baseball as a topic does not come as a surprise. “This is a game and a world that has always been really resonant with me,” he said. As a youth, Mann played in Greenwich Village Little League, and his games were covered in his hometown paper, The Villager. In writing a book about the sport, he said, “I wanted to see how it would be to be immersed in that.” His research for “Class A” saw him don the Louie the LumberKing mascot
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outfit, which he described as a “sweaty” experience. It proved useful, though, to be able to watch the game from on the field, rather than from the bleachers. “It was kind of cool to have that perspective shifted,” he said. Mann said he has received “wonderful, gracious” responses from the people of Clinton about his book. “They seemed to be happy that I captured the moment in that place,” he said. “That was very validating.” However, he said he hopes his frank portrayal of some of the characters in the book don’t come off as meanspirited. “I tried to be as empathetic as possible,” he said. “There’s a sort of gritty reality there. But what I hope comes across is an honest affection, as opposed to trying to take shots at people.” Only a few years ago, Mann was a summer intern for The Villager. His deft interviewing skills were apparent even then in his profiles of the likes of Richie Gamba, “The Mayor of Spring St.,” and others. Yet, the positive reviews for his debut book have come as a surprise for him. “It’s a totally different thing when you realize strangers out there have read it,” he said, “and that they like the things in the book that you wanted them to like.” Mann’s love for nonfiction lies in the idea of being able to turn his gaze on something for a moment, and then leave it behind. Though he expertly captured the milieu of a minor league team, he has an aversion to being pigeonholed into a particular topic. “Whatever the next thing is,” he assured, “it won’t have anything to do with sports.”
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On the hunt for fame in the new land of the ‘like’ By Sarah Herrington Royal Young’s entertaining debut memoir, “Fame Shark: Tales of a Lower East Side Hustler” (Heliotrope Books), reads like a New York City neighborhood: fast, gritty, hungry. Young’s roots run deep on the Lower East Side: His grandparents lived there and it’s where his artistic parents raised him and his younger brother. Yet by the time he’s in his 20s, in the shadow of Downtown Manhattan’s gentrification, he can no longer afford to rent an apartment in his own suddenly chic neighborhood. In a wry, funny voice, Young chronicles his urban childhood, marked with a lack of money and “crooked streets filled with dangerous wonders.” His provocative sculptor father’s brush with fame haunts Young, long past his father turns social worker. With his psychologist mother, he finds himself in a family with “a history of fixing other people’s problems and hiding our own.” Young becomes set on achieving notoriety himself. In his eyes, fame seems to offer the promise of escape. How to achieve it obsesses him. “Celebrity, where the whole great, grasping, unknowably vast world craved a piece of me, seemed like perfect compensation,” Young writes. Even as a boy, he was as “determined as my immigrant ancestors to succeed.” Born Hazak Brozgold, he legally changes his ethnic-sounding name and fights with his father. Having emerged from lurid public school playground adventures, he enters the fringes of the child-acting world, where he gets bit parts and extra work in independent films and television.
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Royal Young at the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge on Canal St.
Taking high-strung Manhattan ambition to heart, this is a kid who uses a humidifier for a smoke machine in rehearsals at home. After attending a well-known arts high school and an isolated Vermont college, Young takes classes at The New School. Late at night he coasts the underground clubs and low-highlife fringe lurking below Houston St. Through sexual, substance and artistic experimentation, he confronts the colliding of cultures and friendships. In the playground of the big city he adores, he rubs elbows with the rich and famous, still wishing he could puzzle out the Rorschach test to
his parents’ hearts. Though by some accounts, he rushed into the wrong crowd, it’s the right one by its proximity to famous people. The more downtrodden Young feels, the more he longs for close-ups and flashbulbs to control his destiny. It’s not quite the Factory, Studio 54 or the Brooklyn hipster domain of Lena Dunham’s “Girls,” but rather the time before and right after 9/11. This is the dawning of Friendster and Myspace, the initial glimmers of social networking and reality TV, the cusp of the age where anyone can cultivate themselves into becoming a virtual star. As Young takes us onto the edges of his
inner chaos, sometimes we’re left uncomfortable but always feel we’re in the hands of an honest, heartfelt narrator. Young proves to be an expert at not just investigating his life but finding the art lurking in every corner of his longing. Perhaps this is the true melding of his family’s lineage, offering the analytic alongside the soulful. “Fame Shark” becomes a timely exploration of a world increasingly fascinated with celebrity. Six-year-old Hazak was not raised in the ADHD culture of Facebook, “The Real Housewives of New York” or TMZ. But Royal Young lives it. We all live it now. The itch for recognition, attention and shine is universal. Many of us are secretly obsessed with obtaining some level of recognition, of feeling special, important or at least “liked” daily by thousands of “friends” we’ve never met. Young is brave enough to actually go there, confessing his dreams and dissecting his frustrating failures. But just as every gritty, glitter-filled party has its ugly morning after, Young’s quest for money, attention and adoration has its disillusion. As he hits bottom, the story gives way to the wisdom of seeing what’s real, what’s been hiding underneath his jaded journey all along. As Young tells us, “If fame forced me to outdo myself, love expected me to improve.” In the end, the reader roots for the 28-year-old Young to feel truly fed beyond the flash of fame. Ultimately, “Fame Shark” is a New Yorker’s tale. It will resonate with anyone who has had their heart broken by the city and its promises but who is still, impossibly, eternally, in love.
Exploring L.E.S. Jewish history in all its facets “Jews: A People’s History of the Lower East Side” is a three-volume anthology. The first volume was edited by Clayton Patterson and Dr. Mareleyn Schneider. Volumes 2 and 3 were edited by Clayton Patterson. The first volume addresses the social history of Judaism in the neighborhood. The second and third volumes follow these threads into modern culture, examining contributions to art, business and community in Downtown New York. Totaling more than 150 chapters these three volumes investigate individuals, movements and institutions that have impacted the city, the country and the entire planet. With respect to the vast history and cultural diversity that makes up the Jewish experience on the Lower East Side, the editors have engaged an equally vast group of essayists. Contributors include historians, neighborhood preservationists, artists, rock stars, activists, poets, filmmakers and more. This work’s breadth and scope are best illustrated by a sample of different chapters: “Allen Ginsberg’s Ideal Society” “Architecture of the Jewish Ghetto” “Early Communitarian Experiments on
the Lower East Side” “Social Reform Practices in New York City During the Gilded Age” “Emma Goldman — First Slum Goddess of the Lower East Side” “Jewish Boxing in the Lower East Side” “June Leaf, Hands at War” “Public Baths on the Lower East Side” “Reflections (on Philip Glass)” “Tuli Kupferberg: The Meaning of the Jew in the Dictionary of Anarchism” Spanning more than 200 years, “Jews: A People’s History Of The Lower East Side,” truly is a people’s history. Reviews have been enthusiastic. “This book represents a Herculean effort on the part of its editors, to tell the story of Jews on the Lower East Side,” said Suzanne Wasserman, director of the Gotham Center for New York City History, at the CUNY Graduate
Center. “It reintroduces readers to familiar and fascinating subjects, such as Emma Goldman and Allen Ginsberg, and places, such as Katz’s Deli, and also includes more obscure yet important Lower East Side figures, such as Daniel Stein and Congressman Leonard Farbstein, and places like the Essex Market and Stanton Street Shul. Three volumes, it covers everything; from religion to food to music, poetry, dance and crime.” Joyce Mendelsohn, author of “The Lower East Side, Remembered and Revisited,” said of the three-volume work, “This is a valuable book of great importance, especially since historic sites in the neighborhood are disappearing as rampant gentrification continues to erase the visible presence of people and places from the past.” Said Alan Kaufman, author of the memoirs “Jew Boy” and “Drunken Angel,” “ ‘Jews: A People’s History of the Lower East Side’ is not simply a monumental contribution to the city of New York, the Jewish people, the field of history, but a singular tribute to the heroic, collective vision of Clayton Patterson who, in everything from art to urban anthropology, has embodied the urgent necessity to document our human experience for the sake of the past as well as the future.”
The cover of Volume I of “Jews: A People’s History of the Lower East Side.”
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New comics store is pretty sketchy — in a good way The West Village recently welcomed Carmine Street Comics to the neighborhood. Co-owned by Mike Novo and Jonn Gorga, the city’s first comic book store that also houses an open comics studio. Every day, a different comic book illustrator sits at the storefront in a little “studio” of their own, and customers can commission them to make a sketch, portrait or an entire comic. Carmine Street Comics shares a space with Unoppressive NonImperialist Bargain Books, which is owned by Jim Drougas, at 34 Carmine St. For more information, check out www.carminestreetcomics.com.
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Hoping the scene isn’t beat — but it probably is Steven Wishnia is a Chelsea-based musician and journalist. Born on the Lower East Side, he grew up in Brooklyn, New England, Edinburgh and Long Island. He has played in numerous bands, including the False Prophets, an eclectic punk group that put out two albums on the Alternative Tentacles label. After the False Prophets broke up in 1987, he got an M.A. at N.Y.U.’s School of Journalism, writing for failing newspapers before a long stint as news editor at High Times. He is currently a freelance writer and editor. Below is an excerpt from his recent novel, “When the Drumming Stops” (Manic D Press).
By Steven Wishnia They recovered and reassembled the next afternoon for CBGB, pulling up on the Bowery at dusk. They barely recognized the block. In their time it had gone from winos drinking Night Train to crackheads smoking Red Tops; now it was yuppies drinking Grey Goose. The yuppies had conquered. They’d packed the street with bland white condos, obliterating the scrappy ailanthus trees, the van-rental lot, the building that had housed suicidal 1890s hookers and feminist 1970s painters. One last time the Gutter Astronomers carried the gear under the famous awning and across the pockmarked cement threshold. One last time they greeted BG and Brendan on the door, Hilly the white-bearded patriarch presiding, his face a lot wearier than they remembered. One last time they rolled Scott’s trap case and lugged their guitars down the long subway-car alley by the bar, under the blackened neon beer signs hanging from the ceiling, inhaling the evocative bar smell — three decades of beer and cocktails soaked into the wellworn floorboards. One last time they schlepped back to the stage and dressing rooms, band names in spraypaint, marker, and stickers covering every inch of wall like urban kudzu. Scott was jonesing for noise after last night’s aborted set. He wanted to pound the drums. He wanted to quake up a tsunami of sound, screeching, careening like ten thousand ambulance tires, a 1929 car chase with bootleggers hanging on the running board shooting at the G-men. Drums and amp cabinets piled like boulders on the jetties at Rockaway, big black waves crashing on the beach, swells and combers and outside sets. Yeah, I need it. Gimme something human. Boring just won’t do. I wanna get my brain torn up. All we need is a drummer for coronary hypnosis. They used the soundcheck to polish two new covers, T. Rex’s “Monolith” and Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks.” Mick had encountered resistance when he broached the idea at practice. Most of the band hadn’t wanted to do any
The cover of “When the Drumming Stops.”
They were on the bill between Flickknife and the Radiant Babies. Flickknife was an early ’90s intellectual grunge-hardcore-metal band, mathematical and abrasive. The Radiant Babies were an early-’80s noise-funk quintet who’d scored a couple minor left-field dancefloor hits. Their black/ Latino rhythm section, drummer Trick and bassist Tania Caridad Rodriguez — a large, shaven-headed woman known to all as T.C. — gave them a groove that got them out of the artscene ghetto. The Gutter Astronomers ignored Flickknife’s set. They were too busy getting ready to go on, and none of them had ever been into that sound. They were looking forward to the Radiant Babies, even though the new version was missing Trick and guitarist Keith Scooter. Both had died of AIDS in the early ’90s. “Trick was great,” Scott eulogized. “He could do punk and funk, and you wouldn’t see the seams on it like you would with anybody else.” One last time they ascended to the stage. Underend on the left by the frayed life-size portraits of silent film vamps, Tina on the right, by the black speaker box chained to the ceiling. She hit a Johnny Thunders corkscrew lick, slid up the neck an octave, held the note and
‘‘I got into punk to get away from jerks like that.’’
more covers, and Tina said she hated Led Zeppelin. “I got into punk to get away from jerks like that.” But Mick had insisted. “What were you listening to when you were fourteen? We gotta respect our roots.” He defended the two tunes. “It’s a glam-rock doo-wop song, and we’re from the city, we all got a little doo-wop in us, right? And I wanna do ‘When the Levee Breaks’ for New Orleans.” “I don’t play like that,” Tina interjected. “It’s too leaden. No pun intended.” Scott took over. “Let him do it, but let’s do it our way. Forget doing it with all the changes, forget about them. Just do the riff and the turnaround. Relentless. Like a Swans version, you know? Underend, you take the riff, and turn the low end all the way up. Tina, you make noise on top. Remember how Lydia Lunch played slide with Teenage Jesus and the Jerks? Mess it up like that.” That worked. … The show sold out, but not many people they knew came. The $30 tickets kept them out. The crowd was mostly young history-seekers and fortyish suburban old-punk hipsters, with a sprinkling of vintage gay-arty types and noise geeks.
let it feed back. Scott clicked his sticks four times, and they were off into X-Ray Spex’s “Let’s Submerge.” They rose to the occasion. Three shows in three days had them notetight and smoking hot, lucid and lurid, flaming and fluid. They nailed the groove on “Selektion,” the clock-tick speeded up and pushed just to the edge of losing it. They scorched through “We Will If We Have To” and “Filth,” got the crowd rocking all the way back to the bar. They easily got an encore, especially satisfying from a crowd of mostly strangers. They came back out with “Monolith,” a slow jam with purple-prose lyrics and cosmic doo-wop harmonies sung by Janis and Scott’s friend, Little Lisa. Scott s w it c h e d to 2 S dr u m s ti c k s , t h e size of souvenir baseball bats, and Bonzoed the intro to “When the Levee Breaks.” Underend followed, booming the riff in great slablike tones, Tina did echoes and whines, and Mick splattered apocalyptic poetry about the hurricane and flood that had destroyed New Orleans, cooling down to a chant. “When the levee breaks you got no place to stay.” Tina
answered with a gaggle of no-wave squawks. “When the levee breaks you got no place to stay.” … “When CB’s goes you got no place to play. When CB’s goes you got no place to play. WHEN CB’S CLOSED, YOU GOT NO PLACE TO PLAY!” Mick screamed it one last time, and the band climaxed, spasming and milking their last licks. They stepped off the stage sweaty and satisfied. Underend ducked back in the alley for a cigarette. He didn’t want to fight through the crowd. Backstage was packed when he came back in, people crowding into the dressing room to say hi and congratulate them, others hanging in the hall, just trying to get a look. The Radiant Babies were setting up… . Mick stayed in the dressing room, seconded by Belinda. He was drained, and he had to represent. It was easier to deal with all the people wanting to talk to him when he could sit down and be semi-private, instead of being out in the crush getting accosted and jarred from all sides. Somebody asked him what he thought about CB’s closing, somebody else about what’s different about New York since he left. It set off a rant. “You know what’s different? No street life. You can’t just hang out on the corner talking nonsense, laughing, watching. That’s sort of illegal now. It’s all about buying and selling. If you’re not spending money you gotta move, nothing for you here. I mean, it hit me when I was seventeen and I was in the Village on acid. It was supposed to be hip, but it was all about selling clothes, records, and bongs. So I’d go to Washington Square and hang out with the winos, and they’d tell me, ‘You talk some crazy stuff, boy.’ And now it’s really outta control, it’s like a beast on steroids. And these cretins rule the country, the city, the world. Like, look at New Orleans. A whole city got destroyed. Thousands of people homeless, old people drowning in their attics, and they’re looking at it like, ‘All right! Now we can get some white people in there. Raise up the property values. Let’s tear the hood down and build some condos.’ Where do they think the music came from? Places like New Orleans and here. And an [expletive deleted] theme park’s NEVER gonna be the same thing.” But apocalyptic nihilistic prophets of doom were a dime a dozen, Mick thought. Yeah, he’d indulged back in the day…but forget that. Shut up. I wanna know what you’re gonna DO about it. I don’t play like that. It’s too leaden. No pun intended.’ For more information on Wishnia and “When the Drumming Stops,” go to www.stevenwishnia.com.
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Poet riffs on life’s ironies in his ‘Divine Comedy’ By Lael Hines “I got stabbed. It was no big deal, small deal, small deal, small deal. It was stupid. “I was working at this bookstore on St. Mark’s Place near Second Ave. on the south side of the street,” Ron Kolm recalled. “I was up behind the register and we used to get robbed all the time. The counter actually had an opening on both sides, so we could run away. “Anyway, I was there alone one night and this guy came in, went into the manager’s office and tried leaving with the manager’s bike. You know, I said, ‘Yo dude, you can’t do that. Put it back.’ He was drunk out of his mind; it was like this cloud of alcohol surrounding him. “And he came up to me at the counter and pulled out a knife and whacked it in my hand,” Kolm said. “The knife is stuck there and he couldn’t pull it out. It was actually kind of funny. I said — because this is the asshole I am — ‘You’re really small and you’re really drunk and I could probably kill you if I wanted to, but it would be pointless. Your life is a pointless life, so I’m just going to ask you to get the fuck out.’ ” “It’s been a good trip,” said Kolm, as he reflected on his life, living in New York and working in bookstores since the late ’60s. Kolm’s experiences stimulate and inform his writing — poetry and prose that paint stories and images that are both relatable and barely believable. With his characteristic self-deprecating tone, Kolm explained, “You have to understand what an asshole I am. A part of me is this guy going through life and another part of me is this guy watching it or commenting, the writer the observer, if you will. “It was a gift that I saw the thing happened or that I saw the size and shape of it,” he said. “I don’t just try to write poems about anything. I try to look for things that have a shape and cut it out of that shape, the same way a sculptor sees something in a block of marble. You’re trying to free something that you see in there. That’s a cliché — but, most of my poems are based on real events. ” With New York as the usual backdrop, the turbulence in Kolm’s life has sparked literature that similarly stimulates rebellious and revolutionary emotions among readers. “I’ve had a little bit of luck with my tiny, silly-ass career,” said Kolm with concise irony. His “silly-ass career” has effectively produced his most recent book of poetry, “The Divine Comedy” (Fly by Night Press). With poems with titles like “Butt Sex” and “Hand Jobs,” Kolm as an artist is clearly unbound by societal perceptions or restrictions. His revolutionary spirit has been resonant since the late ’60s. “I did become antiwar ” he exclaimed, “but I didn’t go to Vietnam. I worked in Appalachia as a community organizer, which actually did shape my life. I worked with really poor people and I never quite made it back to the mainstream in America.
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Ron Kolm - 04/03/2k10 - Lower East Side NYC Local Unbearable Writer - www.unbearables.com Thank God, in a way. I try to use some of that stuff in my writing. A lot of shit happened.” Kolm’s radical mentality effectively instigated the formation of The Unbearables. The Unbearables are a group of revolutionary writers who have rocked the New York City literature scene with their humor-filled, radical actions since 1984. “We would picket the New Yorker, protesting their shitty poetry,” Kolm recalled. “We would do erotic readings on the Brooklyn Bridge every September 13. We would read to businesspeople as they went from Manhattan to Brooklyn. It was a fun thing to do; it was a little bit like being back in the ’60s.” Most of Kolm’s actions align with a desire to be radical while fighting against the generic mainstream. He described this as one of the main inspirations of his writing. “This culture is based on things wearing out, on selling things,” he explained. “I like to feel if you do a piece of art that doesn’t become instantly obsolete — it’s going to stick around for a while — you’ve actually done a small blow against the empire, and I genuinely believe that.” For Kolm, radical literature shaped his existence. “I was a fucking fascist when I was
growing up in Pennsylvania,” he said. “It was art and literature that got me out of that. Reading ‘Catch-22’ changed me.” By creating wonderfully rich and rebellious works like “The Divine Comedy,” Ron Kolm perhaps aims similarly to inspire readers, lifting them out of the often-superficial elements of American mainstream society. “American culture is like dead in the water,” he declared. “It’s as close to the ’50s as I can remember. People are scared
of being different and nobody really knows what to do.” With his humanistic worldview, Kolm certainly harbors a discontent with the current generation. Expressing his annoyance with the world today, he said, “When I moved to New York in ’69-70 it was ridiculously cheap. You could get apartments for $100 a month. What’s happened is New York has gotten incredibly expensive — it’s just gone up and up and up. “It’s almost impossible to live here now unless you move out to the ghettos,” he continued. “Bushwick, Bed-Stuy. I mean Bed-Stuy, for God sake! In the old days you wouldn’t even go close to that place because you’d be afraid you would just die.” Fitting for a modern-day humanist, Kolm has a love of antiquity. “Basically, my degrees are in history,” he noted. “What I enjoy are reading books on ancient Roman history.” In fact, he described his belief, as he put it, that, “New York is Rome — ancient Rome. I think of 9/11 being New York’s 410 [the year of the sack of Rome]. I think that event influenced the city in more ways than we know it.” Kolm’s connection to antiquity is fully represented in his “The Divine Comedy.” His poem of the same name fully parallels the work by Renaissance Humanist Dante. Kolm explained, “There are three movements. There is an attempt to move upward toward heaven the entire way through. The three movements vaguely mirror the three movements of ‘The Divine Comedy,’ I sort of fell into it.” Near the interview’s conclusion, Kolm once again expressed his ironic, self-deprecating take on things. “I’m so glad my mind still works,” he said, though adding, “It doesn’t really work anymore. I used to really like my mind. It wasn’t a bad mind. I managed to be very lucky. “There’s the writer part of me that I like,” he said. “But there is another part of me which is just this old guy deteriorating. I see old guys going around in their little motorized chairs and I think, Oh fuck, that’s going to be me someday.”
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‘Best of Punk’ packs a punch; Gabba gabba hey! It might be a tad heavy, physically speaking, for summer beach reading, but “The Best of Punk Magazine” (HarperCollins, $30) is definitely a hot property. The 350-page, “coffee-table”-size book, which came out during last winter, was a labor of love for the East Village’s John Holmstrom. A cartoonist and writer, Holmstrom founded the iconoclastic Punk magazine with Legs McNeil in 1976. Holmstrom and Co. were tight with the Ramones and the bands in the CBGB scene, and every musician who appeared on the cover of Punk became a star in the punk galaxy. The hefty “Best of” tome includes interviews with the Ramones, Sex Pistols, the Velvet Underground’s John Cale and Brian Eno, plus cartoons by R. Crumb, Holmstrom and others, as well as two “graphic novels” — “The Legend of Nick Detroit” and “Mutant Monster Beach Party.” There are also photos by renowned Punk lenswoman Roberta Bayley, documenting the scene and all its scenesters, plus the famously steamy photos of Deborah Harry of Blondie in her rippedup “Vultures” T-shirt.
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Joey Ramone and Punk magazine editor John Holmstrom in 1976, one of the classic photos in “The Best of Punk Magazine.”
Photo by Roberta Bayley
Photo by Roberta Bayley
The Cramps playing at CBGB.
Deborah Harry of Blondie at a Punk magazine Christmas party.
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Whitey Bulger to the cartels: The American Dream’s dark side By Jack BroWn “Up on the high wire. One side’s ice, the other’s fire.” — Leon Russell “Whitey’s Payback and Other True Stories: Gangsterism, Murder, Corruption and Revenge” (Mysterious:Press.com) is crime journalist T.J English’s sixth book. It includes a collection of stories published in Playboy, Newsweek and the Village Voice and on Daily Beast Blog. It continues English’s exploration of the pursuit of the American Dream by devious and dangerous minds — the underbelly of capitalism — and the efforts of law enforcement to thwart them. English hails from Tacoma, Washington. He has lived in either the East or West Village since 1981. There have been highrisk research road trips to such incubators of organized crime as Juarez, Mexico; Hong Kong; and Kingston, Jamaica. Neither a criminal breaking the law nor an undercover conning a con, nonjudgmental — English inspires confidence and trust. People talk. He knows how to walk light and listen hard. He walks a line like a high wire strung between two skyscrapers with his feet on the ground. “Whitey’s Payback” opens and closes with stories of two “traditional, post-Prohibition” Irish-American gangsters. Joseph “Mad Dog” Sullivan was a New York gangster and top hit man who worked for Murder Incorporated. He is currently serving a life sentence in Sullivan County in Upstate New York. Sullivan is said to have between 20 and 30 “bodies.” “Mad Dog” reached out to English because, as he told him, “You’re one of the few who got it right” and “You treated me almost like a historical figure” (in English’s bestselling “Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish American Gangster”). English’s face time in prison with Sullivan inside “the a--hole of the universe” was so cordial that English had a flash of insight:
“Nice guys make the best killers.” James “Whitey” Bulger reigned at the top of the Boston underworld from 1975 to 1995. His effect on Boston is compared to that of Al Capone on Chicago — except that he was so well connected (his brother Billy Bulger was president of the Massachusetts state Senate) and so adept at manipulation, he became “Mr. Untouchable.” Bulger was on the lam from 1995 to 2011. The 83-year-old and his longtime paramour, Catherine Greig, were living the quiet life two blocks from the beach in Santa Monica, California, when Greig was identified. Inside the wall of their apartment was $822,198 in cash and 30 guns, including automatic weapons and a machine gun. Bulger is charged with 19 counts of murder, including the strangulation by hand and dismemberment of two women. The meat of this Irish sandwich covers the new breed of organized crime, including Jamaican posses, Asian triad gangs and Latin American cartels. English takes us inside the world of the Witness Protection Program, warts and all. We gain insight into the questionable use of confidential informants in Mansfield, Ohio, and Tulia, Texas. In “Bullet in the Ass,” we see the mafia on the run. Omerta breakdown. A flock of stool pigeons. “I’m not a gratuitous thrill seeker,” English said. “I am not attracted to the dark side. I am attracted to the light and what that light reveals about the true nature of the social universe.” He was recently in Los Angeles with an A-list actor to pitch a miniseries. Then it was back to Boston for the start of the Bulger trial last month. People who know him think the coldblooded Boston mobster will seek courtroom revenge on former associates who turned on him and wrote books. Poor Boston, so soon after the marathon massacre. Those old bones and nightmares may dance again.
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July 25 - 31, 2013
Board 5 O.K.’s needle exchange around Union Sq. Park Continued from page 1 A stipulation in the C.B. 5 resolution states that the exchanges must be done discretely: “LESHRC will identify safe and discrete places to do syringe exchange and will not do exchange in front of residential buildings, nor will they ever use tables.” On July 8, three representatives of the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center presented the application to a meeting of C.B. 5’s Education, Housing and Human Services Committee. The three representatives wore T-shirts with slogans for one of the center’s programs, rapid hepatitis C testing: “Tested: Yes,” one shirt said on the front, with “Status: Crusty” plastered on the back. The two other members’ T-shirts referred to other populations the programs also serves, “drug users” and “queers.” “Crusties,” or “crusty punks,” are a subset of young homeless people, also sometimes known as “travelers,” who have a reputation for substance-abuse issues, including notably, heroin. The center, a nonprofit charitable organization, aims to limit the spread of H.I.V. through clean syringe exchange and the donation of hygienic materials. It additionally provides overdose prevention kits. According to the New York State Department’s AIDS Institute, syringe-exchange programs in New York are associated with and may be responsible for at least a 50 percent and possibly up to a 75 percent decline in the rates of new H.I.V. infection. Sadat Iqbal, the group’s director of outreach and community development, told the committee meeting, “Not only do we provide lifesaving materials in the short term, but we also connect those addicted individuals to the care they need. We’re trying to reach out to these individuals in order to educate them about H.I.V. risks, while also bringing them down to our Downtown center, where they can access help and counseling for the long term, which will ultimately improve their quality of life and relationship to the public.” Alexandra Dryer, the executive director and C.E.O. of Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center, further described the positive impact of their outreach. “Originally, it was that one in every two injected drug users was infected with H.I.V. or AIDS,” she said. “Now it’s down to 3 to 8 percent. The amount of money it costs in public health — if you look at the cost of a syringe, even if you add the overhead of staff, etc. — the syringe itself could be a dollar, whereas treatment for either hepatitis C, H.I.V. or AIDS is upward of half a million dollars. The public health impact and the impact on the person are tremendous. This is really a mechanism that allows us to eliminate those costs in addition to ameliorating the quality of life of the individual.” The Parks Department prohibits syringe exchange within its parks. As a result, addicted individuals around Union Square Park currently must walk a few blocks away, to a location at Second Ave. and 14th St. to receive clean syringes. Under the proposed plan, clean syringes still would not be permitted to be distributed right in Union Square Park or in the Department of Transportation pedestrian plaza on Broadway between 17th and 18th Sts. According to the Harm Reduction officials, there has recently been an increase in “substance users,” as they call them, in the Union Square area. Iqbal said this is largely due to displacement of the users from Tompkins Square Park and the East Village due to factors including police sweeps and gentrification. To address this uptick, the Harm Reduction Center is requesting a waiver from the AIDS Institute to allow it to expand the area in which it can distribute and collect needles. Currently, this zone’s northern boundary is 14th St. and its western boundary is Second Ave., and the zone then extends over to the F.D.R. Drive and Downtown, covering the Lower East Side. So, for users in Union Square to get clean needles, they have to walk at least as far as Second
Photo by Lincoln Anderson
A heroin user nodded out on Union Square West last year amid fliers promoting an Occupy Wall Street “wildcat march” on May Day that had rained down from a nearby rooftop.
A map showing the current boundaries in which the needle-exchange outreach program can operate, in blue, and the proposed expanded boundaries, in red.
Ave. and 14th St. Of course, they can also get needles at the center’s offices, down at 25 Allen St. The needle-exchange program is now seeking to extend the waiver zone’s western boundary to Fifth Ave. and the northern boundary to 20th St. However, at the committee meeting, this idea was largely met with opposition by Union Square area residents. Among them were a Mr. Saltzman of the Victoria co-op owners’ organization, representing the 21-story, 494-unit, white-brick building at 7 E. 14th St.. “I’m concerned about my 12-year-old and two 8-year-olds that are walking around, because this is their neighborhood,” he protested. “What happens if the person [set to receive clean needles] somehow becomes belligerent or argumentative? What happens in the worst-case scenario? “If there are other syringe-exchange programs that have
been approved to be in this neighborhood, and we’ve seen such a vast reduction in AIDS and hepatitis results, why are you necessary?” Saltzman said. “Your success has caused you to not be necessary.” Sherry Levy, another Union Square resident, warned that junkies would be dispersed through the neighborhood rather than kept concentrated, as they largely are now, in a corner of the park. “You’re going to help get them out of that area and scatter them around the commercial districts so that they can participate in the needle exchange,” Levy objected. “I walk these streets all the time and I don’t see dirty needles around. That does not seem to be our problem. “Our problem seems to be our poor, drug-addicted people that are gathered in that certain area of the park,” she said. “At least we know where not to walk. Once we take them out of that area, we scatter them. We are granting them access to areas that they weren’t in before.” A Dr. Gerson, a Union Square resident and doctor, was disappointed by what he had not heard at the meeting. “I’ve treated IV heroin users for 12 years,” he said. “My problem is I heard very little about what you do to get people into treatment. Because just giving them needles is basically encouraging their drug use, saying it’s perfectly fine — and it’s not perfectly fine.” One local resident who only gave his name as Steven said, “I understand how it may attract people to a neighborhood that might threaten other people in that neighborhood — drug dealers or drug addicts, you might bring an element into this neighborhood that they may not like. It’s the ‘Not in My Backyard’ [NIMBY] syndrome.” Nevertheless, some Union Square residents showed strong support for allowing syringe exchange in their neighborhood. “Do you have any idea how much that would cut down on the spread of H.I.V.?” said Claudia Smith. “If you’re an addict, you’re an addict. It’s not like it’s going to stop. They are making it less unhealthy,” she said of the Harm Reduction Center. “Drugs are already in ‘their own backyard,’” she said. “You can see it here in the park. At least now, it’s healthy and not as dangerous. I think it’s all positive.” The result was that the committee adopted a resolution phrased as “recommends denial unless” — meaning that board members asked for certain stipulations to be met, in return for which, they would recommend approval. This was also the way the full board’s resolution was phrased. The Harm Reduction Center will be required to respond to the community concerns expressed at the meeting. This will include the organization’s adjusting its hours to best connect with its clients and, again, to refrain from performing syringe exchanges in front of Union Square residents. Gail Fox, a Union Square activist, said more outreach is needed by the Harm Reduction Center — not to the addicts, but to the residents, to assure them about the program. “I’d like to see them do significantly more substantive, community outreach before they are further vetted,” Fox said. “They should have more follow-up and face-to-face contact with all the residents — and their elected representatives — in this area, as well as the businesses.” After receiving C.B. 5’s conditional approval, the needle exchange has applied to the state for the East Side waiver. Iqbal told The Villager the Harm Reduction Center also will be seeking an expansion of its waiver so that it can distribute clean needles in more areas on the Lower West Side, specifically, around the Christopher St. corridor. This effort wouldn’t be targeting heroin users, he said, but transgender individuals who use needles for their “hormone therapy.” The center will be coming to Community Board 2 in a couple of months to request approval for this waiver application, he said. Actually, Iqbal described this as more of an “update” to their waiver, since the Harm Reduction Center currently can distribute needles in a part of the Meatpacking District. However, the population they hope to serve is no longer there. “Back in the ’80s and ’90s it was known as ‘The Stroll,’ ” he said. “Today it’s the Apple Store and Diane von Furstenberg.”
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New Pier 42 project hooks people with art, fishing
Photos by Tequila Minsky
Beyond Eco Dome: Mary Mattingly, seated above, is creating “Triple Island,” a unique eco exhibit with a geodesic dome-like structure. Outside the dome, free fishing gear and lessons are being provided. The trees in the planters, below, will eventually go to nearby NYCHA complexes, but for now provide shade on the East River waterfront.
By Tequila Minsky With support from a bevy of Lower East Side community organization partners and sponsors, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Parks Department, the popup park / art installation “Paths to Pier 42” celebrated its summer launch on Sat., July 20. Fluttering flags overhead mark Pier 42, on the East River waterfront, just south of East River Park and the F.D.R. Drive crossover at Corlears Hook Park. The opening of the installations by five artists and architects was coordinated with City of Water Day — events happening along all the boroughs’ waterfront venues, Governors Island and New Jersey’s coast. Braving the blazing sun and snacking on slices provided by Cowboy Pizza, artists and neighborhood residents sat on custom planter benches made from recycled lumber, with the planters containing trees that are on “temporary hold.” Entitled “Tree Grove / Rest Stop,” by Interboro Partners, this installation’s trees are intended as replacements for those lost during Hurricane Sandy in nearby Housing Authority developments. Mary Mattingly’s “Triple Island,” a threepart installation, is the most visually engaging of the lot. The sculpture / environment is a habitat promoting interdependent sharing and living in New York City, an experimental response to increased ecological instability. Some of these works are pretty far-out. Kay Takeda of L.M.C.C. noted of the Pier 42 installation creators, “Part of the artist’s role is to create dialogue and thinking around sustainable living systems.” A funky pull cart from the Lower East Side Ecology Center, laden with fishing poles and related paraphernalia, contained the nec-
essary tools for New Yorkers who wanted a really new experience, at least in the city — learning how to fish. As part of the “catchand-release” fishing clinic, children and adults alike were provided with basic fishing instruction, and practiced casting techniques. Victoria Booth, who is working on an ecological project to track and monitor fish populations, appreciated the offering, since she thought learning to fish should be part of her background. The project’s education director, Daniel Tainow, was on hand for guidance. Also, thanks to the Ecology Center’s “touch tank,” which was on location, visitors could get up close and personal with river dwellers: mud crabs, sponges and oysters. “Paths to Pier 42” is a summer series of events at the small, temporary park and is intended to encourage use of the pier “while it awaits permanent transformation into a new public park over the next several years.” For now, community access and enjoyment are the primary goals, giving a taste of events and activities that will take place once the location is fully redeveloped. Upcoming events include a mask-andpuppet theater performance about the city’s water supply, on Thurs., July 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; the GOLES Summer Fest on Sat., Aug. 3, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; the “Public Space Potluck With the Design Trust for Public Space,” on Thurs., Sept. 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., which will give people more information about the project and how to get involved (R.S.V.P. to email@example.com); the Two Bridges Kite Festival, on Sat., Sept. 14, from noon to 4 p.m.; and Waterfront Community Day (the end-of-season event), on Sat., Oct. 12.
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Cooper Union occupation is over By lincoln anderSon A dozen Cooper Union students who had been occupying President Jamshed Bharucha’s office reached an agreement with the school that ended the occupation last week. The taking of Bharucha’s office in the Foundation Building, at 7 E. Seventh St., started May 8, in protest of Cooper’s decision to impose partial tuition on the historically free school. The occupiers released a joint statement with the administration and the school’s board of trustees on July 15. Under the agreement, a working group will be established promptly to seek an alternative to tuition that will sustain the institution’s long-term financial viability and
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comment too much. Jeff was given an opportunity to remove his plants. For whatever reason, he chose not to take that opportunity. The subject line of my e-mail was: ‘One last opportunity to remove your plants.’ He chose to act out in a violent manner. I felt very degraded.” Kilgore accused Jenks of “saying fake stuff on the phone” to the police. “There was video taken. There were eyewitnesses,” Kilgore assured. “I was assaulted. I have scratches and bruises — on my arms, legs, knees. I had shorts on.” Especially concerning to Kilgore, he alleges that Wright “made threats against other people’s plots. The threats were toward the plants,” he said. A police spokesperson told us that a Jeff Wright, 61, was arrested for misdemeanor assault against “a male / white, 26,” i.e. Kilgore. “[Wright] shoved the victim to the ground multiple times, causing pain and lacerations,” the spokesperson told us. Asked about the extent of Kilgore’s injuries, the spokesperson
strengthen its academic excellence. The working group will consist of representatives of the board of trustees, faculty, alumni, students and administration, and will report to the administration and board for consideration at the trustees’ December meeting. Also, under the deal, an interim room has been identified as a “Community Commons” that can serve as a student center or a community center for all members of the Cooper community. Furthermore, as part of the agreement, all individuals who have violated Cooper Union policies during the occupation will be granted amnesty, and in turn, “will commit to complying with, and cooperating with the enforcement of, all laws and Cooper Union policies.”
said, “It doesn’t say anything about ‘hospital’ here. I don’t believe he received medical treatment.” This past Sunday, Wright blasted out a “Demo Today, 2 to 6 — Spread the Word!” message on Facebook. We didn’t see the message, but Wright had earlier told us he’d be in the garden then. When we arrived to see what was up, we were greeted by a locked gate and a sign saying the garden was closed — and in fact, had been closed all day long. Kilgore later told us that this was done in response to the action planned by Wright. We’ll just have to get out a fresh Dias y Flores scorecard to keep up with developments that may (probably will) happen over the coming weeks. a Friendly GoodBye? We hear that Blake Beatty has left the Friends of Hudson River Park, where she served a fairly quick stint as director of development. The Friends in the past couple of years have transformed from the chief watchdog for the Hudson River Park to its main private fundraising arm. Scott Lawin, vice chairperson of the Friends board, told us, "With the impending arrival of Gregory Boroff as the new executive director of Friends of Hudson River Park, Blake decided with the transition to pursue other opportunities. We thank Blake for her service and appreciate her key role in bringing the Friends’ fundraising efforts to the next level.”
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villager arts & entertainment The Downtown Adventures of an Underemployed Urban Elf Rev. Jen, on how to have fun in these hard times BY REV. JEN (revjen.com) This month’s column is all about fun! Why? Because “fun” is the most underrated virtue on the planet. Cleanliness might be next to Godliness — but when you are lying on your deathbed (if you are lucky enough to have a bed), you won’t look back and wonder, “Was I clean enough in this lifetime?” More likely, you will ask yourself, “Was my life fun?” In this article, we will examine just a few ways one can still have fun in New York City. During the transit strike of 1966, as Mayor Lindsay walked four miles from his hotel room to City Hall, he remarked, “I still think it’s a fun city.” The New York Herald Tribune then sarcastically coined the term “Fun City” — but Lindsay was right. As my BFF (Faceboy) pointed out, when you live Downtown, transit strikes are fun because they limit the number of bridge and tunnel d-bags screaming “woo-hoo!” outside your window at 4am. And even when there isn’t a transit strike, a power outage or some other excuse for not going to work and regaling in debauchery, New York will always be “Fun City.” It’s a mistake to think that even though one is lacking funds, it’s not possible to have a good time here. Look at the rich — they are just as miserable as the rest of us. Given my funemployment was just denied and I now have to go to funemployment court to collect back wages, I’ve kept this in mind. So buck up little campers, roll your coins and get ready to par-tay. Here’s how to have fun during these hard times. No waiting behind velvet ropes required! (Though it should be noted that stealing velvet ropes is fun.)
I am eternally grateful for the existence of dogs. They love us humans even though we start wars and destroy the planet. Some days in New York, I will be walking around, chronically depressed and then I see a mutt or bulldog or some other magical canine just playing in a puddle and my heart sings. Walking my Chihuahua, Rev. Jen Junior, and witnessing her smelling the aromatic filth of NYC, is a reminder to stop and smell the roses or the Georgi bottles or whatever else might be strewn across the sidewalk. Of course, having a dog is a big responsibility and if you’re not sure you’re ready, fostering a dog is a great way to save a critter’s life and gain canine com-
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Nacho Crawls are fun, fun, fun.
panionship. Years ago, my friend Holly DeRito rescued a Chihuahua named Taco Waggytail, who’d been previously abused then dumped at the pound’s “Dog Death Row.” She was so inspired by him that she started Waggytail Rescue, a small dog rescue. If you are interested in fostering or adopting, check out waggytailrescue.org.
What’s almost more fun than adopting a dog? Throwing a dog wedding! Two years ago, Taco and Rev. Jen Junior
(who’ve been in love for 10 years) wed in the backyard of Luckydog bar in Brooklyn. Witnesses called it the “best wedding ever.” No bitchy relatives, bad bridesmaid dresses or attitude to contend with.
Switching gears, to food (another fave topic), my Uncle Jim once stated that bread is “simply a device that holds butter.” I feel similarly about nachos. They are little fried devices that hold awesomeness, be it in the form of cheese, guacamole or salsa — and Downtown
is a Mecca for nachos. Their versatility makes them the most fun food there is. Since my friend Scooter Pie is also unemployed, we oft times feel like The Real Housewives of New York minus the houses and husbands — and have therefore spent many hours gossiping, chatting and generally trying to cheer ourselves up over plates of nachos. We realized it would be impossible to review all of the nacho-serving establishments below 14th Street, but it was certainly worth a try. Our photographer friend, George, came along to capture the highlights. We started at El Sombrero (108 Stanton St., btw. Ludlow & Essex Sts.), which was cheating because I already know their nachos are awesome (not to mention their margaritas). Humans have figured out how to put a man on the moon, but no one has figured out what’s in “The Hat’s” margaritas. What we do know is that one should not operate heavy machinery after imbibing one. But back to their nachos. The best thing about them is that they heap guacamole on them — and if you order nachos tradicionales minus beef, you get more chicken (and if you get them veg, you get more cheese and guac). Also, the nachos are delightfully soggy given they are bogged down by cheese. Directly across from El Sombrero one can find San Loco (111 Stanton St., btw. Ludlow & Essex Sts.), where they serve Ballpark Nachos. These are exactly as described — cold, and coated in a squeeze cheese similar to what one gets at a ballpark. While their nachos are great for soaking up a hangover and at $4.50 are half the price of The Hat’s, San Loco has better options (like their Guaco Loco Taco, which has a hard and soft shell, making it the shampoo plus conditioner of Mexican food). Moving on, we wandered into Casa Mezcal (86 Orchard St., btw. Grand & Broome Sts.) — where Scooter has performed burlesque. Sadly, they did not serve nachos. However, they do serve $6 Happy Hour margaritas — possibly the greatest margaritas I have ever had, though Scooter noted that the “Hibiscus Salt” around the glass’s rim looked like “period clots.” She also mentioned Casa Mezcal’s bathrooms were clean and private, but that “they shouldn’t place their individually wrapped toilet paper in such obvious locations,” lest someone steal it (Scooter did). I noted that they
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Rev. Jen, on dog weddings & downtown nacho crawls
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Too much lettuce? These nachos won’t make you feel like you need a defibrulator.
Continued from page 27 served grasshoppers and was immediately intrigued. “How do you make them?” I asked. “They fry it,” the bartender answered. “While it’s alive?” “I don’t know. I’ve never cooked them.” We left Casa Mezcal, the unsolved mystery of how one cooks grasshoppers burning inside of me — and headed south toward La Flaca, stopping to gaze at the Pepto-Bismol pink building that was formerly the home of Ridley & Sons Department Store. It will someday be my dream home (when I win Publisher’s Clearing House). Finally, we made it to La Flaca (384 Grand St., btw. Norfolk & Suffolk Sts.), where I have had great meals. The fish tacos there are savory, but the nachos left me disheartened. There was simply too much let-
tuce, and the cheese was hidden under the nachos. If just looking at a plate of nachos doesn’t require a defibrillator, something is wrong. Scooter was so angry about the healthfulness of these nachos that she stole yet another roll of TP from the bathroom. Our karmic payback? A crazy woman in a muumuu soon began staging an “Occupy movement” in the bathroom without locking the door and George and I were therefore unable to pee. This necessitated a pit stop at Old Man Hustle (39 Essex St., btw. Grand & Hester Sts.), a little bar where I am now hosting my long-running open mic (“Rev. Jen’s Anti-Slam”) every Wednesday at 8pm. Admission is free, they provide chalk with which to draw on the walls, the drinks are cheap and the bathroom is clean and free of crazy people in muumuus. They have even allowed me to bartend there on occasion. Feeling adventurous, we left Old Man Hustle, decided to cross Houston Street (given we had our passports) and walk
Rev. Jen (foregournd) and Scooter Pie look longingly at their dream home.
“Uptown” to Benny’s Burritos (93 Ave. A, btw. E. 5th & E. 6th Sts.). I noted Benny’s now has a Health Inspection Grade “A.” Months ago, I was pretty sure I saw a “B” in the window, but I told a friend they could get an “F” for all I care. In fact, a rat could actually be serving the food and I would still eat there — that’s how much I love Benny’s. They have six varieties of nachos, all heaped with cheese and enough guac to fill a kiddie pool. “I love these nachos so much,” Scooter said, “that I’m not even going to steal their toilet paper.” Finally satiated, George, the “Toilet Paper Bandit” and I headed home. We wanted to cover Barrio Chino, Taqueria LES, Molé and more but were without funds and the ability to walk in a straight line or eat more. This led to:
BURNING OFF NACHO-RELATED CALORIES
How? By doing things that don’t remotely resemble exercise! Nacho indulgence left me feeling just a bit bloated, so I decided it was time to burn off the 8,000 calories ingested during the taste test. I tried to get friends to meet me at East River Park for “ridiculous exercise,” which would include “TV Tag,” “The Blob” and “Freeze Tag.” Unsurprisingly, everyone was too lazy to meet me in extreme heat for the adventure. Instead, I turned up the AC and did “it” with my old man. When it comes to personal trainers, you can’t do better than the “Kama Sutra.” Another accidental workout happened soon thereafter — carrying ice-cold beer up my six flights of stairs. Someday, I will have Mrs. Deagle’s Stair Lift from “Gremlins” (possibly when I own the pink building). But until then, my legs will have to do the work for me. (Note:
If you take two stairs at a time, you work your glutes. One at a time works your hamstrings and calves.) Finally, lifting the beers to one’s gullet works the biceps!
READ MY BOOK
Reading can be fun, as long as you are reading something chock full of sex, crime, revenge or madness. My latest book, “BDSM 101” (available everywhere books are sold except for, I’m guessing, religious bookstores) is a howto guidebook on all things kinky. If you’ve never seen the word “flagellation” printed in Comic Sans font, now is your chance! Better yet, the austere leatherette binding means it kind of looks like a bible so you can read it on the subway without shame. If your sex life has been lackluster and you are tiring of the ole in‘n’-out, I highly recommend grabbing a copy along with some chips, dips, chains and whips. And if you think the funfest ends there, I have more good news — the book party is coming soon. Starting at 7pm on August 5 at Cake Shop (152 Ludlow St., btw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), guests will witness the most debauched book launch in history. It’s free and everyone is encouraged to wear ridiculous S&M outfits, even if they have to make them out of tinfoil. There will be bands, mimes reenacting filthy scenes from the book, a male wet T-shirt contest, whipping demos and more. I will even be premiering my new band: “Rev. Jen & Friends aka Led Zeppelin.” (we were just gonna call ourselves Led Zeppelin — turns out, that had already been taken). But don’t just come to the party! Support a local bookstore (and your favorite underemployed elf) by picking up a copy. Flip to a random page and I guarantee you’ll have fun.
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Bleep-Bloops: New York’s groovy dance music shows Manhattan, Brooklyn DJs induce summer sweats BY MICHAEL VAUGHAN My best friend, Mario, is Portuguese. Growing up, I’d play him indie rock. He’d play some bleepy-bloopy computer music, I’d frown, and he’d say, “Bro, in Portugal, I’ll take you clubbing and you’ll get it!” He’d pollute my car speakers for a little while before I wrestled the iPod from his Iberian hands to finally put on Arcade Fire. Electronic music was far out of my comfort zone. Then, we went to Portugal. The streets were sepia. The air was salty. The radio was nothing but house music — all the time. Back home, my aunt drove through the back hills of Appalachia crooning softly to Hank Williams. Here, his aunt chain smoked cigarettes and howled Inna tunes in a raspy voice. Every day was synthesizers, hi-hats and bass drums. When Mario would wake up, sometime between 4 and 5pm, he’d open the bedroom window and electronic music came shuffling down the street into our living room. It was inescapable. A transformation started coming over me. First, my head started bopping to the rhythm of some cheesy Eurodance while we drove through Lisbon. Next, my shoulders started rolling when we got on the bus to go to the bars. Finally, my mouth moved in slow motion as I asked, “Yooooo, whaaaatt is theeee nameee of thiiiiis saaaong?” That was it. From that moment on, I have never resisted. The four on the floor beat is my vice. Hopefully, you’ve accepted the groove, because it’s flowing down sidewalks, careening off rooftops and emanating from windows in every borough. New York is mecca for electronic music right now. We’ve birthed entire movements in the genre — jackin’ New Jersey house, MK’s organ-friendly garage tracks and dark Brooklyn basement techno. Dance music is a mainstay of New York. It is a perfect time to go see a show. There is a brilliant DIY scene in Brooklyn that is undiscovered by many. There are clubs all over Manhattan playing everything from top 40 EDM to UK Garage. There are festivals of all sorts that call New York home every year. Here is a list of some of the best bleep-bloops this summer. GOOD KIDS is a collective of four DJs and a photographer that throws dance parties peppering the Lower East Side and Brooklyn. They have a weekly event every Monday at the dark basement club, Home Sweet Home in the Bowery. Be sure to check out their upcoming show at Glasslands Gallery, which features Jerome LOL, a DJ who writes in caps-lock and whose website
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Get sweaty with the Good Kids, every Monday Night at Home Sweet Home. Don’t be surprised if you here some 90s R&B tossed into the mix.
looks like it was set up by the Soviet tourist bureau 30 years ago. A lot like Good Kids, Jerome is all about the music, he doesn’t take himself too seriously. Info: facebook.com/goodkidspresent. BODY LANGUAGE is a dancey, sweaty, delicious summertime essential. Think Animal Collective goes to the pool, smokes a joint, grabs the local elementary school choir and heads for the disco. This four piece electro-pop band got started playing the DIY circuit in Brooklyn and is now killing dance floors in Manhattan. With a new album coming soon (“The Grammar LP”), Body Language has only just begun their ascent. They will be making hands clap and booties shake on August 1 at Bowery Ballroom. Doors are at 8pm, and the show starts at 9. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 the day of. Info: bodylanguagemusic.com. GEOGRAPHER is poppy and catchy, but not bubblegum. They’re a band, but their music could have just as easily been made on a laptop. They’re fun. They’re pensive. They’re dark. Think New Order’s troubled American cousin on a Slip ‘n Slide. It shouldn’t make perfect sense. Do yourself a favor and go hear the haunting swells of analog synthesizer and howling vocals at Bowery Ballroom on August 24. Doors are at 8pm. Tickets are $15 the day of, $13 in advance. Info: geographermusic. com. YOUTH LAGOON is a factory of sentimental, hook-laden jams. His soft
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Geographer: Band members Michael Deni, Brian Ostreicher and Nathan Blaz enjoy basking in the sunlight when they aren’t on stage.
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Shopping for answers, before the world ends Reverend Billy connects local dots to global concerns BOOKS THE END OF THE WORLD
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BY SCOTT STIFFLER You’re half way home to making a sale if your book jacket delivers a compelling promise of things to come — and boy, does Revered Billy nail it. But is it too late for salvation, even if you buy the message? With his shiny white polyester suit, windswept pompadour hair, stiff cleric’s collar, bugged-out eyes and mouth agape, the guy on the cover seems to be caught off guard by the sight of gathering storm clouds. It’s a knowing, almost burlesque version of the hand-in-thecookie-jar look a toddler gives you when he’s about to pay the price for some very naughty and destructive behavior. Hey, even two-year-olds know it’s wrong to do something they’ve been warned about time and time again — so when the oceans swell and the cities flood and the last rebooted Twinkie has disappeared from the store shelves, don’t say you didn’t read about it here first. With “The End of the World,” Reverend Billy has crafted his own lean Book of Revelation. At just over 100 pages, it’s full of ominous warnings that make the consequences of Superstorm Sandy look like an anemic prelude to what’s just around the corner. It’s an incredibly fun and breezy read, which is quite an achievement considering the very real, very grim subject matter — a gloomy forecast, to be sure…but at least it won’t affect your purchasing power. In Monday morning quarterbacking mode, the good man of the cloth recalls, “It was a distraction, as the End of the World approached, that there were still such great sales…The accelerating Apocalypse got us hot. The really bad disasters were on Pay-Per-View. What didn’t kill us made us watch.” And with that, the nature-loving Wisconsin lad, born Bill Talen, makes the not-so-great leap from bullhorn street crusader to bully pulpit author. For the uninitiated, Reverend Billy is a purpose-driven marriage between a revival tent evangelist, a performance artist and a civil yet disobedient activist. With his robed gospel choir in tow, the Church of Stop Shopping first cut their teeth by flash mobbing the 42nd Street Times Square Disney Store, in an attempt to convince the masses to repent their spendthrift ways. Mind you, this was back when there was a Disney store on 42nd, and before “flash mob” entered the lexicon. Now we’re as tired of that fad as we are of the original Tickle Me Elmo. Not to worry. The fickle public will always find a hot new gotta-have thing to do, buy or covet — and
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Reverend Billy will be there, charting the demise of mom and pop shops, the rise of corporate chain stores and the mallification of Manhattan. With his latest book, though, local causes have given way to a big picture crusade. The author of “What Should I Do If Reverend Billy Is In My Store?” and “What Would Jesus Buy?” has gone global, connecting the dots between the conspicuous consumption he’s lomg railed against to rising tides, species extinction and “sensual disengagement from others.” All the apocalyptic scenarios described in the book, he asserts, “come from separation” between man and nature, producers and consumers. “The more terrible the End of the World, the clearer the call to look into each other’s eyes and start something. Earth in me recognizes Earth in you. The Earth wants to reunite.” That little sliver of hope comes early on in the book — followed by the grim prognosis of a June 2012 study by an international group of 22 natural scientists. Their premise, that Earth is a single ecosystem in rapid decay, is “as grave a warning as I have ever read,” Reverend Billy bemoans. “Yet these natural scientists are so isolated from mainstream culture that no one much noticed it.” It’s especially worth noting, he says, that the study (“Approaching a State Shift in Earth’s Biosphere”) doesn’t even have the usual cushioning “sentence that calms me down” about how we’ve got a little under a century until complete destruction. “That 80- or 90-year gift,” he reasons, “would give Lena a life.” Lena, his 2-year-old daughter, figures into the first of book’s three sections. In it, Billy and the kid stand in the doorway of their Prospect Park home, at dusk, surveying the post-Sandy damage as everybody goes about their humbled-by-nature business, after “our
city was swallowed by something so dark and huge, with the name of a 50’s teenager.” At least there’s one upside. “We can’t see a single logo from our front door,” Reverend Billy giddily recalls, not clarifying if it’s only because the 24-hour glow of CitiBank and 7-Eleven storefronts were denied juice by that downright inconvenient blackout. Elsewhere in the tome, a definite pattern emerges, in chapters like “Apocalypse of the Forests,” “Apocalypse of the Mountaintops” and “Apocalypse by Tornado.” Welcome to the new normal, folks! For some local color, there’s also a flashback chapter to an Occupy Wall Street action that landed Reverend Billy, Cornel West, Chris Hedges and a dozen others in the clink — following a people’s trial in Zuccotti Park, during which Goldman Sachs was fined $87 billion. The jailbirds were cuffed while presenting the bill to Sach’s “glossy, giant building at 200 West Street, just by Ground Zero and its clouds of tourists.” Later, in the chapter “Ritual Gratitude and the Robots of Death,” Church of Stop Shopping and Picture the Homeless members transform an ATM lobby into a makeshift Thanksgiving dinner celebration. Along with the guest of honor, a recently evicted casualty of the “Bank of America foreclosure mills,” the group feasts, sings and feels “the honest slowed-down emotions” that “come up in us during our ritual meal.” With such a “devil as Bank of America,” the author beams, “we are able to protest environmental and social justice at one and the same time. The bank that illegally evicts the most people is also among the top investors in Dirty Coal. So the destruction of the family home is equated with the destruction of the large home of Earth.” These two forays into the Church’s street theater work are told with Reverend Billy’s usual wry humor. But if you’ve seen him live, missing is that utterly unique delivery and genuine sense of showmanship. Backed by a swooning, swaying hallelujah choir, Reverend Billy’s twangy vocals and sweaty, desperate, end-of-telethon TV preacher pleas are delivered with a mix of satire and sincerity that keeps you guessing. Am I supposed to laugh at this guy or cry at what he’s telling me? A little bit of both, I suspect. No matter. The Billy of the printed page still has plenty of moral and comedic heft. Whatever’s lost in translation from the stage to the page is more than made up for in one of the final chapters. “Earth Riots” is a crisp little three-page work of sci-fi in which the police are curiously placid as an Earther movement sees refineries on the outskirts of Newark go off-line following “three-pronged attack by bird, fish and forest people,” as thousands of tree people cross the Hudson, “establishing beach-heads along the Westside Highway, planting trees, then disappearing into the Greenwich Village area, apparently taken in by sympathetic local residents.” Traffic jams clog the Bronx Queens Expressway, with families pouring out of their vehicles to take “bird-like positions on the roof or the hood, soaring with their arms in winglike gestures.” By this point, Reverend Billy has slipped the surly bonds of denial and complacency, providing (at least within the realm of fiction) a happy ending where man once again embraces nature without the usual consequences visited upon the Church of Stop Shopping when they cross the line to tell a truth. “No arrests have been reported,” the chapter concludes, “as the BQE continues its conversion to a strange inter-species biohighway.” Given the alternative, it’s enough to make you stop shopping and start paying attention.
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Dance floor rumbles, through Labor Day Continued from page 29 voice sits beautifully over whistles and catchy electric piano. For someone who self-labels as experimental psychedelic music, he is remarkably accessible to an ear more attuned to pop. “Year of Hibernation,” his first LP was an anthemic first release back in 2011 and “Wondrous Bughouse,” his sophomore LP (released in March on Fat Possum records) proved that his creative juices are still flowing. Prince Rama, A Brooklyn bred psych-pop band, will be opening. Tickets are $20. Info: fatpossum.com/artists/youth-lagoon. ALUNAGEORGE are mixing R&B and electronic flavors like a less racist Paula Dean in this kitchen. The British duo consists of Aluna Francis singing sexy Mariah Carey-like vocals and George Reid making equi-sexy beats to back her. Their lyrics are blunt, reminiscent of Lily Allen. Their beats are pumping and edgy like their cited inspiration Hud$on Mohawke. England has put their overwhelming stamp of approval on this duo, with the BBC nominating them to their Sound of 2013 poll and Disclosure collaborating with them on their hit, “White Noise.” They will be at Bowery Ballroom September 5. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the day of. If you miss that one, they will be at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 6. Info: alunageorge.com/ MISTER SATURDAY NIGHT is a “lofty” loft party, according to their tagline. It’s held Saturday nights in Brooklyn, usually in a private residence that they repurpose for the night into a groove-fueled, friendly dance party. They also host Mister Sundays, an allday get down, at Gowanus Grove. Hosts and DJs Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter are veterans of Brooklyn’s DIY scene. With a true love for dance music and a distaste for clubby drama, they created Mister Saturday Night hoping to bring people together who want to dance well into the morning. It’s simple. It’s fun. There are no fancy chandeliers, no Grey Goose bottles and no guidos. There’s a dance floor and a toothbrush the host accidentally left in the bathroom. MSN is a dance party for the locals. Go check it out. The next Mister Saturday Night is July 27 at 342 Maujer St. (btw. Morgan & Waterbury, in Brooklyn). There will be a Mister Sunday at Gowanus Grove every Sunday all summer long, weather permitting. Info: mistersaturdaynight.com. BASS SQUAD is a rowdy time. It’s young, fun and stylish. The Squad itself is four undergrads from NYU, Graham Fortgang being the CEO and Lenny Vidges the Creative Director.
Photo courtesy of Body Language
Body Language has a new LP (“Grammar”) coming out Sept. 10.
They began two years ago with a raucous, sold-out party headlined by Moombahton DJ Dillon Francis and have since matured into an organized company. Recent artists that have played at Bass Squad events include A$AP Rocky, Baauer and Disclosure. Check out the Squad at their weekly Thursday night event, Prysm, at L’il Charlies in the Bowery. Info: facebook. com/basssquadnyc. ELECTRIC ZOO is for the EDM fanatic. Either you’re a bandana-wearing, Skrillex hairdo-sporting basshead or you’re a neon-tanked, Camelbakchugging festival aficionado. Electric Zoo is the place to be on the festival circuit. On Labor Day weekend, an army of DJs including Avicii, Tiesto, Datsik, A-Trak and a whole slew of others will descend upon Randall’s Island and pump the place with house, dubstep and trance. This is a brand name show. Not for the faint of heart. If you plan on doing E-Zoo right, buy your tickets far in advance, stock up on granola bars and start your push-up regiment now (as navigating the viscous crowd will be a marathon workout). Ticket prices are rising quickly. Right now they range from $139 for a one-day pass to $359 for all three days. Info: madeevent.com/electriczoo.
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Mister Saturday Night: Eamon Harkin (right) and Justin Carter, in the process of turning up.
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Publ ic Notice s Notice is hereby given that FAVORITE FOOD DELI GROCERY CORP DBA LA CANTINA EXCUA-MEX BAR & BILLIARD located at 3454 BROADWAY NEW YORK NY 10031 a license number 1271257 has been applied for by the undersigned to sell Wine / Beer at retail in at restaurant establishment under the alcoholic beverage control law at for on premises consumption Vil: 07/25 - 08/01/2013 Notice of Formation of YMBJ LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/19/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 111 Wooster St., Apt. 4D, NY, NY 10012. 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: 07/25 - 08/29/2013 Notice of Qualification of 208 CANAL STREET LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/16/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 07/15/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/25 - 08/29/2013 Notice of Qualification of Hudson Bay Credit Management LLC App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/11/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 6/12/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 777 Third Ave., 30th Fl., NY, NY 10017. DE address of LLC: 615 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 07/25 - 08/29/2013 Notice of Formation of 200 Merry LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/5/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 307 Seventh Avenue, Ste. 407, NY, NY 10001, Attn: Lance Howard. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 07/25 - 08/29/2013 Notice of Formation of B&T Global LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/11/13. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 116 E. 61st St., NY, NY 10065, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 07/25 - 08/29/2013
Notice of Qualification of Vivint Solar Mia Manager, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/8/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 4931 N. 300 W., Provo, UT 84604. LLC formed in DE on 7/2/13. 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: 07/25 - 08/29/2013 Notice is hereby given that an on-premises license, #TBA has been applied for by Bo’s Bontemps LLC d/b/a Bo’s to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 6 West 24th Street New York NY 10010. Vil: 07/18 - 07/25/2013 Notice is hereby given a license, number 1272040 for on-premises Liquor has been applied for by the undersigned to sell liquor at retail in a Restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at Carnegie Hall / 154 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019 Performance Hospitality NYC LLC Vil: 07/18 - 07/25/2013 CAPTAN CONTENT AND TAXONOMY LLC a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 6/5/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 457 FDR Dr., #A801, NY, NY 10002. General Purposes. Vil: 07/18 - 08/22/2013 163 EAST 63RD STREET, LLC a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 4/29/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: A. Charles Baillie, 163 E. 63rd St., NY, NY 10021. General Purposes. Vil: 07/18 - 08/22/2013 75 EAST LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 6/26/13. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Brady Klein & Weissman, 501 5th Ave., 19th Fl., NY, NY 100176185. General Purposes. Vil: 07/18 - 08/22/2013
LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company (LLC) Name: FLOWER DISTRICT LLC. Articles of Organization filed by the Department of State of New York on: 03/19/2013 Office location: County of New York. Purpose: any and all lawful activities. Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: 845 Third Avenue, Suite 1400 New York, NY 10022 Vil: 07/18 - 08/22/2013 REAL MIND OPENERS, LLC a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 5/30/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Teresa Gallo, 711 West End Ave., #5-DN, NY, NY 10025. General Purposes. Vil: 07/18 - 08/22/2013 Notice of Formation of The New Development Project 2 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/26/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Jason E. Burritt, Esq., Seyfarth Shaw LLP, 620 Eighth Ave., 33rd Fl. NY, NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 07/18 - 08/22/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of SoHo Start LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/25/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: SoHo Start LLC, 15 W. 139th Street, New York, NY 10037. Purpose:To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 07/18 - 08/22/2013 Notice of Formation of 50 WEST EQUITIES INVESTOR LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/05/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 55 Fifth Ave., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10003-4398. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Robert Kantor at the princ. office of the LLC, regd. agent upon whom and at which process may be served. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/18 - 08/22/2013
Notice of Qualification of RGN-NEW YORK XLVIII, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/28/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/07/13. Princ. office of LLC: 15305 Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 400, Addison, TX 75001. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of DE, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/18 - 08/22/2013 Notice of Qualification of Permanens Non-Agency RMBS Allocation Fund LP App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/27/13. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 6/26/13. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 315 Park Ave. South, 18th Fl., NY, NY 10010. The registered agent upon whom process may be served is: John J. Regan, c/o Permanens Capital Advisors LLC, 315 Park Ave. South, 18th Fl., NY, NY 10010. DE address of LP: 615 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Name/address of each genl. ptr. available from SSNY. Cert. of LP filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 07/18 - 08/22/2013 Notice of Formation of Mo’ Motion Ventures, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/4/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Maureen Holohan, 203 W. 109th, 2W, NY, NY 10025. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 07/18 - 08/22/2013 Notice of Formation of 230 Central Park South Treetops LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 6/27/13. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 230 Central Park South, NY, NY 10019, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 07/18 - 08/22/2013 Name of LLC: Soho Capital Management, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State: 6/25/13. Office loc.: NY Co. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Charles Petersen, 132 Greene St., Apt. 3F, NY, NY 10012, regd. agt. upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 07/18 - 08/22/2013
NOTICE OF FORMATION of VOOT LLC Arts of Org filed w. Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/16/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to business address:The LLC, 124 W 30 St, Rm 303, NY NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 07/11 - 08/15/2013 Notice of Formation of DURST VERNON LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/01/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Rosenberg & Estis, P.C., Attn: Gary M. Rosenberg, Esq., 733 Third Ave., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/11 - 08/15/2013 Notice of Formation of GREENE LIVING LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/02/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 254 Greene St., Ground Fl., NY, NY 10003. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/11 - 08/15/2013 Notice of Formation of M&A BEDFORD PROPERTIES, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/12/13. 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, 1344 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10128. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/11 - 08/15/2013 Notice of Formation of STONYBROOK CAPITAL ONE, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/17/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Deutsch, Metz & Deutsch, LLP, Attn: Jeremy E. Deutsch, 18 E. 41st St., 6th Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/11 - 08/15/2013 Notice of Formation of Rudrabhishek (US) LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/26/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 10100 Old Columbia Rd., Columbia, MD 21047. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Business consulting. Vil: 07/11 - 08/15/2013 Notice of Formation of 21B LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/26/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 300 E. 74th St., Apt. 36G, NY, NY 10021. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Barbara Gural, 38267 Ranch Garden Rd., Park City, UT 84098. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/11 - 08/15/2013
Notice of Qualification of 1006 MADISON LLC App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/9/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 5/7/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Thor Equities, LLC, 25 W. 39th St., NY, NY 10018. DE address of LLC: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 160 Greentree Drive, Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 07/11 - 08/15/2013 Notice of Qualification of 354 BOWERY – BAZBAZ LLC App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/25/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 6/21/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o FB Strategic Partners, 299 Park Ave., 42nd Fl., NY, NY 10171. DE address of LLC: c/o United Corporate Services, Inc., 874 Walker Road, Ste. C, Dover, DE 19904. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 07/11 - 08/15/2013 Notice of Qualification of A. AnthonyABMFS, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 6/19/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 8101 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. S., Ste. 150, Houston, TX 77079. LLC formed in DE on 3/2/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o 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: 07/11 - 08/15/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: BEST BRANDS SALES COMPANY, LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/27/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 20 West 33rd Street, New York, New York 10001. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 07/04 - 08/08/2013 Notice of Formation of DS ADMIN, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/25/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Kalnick, Klee & Green, LLP, 767 Third Ave., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/04 - 08/08/2013
Notice of Formation of Good Life Society, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/19/13. 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, 33 West End Ave., NY, NY 10023. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 07/04 - 08/08/2013 Notice of Qualification of TALISMAN GROUP ADVISORS L.L.C. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/20/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/07/12. Princ. office of LLC: 510 Madison Ave., 7th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process and DE addr. to c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/04 - 08/08/2013 Notice of Formation of JULAIDAN FAMILY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/13/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Moses & Singer LLP, Attn: Daniel S. Rubin, Esq., 405 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10174-1299. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 07/04 - 08/08/2013 Notice of Qualification of Lumenate Technologies, LP App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/18/13. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Texas (TX) on 11/15/05. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, the registered agent upon whom process may be served. TX address of LP: 16633 Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 450, Addison, TX 75001. Name/address of each genl. ptr. available from SSNY. Cert. of LP filed with TX Secy. of State, 1019 Brazos, Room 105, Austin, TX 78701. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 07/04 - 08/08/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of Homeownership Lending, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/21/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: Homeownership Lending, LLC, c/o UHAB, 120 Wall Street, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10005. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013
NOTICE OF FORMATION of Knock Out Beauty LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/16/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: Knock Out Beauty LLC c/o Sharlay Sloss, 850 Amsterdam Ave. New York, NY 10025 . Purpose:To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 07/04 - 08/08/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: ORANGE STREET GROUP LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/29/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 30 Christopher Street, Apartment 2D, New York, New York 10014. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013 IDENTITY COUNSEL INTERNATIONAL LLC a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 3/26/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Joseph J. Atick, 1 Irving Pl., NY, NY 10003. General Purposes. Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013 ABBEYDALE LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 5/22/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 373 Park Ave S, Fl 6, NY, NY 10016. General Purposes. Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013 CONVENT/ST. NICHOLAS, LLC a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 5/1/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 425 W. 144th St., NY, NY 10031. General Purposes. Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013 TRUSOUND LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 2/11/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 2440 Broadway, #7, NY, NY 10024. General Purposes. Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF REBEL ROYAL LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/19/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: MIA SPIVEY-REBEL 249 E 118TH ST, APT 10B NY, NY 10035. Purpose: any lawful act Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013
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pUbl ic notice S Notice of formatioN of roc NatioN aPPareL grouP, LLc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/17/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 1411 Broadway, 39th Fl., NY, NY 10018. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013 Notice of formatioN of beauty 4 emPowermeNt, LLc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/17/13. 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., 13th Fl., NY, NY 10011, also the registered agent. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013 Notice of QuaLificatioN of adLy hoLdiNgs LLc App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/10/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 6/7/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 405 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10174. DE address of LLC: 160 Greentree Drive, Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013 Notice of QuaLificatioN of 15 east hoLdiNgs LLc Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 6/5/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 6/4/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, Attn: CT Corporation System, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 06/27 - 08/01/2013 Notice of QuaLificatioN of irviNg PLace iNvestor LLc Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/12/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 825 3rd Ave., Fl 37, NY, NY 10022. LLC formed in DE on 2/5/13. 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: 06/27 - 08/01/2013
Notice of QuaLificatioN of sdf24 fLushiNg LLc Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/17/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 825 3rd Ave., Fl 37, NY, NY 10022. LLC formed in DE on 1/8/13. 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: 06/27 - 08/01/2013
Notice of QuaLificatioN of heNry v murray seNior LLc Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/05/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/04/13. Princ. office of LLC: 299 Park Ave., 42nd Fl., NY, NY 10171. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Paul Hastings LLP, Attn: Martin L. Edelman, Esq., 75 E. 55th St., NY, NY 10022. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of DE, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 06/20 - 07/25/2013
Notice of QuaLificatioN of sdf25 Lewis LLc Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/17/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 825 3rd Ave., Fl 37, NY, NY 10022. LLC formed in DE on 1/8/13. 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: 06/27 - 08/01/2013
Notice of formatioN of 16-18 east 30th street cbP LLc Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 4/11/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 06/20 - 07/25/2013
Notice of formatioN of 4th aveNue mm LLc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/5/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Adam America Real Estate, 370 Lexington Ave., Ste. 607, NY, NY 10017, Attn: Omri Sachs. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 06/20 - 07/25/2013
Notice of formatioN of 93 crosby owNer LLc Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 1/11/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Javeri Capital, 592 Fifth Ave., 4th Fl., NY, NY 10036. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 06/20 - 07/25/2013
aPP for auth for cebriK sisters, LLc App for Auth filed with SSNY 06/11/2013 LLC. Registered in New Jersey on 11/15/2012 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 Brian D. Fuhro, Esq., 36 Mountain View Blvd., Wayne, NJ 07470. Purpose:Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 06/20 - 07/25/2013 Notice of QuaLificatioN of gso ecLiPse associates i LLc Authority filed with the Sect of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/14/13. N.Y. Office Loc: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 6/4/13. SSNY has been designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 345 Park Avenue, 31st FL, NY, NY 10154. DE addr. of LLC: 200 Bellevue Pkwy, Ste 210, Wilmington, 19809. Cert of Form filed with DE Sect of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 06/20 - 07/25/2013
Notice of formatioN of 126 e. 65th st. LLc Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 5/7/12. 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 126 E. 65th St., NY, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 06/20 - 07/25/2013
Notice of QuaL. of 16-18 east 30th street LLc Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 5/1/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 2/13/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Jaz Patel, 101 Worthington Rd., White Plains, NY 10607. 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: 06/20 - 07/25/2013 Notice of QuaL. of 110 resideNce LLc Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 4/10/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 5/22/12. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: David Snoddy, 110 E. 70th St., NY, NY 10021. Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served is NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011. 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: 06/20 - 07/25/2013
Notice of formatioN of careX ProPerties LLc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on
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A frightening and violent drama unfolds at theater
Photos by Clayton Patterson
Lorcan Otway and his wife, Eugenie Gilmore-Otway, suffered serious injuries during a run-in with some Brooklyn toughs seeking money for a phone stolen from one of Lorcan’s Theatre 80 employees.
CLAYTON By Clayton Patterson Lorcan Otway and his wife, Eugenie Gilmore-Otway, are longtime Lower East Side figures. Lorcan is easily recognizable by his old-school Quaker attire. He and his wife own and run Theatre 80, a classic St. Mark’s Place establishment with a long, New York City underground pedigree, reaching back to he Prohibition era and beyond. This is one of the last authentic, local, family-owned and -operated local business. Lorcan’s family has run the business for decades. In the 1980s, his father screened early American classic movies here. Locan and his wife are old school. They’ve been around the block, in a good way, for decades. They’ve seen people shot, stabbed, mugged, loved, hugged, married and so on. They’re
both educated as lawyers, have fought in many civil rights cases. Gennie still practices. Lorcan and Gennie believe in principles, civilized social interaction, good manners. On Fri., July 21, Lorcan got a phone call. A phone belonging to one of his employees had been stolen and the caller said he had it. Lorcan asked, What do you want? Reply, $100. Come down, Lorcan told him. But Lorcan had no intention of paying the money. To do so would be teaching the wrong lesson. Lorcan was not going to call the cops, either. Three Brooklyn youths showed up. Loran snatched the phone and said, “That’s it. Leave.” A fight ensued. The struggle spilled outside the door onto the sidewalk. Then Lorcan got grabbed from behind and pushed head first into a Citi Bike in the bike station outside the theater, resulting in a lump above his right eye, another on his
temple, abrasions on his forearm and a swollen knee. Gennie pulled out her own smartphone and took a photo of the assailants. But one of the youths grabbed her camera. Lorcan grabbed it back from him. Gennie was shaken and panicked because of the private nature of her business stored on her phone. In her agitated state, not realizing that Lorcan now had both phones, she jumped on the youths’ car, thinking that would stop them from driving off. Unfortunately, not. She ended up with her shoulder blade broken in multiple places, a broken ankle, scratches on her face and lots and lots of pain. Lots of pain. On top of that, there were two ambulance rides, one for Lorcan and one for Gennie. My guess is it would not be the same price as a single patient. Later, by the grace of a sympathetic, generous, intelligent hospital employee,
Gennie got an ambulette ride home from the hospital. They had no insurance, so they could not stay in hospital. Suffering at home, with just a fan to keep cool in the blistering heat. What started off as a plan to get $100 for a stolen phone ended up with much more serious consequences, as Lorcan resolved not to pay money for stolen property and not to call in the cops. Things escalated all the way up to anywhere from assault to hit and run, maybe even attempted murder. But they have the car’s license number, the phone trace, at least one robber’s photograph, video and whatever else pops up. Moving forward, they are looking at producing a benefit to help find ways to pay the medical bills. Then, there’s still wages to pay, plus family expenses, and Gennie is also the guardian of Lorcan’s elderly mother. Somehow, hopefully, they’ll pull through this. Lorcan and Gennie are legends on the L.E.S.
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