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Pier 26 shows rocked neighbors’ world — too much; Canceled for ’14 By Clarissa-Jan liM Due to the unexpected level of amplifi ed sound from the summer concert series at Pier 26, the event’s organizer, the Hudson River Park Trust, has decided against scheduling the concert series at the Tribeca pier next summer. A recent performance at the pier by the indie-pop band fun. was not fun, but incredibly noisy, local residents complained.
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Borough President Scott Stringer touted Brooklyn Bridge Beach and the East River Blueway on Aug. 1, joined by Council Speaker Christine Quinn, to the right of him, and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, to the left of him, and other elected officials.
Fun plus protection: Pols pitch bridge beach and Blueway plan By heather DuBin Get ready to hit the beach — in Manhattan! — with a super-close view of the Brooklyn Bridge. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced
the $7 million beach’s arrival in its future location as they stood under the Brooklyn Bridge near South and Dover Sts. last Thursday. A part of the East River Blueway Plan — a scheme to increase waterfront access and storm protection —
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The Trust arranged for the 2013 summer concert series to take place on Pier 26, at N. Moore St., based on prior experiences producing successful concerts on Piers 54 and 84. However, Madelyn Wils, the Trust’s president, writing in an open letter to the community this week, said, “We did not realize that sound from Pier 26 with this speaker configura-
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’Net guru is watching the watchers: Warns of Facebook, Google By Clarissa-Jan liM Recent revelations of the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities have triggered outrage and calls to clamp down on the federal government’s unrestrained Big Brother-like snooping. Although the government maintains it’s all only being done in the name of national security, many are upset at the extent of the government’s surveillance activi-
ties. Following recent revelations by Edward Snowden, Americans are now aware of the PRISM program, which collects communications information from Internet companies in America; the fact that the government collects the metadata of phone conversations; and now, in the latest program to be exposed, XKeyscore, through
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’Net guru watching the watchers: Warns of FB, Google Continued from page 1 which a person’s entire Internet history can be accessed by the tap of a computer key. The N.S.A. surveillance programs aren’t new, said the East Village’s Paul Garrin. The Cooper Union grad was first known for his video art, before he moved on to Internet ventures, such as his encrypted e-mail service, lokmail.com, as well as his domain name registry and Web-hosting company Name.Space, which claims ownership of hundreds of top-level domains, such as, notably, .nyc. “The Patriot Act, post-9/11, it’s not new,” Garrin said of this country’s culture of keeping tabs on its populace. Garrin also showed a reporter the winter 1996-97 issue of CovertAction Quarterly, dedicated to the subject of “The New Age of Surveillance.” The publication, now defunct, was founded by former C.I.A. operative-turned C.I.A. critic Philip Agee, and was dedicated to reporting on surveillance activities carried out by governments in different countries. In short, people have always been watched by their governments, at least “passively,” stated Garrin. “And then, at any time — this is what Snowden said that didn’t register with people — they can go back [and search a person’s communications history],” Garrin explained. “So it’s not about what you’re doing now, it’s what you’ve done... . Then, whoever is interested can go in and pull up everything.” Counterterrorism efforts after 9/11 brought about the creation of data fusion centers, with government support, to aggregate data on everybody and everything. A 2007 report by the American Civil Liberties Union, “What’s Wrong With Fusion Centers?”, noted that data fusion is carried out in excessive secrecy and also involves the private sector coughing up information to the feds. “Basically, the business model is to entice people for free [through communications systems] and get them to spill their guts and share everything,” said Garrin. “It’s exploiting people’s data without due process. It’s the quick extrapolation of data — your
friends, your friends’ friends, and so on. That’s a huge scope.” Garrin also noted that the idea that there is “too much data” is naive, because the more information collected, the easier it is to look for “anomalies.” “So, anyone who’s going to Al-Qaeda Web sites or looking at Victoria’s Secret, they’re going to see the difference right away,” he said. Social media Web sites, like Facebook and so on, are what Garrin calls the all-seeing “Digital Panopticon.” The sites profit from not just advertising sales, but by selling users’ information to law enforcement agencies. The use of social media or data-sharing Web sites is a “Faustian deal,” Garrin asserted, because “access to these services is not free. What you’re giving up is your constitutional rights, and your right to privacy. There’s a greater cost to that than paying a reasonable fee to have your data respected and protected. “When you’re signing a contract to have access to their facilities for free, you’re basically giving them your copyright, you’re giving them right to use your content in whatever way they see fit,” he said. Another means of information gathering is through phonecarrier companies that give out their customers’ data. Among Snowden’s many exposés is the collection of metadata — who was called, the duration and time of calls and the location of the parties involved. Cell phone and landline users also run the risk of having
notebook Who’s stopping who? Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has been the most frequent defender of the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy, but City Council Speaker Christine Quinn told us she holds Mayor Bloomberg responsible for the large number of stops. “As it relates to stop and frisk, Ray Kelly has implemented, I believe, the plan as his boss has told him to do it — that’s not how I would tell him to do it,“ Quinn said July 25 during an interview with the editorial board of The Villager and other NYC Community Media papers. Quinn once again said if she’s elected mayor she’d like to keep Kelly on. She pointed out that the city’s crime rate began to drop without stop and frisk during Kelly’s
their information bought online, with help from Web sites like whitepages.com or tnid.us that allow people who type in a phone number to find out the name and address of the owner by paying a small fee. Membership allows access to background reports on a phone number’s owner, including such categories as “criminal check, bankruptcies, prior residences and work information.” The argument that you shouldn’t worry if you have nothing to hide is one that many people make. But simply the availability of one’s information is dangerous, Garrin said. “It can be used against you and misconstrued and taken out of context in any way that they want,” he explained. Even as remote a connection as having a conversation with somebody five years ago can be considered “guilt by association,” he noted. The lack of privacy and security in information sharing and communication services on the Internet presented Garrin with a business opportunity to create a consumer choice, something he dubbed the “anti-cloud,” as opposed to “cloud” computer servers, like Google Drive. His “anti-cloud” is still currently in the works. “The business problem that needs to be solved in the market is to make online networking and communication services convenient — and ensure your liberty,” Garrin stated. “The Internet is great for a lot of things; I'm not saying these other types of trivial interactions [like social media] are not valuable. The question is who has the right to dictate, restrain or put any kind of scrutiny over conversations?”
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Two candidates running against Menin, Councilmembers Jessica Lappin and Gale Brewer, are strongly against the plan.
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By Tequila Minsky The Washington Square Music Festival, held on Tuesday evenings in July, enjoyed its 55th season this summer. The first night of four, “Baroque in the Park: The Judgment of Paris,” an opera with harpsichord, vocal soloists and chamber orchestra, was moved because of rain to St. Joseph’s Church on Sixth Ave., a fitting performance venue. The series ended July 30 on an exquisite balmy evening that brought music lovers from all parts of New York and even New Jersey to hear East African music by Nepo Soteri and his Asante Band. Guitarist / singer Soteri’s music is influenced by the rhythms and sounds
of Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia, where he spent his youth traveling as a refugee. His band featured two female vocalists, a brass section, keyboard and percussion. His smooth Afro jazz resonated with a very engaged audience, who could hardly stay in their seats. Many danced on the sidelines. After intermission, Soteri encouraged the crowd to let loose, and many moved up into the space in front of the seats to dance. His fans and the Village’s older adults, along with children, took advantage of this opportunity to let their bodies channel the seductive rhythms and melodies of the multidimensional sounds.
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Beach plus Blueway will bring fun with protection Continued from page 1 at the Aug. 1 press conference. The 11,000-square-foot swath of sand will feature water activities — such as fishing and a kayak and canoe launch — tree-lined walkways, terraced seating and concession stands. The beach’s development, along with the addition of new salt marshes and wetlands, will have more than recreational benefits, however. “This will protect this community from the next big storm,” Stringer said. Currently, the future site of the Brooklyn Bridge Beach is littered with trash and construction materials, and workers are still reconfiguring electrical power lines on nearby streets following last October’s Hurricane Sandy. The dream of a revitalized waterfront has been part of an ongoing process that involved the neighborhood and local stakeholders. “We worked with community partners to transform this East River waterfront,” Stringer said. He added that the project spoke to community engagement and its needs. As part of the process, Housing Authority residents from the Bernard Baruch and Lillian Wald Houses were asked for their input. So were representatives of the Lower East Side Ecology Center. Community Boards 1, 3 and 6 were asked for their ideas, and helped shape the plan over the past few years. “Business development and access to waterfront — this is significant,” Stringer added. “This is a great protection for New Yorkers against climate change,” Quinn said. She touted the plan’s “innovative design” and asserted it would “help spur economic growth post-Sandy.” The project’s scope is to completely renovate the riverfront from the Brooklyn Bridge to E. 38th Street. But the beach bridge is certainly a signature feature of the plan. “The redevelopment of Brooklyn Bridge Beach — it’s a premier ‘staycation’ as well as a destination,” Quinn said. “In a dense urban area, we forget we have a great waterfront as a resource,” Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh said in his remarks. He said the full project will be “a connector of different communities along the way,” but that more money and action will be needed to realize the plan in its entirety. Kavanagh was instrumental in creating a free kayak launch in Stuyvesant Cove in August 2012, which Stringer noted was “a labor of love,” for Kavanagh. Councilmember Daniel Garodnick, whose district doesn’t go below 14th St., noted he was “out of his district” at the press conference. But he said he well understood the “plight of the East Side being cut
off from the river.” “This Blueway plan is a road map to protect areas most vulnerable to flooding,” he said. Garodnick has allocated $1 million for the kayak and canoe launch in Stuyvesant Cove, on the river between E. 18th and 23rd Sts. “It will open up the river to a new generation of users,” he said of the small-vessel launch spot. “I’m asking Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg to have the next kayaking race here in the river — and they’re judging,” Stringer said with a smile, to lots of laughs. Daniel Tainow, education director at the Lower East Side Ecology Center, said, “We’re glad to be a part of the process for the Blueway plan.” He alluded to “swimming as a possibility,” referring to future ideas for wading pools with water captured and filtered from the F.D.R. Drive’s runoff. The planning for the East River Blueway was initiated in 2010, before the devastation of Superstorm Sandy showed how vulnerable waterfront areas like those along the Lower East Side, East Village and South Street Seaport are to storm surges and flooding. “A lot of what we talked about is relevant,” Stringer noted. “Storm mitigation is very relevant. We have to look at this from a city perspective.” The $7 million in combined funding, which Stringer dubbed a “down payment,” will almost cover the cost of the whole beach. The remainder of the Blueway project has not been funded. New York received $15 billion in federal money for post-Sandy recovery and rebuilding. But the elected officials are hoping more government funds can be found to pay for the full East River Blueway. “We are going to the state and federal government,” Stringer said. “We feel aggressive about getting funding for this plan. We were all here [during Sandy].” “We want to get any bit of money we can,” Quinn added. Asked by a reporter about the project’s future in a post-Bloomberg administration, Quinn replied quickly, “We’re good.” She, of course, is running for mayor, and Stringer for city comptroller. She vowed that people would soon be enjoying the beach, and joked that the only thing to worry about would be sunburn, adding that the sole requirement would be, “50 S.P.F. sunscreen for all.” Quinn advocated for reclaiming the river for economic development, as well as the effective use of open space — and also for, well, fun. “We’re a safer city and a more fun city,” she said. “Nothing says fun like Christine Quinn and Scott Stringer working together.” No completion date for the beach project was given.
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fun. wasn’t fun for all in Tribeca; Trust cans Bowery shows for ’14 Continued from page 1 tion would reverberate in surrounding buildings to the degree that has been reported by many of our neighbors.” The concert series at Pier 26 was a pilot program undertaken by the Trust in a oneseason partnership with The Bowery Presents. While some Tribeca residents enjoyed the amplified music, many were mortified by it. “We are unhappy that the community is so divided, therefore the series will not return to this location,” Wils wrote. A location for next year’s concerts has yet to be determined. The contract signed with The Bowery Presents extends for the rest of the season, and tickets have been sold for the remaining concerts. Another three performances will take place at Pier 26, on Aug. 10 (featuring One Republic, plus Mayer Hawthorne and Serena Ryder), and Sept. 6 (Empire of the Sun) and 7 (Passion Pit), before the concert series ends for this summer. The artists who performed at the series’s two previous dates this summer at Pier 26 include U.K. “2-tone ska” legends The Specials, in addition to fun., which won two Grammy awards this year for what critics call their over-enthusiastically produced brand of indie-pop. The Trust has hired an acoustic consultant to “propose and develop mitigation” for the remaining performances, and sound levels have been significantly reduced.
The band fun. certainly dresses spiffily but that didn’t matter to some local Tribeca residents who found the decibel level of the group’s recent show at Pier 26 very “unfun.”
Silver jumps onboard Grand St. ferry stop idea; Writes to E.D.C. By Clarissa-Jan Lim In a letter forwarded to The Villager, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver expressed his support for a new ferry stop at the east of Grand St. to Kyle Kimball, executive director of the city’s Economic Development Corporation. E.D.C. is currently considering expanding the East River ferry service. A ferry stop at Grand St., Silver wrote, would serve as a “faster and more accessible commute to the Financial District and Midtown,” as well as bringing in people to Lower East Side from other parts of the city. He also wrote that it would provide a link to Williamsburg and “other parts of Brooklyn that are home to their own burgeoning neighborhoods.” Joseph Hanania, an advocate for the new ferry stop who collected signatures petitioning E.D.C. to put a ferry stop at the existing dock on Grand St., said it would help bring in new passenger traffic from Brooklyn and Queens and help revive the street, and “relieve congestion near the renewed East River Park athletic fields, and for heavily attended concerts/ events at the East River bandshell.” The petition now has close to 600 signatures. The renovation of the East River esplanade and bikeway also could benefit from a Grand St. ferry stop, Silver said in his letter. The influx of new residents along Grand St. — which runs from Soho through Chinatown, Little Italy and the Lower East Side, to
the East River — as well as new commercial and retail development in recent years, means many would benefit from a Grand St. ferry stop, he added. On Wednesday, Hanania told The Villager, “I am thrilled that the Assembly speaker is backing the proposed ferry stop at Grand St. His backing may well be the decisive turning point in bringing this about. “I also hope that the new proposed stop, coupled with a possible cafe at the ferry stop, which would be the only one yet in East River Park, will help feed a revival of the far Lower East Side by bringing in additional foot and bicycle traffic. I also hope that the additional passengers coming here will feed the existing bus lines — the 14th St. crosstown, the Houston St. crosstown and the No. 22 to Battery Park City, helping us get more frequent bus service. “Most importantly,” Hanania said, “we still need a subway stop that is closer to our area. Right now, it is about a 12-minute walk from Grand St. and the F.D.R. to the nearest subway station. I discussed several weeks ago with one of Mr. Silver's assistants the desirability of a stop on the M line at either Pitt St. or at Clinton St. and Delancey. “Other areas of the city are getting entirely new lines,” Hanania noted, “including the Second A ve. subway and the subway line going into the Hudson Yards. We are asking only for an additional needed stop on an existing line. I hope the additional activity generated by the ferry stop will help bring all this about.”
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Housing Authority board hears it from pols, tenants By heather DuBin Councilmember Rosie Mendez walked into the New York City Housing Authority’s annual public hearing to loud applause from the crowd of hundreds of people packed into Pace University’s Schimmel Hall to protest a plan for new luxury apartments on NYCHA’s land. Many of the public housing residents at the July 24 hearing expressed outrage at NYCHA’s proposed “infill plan,” which would lease 14 sites at eight Manhattan public housing projects to developers to build high-rise towers for a total of 4,000 new units, with 80 percent at market-rate rent and 20 percent for affordable housing. The anticipated revenue for NYCHA from the plan is $50 million annually. Construction would take place on what are currently parks, playgrounds and parking lots on NYCHA grounds. The majority of the sites are in the East Village and Lower East Side, including Baruch Houses, Campos Plaza, Smith Houses, Meltzer Tower and LaGuardia Houses. About a dozen police officers stood outside the auditorium as people lined the street waiting to get in. Nearby, others held signs with sayings like, “Bloomberg Hands Off Public Housing,” and yelled slogans from across the street. NYCHA Chairperson John Rhea and the other members of the authority’s board were booed when introduced. However, Housing Bureau Police Chief Joanne Jaffe, who was also seated with the board members, received applause. The NYCHA board was not allowed to speak, but were there to listen to the many people who wanted to voice their opinions. Residents, activists and local politicians were each given three minutes to speak; a nearby clock kept track, and the microphone cut off when the time was up. Translators were available in four languages.
“Public housing is in absolute crisis,” said Brooklyn Assemblymember Walter Mosley. He blasted the infill scheme as a classic “tale of two cities,” and said it would undermine public housing. “Luxury housing is the last thing our city needs more of. This is about private developers,” he declared. He was followed by Ruby Kitchen, a resident of the King Towers housing development, who was irate at someone’s having claimed that public housing tenants would be pushed out by the plan in the next five years. She was indignant, saying residents did not have any input into the idea.
Anthony Weiner entered to boos, but after offering his ideas for solving NYCHA’s woes, he left the mic to raucous applause. “You can’t get your money from HUD without tagging us along,” she said, referring to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. “We demand respect. We need you to know: We are human beings. Treat us as human beings.” Three councilmembers, Mendez, Margaret Chin and Melissa Mark-Viverito, spoke together against the plan. They pointed out in a written statement that when NYCHA consulted with residents, they said “No” as well.
The trio of councilmembers urged the authority to “recover $100 million in operating revenues — in the form of extraordinary N.Y.P.D. and PILOT payments [payments in lieu of taxes],” and to reinvest these funds “in frontline repairs and critical upgrades at developments all over the city that will positively contribute to the quality of life of residents and preserve hundreds of thousands of affordable public housing units.” NYCHA currently must pay the Police Department tens of millions of dollars annually to patrol its grounds and buildings. “Public housing is a public good!” Mendez shouted as the group departed from the microphone. The day before the hearing, mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner had seen a second major sexting scandal involving him erupt in the media. When Weiner initially took the mic to speak at the Pace public hearing, the audience booed. Weiner spoke of his recent overnight stay at the Lincoln Houses in East Harlem with other candidates for mayor. He slammed the deplorable conditions there, such as scaffolding that had not been removed in more than 20 years, dark black mold all around the edges of the floor in one apartment, and holes behind a stove, from which an odor was wafting. “It’s going on hundred and thousands of times,” Weiner said. “We need to change how we do things.” He listed several ideas to overhaul NYCHA that he would do if elected. After plugging his bid, a noticeable shift had occurred in the audience, and Weiner exited the room to raucous applause. Numerous speakers accused NYCHA of misusing funds. The agency’s budget report projects a deficit of $87.1 million for 2014.
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Police BLOTTER Slashed ex-wife in face A Manhattan man stands accused of trying to brutally murder his ex-wife in the hallway of her Alphabet City apartment building while their children watched in terror, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced July 31. John Woody, 40, has been indicted for first- and second-degree attempted murder, along with 18 other felony charges — including first- and second-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated criminal contempt — and 17 misdemeanor charges stemming from other alleged domestic violence incidents against the woman. Around 6:20 p.m. on July 8, Woody allegedly stalked his ex-wife, who was with their three children, illegally followed them into her apartment building at 170 Avenue D (at E. 12th St.), and then waited in the hallway outside her apartment with a sharp object to use as a weapon, according to court documents. When the woman and children exited the elevator and walked out into the hallway, Woody allegedly slashed her face, back and neck repeatedly as the children stood nearby, the D.A. said. The victim was hospitalized for her injuries and had to receive numerous stitches. Police arrested Woody the day after the attack. Early on July 9, hours after the alleged
attempted murder and just before his arrest, Woody reportedly also sent a threatening text message to his ex-wife’s mother, and left a threatening voicemail on his exwife’s phone. He was also charged in connection with multiple alleged domestic violence incidents in the days before the July 8 incident, including burning his ex-wife with a hot iron, hitting her with a belt and making multiple other phone calls and sending text messages to harass and threaten her, all in violation of a prior restraining order, the D.A. said. Woody is scheduled to appear in court again Oct. 16.
Flagged for roughness Retired N.F.L. offense tackle Luke Petitgout, a former first-round draft pick for the New York Giants, turned himself into police on Tues., Aug. 6, after allegedly beating his wife while they were in the Meatpacking District early on Aug. 2. Petitgout, 37, has been charged with assault after his wife, Jennifer, 36, told police that the 6-foot-6-inch-tall, 310pound ex-Giant pushed her out of his car — which was parked near the corner of Little W. 12th St. and Ninth Ave. — around 5:30 a.m. on Fri., Aug. 2, follow-
ing a verbal argument, leaving her with cuts and bruises to her body, arms and hands. According to the police report, Petitgout’s wife also claimed that, after she had fallen to the ground, he picked up her purse and threw it at her, hitting her in the head. Police said Petitgout’s wife took a cab to the Sixth Police Precinct, on W. 10th St., about an hour after the incident took place, where she filed a report, after which she was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Luke Petitgout was with his lawyer when he came to the Sixth Precinct around 9 a.m. on Aug. 6 to turn himself in, police said. Luke Petitgout, who lives in Woodcliff, N.J., played for the Giants from 1999 to 2006, before finishing his football career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and retiring in 2007.
seemed very real — partly because he and many other officers believed that the “bomb” was intended to harm U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who lives on Bedford St. “We all thought it was meant for her, maybe as some kind of politically based attack,” the source said. Maybe that’s part of the reason why Fishbane’s prop bomb — clearly a very cheap fake, when given a close look — garnered such an immediate and immense police response. Fishbane told the Post he couldn’t fault the N.Y.P.D. for treating the situation so seriously, saying he felt the response was “wholly appropriate.”
An employee for the Haagen-Dazs shop at 55 E. Eighth St., near Mercer St., told police that a man — later identified as Gerald Kimbrough, 45 — walked in around 6:30 p.m. on July 29 and quietly demanded all the money in the register, through a written note he passed across the counter. Kimbrough, who held his hand near his waistband throughout, told the employee he had a gun and would shoot if he didn’t get the green, according to police. The ice-cream crook quickly stepped behind the counter, grabbed all $200 from inside the till and fled on foot, said the employee, who called police immediately afterward. Within minutes, the Sixth Precinct began a canvass of the area, and caught Kimbrough on Photo by Tequila Minsky a nearby street around 7:30 A police officer removed the prop bomb, which was conp.m., police said. He was cealed in boxes. charged with robbery.
Bedford bomb scare A playwright caused a stir last week by accidentally leaving a fake bomb — used as prop in his play about suicide bombers — in the trash outside his West Village apartment on Wed., July 31, while he was moving out. Ethan Fishbane, 23, who wasn’t arrested, reportedly told police he “didn’t think twice” about tossing the prop — which simulated a bomb, using a workout belt, a calculator, two blocks of clay and some wiring — outside his pad at 14 Bedford St., leading to a swarm of New York Police Department Bomb Squad and Emergency Service Unit officers converging on the location along with other local officers in what was quickly determined to be a false alarm. But a Sixth Precinct source, who was one of the first officers to respond to the bogus bomb scare, told this newspaper that the threat
Rude awakening A senior citizen woke up from an afternoon nap in his ground-floor West Village apartment on Thurs., Aug. 1, to find an unknown man attempting to break in, police said. The 72-year-old, who lives at 227 Waverly Place, told police he was startled awake around 4:30 p.m. by noise in his living room. When he went to check it out, the resident said, he spotted a stranger — whom he could only describe as a bald black man — trying to enter the apartment through a window. Apparently, the would-be burglar was just as surprised by the septuagenarian resident’s sudden appearance, and jumped back out of the window, fleeing in such a hurry that he left one of his sneakers behind, police said.
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Looking back at the atomic bomb Canoe convoy making quite a row TALKING POINT By JERRY TALLMER This is the time of year when I suddenly remember what time of year it is. Usually, I guiltily remember it too late, a week or two after August 6 and August 9 are come and gone. But this year, for some unknown reason — maybe the fog that’s assaulting my laptop — I am once again in that B-24 that I’ve written about at scattered times over the years. I’m staring back at the mushroom cloud that’s climbing higher than our own 10,000 feet through the beautiful 9/11-like cloudless blue sky over what is left of Nagasaki, 135 miles to our south. We fly on and drop our own bombs, further up the coast of Japan. Nagasaki: 60,000 to 80,000 dead — the fortunate ones… Hiroshima: 90,000 to 160,000 dead... . When I climb down out of the B-24, back on Okinawa, I feel as if I’ve just swallowed a bucket of nails. Nobody on our crew says anything to anybody. Nobody looks anybody in the eye. Since that day, those two days, 68 years ago, only God knows how many multiples of Hiroshima plus Nagasaki have been slaughtered on this planet. Anywhere from several billion, I should guess, down to more than 2,600 at the World Trade Center, down to one — a 17-year-old carrying candy and iced
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By Lael Hines At 10 a.m. on Fri. Aug. 9, hundreds of canoers and kayakers, both Native American and non-Native American, arrayed in two parallel rows, will pull into Pier 96 at W. 57th St. They will then march across Manhattan to the United Nations, where they will receive a welcome from the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, at First Ave. and 47th St. The next day, a festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 200 Vesey St., west of the World Trade Center. Performers will include the likes of comedian Charlie Hill, the Akwesasne Women Singers, Sherri Waterman and the Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers and Josephine Tarrant. It’s all part of the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign, a partnership between all six Native American Haudenosaunee nations (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora) and the Neighbors of the Onondaga nation (NOON), based out of Syracuse, N.Y. On July 28, a group of hundreds set off on the 140-mile paddle down the Hudson River to New York City. Their goal is to spread peace, friendship and togetherness, as well as to re-establish the importance of an oral treaty made between the Haudenosaunee and the Dutch colonists exactly 400 years ago. The Wampum rowers also stress
A couple of members of the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign on Day 2 of their journey, near Coxsackie, N.Y.
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tea, in the rain, at night, in Sanford, Florida. Yes, yes, I know — and Harry Truman knew only too well — a great many more young Americans might have died if it were not for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. That doesn’t make it better, or right. I mean they could have — we could have — dropped a demonstration Little Boy or a Nagasaki-type Fat Man — Fat Man! — on Mount Fuji or somewhere, just to show what it could do. We could have, but we didn’t… . Does it make you sleep better at night to think about a Richard Nixon, say, with one hand on the Red Telephone? Or a Michele Bachmann or a Rand Paul or a Ted Cruz or a Mitch McConnell or even a John McCain on one of his bad days? I know this is scare talk, but it’s not the baby in the flower garden of the good old L.B.J. vs. Barry Goldwater days, If anybody remembers those days. Americans are not strong on memory, which is why this August 6 and this August 9 will flow past without very much comment or thought anywhere. Except, maybe, in Japan. As I noted at the head of this dispatch, I’m not very good at remembering, either. Usually, for me, it’s better late than never. But this time, as it happens, I’m on time, back once again in that B-24, looking out over the tailfins at a mushroom cloud out of Hieronymus Bosch’s garden of death without delight.
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Chess moves: Most players are now at Union Square By Lael Hines Attracting a wide variety of parkgoers, Washington Square is renowned for its diversity. The park welcomes offbeat street performers, bohemian musicians, young families, seniors, clean-cut yuppies, N.Y.U. students, and dogs and their owners, among others. In the park’s southwest corner, yet another well-known user group can be found: the chess players. Over the decades, the corner has been a legendary spot for chess players in New York City. “Where we are sitting here is where many legendary chess players played,” said George, who has been playing chess in Washington Square since the 1960s. “Mr. Bobby Fisher would play here,” said George, who didn’t give his last name. “No park has the history we have here in Washington Square. There was a time in the ’50s and ’60s when the world community of chess congregated here. You would come here and see world-famous chess players around these tables.” A longtime Village resident painted a picture of the tightknit chess community in Washington Square during the ’70s. “It was a lovely little hangout,” she recalled, asking that her name be withheld. “All the guys knew each other. There were a bunch of characters who hung out there. It was all about the game of chess. They took it so seriously: I would see a guy lose and nearly have a nervous breakdown.” Despite this historic legacy, by all accounts, Washington Square’s chess scene has waned. Around 3 o’clock on a recent sunny Friday afternoon, two-thirds of the chess tables were
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Robert at his chessboard in Washington Square.
forlornly empty. “Everyone has migrated to Union Square,” explained Julian Turner, a Washington Square chess player since the ’90s. “There’s more business in Union
Two young girls teamed up to try to beat a chess sharp in Union Square.
Square, there’s more money. The Union Square area has a lot of traffic. You have the Whole Foods, the two trains and just a lot of people around there. In a sense, chess has become a business; a lot of people just do it for the money.” The Union Square chess area, located just outside the subway entrance near the northeast corner of 14th St. and Union Square West, mirrors the fast pace of its environment. Dozens of chess players sit on crates and use makeshift tables. They lure passersby with offers to try to beat them for $5 to $10 per game. Matches can be played “on the clock,” or without it. They disdain the term “chess hustler.” Omar, a Union Sq. chess player, described his attraction to the location. “Don’t get me wrong. Back in the day Washington Square had the great players,” he said. “But the energy is more positive over here. Look over there at Hare Krishna — they generate positive energy. All the real chess players come here now.” As for why the chess scene has shifted from Washington Square to Union Square, Robert, who plays frequently in the former, also cited economics. “A good day is like 100 bucks for some guys,” he said of the Union Square chess tables. Omar claimed that drug dealing in Washington Square is also a reason for the shift. “Over there, there’s a whole bunch of drugs and stuff,” he said. “I don’t want to be around that negative energy.” Mack, a Washington Square player, also blames drug use for ruining the Washington Square chess environment.
“There are too many hooligans here,” he said. “Everyone does drugs. It ruins the enjoyment and morality of the park.” However, Union Square is also known for its drug issues nowadays, in fact, perhaps even more so — particularly with young heroin users. Some, though, think Washington Square Park’s recent renovation was the real reason behind the move of the epicenter of the Downtown chess scene: Some of the players migrated to Union Square during the construction, then never returned back to Washington Square, or so the theory goes. Yet, Washington Square’s renovation also spruced up the park’s chess tables area. New chess tables and a small central grass mound were added, and a low, concrete, encircling wall was removed. The ground was also leveled out, allowing for better drainage after rain. “The construction was definitely a positive move,” Mack remarked. “It was good that they removed that sketchy wall. There used to be a guy who lived behind that wall — like, he had a little tent and everything set up there.” Another chess regular, Julian Turner expressed confidence that, with its newly refurbished playing area, Washington Square will once again fulfill its historical chess legacy. “It changed for the better when they changed the layout of the park,” he said. “They finally removed that wall, which allows things to grow. It’s just more open now. The energy is still here, the Bobby Fischer energy is still in the air.”
The Union Square chess scene is centered in the square’s southwestern corner.
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Educational Alliance’s new center will have it all By heather DuBin The old and new are coming together at the Educational Alliance, as the former Lower East Side settlement house is moving toward completion of a $59 million renovation of its historic flagship building. The project by the community-based nonprofit organization preserves the facade of its 197 East Broadway building, which — once the two-year-long gut rehab is finished — will house the Manny Cantor Center. The center will include a reception space for community events, a fitness floor, expanded senior and teen centers, an art school with light-filled studios, and ample room for early childhood education. The new community center is slated to open early this winter. Joanna Samuels, executive director of the Manny Cantor Center, spoke about the endeavor and its origins in a recent phone interview. The center is named for Manny Cantor, who is the late father of Richard Cantor, an Educational Alliance board of trustees member. “Manny Cantor came in 1921, at the age of 16, to New York,” Samuels said. “Like stories of immigration, he came here with nothing, started a business, became successful, and his son did too.” The younger Cantor, she said, wanted to “honor the courage of his father of coming here and making a life.” In tribute to the memory of his dad, who died in 1952 at the young age of 47, Richard Cantor has been “an early and very robust, generous supporter of the project,” Samuels said. She added that the project has also been fortunate to receive “a wonderful combination” of funds from the government, foundations and private philanthropy. “It’s an amazing building,” Samuels said. “Part of it is 123 years old, and part of it is 90 years old. The two buildings have been put together.” While the East Broadway building and the other one, which backs onto Henry St. — where the Educational Alliance’s early childhood program is located — have always belonged to the organization, now they will be connected internally by hallways. “As you can imagine,” Samuel said, “at that age, lots of things in the buildings are not working as you would want them to be working.” But the facade will remain intact. “It’s magnificent,” she said. “It fits beautifully into the neighborhood, with incredible windows. Inside, however, it will be a modern and “very state-ofthe-art building,” she noted. “It will be much more amenable to the work we’re doing.” Samuels started at the Educational Alliance a year ago while construction was already underway. “I feel blessed to have walked into this,” she said. The center’s top floor will feature a glassed-in space with open terraces for community gatherings and rentals. “You can see the entire neighborhood and bridges. It’s beautiful,” Samuel said of the renovated rooftop space. There will also be a catering kitchen with amenities. A 12,000-square-foot fitness floor will have two group exercise rooms, equipment and indoor cycling. Presale for fitness center memberships has already begun. A floor will be devoted to the senior center, which
The Manny Cantor Center’s new rooftop space, offering sweeping views, will be available for community events and rentals.
Samuels described as “a vital piece of work we do in the community for older adults.” Two floors will house early childhood education, including a private preschool and Head Start. There will be babysitting on another floor for those at the fitness center, and a centralized art school, which will attract teaching artists. The basement will be for the teen center, with college preparation courses, after-school activities and recreation for teenagers in the neighborhood. There is also a College Access and Success program, with 222 people currently enrolled, where parents of children in Head Start can go to college on-site in the center while the kids are in class all day. “It’s a dual-generation model,” Samuels explained. “Participants can take English classes, get their General Educational Development [G.E.D.], and then enroll in
classes on-site with partnership Borough of Manhattan Community College.” A large industrial kitchen will produce 300 to 400 kosher and vegetarian meals daily for the children and seniors, with a seating capacity of about 200 in a 3,500-square-foot dining space. In the tradition and vision of the settlement house, Samuels wants the center to continue to serve and uplift its surrounding neighborhood in all its diversity — to help more “Manny Cantors” achieve their own American Dream. “In a way, it’s how unremarkable his story is that makes it so worthy,” Richard Cantor said of his father. “It is not a story of great academic or professional accomplishment, but rather a lesson of how much can be achieved in a short period of time by setting a clear example of how life is to be lived, and passing it on from generation to generation.”
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To The Editor: Re “Chin is a champion of the working and middle class” (talking point, by Aixa Torres, Nancy Ortiz, Jessica Thomas and Henry Chan, Aug. 1): It is no surprise that Councilmember Chin lacks the courage and the integrity to address directly my talking point in the previous week’s Villager (“The billionaires back Chin for City Council,” July 25) that revealed her reward of tens of thousands of dollars from a real-estate PAC. True to form, Chin relies on others to becloud the issue, attack her opponent and confuse the voters. Chin’s people penned 1,400 words of platitudes, while sidestepping the real issue. The real issue is that the real estate industry is spending a small fortune to evade the city’s campaign finance laws in order to get Chin re-elected, yet she refuses to denounce the developers’ lobbying efforts and their $5.5 million PAC war chest. She refuses to reject their endorsement and their money. Come to think of it, why shouldn’t Chin take the realestate developers’ money? She worked hard for them: South St. Seaport, N.Y.U., 135 Bowery, the First American International Bank, the Soho and Chinatown BIDs, 183 East Broadway, etc. She deserves her bonus! What does the infusion of large real-estate payouts into Chin’s re-election effort tell us about Chin’s direction, her priorities and her agenda? Photos by Tequila Minsky
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Let’s look at the record... To The Editor: Re “Chin is a champion of the working and middle class” (talking point, by Aixa Torres, Nancy Ortiz, Jessica Thomas and Henry Chan, Aug. 1): Councilmember Margaret Chin’s supporters’ attempt to recast her as a “champion of the working and middle class” is not any more persuasive than Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s attempt to do so in her State of the City speech earlier this year. I and other Petrosino Square and northern Chinatown residents met with Chin in January 2010 when she was fresh in office. We were promised she would address the overlicensing of nightlife in our area, and that there would later
be a meeting with the Department of Consumer Affairs. The meeting never happened. Meanwhile, over-licensed nightlife received one sweetheart deal after another each time Chin took them down to the City Council’s Land Use Committee for sidewalk cafes, either not informing the community at all, or postponing the vote so we would be left out. Later, I stood with Village locals, many Community Board 2 members, Assemblymember Deborah Glick and Councilmember Chin on one of the green parkland strips being eyed by New York University. Chin vowed publicly that these parkland strips would not be taken from us. On July 25, 2012, she gave them away to N.Y.U., along with the Sasaki Garden. One of the strips now will be used for the new “Zipper Building” and two others will have 20-year easements, allowing N.Y.U. to run construction vehicles over them while erecting new infill buildings on the northern superblock. Is this a woman of her word? I, along with easily 100 others, attended Chin’s town hall on the Soho Business Improvement District at St. Anthony’s Church, during which an overwhelming majority vehemently opposed this BID, and said so into a microphone as Chin silently looked on. Chin may have heard us but she listened to nothing we said. Jenifer Rajkumar attended the City Council hearing on the N.Y.U. plan, along with the constituent opposition, and along with the rest of us she was escorted to the door of City Hall by the gendarmes Christine Quinn ordered to remove us. On the Soho BID, Jenifer also sat on our side of the aisle. On the the takeover of our art installation space in Petrosino Square by an enormous Citi Bike station, Jenifer held up a sign alongside the rest at our protest. I want to be represented in the City Council by someone who is already my district leader and who has stood shoulder to shoulder with me on all the important issues in my neighborhood. Council District 1 needs progressive change and needs it now. Georgette Fleischer Fleischer is founder, Friends of Petrosino Square
Rajkumar talking point, A.S.A.P.! To The Editor: Re “Chin is a champion of the working and middle class” (talking point, by Aixa Torres, Nancy Ortiz, Jessica Thomas and Henry Chan, Aug. 1): Somebody please write a Jenifer Rajkumar talking point
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The birth of new Morton St. school is long overdue tAlkinG point By keen Berger Starting a school is like having a baby — great joy but a lot more trouble than anyone, including me, ever anticipates. Children mean years of sleepless nights, new worries, moments of pride. Schools are like that, but the birth takes even longer. Martin and I wanted children. So the first several months after our wedding, we each privately thought it was our own fault that we were infertile. But soon I became pregnant. We bought a house and a puppy, borrowed a bassinet and waited as the fetus grew. My pregnancy book said there was one chance in 16 that our baby would come three weeks early, so I packed my bag. The due date came and went. More than two weeks later, I woke up crying because there was only one chance in 35 that I would give birth that late. Soon there was no chance at all that my baby would be born. The odds kept receding. Finally, 22 days late, Bethany was born. That was 1968. If it was now, I would have been induced. Similarly, the birth of 75 Morton St. has been scarily overdue. The entire community knew we wanted “rooms to learn.” But then-Schools Chancellor Klein said the Department of Education could not build us a school because there was no real estate available. That was 2007. Our private sorrow did not last long, because Irene Kaufman scoured our neighborhood and photographed 10 possible sites. One was 75 Morton, a state-owned building that Assemblymember Deborah Glick had spotted on a long list Albany published of state real estate for sale. That was 2008. But it took five and a half years, not nine and a half months, to close the deal. The then-chairperson of Community Board 2 (Brad Hoylman), the thenchairperson of C.B. 2’s Social Services Committee (me) and the then-parent leaders of Political Action at P.S. 41 and P.S. 3 (Irene Kaufman, Ann Kjelberg and Tamara Rowe — their children now graduated) met to strategize. We decided to have a large hearing (hundreds came), to choose one site, to have another rally, and then still another rally, with balloons, cookies, a man
on stilts, babies and more. Hundreds became thousands. All our political leaders took notice. The disabilities community and the churches and political clubs became involved. Many times we might have awakened in tears. We were told that the city did not bid on 75 Morton, that it was no longer for sale. The city said the problem lay with the state (three different governors). The state said the problem was in D.O.E. (three different chancellors). And from the announcement last spring, when the city agreed to buy the building, until now, the problems have been city and state lawyers in a room, who also discovered that Verizon and Time Warner had copper wires in the building that no one in the city or state knew were there. But we could not give up, because every day the need keeps growing. Stroller gridlock, playground crowding, waitlists for kindergarten; gay couples having children (hooray), women in their 30s and 40s having twins (hooray), Village couples no longer moving to New Jersey when children are born (hooray). When Bethany went to P.S. 3 there were 200 students, some from other neighborhoods; now there are 800, all from this community. Every grade — for all the schools in Lower Manhattan, as well as in Chelsea and the Village — has more children than the previous year. Every classroom is overcrowded. Special-education children are tutored in the halls or bused way Uptown. The only middle school in C.B. 2 left in June 2011. More and more people chanted, “Just Imagine,” which became the mantra for 75 Morton. Political leaders — Quinn, Stringer, Glick, Duane, Chin — caught the message and repeated it. The press picked it up, not only The Villager year after year, but also TV news and radio. The torch was passed to new community board chairpersons (Hamilton, Gruber) who repeatedly made it C.B. 2’s top priority. In the sad chaos surrounding St. Vincent’s closure, the city asked if we still wanted 75 Morton. Yes, we said. Prove it, they said. The Live and Learn Coalition was born, with political clubs (Village Independent Democrats and Jonathan Geballe), with churches (Mark Erson of St. John’s and Donna Schaper from Judson) and numerous block associations all demanding affordable housing, lower build-
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ings, more parks, and…75 Morton. Finally it happened, in spring 2012 — a birth. No, not quite. A handshake, an agreement, but no signed papers. A task force was created by C.B. 2 Chairperson David Gruber, including Shino Tanikawa, a P.S. 3 parent who in 2007 prepared a slide show about the area’s need for new schools, and in 2011 became chairperson of the Community Education Council for all of District 2. A new parent group emerged, the Envisioning Group, led by current P.S. 3 and a P.S. 41 parents (Heather Lortie and Risa Fisher) with a facilitator found by Nick Gottlieb (head parent at P.S. 3). They brought together parents from six public schools to decide what to tell C.B. 2, C.E.C. 2, the School Construction Authority and D.O.E. Unanimous resolutions followed from C.B. 2 and C.E.C. 2. And the S.C.A. and D.O.E. listened. Finally, we have a birth certificate, on July 22, a signed purchase agreement, with a down payment. No more puzzling odds, doubts or delays: The school is real. None of this would have happened without our political leaders. Speaker Chris Quinn got the city to agree, Assemblymember Glick and state Senator Hoylman got the state to act. Nor would it have happened without hundreds of others, too many to name. It took a Village, and it took six years. There is much to celebrate. We have assurances for: • One public middle school, not a charter or private school; • A small school within the same building for children with severe learning problems; • Large windows for natural light; • A full-service gym, with a high ceiling; • A smaller half gym, for dance and fitness; • Technology throughout the building; • Science labs, language labs, art studios (not sure how many); • A full-service library, with wireless computers; • A cafeteria that seats 300; • A play yard, not a parking lot. It’s all cause for celebration. We drank champagne when Bethany was finally born. But we did not then realize that birth was only the beginning. The same for 75
Morton. The parents, the community, and the task force want the school to be a shining star, to show the city, the nation and the world what a public middle school can be when we all work for it. We do not yet have that. • We want 600 students in the middle school, with 60 students in the specialeducation school. That’s quality education. D.O.E. and S.C.A. say capacity should be 900 and 100. • We want a 2015 opening date, because current third graders will need a local middle school. The city says 2016, because state employees cannot move out of the building until October, and their designers cannot assess the walls and floors until the building is empty. • We want an auditorium big enough for the whole school and also for the community at night. They say the auditorium will seat only 300. • We want a wellness clinic, so children who need nutritional advice, special medication, sex education or drug counseling have a trusted place to go. The city says this is unnecessary, since most of our children have private doctors. • We want a swimming pool. They say that is too expensive, and that maintenance is also expensive. We say we might find a private sponsor. • We want a separate entrance for the special-needs school, so those students are not overwhelmed by hundreds of middle schoolers. They say, no. The 75 Morton Street Task Force will hold a hearing Thurs., Aug. 15, at 6:30 p.m., in the C.B. 2 Conference Room, at 3 Washington Square Village (Bleecker St. between LaGuardia Place and Mercer St.) to hear community priorities, which could be from the lists above or could be quite different. C.B. 2 will discuss this at its Executive Committee meeting on Aug. 19. D.O.E. will collect comments. A resolution will be submitted to the City Council, which will vote in October 2013. More work, more time — but don’t give up. Just imagine. Bethany is now a law professor. Berger is chairperson, C.B. 2 / C.E.C. 2 75 Morton Task Force
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Don’t buy REBNY hype: Landmarking helps affordability TALKING POINT By ANDREW BERMAN In July, the Real Estate Board of New York went on a media blitz, touting its latest report blasting landmark preservation in New York City. This is part of REBNY’s ongoing campaign to paint our landmark preservation system, which covers a little more than 3 percent of our city’s building stock, as “out of control” and “broken.” In this latest attack, using Greenwich Village as an example, REBNY claims that landmarking makes New York unaffordable, and pushes the working and middle class out of our neighborhoods. REBNY should tell that to the residents of Westbeth and 505 LaGuardia Place, Greenwich Village’s two largest affordable housing complexes. Westbeth is the former Bell Telephone Laboratories, converted to subsidized artists housing by Richard Meier in 1970. And 505 LaGuardia Place, an affordable co-op designed by I.M. Pei in 1964, is part of a pinwheel-shaped trio of towers surrounding a giant Picasso sculpture. Residents of both complexes are very committed to preserving the affordability of their homes, and they fought long and hard alongside the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation to secure landmark status for both of them. In both cases, residents felt landmarking would protect the character of their surroundings and provide a bulwark against schemes to demolish their homes and replace them with something less affordable. While they recognized that some obligations came with landmark designation, they saw that, on the whole, landmarking helped protect what they valued about where they lived. (It should be noted that as a co-op, the residents of 505 LaGuardia Place are also the owners. As a result, they directly bear the responsibilities that come with landmark designation. Similarly, the owners of Westbeth — the nonprofit board that runs the complex — also supported landmark designation). REBNY should also run its argument by the residents of First Houses in the East Village. Built in 1936 as the very first public housing development in New York City, First Houses was landmarked in 1974. As in many New York City Housing Authority developments, residents often struggle to get needed repairs and maintenance. But G.V.S.H.P. worked with the tenants association to use the complex’s landmark designation to apply additional pressure for long-overdue repairs. If REBNY was truly interested in examining Greenwich Village’s struggle with affordability, it would have also talked to residents of the far western part of our neighborhood. That part of our neighborhood — which until relatively recently, mostly lacked landmark protections — also saw the swiftest rise in housing prices over the last two decades, and the most dramatic transformation from a mixed-use, mixed-income community to home of the super-rich. Quite
It might be easy to dismiss any claim by REBNY of championing the cause of affordable housing, since — besides advocating for dismantling landmark protections — the group seeks to undermine rent regulations, which guarantee millions of New Yorkers affordable housing.
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The I.M. Pei-designed University Village complex — including 505 LaGuardia Place and N.Y.U.’s two Silver Towers — was landmarked in 2008.
contrary to REBNY’s assertions that landmark designation undercuts the affordability of our neighborhoods and stifles economic development, that unlandmarked area saw working factories and warehouses employing scores of people torn down and replaced by luxury high-rises that now largely serve as trophy homes for jet-setters who spend little time in New York. Rather than increasing affordability, as REBNY would have you believe, the lack of landmark protections in this part of our neighborhood helped lead to a wave of ultra-high-end development, the likes of which few parts of New York have ever seen. Of course, it might be easy to dismiss any claim by REBNY to champion the cause of affordable housing, since, in addition to dismantling landmark protections, the group has also sought to undermine the rent regulations that guarantee affordable housing for millions of New Yorkers. And I have to admit, I take some personal umbrage with REBNY’s claim; in addition to serving as executive director of the Greenwich Village
Society for Historic Preservation, I am also an affordable housing advocate, having sat on the board of several of our city and state’s largest affordable housing groups. I grew up in an affordable housing development in the Bronx, and spent most of my adult life in rent-regulated housing as well. In spite of this, I am glad that REBNY is shining a light on the relationship between landmarking and affordability, especially in an election year. I believe that a true examination of this relationship actually shows that landmark designation tends to help, not hinder, the cause of keeping our neighborhoods affordable. But a true examination does not necessarily seem to be REBNY’s goal. In addition to alleging that landmarking causes unaffordability simply because neighborhoods like Greenwich Village are now both landmarked and expensive, REBNY also seeks to play upon the fear that landmarking adds prohibitive expenses to basic property maintenance. While, undoubtedly, the extra layer of
bureaucracy involved in landmarks regulation can add time and expense, REBNY’s approach is to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Rather than joining landmarks advocates in calling for increased funding for the Landmarks Preservation Commission (the smallest of all New York City’s public agencies) to streamline this regulatory process, REBNY has instead sought to create a climate that would starve the agency and dismantle its portfolio. In spite of this fearmongering, the reality is that almost all repair and restoration work to landmarked properties merely requires a staff-level approval from the commission, which can typically be secured in less than 30 days. And while there are cases where the commission may require slightly more expensive materials for renovation work, these are often investments that pay off in the long term, with more durability that helps protect buildings from deterioration. What landmark designation also sometimes does, however, is create hurdles to developers trying to force long-term tenants in less expensive apartments out of their homes — which may be why groups like REBNY are so opposed to landmark designation. For example, the East Village has seen a spate of “rooftop additions” where new owners seek to build additional floors on top of buildings while residents are still living there. Tenants frequently claim that the construction is aimed at making life intolerable and forcing them out, and it often succeeds in doing just that. But in landmarked districts, such additions are harder to build, and much less likely to be approved. Similarly, developers sometimes use the “demolition clause” to get around the rent regulations that allow long-term residents to stay in their homes at relatively afford-
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A racing school dropout, Lancer loves his new life By Heather Dubin Thanks to an injury to his front paw during training, Lancer — formerly known as TNJ Lancer, his racing name — escaped life on the track, and found love instead with his owners, Felicity Conrad and Jules Bouckaert, in the East Village. The greyhound, 5½, was bred in Texas, and briefly went to a racing school in Alabama. Luckily, Lancer never made it to racer status. He came to the city via Greyhound Friends of New Jersey, Inc., a nonprofit that rescues greyhound racers in need, and places them in a foster home while they acclimate to life outside a kennel. “They don’t know how to do stairs, and glass or mirrors are a big thing,” explained Conrad, who adopted Lancer when he was 2. Adjusting to people took some time for Lancer, but now that he’s made the transition, he goes to the Tompkins Square Park dog run to interact with humans, not dogs. “When we first got him, he’d stay in his bed,” Bouckaert said. “As racers, they don’t have a relationship with a human, and over the past three years he’s developed a personality. He didn’t know how to love.” Lancer has come a long way with his owners and others. Bouckaert, a global brand manager for Ralph Lauren fragrances, spoke about a favorite game of his — to hide from Lancer when they’re in the dog park. “I’ll sneak toward the exit, and Lancer will be across the dog park,” he said. “He’ll give up pretty easily and find a new person.” “No, he won’t!” disagreed Conrad, who took the New York State Bar Examination last week and will start practicing law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
in September. Bouckaert assured her that once Lancer sees him, “He panics and sprints right over.” “It’s the only way to get him to run,” Conrad joked. “Lancer is a very loyal dog,” she declared. “Yes,” quipped Bouckaert, “I’ve seen him go with a couple of other people.” Lancer knows some tricks for food, and even plays up his real limp when he wants something. He has an affinity for ice cubes and is a “pro” at eating watermelon. “It’s a delicate art for him,” said Conrad, “He nibbles it so it’s even.” “Like corn on the cob,” Bouckaert added. “He carefully eats it back and forth.” Lancer recently discovered the pool in the dog run and “it’s been love at first sight,” said Conrad. When he runs around in a circle really fast, it’s called a “zoomie.” When he does that in the pool, it’s a “water zoomie.” He also frequently does the “apartment zoomie.” “That’s when you notice his size when he’s leaping around the apartment,” Bouckaert said. “If you start clapping, he gets more excited, and does that for about 45 seconds. Then he lies down panting, and goes to sleep — as if he’s run a marathon.” One of Lancer’s sisters wins a lot of races at the track. But he just likes to sleep a lot — up to 18 hours a day. According to Bouckaert, greyhounds can run up to 45 miles per hour. But when Lancer runs with Conrad, “He’ll go for 100 meters, and that’s it for the week.” “He’s the laziest dog,” she said. “He cuddles, and he’s the best apartment dog. He’s lazier than we are.”
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Lancer comes to the Tompkins Square Dog Run for the people. One of his tricks is to flaunt his old paw injury as a ploy to get food.
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letters to the editor Continued from page 12 and submit it to The Villager A.S.A.P. for publication next week! Chin “progressively” gave South St. Seaport and 135 Bowery to her real estate buddies. Chin voted for N.Y.U. 2031 publicly and worked with N.Y.U. to get this horrific expansion passed. From the first moment, we smelled a rat. Chin knew her constituency was opposed to and would be destroyed by N.Y.U. 2031. Jenifer Rajkumar is the future of a City Council that will have many newly elected members, and she can lead them in listening to and voting for what the constituents want — not what corporations and real estate developers want. Jenifer Rajkumar knows her district by walking it and talking to its people and seeing with her own eyes what is needed and wanted. Judith Chazen Walsh
In defense of the D’Lugoffs To The Editor: Re “Peeling the layers of Tania Grossinger’s cocoon” (V Lit, July 25): My mother was Art D’Lugoff’s cousin. More importantly, the D’Lugoffs were our neighbors and close friends both in the city and in Ocean Beach on Fire Island, and I consider Art, Avital and their children my immediate family. I take great exception to the description of Avital as “troubled” and “in a world of her own.” Avital was a loving and creative
person with an artist’s temperament. She and Art had a marriage that lasted 52 years, and any marriage between complex individuals that has lasted that long is, to say the least, extraordinary. And honestly, what husband does not describe his wife as “troubled” when speaking to his mistress? As to my cousins, the “troubled” daughters: All three are strong, loving women who have struggled with challenges and disappointment. Perhaps it is tempting to defend them by referring to the pressures of growing up in the ’60s and ’70s as the children of bohemian parents, or raise Freudian questions about fathers who have mistresses. But my love for Art, with whom I spent family holidays and who I considered my “uncle,” makes it very complicated for me to discuss those issues at any length for fear that to do so might be misconstrued as blame. At the end of the day, the story of the D’Lugoffs is the story of a family that faced many challenges and storms and managed to stay connected and loving. Abigail Simon
San Remo’s gay days To The Editor: Re “Hanging a plaque where the Beat generation hung out” (news article, Aug. 1): The San Remo was pretty much a gay bar in the early ’60s, far more social than cruisy, although happy accidents did happen. An impressive “full-figured” woman with a 1940s hairdo (she was said to be “Betty,” the owner’s wife) prowled the tile floor, silently checking out each table with a warning look that said, “Do not
abuse your welcome by behaving like faggots.” The preppy gays went to Julius’, the artsy queers to the San Remo. Ondine and Andy and Billy Name were regulars; the first Factory was invented there, and playwrights, painters, poets and musicians who would become as famous as they were fabulous hung out at the San Remo in its final years. Betty was generally pacified when there was a real girl or two for every five or six boys; they were fag hags then, they’re still our best friends now. Max’s Kansas City, in lots of ways, was the San Remo redux, on a much larger scale. Danny Fields
Everyone was a star To The Editor: Re “Hanging a plaque where the Beat generation hung out” (news article, Aug. 1): I remember, as per Michael Maslansky, a beloved San Remo habitué in the great days, that when Simone Signoret dropped into the Remo one evening for a few drinks and caused a stir, someone went over to Betty to tell her exactly who Signoret was, saying that she was a very big star. To which Betty replied, “To me, youse is all big stars.” Larry Kaplan
Couldn’t Beat the prices To The Editor: “Hanging a plaque where the Beat generation hung out” (news article, Aug. 1):
I am sorry I forgot to come to the unveiling. I remember going to the restaurant part of the San Remo — I didn’t even know about the bar — when I was an N.Y.U. sophomore, and ordering eggplant parmigiana for 99 cents, and a glass of red wine for a quarter. That was within my budget! Jane Heil
Crusties vs. boring Yuppies To The Editor: Re “Crusties not all high on traveling, but can’t leave it” (news article, Aug. 1): If you read this interview you will see that all the Yuppie real estate development jerks’ propaganda about these kids being from rich families on Long Island is a lie. These kids are much more interesting than most of the residents of the “East Village” now, who all look, act, think and talk alike. The Beat poets have much more in common with these kids than they do with the robotic, brain-dead new residents of the ’hood. John Penley E-mail letters, not longer than 250 words in length, to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 212-229-2790 or mail to The Villager, Letters to the Editor, 515 Canal St., Suite 1C, NY, NY 10013. Please include phone number for confirmation purposes. The Villager reserves the right to edit letters for space, grammar, clarity and libel. The Villager does not publish anonymous letters.
Don’t buy REBNY hype: Landmarking helps affordability Continued from page 14 able rents. One of the few ways in which a developer can remove a rent-regulated tenant from his or her home is to demolish the entire building. But in landmark districts, such demolitions are rarely allowed. Listening to REBNY, you would think that developers are regularly thwarted from constructing new affordable housing in places like the Village due to landmark regulations. In fact, quite the opposite is true. An enormous percentage of our neighborhood’s remaining affordable housing stock is located within its landmark districts, which helps protect it from some of these more unscrupulous practices. And in my 20 years of working on both landmark and affordable housing issues, I have yet to encounter a single example of an affordable housing development that could not be built due to landmark regulations. By contrast, I know of
many cases of affordable housing conserved or developed within preserved buildings, often using tax breaks and financial assistance available specifically for the reuse of historic buildings. Even without these incentives, reuse of existing buildings is often cheaper and more efficient than new construction, to say nothing of more environmentally responsible. So while landmark designation may not be the answer to our city’s affordability crisis, it is certainly not the cause of it, as REBNY would have you believe. Landmark designation provides a means to preserve the character of historic neighborhoods in all five boroughs, many of which currently face tremendous pressure, and in all demographic and socioeconomic strata. Landmark designation does not directly regulate affordability, and its application can certainly have different impacts in different circumstances. But more often than not, I believe, landmark designation can help the cause of
affordability. Because it’s not just in the Village that landmarked buildings shelter a diverse range of people and businesses, including long-term residents who have put down roots and aspire to stay permanently in their communities. Landmark designation, in helping to preserve the buildings these residents and businesses call home, gives them a fighting chance to stay, as well, and can help ward off some of the more pernicious means by which they can be forced out. Without landmark protections, these buildings are rarely if ever demolished to make way for more affordable housing or cheaper retail space. Instead, they are almost always lost to new luxury housing, usually with retail space for chain or bigbox stores, not small mom-and-pop shops. This is one of the reasons we are seeing neighborhoods clamor for landmark protections throughout the city, from BedfordStuyvesant to Bay Ridge, Ridgewood to Richmond Hill, and the South Bronx to
Staten Island. These communities are not calling for landmarking because they want to make their neighborhoods unaffordable — but rather because they want to preserve and perpetuate what they love best about the communities they call home. Figuring out how to maintain the affordability and protect the character of our neighborhoods is among the most pressing issues facing our city this election year. Scare tactics and false equivalencies put forward by REBNY that, in fact, mask hidden agendas are not the way to find solutions to these serious challenges. Rather, the path to solutions is through a thoughtful examination of the facts. And I believe the facts show landmarking and affordability are not only compatible, but more often than not, go hand in hand. Berman is executive director, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
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Bathroom humor in the park Ricky Syers, who was profiled in a photo story in The Villager last week, along with his beer-guzzling, cigarette-puffing marionette and his washtub drum set — appeared under the Washington Square Arch this past weekend in this giggle-inducing “Johnny on the spot.” The feet seen below the privy are actually part of the piece, and belong to a “man” behind it, who appears to be holding up the structure. To his credit, Syers chose only the finest reading material — The Villager from last week, featuring his photo spread.
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villager arts & entertainment Of Snow and Shakespeare Common threads, among FringeNYC’s 185 shows THEATeR FringeNYC: THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL August 9-25 185 shows, at 20 Downtown venues Tickets: $15 in advance $18 at the door Call 866-468-7619 or visit fringenyc.org
BY SCOTT STIFFLER Here’s an early review of the 17th Annual New York International Fringe Festival that you can take to the bank and cash before the first curtain goes up. Of the 185 dramatic, dance, musical, solo and cross-disciplinary shows that will be performed multiple times from August 9-25, many of them will be fantastic. Some of them will be horrendous. All but a few will be worthy of everything the “Fringe” name implies, offering charismatic performances and thought-provoking ideas. The presentation may be a little frayed at the edges — but that’s to be expected when you buy fringe, or buy into Fringe. Also true to form, a quick scan of this year’s roster reveals certain themes. Here are two of them, each sponsored by the letter “S.”
FringeNYC THEME #1: BOLD TAKES ON SHAKESPEARE
Who cares if he actually wrote everything that’s been attributed to him over
the years? For theater companies and hungry actors looking to make their mark, the complete works of Shakespeare are an endless source of inspiration…and a challenge, when it comes to innovative presentation. These five productions benefit from wildly imaginative takes on oft-told tales. Let’s hope the execution matches the level of ambition. DOUBLE HEART (THE COURTSHIP OF BEATRICE AND BENEDICK) David Hansen’s new romantic comedy verse play is an imagined prequel to “Much Ado About Nothing” that charts the early courtship of Beatrice and Benedick. Sparks (and barbs) fly, as the sharp-tongued youngsters navigate the teenage rituals of parties, pranks and first love. At the Connelly Theater (220 E. Fourth St., btw. Aves. A & B). Sat., 8/10 at 5pm, Sun., 8/11 at 2:30pm, Wed., 8/14 at 8:30pm, Thurs., 8/15 at 7pm & Sat., 8/17 at noon. THE ACCIDENTAL HAMLET The mounting problems of everyone’s favorite skull-cradling, ghost-conversating, uncle-hating melancholy Dane are played for laughs, in a “honey-glazed, cheese-drenched” production that “puts the ham” in “Hamlet.” Danny Ashkenasi and Bob Homeyer star as two selfproclaimed thespians who bite off more than they can chew when they set out to play every part. Longtime Downtown director Lissa Moira helms the U.S. premiere of this vaudeville, slideshow, magic and burlesque-infused riff on the much-interpreted tale that makes your own family seem impressively functional by comparison. At the Connelly Theater (220 E. Fourth St., btw. Aves. A & B). Tues., 8/13 at 2pm, Thurs., 8/15 at 8:45pm, Wed., 8/21 at 7:15pm, Fri., 8/23 at 5pm & Sat., 8/24 at 2:15pm.
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‘Zipper’ stops short at exposing the whole story Doc serves a selective slice of Coney Island history FILM ZIPPER: CONEY ISLAND’S LAST WILD RIDE
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BY TRAV S.D. In 2011, the Coney Island amusement district boasted its highest attendance figures since 1964, the year that Steeplechase Park closed — and the numbers have been climbing ever since. But you’d never know that, or the fact that Coney Island is in the best shape that it’s been in five decades, by watching “Zipper: Coney Island’s Last Wild Ride,” a new documentary. Director Amy Nicholson uses the story of the eviction of Eddie Miranda, one of Coney Island’s independent ride operators, to paint a grossly distorted picture of doom and gloom about the present and future of the historic neighborhood — not so much implying as allowing people to falsely state outright that the amusement park is over and done with. The film seeks to achieve this with a seemingly endless string of slanted assertions and deceptive omissions. For example, Nicholson presents attendance figures on a roller coaster graph, that happens to stop on a steep downward slope in 2009, at a time when the shabby, 40-year-old Astro Land had been torn down to make way for the gleaming, state-of-the-art Luna Park which stands there today, entertaining hundreds of thousands of visitors. The only mention of Luna Park happens when some graphics inform us that the land where Astroland stood has now been “leased by a multinational corporation.” The film neglects to mention the small detail that it was a multinational amusement corporation, i.e. an amusement park. Another important omitted fact: While the amusement district has been rezoned and shrunk in size from 60 acres down to nine — which sounds calamitous — almost all of that acreage has not contained any amusements since the mid20th century, and much of it well before. And there have been no concrete plans by anyone to spend the millions of dollars to build any in
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Megaphone in hand, Rev. Billy lends his voice to the protest.
future. In practical terms, aside from a handful of tangential independent operators like Miranda (offering games and rides you can find at any state fair), there has been no effective reduction of the Coney Island amusement park whatsoever. In fact, every year since 2010 has seen further additions and enhancements to the park, and the city has just announced the construction of yet another new roller coaster. The film disingenuously makes it seem like it’s not just the Zipper ride, but all of Coney Island that is forever gone. When not skewing reality by leaving out facts, Nicholson sabotages those aspects of reality that don’t serve her thesis, as when she plays “the Blue Danube Waltz” underneath a series of talking heads (community, political and business leaders) as they discuss possible plans for the area, undermining their rational discussion with a sophomoric and downright rude irony more appropriate for a junior high school cafeteria. Then to belabor it, she leaves the camera rolling on one speaker well after he’s done talking, to allow the audience to hoot and laugh at him in the dead space when he doesn’t know he’s still being filmed. What is this, summer camp? If you can get past the highly skewed, selective nature of the story-telling, you will find some excellent rare old clips of Coney in bygone days in the film, as well as some valuable documentation of the dismantling of some
The Zipper, during its dismantling.
of the older attractions in recent years and good interviews with most of the major players — including real estate developer Joe Sitt (the villain of the piece), whom has seldom gone
before the media to make his case, such as it is. Hopefully one day, this story of transition and renewal will receive a balanced telling. You won’t find that in this film, however.
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A flurry of activity, at FringeNYC Continued from page 21 TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA: A SWASHBUCKING COMEDY Queens-based director and choreographer Michael Hagins took the text from one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, filled in some missing plot holes and then added swordfights, crazy chase scenes and random violence — while, he says, managing to keep the integrity of the language and the theme of love having the power to conquer all. “Two Gentlemen” is part of the FringeHIGH program, which means it’s highly recommended for teens. After the August 24 performance, there will be a Talk-Back at which you can discuss the show with members of the cast and/or creative team. At CSV Flamboyan (107 Suffolk St., btw. Rivington & Delancey Sts.). Sun., 8/11 at 5:30pm, Mon., 8/12 at 2pm, Thurs., 8/22 at 7pm & Sat., 8/24 at 2:15pm. ANTONY & CLEOPATRA: INFINITE LIVES First seen at the 2001 FringeNYC with their beautifully titled collection of one-acts (“Burt Reynolds Amazing Napalm Powered Oven”), the film and theater company known as The Porch Room returns with co-founder John Dowgin directing this politically charged adaptation — in which an Egyptian expat’s loyalties are divided between her activist fiancée (an American director working on a commissioned Shakespeare production) and her brother (an Egyptian nationalist recently arrived in America, having fled the violence of Tahrir Square). At The Lynn Redgrave Theater (45 Bleecker St., btw. Bleecker & Lafayette Sts.). Sat., 8/10 at noon, Sun., 8/11 at 2pm, Fri., 8/16 at 9:30pm, Sun., 8/18 at 4:45pm & Sun., 8/25 at noon. THE NIGHTMARE ‘DREAM’ Rest assured, there will be blood. “No ruffled neck is safe,” the producers promise, in this hemoglobin-heavy, slash-and-suck mashup of “Dracula” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” that plays Bram Stoker’s melodrama for laughs and puts a slasher film spin on Shakespeare’s puckish tale of the wrong people falling in love. Despite the assured carnage and “sexy vampires galore,” the Bloody Shakespeare creative team asserts their production will do very little long-term moral or psychological damage to theatergoers 13 and up. As for the 12 and under set… stay home or wear garlic (and earplugs)! At The Theater at the 14th Street Y (344 E. 14th St., at First Ave.). Sun., 8/11 at 6pm, Mon., 8/12 at 9:30pm, Thurs., 8/15 at 9:30pm, Fri., 8/16 at 3:45pm & Sun., 8/18 at 4:15pm.
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Slings, bards and arrows: Danny Ashkenasi and Bob Homeyer play all the parts, in “The Accidental Hamlet.”
FringeNYC THEME #2: GO, PLAYS IN THE SNOW
Bring a sweater or dress in layers — because in addition to each Fringe venue’s promise of air conditioning, these three plays will chill you to the bone. Each offers a different spin on how cabin fever forces us to confront our true selves BLIZZARD '67 Four carpooling businessmen lost in the horrific 1967 Chicago blizzard happen upon a stranded car, and then must choose between assisting a stranger or saving themselves. That plot reads like an ill-advised, high-concept Hollywood pitch (“You’re gonna love it, Cecil — It’s “Mad Men” meets “Glengarry Glen Ross” meets “Survivor!”). Not to worry. Rave reviews from the windy city production of “Blizzard '67” indicate that playwright Jon Steinhagen has brought exceptional depth to this study of morality and alpha male dynamics. As it starts to really come down out there, ruthlessly competitive rivals Lanfield, Henkin, Emery and Bell head to the burbs instead of riding out the storm in a companysponsored hotel room. They should have stayed put. Soon stranded by whiteout conditions, the close quarters — plus simmering
tension from a revelation that shakes up the pecking order — sets in motion a series of character-defining actions whose effects will linger long after the spring thaw. At Robert Moss Theater at 440 Studios (440 Lafayette St., third floor, btw. Astor Place & E. Fourth St.). Tues., 8/13 at 2pm, Thurs., 8/15 at 8:30pm, Sat., 8/17 at 2:30pm, Tues., 8/20 at 8:45pm & Sat., 8/24 at 4:15pm.
TRACK TWELVE Brooklyn’s own Emily Comisar, who edits the New York Burger Club blog and co-created the alternately droll and outrageous therapy parody web series “Group,” came up with the idea for her latest play while waiting out the 2009 blizzard inside Washington
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17 days, 18 venues, 185 shows
All around Downtown FringeNYC venues Venue #1 Teatro SEA (107 Suffolk St., btw. Rivington & Delancey) Venue #2 CSV Flamboyan (107 Suffolk St., btw. Rivington & Delancey Sts) Venue #3 CSV Kabayitos (107 Suffolk St., btw. Rivington & Delancey Sts)
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Mad men in survivor mode: Andrew David Rabensteine, Graham Halstead, John Pieza and William Franke navigate Chicago’s “Blizzard '67.”
Continued from page 23 D.C.’s Union Station. It was either stare at the walls or write something — and by the time she returned to New York, the basics of “Track Twelve” were in the percolator. Stranded in Penn Station during a storm that has shut down the railways, the holding pattern both stresses and liberates four travelers. Old relationships fold, new ones blossom and “emotional chaos ensues.” Above all, Comisar says, the play “is about not being able to connect when connection is what we need the most.” At Teatro Circulo (64 E. Fourth St., btw. Bowery & Second Ave.). Sat., 8/10 at 1:45pm, Thurs., 8/15 at 8:45pm, Sun., 8/18 at 8:45pm, Wed., 8/21 at 5pm & Fri., 8/21 at 2pm. THE DRIFTS LIVE: THE NOVEL ONSTAGE Since 1996, Thom Vernon has made his home in Toronto, Canada. He won’t come in from the cold until his country of origin (the good old USA) allows him to sponsor his same-
sex partner for immigration. Although federal policy continues to freeze him out, the Chicago-trained actor and “queer refugee” does make occasional forays across the border. This stage adaptation of his 2010 debut novel comes to NYC after a run in the 2012 Hollywood Fringe. The one-hour solo show takes place in a small town and, says Vernon, “tackles the consequences of gender and the meanings applied to bodies.” Outside, the snow begins to pile up — and inside, 46-year-old Julie finds herself with child and without the support of husband Charlie, whose affair with best friend Wilson is on the wane (because Wilson’s fallen for trans dad Dol). All these characters, and a calf, “fight their sex in a mean Arkansas blizzard.” It’s all the pulp you want from Southern Gothic, without the constant page turning. At The White Box at 440 Studios (440 Lafayette St., 3rd Floor, btw. Astor Place & E. Fourth St.). Sat., 8/10 at 2pm, Sun., 8/11 at 3:30pm, Thurs., 8/15 at 8:30pm, Sat., 8/17 at 7:15pm, Wed., 8/21 at 7pm & Thurs., 8/22 at 5pm.
Venue #4 Teatro LATEA (107 Suffolk St., btw. Rivington & Delancey Sts) Venue #5 The Celebration Of Whimsy (21 Clinton St., btw. Houston & Stanton Sts) Venue #6 Connelly Theater (220 E. Fourth St., btw. Aves. A & B) Venue #7 Theatre 80 (80 St. Marks Place, btw. First & Second Aves) Venue #8 The Theater at the 14th Street Y (344 E. 14th St., at First Ave) Venue #9 Jimmy’s No. 43 (43 E. Seventh St., btw. Second & Third Aves) Venue #10 The Kraine Theater (85 E. Fourth St., btw. Second Ave. & Bowery) Venue #11 Teatro Circulo (64 E. Fourth St., btw. Bowery & Second Ave) Venue #12 The Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa (66-68
E. Fourth St., btw. Bowery & Second Ave) Venue #13 SubCulture (45 Bleecker St., downstairs, btw. Bleecker & Lafayette Sts) Venue #14 The Lynn Redgrave Theater (45 Bleecker St., btw. Bleecker & Lafayette Sts) Venue #15 The White Box at 440 Studios (440 Lafayette St, 3rd Floor, btw. Astor Place & E. Fourth St) Venue #16 Robert Moss Theater at 440 Studios (440 Lafayette St., 3rd floor, btw. Astor Place & E. Fourth St.) Venue #17 The Players Theatre (115 MacDougal St., btw. W. Third & Bleecker Sts.) Venue #18 The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre (115 MacDougal St., 3rd floor, btw. W. Third & Bleecker Sts.) FringeAl FRESCO (First St. Green Cultural Park, at 33 E. First St., corner of Houston St. & Second Ave.) FringeCENTRAL (27 Second Ave., btw. 1st & 2nd Sts.), open 12-8pm daily TICKETS: $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Call 866468-7619
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Heavyweights of the groove Personalities that shine through the turntables BY VONYX (soundcloud.com/mikawvawn) Sadly, I used to be addicted to watching wrestling matches. In my prepubescent days, I would bring a boombox to my backyard trampoline and spring around to my favorite wrestler’s theme song. Every good wrestler, or superstar as they’re called, had theme music that marked their gimmick — and they all had a gimmick. There was The Undertaker’s cryptic bell toll intro, Kurt Angle’s patriotic anthem and my favorite, Rey Mysterio, Jr., with his faux-mariachi jingle and luchador mask. Wrestlers were demigods and characters, each with their own conference room crafted flavor. DJs are adult “superstars” in their own right. They each have a sound, a look and a catchphrase. One might have a darker, more mysterious sound and a tribal mask to go along with the mood. Another might have chic, glitzy choruses and slicked back blonde hair to fit the bill. Sure, their gimmicks might not be as readily available as Hulk Hogan, but they brand themselves just as certainly as speedo-clad bodyslammers do. In honor of my nine-year-old, capeclutching self, here are a few parties featuring personalities that shine through the turntables.
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A wise DJ duo's website once said, "Free your mind and your ass will follow." Soul Clap owes George Clinton.
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You can’t not dance after you hear Mr. Toubin whip around his 45s.
SOUL CLAP & DANCE-OFF (WITH DJ JONATHAN TOUBIN)
Jonathan Toubin drinks his whiskey straight up and dances his hair messy. He’s not a rock star — he’s a rock-androller. Toubin has been spinning his collection of poppin’ Soul and R&B 45 rpms for six years, starting originally in the L.E.S. and ending up at festivals and clubs across the globe. Soul Clap is one of Toubin’s babies. It’s a party straight
out of yesteryear, where the DJ is the spiffy emcee and the dance floor a hot mess of scuff marks and smiles. There is no booming bass, only throwback tunes and swinging hips. Toubin has redefined the modern dance party. Here, people groove with each other rather than submit to the glass enclosed DJ above. Yet at the height of each party, Toubin takes control over the crowd as he howls over the mic to start the famed dance contest. Participants jump onto the hardwood and twist for their peer judges. For the best hoofer in the house, a $100 cash prize and an IV of nostalgia. Toubin will be hosting Soul Clap & Dance-Off on Aug. 17 at Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, btw. N. 11th & 12th Sts.). Tickets are $7. Doors at 11:30. Show at midnight, DanceOff at 1am. Info: newyorknighttrain. com. If you miss it, Toubin also hosts Shakin’ All Over Under Sideways Down! Friday nights at Home Sweet Home (131 Chrystie St.).
SOUL CLAP (WOLF & LAMB)
Not at all related to the above Soul Clap with Jonathan Toubin is Soul Clap, a DJ duo of two Bostonians who bask in disco/funk records in an electronic context. With a education deeply rooted in crate digging and Dance Music 101, Soul Clap has risen through the DJ
ranks with a few disco edits, remixes and killer six-hour long live sets. In fact, their music education is so lush that they have actually taught a college course on house music at Tufts. Recently, they signed to Brooklyn’s Wolf & Lamb records, known for being at the forefront of the avant-garde sound, and they aim to continue pushing the boundaries of modern-retro-disco-electronicfunkified-jaunts. They are currently collaborating with funk legend George Clinton, who has not only inspired their sound but their 12-piece outfits. Soul Clap is eclectic, funky and down to push the envelope of the dance music world. Get hype and go see ‘em. Soul Clap will be playing on Aug. 16 at Output (74 Wythe Ave., btw. 11th & 12th Sts.). Tickets are $20. Doors at 10pm. Info: outputclub.com.
Verboten gets its name from the Giuliani era crackdowns on New York’s dance music scene. Stricter regulations made dance music go underground, where it separated from gag-reflex mainstream EDM and created its own, darker sound. Verboten is just that — one of the club nights i n Ma n h a tt a n t ha t p r es e r v es a n underground house and techno vibe without selling out. They book deep
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Fur Coat will terrorize CDJs at Verboten's Sullivan Room party.
house DJs from Europe as well as respected producers making cutting edge music. They cultivate their own sound. Don’t expect a no-frills party, though. Verboten is very much into the obligatory club life: bottle service, guest lists, networking for admission, etc. However, the DJs they book are great and the venues usually are too. Verboten is mixing an underground sound with a club atmosphere. Their next event is on Aug. 17 at Sullivan Room (218 Sullivan St., btw. Bleecker & W. Third Sts.). Doors at 10pm. Tickets are $20. Info: verbotennewyork.com.
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CREATIVE DESSERTS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 05/21/2013. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Zheng Wang, 61-19 230th Street , Oakland Gardens, NY 11364. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Vil: 08/01 - 09/05/2013 23 Koral Drive LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 6/6/13. 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, 1165 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10029. General Purposes. Vil: 08/01 - 09/05/2013 Notice of Formation of Sherwin LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/7/13. 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 Fensterstock Law PLLC, 521 Fifth Ave., Ste. 1700, NY, NY 10175. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/01 - 09/05/2013 Notice of Formation of BOTKIER NY, 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: Kane Kessler, P.C., 1350 Ave. of the Americas, 26th Fl., NY, NY 10019, Attn: Darren S. Berger, Esq. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/01 - 09/05/2013 Notice of Formation of 40 RSD LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/31/13. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Ellyn Roth Mittman, Esq., 110 E. 59th St., 23rd Fl., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/01 - 09/05/2013 Notice of Formation of Vocon NYC LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/3/13. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: ACFB Incorporated, 200 Public Square, Ste. 2300, Cleveland, OH 44114. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/01 - 09/05/2013 Notice of Qualification of NYCTL Brownfield LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 6/11/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 5/9/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/01 - 09/05/2013
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
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 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 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 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
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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
STATE OF MAINE KENNEBEC, ss. STATE OF MAINE, Plaintiff, v. DEFENDANT’S NAME, Defendant
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SUPERIOR COURT CIVIL ACTION Docket No. CV-11-226 ORDER ON STATE OF MAINE’S MOTION FOR SERVICE BY PUBLICATION AND FOR ENLARGEMENT OF TIME TO FILE RETURN OF SERVICE
This matter is before the court on Plaintiff State of Maine’s Motion for Service by Publication and Enlargement of Time to File the Return of Service. A complaint has been filed by Plaintiff State of Maine against the Defendant, Defendant’s Name, to collect unpaid Maine sales tax, income withholding tax, interest, and penalties pursuant to 36 M.R.S.A. § 174. The Court finds that despite due diligence, the State has been unable to effect service of the summons and complaint upon Defendant’s Name because his whereabouts and place of abode are uncertain and cannot be ascertained by reasonable diligence. Service by publication is the most effective means of serving Defendant’s Name in accordance with M.R. Civ. P. 4 at this time. The interests of justice will be best served if the court orders service by publication in this matter. Accordingly, it is ORDERED: 1. That Defendant’s Name (1) prepare and file an original written Answer to the complaint with the Kennebec County Superior Court, 95 State Street, Augusta, Maine 04330 no later than twenty (20) days after receiving notice of this Order or sixty-one (61) days of this Order (whichever is sooner), and (2) serve a copy of his Answer upon the Attorney for Plaintiff State of Maine, Pamela W. Waite, Assistant Attorney General, 6 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0006. 2. DEFENDANT’S NAME IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT, IF HE FAILS TO FILE AND SERVE HIS ANSWER WITHIN THE TIME STATED ABOVE, OR IF, AFTER HE ANSWERS, HE FAILS TO APPEAR AT ANY TIME THE COURT NOTIFIES HIM TO DO SO, A JUDGMENT BY DEFAULT MAY BE ENTERED AGAINST HIM FOR THE RELIEF DEMANDED IN THE COMPLAINT. IF YOU INTEND TO OPPOSE THIS LAWSUIT, DO NOT FAIL TO ANSWER WITHIN THE REQUIRED TIME. 3. That this order be published once a week for three successive weeks in Lake Placid Journal, a newspaper of general circulation in Lake Placid, Highlands County, Florida, with the first such publication to be made within twenty (20) days after the date of this order. 4. That a copy of this order be mailed to Defendant’s Name at his last known mailing address Lake Placid, Florida. 5. That the time within which the State may file the return of service is enlarged by sixty (60) days from the date of this Order. Dated:
JUSTICE, SUPERIOR COURT Vil: 08/08 – 08/22/2013
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Punk music and poetry at park riot reunion concert At the 25th Anniversary Riot Reunion Show at Tompkins Square Park last Sunday, Reagan Youth’s lead singer got down in the mosh pit and tore it up with the crusties, left, while longtime L.E.S. poet Pitts, right, laid down some verse as Reagan Youth were still onstage.
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Hell, yeah! Bands lay the crusty faithful to waste At the Tompkins Square riot reunion show on Sunday, Urban Waste, left, rocked the crusty crowd. Tibbie X, Reagan Youth’s bass player, right, blasted the punks with a hellishly heavy beat. After all, she is an avowed Satanist.
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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
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Steady Buckets is going steady even in the dog days of summer SpoRtS By Daniel Jean-luBin It’s the middle of July and in a small room in Milwaukee, Wisc., Macky Bergman is about to address a roster of some of his best high school basketball players before a talent showcase and skills camp for some of the top talent in the country, hosted by Under Armour. For most high school-age students, this time of the month is reserved for vacationing and relaxing. But for Bergman and his troupe from Steady Buckets, basketball is a full-time job. Steady Buckets began as a simple Amateur Athletic Union (A.A.U.) travel team program spawned from the minds of Executive Director Barry Weiss and Head Coach / Program Director Bergman. Weiss wanted to develop a basketball program to organize and develop young talent in the area. When he approached Bergman with the idea back in 2010, Bergman, who was already running a basketball program at the Chinatown YMCA, joined without hesitation. Putting it all on the line: Steady Buckets teaches “I knew I wanted to focus the fundamentals, from foul shooting and ball hanmy energy on bringing a betdling to defense. ter brand of basketball to Downtown Manhattan, the neighborhood in which I was raised,” the fundamentals, including ball hanBergman said. dling. I also give the older players a A former standout hoops player at chance to work on their leadership Bronx High School Science, Bergman was skills, giving our young players a group a top player at Division III University of to look up to.” Rochester. In addition to serving Downtown Today, Steady Buckets has great- youth, Steady Buckets has continued to ly expanded to provide tournament expand to where players now travel from games, skills development, weight every borough to be part of one of New training, study hall sessions and a life- York’s premier basketball programs. lessons curriculum for practically the “There is no doubt that Steady entire year. Buckets has changed the Downtown “We pretty much run 24/7/365 with basketball scene,” Bergman stated. very few days off,” Bergman said. “It’s “Players are learning high-level skills, important to me that my players can prac- and since we offer programs seven tice every day, and I make myself available days per week, players who want to to them as much as possible.” improve know where to find us. With With most new participants hear- players coming from all over the city, ing about the program through word of the level of competition has risen and mouth, Steady Buckets continues to pro- provides Downtown players with a vide kids ages 4 to 17 with a chance to more complete New York City basketdevelop their basketball ability, plus their ball experience.” love for the game. To d a y, t h e D o w n t o w n b a s k e t “Over the last three years, we have ball scene has grown by leaps and changed our vision while keeping true bounds, and continues to gain poputo our mission of providing high-level larity, in no small part thanks to a coaching and mentorship through bas- yearly effort from the great folks ketball,” Bergman said. “We focus on over at Steady Buckets.
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