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Yetta Kurland: Bold in vision and yet spare on the details BY dUncan osBorne Spend just 90 minutes with Yetta Kurland and she will describe herself many different ways. She is “a community activist, a civil rights attorney,” a “tenants’ rights attorney,” a “small business owner,” a “civil litigator” and “an educator.” These are only some of the titles that Kurland used in an interview last week with The Villager and its sister newspapers.
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Harry Belafonte spoke at Monday’s rally for Bill de Blasio, left, at the former St. Vincent’s Hospital site, with Susan Sarandon, far right.
publisher slaps pol as mayoral campaigns spar on St. Vincent’s BY lincoln anderson A hastily organized rally Monday morning by Christine Quinn supporters to counter another scheduled to occur right after it by her mayoral opponent Bill de Blasio at the former St. Vincent’s Hospital site turned chaotic after the
octogenarian publisher of a monthly Village newspaper suddenly lost it and went on a brief slapping spree. After berating one of the pro-Quinn speakers, former state Senator Tom Duane, as a “fatuous idiot!” George Capsis, 85, then rapped the other
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“I see myself as a reformer,” Kurland said. “I think that that’s what’s so important about my candidacy.... I’m willing to stand up to powerful interests, and I think I do so in a positive, solution-based way.” Kurland is engaged in a particularly bitter race with Corey Johnson for the City Council seat that Speaker Christine Quinn has held
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notebook B.P. candidates face off at N.Y.U. — and about N.Y.U.: “Education, jobs, affordable housing” was the mantra that the candidates for Manhattan borough president stuck to at debate earlier this month on New York University’s campus. All four Democratic candidates appeared to be in a place of strength at the Aug. 7 event, settling in for what one of the candidates called their “538th debate” leading up to the Sept. 10 Democratic primary. Limiting development also seemed to be an underlying current throughout much of the debate. Councilmember Gale Brewer added building libraries and parks to the list of necessary amenities that should be included with schools to combat overcrowding. Brewer noted that she has been listed by The New York Times as one of the top five city officials championing parks in New York City. Councilmember Robert Jackson, who co-chairs the City Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, focused on job creation. As a representative of the upper reaches of Manhattan’s West Side, which has some of the highest unemployment rates in the borough, Jackson said he was committed to ensuring “that Manhattan stays affordable.” “What I would like to do is very simple,” Councilmember Jessica Lappin said, “fight for middle-class and working people in this borough, with a special emphasis on tenants and seniors.” Lappin mentioned using the 197-a rezoning process to employ “bottom-up planning” to look at things 10 to 15 years down the road to build necessary infrastructure to keep up with development. Former Community Board 1 Chairperson Julie Menin repeatedly came back to her idea for a “comprehensive, boroughwide master plan” throughout the debate as a panacea for Manhattan’s troubles, since, it would mandate specific infrastructure and funding contributions for all new development, including schools and affordable housing. (However, the borough president’s land use recommendations are currently advisory only.) “I am running for borough president because I believe we need to completely reform our land use review process,” Menin said in her opening statement, sparking the first spontaneous applause at the session. The most lively audience participation cropped up around the topic of N.Y.U. expansion and the City Council’s 2012 vote to approve it. The subject came up during a question that encompassed the candidates’ views on both N.Y.U. and the city’s fast-tracked proposal to encourage development of new skyscrapers in East Midtown. The debate, organized by Citizens Union, a government watchdog group, and NYC Community Media, the parent company of The Villager, was held at N.Y.U.’s Center for Spiritual Life in Greenwich Village. “We’re sitting in a neighborhood where the City Council and the mayor approved rezoning,” said Citizens Union’s Dick Dadey, who co-chaired the debate with Paul Schindler, the editor of Gay City News, The Villager’s sister paper. The question prompted a round of finger-pointing as the three Councilmembers tried to distance themselves from the final deal. Brewer reminded the audience that everyone on the Council except Charles Barron voted for the N.Y.U. mega-development plan in the end. Brewer then went on to say she did not agree with the terms set, and would behave differently if she became borough president. “And you should know it’s not an open and transparent process because negotiations don’t take place in public, they happen in private,” said Jackson, who then squarely pointed
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his finger at fellow Councilmember Margaret Chin, who acted as the Council’s chief negotiator for the N.Y.U. proposal, since the university’s superblocks are in her district. Lappin also turned the blame on Chin, saying, “I was not the prime negotiator. I think I would have done a better job; I would’ve handled it differently, I would have worked with the local elected officials, for example. But in the end, I voted as the current borough president [Scott Stringer] suggested, I voted in favor of the plan.” Menin spoke about lobbying N.Y.U. to expand into Tower 5 of the World Trade Center site. She also used the expansion as an example of why the land-use process needs to be reformed with her master plan. Candidates got to ratchet up the pressure another notch when they were given the opportunity to ask one question of a randomly selected opponent. Jackson was asked by Menin about the City Council’s vote to overturn term limits, giving both himself and Mayor Bloomberg eligibility for a third term despite prior voter referendums in support of term limits. But Jackson was quick to point out that in Manhattan, unlike the rest of the city, the tallies showed that more people were in favor of the extension. He also cited the lack of voter turnout saying, “I didn’t cut the deal. The people of New York voted, 1.5 million voted, out of 4 million. Those people that did not vote gave Mayor Bloomberg another
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Square’s recent rezoning, which bans large clubs, but no one knew for sure. Horowitz agreed to accept various stipulations even before getting a liquor license. Committee member Tobi Bergman remarked that this has never been done before at C.B. 2. Horowitz and the committee will work on the stipulations, and the liquor license application will come back to the committee again next month.
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Yetta Kurland: Bold in vision but spare on details Continued from page 1 for the past 14 years. The district is home to roughly 180,000 New Yorkers and ranges from 55th St. to Canal St. and from Fifth Ave. to the Hudson River. This is Kurland’s second attempt to win the seat. In 2009, she challenged Quinn and won a respectable 31 percent of the vote in a three-candidate race in a very low-turnout Democratic primary. “We had not expected to do as well as we did, but we had a really strong showing,” said the 45-year-old, Buffalo, N.Y., native. Heading into this year’s Sept. 10 Democratic primary, which will effectively decide who wins the seat, Kurland has raised just under $140,000 in 943 separate donations. With city matching funds, her cash is very near the $168,000 maximum she can spend in the primary. Kurland’s signature issue is replacing the defunct St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center, which is being converted to luxury condos by the Rudin Management Company. “Job number one in City Council is to continue to fight to restore hospital services for the community,” she said. “This adversely impacts everyone in our community.” But as much as Kurland is generous with descriptions of herself, she is stingy with specific answers as to how she will achieve any goals she articulates if she wins the City Council seat. “I’ve been agnostic about how that happens, but I’ve offered several very real, very doable solutions,” the openly lesbian candidate said of replacing St. Vincent’s. “I’m very clear that this community needs a hospital.” Separate from the Rudin residential redevelopment of the former main hospital campus, across Seventh Ave., North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System is converting the former hospital’s O’Toole building into a 24/7, stand-alone emergency room and comprehensive care center. North Shore-L.I.J. is spending $100 million on the center and Rudin kicked in an additional $10 million. Not a full-service hospital, it will have only “two and a half beds,” Kurland said. Kurland, though, gave the facility’s price tag as $139 million, and said they could build a 200-bed hospital there. “For the same or similar costs they could put four to six more floors on there and that could be a small, 200-bed hospital,” she said. The state Department of Health, which would have to approve a new hospital, opposes building such a facility there. Kurland would not say how she would overcome that resistance. (Terry Lynam, a spokesperson for North Shore-L.I.J., told The Villager that the project’s cost, as far as they are concerned, is still $110 million. As he described it, there will be two “medical surgical beds.”) For 12 years, the Bloomberg administration has favored large-scale real estate projects. It is typical of these deals that the developers find reasons to not build the affordable housing, parks or other benefits
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Yetta Kurland during her interview with The Villager and other NYC Community Media newspapers.
that were promised to the local community. That has led to growing demands that the city’s approval process for such deals — the uniform land use review procedure, or ULURP — be reformed. “When you talk about the ULURP process, it’s very amorphous and the devil is always in the details,” Kurland said. “What I would like to see is a way the exchange is more leveled, it’s more fair for the community, and it doesn’t create the types of problems we seeing in the ULURP process.” ULURP begins at a community board, then gets approval from a borough president. The views of those two entities are advisory only. The City Planning Commission and the City Council have binding opinions. Would Kurland favor making the community board opinions binding? “I’m open to that, I’m open to that as an idea,” she said. “It’s a conversation that I would like to hear from the community and I would have to think about.” Kurland did take a specific shot, one of several, at Johnson who has held staff jobs at two real estate development firms. “I think we need somebody who is not tied to real estate interests, who can be an independent voice, but can still work together with real estate with all parts of the community,” she said when discussing her candidacy. Kurland touts her roots in the community, citing work she has done with the AIDS groups Housing Works and GMHC, her efforts to successfully enact marriage for same-sex couples in New York, and the legal cases she has brought that aided women and the L.G.B.T. community. “I think that we need a strong, independent, progressive voice in City Council,” she said. “I think I’ve shown over the last two-and-a-half decades that I can stand up to some of the more powerful special interests in the community.” The next City Council will have a new
speaker and have to work with a new mayor, who will confront the aftermath of the gimmick Mayor Michael Bloomberg has used to balance the city’s budget — he has not negotiated new contracts with any of the city’s unions, saving billions in labor, pension
and employee health insurance costs. The next mayor will have to fund new contracts on top of the budget gaps that are expected in the coming fiscal years. Every city councilmember who will want cash for projects could feel the pinch. Kurland said that increased oversight by the City Council could find funds that are being misspent, and that paying city employees more could increase tax revenue. “I do think that the way we re-stimulate an economy that’s having difficulty is we pay our workers a fair wage, and we make sure they have the money to buy a ticket to a Mets game or a Yankees game, or to buy some food at a local restaurant,” she said. “I don’t see it as a drain of resources, I see it as a way of invigorating the economy.” Kurland gave her most detailed responses when talking about her opponent, who has received the overwhelming lion’s share of endorsements from the local politicians and Democratic clubs. “I think this is a difference between continuing to have a top-down approach to leadership versus having somebody who is really is going to be from the community and fighting for the community,” she said. “If you want somebody who is just going to go along to get along and is just going to be part of the same trajectory we’ve seen over the last 10 or 15 years, I’m probably not you’re candidate.”
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Slaps, verbal attacks at dueling St. Vincent’s rallies Continued from page 1 his hands on the sides of a young male Quinn intern’s face and abruptly gave him a brusque double slap on the cheeks, followed by a push, drawing audible gasps from some in the crowd. The intern looked aghast — and promptly filed a complaint with police who were on hand at the rally. Hoylman did not file a complaint. Detective Jimmy Alberici, a Sixth Precinct community affairs officer, said Capsis was charged with harassment, a violation. Alberici told The Villager no arrest was made, because with a violation, police must actually witness the incident. Capsis was in an emotional state on Monday, grieving for the death of his wife, Maggie, two days earlier. He said, had St. Vincent’s still been there, he could have easily visited her in her final days, instead of having to go all the way up to the Bronx where she was being treated at Calvary Hospital after suffering a bad reaction to chemotherapy. Adding to the scrum-like atmosphere, members of New York City Not For Sale, an anti-Quinn group, holding up their red signs bashing the City Council speaker, had surrounded Duane and Hoylman and other Quinn supporters, including schools advocate Irene Kaufman. Joined by Arthur Schwartz, a candidate for Village Democratic district leader and a de Blasio supporter, and prominent gay activist Allen Roskoff, they intentionally talked over the speakers and created a ruckus in an effort to keep the Quinn group from getting their message out. Assemblymember Deborah Glick, who has endorsed Quinn for mayor, later blasted the anti-Quinn protesters for engaging in what she called “Tea Party tactics.” Duane criticized actress Susan Sarandon, who was slated to appear at the De Blasio rally, for flip-flopping on the hospital issue, because she had previously criticized the St. Vincent’s E.R. as an unfit place to take her own children. But when Sarandon testified against St. Vincent’s, it was when the hospital was planning to build an oversized tower on its O’Toole site for a new hospital, which was opposed by many neighbors. Duane, Hoylman and Glick also slammed de Blasio as a “Billy Come Lately” who was not noticeably active on the St. Vincent’s issue during crunch time when last-ditch efforts were being made to save the failing hospital. For his part, de Blasio has previously told The Villager that Quinn and Bloomberg “should be seen as one” on the St. Vincent’s issue — as they have been on most issues, he added — and that Quinn did not sufficiently push the free-market, laissez-faire mayor to intervene to keep the historic Catholic hospital from closing. De Blasio vowed that, if elected, he would do more to keep hospitals from closing. “We welcome Bill de Blasio’s help,” Duane said, “but he was not around at St. Vincent’s closing. Christine Quinn, Deborah
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Hospital workers turned out in force at Monday’s de Blasio rally in the Village, and said they’ll be back for an even bigger rally on Aug. 29.
Glick and I were at all the hearings. I know what Christine did, I was there. I know how hard she fought.” Carrying an 1199 sign, a member of the hospital workers union passing by sniped at Duane, “Haven’t you done enough damage?” Predictably, Capsis’s surprising outburst grabbed the headlines of the daily newspapers and TV news channels, overshadowing the larger debate about the closing of St. Vincent’s and the future of healthcare on the Lower West Side. Seizing on an emotional issue for Villagers — and hitting a vulnerable spot for Quinn — de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, on Sunday evening had e-mailed out his Monday schedule, announcing he was holding a “Hospitals Not Condos” rally near the site of the former St. Vincent’s Hospital. The Greenwich Lane, a new residential development with condos going for $2 million to $20 million, is rising on the former St. Vincent’s site. (Schwartz, last week, had tipped The Villager off about the upcoming de Blasio press conference, and The Villager was the first to report it, in an online article last Friday.) And de Blasio reportedly plans to keep pounding at the St. Vincent’s issue, and thus, pounding at Quinn. At the rally, Jill Furillo, executive director of the New York State Nurses Association, said they will return to the same location, Seventh and Greenwich Aves., on Thurs., Aug. 29, for an even bigger rally with more 1199 members, again to be led by de Blasio. “We are going to have a massive rally here with 1199, fighting for our hospitals,” she declared, “and Bill de Blasio is going to be leading that charge.” At the scene of the de Blasio rally on
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Monday, Tony Hoffmann, president of Village Independent Democrats, which has endorsed District Leader Jonathan Geballe for re-election against Schwartz, said, “This is a political rally,” quickly adding, “I’m in favor of a full-service hospital in Greenwich Village — very much in favor.” Following Capsis’s outburst, de Blasio, at the start of his rally — which was far larger than the pro-Quinn group’s rally — urged everyone to be “peaceful” and “respectful.” He was accompanied by three celebrity activists, Harry Belafonte, Sarandon and Cynthia Nixon of “Sex and the City.” “It’s a city of 8.4 million people,” de Blasio told the crowd, “and every one of them needs access to healthcare. Mayor Bloomberg let 12 hospitals close on his watch,” he said, as the crowed booed. Bloomberg, de Blasio said, “did not lift a finger” to try to save St. Vincent’s. “We’re not going to accept the arguments that because it’s a challenging situation, we’re not going to get involved,” he said. “Mayors are supposed to get involved — that’s what we’re here for.” Referring to struggling Brooklyn hospitals, he continued, “Usually, the losers
when hospitals close are low-income people, working people, people of color. If we lose L.I.C.H. [Long Island Community Hospital] and Interfaith, a quarter million people have an unacceptably long trip to a hospital. “This is the moment when we need to turn the corner,” de Blasio said. “Do we need more luxury condos?” he asked the crowd, which answered back loudly, “No!” “Do you want healthcare?” he asked, as the crowd roared back, “Yes!” “Brothers and sisters, the people have spoken,” de Blasio said, before introducing Belafonte as the next speaker. Referring to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Belafonte, 85, cited Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Parts of the dream are still unfulfilled, one of them being healthcare, he said in his hoarse rasp, the lingering result of a recent stroke. “New York is about neighborhoods,” said Sarandon, who lives in the Village. “Now, in your neighborhood, you have your deli, your school, your church…your synagogue,” and she added, to cheers, “and your hospital. “But seriously, we can bail out Wall St.,” she said, “we can’t find a way to keep a hospital?” The crowd exploded in cheers. Sarandon added that after 9/11, St. Vincent’s, a Level 1 trauma center, was where people lined up to give blood. Nixon recalled how St. Vincent’s took in AIDS patients during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s when no one else would. “This is why it’s important to have a hospital in your community,” she stressed. Referring to the “immense power of the real estate industry,” she added, “We need a mayor who will stand up to that kind of pressure.” Taking the microphone back, de Blasio blasted Bloomberg for recently saying, “ ‘You can’t have a hospital on every corner.’ … Not a single one of us called for a hospital on every corner,” he retorted. “We just want to keep the hospitals we have. “Bottom line, we have a chance to protect healthcare in the city,” de Blasio said, “to provide healthcare for everyone.” Or…there’s the alternative, he said, and pointed over at the site of the Greenwich Lane condo project across the street. “Brothers and sisters, we cannot, and we will not let this happen again,” he vowed, pointing his finger at the construction site. During a Q&A period with reporters, The Villager asked de Blasio if he would go as far as to commit to restoring a full-service hospital on the Lower West Side. De Blasio said that, for right now, he is just committing to making sure that the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System’s 24/7 emergency room and care center opens in the former St. Vincent’s O’Toole building, across from the Rudin condos. Work is underway on the free-standing E.R., and a hard hat could be seen and heard loudly jackhammering — or possibly riveting — on a scaffold on the side
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August 22 - 28, 2013
Slaps, verbal attacks at dueling St. Vincent’s rallies Continued from page 6 of the building during the rally. Terry Lynam, a spokesperson for North Shore-L.I.J., said the stand-alone E.R. is on schedule to open in June 2014. Also, in the crowd was nurse Eileen Dunn, who for 18 years led the nurses union at St. Vincent’s. Before the second rally started, she told The Villager about how Mt. Sinai, in February 2010, seemed to be on the verge of taking over St. Vincent’s, before the deal suddenly, mysteriously, collapsed. “For two weeks, they were in the hospital, with their accountants, their architects, the president” she said, recalling how Mt. Sinai personnel were checking out St. Vincent’s and its infrastructure. “I got a call to meet with the head of nurses of Mt. Sinai. Then, that Monday, I got a call — the whole deal was off. That was a serious two-week negotiation,” she said. “Very serious.” Addressing the crowd, Estela Vasquez, 1199 executive vice president, angrily criticized the mayor, saying, “You tell us to stop smoking, and not to drink sodas. You tell us what to do with our garbage. Dammit! Now we are telling you — don’t close our hospitals!” She then led the crowd in a chant of “No Mas Condominiums! No Mas Condominiums!”
Duane, who hung around to keep an eye on the de Blasio rally, said he is committed to continuing to try to get a hospital built on the O’Toole site. “If we can get a hospital on top of it, we’re not giving up the fight to bring back a full-service hospital to this community,” he said. Duane said it was Quinn who secured O’Toole as a “base” for a future hospital to be built on top of. He contrasted the fight to save L.I.C.H., which is run by the State University of New York, to St. Vincent’s, which was run by the Catholic Archdiocese. “It was a private entity,” he said of the latter. “It was not dependent on state funding. It came out of bankruptcy a few years ago, and it still had debt.” To illustrate that he, too, used to use the hospital, Duane held up his thumb, showing a scar, and said, “I went to St. Vincent’s Hospital.” Of de Blasio’s event, he said, “I don’t think he should have had a press conference here.” As for why Quinn wasn’t there, he said, “I said, ‘Don’t come, because you have nothing to prove.’ ” Jim Fouratt was part of the coalition that fought to save St. Vincent’s and then to restore a hospital to the Village. Speaking after the de Blasio rally, Fouratt said he didn’t recall de Blasio having been active on
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Tom Duane, right, spoke to local resident Dario DePiante, left, who is angry that St. Vincent’s closed and feels it could have been saved.
the St. Vincent’s issue when the hospital was facing closure. Yet, Fouratt said, “Despite the fact that Bill de Blasio never showed any public action about St. Vincent’s, with his campaign stump speech here — and he talked about his private conversations with the mayor [about St. Vincent’s], which we’re not aware of — he clearly today becomes the candidate of choice for those who care about progressive values in a culturally and economically diverse city. He’s taken the lead on the hospital issue — an issue which our neighborhood certainly knows about.” Fouratt, a longtime vehement Quinn foe, previously supported Anthony Weiner and then John Liu for mayor. Glick, for her part, asked of Capsis’s slapping incident, “I mean, how is he not arrested? He slapped a state senator.” Hoylman had his young daughter, Silvia, 2½, with him at the press conference. However, he had moved her out of harm’s way when he sensed the crowd was getting rowdy. “Brad should probably get a restraining order [against Capsis] for the protection of his child,” Glick said. Hoylman said he’s O.K., but he’s just sad that his daughter had to witness the incident. Capsis has a prior slapping incident, in which he struck a Sixth Precinct police officer after the officer’s van cut him off while Capsis rode his bike in the Bleecker St. bike lane. The officer responded by punching Capsis in the eye and breaking his glasses. Capsis is suing the city for $1 million and is being represented by Schwartz. Glick, who wasn’t at the rally but joined
Duane and Hoylman to “slam” (as their joint press release said) de Blasio for not having been active earlier on the St. Vincent’s issue when it really mattered, also took a shot at City Council candidate Yetta Kurland for — in Glick’s words — “fanning the flames” of the hospital issue without a realistic solution in sight. Told of that comment, a Kurland spokesperson responded, “There’s no reason to give up on a hospital. New Yorkers know that where there is a will, there is a way. With the right leadership at City Hall, on the Council and in Albany, the people in Chelsea and the West Village can get the hospital they deserve. … [T]here’s no reason to give up on hospital services for neighborhoods on the West Side.” Quinn issued a press release decrying the “violence” by Capsis. “There is no place in this city — let alone a political campaign — for violence or intimidation of any kind,” she said. However, Schwartz said the hoopla with Capsis — which was what all the media covered — took the focus off the real issue of the de Blasio press conference, namely, restoring healthcare. And he claimed that was precisely what the Quinn supporters wanted. Glick dismissed the de Blasio rally as “total political,” since it’s clear that he held it in Quinn’s district to try to damage her. Hospitals have closed in Queens affecting far more people, she said. “Of course it’s political,” countered Schwartz. “It’s an election!”
August 22 - 28, 2013
Advocate candidate would advocate for working class Continued from page 1 up. Guerriero said she wanted to run the city. Her professor replied, “ ‘Good luck with that, kid, and it would be nice if you actually knew something.’ That stopped me,” Guerriero recalled. Since that conversation, Guerriero, who lives in the Seward Park Co-op on Grand St. on the Lower East Side, has been working to prepare for what she says is the only job she has ever wanted. “I come from a working-class family,” she said. “I was kind of smart, a great ball player, and the homecoming queen. It doesn’t really add up, to know how to serve,” she admitted of her aspiration to becoming public advocate. Along the way to her breakout political moment, Guerriero has worked at nonprofits, earned a Ph.D. in education administration and is currently a consultant for small businesses and nonprofits. One of her jobs was with the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, where she was the director of strategic planning under Cardinal Edward Egan. Guerriero was responsible for organizing Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Manhattan. “I was able to get hundreds of thousands of Catholics in and out of New York City in 2008,” she boasted. She teaches education and politics at Columbia University’s Teachers College and at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education. “The expert interests of children should be at the center of every conversation,” she said. Guerriero wants to do away with mayoral control of the schools. She claims the achievement gap for children of color has not narrowed over the past 12 years, and that mayoral control has been a failure for the children of New York. In fact, the outspoken Guerriero is statistically tied for first place in the public advocate race, at least according to her. She has been consistently working hard over the past 15 months in her daily bid for office, and has attended more than 1,000 meetings. Meanwhile, she has also kept up with her university jobs and just finished teaching two classes this summer. “I wanted to keep that part of my brain running,” she said. “I’m teaching this fall — you have got to keep the lights on.” She grew up on Staten Island and in Brooklyn. She and her husband have a 3-year-old daughter, and have lived on the Lower East Side for two years. “This is where I wanted to raise my child,” she said. She previously lived in Chelsea for eight years. In her fight to support small businesses, Guerriero will focus on accountability. She claims city agencies excessively fine, even triple-fining, businesses, and she wants to
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put a stop to it. Guerriero has secured more than 40 union endorsements and refers to herself as “the unequivocal union candidate.” She hails from three generations of union workers, such as longshoreman and public school teachers, and her six siblings are teachers, firefighters and police officers. “The importance of the unions coming through, not negotiating [with them] in good faith perhaps may be the most important issue of the mayor’s deal with contracts,” she stated. “I need to hold the mayor’s feet to the fire.” Her urgency about the issue is personal. Guerriero’s dad worked as a public school teacher by day, and a longshoreman security guard at night. “My dad worked hard for those pensions. Keep your hand out of my daddy’s pockets,” she declared. Guerriero prides herself on a direct approach and really listening to people and their concerns. She says this is what has helped her gain many endorsements from faith-based leaders to dozens of unions. “I exist in the zeitgeist of the New York City working class who are tired of being told that money and power will give someone else power over them,” she said. Guerriero has run her grassroots campaign with modest means, and refers to it as “a working-class conversation.” If elected, Guerriero would create a 50-person think tank in the public advocate’s office. She envisions a rotating, unpaid research fellowship for a few months at a time where students would conduct “snapshot studies” on various issues that she can rely on. This would also give her a quick turnaround time to present data to the city on an issue. “I don’t want to turn the office into an academic space,” she explained, though adding, “I can use this as the lever of power, in a much-maligned and much-confused job.”
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August 22 - 28, 2013
Police BLOTTER Sex-shop spree Three kinky chicks allegedly used a stolen credit card to buy more than $500 worth of goods at West Village sex shops, but their spree came to an unhappy climax when cops slapped the cuffs — not the pink, fuzzy kind — on them. The credit card’s owner, a 28-year-old female immigrant, had previously filed a report with police claiming that Kareen Walcott, 35; Tais Bomani, 22; and Amanda Roman, 19, teamed up to snatch her wallet, which also included her green card and other items. Using descriptions provided by the victim, officers stopped and searched the alleged thieving trio shortly after midnight on Aug. 18, on W. Third St. near Sixth Ave., and arrested them upon finding both the missing wallet and an alleged marijuana joint being passed between two of them. Authorities said that, at the time of their arrest, the vixens had just finished using the stolen credit to make purchases at two nearby sex shops. The trio reportedly spent roughly $150 at Fantasy Party — on Sixth Ave. between W. Third and Fourth Sts. — and about $360 at Tic Tac Toe New York, Inc. — on W. Fourth St. between Cornelia and Jones Sts. All three women were charged with petty larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and identity theft. Walcott and Bomani
were also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.
Bust burglar in classy crib Police arrested Osman Sannoh, 26, on the evening of Aug. 17 after he reportedly climbed through the open window of a nearly $7 million West Village home and tried to steal property. A witness called police around 6:30 p.m. and claimed that he saw Sannoh hop over a locked fence outside 18 Grove St., and then use the building’s fire escape to climb up and enter a second-floor window. Police responded to the scene minutes after receiving the call, and arrested Sannoh inside the building, charging him with burglary. In hindsight, Sannoh had probably thought he was going to make off with some serious loot when he first made it inside 18 Grove St. that evening. According to the Web site of the Douglas Elliman real estate agency, the classy four-story, 3,700-square-foot townhouse most recently sold for $6.7 million — though that was a steal compared to the original asking price of $7.8 million, reported by the real estate Web site Curbed last December.
Coked-up robber Police arrested Matthew Calendar, 31, after they say he tried to rob a 23-year-old
woman at knifepoint early on Aug. 16. The victim told officers that, as she was walking past the corner of Bleecker and Thompson Sts. around 5 a.m., Calendar slashed her arm with the knife and attempted to grab into her pocket. Based on reports, the would-be thief apparently gave up empty-handed after the woman struggled, and instead simply fled the scene on foot. After the woman called police, officers began a canvass of the area and caught Calendar near the scene, where they found he was also carrying a bag of apparent cocaine. Calendar was charged with attempted robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Hack window smash Police arrested Austin Otto, 23, on the evening of Aug. 17 after a cabbie claimed Otto punched out two of his car’s windows. The taxi driver, 30, told officers he picked Otto up around 8 p.m. near the corner of W. 11th St. and Seventh Ave., without incident. But he said that as he drove away, without any provocation, Otto turned around in his seat and shattered both the rear windshield and rear passenger-side window of the cab. The fare then fled out of the car and made off on foot, according to the hack, who called police.
Otto was caught shortly afterward during a police canvass of the area, and was charged with criminal mischief.
Drinks on you! A woman allegedly found someone else’s lost credit card, and celebrated by using it to buy a couple of drinks around the corner — but unfortunately for her, the card’s owner wanted it back. A woman, 22, told police that around 5:45 p.m. on Aug. 17, shortly after leaving Sugar & Plumm, a bakery at the corner of Bleecker and Cornelia Sts., she realized she’d left her wallet in the store. After returning to the shop and not finding the plastic, the woman said she called her bank to cancel it — only to be informed that the card had actually just been used at the Village Tavern, at Bedford and Cornelia Sts. She promptly called the Village Tavern, where an employee told her the suspect — later identified as Ella Glaser, 26 — was still sitting in the place. After the bar employee called police to report the situation, officers showed up to arrest Glaser and recover the stolen wallet. Glaser was charged with grand larceny, identity theft and criminal possession of stolen property.
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August 22 - 28, 2013
Bike store owners put their spin on new bike-share BY clarissa-Jan liM New Yorkers, albeit many of them grudgingly, are gradually getting used to more pedaling passengers on those blazing blue Citi Bikes. But what about local bike shops? Is Citi Bike rolling up riders at their expense? At Gotham Bikes in Tribeca, a manager who gave his name as “Ben W.” said the shop has seen an increase in its overall sales due to the bike-share program. “It’s getting more people on the road, more people learning about the sport and getting involved,” he said. An employee at Danny’s Cycles in Gramercy said Citi Bike is a good option for people to ease into biking in a city famed for its vehicular congestion and aggressive drivers. “They can try out a bike without committing to buying one,” James Ryan said. “It makes a more comfortable biking environment in the city because there are a lot more bikes, too.” Business at Danny’s Cycles has increased as well since the advent of bikeshare. “A lot of people come in for bike gear, and we’ve sold a lot of helmets,” he noted. Rentals are not a big part of the business at either Gotham Bikes or Danny’s
Cycles. But for Frank’s Bike Shop, a small business that has been at its current Lower East Side location on Grand St. since 1976, the bike-share program has been bad news. Owner Frank Arroyo said that his rental business has decreased by 90 percent since the Citi Bikes were rolled out last month. Arroyo’s main rental customers are European tourists, a demographic that has since been drawn away by Citi Bikes. Initially, a bike-share station was sited a few doors away from Frank’s Bike Shop on the corner of Grand and Henry Sts. But a petition on moveon. org to relocate the bike station gathered more than 1,000 signatures. The Citi Bike dock was eventually removed — but only temporarily, according to the Citi Bike Twitter account, for utility construction in the street. “I was grateful, and it was quite an honor to see how many people responded on my behalf,” Arroyo said of the petition effort. “It was really nice to see that people care. But they have flooded the place with them,” he said of the Department of Transportation, which installs the bike racks. Removing one station does little since the area is overloaded with Citi Bike stations, said Arroyo. “If you put it in front of a hotel, customers are going to walk of the hotel and
use it,” he said. However, Ben said the bike-share is good for bike sales at his shop. “People have used the bike-share and realized how great it is to bike in the city, then decide that they want something nicer for themselves,” he noted. Christian Farrell of Waterfront Bicycle Shop, on West St. just north of Christopher St., said initially he was concerned about bike-share, though, he admitted, “I was happy to see people on bikes.” Consisting of equal parts tourists and locals, his customers get a better rental deal at his shop because, despite charging only $10 for a daily rental, the bike-share program requires cyclists to check their bikes in at a bike station every half hour. His store, on the other hand, charges $10 for the first hour, $5 for the second, and $2.50 per hour after that. “Six hours with Waterfront Bicycle Shop will cost a customer $25,” he said. “With Citi Bike, a six-hour rental will cost $126 [if the rider doesn’t re-dock his or her bike at a station every half hour]. Our rentals always include a helmet, a basket and a lock.” Several dozen rental bikes were lined up on Weehawken St. last Sunday behind the store. Benny, who was watching over
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them, said another advantage over the Citi Bikes is that Waterfront’s bikes are all in good working order. Farrell’s early concerns were echoed by Andrew Crooks, owner of NYC Velo, at 64 Second Ave. “It seemed like a great idea, but one that would be difficult to implement,” Crooks said of Citi Bike. He said he worried about inexperienced riders’ lack of awareness of biking rules and backlash from noncyclists. However, he said, it’s still too early to tell if his business has been impacted. The actual Citi Bikes themselves have been criticized as “heavy,” “clunky,” even “ugly.” In comparison, Crooks said NYC Velo has bikes that are “lighter, faster and tend to be more comfortable.” Farrell of Waterfront also said his bikes are of “better quality” than the bike-share two-wheelers. While it’s possible bike-share will cause a drop in business in the long run, Crooks allowed that the idea, as a whole, is good for the city. “I believe that the program is a positive step forward for New York City,” he said, “and will prove to benefit New York City cycling conditions — in terms of greater acceptance, safety and accessibility.”
August 22 - 28, 2013
letteRS to the editoR Some odd criticisms of Corey…
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man ’n’ hands Scene Life imitated art — or at least advertising — on Park Row in front of the old J&R electronics shop, above. Meanwhile, some gloves left perched atop an open sidewalk vault in Soho seemed strangely lifelike, below.
To The Editor: Re “Corey Johnson crafts a Council bid; C.B. 4 leader vies to succeed Quinn” (news article, Aug. 15): I am a Corey Johnson supporter because, as a member of the Westbeth Artists Residents Council, I feel he has Westbeth’s best interest in mind in terms of maintaining its affordability, and he strongly believes in affordable public housing, being a product of it himself. I was really irked by the article by Duncan Osborne. It was so skewed against Corey, and had some very odd criticisms of him that were not very newsworthy, or helpfully informative to this voting district. Why was Duncan so concerned with Corey’s “artfully trimmed” beard and “neatly pressed” suit? Should Corey have worn jeans and a T-shirt…or something more working class? As for Corey not handing over his schedule, this seems trivial. Does the newspaper have the right to a campaign schedule? Even more ridiculous was a reference to a 2001 profile in a San Francisco magazine — trying to catch Corey in a disingenuous position of praising both cities. To call Corey’s revealing his H.I.V. status to The New York Times “choreographed” to maximize attention is just downright disgusting. It’s a revolutionary act of bravery to expose oneself to the stigma of being H.I.V. positive, and for this reporter to be suspect of that act is deplorable. The campaigns are aggressive, that is true. But it is the Kurland campaign “whispering to voters that Johnson has no college degree,” and sending surrogates out to the major voting areas with smear letters distorting Corey’s record. Furthermore, it is only the Kurland campaign that has an active charge against them for violating city campaign finance laws. Mr. Osborne should have seen those complaints filed on the Crain’s New York Web site. Roger Braimon Braimon is admissions chairperson, Westbeth Artists Residents Council
Sensationalism and gossip To The Editor: Re “Corey Johnson crafts a Council bid; C.B. 4 leader vies to succeed Quinn” (news article, Aug. 15): A picture speaks a thousand words: Jerry Nadler and Jonathan Gaballe pictured marching at Pride with Corey.
That’s enough to convince me. Beyond that, I needed to sift through the sensationalism, gossip and lazy reporting to see some facts buried in this article: “He was well-versed in the intricacies of city laws on housing and development. … “He has served on Community Board 4, which covers Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan, since 2005 and has wrestled with some controversial development projects. … “He increased affordable housing units in that project [Hudson Yards] from 20 percent to 26 or 27 percent. … “Johnson emphasized plans to build more affordable housing, reduce class size in city schools, increase parks in the district, and bring a hospital to Lower Manhattan to replace the now-closed St. Vincent’s Hospital. … “He is an advocate for affordable housing.” I’m a Corey fan because I look beyond the hyperbole. Let’s focus on issues rather than mudslinging. Building affordable housing, expanding classroom space and finding a location for a new hospital are the issues — not whether Corey once did some work for a real estate company or whether someone has filed a campaign finance complaint against Yetta Kurland. I want a city councilmember who will look forward to building a new hospital rather than a candidate who’s only claim to fame is a failed fight to keep a hospital open. Jim Connolly
Face the issues — not facial hair! To The Editor: Re “Corey Johnson crafts a Council bid; C.B. 4 leader vies to succeed Quinn” (news article, Aug. 15): Duncan, it sounds like you are voting for Yetta? You seem to really have an issue with Corey’s grooming habits. Are these important enough to lead with? Also, have you interviewed Yetta? Can we expect to see a piece dissecting her campaign and highlighting her gaffes? It seems to me you are pretty “anti-Corey.” If H.I.V. is a hot-button issue for you, will you offer insight into what Yetta Kurland has done for AIDS? I am astonished, as a gay man, at how many other gay men have found fault with Corey for things ranging from his beard to coming out as H.I.V.-positive to not being outspoken enough about H.I.V. Is it that you really have issues with his politics — or are these meaningless criticisms a reflection of your own self-hatred and internalized homophobia? Dana Steer
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August 22 - 28, 2013
It’s time to end pot prohibition in new York City talkinG point BY John c. liU It’s time to recognize that New York City’s misguided war on marijuana has failed. Instead of spending millions on lowlevel drug prosecutions that disproportionately affect minorities, why not instead legalize, regulate and tax the city’s $1.65 billion marijuana market? A comprehensive report released by my office this month, “Regulating and Taxing Marijuana: The Fiscal Impact on NYC,” shows that legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana could generate more than $400 million annually for the city, money that could be used to cut CUNY tuition in half for New York City residents. Instead of sending kids to the courthouse, let’s send them to college. The social arguments for legalizing marijuana are compelling. Minority communities disproportionately bear the consequences of marijuana arrests in New York City, which are directly related to the New York Police Department’s rampant use of stop and frisk. Combined, blacks and Hispanics make up 45 percent of marijuana users in New York City, but they account for 86 percent of misdemeanor possession arrests. By contrast, whites and Asians constitute 55 percent of users but only 14 percent of arrests. That’s just not fair. An arrest for the possession of even a small amount of pot
can have serious consequences. More than half of marijuana possession arrests in New York City are of people age 25 and under — a group for whom the negative effects of an arrest or criminal record is especially acute. Convictions can affect people’s eligibility for federal student loans and ability to live in an apartment with the New York City Housing Authority, and a history of arrest can bar them from many jobs. Low-level marijuana arrests have skyrocketed during Mayor Bloomberg’s administration and are directly related to the N.Y.P.D.’s stop-and-frisk strategy. Since Mayor Bloomberg took office in 2002, there have been almost 460,000 misdemeanor marijuana arrests. The number of these arrests is on track to reach 37,000 in 2013 alone. Bottom line: The city’s war on marijuana has been misguided and has damaged far too many lives, especially in minority communities. Like Prohibition, it has been a complete failure. Regulating marijuana would keep thousands of New Yorkers out of the criminal justice system, offer relief to those suffering from a wide range of painful medical conditions, and make our streets safer by sapping the dangerous underground market that targets our children. As if that weren’t enough, it would also boost the city’s bottom line. Under my proposal, adults age 21 and over could possess up to one ounce of marijuana, which would be grown, processed and sold by government-licensed businesses for recreational or medicinal purposes. This change won’t happen overnight. We should create an interagency task force to work with the New York State Senate and Assembly
Misdemeanor marijuana arrests have skyrocketed under the Giuliani and Bloomberg administrations compared to under previous mayors.
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Doing laps at The Dap makes the day so much better NOTEBOOK By Michele Herman I’m typing at my desk on a recent hot day when I realize that I reek. I bring my forearm to my nose and take a whiff. Ah, yes, chlorine. Like the coconut of cheap sunscreen and the gasoline of motor boats, chlorine is one of those noxious smells full of happy associations. It’s summer in the Village, and I have been to morning lap swim at Tony Dapolito Rec Center on Seventh Ave. South. I may smell like bleached dress shirts, but all is right with the world, even in my un-air-conditioned office. When I was a kid trying to fall asleep on hot summer nights, my favorite fantasy was of diving into the big local pool and swimming laps. I would imagine my arms slicing into the water and heaving it out of my path, my legs rhythmically scissor-kicking, my head barely turning to the side to take in air. Then I would go to the actual pool, dive in, and find myself winded, as usual, halfway into my first length. Well, now I’ve been an adult for quite a long time — here in New York where they say that anything is possible — and thanks in large part to time spent at the city’s recreation centers, I am now a strong swimmer. I don’t even work all that hard at it, since I swim only during the short outdoor-pool season. There’s something to be said for the formation of muscle memory, because ever year after 10 long, dry months, I return to the pool to find I’m a teeny bit better. Dapolito lap swim, which happens at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., is a serene and forgiving place, with more gray hair and cellulite than you usually see among people being athletic together. Recently, I’ve been Googling swimming tips and trying them out. Apparently, it’s all about reducing drag. Look straight ahead instead of down, said one of the sites. I try this with breast stroke, already my go-to stroke when I start to develop crawl-fatigue and am ready to slip into swimmer’s trance. Sure enough, it completely eliminates the need to bob my head and takes the strain off my neck. Not too many years ago, I couldn’t do more than three big, sloppy strokes of butterfly before pooping out. I didn’t really understand how anyone could use this laborintensive stroke to travel across a pool. I am here to say that a few days ago I butterflied (butterflew?) for 12 laps. That’s 600 feet. My husband and I have been going to Tony Dapolito for recreational swim since the ’80s, when it was called Carmine Street Pool and Tony Dapolito was just a nice guy with a bakery and a community board committee. We learned to come after work, when the heat of the day still sat on our skin like dirty mohair, but the sun had dipped behind the Printing House on Hudson Street and most of the splashers and shriekers had gone home for supper. Our kids learned to swim at Carmine, but we failed at recruiting other members of our cohort of Village families. A lot of grownups swear off swimming at a certain
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point, as they swear off merry-go-rounds. It’s a shame, because even a 10-minute dip makes the rest of the day manageable, even a little bit blessed. If more people swam on muggy days, electricity use might plummet and the crime rate drop. But adults tend to be vexed by the whole matter of bathing suits, or they’re squeamish about wet locker-room floors (which the staff try their darnedest to keep well mopped) or perhaps wary of the rabble. People also tend to compare the city pools to other bodies of water, like the Atlantic and clear mountain lakes, and find them wanting (duh). True, there are no sandpipers, no surf, no sand, no waves or rustling pines at the rec centers. But this misses the whole point. Swimming outdoors in the city has its own kind of hard beauty — there you are in the middle of the commerce and the traffic, but you’re swimming. At Dapolito, I breathe to the south and see the crenellated top of City-as-School, the alternative public high school. I breathe north and see the mature ginkgos along St. Luke’s Place, a block my husband and I think we might like to live on if we had all the money in the world. I look straight ahead and see the mural Keith Haring painted in 1987, three years before he died, which is cheery considering that one of the central figures is swallowing another. For an even more urban experience, I recommend Asser Levy pool on E. 23rd St., where instead of dunes you get a view of the V.A. Hospital and the F.D.R. Drive.
Every one of us started this life suspended in fluids, and there’s still something inherently delightful about being in water. Just watch the new crop of babies squeal as they throw themselves off the steps into the waiting arms of a parent in the pool — baptism by Dapolito.
I’m not suggesting that urban swimming is easy. At Dapolito, you’re not allowed to dive. You’re not allowed to do a lot of things. On hot days, it’s too crowded to swim. On really hot days like the ones we had last month, you can wait on line for an hour just to get in. A good city offers its citizens public pools. A great one like New York City offers them
free. How can you not love a municipality that tries so hard — if imperfectly — against such odds to keep the pools, many of them a century old, open to the masses? Every one of us started this life suspended in fluids, and there’s still something inherently delightful about being in water. Just watch the new crop of babies squeal as they throw themselves off the steps into the waiting arms of a parent in the pool — baptism by Dapolito. You know the old Mark Twain line about how we complain about the weather but never do anything about it? It’s true that we can’t control the temperature or the pressure systems, but the intersection of weather and human body occurs mostly on our skin, and we can easily change the conditions there. Most pleasant sensations fade pretty quickly or are followed by withdrawal, but a swim lingers in the cells for hours, flushing out all torpor. After the swim, the trick is to sit in the sun just long enough to stop dripping but not so long that the magic evaporates. When I roll up my towel, say goodbye to the guards and do my ritual head shaking until the great relief when that last drop of pool water dribbles from my ear canal, a force field of contentment and comfort surrounds me and carries me home. I clocked the effect the other day: four hours. After Dapolito I am stronger and sleeker, kinder and cooler, no matter how much grit hangs in the viscous air. It turns out I can now swim a mile. Who ever thought? To put it in proper city perspective, that’s like swimming practically all the way to Herald Square.
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Clearly, pro-Kurland To The Editor: Re “Corey Johnson crafts a Council bid; C.B. 4 leader vies to succeed Quinn” (news article, Aug. 15): This is a very unfair and biased profile of Mr. Johnson. Obviously, the author is a Kurland supporter. To point out that he has no college degree reeks of elitism and class discrimination. I have known Corey since 2002; I am impressed with both his intelligence and his ethics. William Stricklin
Ouch! Review a Trav S.D. To The Editor: Re “ ‘Zipper’ stops short at exposing the whole story” (arts article, Aug. 8): I am the producer and director of “Zipper: Coney Island’s Last Wild Ride,” now playing at the IFC Center, at W. Third St. and Sixth Ave. The film’s run there was recently extended through Thurs., Aug. 29. I am a longtime Greenwich Village resident and reader of The Villager. I sit down and read
it cover to cover as soon as it arrives because it’s the one place where I get the news about the things I care about most in my community. In recent years I’ve read intelligent, balanced and thorough coverage of everything from the closing of St. Vincent’s Hospital (right down the street from me) and Jefferson Market grocery, the potential privatization of Washington Square Park, REBNY’s Jobs for New York PAC, the 150 Charles St. development, the Schnabel tower, air-rights issues and everything else having to do with Pier 40, the loss of our Food Emporium, the N.Y.U. 2031 expansion, and the list goes on. For the reasons stated above, it was a nobrainer for me to ask my publicist to submit “Zipper” for review. It’s my neighborhood paper, it’s my neighbors’ neighborhood paper — everyone I know reads The Villager. And my film is playing at one of our neighborhood theaters! While I freely admit, respect and accept the fact that critics have opinions, I was very disappointed when I read Trav S.D.’s review of my film. A simple fact-check would have answered some of his questions, such as why we did not include the New Luna Park, make mention of a recently announced (and not yet built) rollercoaster or any of the other additions and enhancements made “since 2010.” We stopped filming more than three years ago! Furthermore, It was not my intention to compare the old rides that left to the new rides that replaced them! I
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indieWire, Variety, New York Post, Hollywood Reporter, L Magazine, the New York Observer, etc. The critic for the RealDeal — a real estate industry blog — while disagreeing with my feelings about the rezoning, gave an accurate accounting of the players and the process involved, before characterizing it all, sadly, as “city politics as usual.” “Zipper” will not end here and now with our run at the IFC Center, but it makes me so sad to think that the same people (your readers) who feel so passionately about the changing landscape of our communities, brought about by the economic development policies and public-private partnerships pushed by the Bloomberg administration, will read your review of my film and have no desire whatsoever to see for themselves what really happened in the rezoning of Coney Island. Amy Nicholson
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WBAI cuts local programs, slashes news department By Paul DeRienzo WBAI, where George Carlin’s famously indecent “Seven Words” were spoken, where Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie and countless others began their artistic careers, and where the infamous radical Weather Underground called in their bombing communiqués during a different type of war without end, has laid off 19 of 29 employees and has removed most of its locally produced programming. The station is still broadcasting on 99.5 FM, but for the time being, most programs will be imported from WBAI’s sister radio stations in California. The Pacifica Foundation, the Berkley-based, nonprofit outfit that owns WBAI and four other noncommercial stations sent in Executive Director Summer Reese, who broke the news in a tearful morning report from the radio airwaves on Aug. 9. Reese sobbed as she told listeners she had arrived directly from meetings with SAG-AFTRA, the union representing WBAI staff, adding that “with great sadness…many of the voices that you have been listening to for many years will no longer be on the air as of next week.” According to a WBAI producers’ group WBAI’s signature programs “Wake-Up Call,” “Talkback!” “Five O’Clock Shadow,” “The Jordan Journal” and “The Caldwell Chronicle,” as well as the entire WBAI news department, would be eliminated. During the broadcast, Reese said that she is “100 percent committed to keeping WBAI on the air as a Pacifica station.” Last summer at a contentious meeting of Pacifica’s national board of directors, Pacifica withdrew its support of WBAI, which has been suffering financially for most of the past decade. At least one board member brought up the possibility of selling WBAI. To stem the bleeding, Reese brought in Andrew Phillips, a former
WBAI producer and program director, to make drastic changes at the 55-year old progressive institution. In an exclusive interview with The Villager, Phillips, who charms with his Australian accent and had been offered the position at WBAI only a few days earlier, was excited about the opportunity to rebuild the station. Phillips said he’ll focus on the most important and potentially lucrative drivetime slots, starting in the morning, surrounding the successful “Democracy Now!” produced by WBAI alumni Amy Goodman. Phillips said he’ll rebroadcast Goodman’s show “at least twice a day,” replacing the popular “Talkback!” hosted for more than a decade by Caribbean broadcaster and journalist Hugh Hamilton. A radio documentary producer who once worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Phillips said WBAI has to improve its sound “to be as good as National Public Radio.” These statements scare some listeners as meaning WBAI will move away from its leftist political mission. He claims he’ll continue to keep WBAI’s content “left of center, and grassroots,” running stories like “the NSA scandal, more like Amy Goodman’s type of political content.” Phillips envisions programs that “can direct listeners to the more radical programs” broadcast at other times of the day. Phillips still has to deal with a huge hole left at 6 p.m. by Pacifica’s decision to lay off WBAI’s news department. WBAI was one of few local broadcasters on air during the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center. News reporters, led by longtime News Director Jose Santiago, covered the disaster based at studios several blocks away from Ground Zero. More recently, WBAI provided live covT:9.75”
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letteRS to the editoR Continued from page 16 perfectly aligned with doing “what’s right” for New York and New Yorkers like me. However, I couldn’t disagree more with the review of “Zipper,” the Coney Island documentary now playing to wide acclaim at IFC Center in the West Village. The reviewer was seeking a “fair and balanced” documentary, and clearly missed the point of the film. While I don’t personally know Amy Nicholson, the producer and director of “Zipper,” I do know that a similar type of review plagued a filmmaker I do know well — Michael Moore. He made a film about my hometown of Flint, Michigan. Yes, “Roger & Me.”
Harlan Jacobson, then editor of Film Comment here in the city, wrote a negative review of “Roger & Me” and, even more, a personal attack on Michael Moore himself. Harlan clearly missed the point, seeking a “fair and balanced” film about the plight of the working class. The documentary genre up to that point was rather staid and boring. “Roger & Me” was an op-ed piece. It was meant to inspire and motivate and make you mad as hell. Some people — like Harlan — just didn’t get it. But Vincent Canby of The New York Times did get it: “Mr. Moore makes no attempt to be fair. Playing fair is for college football. In social criticism anything goes.” “Zipper” probably doesn’t play fair. And it shouldn’t. It has something to say. It is
no less a document of fact, but it presents those facts with entertainment and attitude, which is why it’s playing in theaters and not on PBS. If you’re reading this, you’ll probably get “Zipper.” Go see it. A fantastic film. Shawn G. Chittle
We love our greyhounds To The Editor: Re “A racing school dropout, Lancer loves his new life” (Pet Set, Aug. 8): I will tell you, I have lots of dogs that I have a “relationship” with. My dogs love me, and anyone else they see at the track. They are a very loving breed. We feed them. Why would you think they don’t love us or have a relationship with us? We are
their owners and handlers from when they are young. We make them the animals they are. God, I pity your view of greyhounds and greyhound racing. Kayla Bennett E-mail letters, not longer than 250 words in length, to email@example.com or fax to 212-229-2790 or mail to The Villager, Letters to the Editor, 515 Canal St., Suite 1C, NY, NY 10013. Please include phone number for confirmation purposes. The Villager reserves the right to edit letters for space, grammar, clarity and libel. The Villager does not publish anonymous letters.
WBAI cuts local programs; Starting over in Brooklyn Continued from page 18 erage of Occupy Wall Street protest actions. Phillips told The Villager that he’s “trying to deal with” not having a news department by “bringing in Free Speech Radio News,” an Oregon-based supplier of progressive radio news stories. Phillips said he’s “committed to bringing back local news as soon as we get money.” But he added that WBAI will have no local news “for a while,” unless a “strictly volunteer” news broadcast can be arranged. Phillips said he wouldn’t be with WBAI’s iconic after-midnight shows, including veteran broadcaster Bob Fass. Phillips said, “I can’t imagine changing Bob Fass, or [classical music host] Chris Whent or any programmer who has a devoted following.” But Phillips added that he plans to institute “thirteen-week contracts” for future programmers, and to “require producers to submit proposals” before a new show is aired. Until the recent actions, programmers on WBAI and other Pacifica stations had wielded a great deal of power over a management that was clearly reluctant to take on producers. Past attempts by Pacifica to manage WBAI were derisively labeled “Christmas coups” and other epithets by angry listener groups allied with programmers. But this time, the financial burden has spread to the entire network. Reese, appearing on WBAI, warned that Pacifica was unable to meet its payroll for the next pay period and that the national office was $100,000 in the red. Pacifica also owes $2 million in fees to “Democracy Now!” These network-wide financial problems made dealing with WBAI an immediate concern. Producer Gary Null, whose noon program is arguably the most popular locally produced WBAI program, has been feuding with some past WBAI managers. Null blames WBAI for poorly managed fundraising drives where expensive membership premiums are sometimes never delivered. Recently, Null
expressed support for the changes at WBAI, and said he hoped current management would “honor the audience first with inexpensive premiums.” Null also pledged to write WBAI a check for $13,000. Despite what he called the “sadness” of the layoffs, Phillips claimed there is hope and “excitement” for WBAI’s future. He added that WBAI is renting a new space at 388 Atlantic Ave. in Boreum Hill that is “ten times cheaper” than its former studios on Wall St. It was on Wall St., right at the East River, where Superstorm Sandy came ashore, causing massive damage and finally pushing WBAI into its tailspin. Currently, WBAI is broadcasting from the City College studios of WHCR because Phillips said that there is “still no money for installing a new studio” at the Boreum Hill location. But he predicted WBAI would get a studio running in Brooklyn “in about three weeks.” Pacifica’s moves at WBAI are not without opposition and critics. An organization called Justice and Unity has been fighting Pacifica management for years over control of the station. The group is planning to bring their objections to WBAI’s Local Station Board, which has been stalemated by factional infighting for years. The L.S.B., as it’s called, is a compromise institution with elected members formed after that last bout of devastating infighting at Pacifica a decade ago. Now, Reese, who began as an elected board member at the Los Angeles station, is reportedly considering new bylaws that would end the experiment in “listener democracy” that many say has turned into an expensive failure. Phillips minced few words in describing his opposition. Speaking of Justice and Unity organizers, he said, “They have a 10-year proven record of failure,” adding that the former managers at WBAI had “done nothing to deal with a six-figure deficit.” Phillips stressed that WBAI “needs to raise and maintain an audience.” He pointed to published reports that WBAI is nearly dead
last in audience share, with less than onetenth of one percent of the available audience, and only about 14,000 subscribing members. “I want the best for the station,” he said. Meanwhile, opponents of the changes are organizing a “take back” movement and planning a political fight. Whether this half-century-old, progressive institution can weather the changes ahead speaks as much for the
maturity of American leftists as it does the managers of Pacifica. DeRienzo has hosted several programs at WBAI, and also produced the “Gary Null Show.” DeRienzo and Joan Moossy co-host “Let Them Talk” on Manhattan Neighborhood Network TV every Tuesday at 8 p.m.
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Rings and reunions, and the ﬁnal ring-ups at bodega Axel the jewelry artist, left, and Tommy Turner, the writer / director of the film “Where Evil Dwells,” recently caught up at the opening of legendary street artist Peter Missing’s show at the Art on A Gallery, at 24 Avenue A. It was a real “old-school gathering,” according to the photographer. At right, Miguel, now in his 30s, has worked at the J.A.E. bodega on Stanton St. since he was 15. One of the last real bodegas in the Lower East Side, it will be closing soon — notice the lightly stocked cigarette case and shelves behind the register — possibly in a week, due to high rent. There are reportedly no plans to open elsewhere in the neighborhood because it’s now so prohibitively expensive.
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villager arts & entertainment The Adventures of an Underemployed Urban Elf Free cable at Bellevue, $5 Mini Golf at Pier 25, movies and more! sex what government cheese is to dairy goodness.” At the Downtown Health Center (150 Essex St., btw. Rivington & Stanton), they even have free brandname condoms sitting right on the front desk. Apparently this is public knowledge because I recently watched a man walk in with a brown paper bag and quickly fill it to the brim like he was on “Supermarket Sweep.”
BY REV. JEN (revjen.com) As many of us know, unemployment is only awesome if you are a rich person who has chosen it as a “lifestyle.” Mostly, it sucks. You find yourself at “open calls” for CVS cashier positions that pay $7.60 an hour, wondering where it all went wrong — or more precisely, why you chose to obtain an art school education. Unemployment is even worse when you are unable to collect unemployment or win the “Genius Grant” you’ve expected for over a decade. Going out to eat, going to the movies or even doing laundry all become rare, exotic experiences. This situation oft times creates a form of existential despair that can only be overcome by finding unusual, cheap entertainment, which (believe it or not) is still available Downtown. Hence, this edition of “The Adventures of an Underemployed Urban Elf” is loaded with activities one can enjoy using only a few bills you might happen to find under your filthy couch cushions. So turn that frown upside down and get ready to par-tay!
Third Stop: Mini Golf at Pier 25
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Flask loaded and ready for fun: Jurgen Munster, Cheyenne Picardo, George Courtney and Rev. Jen (clockwise).
First Stop: Visit the Waiting Room at Bellevue!
If your TV is broken (as mine is), don’t despair, there is great news: Bellevue, which was closed for several months due to Sandy, has reopened — and the TV in the waiting room has cable! After accompanying a sick friend there this week, I managed to watch three episodes of “Dateline” on Oprah’s OWN alongside a loquacious, burly security guard. And if you happen to be a patient there, they sometimes give you tranquilizers to shut you up. When you get the bill, simply write, “Return to Sender” on the envelope and pop it in a handy mailbox. An added fashion bonus: If you are admitted as a patient they give you a charming, personalized bracelet.
Second Stop: Stay in Bed and Have Sex!
If you are unemployed, why leave your bed? Just spend all day “doing it,” which you can safely do thanks to free condoms! While NYC is lagging behind other cities in the public toilet department, they do have free condoms. To quote my latest book, “BDSM 101” — “In this recession, free condoms are to
An awesome afternoon at Pier 25: Jurgen Munster, Rev. Jen and Cheyenne Picardo.
Mini Golf is completely underrated. It’s actually way more fun than “real” golf because you don’t need a caddy or a lot of money to do it and there’s not a lot of walking involved. Also, you can talk on a Mini Golf course (nothing annoys me more than activities that require silence). So you can imagine my joy upon learning that Tribeca’s Pier 25 (at N. Moore & West Sts.) offers Mini Golf for only five dollars. I put the word out that this needed to happen immediately and my friends — Cheyenne Picardo (director of the film “Remedy”), Jurgen Munster (lead singer of The Slut Junkies) and George Courtney (brilliant photographer whose photos can be seen herein) — all eagerly agreed to join me. Our first attempt was rained out, but the following day was perhaps the most beautiful in the history of the world — 75 degrees and sunny with no humidity. Good thing, because I wanted to wear a ridiculous golfing outfit. Sadly, I could not afford pants with little whales on them, so I had to settle on a psychedelic poly pantsuit given to me by the Lunachicks over a decade ago. We gathered early at my place, drank wine and watched “Caddyshack” clips for inspiration, all of us longing for a madras blazer similar to Rodney Dangerfield’s. After much procrastination, we embarked on our journey west. At the Pier’s snack bar, we each paid five dollars and procured colorful balls and clubs. An extra dollar procured bananas and chips, which along with our flask of whiskey would provide nourishment. Before we began, Jurgen donned a Skeletor mask — his interpretation of what a wacky golf outfit should be. Cheyenne’s attire consisted of smart slacks and a summer hat akin to some-
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See it in September Broadway, brunch, a bunhead and Barbra Over the next few weeks, the A&E section will welcome back some familiar contributors (Martin Denton on theater, Stephanie Buhmann on art) and debut a few new well-traveled experts in their fields (Ophira Eisenberg on storytelling). This week, we’re proud to introduce a column by Jim Caruso — who made his Broadway debut alongside Liza Minnelli in 2009’s Tony Awardwinning “Liza’s At The Palace!” and was called “a top drawer first-rate singer” by Jazz Times (for his studio CD, “The Swing Set”). As host of the long-running “Cast Party” open mic night, he’s welcomed thousands of famous and upcoming musical performers to the Birdland Jazz Club stage. Talented and versatile in his own right, Caruso devotes a good deal of time and effort to singing the praises of others — which is why he makes such a great addition to our roster of contributors. Here’s what Jim recommends you see in September. —Scott Stiffler, Arts Editor
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BY JIM CARUSO (jim-caruso.com)
ANNIE ROSS Tuesdays at 9:30pm At the Metropolitan Room 34 W. 22nd St. (btw. 5th & 6th Aves.) $25-$115, plus two-beverage minimum Reservations: 212-206-0440 or metropolitanroom.com Visit annieross.net
One of the most impressive jazz singers in town: Gabrielle Stravelli sings, while you enjoy brunch (at Le Pescadeux).
If there’s a Goddess of Hip, it’s Annie Ross. She was cool before it was cool — and after 50-plus years on the jazz scene, her comfort in the world of bebop and swing is palpable. Her life has been fullto-the-brim, what with Broadway, movies, nightclubs, famous highs and dangerous lows. Now a glamorous 83, she puts her experience and rhythmic stamp on some of the greatest songs ever written. From “Lush Life” to “I Wonder What Became of Me,” each song becoming a polished pool she dives into like a shark.
Portrait of a complex woman: Steven Brinberg is “Simply Barbra” (Sept. 9 at Birdland Jazz Club).
GABRIELLE STRAVELLI: JAZZ BRUNCH Sun., Sept. 8, 15, 22 & 29 11am-4pm At Le Pescadeux 90 Thompson St. (btw. Prince & Spring Sts.) No cover, no minimum Reservations strongly suggested Call 212-966-0021 Visit gabriellestravelli.com
For my money, Gabrielle Stravelli is one of the most impressive jazz singers in town. With perfect pitch and clarity, she tears through the Great American Songbook with an understanding far beyond her years. A background in the theater doesn’t hurt, either. While other jazz birds swing, scat and snap, eyes scrunched in a self-absorbed frenzy, Stravelli knows whereof she sings — charming her audience with intelligence and musicality. At her weekly brunch gig at Le Pescadeux, she is joined by Pat O’Leary on bass and some of NYC’s finest musicians (including Gene Bertoncini, Ed Cherry, Paul Meyers and Michael Kanan).
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Tune in, Turn up, Drop Beats Crisp, classic house & Dirtybird’s sleaze-hop BY VONYX (soundcloud.com/mikawvawn)
Cherokee, Kartell, & Air Zaire at Glasslands Gallery
Cherokee is a crisp French house duo with a sound lauding early disco and funk. Their productions are clean and modern yet retain the character of vinyl disco records of old. Fat, funky basslines and airy summer winds are their sound. Kartell is a French producer who is new to the game. His productions are well within the 90s sampling bubble of nu-disco. It’s slow-moving, cuttime dance music that would serve as a perfect candlelit makeout soundtrack. Air Zaire is a recent Brooklyn transplant, having moved his tropical Gulf Stream nudisco from Florida to New York. When you listen to his tropical, Balearic beats, it’s hard to believe he’s not making music alongside DJs in Ibiza. He’s rising quickly, making a name for himself in the Brooklyn club scene. Thurs., Aug. 29, at Glasslands Gallery, (289 Kent Ave., btw. S. First & Second Sts., Brooklyn). 21+. Tickets: $10. Doors at 11:30pm. Info: theglasslands. com.
Dennis Ferrer at Marquee
Dennis Ferrer makes house, straight up. Bongoladen, sample rich and soulful. He is the king of finding sexy vocals to fit over his techy beats. Back in the day, he used to work with classic house outfit, Masters at Work. His biggest hit, “Hey Hey” was featured on one
of Avicii’s compilations, “Strictly Miami” a few years back. Ferrer is a New Yorker, born and bred. It will be a schooling in what defines house music. Fri., Aug. 30, at Marquee (289 10th Ave., btw. W. 26th & 27th Sts.) 21+. Tickets: $20-30. Doors at 11pm. Info: marqueeny.com.
Claude Von Stroke, Eats Everything & Justin Martin at Output
The guys at San Francisco’s Dirtybird Records are known for being the rowdy, silly ones in the game. They take music seriously, but that’s about it. Claude Von Stroke is Dirtybird’s label head. Born in Detroit “Broke City,” he was first drawn to the techno beats of local hiphop. He made his way as a rapper and later discovered his love for house music. Combining grit and groove, he founded Dirtybird in 2006 and instantly took off. Eats Everything hails from Bristol, UK. Growing up a raunchy troublemaker, he slowly came to fall in love with Britain’s rave scene, where he began to DJ. After winning residency at a few clubs in the UK, he started producing records that were unique and edgy — a perfect addition to the Dirtybird sound. Justin Martin posts Vines of himself making middle school girl fish faces in helicopters. Martin is like an embarrassing older brother who can’t get enough selfies on his phone. Yet by night, he spins his own brand of dirty, fatty, sleazy house that’s just as much fun as his Instagram. Sat., Aug. 31, at Output (74 Wythe Ave., btw. N. 11th & 12th Sts., Brooklyn). Tickets are $30. Doors at 10pm. Info: outputclub.com.
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Dennis Ferrer’s Aug. 30 gig at Marquee will be a schooling in what defines house music.
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Caruso, on September essentials Continued from page 22
STEVEN BRINBERG IS SIMPLY BARBRA, IN “MOSTLY MARVIN” Mon., Sept. 9 at 7pm (doors open at 5pm) At Birdland Jazz Club 315 W. 44th St. (btw. 8th & 9th Aves.) $30 cover, two-item minimum Reservations: 212-581-3080 or birdlandjazz.com Visit simplybarbra.com Barbra Streisand is a bit of an anomaly. Arguably one of the best singers in the history of pop music, her icy perfectionism has a habit of rubbing some folks the wrong way. One topic the lovers and haters should agree upon is Steven Brinberg. His “Simply Barbra” character is the funny girl haters long for and the singer fans adore. It’ll be “Hello, gorgeous” for one night only, as the faux-diva storms the Birdland stage with a sweet tribute to Brinberg’s pal Marvin Hamlisch — with whom he appeared on many occasions. Expect the expected (“The Way We Were”) as well as seldom-heard gems like the alternate “The Way We Weren’t” and a song Hamlisch wrote for the revised version of “Ballroom.”
SUTTON FOSTER, WITH MICHAEL RAFTER Sept. 10-28 Tues.-Fri. at 8:45pm Sat. at 8:45pm & 10:45pm At Café Carlyle 35 E. 76th St. (at Madison Ave.) Call 212-744-1600 or visit rosewoodhotels.com Visit suttonfoster.com
Sebastian Arcelus stars in the Broadway adaptation of John Grisham’s “A Time to Kill.”
I fell in love with Sutton Foster, along with everyone else, during her 2002 Tony Award-winning performance in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” She went on to give charismatic turns in “Little Women,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Shrek the Musical” before winning another Tony for her dazzling Reno Sweeney in “Anything Goes.” Foster then stormed the West Coast, amassing a loyal fan base of balletomanes with her starring role in the ABC Family drama “Bunheads.” So, if you wish to see this radiant, fresh-faced triple threat in one of her infrequent Carlyle engagements, you’d better order your tickets now. Expect packed houses, total musicality, loads of charm and a sly sense of humor.
A TIME TO KILL A new Broadway play based on John Grisham’s courtroom drama, written by Tony Award-winner Rupert Holmes Previews begin Sept. 28 Opens Oct. 20 At the John Golden Theatre 252 W. 45th St. (btw. 7th & 8th Aves.) Visit atimetokillonbroadway.com Previewing in September, John Grisham’s novel “A Time to Kill” becomes the first in his iconic collection of legal dramas to be adapted for the Broadway stage. Set in Ford County, Mississippi, “A Time to Kill” tells the
story of a young, idealistic lawyer (played by Sebastian Arcelus) who defends a black man for taking the law into his own hands when an unspeakable crime is committed against his young daughter. You might recognize Arcelus from his role as Lucas Goodwin on the Netflix drama “House of Cards.” After playing Fiyero in “Wicked” (opposite actress/wife Stephanie J. Block) and Buddy in “Elf: The Musical,” this new role will solidify his status as one of the most versatile actors on the Broadway scene. Jim Caruso’s “Cast Party” happens every Monday night at Birdland Jazz Club (315 W. 44th St., btw. 8th & 9th Aves.). Doors open at 9pm, show at 9:30pm. $20 cover, $10 food/drink minimum. For info, call 212-581-3080 or visit jim-caruso.com and birdlandjazz.com.
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Finding cheap fun, in a freight elevator Continued from page 21 thing Frank Sinatra might wear, while George chose to dress like a normal person. From the first hole on, I remembered something: I am terrible at mini golf. But given I once played hockey, I simply “dribble” the ball into the hole (which I am told is “cheating”). The rest of the crew wasn’t quite as bad as I was, though we were much slower than the children behind us who whined about our slow candyass nature. However, George did get a hole in one and I was the only one who saw it. Trying to explain this rare phenomenon made me feel like Big Bird attempting to explain a Snuffleupagus sighting, as no one believed me. Meanwhile, Jurgen and Cheyenne managed to put it in a few times and Jurgen celebrated each “score” by thrusting his club in the air and making strange animal noises — which, combined with his skeleton mask, disturbed the entire “golf course.” Sadly, at one point, Cheyenne’s purple ball got lost in the “mini-lake” and we had to thrust our hands deep into the water to retrieve it (thus further infuriating the children behind us). Soon after, we missed our opportunity to mischievously sip from our flask whilst in the “cave” section because we were so caught up in the game. Finally, at the 15th hole, Jurgen’s blue ball got lost in the bushes and we couldn’t find it. Eventually we let the golfers behind us skip ahead and aborted our blue ball search and rescue mission. For the next three holes, Jurgen borrowed my pink ball. Because we weren’t keeping score, by the 18th hole, we were all winners (though I really do suck at mini golf.) When we returned to the snack bar and explained that we’d lost a blue ball in the bushes, the proprietor simply said, “That’s fine. We’ll find it.” Apparently, he’s used to mini golf madness. For what it’s worth, Mini Golf at Pier 25 is awesome. Sure it’s not a “theme” Mini Golf course with animatronic pirates. Yet at five bucks, it’s less than half the price of a movie. You might lose a ball or two, maybe even a blue ball in the bushes — but it’s a great way to play on a sunny afternoon.
Fourth Stop: Make a Movie!
This isn’t so much a “stop” as it is an activity, but making movies sure does stave off ennui. A lot of people will tell you that you need a budget to make a movie. Not true! All you need is vision. A year ago, ASS (Art Star Scene) Studios, the most underfunded motion picture studio in history (which I founded with my partner Courtney Fathom Sell), decided to make a feature length film even though we had a combined savings of approximately 80 cents. I then sat down to write a horror
film, with the end result being the weirdest movie ever made. Filmed entirely in Drunk-O-Vision, “Satan, Hold My Hand” is a combination of a Bollywood Musical, a Dadaist performance, “Trilogy of Terror” and a kindergarten play (without a kindergarten’s budget.) The plot centers around two Catholic schoolgirls (played by Scooter Pie and Reina Terror) who are kidnapped by a Satanic Cult that is going to sacrifice them to Satan in exchange for musical careers. Featuring Robert Prichard (of “Toxic Avenger” fame), Faceboy, Janeane Garofalo and others, you don’t wanna miss this theatrical delight — which premieres Friday, August 30, midnight, at Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Ave., at Second St.) Admission is only six dollars. We’re going to roll out the carpet (really, any carpet we can find).
Fifth Stop: Museum!
What museum, you ask? It’s simply called “Museum” and it’s located in a Tribeca freight elevator (Cortlandt Alley, btw. Franklin & White). Given it’s in an elevator, it is likely the world’s smallest museum (even smaller than the Troll Museum, where I live.) The capacity is generally three people and on weekends, when it’s open, lines form down the block. Alex, my guide, explained that Museum specializes in personal collections — “everyday objects that visitors can connect to.” But the items on display were far from everyday. For starters, Museum boasts the world’s largest collection of fake vomit, items from Al Goldstein’s storage unit (including his sizeable collection of gold lamé Air Jordan’s, a portable DVD player and a DVD entitled “For Crack Addicts”), an assortment of mutilated bills and counterfeit money, objects made for and by prisoners, Disney-themed bulletproof backpacks for children, a collection of toothpaste from around the world, silicone body parts parlors use to display piercings and much more. Finally Museum, like other museums, has a gift shop. It’s two shelves and it features pins, pencils, totes, catalogs and the aforementioned fake vomit. For more information on Museum, check out mmuseumm.com.
Photos by George Courtney
A rare production still from “Satan, Hold My Hand” (premiering Aug. 30 at Anthology Film Archives).
Sixth Stop: Thorazine Unicorn’s CD Release Party
Aside from having the best band name ever, Thorazine Unicorn knows how to rock while simultaneously interpreting the temperament of a medicated magical, horned being. On Saturday, August 24 at Dixon Place (161 Chrystie St., btw. Rivington & Delancey), the trio will release their first album “Metamortify,” which combines poppy electronics, haunting harmonies and lyric poetry. The only side effect will be fun — and the price is right, at a suggested donation of three to five dollars.
Elf meets fairy: Rev. Jen admires bulletproof backpacks, at “Museum” (Cortlandt Alley, btw. Franklin & White Sts.).
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NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF HARDER MIRELL & ABRAMS LLP Certificate filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/31/2013. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLP may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLP is to 1801 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1120, Los Angeles, CA 90067. Purpose: practice the profession of law. Vil: 08/15 - 09/19/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NAME: ABI SIX LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/12/06. The latest date of dissolution is 12/31/2099. 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, c/o Lawrence P. Wolf, Esq., Six Hemlock Hills, Chappaqua, New York 10514. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 08/15 - 09/19/2013 Notice of Formation of Picasso Jetpack LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/14/12. 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 Buchbinder and Warren, One Union Square West, 4th Fl., NY, NY 10003. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/15 - 09/19/2013 Notice of Formation of AG OOT LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/2/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 142 Greene St., Ste. 4N, NY, NY 10012. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/15 - 09/19/2013 Notice of Formation of Babeth’s Feast E-Commerce, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/2/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 19 W. 12th St., NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/15 - 09/19/2013 Notice of Formation of CA 2952 Third Avenue LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/1/13. 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 The LLC, 1407 Broadway, 41st Fl., NY, NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/15 - 09/19/2013
Notice of Qualification of Optima Securities LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/29/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 7/25/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 10 E. 53rd St., NY, NY 10022, Attn: General Counsel. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/15 - 09/19/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of Tailor Dot Com LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/31/2012. Office location: Manhattan 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: Tailor Dot Com LLC 152 East 48th Street, New York, NY 10017. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 08/08 - 09/12/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Miedel & Mysliwiec LLP Certificate filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/21/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLP to principal business address: Trinity Centre, 111 Broadway, Ste 1401, NY NY 10006. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 08/08 - 09/12/2013 Notice of Qualification of Hercules Technology SBIC Management, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/26/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 11/17/03. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 400 Hamilton Ave., Ste. 310, Palo Alto, CA 94301. Address to be maintained in DE: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secretary of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 08/08 - 09/12/2013 Notice of Qualification of LD Acquisition Company 11 LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/29/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 1/26/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011. Address to be maintained in DE: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secretary of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 08/08 - 09/12/2013
Notice of Qual. of 2 Rector Kushner Manager LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 6/3/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 5/30/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Kushner Co., 666 Fifth Ave., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10103, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 08/08 - 09/12/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: CHANCELLOR STREET MANAGEMENT LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/24/13. 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, 290 Sixth Avenue, Apt 3D, New York, NewYork 10014. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 08/08 - 09/12/2013 110 E. 40th ST. LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 7/19/13. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Richard Nejat, 401 E. 60th St., Ste. 3D, NY, NY 10022. General Purposes. Vil: 08/08 - 09/12/2013 Notice of Formation of HBS 15B LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/26/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 505 Park Ave., 8th Fl., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 08/08 - 09/12/2013 Notice of Qualification of 385 GOLD INVESTORS IIA, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/24/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 07/02/13. Princ. office of LLC: 10 E. 53rd St., 37th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, regd. agent upon whom and at which process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, New Castle Cnty., DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John B. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 08/08 - 09/12/2013
Formation of Prof. Service LLC (DOMPROF.LLC). SHARON L. PATRICK, MD LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/5/13. Office loc.: New York Co. SSNY is designated as agent of DOM-PROF.LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The principal bus. loc. and address SSNY shall mail copy of process to is 800-A 5th Ave., Ste. 503, NewYork, NY 10021. Mgmt. shall be by one or more members. Purpose: The practice of medicine. Vil: 08/08 - 09/12/2013 Application for Authority of Avenue Realty Capital LLC filed with the Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/22/13. The LLC was formed in DE 10/11/12. Office loc.: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The principal business loc. and address SSNY shall mail copy of process is 100 Park Ave., 16th Fl., New York, NY 10017. The office address in DE is 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Formation filed with the Sec. of State, Div. of Corporations, Townsend Bldg., Federal & Loockerman Sts., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 08/08 - 09/12/2013 Notice of Formation of Babeth’s Feast 1422 3rd Avenue, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/24/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 19 W. 12th St., NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/08 - 09/12/2013 Notice of Formation of SUMNER, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/6/13. 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, 1740 Broadway, NY, NY 10019, Attn: Gregg Brochin, the registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/08 - 09/12/2013 Notice of Formation of ZD Productions, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/17/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 601 West 26th St., Ste. 1762, NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 08/01 - 09/05/2013 Notice of Formation of WLP 2021 86TH STREET, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/06/13. 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 Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 08/01 - 09/05/2013
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Notice of QuaLificatioN of Lascaux resource caPitaL PartNers LLc Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/22/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/06/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 08/01 - 09/05/2013 Notice of formatioN of 228e58str LLc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/18/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 115 W. 29th St., Ste. 801, NY, NY 10001. 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: 08/01 - 09/05/2013 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 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
LimiteD LiabiLity comPaNy Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company (LLC) Name: FLOWER DISTRICT LLC. Articles of Organization filed by the Department of State of New York on: 03/19/2013 Office location: County of New York. Purpose: any and all lawful activities. Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: 845 Third Avenue, Suite 1400 New York, NY 10022 Vil: 07/18 - 08/22/2013 reaL miND oPeNers, LLc a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 5/30/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Teresa Gallo, 711 West End Ave., #5-DN, NY, NY 10025. General Purposes. Vil: 07/18 - 08/22/2013 Notice of formatioN of the NeW DeveLoPmeNt ProJect 2 LLc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/26/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Jason E. Burritt, Esq., Seyfarth Shaw LLP, 620 Eighth Ave., 33rd Fl. NY, NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 07/18 - 08/22/2013 Notice of formatioN of soho start LLc Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/25/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: SoHo Start LLC, 15 W. 139th Street, New York, NY 10037. Purpose:To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 07/18 - 08/22/2013
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
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
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
Notice of formatioN of moâ€™ 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 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 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
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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 is hereby giveN that an Order entered by the Civil Court, New York County, on 07/12/2013, bearing Index Number: NC-001530-13/NY, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 111 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of: SHREYA PATEL SINHA. My present name is: SHREYA MAHESH SINHA AKA SHREYA MAHESH PATEL, AKA SREYA MAHESH PATEL. My present address is: 320 WEST 38TH STREET APT 707, New York, NY 10018. My place of birth is: COLUMBUS, OH. My date of birth is: September 15, 1986. Vil: 08/22/2013
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Filmmaker has impressive body of work — about bodies BY lael hines “When I was young I went to a women’s party. It’s a gay party; all the women who worked in the factory got together and had a party. You have to visualize a place like Pennsylvania. It’s working class. Once a man came in and beat up a woman and tore the hair out of her head. Then she disappeared. She just vanished. I asked my mom where she went; my mother said, ‘Don’t ask questions.’ All these things haunted me, so when we made “Darling International” I put sounds inspired from that memory in there. That experience, it’s cathartic and concise to the speaker, you just keep hearing, ‘She vanished, she vanished.’ You hear this missionary saying, ‘These are unnatural acts,’ and he’s talking about homosexuality. The film is about being a lesbian.” Filmmaker MM Serra was describing how she uses turbulent childhood experiences to inspire captivating, controversial and wonderfully creative films. “I use the past to create my own identity,” she explained. Serra, a longtime Lower East Side resident, is currently the executive director of the New American Cinema Group / The Film-makers’ Cooperative. It’s the largest distributor of independent and avant-garde films in the world. Formerly based at Anthology Film Archives, at Second Ave. and Second St., the co-op recently relocated to 475 Park Ave. South. A group of influential New York City artists, including Jonas Mekas, Jack Smith, Robert Frank, Alfred Lesley and Andy Warhol, founded the co-op in 1961. It was created as an artistic element of the counterculture movement, spearheading opposition against censored, mainstream media. Serra’s films align with the ideology of the Film-makers’ Co-op. Uncensored and raw, her pieces enter sexual and emotional realms rarely broached by Hollywood. Her vision and bravery stem from her identity and upbringing. “My name is MM Serra,” she said. “MM stands for Mary Magdalene. That was my given name. I grew up in a puritan society, working-class Pennsylvania. With the name Mary Magdalene, I was shy, I was embarrassed or ashamed of the name. I always knew Mary Magdalene was not the happy housewife. She was the flesh, she was the other, and she was outside of the hetero-normative. I didn’t have the language, but I had the will to know the difference. What does it mean? “And in the name developed my curiosity, my desire to intellectually develop an identity that would be unique,” she said. “Unique in the way that I would have the courage to go out and explore these issues that are feared and censored within our culture — in my culture, in my home, things that were not spoken or articulated. I wanted to develop this visual language. I make work because of my name Mary Magdalene,” she said. “My work is about the
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I came from a very working-class background, so I saw everything, addiction, alcoholism, and I would stand back and say, ‘Why? What is this about? What does this mean?’ And in my art, in the portraits, I want to examine these long questions I’ve had since childhood.” Serra also explores physical transformation in her film “Chop Off,” which showed at Sundance and at the Museum of Modern Art. “ ‘Chop Off’ is about a man who cuts his body,” she said. “He does performance art of amputation. It took me three years because no one would work with me; they would be nauseated by it. But I thought he was the most fascinating and articulate artist. I mean, why not? What you see might upset you, but it’s a true part of human nature.” Serra’s bold, uncensored films express her unique creative vision, which perfectly aligns with the Film-makers’ Co-op’s mission.
‘My name is MM Serra. MM stands for Mary Magdalene. … She was the flesh, she was the other, and she was outside of the hetero-normative.’ MM Serra
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MM Serra at the Film-makers’ Co-op.
body, this idea of the abject body, body that is flesh, the body that bleeds, the body that vomits, the body that is scatological, the body that’s out of control. Not the symbolic body.” Serra’s work uniquely focuses on the harsh, physical effects of self-inflicted pain and distortion on the body. She described her distinctive creative process for creating “Bitch Beauty,” an experimental documentary profiling the life of Anne Hanavan, a former heroin addict on the Lower East Side. “I work and collaborate with artists like Anne Hanavan,” Serra related. “She said, ‘I will resurrect, I will change my life, I will create meaning, I will not deny who I was.’ I know this from my own childhood, my own background.
“For me, The Film-Makers’ Cooperative represents the hub of personal vision,” she said. “It is the opportunity for everyone to have a community for their work. My films are explicit and represent the range of emotional experiences that are censored in our culture — the abject body, not the erotic body for marketing or material gain. A term I coined for my creative process is ‘art (core),’ the exploration of the body as the site of spectacle. The Film-makers’ Co-op has an open-door policy — non-contractual, non-exclusive — open to all regardless of age, gender and class. It is the counterculture — then and now!” Due to the generous donations of Charles S. Cohen, the Film-Maker’s Co-op is now comfortably headquartered at Park Ave. South and 32nd St. The location provides a screening room and adequate space to store their creative projects. The Film-makers’ Co-op steers away from the formulaic, often-generic product of Hollywood. It embraces the unique, realistic and perhaps difficult — making New York City its perfect home. “New York does this; it takes you and it hardens you,” Serra said. “How I see New York is like a vampire woman. Dark, mysterious. It can wipe you out, it can suck your blood, it can destroy you. You’re walking down the street, you think you’re having a good day, and someone shoots a gun. Living in New York, everyone’s there, people are there. It’s real.” Speaking of vampires, Serra is also an assistant professor at The New School, where she teaches a class on horror films called “The Skin Off Your Face: The Anatomy of Horror.” Her students tell her it’s their favorite class.
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As seen in this photo taken this week, the three formerly missing signs for Jodie Lane Place, E. 11th St. and First Ave. have all been restored to this lamppost at the intersection’s northwest corner.
Jodie lane sign is restored In early July, The Villager alerted the city’s Department of Transportation that the Jodie Lane Place street conaming sign at E. 11th St. and First Ave. was missing. The honorary sign was put up in May 2005 in a ceremony with then-Councilmember Margarita Lopez and Lane’s financé and family members. “The name of Jodie Lane is going to be there forever,” Lopez proclaimed, “for Con Ed to remember what they did — that they didn’t care about the residents of New York City — and for it not to happen again.” Lane, 30, who lived a block away on
E. 12th St., died Jan. 16, 2004, near the spot when she was electrocuted by stray voltage surging through a snow-slushcovered Con Ed junction box on the street while walking her two dogs. It’s not clear why or when the honorary Jodie Lane sign was hacksawed off. A D.O.T. spokesperson denied it was because of the addition of highwaystyle, cantilever signs at First Ave. and E. 11th St. The spokesperson, Scott Gastel, assured The Villager the sign would be restored, however — and so it has been.
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Hudson on Hudson, and he used to be on the fridge, too! pet Set BY heather dUBin Ye s , t h i s r a m b u n c t i o u s 2 - y e a r- o l d b o x e r i s named after the street he lives on. Morgan Rupert and Randall Roberson adopted Hudson together from a local pet shop when the pup was seven months old. The couple, originally from South Carolina, both grew up with dogs. But they didn’t think it was practical to have one in the city, and had fun puppy window shopping on Sundays instead. Yet somehow, the little copper-colored boxer won them over. “When we saw him he was already 35 pounds, and all the other puppies were small,” Rupert said. “We felt we had to have him.” Hudson is a regular at the Leroy St. dog run in Hudson River Park, and according to Rupert, it’s his favorite thing to do in the world. “He’s very hyper,” she Photo by Claire Flack said. “When I walk in the door from work, he’s Hudson has some pretty quirky behavior, but his bouncing off the walls.” owners say he’s getting more “normal” as he They head straight to the matures. dog run, where for about a half hour, Hudson, who is within his apartment confines. Rupert also very social, plays and wrestles with admits to a houseful of footballs, tendogs his size. nis balls and nerf balls, and at 10 Hudson loves water and spends time p.m. every night Hudson pulls out in the dog pool at Leroy St. as well. whatever he can find to play ball. “He dumps his whole head into the As for food, Hudson loves to eat pool, which is kind of bizarre,” Rupert anything and everything. When he noted. She described his behavior, in was about 10 months old, Hudson ate general, as very quirky. through their entertainment unit, three When taking a walk, Hudson likes to cable boxes, a bathroom doorframe and suddenly flop over onto his back. a night table while his owners were at “He often causes joggers to fall work. He was learning how to be alone because he does it instantaneously,” at that time, explained Rupert. Rupert explained. Hudson is especially fond of bananas, After visiting the dog run, Rupert and as a puppy, he went to great lengths and Hudson take a walk for an hour. to get them. Rupert had placed a bunch Hudson requires lots of exercise and of bananas on top of their refrigerator goes for a total of three walks a day. where she also kept her wine rack. “He’s sweet, but he needs to get “He actually managed to get on top his energy out,” Rupert said. She’s of the fridge, which is full size, and observed him running laps at the dog grabbed hold of the bananas, and the park to release it. wine rack ended up on the floor,” she Rupert feels their fifth-floor walk- said. “I came home to crashed bottles up is a lot of stairs for Hudson several of red wine all over the floor.” times a day. The couple is contemplatHudson is a little older now, and ing a return to South Carolina where fortunately for his owners, he doesn’t Hudson will have more space to run do anything like that anymore. and play in the grass, which he loves. “I’m glad he’s out of the destruction In the meantime, Hudson makes do stage,” Rupert said with a laugh.
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