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Cooper protest continues as new tuition kicks in, new security comes on BY ZACH WILLIAMS

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Katz’s reportedly sells its development rights, but deli will be staying BY GERARD FLYNN

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ecent news reports and rumors that a developer will be hoisting luxury condominiums atop Katz’s on the corner of Houston and Ludlow Sts. aren’t true, Jake Dell, the famed deli’s owner, told The Villager this week.

“The look, the feel” of Katz’s, now in its 126th year, will stay the same, Dell said. He did confirm, however, that he had made a deal to sell “air rights,” also known as development rights, to a developer, whom he declined to identify. But an agent from KATZ’S, continued on p. 24

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tudents began the new semester at The Cooper Union on Tues., Aug. 2, with a reminder outside of the school’s Engineering Building that the fight to keep the 155-year-old college tuition-free continues. The Committee to Save

Cooper Union deployed a table, signs, pamphlets, a top-notch P.R. representative and plenty of vitriol toward the school’s administrators and board of trustees. I nc om i ng f r e s h me n , though, were their overall target as the group comprised of alumni, students

Governor Cuomo, left, marched on Eastern Parkway Monday with Mayor de Blasio, Chirlane McCray and their children, Dante and Chiara, at the West Indian Day Parade. His challenger Zephyr Teachout was also there. See page 3.

Arthur’s plays a different tune? Not for sale now, a source says BY YANNIC RACK

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onfusion surrounded the future of treasured West Village jazz club Arthur’s Tavern this week, after its home at 57 Grove St. was listed for sale on two different real estate Web sites. Listings for the property, to be delivered “100% vacant” and with a “ground floor commercial space,” appeared on Leslie J. Garfield Real Estate and Town Real Estate, but were abruptly taken

down this week. The only person that could be reached for comment was a man who didn’t want to give his name but said he has been “affiliated with the place for over 20 years.” He said on Wednesday that Arthur’s is not, in fact, for sale and that there would be a press release by Thurs., Sept. 4, shedding light on the whole affair. “It’s a mistake and it will be taken off and it’s not for sale,” he stated. “We are not going anywhere.” The brokers for the prop-

erty could not be reached for comment. However, an employee at Town Real Estate confirmed that the broker responsible there had taken down the listing at the request of the building’s owner. Among the concerned fans of the club — renowned for its iconic piano bar — was jazz cabaret singer Cynthia Crane. Without establishments such as Arthur’s, she said, “There’ll be very little reason to come to New York soon. Because you can get Starbucks anywhere!”

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Advocates for ibogaine, naturally led by recently freed but displaced Bleecker St. Yippie Dana Beal, rallied on City Hall’s steps Wednesday morning. They called attention to the fact that Afghanistan will now be allowing treatments with the drug, which they champion as the most effective cure for heroin addiction, but which is not sanctioned in the U.S. Anwar Jeewa, an ibogaine expert currently living in Sweden, arrived in Kabul on Tuesday and in six weeks will set up a clinic for dosing addicts. There can be a few complications, though. “We’ll also need a heart monitor, a blood pressure monitor and a defibrillator — sometimes there’s a reaction,” Beal told us. “The heart slows down and the brain can add a beat, which is why we need a defibrillator.” Meanwhile, the ibogaine will be sent in from Durban, South Africa. “This is a global effort,” he declared. “Ibogaine is sanctioned under sharia law,” he said, though adding, it’s not quite that simple. “There was a fatwa from the grand ayatollah in Iran that applies to Afghanistan. So, it’s halal under the Shiites — but the Sunnis are really down on drugs.” At Wednesday’s rally, the advocates called for Mayor Bill de Blasio to allow a “large open-enrollment trial” of the drug in New

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VALOROUS VENDOR: In a first, the Vendy Awards — the city’s leading food truck competition — this year will honor a nonfood seller with the Heroic Vendor award. The honor will be bestowed on Barre Batchiri, who was stabbed by Richard Pearson, the “Soho Wild Man,” back in June. Batchiri, who sells cell phone accessories in front of 590 Broadway, near Houston St., was minding his own business when the mentally ill, violent street character got into an argument with a passerby, then set his sights on Batchiri. Pearson grabbed the vendor’s scissors and plunged them into his chest. Despite being wounded — just inches from his heart — Batchiri tailed his attacker to a nearby subway station and pointed him out to police, who made the arrest. He still has pain and trouble sleeping because of the stabbing, but bears no bitterness toward Pearson, according to a Vendy Awards source. “He is being honored for his generosity and friendliness to everyone in the neighborhood — even the mentally ill homeless guy who almost killed him,” a press release for the Sept. 13 event on Governors Island said. The Heroic Vendor award was started in 2011, after a street vendor spotted the Times Square car bomb and reported it to police. Last year’s Heroic Vendor award was given to a collective of 40 food truck vendors who helped serve meals in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

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York City. “It’s time to bite the bullet,” Beal said. ... On another front, Beal dropped a little info about the new reality show he has in the works, “Beal’s Revolution.” “The contract is signed,” he told us. “We haven’t actually signed with a network — we have someone representing us, Etan Edwards. ... I would think the show would be a natural for Nat Geo, but I can’t say who’ll pick it up. It will be centered in New York, but there will be some stuff in Afghanistan and Baja, where they have 10 ibogaine clinics; they’re charging about $7,000.” Beal, 67, likely wouldn’t be able to travel to Kabul since he’s on parole following his release from jail in the Midwest for repeat cross-country pot trafficking in a car. (He still claims it was all medical marijuana.) Some scenes might be filmed in the Millinery Center Synagogue, at Sixth Ave. and 38th St., which is slated for demolition for a new tower, but where Beal has been allowed to live for the meantime. “I want to thank Rabbi Wahrman for doing something that is going to help so many people of so many faiths,” the ibogaine crusader said. So will Aron Kay, a.k.a. “The Yippie Pie Man,” be on the series? “Yeah, he’s a fixture,” Beal replied. “He’s a large fixture — wherever he goes!” (Rim shot, please!) How about East Village journalist Paul DeRienzo and medical marijuana advocate Kenny Toglia? “They’ll both likely be figures in it — and Priya [Warcry],” Beal answered. And, yes, no doubt, Dylanologist / garbageolist A.J. Weberman will also see screen time, he assured. “A.J. will probably come in as an expert on J.F.K., the Yippie conspiracies... .” (At last, maybe we’ll get to the bottom of it all.) However, SCOOPY’S, continued on p. 28

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s the Democratic primary for governor headed into the homestretch, set for Tues., Sept. 9, Governor Andrew Cuomo and challenger Zephyr Teachout both marched in the West Indian Day Parade on Labor Day. Cuomo marched with Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family — wife Chirlane McCray and children Chiara and Dante — who did their signature “smackdown” dance. De Blasio, despite clashing with Cuomo earlier in the year over taxing the rich for pre-K funding, among other issues, has been supporting the governor’s re-election. Before Teachout entered the Democratic primary, the mayor backed Cuomo over her for the Working Family Party’s nomination. Insiders say de Blasio is just being politically expedient, in that, he knows Cuomo ultimately will win, and that they’ll have to work together for the next four years. Meanwhile, Teachout marched with her running mate, Tim Wu, who is campaigning to be lieutenant governor. For her part, Teachout, at one point, impressively was dancing even though no music was playing. Talk about “dancing to a different drummer.” On Tuesday, former Public Advocate Mark Green endorsed the Teachout-Wu ticket. A small group of press gathered outside the Municipal Building, on Centre St., for the announcement. “Today I am endorsing two fellow progressive Democrats for governor and lieutenant governor,” Green said in his remarks. “At first I was content to sit on the sidelines as a commentator this summer, until I thought about Zephyr, who I’ve been impressed with since I heard her lecture about money in politics at the Brennan Center two years ago...and until I watched the governor ran roughshod over the Moreland Commission, then refuse to debate her while disingenuously blaming someone by the name of ‘my campaign.’ “While the governor surely has accomplishments, I held him up to his own high standards of openness, progressiveness, reform...and held him up to the special progressive leadership our blue state has enjoyed, from Franklin Roosevelt to Pat Moynihan, Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer. “I had hoped for a governor more principled than political, more candid than transactional, more progressive than hair-splitting,” Green said. “True, as The New York Times editorial put it, Zephyr and Tim are

Zephyr Teachout marching at the West Indian Day Parade. Teachout even danced without music at some points.

Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu, left, receiving Mark Green’s endorsement on Tuesday.

inexperienced in official public office,” Green continued. “Experience in public office can certainly be a virtue. But there are times when experience takes a back seat to the kind of fresh idealism that can truly shake up politics-as-usual in Albany. “Can a smart, progressive law professor do well in government? Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren seem to be doing fine. So I’m today endorsing Zephyr and Tim as ‘change we can believe in.’ ” Green, who was the Big Apple’s first public advocate, added that if

a split ticket is elected, with Cuomo and Wu winning, rather than Cuomo’s running mate, Kathy Hochul, it would be a situation that could work very well. In short, Wu could be a “statewide public advocate,” reviewing the performance of state agencies, as the public advocate does in New York City. “Many pundits consider them Titanic underdogs,” Green said of Teachout and Wu. “But to quote our Lotto motto, ‘Ya never know.’ ” In response to Green’s support, Teachout said, “I am proud to accept the endorsement of a great Democrat

like Mark Green. We think we’re on the verge of a historic upset. The endorsements keep rolling in, and voters are excited about the prospect of electing our first female governor, and our first Asian-American ever to be elected statewide.” Wu said, “We are honored to accept this endorsement. I hope to make the lieutenant governor office into a statewide public advocate position, and will be looking to Mark Green for guidance and support.” As Green had mentioned, later that night Cuomo would indeed refuse to show up at NY 1’s TV studio to debate Teachout. At the press conference, Teachout said she and Wu actually were considering endorsing each other, since New Yorkers deserve a debate and an airing of the issues. Meanwhile, Randy Credico, another candidate, blasted Teachout for not pushing to include him in the hoped-for debate, too. On Wednesday, actor Mark Ruffalo — a staunch fracking opponent — joined representatives of the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter in announcing his backing of the progressive pair of candidates. Ruffalo applauded their call for a statewide ban on fracking. “More than this just being a political endorsement of two candidates,” the actor said, “I’m endorsing the vision and policies that they are promoting for a statewide ban on hydrofracking and [their] drive to make New York State the renewable energy capital of the country.” Ruffalo referenced the comprehensive scientific “compendium” that was recently authored by New York’s medical and health professionals, citing hundreds of studies and demonstrating water and air contamination across the country, public health impacts and the economic downsides and fallacies of fracking. “Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu have reached this scientifically sound position that fracking must be banned and I’m proud to stand here with them in support,” he said. Last week, as part of their “Whistleblower Tour,” Teachout and Wu visited a fracking site in Pennsylvania to see the shale-drilling method first-hand and talk to residents about their experiences living in the gas fields, where, they say, data just confirmed at least 243 cases of water contamination. After Ruffalo’s remarks, Teachout said, “Mark is a thoughtful and passionate New Yorker who believes that all of New York State deserves PRIMARY, continued on p. 4 September 4, 2014

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to be safe from the dangers of fracking and that we should be leading the country in renewable energy — and we couldn’t agree more. And he’s the Hulk!” Representatives from the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter were also present, highlighting their recent endorsement of Teachout and Wu. The environmental group’s Roger Downs said, in a statement, “Like Mark, we’ve been inspired by the Teachout-Wu vision to rebuild New York through a robust, clean energy economy and reinvigorate a democracy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected. We look forward to working with Mark and so many New Yorkers who want to change history on Sept. 9.” Fracking-impacted residents from Pennsylvania who met with Teachout and Wu on their recent fracking tour also came to the press conference to support them. “The oil and gas industry is lying to the people of New York, just as they have lied to the people of Pennsylvania and every other state that has fracking,” said Ray Kemble, an ex-gas worker and affected resident from Dimock, Pennsylvania. “I came down to New York City today to tell the truth about what is happening to those of us on the front lines who have had our water and air poisoned and our communities made sick by this industry.” On Aug. 28, Downtown Independent Democrats endorsed Teachout and Wu. In doing so, they joined the Village Independent Democrats, Coalition for a District Alternative and the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club. D.I.D.’s endorsement was unanimous. “Zephyr Teachout zeroes right in on issues of great concern to us: Fracking, government corruption, infrastructure investment, schools, natural resources, the business economy upstate and downstate,” a D.I.D. press release on the endorsement said. “Her legal and academic expertise are well suited to the job at this time in our history. She is an expert on political corruption and antitrust/big bank issues. She’s clerked in the U.S. Court of Appeals, was a director in Howard Dean’s campaign, and was part of a foundation that focused on the role of money in politics and advocating for policy changes. She also hang-glides. We like the whole package. “Timothy Wu has the attitude and forward voice to push New York State into the future,” the D.I.D. release continued. “He believes in open democracy as well as an open Internet. That works for us. His background is extraordinary, from antitrust is-

Stand-up comic Randy Credico, who is also on the Democratic ballot for governor, handed out fliers at the West Indian Day Parade.

sues to technology. He is the one who coined the term ‘’Net neutrality’! Timothy Wu is a...Harvard-educated lawyer, renowned author and fighter for the consumer. “ ‘Zephyr’ is a word for a breeze or a light wind. Along with Timothy Wu, we need this fresh air in our government.” Also endorsing Teachout were Paul Newell, a Lower East Side Democratic district leader, as well as a number of publications, including The Nation, Rochester City Newspaper, Metroland (Albany) and the Red Hook Star-Revue. The New York Times didn’t endorse either Cuomo or Teachout, but hammered Cuomo for “hobbling” his own anti-corruption Moreland Commission’s activities, while adding that many voters might well see Teachout — a corruption fighter — as an attractive alternative. The main reason for the Times’s lack of an endorsement was Cuomo’s hypocrisy on the corruption issue, the paper said, since he came into office claiming to clean up Albany. His actions on the Moreland Commission flew in the face of his own pledge, the Times said. On the other hand, the state’s economy is doing well and Cuomo has whipped the State Legislature into shape in some regards, repeatedly bringing the budget in on time. He won gay marriage and passed the nation’s toughest gun laws. He stood up for charter schools — a hot-button

issue — which many inner-city families feel offer their children a better education and a chance at a brighter future. Co-location remains the most fraught aspect of the ongoing charter school debate. Teachout has also made campaign finance reform in Albany a campaign plank, and is a critic of the Common Core state-standards school curriculum. In addition, both the Times and Daily News — which endorsed Cuomo — said Teachout lacks executive experience. Asked by The Villager about her lack of executive experience or business leadership background — for example, Mike Bloomberg ran a multinational corporation before becoming mayor — Teachout said that one in 12 U.S. lack such executive experience. However, she countered, her experience as an educator and heading a good-government nonprofit group are just as valid qualifications. She is often retained as a consultant on startups for businesses and nonprofits, she added. “I am very confident about my management ability,” she asserted. Green also chimed in on Teachout’s behalf, noting, “Bloomberg made money — she made policy. [Mitt] Romney ran a big company,” he added. “But it’s obviously not the only consideration.” The Times did endorse Wu over Hochul, though. Hochul has been criticized as being too conservative.

When running for Congress Upstate, she was endorsed by the N.R.A. She supported weakening environmental protections in some areas, and voted against aspects of Obamacare, as well as a bill to allow undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses. Reporters also asked Teachout about accusations that she recently ducked repeated opportunities on Fred Dicker’s Albany politics radio show to take a position on the recent Gaza war. At the time, Cuomo was in Israel. In her most detailed response yet, she said on Tuesday, “New York has a very special relationship with Israel.” New York has the world’s second largest Jewish population outside of Israel, she noted. “As governor, it will be part of my job to be supportive of that relationship,” she stated. Asked afterward in a follow-up question by The Villager about her position on the Israel-Hamas conflict, Teachout, said, “I’m not running for president. The way I feel is the way most New Yorkers feel — which is for peace and compassion.” Taking a stance on Israel certainly risks alienating some left voters, similar to how Cuomo would lose some support if he were to make a decision on fracking before the primary. Currently, he continues to say the state is studying the health issues involved in fracking. State voters are estimated to be about evenly split on fracking. TheVillager.com


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Bike and bud Police said they found a 16-year-old boy in possession of a stolen Citi Bike near 148 W. 14th St. on the evening of Thurs., Aug. 28, around 7:15 p.m. Officers pressed the boy a bit more, allegedly finding a small amount of marijuana in his possession. He was charged with criminal possession of stolen property, a felony. His name was not released due to his young age.

Wheels of justice A would-be bike thief was caught in the act of filching a pricey ride, on Sat., Aug. 30, around 12:30 a.m., across the street from 333 Sixth Ave., at W. Fourth St. Police arrested Corey Prioleau and charged him with petty larceny, a misdemeanor. The bicycle was valued at $900 but its owner is unknown, according to a police report.

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drank, and drank some more at the bar, at 109 MacDougal St. But when it came time to pay his $191.30 tab, he refused. The bartender reported the incident to police, who arrested Keith Arias, 27, and charged him with theft of services, a misdemeanor. Police did not pay the bill, but did pick up the receipt as evidence.

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ne Tribeca-centered gathering of legal minds worked late on Friday the other week so that, come the following Monday, they could defend children facing fast-tracked deportation proceedings at 26 Federal Plaza. About 120 people, mostly law students and lawyers, attended a crash course on immigration law on Aug. 22 at New York Law School as part of the Safe Passage Project. They will seek to join an effort arguing that 3,347 children detained at the U.S.-Mexico border, and now in New York State, came to this country for asylum and should not be deported. Lenni Benson, the project’s director, is a professor at the law school, at 185 W. Broadway. Dozens of these children are having their cases heard each day at the federal courthouse, Benson said, making the acquisition of new legal resources imperative for the project to keep pace with the need. “The need is tremendous,” she told the audience. “We already know that counsel is not paid for by the government. We’re mobilizing law students and other volunteers to be the eyes and ears of due process.”

At the Aug. 22 lawyers’ seminar, an image was shown of officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is responsible for deportations.

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“This has grown from a shoebox on my desk to over 350 active cases,” she noted. While funding is limited, another full-time position may expand the project’s staff in coming weeks, she said. The City Council, meanwhile, may add unspecified “resources” to the effort, as well, according to Public Advocate Letitia James, who attended the Aug. 22 seminar. “We definitely need attorneys,” James said. “We need more interpreters. The surge in immigrants is a real strain on the limited resources of our city and state.” New York has received the second highest number of unaccompanied alien children, or U.A.C., who have come to this country in increasing numbers this year and inspired fresh scrutiny of U.S. immigration policies. Texas has received the most with 4,280. As the backlog of cases grew and political pressure mounted, the Obama administration announced on Aug. 13 that U.A.C. cases would be prioritized, potentially leading to many of the children being deported in the coming months rather than the years many deportation cases typically drag on. But starting at 8 a.m. every day, Safe Passage attorneys go to 26 Federal Plaza to argue that many of these children escaped violence in their home countries and should be granted “special immigrant juvenile status.” Such a classification would enable the youths to avoid deportation and potentially gain permanent residency. To be eligible for that status, applicants must be less than 21 years old and unmarried. They also must prove that returning to their home

country would endanger them, and that reunification with one or both parents is not a reasonable option, according to the Safe Passage Project. There is much to learn, though, before an attorney can effectively represent children in such cases, according to Benson. The two-hour Aug. 22 seminar was more than just a legal primer on relevant immigration policy. Attendees also learned about the current violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, the three countries from which most of the children come. Immigration proceedings intimidate many of these children, Benson and staff attorney Claire Thomas told the audience. Special arrangements should be made to engage them, hear their cases thoroughly and screen them through a lengthy though necessary questionnaire, they said. In an interview, Thomas said attorneys involved with the project all play the same role regardless of their previous areas of concentration. “We have lawyers who are commercial litigators,” Thomas said. “We have lawyers who actually aren’t right now practicing law. For instance, one lawyer is a musician. One works at a bookstore. But anyone with this wonderful thing that is a law license can participate in becoming educated about immigration and family law and being able to represent a child.” There is a personal toll, as well, to deal with as seen when two project attorneys began “shaking and crying” last week after hearing a juvenile client’s personal experience, Thomas related. A United Nations report detailed many accounts of children within the three Central American countries who came to the U.S. in order to escape criminal gangs who threatened them. One female asylum-seeker quoted in the report, stated, “In El Salvador, they take young girls, rape them and throw them in plastic bags. My uncle told me it wasn’t safe for me to stay there.” Lawyers at the Aug. 22 seminar said afterward that the situation’s seriousness spurred them to action. In turn, taking on the children’s cases requires certain financial sacrifices, said attorney John Tobin, who added that he took on similar cases through Central American Legal Assistance in the past. “There’s all the work in the world that I would do if I could do it for free,” said Elise Burton, a Brooklyn-based immigration attorney. Pete Gleason, a Tribeca attorney and member of Downtown Independent Democrats, was an enthusiastic participant in the training seminar. “The last time I checked,” he said, “it still said the same words at the base of the Statue of Liberty.” TheVillager.com


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he tables turned for a group of Lower East Side residents expressing their community grievances on Aug. 27. In recent months they had to sit and listen as others explained their visions for the neighborhood’s future. But at this meeting, held at 82 Rutgers St., representatives of Borough President Gale Brewer, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Community Board 3, state Senator Daniel Squadron and Councilmember Margaret Chin came to listen as Tenants United Fighting For Lower East Side, a.k.a. TUFFLES, unveiled their new organization’s agenda and observe their growing critical mass. “I just didn’t think that this area was being represented,” said board member Trever Holland, about the motivation for forming TUFFLES (pronounced “tough L.E.S.”) which currently consists of the tenant associations from Two Bridges Tower and Lands Ends 1 and 2. They formed the group earlier this year following their frustration with developments in the Two Bridges area that they say lacked adequate input from residents living near the East River esplanade, including the Extell Development project at 229 Cherry St., as well as Basketball City and other community amenities that TUFFLES members say are overly accommodating toward nonresidents. Although the group’s members all live in the same area, settling on organizing strategies doesn’t come easy, according to Marc Richardson, a resident of Lands End 1 on Cherry St. and a TUFFLES board member. “It’s a challenge even for us to all get these three different tenant associations in the room and agree upon how we are going to advocate for one issue or another,” he said. “I think that’s even a greater challenge for external groups to do because they are not informed by being actual residents.” At the meeting, the politicians’ liaisons gave verbal commitments to TUFFLES for future cooperation on issues such as securing a new supermarket to replace the now-demolished Pathmark at 229 Cherry St. Asked whether their advocacy departs from the traditional building-centric focus of tenants associations, Holland, who is president of Two Bridges Tower Tenant Association, said yes. “I think the main concern is not so much quality of life,” she said. “It’s making sure that we as

TUFFLES board members at the group’s Aug. 27 meeting, from left, Grace Mak, Daisy Echevarria, Aaron Gonzalez, Marc Richardson, Trever Holland and Tanya Castro. Not pictured are Sheila Hart, Alena Lopez and Brenda Siders, who were not present.

residents have a voice in our neighborhood and I think that’s the main concern for most of us.” Time is of the essence as wealthier people move into the neighborhood, potentially diluting the future political sway of longtime residents, Richardson added. More tenant associations are in talks with TUFFLES on possible membership, according to Aaron Gonzalez, another board member. About two months ago, Holland was just an audience member listening as Extell Development representatives updated residents on the Cherry St. project. Plans for the site called for two separate buildings, one a 68-story luxury highrise, and the other slated for affordable units. When Extell President Gary Barnett presented the plans to the C.B. 3 Land Use Committee on June 18, the audience directed outrage not only at him but also at the committee itself, which they said didn’t sufficiently reflect representation from the affected neighborhood. While frustrations with the community board played a role in TUFFLES’s creation, the Extell project exemplifies the greater forces at play in the community, according to Richardson. “It’s just so emblematic of the problem, having a poor building right next to a luxury building,” he said after the Aug. 27 meeting. “I just think it violates the fundamental spirit of putting lower-income folks in the same buildings as high-in-

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and faculty seeks new supporters. “The incoming students are super-, super-involved compared to last year,” said Harrison Cullen, a senior who was among the dozen students and alumni representing the committee on Aug. 2. Freshmen will pay about $20,000 in tuition this year, in contrast to students who in past years received a free education. It’s a necessary change in order to address the school’s future operating deficits, according to administrators. With the new cost of attending the school, students are also finding new ways to relate to the community there, as well as each other. “It actually brings us together because we’re stuck in the same boat,” said Gabe Frasier, an incoming freshman from North Carolina, who expressed his support for the committee as he made his way to class. Another first-year student said the ongoing struggle over tuition catalyzed her early-decision application last year. “A lot of the reason I did decide to apply was to become a part of the movement, to sort of be inspired by faculty and upperclassmen who are so devoted to the school,” said Claire Klermann. She added that, to keep costs down, she will live with her family on E. 18th St. Some new students reported that they haven’t had to pay any tuition this year because of their lower-income status. According to Cooper Union, a higher proportion of students are eligible this year for Pell Grants, available to those whose family income is less than $50,000. In recent years, about 17 to 20 percent of students qualified for this aid. This year, however, 22.4 percent of freshmen can receive such financial aid, according to school spokesperson Justin Harmon. “This is likely to be a reflection of the fact that these students receive both a full-tuition scholarship and need-based aid that covers more of the cost of attendance, such as living expenses, materials and the like,” Harmon said in an e-mail. An ongoing lawsuit by the committee against Cooper Union’s board of trustees aims to nullify newly implemented tuition for incoming students. Arguments were heard on Aug. 15 in State Supreme Court, with a critical factor being the court’s interpretation of Cooper Union’s founding documents, which the plaintiffs argue mandate a tuition-free institution for enrolled students. Representatives of the board of trustees disagree, The Villager reported on Aug. 21. According to the committee, financial mismanagement resulted in the

A member of the Committee to Save Cooper Union held up one of their buttons, with the school’s Foundation Building in the background, on Tuesday.

announcement from the trustees in 2013 to institute tuition on a sliding scale beginning this fall. In protest, a group of students occupied the office of President Jamshed Bharucha from May to July 2013. By January 2014 the trustees rejected alternate plans from faculty, alumni and students to deal with Cooper Union’s financial challenges. Harmon pointed The Villager to a 2013 online video by Robert Spencer, listed in the clip as part of interim financial leadership at the Cooper Union. Spencer said in the video that the whims of the real estate market caused revenues from the college’s land under the Chrysler Building to not keep pace with rising expenditures. Committee members further allege that college administrators are tampering with free expression regarding the tuition issue. A documentary on the life of Peter Cooper, Cooper Union’s founder, by an alumna, for example, did not receive approval for screening during freshmen orientation because free tuition was discussed prominently in it, they say. But Harmon said that critics have misunderstood the situation. Last spring, a member of the Cooper Union Alumni Association approached the Joint Student Council about hosting an event to show the documentary, but there was no follow-up, Harmon said. By the time last week that an alumnus approached Dean Stephen Baker about the idea, orientation week activities had already been finalized, Harmon. But they are welcome to screen the movie later in the semester, he added. In addition, the recent hiring of a new security firm led by a TV pundit who has made charged remarks about the shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has raised eyebrows. The committee says that, by hiring Bo Dietl and As-

sociates, the Cooper Union administration is further departing from the traditional spirit of the institution. According to Harmon, the retaining of new security resulted from a study about campus security and is not meant whatsoever to counter potential civil disobedience from critics. “Bo Dietl maintains a high public profile and has made statements about various issues that reflect a dif-

ferent worldview than that of many — perhaps most — members of the Cooper community,” Harmon said in the e-mail. “However, his personal statements have no bearing on how the BDA-provided security guards are to carry out their responsibilities.” Student activist Cullen said that the local community should not be surprised if a fresh round of civil disobedience kicks off later in the semester. Right now, though, he said, the focus of the committee and its two dozen or so active members remains outreach. On the first day, however, students waiting for their classes said while they vehemently support a tuition-free Cooper Union, the time comes when other priorities gain relative importance compared to campus activism, even while stories circulate about incoming students disadvantaged by tuition payments. As his last year as an undergraduate begins, art student Aaron Fowler said this semester’s beginning is making him consider life after Cooper Union. “I’ve been dealing with this for the past two years,” he said, “and I’ve sacrificed my own education for this failure of a school, and I need to worry about myself now.”

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Can’t trust dorm plan

Time to compromise

To The Editor: Re “Dorm plans O.K.’d for former CHARAS; Mendez vows to fight” (news article, Aug. 28): The contracts seem so flimsy, vague and full of holes, that it appears there may only be a few dozen students, and otherwise the place will be run as a tourist hostel. If the developer is legitimately making a dorm, then he needs to produce contracts with educational institutions showing that they will populate it. Instead he has a vague agreement for “right of first refusal” and a commitment to 10 of 132 beds. And this doesn’t even cover the summer months. What happens during those months? He operates as a tourist hostel. What happens when Cooper Union decides it doesn’t need any beds and Joffrey Ballet School just takes a dozen? He operates as a tourist hostel. The whole point is that the developer has repeatedly lied and broken promises in the past, so no one trusts him now. 

To The Editor: Re “Dorm plans O.K.’d for former CHARAS; Mendez vows to fight” (news article, Aug. 28): I think that this conversion is the best option for the neighborhood. I would rather have students and dancers living there than whatever might occupy the building. Nothing is perfect, but we need to compromise. I would much prefer to see the old school restored and remain in place, than some god-awful glass tower built. It is a beautiful structure, whose scale fits the neighborhood.

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Rich kids will rule To The Editor: Re “Dorm plans O.K.’d for former CHARAS; Mendez vows to fight” (news article, Aug. 28): Tompkins Square Park will be overrun with students. It will be their playground, maybe even their beer hall. Students are fine, but not in large numbers in a residential neighbor-

hood. It is stupid to mix lifestyles this way. Our park, our wonderful amenity will be ruined. I went to the hearing on this at the Municipal Building. I believe it was said that students from any school could reside there. Did I hear the Joffrey Ballet School mentioned? It’s a great academic institution. But it will be a rich kids’ paradise, East Village and all. How much money will be made on the project, and by whom? It was a regular club there at the meeting. Smiles all around. Greed ruled. Too disgusting. I’ve been a Village East Towers resident since 1969. I think I now prefer the bad old East Village days. Eve Cusson

Energetic till the end To The Editor: Re “Rebecca Lepkoff, L.E.S. photographer, dies at 98” (obituary, Aug. 28): In the last number of years, I would run into Rebecca in the Village, still traipsing around with a point-andLETTERS, continued on p. 16 TheVillager.com


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When the streets were their playground Rebecca Lepkoff, the great photographer who died Aug. 17 at 98, famously captured the street life of her native Lower East Side in the 1940s and ’50s. At left, in a game of kick the can, “prisoners” who were tagged and in “jail” are liberated as a boy kicks the can. The wall is covered with “Vote Yes — Rabin —  Supreme Court” posters, perhaps referring to then-Assemblymember Samuel Rabin, who was elected to the bench in 1954 and served as a judge until 1981. At right, children scale and play around in a snow mound.

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Spray, hey! Well, that’s one way to keep clean As the sweltering late-summer heat wave continued on Wednesday, one man got ready to cool off — plus get clean by taking a bath — in the Washington Square Fountain. It’s not exactly an approved use, but hopefully he was not too grungy and was at least using some soap with all-natural ingredients.

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shoot. She was taking pottery at Greenwich House, just a few years ago. At the age of 96, she still took the subway up to her apartment in Harlem, where she moved with Gene, her husband of more than 70 years. I loved running into her occasionally in Washington Square Park. Tequila Minsky

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Stranger than fiction To The Editor: Re “To be or not to be? Shakespeare & Co. to close” (news article, Aug. 28): An important factor to note is that when community staples like this close, nothing new opens in their place. After the demise of the big chain music stores — Coconuts, Sam Goody, Tower — nothing, not one new music store opened. When the Virgin Megastore closed at Union Square that was the end of an era.

Now, the Barnes & Noble on the corner of Eighth St. and Sixth Ave is gone. Yes, Shakespeare & Co. was a smaller space, but again, rest assured, there will be no new bookstore replacing it. So ask yourself — in your new pseudo tech-savvy world — just what you are so quick to bid farewell to. You were warned. It’s like something out of a Ray Bradbury sci-fi story, where technology advances to the point that there’s no need to even leave the house anymore and your plasma flat-screen is viewed as a family member.

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hen I saw the envelope that had been slid under my door, a chill ran up my spine, the kind I get when I see a massive water bug or some other gross thing unwelcome in my apartment. I knew what it was. Since having my unemployment cut off, I have struggled to pay my rent. Selling off much of what I own, excluding my ass, has hardly helped. I have looked for work, pretending to be “normal” — though no amount of smoke and mirrors can conceal the fact that I’m a 42-yearold elf who suffers from hypomania, panic disorder and a skewed sense of reality. The fact that I’ve written seven books and had five published isn’t taken into account when applying to become a Target Team Member. Despite the fact that I was recently on the cover of Time Out New York, I have approximately as much money as I did when I was seven. Opening the dreaded envelope of doom, I saw what was expected: a date with Landlord Tenant Court and the threat of eviction. I always knew I would end up in either a straightjacket or a cardboard box. I placed the letter on the table next to my $500 overdue Con Ed bill. You can have one fridge, a single light bulb and a hairdryer you use once a week and somehow always owe 100 bucks at the end of the month. Therefore, many New Yorkers let the bills pile up, making believe gas and electricity are free. Con Ed is used to this game of make-believe, so they generally only send turn-off notices when the bill is exorbitant. And mine was. Life is Dickensian enough with electricity. I can only imagine it in the dark. I needed a plan, money, a job, a therapist, a lawyer and a whole lot of things that seemed out of my reach. Luckily, a beer was well within reach. A little background on my apartment: It’s on the Lower East Side and I’ve lived in it for 19 years, before the magical land below Houston was infested with people who subscribe to the

Rev. Jen test drives future affordable housing options, while remaining hopeful that a recent benefit and a current gofundme.com campaign will prevent her Trolls from losing their home.

Wall Street Journal, order overpriced drinks containing more than two ingredients and reenact what appears to be “Girls Gone Wild Cancun” on Ludlow Street every Friday and Saturday night. Living in a crumbling tenement hasn’t been easy. In 2002, my kitchen ceiling collapsed. I was eating a sandwich at the time, and was already so used to crap falling apart that I calmly finished my sandwich amidst the rubble before calling my super. In 2010, a steam pipe explosion caused by a rotted valve flooded my entire apartment while I was at work. The heat and steam were so in-

tense that my singular cabinet fell off the wall, my paintings warped in half, my computer was destroyed and my beloved Chihuahua [Rev. Jen Junior] almost died. There are still holes in the walls and my ceiling still bears cracks the size of the San Andreas Fault. When you are rent stabilized, requests for repairs go largely ignored. Despite this, I love my apartment. The light is great for painting, the ceilings are high and my neighbors are cool. Because of its convenient Downtown location and because of my friends’ REV. JEN, continued on p.18 September 4, 2014

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Slide show quiz: In an effort to make boys like Troll Dolls, in the 1990s the series mashed up the Trolls with what action figure brand?

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predilection for booze, it has also served as an aging youth hostel for many art stars, especially during the polar vortex (despite inefficient heat). More importantly, it has also served as the world famous Lower East Side Troll Museum for 14 years, an undertaking that began whilst having a pint (or several) with my friend, Tony, at the old Ludlow Street Luna Lounge. “You know, Tony,” I said, “people pay good money to go to the Tenement Museum and view a place that looks exactly like my apartment but is nicer. I should take my massive Troll Doll collection, put it on shelves and invite visitors over. Like the Met, I’ll make admission a suggested donation, only I’ll make it a 3,000 dollar suggested donation and maybe some rich person will throw me a bone.” “Great idea,” he said. Actually, it was an insane idea — but one of my mottos is “Carry through on even the craziest ideas.” So, a few weeks later, the Troll Museum was created. It has since gotten more worldwide press than the Kardashians and has become a haven for celebrities — including actor Alan Cumming, who once marched in front of the Met with me, handing out flyers promoting the Troll Museum. Clearly, I cannot let this important cultural institution go to ruin. Otherwise, 400 Trolls, a Chihuahua, a rescued cat, a dude and an elf will all end up on the streets. Luckily, I have friends who sometimes give me good advice (but

Decked out in blue and white stripes to support Argentina, avid World Cup fans CC John and Rev. Jen are on their way to “hang out like idiots” at tolerant bro bar, Hair of the Dog.

mostly bad advice given at four in the morning). My friend, Kat, suggested I start an account on gofundme.com, which has been an excellent resource wherein I’ve been trading art for donations and have almost reached my 5,000 dollar goal. You can donate to the Troll Museum and get cool art at gofundme.com/by5bzs. The next solution was obvious: Throw a big goddamned party. This is my solution to everything (when the steam pipe explosion happened, I threw a “Troll Hairdressing Party”). The kind folk at Cake Shop (152 Ludlow St.) provided a venue, and my celebutante friends performed — including actress and long-term Troll Museum supporter, Janeane Garofalo, along with Faceboy, The Slut Junkies, Mr. Lower East Side Matthew Silver, and more. It was an action-packed

night full of fabulosity, despite my inability to afford a red carpet. Unfortunately, Landlord Tenant Court wasn’t so awesome. How does one find escape from such a nightmare? Because I never want this column to be absolutely depressing and because it’s my job to promote fun things to do, here are some suggestions on how to avoid reality.

HAIR OF THE DOG

(168 Orchard St. at Stanton St.) Community Board 3 hates this place, but I love it. It is noisy and it might be viewed as a “bro bar,” but it has two very important things going for it: cheap ass drinks and working televisions that show sports. As an avid sports fan with a broken TV and not a lot of money to spend on drinks, this is vital to my survival. The bartenders

there are kind — so kind, they let my friend CC John and I hang out dressed like idiots, painted in blue and white stripes, in support of Argentina, during the entirety of the World Cup. Argentina might have lost, but we won in savings. Note: Lucky Jack’s (129 Orchard, btw. Delancey & Rivington) is still my fave bar — but unless I’m going to move a cot into the place and actually start sleeping in the bar, I have to limit my hours spent there.

SWIMMING IN THE EAST RIVER

A lot of people say that the East River is filthy. Guess what? So am I. The East River can only improve me. CC John and I recently tested the waters to find out. Maybe we were trying to drown ourselves over Argentina losing in overtime, but what we discovered is that the East River gets a bad rap. Plunging in, fully clothed at our friend, Jessica Delfino’s album launch party (on the shore of the river), we were pleasantly surprised, as the water seemed to cleanse us of negativity. Maybe my landlord should go for a swim.

THE ALLEN STREET MEDIAN STRIP

This is an underused venue. There are benches you can sit on and enjoy the end of the most perfect summer ever while carrying on conversations with questionable characters. Just don’t take my bench! REV. JEN, continued on p.19 TheVillager.com


Median strips, East River dips help you avoid reality

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PHOTO BY JOHN T. FOSTER

They love that dirty water: Rev. Jen and CC John are cleansed, spiritually at least, by a dip in the East River.

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“BAYSIDE! THE MUSICAL!”

(at Theater 80 St. Marks | baysidethemusical.com) Personally, I never watched “Saved by the Bell.” I was too busy going to college and taking LSD — but even if you’ve never watched the show, this musical is hilarious, well-choreographed and acted. And it stars Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on the show and went on to make a salacious porn video!

GETTING’ A GOOD HAIRCUT

(Misin Shin Salon, 122 Orchard St., btw. Delancey & Rivington) These guys cut hair as if they were performing brain surgery. Ev-

ery strand is valued. Because they knew I was broke and in need of fabulousness, I was thrown a freebie. Normally, I would be traumatized if someone cut off four inches of my mane (being a Leo), but my hair looks frigging awesome. There’s nothing like a superficial solution to internal problems. I now look like an existential, aging “That Girl” and it suits me perfectly.

BOSTON

I know I’m supposed to write only about Downtown NYC, but something very strange happened to me this summer: I went to Boston three times. I had never been there in my life — but in rapid succession, I was invited. The first time was for a dog-sitting gig, the second was to go to my friend, Tom Tenney’s high school reunion and the third was for a wedding. The high school reunion was by far the wackiest event, as Tom request-

Sure cure for the blues: “Bayside! The Musical!” has “Saved by the Bell” star Dustin Diamond — and much more — going for it.

ed I dress as my male alter-ego “Steverino” in order to freak out his former classmates. My identity as a woman was quickly discovered when my ‘stache fell off, but the event was much like living a “Three’s Company” episode. The

dogs I watched were awesome, as was the wedding where I was surrounded by trees, flowers, smart people and my BF. I never thought I’d say this, but I don’t hate Boston that much. Maybe we should all try to get along.

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Buhmann on Art

There were no “blacks only” benches in Johannesburg — blacks sat on the curbstones. Gelatin silver print | 8 5/8 x 12 5/8 in. (22 x 32 cm). © THE ERNEST COLE FAMILY TRUST/ COURTESY THE HASSELBLAD FOUNDATION

According to Struan Robertson, a photojournalist and a friend of Ernest Cole’s, tsotsis (thugs or street criminals) used the extreme crowding on black trains to rob passengers, especially on payday. From “House of Bondage” | 1967 | Gelatin silver print | 8 5/8 x 12 5/8 in. (22 x 32 cm).

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© THE ERNEST COLE FAMILY TRUST/ COURTESY THE HASSELBLAD FOUNDATION

© THE ERNEST COLE FAMILY TRUST/ COURTESY THE HASSELBLAD FOUNDATION

Township mother fights losing battle to keep son, age nine, from running off to live life on the streets. She tries to assert authority with threats: “What’s your future going to be like without an education?” But it is too late. The boy — called Papa — is out of control. From “House of Bondage” | 1967 | Gelatin silver print | 7 7/8 x 11 3/8 in. (20 x 29 cm).

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN (stephaniebuhmann.com)

ERNEST COLE: PHOTOGRAPHER

Born in 1940, Ernest Cole was one of South Africa’s first black photojournalists. In 1958, when working as a darkroom assistant at DRUM magazine in Johannesburg, he began to acquaint other young black journalists, photographers, jazz musicians and political leaders in the burgeoning anti-apartheid movement. After becoming increasingly radicalized in his political views, he started working on a book that would communicate to the rest of the world the corrosive effects of South Africa’s apartheid system. In 1966, a year before said book with the title “House of Bondage” was published, Cole was forced out of South Africa for good. The images he captured before his exile — many of which will be on display — compassionately depict the lives of black people as they negotiated apartheid’s racist laws and oppression. Migrant mineworkers waiting to be dis-

charged from labor, parks and benches for “Europeans Only,” young men arrested and handcuffed for entering cities without their passes, and crowds crammed into claustrophobic commuter trains are just some of the scenes that Cole focused on. While the cruel realities of segregation, destitution and violence weave through many of these moving images, others depict lighter, intimate moments between mothers and children, couples and friends. This exhibition will feature more than 100 rare black-and-white gelatin silver prints, accompanied by captions from “House of Bondage.” Organized by the Hasselblad Foundation in Gothenburg, Sweden, which holds Cole’s stunning archive, this marks the first major solo museum show of Cole’s work. It is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. Through Dec. 6. Reception: Mon., Sept. 8, 6–8 p.m. At Grey Art Gallery (100 Washington Square East, btw. Waverly & Washington Places). Hours: Tues./Thurs. Fri. from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. | Wed., 11 a.m.–8 p.m. | Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Call 212-998-6780 or visit nuy.edu/ greyart.

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HUDSON PARK LIBRARY’S MEL BROOKS FESTIVAL

PHOTO BY PECULIAR WORKS PROJECT

Three men and a doctor all play God, in the sanctuary of Judson Memorial Church. See “3Christs.”

PHOTO BY LIVIA SANTOS

Hudson Park Library’s free film series spends every Thursday in September paying tribute to what’s arguably the very best of Mel Brooks’ cinematic output — bookended by a pair of 1974 classics (“Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein”) that made it very difficult to ever again take westerns and horror films seriously. Bonus stroke of comedic genius: Madeline Kahn, in any scene from either film. Brooks’ own on-screen work in 1981’s “History of the World Part One” isn’t too shabby either (he’s especially good as Torquemada, in the eightminute-plus Spanish Inquisition song). Decades later, he’d bring that golden age Hollywood production number savvy to Broadway, in the musical reboot of “The Producers.” The original 1968 version rounds out the roster of this mini-festival. Free. All screenings are at 2 p.m., Thursdays in Sept. At the Hudson Park Library (66 Leroy St., btw. Seventh Ave. South & Hudson St.). For the schedule, call 212-243-6876 or visit nypl.org./locations.hudson-park.

3CHRISTS

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One great persona deserves another: A Warhol superstar is interpreted by longtime Downtown performer Tammy Faye Starlite, in “Nico: Underground.”

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Peculiar Works Project continues their tradition of site-specific productions, by setting “3Christs” in the sanctuary of Judson Memorial Church. Co-playwrights SM Dale and Barry Rowell based their script on a psychological study that took place in Michigan’s Ypsilanti State Hospital from 195961. Betting that he can cure three paranoid schizophrenics with one harsh dose of reality, Dr. Milton forces them to live together. Eventually, he reasons, all will have to admit that they can’t possibly be the one true Jesus Christ. Good intentions, bad idea. The overconfident doctor soon finds himself playing God — to varying degrees of success. As the delusional patients are manipulated by a series of indisputable truths and convenient lies, the nurse charged with overseeing their day-to-day existence begins to question both the ethics and effectiveness of destroying one’s

She’ll be your mirror: “Nico: Underground” reconsiders the artistic legacy of a woman who was much more than a Warhol muse.

core belief system. “Perhaps,” she reasons, “psychosis represents the best terms some people can come to with their lives.” Fri., Sept. 5–Sun., Sept. 28. Thurs.–Sun. at 7 p.m. In the sanctuary of  Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South, at Thompson St.). For tickets ($18), call 866811-4111 or visit peculiarworks.org ($10 preview tickets, until Sept. 7’s opening night).

NICO: UNDERGROUND

Personapalooza! It’s yesterday once more, when Theater for the New City hosts 1960s Warhol superstar and Velvet Underground centerpiece Nico. Born Christina Paffagen in pre-war Cologne, Germany, she’d grow up to assume the guise of a Teutonic chanteuse who captivated Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Jim Morrison — while making her mark as a distinctive artist whose glum monotone was (and is!) ripe for parody. Something much more than that is offered by gifted satirist Tammy Lang. A longtime NYC performance scene presence as country/gospel crooner Tammy Faye Starlite, Lang as Starlite channels the singer/songwriter ’s genuine greatness and undeniable goofiness, in “Nico: Underground.” Anchored by Starlite’s deadon vocal performance, the show functions as a jukebox musical (a “cavalcade of non-hits”) as well as a recreation of actual encounters Nico had with journalists (via Jeff Ward’s portrayal of The Interviewer). While Nico’s dour worldview is played for laughs, this production has genuine artistic merit. Starlite does a fascinating job of coaxing emotion from that iconic monotone, and the classic songs (including “Femme Fatale” and “I’ll Be Your Mirror”) benefit from the top-notch musicianship of Keith Hartel (bass, guitar), Richard Feridun (guitar), Ron Miracle Metz (drums), Dave Dunton (keyboard) and Craig Hoek (sax, flute). Sept. 11–28. Thurs.–Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 3 p.m. In the Cabaret Theater, at Theater for the New City (155 First Ave., btw. 9th & 10th Sts.). Tickets: $15. For reservations, visit theaterforthenewcity.net. For info on the artist: facebook.com/tammyfayestarlite. September 4, 2014

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The most noteworthy historic site in the neighborhood is at 28 E. 20th St., where Theodore Roosevelt was born in 1858 (nps.gov/thrb/historyculture/places.htm). Fun facts about the area surround the history of Danceteria, a disco-era club formerly at 30 W. 21st St., where Madonna, who worked as a coat-check girl there in the early ’80s, had her debut performance. The club also served as the disco setting in her first film, 1985’s “Desperately Seeking Susan.” By the mid-19th century, mansions framed Madison Square Park. The well-to-do families who inhabited the area included the grandparents of Winston Churchill, who owned 41 E. 26th St. Across the street was the Jerome Mansion, which by 1867 had morphed into the Union League Club. Over time, the building changed hands to the University Club One Madison as seen from Madison Square Park. and finally the Manhattan Club, where members such For the week ending Aug. 6, the avas Grover Cleveland, Al Smith and erage listing price for homes was $3.86 Franklin D. Roosevelt dropped by for million, a decrease of 1.2 percent, or cocktails and bonhomie. Next door was the Madison Square Hotel, where $45,918, compared to the prior week. Streeteasy (streeteasy.com) recently up-and-coming Hollywood actors reported that the median annual rent such as Henry Fonda and James Stewper square foot for NOMad (North of art roomed in the 1930s. Though the Jerome Mansion ob- Madison Square Park) is $69. Thus, tained landmark status in 1965, two an 800-square-foot unit would be years later the city permitted its owner about $4,600 a month. For the Flatiron to demolish the 1859 mansion, along neighborhood, they report that the with the Madison Square Hotel, to median rent per square foot is $78, build the New York Merchandise translating to $5,200 per month for an 800-square-foot unit. Mart, which opened in 1974. Delmonico’s restaurant was located Developed by Related Compaat Fifth Ave. and 26th St. between 1876 nies and HFZ Capital Group in partand 1899 and attracted the Gilded Age nership with CIM Group, the Cetra elite. Said to be the birthplace of Lob/ Ruddy-designed One Madison, ster Newberg, it claimed bold-faced diners the likes of Oscar Wilde, Mark overlooking Madison Square Park Twain, Charles Dickens, J.P. Morgan, at 23 E. 22nd St., is now selling conFrance’s Napoleon III and Britain’s dominiums (onemadison.com). A King Edward VII while he was prince slender 53-unit, 60-story bronze-andglass tower, it sports gorgeous views of Wales. from a mix of studios to four-bedroom homes with keyed elevator acON THE MARKET cess. The building also includes two townhome residences in a contiguous Trulia (trulia.com) reports that the five-story building. The main enFlatiron District’s median sales price trance to One Madison, on 22nd St., between May 14 and Aug. 14 –– based was designed BKSK Architects. on 16 sales –– was $2.167 million. A select number of units have Compared to the same period a year private outdoor space and eat-in ago, that represents an increase of 81.1 kitchens, and all the full-floor units percent –– or $970,556 –– though the showcase panoramic views from number of sales decreased from 21. both inside and the terraces. Rupert Average price per square foot was Murdoch recently bought a one-of-a$1,967, an increase of 39.7 percent compared to the same period last year. FLATIRON, continued on p. 23 TheVillager.com

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iven the multiplicity of ways Manhattanites identify their neighborhoods geographically, when some people mention the Flatiron and Madison Square Park neighborhoods, others have in mind sections of Gramercy Park, Chelsea, Murray Hill and Union Square. The Flatiron neighborhood is widely thought of as the blocks bordered by 20th St. and Union Square, running from Sixth or Seventh Aves. on the west to Lexington Ave. or Irving Place on the east. The Madison Square Park neighborhood surrounds the park’s historic district and, broadly speaking, is bounded by 25th and 20th Sts. and by Sixth and Lexington Aves. Notable historic landmarks throughout the bustling Flatiron District include the New York Life Insurance Building, at 51 Madison Ave. at 26th St., the MetLife Tower, on Madison Ave. near 23rd St., the Appellate Division Courthouse of New York State, on Madison between 25th and 26th Sts., and, of course, the iconic tri-

angle-shaped Flatiron Building, at 175 Fifth Ave. and 23rd St. When built in 1902, the Flatiron Building became one of the city’s first skyscrapers north of Union Square. The 1909 Hecla Iron Works clock outside the front entrance of 200 Fifth Ave., at 25th St. –– formally known as the Toy Building –– won Landmarks Preservation Commission designation in 1981. The neighborhood boasts two national historic districts: the Ladies’ Mile Historic District (preserve2.org/ ladiesmile), which was a shopper’s paradise from the mid-19th to the early-20th century. Running between 15th and 24th Sts. from Sixth Ave. to Park Ave. South, early former locales for department stores such as Lord & Taylor (Broadway and 20th St.), B. Altman’s (Sixth Ave. between 18th and 19th Sts.), and R.H. Macy’s (14th St. and Sixth Ave.) reigned supreme there. When it opened in 1896 on Sixth Ave. at 18th St., Siegel-Cooper was thought to be the largest department store in the world. For its opening day, the store hired some 9,000 employees (clerks, packers and drivers) because they expected their debut to attract nearly 200,000 shoppers.


Flatiron is at crossroads of history and the hot ances. Doorman services are aroundthe-clock. Priced at $1.35 million, this residence includes private storage within the building. Currently, a tenant is occupying the unit through February 2015. (townrealestate.com/ listing.html?webID=712130)

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MARLEY WHITE

kind five-bedroom penthouse triplex, along with one additional unit (more than 7,000 square feet) for $57 million. Loft-like interiors were created by both Yabu Pushelberg and Cetra / Ruddy, providing buyers with two design options. Yabu Pushelberg offers wide-plank quarter-sawn herringbone-style solid oak flooring and kitchens with custom gray-stained veneered African ayous wood cabinetry, honed Calacatta Ondulato marble countertops, and integrated Miele appliances. Spa-like master baths are dressed in a Blue Cipollino marble throughout, including the tops of the gray-stained European oak cabintry. Cetra / Ruddy features include nine-inch-wide quarter-sawn solid white oak floors, Indian laurel-veneered kitchen cabinetry, honed Calacatta Borghini marble worktops, and integrated Gaggenau appliances. Master baths feature a selection of dimensional Italian travertine marble surfaces and bleached maple vanities topped with honed Crema Delicato marble. The building’s One Club includes a lounge, a parlor and screening room,

The garden feel of Birreria atop Eataly on Fifth Ave. at E. 23rd St.

along with a dining room with a catering kitchen and butler service for private parties. Other top-notch extras include a fitness center, an indoor pool, a playroom, and round-theclock doorman and concierge services. (onemadison.com) At 16th St., 108 Fifth Ave. is now listed with Town Residential. Measuring about 825 square feet, this

completely renovated, one-bedroom condominium with new hardwood floors, custom built-ins, and a washer / dryer features floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors in the living room, leading to a private balcony with views over Fifth Ave. The master suite has a walk-in closet and en-suite bathroom done up in marble. The kitchen is outfitted with frosted glass-fronted cabinetry and stainless steel appli-

Warburg Realty is selling a three-bedroom duplex at 50 W. 15th St. between Fifth and Sixth Aves. Coming in at about 2,440 square feet of indoor space with 12-foothigh ceilings, hardwood floors, and double-pane windows, the unit has a private garden of more than 1,000 square feet, as well. On the upper level, the living room’s floor-to-ceiling window and doors provide access to the south-facing outdoor space. An open kitchen overlooks the living room. This floor also contains the master bedroom, with a walk-in closet and en-suite bath with a soaking tub and glass-enclosed steam shower, as well as the other bedrooms, both garden-facing. On the lower level, there’s a spacious home theater, a powder room, and a laundry room. A full-service building with doorman services, this residence is priced at $4.295 million. (warburgrealty.com/ property/132772620140620)

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Katz’s is said to sell air rights, but deli will be staying KATZ’S, continued from p. 1

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a nearby real estate company, ambivalent about being named, said he was “99 percent sure” it is Benjamin Shaoul, head of Magnum Real Estate Group. Strong rumors to that effect have been circulating for weeks in the neighborhood. Shaoul, also known as the “Sledgehammer,” didn’t return a call from The Villager for comment. Now more likely to be feted in real estate trade magazines and snapped by celebrity photographers, Shaoul has been the focus of many news articles about his removing rent-stabilized residents from their apartments, before putting the units back online as market rate. “The bottom line is Katz’s storefront is going to stay as is,” Dell said. “We are staying. I am fifth generation and I am going to make sure Katz’s lasts at least another 50 years.” Having witnessed so many changes in the area over the years, Dell said he’s fine with new construction on the block. But for another beloved restaurant on the other corner of Houston St., the prospect of more luxury condos brought closure after nearly 20 years in business.

Katz’s Deli, at Houston and Orchard Sts., has reportedly sold its unused development rights.

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Bereket, a Turkish and Middle Eastern kebab shop, shuttered at the end of June. Its departure marked the beginning of the end for other stores along the strip. A small deli a few storefronts down doesn’t look like it does a lot of business, but it has been here for even longer, its owner Abdul said. His lease expired in May, but he has been given two reprieves and is looking at November as a termination date. He estimated that Bereket had been forking over $20,000 a month for around 1,000 square feet of space. When Abdul started out at the location, he said he would pay $2,500 a month in rent. And today? “If I told you, you wouldn’t believe me,” he said, adding that he works hard seven days a week just to earn a salary. The realtor speculated that with current zoning imposing a height cap of 120 feet, the unused space above Katz’s Delicatessen might be “transferred” to allow increased density and thus more apartments at adjacent sites along Orchard and E. Houston Sts. Bowery Boogie reported on Aug.

29 that Katz’s had sold its development rights, and the Web site speculated that perhaps a new development would “cantilever” over Katz’s. The unnamed realtor who spoke to The Villager praised the arrival of more luxury development and the towering hotels under construction nearby because, he said, retail stores need a lot more foot traffic. Boutiques on side streets below Houston St. on Labor Day were struggling, with some shuttered and others selling merchandise for half price. But not everyone is happy with the upmarket changes the Lower East Side has seen in recent years. No sooner then she had plopped herself down on a stoop around the corner on Ludlow St., a dismayed Susan Scutti asked, “What ever happened to Max Fish?” Max Fish was a popular haven for artists. The bar opened in 1989, when the neighborhood was still ragtag and drew celebrity names like Johnny Depp. “Oh, my God,” she said in dismay, as she surveyed what was left of that scene. “This is not the Lower East Side, after all.”

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not successful. Robert Tierney, outgoing chairperson of the commission, reiterated the reasoning behind the board’s prior decision not to landmark the building, in a June 1 letter to Community Board 1. “Though the property’s history as the first large, purpose-built warehouse of the A&P Company and as an example of the work of architect Frank Dinkelberg does not altogether lack merit, there are numerous more intact buildings within the Tribeca historic district that encapsulate this area’s warehouse history,” Tierney wrote. Alterations made in 1910 added two floors, diluting the historical value of the building, Tierney added. The nine-story building, though, is one of the few remaining warehouses along West St., said Miro, an architect. Its role in the advent of rein-

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esidents of 67 Vestry St. have not given up on efforts to preserve their homes in an 117-year-old former warehouse in Tribeca. Although efforts to landmark the building fell short in the spring, a handful of options remain for the tenants, including challenging the permit process and working through local elected representatives. Owner Aby Rosen received approval from the city Department of Buildings on July 22 for an 11-story building, which would replace the current structure, should demolition permits eventually be acquired. However, no such application has been received by D.O.B., according to department records. In the meantime, residents are examining their legal options, including possible grounds for appealing the approved building design with the help of Borough President Gale Brewer. There is also talk about expanding the Tribeca North Historic District to accommodate 67 Vestry St. — which lies just outside the current district boundaries — with the incoming Landmarks Preservation Commission Chairperson Meenakshi Srinivan, according to Jacqueline Miro, a 16-year resident of the building. She added that a date for such a meeting has yet to be set due to scheduling conflicts. “It’s not an easy building to pull down,” she said on Aug. 10. “It’s got history. It’s got force and it’s got unmovable tenants.” A previous effort to have the city Landmarks Commission re-examine its prior decision was

Residents at 67 Vestry St., left, hope to keep their homes, although the city recently approved plans for a new building at the site.

forced concrete within the American architectural canon further distinguishes it from other former warehouses which utilized more primitive materials, according to Miro. More recently, the building housed some of the artists, including Andy Warhol, who would transform Tribeca during the ’70s and ’80s from a grimy industrial area into a ritzy residential neighborhood. Now the neighborhood ranks among the most affluent in New York City — making it prime territory for developers. According to the plans approved by D.O.B., the new building would be 134 feet high and have 42 residential units. “I love old Tribeca. There’s not much left,” said Orshi Drozdik, an artist and longtime resident of the building. Fifteen out of 23 units within the building remain occupied, according to Miro. However, the remaining residents fall into two categories, she acknowledged: longtime residents inclined to fight displacement, and a “less enamored” group of residents who are more open to negotiation, or who are just sick of fighting. Among them was one resident who said he received a buyout offer from the landlord, though “not in writing.” Only the one resident said he has received an offer from the landlord, among five residents interviewed for this article. Rosen representatives did not respond to requests for comment. “I just want to enjoy it as long as I can live here,” Drozdik said, “and hope that [Rosen] cannot demolish it.”

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100 SARDINES MANAGEMENT LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 5/5/2014. Off. Loc.:New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, c/o Portuga Restaurant, 31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 101 WILLOW ST., LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 7/11/14. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Lance G. Harris, Esq., 1211 Ave. of the Americas, 40th Fl., NY, NY 10036. General Purposes. Vil: 08/07 - 09/11/2014 28 PUTNAM AVENUE LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 8/20/14. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Holm & O’Hara LLP, Attn: Michael L. Landsman Esq., 3 W. 35th St., 9th Fl., NY, NY 10001. General Purposes. Vil: 09/04 - 10/09/2014 304 EAST 82ND STREET ASSOCIATES, LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 8/3/11. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Eric Mann, 599 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222. General Purposes. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014 AMIKAM LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 7/1/2014. Off. Loc.:New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, 70W 36th St., Ste 5A, New York, NY 10018. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 08/21 - 09/25/2014 APP FOR AUTH FOR WOMENS HEALTH PRACTICE, LLC App for Auth filed with SSNY 12/30/2013 LLC. Registered in Wyoming on 11/21/2012 Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, c/o Edline V. Walters, 232 Seven Spring Mountain Rd., Monroe, NY 10950. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 08/21 - 09/25/2014 NOTICE OF FILING OF THE ARTS OF ORGAN OF 2862 ASSOCIATES, LLC filed with NY Secy of State on 06/24/2014. Office location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Julian W. Friedman, Ballard Spahr Stillman & Friedman, LLP, 425 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022. Purpose: To engage in all aspects of real estate development and management. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014

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FORMATION OF COLLISTER MEDIA LLC filed with the Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/24/14. Office loc.: New York County. The principal business loc. is 12 E. 36th St., New York, NY 10016. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Essex Equity, 7 Columbia Turnpike, 2nd Fl., Florham Park, NJ 07932. Mgmt. shall be by one or more managers. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 08/14 - 09/18/2014 IPPUDO KURO-OBI, LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 8/8/14. 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, c/o R.O.S.E., 420 Lexington Ave., Ste. 2160, NY, NY 10170. General Purposes. Vil: 09/04 - 10/09/2014 MARGARET O’LEARY RETAIL NYC LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 5/27/14. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Coopersmith & Coopersmith, Attn: Richard D. Coopersmith Esq., 233 Broadway, 18th Fl., NY, NY 10279. Purpose: Any lawful act. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that license #1280780 has been applied by the undersigned to sell liquor at retail in a restaurant under the alcoholic beverage control law at 331 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY 10027 for on-premises consumption. Serf Two Inc. d/b/a Babalucci’s Vil: 09/04 - 09/11/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 16 FIELDVIEW LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/15/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whim process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: % Avi Telyas, 200 Central Park South, Apt 9-R, New York, NY 10019. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 08/21 - 09/25/2014 MERINT PROPERTIES LLC Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/03/10. Office: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 188 2nd Avenue, Suite 5, New York, New York 10003. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014 BKLYN156 LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 7/31/14. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Watershed Ventures LLC, 170 E. 61st St., 4th Fl., NY, NY 10065. General Purposes. Vil: 08/14 - 09/18/2014

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NOTICE OF FOREIGN REGISTRATION OF CARPENTER LIPPS & LELAND LLP. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/7/14. Office location: NY County. LLP registered in OH on 12/11/01. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 280 N. High St., Ste 1300, Columbus, OH 43215, principal office address. Cert. of Org. filed with OH Sec. of State, 180 E. Broad St., Ste 103, Columbus, OH 43215 . Purpose: practice the profession of law. Vil: 08/14 - 09/18/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION KENNEDY ADVERTAINMENT COMPANY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 10/4/2013. Off. Loc.: New York Cnty. SSNY designated as agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. The reg. agent is: United States Corporation Agents, Inc. at same address. Purpose: all lawful activities. Vil: 08/07 - 09/11/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 14 FIELDVIEW LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/15/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whim process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: % Avi Telyas, 200 Central Park South, Apt 9-R, New York, NY 10019. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 08/21 - 09/25/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 210 WYCOMBE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/28/14.Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Paul Wrobleski, Clarfeld, 560 White Plains Rd.,Tarrytown, NY 10591. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF UNTITLED COWBOY, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/28/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 453 W. 21st St., 2nd Fl., NY, NY 10011. LLC formed in DE on 7/22/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE addr. of LLC: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/14 - 09/18/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 328W108 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/3/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 328 W. 108th St., NY, NY 10025. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/07 - 09/11/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 32 FRONT PORCH LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/30/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 51 W. 52nd St., NY, NY 10019. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 08/21 - 09/25/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 353-357 BROADWAY OWNER LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/5/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/21 - 09/25/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GRAMERCY DAISY 22 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/12/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 304 Sweetbriar Court, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 365 UNION RRG NEW RESIDENTIAL, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/21/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/07 - 09/11/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF HSRE USA LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/02/2014 Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: HSRE USA LLC c/o LAW OFFICE OF Z. TAN, 110 E. 59TH ST., #3200, NY, NY 10022. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 505 GREENWICH STREET UNIT 6E LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 6/10/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Hyde Park Holdings, 500 Fifth Ave., 50th Fl., NY, NY 10110. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 08/14 - 09/18/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 57 DEVELOPER LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/15/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Royal Realty Corp., Attn: Corporate Counsel, One Bryant Park, NY, NY 10036. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 58 DEVELOPER LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/15/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Royal Realty Corp., Attn: Corporate Counsel, One Bryant Park, NY, NY 10036. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 781 METROPOLITAN AVE JV LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/31/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Adam America Real Estate, 850 Third Ave., Ste. 13D, NY, NY 10022, Attn: Omri Sachs. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 08/21 - 09/25/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 353-357 BROADWAY OWNER MEMBER LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/5/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/21 - 09/25/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF FIDUCIARY MANAGEMENT GROUP, LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/15/2002. Office location: NEW YORK County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The Post Office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is: 370 Lexington Ave., Ste. 803, NY, NY 10017. The principal business address of the LLC is: 370 Lexington Ave., Ste. 803, NY, NY 10017 Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 08/21 - 09/25/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BRIDGE PARK HOLDINGS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/18/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Kalnick, Klee & Green, LLP, 767 Third Ave., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF DIANA ADAMS LAW & MEDIATION, PLLC a professional service limited liability company (PLLC). Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/05/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the PLLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the PLLC is to: Diana Adams Law & Mediation, PLLC, 48 Wall Street, 11th Floor, New York NY 10005. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 09/04 - 10/09/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GGMC PROPERTIES, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/13/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1651 Third Ave., Ste. 207, NY, NY 10128. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BETSOLA LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/08/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Betsy Olum, 222 Park Ave. S., NY, NY 10003. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/04 - 10/09/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GRANUM, LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Sec. of State of NY (?SSNY?) on 7/10/14. 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 any process to the LLC, c/o Globex Int’l, Inc., 515 Madison Avenue, 38th Floor, New York, NY 10022, Attn: Leonid Kogan. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF JUSTICE: JUST US LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/14/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: JUSTICE: Just Us LLC, 45 Wall Street, Apt 2203, New York, NY 10005. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 090/04 - 10/09/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GREENWICH 1982 LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) 8/4/14. Office location: NEW YORK County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address:c/o Sabin, Bermant & Gould LLP, 4 Times Square, NY NY 10036 Attn: Managing Partner Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF HAPPY DIAMOND RESTAURANT LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/23/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 154 W. 14th St., NY, NY 10011, Attn: Jonathan Goldman. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/07 - 09/11/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LOH CONSULTING, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/1/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Franklin Loh, 240 E. 93rd St., Apt. 14F, NY, NY 10128. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/21 - 09/25/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF HIPPIE ROSE LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/28/2014. Office location: NEW YORK County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The Post Office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is: United State Corporation Agents, Inc 7014 13th Ave, Ste 202 Brooklyn, NY 11228. The principal business address of the LLC is: 499 Fashion Avenue, 3rd Floor NY, NY 10018 Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 09/04- 10/09/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LORIMER NEIGHBOURS LIMITED PARTNERSHIP Cert. of LP filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/05/14. Office location: NY County. Latest date on which the LP may dissolve is 12/31/2044. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the Partnership, 82 Nassau St. #222, NY, NY 10038. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 08/14 - 09/18/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF INDUSTRIE CAPITAL PARTNERS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/19/05. 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 Industrie Wear, Attn: Eli Hamway, 1375 Broadway, 15th Fl., NY, NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF KINGSHILL DEVELOPMENT LLC Arts of Org filed with Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/14/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: 140 East 83rd Street, New York, NY 10028. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MUM’S THE WORD LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/06/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, c/o Alexandra G. Williamson, 215 E. 73rd St., Apt. 3FG, NY, NY 10021. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 08/14 - 09/18/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LONGCLAW, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/07/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: Longclaw, LLC, P.O. Box 105, New York, NY 10009. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LW 4C, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/08/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LW 4D, LLC Arts. of Org. filed withSecy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/08/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ARCP FE MARCY NY, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/29/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 07/28/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o CT Corporation System, 111 Eighth Ave., 13th Fl., NY, NY 10011. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 08/07 - 09/11/2014

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MAEBASHI LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/17/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 14 W. 87th St., Unit 1, NY, NY 10024. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/07 - 09/11/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MYNYC PARTNERS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/23/2014. Office location, County of New York. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 6 Stuyvesant Oval #8H, NY, NY 10009. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF NICE BIKE MEDIA, LLC, Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 6/19/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Shukat Arrow Hafer Weber & Herbsman, Att: Jason Finestone, Esq., 494 8th Ave., NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 08/14 - 09/18/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF ADI CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 12/20/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 9/11/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to 529 5th Ave., 8th Fl., NY, NY 10017. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 08/14 - 09/18/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF PROFILE ENTERPRISES 2 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/04/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 347 Fifth Ave., NY, NY 10016. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Gatsby Enterprises at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 08/21 - 09/25/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 36TH STREET HOSPITALITY, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/13/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/28/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: National Corporate Research, Ltd., 615 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Arts. of Org. filed with Jeffrey W. Bullock, Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 08/21 - 09/25/2014

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NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 2085 LEXINGTON JV LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 6/19/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 6/18/14. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 08/14 - 09/18/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SILKSTONE HOSPITALITY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/20/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 17 Orchard St., NY, NY 10002. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 090/04 - 10/09/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SPIN CERAMICS USA LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/22/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: United Corporate Services, Inc., 10 Bank St., Ste. 560, White Plains, NY 10606, the registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/04 - 10/09/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF THORSUN LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/11/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: THORSUN LLC, c/o JD Mitchell Associates, 645 Madison Ave., NY, NY 10022, Attn: John Dermott Mitchell. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 685 FIFTH AVENUE OWNER LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 6/19/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 5/15/14. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 08/14 - 09/18/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF NICE BIKE TOURING, LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 6/19/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Shukat Arrow Hafer Weber & Herbsman, Att: Jason Finestone, Esq., 494 8th Ave., NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 08/14 - 09/18/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 336 EAST 81ST ST LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/12/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: c/o Trevi Retail LLC, 130 E. 59th St., Ste. 14A, NY, NY 10022. LLC formed in DE on 8/7/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 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: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 344 EAST 85TH ST LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/12/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: c/o Trevi Retail LLC, 130 E. 59th St., Ste. 14A, NY, NY 10022. LLC formed in DE on 8/7/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 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: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ARC NY24549W17, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/05/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 07/31/14. Princ. office of LLC: 106 York Rd., Montgomery, PA 19046. 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 DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 08/21 - 09/25/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ABBOTT SELECT VENTURE FUND, L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/17/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1290 Ave. of the Americas, 9th Fl., NY, NY 10104. LP formed in DE on 7/10/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP 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 LP: c/o The Corporation Trust Company, 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF AGCP IV LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/1/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 7/30/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Angelo Gordon & Co., L.P., 245 Park Ave., 26th Fl., NY, NY 10167, principal business address. DE address of LLC: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/21 - 09/25/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 60G 121 SPRING STREET LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/18/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 07/17/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 370 7th Ave., Ste. 512, NY, NY 10001. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 08/07 - 09/11/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BOUTWELL FAY LLP Notice of Registration (Foreign) filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/21/14. Office location: NY County. LLP formed in CA on 6/15/98. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLP to: Boutwell Fay LLP, 1 Park Plaza, Ste 600, Irvine, CA 92614. Principal business address: 40 Worth Street, New York, NY 10013. CA address of LLP: 1 Park Plaza, Ste 600, Irvine, CA 92614. Certificate of LLP filed with Secy of State of CA located in Sacramento CA. Purpose: any lawful act. 2330640. Vil: 09/04 - 10/09/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF CSI USA ASSET MANAGEMENT, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/21/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 07/17/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 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, 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014 PHILLIPS ADMINISTRATION LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 5/8/14. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Costello & Associates P.C., 260 Madison Ave., 17th Fl., NY, NY 10016. General Purposes. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF DAWN CITY GLOBAL II LLC App. for Auth. filed w/ Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/15/14. Office loc.: NY County. Formed in DE on 5/14/14. SSNY designated agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to principal bus. add. of LLC: 80 Broad Street, 5th Floor, #602, New York NY 10004. DE address: A Registered Agent, Inc., 1521 Concord Pike #303, Wilmington DE 19803. Cert of LLC filed with Secy of State of DE at: 820 N French St, 4th Fl, Wilmington DE 19801. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/14 - 09/18/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF JET CITY GLOBAL II LLC App. for Auth. filed w/ Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/15/14. Office loc.: NY County. Formed in DE on 5/14/14. SSNY designated agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to principal bus. add. of LLC: 80 Broad Street, 5th Floor, #602, New York NY 10004. DE address: A Registered Agent, Inc., 1521 Concord Pike #303, Wilmington DE 19803. Cert of LLC filed with Secy of State of DE at: 820 N French St, 4th Fl, Wilmington DE 19801. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/14 - 09/18/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF PARKER LIFESTYLE, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/24/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 600 Kellwood Pkwy., Chesterfield, MO 63017. LLC formed in DE on 6/20/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: CT Corporation System, 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/14 - 09/18/2014 STANDARD SHOE OF NEW YORK, LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 5/19/2014. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, c/o Gartner & Bloom, Esqs., 801 Second Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 08/07 - 09/11/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF ADI CAPITAL ADVISORS LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 12/20/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 9/19/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to 529 5th Ave., 8th Fl., NY, NY 10017. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 08/14 - 09/18/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF PACIFIC RESOURCES BENEFITS ADVISORS, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/23/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in IL on 4/18/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Principal office address: 321 N. Clark St., Ste. 940, Chicago, IL 60654. Cert. of Org. filed with IL Sec. of State, 213 State Capitol, Springfield, IL 62756. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/14 - 09/18/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF PAUL MOSS INSURANCE AGENCY, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/9/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in OH on 10/18/11. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. OH and principal business address: 3700 Park East Dr., Ste. 350, Beachwood, OH 44122. Cert. of Org. filed with OH Sec. of State, 180 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/14 - 09/18/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SGGP III, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/21/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 402 W. 13th St., 4th Fl., NY, NY 10014. LLC formed in DE on 6/26/14. 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 addr. of LLC: 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: 08/07 - 09/11/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF VOXILITY, LLC Application of Authority filed with Secreptary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/16/2014. Office location: NY County. Principal business address: 580 California Street, 12th floor, suite #1243, San Francisco, CA 94104. LLC formed in Virginia (VA) on 09/05/2012. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: The LLC, 580 California Street, 12th floor, suite #1243, San Francisco, CA 94104. VA address of LLC: N/A. Articles of Formation filed with VA State Corporation Commission, 1300 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23219. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF PRIVCAP VENTURES HOLDINGS LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/14/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 725 5th Ave., 22nd Fl., NY, NY 10022. LLC formed in DE on 7/8/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF THOMPSON HOTELS LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/31/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/12/06. 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 Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 08/14 - 09/18/2014 VERADEANA PROPERTIES LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 3/25/2014. Off. Loc.:New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, 240 East 47th St., Apt 17B, New York, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 08/21 - 09/25/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF MIDWOOD SOFTWARE, LLC Authority filed with SSNY on 7/9/14. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 2/10/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o THE LLC, 116 W. 23rd St., 5th Fl., NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: c/o USA Corporate Services Inc., 3500 South Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901. Arts. Of Org. filed with the DE Secy. Of State, 401 Federal St., Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/07 - 09/11/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF R & B REALTY GROUP, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED PARTNERSHIP Application for Authority filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/16/2014. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LP may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LP is to: R & B Realty Group, A California Limited Partnership, 2222 Corinth Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90064. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 08/07 - 09/11/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SONS OF LEO LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/14/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/11/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 234 W. 44th St., Ste. 800, NY, NY 10036, principal business address. DE address of LLC: 1679 S. DuPont Hwy., Ste. 100, Dover, DE 19901. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF TRANS WORLD INTERNATIONAL, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/31/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1360 E. 9th St., Ste. 100, Cleveland, OH 44114. LLC formed in DE on 4/24/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SG GROWTH PARTNERS III, LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/21/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 402 W. 13th St., 4th Fl., NY, NY 10014. LP formed in DE on 6/26/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE addr. of LP: The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/07 - 09/11/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF TIGER LILY CAPITAL, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/11/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 200 Garrett St., Ste. #S, Charlottesville, VA 22902. LLC formed in AK on 5/5/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: National Corporate Research, Ltd., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. AK addr. of LLC: 4318 Conifer Lane, Juneau, AK 99801. Cert. of Org. filed with AK Commissioner of Commerce, Community & Economic Development, POB 110806, Juneau, AK 99811. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014

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To: Chi Lee a/k/a Chi Lee Digrazia 139 East 30th Street, Unit 1B New York, New York 10016

Chi Lee a/k/a Chi Lee DiGrazia 247 Garfield Street Freeport, New York 11520

Chi Center 165 West 66th Street, Apartment 8X New York, New York 10023 Attn: Chi Lee a/k/a Chi Lee DiGrazia

NOTICE OF SALE

Pursuant to Section 32(c) and other terms of a Proprietary Lease dated October 30, 1996 (“Lease”) between Andrada Owners Corp. ("Corporation"), as lessor, and Chi Lee a/k/a Chi Lee DiGrazia (“Chi Lee”)as lessee, Article VI, Section 6 of the By-laws of the Corporation and NY-UCC §9-613, the undersigned will sell the One Thousand Two Hundred (1,200) shares of common stock of the Corporation registered in the name of Chi Lee and the lessee’s interest in the Lease of Apartment 1B ("Apartment") at 139 East 30th Street, New York, New York 10016 appurtenant thereto, at a public auction to be held on September 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the office of Brill & Meisel, 845 Third Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, New York. Bids must be for all cash and non-contingent on financing. Ten (10%) percent of the bid amount (“Price”) will be payable upon acceptance of the bid by bank check from a member bank of the New York Clearing House Association with the balance of the Price to be paid within Thirty (30) Days thereafter. The upset Price, including a judgment, all unpaid rent, additional rent, interest late charges, attorneys fees, costs and expenses incurred by the Corporation to the date of sale will total approximately $150,000.00, and the secured party reserves the right to bid. The approximate base maintenance charge for the Apartment is $1,263.24 per month, and in addition to the Price, a successful bidder must pay all New York City and State transfer taxes, a transfer fee of one half (.5%) percent of the Price and legal fees to Brill & Meisel of $2,500.00 for its preparation of closing documents and attendance at closing. The secured party makes no representations or warranties as to title or condition of the Apartment. Sale of the Apartment and the fixtures and articles of personal property affixed to or used in connection therewith will be "AS IS" without representation or warranty of any kind or nature and subject to: (a) rights of prior occupants, if any, including without limitation (i) Chi Lee, whose Lease, having been terminated and a judgment of possession having been issued by the New York County Civil Court against her on October 1, 2012, vacated the Apartment on or about January 31, 2014; and/or (ii) any unauthorized persons known and unknown to the Corporation who occupied the Apartment from time to time in occupancy on the date of sale; (b) prior liens, if any; (c) the terms of the Lease; and (d) any conditions of transfer imposed by the Corporation or its Board of Directors (“Board”). The purchase of the Apartment will be subject to the approval of the Board as provided in the Lease and By-laws. The successful bidder will be required to submit an application for approval as a shareholder to the Board with a copy to the attorneys for the Corporation within five (5) days after the date of the sale and to cooperate with any and all requirements of the Board, including, but not limited to, submitting personal and professional references, financial statements and documentation, and attending personal interviews. The debtor is entitled to an accounting of the sums due the Corporation secured by the Apartment the Corporation intends to sell and may seek an accounting by submitting a written request therefor at the address set forth below. Dated: New York, New York August 11, 2014

Yours, etc. BRILL & MEISEL Attorneys for Secured Party Andrada Owners Corp. By: _____________________ Elliott Meisel 845 Third Avenue, 16th Floor New York, New York 10022 (212) 753-5599

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TREXLER LAW, P.C. Jonathan T. Trexler 10 East 39th Street, Suite 1208 New York, New York 10016 September 4, 2014

Vil: 08/21 – 09/04/2014

NOTICE OF  NAMES  OF  PERSONS  APPEARING  AS  OWNER  OF   CERTAIN  UNCLAIMED  PROPERTY  HELD  BY  ASIA  BANK,  N.A.    

The following   persons   appear   from   our   records   to   be   entitled   to   unclaimed   property   consisting   of   cash   amounts   of   fifty   dollars   or   more:   BONANO,  ELVI  -­‐  1773  FIRST  AVE,  #8,  NEW  YORK,  NY  10128   CAI,  CUI  QIONG  -­‐  8385  BAXTER  ST,  #1B,  NEW  YORK,  NY  10013   CHEN,  JUN  -­‐  9  MONROE  ST,  #9  4FL,  NEW  YORK,  NY  10002   CHEN,  LI  ZHEN  -­‐  45  MARKET  ST,  #4,  NEW  YORK,  NY  10002   CHEN,  YINGHUA,  SHUBING  CHEN  -­‐  60  HENRY  ST,  #5F,  NEW  YORK,   NY  10002   CHENG,  FEI  -­‐  207  CLINTON  ST,  #10,  NEW  YORK,  NY  10002   LAM,  DICK  G  -­‐  209  FIRST  AVE,  NEW  YORK,  NY  1 0003   LEE,  CHEI  FONG  CECILIA,  W EN  SHI  HUANG  -­‐  246  W .  112ND  ST,   #310,  NEW  YORK,  NY  10026   LEUNG,  SUI  YEE,  AURELIO  CHANG  WONG  -­‐  3778A  BROADWAY,   NEW  YORK,  NY  10032   LIU,  ZENG  JIAN,  JIN  PING  CHEN  -­‐  319  W .  35TH  ST,  #4E,  NEW  YORK,   NY  10001   LIU,  ZHULIE  -­‐  282  CHERRY  ST,  #8F,  NEW  YORK,  NY  10002   WANG,  KEJIN  -­‐  47  EAST  BROADWAY,  #205,  NEW  YORK,  NY  1 0002   WANG,  YIPING  -­‐  94  MADISON  ST,  #6,  NEW  YORK,  NY  1 0002   YANG,  YOU  MIN  -­‐148  MADISON  ST,  #8D,  NEW  YORK,  NY  10002    

*A report   of   Unclaimed   Property   has   been   made   to   the   Comptroller   of   the   State  of  New  York,  pursuant  to  Section  301  of  the  abandoned  Property  Law.   A   list   of   the   names   contained   in   such   notices   is   on   file   and   open   to   public   inspection   at   the   principal   office   of   the   bank,   located   at   135-­‐34   Roosevelt   Ave   Flushing   NY   11354,   where   such   abandoned   property   is   payable.   Such   abandoned   property   will   be   paid   on   or   before   October   31,   2014   next   to   persons  establishing  to  its  satisfaction  their  rights  to  receive  the  same.  In  the   succeeding   November   and   on   or   before   the   tenth   day   thereof,   such   unclaimed  property  will  be  paid  to  the  Comptroller  of  the  State  of  New  York,     and  shall  thereupon  cease  to  be  liable  therefore.  

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 3600 BROADWAY OWNER LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/20/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to:The LLC, 152 W. 57th St., 36th Fl., NY, NY 10019. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014

SCOOPY’S, continued from p. 2 activist John Penley “decided to bow out,” according to the Yippie veteran. “He thought there should be a separate John Penley reality show,” Beal quipped. “Penley’s got a big ego.” Penley responded to us via Facebook: “First of all, I don’t even know that it is even gonna happen, and honestly, I just don’t want to do it. I don’t want my own show either. I want to party in NOLA.”

BURNED UP: Speaking of medical marijuana, Allen Roskoff and his Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club members are burned up over Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recently approved New York version. We got a shot of these custom Jim Owles-approved lighters (on page 2) back when the club was getting ready to endorse Zephyr Teachout over Cuomo for governor, which was only a bit before

Cuomo approved medical marijuana. However, the lighters’ message still applies today, Roskoff recently told us. He angrily blasted Cuomo’s medical pot plan as way too watered down, fuming, “It’s something you’d expect in Texas — not New York!”

WASH. SQ. WILLIAMS: Local park activist Sharon Woolums told us about her encounter with Robin Williams about five or six years ago, when the hot topic was the park’s redesign. She said she had taken her neighbor’s dog to the dog run, and found out that Williams was shooting a film in the park. “And there he was,” Woolums said. “So I went out to ask him if he’d like to comment on the redesign controversy. He said he’d love to know more about it. Much to the delight of the dog walkers and owners, he came into the dog run to get the information. He was very sweet and I am so very sad he is gone.” TheVillager.com


FLASHBACK

PHOTO BY BEN COHEN, N.Y.C. PARKS PHOTO ARCHIVE

A stark look back before Bleecker Playground

In September 1959, when the top photo was taken, the Stetler Warehouse stood at the treeless intersection of Hudson, Bleecker and Bank Sts., and a comfort station sat on a traffic island in the street. Both structures were eventually demolished, paving the way for the creation of today’s leafy and heavily used Bleecker St. Playground, seen in a bird’s-eye view shot, left, from the rooftop of the former Village Nursing Home in 2010.

PHOTO BY JONATHAN KUHN

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Anna Jardine, third from left, held her first-place overall women’s trophy, joined by, from left, Robert Farafola, Parks deputy commissioner for management, budget and public programs; emcee Kim Vandenberg, a bronze medalist in the 2008 Olympics in the women’s 4-x-200-meter freestyle relay; and John Hutchins, Parks aquatics director.

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very summer for the last 32 years, when the Parks Department’s recreation center outdoor pools are open, swimmers can participate in a lap competition. There are eight pool sites citywide in the competition, including Tony Dapolito, in the West Village, and Hamilton Fish, on the Lower East Side. This summer, more than 10,000

people participated, swimming a total of more than 14,800 laps. On Wed., Aug. 27, a ceremony was held at Hamilton Fish honoring the first-, second- and third-place winners for each pool, and the top male and female lap swimmers over all. The top female swimmer, Anna Jardine, logged nearly 116 miles at Tony Dapolito, while the top male swimmer, Gary Weeks, tallied 130 miles at Astoria Pool. The event was catered by Katz’s.

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Lew Peterla, of the Village, won three trophies: second place in the Night Owl adult swim at Tony Dapolito; third at the Night Owl swim at Crotona Pool, in the Bronx; and second for the Crotona Early Bird swim. TheVillager.com

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