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Genomics are now in Downtown’s DNA with Soho center By Heather Dubin The bioscience frontier now has a new epicenter in Downtown Manhattan with the official opening of the New York Genome Center last week. The 170,000-squarefoot medical research facility will be a hub for collaboration between academia, industry and clinicians, with 16 participating universities and hospitals so far.  Located at 101 Sixth Ave., between Watts and Grand

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David McWater giving his resignation speech from Community Board 3 on Tuesday evening at P.S. 20.

David McWater leaves C.B. 3; Led board on rezoning, SPURA BY LINCOLN ANDERSON An oversize presence on Community Board 3 for more than a decade, David McWater announced his resignation at C.B. 3’s monthly full-board meeting on Tuesday evening, Sept. 24. As first reported in a special online article in The Villager, McWater told the newspaper on Monday afternoon that he would resign the following day. Speaking after the full-board’s public session on Tuesday, McWater gave a brief, 10-minute speech. He thanked former City Councilmember Margarita Lopez, who he said, “really salvaged me when I was a goof-off at 27, 28.” He thanked Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, and former fellow

board member Harvey Epstein for being “unsung heroes” on the East Village / Lower East Side rezoning and also, in Epstein’s case, the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. McWater also thanked C.B. 3 District Manager Susan Stetzer and other fellow board members who were his allies in the initiatives he led, or who had mentored him when he first came on the board. McWater said the decision to leave the board was his own, and that he wasn’t pressured out, that he had the support of the Manhattan borough president. He said his father died earlier this year, adding, “I had decided sometime ago not to reapply for reappointment in April.” “Any of you in this room who may have mistreated me, I forgive you,” he

said. “And if there are any of you who feel mistreated by me, I hope you’ll forgive me, too.” Then he handed over the microphone for the last time and briskly walked up the aisle and out the door, and was gone down the sidewalk. Before his remarks, board members — some probably already having learned the news by reading The Villager article — had come over to McWater to wish him well. On Monday afternoon, McWater spoke to The Villager in two telephone interviews, during the latter of which he said he planned to resign from the board. During the second conversation, which was more than an hour long, he reflected on his C.B. 3 career and its high points, as

Sts., the genome center was created with more than $140 million in funds from New York City, New York State and several foundations and philanthropies, including Mayor Bloomberg. The center occupies seven floors of the 23-story building, which formerly housed the 32BJ union headquarters. The mayor was a keynote speaker at the Sept. 19

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Sixth Ave. buildings evacuated after new project causes shift By Lincoln Anderson Responding to concerns by nervous residents, the Department of Buildings and firefighters evacuated 188 and 190 Sixth Ave. of their residents on Thursday afternoon. Also evacuated was the ground-level Ciccio restaurant, which had more than 90 reservations for that evening. Residents of No. 188 had complained that construction next door was destabilizing

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the building. One woman, in particular, the occupant of the rear first-floor apartment abutting the construction site, said she couldn’t get in or out of her apartment on Monday because the door jam had shifted, and had to call a locksmith to first get her in — and then, later, back out again. There were also new cracks in the plaster on the hallway walls and arches. Continued on page 6

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Liz Mestres, Brecht Forum’s outgoing executive director, working in her office at 451 West St. under the watchful gaze of Karl Marx.

Marxists can’t make the rent; Make move east to Brooklyn By Gerard Flynn Paying $8,000 a month for 5,500 square feet worth of space facing a lonesome stretch of the West Side Highway may seem reasonable to those in luxury lofts towering nearby. But to the Brecht Forum, a nonprofit organization fighting for “social justice equality and a new culture that puts human needs first,” there comes a time when it’s sink or swim, and after nine years at their current location, at 451 West St., it must leave. Finding itself priced out for the sixth time, the cultural center named in honor of German Marxist playwright Bertolt Brecht, is moving to a new home — a much smaller office in The Commons building, a nonprofit where workspace rent is low. The new location is at 388 Atlantic Ave. in central Brooklyn, two blocks from the Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway stop. For the first time since its beginning in 1975 in the West Village, the Brecht Forum will not be based in Manhattan, said Liz Mestres, its executive director, on a Monday afternoon. The afternoon light swept in from behind the New Jersey coastline, revealing an eerily quiet auditorium that has featured some of the best in alternative dance performances and riveting debates. Mestres will be stepping down next month from the position, which she has held since 1996. Taking a break from moving stuff, she said the 2008 economic slump hit the group with a wallop, from which it hasn’t fully recovered, even in this “jobless recovery,” as she wrly put it. Relying primarily on grants and donations from private sources can be tricky, and as donors took a nosedive in the market the center felt the pinch. Not getting an important grant last year may have been the mortal blow. Over the years, the Brecht Forum has

featured some of the biggest names in leftwing politics, including Noam Chomsky and Naomi Klein, while pressing the case for leftist answers to the world’s timeless social and political problems. Classes can also be thoughtful and explore some of our time’s most meaningful issues, such as the upcoming “Historical Materialist Encounter With the ‘New Materialisms’ of Post-structuralism & Post-modernism & the Biopolitical — a Continuation of the History of Materialism Project,” which will take place over eight weeks, beginning Oct. 12, at the forum’s new home. While Mestres said she will miss the great space, she is “excited” about moving to Brooklyn, where they will rent space in the building, which is shared by other progressive movements and media outlets. The move, Mestres said, hasn’t stymied interest in their programming schedule. They are just about booked up, and at the new venue they will continue their other routine of music and theater workshops. The paid staff of three will drop to two, though The Brecht Forum can still rely on more than 100 volunteers. On Friday there will be a moving-out party featuring Baoku and The Image Afrobeat Band, Jeremiah Hosea and Ras Moshe, starting at 7 p.m. Steve Neil executive director of Westbeth Artists Housing, the nonprofit that “provides affordable housing and studios to artists and their families,” said he wished the Brecht Forum the best. But as a nonprofit, he said, Westbeth has to make money. Brecht Forum had been falling behind on rent, which was generously set at more than 50 percent below the market rate. Since news of the move is only recent, Neil said he does not know who will occupy the space.


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notebook From the archives? Villager reader Robert Reiss reports that he was at a flea market on 25th St. between Fifth and Sixth Aves. last week and saw some old bound volumes of The Villager for sale. There had been four, circa 1960 to 1963, but two had already been sold, he said. They were going for a nice sum — $50 each. He picked up the 1961 volume and flicked it open to a page showing “Mrs. Doris Diether” being presented with an award for her group Save the Village. The volumes “look a little moldy,” the former Occupy Wall Streeter told us, and he wondered if these were from our former office archives. We had previously told Reiss after Hurricane Sandy, that our basement, on the west end of Canal St., had been flooded to the ceiling and that most of our bound volumes, which were unfortunately stored down there, had to be thrown out. Only a handful were saved. Luckily, New York University’s Bobst Library and the New York Public Library (42nd St. main branch and Jefferson Market Library branch) do have a complete archive of The Villager dating back to 1933. Ideally, we’d love to get all our archives up online, but that will be a big project for down the road. Master of puppets: Ricky Syers has been invited by Brandon Stanton to the release event for his new Humans of New York book at the Union Square Barnes and Noble bookstore, at 33 E. 17th St., on Tues., Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. Stanton had photographed Syers with Doris Diether and “Little Doris,” the latest marionette Syers made, and it got 70,000 hits online. Last Tuesday, Syers was at in Washington Square Park, as usual. He was working with his buddy Stix, who was twerking! “Oh no you don’t! You’re twerking!” Syers scolded Stix as he deftly manipulated the boozy marionette to get him to go all Miley Cyrus as onlookers chuckled. Meanwhile, Little Doris, whose dress was wet, was hanging up nearby on a line to dry, as Syers explained to one curious tot — or maybe Syers was just joking, because he later took Little Doris down to feed a peanut to a hungry squirrel. How tweet it is: Mike Allen, the chief White House correspondent of Politico, is now following us on Twitter, we were pleased to see. We better ratchet up our Washington coverage.

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McWater resigns from C.B. 3; Led on rezoning, SPURA and developers to build buildings. “When I started SPURA, people said, ‘You’ll never be able to do it,’ ” he continued. “All the votes on the Lower East Side zoning and SPURA — despite people wanting to make me a lightning rod — every committee vote, every full board vote, every City Planning vote, every Borough Board vote, City Council — unanimous. “It was miraculous,” he said of SPURA. “We took one of the most fractious communities in Manhattan and we brought a consensus. It was remarkable, it was a lot of work. We got 500 affordable units, 3,400 construction jobs and 1,600 permanent jobs.”

Continued from page 1 well as his frustrations. McWater said that on Monday afternoon he initially had considered only stepping down from the board’s State Liquor Authority Committee, but that a few hours later, after thinking it over, he decided to resign from the board completely.

‘Too tired, too frazzled’ “I’m just too tired, too frazzled and don’t have the time that I used to,” he said. “It’s very time-consuming and it’s very emotionally debilitating,” he said of serving on the board. McWater, 47, chaired the East Village / Lower East Side community board for four consecutive one-year terms from June 2004 to June 2008. A bar owner, he currently owns three bars, Doc Holliday’s and The Library, both on Avenue A, and Milano’s, on East Houston St. near Mulberry St. In the past, he owned more bars. McWater said he is most proud of two major initiatives he shepherded through to approval, the 2008 East Village / Lower East Side rezoning — which added height caps for new construction for a 110-block area — and, more recently, the redevelopment plan for the long-dormant Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. Last week, Mayor Bloomberg held a press conference to announce that developers had been selected for the massive $1.1 billion

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In May 2006, at a City Hall steps rally to celebrate the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s decision to consider designating the old P.S. 64 / Charas / El Bohio, from left, then C.B. 3 Chairperson David McWater, Councilmember Rosie Mendez, local activist / dancer Clara Ruf-Maldonado, Congressmember Nydia Velazquez and Borough President Scott Stringer.

SPURA project, located at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge. The first telephone conversation began with The Villager asking McWater about a tip the paper had received: that it seems he does not live in New York City anymore, which would bar him from being a community board member. McWater countered

that what the paper should be calling him about is the recent selection of a developer for the SPURA project site. He also took a shot at a certain Community Board 2 member, who he accused of having taken a free “three-year membership” from the Meatpacking District Soho House, who then turned around and opposed Soho House’s Ludlow St. liquor-license application. That’s another story The Villager should do, he countered.

Touts his triumphs “I’ve done more than any community board member in the history of New York City,” McWater declared. “Nobody in the last 20 years did anything like the Lower East Side rezoning and SPURA. The community owes me a debt — nobody’s ever done what we’ve done. Nobody — nobody ever did anything like SPURA and the rezoning.

‘I’ve done more than any community board member in the history of New York City.’ David McWater “The proudest moments in my life were the Lower East Side rezoning and SPURA,” he said. “With the Lower East Side rezoning we stopped N.Y.U. in their tracks at Third Ave.; except for a few areas, you can’t go over eight stories. We stopped the dorms, we stopped the hotels. It’s the greatest bulwark against gentrification the Lower East Side could ever have — and I believe, in my heart, we saved the homes of hundreds and possibly thousands of people, protecting them from being harassed out of their homes by landlords

Regarding the East Village / Lower East Side rezoning, he said, “It’s the third-largest rezoning in the history of Manhattan. The only people who did anything bigger were Bloomberg on the Hudson Yards and a big rezoning by Robert Moses. It was a very big deal. “I defy anybody to find two accomplishments by any other community board member like that. Find just one,” McWater declared. “SPURA never would have happened if we didn’t do the Lower East Side rezoning — it taught people that we could do it. “I’m proud of my legacy,” he stated. However, at the same time, he said, “I’m tired of fighting over State Liquor Authority issues.” After stepping down as the board’s chairperson in June 2008, McWater has been chairperson of C.B. 3’s Land Use, Zoning, Public and Private Housing Committee, and also a member of the board’s S.L.A. Committee, which weighs in on liquor license applications. Anti-bar resident groups have recently gained momentum following the denial of a liquor license at 106 Rivington St. both by C.B. 3 and the S.L.A. Often, C.B. 3 recommends denial of a liquor license for a nightlife establishment, only to have the S.L.A. approve it. But in the case of 106 Rivington, the authority supported the community board, which opposed the application last October.

Clash caught on video Things recently came to head on Mon., Sept. 16, at the board’s S.L.A. Committee meeting over an application for a new licensed establishment at 120 Orchard St. by a group calling itself Pure 120. Neighborhood opponents said they don’t want another nightclub there. McWater arrived at the meeting late because he had been at an earlier meeting with officials from the city’s Economic Development Corporation regarding SPURA, for which the mayor would announce the developers two days later. When McWater got to the S.L.A. Committee meeting, Sara Romanoski, an Orchard St. resident, who also happens to be the executive director of the East Village Community Coalition, accused him of only attending so he could vote on the 120 Orchard St. application. The much bigger McWater lost his cool and got in the smaller woman’s face in an incident

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By Heather Dubin Parks, community gardens and after-school programs were hot topics at this week’s Community Board 3 budget priorities hearing. About eight people joined a few community board members at C.B. 3’s office on E. Fourth St. on Tuesday evening to request budget priorities for the fiscal year ahead. Local residents and organizations of the East Village / Lower East Side district were encouraged to attend the hearing to share their thoughts on community issues in need of financial assistance. A comprehensive list of programs and parks that require financing will be submitted to city agencies by C.B. 3 as capital and expense budget priorities. Linda Jones, co-chairperson of C.B. 3’s Land Use, Zoning, Public and Private Housing Committee, discussed needed improvements for Seward Park. She said she wants more funding to support maintenance staff in the park, a renovation of the basketball courts and restoration of the historic bathroom, along with a park house renovation. Organizations affiliated with this request are the Hester Street Collaborative and Friends of Seward Park. Bill LoSasso, C.B. 3 treasurer, advocated for the cultural garden on Ninth St. and Avenue C.   “Post-Sandy, lots of gardens in the neighborhood were destroyed by flooding and lost soil,” he said. LoSasso said he would like to see more support from the Parks Department for community gardens.  Gigi Li, C.B. 3 chairperson, asked Susan Stetzer, the board’s district manager, if they could put this issue on the Parks Committee agenda, and Stetzer agreed it was a “good idea.”  Jennifer Vallone, director of Project Home at University Settlement, advocated that the city should fully fund after-school programs in the neighborhood and more youth services.  “We need more sports, academic support and jobs,” she said.  Ayo Harrington, who lives on E. Fourth St.

and has been an East Village resident since 1966, brought up drug trafficking in her area. “I saw three people shooting up in broad daylight,” she said. “And when you ask them to leave, they say, ‘Just give me a minute.’ ” Harrington recognized this behavior from the past when Alphabet City was a known drug haven. She is concerned this is happening now — and at 2 p.m. across the street from a public school. Calls have been made to 911 and 311. Stetzer said she would look into it, and as a budget priority, saying it is a youth issue.  Harrington also addressed community gardens and how there is no infrastructure support for them. “We don’t get soil, water or lighting,” she said. Harrington also pointed out that she is finding needles in her community garden, and that lighting at night is a matter of safety.  Harrington announced the LUNGS (Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens) festival this weekend at 32 community gardens in the East Village. There will be jazz, theater and dance companies.  Alysha Lewis-Coleman questioned the amount of money allotted to food pantries in the neighborhood. She was concerned with food stamps, childhood obesity and undernourished seniors. Stetzer informed her that while these are relevant issues, they are not budget requests the board can make. K Webster, who lives on the Bowery, represented herself and the Roosevelt Park Community Coalition. She said she would like the return of the Stanton St. building in Sarah D. Roosevelt Park to public use, which she said could serve many purposes, including youth programs. Webster also said the park’s ball fields and soccer fields are ripped up and worn down, and she was against Nike and other corporations putting their name on the fields.   On another issue, Webster would like to see funding from the Chinatown and Lower East Side business improvement districts for BigBelly solar-powered trash compactor cans to potentially cut down on rat traffic.

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Rogation Sunday Fall Planting In the Gardens Come bring the kids and join the fun as they learn to plant God’s gifts of color and life.

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Workers next door are excavating the site for One Vandam, a new 14-story luxury condo project. (Vandam St. actually ends on the west side of Sixth Ave., but apparently the developers thought the name sounded classy.) Because the foundation for the new building is deeper than that for the old six-story building, the workers are doing underpinning under the foundation edge of the older building — basically, pouring cement under it to shore it up, so they can build next to it. Apparently, it was the underpinning that caused the old building to shift perceptibly. While the situation was being checked out for safety by engineers with the project and D.O.B. representatives, some residents were allowed back in just quickly to get their pets. Assemblymember Deborah Glick was on the scene talking to police, officials and residents. There need to be special protocols for construction in historic districts and next to old buildings like this, she said. After about four hours, residents of 190 Sixth Ave. were finally allowed back into their homes, and then an hour after that, the 188 Sixth Ave. residents were allowed to return to their apartments. Timothy Lynch, a D.O.B. forensic spe-

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Officers let residents of 188 Sixth Ave. back across the police line so they could listen to city officials tell them if they could re-enter their homes.

cialist, told reporters, “Little bit of movement in there, but nothing of substance.” He explained that old buildings like this are “ductile,” in that they are unreinforced masonry and so get “a little creaky as they age.” The building that is currently under construction got the benefit of added bulk by buying air rights from God’s Love Deliver We Deliver’s site just to the south on Spring St. At the project on Tuesday, workers said a D.O.B. stop-work order had been lifted that day. But they said the stop-work order was still in effect for a 5-foot-wide strip just south of 188 Sixth Ave.

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stand around the intersection and sell small packets of fruit snacks for $2 each, and then to meet him inside the nearby 14th St. PATH station when they were finished. The officer stayed with the kids to keep them out of the street, and he said that 15 minutes later the father, Marcus Wright, 29, showed up at the street corner. Wright was visibly drunk, according to the cop, and was still holding an open bottle of vodka when he approached his children. Wright was arrested at the scene and charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Rear window Police arrested Rolando Colon, 43, early on Sept. 19 after he allegedly broke into a car parked in the West Village during an attempted theft. Officers on patrol said they spotted Colon around 4:45 a.m., as he smashed the rear driver’s-side window of a 2008 Saab parked on Bank St., between W. Fourth St. and Waverly Place. Then, Colon reportedly dove in through the window to try and remove property from inside the car before fleeing the scene, but the cops acted quickly and apprehended him before he could complete the job. The officers said they also found a “metal tool” in Colon’s pants pocket that he probably used to break the car’s window. Colon was charged with criminal mischief, attempted larceny, auto stripping and possession of burglar’s tools.

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Nicholas Brooks being walked into Manhattan Criminal Court earlier this year on May 6. This Monday, he was sentenced to 25 years to life in the murder of his girlfriend at Soho House almost three years ago.

Soho House to big house The man convicted of murdering his girlfriend in a Meatpacking District membersonly hotel in 2010 has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced on Sept. 23. Nicholas Brooks, 27, was found guilty of second-degree murder by a state supreme court jury on July 11. Shortly after midnight on Dec. 9, 2010, Brooks and his 33-year-old girlfriend, Sylvie Cachay, who was well known as a fashionable swimsuit designer, checked into a room at Soho House, on Ninth Ave. near W. 13th St., according to court documents. Sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 2:15 a.m., Brooks strangled Cachay and forcibly drowned her in the hotel room’s bathtub, the D.A. Said. “In 2010 — the year Nicholas Brooks murdered Ms. Cachay — nearly 1,100 women were killed nationwide by a husband or boyfriend,” said Vance. “Society tends to associate violent crime with tragedies that

happen to strangers on the street. But, too often, domestic violence victims become homicide victims in their own homes. We have come a long way in our recognition and understanding of domestic violence, but there is much more we have to do to better protect individuals like Ms. Cachay.”

‘Candy man’ gets canned This drunk dad allegedly left his three small children alone during rush hour at one of the city’s busiest intersections, and told them not to leave the street until they finished selling his candy. A police officer said he spotted the kids — ages 8, 10 and 11 — walking through heavy traffic at the corner of W. 14th St. and Sixth Ave around 6 p.m. on Sept. 18, and he approached them after they were nearly hit by passing cars. The children reportedly told the officer that their father — who was nowhere to be found — had told them to

Police arrested Moses Laboy, 39, on Sept. 19, a day after he allegedly attacked a former co-worker during an argument at a West Village bar. The victim, 24, told police he was in the middle of talking to a woman inside Employees Only, at 510 Hudson St., around 4 a.m. on Sept. 18, when Moses Laboy, 39, interrupted and started talking trash in his face. The man said he recognized Laboy because he used to work with him, but he was caught off guard when Laboy reportedly began pushing and punching him. The man threw a punch back at Laboy, allegedly in self-defense, but Laboy then reportedly picked up a glass and threw it at the other man’s face, the glass shattering on impact and leaving him with several cuts. Witnesses said Laboy then ran out of the bar, jumped into a cab and got away before anyone could stop him. But bar employees handed over security video footage that showed him starting the fight. In addition to the victim’s statements, police were able to link the video image to Laboy because there was also a warrant out for his arrest, stemming from a 2010 charge of after-hours trespassing in a city park. Police were able to track down and arrest Laboy the next day, charging him with assault and criminal possession of a weapon for the Sept. 18 incident.

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Bear hugged and mugged The New York Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect wanted in connection with a robbery of a senior in the Village. On Mon., Sept. 16 at about 5:15 a.m. in the vicinity of Washington Place and Sixth Ave., the suspect approached an 85-year-old male victim from behind, placed him in a bear hug and forcibly removed his property. No injuries were reported. The suspect is described as a male wearing a black-and-white checkered, flannel, hooded sweatshirt, black jeans and a baseball cap. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the N.Y.P.D.’s Crime Stoppers Hot Line at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Web site at www. nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES).

Police say they recovered this loaded firearm from a man who was asking for a MetroCard swipe at W. 14th St. and Eighth Ave.

No fare, but firearm On Sept. 18 at around 3:30 p.m., Police Officers Michael Miceli and Lorenzo Colangelo, assigned to the Transit Bureau’s Manhattan Impact Unit, were on patrol at the W. 14th St. A / C / E subway station. They observed a male, 24, in the mezzanine area of the station soliciting subway customers for a swipe of their MetroCard to enter the subway system. As the man entered through the turnstiles he was arrested by the officers and found to be in possession of a loaded .38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver in his waistband, according to police. During the course of the investigation, marijuana and four credit cards, which did not belong to him, were discovered in his pocket. An investigation revealed that the credit cards were stolen during a gunpoint robbery that occurred on Sept. 13 at 12:40 a.m. in front of 339 W. 19th St. Matthew Carlton, 24, of the Bronx, was charged with first-degree robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana.

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Mayer Vishner, 64, Yippie, antiwar activist, editor OBITUARY By Albert Amateau Mayer Vishner, antiwar activist, editor and cultural critic, died Aug. 22 at the age of 64 in the MacDougal St. apartment where he made his home for more than 30 years. His death, for which he had long planned and called his “Existential Project,” came after he took an overdose of Seconal. It was a project often delayed because Mayer wanted to be as considerate of others in death as he was in life. A week before he died, he had gone with a friend, the filmmaker Justin Schein, to visit a writer friend, Michael Ventura, in Lubbock, Tex., with whom Mayer left his cat. “He could not be dissuaded,” said Paul Krassner, writer and editor of The Realist, a 1960s publication, who spoke with Mayer by phone the morning that he died. “I told him I would miss him, but that was my problem not his. He said, Thank You. The purpose of his life was to end it. Mayer dictated the death notice that I put in The New York Times, ‘Vishner, Mayer. Forced into this life Feb. 13, 1949. Left on purpose [Aug. 22, 2013].’ I had to fill in the last date,” Krassner said. Afflicted with depression for many years, Mayer was in physical pain the last few years, according to Schein, who was Mayer’s partner in the LaGuardia Corner Gardens where, unlike most gardeners, Mayer grew vegetables. Mayer was a Yippie activist and an associate of Abbie Hoffman. He was a friend of the singer Phil Ochs, of Tom Forcade, founder of High Times magazine, and of Ed Saunders, a Yippie co-founder and member of The Fugs. In 1971, Mayer edited “When the Mode of the Music Changes: An Anthology of Rock ’n’ Roll Lyrics.” Long associated with the War Resisters League, Mayer wrote for their magazine, Win.

Mayer Vishner.

Mayer edited the L.A. Weekly, a counterculture paper in Los Angeles in the mid-1980s. He returned to New York at the end of the decade, and became an assistant manager of St. Mark’s Bookshop. In an obituary of Mayer by Mary Reinholz in Bedford + Bowery, Bob Contant, co-owner of St. Mark’s Bookshop, was quoted as saying, “Mayer was a character, a New Yorker type that’s hard to describe, you had to experience it. He could have an abrasive personality and people could take him the wrong way.” Aron Kay, the “Yippie Pie Man,” told Reinholz that he was with Mayer at antiwar protests and at the anniversary in 1998 of Abbie Hoffman’s death, as well as the Democratic National Convention in 1996. “He never dropped his values,” Kay told Reinholz. Arrested often with fellow protesters, Mayer told Schein, “You can’t live the life of a moral person without getting in trouble with the police occasionally.”

Mayer Vishner was born in the Bronx. His father was a cutter in the garment industry. A rebel as a teenager, Mayer was a student at Newtown High School in Queens when he wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Times that was published in 1963 equating homework to slavery. He left home early to join the political ferment of the times. “He was like an adolescent rebel all his life,” Schein said. Mayer was heartened by the Occupy Wall Street movement but was disappointed that his skills of “phone tree” organizing were obsolete in the age of Internet social media. As a member of the LaGuardia Corner Gardens, he was deeply concerned about New York University’s expansion plans. In Schein’s 2009 documentary film “No Impact Man,” Mayer appears in a few scenes in the LaGuardia gardens questioning the relevance of fellow Villager Colin Beavan’s experiment to live for a year making a minimal environmental impact, along with his wife and young daughter. “For the past four years, I’ve been making a film about Mayer,” said Schein, who hopes to complete the editing next year. Two brothers, Ira, of Boston, and Mark, of California, survive. Last September, Mayer called The Villager to register a complaint about new birdbaths that had been added to the LaGuardia Corner Gardens. “The people at the LaGuardia Corner Gardens who are determined to support the vermin — the pigeons, the rats, the sparrows and mice — have extended their vermin support to the mosquitoes by putting out four illegal birdbaths,” Vishner said. He added that the garden’s treasurer should be asked if people who contribute money thinking that they’re fighting N.Y.U.’s mega-development project on the South Village superblocks know, in fact, “that it will be used to pay for the health fines” from the West Nile virus that the bird baths would surely cause.

Carmen Vega Greiss, 91, dancer, singer, Jacobs ally OBITUARY By Albert Amateau Carmen Vega Greiss, dancer, singer and community activist, who fought to preserve the Village alongside her late husband, the artist Abe Greiss, and neighbors like Jane Jacobs, died Aug. 14 in her home on Greenwich St. She was 91. She sustained a stroke in April and had been confined to home since then, according to her daughter, Victoria Greiss. “She sang folk and protest songs with the likes of Pete Seeger and was part of the movement that defeated Robert Moses’s plans that would have destroyed the Village,” Victoria said. “A peace activist and marcher in the cause for civil rights, she was a member of the Communist Party,” her daughter added. Carmen Irma Vega was born Aug. 31, 1922, in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, to Ramona and Pelegrin Vega. At the age of five, Carmen came to New York with her aunt and her older brother, Antonio. Her mother had come to the city earlier to prepare the way by working as a seamstress in a garment factory.

“As the story goes, my mother almost fell out of the porthole of the ship they were on. But my aunt caught her by the feet just in time,” Victoria said. “At the time she told me this, I was 12 and I thought that if that happened I could never have been born,” Victoria said. “She met my father around 1954 at the fountain in Washington Square Park. She was playing the recorder and her best friend, Maya, was playing the guitar,” Victoria said. Abe Greiss, a sculptor who had an art gallery on Charles St., was in the park at the time with an old Army friend who was going out with Maya. “My mother was engaged at the time to a Russian dancer and actor, Gregor Taksa, and was supposed to meet him in San Francisco,” Victoria recounted. “She even had a plane ticket. But when my mother met my father, she ditched the fiancé, tore up the ticket and never left New York.” Carmen at the time was a flamenco dancer with Margarita Flores’s company. She had also acted in a play at the Cherry Lane Theatre and was a supernumerary in Metropolitan Opera productions of Carmen, La Bohème and other presentations. Later,

Carmen Vega Greiss and Abe Greiss in 1956, bottom, and in the early 2000s, top.

she sang with the New York Labor Chorus. Carmen and Abe got married in 1956 and lived in their Greenwich St. house that shared a backyard fence with Jane Jacobs. “My sister and brother and I played with the Jacobs boys and went on demonstrations together with our parents,” Victoria recalled. “Around the time my parents met, my father sketched a picture of my mother with her friend Maya, the way she must have looked that day in Washington Square Park. It was the start of many portraits, statues and paintings of my mother. I didn’t realize until later that my mother was actually his muse, the subject of all his nudes,” Victoria said. “I always thought my mother lived a life from a romance novel, a true heroine,” she added. In addition to Victoria, another daughter, Aviva Petersen, of Jersey City, and a son, Jeffrey, of Bucks County, Penn., survive. The memorial for Carmen Vega Greiss was on Aug. 17 at Redden’s Funeral Home, on W. 14th St. The family plans to combine Carmen’s and Abe’s ashes and bury them at Washington’s Crossing Memorial Park in Titusville, N.J.


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Dave McWater circa 2004 coaching his L.E.S. Gauchos baseball team, a free program for local youth.

Continued from page 4 that was captured on several videos and went viral. He was subsequently publicly chided by the committee’s chairperson, Alexandra Militano, that as a board member he has to hold himself to “a higher standard” of behavior and not act like that. “She said I had showed up at the meeting just for that one issue,” McWater said of Romanoski. “All I said is, ‘You have no right to talk to me that way.’ “It’s frustrating,” he said. “The S.L.A. stories always get framed in the context of me being a bar owner.” The LES Dwellers group was the driving force behind the defeat of the 106 Rivington application, and they have also been fighting a liquor license application for Soho House on Ludlow St. in what’s known as “Hell Square” by residential neighbors.

On Soho House opposition As for Soho House, McWater said, “It’s not on my radar. I couldn’t care less about it.” However, he added, “I think the Dwellers were crazy not to make a deal with Soho House. Soho House owns the building — they will get a hotel license.” In general, he said, all the sturm und drang over liquor licenses, in the end, accomplishes little, since nine times out of 10, the S.L.A. approves the application no matter what. “It’s just song and dance, it’s just theater,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if the community board votes yes or no.” On the other hand, he said, the stipulations for the bars’ operating hours, noise-abatement measures and so forth that the community board adds to its resolutions do matter. Basically, he said, LES Dwellers and E.V.C.C. want “No” votes on all liquor license applications in the areas that they cover. Blasting these two as overly narrowly focused groups, McWater said, “I don’t think one-issue people should be on community boards, and I

don’t think one-issue groups should be given credence. Crusaders don’t make the best community board members,” he added. “Crusaders don’t reach consensus. “People want to organize, they want to attack me,” he said. “Yeah, the Dwellers are like a million groups — they want to organize. I just don’t want to go through it again.”

‘This is the new age of TMZ and all that bulls—. I live in the city.’ David McWater

Questions about residency In addition, McWater was being dogged by questions about whether he currently lives in New York City. Community board members can live outside of the district for the board on which they serve if, for example, they have a business or work on an organization within that district. But, according to the City Charter, if a person resides outside of New York City, he or she is prohibited from serving on a New York City community board. According to information obtained by The Villager, it appears that McWater’s legal residence, in fact, may be in Lambertville, N.J. A Lexis search of court filings shows that the State of New York has issued at least 11 warrants for back taxes — a couple for as much as $47,000 and $25,000, others for four-figure amounts — owed by McWater. In each case, the address these warrants were sent to was in Lambertville, N.J. Ten of these state tax

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Vote Squadron on Oct. 1 Sit back registered Democrats and wait until November to vote again — that is unless you care about who becomes mayor of New York City. Abysmal turnout is expected for the runoff Tues., Oct. 1, to pick the Democratic candidate for public advocate. Without a Republican in the race, the Democratic nominee is all but assured of being elected to office in November, which means he or she will become first in line to succeed the mayor. The public advocate’s office has also been a launching pad for mayoral campaigns. Indeed, polls now predict the current public advocate, Bill de Blasio, will in fact be our next mayor. So clearly the advocate’s position should not be ignored. Admittedly, the precise role, and frankly the need, for the office has not been made clear to many New Yorkers, including us, in the 20 years it has existed; but it does provide a platform and an opportunity to help city government work for people most in need. All that said, there are two good candidates to replace de Blasio, state Senator Daniel Squadron and City Councilmember Letitia James. Both have demonstrated a commitment to helping those most in need and the independence that the office requires, but in our view, Squadron has the better chance to be more effective. For starters, he has a thoughtful plan to reorganize the office, and he is not counting on getting an increase in the public advocate’s tiny $2.3 million budget, the way James is. The next mayor will be confronted with daunting budget choices as he (the major candidates are men) negotiates long-lapsed contracts with the city’s municipal labor unions. Increasing the advocate’s budget may have a minimal effect on overall city spending, but it would nevertheless be hard to justify in the face of probable cuts to vital programs. Squadron is right to put the emphasis on increasing the office’s effectiveness rather than its spending. He has represented Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn these last five years with energy, and is a creative thinker who we think may bring relevance to this ambiguous office. When a landmark case showed that thousands of people in Lower Manhattan were potentially eligible for rent protections, Squadron and his staff took the lead in finding out the buildings that were eligible. When Hurricane Sandy hit Downtown, they were out on the streets helping people rebuild their lives. His series of community town hall meetings demonstrate a commitment to helping people. There has been some talk since the primary election two weeks ago that one reason James should be elected is because the city’s next mayor and comptroller are likely to be white men. While diversity is important, it’s inherently unjust to impose such a rigid quota on a single race. Voting for James solely because she is not white and male is as wrong as it is to not vote for Squadron because he is. And regardless of who is elected in this race, the speaker of the City Council is really the second most powerful person in the city, and that post will almost certainly be held by someone who will add diversity to city government. We think Daniel Squadron is the best choice for public advocate and we endorse him. However, we know the worst choice would be not voting Tues., Oct. 1. Yes, the old lever machines will be used again. Go and pull it for the candidate you support. Express your democratic right. Vote.

letters to the editor Why I’m supporting Squadron To The Editor: There’s a very important election coming up, one that hasn’t gotten much attention — the Oct. 1 runoff for public advocate. The public advocate’s job is to stand up to special interests and champion New Yorkers who don’t always have a voice. And we have the chance to elect someone who has a record doing just that — Daniel Squadron. I’ve known Daniel as someone who shares our progressive values and doesn’t back down from a fight. He was a leader in the fight to keep Long Island College Hospital from closing, and as public advocate he’ll work to get a new hospital on the West Side. He’ll stand up to overdevelopment, and make sure our neighborhoods get affordable housing instead of more luxury condos. He’s fought for a greener city, earning the highest environmental score in the state Senate last year, as well as the support of “Gasland” director Josh Fox for his strong opposition to hydrofracking. Squadron wrote and passed tough legislation to get illegal guns off our streets. And when Mayor Bloomberg tried to start charging rent to families in homeless shelters, Daniel stood up to him and won. We need a public advocate we can trust to fight for our families. I hope everyone will join me in voting for the Village Independent’s endorsed candidate, Daniel Squadron, on Tues., Oct. 1. Tony Hoffmann Hoffmann is president, Village Independent Democrats

Ricky’s ready for prime time To The Editor: Re “Towering Village activist is now also a mini-marionette” (news article, Sept. 19): Ricky Syers not only has tons of talent but the biggest, kindest heart! He has paid tribute to Doris in a unique manner. Ricky Syers, you are a gem. ABC, NBC, FOX, etc. don’t let this one get away! Gina Solazzo

Thinking creatively at SPURA To The Editor: Re “Mayor announces developers for $1.1 billion SPURA project” (news article, Sept. 19): I’m thrilled that the Andy Warhol Museum is going up in the ’hood. Also, although I initially opposed this, the new Essex Street Market, which is more than twice as big as the current one, might work nicely. What is important, I think, is less preserving the old — these are parking lots with nothing much to preserve — than imagin-

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ing creatively in an area that is overloaded to the east with bland residential buildings. For example, I hope this project provides impetus to the Lowline. Joseph Hanania

Microstamping hype? To The Editor: I write concerning your recent article “Gunfire wounds 4 at SOB’s; Hoylman pushes bullet bill” that appeared in The Villager’s Sept. 19 issue. I read the article with great interest. With respect to microstamping, the article stated, “The technique has been shown in states like California to increase arrest rates for gun violence, getting more shooters and guns off the streets.” Would you be so kind as to provide a citation for the aforementioned, since I am not aware of any studies to this effect. If one exists, I would very much like to read it. Dan Morley

We won’t forget St. Vincent’s To The Editor: Re “Why Quinn hit the wall” (editorial, Sept. 19): Not to mention she sold our hospital, St. Vincent’s, down the river for her own political connections / power. I wanted to vote for a gay woman, but I wanted a good mayor first! Susan Diane Freel

R.I.P., L.E.S. Jewels To The Editor: Re “L.E.S. Jewels, godfather of crusties, is dead at 43” (news article, Sept. 19): Awahhh, rest in paradise, Jewels. I hope you are finally now at peace. Me and Matthew and my son, Aiden Skye, will miss you! Love. Alysha Marie E-mail letters, not longer than 250 words in length, to news@ thevillager.com or fax to 212-229-2790 or mail to The Villager, Letters to the Editor, 515 Canal St., Suite 1C, NY, NY 10013. Please include phone number for confirmation purposes. The Villager reserves the right to edit letters for space, grammar, clarity and libel. The Villager does not publish anonymous letters.


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Lack of cash putting a scare into Halloween parade TALKING POINT By Elissa Stein Last week the city was buzzing with the news that the Village Halloween Parade, a Downtown tradition for 39 years, is not definite for 2013. If the parade producers don’t raise $50,000 by Oct. 21, the annual event won’t take place this year. Sixty thousand participants won’t be showing off their costumes. Two million viewers who pack Downtown streets will have to find alternative festivities. And the city won’t reap the millions of dollars it has in the past. Jeanne Fleming, the parade’s producer for the past 33 years, maintains the October extravaganza takes care of the city’s spirits, that New York City’s largest annual free gathering is a cultural event about creativity and imagination. It was the first major event to take place in the city after 9/11. And after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, organizers hired two New Orleans bands to come up and participate in the parade. From its humble start with revelers winding through Village streets, to the worldwide phenomenon it is now, the parade has become an institution much larger than the neighborhood it takes place in.

Last year, 12 hours before start time, the parade was canceled. In Superstorm Sandy’s aftermath, the Village was still blacked out. Surrounded by such devastation, organizers knew it wasn’t an appropriate time for largescale celebrating. But the cancelation created this year’s financial challenges. Along with disappointment from participants, not hosting the

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and ending with late-night costume gazing. My own home is split. One child is devastated the parade might not happen — it’s a dream of hers to walk in it when she’s older. The other hates the noise and congestion that prevent us from going outside. This year the parade’s theme is “Revival! Hallelujah Halloween!” embracing how New York City comes back no matter what it’s challenged with. Promoters are hoping that everyone will chip in to keep the event on the calendar. They’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the necessary funds. Should they be successful, Jefferson Market Library’s giant spider will be back.

parade will affect the Village as well. “It’s a huge day for our local businesses…I think it’s a shame,” said William Kelley, executive director of the Village Alliance business improvement district, when asked about the potential of no parade. Tom Gray, executive director of the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, con-

“I of the Beholder” was the theme of the 2011 Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, inspired by French surrealist painter Odilon Redon’s “Eye Balloon” —— hence the eyeball balloons. The 2012 parade was canceled in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

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Playing or fixing them, pianos are key in his life By Bob Krasner Electric pianos? Don’t talk to Ray Santiago about electric pianos. “I hate electric pianos!” he said, emphatically. The 59-year-old has been playing on natural “88’s” since he was 10 years old and nothing has taken him away from his love for the instrument.  He was 7 years old when he emigrated from Puerto Rico to the East Village, a time when Avenue A was paved with cobblestones. Music was a big part of his family life. “Every Friday night was party time,” he said. “Put the records on and let’s dance!” By the time he was 13, he had a band that rehearsed and played gigs in a club on E. Ninth St. between Avenues C and D. Although they were in the midst of some rough characters, they managed to stay out of trouble, but were well aware of what was going on around them. “We knew who killed who,” he recalled bluntly. At the age of 16 he was leading a ninepiece band and doing regular gigs at The Bronx Casino, a popular nightspot that is now defunct. How did his parents feel about his becoming a musician? Santiago laughed and said, “Well, they bought me the piano! They came to the shows and danced.” A string of albums on Salsoul Records Photo by Bob Krasner

Ray Santiago with the 1901 Knabe grand piano he is lovingly restoring.

with the groups Saoco and Saoco Originale kept him busy, but he held onto a day job at Bellevue Hospital, finally quitting in 1983. He met his second wife in 1984 and he credits her with his current state of well-being. “I’m alive because of my wife,” he said. Santiago played regular weekend gigs with Papa Colon and Menique and Cheo Rosario (frequently playing with two bands on the same night). Then the singer Henry Fiol, a former member of Saoco, brought him on board for four albums.

He plans to turn a ground-floor space into a nonprofit, free, music school for local kids. In 1988 the East Village piano man finally recorded as a leader, with Julian Llanos on vocals. Three more records under his own name and gigs followed, but Santiago said he got “fed up with doing regular gigs” around 2008.  He began to spend his time restoring pianos in his East Village storefront apartment, where he’s lived for more than 30 years. He finds unwanted pianos in need of repair, or someone will lead him to a good one and

Santiago will bring it back to its former glory and resell it. For him, there’s nothing like playing on a beautiful old instrument. “Even badass piano players that I know, don’t know what it’s like to play on a real piano,” he said. Case in point is his current project, a 1901 Knabe grand. It’s going to be worth a lot of money when Santiago gets done with it, but it’s doubtful that he’ll be letting go of it anytime soon. “To me, it’s priceless,” he said. “The only way I’ll let it go is if I find another one that’s better.” Another project that you can’t really measure in dollars is his current goal — a groundfloor space in need of repair that will house a nonprofit, free, music school for local kids. He’s got the pianos and other instruments waiting and he’s in the process of looking for funding. “I’m doing it to keep the music and the culture going — not for the money,” he explained. In the meantime, he’s still got a regular gig, Wednesday nights at Luca Bar on St. Mark’s Place. “It’s a living and I love doing it,” said Santiago. “I’m still doing the gigs, man. It’s a hustle every day.” To contact Ray Santiago regarding gigs, piano restoration or the school project, e-mail raynysalsa@yahoo.com or call 646.755.2193.


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Genomics now in Downtown’s DNA with new Soho center Continued from page 1 ribbon-cutting ceremony. About 300 people attended the event, and learned how the genome center will help alter the field of science in order to better understand and treat human disease. Dr. Robert Darnell, the genome center’s president and scientific director, said the center for genetic research will transform medicine and save people’s lives. He spoke of a revolution in medicine where computer technology has been brought to the world of biology. “This is causing a second wave of revolution in the way we do science,” he said. “It’s no longer done by small labs, instead by large consortia, and different kinds of people and different kinds of science.” The genome center will foster a genomic consortium, which Darnell stressed as a necessity for the future. Scientists, medical doctors and biotechnology partners will work together across disciplines and multi-institutional projects.  “This is not unusual — it’s completely unheard of,” Darnell emphasized. “Genome centers don’t do clinical medicine, they do genomic science — except the New York Genome Center, we’re going to do both.” He described the sharing of clinical information, and the collaborative effort of his associates, as a much-needed synergy to approach problems too complex to solve alone. The regional center will eventually become a “global academic institute,” he said, and is experiencing a tremendous upgrade from its previous 3,000-square-foot space at Rockefeller University on the Upper East Side. To demonstrate the value of genetic research, Darnell revealed a recent triumph from researchers at the center who have been looking for months at a series of cancers from 10 different patients who are all related. Two days earlier, researchers had made a vitally important breakthrough. “They solved a complete mystery about a kind of cancer: how it comes about, how we can diagnosis it and, most importantly, how we might treat it in the future,” he said. “I believe that we can use genomics to start to make sick people better.” The technology available today has drastically increased the speed to find mutations that can cause disease. “We can sequence a person in a day for $3,500,” Darnell said. “That was undreamed of a decade ago.” This is done with an Illumina HiSeq-2500 machine, which is capable of reading a person’s complete DNA at one time.  Currently, the center has 16 Illumina 2500s, and plans call for a total of 80. Each machine costs $1 million to operate. Within the span of a day, the center is able to generate a trillion base pairs of DNA sequence. Dr. Tom Maniatis, chairperson of the New York Genome Center’s scientific and clinical steering committee, was introduced by Darnell as the driving force behind the center. Preliminary meetings for the facility began three years ago, and Maniatis, who was integral in founding the center, joked it all started because they had a “pretty foolish idea.”

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Mayor Bloomberg gave remarks at the ribbon-cutting for the New York Genome Center, to which he has contributed funds as part of his philanthropy for medical research.

This idea morphed into the Sixth Ave. genome center, which now serves as a model for the future of medicine and biotechnology. “The New York Genome Center will not only provide large-scale sequencing using stateof-the-art technology,” Maniatis said, “but will bring together the entire New York community to tackle the problem of making biological and medical sense of large data sets.” Bloomberg was the final speaker, and prefaced his comments with a good health report. “I feel fine, but if I keel over, you should know, all the philanthropy stops,” he joked. “I tried to explain that to Johns Hopkins.” On a more serious note, Bloomberg praised New York City as a place of innovation, for commerce, culture, science and industry. “Innovation seems to be in our DNA,” he said.  Science is a fast-moving industry, and Bloomberg has been instrumental in bringing it to New York. In addition to the $5 million his administration financed to cover the startup cost of the genome center, he also contributed to the Alexander Center for Life Science, another collaborative institute with pharmaceutical labs, and is developing science facilities at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Bloomberg noted that researchers in Manhattan receive $1.4 billion in funding, and that the city over all gets $64 billion in research funding from the federal National Institute of Health. “Our administration investing in the New York Genome Center is part of our overall strategy called the ‘Innovative Economy in New York,’ ” he said. Bloomberg said he wants to attract people to the Big Apple with creative jobs and good living conditions.  As a parting shot, Bloomberg offered some advice to both Drs. Darnell and Maniatis. “This is the logical place for the New York Genome Center,” he said. “Bob and Tom, let me just say what I say to all my new employees — don’t screw it up.” With a seven-floor, cutting-edge facility and

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Lab workers at the genome center behind glass walls to keep their working area pristine.

room for growth — there are currently only 51 employees — the center is bound to find talent to fill the seats of its cubicles and labs.  William Fair, the center’s vice president for strategic operations, led a tour of the place. The center contains administrative offices, a board room, conference rooms and a training room equipped with a flat-screen TV, a huge white dry-erase board, stools and a couch. There are also areas for researchers to pause for coffee, or work together on a deep-purple couch around a flat-screen TV. “The center is designed to promote collaboration, with glass divides, informal and formal rooms and an outside garden,” Fair explained. The view of the city from the center’s garden matches the genome center’s logo. There are interconnecting staircases, the walls are painted bright orange, and there is plenty of light in the labs and the lab write-up areas. Even the washroom has a spectacular view. 

The DNA is kept in large freezers before it goes onto the sequencing machines. There are 10 freezers, and one contained a few small boxes of RNA samples.  There are several different labs throughout the buildings, an innovation lab, a sample prep room, a production sequencing lab and a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments-certified lab for 43 states, excluding New York, which they are working on. It is a difficult certification to obtain, and only Columbia University and Mount Sinai are C.L.I.A. certified in Manhattan. Although there are currently 51 employees at the New York Genome Center, many more are anticipated to join. The plan is to have 300 people by 2014, and 500 by five years after that. “We’re looking for people good with big data who can interpret it quickly, and see patterns emerging,” Fair said. “We need people to take complex data and make it simpler,” he added.


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Photos by John Penley

At the L.E.S. Jewels memorial, there was art, music and reading material, including a Bible, last week’s article on him in The Villager and cult writer Charles Bukowski’s novel “Women.”

Friends howl for L.E.S. Jewels at Tompkins memorial By Gerard Flynn Friends and fellow gutter pirates held a memorial Friday evening for Joel Pakela, a.k.a. L.E.S. Jewels, the 43-year-old godfather of gutter punks and hobos who have made the Crusty Row section of Tompkins Square Park their temporary home for more than 25 years. Its benches were the scene for some of Jewels’s craziest antics, and drew a goodsized crowd on the night to remember the much-loved New Jersey native, who died on the morning of Sat., Sept. 14, of unknown causes. Family and friends are awaiting the results of an autopsy from the medical examiner’s office, which is due in early October. Though police said they are not treating his death as suspicious, the investigation is still open.  In attendance at the memorial was a person who one crusty pointed out as his “murderer,” whose presence drew gasps and steely-eyed stares from some. In addition to having an outlandish reputation for some of his antics, for harassing bystanders for liquor money when intoxicated or for crapping on cop cars, Jewels was also known as a spoken-word poet of considerable merit. His poems were read, as were dirges to his memory, by his ex-wife, Amy Sanchez. Sanchez, who believes Jewels died as a result of an assault days before his death, said he was the “pirate of the street” who lived to be free. “He was a pirate of the trash and the filth who was on his way out to sea to be a

pirate of the sea but that never happened,” she said. The memorial lasted a couple of hours. Besides the poetry and sad crusties there was the smashed Jerry Saust lying across a bench intoning that it was the despairing world that had driven all the gutter pirates to the bottom of the bottle. Sanchez said Jewels told her that he had been kicked in the head by a crusty and left bloodied several days before he died. At around 6:30 a.m. on the Thursday morning before his death, an ambulance was called to Andrews House on the Bowery, which provides transitional supportive housing for homeless people. Jewels had been renting a room there for more than three years for a small weekly fee. Staff at the former flop house wouldn’t let him go to his room because he was in such bad shape, with blood and bruising, Sanchez said. “They cleaned him up and he left against medical advice. He often waived medical advice,” she said. “He didn’t know he had a concussion.” She said that she saw him with symptoms pointing to concussion. She has reported all of this to the police, she said, adding that the assailant bragged to her face about the attack. She said police found Jewels on Saturday morning. Because Jewels often drank himself into a stupor, several friends who saw him passed out thought nothing of it when they saw him on the street dur-

ing the early hours of Saturday morning. Sanchez is convinced he died because of the assault, which took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning. But she’s

awaiting the medical examiner’s findings, which will be released in early October, she said. He will then be cremated and a ceremony will follow.


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Artist recalls her brief marriage with crusty rebel By Gerard Flynn For close to three and a half years, Amy Sanchez, 25, a soft-spoken artist from North Carolina, was married to Joel Pakela, a.k.a. “L.E.S. Jewels.” Jewels was a regular on “Crusty Row” and godfather to the street kids and punk travelers from across the country who frequent that section of Tompkins Square Park and the East Village, an area synonymous with an appetite for alcoholism, heroin addiction and rebellious estrangement from social mores. While the Crusty King had a criminal record, including for assault, Sanchez, 18 when she tied the knot, saw a softer, happier side of Jewels, who died last Saturday morning at age 43 at Beth Israel Medical Center. While the police are not viewing his death as suspicious, the investigation is still open as the police await the results of an autopsy report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. In an interview, Sanchez shared her memories of Jewels. How did you meet Jewels? I met him in Tompkins Square Park. I had broken a broken ankle and had crutches that were too big. He said he had a spare cane in C-Squat so he said, “Come to C-Squat,” and that’s how I met him. My initial impression: He seemed like a nice guy willing to help. He was neighborly. For someone new to the area, he was a stranger in the park who greeted me, asked me my name, told me who he was and he looked a bit scary. But he wasn’t. He was friendly. What happened next? We would hang out all the time. We would hang out with the crusty kids and the neighborhood people. I was an artist and would draw him and the crusties. And you married him when you were 18? It was his idea to get married. I wasn’t opposed to it. There wasn’t much thought put into it. It was more spur of the moment. What was it like being married to L.E.S. Jewels for three and a half years? It was nice. It was hard at times — because he kept drinking and going to jail. I’m not opposed to drinking but his going to jail was too much. I didn’t like to have to take care of him when I had to take care of myself. But there were many times when he would take care of me. So it was balanced out. He showed me I could do the kind of things I never thought I could do. He was very helpful and fun and it was pleasant. But I gave up because he went to jail. I was graduating from college and found someone new. And of course he was upset with that at first, but we got to remain friends and I was lucky. I am happy. He told me he was happy to be my friend. He understood me being

Photo by John Penley

Amy Sanchez, who married L.E.S. Jewels when she was an 18-year-old School of Visual Art student, read some of his poetry at Friday night’s memorial.

with someone else. It hurt him, and he had anger toward this other person, because he told me. What kind of person was Jewels? He evolved wherever life took him — into someone newer and better than before but he was always the same person. People who know him from childhood would say, “Yeah, that’s the same Joel.” He was the same person all his life but he just evolved into different situations. He had many jobs and been with many girls and been to many states, done many different things, including fishing. He went to Rutgers. He liked Rutgers. He didn’t finish. He also went to culinary school. Yet he became a crusty? I didn’t know him when he decided to f--it all. Maybe he gave up or lost his place. I’m sure there’s a reason for it. Maybe the street offered him more freedom. He was free to be a poet. He was a performance artist. He did his own thing. It’s not bad that he was on the street. He did a lot of good. He did have enemies too, and did get drunk and poop on a park bench in public. But over all, he did wonderful things, even when he was on the street. How do you feel about the news? Awful. I feel he didn’t deserve to die. I feel he had a concussion from being beaten or kicked and I feel it was untimely. He didn’t deserve to die that way and it was a horrible way to die. He wasn’t afraid to die, but he shouldn’t have in that manner on a sidewalk on Avenue A and he was probably very lonely when he died. I saw him every day the week of his death and I didn’t think he was going to die. We are waiting for the result of

the autopsy, but he could have died of natural causes. But there are sightings of him being hit and beaten, just too coincidental that it was a natural death. I feel it was unnatural

and all I can do is wait for the medical examiner’s report. Somehow karmic justice will come around for him and for whoever may have harmed him.

80 Proof Tears By L.E.S. Jewels October 10, 2009 at 12:35 p.m. Now you know there ain’t no Santa, Nor is there any elves no one you can trust except for yourself and love it might not even exist at all sometimes your sorry ass just need someone else to care so you have to do as you please not as one says it’s a cross that freedom bares and escape from reality is needed by all Lord knows that’s why we abuse Sex, Drugs, and Alcohol and I’m crying Lord I’m crying 80 proof f----n’ tears and I’m crying Lord I’m crying  80 proof tears Twisted minds scars of mispent youth my childhood robbed from me grew up fast and f-----d up faster no future do I see Bottle of booze and I can’t lose  just take me away you can rob my future as was my youth I am social decay yet, I live for that drink toward my escape High, alone and free and I see a grave freshly dug damnation belongs to me

and hell’s fires rise to my demise another ruined fate I’ll have that drink now anyway The Devil can mutha f----n’ wait and I’m crying  yes I’m crying 80 proof f----n’ tears and Half my life forgotten and lost in these bottles of booze too young to die fight to win yet I fight to lose the booze decay  wasting away and forever echoes insanity on my mind all the time  the punk ass suicide I can so easily wake up to be instead I choose to be a man, slowly booze and poison my mind away to many  Blackouts, Arrests, and Forgotten Nights and I’m just rock and roll decay and I’m crying Lord I’m crying 80 Proof F----n’ tears More of L.E.S. Jewels’s poems are on his Facebook page (Joel Pakela) under his notes. His former wife, Amy Sanchez, has some that are handwritten that she has yet to type.


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Photo by Sam Spokony

Getting down to it at the SubCulture grand opening Bassist Richard Bona performed with his quintet — including drummer Ludwig Afonso, guitarist Adam Stoler, pianist Etienne Stadwijk and trumpeter Tatum Greenblatt — at B:9.75” the Sept. 16 grand opening of SubCulture, a new performing arts venue at Bleecker and Lafayette Sts. A variety of musical acts, including jazz, classical and rock artists, showed off the venue’s versatility and quality acoustics.

B:5.375”

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villager arts & entertainment A good guitar is a work of art Axe fanatic Lydon, on what strums his strings BY MICHAEL LYDON (michaelydon.com) Guitar players are all a little nuts — I know, I’m one myself. We love our axes, as we call them, and we’re proud of their history that stretches back to the cithara of ancient Greece. We dream of the day when we’ll wow screaming crowds as our guitar heroes have done — Django Reinhardt, Muddy Waters, George Harrison, Eric Clapton and (you fill in the blank). We lug our guitars to gigs, auditions, jam sessions and lessons. We swathe them in softly padded cases, rub them down with soft cloths and make sure the air they breathe is moist — but not too moist! Much as we love our own guitars, we yearn for the dream axe hiding just around the corner. Vintage — that’s the magic word for guitar nuts. Vintage means a guitar that’s at least 40 years old, most likely a Martin or a Gibson — or, if electric, a Fender with a time-softened finish, worn frets, bent tuning pegs and a few cool scratches that give the axe an “aged in the wood” patina as smooth as a smoky old bourbon whiskey. White-coated scientists may say a battered 1937 Gibson L-50 sounds no better than a shiny new Taylor, but guitarists will never take a techie’s word over their own experience. Put a few dents on that Taylor, get drunk and write a few country weepers on it, cross the country with it above your head in a Greyhound luggage rack, then, maybe, it’ll have the sweet-souled sound of an axe that Hank Williams might have played. Downtown guitarists, whether veterans shopping for a vintage treasure, beginners looking for a first instrument or inbetweeners who need a new set of strings, are lucky folk — the East and West Villages are home to a dozen of the best guitar shops anywhere in the Northeast. Give yourself three hours for a Saturday afternoon stroll and you’ll be able to visit them all. Note: these shops stock steelstring folk and electric guitars. You’ll only find a few classical, nylon-string guitars on your stroll. For good classical stores, go to Google. Since Guitar Center is on the north side of 14th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, it’s not a true Village store, but it’s the guitar Home Depot, so a good place to start. Guitar Center has guitars aplenty — new and vintage, electric

Photo by Shira Goldberg

First Flight owner Danny Wollock, with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons.

and acoustic, cheap and through-the-roof expensive. It’s also got keyboards, drums, amps, PAs, recorders, computer programs — everything an ambitious rocker needs to set out on the yellow brick road to stardom. Guitar Center prices are competitive, and if you sign onto their mailing list, you’ll get discount cards and notices for upcoming sales. The helpful clerks know their business (but watch out for the hard sell lurking beneath the smiles). Head southeast to First Avenue, and when you see a airplane propeller spinning in a second story window between 10th and 11th Streets, you’ve found First Flight Music — a homey neighborhood shop with no Guitar Center glitz. “Guitars are our core item,” says owner Dan Wollock, who opened First Flight 18 years ago. “But we sell anything our customers need —  amps and amp repairs, drum sticks, saxophone reeds. We sold a bassoon a few weeks ago!” Attached to the store is a small music school with about 20 students signed up for guitar, piano and voice lessons. First Flight stocks a variety of medium-priced new guitars ($200 to $600). In August three road-scarred Fender Telecasters were on sale in the $4,000-$5,000 range; a lovely old Martin had just sold for $8,000. First Flight is my local shop, and I’m in there every week for strings and picks, a chat with Dan and the friendly clerks and to drool over those Tele’s — sadly too rich for my pocketbook. A few blocks south, among the tiny theaters on East Fourth Street between Second and Third Avenues, you’ll see the guitar-filled windows of “NYC’s Best Little Guitar Store” — Howie Statland’s Rivington Guitars (73 E. Fourth St.). There, you’ll find strings and tuners, plus one or two beginner guitars (the cheapest a steal at $149), but at Rivington, vintage is king. “Vintage guitars are better than new, no question," says Howie. “Made better in the first place, and time enriches a guitar’s tone.” The stock that he finds on trips to Nashville, Memphis and Austin is half acoustic, half electric — and it’s gorgeous: mellow old flat-tops, delicate jazz arch-tops and rock ‘n’ roll Stratocasters raring to go on the road. Rivington also has fine vintage amps, including a sweet Fender Princeton for $1,000 — and even vintage effects pedals, including a Maestro Fuzztone Jimi Hendrix might have wailed

Photo by Michael Lydon

Owner Howie Statland moved his shop to E. Fourth St. (from Rivington) five years ago.

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Just Do Art! BY SCOTT STIFFLER

INDIA MUSIC WEEK

When they’re not adding wax to that 2 million-plus library of recordings, the ARChive of Contemporary Music is cooking up new ways to collect records. The Downtown non-profit can already lay claim to having the world’s largest collection of popular music — and on Oct. 6, ARC hopes to secure a place in the Guinness Book by drawing upwards of 10,000 revelers to the World’s Largest Bhangra Dance. DJ Rekha spins, and so do you — to the beat of traditional drum-heavy Punjabi dance music infused with Western elements, such as hip-hop and house. The potentially record-setting party is part of India Music Week — an idea that’s been percolating since ARC Director B. George spent a year in India during the 1970s, then returned in 2012 to collect recordings. The event, which puts an additional six-day spin on ARC’s 2011 World Music Day and last year’s Brazilian Music Day, is meant to be the first in an annual October happening (in the coming years, Scandinavia, Cuba, Louisiana and China are scheduled for their seven days in the sun). First things, first, though: India Music Week, happening from Oct. 6-13, will celebrate the genres, facets and evolving forms of Indian music — via videos, seminars, concerts, lectures, sound files, broadcasts, narrowcasts, album cover gallery exhibits, photos and blogs. Dig into it all, with a visit to the evolving website indiamusicweek.org and the blog indiamusicweek.wordpress.com. For info on ARC (whose holiday record/CD sale begins Dec. 7), visit arcmusic.org. The Bhangra Dance, a free event, happens at 5pm, Oct. 6, at South Street Seaport (part of the 26th annual Diwali Festival).

THE WOMEN AT WORK FESTIVAL

Stage Left Studio is the driving force behind this annual festival, whose proceeds benefit the Girl Effect (which helps adolescent girls around the world raise themselves, and their villages, out of

Photo by Brad Hodges

DJ Rekha spins records, and hopes to help set one — when India Music Week throws the “World’s Largest Bhangra Dance” (Oct. 6, at South Street Seaport).

poverty). This year, matters of legacy, destiny and identity taking center stage, so to speak, at Stage Left’s sixth floor space. Artistic Director Cheryl King has packed the festival bill with the work of 11 authors, whose takes on sexual politics, family matters and love seem intrigu-

ingly complex. King’s own trio of “Ten-Minute Plays” look at different aspects of the new at-home HIV test. Writer/performer Monica Bauer’s “The Year I Was Gifted” takes a working-class girl into a prestigious school for the arts. In “Drama at the Point and “Alzheimer’s Blues, two other writer/performers (Karen Sklaire and Erica Herd) plunge an idealistic teacher into the troubled NYC school system and force a daughter to confront her already difficult mother’s grim diagnosis. For a plot synopsis of all shows, and more info, visit stageleftstudio. net. There, you can also purchase advance ($22) tickets. General admission is $25 at the door. Student/senior discounts available in person or online (ID required at the door). Women at Work runs through Oct. 5 (one or two shows on weeknights, matinee and evening shows on the weekends). At Stage Left Studio (214 W. 30th St., 6th floor, btw. 7th & 8th Aves.).

Photo by Cheryl King

Writer/performer Erica Herd’s “Alzheimer’s Blues” is playing now, as part of the Women at Work Festival.


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Steely Dan delivers ‘The original classic thing’ Seven-night gig’s ‘more of the same’ hardly seems like enough MUSIC

STEELY DAN Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 8pm At the Beacon Theatre 2124 Broadway (at 74th St.) Tickets: $59-220 (multi-show packages available) Visit Ticketmaster.com Call 800-745-3000 Visit steelydan.com

BY SCOTT STIFFLER They haven’t given us any new studio tracks since 2003’s “Everything Must Go” — but the sun isn’t even close to setting on the sleek, sharp, intellectually stimulating band that Walter Becker and Donald Fagen named for an instrument of pleasure referenced in William S. Burroughs’ “Naked Lunch.” Like that late cultural outlaw’s work, the aging but very much alive Steely Dan knows how to wrap doomsday nihilism, lecherous appetites, deadpan observations and a defiant party mentality into an addictive form that goes to work fast and has impressive staying power. The NYC stop on their “Mood Swings 2013: 8 Miles To Pancake Day” tour finds the band performing albums in their entirety (“Aja,” “The Royal Scam, “Gaucho”) as well as an audience request night and an evening devoted to hits from the fourdecade Steely Dan catalog. Eight brilliant

Photo by Danny Clinch

A repeat that’s not offensive: Steely Dan returns to the Beacon, beginning on Sept. 30, with greatest hits and entire albums.

supporting musicians (The Bipolar Allstars) and three sublime backup singers (The Borderline Brats) provide able assistance to Becker and Fagen, assuring this will be more than a note-for-note tribute. Mind you, a repeat of past glories isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Yes, the wholesale album and best-of format promised by

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“Mood Swings” is pretty much what they brought to town the last time around — but for those who saw Steely Dan back in 2011, a return to form is just what the prescription-happy doctor ordered. I caught the last night of that run — and although the scent wafting through the Beacon Theatre was more Ben Gay than

Mary Jane, the band’s AARP-eligible fans (and “Hey Nineteen” newbies) got the potent and lasting buzz they were craving. That makes attendance at this upcoming run essential on the part of those who (to quote a line from “Negative Girl”) will never lose their appetite for “The original classic thing — more of the same.”

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POSSIBILITY JUNKIE

Music & Lyrics by DAVID IPPOLITO Book by DAVID IPPOLITO & GRETCHEN CRYER Directed by GRETCHEN CRYER

Sept 28 - Oct 20

Tuesday - Thursday at 7:30pm Friday - Saturday at 8pm Sunday at 3pm All Seats $25/tdf

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Featuring KATHARINE CULLISON, RICHARD McELVAIN & AUSTIN PENDLETON

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September 25 - 29

Wed - Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm All Seats $15 Performed in Japanese with English subtitles.

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Best of the West (and East) Village Guitar Shops

Photos by Michael Lydon

At Carmine Street Guitars, owner Tim Kelly does some repair work.

TR Crandall and Alex Whitman, in the Village’s newest high-end vintage store.

Continued from page 17 on. Buy your axe at Rivington and you’ll be in good company: rock guitarist Joe Walsh recently snapped up a ’57 Stratocaster. How much did he pay? Howie’s not telling. Continue another block south to East Third between Avenues A and B, and you’ll come to TR Crandall, the Village’s newest high-end vintage store. For years Tom Crandall, a quiet guy with a Midwestern drawl, headed the repair department at Matt Umanov’s Guitars (more on them in

a bit). Repairing guitars led to buying and selling them, and he’s now a connoisseur who don’t need no stinkin’ serial numbers to date, almost to the month, any fine American guitar. This past April, Crandall and partner Alex Whitman opened their neat-as-a-pin shop (at 179 E. Third St.) with a few dozen superb acoustic and electric vintage instruments drawn from his own collection hanging warmly framed against the red brick walls. “Yes, we’re vintage only,” said Crandall. “Well, we sell strings but we keep them behind the counter!” The store’s prices would make any-

body gulp — the cheapest guitar currently sells for $1,300 and a pristine Gibson J-50 has an $8,000 tag — but the prices are backed up by Crandall’s expertise and by the repair shop he’s built in the basement. Cross Houston Street (carefully, please!) at Ludlow Street, and halfway down the first block you’ll see the gleaming windows of Ludlow Street Guitars. Step inside and be dazzled by the hundred or more guitars of every shape, color, and brand hanging on the high-ceilinged walls. Ludlow Street, you could say, is the Guitar Center stripped down to its guitar and guitar amp basics.

The stock mixes new and vintage, electric and acoustic guitars (with an emphasis on new electrics) and covers a wide price range. TR Crandall is for the rarefied topof-the-guitar market. Ludlow Street has a good guitar at a good price for anybody. Turn your steps back across Houston, and a few blocks into the numbered streets you’ll find two stores close on the map but at far ends of the guitar spectrum. At 76 E. Seventh St., Warwick is a glossy New York showcase for the German maker of Framus Guitars and Warwick basses. At 21 E. Third St., the East Village Music Store is a jumbled holein-the-wall shop crammed with dusty guitars, amps, keyboard, pint-size violins, trombones, even a glockenspiel — “any and everything musical,” says owner Claude Campbell, “except acoustic pianos.” Prices of the two shops also contrast: Warwick’s version of a Gibson-335 costs $6,500, the Stratocaster version $3,775. At East Village Music, you can find a $100 beginner guitar and a funky old Telecaster for $550.

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For axe fans, guitar shop tour is no grind Continued from page 20 East Village Music suits my wallet and my style better than Warwick — but I’ll admit, the Warwick axes look and sound gorgeous. Now’s the time to hoof crosstown to the West Village. Stop first at peaceful Carmine Street Guitars, just below the Bleecker-Sixth Avenue intersection. Carmine Street is the home of Kelly Guitars, and you’re likely to find Rick Kelly himself either at the front of the shop repairing an old Martin or back in the sawdusty workshop turning century-old beams salvaged from demolished buildings into brand new Kelly solid body guitars. Carmine Street stocks a wide range of vintage acoustic guitars — recently two spick and span Gibson L-48s hung inconspicuously in a dark corner — and an attractive line of beginner and intermediate Blue Ridge guitars, their prices ranging from $250 to $1,000. An added plus: a good collection of classical guitars. “Most stores don’t bother with classical,” says Kelly, “but I’ve always loved that nylon string sound.” Go up to Bleecker, turn left for half a block and you’ll have found your way to Matt Umanov Guitars, the oldest guitar store in the Village — “You mean the oldest in the world!” says owner Umanov — with perhaps the Village’s most complete and widest ranging stock. Beside acoustic, classical and electric guitars, Umanov’s carries basses and banjos, mandolins and harmonicas, books, straps, and strings, amps and accessories of all kinds — and you’ll be helped by a helpful sales staff of fine guitarists (including Umanov himself). Umanov’s has new Takamine guitars in the $400 range, Taylors $600 and up, and even Martins well under a thousand. For the star items in the store’s vintage collection, the prices soar: a 1947 flat-top Gibson J-45 for $8,000, a jazzy Gibson-175 for about $6,000. Recently a glistening new Martin held the store’s top price, $10,000, and when Umanov strummed a booming chord for a customer, the rich sound proved the axe was worth every penny. Umanov’s also has a repair shop with a national reputation. Walk up Jones Street (stopping perhaps at Caffé Vivaldi for a restorative latte) and at 169 W. Fourth St., you’ll see the jumbled windows of The Music Inn, the oddest of all the shops we’ve visited. You’ll find guitars at the Inn, including one made in the shop basement whose polished body resembles a horseshoe crab. You’ll also find autoharps, lutes, sitars, ukuleles, cymbals, xylophones, ram’s horn shofars, a stringed rebab from Borneo with a neck made from a thigh bone — “every instrument you never heard of,” said a bearded clerk, “from Adodo bells from Ghana to Zarb goblet drums from Persia.” The Music Inn’s exotic jumble is as good a place as any to halt our caravan. I hope you’ve enjoyed this downtown guitar

hegira as much as I have. You’ll return on your own to those shops that suit your fancy and your budget. Guitar shops worth visiting exist, of course, beyond the East and West Village limits. Chelsea Guitars has moved from the east to the west side of the fabled Chelsea Hotel’s entrance on W. 23rd St. (btw. Seventh & Eighth Aves.) — but the funky hangout still has a Warholian cool that dates back to the punk ’70s. Rudy’s Music (at 461 Broom St. in Soho) displays a museum-worthy collection of handmade 1940s and 50s D’Angelico and D’Aquisto archtop jazz guitars in polished glass cases, as well as lovely new guitars by boutique luthiers I’d never heard of: Eastman, Collings and Knaggs. At Guitartech, a neat fourth floor space on the north side of West 14th, Paul Nieto turns out pristine solid body guitars popular among R&B guitarists and, when requested, the occasional jazz archtop. “Sure,” said a clerk at one shop, a wide grin on his face, “we can drive ourselves crazy hunting for the perfect guitar, but I say: a good guitar is just a work of art you can have fun with — big fun!”

Photo by Michael Lydon

Music Inn (169 W. Fourth St.) has guitars, of course — plus “every instrument you’ve never heard of.”

Photo by Michael Lydon

Take it from the owner: Matt Uminov Guitars is oldest guitar shop “in the world!”


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Notice is hereby given that a restaurant wine license, #1273088 has been applied for by Trusa NYC Food, LLC d/b/a Mydanoz Fine Foods to sell beer and wine at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 271 Fifth Avenue New York NY 10001. Vil: 09/26 - 10/03/2013 Notice is hereby given that license #1272190 has been applied by the undersigned to sell alcoholic beverages at retail in a restaurant under the alcoholic beverage control law at 237 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 for on-premises consumption. RJJ RESTAURANT LLC d/b/a EMPIRE STEAK HOUSE Vil: 09/26 - 10/03/2013 Notice is hereby given that an on-premises license, #TBA has been applied for by 302 Broome Art Space LLC to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment with one additional bar. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 302 Broome Street Unit 1A & 1B New York NY 10002. Vil: 09/26 - 10/03/2013 ALPHATECH ONE, LLC a domestic LLC, currently known as ALPHATECH TWO, LLC, filed with the SSNY on 9/4/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Trief & Olk, Esqs., 150 E. 58th St., 34th Fl., NY, NY 10155. General Purposes. Vil: 09/26 - 10/31/2013 LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company (LLC) Name: Toby’s Coffee 5th Ave. LLC Articles of Organization filed by the Department of State of New York on: 08/06/2013 Office location: County of New York. Purpose: any and all lawful activities. Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: 125 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249 Vil: 09/26 - 10/31/2013 Notice of Qualification of 250 BOWERY STAR, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/30/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/13/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19801. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, Div. or Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013

Notice of Formation of 545 EDGECOMBE BCR, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/18/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 20803 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 301, Aventura, FL 33180. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Real estate. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013 Notice of Qualification of BRE Non-Core 1 Owner A LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/16/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 08/28/13. Princ. office of LLC: 345 Park Ave., NY, NY 10154. 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. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013 Notice of Formation of FAIRFAX MERRIFIELD ASSOCIATES II L.L.C. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/16/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013 PARK SLOPE ASSOCIATES LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 12/22/1997. 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, 303 East 57th St, Ste 45E, New York, NY 10022. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013 Notice of Formation of 470 4th Avenue Investors LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/21/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Adam America LLC, 370 Lexington Ave., Ste. 607, NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 15335 78TH AVENUE LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/18/07. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 128 Willis Court, Woodmere, New York 11598-1448. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013

VIVIAN MULLER, LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 8/22/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 210 West 89th St., Ste. 12J, NY, NY 10024. General Purposes. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013 Notice of Formation of Viskovic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/24/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 302 Fifth Avenue, 8th Fl., NY, NY 10001. Purpose: practice the profession of law. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013 Notice of Formation of Capsule LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/30/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 80 Eighth Avenue, Suite 202, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013 Notice of Formation of NYOT 25 Limited LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/9/13. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Patrice Stavile, Esq., c/o M1 Real Estate, 600 Fifth Ave., 21st Fl., NY, NY 10020, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013 Notice of Qualification of MSB Advisors LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/11/13. NYS fict. name: MSB Advisors (New York). Office location: NY County. LP formed in DE on 9/10/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: c/o MSB Advisors GP LLC, 95 Charles St., #3, NY, NY 10014, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. 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: 09/26- 10/31/2013 Notice is hereby given that license #1272534 has been applied by the undersigned to sell alcoholic beverages at retail in a restaurant under the alcoholic beverage control law at 675A 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10036 for on-premises consumption. CONVO 47, LLC d/b/a CONVO 47 Vil: 09/19 - 09/26/2013 Notice is hereby given that an on-premises license, #1187993 has been applied for by Jersey Boys LLC d/b/a Pizzeria de Santo to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 173 Ludlow St New York NY 10002. Vil: 09/19 - 09/26/2013

Notice is hereby given that an on-premises license, #TBA has been applied for by 643 Broadway Holdings LLC to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment with one additional bar. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 643 Broadway New York NY 10012. Vil: 09/19 - 09/26/2013 Qualification of Anchorage Illiquid Opportunities IV, L.P. Authority filed with the Sect. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/06/13. Office Loc: NY County. LP formed in DE on 8/5/13. SSNY has been designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 200 Bellevue Pkwy, Ste 210, Wilmington, DE 19809. DE address of LP: 200 Bellevue Pkwy, Ste 210, Wilmington, 19809. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. avail from SSNY. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sect. of State, PO Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013 Notice of Formation of UPPER EAST SIDE LENDER LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/09/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 60 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10023. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013 Notice of Formation of SUNNYSIDE-BARNETT ASSOCIATES, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/30/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 902 Broadway, 13th Fl., NY, NY 10010. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, c/o Phipps Houses at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: To own and develop real property. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013 NOT. OF FRMN of Activity LLC Art. of Org. f w/ Secy of STA of NY (SSNY) 08/16/13. OFC LCTN: NY Cty. SSNY is DA upon whom PROC AGA it may be served. SSNY shall mail a CY: C/O Activity LLC1500 Broadway 22nd Fl, NY, NY 10036. The Prin. bus. add. :1500 Broadway 22nd Fl, NY, NY 10036. PUR: any lawful act or ACTY. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013 THE WORKING WATERFRONT, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/09/2013. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Jennifer Valentine, 307 E. 76th St. #14, NY, NY 10021. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013

RVZ STRATEGIC ADVISORS LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 5/16/13. Office in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC ATTN: Frederick Van Zijl 179 E 64th St New York, NY 10065. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Registered Agent: Frederick Van Zijl 179 E 64th St New York, NY 10065. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Benjamin K LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/26/13. Office location: NEW YORK COUNTY. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. P.O. address to which SSNY shall mail copy of process against LLC served upon him is: 580 5th Ave., Ste. 1140, NY, NY 10036. The principal business address of the LLC is 580 5th Ave., Ste. 1140, NY, NY 10036. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013 Notice of Formation of 76 Lefferts Place LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/29/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 9728 3rd Avenue, Ste. 133, Brooklyn, NY 11209. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013 Notice of Formation of 2357 84th Street LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/14/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 9728 3rd Avenue, Ste. 133, Brooklyn, NY 11209. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013

Notice of Formation of FMS Wayne County, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/29/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 920 Winter St., Waltham, MA 02451. 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: 09/19 - 10/24/2013 Notice of Qualification of SOAM Market Neutral Fund, L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/31/13. Office location: NY County. LP formed in DE on 7/11/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: c/o SOAM Holdings, LLC, 150 E. 52nd St., 30th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE addr. of LP: 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: 09/19 - 10/24/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF FloodstopUSA LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/10/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: 515 E 79 St, Ste 20D, NY, NY 10075. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013

Notice of Formation of Tallgrove, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/21/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 345 W. 14th St., #PHD, NY, NY 10014, Attn: Magnus Hoglund. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION of RNR Media Consulting, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 5/21/13 Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: RNR Media Consulting, 55 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013

Notice of Formation of Arthur Avenue Residence, L.P. Certificate filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/30/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Center for Urban Community Services, Inc., 198 E. 121st St., 6th Fl., NY, NY 10035. Name/address of each genl. ptr. available from SSNY. Term: until 12/31/2099. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Laureate BW. 2150 LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/30. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: LAW OFFICE OF Z. TAN PLLC 110 E 59TH ST., STE 3200, NY, NY 10022. Principal business address: County of NY. Purpose: any lawful act. 2147291 w.o Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION of BOP One North End LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 09/05/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 250 Vesey St., 15th Fl., New York, NY 10281. LLC formed in DE on 09/03/2013. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Corporation Service Company, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF TwinkyClean LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/26/13. 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: 613 W 146th St Apt 3R MB 7 NY, NY 10031 4316 USA. Purpose: any lawful act. 2144794 w.o Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 7013 VETERANS AVENUE LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 07/29/2013. 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 OMRI MININ, 404 East 79th Street, Apt. 15C, New York, NY 10075. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 HUBBELL MOUNTAIN LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 11/23/2011. 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 Alan Haberman, 11 Mill Pond Road, Sherman, CT 06784. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 2184 CEDAR AVENUE LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 07/23/2013. 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, 404 East 79th Street, Suite 15C, New York, NY 10075. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 AV HOLDINGS GP LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 8/2/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 61 W. 8th St., NY, NY 10011. General Purposes. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 YU NEW YORK LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 8/7/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Aldo V. Vitagliano, 150 Purchase St., Ste. 9, Rye, NY 10580. General Purposes. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013

Notice of Formation of CITY FIRE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/03/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 733 Ridgedale Ave., E. Hanover, NJ 07936 Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 Notice of Qualification of IH3 PROPERTY GP LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/29/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 08/08/13. Princ. office of LLC: 345 Park Ave., NY, NY 10154. 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, 2811 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, Dept. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 Notice of Formation of COCOTTE FIFTH AVENUE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/28/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Deborah A. Nilson & Associates, PLLC, 10 E. 40th St., Ste. 3310, NY, NY 10016. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 Notice of Formation of Chapter Two Properties, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/26/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, Attn: Forrest Zlochiver, 147 W. 35th St., Room 803, NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 Notice of Formation of SEM KIDS DESIGN LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/9/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Mamiye Brothers, Inc., 1385 Broadway, 18th Fl., NY, NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 Notice of Formation of MSH Partners LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/19/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o United Corporate Services, Inc., Ten Bank St., Ste. 560, White Plains, NY 10606. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/201


September 26 - October 2, 2013

Notice of Formation of Z-432/52A LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/14/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 60 E. 56th St., 11th Fl., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 PROBATE CITATION File No. 2012-3948. SURROGATE’S COURT - NEW YORK COUNTY, CITATION, THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: Gilbert Lovitt, Pamela Green, Abraham R. Pelotin, and the Public Administrator of the County of New York. Milton Wiggins, II and Barbara Jean Arthur, a/k/a, if living and if dead, to his/ her heirs at law, next of kin and distributees whose names and places of residence are unknown and if s/he died subsequent to the decedent herein to her/his executors, administrators, legatees, devisees, assignees and successors in interest whose names and places of residence are unknown and to all other heirs at law, next of kin and distributees of GERALD W. ARTHUR, the decedent herein, whose names and places of residence are unknown and cannot, after diligent inquiry be ascertained. A petition having been duly filed by David A. Caraway, Esq., who is domiciled at 166 West 122nd Street, 4E, New York, NY 10027. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, NEW YORK County, at 31 Chambers Street, Room 503, New York, on Oct. 18, 2013, at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of GERALD W. ARTHUR lately domiciled at 149 East 29th Street, New York, NY admitting to probate a True Copy of the lost original Will dated 8/13/2002, a copy of which is attached, as the Will ofGERALD W. ARTHUR A/K/A GERALD ARTHUR, deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that Letters Testamentary issue to: David A. Caraway, Esq. Dated, Attested and Sealed, August 30, 2013, HON. Rita Mella, Surrogate, Diana Sanabria (Seal), Chief Clerk. Ralph M. Randazzo, Esq., Attorney for Petitioner, (631)673-4998, Telephone Number, 464 New York Avenue, Huntington, New York 11743, Address of Attorney. [Note: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you.] Vil: 09/05 - 09/26/2013

Notice of Qualification of Adam Plus Company LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/5/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 1/25/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 261 Madison Ave., Ste. 9038, NY, NY 10016, principal business address. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 Notice of Qualification of CTC Alternatives Access Fund L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/6/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1290 E. Main St., Stamford, CT 06902. LP formed in DE on 7/12/13. 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: 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: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 Notice of Qualification of Solus Recovery Fund III LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/30/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 410 Park Ave., 11th Fl., NY, NY 10022. LP formed in DE on 7/19/13. 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: 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: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of IMAGINEMOTION PRODUCTIONS LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/08/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: IMAGINEMOTION PRODUCTIONS LLC, 45 West 132nd Street, APT 7K, New York, NY 10037. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013

Notice of Qualification of SIM III, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/20/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 08/14/13. Princ. office of LLC: 10 E. 53rd St., 37th Fl., NY, NY 10022. NYS fictitious name: SIM FUNDING III, LLC. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, regd. agent upon whom and at which process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, New Castle Cnty., DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John B. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of CBV Fine Cars, LLC (“LLC”). Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (“SSNY”) on August 9, 2013. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process may be served, and SSNY shall mail a copy of any such process served c/o Conrad B. Voldstad, 340 E. 64th Street, Apt. 8A, New York, New York 10065. The principal office of the LLC is 340 E. 64th Street, Apt. 8A, New York, New York 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF Anchorage IO GP IV, L.L.C. Authority filed with the Sect of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/20/13. N.Y. Office Loc: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/5/13. SSNY has been designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 200 Bellevue Pkwy, Ste 210, Wilmington, 19809. DE addr. of LLC: 200 Bellevue Pkwy, Ste 210, Wilmington, 19809. Cert of Form filed with DE Sect of State, PO Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013 Notice of RECIDIVIST FILMS, LLC Formation of Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/23/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: c/o CRM, 205 Hudson St., Ste. 1002, NY, NY 10013. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 205 Hudson St., Ste. 1002, NY, NY 10013. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013 Notice of Qual. of 221 W29 Garage LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 6/12/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 6/11/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 8th 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: 09/05 - 10/10/2013

Notice of Qual. of 690 Madison Mezz LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 6/28/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 6/5/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 8th 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: 09/05 - 10/10/2013 Notice of Qual. of 121 Greene Retail Owner LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 7/3/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 7/2/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 8th 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: 09/05 - 10/10/2013 Notice of Qual. of 232 Capital Management LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 12/17/12. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 12/12/12. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Andrew O’Connor, 100 William St., Ste. 2005, NY, NY 10038. 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: 09/05 - 10/10/2013 Notice of Qual. of Alkeon Select Partners, LP Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 1/9/13. Office loc.: NY County. LP org. in DE 1/7/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to 350 Madison Ave., NY, NY 10017. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Name/ addr. of each gen. ptr. avail. at SSNY. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013 Notice of Qual. of Altalis Capital (GP), LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/6/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 2/5/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Samuel Elder, 885 Third Ave., 24th Fl., NY, NY 10022. 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: 09/05 - 10/10/2013

Notice of Qual. of Altalis Capital Partners, LP Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/6/13. Office loc.: NY County. LP org. in DE 2/5/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Samuel Elder, 885 Third Ave., 24th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Name/addr. of each gen. ptr. avail. at SSNY. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013 Notice of Qual. of 1735 Del Gesu Partners II, L.P. Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 1/2/13. Office loc.: NY County. LP org. in DE 12/18/12. SSNY desig. as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: John Townsend, 101 Park Ave., 48th Fl., NY, NY 10178. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Name/addr. of each gen. ptr. avail. at SSNY. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of CONTENT X PRODUCT LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/13/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: CONTENT X PRODUCT LLC, 250 E Houston Street 9G, New York, NY 10002. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013 Notice of Qualification of Illamasqua, LLC App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/21/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 3/15/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Gallet Dreyer & Berkey, LLP, 845 Third Avenue, 5th Fl., NY, NY 10022, Attn: Tobias F. Ziegler, Esq. DE address of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Company, 2711 Centerville Road, Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013 Notice of Qualification of Broad Street Real Estate Credit Partners II, L.P. App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/14/13. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 5/10/13. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 200 West St., NY, NY 10282. DE address of LP: Corporation Trust Center, 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/address of each genl. ptr. available from SSNY. Cert. of LP filed with DE Secy. of State, PO Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013

Notice of Qualification of AL-Stone Ground Tenant LLC App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/26/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 8/22/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Corporate Research, Ltd., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016, the registered agent upon whom process may be served. DE address of LLC: 615 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013 Notice of Formation of Zeke80, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/10/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 21 E. 26th St., NY, NY 10010. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Ellyn Roth Mittman, Esq., 110 E. 59th St., 23rd Fl., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of Marukuro, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/26/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: Marukuro, LLC, 244 Fifth Avenue, Suite C110, New York, NY 10001 Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 08/29 - 10/03/2013 Notice of formation of RMR Hudson Properties, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/5/2013. 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: The LLC, 210 East 5th St., Unit 1, NY NY 10003. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 08/29 - 10/03/2013 ABKCO LA DANZA, LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 8/8/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 85 5th Ave., 11th Fl., NY, NY 10003. General Purposes. Vil: 08/29 - 10/03/2013

Notice of Qualification of 540 WEST 26TH STREET INVESTORS IIA, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/20/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 08/16/13. Princ. office of LLC: 10 E. 53rd St., 37th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, regd. agent upon whom and at which process may be served. 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: 08/29 - 10/03/2013 Notice of Formation of EXCLUSIVE GOLF APPAREL, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/23/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 220 Riverside Blvd., Apt. 14A, NY, NY 10069. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Harvey Knotman at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Sale of golf and other sporting merchandise. Vil: 08/29 - 10/03/2013 Notice of Qualification of Telx - New York II, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/07/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/04/12. Princ. office of LLC: 1 State St., 21st Fl., NY, NY 10004. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of DE, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Data Centers. Vil: 08/29 - 10/03/2013 Notice of Formation of ARTS LABORATORY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/17/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Oliver Miller, 50 E. 89th St., Apt. 16A, NY, NY 10128. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/29 - 10/03/2013

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Notice of Qualification of NUGENT POOH, LLC Authority filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/06/13. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware on 07/26/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10011. Address required to be maintained in home jurisdiction: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 160 Greentree Drive, Suite 101, Dover, Delaware 19904. Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of Delaware, Corporate Division, 401 Federal St., Suite 4, John G. Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Acquisition, development & management of Real Estate. Vil: 08/29 - 10/03/2013 Notice of Formation of Wells Fargo Arizona, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/22/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 636 Broadway, Suite 820, NY, NY 10012. Purpose: any lawful activity Vil: 08/29 - 10/03/2013 Notice of Formation of Plowright Holdings LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/18/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Fox Horan & Camerini LLP, 825 Third Ave., 12th Fl., New York, 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/29 - 10/03/2013 Notice of Formation of LAM GEN 25 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/20/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 202 Centre St., 6th Fl., NY, NY 10013. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/29 - 10/03/2013 Notice of Formation of LI Members, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/14/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 225 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. 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: 08/29 - 10/03/2013


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Notice of Qualification of Hedge Fund Select: ESG Domestic Opportunity Fund LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/7/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 6/7/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business address: 200 West St., NY, NY 10282. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/29 - 10/03/2013 Notice of Formation of SALVIA PROPERTY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/16/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to M. Nader Ahari, 524 Broadway, Ste. 405, NY, NY 10012. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 08/22 - 09/26/2013

Notice of Qualification of POWER I PRODUCTIONS, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/02/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/24/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 08/22 - 09/26/2013 Notice of Qualification of NEUBERGER BERMAN EMERGING MARKETS EQUITY FUND L.P. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/05/13. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/14/13. Princ. office of LP: 605 Third Ave., NY, NY 10158. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. DE addr. of LP: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 08/22 - 09/26/2013

Notice of Qualification of Topaz Exchange, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/29/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 5/30/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011. Address to be maintained in DE: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secretary of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 08/22 - 09/26/2013 EKT CONSULTING LLC, a domestic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 5/9/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 240 E. 39th St., #21G, NY, NY 10016. General Purposes. Vil: 08/22 - 09/26/2013 Notice of Formation of Warren Spider LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/18/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 101 Warren St., Ste. 3060, NY, NY 10007. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/22 - 09/26/2013

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Notice of Qualification of School Improvement Network, LLC App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/8/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 4/11/11. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Corporate Research, Ltd. (NCR), 10 E. 40th St., NY, NY 10016, the registered agent upon whom process may be served. DE address of LLC: c/o NCR, 615 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/22 - 09/26/2013 Notice of Formation of Bolt Trading Solutions, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/8/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Menaker & Herrmann LLP, 10 E. 40th St., NY, NY 10016, Attn: Michiel A. Bloemsma. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil: 08/22 - 09/26/2013

Notice of Qualification of BMS Solutions LLC App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/30/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 7/26/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Corporate Research, Ltd. (NCR), 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016. DE address of LLC: NCR, 615 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/22 - 09/26/2013 Notice of Formation of Bay Lane LLC amended to Town Line Realty Development LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/12/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to princ. bus. loc.: c/o 40 North Industries LLC, 9 W. 57th St., 30th Fl., NY, NY 10019. Purpose: any activities permitted by applicable law. Vil: 08/22 - 09/26/2013

Notice of Formation of TERRASTONE ELLWOOD HOLDINGS L.P. Certificate filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/31/2012. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LP, 40 Rector St., Ste. 1500, NY, NY 10006. Name/ address of each genl. ptr. available from SSNY. Term: until 12/31/2099. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/22 - 09/26/2013 Notice of Formation of LUCID MANAGEMENT AND ADVISORY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/17/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o 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: 08/22 - 09/26/2013

Notice of Qualification of Sterling Ridge Fund LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/2/13. Office location: NY County. LP formed in DE on 6/6/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 1325 Ave. of the Americas, 25th Fl., NY, NY 10019, principal business address. DE address of LP: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/address of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/22 - 09/26/2013 Notice of Qualification of Red Baron LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/26/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 5 E. 22nd St., Apt. 9J, NY, NY 10010. LLC formed in DE on 6/24/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Withers Bergman LLP, 430 Park Ave., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10022. 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: 08/22 - 09/26/2013


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McWater resigns from C.B. 3 Continued from page 9 warrants are dated April 23, 2013, and one is dated earlier, May 24, 2011. The tax liens are filed for entitites identified on the court filings as, among others, “NGE,” probably referring to Nice Guy Eddie’s, a former McWater bar on Avenue A, as well as “Lower East Side Entities LLC” and “Preserve Milanos Inc.” McWater told The Villager on Monday that he acquired the historic Milano’s bar around 2006 “when they were going to tear down the place and turn it into a hipster lounge for kids.” He said that, when he was starting out, he learned the ropes of the bar business working at Milano’s, and so felt obligated to preserve it.

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of his work with the L.E.S. Gauchos youth baseball program. “At our peak we had eight teams on the field, 150 kids coached by two former big leaguers, all free,” he said. “I didn’t just run it, I coached it. I coached eight seasons on the field. We went to three N.A.B.F. World Series. One of our players, Jonathan Gonzalez, played in the minor leagues for two years.” Stomach problems forced McWater to the bench a few years ago and he’s been less active with the team. A brief stint as a movie producer didn’t turn out as successfully. As for what’s next for him, his love of sports will be in the mix again. He said he’ll be “managing some fighters — on the Eastern Seaboard, Philly, Atlantic City.” In the early 1990s he also managed boxers, but that was around when his bars were starting to do well, so he got out of the sport.

The borough president appoints and has the power to remove community board members, all of whom are unsalaried volunteers. Asked last week if McWater is a New York City resident, a spokesperson for Borough President Scott Stringer responded on Monday, “This matter is currently under review.” McWater said he lives on First Ave. between E. Third and Fourth Sts., and even invited The Villager over to verify that he lives there. “You’re welcome to come over and have a drink with me at my home,” he said. He said he’s lived at four places in the East Village and Lower East Side since 1989, including E. 11th, Stanton and E. 12th Sts., as well as on First Ave. As for the Lambertville address, he said, “I do have an address out there — I have a summer home out there.” He added that he has had a summer home since 1996, though not always in Lambertville.

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He has very fond memories of working to help get Margarita Lopez elected to the City Council in 1997, which he said sparked the birth of his own community activism. Back then, he introduced the candidate around to his many friends — “I knew a lot of people,” he said — to build support for her. “That was a grassroots campaign. We were in people’s kitchens,” he recalled. “The neighborhood was in such flux, the neighborhood could have gone either way. “Margarita awakened the best part of me — the service part,” he said. “This is the thing I was good at.” McWater was subsequently appointed by then-Borough President C. Virginia Fields to a special committee to study New York City nightlife, which ultimately led to his getting appointed to C.B. 3 in 2000. “I’m probably a mediocre businessman. This will probably be the biggest accomplishment of my life — I mean, SPURA was a $1 billion deal. I’ll never equal that in another realm. I don’t even know how I would. I’m not going to coach big league baseball. “I like making things happen,” he said. “I like having a vision. It’s like the Gauchos — we were a national power for a few years there, and definitely a city power.”

However, McWater wasn’t comfortable with the line of questioning. He also blasted “the blogs.” “This is the new age of TMZ and all that bulls—,” he said with annoyance. “I live in the city.” Asked point blank by The Villager where he files his taxes, he said, “I’m not answering any more questions about this. I can’t believe you’re stooping this low.” A bit later, he said his taxes are “very complicated.” Asked how often each week he’s at the Lambertville address, he again said, “I’m not answering any more questions about this.” The first phone conversation ended. McWater then e-mailed The Villager back a bit later saying to call him. It was during this second conversation that he said he planned to resign.

Built up baseball team In addition to his work with C.B. 3 on SPURA and the E.V. / L.E.S. rezoning, McWater, wearing another hat — a red baseball cap — has always been immensely proud

Though not on the community board, he’ll still be around, he assured. “I’m not going to retire — I’m not that old,” he said. “It’s not like I’m leaving. I’m involved in my community. I’m not like these single-issue people.” But it was the single-issue people who, in the end, helped him reach his decision. “This last controversy is the end,” he said of the flare-up at the Sept. 16 S.L.A. Committee meeting. “I mean, SPURA’s done,” he added. Originally from Oklahoma, McWater attended New York University, where he studied Third World politics. “I wanted to be a revolutionary and save the world,” he recalled.

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