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cross-district dispute over a sidewalk cafe application on lower Fifth Ave. is heating up after the City Council approved it last week, despite fierce opposition from Councilmember Rosie Mendez and residents

of her district. On Tues., Sept. 23, Claudette restaurant, at 24 Fifth Ave., received the go-ahead from the full City Council to open a 10-table, 20-seat, unenclosed sidewalk cafe. But this had been preceded by some drama a week earlier. Mendez, in an impas24 FIFTH AVE., continued on p. 6

Bo Dietl will be going, but the security debate at Cooper goes on BY ZACH WILLIAMS

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he Cooper Union will seek a new security firm following students’ outcry about the school’s hiring of a firm headed by a TV pundit known for making inflammatory remarks. University officials have

Standing across from the old P.S. 64 (the former CHARAS / El Bohio Cultural and Community Center) on E. Ninth St. Sunday, politicians and CHARAS’s Chino Garcia hailed the city’s decision to issue a stop-work order on a college dorm planned for the building. Clockwise from front row center, former Councilmember Margarita Lopez, Garcia, District Leader Anthony Feliciano, Councilmember Rosie Mendez, District Leader Carlina Rivera, state Senator Brad Hoylman, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and State Committeeman Michael Farrin. See page 4.

not given a specific timeline for when a new firm will replace Beau Dietl & Associates, which will work with The Cooper Union administration in the meantime to develop a transition plan. University representatives said the decision has nothing to do with the professional

Game on! Meadows ‘kicks off’ his campaign against Glick BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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n an interview with The Villager, Alexander Meadows officially announced his campaign for the 66th Assembly District. He’ll be challenging longtime incumbent Deborah Glick on Tues., Nov. 4. The 66th District includes the West Village, Hudson Square, Tribeca, Soho, Noho, the East Village west of First Ave. and a small part of Union Square. Meadows, 37, is running

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as the candidate of the Progressive Party, a line he created specially for the election. As such, his name will be at the far right-hand side of the ballot. A resident of the West Village for seven years and a member of Community Board 2 for six, Meadows ran for City Council last year against Corey Johnson and Yetta Kurland. However, he ultimately dropped out of the contest, throwing his support behind Johnson, the eventual winner.

Meadows is a member of the Village Independent Democrats, which is also Glick’s home political club. He is openly gay. Glick was a pioneer as the state Legislature’s first openly gay member. Meadows stressed to The Villager that, if elected, he plans to be “proactive,” taking the long view on issues. “Everyone’s reactive,” he said. “I think it’s time we had someone who is proacASSEMBLY, continued on p. 3

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PATROL FINDS NEW PLACE: The Christopher St. Patrol found itself on the outs, literally, after the flare-up over Boots N Saddles at the Community Board 2 State Liquor Authority Committee meeting last month. To recap, David Poster, the volunteer anticrime patrol’s president, told the meeting that the longtime local gay bar was no longer wanted in the area — or anywhere in the West Village, for that matter — because of what he called its bad behavior. We had heard word got back to Pastor Mark Erson, of St. John’s Lutheran Church, which is located across the street from the bar, and the patrol was promptly “booted” from the church, where it had always gathered before its quality-of-life sorties onto the Village’s mean nighttime streets. But the patrol quickly landed on its feet at a new location — which is being kept secret, at least for now — perhaps out of fear of protests by angry drag queens? “We’re not going to publicize where it is, but it’s in the Village,” Poster told us this week. “We got a new space immediately. After being at St. John’s 21 years — and never having a word said about us after 24 years of patrolling — we have a new space, and we’re going to continue doing what we’ve been doing for 24 years. See something, say something, we’ll continue to do it.” Their new assembly spot, he said, is “close enough to Christopher St. for us to do what we need to do. It sure is! It sure is!” Poster confidently contended that his group — as seen by the large turnout at the C.B. 2 meeting — has the overwhelming support of the area’s residents and block associations. “The residents, the whole community wants us, respects us,” he said. “It’s the bar, their patrons, the pastor who are upset.

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tive. I want to look beyond the old guard — and [Assembly Speaker] Shelly Silver — and look 10, 15, 20, 30 years down the road. “She was great when she started,” he said of 24-year incumbent Glick. “I don’t think she has used the power that has been given to her to be effective for the district.” Meadows intends to attack Glick on the legislation that was secretively passed last year — without any public notice or review — to allow the transfer of development rights from the Hudson River Park across the West Side Highway. “We’re going to have another superstorm Sandy, and there is someone in Albany who just wants to put more housing over there,” Meadows scoffed. “All she did was take the problem from the park and move it across the street. Now we’re going to be in litigation for the next 10, 15, 20 years for every project.”

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He’s raring to go head to head with the veteran assemblymember on the issues. “I’m hoping we get to debate. I certainly don’t want a repeat of the Cuomo-Teachout,” he said, referring to how the governor ducked debating primary-election opponent Zephyr Teachout. Meadows supported the long-shot upstart Teachout, while Glick — like other elected officials — backed Cuomo, the prohibitive favorite. Meadows said he hopes to have at least one and possibly two debates with Glick, ideally in late October, which he’d like to be moderated by The Villager. He added that, if elected, he would speak out strongly against sexual misconduct in the state Legislature — charging that the Assembly’s current leadership has enabled it — and said Glick has not done enough to condemn or change this culture. TheVillager.com

Alexander Meadows, left, is running for Assembly against incumbent Deborah Glick.

“They allowed women to be sexually harassed,” Meadows said of Silver and the Assembly leadership. “I would be speaking up a lot louder than she is,” he said of Glick, who he accused of being “afraid of rocking the boat” of Albany’s “good old boy network,” which he charged she is, in fact, a part of. “She has to say, ‘Look, Sheldon, this is where we part ways.’ “ Meadows even went as far as to blast Glick’s prolific tweeting about football, her favorite sport, stating that she should be using her Twitter handle more forcefully to condemn the National Football League’s epidemic of domestic violence and the league’s anemic response to it. “It’s great that you want to tweet that someone made a great play,” he said. “I don’t care if you’re a man, woman, transgender — you should just speak up for zero tolerance of violence against women.” Domestic violence is something Meadows said he painfully knows first-hand from having grown up with an abusive father who beat Meadows’s mother. “I grew up with domestic violence,” he said. “As soon as that Ray Rice incident came up — that was my mom. “On my birthday, my dad broke my mom’s nose and set her clothes on fire. ... Once he held a gun to my head.” At the same time, he conceded of Glick, “She’s a great football announcer,” adding, “I would love for her to be an NFL sports announcer or ESPN announcer.” Though saying she should do more about violence against women, Meadows acknowledged that Glick is a staunch opponent of violence against

animals, such as feral pigs and even squirrels. Glick has condemned Upstate “canned hunts” of feral pigs, as well as “killing contests” like a massive “Squirrel Slam” earlier this year in Holley, N.Y., that drew 1,000 hunters and raised animal activists’ ire. As for whether Meadows stands a chance in the “big game” against

Glick in November, who knows? Or as they say, “On any given Tuesday.” He said he has raised $30,000 so far toward his run. “This is going to be a grassroots campaign that’s built on community support,” he said. Isn’t his announcement, well, coming a bit late with only a little more than a month left in the race? “My campaign has been in full swing since we started petitioning back in August,” Meadows responded. “But, I made my formal with announcement with you, The Villager, because it felt like the right place to do so. You guys are fair, balanced and local. As for the timing, it’s perfect, everyone really starts to pay attention to the races from now until Election Day.” Asked to respond to Meadows’s opening salvos, Glick told The Villager, “We’re going to conduct a campaign with the people and not in the press.” That said, she did then go on to comment at some length. “I have a record that I’m proud of,” she said. “I do believe my constituents appreciate the work I’ve done on ASSEMBLY, continued on p.16

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At Sunday’s victory rally, CHARAS’s Chino Garcia spoke to the crowd gathered in front of the group’s former home, the old P.S. 64.

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elebrating what they called a major win in their effort to reclaim the former old P.S. 64 for community use, politicians, advocates and community members rallied Sunday afternoon outside the historic East Village building. The city’s Department of Buildings issued a stop-work order for the project, at 605 E. Ninth St., between Avenues B and C, on Sept. 22. The building’s owner, Gregg Singer, has signed contracts with The Cooper Union and Joffrey Ballet School to take a total of more than 200 beds on about two-thirds of the building’s floors. Councilmember Rosie Mendez, whose district includes the building, had written twice to D.O.B., charging that the project violated the “Dorm Rule,” but never heard back. A few weeks ago, Mendez — feeling both frustrated and insulted — wrote one final letter to the agency. At the time, she told The Villager that if D.O.B. didn’t respond to her — or rejected her argument — she would promptly stage a community protest. But in a surprising turnaround, D.O.B. now sided with Mendez, and it became occasion, not for a protest, but a victory party. D.O.B. said the rescinding of the permits for the dorm was based on “failure to provide all necessary information” about the tenants and the plan.

“This former abandoned building holds the aspirations of thousands of schoolchildren who dreamed of a better future and the hopes of an entire community that reclaimed this space from drug dealers to determine community use from the needs and desires of its residents,” Mendez said on Sunday. “This building should be returned to the people of the Lower East Side/ East Village and we will continue our struggle to keep that hope alive.” Singer bought the old school at city auction in 1998 for $3.2 million. Today, at fair-market value, it’s likely worth $30 million to $40 million, which the city would have to pay to reclaim it for community use, Mendez said. A few years after purchasing the old P.S. 64, Singer evicted CHARAS/El Bohio, the Latino-run group that had squatted it years earlier and had turned it into a community and cultural center. “In the last 15 years, since Singer took control of the building, we haven’t bothered him and have been cool,” said Carlos “Chino” Garcia, CHARAS’s executive director. “But after this last fiasco with this mega-dormitory, he should sit down and negotiate with us. “The reality is this guy is a developer,” Garcia added. “Like every developer, they think they can come in with ideas to beat the community. He should sit down and negotiate with us. We’re getting sick of this!” Under Mendez’s predecessor, former

Councilmember Margarita Lopez, the city landmarked the old P.S. 64 right under Singer, throwing a curveball into his development scheme to raze all but the front facade of the existing historic building and add a high-rise tower. Working closely with Lopez was the East Village Community Coalition, which was founded to fight the tower plan. So, can Singer’s plans, at last, be beaten and the building restored as a community center? “Absolutely,” Lopez told The Villager, “with the work that Rosie has been doing to make sure that he doesn’t get any illegal loopholes. “We need to move forward to the next step,” she said. “This is an injustice. We have carried the message again and again. He’s not entitled to make a mockery of the rules and regulations of this city, and that’s what he has done time and time again. “The moment he applied for that permit, it should have been denied,” Lopez said of Singer’s latest plan with The Cooper Union and Joffrey Ballet School. “I’ve seen this community do the impossible time and time again,” Lopez assured. “We can get that building back.” Cooper alum Paul Garrin, who is a member of the school’s Hall of Fame, was also at the rally. An Internet pioneer CHARAS/OLD P.S. 64, continued on p. 25 TheVillager.com


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sioned speech on Sept. 18, before the Council’s Land Use committee, highlighted procedural and legal concerns with the application — concerns that are echoed by residents in her district, whose western border sits just across the avenue from the cafe. “There were many issues, including the fact that the city did not comply with its own guidelines and deadlines, and this application should have failed on that alone,” Mendez said in an interview last week. She was referring to deadlines in the application process that she said were missed in several cases. An enclosed sidewalk cafe that existed at the site since the early 1970s was removed earlier this year. Current zoning does not actually permit sidewalk cafes on this part of Fifth Ave. However, the previous sidewalk cafe was “grandfathered,” meaning it was allowed to continue even if though it didn’t comply with zoning changes. Claudette is now arguing that the grandfathering clause should continue to apply at the location. But the cafe’s opponents counter that the cafe was inoperative for more than two years, which would repeal its legal nonconforming use, and add

A photo, probably circa 1940s, showing how 24 Fifth Ave. looked then with an unenclosed sidewalk cafe. A spokesperson for Claudette restaurant’s owners said they “want to restore the area and block to what it once was, like in the photo.”

that the grandfathering at this location is illegal anyway. “I don’t think clear and convincing evidence was provided, at least to me, to make me think that a sidewalk cafe should be given,” Mendez said. “I also feel that somehow in this city we have zoning laws with so many exceptions to the exceptions.” Claudette, which opened in May, is actually located in Councilmember Corey Johnson’s district, which is ad-

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jacent to Mendez’s. The dividing line between the two districts at this point is Fifth Ave. But on Mendez’s side of the border, residents are worried they will be just as impacted by the sidewalk cafe as if they were living in the building directly above it. “I think the reasons for not wanting the sidewalk cafe at this location, at this point in time, are somewhat obvious because of the pristine nature of the neighborhood and the streetscape on lower Fifth Avenue,” said Neil Ritter, who lives at 25 Fifth Ave. “Introducing that sort of activity throughout the day and into the evening was really sort of a character changer for the neighborhood,” he said. Ritter, who is on his building’s board, added that residents had hoped for more inter-district outreach from Johnson, and specifically wanted to hear him explain his decision for supporting the application. “Fifth Avenue divides Mendez’s and Johnson’s districts,” said John Fleischer, a resident and board member of 33 Fifth Ave. “So from what we understand in this situation, the sound travels up, so we would really be just as affected, if not more affected, than Johnson’s district.” The cafe hasn’t opened yet, but according to Bob Gormley, Community Board 2’s district manager, it is usually only a matter of days after City Council approval until the Department of Consumer Affairs issues a license. “This is kind of an oddball case,” Gormley said, “because everyone expects that the people who live across the street are going to file a lawsuit. So I don’t know if the D.C.A. will issue the license and then let the lawsuit go on, or if they’ll just wait and see what happens in the courts.” The sidewalk cafe was actually proposed to C.B. 2 with 40 seats and 20 tables, but the numbers were reduced to half that at the community board’s behest. The original plan had even more

seats, 52, but this was later reduced because of a new tree pit obstructing part of the space. “Essentially,” Gormley said, “we recommended denial unless it was found that the zoning was legal. If it was legal, we recommended that it be 10 tables and 20 chairs. In fact, that’s what the City Council approved with some additional stipulations,” Gormley said, adding that the cafe’s hours of operation were also limited. Johnson, who isn’t on the Land Use Committee, nonetheless expressed support the application during the Council’s review process. He cited the possibility of litigation by the restaurant should the application not be approved, which could result in an even bigger cafe. However, some of Johnson’s reasoning doesn’t sit well with the residents across the street. “Presumptive litigation, it seems to me, is a bad way to make decisions that fundamentally change the character of a neighborhood,” said Ritter, of 25 Fifth Ave. In land use cases, the Council committee members usually adopt recommendations of the councilmember whose district is concerned. In the meeting of the Land Use Committee meeting — which voted 17 to 1 to approve Claudette’s application — most of the councilmembers mentioned that litigation was expected either way and expressed their trust that a court would settle the issue. Councilmember David Gentile abstained, noting that, while he understood Johnson’s position, the restaurant’s representatives clearly, when they applied for their liquor license before Community Board 2’s State Liquor Authority Committee six months ago, said they would not have a sidewalk cafe. A spokesperson for Claudette ex24 FIFTH AVE., continued on p. 7 TheVillager.com


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plained that “by removing the enclosed sidewalk cafe installed by previous tenants over 40 years ago, the ultimate goal of Claudette’s partners was to restore the beauty of lower Fifth Ave. “Only subsequently did they realize that an outdoor sidewalk cafe was, in fact, a possibility and that the existing enclosed sidewalk cafe could be modified to an unenclosed sidewalk cafe within  the permitted zoning. At the time of the community board liquor license approval process, Claudette was unaware that the unenclosed sidewalk cafe was possible and was therefore not planning to apply for it.” Ritter said the boards of 25 and 33 Fifth Ave. have retained a lawyer and may litigate, but that this would be a last resort. For now, they will meet with the Department of Consumer Affairs on Fri., Oct. 3, to discuss the issues at hand. “We plan to explore all appropriate avenue, including the potential for litigation,” Ritter said. Fleischer, of 33 Fifth Ave., added, “What’s interesting is Johnson took the exact opposite position in a situation in Chelsea. It was pretty amazing —  he didn’t even meet with us, after repeated requests to do so.”

Last month, Johnson opposed a sidewalk cafe application in Chelsea, saying he believes that “sidewalk cafes should not be located on residential blocks, unless there is grandfathered zoning.” Johnson also added, however, that a cafe would bring a commercial feel to a residential block and that an approval would set an “unacceptable precedent for additional sidewalk cafes in more residential areas” — exactly what opponents fear in the case of Claudette. In a letter to councilmembers before the Sept. 28 full City Council vote, Mendez warned that approval of the application would “open up a Pandora’s box that will allow a sidewalk cafe to exist contrary to the zoning.” Repeated requests for comment for this article to Johnson went unanswered. Claudette is owned by Mark Barak and Carlos Suarez. Suarez also operates two other Village restaurants, Bobo, at 181 W. 10th St., and Rosemary’s, at 18 Greenwich Ave. In a statement, a spokesperson for the restaurant said, “Claudette is thrilled with the positive response from their neighbors, has the utmost respect for their Greenwich Village community and looks forward to continuing to serve the neighborhood.”

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An arrest has been made in the hitand-run that killed 33-year-old financier Doohee Cho as he was crossing Fifth Ave. near his home early Sunday morning, police said Tuesday. The car’s driver was Macgyver Beltran, 25, of East New York, Brooklyn, according to police. Cho, a vice president at GE Capital, was struck while crossing midblock between E. 15th and E. 16th Sts. at 3:15 a.m. He lived in a high-rise on the block. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital with severe head trauma and died on Sunday. On Monday, police released a surveillance video showing a white, 2014 four-door Chevrolet Impala sedan driving away from the fatal collision, heading down Fifth Ave., then quickly turning left onto 14th St. A tip resulted in the arrest of Beltran, who was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death. The suspect was reportedly named after “Macgyver,” the late1980s action-adventure TV series.

A woman, 23, left her purse on top of the bar at Karaoke Boho, at 187 W. Fourth St., in the early hours of Wed., Sept. 24, and around 1:45 a.m., found that someone had taken it, police said. When the perpetrator fled the place, a man, 29, pursued him. Police arrested Anthony Beacham, 33, after he was found in possession of the woman’s bag and credit cards. An Apple iPhone 4S valued at $200 was also in his possession, police say. Beacham faces a felony charge of grand larceny.

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A guy allegedly went berserk inside Little Italy Pizza, at 122 University Place, around 3:35 a.m. on Thurs., Sept. 25, according to police. Wielding a spatula, he reportedly attacked four men, ages 27, 28, 30 and 36. He then reportedly intentionally damaged items in the place in excess of $250. At least one victim was cut on the head and body, requiring stitches. Mohammed Hardy, 28, faces four

Police say a man picked a 43-yearold woman’s purse around 3:30 a.m. on Sat., Sept. 27, at Gaslight Cafe, at 400 W. 14th St. Officers caught up with the alleged perpetrator several blocks away. He resisted the cops by pulling his arms away and refusing to put them behind his back. Police said they found bank cards, a driver’s license and nearly $200 in

Police said a man lifted a $1,495 Vince brown shearling jacket from a fancy Meatpacking District boutique at 827 Washington St. shortly before 5:30 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 25. An employee, 22, followed the suspect after he left the store, and told police that the theft was caught on video. Kai Chi Tuug, 26, was charged with felony grand larceny.

U.S. and European Union cash. Teddy Toussaint, 28, was charged with grand larceny. Although the victim’s credit cards were recovered, she canceled them anyway, police said.

Guitar picker A man, 28, inside 119 MacDougal St. in the early morning of Sun., Sept. 28, left his guitar in its case outside, while keeping his eye on it, police said. It wasn’t clear whether he was sitting inside Caffe Reggio or waiting on line or eating inside Mamoun’s Falafel, which both share the address. Just before 5 a.m., according to the report, another man came by, slung the guitar in its case over his shoulder and began walking away. Two men, both 31, joined the victim in pursuing the “guitar picker,” and managed to hold him until police arrived and arrested him. Jhonathan Carmona, 21, was charged with grand larceny. The victim got his $2,500 guitar back, as well as the $50 case.

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Task force finished, work remains on new school BY SARA HENDRICKSON

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uch progress was made over summer months on the new 75 Morton St. school, with parents and community members well on their way to creating their dream middle school. At the Sept. 12 meeting of the 75 Morton Task Force, Melanie La Rocca from the School Construction Authority reported that the school’s building design had been modified to incorporate the community’s requests, including a larger library, reconfigured “gymatorium” and expanded windows. These were priority asks of the 75 Morton Community Alliance, a group of parents from feeder elementary schools that were present in force at a June forum where the S.C.A. and its architect gathered feedback on draft plans. Participants at the meeting agreed it was “mission accomplished” for the task force, created two years ago as a joint task force with members from Community Board 2 and the Community Education Council for District 2. The collective decision was made to dissolve the task force and pass the baton to the alliance and other community groups, since all goals had been accomplished — most importantly, ensuring the city bought the building and designed an extraordinary middle

 

school, and developing cooperative relationships with the political and parent community, the S.C.A., and the Department of Education. “Now, the particulars should be up to others,” said Keen Berger, task force chairperson. Fellow member Heather Campbell added, “The task force has done its job of saying, ‘Focus — this is big.’ And now politicians, C.B. 2, the C.E.C. and others are all very focused.” Alliance co-leaders Holly Noto and Patricia Laraia said productive discussions took place over the summer with D.O.E. officials to collaborate on building design. An alliance Web site will soon be launched as a “conduit for people to engage and to ensure that parents’ opinions are based on facts,” Noto said. “Our job is not to slow down the S.C.A.,” she added. Committees have been formed to start meeting this fall and collect parent input on issues like diversity, the school’s health clinic and special education students. Regarding the latter, the school will serve about 100 District 75 students, children with disabilities such as autistic spectrum disorders. The school’s entire basement level will house a health clinic providing services for the unique

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physical and emotional needs of adolescents, as well as general health services for the community during afterschool hours. Councilmember Corey Johnson has advocated strongly for a health clinic in the building, and is already exploring partnerships with North Shore-LIJ Health System and others. As planning evolves over the next months and years toward a September 2017 opening, the alliance will have plenty of support and guidance from C.E.C. District 2 and C.B. 2 to have their say on critical decisions, such as school size, principal hiring, curriculum and

Advocates want a school with 200 fewer students.

admissions policy. Also under consideration is an incubation site so that the school could open in fall 2016 for the large “bubble” class of sixth graders who would transfer to the new building a year later. The C.E.C. District 2’s Middle School Committee and C.B. 2’s new Schools and Education Committee will be added resources and partners for the Alliance. C.B. 2 Chairperson David Gruber created the new standing committee, formerly part of the Social Services and Education Committee, with Jeannine Kiely and Heather Campbell, both C.B. 2 and 75 Morton Task Force members, as co-chairpersons. The Schools and Education Committee will focus on schools across C.B. 2, including 75 Morton, the new school planned in the Trinity Real Estate project at Duarte Square (at Sixth Ave. and Canal St.), and the potential new Bleecker St. school on the N.Y.U. southern superblock. Most items on the community wish list were granted by the S.C.A., but some remain open. The S.C.A.’s current gymatorium — combined gym and auditorium — plan requires manual setup of 600 folding chairs when this flex space is used as an auditorium. Parents are still pushing, however, for retractable tiered seating and are consulting with a company that has done school installations for the S.C.A. and the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. “We want to seat 600 students in the auditorium without parents unfolding chairs,” Berger said. Gruber stressed, “This school will be here for a hundred years — we need to get it right.” One of the biggest decisions on the horizon is the size of the school. La Rocca explained that the S.C.A. de-

signed 75 Morton for a capacity of 1,014 students, including District 75 students, adhering to D.O.E. “Blue Book” formulas for classroom sizes, extracurricular rooms and other space. “If the D.O.E. thinks enrollment should be something different, it’s their prerogative,” La Rocca said. “But they might not be ready to have that conversation since the decision on school size is a few years out, and the principal may have their own ideas. We build schools for that flexibility.” The task force and parents have been advocating all along for a 600-to-700student middle school, plus District 75 students, for a total of no more than 800. Berger, who has authored textbooks on developmental psychology, passed out a summary sheet at the meeting of research studies showing 300 to 600 students as the ideal middle school size. Given all the body, brain and emotional changes 11-to-14-year-olds go through, experts say that middle schoolers need individualized attention from a small group of teachers teaching the same cohort of students in a school where the principal recognizes every student. ShinoTanikawa, a task force member and president of C.E.C. District 2, said the C.E.C. would work closely with the alliance in ongoing discussions with the D.O.E. on school size. Tanikawa has added expertise serving as co-chairperson of Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s Blue Book Working Group, which is re-evaluating the formulas for space utilization. With most of the major building components agreed upon through a successful collaboration process so far, the S.C.A. will come back to the alliance in the next month to share final design layouts and collect the group’s input on building facades, interior colors, tiles and other finishes. The complete package will then be put out to bid with contractors and awarded in January, with construction starting in spring 2015. As this final task force meeting wrapped up, much gratitude was expressed to staff members present from the offices of local politicians who had advocated so strongly for 75 Morton, including Assemblymember Glick, state Senator Hoylman, Councilmember Johnson and Borough President Brewer. The marathon journey to start a new school began more than seven years ago, with parent activists scouring the city for school sites and making their voices heard about the need for a Village middle school. The advocacy has not let up. As Robert Atterbury of Hoylman’s office said, “We’re all invested heavily, and we know how to pressure agencies. There will never be a shortage of engagement.” TheVillager.com


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For 38 years, we never had a problem with Boots N Saddles. They were there 40 years. The problems started two years ago, when they started these loud shows, loud music blasting out on the street. They open the door, the music’s blasting out...and sometimes they leave the door open. They want a place, but it’s the negative effect on the community that we don’t want.” As for Poster, a retired menswear buyer, he’s lived in the Village 36 years. And he said he’ll continue to speak out, as he sees fit. “I could have not spoken out and continued to be there,” he said of staying at St. John’s Lutheran. “But you know me. My agenda is to make sure everyone is safe in the community — I mean everybody.” Pastor Erson tells a different story than Poster, though. First of all, he clarified that the church’s leadership had decided to boot the patrol before last month’s C.B. 2 S.L.A. Committee meeting. Boots N Saddle had previously eyed moving into a different new space, which had been met with a similarly strong opposition from the community, and it was at that time, Erson said, that other members of the patrol — not Poster — had made harsh statements about the gay bar. “I had spoken to Dave before,” Erson said. “I know these were members of his group. Somebody from the watch group attacked the ministry of this church. I don’t want to see one group all being lumped together and vilified.” The Christopher St. cleric added that Robert Ziegler, Boots N Saddle’s owner, is a member of St. John’s congregation. “Dave and I have disagreed since the beginning,” said Erson,

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who became the church’s pastor several years ago. “He supports closing the pier at 9 p.m.; I disagree. He says he speaks for the Village. No, he doesn’t. This is New York — hello — every block has a diversity of opinions.” The Lutheran leader acknowledged, “Yes, Boots N Saddle’s door swings open and the music is loud, and Robert’s trying to find a bigger space. I think the business has outgrown the space. All the spaces he’s been looking at have been larger. ... But Dave using the word ‘mayhem’ at the community board — oh, come on, that’s so inappropriate.”

NOT HAPPY WITH THE NEWS: Figli di San Gennaro, the group that runs Little Italy’s annual Feast of San Gennaro, is fuming over the recent Daily News exposé — they have a different name for it — that reported that the multiday event’s charitable donations are skimpier than a mini-cannoli. John Fratta, whose grandfather was a co-founder and president of the first feast 88 years ago, said he told the News’s reporter all about the expenses, but the guy just didn’t seem to listen. “I spoke to the reporter for 45 minutes,” Fratta told us. “He totally ignored the expenses. I went through the 990’s [expense forms] with him line by line. Maybe this reporter wants to make a name for himself. It was really libelous in my opinion.” For example, in 2012, the famed street festival brought in more than $768,000 but gave only $55,000 to charity, which is accurate, Fratta said. But there was $700,000 in expenses, he noted, including $239,000 for lights, $21,700 for publicity, more than $200,000 for sanitation, $35,000 for an event manager, $10,155 for the Mass and procession and so on. And the city gets 20 percent of the

gross from all the vendors, in this case, $143,651, he added. Yet, the News article reported that the feast’s charitable giving is barely above the level from the years before 2006 when the mafia ran it — of the $4.4 million the event collected between 2007 and 2012, just 4.7 percent was given to charity, versus 3 percent in the mob-run years before then — and that the board legally is required to be giving more. And in two of the years since 2007, the feast gave zero percent to charity. The News reported that, “Nonprofits like the San Gennaro group generally donate at least 60% of what they raise to charities, according to Daniel Borochoff, of Charitywatch, a group that monitors charitable giving.” But Fratta countered to The Villager, “We’re not a foundation, we’re a charity. Our real purpose is to continue to honor San Gennaro. A foundation has to give a certain amount. We give 80 percent of what’s left over — we give it to the Church of Most Precious Blood — and Figli di San Gennaro holds onto about $13,000 for the feast through the year. The monitor we have [Richard Mark] came to us through the Rudy Giuliani cleanup of the feast. We continue to keep him, and he does kick back on some things.” Fratta said that Joseph Mattone, Figli’s present, sent a letter to the News demanding a retraction and apology, but that the paper wouldn’t print it. Adding insult to injury, Curtis Sliwa came out with a piece in the News eight days later, in which he called for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to investigate the festival so that it can become “an honest festival.” “I guess it’s sexy to jump on the bandwagon,” Fratta said of the Guardian Angels SCOOPY’S, continued on p. 16

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Kids learn to be easy riders BY TEQUILA MINSKY

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Instructor Cecilia Casey, of Bike New York, gave a young cyclist some pointers at the Mercer Playground event.

AMRA (Bleecker Area Merchants’ and Residents’ Association), Community Board 2 and LMNO(P) co-sponsored a Kids’ Learn To Ride afternoon at Mercer Playground on Sat., Sept. 20. With instruction provided by Bike New York, 31 local children, ages 5 to 12, from the West Village to the East Village had the chance to ride a bike for the first time or — if they already had some cycling experience — hone their balancing and pedaling skills. The event was scheduled for two hours but was extended to three. Some of the tykes came with their own bikes. But once it was clear there would be a shortage, one organizer ran to Kmart and bought a small two-wheeler that was shared among the newbies for practice. The bike — along with a helmet — was sold to one of the parents afterward. One of the techniques used for children who have never bicycled before is to push off and practice balancing on a bike with its pedals removed. Once the child appears com-

Ray Cline spent a lot of time taking pedals off and putting them back on — as part of the “gliding” technique for learning how to bike.

fortable with balance, the pedals are put back on. Ray Cline, BAMRA resident chairperson, spent the afternoon taking off and putting on pedals. “Eight to nine children who had never been on a bicycle before learned to ride,” said instructor Cecilia Casey, of Bike New York. The event had a Parks Department permit.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Cool on climate march To The Editor: Re “Confessions of a reluctant climate-change marcher” (news article, Sept. 25): This is some of the best reporting I have ever seen by Sarah. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Now, my take on the march. I think there were flaws. First, there were no messages from the organizers about taking personal responsibility and the participants making changes in their own lives. Also, there was no real attempt to encourage

local events around the country, which would have gotten a much wider message out. Third, I live in North Carolina now, and the politicians here just approved fracking and the state is a Tea Party Republican-controlled state because of funding from the Koch brothers, the Chamber of Commerce and others. The march organizers should have encouraged people to go home and organize to get rid of these type of politicians. Regarding China and India, there are studies that include the U.S. with them at the top of the gas-emissions chain, and in many ways, American

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consumers and big corporations like Walmart are driving the production of consumer goods in India and China that are fueling the industrial changes that have rapidly increased emissions in those countries. Finally, there was no message about using mass transportation, getting rid of personal autos and not having children as a personal way of changing the out-of-control situation. I am glad that I have no children because, if I did, they would be in big trouble in the not-too-far-distant future. John Penley

Better diet, better climate To The Editor: On Sun., Sept. 21, hundreds of thousands of people around the world marched, demanding action on climate change. One hundred twenty world leaders gathered in New York for the United Nations Summit on Climate Change. What can we do? A 2006 U.N. report estimated that meat production accounts for 18 percent of manmade greenhouse gases. A 2009 article in the respected World Watch magazine suggested that the contribution may be closer to 50 percent.

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An object lesson in lack of government oversight TALKING POINT BY ANDREW BERMAN

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he recent news that the Trump Soho Condo-Hotel is going into foreclosure and will be sold inspires some reflection. How did we get saddled with this 454-foottall eyesore anyway, and how was something so clearly wrong ever allowed to be built? The story starts when The Donald first announced plans for the Trump Soho on the finale of “The Apprentice” in May 2006. Condo-hotels were a new hybrid offering hotel services in buildings where individuals bought units to live themselves, rent out for income or use as a second or third home. Successful elsewhere, condo-hotels were just starting to enter the New York City market. But this was to be the first one in a New York City “manufacturing zone,” where new residences or “residential hotels” were prohibited by law. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, and many others in the community, immediately slammed the plan. Not only would the enormous, unsightly glass tower be jarringly out of place, but the “condo-hotel” setup made it illegal. These would, in effect, be residences, which violated the zoning — not a “transient hotel,” where rooms are rented on a daily basis for limited periods of time, which the zoning allowed. If the city just followed the law, we argued, the objectionable monument to The Donald’s ego could not be built; it would either have to be changed to a straight transient hotel, which meant in all likelihood it would not be built (the entire financing scheme was based upon the sale of individual condo units), or they would have to apply for a zoning change or variance to get permission for the condo-hotel usage. Such an application could be rejected, or could be approved only if other objectionable elements of the development, such as its height, size and design, were altered. Unfortunately, the city did not see it that way, and insisted that the planned development was legal and could move ahead as it was — even as the developer was caught repeatedly advertising the Trump Soho as a “residence;” as prospective buyers were told how they could live in their units permanently, in contravention of the zoning; as illegal work on the building resulted in fatal accidents; as a long-forgotten 19th-century abolitionist church burial ground underneath the site was disturbed by the construction; and as some of the partners in the project were found to have some pretty serious criminal backgrounds. It didn’t help that then-City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Borough President Scott Stringer agreed with the city that the project was legal. The window-dressing response from the city and elected officials who supported the project was that an agreement with the developers (who had already shown themselves to be less than upstanding and trustworthy citizens) would require that all condo owners stay in their units no more than 120 days per year, and no more than 29 days for any 36-day period. Of course, to us this still sounded like something other than a “transient hotel” (the only type legally allowable here).

The Trump Soho Condo-Hotel towers over Hudson Square.

Trump Soho never filed a single audit, as legally required.

But even these meager restrictions seemed impossible to enforce or monitor. The city and elected officials, however, claimed that the Trump Soho would be required to have an independent outside firm audit their records to see if these provisions were being followed, and those audits would have to be submitted to the city, with penalties for lack of compliance. G.V.S.H.P. supported a lawsuit by the Soho Alliance to get the building permits for the Trump Soho overturned before it could be built. Then-Mayor Bloomberg spent city tax dollars to defend the Trump Soho in court. He succeeded before a panel composed entirely of his appointees.

Unfortunately, the community did not have the resources for the very expensive legal battle that would have been required for an appeal. (Also, the building was close to completion by this time.) But G.V.S.H.P. and many other angry residents were there to protest the day the Trump Soho opened. The police insisted we could only demonstrate several dozen yards away from the building entrance, across two streets — where we would be out of view of the guests arriving for the opening —  and threatened us with arrest if we disobeyed. We continued to highlight just how much this 454-foot-tall sore thumb was loathed in the community, and how clearly it violated the zoning rules meant to govern development in our neighborhoods. Whether it was the bad publicity, or poor management, or a combination of the two, the Trump Soho was never able to sell. Buyers even sued to be released from their contracts, and according to press accounts, no more than one-third of the units were ever purchased. But the city and politicians remained unabashed in their support for the Trump Soho for some reason. G.V.S.H.P. discovered that the Department of City Planning had begun to categorize the Trump Soho as a “residence” after it was built, even though the city insisted “residential” uses would not be allowed there. And when G.V.S.H.P. asked the city, Speaker Quinn and Borough President Stringer for any and all records they had regarding the findings of the legally required audits of the Trump Soho, we were stonewalled for months, without even the courtesy of a reply. Only after a Freedom of Information Request was filed by G.V.S.H.P. in 2013 did we uncover that not a single legally required audit had ever been filed by the Trump Soho; that neither the city nor any of the elected officials involved in drawing up the agreement ever asked for one; and that no penalties had ever been levied against the Trump Soho for its failure to obey the “agreement” that had been touted as the guarantee of the development’s legality. G.V.S.H.P. is pushing the new mayor to do a better job than his predecessor of enforcing the law for the Trump Soho (or whatever it will soon be called once sold). We have called upon him to ensure that the required audits be submitted and inspected on a regular basis. We wish we could, realistically, ask Mayor de Blasio to undo the mistakes made by the prior administration and order the building taken down. But the Trump Soho remains an object lesson in government oversight gone wrong. If this debacle shows anything, it is that we must make sure government officials know they will be held accountable for decisions such as these. There were numerous ways in which the law should have prevented Trump Soho from ever blighting our skyline or our streetscape. But city officials chose to ignore the law, and foist this egregious, ill-advised development upon us. We should always remember that, and choose our officials carefully, knowing what a profound effect their decisions will have upon our city and our neighborhoods. And we should always make clear that this community pays close attention to these things, and does not easily forget. Berman is executive director, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation October 2, 2014

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The meat industry generates carbon dioxide by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to confine, feed, transport and slaughter animals. The much more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are discharged from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively. In an environmentally sustainable world, wind, solar and other pollution-free energy sources must gradually replace polluting fossil fuels. Similarly, vegetables, fruits, nuts and grains must replace polluting meat and dairy products. The large variety of widely available plant-based entrees, lunch meats, veggie burgers, cheeses and ice creams can certainly help. Our next trip to the supermarket is a great opportunity to start the transition to a sustainable world. Our favorite Internet search engine offers ample product lists, recipes and dietary tips. Nico Young

Get with it, Bill! To The Editor: “ ‘Drop the appeal!’ N.Y.U. project opponents cry” (news article, Sept. 25): We hope that Mayor de Blasio will

SCOOPY’S, continued from p. 12 founder. The News ran yet another article charging the feast’s lighting is still being run by mobsters, according to records. But Fratta said the guy whose firm formerly did the feast’s lights was booted from the event years ago after being “caught in Jersey accepting a bribe.” The News reported that John Cappelli was charged in 2006 for conspiring with mafiosos to intimidate a competitor from underbidding him for the San Gennaro lighting contract. As for Figli di San Gennaro’s response to the News’s coverage, they might sue, or might take out a fullpage ad listing all the feast’s expenses “that the reporter left out,” according to Fratta. “It’s a shame,” he said, “because after the article, I had Jill Jilker, the manager of my complex, Southbridge Towers, call me

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do what’s right and “drop the appeal.” The city was wrong to illegally give N.Y.U. the rights to use our parklands on Mercer St. and Laguardia Place for the university’s construction of the intrusive N.Y.U. 2031 project. It’s time for de Blasio to do what he was elected to do: be our mayor, not N.Y.U.’s lapdog. Sylvia Rackow Rackow is a member, the Committee to Preserve Our Neighborhood

Nauseating blame game To The Editor: Re “D.O.E. now says adult league can use schoolyard” (news article, Sept. 11): Here’s how real estate in this community works: You see an apartment during the day or early evening. You immediately rent the apartment before anyone else can. Then you unfortunately find out later how bad, how seriously bad the problem with noise, puke, defecation, broken bottles, underage drinking, and catcalling obnoxious “bros” and drunkards looking for a fight really is. This I have heard time and again when I meet people in the streets in the Hell Square area: “I really didn’t realize how bad it is down here at night before I moved here. So, Principal Polin, where is the

and ask me if I was O.K.” The News did not respond to a request for comment by press time. Neither, for that matter, did area politicians whose districts include the feast, namely, Councilmember Margaret Chin, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, state Senator Daniel Squadron and Borough President Gale Brewer. As usual, the Italian-American institution is a hot potato — or make that, a hot cannoli! Mess with San Gennaro and you could potentially lose a lot of votes. A few years ago, when Community Board 2 was considering recommending shortening the feast’s physical length, local politicians ultimately mostly all chimed in in support of the festival. On a positive note, according to the News, Fratta said the group gave more to charity in 2013 — about $113,000 — and hoped to do the same after this year’s event.

fully informed “choice” that people have made to live among out-ofstate vomit on the street of their own community? Polin’s outrageous presumption completely disregards the people who have lived in the community for decades and have seen their neighborhood transformed into an alcoholic theme park. Polin, if you have time to organize flower-arranging classes, great, more power to you. Our community members are too busy at State Liquor Authority and community board meetings stopping other nightclubs from springing up.  David Troutman

Forever Father Nick To The Editor: Re “Mgr. Marinacci, 103, of Old St. Patrick’s” (obituary, Sept. 25): Monsignor Nicola Marinacci is my grandfather Nicola Antonacci’s nephew. I always called him Father Nick. He had a very Italian accent. He had such a warmth about him. He was the one who told me the town my grandfather came from in Italy, and that is how I traced my family tree in Italy. You will always be Father Nick to me and I will always love you. Debra Carpentieri

Beyond affordable units To The Editor: Re “Panel ponders saving buildings and affordability” (news article, Sept. 25): Rent-regulated housing constitutes 46 percent of the city’s rental units. Add in Mitchell-Lama rentals, Section 8, public housing, etc., up to 60 percent of the city’s rental housing is regulated in some form. The statement that there’s been a “failure to support affordable housing in the last 20 years” is a point-blank denial of the facts worthy of Fox News. What is needed is an innovative approach to urban revitalization that understands housing units are only one part of the puzzle. Jobs, community and transportation are just as important parts of the equation. The mindless demand for more units and more money — always argued in an us-against-them manner — is what breeds failure. Mark Tyler 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, 1 Metrotech North, 10th floor, Brooklyn, NY, NY 11201. Please include phone number for confirmation purposes. The Villager does not publish anonymous letters.

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a wide range of issues. I’m going to go directly to the voters and tell them — remind them — what I’ve done and ask for their support. And I’m confident that at the end of the day, I’ll be re-elected overwhelmingly. “I’m not going to be negative in my campaign. I think we’ve had enough negative campaigning,” she said, adding, “My opponent should probably spend more time talking about what he’s done and what he has to offer.” As for debating Meadows, she said, “That’s not a discussion we’ve had. He just announced.” On Meadows’s saying she hasn’t adequately condemned sexual harassment in the Legislature, Glick retorted, “I have an excellent record of speaking up and out for women on a

wide range of issues, including sexual misconduct.” She also defended herself against Meadows’s attacks on the Hudson River Park development rights-transfer legislation, saying the new law is a good thing — and that it won’t damage both the park and the Village, as he contends. “Absolutely, I’m proud that I protected the park from luxury high-rise development, and at the same time provided a potential source of revenue to maintain the park,” she said. How about her opponent’s criticism that she hasn’t used her tweets to put an all-out blitz on the N.F.L. on domestic violence? “Oh, please,” she said, exasperatedly. “It’s grasping at straws on his part. If this is what he has to offer people of the 66th as a representative in the Assembly, I’m even more confident.” TheVillager.com


The radiant center of all things New Lafayette St. space reflects Company XIV’s decadent aesthetic

THEATER ROCOCO ROUGE Presented by Company XIV Conceived, Directed & Choreographed by Austin McCormick Runtime: 90 min. 21 & over admitted Through November 2 Tues.–Sun. at 8 p.m. Oct. 25 show at 10 p.m. only | No Oct. 28 show PHOTO BY PHILLIP VAN NOSTRAND

At XIV 428 Lafayette St. (btw. Astor Pl. & E. Fourth St.) Tickets from $55 to $125 Visit companyxiv.com or call 212-677-1444 Facebook.com/CompanyXIV Twitter: @Company_XIV Instagram: CompanyXIV

“Rococo Rouge” presents a succession of numbers, jaw-dropping in their beauty, rigorous precision, and illusion of effortlessness.

BY TRAV S.D. (travsd.wordpress.com)

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ompany XIV has single-handedly spoiled it for all of the other New York indie theatre companies as far as I am concerned. They are so bloody good, they speak to me on so many levels, that the bar is too high for most of them to clear, and I’d just as soon stay home. I first learned about the company when assigned to write a feature about them for this very paper back in 2010. Since then I’ve seen them about a half dozen times in venues ranging from the Minetta Lane Theatre to their former headquarters, which was unpleasantly situated near the headwaters of the Gowanus Canal. (Those waters are the very reason the company is no longer based at the Brooklyn location. They were among the unlikely victims of TheVillager.com

floods caused by Hurricane Sandy). The displacement had a happy long-term result however, for now they have a splendorous new home. In early September they unveiled their new combination lounge and 100-seat theatre, simply called XIV, fortuitously located on Lafayette Street across from the Public Theater, and a couple of doors down from the Astor Place Theatre, long-time home of Blue Man Group. This little stretch of road is brimming with historical resonance and meaning — it’s been a center for theatrical activity for well over 150 years. The building they’re in on Colonnade Row dates to the 1830s. A symbolic location like this is the perfect place for Company XIV to make their home base. The clue as to why is embedded in their name. The moniker is a nod to the pleasure-loving French monarch Louis XIV (1638-1715), affectionately known to poster-

ity as the “Sun King,” because he aspired to be the radiant center of all things. The resident Sun King of Company XIV is Austin McCormick, the company’s founder, artistic director and choreographer. McCormick was trained in the archaic art of Baroque dance, and that is the core of what he does, although he incorporates later artistic movements that resonate and productively speak to that original aesthetic, mixing in ideas from the Second Empire, Orientalism, the fin de siècle, Weimar, burlesque, and contemporary pop and hip hop. The bottom line is a striving for the beautiful and the sensual, and McCormick invokes all of the arts to achieve a kind of helpless intoxication: ballet and other types of dance, opera as well as more folkish song forms, poetry, costume, and lighting ROCOCO, continued on p. 20 October 2, 2014

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Art thrives along the great divide On 14th Street, AiOP fills public space with free thought

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Free Thurs. October 9 through Sun. Oct. 12 Along 14th Street, from Ave. C to the Hudson River Opening Reception: Oct. 9, 6–9 p.m. at Pedro Albizu Campos Plaza (enter on E. 14th St., btw. Aves. B & C) Visit artinoddplaces.org

BY SCOTT STIFFLER

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hether you’re the kind of person who rails against change, stands on the sidelines in passive acceptance, or welcomes it with pom poms and a cheer, one thing’s for sure: New York is not the town it used to be — but at least 14th Street has managed to retain some of the personality that has made it an effective divide between Uptown and Downtown sensibilities. Chain pancake houses and chicken emporiums notwithstanding, there are still authentic notes of grit and moments of free expression to be found — especially next week, when 64 artistic projects can be seen from Avenue C all the way to the Hudson River. It’s the tenth season for Art in Odd Places (AiOP), which engages and responds to the history and hetero-

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AiOP (ART IN ODD PLACES)

geneity of 14th Street — where, AiOP curators assert, there’s room for creativity to thrive among the ever-expanding presence of corporate and private interests. That creativity will show up in everything from art installations and new media projects to no-tech interactions and roving performances — all in the spirit of using this crosstown stretch as “a test site for the possibilities and limitations of public space…to highlight the spectrum of civil liberties, forms of exchange, and personal and collective freedoms in forming a critical idea of what our urban common looks like, and how it functions.” Alongside your reflective conversation with project creators Sasha Sumner and Nick Porcaro, the video installation “Free Slurpee” draws attention to the 7-Elevenification of Manhattan at the cost of mom and pop shops, by projecting humorous references and word plays onto storefronts. In “Chess Draw,” artist and activist Clark Stoeckleyv (aka the WikiLeaks Truck Driver) sets up a chessboard in the southwest corner of Union Square, alongside fellow strategists. Beckoning passerby to join him, Stoeckleyv’s strategy involves quick moves and no attacks. Each time the opponent takes their turn, he uses that time to draw them. When the match concludes (by draw or with the artist in checkmate), the opponent gets sent home with the drawing, after contributing to Stoeckleyv’s own collection by having their picture taken (while holding their just-created work). Another take-home opportunity happens at the end of a free ride, provided by altruistic artists 0H10M1KE & TJ. After placing a call to dispatcher/driver TJ, you’ll soon be enjoying

John Craig Freeman’s “14th and AR” uses augmented reality technology for mobile devices to detect, and depict, the collusion of virtual and real worlds.

crosstown shuttle service from one festival location to the next. During the trip, their “Drive-By Portraiture” sends you on your way with a commemorative drawing made from “free cardboard materials sourced directly from 14th Street.” Suitable for framing, perhaps with a purchase from Big D discount store (22 W. 14th St.)? In “Flux Flags,” dozen of flags inspired by nautical signal designs fly atop the old pilings between Piers 54 and 57, evoking the maritime romance of opportunities that lie beyond. Two events ask audiences to digest the notion that we are what we eat. “Loisaida” is from Lima, Peru-born (and NYC-based) video and performance artist Maria Builes, who will abandon the press normally used to make Tostones, and instead prepare them by hand — as a representation of struggles experienced by immigrants who have settled in Alphabet City. She’ll then offer the food to the pubic “as an act of solidarity and as an affirmation of immigration.” Brazilian artist Felipe Cidade’s “Taste of Freedom” project is a recipe for contemplation about international boarders, cultural differences and notions of territorialism. You’ll be served an American classic — the hot dog — made with ingredients and spices from countries the U.S. has gone to war with. Based on the Bernard Herrmann score from “Taxi Driver,” the music of experimental easy-listening band Jantar’s “Eight Spaces of Empty Place” will be staged from a storefront interior, with images projected into the street that evoke Martin Scorsese’s 1976 classic. By conjuring the dirty, dangerous New York of old in the middle of this much-changed thoroughfare, Jantar asks us to con-

sider our nostalgia for a bygone era within the context of an “increasingly uniform city of luxury consumption.” Interdisciplinary artist (and city resident) Amanda Davis’ “14th in Fifteen Parts” provides a downloadable recording meant to be played on headphones as you walk from Avenue C to 11th. The sounds were recorded along 14th Street, over a sixmonth period, with the intention of giving the listener an experience specific to their block-by-block journey. Several public programs encourage you to take action in response to the festival’s omnipresent concern about gentrification and development. “Horizontal Art and Action” is hosted by The Free University of NYC, which offers open education in parks and public spaces. Artists and community activists will be given skills and strategies to help further social change (through mural-making, youth organizing, pamphlet design, Guerilla media, street journalism and other methods). It happens on On Sat., Oct. 11, from 2-5 p.m., at Pedro Albizu Campos Plaza (enter on E. 14th St., btw. Aves. B & C). FreeUniversityNYC.org for more info. A pair of un-moderated roundtable discussions take place (1-2 p.m. & 2:30-3:30 p.m.) on Sun., Oct. 12, at Hudson River 14th St. Park (at 10th Ave). Topics include urban planning (or unplanning), big data and digital interfaces, gentrification and development, and the changing face of 14th St. — all in an effort to create a dialogue around the future relationship between art and public space. A “Walking Endnote” begins at 4 p.m. in the park, then wanders about the urban landscape as artists and audiences reflect on the themes of this year’s festival. TheVillager.com


Just Do Art BY SCOTT STIFFLER

TENDER BUTTONS: OBJECTS ROOMS FOOD

The incredibly specific pop culture knowledge possessed by Anne Rodeman and Damian Bellino makes those “Big Bang Theory” guys seem like ill-informed wannabes. The fact TheVillager.com

In the know: Anne Rodeman and Damian Bellino are big on “Little Shop of Horrors,” in the October installment of their “So Into It” show.

Lauren Farber in “Objects,” from “Tender Buttons: Objects Rooms Food.”

that they developed their obsessions in an era when comic conventions didn’t garner national press and allout devotion to a particular cause was still something to be ashamed of just makes the “mutual sick fanaticism” of these two in-synch pals all the more heroic. Bellino freely admits spending his childhood in Philly obsessing over Garbage Pail Kids, X-Men comic books, and the board game Clue. Rodeman wrote fan letters to the NBA dream team and love letters to Daniel Stern from her waterbed in Missouri. Now all grown up, they’ve planted their freak flag in the Big Apple, surrounded by other highly functioning pop culture savants. The perfect conduit for all of this nerdish drooling? “So Into It” is a monthly show in which the hopelessly devoted duo celebrates a beloved obsession, with the help of fellow comedians, writers, and performance artists. October’s topic is “Little Shop of Horrors.” Naomi Ekperigin, Anissa Felix, Chris Tyler and Hannah Rose DeFlumeri join our hosts to deconstruct every film, stage and cartoon version of the comedy/horror (and sometimes musical) story about shy flower shop worker Seymour, whose sickly plant becomes a giant, voracious devourer of human flesh. Special attention is paid to the iconic creation of Ellen Greene, who played love interest Audrey in the original Off-Broadway production and the 1986 screen adaptation (directed by the man behind Miss Piggy and Yoda, a fact they’ll surely mention along with much more obscure trivia). Tues., Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. at UCB East (153 E. Third St. btw. Aves. A & B). $5, cash only. For info: 212-366-9231 or east. ucbtheatre.com.

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SO INTO IT: THE “LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS” EDITION

PHOTO BY GARY HEIDT

Virtually impenetrable if taken literally — but quite possibly sublime if you can abandon the impulse to nail down a specific message — “Tender Buttons” has been inspiring raves (and rants!) ever since Gertrude Stein answered publisher Donald Evans’ request for a play with this “beautiful and befuddling text.” That’s how Van Reipen Collective describes the work. After four years after of mulling it over (first by forming a band, now as a stage adaptation), they’re no closer to a comprehensive decoding than when they started — but as the collection of words chosen for their complimentary sounds and rhythmic possibilities celebrates its 100th anniversary, they’ve found their bliss by embracing the notion that this three-part piece “does not make one single bit of sense. It makes sense in a hundred ways all at the same time.” Acted and directed by overlapping members of the collective, this five-hour project is performed in three installments (self-contained nights that stand on their own, we’re assured). “Objects” is a darkly comic operetta for 12 performers, in which acts of love and betrayal take place inside a human aquarium whose warring inhabitants include an AWOL soldier and his amphibious fiancée. The dining room drama “Food” has its guests sitting on bottomless chairs, as a chicken (and a man in a chicken suit) are stripped bare. “Rooms” presents the psyche as a series of shifting physical spaces in which the dreams and memories of two women address matters of war, solitude, wonder, desperation, companionship, and mysticism. Through Oct. 19. Thurs.–Sat. at 8 p.m. & Sun. at 3 p.m. “Objects” is presented Oct. 2–5. “Rooms” is presented Oct. 9–12. “Food” is presented Oct. 16–19. At Theater for the New City is (155 First Ave., btw. 9th & 10th Sts.). For tickets ($15), call 212-254-1109 or visit theaterforthenewcity.net. For info on the presenting artists: VanReipen.org.

Mark Dendy, Heather Christian, Stephen Donovan and Matthew Hardy go down the rabbit’s hole, Greek myth-style, in “Labyrinth.”

LABYRINTH (a dance-play)

As Superstorm Sandy approaches, an aging Downtown bad boy’s (sellout!) trip to choreograph a Rockettes number takes a hero’s journey turn — in Mark Dendy’s quasi-autobiographical dance-play retelling of the Theseus myth. “Labyrinth” has Dendy, Heather Christian, Stephen Donovan and Matthew Hardy playing multiple disenfranchised characters representing the personal fears and professional doubts of Athens, Georgia native Theseus — whose midlife crisis is complicated by a series of hallucinogenic events brought forth

by his excessive consumption of absinthe and anti-anxiety pills. Besieged by inner demons and trapped in a Jungian underworld as ugly as the new Times Square, transgender addict/sex worker Pawnie (aka Ghost of East Village Past) offers Theseus a possible path toward redemption, or at least a little wisdom: “You know it’s getting bad when the place you ran away to starts to look like a giant version of the place you ran away from.” From Oct. 9–12: Thurs.–Sat. at 8 p.m. & Sun. at 5 p.m. From Oct. 15–26: Wed.–Sat. at 8 p.m. & Sun. at 5 p.m. At Abrons Arts Center’s Underground Theater (466 Grand St., at Pitt St.). For tickets ($25), call 212352-3101 or visit abronsartscenter.org.

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is extraordinary. Many of the numbers remind one of the acrobatic roots of early ballet; and we come close to the artistry of the circus with an aerial act, a pole dance, and a show-stopping cyr wheel. The latter is done by a female dancer in male drag as a macho Italian man (later to be balanced out in the show by a male dancer in female drag who lipsyncs). One vignette is set to the “Habanera” from “Carmen.” Watson closes out the show with the old Peggy Lee classic “Is That All There Is?” (which Mistress Astrid used to use at a closer at the now defunct Va Va Voom Room). Achingly beautiful scenic effects are achieved: a never-ending snow of shimmering red glitter flutters to the ground, where it seemingly vanishes. A can-can dance demonstrates the amazing effects that can be achieved by moving colored fabric in dim light — it made me realize how the “Serpentine” dances of Loïe Fuller must have evolved. I only caught a couple of names. Katrina Cunning-

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“Rococo Rouge” opens on an elaborate court dance, the company decked out in carnal red, waving fans.

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design all serving the same end. A marked feature of their work is the crossing of boundaries, the mixing together of many notions and ideas. Gender bending plays a strong role, as does the harmonious blending of black and white and the tongues of many lands — Spanish, Italian, German and French are spoken and sung almost as much as English in Company XIV productions. Darkness and light, humor and pain, fantasy and real-life spectacle are all swirled together. In the tradition of masque and Carnival, Company XIV’s ritual of art is especially well-suited to holidays, and I’ve seen them do Christmas, Halloween and Valentine’s shows. Their aesthetic serves them all equally well. In fact, if you were to add the three holiday traditions together you might arrive at something like Company XIV. One has always regretted the lack of an appropriate setting for this elegant troupe; now they have one. The new space reflects the company’s decadent aesthetic, sporting chandeliers, large ornamental gold crowns suspended from the ceiling (evoking their namesake), a blow-up of a poster for a Moulin Rouge show called “Follements,” and a theatre curtain featuring erotic images including depictions of both sex organs. Victorian waiter-girls in silk top hats and ribbons take your drink order. They appear to enjoy their work. Their inaugural show in the new venue — “Rococo Rouge” — is a smasheroo, a kind of solid restatement of the kind of work the company has always done, but also an ambitious announcement about the kind of work they intend to do going forward. Essentially it’s a complex, highly thematic variety show with song and dance being a common denominator, but articulated in so many clever, different ways, it is essentially a vaudeville. Shelly Watson is our hostess, streetsinger, Virgil, madam and opera diva, equal parts Texas Guinan, Sophie Tucker and Marian Anderson. And she guides us through a succession of acts that feels every bit like a menu of some sumptuous repast with nothing but lobster, oysters, caviar, chocolate and champagne. (And something forbidden: say, live monkey’s brains). It opens on an elaborate court dance, the company decked out in carnal red, waving fans, and then a succession of numbers, each fairly jaw-dropping in their beauty, rigorous precision, and illusion of effortlessness. Every single artist in the collaboration

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ham is a gorgeous chanteuse. Rob Mastrianni is a kickass classical guitarist and electric sitar player. (He even got me clapping to his difficult rhythms, and I never clap with crowds in time to music!) But as I said, every single person in the cast is extraordinary, and they all feed into this almost cosmic sense of true collaboration, a group of people coming together to make something that is somehow a part of all of them. And when the show was over, people were audibly bummed. In sum, I propose that you get there as quickly as possible. The night I went, the audience was a mix of tourists and bold-faced names like Nolé Marin from “America’s Next Top Model” and former Village Voice dance editor and critic Elizabeth Zimmer. Reigning royalty of New York’s burlesque scene are to be found there every night. And mysterious characters. In the audience behind us was an amazing trio of African American gents decked out in matching grey top hats, tails, scarves and KILTS. We predict that in the wake of the buzz that’s already circulating, the audience will be composed entirely of people like THOSE guys — and those tourists in their kickin’-around clothes won’t be able to get within five miles of the place. “Rococo Rouge” plays through November 2, to be followed no doubt by something equally breath-taking. TheVillager.com


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COURTESY OF THE ARTIST & GEORGE BILLIS GALLERY, NYC

COURTESY OF THE ARTIST & GEORGE BILLIS GALLERY, NYC

Wes Hempel / “Language Vaccine II (Vow of Silence)” / oil on canvas, 52x76” / 2014.

Wes Hempel / “Burying The Evidence” / oil on canvas, 72x52” / 2014.

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN (stephaniebuhmann.com)

WES HEMPEL

COURTESY OF THE ARTIST & GEORGE BILLIS GALLERY, NYC

Wes Hempel explores notions of masculinity by setting portraits of present-day men against backdrops that resemble paintings of the historical Neoclassical and High Renaissance era — Nicolas Poussin and Guido Reni frequently come to mind. Hempel’s work especially reflects his interest in masculine sexuality as it has been represented throughout art history. When studying works of the past in museums, Hempel has found that absent to him as a gay man was the depiction of his own story: “…paintings of the old masters on the walls of museums like the Met, the Louvre, and Rijks museum still have a certain cache. They’re revered not just for their technique but because they enshrine our collective past experience. Of course, it’s a selected past that gets validated.” By choosing to present contemporary males as objects of desire in familiar looking art historical settings, Hempel wittily and romantically imagines an art discourse that never excluded the gay experience. In a time when this subject is still able to shock the unenlightened, Hempel’s paintings are not simply aesthetically stimulating, but serve as a poignant reminder that art, no matter how seemingly liberal, has also had its historic limitations. Sept. 30–Oct. 25. At George Billis Gallery (525 W. 26th St., btw. 10th & 11th Aves.). Hours: Tues.–Sat., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Call 212-645-2621 or visit georgebillis.com.

Wes Hempel / “Identity Question (study)” / oil on canvas, 24x20” / 2014. TheVillager.com

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 147 WEST 75TH STREET LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/23/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 153 W. 75th St., NY, NY 10023. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/02 - 11/06/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF AW 8 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/17/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Office of Lawrence E. Fabian, Esq., 437 5th Avenue, Ste. 801, NY, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/02 - 11/06/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 246 WEST 16TH STREET LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/17/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Office of Lawrence E. Fabian, Esq., 437 5th Avenue, Ste. 801, NY, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/02 - 11/06/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 151 WEST 75TH STREET LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/23/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 153 W. 75th St., NY, NY 10023. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/02 - 11/06/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ROSSER CAPITAL PARTNERS GP (CPS), LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/22/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 07/10/14. Princ. office of LLC: 45 E. Putnam Ave., #109, Greenwich, CT 06830. 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: 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: 10/02 - 11/06/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ENERFIELDS AMERICA, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/20/14. p 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: Enerfields America LLC, 108E 96th Street Apt. 17D, New York, NY 10128. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 10/02 -11/06/2014

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF HQ ENERGY TRADING, LLC Articles of Org. filed with Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/24/2014. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 75 Carriage Road, Wilton, CT 06897. Purpose: Any lawful activity. The LLC is to be managed by one or more managers. Vil: 10/02 - 11/06/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 5th AVENUE COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY PLLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/17/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 800-A Fifth Ave., Street Level, NY, NY 10021. Purpose: practice the profession of medicine. Vil: 10/02 - 11/06/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 421 WEST 21ST STREET LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/2/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 825 3rd Ave., Fl 37, NY, NY 10022. 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: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/02 - 11/06/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF VIVINT SOLAR FUND X PROJECT COMPANY, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/29/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 4931 N. 300 W., Provo, UT 84604. LLC formed in DE on 6/20/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 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: 10/02 - 11/06/2014 372 CPW LLC, A DOMESTIC LLC filed with the SSNY on 9/10/14. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Phyllis Marie Kamysek, 305 Broadway, Ste. 1201, NY, NY 10007-1135. General Purposes. Vil: 10/02 - 11/06/2014 NOTICE OF CONVERSION OF 205 WEST 20TH ASSOCIATES, A PARTNERSHIP, TO 205 WEST 20TH ASSOCIATES, LLC Certificate filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/11/06. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Ed Dulchin, 170 7th Ave., NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/02 - 11/06/2014

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NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF VIVINT SOLAR FUND XI PROJECT COMPANY, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/29/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 4931 N. 300 W., Provo, UT 84604. LLC formed in DE on 6/20/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 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: 10/02 - 11/06/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 537 GREENWICH OWNER LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/16/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 11/7/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. 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: 10/02 - 11/06/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF VIVINT SOLAR FUND XII PROJECT COMPANY, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/29/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 4931 N. 300 W., Provo, UT 84604. LLC formed in DE on 6/20/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 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: 10/02 - 11/06/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 149 GERARD HOTEL, LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 8/5/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 5/27/14. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to 220 Fifth Ave., 19th Fl., NY, NY 10001. DE off. addr.: NCR, 615 S. Dupont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 148 WEST 142 HOLDINGS LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 6/27/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Bluestone Group,225 Broadway, NY, NY 10007. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MUSCLE MATRIX SOLUTIONS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/17/14.Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 228 Park Ave. South, #46893, NY, NY 10003-1502. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 201 ROCK ROAD, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/12/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Gilbert C. Hoover, IV, The Shubert Organization, Inc., 234 W. 44th St., NY, NY 10036. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 752 DEVELOPMENT FEE LLC, FILED UNDER THE ORIGINAL NAME OF 65 MADISON OWNER LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 7/15/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 7/14/14. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 55W46 CONDO OWNER LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 8/8/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 8/7/14. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 388 BRIDGE SPONSOR LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/03/13.Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 05/15/13. Princ. office of LLC: c/o The Stahl Organization, 277 Park Ave., 47th Fl., NY, NY 10172. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC,2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Real estate. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 21W20-3, LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 7/2/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Kriss & Feuerstein, Att: Matthew Klein, Esq., 360 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014 DIRAN C AND SONS REALTY LLC Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/15/14. Office: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom proces against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 589 Fifth Avenue, Suite 703, New York, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF HVPG WIH PRESERVATION LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/12/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Hudson Valley Property Group, 394 Broadway, Ste. 405, NY, NY 10013. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF IM NYC BROOME LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/4/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Abitbol & Cherry, LLP, 545 Fifth Avenue, Ste. 640, NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 50 CLINTON MEZZ LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/12/14.Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/08/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process toc/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400,Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of DE, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose:Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF MQL DIVERSIFIED FUTURES PARTNERS L.P. Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/4/14. Office loc.: NY County. LP org. in DE 3/3/14. SSNY desig. as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Carlos Garcia, 215 Park Ave. S., NY, NY 10003. 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: 09/25 - 10/30/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GUARD HILL PARTNERS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/11/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Andrews Kurth LLP, 450 Lexington Ave., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF NH NEW YORK CITY LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/2/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in MI on 7/16/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. MI and principal business addr.: 14115 Farmington Rd., Livonia, MI 48154. Cert. of Org. filed with Director of Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau, PO Box 30004, Lansing, MI 48909. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF QUOGUE AVIATION II LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/20/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/18/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 50 W. 57th St., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10019, 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: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 Notice of Qualification of Park Square Capital USA LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/19/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 299 Park Ave., 6th Fl., NY, NY 10171. LLC formed in DE on 8/14/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc. (NRAI), 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o NRAI, 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF AMERICAN IMMIGRATION GROUPNYRC, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/08/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 230 Park Ave., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10023. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Real estate finance. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF NEW YORK 255 LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/27/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1900 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19103. LLC formed in DE on 5/21/09. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 2329 FIRST AVENUE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/10/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 632 Broadway, 7th Fl., NY, NY 10012. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 491 CHELSEA APARTMENTS, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/08/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in New Jersey (NJ) on 08/18/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the NJ addr. of the LLC, 44 Woodcrest Ave., Short Hills, NJ 07078. Arts. of Org. filed with NJ Dept. of the Treasury, Div. of Revenue and Enterprise Services, 33 W. State St., 5th Fl., Trenton, NJ 08646. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 50 CLINTON PROPERTY OWNER LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/09/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 08/05/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of DE, Div. of Corps., State of DE, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF J R JEWELRY US , LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/09/2014. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: J R Jewelry US LLC, 70 west 36th Street, Floor 6th, New York, NY 10018. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 127 ASSOCIATES LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/4/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, One Penn Plaza, Ste. 4000, NY, NY 10119. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF TS 509 W 34, L.L.C. Authority filed with Secy of State of NY on June 5, 2014. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in DE on 3/4/2014. 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 Avenue, 13th floor, New York, NY 10011. NRAI is the registered agent as well. Address required to be maintained in home jurisdiction: 160 Greentree Drive, Suite 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org filed with DE Secy of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., Federal & Duke of York Streets, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 RH 88, LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 7/25/14. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process The LLC, c/o Robyn Heiberger, 240A E. 67th St., NY, NY 10065. General Purposes. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF THE GOLDEN HINGE GROUP LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) 8/7/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: P.O.BOX 751132, NY NY 11375. Purpose: any lawful act.2335391. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF S & C REAL ESTATE HOLDINGS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/12/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Moses & Singer LLP, Attn: Daniel S. Rubin, Esq., 405 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10174-1299. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BLUEROOKIE11B LLC Arts. of Org filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/21/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Linda Plotnicki, Esq., Kaufman, Friedman, Plotnicki & Grun, LLP, 300 East 42nd St., NY, NY 10017, also the registered agent. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014

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NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF CENSEO HEALTH LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/28/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/30/09. 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, also the registered agent. Address to be maintained in DE: 1675 S State St., Ste. B, Dover, DE 19901. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secy. of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF HQ ENERGY TRADING, LLC Articles of Org. filed with Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/24/2014. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 75 Carriage Road, Wilton, CT 06897. Purpose: Any lawful activity. The LLC is to be managed by one or more managers. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GENERATIONS PRODUCTIONS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/21/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 41 Great Jones St., 5th 10012. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 Name of LLC: Boredom Therapy LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State: 8/14/14. Office loc.: NY Co. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Asaf Katzir, 140 W. 70th St., #4R, NY, NY 10023, regd. agt. upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 09/11 - 10/16/2014 MAXDELIVERY 2, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 08/06/2014. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Gilbride, Tusa, Last & Spellane LLC Attn: JMW , 31 Brookside Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Vil: 09/11 - 10/16/2014 PARACADEMIA LLC Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 08/01/14. Office: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, c/o Milica Paranosic, 281 West 119th Street, #5A, New York, NY 10026. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Vil: 09/11 - 10/16/2014

Notice of Qualification of BMC Software Federal, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/15/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 2101 CityWest Blvd., Houston, TX 77042. LLC formed in DE on 9/18/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 09/11 - 10/16/2014 Notice of Qualification of The Line LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/15/14. NYS fict. name: The Line NY LLC. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 10/19/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: 3555 Timmons Lane, Ste. 800, Houston, TX 77027. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 09/11 - 10/16/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF FXFL LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/28/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: FXFL LLC 590 Madison Ave. Floor 25 New York NY 10022. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 09/11 - 10/16/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 1560 BROADWAY GFI, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/19/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, 125 Park Avenue, NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/11 - 10/16/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SPIN CERAMICS USA LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/22/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: United Corporate Services, Inc., 10 Bank St., Ste. 560, White Plains, NY 10606, the registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/04 - 10/09/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BETSOLA LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/08/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Betsy Olum, 222 Park Ave. S., NY, NY 10003. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/04 - 10/09/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SILKSTONE HOSPITALITY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/20/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 17 Orchard St., NY, NY 10002. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 090/04 - 10/09/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF JUSTICE: JUST US LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/14/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: JUSTICE: Just Us LLC, 45 Wall Street, Apt 2203, New York, NY 10005. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 090/04 - 10/09/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF DIANA ADAMS LAW & MEDIATION, PLLC a professional service limited liability company (PLLC). Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/05/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the PLLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the PLLC is to: Diana Adams Law & Mediation, PLLC, 48 Wall Street, 11th Floor, New York NY 10005. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 09/04 - 10/09/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF HIPPIE ROSE LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/28/2014. Office location: NEW YORK County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The Post Office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is: United State Corporation Agents, Inc 7014 13th Ave, Ste 202 Brooklyn, NY 11228. The principal business address of the LLC is: 499 Fashion Avenue, 3rd Floor NY, NY 10018 Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 09/04- 10/09/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BOUTWELL FAY LLP Notice of Registration (Foreign) filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/21/14. Office location: NY County. LLP formed in CA on 6/15/98. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLP to: Boutwell Fay LLP, 1 Park Plaza, Ste 600, Irvine, CA 92614. Principal business address: 40 Worth Street, New York, NY 10013. CA address of LLP: 1 Park Plaza, Ste 600, Irvine, CA 92614. Certificate of LLP filed with Secy of State of CA located in Sacramento CA. Purpose: any lawful act. 2330640. Vil: 09/04 - 10/09/2014 IPPUDO KURO-OBI, LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 8/8/14. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, c/o R.O.S.E., 420 Lexington Ave., Ste. 2160, NY, NY 10170. General Purposes. Vil: 09/04 - 10/09/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF VOXILITY, LLC Application of Authority filed with Secreptary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/16/2014. Office location: NY County. Principal business address: 580 California Street, 12th floor, suite #1243, San Francisco, CA 94104. LLC formed in Virginia (VA) on 09/05/2012. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: The LLC, 580 California Street, 12th floor, suite #1243, San Francisco, CA 94104. VA address of LLC: N/A. Articles of Formation filed with VA State Corporation Commission, 1300 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23219. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 58 DEVELOPER LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/15/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Royal Realty Corp., Attn: Corporate Counsel, One Bryant Park, NY, NY 10036. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GGMC PROPERTIES, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/13/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1651 Third Ave., Ste. 207, NY, NY 10128. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014

PUBLIC NOTICE - 80 PINE STREET IB Cellco Partnership and its controlled affiliates doing business as Verizon Wireless is proposing to collocate antennas on and within an existing building, with an overall height of 466 feet, located at 80 Pine Street, New York, New York County, New York. Public comments regarding the potential effects from this site on historic properties may be submitted within 30-days from the date of this publication to: Andrew Maziarski - IVI Telecom Services, Inc., 55 West Red Oak Lane, White Plains, New York 10604, CulturalResources@ivi-intl.com, or (914) 740-1930. Vil: 10/02/2014

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NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 344 EAST 85TH ST LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/12/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: c/o Trevi Retail LLC, 130 E. 59th St., Ste. 14A, NY, NY 10022. LLC formed in DE on 8/7/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF INDUSTRIE CAPITAL PARTNERS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/19/05. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Industrie Wear, Attn: Eli Hamway, 1375 Broadway, 15th Fl., NY, NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 57 DEVELOPER LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/15/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Royal Realty Corp., Attn: Corporate Counsel, One Bryant Park, NY, NY 10036. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN a license, number (PENDING) for on-premises Liquor has been applied for by the undersigned to sell liquor at retail in a Restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 209-15 East 56 Street, New York, NY 10022 for on premises consumption 6th TOT, LLC d/b/a Amata Vil: 09/25 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GRAMERCY DAISY 22 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/12/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 304 Sweetbriar Court, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF FILING OF THE ARTS OF ORGAN OF 2862 ASSOCIATES, LLC filed with NY Secy of State on 06/24/2014. Office location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Julian W. Friedman, Ballard Spahr Stillman & Friedman, LLP, 425 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022. Purpose: To engage in all aspects of real estate development and management. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 336 EAST 81ST ST LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/12/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: c/o Trevi Retail LLC, 130 E. 59th St., Ste. 14A, NY, NY 10022. LLC formed in DE on 8/7/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GREENWICH 1982 LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) 8/4/14. Office location: NEW YORK County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address:c/o Sabin, Bermant & Gould LLP, 4 Times Square, NY NY 10036 Attn: Managing Partner Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MYNYC PARTNERS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/23/2014. Office location, County of New York. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 6 Stuyvesant Oval #8H, NY, NY 10009. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 210 WYCOMBE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/28/14.Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Paul Wrobleski, Clarfeld, 560 White Plains Rd.,Tarrytown, NY 10591. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 100 SARDINES MANAGEMENT LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 5/5/2014. Off. Loc.:New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, c/o Portuga Restaurant, 31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GRANUM, LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Sec. of State of NY (?SSNY?) on 7/10/14. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to the LLC, c/o Globex Int’l, Inc., 515 Madison Avenue, 38th Floor, New York, NY 10022, Attn: Leonid Kogan. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SONS OF LEO LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/14/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/11/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 234 W. 44th St., Ste. 800, NY, NY 10036, principal business address. DE address of LLC: 1679 S. DuPont Hwy., Ste. 100, Dover, DE 19901. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF TRANS WORLD INTERNATIONAL, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/31/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1360 E. 9th St., Ste. 100, Cleveland, OH 44114. LLC formed in DE on 4/24/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ABBOTT SELECT VENTURE FUND, L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/17/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1290 Ave. of the Americas, 9th Fl., NY, NY 10104. LP formed in DE on 7/10/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LP: c/o The Corporation Trust Company, 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LONGCLAW, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/07/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: Longclaw, LLC, P.O. Box 105, New York, NY 10009. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 08/28 - 10/02/2014

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN a license, number 1281228 for on-premises Liquor has been applied for by the undersigned to sell liquor at retail in a Restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 7 Bryant Park a/k/a 1045 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018 for on premises consumption. USHG 7 Bryant Park LLC Vil: 10/02 - 10/09/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an on-premise license, #TBA has been applied for by Kale NYC LLC d/b/a Oficina Mille Miglia to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 371 Broome Street NY, NY 10013. Vil: 10/02 - 10/09/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a License, number 1280974 for an On Premises Liquor License has been applied for by Tres Amigos Corp., dba La Pulperia 84 NYC to sell alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 1626 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028 for On-Premises consumption. TRES AMIGOS CORP. - DBA LA PULPERIA 84 NYC Vil: 09/25 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an on-premise license, #TBA has been applied for by Taqueria Saint Marks Place Inc. d/b/a Taqueria St. Marks to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 79 St. Marks Place NY, NY 10003. Vil: 09/25 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that license #1281049 has been applied by the undersigned to sell wine at retail in a restaurant under the alcoholic beverage control law at 1393A 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10021 for on-premises consumption. CHIA FOOD CORP d/b/a RONGOLI EXQUISITE INDIAN CUISINE Vil: 09/25 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that license #1281149 has been applied by the undersigned to sell liquor at retail in a restaurant under the alcoholic beverage control law at 47-49 W 55th Street, New York, NY 10019 for on-premises consumption. NORTH 55TH LLC d/b/a LE TABAC VIL: 09/25 - 10/02/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an on-premise license, #TBA has been applied for by Osteria Grano LLC d/b/a Taverna Di Bacco to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 175 Ludlow Street NY, NY 10002. Vil: 09/25 - 10/02/2014

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conduct of B.D.A. security staff, which has worked with the university since early 2012 in other capacities. “We regret that we did not anticipate the sensitivities expressed by members of the Cooper community about some of Mr. Dietl’s public statements,” wrote William Mea, the elite East Village school’s vice president for finance and administration, in a Sept. 20 e-mail to the campus community. “However, we recognize the significance of these concerns in the context of our campus climate, particularly during this tumultuous period in Cooper’s history. Mr. Dietl does, as well.” A decision on a lawsuit challenging newly implemented tuition at the 155-year-old institution meanwhile has yet to be made public. The announcement of the security transition came less than a month after the school defended Dietl and his firm by saying that he has the right to publicly state his private positions. “The faculty was told nothing,” said Professor Toby Cumberbatch of the announced transition away from B.D.A. security. In the same way, he and other faculty said, they weren’t notified when B.D.A. assumed campus security in the first place over the summer. Cumberbatch, who teaches electrical engineering, is one of the plaintiffs suing the administration and its board of trustees over the tuition issue. School spokesperson Justin Harmon told The Villager that the university has adequately informed faculty, staff and students about the security situation. “We sent three separate community messages describing the security transition and responding to specific concerns that had been raised about it,” he said. “And we acted quickly when it became clear that the concerns were such that we should plan another transition.” He added that discussion continues on how soon a new company will replace B.D.A. Dietl, a regular talking head on Fox News, has attracted additional criticism in recent weeks by defending the Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who shot teenager Michael Brown. Speaking on Fox, Dietl said police precincts must be more heavily armed to defend the country from Islamic terrorists. And he said that Brown got shot in the head because “bullets go that way,” adding, “He was trying to stop this guy.” Dietl did not respond to a request for comment for this article. Students, Dietl and the campus administration will cooperate in deciding the campus’s future security measures, according to another Cooper

Everyone must now show ID to enter Cooper Union’s Engineering Building.

Union spokesperson. Seemingly absent from that discussion are the faculty and staff, a half-dozen of whom told The Villager that the Dietl flap demonstrates a “poisonous” relationship between the administration and them. Junior faculty are reportedly scared of expressing their concerns to administrators lest they fall off the tenure track. And word of new developments at the school only reach faculty through social media and news outlets, faculty members said. The tension follows several years during which faculty members said they faced enormous pressure to endorse tuition as a means of tackling financial problems at The Cooper Union. Toe the line or else Cooper’s Engineering School might shut down, faculty members said they were told. The hiring of B.D.A. sent a message to faculty that dissent would not be tolerated within Cooper Union, faculty and staff told The Villager, some speaking on the condition of anonymity. They have heard for years from administrators that money is tight at the school, making some wonder why security has become such a priority for the administration, they added. Security cameras were installed a few years ago to deter cheating. Now an ID card must be carried to come

and go from buildings. Guests must be escorted by a member of the Cooper Union community. “I’ve never been on a college campus with that level of security,” said Fred Fontaine, a professor of electrical engineering. At a school where many faculty members were also once students, institutional memory runs long. “It’s not The Cooper Union I knew,” said one professor who has taught there for more than two decades. His description of the situation echoed other faculty members and staff. School records indicate no particular spike in campus crime between 2007 and 2013, with most crime categories having no reported incidents during those years. The expense of increased security comes even as faculty members remain without a new contract, noted Richard Stock, a professor of chemical engineering and head of the faculty union. “My perception is that no one quite understands, nor has it been articulated to us, as to what is the sudden need for such expanded security and safety concerns,” he said. Harmon, though, indicated in an e-mail that the campus was trying to be proactive regarding security concerns, which he did not specify. “We host high-profile events and

are proud of the security we are able to provide,” he wrote. “We want to ensure that, as much as possible, we prevent the sort of occurrences that would make our community feel unsafe.” Stock added that a keypad lock now keeps the uninvited from the office of Cooper Union President Jamshed Bharucha, where Stock said he has not ventured for two years. “We have no idea what the hell is going on and why,” Stock said. In 2013, a group of students protesting the implementation of tuition occupied Bharucha’s office for 65 days from early May to mid-July. Other faculty members said that disagreement between faculty and administrators is nothing new. Irving Brazinsky, a professor of chemical engineering, said students from a pampered generation are the real problem at The Cooper Union. William Germano, dean of humanities and social sciences, declined to comment on Bo Dietl or his company’s role at the school. He did say, however, that he remains optimistic about the school. “All colleges are complex places and there are always divisions of opinion,” he said. “There are processes here, and there are many levels at which decisions get made.” TheVillager.com


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and originator of the .nyc top-level domain name, he said he hopes D.O.B.’s ruling gives the school an out, legally speaking, so it can break its contract with Singer. “I think it’s awesome,” Garrin said of the latest twist in the building’s ongoing saga. “Seeing that stop-work order over there pasted on the construction fence, in red letters, made it real.” In a statement to The Villager, Justin Harmon, a school spokesperson, said, “Cooper is proud to be a part of the East Village, and we know the community respects Cooper’s history in the neighborhood. We are aware of the Department of Buildings correspondence to the developer. We are currently reviewing all the information relevant to determining the best course of action under the circumstances. We will continue to work with community representatives to identify an equitable and fair solution that balances the community’s wishes and Cooper’s contractual obligations.” The Villager reached Singer by phone on Monday. He said he was tied up in a construction meeting. “I don’t want to add comment to what’s going on with all this nonsense,” he said dismissively. Asked if he has to re-file for new building permits at this point, Singer, sounding unworried, said, no, that he will “just clarify” what he has already submitted to D.O.B. “You’ve got Cooper Union and Joffrey Ballet, they’re legitimate tenants,” he said. “I’m with people, gotta go,” he said, before ending the conversation. But apparently he, in fact, may be a bit concerned about recent developments. Mendez told the newspaper that

Singer had gone over to MoRUS (the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space) on Avenue C the day before the rally to say that he wants to make sure the “real story” of the old P.S. 64 is being told. Bill di Paolo, the museum’s co-director, confirmed that Singer had spoken to Sheila Jamison, their volunteer community liaison director. In an e-mail to The Villager, Jamison wrote, “Just before 3 p.m. on Saturday  as I was processing visitors for the tour, a man casually dressed in shorts and a baseball cap, looking every bit the regular East Village  Saturday  afternoon tourist, entered the museum and began looking around. When he approached the desk, I asked if he were there for the tour. He responded with, ‘Is the building on the corner [the old P.S. 64] part of the tour?’ I responded, ‘It depends on who is doing the tour.  Saturday  is gardens and squats;  Sunday  is activist spaces.’ “He then asked if we had anything about the building on our Web site,” she continued. “I told him there may be some postings because MoRUS has been supporting the efforts to reclaim the building for the community. At that point, he introduced himself as Gregg Singer, the owner of the building, and he implored that if we talk about the building on our tours or on our Web site, that we should know the truth. He said that he has been unfairly portrayed as a bad guy in the media and no one in the media wants to tell his side of the story. “He further went on to imply that Chino and Councilwoman Mendez had some unsavory financial dealings surrounding the building back in the day. At that point, other visitors approached the desk and I had to turn my attention to them.  He thanked me, asked for my name and left with a MoRUS brochure.”

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h, that wonderful age of 13. In Greenwich Village that means to many, a time to become a bar or bat mitzvah. For others, simply knowing they are now a teenager is reason enough to celebrate. But for a select few, it means finally getting to train to become an umpire in Greenwich Village Little League. And lest you think this a minor undertaking, let me assure you, it is not. For starters, there’s the second-guessing and criticism. On any baseball diamond, you’ll find boys and girls complaining about the strike zone or that “out” call, when he or she knew deep down they were safe. At the end of the game, in a losing effort, it’s common to hear, “That umpire was terrible. He cost us the game.” But now the players have a chance to join the enemy camp. Why do it? For starters, umpires are paid by the league — even as they train. One young man told me he earned $7 in six hours working a concession stand for tips, and if we paid $20 to umpire a game he would crawl for that opportunity. The other reason might be, well, for the power trip. After all, that kid on the other team that was always annoying but too large to confront, is now in your hands. Surprisingly, we haven’t seen one young umpire abuse his or her power — not one. In the case of my son Cameron, it was a combination of both. Kids are used to having parents and coaches tell them what to do and how to do it. That’s a part of the process they have grown accustomed to. But being in a position of telling coaches who are parents what to do, or at least what not to say, is far from youths’ daily norm. In fact, the nicer the kid, the tougher it is to be a solid ump right out of the box. Politeness is required — becoming confident enough to talk to parents on an even footing is developed over time. Greenwich Village Little League recognizes these challenges, and for that reason, has developed a training session for these young men and women, which allows them to umpire the games themselves, but in a manner that takes some of the pressure off. To begin with, they are always paired with an experienced “adult” umpire, who advises them and handles any dealings with managers and

Cameron Schneider — posing for a photo on a weekday while wearing his ump’s uniform and chest protector outside his West Village home — is part of a new generation learning the art of umpiring at Greenwich Village Little League.

coaches who require explanations about calls. Cameron and his older brother, Max, are both umpires in G.V.L.L. Max is 16 and a veteran of more than three years as an umpire and Cameron is a trainee at age 13. I asked Max what he found most difficult as a beginner, and his reply was: “Being con-

Being in a position of telling coaches who are parents what to do, or what not to say, is far from youths’ daily norm.

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to show up — and show up on time. Once there, they have to be open on how to stand and how to position themselves when there is a play going on, and they don’t have time to

think. They have to understand the basic rules of baseball, of which there are many, and to interpret those rules as they pertain to Little League. And they have to do it all with only two of them instead of four, as is done in Major League Baseball. By and large, G.V.L.L. has been quite successful with this program. We have 12 to 14 kids who can handle this thankless task, coupled with an equal amount of adult umpires. And this would be much tougher if the parents weren’t so understanding where these kids are concerned. Parent coaches can be quite obsessed with winning, but they have shown remarkable restraint when it comes to criticizing these kids. I constantly hear complaints about the umpires. That goes with the territory. But I haven’t heard any of those complaints directed at the young ones. Seems like a win-win situation all around. Let’s play ball. Mike Schneider is Greenwich Village Little League’s executive vice president in charge of baseball operations, the league board’s umpire liaison, and chairperson of the Rules Committee, as well as a coach. He managed the G.V.L.L. Senior Division team that captured the district championship in July.

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