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James wins bitter, and costly, runoff for public advocate By GerArd FLynn Signaling what may be the beginning of a left-leaning trend in city government, Brooklyn Councilwoman Letitia “Tish” James easily defeated state Senator Daniel Squadron in the Democratic runoff election for public advocate Tuesday night. In a bitterly fought campaign, James took close to 60 percent of the vote. With no Republican opposing her in the November election, she is expected to be the first

woman of color to hold citywide office, and will take over the position from mayoral candidate and close friend Bill de Blasio. On Tuesday evening, a tearful James thanked her supporters and promised as public advocate to be a strong voice for the city’s underserved. She also used her acceptance speech to criticize congressional Republicans, as well as the New York Police

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From left, Sarah Neilson, Gwen Evans, Veronica Bulgari, Betsey Ely and Justine Leguizamo in Washington Square Park.

Conservancy wants to help the park, not run it, they say By LincoLn Anderson They have their Twitter account up and they’re tweeting. Their Web site went live two weeks ago. This past summer, they hired a playground associate to improve kids’ playtime. But they need more volunteers, and they’re also pushing for a late-night trash pickup. “I’d love to buy a power washer for the benches — and a Zamboni for the pavings,” Betsey Ely interjected, as her

colleagues broke up in laughter. “The park workers would love that.” While a Zamboni is a familiar sight smoothing down the ice at Rangers hockey games — who knows? — maybe someday one of the massive machines really will be polishing the park’s pavement to a pristine sheen. The steering committee members of the fledgling Washington Square Conservancy gathered at Cafe Nadery on W. Eighth St. last week to give The

Villager an update on what they’ve been up to for the past four months. Along with Ely, the group’s chairperson, they included Veronica Bulgari, a member of the famed luxury-goods family; Gwen Evans; and Justine Leguizamo, wife of actor John Leguizamo. The conservancy was approved by Community Board 2 at the board’s June meeting. Before the vote, there was copious testimony from the public both for

By HeATHer duBin With no Green Party candidate in sight for the City Council District 2 race, Miles Budde decided to step up to the plate. A few months ago, a friend of Budde’s told him the Green Party was looking for a candidate to run in the East Side district. Budde agreed to help with the search, and said if they could not find anyone, he would take it a little further and be the candidate — and the offer stuck.

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During an interview this week at Ost Cafe in the East Village, the 23-year-old spoke about the Green Party, and what he would do if elected. Budde’s opponent in the November general election is City Councilmember Rosie Mendez, who has represented the district — which includes the East Village, part of the Lower East Side, Union Square, Gramercy, Kips Bay

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noTeBooK FeeLinG THe cHiLL: Alec Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria, with their baby, were sitting at Liquiteria, at Second Ave. and E. 11th St., last Thursday morning “enjoying” their pricey cold-pressed juices. We use the term loosely for the photophobic Alec because he looks like he’s about to bite lensman Bob Krasner’s head off. Kraz told us he quickly snapped the shot right as Baldwin appeared to notice out of the corner of his eye that he was in the cameraman’s crosshairs, and then quickly went on his way. He was probably wise to pick up on the vibe emanating from the veggie juice joint’s bench. Last June, another contributor to The Villager, Jefferson Siegel, had a run-in with the hot-tempered Emmy winner when he was exiting the city’s Marriage License Bureau. “He said, ‘Stay away from me, or I’ll break your f------ teeth,’ ” Siegel, who was on assignment for the Daily News, was quoted saying at the time. “Then he grabbed my camera lens, and tried to shove my camera to the ground.” Marcos Santos, another News shooter, was nearby and didn’t take kindly to Baldwin’s bullying of Siegel, who is genuinely one of the nicest photogs in town. Santos warned the star to back off when he reached for Siegel, and the “30 Rock” actor responded by rocking him with a punch to the face. Our advice to Baldwin: Keep on drinking those cold-pressed Liquiteria juices — and chill out already! MicHeLLe MeeTs LocAL L.G.B.T. LeAders: Village Democratic State Committeewoman Rachel Lavine and her spouse, Roberta Kaplan, who recently won the landmark Edie Windsor DOMA case, recently hosted First Lady Michelle Obama at a roundtable in their home to discuss issues facing the L.G.B.T. community and the country. coMeBAcKs (?) And KicKBAcKs: The night before the public advocate runoff, we bumped into former Councilmember Alan Gerson, who told us he was definitely interested in running for Daniel Squadron’s state Senate seat should he pull off a win against Tish James. But the hopeful “Comeback Kid” expected James, his best friend on the Council when he was a councilmember and whom he endorsed, would win due to her heavy union support, which is exactly what happened. We also asked Gerson his thoughts on the shocking case of William Rapfogel — in which the former head of Met Council was recently arrested and charged with

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embezzling $1 million from the poverty charity over a 20-year period, allegedly storing at least $400,000 of the ill-begotten cash in the bedroom closet of his Grand St. apartment on the Lower East Side and also at a country home in Upstate Monticello. “He was always a mensch,” Gerson stated in support of Rapfogel. Judy Rapfogel, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s chief of staff, is saying she had no clue whatsoever that hundreds of thousands of dollars were stored right in her very own closet. If anyone could be so oblivious to something like that, it could only be someone like Judy Rapfogel, Gerson noted in her defense, saying, “Well, she’s always been so hardworking.” According to the Daily News, “friends insist the couple do not discuss work with each other.” As for Silver, he made the following statement on Aug. 12 as news of the massive kickback scheme came to light: “I am stunned and deeply saddened by this news. While there is still much that

we don’t know, we do know that the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty has given tens of thousands of New Yorkers of all faiths and backgrounds lifesaving help over the past four decades. Met Council also played a critical role helping our communities recover from Superstorm Sandy, and its work should in no way be diminished by these developments.” Paul Schectman, Rapfogel’s attorney, told the News that his client’s wife — and the Assembly speaker, as well — were totally in the dark. “Categorically, Judy and Sheldon Silver had no knowledge of any wrongdoing,” he said. conGrATs! Sarah Sanchala, formerly Sarah MalloyGood, has been promoted to the position of deputy chief of staff within the office of Assemblymember Deborah Glick. She will continue to attend meetings of Community Board 2, so you can congratulate her when you see her in person!

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Academy of St. Joseph welcomes all the new students and families who will join our community this Fall! Welcome to the Academy of Saint Joseph, a private, co-ed school refreshing the Catholic tradition of academic and personal excellence. The newly renovated historic building located in the heart of Greenwich Village features small class sizes and a rigorous dynamic curriculum that meets the needs of a diverse student body. In addition to the core curriculum of math, literacy, Spanish, science, and social studies, the Academy offers a formal art, music, chorus, physical education, violin, and chess program. A daily after-school program offers a wide range of enriching activities. Accepting applications for the fall of 2014 in Pre-K-3 to 7th Grade inclusive. You are invited to visit the website to learn more about our school and of upcoming events. The Academy of Saint Joseph remains committed to fostering a new generation of leaders rooted in character, competence, and compassion. The faculty is looking forward to your visit.

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Letitia James campaigning in Chelsea a couple of weeks ago.

James wins runoff for advocate Continued from page 1 Department’s policies of “stop-and-frisk” and its controversial surveillance program targeting Muslims. To raucous cheers and applause, she declared to the jubilant crowd, “We don’t need any more Bloombergs!” Squadron — whom James accused of being too close to Bloomberg and real estate interests — in a statement, congratulated James on her win. “She’ll be a great advocate for New Yorkers without a voice, without high-powered lobbyists, without City Hall on speed dial,” he said. The office of public advocate, created in 1993, acts mainly as an ombudsman for citizen complaints or watchdog on wrongdoing. While it can play a role in shaping government policy, the office has very limited powers. In addition to being second in line to the mayor, the public advocate can introduce legislation and has powers of appointment to some city agencies. It can also influence City planning, the budget process and the management of retirement funds. The advocate, however, cannot vote in the City Council. Perhaps more importantly, the position is also seen as a springboard to higher office, which may explain why Senator Squadron spent more than $3 million on his campaign for an office with a budget of $2 million. Of the three former office holders, two, Mark Green and of course de Blasio, have pursued mayoral ambitions while in office. In addition to drawing blank stares from many members of the public when asked to name the current public advocate, the race drew little media attention — until the runoff election. In recent days, the runoff contest’s $13 million price tag drew calls for reform, as The New York Times recently reported. Instead of holding costly, low-turnout runoffs, New York City should switch to instant runoff voting, the Times reported critics as urging. An instant runoff is based on voters being asked to rank the candidates in the primary election. The Times reported that in some cities, if no candidate surpasses the minimum threshold of 40 percent required to win an election outright, “the last-place finisher is eliminated, and those votes are redistributed according to the preferences on the ballots. The process continues until a candidate crosses the threshold.”

While James was heavily backed by organized labor, and opposed the extension of terms limits and the controversial Atlantic Yards development project, Queens state Senator Tony Avella endorsed Squadron in the race. A longtime critic of the often-close ties between real estate developers and city politicians, “progressive” and otherwise, Avella said the progressive brand has been a calculated hallmark of citywide elections this season. He expressed doubts that James’s populist rhetoric reflects little more than a “good, manufactured image” and does not follow with her voting records in the City Council. Avella said he found Squadron to be “more transparent” and an advocate of good government and affordable housing. “In the City Council, when myself and Charles Barron would oppose some of the city’s projects because of no affordable housing component, she would get up and say it’s no good, then vote the other way,” Avella charged. Despite the leftist tone at Tuesday night’s celebrations, concerns that a left-leaning de Blasio victory on the heels of last night’s news may run the rich out of the city were unfounded, said supporter Alan Schulkin. Calling James’s color and gender a “major influence” in her victory following Christine Quinn’s defeat, he said James and de Blasio are “too smart” to be tagged with the “class warfare” label. “While having leftist tendencies, they are not extreme left wing and will work to keep this tax base in the city,” Schulkin said. Standing outside the West Side club where James’s runoff party was being held, as supporters celebrated inside, Corey Johnson, who is set to take office as a new addition to the City Council, echoed Schulkin’s views. James’s victory followed by a de Blasio one in November will not, Johnson said, panic the rich and send them running out of the city. A de Blasio win in November, Johnson said, following on the heels of James’s win would be a good result for “ascendant progressive views.” He said that he is excited by her victory and looks forward to a city with candidates advocating for affordable housing and improving the lives of the working class.


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Green candidate is calling Exclusive Pre-Sail Sales! with the for ‘fair tax’ for Wall Street Continued from page 1 and Murray Hill — for two terms. An undergraduate at The New School studying digital media part time, Budde (it’s pronounced “like pirate’s booty,” he said) is originally from New Haven, Conn. When he was a teenager, he also lived in Gramercy, and has been a resident there for the past six years. After high school, Budde worked at various jobs in the food industry for a few years, and has always been involved in activism. The Green Party appeals to Budde for its positions on social justice, nonviolence and a clean environment. “We don’t accept corporate donations,” he said, “and we are the only party in a unified stance on gay marriage or L.G.B.T. issues.” Budde feels the party is gaining momentum,

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and, according to him, there are currently 150 Green Party politicians in office nationwide. Budde said these are mostly city councilmember-type positions, but he proudly included Mayor Gayle McLaughlin of Richmond, Calif., and Mayor Jason West of New Paltz, N.Y., on the list. “We are gaining some prominence so far,” he said. “Lynn Serpe in Astoria, Queens, is running for City Council, and she stands a shot.” Budde attributes the rise of the Green Party to people’s frustration with “corporate parties,” who do not serve the American public’s everyday interest. He referenced the Occupy Wall Street movement, and stated that many activists in it did not favor the Democratic Party. Budde advocates for third parties as a solution — and multiple parties as a necessity — for a true democracy. “I think people are dissatisfied with President Barak Obama’s administration, and people want to restore the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution,” Budde said. That amendment protects the people’s right to be safe from unreasonable searches and seizures, and is a hot topic these days in light of recent revelations about sweeping surveillance by the federal National Security Agency. As a city councilmember, Budde would create what he called a “fair tax.” He explained

that Wall Street does not pay sales tax on credit default, student loans or bundled mortgages. Budde claimed if Wall Street paid the same rate as everyone else — 7 percent — it would create significant revenue for New York City. Budde claimed the taxing mechanism already exists, but is not enforced. “After doing that, if we introduce a capital gains tax, we can create $5 trillion in revenue if we applied a pre-applying tax,” Budde stated. He would then hand over $30 billion of this money to New York City Housing Authority to create 1 million new apartments in “green” buildings, which save energy. He speculated this would produce a total of 10 or more residential apartment buildings throughout the five boroughs. Budde would also use some of the $5 trillion to make public transportation free, and estimated that cost at $4 billion a year. In addition to transit, Budde wants the City University of New York to be free, and noted it was until 1976. In terms of specific plans for the Second Council District, Budde said he would seek to “seize Gramercy Park and make it public.” Again, the newly applied Wall Street sales tax would help cover the cost for the city’s Parks Department to incorporate Gramercy Park into its system. Budde also wants to improve the quality of public education. He would do this by limiting classroom size to 15 students, hiring more teachers and creating more teaching colleges. When questioned about future hurricane preparedness for the district, Budde suggested constructing a barricade along the water’s edge. He would also like to create more wind energy. “When the power plant was blown out, that wouldn’t happen with wind energy,” he said, referring to the Con Ed plant at 14th St. and Avenue C. Other aspects of his campaign include making it a Class E felony to fire employees who try to unionize workers, and ending police brutality by changing the curriculum at the city’s Police Academy to focus on the “declaration of human rights” and ethics. While out campaigning, Budde has met many people in the district, and asked them what issues matter to them. A woman with multiple sclerosis told him she has difficulty using subway stations without elevators. Budde is now seeking her help to create a bill that would ensure subway stations are handicap accessible. Although not in office yet, Budde is already working on a few bills, such as the Cancer Elimination Act, which would sample and analyze carcinogens throughout the city in fourmile increments. He is collaborating on the bill with William Edstrom, who was the Green Party candidate for the Bronx’s 80th Assembly District last year and will run for Congress next year. In pursuit of the City Council seat, Budde finds his age an asset when it comes to enlisting the support of fellow New School students, “but a lot of people don’t take me seriously,” he said. “A few years ago I didn’t see myself running for office anytime soon,” Budde said. “I definitely plan on studying politics now.”

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Jiggle joint’s finishing touches By Lincoln Anderson Although it’s part of a future development site for a new luxury residential building, the former adult book and video store at the corner of Clarkson and West Sts. is being renovated to reopen as a high-end topless “gentlemen’s club.” How long it will remain there until the block is eventually redeveloped is anyone’s guess. Last week, a worker could be seen rolling on fresh gray paint above the doorway of the place, which formerly had a white facade. Back in June, Thomas Wolfe, the club’s operator, told The Villager it would be called Mystique, and would open in a few months from then. “We pretty much have our liquor license as long as we comply with certain things they asked for,” Wolfe said, referring to stipulations requested by Community Board 2 and the community. He had wanted to open at lunchtime, but has agreed his operating hours will be 5 p.m. to 4 a.m., though will close at 2 a.m. on Sundays. Asked if he still felt, as he had stated earlier, that the jiggle joint’s beefy bouncers and new exterior lighting would make Clarkson St. safer for young Greenwich Village Little Leaguers going to and from the ball field at Pier 40, he said, “Of course, yes.”


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Johnson’s top 3 will be housing, education, hospital By SAM SPOKONY In the end, it was probably the respect he’d earned from local tenant leaders and neighborhood organizations — relationships grown strong through his time on Community Board 4 — that propelled Corey Johnson to a huge win over Yetta Kurland in the Sept. 10 Democratic primary election for the City Council’s District 3 seat. Johnson, who has chaired C.B. 4 for the past two and a half years, and been on the board since 2005, is readying to leave the board, as he will run uncontested in the November general election and assume office in the Council on Jan. 1. But while he’s ready to take on this new and bigger role — his first as a legislator — Johnson is quick to remind constituents that, even once he becomes a city councilmember, he won’t be too hard to find around town. “I learned a lot from the community board, but I don’t feel sentimental about ending my time there, because the truth is that I’m not going anywhere,” said Johnson, in an interview two weeks ago. “I’m just going to be working with all of these folks in a different capacity, and I’m going to continue to be at community board meetings, tenant association meetings, block association meetings and P.T.A. meetings. And I think this next chapter is really going to be an extension of the work I did with my colleagues in C.B. 4.” The Third Council District includes Greenwich Village, the South Village, Soho, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea and west Soho. Johnson said his formative training and expertise on the local level will continue to benefit his constituents by keeping him zeroed in on the neighborhood issues that played such a huge part in his campaign — namely, bringing in new affordable housing, improving public schools and restoring a full-service hospital to the area. “I think affordable housing is the number one issue that faces all of these neighborhoods on the West Side, and on top of that, I think it’s an incredibly important issue throughout the city,” said Johnson. “For the far West Side, there’s going to be an even more dramatic change in new development over the next four years, as Hudson Yards construction takes place. We need to make sure that process, from start to finish, is conducted in a way that really works for the community.” In terms of public education, Johnson acknowledged that the district enjoys an “embarrassment of riches” with regard to the number of quality schools, but stressed that issues of overcrowding and disputes over recent school rezonings still require hard work and vigilance. Specifically, he explained that, once on the City Council, he will advocate strongly for Community Education Councils — all-volunteer groups that coordinate with the Department of Education on neighborhood school issues — to gain more influence over the local decision-making process. Council District 3 is largely covered by C.E.C. District 2. “The big issue here is that C.E.C.’s need

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Next stop, City Hall! Corey Johnson will leave C.B. 4 to become the new District 3 councilmember after he runs unopposed in November.

to be given more power at the local level,” he said, “because they probably know even more about how to tackle their community’s problems than do the folks at D.O.E. or elected officials. That’s not a bad judgment of D.O.E. or the electeds. But the fact is that these volunteers on the C.E.C. are parents, they live this every day, and that really makes them experts on local issues. And I want to make sure I work directly with them to make sure things are done the right way.” As Johnson continues to plan his Council agenda, C.B. 4 is preparing for a transition to new leadership on the board. At the December full board meeting,

‘For the far West Side, there’s going to be an even more dramatic change over the next four years as Hudson Yards construction takes place.’ Corey Johnson members will elect a replacement not only for Johnson, but potentially for all of the board’s other officer positions as well. Rumors abound that Christine Berthet, the board’s first vice chairperson, is likely to move up from second-in-command and win the chairperson position. But when asked to comment, she said it’s too “premature” to discuss. For his part, Johnson lauded Berthet for her work on the board. “I think Christine has been an exceptional first vice chairperson, and I’ve worked incredibly well with her,” he said. “She’s one of the foremost transportation

policy experts in the city, and I think she’s been a great leader on the board for years.” But in terms of his new leadership role in the Council’s District 3, Johnson pointed out that he won’t just be dealing with C.B. 4, since his district covers parts of more than just one community board. In addition, he’ll be working with C.B. 2, C.B. 5 and, to a lesser degree, C.B. 7 (of which only several blocks are included within the district’s boundaries). Johnson stated that he’s planning to further cement his relationships with the other boards even before he takes office. “Within the next month or so, I’m going to be sitting down with the different community board chairpersons and district managers, to talk about what their needs are and how we can best work together, so we hit the ground running in January,” Johnson said. Talking about his additional goals as a councilmember within a broader, more citywide perspective, Johnson said he plans on immediately joining the Council’s Progressive Caucus. This might not seem like such big news for one of the three new openly gay councilmembers who will be taking office, but Johnson pointed specifically to the reformation of Council rules as an issue on which it will be important to make a markedly progressive stand. In a Sept. 16 op-ed, the Daily News called on Johnson and 11 other new councilmembers to make good on their past promises to ban “lulu” payments and reform the so-called member items, which have allowed Council speakers — most recently, Christine Quinn — to effectively buy political support by providing extra funding to members who toe the line. Johnson said he welcomed that early scrutiny, since the new Council will have to pick a new speaker upon taking office in January. “This is the first order of business,” he said, “so people really should be watching over the next few months, as we plan to make some significant reforms in the Council. I’m looking forward to teaming up with all these good folks in the

Progressive Caucus who want to reform the Council to make it more democratic, to empower individual members, to take favoritism out of the member item process and to make staff allocations and committee assignments more fair.” There is also a certain sense of optimism felt by Johnson and many of his soon-to-be colleagues on the Council. It stems partly from the fact that this year will mark the end of the Bloomberg era, bringing in a new mayor, along with other new officials across city government, such as the public advocate and comptroller. Johnson said that he “wholeheartedly” supports Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. “This is going to be a true sea change in city government, and of course a lot of us are really excited about the prospect of having a Democratic mayor again, after not having one for the past 20 years,” Johnson said. “So part of this is going to be about working well with these new folks in positions of influence and power, and that doesn’t just mean elected officials. It also means communicating well with new commissioners of city agencies and, particularly, whoever will be the new D.O.E. chancellor.” Johnson acknowledged that all those changes, especially involving new appointments at the city agencies, will likely create a somewhat chaotic transitional period at the beginning of the year. But, looking forward with his constituents in mind, he pledged to always keep the Lower West Side’s top local issues — new affordable housing, improvements to public education and a new full-service hospital — close to his heart, and in the minds of his fellow councilmembers. “So much of delivering for this district will revolve around being persistent and relentless, and continuing to make the case for why these things should happen, and why our city budget should direct taxpayer monies to pay for them,” Johnson said. “I’m ready, willing and excited to make that case.”


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Panel tears the lid off the culture of surveillance On Sept. 23, James Bamford, a leading expert on the history of the National Security Agency and its ever-expanding snooping capabilities, joined Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, and independent journalist Paul DeRienzo for a forum on “Ethics, Law and Surveillance Culture” at the Great Hall at Cooper Union. Also speaking were radical attorney Stanley Cohen and Cooper alumnus Paul Garrin, founder of the Internet domainname service Name.Space and WiFi-NY. Recent revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden and our own unwitting collusion with government and corporate surveillance via the use of cellphones and social media sites like Facebook and Instagram were the jumping-off points for the forum, which attempted to answer the question: “If I have nothing to hide, why should I care?”

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At the surveillance forum, from left, Paul DeRienzo, James Bamford and Donna Lieberman.

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Chin doesn’t want to gamble on Chinatown casino buses By sAM sPoKony New permit applications from intercity bus companies continue to flood Chinatown and the Lower East Side after statewide permit legislation took effect in July. Councilmember Margaret Chin is calling on the city’s Department of Transportation to be more stringent in its consideration of new permits, especially for “casino buses” that she said can do more damage than good for the community. So-called casino buses transport riders from Manhattan directly to casino resorts in the Northeast, for the primary purpose of gambling, as opposed to typical intercity buses that provide a more affordable way to travel and visit family members around the country. Last month, Community Board 3 debated two permit applications for new dedicated casino bus stops in Chinatown — at 30 Pike St. and 9 Chatham Square. As part of the new permit legislation, the Department of Transportation is required, among other things, to receive a recommendation from the local community board before approving or denying a request. The two entities, Asian Express Travel and A&W (which are actually part of the same company), sought to provide service to and from Bethlehem, Penn., whose main attraction is the Sands Casino Resort. Chin wrote to C.B. 3 on Sept. 9 — a copy of the letter was also sent to D.O.T. — advising the board to recommend denying the two applications, citing a lack of transparency in the bus company’s proposal and community

engagement, as well as the “oversaturation” of bus stops that Chinatown already faces. C.B. 3 agreed, and recommended that D.O.T. deny the permit applications. But under the law, D.O.T. does not require C.B.’s O.K. in order to approve new permits. As of Sept. 24, D.O.T. did in fact approve the permit application for an Asian Express Travel bus stop at 30 Pike St. A department spokesperson said the application for 9 Chatham Square is still under review. In an interview, Chin said that conflicts regarding the new permitting process have compelled her to schedule an Oct. 9 meeting with D.O.T. representatives, to stress the importance of issues like transparency, community engagement and recognizing the negative impacts that can be caused by crowding too many new bus stops into the neighborhood. “We really need to sit down and review the purpose of that legislation,” Chin said, adding that she tried previously to broach the subject during D.O.T.’s public hearing on the permit system in June. Chin also explained that part of her meeting with D.O.T. will be devoted to pointing out the problems of casino buses essentially masquerading as typical intercity buses. “The casino buses don’t respect the community, they don’t help the community, and that’s why we’ve already gotten complaints about current casino bus stops [outside Confucius Plaza],” said Chin. “It was not the intent of the legislation

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to allow these types of buses to get permits.” Even Wellington Chen, executive director of the Chinatown Partnership, who often touts the economic benefits of intercity buses, took a strong stand against casino buses. “Chinatown buses can be a lifeline for the community, but the casino buses take those lifelines away,” said Chen. “All they do is draw people out to gamble away their money, and it destroys families here.”

Four additional new bus permit applications will be debated by the C.B. 3 Transportation Committee at its next meeting on Oct. 8. While one of the proposed bus stops is also slated for 30 Pike St., it’s unclear whether any of the applications are for casino buses. A Chin spokesperson pointed out that such uncertainty is part of the ongoing transparency problem the councilmember hopes to tackle when she meets with D.O.T.


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editorial

Get rid of runoffs

Two qualified candidates for public advocate faced off in a runoff Tuesday, with Councilmember Letitia James defeating state Senator Daniel Squadron. The turnout was extremely low — only 187,000 of the party’s 3 million registered Democrats went to the polls. Meanwhile, the cost of the city’s running the runoff, $13 million, far exceeds the small budget of the Public Advocate’s Office, $2.3 million. All of which raises the question whether runoffs for citywide offices — except for mayor — should be abolished in favor of so-called “instant runoffs.” Currently, if no citywide candidate garners 40 percent of the vote in a primary, there is a runoff between the top two finishers. Basically, the instant runoff is the better option, since it would save the city from having to hold these extremely low-turnout contests, while — importantly — saving millions of dollars. Under this alternative, voters would rank their top choices, in descending order. If no candidate secured 40 percent, the bottom candidates would be knocked out and their votes allotted to the other candidates proportionally. As for mayor, the runoff should remain. The period between primary and runoff gives voters (and the media) a closer look at the remaining candidates. That sort of extra vetting is needed for anyone who would be mayor.

McWater’s legacy Last week, David McWater resigned from Community Board 3. The Villager first reported early on Tues., Sept. 24, that the influential former C.B. 3 chairperson would announce he was stepping down from the East Village / Lower East Side board that night at the full-board meeting. The week before, McWater had been caught on video losing his temper with a much smaller woman, a member of the LES Dwellers anti-bar group, at a C.B. 3 State Liquor Authority Committee meeting. The videos went viral. Yes, McWater lost his cool. And, his critics charge, he could be an intimidating force on the S.L.A. Committee, pushing for applications he supported. That he is a bar owner always rankled quality-of-life activists. Yet, we hear what may have been the final straw, pushing McWater to resign, was our article, first published in last week’s issue of The Villager, which raised questions about whether McWater lives in New Jersey. If he does, then he shouldn’t have been on C.B. 3. And yet, there’s no question he did a great deal of good, most notably, getting the East Village / Lower East Side rezoning passed, and leading a deeply divided community to consensus on redevelopment guidelines for the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. Yes, he’s tough, and yes, he has, shall we say, a bit of an ego. But perhaps that’s what it took to get these very large, contentious plans passed. McWater got his start on the Lower East Side when it was a much tougher neighborhood than it is today. He forged friendships with former Councilmember Margarita Lopez and her successor, Rosie Mendez. Though not a politician, he’s a political animal, and those qualities helped him get the rezoning and SPURA passed. No, he’s not perfect. He’s not the only board member we know who can get a bit too forceful or passionate. His presence on the S.L.A. Committee, in retrospect, was probably always problematic. Again, he’s not the only board member with an agenda or bias. As for whether McWater was truly the “greatest ever,” time will tell. But he’s right to say the community does owe him for his work, especially on the rezoning and SPURA, on both of which he did an amazing job.

letters to the editor McWater will be missed

Will Johnson be there for pets?

To The Editor: Re “David McWater leaves C.B. 3; Led board on rezoning, SPURA” (news article, Sept. 26): David McWater’s resignation from Community Board 3 is a great loss to the board and to the Lower East Side community. Regardless of his temper, he was definitely one of the hardest working board members we have had in my memory (31 years). In addition, he set an example of how to run bars that are not burdens to the communities where they operate. I agree that he has probably done more than any board member in a long time. We were very lucky to have him. What troubles me as well is that David can be condemned for his temper. Why aren’t board members, all of whom serve for no pay and volunteer their time to make this community a better place to live, allowed to get angry when they are attacked? Whatever he does next, I wish him well. He will be sorely missed.

To The Editor: Re “Why Quinn hit the wall” (editorial, Sept. 19): I cannot understand why anyone would wonder why Quinn lost the election. I also wanted a sharp woman as our mayor, but Quinn proved herself a poor politician, consistently disappointing and making enemies. When, at every opportunity, Quinn chose in favor of special interests, why would I vote for her? Our district has a critical shortage of parkland, but with Gansevoort, the only natural peninsula on our waterfront, not only did she allow a recycling center to be put there, she allowed the Spectra pipeline to run there also, next to the children’s play pier. We could have had a grove of trees, a lawn where you didn’t hear traffic and maybe a “get-down” to the water, but instead she put our children at risk, and we will get constant garbage truck traffic. We continue to have injuries in the Leroy St. dog run. Recently, my puppy slipped while at the run when attempting to jump onto a bench and instead smashed her face into it. She bled all the way home. Six years ago the Hudson River Park Trust agreed to allow dog owners to put in a new, less slippery surface at our own expense but has since stonewalled us. We received no help from Quinn, who ignored her (large) dog-owning constituency. In effect, for 12 years we have had no City Council representation at all. Quinn began as Corey Johnson has, as a tenant advocate, but then betrayed us. Pet owners are hoping that Corey will be more responsive and help us.

Anne K. Johnson Johnson is a member, Community Board 3

A hard worker for L.E.S. To The Editor: Re “David McWater leaves C.B. 3; Led on rezoning, SPURA” and “Green spaces are in need of green, locals tell C.B. 3” (news articles, Sept. 26): McWater is part of the Lower East Side that I liked, a unique character who accomplished some very good work in the face of the onslaught of wealth coming to alter this neighborhood. I personally will miss his presence — whether I agreed or disagreed with him on any particular issue. He worked hard for the L.E.S., which he cared about, and his views were complex and thoughtful. Trying to pigeonhole him as a “bad guy” doesn’t work for me. And thank you for the article on C.B. 3’s budget priorities. It’s a very useful local feature. I’m not against corporations putting their names on fields. Well, I’d prefer corporations pay taxes — then we could just fix our fields! But if a corporation has its name on a field and is getting free advertising, then it should pay for the upkeep of said field. Or maybe the Parks Department should find a new “sponsor”? Adidas Field anyone? We also noted the need to fix the sinking walkways in Sara Roosevelt Park between Delancey and Grand Sts., among other issues. K Webster

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Pro-Johnson PAC went negative To The Editor: Re “Johnson trounces Kurland in race to succeed Quinn” (news article, Sept. 12): I am reading in utter amazement how Yetta Kurland is being pilloried by many of your readers. While Johnson ran a very cunning and aggressive race, he should not be painted as though he did not throw negatives around. He just did it under the moniker Fighting For Our Future, supposedly paid for by a PAC that supported him. I received frequent mailings from this PAC stating that Kurland was a questionable employer, has a history of exploiting low-income workers, replete with a picture showing a 1920s / ’30s sweatshop, etc. What I find really curious is that this PAC was established on Aug. 19, just in time to send out a barrage of attack ads, of course, under someone else’s name. Dawn A. Echevez

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Big Tobacco knows: What you see is what you’ll get TalKinG PoinT By erin MccArron Youth smoking rates in our city declined from 17.6 percent in 2001 to 8.5 percent in 2007. But our progress has stalled since then. Lesbian and gay youth, who struggle with the stress of coming out, bullying, discrimination and exacerbated peer pressure, are disproportionately affected by tobacco use. According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in 2011, smoking rates among lesbian and gay youth in our city were more than three times higher than their heterosexual counterparts. It’s no surprise since the tobacco industry spends $196 million on tobacco marketing to target our youth and recruit them to become the next generation of smokers to replace those who are dying. Our youth are bombarded each day by tobacco product displays and marketing

In 2011, the smoking rate among lesbian and gay youth in our city was more than three times higher than heterosexual youth.

as they walk to school, shop in convenience stores, buy snacks in pharmacies, and walk past the corner newsstand. Research shows that kids who shop at stores with tobacco marketing two or more times a week are 64 percent more likely to start smoking than their peers who don’t. Tobacco product displays and marketing encourage impulse buys and ensure that cigarettes are part of our youth’s everyday life. During my recent vacation in Canada, I noticed their convenience stores did not have walls of tobacco products displayed behind the counter and no other tobacco market-

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Lower East Side musician David Peel, left, and activist John Penley enjoyed meeting up down at Zuccotti Park for the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street on Tues., Sept. 17.

ing is up on the walls and in the windows of the stores. According to local mandate, Canadian stores selling tobacco products must keep them out of sight of customers, especially youth. Tobacco products can only be shown to adults upon request. Adult smokers who already know what they want to buy simply request their brand. In New York City, there are roughly 9,500 tobacco retailers splattered with colorful product displays and signs purposefully placed at kids’ eye level. Seventy-five percent of these tobacco retailers in New York City are within 1,000 feet of a school. Young people are clearly targets of marketing, and the more they see, the more likely they are to smoke. Eighty-eight percent of adults who smoke daily start smoking before the age of 18. In Member of the New York Press Association

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New York City, 20,000 public high school students currently smoke. In Manhattan alone, 4,000 public school students smoke. One out of three of these kids will die prematurely as a direct result of smoking. Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death, claiming more lives than H.I.V./AIDS, suicide, alcohol, illegal drugs, firearms, car accidents and fires combined. One way to prevent our youth from smoking is to limit their exposure to tobacco marketing and product displays in stores. We can also limit the sale of tobacco products near schools and at pharmacies. Tobacco companies continually entice our young people to start smoking with their aggressive and targeted marketing campaigns and expansive tobacco product displays. Big Tobacco knows that in a consumer

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Upgrade Spring St. station To The Editor: Re “Sixth Ave. buildings evacuated after new project causes shift” (news article, Sept. 26): The partial stop-work order at the One Vandam construction site provides an opportunity to press for an upgrade to the C / E subway station at Spring St. The Uptown side has only one entrance / exit and neither the Uptown or Downtown side has handicapped access. Given the expected increase in traffic and population with the construction of outsized buildings at One Vandam and 140 Sixth Ave., the risks resulting from increased density will only exacerbate the hazards and inconveniences of this woefully neglected, unsafe and filthy station. In addition to benefitting the developers of the aforementioned properties by providing safer, more attractive access, improvement in this station would provide a long-delayed and muchneeded station upgrade to existing residents of the area, as well as a more appropriate gateway to Soho and the all the new Hudson Square development. Dianne Mendez 

The day the music died To The Editor: Re “Back Fence closing as Bleecker to lose yet another music venue” (news article, Sept. 12): I worked there for years. Regrettably, they were forced to close a day early and the big farewell jam scheduled for the 28th (tonight, as I write this) will not happen. I’m devastated. It’s a terrible personal loss and a big loss for Greenwich Village. Josh Katz

Book ’em Danno! To The Editor: The Westbeth Flea Market returns as the Westbeth Book Sale. We lost our space to Hurricane Sandy but we haven’t lost our spirit! Please come and help support our community! As in years past, all proceeds benefit Westbeth Artists' Housing and the public areas immediately outside the building with flowers around the trees, etc. We have books galore, from the arts to history, kids books, science, gay, classics, self-help, theater, film, philosopy, music, animals and everything in between. Prices range from 50 cents for small paperbacks to $2 to $10 for art books and coffee table books. It will all be happening at the Westbeth community room, Sat. and Sun., Oct. 5 and 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. For more information, please go to Westbeth.org or call 212-691-1574. Gina Shamus Shamus is a member, the Westbeth Beautification Committee

She lived a rich life To The Editor: Re “Carmen Vega Greiss, 91, dancer, singer, Jacobs ally” (obituary, Sept. 26): A beautiful snippet of such a rich life. Well said. She will be always remembered. Anthony Galante E-mail letters, not longer than 250 words in length, to news@thevillager.com or fax to 212229-2790 or mail to The Villager, Letters to the Editor, 515 Canal St., Suite 1C, NY, NY 10013. Please include phone number for confirmation purposes. The Villager reserves the right to edit letters for space, grammar, clarity and libel. The Villager does not publish anonymous letters.


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‘Taste’ tantalizes palates, raises funds for park The 11th Annual Taste of the Village benefit for Washington Square Park last Thursday evening brought out the foodies — or at least brought out people’s inner foodies. Hundreds who shelled out $50 each gathered under a big white tent by the Washington Square Arch to sample fine cuisine from more than 30 Village restaurants, as well as wine and beer. Since its inception, the annual fundraiser, put on by the Village Alliance business improvement district, has donated more than $400,000 for horticultural, sanitation and public safety services in the park. “These supplemental services are imperative to the success of the park as the city continues to trim its budget,” said William Kelley, the alliance’s executive director. “Taste of the Village is a festive way to ensure the park stays beautiful for generations to come.”

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At Taste of the Village, above from left, Lauren Danziger, executive director of the Meatpacking District Improvement Association; Terri Howell, Village Alliance business and community services manager; William Kelley, Village Alliance executive director; and state Senator Brad Hoylman. At far left, a chef was at the ready to serve one of the delicious offerings.

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Preschoolers and Ph.D.’s pitch in on an urban farm By Tequila Minsky Just inside the fence on the north side of Houston St. between Wooster and Greene, behind one of the Silver Towers, a swath of land was lush with vegetables this summer. Last Thursday, the eggplants, bell and hot peppers, melons, tomatoes still on the vine and herbs in abundance were harvested. New York University’s Urban Farm completed its first harvest season. Students, faculty and volunteers involved with the N.Y.U. Food Studies Program helped themselves to the fresh produce. Children from University Plaza Nursery School who had worked two 25-foot beds this summer walked through the rows, taking a last look at the summer crops, and left with dozens of fresh tomatoes. Only half of the 125-foot-by-25-foot plot was in cultivation this year. “We got started late,” said Associate Professor Jennifer Berg, director of the N.Y.U. Steinhardt Graduate Food Studies Program. Berg and Amy Bentley, associate professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at N.Y.U. Steinhardt, developed the project. “This is a landmark site and we had to wait for permits before we began planting in late June,” Berg said. Green Grants, from

N.Y.U.’s Office of Sustainability, sponsored the N.Y.U. Urban Farm. “We want to create an urban farm lab that serves as an outdoor farm classroom to allow for and promote research in urban agriculture and food systems on the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels,” Berg explained. Volunteers and students worked the plot this season, and one bed was allocated for residents of Silver Towers. A new, recently finished three-bin compost system, built with the collaboration of the Lower East Side Ecology Center, is ready to begin composting organic matter. Graduate and undergraduate students in the program will maintain the year-round farm. The day after the harvest, the pickedclean plant stems were pulled up or plowed under to make room for cold-weather crops, like kale, broccoli and kohlrabi — which have a two-month growing season — to be harvested in November. New York City gardening has come a long way since Liz Christy and the Green Guerillas founded the first activist urban garden in 1973, just blocks away at Houston St. and the Bowery. As for N.Y.U., the university’s Master’s in Food Studies was formalized in 1996.

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N.Y.U. Associate Professor Jennifer Berg spoke about the N.Y.U. Food Studies Program and the value of the Urban Farm while her colleague Amy Bentley looked on, above. Meanwhile, Zubin, 4½ (with container of tomatoes), lower left, and fellow preschoolers harvested crops from their rows in the garden. N.Y.U. student Alex Wolf, below, showed that the garden’s composter is ready for action.


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Word up! Artists reopen gallery in ‘novel’ fashion By Bob Krasner Artists wore their books on their sleeves when Central Booking gallery, on Ludlow St., held its reopening bash on Thurs., Sept. 12.  The Lower East Side gallery, which is dedicated to the idea of the book as art, hosted hundreds of guests, who  packed the new 2,700-square-foot space for what Maddy Rosenberg, the gallery’s executive director and curator, called “a thrilling night.” Revelers included Warner Lehrer, the renowned book artist and graphic designer; Florence Neal, founder of Kentler International Drawing Space; and Peter Fend and Coleen Fitzgibbon, formerly of Colab; as well as sculptor Tom Otterness. The evening’s highlight was thREAD, a fashion show of book-themed outfits. Participants, many of whom created their own outfits, included Desiree Alvarez, Marlene Weisman, Beatrice Coron and German visitors Linn Annen and Brandstifter.  Central Booking, at 21 Ludlow St., is open Thursday to Sunday, 12 noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call 347-7316559 or visit www.centralbookingnyc.com or email info@centralbookingnyc.com . Photos by Bob Krasner

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Harvest hauls in food lovers for Union Square Park The 18th Annual Harvest in the Square, New York’s premier local food and wine tasting event, took over Union Square’s northern plaza on Sept. 17. Chefs from the hottest Union Square restaurants prepared signature dishes using fresh farm produce right from the Union Square Greenmarket. The food fest is sponsored by the Union Square Partnership

business improvement district and is a fundraiser for the park. Tickets were $125 and $400 for V.I.P. perks. The Partnership raised $347,095 from this year’s Harvest in the Square. More than 1,200 people attended the event. Over the past 18 years, the Partnership’s Harvest has raised $4.45 million for park maintenance and public programming.

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Above left, Jennifer Falk, executive director of the Union Square Partnership, and Danny Meyer, C.E.O. of Union Square Hospitality Group. Above right, Janette Sadik-Khan, commissioner of the city’s Department of Transportation; Ray Kelly, Police Department commissioner; and Cas Holloway, deputy mayor for operations.  

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While she initially moved to the East Village for its music and arts, Choi now laments their diminished presence. 

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“It’s sad, but everything changes,” she said. But Choi, in turn, put an optimistic spin on things, and spoke about change as a catalyst for growth and improvement.  Some of her go-to restaurants in the neighborhood — ChikaLicious (for dessert), Caracas Arepa Bar and South Brooklyn Pizza ($4 a slice) — would not be here if it were not for change, in her view. “I’m just always on to the next,” she said.  Choi hopes to stay in the East Village, and has not yet decided to abandon ship for Brooklyn, which she thinks is more tailored to artists nowadays. She will, though, if the neighborhood becomes unbearable and no longer feels like home.  For now, she’ll stick to visiting the outer borough when a friend drags her there to hear music.   “I have crossing-the-water phobia and a phobia about getting home,” she joked. With the recent L subway service cuts, she is not alone in her fear.  As for the East Village, Choi loves it. She never has to leave the neighborhood since there are so many restaurants, and all her friends come here to hang out.   “It’s still awesome,” she said. “Anyone I know that’s still a diehard here feels the same way — they’d rather be in a shoebox here in the city. I feel like we’re so lucky as artists to be living here in the city still.”

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By Heather Dubin Spotted at her favorite place in the neighborhood, Nina Choi was recently soaking up some mid-September sun on a bench in Tompkins Square Park. The 22-year East Village resident sat across from a flower garden in the park’s southeast corner with her dog, Star, as she waited for a friend. Choi owns her apartment on the park, and has been there for three years. She has previously lived in lots of different apartments throughout the neighborhood.  Over the past two decades, the 39-yearold photographer and director of commercials has seen many changes in the neighborhood. Luxury housing, which has been on the rise in the East Village for years, is part of a national trend.  “I don’t think it’s bad; I don’t think it’s good,” she said. “The whole city has turned into a white-collar, upper-middleclass to upper-class place, and there’s definitely some arts that are suffering that I would like to see more of.” But Choi also pointed out a few positive aspects that gentrification has accelerated.  “The neighborhood has really been cleaned up, and my roommates aren’t getting robbed or stabbed,” she said. And


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God’s Love gets a facelift as Rivers, Kors pitch in By LincoLn Anderson Joan Rivers emceed and Michael Kors spoke at Wednesday’s groundbreaking event in Soho for the expansion and renovation of the God’s Love We Deliver building, at the corner of Spring St. and Sixth Ave. The comic and the fashion designer are both longtime supporters of the nonprofit, which cooks and delivers meals to people living with severe illnesses in the metropolitan area. The G.L.W.D. project will more than double both the organization’s space — from 18,000 square feet to more than 44,000 square feet — and its capacity to prepare meals — from 1 million to 2 million meals a year. “Today marks the beginning of a project of great significance to not only all of us at God’s Love, but to a growing number of people across the metropolitan area who rely on our services,” said Karen Pearl, president and C.E.O. of God’s Love We Deliver. The God’s Love expansion project was made possible, in part, by a city grant and private gifts, including $5 million from Kors, who was named to the group’s board of directors earlier this year. In recognition of Kors’s contribution to the expansion project, the new facility, designed by Gerner Kronick and Valcarcel, will be named in his honor. The project also benefited from G.L.W.D.’s sale of several million dollars’ worth of air rights to the adjacent One Vandam luxury residential high-rise project. Signifying construction’s start at the God’s Love Sixth Ave. facility, guests of the ceremony used giant knives to cut an equally giant cake with an image of the future building. “I’ve loved and worked for God’s Love We Deliver for many years, and I know how important their nutritious, individually tailored meals are for our neighbors who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves,” said Rivers. “Today’s expansion is the beginning step toward fulfilling a dream for all of us associated with this wonderful charity.” “I am so excited to be here today to break ground on the Michael Kors Building for God’s Love We Deliver,” Kors said. “I’ve been working with God’s Love for over 20 years now, and I’ve always been amazed by the work that they do. With this expansion, I know that we can help feed even more people and continue to reach all of those in need.” The God’s Love expansion, which is expected to be completed in late 2014 or early 2015, comes as demand for the organization’s

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At the groundbreaking for the God’s Love We Deliver headquarters vertical expansion and renovation, from left, Karen Pearl, God’s Love We Deliver president and C.E.O.; Michael Kors, fashion designer and G.L.W.D. board member; Blaine Trump, G.L.W.D. board vice chairperson; comic Joan Rivers, a G.L.W.D. board member; Scott Bruckner, G.L.W.D. board chairperson; and Mike Moran, a member of the G.L.W.D. Chairman’s Council.

services is up by more than 60 percent in five years, according to G.L.W.D. Without a significant increase in space in the immediate future, God’s Love would — for the first time in the organization’s 28 years — be forced to have a waiting list for clients. During the renovation, God’s Love has temporarily relocated to South Williamsburg in Brooklyn, so that the organization’s services can continue uninterrupted. Begun as an H.I.V./AIDS service organization, today God’s Love provides for people living with more than 200 individual diagnoses. Meals are individually tailored for each client by one of the organization’s registered dietitians, and all clients have access to unlimited nutrition counseling. All of the agency’s services are provided free of charge. Soho neighbors are suing over the city’s approval of the airrights transfer from the G.L.W.D. site to the One Vandam project, charging that a deed restriction on the former prohibits it.

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Written by Nick Damici & Jim Mickle Directed by Jim Mickle Rated R 1 hour, 40 minutes At Landmark Sunshine Cinema 143 East Houston St. (btw. First & Second Aves.) For screening times, call 212-260-7289

BY SEAN EGAN Jim Mickle’s newest feature, “We Are What We Are,” is a strange and contradictory beast. Though ostensibly a horror movie, one could mistakenly take the film for just another dark family drama — at least its first half. While technically a remake of Mexican director Jorge Michel Grau’s 2010 film of the same name, it differentiates itself enough from its source material to become almost unrecognizable from the original. By taking an outlandish concept which practically begs to be portrayed campily, and treating it with deadly seriousness, the “remake” distinguishes itself as one of the greatest horror movies in recent memory. Working from a skeletal outline of the original’s plot, director Mickle and coscreenwriter Nick Damici transplant the action to the Catskills, during a period of intense storms. The film concerns the Parker family, who are set adrift after their mother suddenly drops dead of a mysterious ailment. Despite this loss, family patriarch Frank Parker (Bill Sage) insists his eldest daughter Iris (Ambyr Childers) assume his late wife’s duties, in order for the family proceeds with their traditional observance of the upcoming “Lamb’s Day” — a dark ritual that involves unspeakable acts. While the Parker clan prepares for their grisly festivities, a local doctor with a personal motive (Michael Parks) investigates clues brought

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Julia Garner and Ambyr Childers star as sisters with a dark secret, in “We Are What We Are.”

out by the storm, which bring him closer to discovering the Parker’s secrets. While this story has the makings of a pulpy thriller, Mickle wisely treats the material seriously. The film unfolds slowly and deliberately, allowing room for the characters and their world to be established, without Mickle ever overplaying his hand and revealing too much about the secrets to come. Cinematographer Ryan Samul captures the gorgeously melancholy grays, greens and earth tones of the foggy, rain soaked Catskills in addition to the darkness of the Parker’s home, which hearkens back to olden times. Though there is gore, as well as a couple of effective scares, the emphasis of “We Are What We Are” is placed more on its

moody, contemplative atmosphere. Mickle has clearly made a mature horror film for adult audiences, filled with prodding questions on the nature of man and man’s capacity for evil — and his direction makes this distinction clear. Understandably then, Mickle and Damici’s screenplay is not as concerned with corporeal horror as much as it is with the underlying cause of it — the domestic horrors of misguided religious fervor. This concept is embodied by Sage’s Frank Parker, a formidable presence that dominates the film. Sage plays Frank as an intimidating, mumbling, Bible-quoting patriarch with almost total control of his family, who seem to love him and fear him in equal measure. Unremorseful and even proud of the violent

atrocities he’s committed and the trouble he’s put children through in the name of his ancestral faith (a relatively nebulous faith largely drawn from a pioneer-era journal and Christian Fundamentalism), he is a true figure of destruction and evil, and a damning portrait of religion gone awry. The film might get too heavy and unpleasant to bear, were it not for the efforts of the other actors in the cast, who are across-the-board stellar. Childers performance makes Iris’ internal struggle both sympathetic and terrifying in equal measure. Even better is Julia Garner as the younger daughter, Rose — a fragile, pale presence whose existential quandaries and

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Surprisingly savory horror films Continued from page 21 growing doubts about her faith and father place her squarely as the heart of the film. As Doc Barrow, Michael Parks is genuinely likable, and imbues his character with a quiet sadness and understated cunning. Kelly McGillis and Wyatt Russell round out the cast, as sweet and earnest individuals unfortunate enough to become entwined with the destructive lives of the Parkers. The methodical, controlled buildup of the film gradually ratchets up the stakes, until the film reaches a quiet fever pitch. For the most part, the violence is merely uncomfortable to watch, while the Parker daughters’ interactions with their father are what are what truly disturb and unnerve. Indeed, there is a greater sense of unease and dread at the Parker family dinner table than there is during any scene of violence in the movie — that is, until the final sequence. This carefully executed method is largely what allows that finale to be as incredibly effective a payoff as it is. The climax is absolutely shocking, unexpected and satisfying — one that serves the characters well, gives the audience food for thought and provides gore-hounds with an exquisitely disgusting scene of blood and guts. Balancing a nuanced character drama within the confines of a horror movie is a difficult balancing act — but it’s one “We Are What We Are” pulls off with style and smarts to spare.

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If you enjoy “We Are What We Are,” or this review has piqued your interest, the following films will satisfy your craving for deliciously disturbing and offbeat horror. “We Are What We Are” (Jorge Michel Grau, 2010) Jorge Michel Grau’s original is a completely different (but complimentary) viewing experience to Mickle’s film. Employing the same essential premise,

Grau forgoes religion and family drama, and instead concocts a clever social allegory set in a sprawling Mexico City — shown here to be a cinematic hellhole. Punctuated with dark humor, grimily stylized cinematography and sly nods to the work of Guillermo del Toro, the original should be required viewing for any foreign horror fan looking for a unique directorial vision. “Red State” (Kevin Smith, 2011) Comedy director Kevin Smith tries his hand at horror. It mines the same ideas of religious zealotry “We Are What We Are” deals with in a more direct manner, to unsettling effect. It also features another wonderful turn from Michael Parks, who shines in the villainous role of a preacher with a distressing sense of conviction — and gets to deliver a chilling extended sermon that’s worth the price of admission alone. While whiplash shifts in tone don’t always serve the film well, the abundance of ideas and game supporting cast (John Goodman, Melissa Leo) keep the whole show afloat and make “Red State” highly enjoyable and well worth watching. “Funny Games” (Michael Haneke, 2007) This might be one of the most fascinatingly nihilistic films ever put to celluloid — and certainly the only to be captured twice. Director Michael Haneke filmed a shot-for-shot English language remake of his home invasion psychological horror-thriller after his original version failed to reach his desired audience a decade earlier (namely, Americans). Chock full of ideas, “Funny Games” is as much a thesis on movie violence and the nature of the horror genre as it is a feature film, and uses gloomy, gray cinematography and long, deliberate takes to create tension and discomfort. Like “We Are What We Are,” it uses scenes of shocking violence in order to make its audience think deeply about what they’re watching.

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“Let Me In” (Matt Reeves, 2010) This Americanized adaptation/remake of a foreign horror film is more faithful to the source material than “We Are What We Are.” Moody, dark and deeply bittersweet, it has just the right ratio of character work and neck-biting gore one would expect from an adolescent coming of age film/vampire movie hybrid. As in “We Are What We Are,” it’s anchored by great performances from young actors (particularly Chloe Grace Moretz), and examines the way that the horror violence presented profoundly effects its characters, their psychology and the realistically drawn world around them. “The Silence of the Lambs” (Jonathan Demme, 1991) The deserved winner of five Oscars, the movie has aged incredibly well — thanks in no small part to Demme’s assured direction and Anthony Hopkins’ iconic portrayal of the dignified, deranged Dr. Hannibal Lecter. What’s more, “Silence” helped to bring mature, adult horror into the mainstream after a decade dominated by campy Krueger and Voorhees-driven slashers.

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Making Love Alan Brown captures the passion and allure of five dancers creating their art FILM

FIVE DANCES

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BY GARY M. KRAMER Gay filmmaker Alan Brown has never been a dancer, but his exceptional new film “Five Dances,” set in the modern dance world, shows his acumen for telling stories through movement and body language. Filmed largely in a studio on Grand Street in Soho, this hypnotic drama showcases four dancers and a choreographer working on a routine for an upcoming performance. The fascinating characters slowly reveal themselves — expressing themselves through their passions — over the course of the film. Chip (Ryan Steele) is an 18-year-old dancer from Kansas whose mother wants him to return home. Katie (Catherine Miller) is a seasoned performer who takes care of Chip, while Theo (Reed Luplau) initiates a relationship with him. The other dancer, Cynthia (Kimiye Corwin), has been having an affair with the choreographer, Anthony (Luke Murphy). All of the actors are professional dancers, and most of them are making their feature film debut here. Over coffee at Doma Café in the West

Village, Brown talked about what appealed to him about making this film. “It was a spectacular opportunity to enter a world I would otherwise never be allowed in,” he explained. “I’ve always loved dance — modern and ballet.” Jonah Bokaer, the film’s choreographer and a former dancer for Merce Cunningham, Brown said, “has been a friend for 13 to 14 years. So when the idea of doing this came about, it was a lovely opportunity to work with him.” Bokaer created the abstract dance for the film a week before shooting. Brown didn’t want the choreographer to see the script, and the filmmaker made no comments on the dance. Brown explained that he and Bokaer had agreed on only a few criteria: that it would be five parts, that there would be a solo for Steele, and a duet as well. Because the dance is shot in an almost documentary style — and practiced and performed over the course of the film — it becomes the overriding narrative of “Five Dances.” Brown admitted this strategy only truly emerged in the editing room. “Once we started getting into the dance, that’s all we wanted to edit,” he recalled. “Dance took precedence; the narrative was secondary. We approached it as movement, action, and narrative. There were scenes we shot, but we cut them and substituted dance because it told the story in a much better way.” One of the compelling ways in which dance is shown to communicate feeling comes in a highly erotic scene between Chip and Theo, which was the first time Brown shot two men making love for a film. He candidly discussed the logistics of this. “The film was about their bodies and their physicality,” he explained. “We were clear about the sex being part of the dance — it was shot like that.” Despite this clarity of vision, the scene was challenging for Brown. “What I discovered in shooting it was that I was more uncomfortable than anyone else,” he said. “We had to direct it moment

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Reed Luplau and Ryan Steele in Alan Brown’s “Five Dances.”

by moment. It’s the most choreographed piece in the film.” Brown spoke at length about the decision to include a sex scene in “Five Dances.” “I was popping my cherry with filming sex because I was thinking, ‘How often do you see a gay couple making love on the screen?,’ he said. “I wanted to see that, to create that — two guys making love.” The filmmaker immediately had the support of his actors in moving forward with the scene. “The sex scene wasn’t in the script, but I approached Ryan and Reed, who are both young and openly gay,” he said. “I had this big political speech planned — the politics of what we were doing, and why. It was important for me to articulate it. I called them both up, and before I could say anything, they said ‘Okay.’ They are dancers and very comfortable with their bodies. It was not an issue for them.” The decision to film two gay men eroti-

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BLOCKS NYC: 60’s FOLK ALBUM COVER HUNT

Why go to all the trouble of gathering three buddies, crossing the pond, parking your white VW bug to the left of the frame and holding up traffic while crossing the street? There’s got to be an easier way to put your own stamp on an iconic image. If you’re up to that challenge, Keep 6 has your back — at least when it comes to paying tribute to some notable fronts. Their October 12 event, a NYC first for the Toronto-based organization, is a scavenger hunt that allows participants to celebrate Greenwich Village’s rich musical history while challenging them to contemplate how the march of time has altered the area’s physical landscape. BLOCKS NYC begins under the Washington Square Arch, at 11am — at which point teams will be given copies of famous folk and rock album covers from the 60’s and 70’s. Then, they’ll be asked to recreate those scenes. By the time the crawl is complete, points earned will turn into pints downed — when the teams converge at The Bitter End, to share pictures and stories from the day. Sun., Oct. 13. The event begins at 11am, under the Washington Arch in Washington Square Park, with a 5pm closing reception at The Bitter End (147 Bleecker St., btw. Thompson & LaGuardia). Registration deadline: Mon., Oct. 7. Contact info@keep6. ca. For the website: keep6.ca. Visit facebook. com/events/411724682266714. For Twitter/ Instagram: @keep6TO.

DANCENOW JOE’S PUB FESTIVAL

The Public Theater’s 15th anniversary celebration of Joe’s Pub brings a sprawling dance program to the venue’s intimate stage — via a cabaret-style showcase of NYC’s most exciting and innovative dance makers. An adventurous short-takes format, and a high-stakes audience scoring system, puts some spring in the steps of DANCENOW — an annual fall festival whose 2013 installment showcases the

work of 40 choreographers, over the evenings of Oct. 9-12. This season, participants will take the DANCENOW Challenge — which asks artists to create a clear and complete artistic statement, in five minutes or less, for the specifics of the Joe’s Pub stage. Each evening, audience members will vote for the work that best meets the challenge. Four winners will receive a weeklong creative residency at DANCENOW Silo on Kirkland Farm in Bucks County, PA — and the festival’s top 10 works will be presented at an Oct. 19 encore performance. Here’s the complete schedule. For further details, Google the choreographers, and companies — and be sufficiently impressed: On Wed., Oct. 9: binbinFactory/Satoshi Haga & Rie Fukuzawa, Mark Dendy, Jennifer Edwards/JenEd Productions, Shannon Gillen + Guests, The Good to Go Girls, Jamal Jackson Dance Company, Heidi Latsky Dance, John-Marc Owen Presents, Claire Porter/PORTABLES and RG Dance Projects-Ruben Graciani. On Thurs., Oct. 10: b&company|dance / Bryan Stimpel, BIGMANARTS/Lawrence Goldhuber, Clare Cook Dance Theater, danceTactics performance group, Harlem Dance Club, Sara Joel, Deborah Lohse, TAKE Dance, Tze Chun Dance Company and WKcollective. On Fri., Oct. 11: 10 Hairy Legs, 277DanceProject, Jane Comfort and Company, Maura Nguyen Donohue / inmixedcompany, Aaron Draper, Cori Marquis + the Nines [IX], Donnell Oakley, The Raving Jaynes, Magdalene San Millan and Steeledance. On Sat., Oct. 12: The Bang Group, Tricia Brouk, Ensemble Dance / Pilar Castro Kiltz, Junichi Fukuda, Mettin Movement, Pengelly: Projects, Amber Sloan, Megan Williams / ModConProjects, Marni and Ellis Wood and Yin Yue. Oct. 9-12. All shows at 7pm, at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater (425 Lafayette St., btw. E. Fourth St. & Astor Place). Tickets: $15 in advance, 20 at the door. Purchased by calling 212-967-7555, at joespub.com and in person at The Public Theater box office, 1-6pm. Also visit dancenownyc.org.

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Ellis Wood and Marni Wood (Oct. 12, at DANCENOW).

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Yin Yue (Oct. 12, at DANCENOW).

CHELSEA OPERA 10th SEASON OPENER

Two one-acts, performed twice by a cast of four, add up to a bill of double digit distinction — as Chelsea Opera opens its 10th season with the New York premiere of Richard Wargo’s “Ballymore, Part One — Winners” and Seymour Barb’s “La Pizza con Funghi.” Steven Crawford guest conducts the Chelsea Opera Chamber Orchestra and Lynne HaydenFindlay provides the stage direction. Soprano Samantha Britt, mezzo soprano Darcy Dunn, Chad Kranak and Robert Balonek play all of the roles in both operas, whose plots mine the genre’s grand tradition of epic tragedy and broad comedy. In “Ballymore,” young lovers Mag and Joe (in the family way and about to graduate high school) are shadowed by a mysterious pair who allows the audience to eavesdrop, with the knowledge that a tragic accident will soon cut short the exuberant couple’s plans. In “La Pizza,” the classic arc of a 19th century Italian opera is played for laughs — as the soprano’s plan to poison her older baritone husband (so she can shack up with that dreamy tenor) is complicated by a looselipped mezzo maid. Although every character has drawn their last breath by the final curtain, Chelsea Opera assures us they’ve got far more than 10 lives — and seasons — left in them. Fri., Oct. 11 at 7:30pm & Sat., Oct. 12 at 4pm. At St. Peter’s Church (346 W. 20th St., btw. 8th & 9th Aves.). Advance tickets are $35 preferred, $30 general, $20 students/ seniors ($45, $40 & $25 at the door). To order, visit ovationtix.com or call 866-8114111. For more info, visit chelsaopera.org.

Photo by Lynne Hayden-Findlay

We’ve only just begun: Doomed sweethearts Mag (Samantha Britt, soprano) as Joe (Chad Kranak, tenor), in Chelsea Opera’s “Ballymore.”


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October 3 - 9, 2013

Notice is hereby given that a Liquor License (#1273661) has been applied for “Restaurant Wine License” by BKUK Corporation., to sell Wine and Beer, under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, at 654 9th Avenue, NewYork, N.Y. for on premises consumption. Vil: 10/03 - 10/10/2013 Notice is hereby given that a catering establishment license, #TBA has been applied for by Restaurant Marketing Associates Inc. to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in a catering establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 557 Broadway, 11th Floor New York NY 10012. Vil: 10/03 - 10/10/2013 Notice is hereby given that a restaurant wine license, #TBA has been applied for by Two Witches LLC d/b/a Dimes to sell beer and wine at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 143 Division Street, East Store New York NY 10002. Vil: 10/03 - 10/10/2013 Notice is hereby given that an on-premises license, #TBA has been applied for by 117 Ave A Food & Drink LLC to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 117 Avenue A New York NY 10009. Vil: 10/03 - 10/10/2013 Notice of Formation of GO ROCKWELL LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/24/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 1010 Ave. of the Americas, 4th Fl., NY, NY 10018. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Gotham Organization, Inc., Attn: Christopher Jaskiewicz at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 Notice of Qualification of SAMBA CHAPTER TWO, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/25/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/21/13. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Samba Brands Management, 17 E. 16th St., 2nd Fl., NY, NY 10003. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with State of DE, Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013

NOT. OF FRMN of 1114 Avenue of America L.P. Cert. of L.P. f w/ Secy of STA of NY (SSNY) 07/31/13. OFC LCTN: NY Cty. SSNY is DA upon whom PROC AGA it may be served. SSNY shall mail a CY: C/O 1114 Avenue of America L.P. - 1500 Broadway 22nd Fl, NY, NY 10036. The Prin. bus. add.:1500 Broadway 22nd Fl, NY, NY 10036. PUR: any lawful act or ACTY. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 Notice of formation of Madelin Adena Smith LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/11/2013. Office location, County of New York. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Ave., Ste 202, Brooklyn NY 11228. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NAME: TAMARES DEVELOPMENT I MANAGER LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/25/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o BraunsteinTurkish LLP, 7600 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 402, Woodbury, New York 11797. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: GIO COACHING & CONSULTING LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/30/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 408 East 92nd Street, #1403, NewYork, NewYork 10128. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 Notice of Qualification of Plateau Data Services, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/9/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 8/30/13. 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: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secretary of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013

Notice of Qualification of Evajom Productions LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/10/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 7/8/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Paracorp Incorporated, 2804 Gateway Oaks Dr., #200, Sacramento, CA 95833-3509. Address to be maintained in DE: 2140 S. Dupont Hwy., Camden, DE 19934. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secretary of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 Notice of Formation of 149W119TH, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/2/03. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Charles D. Rubenstein, 192 Lexington Avenue, Suite 901, New York, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 Notice of Qualification of Reichmann Seventh, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/23/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus.addr.: 999 Waterside Dr., Ste. 2300, Norfolk, VA 23510. LLC formed in DE on 8/19/13. 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: The Corporation Trust Co., 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: 10/03 - 11/07/2013 Notice of Qualification of Ridgewood Club Seventh, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/23/13. Office location: NY County.Princ. bus. addr.: 999 Waterside Dr., Ste. 2300, Norfolk, VA 23510. LLC formed in DE on 8/19/13. 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: The Corporation Trust Co., 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: 10/03- 11/07/2013

Notice of Qualification of Westwood Seventh, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/23/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus.addr.: 999 Waterside Dr., Ste. 2300, Norfolk, VA 23510. LLC formed in DE on 8/19/13. 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: The Corporation Trust Co., 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: 10/03- 11/07/2013 Notice of Qualification of Crestview Partners III Co-Investors, L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/23/13. Office location: NY County.Princ. bus. addr.: 667 Madison Ave., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10065. LP formed in Cayman Islands (CI) on 8/23/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. CI addr. of LP: c/o Maples Corporate Services Ltd., PO Box 309, Ugland House, Grand Cayman, KY1-1104, CI. Name/ addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with Registrar of Exempted LPs, Ground Fl., Citrus Grove Bldg., Goring Ave., George Town, Grand Cayman, CI. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 Notice of Qualification of Crestview Partners III (TE), L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/30/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus.addr.: 667 Madison Ave., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10065. LP formed in Cayman Islands (CI) on 5/8/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. CI addr. of LP: c/o Maples Corporate Services Ltd., PO Box 309, UglandHouse, Grand Cayman, KY1-1104, CI. Name/ addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with Registrar of Exempted LPs, Ground Fl., Citrus Grove Bldg., Goring Ave., George Town, Grand Cayman, CI. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 Notice of Qualification of RPAI Fordham Place Office, L.L.C. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/6/13. Office location: NY County.Princ. bus. addr.: 2021 Spring Rd., Ste. 200, Oak Brook, IL 60523. LLC formed in DE on 8/29/13. 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: 10/03- 11/07/2013

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

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

VIVIAN MULLER, LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 8/22/13. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 210 West 89th St., Ste. 12J, NY, NY 10024. General Purposes. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013 Notice of Formation of Viskovic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/24/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 302 Fifth Avenue, 8th Fl., NY, NY 10001. Purpose: practice the profession of law. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013 Notice of Formation of Capsule LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/30/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 80 Eighth Avenue, Suite 202, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013 Notice of Formation of NYOT 25 Limited LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/9/13. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Patrice Stavile, Esq., c/o M1 Real Estate, 600 Fifth Ave., 21st Fl., NY, NY 10020, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013 Notice of Qualification of MSB Advisors LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/11/13. NYS fict. name: MSB Advisors (New York). Office location: NY County. LP formed in DE on 9/10/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: c/o MSB Advisors GP LLC, 95 Charles St., #3, NY, NY 10014, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LP: The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013 Qualification of Anchorage Illiquid Opportunities IV, L.P. Authority filed with the Sect. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/06/13. Office Loc: NY County. LP formed in DE on 8/5/13. SSNY has been designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 200 Bellevue Pkwy, Ste 210, Wilmington, DE 19809. DE address of LP: 200 Bellevue Pkwy, Ste 210, Wilmington, 19809. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. avail from SSNY. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sect. of State, PO Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013

Notice of Formation of UPPER EAST SIDE LENDER LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/09/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 60 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10023. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013 Notice of Formation of SUNNYSIDE-BARNETT ASSOCIATES, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/30/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 902 Broadway, 13th Fl., NY, NY 10010. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, c/o Phipps Houses at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose:To own and develop real property. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013 NOT. OF FRMN of Activity LLC Art. of Org. f w/ Secy of STA of NY (SSNY) 08/16/13. OFC LCTN: NY Cty. SSNY is DA upon whom PROC AGA it may be served. SSNY shall mail a CY: C/O Activity LLC1500 Broadway 22nd Fl, NY, NY 10036. The Prin. bus. add. :1500 Broadway 22nd Fl, NY, NY 10036. PUR: any lawful act or ACTY. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013 THE WORKING WATERFRONT, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/09/2013. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Jennifer Valentine, 307 E. 76th St. #14, NY, NY 10021. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013 RVZ STRATEGIC ADVISORS LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 5/16/13. Office in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC ATTN: Frederick Van Zijl 179 E 64th St New York, NY 10065. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Registered Agent: Frederick Van Zijl 179 E 64th St New York, NY 10065. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Benjamin K LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/26/13. Office location: NEW YORK COUNTY. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. P.O. address to which SSNY shall mail copy of process against LLC served upon him is: 580 5th Ave., Ste. 1140, NY, NY 10036. The principal business address of the LLC is 580 5th Ave., Ste. 1140, NY, NY 10036. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013


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Notice of Formation of 76 Lefferts Place LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/29/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 9728 3rd Avenue, Ste. 133, Brooklyn, NY 11209. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013 Notice of Formation of 2357 84th Street LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/14/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 9728 3rd Avenue, Ste. 133, Brooklyn, NY 11209. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013 Notice of Formation of Tallgrove, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/21/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 345 W. 14th St., #PHD, NY, NY 10014, Attn: Magnus Hoglund. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013 Notice of Formation of Arthur Avenue Residence, L.P. Certificate filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/30/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Center for Urban Community Services, Inc., 198 E. 121st St., 6th Fl., NY, NY 10035. Name/address of each genl. ptr. available from SSNY. Term: until 12/31/2099. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013 Notice of Formation of FMS Wayne County, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/29/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 920 Winter St., Waltham, MA 02451. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013 Notice of Qualification of SOAM Market Neutral Fund, L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/31/13. Office location: NY County. LP formed in DE on 7/11/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: c/o SOAM Holdings, LLC, 150 E. 52nd St., 30th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE addr. of LP: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF FloodstopUSA LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/10/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: 515 E 79 St, Ste 20D, NY, NY 10075. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013

HUBBELL MOUNTAIN LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 11/23/2011. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, C/O Alan Haberman, 11 Mill Pond Road, Sherman, CT 06784. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013

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

2184 CEDAR AVENUE LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 07/23/2013. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, 404 East 79th Street, Suite 15C, New York, NY 10075. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Laureate BW. 2150 LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/30. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: LAW OFFICE OF Z. TAN PLLC 110 E 59TH ST., STE 3200, NY, NY 10022. Principal business address: County of NY. Purpose: any lawful act. 2147291 w.o Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION of BOP One North End LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 09/05/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 250 Vesey St., 15th Fl., New York, NY 10281. LLC formed in DE on 09/03/2013. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Corporation Service Company, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF TwinkyClean LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/26/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: 613 W 146th St Apt 3R MB 7 NY, NY 10031 4316 USA. Purpose: any lawful act. 2144794 w.o Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 7013 VETERANS AVENUE LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 07/29/2013. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, C/O OMRI MININ, 404 East 79th Street, Apt. 15C, New York, NY 10075. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013

AV HOLDINGS GP LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 8/2/13. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 61 W. 8th St., NY, NY 10011. General Purposes. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 YU NEW YORK LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 8/7/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Aldo V. Vitagliano, 150 Purchase St., Ste. 9, Rye, NY 10580. General Purposes. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 Notice of Formation of CITY FIRE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/03/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 733 Ridgedale Ave., E. Hanover, NJ 07936 Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 Notice of Qualification of IH3 PROPERTY GP LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/29/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 08/08/13. Princ. office of LLC: 345 Park Ave., NY, NY 10154. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2811 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, Dept. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 Notice of Formation of COCOTTE FIFTH AVENUE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/28/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Deborah A. Nilson & Associates, PLLC, 10 E. 40th St., Ste. 3310, NY, NY 10016. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013

Notice of Formation of Chapter Two Properties, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/26/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, Attn: Forrest Zlochiver, 147 W. 35th St., Room 803, NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 Notice of Formation of SEM KIDS DESIGN LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/9/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Mamiye Brothers, Inc., 1385 Broadway, 18th Fl., NY, NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 Notice of Formation of MSH Partners LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/19/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o United Corporate Services, Inc., Ten Bank St., Ste. 560, White Plains, NY 10606. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 Notice of Formation of Z-432/52A LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/14/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 60 E. 56th St., 11th Fl., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 Notice of Qualification of Adam Plus Company LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/5/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 1/25/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 261 Madison Ave., Ste. 9038, NY, NY 10016, principal business address. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 Notice of Qualification of CTC Alternatives Access Fund L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/6/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1290 E. Main St., Stamford, CT 06902. LP formed in DE on 7/12/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LP: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/ addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013

Notice of Qualification of Solus Recovery Fund III LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/30/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 410 Park Ave., 11th Fl., NY, NY 10022. LP formed in DE on 7/19/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LP: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/ addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of IMAGINEMOTION PRODUCTIONS LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/08/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: IMAGINEMOTION PRODUCTIONS LLC, 45 West 132nd Street, APT 7K, New York, NY 10037. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013 Notice of Qualification of SIM III, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/20/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 08/14/13. Princ. office of LLC: 10 E. 53rd St., 37th Fl., NY, NY 10022. NYS fictitious name: SIM FUNDING III, LLC. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, regd. agent upon whom and at which process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, New Castle Cnty., DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John B. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION of CBV Fine Cars, LLC (“LLC”). Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (“SSNY”) on August 9, 2013. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process may be served, and SSNY shall mail a copy of any such process served c/o Conrad B. Voldstad, 340 E. 64th Street, Apt. 8A, New York, New York 10065. The principal office of the LLC is 340 E. 64th Street, Apt. 8A, New York, New York 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF Anchorage IO GP IV, L.L.C. Authority filed with the Sect of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/20/13. N.Y. Office Loc: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/5/13. SSNY has been designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 200 Bellevue Pkwy, Ste 210, Wilmington, 19809. DE addr. of LLC: 200 Bellevue Pkwy, Ste 210, Wilmington, 19809. Cert of Form filed with DE Sect of State, PO Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013 Notice of RECIDIVIST FILMS, LLC Formation of Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/23/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: c/o CRM, 205 Hudson St., Ste. 1002, NY, NY 10013. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 205 Hudson St., Ste. 1002, NY, NY 10013. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013 Notice of Qual. of 221 W29 Garage LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 6/12/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 6/11/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013

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

Notice of Qual. of 690 Madison Mezz LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 6/28/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 6/5/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013

Notice of Qual. of Altalis Capital Partners, LP Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/6/13. Office loc.: NY County. LP org. in DE 2/5/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Samuel Elder, 885 Third Ave., 24th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Name/addr. of each gen. ptr. avail. at SSNY. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013

Notice of Qual. of 121 Greene Retail Owner LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 7/3/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 7/2/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013

Notice of Qual. of 1735 Del Gesu Partners II, L.P. Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 1/2/13. Office loc.: NY County. LP org. in DE 12/18/12. SSNY desig. as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: John Townsend, 101 Park Ave., 48th Fl., NY, NY 10178. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Name/addr. of each gen. ptr. avail. at SSNY. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013

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NOTICE OF FORMATION of CONTENT X PRODUCT LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/13/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: CONTENT X PRODUCT LLC, 250 E Houston Street 9G, New York, NY 10002. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013 Notice of Qualification of Illamasqua, LLC App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/21/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 3/15/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Gallet Dreyer & Berkey, LLP, 845Third Avenue, 5th Fl., NY, NY 10022, Attn: Tobias F. Ziegler, Esq. DE address of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Company, 2711 Centerville Road, Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013 Notice of Qualification of Broad Street Real Estate Credit Partners II, L.P. App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/14/13. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 5/10/13. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 200 West St., NY, NY 10282. DE address of LP: Corporation Trust Center, 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/address of each genl. ptr. available from SSNY. Cert. of LP filed with DE Secy. of State, PO Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013 Notice of Qualification of AL-Stone Ground Tenant LLC App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/26/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 8/22/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Corporate Research, Ltd., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016, the registered agent upon whom process may be served. DE address of LLC: 615 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013 Notice of Formation of Zeke80, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/10/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 21 E. 26th St., NY, NY 10010. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Ellyn Roth Mittman, Esq., 110 E. 59th St., 23rd Fl., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/05 - 10/10/2013


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Conservancy wants to help the park, not run it, they say Continued from page 1 and against the plan, after which C.B. 2 members themselves then engaged in a vigorous debate on the issue. A last-ditch effort by Keen Berger to pass a substitute resolution delaying the board’s vote until the fall, so they could learn more about the conservancy proposal, failed for lack of support. Rich Caccappolo, chairperson of C.B. 2’s Parks Committee, had already stated that he strongly opposed his committee having any more hearings on the issue. However, both Assemblymember Deborah Glick and state Senator Brad Hoylman had raised concerns about the conservancy, saying they wanted to hear more concrete details about it before C.B. 2’s vote. But after the vote, David Gruber, the board’s chairperson, said Glick’s questions were answered at the June full-board meeting. Glick subsequently told The Villager that, no, they weren’t. At any rate, the conservancy is now established and up and running. Opponents’ main fear about the group is that it will ultimately start dictating park policy. But the four steering committee members made it clear that’s not something they want to do. With them last week was Sarah Neilson, Washington Square Park’s new administrator, who also is the conservancy’s executive director. While critics object to the “blurred line” between Neilson’s dual roles, the steering committee members said they’ll basically rely on Neilson’s expertise to help them in their efforts to keep the park looking good: Neilson, as they put it, will “ID where the effort of the conservancy can best go.” Added Neilson, “I get one salary and it’s from the Parks Department.” A Zamboni, at least for Ely, may be a project for the future. “That is not a short-term goal,” noted Evans, the group’s treasurer. “We’re dreaming big!” Ely said, laughing. “We’re not talking about gold-plating the park,” Evans said, “just keep it looking nice and supplement” the city’s funding. For right now, one of their primary pushes is to boost the number of people helping out in the park. “We’d like to have a large pool of volunteers,” Evans said. As Ely described it, the volunteers will pitch in with things like “planting bulbs, weeding the beds — mostly horticulture.” Fridays, the hands-on Ely can be found in the park doing weeding. “In two hours, I weed an area about the size of this restaurant,” she noted. Added Neilson, “We would be interested in volunteer photography — to document the beds, and also an event photographer.” History is another area the conservancy wants to explore, and is something they would put up on their Web site to make publicly accessible. “There used to be a banjo group in the park in the ’50s,” Ely noted. They also post general information on the site, such as a notice for the upcoming Dachshund Friendship Gathering on Sat., Oct. 5, from noon to 2 p.m. (Singing starts at 1 p.m.)

Photo by Tequila Minsky

Betsey Ely checked out shrubs as her fellow conservancy members joined her in the park. Dense growth keeps outs weeds, Ely noted.

Also already on their Web page is a Q&A with their recent summer playground associate. It cost the conservancy $7,500 to employ the man, a college student, for two months, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Next summer, they hope to have a younger playground associate for four months. As for their overall budget, their goal is to fundraise $100,000 for this first fiscal year,

‘Anything we’re putting forward is extra. It’s supplemental.’

Veronica Bulgari

largely from friends and volunteers. “There is no minimum and no maximum,” Bulgari, the group’s president, said of the amounts they’ll accept. Speaking of figures, they also did a number count of people passing through the park during the summer. On a Saturday in July right before the heat wave, 30,000 people went through the park. All four members live within the several blocks north of the park, yet none of them actually overlook it. With the exception of Ely, they’re generally not interested in talking about themselves, rather about the park and how they plan to help it. “We’re members of the community with a shared passion for the park,” Leguizamo said. Three of them have lived near the square from seven to 12 years, while Ely has lived there more

than 40 years. Originally from Canada, she married a folk singer and came to New York. “It was the ’60s, it was fun, I wanted to get out of Canada,” she said. “I moved here in ’68 and raised both kids in the park. They played on the mounds.” The quirky mounds — Downtown’s only hills to speak of — will be reborn in the final phase of the park’s renovation. “One mound is elevated. Another goes down, with rope play,” Ely said, trying to explain what their new incarnations will look like. But no one can absolutely say for sure. “We didn’t design them. We don’t really know,” Evans admitted. “We’re neutral on the mounds.” More to the point, they maintained, they’re also neutral on the operation of the park. “We’re not here to run the park,” Evans stressed. “We have no license agreement with the city.” Asked later on what they think, for example, of the park’s buskers, Evans responded, “We think it’s great. We think it’s what makes Washington Square unique.” The Parks Department has been making moves to restrict busking in the parks as a commercial activity. Washington Square generally is looking good, but it can look even better, they feel. “The community loves the park and I think that’s why they make such an effort to keep it clean,” Leguizamo, the group’s secretary, pointed out. “It’s not that garbage isn’t an issue,” Evans noted. “We’ve been looking to get an extra latenight pickup after 7 p.m. It’s a priority for us.” As for their name, “conservancy” seemed to be the only option available. “Alliance” was already taken by the Village Alliance business improvement district, while “Friends of” was taken by the Friends of Washington Square, a

fundraising branch of the Washington Square Association. Ely noted that even Tompkins Square Park has a conservancy — the East Village Parks Conservancy. “Eventually,” said Bulgari, “we decided not to get hung up on the word.” Asked about the feelings by some that the conservancy was basically rushed through C.B. 2 quite quickly, Bulgari responded, “I think we’re over this issue, I really do.” “We didn’t feel it was rushed,” Ely said. “We met with everybody who wanted to meet. We met with the Parks Committee, we met with Gruber.” Bulgari stressed that all their efforts are simply in addition to what the Parks Department is providing. “Anything we’re putting forward is extra,” she said. “It’s supplemental.” Said Evans, “With the beautiful renovation they did, the park was already starting to look a little rundown. So we are willing to supplement — plantings, garbage pickups and playground associate.” As Neilson explained it, this “model” of a nonprofit fundraising group is being used in parks around New York City, such as Riverside Park and Fort Tryon Park. If people have concerns about the conservancy, Leguizamo said, they can come to the steering committee members and they’ll relay them to Neilson. Neilson is currently based at Manhattan Parks headquarters in Columbus Circle. Washington Square’s park building is slated for completion in October or November. It will contain the men’s and women’s restrooms, the park supervisor’s office, the pump room for the fountain and a locker room for the park staff.

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‘We’re a work in progress’ Continued from page 28

Rachel Black is the new director of Greenwich House Music School.

Black goes from SummerStage to main stage at music school By Parisa Esmaili Meet Rachel Black, Greenwich House’s newly appointed music school director. A native of Mississippi, she’s a classically trained actor and M.F.A. graduate of the American Conservatory Theatre. Before taking the helm of Greenwich House’s 108-year-old music school, at 46 Barrow St., in June, Black was the general manager of SummerStage, New York City’s largest free performing arts festival, in Central Park and now also across all five boroughs. “This is definitely a different ball game,” Black noted. “One cannot easily compare the two. SummerStage is more like a diaspora of people, attracting a constantly changing mix of people from all over the city, while the music school is like visiting your second home — a tightly knit community of friends and neighbors.” Black has wasted little time getting to know the community and the music school’s importance to the neighborhood. “The music school is charming,” she said. “There’s no other way to describe it. The families, the phenomenal faculty, the visiting artists, the intimacy — everything about it is just so heartwarming. The idea that musicians come to play at the music school simply because they love to play music humbles me.” Black’s primary focus is to introduce new techniques for the children’s early enrichment program, as well as strengthen group and private lessons. This fall Greenwich House Music School will introduce the Suzuki Method for Violin to its curriculum, a method of instruction and musical philosophy based on the belief that all children have an innate talent and desire to create music. In the Suzuki Method, pieces are learned by ear and played from memory. Reading notes is incorporated

later, when the child begins to read words. Unlike other approaches, the Suzuki Method requires the parent to play an active role in the student’s learning. Black is also launching a tribute series in February to Café Au Go Go, the legendary Greenwich Village nightclub that featured many well-known musical groups and folksingers. Café Au Go Go was a veritable who’s who in American Music of the mid-to-late 1960s. Performers included Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Joni Mitchell, Jefferson Airplane, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Bill Evans, Van Morrison, Cream and the Grateful Dead. “This project is particularly close to my heart,” Black said, “not just because Café au Go Go was a hugely influential cultural institution and launched many musicians’ careers; but because the music itself grew out of the bluegrass, jazz, soul and folk music that I grew up with in Mississippi.” Acutely aware of its historical importance to Greenwich Village, Black sees the music school as an essential place to experience being part of Greenwich Village. “Because this is such a close-knit community, I feel that it is important for me to go out and introduce myself to the public schools, local businesses and organizations,” she said. “I’ve also been working on how the music school can collaborate with other music institutions, such as Le Poisson Rouge and Joe’s Pub.” Roy Leavitt, Greenwich House’s executive director, is bullish on Black. “Ms. Black’s vision, enthusiasm and innovative ideas for the music school promise a bright future,” he said. “Rachel sees the music school as a West Village treasure, and it’s evident that she brings extraordinary gifts and dedication to the school.”

The foundations of the park’s former three buildings have not been expanded, so as not to disturb the underground archaeological remains; formerly, Washington Square was a potter’s field and 20,000 bodies remain interred beneath it. The new park building will span, like a bridge, over the three foundation sites; it will have geothermal energy and solar panels. Along with the completion of the new park building, the third and final phase of the park’s redesign will also see the opening of a large new lawn just north of it, where the large dog run was formerly. The dog run, which recently reopened, has been relocated south of the park building. This new lawn will get a lot of sun and sport lush grass, since it’s free of trees, the conservancy members noted. For her part, Neilson said she feels lucky to have the job of overseeing Washington Square. “As a new administrator, it is such an amazing park,” she stated. “Every time I walk through it, I am amazed and happy to be there. It is gorgeous and everyone is having a good time. It is such an honor.”

It’s a landmark whose renown is worldwide, Bulgari affirmed, noting, “It’s an international park as well as a neighborhood park.” Although Washington Square used to be taken out of public use at least one day a year for New York University’s commencement, the school now uses Citi Field stadium in Queens, and doesn’t plan to return the graduation to the Village park. “They’re too big,” Evans said. “They wanted to have a venue where they could bring more than just two people” per graduating student, Neilson noted. As for the new park conservancy, if it finds itself with a surplus of funds, they’ll be happy to take input from the community on how to use it. This first year, however, they expect they’ll just be busy getting things set up. “We’re a work in progress,” Bulgari said. They then walked over to the park for a photo shoot. Ely couldn’t help but check on the state of some of the plantings. Touching a shrub with pink blossoms not far from the arch, she said contentedly, “The spiraea is blooming again.” For more information or to volunteer, visit http://washingtonsquareparkconservancy.org.

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