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The Paper of Record for Greenwich Village, East Village, Lower East Side, Soho, Union Square, Chinatown and Noho, Since 1933

October 16, 2014 • $1.00 Volume 84 • Number 20

Union Square pavilion restaurant could be cooked, local pols say BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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alk about fast food! After just a quick six months, it could be the last supper for the Union Square pavilion restaurant — at least as far as its actually being located inside the historic structure. In a community newsletter mailed to her constit-

uents which they received last week, state Senator Liz Krueger reported that the new seasonal restaurant, the Pavilion Market Cafe, will permanently vacate the structure at the end of this season, which means right around now. Under the contract with PAVILION, continued on p. 25

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ommunity Board 3’s Land Use Committee voted on Oct. 14 to oppose a proposed 16-unit housing project that would displace the Lower East Side’s Siempre Verde Garden. At issue are two cityowned land parcels — 181

Stanton St. and 137 Attorney St. — which currently are used by the garden on a temporary basis per a 2012 agreement between the gardeners and the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The department sought C.B. 3’s support for the city’s plan to divest SIEMPRE, continued on p. 8

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C.B. 3 committee backs community gardeners but city wants the lots

Comic Con, as this fan would tell you, was a real scream. See Page 11 for more photos.

Appellate Court rules full N.Y.U. project can proceed BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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n a stunning reversal in the community’s battle against the “N.Y.U. 2031” supersized expansion plan in the South Village, Tuesday a panel of Appellate Division judges threw out a January court ruling, effectively clearing the way for the entire, massive, nearly 2-million-square-foot, four-building project to move forward. Randy Mastro, of Gibson Dunn, one of the attorneys

for the community plaintiffs, immediately assured that they would appeal to the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals. In a statement, N.Y.U. Faculty Against the Sexton Plan, said, “We are disappointed that the Appellate Division overturned the decision that would keep our precious Village parks — Mercer Playground, LaGuardia Park and LaGuardia Corner Gardens — protected from N.Y.U.’s unnecessary and ruinous expansion plan. However, we

will continue to seek justice in this matter and move on to the New York State Court of Appeals.” Many of the school’s faculty live on the university’s superblocks and dread, in the worst-case scenario, what they call a “20-year construction project,” if the full plan is allowed. Dismissively referring to “some strips of land,” university spokesperson John Beckman, hailed Tuesday’s N.Y.U. 2031, continued on p. 24

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unresponsive, lying on Canal St. E.M.S. medics responded to the location and transported the woman to New York Downtown Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Further investigation revealed the pedestrian had

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No, these weren’t otherworldly black monoliths and they weren’t for filming a sequel to “2001: A Space Odyssey” in La Plaza Cultural last Saturday afternoon. They were sculptures, by Toronto artist Ryan Legassicke, part of the installation “Shadows: Wall Disease.” There were five of them, life-sized representations of sections of walls “used to block access to public spaces.” Structures represented included the security fence used during the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto; the Berlin Wall; the border fence between Nogales, Sonora, and Arizona; the Peace Lines wall in Belfast, Northern Ireland; and the Israeli separation barrier on the West Bank. The structures will be available for public viewing at MoRUS, at 155 Avenue C, from Oct. 16-26 (though it might be a bit hard to fit them in the radical museum). “The physicality of these walls, and the ideologies they represent, stand in stark contrast to the space around it, a historic community garden. The exhibition highlights the importance of continuing to work to preserve public spaces as free and open community places,” said Bill DiPaola, MoRUS co-director.

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hey endorsed charismatic upstart Zephyr Teachout against Andrew Cuomo in the September Democratic primary. And now the Village Independent Democrats are continuing to snub the governor. Last Thursday the historic Reform Democratic club voted to support Howie Hawkins in the Nov. 4 general election. While Teachout was a relative political unknown, at least she was a Democrat. What makes the Hawkins endorsement more unusual is that he’s a Green. However, like Teachout, he’s a strong opponent of fracking. The centerpiece of his campaign is a Green New Deal, under which the state would completely transition to renewable energy within 15 years. Last Sunday, Hawkins sent out an e-mail release, touting it as the first time ever the venerable Democratic club has backed a third-party candidate. “I know it is a bold move for any Democratic club to endorse outside the party,” Hawkins said. “But it makes sense as I’m the only candidate who will stand up for the 99% who are getting a raw deal from politicians. I am the only candidate who will ban fracking, and create millions of jobs by moving to 100% clean energy by 2030. And I’m the only candidate that will put a floor on wages with a $15 minimum wage. The endorsement makes sense as I am the only progressive running for governor.” However, speaking to The Villager this week, V.I.D. President Tony Hoffmann said it actually might not be the club’s first non-Democratic endorsement, though clearly it’s quite a rarity. “Some people have told me we endorsed John Lindsay when he was running for mayor back in the 1960s as a Republican or Liberal,” he said, “but certainly nothing since Lindsay.” Hawkins won 12 V.I.D.ers’ votes, while Cuomo got four, and seven members voted “no endorsement.” So, Hawkins essentially won by 12 to 11 — just enough for a majority. “He got it by one vote,” Hoffmann said. “There were certain issues that resonate very strongly in V.I.D., and I think those issues took the day: fracking, corruption — the Moreland Commission — willingness to tax millionaires and undo the cap on property taxes.” Hawkins won even though he wasn’t there to speak on his own behalf. Since it’s a Democratic club, they don’t formally invite non-Democrats to address the members, though if they do come, they can speak, Hoffmann noted. Speaking for Hawkins were V.I.D. members Jim Fouratt, John Bredin and Tom Connor. State Senator Brad Hoylman and V.I.D.’s Charles Stimson spoke for Cuomo. Hoylman touted Cuomo’s achievements, including winning marriage equality in New York and passing the

Palm cards for Howie Hawkins and his running mate, Brian James.

Safe Act gun-control law in 2013, and said Cuomo is following through on his pledge to try to get a Democratic majority in the state Senate. It was Frieda Bradlow who suggested that the club consider Hawkins. “He embodies many of our principles, including his strong support of labor and the working man,” Bradlow said. “His opposition to fracking is yet another way that he espouses our efforts.” Hoffmann admitted he was surprised when Hawkins’s name came up. He said he personally voted “no endorsement,” because, in addition to being a Democratic club president, he simply has never met Hawkins. In fact, according to him, only one club member has met Hawkins face to face. On the other hand, Teachout addressed V.I.D. twice. “I would say the basic scenario was exactly the same as Zephyr,” Hoffmann explained, “that people are dissatisfied with some of the moderate positions that Cuomo has taken — not same-sex marriage or the gun law, where he used his political capital and muscle to get those passed. But trying to go moderate — that doesn’t work well at V.I.D.” Asked if the club, in the run-up to the election, would be out campaign-

ing actively for Hawkins like they did for Teachout, Hoffman said it’s up to each club member to do what he or she wants. But he said they will be at the polls on Election Day handing out palm cards featuring Hawkins and his running mate, Brian Jones. Bredin, for one, is an enthusiastic Hawkins supporter. “Howie Hawkins represents the kind of strong progressive politics this club has historically stood for,” the longtime V.I.D.er said. “He’s a genuine friend of the working and middle classes.” Though nothing near the dynamic, high-energy presence of the photogenic Teachout, Hawkins nevertheless has solid progressive cred. In New York, he ran for Senate in 2006 and for governor in 2010, both times as a Green. Originally from San Francisco, Hawkins has an eclectic résumé. He has worked as a logger and carpenter and in solar and wind energy, and was an anti-apartheid activist. Hawkins is also reportedly a Socialist Party member, as well as a Green. For the last decade, he has worked as a truck unloader for UPS, where he is active in the Teamsters. TheVillager.com


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POLICE BLOTTER Woman in river On Wed., Oct. 15, at around 5:22 p.m., police responded to a 911 call for a person in the water in the East River near Rutgers Slip on the Lower East Side. A craft from the New York Police Department’s Harbor unit responded and officers removed an unidentified female in her 40s from the water and transported her to Pier 16, at the South Street Seaport, where she was pronounced dead on arrival by E.M.S. medics The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. The investigation is ongoing.

B’way bank robbery An unknown man robbed the Chase bank at 835 Broadway, at E. 13th St., on the afternoon of Mon., Oct. 6, police said. At about 3:22 p.m., the man passed a note to a 33-yearold bank teller stating that he had a firearm and wanted money. The teller complied and the perpetrator fled on foot with $4,740 in cash.

Police searched the surrounding area but did not locate a suspect. They said he wore gray clothes and sunglasses and is about 5 feet 9 inches tall and about 130 pounds, with curly hair and a light complexion. No age was given.

‘Mole man’ mystery Police sent Bomb Squad unit members to Bar Pitti, at 268 Sixth Ave., after an unknown man wearing a black baseball cap sprung out of a sidewalk hatch and threw a smoke bomb at the place on Fri., Oct. 10, around 5 p.m. There were no reported injuries and the squad deemed the device inert after arriving on the scene. As seen in a brief video clip posted on Gothamist, the suspect popped out of an M.T.A. subway emergency exit located in front of the bar, a few seconds later tossed the device — which spewed pink smoke — then ducked back into the subway system. He remains at large. He is described as light-skinned with blond wavy hair, and about 20 years old. He is wanted for reckless endangerment, a felony.

According to news reports, a gate that should have been closed at the bottom of the emergency exit had been left open.

Brass bottle bash Andikan Otu, 24, allegedly struck another 24-year-old, from New Jersey, with a bottle at about 2 a.m. on Sat., Oct. 11, in front of the Brass Monkey bar, at 55 Little W. 12th St. The victim suffered cuts to his face requiring stitches. Police arrested Otu, an Upper West Sider, following the incident and charged him with assault.

Where’s my wallet! A Bronx man, 32, arrived at work on Oct. 9 at 81 Christopher St., and went to the basement to change, and left his wallet there. He returned at about 2 p.m. to find the billfold gone. The next day he filed a report at the Sixth Precinct stating the wallet contained $300, plus a MetroCard, gym pass and medical insurance information.

Rental car rage A man arrived at National Car Rental, at 743 Broadway, on Oct. 6. just after 1 p.m., but was angered when employees told him he did not have an appropriate payment. According to a police report, the man said, “No one cares about my family?” then shattered a glass door with his foot. A security camera caught the incident, but the recording was not immediately available. Police said Kenneth Weliever remains at large and is wanted for criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.

Lipstick lifter Store security at Rite Aid, at 501 Sixth Ave., caught a man, 47, stuffing his jeans with Revlon lipstick at about 2:30 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 13, police said. Police were called and arrested Vincent Groce, charging him with petty larceny, a misdemeanor. The lipsticks, valued at $110 total, were not recovered. The Rite Aid branch has been the victim of similar crimes recently, a report noted.

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it... . The developer is getting the maximum benefit from that small piece of property.” Critics said that, besides destroying a neighborhood green space, the proposed building would block the windows of next-door apartments and simply would not be a good fit within the “L”shaped trio of lots. The project is currently in predevelopment, with H.P.D. officials negotiating details with the developer, a department spokesperson said last week. A public Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, or ULURP, would follow an agreement. There would be the possibility of allowing the gardeners to use another H.P.D. property on an interim basis, should one be available at that time, according to the department. The department spokesperson told The Villager it was “disappointing” that the gardeners were protesting the project. Garden supporter Elissa Sampson said the proposed project would not benefit the community the way the garden has since the 1980s. The lots’ mature trees attest to the garden’s presence since the time when many such properties were abandoned during the ’70s and ’80s, she said.

“It’s a bad land use trade-off,” Sampson said last week. “When you have public land, it sets a high threshold for its best and most appropriate usage. In this particular case, the lots are unsuitable for development due to their small and irregular shape, and the small benefit to the community at large provided by an 80-percent luxury development.” Children learn the basics at Siempre Verde Garden, such as that “salads” grow outside and that raising tasty veggies requires some real physical exertion. On a recent visit, the cherry tomatoes and peppery arugula there looked as high quality as anywhere else. Nearby, though, a pile of flowers had wilted in their pots in the autumn cold. Costello said there were plans to hang these on street signs, but the Department of Transportation permit process proved too difficult. Through the garden, Costello has become friends with her neighbors and seen the joys of making a green oasis within a landscape of brick, concrete and asphalt. Within the last two years, she has led efforts that literally brought tons of unpolluted topsoil to the garden. “It’s just made me a happier person,” she said, “and it’s changed my life immensely.”

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itself of the property so that William Gottlieb Management Company could develop the parcels, along with its adjacent parcel at 139 Attorney St. Three units of affordable housing would be included in the project, in return for which, Gottlieb would receive a tax abatement, in addition to the two parcels. But the C.B. 3 committee voted unanimously to urge H.P.D. to make the garden a permanent fixture of the neighborhood. Two committee members abstained from voting, though, contending that the approved resolution should address the issue more widely by urging H.P.D. to turn over more land for permanent community gardens. Three dozen garden supporters attended the meeting, some waving vegetable-shaped placards. A petition in support of the garden received more than 1,000 signatures in time for the meeting. Nonetheless, garden supporters were surprised that the committee voted in their favor. As part of the 2012 agreement with H.P.D., garden organizers signed a letter stating they would not oppose future development of the parcels. “I don’t think I’ve ever been so overwhelmed by the action of a community together,” said Claire Costello, a garden supporter. “Power to the people.” Thehbia Hiwot Walters, who represented H.P.D. at the meeting, told the committee that the time had come to develop the parcels, especially given the recent push from the city to expand its affordable housing stock. She said that while she understood the zeal with which activists oppose the plan, the committee should consider the department’s position and the benefits of additional affordable housing. “My intent coming here was not to have a large fight, because I get it,” said Walters who did not mention the 2012 letter. An H.P.D. spokesperson said on Oct. 15 that the department is considering the committee’s vote, but did not elaborate on whether the proposed project remains viable. A Gottlieb representative did not respond to a request for comment. Where the department sees an opportunity to expand affordable housing — albeit on a small scale — the C.B. 3 members see the loss of a popular community garden in favor of project by a wealthy developer. Committee members agreed that the larger community benefits more from Siempre Verde Garden. “Three units isn’t worth it,” said Herman Hewitt. “Even if they permanently affordable, it’s not worth

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project began in 1976 — dark days in municipal affairs. The founders received permission to use a vacant city-owned site at 59th St. and Second Ave., where the Roosevelt Island tram terminal was built a few years later. “It was a case of ‘location, location, location’ and we had an ideal location,” Benepe recalled. “It was a fenced lot between Bloomingdale’s and Alexander’s. We didn’t have to do any publicity; the newspapers and TV came to us to cover the opening. We were the good news after all the bad news of the day.” “If the 59th St. market hadn’t done so well immediately, we might have failed,” Benepe said. “In the summer of 1976, the Department of City Planning asked if we could open a Greenmarket in Union Square Park,” he said, recalling that the park had fallen on bad times and had become the local center for illegal drug deals. “S. Klein, a major discount department store, closed its store on Union Square where it had been for decades. The city thought we could help bring the neighborhood back,” Benepe recalled. The new market in the street-level plaza on the north side of the park had to contend with the menace of the drug trade and the general decline of the neighborhood. “It was not an easy success,” Benepe said. “It took three years for the market to catch on.” Union Square’s north plaza has a long tradition as a public venue. For decades it has been the site of political and labor union rallies. Each spring, flower and plant vendors would conduct a market in the space. The Union Square Greenmarket has become the flagship of the entire program, expanding down the park’s west side and doing business year-round four days a week — Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The third market to open in 1976 was in Brooklyn at Atlantic and Flatbush Aves. Before the first markets opened, Be-

nepe had to raise money for the program. “I went to Jack Kaplan, who was head of the J.M. Kaplan Fund,” he recalled. “It was appropriate because Jack made his money from his sale of Welch’s grape juice.” “We needed $35,000 and the Kaplan fund said they could give us $15,000,” he added. “They gave us $10,000, so we had to look for the rest. We got some from The Fund for the City of New York. The Council on the Environment of New York City, which later became Grow NYC, became our main sponsor.” At first, the Wholesale Grocers Association opposed the Greenmarket program. “They stopped their opposition when they found out that it was farm produce,” Benepe explained. “They didn’t care about that.” As the program became known, farmers far and wide wanted to join. “We had one farmer from Delaware who loaded a school bus full of melons and drove it to the city. He sold every one. But our farmers’ council said it wasn’t fair to bring in growers from far outside the region, so we narrowed the radius,” Benepe said. “The council doesn’t decide who joins the market, but we take their opinions seriously.” The farming region is centered on the Hudson Valley, but it is part of a larger system of valleys that extend from Pennsylvania through New Jersey and New York up to Massachusetts and west along the Mohawk Valley to the Finger Lakes. It includes what is known as the Black Dirt region of very fertile earth — “muck” as the locals call it — from Orange County, N.Y., through Sussex County, N.J. It is part of a centuries-old wetland that has been farmed since it was drained in the mid-19th century. Benepe has firsthand farm experience. “My father bought a farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1938 when I was 10 years old,” he said. “It was not just a hobby, it was run to make it pay.” The New York City Greenmarket program has inspired similar enterprises in New Jersey, Long Island and beyond. Benepe, who had just returned from a four-week stay in Paris, proudly displayed a poster proclaiming a greenmarket opening in the French capital. Greenmarkets have become an important source of farm income, Benepe noted. “We’ve played a role in helping people get started in farming and remaining in farming,” he said. “The children and grandchildren of farmers who started with us are coming to the Greenmarkets. They see a future in farming.” TheVillager.com


Pow! Wham! Comic Con is a super-hit Demons, aliens and superheroes — including Super-Communist Man this year — descended on the Javits Center last week for Comic Con, the annual comic book/sci fi/fantasy/horror/pop culture extravaganza.

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Anne Ardolino, a.k.a. Anntelope, poet, dies at 69 OBITUARY

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nne Ardolino was a poet. She was also a former user of ancient illegal drugs, a former sex worker and an extraordinarily kind human being. Her life was memorialized at the Marble Cemetery, at 41 ½ Second Ave., on Sat., Oct. 11. Ardolino spent 30 years, give or take, walking the streets of New York. Her former patrons ranged from rabbis to police. One rocky word in a sentence stream could prompt her to tell a story about real life on the mean streets, so often glamorized in contemporary culture. “Police. You know how many free blow jobs I had to give to police?” she said once in polite conversation around a small dinner table. Ardolino died on Sept. 11, 2014 — one month shy of her 70th birthday — at the hospice of Beth Israel Medical Center, recently reunited in love with her daughter, Stephanie Ardolino, and embraced and protected by her partner of 34 years, Daniel Joseph Zellman, who kept her safe throughout her last happy years. Adopted, Ardolino never knew who her birth parents were. “They talk about the rights of the birth parents,” she said. “They don’t talk about rights of the child; the right of the adopted child to know where they come from.” Anne Ardolino was not only somebody and something. She was a magnetic force that tugged one in a slightly different direction from where one thought one was going. A new direction. A slow steady magnetic pull, usually toward a more

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spiritual and forgiving understanding of the world. Negativity Seeks Its Own Level (poem to LD) by Anne Ardolino (also known as Anntelope) having “walked at midnight” but not on the wild side she could fool herself into believing she understands when she should be thanking her lucky stars she’s never felt the pull like when the tides obey the moon so does the blood of the night people they are ruled by the monster in the corner of everyone’s eye

we’ve all seen it although it winks at some in a more familiar way than others I can smell its perfume each evening just as soon as the lightless air becomes moist enough to carry the odor of shadows the message is sent that’s when they all heed bats nocturnal insects creatures with red eyes and night vision they are compelled to obey the rules of their environment it’s the same with the night people children of the dark

Ardolino was easy to love. She was compassionate, caring and helpful to the neediest of her neighbors. She would spend hours with a wounded pigeon on street waiting for the pigeon rescue people. She viewed her former work on the street as value added social work. Honesty was her stock and trade. “Don’t you know how low you are?” a client once asked her. “And just think,” she replied, “as low as I might be, you have to pay me to spend time in your company.” She included this vignette in a poem titled “The Perfect Squelch.” It could also have been titled “The Perfect Sales Pitch,” as this customer went on to became a regular client. Her partner saw a Catholic priest in the hospice’s hallway making Monday rounds as Anne Ardolino lay dying. The priest was able to give her the Seventh Sacrament. This would be important to Ardolino and give her much peace and joy. Anne Ardolino was as Catholic as Dorothy Day — or N.Y.C. gangsterette Linda Twigg (who Ardolino was once hired to bodyguard). Ardolino was among the underground artists honored at this summer’s second annual Acker Awards. Ardolino is survived by her daughter, her partner Dan Zellman and many others. For more of Anne Ardolino’s poetry visit eastvillagepoetry.com/OldPages/Anne.htm .

Urban farmers are sprouting up along W. Houston St. Ananya Parekh, 7, a P.S. 41 student and Washington Square Village resident, sought out eggplant among the many vegetables she picked during the recent harvest at New York University’s “model farm” on W. Houston St. near LaGuardia Place. PHOTO BY TEQUILA MINSKY

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Bella has a plaque now, too, at 2 Fifth Avenue On Oct. 7, a new plaque was unveiled on the exterior of 2 Fifth Ave., commemorating former resident Bella Abzug, left, who served in Congress in the 1970s. Among those joining Abzug’s family members at the dedication were Villager Edie Windsor — the plaintiff in the landmark lawsuit that overturned the Defense of Marriage Act and its prohibition on gay marriage — historian Blanche Wiesen Cook and local feminist writer Barbara Love, along with other friends and feminists. Now making a matched pair, a similar plaque for Abzug’s neighbor former Mayor Ed Koch graces the other side of 2 Fifth Ave.’s doorway.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Who’ll get the cash? To The Editor: Re “Mayor signs bill doubling fines for harassing tenants” (news article, Oct. 9): I question who will get the fine money from this new law, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the courts or the tenant? As I understand it, currently, if a tenant brings a harassment case against his or her landlord in Housing Court, the civil penalties imposed go

directly to the court and not to the tenant who has suffered through horrendous harassment. Cynthia Chaffee Editor’s note: According to City Councilmember Margaret Chin’s Office, the fines, as was the case before, will continue to go to the city. However, the judge always has discretion to impose additional compensation to the tenant. And, if the case is settled, that generally involves direct compensation from landlord to tenant.

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Snark.Y.U. To The Editor: Re “ ‘Drop the appeal!’ N.Y.U. project opponents cry” (news article, Sept. 25): Hey, John Beckman, why do you have to be so snarky when talking about those of us who oppose N.Y.U. 2031, both legally and morally? N.Y.U. has already cast a large black cloud over our neighborhood for the last few years and N.Y.U. will continue to do so until we win. Judith Chazen Walsh

Trump Soho surprise To The Editor: Re “An object lesson in lack of government oversight” (talking point, by Andrew Berman, Oct. 2): Go, Andrew! Great op-ed. To see Scott Stringer caught up in this was surprising. I thought he was one of the good guys. Shawn G. Chittle

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city over similar strenuous objections. Both sites remain nothing more than holes in the ground. What could be built on these and other South Village sites is perhaps more disturbing. For the most part, the South Village has zoning that encourages tall towers surrounded by open space. On smaller sites, typically no more than an eight-story building can be built. But on a large enough site, new construction in the South Village could easily reach 250 to 300 feet in height. That is why we fought so hard to get N.Y.U. Law School’s Vanderbilt Hall included in the South Village Historic District designated in 2013. Covering an entire city block on Washington Square South, without landmark protections, the low-rise, brick and stone law school could have easily been demolished and replaced with a 300-foot-tall dorm. Given N.Y.U.’s unceasing penchant for expansion, this no doubt would have eventually happened. Fortunately, due to our success in getting the building included in the new landmark district, such a development should now no longer be possible. But there are other sites in the

South Village where an assemblage of this size is possible, and a development of this scale not only feasible, but in many ways, encouraged under the existing zoning. That’s why we must get the city to agree to landmark protections for the remaining sections of the South Village, or a contextual rezoning — or both, as G.V.S.H.P. has proposed. There’s too much at stake. The South Village is truly one of New York and the nation’s treasures — a neighborhood of incredibly rich history reflecting the immigrant experience of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and revolutions in music, the arts, literature, society and culture. That’s why in 2012, G.V.S.H.P. successfully nominated the South Village as one of the seven most important, endangered historic sites in New York State, as chosen by the Preservation League of New York State. And that’s also why G.V.S.H.P. nominated the entire South Village for listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places — a designation approved earlier this year. The remaining roughly one-third of the South Village still lacking landmark protections includes some of the most vital historic sites the neighborhood — from the 1886 St. Anthony of Padua Church, at 155 Sullivan Street, the country’s oldest extant Italian-American church, to countless early 19th-century houses, colorful and varied late 19th-century tenements, and innovative 20th-century housing developments and institutions. Not only could these buildings be lost at any time, but without appropriate landmark and zoning protections for the whole area, even the landmarked portions of the South Village are not entirely safe. The planned eight-story development at 134 W. Houston St. will, for instance, loom over the neighboring landmarked three-and-a-half-story houses of MacDougal Sullivan Gardens. If a developer (or N.Y.U.) were to assemble that entire row of houses, that development could grow to a 250-foot-tall tower! Support for extending landmark and zoning protections to the remainder of the South Village enjoys virtually unanimous support from local elected officials, civic groups and Community Board 2. Now it’s time for the city to get onboard, and move ahead with this much-needed and long-overdue proposal. If you want to help, you can send a letter to the mayor and Landmarks Preservation Commission chairperson by going to gvshp.org/svlet. Berman is executive director, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation October 16, 2014

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Monstrously good shot To The Editor: Re “An object lesson in lack of government oversight” (talking point, by Andrew Berman, Oct. 2): Actually, this is a great photo of this monster. It shows how out-ofscale the Trump Soho is with the surrounding community.

enormous float of Noah’s Ark that was one important part of the march, symbolizing the protection of all life in the face of planetary disaster. More than 100 Jewish organizations endorsed the march, and we will be working to involve them in further efforts to address the climate crisis. Rabbi Arthur Waskow

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Shofar, so good To The Editor: Re “The winds of change are a’blowing” (photo, Sept. 25): The Shalom Center (theshalomcenter.org) initiated the effort to make shofar central to the Jewish contingent on the People’s Climate March. Somewhere between 50 and 100 shofar-blowers came, and took part in the multifaith prayer service on the march, as well as were aboard the

To The Editor: Re “In bike nirvana, trying to stay sane in the lane” (talking point, by Michele Herman, Sept. 25): One of the main bike-riding problems is that half the people who ride bikes in this city don’t know how to ride properly, thereby presenting risks to themselves, cars, pedestrians, etc. And the majority of the bike lanes are poorly designed. In a ridiculous kind of default design mode, all the lanes have too many grates and drain

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covers that were previously on the street itself. Plus, the cops never enforce blocked bike lanes. And most of the time if there is a road obstruction problem, it’s shunted into the bike lanes. I have ridden a bike for 30 years in New York — all boroughs — and most of the time I’d rather take my chances in the regular street than trust the bike lanes, particularly in Midtown Manhattan. Out in moving traffic, at least you know some clown in a huge S.U.V. actually wants to run you down! Having said that, it is truly the responsibility of the city planners to sort out a workable bike lane system. Many cities throughout the world have done it. Why not here? Incidentally, most of the bike paths that were installed up and down Manhattan are too narrow to ride safely two abreast. So please don’t do it! Peter Rippon

For safer cycling To The Editor: Re “In bike nirvana, trying to stay sane in the lane” (talking point, by Michele Herman, Sept. 25):

Michele Herman’s observations are right on point. I commute by Citi Bike and ride my own bike further afield in the city on the weekends. Cars and pedestrians pose definite threats, as she notes, but she is also right to single out other bicyclists.  It can be dangerous to stop at a red light or at a crosswalk on a bike path with the other cyclists bearing down on you, and it is no wonder that some pedestrians, notably older people, hesitate to cross when I stop. Transportation Alternatives and other advocates of cycling have to stress common courtesy along with basic rules, like cycling with traffic and not using your cell phone while you’re riding. Bike without a helmet if you want, but don’t be a jerk and imperil Herman, me and other cyclists, as well as pedestrians. John Bacon

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Whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on Asher Finkel, a religious studies professor and Washington Square Village resident, shook the lulav last week in the Chabad sukkah in Washington Square Park during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. The sukkah symbolizes shelters that were built in the fields during harvest time. TheVillager.com


The ‘Price’ is right for Halloween Volume II is a cross-section of vintage Vincent

FILM Scream Factory presents

THE VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION II $79.97 Commercial Release on October 21 7 films on a 4-Disc Blu-ray set Bonus: audio commentaries, rare photos & archival materials, 32-page collector’s book Available in stores Also available at screamfactorydvd.com

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he actor Vincent Price starred in films of every genre throughout his long career, but above all he will forever be associated with horror. Tall, mustachioed and cultured in a manner alien to all contemporary American movie stars, Price excelled at playing villains in the sort of campy Gothic horror film that reigned at the cinema prior to the slasher movie craze that took hold in the late 1970s. Just in time for Halloween, Scream Factory is releasing “The Vincent Price Collection II,” a 4-disc compendium for Blu-ray featuring seven of the late master’s spookier vehicles. As with the first volume, the set is a cross-section of work from different phases of his career. The picks are of equal quality and importance to those in the first release

Volume II of Scream Factory’s Vincent Price Collection has seven of the late master’s spookier vehicles.

— it is more of a continuation than a comedown. (Actually, Scream Factory would have to put out many such volumes until they ran out of excellent Price horror films). “House on Haunted Hill” (1959) was Price’s first collaboration with schlockmeister William Castle, an “old dark house” confection where insane millionaire Price locks a group of

friends and associates in a haunted house overnight and challenges them to survive the night in exchange for $10,000. “The Return of the Fly” (1959) was a big-budget shocker for a major studio (20th Century Fox) in which Price reprised his role from the original hit, his part now expanded into buzzing anti-hero. The Italian-made “The Last Man on Earth” (1964) was the first

of three film adaptations of Richard Matheson’s novel “I Am Legend,” in which Price struggles alone in a world in which everyone else has been transformed into a vampire. As in the first volume, this set contains several of the low-budget classics Price made for American International Pictures with Roger Corman. Two are from the so-called Poe Series: “The Tomb of Ligeia” (1964), considered by many critics and Corman himself as the best of the bunch, and “The Raven” (1963), a comical riff suggested by Poe’s famous poem, featuring Price and Hollywood veterans Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre as a trio of quarreling medieval sorcerers. “The Comedy of Terrors” (1963) goes even farther down the path to silliness, with Price, Lorre and Karloff being joined by Basil Rathbone and comedian Joe E. Brown in his last screen performance. And for sheer camp heaven, you cannot beat “Dr. Phibes Rises Again” (1972), the sequel to his camp hit of the previous year (which is included in the first volume of this Blu-ray series). The films are all in the most pristine, watchable versions currently available for home video, and this goes also for many of the extras, such as the trailers. While some of the bonus material, such as commentary by Roger Corman, has been previously available, there are new treats — including comments by Price historian David Del Valle, and Elizabeth Shepherd, co-star of “The Tomb of Ligeia.” And, best of all: from beyond the grave, introductions and “parting words” from Vincent Price himself. If you don’t go in for parties or trick-or-treating, you could do far worse than to barricade yourself in your dungeon this Halloween and spend 20 hours or so with this boxed set. —Additional research by Ian W. Hill October 16, 2014

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A terrifying trek through NYC history and fiction This year’s ‘Nightmare’ is the stuff of urban legends

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Subway breakdancers are the least of your problems, in this 1980s-era “Nightmare” scenario.

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ightmare” did not become New York City’s longest-running haunted attraction by remaining static or playing things safe. In each of its 11 years in operation, this adult-oriented haunted house company has switched things up, providing an entirely new theme and show. Most recently, the company’s examined the lives and crimes of some of America’s most notorious and violent serial killers in their back-toback houses called “Killers” and “Killers2.” Breaking from this series, the folks at “Nightmare” decided to play things a little more introspective this year, to terrifying effect. Simply titled “Nightmare: New York,” the new haunted house draws its inspiration from urban legends and true-life horror stories from the city itself. Tracing tales from early stories about witchcraft and cannibalistic natives all the way to modern fears of “super rats” that evolved in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, this haunted

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house is a distinctly New York experience — though it is just as likely to unsettle and scare any out-of-towner who decides to trek down its path through the city’s history and fiction. Upon reaching the front of the line, you’ll be asked if you want to be marked with a large red X on your face, which indicates to the cast that you’re up for a “more intense” experience during your walkthrough. I opted to be branded with the scarlet letter, and honestly, while you’re here you might as well go straight in. Taking on a more active role in the proceedings and allowing the cast to get physical with you enhances the fun, and the terror and thrills of the performance (though if you opt out, these things are still plentiful). From the get-go, the house is intense, and doesn’t let up until the very end. Being guided through the winding halls of “Nightmare: New York” is a totally immersive sensory experience. The sound design keeps you on your toes even when nothing immediately intimidating lurks ahead. The touch

of a cast member, or a prop knife, or the multiple inflatable, claustrophobic tunnels on the skin is enough to cause panic. The dim lighting almost swallows you at times, but everything remains entirely legible and terrifying. It’s the perfect equilibrium: dark enough to feel momentarily safe hiding in the corner, but still dark enough to not see the horror lurking just behind you in said corner. Much of the credit for the success of “Nightmare: New York” lies in its production design, which is stellar throughout. Since New York is its narrative and thematic through-line, the house feels like a unified whole because of the world created by the designers. Though everything flows quite nicely, there are still a few exceptional standout set pieces. In one early highlight, groups are led into the room of an old mansion by a suspiciously genial butler — who proceeds to re-

HAUNTED HOUSE NIGHTMARE: NEW YORK

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esperately clinging to the notion that they have a Tony-caliber hit on their hands, a group of high-strung theater types puff their chests and lick their wounds in the bedroom of a lavish East Side townhouse as those all-important opening night reviews trickle in. Downstairs, “the party of the year for the play of the season” swells to capacity, as megastars and uninvited cast members from long-running Broadway hits come and go. This necessitates frequent visits to the bedroom from a just-off-the-bus theater world wannabe tasked with checking coats that serve as calling card sight gags (Tommy Tune’s is a tall and less-than-masculine fur; Lady Gaga’s is a noisy collection of see-through orbs). Relentlessly funny, breathlessly

Modern times: Terrence McNally’s 1980s play is updated, with today’s famous names and trending topics.

McNally’s tale of a turkey is full of delicious hams paced and acted with salty gusto by a cast of high-end Sunday hams, Terrence McNally’s “It’s Only A Play” is a love letter to the theater masquerading as a death threat. By evening’s end, dozens of famous names (Liza!), trending topics (selfies) and media succubi (NYT critic Ben Brantley) are called out and knocked down a few pegs. Little harm is done, though. In the world of plays about plays, you only zing the ones you love — or at least know about (and in this realm, there’s no greater indignity than escaping public notice). That said, much disdain, possibly sincere, is heaped upon British imports (“The Phantom of the

Opera is closing,” screams a newspaper, “Positively last ten years!”), and the occasional dart has fast-acting poison on its tip (such as the ring of humiliating truth about used-to-begood Faye Dunaway. Ouch!). With one disappointing exception, the cast is in top form — world-class winners playing straw-grasping losers, for whom the Kryptonite of bad news has only temporary power to wound or weaken. Their misplaced confidence returns with the slightest bit of distance between them and a scathing review or a personal betrayal. Megan Mullally’s classy but clueless producer Julia Budder (who can’t

even quote Sinatra’s “New York, New York” correctly) is a living, breathing ambassador for the never-say-die attitude in the face of mounting disaster. As the sole bankroller of this “300-pound Butterball,” she alone can prevent yet another version of “Riverdance” from kicking her floundering production to the curb. Mullally elevates the show’s most thinly drawn character from simply ditzy to admirably determined. As sitcom star James Wicker, who’s just flown in from LA to support the playwright, Nathan Lane — always PLAY, continued on p. 20

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dialing it up and never phoning it in — summons new variations on the slow burn, the knowing look and the sudden realization (especially good is his reaction to the true nature of those snacks he’s been gobbling). The Playbill gives no indication how former “Harry Potter” actor Rupert Grint came up with his supersizedeven-for-this-show portrayal of hypertense director Frank Finger — but if he’s ever seen “The Young Ones,” Mr. Grint needs to hightail it back to London, return his WhatsOnStage award and make a sizable donation to the estate of the late comedic genius Rik Mayall, whose 1980s Britcom character is alive and well and currently appearing eight times a week at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Due apologies if I’m wrong about that — but otherwise (to steal from McNally), shame, shame, shame on Rupert Grint. As lead actress Virginia Noyes, a teeter-tottering Stockard Channing fully embodies the stretched skin and pickled liver of a foul-mouthed Hollywood transplant. Nursing a pharmaceutical goody bag and a court-ordered ankle monitor, Channing

Bedroom as bunker: Rupert Grint, Megan Mullally, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, and Stockard Channing deal with opening night reviews.

brilliantly pantomimes a world of crumbling hopes and dreams as the brief but stinging review of Noyes’ performance is read aloud by another. Playing a theater critic who has no business being in the room, F. Murray Abraham (engrave his Tony now) capers about with glee, fueled by the slightest drop of others’ misfortune. Wakee, wakee Mr. Grint: Abraham’s

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VILLAGE JAZZ ALIVE on display when The Ann Two hands would be Hampton Callaway Trio permore than enough in most forms (witty between-song towns, but it won’t get banter included in price of the job done if you want admission). to count the number of The winner of our Village jazz venues offerGIVEAWAY will receive ing classic, contemporary two tickets, compliments and cutting-edge music until the wee small hours PHOTO BY BILL WESTMORELAND of this newspaper and the of the morning. A half-de- Ann Hampton Callaway Greenwich Village-Chelsea cade ago, the Greenwich completes the first handful Chamber of Commerce. Village-Chelsea Chamber of of Village Jazz Alive honor- To enter, send an email ees, at the annual event’s to Jazz@TheVillager.com, Commerce began to rec- fifth edition. along with your phone ognize iconic jazz artists by hosting Village Jazz Alive. This swanky, number (only enter once, please). A winner will be selected at random, and swinging, fall destination event pays tribute to singers, musicians, and com- contacted by phone on Oct. 20. If you posers who contribute to Greenwich want to guarantee attendance, visit bit.ly/ VillageJazzAlive, where your purchase of Village’s enduring music culture. This year, Ann Hampton Callaway VIP tickets will include a meet and greet reception with Ann and a signed CD. joins the ranks of past honorees Odetta, Art D’Lugoff, Randy Weston and Arturo Regular admission includes free drinks, Sandoval. Admired throughout the world appetizers and a performance by the Trio. The event takes place on Wed., Oct. 22, as a singer, composer, arranger, lyricist, 7–9 p.m. at the Metropolitan Room (34 producer and educator, Callaway’s distinct voice and impressive range will be W. 22nd St., btw. Fifth & Sixth Aves.).

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Ira Drew is masterful and inspired — with physical tics that recall a silent movie villain and a Tex Avery cartoon, boiled down to their essence then reconstructed into something equally unique and memorable. It’s the best performance of the lot, and that’s saying something. Newcomer Micah Stock, as coat check boy Gus, skillfully milks befud-

dled for most of the play, then cuts loose with an impromptu musical theater audition that makes the notion of seeing “Wicked” both unwelcome and unnecessary. Amid this loopy collection of broadly written and played characters, Matthew Broderick’s stiff and sober Peter Austin stands alone, if not exactly tall. Dressed in the duds of a noble bygone era (his father’s top hat, white tie and tails), the self-doubting M.I.A. playwright of “The Golden Egg” finally arrives at his own party. Fresh from a melancholy Broadway walkabout, he delivers the first of many soft-spoken platitudes about the dignity of a life lived in, and for, the theater. His earnestness soon becomes profoundly sad, because from what we learn about “The Golden Egg” as the play progresses, its author probably doesn’t have the chops to attain the theatrical purity he so greatly admires. Not covets, mind you, admires. For two hours and thirty-five minutes, Peter Austin is the only one in that bunker mentality upstairs bedroom whose steely resolve isn’t a product of selfish desperation. “Plays don’t pop up like toast,” he cautions, although the one he’s in is as well-done and delicious as it gets.

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veal terrifying specters in a stately fireplace. Another set, a replica of a subway car circa the 80s, is simply stunning, and eerie in a way that hits close to home. The acting is also top-notch. Instead of letting the makeup and costumes alone carry the scares, the unique theme allows for a lot of the cast to sink their teeth into strange characters that go above and beyond the standard haunted house boogeyman fare. Many of the actors get a chance to embody distinctly warped individuals. One low-key, deranged man insists to guests that Gene Hackman used to serve him hard-boiled eggs. Another standout performance comes from an unhinged man in the subway, giving an intimidating rant while aiming a gun dead at you. Figures like these seem to have a psychological depth and sense of purpose that makes their scares stick — and when the characters aren’t quite as well-defined, at the very least they are suitably scary and/or gleefully gruff

and explicit when barking orders and administering threats of bodily harm. The whole thing is a blast that comes together to provide an adrenaline rush and a chilled spine. And yet, “Nightmare: New York” seems to be tapping into something deeper than just reiterating the city’s ghost stories. Towards the end of the tour, near the temporal present in the show, a hooded figure in modern clothes forces the group to put burlap sacks over their heads, and follow a rope to an uncertain fate, sensory deprivation heightening the terror of what’s to come. Suddenly you’re not in the world of the fantastical or the world of the past — you’re very much in the present, a part of your own interactive horror story. As you’re fumbling, being dragged along a rope by a madman, “Nightmare: New York” shows it understands that sometimes, our own expectations can disturb and unnerve more than any grotesque costume or special effect — and that the fear of being blind and vulnerable to danger in our own backyard is one that will linger long after Halloween passes. TheVillager.com


Flesh, blood, guts and ghosts Spooky and just plain insane Halloween events BY SCOTT STIFFLER

THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW: SEASICK

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THE PINK ROOM: DAVID LYNCH BURLESQUE

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From haunted houses to slasher films, there are faster ways to go to hell this Halloween — but nothing worms its way into your brain and stays there quite like a Pumpkin Pie Show. Clay McLeod Chapman, who never met a car trunk he didn’t want to stuff a body into, excels at crafting sinister monologues that have all the simplicity of a good old boy’s campfire story and all the frustrating complexity of an onion whose toxic rot isn’t revealed until the final layer has been peeled back. We’re still reeling from last year’s collection, which included a protective mother whose little girl develops murderous, avian instincts. Then there was Chapman’s own (true?) story of his heterosexual awakening during a trip to see Broadway’s “The Phantom of the Opera.” Still…in…our… heads. This year’s edition is a departure in terms of performance style, but a welcome return to form in the blood and guts department. Rather than a collection of monologues covering a variety of gruesome scenarios, “Seasick” has one lone tale to tell. With music by Kyle Jarrow, the Pumpkin crew (Chapman, Hanna Cheek, Abe Goldfarb, Katie Hartman and Brian Silliman) portrays a group enjoying all the perks a luxury cruise ship has to offer. But when an outbreak of norovirus divides the passengers into haves and have nots, their sense of morality veers as far off course as the boat they’re floating in. That’s the decisive moment when “one family must fight for their survival onboard this sun-and-blood-drenched cruise into madness.” Not for the weak of stomach, we’ve been warned — and they’re not talking about the midnight buffet! Oct. 16–Nov. 1, Thurs. –Sat. at 8 p.m. At UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Pl., btw. First Ave. & Ave. A). For tickets ($18, $15 for students/seniors), call 888596-1027 or visit horsetrade.info. For artist info: claymcleodchapman.com.

The Pumpkin Pie five circle their wagons and lose their marbles, in “Seasick” — a tale of disease on the high seas.

in what we hope will be all of its strange and wonderful glory. Peaks Freaks jonesing to immerse themselves in the world of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s dark, eccentric and occasionally murderous small Pacific Northwest logging town don’t need to wait until 2016 — or subscribe to Showtime. Long before there where whispers of a small screen revival, Francine “The Lucid Dream” (an old soul with an eye for new talent) was producing “The Pink Room: David Lynch Burlesque.” This Downtown theatrical tribute began with a focus on “Peaks” but soon branched out into exploring other, equally unsettling, works from Lynch (including “Inland Empire” and “Lost Highway”). The Pink Room’s new season kicks off with “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Burlesque!” Preview your Halloween costume by showing up dressed as Agent Cooper or The Log Lady (and don’t be shy about putting a sexy spin on it). Booed at Cannes in 1992, “Fire Walk With Me” (Lynch’s big screen prequel, released after ABC pulled the plug on “Peaks”) is still a divisive topic among fans. It did, though, have one thing going for it: an R rating that allowed Lynch unfettered access to bare flesh and adult behavior too explicit for network TV. That’s the promise of Showtime in 2016, and The Pink Room on Oct. 24, 2014 (hosted by Schaffer the Darklord as Agent Gordon Cole, with performances by Amelia Bareparts, Apathy Angel, Bunny Buxom, Granny

Fluffer, Matt Knife, Nasty Canasta and Francine. Go-go by Seedy Edie). Fri., Oct. 24 at 10 p.m. At Parkside Lounge (317 E. Houston St. at Attorney St.). For tickets ($15), visit brownpapertickets.com. $20 at the door (cash only). Two-drink minimum, 21+ to enter. Also visit parksidelounge.net and francineburlesque.com.

GHOST TOURS AT MERCHANT’S HOUSE MUSEUM

A Merchant’s House Museum Candlelight Ghost Tour can be a touching experience, and not just on an emotional level. Over the years, more than one person has turned to see who gave them that gentle nudge, only to find nobody there. Take your chances, if you dare, on this room-by-room trip through the

The Log Lady gets an R-rated reboot, at the season opener of “The Pink Room: David Lynch Burlesque.”

Merchant’s House and back in time. Hear about life as lived in the mid1800s, by family members and servants who may not have left when their hearts stopped beating. Filled with creepy photos, unsettling audio and first-person accounts of paranormal encounters, these tours have a way of making believers out of skeptics. On Oct. 21, the ultimate skeptic, Dan Sturges, gives a “Ghost Hunting 101” lecture based on his many investigations of the house. Beginning every half hour from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., the 50-minute Ghost Tours ($25) happen Oct. 24, 25 and 28-30 (with a few kid-friendly versions available). Super-spooky version (including fourth floor servants’ quarters) is $35. Reservations highly recommended. Call 212-777-1089 or visit merchantshouse.org. At Merchant’s House Museum (29 E. Fourth St., btw. Lafayette & Bowery).

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ELYSE C. DUBIN MD PLLC, A DOMESTIC PLLC a domestic PLLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 8/26/14. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the PLLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Dr. Elsye Dubin, MD, 134 Spring St., NY, NY 10012. Purpose: Medicine. 10/09 - 11/13/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BLACKSTONE SENFINA ADVISORS L.L.C. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/29/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/20/14. Princ. office of LLC: 345 Park Ave., 28th Fl., NY, NY 10154. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the princ. office of the LLC. The regd. agent of the company upon whom and at which process against the company can be served is Peter Koffler, 345 Park Ave., 28th Fl., NY, NY 10154. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/09 - 11/13/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 11TH AVENUE DEVELOPMENT LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/22/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Third Palm Capital LLC, 501 Richardson St., Ste. C, Simpsonville, SC 29681, principal business address. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/09 - 11/13/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 12W21 LH LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/02/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/02/08. Princ. office of LLC: 30 W. 26th St., 8th Fl., NY, NY 10010-2011. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, c/o Meringoff Properties, Inc. at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., #3, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/09 - 11/13/2014 ASB PROPERTIES (USA) LLC Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 08/22/14. Office: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, c/o Socrates Scott L. Nicholas, Esq., 100 Wall Street, 23rd Floor, New York, New York 10005. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Vil: 10/09 -11/13/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF KCMO SERVICES LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/19/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Missouri (MO) on 09/23/02. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 2001 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Mission Woods, Kansas 66205. Address to be maintained in MO: Attn: SMF Registered Services, Inc., 1201 Walnut St., Ste. 2900, Kansas City, MO 64106. Arts of Org. filed with the MO Secy. of State, 600 West Main St., Jefferson City, MO 65101. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 10/09 - 11/13/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 33 NINTH COMMERCIAL LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/18/2014. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Midtown Equities LLC, 141 5th Ave., 2nd Fl., NY, NY 10010, principal business address. Term: until 1/1/2080. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/09 -11/13/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF PCDC HEALTH OPPORTUNITIES FUND X LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 6/13/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Primary Care Development Corp., 45 Broadway, Ste. 530, NY, NY 10006, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/09 - 11/13/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SCHUETTE ESQ. SERVICES PLLC Arts. of Org. filed w/ Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/29/14. Office location: NY Cty. SSNY designated as agt of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 124 E84th St. #7C, NY, NY 10028. Purpose: practice the profession of law. Vil: 10/09 - 11/13/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF AW 8 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/17/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Office of Lawrence E. Fabian, Esq., 437 5th Avenue, Ste. 801, NY, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/02 - 11/06/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 537 GREENWICH OWNER LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/16/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 11/7/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/02 - 11/06/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 246 WEST 16TH STREET LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/17/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Office of Lawrence E. Fabian, Esq., 437 5th Avenue, Ste. 801, NY, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/02 - 11/06/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 5th AVENUE COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY PLLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/17/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 800-A Fifth Ave., Street Level, NY, NY 10021. Purpose: practice the profession of medicine. Vil: 10/02 - 11/06/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF HQ ENERGY TRADING LLC Articles of Org. filed with Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/24/2014. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 75 Carriage Road, Wilton, CT 06897. Purpose: Any lawful activity. The LLC is to be managed by one or more managers. Vil: 10/02 - 11/06/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 151 WEST 75TH STREET LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/23/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 153 W. 75th St., NY, NY 10023. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/02 - 11/06/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 421 WEST 21ST STREET LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/2/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 825 3rd Ave., Fl 37, NY, NY 10022. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/02 - 11/06/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ENERFIELDS AMERICA, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/20/14. p Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: Enerfields America LLC, 108E 96th Street Apt. 17D, New York, NY 10128. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 10/02 -11/06/2014 Notice of Conversion of 205 West 20th Associates, a partnership, to 205 West 20th Associates, LLC Certificate filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/11/06. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Ed Dulchin, 170 7th Ave., NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/02 - 11/06/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 147 WEST 75TH STREET LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/23/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 153 W. 75th St., NY, NY 10023. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/02 - 11/06/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF VIVINT SOLAR FUND XII PROJECT COMPANY, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/29/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 4931 N. 300 W., Provo, UT 84604. LLC formed in DE on 6/20/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/02 - 11/06/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF VIVINT SOLAR FUND X PROJECT COMPANY, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/29/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 4931 N. 300 W., Provo, UT 84604. LLC formed in DE on 6/20/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/02 - 11/06/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF VIVINT SOLAR FUND XI PROJECT COMPANY, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/29/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 4931 N. 300 W., Provo, UT 84604. LLC formed in DE on 6/20/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/02 - 11/06/2014

372 CPW LLC, A DOMESTIC LLC filed with the SSNY on 9/10/14. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Phyllis Marie Kamysek, 305 Broadway, Ste. 1201, NY, NY 10007-1135. General Purposes. Vil: 10/02 - 11/06/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ROSSER CAPITAL PARTNERS GP (CPS), LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/22/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 07/10/14. Princ. office of LLC: 45 E. Putnam Ave., #109, Greenwich, CT 06830. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/02 - 11/06/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 149 GERARD HOTEL, LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 8/5/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 5/27/14. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to 220 Fifth Ave., 19th Fl., NY, NY 10001. DE off. addr.: NCR, 615 S. Dupont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 50 CLINTON MEZZ LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/12/14.Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/08/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process toc/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400,Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of DE, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose:Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 388 BRIDGE SPONSOR LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/03/13.Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 05/15/13. Princ. office of LLC: c/o The Stahl Organization, 277 Park Ave., 47th Fl., NY, NY 10172. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC,2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Real estate. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MUSCLE MATRIX SOLUTIONS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/17/14.Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 228 Park Ave. South, #46893, NY, NY 10003-1502. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 752 DEVELOPMENT FEE LLC, FILED UNDER THE ORIGINAL NAME OF 65 MADISON OWNER LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 7/15/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 7/14/14. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 148 WEST 142 HOLDINGS LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 6/27/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Bluestone Group,225 Broadway, NY, NY 10007. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 21W20-3, LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 7/2/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Kriss & Feuerstein, Att: Matthew Klein, Esq., 360 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014 DIRAN C AND SONS REALTY LLC Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/15/14. Office: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom proces against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 589 Fifth Avenue, Suite 703, New York, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 201 ROCK ROAD, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/12/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Gilbert C. Hoover, IV, The Shubert Organization, Inc., 234 W. 44th St., NY, NY 10036. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 55W46 CONDO OWNER LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 8/8/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 8/7/14. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF HVPG WIH PRESERVATION LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/12/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Hudson Valley Property Group, 394 Broadway, Ste. 405, NY, NY 10013. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GUARD HILL PARTNERS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/11/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Andrews Kurth LLP, 450 Lexington Ave., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF IM NYC BROOME LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/4/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Abitbol & Cherry, LLP, 545 Fifth Avenue, Ste. 640, NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 491 CHELSEA APARTMENTS, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/08/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in New Jersey (NJ) on 08/18/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the NJ addr. of the LLC, 44 Woodcrest Ave., Short Hills, NJ 07078. Arts. of Org. filed with NJ Dept. of the Treasury, Div. of Revenue and Enterprise Services, 33 W. State St., 5th Fl., Trenton, NJ 08646. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF J R JEWELRY US , LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/09/2014. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: J R Jewelry US LLC, 70 west 36th Street, Floor 6th, New York, NY 10018. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF HQ ENERGY TRADING, LLC Articles of Org. filed with Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/24/2014. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 75 Carriage Road, Wilton, CT 06897. Purpose: Any lawful activity. The LLC is to be managed by one or more managers. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GENERATIONS PRODUCTIONS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/21/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 41 Great Jones St., 5th 10012. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BLUEROOKIE11B LLC Arts. of Org filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/21/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Linda Plotnicki, Esq., Kaufman, Friedman, Plotnicki & Grun, LLP, 300 East 42nd St., NY, NY 10017, also the registered agent. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF AMERICAN IMMIGRATION GROUPNYRC, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/08/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 230 Park Ave., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10023. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Real estate finance. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF S & C REAL ESTATE HOLDINGS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/12/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Moses & Singer LLP, Attn: Daniel S. Rubin, Esq., 405 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10174-1299. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF NEW YORK 255 LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/27/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1900 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19103. LLC formed in DE on 5/21/09. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF CENSEO HEALTH LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/28/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/30/09. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, also the registered agent. Address to be maintained in DE: 1675 S State St., Ste. B, Dover, DE 19901. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secy. of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF THE GOLDEN HINGE GROUP LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) 8/7/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: P.O.BOX 751132, NY NY 11375. Purpose: any lawful act.2335391. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 RH 88, LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 7/25/14. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process The LLC, c/o Robyn Heiberger, 240A E. 67th St., NY, NY 10065. General Purposes. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF TS 509 W 34, L.L.C. Authority filed with Secy of State of NY on June 5, 2014. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in DE on 3/4/2014. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc. 111 Eighth Avenue, 13th floor, New York, NY 10011. NRAI is the registered agent as well. Address required to be maintained in home jurisdiction: 160 Greentree Drive, Suite 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org filed with DE Secy of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., Federal & Duke of York Streets, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 50 CLINTON PROPERTY OWNER LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/09/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 08/05/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of DE, Div. of Corps., State of DE, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 127 ASSOCIATES LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/4/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, One Penn Plaza, Ste. 4000, NY, NY 10119. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF NH NEW YORK CITY LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/2/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in MI on 7/16/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. MI and principal business addr.: 14115 Farmington Rd., Livonia, MI 48154. Cert. of Org. filed with Director of Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau, PO Box 30004, Lansing, MI 48909. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 Notice of Qualification of Park Square Capital USA LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/19/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 299 Park Ave., 6th Fl., NY, NY 10171. LLC formed in DE on 8/14/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc. (NRAI), 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o NRAI, 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 2329 FIRST AVENUE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/10/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 632 Broadway, 7th Fl., NY, NY 10012. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF QUOGUE AVIATION II LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/20/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/18/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 50 W. 57th St., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10019, principal business address. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 09/18 - 10/23/2014 Name of LLC: Boredom Therapy LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State: 8/14/14. Office loc.: NY Co. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Asaf Katzir, 140 W. 70th St., #4R, NY, NY 10023, regd. agt. upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 09/11 - 10/16/2014 MAXDELIVERY 2, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 08/06/2014. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Gilbride, Tusa, Last & Spellane LLC Attn: JMW , 31 Brookside Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Vil: 09/11 - 10/16/2014 PARACADEMIA LLC Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 08/01/14. Office: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, c/o Milica Paranosic, 281 West 119th Street, #5A, New York, NY 10026. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Vil: 09/11 - 10/16/2014 Notice of Qualification of BMC Software Federal, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/15/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 2101 CityWest Blvd., Houston, TX 77042. LLC formed in DE on 9/18/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 09/11 - 10/16/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF FXFL LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/28/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: FXFL LLC 590 Madison Ave. Floor 25 New York NY 10022. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 09/11 - 10/16/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 1560 BROADWAY GFI, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/19/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, 125 Park Avenue, NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/11 - 10/16/2014

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NOTICE OF QUAL. OF MQL DIVERSIFIED FUTURES PARTNERS L.P. Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/4/14. Office loc.: NY County. LP org. in DE 3/3/14. SSNY desig. as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Carlos Garcia, 215 Park Ave. S., NY, NY 10003. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Name/addr. of each gen. ptr. avail. at SSNY. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014

Notice of Qualification of The Line LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/15/14. NYS fict. name: The Line NY LLC. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 10/19/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: 3555 Timmons Lane, Ste. 800, Houston, TX 77027. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 09/11 - 10/16/2014

Notice of Qualification of TICO Investment Vehicle V, LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/10/14. Office location: NY County. LP formed in DE on 8/19/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 590 Madison Ave., 35th Fl., NY, NY 10022, principal business address. DE address of LP: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/address of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 09/25 - 10/30/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF OO CONCEPT ARCHITECTURE PLLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/4/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address:1775 York Ave, #26E, NY NY 10128. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 10/09 -11/13/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a license, number 1281298 for beer, wine, and liquor has been applied for by the undersigned to sell beer, wine, and liquor at retail in a restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 979 THIRD AVE, New York, NY 10022 for on premises consumption. Upper Story LLC d/b/a Upper Story by Charlie Palmer. Vil: 10/09 - 10/16/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN That a license, #1281539 has been applied for by the undersigned to sell beer, liquor and/or wine at retail in restaurant /bar under the Alcohol Beverage Control Law at 285 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002 for on-premises consumption. ABC, Inc at 99 Favor Taste Restaurant Inc. Vil: 10/16 - 10/23/2014

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decision. “N.Y.U. is very pleased by today’s unanimous decision from the Appellate Division,” he said, “which strongly upheld the city’s and the university’s positions, reaffirmed that the approvals process was properly followed, and reversed the lower court’s designation of some strips of land on the superblocks as ‘implied parkland.’ The need for additional academic space is clear and has been reaffirmed by a faculty-led committee, and it is now also clear that the university has the legal right to proceed with this project.” The plaintiffs on the community lawsuit include numerous individuals and community groups, as well as the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, plus lead plaintiff Assemblymember Deborah Glick. “This decision by the Appellate Court is disappointing and flies in the face of logic and common sense,” Glick said. “New Yorkers are desperate to maintain the little parkland and open space they have. The N.Y.U. 2031 plan disregarded the law when it came to the ‘alienation’ of parkland and will result in the razing of public green space that is essential for the community. N.Y.U.’s claim that their plan will somehow allow for more open space is laughable and completely inaccurate. “We will continue to press forward and appeal this ruling and look to the higher court to protect green space that has for decades been used by the community.” Alexander Meadows, who is running against Glick in the Nov. 4 election, also issued a statement. “I stand in solidarity with the students, faculty and my neighbors against today’s disastrous ruling regarding N.Y.U.’s expansion plan,” the Progressive Party candidate said. “Today’s ruling is a setback for our community but the fight is not over. “Justice Donna Mills’s decision in the lower court affirmed what we in the community have said all along: N.Y.U.’s expansion is unlawful and will destroy our neighborhoods. The state Legislature cannot give the public park strips on Mercer St. and LaGuardia Place to N.Y.U. without approval. The gardens and playground on the city-owned land N.Y.U. would co-opt were developed and have long been sustained by local residents on behalf of our openspace-starved neighborhood.” In a case viewed as potentially having wide-ranging ramifications for many city properties — namely those

Just a few weeks ago, community opponents of the N.Y.U. expansion plan rallied in force on LaGuardia Place, calling on the city and N.Y.U. to “Drop the appeal!” of Judge Donna Mills’s January ruling. The cast of “STOMP” joined the rally and added garbage can lid cymbals to the Fiorello LaGuardia statue’s clapping hands.

being temporarily used as open space — the de Blasio administration joined N.Y.U. in appealing Mills’s ruling. The panel’s decision came swiftly. Only last month, the parties had gone to court for the hearing before the Appellate judges. Lawyers representing the plaintiffs, N.Y.U. and the city made brief 15-minute arguments, then answered questions from the judges. In their Oct. 14 ruling, the Appellate judges panel were unequivocal in their thinking that the open-space strips along LaGuardia Place and Mercer St. — on the eastern and western sides of the university’s two South Village superblocks, between W. Houston and W. Third Sts. — are not parkland. Back in January, though, State Supreme Court Justice Mills had ruled that three of these strips were “impliedly” parkland, based on their years of use as park space and the city’s conspicuous treatment of them as such. In an affidavit submitted in support of the plaintiffs’ suit, former Parks Commissioner Henry Stern stated that, during his tenure, N.Y.U. had repeatedly blocked the Parks Department’s efforts to have jurisdiction of the city-owned strips formally transferred from the Department of Transportation to Parks. The strips were remnants from a street-widening project in the mid-20th century. Mills further said in her ruling that for the strips to be used by N.Y.U. in any way for its construction purposes — such as for staging areas or to facilitate access for construction vehicles to the construction sites — would be illegal unless these properties were first “alienated” by the state Legislature, which would make them not public parks anymore. But in Tuesday’s shocking aboutface, the Appellate Division panel of judges couldn’t have disagreed with her more. In their decision, they wrote, in

part, while citing various precedent-setting cases: “Where, as here, there is no formal dedication of land for public use, an implied dedication may exist when the municipality’s acts and declarations manifest a present, fixed and unequivocal intent to dedicate. In determining whether a parcel has become a park by implication, a court should consider the owner’s acts and declarations and the circumstances surrounding the use of the land. The burden of proof rests on the party asserting that the land has been dedicated for public use. “Here, petitioners have failed to meet their burden of showing that the City’s acts and declarations manifested a present, fixed and unequivocal intent to dedicate any of the parcels at issue as public parkland. While the City has allowed for the long-term continuous use of parts of the parcels for park-like purposes, such use was not exclusive, as some of the parcels (like LaGuardia Park) have also been used as pedestrian thoroughfares. Further, any management of the parcels by the Department of Parks and Recreation was understood to be temporary and provisional, pursuant to revocable permits or licenses. Moreover, the parcels have been mapped as streets since they were acquired by the City, and the City has refused various requests to have the streets de-mapped and rededicated as parkland.” In addition, the panel rejected the arguments the plaintiffs made in their own appeal to aspects of Mills’s ruling, including their contention that the entire, seven-month-long city review process — the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure — should be redone from square one, since Mills’s conclusions fundamentally changed what could be built. “Further, the court correctly concluded that there was no need to restart the ULURP process to review

modifications reducing the project’s size and scale,” the panel stated in their decision. Under Mills’s January ruling, at least two, and possibly three of the university project’s buildings would have been unable to be constructed. However, Mills did rule that — unlike the three other open-space strips — the one containing the Mercer-Houston Dog Run in its southern half was not parkland, meaning N.Y.U. could proceed with its plans to use part of this strip to build its new “Zipper Building” on its current Coles Gym site. The community plaintiffs also appealed Mills’s ruling on this dog-run strip, but the Appellate panel upheld the State Supreme Court justice’s position that it is not parkland. Andrew Berman, executive director of G.V.S.H.P., expressed confidence that — based on previous legal precedent relevant to this case — the plaintiffs will prevail at the next level in the courts. “We believe the First Department panel made the wrong decision today in overturning Supreme Court Justice Donna Mills’s decision preserving and protecting New York City parkland, and allowing the city to give this land away to N.Y.U. for its deeply unpopular and bloated expansion plan,” Berman said. “Mills was correct in identifying this much-needed public green space as parkland which cannot be alienated by the city or N.Y.U. We continue to believe that the sanctity of this principle should be upheld, and we are confident that it will be upon appeal. “Since the City Council, City Planning Commission and borough president first gave away public park space to N.Y.U., and overturned longstanding deed restrictions, zoning protections and open-space preservation requirements to allow N.Y.U. to move ahead with its massive plan, we knew we were up against a lot,” Berman said. “But I believe that, in the end, the best interests of the city, the Village and even the university, as articulated by its faculty, workers and students who oppose this plan, will prevail, and the courts will halt N.Y.U. 2031.” The preservationist added that, adding insult to injury, the site of the current Morton Williams supermarket, at the corner of Bleecker St. and LaGuardia Place, which had been earmarked for a new public school as part of the university’s plan, is now set to revert to N.Y.U. control by the end of this year unless the Department of Education quickly commits to having a school there. “It just shows what a sham this whole plan was,” Berman said, “and how it benefits the university at the expense of the public and the community.” TheVillager.com


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the city, the seasonal concession runs from mid-April to about Oct. 15. There is a little wiggle room depending on which day the restaurant started operating in the spring. Instead, according to Krueger’s newsletter, from now on, the hotly debated eatery will be confined to the area right outside the pavilion — the exterior tables and chairs it currently has on the hexagonal asphalt pavers just north of the structure. (According to a source, however, this may also include exterior tables and chairs just to the east of the pavilion.) As for the pavilion itself, it will reportedly be returned to year-round public use as a part of Union Square Park — which is what, for the last half dozen years, opponents of the pavilion restaurant have doggedly fought for. The concession’s contract reportedly contains a clause allowing the city to cancel it at any time; so the operator probably has little choice but to concede to the city’s new terms. Jack Taylor, a member of the Union Square Community Coalition, tipped The Villager off to the news this Tuesday. “All we know is what was in state Senator Krueger’s newsletter,” he said. “Krueger and the other elected officials pushed de Blasio to reverse the agreement. After this summer season ends, in October, the restaurant will be limited to the blacktop area on the northern plaza. This will provide a buffer between the restaurant and the children’s playground. “It’s a partial victory, at least,” he said, “freeing up the pavilion, which we think should be for community use and programs, not a commercial entity. We’ve been fighting this since 2005.” A lawsuit spearheaded by U.S.C.C. seeking to block the eatery from use of the pavilion, went all the way to the Court of Appeals, the state’s high court, but ultimately lost. The opponents had argued that the pavilion first needed to be “alienated” by the state Legislature — making it no longer parkland — before it could be used for the private concession. Taylor wasn’t sure, but he said he thought that, under the revamped agreement, the restaurant’s kitchen, currently located in the pavilion’s basement, would be allowed to remain there. Not having any more information than what he read in the newsletter, he referred The Villager to Krueger’s office. Brad Usher, the state senator’s chief of staff, said he was actually the one who added the item about the pavilion restaurant to his boss’s newsletter. “As of Oct. 15 they’re supposed to be out of the pavilion,” he said, “and

A worker set up the outdoor cafe area of the Pavilion Market Cafe at Union Square on Wednesday morning around 9 a.m. Initially, the restaurant’s operator had planned to serve breakfast starting at 8 a.m. But business has been so bad, breakfast has been dropped from the menu and the place opens later, usually around 10:30 a.m.

after that will be on the blacktop...in the spring.” Usher said, according to the information he has, while the restaurant will be permanently bounced from the pavilion, he doesn’t know if the kitchen will continue to occupy the pavilion’s basement or not. At issue, however, is that there is nothing in writing yet from the de Blasio administration confirming what was verbally communicated months ago about the restaurant. “It was reported to me there was an agreement,” Usher said. “Do I have anything in writing? No. But when it was reported to me, it was that this is done. Given what I’ve seen, I’d be surprised if this is not a real deal.” According to Usher, Assemblymember Richard Gottfried’s Office actually has taken the lead on the issue. Wendi Paster, Gottfried’s chief of staff, said a meeting at City Hall occurred back around April between “a lot of elected officials and staff and people from the de Blasio administration.” Paster, who, unlike Usher, actually attended that negotiation, said she is waiting for confirmation of the agreement — which she said was a verbal commitment conveyed to her shortly after the meeting. “That’s what they said a few months ago, but we haven’t heard, or seen anything further in writing since April,” she said. Earlier this year, advocates pressured Mayor de Blasio to cancel the contract signed under his predecessor, Mike Bloomberg, for the pavilion restaurant. They noted that as public

advocate, de Blasio even wrote to the State Liquor Authority, urging that it deny a liquor license for the establishment. Yet, ultimately, the new mayor didn’t put the kibosh on the pavilion plan. But apparently thanks to the politicians’ ongoing pressure, he may have relented. Back in early May, when the 160seat restaurant first opened, the operator’s plan was to be open from 8 a.m. to midnight, complete with breakfasts in the morning. But, according to Geoffrey Croft, who ate there recently, business has been bad — so bad, in fact, that breakfast has been dropped from the menu. Croft said he went to the place a few weeks ago, and it was deserted of diners. “I was the only one there,” he said. “Several employees said business has not been good. They had over 100 employees, and they said staff ‘have left in droves.’ It’s hard to staff a seasonal restaurant, especially when business is bad.” Croft, the founder of NYC Park Advocates, has been a leading opponent of the pavilion restaurant plan. According to Croft, another local restaurateur who bid on the pavilion contract — yet with a plan to offer food at a lower price point than the winning bid — has declared the Pavilion Market Cafe “a disaster.” Under the new agreement, the fancy furnishings that Chef Driven Market, the parent company, installed in the pavilion — such as chandeliers and the bar — reportedly would now need to be ripped out.

Croft said the hope is that the kitchen also will be booted from the pavilion’s basement, so that it, too, can be returned to public park use for the community. “Details are still being worked out with the administration,” he said. One concern, he noted, is that, after removing the restaurant from the pavilion, the city might want to compensate the operator by providing it with more space outside on the northern plaza. That poses a new problem, the advocate said, since it could impinge on the plaza’s historic function as a place of public assembly for rallies, protests and free speech. “What we don’t want is to give them more land,” he stressed. He added that the restaurant’s contract isn’t being canceled per se, but that it’s a “change of venue” — the shunting of the eatery from inside the pavilion to outside it. As for the uses for the pavilion’s open-air top portion, advocates are thinking along the lines of bringing back children’s uses and former uses, like tango and a Brazilian short-film festival. In a similar pavilion in Columbus Park, the top open portion is “used 18 hours a day,” Croft said. Meanwhile, assuming the kitchen is forced to vacate the Union Square pavilion’s basement, that enclosed space could be used for things like pingpong, art classes and art exhibits, he added. Reached by phone late Tuesday afternoon, a hostess at the pavilion restaurant said a general manager was not available to speak just then. However, she confirmed that it’s true the eatery no longer serves breakfast. She declined, though, to answer questions on whether business has been bad and if staff have been deserting, saying that would be for the G.M. to respond to. However, the city’s Parks Department wasn’t ready to confirm this week — at least not publicly — if the pavilion restaurant will be moved outdoors. “The city will evaluate the pavilion’s performance during its first season, and make adjustments as deemed necessary to their operation moving forward,” said Parks spokesperson Phil Abramson. He added that the restaurant will operate until Oct. 31 since it opened a bit late, on May 1. According to a source, the city believes the restaurant had a successful first season, but won’t make a decision until the evaluation is completed. Croft, though, said there’s a simple solution. “The contract should have been canceled by the new administration so we don’t have go through all this,” he said, “and so that the interests of children and the greater Union Square community would be protected.” October 16, 2014

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Chords and colors swirled at La Plaza Cultural At the Lower East Side Harvest Festival’s opening party, there were musical performances and creativity in La Plaza Cultural, at E. Ninth St. and Avenue C. State Senator Brad Hoylman and his daughter, Silvia, above right, dropped by to paint. Other local politicians who came to show their support for community gardens and environmental sustainability included Borough President Gale Brewer and Councilmember Rosie Mendez.

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANTTO LAW, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at 66 John Street, 11th floor, on a petition for 11 CARMINE TACOS LLC to continue to maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk cafe at 11 CARMINE STREET in the Borough of Manhattan for a term of four years. REQUESTS FOR COPIES OFTHE REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSEDTO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, ATTN: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 10/09 - 10/16/2014

PUBLIC NOTICE - 104 BROAD STREET Cellco Partnership and its controlled affiliates doing business as Verizon Wireless is proposing to collocate antennas on an existing building, with an overall height of 310 feet, located at 104 Broad Street, in NewYork, NewYork County, New York. Public comments regarding the potential effects from this site on historic properties may be submitted within 30-days from the date of this publication to: Andrew Maziarski - IVI Telecom Services, Inc., 55 West Red Oak Lane, White Plains, New York 10604, CulturalResources@ivi-intl.com, or (914) 740-1930. Vil: 10/16/2014

Batters up! Furies keep cool with winter clinic Determined to be in even better shape for their second season, the Lower East Side Lady Furies cut the ribbon to start their winter clinic the other weekend. Joining the team and their coach, Damien Acevedo, far left, were Erik Bottcher, Governor Cuomo’s local liaison, second from left, and Councilmember Margaret Chin, front row, fourth from right. In addition to playing ball, the Furies also know how to parade and party. On Sat., Nov. 1, they’ll be participating in the First Annual Lower East Side Halloween Parade / Bash. The parade will start at 12th Park (at Henry and Grand Sts.) at 12 noon sharp, and go down Henry St., followed by a kids party at P.S. 134 (Sol Lain / Eddie Garcia Park) right afterward, until 6 p.m. There will be free candy, trick or treating and prizes for best costumes. TheVillager.com

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