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October 24, 2013 • $1.00 Volume 83 • Number 21

Brewer will fight for housing, small stores, local food By Heather Dubin

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From left, Publisher Jennifer Goodstein with David Gruber, C.B. 2 chairperson, and Sheldon Silver, the Assembly speaker, at The Villager’s 80th anniversary party. See Pages 16 and 17.

Local leaders are looking good

Stringer asks C.B. 3 to ‘reconsider’ ban of LES Dwellers anti-bar group BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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ontroversy continues to flare around the East Village’s Community Board 3 and its troubled relationship with LES Dwellers, an aggressive and highly organized, new anti-bar group. A month ago, David McWater, the board’s former chairperson, resigned

from C.B. 3 a week after blowing up at Sara Romanoski, a diminutive Dwellers member. The heated incident was caught on several videotapes and went viral. Around the same time, The Villager had also received a tip that McWater — who owns several East Village bars — may actually live in leafy Lambertville, N.J., which would disqualify him from being on a New York

City community board. McWater subsequently resigned at the C.B. 3 Sept. 24 full-board meeting, saying he was not planning to reapply for appointment in April anyway. Now, in the latest flap, earlier this month, Gigi Li, C.B. 3 chairperson, and Susan Stetzer, the board’s district

ale Brewer knows how to get things done. With more than 40 years of public- and private-sector experience behind her, the Democratic city councilmember’s run for Manhattan borough president is a potential boon for New Yorkers. If

elected, Brewer, who is a strong advocate for lowand moderate-income people, could well transform the borough, and perhaps the city, too. In a phone interview earlier this week, Brewer spoke about issues central to her campaign, and what BREWER, continued on p. 4

Banksy makes buzz with art, car; Fans make off with doors By Tequila Minsky

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e’s making art in New York and has taken the city in a flurry of buzz. An alternate art reality to Christo’s Central Park “The Gates” installation that drew crowds, people are flocking to seek out Banksy’s street art, but the persistent question is:

Where are they? Eventually, the word gets around — though, locating the work is like a scavenger hunt. From Bristol, England, the elusive Banksy came here for his “Better Out Than In” exhibit, an art residency on the streets, featuring a new piece every day during the month banksy, continued on p. 6

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New York University and Community Board 2, Manhattan Present

The 23rd Annual

Children’s Halloween Parade Thursday, October 31, 2013, 3:00 - 6:00 pm

Parents and Children (ages 3-12) gather by the Washington Square Arch at 3:00pm. Free trick-or-treat bags, games, and rides await the children on LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South after the parade.

Bedford Barrow Commerce Block Association • Bob and Elaine Schneider • Con Edison • Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce • Kaufman Children’s Dental Office • Kmart • Lucille Lortel Theatre • McBurney YMCA • NoHo NY BID • NYU Administrative Management Council • NYU Bookstores • NYU Parenting Club / Office of Alumni Relations • Sky Management Corporation • Village Alliance For more information, visit the NYU Office of Government and Community Affairs at www.nyu.edu/nyu-in-nyc

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who gave a detailed description of the suspect and told us he had a ‘sawed-off shotgun’ under his jacket,” he said. “When we spotted the suspect, a block away, he had an unusual gait and appeared to be holding something against his right torso under his overcoat. When we then approached, he turned and opened his jacket displaying the firearm. Upon seeing this we wrestled him to the ground.” It turned out the man might have been a suspect in a rash of stickup robberies. “The detective took the photo for the file and told me, ‘We got it from here kid,’” Gleason recalled. “My partner and I went back on patrol.” Good work, Pete! Fade to the “Dragnet” theme music… .

Trying to scare up an answer: We called Jeanne Fleming, the director of the Village Halloween Parade, to see if it’s on or off for this year. Sandy really socked them last year, hitting right before the annual extravaganza, causing them to lose tens of thousands of dollars. Recently, they resolved to raise $50,000 through Kickstarter, or else the parade might be off for this year. Fleming didn’t return a call, but a rep at the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce assured us when we called this week, “The parade is happening. They’ve raised a lot of money.” Maybe we should try to contact the Village Halloween Parade spirits to get a definite answer? Another Hudson Square hotel: Hudson Square is getting hipper by the moment. On Canal St. between Renwick and Hudson Sts., just a block from The Villager’s office, the Thompson Hotel group — we’re told they actually may have changed their name — is developing a 330-room hotel on a site owned by the Ponte family. The hotel has a 99-year ground lease on the property. Meanwhile, just up the block, a pretty large-looking site is under construction, we’re told, by The Related Companies, the city’s biggest developer, for a mixed retail and residential project. ‘The Rifle Remover’: As you should know by now if you read Scoopy’s Notebook, Pete Gleason is running for Manhattan district attorney as a Republican versus D.A. Cy Vance in the Nov. 5 general election. An attorney living in

Tribeca and an active member of the Downtown Independent Democrats, Gleason was formerly a firefighter and, before that, a police officer. He recently told us he was part of the police detail guarding the “perimeter” around E. Sixth St. when former President Jimmy Carter came there to work on Mascot Flats, the first Habitat for Humanity project in Manhattan, back in 1984. Gleason then e-mailed us this photo of him from around that time, as he put it, “a visual of what getting guns off the street looks like. … The rifle is a carbine — similar in style to that which was carried by Chuck Connors in the TV show ‘The Rifleman,’ ”Gleason explained. “This firearm was taken off a suspect on the Lower East Side in the vicinity of Hamilton Fish Park. The weapon was unloaded at the scene and was transported along with the suspect to the Seventh Precinct. The stock of the rifle had been cut and an eyebolt along with a bandana was attached. This allowed the suspect to sling the bandana over his shoulder and secret the altered, reduced-length rifle under his overcoat. While the sling allowed easy access for the suspect’s potential use, it made it impossible for the suspect to drop his weapon when ordered to do so. Neither the suspect nor my partner, Police Officer Jay Fagan, were injured when we wrestled the suspect to the ground. The pencil was placed in the ejection port to render the gun safe. This was your average night on the Lower East Side circa 1985.” Was it a stop-and-frisk? we asked him. Negative, he responded. “We were flagged down by a good samaritan

CHARAS inertia continues: O.K., so what’s going on already with developer Gregg Singer’s plan to create a university student dormitory at 605 E. Ninth St., the old P.S. 64, a.k.a. most recently CHARAS / El Bohio Cultural and Community Center. (And when we say “most recently,” we’re talking about a dozen years ago, which is how long the building has sat vacant under Singer.) We tried reaching out repeatedly to Singer’s most-recent, high-priced P.R. rep, but got no response. And we called Singer directly, but that didn’t work either. So we called The Cooper Union, which had agreed to be the new dorm’s anchor tenant. But it turns out Cooper’s press department, through retirement and attrition, is basically nonexistent, so our call was referred to Lloyd Kaplan, one of our favorite P.R. spokespersons. We should also mention that we’re hearing that work seems to have stopped at the site — as in, people who live on the block are NOT hearing any construction activity there lately. So, we asked Kaplan, what’s the story? The story is not very clear, it seems. “There’s a contract that Cooper Union would have right of first refusal on something like 194 rooms,” Kaplan said. “They paid less than five figures.” How about the reports that renovations inside the place have ground to a halt? Kaplan checked around and got back to us. “We haven’t heard anything,” he told us. “Cooper Union has not heard from them,” referring to Singer’s group. “I think, nothing has changed,” Kaplan concluded. “Our answer is: Nothing has changed.” Hmm, very existential… . The last time we saw Chino Garcia, CHARAS’s executive director, in Tompkins Square Park, he said he was also waiting to hear back from Cooper Union. And he said he was also disappointed that Anthony Weiner had been repeatedly exposed as a sext-aholic. (This was before the primary.) “I liked Weiner when he was in Congress,” Garcia said, “but he [messed] up.” Paparazzi twerkin’ the beat: We asked one of the paparazzi outside the Trump Soho on Wednesday morning who they were all on the lookout for. Well, a bearded Adam Sandler had recently walked out with coffee in a cup (not paper, but porcelain) from the Trump Soho cafe, he noted humorously. And, he added, Miley Cyrus was there, too, following her appearance at a fashion awards event the night before.

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she hopes to accomplish if elected. She will face Republican David Casavis in the Nov. 5 general election, which she is expected to win easily. The borough president’s most important responsibility is zoning and land-use review. In a city saturated with luxury housing development, Brewer’s top priority is to ensure affordable housing is obtainable in Manhattan. Additionally, she wants to focus on preserving mom-and-pop stores, employment, technology and assisting neighborhood community boards. Originally from Massachusetts, Brewer got her start in politics in the 1970s and ’80s through the women’s movement and her work in government. She was a member of the National Political Women’s Caucus of New York, later becoming its state chairperson in the ’80s. Brewer also worked for Mary Anne Krupsak, New York’s former lieutenant governor, and former City Councilmember Ruth Messinger, who represented the Upper West Side.  Brewer noted that Messinger, who went on to become Manhattan borough president, and feminist Gloria Steinem, who will be 80 in March, are inspirations for her.

Gale Brewer at The Villager’s 80th anniversary party this week.

“I don’t have a lot of mentors, but those two people I have a lot of respect for,” Brewer said. Brewer was the director of the New York City Office of Federal Relations, and also

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headed its women’s division, under former mayor David Dinkins. Under former Public Advocate Mark Green, she was the deputy public advocate for intergovernmental affairs. Aside from public work, Brewer has worked in affordable housing, and taught urban policy for more than 20 years at the City University of New York and Barnard College. Currently, she teaches at Hunter College. Brewer was a member of the Upper West Side’s Community Board 7 for many years. When term limits kicked in, people suggested she run in 2001 for Councilmember Ronnie Eldridge’s Sixth District seat, which covers that community. “It was because of my background in this neighborhood,” Brewer said of why people viewed her as the best successor to Eldridge. She remembered the Democratic primary took place on Sept. 11, 2001, and the election was canceled two hours after the polls had opened. “That was quite a beginning for the City Council,” Brewer said. During her 12 years on the City Council, Brewer prided herself on providing constituent services and helping pass groundbreaking legislation. “The loss of mom-and-pop stores in Manhattan, I hear about it everywhere I go,” she said. A study found that there were 72 bank branches in her Council district, only confirming the obvious — that there were far too many. Brewer passed a bill to restrict storefront size for incoming commercial tenants — mainly focused at banks and drug stores — to preserve space for small merchants. “It makes a difference about what can come in,” she added of the legislation. Brewer also passed a bill for food-sourcing for city contracts, which cover jails, hospitals, schools, daycare centers, senior centers and homeless shelters. According to Brewer, New York City is the country’s second-largest purchaser of food, after the U.S. Department of Defense.  Now, the food in city contracts must be purchased from within New York State, unless the item is too difficult to find here. “There is one dairy left in Queens with 1,000 employees,” Brewer noted. They have a contract for the New York City Department of Education, and that saved 200 jobs because they got the contracts. I call that ‘local sourcing.’ ” While Brewer acknowledged local sourcing has gotten more difficult as developers have come in with new grocery stores, it can still be done. When the Time Warner Center opened at Columbus Circle, Brewer negotiated that 230 jobs in the complex be filled by local workers. “It became the model when IKEA came to Brooklyn, and when Fairway came to Brooklyn,” she said. “They used it as a prototype.” The borough president currently has two offices, in the Municipal Building, at 1 Centre St., and in the Adam Clayton Powell State Of-

fice Building, at 163 W. 125th St. The borough president has 71 employees, some of whom shuttle back and forth between the two offices. If elected, Brewer said she would not use the current Harlem office, and would instead set up shop somewhere nearby there in a storefront-type office. Brewer’s current Council district office, which she refers to as “one-stop shopping,” is on W. 87th  St. near Columbus Ave., and is easily accessible to people coming in for maps, applications or information about city and state services. She wants to continue this same accessibility, and is currently looking for a space.  If elected, Brewer would move forward on what she called “the number one issue in Manhattan and citywide — lack of affordable housing.” Brewer expressed frustration with what she called the borough’s lack of affordable housing. “Teachers can’t find an apartment, and someone who’s making $13,000 can’t find an apartment,” she said. Brewer thinks the solution is in local planning.

Brewer said she would create a storefront office in Harlem. “That’s how you do this: Work with community boards, work with City Council, the mayor,” she said. “And every time there’s development, you figure out how to include affordable housing and work with community organizations to preserve what you have.” Brewer was wary of Mayor Bloomberg’s development tactics, which amount to “trickle-down as opposed to trickle-up,” she said. “There’s a lot of building going on.”  With a scarcity of developable land in Manhattan, and the cost of construction, Brewer noted that Brooklyn and Queens are cheaper places to build. However, she stressed, “I want to build affordable housing in Manhattan.” With a new administration set to begin in 2014, Brewer hopes there will be a focus on affordable housing.  “It’s not an easy goal,” she said. “Everybody talks about it, and there are a couple of projects in my area. I know how to do it. “I’ve been working on these issues for a very long time,” she noted. “I’ve done a lot of negotiations with developers on the West Side, and did it when I was on the community board.” Brewer understands both the developers’ BREWER, continued on p. 5

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desire to make profits as well as the necessity of providing housing for middle- and low-income workers who are being forced out of the city since they can no longer afford to live here. “It’s not right,” she said. “They provide the backbone of our neighborhood.” Brewer also wants to provide community boards with a better framework, and continue outgoing B.P. Scott Stringer’s reforms of the selection process for members. In addition, since she passed the Open Data Law, which makes government data accessible to the public, Brewer wants to help community boards better decipher this information. In terms of technology, Brewer wants to, as she put it, “keep working on that digital divide.” Public schools have computers that download information too slowly, are in frequent use and, in general, need to be updated. She would like to expand broadband, and wants to collaborate with the other borough presidents on technology projects. “I think that’s never been done the last couple of decades,” she pointed out. In the wake of last year’s Hurricane Sandy, there are also storm-protection issues to confront, as well. 

Some of her opponents in the borough president Democratic primary election made a point of saying they would have a “master plan” for Manhattan. Asked if she has one, Brewer sounded a pragmatic note. “A ‘master plan’ is good conceptually, but it takes a long time to carry out,” she said. “I don’t have a long time. I want to do things quickly. I’m an implementer — I like getting things done.” Her efficiency ethic appears to correlate with her moral ethic. After her primary win, Brewer returned $72,000 of matching campaign funds to the city. “We do have a Republican opponent, but I don’t feel he’s a serious opponent,” she said of the general election. “I don’t like to take the public money unless it’s needed.” Brewer lives on the Upper West Side with her husband, Cal Snyder. They have raised many foster children, many of them during the crack epidemic of the ’80s, and adopted several of them.  Based on her own experience, and her understanding of what is happening in the public schools, Brewer would also like to see “culturally appropriate mental health services,” for students in the form of social workers and psychiatrists.

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of October. Documentation appears on his web site, www.Banksyny.com. The public doesn’t quite know what he looks like. His art can be spray-painted stenciled images on walls, installations in and on trucks, sculpture, a type of performance, and other forms of street expression. An audio guide / moviefone phone number with commentary augments or offers an “explanation” on each work. His first piece, on Allen Street (east side, just north of Canal St.), was stenciled art with automotive paint and a “Graffiti is a Crime” street has been removed. Subsequently, a small, stenciled paint job and assorted tagging has been added. Pieces don’t last in their original state very long. An elaborate wall and junked-car stenciled art piece of soldiers and horses went up on Oct. 9 in a gated and locked lot on Ludlow St., just south of Stanton St. A couple of days after its installation, one of the car’s rear doors was gone, and days later, a front door disappeared. The audio for the piece has actual Iraq war combat audio from 2007 and can be accessed by calling 800-656-4271 #5. The “Sirens of the Lambs,” piece with all sorts of cuddly stuffed cows, piglets, pandas and Lambchops peering out through the slats of a slaughterhouse delivery truck, toured the Meatpacking District and is now

driving citywide for two weeks. It was spotted at Thompson and Spring Sts. last Thurs., Oct. 17. One of the biggest stirs caused by his work was his actual art stall on Fifth Ave. by Central Park selling “spray art,” signed originals priced at $60. On Wed., Oct. 16, a fiberglass replica of a huge-footed Ronald McDonald appeared in the South Bronx, complete with a Banksy assistant polishing its shoes. During the following week, every lunchtime, the installation visited the sidewalk outside a different McDonald’s. On Monday night, another graffiti artist, Flint, spray-painted “DREAMS MAY COME AND DREAMS MAY GO” on a whitewashed wall (over pasted advertising posters) on Thompson St. The following afternoon, graffiti artist Appolo-5 added his sentiments: “ ‘Banksy’ Learn Your Roots.” Although he is a patron of the arts, who donates millions to the city’s artistic institutions, Mayor Bloomberg blasted Banksy’s graffiti. Graffiti “does ruin people’s property” and is a “sign of decay and lost control,” the mayor said during a press conference. “I just think there are some places for art and some places where — no art,” Bloomberg said. “You running up to somebody’s property or public property and defacing it is not my definition of art. Or it may be art, but it should not be permitted. And I think that’s exactly what the law says.”

Banksy’s first piece, on Allen St., has already had its doors stripped off.

The street artist’s “Sirens of the Lambs” truck, with bleating sheep bound for the slaughterhouse, caused a commotion on Spring St.

Banksy’s Allen St. piece has been drawing a crowd.

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Writing on a wall on Thompson St., Appolo-5 had some words of advice for Banksy, who some accuse of ripping off New York graffiti artists’ style.

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PHOTOs BY Sam Spokony

Kids’ camera creativity on display A group of 37 children struggling with cancer gained a uniquely memorable experience last week, as photographs they took during an educational program were exhibited in a Lower East Side art gallery. The Pablove Foundation — a nonprofit group dedicated to funding research for pediatric cancer treatment and improving the lives of families affected by childhood cancer — organized the Oct. 19 event for kids, ages 6 to 18, who recently completed its Shutterbugs class, which teaches basic photography skills. The exhibit took place at Lu Magnus Gallery, at 55 Hester St. Proudly standing with their photos at the Pablove Shutterbugs event were Giancarlos Luna, 10, left, and Marcus Hunte, 6.

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Seven years later, rooftop case still up in the air BY gERARD fLYNN

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n March 2006, Ramy Isaac “self-certified” that construction plans for a sixth floor and penthouse addition to a five-story walk-up in the East Village were lawful. That year was a good one for developers — 48 percent of new construction applications to the Department of Buildings were self-certified. Under professional certification, as it’s called in the business, architects and engineers are allowed to confirm that their plans comply with applicable laws and start work, without prior Buildings inspection. The program, which was increased under the Giuliani administration in 1995, can have serious side effects, however, for tenants — as rent-stabilized residents at 515 E. Fifth St. began to find out not long after the Buildings Department approved Isaac’s permit application. At the time, he was employed by Magnum Management — owned by notoriously aggressive East Village developer Benjamin Shaoul, who reportedly purchased the walkup for just under $3 million in late 2005. Permit in hand, Shaoul et al. proceeded to renovate emptied apartments and erect the additional floors, thus turning the late 19thcentury tenement into a dusty and noisy hell,

rent-stabilized residents said. By mid-April 2006, the trail of violations against Shaoul by the Department of Buildings for work at the site was just beginning. Forming a tenants association, residents took their growing complaints to tenant advocacy groups and local Councilmember Rosie Mendez. Eventually, Borough President Scott Stringer got involved, demanding the Buildings Department revoke the permit for the rooftop additions. By the end of 2006, Shaoul had started renting out the nearly completed apartments. Yet, Buildings had ordered him to “discontinue illegal use” because he hadn’t obtained a required certificate of occupancy. Claiming the enlargements violated the zoning resolution, specifically, the “Sliver Law,” which caps height in certain areas of the city, tenants took their case to Buildings. But the agency found Shaoul was in compliance. In 2007, the tenants contested D.O.B.’s decision at the Board of Standards and Appeals. Surprisingly, the B.S.A. ruled for the tenants. The B.S.A. reversed D.O.B.’s ruling and ordered the enlargements taken down. Shaoul and his burly legal eagle, Marvin Mitzner, appealed the B.S.A. decision in New York State Supreme Court. They lost, then

lost again at the state’s Appellate Division. For the tenants, it was a kind of Pyrrhic victory: The illegal rooftop enlargements stayed up, and the rent from them — an estimated $12,000 a month — kept rolling in. Tenants claimed the penthouse addition violated a 1929 state statute, the Multiple Dwelling Law, specifically, violating fire and other safety requirements; and that, at more than six floors, the Old Law tenement — once home to New York’s poorest immigrants — was required to have an elevator. The Buildings Department disagreed, saying that, among other things, Shaoul’s proposed additional fire safety measures, such as installing sprinklers throughout the building, were “deemed equivalent to the fireproofing measures laid out in the Multiple Dwelling Law.” But in October 2008, the B.S.A. again shot down D.O.B.’s decision. The agency exceeded its legal jurisdiction in waiving the Multiple Dwelling Law requirements, the B.S.A. said. The tenants’ attorney, Harvey Epstein, of the Urban Justice Center, told The Villager at the time that he thought the next step should be an order to demolish the illegal added stories. Buildings has declined to answer how Shaoul can rent the property without a cer-

tificate of occupancy. Yet, in August 2012, Shaoul applied to the B.S.A. to have part of the enlargement — the sixth floor — “vested,” in accordance with the prior zoning from before the 2008 East Village / Lower East Side rezoning, which downzoned the block the building is on. The building permit for the rooftop addition lapsed in 2008. Shaoul sought its reinstatement and claimed that “common-law vested rights,” which allow developers to complete construction started before a zoning change, may be applied. However, because D.O.B. deems the permit unlawful, the B.S.A. denied Shaoul’s application in September 2012. But no order from Buildings to dismantle the enlargements is likely just yet, and Shaoul has decided to sue the B.S.A. again — pursuing another variance based on the prior zoning. Andrew Berman, executive director Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, which has worked closely with the tenants, called Buildings’ lax response “incredibly frustrating.” “The city seems very good about doing enforcement when it wants to,” Berman noted. “But in cases like this, landlords and developers just seem to get away with it for year after year after year.”

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POLICE BLOTTER DNA nails permit pilferer

Police arrested Daniel Lyles, 23, after he jumped a subway turnstile on Oct. 20. They also identified him as the suspect in the theft of a New York Police Department parking permit in 2012. An officer said he spotted Lyles jumping the turnstile at the entrance to the 1/ 2 / 3 train subway stop at W. 14th St. and Seventh Ave., around 2:15 p.m. Once he was arrested and booked at the precinct, police found that his name and information matched DNA recovered from a crime scene on March 16, 2012. Lyles’s DNA came from blood left on the broken window of a police cruiser parked outside the Sixth Precinct, on W. 10th St. near Hudson St. In that incident, Lyles allegedly smashed his arm through the car’s window to snatch the parking permit off the windshield. For the 2012 incident, Lyles was charged with criminal mischief, petty larceny and auto stripping. For the incident this past week, he was charged with intent to fraudulently obtain transit without paying and criminal trespassing.

Was nearly a riot

Police arrested Elijah Ellis, 27, after he allegedly started a huge brawl near Washington Square Park early on Thurs., Oct. 17, that also led to two other arrests. Cops said that the incident began as a verbal dispute among a group of about 20 people, around 4:15 a.m., on a sidewalk near the corner of W. Eighth and MacDougal Sts. Ellis then allegedly pushed a woman into the street, causing her to fall and almost be hit by a car, which set off what police described as a fight so intense it bordered on a riot. When officers arrived to arrest Ellis, he reportedly tried to push them away and flailed his arms to prevent being handcuffed. Two of Ellis’s friends, Deshawn Bailey, 20, and Raymond Reyes, 24, also tried to prevent the officers from making the arrest, and reportedly refused multiple orders to leave the scene. Ellis was charged with reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, inciting to riot, four counts of disorderly conduct, harassment and unlawful possession of marijuana. Bailey was charged with obstructing governmental administration and three counts of disorderly conduct. Reyes was charged with resisting arrest and three counts of disorderly conduct.

Town Car taxi trouble

Police arrested Hassan Syed, 37, after he was spotted allegedly driving a Town Car taxi without a license, then led officers on a high-speed road chase early on Oct. 20.

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Police first noticed Syed shortly after midnight, near the corner of Christopher St. and Seventh Ave. South, where he was dropping off and attempting to pick up paying customers in a black Lincoln. Cops said he was driving erratically, and changing lanes without signaling, so they tried to pull him over near the intersection. But Syed reportedly sped away from the police cars, racing south and eventually trying to enter the Holland Tunnel at around 55 miles per hour, even though the tunnel entrance was full of traffic and crossing pedestrians. The officers were able to cut him off and stop him before entering the tunnel. They then discovered that, in addition to his dangerous driving, Syed lacked a valid state license for picking up fares. He was charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving and unlawfully fleeing a police officer.

Chase was on the case

Police arrested Kathryn Zeleny, 37, on the afternoon of Oct. 18 after she allegedly tried to cash a check she had stolen and then forged. An employee of the Chase bank at 32 University Place told officers that Zeleny walked in around 4 p.m. and tried to cash the fraudulent check, on which she had written a value of $2,490. Upon apprehending Zeleny, officers discovered the check had been stolen from an unwitting man, who later stated he never authorized the payment. Zeleny was charged with possession of a forged instrument and criminal possession of stolen property.

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Police said they arrested Guillermo Reyes, 32, after he attacked a man after an argument in the Meatpacking District early on Sun., Oct. 20. The alleged victim, 50, said he was in the middle of a dispute with Reyes around 3:45 a.m., near the corner of Little W. 12th St. and Ninth Ave., when the latter suddenly punched him in the face. Officers near the busy intersection saw the commotion and quickly responded, breaking up the fight. The fallen man was treated by paramedics for cuts and bruises. Reyes was also found to be carrying a small bag of alleged marijuana in his pocket. He was charged with assault, harassment and unlawful possession of marijuana.

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Soho BID: Residents and businesses working together TALKING POINT By MARGARET S. CHIN

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aving read Sean Sweeney’s opinion piece published in The Villager last week about the City Council’s approval of the Soho Business Improvement District, I want to take this opportunity to correct some of the misinformation circulating about this historic achievement for our community. Soho is one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in our city, home to pioneering residents, artists and businesses that together forged a veritable mecca of culture and commerce. As a result, Broadway has grown into one of New York’s most popular shopping areas. While we welcome visitors, this increase in foot traffic has led to problems, including sidewalk overcrowding, sanitation issues and marked increases in vending, vehicle traffic and vehicle idling. The overall wear and tear on the streetscape has diminished the quality of life for residents in Soho and left a mess that the city’s Department of Sanitation simply cannot keep up with. In response, residents and property owners along Broadway came together to take back their community, forming a coalition that would advocate for the rights of those who made Soho the lively hub it is today. The Soho

BID is the result of three years of dialogue and compromise. From the beginning of this process, I insisted upon meaningful participation from all stakeholders — commercial property owners, residential property owners and residential tenants alike. After three years of constructive conversations, a town hall meeting, countless hours of outreach to residents by the BID’s Steering Committee, rounds of modifications to the Soho BID district plan (which is the BID’s governing document), and significant changes to the BID’s budget, it is impossible to claim that this process was somehow closed or secretive. As anyone who chose to participate in this project knows, such transparency and inclusiveness take time. I, as the duly elected representative of the First Council District, would not allow any proposal impacting my constituents to come before the City Council for a vote without ample opportunity for community input and feedback. Under the Soho BID: • Residents of cooperatives and condominiums pay the same rate — $1. • The focus of this proposal is not to publicize Soho and bring more visitors to the neighborhood, but to ensure that the streets we walk are clean and free of debris and litter. • For the first time ever in BID history, it is mandated that 50 percent of the Soho BID governance will be comprised of residential property owners and 50 percent will be comprised of commercial property owners.

This will ensure that this business improvement district will be, in practice, a Residential and Business Improvement District. •T  he provision for community engagement and reporting on BID business will guarantee an unprecedented level of transparency for a nonprofit of this type. •T  his agreement will ensure residents’ concerns are taken seriously and handled in a timely manner. This BID will supplement the services that are currently provided by the city and will serve to enhance the residential fabric of Soho community. The additional services will be paid for by the commercial property owners, and the services will benefit ALL property owners and tenants within the BID’s boundaries. This is not a tax, but something more akin to property owners coming together to collectively cover the costs for enhanced sanitation services, which in these economic times, the city is unable to fund itself. Property owners clearly understand the value of these services — after the public hearing, only 2.7 percent of property owners (seven out of 280) located within the proposed BID filed objections. Contrary to Sweeney’s claims, the passage of the Soho BID happened with all due public notice. The votes taken on Oct. 9, 2013, by the City Council’s Finance Committee and the full Council were announced eight days in advance of the Finance Committee hearing and Stated Council Meeting. In addition, a draft of the memorandum of understanding

was circulated to residents and commercial property owners along Broadway, so that they were fully aware of what the finalized agreement would cover. Community engagement has served as a guiding principle throughout this process, and the final vote on Oct. 9 was no exception. The memorandum of understanding is a direct product of three years of community collaboration. It was signed by a majority of the Steering Committee, and it is a public document available on the City Council Web site. I have also provided a copy to The Villager. Perhaps there was some confusion on the part of the talking point’s author regarding the draft document that was circulated to the community for review, and the final document that was signed by myself and the members of the Steering Committee, entered into the public record of the New York City Council, voted on by the Finance Committee and the full City Council, and which will soon be signed into law by the mayor. The Soho BID is a proposal we can all be proud of. It is the result of true community partnership. Together, we were able to achieve an original and historic agreement that works for Soho. I look forward to seeing the fruits of our hard work benefit the people who live, visit and work in the Soho neighborhood for years to come. Chin is city councilmember for the First District

More of Sweeney’s dirty tricks TALKING POINT By Trip Yang

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ean Sweeney, the Soho Alliance director and Downtown Independent Democrats leader, is again misleading readers when the truth isn’t convenient. Sweeney, a longtime opponent of the Soho Business Improvement District, last week penned a talking point in The Villager accusing Councilmember Margaret Chin and Soho BID organizers of a “lack of transparency” after the BID was passed by a City Council vote following three years of community consultation, collaboration and compromise. There are many disingenuous statements in Sweeney’s piece — the errors might even outnumber the amount of times Sweeney’s handpicked City Council candidates failed to win office. The most dubious statement is his accusation that Councilmember Chin accepted large sums of money from Newmark Realty in her current re-election campaign. This is blatantly false. A quick search on the Campaign Finance Board site reveals an impressive 825 contributors, with an average, grassroots-level donation of $186 — yet no mention of Newmark Realty. So why is Sweeney authoring a factually erroneous opinion piece? To borrow some of

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Sweeney’s own language, one explanation is that he is looking for “retribution” after his last two handpicked City Council candidates lost by wide margins to Councilmember Chin. It’s also plausible that Sweeney is simply seeking “vengeance” after learning the Campaign Finance Board is looking into allegations of serious violations by Sweeney’s political club, Downtown Independent Democrats, for campaign activities in the 2013 Democratic primary election. D.I.D. is the “Democratic reform” club Sweeney led as president for many years, and continues to serve on the leadership of. It’s also ironically the same club that received a $15,000 donation this year from benefactor Charles Schmerler, who has also donated to Republican House Speaker John Boehner. Not to be outdone on outreach to the Republican Party, Peter Gleason, a member of the D.I.D. Executive Committee, is currently challenging Cy Vance, the incumbent Democratic Manhattan district attorney, on the Republican line. Vance, of course, was endorsed by D.I.D. this year. These are all verifiable facts — unlike Sweeney’s opinion piece. It’s a pity all the new sanitation services of the BID won’t be able to clean up Sweeney’s dirty tricks. Yang is campaign manager for Margaret Chin’s City Council re-election campaign

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The Villager endorses de Blasio for mayor EDITORIAL

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any Downtown voters could still smell the 9/11 fires 12 years ago — the last time New Yorkers were certain they would be getting a new mayor. Today, the odor is a distant memory to some, a vivid one to others. But many who will be voting for the city’s next leader on Nov. 5 were too young or too far away from New York to remember. It underscores the point that the city is in a far different place than it was when Mike Bloomberg took over in 2002. We think Bill de Blasio is the best candidate to succeed Bloomberg. We like his plan for the city and his approach. He wants to use some of our city pension funds to help finance 200,000 units of new affordable housing over the next 10 years. The plan will not only combat the housing shortage, one of the city’s most

vexing problems, it will also spur economic activity, creating jobs. De Blasio has made education the centerpiece of his campaign — committing to expanding full-day pre-K and after-school programs. He would be the first mayor to have a child in the public school system, which as we said previously, would send a powerful message to parents, particularly those who have felt they have had no voice in their children’s education. He seeks a minuscule tax rate hike on the city’s wealthiest residents to pay for his education expansion. Critics say the tax plan will be dead on arrival in Albany, but that ignores the fact that the idea has caught fire with voters, giving it political momentum. De Blasio’s ties to Governor Andrew Cuomo go back two decades and, we believe, his plan has a realistic chance of passing. De Blasio, currently the city’s public advocate, knows full well the daunting economic challenges he will face as he will have to negotiate long-overdue contracts with the municipal unions. His

pro-labor outlook should give him a much better chance to get the unions to accept less than all of the retroactive raises, as well as the health and pension benefits, that they are expecting. His main opponent, Republican Joe Lhota, a former deputy mayor under Rudy Giuliani, has run a misguided, lackluster campaign, which calls into question his credentials as an administrator. We’ve heard irrelevant talk from Lhota about the Sandinistas, and suggestions that de Blasio somehow wants to take us back to the dark, crime-ridden days of the ’70s and ’80s. The reality is that de Blasio has made it clear that one of his top contenders to become police commissioner is Bill Bratton, who was the best commissioner under Giuliani. It was actually Bratton’s successors who helped feed Giuliani’s well-deserved reputation for being the most divisive mayor in recent history. Lhota would likely be somewhat of a departure from Giuliani, but not enough for our comfort.

De Blasio, on the other hand, made a particularly strong impression during the campaign with his fight to keep hospitals in Brooklyn, including Long Island College Hospital, from closing, even getting arrested at a protest to save L.I.C.H. In August, he led a “Hospitals Not Condos” rally outside the site of the former St. Vincent’s Hospital in Greenwich Village. While not promising — at least, not yet — to restore a full-service hospital to the Lower West Side, de Blasio’s message of keeping our hospitals open — and restoring healthcare where it has been lost — was deeply heartening for many in our community. For many voters, this is the real essence of what de Blasio represents — a sense of hope that things can be different, that the interests of regular New Yorkers, as opposed to big development and big money, will be protected. His candidacy represents a “reset” moment. The Villager endorses Bill de Blasio for mayor on Tues., Nov. 5.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Hail Mary — she’s right on target

BID always focused on basics

To The Editor: Re “Senators stymie women’s agenda” (letter, by Mary L. Jenkins, Oct. 17): I appreciate Mary L. Jenkins’s letter calling on the New York State Senate to return to Albany and pass Governor Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act in its entirety. As Ms. Jenkins notes, the Assembly has already passed all 10 provisions of the act. Shamefully, though, the Senate failed to bring to the floor the crucial tenth provision that would codify the reproductive-health protections won by women more than 40 years ago in  Roe v. Wade. I agree with Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and my Democratic Senate colleagues that it is imperative the full 10-point package be passed. I strongly believe the Senate should heed Ms. Jenkins’s call and return to Albany as soon as possible to finish our work on the Women’s Equality Act.

To The Editor: Re “Secret vote on the Soho BID was some tricky business” (talking point, by Sean Sweeney, Oct. 17): Since the outset of the Broadway Soho BID effort, Councilmember Margaret Chin has been pushing for equal residential and com-

mercial voting, as well as a minimal budget to focus only on basic needs. I should know since I have been co-chairperson of the business improvement district’s steering committee since its inception.  On March 10, 2013, before the final public hearing by the City Council Finance LETTERS, continued on p. 29

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Deborah Glick has been there for kids and schools TALKING POINT

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e write as parents of the Village, Lower Manhattan and southern Chelsea. In this election year, when issues surrounding education and policies supporting families have become a central part of our political conversation, we wish to applaud the work of our assemblymember, Deborah Glick, in supporting the city’s children. She has been outstanding among elected officials in her attention to the needs of parents and kids and in the effectiveness of her advocacy on their behalf. Glick was the originator, and constant defender, of the idea to secure 75 Morton St. for public school space. She was among the organizers of the very first two public

We can think of no elected official who has been more principled, attentive and vigorous in his or her support of the interests of kids.

She organized rare meetings of parents with highly placed public officials, including David Steiner, then the state Education commissioner; and Dennis Walcott, then a deputy mayor, to address school overcrowding. The assemblymember provided eloquent responses to many issues of vital interest to parents —  when other officials were often silent — giving testimony at public hearings; writing to highly placed officials; and publishing op-eds on (among other things) adequate state funding for class-size reduction; excessive standardized testing; unwanted charter school co-location; and politically motivated school closures. Glick advocated energetically for extensive public givebacks, including a large subsidy for the arts at P.S. 41 and P.S. 3, in the wake of the Trinity and Rudin rezonings. She wrote to the state Education commissioner opposing the appointment of Cathie Black as the city’s schools chancellor. Glick opposed selling off public parkland to private residential developers on Pier 40, defending the preservation of our open spaces and Villagers’ right to our share of tax-funded park dollars to preserve our public infrastructure. In our experience, which collectively is extensive, we can think of no elected official who has been more principled, attentive and vigorous in his or her support of the interests of kids. We hope that as an administration that has repeatedly challenged New York City’s parents and families passes into history, more public officials will be empowered and inspired to follow Glick’s example. Irene Kaufman, co-founder, Public School Parent Advocacy Committee; former member, P.S. 41 P.T.A., Greenwich Village Girls Basketball League Ann Kjellberg, co-founder, Public School Parent Advocacy Committee; former member, P.S. 41 School Leadership Team; parent, Lab

Middle School; former parent, Downtown United Soccer Club, Pier 40 baseball, Greenwich Village Girls Basketball League Shino Tanikawa, president, Community Education Council District 2; former officer, District 2 Presidents Council; former member, P.S. 3 P.T.A.; co-founder, Public School Parent Advocacy Committee Lisa Donlan, president, Community Education Council District 1 Tamara Rowe, former president, C.E.C. District 2; member, District 2 Presidents Council; former member, P.S. 3 P.T.A. and Clinton School for Writers and Artists P.T.A.; co-founder, Public School Parent Advocacy Committee Keen Berger, member, Community Board 2 Social Services and Education Committee; former chairperson, District 2 school board; Democratic district leader Denise Collins, member, C.B. 2 Social Services and Education Committee; P.S. 3 Political Action Committee Tina Schiller, former member, P.S. 234 Overcrowding Committee; P.S. 234 S.L.T.; former member, C.B. 1 Education Committee Tricia Joyce, member, P.S. 234 Overcrowding Committee; vice president, P.S. 234 P.T.A. Heather Campbell, member, C.B. 2 S.L.A. Committee; P.S. 41 Parent Advocacy Committee Joan Hoffman, G.V. Girls Basketball League; parent activist Robert Ely, parent activist Michael Markowitz, parent activist Rebecca Daniels, parent activist Vicki Arbitrio, parent activist Susan Crowson, parent activist Annette Evans, parent activist Paul Hovitz, parent activist Affiliations for identification purposes only

Chocolate survivor: Li-Lac Chocolates helped The Villager celebrate its 80th anniversary by supplying chocolates for the party. Now, Li-Lac will be marking its own 90th anniversary, with 1923 pricing  and other festivities at its flagship West Village store, on the corner of Eighth Ave. and Jane St., on Sun., Nov. 3, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. It’s a big chocolate thank you to the community from a business that’s been in the Village since the 1920s.

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hearings on school overcrowding in the Village, in the winter of 2008. Her rousing speech to a packed gathering in the auditorium of P.S. 3 alerted many local officials to the depth of a problem they had not even recognized. The group of advocates that came out of those hearings, with Glick’s advice and guidance, went on to secure public school space at the Foundling Hospital, in Hudson Square, and on the N.Y.U. superblocks, as well as 75 Morton St. Assemblymember Glick actively advocated with local parents to protect teachers from threatened layoffs that would have increased class sizes still further. She was a vocal opponent of N.Y.U. expansion, particularly its impact on open space for children, at a moment when city officials involved in the decision were all giving ground. Glick held a public town hall hearing in 2008 to solicit parent input on the proposed extension of mayoral control of the schools. Partly in response to parent opposition, she was that spring one of the few heroic New York State legislators who defied Mayor Bloomberg to vote against unmodified renewal of mayoral control.

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Stringer says LES Dwellers ban lacks transparency DWELLERS, continued from p. 1

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manager, phoned Diem Boyd, the Dwellers’ founder and president, to inform her that the board had temporarily “suspended” the group for three months. Although the action was discussed at the board’s Executive Committee — comprised of the board’s committee chairpersons — the Executive Committee did not take a vote on the idea, and neither did the full board. The unusual move sent a shockwave through the Downtown activist community, from East to West. This Monday, Borough President Scott Stringer — who oversees the community boards — weighed in on the hot-button issue. After reviewing the matter, Stringer concluded that the Dwellers’ suspension “does not serve the interests of community board transparency and democratic representation.” He further stated that C.B. 3 should “reconsider” its policy of excluding organizations. Charging the Dwellers have overstepped their bounds in independently reaching out to liquor license applicants before they even get to C.B. 3, Chairperson Li, along with District Manager Stetzer, informed the Dwellers two weeks ago that the board was temporarily suspending them — essentially, refusing to recognize them as a community group — for the next three months. The board would no longer recognize the Dwellers group at meetings, they said, though its members could testify as individuals. In addition, the board would not put the Dwellers on the “referral list” of block associations that it provides to new liquor license applicants. Declaring the ban was a violation of their

constitutional rights, the Dwellers subsequently asked Stringer’s Office to review the ban. On Oct. 21, Stringer responded in a letter to Stetzer and Li: “…I am concerned, as a matter of best practice, about the process and impacts of suspending an organization…in such a manner,” Stringer wrote. The Dwellers provided The Villager with an audiotape phone recording of Stetzer and Li explaining to Ariel Palitz, left, told Diem Boyd she’s concerned about “a strange man” obsessively videotaping her at Boyd why they had decided to temporarily suspend the S.L.A. Committee meetings. group. On the tape, Stetzer notes that one ap- she is not allowed to ask a nightlife operator plicant, East of Essex — before ever coming — with an application for a new nightlife esto C.B. 3 to review its liquor license — had tablishment 100 feet away from her door, i.e. withdrawn after first being contacted by the East of Essex — to withdraw the application. Dwellers. “I think, legally, you can do anything you In his letter to Stetzer and Li, Stringer fur- want,” Stetzer responded. But she later addther wrote: “While I understand the view ed, “I think the [community board] office is that the [Dwellers] may have detracted from the appropriate place for them to contact.” community input by influencing certain apBoyd said there has been a “breakdown plicants to withdraw from the board’s pro- of communication” between C.B. 3 and the cess, I do not believe a ‘suspension’ of the Dwellers, which she attributed to the vote organization is the most effective response to over the Ludlow House (Soho House) liquor such a concern. The act of suspending a com- license application, which the board ultimunity organization for lawful conduct from mately recommended to deny. a program promoting community input On the tape, Li says she and Stetzer also without a fully deliberative process has im- discussed the suspension with Alexandra plications for the transparency and fairness Militano, chairperson of the board’s S.L.A. of community board governance,” Stringer Committee, and that all three were on board stated. “For these reasons, I ask that the board with the decision. reconsider its current policy At their full-board meeting this Tues., Oct. of excluding organizations… 22, board members held a vigorous discusto ensure that its mission of sion about Li’s action and how to address it. representing and responding Li said that she had “struggled with” makto community concerns re- ing the decision, and only did so “after conmains fully transparent and sultation and substantial deliberation with open to public scrutiny.” the Executive Committee.” She said that, reOn the tape, Diem asked garding “next steps,” her plan is to create a Stetzer and Li if they believe task force that will look at the whole issue of

how the board interacts with block associations on State Liquor Authority issues. This body will be made up of members of the board’s Executive and S.L.A. committees. A resolution will be voted on by the task force, which will then be put up for a vote by the full board. Whatever the full board votes to do, that will be the board’s policy, she assured. Li took full and complete responsibility for the decision to suspend the Dwellers. Li added that both the borough president’s legal counsel and the city’s Law Department found nothing illegal in her action. However, for her part, Stetzer said really she is to blame for creating the whole issue because it was her idea — when she took over as district leader about 10 years ago — to create a referral list of block associations to streamline the process in which community members interact with liquor license applicants. Anne Johnson, a former C.B. 3 chairperson, derided the Dwellers, saying there’s no way they could be considered a block association. “How is LES Dwellers a block association?” she asked. “They represent ‘Hell Square.’ This is an organization that represents an entire area and is a one-issue organization. I don’t see how they get block association status. The point is moot.” Boyd later told The Villager that the Dwellers have “five chapters,” spread out over the neighborhood, and that members from the affected chapter are the ones who weigh in on any given bar issue. Ariel Palitz, owner of Sutra Lounge, at First Avenue and First St. and a member of the board’s S.L.A. Committee, said she’s feeling the strain of the new intense focus on the committee by anti-bar watchdogs. “Things are getting out of control in our neighborhoods, in our meetings and in the press,” she said. “For over four months I have been videotaped at meetings for hours by a strange man.” Boyd said she didn’t know this man. Palitz did acknowledge that the C.B. 3 area DWELLERS, continued On p.14

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The Villager newspaper celebrates 80 years!

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State Senator Brad Hoylman, right, presented a proclamation to Villager Editor in Chief Lincoln Anderson, left, and Publisher Jennifer Goodstein.

Jennifer Goodstein with former Villager Publisher Elizabeth Margaritis Butson.

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ith proclamations, politicians and a pair of puppets — well, marionettes, to be exact — The Villager celebrated its 80th anniversary Monday night at Houston Hall, the new beer hall on West Houston St. between Sixth Ave. and Varick St. On hand to give congratulations and / or proclamations to the newspaper were Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, state Senator Brad Hoylman and Borough President Scott Stringer. “As a longtime reader of The Villager, I can tell you that what you do — local, neighborhood-based reporting — is so essential to the heart and soul of our community, as well as to the healthy functioning of our Democracy,” Silver said, reading from a statement he wrote for the occasion.

Former Publisher John W. Sutter and Doris Diether, the veteran Community Board 2 activist, shared a hug.

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“The stories you publish are the stories of our Downtown neighbors and they are told compellingly and with great heart.” Stringer read aloud his proclamation, which concluded, “I do hereby commend The Villager on its 80 years of success, service and contributions to the City of New York and proclaim this Monday, October 21st, 2013 ‘The Villager Celebration Day’ in the Borough of Manhattan.” He quipped, though, that the proclamation was only good till midnight. Hoylman, whom The Villager has been covering since he was a fledgling activist on Community Board 2, read a very specific, heartfelt and humorous proclamation that had the crowd smiling and laughing warmCELEBRATE, continued on p. 17

Borough President Scott Stringer, right, met Little Doris, to the delight of marionette manipulator Ricky Syers and Big Doris.

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ly. The proclamation declared it “The Villager Day” in his 27th State Senate District. Also attending were Congressmember Jerrold Nadler, Councilmember Gale Brewer, District Leader Keen Berger and Corey Johnson, Democratic nominee for the Third Council District, plus prominent political club members, community board members and local activists. Spreads of chocolates and cheeses were provided by, respectively, Li-Lac Chocolates and Murray’s Cheese. Partygoers departed with swag bags emblazoned with the new Villager logo and containing The Villager’s 80th anniversary issue and other treats.

Colin Gregory, The Villager’s “Mad Man,” who sold the paper’s 80th anniversary special section like a maniac.

David Leslie, the East Village activist and Brooklyn Bridge Swim phenom, and his son, Brooks, enjoyed meeting Mr. Stix at the party. High five!

State Senator Brad Hoylman’s proclamation on behalf of The Villager.

L.E.S. documentarian Clayton Patterson made the scene.

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The cake — emblazoned with the new Villager logo. October 24, 2013

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has “a diversity-of-business dilemma,” referring to the oversaturation by bars. Chad Marlow, who has been on the board for one year, urged the board members to hold a vote that night on whether to lift the Dwellers’ suspension. “I think what has happened to the Dwellers has not reflected well on the board,” he said. He added that there is nothing in the City Charter or the board’s bylaws that authorizes the suspension of block associations. “And I’m concerned on the First Amendment — this denies the right of a group to assemble and speak as one group,” Marlow said. “And another problem is called a ‘chilling effect’ — if you speak out in a certain manner or in a certain way, you will not be allowed to participate in the process. “We need to restore confidence in this board and to restore proper procedures,” Marlow added. “And we cannot, cannot come anywhere near trampling on First Amendment rights.” Ayo Harrington, another new board member, seconded Marlow. “I do not think this board has the right to define a block association, and there is no geographic area for a block association,” she asserted. “People have a right to represent and call themselves what they want.” Jessica Silver, Stringer’s C.B. 3 liaison, clari-

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fied that while the borough president has called on Li and Stetzer to reconsider the suspension, he didn’t tell them how — or when — to do this. Dominic Berg, speaking from experience as a past C.B. 3 chairperson, defended Li’s process. He said there were many times as chairperson when he faced “gray areas” where it was unclear what to do, and had to make tough decisions. Marlow later made a formal motion to have the board vote on whether to lift the Dwellers’ suspension. But Berg immediately countered with a motion to have the board vote on whether to “table” Marlow’s motion, and the board overwhelmingly approved Berg’s proposal, meaning Marlow’s motion is in limbo indefinitely. Afterward, Boyd said, “I was disheartened by the board’s inaction. We still have legal options — we feel the suspension was unwarranted.” The Dwellers are a multicultural group with mostly people in advertising and P.R., Boyd noted. They’re savvy with social media, and are getting people involved who are under age 30, and in one case, as young as 24, which is unusual for this kind of a community group, she noted. “I think we’re getting discredited because we’re too effective,” Boyd said. Stetzer did not return a phone call and email requesting comment from either her or Li.

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For two original tenants, Habitat home was a lifesaver BY HEATHER DUBIN

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hen Ann Rupel and her family were accepted as homesteaders at Mascot Flats — the first building in Manhattan renovated by Habitat for Humanity — they were living in an East Village apartment under less-than-ideal conditions. Thirty years after the historic rehab project, Rupel still lives in Mascot Flats, on E. Sixth St. between Avenues C and D. “We had a son born at end of 1983, and we lived in this ‘tub in the kitchen’ tenement apartment,” she said. It was rentcontrolled, but the downside was two adults and a baby in one room, with no heat in the winter on weekends, and flooding from construction above. “It felt like landlord tricks to get you out,” she said. Rents in the neighborhood drastically increased, and Rupel felt there was nowhere in Manhattan to move. “We had actually signed a lease on a place in Staten Island, but the commute was just so ridiculous,” she said. Luckily, they were homestead-bound instead. After a three-month probation period, homesteaders, who paid $50 monthly dues

Mascot Flats tenants accepted a plaque on Oct. 10 from Habitat for Humanity commemorating the renovation project 30 years ago. At right in front row is Ann Rupel and at right in the middle row is Don Kao, both original homesteaders from when the building was renovated by Habitat for Humanity in 1984.

while working to fix up the formerly derelict Mascot Flats, were in. “It was really exciting to be part of the building,” Rupel said. “We learned a lot of stuff.” Rupel, 60, is currently president of the

co-op board, but she thinks a management company would actually be more pleasant for the building regarding tenant issues. “It would be clear that the board isn’t the landlord,” she said. However, she acknowledged a volunteer board is better for the building with vested members. Keeping the place  afloat in the current economy has been a challenge. Some of the building’s residents are struggling with unemployment, layoffs and reduced work hours. “Probably everybody in our building has taken a hit from that,” she said of the tough economy. In an interview at his Mascot Flats apartment, Don Kao recalled his beginnings at the building. He had heard of a woman who bought three apartments for $1 each in a tenement building on Avenue D. “I thought I could never live over here,” he said. “But she did it on her own.” Kao, a counselor at the time, had met a biracial couple while leading a workshop. The woman worked at the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB), and recruited Kao, who is Asian, to Mascot Flats for ethnic diversity. After they were accepted, Kao, 62,

and his daughter, his former partner ’s niece, moved to the renovated Mascot Flats in 1986. According to Kao, the ethnic breakdown of African-Americans, Latinos, Asians and whites in the building has remained the same throughout the years. There are studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedroom duplexes in Mascot Flats. Kao, who has changed the layout of his apartment three times, pays $365 a month, with a $100 mortgage and $100 maintenance fee. Kao has been living with AIDS for almost 30 years, and Mascot Flats has been integral to his survival. “When I think about it, I would’ve been in a lot of trouble if I didn’t have a place that was affordable,” he said. Both Kao and Rupel are University of Wisconsin-Madison graduates. He credits Madison for informing his politics, and believes housing is a right. “Madison politics are keeping this building where it is,” he said. Kao is also on the Mascot Flats co-op board, and feels having homesteaders at the helm is fundamental. “It keeps the value of what it’s all about,” he said.

Village View ordered to return his keys after half-year lockout By Gerard Flynn

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ver since he returned home to a bedroom inferno on March 1, the management company and the board of directors at Village View, a middle-income co-op in the East Village, has been denying Bohdan Rekshynskyj (pronounced “wreck-shin-ski”) access, except in short and closely supervised visits, to the two-bedroom unit where he has lived since 1979. His problems only worsened shortly after the blaze, when the 53-year-old was served with two holdover notices that, if upheld in court, would see him evicted due to complaints of hoarding, as well as “obnoxious odors” coming from his apartment — the latter which he strenuously denies. For legal reasons, neither Village View nor its lawyer would comment. Usually, in such cases, a certification of eviction must first be obtained from a hearing officer at the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development before proceeding to Housing Court. But because of the “emergency nature” — the tenant’s allegedly cluttered apartment and odors — the agency granted a waiver in April, thus allowing the matter to go directly to Housing Court. Village View’s eviction case hit a snag,

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however, last month when, over the co-op’s objections, Judge Sabrina Krauss ordered Rekshynskyj’s keys returned to him until a certification of eviction has been produced or when management has “some other legal authority to prevent access.” Rekshynskyj is awaiting the appointment of a “guardian ad litem,” a pro bono legal adviser, or ward, whose goal is to “safeguard the rights and prevent the eviction of some of New York City’s most vulnerable people,” according to the New York City Housing Court’s Web site. A judge will often appoint a “GAL” when there is concern a tenant is unable to advocate for him- or herself, mostly due to health problems or age. Although he confesses to being a messy person, Rekshynskyj told The Villager in June that his apartment is “not a hoarder place like you see on TV. I’m just messy by nature,” he said. “I’ve been to other apartments, and a lot of people are messier than I am,” he added. Rekshynskyj, who is surviving on public assistance and currently living in a singleroom occupancy (S.R.O.) hotel, told The Villager in June that despite promising his place would be cleaned after the fire, management had yet to do so. The holdover case is adjourned till Oct. 24. October 24, 2013

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Big Ese is just taking it easy in the East Village PET SET BY HEATHER DUBIN

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hen Ese, a five-year-old Bernese mountain dog walks through the East Village carrying a cheetah-print cloth bag of groceries in his mouth, people tend to move out of his way. Given his distinctive coat and size — he weighs 108 pounds, and takes up about half the sidewalk’s width — it’s understandable.  Jhovana Samano, his owner, who was wearing matching cheetah-print shoes, spoke about Ese recently in Tompkins Square Park. Ese patiently waited for the interview to end and get walking to his desired destination — a vendor at the farmers’ market he visits weekly for treats.  Samano, originally from Mexico, explained Ese (pronounced “eh-say”) is Spanish for “that one,” but currently is used as slang for “dude.” Ese is decidedly mellow, and embodies the latter meaning — especially when it comes to other dogs. “He likes to say hi to dogs that ignore him,” Samano said. “And when dogs come over to say hi, he ignores them.” Also, if men talk to Samano when she is with Ese, he does not like it. “Maybe it’s an alpha thing,” she noted. Samano lives in the neighborhood with her

Ese weighs more than 100 pounds.

boyfriend and her brother in a three-bedroom apartment, and works in area restaurants. “I could not have Ese without the help of the boys,” she said.  While they initially wanted a little dog, an online search to match personalities with a breed led to a Bernese mountain dog. Samano had seen one years ago, and was taken by how amazing she felt the dog was. “When I checked on the computer, I thought, this is it,” she said. He came from an Oklahoma breeder and is a purebred. But, according to Samano, there is a standard look for the breed, and Ese lacks it.

There has to be a perfectly centered white cross shape on his face and neck fur, and his is more to the right.  When Samano saw how cute he was, she had to have him. “They usually put them down and don’t talk about that stuff,” she said, referring to the dogs without the perfect cross. “It was kind of a rescue situation.” She had difficulty training him until she took him to obedience school with Garrett Rosso, the owner and training director of Village Dogworks. She thought the six classes once a week for an hour would be manageable. Not quite. “It was a puppy mess and the hardest thing ever, but so worth it,” she said. Ese’s come a long way since then, and likes to carry bags for Samano after she leaves a store or take things around the apartment. “They were bred to haul little wagons with milk for farmers, and can pull one car size in their weight,” she said. Ese enjoyed the park’s dog run when he was younger, but he’s too fussy now. Samano admitted that dogs take after their owners, and while the three of them are social, she said, “We do our own thing.”  Ese occasionally still misbehaves, and will grab a toilet paper roll from a table with his mouth. After he “kills it,” Ese will pretend

he is not there and look away. If he thinks his owners are angry with him, he will put his paw on them.  Throughout the interview, Ese was munching on leaves. He also likes to eat sweet potatoes, broccoli and celery with peanut butter, apples and carrots. Ese does not need lots of exercise or space, and goes on three or four walks daily. He does require grooming, though, and is brushed once a week.  When she walks Ese, people stop Samano on the street and ask her questions, such as, “How could you have such a big dog in the city?” or “How would you like walking around with a fur coat in the summer?” She answers them with the facts, and trusts Ese’s instincts regarding the heat. If he’s hot, he’ll lead her to the shade. Also, she noted, “You’re not supposed to shave them. They have long hair and little hair like a fan — the little hair is supposed to protect the skin.” Ese loves the cold and snow, but is lost in the country. “He’s a total city brat,” Samano said. In the country, he just does not seem to know what to do — a problem he does not have in the East Village. And just like a New Yorker, when someone gets in his way on the sidewalk, he breathes heavy and gets upset.

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‘Groundhog Day’ by way of ghost story ‘Haunter’ is smart horror made by creative filmmakers

FILM HAUNTER Screenplay by Brian King Directed by Vincenzo Natali At the IFC Center  At 323 Sixth Ave., at W. Third St. Also On Demand, via Time Warner Cable

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n most haunted house movies the ghost isn’t the hero. But the Vincenzo Natali’s “Haunter” isn’t like most haunted house movies. Lisa, the moody, goth-y heroine of the film, is an average, rebellious teenager — who also happens to be dead. This hook, which sets “Haunter” apart, is far from the only trick the filmmakers have in their arsenal. Clever and subtly weird, it’s a fun change of pace from many of the big budget horror films offered up by the major studios. Set in the 1980s, “Haunter” follows Lisa — who is not only dead, but also trapped in her house and forced to relive the same day over and over again with her family (all of whom are blissfully unaware of their current state of being). Essentially, the set-up is “Groundhog Day” by way of ghost story. Gradually though, Lisa starts to notice strange noises and weird occurrences in her house, and begins to find secret passages and undergo supernatural experiences. This helps lead her to the discovery of how she came to be in her situation — as well as the knowledge that she

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Abigail Breslin is trapped in her house in the twisty (and twisted) ghost story, “Haunter.”

can help others avoid her terrible fate. “Haunter” relies heavily on unexpected turns in the narrative, with much of the film coming from guessing what will happen next, and doing mental gymnastics to catch up to the sudden twists. In this way, the film becomes quietly bonkers, gradually adding in more and more crazy elements (Time travel! Possession!) and pulling the audience along for the ride. Brain King’s screenplay smartly handles the conceit of repetition. While initially difficult to figure out, King reveals the inner mechanisms of the plot in a manner that allows the audience to find significance in the most unlikely of places — so that just about every narrative strand and throwaway line pays off by the end. Familiar

with the genre he’s working in, King manages to offer up new takes on old tropes (who knew an Ouija board and a creepy child could be this effective again?). Natali’s creatively and carefully controlled camerawork, in conjunction with beautiful cinematography by Jon Joffin, helps to keep the tension high throughout. The production and costume design also deserve special mention, as they help create an immersive world with nice period-specific details, right down to the Siouxsie and the Banshees tee Lisa wears. As Lisa, Abigail Breslin ably carries the movie. Breslin’s teenage ghost is intelligent, inquisitive and expressive — her character seems just as at home rolling her eyes as her parents and shirking chores as

she is investigating supernatural clues and fighting the forces of evil that surround her. As Lisa’s father, Bruce, Peter Outerbridge has the demanding task of alternating between being warm and fatherly and sinister and intimidating. He also brings real pathos to the role — no easy feat, when the plot calls for whiplash changes in demeanor.  The real standout in the cast, however, is the Stephen McHattie as the villainous “Pale Man” responsible for all of Lisa’s problems. McHattie plays the role with an unnerving cool, an inscrutable cypher of a man and the embodiment of pure evil. Exuding a quiet menace and grinning like Clint Eastwood from hell, the Pale Man (despite his minimal screen time) is one of the most distinctive horror villains to be seen in recent years. Though there is much to recommend, “Haunter” is far from perfect. The main issue lies in its pacing. While the repetitive structure is exciting and invigorating at first, it begins to drag. Although all the elements of the screenplay are put together like clockwork, it takes a bit too long for the reveals to start coming — causing the film to feel a little bloated and slow during its middle act. Another minor quibble: its occasional use of jump scares and stings feel out of place in an otherwise more cerebral movie. Despite these minor flaws, “Haunter” is a lot of fun, and highly recommended. It keeps its audience guessing, and subverts expectations by deploying plot twists in ways that — far from seeming cheap and random — actually reward paying attention to the smaller details in the screenplay. It’s smart horror made by creative filmmakers — and makes for some great alternate programming this Halloween, with the potential to become standard viewing on DVD, in the years to come. HAUNTER, p.21

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Horrifying and humorous haunted house flicks HAUNTER, p.22

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As original as it is, “Haunter” is just the latest in a long line of haunted house and ghost movies that range from film classic, cult hits and contemporary takes on the genre. Here are a couple that might interest fans of “Haunter,” or just about anyone looking for something to give them chills this Halloween.

THE CONJURING (James Wan, 2012)

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Vera Farmiga stars as Lorraine Warren in the throwback horror hit, “The Conjuring.”

ic victims of Krueger’s cruelty (which preys on their fears and insecurities). Director Chuck Russell uses imaginative and nightmarish special effects to transform the asylum into an expansive, blood-splattered haunted house. This is the film where Freddy Krueger truly came into his own as a figure both terrifying and darkly humorous, a strangely charismatic child murderer — a direct precursor to the Pale Man of “Haunter.”

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This past summer, “Insidious” director James Wan released his best feature yet. Set in the 70s and based on the true life experiences of the married paranormal investigator team, the Warrens, “The Conjuring” plays out as love letter to past horror classics, while remaining a modern take on like genre. Like “Haunter,” it captures its era well, employs gorgeous cinematography and inventive camerawork, focuses a lot on individual characters and their relationships — and most of all, thrives on the power of suggestion rather than gore and special effects in order to creep its way into the viewer’s mind.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: MURDER HOUSE (2011) Created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the first season of FX’s anthology horror series shares a lot of similar plot elements with “Haunter” — namely, the idea of ghosts being trapped in the haunted house they were killed in for all eternity. While “Haunter” plays the idea straight and for drama, “American Horror Story: Murder House” is a full-on campy, violent and kinda hilarious soap opera — and one of the weirdest, most insane shows to hit basic cable. It’s actually up for debate whether the season of the show qualifies as horror at all, but its addictive qualities are undeniable — making it perfect for marathon viewing on Netflix.

THE SHINING (Stanley Kubrick, 1980) The gold standard of all haunted house movies, “The Shining” is Stanley Kubrick’s attempt at horror, and one of his many masterpieces. Though it may feel like you know all there is to know about this film due to pop-culture osmosis, there is nothing like watching the movie in full, and letting its slow-burn horror wash over you. As in “Haunter,” “The Shining” takes a

Robert Englund’s iconic Freddy Krueger (from the “Nightmare on Elm Street” series), sporting syringes in 1987’s superior second sequel.

more cerebral approach to horror, and highlights the potential for menace and evil that can be found in seemingly normal people.

“HOUSE (HUASU)” (Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1977) If you’re looking for a haunted house movie quite a bit more crazy than “Haunter,” look no further than this Japanese horror film — one of the most absolutely nuts movies ever released. An absurd, gory comedy by way of the avant-garde, what little semblance of a plot the film has concerns a group of schoolgirls who visit their friend’s aunt, who lives in a house that gradually tries to consume them all (literally). But the plot is secondary to the oddly gorgeous low-budget special effects, which display an infectious sense of inventiveness and resourcefulness. A midnight movie mainstay, it’s a cinematic experience like no other.

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All on Bard Fall brings multiple takes on Shakespeare BY SCOTT STIFFLER

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t happens every fall. As leaves turn, the NYC theater community’s cozy little cottage industry of Bard-based fare goes from Shakespeare in the Park to Shakespeare Everywhere You Look. A repertory presentation of “Twelfth Night” and “Richard III” (whose TV ad blitz plays up the humor) is in previews, opening Nov. 10 on Broadway for a 16week run. Also on the big time boards, across-the-board reviews for “Romeo And Juliet” brand it a production bogged down by tepid sparks from Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad as the quintessential passionate lovers. From Nov. 10-12, at Theatre 80 (at 80 St. Marks Place), Chicago’s Improvised Shakespeare Company takes audience suggestions and creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style. Over in Brooklyn (at the newly reopened St. Ann’s Warehouse), a crackling, top-caliber, allfemale “Julius Caesar” has been extended through Nov. 9.

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New York Shakespeare Exchange’s stop-and-frisk “Othello” — at Hudson Guild Theater through Oct. 27.

“Hamlet Hallucinations” “OTHELLO” New York Shakespeare Exchange’s fourth season is dedicated to brushing the dust off Shakespeare and presenting him “freshly painted, with equal coats of admiration and irreverence.” This “Othello” brings the Moor of Venice to a stop–andfrisk society where innocents are targeted because of their skin color. At Hudson Guild Theater (441 W. 26th St., btw. 9th & 10th Aves.) through Oct. 27. For tickets, call 800-838-3006 or visit brownpapertickets.com. For info: shakespeareexchange.org.

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“Hamlet Hallucinations” is a radical interpretation of the melancholy (and possibly mad) Dane. It’s the latest from former Italian soccer star Dario D’Ambrosi — whose Pathological Theater teaches acting and stagecraft to those with mental illness (and whose productions address their perspectives). Performed entirely in English, with a script that includes selections of the Bard’s soliloquies, this “Hamlet” is set in the graveyard — with D’Ambrosio as the gravedigger/storyteller. Giacomo Rocchini plays Hamlet as an obsessive, phobic, Oedipal young man who hears voices and processes thought as a schizophrenic

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would. Mauro F. Cardinali plays Ophelia and Hamlet’s father, mother and uncle — keeping the audience guessing as to who’s doing the hallucinating, and which character (if any of them) has a true grip on reality. Thurs.-Sat at 7:30pm and Sun. at 2:30pm. Through Nov. 3, at La MaMa’s First Floor Theater (74 E. Fourth St., btw. Bowery & Second Ave.). For tickets ($18, $13 for students/ seniors) and info, call 212-475-77710 or visit lamama.org.

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thriller version of “Hamlet” is staged as a high-stakes face-off between two opposite temperaments — with bloodthirsty, old Scandinavia confronting its sleek, modern counterpart. But it’s not all violence and vengeance. The play is being presented in repertory with a series designed with young audiences in mind. “Tinkerbell Theater” adapts Fairy Tales to theater, with a “Rocky and Bullwinkle” touch. Through Nov. 10, at The West End Theater (263 W. 86th St. btw. Broadway & W. End Ave.). “Hamlet” is performed Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30pm and Sun. at 3pm. Tickets are $18, $12 for student/seniors. To order: 212-868-4444 or smarttix.com. For “Tinkerbell” info, visit frogandpeachtheatre.org.

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Walk with the dead, on museum’s ghost tour ‘Manhattan’s most haunted house’ is open to the public BY SCOTT STIFFLER

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The Merchant’s House Museum is located at 29 East Fourth Street, between Lafayette & Bowery. Reservations are strongly encouraged for all events. Call 212-777-1089 or visit merchantshouse.org. Follow: facebook.com/merchantshouse and, on Twitter: @merchantshouse. Regular Museum hours, during which you can take a self-guided tour of the house, are 12-5pm, Thurs.-Mon. (admission is $10 general, $5 for students/seniors).

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hatever it takes to make a house haunted, the one at 29 East Fourth Street has it in droves. Objects fly through the air, long-dead residents smelling of mothballs engage you in conversation and things that go bump in the night are heard by everybody — while only some of those standing in the room detect the powerful smell of tobacco. All these strange happenings (and many more) have been documented by the legacy-minded staff of the Merchant’s House Museum. As early as 1933, construction workers tasked with converting the untouched 1832 Tredwell family rowhouse into a museum were spooked by unexplained sightings of what appeared to be a former occupant whose pulse had stopped years ago. Around the same time, rowdy kids were shooed away from the front steps by a woman who, multiple witnesses swore, was the spitting image of recently deceased Gertrude Tredwell. Like family patriarch Seabury, youngest daughter Gertrude died in the house. According to some, both of them have been making occasional appearances ever since. That’s why, at the start of their Candlelight Ghost Tour, your guide notes: “Nobody is going to jump out at you and yell ‘boo.’ We don’t have to.” You will, however, hear gripping tales of inexplicable occurrences — while standing in the very rooms in which they took place. Is that glowing white strip of light a deceased resident, or just the reflection of a camera strap — and if it’s a strap, how do you explain two similar photos taken at two different times, in the same exact location? Did somebody brush past you, or was it merely the power of suggestion? Is life after death the explanation for any of the dozens of unsettling things that happen with unusual regularity? Dan Sturges, co-host of the weekly East Village-based “Psi Show” web talk series, has brought his Sturges

Paranormal investigators to Merchant’s House dozens of times — and when asked what conclusion he’s reached, a definitive “I can’t say for sure” is all he’ll say. Sturges will go out on a short limb, though, and tell you, “There is obviously something happening at the Merchant’s House Museum. There is no doubt that people are having experiences. The question is, are people experiencing communication from the deceased Tredwell family and their servants?” On the case since 2007, Sturges says that the evidence he’s collected through recordings, eyewitness accounts and information provided by psychics (later verified by the staff) “suggest that there is some kind of communication happening. It’s impossible to say if the communication comes directly from the Tredwell family and others who are connected to the house or is just some form of telepathy between living people who are sharing information.  I’m not exactly sure, but I feel that sometimes the Tredwells and others are indeed making some kind of connection to us living folks.” At merchantshouse.org, you’ll find information on many paranormal-themed October events — including certified psychic medium and paranormal researcher Cathy Towle’s “Reading the Rooms: A Psychic Talks with the Tredwells” (Oct. 24). Take a Candlelight Ghost Tour on Oct. 25, 26 or 28-30 — or just come to the museum during (para) normal business hours, and roam the house on your own (with the help of an excellent guidebook on loan for your visit, and available for purchase upon departure). All proceeds help keep this worthy nonprofit alive — ensuring that future generations will have a place to learn about life in 19th century NYC, long after everybody reading this has shuffled off their mortal coil. When that day comes, the staff notes, you’ll still be welcome to drop by and pay a visit.

Lights on, and somebody’s definitely home. This East Fourth Street museum delivers on its rep, as “Manhattan’s most haunted house.”

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THE PINK ROOM: DAVID LYNCH BURLESQUE

OCTOBER 24-27: THE CHELSEA FILM FESTIVAL

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Firewalkers: The Pink Room returns on Oct. 30, with another David Lynch-themed night of burlesque.

Something in the air: Larry Keigwin + Company return to The Joyce, Oct. 29-Nov. 3.

DANCE: KEIGWIN + COMPANY

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Through the screening of 16 shorts, documentaries and feature-length narratives, this year’s edition of the Chelsea Film Festival puts its focus on emerging independent filmmakers committed to the theme of “Global Issues.” Opening the festival is “Titus” — the modern-day story of a displaced African American jazz musician trying to come to terms with his troubled past. Closing night, it’s an entry from Kenya. “Nairobi Half Life” finds an aspiring young actor making his way from upcountry to the big city, in pursuit of success. Other films include the L.A.-set “Licks,” in which a man returns to his Oakland neighborhood after serving two years for a botched robbery. In “Halima’s Path,” a grieving Muslim woman tries to find the remains of her son, who was killed in the Bosnian War and buried in a mass grave. “A Cool Dark Place” is slang for the Depressionera NYC supper club eyed by a powerful gangster, but owned by faded showgirl Vivienne St. Germain and her former politician

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Recent Internet whispers of a new network (or Netflix) life for the still-influential David Lynch/Mark Frost TV series “Twin Peaks” proved to be little more than wishful thinking. The good news? The next best thing to a series comeback is close at hand. On Oct. 30, the lovely, leggy, foaming-at-themouth “Peaks” freak Francine “The Lucid Dream” returns with her “The Pink Room: David Lynch Burlesque” performance series. The new season kicks off with “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Burlesque” — a reference to Lynch’s big screen 1992 prequel to the 1990-1991 TV series. Like that R-rated endeavor, bare skin will be in abundance at Francine’s brick and mortar gathering. So get your best Log Lady or Agent Cooper costume, and come prepared to be titillated by performances from Amelia Bareparts, Gemini Rising, Matt Knife, Minx Arcana, Nasty Canastaj and Francine. GoGo by Satanica. Schaffer the Darklord, as Agent Gordon Cole, hosts. Wed., Oct. 30, at 9:30pm. At Parkside Lounge (317 E. Houston St., at Attorney St.). Tickets, at brownpapertickets.com, are $10 in advance ($15 at the door, cash only). 21+, two-drink minimum. For more info, visit francineburlesque.com.

An Oct. 27 screening of “Nairobi Half Life” closes the Chelsea Film Festival.

husband. Several films have post-screening Q&A sessions with the director. Thurs., Oct., 24 through Sun., Oct. 27. At the SVA Theatre (333 W. 23rd St., btw. 8th & 9th

Aves.). For a schedule of events and to purchase tickets ($8-$25 depending on the film; student/senior discounts and VIP packages available), visit chelseafilm.org.

Artistic Director Larry Keigwin’s NYCbased contemporary dance company, now celebrating its 10th season, returns to the Joyce with a mix of old and new material — and a special Opening Night performance of “Canvas.” The piece, which premiered this summer at the Vail International Dance Festival, combines classical ballet and modern dance. Fittingly, it will be presented by seven dancers from Keigwin and four from the NYC Ballet). The run also includes reprisals of Keigwin’s signature work “Mattress Suite.” The Nov. 3 matinee is part of The Joyce Theater’s annual “Family Matinees” series, and will include repertory pieces “Love Songs” and “Triptych.” Oct. 29-Nov. 3, at The Joyce Theater (175 8th Ave., at 19th St.). At 7:30pm on Oct. 29 & 30. Oct. 31-Nov. 2, at 8pm. Nov. 2 & 3 matinees, at 2pm. Tickets start at $19, with a limited number for $10. To purchase, visit joyce.org. For info on the company: keigwinandcompany.com. October 24, 2013

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Public Notice NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANTTO LAW, that the NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday November 6, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at 66 John Street, 11th floor, on a petition for RDK Restaurant Corp. to continue to, maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk café at 180 Spring Street in the Borough of Manhattan, for a term of two years. REQUEST FOR COPIES OF THE PROPOSED REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, ATTN: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 10/17 - 10/24/2013

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Notice of Formation of Union Square Downtown LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 7/17/13. 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 Chadbourne & Parke, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Rm. 3248, NY, NY 10112. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 Notice of Formation of Unconventional Food and Beverage LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/21/13. 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 Pavel Kolarov, 315 E. 80th St., Apt. 6H, NY, NY 10075. Purpose: any lawful activities Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 Notice of Formation of Globey World Productions LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/19/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 357 W. 22nd St., #1, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 Notice of Formation of TLDH Co, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/16/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Leon Wagner, 600 Madison Ave., 11th Fl., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/10- 11/14/2013 Notice of Qualification of Illuminarium Experiences LLC App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/24/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/5/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Corporation Service Company, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. DE address of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/10- 11/14/2013 Notice of Formation of ENY II DEVELOPMENT LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/25/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o BRP Companies, 767 Third Ave., 33rd Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/10- 11/14/2013

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Notice of Formation of BRP ENY II LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/25/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o BRP Companies, 767 Third Ave., 33rd Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/10- 11/14/2013 Notice of Qualification of 30 Park Place Hotel Junior Mezz LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/11/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/14/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, Attn: Corporation Service Co., regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/10- 11/14/2013 Notice of Qualification of 30 Park Place Hotel Senior Mezz LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/11/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/14/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, Attn: Corporation Service Co., regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/10- 11/14/2013 Notice of Qualification of 30 Park Place Retail LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/11/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/14/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, Attn: Corporation Service Co., regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/10- 11/14/2013 Notice of Qualification of 30 Park Place RRG Mezz LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/11/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/14/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, Attn: Corporation Service Co., regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/10- 11/14/2013

Notice of Formation of GO ROCKWELL LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/24/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 1010 Ave. of the Americas, 4th Fl., NY, NY 10018. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Gotham Organization, Inc., Attn: Christopher Jaskiewicz at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 Notice of Qualification of SAMBA CHAPTER TWO, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/25/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/21/13. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Samba Brands Management, 17 E. 16th St., 2nd Fl., NY, NY 10003. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with State of DE, Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 NOT. OF FRMN of 1114 Avenue of America L.P. Cert. of L.P. f w/ Secy of STA of NY (SSNY) 07/31/13. OFC LCTN: NY Cty. SSNY is DA upon whom PROC AGA it may be served. SSNY shall mail a CY: C/O 1114 Avenue of America L.P. - 1500 Broadway 22nd Fl, NY, NY 10036. The Prin. bus. add.:1500 Broadway 22nd Fl, NY, NY 10036. PUR: any lawful act or ACTY. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 Notice of formation of Madelin Adena Smith LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/11/2013. Office location, County of New York. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Ave., Ste 202, Brooklyn NY 11228. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NAME: TAMARES DEVELOPMENT I MANAGER LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/25/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o BraunsteinTurkish LLP, 7600 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 402, Woodbury, New York 11797. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013

Notice of Formation of SEM KIDS DESIGN LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/9/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Mamiye Brothers, Inc., 1385 Broadway, 18th Fl., NY, NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil: 09/12 - 10/17/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: GIO COACHING & CONSULTING LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/30/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 408 East 92nd Street, #1403, NewYork, NewYork 10128. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 Notice of Qualification of Plateau Data Services, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/9/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 8/30/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, also the registered agent. Address to be maintained in DE: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secretary of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 Notice of Qualification of Evajom Productions LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/10/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 7/8/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Paracorp Incorporated, 2804 Gateway Oaks Dr., #200, Sacramento, CA 95833-3509. Address to be maintained in DE: 2140 S. Dupont Hwy., Camden, DE 19934. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secretary of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 Notice of Formation of 149W119TH, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/2/03. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Charles D. Rubenstein, 192 Lexington Avenue, Suite 901, New York, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013

Notice of Qualification of Reichmann Seventh, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/23/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus.addr.: 999 Waterside Dr., Ste. 2300, Norfolk, VA 23510. LLC formed in DE on 8/19/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/03 - 11/07/2013 Notice of Qualification of Ridgewood Club Seventh, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/23/13. Office location: NY County.Princ. bus. addr.: 999 Waterside Dr., Ste. 2300, Norfolk, VA 23510. LLC formed in DE on 8/19/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 Notice of Qualification of Westwood Seventh, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/23/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus.addr.: 999 Waterside Dr., Ste. 2300, Norfolk, VA 23510. LLC formed in DE on 8/19/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 Notice of Qualification of Crestview Partners III Co-Investors, L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/23/13. Office location: NY County.Princ. bus. addr.: 667 Madison Ave., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10065. LP formed in Cayman Islands (CI) on 8/23/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. CI addr. of LP: c/o Maples Corporate Services Ltd., PO Box 309, Ugland House, Grand Cayman, KY1-1104, CI. Name/ addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with Registrar of Exempted LPs, Ground Fl., Citrus Grove Bldg., Goring Ave., George Town, Grand Cayman, CI. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013

Notice of Qualification of Crestview Partners III (TE), L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/30/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus.addr.: 667 Madison Ave., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10065. LP formed in Cayman Islands (CI) on 5/8/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. CI addr. of LP: c/o Maples Corporate Services Ltd., PO Box 309, UglandHouse, Grand Cayman, KY1-1104, CI. Name/ addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with Registrar of Exempted LPs, Ground Fl., Citrus Grove Bldg., Goring Ave., George Town, Grand Cayman, CI. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 Notice of Qualification of RPAI Fordham Place Office, L.L.C. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/6/13. Office location: NY County.Princ. bus. addr.: 2021 Spring Rd., Ste. 200, Oak Brook, IL 60523. LLC formed in DE on 8/29/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 ALPHATECH ONE, LLC a domestic LLC, currently known as ALPHATECH TWO, LLC, filed with the SSNY on 9/4/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Trief & Olk, Esqs., 150 E. 58th St., 34th Fl., NY, NY 10155. General Purposes. Vil: 09/26 - 10/31/2013 LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company (LLC) Name: Toby’s Coffee 5th Ave. LLC Articles of Organization filed by the Department of State of New York on: 08/06/2013 Office location: County of New York. Purpose: any and all lawful activities. Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: 125 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249 Vil: 09/26 - 10/31/2013 PARK SLOPE ASSOCIATES LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 12/22/1997. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, 303 East 57th St, Ste 45E, New York, NY 10022. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013

Notice of Qualification of 250 BOWERY STAR, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/30/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/13/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19801. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, Div. or Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013 Notice of Formation of 545 EDGECOMBE BCR, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/18/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 20803 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 301, Aventura, FL 33180. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Real estate. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013 Notice of Qualification of BRE Non-Core 1 Owner A LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/16/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 08/28/13. Princ. office of LLC: 345 Park Ave., NY, NY 10154. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013 Notice of Formation of FAIRFAX MERRIFIELD ASSOCIATES II L.L.C. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/16/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013 Notice of Formation of 470 4th Avenue Investors LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/21/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Adam America LLC, 370 Lexington Ave., Ste. 607, NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 15335 78TH AVENUE LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/18/07. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 128 Willis Court, Woodmere, New York 11598-1448. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013 VIVIAN MULLER, LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 8/22/13. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 210 West 89th St., Ste. 12J, NY, NY 10024. General Purposes. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013 Notice of Formation of Viskovic LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/24/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 302 Fifth Avenue, 8th Fl., NY, NY 10001. Purpose: practice the profession of law. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013 Notice of Formation of Capsule LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/30/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 80 Eighth Avenue, Suite 202, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013 Notice of Formation of NYOT 25 Limited LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/9/13. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Patrice Stavile, Esq., c/o M1 Real Estate, 600 Fifth Ave., 21st Fl., NY, NY 10020, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013 Notice of Qualification of MSB Advisors LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/11/13. NYS fict. name: MSB Advisors (New York). Office location: NY County. LP formed in DE on 9/10/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: c/o MSB Advisors GP LLC, 95 Charles St., #3, NY, NY 10014, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LP: The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 09/26- 10/31/2013

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QUALiFicAtioN oF ANchorAge iLLiQUid oPPortUNities iv, L.P. Authority filed with the Sect. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/06/13. Office Loc: NY County. LP formed in DE on 8/5/13. SSNY has been designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 200 Bellevue Pkwy, Ste 210, Wilmington, DE 19809. DE address of LP: 200 Bellevue Pkwy, Ste 210, Wilmington, 19809. Name/ addr. of genl. ptr. avail from SSNY. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sect. of State, PO Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013 Notice oF FormAtioN oF UPPer eAst side LeNder LLc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/09/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 60 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10023. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013 Notice oF FormAtioN oF sUNNyside-bArNett AssociAtes, LLc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/30/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 902 Broadway, 13th Fl., NY, NY 10010. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, c/o Phipps Houses at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose:To own and develop real property. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013

Not. oF FrmN oF Activity LLc Art. of Org. f w/ Secy of STA of NY (SSNY) 08/16/13. OFC LCTN: NY Cty. SSNY is DA upon whom PROC AGA it may be served. SSNY shall mail a CY: C/O Activity LLC1500 Broadway 22nd Fl, NY, NY 10036. The Prin. bus. add. :1500 Broadway 22nd Fl, NY, NY 10036. PUR: any lawful act or ACTY. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013 the workiNg wAterFroNt, LLc Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/09/2013. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Jennifer Valentine, 307 E. 76th St. #14, NY, NY 10021. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013 Notice oF FormAtioN oF beNJAmiN k LLc Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/26/13. Office location: NEW YORK COUNTY. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. P.O. address to which SSNY shall mail copy of process against LLC served upon him is: 580 5th Ave., Ste. 1140, NY, NY 10036. The principal business address of the LLC is 580 5th Ave., Ste. 1140, NY, NY 10036. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013 Notice oF FormAtioN oF 76 LeFFerts PLAce LLc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/29/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 9728 3rd Avenue, Ste. 133, Brooklyn, NY 11209. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013

Notice oF FormAtioN oF 2357 84th street LLc Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/14/12. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 9728 3rd Avenue, Ste. 133, Brooklyn, NY 11209. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013

Notice oF FormAtioN oF Fms wAyNe coUNty, LLc Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/29/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 920 Winter St., Waltham, MA 02451. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013

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

rvz strAtegic Advisors LLc Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 5/16/13. Office in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC ATTN: Frederick Van Zijl 179 E 64th St New York, NY 10065. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Registered Agent: Frederick Van Zijl 179 E 64th St New York, NY 10065. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013

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

Notice oF QUALiFicAtioN oF soAm mArket NeUtrAL FUNd, L.P. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/31/13. Office location: NY County. LP formed in DE on 7/11/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: c/o SOAM Holdings, LLC, 150 E. 52nd St., 30th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE addr. of LP: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 09/19 - 10/24/2013

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Committee, the Soho Alliance stated the following as its public demand to Margaret regarding the Soho BID: 1. Fair representation for residential owners and tenants; 2. No weighted voting, which unfairly favors commercial owners (see below); 3. Protection of our public space — no commercial activity on streets and sidewalks; 4. Narrowing the BID’s focus to sidewalk sweeping, congestion and vendor control. Personally, I find it laughable that our BID effort was Margaret’s pet project. Quite the contrary, it seems that her perspective is and always was closely aligned with the Soho Alliance.  It was because of her and her staff’s efforts that on March 13, 2013, the BID Steering Committee supported amending the plan to include 50 / 50 voting, confirming there wouldn’t be either street fairs or street vendors and agreeing to further narrow the BID’s potential scope. My personal testimony is of public record and can be checked. Keep in mind that 79 percent of the square footage in the neighborhood is commercial and that 81 percent of the taxes paid in the neighborhood are commercial.  In April, after the 30-day objection period ended, property owners’ votes were tallied and less than 6 percent of the district objected to the plan as drafted.  Despite not having significant objections, Margaret still made sure that the plan was amended to reflect 50 / 50 voting, no street fairs or vendors, a narrower scope and more public meetings.  I don’t know why it took from April until now for the Finance Committee to vote.  However, looking back at the Soho Alliance’s March 2013 demands, it appears they got what they wanted. I suppose we did too, in the sense that we will finally have a BID to help the neighborhood. Given that, it seems clear that Margaret did her job as our representative — she helped forge a middle ground. Looking forward, I agree 100 percent with Pete Davies’s quote from the article — the BID does have its work cut out. I am ready for that work, and I hope that people like Pete are now ready to join us to help our neighborhood.  If you are interested, please visit the following link to learn how

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or contact any of the Steering Committee members, http://www.sohobid.org/ approval-process/ .   Brian Steinwurtzel Steinwurtzel is managing director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank commercial real estate advisory firm; and co-chairperson, Broadway Soho BID Steering Committee

House of D falling debris To The Editor: Re “Inside the House of D: Where today a lush garden blooms, a sad women’s prison once loomed” (80th anniversary special section article, by Reed Ide): I remember going to St. Joseph School and getting my hair cut on Greenwich Ave., and the prisoners would yell and throw things out the windows — and my mom said, “Duck and run!” Patrick Sweeney

Outside the House of D To The Editor: Re “Inside the House of D: Where today a lush garden blooms, a sad women’s prison once loomed” (80th anniversary special section article, by Reed Ide): I lived on Greenwich Ave. just past the P.S. 41 playground. I remember the girlfriends of inmates shouting up to them and a very active police presence on the street. If the shouting got too loud, billy clubs would appear and butch women would be on the ground, sometimes getting kicked. Joyce Whitby

Out of a job and in the park To The Editor: Well, that photo in your 80th anniversary special section of men sitting around in Union Square reading the paper, etc. is certainly not of men with jobs. Nobody had jobs in 1934. My dad had told me of the education he got sitting in the parks — not just Union Square, but that was a biggie — talking and disputing politics with all the other fellows who could not find work. This went on of course for days and weeks, and finally, years. Brendan Sexton

Fond memories of Tom Butson To The Editor: Re “Taking over The Villager was a dream come true for us both” (80th anniversary special section article, by Elizabeth Margaritis Butson): I really liked your husband, Tom. He had a great ability to edit The Villager and work with freelance photographers. I remember when I heard he had died and it made me very sad. Thanks for keeping this historic paper alive. John Penley

Likes new layout and history To The Editor: Re “Times and tech change, but The Villager’s still here” (editorial, Oct. 17): As a younger reader of The Villager, I’m excited to see it formatted to be read on more youth-frequented technology. The new layout is much easier to read online and on my phone, but I still love that all the archives are kept in there. It’s been fascinating to read about the Koch and deSapio battles that toppled Tammany Hall, and how notables like Adlai Stevenson and Eleanor Roosevelt got involved in district leader elections. (No offense to the amazing current crop of D.L.’s, but my, how times have changed!) Looks like the paper will be around for many a year to satisfy my need for all the local election and community news. Dodge Landesman

There had to be a catch To The Editor: Re “Penny mecca” (Scoopy’s Notebook, Oct. 17): The TD Bank penny machine charges 8 percent. Just another banking rip-off. Take your pennies to your credit union. Patrick Shields

So long, old oblique serifs To The Editor: As a longtime subscriber — who studied calligraphy when such things were still taught in art school — it pains me to see that you’ve replaced your most recent, and the paper’s original, masthead with a generic font. It always gave me pleasure to look at the letters and know the physical sensation of carefully drawing those oblique serifs

with an ink-dipped pen. Please give us back The Villager masthead we know and love! O.K., that’s it, I’m officially old. Bonnie Slotnick

Don’t ban art, like B.P.C.A. did To The Editor: Re “Dog shooting still gnaws at him” (letter, Oct. 17, by Alexandra Dixon): Ms. Dixon: Banning art for any reason should simply not be tolerated in this or any other country. It should also be noted that the current executives of the Battery Park City Authority are guilty of such intolerance through their rejection of free Tom Otterness library lions. Tom Goodkind

Let sleeping (murdered) dogs lie To The Editor: Re “Dog shooting still gnaws at him” (letter, Oct. 17, by Alexandra Dixon): Ms. Dixon, get over it! This event with the dog happened more than 30 years ago and the artist has apologized many times. Too bad that you animal-rights nuts never show the same compassion for the millions of human beings slaughtered in those intervening years. Just one dog constantly arouses your ire whenever Otterness’s name is mentioned in the papers. Salvador Dali and famed filmmaker Luis Bunuel, in the groundbreaking surrealist film “Le Chien Andalou” (“The Andalusian Dog”), also used a slaughtered animal, an ox, in the film’s famous opening sequence, which simulated the slashing of the eyeball of the film’s leading lady, using the eyeball of the ox in its place. Would you have preferred they used the woman’s eyeball instead? However, I never hear you animalrights fanatics decrying Dali or Bunuel, or protesting when this film is screened. Why? Is it because their fame greatly surpasses Otterness’s and you fear you would be mocked and marginalized if you went after them, so you obsessively pick on the little guy? Ralph Prujansky E-mail letters, not longer than 250 words in length, to lincoln@thevillager.com or fax to 212229-2790 or mail to The Villager, Letters to the Editor, 515 Canal St., Suite 1C, NY, NY 10013. Please include phone number for confirmation purposes. The Villager reserves the right to edit letters for space, grammar, clarity and libel. The Villager does not publish anonymous letters. October 24, 2013

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