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Gardens now seen as key part of future storm-defense plan BY SARAH FERGUSON

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wo years ago, Superstorm Sandy swamped the East Village, turning basements into swimming with rivers of water. On Monday morning, New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver and other city, state and federal

of beaming gardeners at La Plaza Cultural on E. Ninth St. to announce a $2 million state grant to install rainwater-capture systems and other projects to mitigate storm runoff in the more than 40 community gardens in the East Village and Lower East Side. GARDENS continued on p. 8

Demanding data, pols say that Airbnb keeps flying under the radar BY YANNIC RACK

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n a war of words at City Hall last week, Airbnb once again clashed with its critics, who accused the popular short-term rental company of making the city “ground zero for illegal hotels.” In two separate press conferences and during a hearing on a range of City Council

bills aimed at curbing misuse of the “home sharing” service, Airbnb was variously hailed as the lifeline for tens of thousands of New Yorkers and slammed as a threat to the city’s affordable housing stock. “This is not about regular New Yorkers trying to AIRBNB continued on p. 27

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A zombie couple were feeling, and looking, blue at the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. For more blood-curdling and / or cute parade photos, see Page 4.

‘Feel the Bern!’ Sanders tops Clinton in straw vote BY MARY REINHOLZ

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hile national polls put Hillary Clinton far ahead of her two remaining rivals in the race for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, self-described socialist Bernie Sanders won a straw poll taken last Sunday in Chelsea, surging past the senator and secretary of state by 30 votes. The informal sampling

of public opinion was conducted in a darkened auditorium with a call for raised hands to signify choices to lowing a two-hour Democratic presidential forum at the SVA Theatre, at 333 W. 23rd St. Sanders, the 74-year-old senator from Vermont, garnered 89 straw votes compared to 59 for Clinton, according to a count of hands. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley inspired 54 straw votes, trail-

Nearly a dozen local Democratic clubs sponsored the event, including Village Independent Democrats, Downtown Independent Democrats, Village Reform Democratic Club, Chelsea Reform Democratic Club, Gramercy Stuyvesant Independent Democrats, Coalition for a District Alternative, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Samuel Tilden Democratic Club, Lexington Democratic Club, Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club, STRAW VOTE continued on p. 6

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COURTROOM SHEL GAME: On Tuesday, opening statements were given in Assemblymember Sheldon Silver’s federal trial on conspiracy, wire and mail fraud and extortion charges. Cameras are not allowed in the courtroom. Shown in the court sketch at left, from left, are Silver, his defense attorneys, Joel Cohen and Steven Molo, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Cohen, making her opening statement. Cohen bluntly said the trial is about “Power. Greed. Corruption.” Silver is accused of quid pro quos with a Columbia oncologist and realtors that netted him about $5 million in kickbacks. However, speaking in defense of Silver, Molo declared of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and the prosecutors, “They don’t like the fact that friends might do favors for friends. They look at conduct which is normal and legal and they say, ‘This is illegal.’ ” ... Meanwhile, John Quinn, the Lower East Side Democratic state committeeman, is starting to sweat it, in terms of who might potentially replace Silver in the Assembly. Basically, Quinn feels that two names that have been out there, District Leaders Paul Newell and Jenifer Rajkumar, are simply not ready for prime time. As for Gigi Li, chairperson of Community Board 3, Quinn anticipates she won’t run. “You know the mess that happened when she tried to run for district leader,” he recalled. “Uh, God — you want to carry that baggage?... If she runs, you know D.I.D. will tear her apart.” Li, of course, withdrew from her hoped-for district leader race against Rajkumar this past summer amid accusations of fraudulent petitions to put Li on the ballot. Two Downlawsuit claiming that Li’s petitions were “permeated with fraud.” They charged that underage individuals collected a good chunk of the signatures, which

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were then illegally signed off on by a “subscribing witness,” none other than Yume Kitasei, Councilmember Margaret Chin’s chief of staff, who did not actually witness the signatures being made. Or so they charged. “They have photographs,” Quinn assured. How about Chin, would she want to be in the Assembly? “I sincerely doubt it,” he said. “You who wants to go to frickin’ Albany. It’s a lot colder up there.” Anyway, that seems to leave Newell and Rajkumar, for the moment. “If Shelly goes out very rapidly, what happens? It goes to County Committee,” Quinn explained, meaning the Democratic County Committee would pick the Demospeaker’s seat. That nominee then would be a lock to win. “It’s what, 7 or 8 to 1 Democratic-to-Republican down here?” Quinn noted. Meanwhile, Newell and Rajkumar, both gunning for the seat, still reportedly are not talking to each other — just as we reported back, oh, eight months ago. “Uh...no,” they are not she tried to talk to Paul and it was unproductive.” The bigger issue, though, as Quinn sees it, is that neither district leader has anywhere deep enough a track record of community activism. “Paul has opinions — no record,” he said of Newell, who ran against Silver in a primary seven years ago. Plus, he added that Newell, in a couple of tries, hasn’t even been able to win election to the board of Masaryk Towers, where he lives on the Lower East Side. But Newell said that’s not painting a fair picture. “I ran any candidate, but the election did not reach quorum. The other time an organized slate swept the ballot.” As for those — i.e. Quinn — who say he is “not ready for prime time,” he dismissed, “I don’t even know what that means.” As for Rajkumar, Quinn — who grew up on the hardscrabble Lower East Side back when it really was — scoffed, “I had Jenifer at a shelter meeting. She showed up in high heels and designer clothes.” Regarding Rajkumar’s win over Linda Balfour for district leader four years ago, he said, “She beat a sick woman in a wheelchair. Linda should never have run. D.I.D. wanted Jenifer.” Meanwhile, Quinn is frantically looking for someone else — anyone else — to run for Assembly. “We haven’t found anyone yet, but we’re looking,” he said. He said he’s talking to state Senator Daniel

Squadron and District Leader Virginia Kee to try to get ideas. “I personally like Jenifer and Paul,” he noted. “But, as far as I’m concerned, they’re both kids, and they don’t have anything under their belt.” (For the record, Rajkumar is 33 and Newell 40.) On top of all that, the district is an “East Side seat,” Quinn stressed, meaning D.I.D. shouldn’t be thinking they will be the king- or queenmaker. As for Rajkumar, asked about Quinn’s claim that she’s just not ready for the Assembly, she said, “If that’s what critics are President Obama and J.F.K.”

PUTS HER DVF ON IT: Lending her stylish and weighty name to Save Gansevoort’s petition against the Gottlieb/Aurora project to turn a block of Gansevoort St. back into how it looked in the 1880s — with buildings three to six times as high as they are now — is fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg. Of course, Furstenberg some years ago did get permission to add a new structure atop her rooftop — a glass penthouse that was modeled on her favorite ring — on her Meatpacking District building, at W. 14th and Washington Sts. But it was set back from SAVE US, GENERAL TSO! The Small Business Jobs Survival Act continues to pick up more sponsors in the City Council, but Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito still isn’t letting the bill come up for a vote, much less holding a hearing on the issue. But while the pressure behind the bill keeps building week by week, sadly, beloved businesses keep falling by the wayside. One of the latest is Empire Szechuan Village, a 30-year stalwart at Seventh Ave. South and Perry St., which closed on Halloween. They couldn’t stomach a 500 percent rent hike, from $5,000 to $25,000. And who could? However, the restaurant’s owner, Oscar King, told Eater.com he actually thinks the rent is fair. “I understand,” he told the food site. “The property values are really high in this area. No complaints. I’m ready to retire.” But Michael Markowitz, a former member of local Community Education Council District 2, isn’t ready to lose Empire Szechuan and he is complaining. “My family loved that place,” he told us sadly. “We need to pass the S.B.J.S.A.” SCOOPY’S continued on p. 27 TheVillager.com


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POLICE BLOTTER Dad to the rescue A 19-year-old man could not shake a young panhandler as the Villager entered his residential building at 115 Christopher St. on Sun., Nov. 1. The stranger pushed the man against a wall and switched to robbery once through the victim’s pockets and removed a Panasonic camcorder. When the victim attempted to retrieve the $300 camera, the mugger warned, “Do something and I’ll f--- you up,” according to a police report, before leaving the premises. But the teenager did not give up. He went upstairs and told his dad what happened. The duo then went back downstairs and chased the perpetrator down Christopher St. to Seventh Ave. South. They pointed out the suspect to a nearby police Damon Greene, 21, was charged with felony robbery. A search of his person revealed 31 little bags of crack cocaine, police said.

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Two-on-one attack Two strangers jumped a 25-yearold man in front of 177 Christopher St. on Fri., Oct. 30, according to police. A report did not state the circumstances behind the attack, but detailed the damage. The victim was hit multiple times in the face, leaving him with a swollen left eye and bloody lip. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment at about 9 p.m., police said. Witnesses identified Troy Harris, 37, and Javier Millan, 32, as the perpetrators. The two men were arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault.

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Sanders tops Clinton in multi-club straw vote STRAW VOTE continued from p. 1

504 Democratic Club and Manhattan Young Democrats. O’Malley’s was a surprisingly strong showing for an uber-liberal whose national numbers were only at 4 percent when he headed into the last month, according to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll. But on Oct. 27, his campaign announced he had picked up 26 new endorsements in Iowa, including a state senator, two mayors and several activists who had previously supported Vice President Joe Biden. “He’s starting to get noticed, starting to get some buzz in the nominating process and with groups like this,” said Adam Stolz, an articulate aide with the Martin O’Malley for President organization who represented his often media-ignored man of the people on the dais. Stolz was joined on the dais by two other local surrogates: longtime Harlem Assemblymember Keith Wright, the New York County Democratic chairperson, representing Clinton (he is also a member of the powerful Hillary for New York Leadership Council); and Sean Patrick Murphy, a Sanders campaign organizer with Team Bernie NY. None of the actual contenders were present. The forum was moderated by former City Councilmember Ronnie Eldridge, who gave the men three minutes each to explain in opening remarks why they were endorsing their candidates before an audience of about 250 people. Attendees included several local hattan Borough President Gale Brewer and state Senator Brad Hoylman. made it plain he believes Hillary Clinton has the right stuff in his rulebook to lead the nation after President Barack Obama exits the White House. “I think Hillary Rodham Clinton is battle-tested. She’s a person who

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Representing the candidates, from left, Keith Wright (for Hillary Clinton), Adam Stolz (for Martin O’Malley) and Sean Patrick Murphy (for Bernie Sanders), with moderator Ronnie Eldridge.

take a hit,” he said. “She has the intellectual capacity and the political acumen. Let’s not forget, she was our senator from 2000 to 2008. She’s been talking about criminal justice, jobs and healthcare. She speaks to me as the father of two boys. She doesn’t think young people should be saddled with student loans and astronomical usurious rates. She’s talking to me and she’s talking about future generations. I’m proud to support Hillary Clinton.” Stolz detailed O’Malley’s cred as a progressive with an ability to get “big things done,” noting he had helped

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Maryland come out of the 2008 reriage equality in 2011.” “He’s fought for the Dream Act for young, undocumented immigrants,” Stolz added, later recounting that O’Malley “stood up” for immigrant children illegally entering the country in 2014. Clinton, he said, did not. His remarks drew applause. But many in the audience were clearly “feeling the Bern” when 30-year-old Murphy, a former Peace Corps volunteer, touted Sanders’s purist leftie persona and the outpouring of support he has received from small donors to his campaign. “He’s raised more individual contributions than any candidate in history,” Murphy contended. He said that Sanders refuses to take any super-PAC money. “He also has refused any form of special-interest money,” he added. Murphy cited the Brooklyn-born senator’s “impressive progressive” report card spanning 34 years as a public servant, stating he has received a “100 percent civil rights record from the NAACP” and a “100 percent [record] on women’s rights from Planned Parenthood,” among other liberal endorsements. Eldridge, who hosts Eldridge & Co., on CUNY TV, attempted to differentiate the candidates on such hot-button

trade deals, climate change, gun control, racism in education and the prison system. She began by asking where they stood on wealth and income inequality. “This is Bernie’s issue,” Murphy insisted. “He has been the candidate going after banks and Wall St. ever since 2008. He’s stood up for workers’ rights his entire career.” He later said that Sanders believes that the “billionaire class has taken and the election structure.” Income equality is the “centerpiece” of O’Malley’s campaign, Stolz said of his candidate. “We need more cops on the beat” scrutinizing Wall St., he said, adding, “When a bank repeatedly breaks the law, they should know they’re getting closer to going out of business.” Both Sanders and O’Malley have proposed reviving the Depressionera Glass-Steagall Act to break up big banks. Clinton would allow regulators to do that job but hasn’t called for resurrecting Glass-Steagall. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, signed legislation in 1999 that repealed the legislation. Wright candidly stated that he was “not intimately involved” with ClinSTRAW VOTE continued on p. 29 TheVillager.com


Old St. Pat’s Cathedral is celebrating 200 years BY ALBERT AMATEAU

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see workers installing a stained-glass window,” Sakano told The Villager in a telephone interview at the end of October. “We’ll have the celebration on time even if there might be a few things left to do,” he assured. The old cathedral, more than 120 feet long, 80 feet wide and 75 feet tall, was designed by Joseph Mangin, a French-born architect who was also co-designer of City Hall. At the time, it was the city’s largest church building and second Catholic church. Situated between Mott and Mulberry Sts., St. Patrick’s occupied land on the city’s outskirts that

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t. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, at the corner of Mott and Prince Sts., is becoming new again as a major renovation project draws to completion in time for the celebration of its 200th anniversary. Because it took six years to build the cathedral, the bicentennial is a six-year event that started on June 7, 2009, commemorating the laying of the church cornerstone in 1809. The climax of the celebration, “Embracing the Future as We Celebrate Our Past,” will be at a vespers service on Sun., Nov. 22. Monsignor Donald Sakano, appointed pastor of Old St. Patrick’s in 2007, has been in charge of planning the bicentennial and of overseeing the $16 million renovation of the venerable church, which was awarded basilica status in 2010. “It’s been a huge restoration project and we’re

Stained-glass windows are being repaired at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral as part of the historic house of worship’s 200th anniversary.

The cornerstone of the new uptown cathedral (scoffers dubbed it “Hughes’s Folly”) was laid in 1858 by Archbishop John Joseph Hughes, who emigrated from Ireland to the U.S. in 1817. He entered the priesthood in 1826, served in Philadelphia and arrived in New York in 1838. He served as an administrator of the diocese and was consecrated bishop in the old cathedral in 1842 on the death of Bishop John Dubois. “The real hero of the story is John Hughes,” said Sakano. “He was known as ‘Dagger John’ because bishops signed their names with a cross, which took the shape of a dagger in newspapers.

church, St. Peter’s on Barclay St. in Lower Manhattan. In 1808, the year before the cornerstone was laid, Pope Pius VII had established the Diocese of New York, which included the entire state and part of northern New Jersey. Because of the Napoleonic Wars in Europe, Concanen, never reached his diocese. He died in Italy in 1810. So the building of the cathedral was supervised by Father Antony Kohlmann, an Alsatian-born Jesuit. The cathedral opened on Ascension Day, May 4, 1815, with a crowd of 4,000 worshipers and guests, including Mayor DeWitt Clinton. But it wasn’t until November that the second bishop of New York, John Connolly, an Irish Dominican theologian, ar“We’re the oldest Catholic church building in New York,” said Sakano of the newly restored church. “St. Joseph’s Church in the Village makes the claim because we are now a basilica, and they’re a simple parish church,” he added. The original St. Peter’s Church on Barclay St., 1835, which burned for days and was visible at night from as far away as Philadelphia, according to some sources at the time. St. Peter’s was replaced with a granite church in 1840. Fire nearly destroyed the original cathedral in October 1866 when sparks from a packing crate four walls standing. The then-archbishop, John McClosky, born in Brooklyn to Irish immigrant parents, resolved to reconstruct the cathedral quickly. It reopened with an elaborate new interior designed by Henry Engelbert on St. Patrick’s Day, 1868. TheVillager.com

A monument to Archbishop John Joseph Hughes — who defended Old St. Pat’s from nativist mobs — will be installed in front of the cathedral on Sun., Nov. 22.

The rebuilt roof was derived from a design by James Renwick, architect of the new St. Patrick’s Cathedral on 51st St. and Fifth Ave., which was under construction by then on a property acquired in 1810 for a Jesuit school.

anti-Catholic mobs.” A brick wall had been built around the cathedral as protection from nativist attacks. Over the next several years, mobs had descended on St. Patrick’s but turned back after learning that armed defenders were posted by Bishop Hughes along Prince St. and behind the brick wall. In 1844 after the anti-immigrant James Harper was elected mayor of New York and a mob threatened to march on the cathedral, Hughes organized a small army of Irish immigrants to defend the church. He then sent a letter to Harper warning that if any harm came to a single Catholic or to a Catholic church, the city would turn into “a second Moscow,” referring to the burning of that city in response to Napoleon’s 1812 invasion. Hughes’s actions are credited with turning back violence. During the Civil War, Hughes served as an envoy of President Lincoln to dissuade European nations from supporting the Confederacy. In gratitude, Lincoln petitioned Pope Pius IX to Hughes died in 1864 before a nomination could take place. “We’ll be dedicating a monument to Bishop Hughes in front of the church on Nov. 22,” Sakano said. The 12-foot-tall bronze column topped by a bust of Hughes, designed by Rowan Gillespie, an Irish sculptor, will be unveiled at the 3:30 p.m. ceremony. Visitors will then be invited to tour the 200-year-old restored church. November 5, 2015

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Gardens now seen as ‘green infrastructure’ vs. flooding GARDENS continued from p. 1

For New York’s gardening movement, the announcement marks a considered community gardens as temporary oases, space savers for future development. Now, they are being recast as “green infrastructure” to make Downtown more resilient “This is a momentous moment,” declared Aziz Dehkan, executive director of the New York City Community Garden Coalition, which will be administering the grant in partnership with GreenThumb and the grassroots group LUNGS (Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens). “We believe has given money directly to commuognized as a vital environmental asset,” Dehkan said. The $2 million grant comes via the and is part of the $25 million in community development block grants that Lower Manhattan became eligible for under the post-Sandy reconstruction program dubbed New York Rising. Half a million dollars will fund a feasibility study and master plan called “Gardens Rising” — using engineers and landscape architects to come up with the best means to capture stormwater in the neighborhood’s 47 gardens, located in the area between 14th and Delancey Sts. and east of the Bowery/Fourth Ave. The remaining $1.5 million will be used to implement solutions. Ideas range from installing underground cisterns and rainwater collection systems that funnel water from the roofs of neighboring buildings to bioswales — which utilize plants and stones to divert water and allow it to be absorbed more slowly into the ground. The goal is to help protect the gardens from storm damage, while protecting their surrounding communities that currently clog basements and discharge into the East River. ber 2016, and all construction must be completed by September 2019. Of course, transforming the gardens into better water sinks could entail uprooting large portions of turf. But the gardeners themselves will be allowed to propose projects and choose whether they want them to be implemented in their spaces. A steering committee of gardeners will terminations in the master plan. “This is really being led from the ground up,” noted LUNGS founder Charles Krezell. “I’m really grateful to the state for allowing this to be a

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Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, front row center, with Councilmember Rosie Mendez, to the right of him, joined community leaders and gardeners at La Plaza Cultural on Monday to announce the $2 million state grant.

Mendez spoke personally about the physical impact to the community caused by the toppling of giant willows and other mature trees in the East Village gardens during Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy. She said the Gardens Rising plan was vital for “taking our beautiful gardens and making them permanent and available, beyond any other storm that may come our way.” It will also mean more green jobs Downtown. For starters, the NYCCGC has posted offerings for several positions on its Web site, including a new communications director and full-time community organizer. The deadline to apply is Nov. 6. Some gardens aren’t waiting for the master plan to get started. At La Plaza Cultural, landscape architect Ross Martin designed a bioswale that diverts rainwater that formerly used to wash out into the street. Martin and other volunteers dug up the asphalt along the E. Ninth St.

Ross Martin with a bioswale that is already installed at La Plaza Cultural.

grassroots effort.” Krezell said he believed the Gardens Rising plan could help transform the L.E.S. gardens into a “green lab for the entire city,” and bring in further funding for composting and solar installations here and across the Councilmember

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who represents the neighborhood, is a key backer of the plan. “When we talk about sustainability and resiliency, we’re talking about the Lower East Side,” she said, citing the homesteading and garden movements that rose up in the wake of the of citizen-led reclamation efforts.

back into the ground. Instead of ending up in the gutter, the rainwater now nourishes the dwarf fruit trees and vegetables planted along the fence in raised “Hugel” beds created from old tree branches and soil. As the wood in the Hugel beds decomposes, it forms a natural compost that feeds the plants. “The Hugel beds act like a sponge to soak up water,” Martin said. TheVillager.com


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The Gay Liberation Monument as it was decorated this Oct. 19.

Monumental moment On Mon., Oct. 19, filmmaker Elaine Gold left ribbons, flowers and a “Just Married” sign at the Gay Liberation Monument in Christopher Park at Sheridan Square. It wasn’t just some random symbolic gesture, but in honor of the fact that on that day in Miami Beach, Leslie Cohen and Beth Suskind, the two women who posed for the sculpture, by George Segal, in fact did finally get married. The newlyweds, who now live in Florida, have known each other for 50 years and have been a couple for 39 years.

Beth Suskind, left, and Leslie Cohen at the sculpture’s dedication in 1992.

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Bill Hine, 79, dedicated activist on waterfront OBITUARY BY ALBERT AMATEAU

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he were alive, I’m sure he would be in the library researching and looking for a peg to put his next article on.” Carol Gordon, a fellow member of Save the Piers, said, “Bill was an TheVillager.com

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ill Hine, a Village resident for 50 years and a passionate advocate for neighborhood preservation, especially of the waterfront, died Sept. 7. He was 79. For the past several months he had been in an Eastchester nursing home where he went after emergency surgery, according to his sister, Lois Stringham, of Prescott, Arizona. For many years a public member of the Community Board 2 waterfront and landmarks committees, Bill Hine developed an expertise on waterfront history and policy. He co-wrote, with Robert Smith, an article for The Villager in 2008 urging the immediate repair of the pilings of Pier 40 and suggesting that the Port Authority should pay the cost. The authority, Hine argued, had switched off an electrical system that sent a current through the pier’s metal pilings to help preserve them, thus hastening their corrosion. In 2005, The Villager published Bill’s detailed letter opposing the city’s proposed use of the Gansevoort Peninsula as a marine transfer station, emphasizing the potential danger to Hudson River Park pedestrians and cyclists posed by garbage trucks loaded with recyclables turning onto the peninsula from the West Side Highway. A year later, Bill wrote again in The Villager on the same subject, urging that recyclables be moved by rail. A soft-spoken man with courtly manners, Bill spent many hours in the Jefferson Market Library researching waterfront history. He was a member of former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger’s Waterfront Advisory Committee in the 1990s. As a member of Save the Piers, a waterfront preservation group, he advocated in vain for the preservation of the original Hudson River bulkhead capstones as part of the Hudson River Park. Robert Smith, Bill’s co-author of The Villager articles, recalled a phone conversation a month or two before Bill died. “His mind was still on the battle to save the piers, to get the Port Authority to pay for the restoration of Pier 40 and to get the Department of Sanitation off the Gansevoort Peninsula,” Smith said. “Bill was never one to

Bill Hine, third from left, at a 1989 “Save the Waterfront” rally, where Villagers protested the installation of aboveground PATH train ventilation towers at Morton St. Also among those at the rally were Larry Selman, Ben Green, representing then-Assemblymember Bill Passannante, Miriam Lee of the Village Homeowners’ Association, Comptroller Harrison J. Goldin, who was then a mayoral candidate, Bob Oliver of the Federation to Preserve the Greenwich Village Waterfront & Great Port, Judy Seigel of the Morton St. Block Association, Vern Fry and Artie Strickler.

inspiration. Among his legacies were the ideas that there should be a place on the waterfront where you could still reach the shoreline and where people could connect with water underneath them by walking on little archways [a design feature incorporated in part of the park]. Bill had a strong vision for a noncommercial waterfront that would preserve history. He loved the bulkheads and the planks and all the possibilities that saving the piers offered.” Gordon said the group’s founding members were Hine, herself, Robert Smith (then known as Robert Trenour) and Liz Shollenberger. “We were Save the Piers,” Gordon said. “It was Bill who really had this vision and tried to get people excited.” Andrew Berman, director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, said, “Bill lived and breathed neighborhood preservation issues. There wasn’t a single time that I would bump into him that there was not something that he wanted to discuss. He had a genuine passion for protecting the neighborhood.” His Bank St. neighbor, the actress Dina Paisner, recalled Bill as “the consummate gentleman,” always offering to help carry packages. Another neighbor, the musician Jake Jacobson, said Bill was a friendly but intensely private person. Bill Ira Hines was born in Blackwell, Oklahoma, the son of Opal and Walter Hine, and raised on a wheat farm in the northern part of the state, according to his sister.

til he entered college,” Stringham said. “As a teenager he would drive a tractor while sketching. He had an incredibly creative and analytical mind.” Bill went to the Art Center School, Los Angeles, which later became the Pasadena School of Design, and earned a B.A. with a major in industrial design. In New York, he worked for Loewy/Snaith design, founded by the renowned industrial designer Raymond Loewy. After several years, Bill worked as a freelance designer. “Bill photographed the Brooklyn Bridge on its 100th anniversary,” Stringham said. “He received permission and went to the top of the bridge to make the photos, which were published in 1983 in the Smithsonian magazine, Newsweek and New York magazine.” He also created SNAP, a game that was sold at the Museum of Modern Art store. He designed “Winter Tree,” a holiday card for UNICEF, and another card, “Winter’s Image,” which was sold at the MoMA store. “I recall that for at least 36 years, the waterfront, saving Governors Island as a national monument and historical preservation in the Village

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A rendering of the north towers in the St. John’s Partners plan, viewed from the north. At 430 feet tall, this would be the development’s highest point.

Meeting on St. John’s plan BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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ommunity members can learn more about the massive St. John’s Partners project planned for Hudson Square — and also offer their input — at a meeting of a new Community Board 2 workview the development. The Pier 40 Air Rights Transfer lic meeting Mon., Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m., at Greenwich House’s building at 247 dining room, between Greenwich Ave. and W. Fourth St. The room has an 80-person capacity. The St. John’s project, between Washington and West Sts. and Clarkson and Charlton Sts., includes more than 1,500 residential units, nearly 500 of those earmarked as affordable senior housing. It would also contain retail; many Downtowners are hoping for a supermarket. David Gruber, the immediate past president of C.B. 2, has been tapped by the board’s current chairperson, Tobi Bergman, to chair the working group. The other members include Rich Caccappolo, Anita Brandt, Dan Miller, Katy Bordonaro, Robert Woodworth and Ritu Chattree. According to Gruber, at the Nov. 16 meeting, the project’s scoping document — including the project summary — will be presented. (The document can be found on thevillager.com). The committee may consider recommendations for changes to the TheVillager.com

draft scope for the project’s Environmental Impact Study. Project details will be considered during the city’s ULURP (Uniform Land Use Review Procedure), a seven-month public review process that possibly in January or February. “This is not like a regular Q & A,” Gruber explained of the meeting. “This is for people to get a look at the scoping, and if they think there were things that weren’t in there, they can point it out — in terms of

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vironmental impact. I want to make sure they look at what will happen with schools.” Another issue Gruber is concerned about is improving pedestrian access to Pier 40, possibly by a footbridge. However, he said, the working group — at least at this meeting — won’t be examining the air rights transfer process per se, under which St. John’s Partners would buy 200,000 square feet of unused development rights from Pier 40 in Hudson River Park for $100 million

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis until Friday, November 13. Contact Nichole Huff at the Office of Government and Community Affairs at nichole.huff@nyu.edu or 212-9982325.

will be discussions about that, but later on, he said. “We’re going to have a lot of meetings,” about the mega-project and Pier 40, he assured, with a chuckle. A big part of this upcoming meeting, though, will be devoted to community input. “I don’t want us to talk to much,” Gruber said. “It’s really to hear what the community has to say.”

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City pushing mandatory affordable housing plan BY YANNIC RACK

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he Department of City Planning is moving forward with plans to both launch a new mandatory affordable housing program and modify the regulations in contextually zoned districts. Both initiatives are part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ambitious 10-year plan for affordable housing. To lay out the details of the two separate programs — Mandatory Inclusionary Housing and Zoning for Quality and Affordability — City with the editorial staff of NYC Community Media, including The Villager and East Villager and its sister newspapers. The new mandatory inclusionary housing program would build on the city’s current voluntary program and help achieve the mayor’s goal of creating or preserving 200,000 units of affordable housing in the city. “This program would be, at this point, the most rigorous proposed program of any city in the U.S. It’s a big deal,” said Frank Ruchala, City Planning’s deputy director for zoning, who presented the plans together with Erik Botsford, the deputy director of the department’s ManhatUnder the plans, any future zoning actions — from sweeping rezonings, like the one planned in East New York, to small changes of use, as long amount of affordable housing. Today there is already a voluntary program — which will stay intact — that, in certain designated areas, awards developers with a higher aside a percentage of the building for affordable housing. Developers would have three different options under the initiative. dents earning, on average, 60 percent of the area median income (A.M.I.). The second would require allocating 30 percent of the space for residents averaging 80 percent of A.M.I. “The options are meant to try and that exist in the city, and also give a little bit of optionality for communities as they’re looking at their neighborhoods,” Ruchala said. A third option targeting moderateor middle-income families would rebe set aside for residents making 120 percent of A.M.I. on average. This socalled “workforce option,” however, is not available in Manhattan Community Boards 1 through 8, which includes all of Manhattan from the

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Frank Ruchala, left, and Erik Botsford, from the Department of City Planning, laid out the details of two sweeping new initiatives.

Battery to the Upper West and East Sides. The unavailability of option three has not gone unnoticed at the community board level. According to Ruchala, this option is not planned for Boards 1 to 8 because those areas recently received changes to the 421-a tax program, which make most newly constructed housing eligible for a 10-to-15-year exemption from property taxes by providing affordable housing. However, whereas the affordable housing under the new mandatory program would be permanent, the 421-a units are not affordable in perpetuity. “I think it’s important to emphado allow for the provision of moderate-income housing at higher-income levels,” Botsford said. “There is a clear recognition that this program is far more robust than the current voluntary program,” Ruchala said. “It’s far more robust than anywhere else in the country.” The second new initiative, Zoning for Quality and Affordability, has been tweaked slightly since it set off According to the planners, the rezoning would make it easier for builders in contextually zoned areas care facilities into new construction projects. “The zoning for these hasn’t changed in 30 or 40 years and they really don’t match how providers or seniors are looking to live today,” Ruchala said. Basically, whereas ceiling heights were typically 8 feet in the 1980s, developers today want 10 feet, he said. Under the current zoning, ground-

additional height,” he said. This spewindows are located at eye level with passing pedestrians, they said. “We see people who don’t use the voluntary program, simply because

that building envelope that they have, and the building is basically a box. “If they get a higher F.A.R. for affordable housing, they should also F.A.R.,” he said. Regarding the proposal to allow for an additional 5 feet in building

original plan introduced last spring. As part of the public review process, both programs are currently being presented to community boards around the city. Then, at November’s end, the proposals will move to the planning commission and then on to the City Council, which will likely vote on them by early spring. Community board members, preservationists and residents worry that the rezoning will lead to higher buildings in their neighborhoods. C.B. 2, for one, has said, while the welcomed in other neighborhoods,

retail, Ruchala emphasized that this could not be used to build “a penthouse up in the sky.” “The idea is that if you don’t use it

Greenwich Village-based district. Nevertheless, Ruchala is positive that the Council will approve both proposals.

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were his major concerns,” Stringham said. “I visited him in July. He was struggling with failing health and was still trying to research, write and be involved in the waterfront. “Being very thoughtful and considerate of others was always a part of Bill’s personality,” she added. Tobi Berman, chairperson of Community Board 2, remembered Bill Hine as a man who always had unusual ideas that were always sensible but often politically impractical. “He was a dedicated and always-present participant at hundreds of meetings when an extraordinary ad hoc group of equally important volunteers invented the

Hudson River Park,” Bergman said. Gordon said a lasting symbol of Hine’s waterfront legacy is the ghostly metal pier-shed archway that still frames the entrance to Pier 54 at W. 13th St., along with some collected original granite bulkhead capstones. “That was Bill,” Gordon said. “That was 100 percent him. That was the pier where the Carpathia brought the Titanic survivors. He just thought it was so beautiful and historic and it should remain for generations to see.” Although Pier 54 is being demolished for the new Pier55 project, the historic pier shed arch will be preserved.

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Keeping up on health food trends sure beets me RHYMES WITH CRAZY BY LENORE SKENAZY

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here’s the milk?” I asked my best-friend-from-highschool, Gigi, as I peered into her fridge.

candy-gobblers like me behind. Folks who still eat hot dogs, if you can believe that, despite WNYC reporting for 36 hours straight last week: “The World Health Organization says processed meat is bad for you. Bad, bad, fore you drop dead.” Simply by standing in place, I’d become abnormal, like a gal still wild about Earth Shoes. Or Pet Rocks. Or Jeb. Everyone else today is eating or juicing something they never thought they’d even consider food.

is it cheating to eat something so healthy that it still grosses out at least a portion of the population?

I forgot about those.” Forgot? I know, I know — people’s tastes change, and change is good. My friend Sue is eating beets now. She used to spit them out back when beets were on everyone’s shelf — sometimes for years — in a can. Then recently someone convinced her to eat them for good luck and she gave them an open-minded nibble. Now Sue’s a a beet-nik, and I worry that the vegeta-

tastes are shifting. They always do. It is that they seem to be lurching. “I got all into trying to go vegan, then I got into paleo — huge shift, I know,” I read a mom confess online. The soy milk folks are getting into butter. The pescatarians are trying pork. The NutraSweet crowd is swearing by Stevia. And I wasn’t going to mention kale, but it is the elephant in the kitchen. “It’s an aspirational vegetable,” explained Nancy McDermott, an independent researcher and adviser to Park Slope Parents. “It’s also very pretty. I saw a nice kale tattoo on Facebook the other day. But eating it, ing to cut out the stalks, and rolling the leaves and cutting them. And as for bruising it, I think you’d have to sleep with it under the mattress to make it tender enough to eat.” By the time we are sleeping with our kale, all bets are off. It’s driving me to drink. But not kombucha with almond milk.

And others are opening up to celery root. All those ancient grains are taking over, too. Not for nothing do they call it Farro. The problem is not that people’s

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the one who introduced me to the food that is totally worth cheating with: Hostess fruit pies. What happened?” She typed back (where would we be, friend-wise, without Facebook?): “Chia pudding is made with chia seeds, almond milk, cacao (or, for those that still speak English, cocoa), maple syrup and vanilla extract. As the seeds soak, they become tapioca-like. Makes

“Where?” But, as Gertrude Stein would have said — if she needed something to pour in her coffee and was still alive — “There’s no ‘there’ there, only almond milk.” Gigi shrugged. “That’s what we drink.” And therein lies a tale. There was no cow milk in Gigi’s fridge, no white bread in her breadbox, and no peanut butter in her cabinets — only almond butter. Without even realizing it, Gigi had become what we used to call a health nut, but is now apparently a health mainstreamer, leaving good ol’ milk-drinking, Wonder-loving,

into hemp hearts. Hemp has a heart? It’s legal to eat? He says he mixes the hearts into cheesy eggs, which sounds somewhere between revolting and felonious. But hemp is just one of those things that people say, “I’m into now.” Like Kombucha — the stuff in bottles that chia can go from pet to food, what hope is there for puppies? Another high-school friend of mine (they’re Cheats on what? Gently sauteed pine needles? Liver smoothies? How

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Solving the Pier 40 quandary To The Editor: Re “St. John’s plan includes nearly 500 affordable units, small park, maybe hotel” (news article, Oct. 22): Finally, a very good plan that works. Kudos to Assemblymembers Deborah Glick and Richard Gottfried for the (albeit imperfect) legislation making it possible.

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Having looked at the symbiotic relationship of these two massive structures — Pier 40 and the St. John’s Center — for years, it’s heartening to see such an obvious solution to the Pier 40 quandary port this proposal as strongly as it has opposed all the previous ones. Saving Pier 40 in this manner allows the continuation of its existing uses (kayaks, boat builders, Downtown United Soccer Club, Greenwich Village

Little League) and opens the door to “redevelop” much of the pier’s shed space for a plethora of community and educational uses still to be imagined, and hopefully realized in the same spirit as the pending 75 Morton St. school. Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation should take a pass on this one. Not everything from earlier eras can, or should, be kept as it was when the city was not as developed, and crowded, as now. Historic preservation should not be a zero sum game. There should be support from G.V.S.H.P. for intelligent and selective development where there Chris Gaylord

This isn’t about me! To The Editor: Bill Abrams, Oct. 29): away from the real issue and toward me. And The Villager has just printed two of my columns, Mr. Abrams lectured me about how to live in LETTERS continued on p. 18

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Sanders is changing U.S. politics — but must think bigger TALKING POINT BY JOE ALLEN

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any writers on the radical left have been deeply pessimistic and alienating in considering Bernie Sanders’s campaign for president. Bruce Dixon, editor of the Black Agenda Report, dismissed the Sanders campaign as “sheepdogging for Hillary.” Something tells me that calling people “sheep” isn’t the best way to engage anyone in a positive political conversation. Equally patronizing has been William Kaufman, who dismissed the historic opposition of many on the radical left to supporting a Democrat as “a someone “mindless” isn’t a good way to start a conversation, either. Personally, I’m neither a Bernie pessimist nor a “Sandernista” who’s all-in for the Vermont senator. I think that the Sanders campaign is refreshing and he has made socialism positive for a younger generation. I wholeheartedly support his call for a “political revolution against the billionaires” and have watched with great interest as his political program has shaken up the presidential race. Yet big business and its allies dominate the highly undemocratic political party that Bernie is running under the auspices of. This raises a bigger question: What is Bernie’s deeper strategy for transforming the Democratic Party? So far, Bernie has said very little about this. When he speaks about challenging the status quo, he always seems to be talking about the intransigent Republican majority in Congress — not the party whose name he is running under. And while the G.O.P. has certainly gone off the right-wing deep end in recent years, the Democrats have also drifted farther and farther in the same direction. Sanders has taken mostly strong progressive positions in his campaign that are well to the left of others in the party, but he has yet to put forward a longer-term plan about dealing with that drift. So the Sanders campaign presents the broad left in the United States with a great political opportunity, but also with something of a conundrum: How to sort out the many positive aspects of Bernie’s campaign while forthrightly dealing with the substantive political problems of running as a Democrat? With this in mind, I read Marc Daalder’s recent article on Sanders’s impact on Hillary Clinton’s use of attack ads and found it a bit thin. TheVillager.com

Bernie Sanders has strong support in Downtown Manhattan, judging by a recent straw vote held by multiple Democratic political clubs.

way that the long-established broad left in the United States hasn’t accomplished in many decades of hard work. Something has changed in U.S. politics, and the left seems woefully behind the times. For me, this means we should be putting forward a discussion about political strategy to Bernie supporters and critics, revisiting older debates about the left and the Democratic Party, while also recognizing the importance of newer political campaigns, such as Black Lives Matter, and the struggle against eco-catastrophe — struggles that could fundamentally reshape American politics. Let’s put it this way: Is Bernie’s campaign in form and substance a fairly traditional liberal Democratic campaign with an anachronistic socialist label attached to it, or could it help birth a new socialist movement? If it is to be about the latter, what political strategy is being put forward to bring it about? How can the Sanders campaign go beyond relatively minor, short-term victories concern-

The tens of thousands of Bernie supporters that have come out to rallies across the nation want a different politics in this country.

Not because Sanders has not had an impact on Clinton’s use of such ads — Hillary has, indeed, pledged to refrain from attacking Bernie during this campaign cycle, which seems like a pretty good thing — but because Daalder and other writers are highlighting such small-fries victories rather than these issues of power and politics inside the Democratic Party. This is a mistake. Bernie at a recent meeting before 2,000 people at the University of Chicago exhorted his audience to be thinking big. Bernie made socialism attractive and relevant in a

ing attack ads to accomplish a major political transformation? For several decades, many socialists, trade unionists and liberals put forward a strategy of “realignment.” In a nutshell, the argument went like this: Liberals and the left should build up the political forces of trade unions and the civil rights movement (and later, other progressive social movements, such as the Vietnam anti-war movement, women’s and other social movements) in the Democratic Party to force out the old “Dixiecrat” wing of the party. This realignment of political forces inside the party, it was hoped, would transform it into a political party more akin to a European-style labor or social democratic party or, at the very least, something like the old Canadian New Democrats. This newly transformed party could potentially implement the type of pro-working class political agenda that could make the United States into a more European-style social democratic country. Some aspects of realignment did come about: The Dixiecrats, for the most part, did leave the Democratic Party, while the reforms sponsored by Senator George McGovern did open up the party to more diverse convention delegates and opened up primaries to more challengers. One result of this was a large number of black delegates and party leaders. But the Democrats also, at the same time, became a more conservative party, and abandoned much of the liberalism that de-

Whatever you may think about realignment as a strategy, it was, indeed, a big-picture strategy that was debated and fought over for by the broad liberal-left. I happen to think it was the wrong strategy, and have believed for many years that we need to campaign for the creation of a labor party or, at the very least, independent or socialist campaigns with the support of the labor movement. The tens of thousands of Sanders supporters that have come out to rallies across the country want a different politics in this country. What are we saying to them about building a bigger, more relevant socialist left today? Whether you support Bernie’s campaign or not, what do you have to say to that question? Focusing on the minor victories Bernie Sanders is able to notch misses the point of what’s so important about his campaign. The energy he has tapped into has the power to radically transform our country’s politics. As we watch and participate in and critique that campaign, let’s keep those big-picture goals in mind. After all, we’re capable of winning much more than minor skirmishes over attack ads. November 5, 2015

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my “community” and told me to “wear headphones” if God’s Love We Deliver’s parties are too loud. What kind of “community” requires you to barricade yourself in your home and wear headphones? Should I also wear sunglasses? On sunny days, even passersby must shield their eyes G.L.W.D.’s blaring disco was equivalent to an invading army kicking down our door with jackboots. Even people on the street were yell-

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To The Editor: Re “Dorothy Ryan, outspoken activist in ’60s, ’70s” (obituary, Oct. 22): It was sad to learn that Dorothy Ryan has passed away. She was the ultimate activist who rose from P.T.A. president at P.S. 41 to a distinguished position on the community school board. Her vigor and zeal helped at a time of need. Today, we need more activists seeking to improve our children’s schools. Sylvia Rackow

Chumley’s Scoopy scolding To The Editor: Re “Chumley’s not 86’ed” (Scoopy’s Notebook, Oct. 22): Being a gossip columnist and a cat, Scoopy can’t be expected to grasp all the facts. So it may be helpful to point out a few things that Scoopy got wrong or didn’t mention about the Chumley’s situation. The bar may have been “popular with the likes of John Steinbeck

and William Faulkner” long ago. But, for many years prior to the internal masonry collapse that shut it down, Chumley’s was popular mainly as a place for groups of college students and out-of-towners to load up with beer and make noise, often late at night on the (narrow) street. Chumley’s has been “slow in reopening” not because of a “string of lawsuits” but because — before headed up the gutting and rebuilding of 86 Bedford St. took a very long time to do the work. Community Board 2’s S.L.A. Licensing Committee, its published minutes tell us, voted unanimously on Oct. 15 to recommend denial of Chumley’s liquor license applicaple requirements — including a lot of noise-control measures, a ban on “promoted events” and “security in front of and inside the premises at all times.” These, of course, are to prevent expected nuisances from the tourist/student/bridge-andtunnel crowd. Despite Chumley’s known history (and, predictably, future) of hosting unruly binge-drinking crowds, the Bedford-Barrow-Commerce Block Association has been cheerleading for it to reopen since at least 2011. Whoever agrees with B.B.C.’s pro-Chumley’s position must not have lived within earshot of 86 Bedford during Chumley’s last go-round. Or else they had the gift of sleeping very, very soundly. Bryan Dunlap

Affordable smokescreen To The Editor: Re “Praise for Stuy Town sale but also concern about massive air rights” (news article, Oct. 29): And you thought the Bloomberg/ Quinn team was real estate friendly. ways to destroy low-rise Downtown than his odious predecessors. His “affordable housing” mantra is a huge smokescreen for the giant real estate concerns swallowing the city. Carl Rosenstein

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Frederick Wiseman achieves great ‘Heights’ Film Forum run is a record for director, venue

BY SEAN EGAN

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idely regarded as one of the most innovative and -

distinguished career spans nearly “Titicut Follies” (which exposed worrisome conditions at a state-run hospital for the criminally insane), Wiseman has provided immersive glimpses into how institutions and communities function, by presenting his footage without comment. At age 85, and with his legacy (40 director for slowing down. Instead, he’s going as strong as ever, as his newest feature, the sprawling, masterful “In Jackson Heights” has just been released to widespread acclaim. Playing at Film Forum (“really the makers,” Wiseman notes), it marks his 11th feature to run there — giving him the distinction of being the ue’s history. “I wanted to do a movie about a new generation of immigrants to America,” Wiseman says, revealing the seed of an idea that would eventually lead him to Jackson Heights — an incredibly diverse neighborhood the recommendation of a friend, and tential. “One of the things that struck me went there was how colorful it was,” he explains, describing the “color feast” of Roosevelt Blvd. “You want to take advantage of that because it While he wound up putting plans TheVillager.com

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An aerial view of Jackson Heights, showing the bustling people and “color feast” of the streets.

ured Jackson Heights would still be around,” he jokes), he returned to the spring of 2014. With a little help from leaders in the Jewish and Bengali communities, as well as a professor friend, he hit the streets, capturing a large swath of individuals and businesses in the area. “It’s a combination of having community informants, in the best sense of the word ‘informant,’ and following my instinct, and luck,” Wiseman says of gathering the footage. Plus, Jackson Heights denizens were receptive to the cameras. “It’s very rare that anyone refuses. It’s equally rare that anybody looks in the camera.” Wiseman shaped the resulting foot-

age into a vivid, expansive portrait of a neighborhood. Ambling along at a pace that belies its 190-minute run time, the full spectrum of humanity and personalities are on display in “In Jackson Heights” — as is Wiseman’s knack for re-contextualizing the mundane (fruit stands, pedicures, electronics stores) through his bold framing. From a howlingly funny lesson at a tions on discrimination, to the joyous, vibrant celebration of the historic Queens Pride Parade, Wiseman’s is never dull. Wiseman’s always maintained that the shape of his movies, as they stand er during editing, and “In Jackson Heights” is no exception.

“You have to be pretty hardnosed, or at least think you’re being hardnosed, when you’re editing,” he says of the process, noting that of the 120 for the movie, only three hours and product. His process (which he describes as akin to writing a novel) involves editing whole sequences together (after discarding about half the rushes), and then attempting to build a narrative from them, in order to “discov“As you begin to put the sequences together, themes emerge. I mean, themes emerge to some extent before that as well, but it’s interesting always to see how one sequence JACKSON, continued on p.20 November 5, 2015

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informs another,” Wiseman elaborates. “It’s a funny process of trying to be extremely rational about the material, and at the same time paying attention to your associations in terms of the thoughts drifting through your head. And out of that chaos, the right word, out of that interaction, the movie emerges. But on one hand highly rational, and on the other highly associational, or non-rational.” One of the major themes is the passion Jackson Heights residents bring to community issues — issues that often render the neighborhood a miscreen time is devoted to LGBTQ and immigrants’ rights groups. City Councilmember Daniel Dromm is seen advocating for public education reform, and the threat of increased over local business owners. “I was looking for things that would get me into the issues that were of concern to the community,” Wiseman notes, but is quick to stress, however, that this was never the impetus for producing the feature. “I didn’t start with an abstract checklist of current issues. It’s just what emerged from the experience,” ie is always a report on what I’ve learned as a consequence of, in this case, living in Jackson Heights for nine or ten weeks, and being totally immersed in [editing] the material for eleven months,” he says, rejecting the notion that his movies are political. “From my point of view, I make subject,” he states. “I don’t make ideological or diyou have blinders on, because you leave things out or emphasize certain things to match your ideological po-

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A mariachi band serenades in Spanish — just one of 167 languages spoken in Jackson Heights.

sition, and that doesn’t interest me.” “I think, when a movie works, whether it’s mine or anyone else’s, it works because it moves on two tracks,” Wiseman posits. “It works on the literal track: who says what to whom, what’s going on. And the other is the abstract track, which is what is suggested by the literal events and their relationship to each other.” This interplay makes “In Jackson Heights” a probing, resonant portrait of a community — and it’s Wiseman’s ability to orchestrate it all that makes him America’s premiere documentarian, and a vital voice in cinema.

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St. Peter’s Chelsea is a magnet for music Opera, woodwind ensemble on the Nov. calendar BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC

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helsea Musica, a relatively new woodwind chamber ensemble, owes its founding to the Penn South waiting list. Carolyn Pollak, the oboist of the group, and her husband had just retired. It was 2011, and they were contemplating a move back to New York City from New Jersey, but were wondering whether they could afford it — and then they received the call that they had gotten an apartment in Penn South. “It was like winning the lottery,” Pollak told Chelsea Now by phone. “We had put our name on a waiting list for Penn South in 1975.” Pollak surmises that when her family lived in Spain in the early ’90s, they might have been contacted for the apartment, but missed it. She thinks they were added back to the bottom of the list. “My husband and I just pinch each other every day to remind ourselves how lucky we are,” she said. “We just love it here, and we love Chelsea.” As the former principal oboist for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Pollak was frustrated that she hadn’t had the time to play chamber music. When she moved to Manhattan, she started playing with the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, and through that group Robbins called her up and brought two friends: bassoonist Cara Tucker and Denise Koncelik, who plays the keysonatas at Pollak’s apartment. “So we started just having fun,” she explained. The quintet played for friends, who encouraged them to perform for others, and thus Chelsea Musica was formed about two years ago. On Sun., Nov. 22 at 4 p.m., Chelsea St. Peter’s Chelsea (346 W. 20th St. btw. Eighth & Ninth Aves.) as part of the church’s Music in Chelsea series, whose proceeds go to the church’s food pantry. Pollak, who has played at St. Peter’s before with other groups, said, “It’s a lovely church. It’s a lovely space. I enjoy very much playing there. We’re also really happy to be doing something for the soup kitchen.” Music in Chelsea began in 1991, and was founded by Thad McGar (1927time at St. Peter’s, explained Sandra Elm, the series’ co-director, in a phone interview. “When Thad retired in the summer of 2002, Keith Gardner and I took it on. As TheVillager.com

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L to R: Chelsea Musica woodwind ensemble members Cara Tucker, Karen Robbins, Denise Koncelìk and Carolyn Pollak. The group’s Nov. 22 concert will be its first appearance at St. Peter’s Chelsea.

we’re fond of saying, it took two people to McGar, she said, organized and hustled for the series in an era where there were no email blasts and bulk mailings were done. Then, in spring 2011, “it became obvious that the food pantry was in real need,” she explained. It was decided to pantry.” Elm, who plays the viola, said there are performances on selected Sundays at 4 p.m., and during the summer they are on Tuesday or Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The suggested donation of $10 is about what it costs to put a bag of food together, she said. Rev. Stephen Harding, who has been the church’s pastor for two years, said the many performances and events at St. Peter’s are ways to reconnect with the neighborhood. “Our thinking is that there are many people in Chelsea who have never been in St. Peter’s and we would like to change that,” he said in a phone interview. The neighborhood has rapidly changed, and Harding said he wanted to bring people to the building itself. There is a $15 million capital campaign to restore the church, he explained, and the art programs and performances are part of that restoration campaign. St. Peter’s will also be the venue for the 12th season opener for Chelsea Opera, which has a long relationship with the church. Chelsea opera co-founders Lynne Hayden-Findlay and Leonarda Priore met at a summer music program and kept in touch. Later, in 2004, they decided to mount a performance of “Suor Angelica,” by Giacomo Puccini. The opera takes place at a convent in Italy in the latter half of the 17th century.

Being opera singers themselves, they had a network of friends already in mind for the cast, explained Priore in a phone interview. “We were able to put on this production very quickly and beautifully,” Priore said. “And we thought that was it. We did it, it was wonderful, and then people began asking us what are we doing next.” Chelsea Opera — named after the street Hayden-Findlay grew up on in Long Island — was founded in 2004. Their inaugural performance, “Sour Angelica,” was at St. Peter’s. “ ‘Sour Angelica,’ particularly, was breathtaking there…because of the gorgeous stained glass and just the ambience of the church space itself,” Priore recalled. Hayden-Findlay concurred, saying, “It always feels like coming home. The church itself provides a natural setting.” Many other productions, such as “Don Giovanni,” have also been performed at St. Peter’s. “One of the things that we like is — that the church kind of helps us paint the

picture — is the audience is close, very close to us,” Priore said. “The audience can feel as though they’re part of the action. Sometimes they actually are part of the action, because some of characters in the opera will be coming down the aisles. It’s very visceral.” Chelsea Opera’s season begins with “Glory Denied.” The opera is based on the book by Tom Philpott, and tells the story of Floyd “Jim” Thompson, the longest-held prisoner of war in American history, explained Hayden-Findlay. Thompson was sent to Vietnam in 1964, when the United States was sending advisors. He was on a reconnaissance mission when his plane was shot down, and he was held captive for nine years, she said. The opera, composed by Tom Ciphalf covers the struggle of Thompson’s imprisonment and his wife’s concurrent battle to provide for the family in his absence. The second half chronicles their deteriorating relationship after he comes back home, said Hayden-Findlay. This is the second time that the company is performing “Glory Denied.” The “We feel it’s one of our best works,” Priore said. There are two performances of “Glory Denied” on Thurs., Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. and (346 W. 20th St. btw. Eighth & Ninth Aves.). Admission is $30 general, $20 for students, seniors, and veterans. Free for active duty military (with ID). For reservations, call 866811-4111 or visit chelseaopera.org. Chelsea Musica will perform on Sun., Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. Suggested Donation: $10 ($5 for

929-2390 or visit stpeterschelsea.org.

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Grey Art Gallery, Japan Society examine an overlooked decade

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Kanji Wakae: “Seeing and Looking: Nails” (1974 | Gelatin silver prints on panel, printed 2014 | 72 x 80 in.). At Grey Art Gallery through Dec. 5.

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BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN Following World War II, Japan experienced rapid industrialization and an economic surge. However, by the mid1950s, the US–Japan Security Treaty (Anpo), which sustained American military presence within Japan’s borders, caused much anxiety. By the late 1960s, this tension escalated, when political radicalism and mass protests erupted across the nation. Yet in 1970, when the renewal of Anpo embroiled Japan in the Vietnam War, the post-war “economic miracle” gave way to a recession — and activism dissolved into apathy. This excellent group exhibition, “For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 19681979,” examines the groundbreaking shift in the Japanese cultural landscape during this time. Comprised of approximately 250 objects by no less than 29 artists, it documents how the social discord in Japan coincided with the emergence

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of a new visual language. As many Japanese artists and photographers began to embrace camera-based experiments, they developed a uniquely sober and sometimes introverted viewpoint re-

Graphication no. 5, May 1970. Cover image by Michihiro Kimura (Magazine | 9 5/8 x 9 /58 x 1/8 in.). At Grey Art Gallery through Dec. 5.

By including traditional photography, photographic installations, phoects, curators Yasufumi Nakamori and Yuri Mitsuda succeed in providing — of an overlooked decade, when art and photography drew closer together than ever before. Through Dec. 5 at Grey Art Gallery (100

Fri., 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (visit nyu.edu/greyart). Through Jan. 10, 2016 at Japan Society (333 E. 47th St. btw. First & Second Aves.). Hours: Tues.–Thurs., 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sat.–Sun., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (visit japansociety.org).

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Shigeo GochÐ: Part of the “Familiar Street Scenes” series (1978-1980 | From an edition of 10, printed 2014 | Chromogenic print | 17 7/8 x 21 13/16 in.). At Japan Society through Jan. 10, 2016.

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Just Do Art

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Play along with Bill Kirchen (pictured) and other greats, at Nov. 8’s Guitar Mash Benefit Jam.

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Frank Stella’s “The Whiteness of the Whale” is at the Whitney, where a marathon reading of “Moby-Dick” takes place Nov. 13 & 14.

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GUITAR MASH BENEFIT JAM If you have an axe to grind, bring it and play along as the action unfolds on stage. If not, don’t fret — but do sing, because lyrics will be projected, along with tabs. encourages its audience to get in on the act. Featured performers worth emulating include Binky Griptite, Bill Kirchen, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, and Bakithi Kumalo (composer of Paul Simon’s “Call Me Al” bassline). Even though you’ll provide some of the talent, this event is strictly pay-to-play. Welcome to show busi-

and ability levels to learn and play together. Sun., Nov. 8, 12 p.m. at City Winery (155 Varick St. at Vandam St.). Tickets start at $50 (includes artisanal brunch). For reservations and info, visit GuitarMash.org. On Facebook at Venue info at citywinery.com/newyork.

MOBY-DICK: A MARATHON READING Like the elusive white whale it has an all-consuming obsession with, this collaboration between Moby-Dick Marathon NYC and the Whitney Museum of American Art is impossible to digest in one sitting. That’s why, in a nod to the epic sprawl of Herman Melville’s 1851 novel, it plays out over two days and doesn’t end until the ers, and Whitney staff are on the manifest of scheduled readers — including Kurt Anderson, Salman Rushdie, Heidi Julavits and Julia Pierpont. If that lineup dazzles, so too does the setting. Located just a (thematically appropriate) stone’s throw from TheVillager.com

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“An Evening in Space,” the David LaChapelle-directed video from Daphne Guinness’ debut album, screens at Nov. 12–14’s Video Art and Experimental Film Festival.

the water, on a street named for a family from whom Melville descended, the Museum’s “Frank Stella: A Retrospective” exhibition includes selections from a series containing one work for each chapter of the book. Cross-disciplinary artist Amy Virginia Buchanan has called dibs on Chapter 40. Joined by the music collective Scouts, she’ll perform “Midnight, Forecastle,” a play-within-the-book. At the Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort St. btw. 10th Ave. & WashMuseum admission ($22, $18 for students/seniors, free for members and those under 18). return in 2016), visit mobydickmarathonnyc.org.

VAEFF: VIDEO ART AND EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL Boundaries and borders are held in low regard at this annual three-day festival, which saves its respect for “conceptually and aesthetically arresting” cinema that innovates, provokes, and entertains — often within a single frame. That mission is don’s Central Line subway confronted by fetish model Anita de Bauch’s steely exthat are part of the “Beauty, Sex, and Shame” program. Work from David LaChapelle, Nick Knight, David Bertram, Eva Michon, Wong Ping and Carla Gannis will also be screened. The festival wraps up with a panel discussion featuring artists and curators, followed by a gala reception at the Downtown Community Television Center — where a photo shoot project puts a digital age spin on work from the early era of photography. Thurs., Nov. 12, 7–9 p.m. Fri., Nov. 13, 7–11 p.m. Sat., Nov. 14, 7 p.m.–1 a.m. All screenings at the Tribeca Film Center (375 Greenwich St. btw. N. Moore & Franklin Sts.). Ticket prices vary ($15-35, with all-access passes & student tickets available). To purchase, and for full schedule, visit videoart.net. November 5, 2015

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NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF HOTEL BARRIERE MANAGEMENT USA COMPANY LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 10/9/15. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 35, Bd des Capucines, 75002 Paris, France. LLC formed in DE on 9/9/15. 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: 10/29 - 12/03/2015 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SCHONFELD STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT LLC App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/22/15. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 9/9/15. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., 13th Fl., NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: The Corporation Trust Company, 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 10/22 -11/26/2015 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF WALSAM 96/47 HOLDCO LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/13/15. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 419 Park Ave. South, NY, NY 10016. 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: 10/01 - 11/05/2015

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF LOLIWARE LLC App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/7/15. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/1/15. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 23-23 Borden Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101. DE address of LLC: 1675 South State St., Ste. B, Dover, DE 19901. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 10/22 -11/26/2015

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF AMPERE SOLAR OWNER IV, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/13/15. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/01/15. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Corporation Service Company, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Address to be maintained in DE: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19801. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 10/22 -11/26/2015

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF WORLDWIDE FACILITIES, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/2/15. Office location: New York County. NY Sec. of State designated agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served, and shall mail process to 725 So. Figueroa St., Ste 1900, Los Angeles, CA 90017, the CA office addr. of the LLC. Cert. of Form. filed with CA Sec. of State, 1500 11th St., Sacramento, CA 95814 on 6/17/15. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/08 - 11/12/2015

BD TRANSPORTATION NY, LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 8/14/15. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o United States Corporation Agents Inc, 7014 13th Ave., Ste. 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. General purpose. Vil: 10/22 - 11/26/2015 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MO UNDERWEAR LLC Arts. Of Org filed w/ Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) On 10/20/15. Ofc loc: NY Cty. SSNY design. agt upon whom process may be served & shall mail copy of process against LLC to: On Mekahel 515 9th Ave Apt 6M, NY, NY 10018. Purpose: Any lawful act. Vil: 11/05 - 12/10/2015 NAME OF LLC: FIRST PEAK CAPITAL LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State: 10/15/15. Office loc.: NY Co. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Business Filings Inc., 187 Wolf Rd., Ste. 101, Albany, NY 12205, regd. agt. upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 11/05 - 12/10/2015 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BACH CANTATA LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/23/15. 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 Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, 90 Merrick Avenue, 9th Fl., East Meadow, NY 11554. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 11/05 - 12/10/2015 ELUL 721 LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 8/20/15. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 499 7th Ave., 2nd Fl. North, NY, NY 10018. General purpose. Vil: 10/22 - 11/26/2015 TheVillager.com


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NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF NIGHTCLUB HOLDINGS, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/13/15. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DELAWARE (DE) on 09/21/15. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, also the registered agent. Address to be maintained in DE: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 10/22 - 11/26/2015 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SCRIBNERS CATSKILL LODGE, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/28/15. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 110 E. 25th St., 3rd Fl., NY, NY 10011. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/15 - 11/19/2015 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF COCO HOLDINGS LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/07/15. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/23/15. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o James M. Carolan, Esq., Withers Bergman LLP, 430 Park Ave., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Secy. of the State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/15 -11/19/2015 TheVillager.com

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ONE FLATBUSH AVENUE MEZZ BORROWER LLC App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/2/15. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 9/24/15. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: The Corporation Trust Company, 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, PO Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 10/15 - 11/19/2015

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF FONTANELLI PRODUCTIONS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/21/15. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 400 W. 43rd St., Ste. 18-H, NY, NY 10036. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 11/05 - 12/10/2015

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 210-220 E. 22ND STREET SSGA OWNER, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/27/15. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 7 Giralda Farms, Madison, NJ 07940. LLC formed in DE on 7/21/15. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/08 - 11/12/2015

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF DOMINO 3A, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/9/15. 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 NOTICE OF QUALIFICA- Swift Park, 370 TION OF TERRAFORM Lexington Ave., Ste. NOTICE OF QUALIFICARESI SOLAR I, LLC 1104, NY, NY 10017. TION OF VIRTUS ETF Authority filed with NY Purpose: any lawful SOLUTIONS LLC Dept. of State on 8/5/15. activity. Authority filed with NY Office location: NY Vil: 10/22 -11/26/2015 Dept. of State on County. Princ. bus. addr.: 9/10/15. Office location: 7550 Wisconsin Ave., NY County. Princ. bus. NOTICE OF 9th Fl., Bethesda, MD addr.: 1540 Broadway, QUALIFICATION OF 20814. LLC formed in DE 16th Fl., NY, NY 10036. AMPERE SOLAR on 4/29/15. NY Sec. of LLC formed in DE on MANAGER IV, LLC State designated agent of 12/13/11. NY Sec. of Authority filed with Secy. LLC upon whom process against it may be served of State of NY (SSNY) on State designated agent of Office LLC upon whom process and shall mail process to: 10/13/15. location: NY County. LLC against it may be served c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, formed in Delaware (DE) and shall mail process to: SSNY c/o CT Corporation SysNY 10011, regd. agent on 10/01/15. upon whom process may designated as agent of tem, 111 8th Ave., NY, be served. DE addr. of LLC upon whom process NY 10011, regd. agent LLC: c/o The Corporate against it may be served. upon whom process may Trust Co., 1209 Orange SSNY shall mail process be served. DE addr. of c/o Corporation LLC: c/o The Corporation St., Wilmington, DE to: Service Company, 80 Trust Co., 1209 Orange 19801. Cert. of Form. Wilmington, DE filed with DE Sec. of State St., Albany, NY St., Address 19801. Cert. of Form. State, 401 Federal St., 12207-2543. Dover, DE 19901. Pur- to be maintained in DE: filed with DE Sec. of pose: all lawful purposes. 2711 Centerville Rd., State, 401 Federal St., Vil: 10/08 - 11/12/2015 Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE Dover, DE 19901. Pur19808. Arts of Org. filed pose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/01 - 11/05/2015 with the DE Secy. of NOTICE OF FORMATION State, 401 Federal St., NOTICE OF QUAL. OF OF BROKRBOOK, LLC Dover, DE 19801. POINCARE GENERAL Articles of Organization Purpose: any lawful PARTNER, LLC filed with Secretary of activities. Auth. filed Sec’y of State State of New York (SSNY) Vil: 10/22 -11/26/2015 (SSNY) 1/15/15. Office on 08/10/15. Office loc: NY County. LLC org. location: NY County. SSNY has been NOTICE OF FORMATION in DE 1/14/15. SSNY designated as an agent OF CPE EQUITIES II LLC desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process Arts. of Org. filed with upon whom proc. against against the LLC may be Secy. of State of NY it may be served. SSNY on 10/6/15. shall mail copy of proc. to served. The address to (SSNY) location: NY Att: Ivan Milutin Gjaja, which SSNY shall mail a Office copy of any process County. SSNY designated 530 E. 76th St., NY, NY against the LLC is to: as agent of LLC upon 10021. DE office addr.: BrokrBook, LLC, c/o whom process against it CSC, 2711 Centerville United States Corporation may be served. SSNY Rd., Wilmington, DE Agents, INC., 7014 13th shall mail process to: 19808. Cert. of Form. on Avenue Suite 202, 477 Madison Avenue, file: SSDE, Townsend Brooklyn, NY 11228. 6th Fl., NY, NY 10022. Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. any lawful Purp: any lawful Purpose: To engage in Purpose: activity. activities. any lawful act or activity. Vil: 10/15 - 11/19/2015 Vil: 10/15 - 11/19/2015 Vil: 10/15 - 11/19/2015

NOTICE OF QUAL. OF PUISSANCE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LP Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 1/15/15. Office loc: NY Co. LP org. in DE 1/14/15. SSNY desig. as agent of LP upon whom proc. against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Theodore Wang, 950 Third Ave., NY, NY 10022. DE office addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Name/addr. of each gen. ptr. avail. at SSNY. Purp: any lawful activities. Vil: 10/15 - 11/19/2015

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF TCH SECURE DIGITAL PAYMENTS L.L.C. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/29/15. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 2/14/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business address: c/o The Clearing House Payments Company L.L.C., 1114 Ave. of the Americas, 17th Fl., NY, NY 10036, Attn: Legal Dept. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/01 - 11/05/2015

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF RING2 COMMUNICATIONS LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/10/15. Office location: NY County. LLC organized in NV on 7/31/03. 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. Principal office address: 282 2nd St., Ste. 200, San Francisco, CA 94105. Cert. of Org. filed with NV Sec. of State, 101 N. Carson St., Carson City, NV 89701. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/01 - 11/05/2015

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF VELVET ROSE INTERVEST USA LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/17/15. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/25/15. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904, also the address to be maintained in DE. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 10/01 - 11/05/2015 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF TELEMACHUS SOLAR, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/9/15. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/26/15. 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: 10/01 - 11/05/2015 MARQUEE CLEANING LLC Arts of Org filed NY Secy of State (SSNY) 9/28/15 in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY Shall mail process to Tamir Czarny 610 W 42 St, #19E, NY, NY 10036. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 10/08 - 11/12/2015 GINGHAM IVY LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 8/13/2015. Off. Loc.:New York Co. Michelle P. Lim designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, 2000 Broadway, New York, NY 10023. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 10/08 - 11/12/2015

NOTICE OF QUAL. OF PUISSANCE CAPITAL FUND (GP) LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 1/15/15. Office loc: NY County. LLC org. in DE 1/14/15. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom proc. against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Theodore Wang, 950 Third Ave., NY, NY 10022. DE office addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp: any lawful activities. Vil: 10/15 - 11/19/2015 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 18 GPS HOLDINGS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/4/15. Office location: NY County. Principal bus. location: 1185 Avenue of the Americas, 10th Fl., NY, NY 10036. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1185 Avenue of the Americas, 10th Fl., NY, NY 10036. Purpose: any purposes permitted by applicable law. Vil: 10/01 - 11/05/2015 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF G & PARTNERS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/24/15. 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 Withers Bergman LLP, Attn: Corrado Manuali, Esq., 430 Park Ave., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/08 -11/12/2015 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF KAHN-GOLDBERG HOLDINGS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/16/15. Office location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 200 E. 65th St., Unit 19B, NY, NY 10021. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/08 - 11/12/2015

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Legal Notices NOTICE OF QUAL. OF POINCARE DYNAMIC LIMITED PARTNERSHIP Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 1/15/15. Office loc: NY Co. LP org. in DE 1/14/15. SSNY desig. as agent of LP upon whom proc. against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Ivan Milutin Gjaja, 530 E. 76th St., NY, NY 10021. DE office addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Name/addr. of each gen. ptr. avail. at SSNY. Purp: any lawful activities. Vil: 10/15 - 11/19/2015

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF REGGIE BINK KRASNIQI, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/09/15. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: REGGIE BINK KRASNIQI LLC, 850 AMSTERDAM AVENUE APT 12F, NEW YORK, NY, 10025. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 10/01 - 11/05/2015

BRIDGE ALTERNATIVE MANAGEMENT LLC App. for Auth. filed with the SSNY on 09/24/15. Originally filed with Secretary of State of Delaware on 09/16/2015. Office: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, c/o Bridge Funding Inc., 545 Fifth Avenue, Suite 403, New York, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Vil: 10/08 -11/12/2015

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF HIGH/LO, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/22/15. 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, 275 W. 96th St., #21A, NY, NY 10025. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/01 - 11/05/2015

BFI CAPITAL FUND III, LLC App. for Auth. filed with the SSNY on 09/24/15.Originally filed with Secretary of State of Delaware on 09/16/2015. Office:New York County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process againstit may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, c/o BridgeFunding Inc., 545 Fifth Avenue, Suite 403, New York, NY 10017. Purpose: Anylawful purpose. Vil: 10/08 - 11/12/2015 THE PICKLE PEOPLE LLC a domestic llc filed with the SSNY on 8/13/15. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 2226 27th St., Astoria, NY 11105. General purpose. Vil: 10/01 - 11/05/2015

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF PH GREENPOINT LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/6/15. 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 Princeton Holdings LLC, 375 Park Avenue, Suite 1604, NY, NY 10152. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/01 - 11/05/2015

MOO INDIGO LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 8/18/15. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Melito & Adolfsen P.C., c/o Lou Adolfsen, 233 Broadway, NY, NY 10279. General purpose. Vil: 10/01 - 11/05/2015

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Hotel Liquor license, #TBA has been applied for by Bico I, Inc. to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in a Hotel. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 121-125 W 26th St. 6th & 7th Avenues NY, NY 10001. Vil: 11/05 - /11/12/2015 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a license, #TBA, has been applied for by Delicious Food on 56 Inc. DBA Topaz Noodle Bar to sell liquor, beer and wine only at retail in a restaurant. For on premises consumption under ABC law at 129 West 56th Street New York NY 10019 Vil: 10/29 - 11/05/2015 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an restaurant wine license, #TBA has been applied for by Bistro Uruguay Inc. to sell beer and wine at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 131 Essex Street NY, NY 10002. Vil: 10/29 - 11/05/2015 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a license, #TBA, has been applied for by Curry Queen on 56 Inc. DBA Topaz Thai Authentic to sell liquor, beer and wine only at retail in a restaurant. For on premises consumption under ABC law at 127 West 56th Street New York NY 10019 Vil: 10/29 - 11/05/2015

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MORA POWER TO HIM! In another departure — but not really, since his new job will keep him connected to the district — Julio Mora, a longtime mainstay of the Community Board leadership coordinator for Manhattan’s School Districts 1 and 2. His new job will involve fostering growth and development of parental leadership, and will involve working with P.T.A.’s, P.A.’s, school leadership teams and parent coordinators at each high school in the two districts. In fact, Mora, 38, who lives in Bushwick, is an education role model himself. During his time working at the board, he earned his associate’s degree at Borough of Manhattan College, his bachelor’s at Hunter and his master’s in social work from Fordham. “It’s been such a supportive, TheVillager.com

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Joined by tenant activists at a City Hall press conference last week, politicians said Airbnb must be held accountable, from left, City Councilmembers Ydanis Rodriguez, Helen Rosenthal and Jumaane Williams, Assemblymember Deborah Glick and Councilmember Mark Levine.

less than 30 days unless they, the host, are present themselves, as well. This is meant to enable home sharing of an extra room but discourage the operation of de facto hotels. nurturing environment in every single way,” he said of his time working at C.B. 2. “It’s been an honor serving the community for 18 years.” At last month’s C.B. 2 full board meeting, Jared Odessky gave Mora a proclamation from state Senator Brad Hoylman’s ciation Day” in Hoylman’s district. Bob Gormley, C.B. 2 district manager, had only the highest praise for Mora. “He’s always been the point person for complaints,” he said. “He runs our high school internship program. He’s been our Web site coordinator, our inhouse computer techie. He created a senior services guide, which is on our Web site. He’s always been a jack-ofall-trades guy. I could dump anything on his desk and he’d get it done. What really sets him apart beyond his competence is his temperament,” Gormley added. “He’s really even-tempered, levelheaded, genial, patient. He’s great with people. As I said, he’s been our point person on complaints. Often these people who call us are at the end of their rope. They’re agitated, they’re angry. You need to be able to talk to them.” Mora probably deserves a medal just for that alone. Gormley said he and Tobi Bergman, the board’s chairperson, will be putting together an ad

But Airbnb representatives claim the service affords supplemental income for tens of thousands of middle-class New Yorkers, many of whom, they say, could go bankrupt or struggle to pay their bills if the proposed legislation passes the City Council. “We support fair, progressive rules for home sharing, but we are concerned about legislative proposals that would limit the ability of middle-class families to share the home in which they live,” said Christopher Lehane, Airbnb’s global head of public policy, in a letter addressed to the Council. “This proposal would deal a catastrophic blow to regular New Yorkers who are already struggling to get by,” Lehane said. A package of three bills was discussed at the hearing of the Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings. Rosenthal is sponsoring legislation to increase the penalty for violating the current law — which now ranges from $1,600 to $25,000 — to between $10,000 and $50,000. A second bill, sponsored by Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, would require the Department of Buildings to submit an annual report to the City Council on illegal conversions in apartments. The third measure, sponsored by Levine, would better inform tenants of their rights, so that they can determine when they don’t have to pay rent to a law-breaking landlord. In response to Lehane’s criticism users of the site, Rosenthal retorted that nobody legally renting out his or her apartment would suffer, but

that serial lawbreakers with multiple listings need to be prosecuted more severely than is being done currently. than the cost of doing business,” she said. Last year, a report by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman found that nearly three-quarters of rental units listed on Airbnb violated the law, a number vehemently disputed by the company. And a study released earlier this year found that more than 20 percent of the apartments in some of the city’s least-affordable neighborhoods are offered for short- and long-term stays through the site, with the East Village, Lower East Side and Greenwich Village / West Village neighborhoods all at the top of the list. The lawmakers have repeatedly asked Airbnb to provide detailed information on how often and where for a short time, so the company can prove its own case that illegal use is less widespread than it claims. In a small sign of cooperation, Lehane eventually offered to further discuss the issue with the Council later this month, so that the two parties could work toward a common goal of cracking down on illegal hotels while protecting New Yorkers who legally rent out their homes. But the councilmembers indicated they are determined to push ahead, with or without the cooperation of Airbnb. “This is only the beginning of the legislative process, not the end,” Levine said at the hearing. “We have a real problem to address.” November 5, 2015

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Sanders tops Clinton in vote STRAW VOTE continued from p. 6

ton’s campaign, but claimed she has a plan to “go further than Glass-Steagall and see to it that the big banks don’t take advantage of the American people.” when asked by Eldridge. But he claimed Clinton has “fought for women’s rights and income equality since law school,” and added that progressive Mayor Bill de Blasio recently endorsed her “on this issue.” And so it went. While discussing gun laws in the U.S., Stolz swiped at Sanders for getting support from the National Riwas running for Congress as the hippie ex-mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Stolz also faulted the senator for failing to back the 1993 Brady Bill that mandated federal background checks on (a provision later supplanted by the National Instant Criminal Background Check system launched by the F.B.I. in 1998). Murphy replied that Sanders card from the NRA. In another exchange between the surrogates, Stolz jabbed at Clinton for supporting the death penalty in certain cases. That disclosure appeared to disturb Wright, who, prodded by Eldridge, declared, “I have emphatically opposed the death penalty and authored a bill to end As for O’Malley, Stolz said he “does not believe the state should be in the business of killing people” and noted that O’Malley has called for “abolition of the federal death penalty. We Democrats have to be more careful about principles,” he observed pointedly. Eldridge suddenly turned to the crowd, asking if anyone in the audience supported the death penalty. No one voiced an opinion or raised a hand. “Assemblyman,” she said, addressing Wright, “would you take this measure of the audience back to your candidate?” Wright said with a smile that he would do that. Over all, the forum was notable for its civility, with only a few testy interactions and not many raised voices during the question-and-answer period from the audience. For example, the surrogates, when asked, said their candidates all support Obama’s Iran TheVillager.com

deal. Clinton, however, known for hawkishness, was the only one among them to support a But there were some highly charged moments, especially when a young white activist apparently involved with the notorious Lyndon LaRouche movement started shouting questions to the surrogates on stage, such as: “What are you going to do to stop the drones from killing people and the World War III instigator and mass-murdering dictator Obama?” That one seemed to surShe turned to the panel and asked: “Do you want to answer the question — quickly?” Tony Hoffmann, from the Village Independent Democrats club who had welcomed the audience from the outset with fellow V.I.D.’er Marti Speranza, could be heard saying that the activist’s question “doesn’t deserve an answer.” Nevertheless, Wright gave it a try. “Let’s not forget that George Bush got us into this war. Let me added sardonically as other angry voices intruded. “One of the was that when we get into wars, the economy is supposed to get better. Well, George Bush got us into two wars and the economy got worse. Whether you disagree with how our president is handling this — that’s your opinion.” Eldridge ended that discussion after Wright’s comments. “I think that’s enough. All of the other members on the dais approve of most of the things in the Obama administration,” she said, as several people in the audience clapped. Then the straw poll began. When it concluded, people beand into the street from an exit door near the stage. Several lingered to talk to the panel, among them the aforementioned activist, who carried a placard showing an image of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The words on it said: Separately, on Oct. 24, V.I.D. conducted a “bean poll” of residents, on Astor Place, that saw Clinton narrowly edge out Sanders. Of 292 respondents, 142 backed Clinton and 139 supported Sanders, while only 11 went for O’Malley.

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The Futura is now on the Bowery graffiti wall

Futura during the creation of his new “Concrete Jungle mural.” He drew a big crowd of photographers, below left, and also graciously did a smaller piece for a fan, below right.

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Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson captured famed graffiti artist Futura when he was recently creating his new mural, “Concrete Jungle,” on the graffiti wall at E. Houston St. and the Bowery. Futura, formerly known as Futura 2000, is the latest in a line of top street artists to have a turn on the wall, following the likes of Kenny Scharf, Shepard Fairey, Os Gemeos, JR, CRASH, REVOK/POSE, Maya Hayak and Ron English. Before them all, Keith Haring did a mural on the wall, which was part of property owned by Tony Goldman, who died three years ago at age 68. Futura, who started doing his art on subway trains in the 1970s and toured with The Clash, has always been known for his abstract style. In a statement, he said, “It is an absolute honor to join the list of creative individuals who have previously worked on this wall and moved through such historic time and space. My mural is inspired by and in loving memory of Mr. Tony Goldman, a true friend and supporter for many years.” “Concrete Jungle” features images of metal girders, along with abstract shapes and swooshes, in black, gray and white.

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it for a challenge or to break a record. Still others run to raise funds for a charity or in honor of loved ones. Turner competed for Fred’s Team after he overcame cancer. The money the team raised goes toward cancer research, led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “I wanted to do the New York City Marathon for two reasons,” he said, “number one to raise money for cancer, and second, because it’s the greatest marathon in the world.” About six years ago, Turner’s mother died from cancer. It was his father, Gary, a runner himself, who introduced his son running. During his high school days in North Carolina, Wes ran cross country and indoor and outdoor track. At Appalachian State University, also in North Carolina, he concentrated on academics more than sports. After he graduating in 2004, he got back into running. ston-Salem and I ran a 10K,” he recalled. “My time was slow but I really liked to run. After running the race, I was just happy to get a T-shirt.” Turner can run almost any distance, from 10K or less and up. His favorite distance was the half marathon. Then tragedy struck him while down South, when doctors diag-

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ast Sunday, a record number of more than 50,000 competitors from all over the world and all walks of life stepped onto the starting line for the New York City Marathon in Staten Island on a cloudy, cool day. For some of the runners, their goal cially for the better athletes, the goal was to set a personal best time, while for the professional runners, it was to win the whole thing. Wes Turner, an East Villager, fell into the second category: His aim was to achieve a goal of around 3 hours 45 minutes. the New York City Marathon. “If I do it, that would be a great time,” Turner, 34, said during an interview at his apartment a few days before the race. “If I don’t make that time, I would like to do a 3:47, a personal best for a marathon. If I don’t, “My strategy was to go out at an miles, then move to an 8:15 to 8:20 for the second half. I didn’t want to be tired doing two hills [in Manhattan]. There’s a big hill along First Ave. and then again along Fifth Ave.” Instead, he covered the 26.2-mile course that ended up in Central Park

Wes Turner after finishing the 2015 TCS New York Marathon.

in 4:04.33. Of course, Turner was disappointed with his outcome. “My performance was terrible,” he said afterward. “I went out too fast. The crowd in New York was great. I was impressed by the crowd, cheering us on in the streets and park. To

nosed him with thyroid cancer and he had to quit road running for a while. He underwent two surgeries, then had to recuperate. His doctors eventually gave him the O.K. and he resumed his running. He had hoped to be in last year’s New York Marathon but couldn’t and dropped out. He resumed training last May for this year’s race, and as part of Fred’s Team, wound up raising nearly $7,000 for cancer research. Turner has been running for 20 years and hopes that he has a lot more left in him. He’ll take a break, then return to running competitively next year. And he anticipates to do a half marathon, his favorite event. When he’s not literally running, he’s busy running his own company, Boomerang Transport, a nonemergency medical transportation company that partners drivers with injured workers that need to get to doctors’ appointments. “Think Uber, just a lot smaller,” he said. His company donates 1 percent of its revenue to charities, the chief one being cancer services. As for his ’hood, Turner said, “I place I have lived in New York City and I have a hard time imagining living anywhere else.”

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