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St. Mark’s Bookshop is starting another chapter at new E. Third St. home BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC

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Heroic cop Petrosino, scourge of Black Hand, gets bronze plaques BY TEQUILA MINSKY AND LINCOLN ANDERSON

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an a business be at square one after 37 years? For Bob Contant and Terry McCoy, the owners of St. Mark’s Bookshop, now at its fourth location, the answer is yes. “We’re really in a startup situation here,” Contant

said. “We moved out of our old neighborhood. This is an entirely different neighborhood and it takes time for people to discover you.” The new store has been at its new location, 136 E. Third St. near Avenue A, since July 19. St. Mark’s Bookshop was forced to move from its pre-

oring Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino, the only N.Y.P.D. officer to die on foreign soil in the line of duty. The strains of bagpipes filled the air as representatives from local Little Italy civic and cultural organizations were joined by family members of the heroic officer, including his grandPETROSINO, continued on p. 11

A design concept for Pier55 — viewed looking toward the west — which will be located off of W. 13th St.

Diller and DVF give huge gift to create park arts pier BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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n the single largest gift to a public park in New York history — and the second largest in U.S. history — Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg have pledged $113 million to build a signature “island” off of W. 13th St. in what is being billed as a future “world-class public park and performance space.” The new 2.7-acre Hudson River Park pier — to be called Pier55 — will feature

three “peaks,” one of which will rise 71 feet, and three performance spaces, including a 750-seat amphitheater overlooking the river. The design also calls for grass lawns and large trees, with hardscape and paths mixed in between the greenery. Under a lease, a nonprofit, Pier55, Inc., or P55, to be chaired by Diller, will fund the new pier’s programming, operations and day-to-day maintenance for 20 years, with an op-

tion to extend this another 10 years, bringing Diller and von Furstenberg’s total commitment to hundreds of millions of dollars. They’ve also promised to pay for any project cost overages that may occur. The funds will come from their Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation. The new pier’s performances will be coordinated by an equally high-powered team, including Scott Rudin, PIER 55, continued on p. 8

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CHARAS CHARRRRGE! On Monday, Councilmember Rosie Mendez and about 60 concerned East Villagers gathered to strategize ways to restore the CHARAS/El Bohio Cultural and Community Center to its former home in the increasingly decrepit former P.S. 64 school building at 605 E. Ninth St. The event felt more like a class reunion than a “town hall meeting,” drawing many key veterans of the now nearly 17-year-long struggle to “save” CHARAS, including Chino Garcia, Susan Howard, former Councilmember Margarita Lopez, Val Orselli of Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association, Crystal Field of Theater for the New City, Jan Hanvick of the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center, and members of the East Village Community Coalition, as well as Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and state Senator Brad Hoylman. Mendez said she hoped to capitalize on the Department of Buildings’ recent decision to rescind permits for owner Gregg Singer’s latest dorm scheme for the site. While the dorm project isn’t dead (it could still proceed if Singer answers the objections raised by D.O.B.’s audit), Mendez and her allies are hoping to use this setback as a springboard for a new public campaign calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to “return” the building to CHARAS and other neighborhood groups for “community use.” They are planning a petition and holiday card campaign, culminating on Jan. 6, Three Kings Day — a traditional day of gifting. Left maddeningly unclear was just how they expect de Blasio to “give back” the building, which Singer purchased at auction in 1998. Would they urge eminent domain, yet another legal battle, arguing that Singer has forfeited his rights to the now-landmarked school after 13 years of hostile neglect? Mendez has said the building’s fair-market value was appraised at $30 million to $40 million a few years ago, though Singer originally bought it for only $3.2 million. Stay tuned…. CORRECTION: In the obituary on Jerry Tallmer in last week’s issue, his son, Matthew Tallmer, was incorrectly identified as a senior staffer for Congressmember Darrell Issa. However, Tallmer, of Alexandria, Virginia, is a staff investigator in D.C. for the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which is chaired by Issa.

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eacting to community concerns about the retail woes along Clinton St., where there are currently 19 vacant stores, the Association of Latino Business Owners and Residents (ALBOR) and the Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) community organization have partnered up to form a “business attraction program” in order to draw more small businesses to the struggling retail strip. With $30,000 in funding from the city’s Department of Small Business Services, the hope is for the business attraction program to lure an initial seven to 10 stores to the three-block corridor between Houston and Delancey Sts. before the grant expires in July. The coalition held its first of several scheduled community meetings on Tues., Nov. 13, at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk St., where the program’s organizers heard residents express their preferences for what kinds of businesses they would like to see open there. Enrique Cruz, ALBOR executive director, and Yanni Deconescu, a GOLES representative, co-chaired the session. Cruz said, once they can “pinpoint” the kinds of businesses local residents prefer, the program will work with real estate brokers to attract these to the commercial strip. Cruz told the small turnout of about 15 residents that while foot traffic along Clinton hasn’t dropped, retail business has, in part due to rising rents. “I would say that that it’s a result of the gentrification that has happened in the neighborhood,” Cruz said. “This corridor has been very important to us, and in the last five years a lot of businesses have left it. We’re at a 20 percent

vacancy rate and that’s unacceptable.” Cruz said he has already met with various Clinton St. merchants and that the meetings have been “very productive.” He also said that in his initial contacts with several local landlords, they, too, have been receptive to the business attraction program’s goals. “They tell me that they’re aware that rising rents is very much a concern in the neighborhood and that they’re willing to work with us,” Cruz said. “They said they’re willing to be flexible in adjusting their rental rates because they know that the community wants this.” At the meeting, residents were given the opportunity to identify the types of businesses they want brought to the Clinton St. corridor. One of the major requests was for some type of walk-in medical facility. Democratic District Leader Anthony Feliciano favored a walk-in or emergency medical clinic with an emphasis on serving the neighborhood’s growing senior citizen population. “In the next five years, one out of every 24 people in our neighborhood will be a senior citizen,” he said. Cruz, who serves on Community Board 3 and the board of Gouverneur Health, responded, “We are already talking about establishing emergency care and walk-in facilities in the neighborhood.” Other suggestions ranged from an affordable family-style restaurant and a piano bar with an emphasis on poetry and the arts to a community-supported agricultural center that would accept food stamps, and a fitness center. Longtime local resident Carolyn Williams said she would like to see a job-training and placement center opened along Clinton, especially one that catered to unemployed low-in-

come women. “We need something to train and stimulate employment in the neighborhood,” she said. Several residents also suggested the establishment of some type of storefront museum that paid homage to the neighborhood’s Jewish, Irish, Italian, German, Polish and Ukrainian immigrant past. “It would be good to remember what was once here,” Feliciano agreed. “Remembering the past will help us go forward to the future.” Maria Cortez, a GOLES member and owner of the El Maguey Y La Tuna Mexican restaurant, at 321 E. Houston St., said she would like to see a holistic center established on the street, offering everything from acupuncture to native healing arts. Cortez added that her main concern was whether “landlords along Clinton St. will work with us.” She said that would be the key to attracting more retail businesses. Cruz assured her that, so far, that support seems to be coming. Another concern of hers, she said, was that the boutiques and hip cafes now operating along the corridor “open for six months and then close due to high rents. We need more stable businesses,” she said. Named for George Clinton, a Revolutionary War general and U.S. vice president from 1804 until his death in 1812, Clinton St. has always been a street of many different faces. At the turn of the century, it was a main shopping strip for mostly Jewish Lower East Side immigrants. By the 1950s and ’60s, however, it had become a grim, graffiti-riddled stretch. Today, it’s home to hot restaurants along with several boutiques. TheVillager.com


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POLICE BLOTTER Flasher dash Police say that a man was caught running down the street in his birthday suit at about 4 a.m. on Thurs., Nov. 13. Officers arrested James Andrepont, 40, in front of 24 Greenwich Ave. and charged him with public lewdness, a misdemeanor.

Another stab at crime A recidivist known to local law enforcement received a new felony rap after he appeared with a kitchen knife on a public sidewalk in front of 425 W. 13th St. Edward Howard, 43, told police at about 11:55 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 13, that the knife was meant for personal protection, police said. Officers nonetheless charged him with criminal possession of a weapon.

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at about 11:56 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 14, Vincent Torres, 52, was arrested at the subway station at Eighth Ave. and W. 14th St. A search turned up a small folding knife clipped to his belt, plus a fixed blade in his bag. Torres, who police say is a transit recidivist, was charged with weapon possession.

Charges to go around Police said that around 4:25 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 15, Joseph Kee, 30, kicked and stomped a man, 28, at the northeast corner of Seventh Ave. South and Grove St., while Toshiba Roach, 34, punched a woman, 30, in the face, causing swelling and a strong sting. Police said another man, Joshua Rossi, got in officers’ way as they tried to intervene. He was arrested and charged him with obstruction of government administration. Roach and Kee were charged with misdemeanor assault. The two victims refused medical attention at the scene.

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Anti-fascist group slams bands who played L.E.S. that he is not a Nazi.” performances, but conceded his Carey Pearce is openly gay and told Oc- Grant haircut, boots and jeans could id fascist punks play a show cidental Congress, an online zine on be misconstrued as “fascist chic.” “However,” he noted, “these are at a Lower East Side dive bar? the folk music scene, that “being gay One group seems to think is fundamental to Death In June.” The matters of aesthetics not of politics.” He also said the source of his “Minso. Fascism Watch NYC recently dismusician also criticized anti-fascists tributed a letter to businesses and who protest his band and authorities nesota neo-Nazi connections” that the the community around Chrystie St. who have canceled Death In June anti-fascist group accused him of is a expressing their opposition to certain shows as “ill-informed and ignorant.” stalker there against whom he is seekbands playing Sun., Nov. 16, at Home Pearce was previously in the far-left ing a restraining order involving “legal Sweet Home. punk rock band Crisis, which per- action for defamation of [Tromiczak’s] The group singled out the frontmen formed at anti-racism and anti-fascism character.” The frontman declined to say more, citing legal issues. of two acts, Death In June and Blood rallies. Tromiczak, who is also currently And Sun, and described the bands as Occidental Congress wrote that “neo-Nazi” because of their alleged Pearce has “never bowed to criticism pursuing an MFA at New York Acadties and sympathies with Nazi groups. and rarely explained himself publicly, emy of Art, said some of his paintings The letter read: “The project of even when his concerts have been pro- were inspired by the work of artist self-proclaimed Nazi musician Dougtested and canceled due to pressure Kathe Kollwitz, who was targeted las Pearce, Death In June is a widely from Anti-fascist / Anti-Nazi / An- by the Nazis for supporting the 1932 popular band, and his shows sell out Luke Tromiczak admitted some might ti-Racist groups. Pearce is one of the Dringender Appell, a socialist party’s worldwide despite protest from an- see his clothes as “fascist chic.” very few contemporary artists who’s call to defeat the Nazis. The singer added Fascism Watch ti-fascist groups.” not only unafraid of being perceived However, Death In June has per- as exactly that which most other art- NYC has never contacted him, though The letter also charged the band outfits themselves in fascist imagery, such formed in Israel and previously ists are petrified of being seen as, but he is easily accessible. “I cannot speak for every one of my as the SS Totenkopf skull symbol, and worked with Jewish musicians and who’s even managed to use such permany friends’ personal politics and do that proceeds from Pearce’s albums club promoters. According to the Port- ceptions to his own advantage.” CODE: SBS-14-4M PUB/POST: that USSPI tabloid 8.729x5.25; Vari- PRODUCTION: D. Hanson None land Tribune, Alhambra, a venue believe in a truly open discourse behave benefitted fascists groups. The Fascism Watch NYC letter also LIVE: hosted the band there in May, faced DESCRIPTION: On November 29... WORKORDER #: 006910 TRIM: 8.729”individuals, x 5.25” not soapboxing by Death In June has been banned, to denounced Luke Tromiczak, Blood tween opposition from local anti-fas- and Sun’s singer, dogmatic ideologues and boycotts,” varying degrees, in Switzerland and similar FILE: for dressing like BLEED: Delivery Support: 212.237.7000 17A-006910-20C-SBS-14-4M.indd SAP #: AP.APSBS.14043.K.011 None Germany. A Chicago concert was can- cism groups.  a “member of the Nazi Sturmabtei- Tromiczak stressed. “Also as an artist Alhambra’s manager, Dyami Clem- lung,” or SA a.k.a. Brownshirts, and I firmly believe freedom of expression celed after an anti-racism group, Center for New Community, pressured ent, told the Tribune that after con- of having neo-Nazi connections in his is absolutely essential, even if found in siderable research, “We finally came native Minnesota. bad taste by some.” the venue’s owner.  Home Sweet Home, at 131 Chrystie The letter also calls Pearce an out- to the conclusion that the symbolism Contacted by The Villager, Trospoken opponent of multiculturalism. [Pearce] uses is purely artistic, and miczak denied dressing in uniform for St., could not be reached for comment.

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producer of “The Social Network,” who will co-chair the nonprofit; George Wolfe, producer of the Public Theater; director Stephen Daldry; and Kate Horton, a top executive at the National Theatre of London and before that at the Royal Court. While the majority — 51 percent — of the pier’s performances will be free or low cost, the rest will be a higher ticket — how expensive wasn’t immediately clear. All the money generated from the performances will go back into the pier for its maintenance and programming, including commissioning the artists. The pier’s hours will be the same as the rest of the park — 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. The nonprofit, according to a press release, “is committed to providing maximum public access, including during most performances.” Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo have given their blessings to the big-pocket project, for which the city will contribute $13 million. The state, meanwhile, is earmarking $18 million to widen the park esplanade from Gansevoort Peninsula to 14th St. to improve access around the pier. Both top pols effusively praised the plan, as well as Diller and von Furstenberg for their generosity. “New York City’s waterfront provides tremendous opportunities for everything from tourism to outdoor recreation,” Cuomo said. “Pier55 is the perfect example of how we can tap into that resource.” Said de Blasio, “Hudson River Park has become a destination for millions of New Yorkers from across all five boroughs. The revitalization and transformation of this pier into a vibrant arts and community space will bring new energy and new visitors to our waterfront.” Von Furstenberg said the unique project’s moment has arrived. “New York has always reminded me of Venice, so I am happy the time has come to properly honor its waterways,” she said. “What better than a park on the city’s western bank to rest, watch a sunset or a performance?” Diller said the process of conceiving and working on the design and programming with a team has been “exciting.” “From the early stages of the project, I asked Scott Rudin to join me in conceptualizing all aspects of the project,” Diller said. “We decided early on that the programming for the park — and the design of the park itself — should be ambitious in every way. We felt we should primarily commission

A design concept for Pier55, showing the pier viewed from the south. A small stage — one of three performances areas — is planned for the pier’s south side. What will be Pier 54’s pile field is shown in the foreground.

work from artists of every variety — from world-renowned to local New York City talent.” It’s projected that work on the esplanade widening could start as soon as next spring, while pier construction could commence by 2016, with the pier opening by 2018 or ’19. The project — since it’s in the water

Act, a public hearing on the pier plan will be held on Wed., Dec. 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Eisner and Lubin Auditorium, in New York University’s Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, fourth floor. Photo ID is required to enter the building. In accordance with the park act, the legally required documents are posted on the Trust’s Web site, www.hudsonriverpark.org — including an environmental impact statement (E.I.S.) and the Pier55 lease terms. During this twomonth period, written comments from the public will also be accepted through Jan. 16, 2015. Comments can be sent by regular mail to William Heinzen, Esq., Hudson River Park Trust, Pier 40, second floor, 353 West St., New York, N.Y. 10014 or by e-mail to Pier54comments@hrpt. ny.gov . The project will also be presented next month at a public meeting at Community Board 2. “Whenever we add new parkland where none previously existed, it’s a permanent boon for our communi-

‘We decided the park’s programming and design should be ambitious in every way.’ Barry Diller

— will first need approvals, however, from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the federal Army Corps of Engineers. In addition, as part of a 60-day public review and comment period, required under the Hudson River Park

ty,” said David Gruber, C.B. 2 chairperson. “This is now going to go through a public review process so that the community can fully see the whole plan and have input into the project.” For Diller, a business and media mogul, and von Furstenberg, a famed fashion designer, the pier arts park would be yet another signature Lower West Side project that they are driving. They are already the largest donors to the High Line — one of the city’s top tourist attractions. The sail-like headquarters building for Diller’s IAC Internet company, designed by Frank Gehry, at W. 18th St. and 11th Ave., was completed in 2007. In a well-coordinated rollout, the unique pier plan was first announced in major print and TV media on Monday. The new Hudson River hot spot will be situated 186 feet out in the river, accessible from the mainland by a pair of pathways, 27 feet and 28 feet wide, that will gradually rise up about 9 feet to connect to the structure. The site will be sandwiched between the current location of Pier 54 to the south and the pile-field remnant of the former Pier 56 to the north — hence, Pier55. Pier 54’s crumbling concrete deck will be removed, leaving another pile field. PIER55, continued on p. 9 TheVillager.com


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An aerial view of the planned Pier55, showing the current Pier 56 pile field to the north and the future Pier 54 pile field to the south. Pier 57 is partly visible at the top.

be financially self-sustaining. But with government funding drying up, and 30 percent of the park still uncompleted, the park’s financial picture had grown bleak in recent years, according to the Trust. Now, with the development-rights legislation and the Diller-von Furstenberg pier project, though, the picture is getting rosier, at least financially speaking. The Trust is hoping that more “public-private partnerships” like this one will help it complete the park. While Diller and von Furstenberg’s foundation will fund the maintenance of the Pier55 park, the Trust will pay for the maintenance of the new pier’s superstructure. By giving such a large gift, the couple clearly had naming rights for the pier, but waived them — only axing the space between “Pier” and “55,” to create Pier55. Madelyn Wils, the president of the Trust, the 4-mile-long waterfront park’s governing body, and Horton presented the Pier55 plan to The Villager on Monday morning. “I think we really felt the pier had to be widened if we wanted to have nice events,” she explained. As for the new pier’s height, she noted, to put things in perspective, by comparison, the shed of nearby Pier 57, at W. 17th St., is 50 feet tall, and another large structure, the new Whitney Museum, is being completed a couple of blocks to the south on Gansevoort St. Regarding the planned uses for Pier55, Wils noted that under the Hudson River Park Act of 1998, the park’s founding legislation, part of the park’s mission is cultural and educational, as well as recreational. The process leading up to the plan’s

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The historic Pier 54 was where the Carpathia brought the Titanic’s survivors in 1912. The pier fields, both of which will remain, not only provide an aesthetically pleasing sight but a habitat where fish and other aquatic wildlife feed. As opposed to Pier 54, which was originally supported by nearly 3,500 piles, the new Pier55 will be held up by less than 400 piles, which will sport shoulder-like “pods” at their tops to spread the load. The new pier will be a square, 320 feet by 320 feet. Though, in a twist — literally — the design calls for the square to be rotated to align with the Village’s bordering street grid. Adding another dimension — literally — the pier’s surface won’t be flat, but have varying heights. The elevation of the Hudson River Park’s mainland portion is 6½ feet above sea level. In the post-Sandy era, it was critical to construct the new Pier55 above the floodplain. The design calls for the new pier’s elevation to start at 15 feet at its entry points, including the northeast corner. The height will then slope up to 38 feet at the pier’s southeast corner, 41 feet at the northwest corner and a top elevation of 71 feet at its southwest corner. The pier’s southwest side will thus be lifted up, which, according to the plan, will decrease shading on the water below by 30 percent compared to a regular-style pier of equal size. More sunlight reaching the river is better for the marine ecosystem, including migrating sturgeon and sea turtles, according to the E.I.S. In 2012, legislation was passed in Albany allowing the Pier 54 footprint to be widened from its current long and narrow shape in order to make it easier and safer for crowds to enter and exit the deck. (This change was part of the same package of legislation that allowed the Hudson River Park Trust to sell the park’s unused development rights up to one block inland from the park.) Pier 54 previously was a major event space for the park. But several years ago, 100 feet at the aging 875-footlong pier’s western end suddenly collapsed, and more parts of the pier have since been closed off for safety. As a result, rock concerts, summer movies and the Gay Pride Pier Dance, among others, have been shifted to other piers in the park. The Trust says it does not have the money to repair Pier 54 by itself. Hudson River Park is supposed to

A design showing the planned “rolling landscape” of Pier55.

unveiling started two and a half years ago, when Diana Taylor, the Trust’s board chairperson, reportedly approached Diller about upgrading Pier 54. As Wils explained it, at first, Diller and von Furstenberg thought they could build Pier55 for $35 million, but the price tag ballooned. It was determined that a simple square pier would work the best for flexible open space. An earlier idea for an “amoeba”-like shape was scrapped, Wils said. A competition between four firms resulted in England’s award-winning Thomas Heatherwick, of Beijing Olympics cauldron fame, being selected for the design. Along with Heatherwick, the Trust, Diller and von Furstenberg continued to work on the design as “a collective,” Wils noted. The pier “undulates,” she explained

of its height changes, noting, “Barry wanted it to be very sweeping.” Comparing the new plan to the current Pier 54, Wils said, “I think we have taken a very ordinary design that would not have been used very well, and we are creating a beautiful public park that will be used by a lot of people.” Plus, she added, “If we were to rebuild the pier as it is, it would be below the floodplain.” Asked if the new pier, with its quirky-looking “pod” piles and its rolling hills and ramps — a bit reminiscent of an album cover by Roger Dean for the ’70s prog-rock band Yes — will mesh with the more traditionally rectilinear park, Wils said, “If it did not fit into the gestalt or the mission of the park, we wouldn’t do it.” The pier’s northern entrance will PIER55, continued on p. 25 November 20, 2014

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Daniel Meltzer, 74, writer who saved the Beacon OBITUARY BY ALBERT AMATEAU

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aniel B. Meltzer, playwright, short-story writer and author of scores of columns and essays, many of which were published in The Villager, died Nov. 6 in the Visiting Nurse Service Special Care hospice at Bellevue Hospital, after a three-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 74. His published work includes the short-story collection “Outsiders,” a memoir, “Nothing Happened Here, Volume I,” and hundreds of essays and op-ed pieces, both humorous and serious, that were syndicated and appeared in newspapers across the country. His plays, including “Movie of the Month,” “Intermission” and “The Square Root of Love,” were published by Samuel French and were produced at Circle Repertory Theater and The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, and by theater groups across the country and in Canada, Italy, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Meltzer won a Pushcart Prize for fiction in 1997, the O. Henry Prize

Daniel Meltzer in 2007.

for fiction in 1992 and the Central Ohio Theatre Critics Award for Best New Play of the Year in 2000. Beginning in 1979, he taught writ-

ing and theater at various programs and universities, holding the post of adjunct professor at New York University, Yeshiva University and Marymount Manhattan College. He was co-director of the N.Y.U. Journalism workshop, and taught at Pennsylvania State University, Seton Hall University, Hofstra University and at programs at Chautauqua, Henry Street Settlement and The Writer’s Voice at the YMCA He worked as a news writer for ABC News and Special Events, at WPIX-TV and at CBS News. He was also a researcher on Marcel Ophüls’s 1988 Academy Award-winning film documentary, “Hotel Terminus, The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie.” He was an editor of The Westsider and Chelsea Clinton News. An Upper West Side resident since 1968, Dan Meltzer organized and led the 1987 grassroots campaign to save the landmarked Beacon Theater from being converted into a nightclub. The campaign, which galvanized West Side preservation advocates, stopped the plan to radically alter the landmarked interior of the 2,900seat movie/vaudeville palace built in 1926. Since then the Beacon has served as the venue for pop and rock concerts and other events, including

appearances by the Dalai Lama. Meltzer was a resident and fellow at several arts colonies, including Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Blue Mountain Center, Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, The Ossabaw Island Project, Cummington Artists and Writers Community and Chautauqua Institution. He had a special fondness for the Upstate location of the Blue Mountain Center and the Virginia Center, the latter where he was in residence eight times since 2000. Born to Kitty Talber and Jack Meltzer, Dan was raised in Brooklyn. He took a bachelor’s degree in theater history and criticism at City College and a master’s at Hunter College and earned a degree in documentary film and English literature at City University of New York. He was a devoted cat lover. His partner, Nina Felshin, survives, as do two nieces, a nephew and three cousins. “He brought great love, intimacy and sweetness to my life,” Felshin said. His ashes will be divided to be scattered at four locations: his mother’s grave in Florida, Blue Mountain Center in the Adirondacks, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Felshin’s home in Gardiner, N.Y.

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nephew Joseph Petrosino, a Brooklyn prosecutor for 36 years, whose son, also named Joseph Petrosino, is also a police detective. Joseph (Giuseppe) Petrosino (18601909) was born in Padula, Italy, and immigrated to the United States in 1873. He joined the Police Department in 1883. Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt promoted him to sergeant of detectives in 1895, then to lieutenant. Petrosino was put in command of the Italian Squad, a special unit to combat organized crime, the forerunner of today’s mafia, known as the Black Hand. Bombings and child kidnappings were among the crimes the unit grappled with. Under his leadership, several thousand arrests were made and more than 500 offenders sent to prison. In 1909 Petrosino was sent on a special assignment to Palermo, Italy. Dr. Joseph Scelsa, president of the nearby Italian American Museum, explained that the detective’s mission was supposed to be secret, and that even though his cover was blown, he went anyway, and wound up shot dead on the street by the Sicilian Mafia. The New York Times reported that, for Petrosino’s funeral procession, 200,000 spectators lined the streets from Old Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Speaking at the Nov. 5 dedication ceremony, Jonathan Kuhn, Parks’ director of Art & Antiquities, said the Petrosino plaques were a long time coming. “About a decade after Kenmare Square was renamed for Petrosino, the Parks Department began an initiative to compose historical narratives — signs — that would remind New Yorkers of the biographies and achievements of those individuals for whom public parks are named,” Kuhn said. “All too often, we found that while the names had remained, the person and their deeds had been forgotten. “In my neighborhood, on Charles St.,” Kuhn noted, “there is a historic building, now an apartment building known as the Gendarme, which from 1897 to 1971 served as the local precinct station for the West Village. “Surviving in the lobby is the original building dedication marker, with the name Theodore Roosevelt, President of the Board of Police Commissioners,” Kuhn recounted. “Petrosino would serve under Roosevelt, and later, upon his the officer’s tragic death, Roosevelt said, ‘He was a great man, a good man...and did not know the name of fear.’ We have in our parks three monuments to Roosevelt, and I’m pleased to report that today Petrosino joins Roosevelt in our pantheon of lasting monuments.”

One of the new bronze plaques honoring Petrosino. The other one includes information about the famed crime-fighter.

Dr. Joseph Scelsa spoke about Lieutenant Petrosino’s fateful mission to Sicily.

Petrosino Square, bridging Little Italy and Soho, only a block from the original Police Department central headquarters, was named for Petrosino in 1987. The city completed an expansion and renovation of the park in 2009. The bronze markers commemorating Petrosino’s life and legacy were designed by Noho artist Carter Jones — selected through a limited design competition — and are installed in the park’s south entry piers. The western plaque provides a concise biography within a decorative border, while the eastern plaque features a relief portrait of Petrosino and includes the insignias of the N.Y.P.D., as well as of his native city. The project was sponsored by the Columbia Association of the N.Y.P.D. and the Lt. Det. Joseph Petrosino Association of America, in collaboration with the Italian American Museum, and the Parks Department’s division of Art & Antiquities. In 1938, the triangle was officially designated parkland. Until the Koch administration, it was known as Kenmare Square, named for the Irish birthplace of Tammany Hall leader “Big Tim” Sullivan’s mother. The local group Friends of Petrosino Square has been active in advocating for the square’s upkeep and as a display place for public art. Several years ago, the square was expanded by taking away a bordering lane of traffic. The Friends group is currently battling in court to make the city remove the CitiBike docking station from the square’s northern paved apex. Other attendees at the Nov. 5 event included James Lisa, president of the Lt. Det. Joseph Petrosino Association

in America; George Grasso, a Brooklyn Criminal Court judge and former first deputy Police commissioner; John Walsh, a retired Supreme Court judge; Jerry D’Amato, of the International Petrosino Association (from

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Getting into the spirit on Day of the Dead Costumed dancers shook their sombreros and got down at a Day of the Dead event at La Plaza Cultural, at E. Ninth St. and Avenue C.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Tallmer was one of a kind To The Editor: Re “Jerry Tallmer, Voice founding editor, legendary theater critic and Obies creator, is dead at 93” (obituary, Nov. 13): I was saddened to read about Jerry Tallmer. I know he had become important at The Villager, just as he had been at the Voice in its golden era. Jerry reviewed my first play, “Hector at the Cherry Lane,” in the early ’60s, when it was done as part of a Living Theater series on a bill with

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Kenneth Koch’s “Pericles” and Jean Cocteau’s “Marriage on the Eiffel Tower.” He cited the actress Jean Bruno, stating that she gave “a magnificent performance,” to my delight. Jerry was one of a kind and we will miss him and his writing. It would be nice — and pertinent as well — to see a new book of his reviews come to light. Robert Heide

One of the special people To The Editor: Re “Jerry Tallmer, Voice founding editor, legendary theater critic and Obies creator, is dead at 93” (obituary, Nov. 13): It’s amazing and lucky for us that Jerry Tallmer lived to 93, though somehow I thought he would go on forever. Ted and I ran an Off Off Broadway theater for 10 years. Jerry was one of the special people in the “business.” Cynthia Crain

A candidate who cares To The Editor: Re “Pier 40 issue looms large in C.B. 2 chairperson race” (news article, Nov. 13): As an N.Y.U. faculty member who opposes the university’s expansion plan, I have had the opportunity to work closely with Bo Riccobono. He is a terrific advocate who cares about the neighborhood and his neighbors. Bo would be an excellent choice for chairperson of Community Board 2. Marie Monaco

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University Place and Broadway in the crosshairs TALKING POINT BY ANDREW BERMAN

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magine a young developer from a big New York real estate family wants to make a name for himself. He decides to do so by developing a luxury high-rise tower in the heart of Greenwich Village that will be one of the tallest, if not the tallest, structures ever erected in the historically low-rise neighborhood. Now imagine that there were no landmark protections to prevent him from building this tower, and that the zoning actually encouraged this kind of development: There were no height limits, which made it easy to build a tall, narrow tower on a large plot of land, requiring no public approvals or review whatsoever.  Unfortunately, this awful scenario is no fantasy; this is exactly what is set to happen at 110 University Place at 12th St., where the Bowlmor Lanes has stood for decades. Billy Macklowe, scion of Harry Macklowe, is demolishing the existing structure and plans to erect a 23-story, 308-foot-tall residential tower in its place — about the height of the concrete-sheathed 30-story N.Y.U. Silver Towers.  Unlike most of Greenwich Village, this site has no landmark protections — much like almost all of University Place and the blocks extending east to Broadway, and west to Fifth Ave. along 12th St. and to the north. And the current zoning, which dates from 1961, encourages tall towers on large development sites, and grants zoning bonuses for including things like plazas and university facilities. And if this current development scenario is not sufficiently nightmarish, consider that it could actually be worse. Under existing conditions, one could build an even taller building in this area, and unlike Macklowe’s planned residential development, it could be a hotel or even a dorm. This is not how it should be. Unfortunately, there is almost nothing that can be done to change the rules that would govern this development: Landmark designation, even if it were enacted tomorrow (which is virtually impossible), would not invalidate existing permits granted for demolition or construction on this site. And a zoning change, which by law requires at least several months of public hearings and review, would not affect a development for which even the most modest amount of construction work has been undertaken, allowing the project to be finished under the terms of the old zoning. But we can’t simply throw up our hands and say all is lost. Additional and even more outrageously inappro-

Billy Macklowe’s plan for a 23-story tower at the old Bowlmor site, above, is spurring protection efforts for the area, including rezoning and landmarking.

priate developments could be built in this area if we do not seek changes to the status quo. And that is exactly what the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation is seeking to do. We have been meeting with local elected officials and community leaders to discuss possible proposals for zoning changes and extensions of landmark and historic district protections for this area — to protect its

tecture on these blocks — and that ensure design review for any changes or new development, so that the historic character of this part of the Village is maintained and reinforced — should be enacted as well. Toward this end, we’re having an open public meeting on Tues., Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. at the Baha’i Center, 53 E. 11th St., east of University Place, to discuss what zoning and landmark protections here might look like and what pursuing them might involve. Anyone who is interested in the future of this area and protecting its character and preventing inappropriate new development is encouraged to attend — to find out more and learn how you can help. To be sure, securing landmarking and zoning protections for this neighborhood will be no easy task, though G.V.S.H.P. is certainly up to the challenge. Since 2003, we have helped secure landmark protections for more than 1,100 buildings in our neighborhood, and new zoning protections for nearly 100 blocks. To do the same thing here, we need to at the very least establish a strong consensus in favor of such changes from residents, Community Board 2, and elected officials representing the area. We’ve already heard and gotten strong support from some, but we need to go further. And that is what the Dec. 2 meeting will be fo-

We need a strong consensus from residents, C.B. 2 and local politicians.

distinct historic architecture, and to ensure that any new development matches rather than overwhelms the scale of the neighborhood. We think that zoning which reinforces the residential character of the neighborhood, imposes appropriate height limits on new development, and requires developments to meet the street wall and more closely resemble the shape and form of existing buildings should be enacted here. And we think that historic district and landmark designations that protect the beautiful array of 19th- and early 20th-century archi-

cused on achieving. If we are able to get this support, the real key will then be getting buyin and approval from City Hall, and that may be biggest challenge of all. So far the de Blasio administration has shown itself to be ambivalent at best about extending historic district protections, mirroring the wish list of the real estate lobby, which has called for an end to expanding historic district protections, especially in Manhattan. And the administration has thus far been focused solely on rezonings that increase the allowable size of development, as opposed to limiting development or ensuring that it is in context with its surroundings. So we have our work cut out for us, but it’s more than worth the attempt. Without landmark and zoning protections, the University Place and Broadway corridors could become home to many more high-rise condo, hotel and dormitory towers. With these safeguards, however, we can prevent further such destructive developments from taking place, and preserve and protect the remaining historic character and scale of this irreplaceable part of the Village. The public meeting on potential landmarking and rezoning proposals for the University Place and Broadway corridors will take place Tues., Dec. 2, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Baha’i Center, 53 E. 11th St., east of University Place. Berman is executive director, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation November 20, 2014

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR LETTERS, continued from p. 12

He works for win-wins To The Editor: Re “Pier 40 issue looms large in C.B. 2 chairperson race” (news article, Nov. 13): As a community activist, I am suspect of any candidate who is tied closely with any major issue facing this community board. It lessens the opportunity for comprehensive debate and achievable, community-benefiting solutions. Of the three respectable candidates, Richard Stewart has demonstrated the most substantive record for winwin outcomes through his tenure as S.L.A. Committee chairperson and as a member of Community Board 2, over all. There are dozens of major community-representing organizations that can attest to Richard’s substance, long-reaching agreements and resolutions that have protected their constituencies and their neighbors. He

is objective, fair and future-thinking. He has served on six other committees and numerous special committees with similar contribution. It all comes down to how well someone can manage a meeting; how objectively one can manage the board; and how effective C.B. 2 intends to be for the multiple constituencies it represents. Zella Jones

Has led thousands To The Editor: Re “Pier 40 issue looms large in C.B. 2 chairperson race” (news article, Nov. 13): All three candidates are wonderful board members. But Tobi Bergman has led efforts that have involved thousands of people in helping shape Community Board 2 and government policy. His kind of leadership would be unique in board history. Arthur Schwartz

Don’t blame film crews To The Editor: Re “Seniors are praying church won’t boot them in favor of film crews” and “Electeds rally to save senior day center” (news articles, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6): Do not blame the film and television community for the bad management of Father Walter Tonelotto and of the Catholic Church. In the first place, film companies do not rent space in churches on a permanent basis, and I doubt if there is enough filming near the church to warrant keeping the space open for the use of film and TV shoots. One of the great benefits of having so many films and television shows filmed in the various neighborhoods all over New York City is that a lot of churches and community centers benefit from the rents they receive for renting out their space. My own co-op has benefited from those rents. As for film crews blocking streets and sidewalks for hours, I never hear of anyone complaining of the con-

struction companies blocking lanes of traffic and sidewalks for months to build housing that most of us can’t afford to live in anyway. Filming in New York adds well-paying jobs and pumps at least $7 billion to $10 billion into the New York City economy, including local stores in neighborhoods where the filming takes place.  I have been assured by a top union official in the industry that if it became known that the senior group was being evicted from Our Lady of Pompeii ostensibly for the benefit of “film crews,” the space would be boycotted, and no film crew would rent the space. The senior center should remain at Our Lady of Pompeii Church.   Anne K. Johnson Johnson is a retired production accountant; current treasurer, New York Production Alliance; and member, Community Board 3

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To The Editor: Re “Lost without labyrinth” (letter, by George Jones, Nov. 13), in response to “Union Square pavilion restaurant could be cooked, local pols say” (news article, Oct. 16): As a designer and painter of the labyrinths formerly at the north end of Union Square, I mourn with Mr. Jones and assure him he’s not alone in regretting the loss. Besides individual labyrinth-walkers like Mr. Jones, whole families told me they made the largest of the three labyrinths a place where they’d walk together. Many people wrote letters to this newspaper, The New York Times and other publications trying to save the labyrinths when new pavement was being planned for the north end. Unfortunately, that campaign did not succeed at the time. But if the voices of labyrinth appreciators eventually prevail with Union Square Park planners and officials, I am more than willing to create a new labyrinth at the north end. Meanwhile, people wanting to center their thoughts and energy away from the traffic sounds and city’s bustle (as Mr. Jones puts it so well) are welcome at my East River Reflections Labyrinth, in the dance oval just north of the tennis courts in the East River Park.

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B. Stover, the director of University Settlement, who — concerned with crowded tenements, congested streets and lack of public space in the neighborhood — successfully lobbied the city for a Lower East Side park. In 1897 rows and rows of decaying tenements — on the blocks from Canal St. and East Broadway to Grand St. between Essex and Jefferson Sts. — were condemned and demolished for the creation of William H. Seward Park. Although the city leveled and fenced-in the area, it was the O.R.L. that raised funds to plant grass and trees, lay out walking paths and supply benches. After the park opened in 1899 the O.R.L. provided playground equipment, personnel and other support until the city took over its administration in 1903.  Joyce Mendelsohn

There’s NO bus service! To The Editor: Re “Still waiting for the buses” (talking point, by Shirley Secunda, Nov. 13): The discontinuation of the M6 and severe altered and reduced M1, M3 and M5 bus routes has resulted in virtually no bus service in Lower Manhattan below Eighth St. between Sixth Ave. and Broadway. Many seniors, working people, students, families, shoppers and tourists need bus service in this area. I hope the M.T.A. and our representatives will work to restore a working bus system for us. Thanks to Shirley Secunda and Community Board 2 for advocating for much-needed bus transportation for our community. A. S. Evans

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ning through January 3 at the Connelly Theater. It consists of three separate show revivals: “Lypsinka! The Boxed Set,” in which she plies the kaleidoscopic, scrupulously curated sound bytes that made her a star; “The Passion of the Crawford,” in which she hypnotically recreates the one and only Joan; and the autobiographical “John Epperson: Show Trash,” in

which she appears, speaks, and sings as himself. I sat down to chat with this formidable, indestructible star at one of his favorite Chelsea haunts, Le Zie, and just had to ask him the most important of questions: Who was his favorite star — Dolores Gray, whose fabulously bombastic gestures and surreally exotic look surely inspired Lypsinka,

or the ever-enduring Crawford? “I don’t have a favorite star,” Epperson said, “but Crawford remains fascinating to me. As she got older, I see her as a sad figure, not because of Christina and the wire hangers, but just the stuff she put herself through to survive in Hollywood. There’s something kind of tragic and vulnerable about her which I see in her eyes the more I watch her. She keeps evolving.” I remember going to the original production of “The Passion,” and a drunken old bear of a queen was sitting in front of me, slugging straight liquor from a big paper cup and cackling hysterically at everything. When he turned around, it was Stephen Sondheim. I asked him if he’d ever met Crawford and he replied tersely, “No. Never met her. Nope!” John and I both know, however, that the song “I’m Still Here” was inspired by her, and Epperson said, “I’m hoping he will come because it’s altered over the years and become deeper and richer. He is a movie fan and really is crazy about Joan Crawford. I emailed him not too long to say I finally saw [her 1928 film] ‘Our Dancing Daughters,’ and he replied, ‘What have you been doing your whole life?,’ because to him, that’s something I should have seen a long time ago. “I had the idea to do all of this 10 years ago but had to wait on the money. For this, we have to thank a man named Gerry Herman, not the composer, but an American man I met in 2010 in Paris, at the Café de Flore. I was there with a former assistant of Karl Lagerfeld’s, Gilles Dufour. He and Karl are on the outs, so I was afraid LYP, continued on p.18 November 20, 2014

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‘Crawford remains fascinating to me. As she got older, I see her as a sad figure, not because of Christina and the wire hangers, but just the stuff she put herself through to survive in Hollywood. There’s something kind of tragic and vulnerable about her which I see in her eyes the more I watch her. She keeps evolving.’ —John Epperson

of an idea, and I also saw a review of Charles Ludlam’s ‘Camille.’ I thought, ‘Wait a second. He’s in drag and in Time magazine, and that’s the difference: you have to be in New York. “I came here in 1978 and one of the first things I saw that weekend was Divine in ‘The Neon Woman’ at Hurrah. Then I saw Ludlam’s ‘Camille’ and thought, ‘How can I make my mark, unique but rooted in some sort of gay performance tradition?’ I need-

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ed to come up with a name that tells the audience I have a sense of humor. I saw the Richard Avedon show at the Metropolitan and there were photos of Veruschka, Dovima, one-name fashion models. Well, I’m tall and skinny, too, so what if I am this one-name fashion model Lypsinka, who has a sense of humor about herself and tells the audience what they’re gonna see? “There was also a deeper psychological reason, which was that I had the desire to be on stage, but was also filled with fear of exposing myself. So, if I could hide behind someone else’s voice. And that has been the conundrum of my career, because a lot of people think I can’t do anything but lip-synch.” I saw New York City Opera’s revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” in which Epperson stole the show with his aristocratic, nigh-Restoration comedy elegance: “I spoke in my own voice and sang the songs and thought surely someone will take me seriously as an actor and say how we can use the name Lypsinka to market another show, without being the Lyp. I thought, ‘I’m going to get offers and I didn’t.’ That was in 2004, a big year,

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that Karl would be there, too, but he said, ‘Darling, I don’t care.’ I met Gerry there, and we were chatting and he said, ‘Wait a second, you’re Lypsinka. Why are you here?’ I said, ‘I would love to perform here and have come here to meet people.’ He said, ‘I’m going to get behind you,’ and he has, my very first real angel.” I asked Epperson how he came to create Lypsinka and he said, “I had two older sisters, and the older of them was so imaginative and would think up things for her younger siblings. We had a recording with Jayne Mansfield on the cover in a black cat suit on all fours, even though she didn’t sing on the record. It was pop 1950s songs like ‘Sweet Old Fashioned Girl’ and ‘You Gotta Have Heart,’ and my oldest sister started moving her mouth to the record and my mother loved it. She called it pantomime and would be our audience. “When I got to college in Jackson, Mississippi, I went to the gay bars and the drag queens were lip-synching, doing what I saw my sisters do. That’s when I started getting the germ

Just be yourself tonight: “John Epperson: Show Trash” has Lypsinka’s creator reconstructing his life, from childhood to the present.

with the movie ‘Kinsey,’ in which I appeared, playing across the street from Lincoln Center, eight pages in Paris Vogue, but nothing happened. “Fortunately, being onstage doesn’t totally feed my identity. I’m very happy being an audience member but now I don’t go to theater because the audiences are so awful. I’m an audience at home, I watch movies and just saw ‘I Can Get It for You Wholesale,’ so there are Susan Hayward movies I have never seen. I’m perfectly happy, reading books and going on my Vermont trips every summer. I have a whole network of friends there. It’s so quiet, no tourists bombarding you and pushing strollers. The air is fresh and when I first went there, my friend said, ‘Here in Vermont, there’s valium in the air,’ because everyone was so relaxed. It’s only on the surface though. There are lots of angry poor people there, also.”

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Buhmann on Art LISA BRESLOW: PAINTINGS AND PRINTS The paintings and works on paper by New York-based Lisa Breslow reflect the artist’s ambition to discover contemplative places in her everyday

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urban home environment. In this exhibition of strictly new work, Breslow continues to explore New York in its calmest state, during off-hours on the street or in Central Park, when they are devoid of crowds. In fact, it is the early morning or evening light that the artist is most drawn to and knows how to capture especially well. In this particular body of work, Breslow pushes the notion of tranLisa Breslow: “First Snow” (2014, Oil and pencil on panel, 24 x 24 in.).

Lisa Breslow: “Bow Bridge Reflections” (2014, Oil and pencil on panel, 48 x 48 in.).

quility further by adding a selection of exquisite still lifes. Frozen in time without much reference to the characteristics of their immediate environment, the loosely arranged flowers take on an almost iconographic and otherworldly quality. A street scene captured after a rainstorm and a bouquet studied on a windowsill might seem rather traditional at first glance, but it is Breslow’s fine focus on form and atmosphere that gives her subject a notable twist. Compared to previous work, Breslow

has now begun to embrace scale. Her new paintings are larger and her compositions appear bolder; details are more crisply delineated and rendered in an increasingly heightened palette. In some ways, Breslow has started to insert a faint sense of drama into the calm. Through Dec. 20, at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts (529 W. 20th St., btw. 10th & 11th Aves.). Hours: Tues.–Fri., 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Call 212-366-5368 or visit markelfinearts.com.

Win Tickets to Must-See LYPSINKA!

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New York certainly isn’t all it used to be — but what (or who) is these days? Lypsinka comes to mind. After an absence of nine long years, John Epperson’s masterful melting pot of gender illusion, golden age Hollywood glam, highly skilled lip-synching and diva deification is back on the East Village boards. In repertory through early January are three shows whose high quality have all been personally verified by this publication: “The Passion of the Crawford,” “John Epperson: Show Trash” and “Lypsinka! The Boxed Set.” The winner of our GIVEAWAY will receive two tickets for the Dec. 8, 7 p.m. performance of “Boxed Set.” To enter, send an email to LypsinkaTix@TheVillager. com, along with your phone number (only enter once, please). A winner will be selected at random, and contacted by phone on Dec. 6. The show takes place at the

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Connelly Theater, 220 E. Fourth St. (btw. Aves. A & B). But why leave it to chance? Purchase tickets to any show (or all three) by calling 866-811-4111 or visiting lypsinka. com.

Lisa Breslow: “Window Meditation” (2014, Oil and pencil on panel, 32 x 16 in.). TheVillager.com

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She alone breathes new life into the undead BY SEAN EGAN

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ust like it’s namesake monster, it appears the vampire flick can’t be killed.

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Rome Shadanloo (left) floats through a characteristically atmospheric club scene.

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Reaching market saturation seems impossible for these movies, so major studios and indie auteurs alike continue to pump out new vampiric variations at a steady clip. This is usually achieved by appending (increasingly strange) subgenre labels to the standard vampire flick — from mumblecore dark comedy to prep-school dramedy, chances are a bloodsucker has been shoehorned in at some point. It takes quite a lot to set your film apart in this overpopulated landscape, so it’s no small feat that Ana Lily Amirpour’s “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” does precisely that. It’s an independent, western and noir-tinged, New Wave influenced, Iranian language horror-romance vampire movie. Got all that? Impressively, “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” pretty handily manages to pull off this unwieldy list of genres that can be applied to it. Much of the credit goes to first time writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour. Not content to simply check off boxes, she synthesizes her influences and genre tropes into something genuinely new. For a debut feature, it’s remarkably assured, distinctive and original. Set in the quasi-ghost town of “Bad City,” the movie tells the story of a nameless vampire, in the form of a beautiful young woman, as she stalks the streets at night, spying on the city’s morally conflicted denizens — looking for either prey, or perhaps just human connection. A parallel plot focuses on Arash, a good-natured young man, dealing with his drug-addicted father and forming ties to Bad City’s criminal underworld. When the two eventually cross paths, they develop a strange relationship, and their union reverberates throughout Bad City. Shot in dynamic black and white and accompanied by a synth-heavy Iranian rock ‘n roll soundtrack, the film creates a dark and super-stylized atmosphere that’s alternately eerie and romantic. This atmosphere is both the film’s strongest asset and biggest flaw. While it allows the viewer to become totally immersed in its world, it’s also leaned on a little too heavily when the narrative becomes too thin. But, to its immense credit however,

The effortlessly cool Sheila Vand transfixes, as a nameless vampire who prowls Bad City.

Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature is assured and original when “A Girl Walks Home” is on, there really is nothing else quite like it. It’s a very deliberately paced, slow burn of a movie. Amirpour’s shots are meticulously framed, and she often favors impressive long takes and extended dialogue-free sequences that add to the mood. At best, the slow nature of the film produce scenes of palpable, building dread or unexpected, disarming beauty — or better still, both at the same time, as in a particularly moving and tense bedroom scene set to “Death” by White Lies. Unfortunately, this also makes certain scenes (usually those that focus on the human conflict, sans vampire) drag in ways unjustified by their narrative contributions. Part of this could be blamed on the secondary characters being fairly one note and not well defined — an un-

fortunate horror genre convention that would have been better left behind. Still, the acting is uniformly excellent, and goes a long way to filling in the sparseness of the script. As Arash, Arash Marandi is suitably charming, and provides a good audience surrogate. Dominic Rains is also entertaining in the role of a greasy, tatted up high-level drug dealer/pimp with an inflated sense of self — promptly establishing himself as a character audiences will love to hate. The film really belongs to Sheila Vand though, and the rest of the talented cast can’t help but pale in comparison. As the vampire, she’s an absolutely transfixing presence, even during the long stretches in which she doesn’t speak (here, the script’s lack of backstory for the vampire adds to the mystique). Vand is effortlessly cool throughout,

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and manages to be both a creature of unspeakable menace and a lonely, vulnerable figure depending on what the script calls for. Her use of body language and her expressive eyes help to create a character that is thoroughly otherworldly, but also intensely familiar and sympathetic. It’s a tricky balancing act, but Vand is up to the challenge and turns in a haunting performance that anchors the film. The whole film in fact, is a tricky balancing act, and it mostly gets everything right. If it falls short of greatness, it’s not for a lack of trying — and the results onscreen are always fascinating to watch. Any flaws are easily overlooked by the uniqueness of the vision, the impressive filmmaking craft, and the high quality acting on display. In “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” Ana Lily Amirpour has managed to make vampire flicks feel fresh again, and that alone would make it worth seeking out. That fact that it’s this good is just a delightful bonus. TheVillager.com


Tributes mark Twain’s birth

The man who was Sam would have been 179 BY SCOTT STIFFLER

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The “Mark Twain’s New York” walking tour begins at 1 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 30 (rain date, same time on Sun., Dec. 7). Meet at 500 Broadway, btw. Broome & Spring Sts. $20. Info & Reservations: 917-620-5371. For more info, visit MarkTwainsNewYork.com.

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e wasn’t the first person to pilot a Mississippi riverboat, go west, travel abroad, lose fortunes, give lectures or loathe Congress — but under the pen name of Mark Twain, Samuel Langhorne Clemens wrote about all of that, and more, in a manner that’s been greatly admired, widely copied and rarely if ever equaled. Two upcoming events will mark, so to speak, what would have been Twain’s 179th birthday. On that very date, Nov. 30, writer and tireless Twain enthusiast Peter Salwen will lead a 90-minute walking tour. “People don’t generally associate Mark Twain with New York,” notes Salwen, “but in his day he was just about the biggest celebrity in town. And at the same time, New York itself played a major role in advancing and shaping Twain’s personal and family life as well as his career and ideas.” Among the two dozen stops: Twain’s Greenwich Village homes, the hotel where he met his future wife and the publishing house that secured a place in literary infamy by taking a pass on his first book. You’ll also hear about how another NYC publishing entity launched Twain onto the national stage by running his comedic narrative about a gambler’s jumping frog.

Also on Nov. 30, Twain’s distinctive prose style gets feted by Cornelia Street Cafe. Their long-running series celebrating the birthdays of great American poets will take a detour from its normal form of choice to honor the great American cynic (or righteously angry crusader, depending on how you interpret him). Readings by Michael Lydon, Dee Nelson, Frank Ridley and Kim Sykes will be interspersed with period music played by Ellen Mandel. The Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn masterpieces are of course represented, as well as excerpts from memoirs, essays, diatribes, tall tales and aphorisms. “Every sentence of Twain’s prose bursts with quirky, intelligent energy,” says Lydon, who notes that although “his writing is as alive today as the day he penned it,” controversy still follows the author for his “liberal use of the ‘N-word,’ his atheism, and his radical critique of American imperialism.”

Like this 1940 licker, Mark Twain gets the stamp of approval with a Nov. 30 walking tour and a cafe tribute.

“A Celebration of Mark Twain’s 179th Birthday” happens at 6 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 30 at the Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia St., west of Sixth Ave., off Bleecker). $15 admission includes one drink. Reservations: call 212-989-9319 or visit corneliastreetcafe.com.

All around town, in squares

Erin Wilson’s quilts tell a New York story

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product of steady hands and a keen eye for the built environment’s capacity to both amaze and overwhelm, Erin Wilson’s “Color Stories” has a backstory familiar to anyone whose residency is tied to their destiny. “It wasn’t my specific goal to live in and make quilts about the city,” says the Brooklyn-based artist, “but here I am, and here they are.” Using both realistic and abstract imagery, the 12 quilts in this exhibit contain hundreds of square-shaped portraits that, the curators note, “create a miniature universe, one characterized by a striking use of color and light, and amazing precision in her fabric piecing.” On display at NYC’s only gallery devoted to contemporary art quilts, a trip to see “Color Stories” also offers the opportunity to visit the space it shares, seamlessly, with The City Quilter — where inspired art patrons can purchase New York-related fabrics, patterns and kits.

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Erin Wilson: “Color Story: Roofline” (2014, 34” X 28”).

Through Dec. 13 at The Art Quilt Gallery (133 W. 25th St., btw. Sixth & Seventh Aves.) Hours: Tues.Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun./Mon. by appointment. Call 212-807-9451 or visit artquiltgallerynyc.com. For more info on the artist, visit erinwilsonquilts. com. Also visit cityquilter.com.

Erin Wilson: “Big Quilt #3” (2014, 41.5” X 55.5”).

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SDF101 EAST 98TH STREET LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 10/31/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 825 3rd Ave., Fl 37, NY, NY 10022. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 11/13 - 12/18/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 10329 ROCHESTER HOLDINGS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 10/27/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o The Community Preservation Corp., 28 E. 28th St., 9th Fl., NY, NY 10016, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 11/13 -12/18/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF QUIK PARK HUDSON VI LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/21/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 247 W. 37th St., NY, NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil: 11/13 - 12/18/2014 GREENWOOD LAW GROUP PLLC a domestic PLLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/15/14. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the PLLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The PLLC, 299 Broadway, Ste. 302, NY, NY 10007. Profession: Law. Vil: 11/13 - 12/18/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 18TH HIGHLINE AI ASSOCIATES, L.L.C. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/04/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 11/03/14. Princ. office of LLC: 60 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10023. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of DE, John G. Townsend Bldg., Federal and Duke of York Sts., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 11/13- 12/18/2014 2021 PARTNERS LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 12/19/07. 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 Gary Silver Architects P.C., 11 Park Pl., Ste. 1701, NY, NY 10007. General Purposes. Vil: 11/13 -12/18/2014 ROSEN EQUITIES LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 10/31/14. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Jonathan P. Rosen, 40 E. 69th St., NY, NY 10021. General Purposes. Vil: 11/13 -12/18/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BLACKSTONE NWI ASSET MANAGEMENT L.L.C. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/31/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/16/14. Princ. office of LLC: 623 Fifth Ave., 23rd Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Blackstone NWI Associates L.L.C. at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, State of DE, Dept. of State, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. TV: 11/13 - 12/18/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 4665 BEDFORD OWNER LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/05/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 295 Madison Ave., 2nd Fl., NY, NY 10017. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Philips International at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. TV: 11/13 - 12/18/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ONTARIO TK OWNER LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/31/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/28/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011. Address to be maintained in DE: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 3, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. TV: 11/13 -12/18/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF WARSAW TK OWNER LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/31/14. location: NY Office County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/28/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011. Address to be maintained in DE: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 3, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. TV: 11/13 -12/18/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 211 MADISON STREET OWNERS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/19/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 825 3rd Ave., Fl 37, NY, NY 10022. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 11/06 - 12/11/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 149 DECOUPLING LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/28/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 316 W. 118 St., NY, NY 10026. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Lorraine Carroll, c/o Artimus Construction Inc. at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Real estate. Vil: 11/06 - 12/11/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BW 54 MARKETING GROUP, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/17/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Andrew Heiberger, 1 Central Park West, 31B, NY, NY 10023. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 11/06 - 12/11/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 158 WEST 27TH STREET OWNER, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 10/14/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 7501 Wisconsin Ave., Ste. 1300W, Bethesda, MD 20814. LLC formed in DE on 10/8/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 11/06 - 12/11/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BOP NORTH COVE MARINA LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 10/29/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 250 Vesey St., 15th Fl., New York, NY 10281. LLC formed in DE on 10/27/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Corporation Service Company, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 11/06 - 12/11/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BLUE COMPASS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/28/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: Blue Compass Capital Management, 7 Park Ave #46, New York, NY 10016. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 11/06 -12/11/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF AH 54, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/17/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Andrew Heiberger, 1 Central Park West, 31B, NY, NY 10023. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 11/06 - 12/11/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ATOM MEDICAL USA, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/30/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in PA on 2/26/14. NY 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. PA and principal business address: 100 Bradford Rd., Ste. 300, Wexford, PA 15090. Cert. of Org. filed with PA Sec. of Commonwealth, 206 North Office Bldg., Harrisburg, PA 17120. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 11/06 - 12/11/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 167 MOTT, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/23/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/21/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP, 1350 Broadway, 11th Fl., NY, NY 10018. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 11/06 - 12/11/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 21 EAST 26TH STREET LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/17/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil:11/06 - 12/11/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF JULY 27TH LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/2/2013. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 812 Broadway, 2nd Fl., NY, NY 10003. 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. Term: until 8/1/2063. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/30 - 12/04/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SPIELMAN ADVISORY SERVICES LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/15/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: SPIELMAN ADVISORY SERVICES LLC, 210 WEST 101 STREET, APT 15J, New York, NY 10025. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 10/30 -12/04/2014

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NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF FIBER TECHNOLOGIES SOLUTIONS, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 10/14/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 11770 U.S. Hwy. 1, #101, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33408. LLC formed in DE on 9/18/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. 10/30 - 12/04/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BRE 1740 BROADWAY LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/17/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/15/14. Princ. office of LLC: 345 Park Ave., NY, NY 10154. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal Plaza, Ste. 1, Dover, DE 19091. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/30 - 12/04/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF UNITED ENTERTAINMENT GROUP HOLDINGS, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 10/10/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 200 E. Randolph St., Ste. 6300, Chicago, IL 60601. LLC formed in DE on 8/27/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/30 - 12/04/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 150 PENTHOUSE NORTH LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/22/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/16/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/30 - 12/04/2014

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HOUSE OF TERRANCE, LLC a domestic LLC filed with the SSNY on 8/22/14. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 560 White Plains Rd., Tarrytown, NY 10591. General Purposes. Vil: 10/30 - 12/04/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF GOLDENTREE STRUCTURED PRODUCTS OPPORTUNITIES FUND 2013, LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 10/8/13. Office location: NY County. LP formed in DE on 10/4/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: 300 Park Ave., 20th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE addr. of LP: c/o National Corporate Research, Ltd., 615 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. 10/30 - 12/04/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 174 WEST 76TH STREET UNIT 3H, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/23/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Alberto Lugo, 173 Bridge Plaza North, Fort Lee, NJ 07024. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/30 - 12/04/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF T15 HOSPITALITY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/6/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o The Restaurant Group, 1350 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY 10019, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/23 - 11/27/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF DSTG SERVICES, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 10/3/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 9/29/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE 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: 10/23 - 11/27/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF GEIER HOLDINGS LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/30/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 70 E. 55th St., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10022. LLC formed in VA on 5/3/05. 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. VA addr. of LLC: CT Corporation System, 4701 Cox Rd., Ste. 285, Glen Allen, VA 23060. Cert. of Org. filed with VA Clerk of the Commission, 1111 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/23 - 11/27/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF RSM NORTH AMERICA LLC Application for Authority filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/03/2014. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: c/o RSM North America LLC, 111 Fulton Street, Suite 818, New York, NY 10038. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 10/23 - 11/27/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ACRC LENDER U LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/08/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/31/11. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., #3, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/23 - 11/27/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF RSMG II LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 6/26/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/23 - 11/27/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SECOND RUBY REALTY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/21/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Balaban Real Estate Co., 575 Madison Ave., Ste. 1006, NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/23 -11/27/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF JUSTRIGHT SURGICAL, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 10/6/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in CO on 1/22/10. 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. CO and principal business address: 6325 Gunpark Dr. Ste. G, Boulder, CO 80301. Cert. of Org. filed with CO Sec. of State, 1700 Broadway, Denver, CO 80290. Purpose: manufacture and sell surgical devices for use in hospital operating rooms. Vil: 10/23 -11/27/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF RAMBLEONPROJECTS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/26/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Cahill Partners LLP, 70 W. 40th St., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10018, Attn: John Cahill, Esq. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/23 -11/27/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF HAYA (P4) VENTURES LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/17/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/24/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/23 - 11/27/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF KASPER GROUP LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/14/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/29/14. Princ. office of LLC: 1441 Broadway, NY, NY 10018. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with State of DE, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/23 - 11/27/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF STUDIO ENVIE, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/10/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 270 Park Avenue South, #4G, NY, NY 10010. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/23 - 11/27/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ANGELL STREET HOLDINGS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/16/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP, Attn: Edward Farrell, Esq., 1350 Broadway, NY, NY 10018. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/23 - 11/27/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF COURCELLES LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/1/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 468 W. 23rd St., Unit 4F, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/16 - 11/20/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF CRP EAST 30TH GP LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/2/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 1814 Broadway, Ste. 811, NY, NY 10023. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/16 - 11/20/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF DERRIS KIER PARTNERS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/30/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 3 Columbus Circle, Ste. 1402, NY, NY 10019. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 10/16 - 11/20/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 17 ORCHARD HOLDINGS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/4/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Meister Seelig & Fein LLP, 140 E. 45th St., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/16 - 11/20/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF YBHQ, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/26/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 630 Ninth Avenue, Ste. 508, NY, NY 10036. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/16 - 11/20/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF WASSTA ART LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/23/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, c/o Evelyne Wassman, 226 Lafayette St., NY, NY 10012. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/16 -11/20/2014

ST. ABRAAM, LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 7/21/14. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 30 Corchaug Ave., Pt. Washington, NY 11050. General Purposes. Vil: 10/16 - 11/20/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF AMAT 509 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/06/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/16 - 11/20/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ARC NYC570SEVENTH, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/07/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/03/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o CSC, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Ste.4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/16 - 11/20/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF PRATT HILL 1 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/25/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/16 - 11/20/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SOLUS INVESTMENT COMPANY GP LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/11/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 410 Park Ave., 11th Fl., NY, NY 10022. LLC formed in DE on 7/25/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/16 - 11/20/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Hotel Liquor license, #TBA has been applied for by We-Care Trading Co. LTD. d/b/a Cambria Hotels & Suites New York Chelsea to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in a Hotel. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 123-125 West 28th Street NY, NY 10001. Vil: 11/20 -11/27/2014

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a license for On-Premises Liquor, serial number 1282219 has been applied for by the undersigned to sell beer, wine, and liquor at retail in a hotel under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 325 W. 33rd St., New York, New York 10001 for on-premises consumption. 325 WEST 33RD, LLC, and LODGING CONCESSIONS, LLC (as co-licensees). Vil: 11/20 - 11/27/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an on-premise license, #1248778 has been applied for by 34th Street Diner Inc. d/b/a Tick Tock Diner to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 481 8th Avenue NY, NY 10001. Vil: 11/20 - 11/27/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a restaurant wine license, #TBA has been applied for by KiKi’s Plan A Group LLC d/b/a KiKi’s to sell beer and wine at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 130 Division Street NY, NY 10002. Vil:11/20 - 11/27/2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a license, number #1280623 for restaurant wine has been applied for by the undersigned to sell beer and wine at retail in a restaurant establishment under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 3855 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10034 for on premises consumption. La Minita Restaurant Inc Vil: 11/13 - 11/20/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF PJ MANAGEMENT SERVICES LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 10/1/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 712 5th Ave., 47th Fl., NY, NY 10019. 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, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/16 - 11/20/2014

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, December 03, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at 66 John Street, 11th floor, on a petition for ZOSSIMA, INC. to continue to maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk cafe at 27 1/2 MORTON STREET in the Borough of Manhattan for a term of four years. REQUESTS FOR COPIES OF THE REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, ATTN: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 11/20 - 11/27/2014

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vious spot at 31 Third Ave., which it occupied for 21 years, due to high rent. At about 1,300 square feet, the current store is almost half the size of the last location, which was 2,700 square feet. But it boosts a unique and sleek modern design — tall white shelving that seems to undulate throughout the store — courtesy of Clouds Architecture Office, which did the work pro bono. “I think what it does is it draws people in,” said Contant, who manned the cash register and the phone, and answered people’s book queries, while talking to a reporter earlier this month. “There’s a certain flow to the way the shelves are arranged, and rather than be the traditional kind of box store, this offers a different kind of aesthetic.” Cloud Architecture contributed $500 to the Indiegogo campaign for the store’s relocation, Contant said, as the rain hit the pavement outside. The new storefront is located in the New York City Housing Authority’s First Houses. It took a few months to find the location, he said, but the city, which owns the property, wanted them — in contrast with their former landlord, The Cooper Union, which wanted a different business, one that could pay higher rent. Contant said one reason they’re happy with the new location is that they left Third Ave., which has become “corporate,” in his view, and is dominated by New York University student housing. It’s a far cry from the East Village scene in the ’70s. Contant moved from Maryland to New York City in 1972 and was working at the East Side Bookstore on St. Mark’s Place along with McCoy, who had moved from Albuquerque in 1968. That bookstore had a certain notoriety because it sold the Whole Earth Catalogue and underground comics. McCoy, Contant and three others worked at the bookstore, which had an absentee owner who came in and wrote checks, but did little else. Once the chemistry of this group clicked, Contant recounted, they decided to open their own bookstore. “We thought among ourselves, ‘Why do this for someone else? Why don’t we do it for ourselves?’ ” Contant said. The five pooled their resources, which wasn’t much, $2,000 each. With that $10,000, the bookstore was born at 13 St. Mark’s Place. (Two of the former partners have since dropped out and one remains as an owner, but is not active in running the business.) In the East Village in 1977, everyone was poor, Contant recalled. “However, you could work a minimum-wage job, which was about $2.50 an hour. You could still have your own apartment,” explained Contant, whose place back then cost $63 a month. “And you could still eat out and you could have a drink at the bar and you could date — go to the movies, which were like 75 cents.” Next door to their bookstore at 13 St. Mark’s Place, which rented for $375 a month, was Paul McGregor’s Haircutters. (Paul McGregor, who has been credited with inventing the shag, was a stylist to the stars and later owned clubs.) “The street had a lot of cachet,” said Contant, referring to St. Mark’s Place. However, it took awhile for the bookshop to establish itself since there were many bookstores on Eighth St., and along Fourth Ave. between Eighth and 14th Sts., which was at that time known as

Co-owners Terry McCoy, left, and Bob Contant at St. Mark’s Bookshop’s new location, on E. Third St. just west of Avenue A.

Book Row. “Bookstores were like Starbucks,” Contant said of that era. “They were everywhere in New York.” After 10 years at that first location, Contant said, the bookshop was outgrowing it. Now there was a punk and art scene that had made the neighborhood vibrant. “On Friday and Saturday nights the store would be so crowded that we would have someone at the door,” he said. So when a larger location across the street was offered to Contant and McCoy, they took it and moved to 12 St. Mark’s Place. “That was the first hard lesson we learned because we were undercapitalized to make the move and the cost overruns were significant,” Contant said. But business did not really increase. At that time, in the ’80s, the book business was a different beast. Inventory was done by hand and the store carried a lot of overstock. “We would have to order 10 copies of Camus’ book ‘The Stranger,’ for example, just to have enough to last us for awhile,” he said. The bookshop developed a cultural critical theory section. Contant explained that somebody on staff was a post-structuralist philosophy professor. The professor had a free hand to order, and it paid off, Contant said, as the store became known for its selections. “It was probably the best situation we ever had,” said Contant, “to be a vital part of the community on St. Mark’s Place.” There are too many stories to tell. “William Burroughs would come in every Saturday and buy crappy science fiction books because he had a crush on one of the guys of that worked at the bookstore,” Contant recalled. Then there was Ted Berrigan, a poet, who lived on the block. “You could smoke in public places,” he said. “And Ted was a chain smoker and he would go around the store with a cigarette and the ashes would just fall everywhere.” Contant was always worried a book would catch

fire. “You had to sort of watch to make sure he didn’t put a cigarette down somewhere,” he said. But the business was not going well after the bookshop moved from 13 to 12 St. Mark’s Place. Contant said they had put a “Going Out of Business” sign in the window, and The Wall Street Journal did an article about the store, which caught the eye of Robert Rodale, of Rodale Press. The article mentioned Susan Sontag, who Rodale happened to have met. Rodale loaned them money to keep the store afloat. In 1989, St. Mark’s Bookshop moved to Third Ave. near Ninth St. In 2007, Barnes & Noble closed its Astor Place store and Contant said, as a result, they got a spike in business. “We thought we would be O.K.,” he said, “until the economy crashed in 2008. The lack of discretionary income, stagnating wages, books being more expensive and outlets such as Amazon have all hurt the bookstore business.” Rising rent at the Third Ave. location led to the move to the new site. Many supporters pitched in to help with the relocation, donating money, signing petitions and offering their services. “We do have an identity in people’s minds,” McCoy said, when asked why he thinks so many people have lent a hand. “We’re struggling again because...we’ve moved without being properly capitalized,” Contant said. “We’ve had to borrow money. It makes it difficult to do what we would like to do, which is develop a lot more inventory in the store.” But Contant and McCoy have been through this struggle before. “When we moved from St. Mark’s Place to Third Ave, our business dropped,” Contant said. “Because we moved around the corner, people didn’t know where we went. It just happens in New York that way. People are addicted to certain blocks they walk on. If you’re not on their route, they don’t know you exist. “It’s incrementally getting better,” he assured. “There are slow days and there are good days. That’s to be expected.” TheVillager.com


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give onto a large public plaza that could at times have tables and chairs or a farmers market and accommodate performances, she noted. Events on the new pier won’t be as large as the ones formerly on Pier 54 — which could hold crowds of up to 8,000 — since the usable space will be a bit smaller, Wils said. About 1,000 people will be able to fit on Pier55’s hardscape plaza, while roughly 2,500 will be able to sit on the lawns, and 750 in the amphitheater. Wils added that the Trust received a federal grant that will allow creation of a new crosswalk across the West Side Highway at W. 13th St., which will improve access to the new pier. Asked if she anticipated any negative critiques of rotating the pier to align with the street grid, Wils simply called it “a better urban design.” As for the fairly large-looking trees in the design, she noted that Pier 64, at W. 24th St., also is “heavily treed.” However, she stressed, “This is just a concept plan so far.” The intent is for the pier to have “four season” plantings resembling those in the park’s Tribeca section, which notably includes tall grasses. Mathews Nielsen is the plan’s landscape architect. Since Lower Manhattan has no hills to speak of, it begs the question: Will kids go sledding on the pier’s slopes in the winter? No, Wils said, there will definitely be too many trees to allow sledding or skiing. Regarding the approval process, Wils said that Monday, in fact, marked the start of the 60-day “public process” that is legally required for any “significant action” affecting the park. They have already met with local politicians and community board leaders, she noted, calling the reaction they got “very positive.” “I believe most of the elected officials thought it was a great plan,” she said. In late January, the Trust’s board of directors will vote on whether to grant a 20-year lease to the Pier55 nonprofit to operate the performances and run the pier. Asked if the Trust board will vote on the Pier55 design plan itself, however, Wils said it won’t, since the Trust inherently has the right to build the park pier. “The ‘significant action’ is on the lease, the funding,” Wils explained. “There’s no vote on building a public park.” As for the performances, Wils and Horton noted that the rest of the pier will be able to be used recreationally

An aerial schematic of Pier55, showing the performance spaces — the 750-seat amphitheater on the pier’s left side, the central plaza area and a smaller area on the pier’s southern side at the end of the plaza area. Pier55 would be situated between the existing Pier 56 pile field to the north and the future Pier 54 pile field to the south.

while shows are going on in the amphitheater. This wasn’t the case on the long and narrow Pier 54. “We’re very keen to work with local artists and to work with local talent,” Horton said. That 51 percent of the performances must be free or low cost is an agreement Diller and von Furstenberg made with the Trust. The Trust may also do some of its own programming on the pier, Wils noted. The amphitheater will be used yearround, Horton said, noting it could, for example, host ice-carving art in the winter. “It should be very beautiful, very inspiring,” Horton said. “The views back to the city will be spectacular.” Some, including Assemblymember Deborah Glick, however, said — while not wanting to look a gift horse of this magnitude in the mouth — there has been very little transparency about the plan so far. “We did see some presentation a couple of months ago at the Borough President’s office,” she noted. But, Glick said, while the Trust got legislation passed last year to change the current pier’s shape — and this does seem to make sense in terms of improving access to the pier — it was never expressly stated back then that this was being sought in connection with the large donation. That said, Glick added, “The good

thing is the park hasn’t had this kind of donor. It’s a very difficult thing not to be happy about. It’s generous. But that doesn’t wipe away clear and full disclosure to the public. While we are glad for the contribution, we want it to be public space. The devils are in the details.” She noted, though, that “it’s not uncommon” when there is a large donation of this sort — such as to a college or institution — that the donor controls the design process. “If someone is building a hospital wing, and they say they want gray marble versus white marble, the hospital is happy to do that,” she said. “But this is public space, and that’s different. This was a public pier. They were not particularly open about why they needed to change the pier’s shape. They did not mention the height. “A large group of people in the Village will say it’s great,” Glick acknowledged of the Pier55 plan. “Others will say it blocks views. When people are making major donations, they don’t want to deal with the messy public process.” Councilmember Corey Johnson, whose district, like Glick’s, contains the pier site, said, “I think that the Pier55 announcement is incredibly exciting.” But he added, “I’m concerned about there not having been a public process and this has not been presented at community board meetings or other meetings where the public could

comment on it. I hope that will happen. I think Pier55 will be incredibly popular and well-received — but process matters.” However, according the Trust, there a significant differences between the process for Pier55 (the former Pier 54) and, say, Pier 40 and Pier 57. The former, under the Hudson River Park Act, is designated as a park pier while the two latter are designated to include commercial uses as revenue generators for the park. As a result, according to the park act, project plans for the commercial piers must go through the city’s seventh-month-long ULURP (Uniform Land Use Review Procedure), whereas designs for the park piers don’t have to. Also, in the past, when the Trust has sought developers’ proposals for Pier 40, there were competitions involving multiple plans submitted. In the case of Pier55, there was no competition, just one large donor. Even though two previous such competitions for Pier 40 didn’t actually ever reach the ULURP stage, there was extensive public review of the proposals, by Community Board 2 and the Hudson River Park Advisory Council, among others, before the processes collapsed. But, again, according to a Trust source, Pier55 is not the same as Pier 40 and those past efforts. “The starting point here is different,” the source said. November 20, 2014

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So you really want to be a Little League coach?! SPORTS BY STEVEN WHITE

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here I was coaching my first Greenwich Village Little League T-ball game in the spring of 2004 on the top of Pier 40, when everything came to a screeching halt. Little Jimmy (not his real name) and Little Billy (also not his real name) were huddled around something on the ground between second base and third base; and before you could say “attention span,” the entire team had congregated there, too. Getting ready to apply first aid to some unfortunate Yankee prospect, I hustled over as the kids kept calling out to me, “Coach Steve (my real name), come quick (I know, they should have used the adverb form, but after all, they were only 5), you need to see this!!!” Now is the time of year that parents start getting reminders from their Little Leagues that sign-ups are beginning for the spring 2015 Little League season. In fact, Greenwich Village Little League has already begun its online sign-ups at www.gvllnyc.com. Thus start weeks and months of anxiety about “What team I’ll be on?” “Who will be on my team?” “Will I be invited to be in a higher division?” or “Should I sign up for softball instead of being with those icky boys?” And this is just the anxiety of the parents as they wonder if they should coach. Well, anxiety be gone, because you will not be alone. Hard to believe, but you are not the first mother or father who has been told to get out of the house and be with your son or daughter on a field of sport, even though you thoroughly despise the MLB, the NBA, the NFL, the NCAA, the CIA and any other organization with a recognizable acronym. On top of that, even if you do know something about the sport, you know nothing about coaching. And then there are those Little League dads and moms in the stands. But help is on its way. If your league is like the Greenwich Village Little League, the training will be provided for you. First, G.V.L.L. coaches attend more than half a day of training with Little League of America’s own Al Herback (he’s actually Canadian). Al (a.k.a. “Little Al”) instructs coaches not only on how to teach the technical elements of the game (fielding, pitching, hitting, kicking dirt) but also on how to run a practice. With Little Al, the emphasis is on keeping practices fun and dynamTheVillager.com

Coach Steve White with the G.V.L.L. T-ball Marlins in 2004.

ic — no standing around while you wait for a ground ball to be banged your way. For example, the G.V.L.L. softball T-ball program follows the Little Al tip of tying helium-filled balloons to the fence at Chelsea Waterside Park and giving each child her own bucket of balls to throw at her own balloon, using proper technique, of course. The result is that the kids get lost in that wonderful carnival moment and have fun learning proper throwing technique. Second, G.V.L.L. coaches attend training by the Positive Coaching Alliance, an organization that teaches that winning is more than the number of runs on the scoreboard. For example, one Positive Coaching technique is to reward a player, not with a game ball for outstanding achievement (which would probably go to the same three or four players throughout the season), but instead with something like a dirty water bottle for team-oriented achievements. So, one week my left fielder got the dirty water bottle (literally, a dirty water bottle) for hitting the cut-off person consistently, and then the next week my right fielder won for keeping the outfield apprised of how many outs were left each inning, and so on and so on. This led to fierce competition at practices and games to pay attention and execute on skills we were covering that particular week. Those were Positive Coaching Alliance “wins.” Consequently, even my most athletically challenged teams were putting in superior performances by the end of the season. The third preseason training our coaches get is with the coaches at P3, run by Tobi Bergman and Francisco Perez. For softball, we bring in a former Olympian from the Dominican Republic, Elizabeth Sanchez. These professionals drive home all of the principles our G.V.L.L. coaches were taught earlier. We then partner with P3

throughout the season. So, back to my first week coaching with G.V.L.L. As I approached the kids, I was stunned to see the following: a ladybug sauntering across the shortstop position. I sized up the situation and did what any coach would do: I got out the rule book. Oddly enough, the rule book did not address our current ladybug situation. So the kids took over. They said

that we couldn’t play because we would hurt “Lady Bug” (articulated as if she were actual royalty). Lady Bug must have heard all this and understood the situation because just then, she spread her wings and flew away. Immediately, without missing a beat, the kids went back to their positions as if nothing had happened. At that moment, I felt all was right with the world with this enormous show of humanity by the kids. And this was only my first week of coaching. Twelve years later, I’m still at it. So you still want to be a Little League coach? Of course you do! It’s the ladybug moments, the teachable moments and the participation in one amazing community that keep you coming back year after year. And when your son or daughter tells Grandma, unsolicited, that you are his or her favorite coach, you simply wouldn’t trade that for anything else in the world. White is going into his 12th year as a G.V.L.L. baseball or softball coordinator, manager or coach. He is currently executive vice president of G.V.L.L. softball and serves on the league’s board.

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