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December 26, 2013 • $1.00 Volume 83 • Number 30

‘Kill infill, Bill,’ many are urging de Blasio on NYCHA scheme BY SAM SPOKONY

PHOTO BY TEQUILA MINSKY

All is calm, all is BRIGHT! The Village certainly has some impressive holiday light displays. But for pure over-the-top excess, Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights — where this home is — takes the cake.

Meatpacking BID is cooking BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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n effort to form a business improvement district in the Meatpacking District failed to gather sufficient support from local property owners a few years ago. It was said, at that time, that it was too early for a BID for the burgeoning new entertainment zone, but that another try would be made later. That time has come, as a new push is on to form a BID including the Meatpacking District, plus a few

blocks of southern Chelsea. In recent years, the Meatpacking District Improvement Association has done a few of the things a BID would do, but it isn’t funded by a special tax assessment on property owners like a city-approved BID. According to a statement on M.P.I.A.’s Web site, “various stakeholders” in the proposed district are behind the initiative. The proposed boundaries are Horatio St., Eighth Ave., 17th St. and the West Side Highway / 11th Ave.

Notable presences in the district include Google, Chelsea Market, the High Line and, slated to open in 2015, the Whitney Museum. “Already a high-profile commercial, entertainment and retail corridor, the Meatpacking District is a world-class destination,” says the statement on M.P.I.A.’s site. “In coming years, the addition of a number of new commercial developments will result in increased levels of visiBID, continued on p. 10

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he New York City Housing Authority said on Dec. 20 that site designations for its land-lease plan — which would place luxury housing within its public developments — will not go forward before the end of this year, leaving the door

wide open for new Mayor Bill de Blasio to quash the plan, or at least change it, once he takes office in January. While NYCHA’s statement was widely reported in the sense that the landlease — or “infill” — proposal was finally in real danger of being killed, it NYCHA, continued on p. 23

Magical mystery buy: New owner purchases former garden plot BY SARAH FERGUSON

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n Saturday, a crowd of supporters gathered at the Children’s Magical Garden at the corner of Stanton and Norfolk Sts. to celebrate the winter solstice. They sang a traditional wassail to the garden’s

33-year-old apple tree, thanking it for its juicy and bountiful harvest. And gardeners invited people to throw “dream seeds” (actually rye seeds) into the soil of the nowfenced-off lot in the center of the garden, so that their dreams may “take root” in the new year. GARDEN, continued on p. 2

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Celebrating the winter solstice in the Children’s Magical Garden on Saturday.

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But it may take some potent magic to undo the development schemes underway for this contested ground on the Lower East Side. Last month, The Villager reported that developer Serge Hoyda had filed plans to build a  six-story, 70-foot-tall residential building on this small interior parcel, which has been part of the Children’s Magical Garden for more than 30 years. But when the newspaper contacted Hoyda’s development firm —  S&H Equities of Great Neck, Long Island — to inquire further, the office manager responded, “the property has been sold,” though she refused to say when or to whom. The phone number for S&H is still listed on the plans filed with the Department of Buildings. But the contact given for the owner is Brian Hamburger, who is listed as an agent for the “contract vendee.” In an e-mail to The Villager, Hamburger said he works for “the new owner of the property,” but declined to name the person or persons, saying they were “out of town with limited access to communicate” until after New Year’s. But Hamburger’s e-mail address is for the Horizon Group, a Yonkers-based development and investment firm — which also happens to be putting up a glassy 12-story condoplex down the block at 100 Norfolk St. In that project — which has already drawn flak on the Internet — Horizon apparently bought up adjacent air rights to create a cantilevered design that allows the upper condos and terraces to overhang the more-modest properties on the corner of Delancey St. In a Web posting, the project’s designer, Soho-based ODA Architecture, describes the swanky new digs like this: “Peering above its small lot, the 12-story building is combining its mass from the surrounding properties to create a stepping

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volume which cantilevers over the adjacent low-rise buildings like an inverted ‘wedding cake’ or ziggurat. The unexpected massing, clad in a glass curtain wall, reflects a paradoxical midblock freestanding building offering striking views and strong interior light exposure for an array of residential spaces — a pendant above the city.” Will Horizon be seeking to build a similar “ziggurat” at 157 Norfolk St. to overhang the two remaining city-owned lots that make up the Children’s Magical Garden? In June, the city agreed to transfer control of these lots to the Parks Department for preservation under the GreenThumb program — so Horizon can’t build on them. But would the city consider selling air rights to these parcels — which bracket the contested lot at 157 Norfolk St. — allowing the proposed new six-story project to overshadow the remaining trees and plantings of C.M.G.? “That would be terrible, that is not happening!” insisted C.M.G. board president Kate Temple-West. Temple-West and the other gardeners are still hoping to meet with the new owners and city officials to work out some kind of “land swap” or deal to restore the lot at 157 Norfolk as green space. “We are still hoping for a benefactor to buy back the lot, or the developer to give back his claim on the lot — because we are still claiming this as our land,” C.M.G. board member Aresh Javadi told the small crowd gathered for the solstice celebration. “That building is not welcome,” Javadi added. “This is where all our children have been growing fruits and vegetables. This is the most productive land because it gets the most sun.” In his e-mail, Hamburger wouldn’t say what his client has in mind, though he did say there would be “no commercial space in the building.” He promised to provide more details after New Year’s.

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girlfriend, Lis Smith, 31, Bill de Blasio’s interim press secretary, who lives at 90 Thompson St. in Soho. Our Tequila Minsky was immediately on the scene. (O.K., she does live right across the street, but still… .) “While the cronut line was, yes, winding around the corner up Thompson St., under umbrellas in the rain, the press — on the street, in their cars, etc. — were staking out the apartment building,” Minsky reported. “No sign of Lis, but building residents came in and out.”

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The closure order from D.C.A. on Jerry Delakas’s newsstand.

WILD ON THE STREET: It looks like Richard Pearson, a.k.a. the “Soho Wild Man,” is back out on the streets, and has returned to his stomping ground — the Soho / Nolita area. Pearson, 48, who is mentally ill, had been in jail since May 17. Two grand juries failed to indict him on an assault charge, and he ultimately only pleaded guilty to narcotics possession, and apparently now is back at large. Local residents and merchants said that, before his jail stint, Pearson had been “terrorizing” the area, by verbally and physically harassing them. We’re pretty sure we saw him last Thursday evening around 11 p.m. He was standing on Lafayette St. south of Houston St. near the subway entrance by the BP gas station, wearing a blue, quilted jacket and light-blue jeans. He was trying to bum a cigarette off passersby, putting his fingers up to his lips, miming the smoking gesture while doing so. But it wasn’t working, so he began scrounging around in the grooves of the sidewalk to pick up some discarded butts. He might have noticed us watching him — and trying to get a photo of him with our cell phone — because he promptly suddenly lumbered toward us a bit, taking us off guard. Because we were blocked in against the subway entrance, we did a quick two-step one way and then the other way to get out of his path. (It flashed through our mind that not even the police want to mess with this guy!) He then eventually made his way west on Houston St., muttering to himself occasionally as he went. “I’m scared for the day he gets out,” Christina Nenov, who lives on Spring St., told The Villager in November. “He’s been terrorizing the community. There are a lot of frightened people on the street.” Minerva Durham, owner of Spring Studio, a figurative drawing studio, was also fearful

at the prospect of Pearson being back on the streets. “I’m overwhelmed,” she said. “It’s the duty of our government to protect us and find a way to protect us from him, and to help him, too.”

STRIP SINGER (OF THE BUILDING)! Seven years ago, Mayor Bloomberg stunningly landmarked the old P.S. 64 right under Gregg Singer’s nose, foiling the developer’s plans to raze the historic “H”-style building and construct a towering university dorm at the site. Now will new Mayor Bill de Blasio do Bloomberg one better? Community Board 3 is hoping so. At its Dec. 16 full-board meeting, C.B. 3 voted to approve a resolution calling on the new administration to “return the former P.S. 64 school building to the community by legally retrieving and then selling or giving it to a well-established not-for-profit organization(s) with a long history of serving the people of the Lower East Side / East Village, including, but not limited to restoring the not-for-profit organization known as CHARAS / El Bohio to the building located at 605 E. Ninth St.” The resolution notes Singer has failed to properly maintain the building, has stripped off its rooftop dormers and exterior ornaments, and for 14 years has failed to fill it with a community-facility use, as required under the property’s deed restriction. The resolution further charges that Singer’s latest plan, to convert the existing building into a dormitory for The Cooper Union, the Joffrey Ballet School and possibly other schools, does not comply with the Department of Buildings’ “Rule 51-01” for student dormitories, under which a full lease by an accredited academic institution for a minimum of 10 years must be produced. MEANWHILE, NEAR THE CRONUT LINE… : On Monday, it was reported that “Luv Gov” Eliot Spitzer has a new

YIKES! YIPPIE H.Q. IN PERIL: We were strolling down Bleecker St. the other night and while passing 9 Bleecker, Yippie headquarters, saw the Corcoran “For Rent” shingle hanging down. It looked like there might have been a faint light on upstairs on the second floor, but otherwise, all was dark, with the Yippie Cafe closed on the ground floor. We later called a name on the sign, broker Amalia Daskalakis at Corcoran, to ask for an update, but she had no comment. So we called Aron Kay, the “Yippie Pie Man,” and he also had no comment — at least, at first. “I’m not at liberty to comment about it,” he said, but then launched into an extended tirade. “It’s depressing what the real estate maggots are doing to a longtime institution of the counterculture,” he said, going on to blame N.Y.U. among others for the area’s gentrification, adding that it all started back with Mayor Ed Koch. “I call it ‘Koch Rot,’ ” the Pie Man fumed. “Thousands of people have gone in there, and organized on issues like anti-nuke, pro-pot, anti-Reagan,” he said of No. 9. “If they trash it, it’ll be like the Nazis putting a road over a Jewish cemetery.” Attorney Noah Potter is representing Yippie leader Dana Beal, who is currently in jail in the Midwest on pot-trafficking charges. (Beal claims most of his haul was medical marijuana.) At issue is payments on the mortgage. Yippie Holdings and the National AIDS Brigade — the latter founded by Jon Parker, a 1980s needle-exchange pioneer — are the building’s coowners. Sentech LLC is the plaintiff in the case. Potter is trying to prevent all of Beal’s valuables in the building from either being tossed out into the street or auctioned. Potter charges that the plaintiff encouraged Beal to pour a lot of money into fixing up the building, trying to precipitate an “induced forfeiture.” We can attest to all the work Beal did do. We vividly recall him showing us, among other things, an ingenious sidewalk hatch that, when opened, unfolds stairs leading to the downstairs space — an emergency exit he was required to install. The next court date is Jan. 9, but Beal’s belongings could be 86’ed any day. FREE JERRY! Community Board 2, at its full board meeting last Thursday, made a show of support for embattled Astor Place newsstand operator Jerry Delakas. The discussion was initiated by Bob Gormley, the board’s district manager, who usually tries not to inject his views into the board’s business. “I really think what the Department of Consumer Affairs did by padlocking his newsstand was disgraceful,” he said. The board unanimously passed a resolution by Arthur Schwartz, Delakas’s new attorney, calling on the city “to cease its efforts to evict Jerry, to allow him to reopen the newsstand, and to grant him a new license in his own name.” By allowing Delakas to operate the stand from 2010 to ’13, the city “gave him a de facto license in his own name,” Schwartz contends.

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The club and party scene: V.I.D. and D.I.D. celebrate

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It’s the time of year for holiday parties and, in the Village and environs, that means political club holiday parties. The Village Independent Democrats held their get-together at the beautiful Charlton St. home of Frieda Bradlow, above left, chatting with Comptroller John Liu. Among other elected officials making the scene were V.I.D. stalwarts Assemblymember Deborah Glick, District Leader Keen Berger and state Senator Brad Hoylman. The latter, in his remarks, said the Democrats’ goal in Albany is to “turn the state Senate blue.” He also gave a shout-out to The Villager for its quality local coverage. Stopping by, as well, was Borough President-elect Gale Brewer, who gave her own shout-outs — clearly, as seen above — on some important issues. She, too, praised The Villager newspaper, saying that, as opposed to some other local weeklies, it “has substance.” V.I.D. President Tony Hoffmann took it a step further, urging everyone to make sure to get a Villager subscription. Judge Kathryn Freed, a former city councilmember, and State Committeewoman Rachel Lavine also popped in to enjoy the merriment and the spread. Speaking of which, Jonathan Geballe may have been edged out in the district leader race by Arthur Schwartz, but — wow! — Geballe sure can make a mean raisin-swirl bread. Meanwhile, earlier in the week, the Downtown Independent Democrats “celebrated grassroots activism” at —  where else? —  the Grassroots Tavern, at 20 St. Mark’s Place. State Senator Daniel Squadron, below, with club president Jeanne Wilcke, at left, was among the pols who stopped by and gave remarks. As if that wasn’t enough, D.I.D. members could play darts, shake it to the jukebox and enjoy fresh popcorn straight from the popper.

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POLICE BLOTTER Stalker goes berserk Police arrested Plinio Guerra, 33, on Dec. 20 after he allegedly stalked a woman, bashed her car and threatened to kill her. The woman, 22, who apparently had some prior relationship with Guerra, told cops he was following her in his car while she drove from her home to a gas station near the corner of W. 13th St. and Eighth Ave., around 1:15 a.m. She further claimed that, prior to that, Guerra had repeatedly called her on the phone even though she had told him to stop contacting her. Once at the gas station that morning, Guerra reportedly started the confrontation by walking up to her car and punching her window. The woman said she then got out and walked over to Guerra’s car, in order to take down his license plate number. But while she did that, Guerra approached her car once again, and ripped both her door handles off and damaged both side mirrors, police said. The woman said Guerra then told her that he was going to wait at her apartment and kill her, after which he returned to his own vehicle, tried to back up and hit her car but missed, and then drove away. Moments later, she flagged down a police car and explained the situation, after which the officers were able to track Guerra down and apprehend him. Guerra was charged with menacing, criminal mischief, harassment and auto stripping.

Playhouse cash grab Kafele Carty, 24, was arrested Dec. 19 after he allegedly snatched money out of a woman’s pocket at a West Village nightclub. The woman, 22, told officers she was having drinks in the Actors Playhouse, at 100 Seventh Ave. South, around 4 a.m., when Carty stuck his hand in her back pocket, grabbed $800 in cash and tried to run away. Club employees were able to detain Carty before he could get out the door, and cops arrived to arrest him minutes later. The woman also claimed that Carty had groped her butt while taking the loot, but he wasn’t charged for any sexual assault. Instead, he was charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

Shifty car rental Police arrested Ashleigh Byrd, 26, on Dec. 21 after, they say, she rented a car and never returned it. Byrd got the 2013 Ford Focus from Thrifty Car Rental, and had been keeping the vehicle for her own personal use ever since it was due back on Aug. 1, police said. After the due

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date came and went, Thrifty had reported the car missing, and cops identified it while Byrd was parked at the corner of W. Third St. and Sixth Ave., around 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 21. She was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and criminal possession of stolen property.

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iPod theft Police arrested Juan Suriel, 21, on Dec. 17 after he allegedly stole an iPod from an employee of a West Village convenience store. Employees of CVS, at 75 Christopher St., told cops they saw Suriel enter an “employees only” room at the store around 3 a.m., then dash out with the iPod in hand. Nearby officers were quickly alerted, and were able to spot the thief, chase him down and apprehend him minutes later. Suriel was charged with burglary.

Bash and run Nathan Rennicke, 34, was arrested on Dec. 20 after he allegedly — and for no apparent reason — busted another man’s car door and window. The car’s owner told cops he was walking back to his vehicle, which was parked on LaGuardia Place between Bleecker and W. Third Sts., around 3:30 a.m., when he spotted Rennicke punching the car. Rennicke then reportedly tried to flee the scene, but he was caught shortly afterward, when the other man reported the incident and police quickly canvassed the area. Rennicke was charged with criminal mischief.

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Rapist thwarted, arrested Police arrested Donnelle Murphy, 29, on Dec. 22, six days after he allegedly broke into a 21-year-old woman’s Kips Bay home and tried to rape her. Around 2 a.m. on Mon., Dec. 16, Murphy forced his way into the woman’s apartment near Lexington Ave., cornered her, held his hand over her mouth and tried to rape her — but she was able to escape his grasp and screamed until he fled the scene, cops said. Police sources later said they believe Murphy learned the victim’s address after finding her wallet inside a McDonald’s at E. 28th St. and Park Ave. South, according to a Daily News report. Murphy, whose address was listed as the E. 30th St. men’s homeless shelter, was charged with attempted rape, burglary, grand larceny, menacing and assault.

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Staying planted at Tompkins Greenmarket in the winter BY HEATHER DUBIN

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Squash and apples, and many other types of produce and wholesome foods, will be available at the Tompkins Square Greenmarket right through the winter.

duration. “Sometimes it’s not worth it to come out in winter, but sometimes you have a good week,” he added. “If it’s nice weather or a holiday, business is good.” Farmer Jim Stannard, who owns Stannard Farm in South Cambridge, N.Y., with his wife, Melissa, have “decent” enough customer traffic in the winter to justify their drive into the city. They also frequent a market near Columbia University twice a week. The Stannards started their farm in 1995. They began selling their produce at Tompkins Square Park the next year, and have been doing so ever since. They raise animals naturally on their farm, and do not use antibiotics or hormones. Large coolers filled with chicken, beef and pork will be available at the Tompkins market year-round. “Right now, it’s all our storage crop because we’re under snow Upstate,” Stannard said. Throughout the winter they will offer root vegetables, eggs, honey and apples, which are stored in a huge refrigerator. “We try to be done with apples by May. We’ll grind the rest up for cider when it gets warm,” he said. “Melissa makes cider donuts and they have been a big hit and success.” This past summer, the Stannards delivered on customer requests for a Community Supported Agriculture, or C.S.A., where individuals can buy a weekly vegetable and fruit share from the farm, which is brought down to the Greenmarket.

“Unlike other C.S.A.’s, we give people choices of what they pick,” he said. “They bring their own bag, and choose from a list on the dry-erase board. That worked really well.” The couple just began their winter C.S.A., which runs from Dec. 15 to March 13, with vegetables from their 180acre farm and eight greenhouses. The cost to become a member is $190 for 16 weeks, with an option to add eggs for an additional $114. There are 50 people signed up for winter with room for more. Other year-round stands include Meredith’s Breads, Dipaola Turkey and Ronnybrook Farm, which sells bottled milk, yogurt, butter and ice cream. Mark Breckenridge, a self-described “farmer / everything except for the owner” of Norwich Meadows Farm in Norwich, N.Y., will not be at the park until next spring. Last Sunday was his last day at Tompkins, but loyal customers can still find the farm’s stand at the Union Square Greenmarket after New Year’s. “This time of year slows down, especially down here,” Breckenridge said. “It’s sad, but that’s what happens.” East Village residents who make the short walk over to Union Square will find root vegetables, celeriac (also known as “knob celery”) and greens from Norwich Meadows Farm’s 43 greenhouses. B & Y Farms from Spencer, N.Y., will also not return to the park until April. Aficionados of certified organic-fed pork, lamb and chicken, as well as fine yarn, will have to shop elsewhere for the next several months.

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emperatures may have reached 70 degrees this past weekend, but, just as it is on the calendar, it is officially winter at the farmers market at Tompkins Square Park. Several vendors were out on Sunday at the Greenmarket along Avenue A, and six of them plan to be there year-round — in snow and whatever else comes our way this season. David Jose, a volunteer, was working the stand for Pura-Vida Fisheries, Inc., based in Hampton Bays. Although he lives in Brooklyn, Jose is learning about the fishing industry, and how to fish, as well. He was collecting information on what kind of profit they need to generate versus the amount of income from sales. “We need to calculate that into our expenses,” he said. “You spend a lot of money to earn money. The cost of diesel fuel to fill a boat for a week is $8,000.” Pura-Vida Fisheries, Inc. covers a 70-mile range from Hampton Bays to Montauk, and uses sustainable fishing methods, including hand-operated drag nets and drag lines. From bay scallops at $31.99 per pound, to tuna at $23.99 per pound and black sea bass at $25.99, the local catches looked fresh on ice. “Prices are hiked up because fishing has been scarce lately, which is weather-related,” Jose said. “The prices are usually $2 less.” While the fish available may fluctuate throughout the winter, Pura-Vida Fisheries, Inc. will be at the Tompkins Square market year-round, as well as at the Union Square Greenmarket. Red Jacket, from Geneva, N.Y., will also be at both Greenmarkets year-round. Lobsang Norbu, a salesperson, said they would have apples and all-natural, fresh juices, pressed by hand, with no sugar. The juices will remain in stock, but toward the end of February, there will only be eight or nine kinds of apples left. “In February, the apples still look fresh, and are better than in a supermarket,” Norbu said. Crispin, Empire and Red Delicious apples will most likely make it for the

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esidents of W. 16th St. between Sixth and Seventh Aves. aren’t going to be happy with this Christmas present: plans for a new 11-story building that will tower over everything else on their block. After originally telling the residents that its planned residential building at 124 W. 16th St. would only be six stories tall — equivalent in height to the rest of the block — the Einhorn Development Group, which owns the site, now says it will now build to almost twice that height.

Yiannes Einhorn, principal of the development group, reportedly admitted the new plans in a conversation last week with Paul Groncki, chairperson of the 100 W. 16th St. Block Assoication. “I told [Einhorn] I heard he was going to be building to 11 stories, and he said it was true,” said Groncki, in a Dec. 20 phone interview. “I was so mad that I almost walked out of the meeting. The fact is that a building of that height isn’t going to be good for the neighborhood, because it’s completely out of context with what’s on the block now. I can’t believe he went ahead with this without first having any conversa-

Finest dining at O.L.P. feast

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The annual Police Roast Beef Dinner at Our Lady of Pompei Church, at Bleecker and Carmine Sts., earlier this month was a huge success, as usual. More than 300 local seniors feasted on the delicious fare, including vegetarian, served up by Sixth Precinct officers, and provided by local merchants 49 Grove, 1849, Down the Hatch, Faico’s, Le Souk and Manatus. Clearly, there was no fear of dinners or desserts falling into the wrong hands with the likes of Inspector Elisa Cokkinos and Captain Andrew Lombardo, at top, and others of the Village’s Finest on hand.

tions with the neighborhood.” Groncki stressed that when he first met with Einhorn in the spring, the developer claimed the building would only be six stories, and said he “loved the block.” But based on real estate transactions for the site, it would appear a higher buildout may have always been the plan. Einhorn originally purchased 124 W. 16th St. in April 2012 from the neighboring French Evangelical Church of New York, which had previously used No. 124 as a “miscellaneous asylum and home,” according to past reports. City records show that when Einhorn made that purchase, he simultaneously bought air rights above the church itself — paving the way for eventual expansion of his plans once he demolished No. 124. In fact, by the time Einhorn first talked to Groncki in the spring and claimed that the new building would only be six stories, the developer was already in the process of amending his construction plans — which were first filed with the purchase in April 2012 — to include 11 stories. Einhorn filed those amended plans this May 6, according to city records. The developer just recently received city approval for the amended plans — on Dec. 12, according to those records —

which may explain why he declined to inform the local residents until this past week. Valerie Einhorn, a representative of the developer, confirmed the city’s approval of an 11-story building during a Dec. 20 phone interview, but declined to discuss other details of the plan, saying instead that the developer would be “happy to talk about it in January, after the holidays.” Yiannes Einhorn also reportedly told Groncki last week that he is prepared to meet with other block residents in the near future to explain his plans. “I told him that it’s going to be a rough conversation,” Groncki said. “Everybody on the block is going to be really unhappy about this.” But the developer is probably willing to take flak from the neighborhood now, since — with the construction plans filed and city approval — there’s virtually nothing that can stop him from going forward with the building. Groncki acknowleged that, this late in the game, there’s little hope of stopping the 11-story residence from going up. “We’ve got no gunpowder in our gun,” he said. “But they can’t stop us from being upset, and they can’t stop us from making noise.”

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Like a group of psychedelic Pied Pipers, dozens of musicians, most playing electric guitars, plus percussionists, started out on Ludlow St. on the Lower East Side, above, then marched up Avenue A in the East Village and on to Union Square, with a stop at the Astor Place “Cube” sculpture, as part of “Make Music New York” last Saturday. This particular event was dubbed “Tilted Axes — Music For Mobile Electric Guitars.”

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Koch on gay charge

I’d vote Garodnick

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To The Editor: Re “Koch controversy flares anew at plaque dedication” (Dec. 19): I don’t see why either Ed Koch’s sexual orientation or his willingness to talk about it should be relevant to the issue of dedicating a commemorative plaque at a building where he lived. Be that as it may, the Daily News, on Feb. 1, 2013, ran a news story including the following quotations of statements made by Koch in 1977 when he was running for City Hall for the first time: “No, I am not a homosexual. If I were a homosexual, I would hope I would have the courage to say so. What’s cruel is that you are forcing me to say I am not a homosexual. “This means you are putting homosexuals down. I don’t want to do that.”

To The Editor: Re “Why Garodnick would make the best Council speaker” (talking point, by Chad Marlow, Dec. 19): If you’ve never seen Daniel Garodnick in action, it’s worth

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running out and getting a copy of Charlie Bagli’s “Other People’s Money: Inside the Housing Crisis and the Demise of the Greatest Real Estate Deal Ever Made.” You’ll be reading a wellresearched and well-presented account of Garodnick in the middle of a real fight, one that had

devastating national and international implications. If you read it over the next couple of days, and the speaker’s race is not a done deal, then you will find yourself advocating on Garodnick’s behalf to anyone and everyone LETTERS, continued on p. 10

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An inconvenient truth: Global temperatures have not increased in the past 15 years.

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Marijuana’s noble experiment tries to catch a fire TALKING POINT BY PAUL DERIENZO

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tarting on Jan. 1, two states, Colorado and Washington, will begin a “noble experiment” in drug policy by legalizing marijuana for nonmedical, or recreational, use. Currently, 20 states and the District of Columbia have made exceptions to marijuana laws, allowing pot to be used for treating a variety of illnesses from multiple sclerosis to the side effects of cancer treatment. But the two western states, known in stoner circles for their influential grassroots pot organizations, will be the first to allow legal pot shops and growers to feed an aboveground and taxable market of potheads. Prohibition in the 1920s, which President Herbert Hoover dubbed “the Noble Experiment,” was arguably one of the most disastrous domestic political decisions of the last century. However, as the Depression settled in on America, the government grew tired of a hopeless crusade against booze that sapped taxpayers, enriched organized crime and turned millions of Americans into lawbreakers. Marijuana remained banned, though, and became a major focus of law enforcement. The herb’s association with jazz, immigrants and free thinkers relegated it to the fringe. But now all that seems to have changed and marijuana is on the brink of legitimacy. In October, a Gallup Poll showed that for the first time since the poll question was asked in 1969, a clear majority, 58 percent of Americans, support outright legalization of marijuana. Since the victories in Colorado and Washington, proposals for new laws legalizing pot have spread throughout the Americas. Alaskans are filing petition signatures to put a tax-and-regulate referendum on the ballot this August; and California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has suggested his state, the first to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, also legalize recreational pot. Washington has plans for licensing legal marijuana shops across the state, but it won’t be running until the summer. Uruguay voted to legalize weed, but the law doesn’t go into effect until April. Which leaves Colorado — the milehigh ski destination made famous by the irreverent cartoon “South Park” with the official motto “Enter a Higher State” — poised to be the first large political entity to sanction a legal market in marijuana in 80 years. Complicating the change is that marijuana is a Schedule I drug under federal law along with heroin and LSD. That means that the feds don’t recognize any medical use for pot, and that possessing, growing and selling it all remain illegal at

the federal level. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has advised tokers that “federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don’t break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly.” Colorado stands to gain from legalization through taxation of the 160 applicants who have filed for licenses to sell marijuana. According to Doug Greene of the New York State branch of the pot advocacy group National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, “people are willing to pay the price” for legitimate pot. The tax is steep, 25 percent, including a 15 percent excise tax and a 10-to-15 percent sales tax. NORML says it opposes the pot tax as unfair because it’s double the state’s alcohol tax. In Washington, officials say marijuana taxes may generate nearly $2 billion in additional revenue over five years, and Seattle police have been proactive in reaching out to stoners. This year the 22nd annual Seattle Hemp Fest drew a massive crowd celebrating the victory on Proposition I-502, with 56 percent of voters supporting legalizing possession of up to an ounce of cannabis by adults. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, former Senator Mike Gravel and a Seattle Police Department spokesperson addressed the throngs from the main stage while police handed out bags of Doritos with stickers detailing the new rules for pot smokers. Seattle cops have been promoting the change in the law with a poster featuring The Dude, Jeff Bridges in the film “The Big Lebowski,” emblazoned with the character’s catchphrase, “The Dude abides,” the word “abide” in green. The authorities have also been providing would-be growers with information on how to avoid home-invasion robberies, as happened this October in Kennewick, Washington. Crime, and social conditions around dispensaries and marijuana shops, are among the negatives to legal marijuana raised by the conservative Heritage Foundation, which urges citizens to “Just Say No” to legalization. In a research report on its Web site, the Foundation’s senior legal fellow, Charles D. Stimson, praises former President Ronald Reagan’s get-tough approach as “remarkably successful” in reducing drug use in the 1980s. Anti-pot crusaders from the first narcotics czar, Harry J. Anslinger, who encouraged melodramatic propaganda films like “Reefer Madness” — today a campy classic — have argued that weed would lead to depravity and social decay. California’s medical marijuana law signaled a sea change; but despite the growing acceptance, skirmishes with the feds continue. Last year, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag brought charges against Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, the nation’s largest marijuana dispensary. The government asserts that, by its size, the dispensary

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Passersby in Washington Square Park on Fri., Dec. 13, might have wondered whether Colin Huggins, a.k.a. “The Crazy Piano Guy,” was, in fact, crazy to be out there as the mercury hovered around the freezing point. Although he had on his trusty ear-flaps hat, he was playing without even half-gloves on his hands. At least he was working in some faster classical numbers to keep the blood flowing to his tattooed fingers. In between performances, he was offering his CD (seen inside the piano) for sale.

presented a “likelihood” of violating state medical marijuana laws. Attorney General Holder offered an olive branch to the emerging pot industry last August by releasing a “guidance memo” that laid out eight “priorities” for enforcing marijuana laws, including distribution to minors, gangs, diversion of pot from legalizing states to non-legalizing ones, violence, “drugged driving” and possession or growing pot on federal property. Interpretation of the memo would be left to the discretion of U.S. attorneys. One area in question is how federally regulated banks will handle the accounts of marijuana businesses. Attorney General Holder has said he’ll take a “trust but verify” approach to pot banking, adding that the Department of Justice is “actively considering” how to regulate the cash flow. On a more existential level, venues such as bars and concert halls are worried that pot-smoking patrons could still be ar-

rested for toking in public places, which is specifically prohibited under the new law. Police have said they won’t ignore public smoking. But a spokesperson added that “officers use their discretion when there’s the odor of marijuana at a concert venue, and a lot of [the law] isn’t clear right now. We’re starting from scratch.” On New Year’s Eve, hip-hop’s Wu-Tang Clan is playing at a Denver ballroom in a show expected to be an hours-long pot party. “I won’t lie to you and say it doesn’t go on,” said the ballroom’s manager, “but it’s not officially tolerated.” Whether the noble experiment of legal pot will itself be tolerated will play out next year. DeRienzo hosts “Let Them Talk” every Tuesday at 8 p.m. on MNN, Manhattan’s publicaccess TV station December 26, 2013

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you know. For all of the compromises that were made during the development of Stuyvesant Town generations ago, it ultimately came down to Garodnick in this era, fighting against an illegal windfall that was set in motion before he was even born. I hope our councilmember votes for him. Patrick Shields

Re-Visiting a few points To The Editor: Re “Thanks to N.Y.U., Visiting Neighbors finds a home” (news article, Dec. 19): Thank you for the article in this last edition of The Villager. It was great to see Al again. However, there were a few errors we wish to have corrected, plus a few clarifications: First, we also serve the East Village and Gramercy.

Also, our new office is 800 square feet, not 900 square feet. Our volunteers range in age, not from age 16 to 70, but actually from age 15 to 83. Age 70 and under are considered “youngsters.” Most of our seniors are over the age of 85. The renovation cost of our office was under $60,000 — not $300,000. Finally, for those interested in volunteering or making a contribution, please call 212-260-6200. Cynthia Maurer Maurer is executive Neighbors, Inc.

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tation and traffic.  With such growth will come increased and evolving needs for area services. To respond to those needs, the neighborhood will require an organization with the district’s quality of life as its primary focus, and with the resources to be proactive in addressing the needs of the community.” Currently, the Chelsea part of the proposed district is served by the Chelsea Improvement Company. The BID would establish “a unified district under a single identity and mission,” the statement says. BIDs supplement city services by typically providing sanitation, maintenance, landscaping, public safety, marketing, capital improvements, programming for public spaces and community-based events. The BID, the statement adds, would host an annual meeting at which constituents would have “a place to voice concerns, celebrate successes, provide input and vote on leadership of the BID. Leadership of the BID would include representation from the residential and business communities, along with community boards and the city.” Said Lauren Danziger, M.P.I.A. executive

director, “A BID would leverage the collective weight of property owners, merchants, residents and local elected officials to advocate for public funds for area-specific capital improvements.” However, at the Dec. 19 Community Board 2 meeting, Elaine Young, a member who lives south of the Meat Market, expressed concern that residents’ concerns won’t be sufficiently accounted for. “There’s not a single local resident on this BID,” she said. “The southern boundary leaves out a huge swath of residents. We will be affected by this BID’s decisions. We do deserve a seat at the table.” Young offered a resolution calling for four residents from an expanded district to be appointed to the BID’s board, with two from the C.B. 2 area (south of 14th St.) and two from C.B. 4. But David Gruber, C.B. 2 chairperson, opposed that sort of geographic specification. Gruber and the C.B. 4 chairperson are on the BID’s steering committee. “It’s challenging for them, because they can’t tax residential areas,” Gruber noted of BID rules. “This is going to be a very important BID for us,” he predicted of the BID’s neighborhood role. The board approved Young’s resolution.

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Santa, bobcat and a Ho! Ho! whole lot of toys!

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On Sat., Dec. 21, East Side kids enjoyed a double treat when they got free gifts, plus the thrill of meeting Mr. and Mrs. Claus, at the annual Children’s Holiday Toy Drive, sponsored by the Ninth Police Precinct, N.Y.U. and Birch Family Services. The youngsters also got a rousing welcome from the New York University bobcat, and there was live music as the snow fell. Helping make the charitable event happen, local merchants, like The Half Pint, at 76 W. Third St., offered customers a special deal: Bring a gift for a child and get 10 to 15 percent off your bill. Other participating merchants included Jebon Sushi NYC, Amity Hall, Greenwich Village Mail Center and Eva’s Supplements. And, of course, it just wouldn’t be a Holiday Toy Drive without Jerry Shea, longtime president of the Ninth Precinct Community Council — posing with his new partner, “Officer Teddy” — who has helped organize the event for years.

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Oh, baby! You can’t get any fresher than these DJ’s BY STEFANIE IRIS WEISS

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atalie Weiss (no relation to this writer), the founder of Brooklyn’s Baby DJ School, the first school of its kind, knows something about music, babies and brain development: Her mother is a jazz musician, audio engineer and piano teacher who studied pediatric neurology at the Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia. Weiss’s own long list of credentials — she is a composer, a fellow with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, a performance artist, a playwright, an acclaimed DJ and an alternative arts educator — are just some of what she brings to Baby DJ School. In addition to a mega-dose of Weiss’s raw, unbridled enthusiasm, the babies in her charge are getting an invaluable early music education. But this is definitely not just another round of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” — and that’s just one of the reasons it’s gotten national attention. All the coverage of Baby DJ School as a hipster fad in twee Brooklyn — specifically Crown Heights, Park Slope and Williamsburg — might lead one to believe that this Mommy (or Daddy) and Me class is just fodder for yet another trend piece. Sure, some parents are probably intrigued by how cool their progeny look in headphones, but the hand-eye coordination and other neurological benefits of Baby DJ class are real. Studies have shown that classical music helps create new pathways in babies’ brains — why should it be any different for electronic dance music? Weiss’s incredibly innovative approach to teaching music to babies isn’t just a novelty. Like hiding vegetables in cookies, these kids get the good stuff. But to the baby dancing around to “Daddy Loves Disco,” it all simply tastes sweet. Of course, a few of the infants respond to headphones and records by trying to either eat or throw them. But, eventually, most of them are so engaged in the class that the social, spatial reasoning and even language skills they get are worth a few moments of drooling on the MIDI machine. From scratching and mixing, to learning to distinguish between deck A and deck B, the babies get a real immersion in the basics of DJ’ing, and their parents love the interactive quality of the class. Unlike other music classes for this age group, Baby DJ School is all about collaboration between the babies and their caregivers. The classes are available for infants and toddlers from 3 months to 3 years old. Tuition is $200 for a seven-week session. The winter session begins Jan. 16. For more information about Baby DJ School, visit natalieelizabethweiss.com.

Babies and Natalie Weiss get down to the business of beats at the Baby DJ School.

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Just Do Art BY SCOTT STIFFLER

TWENTIETH ANNUAL ALTERNATIVE NEW YEAR’S DAY SPOKEN WORD AND PERFORMANCE EXTRAVAGANZA

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The Alternative New Year ’s Day Spoken Work and Performance Extravaganza sure does get around. In years past, the annual multi-media showcase for culturally diverse poets, musicians, performers and artists has taken place at the Knitting Factory (now in Brooklyn), Bowery Poetry Club (swallowed up by Duane Park) and Dixon Place (still thriving on Chrystie St.), But no matter how much times change, the dependable January 1 event refuses to fade away — or budge. “Twenty years and we are still burning,” say the organizers, who made this year ’s theme (Estrellas En El Fuego, or Stars in the Fire) a nod to their unyielding presence in the neighborhood. “We are still burning,” they note, “burning words, sounds, noise — bringing our spirits to the stage. We are all stars. We will not be incinerated nor eclipsed.” This year, in addition to the 150+ performers, a slideshow will feature hundreds of visual artists whose work can be seen at the Sideshow Nation — the annual group show held at Sideshow Gallery in Williamsburg. Attendees are encouraged to show up after purging their bookshelves of paperbacks (which will be donated to Books Through Bars, which distributes them to incarcerated people). Already booked for stage time: Miguel Algarin, Jennifer Blowdryer, Hattie Gossett, Diane Hernandez, Samuel Jablon, Richard Kostelanetz, Jane Lecroy, Nancy Merdcado, Myrna Nieves, Esoteric Structure, Robert Gibbons will join many other accom-

The poet and musician Ngoma, performing at 2013’s Alternative New Year’s Spoken Word/Performance Extravaganza, will the opening master of ceremonies for this year’s edition (Jan. 1, 2014).

plished writers and artists — including, perhaps, you (through signing up for the Open Mic). Free. Wed., Jan. 1, from 2pm to Midnight. At the Nuyorican Poets Café (236 E. Third St., btw. Aves. B & C). For info, call 212-780-9386 or visit nuyorican.org.

MOMIX PRESENTS “reMIX”

Just under decade after he co-founded Pilobolus Dance Theater in 1971, Moses Pendleton formed MOMIX — and struck gold a second time, when his own company rapidly secured an international reputation for conceptually dynamic, often illusionistic choreography. Three decades later, big daddy Pendleton is still mining gems from the same mother lode of invention that inspired him to transform dancers into desert flora and fauna, magically float them surreal extraterrestrial terrains, strap them into

I’m defying gravity: MOMIX presents its most striking images from the past 30 years. Through Jan. 5, at the Joyce Theater.

snow skis for a downhill pas de deux and hurl them through the air like baseballs. This current show at the Joyce — dubbed “reMIX,” is a mixed program of the most popular, surreal and gravitydefying pieces in the company’s vast repertoire (including “Orbit,” “Lunar Sea,” “Opus Cactus” and “Botanica”). Through Jan. 5: Tues. & Wed. at 7:30pm, Thurs./Fri. at 8pm, Sat. at 2pm & 8pm, Sun. at 2pm & 7:30pm. At the Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St.). For tickets ($10-59), call 212-242-0800 or visit joyce. org. For info, visit momix.com.

THE SEVENTH ANNUAL NYC CHARLES BUKOWSKI MEMORIAL READING

Held on the first Friday of the new year since 2008, this year’s Charles Bukowski Memorial Reading will feature performances of Bukowski poems and tales. Monologist/actor Mike Daisey, playwrights Richard Vetere and Michael Puzzo as well as poets Angelo Verga

and Puma Perl and Three Rooms Press co-directors Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges will explore Bukowski’s works with respect to their place in contemporary culture. What would he think of ObamaCare, iPhones and Smart drugs? “So much seems to have changed since his time,” say the organizers from Three Rooms Press — who note that the body of work produced by this “champion of the outsider” still resonates, “revealing the core of what it is to be human — sans electronics — counting on nothing, but ready to win, be it with horses, women or writing.” Rare videos of Bukowski, plus giveaways of Buk books, CDs, DVDs and other prizes will highlight the event. Fri., Jan. 3, at 6pm (doors open at 5:45pm). At the Cornelia St. Café (29 Cornelia St., btw. W. Fourth & Bleecker Sts.). Admission is $12, which includes one free drink. For info, call 212-989-9313 or visit corneliastreetcafe.com. Also visit threeroomspress.com. JUST DO ART, continued on p.14

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Mike Daisy will perform at Jan. 3’s Charles Bukowski Memorial Reading.

L to R: East Village Dance Project students Franky Kramer-John, Lydia Antoinette Aiall, Safouane Chestnut and Piper Morrison are featured in “Shell-Shocked Nut.”

“SHELL-SHOCKED NUT” — AN ADAPTATION OF “THE NUTCRACKER”

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When Superstorm Sandy hit, the East Village Dance Project’s Avenue C Studio (btw. Fourth & Fifth Sts.) was not flooded — but the organization’s home base facility lost heat and electricity, and the neighborhood was in chaos. Inspired by requests from some of the young dancers to learn material from the “Nutcracker,” Artistic Director Martha Tornay conceived “The ShellShocked Nut.” This production reworks the familiar story, music and choreography from the “Nutcracker,” for a uniquely Avenue C-style creation. Built on the theme of stress and recovery, the two main characters — a war vet and an elementary school student — take the audience through familiar streets and locations near Tompkins Square Park. Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Clare Farris, Duke Ellington, Steve Wonder, Da-

In Amore Opera’s production of “Pagliacci” (double-billed with “The Circus Princess”), Ki-Taek Song, as Arlecchino, is surrounded by the members of the troupe as he sings a love song to Colombina (Michelle Pretto).

vid Lowery and The Ramones is danced to by 25 professionals and an equal amount of East Village Dance Project youth performers as well as guest artists (including Ellen Maddow, Brian Glover and Alice Klugherz). The choreographers include Tornay and Victoria Roberts-Wierzbowski (from the Dance Project), Dante Brown (Dante Brown|Warehouse Dance), Hilary McDaniel-Douglas (Project in Motion) and Naomi Goldberg-Haas (Dances For A Variable Population). Fri., Jan. 3, at 7pm and Sat./Sun., Jan. 4/5 at 3pm. At La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre (66 E. 4th St., btw. Second Ave. & Bowery). For tickets ($20, $15 for students, seniors and children 12 and under), call 212-475-7710 or visit lamama.org.

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Amore Opera’s holiday season double bill that has more sights, sounds and action than a three-ring…well, you know. Come for “Pagliacci,” Leoncavallo’s famous tale of jealousy, deception and revenge — and stay for “The Circus Princess,” Kálmán’s rarely produced musical romp. Gregory Ortega conducts. Nathan Hull directs. The New Year ’s Eve Dinner & Gala performance promises a memorable night on the town for couples, while the Dec. 27, 28 & Jan. 4 production of Humperdink’s “Hansel and Gretel” is custom-made for families. Coming up in 2014, the Amore Opera Company presents “Madama Butterfly,” and their Opera Academy presents “The Mikado.” The double bill of “Pagliacci” and “The Circus Princess” plays through Jan. 5, at the Connelly Theatre (220 E. Fourth St., btw. Aves. A & B). The theatre is wheelchair accessible, and special areas can be reserved for wheelchair viewing. Email boxoffice@amoreopera.org for more info. To order tickets ($40) and see the performance schedule, visit amoreopera.org or call 866811-4111.

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ho am I? A man? A woman? Gay? Straight? Am I normal? These are questions every transgender person likely asks themselves. Trans man Morgan Boecher attempts to answer these and more in his semi-autobiographical graphic novel, “What’s Normal Anyway?” Boecher, who — read from the novel at Bluestockings Bookstore on Nov. 30 — began his female-to-male transition during his senior year of college. Believing that the transgender story was essentially unrepresented in mainstream media, he felt he had a story to tell. A self-described “charging rhino,” Boecher began drawing comics, a medium that allowed him more freedom than a traditional memoir would. “What’s Normal Anyway?” was originally released in weekly installments on Boecher’s blog, WhatsNormalAnyway. net, over the course of three years before

Morgan Boecher brings a light but vivid touch to a story of gender transition.

being published through a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign. As the name suggests, the graphic novel tackles transgender acceptance and defining one’s own sense of normal. Boecher draws in a loose minimalist style, letting his words do the story’s heavy lifting. This is not to say that the drawings are not good. On the contrary, he illustrates the character’s expansive range of emotions in vivid fashion that helps drive home his message. In a time when memoirs and personal essays are a dime a dozen, Boecher’s work stands out as a fun, quirky, heart-felt story. The story starts with Mel in the early

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stages of his transition, documenting them in a video-blog. He is immediately overwhelmed by a comical trial and error physical marathon — struggling with packers for his pants and binders for his torso to achieve a flat-chested appearance. Mel dabbles with different facial hair combinations, along with a slew of other hairy situations. Next come the testosterone shots, which lead to humorous bouts of T-rage. All this in preparation for top surgery. Mel’s biggest struggle, however, is an emotional one. In addition to learning to accept himself, Mel faces constant obstacles on the outside — from

unsupportive parents to everyday encounters with people who mistake him for a girl. Mel stresses over being outed in a men’s locker room, spewing endless evasions until a cisgender character suggests he be upfront and simply state he is trans. Mel does not go the journey alone, though. His amped-up — if more than a little bit naïve — personality is balanced by his voice-of-reason roommate Leena, who while making no attempt to understand the hurdles Mel must jump nonetheless remains supportive. Their friend Beef, a meat-headed straight man, is that guy who says all the wrong things — from “Dude you gotta watch sporting events and drink beer!” to “You know, you’ve got a pretty hot bod” — not out of malice but simply out of ignorance. Leena and Beef aren’t the perfect sidekicks, but their shortcomings fairly represent the larger society’s deficit in understanding trans issues. On the other hand, Diego, a fellow trans man, manages to steer a lost Mel on the right path — getting him in touch with the correct doctors and support groups, all the while being a role model who understands everything he is going through. A charming story, “What’s Normal Anyway?”’s greatest strength is its humor, lightening up what could be very heavy subject matter and even presenting it as slapstick. In the process, Mel’s journey comes full circle. By the end, the hero has had successful top surgery and, more importantly, come to accept and love himself. The other characters’ plot lines tie up rather quickly at the end — a little too conveniently, but there’s no particular surprise there. Boecher is now at work on a prequel comic, offering readers a glimpse of Mel’s earlier days as Melissa. Installments are available for viewing at whatsnormalanyway.net.

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TONY PASTOR

Antonio “Tony” Pastor, often regarded as the “Father of Vaudeville,” was born in New York City in 1832. He began as a child singer and minstrel in dime museums and similar venues, and worked for a time as a circus ringmaster, before securing a regular engagement at a music hall located at 444 Broadway (between Grand & Howard Sts.), just after the Civil War broke out in 1861. The bar offered variety entertainment, with Pastor doubling as master of ceremonies and a popular singer, presenting his own patriotic songs in support of the war, as well as sentimental and humorous tunes about labor, a subject near and dear to the hearts of his working class clientele. Pastor claimed to have a repertoire of 1500 songs. The lyrics to these tunes were published in little songsters and distributed to the audience, who sang along music hall style and walked away with a little souvenir. Reportedly, Pastor had a terrible voice, but audiences loved him anyway, another tribute to his ability as a showman. In 1865, he took over the Volks Garden at 201 Bowery and renamed it “Tony Pastor’s Opera House.” Though his establishment was no less a bar, Pastor set about making a number of improvements that would set it apart

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s they do every year at this time, holiday crowds are mobbing the theaters of Times Square and Broadway to take in this season’s hits — a source of New York pride! But let’s not forget that the roots of New York’s theater district are Downtown. It began in the area around the lower Bowery in the early 19th century and gradually worked its way north as the decades rolled on, only stopping in the vicinity of “the Deuce” when several large theatres were built around the new subway hub at Time Square in the first couple of decades of the 20th century. Here’s a look at some key movers and shakers in that Uptown migration.

from most other concert saloons. Rowdy patrons were expelled from the premises. Advertisements indicated in no uncertain terms the direction in which he was moving, claiming his show was “unalloyed by any indelicate act or expression…fun without vulgarity.” Part of the impulse to initiate the policy change may have been a genuine conviction on Pastor’s part, he being a man of his times and all. A devout Catholic, he would eventually have a prayer room built in his theatre, and a poor box installed in the lobby. His strongest curse was said to have been “jiminetty.” But the times themselves must have played a role. A businessman with any instinct seeking to stay afloat in those years of high Victorianism must have been constantly mulling over the tirades of clergymen, temperance advocates, reformist politicians and journalists railing against saloon culture. Above all, there hovered the lure of a vastly increased market. The concert saloon clientele consisted of a mere percentage of men. If Pastor could include all the men, plus their wives and children as his potential audience, think of the increased revenue. In 1875 Pastor moved “up” again, out of the ever-degenerating Bowery to 585 Broadway, near the present-day site of NYU. Liquor was still served, but he was in a respectable neighborhood, in close proximity to the most popular theatre in the city, the Theatre Comique, where the Irish comedy team of Harrigan and Hart starred and were soon to be proprietors. This stretch of Broadway had become one of New York’s first official theatre districts, due to the proliferation of nearby minstrel halls in the 1850s. Pastor’s establishment was also now an easy distance from the city’s main shopping district, known as the Ladies Mile, and the emerging theatrical strip on 14th Street, known as the Rialto. He made the leap to the Rialto itself in 1881, to a theatre literally located in Tammany Hall, right on Union Square. At first, he tried producing full-length musical theatre parodies of Gilbert and Sullivan shows. But it didn’t click. Within a few months, Pastor settled down to concentrate

Antonio “Tony” Pastor (1832-1908).

on his great contribution to American popular culture: straight, clean variety shows. He was to flourish at this one location with one of New York’s most beloved institutions until he passed away in 1908. 

HARRIGAN AND HART

The two biggest Irish comedians to come out of the variety scene, becoming the most popular stars of the American theatre of the 1870s and 80s, was the team of Edward “Ned” Harrigan and Tony Hart. A New York native, Harrigan made his debut in San Francisco in 1867, singing and dancing at some of the principal stages of the so-called Barbary Coast. He worked his way up to comedy sketches, playing an impressive range of character roles: blackface parts, a SwedVAUDEVILLE, continued on p. 17

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ish servant girl, Chinese laundrymen, Irish landlords, and so-called Dutch (or German) characters. Teaming up with a succession of partners, he toured his way across the country, gradually making his way back to New York. When Harrigan was 26 he hooked up with Tony Hart, only 16 years old and then calling himself “Master Antonio.” Born Anthony Cannon, in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1855, he was placed in reform school at age nine for announcing that he wanted to go into the theatre. He escaped and ran away to New York, singing, dancing and doing odd jobs at circuses, saloons and minstrel shows. By the time he and Harrigan joined their fortunes, Cannon had become famous for one particular number, a tearjerker called “Put Me in My Little Bed,” which he sang dressed as a young girl. Audiences were crazy about Hart. Nat C. Goodwin said: “Hart caused more joy and sunshine by his delightful gifts than any artist of his time. To refer to him as talented was an insult. Genius was the only word that could be applied. He sung like a nightingale, danced like a fairy, and acted like a master comedian.” When Harrigan hired Cannon as his new partner, the latter changed his name to Hart, deciding that sounded better with “Harrigan.” A regular gig at New York’s Theatre Comique allowed the team to demonstrate their many talents. The variety show was 3 ½ hours long, followed by an afterpiece of 40 minutes. Harrigan and Hart might do several different turns in this course of such a show: blackface routines, brief sketches interspersed with dancing, juggling and singing. By 1876, when they assumed joint ownership of the Theatre Comique, the afterpieces became so popular that they became the focal point of the entire performance, and variety was dropped. Harrigan and Hart ran the Theatre Comique from 1876 through 1885, where they started out by presenting variety shows with an afterpiece (comedy sketch). One of these “The Mulligan Guards” (which actually debuted in 1873) became a huge phenomenon, spawning a series of sketches...which then blossomed into full length musical shows, all penned by Harrigan. In essence, for about a decade the two men ran New York’s favorite theatre company...where they wrote, directed and starred in all the shows. Eventually scheming family members drove the team apart. The day word got around that Harrigan and Hart broke up was a day of mourning in New York City, akin in significance to the Beatles’ break-up in 1970. Tony Hart was to die of syphilis in 1891. Harrigan continued to enjoy many more stage successes as playwright and performer. In 1897, he returned to the vaudeville stage where he was a popular favorite for over ten

R to L: Joe Weber and Lew Fields, in performance.

more years (he was a favorite of George M. Cohan, who named a song after him). He passed away in 1911.

WEBER AND FIELDS

The mother of all vaudeville comedy teams, Weber and Fields are the direct progenitors of the Marx Brothers, the Three Stooges, and Smith and Dale, among countless others. The fact that their influence can be traced to so many (and such diverse) acts gives a strong indication of the complexity of their appeal. Moses Schoenfeld (Lew Fields) and Morris (“Joe”) Weber were both Polish-Jewish immigrants to the U.S., born within six months of each other in 1867. They grew up in the Lower East Side and met at age eight. The pair hit it off and immediately began practicing the skills that would later help make them famous: tumbling, joking-telling, clog dancing. They put padding under the clothing and practiced smacking each other around for hours on end. Within a year or two they had an act. Three acts really, a blackface, an Irish, and a “Dutch” (or German), in descending order of their original popularity with audiences. As Weber and Fields, they begin working some of the ubiquitous dime museums in the Bowery and environs. The winning formula was Lew Field’s brainstorm: an Irish type knockabout act but with a German accent, instead of an Irish one. To cement the illusion, the two glued on two phony little beards and smeared their faces with whiteface. The fractured dialect was easy — they’d spent their entire lives listening to it amongst the Lower East Side’s teeming German population. Part of the act’s appeal in these early years certainly has to have been the fact that the

boys were so ridiculously young. The sight of these mismatched boys (Lew was 5’11”, Joe was 5’4”) in heavy padding beating the tar out of each other with machine like rhythm must have been delightful. In 1885, the Adah Richmond Burlesque Company specifically requested a Dutch act, and the boys cooked up a new one, consisting of converted minstrel jokes padded out with knockabout business. This new routine slayed the audience. With all the vigor and enthusiasm of youth, they made every element more extreme than was customary – more and crazier malapropisms and more slapstick mayhem. From here on in Weber and Fields would be “Mike” and “Meyer”, two perpetually arguing German immigrants in loud checked suits and derby hats, whose spats generally arose from their misunderstandings of the peculiarities of the English language, and quickly devolved into punching, kicking slapping, and eye gouging. Their salaries and their prestige continued to rise throughout the 1880s as they toured their “Teutonic Eccentricities” throughout the nation. In 1889, they made a leap that truly cements their place in vaudeville history: they themselves began to produce their own touring vaudeville shows. Entire variety bills were built around themselves as headliners; such companies crisscrossed the country until the team broke up in 1904. From 1892-95, they worked up many of what would become their most enduring comedy routines. In these routines, Fields would typically present himself as an expert at some faddish American recreation and attempt to teach it to Weber. Along the way, he would mangle the game’s already-confusing termi-

nology, compounding Weber’s confusion, which in turn compounded Fields’ frustration. The situation would escalate like a cyclone until the two were hitting each other in the stomach, braining each other with canes, and otherwise expressing themselves through violence. Part of the charm was that – as in Laurel and Hardy – Fields “the expert” really knew no more than Weber did to begin with. In 1893, the boys made their Broadway debut at the Park Theatre thus helping to further legitimize a performance style that had evolved in the smoky dives of the Bowery. In 1896, they made a huge hit at Hammerstein’s Victoria with a medley of their best routines, and a parody of one of the other acts on the bill, the quick-change artist Fregoli. These successes, and the money made from their touring vaudeville shows, permitted them to open their own Broadway theatre, Weber and Fields Music Hall, in 1896. Though Weber and Fields continued to present vaudeville bills at the Music Hall (and their touring companies), the real attraction were book shows written as parodies of contemporary Broadway hits. It was the “Forbidden Broadway” of its day, only with full casts, elaborate expensive scenery and full-length books and scores. For eight years, Weber and Fields Music Hall was a beloved Broadway institution. In 1904, creative and business differences drove the men apart, although on numerous occasions throughout the years they briefly teamed up as producers and performers. Both continued to produce on their own. Weber kept the Music Hall, but Fields was the more successful producer, becoming by 1911 “The King of Broadway.” They made some of the first comedy albums together, mostly in the mid-teens. They had their own radio show in the late 1920s, which obviously didn’t allow for slapstick, but was tailor made for their malapropisms. When the Palace held its historic last two-a-day in May 1932, Weber and Fields, whose long career stretched back to the 1870s, was on the bill. Like Mr. Bernstein in “Citizen Kane,” Weber and Fields were there before the beginning and after the end. As late as 1939, Lew Fields portrayed himself in the Astaire and Rogers film “The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle.” A team offstage as well as on, they died (as they were born) within a few months of each other — Fields in 1941, Weber in 1942. Trav S.D. has been producing the American Vaudeville Theatre since 1995, and periodically trots it out in new incarnations. Stay in the loop at travsd.wordpress.com, and also catch up with him at Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, et al. His books include “No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous” and “Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and its Legacies from Nickelodeons to YouTube.” December 26, 2013

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF TWO TWO FOUR WEST 18, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/19/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Fitapelli Kurta, 475 Park Ave. South, 12th Fl., NY, NY 10016. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 12/05 - 01/09/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 22 BEAVER ST LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/19/2013. Office location: 22 Beaver St, NY, 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: 22 Beaver St LLC, 3430 208th Street, Bayside, NY 11361. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 12/05 - 01/09/2014 LIBERTY ENDO, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 08/22/2013. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 535 Fifth Ave. 4th Fl, NY, NY 10017. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Vil: 12/05 - 01/09/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BGCH ALEMBIC LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/21/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Alembic Community Development, 11 Hanover Square, #701, New York, NY 10005. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/05 - 01/09/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BGCH APARTMENTS MM LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/21/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Alembic Community Development, 11 Hanover Square, #701, New York, NY 10005. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 12/05 - 01/09/2014

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PAULSON RECOVERY FUND II LP Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/23/13. Office location: NY Co. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 9/25/13. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LP 1251 Ave of the Americas New York, NY 10020. DE address of LP: 1209 Orange ST Wilmington, DE 19801. Arts. Of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, PO Box 898 Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 11/28 - 01/02/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF CO3 FINE ARTS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/23/13. 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 Cahill Partners LLP, 70 W. 40th St., New York, NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 11/28 - 01/02/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF CHELSEA COLLABORATIVE MEDICAL CARE, PLLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/13/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 455 W. 37th St., Apt. 2207, New York, NY 10018. Purpose: practice the profession of medicine. Vil: 11/28 - 01/02/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF CINEREACH FELLOWSHIPS PSC, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 10/23/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 10/23/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: c/o The Manhattan Family Office, 405 Lexington Ave., 43rd Fl., NY, NY 10174. DE addr. of LLC: c/o National Corporate Research, Ltd. 615 S. Dupont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 11/28 - 01/02/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF NEPU LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 10/24/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/22/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE 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: 11/28 - 01/02/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF TECH OPPORTUNITIES LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 11/8/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 11/4/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 777 Third Ave., 30th Fl., NY, NY 10017, principal business address. DE address of LLC: 615 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 11/28 - 01/02/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF WATERMAN 400 PARK JV LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 10/21/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 10/18/13. 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. DE address of LLC:The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 11/28 - 01/02/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF DOORBROOK LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/22/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 410 E. 57th St., 10th Fl., New York, NY 10022. Purpose: investments. Vil: 11/28 - 01/02/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF CAHOKIA LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/14/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Wolf Family Management Company, LLC, 700 Louisiana, Ste. 1100, Houston, TX 77002. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 11/28 - 01/02/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GGR MADISON LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/20/13. 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 BCRA CO., Attn: Shelley Clifford, 161 N. Clark St., Ste. 4300, Chicago, IL 60603. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 11/28 - 01/02/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF WORLD FOODS AND FLAVORS USA LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/22/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Gleason & Koatz, LLP, 122 E. 42nd St., Ste. 518, New York, NY 10168. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 11/28 - 01/02/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ARC FDCCSNY001, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/12/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 05/23/13. Princ. office of LLC: 106 York Rd., Jenkintown, PA 19046. 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: 11/21 - 12/26/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ARC DBPORBR001, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/13/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 11/12/13. Princ. office of LLC: 106 York Rd., Jenkintown, PA 19046. 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., 6th Fl., 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: 11/21 - 12/26/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BOP ONE NORTH END LANDLORD LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 11/19/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 250 Vesey St., 15th Fl., New York, NY 10281. LLC formed in DE on 11/05/2013. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Corporation Service Company, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 11/21 - 12/26/2013

NOTICE: The name of the foreign Limited Liability Company is AHR ENTERPRISES LLC. Applic. for Auth. filed with NYS Dept of State on 9/30/13. Jurisdiction: Delaware & date of organization is 8/15/13. Office location in NY State: NY County; street address - 255 Hudson Street, Apt. PHB, New York, NY 10013. NY Sec. of State (SOS) is designated as agent of the LLC for service of process. SOS to mail a copy of any process against LLC to c/o Anthony Heifara Rutgers, 255 Hudson Street, Apt. PHB, NewYork, NY 10013 within or without NY State. Address maintained in its jurisdiction is: Secretary of State, John G. Townsend Bldg, 401 Federal St. – Suite 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful act or activity which limited liability companies may be organized. Vil: 11/21 - 12/26/2013 NOTICE: The name of the foreign Limited Liability Company is AZTECH MOUNTAIN LLC. Applic. for Auth. filed with NYS Dept of State on 10/1/13. Jurisdiction: Delaware & date of organization is 8/15/13. Office location in NY State: NY County; street address - 255 Hudson Street, Apt. PHB, New York, NY 10013. NY Sec. of State (SOS) is designated as agent of the LLC for service of process. SOS to mail a copy of any process against LLC to c/o Anthony Heifara Rutgers, 255 Hudson Street, Apt. PHB, NewYork, NY 10013 within or without NY State. Address maintained in its jurisdiction is: Secretary of State, John G. Townsend Bldg, 401 Federal St. – Suite 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful act or activity which limited liability companies may be organized. Vil: 11/21 - 12/26/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 136 GREENE LLC App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 11/1/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 11/27/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Thor Equities, LLC, 25 W. 39th St., NY, NY 10018. DE address of LLC: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 160 Greentree Drive, Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 11/21 - 12/26/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BOURNE & ZAKHEIM, LLP Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/06/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLP may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLP is to: Bourne & Zakheim LLP, 733 THIRD AVENUE, New York, NY 10017. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 11/21 - 12/26/2013 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF TWO SIGMA LUNA, LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 5/6/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 5/3/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Matthew Siano, Esq., 100 Ave of the Americas, NY, NY 10013. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 11/21 - 12/26/2013 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF TWO SIGMA HOLDINGS VC ACQUISITION FUND, LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 5/6/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 5/3/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Matthew Siano, Esq., 100 Ave of the Americas, NY, NY 10013. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 11/21 - 12/26/2013 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF VALINOR CAPITAL PARTNERS SPV XIII, LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 5/17/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 5/16/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: David Angstreich, 510 Madison Ave., 25th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 11/21 - 12/26/2013

NOTICE OF QUAL. OF VALINOR CAPITAL PARTNERS SPV XIV, LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 5/17/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 5/16/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: David Angstreich, 510 Madison Ave., 25th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 11/21 - 12/26/2013 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF VALINOR CAPITAL PARTNERS SPV XV, LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 5/17/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 5/16/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: David Angstreich, 510 Madison Ave., 25th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 11/21 - 12/26/2013

NOTICE OF REGISTRATION OF BUTLER SNOW LLP Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/4/13. Office location: NY County. LLP registered in ­­­Delaware on 10/10/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Thomas E. Williams, 1020 Highland Colony Parkway, Ste. 1400, Ridgeland, MS 39157. Principal office of LLP: 1700 Broadway, 41st Fl., New York, NY 10019. Purpose: practice the profession of law. Vil: 11/21 - 12/26/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SDF64 MERMAID AVENUE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 11/4/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 825 3rd Ave., Fl 37, NY, NY 10022. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT

NOTICE OF QUAL. OF VALINOR CAPITAL PARTNERS SPV XVI, LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 5/17/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 5/16/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: David Angstreich, 510 Madison Ave., 25th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 11/21 - 12/26/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF FARMMAVEN LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/7/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Corporate Research, Ltd., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016, the registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 11/21 - 12/26/2013

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Activist museum makes some history, marking one year BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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PHOTO BY SAM SPOKONY

everend Billy helped celebrate the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space’s first birthday on Fri., Dec. 8, by ceremoniously cutting the huge cake. Museum co-founder Laurie Mittelmann had earlier pointed out that it was her mother who baked the “radical” cake, which had 12 layers — including a vegan layer. Before the cake, there was a full program of presentations by former squatters and activists. Things started off with a radical clown breaking the ice by, well, breaking stuff. Bill DiPaola, MoRUS’s co-founder, gave a slideshow presentation on activism, including bicycle activism. It took years of actions and protests on the part of groups like Time’s Up!, he noted, before the Bloomberg administration finally caught on and upped the amount of bike lanes in the city. Poet Peter Spagnuolo recalled that the squats were a catchall, of the good, as well as the bad. In short, there were very scary characters in some of the buildings. He recalled one friend who stood up to some crack dealers and ended up getting his skull fractured in a brutal beating. Former squatter leader Frank Morales is working on a book on the subject “the supernatural and the squats.” He recounted one story he feels belongs in that category, that of 319 E. Eighth St. One day, scaffolding was suddenly being built around the squat —  with Morales and other occupants still inside. One of them, Willie Butler, poured their “piss buckets” off the roof and doused the construction work-

Cake-allelujah! Reverend Billy cut the museum’s first-anniversary birthday cake as MoRUS co-director Laurie Mittelmann looked on.

ers, while other squatters then victoriously yanked down the scaffolding with a rope. But the squat was later demolished. Artist Fly Orr retold tales of squatter defiance, as well as the painful loss of an inspiring artists’ squat, Fetus. Marta Dan did a Q and A with the au-

dience, telling how she, a former nanny from Portugal, would up becoming part of the squatter movement. But she said she didn’t participate in the big Tompkins Square riot of 1989. Noting she came from a country with an authoritarian regime, she stated bluntly, “I

don’t like getting arrested.” MoRUS, at 155 Avenue C, between Ninth and 10th Sts., offers guided tours on weekends. On Saturdays, there are two tours of squatters’ apartments. On Sundays, there is a radical walking tour of the neighborhood by writer Bill Weinberg.

Food guide is here; Cherry St. tower height unclear BY SAM SPOKONY

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ontinuing more than a year of work that began when the Lower East Side’s vital Pathmark supermarket announced its closure last September, the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council on Dec. 19 released a guidebook aimed at connecting residents to local, affordable food sources. The NeighborFood Grocery Guide — published in English, Spanish and Chinese versions — maps out nearly 80 small grocers, supermarkets, butchers and seafood markets within the Two Bridges community. Along with showing the types of food carried by each store, the guide provides further shopping details, such as which establishments accept food stamps or offer organic choices. Many elderly and low-income residents of the neighborhood have struggled to find access to affordable groceries ever since

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the 227 Cherry St. Pathmark closed — and the new guide will remain an important resource now that it seems unlikely Pathmark will return to the site in the future. Extell, the developer that purchased the Cherry St. site last year — and which recently filed plans to demolish the now-vacant Pathmark — has said it will include a supermarket at the base of its planned luxury residential tower there. But whatever that new supermarket is, it will almost certainly not be an affordable option to lowor middle-income residents, according to Victor Papa, president of the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, who has had numerous conversations over the past year with both Extell and Pathmark. The new grocery guide, as Papa put it at the Dec. 19 press conference, will help residents “declare their independence” from large supermarkets, by helping them to explore many independently owned shops throughout the neighborhood. “For our building, Pathmark truly was the place to shop, and most of the residents

never even went further than that to get their food,” said Trevor Holland, a tenant leader at 82 Rutgers Slip, which houses Section 8 and other low-income tenants, along with a sizable elderly population. “So the guide is beneficial not just because it brings residents the relief of showing those affordable food sources, but also because it’s going to introduce people to a lot of stores that they would never have gone to before,” Holland said. That additional effort to spread more money throughout the local economy is also playing a part in future plans to digitize the NeighborFood Guide — as the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council plans to release a mobile app version of the guide sometime next year. Meanwhile, rumors about the planned height of Extell’s new luxury tower at 227 Cherry St. spun somewhat out of control following the Dec. 19 press conference, after Papa mentioned that he was anticipating a “very large structure” to be built there after the Pathmark is demolished.

It’s been generally believed that Extell plans to build to around 55 stories, although the developer has been typically tight-lipped about the whole process. Last week, several blogs inflated that number when they reported that Papa said — presumably at or following the press conference — that he was told by the developer that the tower could actually rise to more than 70 stories. But in a Dec. 23 phone interview, Papa said that he never actually said anything about Extell sharing plans for a 70-plusstory tower, and that any rumors to that effect are unsubstantiated. “Extell never told me that it was going to be above 70 stories, so I don’t know where people are getting that from,” Papa said. He further explained that the last he met with the developer, about six weeks ago, they “didn’t even have any plans drawn up yet.” So it remains unclear what the height of the planned Cherry St. tower will actually be.

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Anyone care about cameras? BY CLAYTON PATTERSON

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t seems traditional photography is going the way of the horse and buggy. Eastman Kodak is laying people off and discontinuing the production of cellulose acetate film, the product heavily associated with the Kodak name. We know Polaroid has suffered the same demise. Well, what about the Canon camera? My guess is it’s starting to free fall into the same pile of obsolete products. I came to this conclusion, not from reading some consumer report, but from my own experience dealing with the equipment. I had spent more than I thought I should have for a zoom lens for my top-of-theline, 7D Canon camera. I had finally been able to move up to one of the “big boys” in the camera world. After several months, the lens started not focusing properly. Following Canon’s instruction, I sent it for repair to the New Jersey Canon service center. Sadly for me, I had not spent the extra money for the extended warranty. After all, I had used an inexpensive Pentax camera and lens for years without problem. I figured, What could go wrong with the lens? Well, I learned, it cost almost as much to repair the lens as buy a new one. My old Pentax camera seemed almost indestructible. Over the years, I had really put it to the test. It had few moving mechanical parts, and it would take a hard crack with a hammer to damage the metal body. The digital camera is different. A few bumps and knocks and it will stop working. My 7D did suffer a hard bump, which caused the plastic door holding in the battery to fall off, and the camera would not turn on. This complete failure of equipment was an emergency situation for me. The 7D was my main camera and, in three weeks, I was off to Europe for a month-long tour showing my photographs and videos. Another part of my job was to document Jochen Auer’s Wildstyle and Tattoo Messe extravaganza. I contacted the official Canon repair factory. No problem, they told me. I was assured if they got the camera right away I would get the camera back in five days. The 7D was still under warranty, so the repair’s cost was not a factor. I spent $34 for a FexEx overnight, and sent it in again. I checked the next day if they had the camera. I waited a week and a half. No word. I almost obsessively called the factory to find out the progress of the repair. No problem. Now, there were only five working days left to get the camera back into my hands. I got on the phone and pushed all the buttons. Turns out the camera had not made it past the first step toward repair, which is the intake center. No problem, they told me. The camera would be moved into the repair department and I would have it back in time. Again, I was calling and calling.

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The 7D camera sent back from the Canon repair center — with the battery door still off.

On the day of my departure, I was sweating. I had to be at the airport by 2 p.m. Relief. The camera arrived at 11 a.m. I opened the box, and there was a note on the camera saying I needed to charge the battery. I turned the camera over and the door was still broken off. I slipped a fully charged battery into the camera and it would not turn on. The repair note said they fixed a “focal problem” in the camera. What? How could they check the camera if it wouldn’t turn on? This was a repair? I left the camera at home and was gone for a month. Wildstyle and Tattoo Messe has continuous stage entertainment. The majority of the audience is under age 40. I noticed the youth were all using iPhones, cell phones and other computer devices to record the acts. Only a few young people had SLR cameras. Those over 40 tended to use what now seem like old-fashioned cameras. Back in America, I called the factory. All I could get was people with a first, but no last, name. After heating up the water enough, I finally reached a service manager with a first and last name. I told him it’s my opinion the company must be in deep trouble if this is how they handle one of their prized, bragged-about products. No! No! No! he responded. Well, then, I said, how could this happen? He tried to reassure me that my experience was not typical of the factory’s work. Send it back, he told me. Meanwhile, I had another shoot that was important to me. I would never get the camera back in time. And all they can offer is for me to send it back. No replacement in the meantime? Nothing? How well can Canon cameras be selling if the largest percentage of the new market is no longer buying the SLR camera or Canon photo products? I think the company is in deep trouble. I sense a crash is coming. December 26, 2013

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A rendering by NYCHA showing how an infill building could be shoehorned in at the Meltzer Tower site on E. First St., where it would replace a current park.

Will Bill kill the NYCHA infill? NYCHA, continued from p. 1

was, in fact, not the first time that sources at the Housing Authority have admitted that the plan would not have a chance to solidify under the currrent administration. Based on conversations with this newspaper, the authority knew as early as a month ago — shortly after proposals from private developers were received on Nov. 18 — that the infill plan would not move quickly enough to be fully entrenched, in its current form, before the end of the Bloomberg administration. In any case, the decision will soon be up to de Blasio, who has remained somewhat unclear on exactly whether or not he will continue the infill in some altered form. “Mayor-elect de Blasio has been clear in his opposition to the Bloomberg administration’s infill program,” a de Blasio spokesperson told the New York Observer in a recent statement. “As he’s said, for any plan to be considered, it must create affordable housing, create jobs for NYCHA residents, and steer money back into NYCHA to address its backlog of maintenance and repairs.” In its Dec. 20 release, NYCHA also gave an update on responses to the infill plan as it stands now, saying that developers offered proposals for 11 of the 14 total land-lease sites, within six of the eight developments that are targeted in the plan. Those eight developments are the Lower East Side’s LaGuardia Houses, Smith Houses and Baruch Houses; the East Village’s Campos Plaza and Meltzer Tower; and Upper Manhattan’s Douglass Houses, Carver Houses and Washington Houses. The Housing Authority did not disclose any details about which six of the developments garnered proposals, but stated that, taking the highest offer at each land-lease site, rent payments from the developers to NYCHA would average a total of $37 million per year. In its release, NYCHA claimed that that

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money, “based on financial projections,” would be sufficient to finance the $700 million to $900 million required for full exterior and interior upgrades and restoration of the more than 9,000 NYCHA homes located within the six developments. Since, under the current plan, developers would have to build so-called “80/20” housing on the sites, 2,880 out of around 3,600 new apartments built in those six developments would be permanently affordable. The rest would be available at market rate. But this may, in fact, be the last that New Yorkers hear of the infill plan in its current form. If de Blasio does not scrap the plan outright, it seems likely that he will at least amend it — especially because opposition against the current plan would probably also continue to come from the new City Council speaker. Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito, whose Upper Manhattan district includes three of NYCHA’s proposed land-lease developments, last week claimed victory in the speaker’s race, saying she had secured 30 councilmembers’ votes. However, the outcome of that contest may not be decided until after the Council convenes again in January. Mark-Viverito has, numerous times, called on the Housing Authority to kill the current plan, and was a co-sponsor of a Council resolution urging the state Legislature to require NYCHA to follow the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, or ULURP, in any lease or sale of its properties. Councilmember Dan Garodnick is also vying for speaker. Christine Quinn, whose tenure as speaker is about to end, previously brought a lawsuit against the infill program. Although a judge recently dismissed the suit, the decision in that case allows for a new suit to be brought in the coming year, once — or if — NYCHA has a chance actually to finalize its choices for the developers of each infill site.

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Home for the Holidays! Chips and Salsa Platter

Party Platters

Cocktail Sandwich or Wrap Platter

An elegant selection of bite size gourmet sandwich or wraps, freshly prepared with an array of cold cuts and assorted cheese from around the world on a bed of lettuce and tomatoes. (served with mayonnaise, mustard and honey mustard on the side)

Sm $50.00 (35 pcs) Md $65.00 (45 pcs) Lg $80.00 (65 pcs)

Large Shrimp Cocktail Platter

The perfect platter for any occasion. Choose one of the following homemade fresh salsas: mild, medium or hot, plus complimentary guacamole.

Sm $30.00 (6-8p) Md $45.00 (10-12p) Lg $55.00 (15-18p)

Crudité Platter

A wide variety of crispy fresh vegetables. Complimentary with the platter is a choice of two dips.

Sushi

Finger Food

20 pcs rolls- California Rolls

(Chicken or beef) $8.99 p/p

California Roll Platter $35.00

Amish Sushi Platter

70 pcs rolls- Tuna, salmon, ebi, eel, yellowtail, avocado and cucumber

$85.00

Sushi Delight Platter

Poached large shrimp beautifully arranged and garnished with lemon wedges and cocktail sauce.

Sm $50.00 (8-10p) Md $65.00 (12-14p) Lg $85.00 (16-18p)

35 pcs rolls- Tuna, salmon, eel, avocado, cucumber. 10 pcs nigiri- Tuna, salmon yellowtail, shrimp, octopus, squid.

Sm $70.00 (6-8p) Md $90.00 (10-12p) Lg $130.00 (15-20p)

Heroes By Foot

$65.00

Fresh Mozzarella Platter

The perfect appetizer: homemade mozzarella cheese, sliced Holland stem tomato, sun dried tomato, fresh basil with olive oil and balsamic vinegar elegantly designed in a floral display.

Pick from these delicious options; Amish Style, American, Vegetarian and Italian (served with mayonnaise, mustard and honey mustard on the side). Chicken Cutlets, grilled or fried (served with roasted vegetables and fresh mozzarella).

Sm $45.00 (8-10p) Md $55.00 (10-12p) Lg $70.00 (14-18p)

2 foot $45.00 (6-8p) 4 foot $90.00 (12-14p) 6 foot $130.00 (18-20p)

Assorted Cheese Platter

Royal Sandwich or Wrap Platter

A unique selection of imported and domestic cheeses garnished with fresh fruits or a gourmet selection of olives with assorted crackers or sliced bread on the side.

X-Sm $40.00 (4-6p) Sm $60.00 (8-10p) Md $80.00 (12-14p) Lg $100.00 (16-18p)

Oven Baked Hors D’oeuvres

A delightful selection of bite size, handmade hors d’oeuvres, including potato puffs, spinach turnover, mini meatballs, mushroom crowns and pigs in a blanket.

Md $55.00 (50 pcs, 8-10p) Lg $110.00 (100 pcs, 16-20p)

An endless array of fresh cold cuts and wraps, all made with assorted cheeses served on a variety of artisan breads and wraps with lettuce and tomato. (served with mayonnaise, mustard and honey mustard on the side)

$8.49 (p/p)

Dessert Platter

A delicious assortment of brownies, cookies, and chocolate garnished with fresh berries.

Salmon Platter

Served chilled or poached with dill sauce, or grilled with teriyaki glaze.

Sm $60 (6-8p) Lg $100 (10-15p)

Meat Entrees

Mini Kebab

Chicken fingers

with special house sauce $8.99 p/p

Mini shrimp kebab $11.99 p/p Stuffed chicken breast

with spinach and feta cheese $8.99 p/p

Mini meatballs $8.99 p/p Buffalo chicken wings with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing $7.99 p/p

Eggplant rollatini $7.99 p/p

Hot Pasta Trays

Marinara, Ala Vodka, Alfredo Siciliana, Milanese Suggested with penne

Baked Ziti

Ziti Baked with Ricotta, Mozzarella, Romano Cheese, Spices with Red Sauce

Half Tray $40.00 (8-10p) Full Tray $80.00 (20-30p)

Stuffed Turkey or Chicken Breast with Spinach and Feta Cheese

Chicken Parmigiana Chicken Franchese in Lemon Sauce Chicken Marsala Swedish Meatballs Italian Meatballs

For all meat entrees please choose one side dish: mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, white or yellow rice.

Half Tray $55.00 (8-10p) Full Tray $100.00 (18-20p)

Meat Lasagna

Half Tray $50.00 (8-12p) Full Tray $100.00 (18-25p)

Salads

Arugula Salad

Mushroom, Cherry Tomato, Parmesan Cheese

Mediterranean Salad

Romaine, Onion, Olives, Cucumber, Tomato, Feta

X-Sm $35.00 (4-6p) Sm $50.00 (8-10p) Md $65.00 (12-14p) Lg $85.00 (16-18p)

Fancy Mesclun Salad Cucumber, Tomato, Mixed Bell Peppers.

Md $40.00 (10-12p) Lg $50.00 (15-18p)

Please check out our full Holiday Menu at www.amishintribeca.com. Amish Market Tribeca 53 Park Place, New York, NY 10007 T: (212) 608-3863 • F: (212) 608-3864 • amishcatering@gmail.com

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