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n the coming months, 14 more corridors — including Houston St., the Bowery and Sixth Ave. — will be added to the city’s growing number of so-called “arterial slow zones.” The Department of Transportation announced the

second batch of new arterial slow zones on Fri., Aug. 1. The city’s first two arterial slow zones were launched in May, when it was also announced that Canal St. would also become one — Downtown Manhattan’s first slow zone — by June. In June, state lawmakers SLOW ZONE, continued on p. 4

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Dashane’s sign is a symbol of the need for safer streets BY ZACH WILLIAMS

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here’s a sign now at Clinton and Delancey Sts. showing that out of needless tragedy some good can emerge. The co-naming of that intersection as Dashane Santana Way recognizes a safer intersection compared to that through which Santana crossed on Jan. 13, 2012, when a Williamsburg Bridge-bound automobile killed the 12-year-old aspiring performer.

At a Sun., Aug. 3, unveiling of the new street co-naming sign, local elected officials and family members spoke to the community efforts following the accident, which led to extended crossing times and traffic islands, among new other safety measures. “The Lower East Side community will never forget her,” said Councilmember Margaret Chin, who sponsored the co-naming with fellow Councilmember Rosie Mendez. “Out of

Dashane’s tragedy came an inspiring community movement that forced the city to make permanent changes to Delancey St. that have saved lives. That’s her enduring legacy.” Dashane Santana was walking home from Castle Middle School, on Henry St., when a 2008 Toyota fatally struck her as she bent down to retrieve a dropped book bag. The intersection of Clinton and Delancey Sts. DASHANE, continued on p. 6

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CLOSED! There has been a sudden wave of store closings in the South Village and Soho area, and longtime patrons are devastated. The Hair Box, on Spring St. near Sullivan St., recently felt the cut, and has shuttered. Richie Gamba, “The Mayor of Spring St.,” can usually be found seated on a chair outside the place. “It’s a shame,” he said. “The owner, Patricia, is being forced out due to the rent. This barbershop has been around for 104 years. Landlords should stop the gouging of the rents, so we can have businesses for family-oriented people.” Other recent closings include Ruben’s Empanadas, on Broome St. (one of our personal favorites). Of course there was Miladay’s bar, on Prince St., though it still has a Web page for former fans to keep in touch. And it looks like Once Upon a Tart, on Sullivan St., will be transformed into yet another nightlife hot spot — that is, if Navy’s operators, who hope to expand into the

POUNDING PARK DRUMS: Concern is peaking again — as it seems to do every few years — over noise in Washington Square Park. Even Sharon Woolums, a public member of Community Board 2’s Parks Committee who is a huge fan of music in the park, is saying things have gone too far. The real issue, according to Woolums, is that people are bringing in full drum kits — though even just white spackle buckets are plenty loud — and really pounding up a storm of noise, which is drowning out other quieter musicians, like acoustic guitarists who just want to gently jam on their Beatles tunes in peace. At its recent full-board meeting, C.B. 2 approved a resolution by the Parks Committee that stated, “The pendulum has swung too far: Loud music is impeding general enjoyment of the park. Those who are breaking the rules or exceeding the guidelines are disrupting park use for the rest of the community.” Skateboarding in the park is also an issue, with the shredders doing tricks on park furniture and setting up ramps to do aerial stunts, especially near the Garibaldi statue, the board noted. Finally, people are hanging out in the park past the curfew and playing recorded music — which is technically amplified — and, needless to say, they don’t have a sound permit to do that. In short, C.B. 2 is calling for better enforcement in the park regarding excessively loud noise, skateboarding and violation of the curfew. On the latter, the board said the French barriers currently used to block the park entrances after the curfew are no obstacle to late-night parkgoers. As for the tunes, David Gruber, the board’s chairperson, said the real problem, as he sees it, is specifically latenight music, which “really penetrates the windows” of residents who live around the park’s northern and western edges. Phil Abramson, a Parks spokesperson, said the department will be assigning three more Park Enforcement Patrol officers to Washington Square, which already has three PEPs. “Two or three will be on duty at the same time, allowing for full coverage throughout the day and evening,” he said. The Washington Square Park Conservancy referred questions regarding the whole quality-of-life to-do to the Parks Department. Sarah Neilson, the conservancy’s executive director, said, “These issues are Parks Department matters and the Washington Square Park Conservancy has no involvement.” BORICUAS DO PARIS: Coach Damien Acevedo tells us that actor Luis Guzman, after recently hanging with the Lower East Side Lady Furies at the girls softball team’s last practice, was off to Europe, where he’s now busy filming his new flick, “Puerto Ricans in Paris,” which is slated for release next year. POLITICAL SCENE: Lois Rakoff recently attended a fundraiser at the famed Gargiulo’s on Coney Island for Domenic Recchia, who is challenging incumbent Michael Grimm for Congress in a Brooklyn-Staten Island district. Rakoff was a health and phys-ed teacher for Recchia when he was a teen growing up in Coney Island. “If he wins, New York will be all Democrat,” Rakoff noted of the city’s congressional delegation. TheVillager.com


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o Villagers’ dismay, a cherished farmhouse, one of Greenwich Village’s oldest buildings, recently went up for sale as a “development site.” The quaint former farmhouse sits at the corner of Charles and Greenwich Sts. Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, called the little white house “an icon and emblem of the historic West Village.” The 1,000-square-foot structure, plus its surrounding grounds, was listed for sale last month for $20 million by owner Suri Bieler, who bought it in 1988. The total property, at 4,868 square feet, offers the potential to “execute a wide variety of potential visions, from boutique condominiums, apartments or a one-of-a-kind townhouse,” according to the listing. After buying the house, Bieler and her husband, Eliot Brodsky, restored it and added a room for their young son. Bieler told The New York Times in 2008 that she had “pined for the house since she was a child in the 1960s.” Her broker, Andrew Greenberg, of ERG Property Advisors, didn’t respond to requests for comment. The house is believed to date from the 1800s, but wasn’t in the Village until 1967. It was formerly located at York Ave. and E. 71st St. But when the Archdiocese planned to raze it for senior housing, the owner moved it by trucks down to Charles St. The house has literary and cultural significance, too. Margaret Wise TheVillager.com

Brown, author of the children’s picture book “Goodnight Moon,” lived in it in the 1940s. The farmhouse is in a historic district, so it is landmarked. Berman detailed the lengthy process a developer would face to try to demolish the building and rebuild on the site. After filing an application, the developer would have to present the plan publicly at both Community Board 2 and the Landmarks Preservation Commission, before a final, binding vote by the latter. A Department of Buildings permit would be needed to modify or raze the existing structure. “Any application would face strong opposition,” Berman assured. However, none have been filed. “Right now, it’s just a lot of speculation,” he noted. G.V.S.H.P. is “closely monitoring the situation,” he said. The society is collecting historical information, to be prepared to fight a potential project. Thomas and Elizabeth Glass, the son and daughter of the owners who moved the farmhouse to the Village, have reportedly reached out to G.V.S.H.P., offering historic information on the building and their help to protect it. Outside 121 Charles St. this week, local residents and Village lovers expressed concern about the building’s fate. One neighbor, walking her dogs, said, “It would be a shame,” if it were razed. Martha Botts, who frequently visits her daughter, who lives nearby, said destroying the humble home would be “against the spirit of the West Village.”

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Houston, Bowery, Sixth speed set to be 25 m.p.h. SLOW ZONE, continued from p. 1

authorized the city to lower its socalled default speed limit — which is 30 miles per hour, unless signs are posted stating otherwise — to 25 miles per hour. The reduction won’t begin until 90 days after Governor Cuomo signs the bill into law, which he is expected to do. Although the arterial slow zones will be posted with 25-mile-per-hour signs, the same reduced speed limit will soon apply to the city as a whole. The rollout of the program’s second phase was “planned months ago, long before any legislative action in Albany,” a D.O.T. spokesperson explained. Last Friday, it was announced that the Bowery corridor arterial slow zone, from Chatham Square to Cooper Square, will launch in November. This 1-mile-long section of roadway saw five fatalities from 2008 to 2012. In addition, the speed on Houston St. from West St. to Baruch Place will also be reduced by 5 miles per hour starting in November. There was one fatality on the 2-mile-long cross-town boulevard during the four years ending in 2012. Sixth Ave. for 3.8 miles, from Central Park South to Franklin St. in Tribeca, will also be an arterial slow zone as of December. There were five fatalities along this corridor in the four-year period. Seventh Ave. from Central Park South down to W. 11th St. also will be

included in the program as of August. This 2.4-mile stretch saw four fatalities from 2008 to 2012. Distinctive blue-and-white signs with the new lower speed limit will be put along the reduced-speed routes, and will complement the signage around new “neighborhood slow zones.” The latter designate entire communities as 20-mile-per-hour districts, such as the new Alphabet City-Tompkins Square Park neighborhood slow zone — featuring 20 new speed bumps — set to go into effect this month. For anyone contemplating being an arterial slow-zone scofflaw, according to D.O.T., “The locations will also benefit from increased enforcement by the N.Y.P.D., with temporary speed boards installed at key locations to alert drivers of the new speed limit.” D.O.T. will update signal-light timing to maintain mobility along the slowed-down stretches and prevent diversions to side streets. The arterial slow zone program is one of 63 initiatives that are part of Vision Zero, Mayor de Blasio’s initiative to prevent traffic fatalities and improve street safety. Citywide, major traffic arteries account for 15 percent of the total road mileage but a disproportionate amount, 60 percent, of pedestrian fatalities. Polly Trottenberg, the D.O.T. commissioner, said the arterial slow zones are “a critical and widely endorsed element of Vision Zero.” Speaking in June about the city’s

hanced signage, traffic light timing and enforcement will bring us one step closer to ending traffic fatalities in our city,” said state Senator Brad Hoylman. Assemblymember Richard Gottfried added, “It’s time to slam the brakes on speeding motorists who put pedestrians at risk, and to accelerate the pace of traffic-calming measures that will increase safety.” Said City Councilmember Corey Johnson, “I applaud the expansion of slow zones across the city and in my district, and look forward to working with D.O.T. on expanding the much-needed West Village neighborhood slow zone.” A few months ago, Hoylman wrote to D.O.T., echoing the call by P.S. 41 Principal Kelly Shannon and Community Board 2 for expanding the planned West Village neighborhood slow zone a block east to Sixth Ave. On June 25, the state senator received a response from D.O.T., stating that the agency would consider the additional area as “a second phase.” “While I am disappointed that D.O.T. did not commit to an expansion at this time due to planning and time constraints,” Hoylman said, “I am encouraged by the agency’s commitment to consider the additional area as a second phase to the slow zone. Additionally, to alleviate risk in the short term, D.O.T. will be conducing a feasibility study for the placement of speed humps near the schools within the additional area.”

plan to reduce its overall citywide speed limit, Trottenberg assured that driving efficiency is often “determined by the intersection far more than it’s determined by the speed on the straightaways.” Local politicians uniformly hailed the new arterial slow zones. “Keeping traffic flowing along our most important thoroughfares need not come at the expense of people’s safety,” said Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. “By creating arterial slow zones, D.O.T. will make essential improvements to our most dangerous roads, which will save lives. I applaud Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Trottenberg for making our streets safer.” Councilmember Margaret Chin’s district will have three of the latest slowed-down stretches. “These new arterial slow zones are fantastic news for all New Yorkers who want a safer city for their families,” Chin said. “I’ve heard from many constituents about the need for slower speeds on the Bowery, Houston St. and Sixth Ave., and I’m excited to see the positive impact these changes will have in our community, especially for our seniors.” Said Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, “There have been drastic accidents in my district. Reducing speeds will save lives and reduce the number of accidents. This program has my full support.” “Lowering the speed limit and encouraging compliance through en-

Board 2 tosses paper for tablets at its meetings BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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ust call them C.B. 2.0. Community Board 2 is leading the way among community boards by going paperless for its full-board meetings. Normally, at the once-monthly meetings of the full 50-member board, C.B. 2 members get a plump, legal-size envelope packed full of papers, including all the resolutions from the board’s committee meetings, which the full board then votes on. However, at its recent July meeting, C.B. 2 members could be seen peering intently at computer tablets and laptops — and, no, they weren’t reading The Villager or even updating their Facebook status. Under an initiative led by David Gruber, the board’s chairperson, they were all diligently scrolling through a PDF of the committee resolutions that they would be considering that evening.

Board members were encouraged to bring their own tablets or laptops to the meeting. Meanwhile, Gruber used a fund of extra community board cash to buy 20 tablets for use by board members lacking one. At noon the day of the meeting, the board office e-mailed out a single PDF to the members. “It’s like a newspaper deadline, all the committee reports are in there,” Gruber noted. The various committee reports had been assembled into one long file. Board members then uploaded the PDF to their tablets. Local residents can also download the PDF by going to the C.B. 2 Web site. “We want the public to download it,” Gruber stated. Paper printouts of committee resolutions were still available to the public at the July meeting. If a board member brings a tablet to the meeting but hasn’t uploaded

C.B. 2 members read the committee resolutions on computer tablets and laptops at the July full-board meeting.

the PDF, it’s no problem. There will always be a flash drive with the file on hand that can be plugged into the laptop and uploaded in seconds. Or, if they have an iPad, board members can upload the file via WiFi, assuming the meeting room has adequate reception. The board chairperson bought Acer tablets because, unlike iPads, they have a standard port to accept a flash drive. After the meeting, the board’s Acer tablets were collected from the members who used them. Each tablet has a number on it, so the board can keep track of them. Gruber said he’s been fielding calls from other boards curious about how they might replicate the C.B. 2 process. Asked about her experience using a tablet, board veteran Doris Diether, 85, said, “I thought it was kind of interesting. I didn’t know we had to give them back. I was just getting the hang of it!” TheVillager.com


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was the site of 129 total injuries — including to motor vehicle occupants, cyclists and pedestrians (10) — between 2006 and 2010, as well as one fatality from 2006 to 2012. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said in a statement that it took cooperation between the state and city to address the numerous safety concerns at the eastern end of Delancey St. that existed two and a half years ago when Dashane was killed. At that time, Dashane — who had a special ability for her age to forge relationships across generations — had her first job lined up at the U.S. Open, Borough President Gale Brewer said. The young girl’s tragic legacy will ensure the future safety of children and adults who cross the wide intersection just before the Williamsburg Bridge, added Brewer, whose own 14-year-old nephew died in a bicycle accident. Dashane’s name, Mendez said, will become synonymous with the ongoing effort to make the streets safer for all. Naming streets after traffic victims, she noted, can highlight the underlying goal of Vision Zero — the city’s effort to reduce traffic-related fatalities.

At Sunday’s dedication of Dashane Santana Way, from left, Teresa Pedroza, Shamika Benjamin — Dashane’s mother — Borough President Gale Brewer, Brian Bacchus Dashane’s grandfather — and Councilmember Rosie Mendez.

“If something good comes out of a tragedy, while it’s still sad, we need to be happy for the good,” Mendez said. Shamika Benjamin, Dashane’s mother, could not hide her grief as she spoke to the roughly three dozen people assembled for the occasion. Tears came to her eyes as she summed up the loss of her beloved daughter in one sentence.

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“She’s gone but she will never be forgotten,” she said. Classmate Siniya Waller also succumbed to emotion as she addressed the crowd. She saw Dashane the day

before her death, but would not attend school the next day. Another friend of Dashane’s, Turahn Woody, consoled Waller as he spoke of moments Dashane will never share with them. “If she was still here with us, she would have graduated with us in the same class, with a prom,” he said. Teresa Pedroza said in an interview that she found a new calling after her granddaughter’s death. Pedroza soon became involved not only in transportation activism but also housing and environmental justice. For the past year, she has also served on the Community Board 3 Transportation and Public Safety / Environment Committee. Pedroza’s helping others navigate the challenges of living in the Lower East Side all stems from the calamity of Dashane’s untimely death three weeks before her 13th birthday. “They don’t know how the system works,” Pedroza said, “and I just got caught up in this whirlwind and here I am today.”

RID leader beats gun rap BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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essica Berk, the leader of Residents in Distress, is feeling relieved after beating a gun charge. On March 31, during a court-ordered cleanup of the Christopher St. apartment she shares with her elderly mother, an unloaded .22-caliber pistol was found in the place. Berk — who founded the controversial anticrime group RID more than a decade ago — denied knowing the gun had been there, and said she didn’t know who it belonged to. Nevertheless, she was charged with misdemeanor criminal weapon possession in the fourth degree. A police escort had been requested for the cleanup, and so officers were there when the gun was found. Berk said her family has been in litigation with building management for 27 years. The gun reportedly fell from a file cabinet, either from on top of one or from a drawer. After the firearm’s discovery, Berk said she was taken to the Sixth Precinct, where she was held for 11 hours, much of that time with both a hand as well as an ankle cuffed to a bench. Two weeks ago in court, though, the weapon charge against the lifelong Villager, 55, was dropped. “The case was dismissed because it could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Joan Vollero, a

spokesperson for the Manhattan district attorney. According to a source, there was never any evidence of anyone owning the gun, and given the apartment’s extremely cluttered state, it simply couldn’t be proven whose it was. However, Berk rejected that justification for the case’s dismissal, retorting to The Villager, “The apartment wasn’t cluttered on the day the gun was found.” In April, Berk told The Villager she thought the pistol perhaps could have been planted by someone — multiple cleanup workers had been going in and out of the apartment at the time — or might have belonged to her late father, Leo Berk, who ran the Waverly Lounge from 1950 to 1970 and “dealt with a lot of gangsters.” Berk also wondered why police only arrested her and not her 90-year-old mother, who shares the apartment, though was staying at a facility at the time. Berk, who has sued the Sixth Precinct before for false arrest, is now preparing to sue again. “I’m suing the N.Y.P.D. and for damages for being shackled for 12 hours,” she said. “Of course, there are going to be supervisors who were involved who are liable in this. ... This arrest was a deliberate attempt to harass me.” The Sixth Precinct declined comment. TheVillager.com


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Croman ‘pattern of harassment’ must end, pols say BY ZACH WILLIAMS

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ocal politicians joined the fray last week with a joint statement praising recent action by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Office against the practices of landlord Steven Croman, who has been the subject of numerous tenant complaints over the years. A representative of 9300 Realty — which oversees Croman properties in the East Village and Lower East Side — denied wrongdoing, saying that the company has actively tried to resolve disputes to no avail, and with no response from local housing advocacy group Good Old Lower East Side, or GOLES. In a statement, the company said, “9300 Realty takes its obligations as a landlord very seriously. Our track record of providing safe and reliable housing for both market-rate and rent-stabilized tenants speaks for itself and should not be marred by a small but vocal group of individuals. We have reached out to GOLES on multiple occasions to address any concerns they may have about the building or its management. Despite this good-faith effort, GOLES has so far been unresponsive to our requests to engage in a constructive dialogue on this issue. As a landlord, we take pride in having positive relationships with our tenants and we invite them to keep us informed of any issues in need of attention.” “The building” in question is 346 E. 18th St., where — as profiled in an article in last week’s issue of The Villager — tenants charge they have faced harassment, as well as struggled to have outstanding building violations addressed, among other issues. Wasim Lone, director of housing services at GOLES, confirmed that the organization chose not to respond to Croman representatives. He said that he, along with members of the Stop Croman Coalition, instead decided that providing their side of the story to the Attorney General’s Office would be more “productive.” “Given the severity of the harassment taking place in multiple buildings, the coalition made the decision that we would not sit and negotiate with him,” he said. Saying they have fielded a litany of complaints against Croman from their constituents, a group of local politicians — Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, state senators Daniel Squadron and Brad Hoylman, Borough President Gale Brewer and Councilmembers Rosie Mendez and Margaret Chin — issued their joint statement on July 31. “Steven Croman’s pattern of tenant harassment must come to an end,” they said. “Tenants from his buildings have contacted us with accounts of chronic harassment and intimidation — including disruptive building maintenance, frivolous lawsuits and, most egregiously, the dispatching of a ‘private investigator’ to apartments to intimidate tenants.” Schneiderman’s office declined to comment for this article on whether Croman’s company is actually currently subject of an investigation. According to a source, however, at least one local politician and one local housing advocacy agency have supplied information to the A.G.’s office. In addition, the Daily News, in a July 26 article, reported that, according to a source, Croman is now being probed for using illegal tactics to force out

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rent-regulated tenants. For the article about Croman in last week’s issue, the A.G.’s office did issue a statement, which was first published in The Villager. “We are prepared to take action against landlords who use illegal tactics to force rent-regulated tenants out of their homes to raise rents,” the statement read. Longtime tenants allege that Anthony Falconite, a former New York Police Department officer, would enter their homes under false pretenses, then

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badger them in hopes of proving that they were not living full-time in apartments. Falconite would also pressure tenants to accept buyouts to vacate their apartments, tenants say. Two weeks ago, Schneiderman issued a “cease and desist” order against Falconite, barring him from further alleged harassment. Falconite has not responded to requests for comment from this paper. Additional tenant allegations against Croman specify that requested repairs have not been made,

unsafe construction has been performed and frivolous lawsuits launched against longtime tenants who refuse to move out. “We went to court on July 30 and the Legal Aid lawyers tried to get the case dismissed, but Croman’s lawyers refused to drop it, and instead are trying to evict us,” said Cynthia Chaffee, a 37-year resident of E. 18th St., in an e-mail. “We have another court case scheduled for Sept. 4, so that we must now subpoena [representatives of] Section 8 to appear on our behalf.” She has battled Croman for years to accept the Section 8 federal rent subsidy, as well as on other issues since 1999, she said. “When we were first accepted to the Section 8 program in 2007, Croman refused to accept our Section 8 voucher,” she said. “Croman did not sign it until 2008, when we were finally able to begin Section 8 on Nov. 1, 2008. We wouldn’t have it without [then-] state Senator Tom Duane having his staff personally go to Croman’s office and wait there until they signed the papers, and then personally hand-deliver it to the Section 8 office in the Bronx,” she added. In contrast to other notable local developers, such as Ben “Sledgehammer” Shaoul and Jared Kushner, Croman tends to hold onto properties for the long term rather than flipping new acquisitions for a quick profit. The sheer size of the Croman real estate portfolio (about 150 buildings in Manhattan) also distinguishes him from other landlords in the East Village and L.E.S., where longtime residents continue to try to resist the pressures of gentrification. “He has a really wide reach,” said Yonatan Tadele, an organizer with the Cooper Square Committee. “When you couple how many units he has with his behaviors, you have a really dangerous influence in our area.” Investigations by the state attorney general into city landlords are “not uncommon,” according to Lucas Ferrara, an adjunct professor of real estate at N.Y.U. School of Law and a practicing attorney. He said that landlord-tenant issues in the city have always been “contentious” and “adversarial.” The nature of the city’s housing system leads to inevitable clashes, especially considering the money at stake, he added. “When you have a statutory structure — like rent control and rent stabilization — that maintains rents at artificially low, below-market thresholds, that will often serve to fuel conflicts,” he said. “You’ve got some tenants gaming the system — hoarding regulated units, even though they really live elsewhere. As long as there’s an upside to having a below-market tenant legally and lawfully evicted, so that rents can be raised, why wouldn’t an owner want to exercise that right?” However, an investigation of Croman by Schneiderman seems like it would be more than a typical one, from the sound of it. And the fact that the A.G. has already ordered Falconite to cease and desist from alleged harassment of tenants isn’t exactly common, either. Finally, the sheer volume of tenant complaints lodged against Croman, over so many years, in so many buildings, and in multiple neighborhoods — and the fact that a half dozen local politicians are now declaring that this “pattern of harassment” must end — doesn’t seem so common, either. TheVillager.com


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POLICE BLOTTER Homophobe slashes her

the strongest possible terms,” Chin said. “The woman who confronted this man during his hate-filled rant must be commended for her courageous and noble action, and I am deeply thankful that she did not suffer life-threatening injuries. My thoughts are with her, and I wish her a speedy recovery. “I thank the N.Y.P.D. for quickly arresting this suspect, and I hope and trust that he will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

According to police, around 10:40 p.m. on Fri., Aug. 1, a 32-year-old man walked up to a group of friends — a woman and two men — who were standing at the corner of Delancey and Essex Sts. and starting shouting antigay slurs at one of the men. The woman, 29, attempted to intervene by confronting the shouter and asking him to stop. When she approached him, the alleged perpetrator slashed her across the left side of her face with a sharp object, according to police. An off-duty police officer was reportedly exiting the nearby subway station, and chased down the assailant. The alleged attacker — identified as Takeam Brison, 32 —was arrested and is currently charged with felony assault as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon, a pocket knife. In addition, after he was in police custody, Brison reportedly also stated an antigay slur against the woman he slashed, according to police. According to the New York Post, Brison is a Bowery homeless shelter resident with a record dating back to the 1990s. The slashing victim was removed to Bellevue Hospital, where she received five stitches and was released, according to the Post. On Tues., Aug. 4, Councilmember Margaret Chin strongly condemned the attack and called for justice for the victim. “As with any violence that targets our L.G.B.T. New Yorkers or their supporters, I condemn this attack in

Damaged safe At 7:15 p.m. on Fri., July 25, police received a call alerting them that an unknown suspect broke into Creative Edge Parties, a catering business and store, at 110 Barrow St., while it was closed. The man is wanted for felony burglary charges. The unidentified man allegedly damaged a safe inside, but no property was stolen. According to police reports, it is unknown how the perpetrator entered the store, but there is video surveillance showing him leaving through the front door. The police investigation is still underway.

Sale goes to pot Two men were arrested at 5:50 p.m. last Friday for allegedly making a drug deal “open to public view” across the street from 26 Washington Square North, according to police reports. William Bogart, 45, and George Washington, 51, were arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for

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Meatpacking swipe At midnight on Sat., July 26, a female victim, 21, reported her bag stolen while she was at the Provocateur bar and nightclub, at 18 Ninth Ave. She told police she left her handbag on a bar counter for about five minutes, and “forgot about it.” As soon as she remembered, she went back to get it, but it was gone, according to police reports. Inside the bag was an iPhone 5s, valued at $200; a New York driver’s license; a Bank of America credit card; a Chase debit card, and a set of keys. The victim was alerted that her debit card was later used at

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ormer Villager Editor William Honan, who led the newspaper during a transformative period of political upheaval in Greenwich Village, was memorialized by friends, colleagues and family members on June 16 at The New York Times building. Honan died in April at age 83. From 1957 to 1960, he was the editor of The Villager. He went on to be a correspondent and editor for 30 years at The New York Times. Yet, he said, editing The Villager was the most important job he ever had. Honan pushed to make The Villager a player in the Village’s changing politics — reshaping it from “a little society paper to a newspaper that reported the news,” as former Councilmember Carol Greitzer put it. Under Honan, the paper championed the ascendancy of the upstart Village Independent Democrats and its reform candidates, including Greitzer, versus the old-line Tammany Hall, led by the powerful Carmine De Sapio. Honan’s Villager also joined local activists led by Shirley Hayes in fighting Robert Moses’ plan to put a road through the middle of Washington Square Park. At the Times, as a culture reporter, Honan had an eye for talent, and spotted Pavarotti as an up-and-coming opera phenom. Perhaps not as well known — at least not publicly — Honan was also a devoted herpetologist. In short, he was fascinated by reptiles and amphibians — particularly, snakes and snapping turtles, the latter which, as a boy, he would daringly capture barehanded in suburban Bronxville, where he grew up. One of his two sons, Bradley Holmes Burton Honan, reminisced about his father’s love of cold-blooded critters. In the Honan household, it wasn’t unusual to find a snake contentedly coiled around a floor lamp or hungry snapping turtles swimming about in the bathtub. His son concluded by pulling a small, wriggling snake out of his suit coat pocket, to the audience’s laughter. He then placed it in a terrarium off to the side, which had been sitting concealed under newspaper paper for that purpose. Corinna Honan Inge, a niece from England, also a journalist, humorously recalled how after a visit by her uncle, she opened her refrigerator, only to find inside a “going-away

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Shana and Edward Hale, in-laws of Bill Honan, at his memorial. Husband Edward, a native Villager, holds a copy of the “Greenwich Village Guide,” which Honan edited, and wears a rubber snake — in homage to Honan as herpetologist — which had adorned a table.

present” — dangling spiders, snakes and assorted bugs. William Grimes, a Times culture reporter, didn’t share any snake stories, but recalled working next to Honan at the old Times building, on W. 43rd St. The quarters there were beyond cramped, with adjacent staffers feeling like they were “long-haul truckers” in the same cab, he said. People got on each other’s nerves over the slightest things. But Honan always was easygoing with a great laugh, and was a pleasure to work next to, Grimes said. Speaking at the memorial, Lincoln Anderson, The Villager’s editor in chief, noted it was John W. Sutter, the paper’s immediate past publisher, who sparked awareness among The Villager’s current editorial staff of Honan’s important role more than five decades earlier. Sutter happened to vacation in Connecticut near where Honan had a house, and so learned about his past editorship of the paper. “He set the paper on the right course,” Anderson said of Honan. “The Village’s political and physical landscape were changing, and under Bill, The Villager fought the good fight. We try to carry on in his footsteps and live up to his high standard.”

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Raptors hold bird fans’ rapt attention in park; BY ZACH WILLIAMS

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hen danger threatens a hard-working father like Christo and his family — or pretty much whenever they decide to spread their wings — Tompkins Square Park bird enthusiasts flock to them. Admirers of Christo, a red-tailed hawk, eagerly chronicle his life as well as the development of his three eyases and the comings and goings of his longtime mate, Dora. The raptors, whose wingspan can reach up to four-and-a-half feet in adult birds, have a rapt audience of locals who feast on their activities in the park. Local photographer Laura Goggin has followed the development of the family over the last year, seldom missing a day. Her photo blog (gogginphotography.com) began with shots of the now-shuttered Mars Bar, but gradually began to focus more and more on her encounters with the hawks. Observing the birds, she said, has changed her perspective of the park, which she has regularly visited since moving to New York City 15 years ago. Goggin admits she had a lot to learn about birds when she began shooting them with her Canon 70D camera last year. She now astutely listens for the cackles of blue jays and mockingbirds in the park, signs that one of her beloved hawks may be near. “Once you tune into the birds, a whole new world opens up,” she

said at the park this past Saturday. Christo’s carnivorous nature can lead to trouble, she noted, as was the case the day before when she received an ominous phone call from a fellow birder. “They said, ‘You need to come to the park right now,’ ” she recalled. About two dozen people rushed to Christo’s rescue after a fan of a rival ornithological species — perhaps absentmindedly — placed a pigeon on a railing near the ravenous Christo, who hunts for about a half-dozen meals per day. Before long, the ravenous raptor was airborne with the pigeon, dodging flying projectiles thrown by the man, a park regular. Things got a little physical between hawk supporters and the pigeon feeder but Christo escaped unscathed, according to Goggin, who was on the scene by then. Community members also rallied back in June when the first flight of one of the baby hawks went awry. The hawks’ nest was perched on a seventh-floor air conditioner overlooking Avenue B at the Christodora House — hence Christo’s name. As the birds were under webcam surveillance, observers quickly noticed that one of the young hawks was missing. “Around 6:15 p.m. after persistent searching, a resident of Ninth St. found the hawk in an airshaft between buildings. The cavalry was called and a rescue commenced,” a June 23 blog entry reported. They named him Shaft.

Blogger Laura Goggin, at left in purple dress, and park rangers, along with other hawk watchers and parkgoers, watch one of the juvenile red-tailed hawks.

A juvenile red-tailed hawk, one of the offspring of Christo and Dora, swoops through the park, drawing stares from parkgoers. It’s difficult to distinguish the juveniles, so it’s not known if this was Shaft, Middle Child or Number Three.

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At the hawks’ Christodora House aerie, mom Dora clears away a not-so-fresh, leftover rat, while dad Christo and their three eyases look on. (An eyas is a baby hawk that has not yet fledged, or learned to fly.)

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Christo, Dora and kids have a talon for hunting HAWKS, continued from p. 12

Helping with the rescue was an urban park ranger, who also helped save a fledgling hawk in Washington Square earlier this year. The hero to bird lovers could not speak on the record due to Parks Department restrictions, but intimated that birds of prey factored in a job hunt about 10 years ago. “That’s the whole reason I became a ranger, to be around hawks all day,” the ranger said. The East Village’s topography makes for ideal living space for redtailed hawks, which appear to enjoy the concrete jungle as much as moderately covered forest land. Observers, however, have noticed how the city-slicker hunting birds have to fall down a bit before learning what to expect from the area’s more natural features, such as thin branches that a more-experienced hawk would instantly recognize as an inadequate perch. “Bird did not even know what a tree is because he grew up on an air conditioner,” said Dennis Edge, as he watched one of the newborns fumble about on a tree branch. He added he wasn’t sure whether it was Shaft or siblings Number Three or Middle Child he was looking at, since the young are difficult to differentiate from each other. The red-tailed hawks’ rebounding in Downtown Manhattan, though, ironically spurred a growth in Tompkins Square’s rat population several years ago, which got so bad it was dubbed “Ratpalooza.” When hawks take up residence and procreate, nearby rat-poisoning efforts must be suspended, to protect the hawks’ young from ingesting poison through rodent meat brought to them by their parents up to several times a day. Following a July 2011 article in The Villager about the Tompkins rodent explosion, Parks Department officials brought the rats under control with traps, garbage-control and eventually restarting the use of poison. The ongoing saga of Christo and Co. gives a renewed sense of hope for one longtime resident. Gentrification tamed much of the neighborhood, but the re-emergence of the magnificent winged park denizens illustrates that something wild still resides within the East Village, according to Edward Arrocha. He has avidly followed red-tailed hawks around the city since 1996. “For me, it’s a gift,” he said, “because I remember when there were none in the park.” TheVillager.com

With the Con Ed building in the background, Dora flies homeward with a leafy branch for the Christodora House nest.

Some young girls cautiously approach one of the young raptors, which don’t pose a threat to humans — though, by some accounts, they sometimes prey on small dogs and cats. August 7, 2014

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Schneiderman’s the man

End ‘broken windows’

To The Editor: Re “A.G. orders Croman goon to stop harassing rent-regulated tenants” (news article, July 31): Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is the best thing to happen to tenants in New York in decades. He runs circles around the governor in defending our rights and making things better for workaday renters. Thank goodness we elected him. Schneiderman’s fight against Croman, and what the A.G. did for that building on Linden St. in Brooklyn — just amazing. I’m a rent-stabilized tenant and I know he has my back. Thank you, Eric.

To The Editor: Eric Garner died from police brutality. We extend our deepest condolences to Eric Garner’s family and loved ones. FIERCE stands in solidarity with all communities impacted by unjust policing and brutality, including people of color, transgender and queer people, and homeless and immigrant communities. FIERCE is an L.G.B.T.Q. organization led by youth of color. We have been organizing local grassroots campaigns to fight police harassment and violence in the West Village for more than 14 years. As L.G.B.T.Q. youth of color, we are unfortunately intimately familiar with the type of targeting that stems from “broken windows” policing. FIERCE organizes against the violence, harassment and discrimination L.G.B.T.Q.

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youth of color face from “quality of life” policing practices. L.G.B.T.Q. youth of color are often targeted for minor offenses, such as blocking a sidewalk, graffiti and homelessness itself. These policies have not made New Yorkers safer. On the contrary, these policies have proven to be discriminatory as low-income New Yorkers and communities of color disproportionately experience hyper-aggressive enforcement of low-level offenses. L.G.B.T.Q. youth of color often experience a cycle of criminalization, as a result.   As Darielle Harris, a FIERCE member, stated, “We strive for a New York City where racial and gender profiling and unnecessary force from the N.Y.P.D. are no longer realities that plague our community. What happened to Eric Garner is unacceptable LETTERS, continued on p. 16

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eed to get Uptown and live or work between Bowery and Sixth Ave.? You’ll have to find a way other than the M.T.A. bus. Heading Downtown from there but not near Broadway or Seventh Ave.? Same problem. Residents in the South and Central Greenwich Village, Soho, Little Italy, Noho and Washington Square areas are hopping mad about this aboveground transit desert. On July 30, a well-attended town hall about local transit was sponsored by state Senator Daniel Squadron, with state Assemblymember Deborah Glick and other local elected officials, along with Community Board 2 and the Riders Alliance. This town hall was in response to repeated pleas for restoration of former bus routes that were lifelines for many — especially seniors, the disabled and students. After Squadron and Glick spoke, they were followed by Shirley Secunda, chairperson of the C.B. 2 Traffic and Transportation Committee, who gave a quick overview of the main points of two recent C.B. 2 resolutions — both unanimously passed — asking for service restoration on important bus lines in the area. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer attended the event, showing her support for more accessible and available transit options, especially local public buses. Representatives for City Councilmember Margaret Chin and state Senator Brad Hoylman were also present. A representative each from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Department of Transportation listened to concerns and responded to questions. Many residents spoke — as they did at the C.B. 2 meeting on this issue in June — of long waits for the few buses that still serve the area, or of the problem of no service at all. The M5 bus was repeatedly mentioned, as it currently struggles to stay near on time on its overlong path from 178th St. down to the tip of Lower Manhattan a scheduled six times an hour. Bunching (no bus for a long time, then multiple buses at once), overcrowding and frequent long delays often cause people to give up on the M5 and take taxis.

The M5 down Broadway is the only central bus going to Lower Manhattan and FiDi jobs — including the influx of media and marketing companies that are finding that space in Downtown Manhattan is more economical than Midtown. It’s the only aboveground transit option, other than taxis or Access-ARide, to get to jury duty or to the vast complex of government offices, Tuesday’s Night Out Against Crime in Demo Square was the best party in including Social the Village. There were free burgers, watermelon and a deejay spinning Security, City Hall Sinatra, Elvis and Pharrell. Councilmember Margaret Chin, second from and the City Counright, presented commander Elisa Cokkinos, far left, a proclamation saluting cil, or to Lower the precinct. Joining them were, from left, David Gruber, C.B. 2 chairperson; Manhattan’s rich Maureen Remacle, precinct community council president; Jimmy Alberici, array of historic community affairs officer; and Councilmember Corey Johnson. and educational sites. There is a restricted weekday bus lane that Union Square East, you aren’t getting home by bus limits car and taxi traffic to only one lane (often to this part of town. Echoing Board 2’s strong resolution for restoring blocked by trucks, either turning or double-parked the former well-working routes, many at the town to load and unload). But the bus lane is used by tour and hop-on/hop-off buses more than the M5, hall called for restoration of the M1 and M6, so that making it largely a tourist amenity rather than a the M5 could resume its more reasonable route much-needed artery for residents and workers to by heading west on Houston St. to turn Uptown at Sixth Ave. and thus providing Uptown service get Downtown in a timely manner. Heading back from Lower Manhattan going east of Broadway. Lack of accessibility was the major concern — north, only Bowery or Sixth Ave. carry riders on city buses in the center of the borough. The area such as the desperate appeal to restore the former previously also had the M1 taking riders Uptown Uptown route of the M3 on University Place from via Centre St., including Chinatown and Little Ita- Ninth St. to 14th St. — voiced by all those who ly, then Lafayette St. through Soho, Noho and the have difficulty trudging the excessive distances to Village. That bus, however, currently doesn’t start reach the M3’s current location on Fourth Ave. In addition, people pleaded to have the M21 its Uptown route until Ninth St. return to going east/west on Houston St. and No local M.T.A. bus currently stops near Union heading up the East Side — especially since that’s Square and heads Downtown past Eighth St., so going to Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe’s for where the nearest full-service hospitals are, more inexpensive groceries means hauling them back needed than ever since the closing of St. Vincent’s. While the M.T.A. speaks often of financial woes, on foot or ponying up for a taxi. And if you just had testing done at Beth Israel’s Phillips Center on it’s clear that Downtown residents and employees are being deprived of sorely needed public transit options. M.T.A. ridership data does not take into account the many people that cannot utilize the existing bus routes and must use other methods, including taxis they cannot afford or spending hours waiting for Access-A-Ride. Another important factor is Lower Manhattan’s recent population growth, which increased more than 77 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to census data, as well as the neighborhood’s boom in new office, retail and residential space coming online every day. It is time for the M.T.A. to provide the bus service our community deserves — service that does not require long hikes or waits for residents, students and workers, including children, the elderly and those with mobility challenges, who cannot walk or cycle around town or manage the subways. We are asked to take mass transit to alleviate roadway congestion. That’s just what we’d like to do, if only we are given convenient, usable options! Cude is second vice chairperson, Community Board 2 August 7, 2014

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and, frankly, disgusting.” The N.Y.P.D. must be held accountable for Eric Garner’s death. The mayor and Police Department commissioner must end their broken-windows program immediately. L.G.B.T.Q. youth of color say, No Justice! No Peace! FIERCE is a member of Communities United for Police Reform. Jai Dulani Dulani is co-director, FIERCE

Must sink Navy plan To The Editor: Re “On sleepy Sullivan St., residents fear second coming of Beatrice Inn” (news article, July 31): You believe that the owners of Navy will keep Once Upon a Tart open? Seriously? A “rescue” deal means Jerome will have no leverage going forward, and he will be out. When the community board says no to a liquor license, it’s not only saying no to the applicant. It’s also, by proxy, saying no to the landlord’s lack of creativity and community accountability, in seeking anything other than the high-profit margins of liquor. This is one of the quietest blocks in all the Village and Soho, and there is a church. Sullivan St. neighbors, do everything in your power to fight this application. The taxi horns and shouting taxi drivers alone on that tight street, on that unique and difficult corner, will keep you up nights. It’s an echo chamber, and if you are prepared for that, and for the cigarette smoke wafting up into your apartments, and the screeching cell phone calls and screeching laughter of the ladies, and the bellowing of the men, none of whom have the capacity after six drinks to look up and show respect to the neighbors, then by all means, support this application. But we all know what the reality is, so fight it. A community is allowed to preserve some semblance of peacefulness, in the midst of all the change. Fight this application. Patrick Shields

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Petro pedal standoff

To The Editor: On July 27, at 9:04 a.m., I stood up from my favorite Petrosino Square perch — the cement banquette just outside the park’s gated portion, on the sidewalk at the intersection of Kenmare St. and Cleveland Place. Leaning on my cane, I began to walk toward my studio, when I heard someone behind me calling, “Out of the way! Out of the way!” He was an old man, leaning on the handlebars of a racer-style bike, a good-looking man, fully and smartly outfitted to cycle, wearing a fluorescent vest, a handsome black helmet, and stylish cyclist gloves. I blocked his path. “This is a sidewalk,” I said firmly. “Yes, I know, but I can’t get to where I’m going,” he responded. “Dismount your bike and walk it,” I said sternly. “I’m late for church. The street is too rough,” came his reply. “That doesn’t mean that you can ride your bike on the sidewalk,” I told him. “You must know the law. You can be ticketed and your bike can be taken away. I’m 75 years old and I am afraid that cyclists on the sidewalk will knock me down, so I block everyone who rides on the sidewalk.” “I’m 86 years old,” he said. “Are you disabled? If you are disabled I will get out of your way.” He wasn’t disabled, he said, and he took the bike into the street, giving me a brief lecture on fossil fuels. As he rode away my voice rose. “I’ve never had a car,” I screamed. “I have no fossil footprint. I rode bikes all my... .” But he was already at Spring St., hurrying to worship his God. Minerva Durham

Art, not bike station To The Editor: Re “Petrosino plaintiffs roll out bike-site appeal” (news article, July 31): Most, if not all, of the Petrosino protesters support green transportation alternatives like cycling. (Granted, some take issue with “Citi” corporate branding all over the bikes and the stations.) For years, this community worked with then-City Councilmember Alan Gerson, Community Board 2, and

the Parks Department to gather the funding and political will to get Petrosino Park expanded and renovated, and specifically to dedicate its north-end triangle for large sculpture installations. In fact, Petrosino Park is one of the first in the city to participate in the Art in the Parks program, beginning in 1984. Who can forget Minsuk Cho’s “Ring Dome” (2007), Kim Holleman’s “Trailer Park” (2006), Carole Feuermann’s “Survival of Serena” (2012), Lisa Hoke’s “Molecular Motion” (1984), or three dozen other exhibits from 1984 to 2012? These artists and more were joined by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, C.B. 2 (multiple times), and every one of our elected representatives (multiple times), in calling on the city to relocate the bike-share station a few feet away into the roadbed. However, obdurate, autocratic, petty bureaucrats who have no sense of aesthetic value would not listen.

The latest legal filing will reassert our rights under the public trust doctrine, which protects dedicated parkland, like Petrosino. Fatally flawed as Justice Kern’s decision is, it did grant the first part of our argument: Contrary to the city’s absurd and insulting claim that Petrosino Square is merely “a traffic island,” Kern acknowledged that it is a park in every meaningful sense of that word. Georgette Fleischer Fleischer is founder, Friends of Petrosino Square E-mail letters, not longer than 250 words in length, to news@thevillager. com or fax to 212-229-2790 or mail to The Villager, Letters to the Editor, 515 Canal St., Suite 1C, NY, NY 10013. Please include phone number for confirmation purposes. The Villager reserves the right to edit letters for space, grammar, clarity and libel. The Villager does not publish anonymous letters.

The last of the Meow-hicans Despite initial reports that a long-running feral cat colony at Grand St.’s Amalgamated Dwellings had been snuffed out back in June, it turns out there was one survivor. Yet, on July 15, Tuxedo, the final feline of the tribe, was also found dead, in the last meow of the “Broome St. Alley” cats. Against local animal advocates’ protests, the co-op board had recently decided to block the cats’ access to the complex’s basement. Janet Jensen, one of the residents who fought to save the feral cat colony, explained that, even though it’s warm outside now, the cats faced challenges. Both Tuxedo and Scrappy, for example, likely died of cancerous tumors, she said, while a third senior cat, which wound up trapped in the basement, “may have been literally scared to death.” “What was so sad is that we told the management the cats would not live long — the rest of the tribe had all died,” she said. “They lived much longer than feral cats usually do. We had just hoped somehow that the three elderly cats could live out the summer in relative comfort. Change of any kind is hard on feral cats, and the fact that they had no real hiding places was very hard on them, probably hastening their death. We’re glad they are no longer suffering.”

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Festival. Other than its abbreviation — FringeNYC — there’s nothing small-scale about this 17-day, 18-venue East and West Village marathon of comedy, drama, music, and dance. For the 200 applicants chosen (out of roughly 800 hopefuls), being part of FringeNYC gives them a globally recognized resume credit whose implied credibility will never fade. So why all the glum faces? “This year, in terms of submissions,” says De Gré of the jury process, “we had a lot of shows about death and suicide.” They include “The Most Fun Funeral,” “Fatty Fatty No Friends,” “Depression: The Musical,” “The Death Monologues,” “Clive Barker’s History of the Devil” and “Campo Maldito” — which, De Gré says, “is about ghosts and Santeria priests. There’s also a lot of [shows about] bullying and abuse, so it’s

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Tennessee’s Drifting Theatre company’s “Human” gives body to the unseen changeling boy character from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

darker than usual.” Every year, notes De Gré, FringeNYC seems to have at least one recurring motif. Audiences should consider themselves lucky to find so much doom and gloom on the boards in 2014, given the alternative. “As we were doing the panel work one year,” recalls De Gré, “a Martha Stewart theme emerged.” Happily, times have changed and the zeitgeist has shifted — so this year, you won’t see any self-satisfied residents of Connecticut demonstrating the proper technique for fashioning birdhouses out of gourds. There will, however, be another entry in the very long tradition of wringing comedy and pathos from Utah’s favorite religion. Years before Broadway embraced “The Book of

Mormon,” FringeNYC was on that bandwagon, presenting more than a few shows in which Mormons struggled with their sexuality (a topic that’s produced both compelling and cringe-worthy iterations). At least this year’s entry, “The Mormon Bird Play,” has a legitimate claim to being original — billing itself as “a Mormon fantasia” in which “six men play little girls who become birds that manifest themselves as Mormon temple workers and pioneer women.” Oh, and also? There’s burlesque! “The festival is reflective of the submissions,” says De Gré, in an attempt to bring some sense FRINGENYC, continued on p.18 August 7, 2014

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SHAKESPEARE ADAPTATIONS: THE NEVER-ENDING STORY

“Twelfth Night” happens twice at this year’s Fringe — first, in the form of a time/space-tripping production from the Manhattan-based Helikon Rep company. Billed as a “spinning, provocative exploration of desire,” their gender-bending production of “The Sun Experiments” has, among its three love triangles, the pursuit of Eros by philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. With 10 songs inspired by the play’s opening line (“If music be the food of love, play on”), Essential Theatre Group’s “Twelfth Night” reimagines the comedic tale of shipwrecked siblings as a folk musical. A FringeHIGH (as in, High School) production, it’s fit for consumption by all ages. Find out how director Tony Lance made Shakespeare’s text sing, when he takes part in an Aug. 12 panel discussion about stage adaptations (see the FringeU section, at fringenyc.org). When you’re playing a character who’s feigning madness, it helps to possess a spark of genuine insanity.

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of logic into a juried process that would champion the supremely odd abovementioned narrative. “We find the interesting ones,” he proudly asserts, in what might be the understatement of the year. Hey, if you want the spit, polish and safety of a Broadway production, take the train a few dozen blocks Uptown. Below 14th Street, for two weeks in August, it’s all about embracing the edge by surfing the Fringe. Even the odd stuff, though, tends to break down along party lines — so here are our top picks from this year’s batch of (highly unusual) usual suspects. Crowded head case: David Carl plays one guy playing all the characters, in “Gary Busey’s One Man Hamlet.”

That’s the beautiful logic behind this farce from comedian David Carl. “Gary Busey’s One Man Hamlet” finds the off-kilter Hollywood actor using homemade puppets, videos, live music and poetry to mount his own production. The personal demons Busey injects into his melancholy Dane might just pale in comparison to the indignities suffered by “BURBAGE: The Man Who made Shakespeare Famous.” In this comedy from the Bay Colony Shakespeare Company, Richard Burbage (“the world’s first Hamlet”) sounds off on life as an interpreter of the Bard — which includes copious amounts of backstage politics and sex! July on Fire Island turns out to be no vacation, when four unsuspecting men are stranded there by “The Hurricane.” With book, music and lyrics by Bjorn Berkhout, this take on “The Tempest” has the transgender Madam Sparrow assuming

Prospero’s function — by using a mojo-infused monkey paw to conjure the titular storm and trap her quarry. Can she and teenage daughter Ariel exact their revenge before the spell’s 24-hour winds die down? Three productions use good old Willy S. as a key ingredient or jumping off point. “Wing to the Rooky Wood” is a multi-media production by Brooklyn’s Renaissance Now Theatre & Film company, which incorporates elements of Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights” and Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” Photographic imagery and dynamic physical gestures are used to tell the story of all three classics. MAUS Theater of Berlin also does the mash, with “Come Thick Night,” in which a young woman’s nightmare about patricide has elements of Ingmar Bergman movies, Elvis Presley music and “Macbeth” plot points. Coming to us by way of a New Orleans Fringe run, the Elizabethton, TN-based DriftingTheatre company’s rumination on an unseen character from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is heavy on forests, fairies and fanciful backstories. “Human” fleshes out the changeling boy — here, imagined as a mortal named Kellen who must navigate a destructive, planet-endangering rift between Queen Titania and King Oberon.

GAMER PLAYS

By day, Samuel Pitt Stoller teaches psychology to undergraduates at Hunter College — but by night, the Great Neck, NY-born headshrinker has been toiling away at the largely thankless job of budding comedy writer. His throwback subject matter: the pipe-traversing plumbers Mario and Luigi, whose Nintendo/ Super Nintendo adventures left an indelible impression on the 1984born gamer. But where are they now? Stoller’s musical comedy, “Jump Man,” answers that question, then sends the brothers on a redemptive quest. Retired from the rescue racket, our story opens in an unassuming Brooklyn plumbing shop. Having taken former Mushroom World princess Peach as his bride, Mario’s content — while Luigi dreams of past glories (when he’s not out cold due to excessive alcohol consumption). Then fate comes knocking, when people start mysteriously disappearing from the neighborhood. Could long-dead nemisis Bowser be the culprit? Luigi jumps at the chance to be a hero again, but Mario wants to stay put. Stoller’s musical parody has all the thematic tropes and visual trappings FRINGENYC, continued on p. 19

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of the games he grew up on — but why do his plumbers sing? “The musical compositions in the Mario Brothers series are legitimately masterful,” he asserts, on the project’s successful Kickstarter page. Poised to make its debut at Theatre 80, Stoller’s hoping to score some points with tunes of his own. Elsewhere in the East Village (at The Players Theatre), another classic arcade game gets the musical comedy treatment. Written by “Late Night with Seth Meyers” scribe Amber Ruffin and Second City alum Lauren Van Kurin, “King of Kong: A Musical Parody” is a two-person comedy. It’s inspired by the 2007 documentary, “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” — an alternately poignant and pitiful look at two men vying to reach the highest Donkey Kong score.

Back in 2012, longtime West Village resident D’Yan Forest (then, age 77) became the oldest solo show performer in FringeNYC history, with “I Married a Nun” — her ukulele-strumming tale of bisexuality. Since then, she’s been touring with the equally zesty (and somewhat less smutty) bilingual cabaret show, “Around the World in 80 Years.” A trio of 2014 shows are generating the kind of pre-performance buzz that Forest enjoyed, and not just because they fit the senior-themed profile (although they’re not above using that as a hook). “Tales From Geriassic Park: On the Verge of Extinction” finds seventysomething Verna Gillis (“Her niche is aging!”) embracing the march of time. It’s no wonder this gig is billed as a “One Older-Woman Reading” of a work in progress. You’d need notes too, if you had earned a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology, spent 1972-1978 recording traditional music throughout the world, founded the American International Sculptors Symposium, developed the Poetry in Public Places initiative, and opened Soundscape — the first multi-cultural music performance space in New York City (1979-1984). You’ll hear about it all, plus get some zingers from her recently published book of one-liners (“I Just Want to be Invited — I Promise Not to Come”). Not to be outdone in the life-livedwell department, Joan Shepard’s “Confessions of Old Lady #2” garnered four stars from the London TheVillager.com

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WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE

In “Murder Margaret and Me,” Janet Prince does double duty: as British thespian Margaret Rutherford and Miss Marple creator Agatha Christie.

Times. It’s a musical memoir of her long career — which goes from an age seven appearance in Laurence Olivier’s 1940 Broadway production of “Romeo & Juliet” all the way up to a recent gig on HBO’s “Girls.” Between those brackets, she was a radio Quiz Kid and a pioneer of 1950s television who founded the River Rep Theatre Company with actor husband Evan Thompson, raised two kids and had memorable runins with Lenny Bruce and Elvis. She gives James Bond and Sherlock Holmes a run for their money, when it comes to successful screen adaptations — but when Margaret Rutherford was cast as Miss Marple, Agatha Christie voiced displeasure at having her unassuming spinster sleuth played by “the funniest woman alive.” As told by the solo show “Murder Margaret and Me,” Christie eventually forged a bond with Rutherford — then did some sleuthing and excavated a few dark secrets that could have been torn from the pages of a Marple mystery. Janet Prince brings the author and the actress to life, in the show’s U.S. debut (it’s been garnering raves ever since

a sold-out run at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe).

SOLO SHOWS, WHOSE SCRIPTS WE’VE READ

None other than Dave Chappelle — a genuine comedic genius — has declared Filipina-American character actress Nicole Maxali’s “Forgetting The Details” to be “funny, heart-warming and funny again.” The funny part comes from Maxali’s ability to add fresh ingredi-

ents to a familiar solo show recipe (the old family conflict and ethnic heritage routine). The heart-warming part comes from her witty and rambunctious grandmother’s slow slide into an Alzheimer’s haze. The funny again part? Well, that’s the good news. Maxali never really does stop finding amusing ways to mine humor from the nasty scars made by her absentee mother, pothead father and reckless youth. Neglecting her ailing grandmother while using the family as material for comedy shows, Maxali is all alone by the time she links that genetic predisposition for abandonment to her own years of isolation and rebellion. It’s a stunning realization that stays with you long after the last joke is told. Lifting its title from a song lyric that expresses the bliss of finding crystal clarity on the FM radio dial, “No Static At All” is Alex Knox’s quest to locate his own perfect frequency — by reconstructing how an intense bond with his best high school friend, Josh, was forged and broken. When confident Josh ventures into the world only to have his mind further clouded by each new idea he embraces, Knox clings to occasional moments of contact with his fading friend — then finds comfort in the Walter Becker/Donald Fagen dynamic behind Steely Dan’s complex musical arrangements. He also sees himself in a Biblical tale of twin brothers, eventually grasping at a possible connection between his own estranged relationship and a recently unearthed relic in Israel. Writer and performer Knox is more than a conspiracy theorist throwing a pity party. He’s an introspective searcher working his way towards the realization that nobody can depend on a single band, buddy, or belief system. Vote of confidence: FRINGENYC, continued on p. 20

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“No Static At All” won the Best Solo Performance award at the 2013 Hollywood Fringe. Bonus vote of confidence, followed by a metaphor: This show has lots of Steely Dan music — with Knox making the case for its lasting appeal, despite some acknowledged shortcomings. Okay. Strictly speaking, it’s not a solo show. Writer and performer Marianne Pillsbury does, after all, share the stage with a Greek chorus that gives life to the multitude of voices in her head — and there are so many, they handily outnumber the amount of people on stage during the curtain call at “Les Misérables.” Now add in a few dancing prescription pills, a therapist named Joy and a recurring bit that has Pillsbury channeling Bob Newhart (by way of one-sided phone conversations with her well-intentioned, soul-crushing mom). The result, we’re happy to report, is “Depression: The Musical.” Built on the solid foundation of a time-tested comedic device (the

self-deprecating neurotic), writer and main performer Pillsbury graduates quickly from Woody Allen territory by functioning as more of a tart observer than a cynical nebbish. Presenting her story as a “darkly humorous but ultimately uplifting pop-rock musical about falling apart and putting yourself back together” (that’s her one-line pitch) also sweetens the pot — and then, there’s the sudden appearance of a lesbian love interest whose own baggage gives new AA member Pillsbury the self-improvement project she’s been looking for. “When you do get some relief from fixating on yourself and everything that’s wrong with your own life, it might occur to you that you can help fix someone else!” says Pillsbury, who soon finds herself alone again and forced to take a good, long look in the mirror. Fortunately for us, her life-altering breakthrough comes in the form of a song whose title makes a pretty good mantra, no matter what your state of mental health is: “Oh, I’ve Gotta Let Go.”

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The Tao of Dan: Steely fan Alex Knox seeks clarity, in “No Static At All.” PHOTO BY RAY JUN

Nothing but boxes and memories: “Forgetting The Details” has Nicole Maxali reconstructing her relationship with a victim of Alzheimer’s.

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Funny, in a tragic kind of way: Marianne Pillsbury and the Greek chorus cast of “Depression: The Musical.”

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welve years and a few months ago, I said — in public, without thinking much about it — “Nytheatre.com will review every show in the New York International Fringe Festival this year.” I said it because it seemed like a cool idea — one of those Mount Everest-ish sort of milestones worth trying to accomplish — and, much more importantly, because every show that participates in FringeNYC deserves to get at least one review (and too many of them weren’t getting that). Well, we figured out how to review every show in the 2002 FringeNYC. Since then, nytheatre.com published a review of every show, every year. We did it in the blackout year, and we did it in the year when a hurricane forced the festival to close early. This year, the same comprehensive coverage moves to our new online home, nytheaternow.com (the successor to nytheatre.com). Our approach is to have dozens of theater artists write the reviews. Many of them are FringeNYC veterans, while others are relative newcomers to the NYC theater scene, looking to immerse themselves in

Noah Diamond is a panelist at the Aug. 12 FringeU discussion about stage adaptations. Seen here as Groucho, Diamond used old press clippings, original author notes and new material to bring a 1924 Marx Bros. stage revue (“I’ll Say She Is”) to FringeNYC.

their community. So please bookmark nytheaternow. com/Category/FringeNYC/2014, for reviews of all 200 shows in the festival, plus a host of preview features — from interviews with playwrights, to podcasts, to a series of articles that I’ve written based on many hours of research and surveys (honest!) of this year’s participating artists. One of the most potent aspects of FringeNYC is that it brings well over 100 new American plays and musicals to NYC theatergoers for its twoweek stay in the Lower East Side,

East Village and West Village. Think about it: commercial and mainstream nonprofit NYC theaters support perhaps a few dozen new American plays per season, while FringeNYC provides the opportunity to see more than a hundred in just two weeks — most of them from emerging, undiscovered, and/or underrepresented voices. It’s not only exhilarating, it’s essential and vital. Understanding this is what made me decide to launch Indie Theater Now (indietheaternow.com) in 2011 with a collection of scripts from

FringeNYC’s beginnings in 1997 through the present. Indie Theater Now is a place where you can discover great new American dramas in script form. We’ve published collections of excellent, innovative new scripts from each FringeNYC since then, and we’ll be searching for plays for our 2014 collection this month as well. As I say, it’s all about discovery! We want folks to find the work that will speak to them, in performance and in person, and later on the (virtual) page, to read, study, and perhaps perform on their own. We’ll be engaging with the FringeNYC audience and artists in one other important way this year, via FringeU. Indie Theater Now is co-producing FringeU — the festival’s educational arm. FringeU offers another way to immerse yourself in indie theater, at a time when there are no shows going on. Each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon during the festival, FringeU offers programming at FringeCENTRAL, where FringeNYC artists and FringeNYC fans will discuss how theater is made and how it is brought to audiences. There are six FringeU events in all. I will lead an open discussion about how to write about theater in the post-newspaper-theater-critic/ Web 3.0 world. I’ll also moderate a discussion with Jeffrey Sweet about the roots and practice of improv (Jeff wrote the seminal book “Something Wonderful Right Away”). FringeNYC’s Producing Artistic Director Elena K. Holy will be part of a very exciting panel focused on global perspectives in creating and presenting fringe/indie theater. We’ve got three other panels filled with current and former FringeNYC artists, plus a host of folks from the indie theater and academic world, covering the craft of adaptations, bringing theater to the classroom, and devising theater techniques at colleges and universities. I hope we’ll see lots of you at FringeU or elsewhere at the festival. Let us know what you think of our “gavel-to-gavel” coverage on nytheaternow.com. And mainly: happy Fringe-ing! August 7, 2014

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that license #1280157 has been applied by the undersigned to sell wine at retail in a restaurant under the alcoholic beverage control law at 326 E 6th Street, West Store, New York, NY 10003 for on-premises consumption. SHIAWASE FACTORY LTD d/b/aTHE IZAKAYA Vil: 08/07 - 08/14/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION KENNEDY ADVERTAINMENT COMPANY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 10/4/2013. Off. Loc.: New York Cnty. SSNY designated as agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. The reg. agent is: United States Corporation Agents, Inc. at same address. Purpose: all lawful activities. Vil: 08/07 - 09/11/2014 STANDARD SHOE OF NEW YORK, LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 5/19/2014. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, c/o Gartner & Bloom, Esqs., 801 Second Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 08/07 - 09/11/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 60G 121 SPRING STREET LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/18/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 07/17/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 370 7th Ave., Ste. 512, NY, NY 10001. 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: 08/07 - 09/11/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ARCP FE MARCY NY, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/29/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 07/28/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o CT Corporation System, 111 Eighth Ave., 13th Fl., NY, NY 10011. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. 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: 08/07 - 09/11/2014

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NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF MIDWOOD SOFTWARE, LLC Authority filed with SSNY on 7/9/14. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 2/10/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o THE LLC, 116 W. 23rd St., 5th Fl., NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: c/o USA Corporate Services Inc., 3500 South Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901. Arts. Of Org. filed with the DE Secy. Of State, 401 Federal St., Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/07 - 09/11/2014 101 WILLOW ST., LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 7/11/14. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Lance G. Harris, Esq., 1211 Ave. of the Americas, 40th Fl., NY, NY 10036. General Purposes. Vil: 08/07 - 09/11/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF R & B REALTY GROUP, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED PARTNERSHIP Application for Authority filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/16/2014. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LP may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LP is to: R & B Realty Group, A California Limited Partnership, 2222 Corinth Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90064. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 08/07 - 09/11/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MAEBASHI LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/17/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 14 W. 87th St., Unit 1, NY, NY 10024. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/07 - 09/11/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF HAPPY DIAMOND RESTAURANT LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/23/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 154 W. 14th St., NY, NY 10011, Attn: Jonathan Goldman. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 08/07 - 09/11/2014

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NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SG GROWTH PARTNERS III, LP Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/21/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 402 W. 13th St., 4th Fl., NY, NY 10014. LP formed in DE on 6/26/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE addr. of LP: The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/07 - 09/11/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SGGP III, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/21/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 402 W. 13th St., 4th Fl., NY, NY 10014. LLC formed in DE on 6/26/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE addr. 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: 08/07 - 09/11/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 365 UNION RRG NEW RESIDENTIAL, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/21/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/07 - 09/11/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 328W108 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/3/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 328 W. 108th St., NY, NY 10025. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 08/07 - 09/11/2014

LEGAL NOTICE Application for Authority of International Cultural & Art Property Enterprise, LLC filed with the Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 7/2/14. The LLC was formed in DE 6/23/14. Office loc.: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The principal business loc. is 48 Wall St., Ste. 703, New York, NY 10005. The address SSNY shall mail copy of process to is Attn: JF Wallace, Phila. Stock Exchange Bldg., Ste. 622, 1900 Market St., Phila., PA 19103. The office address in DE is 203 NE Front St., Ste. 101, Milford, DE 19963. Cert. of formation filed with Jeffrey W. Bullock, DE Sec. of State, Div. of Corporations, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LW 4D, LLC Arts. of Org. filed withSecy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/08/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014

MERINT PROPERTIES LLC Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/03/10. Office: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 188 2nd Avenue, Suite 5, New York, NewYork 10003. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014

MARGARET O’LEARY RETAIL NYC LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 5/27/14. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Coopersmith & Coopersmith, Attn: Richard D. Coopersmith Esq., 233 Broadway, 18th Fl., NY, NY 10279. Purpose: Any lawful act. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF HSRE USA LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/02/2014 Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: HSRE USA LLC c/o LAW OFFICE OF Z. TAN, 110 E. 59TH ST., #3200, NY, NY 10022. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF KINGSHILL DEVELOPMENT LLC Arts of Org filed with Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/14/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: 140 East 83rd Street, New York, NY 10028. Purpose:To engage in any lawful act. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LW 4C, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/08/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014

304 EAST 82ND STREET ASSOCIATES, LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 8/3/11. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Eric Mann, 599 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222. General Purposes. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014

PHILLIPS ADMINISTRATION LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 5/8/14. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Costello & Associates P.C., 260 Madison Ave., 17th Fl., NY, NY 10016. General Purposes. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF CSI USA ASSET MANAGEMENT, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/21/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 07/17/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BRIDGE PARK HOLDINGS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/18/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Kalnick, Klee & Green, LLP, 767 Third Ave., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 3600 BROADWAY OWNER LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/20/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 152 W. 57th St., 36th Fl., NY, NY 10019. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF THORSUN LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/11/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: THORSUN LLC, c/o JD Mitchell Associates, 645 Madison Ave., NY, NY 10022, Attn: John Dermott Mitchell. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF PRIVCAP VENTURES HOLDINGS LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/14/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 725 5th Ave., 22nd Fl., NY, NY 10022. LLC formed in DE on 7/8/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF TIGER LILY CAPITAL, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/11/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 200 Garrett St., Ste. #S, Charlottesville, VA 22902. LLC formed in AK on 5/5/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: National Corporate Research, Ltd., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. AK addr. of LLC: 4318 Conifer Lane, Juneau, AK 99801. Cert. of Org. filed with AK Commissioner of Commerce, Community & Economic Development, POB 110806, Juneau, AK 99811. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 07/31 - 09/04/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF RAYNORS LANE PROPERTY LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/12/14. Office location: NEW YORK County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: c/o Sabin, Bermant & Gould LLP, 4 Times Square, NY NY 10036 Attn: Managing Partner Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 07/24 - 08/28/2014 104 W. 118TH, LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 4/11/14. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 104 W. 118th St., NY, NY 10026. General Purposes. Vil: 07/24 - 08/28/2014 ATIDIM LLC App. for Auth. filed with the SSNY on 07/14/14. Filed with Florida Secretary of State 06/11/12. Office: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, c/o Brack Capital, 885 Third Avenue, 24th Floor, New York, New York 10022. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Vil: 07/24 - 08/28/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 24-10 29TH STREET LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/23/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Blank Property Group, 712 Fifth Ave., 45th Fl., NY, NY 10019. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/24 - 08/28/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 281 UNION BPC PARTNERS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/1/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 07/24 - 08/28/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 365 UNION BPC PARTNERS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/7/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 07/24 - 08/28/2014

EMMY INTERIORS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 05/27/2014. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 175 West 73rd St., Apt. 7J, NY, NY 10023. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Vil: 07/17 - 08/21/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF RSS GSMS2011C3-NY GRI, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/9/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 07/24 - 08/28/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF LEWELLYN TECHNOLOGY, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/14/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 2897 N 1375 W, Linton, IN 47441. LLC formed in DE on 7/19/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: National Corporate Research, Ltd., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 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: 07/24 - 08/28/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF RAR2 - 222 BROADWAY OWNER SPE, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/13/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 222 S. Riverside Plz., 26th Fl., Chicago, IL 60606. LLC formed in DE on 5/9/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 07/24 - 08/28/2014

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NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SMSGLOBAL (US) LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/10/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 4/11/13. 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: 07/24 - 08/28/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BIG BEND 53W88 (NY) LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/01/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 4441 Buena Vista St., Dallas, TX 75205. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 2M Companies, Inc., 4441 Buena Vista St., Dallas, NY 75205. As amended by Cert. of Correction filed with SSNY on 07/02/14, the process addr. is: 2M Companies, Inc., 4441 Buena Vista St., Dallas, TX 75205. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/17 - 08/21/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF IN DE GOOT SONGS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/16/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: William McGathy, 119 West 23rd NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 07/17 - 08/21/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 183 MADISON AVENUE, L.L.C. Authority filed with Secy of State of NY on June 24, 2014. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in DE on June 5, 2014. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Avenue, 13th floor, NY, NY 10011. NRAI is registered agent as well. Address required to be maintained in home jurisdiction: 160 Greentree Drive, Suite 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org filed with DE Secy of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., Federal & Duke of York Streets, P.O,. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Vil: 07/17 - 08/21/2014

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SUNNY DAY LLC Arts of Org. filed with the Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/14/2014. Office location: NEW YORK County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: SUNNY DAY LLC, 440 E 75 STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10021 Purpose: any lawful act or activity Vil: 07/17 - 08/21/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF RIVER TREE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/21/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 130 East End Ave., Apt. 4B/C, NY, NY 10028. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 07/17 - 08/21/2014

FAMILY FLAW, LLC a foreign LLC, filed with the SSNY on 5/16/14. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Second Spring LLC, 698 W. End Ave., #11A, NY, NY 10025. General Purposes. Vil: 07/17 - 08/21/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 245 FIFTH OWNER LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/23/11. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 3/15/11. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 3 Columbus Circle, Ste. 2300, NY, NY 10019. DE address of LLC: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 07/17 - 08/21/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF NYC COMMAND II, LLC Articles of Organization filed with NY Secretary of State on 07/09/2014. Office Location: New York County. Secretary of State designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail process to: Greenberg, Trager & Herbst, LLP, 767 Third Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful act. Vil: 07/17 - 08/21/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ASAUROL, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/2/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 207 E. 57th St., Apt. 5B, NY, NY 10022, Attn: Anthony Sabastian Aurol. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 07/17 - 08/21/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 137 DUANE HOLDINGS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/23/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 630 Fifth Avenue, Ste. 3165, NY, NY 10111. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 07/17 - 08/21/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF AW2 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/26/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Office of Lawrence E. Fabian, Esq., 437 Fifth Avenue, Ste. 801, NY, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 07/17 - 08/21/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF PSAM LITERARY & FILM AGENCY, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/30/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 200 E 28th St, Apt 3A, NY, NY 10016. LLC formed in DE on 4/22/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 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: 07/17 - 08/21/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF KARGMAN PRODUCTIONS,LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/12/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: KargmanProductions, LLC, c/o Bess Kargman, 1 Bank Street, #5K, New York, NY 10014. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 07/24 - 08/23/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SIMMONS HANLY CONROY LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 6/27/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in IL on 8/12/99. 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. IL and principal business address: One Court St., Alton, IL 62002. Cert. of Org. filed with IL Sec. of State, 213 State Capitol, Springfield, IL 62756. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 07/17 - 08/21/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SMARTEDGENET LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 6/30/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 6509 Windcrest Dr., Ste. 500, Plano, TX 75024. LLC formed in DE on 10/6/11. 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. DEaddr. 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: 07/17 - 08/21/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF TIOGA AIR HEATERS, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 6/26/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 9201 International Pkwy., New Hope, MN 55428. LLC formed in DE on 6/20/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE addr. of LLC: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 07/17 - 08/21/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 141 LIVINGSTON OWNER LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/27/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/26/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to David Bistricer, c/o Clipper Equity, 4611 12th Ave., Ste. 1L, Brooklyn, NY 11219. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of DE, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/10 - 08/14/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF VERTO DIRECT OPPORTUNITY GP, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/19/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/22/14. Princ. office of LLC: 477 Madison Ave., 12th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/10 - 08/14/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MAROON PEAK HOLDINGS LLC ORIGINALLY FILED AS 530 PARK LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/12/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 56 Indigo Trail, Madison, CT 06443. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 07/10 - 08/14/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF G$POT MANAGEMENT LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/25/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 411 W. 14th St., 4th Fl., NY, NY 10014. LLC formed in DE on 10/31/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 07/10 - 08/14/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GATEWAY GROWTH LLC Articles of Organization filed with NY Secretary of State on 6/30/14. Office Location: New York County. Secretary of State designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail process to: Greenberg, Trager & Herbst, LLP, 767 Third Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful act. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GATEWAY GROWTH II LLC Articles of Organization filed with NY Secretary of State on 6/30/14. Office Location: New York County. Secretary of State designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail process to: Greenberg, Trager & Herbst, LLP, 767 Third Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful act. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GATEWAY NYC II, LLC Articles of Organization filed with NY Secretary of State on 6/23/14. Office Location: New York County. Secretary of State designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail process to: Greenberg, Trager & Herbst, LLP, 767 Third Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful act. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 SHATTAN ADVISORY SERVICES LLC (the “LLC”) filed Articles of Organization with the NY Secretary of State (“SOS”) on May 29, 2014. LLC office is in NewYork County. SOS was designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SOS shall mail copy of any process served to 1271 Avenue of the Americas, 43rd Floor, New York, New York 10020. The purpose of the LLC is any lawful act or activity. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF EIGHT CONSTRUCTION GROUP (NY) LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/26/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/18/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, 787 Seventh Ave., NY, NY 10019. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Trust Center, 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, 401 Federal St. #3, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BV70 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/25/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 1285 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY 10019-6064. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ROEBUCK MARKETPLACE ASSOCIATES, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/20/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 324 Datura St., Ste. 102, W. Palm Beach, FL 33401. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Rosenberg & Estis, P.C., Attn: Michael E. Lefkowitz Esq., 733Third Ave., 14th Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 529 WEST 29TH HOLDINGS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/15/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 60 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10023. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/17 - 08/21/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ROUNDSTONE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/12/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Norman R. Berkowitz, Esq., Ballon Stoll Bader & Nadler, P.C., 729 Seventh Ave., 17th Fl., NY, NY 10019. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF THE IRVINE AT GREENWICH, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/17/14. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 27 Bank St., Apt. 23, NY, NY 10014. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Cestone & Thompson, P.C., 85 Livingston Ave., Roseland, NJ 07068. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (DOMPROF.LLC) JEREMY L. GOLDSTEIN & ASSOCIATES, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/28/14. Office loc.: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of DOM-PROF. LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The address SSNY shall mail copy of process to is 119 Old Church Rd., Greenwich, CT 06830. Mgmt. of the LLC shall be by the members. Purpose: To practice law. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 RESTORE REAL ESTATE, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 06/13/2014. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Douglas B Eaton, 270 W. 22nd St. #8, NY, NY 10011. Reg Agent: Douglas B Eaton, 270 W. 22nd St. #8, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BROOKFIELD BPY PROPERTY HOLDINGS I LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State 6/24/14. Off. location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 250 Vesey St., 15th Fl., New York, NY 10281. LLC formed in DE 2/19/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o 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: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 209W14 DEVELOPMENT LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 4/23/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Adellco, 18 W. 27th St., NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 209W14 LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/18/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 3/11/14. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Adellco, 18 W. 27th St., NY, NY 10001, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 719 SEVENTH TIC 1 OWNER LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 4/10/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 4/9/14. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 7 E 96 LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 4/11/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 4/10/14. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014

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Dameht punks up the Pyramid club Friday nights The Pyramid has been hopping with free Friday night shows by pop-punk band Dameht (“The Mad,” backwards), who currently have a residency at the iconic Avenue A club. They’ll be there — featuring guitarist Lucas, above , right — for at least the next two Fridays, said Clayton Patterson, a big fan of the band. “It’s fun and it’s free,” Patterson said. “Drinks are cheap. It’s a great location. It’s the last venue —  the last original club —  that’s still in existence, that survived the ’80s, ’90s and 2000s.”

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, THAT THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON Wednesday, August 20, 2014 AT 2:00 P.M. AT 66 JOHN STREET, 11TH FLOOR, ON A PETITION FOR 4 RUNNERS, INC. TO CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE AN UNENCLOSED SIDEWALK CAFÉ AT 310 WEST 14th STREET INTHE BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN FOR ATERM OF FOURYEARS. REQUEST FOR COPIES OF THE REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, ATTN: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 07/31 - 08/07/2014

NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 605 GREEN MEMBER LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 4/11/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 4/10/14. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 605 MEZZ FUNDING LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 4/11/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 4/10/14. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF QUAL. OF 635 MADISON FEE OWNER LLC Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/31/14. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 3/27/14. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904, the princ off. addr. of LLC. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE,Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF PACIFIC MULTI-STRATEGY RETURN FUND L.P. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/13/14. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 6/3/14. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Sharon A. Cheever, 700 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660. DE address of LP: 160 Greentree Dr., St 101, Dover, DE 19904. Name/address of genl. ptr. available from SSNY. Cert. of LP filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 3, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ATL MANAGEMENT LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/26/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 25 Broad St., Apt. 19F, NY, NY 10004. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MADISON DEVELOPMENT LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/13/01. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o NAW - Goldfarb & Fleece, 345 Park Ave., NY, NY 10154. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MORRIS AVENUE MASTER TENANT, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/23/14. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Omni NewYork LLC, 885 Second Ave., 31st Fl., NY, NY 10017, principal business address. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 07/03 - 08/07/2014 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF CERBERUS SWC LEVERED OPPORTUNITIES GP, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 6/19/14. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 6/13/14. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Seth P. Plattus, c/o Cerberus SWC Levered Opportunities GP, LLC, 875 3rd Ave., 11th Fl., NY, NY 10022, principal business address. DE address of LLC: c/oThe CorporationTrust 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: 07/03 - 08/07/2014

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Good produce at a good price: It’s in the bag BY SCOTT STIFFLER

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etting your daily serving of fruits and vegetables doesn’t require a green thumb or a chef’s hat — just eight George Washingtons and one John Hancock. Organized by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, the West Side Senior Supported Agriculture Food Bag Program is being run locally by the office of City Councilmember Corey Johnson. Don’t feel left out by the program’s name, however. Although it’s targeted toward seniors, participation is open to all residents of the Third City Council District, regardless of age or income level. The Third District stretches roughly from Canal St. to W. 63rd St. On Thompson St., the boundary stretches north from Canal St. to around Washington Square, then at Eighth St., goes along Fifth Ave. to 23rd St., where the eastern border becomes Broadway up to Columbus Circle. Each week, GrowNYC — the fertile minds behind the Union Square Greenmarket — deliver the goods to the Fulton Senior Center. There, Johnson, his staff and interns pack

Staff and interns join City Councilmember Corey Johnson, sixth from left, to prepare food bags for distribution.

the produce into bags that are delivered to pickup locations, including Hudson Guild, the Fulton Senior Center, SAGE and Greenwich House. The food bag delivery program runs through Oct. 22. Orders should be placed on Monday or Tuesday for delivery the following Wednesday. The cost is $8 per bag, cash only. Each bag packs five to six kinds of produce, a $20 to $25 value, direct from local farmers. The produce selections vary from week to week. The July 30 bag had yellow squash, corn, green beans, Boston lettuce,

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basil and blueberries. The bag the week before had carrots, radishes, scallions, parsley, golden zucchini, cucumbers and red leaf lettuce. All of this good stuff comes from GrowNYC partner farms, such as Dagele Brothers Produce, a black dirt farmer whose lettuces are “the best around”; Davenport Farms, known for its sweet corn and peppers; and Toigo Orchards, a central Pennsylvania grower that utilizes integrated pest management in its orchard. Each roughly 5-pounds bag comes with a guide outlining the contents, storage tips and a few rec-

ipes that require very little preparation. “I’m so proud to be able to expand this program to Corey Johnson’s district,” Brewer said. “This is really a trifecta for seniors: fresh, local and affordable fruits and vegetables at a pace that a smaller household can manage while providing a market for local growers, too.” Shortly after distributing bags for the program’s second week, Johnson praised the initiative’s capacity to expose people to “nutritious fruits and vegetables they might not otherwise try. It supports family farms, and builds a sense of excitement around fresh food,” he said. Local interest has been strong, he added. “The program is growing with each round of sign-ups,” he said. “I hope we can expand it to even more people in my Council district next year.” To participate in the food bag program, people can sign up for it at Johnson’s district office, at 224 W. 30th St., between Seventh and Eighth Aves., Suite 1206. Call 212-564-7757 for more information.

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serves the community in a different way these days. Since last summer, the space has become a neighborhood backyard. A group of residents, after discovering that the space was city-owned land, worked together to create what they say is the only open, green space in the neighborhood — which some call Nolita, but longtimers will never call anything other than Little Italy. Emily Hellstrom, one of the garden’s first volunteers, said the space fills a longstanding void in the community. “Not everybody has a second home to go to or the ability to get out of town on a hot weekend,” Hellstrom said. “This is a shady, cool place to be in and meet up with your neighbors. It’s become a real social center.” Jeannine Kiely, who has been involved with the garden since the beginning, said the space is “a bridge” that brings together all members of the community. “It’s multi-age, multi-ethnicity,” she said. “It crosses all different demographics, family types and income levels. You recognize people and you say hello. And the common thread is no longer a gym membership. It’s a re-creation of what was there a hundred years ago — a public auditorium with an open playground in the middle,” Kiely said. “This is a 20th-century version of that in a very green way.” The garden, which is privately leased by the city on a month-tomonth basis to the adjacent Elizabeth Street Gallery, is entirely run by volunteers. According to Kiely, there are more than 100 volunteers who help keep the garden open and running, and their number is growing. And there’s a lot to do, including maintaining more than 1,200 plants, like herbs, tomatoes, roses and sunflowers and 2,200 daffodils planted by neighborhood children last fall. The beauty of it, according to John Benscoter, a garden volunteer who has lived in the neighborhood for 23 years, is that the plant beds belong to everyone. There’s an extensive slate of free and popular programs at the garden. Current offerings include yoga, gardening workshops, movie nights, concerts, children’s story time, painting classes and poetry readings in partnership with McNally Jackson Books. The garden also hosts classes in meridian tapping (a holistic healing method, not a dance style) and tai chi with the Chinatown YMCA. Long holiday weekends, when one would expect everyone to be out of town, surprisingly have been when the garden has seen some of its highest usage, Kiely said. Earlier this year, a Harvest Festival

A Sunday free yoga class, as usual, drew a big crowd at the Elizabeth St. Garden.

there attracted 1,500 people. In a part of the city where greenery is scarce, Benscoter said the garden is an escape. “I think it’s a respite,” he said. “You can walk out of the grid. You can take a moment, sit and recharge. You can read a book, you can talk with friends, you can have a picnic, do gardening.” Muj Shah has lived in the neighborhood five years and likes to retreat to the garden for some peace and quiet. “We don’t have a park or garden like this in the neighborhood close by,” he noted. “Just the fact that you can get a little bit of nature is such a blessing. Apartments in the neighborhood are quite small, so you’re kind of hazed up. There are a lot of tourists and a lot of hustle and bustle. This is very peaceful,” he said appreciatively of the green oasis. Kiely said her vision for the garden includes creating more ways to bring nature to the community. “As green as it is now, there’s so much we can do with it,” she said. “Twenty-thousand square feet — you can do a lot with that.” One idea is C.S.A., or Community Supported Agriculture, in which people sign up to buy produce from local farms, which they could then pick up at the garden. For Aaron Booher, another volunteer, one of the biggest rewards of keeping the garden alive is seeing local city kids develop a relationship with the soil, plants, worms, ladybugs and other forms of nature. “It was an eye-opener that we have to step back to think what is the quality of life in the neighborhood,” he reflected. “These children should have that within their reach. This is something that is valuable for the next generation as the neighborhood grows.” Yet, there is also anxiety amid this rare slice of urban paradise. Despite an overwhelming vote earlier this

year by Community Board 2 against the plan, Councilmember Margaret Chin is continuing to advocate for a city plan to develop affordable housing here. In February, as 150 passionate, pro-garden, green-T-shirt-wearing adults and kids packed the meeting auditorium, C.B. 2 voted 30 to 2 to recommend that the garden be preserved as permanent, public, open green space. However, six months later, Chin and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development are still eyeing the 20,000-square-foot site for up to 130 affordable units. In a move supported by Chin, the garden had been pegged as a site for more affordable housing in connection with the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) project, located at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge. The community board’s resolution noted that, in 1981, part of the vacant site where the school once stood was sold to LIRA Apartments Co. for the construction of 21 Spring St., which includes 152 units of Section 8 affordable housing. Under an agreement, LIRA was to develop and maintain a public “recreation area” on the site’s remaining portion — but this never occurred. The C.B. 2 resolution also committed the community board to “an ongoing effort to expand and preserve affordable housing in the district” — though not at the garden, rather in areas like Hudson Square, whose new zoning has an incentive to create affordable housing. After the board’s vote, Chin responded, “I fully support Community Board’s 2 commitment to develop more affordable housing in our neighborhood. ... The site on Elizabeth St. is an ideal place to start; it is one of the largest publicly owned, undeveloped sites in Community Board 2, and also offers the potential for a significant

open-space component that everyone can enjoy.” However, C.B. 2 Chairperson David Gruber said at the time, “We need to do more for affordable housing, but our district is at the extreme bottom of community boards in terms of parks and open space.” More recently, in a July 31, op-ed, Chin reiterated her call for housing at the Elizabeth St. Garden. It’s critical, she said, “to target underused cityowned lots” to help achieve the Mayor’s affordable housing plan. Chin also recently asked the city to consider a Ludlow St. municipal parking lot as a spot for 90 units of affordable housing. “There’s almost always going to be some argument against giving up one of these city-owned lots,” the councilmember wrote. “Some people might say, ‘Don’t take away my parking!’ Others might say, ‘Don’t take away my green space!’ “We simply can’t spend years trying to find those different places for housing that can please everyone,” Chin stressed. “The sites are there, and we have to take advantage of them as swiftly as possible.” This Wednesday, in a statement to The Villager, Chin said, “As we strive to accomplish Mayor de Blasio’s 10year plan to create or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing, we must work together to provide these new units for hardworking low- and middle-income New Yorkers. I’m grateful that the city has already committed to building affordable housing on this Elizabeth St. site, which lies within an area that so desperately needs more affordable units. As this process moves forward, I’ll be working with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the community board to determine the best way to implement this new affordable housing plan on Elizabeth St. This is about making sure low- and middle-income families always have a place in our Lower Manhattan community, and I’ll always be proud to stand by that.” For its part, H.P.D. says the lot was never intended for use as a public space or garden — this, despite the 1981 LIRA agreement. H.P.D. says it is in “the very early phases” of this process. First, it plans to gain control of the site from the Department of Citywide Administrative Services. Then, the agency would work closely with local officials and community boards “to better understand the community’s needs prior to developing the parameters of this project.” Meanwhile, the Elizabeth St. volunteers continue to try to get the lot designated as permanent parkland under the Parks Department, and also to set up a 501c3 nonprofit to help maintain it. August 7, 2014

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