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What was he drinking? Cuomo bill could allow bars to be near schools BY COLIN MIXSON


ocal lawmakers are demanding Governor Cuomo give the city’s community boards a chance to air their grievances over bills he announced to amend laws controlling the sale and distribution of alcohol. Downtowners claim the proposed laws — mostly based on

the counsel of handpicked insiders — hold serious consequences for New Yorkers, whom the state gave scant opportunity to weigh in on the proposed measures. “I’ve long supported a key role for community boards in the liquor application process,” state Senator Daniel Squadron said. “It doesn’t make sense that community boards weren’t given a ALCOHOL continued on p. 10

Newell gets D.I.D.’s nod; Rajkumar rages against ‘clubhouse gang’ politics BY COLIN MIXSON


reaking the deadlock that has gripped the Downtown Independent Democrats over who its candidate for the 65th Assembly District will be in the September primary election, last Wednesday evening, D.I.D. finally made a definitive choice, endorsing Paul Newell.

In their June 1 vote, the club went for Newell over Jenifer Rajkumar by about 2-to-1. Both are district leaders and D.I.D. members. Newell previously ran in an Assembly primary when he challenged former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver in 2008. He also was recently endorsed by two D.I.D. continued on p. 8


And on that note! ... A jazz trumpet player tooted his own horn in Washington Square Park.

Betraying its mandate, L.P.C. hikes Gansevoort St. heights BY YANNIC RACK The massively unpopular redevelopment of an entire block of Gansevoort St. can move ahead, after the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission this week voted to approve a modified plan to remake the historic row of market-style buildings in the Meatpacking District. Preservationists and local residents — who have fought the plan, dubbed “Gansevoort Row,” since it first came to light last August — blasted the landmarks agency for backtracking on its own standards and allowing the developers to, in some cases, more than triple the height of the existing streetscape.

“We got skunked,” said Keith Anderson, who lives around the corner from the site on Horatio St. and attended L.P.C.’s public meeting on Tuesday morning. “I think they completely disregarded the guidelines they had set,” said Elaine Young, another critic of the plan, who cofounded the ad-hoc opposition group Save Gansevoort. Young and her fellow residents took particular issue with the fact that the L.P.C. commissioners themselves had asked the architects at their last hearing in February to scale down the proposed buildings. And although the developers did so, the plan’s opponents say the changes were not drastic enough by far. The commission had previ-

ously rejected the design, by BKSK Architects, because it was too “fussy” and some of the buildings were too tall. “It’s like this: Keep your word,” Young said after the meeting, holding up a sign stating the same idea. “But they didn’t.” The highly unpopular proposal, by Aurora Capital Associates and William Gottlieb Real Estate, aims to demolish some of the low-slung former Meat Market buildings on the south side of Gansevoort St. between Ninth Ave. and Washington St. and replace them with new buildings up to 81 feet high. Other existing buildings would be restored and topped with GANSEVOORT continued on p. 6

‘Soho Wild Man’ sentenced to 14 years............p. 12 Spaces: At home with actor Charles Busch.....p. 14 Ali: Sting like an Avenue B.....p. 22


resiliency and recovery efforts to rebuild our community after Superstorm Sandy. Increased transparency regarding board process and procedures. We held developers accountable for delivering public benefits and community uses at the Essex Crossing project. Playing a central role in developing a [Lower East Side / Chinatown] rezoning plan in partnership with the Chinatown Working Group.”


Empt y shelves at the D’Agostino supermarket at Greenwich and Bethune Sts. are making regular shoppers extremely ner vous about the neighborhood’s food future.

PROPHETIC PENLEY: Former East Village activist John Penley’s prediction has come true: Rolling Stone recently reported that Prophets of Rage — Rage Against the Machine minus former front man Zach de la Rocha — will be playing and stirring it up in and around the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT: The reason Gigi Li isn’t seeking re-election as chairperson of Community Board 3 is not that she does not want to since she is running for Assembly in the 65th District in the upcoming September Democratic primary. It’s because she can’t. “I have had the honor of serving as board chairperson of C.B. 3 for four years, and am proud of what we have been able to accomplish,” Li told us. “Last year, we passed a new set of bylaws that included a four-year term limit for the chairperson position, which I supported. I continue to serve as a board member and I look forward to becoming the next assemblywoman for our community.” Asked what she felt the highlights of her four terms heading the East Village community board were, she said: “Leading


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D’AG-NAM IT! Readers are reporting that the shelves are increasingly barren at the D’Agostino supermarket at Greenwich and Bethune Sts. Writer and activist Michele Herman recently checked it out and gave us the report. “Many shelves are empty, shockingly so,” she said. “I got the deli guy to talk to me a little — just as a shopper, not a reporter. He says the same thing I heard from the manager: They’re waiting for the truck. Apparently ALL their stuff, including produce, comes from one supplier, C&S in New Hampshire. D’Ag has money troubles and hasn’t been able to pay for the shipment.” Villager reader Sara Kimbell also said she is very concerned at the market’s state. “I’m a longtime West Village resident and have always shopped locally,” she said. “It’s getting harder and harder to do so. We’ve already lost one supermarket — D’Ag at Christopher and Greenwich Sts. — and now this one on Greenwich and Bethune Sts. looks like it’s heading the same way.” And let’s not forget the recent shuttering of longtime local food standby Associated on W. 14th St. “It’s very sad when you can’t even shop for the family dinner in your own neighborhood,” Kimbell lamented. “One employee said, ‘Problem with deliveries.’ Another employee mentioned ‘cash flow’ problems. Markets are being forced out due to high rent.” She sent us some photos of the place’s nearly empty shelves taken this past Mon., June 6. According to sources, the D’Ag has been feeling it ever since Mrs. Green’s opened nearby. CORRECTION: In last week’s Scoopy’s Notebook, former New York State Senator Thomas Libous was referred to as Thomas Libelous — though Libelous sounds almost right! In July 2015, the late Libous, who was the state Senate’s deputy majority leader, was convicted of lying to the F.B.I. and had to vacate his seat. He was not sentenced to jail time, however, because of his terminal illness. TheVillager.com




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Changes to the original proposal, at left, include removal of rooftop penthouses on the t wo larger buildings, at 60-68 and 70-74 Gansevoor t St. At right is the revised plan that L .P.C. approved earlier this week.

‘It’s crazy’: L.P.C. hikes Gansevoort heights GANSEVOORT continued from p. 1

multistory additions. The developers and their architects argue that the taller structures are an echo of warehouse buildings historically found elsewhere in the landmarked district. But the opponents counter that the proposal should stick to the mostly lower tenements that more recently stood on the street. “We are disappointed that L.P.C. has arbitrarily reached back to an earlier stage in the district’s history to justify replacing existing low-rise market buildings with massive new construction,” Save Gansevoort wrote in a recent letter to the landmarks commission. “If the rationale is to return Gansevoort St. to its earlier tenement configuration, then the new buildings at 60-68 and 74 Gansevoort St. must conform to the size of their predecessors,” the letter urged. Under the new plans, the two tallest buildings, at 6068 and 70-74 Gansevoort St., will now be 61 and 81 feet tall, respectively — only a few feet lower than the original proposal and still significantly higher than the 50 to 55 feet that city records show the tenements at the site once were, as the plan’s critics point out. “This is the last remaining block of one-and-two-story market buildings in the entire borough of Manhattan,” said Zack Winestine, the other co-leader of Save Gansevoort, who lives nearby on Horatio St. “It’s the epitome of what the Gansevoort Historic District is about, and these buildings are going to completely transform this block,” he said. Recent changes made to the plan also include more simplified facades, as well as removal of previously proposed penthouse additions on the two tallest structures. At the block’s eastern end, a two-story building at 46-48 Gansevoort St., will be restored and largely kept intact. In addition, 50 Gansevoort St., which originally was to be demolished and replaced by a larger three-story building, will now simply be restored as well. “The change is pretty significant,” offered Harry Kendall, of BKSK Architects. “We feel very confident that what we’ve done is appropriate.” The two-story building in the middle of the block, which currently houses the Gansevoort Market food hall, will largely remain the same and eventually become the new location for Keith McNally’s Pastis restaurant.


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Opponents of the redevelopment plans once again showed up to a public meeting at the Landmarks Preser vation Commission on Tuesday to protest, but to no avail.

Jared Epstein, vice president of Aurora Capital Associates, said the next step would be starting demolition, though there is no specific timeline yet. Galling to the opponents, he went so far as to claim that the project won’t harm but actually will enhance the landmarked district’s historical authenticity. “We have always said this neighborhood has not one, but many histories, and today’s action ensures that the complete story of its evolution over the past 130 years will continue to be told to future generations of New Yorkers,” Epstein said in a statement after the vote, according to DNAinfo. “Today is an important milestone, and we are grateful for the guidance and input of local residents, stakeholders and particularly the Landmarks Preservation Commission, whose thoughtful and sensitive approach to the process will preserve the integrity and character of this neighborhood while allowing for its continued growth,”

he added. The block does currently have a restrictive declaration in place, which limits the types of tenants Aurora can lease to and includes a ban on housing or office space. L.P.C. Chairperson Meenakshi Srinivasan said that she felt the changed proposal fit in nicely with the surrounding area, much of which was landmarked as the Gansevoort Historic District in 2003. “I think, if you look at it in context, it very much reminds of the original buildings,” she said of the design. “It’s all very consistent with the district.” Before the commissioners voted 8 to 2 in favor of the proposal, the agency chairperson also pointed out that 900 people wrote e-mails to the commission in opposition to the proposal. “It’s so dismissive of the greater population,” Vera Lutter, another local resident, said of the approval. “It’s crazy. The damage can’t be turned back.” TheVillager.com






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D.I.D. backs Newell for Assembly; Rajkumar rages D.I.D. continued from p. 1

other local political organizations, the East Side’s Coalition for a District Alternative and the Stonewall Democrats, a leading gay and lesbian club. “The D.I.D. has been standing for community representation and ethical government for 45 years,” Newell said. “I am proud to carry that banner in this election and will be prouder still to do so in Albany.” D.I.D. President Jeanne Wilcke said, “D.I.D. members have seen Newell’s long service to our neighborhood and his fearless advocacy for reform. The vote was not a rejection of any candidate, but a firm support for Paul Newell.” But Rajkumar slammed the club’s endorsement and vowed to remain in the race. A member of D.I.D. for the past six years, she heaped scorn on the venerable political outfit after it voted to endorse her club rival, Newell. She said the club “does not represent the greater community” and likened it to the triumvirate in Albany that traditionally has ruled New York State with an iron fist — and which formerly included Silver. “A small group cast a vote that doesn’t reflect the true sentiments or diversity of our community,” Rajkumar said. “I suppose it was to be expected, since there’s really no difference between ‘three men in a room’ and a gang in a clubhouse.”

Paul Newell.

Jenifer Rajkumar.

The 65th A.D. includes Lower Manhattan and the Financial District, Battery Park City, Chinatown, the South St. Seaport, most of the Lower East Side, a small part of the East Village, part of the South Village, a small part of Soho and Governors Island. The district is currently represented by Alice Cancel, who ran as the Democratic nominee in an April special election to fill the vacancy created by Silver’s conviction at the end of last year on federal corruption charges. To become the Democratic nominee, Cancel won a February vote by the district’s roughly 200 Democratic County Committee members; Newell came in sec-

ond in the County Committee vote while Rajkumar was third. Cancel is running for re-election in September amid a crowded field of at least a half dozen hopefuls that includes several Asian candidates. Last Wednesday, D.I.D. was faced with making the unenviable decision of choosing to endorse Newell or Rajkumar, both leading members of the 45-year-old political club. D.I.D. has a long history of supporting both Newell and Rajkumar in their elections, including Newell’s bid for district leader in 2009 and Rajkumar’s run against then-District Leader Linda Belfer in 2011, plus Rajkumar’s unsuccessful challenge to Councilmember Margaret Chin in the 2013 primary election. Beyond that, many D.I.D. members refer to both Newell and Rajkumar as a friend, underscoring the difficulty of the decision to endorse one candidate over the other. “Everybody’s been friends with Paul and Jenifer for over a decade, so it was a very difficult call for everybody,” said D.I.D. member Tom Goodkind. Some members were so upset with the prospect of choosing between Rajkumar and Newell that there was an effort to include “Captain’s Choice” on the D.I.D. ballot, an option allowing members to endorse all candidates in a given race — which is more positive than voting “No Endorsement.” D.I.D. President Wilcke went so far as to put Captain’s Choice on the ballots that were handed out at the beginning of the June 1 meeting. However, the members present voted overwhelmingly to strike it off, with the general sentiment being that Captain’s Choice would dilute the club’s influence on the coming election, which, again, has at least half a dozen other candidates, plus incumbent Cancel. “People were so concerned and would say, ‘Can’t we elect both?’ that the Captain’s Choice thing was floated,” Wilcke said. “But people understood that we really had to endorse a candidate. We’re here to give guidance to people who look to our endorsements.” But Rajkumar took issue with the decision to nix Captain’s Choice, which — in light of the club’s decision to go for Newell — could have left her campaign in a far

Yuh-Line Niou, center, with suppor ters at her campaign kickoff.

‘Let’s finish the job’: Niou launches new campaign Monday night Yuh-Line Niou kicked off her campaign for state Assembly in the Democratic primary on Sept. 13. Niou, who received more than 6,000 votes on the Working Families Party line in the spring special election for the 65th A.D., urged the crowd to “finish the job” they started in April and send a “true progressive” to Albany to represent Lower Manhattan. “Not surprisingly,” Niou said, “Albany has not reformed itself, our schools are still overcrowded, the right of workers to organize and earn fair wages is


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still under attack, tenants are still being harassed out of their homes and too many families still struggle every day to make ends meet.” Among her prominent supporters is Comptroller Scott Stringer. “We are going to win this race and change the status quo,” Stringer said, “because Yuh-Line has the right progressive values and the right experience to go to Albany and deliver for Downtown.” Niou was previously chief of staff for Queens Assemblymember Ron Kim.

better position come November. “The removal of Captain’s Choice from the internal club ballot — which would have offered an opportunity for members to support their preferred candidate — smacks of a fix being in,” she said. However, Wilcke took issue with that statement, saying the decision to remove Captain’s Choice from the ballot was made in as open and democratic a way as possible, with a vote among members that followed a lengthy discussion on the nature of Captain’s Choice and its merits. “We actually spoke at length — about to the point where people’s eyes were glazing over —to make sure we got it right,” Wilcke said. “So I don’t think that’s a fair comment.” Former club president Sean Sweeney said that Rajkumar apparently knew her chances of beating Newell for D.I.D.’s endorsement were slim, since she called Sweeney requesting that Captain’s Choice be added to the ballot as a means of hedging her bet. “She knew she was losing,” Sweeney said. “It was a very shrewd political move.” Regardless, it would seem that Rajkumar is cutting off her nose to spite her face — as well as spite the club — in hurling accusations at her longtime friends and supporters, according to Goodkind. “For her to scorn the club certainly is bridge burning,” he said. Despite her harsh words, though, there doesn’t seem to be any hard feelings on the part of D.I.D.’s leadership, which looks forward to supporting her in future endeavors — just as long as she’s not running against Newell. “I consider Jenifer like a daughter and I told her that, and Paul like a son,” Sweeney said. “She’s a little annoyed, I understand, it’s natural. She put a lot of time and effort into this campaign. And Paul and Jenifer were the best of friends. We all were. We still are.” According to a D.I.D. source who requested anonymity, however, at least two elected officials and some club members are now saying they think Rajkumar, at this point, should throw in the towel. “But it is unlikely she will drop out at this point, especially now that she has opened a campaign office and officially announced,” the source said. In addition, in a close vote, D.I.D. last week endorsed Deborah Glick for re-election versus challenger Arthur Schwartz in the September primary for the West Side’s 66th Assembly District. Glick got 26 votes to District Leader Schwartz’s 22, with 3 votes for “no endorsement.” Schwartz didn’t let the loss get him down, though, and said he is in it to win. “The same night, however, I was endorsed by the 504 Democratic Club, the club of disability rights activists, so I batted .500,” he said. “I was also endorsed by Yetta Kurland. I never thought taking on a 26-year incumbent would be easy; this race will go down to the wire,” he predicted. TheVillager.com

Weekend repairs on track for 2, 3, and later, F tubes


he Metropolitan Transportation Authority is quietly planning repairs to the Hurricane Sandy-ravaged 2 and 3 and F train tunnels between Brooklyn and Manhattan, in a similar vein to the muchfretted-about fi x-ups that will likely see the L tube close for more than a year. But unlike the L work — for which the M.T.A. has held public meetings and created fl ashy informational videos — the authority has been vague on when these other repairs would happen, how long they would take, or how they would affect the lines, and now straphangers are demanding answers. The 2012 superstorm sent saltwater gushing into the 2 and 3 trains’ and the F train’s East River tunnels, damaging tracks, signals, ducts, power and communication cables, and now workers need extended access to fi x them, according to agency spokesperson Kevin Ortiz. Repairs to the F tunnel would affect the 155,000 passengers who zip through it every day. The agency will name a contractor for the job in 2018, Ortiz said last week, but he initially claimed it was too soon to know exactly when the work would start or end, and if the agency would need to close the tunnel on weekdays. Riders were keeping their fi ngers crossed that the closures would only take place on nights and weekends, so their daily commutes would not be disrupted. The Brooklyn Paper reported last week that the M.T.A. wasn’t saying whether the F train repairs would close the tunnel on weekdays. The agency subsequently said the F tun-


nel would only be closed for repairs on weekends at some point in the coming years, but didn’t offer more specifics. Repairs to the 2 and 3 tunnel — which 150,000 passengers traverse every weekday — will take place fi rst and only happen on weekends, Ortiz said, though he wouldn’t say when or how that would impact the rest of the line. The authority will reveal more only after it names a contractor sometime this month, he said. Sandy did less damage to the 2 and 3 tube than the F tunnel — battering the former with 500,000 gallons of saltwater, in contrast to the 1.5 million gallons that fi lled the orange line, according to Ortiz. The L train’s Canarsie tube under the East River, however, is longer than the Clark and Rutgers tunnels and took in a whopping 6 million gallons of water during the hurricane. The M.T.A. plans to either close the L tunnel entirely for 18 months or partially for three years. It will name a contractor by the end of the year and work will begin in 2019, Ortiz said. The Clark, Rutgers and Canarsie tunnels are the last of the Sandyswamped East River tubes still in need of mending. The authority is halfway through repairs to the 4 and 5 tube. It has been closing the connection on weekends since March 11, and is slated to wrap up 13 weeks later on July 25. The M.T.A. closed the R tunnel for 13 straight months during 2013 and 2014, the G train’s Greenpoint tube to Queens for 12 weekends in 2014 and five full weeks in 2014, and the A and C tunnel for 40 weekends last year.

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meaningful role in developing proposed changes to the liquor law. Provisions that impact our communities and raise real concerns should not be pushed forward without engaging those communities.� The cadre of Manhattan state and city legislators, including Squadron, Assemblymembers Alice Cancel, Deborah Glick and Richard Gottfried, and Councilmembers Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez, rallied outside City Hall on June 3. They appealed to the state to provide locals with a more substantial opportunity to give input on Cuomo’s new legislation. The state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws — enacted in the 1930s following the end of the country’s doomed “noble experiment� — give local community boards the opportunity to issue opinions on a wide range of liquor license applications. However, a suite of new bills proposed by Cuomo to modernize the nearly century-old laws were largely devised by the 23 members of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law Working Group — a so-called “blue ribbon� panel of industry professionals and their lawyers, including Steven Harris, president of the New York State Beer Wholesalers Association, and Kelly Diggins, senior counsel for North American Breweries. The group included only one local rep-

Manhattan politicians and communit y board members gathered on the Cit y Hall steps on June 3, demanding more communit y par ticipation in revisions to the state’s alcohol laws. Front row, from left, Councilmembers Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez, state Senator Daniel Squadron, C.B. 3 Chairperson Gigi Li and state Senator Liz Krueger. Also among the group were A ssemblymember Brian Kavanagh, C.B. 2 Chairperson Tobi Bergman and former Chairperson David Gruber; Bob Ely and Car ter Booth, chairperson and vice chairperson, respectively, of the C.B. 2 Liquor License Committee; District Managers Bob Gormley and Susan Stetzer of C.B. 2 and 3; and Karlin Chan, a C.B. 3 member active on Chinatown bar issues.

resentative, Ebenezer Smith, the district manager of Community Board 12, which covers Washington Heights and Inwood in Upper Manhattan.

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Many of the governor’s new bills are relatively innocuous as far as New York City residents are concerned — designed to ease the financial and bureaucratic burdens state laws have placed on manufacturers and brewers. For example, the legislation would result in reduced paperwork for craft brewers, the ability to sell wine in growlers and reduced fees for small wholesalers. Other proposed provisions, however, would expand the hours that bars can operate on a Sunday and ease the licensing process related to the “200-foot rule� for bar / restaurants. The latter would open up the possibility of watering holes — albeit, only those with a kitchen — situating themselves adjacent to houses of worship and schools, and posing very real qualityof-life concerns for Manhattan neighborhoods already oversaturated with nightlife, according to locals. However, the “500-foot rule� reportedly would not be weakened; this law currently

makes applicants justify the “public good� of adding another liquor license within an already alcohol-saturated area. “There are lots of good things — simplifying red tape for wineries and artisanal this or thats,� Jeff Ehrlich, a member of Community Board 1, said. “But in an Upstate town you don’t have 300 bars in a 500-foot radius like you do down here. So some of those proposals seem like they were done without proper comment and proper representation by the communities of the city.� Not only were locals virtually nonexistent on the working group, little effort was made to alert Manhattan’s community boards of the working group and its potential to affect residents’ quality of life. Susan Stetzer, district manager of the East Village’s Community Board 3, is largely responsible for bringing the issue to the community’s attention. She said she became aware of the working group’s existence sometime last fall. However, she was made to understand — through an attorney who regularly appears before C.B. 3 on behalf of local-liquor license applicants — that the group’s main concerns were on the manufacturing side of the alcohol business. It wasn’t until Stetzer happened upon the working group’s recommendations, which she found buried on the State Liquor Authority’s Web site, that she realized the group was, in fact, proposing legal changes that would affect residential communities. “It was a media advisory on the S.L.A. Web site, which is not something we usually check,� Stetzer explained. “I try to occasionally look. But there’s no way we have the resources to check every Web site for every agency, and there wasn’t any buzz about it. There was public notice. But 11 of the 12 Manhattan community boards had no idea that the 200-foot rule was being discussed, or Sunday hours being changed.� Moreover, while the working group’s meetings were open to the public, the community boards were not explicitly invited. The aforementioned attorney, however, did receive a letter welcoming him to ALCOHOL continued on p. 12




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POLICE BLOTTER Wald Houses homicide A 22-year-old man was fatally shot in the Lillian Wald Houses on Fri., June 3, shortly before 2 a.m. Police responded to a 911 call of a man shot in the public-housing complex’s courtyard area at 890 E. Sixth St. Upon arrival, officers found the victim with gunshot wounds to the torso. E.M.S. medics also responded and transported the victim to the Beth Israel Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. As of this Wednesday, there were no arrests and the investigation was ongoing. Police are not releasing the deceased’s name until his family members have been properly notified. Lieutenant Thomas Antonetti, a spokesperson with the Police Department’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information, shed some light on the case. “Could be narcotics related,” he told The Villager. “He has a narcotics past. It looks like he’s a marijuana player.” Antonetti said the victim has two previous pot arrests and also a number of sealed arrests. He could not immediately say if the arrests had occurred in or around the Wald Houses. The lieutenant said police are looking at surveillance video and questioning eyewitnesses and “earwitnesses” in an effort to find the killer or killers. Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline, at 800-577-

TIPS. Tips can also be submitted by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.nypdcrimestoppers. com, or by texting them to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

‘Soho Wild Man’ sentenced Richard Pearson a.k.a. “The Soho Wild Man” a couple years ago was terrorizing neighborhood residents, who kept warning police he would definitely eventually kill someone. On June 23, 2014, he almost did, stabbing a sidewalk cell phone-case vendor on Broadway south of Houston with a pair of scissors, nearly hitting him in the heart. The wounded vendor chased Pearson into the Broadway-Lafayette subway station, where the mentally disturbed street dweller was arrested by police. According to the criminal complaint, Pearson stated during a police interrogation at the Fifth Precinct stationhouse, “I was defending myself.” Apparently responding to a detective’s question, Pearson answered, “How many times did I stab him?... We were talking about evolution. I stabbed him to protect myself.” Pearson recently pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the second degree in that case. On Thurs., June 2, he was sentenced to 14 years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

‘No violence,’ rapper stresses after club murder BY MICHAEL OSSORGUINE


s New York rapper Troy Ave was being arrested and charged in a fatal shooting at rapper T.I.’s concert on May 25, Irving Plaza was busy canceling concerts, including shows by rappers Joey Bada$$ and Mac Miller on June 2 and 3, respectively. “If there’s a miscommunication between anybody, it needs to be dealt with properly — no violence,” CLOCKWORKDJ, the opening act for Mac Miller, stressed. Troy Ave, who is now being held in jail on Rikers Island, has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder. He is now saying he acted in self-defense because someone was trying to “assassinate” him, according to the Daily News. Asked if the tragic Gramercy shooting is sending a chill through the rap world, CLOCKWORKDJ said they’re trying to keep things positive. “We’re not trippin’, though — we’re happy,” he said. All tickets to the scrapped Irving Place gigs were refunded. Diehard fans likely scalped tickets to the Governors Ball Music Festival on Randalls Island on Saturday, where the two rappers played sets with record turnout. Other shows canceled or postponed because of the

CLOCK WORKDJ says “miscommunication needs to be dealt with properly” — i.e., peacefully.

Irving Plaza shooting were Vince Staples and a few concerts at Gramercy Theater, The New York Times reported. On a personal note, CLOCKWORKDJ said he is excited by the prospect of hopefully “going gold” after recently signing a deal with artistic management group CEG Entertainment, based in Manhattan’s Garment District.

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attend the meetings, according to the East Village district manager. “They’re saying there was notice, but I’m wondering why an industry lawyer got an invite and we didn’t,” Stetzer noted. Now, with the state’s annual legislative session com-


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ing to a close on June 16, locals are fearful that the governor will ram his liquor bills through committee and put them before the Assembly for a vote without giving community boards a chance to review them carefully and weigh in. “The 16th is the last day they’re voting on legislation, so that’s part of the whole problem with transparency,” Stetzer said. “It requires a little bit of time.”

Other people’s property A 38-year-old man was allegedly assaulted by a woman after he caught her stealing his property early Friday morning at Off the Wagon bar, at 108 Macdougal St., police said. On June 3 at 3 a.m., according to a report, a woman attempted to remove the victim’s property. The report didn’t state exactly what it was the woman was allegedly trying to take. The man attempted to retain the property and the woman struck him multiple times causing lacerations to his shoulder, neck and face, police said. All of the property was recovered at the crime scene. Stephanie Kenyon, 28, was arrested for felony robbery.

Out-of-tune tag team Karaoke Boho bar, at 186 W. Fourth St., was the scene of an alleged altercation Thursday night. A doorman there told police that around midnight on June 2, while he was working at the bar, two women entered the place and became argumentative over the bar’s ID policy. One of the women struck the employee in the head with a Corona beer bottle, causing lacerations, swelling and bruising. Meanwhile, the other woman punched him, causing bruising and swelling to his head. The two women, Shanika Walker, 21, and Jelissa Walker, 25, were arrested for felony assault.

Up & Down and out An employee of Up & Down nightclub, at 244 W. 14th St., called police last Wed., June 1, when he witnessed a burglary, police said. Cops responding around 5:45 a.m. saw the man matching the description attempting to leave the location, and said they saw damage from the burglary. With the assistance of other officers, they caught the suspect before he could flee into a nearby subway station. Police were shown surveillance video of the suspect trying to break the club’s door and enter the premises. Police arrested Andre S. Zhulidau, 38, for felony burglary.

Un-Souk-cessful swiper Multiple women had their iPhones stolen at Le Souk nightclub, at 510 LaGuardia Place, on Tues., May 31, police said. On that night at 1:15 a.m., one of the victims stated she was dancing and felt a man pushing up against her side where her purse was. Shortly afterward, she discovered that her cell phone was removed from her purse. The second victim also stated that she discovered that her phone was removed from her purse. The third victim, who is a club employee, told cops she placed her cell phone under her workstation and later noticed that it was removed. However, Le Souk’s security staff recovered all three cell phones from a man at the club. Upon arrest, it was discovered that the man had one active warrant. Samba Tague, 31, was charged with felony grand larceny.

Emily Siegel and Lincoln Anderson TheVillager.com



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A bit glamour, a lot bordello, plus Lillian’s lamps,



hen asked what he would like to be remembered for, Charles Busch — the director/play wright/actor/painter/ chanteuse — mused for a moment, then answered. “I think that I gave my audience a sense of something bigger than life, with a bit of glamour,” he said. He could easily have been talking about his apartment, which looks exactly like what you would expect from the man behind “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom” and “Die, Mommy Die.” Busch grew up in Manhattan’s Murray Hill and has resided in the Village since 1980. His current living situation began when he moved from what he called a “horrible railroad flat tenement” into a large studio on Bank St. in 1995. Later, finding himself with some money in the bank thanks to the success of his play “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” (“Thank God for Linda Lavin,” he said), he managed to buy the studio above his own, as well. Plans to combine the two apartments took two years to get approved by the co-op board, but it was, remarkably, smooth sailing after that. Busch, a self-described “amateur interior decorator,” found the perfect collaborator in architect August Ventura. The two set about adding molding, creating furniture, designing a staircase to combine the two spaces and finding colors that would create the decor that Busch sums up as “an elegant 19th-century whorehouse.” Notably — and somewhat unbelievably — John Priber of the Faro Building Corporation managed to complete the renovation on time and on budget. “He said it would take three-anda-half months and it took three-anda-half months,” Busch said. The dark, rich tones of the walls were chosen so that the furniture would “pop out.” The deep-red living room is a nod to Diana Vreeland, who famously favored the color. Some of the furnishings came from the home of Busch’s late Aunt Lillian, who raised the artist. “She was the most influential person in my life,” he said. Lamps and a candelabra that were part of Lillian’s “wacky sense of decor” now illuminate the living room. The small round tables covered with photos are also a reminder of Charles Busch at work in his office, formerly a kitchen, with framed posters of his shows on the wall.


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the woman who “made all the right choices for me,” Bush said. Nearby, in his beloved Abingdon Square, is a bench that he funded to honor her. Besides the renovated square, Busch loves what he calls “one of the great neighborhoods.” “The Village is still very beautiful,” he said. “But I miss the wonderful little stores” that have been displaced by corporate retailers. “I moved here at the tail end of the working-class and bohemian era,” he said. “I lived in a building [on 12th St.] full of old eccentrics. I wish I had appreciated them more at the time.”

‘I love having a great apartment.’ Charles Busch He wistfully recalled the “weird antique stores” and the shops that sold strange curios, as well as the generally funky atmosphere. “In my youth, I did rather enjoy walking on the wild side,” he admitted. “But I guess there’s been some improvement.” One improvement has been in his eating habits, as he has been teaching himself to cook. After immersing himself in the Cooking Channel for the past two years, he is bringing a bit of theater into the kitchen as he “plates” his dinner and judges it, as if it were a competition. He doesn’t always win, he quipped, but frequently ends up “in the top three.” He also spends a lot of time in the other kitchen, which was converted into his office. The writer can be found at his computer nearly every day, working on the next project in front of a wall full of framed posters from his shows. “I just wish I had another wall for all the new posters,” he lamented. But that’s his only complaint. “I love having a great apartment,” he said. “When I get a bad review, I think, ‘Well, I’ve probably got a better apartment than that critic.’ ” Charles Busch will be performing “The Ultimate Playlist” at Feinstein’s / 54 Below, at 254 W. 54th St., on Fri., June 10, and Sat., June 11. For more information and tickets, visit https://54below.com/events/ charles-busch/ . TheVillager.com


Charles Busch in his bedroom.

The actor’s living room, featuring a rare Sarah Bernhardt poster at left, and a por trait of Charles Busch painted by Don Bachardy, writer Christopher Isher wood’s lover. June 9, 2016


Celeste Villani, 93, lifelong Thompson resident

OBITUARY BY JANE HEIL USYK Celeste Villani, known as Sally, died Sat., May 21, in the Hopkins Center for Rehabilitation & Healthcare in Brooklyn. Celestina Stephani Grippa was born Nov. 9, 1922. “Celeste” was actually short for her name at birth. She lived on Thompson St. all her life. Her death took me back to 1964, when I first moved to Thompson St. The street had scared me when I was at N.Y.U. a few years before, living on Washington Square South. It was dark, and had guys rolling back and forth on their heels in the doorways. But just a few years later, I heard about an apartment there that was half the price of my one-bedroom on E. 35th St. I wanted to reduce my expenses so I could be a freelance writer and not have a steady job. The apartment was perfect for me at that time. It was sunny and a five-flight walk-up, but I was 24 and fleet of foot. The place came with neighbors: Sally and Pin and their family. Her children were 12 and 14 at the time. Sally must have been around 40, but to me she

Celeste “Sally” Villani in a recent photo, right, and as a young woman, above. seemed ancient. She married in 1946 and had lived there ever since, with her extended family all around her. Her sister Chubby lived on the fourth floor, just underneath Sally, with her husband John and three children. Her sister Carmela lived next door. Her cousin Mary lived next to Carmela, two buildings up. Her husband’s mother lived three or four blocks down Thompson St. And there were other relatives — cousins and aunts and uncles — on Thompson,


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Prince and Spring Sts. They started to become neighborly, mainly by offering me parts of their meals, especially Sunday dinners. I didn’t have any family, except in Connecticut and on the Upper West Side, but there was no one around Thompson St. (by design). So they filled in, knocking on my door with spaghetti and meatballs, eggplant parmigiana, lasagna and cake. Sally gave food to whoever was in my apartment, even if it wasn’t me. My friend Sheila, who sometimes stayed there when Michael and I were away, said she received “many a meatball” from Sally. Sometimes they would knock and invite me to join them, and I would. There were often nine or 10 people around their kitchen table, all relatives, plus me. In those days I wasn’t doing much cooking, so it was quite a help. Sometimes Pin went fishing; mainly, he went to Sheepshead Bay, and usually caught a lot of fluke there. And when he brought it all back home, I got a fish or two. I remember one day in my twenties, I had a date with a guy who was from Connecticut, very well connected. (His uncle was a famous English professor at Yale.) But when he drank, I was surprised to learn, he became violent, and he grabbed onto my wrists and wouldn’t let go. I started to scream. Pin and Sally heard me, and Pin knocked on the door and asked me if I was all right. I wasn’t. I told him this guy had to leave, right away. And Pin stood there until he was going down the stairs, saying nasty things to Pin all the way. I often wonder what would have happened if Pin hadn’t knocked on my door. In my forties I met Michael, and he moved in with me. We were married

a few years later. Sally started feeding him, too. In the 1970s, Sally’s daughter Andrea got married and moved — across the street, where she still lives. Her son Frank moved to Florida. They were quite strong; Pin, in his seventies, went down the street to his mother’s apartment — she also lived on the top floor of a walk-up — and took meals to his mother for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and he fed her, too. Otherwise, she wouldn’t eat anything. So he carried meals up five flights of stairs three times a day, for years. His mother died at 106, and then he stopped. One day we figured it out: Our stairs are about 83 steps for five flights, so up and down, is about 170 steps. Then do that six times a day (our building and his mother’s building), and you have climbed about 1,000 steps a day. Every day. Sally was very slight. I never heard her raise her voice, not once. She was tough, and nobody could put anything over on her, but she didn’t act tough at all. I learned quite a bit from her —mainly, how to stand strong in an argument and not back down, but not raise your voice, either. When Michael had just begun living with me, in the 1980s, he came home one very hot day. In the fifth-floor hall, outside our doors, were Pin and Frank, sitting in beach chairs in their underwear and tank-top shirts. That was the only cool place on the really hot fifth floor, because it had windows on both sides. They were relaxing, and both had their toupees off. “Eh, Mike!” they said, “How are ya?” as if it was the most normal thing in the world. Bye, Sally. You and your family were wonderful Village neighbors. TheVillager.com

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A s dusk falls, The Neighborhood School building star ts to resemble something out of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,� as construction lights go on behind the safet y netting and the pounding, chipping and drilling sounds commence.

Neighborhood School work hoped to ďŹ nally end by July BY MICHAEL OSSORGUINE


he School Construction Authority has been renovating The Neighborhood School, P.S. 363, since 2013, and parents and staff are furious that the drawn-out work has taken so long. During the school year, the work has been done at night, with the building all lit up with construction lights, making it resemble a giant, glowing U.F.O. plopped down in the East Village. With the project almost a year past its scheduled completion date, and numerous problems with funding and damages allegedly caused by the work, the school, at 121 E. Third St., is pushing the S.C.A. to finally wrap things up. Multiple construction goals were supposed to have been completed by October 2015. After that date was missed, a new deadline of this April was set. The S.C.A. is now promising to finish the work by July. “We’ve got scaffolding all around the school,� Elinor Tatum, a frustrated school parent, told The Villager. “Our kids can’t see the daylight through it. It’s kind of like they’re in a shroud all the time. We really would like to see that gone.� The original plan called for work on the exterior masonry, parapets and roofs of The Neighborhood School and STAR Academy, P.S. 63. According to school leaders, the S.C.A.’s work has created safety hazards and damaged the building, including gaps in the safety guards on upper floors and ceilings that leak rainwater into classrooms. The Neighborhood School is demanding that, in addition to the job being finished, all damages to the building are repaired. The school’s Wellness Committee is circulating a petition among parents to address the deteriorated conditions. The petition cites a rat infestation at the construction site, hypodermic needles

left on the scaffolding, and violations of the S.C.A.’s claim that 19 to 25 workers would be “on the job daily� to finish work on the facilities. The project, whose delays border on the surreal can be called “Kafkaesque.� According to the petition, the construction’s snail-like pace is due to problems with Kafka Construction Inc., which was enlisted by the S.C.A. to execute the plan. Tatum said that a recent meeting with the S.C.A. and The Neighborhood School’s leadership persuaded the S.C.A. to put its foot down. If Kafka Construction does not get its act together by this weekend, it reportedly will be replaced. However, the S.C.A. had no comment regarding the petition or Kafka Construction Inc. The Neighborhood School has educated children from pre-kindergarten to 5th grade since 1991. The ongoing work has sometimes prevented afterschool programs from happening, and has caused the schoolyard to be closed, forcing children’s outdoor time to take place outside the school’s grounds, such as at First Park. Since much of the work on the building involves abatement of asbestos-containing materials, the children’s respiratory health is also at stake, parents say. A FAQ page on the project by the Health and Safety Committee in 2013 detailed the safety precautions of the abatement, which uses safe, chemical methods to remove asbestos, and requires regular air quality checks to test for asbestos fibers. In addition, according to Tatum, another problem is that unless the S.C.A. finishes the work by a set time, funding for specific construction projects will be “moved around,� which raises concerns over whether the project will ever be completed, let alone finished in time. TheVillager.com


He’ll drink to The Donald

Alex, 13, a major Donald Trump suppor ter, was recently spotted on Duane St. in Tribeca. A student at Chelsea’s L AB School, he was doing his par t to get the bombastic real estate t ycoon elected by manning a Trump informational stand in front of his building. The young politico said he likes the candidate’s foreign, domestic and economic policies, and would really “love to meet him someday.” The teen for Trump was not soliciting donations but giving away snacks and drinks, all in the name of tr ying to Make America Great Again. Yeah, right, more sugar and aspar tame! That’s all we need. Any way, Alex is definitely going against the grain in Lower Manhattan, where most voters are no doubt going to vote Democratic in November and are aghast at the idea of Trump as president.


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How tweet it is, Hillary! City Councilmember Corey Johnson posed for a historic selfie — which he promptly tweeted out — with Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night at the Brooklyn Navy Yard when Clinton declared victory in the Democratic presidential primary. Her win in the New Jersey primary put her over the top versus the tenacious Bernie Sanders in terms of winning a majority of pledged delegates. She would go on to win several other states and Tuesday night’s biggest prize, California. Though Sanders, continuing to pressure her, still won an impressive amount of votes. Clinton is the fi rst woman ever to win the presumptive presidential nomination of a major U.S. political party. Reflecting on the moment, the Village / Chelsea councilmember said, “The sense of history — that this was a key moment in the movement for women’s rights — was palpable in the room. When she said her mother was born on the day Congress ratified the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, it absolutely put this in perspective for everyone.”


markets. Let’s be great and support local generation and local ownership!

Legendary leaders, alas...

Canada hydro energy’s cons

Kim Fraczek

To The Editor: Re “Where are our leaders?” (letter, by Bunny Gabel, June 2): Thank you, Bunny Gabel. In 1963, as secretary to Ruth Wittenberg on Community Planning Board 2, I had the honor of working with Jane Jacobs, Verna Small, Jim Shaw and many other community activists. I later was elected secretary to Planning Board 2, under the chairmanship of Anthony Dapolito, who also contributed to protecting and improving our Village. Yes, we do need leaders with courage and honesty.

To The Editor: Re “Cries to close nuke plant and go green gain energy” (news article, June 2): Local generation of power is efficient and supports values of energy democracy. We should not just think of resolving the grid with renewables, but rethink how we get our power to benefit local communities. Let’s think justice! Why would New York City want to get into the business of using our Upstate neighbors as a conduit for importing electricity from far away? I see that running into the same systemic problem that fossil fuels have created by crushing small locales in favor of big

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Hillary hugs nuclear power To The Editor: Re “Cries to close nuke plant and go green gain energy” (news article, June 2): Hillary supports keeping Indian Point open. Bernie understands the problems. Hillary had eight years as New York senator, but doesn’t want to close an aging nuclear plant that can make Manhattan and elsewhere a permanent dead zone. She had bad judgment about Iraq and has bad judgment about nuclear energy. Her campaign Web site uses the nuclear industry propaganda term “clean” energy for nuclear, and supports building more nuclear reactors. Existing thin-walled (half-inch) nuclear waste canisters at Indian Point and at other U.S. plants cannot be inspected, repaired or maintained and can crack and leak millions of curies of radiation. Each contains more deadly Cesium-137 than was released from Chernobyl. Entergy has no plan in place to deal with leaking “Chernobyl” cans. Learn more at SanOnofreSafety. org. Thanks to Friends of the Earth and the donors that support them. F.O.E. helped shut San Onofre in California. Unfortunately, the nuclear waste is still unsafely stored in thin-walled canisters right at the beach and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission refuses to LETTERS continued on p. 22 TheVillager.com

Democracy Goddess raises her torch in Chinatown



he “Goddess of Democracy” became a global icon when it was raised by student protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989 — before the movement was put down in the massacre of June 4. In the prelude to this year’s 25th anniversary of the massacre, the Democracy Goddess came to Manhattan’s Chinatown. While the original raised in Beijing 27 years ago was of papier-mâché and stood some 30 feet tall, this one was of fiberglass and about 10 feet high. It was raised in Confucius Plaza on May 30, right in front of the statue of the revered philosopher, at the corner of Bowery and Division St. Owing much to New York’s Statue of Liberty but also to the French Marianne, the Goddess stands holding a torch aloft. Across the statue’s breast is a banner with the words “Freedom is not free.” Standing below were her creator, California-based artist Chen Weiming, and his small entourage. They had just arrived in the city following a cross-country tour with the Goddess. Chen said this fiberglass version, constructed in his studio in the Mojave Desert town of Barstow, is a prototype for a colossus he hopes to cast in bronze. This would stand a symbolic 64 meters — for June 4. In China, “6-4” is popular code for the massacre, which remains a forbidden topic there. With its base, the statue would stand 89.64 meters, the “89” referencing the year of the massacre. At this height, it would rival the Statue of Liberty, which stands 93 meters, ground to torch. Chen, amiable and with slightly disheveled hair, stated ambitiously, “I hope to move it into China when there is democracy there.” Of course, he hopes to raise it over Tainanmen Square — specifically, at the site of Mao Zedong’s mausoleum, which now overlooks the square on the south. “We should move Mao out, like they moved Stalin from Red Square,” he said. “We should build a memorial to democracy there.” While followers of the Falun Gong meditation practice frequently have tables set up in Chinatown protesting persecution of their kind in the People’s Republic, images of the 1989 pro-democracy movement are considerably rarer. The side of the truck that carried the fiberglass statue displayed photos from those fateful days in Beijing a generation ago — tanks advancing on protesters, residents coming to the aid of TheVillager.com

Repor ter Bill Weinberg, right, speaking with ar tist Chen Weiming next to Chen’s “Goddess of Democrac y” in Chinatown when the statue was recently brought to New York.

the stricken. New York was the second-to-last stop on the Goddess’s tour. It left Los Angeles on May 14, after a display outside that city’s Chinese consulate. The statue then moved on to stops in Las Vegas, Denver, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston and the Yale campus in New Haven before arriving in front of the Isaiah Wall across First Ave. from the United Nations on May 27, and then down to Chinatown three days later. The Goddess’s last New York stop was a June 3 rally near Times Square, before moving on to a culminating rally in Washington, D.C., two days later. And before the dreamed-of day when the bronze colossus can rise in Beijing? Chen names Freedom Square in Taiwan’s capital as a possibility. He said he was in talks a few years ago with the local government of Taiwan’s Jinmen Island — also known as Quemoy, the scene of the 1958 crisis when it was attacked by Chinese forces. But before he could raise the statue there, Taiwan’s then-pro-China government interceded. With the new and more independent-minded Tsai Ing-wen now in office (Taiwan’s first woman president), Chen may try again. Chen was born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. That’s just up the coast from Fujian, from where many of Chinatown’s newest residents hail. He worked in public sculpture for municipal governments in the ’80s, and his statues are still standing in

the squares and parks of Zhejiang. When asked what they depict, Chen answered: “Chinese culture and beautiful ladies.” He arrived in New Zealand in 1988 — six months before the massacre. The news changed his life. “After ’89, I became committed to human rights,” he said. And this was reflected in his work. “No more just beautiful women,” he said with a smile. Chen’s political commitment has taken him to some global frontlines. He took out his cell phone to show me a picture of himself standing with Syrian revolutionaries in besieged Aleppo, with a banner reading, “CHINESE PEOPLE SUPPORT SYRIAN PEOPLE,” in English, Chinese and Arabic. Another showed him brandishing a rifle with a group of Free Syrian Army fighters. Chen said he went to Aleppo in 2012 to do an art installation in support of the Syrian revolution, but ended up helping to defend the city from forces of Bashar Assad’s regime. “China is supporting the dictator,” he said. “So I wanted to show my solidarity.” The June 3 rally near Times Square was organized by the Democratic Party of China, which was launched as an opposition party in the People’s Republic in 1998. But the party was never allowed to officially register there, and hundreds of its supporters were arrested — with many still imprisoned today. Since 2010, the party’s headquarters have been in Flushing,

Queens —although it has chapters in several countries around the world touched by the Chinese diaspora. One of the D.P.C.’s sibling organizations is the Federation for a Democratic China, whose president, Sheng Xue, came down from Toronto for the raising of the statue in New York. Sheng is a veteran of the 1989 pro-democracy movement, and had to flee China in the subsequent crackdown. Sheng paints a grim picture of her home country today. “At least when I was there, we had security,” she said, referring to the so-called “iron rice bowl” and guarantees for education and healthcare. “They took all that away. The people no longer have protection. The whole country is like a jungle — you have to fight for your living. They opened the only door in China — the economic door. And everybody ran for that. But it led to the jungle.” And some tentative moves toward greater political openness in recent years are being rapidly undone under President Xi Jinping, Sheng asserted. “It looks worse than 1989,” she said. Arranged at the foot of the stage at the Times Square rally were candles forming the Chinese characters for 6 and 4. Above the stage was a banner with a fanciful photoshopped image: Chen Weiming’s bronze Goddess towering over Beijing’s historic Marco Polo Bridge, lined with stone lions. June 9, 2016


Float like a butterfly, sting like an Avenue B Antonio “Chico” Garcia, the legendary Lower East Side graffiti artist, was in town this past weekend when the news broke that another legend, the great heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, had died. Chico relocated to Tampa awhile back, but periodically returns to Loisaida to do commissioned mural work. His Ali mural is on a roll-down gate just off E. Houston St., at 9 Avenue B, next to Raul’s Barber Shop. The gate is down most of the time except for when the building’s super needs to go inside to get tools, usually around 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. “He was a popular guy, number one,” Chico said of the outspoken three-time heavyweight champion. “He was a family man. He fought for what he believed in. He was a political boxer. He was generous. He was a great person, a champ. “To me, he was an icon,” he said. “I remember the Frazier fights. I’m 52, so I grew up with him.” Earlier that night, before he made the mural, Chico found out that he had also lost a close friend. The graffiti project was a way for him to deal with the pain. “I just wanted to release myself,” he said.

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require higher waste-storage standards. Most other countries use thick-walled metal casks 10 inches to almost 20 inches thick. Donna Gilmore

Failed Beth Israel ’89 plan To The Editor: Beth Israel once before tried to make a stealth move to cash out on real estate values — propelled by Wall Street’s Mayor, Michael Bloomberg — possibly depriving the Downtown community of essential medical services. It wouldn’t be the first time this allegedly nonprofit enterprise has operated in a furtive manner to the detriment of the community. In late 1989 I learned that the 14th St. Y, at 344 E.14th St., was slated for extinction. It was, and remains, an anchor — a cherished, full community center. It was one of nine of 13 YMHA’s of New York targeted for closure by the United Jewish Appeal. They were losing money. In my opinion, there was pervasive corruption on 14th St. The U.J.A. wanted to sell the building to Beth Israel


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Medical Center. There was a major structural defect due to a botched construction job on the theater, in addition to the bleed from fast and loose management. Beth Israel fancied the prospect of a big building on choice real estate at a favorable price. B.I. was said to have put down a deposit of $1 million while avoiding the proper legal channels to avoid sunlight. It was through an investigator from the New York State attorney general’s charities and trusts division that the Y was saved. Thwarted, B.I. bought on Union Square East. On May 31, Dr. Kenneth Davis, president of Mount Sinai Health System, sat for a skillful interview with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer. Davis dismissed single-payer as a feasible system. This would make healthcare a human right and simplify reimbursement by cutting out insurance companies and saving 30 percent. Follow the money.

too” (talking point, by Keith Fox, May 26): The talking point by Keith Fox was clarifying and informational, but this controversy will end up like Sixth Ave. — some people call it Avenue of the Americas! When community meetings on the Washington Square Park renovation were underway with the Parks Department and Community Board 2, neighbors presented proposals for 10 prominent historic markers, to be placed around the park. Included were drawings and photographs of sturdy, eye-level, podium-like, slanted-top, flat-screen models, with room for comprehensive prose. We have never gotten the promised markers, but it’s possible C.B. 2 still has the information. Two of those would work perfectly inside the memorial park at Seventh Ave., taking up very little room, no matter what name it goes by. The AIDS Memorial needs the identifying tribute and the Sisters of Charity and St. Vincent’s Hospital deserve the honor. Mary Johnson

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‘Unexpected’ excavates early, experimental O’Neill Seldom seen one-acts straddle farce and tragedy BY TRAV S.D.


or almost two decades, the Lower East Side’s Metropolitan Playhouse has been performing the valuable public service of presenting long-lost plays from America’s past, mostly from the early 20th century or before — the era when melodrama was king, a style and aesthetic that fell out of public favor as the century progressed. A key figure in the public’s conversion to a greater preference for realism was Eugene O’Neill. An ironic consequence of that shift in consciousness is that O’Neill’s own works have come to be regarded as outdated, especially his early ones. The Metropolitan strives to breathe new life into them. Nine years ago, they presented a festival of five early O’Neill one-acts — and through June 26, they’ll be doing the same with “O’Neill (Unexpected),” a double bill consisting of the plays “Recklessness” (1913), and “Now I Ask You” (1916). “Recklessness” is a delicious melodrama, a one-act clearly derived from Strindberg’s “Miss Julie,” in which the bored wife (Erin Beirnard) of a rich man (Kelly King) is having an affair with the chauffeur (Jeremy Russial). The husband discovers the truth, resulting in a domino effect of tragic consequences. (If you know O’Neill it should be very easy to imagine the climax, although the playwright does give us a nifty fake-out). “Now I Ask You” is more of a satire and a comedy of manners, rare territory for O’Neill — but fans of the playwright will recognize something of



Greenwich Village bohemians get goosed in the 1916 satire “Now I Ask You.” L to R: Terrell Wheeler, Kim Yancey-Moore, Dylan Brown.

the ironic tone he would employ in “Ah, Wilderness!” a couple of decades later. Here he pokes fun at Greenwich Village bohemians. A young middle class couple (Emily Bennett and Terrell Wheeler) tie the knot — but instead of going through with a conventional marriage, they sign a Free Love Agreement. Wanting to teach them a lesson, the girl’s mother (Kim Yancey-Moore) eggs the pair on in flirtations with their radical friends (Dylan Brown and Eric R. Williams). How’s that likely to work out? Hint and reminder: This is O’Neill,

and the line between farce and tragedy can often be thin. Neither of these early, experimental plays was ever produced during O’Neill’s lifetime, and productions remain rare to this day. What’s “unexpected” about this pair of works is the surprisingly light touch the famously heavy-handed playwright brings to the table. And, while we often associate O’Neill with “low” naturalistic settings (ships, barrooms, farms and the like), these two works — like many of his very earliest plays — were more con-

ventional for their time in taking place in the drawing rooms of the well-to-do. “There are two things I like about working on early O’Neill,” says Metropolitan’s Artistic Director (and “Unexpected” director) Alex Roe. “One is the exciting fact that many of these plays are almost prototypes of the later, better-known plays, their characters and plot points. The other [thing] is, that when you present these plays on stage, they still come alive. They remain O’NEILL continued on p. 24 June 9, 2016



L to R: Erin Beirnard and Kelly King as husband and wife in 1913’s “Recklessness.”

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A new wife is hard to handle in “Now I Ask You.” L to R: Terrell Wheeler and Emily Bennett.

potent and meaningful.” And that’s a point worth making. Historically, O’Neill stands at the juncture of two different eras. Especially in his early plays, he has one foot (at least) firmly planted in old school melodrama. Yet O’Neill had so much more going for him than the hack contemporaries George Bernard Shaw called Sardoudlists (after the much emulated but highly repetitive French playwright Victorien Sardou). “When people are critical of melodrama,” says Roe, “it’s generally because

it’s overly reliant on certain stock devices and its effects are unearned. But O’Neill is much subtler than that. He’s really got an uncanny ability to tease out complicated dramatic motivations and conflicts from his characters drawn from their psychologies and relationships. It’s as though he’s taken the old melodramatic climaxes, like an exploding steamship or a woman being tied to the railroad tracks, and replaced it with something more recognizable but equally devastating — like a breaking heart.” O’Neill’s naturalistic gifts allow Roe to direct as though he were putting on a contemporary American play, in a way that serves the expectations of both modern actors and audiences. And that’s important, because these plays are still relevant. “These plays capture a moment when America was in radical transition,” says Roe. “After World War One people started asking ‘What are the conventional norms and values that got us into this boat?’ They started looking for new explanations. Bohemians disrupting the social order, women seeking the vote, advocates for child welfare, and other social changes. And now we’re distanced enough that we can recognize ourselves going through a similar moment. It still resonates. These problems weren’t unique to O’Neill’s time. This isn’t just archaeology.”

“O’Neill (Unexpected)” is presented June 10–June 26: Thurs.–Sat. at 7:30pm; Sat. & Sun. at 3pm. Additional performances Wed., June 15 & 22 at 3pm. At Metropolitan Playhouse (220 E. Fourth St., btw. Aves. A & B). For tickets ($25, $20 for students & seniors, $10 for ages 18 & under), call 800-838-3006 or visit metropolitanplayhouse.org.

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An excerpt from Lar Lubovitch Dance Company’s “Concerto Six Twenty-Two” is part of the Hudson River Dance Festival, June 15 & 16.


HUDSON RIVER DANCE FESTIVAL Modern dance in all of its visual complexity and stylistic diversity — performed on a lawn near the water, with the promise of a spectacular sunset — is the siren call of this free showcase curated by Chelsea’s own indoor movement mecca, The Joyce Theater. Music from electronic pioneer Clams Casino and the fashions of designer Narciso Rodriguez give wing to bodies careening back and forth through time and space, when Stephen Petronio Company performs their 2014 piece, “Locomoter.” An excerpt from “Concerto Six Twenty-Two” will be one of the works from Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. Created in 1986, it was inspired by support networks active during the height of the AIDS crisis. In celebration of their 30th Anniversary, Urban Bush Women present iconic moments from the company’s vast repertoire. Founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar provides the music, with additional sound compositions by Trey Judson in collaboration with Kakilambe Drum Troupe. Free. At 6:30pm on Wed., June 15 & Thurs., June 16 (same program both evenings). At the Pier 63 Lawn (at W. 23rd St. & the Hudson River), in Hudson River Park. Visit hudsonriverpark.org/events. TheVillager.com

THE FLYING DOCTOR BY MOLIERE (OVER AND OVER AND OVER) Everything old is new again (and again and again and again), when the game-for-anything good eggs from recently hatched theater company flexCO transform Central Booking art gallery into an everything-goes performance space, in which a short farce by Moliere is mounted multiple times. The plot: Lucile, betrothed to another man, favors Valere — who orders his dimwitted manservant to masquerade as a doctor, and prescribe a medicinal trip to the countryside for Lucile, who will then marry her true love. Nothing, of course, goes according to plan — and to heighten that effect, flexCo director Michael Doliner (who did the adaptation) raises the stakes with each performance, throwing live indie rock and bluegrass music, champagne, literature, and an airborne MD into the mix. Through Sat., July 2: Wed. at 7:30pm, Thurs.– Sat. at 8pm & Sun. at 2pm (Fri., June 10 performance is at 10pm). At Central Booking (21 Ludlow St., at Hester St.). For info & tickets ($5$30), visit flexcodot.com. JUST DO ART continued on p. 26


L to R: Kat Blackwood, Patrick Brady, Robyn Adele Anderson in “The Flying Doctor by Moliere (over and over and over).” June 9, 2016


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Newton’s grasp of gravity is a thematic touchstone for this year’s Chelsea Music Festival, June 10–18. Seen here, opening night 2015 at Canoe Studios.


Stop by a candlelight vigil, in “The Death of a Black Man (A Walk By),” an immersive new play at Theater for the New City, through June 19.

At just 24 years of age, Isaac Newton invented calculus, explained the color spectrum, and came up with the concept of gravity. The Chelsea Music Festival — also a high achiever still in the flush of youth — has chosen “Gravity 350” as the theme for its seventh year. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as CMF pays tribute to Newton’s triptych of 1666 breakthroughs by showcasing worldclass and fast-rising movers and shakers in the fields of food, music, and art. Sitespecific festival events, which take place all around Chelsea (Aperture Foundation, Canoe Studios, General Theological Seminary, Leo Baeck Institute, St. Paul’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church), include classical and jazz concerts, late night and daytime open-air happenings, visual and tasting feasts, and Saturday morning family-themed events. Among this year’s In-Residence group: composer Michael Gandolfi, multi-media visual artist Lukas Birk, and Chef Timothy McGrath. Noteworthy performing artists include double bassist Dominik Wagner, clarinetist Vera Karner, organist Stephen Tharp, jazz pianist Adam Birnbaum, The Lee Trio, and Momenta Quartet. June 10–18, at various locations. Visit chelseamusicfestival.org for the schedule of events, and to purchase tickets (ranging from Free to $68, plus applicable online service fees; discounts available for those under 30, students, and seniors).


The cast and crew of Offline Productions, hatching a plan for their take on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (at Theatre 80 through June 26).


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THE DEATH OF A BLACK MAN (A WALK BY) Just walk on by, or walk a mile in the shoes of another? This new work from William Electric Black documents the harrowing consequence of hearsay and mistaken identity, during a day in the lives of victims, perpetrators, and survivors of inner city violence — specifically, murder by bullet, in the name of pride or vengeance. The third entry in his ongoing “Gunplays” series presented with the support of Theater for the New City, “Walk” uses poetry, rap, song, movement, video projections and intense audience immersion to examine the root causes, and the consequences, of a shooting in an urban playground. Through a series of nonlinear vignettes, the audience experiences police investigations, protests, funerals, community deliberation, and shootings. Through June 19: Thurs.–Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 3pm. At Theater for the New City (155 First Ave., btw. E. Ninth & E. 10th Sts.). For tickets ($15 general, $12 students/seniors, $10 per for groups), call 212-254-1109 or visit theaterforthenewcity.net. Also visit gunplays.org.

OFFLINE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS “A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM” One good madcap troupe deserves another — and they’ll get it, as the comedians, improvisers, and musicians of Offline Productions bring digital age sensibilities and an unpredictable performance style to their interpretation of Shakespeare’s motley crew of mismatched lovers, manipulated actors, and busybody fairies. Nothing is what it seems, but the consequences are real — when a magical, mystical land known as the Lower East Side takes the place of the Bard’s enchanted forest, and lines blur between the desires of noble lords and the dreams of starving artists. After the show, cast a spell of your own by visiting the William Barnacle Tavern (next to the theater), where they’ll be offering $5 “Puck’s Potion” or “Fairy Queen” specialty cocktails. Through June 26. Thurs., 7pm; Fri. & Sat., 8pm. Sun., June 26, 7pm. At Theatre 80 (80 St. Marks Place, btw. First & Second Aves.). For tickets ($25 general, $35 & $45 for premium seating, various discounts for students, seniors, groups), visit offlinenyc.com. JUST DO ART continued on p. 27


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& Macdougal Sts.). Rainspace: NYU’s Frederick Loewe Theatre (35 W. Fourth St. at Greene St.). Call 212-252-3621 or visit washingtonsquaremusicfestival.org.



Early music ensemble Canticum Scholare will have its Washington Square Music Festival debut on June 14.

THE WASHINGTON SQUARE MUSIC FESTIVAL Having begun its 58th season on June 7, this reliably eclectic open-air classical concert series (always with an indoor venue at the ready, should it rain) continues for the next three Tuesdays. June 14’s program marks the first festival appearance by Canticum Scholare. The NYC-based vocal group, which specializes in music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, will join conductor Lutz Rath and the Festival Chamber Ensemble in performing Handel’s “Dixit Dominus.” Elsewhere on the program: works by Mozart and Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. On June 21, Rath and the Ensemble present the first complete version of Hanns Eisler’s “Septet No. 2, The Circus” ever to be heard in the US (Eisler arranged the piece from his 1947 work on music for Charlie Chaplin’s “The Circus”). Also a program highlight: trombonist David Taylor in the world premiere of “Quatre Kakokosmoi” for bass trombone & strings. The series concludes on June 28, with Ron Wasserman leading the 17-piece New York Jazzharmonic band — with works including The Weavers co-founder Fred Hellerman’s “Fourth of July” (composed in 1987 for a symphony but never performed, it’s been re-orchestrated by Wasserman for his group’s jazz sensibilities). Thus ends this year’s series, at which point they’ve banished any doubt surrounding our opening observation about eclecticism! Free. Seating is on a first-come, firstserved basis. Tuesdays in June, 8pm, in Washington Square Park (main stage south; Fifth Ave./Waverly Place, btw. W. Fourth



ARChive of Contemporary Music opens its doors to the public through June 26, for a sizzlin’ summer sale.

While we were busy heralding the advent of the CD, mourning the loss of vinyl, praising the iPod, and debating the right to download our favorite tunes, the ARChive of Contemporary Music’s mission remained the same: amass the world’s largest collection of popular music, for use by artists and scholars. Two times a year, the general public benefits from the bounty of their pack rat mentality, at a sale that’s as carefully curated as the three million sound recordings in ARC’s permanent collection. The highlight of this summer event: 65,000 recently donated 45s. The other 30,000or-so items include pop, jazz, country, dance, rock, world, and Broadway music. There are hundreds of CDs for $1–$5 each; cassettes and Classical LPs, 2 for $1; plus music books of all kinds, 7” singles, VHS & DVD videos, and 60s psychedelic posters. The good news: all proceeds go to support the ARChive’s nonprofit music library and research center work. The bad news: you’ve missed the spirited June 9 members-only cocktail party and early shopping soirée. But don’t fret. Join ARC’s merry little band while you’re flipping through their bins, and you’ll score an invite to their second sale of the year, come December. Daily, 11am–6pm, Sat., June 11–Sun., June 26, at ARChive of Contemporary Music (54 White St., btw. Broadway & Church St.). Visit arcmusic.org or call 212-226-6967.

FATHER’S DAY “FIDDLER ON THE ROOF” SING-ALONG Starting with (but not limited to) the fact that you’re alive to read this, Dad deserves a certain amount of respect — so don’t steal the old man’s thunder during his show-stopping rendition of “If I Were a Rich Man.” That’s assuming you’ve started a new “Tradition!” of your own, by allowing him to channel his inner Tevye — at what we’re confidently predicting will turn out to be the best go-to Father’s Day gift since the invention of the necktie. One thing’s for sure: The Museum of Jewish Heritage’s singalong screening of 1971’s “Fiddler on the Roof” is a socially acceptable way to come in costume as the film’s iconic characters, then belt one out — which, sad to say, is discouraged at the otherwise excellent revival now on Broadway. In the likely event this gathering of the musical theater tribe gives your family patriarch a taste for more, note that it’s co-sponsored by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene — whose summer residency program at the Museum presents a fully-restored performance


Tradition! Father’s Day is a great excuse for dad to belt one out, at this “Fiddler on the Roof” singalong, June 19 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

of the Roaring Twenties romantic comedy operetta “The Golden Bride” (July 4–Aug. 28). The “Fiddler” event takes place Sun., June 19, 3pm, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust (36 Battery Place). Tickets are $15, $10 for Museum or Theatre Folksbiene members, and $36 for families (up to four people). To purchase tickets, visit nytf.org or call 212-213-2120, x204 (after business hours, 866-811-4111).


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Officials with Nor thwell Health and GoHealth Urgent Care cut the ribbon on the new heatlh center at 41 E. Eighth St. on May 20. Joining them were Alex Hellinger, fifth from left, executive director of the Lenox Health Greenwich Village comprehensive care center and free-standing emergenc y depar tment at W. 12th St. and Seventh Ave.; and Maria Diaz, four th from right, executive director of the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce.

Urgent news: New health hub opens on Eighth St.


ven though hospitals are closing and downsizing left and right, the central Village area just got healthier. On May 20, Northwell Health-GoHealth opened an urgent-care center at 41 E. Eighth St. The new health hub’s services include treatment for cold, flu and fever; asthma, allergies and emphysema; minor skin lacerations, cuts and burns; urinary tract infections; and sports injuries, sprains and strains; plus X-rays for joints and bone injuries; and lab services for blood tests, urinalysis and cultures. “Many New York residents have already come to trust Northwell Health-GoHealth for their urgent-care needs and we are very pleased to open new centers in Manhattan that will provide even greater access to our effortless experience and culture of care,” said Todd Latz, C.E.O. of GoHealth Urgent Care. “We look forward to serving the Greenwich Village community with a contemporary, state-of-the-art urgent-care center that puts patients


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first. From easy online check-ins and walk-in availability to highly skilled, caring providers, Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care is here to help people feel better and stay healthy.” Spanning from Long Island and Queens to Westchester, Staten Island and Manhattan, the Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care network included 23 centers by the end of last month, with plans to open 15 more by the end of this year. The centers combine GoHealth Urgent Care’s award-winning facility design with Northwell Health’s top-quality healthcare services. All of Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care’s centers operate seven days a week, with extended evening hours, and welcome walk-in patients, with the opportunity to “save your spot” by checking in online. Each center features X-ray equipment and a lab, combined with an integrated electronic medical record system that can be accessed by caregivers across Northwell Health. For more information, visit www. gohealthuc.com/northwell.

In an examining room at the new E. Eighth St. urgent-care center, from left, Dr. Rober t Korn, medical director of Nor thwell-GoHealth Urgent Care; Sarah Arora, New York market president for GoHealth Urgent Care; Nanc y Marrazzo, RPAC (Registered Physician A ssistant Certified); and Dr. Neal Shipley, urgent-care doctor. TheVillager.com

G.V.L.L. ‘Bash Brothers’ playing for city AA crown

SPORTS Greenwich Village Little League alumni Harrison Rottman and Blas Lee will lead the Eleanor Roosevelt High School baseball team to its firstever appearance in the Public School Athletic League AA Division Championship Game at Yankee Stadium on Mon., June 13, at 4 p.m. The boys, who are both graduating seniors, have been playing ball together since Little League. Making it to the “Big Show” is an exciting way to cap off their New York City baseball careers before heading off to college in the fall. Rottman, who batted .300 during the regular season, is red hot with a .545 batting average with one double and 3 RBI in the playoffs. Lee, who batted .341 during the regular season, is also hitting at a scorching pace with a .667 batting average and a .727 on-base percentage with two doubles and four RBI.

The boys are also the product of the Pier 40 baseball program located at W. Houston St. and the West Side Highway. It should be noted that Eleanor Roosevelt, a.k.a. “ELRO,” freshman Oscar Rachmansky is the team’s starting left fielder and is also a product of the Pier 40 baseball program, where upperclassman Lee was his coach. Rachmansky played with the Downtown Little League. The ELRO Huskies finished the season 12-4 to earn the seventh seed in the playoff bracket. They defeated Port Richmond 11-1 and Lafayette 9-1, before eliminating the No. 2 seed, Beach Channel, by a score of 7-5 and No. 3 seed, Petrides High School of Staten Island, 4-3 this past Saturday. Eleanor Roosevelt, at 411 E. 76th St., is a District 2 school zoned for Greenwich Village and Lower Manhattan. It was created in 2002 and was originally in Chelsea. Last year’s PSAL AA baseball championship was won by the East Side High School Tigers from the East Village.

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Harrison Rottman, left, and Blas Lee, spor ting their old G.V.L .L . caps, honed their baseball skills early on in Little League on Pier 40. TheVillager.com

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