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Awards Night Honors 10th Precinct’s Finest BY ALBERT AMATEAU The annual 10th Precinct awards night on June 29 honored the outstanding men and women officers who protect the people of Chelsea along with the security department of Penn South Co-op and the campus police of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). The event, held at FIT (Seventh Ave. & W. 27th St.), also served to introduce the new commanding officer of the precinct, Captain Paul Lanot, and to recognize the outgoing commander, Deputy Inspector Michele Irizarry. Capt. Lanot was previously Executive Officer of the Midtown South Precinct and Insp. Irizarry now commands the 115th Precinct in Queens. The 10th Precinct, which extends roughly from W. 14th to W. 43rd Sts. west of Seventh Ave., includes Chelsea residential streets and commercial areas, as well as large nightclubs and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Officers-of-the-Month awards for the past 12 months went to 13 PRECINCT continued on p. 2
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Reporter Jane Argodale’s week-long tour of local outdoor exercise classes left her body toned and her mind calmed.
FREE FITNESS FROM THE FLATIRON TO THE HIGH LINE BY JANE ARGODALE In the summer, free fitness programming abounds in Manhattan, with a variety of classes taught by first-rate instructors and the possibility of free goodies from corporate sponsors. Over the last week, I attended three such classes in three different locations — the Meatpacking District, the Flatiron
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District, and the High Line — and found all of them to be rewarding in some way, whether it was a totally new form of exercise to me or just a really, really good workout. After all, anything that’s free and gets you moving is worth a try. If you are willing to risk the possibility of passersby seeing you publicly struggle through your push-ups,
and can do without the typical gym comforts of a changing room and bathroom, the following programs are a great opportunity to get in shape without spending any money. Remember to show up to classes early, in order to check in and sign a waiver before instruction starts. FITNESS continued on p. 7
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precinct police officers. Officers Kasey Homer and Jordan Rossi were the recipients for June 2015. While on patrol they received a call about a man threatening to jump from the overpass of the Port Authority Bus Terminal. They began to engage him in conversation and were able to get close enough to grab onto him and pull him to safety. Officer Daniel Dongvort won the award for July 2015. While with the cabaret unit (a nightlife patrol team), he was informed that several women patrons of a nightclub reported missing items from their handbags. Outside the club, Dongvort noticed three women who turned and walked away when they saw him. He stopped them and found they had credit cards from nine different people. The arrest closed out four open complaints. Officer Timothy Finn won the award for August 2015. After hearing a report that three suspects committed two robberies on the bicycle path on 12th Ave., Finn noticed three men
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Members of the 10th Precinct, after receiving honors at the June 29 ceremony. In the center is Captain Paul Lanot, their new Commanding Officer.
who fit the description. When arrested, one of them was found to have a loaded sawed-off shotgun. All three had extensive criminal records and are awaiting trial. Officer Patrick Mooney won the award for September 2015. While assigned as a domestic violence offi-
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cer, Mooney aided in the arrest of a man alleged to have sexually and physically abused a victim. Mooney convinced the victim to go forward with the complaint. The man was convicted and sentenced to a lengthy prison term. Officer Scott Williams won the award for October 2015. While working anti-crime on a borough-wide robbery pattern, Williams and the squad lieutenant spotted a man who matched a wanted poster description, and who was looking in the window of a bank on W. 18th St. and Seventh Ave. They followed the suspect for several blocks as he looked in the windows of different banks. Arriving at the Capital One Bank at W. 17th St. and Eighth Ave., the suspect met with two others, and they began changing into clothes that matched a previous description. Williams and the lieutenant arrested all three. The arrests closed two borough-wide robbery patterns. Officer Roger Ali won the award for November 2015. Ali and his partner were stopped by a cab driver who said two passengers in his cab pulled out a gun and were pointing it at people in the street. After a brief canvass of the area, Ali apprehended the two suspects without incident. A loaded handgun was recovered from one of the suspects. Officer Shawn Mooney won the award for December 2015. Assigned to the Ninth Precinct for the day, Mooney and his partner saw a speeding car crash into another vehicle on Avenue C. The suspect then tried to
carjack the vehicle he had just collided with. When Mooney approached, the suspect fled on foot, and Mooney gave chase and apprehended him. The suspect had carjacked two prior vehicles and was convicted on four counts of robbery. Officer James Argenziano won the award for January 2016. While responding to a ringing alarm in the Starrett-Lehigh Building on W. 26th St. between 11th and 12th Aves., Argenziano spotted a man on the fifth floor taking things from an office. The suspect attempted to flee, but Argenziano gave chase and arrested him. The suspect had been arrested 43 times — eight for burglary — and was sentenced to six years in prison. Officer Kevin Martinez was the award for February 2016. Martinez and his partner were on a midnight anti-crime patrol of W. 40th St., between Ninth and 10th Aves., where there had been an increase in street robberies. Martinez noticed a group of men around the bus parking lot as a delivery man rode by on a bicycle. The men grabbed the delivery man, threw him to the ground and robbed him. Martinez was able to arrest the suspects, closing out a robbery pattern that had six open complaints. Officer Tamarah Pinckney won the award for March 2016. Pinckney and her partner were on anti-crime patrol when they heard a radio message about a man wanted for sexually assaulting a woman. They canvassed the area and noticed a man fitting PRECINCT continued on p. 15 .com
Planned Service Changes
ACE Jul 11 – 15 Mon to Fri 10 PM to 5 AM No A C E trains between 59 St-Columbus Circle and Jay St-MetroTech. A and E trains are rerouted to the 6 Av Line. A trains run via the D and F between 59 St-Columbus Circle and Jay St-MetroTech: • Via the D between 59 St-Columbus Circle and 34 St-Herald Sq. • Via the F between 34 St-Herald Sq and Jay St-MetroTech.
E trains run via the M and F in Manhattan: • • • •
Via the M between 5 Av/53 St and 34 St-Herald Sq. Via the F between 34 St-Herald-Sq and 2 Av. The 2 Av F station is the Manhattan terminal for E trains to/from Queens. No trains between World Trade Center and 7 Av.
C service to Manhattan runs until 9:30pm. Brooklyn-bound service runs until 10PM. Travel • • •
Alternatives Use 6 Av D F stations to connect with rerouted A E trains. Take 1 2 4 5 6 ( ) for service to/from Lower Manhattan. Take 1 2 for service to/from Times Sq-42 St/42 St-Port Authority Bus Terminal and 34 St-Penn Station.
Stay Informed Call 511 and say “Current Service Status,” look for informational posters in stations, or visit mta.info – where you can access the latest Planned Service Changes information, use TripPlanner +, and sign up for free email and text alerts.
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Amazon Eyeing Bookstore Location at Hudson Yards
A look inside the Seattle Amazon Books, opened in late 2015, and which features books priced to match their site, and recommendations from users.
A view of the façade of Amazon Books, located at University Village in Seattle.
BY SEAN EGAN It seems as though yet another familiar face will soon be calling Hudson Yards home: Amazon. However, unlike recently ensconced tenant Coach, Inc., rather than renting room out to function as office space, the high-profile online retailer will be moving in a different, and perhaps unexpected, House HOUSE Calls CALLS
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deal is happening,” one source is quoted as saying in the piece. This news arrives after another recent deal solidifying Amazon’s ties to the city, scoring a $30 million contract selling e-books to New York’s school district. The move to real-world retail is not unprecedented for Amazon, who recently opened their first physical location in November 2015, with a confirmed second location to arrive in San Diego. Under the name Amazon Books, the Seattle location offers reads popular with Amazon users for sale — usually ones boasting fourstar and above ratings on the website — and features quotes from user reviews beneath the volumes. In addition, the store guarantees to sell books at the price they’re valued at on its online counterpart. The store also functions as a showroom of sorts for the retailer’s own gadgets, such as its Kindle e-reader. This experiment could potentially become commonplace for the company; earlier this year it was leaked that Amazon might consider opening a few hundred similar stores — somewhat ironically taking up the mantle left by Borders, the chain bookstore whose decline many believe Amazon helped facilitate. The move would also serve to add to the ever-expanding portfolio of big-name tenants of Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group — Hudson Yards’ developers — which have found many companies gravitating toward the $20 billion, 28-acre complex being
built on the West Side (btw. 10th Ave. & the West Side Highway, and W. 30th & W. 34th Sts). W hile the aforementioned Coach was the first tenant to move in, settling down a little over a month ago, companies such as TimeWarner, HBO, CNN, and Wells Fargo Securities are set to follow suit by 2019. Prestigious law firms Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP and Boies, Schiller & Flexner are on track to step in earlier, in 2018. This comes in addition to the expansive slate of restaurants (including a location of local favorite Whitmans, and new offerings from chefs José Andrés and Costas Spiliadis) and retail options (such as the city’s first Neiman Marcus department store). All things told, the development would add about $19 billion to the city’s GDP, accrue $500 million in taxes, and produce over 55,000 new jobs. However, mum’s still the word on the potential bookstore from the entities actually involved in the deal. In a statement to Fortune, Amazon said, “We do not comment on rumors or speculation.” Similarly, Chelsea Now received the following quote from a Related Companies rep: “When it comes to potential tenants, we can’t confirm or deny who we may (or may not) be speaking with.” Nonetheless, the speculation itself speaks to the exceptional promise businesses and the community are seeing in Hudson Yards — which should be totally complete by 2025. .com
Trans Day of Action With Old-Time Radical Feel
The 17th Midtown International Theatre Festival presents
In the Shadow of a Dream by John A. Adams Directed by Alexander Harrington
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Olympia Perez, a co-coordinator of the Audre Lorde Project’s TransJustice program.
BY ANDY HUMM Being in Washington Square the afternoon of Friday, June 24 for the 12th annual Trans Day of Action was like being thrust into what an LGBT march looked like in 1969, the year of the Stonewall Rebellion: a crowd of 2,000 that was diverse, countercultural, fierce, and dedicated to a range of progressive issues — a sharp contrast to the weekend’s Heritage of Pride parade, where activist groups and messages mobilized by the Orlando massacre only sometimes challenged the event’s dominance by corporate contingents. At the kick-off rally, transgender activist Pebbles read from the manifesto for the action, saying, “It will be a magic day for social and economic justice” as we “recognize the importance of working alongside other movements — women, people with disabilities, the poor, the formerly incarcerated, and immigrants.” Pebbles decried how many transgender people have been displaced in New York City by gentrification: “Why are we expected to move from the beauty that we built?” Alok Vaid-Menon of the Audre Lorde Project, whose TransJustice program was the principal organizer of the day, said, “Orlando showed it is LGBT people of color feeling the brunt of the violence,” but went on to say that “police are the biggest perpetrators of anti-LGBT violence. Police do not keep LGBT people safe. We are not interested in police protection here. We are calling for the demilitarization of police. We are on our own.” .com
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Jennicet Gutierrez, who heckled President Barack Obama at last year’s White House LGBT reception over the issue of the treatment of transgender immigrants in detention.
Indeed, while the NYPD has stepped up police presence steeply at LGBT events and venues in the wake of Orlando, the uniformed presence for this gathering and march was less evident. Vaid-Menon said that transgender people are “profiled by the police as sex workers — even on their way to and from the Pride Parade.” Jennicet Gutierrez, the transgender woman who heckled President Barack Obama at last year’s White House LGBT Pride reception over his administration’s treatment of transgender immigrants in detention, said she was feeling “a lot of pain,” citing the constant reports of the murders of trans women
A violent homophobe meets his match in a dying AIDS patient. July 18-23, 2016 Workshop Theater Main Stage 312 W. 36 St., New York City www.midtownfestival.org
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State Moves Against Ticket-Buying, Price-Ballooning Bot
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For as expensive as a ticket to “Hamilton” is, scalpers using ticket-purchasing software, now a criminal offense, have made the hurdle to seeing the hit show so much harder.
BY JACKSON CHEN In the final hours of the 2016 regular session, the State Assembly moved to burst the bubble of scalpers who use the unfair advantage of ticket-purchasing software to inflate Broadway prices to outrageous levels. Anyone using ticket-purchasing software, which can secure hundreds of tickets within seconds, would be hit with a criminal misdemeanor charge and anywhere from 15 days to a year of jail time, according to the bill passed on June 17. Previously, use of such software was a civil, not criminal offense. The measure, sponsored by Assemblymember Marcos Crespo, a Bronx Democrat, and earlier approved by the State Senate, also increases fines on scalpers who use their illegal edge from the previous range of $500 to $1,000 to $500 to $1,500. Repeat offenses within three years would be subject to fines ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Crespo is hoping the new bill will level the playing field for theatergoers by disincentivizing those who use ticket bots, then flip their hundreds or thousands of tickets to New Yorkers for whom regularly priced tickets are consequently less available.
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“Countless have lost opportunities to experience the richness of our arts and entertainment industry because there are those willing to circumvent by using automated software to deprive the average consumer of access to entertainment venues,” Crespo said. “The top music, theater, and athletic talent of our nation have priced their events at levels affordable to the mass public.” To be sure, voracious demand has already driven up ticket prices, especially among hit Broadway shows. The producers of “Hamilton,” the smash hip-hop historical musical recently awarded 11 Tonys, raised premium tickets to $849 from $475 in June, with regular ticket prices also increased, from $139 to $177 to $179 to $199. But “Hamilton” tickets often cost a multiple of that due to the scalpers’ use of bots. “You shouldn’t have to fight robots just to see something you love,” the show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, wrote in a recent New York Times op ed. Broadway producers have a complicated relationship with secondary market resellers. On one hand, keeping ticket prices low ensures a growing market over the long term, but
resellers can help gin up demand and buzz for popular shows. “To some degree, producers need the secondary market. You want your show to be a success, therefore you want your tickets to be resold,” said Kimberly Loren Eaton, a Broadway producer. “However, these bots that can buy a thousand tickets in one minute completely change the playing field.” Scalpers using ticket-buying bots can often command $1,000 or more for premium tickets. Such high prices benefit the scalpers but add nothing to the profits and incentives for producers and creative teams on Broadway. Eaton said she’s often asked by theatergoers why prices are rising so quickly, and has to defend herself and her Broadway peers by explaining that resellers — and not producers — are responsible for most of the ticket price inflation. The Broadway League, the national trade association of the Broadway theater industry, said the current setup leaves theater lovers with little chance of scoring tickets to the most popular shows. “In Broadway, we see it with the big shows and at the end of the year with peak tourism,” said Tom Ferrugia, the league’s director of governmen-
tal affairs. “When you have people who want to see a specific show in a specific window, this becomes a huge problem.” Ferrugia explained that ticket bots may purchase 200 to 300 tickets at once, at a price of $65 a shot, allowing scalpers to turn around and resell them for $250 each. “A casual ticket buyer is almost precluded from buying a ticket,” Ferrugia said. “Availability is extremely limited because the scalpers bought them all up.” The previous system of civil fines had not proved effective in deterring ticket resellers, who as a group could make as much as $60 million a year just on “Hamilton” tickets, according to an estimate by the New York Times. “People come from all over the city and all over the world to enjoy a Broadway show,” said City Councilmember Corey Johnson, whose district covers the chunk of the Theater District west of Broadway. “We can’t allow them to be taken advantage of by scam artists looking to make an easy buck.” Both Johnson and Ferrugia praised Crespo and his Assembly colleagues for enacting the ticket bot legislation, but Ferrugia added he’d like to see some tweaks to the law. The Broadway League is looking for stricter language requiring resellers to disclose the portion of the price that goes to them, a phone number in case something goes wrong for the buyer, and that they have no affiliation with the show they are selling tickets for. “Anytime your business model includes hiding how you do business, or hiding your identity from the consumer, you know you should look into it a little further,” Ferrugia said. Looking at the bigger picture, however, Ferrugia acknowledged that the bill was a huge step forward in addressing the rampant use of ticket bots. The Broadway League is hoping that strict sentences will begin to deter the unfair practice and help consumers feel more welcome on Broadway. “We want to make sure the patron is not being robbed and have all the information they need to make an informed ticket purchase,” Ferrugia said. “We want to make sure they get the best product for the best price.” .com
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MEATPACKING SWEAT SESSIONS Sponsored by the wellness and travel design firm Wellthily and the Meatpacking Business Improvement District, Sweat Sessions take place almost every Tuesday in Hudson River Park’s 14th St. Park (10th Ave. btw. W. 14th & W. 15th Sts.) through August. The program offers a variety of free fitness classes led by local instructors, that range from Lululemon Yoga to Exhale Core Fusion Barre. I attended the latter. As a yoga enthusiast, I found it difficult to adjust to a fitness class where the instructor yelled directions into a headset over blaring Top 40 tunes. Unlike a typical yoga class, which is more soothing in tone regardless of how challenging the class may be, Exhale Core Fusion Barre felt like boot camp. The class went by quickly though, and was definitely a good workout. After 45 minutes of fast-paced, ballet and yoga-influenced aerobic and bodyweight strength exercises, I left feeling incredibly sore in muscles I didn’t even know I had. The soreness lasted two days, and I also think my abs were slightly more visible the next morning. The exercises mainly target the abs, glutes, and thigh muscles, though a few arm and chest exercises were included as well. If you like your fitness tough, quick, and with as little sugar-coating as possible, Exhale Core Fusion Barre is the way to go. Exercise mats and other necessary equipment are provided. After the classes, complimentary snacks and hydrating drinks are available at the Samsung-sponsored Cool Down, at the company’s building on 13th and Washington Sts. RSVP for Sweat Sessions at thesweatsessions. splashthat.com. Also visit meatpackingbid.org.
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Meatpacking Sweat Sessions are 45-minute classes that promote fitness, mindfulness, and healthy living.
FLATIRON WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS Sponsored by the Flatiron Business Improvement District and women’s athletic clothing company Athleta, free fitness classes take place every Wednesday from 6:30–7:30pm in the Flatiron Plaza on Broadway (btw. W. 22nd & W. 23rd Sts.). Classes Courtesy Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership
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GRAND LARCENY PATTERN: Police pursue purse-pilfering perp A recent rash of purse thefts have left the NYPD looking for community assistance in catching the criminal responsible, who has managed to make off with 10 stolen purses and handbags over the course of the past month; nine of which took place between W. 39th and W. 45th Sts. — all in the 12pm to 2pm period, with females as the targeted victims. In the most recently documented incident, on Thurs., June 30, the man took a black handbag from a 73-year-old woman (one of four victims over 60) on the 200 block of W. 42nd St. (btw. Seventh & Eighth Aves.), which contained a camera and other miscellaneous items. In a June 19 incident, a 67-year-old woman lost cash, credit cards, an EZ Pass, her license, and keys when she encountered the purse snatcher on W. 43rd St. (btw. Sixth & Seventh Aves.). The perp was last seen wearing a white pocket hat, a plaid collared shirt, tan slacks, brown loafers, and glasses. Police ask anyone with information to reach out to the Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577TIPS or nypdcrimestoppers.com.
ASSAULT/HARASSMENT: Personal pandemonium pizza The mayhem in the early morning hours of Sat., July 2, at an Artichoke Pizza (114 10th Ave., at W. 17th St.) ended with a few punches thrown, a couple full-pie casualties, and the potential for some patrons to be seeing the inside of a brick-oven prison. For an inauspicious start, at about 5am, a 25-year-old Brooklyn man was punched by an unknown male just outside the pizzeria, who then fled on foot. The man sustained an injury to his ear, and was transferred to Lennox Hill Healthplex. A short while later, at 5:30am, a 24-year-old Brooklyn man was causing a disturbance at the restaurant, arguing with Artichoke security and knocking over pizza. This resulted in a dispute with a 28-year-old Staten Island resident, who pleaded with him to “go home.” This request fell on deaf ears, however, and the Staten Islander punched the obnoxious Brooklynite with a closed fist — an offense for which he was quickly arrested. At around 6am, likely still worked up over the punches thrown his way, the
Brooklynite (with a 22-year-old friend) pushed a box of fresh pizza out of an unsuspecting 25-year-old Long Beach resident’s hands. The establishment was able to identify these rabble-rousers, as they had been known to cause trouble and harass customers there in the past — but the two were not arrested. Artichoke management can rest easy, however, knowing that while not their finest hour, their customer service experience was still about on par with any given visit to a Papa John’s.
HARASSMENT: Freaking out at the Joneses On the morning of Fri., July 1, a man discovered that one of his neighbors at his apartment building on the 100 block of Seventh Ave. (btw. W. 18th & W. 19th Sts.), was more Red Forman than Fred Rogers. At 8am, as the man was exiting his building to walk to the subway, an unknown building resident shouted “I’m gonna kick your a**,” behind him. Providing more nuance and context as to his intentions, he elaborated, “I’m going to kick my foot up your a**.” Fearing for his safety, the man reported the incident to police, who did not arrest anyone in connection to the posterior-focused threats.
PETIT LARCENY: Ricky’s with the good hair Perhaps someone should have let this thief know people value salon quality, not salon quantity, when it comes to home hair care treatment. He proudly displayed this lack of understanding on Thurs., June 30, when a 22-year-old employee of Ricky’s (142 Eighth Ave., at W. 17th St.) reported that at around 6:45pm she saw the individual remove 14 bottles of It’s A 10 Miracle Daily Conditioner, place them into a black bag, and then proceed to leave the store without paying. This wholesale theft of the pricey product cost the store $275 — though video cameras of the incident are available on the scene.
PETIT LARCENY: Delinquent didn’t dine, but dashed from Dish While Dish (201 Eighth Ave., btw. W. 20th & W. 21st Sts.) experienced an unfortunate theft this past weekend, the restaurant can take solace in the
fact that it has singlehandedly justified “for customer use only” policies across eateries nationwide. At 11:40pm on the evening of Sat., July 2, an unknown individual entered the establishment, and asked to use the restroom. After this sojourn, the small-bladdered baddie then pretended to peruse the options on the menu, until he was left unattended by staff busy helping customers. That’s when he saw the opportunity to open the register, snag a cool $800, and leave before anyone was the wiser.
THE 10th PRECINCT Located at 230 W. 20th St. (btw. Seventh & Eighth Aves.). Commander: Capt. Paul Lanot. Main number: 212741-8211. Community Affairs: 212741-8226. Crime Prevention: 212-7418226. Domestic Violence: 212-7418216. Youth Officer: 212-741-8211. Auxiliary Coordinator: 212-924-3377. Detective Squad: 212-741-8245. The Community Council meets on the last Wed. of the month, 7pm, at the 10th Precinct or other locations to be announced. They are on hiatus until Sept. 28.
THE 13th PRECINCT Located at 230 E. 21st St. (btw. Second & Third Aves.). Deputy Inspector: Brendan Timony. Call 212477-7411. Community Affairs: 212477-7427. Crime Prevention: 212-4777427. Domestic Violence: 212-4773863. Youth Officer: 212-477-7411. Auxiliary Coordinator: 212-477-4380. Detective Squad: 212-477-7444. The Community Council meets on the third Tues. of the month, 6:30pm, at the 13th Precinct. They are on hiatus until Sept. 20.
CASH FOR GUNS $100 cash will be given (no questions asked) for each handgun, assault weapon or sawed-off shotgun, up to a maximum payment of $300. Guns are accepted at any Police Precinct, PSA or Transit District.
Stay Safe when driving in wet weather Drivers must modify their driving habits when weather compromises their visibility and makes road conditions unsafe. Rain can fall any time of year, but tends to be most problematic in spring. According to the Federal Highway Administration, wet roadways, and rain in particular, are the main cause of weather-related vehicle crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that, between 2004 and 2013, rain caused 573,784 crashes. To drive safely in the rain and avoid accidents, drivers should follow certain precau-
tions. • Maintain windshield wipers. Inspect and, if necessary change windshield wipers regularly to ensure they are working optimally. Always test wipers before driving in rainy weather. • Turn on lights with wipers. Reduced visibility is a major contributor to wetweather accidents. Drivers’ views may be hampered by falling precipitation and glare from wet roadways. Cloudy conditions and fog also compromise visibility. When using windshield wipers, turn on your headlights as well. This makes your vehicle more
visible to other motorists and improves your own ability to see the road and pedestrians. • Recognize changing road conditions. Roadways accumulate oil and engine fluids that can float in rainwater, creating slippery road surfaces. This is usually a problem during the first few hours of a rainstorm or in areas that receive little precipitation and then are subjected to downpours. These fluids make rain-soaked roads even more slippery. Slow down, leave more room between vehicles and try driving in the tracks left by vehicles ahead. • Reduce speed. The au-
tomotive group AAA says hydroplaning, when the tires rise up on a film of water, can occur with as little as 1⁄12 inch of water on the road. The group goes on to say that tires have to displace a gallon of water per second to keep the rubber meeting the road. Drivers should reduce their speeds to correspond to the amount of water on the roadway. New tires can still lose some contact with the roadway, even at a speed as low as 35 mph. Therefore, reducing speed and avoiding hard braking and turning sharply can help keep the rubber of the tire meeting the road. • Rely on the defogger. Use the car’s windshield defroster/ defogger to improve visibility.
Turn it on early and keep it on until the rain has stopped and visibility has improved. • Recover from a skid. Skids can be frightening, but when skidding, resist any temptation to slam on the breaks. Instead, continue to look and drive in the direction you want to go and slowly ease up on the accelerator. • Skip the cruise control. It’s important to maintain control over the vehicle in rainy conditions, so avoid using cruise control. • Maintain tires. Proper inflation and tire tread levels can improve traction. AAA recommends checking tread depth by inserting a quarter upside down into the tire groove. If you can see above
Washington’s head, start shopping for new tires. Check tire pressure on all tires at least once a month. Get an accurate reading when tires are cold and adjust air pressure accordingly. • Avoid other distractions. Distracted driving can be hazardous during good road conditions and even more dangerous when visibility and other factors are compromised. Switch phones and other devices off so you can fully focus on the road and other drivers. Rainy weather can contribute to poor driving conditions. Drivers should make changes to speed and other factors to make wet weather driving as safe as possible.
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of color and the US Supreme Court’s refusal to unblock Obama’s executive actions on immigration intended to allow four million immigrants to apply for legal status. Gutierrez is from the Los Angeles-based Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement and was in New York for a panel. She said she felt the need to be present for the action even though she was not a speaker. Jennifer Louise Lopez, director of Everything Transgender NYC, highlighted the plight transgender people face even in this city just trying to use restrooms consistent with their gender identities, but added, “I feel good about being among a lot of trans people and allies. Every day is trans day of action for me.” New York City just passed Councilmember Daniel Dromm’s bill ordering all single-serve restrooms to be gender-neutral by the end of the year — a bill pushed by Comptroller Scott Stringer and conceived by transgender
activist Bryan John Ellicott. And while that will make it safer and easier for all New Yorkers seeking relief, most restrooms serving more than one user are still a challenge for transgender people, even though the law allows everyone to use the facility consistent with their gender identity. Rosa of the spirited Rude Mechanical Orchestra that has provided a beat for this action for eight years expressed the hope that people “see what we’re doing here as part of intersectional movements for social justice around the world.” Randy Wicker, 78, an LGBT activist since 1958, said, “Trans people are at the center of the culture war and I am here to support them.” The march set off from the Washington Square arch through the streets of the West Village and past the Stonewall Inn with signs such as “Crush the Binary, Fuck the Cis-tem” and banners for everything from the Pride Center of Staten Island to the Ali Forney Center and Girls for Gender Equity.
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Smart Summertime Side D BY CARLYE HUSSERL, RDN, CDN Director of Food and Nutrition Services, New York Foundling You know it’s the heart of summer when your weekend schedule includes at least one picnic, patio party, or fiery pit filled with hot coals. This time of year is a reason to drink, eat, and then eat and drink again. If the weather is nice, we will BBQ long after the sun goes down. If the weather isn’t nice, we will still find a way to make it an eating and drinking event. So does this mean your healthy habits go out the window? Let’s be honest. you will find yourself involved in more social events as the summer moves on. The question, then, becomes what should you make, buy, and, of course, drink?
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Coleslaw doesn’t have to have a ton of mayo to be delicious. For fewer calories, swap it for a teensy bit of sesame oil.
Coleslaw doesn’t have to have mayo to be delicious. One cup of coleslaw with mayo is around 250 calories! If you add a little sesame oil, lots of toasted nuts, and white wine vinegar, you reduce calories tremendously — and can load your plate up with this, so there isn’t any room left for potato salad!
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Dishes and Drinks SLAW SALAD (serves 8) Ingredients: 1/2c sliced almonds 1 head of green cabbage 1 head of red cabbage 1 tbsp sesame oil 1/4c white wine vinegar (or vinegar to taste) Kosher salt and pepper to taste 2 tbsp black sesame seeds Directions: Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spread nuts in a single layer. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until just about to brown. Remove and set aside. Meanwhile, remove the outer few leaves of cabbage and wash well. Cut the bottom knob off, slice in half and then thinly slice cabbage into a very large bowl. Two heads of cabbage provide a lot of cabbage. Once you fit everything into a large bowl, save what is left over in Ziploc bags. Add oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper, and toss with tongs. Then leave it for about 20 minutes; when you come back the cabbage will have wilted down. Add more cab-
bage and the nuts, and toss well. Taste and see if it needs more vinegar. Refrigerate overnight. Nutrition Facts: 1 serving = 55kcal, 0g fat, 0g protein, 4g carbs.
CREAMY CORN BREAD (serves 16) Ingredients: 1 2/3c all-purpose flour (enriched) 1 2/3c whole grain cornmeal 2/3c sugar 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1 1/2 eggs 1 2/3c skim milk 1/4c vegetable oil (not olive oil) 1 1/2c 2% cheddar cheese
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A creamy, cheesy, low-fat cornbread recipe pairs very well with some grilled chicken and a salad. For an extra kick, add some jalapeño at the end before baking.
Coat a shallow pan with baking spray, bake 400 degrees F for 30 minutes. Let it rest before you slice.
Directions: Combine the ingredients (up to salt) and mix well. In a separate bowl add eggs, milk, oil and cheese and blend well. Add wet ingredients to dry slowly while mixing with an electric mixer. Do this for a full minute or two; it will blend well, but will be a bit lumpy. Don’t overmix!
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Center group, L to R: Captain Paul Lanot, Inspector Michele Irizarry, and Larry O’Neill, Director of Security for Penn South.
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the description. After a brief chase, Pinckney arrested the suspect, who is currently awaiting trial. Officer Kevin Barry won the award for April 2016. Barry and his partner were on patrol when they saw a suspect strike a victim in the face, take his cellphone, and flee north on Eighth Ave. After a chase of several blocks, Barry arrested the suspect, who was convicted, and is serving four years in prison. Officer Sinan Cagirici won the award for May 2016. Cagirici was on patrol with his partner when they saw two men struggling with another man on W. 18th St. and Ninth Ave. The suspects fled when the saw the radio car, but Cargirici ran after them through the Fulton Houses. They were finally arrested. Investigation revealed that they were wanted for five similar robberies. Detective Michael Miller won the award for the 10th Precinct Detective of the Year. Among his many achievements in the past 12 months was his response to a report of shots fired. Miller chased a suspect and arrested him, in possession of a shotgun, on the grounds of the Chelsea Houses. Also honored last week were the nine Auxiliary Police Officers of the 10th Precinct, including their leaders, Lieutenant Robert Shaw and Sergeant Juan Sanchez. Larry O’Neill, Director of Security for the Penn South Co-op, paid tribute to the officers of the 10th Precinct for the attention they pay to the 13-building complex, housing
some 3,600 residents in nearly 3,000 apartments. Members of the Penn South security staff who came in for special recognition were Sebastian Drago and his partner, Michael Sitkowksy. On the morning of Nov. 8 last year they caught a suspect trying to rob a woman at a Metro Card vending machine in the subway station entrance on Eighth Ave. and W. 25th St. Another Penn South security officer, Rolando Urena, was also honored for exemplary service to the co-op and its residents. Mario Cabrera, director of campus safety for FIT, presented the awards to members of the campus police. The Excellent Duty Award went to Officer James Bennett. On June 14 of this year, Bennett responded to an alert that a summer visitor to the campus was having an anxiety attack. He calmed down the combative victim and moved her to a safe place to await the Emergency Medical Service team. During the EMS evaluation, the victim became combative again, and Bennett carefully applied restraints so that she did not hurt herself or others. The FIT unit citation went to a team composed of Sgt. Dwayne Brooks and Officers Steve Clarke, Nicholas Perez, Rondell Parrilla, Presley Ramkishun, Edward Allene, Djawe Badji, William Horton, Tony Soler, and Robert Martin. On April 18 this year, a passerby was robbed of her cellphone and Martin called for assistance. He went after the suspect, who had fled when the team approached. The suspect
Cesar Soto, right, was one of 11 FIT officers awarded for five years of dedicated service.
was apprehended on Eighth Ave. and held until city police arrived. Later, the team learned that the suspect was wanted for a string of robberies, including an attack on an elderly man just before he was arrested. “The unit not only made our campus safer, but made the city safer as well,’ Cabrera said. Awards for five years of dedicated service went to FIT officers Hector
Forte, Joseph Audler, Khemwante Gangaram, Deseo Europe, Luis Hernandez, Gaston Smartt, Jakyln Acevedo, Cesar Soto, Prospero Demarchena, Donovan Powell, and Lionel Jagbir. Awards for 10 years of dedicated service went to Devidatt Kishore, Presley Ramkishun, Errol McPherson, Valzean Valace, Avril Mosley, and Sayuf Macuf.
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are taught by local instructors from Yoga Shanti, the Mile High Run Club, ChaiseFitness, and more. Though attending the classes does entail occasionally getting a waft of unpleasant Broadway smells, the opportunity to do sun salutations while facing the Empire State Building is worth it. I attended the Yoga Shanti Sweat class. As a regular practitioner of yoga, I found it a tad more gentle than what I had expected. In contrast to the Meatpacking Sweat Sessions class, however, I came away relaxed and refreshed rather than frazzled and sweaty. A highlight of the class was being able to keep my eyes open during the final Savasana, or “Corpse Pose.” Lying down on my mat, I was treated to a gorgeous view of the Flatiron Building reaching up into a clear blue sky.
Mats are provided, though attendees are encouraged to bring their own. Participants receive goodie bags from Athleta and a substantial complimentary smoothie sample from Flatiron Green Cafe after the class. Visit flatirondistrict.nyc/summer2016 for schedule and RSVP links. Courtesy Friends of the High Line
TAI CHI ON THE HIGH LINE
The High Line’s Tai Chi classes won’t test your body, but they will certainly stretch your mind.
Taking place right underneath the Standard Hotel on the High Line at Little W. 12th St., and taught by members of W. 29th St.-based Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA, this class is less of a test of strength and flexibility, and more of a test of coordination. Though a quick glance at my classmates indicated that I was probably the only one in attendance under the age of 40 (in stark contrast to the young
professionals I exercised alongside at Flatiron and Meatpacking), smoothly moving through the poses of this Chinese martial arts-influenced exercise form proved difficult for me in my early morning jittery, over-caffeinated state. The instructor didn’t provide a ton of direction, but I found the easiest way to learn and improve in the class was to watch and copy the instructor’s and classmates’ slow, deliberate move-
ments. If you are young and in good shape, the class won’t test your body — but it will certainly test your mind. No special equipment is required, though comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended. Classes are an hour long and take place through September, every Tuesday at 9:30am. For more information, and to RSVP, visit thehighline.org/activities/tai-chi. Also visit taoist.org/usa.
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WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING?
WHAT SHOULD YOU DRINK?
I’m not a big believer in snacks. The calories add up, and you never feel full. But when you are going to a party, or having a party, you need to put things out for people to munch on. Hot dogs range in calories and sodium. A hotdog can contain almost 1,000mg of sodium, or less than 500. It can be over 150 calories or under 40! The trick with these is to get the lowest of both. Since you’re adding ketchup, mustard and relish to flavor the dog, you really can’t beat just picking the healthier option from the store.
Frozen drinks are great! They really break you away from those boring vodka sodas or gin and tonics that you sipped on this winter inside a dingy bar (where it didn’t matter what you had as long as you had a buzz on and a good pool game going). But a frozen beverage, though delicious and understandably enjoyed outside in nice weather, has more calories than a meal (or two!). One ver y small frozen margarita can contain over 30 0 calories. T he frozen margaritas that you enjoy in this city are not small; so maybe double that drink size and, of course, those calories, and what are you left w ith? A 60 0 -calorie g uts the next day — and perhaps some g uilt. Tr y my frozen drink recipes — not only are they nutritionally beneficial (meaning they can at least keep you full and not crav ing nachos), they’re ver y low in calories!
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A homemade frozen coconut margarita made with real coconut milk is much better than a sugar-laden purée you often find at bars.
FROZEN COCONUT MARGARITA Ingredients: (Add ingredients in this order) 1/2c light coconut milk 1/4c fresh lime juice 1 Splenda, 2 stevia or 2 tsp simple syrup 1 shot of tequila (1.5oz) 1 frozen banana 4–5 ice cubes Some coconut flakes for dusting Nutrition Facts: 200kcal, 15g CHO, 0g protein, 8g of good healthy fat.
VANILLA PEACH FROZEN MOJITO: Ingredients: 1/2c Silk Light Vanilla Protein milk Small handful of mint leaves 1 Splenda, 2 stevia or 2 tsp simple syrup 1/4c lime juice 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 very ripe peach, or 1c of frozen peaches 4–5 ice cubes Nutrition Facts: 130kcal, 22g CHO, 6g protein.
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Your Next Away Mission: Trek to the Intrepid
‘Academy Experience’ primes cadets for Starfleet careers
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Chelsea Now editor Scott Stiffler, loving the power that comes with the Before officially entering the exhibition, a quiz sets the stage for a series Captain’s chair — a logical reaction, for those visiting this mostly accu- of aptitude tests that will determine your focus as a Starfleet cadet. rate recreation of the bridge from “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
BY SCOTT STIFFLER What began on September 8, 1966 as a five-year mission to seek out new worlds and ways of being, “Star Trek” didn’t even make it past season three as a network television series. By then, though, creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision of a culturally diverse 23rd century starship crew united in the name of interstellar exploration had so firmly taken root, fan devotion would inspire five additional TV shows and 13 feature films — with more of both on the way. The far-reaching franchise’s first incarnation may be approaching the age of AARP eligibility, but your career as a fresh and eager cadet is just beginning — when you strive for high achievement on the aptitude tests that propel “Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience” from a drool-inducing collection of glass-enclosed memorabilia to a hands-on, destination event. The exhibition, at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum from July
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9–October 31, beams down to our planet at a highly illogical point in the space-time continuum. Yes, we’ve yet to evolve from a savage state of prejudice, poverty, and petty conflict; and yet, our 21st century existence is brimming with ho-hum tech that was strictly the stuff of science fiction when the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 introduced us to phrases like “warp speed” and “beam me up.” Those blue and red velour shirts worn by Mr. Spock and quick-to-perish security officers may not have survived the 1960s as musthaves of the well-equipped everyman, but “Trek” has otherwise proven itself to be impressively predictive — influential, even — in the creation of 3D replicative printing, voice recognition, handheld touchpads, and virtual reality. The enduring influence of a show made in the past and set in the future has a way of asserting itself throughout your “Academy Experience,” imbuing this self-guided stroll through all things “Star Trek” with a gee-whiz awareness
that sinks in the moment you realize the person next to you is taking selfies and posting them on social media, using a cellphone whose multitasking abilities put Captain Kirk’s flip phone communicator to shame. Cleverly designed as a 26th-century visit to Starfleet Career Day, you enter the 12,000 square foot tented pavilion on Pier 86 and begin by taking a Recruitment Quiz. Answering questions such as what hostile species concerns you the most and what Vulcan trait you admire lay the groundwork for determining what specialty you’ll be assigned — when, just prior to exit, you turn in the watch-like device that has been tracking your journey through nine interactive zones designed to assess language, medical, navigation, engineering, command, and science skills. Those results are displayed on a computer panel (yes, in full view of the other cadets), and can also be sent via an email containing your official recruitment certificate, a personnel file, a “species selfie,” and a transporter
video (which depicts you in the process of, as Dr. McCoy testily put it, having your “atoms scattered back and forth across space”). Among the interactive opportunities: taking the readings of a patient laid out on a Medical Tricorder table; communicating in Klingon; and phaser training. Enormous fun though it may be, you’ll have to wait five minutes before attempting to best your firing range score, so that others can have their turn. Fans of the original series might be a bit disappointed with this particular zone, though, as the phaser in your grip is of “Next Generation” variety. But why quibble? The exhibition even has two Tribbles — along with other props and costumes on loan from a German collector (including a Vulcan ear mold, and an original series tricorder and communicator). As for those still pining for a different model of phaser than the one at the firing TREK continued on p. 19 .com
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range, they need only walk a few steps away — where a display case contains a Plasma Pistol made for “Star Trek: Enterprise,” a Type II Phaser from “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock,” and a Phaser Pistol from 2009’s big screen reboot. Treasures of similar rarity are found throughout, as the multi-room exhibition contains a combination of interactive zones and displays of memorabilia (including Captain Picard’s Robin Hood getup from Season 4’s “Qpid” episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”). A series of wall panels, whose themes include “Clashing Cultures” and “Alien Anatomy 101,” are extremely informative; but those who find themselves squinting at small type are advised to swallow their pride and bring a pair of reading glasses — an embarrassing but necessary conceit that, as every good cadet knows, helped James T. Kirk see things more clearly at a crucial moment in 1982’s “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” Sacrificing ego for the sake of your ship may be a hallmark of good leadership, but it won’t help the Enterprise emerge unscathed from the designedto-end-in-doom Kobayashi Maru test — which you’ll take at the exhibition’s crown jewel: a showroom-new bridge that’s a faithful recreation of the “Next Generation” original — except for slight variations in design, which allow up to six cadets to take the test at once. Viewscreen updates from various crew members and prompts requiring a series of fight-or-flight decisions make this moment in time the closest any of us will ever get to serving with the United Federation of Planets. After your test, a stolen moment in the Captain’s chair goes a long way toward exiting this “Academy Experience” with your pride, and hope for the future, intact. Sitting at this iconic center of command with a full complement of Starfleet tech at your fingertips, and spouting instructions like “Engage!” and “Make it so!” as if these things might actually happen, you won’t want to leave. But if you must, there’s only one way to go: Boldly. “Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience” is on view July 9–Oct. 31, at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (W. 46th St. & 12th Ave.). Open Sun.–Thurs., 10am–8pm and Fri.–Sat., 10am–9pm. Last entry, one hour prior to .com
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At the June 30 press preview, George Takei (aka helmsman Hikaru Sulu in “Star Trek: The Original Series”) ponders a new career with Starfleet Medical.
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This hallway timeline charts the franchise’s 50-year history — once inside the exhibition, though, it’s as if you’re entered a 26th century version of Starfleet Academy.
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Costumes from various iterations of “Trek” appear throughout the exhibition, such as this Starfleet uniform from 1979’s “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” (widely panned by fans at the time).
closing. Tickets are $25 ($18 for children, $23 for seniors, free for children 4 and under. Discounts for museum members and groups of 15 or more. For group sales, call 646-381-5010. Otherwise, visit intrepidmuseum.org/Startrek.aspx.
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The Engineering “Hall of Fame” is among several wall hangings that give cadets a primer on Starfleet history.
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A display of “Windows on the Bowery” posters, in the western colonnade windows of Cooper Union’s Foundation Building.
Placards Ballyhoo Bowery as Incubator, Birthplace, Nexus ‘Windows’ preserves storied past of NYC’s oldest thoroughfare BY TRAV S.D. New York’s Bowery has got to be near the top of the list of streets with the greatest name recognition in the world. Once New York’s main entertainment and amusement stem, later its Skid Row, it is as much a part of folklore as it is a part of history. Sadly, most of the Bowery’s storied past has been demolished, built over, or unrecognizably altered. Leading the charge to preserve what is left — and to remind the public how it used to be — is the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors. On July 5, the not-for-profit organization officially launched a project designed to be bring this history before the public. “Windows on the Bowery” consists of a series of 64 placards, each of which gives the history of a different Bowery address. In addition to being hung at the actual addresses, the colorful and descriptive posters will also be hung gallery-style
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in exhibitions at the Cooper Union Foundation Building at Astor Place and Cooper Square, and at the historic HSBC Bank building at the Bowery and Canal St. Full disclosure: two of the panels (the ones on Miner’s Bowery Theatre and the Tony Pastor Opera House) were written by this correspondent — but I’m in good company. Among the others are the well-known Irish-American folklorist and musician Mick Moloney; David Freeland, author of “Automats, Taxi Dancers and Vaudeville;” Eric Ferrara, author and director of the Lower East Side History Project; architectural author, historian, and consultant Kerri Culhane, of Two Bridges Neighborhood Council; and 13 others. The Project Director and Editor is David Mulkins, Founder and Director of the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors. “We got the idea for this project six or seven years ago,” says Mulkins. “It was the natural follow-up to our getting the Bowery listed on the National Registry of Historic
Places, which we accomplished with the help of Two Bridges Historical Council.” One doesn’t have to spend much time with these posters before becoming overwhelmed with the enormity of how important the Bowery is to New York’s — and America’s — culture. A festival atmosphere pervades; the sum of the experience gives you a feeling that the street was sort of like Coney Island without the rides. Dime museums, theatres, vaudeville houses, saloons, boxing venues, hotels, social clubs, and even a zoo, have graced the street. Too many birthplaces to count: the first modern tattoo parlor, the first exhibition by P.T. Barnum, and even the first punk rock club (the Bowery continues to be influential and innovative into modern times). A large part of conveying that wonder is the impact made by the visuals, which were created by the graphic design staff and students of Cooper Union, led by professor Mindy Lang.
“They were awesome,” Mulkins gushes. “We kept adding additional work as the project progressed and they were like, ‘Bring it on!’ They’re the ones who got the idea for the display component at Cooper Union. It took a lot of people to pull this off.” Mulkins also cites the generosity of the many institutions and private collectors who contributed the gorgeous historical visuals that are vital to these hangings. Among those he mentions are the New York Public Library and the Harvard Theatre Collection, as well as collector Adam Woodward. “[Woodward] has this amazing collection of images and ephemera, material which has largely been unseen. We found this poster for Owney Geoghegan’s Boxing Saloon. On the list of talent the poster advertises is a then-unknown John L. Sullivan.” WINDOWS continued on p. 21 .com
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“Windows” Art Director Mindy Lang and Tony Roman of J.A. Digital, who installed the posters at Cooper Union.
The 315 Bowery placard gives props to CBGB as the “Birthplace of Punk Rock!”
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Also incorporated are works by living photographers. 92-year-old Erika Stone contributed photos of Sammy’s Bowery Follies, the tourist theme bar which was a going concern as late as 1970. And there are photos of CBGB by Godlis, Bob Gruen, and Stephanie Chernikowski. What is it about the Bowery? Mulkins, who taught high school history for 25 years, offers his own explanation: “I’ve always been attracted to the history of suppressed or forgotten people. Bowery has this seminal connection to that. It was this multicultural nexus. So many groups made early contributions here: African Americans, Irish, Chinese, Italians, the Yiddish theatre. It’s New York City’s oldest street. It’s been an incubator for so many culturally important innovations, and a home to so many of its innovators: tap dance, vaudeville, Stephen Foster, Irving Berlin, jazz, beat literature, the first pro baseball club, punk rock, Lincoln’s anti-slavery speech at Cooper Union. John Brown’s body was prepared for burial here. The Globe Dime Museum, where Houdini gave his .com
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Take Back NYC spokesperson Kirsten Theodos in front of TD Bank at Bowery & Canal.
first solo public appearance, was here. Sophie Tucker, Al Jolson, and Eddie Cantor all got their starts here. The Bowery story contains so many issues, events, and influences — with equal merit — we couldn’t include them all. We kept adding, but this project only scratches the surface.” But it’s mighty impressive nonetheless! For more information, visit: boweryalliance.org/windows-on-the-bowery.
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The Bowery-Mandarin Dynasty Chandelier storefront’s poster touts its address as the birthplace of the vaudeville hook. July 07 - 13, 2016
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The Other July Holidays BY LENORE SKENAZY Feeling a little down because the big July holiday is already behind us, with nothing to show for it but leftover red, white, and blue frosted cupcakes? (And isn’t blue frosting repulsive? And isn’t that why the cupcakes are left over?) Take heart, die-hard celebrants. It turns out July is chock-full of holidays that you just may not be aware of. Here are a few I found by doing arduous summer research (going online, looking up “Weird Holidays, July,” an iced coffee at my side, and ever less mocha-chip ice cream in the freezer): July 6 was National Kissing Day. This holiday was first celebrated in the United Kingdom, which seems to have ceased kissing Europe just a few weeks ago to disastrous effect. Better to kiss than not to kiss. July 6 was also National Fried Chicken Day, which seems like a terrible day to coincide with Kissing Day. And this year, July 6 was also Eid al-Fitr. That’s the feast celebrating the end of Ramadan, the month-long holiday when Muslims fast from sunup to sundown. If I’d been celebrating Ramadan and was suddenly free to eat all day long, no fried chicken would be safe to cross the road. And I’d kiss the
cook. In other good food news, July 9 is National Sugar Cookie Day. You can probably guess how people are encouraged to celebrate, no doubt by the National Sugar Cookie Association. But here’s a fact you might not know: Sugar cookies were first brought to America by German settlers in Pennsylvania — the same folks who gave us the Christmas tree. Maybe they got sick of waiting till December for us to give them a shout-out. What’s more, as comedian Gary Gulman has noted: All cookies are sugar cookies. “A cookie without sugar is a cracker.” July 11 is Cheer Up the Lonely Day. So go tell them that Gary Gulman joke. July 14 is France’s July Fourth, as it were. It’s Bastille Day, commemorating that fateful day in 1789 when common folks stormed the Bastille to free the political prisoners. As it turned out, on that particular day there were actually only seven prisoners being held. Meanwhile, over 100 people died liberating them. These are the kind of grim ironies you probably don’t see in kiddie coloring books about the holiday. So for a less conflicted fete, maybe you’d be better off celebrating the other July 14 holiday: National Nude Day. Although that day, too, is not without issues. For most of us, this would be an awkward holiday to celebrate at work. But for those with a guitar, a cowboy hat, and a high tolerance for Times Square tourists, it’s just another day at the office. Next up? The third Sunday in July is designated National Ice Cream Day
— a holiday first officially recognized by President Ronald Regan — and this year it falls on July 16. Plenty of ice cream stores give out free cones, or free-with-some-sort-of-caveat cones, like you have to buy one to get one free. Frankly, if you have a home freezer and any sort of spoon, just get a gallon of cheap ice cream for the cost of a single cone and invite friends over! (Unless somehow the ice cream has sort of... disappeared while you were writing a column about holidays.) Never mind! By July 18 we are at National Caviar Day. Please make sure you have finished your National Ice Cream Day celebrations before commencing this one. You will thank me. So will anyone sharing your bathroom. According to everyone’s favorite news source, NationalCaviarDay. com, caviar was once so cheap and plentiful in America, it was sometimes served for free at bars like peanuts. Slimy, fishy peanuts.
What could be less savory except… Rat Catcher’s Day! That’s what July 22 is. Celebrate it in the subway. No, really, you’ll love what Wikipedia says about this day, which was inspired by the Pied Piper leading the rats out of Hamelin: “It is a holiday remembering rat catchers, similar to Secretary’s Day.” Maybe don’t say that to your secretary. July 27 is Take Your Plants for a Walk Day — self-explanatory. And then come three days you don’t want to miss. July 28 is Milk Chocolate Day, the 29th is Lasagna Day and then the 30th is Cheesecake Day. Cynics may assume that the dairy industry just churns out (ha ha) holiday after holiday, but in truth, sometimes it takes a national celebration for us to pause and reflect upon our history, our country, our freedom. And our rat catchers. Lenore Skenazy is a keynote speaker who authored the book, and founded the blog/Twitter feed, Free-Range Kids (freerangekids.com).
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