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War of words BPCA called out for banning public comment at meetings BY ALEX ELLEFSON State Sen. Daniel Squadron used his first opportunity to address a board meeting of the Battery Park City Authority to blast its decision to allow only elected officials to comment at its supposedly public meetings. Describing the BPCA’s policy as a “woefully inadequate” response to residents’ call for more input, Squadron listed nearly two dozen other state and local authorities that invite the public to comment at their board meetings. “The operations of these organizations are not diminished by greater public participation,” Squadron said, “they are enhanced.” The BPCA board, which is hand-picked by the governor and includes only one resident of the neighborhood, has come under fire for a series of deeply unpopular decisions without community input — including removing longtime leaders of the North Cove Marina and Battery Park City Parks Conservancy as well as replacing the city’s Parks Enforcement Patrol with private security guards who have no enforcement power. The latest attempt to increase the BPCA’s accountability to residents was a call from several Downtown elected officials for the board to have a public-comment period at its meetings — which are open to the public, but do not allow comments. The BPCA’s response was to invite elected officials — but not residents — to speak at board meetings, which Squadron and others argue completely misses the point. “As I have said before, this was never about elected officials’ opportunity to be heard — we have many opportunities to be heard,” Squadron said at the board’s July 20 meeting. In his statement to the board, Squadron relayed comments and questions he had received from Battery Park City residents, covering concerns ranging from access to affordable housing, storm resiliency upgrades in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and questions about whether the authority could effectively balance the needs of residents and small businesses with tourism interests. But he stressed that hearing residents’ concerns second hand was no substitute for hearing them directly

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Armada of heroes New book recounts epic, civilian-led, waterborne evacuation of Lower Manhattan after 9/11 attacks

BY COLIN MIXSON A new book sheds light on an oft-overlooked aspect of the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 — the massive waterborne evacuation of Lower Manhattan undertaken that day largely by civilian vessels and sailors. James Kendra and Tricia Wachtendorf, co-directors of the Disaster Research Center at University of Delaware, compare the mass rescue operation to the historic evacuation of more than 300.000 British troops surrounded by the Nazis at Dunkirk in 1940, when an armada of lifeboats, fishing vessels, and pleasure craft spontaneously sailed to their rescue from across the English Channel. Sixty years later, the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks saw an even more massive operation, in which hundreds of commuter ferries, tugboats, party boats, and even historic sailing ships braved the chaos to deliver as many as half a million souls from the clouds of toxic dust engulfing Downtown, as the authors describe in their book, “American Dunkirk.” The mass-rescue operation, though nominally coordinated by the Coast Guard, was largely ad


Hundreds of commuter ferries, tugboats, party boats, and even historic sailing ships braved the chaos of 9/11 to deliver as many as half a million souls from the clouds of toxic dust that engulfed Lower Manhattan after the World Trade Center collapse.

hoc, with the skippers of individual vessels making crucial decisions on the fly in response to the rapidly changing conditions, according to the authors. “What we saw was whether you were a member of the Coast Guard or the captain of a tug boat, they were able to make sense of their

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BY COLIN MIXSON A group of mayoral appointees voted to extend the deal allowing tourist helicopters to operate from Downtown’s Pier 6 — over the opposition of elected officials who hoped to deny any contract that would allow the locally loathed industry to persist. All of the appointed members of the city’s Franchise and Concession Review Committee voted on July 13 in favor of extending the concession allowing Saker Aviation Services to operate helicopter tours out of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport for another five years, while writing into the contract the terms of an agreement reached earlier this year to cut the number of flights in half by 2017. But the only elected officials with a vote on the panel — Borough President Gale Brewer and Comptroller Scott Stringer — voted against the new contract, arguing that the helicopter-tour industry should be banished from Lower Manhattan entirely.

“There should be no tourist helicopters in New York City, period,” said Stringer, who preceded Brewer as Borough President. “They provide little economic payback and instead bombard our communities with unrelenting noise and pollution, which is why they’ve been banned elsewhere in the five boroughs.” “Helicopter tours for a handful of people inflict noise and pollution on thousands upon thousands of New Yorkers, with little in the way of economic benefit to show for it,” said Brewer. “We should get rid of helicopter tourism entirely.” The concession extension, which passed with a 4–2 vote, will allow the high-flying tour guides to operate out of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport until Apr. 30, 2021, while giving the city the option to extend that date by a year two times. The committee also voted to ratify agreements reached between Saker

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The city has extended the contract to allow tourist helicopters to operate from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport for another five years, despite opposition from local residents and elected officials.

and the Economic Development Corporation, which controls the heliport, to reduce the number of tourist flights overall, ban flights on Sundays, cease flights over Governors Island and Staten Island, and monitor air quality around the heliport, along with requiring the operator to research and implement new technologies to mitigate noise pollution and emissions as they become

commercially feasible. But those modifications, which were designed to ease the burden the industry places on residents, are ill defined and inadequate in providing real benefits for locals, according to Stringer. “This flawed compromise fails to give the city the enforceable oversight it would choppers Continued on page 13


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Dropping the ball

Port Authority to move WTC Sphere to Liberty Park — against wishes of locals, board members, and even executive director

BY BILL EGBERT The board of the Port Authority voted unanimously on Thursday to move the Koenig Sphere to Liberty Park, despite impassioned pleas from members of the public that the iconic sculpture really belongs on the 9/11 memorial plaza below. The 25-ton, bronze Sphere — which was originally located between the Twin Towers and famously survived the 9/11 attacks — has been on display in The Battery half a mile away since Sept. 11, 2002, when it was dedicated as a “temporary” memorial to the victims of the attacks. But now the authority hopes to move the iconic sculpture to the newly opened rooftop park by the end of the year. Local residents and advocates lined up to address the board before the vote, with most arguing against moving the Sphere to Liberty Park. Longtime resident Mary Perillo — who is also a founder of 9/11 Environmental Action — made the case that placing such a powerful reminder of the traumatic 9/11 attacks in Liberty Park would spoil the green space for locals by drawing large crowds of tourists and turning a park that was originally billed as an amenity for residents into an extension of the memorial. “It would totally change the tenor of the park as it is” she said. “You take those 50-, 60-, 80-, 120-sized groups of tourists and put them up there to look at the Sphere — bad idea — it changes the function of the place. It changes the atmosphere of the place. And it extends the memorial to the one place that it isn’t — the one place that still feels like home and not the on ramp to Disneyworld.” Another local activist, Margaret Donovan of the Twin Towers Alliance, argued that the obvious place to move the Sphere is to the 9/11 memorial plaza, where it stood for decades before the towers collapsed. “It was crated for the plaza. It survived hell on earth on the plaza,” she said. “And I would wager that not one supporter of your plan, if given a choice, would prefer Liberty Park to a place of


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honor on the plaza.” Indeed, Port Authority executive director Patrick Foye, who formally proposed the Liberty Park move at the July 21 board meeting, told Downtown Express in a statement about the Sphere earlier this year: “This is an artifact that survived and was affected by the horrors of 9/11, and placing it on the memorial plaza, we think, is entirely appropriate.” But Foye cited pushback from the 9/11 memorial foundation’s leadership — which he characterized as “unalterably opposed” to hosting the Sphere — to justify opting to install the sculpture in Liberty Park instead. The foundation leadership’s stated reason for barring the Sphere, with the eternal flame installed next to it at The Battery, is that it does not fit with the plaza’s original design. But the original design of the memorial should not be considered sacrosanct, The Fritz Koenig sculpture that formed the according to Richard centerpiece of the original World Trade Center Hughes of the Twin Towers plaza survived the collapse of the Twin Towers largely intact (above), and became a potent Alliance, who pointed out symbol of defiant resilience for Downtowners that the tone-deaf original after 9/11 when it was moved to The Battery (right) design envisioned etching and dedicated as an “interim” memorial in 2002. the names of the victims The July 21 decision by the Port Authority, which at the bottom of the deep owns the Sphere, to move the iconic artifact to waterfall-pools marking Liberty Park quashed hopes — shared even by the footprints of the tow- members of the authority’s leadership — that it would return to its place on the plaza as part of ers, rather than around the the official Sept. 11 Memorial. top where visitors can read them. Hughes criticized the plaza’s overall design as a sterilized Local resident Kathleen Moore tourist attraction that would only ben- pointed out that the famous Survivor efit from adding the Sphere. Tree, which was rescued from the rub“The memorial plaza an ill-con- ble of Ground Zero and nursed back to ceived shopping mall, a playground — health, wasn’t part of the original design everything but what it should be,” he and the memorial foundation initially said. “Everything that memorial plaza resisted including it, but the 35-foot tall should be has been stripped away, and callery pear tree became a beloved and the Koenig Sphere would restore some popular addition to the plaza. dignity, some gravitas to the site — and “It took many years of fighting it sorely needs it. against the designers of the [memo-

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Ventura sailing yacht, which docks at Battery Park City’s North Cove Marina. He and other captains described a cool and sunny day that began like any other, but suddenly descended into a storm of dust, horror, and long-hours scouring Lower Manhattan’s waterfront for survivors wandering out of the dust cloud in a zombie-like daze. Not long after the first plan hit the World Trade Center, Harris sailed from Battery Park City’s North Cove Marina aboard his historic sailboat to the South Street Seaport after hearing calls for aid on his radio, but, finding the area deserted, he turned back towards the Manhattan’s west coast. Then, as a northwest wind blew back the veil of smoke, the captain bore witness to a spectacle he’s not likely to forget, according to his account in “American Dunkirk.” “I saw this V-shaped formation of about a half a dozen or so tugboats charging up in this direction, and I remember at the time it just reminded me of the old black-and-white footage you see of Pearl Harbor… There was so much smoke you really couldn’t see that blue sky, And it was actually very inspiring to see that, knowing those guys were going in there and that’s where all the trouble was,” Harris told the book’s authors. “American Dunkirk” found its genesis in a study done by Kendra and Wachtendorf, funded by the National Science Foundation and the University of Delaware, to determine how unplanned, unscripted, and entirely improvised activities could lead to highly successful relief and evacuation efforts in the event of a major disaster. In studying the 9/11 evacuation,

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plaza than move it to Liberty Park. “Back several years ago when this first came up, and I had seen the Koenig Sphere down at Batter Park, I did think that it should appropriately be displayed on the memorial plaza, and I still believe that,” said William “Pat” Schuber just before the vote. “However I do recognize the difficulties that would bring in order to make that happen.” Schuber said he recognized the “emotional tug” of returning the Sphere to the memorial plaza, but somewhat ruefully conceded that Liberty Park is probably the closest it will ever get, given the opposition of the Memorial Foundation. Likewise, Michael Burke — whose firefighter brother died in the Twin Tower’s collapse, and who has been perhaps the most persistent advocate for


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(Above) Commuter ferries pulled directly up to the Battery Park City esplanade to load up panicked survivors for transport across the Hudson. (Right) “American Dunkirk: The Waterborne Evacuation of Manhattan on 9/11” by James Kendra and Tricia Wachtendorf is published by Temple University Press.

they found that not only were hundreds of thousands of stranded New Yorkers evacuated to safety, but there were also no serious accidents or injuries as a result of that evacuation, despite — or perhaps because — communications were handled largely through civilian channels. For instance, not only did the roughly 1,000 non-official vessels conduct most of the evacuations, but the civilian craft were also responsible for ferrying emergency personnel and materials into the disaster zone. In that capacity, civilian captains

were able to determine what vessels were best suited to what task, along with where they would dock and in what order — often with no oversight or logistical support from government agencies, according to Wachtendorf. “You had tugboats bringing in medi-

moving the Sphere to the memorial plaza — seemed resigned that Liberty Park was the best site that he could hope for. “It’s not the memorial plaza, but Liberty Park is Ground Zero. I think the Sphere needs to come back, and I support bringing it to Liberty Park. Visitors to this place need the opportunity to see it,” he told the board in a weary voice. “It’s either this or it might end up in Coney Island, or New Jersey.” Burke said that he received an email the night before from the Fritz and Maria Koenig Foundation in Germany saying the 92-year-old sculptor is “ecstatic” at the idea that the Sphere is returning to Ground Zero. Liberty Park is certainly much closer to its original location than its current spot near Pier A down in The Battery, but it’s not close enough for some. “Don’t try to airbrush this history.

Please don’t exile the Sphere from the place of honor it earned on 9/11,” said Donovan. “Please let its eternal flame mark the spot where thousands of innocent people breathed their last, and hundreds of heroes gave their lives. They didn’t die across the street.” Community Board 1 weighed in at its July 26 meeting, passing a resolution opposing the Liberty Park move with a vote of 29–4, with four abstentions. Ironically, Joe Daniels, the head of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum whose opposition to incorporating the iconic sculpture into the memorial plaza is cited as one of the main roadblocks to the idea, announced last month that he plans to step down by the end of the year — about the time the Port Authority plans to finish installing the Sphere in Liberty Park.

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cal supplies and personnel, and it was often up to the captains to figure out what vessels had what capabilities,” she said. “The Coast Guard was involved in that coordination, but it was very much coordinated amongst the captains themselves. They had all the knowledge, and they were able to figure it out, either by radio or by voice.” The pair’s studies show that disasters are rarely single, self-contained events able to be handled by one leader, however competent, and are better described as a cascade of separate, related emergencies that arise from the swift and sudden changes in circumstances — as traffic shuts down, utilities cease to function, and lines of communication drop dead — and that in the heat of the moment, men and women of various walks of life can and should be trusted to use their various skills to bring aid to those who need it. “Disaster is not a single thing that one person can control — it’s a community event,” said Kendra. “We saw an emphasis on, where there was leadership, it was based on communication and coordination, and letting things happen when they worked.” The lesson of “American Dunkirk,” say the authors, is that officials should recognize the experience, professionalism, and courage of everyday New Yorkers — especially the grizzled old sea dogs who saved so many on that otherwise dark day. “In the boat evacuation, the fact that these were members of a community who new each other, the environment, and their vessels very well, they proved very effective in that situation,” said Kendra.

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In a surprise reversal, Michael Burke — who lobbied for years to move the damaged Sphere to the 9/11 memorial plaza — spoke in favor of relocating the iconic sculpture to Liberty Park, having given up hope of seeing it incorporated into the official memorial, but wanting it moved closer to the site of Ground Zero.


Free sailing! Historic ships team up with BPCA to offer free cruises from North Cove BY COLIN MIXSON Two historic sailing vessels have partnered with the Battery Park City Authority to offer locals free cruises around the harbor and up the Hudson beginning this week. All would-be sailors can sign up for the free rides on a first-come, first-served basis — and that includes Manhattan mutts looking to stretch all four sea legs, according to one of the salty skippers, who plans a canine cruise later this summer. “Dogs are great,” said Captain Patrick Harris, master and commander of the historic Ventura sailboat, “as long as they don’t start chewing on my benches like one of them did, the little bastard.” The free cruises come courtesy of Battery Park City Authority, which will foot the bill for trips aboard the Ventura and Shearwater, two nearly century-old vessels docked at Battery Park City’s North Cove Marina.

The Ventura — one of a few remaining large sailing yachts designed by famed nautical engineer Nathanael Herreshoff — has two remaining trips on offer this summer — including “Water Stories,” a two-hour voyage setting sail on July 31, during which the passengers will be regaled with the tale of two men who embarked from the site of North Cove Marina at the turn of the last century on an epic transatlantic row to win a $10,000 prize for “crossing the Atlantic without steam or canvas,” The Ventura’s final free voyage of the summer, dubbed “BYO Doggie,” will encourage Downtown dog lovers to bring their furry first mates out on the river on Aug. 14. Believe it or not, dogs are as happy on a boat as they are in a car, which is to say, pretty darn happy, according to Harris “Dogs think they’re in the car,” the captain said. “They bite at the air, their tongues hang out — they love it.”

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Patrick “Captain Pat” Harris is offering free summer cruises on the Ventura, along with Tom Burton’s Shearwater, courtesy of the Battery Park City Authority.

The only real difficultly with the dogs comes when boarding or disembarking from the vessel, a daunting task for a weary pup. But over the years, the Ventura’s captain has developed a strategy to ease the tail waggers’ transition from dock to boat — and the secret, of course, is bacon. “We have a trick where I get a bunch of bacon,” he explained. “Everyone carries bacon in their pockets.” And then somehow, nobody seems to have any problem coaxing their ol’ sea dogs on or off the boat. The Shearwater, a classic Newport-


style schooner commissioned in 1929, is offering two free morning trips on July 23 and Aug. 20, setting sail at 10 a.m. Onboard passengers will find a cooler of beer and cocktails for sale, although patrons are also invited to bring their own libations, along with small dogs. The vessel will also sail out in the evening on Aug. 3 as part of the free sailing series, offering sea-borne nighttime vistas of the city’s lights. In addition to providing locals with free access to North Cove’s historic sailing Continued on page 12



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Exercise regularly A study conducted by Scottish researchers and published in the journal Neurology in 2012 touted exercise as the most effective way for adults to protect their brains from Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers examined roughly 700 70-year-old participants, all of whom were born in 1936, who were asked to report their levels of physical activity. Each participant then received an MRI scan at age 73. Those tests revealed that the participants who were more physically active showed less brain shrinkage and fewer white-matter lesions — both of which are indicators of Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation reports that physical exercise reduces a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s by 50 percent, and can even slow further deterioration in those who have already begun to develop the cognitive problems associated with Alzheimer’s. Researchers continue to study the relationship between physical activity and the development of Alzheimer’s diseases, but the evidence is mounting that regular exercise, regardless of a person’s age, is a great way to reduce risk for Alzheimer’s.


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Staying physically active as you age can be an enjoyable way to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Eat healthy What you put into your body may also reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. The brain operates at its best when it is fueled with a healthy diet that includes fresh fruit and vegetables, healthy fats and lean protein. A hearthealthy diet is also brain-healthy, and researchers have found a potential link between heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Researcher Larry Sparks of the Sun Health Research Institute in Arizona and formerly of the Kentucky medical examiner’s office studied brain tissues with a goal of finding early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. He discovered that those who had the telltale plaques of Alzheimer’s disease also had heart disease, suggesting heart disease may be a forerunner of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association feels this link between the two will only prove stronger in the years to come, suggesting that a hearthealthy diet that reduces a person’s risk of heart disease may also reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s down the road. More

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mental stimulation Mental stimulation can help the brain stay sharp, and men and women who find ways to stay mentally stimulated can reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Embrace activities that require communication and interaction with others, and find time for additional tasks that can stimulate your brain. These may include reading, studying a foreign language, trying your hand at challenging puzzles such as crosswords or Sudoku, and other activities that emphasize organization. Such activities are essentially workouts for your brain that can help it stay sharp as you age.

Remain socially active Staying socially engaged in older adulthood is important for a variety of reasons — not the least is that research has indicated that the brain functions better when men and women are not isolated from others. Memory and cog-

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CLEANED OUT A cleaner sent through the online Handy service allegedly performed her services a little too well inside a Beaver St. apartment on July 18 and cleaned out the client’s closet, taking two handbags worth $7,448. The victim told police that the cleaner showed up at her place between Pearl and Hanover Sts. at 10 a.m., when she asked the woman to organize her wardrobe closet. After the cleaner took off, however, the victim realized that her designer Chanel boy bag and limited edition Prada purse were nowhere to be seen, police said.

SILICON STEAL A burglar looted an Exchange Pl. office building on July 20, hauling off a fat cache of electronics worth $19,220. The business owner told police that the thief snuck into his office building between Broad and Williams Sts. sometime after 12:30 a.m. — likely gaining access by way of an adjoining office though a wall left open by unfinished renovation work — before prying open a locked door. Inside, the crook went straight for the gadgets, nabbing a Samsung Verizon tablet, a Mac Book Air, an Xbox One, and a Play Station 4, police said.

TEEN TERROR Cops busted a 16-year-old for allegedly assaulting a street vendor with her own wares on Sullivan St. on July 24. The victim told police she had setup DowntownExpress.com


her table, laid out her goods, and was open for business near West Houston St. at 6:35 p.m., when the teen allegedly approached her, cursing and howling insults. She said the teen suspect then grabbed a necklace off the victim’s table and hurled it, striking the victim above her right eye, police said.

DINEr DASH A sneaky snatcher looted some pricey electronics from a West Broadway eatery on July 22. A rep for the restaurant told police that the culprit entered the diner between Franklin and White Sts. at 11 p.m., strolling unhindered through a rear entrance left open for deliveries. Inside, the crook proceeded to the hostess station, where she nabbed a $150 Amazon Kindle and a $500 iPad Mini, police said.

COGNAC CRAWLER A boozy bandit with a taste for Hennessy snuck into a closed West Broadway watering hole and cleaned out the bar on July 12. An employee told police that the thief let himself into the bar between Canal and Grand Sts. at 7 a.m., before grabbing a Samsung tablet and $250 worth of the fancy cognac.

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Punk rock pioneer — and Fidi resident — Alan Vega dies at 78

BY COLIN MIXSON A legendary punk rock pioneer, who once dodged an axe hurled from the audience during a performance in Scotland before eventually settling in the Financial District, passed away earlier this month. The musical innovator best known as Alan Vega and co-founder of the proto-punk act “Suicide,” died peacefully in his sleep on July 16 at 78-yearsold, according to a statement released by his family. Alan lived without compromise, and dedicated himself wholly to his passion for creativity, his family said. “Alan’s life is a lesson of what it is to truly live for art. The work, the incredible amount of time required, the courage to keep seeing it and the strength to bring it forth — this was Alan Vega,” read the family’s statement. Born Alan Bermowitz and raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, Vega would befriend Martin Reverby in the 1970s and together the pair would form Suicide. The project mixed elements of what would come to be known as punk and electronic music, and introduced them into the mainstream through decades of increasingly erratic and sometimes violent performances, which were billed on the first fliers to declare the new genre “punk music.” Battery Park City resident and former Washington Squares rocker Tom Goodkind recalled seeing Suicide posters as a teen in the East Village, and remembered wondering what a “punk concert” was. “No one knew what a punk concert

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ships, the BPCA’s deal to subsidize the trips aboard Shearwater and Ventura may be an early sign of the state agency’s long overdue appreciation of the landmark vessels, according to Harris. “They basically saw the light, and said this is a valuable commodity we have in this old boat,” said Ventura’s Captain. The Shearwater and Ventura’s sailing and sightseeing businesses have been under threat ever since the concession to operate North Cove Marina


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was,” he said. “He invented it.” Vega’s music was confrontational and, for some, extremely unpleasant. With his howling vocals and Reverby’s endlessly repetitive piano beat, Vega didn’t just defy so-called “punks” to endure his auditory discord — he forced them to. Vega was known to physically bar audiences from leaving his shows, according to Australian News, which quoted the late singer saying, “We weren’t entertainers and it wasn’t an escape from people’s problems. They would walk through the door of the venue and they’d be in hell. We were angry and we wanted to wake people up. We were the ultimate punks because even the punks hated us.” The singer courted trouble at nearly every show, and it was in Glasgow, Scotland, that he narrowly dodged an axe after screaming, “you fuckers have to live through us to get to the main band,” according to a report published in The Guardian. Despite disbanding in the ’80s, Vega and “Rev” would reunite on several occasions, ultimately releasing five albums between 1977 and 2002, according to The New York Times. Both Vega and Reverby would go on to undertake solo projects, as Vega developed a Rockabilly sound that would characterize the lion’s share of his lone-wolf endeavors. He was also a noted sculptor, who worked largely with found art consisting of “toy guns and monsters, porno cards, kitschy religious trinkets, and photos of movie stars snipped from glossy mags,” according to a Village Voice article

was awarded to Brookfield Place and a politically connected mega-yacht marina group in 2015. Almost as soon as the new management took the helm at the public marina, Brookfield doubled the two vessels’ docking fees, while simultaneously enacting policies that hampered their business, such as eliminating signage, reducing their hours of operation, and limiting the amount of dockside repairs crew were able to perform. Recently, however, the BPCA has persuaded Brookfield to backtrack,

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Legendary punk rock pioneer and Financial District resident Alan Vega — shown here with Martin Rev in 1980 — died in his sleep on July 16.

about his 2002 “Collision Drive” exhibit in a Grand St. gallery. Vega would come to reside in the Financial District’s Hanover Square with wife Elizabeth Lamere and son Dante, whom he would accompany to local little league games dressed headto-toe in black, despite the searing summer heat, according to Goodkind, who described the sight of the punk legend at a kids’ baseball game as “really cool.” But the presence of perhaps the most

punk-rock musician of all time went largely unnoticed in what’s certainly the city’s least punk-rock neighborhood. “I think it’s important the community know who Alan was and understand this isn’t just a community of financial people,” said Goodkind. “He’s a tremendous influence and I think it’s important that the community recognize him as an artist in our midst, who really had a tremendous influence on pop music culture of the world.”

allowing the Shearwater and Ventura to install temporary signs advertising the boats, which will be replaced by more permanent way-finding signs in the near future. The difference is like night and day, according to the Shearwater’s owner. “People who work there, who live there, people walking by are now stopping and talking to us for the first time in a long time,” said Tom Burton. And the extra money from the authority-subsidized trips helps too, Burton said. “That revenue doesn’t hurt,” he said.

“It’s just a good thing. This is a wonderful program that they’re giving back to the community and I’m hopeful this signals an appreciation of historic sailing.” To reserve a Community Summer Sail space on Ventura should visit www.smarttix.com and search for ‘BPC SAILING’. To reserve a Community Summer Sail space on Shearwater should email Kieran Carley (kieran@manhattanbysail.com) or Jeric Bendigo (jeric@manhattanbysail.com) with the Subject line “Community Sail,” and the date of the sail they wish to attend. DowntownExpress.com

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Looks like we need a choreographer at the tunnels. The Holland Tunnel will have one eastbound tube closed (two lanes closed) from 11 p.m. Thursday until 5 a.m. Friday, slowing traffic in both directions and creating delays on Canal St., Broome St., and Varick St. At the same time, the south tube of the Lincoln Tunnel (two lanes) will be closed. Also, the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel will have one tube closed (two lanes) from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday, as well as from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday. The Williamsburg Bridge will have one outer lane closed in both directions from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, and one inner lane closed in both directions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. Anticipate delays on Delancey St., and allow extra travel time getting into the city. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @GridlockSam and check the website www.GridlockSam. com for more updates on closures as the week goes on. The FDR Drive will completely close in both directions between 61st and 96th Sts. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning, with some lanes closing at 11 p.m. and remaining closed until 11 a.m. The following ramps will

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need to restore any semblance of peace and quiet for hundreds of thousands of residents,” Stringer said in a statement. In particular, the agreement fails to institute any real means of holding Saker accountable for air and noise pollution in not specifying what measures the EDC can take when those limits are exceeded, according to Stringer. The agreement also fails to specify to what degree Saker must invest in research to mitigate helicopter noise and emissions, and when those measures should be considered economically feasible, Stringer said. The terms codified in the new concession were agreed to by EDC and Saker in January as a way to preempt legislation introduced by Councilmember Margaret Chin which would have effectively banned the helicopter tourism industry in New York City by imposing DowntownExpress.com

be closed: northbound ramps at 34th, 48th, and 62nd Sts. and southbound ramps at 3rd Avenue Bridge, 125th, 116th, 92nd, 79th, 73rd, and 34th Sts. Expect more traffic on West St. From the mailbag: Dear Transit Sam, I have been having trouble renewing my NYC Special Parking ID permit [for persons with disabilities] this year, and I am wondering why. For over 40 years I have sent in my renewal forms two to three months before the renewal date, and always receive the permit before the old one expires. This year, I sent in the paperwork, and did not receive my permit before the expiration date, which was almost a month ago. This is causing me many issues, including getting a ticket. I would appreciate your help! Cory Koven, Chelsea Dear Cory, The DOT is in the process of modernizing its permit system, and is currently offering a grace period to extend the expiration date of Special Parking permits to Oct. 1, 2016. You should receive your new permit by that date. As for the ticket, I will clear this up with the Department of Finance. The NYPD has also been alerted, so hopefully, no more tickets. Transit Sam

noise limits that helicopters used in the industry could not meet. Tour flights thunder in an out of the Pier 6 heliport 28 times every hour during the day, six days a week, according to figures from the Helicopter Tourism & Jobs Council, amounting to more than 100,000 take-offs and landings each year. Despite that, the number of 311 complaints relating to chopper noise is relatively low, with just under 1,300 complaints relating to helicopter noise in 2014, compared to nearly 130,000 complaints related to noisy parties. But that number provides little comfort to locals who live around the busy helipad. “It’s truly a constant onslaught of noise,” said Craig Abruzzo, vice president of Stop the Chop, an advocacy group that has been working for years to clip the wings of the helicopter industry in Lower Manhattan.

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BY LENORE SKENAZY Years ago, when Marcia Zug read a GQ magazine article about mail-order brides, she was revolted. A high-flying New York City photographer, fed up with all the demanding models he was dating, wanted to find a subservient woman to make him happy. So he ordered a pretty bride from a foreign country. When the bride got here he found her annoying, too. So he sent her home — pregnant with his child — and went back to dating models. Zug never forgot that piece. And even after she left her hometown of Manhattan to become a professor of family and immigration law at the University of South Carolina, she felt she had to expose the evil men who get their brides by mail. She delved into her research and guess what? Now she’s married … to a very different narrative. “I’m not suggesting that this is the marital path for everybody,” Zug said in a phone call. But in her new book, “Buying a Bride: An Engaging History of Mail-Order Matches” (NYU Press), she presents the opposite of the idea she went in with. Far from depressing and degrading, mail-order matrimony “can actually be a very good choice for certain people in certain situations.” The book starts at the dawn of mail-order love: Jamestown, Virginia, circa 1600. Unlike New England, which was settled by families, Jamestown was settled by men. Conditions horrendous — one settler described it as “hell, a misery, a death” — and there weren’t any English-speaking women to notenjoy it with. Some lonely men hightailed it home,

others married Native American women and went to live in their comfier villages. In desperation, the Virginia Company promoting the colony decided to try attracting Englishwomen by paying their dowries. For young women toiling as servants just to save up enough to marry, the offer was liberating, and about 140 came over. They got to choose their husbands and seem to have been treated quite well, thanks to the laws of supply and demand. Laws were written to keep them happy. They could, for instance, legally break an engagement — something they couldn’t do back in England. Fast forward to the Western frontier a couple hundred years later when, once again, American men were heading out, and women weren’t. As much as these men needed wives, some women back east needed husbands. These included women appalled by the local prospects, like the gal who placed this ad in a Missouri paper in 1910: “Attractive woman, not a day over thirty, would be pleased to correspond with eligible man. Would prefer one with property, but one with a good paying position would be satisfactory. The young lady is of medium height, has brown hair and gray eyes, not fat, although, most decidedly, she is not skinny. Her friends say she is a fine-looking woman. Object matrimony. Reason for this advertisement, the young woman lives in a little dinky town, where the best catches are the

boys behind the counters in the dry goods and clothing stores, and every one of ’em is spoken for by the time he is out of his short pants.” Gosh, I’d marry her — what spunk. Zug found little evidence of exploitation or mistreatment of these brides. And today, the same holds true. Americans seeking brides can easily go online to meet prospects. Most of the women live in Asia or Eastern Europe. And while it seems like a terrible imbalance — any schlub with U.S. citizenship can attract a desperate catch — it is a better marriage market for everyone. “The women come from countries where their prospects are not great,” says Zug. Some live where they’re not allowed to pursue a career. Some live where they are worthless if divorced, widowed, already have children, or are simply too old — perhaps 25. They look to America, and the path to get here is marriage. “These men are often much more attractive to them than the men they see in their countries,” says Zug. The men are not allowed to marry women sight unseen. Legally they must meet at least once before they marry, and the mail-order sites organize trips to get the prospects together. Once here, says Zug, the brides not only have far rosier prospects than back home, they often make the men shape up, too. As in “I’m learning a whole new language. Go get your GED!” And unlike the GQ article, many of these couples live happily ever after — maybe even happier than most, since everyone likes to get a surprise in the mail. Lenore Skenazy is a keynote speaker and author and founder of the book and blog Free-Range Kids.

Posted To Port Authority votes to move Koenig Sphere to Liberty Park (July 22) Gosh, I wish it could stay in Battery Park. Going down there beginning in spring of 2002 to see it was so important for me. It seemed like the New Yorker’s WTC monument. Back then it was a place to mourn and celebrate lives away from the craziness of “Ground Zero.” Bill Exactly how I feel, Bill. Maryanne Braverman

This Tour Guide agrees with the community members and Twin Towers Alliance members: The Sphere belongs at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza. It makes sense there — physically, psychically, historically. Jared Goldstein Given what transpired on 9/11, the entire Memorial planning and design process has been continually, sadly misguided, and even more poorly implemented. Returning Koenig’s Sphere to nearby proximity represents

the first GENUINE gesture made to those who worked and lost at the WTC. The fact that it has taken 15 years to return the Sphere — against the strong opposition of the (pathetically PC) Memorial and the (pay-if-you-want-to-see-anything-real) Museum — speaks for itself. Many thanks to all who have worked to correct this wrong. And to those who feel that Liberty Park has somehow been removed as a place posted Continued on page 15


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of peace and contemplation (when in fact, it is the primary southern walk route to Brookfield/BPC) — take solace in knowing that you can walk just a few minutes, to the Hudson River side of the West Side Highway. There, you’ll find more acres of park space, walkways, and waterfront promenades than 99% of all other NYC neighborhoods. Anonymous

In memoriam: After hitand-run death in BPC, city DOT aiming to make greenway crossing safer (July 13) Riding between Battery Park and Tribeca on the bike path is sketchy business with cars blindly turning at speed onto cross streets across the bike path with seven individual intersections for a cyclist to navigate. This was once easily avoided by traveling along the water around the marina or linking North End avenue to South End Avenue via the marina. In the past two, weeks Brookfield place has added signs and posted guards either “requesting” or “ordering” cyclists to dismount their bicycles in the marina area, pushing these cyclists towards the unsafe route along the West Side highway where they once had much safer options. Regardless of whether Brookfield is actually allowed to ban cyclists from riding in a part of Battery Park I feel that if another accident were to occur because cyclists are being diverted from the marina, Brookfield is exposing themselves to a costly and lengthy lawsuit. Additionally they may be guilty of arbitrarily changing access policy for users of a New York State Park without the right to do so. Concerned Resident The West Street bikeway is indeed tough slogging at some points. The three biggest, consistent problems I encounter (as a Citi Bike rider) are pedestrians on the path and at intersections, racing cyclists, and the security pillars at Goldman Sachs. Cars, trucks, busses, motorcycles, etc., are problematic, too, but I deal with them by always

slowing down at intersections, making sure they see or hear me, and yield to them if possible. Thoughts and prayers for Mr. Maclean and his wife Olga. Jan David

Dismount dispute: New bike rule at North Cove Marina sparks controversy (July 13) It is unfortunate that the Dismount Dispute article quoted only the unhappy millenials. Speed and other dangerous behavior by cyclists on the BPC Esplanade cannot be controlled, Pedestrians, including older adults, disabled people and families with toddlers have a right to feel safe. It’s about ALL of us. It is too bad that dismounting is such a problem for a population that has forgotten, or never known, what civilized public spaces look like, and must turn every location into a sports arena for a certain age group. Next time please include the rest of us. (Duh) Dolores D’Agostino The data does not support the action, nor the complaint. In fact it has been shown that mixing pedestrians and cyclists slows down the cyclists. This area is no more “dangerous” than any other part of the bike route which runs from the GW Bridge to BPC. Yes, if a bike hits you it can do serious damage — just as if a car hits you it does a lot more. Which means that just as cyclists should use special care riding through heavily-used areas, so pedestrians should keep their wits about them and be aware of their surroundings. This fear of cyclists, given the accident stats this year, is completely unfounded. Jesse Berger Pushing cyclists from the wide open marina space to the narrow bike path is far more dangerous to both cyclists and pedestrians. Cars regularly make turns at speed from West St. across the bike path, and pedestrians regularly cross or wander into the bike path while ambling along staring at their phones. The recent death of a cyclist on the bike path at Chambers Street highlights the vehicular danger in the most tragic manner.

Cyclists in the marina have much more room in which to maneuver to avoid pedestrians, likewise, pedestrians are more spaced out in the marina and thus safer. Also, for the most part, foot and cycle traffic in the marina is on parallel paths rather perpendicular as it is at the numerous sidewalk crossings between Tribeca and South Battery Park, which traveling through the marina avoids. It would appear to be far safer for all individuals to have cyclists and pedestrians co-existing in the marina. Finally, does anyone know if Brookfield Place can just arbitrarily put up signs to restrict cycling in a State Park without review? I mean if I don’t like people biking on a certain stretch of Greenwich St. can I just put up no cycling signs and hire guards to tell people they must dismount between North Moore and Franklin Sts.? By the way, I’m not remotely a Millennial and I am also the proud owner of a stroller complete with the requisite infant and toddlers who regularly use the marina space. Even though Battery Park City may look in certain ways like suburban Ohio, you’re actually not at the local mall, you are still in New York City, and actually need to look after your children in order to keep them safe (that, or at the very least you need to instruct your nanny to watch your kids a bit more attentively… but I digress). Waylon Smithers I am a 60-plus-year-old cyclist. It is ironic that for 10 years while the bike path along West St. was under construction, bikes had to go through the Marina. Pedestrians walked all over that temporary bike path, just as they now walk on the new West St. bike path. Why are pedestrians not told to stay off the bike paths? Why isn’t everyone advised to keep to their right? Let’s use simple traffic management and assign security personnel where they can be most effective. What are the statistics of accidents on the esplanade between cyclists and pedestrians over the years since 9/11? Maryanne Braverman It is amazing how some cyclists are so self-centered and oblivious to their

surroundings. Pedestrians and cyclists do NOT mix well. The former are highly restricted in their movement (especially kids) on the Esplanade, and to a lesser extent sidewalks (due to delivery cyclists), because of the dangerous presence of cyclists. The latter (cyclists) are encumbered by (legitimately) slow, sudden and random movement by pedestrians. Bikes should be ridden on bike paths and streets, not sidewalks or the Esplanade. Further, pedestrians should stay OFF bike paths. (It boggles my mind why so many walk casually on the obvious bike paths along West St. Same problem at Battery Park, but that is so poorly marked as a bike path that the confusion is understandable.) I make my comments as a pedestrian, first and foremost, and as a Citi Bike rider. Jan David

Is there a ‘Silver lining’ for Shelly in McDonnell Supreme Court ruling? (July 8) Also confirming that many people with money, power, and influence, never have enough. Some would call this sociopathic behavior. Others, the status quo. Whether in small town local politics, or nationally, the jig is up. Few believe in other than corruption and that is more important to subscribe to and support corruption then make attempts to stop it. That is, if you can convince yourself to live that way. Around here, locally, small locally, a former city department head who had admitted to lying regarding his position, and it was printed in the media, has just been offered an even more lucrative job down the road. I don’t believe the platitude of “karma,” “what goes around comes around.” The question is how many lives were directly and negatively affected by the corruption noted in the article? Probably few. But in the case here, there are direct effects which will increase resident taxes, as well as subject taxpayers to hazards. Let them accept their bribes, and use connections to get the kid a job. But it has to stop when it costs the public money and health and welfare. Jane


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Road work ahead Battery Park City residents meet to mull options for South End Avenue makeover BY ALEX ELLEFSON The Battery Park City Authority hosted the first of two open houses Monday night to solicit feedback for a possible overhaul of South End Ave. that could replace the neighborhood’s covered arcades with retail space. Locals stopped by to peruse three design concepts drawn up by Stantec, a consulting group, based on a survey of residents, workers, business owners and tourists. The designs included trafficcalming measures to make the area more pedestrian friendly, and possible changes to the recessed pedestrian arcades aimed at increasing storefront visibility. Among responses from the 568 residents surveyed, only one-third reported being satisfied with the retail options in the neighborhood, while just 21 percent found the storefronts attractive. But 58 percent of respondents said they feel covered arcades have a positive impact by

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from the people whose neighborhood the board controls. “Hearing directly from residents during board meetings is one important way to break the ongoing cycle of board decisions, followed by public outcry, followed by the promise of better communication from the board,” he said. Squadron went on to list 22 state and local authorities that allow the public to speak at their board meetings — including the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Port Authority, Empire State Development Corporation and Long Island Power Authority — and called on the BPCA to follow their example. Maryanne Braverman, a Battery Park City resident who attended Wednesday’s board meeting, applauded Squadron for pushing the BPCA to at least align its public-comment policy with similar government agencies. “I’m glad his staff did that research,” she said. “There are other authorities that are open to the public and listen to the public. They may not always do what local people want but at least they are hearing us.” Some, including Squadron, have called on the city to enact an agreement from the 1980s allowing the city to take over management of the neighborhood from the governor’s office by paying $1


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providing shelter from wind and rain. One of the top complaints by residents was a perceived lack of quality and affordable grocery options, and the survey also found a desire for different types of restaurants as well as a need for a hardware store. Meanwhile, business owners wanted better visibility and more clarity about signage regulations. The survey, which was commissioned after an earlier traffic safety study by the city’s Department of Transportation, also found that most residents said South End Ave. was tough for pedestrians, while 57 percent complained of a lack of public spaces to sit and relax. Gwen Dawson, the BPCA’s vice president for real property, said at last week’s BPC town hall that the survey followed up on the DOT study in order to take a “holistic look at the corridor” by addressing quality-of-life issues as

and assuming the authority’s debts. Community board 1 member and BPC resident Tom Goodkind has long advocated for a city takeover of the state-controlled neighborhood. “I don’t believe there is any reason why we need a non-elected agency representing citizens of New York City,” he said. “We have a very well-educated and long-term community that knows more about the community than those people that are here to represent us.” Braverman said she does not support calls for the authority to be scrapped, but she said there should be more residents appointed to the board, which she agreed is woefully out-of-touch with the neighborhood. Case in point, she noted that when the board was discussing a major overhaul of South End Ave. — which runs down the middle of Battery Park City — one board member didn’t even know where the street was located. “It’s our main street,” Braverman said. “So we have a problem. Local people should be on the board — people that know the neighborhood and are not just chosen by the governor.” But the authority’s policy on public comment is not “functionally different” than allowing residents to speak at their meetings, argues BPCA spokesperson Nicholas Sbordone, who noted that the BPCA uses multiple avenues for

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Stantec landscape architect Mike Russel explains the three design concepts for South End Ave. to Battery Park City residents at the July 25 open house.

well as traffic safety. But some residents at the town hall scorned the survey’s small sample size and criticized the BPCA for unveiling the project during the summer, when many neighbors are out of town. “Why are we rushing into something in the summer when a lot of people aren’t around to look at them?” asked resident Denise Cordivano, who is also the director of the Battery Park City Day Nursery at 215 South End Ave..

Dawson said there will be additional opportunities for public engagement before any decision is made regarding changes to South End Ave.. The authority plans to use feedback provided at the two summer open houses to come up with two concepts by the fall. The board will vote on those choices after receiving additional input from the community, government agencies and other

community engagement, such as social media outreach and sending staff to community board meetings. “That’s the type of engagement — immediate, responsive, multi-channel — that we want to provide the Battery Park City community we serve. And we look forward to continuing to deliver on that commitment,” Sbordone said in a statement. Residents may also submit written comments to the board prior to meetings, which will be included the in minutes in the public record. In addition, Sbordone pointed out that the BPCA has recently revived a lapsed tradition of holding quarterly town hall meetings which allow residents to engage in a direct dialogue with the authority. However, the most recent town hall was held on the evening of July 20 — several hours after the authority’s board meeting — clearly limiting the influence any such dialogue could have on the board’s decisions. Only one of the BPCA’s board members attended the town hall — Martha Gallo, the lone member who lives in Battery Park City. (Board chairman Dennis Mehiel, who usually attends, said during the earlier board meeting he would have to miss the town hall because of “physical problems.”) BPCA president Shari Hyman

also attended, along with property chief Gwen Dawson, but some residents complained that the lack of board members in attendance highlighted the feeling that the town halls are a poor substitute for a comment period at board meetings. “Where are the other board members?” Justine Cuccia, a public member of the CB1, asked. “We would like to have a discussion and have back and forth with them at the board meetings.” Another part of the town hall that seemed emblematic of the BPCA’s disconnect with locals came when the authority unveiled plans for the overhaul of South End Ave. A consulting group drew up three design concepts based on a survey that included not just residents and business owners along the corridor, but also tourists. The authority said it would decide on a final design after two open-house meetings for residents to discuss the three options, and residents complained that both chances to weigh in were scheduled during mid-summer, when many residents are out of town. “Transparency starts at the beginning of the process, not the end,” said Don Lee, a BPC resident who is running for State Assembly. “That means if you had community input, you would know better than to do the planning during summer.”

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A ‘Bending and Blending’ Artist Breaks Out Lisa Beth Older’s paintings are layered, in style and substance BY EILEEN STUKANE Chelsea artist Lisa Beth Older was having a moment when we met in the lobby of what’s still called the American Express Building, even though the company left this 65 Broadway address just over 40 years ago. Looking at her smartphone, Older realized that she had a buyer for another of her “bending and blending” abstract paintings. This original, signature technique requires working with layers of paint so thick Older uses knives, from butter to butcher, as well as brushes, to cross acrylic barriers and create texture that somehow still retains the stand-alone quality of her colors. Her work is reminiscent of Jackson Pollack’s in its abstraction of hues, but that’s where the comparison ends. Older is not dripping paint, she is meeting and conquering it. Lately, the energy that comes through the work is getting the attention of more collectors — among them the American Museum of Natural History, which commissioned a painting that became “My Inner Cosmos” (more about that later). One reason why art lovers have become more aware of Older was right in front of us. “Hardship of Hope,” her installation of eight 36 x 48 inch abstract acrylic paintings, graces the marble-walled lobby in permanent exhibit. The paintings — each individually lit and inset separately under glass — stretch opposite the building’s long bank of 10 elevators. Every canvas is an explosion of color and metallic paints, with a title and a theme. For example, the first painting, “The Gladiator,” is a battle of black, gold, and silver. “It was a challenge to blend those metallic paints, and I wanted this to be a challenge,” Older said, “because that’s what the show was all about, creativity. This painting was very fierce and had a fighting mentality to it, and there’s actually a gladiator in there with a shield — but it’s abstract. It was the image I was trying to portray. I don’t always do that, because usually a painting comes from certain emotions and then I trust my hands to bring it to the right place.” “Hardship of Hope,” Older explained, represents her life, and the lives of many DowntownExpress.com

who find it difficult to survive in the city, but hang on to hope. “It’s scary for a lot of people. There’s a lot of change, a lot of emotion. Are we going to make it in this city or be swallowed up by it?” In addition to “The Gladiator,” the other works in the exhibit are “Yellow Ribbon,” “The Empress,” “Reborn,” “Beating Heart,” “Lenore,” “Melee,” and, my personal favorite, “Inferno,” with its defiant curves of red, gold, and silver metallic paints. “I drew mad the day I did ‘Inferno.’ That day I just went at it,” Older said. The way she pours paint to create air bubbles, and maneuvers canvasses, requires more intense physicality to get the desired result.

AN ARTIST FROM THE START Lisa Beth Older, a married Penn South resident, is getting more notice these days, but it has not been an easy journey. When she was a six-year-old girl living in Connecticut, her mother died as a result of breast cancer. Older had started painting when she was three, and she just continued to do what came naturally as she was passed around from one guardian to another during childhood, until she found her way to UCLA, where she did not major in art, but graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. “I’m primarily self-taught, but art has science to it,” she said. “You learn how paints interact, how to base your painting. I bend the paint. I wait until it’s a certain temperature, which depends upon the color and consistency of the paint. You can’t bend fluids.” Elaborating on her style, she explained, “Paint builds and you have another layer and you have to bridge the two perfectly — but it has to be in one fell swoop. It has to be just perfect. Most people would get it muddy. My paintings aren’t muddy. You can look at them for hours. There are some of my paintings that are layered this high,” Older remarked, showing a three-inch space between her thumb and forefinger. Years after UCLA, Older would attain a law degree. Like Paul Gauguin, the stockbroker, or Mark Rothko, the OLDER continued on p. 18

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Lisa Beth Older’s “Glory in Parting” (acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30 inches).

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Dr. Rebecca Oppenheimer, (right) commissioned Lisa Beth Older (center) to create a work (“My Inner Cosmos”) for the American Museum of Natural History’s Department of Astrophysics. At left, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. July 28 - August 10, 2016


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elementary school teacher, she would go on to live successful parallel lives, one life supporting the other. Early on, she paid her dues, starting out as a resident of the Chelsea Hotel, followed by years in the East Village, where she shared loft space in the late 1980s with artist Fredda Mekul. Older regards Mekul as her mentor. “I learned through her,” she said. “For four years, I studied with her. She has been my inspiration throughout.” Almost offhandedly, Older mentioned that she has a congenital condition and is legally blind in her left eye. “It doesn’t matter,” she insisted. “The art that I do is all about energy and layering, and color itself has a certain energy.” For a time, Older painted in her studio in Woodstock, and also did early portraiture, painting Angelina Jolie for her private collection, and Melania Trump. These days, Older paints, and lives, in Chelsea — after a 15-yearwait, she finally triumphed in the Penn South housing lottery — and her abstract work is far from portrait painting. In fact, her art attracted the attention of Rebecca Oppenheimer, Ph.D., curator and chair, Department of Astrophysics, American Museum of Natural History, because the unusual textures and layers of Older’s work reminded her of a moonscape.

HER INNER COSMOS On a visit to 65 Broadway, Dr. Oppenheimer noticed that “People were stopping and looking at these particular paintings, which you don’t often see. Everyone is always in a rush to get to an appointment. Here, people were okay with missing an elevator and just looking at the paintings.” Dr. Oppenheimer connected with Older about commissioning a painting for the Museum’s Department of Astrophysics, and Older asked Dr. Oppenheimer for her color preferences. “I had never had anyone ask me about colors before — but I had some sort of dream, and purple and green came through. They don’t necessarily go together, but let’s see what Lisa can do with it,” Dr. Oppenheimer recalled, noting that Older wholeheartedly embraced her suggestion, built upon it, “and did a magnificent job.” Today, Older’s “My Inner Cosmos” hangs on a wall in the Department of Astrophysics across from a bust of the astronomer Copernicus. The work is indeed filled with deep purple, green, but also reds, yellows, blues, white, black. Unlike the sculptural quality of the “Hardship of Hope” paintings, “My Inner Cosmos” presents more of a mystery that draws you in. “I think everybody reacts a little differently to the painting,” Dr. Oppenheimer said of reactions from other members in the Department. “Everyone seems to see aspects of their own work in it.” “Sometimes,” said Older of a creative process that includes meditation, “I feel there’s a universe inside of me. Yes, we are all connected to the [physical] universe, but there’s an inner universe that can be tapped into.” In addition to “Hardship of Hope,” a permanent installation in the lobby of 65 Broadway (btw. Morris & Rector Sts.), the art of Lisa Beth Older can be viewed on her website, lboart.com, and at facebook.com/lisaolderartist.


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Lisa Beth Older’s “My Inner Cosmos” (acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 inches).

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The eight abstract acrylic paintings that comprise “Hardship of Hope” are on permanent display in the lobby of 65 Broadway.


Nature Under Surveillance ‘Plasma’ is strange, bloody good cinema BY STEVE ERICKSON For far too long, the uncanny has been missing from American independent cinema. It has a long and venerable tradition in our literature, from Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft to Thomas Ligotti and lesbian transgender author Caitlin Kiernan. But while indie horror films continue to be made, something as weird and uncategorizable as Bingham Bryant and Kyle Molzan’s “For the Plasma” is a UFO in the American film scene. For one thing, it’s far more upbeat than most of the films I could compare it to. A story of two women who work together over the course of a summer under increasingly weird circumstances, it doesn’t end with everlasting love and friendship, but nor does it culminate in terror. Helen (Rosalie Lowe) arrives in a remote town in Maine for a new job. Charlie (Annabelle LeMieux) is already there. Theoretically, their position involves monitoring CCTV cameras in a nearby forest for signs of fire. But Charlie has developed a new obsession: she thinks she can detect future movements in the stock market from patterns in the cameras’ images. She’s hooked up with brokers in New York and receives checks daily based on her predictions. Charlie sends Helen out into the woods to get more detailed information about the forest. One night during a blackout, the women meet their neighbor, a lighthouse keeper (Tom Lloyd). Bryant and Molzan shot on 16mm film, although “For the Plasma” is being distributed and projected digitally. The use of celluloid enabled them to capture a rich color palette. Early on, Charlie analyzes a photo in detail for Helen, pointing out its shadowy areas and the way a tree seems to bow toward the light. The film’s use of color, particularly green, enables such a close reading. The scenes in the forest are lovely in a way that’s slightly ominous. The presence of CCTV cameras is necessary for Charlie and Helen’s work but still feels out of place and creepy, something Helen seems to DowntownExpress.com

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Rosalie Lowe in Bingham Bryant and Kyle Molzan’s “For the Plasma.”

agree with. Charlie, in contrast, has become immune to their presence and thinks it’s perfectly natural to put security cameras in the middle of the woods. By the time Helen’s GPS starts malfunctioning and she finds swamps where paths are supposed to be, I felt spooky overtones of “The Blair Witch Project” and Kiernan’s novel “The Red Tree.” Charlie finds a way of monetizing nature without destroying it. But is she deluded or has she stumbled onto a new form of magic in the trees? The film seems to side with the latter explanation, but it keeps its options open. Toward the end, two Japanese businessmen approach her with a very open-ended project: studying satellite photos for a purpose they won’t explain. “For the Plasma” riffs on the American fondness for conspiracy theories without suggesting that Charlie’s full of crap. LeMieux and Lowe’s performances seem amateurish at first. They’re obviously outsiders to this

small Maine town, and while they might not feel out of place in a Joe Swanberg film, they seem glaringly strange in “For the Plasma.” Not until Lloyd enters the film do they fall into context. While I don’t know for sure, I’m guessing that Lloyd is an authentic Maine local, complete with a thick accent and smalltown friendliness. Charlie and Helen

are far more guarded, although not exactly hostile to strangers. Part of the film’s weirdness stems from its collision of these two worlds — Lloyd seems grounded firmly in reality, while the women have one foot in a collective fantasy. If there’s a tradition into which “For the Plasma” falls, it’s a small canon of films about female identity transference: Ingmar Bergman’s “Persona,” Jacques Rivette’s “Celine and Julie Go Boating,” Robert Altman’s “3 Women.” (Sophia Takal’s forthcoming “Always Shine” is one of the few examples directed by a woman, and Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell’s “Performance,” obviously inspired by “Persona,” is the male equivalent of such work.) Helen is sent into the field to do Charlie’s grunt work, essentially. Before she arrived, Charlie seemed to rely entirely on her CCTV cameras. While the two women are often separated, they spend a lot of time together, as well, and start to develop a resemblance. Helen’s mild dissatisfaction with the project rubs off on Charlie. “For the Plasma” may frustrate some people by erring too much on the side of the enigmatic, especially in its final half hour, but it offers up a compelling optimist’s vision of the forest of life, before which we’re all searching for answers. Runtime: 94 minutes. At Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Ave. at Second St.). For screening dates and times, visit anthologyfilmarchives.org.

Theater for the New City • 155 1st Avenue at E. 10th St. Reservations & Info (212) 254-1109 For more info, please visit www.theaterforthenewcity.net

The Elephant Pen Written by: Etienne Lepage Directed by Lissa Moira “A mental game of

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Buhmann on Art ‘Persuasive Percussion’ at On Stellar Rays

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Installation view, “Persuasive Percussion,” At On Stellar Rays through Aug. 12.

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Ryan Mrozowski: “The Swimmer.” 2016. HD Video, color, silent. 3:05 minutes. Edition 1 of 3.

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN Presenting new works by gallery artists Athanasios Argianas, Julia Bland, Zipora Fried, and Ryan Mrozowski, this exhibition explores the visual manifestation of two crucial aspects of sound: rhythm and repetition. In fact, the exhibition title, “Persuasive Percussion,” was taken from a series of LP albums released in the late 1950s and early 1960s by Enoch Light (1905-1978), a classical violinist, bandleader and recording engineer credited with pioneering the use of a specific stereo effect, in which sound bounces between the right and left channels to establish an immersive aural experience. None other than Josef Albers, whose influential color theory most famously played out in rhythmic variations of colored squares, designed seven of the “Persuasive Percussion” LP covers. In this spirit, these contemporary positions have much to offer. BUHMANN continued on p. 21


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‘Midnight’ is an Oasis Tuneful tale of love and loss has memorable music, and more

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Julia Bland: “Midnight Morning.” 2016. Canvas, wool, linen threads, wax, fabric dye, oil paint and ink (96 x 82 inches).

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The sculptor Athanasios Argianas, for example, creates works that source from the composition and transcription of sound, as well as language. He is particularly interested in the rhythms and frequencies of speech, and how the pronunciation of consonants and vowels can determine pattern and form. In contrast, Ryan Mrozowski employs stock images of flowers, fruits, and dots, among other things, to create a sense of optical play. Meanwhile, Zipora Fried’s “Night” series consists of colored pencil drawings, which are characterized by densely repeated gestures. Fried, one gathers quickly, is less interested in the particulars of language than in capturing the essence of a sensory experience at large. In her work, the hand serves as a link between an inner mood and its visual realization. In her large-scale, site-specific mural, for example, a group of reappearing heads succeeds in establishing a metaphor for the intersection of a psychological space and a material one. By employing dyed, stitched and painted fabrics, canvas, as well as hand-woven supports, Julia Bland creates stunning paintings that imbue archetypal and familiar geometric forms with a strong sense of the personal. “Geometry is a kind of grammar,” the artist once poignantly remarked, adding, “Language breaks down into isolated moments.” In that sense, Bland’s work, despite its abstraction, seems to share more with intimate diary entries than with Albers’ use of geometry to illustrate his color theory. Through Aug. 12 at On Stellar Rays (213 Bowery, btw. Rivington & Delancey Sts.). Hours: Tues.–Fri., 10am–6pm and Mon. by appointment. Call 212-598-3012 or visit onstellarrays.com.


BY SCOTT STIFFLER When the simple act of being yourself makes the whole world a dangerous place — or, at the very least, a deeply unwelcoming one — you take your happiness, your success, and your shot at true love wherever you can find it. For Idaho escapee and selfprofessed “skinny queer” Trevor Copeland, that all-purpose safe space is a Greenwich Village bottle club: The Never Get. Just beyond its front room, where gay men sip drinks and enjoy a certain amount of protection courtesy of the mobbed-up management, there’s a dingy little performance space presided over by Sister Etcetera — an enterprising crossdresser who took a chance by booking endearingly self-effacing singer Trevor and his composer/ pianist/romantic partner Arthur Brightman; at midnight; on a Tuesday; in the dead of winter. Soon thereafter, the duo are playing to packed houses — with Trevor’s lilting baritone delivering alternately campy and cutting interpretations of Arthur’s boy-meets-boy love songs, and without the risk mitigator of feminine pronouns. Which makes Trevor and Arthur considerably ahead of the curve. Too bad they’re also a little behind the times. Cleverly, stealthily calculated to wring every last drop of emotional resonance from the implications of its title, “Midnight at The Never Get” puts poor Trevor and Arthur’s creative burst in the years leading up to the Stonewall Rebellion of June, 1969 — after which the burgeoning LGBT rights movement renders their material positively tame by comparison. Almost overnight, songs like “The Bells Keep Ringing” and “I Prefer Sunshine” position our lads as two Jerry Hermans in an increasingly Stephen Sondheim world (Arthur, clinging to his American Songbook sensibilities, can’t fathom the appeal of

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Sam Bolen, as Trevor Copeland, is a dapper baritone who still believes in love.

the Beatles, let alone the notion of marching in the streets). Told in the form of flashback anecdotes and taking place in some sort of cabaret-room-cumhereafter-waystation, Trevor recreates the old act while waiting for recently deceased (and long-estranged) Arthur to join him. The witty, dishy tone he brings to their hardscrabble origin story takes a dark turn, when Arthur heads straight (so to speak) to the West Coast — where mainstream success, minus that flamboyant cabaret crooner he once wrote love songs to, is his reward. Packed with a satisfying mix of torch songs and zippy little numbers, the music and lyrics of

Mark Sonnenblick, who plays the show’s onstage pianist, are as easy to consume in one bite as they are to chew on for a while (you’ll find yourself preferring the latter). But it’s Sonnenblick’s book, along with co-creator Sam Bolen’s unsinkable Trevor, that allows “Never Get” not just to fly, but to soar. Directed by Max Friedman. At the New York Musical Festival: Thurs., July 28 at 9pm; Sun., July 31 at 7pm; Mon., Aug. 1 at 8pm. At 42West at the OUT NYC Hotel (514 W. 42nd St., btw. 10th & 11th Aves.). For tickets ($27.50), call 212-352-3101 or visit nymf. org/midnight ($2 service fee for online purchase). Also visit nevergetmusical.com.

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Deed debacle CB1 debate on change to 28 Liberty Plaza deed restriction ends in chaos, acrimony BY ALEX ELLEFSON Call it a case of Rivington Contagion. One of the first tests of the city’s new public review process for changing deed restrictions — enacted in response to the Rivington House property-flipping scandal — hit a snag Tuesday when Community Board 1’s monthly meeting devolved into a shouting match over a deed modification for a downtown plaza. Developer Fosun Property Holdings had already gone through a review process to make changes to the landmarked 60-story tower and adjacent plaza at 28 Liberty Street, with both CB1 and the Landmarks Preservation Commission green-lighting Fosun’s request last year to renovate the site by adding glass pavilions at the entrances to a retail space below the plaza. But to move forward with the project the developer needs to modify height limits imposed by a 1961 deed restriction in order to add the three pavilions. Such a modification would have been a routine matter of paperwork before the Rivington House debacle led the city to require public review of all deed restriction changes. And earlier this month, CB1’s planning, landmarks and Financial District committees voted 15–0, with one recusal, in favor of a resolution allowing Fosun

to build two of the three pavilions. But when the resolution came up for a vote by the full board on July 26, the meeting plunged into chaos when Financial District Committee chairwoman Susan Cole asked for it to be tabled until the next meeting, which isn’t until September. “The real issue here is the deed restriction. And that to me is a very big issue because it that has been in place for 60 years,” Cole said. “I think those of you who have not seen it or walked the site owe it to yourselves and the community, especially with all this brouhaha around deed restrictions, to understand what you are voting on.” The majority of the board ultimately supported Cole’s request, but not before a 20-minute verbal brawl over whether deferring the decision was necessary. “As a board member, I am really frustrated,” said Reggie Thomas, who noted that close to half the members present were represented in the committees that endorsed the resolution on July 6. “I did my homework, half the board was given an opportunity to do their homework, but now we have to penalize the applicant.” CB1’s new chairman, Anthony Notaro, also wondered why the resolution with near-unanimous support from three com-

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Liberty Street. A third option raised a portion of the road and a crosswalk to create something similar to a speed hump. The designs offered three different approaches to making arcaded storefronts more attractive and visible. Of those, only one called for filling in the arcades with retail space. The other designs asked for arched ceilings and enlarged openings or the addition of awnings, as well as allowing exterior signage. But the option of filling in the covered arcades with sidewalk-adjacent storefronts was a nonstarter for some residents. “It’s not worth it if we lose the arcades,” said Julie Brown, who has lived in the neighborhood for more than 20 years. “Sometimes I cross the street just to walk under the arcades. They are great for Battery Park City. They provide shade and protection from the wind and rain.” Others saw the project as a ploy by

stakeholders, she said. The July 25 open house was sparsely attended — though that could be due to the thundershowers that doused the city Monday evening. Those who made it were able to speak with Stantec representatives about the designs and place Post-it notes with their feedback on the three presentations. Measures meant to improve traffic safety included narrowing South End Ave. to allow for sidewalk extensions, adding traffic signals at Albany and Liberty streets and creating dedicated areas for commercial vehicles to make the roadway less chaotic. The biggest gap between the three designs were concepts related to slowing traffic. One design called for bulb-outs, which narrow the roadway at crossings to improve the visibility of pedestrians. Another suggested planted medians near Rector Place and DowntownExpress.com


Fosun’s request to modify its deed restriction to allow for glass pavilions over the entrances to its underground retail space at 28 Liberty Plaza caused chaos at Community Board 1’s July 26 meeting.

mittees suddenly had to be tabled. “I don’t understand why 16 people looked at this and voted and now we have so much concern about it,” he said. Fosun’s request has become a test case for the new review process required to modify deed restrictions. The city introduced the reforms this month in response to the controversy surrounding Rivington House — in which a developer paid the city $16.1 million to lift a deed restriction requiring the site to be used as a nursing home, and then sold the property for $116 million to become condos. The reforms provide additional layers of oversight to the process, starting with input from the community board. Patrick Kennell, chairman of the Planning Committee, said he worried that tabling to resolution until September

the authority to take over public space for commercial use — similar to the recently passed zoning text amendment allowing retail infill in the pedestrian arcades along Water St. in the Financial District. “Clearly, this is about retail space and all that fun stuff. Let’s call it what it is,” said Don Lee, a Battery Park City resident who is also a candidate for the state Assembly. But BPCA spokesman Nicholas Sbordone said changes to the arcades are necessary to entice the sort of businesses residents want. “We can’t compel certain businesses to come here,” he explained. “The best we can do is foster the conditions that would lead to businesses wanting to come in.” Resident Frances Misciagna worried changes to make the arcaded storefronts more attractive might raise the rents and drive out some of the local businesses that give the neighborhood its character. “We might get a lot of high-end busi-

burdens the developer unnecessarily. “I also don’t know exactly what members of the full community board are going to get out of an extra two months,” he said. “The modifications that are being requested aren’t going to change between now and then.” But others felt it was important for members to have more time to review the changes and scope out the site for themselves — especially considering the weight of the new review process. “I don’t see any suffering by asking the applicant to wait,” said said Roger Byrom, chairman of the Landmarks Committee. “I do think it would allow the community to better understand this and make an informed decision. The purpose of the deed restriction though, was to really keep this open.”

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The Battery Park City Authority is mulling an overhaul of South End Ave. that may involve eliminating pedestrian arcades like this one at the southeast corner of South End Ave. and West Thames St.

nesses and lose some of our mom-andpop shops,” she said. The next open house will be held on Monday, Aug. 1, from 5–8 p.m. at 6 River Terrace. July 28 - August 10, 2016




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