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Hell’s Kitchen Call Center Answers Needs of Louisiana Flood Victims

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BY ALEX ELLEFSON Volunteers at the American Red Cross office in Hell’s Kitchen are helping to coordinate relief efforts for victims of the catastrophic flooding in Louisiana. A call center, housed in the Red Cross building on W. 49th St., began fielding calls last week to bring aid to regions of southeastern Louisiana deluged by more than two feet of water. At least 30 volunteers work in shifts to guide resources to victims of the disaster — which the Red Cross is calling LOUISIANA continued on p. 2


Simone Leigh’s installation and residency at the New Museum includes a series of care sessions and public programs. See page 20.

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Gerald Busby in his fifth floor apartment (from Linda Troeller’s 2015 “Living in the Chelsea Hotel” photography collection).

MEET THE MAN ON THE FIFTH FLOOR BY PUMA PERL What makes a successful businesswoman like Jessica Robinson walk away from her career to become a filmmaker? Over the course of 35 years running Robinson Creative Services, an advertising design studio, her client list included names like Condé Nast and American Express. Previously, as a creative director in advertising, she made videos for an equally prestigious list of clients, including The Graduate Center, CUNY. That pretty much sums up her film experience. As we sat watching raw footage of “The Man on the Fifth Floor: 3 Decades in the Chelsea Hotel,” Robinson elaborated on her inspiration. “One day [Dec. 16, 2007], I happened to open the New York Times to the Neediest Cases section, and there was Gerald Busby. I was shocked. Here was my friend, composer of Robert Altman’s ‘3 Women,’ child piano protégé, raconteur, and one of the most charming men I’d ever met, featured as one of the year’s neediest cases. What had happened? I had to find out. I had to tell this quintessentially New York story of culture and counterculture; this iconic story of New York City and a lost Bohemia. I had to become a filmmaker.” The events that brought Busby, now 80, to the attention of the New York Times could not have been imagined when he first


arrived in the city several decades earlier. Nobody had yet even heard of HIV/AIDS. The bathhouses and clubs were jumping, and many gay men like himself were giddy with this new, post-Stonewall freedom. Busby and his younger lover, the late Sam Byers, both eventually tested HIV-positive. Sam suffered a long, lingering death, Busby by his side (he was 58 when Sam passed away; they’d been together for 18 years). Depressed and traumatized, he stopped composing and tried to escape through sex and drug binges. He went bankrupt. After three rehab stints, he finally found sobriety in 2005, and returned to composing music. Several weeks after my meeting with Robinson, I knocked at the door of Gerald Busby’s fifth floor apartment in the Chelsea Hotel, where the “renovations” are ongoing; the halls were draped in plastic, and warnings against photographing inside the building were taped up next to Stop Work Orders. Busby is one of about 80 residents who have hung in; a tenants union now protects their rights to remain in their rent-stabilized units. When the nattily dressed Busby answered the door, smiling widely, I immediately understood why Robinson called him “charming.” From almost the moment we began chatting, I was BUSBY continued on p. 4 VOLUME 08, ISSUE 34 | AUGUST 25 - 31, 2016

Red Cross Responds to Destructive Louisiana Flooding

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Volunteer Lilliam Rivera-Cruz in the call center of the American Red Cross’ Greater NY office, recently opened in Hell’s Kitchen with the objective of fielding emergency calls coming in as a result of the disaster in Louisiana.

Bottled water continues to be an urgently needed relief item, after the flooding in Louisiana.

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the “worst to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy.” Lilliam Rivera-Cruz is one of the volunteers who answered the call to help out. “Life can change in the blink of an eye. Think about if your family was

suddenly uprooted and you had no shelter, no clothing, nothing to eat,” she said. “I’m not physically present in Louisiana, but I can walk people to the next step so they can move on with their life,” she said. The Red Cross has more than 1,700 volunteers working to support relief efforts. Staff at call centers through-

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out the country direct volunteers on the ground to people in need and also steer residents to shelters and resources. “I got a call from a female in her late-60s who needed medical care and she didn’t know what to do,” said Rivera-Cruz. “We were able to get local Red Cross case workers to her right away.” The flooding damaged more than 40,000 homes and killed at least 13 people. The Red Cross reports more than 39,000 residents have taken refuge in its shelters since the disaster struck — while the organization and its partners have handed out more than 200,000 meals. Red Cross spokesperson Michael de Vulpillieres said many of the calls received at the Hell’s Kitchen office come from residents desperate to find shelter. He also said call center volunteers log the location of phone calls to identify the regions in greatest need. “The call center allows Red Cross staff in Louisiana to focus on providing aid and delivering resources to those who need it,” he said. Vulpillieres explained the call center is usually used to coordinate responses to emergencies in the greater New York area — like a six-alarm fire that consumed seven houses in Staten Island last week. However, the organization started staffing up the call center to handle the hundreds of requests for assistance coming from the flood victims. Vulpillieres said the Hell’s Kitchen office will continue taking calls from Louisiana for at least another two weeks.

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Red Cross outreach and relief efforts continue in Louisiana.

“The call center gives someone who is not available to go to Louisiana the ability to help out in their own backyard,” he said. Rivera-Cruz, who is also employed as a Red Cross case worker when she is not volunteering in the call center, said she traveled to flood zones in Texas and Virginia this year to help people in need. However, she stayed in the city to care for her mother, who is in poor health, when flooding broke out in Louisiana. She said the call center work is very rewarding. “Sometimes, people just want to know someone is listening on the other side of the line and is ready to help,” she said. To help people impacted by the Louisiana flooding, visit redcross. org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Also visit the website to join the Red Cross, learn more about volunteer opportunities, or submit a volunteer application. .com

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Cutting the ribbon at the Lenox Health Greenwich Village imaging center, Northwell Health officials, from left, Dr. David Battinelli, chief medical officer; Cynthia Kubala, vice president of radiology; Dr. Jason Naidich, radiology department chairperson; Alex Hellinger, LHGV director; Dennis Connors, executive director of Lenox Hill Hospital.

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON Here’s looking at you, kid. Make that looking inside you. Featuring state-of-the-art CAT scans, MRIs and X-rays, the new $16 million imaging center at Lenox Health Greenwich Village (LHGV) is the latest addition to the growing community healthcare hub at Seventh Ave. and W. 12th St. A year ago, North Shore-LIJ Health System — recently renamed Northwell Health — opened a standalone 24/7 emergency department (ED) in the bottom of the former St. Vincent’s O’Toole Pavilion. The new imaging center is on the fifth floor of the ship-shaped building, which was originally built for the National Maritime Union. It represents the second phase of the $150 million renovation of the 160,000-square-foot medical complex, which is anchored by the freestanding ED, which has no hospital beds attached to it. The new imaging center will be followed, in 2017, by ambulatory surgery, physicians’ offices and a range of other medical services, as well as community meeting space. Led by medical director Dr. Kavita Patel, the imaging facility offers high-field MRI, low-dose CAT scan, ultrasound, 3D mammography, image-guided biopsy, bone densitom.com

etry, and X-ray services and procedures. Assemblymember Deborah Glick and State Senator Brad Hoylman were on hand at the Aug. 2 ribbon-cutting. “The community really had a terrible blow when we lost St. Vincent’s,” Glick said. “It was a focal point for the community. It employed a lot of people, and the area was dramatically affected when it closed. The new emergency room has been very important to the surrounding community. “I’m old enough to have had some radiology, and this is a beautiful facility,” she said of the new imaging center. “It is a beautiful facility, outside and inside. This looks like a living room,” Hoylman concurred. He added that early detection dramatically improves women’s chances of surviving breast cancer, and the free mammography van that he sponsors is a very popular service. The imaging center features topnotch equipment. The MRI machine cost $1.4 million — the software alone was another million dollars, the technicians said. Dr. Jason Naidich, head of Northwell Health’s imaging services and chairperson of its radiology


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Robinson’s Doc Charts Busby’s Life in the Chelsea Hotel

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L to R: Sam Byers and Gerald Busby, in 1976. BUSBY continued from p. 1

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“The Man on the Fifth Floor” director Jessica Robinson behind the camera.


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entranced, you might even say smitten. He felt like a lifelong friend I just hadn’t met yet. Following the death of Sam Byers, he downgraded from a four-anda-half-room apartment to this studio. Somehow, even with the presence of a piano, computer equipment and artwork, it is his spirit that fills his room. There is no sense of material clutter. Our interview was freewheeling — speaking of art and AIDS, poetic inspiration, the links between brilliance and narcissism, existential film, whiskey, and addiction (his, and the winding roads of his journey). Busby also spoke of the five geniuses with whom he has had the good fortune to work: Paul Taylor, Virgil Thomson, Martha Graham, Leonard Bernstein, and Robert Altman. The late Thomson, a composer and critic, was also his mentor. Altman, he explained, was the most “mystical” of the five. “He wanted you to be the best, so he gave you the very best of what he had.” Scoring 1977’s “3 Women,” Busby learned to “put things together and turn them into something else.” He also forayed into acting with Altman, drawing on his fundamentalist experiences growing up in Texas to improvise the role of the preacher in 1978’s “A Wedding.” Busby’s life today is about writing as “fast and furiously as possible. Just go,” he said. “Instinct, intention, and, eventually, critical thought kicks in.” He no longer plays the piano, but works on his compositions eight to 10 hours a day. He listens to Mozart every morning and considers Bach the artist of construction. “They are both surprising and inevitable,” he explained. He rarely reads books, although he does utilize poetry as a muse for his compositions.

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Playwright and activist Larry Kramer is among those interviewed for Jessica Robinson’s upcoming documentary on the life of Gerald Busby.

“The most important thing to me at this stage of my life is being willing to make myself happy for no reason at all, to get reasonableness completely out of my thinking as the source of happiness and success. Reiki [healing meditation] is the center of that practice for me,” he revealed. “I’ve learned that if I make myself happy by being continually present to myself, reasons for happiness pour into my life. Health, success, friends and money all appear and support me. The key is to stop identifying myself with any negativity. This shows me what I really need to stay healthy and write music and fulfill my obligations. My objective is to relate to consciousness with total openness and regard emotion like a gas that passes through me.” “The Man on the Fifth Floor: 3 Decades in the Chelsea Hotel” is still in the fundraising stage; they have finally finished the rough cut and are ready to prepare the final cut. Top billing is shared by Busby and the Chelsea Hotel itself, and BUSBY continued on p. 18 .com

Drop Off Digital Detritus at E-Waste Events BY ALEX ELLEFSON Hell’s Kitchen residents David Cropper and Kevin Estrada scampered into a covered nook Saturday at the Harborview Terrace Houses to hide from the pouring rain. They clutched bags containing a keyboard, three laptops, three iPhones and several pounds of cables — items they accumulated for almost a decade. They came to the public housing complex — located along W. 55th St., between 10th and 11th Aves. — to hand their old gadgets over to the Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC). The organization holds dozens of events in the city each year to collect electronic waste (e-waste) from New Yorkers who want to turn their digital detritus over to a recycler. “It’s great to be able to come to something like this right near our home,” said Cropper. “I don’t want to see this stuff just get thrown in a landfill.” Standing among stacks of printers, audio equipment, DVD players, laptops and other devices, Noel Gonzalez, the LESEC’s warehouse logistics manager, said he might collect as much as 4,000 pounds of e-waste that day. However, larger events, especially ones with fairer weather, can bring in 30,000 pounds. “Obviously, if the weather doesn’t clear up we could have a low turnout. But we prepared for this to be a smaller event,” he explained. “When we have bigger events, we will have rows of pallets stacked with different electronics.” The LESEC, founded in 1987 as a not-for-profit

offering recycling and composting programs, began collecting discarded electronics in 2003. Today, they are the largest non-municipal provider of e-waste recycling services in New York City. Last year, they received more than 1 million pounds of discarded electronics. Comparatively, the Department of Sanitation reports about 4,700 tons (9.4 million pounds) of e-waste was collected in New York City during Fiscal Year 2016. The organization houses the mountains of hightech refuse in the Gowanus warehouse they opened in 2012. The warehouse is also a drop-off location, but they still hold collection events to reach more residents. “We have a lot of seniors who are unable to transport their stuff long distances,” explained Maria Guzman, president of Harborview Terrace’s tenant association, which partnered with the LESEC to host the event. “A lot of their apartments can get a little cluttered. So this makes it simple for them to get rid of old electronics.” Offering up devices to recyclers isn’t just a good deed: It’s the law. At the beginning of 2015, New York made it illegal to throw out computer monitors, cell phones, televisions, music players and many other electronic devices. Instead, consumers must return T:8.75” the items to manufacturers or drop them off at collection sites. The move towards environmentally friendly e-waste management, like similar laws passed in more than two

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Event staffer Malcolm Jenkins, left, and LESEC Warehouse Logistics Manager Noel Gonzalez show off a television dropped off at their collection event.

dozen states, is aimed at keeping toxic materials used in electronics from piling up in landfills. Electronics make up the fastest growing source of waste in the world. The UN Environment Programme predicts the amount of global e-waste could top more than 50 million tons next year — up from 41.8 million tons in 2014. Furthermore, the United Nations estimates that as much a 90% of digital detritus gets shipped to unscrupulous recipients — often in Asia or Africa — who E-WASTE continued on p. 15

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LGBT Anti-Gun Activists Target Asset Manager BlackRock

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GAG demonstrators demanded that BlackRock divest its firearms stocks.

BY PAUL SCHINDLER LGBT activists affiliated with Gays Against Guns (GAG) took their message to the headquarters of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm, to protest its holdings in two gun manufacturers, Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co. The Aug. 15 protest, which drew dozens to the BlackRock offices on E. 52nd St., focused on the role guns produced by those two manufacturers played in the 2012 massacre at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater in which 12 people were killed and another 70 were wounded. Twelve protesters, dressed in white veils with each holding a picture of one of the fatally wounded Aurora victims, occupied the lobby of the building for about a quarter of an hour before leaving at the request of security. Other protesters, carrying signs that read, “BlackRock #Drop the Gun $tock$,” staged a die-in while the veiled demonstrators stood vigil, and

outside protesters lay down in chalk outlines of shooting victims. According to BlackRock’s most recent financial disclosure, its funds hold more than $8 million in Smith & Wesson stock and more than $7 million in Sturm, Ruger stock — investments it categorizes as “leisure products.” According to GAG member Ken Kidd, the group notified BlackRock of its demands that it divest its gun-maker stocks last week, but has heard nothing back, “just excuses in the press.” In public statements to the media, BlackRock asserted that the index funds it offers are put together using a portfolio created by a “third party,” and the composition cannot be changed. It also noted that it offers separate financial vehicles for investors who do not want to own stock in firearms, alcohol, or tobacco companies. Challenging what it characterizes as BlackRock’s assertion that “their hands are tied,” GAG is critical of the asset manager’s statements that its gun

Veiled protestors outside BlackRock’s headquarters.


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Chalk outlines representing the 2012 Aurora, Colorado shooting victims.

manufacturer investments “contributed meaningfully” to its fund’s performance and that “Firearms manufacturers benefited from strong demand in the US.” The roughly $16 million it owns in firearms dealers represents a miniscule amount of BlackRock’s $4.9 trillion dollars under management. In its public statements, BlackRock emphasized its “history of supporting the LGBT community” and condemned “senseless acts of violence”

such as the gun siege of an Orlando LGBT club that killed 49 in June. GAG formed in the wake of that tragedy. The group pledged to continue its pressure on companies with ties to the gun industry in “the weeks and months ahead, especially those that court the LGBTQ community.” “It’s us or them,” said John Grauwiler, a GAG founder. “End your relationship with the death business or the LGBTQ community ends its relationship with you.”

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PETIT LARCENY: Breakfast of criminals After an unsavory quest for a morning meal went awry, one man joined a new kind of Breakfast Club, whose punishment was far more serious than Saturday morning detention. At around 8:30am on Sun., Aug. 21, the man entered a 7-Eleven (194 Seventh Ave., btw. W. 21st & W. 22nd Sts.), took two breakfast melts, and then left without paying. Soon thereafter, at around 8:50am, the same individual was spotted at a nearby convenience store (on Eighth Ave.), further accumulating goodies for his meal. This time, he made off with two containers of orange juice, two Hot Pockets, two Lunchables meals, two bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast melts, and a new bag without paying up. After employees of both establishments alerted officers to the thefts, the police conducted a canvas of the area, which yielded positive results. The 18-year-old Brooklynite was found — as was the balanced breakfast he’d accumulated — and was arrested.

CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY: The prodigal bike returns On Fri., Aug. 19, the authorities put the brakes on a long-at-large bike thief who drew attention to himself by driving recklessly in the early morning hours. At about 2am, an officer observed a man riding the wrong way down Eighth Ave. (at the corner of W. 21st St.) on a bike. On further inspection, they noticed that the 45-year-old cyclist was riding a Citi Bike without permission or authority to do so, as he didn’t have an account with the service. Upon providing the bike’s number to a company official, the officer was informed by the rep that the bicycle in question had been missing for a while, and was last docked on E. 20th St. all the way back in May of 2013. The 25-year-old man was arrested for his over three-year joyride.

HARASSMENT: Construction spite While arguments are bound to happen at any high-stress place of employment, things could get a little worrisome if your hostile work environment happens to also be home to heavy machinery. That’s why, at around 9:30am, a 26-year-old Queens man walked into the 10th Precinct on

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Top driver disTracTions Using mobile phones

Leading the list of the top distractions behind the wheel are mobile phones. Phones now do more than just place calls, and drivers often cannot pull away from their phones, even when driving. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, studies have shown that driving performance is lowered and the level of distraction is higher for drivers who are heavily engaged in cell


phone conversations. The use of a hands-free device does not lower distraction levels. The percentage of vehicle crashes and nearcrashes attributed to dialing is nearly identical to the number associated with talking or listening.


Many people will admit to daydreaming behind the wheel or looking at a person or object outside of the car for too long. Per-

haps they’re checking out a house in a new neighborhood or thought they saw someone they knew on the street corner. It can be easy to veer into the direction your eyes are focused, causing an accident. In addition to trying to stay focused on the road, some drivers prefer the help of lane departure warning systems.


Those who haven’t quite mastered walking and

chewing gum at the same time may want to avoid eating while driving. The majority of foods require a person’s hands to be taken off of the wheel and their eyes to be diverted from the road. Reaching in the back seat to share some French fries with the kids is also distracting. Try to eat meals before getting in the car. For those who must snack while en route, take a moment to pull over at

a rest area and spend 10 minutes snacking there before resuming the trip.


Glancing at an advertisement, updating a Facebook status or reading a book are all activities that should be avoided when driving. Even pouring over a traffic map or consulting the digital display of a GPS system can be distracting.

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Don’t Walk in Worry on the Way Back to School

BY LENORE SKENAZY Can we please stop telling parents that it is normal to be terrified for even the shortest periods of time when kids are doing the most mundane of activities: walking to or from school? Because here’s what NBC’s Alyssa Newcomb reported the other day in a piece on “Back-to-School Safety Tech That Helps Keep Kids Safe” (the title alone reinforcing the idea that kids are not safe without us taking new, tech-assisted precautions): “No matter how mature and responsible a child is, those few blocks without adult supervision are enough to make most parents worry.” Since when? Since crime is back to the level it was in 1963? Since we are living in the safest times in human history according to Harvard’s Steven Pinker? Since even child deaths at the hand of a kidnapper — already extremely rare — are now one-fifth of what they were just 20 years ago? “Most parents worry” about a few-block walk, in these particularly safe times, even if they know their kids are mature and responsible? That seems like some kind of illness. Yes, it is normal to worry if the neighborhood is truly crime-ridden. And naturally, it can be worrying if a child is late getting

home, or if it is the first week of school and the child is just getting used to the walk. But for parents to worry no matter how mature their kid, how short the walk, and how safe the neighborhood does not make sense. Igniting the fuse of fear makes sense for only two groups of people: The media, who depend on fear to keep us engaged; and the makers of tech tracking devices, who depend on our dollars to stay in business. After all, if they can convince us that it is normal to fret any time we take our eyes off our kids, they can sell us products that keep our eyes on them. And so reporter Newcomb goes on to list four products that track kids and apprise the parents of their location. The Pocketfinder is one. It goes in the child’s backpack and “updates a parent’s smartphone with their location every two minutes.” Obsess much? It also alerts parents the second their child veers off the prescribed path. What a joy that makes walking home: Follow that squirrel for a block and mom calls 911. Then there’s Life 360, which is free and sounds like Harry Potter’s Marauder’s Map, showing every family member’s location. But if you pay a premium (aha!) you can get “expanded history data and a live adviser for urgent situations.” Just suggesting “urgent situations” makes the walk sound dire. The Canary, also profiled, is part of a $199 home security system, allowing you “to see live video and hear audio from their home. Parents can even replay the video clip from when their child walked in the door, ensuring that they were with only authorized house guests.” Maybe it should really be called the Stool Pigeon. It seems less like a normal household device and more like the closed-circuit television above the door at a 7-Eleven.

And finally there’s the August Smart Lock, which lets you “see and speak to whoever is at your door, even if you’re not home.” It also locks and unlocks your door, long distance, “making it ideal if your kid forgets their key,” according to Newcomb. At $400, it might be more ideal to make your kid a few extra keys, or even hide one someplace clever. So now I, too, have some advice on how to keep your kid safe on the way home from school — advice that the television report, in its haste to hail technological solutions to nearly non-existent dangers, forgot. Teach your children to: • Look left, look right, and look left again when crossing the street. •   Make sure that anyone turning sees them in the crosswalk. •  A  sk strangers for help if they need it. Teaching “stranger danger” removes all the people who could help them in an emergency (remember, a Utah Boy Scout was lost for three days because every time he heard a search party member calling his name, he scampered off to hide from the “stranger”). However, teach your kids that they while they can talk to anyone, they cannot go off with anyone. And they should not get into someone’s car. Those are tips that make a lot of sense and, by golly, they are free! Of course, for a premium, I will add a new and pointless tip every month. Sign up now! Lenore Skenazy is a keynote speaker who authored the book, and founded the blog, Free-Range Kids (freerangekids.com).

Backpack to School, Safely BY CAROL HEADLEY When it comes to backpack safety, most people tend to think about injuries caused by a heavy backpack, or one worn improperly. But there are other dangers associated with backpacks, as well, one about which caution should be exercised. Backpacks come in all shapes and sizes and can be a handy tool for students and adults. When worn correctly, with weight evenly distributed across the back and shoulders, backpacks can be safer and more effective than using a purse or briefcase. But many people wear overly loaded backpacks slung over one shoulder, which can pose problems with posture and lead to back issues.


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In addition to the physical strain backpacks can cause, they can be a danger in other ways. Many people fail to recognize how much space a backpack can take up. Entering the tight quarters of a school bus or commuting on a train or bus means a bulky backpack can knock into other people. If that backpack is full of heavy, cumbersome books — or even a laptop computer — an inadvertent bump by the pack can cause injuries. Also, backpacks taken off and placed in bus aisles can be a trip hazard. Students can also be injured if a heavy pack falls on them. Children tucking backpacks into lockers or classroom cubbies may find that they slide out and hit another classmate.

Backpacks change the way individuals walk. Because the student is carrying around extra weight, they may lose balance or trip and fall, especially when going down steps. To avoid these secondary hazards from backpacks, consider these tips: Don’t overload a backpack. Carry only what is necessary. If too many books are the issue, parents should talk to school administrators and teachers to reach a happy medium regarding textbook usage. Safely store it on a lap or under the bus seat. Be sure that straps –– or the pack itself –– are not extending into the aisle. Know how much space the bag takes up when worn. Be conscious of others

when turning around or entering a confined space. Take care on stairs. To help avoid slips and falls, hold on to stair rails and do not run while wearing a heavy backpack. Choose a lightweight bag. Canvas backpacks are generally lighter in weight than leather backpacks. Do not add extra weight unnecessarily. Avoid rolling backpacks. These can actually be difficult to roll, and some schools ban this style bag because it is a trip hazard. They also make an awful lot of noise on the sidewalk. .com


Get School Supplied, One 99 Cents Creation at a Time

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General manager Mamadou Diaman in front of the back-to-school display.

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC If 99 Cents Creation — Chelsea’s longtime neighborhood discount store — were to be compared to a TV show, it would have to be “Cheers.” But instead of libations and Sam Malone, there is general manager Mamadou Diaman running a wellstocked store that sells almost every sundry under the sun. Diaman greets his regular customers by name, and they’re accustomed to him knowing off the top of his head, say, the price of a composition notebook (99 cents) — a good skill to have, given the recent uptick in stock designed to serve the needs of returning students. Prices for backto-school necessities are low, with three folders for 99 cents, and $1.29 for items including a 24-pack of cray-

ons, packs of 10 pens, and three-subject notebooks. “We are the only 99 cent store serving Chelsea for over 20 years,” Diaman told Chelsea Now last week, while working at the store’s 149 W. 24th St. (btw. Sixth & Seventh Aves.) location. Diaman, who has managed 99 Cents Creation for 11 years, attributed the store’s longevity to its having “built a relationship with our customers. It’s a great neighborhood.” During several hot summer afternoons when Chelsea Now visited, fans blew generously while Diaman and his staff took care of customers who come to the store for its prices and variety. Every inch of the high-ceiling store is packed, 99 CENTS continued on p. 12

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with the walls and shelves offering everything from peanuts to laundry detergent to birthday supplies to honey to pain relief medicine to fanny packs to ties. “The selection for a 99 cent store is remarkable,” said Miriam Fettman, a Penn South resident who has been

coming to the store for 16 years. “You don’t expect to find choice like that. It’s nifty.” Fettman pointed to the wall that held a myriad of toys, and said she has bought at least three pairs of slippers from the store. “They just have what you need,” said Michael Hirschkorn, another longtime customer who has lived in


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Penn South resident Miriam Fettman has been a regular 99 Cents Creation customer for 16 years.

Chelsea for 38 years. “It’s one-stop shopping.” Hirschkorn, who had a big bag of purchases in one hand and his brown-haired dog Snickers’ leash in the other, told Chelsea Now he came to 99 Cents Creation all the time, and that the people who work at the store are very nice and know the regulars. Danish Cheema has only worked in the store for a few months, but likes the fact that “it’s a friendly environment.” His co-worker, Bilkis Rahman, agreed, saying she likes the customers, many of whom are regulars. Rahman has worked at the store for over four years, and said it is fun to talk to the many tourists who come in the shop, often for electronics like chargers or headphones. Diaman started working at 99 Cents Creation in 2005 at the store’s first location, on W. 23rd St., btw. Seventh and Eighth Aves. Due to a substantial rent hike, they lost their lease, and the store moved to its cur-

rent spot in 2013. Hirschkorn, a longtime customer, said he was “lost when they moved” until he started coming to the store on W. 24th St. There have been challenges at this location. There is less foot traffic, said Diaman, who noted that, even three years on, there are still some customers who aren’t aware the store has relocated within the neighborhood. “It’s just a block away, but it’s a big block,” he said. “On 23rd it [was] totally different. This [block] is quieter. So when we came here we had to work harder to build the customer relationship.” Asfar Khan, who has owned 99 Cents Creation since 2000, told Chelsea Now by phone that where the store is now — mid-block on a oneway street — has had a big impact on his business. “I’m just struggling there,” Khan said. “I’m fighting. We really don’t know what [we’ll] do. We do not know why we don’t have the business.” Khan said there is nowhere in the neighborhood where you can get the same prices and selection. Diaman, who used to live in Chelsea but now lives in the Bronx, said that business goes up and down, but has been helped by regular customers, who’ve put flyers in their buildings to spread the word. Also, sometimes when people go between Whole Foods and Fairway to compare prices, they discover the store again. “ ‘Wait, Diaman, you are here?’ ” he said people ask him. Nonetheless, Diaman vowed that 99 Cents Creation will continue to work hard to serve its regular customers, and find new ones. “We have more deals than other stores in Chelsea. Period,” he said.






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department, said the field basically involves reading the images — so Northwell’s extensive roster of experts will be able to examine these whether they are at LHGV or another facility via the Internet. “All of the radiologists at Lenox Hill Hospital can read the images seamlessly,” he noted. “We have a team of more than 170 radiologists.” Northwell Health is the nation’s 14th largest healthcare system, and the group’s officials say that deep pool of expertise is a major asset for the Greenwich Village health hub. The imaging center is open seven days a week to 10pm, offering convenient nighttime and weekend hours. In the slightly more than a year it has been open, the stand-alone Village ED, as of Aug. 2, had seen 33,623 patients. It’s on track this coming year, to see 36,000, said Alex Hellinger, the community healthcare center’s director. Northwell Health has also opened three local urgent-care centers — on Eighth St., as well as in Gramercy and Chelsea. “Our goal was to provide a comprehensive medical network in Greenwich

Village,” he explained, speaking after the ribbon-cutting. Asked how he thought the planned Beth Israel Hospital relocation and downsizing would affect the new W. 12th St. ED, Hellinger said, “It’s really too early to tell — but we’ll be ready. We were built to have the capacity. Their model is going to be very similar to ours.” More than 90% of the Village ED’s patients are treated and released. About 7% are transferred to full-service hospitals for higher-level care. Hellinger noted that, among other things, the free-standing ED differs from urgent-care centers since they “accept ambulances and are 911-receiving.” “We’ve gotten gunshot wounds, head trauma, people who have jumped off buildings,” he said. “Last night, a young guy came in in cardiac arrest — his heart wasn’t beating. We revived him.” On another note, the director said he was surprised by how many drug-overdose cases they’ve been getting. “There’s a lot of drugs down here,” he said. “We get K2 a lot — it seems to be one of the drugs of choice of the neighborhood. I didn’t expect to see that around here.”











The Deutsche Bank Building Fire Conspiracy On Aug. 18, 2007, one of the worst fires in New York City’s history rapidly consumed the Deutsche Bank building — a stone’s throw from what was the World Trade Center. The out-of-control raging inferno quickly escalated to a seven-alarm fire killing two firefighters, and injuring 105. One of the firefighters killed during the horrific fire was author Graffagnino’s son, Joey. Graffagnino refused to believe what decision makers were telling the public – that the fire was an accident.

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sometimes extract the precious metals and either burn or dump the rest of the materials. “There are children in Africa burning motherboards to get the gold out of them,” said Daniel McGowan, who has been dropping off his electronics with the LESEC since they started collecting e-waste in 2003. “People don’t realize how harmful this stuff can be and think they can just throw it out on the curb.” Which is why the LESEC partners with “responsible recyclers,” Sims Recycling Solutions and Hugo Neu Recycling, to ensure the devices are disposed safely. “All the toxic chemicals have to be contained while the devices are broken apart,” said Gonzalez. “Then, the rest of the materials can be recycled.” However, a small portion (less than 1%) of electronics received by the LESEC end up in the Gowanus warehouse’s ReUse Store, where they are sold

or rented out. A savvy shopper might swing by the warehouse to pick up a cheap boom box, computer monitor, or cell phone charger. Sometimes, production studios seeking to recreate a certain era will pick up old personal computers, like the first Macs, or cathode-ray-tube televisions to use in a film shoot. Other items find even more exotic uses. “Someone used the keys from a computer keyboard to make scales for their Mermaid Parade costume,” said Terry Sta. Maria, the LESEC’s ReUse Project Manager. The revenue from the ReUse store makes up about 15% of the LESEC’s operating budget, while another 20% comes from the scrap value of the recycled devices, said Sta. Maria. The rest of the not-for-profit’s funding comes from grants, foundations, and private donors. The organization’s e-waste recycling program lost one of its longest-standing supporters this month when Tekserve, one of the earliest Apple repair shops in

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Cables and other gadgets stored in a box at the LESEC’s e-waste collection event.

New York City, closed their retail location. Tekserve began partnering with the LESEC in 2003 to host e-waste recycling events outside their store on W. 23rd St., between Sixth and Seventh Aves., and helped grow the fledgling program. “It’s quite sad,” Sta. Maria said of Tekserve’s closing. “They were big supporters of our program.” Tekserve’s shuttered storefront also leaves neighbors without a regular location for e-waste collection events. “We actually kept trying to go to

Tekserve, but we always missed the dates,” Estrada said after handing over his old devices outside Harborview Terrace. “Hopefully they keep doing these events in the area.” Sta. Maria said the LESEC plans to maintain its presence in the neighborhood. He said residents should keep an eye on the e-waste collection events calendar located on the organization’s website (lesecologycenter.org) to see if drop-off opportunities are planned in their communities.

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The Ship Never Sails on Lilac’s Living History Pier 25’s lighthouse tender has gangplank, galley, gallery

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BY TRAV S.D. New Yorkers pride themselves on their cosmopolitanism. There are a finite number of museums in this town; the notion of having “done them all” can be a tempting one. But I’ll lay dollars to donuts you’ve not been to the Lilac, where the exhibition “Adam Payne: Full Steam Ahead” is hanging through the end of September. Open since 2011, the Lilac is one of New York’s newer and lesser-known museums. Its relatively low profile among the cognoscenti might have something to do with the fact that she is a US Coast Guard Cutter, moored at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 near North Moore Street. For almost four decades (19331972), the Lilac served as a lighthouse tender along the Delaware River. Following her decommissioning, she served successive periods as a training vessel and the offices for a waterfront scrap business before being towed to New York and then acquired by the Lilac Preservation Project in 2004. The last steam-powered lighthouse tender in America, the Lilac is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is eligible to become a National Historic Landmark. The Lilac is open free of charge to the public for self-guided tours between May and October. As a tourism experience, the Lilac is best suited for hardier visitors. It is a bit of an obstacle course, with a gangplank, uneven, shifting surfaces, and ladders to be negotiated. And the vessel is in the process of being restored. It is a rough and raw environment. But access to virtually all parts of this interesting ship is ample reward for the curious. Children and nautical buffs will especially appreciate the opportunity to stand at the ship’s wheel on the bridge, to make their way along the decks, and take in the engine room, galley, wardroom and cabins. A permanent exhibition tells the story of the ship’s history through historic photos and descriptive wall text. Unlike most historic ship museums, the Lilac also doubles as an art gallery — a savvy innovation given its proximity to Tribeca and Chelsea. All of the exhibitions have some maritime connection. Recent exhibitions have included a collection of paintings by Rachel Lussier, and a photography show called “Defending New York Harbor.” The current exhibition, “Adam Payne: Full Steam Ahead,” opened on Aug. 10. Payne is a conceptual artist whose work often consists of found objects (or “products”), which he reconceptualizes for the gallery space. “Full Steam Ahead” is LILAC continued on p. 17 .com

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described as “an exhibit of maritime art in mixed media” and consists of objects and documents with nautical associations, altered to bring out new meanings. The pieces are installed throughout the ship. Seeking them out carries with it something of the fun of a scavenger hunt, even when the significance of the art is quite serious. Most of the exhibition consists of a series of life vests and life preservers stenciled with the names of explorers and given thought provoking names, like “Nice Face,” “Milquetoast,” or “To Help Give Up The Ship.” The most ambitious of these (in scale) is an entire life raft hanging in the engine room, accompanied by a sound installation. In an ordinary art gallery, these works would inevitably evoke ships, sailing, and the sea. In the Lilac, the poignancy and drama are foregrounded. We are in a vulnerable place; these objects represent lives, both lost and saved. Other interesting pieces include a series of nautical maps with signal flag designs hand drawn over the top in colored pencil. The provocative title of one of these is “Hi Ho The Derry O The Cheese Stands Alone” (the song lyrics are spelled out in the work in the code of the maps). The result is a sort of bi-level semiotics. What does it mean as a message? And what does that message mean when presented as art? The fact that the lyric is nonsense, if anything, reinforces the question. But don’t think about it too hard! As I say, this is one gallery where you want to watch where you put your feet. Says Payne, “Showing on the Lilac is a unique opportunity to interact with some of the history that has inspired these works. The Lilac’s work, servicing buoys and as a lighthouse tender, ensured lines of communication. Now the Lilac is used to help communicate with the past. Showing these works on this ship is a way to better understand nautical history and the individuals who made it.” Admission to the Lilac is free. “Adam Payne: Full Steam Ahead” is on view through Sept. 29. Hours: Thurs., 4–7pm; Sat. & Sun., 2–7pm. At Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 (at N. Moore & West Sts.). Visit lilacpreservationproject.org. .com

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In the main gallery space, Adam Payne’s drawing “Hi Ho The Derry O The Cheese Stands Alone” and the life jacket “To Help Give Up The Ship.”

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includes appearances by Larry Kramer, Brad Gooch, Linda Troeller, Craig Lucas, Paul Taylor, and other artists and former residents. Jessica Robinson and her production team are hoping for a December release. “It’s so easy to lose contact with the past because time keeps marching on,” she said. Looking back at the city’s iconic history from the ’70s to the ’90s, it astounds me to remember that it was a slower, darker world with all this amaz-

ing creative energy gurgling under the surface. It was a rich and creative stew, a wonderful piece of madness. Gerald Busby is a genuinely witty and idiosyncratic character whose life parallels an iconic era and that’s what makes this film so unique.”

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The Fog of Desire A gay Korean American discovers his sexuality at ‘Night’

BY GARY M. KRAMER “Spa Night” is a complex, quietly powerful drama about ethnicity and gay identity, written and directed by Andrew Ahn. David (Joe Seo) is a shy, closeted young man who lives in LA’s Koreatown with his father Jin (Youn Ho Cho), and his mother Soyoung (Haerry Kim). When Jin loses the family restaurant, David secretly takes a job at a Korean spa. The experience transforms him. He witnesses naked male guests engaging sexually with each other and slowly embraces his own sexuality. In the process, he becomes more independent of his family. Ahn’s film is a minor masterpiece that benefits immensely from Seo’s extraordinary performance. He conveys David’s shame, his pent-up desires, and the emotions they unleash with just the slightest expression and body language. Ahn and Seo spoke with our sister publication, Gay City News, about their hot film.

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Joe Seo in Andrew Ahn’s “Spa Night.”

GARY M. KRAMER: Andrew, What prompted you to tell this story? How much of it reflects your upbringing? ANDREW AHN: Emotionally, David aligns with who I am and my coming of age. My Korean and gay identities were separate when I was growing up, but when I heard of a friend hooking up at a Korean spa, I knew this location would be a great location for setting a film that talked about a gay Korean’s identity.

his parents love him so much. Because he wants to preserve that relationship, his sexuality is scary. This fear that he is not going to give his parents what they expect and want. For me, it was that the parents love him and he loves them. JS: In Asian families, no matter how old you are, you don’t talk back to your parents. You can’t tell Dad that he is messing up. You can’t say that without being hit. It’s taboo.

GMK: Joe, How did you identify with the character of David? JOE SEO: It was a difficult character because he is more reserved than I am. His fight is internal. I related to it as an immigrant story that parallels with mine. Your parents expect and want things for their kids, and the kids can’t cope with what their parents want and how the [kids] want to live in America. My parents want me to “stop the acting nonsense and go into medicine.” This struggle transcends Asian American-ness. It goes to every immigrant American family.

GMK: Andrew, Can you talk about creating the hothouse atmosphere in the film, and what or how much you wanted to show? There is casual nudity, but the gay sex scenes are more sensual than explicit. AA: I was talking to my cinematographer, Ki Jin Kim, about this. When we wanted the Korean spa to be a cultural space, we would see a lot of nudity, in a very matter of fact way. As the film got more sexual, we would see less and less and less, and more of a subjective point of view: parts of bodies, looks, or see things through steam. We wanted to suggest a lot, and I think that that helped in many ways. Sex scenes are difficult to direct and for actors to be in. To break it up made it easier. It allowed us to craft these moments and play with the pacing and make sure the erotic moments could stretch the time,

GMK: What observations do you have about Korean parents and their expectations for their children? AA: As I developed the screenplay, David’s dilemma becomes harder because .com

so it stands still. As for the space itself, we were gunning for the location, which had this fantastical quality — the blue neon is very evocative. Many of the spas in Koreatown are beige. They are calming, relaxed spaces, and this one felt electric. GMK: Joe, your poker face and body language are very expressive. Can you talk about how you approached playing the character in this other, physical sense? JS: That’s all Andrew. He would tell me — “That’s not David.” The character couldn’t get angry. Andrew led me the right way to keep it internal and made me remember why David is here at that moment and why he wouldn’t be this way or that way. He made sure that I was playing David’s developing. AA: I wanted David to be a real person, and I feel that means having sexual desires and urges and being a son and wanting to do right by your parents. I love the juxtaposition that he’s having dinner with his family in one scene and then being cruised in the spa in the next. We have different sides and are one way in one space and another in another space. GMK: Andrew, what can you say about the issue of homosexuality in Asian culture in general and Korean culture in particular?

AA: I think actually, homosexuality is becoming more accepted in Korean culture. It’s more progressive in Korea than in the Korean-American community in LA, which hasn’t progressed much. It’s changing, and I’m excited that “Spa Night” can help that dialogue. When I looked for other gay Korean people growing up, I could only think of Margaret Cho. It took time for me to realize and find a queer Korean-American community. GMK: What can you say about your experiences in spas? AA: When I heard about the gay cruising from my friend, I had to see it for myself. It really does happen in a blatant way that is shocking. I had to prove it to people while I was trying to make this film. It’s a really insane kind of environment, and what makes it crazier it can be very erotic and the next minute can be Korean cultural. The space continually changes and morphs and that fascinates me. JS: I did not go to Korean spas in Los Angeles until I made this movie. I hate hot rooms and humidity! Runtime: 97 minutes. Directed by Andrew Ahn. At Metrograph (7 Ludlow St., btw. Canal & Hester Sts.). Visit metrograph. com or call 212-660-0312 for more info. August 25 - 31 , 2016


Buhmann on Art

‘The Waiting Room’ at the New Museum BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN For years, Simone Leigh has explored black subjectives, particularly those of women, to create object-based, sculptural explorations that are often informed by ancient African and African-American object-making. More recently, she has focused on how institutionalized control and indifference can lead to radical forms of self-care and social care. In 2014, for example, she created a socially engaged work in cooperation with Creative Time, which provided free treatments and workshops over the course of four weekends in the former Brooklyn home of Dr. Josephine English, the first black OB/ GYN in the state of New York. Leigh’s current installation and residency at the New Museum continues this theme. In “The Waiting Room,” Leigh ponders whether creating a space for wellness may in fact require an act of disobedience. The work was inspired by a variety of care environments, such as medicine markets in Durban, South Africa, as well as meditation rooms. Manifesting as a sanctuary for wellness and happiness, it involves a variety of public and private workshops, healing treatments, and “care sessions.” For these, Leigh has involved various professionals in the field of holistic health, and a private, “underground” series of intimate, in-depth workshops and classes for community partners offered at the Museum after hours. Additionally, a series of talks, performances, and events conceptualized as medicinal dialogues on aging, disobedience, abortion, healing performances, and toxicity complement the project. As “The Waiting Room” makes treatments for bodily and spiritual health easily accessible to all, the notion of holistic care as a mere luxury good diminishes. Conscious of the larger historical context, Leigh’s installation evokes other examples from the past when social inequality necessitated community-organized care. The United Order of Tents, a secret society of nurses that has been active since the time of the Underground Railroad, and the volunteers in the Black Panther Party’s police-embattled clinics that were active from the 1960s to the 1980s, serve as a source of inspiration.


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Courtesy the artist

Simone Leigh: “Landscape” (digital collage, 2016, from the series “Anatomy of Architecture”).

Courtesy New Museum, New York Courtesy New Museum, New York

From the care session “Herbs for Energy and Pleasure with Karen Rose.”

From the care session “Afrocentering with Aimee Meredith Cox.”

“Simone Leigh: The Waiting Room” is on view through Sept. 18 at the New Museum (235 Bowery btw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.). Upcoming public programs include “Black Women Artists

for Black Lives Matter” on Thurs., Sept. 1, 4:30–8:30pm and “Vanessa Agard-Jones: On Toxicity” on Sat., Sept. 10, 3pm. Museum hours: Wed– Sun, 11am–6pm, Thurs, 11am–9pm.

Admission: $16 ($14 seniors, $10 students, free for ages 18 and under, pay as you wish every Thurs. from 7–9pm). For more info, call 212-219-1222 or visit newmuseum.org. .com

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