Page 1


BUY more, SAVE more! All Whirlpool, Maytag & KitchenAid Appliances*



500 OFF









300 OFF




200 OFF



100 OFF


50 OFF






just a few of the thousands of items on sale storewide rewide A 24.4 CU. FT. STAINLESS STEEL SIDE BY SIDE REFRIGERATOR • LED Lighting • Slide Out, Spill Guard Shelves -WRS325FDAM

23% OFF SAVE $300



-WTW5000DW $599.97

C. CABRIO 7.0 CU. FT. ELECTRIC DRYER • 5 Wash Cycles, 5 Options -WDF520PADM

-WED5000DW $599.97


WAS $1199.94 PCR INSTANT SAVINGS -$300.00




28% OFF SAVE $140

WAS $499.98 PCR INSTANT SAVINGS -$140.00

E 5.0 CU. FT. SELF CLEAN GAS RANGE • 4 Sealed Burners -WFG515SOES

28% OFF SAVE $210





WAS $749.98 PCR INSTANT SAVINGS -$210.00


1.7 CU. FT. OVER-THE-RANGE MICROWAVE • 1000 Watts Cooking Power -WMH31017AS

27% OFF SAVE $71








25% OFF* WAS $1299.97 PCR INSTANT SAVINGS -$300.00







VOLUME 08, ISSUE 35 | SEPTEMBER 01 - 07, 2016

Mattress stores come and go...

but rest SAVE UP TO


assured, we’re





With The Purchase Of Any Sealy Posturepedi

Ultra Firm, Firm, Plush, or Plush


-513465-51Q -513466-51Q -5


Other Sizes


44% OFF





SAVE $550 WAS $1249





On Qualifying Mattress Purchases.

VALID 9/2/16 - 9/10/16


†Discounts deducted from P.C. Richard & Son New Low Price offers, cannot be combined with any other P.C. Richard & Son promotion. Percent discounts, shall not apply to and exclude: Computers, Monitors, Printers, Tablets, eReaders, Prepaid Cards, Video Game Consoles, Apple, Designer A & Son you should see a lower advertised price from any “Brick and Mortar” or “Authorized Online” retailer, we will gladly mail you a check for 100% of the difference. Only retailers that are designated by the manufacturer as authorized shall be considered to qualify within this policy. Our Low Price Guara Intel logo, Intel Inside, Intel Inside logo, Intel Centrino, Intel Centrino logo, Celeron, Intel Xeon, Intel SpeedStep, Itanium, and Pentium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. Not responsible for photographic or typographical e © 2016 P.C. RICHARD & SON


September 01 - 07, 2016



Town of Gander’s 9/11 Goodwill Not Forgotten

Courtesy Town of Gander

Planes on the runway of Gander’s airport, Sept. 11, 2001.

BY ALEX ELLEFSON They called them the “plane people.” W hen air travel over the United States was suspended immediately after the September 11, 2001 attacks, passengers on international f lights from Europe were rerouted to Gander, Newfoundland. T he remote Canadian town, home to about 10,000 residents, sprang into action when 38 planes unexpectedly dropped almost 7,000 people at their doorstep. In honor of their good deed, STARS continued on p. 3


Political satirist Max Burbank puts both possible presidents under the microscope, and is generally appalled by what he sees. See page 6.

Photo by Malcolm Pinckney, courtesy NYC Parks

It’s game on for members of the St. Albans Handball Association (sahany.org), after the Aug. 23 ribbon-cutting for Chelsea Park’s refurbished courts.

NEW-COURT PRESS Handball is Back in Play at Chelsea Park BY ALEX ELLEFSON The sound of rubber balls popping over pavement returned to Chelsea Park’s handball courts last week after the Parks Department wrapped up an almost two-monthlong renovation of the recreation space. Longtime Chelsea resident Angel Perez was on a court Sunday, batting around a green rubber ball while he played a few matches with friends. “They look amazing,” he said of the rejuvenated courts. “The walls used to be uneven and had a lot of holes. It was really frustrating because you might lose a game or two


when the ball bounced off a crack and went in the wrong direction.” The courts reopened Tues., Aug. 23, following a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by elected officials, community leaders and Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver. Representatives from the Fairway Community Foundation, whose $127,000 donation paid for the renovation of the handball courts at Chelsea Park (Ninth to 10th Ave., btw. W. 27th & W. 28th Sts.) and Brooklyn’s Coffey HANDBALL continued on p. 5 VOLUME 08, ISSUE 35 | SEPTEMBER 01 - 07, 2016

Pier55 Pile Work Progresses as Opposing Parties Press On BY LINCOLN ANDERSON Pier55 Inc. and the Hudson River Park Trust really want to pound home the message — they have finished pounding in the first nine piles that will support Pier55, the dazzling “arts island” planned for Hudson River Park, off of W. 13th St. “We’re thrilled to be taking the first steps in what will become a transformative public park for the community,” said Celine Armstrong, project manager for Pier55 Inc., in a statement released Wed., Aug. 24. “We look forward to continuing construction this fall and making Pier55 a reality for all New Yorkers.” However, the nine piles — which are intended to hold up a small wedgeshaped platform along the Hudson River shoreline — are just a fraction of the total of 547 piles that would have to be driven into the Hudson riverbed in order to support the full project. The ambitious project — which will rise up to a height of six stories at one point — currently faces a stubborn legal challenge. Earlier this summer, an Appellate Division judicial panel enforced an injunction against the


September 01 - 07, 2016

project, but then partially lifted it to allow only the pounding of the small number of piles. Had these nine piles not been installed this summer, it actually would have set the project back a full year, due to restrictions on pounding piles in the river from October to March. The complaint, by the City Club of New York, will be heard in court on Tues, Sept. 6. The Pier55 project, announced in November 2014, is a partnership between the Trust and Pier55 Inc., a nonprofit organization established by Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg’s Diller–von Furstenberg Family Foundation. The local power pair have pledged to fund $113 million of the $130 project. Plans for Pier55 call for 2.7 acres of undulating, landscaped new public park and performance space, which will be linked to the shoreline Hudson River Park by two pedestrian bridges. Under a lease, the nonprofit Pier55 Inc., or P55, to be chaired by Diller, would fund the new pier’s programming, operations and day-to-day maintenance for 20 years, with an option

Image courtesy Pier55, Inc./Heatherwick Studio

A design rendering showing the proposed Pier55 project, which will overlap the old pile fields of Piers 54 and 56.

to extend this another 10 years, bringing Diller and von Furstenberg’s total commitment to hundreds of millions of dollars. The Trust and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation have agreed that 51% of the performance events on the pier would be completely free and 49% could charge market-rate admission. In addition to featuring arts and educational programming, the plan is for Pier55 to foster partnerships with schools and provide opportunities for emerging local talent. The project is slated to be completed in 2019. In July, Tom Fox, one of the plaintiffs in the City Club case, told our sister publication, The Villager, that pounding the nine piles before the lawsuit is resolved was a “risky act.” “If they lose, they have to pull them,” he said of the nine preliminary piles. “This is another risky act by the Trust and another potential waste of scarce resources.” Speaking on Tues., Aug. 30, Fox said

Courtesy Hudson River Park Trust

Construction workers recently installing nine piles for Pier55, a small fraction of the 547 needed for the full project.

that, in preparation, for the court date, their lead attorney, Richard Emery, and the rest of their legal team would present their arguments on Thurs., Sept. 1, in a PIER55 continued on p. 10


Hells Kitchen Kids’ Gestures of Gratitude Bound for Canadian Town

Here for you with access to doctors, specialists, and hospitals close to home

AP/The Canadian Press photo by Scott Cook

In this Sept. 13, 2001 photo, stranded passengers take turns on computers at Gander Academy, an elementary school in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada to communicate with their families. STARS continued from p. 1

children attending summer camp at the Hartley House, located on W. 46th St. in Hell’s Kitchen, painted wooden stars with expressions of gratitude for the people of Gander. The stars will be presented to the town by a group of 12 New Yorkers — made up of members from the 9/11 community, including docents from the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, and volunteers from the 9/11 Tribute Center — on the 15th anniversary of the attacks. “We felt like we had to go to Gander to thank them from the bottom of our hearts,” said Paul Vasquez, one of the docents organizing the trip. “On a day as sad and tragic as 9/11, the people there did something positive and showed love is stronger than hate.” Vasquez reached out to his city councilmember, Corey Johnson, to help find students to paint Stars of HOPE — wooden stars meant to be decorated with hopeful messages and displayed in areas impacted by disasters. The councilmember connected the group with the Hartley House. Johnson went with Vasquez and fellow docent Maria Jaffe on Thurs., Aug. 25, to collect the stars .com

from the kids and speak with them about the sacrifice and kindness shown by the people of Gander. “By designing and sending these beautifully decorated stars, the kids of Hartley House are showing our City’s deep and everlasting gratitude, and demonstrating that the memory of Gander’s service lives on through the generations,” Johnson said in a statement. Jaffe explained the idea to make a pilgrimage to Gander first took root this summer when a woman organizing Canada’s National Day of Service in Gander visited the museum. “Ironically, she came to the museum two weeks after a colleague was describing a book about what happened in Gander called ‘The Day the World Came to Town,’” Jaffe said. “I think the story just reinforced that feeling [that] people are inherently good. They rose to the occasion during a time of great need.” The woman who met Jaffe at the museum is Maureen Basnicki, whose husband was at a business meeting on the 106th floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower when it was struck by one of the planes. After her husband perished

• Discover programs and services that treat you like a person, not a number • Find a quality health insurance plan that fits your needs and your budget • Enjoy plan benefits such as adult dental and adult vision coverage, free annual screenings, and children’s vaccinations When it’s time to think about getting a quality health insurance plan, think of us first. Healthfirst.

Call 1-855-779-1020 or visit HFisHere.org

Ratings are based on indicators chosen by the New York State Department of Health and published in its 2014 and 2015 publication A Consumer’s Guide to Medicaid Managed Care in NYC and on Long Island. Plans are offered by affiliates of Healthfirst, Inc. Plans contain exclusions and limitations. ©2016 HF Management Services, LLC. INA16_85(b)

STARS continued on p. 8 September 01 - 07, 2016


Soup Kitchen Writers’ Workshop Serves ‘Food for the Soul’ BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC Many writers have one thing in common: they excel at procrastination. But a writing workshop in Chelsea has been keeping writers on track for 22 years — instructing and inspiring those who hunger to express themselves through the written word. “With a group it imposes a sense of discipline,” Bern Nix told Chelsea Now on Thurs., Aug. 25, before the start of the annual public reading of the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen Writers’ Workshop. Nix, a musician who plays guitar, has performed countless times, but this would be the first time he would read his written work — creative nonfiction and prose poems — before an audience. He joined the workshop this past winter after seeing a poster plastered on a newspaper box. “I’m at the point in my life, I want to develop my craft,” said Nix, who has lived in Chelsea since the 1970s. “[The workshop] is a good thing. It’s like playing an instrument. You have to do it every day.” Nix hadn’t decided yet what he was

going to read, but ultimately settled on “Mockery 2,” “Victrola,” and “The Discreet Banquet of the Comfortable Class.” Started in 1994 by Ian Frazier, a New Yorker writer and author, the workshop has had over 300 participants throughout its years. Hannah Albee, one of the workshop’s three instructors, kicked off the night’s reading at Holy Apostles Church (296 Ninth Ave., at W. 28th St.). She noted that the reading was taking place, fittingly, where just a few hours earlier around 1,000 meals were served. Since 1982, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen has fed many without any proof of need, said Albee, who is also the communications manager for the soup kitchen. “Like our meals offered to anyone who comes to our door, the writer’s workshop has evolved over the years to be a place for anyone who is hungry for ‘Food for the Soul,’ ”Albee said, referencing the name of the workshop’s blog (holyapostlessoupkitchen. wordpress.com). There are two 12-week sessions,

one in the fall and one in the winter/spring, with the writers meeting once a week for two hours, Albee explained. On that Thursday evening, in the white high-ceiling vaulted room, writers shared pieces they had created or shaped during the workshops — offering a lyrical feast for listeners’ ears. Poet Michael La Bombarda took the podium first — the front of which was festooned with a spray of flowers. His “Short Poem” compared poetry to football. “Every time I come to the end of the line/As if I were a running back/And each line that I write/Is a touchdown in the end zone./Stop. Dance. Flip the poem to the stands.” La Bombarda has been participating in the workshop for two years. “It helps me to get out of myself,” said La Bombarda, who was born in Chelsea but now lives in Murray Hill. “I’m glad they make it available to people for most of the year — it’s a great thing.” Next up was Stephanie Lawal, who read her poem “Dessert,” where “Physiology has created a/Hard on the outside/Soft on the inside/Candy/ Tart yet gooey.” Lawal, who lives in Long Island, explained later to Chelsea Now that “pretty much everything I write has a personal aspect to it.” She has been attending the workshop on and off for about four years and keeps coming back because of the instructors — Albee, Yvonne Cassidy and Brooke Wiese — and the people who take part in the program. “They all have a different way of coming at the writing and inspiring us,” she said. “And the group itself — everyone’s experiences are so different.” Lawal has always been a writer, but the workshop “gave me the impetus to start writing after a long hiatus.” Llima Berkley is new to the workshop and, for the first time, she read her poem “Captive” for an audience. Berkley, who is homeless and lives at a shelter in Queens, says the workshop has been helpful and is building her confidence in her writing. “You know [when you’re] by the water, you tend to stay at the edges, and look at the deeper part, and say ‘I don’t know about that,’ ” she explained. “This kind of environment WRITERS continued on p. 11


September 01 - 07, 2016

Photos by Dusica Sue Malesevic

Hannah Albee, one of the workshop’s instructor, kicked off the reading.

Longtime Chelsea resident Bern Nix read a prose poem.

Tanya Jones, who lives in Chelsea, read “Grandchild” and “The Venus Fly Trap.”

Annie Quintano, who has been a part of the workshop for eight years, read her flash fiction titled “Dolores’ Bowl.” .com

City Spruces Up Chelsea Park Handball Courts

Photos by Alex Ellefson

Ricardo Boicet leaps for a ball at Chelsea Park’s newly renovated handball courts.

HANDBALL continued from p. 1

Park, also attended the opening. “Handball is deeply ingrained in the New York City park experience, offering a unique and fun way to exercise and play,” said Silver. “And thanks to the renovations funded by Fairway Community Foundation, the courts at

Dodgeball teammates Louis Velez, left, and Alfred Kwon share some laughs on the courts.

Coffey and Chelsea Parks received a night,” said Perez. “Kids were posing needed facelift.” in front of the walls to take pictures. The city stripped, patched, painted, There was a game in every court [all and re-striped the courts, also relining six], and you had at least four groups the pavement and repairing a section of people waiting to play. I’ve never of handball mesh. seen it so crowded.” Perez said the spruced up courtsT:8.75” Community Board 4 Chair Delores brought a new energy to the area. Rubin explained other improvements “You should have seen it Saturday had been made over the last decade

to Chelsea Park, which also includes baseball diamonds, basketball courts and playground equipment. However, the handball courts continued to deteriorate because funding to repair them was always out of reach. “It’s great that a private organiHANDBALL continued on p. 13

DISCOVER REAL POSSIBILITIES ACROSS THE FIVE BOROUGHS. We’re right beside you helping you get the most out of life. It’s why we’re working hard to help you plan for your future. Come to one of our free AARP MoneySmarts nancial health workshops. You’ll get unbiased information to help you achieve your nancial goals. Or if you’re wondering what’s next for you, join us for a free Life Reimagined seminar where we’ll give you tools and advice to help you navigate life transitions and achieve your dreams. Hey, if you don’t think “this is right for me” when you think AARP, then you don’t know “aarp.” Get to know us by calling 866-227-7442 or visit aarp.org/nyc


Real Possibilities is a trademark of AARP.



September 01 - 07, 2016


Stump Speech: Election 2016

Rubbernecking the Election

AP Photo by Jae C. Hong

Pop quiz: Who’s got two thumbs and little else in his favor?

BY MAX BURBANK It’s hard to underestimate the importance of that period between the end of the conventions and the first presidential debate. One candidate seems to have managed. Here’s a hint: He looks like a Jack O’Lantern in a toupee. We should be witnessing a contest between competing visions for America’s future — but

we’re not, and it’s time to stop blaming the media. There are some things you can’t look away from, even when you know you should. It’s why car accidents cause a traffic jam in the opposite lane, why your local news leads with who got shot and what burned down, why Ryan Murphy gets a second season of… well, any of his shows.

Celebrating Canonization of Mother Teresa SEPTEMBER 4, 2016 • BATTERY PARK, NEW YORK CITY

By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. AS TO MY HEART, I BELONG ENTIRELY TO THE HEART OF JESUS.

Be a part of this Historical event. Join us for a day of family filled activities including Dancing, Music, Games, Food, Giveaways, and much more! 4:00 am – 6:00am Simulcast of Mother Teresa Canonization Mass by Pope Francis, held in the Vatican (4:00am NY time) 12:00 noon – 8:00pm Event Program • 1:00pm Unveiling of the Statue of Mother Teresa For additional information, contact: AssemblymanGjonajEvents@gmail.com Call 718.409.0109 or visit www.MotherTeresaCanonizationNY.org

Hosted by: Our Lady of Shkodra Church • St. Lucy's Parish - Bronx • St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church Albanian American Islamic Center of NY & NJ • Albanian American Islamic Center of Queens Albanian Islamic Cultural Center of Staten Island NYS Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj Pan-Albanian Federation of America VATRA (THE HEARTH) est. 1912 • Albanian American Association Ana e Malit Albanian American Community Association • Albanian American Educators Association • Albanian American Open Hand Association Albanian American Puka Community Association • Association Malësia e Madhe NY • Atlantic Association Dibra Community organization • Dom Simon Filipaj Foundation • Folkloric Ensemble Bashkimi Kombëtar Kraja Patriotic Association • lukaj foundation • Plavë-Guci Foundation • Rugova Association sponsored by: benjamin maintenance


September 01 - 07, 2016

Imagine a candidate, who instead of establishing a campaign headquarters, opted to build a fireworks warehouse inside a sewage treatment plant, mopped the floor with gasoline, took a fistful of sleeping pills, and dared himself to see if he could smoke 20 cigars before he passed out. That’s the Trump campaign right now. I could list the cigars for you: His childish attacks on a Gold Star family; his desire to change NATO into a protection racket; his “Second Amendment people;” his insistence that the president of the United States also lists “Founder of ISIS” on his resume. What’s the point? You know those cigars by heart, and you could name a dozen more. Each new cigar is eminently watchable, but the explosion is what we’re waiting for. It could happen any second and no one wants to miss it. We may be ashamed that we begrudge every instant of coverage given to Hillary Clinton, the drowning of Louisiana, or Ryan Lochte’s square jawed American heroism when his God-given right to public urination was threatened — but begrudge it, we do. We begrudge it so hard. How many pivots have we been through? The bar has been set so low that all Trump has to do to appear presidential is prove himself physically capable of reading a prepared script from a teleprompter. By this rubric the vast majority of third graders are qualified to be entrusted with the nuclear codes, and Trump CAN’T DO IT for more than a day! How many Republican interventions and “come to Jesus meetings” does it take? What’s the point of a “come to Jesus” meeting Jesus wouldn’t be caught dead at? How many staff shake-ups will it take to get Trump to lay of the cigars?

Corey Lewandowski was too much of a loose cannon to rein Trump in, so he got sent packing in disgrace with a fat severance package and a paid position at CNN as punishment. He was replaced by professional dictator flack and Russian conduit Paul Manafort — a man who actually knew what delegates were, he was able to keep the “Never Trump” crowd from destroying the RNC and was amply rewarded by getting to watch a passel of low life, C-list Trump surrogates and Trump himself destroy the convention instead. Don’t feel too bad for him though; he got a sweet bonus in the form of Trump’s boot in his ass for being too controlling. So now we’ve got Kellyanne Conway, because when your goal is to make a man with zero political experience president, it’s best to have a campaign manager who’s never run a campaign. Luckily, Team Trump took on a campaign CEO too, Stephen Bannon. In addition to holding a job title with no definition, he’s a spouse-abusing anti-Semite. Fresh from his position as Executive Chairman of Breitbart news, he brings Robert Redford looks, if Redford has spent a lifetime binge drinking while wearing cargo shorts, and a wealth of experience in being slightly more credible than the National Enquirer (but a little more racist). Together, Conway and Bannon have made a real impact. Recently the candidate expressed regret for some non-specific unnamed things. He’s also reaching out to African-Americans, a demographic with whom he has one, sometimes even two percent support. It’s a move STUMP SPEECH continued on p. 16

Looking for individuals that are a part of the LGBTQ community to participate in a focus group in NY on Sept. 12th & 13th! Compensation included ($100). For more information:

call (212) 244-3960 or email staff@zstrategies.net Follow us on Twitter! @Money4TalkNY Like us on Facebook! facebook.com/money4talkn Signup to our Database at MONEY4TALK.COM .com


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.

September 01 - 07, 2016


STARS continued from p. 3

in the attacks, the Toronto resident worked to get Canada to observe a “National Day of Service” on Sept. 11. This year she’s organizing activities in Gander to raise awareness about the day of service — officially recognized by Canada in 2011 — and invited Jaffe and friends to the town. “When you think of 9/11 you think of hate and horror, the visuals of the planes going into those buildings. I want to work to change that image,” said Basnicki. “I would rather dwell on the goodness that came about that day.” W hen the group arrives in Gander, they will present the stars at schools, churches, businesses, and other places in the community that helped out the stranded airplane passengers. They will also join the town in observing a parade of first responders as well as an ecumenical ceremony held on the anniversary. Kelly Sceviour, the events coordinator for the town of Gander, remembers the day the planes arrived. “It was surreal. We started seeing aircraft after aircraft landing,” she said. “And we just did what we had to because we didn’t want anyone to be alone at such a horrible time.” Sceviour recalled how the local news station would broadcast supplies that were needed and the community would rush to respond. One of her most vivid memories is how the town found ways to entertain a group of children bound for Disneyland by bringing in the town mascot, Commander Gander, alongside some fairies and princesses. Sceviour said she was humbled by some of the recognitions heaped on Gander for their hospitality. However, she explained it was just part of their nature to be welcoming. “We would have done this for anyone,” she said. “It’s just who we are. We would never let anyone be stranded or left behind.” Jim DeFede, whose book “The Day the World Came to Town” recounts how Gander opened itself up to the stranded passengers, said sacrifice and an eagerness to help is a deeply ingrained value among the


September 01 - 07, 2016

Photo by Maria Jaffe

Stars of HOPE project works, from summer camp students at Hartley House.

Courtesy Office of Councilmember Corey Johnson

Councilmember Corey Johnson, second from left, speaks to Hartley House summer camp children.

people of Newfoundland. “T hey have this saying in Newfoundland: You can always add a little more water to the soup,” DeFede explained. “Meaning, if our neighbor is hungry, we might not have a lot, we might just have soup for dinner, but we can always water it down and invite our neighbor over to eat.” He descr ibed how the tow n dropped everything to accommodate the thousands of guests. Bus drivers who were on strike immediately got behind the wheel to ferry newcomers around, kitchens

started making fresh food, and pharmacists would fill prescriptions without asking for payment. T he whole tow n opened itself up — packing churches, schools, hotels, and homes with the unexpected guests. “I think the story of Gander is about how at a time of incredible darkness, when everyone wondered if there was any humanity left in the world, the folks in Gander reminded people there is hope and light,” DeFede said. Both Jaffe and Vasquez agreed that the story of Gander was like “a

Jim DeFede’s “The Day the World Came to Town” (2002, HarperCollins Publishers) chronicles events in Gander on and directly following 9/11.

beacon of light” piercing through a very dark day. “The story of Gander is so positive and uplifting,” said Vasquez. “To travel there on the anniversary of 9/11, I couldn’t imagine a better place to be.” For more info, visit starsofhopeusa.org, 911memorial.org, tributewtc.org, and gandercanada.com. .com


block of W. 22nd St. (btw. Ninth & 10th Aves.), forgetting that he had placed a backpack full of his belongings on the roof of his vehicle. Realizing his mistake about 20 minutes later, the man returned to the location where he was parked, only to discover that his stuff was no longer there. He suspects that the bag was taken by some unknown perp (or multiple perps), making off with $300 worth of goodies — including his iPhone, an Amazon Kindle, and earplugs — as well as his passport.


Jennifer Goodstein

Editor Scott Stiffler

Editorial Assistant Sean Egan Jane Argodale

Art Director Michael Shirey

Graphic Designer Cristina Alcine


Lincoln Anderson Jane Argodale Stephanie Buhmann Jackson Chen Sean Egan Alex Ellefson Winnie McCroy Colin Mixson Puma Perl Paul Schindler Trav S.D. Eileen Stukane

Executive VP of Advertising Amanda Tarley

Account Executives Jack Agliata Lauren Blair Allison Greaker Jim Steele Julio Tumbaco Published by

NYC Community Media, LLC

One Metrotech North, 10th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201 Phone: (212) 229-1890 Fax: (212) 229-2790 www.chelseanow.com scott@chelseanow.com © 2016 NYC Community Media, LLC Member of the New York Press Association

Chelsea Now is published weekly by NYC Community Media

LLC, One Metrotech North, 10th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201. (212) 229-1890. Annual subscription by mail in Manhattan and Brooklyn $75. The entire contents of newspaper, including advertising, are copyrighted and no part may be reproduced without the express permission of the publisher - © 2016 NYC Community Media LLC, Postmaster: Send address changes to Chelsea Now, One Metrotech North, 10th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201.


not be liable for slight changes or typographical errors that do not lessen the value of an advertisement. The publisher’s liability for other errors or omissions in connection with an advertisement is strictly limited to publication of the advertisement in any subsequent issue.


Courtesy pix11.com

Ava Byrne (left) was recovered, and Robert Byrne (right) was arrested, after an Aug. 26 Amber Alert tip led to their discovery in a vehicle on W. 34th St.

AMBER ALERT ARREST At 1:50pm on Fri., Aug. 26, Pennsylvania State Police sent out an Amber Alert for Ava Byrne, a three-yearold from Pennsylvania, who was abducted by her father, 24-year-old Robert Byrne. Traveling in a 2004 Hyundai Elantra, they were suspected to be headed toward New York City. Just minutes after the alert went out, a motorist informed an NYPD traffic officer that he saw the vehicle two car lengths ahead of them, in front of 430 W. 34th St. (btw. Ninth & 10th Aves.), within the confines of the 10th Precinct. The officer pulled the vehicle over, which was indeed Byrne’s, and called for backup. The responding officers were able to arrest Byrne and recover the child, who appeared to be unharmed — and was reunited with her mother later that day.

PETIT LARCENY: Mike’s Hard time Good thieves know it’s standard operating procedure to leave the scene of the crime before enjoying your loot — a lesson someone should have explained to an inebriated individual who attempted to steal from a Rite Aid (282 Eighth Ave., at W. 24th St.) on Fri., Aug. 26. The 26-year-old placed a number of items into a basket, and covered them up with a shirt. Soon thereafter, he began covertly opening up the merch and drinking while still in the store — specifically, a Vitamin Water, and from a six-pack of Mike’s Hard Lemonade (at a dignified 7:35am, natch). This drew the attention of store staff, and upon further inspection, it was sussed out that the souse didn’t have any sort of currency on him, or method of paying for his drinks. He was quickly arrested.

PETIT LARCENY: Suspect steals Slurpee Later that weekend, another individual’s hankering for a nice “cold one” of a different persuasion landed him on the radar of the authorities. On Sun., Aug. 28, a 19-year-old employee of a 7-Eleven (194 Seventh Ave., btw. W. 21st & W. 22nd Sts.) reported to police that a man had entered the store at around 3:45pm, poured himself out a small Slurpee, and then promptly left — though apparently he made sure to practice good manners, saying, “Thank you,” to the cashier before strolling out with his ill-gotten goody. This wouldn’t have been of much note, save for the fact that the employee was at the end of her rope with the man, who reportedly “continuously” does this, visiting the store frequently to pilfer his frozen beverage of choice. No one’s been arrested in relation to this icy incident, but with that many Slurpees in his system, a brain freeze that gets him caught seems imminent.

PETIT LARCENY: Backpack bungle At about 10:30am on Thurs., Aug. 25, a 68-year-old driver became a living, breathing slapstick visual gag when he drove his car away from its parking spot on the 400

CASH FOR GUNS $100 cash will be given (no questions asked) for each handgun, assault weapon or sawed-off shotgun, up to a maximum payment of $300. Guns are accepted at any Police Precinct, PSA or Transit District.

ASSAULT: Let sleeping dudes lie On Fri., Aug. 26, an unfortunate officer found out that a heavy sleeper turned out to also be quite the heavy hitter. At about 6am, the officer observed the man sleeping on the sidewalk on Dyer Ave. (btw. W. 40th & W. 41st Sts.), and attempted to wake him up. Upon being jostled from his slumber, the 22-year-old man decided the best course of action would be to fight back against his human wake-up call. He began throwing punches at the officer, who was able to arrest him without getting injured. He was then transferred to the Port Authority (punishment enough in and of itself) where his arrest was processed at the police desk within.


THE 10th PRECINCT Located at 230 W. 20th St. (btw. Seventh & Eighth Aves.). Commander: Capt. Paul Lanot. Main number: 212741-8211. Community Affairs: 212741-8226. Crime Prevention: 212-7418226. Domestic Violence: 212-7418216. Youth Officer: 212-741-8211. Auxiliary Coordinator: 212-924-3377. Detective Squad: 212-741-8245. The Community Council meets on the last Wed. of the month, 7pm, at the 10th Precinct or other locations to be announced. They are on hiatus until Sept. 28.

THE 13th PRECINCT Located at 230 E. 21st St. (btw. Second & Third Aves.). Deputy Inspector: Brendan Timoney. Call 212-477-7411. Community Affairs: 212-477-7427. Crime Prevention: 212-477-7427. Domestic Violence: 212-477-3863. Youth Officer: 212-477-7411. Auxiliary Coordinator: 212-477-4380. Detective Squad: 212-477-7444. The Community Council meets on the third Tues. of the month, 6:30pm, at the 13th Precinct. They are on hiatus until Sept. 20.

September 01 - 07, 2016


Jenny In & Around Chelsea PHOTOS BY JENNY RUBIN

No thanks, Uber: Heading up Sixth Ave., Aug. 25.

All hail being in fashion: 14th St. & University Pl., Aug. 29.

PIER55 continued from p. 2

“moot court” rehearsal, to go through all possible scenarios that could arise. “It’s a little too early to do the victory dance,” Fox said of the Trust and Pier55 Inc.’s announcement. “And it’s not the last court, either,” he added. The suit could still be appealed to the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, if needed. “This is a labor of love. People are committed,” said Fox, who led the Hudson River Park Conservancy, the Trust’s pre-


September 01 - 07, 2016

Reading in the red: Outside W. 22nd St.’s Barracuda bar, Aug. 30.

decessor agency, during the five-mile-long park’s early planning stages. The longtime waterfront park activist also expressed concern that Governor Andrew Cuomo, by issuing a statement in support of the project after the injunction earlier this summer, has ratcheted up the pressure on the court to allow the high-profile project to proceed — despite the lawsuit’s host of environmental and procedural arguments against it. Among other charges, the suit notably contends that the Trust neglected to

put the public-private project out to bid, as mandated by the Hudson River Park Act, the park’s founding legislation. As to accusations by some of the project’s boosters that developer Douglas Durst, former chairperson of the Friends of Hudson River Park, is surely funding the lawsuit in a grudge against the Trust, Fox said the City Club is funding it themselves. Fox and Durst were former partners in New York Water Taxi, though Fox took a buyout a number of years ago. In a statement, a spokesperson for

Pier55 said, “We are confident the court will rule in favor of Pier55, which has already been approved by Community Board 2, the State Department of Environmental Conservation and the US Army Corps of Engineers. The City Club has consistently failed to make any credible arguments in its crusade against the will of many New Yorkers who want to see a new park in their community. We look forward to making Pier55 a reality and providing nearly three acres of public parkland for all New Yorkers to enjoy.” .com

WRITERS continued from p. 4

makes you feel better.” For another workshop writer, Tanya Jones, who has been writing since middle school, it was “a privilege to let people hear my work.” The Chelsea resident read “The Venus Fly Trap,” a look at how she tried to get rid of the pugnacious plant from her living room. First, she tried feeding it stuffed crepes, then a jalapeno hot dog “hoping and praying I would choke him. From the spice.” Finally, “I threw the thing the Comet BBQ. All of sudden out of nowhere, the thing combusted…Comet BBQs any day, every day!” Food — or the lack thereof — was also a theme of longtime workshop member, Annie Quintano’s “Dolores’ Bowl.” Quintano told Chelsea Now she writes flash fiction, or short, short stories. “I love to write,” Quintano said. “It’s almost like a necessity.” For eight years she has participated in the program, and she said it is an opportunity to have a community of writers, and receive feedback that helps her grow as a writer and as a human being. Quintano, who lives in NoMad, also did the illustrations for this year’s anthology, which is available for five dollars (visit the blog to purchase). Marlé Thomas, a poet and songwriter, resides in the Bronx, but was volunteering at the soup kitchen when he met one of the workshop’s instructors, Wiese.

Photos by Dusica Sue Malesevic

Michael La Bombarda read three poems, including “Short Poem.”

“As soon as I heard poetry,” Thomas said, “I was like, ‘When?’ ” He added, “I have an infinite love of poetry first and foremost. Coming here boosted my spirits up.” Thomas was charismatic while reading his poems “Sky Divers” and “Dear Mother.” The workshop helps him to stay motivated, and it is good to “tune in to what other people are doing — that feeds the soul.” He explained that there was a class exercise where each writer contributed a line to create one poem, a method known as exquisite corpse. Another writer and workshop participant, Michael

Stephanie Lawal has participated in the workshop on and off for about four years.

Welch, also illustrated how the program jumpstarts creativity. Welch said the three poems he read — “After the Fall,” “Alone” and “Food for Thought” — were generated from exercises in the workshop. He choked up while reading “Alone,” which had the refrain “Though she is not there.” Christiani Vialva read his “You Better Not Tell Nobody But God” and a volunteer named Michael read a collaborative poem — several writers worked it on together — to finish the reading. For more information, visit holyapostlessoupkitchen.org or call 212-924-0167.


www.thegrandparadise.com .com

September 01 - 07, 2016



September 01 - 07, 2016


Photo by Alex Ellefson

Edgar Fox, far left, and Alfred Kwon hurl balls at teammate Josh Halpenny-Nguyen in preparation for a national dodgeball tournament. HANDBALL continued from p. 5

zation was able to step in and filled a hole on something government could not fix, but was really important to people in the neighborhood,” she said. Rubin said the renovated handball courts at Chelsea Park — one of the most popular parks in Lower Manhattan, according to the Parks Department — will encourage more residents to use the public space. “A good surface will attract new players, especially children. And it makes the whole park look very nice,” she said. The new courts are also being put to use for other sports. Josh HalpennyNguyen said he invited his dodgeball league teammates to practice at Chelsea Park after he saw the renovations. “It used be really run down and was kind of an option of last resort,” he said. “But they fixed all the cracks. It looks really nice and now it was my first choice for practice.” Halpenny-Nguyen and his team are preparing to compete in a national dodgeball tournament in New Orleans this weekend. Teammate Edgar Fox said having a quality area, which is also free, makes their practices go much better. He also said it is safer. “You can trip over a crack and roll your ankle,” he said. “So when you don’t have to keep looking out for cracks, you can just focus on playing the game.” For more info on Chelsea Park, visit nycgovparks.org/parks/chelsea-park.

Photo by Malcolm Pinckney, courtesy NYC Parks

State Senator Brad Hoylman demonstrates non-essential, but nonetheless impressive, job skills.

Photo by Malcolm Pinckney, courtesy NYC Parks

Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver (in dress shirt), with members of the St. Albans Handball Association. .com

September 01 - 07, 2016


Just Do Art

…the special sexy September edition

Courtesy Flatiron Follies

“Hurricane of intellectual sexuality” Stormy Leather touches down at the season premiere of Flatiron Follies.

BY SCOTT STIFFLER The lusty month of May has nothing on that sweet spot when summer’s swan song plays footsie with the first falling leaves. There’s something in the air, all right. How else to explain the abundance of provocative offerings on the boards between now and the end of September? We could continue to tease with a long intro, but best to just get down to business while the iron (and everything else) is hot, hot, hot! With her cavernous cleavage, penchant for rhinestones, and makeup seemingly applied with the help of a putty knife, sweet and self-aware Dolly Parton (“It costs a lot of money to look this cheap”) was her own drag act long before the first dude plucked and tucked his way to an affectionate imitation. While the real thing is still touring, slinging zingers, and lookin’ good at age 70, a gaggle of glitzy gals are about to celebrate the third annual installment of “Dollypalooza.” An epic tribute to longtime LGBT ally and all-around good egg Parton, the event is packed with trivia, an interactive photo booth, and Dolly-themed drag and burlesque per-


September 01 - 07, 2016

formances. Proceeds from ticket sales and a silent auction (items include a trip to Dollywood!) benefit Dolly’s charity, the Imagination Library. Event producer and “femmecee” Bevin Branlandingham welcomes ribald, riotous, and righteous entertainment from World Famous *BOB*, Sweetie, Lady Quesa’Dilla, Nath Ann Carrera, Sequinette, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Tammy Cannons, and (in keeping with the ethos of excess) many, many more. If you’re still not sold on Dollypalooza or its namesake, consider this, from Branlandingham: “She might be the only performer who can bring together queers, Christians, country-music lovers, and hipster nightclub enthusiasts — and have everyone leave singing the same song.” Sat., Sept. 3, 6–10pm at (Le) Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St. btw. Sullivan & Thompson Sts.). For tickets to this 18+ event ($20 in advance, $27 day of show), visit dollypalooza.com. Twitter, Instagram & Snapchat (night of event only): @Dollypalooza. Branlandingham’s blog at queerfatfemme.com, and Parton’s charity at usa.imaginationlibrary.com. The event repeats, with a cast TBA, Oct. 29 in Los Angeles.

Courtesy dollypalooza.com

NYC’s version of the annual bicoastal Dollypalooza tribute to all things Parton offers four hours of performances, photo ops, and trivia contests.

AND SPEAKING OF MUST-SEE DRAG: Our favorite profane princess, the legendary Lady Bunny, is bringing her well-received summertime show “TransJester” back to Christopher Street’s Stonewall Inn. Whether she’s going postal on Caitlyn Jenner, putting a lurid spin on pop songs, or pontificating on “the new pronoun we’re forced to learn every time Will Smith’s son puts on a dress,” Bunny

only has one mode: filth — and it’s stuck on “11.” Don’t bring your mother, unless she’s more open-minded than you are. In fact, Bunny advises, “This show is raunchy. Not politically correct by definition — that’s the whole point. So if that’s not your cup of tea, you should honestly skip it.” Strong words, indeed; but with tickets at $19.99 and the mandatory downing of at least two drinks, it’s a risky behavior SEXY continued on p. 15 .com

SEXY continued from p. 14

you can afford to indulge in. Wed. through Sat., 7pm, through Oct. 1 (no Sept. 8 or 9 performances). Reservations and more info for this 21+ atrocity at ladybunny.net and thestonewallinnnyc.com. Another New York institution, onetime mayoral candidate and world-renowned drag king Murray Hill (“the hardest working middle-aged man in show business”), shares the bill with equally iconic burlesque entertainers Dirty Martini, Dita Von Teese, and Stormy Leather — when “Flatiron Follies” kicks off its fall season with a return to Chelsea’s swanky W. 22nd St. cabaret space, the Metropolitan Room. This is no low-rent skin show, folks. Curator, host, pin-up model, and burlesque performer Bettina May has the distinction of having been granted the USA’s first-ever burlesque-based “genius” green card (while many of our citizens are threatening to move north on Nov. 9, Canada-born May has staked America as her sex-positive turf!). Fri., Sept. 9, 9:30pm, two-drink minimum, cover starts at $15. For tickets: metropolitanroom.com & bettina.ca. Twitter & Instagram: @bettina_may.

AND SPEAKING OF MUST-SEE BURLESQUE: Clothes are peeling, eyes are popping, tassels are twirling, and tail feathers are shaking — at The 14th Annual New York Burlesque Festival. This four-day event delivers glitter, glamour, and risqué business from an international roster of over 100 DJs, circus, variety, burlesque, and boylesque performers, as well as a “Burlesque Bazaar” with pasties, custom corsets, lingerie, and “pin-up make-overs” for purchase (Oct. 2, 2–6pm at W. 15th St.’s The Tippler). Hot off the heels, or, more accurately, the wingtips, of his

Photo by Jeff Eason

Photo by Steven Menendez

Courtesy Flatiron Follies

Lady Bunny gets down to the business of fun and filth, upstairs at Stonewall Inn, in the return of her summertime atrocity, “Trans-Jester.”

Make mine minx: Dirty Stole lets it (almost) all unfurl, at the 14th Annual New York Burlesque Festival.

Drag King Murray Hill is a real man about town, making appearances at Flatiron Follies and hosting a night at the New York Burlesque Festival.

guest spot at the abovementioned Flatiron Follies, Murray Hill brings a little of the old dirty old man leering thing back to 42nd Street, when he hosts the Burlesque Festival’s “Saturday Spectacular” at B.B King Blues Club & Grill (7pm, Oct. 1). The after-party happens 11pm–2am, next door, at Luilles Bar; DJ Bill Coleman spins. Doors open at 6, show at 8, Oct. 2 at Chelsea’s Highline Ballroom — where big-eared, high-heeled, sparkly spandex-clad Scotty The Blue Bunny hosts The Golden Pastie Awards. Sept. 29–Oct. 2. Individual ticket prices vary; VIP 4-day pass, $120. For the full schedule and reservations, visit thenewyorkburlesquefestival.com. When it comes to naked truth, explicit acts of sober reflection are rivaled only by the skin on display — in the world premiere of “The Jamb.” Working from a place of authenticity that could have easily sent him to an early grave, formerly homeless heroin addict and “Jamb” playwright J. Stephen Brantley co-stars as Roderick, a thoroughly reformed NYC queer punk on the cusp of 40, who sees his past misdeeds reflected when he’s prank called into making an early morn-

ing visit to the apartment of his former roommate (and longtime crush?), Tuffer, a fellow member of the pushing-40 club still drowning himself in substance abuse and hot boy toys (specifically, half-his-age college student Brandon). The trio head to the home of Roderick’s mostly retired folk singer mom, where the rural New Mexico landscape will either inspire a sobering up or a doubling down. Packed with references to gay nightlife destinations that were gentrified out of existence long before NYU’s class of 2020 began to

contemplate their SATs (The Lure! Sleazy West Side Highway hotels!), Brantley’s “Jamb” is as much about making the case for recovery as it is about acknowledging the uneasy road traveled by former hedonists who sing of the praises of sobriety while subjecting others to endless tales of their own debauchery — a hard place to live, that doesn’t always rock. This Horse Trade and Hard Sparks co-production plays through Sept. 17, at E. Fourth St.’s The Kraine Theater. For tickets ($25), visit horsetrade.info.


BROOKLYN The Community News Group is proud to introduce BROOKLYN PAPER RADIO. Join Brooklyn Paper Editor-in-Chief Vince DiMiceli and the New York Daily News’ Gersh Kuntzman every Thursday at 4:45 for an hour of talk on topics Brooklynites hold dear. Each show will feature instudio guests and call-out segments, and can be listened to live or played anytime at your convenience.



JOSEPH LICHTER, D.D.S. Photo by Hunter Canning

Queer punks of a certain age contemplate taming the wild wild life: J. Stephen Brantley (left) and Nico Grelli in “The Jamb.” .com



LISTEN EVERY THURSDAY AT 4:45PM ON BrooklynPaper.com/radio September 01 - 07, 2016



“They say being President takes big balls, so I brought about a thousand. Was that joke too easy? It tested well with the focus group.”

STUMP SPEECH continued from p. 6

that shows sincere political evolution, and is in no way a message designed solely for the fraction of white supporters who still feel a tad queasy with the campaign’s whole White Supremacist thing. With the unpleasant but necessary humanizing out of the way, Trump’s been able to hone his latest campaign strategy, a sophisticated reworking of the classic playground game, “I know you are, but what am I?” In recent weeks, he’s described Clinton as “mentally unstable” and a “bigot” with a “bad temperament.” It’s only a matter of time before he tells us she’s a “real estate swindler” and a “fat old man in a Chinese-made suit” with “orange skin” and an “absurd comb over he thinks hides his gargantuan, speckled bald spot.” Meanwhile, Hillary is unscrewing a pickle jar on Jimmy Kimmel because celebrity board certified internist “Dr.” Drew Pinsky said she had brain damage. He made this diagnosis without ever meeting Clinton, let alone examining her. This sort of long distance “medicine” is generally frowned on by the medical profession, as it’s less in the way of “doctoring” and more in the way of  “fronting for a whispering campaign” or “actively stooging for a pumpkin-colored neo-fascist.” You have to give Clinton credit for getting out there and trying to run an actual campaign. She gave a devastating speech on Trump’s business record in front of the derelict Trump Taj Mahal Casino, a site he called “The Eighth Wonder of the World” before filing for bankruptcy, stiffing his creditors and contractors and waddling away with cash-stuffed pockets.


September 01 - 07, 2016

Design by Michael Shirey

Clinton gave another speech laying out Trump’s direct connection to the alt-right movement, giving voice to a heretofore underserved demographic: enraged, solitary, white male masturbators living in their parents’ basements. It doesn’t matter. Nothing Hillary does can possibly compete with a massive Fourth of July-style grand finale blowing up a poo-processing facility. That’s television. We demanded it, we paid for it, we need to see if the explosion finally finishes Donald Trump, or if he comes swaggering through all the fire and excrement like some hideous, gender-bent, fat, naked, orange Khaleesi. Is it true that there’s no such thing as bad publicity? I don’t know. Ask Bill Cosby. Or Roger Ailes. Clinton’s pickle jar stunt may seem a little silly, but don’t laugh. The job of opposing Donald Trump is all about unscrewing. .com

Being sick and hungry is an urgent crisis no one should face. Help us deliver hope, compassion and love, all wrapped up in a nutritious meal.

Volunteer. Donate. Advocate. godslovewedleiver.org


September 01 - 07, 2016



September 01 - 07, 2016


Rhymes With Crazy

Moms and Crimes of Unsupervised Time BY LENORE SKENAZY The trailer for Halle Berry’s new movie shows beautiful Berry and her boy playing “Marco Polo” at a busy playground on a sun-dappled day. “Marco!” says Berry. “Polo!” chirps the boy, who looks to be about five. “Marco!” calls Berry. “Polo!” comes the reassuring reply. “Marco!” I think you can guess what comes (or rather, doesn’t come) next. The movie’s title is “Kidnap.” The plot is based on our culture’s favorite parenting tale: “The Mom Who Looked Away and Lost Her Kid.” We have absorbed it so deeply that we shame any mom who isn’t watching her kids 24-7. Maybe you’ve seen the viral Facebook video where a guy screams at a mom who is buying a phone at the phone store and can see her kid in the car the whole five minutes she is running her errand? Or maybe you heard about the mom arrested last week for letting her kids, eight and nine, wait in the condo for under an hour while she went to pick up dinner? A new study out of the University of California, Irvine, may have figured out why we are reacting as if those short waits were crazy dangerous. Researchers Ashley J. Thomas, P. Kyle Stanford and Barbara W. Sarnecka discovered that when it comes to child safety, our risk assessment is determined not by a rational analysis of the facts, but by our judgment of the parent — particularly the mom. And in a society that has become convinced, mostly from a surfeit of “Law & Order,” that children must be under constant adult supervision, we think any mom who doesn’t do that has put her kids in danger. What kind of mom endangers her kids? An immoral one. So it is a feedback loop: Unsupervised kids have immoral moms, immoral moms endanger their kids. But here is what the researchers found out: The more immoral we think the mom is, the more danger we see in her actions.

The study worked this way. Participants were given a series of vignettes in which kids were left unsupervised. In each of these vignettes, the kids’ age, location, and amount of time they were left alone was the same. The only thing that differed was the reason the mom left. In one scenario, for instance, the mom was dropping a book off at the library when she was hit by a car, knocked unconscious and no one realized the child was still in the car until 30 minutes later. In other scenarios, the mom left the child for 30 minutes to do some work, volunteer, or simply relax. And in another, she left for 30 minutes to meet with her lover. How much danger was the child in, on a scale of 1 to 10? “When the mother unintentionally left the child alone, people rated those scenarios safer than when she intentionally left the child alone,” Thomas told me in a phone interview. So when the child was unsupervised due to circumstances beyond the mom’s control, the kid was judged safer than when the mom deliberately went to work, volunteer, relax, or — the highest danger perception of all — have an affair. In other words: If we think the mom is bad, we think her kids are in more danger than if she is good, like the mom who was hit by a car but otherwise did not intend to leave her child’s side.

And here is where it gets really nasty: When the researchers substituted dads for moms in their scenarios, the dads’ work-related absences were treated the same as their unintentional absences. Their kids were perceived at the lowest level of danger. But when women left their kids to do some work, the perceived danger increased. We seem to unconsciously consider moms as selfishly, immorally choosing to endanger their kids by going to work. The researchers caution that their dad-scenario sample was small. But they also point out that the only model of childrearing that the public seems to deem decent is an old-fashioned one that only the wealthiest families can afford today: a stay-athome mom (or someone hired to fill that role), constantly supervising the kids. Now the researchers’ hope, and mine, is that once we start to recognize the difference between real danger and our unconscious condemnation of moms who don’t live up to some 1950s mom ideal, we will stop arresting the ones who give their kids some unsupervised time, either out of necessity or Free-Range choice. Lenore Skenazy is a keynote speaker who authored the book, and founded the blog, Free-Range Kids (freerangekids.com).



September 01 - 07, 2016



Pet Contest We are looking for New York City’s Cutest Pet How does it work? 1. Visit CNG’s online contest page 2. Upload a photo of your Pet 3. Readers vote for the cutest pet



T he pet with the most votes wins! To enter/vote and view prize details visit:



September 01 - 07, 2016


here to stay! THE COMPANY YOU CAN



ic Plus Series Mattress. A


$150 Value




h Pillow Top Queen Mattress


513469-51Q -513470-51Q







FREE Delivery, Set-up & Removal On All Sealy Optimum, Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid, Stearns & Foster And Tempur-Pedic Mattress Sets.


Appliances, select Polk, Klipsch, Weber Grills, Bose, Samsung TV’s, Sony TV’s, GE Cafe & GE profile Appliances, prior sales, dealers, clearances, special sale items, P.C. Richard & Son Gift Cards, or competitive ads. We reserve the right to limit quantities. ††If within 30 days of your purchase from P.C. Richard antee applies to all brand new merchandise with the exact model number. Excludes: going out of business sales, one-of-a-kinds, limited quantities, discontinued items, installations, delivery, rebates, extended service, financing, free giveaways and bundle offers (See Store For Details). Effective 10/12. Intel, errors.


September 01 - 07, 2016











• LG Smart TV with webOS 2.0 Technology, Quad Core Processor and IPS 4K Panel • TruMotion 240Hz Refresh Rate Technology -60UF7300 WAS $1299.91






33% OFF



ON ALL SAMSUNG, LG, & SONY TVs $795 - $1494. VALID 9/2/16 - 9/10/16


CLASS 4K HDR ULTRA HD SMART LED TV • Smart TV with Octa-Core Processor and Full Web Browser -LC55N7000U WAS $899.91




37% OFF

With the purchase of all TVs $995 and Up.

• LG Smart TV with webOS 3.0 and Full Web Browser -50UH5500 WAS $799.91

TV delivery

65’’ CLASS 4K






-UN40J5200 WAS $429.97

SAVE $130 SALE $ 97







ON ALL SAMSUNG, LG, & SONY TVs $1495 AND UP. VALID 9/2/16 - 9/10/16


30% OFF

30% OFF

• 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) Dramatically Expands Available Contrast and Color • Smart TV with Octa-Core Processor and Full Web Browser -LC65N7000U WAS $1299.91

SAVE $500



38% OFF

48'' CLASS LED 1080p SMART HDTV -UN48J5200 WAS $599.97

36% OFF SAVE $220 SALE $ 97



58'' CLASS LED 1080p SMART HDTV -UN58J5190 WAS $649.97

23% OFF SAVE $150 SALE 97



20 N.Y.C. LOCATIONS LICENSED BY N.Y.C. DEPT. OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS • UNION SQUARE-Lic#934189/934185 • UPPER EAST SIDE-Lic#1022314/1022315 • BAY PLAZA-Lic#1007888/1007892 • FORDHAM RD-Lic#1127414/1127412 • ATLANTIC AVE-Lic#987568/987569 • CHELSEA-Lic#1180079/1179908 • UPPER WEST SIDE-Lic#1180082/1179904 • BAY RIDGE-Lic#900095/900094 • BENSONHURST-Lic#899797/899889 • FLATBUSH AVE-Lic#899795/899881 • KINGS HWY-Lic#899791/899884 • RALPH AVE-Lic#900096/899888 • ASTORIA L.I. CITY-Lic#899793/899882 • BAYSIDE-Lic#899792/899883 • FOREST HILLS-Lic#899790/899885 • OZONE PARK-Lic#899796/899886 • REGO PARK-Lic#899789/899880 • WOODSIDE-Lic#1127420/1127419 • COLLEGE POINT-Lic#1314731/11317281 • STATEN ISLAND-Lic#1253639/1253311 2. ALL SPECIAL FINANCING OFFERS: SUBJECT TO CREDIT APPROVAL. MINIMUM MONTHLY PAYMENTS REQUIRED. SEE STORE FOR DETAILS. 6 MONTHS SPECIAL FINANCING ON ALL OTHER PURCHASES MADE WITH YOUR P.C. RICHARD & SON CREDIT CARD THROUGH 12/31/16. 2. 1 YEAR SPECIAL FINANCING ON PURCHASES OF ALL SAMSUNG, LG, SONY AND SUNBRITE TVS PRICED $795-$1,494 AND 2 YEARS ON ALL SAMSUNG, LG, SONY AND SUNBRITE TVS PRICED $1,495 AND UP. Discounts deducted from P.C. Richard & Son New Low Price offers, cannot be combined with any other P.C. Richard & Son promotion. Percent discounts, shall not apply to and exclude: Computers, Monitors, Printers, Tablets, eReaders, Prepaid Cards, Video Game Consoles, Apple, Designer Appliances, select Polk, Klipsch, Weber Grills, Bose, Samsung TV’s, Sony TV’s, GE Cafe & GE profile Appliances, prior sales, dealers, clearances, special sale items, P.C. Richard & Son Gift Cards, or competitive ads. We reserve the right to limit quantities. ††If within 30 days of your purchase from P.C. Richard & Son you should see a lower advertised price from any “Brick and Mortar” or “Authorized Online” retailer, we will gladly mail you a check for 100% of the difference. Only retailers that are designated by the manufacturer as authorized shall be considered to qualify within thispolicy. Our Low Price Guarantee applies to all brand new merchandise with the exact model number. Excludes: going out of business sales, one-of-a-kinds, limited quantities, discontinued items, installations, delivery, rebates, extended service, financing, free giveaways and bundle offers (See Store For Details). Effective 10/12. Intel, Intel logo, Intel Inside, Intel Inside logo, Intel Centrino, Intel Centrino logo, Celeron, Intel Xeon, Intel SpeedStep, Itanium, and Pentium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. Not responsible for photographic or typographical errors. © 2016 P.C. RICHARD & SON †


September 01 - 07, 2016


Profile for Schneps Media

Chelsea Now  

September 01, 2016

Chelsea Now  

September 01, 2016