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‘Cube’ is still on ice but Astor Alive! Fest will celebrate plazas By Lincoln Anderson
verything is looking good for next week’s inaugural Astor Alive! Festival — except one key piece, the centerpiece, is still missing. Tony Rosenthal’s famed “The Alamo” sculpture a.k.a. “The Cube” still is being restored and might not be back in place in time for the festivi-
ties. As a result, a planned dedication on Thursday to kick off the celebration is being pushed back. “The problem is, it’s not guaranteed that ‘The Cube’ will be back,” said William Kelley, executive director of the Village Alliance Business Astor continued on p. 31
‘It’s good for valuations’: Witkoff says huge new luxe condo helps Village BY ALEX ELLEFSON
he Village used to be a neighborhood for ambitious New Yorkers to shack up before their talents brought them into the limelight. A cash-strapped Jackson Pollock paid rent at his Greenwich studio by peddling works outside
Washington Square Park. Bob Dylan used to roll out of the Hotel Earle to play neighborhood clubs when he was still a complete unknown. And Edgar Allen Poe is said to have bounced around several Village residences while writing “The Raven” because it was the only community where he could score drugs. Witkoff continued on p. 8
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The Villager was at the par ty at Monday’s dazzling Caribbean Carnival Parade. See Pages 16 and 17 for more photos.
Gang green: Candidates vie over enviro issues at forum By Lincoln Anderson
he Democratic candidates running for Lower Manhattan’s 65th Assembly District seat have been vying to raise the most green, as in cash, for their campaigns. Last Thursday, they competed at a forum for the title of who is personally the “most green” — as in, best on the environment and on sustainability. The event, held in the South-
bridge Towers community room, was sponsored by the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and moderated by its president, Marcia Bystryn. The candidates were asked where they stand on a range of issues, such as resiliency, clean energy, parks and open space, sustainable transportation, and access to fresh and local foods. Questions were asked by representatives of the Waterfront
Alliance, Transportation Alternatives, New Yorkers for Parks and the Lower East Side Ecology Center, as well as by audience members. The area’s building boom was a major concern of the candidates. Don Lee said he supports a moratorium on luxury highrise construction in the district. Alice Cancel — who has held the seat since winning a special Forum continued on p. 10
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Pier pressure: The lawsuit against the Pier55 project resumed Tuesday in stately Appellate Division court, on E. 25th St. just east of Madison Square Park, and though the proceedings lasted less than half an hour, the courtroom was packed with high-powered personages eager to see the outcome go their way. Barry Diller, who with his wife, Diane von Furstenberg, has pledged to donate $113 million toward the $130 million project, was seated in the front row, “with a smile on his face the whole time,” we’re told. Also there were Diana Taylor, the chairperson of the board of directors of the Hudson River Park Trust, and Madelyn Wils, the Trust’s president and C.E.O., and Noreen Doyle, the state-city authority’s executive V.P. Each side gave their argument for 10 minutes, and the panel of five judges asked pointed questions. Tom Fox, one of the petitioners in the suit, filed by the City Club of New York, blasted David Paget, the Trust’s environmental attorney for his “pejorative” attacks on the petitioners and their suit. Fox noted that his onetime adversary Marcy Benstock, who battled Westway back in the 1980s, was also there. Benstock fought the Hudson River Park while Fox was the leader of the Hudson River Park Conservancy, the Trust’s predecessor agency. This time, though, they are both on the same side, trying to stop the glitzy “arts island” project. “I went up and said hi. She was civil and pleasant,” Fox said of the fiery environmental activist. Fox was miffed at recent media hits on the petitioners, including by Charles Bagli in The New York Times, who once again raised the accusation that the lawsuit is being funded by developer Douglas Durst, the former chairperson of the Friends of Hudson River Park. Fox previously told us that this was not true and that the suit is being paid for by the City Club. Piling on the pressure, the Daily News also recently blasted Fox and his fellow plaintiff, boating enthusiast Rob
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Barr y Diller and the Hudson River Park Trust’s vision of Pier55, an enter tainment “fantasy island.” City Club of New York opponents are hoping it remains a fantasy and doesn’t become a realit y. Buchanan, as “cranks.” “I think we did well,” Fox retaining the rights to video and audio of any persaid of the court face-off, adding, “I think we’ll find formances on Pier55 — which he would run unout in anywhere from two weeks to 10 months,” der a nonprofit — Paget retorted, “That is scurregarding when a decision could come down. The rilous. He said he will not realize a single dollar longtime waterfront park activist has assured they from this donation.” But Fox said not to count out will take the fight on to the state’s highest court, the pesky petitioners. After all, local activists did the Court of Appeals, if needed. Meanwhile, Trust defeat the Westway megaproject, he noted. “We attorney Paget said the lawsuit just doesn’t hold wa- beat three presidents, two governors and two ter. To the petitioners’ argument that they weren’t mayors, the real estate industry and the construcgiven a chance to bid on the project — as required tion industry,” Fox recalled. “The Times was for by the park’s founding legislation — Paget said, “It’s it, and there wasn’t anybody that was against it silly, it’s risible. Frankly, that’s ludicrous to suggest except for us. This is America.” that the City Club or Mr. Fox or Mr. Buchanan had the financial resources to bid” on the pier plan. “It’s Cude love at C.B. 2: It’s hard to believe that a laughable proposition,” he scoffed. To the accu- two years has flown by, but Tobi Bergman’s tensation that Diller stands to reap huge profits from ure as chairperson of Community Board 2 is almost over. The Village board has a self-imposed term limit of two successive one-year terms for its chairpersons, and the board will elect a new leader this fall. So far, we’re only hearing two names — Terri Cude, the board’s first vice chairperson, and possibly Bo Riccobono, who finished second to Bergman in a three-way race two years ago. Cude did not respond to a request for comment, but word is that she has the votes to win. We remember back when she was still just a green community activist – as in “new” — and eager to get on the board...and her occasional Monty Python quips as she sat listening to the meetings. Perhaps she’ll dub her candidacy “And now for something completely different!” But, truly, she’s been doing a lot of exemplary activism — including recently as a Democratic district leader, as well — so, more correctly, as board chairperson, she would be doing more of the same...as in, what she’s already been doing so well!
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A design rendering showing how the proposed 247 Cherr y St. project would loom over an existing senior housing building, at right. Money from the sale of air rights for the high-rise tower would be used for improvements on the exisiting senior housing.
L.E.S. ‘Supertall II’ ready for review By Alex Ellefson
n application to build another “supertall” residential tower on the Lower East Side, which stalled earlier this summer while developers dueled over air rights, can now go though the Department of City Planning review process. The green light for the application to move forward — first reported by Crain’s New York — occurred when two nonprofit groups withdrew as coapplicants for another project competing for their development rights. A City Planning spokesperson said the agency could not review the application while the site was in dispute. Two Bridges Neighborhood Council and the Settlement Housing Fund agreed to sell air rights from their properties to JDS Development for $51 million so the development company can build a 77-story residential tower at 247 Cherry St. However, developers Gary Spindler and Roy Schoenberg have also laid claim to the development rights and are suing the nonprofits for backing out of the deal. Because Two Bridges and the Settlement Housing Fund were listed as coapplicants for both projects, City Planning said it had to hit the bureaucratic
brakes while the site was in contention. However, a letter from City Planning dated Aug. 23 said the nonprofits had formally withdrawn from the Spindler and Schoenberg project — thus, allowing the agency to continue its review of the JDS Development application. A spokesperson for JDS Development said the company is pleased the process can resume. “With its more than 150 units of affordable housing, innovative architecture, retail space and enhanced amenities for residents and the neighborhood, we believe that the project will contribute significantly to the vitality and resilience of the historic Two Bridges neighborhood,” the spokesperson added. When the developers presented the project to the community in April, they touted the fact that 150 of the 600 units would be affordable. They also pointed out that unlike the nearby Extell tower currently under construction — which will house below-market-rate tenants in a separate building — the JDS Development project’s affordable housing will be scattered throughout the building. The JDS project is also designed to preserve an existing 10-story building for senior housing by bridging itself over the structure.
The nonprofits have also promised to use money from the sale of the air rights to make improvements to the existing senior apartments, such as a renovated lobby and flood barriers. However, the presentation received a hostile reception from some community members who worried that adding another skyscraper development alongside the Extell building could squeeze out the neighborhood’s low-income residents. Victor Papa, president of the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, said the developer was being very cooperative in listening to community needs — and that the additional affordable housing, as well as improvements made possibly by the sale of the air rights, would benefit neighbors. “This is an opportunity to change the neighborhood in a way that serves the new and old populations,” he said. Papa said community stakeholders would be invited to forums at which they could give input about the project, as well as on how to spend the money earned from the development rights. He declined to comment on the lawsuit by Spindler and Schoenberg, which continues in State Supreme Court. The law firm representing the two developers also did not respond to a request for comment about the litigation. TheVillager.com
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‘It’s good for valuations’: Witkoff says huge new WITKoff continued from p. 1
Steven Witkoff might be among those Village alumni. Decades before heading a sprawling real estate empire, he was a law school student living in an apartment on Bedford St. “I was at the Charles Street Association dinner and there were two elderly people who lived in the neighborhood for a long time,” he recalled. “We immediately began talking about The Bagel on W. Fourth St. It was cheese and eggs at the bar. It was fabulous. That’s what the Village is: There’s all these different restaurants and shops. It’s a really neat community. And I think that’s why people want to move in here.” Witkoff is one of those New Yorkers making room for himself in the Village. He returned to the neighborhood in a way only available to a real estate mogul — by taking residence in the three-floor penthouse atop his new 16-story luxury condo building at 150 Charles St. From his patio, he can look out at the Hudson River or turn his gaze north toward the panoply of Midtown towers, which he calls the “stadium view.” However, the West Village’s bohemian charm is not what it used to be, in part because of developments like Witkoff’s. Buoyed by the rejuvenation of Hudson River Park — which helped boost nearby property values by 140 percent between 2000 and 2015, according to a report by Friends of Hudson River Park — the area is being remade as an exclusive neighborhood to rival Park Ave. and Tribeca. Indeed, the 150 Charles St. building, all of whose 91 units sold within 12 weeks, according to Witkoff, has attracted some high-profile buyers. Celebrities like Jon Bon Jovi, Ben Stiller and Sports Illustrated model Irina Shayk have bought into the building, according to Curbed. What was once a gritty, low-rent crash pad for future stars is now becoming an attractive destination for elites. Apartments in the tony new building fetch anywhere from $5.35 million for a mere four-bedroom apartment up to $35 million for a “Masters of the Universe” 10room penthouse. “It’s becoming like a suburb,” said Danny Fields, a music industry executive credited with discovering the Ramones at C.B.G.B., who lives near the development. “There used to be wonderfully vibrant sidewalk life and storefront life. Now it seems like all I see are nannies during the day pushing their charges around.” Neighbors waged a tenacious campaign against Witkoff’s development. A lawsuit, spearheaded by longtime West Village resident Jean-Louis Bourgeois — scion of famed sculptress Louise Bourgeois — sought to halt the project’s construction. And the developer’s application to convert the Whitehall Warehouse into the new structure, which would have allowed for a 32-story tower, inspired a video, titled “The Rape of the West Village,” charging Witkoff with attempting an end run
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Steve Witkoff on the deck outside his 16th-floor penthouse at 150 Charles St., with a “stadium view” of Manhattan looking to the nor th.
Looking out over the two foliage-covered decks of 150 Charles St., the Hudson River Park and the river.
around local zoning regulations. However, Witkoff said he never intended the development to reach the maximum allowable height and always planned for the building to capture the character of the West Village. “We would hear some of these allegations that we don’t intend to build what we said we would build, or it’s not going to be contextual, and they just weren’t accurate,” he said. “But I think the best way for us to respond was to finish the building and show people. And I think that’s what happened here.”
Witkoff hired Rick Cook of CookFox Architects to design the building so it would fit in with the neighborhood. “We wanted to pick an architect whose vision was commensurate with ours,” he said. “Our feeling from a design standpoint was: First of all, we wanted outdoor space, we wanted to engage with the river and we wanted to engage with the community.” Cook designed the building so that sunlight streamed into a lush courtyard. More plant life populates the decks on the structure’s cascading wings that face the river.
“The Village is green,” Witkoff said. “If you walk through the Village, if you have allergies, you know when the season begins because the flowers are blossoming. And we wanted the property to feel like it was in the midst of all that.” The building’s 10,000-square-foot fitness center, located belowground, is staffed by personal trainers from The Wright Fit, and includes a 75-foot lap pool, sauna, cold plunge pool and whirlpool. “The point was to create a wellness environment where people had everything they need to be healthy,” said Witkoff. “We actually have three triathletes and one Ironman and they do a lot of their training here in the building.” However, Witkoff said the development’s success has benefits for the neighborhood and beyond. The building used union workers during construction, paid out “a ton of transfer tax” [a tax paid along with the purchase of the property] to the city, and generated 41 units of affordable housing at a Bronx development through the 421-a program. He also said 150 Charles St. boosts property values for other homeowners in the community. “I think, if anything, it’s good for the valuations of other homeowners here,” he said. “Remember, resale value here percolates to resale value all around. It doesn’t just help those in the building. It sets a benchmark and a standard for everyone in the neighborhood.” However, Aysha Quinn, who lives in a co-op in the West Village Houses right next to Witkoff’s development, disagrees that the luxury condo building will be a boon for her. “It blocks my view of the river,” she said. “I have no sunlight coming in my windows anymore. All I see is barbecue on a terrace in the back of the building. I don’t see how this is going to increase property values.” Quinn also took issue with the way the green space is hidden within the new building, instead of shared with the community. Similarly, she said she finds few opportunities to interact with the new neighbors. “I don’t know where these people eat,” she said. “I don’t know where they shop. But they are not going to the store, doing regular-people stuff. And a lot of the local grocery stores and mom-and-pop shops are closing.” Witkoff said many of the residents at 150 Charles St. are raising families. “We have really lovely people,” he said of the building’s residents. “These are people who want their kids to go to school down here, want their kids to play down here. They want to be a part of this community. “Whenever you see change, people sometimes perceive change as a negative,” he said. “And, in fairness, in some cases it is a negative. My message is I want to be a good community member forever.” TheVillager.com
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Developer Steve Witkoff, on the stair way landing in his triplex, has some options on which way to go — up, down or keep it on the level.
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Gang green: 6 candidates vie over enviro Forum continued from p. 1
election in April — said the neighborhood’s problem with mounting garbage must be addressed. Asked where they stand on congestion pricing, District Leader Paul Newell said he supports the Move NY plan, which would toll the East River bridges. However, Cancel said, “The people coming into New York should not be taxed — but the big-box stores that come into Manhattan should be.” Lee said he supports congestion pricing “because it works.” “Uber has 40,000 more trips per day,” he said, adding that the Verrazano Bridge one-way toll remains an ongoing problem, creating excessive traffic Downtown, and that Park Row must be reopened to traffic. Gigi Li, a former chairperson of Community Board 3, said, “I support congestion pricing, in its concept.” But she added that there are concerns that the measure could raise the cost of delivery of goods and services in Lower Manhattan. Also, she added, “A lot of people really rely on personal cars in parts of the district — so we need carve-outs [in the plan].” District Leader Jenifer Rajkumar said she supports congestion pricing, adding that the $1.25 billion in annual funds raised by the initiative should be funneled into improving the local bus system, such
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At last Thursday’s environmental forum at Southbridge Towers, from left, Alice Cancel, Don Lee, Gigi Li, Paul Newell, Yuh-Line Niou and Jenifer Rajkumar. In this photo, Cancel is pointedly asking Niou if she was around during past disasters in the district. as in the East Village and on Grand St. on in favor of keeping all green space.” the Lower East Side. Li, however, said, “I do support buildYuh-Line Niou, former chief of staff of ing affordable housing on that lot, with the Queens Assemblymember Ron Kim, said caveat that some open space is preserved she supports congestion pricing — but — plus, creating other open space.” that the revenue from it would have to be Li’s biggest political supporter, Counsafeguarded from being siphoned off into cilmember Margaret Chin, is the local other budgets in Albany. politician most actively pushing the plan Asked if they supported saving the to build housing on the Nolita lot. Elizabeth St. Garden, Lee, who is a ChiLi stated that her position was actunatown businessman and activist, said, ally similar to Lee’s on this issue, but “There are 13 lots in the district that are Lee quickly retorted, clarifying, “I am for available for affordable housing — so I am keeping it open space — she’s not.”
Newell said, “I think we can keep our affordable housing stock without building on parks and gardens.” Niou stated, “I know Community Board 2 has identified two other spaces for affordable housing. Green spaces and affordable housing should not be pitted against each other. I also have basil and carrots growing there, so I would like to protect them,” she said of the Elizabeth St. Garden. Rajkumar said she was “an early advocate” of the embattled garden, adding, “I have fought for open space in the South Village which was threatened by the N.Y.U. plan.” On questions about resiliency and responding to another storm on the level of Sandy, Cancel took a shot at Niou, who has only lived in the city a few years. “I was there, on that forefront, to make sure that every senior, every disabled person, was taken care of,” the incumbent assemblymember said. “Were you here for Hurricane Irene, 9/11...Sandy?” she asked of Niou. Li pointed out that radio proved to be one of the best ways to communicate when cell phones were knocked out by Sandy. “We know that now,” she noted. Rajkumar said she would work with local business improvement districts, BID’s, Forum continued on p. 11
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to help coordinate the response to disasters. As the candidates answered a question about how to make a proposed small “Brooklyn Bridge Beach” a reality, Lee went on a slight tangent to criticize Basketball City as an inaccessible facility on the Lower East Side waterfront. “Basketball City — that is adding insult to injury,” he charged, “a slap in the face to people in the area who want to play.” In their closing statements, Cancel, a resident of Southbridge Towers, tailored her comment to the audience, which contained a fair amount of residents from the complex, located just south of the Brooklyn Bridge. She noted she had called City Hall that morning after a water pipe broke during construction, cutting off water to part of the complex. Her call got results, she noted: The water was quickly restored. Lee spoke of his community activism. “This is the work that I do,” he said, “fight for the Grand St. subway [reopening when one of the lines was shut down for construction], get the funding; fight that the criminal justice system is fair to the street vendors in Chinatown — pay it forward, move forward.” Li said she is running on her track re-
cord of finding solutions to community issues, and referred people to her Web site for more information. “I’m asking for your support because this race will change the face of Lower Manhattan,” she said. Newell talked about climate change. “This year is already the hottest year on record,” he said. “We need to stop investing in pipelines and other fossil fuels and move to solar and offshore wind power. It’s putting Lower Manhattan at risk.” Niou, touting her Albany experience, said, “Because we are all freshman, whoever comes in is going to have a very small budget — the person elected will need the experience and the ability to push things through.” Rajkumar cited her independence. In a bitter defeat, Newell beat her out for the endorsement of her home political club, Downtown Independent Democrats. “I’ve always been independent,” she told the audience. “I belong only to you. I am unbought and that’s what will make me an effective legislator. And I know how to fight.” Afterward, asked what he thought of the forum, one Southbridge resident, a retired print-shop worker, said he was voting for Niou. “My union is for her,” he said. “I belong to DC 37 and they support her.”
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Bob McGlynn, linked Tompkins protests and glasnost
By Bill Weinberg
ob McGlynn, a longtime figure in New York City’s anarchist scene who linked the Tompkins Square Park protests of the 1980s to pro-democracy movements in Eastern Europe, died of a heart attack on Aug. 23 at his home in Yonkers. He was 60. With his long hair, army boots, sleeveless denim jacket and prizefighter’s build, McGlynn could be taken for a biker. But he was motivated by an intense idealism. McGlynn’s activist career began in the early 1980s with Brooklyn AntiNuclear Group (BANG), which was organizing to shut down the Indian Point nuclear power plant. His artistically crude but politically sophisticated cartoons gave the BANG newsletter a punk aesthetic. In this same period, he began working as a bicycle messenger — which also thrust him into political activity. Faced with police harassment and city government attempts to oppressively regulate cyclists, in 1982 he organized the first bike messengers’ union in New York, the Independent Couriers Association. In 1987, when Mayor Ed Koch
issued an order banning bicycles from three Midtown avenues during working hours, the messengers repeatedly rode in a large group in defiance. McGlynn was on the frontlines of this successful struggle — the ban was overturned as unenforceable. McGlynn proudly called himself the “King of All Bicycle Messengers.” McGlynn was again facing off with police in the streets when the city attempted to impose a curfew on Tompkins Square Park in 1988. That set off three years of conflict on the gentrifying Lower East Side, with squatters, anarchists and the homeless fighting the cops in an endless series of angry protests and riots. McGlynn, although living in Brooklyn, biked across the river to join in the action. But McGlynn’s special passion was building ties of solidarity with antinuclear, anti-militarist and ecological activists in the Eastern Bloc — challenging work in the paranoid and polarized atmosphere of the Reagan Cold War. This work began when McGlynn and friends formed a New York sister organization to the Moscow Trust Group in 1983. The Trust Group, with its unassuming name, had been formed by Moscow activists as an “acceptable” cover to advocate for nuclear disarmament. Now linked with a New York group, the Moscow activists had greater visibility, and
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Bob McGlynn holding a copy of local underground newspaper The Shadow at the memorial for anarchist gardener Adam Purple at La Plaza Cultural community garden last September.
were less vulnerable to being imprisoned or “disappeared” by Soviet authorities. In 1986, in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster, McGlynn and his NY Trust Group collaborator Ann-Marie Hendrickson joined with two activists from the U.K. to travel to Moscow — smuggling in Russian-language fliers about the dangers of radiation and a banner reading, “No More Hiroshimas, No More Chernobyls — Peace and Environmental Safety for All.” The action took place in early August, timed for the Hiroshima anniversary. They promptly headed to Moscow’s Gorky Park, where they unfurled the banner, began distributing the leaflets — and were of course quickly arrested by the K.G.B. After a few days in custody, they were deported. The action won international media coverage. Back in New York after this escapade, McGlynn helped transform the local Trust Group into Neither East Nor West (NENW) — dedicated to supporting anti-authoritarian forces throughout Eastern Europe. As the Cold War entered its endgame, such groups were fast gaining ground, and NENW organized campaigns and demonstrations to support Eastern Bloc activists faced with imprisonment or persecution. NENW gave special emphasis to linking activist struggles in the Eastern Bloc and the U.S. — for instance, getting activists in Moscow, Minsk and Warsaw to protest at their local U.S. embassies to demand freedom for Kenny Toglia, a New York activist facing charges in the Tompkins Square riots. During this period, McGlynn saved up his money that he worked hard for as a bike messenger to travel to Eastern Europe, meeting and networking with activists in Poland and Slovenia, the latter then part of Yugoslavia.
NENW’s newsletter was an important networking tool in those pre-Internet days. It was called On Gogol Boulevard, for Moscow’s artistic and alternative scene hangout, and was mailed to contacts around the world. It later morphed into an insert that appeared in anarchist publications, including The Shadow, organ of the Tompkins Square uprising. In the ’80s and into the ’90s, NENW shared an office with sibling anarchist groups at the famous, and recently closed, “Peace Pentagon” at 339 Lafayette St., run by the pacifist War Resisters’ League and its affiliated AJ Muste Foundation. McGlynn put in countless hours stuffing envelopes there. The Cold War came to an end, but NENW remained active for several more years — especially doing support work for antiwar activists in all the ex-Yugoslav republics. In the late ’90s, McGlynn retreated from Brooklyn to his childhood home of Yonkers and withdrew from the activist scene to deal with health problems. He had long been on painkillers after throwing out his back as a messenger. Accustomed to an extremely active lifestyle, adjusting to physical limitations also posed psychological challenges for McGlynn. However, he had recently begun to emerge from his period of withdrawal. In February 2015, a NENW reunion party was held in Manhattan, and McGlynn spoke enthusiastically of reviving the group in light of the war in Ukraine and renewed U.S.-Russia rivalry. The group later that year issued its first public statement in years — in support of Syria’s revolutionary Kurds. McGlynn, is survived by his longtime partner, Joanna Pizzo. He will be remembered for his boundless love of freedom, and intransigent hostility to all dictatorships and superpowers. TheVillager.com
Lillian Lifflander, committed L.E.S. activist, dies at 96 By Katharine Wolpe
illian Lifflander, a member of Coalition for a District Alternative, or CoDA, and a lifelong activist who worked in the labor, peace and justice movements, died at the end of last month. She was 96. She lived in the Seward Park co-ops. Her friends and comrades recalled Lifflander as “one of the Lower East Side’s most notorious activists” and “a generally much-loved rabble-rouser.” She was born Lillian Rosenberg in 1919 on the Lower East Side. She graduated from Washington Irving High School and Vassar College. She went on to work for the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (the “U.E.”) in 1940. After the U.E., she served in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) during World War II, as part of the united front against fascism. She was a founding member of the Lower East Side Mobilization for Peace Action (LEMPA), an organization active against the Vietnam War and in favor of social justice on the Lower East Side, addressing issues such as fair and affordable housing and community control of the schools. More recently, she was also active in the fight to end U.S. occupation of
Vieques, Puerto Rico, camping out on the beach at Vieques and later being arrested in front of the United Nations. In a video interview by Toby Emmer in April 20, 2015, Lifflander was asked what she was most proud of. “All the times I was arrested,” she
replied. “Most of the time there was no question that we were in violation of the law. .. The law was wrong.” Lifflander added she especially enjoyed participating in the Vieques protests because, as she put, “You were on the ‘up team.’ ”
She was also among the Granny Peace Brigade members arrested in March 2009 for protesting President Obama’s military policies in Iraq; the pacifist seniors tried to enlist at the Times Square Army recruiting station. She was a member of CoDA, a leading East Village and Lower East Side Democratic political organization. In addition to her activism, Lifflander embarked on an acting career while in her early 80s. She started as an extra and later became a member of the Screen Actors Guild, playing speaking parts in movies, including “Enchanted” and “New Year’s Eve.” Lifflander is survived by two daughters, two grandchildren and a 1-yearold great grandson, for whom she continued to struggle for a just and safe world. There will be a remembrance gathering for Lillian Lifflander in the community room at 264 East Broadway on Tues., Sept. 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For a brief interview of Lifflander reflecting on her career of social-justice activism, go to: https://mail.google. com/mail/u/0/#search/lifflander/156 dbcd606bb5285?projector=1 . At the end of the video interview, Lifflander offers her parting advice to activists: “Grab a sign — and get on line.”
Richard Kopperdahl, 83, wrote in the Voice about his gritty life By Beth Sopko
ichard Kopperdahl died Aug. 21 at the age of 83 after a long battle with cancer. The cause of death was congestive heart failure. Richard was born in Seattle, Washington, but spent his childhood and formative years in San Francisco. He worked for more than 20 years at the Village Voice in the production department, and in that time wrote several cover stories that earned him somewhat of a cult following. These included “Bettervue Hospital” — about his hospitalization stays at Bellevue and Beth Israel for mental illness — which was rerun in the Voice a couple of weeks ago, with a foreword by colleague and friend Bob Baker; “The Bowery Remembered,” about his years living on the Bowery before it was cool; “Old Fashion Guy,” about being scouted as a runway model for Donna Karan; and “Living Sober,” which was a supplement and introduction to Alcoholics Anonymous that he wrote under the pseudonym “Dick K.” He wasn’t shy about mentioning that “The Bowery Remembered” got him nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He had also been a technology reviewer for the Voice’s Electromag and Technomag TheVillager.com
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supplements. He had lived in the same sixth-floor walk-up apartment since 1976. Richard retired in 2001 and spent his last years eating breakfast every day at the Odessa restaurant on Avenue A. Prior to that, he had been a breakfast regular at Around the Clock on Stuyvesant St. until it closed, and before that, he ate at Dojo on St. Mark’s Place every day. Viewing of the body was at Peter Jarema Funeral Home, at 129 E. Seventh St., on Aug. 26. A memorial service will be held in the coming weeks. September 8, 2016
Police Blotter bance in the troubled northwest corner of Washington Square Park at 1 a.m. on Tues, Aug. 30, police said. In the report, police noted that there were one or more signs posted along the park’s exterior stating it closed at midnight. When cops responded, the woman then allegedly intentionally attempted to prevent the arrest of another individual by interfering with police duties. Upon a search, the woman was found to be in possession of razors. Police arrested Ashlynne E. Kirkpatrick, 21, for felony obstruction of governmental administration.
A sur veillance photo of the suspect who allegedly fired a gunshot in Washington Square Park.
Gunfire in the park According to police, on Wed., Aug. 31, around 11:15 p.m., a man displayed a firearm inside the northwest corner of Washington Square Park, and fired a shot toward a 29-year-old man. The victim was struck by a concrete fragment that was sent into the air when the round struck the pavement. According to the New York Post, the victim felt he had been sold phony drugs by the other man and confronted him, demanding oral sex from his girlfriend as compensation. In response, the dealer pistol-whipped the man on the head once with the gun, then fired off the shot. Luckily, there were no serious injuries reported. The victim refused medical attention. The suspect is described as about 25 years old and 5 feet 5 inches tall. Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline, at 800-577-TIPS, or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting them to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential. The historic Village park’s northwest corner has been the subject of complaints of aggressive homeless people and drug dealing off and on since this past winter.
Noise and razors A woman was making noise “for no legitimate reason” and causing a distur-
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Now he’s in the news Police said two men approached the newsstand at the northeast corner of W. Third St. and Sixth Ave. at 10:45 a.m. on Wed., Aug. 31, and that one man distracted the vendor while the other reached into the register and grabbed $50. The thief then rushed off eastbound on W. Third St., but was stopped by police at Washington Square Park. He then tried to flee, though, while flailing his arms, causing the police officer to fall and sustain injuries to his arm and knee. Upon further investigation, the man was found to have an open parole warrant. Jorge Molina, 27, was arrested for felony assault.
Killed by ambulance An 81-year-old Kips Bay resident was killed by a Fire Department ambulance on Mon., Aug. 28, around 2:20 p.m., according to police. Police responded to a 911 call of a pedestrian struck at the corner of E. 14th St. and Second Ave. Upon arrival, they found Gen Zhan, of 332 E. 29th St., on the ground with severe body trauma. E.M.S. responded and transported the male to Bellevue Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 22-year-old Fire Department of New York employee operating a department ambulance was traveling southbound on Second Ave. He reportedly was not on an emergency call and so did not have the vehicle’s siren or flashing lights on. He made a left turn onto 14th St. and struck the pedestrian walking northbound in the crosswalk. The driver remained on scene. The investigation is ongoing by the Police Department’s Collision Investigation Squad.
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A police officer tends to a young c yclist who was hit by a car on Avenue A.
Close call A young boy on a bike was hit by a car on Avenue A on Saturday evening Sept. 3. “I heard the screech a full block away,” said Chris Ryan, who photographed the scene. “So someone either was going way too fast — i.e., the car — or someone really came out of nowhere — i.e., the bike. Not sure.” The young cyclist was conscious as police arrived on the scene and took care of him until E.M.S. arrived.
She was last seen at 3:30 p.m. inside her residence. She weighs 115 pounds and has a light complexion, white hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a green shirt, beige pants and pink sandals. Anyone with information should contact the Crime Stoppers Hotline (see first Police Blotter item, above).
Gaslight fight Gaslight Lounge, at 400 W. 14th St., was the scene of an altercation early Sunday morning. On Sept. 4 at 3:25 a.m., the victim told police that he got into an argument with another male. The man then punched him in the right eye and nose with a closed fist, causing bruising and swelling. Joseph Fariello, 36, was arrested for misdemeanor assault.
Missing from Jane Police said that Marianne Novobatzky, an 83-year-old resident of 61 Jane St., was reported missing on Tues., Sept. 6.
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Tribeca lensman Milo Hess took a quick skip over the East River Monday to photograph one of the city’s most color ful annual events, the Caribbean Carnival Parade — formerly known as the West Indian Day Parade — on Eastern Park way. Unfor tunately, the celebration was once again preceded by violence at the predawn J’Ouver t par t y, which saw two young people fatally shot despite a heav y police presence. Never theless, paradegoers couldn’t help but feel irie — Jamaican lingo for “all right!” — at the festive main event.
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Letters to the Editor Pier55 vs. peace and quiet
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To The Editor: “Nine piles pounded for Pier55; But antis set to argue ‘Nein!’ ” (news article, Sept. 1): The proposed Pier 55 “Entertainment Center” that will jut into the Hudson River is a terrible idea. Leave the river alone. The sound impact over Greenwich Village will be horrendous. I hope the City Club’s opposition triumphs.
To The Editor: Re “Third wheels or for real? Stein and Johnson offer voters more of a choice” (news article, Sept. 1): Lumping the Green Party and Libertoonian Party together in one article doesn’t exactly convey taking either of them seriously.
‘Rio’ read like a dream
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To The Editor: Re “Rio, LES and the green ring in the Olympic flag” (notebook, by Elizabeth Ruf-Maldonado, Sept. 1): Beautifully written. As I missed most of the opening ceremony of these Olympics on TV, and as I have lived many years in the East Village, it was like “sweet dreams” to me and well worth taking the time to read Ruf-Maldonado’s piece all the way through. Thank you.
Giving Hillary a pass? To The Editor: Re “Third wheels or for real? Stein and Johnson offer voters more of a choice” (news article, Sept. 1): Bill Weinberg, do you scrutinize Hillary Clinton as much as you “scrutinize” an antiwar party like the Greens? Dean Tuckerman
Green won’t bash Bashar To The Editor: Re “Third wheels or for real? Stein and Johnson offer voters more of a choice” (news article, Sept. 1): Syria’s Bashar al-Assad was just as legitimately elected as was Hillary Clinton in winning the Democratic nomination in this year’s primaries. In fact, given the Democratic National Committee’s theft of millions of votes from Bernie Sanders, more so. Yet, Hillary Clinton will soon be commander in chief of the U.S. government, and Bill Weinberg will, he says, probably vote for her. Weinberg conveniently ignores Clinton’s involvement with the bombardment of Assad’s regime! (It’s the U.S. “government” and Syria’s “regime.”) Hmmm. Heavy-duty arms are already flowing to ISIL in Syria via the Libyan “freedom fighters” that Hillary and Obama had armed, and who stuck a bayonet into Qadaffi’s a-- and cut him open. Hillary gloated. Weinberg says nothing. The Green Party’s anti-imperialist position is the correct one — no troops, no arms, no war! Bill Weinberg can’t bring himself to understand that the government of the country of which he’s a citizen is headed by mass murderers. He might accept that reality in words, but he focuses most of his attacks and scorn on leftists, and on those he calls “conspiracy theorists.” In fact, he’s planning to vote for our next Caligula — with some mumbled reservations—instead of joining the fight to oppose Clinton and the Democratic Party’s warmongers and help build the alternative. Mitchel Cohen Cohen is a member, Brooklyn Green Party Letters continued on p. 20
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Like we need another Starbucks...thanks, N.Y.U.!
TALKING POINT By Harry Bubbins
he intersection of Waverly Place and Mercer St. is just east of Washington Square Park. This unique part of town is still world renowned for history, culture, arts, creativity and university intellect. Just the place we need…another Starbucks. A tip from a local resident who saw the construction led us at the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation to scope out the permit posted behind a dumpster. Indeed, a Starbucks is being constructed in the
What about using the space to feature small start-up businesses? ground floor of 10 Waverly Place at the southwest corner of Mercer St. It’s formerly the location of Brad’s, a local joint where you could get a coffee, or a drink or a sandwich, and use the Wi-Fi. This location will bridge the terrible
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The ground-floor space at the southwest corner of Waverly Place and Mercer St. is being renovated for a Starbucks, which replaces Brad’s, a small, independent cafe.
gap between the Astor Place Starbucks, less than a 3-minute walk east, and the other Starbucks, a whole 150 seconds by foot in the other direction, at 43 W. Fourth St. on the N.Y.U. campus. N.Y.U. owns the 10 Waverly Place location, as well, so this is not a case of a struggling building owner seeking to make a few bucks in rent from whomever they can get to rent the space. N.Y.U. actually has a $3.5 billion endowment — the investment of which the student-formed Alternative Endowment Coalition wants to influence. (We’re guessing the coalition
isn’t interested in more Starbucks). Is this what this space needs? What about using the ground-floor space to feature the small businesses and entrepreneurs served in the N.Y.U. Stern School of Business W.R. Berkley Innovation Lab, the stated purpose of which is to equip students, alumni and researchers from across N.Y.U.’s campus with the skills and know-how to launch and grow sustainable ventures? Why does yet another outpost of a national retail chain like Starbucks — with an overwhelming presence —
have to go here? Don’t people attend N.Y.U. and visit this area because of the unique character and quality of the community? A seemingly quaint sentiment, I know, but one shared very widely. Not content with nine stores for every square mile of Manhattan, Starbucks is reported to be opening a 20,000-square-foot “Roastery” at 61 Ninth Ave., at W. 15th St., in the Meatpacking District in 2018, too. That site is where Prince Lumber had been located since 1923, next to the Apple Store. This latest case of chain-store proliferation erasing individual and independent businesses is particularly bitter and insulting coming from N.Y.U. The administration’s standing in the local community is at an all-time low, as the university begins demolition and construction on its widely opposed 20-year South Village expansion plan, which currently involves cutting down rows of beloved cherry trees just a few blocks away on Mercer St. Of course there are alternatives for coffee. Just down the block, Oren’s Daily Roast started on Waverly Place 30 years ago in 1986! Think Coffee is also on Mercer St. Fair Folks and Goat has two locations, one on W. Houston St. and one on E. 11th St.; if you become a member for $35 a month, you can have unlimited coffee, tea, even lemonade.
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Bella nonchalantly balanced on a skateboard on E. Houston St. on Sunday. Though she looked ready to shred, grind, catch some serious air, and generally hot dog — well, kind of, maybe — it was actually her first time on a board. She liked posing for the shot. TheVillager.com
Bubbins is special projects and East Village director, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation September 8, 2016
Buggin’ out: Why I really love my exterminator RHYMES WITH CRAZY By Lenore Skenazy
o everything there is a season, especially if you’re a household pest: A time for mice, a time for ants. A time to eat wood, a time to suck blood. And a time for all those roaches under ovens. No one knows this better than the experienced exterminator. “There’s a different insect or problem every month,” says Sam Ramos, proprietor of Above and Beyond Pest Management, in Rockaway Park, Queens, doing business citywide, but mostly in Brooklyn. If this is April, it must be termite season. May? Carpenter bees. And which pest pops inside in November? Hint: It is a creature that was much beloved by Walt Disney. Hint No. 2: It is not a duck. How do I know all this? I had a long, meandering conversation with Sam, my savior. Six months ago, when I could no longer convince myself it was my imagination that little brown things were running for cover every time
I turned on the kitchen light, I sat down at my computer and did what any full-blooded New Yorker does at such a time. I vowed never to leave a single dish a single second in the sink ever again if only someone would come and make my home undepressing again. Then I called a couple of exterminators that I found online, and one of them — Sam — sounded positively jubilant. “Roaches? Piece of cake!” he said. He told me they’re easy to get rid of, and guaranteed his work for six months. Since it is now six months later and I can still turn on the kitchen light without screaming, I wondered if he’d spill the beans (and then carefully clean them up) about the rest of New York and its infestations. That’s when I learned about the Seasons of the Pest. Right now, says Sam, we are in the midst of stinging season, which began in July. But because this summer has been so outrageously hot and humid, he has also been getting out-of-season calls about roaches. Not just ordinary roaches. “In 22 years, I’ve only seen them fly once,” he told me. “That was maybe 15 years ago. And now they’re flying again.” Great. This summer may also be remembered, at least by Sam, for its millipede and centipede explosion. These leggy pests tend to be more of an issue in homes made of
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brick, he said, because bricks are porous, “and with humidity, they actually sweat.” Out come their inhabitants. For folks who live in brick houses, Sam recommends a dehumidifier. “It’s a small investment and it’ll save your home,” he explains. “Water is the enemy.” Once fall arrives, the stinging insects drop off and in many places, the ants do, too. “But what if you have a heat-radiant floor?” asks Sam. It’s nice and warm for ants, too. For an easy mnemonic think: Radi-ANT heat. In October and November, rodents come in from the cold. Waterbugs show up, too, because that’s when the heat goes on. “Once the pipes get hot, they can’t nest in the walls, so they tend to come out around the radiators,” says Sam. And then everything that needs to stay toasty inside does — for the rest of the winter. (Unless Sam gets there.) Come April, he says, “When one day it’s 40 degrees, and then one day it’s 70 and everybody puts their shorts on and heads to the park? That’s termite day,” says Sam. They swarm. This can be outside the house or — OMG— inside. In May, the carpenter bees bore into the underside of decks, mating as they go. And pretty soon it’s summer with the stinging things again.
The good news is that New Yorkers’ two biggest enemies — roaches and bedbugs — are no longer the intractable problems they were. A new poison embedded in delicious (to roaches) gel is doubly effective: It kills the roaches and then kills (put down your fork) the roaches that eat them. And after 15 or 20 years of trying to kill bedbugs, exterminators have finally come up with a poison that does the job without accidentally sending the bloodsuckers scattering. Since bedbugs are generally happy right there in the bed, targeted killing means that’s where they die, and people don’t have to throw out all their belongings anymore, because the bugs never scrambled away. I asked Sam how it feels to rid the city of pests. He answered with a story: Once, he was called in to treat a six-story building overrun by bedbugs because of an earlier mis-treatment (mis-treat and they scatter), even in the walls. He did the job, and then he moved into an apartment there. “The neighbors love me,” he said. “It’s like having a doctor in the house.” Seasons come, seasons go. But a good exterminator passeth all understanding.
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rec center” (news brief, Sept. 1) In the Sept. 1 issue there are two photos of the signs for the Tony Dapolito Recreational Center. Which is the new sign, which is the old? They are almost identical except that one is dark type on a light background, and the other (almost) the same font, but colors reversed. What have we gained here? How much did it cost? Who paid for it?
Skenazy is the author and founder of the book and blog “Free-Range Kids” and a contributor at Reason.com.
Letters to the Editor Crowns were the tops To The Editor: Re “James Crown, N.Y.U. political science professor” (obituary, Aug. 11): It was not Jim alone who encouraged budding talent, but also his wife, Bonnie. Nor was their outreach limited to Paris and London. They were friends of writers in Seoul, Calcutta, Bombay and Karachi. Bonnie had my poems published in prestigious American journals, helping me along with advances when I was without any steady income in Calcutta. I profoundly regret not having seen them more often during their final phase. But what I glimpsed of the beautiful way they prepared to bid farewell to life, encourages my wife of 61 years and I to go with grace when it is our turn to be called. Jyoti Datta
Dubious ‘Dap’ redo? To The Editor: Re “A little (new) Dap’ll do ya at Village
Richard L. Phillips Editor’s note: The dark-green sign is the new one. From the looks of it, presumably, it is relatively low-cost.
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Film Force Four’s Fantastic Fall
What makes the cut at carefully curated cinemas BY SEAN EGAN
ith the last of summer’s bloated franchise films straggling out of theaters, the next few months will provide a welcome opportunity to wash the taste of undercooked sequels out of your mouth. Thankfully, there’s no better place on the island (or the globe for that matter) for film lovers to discover original new voices or revisit old favorites than Lower Manhattan. Programmers from four of the area’s premiere independent cinemas recently spoke with us, about their philosophies and what they’ll be presenting throughout the fall.
FILM FORUM For many New York film buffs, it might be easy to take Film Forum for granted — after all, the venue’s been operating for nearly 50 years, since it was founded in 1970. But according to premieres co-programmer Mike Maggiore, the theater is having one of its best summers ever — perhaps due to the fact that he and his co-programmers try to reach both film buffs and a wider audience of cinemagoers. “We’re really trying to find what is interesting and provocative and exciting in world cinema today; films that really move or excite us, or kind of expand our knowledge and really explore or expose something that we find novel,” Maggiore explained. To this end, Maggiore and his co-programmer Karen Cooper scour the world, through festivals and screener links alike, viewing upwards of 700 films yearly. About 30 are selected for theatrical runs, and the venue has a distinct commitment TheVillager.com TheVillager.com
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An exterior look at Film Forum, which has been in operation since 1970.
to documentary (which account for about 70% of premieres). Maggiore highlighted two soon-to bereleased docs in particular: “Tower” and “Do Not Resist.” The former is a mostly animated examination of the first mass school shooting (1966, at the University of Texas). The latter concerns the militarization of police. Both are prescient in a way Maggiore couldn’t have planned. “There is a hunger for great documentaries, and audiences will come out to see something fascinating.” Fall highlights of Film Forum’s narrative programming include the based-ona-true-story “Christine” (Oct. 14), which, Maggiore noted, offers “a fantastic, electric performance by Rebecca Hall.” In December, Maggiore is looking forward
to “Toni Erdmann,” a critics’ favorite at Cannes. “If you were to tell me that there was an 162-minute German cringe comedy, and that it was one of the best films of the year, I might be skeptical, but this one definitely won me over,” he said with a laugh. Bruce Goldstein, the director of Film Forum’s repertory programming, also knows a thing or two about long-game programming. “Basically I’m juggling, over many years, different projects that are always just floating, and we’re waiting for the opportune moment to do them,” he noted. As it stands however, his upcoming fall slate is pretty killer. In the coming weeks, theatergoers will be treated to a Marx Brothers slate, a 3-D
auteur program (featuring rare Hitchcock and Sirk prints), a Busby Berkeley retrospective, and, cheekily timed for election week, a series on “demagogues” (featuring titles like “Dr. Strangelove” and “The Great Dictator”). “I wouldn’t just do a thematic series about world events, unless it lent itself to a fun series — and I think it is a fun series,” Goldstein assured. “Serious subject, but the films are individually entertaining.” All this plays in conjunction with Goldstein’s regularly scheduled weekly Film Forum Jr. matinee program, designed to introduce kids to classics and foster a love of movies in a new generation. FILM continued on p. 22 September September8,8,2016 2016
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Keith Maitland’s documentary “Tower” opens Oct. 12 at Film Forum.
“I hope that [audiences] feel they’ve experienced something here that they couldn’t get anywhere else in New York, and that they’ve visited a theater that cares deeply about movies,” said Maggiore on his aspirations for the venue. “The big element that the theater offers, that you can’t get at home, or on a device is the audience, and sharing it with an audience — and that’s very important,” echoed Goldstein. “Take a classic like ‘Psycho;’ I don’t think it could have the same impact [at home]. What’s happening? Most people are looking at their Facebook accounts or whatever; they’re looking at Instagram while they’re watching. All those distractions, it’s just not the same.” Film Forum is located at 209 W. Houston St. (btw. Varick St. & Sixth Ave.). Call 212-727-8110 or visit filmforum.org.
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A still from “The Latest Variety Sensation,” part of Anthology Film Archives’ “Woman With a Movie Camera” series.
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Even amongst the unique world of independent theaters, Anthology Film Archives is kind of a different beast. That’s because Anthology, which was founded in 1970 by experimental and avant-garde pioneers including Jonas Mekas and Stan Brakhage, is exactly what it says it is. In addition to being a theater, it’s an institution that houses an archival collection and serves as a center for film and video preservation and restoration work, with theaters equipped to present all of their programming on their original formats, from 35mm to VHS (and everything in between). True to its roots, Anthology places a special focus on independent, experimental, and avant-garde films in their exhibition and preservation efforts (which often go hand in hand), especially ones that fly under the radar, or are in danger of being lost to time. It’s a philosophy that’s been in place since the early days of the theater, when the Essential Cinema — Anthology’s “foundational text,” according to programmer Jed Rapfogel — was drafted by its founders. Left unfinished in 1975, the 330-title list was “an attempt to define the art of cinema,” and included usual suspects like Chaplin and Welles, while also emphasizing avant-garde directors like Brakhage, Michael Snow, Hollis Frampton, and Maya Deren. It’s an unchanging document that helped define avant-garde cin-
ema, and whose titles are still played on constant rotation at Anthology. “We add to the Essential Cinema in a philosophical sense by programming lots of other things,” Rapfogel noted. “But as far as the Essential Cinema goes, we don’t add to it.” Upcoming programming attests to this — most specifically, the “Re-Visions” series, which takes a look at experimental filmmakers from 1975 to about 1990. “Re-Visions,” Rapfogel noted, “is something that came out of a grant from the [Andy] Warhol Foundation, and it really just covers the preservation work we’ve been doing for about three or four years now. It basically funded a whole host of preservation projects, and the idea was to focus on the generation of avantgarde cinema after the Essential Cinema did take its final form,” said Rapfogel, who noted that he also tries to pair the restored films with modern work from the directors, as “most of these filmmakers are still alive, and most of them continue to make work.” In the month of September, the series will focus on the work of Lower East Side filmmaker Bradley Eros, with future programs (continuing through early 2017) highlighting the works of artists like the late Peter Hutton. And starting on Sept. 15, Rapfogel’s scheduled another program that continues Anthology’s efforts to preserve and uncover important, overlooked works. “The ‘Woman With a Movie Camera’ series is something that is gonna be really kind of amazing, a pretty broad survey of female-directed films, pre-1950,” he explained, asserting that while the program features selections by bigger names like Alice Guy-Blaché, it more prominently includes little-known and international films from the early era of motion pictures. “I think there are a lot of discoveries to be made there.” Going forward, Rapfogel has lined up a program for the 50th anniversary of the London Filmmaker’s Co-op, and, in October, a variety of programs that focus on horror, including a retrospective of Italian gore master Lucio Fulci. “He’s best known as a horror filmmaker, but he made films in a crazy variety of genres,” said Rapfogel. “The idea is really to call attention to them.” He’s also letting the reins go for a bit, for a series called “Medium is the Massacre.” “John Dieringer, who runs Screen Slate, he’s guest-curating a series, [that’s] kind of a blast, that’s going focusing on horror films in which media — cinema, FILM continued on p. 23 TheVillager.com TheVillager.com
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The distinct retro-futurist style and architecture of Metrograph evokes 1920s New York theaters, and reflects the personality of the founders and staff.
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TV, the Internet — play a major role in terms of the plot,” he revealed, noting such cult titles as “Videodrome” and “Poltergeist” would be featured. Anthology Film Archives is located at 32 Second Ave. (at Second St.). Call 212-5155181 or visit anthologyfilmarchives.org.
METROGRAPH Having first opened its doors this past March, Metrograph is the new kid on the block (especially compared to stalwarts like Anthology and Film Forum), but the Downtown venue has already made a name for itself with its idiosyncratic programming and a bold sense of style. “I think the thing that sets Metrograph apart from other places that already exist in the city is just the personality that’s diffused throughout the entire identity of the cinema,” noted programmer Aliza Ma. “And by that, I mean the tangible aspects: the design, every element of the architec-
ture, the aesthetics, all the way down to the programming.” Stepping into the venue, the sense of style can’t be denied, from its retrofuturist bar and concession (and upscale dining room) to its wooden seats in the screening rooms. A quick glance at its schedule, which features a mind-boggling array of 35mm screenings, also confirms Ma’s claims. “I feel like within the last 10 years, film, it went from being the dominant industry format to almost becoming sort of a museum rarity,” Ma asserted. “There’s a certain connectivity between distribution, archiving and exhibition, and our hope is that drop by drop, our efforts to continue exhibiting film will affect some kind of change.” Nowhere is this commitment to 35mm more apparent than in the retrospective programs, which Ma conceives and executes with her co-programmer Jake Perlin. “[Our process is] pretty much what you might do if you just wanted to brainstorm a bunch of programs. We have a board where we write all these ideas that might be really cool,” she explained. The
Japanese horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Creepy” comes to Metrograph just in time for Halloween.
results have been wide-ranging and eclectic, from their Robert Aldrich retrospective (starting Sept. 15) to their “Queer ’90s” series (Oct. 5), which is “meant to survey a time when the visibility of queer characters became more prominent in every aspect of cinema,” and capitalize on the sense of ’90s nostalgia Ma has observed Downtown. The current programming centerpiece is “Welcome to Metrograph,” where the programmers select favorites in alphabetical order. Sept./Oct. find the alphabetized amalgamation hitting M and N for titles. “It’s a total extension of our personality,” Ma said, noting the only context for the films is the cinema they’re playing in. “With ‘Welcome to Metrograph,’ it’s almost like we thought of it so intuitively, and we thought of it because we didn’t want to establish a new canon or even an anti-canon. And I really dislike the listicle culture that is so pervasive now, so we were like, ‘What if we just listed films that we really like alphabetically?’ And now it’s like a joke that’s gone, like, so far that we have to carry it out completely.” The selections run the gamut from
George Miller’s “Mad Max” to Chantal Ackerman’s “News From Home.” In addition to series, starting Sept. 8, the theater is giving a full theatrical run to a new 35mm print of 1982’s “Chan is Missing.” “It’s such a landmark ChineseAmerican film, which is different from a Chinese film,” said Ma. “It’s as American as a John Ford western, but it’s made wholly of the Asian-American experience, and it’s this sort of interesting play on the legacy of film noir.” Nonetheless, Metrograph still has a commitment to presenting adventurous new releases. Ma’s particularly excited about the release of “Little Sister,” a film about a present day 20-something nun visiting her family. “We thought it was such a really sweet film about family, it’s kind of playful and also very moving,” described Ma. Around Halloween a feature called “Creepy” will premiere, hailing from Kiyoshi Kurosawa, “a veteran Japanese horror director” returning to his roots. FILM continued on p. 24
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“Hopefully people will trust us enough to take a chance on something they’ve never heard of before,” Ma said. “I’m hoping that the programming and the way that the cinema is laid out will open up the possibility of people associating really great filmgoing memories with Metrograph.” Metrograph is located at 7 Ludlow St. (btw. Canal & Hester Sts.). Call 212-6600312 or visit metrograph.com.
IFC CENTER Sitting somewhere between the freshfaced eagerness of Metrograph and the elder statesmen of Film Forum and Anthology lies IFC Center, which has been drawing people in from the West 4 Street subway stop since it opened in 2005. “We’re in such a fortunate position in Downtown New York,” said John Vanco, general manager of IFC. “[The area] is so diverse and so dense that really outstanding cinema, even if it’s challenging, even if it seems to appeal to a narrow constituency, even if the cinema itself is kind of difficult and its rewards seem obscure and hard to pull out — quality is very much rewarded by audiences here. And so we are able to be ambitious with our programs.” Vanco credited their strength as a theater to the careful selection of new releases (often led by positive critical notices) and their select retrospective runs (such as their currently running program of Keilslowski’s epic “Dekalog”). A glance at the fall slate is something of a who’s who of working independent directors, including “Certain Women” by Kelly Reichardt, Ava DuVernay’s “The 13th,” Herzog’s “Into the Inferno,” and André Téchiné’s new film. Vanco’s particularly proud of their documentary slate — including DOC NYC. That November fest is the largest documentary showcase in the country, and will open this year with “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City,” about urban planning activist Jane Jacobs’ battle with NYC builder Robert Moses. The release Vanco is most excited about is “Fire at Sea,” and with good reason — the refugee doc took home the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival. “It puts such a human face on what could otherwise seem like a dry, political debate, and instead this movie turns it into this very real kind of emotional set of stories
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The marquee of IFC Center, which greets people stepping out of the West 4 Street subway station.
about people who are trying to keep their children alive, and trying to just get from day to day,” he commented. While new releases are the theater’s forte, they do maintain the robust series “Weekend Classics” and “Waverly Midnights” for cult films. “[There’s] a repertory of movies that people just want to see time and time again on the big screen, so you know, that’s something that’s, I think, an important part of being a neighborhood cinema.” Another hallmark of IFC is their frequent Q&A sessions with directors, writers, and actors, as well as other assorted talks. “I think we do more in-person events than any other theater, and it’s really a priority for us,” Vanco explained. “It’s really kind of evolved into this core part of what we do, and it’s really a community- building project.” “In New York, the greatest and most creative and most curious and most ambitious film artists in America all come together here,” he elaborated. “It’s a real responsibility of ours to kind of be a place where they can gather and support each other.” However, Vanco was also sure to note that this sense of duty extends beyond just IFC, and is thankful that other independent cinemas exist in the area. “IFC needs those other theaters to help raise the bar for the New York cinema because we need a new crop every
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A still from “Citizen Jane,” a selection of IFC’s DOC NYC fest, about urban activist Jane Jacobs.
year of new people coming in, young people coming in to celebrate these cinemas,” Vanco observed. “I think New York needs a variety of different kinds of cinemas that are all ambitious in their kinds of areas, because what New York needs to be is a kind of an island,” he continued. “It’ll mean that when movie-mad 17, 18, 20, 25-year-olds come out from the rest of the country trying to figure out how they can do something in video or film,
we want them to keep being drawn to New York. I mean, that’s what drew me to New York, is seeing, like, ‘Wow, all these different movies are actually on the big screen in New York, this weekend? How is that possible?’ Because the rest of the country, there’s just no place else that has this.” IFC Center is located at 323 Sixth Ave. (at W. Third St.). Call 212-924-7771 or visit ifccenter.com.
Reeding is fundamental Oboe soloists featured in Chelsea concerts BY SCOTT STIFFLER
eptember is turning out to be a very good month for fans of the oboe keen on consuming a double dose of that soprano-range woodwind instrument, whose roots can be traced back to the mid-17th century. That’s when — so goes the widely accepted but not completely uncontested origin tale — French musicians Jean Hotteterre and Michel Danican Philidor sought to create a softer-sounding 2.0 version of the shawm, the prevailing double-reed instrument of the day. Flash forward to 2016: Instantly recognizable but rarely a headliner, the oboe is being given ample opportunity to shine by a pair of Chelseabased cultural stalwarts.
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Rachel Seiden performs Strauss, at The Chelsea Symphony’s Sept. 9 and 10 concerts.
THE CHELSEA SYMPHONY All roads lead to freedom of expression, expressed with idiosyncratic verve; when a local treasure, The Chelsea Symphony, draws upon a world’s worth of talent for their 2016/2017 “Flight Paths” series — devoted to the music of composers who have been inspired by, or have immigrated to, the United States of America. The September season-opener presents Chinese folk songs from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Zhou Long, and NYC-based oboist Rachel Seiden, the featured soloist on Richard Strauss’ “Oboe Concerto in D major, TrV 292.” Reuben Blundell and Matthew Aubin conduct. Fri., Sept. 9, 8:30pm & Sat., Sept. 10, 7:30pm at St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church (315 W. 22nd St., btw. Eighth & Ninth Aves.). For tickets ($25 premium reserved, $20 general admission suggested donation at the door), visit thechelseasymphony.eventbrite.com. Also visit chelseasymphony.org.
SUMMER MUSIC IN CHELSEA The time of music wafting on warm winds hasn’t quite come to a close, as the Summer Music in Chelsea series will demonstrate during their mid-month concert. Oboist Carolyn Pollak is the soloist, and Tong Chen conducts the TheVillager.com
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Carolyn Pollak, former principal oboist for the NJ Symphony Orchestra, is a featured soloist at Sept. 14’s Summer Music in Chelsea concert.
New Amsterdam Summer Orchestra — whose selections include Mozart’s “Symphony No. 4 in D Major K. 19,” Vivaldi’s “Oboe Concerto RV454,” and, on the bicentennial of its composition, Schubert’s “Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major.” Brooklyn-based artist Maria Tsaguriya will be on hand to create works of art during the concert. Wed., Sept. 14, 7:30pm at St. Peter’s Church in Chelsea (346 W. 20th St., btw. Eighth & Ninth Aves.). Suggested donation of $10 ($5 for students/seniors) benefits the Food Pantry at St. Peter’s. September September 8, 2016
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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
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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.
There’s a hole without ‘Cube’ but fest will go on AStor continued from p. 1
Improvement District. “So we’re not doing the press photo-op and dedication. If it’s not there and everyone is taking photos — it’s just not right.” The festival, on Fri., Sept. 16, and Sat., Sept. 17, will go on, however. The dedication event on Sept. 15, which was to feature the unveiling of Jim Power’s renovated mosaic-encrusted lampposts, will be “TBD,” date to be determined, awaiting “The Cube” ’s comeback. The turnable sculpture’s return is now several months overdue. “I was just at a meeting about it, and they’re still working on the greasing mechanism to spin it,” Kelley explained. “ ‘The Cube’ has to be fully operational, i.e. it turns. The Parks Department, the city Department of Design and Construction and the conservator all have to sign off on it.” In a way, although it’s disappointing, the BID director said, the upside is that the delay will give the “Mosaic Man” a bit more time to finish restoring his seventh and final pole that will be reinstalled in the area. One pole is already in place back on the street — it was put in to see how the reinstallation would go — and five of the other restored street-art structures are currently in storage, he said. So, even though “The Cube” ’s absence will leave a hole in things, the Village Alliance will present the Astor Alive! Festival next week to celebrate the upcoming reopening of the new Astor Place, which will be complete in the fall. As a vibrant cultural district with more than two dozen theater, dance, music, art, architecture and historic landmarks — including Blue Man Group, Fourth Arts Block, Cooper Union, Joe’s Pub, St. Mark’s Church and the Public Theater — the festival will debut Astor Place’s four new public plazas, among other streetscape improvements, as part of the area’s larger $16 million revitalization project. “We are thrilled to present this three-day cultural free festival and celebrate the continued revitalization and rich history of Astor Place,” said Kelley. “We are working closely with the Department of Transportation, the Department of Design and Construction, NoHo-Bowery Stakeholders, City Love, Grace Church School and other community partners to showcase some of the neighborhood’s most beloved artists, cultural institutions, local schools and more.” The fest will include four performance stages, spanning from E. Fourth St. to E. Ninth St. There will be 20plus groups from local theaters, performing-arts companies and schools giving shows throughout all three days. Among those on the bill are La MaMa, Joe’s Pub, Bowery Poetry Club, The Public Theater, Theater for the New TheVillager.com
Eventgoers can get crafty and volunteer to par ticipate in free giant puppetr y-making workshops run by the legendar y Processional Ar ts Workshop.
The A stor Alive! Festival will feature dozens of free per formances by local ar tists, including work curated by Joe’s Pub, La Mama E.T.C., Danspace and more.
City, Hetrik-Martin Institute, Standard Sounds, Rod Rodgers Dance Company, Peridance Capezio Center and Danspace Project. Performances will focus on five historical themes of Astor Place, including “Theater for All,” “Alternative Cultures and Radical Politics,” “Thinkers and Writers,” “Immigrant Populations” and “Architectural Frontiers.” On the evening of Fri., Sept. 16, the renamed “Alamo Plaza” will be the setting for a glamorous cabaret evening presented by Joe’s Pub and La MaMa Café. The entertainment will feature short sets by an array of local cabaret artists. Theater for the New City will kick off the night with a selection from its summer traveling show performed by a cast of 30 actors and six musicians. Friday’s performances will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Sat., Sept. 17 — dubbed Astor Alive! Festival Day — the main stage will feature music, dance and spokenword performances by Peridance Capezio Center, Bowery Arts and Science, Rod Rodgers Dance Company — and a headliner to be announced in the coming weeks. The full day of entertainment will feature a wide variety of performances, including original sitespecific dance pieces and dance lessons on the “Dance Plaza”; slam poets and indie music groups on the “Multi-Arts Stage”; a beat-box workshop and “mini‘Cube’-making” at the family-friendly “Workshop Plaza”; plus performances by students from N.Y.U. Tisch School of the Arts, Hetrik-Martin Institute, Grace Church School, and others on the “Youth Stage.” Saturday will also boast a parade a.k.a. the Astor Place Procession. The Processional Arts Workshop — the official pageant puppeteers for the annual Village Halloween Parade — will create props and puppets, as well as offer a weeklong arts workshop, which is open to all. Parade participants will carry colorful oversized puppets, silk banners and large spinning paper “Cubes” that will lead the way. In addition, marching musicians, parade drummers and the Bond Street Theater stilt band will keep up the momentum, along with dancers, theater groups and those carrying mini“Cubes” made at the festival. The parade will wend through the new plazas from E. Ninth St. to E. Fourth St. and then back up again for a finale at the northern plaza. Saturday’s performances will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., followed by the parade from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, follow Astor Place NYC on Facebook, Instagram or @AstorPlaceNYC on Twitter.
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