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Occupy has not died; Marks 5th anniversary by bill egbert


ive years ago, the Occupy Wall Street protest spawned a movement and pushed economic inequality into the mainstream political conversation. On Sept. 17, participants returned to Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park to recall the protest and renew their call for economic justice. About 70 people turned out for the sit-in sequel, which in-

cluded the same sort of costumes and strident signage featured in the original protest — though, mercifully, no drum circles. In addition to waving handpainted signs with slogans such as “Stop giving blow jobs to big business,” returning protesters shared stories and conducted teach-ins on climate activism, affordable housing and the TransPacific Partnership. “I think the Occupy Wall Occupy continued on p. 4

Lenin finds a new home on L.E.S., 1 block away! BY LINCOLN ANDERSON


omrades! Lenin will rise again! Oh, probably, in… umm….about month or so. … For the moment, though, he is lying on a Lower East Side rooftop at 178 Norfolk St. Michael Shaoul, who originally brought the Soviet statue to the then-new Red Square apartment building, at 250 E. Houston St.,

back in 1994, gave an update on the artwork’s whereabouts and future last Friday. “At the moment, the statue is lying on its back on the roof of 178,” he said. “He will be installed on a new plinth sometime in the next few weeks — our guess is a month. We intend him to be visible from the street once he is installed.” Lenin continued on p. 6

Photo by Daniel Kwak

All over Downtown on Monday night, people watched the presidential debate at bars and restaurants, like Ducks Eater y, at 351 E. 12th St., above. See Page 3.

300 rally to save garden; ‘City pits park vs. housing’ By Lincoln Anderson


s the sun shone down on a beautiful latesummer afternoon, the garden supporters gathered together, standing on lush green grass — so rare in this corner of Manhattan. Small white butterflies flitted around the garden’s moss-covered statues and monuments. Above, in the shade-giving trees, birds happily chirped.

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But this feeling of tranquility — again, so hard to come by in an open space-starved city — was marred by concern over this place’s fate. Three hundred people rallied at the Elizabeth St. Garden last Wednesday, one week after the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development issued a request for proposals to build senior affordable housing on the endangered urban green oasis.

Some say the garden is in Nolita, others in Soho or Little Italy. But one thing is certain, City Councilmember Margaret Chin and the de Blasio administration are pushing all out for the request for proposals, or R.F.P., for the 20,265-square-foot lot, which spans clear through from Mott St. to Elizabeth St. midblock between Prince and Spring Sts. GARden continued on p. 8

Club appeals Pier55 suit to state high court......p. 5 Stringer defies de Blasio on Eliz. St. Garden.....p. 2

Borough President Gale Brewer and get her view on it. Of course, Brewer has said she supports a so-called “compromise” under which an affordable housing project would be built there while somehow — beyond flat-out opposing it, many are skeptical it could even work — also retaining a sliver of open space for the garden. This happens to be exactly the position of Councilmember Margaret Chin — an ally of Brewer’s from the Beep’s days on the City Council — and Mayor Bill de Blasio as spelled out in the request for proposals, or R.F.P., the Department of Housing Preservation and Development recently issued for the garden. Talking to people after last week’s rally, most thought the community would prevail in saving the beloved green oasis. However, Ray Cline, of the Village Reform Democratic Club, said it’s going to take some folks to step up and challenge de Blasio on the issue — as in, possible challengers for mayor. “It will take blood,” Cline predicted. We asked Stringer this week for his position on the garden, and he now feels it is “critical” to preserve it. In a statement to us, he said, “Elizabeth St. Garden has been part of the fabric of Soho and Little Italy for over 25 years. It is a center for the community that offers a variety of educational, health, arts and cultural opportunities for the public. In a neighborhood sorely lacking in green space, it is critical that the city keep this garden open for the community to enjoy for years to come.” Hmm, so to quote that movie title, maybe this be a sign that “there will be blood.” Chin’s monomaniacal push for the housing project has only further eroded any semblance of support she had in the northern part of her district. In backing the highly unpopular plan, de Blasio — already looking horrible in the ongoing Rivington House scandal on the Lower East Side — risks losing a wide swath of voter support in Soho, Little Italy and the Village...votes that a potential challenger could surely scoop up.

Here’s lookin at you, Blaz. Scott Stringer has staked out a position in favor of saving the Elizabeth St. Garden, in opposition to the mayor’s plan to develop housing on it.

Stringer (garden) theory: We were surprised at last week’s big rally to save the Elizabeth St. Garden when Tobi Bergman, chairperson of Community Board 2, was rattling off the names of all the local politicians who support the garden and mentioned City Comptroller Scott Stringer. We had asked Stringer a year ago what his position was on the issue. However, at that time, he basically took a pass, saying we should check with



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Yuh did it: The Democratic nominee for the 65th Assembly District — i.e. the shoo-in to win Sheldon Silver’s former Lower Manhattan seat on Election Day this Tues., Nov. 8 — Yuh-Line Niou called us last week to catch up. For starters — since some people are still asking us how to say it — her name is pronounced “Yoo-lean Nee-yoo.” Hey, better get used to that name! Niou thanked The Villager for the article we did on her back in December, before any other local media had heard of her. “You were the first to introduce me to the district,” she thanked us. She said she was extremely proud of the campaign she ran for the primary election. “I think I talked to over 4,000 people myself,” she said. “I won almost every single part of the district.” While Paul Newell won Masaryk Towers, where he lives, Niou noted she

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Yuh-Line Niou, smiling after her primar y election victor y, probably isn’t losing any sleep about Alice Cancel’s running on the Women’s Equality Par ty line against her November. Cancel fended off Niou in the April special election when the tables were turned and Cancel had the Democratic Par t y line and Niou was running as the Working Families Par t y candidate. This time, though, Niou will have the coveted Democratic line, having earned it by winning a hard-fought six-way primar y.

ran only two points behind him there. Similarly, she did very well on Grand St., as well, even in the East River Houses, where Newell was backed by Lee Berman, who won the State Committee race. Niou admitted, though, that she was a bit miffed by a comment in our election coverage two weeks ago by Sean Sweeney, whose Downtown Independent Democrats club backed Newell. Basically, Sweeney surmised it must have been former Comptroller John Liu’s support of Niou that explains why she did so well in Chinatown versus two other Asian-American candidates, Don Lee and Gigi Li, who have deeper roots in the community. Niou implied that Sweeney’s comment seemed sexist to her. “Why is it that anytime a woman does something, a man has to be backing her up?” she asked, with an incredulous laugh. Plus, she added, Liu actually “stayed out” of that race since he was participating in another one — namely, an Ironman triathlon in Canada! We also were surprised to learn from Niou that Alice Cancel, who came in fourth in the six-person primary, and is now finishing her cup of coffee in Albany, plans to run in the general election on the Women’s Equality Party line. Cancel of course won the seat in a special election in April, running against Niou on the Working Families Party line and Lester Chang running on the Republican and two other ballot lines. But in September’s crowded open Democratic primary, Niou romped. It seems an odd twist, since back in February, as reported by the Daily News, Silver’s backers tried to get Cancel the W.E.P. line, but Governor Cuomo put the kibosh on it. As the News reported back then, Scoopy continued on p. 15

Photos by Daniel Kwak

Debate watchers at HiFi, at 169 Avenue A , gasping — possibly at another interruption by Donald Trump. The debate was live-streamed and routed through a projector. The bar had posted on Facebook that it would be a venue for watching the debate.

Presidential politics fill pubs

A record audience tuned into Monday night’s presidential debate, blowing away “Monday Night Football.” Bars and restaurants were packed with political junkies and many others just concerned about the fate of the countr y. Downtown Manhattan is Hillar y Clinton territor y, so not surprisingly the bars were bursting with her suppor ters. Donald Trump’s frequent interruptions drew gasps from the flat-screen watchers, while Clinton’s comebacks drew cheers — par ticularly after he questioned her stamina, and she retor ted that as secretar y of state, she visited more than 120 countries. Two more debates are scheduled before the Nov. 8 election, which should mean more good business for local watering holes.

Watching the action at the 12th St. Ale House, at 192 Second Ave.

A man walking on Seventh Ave. near W. 14th St., listening to the debate streaming on his phone — using it sor t of like an old AM radio. Because of the output Right back at yah! The crowd watching at HiFi in the East Village applauded as Hillar y microphone’s location on the phone, he had to turn the screen away from him to hear it better. Clinton zinged Donald Trump.

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Street spirit is definitely still alive,” said Marni Halasa. She’s a member of the Occupy spin-off the Alternative Banking Group, which continues to meet on a weekly basis, and also collaborated on a book called “Occupy Finance.” Halasa cited more recent social and economic justice movements that she sees continuing the original Occupy protest, such as the fight for a $15 minimum wage, the Black Lives Matter movement and the dark horse candidacy of Senator Bernie Sanders. “If it weren’t for Occupy, Bernie Sanders wouldn’t have happened,” she said. “Occupy definitely opened the door for him.” She credited Sanders — and by implication, the Occupy movement — with dragging the famously centrist Hillary Clinton dramatically to the left, to the point that the candidate now touts a $15 minimum wage (albeit, only if individual states support it) tuition-free college and steep taxes on the infamous “1 percent.” “It remains to be seen what she actually does,” Halasa said, “but at least she’s talking about it.”

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Five years after the Occupy Wall Street protest at Downtown’s Zuccotti Park, veterans of the t wo-month sit-in returned to the park for a reunion of sor ts.



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Five years later, the message remained the same for Occupy veteran Marni Halasa, who continues to organize around alternative banking effor ts.

Yippie icon Aron Kay — who raised pie-throwing to a political act in the 1970s, famously “pieing” the likes of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, William F. Buckley, Phyllis Schlafly, G. Gordon Liddy and Andy Warhol — returned to the park where he dumped a bag of flour on the head of Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera in 2011.

City Club appeals Pier55 suit to top state court By Lincoln Anderson


ast Thursday, two members of the City Club of New York, Rob Buchanan and Tom Fox, who have been litigating against Barry Diller’s Pier55 project, appealed to the state’s highest court to overturn lower court rulings against their lawsuit. The City Club’s suit was recently rejected by the Appellate Division, which upheld the ruling of State Supreme Court. The plaintiffs contend the Pier 55 project — a proposed “entertainment island” to be built off of W. 14th St. — was “developed in secret” by media mogul Diller and the Hudson River Park Trust, and amounts to an unauthorized “alienation” of public parkland. They further charge that the plan has not undergone a full environmental review, and does not adequately ensure public access. “In short, it’s a prime example of a public-private partnership run amok,” said Michael Gruen, president of the City Club. “This is a major potential case for the Court of Appeals,” said Richard Emery, the petitioners’ attorney. “It presents new aspects of current legal issues relating to putting public land in private hands and building a major entertainment space as an island in the Hudson without adequate environmental review.

A design rendering of the proposed Pier55 project, which would sit offshore from Hudson River Park, connected to it by t wo pedestrian bridges.

“The issues deeply affect the public,” he stressed. “Our goal is to ensure maximum public access to parks, preservation of incomparable views over the Hudson, and maximum enjoyment of the park.” The petitioners last Friday asked the Court of Appeals to reinstate a previous preliminary injunction on construction for the pier that the State Supreme Court had temporarily imposed this summer, but the

court refused their request on Monday. Pounding piles for the project restarted on Tuesday. Nine piles have been pounded in so far this summer, and now 46 more will be by the fall — assuming the Court of Appeals doesn’t quash the project. The Trust, the state-city authority that operates and is building the park, has until Mon., Oct. 3, to file a response to the City Club’s request for the court to hear the

case. The court will then decide whether or not to hear it. Diller and his wife, fashion legend Diane von Furstenberg, have committed to fund $113 million of the $130 million of the glitzy project’s cost. Under a long-term lease with the Trust, Diller would operate the 2.7-acre undulating pier and its extensive entertainment programming, 51 percent of which would be free or low-cost. David Paget, the Trust’s attorney, said, “The plaintiffs’ application does not meet the exacting standards of the New York Court of Appeals for securing permission to appeal to that court. Their arguments — part of a relentless delay tactic campaign — are without merit, as...decisively determined by the...Appellate Division.” A spokesperson for Diller’s IAC company declined comment, saying the Trust had provided one. According to Fox, the petitioners are challenging the courts’ position regarding the “public trust doctrine.” “The lower courts said the public trust doctrine does not apply to state parkland, just city and federal parkland, and that makes New York an outlier state, since most states recognize the public trust doctrine as applying to state parks,” Fox noted. Under the public trust doctrine, parkland that is removed from public use or used commercially must first be “alienated” by the state Legislature.

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Lenin finds a new home on L.E.S., one block away! LENIN continued from p. 1

Red Square is under contract to be sold, and apparently the owners just didn’t see Lenin as part of its future. Shaoul and Michael Rosen — the building’s original developer, who currently lives in Vietnam — are not actually the property’s owners, Shaoul stressed. “I run the managing agent for Red Square under the current ownership,” Shaoul explained. “Michael Rosen is a passive partner in Red Square, I have no ownership in the building — the news stories have been wrong for 20 years on that part. Michael Rosen and I are partners in a few real-estate partnerships that own East Village buildings — including 178 Norfolk St.” Shaoul took it upon himself to remove the renowned red leader and relocate him to the new spot, just a block away — otherwise, the statue might well have wound up on the scrapheap of history. The sculpture made a brief detour to Queens before returning to the L.E.S. “Once I understood that the statue would be removed,” Shaoul said, “I worked out a deal with ownership to take him down at our expense and reerect him at 178 Norfolk St. He has



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The statue of Vladimir Lenin on the rooftop of Red Square, at 250 E. Houston St., three days before it was removed by a crane.



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not the lofty perch of Red Square,” Shaoul said. “We carried out this move at our expense since we have become fond of the statue over the years, and so I am very pleased to see the generally positive response.” Peter Marciano, who maintains all of Shaoul and Rosen’s jointly owned buildings, “is the real hero of this episode,” Shaoul said. “He worked out all the logistics and permitting required to carry out the job in a very limited timeframe — and even managed to convince the cops that the statue was not being stolen. It would never have happened without him.” Shaoul spent last Friday fondly snapping some final shots of the Marxist monument at its longtime E. Houston St. location, before its departure for its new digs around the corner. “Erecting Lenin was an act of my youth, while moving him is an act of a middle-aged man, and I felt the passage of time,” he reflected, wistfully. “In a sense, the original idea to put him up there was a memorial to changing times. We started the project in 1991 just after the Berlin Wall came down. In a much more prosaic manner, I have seen times change, as well. “When we erected him in 1994, we placed him carefully to be gazing and waving at the Twin Towers. We have some great postcards dating from that period. We never thought he would outlast them. “Of course by the time he came down, he was waving at a couple of large rental buildings that had been built across the street,” Shaoul said. “The neighborhood and city have changed, generally for the better but not in all ways. The statue will stand in its new home as a reminder that nothing stays the same.”

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300 rally to save garden; ‘City pits park vs. housing’ Garden continued from p. 1

Developers’ responses to the R.F.P. are due by Dec. 14. The housing would be slated for people 62 years of age and older. According to the R.F.P., the project would also include ground-floor retail and / or community facility uses and — in a token nod to the beloved Elizabeth St. Garden — at least 5,000 square feet of “high-quality, publicly accessible space open space.” However, that would only amount to one-fifth of the garden’s current space. Per the R.F.P., the lot would be conveyed to the chosen developer for just $1. The units would have to remain affordable for at least 30 years. At the rally, Assemblymember Deborah Glick blasted Bill de Blasio for betraying his pledge to be a community-minded mayor. “We thought this was going to be a new administration that was committed to community empowerment and community engagement,” she said, “and now we find out we’re not part of that vision. “You can come to the Harvest Festival and see this garden teeming with all sorts of people from the neighborhood,” Glick noted of the upcoming annual event on Sat., Oct 22. “We want to keep this space. It is desperately needed.” Glick invited de Blasio to come back to the table and reconsider his anti-community position. “The garden’s gates are open. The doors are open,” Glick said. “Come back and work with us.” Other local politicians and officials who back saving the garden include state Senators Daniel Squadron and Brad Hoylman, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Congressmember Jerrold Nadler, new State Committeeman Lee Berman and Adrian Benepe, the city’s former Parks Department commissioner. Yuh-Line Niou, who won the Sept. 13 Democratic primary, and so is a shoo-in to be the new 65th District assemblymember, also supports the garden — in fact, she has carrots and basil growing there. Also speaking in support of the Elizabeth St. Garden was Peter Kostmayer, a former Pennsylvania congressmember and now C.E.O. of Citizens Committee for New York City. “We basically have almost everyone,” Tobi Bergman, Community Board 2 chairperson, said of the garden’s political support. The garden lot was stealthily slipped in as a development site in 2012 as an “addon” to the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, or SPURA, plan on the Lower East Side, which is in Community Board 3. Because Chin had only been able to negotiate 50 percent affordable housing for the SPURA mega-project, but wanted more, she quietly worked with the administration to designate the Elizabeth St. lot, which is in C.B. 2, as an additional development site. However, C.B. 2 was never included in the discussions, and was only


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At last week’s rally, A ssemblymember Deborah Glick urged Mayor de Blasio to come back to the negotiating table and save the Elizabeth St. Garden.

Actor Vinny Vella, a lifetime neighborhood resident, said the communit y has to fight together against H.P.D. to save the garden. On a personal note, he said H.P.D. took forever to renovate his building.

notified after the fact. Last year, Bergman, who passionately backs saving the garden, came up with an alternative idea — to shift the affordable housing to a barren city-owned open lot of roughly the same size at Hudson and Clarkson Sts. The Hudson lot was used to drill a shaft down to the new City Water Tunnel No. 3, but now sits empty. This alternative site could be rezoned to allow five times as many affordable units to be built than on Elizabeth St., according to Bergman. Plus, a treasured community

garden would not have to be destroyed. “They’re offering 5,000 square feet,” Bergman said of the sliver of open space in the Elizabeth St. R.F.P. “That’s the size of a basketball court. How do you get all the things that happen in this garden in a space of that size?” “It’s just another real estate lie!” someone in the crowd shouted out. In her remarks, Tupper Thomas, executive director for New Yorkers for Parks and the former administrator for Prospect Park, said it was her first time in the Eliza-

beth St. Garden, and she was awed by it. “It is fabulous,” she enthused. “It’s one of the most beautiful spaces I’ve ever seen. It’s got shade, it’s got nature, and it’s got art — it’s a complete park. It’s sad that in this day and age we are pitting parks against seniors. City government should be smart enough and creative enough to do both.” Aziz Dehkan, executive director of the New York City Community Garden Coalition, stressed that the garden is public land. “This is your land!” he exhorted the crowd. “Don’t let them fool you. H.P.D. keeps saying, ‘We’re going to listen to the community.’ Look at how many people are here in the middle of a weekday — this garden is full. If they were listening to the community, we wouldn’t have to be here. … This is your land. Dehkan urged de Blasio, “Make this garden stay green. Stop making it a wedge issue.” Calling her “the star of the show,” Bergman introduced Jeannine Kiely, the initial organizer of the Friends of Elizabeth St. Garden. Kiely noted her group has collected 4,500 letters in support of saving the Elizabeth St. Garden. Their goal is to make it permanent parkland. “This is the only green park from Bowery to the Hudson River between Canal and Houston Sts.,” she stressed. The area has a tiny amount of open space per capita — the equivalent of “one subway seat” per person, she noted. “According to one city agency, we’re underserved in terms of open space, but another agency wants to build here,” she said, incredulously. Kiely mentioned the hot-button issue of Rivington House, where the de Blasio administration quietly lifted a deed restriction, allowing the longtime Lower East Side community AIDS hospice to be sold off for luxury residential use, again, with no notification to the community. Similarly, the administration’s effort to develop on the Elizabeth St. Garden would rob the neighborhood of yet another valued community resource. “Instead of representing this garden, Councilmember Chin is failing to represent this community,” Kiely said accusingly. “The de Blasio administration is once again letting politicians determine policy.” Also advocating for the garden was Jack Russo, a science teacher at nearby P.S. 1. Thanks to this open green space, he said, his students have “learned about composting, planting seeds, germinating bulbs. …” In a letter, one student wrote, “It’s just like a farm — but it’s in the city, the biggest city in America. Let’s keep it here.” Renee Green, 84, who lives across the street, said she has arthritis and so can’t walk all the way to the YMCA, but loves coming to the garden and enjoying its many activities. GARDEN continued on p. 30


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Photog who found bomb saw something, said something BY TEQUIL A MINSK Y


t was that mantra — if you see something suspicious, report it — that nagged at Jane Schreibman after she made her way back from the police barricades on Sixth Ave. and W. 25th St. last Saturday night. At 10 p.m. that night, Schreibman, a photographer and longtime Chelsea resident, was oblivious to the drama that was occurring just blocks south — after a bomb had exploded on W. 23rd St. an hour and a half earlier — until a friend called to ask if she all right. Schreibman went out to check out the scene. On her way back home, however, she realized that she had passed something odd on the sidewalk just doors from her building. “It was a pot with many wires coming out of the top, sitting in front of a postal storage box,” she recounted. When she first saw it, she thought it looked like “a kid’s science project they had thrown away.” Upon a second look, though, the mantra “If you see something suspicious, call 911” flashed in her mind. She also remembered the idea of pressurecooker bombs — like the ones that had been used in the Boston Marathon bombing — and went upstairs to her apartment and called. “I gave the dispatcher the info and she told me that ‘This is high priority,’ ” Schreibman said, retelling the story earlier

this week. When Schreibman went back downstairs, there was a man in an olive-green state trooper uniform who was attending to the device. “Run!” he told her, and, she did. Later, Schreibman found out that a neighbor a few doors down had also spotted the device and called 911. Twenty-seventh St. is very different from 23rd St., with comparatively little foot traffic. Thinking about it later, Schreibman felt it was an odd location to place a device like this. She went around the corner to hang out with friends, checking every hour or so, until police let her back into her building around 3 a.m. On Sunday, she posted on her Facebook page: “Found a pressure cooker bomb in front of my house last night, 27th between 6th and 7th. When the bomb squad came they said “run off the street,” so I did. Played Scrabble with my friend Cynthia around the corner till a detective escorted me home at 3 am.” On Monday, the calls from the media poured in — NBC, ABC national, CBS, the New York Post, the Daily News, Los Angeles Times, CNN, Fox News. “Inside Edition” interviewed her by Skype and Curtis Sliwa did a phone interview with her. “Were you frightened?” many asked her.

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Chelsea photographer Jane Schreibman, who aler ted police to an unexploded bomb on W. 27th St. on Saturday night, got a handshake of gratitude from a local denizen.

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Jane Schreibman shows the spot where she saw the bomb.

“It looked so silly, I didn’t think it was a bomb,” she said. Another question she got a lot: “How do you feel being a hero?” Her response: “I’m not a hero, I’m a New Yorker. Anyone would have done this.” But, of course, that’s not entirely true. There is so much trash dotting the streets at any time that it’s hard to determine what should be reported. “It was those wires, coming out of the top,” she recalled, of what ultimately compelled her to make the call. The pressure cooker had duct tape on it, and was connected to an object, which Schreibman couldn’t see because it was taped-over. A video posted online shows a robot nudging the device along the street and into a containment van. There’s no question, however, that she and the other observant citizen who called in a report should be recognized for what they did. State Senator Brad Hoylman, who represents the area, personally called to thank her for her quick-thinking

action. Schreibman is a documentary photographer. She has photographed in Pakistan and pre-Taliban Afghanistan — where she had bodyguards — and has traveled many times to India. Captured on surveillance video, two men — referred to as scavengers by some media outlets and thieves by another — were spotted picking up a suitcase on the street that was believed to have held the device. They ultimately left the bomb on 27th St. but took the rolling suitcase with them. Robert Boyce, chief of detectives of the New York Police Department, said it was unclear if the pair had unknowingly deactivated the bomb when they removed it from the suitcase. One quipster commented on Twitter: “I hope these guys get official commendations for public service before being booked for theft. Another tweeted: “Seriously, the only way this story could be more NYC is if the bombs were discovered by a pizza rat.”

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As previously reported by The Villager on Aug. 4, Angel Ortiz a.k.a. Keith Haring collaborator “LA II” is in trouble with the law for a scary meltdown on the street on June 28. In a night of alleged mayhem, he is accused of swiping a diner’s cell phone on Third Ave., then scuffling with the owner over it, then grabbing a steak knife from a restaurant and menacing people along E. 14th St. Ortiz, 49, faces multiple charges, including robbery, four counts of menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal mischief. It turns out Ortiz was subsequently arrested in another East Village incident. According to a Sept. 14 complaint filed by the Manhattan district attorney against the graffiti legend, on Aug. 13 at 8:30 p.m., Ortiz placed his hand on a woman’s buttocks in front of 528 E. 11th St. and squeezed without her consent. He is charged with forcible touching and third-degree sexual abuse, both misdemeanors.

A female mugger knocked down a nonagenarian while on Tues., Sept. 27, near Fifth Ave. and W. 12th St., but was foiled when the the senior wouldn’t let go of her property. Police said the suspect approached the 90-year-old around noon from behind, and tried to snatch her duffel bag from the front of her utility cart. When the victim tried to prevent the bag from being stolen, the thug knocked her to the ground and kept pulling at the bag. But the victim held onto it, and the individual fled eastbound on E. 12th St. The elderly woman suffered lacerations to her right arm and right middle finger. She was treated and released at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Police described the suspect as white or Hispanic, with a tattoo on her left arm. She was last seen wearing a black tank top, red pants, black shoes and carrying a black purse. 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

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Sham slay arrest Shaquille Fuller, 22, the prime suspect in the fatal Feb. 23, 2015, shooting of upcoming East Village rapper Shemrod Isaac, 33, was charged last Thursday with murder and criminal weapon possession in connection with the case. A grand jury had indicted him the week before. Both men lived in the Lillian Wald public-housing complex. Fuller, 22, of 60 Avenue D, is accused of shooting Isaac three times in the chest in front of 20 Avenue D, where he lived. He was pronounced D.O.A. at Beth Israel Medical Center. Isaac, who performed under the name Sham Da God, was on the verge of signing a major record label deal. Police reportedly believe a hotheaded Fuller killed Isaac after an argument. Fuller was also charged with the attempted murder of a 19-year-old who was shot two times in front of the Wald Houses in December 2014, again, reportedly over an argument.

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On Sun., Sept. 2, around 10 p.m., a witness told police that he saw a man take a sign posted in front of West 3rd Common bar, at One W. Third St., and throw it against the front of the bar, damaging the sign. Police arrested Clariza A. De La Cruz, 25, for misdemeanor criminal mischief.

The Duane Reade at 378 Sixth Ave. was struck by an alleged soap thief early Sunday morning — but he failed to make a clean getaway. Around 2:30 a.m. Sept. 25, a store employee told police he had observed a man remove Olay bath soap from a shelf and conceal items in a plastic bag. The man attempted to leave without paying for the items, and the worker tried to stop him by verbally confronting him. But the suds-seeking suspect threatened him with physical force. After arresting the man and transporting him to the Sixth Precinct, police reportedly found a crack pipe with alleged drug residue on it under the patrol car’s rear passenger seat. At the precinct, the man then tried to resist arrest while being searched by “taking a fighting stance and tensing his body” while being restrained. Sekou Salaam, 50, was arrested for felony robbery.

Cab conflict An argument ended violently in front of 26 Ninth Ave. early Sunday morning. On Sept. 25, at 3:25 a.m., a 21-year-old man got into an argument with a 74-year-old over the destination of a taxi. The younger man punched the senior in the face, “causing swelling to his mouth, a laceration to his inside left cheek and significant pain.” The victim was removed to the Lenox Health Greenwich Village emergency department. The suspect was apprehended at W. 13th and Hudson Sts. Jonathan Alamo, 21, was charged with misdemeanor assault.

Plotted pickpocket? Police spotted a man in the Christopher St. subway station with his hand near a sleeping straphanger’s pocket on the uptown subway platform. Police said that on Wed., Sept. 21, at 3:50 a.m., the man jostled a passenger by touching and feeling his pocket. Upon a search, a crack pipe, metal “push rod,” “twist of crack cocaine” and a razor blade were discovered in his front right pocket. The man is a recidivist in the transit system and has past arrests for grand larceny, according to police. Gene Benito, 51, was arrested for misdemeanor jostling.

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

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


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

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


Those who haven’t quite mastered walking and

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

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


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

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Laughing among the leaves at LaGuardia Garden During the recent LUNGS Har vest Festival, Sara Jones, left in photo at right, demonstrated laugh therapy at the LaGuardia Corner Gardens, at LaGuardia Place and Bleecker St. And why not? Gardens just make people happy and are fun — and provide lots of fresh ox ygen so you can keep guffawing up a storm without running out of breath. The festival was mainly held in the gardens in the East Village and Lower East Side, of which there are many more than in Greenwich Village. Jones also does a “free laughter club” on the phone on Monday mornings. Call 218-339-2460 and enter the code L AUGH# (5284 4#).

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parently Niou won him over, too. “Lester likes me!” she said.

“Someone inside the Cuomo operation completely shot it down, for obvious reasons.” That is, Cancel never threw Silver under the bus. Former State Committeeman John Quinn, Cancel’s wife, confirmed to us in a text message that she will indeed be on the ballot in November. We asked him exactly why Cancel is running again — if maybe she thinks she can do better in a smaller field of candidates — but Quinn declined to elaborate, saying he was under the weather. “She has the W.E.P. line,” he texted. “Let’s talk soon. Have bonkitis [sic].” We couldn’t reach him on the phone. Oh well, feel better soon! Niou will also again be on the Working Families Party ballot line. A Republican will also be running on Nov. 8 — not Lester Chang this time, but Bryan Jung, who will also be on the Reform Party line. Jung won the Republican primary. As for why Chang didn’t give it another go, ap-

Triangulation: The Remember the Triangle Coalition will hold a followup meeting on a proposed Triangle Fire Memorial on Thurs., Oct. 13, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at The Cooper Union, at 7 E. Seventh St., in the second-floor auditorium, Room 215. (It’s in the same building as the Great Hall.) The meeting is open to the public. Details about design modifications for the proposed memorial will be discussed. The memorial has been dubbed “Reframing the Sky.” But as neighbors complained at a special C.B. 2 hearing this past February, they worry that its reflecting steel panels would “reframe” their windows with blinding glare! Governor Andrew Cuomo has already pledged his support for the design and has committed $1.5 million in state funding toward the estimated $2.4 million needed to construct and maintain the memorial.

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mong those celebrating the fecundity of Lower East Side community gardens this weekend was Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. Brewer addressed the big crowd gathered at La Plaza Cultural on E. Ninth St. and Avenue C last Friday for the opening night of the Fifth Annual LUNGS Harvest Festival. The event featured great food donated by neighborhood restaurants and Afropop courtesy of The Source — kicking off a whole weekend of free performances and workshops hosted in some 50 green spaces across Lower Manhattan. Afterwards, The Villager asked Brewer to share her perspective on the festival and the East Village gardening movement that spawned it. Brewer is a veteran of many garden wars — going back to 1979, when she served as chief of staff to Ruth Messinger and became embattled in the fight to save the D.O.M.E. Garden on the Upper West Side (bulldozed in 1994). Asked about her take on the evolution of the garden scene today, Brewer said, “The good news is here — unlike everywhere else, there’s a lot of collaboration.”

“The Lower East Side is gardens, plural,” she elaborated. “Many different kinds of people work together here to create them. That’s not true in all areas of the city. “It’s not just the gardens, it’s the gardeners,” Brewer emphasized. “And that creates a powerful constituency.” Asked to weigh in on the latest local fight, over the Elizabeth St. Garden, which is currently slated for affordable housing, Brewer was noncommittal. “I’d love to keep it, but we need the affordable housing,” she said, echoing the stance of the de Blasio administration and the area’s councilmember, Margaret Chin, who has been unbending in her push for housing on the site. But when reminded of the dearth of green space in the corridor of Little Italy where the Elizabeth St. Garden resides, Brewer seemed more amenable. “So maybe there could be some compromise,” she said, giving a nod to the many who are now urging the city to find an alternate site for the housing. “I’m in the middle,” Brewer said. Community Board 2 is urging that the housing be built on a long-vacant city-owned lot of roughly equal size at Hudson and Clarkson Sts.

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he first time I encountered Joey Goodwin, he was fighting in the ring at an illegal underground boxing match. I’ve got to say, the kid can take a punch. Joey grew up in Greenwich Village. He spent a large part of his teenage years hanging around the “The Cage,” the W. Fourth St. basketball courts, watching players like Lloyd “Swee’ Pea” Daniels, the NBA player considered the greatest wasted talent in the history of the game. Lloyd’s story is brilliantly told in the documentary “The Legend Of Swee’ Pea,” directed by Benjamin May and produced by Dan Levin. My next encounter with Soho Joey was a brief hello when Power Malu and Mike Sase invited me to screen my biopic “Captured” before one of their international invitational Bridge Runners events. Since a part of the run went through the Lower East Side, they wanted to give the visiting runners a taste of what the old neighborhood was like pre-gentrification. The screening was held at 9 Bleecker St., the old Yippie headquarters. It was my first glimpse inside No. 9 since Dana Beal and the Yippies lost the building. I learned Joey was the new proprietor of No. 9 and he was going to open Overthrow Boxing Club there. A short time later, I got an official introduction to Soho Joe by Alice Torbush. Alice is the shadow, the barely mentioned, hard-working hero behind so much that happened when the Yippies ran No. 9. She did much of the editing, the layout and design of the underground Yipster Times and Overthrow newspapers. She paid the bills and kept the building operational. You can learn more about her history in the new Overthrow Boxing fanzine; Alice is one of the 12 featured Downtown luminaries. The fanzine’s launch date is Sept. 22 at 9 Bleecker St. Alice brought me into Soho Joe’s office and laid out her feelings about the building being turned into a boxing center. She felt that was about as good as she could ever have hoped for. She was a competitive athlete in her younger days, so she was fine with sports. But, most important, she found a kindred spirit in Joey. Joey wants to preserve as much of the legacy and ambiance of the old Yippie headquarters as he can. There are Overthrow newspaper covers on the walls, photos of Abbie Hoffman and Yippie posters, and Dana Beal, is a welcome frequent visitor. A part of the spirit and legacy of 9 Bleecker lives on through Overthrow Boxing. The counterculture — or maybe now the counterpunch — is in full effect with Overthrow’s “Knockout The Vote” campaign. True, it’s likely that Abbie Hoffman

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Alicia “The Empress” Napoleon, the world super-welter weight boxing champion (sitting in truck window), and the Knockout The Vote registration truck and team on Bleecker St.

Elsa Rensaa inside the Knockout The Vote truck, which is covered with a collage of photos including Abbie Hoffman and other Yippie figures.

Power Malu knocking out the vote on Kenmare St. in front of La Esquina.

would be promoting something along the lines of Wavy Gravy’s “Nobody For President” concept. But Goodwin is really working to register people to vote. The Overthrow Action Mobile is out there hitting the streets. It’s a former ice cream truck painted semi-gloss black, highlighted with blue and red stars, with screaming slogans like “When They Go Low, We Go High.” The real attention-getters are the large full-color head shots of Trump getting a taste of his own medicine — that is, getting punched in the head. Inside, the truck is covered with a black-and-white photo collage of Yippie memorabilia. This eye-catching rolling political statement has the same provocateur flavor and full-on effect as Dana’s 51-foot-long inflatable joint that he shows up with at Hillary events, along with a letter, asking her to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act. Watch for this Overthrow voter-registration mobile as it cruises around the city, landing outside places like Trump Tower, Union Square, Clinton’s Brooklyn offices and Washington Square Park, carrying the message to VOTE. They do not care who you vote for, but please vote. And they are giving away stickers and posters, which are sure to become collectables. Yes, No. 9 has changed hands, but the spirit carries on. In New York State, the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election is Oct. 14. The same date applies to registering by mail (must be postmarked by that date), in person or online. September 29, 2016


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Letters to the Editor Soho’s fragile ecosystem To The Editor: Re “Artists fear brush-off, loss of protections in Soho zoning study” (news article, Sept. 15): Soho zoning is like a delicate ecosystem. One small change has large ramifications. The city has already made large changes to the zoning by allowing new residential development on all of Soho’s parking lots. There are still many artists in Soho; many are tenants who may lose important protection if the area’s zoning is altered. I fear that tampering with the artist-certification residency requirement is really a smokescreen to change other aspects of the zoning. That could seriously impact the essential nature of the historic district and the quality of life for residents who live and work here. Artists are manufacturers and the Soho “M” zoning needs to stay in all aspects. Changes in allowable “use” under the zoning would alter the community’s special nature. Instead we would get homogenous development, which could include more chain stores, bars, restaurants and nightlife. It is unfortunate that we are represented in the City Council by Margaret Chin, who continues to support policies that have been consistently rejected by the Soho community. Susan Fortgang

Get ready to riot? To The Editor: American citizens should be aware that there is a very real civil war going on in this country and Donald Trump is creating the environment for it to get much worse. Believe me, if he gets elected we will see massive protests in Washington, D.C., with conflict not seen since Dr. King was marching in Selma and giving his “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington. I predict that if Trump is elected his inauguration will turn into a riot. I was one of the antiTrump protest organizers in Cleveland at the Republican National Convention. Very few protesters showed up there because, at that time, not many Americans actually believed he had any chance of getting elected. Now, it looks like he is in the running because of multiple problems with the Clinton campaign and WikiLeaks leaks. If Trump is elected, I believe Washington, D.C.,

officials will have to call out the National Guard on a regular basis to the D.C. metro area because it will be repeatedly shut down by anti-Trump protesters the entire time Trump remains in office. John Penley

Pols must represent us To The Editor: Re “Niou tops Silver’s pick Cancel as Glick romps” (news article, Sept. 15): Yuh-Line Niou’s recent primary victory is a glimmer of hope for residents of state Assembly District 65, long represented by Sheldon Silver. While the disgraced Assembly speaker did some good work, such as advocacy for tenants in rental housing, his conservatism on issues like women’s reproductive rights was unrepresentative of his constituents. Silver’s handpicked successor, Alice Cancel, was unknown to most in the district. She was selected to run in last spring’s special election by a small group of Downtown Democratic party insiders. Niou mounted a terrific challenge in that race, but was battling from the Working Families Party line, and was overwhelmed by voters ticking the Democratic Party box, urged on by local officials, such as City Councilmember Margaret Chin. But in September, Cancel came in fourth in a field of six. By then, she had been abandoned by Chin, who had shifted allegiance to Gigi Li, who was dogged by a petition-gathering scandal. It was an ugly race. I don’t know who sent out the nasty anti-Niou flier a neighbor got in the mail — from the type of political night crawlers who don’t identify themselves — but the neighbor had the brains to see through it. My wife and I received an equally ugly mailing about Paul Newell, another candidate in the race — and as I write this, on Sept. 23, another of those has just appeared in my mailbox. Perhaps the perpetrators of those Nixonian screeds will be identified over time. Meanwhile, Chin has proved no friend to the people of her district. Of the many examples, I will highlight just two. The first is 135 Bowery St., a beautiful 200-year-old building that had been approved for landmark designation by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. It could have been repurposed as a boutique or other highLetters continued on p. 20

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A modest proposal: Devout women and their dress RHYMES WITH CRAZY By Lenore Skenazy


eligiously observant Muslims and Jews convened in Lower Manhattan last week to discuss an item of vital interest to both: Head scarves. And long skirts. And high collars. And how much arm one can expose. And whatever tension may or may not exist between the faiths on a political level vanished at a symposium on dressing modestly yet fashionably, organized by Daniel Cole of the N.Y.U. Costume Studies Department and opened by Nancy Deihl, the program’s director. To give you an idea of how this topic cuts across religious lines, try to guess which of these statements was made by a Jewish woman, and which by a Muslim woman: “I dress modestly because God commanded me to, as a way to focus on my value as a person.” “Why do women cover? Sexuality is something that belongs in the home.” Answer: Jew, Muslim. But they were both nodding along with each other. The Jewish woman here is Michelle Honig, a fashion journalist who often writes about the intersection of fashion and modesty. She was wearing a green striped sweater with a white long-sleeve

shirt underneath, a slim dark skirt, and long blonde hair — a wig that mostly, but not totally (she admitted) covers her hair. Her shoes looked straight out of Vogue. Admittedly, she said, the idea of a religiously observant Muslim, Jewish or even Christian woman “doesn’t bring to mind very fashionable women.” But just because they are covering more of themselves than your average secular lass doesn’t mean they have to be dowdy. Honig goes shopping at popular stores, “browsing through the racks, each piece going through some mental calculation of how to modest-ify it.” To do that, she usually adds layers, or maybe she’ll sew up the slit of a slinky skirt. Voila: a fashionable young woman in “normal” clothes that just happen to cover the knees and elbows. Dian Pelangi, head designer of the Indonesian fashion company that bears her name, took the podium next, looking re-

gal in a stunning floor-length green cape with a black hood. “Hijab means ‘to cover,’ ” she explained to half the audience that wasn’t already wearing one of these Muslim head coverings. “There was a time when the hijab was considered weird, backwards and old-fashioned,” Pelangi said. But now it is “huge trend.” Witness the fact that a Jakarta designer showed the first “modest” fashion line at New York Fashion Week this year. And the fact both Tommy Hilfiger and DKNY brought out a Ramadan collection. Or even the fact that Pelangi herself has 4.3 million Twitter followers who look to her for advice on modest styles. With 23 percent of the world’s population Islamic, catering to Muslim women’s fashion needs makes business sense. “For me,” said Pelangi, “modest fashion is the next emerging market.” And yet, for the women at this symposium, fashion meant more than just looking good. “The fashion world as it exists today is about very public sexuality,” said Ann Shafer, an art historian and architect specializing in Islamic culture who teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology. “So I’m trying to provide another world view — that sexuality is not a sort of public phenomenon.” Shafer herself converted to Islam and was covered except for her face. But don’t think this made her — or any of the women on the panel — feel second class. On the contrary, they spoke of the freedom and joy of dressing this way. In countries like America, where wom-

en have the choice to dress any way they please, “If women still choose to cover their bodies,” said Honig, they are not “victims” who need to be saved, they’re making a statement. “They take pride in their modesty because it’s part of who they are.” Added Shafer, “It is often assumed that Muslim women who wear conservative dress don’t have a relationship to their bodies.” On the contrary, she said, “Islam is very open about how to treat your body as a sexual phenomenon” — just not in public. The other speakers concurred. They don’t want to be thought of as sexless, just maybe excess-less. Rejecting a culture that reveals too much. “Modest dress should not be the ‘other’ choice, just an equal choice,” said Malky Weichbrod. An observant Jew, she is behind the Web site “My Therapist Told Me to Write a Fashion Blog.” And if ladies kick it up a notch by making it look great, they’ve got the best of both worlds. As Lyn Bakri, founder of the modest fashion line Aneeqa, said, “You don’t have to show much skin to look beautiful and be confident.” The women at N.Y.U., in their robes and scarves, wigs and heels, were evidence of that. Skenazy is a keynote speaker, author and founder of the book and blog “FreeRange Kids” and a contributor at Reason. com

All in the family: Pier 40 is Village’s playground By Magdalene Zier and Dugan Zier


efore we were born, our parents made a peculiar decision to move from New York City to Kentucky. They packed up their apartment on Horatio St. and headed south to live in our mother’s hometown. The change was drastic. But what Kentucky lacked in quality bagels, it made up for in rolling backyards and ample soccer and baseball fields. My parents jumped at the first opportunity to head back to Greenwich Village for good. But this was years before Washington Square Park and Hudson River Park were transformed into the urban oases they are today. And in Kentucky, we had become accustomed to a certain kind of outdoor lifestyle. While initially skeptical of sports fields suspended over the Hudson River, over time our family developed a deep affection for Pier 40 as a unique solution to our community’s open space needs. Pier 40 became our playground — as well as host to our family’s much-anticipated Thanksgiving Day football game. As early

as age 5, we took to the fields as part of the Downtown United Soccer Club and Greenwich Village Little League. We both have fond memories of weekly field trips and physical-education classes at Pier 40 with our classmates from the Village Community School, and feel fortunate to have been able to visit on a near-daily basis. At Pier 40, we met kids and families from across the city seeking play space — and many of those friendships have endured to this day. Even now, when one of us, Dugan — who committed to the New York Red Bulls Academy at age 12 and went on to become a Division I soccer player — is home over break, he immediately heads to Pier 40 for pickup games with players of all levels and ages. Over the years, we’ve joined our fellow neighbors to vouch for the necessity of Pier 40 and fight to secure its future. As longtime residents of Greenwich Village, we support the St. John’s Terminal proposal as a way to keep Hudson River Park and the Pier 40 athletic fields viable and operational, so that generations of city kids will have the same opportunities that we did.

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A Greenwich Village Little League ball player heading toward Pier 40 in a recent G.V.L .L . opening day parade.

Magdalene, 22, and Dugan Zier, 20, grew up on E. 10th St. and attended the Village Community School. Dugan is in

his third year of college at Colgate University, and Magdalene graduated from Harvard this May. September 29, 2016


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be damned, you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” This type of crony politics should have gone extinct long ago. At least we’re rid of Silver, and here’s to Yuh-Line Niou, with high expectations for our future in Albany. It’s great to see a number of highly qualified, energetic, young political figures rising in the area. Here’s hoping they don’t fall into the grip of the ossified, counterproductive local party establishment, who have cost us so much in the way of representation. Elliot Hurwitt E-mail letters, not longer than 250 words in length, to news@thevillager. com or fax to 212-229-2790 or mail to The Villager, Letters to the Editor, 1 Metrotech North, 10th floor, Brooklyn, NY, NY 11201. Please include phone number for confirmation purposes. The Villager reserves the right to edit letters for space, grammar, clarity and libel. Anonymous letters will not be published.

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He sniffles, she smiles, we suffer Monday’s debate set the bar for a nation in limbo


This would be funny if not for the collective terrified squealing of the entire nation.



liding onto the hushed stage, Trump’s entrance was regal. In a lovely, custom-tailored suit that masked his jiggly mid-region, the errant strands of his trademark come-from-behind pompadour tamed and coiffed, his make-up professionally subdued, an almost human glowing peach. The white circles around his eye sockets less glaring than the shocking bone china look he’d favored for the primaries were skillfully blended into his foundation. If only he’d smiled more, He could be a 7, even a 7.5. Clinton wore…something red, I don’t know, are we really talking about this? Shame on you, she’s running for president, not “America’s Next Top Model.”

The first presidential debate of 2016 was the most watched event of any kind ever in television history, except for that time the winning video on “America’s Funniest Home Videos of Traumatic Groin Injuries” was that super-old guy getting hit in the nuts with a football. If the debates were an Olympic event, they would be the uneven parallel bars, except with two competitors, one on each bar, kind of taking turns but also sometimes swinging around at the same time while a desperate Lester Holt told them to “quit it now, I’m serious.” “Uneven” ’cause the bars are set differently, see? Clinton had to show that voters’ baseless gut-level assumption that she’s dishonest is wrong, and the fact that she makes them slightly uncomfortable isn’t

a great reason to give nuclear weapons to a madman. Trump had to keep his trousers on, not defecate into his hands, and not hurl his loose orange poops into the audience. If that requirement had been literal, Trump might have stood a chance. This was a rout. By now you’ve seen a lot of polls where uni-toothed idiots, who could no more manage registering to vote than read a whole entire book, say Trump won. You’ve watched Kellyanne Conway do that thing where she says a boatload of impossibly ludicrous crap while out-stonefacing Buster Keaton. It doesn’t matter. Trump got his flabby tangerine ass handed to him on a platter and everybody knows STUMP SPEECH continued on p. 23 September 29, 2016


Everything is a disaster! Bad times for Rev. Jen, but at least the cat came back



Bushwick-based Rev. Jen deftly executes the first stage of an Art Star hair flip.

John Foster made this donation to the Chinatown Soup art show, which brought Rev. Jen back to the street where she used to live.


Mark-Viverito even showed up — but there was still no price list, only a donation box (that I made). Memo to Chinatown Soup: Artists need to make money so they can eat. The exhibition stayed up for a little over a week, until they randomly started taking it down. When I arrived to discover this, I also found that my handmade Troll Coloring Books (that go for 20 bucks) were missing. “What happened to my coloring books?” I asked the dude there. “Oh. I just gave them away.” WHAT? After the debacle, I found out that Chinatown Soup is largely funded by NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts; — who now owe me not only a long overdue grant, but, also, money for the cost of 10 “Jumbo Troll Coloring Books.”


s my columns grow increasingly more depressing, I’ve decided to go one step further and entitle this one “Everything is a Disaster!” If you read my last column, you are aware that I was evicted and am writing this as a homeless person, staying with friends and trying to remain relatively sane while desperately missing my boyfriend, Joe, who is being treated for cancer. My life is like a combination of “The Poseidon Adventure” and “Midnight Cowboy.” At least I’m not Sir Thomas Hanks. He’s been captured by Somali pirates, been stranded on a desert island, once got AIDS, had to dress as a woman in order to find affordable housing, and now he has to land a crashing plane safely! My life is a breeze in comparison. Still, let’s focus on the many ways my life has recently been a disaster.

MY ART SHOW WAS A DISATER! When a gallery called Chinatown Soup (16 Orchard St.) offered me a chance to resurrect my Troll Museum and show my art, I was ecstatic. I


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threw 600 troll dolls and several paintings in my roommate’s car and headed from Brooklyn back to the street I’d just been evicted from. However, the gallerist didn’t show up for the installation. Someone there let us in and a group of Art Stars began to paint the walls psychedelically (like the original Troll Museum), while hanging shelves in 100-degree weather, with no AC. As with the entire account of this particular debacle (and the general narrative of my life), I maintain that I had already established, with the gallerist, that I could paint the walls however I liked; but when she arrived 10 hours later, she flipped out. I then flipped out. There was no laminated price list, no bio, no CV. I’ve been working in art galleries since I was 20 and she didn’t seem to understand: An art gallery works for the artist, not the other way around. Exhausted, I headed home, only to return the next day to find my beloved two-headed troll on the floor. “Where is the psychedelic pillar that held my Double-Nik?” I asked, to which the gentleman “working” there replied, “Oh. She painted it white.” Are you kidding me?!! Who censors a f**king pillar? Despite the ugly white pillar, the opening was packed. City Council Speaker Melissa

MY CAT, TENNEY, IS A DISASTER! One day about four years ago, when I was working at The Tenement Museum, it was my day off. They called and said, “We have a situation.” Apparently, this demonic little stray panther had found a way to get its noggin stuck between a pillar (another pillar!) and the front door.


Perhaps it was this well-made poster that inspired Tenney to suddenly, and without explanation, return to Rev. Jen.

They “unstuck” his head and brought him inside, where he proceeded to piss on everything in the store (nice work, pal). I put up 50 posters and no one responded. I carried him everywhere, looking for his human, an adventure that led to me being chased out of a Chinatown gambling den by a woman wielding a frying pan. So he became my cat, Tenney. He didn’t purr for the first year I DISASTER! continued on p. 23

DISASTER! continued from p. 22

had him…and then I met Joe. Tenney started purring, and I started purring. Yet Tenney remained a wild young thing. Whilst staying here in Brooklyn and in the midst of my art show, he went missing. I was beside myself. A massive cat hunt was soon underway. I’d just lost my job, my home, and almost lost my boyfriend, Joe — and I was not about to lose my goddamn cat. And then something magical happened. Joe came to visit. He could only stay for less than 48 hours. At one point, I was sleeping and Joe got up to pack his things and go, when guess who waltzed up the stairs to say hello and goodbye? My little juvie of a feline. My roommate, Jen, knocked on my door. Joe and her were beaming with joy. “Look what we found,” Jen said. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt happier. But I also knew that, like Tenney, I wanted to say hello — but I never wanted to say goodbye.

SEA-MONKEYS ARE A DISASTER! OK, this isn’t “recent” — but since we’re on the topic of pets, how is it that, as children, we were all duped into believing they wore little crowns and Doris Day hairdos? My Sea-Monkeys didn’t wave to me; they just died almost immediately upon hatching. Sea-Monkeys are crustaceans designed to teach children about death.


Rev. Jen (right) and friends at the opening night of her Chinatown Soup art show, also attended by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

MR. LOWER EAST SIDE (THE LAST ONE WAS A DISASTER!) For the past 17 years, I have hosted an annual male beauty pageant known as “The Mr. Lower East Side Pageant.” Last year, both venues I had previously booked cancelled for various reasons. So, on the day of the pageant, I was forced to find a new venue. I ran around Downtown and found a bar located in Chinatown, above a bus station — and told them I was having a “birthday party.” They were down with it, and, at first, everything went

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it. Giuliani knows it, and his head is literally an old bowling ball bag stuffed with a geriatric, incontinent, rabid badger. America’s Mayor Who’s Gone Bugshit said the event was “not Trump’s best performance” and that he should skip the rest of the debates! That’s Giuliani speak for, “Holy crap, it’s like she turned him upside down and now everybody knows he was an empty sack of rotting garbage the whole time! Who’s gonna clean up this mess?” It was rope-a-dope, except that’s uncharitable to dopes. Clinton grabbed the Blue Collar Billionaire by his made-in-China lapels, pressed his Daddy Issues button, gave him a shove, and let him spin like a rusty top. She said Pappa Trump gave his baby boy fourteen million simoleons. Trump called it “a very small loan,” ’cause he’s what, a man of the people? Clinton said Trump rooted for the housing crisis; Trump responded, “That’s called business, by the way.” No, that’s called shooting yourself in the foot and trying to cauterize the wound by shooting the stump, by the way! Clinton said Trump thinks global warming is a Chinese hoax, Trump said he never said that. He’s right. HE TWEETED IT, ’cause the man is

swimmingly. Super Bad Brad kicked off the night with an amazing rendition of “Kung Fu Fighting” — but then, noted Art Star Master Lee took the stage. For some reason (that I will never discern), two women took off their clothes, revealing themselves to be painted in wild body paint and accosted Master Lee, actually trying to beat up the black-belt comedian. In the fracas, a cabinet was broken and all 87 members of the audience were thrown out. To their credit, as the manager screamed, “All of you get out now!” he asked me, “Do you want a beer?” I replied in the affirma-

hooked on the Twitter the way Sketchy Steve behind the 7-Eleven is hooked on methamphetamines! You can’t take a tweet back, Donald! Tweets go away less than herpes! Reince Priebus wanted Hillary to smile more? I’ve been watching Hillary Clinton for almost 30 years, and I never saw her smile so much. A genuine, sunny, “My Lord, I am having such a good time” smile, the kind she’s always had difficulty with, and there it was, like the sun coming out from behind a cloud, all courtesy of a mean-spirited, bitter Orange Troll. She smiled through Trump saying Barrack Obama ought to thank him for ending that whole nasty, racist birther thing she started. She beamed through Trump saying it was perfectly all right to call a woman a fat pig as long as she was Rosie O’Donnell. She lit up like the White House Christmas Tree as Trump insisted he was always against the Iraq War; how if only people would call his very lonely boyfriend Sean Hannity, they could go back to painting each other’s toenails and smooching their Putin posters! Did no one tell Trump what a split screen was? That every time he lurched at the mic like a cretinous rube defendant on “Judge Judy,” we could see him?

tive. So Claude Debris, who won well over a year ago (after, for the talent portion, lifting computers that were tied to his wenis while calling his mother), has remained the Monarch. But the pageant is coming back on October 22nd, 8 p.m. at Footlight Bar (465 Seneca Ave.) Years ago, someone predicted that the pageant would eventually end up in Queens. They were right. Why? Because the Lower East Side is a disaster. But, while everything is a disaster, I still have my cat, my dog, and Joe. I just hope we don’t ever have “President Trump.”

That he was visible as he drank a 90-gallon aquarium’s worth of water? And the sniffing! Donald wants us to believe his mic was defective — but somehow, we could hear every sniff; like he was the passed-out grease bag we brought home for a selfloathing-fueled one-nighter that we deeply regretted WHILE IT WAS HAPPENING?! A lot of very smart people are saying it was cocaine. I just think he’s a little sick. You tell me. Something degenerative, contagious, possibly fatal — believe me. Trump got thumped. Or maybe I’m wrong. I’ll tell you what, though. This nation comes with a “You Break It, You Bought It” sticker. If we elect him, we deserve him. I have some measure of compassion for folks who get suckered by a con man. But when that con man is doing a song-and-dance routine about being a snake oil salesman next to a movie screen showing clips of him at church emptying the collection plate into his pants and using the money to have “Rip-Off Artist” tattooed across his forehead? I don’t know. Like Ted Cruz said before he revealed himself to be every bit as unspeakably repellent as you’d been pretty sure he always was, “Vote your conscience.” September 29, 2016


Fear/less: My City



even the ones closed to foot traffic, authorities called to rescue us over 59th Street. Not afraid the night I rode up to El Barrio alone because the Young Lords had taken over a church and I was convinced that the cause would keep me safe. And it did.


The author on W. 23rd St.



ou’re too stupid to be afraid, my mother used to say. Maybe I was. Wandering the streets, riding subways, entranced by the Red Hook light hitting metal, by the clotheslines, the pigeon coops. Getting lost, coming home after dark, keeping secrets. Painfully shy, my fear of people never caused fear of my city. I was not afraid, at age seven, in Brownsville, going to the store with my cousins, tucking our dollar bills under our arms, just in case. Not afraid, at nine, walking to Coney Island along McDonald Avenue, the rank smell of caged chickens following us, trying to find out if it was still all there in the winter. Not afraid of exploring bridges with my two silly friends from day camp,


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I learned the rules of the street along the way. Who to avoid. When to keep your mouth shut. Stay away from doorways. Walk like you know where you’re going. Never take your money out. Jump the gates. Climb the fences. Run faster than the knife that might cut your pretty young face. Don’t tell anyone. Survival skills. And no matter how smart, young girls do not get away unscathed. Some bad people, some bad nights. But I was never afraid of my city. Saturday evening, September 17, 2016. We are sitting in the Garden at 6th and B, waiting to do some music. Some poems. My friend Ron texts me from Prague. Explosion. Dumpster. Chelsea. Multiple injuries. Pipe bomb explosion. Seaside Park. Second device. 27th Street. FBI. Homeland Security. On scene. Cause “not yet determined.”

floor. Dying. The screams. The smell. The Towers. The falling bodies.

There was no word for homeless. We were always home.

Tonight, twenty-nine injured. Were they sleeping? Watching television? Eating dinner? Do we have the right to be angry? What about our bombs? What about the Syrian children? What about my friends? What have we done?

I had my first panic attack on an Upper East Side avenue. Armies of tight faced women marched by. I’m afraid to ride a bike in traffic. I have trouble catching my breath between subway stops. My heart races when the elevator comes to a sudden halt.

We are here, making music and poetry, Almost as far away as Ron, in Prague, But here. We are all here. Greetings to everyone, messages Ron. Be safe, my darlings. More texts. Are you ok? Are you ok? Are you ok? I do the checklist. My son’s in New Jersey. My daughter’s at home down here. Wait...Gerald lives in the Hotel Chelsea, Janis and Kevin and Jackie and Gary and Michael and Tessa Lou and my cousin Lynn who hates me, all in the neighborhood. Are you ok? Are you ok? Are you ok? Before 2001, we never took attendance. Not even in the ’70s when they called it Fear City. But we were not afraid of our city.

Images flood my mind as I read. Eagles of Death Metal. Paris. Pulse. The gay club in Orlando. Young people bleeding on the dance


We were always home. On rooftops, street corners, broken glass, basement clubs.

I am not afraid of my city. Neither am I intrepid.

But I’m no longer afraid of people. And I am not afraid of my city. I hate every new wrinkle and crumbling tooth but I’m glad that I did not grow up in fear. And I got to grow old. I remember the feeling of invulnerability. They say all young people feel it but I don’t think they do anymore. I see it in their eyes. What in the world, like Bowie said, what in the world can we do? We live. I live. Newscasters look at us with sad eyes. Sometimes we get scared, too. But when I lie in bed at night, thirteen flights above the river, listening to rain or traffic noise, I am struck almost senseless by the lights of the bridges and the safety of my concrete walls. I am not afraid of my city.

One Week Later/Bring It Home BY PUMA PERL


ne week later, dog walkers steer their packs around baby strollers and pavement cracks.

Seven days flew by unless you were the one behind shattered glass, watching the movie at the Chelsea Cinema, making a U-turn on twenty-third, calling hospitals looking for your loved one, remembering the posters on brick walls, in Union Square, the photos. Missing. Have you seen her? Have you seen him? When you are locked in fear, time moves slowly, recall explodes as you try to sleep or cook, shut your eyes and you are right back in the car, the club, the building, the marathon, the tower. Lives ending like poems, in the middle. We recap. A bumbling terrorist. Asleep in a doorway. A pressure cooker. A suitcase. Five family members. A suspicious father. A wife in Pakistan. A mother in Turkey. A clown candidate pointing his finger. See! I told you so!, he crows. I was right! The Three-Card Monte game has returned in near-human form. There are no winners. Don’t be manipulated, we are told. Do not live in fear, do not give in. We’re New Yorkers, we’re a tribe, we’re resilient, can’t keep us down. But still…

I needed to lose a lot of teeth and shoot a lot of dope before the police began to notice me, before my neighbors wanted me gone. All Jamal needs is a prayer rug. All Juanito needs is a roll in his r’s and some Salsa in his steps. All Teresa needs to do is linger too long on the corner. All Margeaux needs is five inch heels and an Adam’s apple. What about you? What do you need? All our lives matter, yes. To God or Allah or Buddha, depending on your beliefs. Or to the air or clouds or ocean, We are particles of the universe. But here on earth, history and eyes, ear and sound tell a different story. Still. The week flew by, routines returned, stores opened, free coffee for the first responders, small business crawls. We made music, we made art.

As usual, except for some. Still. Bring it close, bring it home, back to the beginning, where we live, where we love. Last year, Yom Kippur approaching, Ali, the counterman at my favorite bodega, held my hand, wished me an easy fast, You and me, he said, smiling, we’re the same. No difference. The religious men of my heritage don’t touch my hand, but they invite my son to hold the Torah, even though he was never Bar Mitzvahed. They dance in the Stanton Street Synagogue. Where is home? Ali is gone. Three kids cracked his head open when he caught them stealing beer. After the hospital stay, he moved to the Bronx. How do we get home? We start where we stand. looking into eyes instead of away, asking how instead of why. I remember Ali’s eyes that day he held my hand. No different, he said. You and me. We are the same. Bringing it home.

Eric overhears a young black man tell his friend, I’m late for work, but I’m afraid to run for the bus. Hassan worries about his mother, riding the subway alone, head down. She’s never been attacked. But still… Beth sees a backpack in the corner of a club. She and her friend joke about seeing something, saying something, surely it’s harmless. Their eyes keep returning to it. But still… In the late ’80s, Rick and I were always out, on the run, uptown and down. Footloose and fancy free, we called ourselves. Footloose and fancy free. Any trouble we got into was of our own making. PHOTO BY SCOTT STIFFLER

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“I saw kids engaging in a ladybug release,” she said. “What a delight it was seeing 400 people on movie night enjoying films about Little Italy — a number of people in the audience actually were in the films.” Christopher Marte, who just ran for State Committee and is an upand-coming Dominican-American activist, has been involved with the garden. He even recently helped start a garden at L.E.S. Infill 1 Housing, a low-rise public-housing complex on the site of Adam Purple’s former Garden of Eden. “I think this is what community looks like, right?” he said of the crowd of passionate gardeners. He noted that the Elizabeth St. Garden had recently shown Chinese films, drawing a crowd of Chinese-Americans from the surrounding neighborhood. “This is our community. This is our foundation,” Marte declared. “We can’t let our community be destroyed. We can’t let our heart be destroyed.” Sergeant Yip from the Fifth Precinct frequently works with the garden. He recently started a run from the garden and also held a domesticviolence awareness event there. “This garden is actually very useful to work with for us,” Yip said, adding he hopes to plan more events there. Actor Vinny Vella starred in the movie “Hey Vinny,” which recently screened at the garden’s well-attended “This Is Little Italy” film night. “I lived in this neighborhood my whole life,” Vella said. “We had so much construction in this neighborhood — I don’t think we need any more. Look how big this is,” he said of the garden lot, “it’s going to be a disaster.” Vella’s no fan of H.P.D., saying the agency took eight years to renovate his building in a job that was supposed to take one year. “Don’t believe H.P.D. — they’re no good,” he said. “It’s the only park that we have left around here,” he said of Elizabeth St. Garden. “And the only way we’re going to keep it is to fight. Stay together.” Plucking out from inside his shirt collar a gold six-shooter pendant hanging on a chain, Vella — who often portrays wiseguys — quipped, “I wish sometimes this was real. I’d show H.P.D. what to do.” Kiely reminded everyone to show up outside a “pre-submission conference” for potential developers for the proposed project on Thurs., Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. at H.P.D., at 100 Gold St.


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“We will be rallying outside,” she said, “and let everyone who thinks they want to build on this to spend their time on something else.” The lot was strewn with garbage until 1991, when Allan Reiver started leasing it from the city and beautifying it to create the garden. Reiver, a former developer, had collected valuable monuments and pieces from historic estates for use in his projects. He had the idea of displaying them in the open-air lot. “The lease originally called for it to just be storage, but I decided to make it a garden,” he told The Villager last October. “Everything in there, I planted. I built the garden.” In the summer of 2012, neighborhood activists discovered the lot was city-owned land and mobilized to save it. Revier worked to ensure that the community had full access to the space — something he said he could not do before because there had been no one to oversee it and make sure it was operated safely. Now, though, there was an army of new volunteers. Also at the Sept. 21 rally was Stan Patz, father of Etan Patz, whose disappearance in 1979 while walking to school in Soho at age 6 raised national awareness of missing children. Patz later told The Villager, “Developers frame the question as ‘green space’ versus ‘affordable housing.’ As one of the large posters at the rally showed, and as at least one speaker mentioned, there is an empty cityowned lot on Hudson St. between W. Houston and Clarkson Sts. This lot has been empty for over 30 years, since when I had little kids playing ball at J.J. Walker Field, and, maybe, much longer. Unlike the Elizabeth St. Garden, this barren lot has no aesthetic value and no neighborhood constituency. Why can it not be developed instead of the garden?” However, Councilmember Chin — so far, at least — has not expressed interest in shifting the project across town to the vacant Hudson Square site. “With the issuance of this request for proposals,” Chin said, “we are taking an important stewp as a community to create affordable housing for our seniors, as well as establishing a permanent garden space at this location. With thousands of seniors on waitlists for affordable, safe and age-appropriate housing, the need for these senior housing units in the heart of Little Italy is overwhelming. … As this process continues, I look forward to working with the community board and the gardeners to recreate an open space that everyone can be assured will be available and open to the public for decades to come.”

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