VOLUME 29, NUMBER 23
NOVEMBER 17 â€“ NOVEMBER 30, 2016
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As Offshore shoves off, locals see an opening for popular commodore to return to home port
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Anti-Trump protests roil Manhattan p. 4 Work finally begins on West Thames Bridge p. 10 We FREEZE our reporter â€” really! p. 6
BY DENNIS LYNCH With its sailing school leaving, Battery Park City residents are hoping the management will take a new tack. The Florida-based Offshore Sailing School that operated out of North Cove Marina for the last two years is packing up its dinghys and moving out, so the marinaâ€™s management has to find a replacement by next summer, since maintaining a sailing school is a requirement of its lease with the Battery Park City Authority. Some locals see it as an opportunity to encourage the marina manager, Brookfield Properties, to find an operator with more of a focus on the community, such as Offshoreâ€™s popular predecessor, longtime North Cove sailing headmaster and Battery Park City resident Commodore Michael Fortenbaugh. Fortenbaugh ran the sailing school at the marina for 20 years. He took over management of the marina proper in 2005 after he won a competition by BPCA for plans to revitalize the marina post9/11. He operated North Cove until
2014 when the BPCA decided to open up the job to new bids, and awarded the contract to Brookfield Properties, which owns the nearby Brookfield Place shopping mall. Brookfield then brought in subcontractor Island Global Yachting
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Beloved Commodore Michael Fortenbaugh ran a popular summer sailing school for 20 years at North Cove Marina, and skippered the whole marina for ten years after answering a call from the BPCA for proposals to revitalize the facility in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. The BPCA ousted him from the marina in 2015.
to run the marina. Both companies have ties to Gov. Cuomo, who appoints all members of the BPCA board. Battery Park City resident and Community Board 1 chairman Anthony Notaro said CB1 would not take a position on a private transaction at the marina, but he did say that the board would certainly welcome Fortenbaugh back. â€œWhere we do have a position is that whoever comes in has to be community orientated, and thatâ€™s what Michael represented,â€? Notaro said. In December 2014, shortly before Fortenbaughâ€™s ouster, the panel unanimously passed a resolution urging the BCPA modify its request for proposals for the marina, with â€œgreater weight given to the â€˜community-basedâ€™ programming criteria.â€? Fortenbaugh was extremely popular with locals who sent their kids to his sailing school or signed up themselves. Dozens rallied behind him in the dead of winter to save his summer programs back sailing Continued on page 5
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Hundreds of BPC condos poised to hit market BY COLIN MIXSON Several hundred rental units are set to hit the market as condos in Battery Park City, and local leaders are optimistic that the influx of new homeowners will increase pressure on the Battery Park City Authority to reform. More long-term homeowners with stronger roots in the state-managed neighborhood could add to the chorus of voices demanding a more transparent and inclusive decision making process at the authority, according to Community Board 1’s head man. “The one thing it may affect,” said CB1 chairman and BPC resident Anthony Notaro, “is the more they sell, the more homeowners you have, and those people are more invested in the neighborhood, who want to have more
say in how things are run.” Investors Ivan Goodstein and Michael Nelsen have pooled their stakes in three Rector Pl. residential complexes to wrest a controlling interest from developer Howard Milstein after a protracted legal battle, and force the sale of 349 units worth $430 million, according to a Real Deal report citing offering plan amendments submitted to the state Attorney General’s office. The three buildings are Liberty House at 377 Rector Pl., Liberty Terrace at 380 Rector Pl., and Liberty Court at 200 Rector Pl. Notaro is the condo board president at Liberty Terrace. Battery Park City Authority board members are not elected, but rather appointed by the governor, and many locals feel that
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the authority considers its main obligation to be raising money for the city and state, rather than serving the interests of residents. The seven-member board includes only one member who actually lives in BPC, but the authority recently gave in to pressure from residents and elected officials to allow a public comment period at board meetings. Whether the influx of new property owners affects authority policy will depend largely upon the volume of condos sold, according to Notaro. “It all depends on the pace at which this happens. If there are 10 or 20 more owners, no big deal, but if there 100 to 200 that’s a whole different ball game.” Not everyone is convinced that condo owners will show a greater interest in community
matters than BPC’s renters, who have proven themselves deeply concerned with the authority’s management, according to one area renter. “It’s about your long-term vision of whether you want to stay in a neighborhood,” said Tammy Metzler, a tenant at Gateway Plaza, the largest rental complex in BPC. “I’ve been here for 20 years, and I’m active, so I think that being active and loving your community is not solely tied to owning your home.” Sales will be handled by Douglas Elliman, with prices averaging about $1.2 million a unit, and ranging from $625,000 to more than $4 million, according to the Real Deal report. Calls to the Goodstein Development Corporation were not returned by deadline.
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Trumpster fire Thousands hit the streets to protest Trump’s narrow election-night win
BY JACKSON CHEN The roar of thousands protesting Republican President-elect Donald Trump filled Fifth Ave. on Saturday afternoon as throngs of demonstrators headed north from Greenwich Village toward his high-rise home in Trump Tower. “Show me what democracy looks like!” chanted the crowd that spanned several blocks around the tower at 56th St. “This is what democracy looks like!” Many in the crowd found out about the protest on Facebook, where they were instructed to meet at Union Square at noon. Demonstrators began their march at around 2 p.m., moving up Fifth Ave. until they were stopped by barricades set up by the New York Police Department, closing off the avenue at 56th Street just shy of the soon-to-be president’s Manhattan home. As the crowd pressed up against the barriers, many raised their middle fingers and booed the 58-story tower. “Whose streets? Our streets!” the protestors shouted in unison. While the protest remained peaceful, with only murmurs in the crowd about charging the barricades, there were 13 arrests related to disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration from Friday to Sunday, the NYPD said. “We reject the president-elect!” the masses yelled. Protestors stayed long after the sun
set on Nov. 12, many of them vowing to stand against Trump every day of his expected presidency. Some voiced the hope that the sheer massiveness of the protests that followed Election Day would help affect change. “I’m hoping maybe the Electoral College will decide not to go with the votes of their states,” Susan Boynton, a Columbia University professor, said at the protest. “If there are enough demonstrations like this, they’ll maybe think about doing that.” Boynton and Rachel Lidov, with whom she marched, said they heard about the protest through social media and wanted to exercise their rights of free speech and protest. “For one thing, it’s protecting our First Amendment rights,” Lidov said. “And it’s bringing unity to the movement against him — the many, many groups who are organizing against him.” John Rubinstein, explaining that he joined the protest to ensure a better place for his kids to grow up, said that he hoped that Trump not be allowed to take office. Only slightly more realistically, he added that the hoped Merrick Garland, President Obama’s choice for the vacant Supreme Court seat, would be approved by the Republicancontrolled Senate in this month’s lame duck session of Congress. In any case, Rubinstein said that those who are unhappy with the outcome of the election must mobilize to defend the rights of immigrants, people
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Protesters outside Trump Tower on Saturday remind the President-elect that he lost the popular vote.
of color, women, and the LGBT community. “Racist, sexist, anti-gay!” the crowd chanted. “Donald Trump, go away!” The sea of signs communicated messages that ranged from the satirical, “This Pussy Grabs Back,” to the simple, “Not My President.” Many in the crowd offered messages of unity against “hate and bigotry.” Throughout the march, Emily KohlMattingley handed out safety pins — a symbol of unity from the aftermath of Brexit, when those opposed to the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union donned them to show support for immigrants who feel threatened by the wave of nationalism sweeping Britain. “It’s to show a sign of solidarity so that if somebody is unsure when they’re riding a subway or in a public place, to know that they have somebody that supports them,” Kohl-Mattingley said, adding she had handed out more than 50 so far. Like others, Kohl-Mattingley said
that the protest gave voice to the majority of Americans, who gave Democrat Hillary Clinton a sizable lead in the popular vote, even though Trump won more votes in the arcane Electoral College. “I’m out here because I do not support Donald Trump or what he stands for,” she said. “I think he is set out to undo all that Obama has done and all the progress we’ve made in the last eight years.” Anti-Trump protests have swept dozens of American cities — including Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles — over the past week, with many more planned in the coming days. “I want to let the world know that New York City and that America is not all racist,” said José Salas, who was protesting with his family and friends. “We welcome immigrants, refugees, we accept the gay community, the transgender community, and we’re just good people. Donald Trump is the incarnation of evil, sadly, but we must let our voices be heard.”
Down in the Trumps: D’towners feeling ‘anger, sorrow, disbelief’ BY COLIN MIXSON Downtown residents emerged from their homes in a state of shock Wednesday morning, and went about their daily routines as though in denial of the almost inconceivable truth that their worst nightmares had become reality — the nation had elected Donald Trump as president. “Most people are very depressed, and angry, and confused,” said Community Board 1 president Anthony Notaro. New Yorkers living south of Canal St. — who voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday — were united by a near-ubiquitous sense of loss the next morning, their grief at Trump’s victory rivaling the death of a loved one, or the demise of a national treasure, according to one Battery Park City resident.
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“It’s been 12 hours and I’m still trying to figure out how to react,” said Jeff Mihok. “I go between anger, sorrow, and disbelief. People are very sad. My colleagues are just devastated. People are crying and giving each other hugs. It feels like we’re mourning a death.” Even with nearly two months before Trump takes office, locals are considering the immediate ramifications of what the divisive Republican nominee’s elevation to Commander-and-Chief means, not just for America, but for those looking to set examples for the nation’s youth, according to one South Bridge resident. “The only thing I can tell you is I’m grateful I’m not the teacher in front of an elementary school class having to explain that name calling and bullying is something that doesn’t get you anywhere,” said Paul Hovitz. CB1 Battery Park City committee chairwoman
Ninfa Segarra, who served as a deputy mayor under senior Trump advisor Rudy Giuliani, was not happy about the victory of her old boss’s new pal, but she put things in perspective. “I’m depressed, but I’m 66 and I’ve seen a lot — students shot on campus, Afro Americans not allowed in the same restaurants as white people, LGBT people not allowed to be ‘out’ in public,” said Segarra. “If we can figure that out we can find a way to keep that progress going. We can protect our gains. The progress got there because people went out on the streets and made their voices heard.” With more than 90,000 ballots cast across Tribeca, Battery Park City, Fidi, the Seaport, and Two Bridges, ‘Disbelief’ Continued on page 23
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in 2014, and even started a now-defunct website SaveNorthCove.com to push the BPCA to reconsider its decision to hand the marina over to Brookfield. A BPCA official said the bid for the contract was held pursuant to state laws and BPCA bylaws, and that Brookfield Properties scored the highest in their evaluation. Brookfield hired Offshore Sailing School, a Florida-based school that runs programs at resorts there and in the British Virgin Islands. Offshore decided earlier this month to shut down its schools at North Cove and in New Jersey to focus on its resort businesses. Offshore offered many of the same programs as Fortenbaugh’s Manhattan Sailing School. It had youth sailing courses — which were actually cheaper than Fortenbaugh’s — and offered scholarships and waived fees for students who couldn’t afford the full fees. But the school wasn’t nearly as popular with locals as the commodore’s operation, which Notaro called a tough act to follow. “Michael was there for 10 years and if anyone thought Offshore would pick up where that business left off, that’s unrealistic,” Notaro said. “They only had a few boats
where Michael had something like two dozen, remember it took 10 years to grow his business.” Meanwhile, Fortenbaugh moved his school — still called Manhattan Sailing School — across the Hudson to Liberty Harbor Marina in Jersey City. He said that 75 percent of his students and customers are from Manhattan and that many of his marina customers followed him over to New Jersey. Offshore couldn’t “bring the magic back,” according to Fortenbaugh. “We’re still by far the largest operation in the harbor. We’re still teaching 10 full boats of students every weekend and they’re doing two or three at the most,” Fortenbaugh said. “People come out and try to decide what feels good. They visit the schools and in the end they select our school.” Brookfield told Fortenbaugh it was in discussions with another operator already, but he still hopes to return to the school’s “home” someday. “Battery Park City is meant to be world class. The reality is, who does a better operation in the harbor than ourselves?” the commodore said. “We want to come back to make this great, we love teaching sailing, we have the best instructors and the best people.” Brookfield Properties did not return requests for comment.
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Children and adults alike rallied at North Cove Marina in December 2014 in a failed attempt to persuade the BPCA to keep Michael Fortenbaugh’s popular summer community sailing programs.
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Mr. Freeze Our intrepid reporter gets chill at Tribeca ‘cryosauna’ BY DENNIS LYNCH It was 61 degrees outside City Hall last Tuesday, but I was about to almost freeze to death just a couple blocks away. Well, at least my body would think I was freezing to death. I was about to step into a “cryosauna” that would blast me with compressed nitrogen gas at -270 degrees Fahrenheit for three minutes at Downtown’s first whole-body cryotherapy center, KryoGenesis on Duane Street. Convincing your body that it’s freezing to death is the whole point of cryotherapy, said KryoGenesis owner Stan Kapica. He discovered cryotherapy as a way to ease his own pain after a double knee replacement a few years ago. It helped him so much that he quit his lucrative job as a media executive to start a cryotherapy business. Some proponents of cryotherapy tout the whole-body treatment — developed in the 1970s by Japanese doctor Toshima Yamauchi to ease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis — as a cure-all magic bullet that goes beyond managing pain to also increase libido, improve mental focus and aid weight loss. But Kapica is not one to oversell his product — his pitch is more conservative. “You have to be careful the way you go about taking about the benefits. I don’t want to get into an issue where we’re telling people that it does a myriad of things,” Kapica said. “The two things it does for everybody is that it boosts metabolism and reduces inflammation in your body. Anything beyond that is kind of personal for people. Some people say ‘look, it helps me sleep at night,’ some people say ‘I suffer from depression and this is very mood elevating.’ I don’t want to get into anything it might do and doesn’t do for everybody.” But what would it do for me? Would I go into shock? Would it heal the shoulder I pulled moving a massive sectional couch across the city two days before? Would I emerge from the chamber with the power to freeze things with my mind?
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“Maybe if a spider fell in there while you were in there and bit you,” said Dr. Kenneth McCulloch, an orthopedic surgeon who founded the Duane Street office and invited Kapica to set up his KryoGenesis center there. Peer-reviewed studies have shown that certain biological processes my body would undergo when I stepped in for my three-minute cryobath do have benefits. The freezing cold nitrogen bath would quickly lower my skin temperature to around 40 degrees Fahrenheit and initiate my fight-or-flight response within the first 30 seconds of the therapy session. My body would pull the blood from my extremities and send it to my vital organs, where it would circulate for the next two and a half minutes, soaking up nutrients and oxygen. When blood flows back through my body as it warmed following the session, it will deliver that rich payload to my muscles and joints. The cold would also stimulate my sympathetic nervous system, triggering an anti-inflammatory response and boosting my metabolic rate, according to some studies. My body would also produce endorphins during the 10 minutes or so it takes for it to heat back up, which should give me slightly euphoric feeling similar to a runner’s high, Kapica said. With that running through my mind, I changed into a KryoGenesis robe — plus some long socks and gloves, to prevent frostbite — and stepped into a machine that looked like some sort of futuristic hot water heater. Then I shed my robe, leaving me in my skivvies for maximum skin exposure, and Kapica hit the gas. As the cloud of nitrogen enveloped me, I wasn’t thinking about my fight-orflight response, my revved-up metabolism, or of any that other good stuff Kapica told me about. I could only think one thing: “Holy s--t, this is cold!” Really, really cold. I shivered uncontrollably and grimaced through the pain. I tried to pay attention to Kapica’s explanation of what was happening to me, but my
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(Above) Down to his skivvies under the robe, intrepid reporter Dennis Lynch enters the full-body “cryosauna” — wearing gloves to guard against frostbite — and prepares to undergo the KryoGenesis process. (Right) Contrary out hopes, our correspondent did not emerge from the KryoGenesis chamber with the powers of Batman nemesis Mr. Freeze. But it did ease his shoulder pain for a bit.
brain couldn’t take its attention off the cold. “The first time is the hardest,” Kapica said. “Nothing is going to happen to you, but your brain is not used to the sensation, and it’s telling you to get out.” Yeah, that’s exactly what it was saying. But I took his advice to try to relax and eventually settled down, even though I kept shivering as the seconds ticked by on the display by my head and the temperature reading plunged: -125, -150, -175, -200... Towards the end of the session, it actually became somewhat relaxing, and it only took a minute sitting in my robe to feel warmed up again. Unsurprisingly, I felt much more awake afterwards and I did get that bit of euphoria.
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The Food and Drug Administration does not yet recognize any medical benefits from the full-body cryotherapy chambers that KryoGenesis and most other cryotherapy outfits use, but its European counterpart has. At the moment, Dr. McColloch and other American doctors can’t prescribe use of the machines at KryoGenesis, but he plans to suggest the treatment mr. freeze Continued on page 10
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Protestors filled the steps of the Museum of the American Indian in Lower Manhattan on Nov. 5 to support the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in its battle to oppose construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The demonstrators arrayed outside the museum near Bowling Green at 10 a.m., before heading uptown in for a prayer march that followed the ancient Lenape road on Broadway to northern Manhattan and ending at Inwood Hill Park for a Water Ceremony. Acts of civil disobedience along the actual pipeline route in North Dakota have resulted in numerous clashes between police and protestors at Standing Rock, often involving Sioux tribesmen and women who have blockaded roads and chained themselves to heavy machinery in an effort to prevent construction of the more than 1,100-mile-long pipeline through land they claim as sacred. A second Manhattan protest on Tuesday led to dozens of arrests, according to news reports.
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PICKED A pick-pocket nabbed a woman’s wallet out of her bag inside a Chamber St. store on Nov. 10. The victim told police that she was inside the retailer between Church St. and Broadway at 3 p.m., when she stooped over to inspect some goods. Standing up, she realized that her bag had been quietly zipped open and her wallet snatched, along with the $200 and credit cards it contained, cops said.
CITIZEN CANED A tour-boat ticket saleswoman beat a 42-year-old man with a cane outside the Staten Island Ferry on Nov. 10. The victim told police that he was at South Ferry Plaza at 2:10 p.m., when the ticket vendor let him have it, striking the poor fellow in the face and head with her walking stick. No arrests have been made yet, but the suspect is known to be a ticket seller for a nearby tour boat, cops said.
ITHIEF A pack of thieves looted iPhones from the Prince St. Apple store on Nov. 12. An employee told police that a group of men entered the store between Greene and Mercer Sts. at 5:30 p.m., and proceeded to pillage store shelves of seven pricey smartphones worth $2,286 before fleeing.
BAG IT Two shoplifters nabbed designer bags from a West Broadway clothing boutique on Nov. 10. An employee told police that the crooks waltzed into the upscale fashion mart between Spring and Prince Sts. at 5:41 p.m., plucked two Emporio Armani bags worth $2,695 off a table and bolted.
SACKED A thief swiped a $4,000 sack from a Broadway handbag store on Nov. 13. An employee told police that the rogue was inside the store between West Houston and Prince Sts. at 1:05 p.m., when she spotted her grab a Prada bag with genuine crocodile handles and flee with the small fortune in luggage.
TUNNELS ARE FOREVER Three thieves cleaned out a Tribeca jewelry store after tunneling in from a neighboring sushi joint on Chambers St. on Nov. 3. The trio entered the Japanese restauDowntownExpress.com
rant between Broadway and Church Sts. at 3:38 a.m., and breached a rear wall inside the next-door jewelry store about three hours later, cops said. Inside, the burglars plundered a display case and nabbed an undetermined number of necklaces valued at around $10,000, according to police. Their loot in hand, the crooks fled the way they came, and headed towards Canal St. with their ill-gotten jewels, cops said.
PANTS PERP A shoplifter nabbed some pants form a Grand St. department store on Nov. 1. An employee told police that the suspect was spotted on surveillance video inside the store between West Broadway and Wooster St. at 5 p.m., when he grabbed four pairs of jeans, altogether worth $2,400, and scrammed.
LOOTING SPREE Thieves broke into and looted no less than four cars parked across Lower Manhattan last week, including two on King St., between Oct. 29 and Nov. 4 One victim told police that she left her car on King St. near Sixth Ave. at 11:45 a.m. on Oct. 29 and returned the next day to find her rear window smashed and her property, including cash and a makeup bag, missing. The second King St. victim reported she parked her car between Sixth Ave. and Varick St. at 1:15 p.m. on Oct. 30, and returned a few hours later to find her window bashed in and her purse, which contained her cellphone, credit cards and jewelry valued at $1,940, missing. Another motorist told police he parked his car on Vandam St. between Hudson and Greenwich Sts. at 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 29, and returned the next day to find his driver-side window shattered and a purse containing credit cards pinched. The final theft occurred on Liberty St. between Broadway and Nassau St. at 1 p.m. on Nov. 4, when a thief smashed a rear window to gain entry to a parked car and nabbed a wallet, cops said.
BIKE BANDIT A thief rode off with a man’s motorcycle that he parked on Duane St. on Nov. 5. The victim told police that he left his Ducati crotch rocket between Staple and Hudson Sts. at 6 p.m., and returned a few hours later to find it stolen. — Colin Mixson November 17 - 30, 2016
Shovel ready Long-delayed bridge finally breaks ground
BY COLIN MIXSON A small army of amateur excavators arrayed in phalanx formation — shovels in hand — broke ground on Nov. 15 to kick of the long-delayed construction of a $45.1 million pedestrian bridge set to span the West Side Highway come mid-2018. The part-time diggers fromally commenced a project that will bring Battery Park City and the Financial District closer than ever before, according to our shovel-wielding borough president. “The West Thames Street project will quite literally bridge the gap between Battery Park City and the Financial District, benefiting the entire Lower Manhattan community,” said Gale Brewer. Brewer shoveled dirt with a groundbreaking posse that included state Sen. Daniel Squadron, Manhattan Department of Transportation commissioner Luis Sanchez, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation president David Emil, and Councilwoman Margaret Chin, along with reps from construction company Skanska USA, the Battery Park City Authority, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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whenever he thinks it could help patients with injuries such as muscle strains, ligament strains, and basically any condition involving inflammation. Until the device receives FDA approval, however, health insurance companies won’t cover the procedure. Dr. McColloch thinks that with all the attention generated by celebrities and athletes using cryotherapy, demand for more FDA-certified studies will increase and the agency could approve it as a medical device within the next two years. “I think it’s definitely going to happen,” the doctor said. He pointed to several smaller studies that show most participants getting some benefit from the treatment as a promising start. “They have done those studies and it’s very positive,” he said. “The overwhelming response is that there is a benefit, however the number is just not high enough to make sweeping generalizations
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At least ten shovels were provided for the ceremony. The West Thames Street Pedestrian Bridge is a permanent replacement for the temporary Rector Street Pedestrian Bridge, which was constructed in haste in 2002 to provide a crossing over the busy thruway following the destruction of two West St. spans in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The new bridge will span the intersection of West and West Thames Sts. diagonally across from the northeast corner to the southwest. A permanent span was originally slated to replace the now 14-year-old Rector St. bridge in 2004, but delays occurred through a series of design changes and municipal interventions. The BPCA at one point was prevented by the city from funding the project to the tune of $18 million — and costs have since ballooned to the current $45.1 million budget, or more than $190,000 per linear foot of the 230-foot span. There were plans at one point to begin demolition of the Rector Street Bridge in 2017 — an effort to save money that would have left pedestrians twith no elevated crossing until the
about the treatment.” KryoGenesis also uses a machine resembling a vacuum cleaner that pumps out the same compressed nitrogen used in the full-body machine for spot treatment therapy for people having localized pain. They also use it for “cryo-facials” to tighten up your face, a purely cosmetic treatment. For now, cryotherapy exists in a middle ground between alternative medicine and a legitimate treatment. But as for me, my back and shoulder pain subsided somewhat the next day, but it came back a few days later. It’s hard to say if it had any benefit for me lasting more than a day or two, or any at all. Kapica said many people don’t feel the full effects until they go a few times, but since each threeminute session costs $80 — or five for $360 — I probably won’t be back any time soon — unless Dr. McCulloch is right and it gains FDA approval, then maybe my health insurance will foot the bill in the future.
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Work finally begins on the long-delayed West Thames Street Pedestrian Bridge with a Nov. 15 groundbreaking with a little help from, right to left, Chris Cestone, Senior Vice President, Skanska USA; Thomas Webb, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Skanska USA; Luis Sanchez, Manhattan Borough Commissioner, city DOT; Shilpan Patel, Deputy Director, state DOT; David Emil, President, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation; Shari C. Hyman President & Chief Operating Officer, Battery Park City Authority; Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer; Holly Leicht, Regional Administrator for NY & NJ, Department of Housing and Urban Development; Councilmember Margaret S. Chin; Eric Mayo, Director of Operations, Office of State Senator Daniel Squadron.
West Thames Street Bridge’s completion the following year. The Economic Development Corporation has since withdrawn that proposal, and while there is no fixed date for the demolition of the bridge at Rector St., it’s been pushed back at the very least, according to a Broadsheet report citing Skanska USA engineer Matt Krenek.
Freeze me until then. Before you try out the treatment yourself, be sure to check out the company’s website (www. kryogenesis.com) to make sure you don’t have any of the medical conditions — such as venous thrombosis, hypertension, or an infection of some sort — that bar you from getting the therapy. But if you got the cold cash to splurge of a deep-freeze in the next few weeks, the experience can warm your heart even as it chills your body. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas KyroGenesis will be donating 20 percent of all packages purchased to charities that support disabled firefighters, police and veterans. Kapica already offers firefighters, police and veterans a 20-percent discount on cryotherapy sessions, and he plans to offer some free sessions to them one day during the holiday season, but hasn’t worked out all the details yet. Contact info@ kryogenesis.com for more information.
“We are withdrawing our earlier plan to demolish the pedestrian bridge at Rector Street before the West Thames Bridge is complete,” Krenek said at a meeting of Community Board 1’s Battery Park City Committee. “But we cannot promise that the Rector Bridge will remain in place until the new bridge is open.”
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BY BILL EGBERT Downtowners curious to try out Oculus Riftâ€™s virtual-reality technology have one more chance to sample it at the Oculus transit hub this weekend. The free Tribeca Virtual Reality Arcade set up by Westfield in the main hall of the iconic train station uses Samsung Gear VR, which is powered by the Facebook-owned companyâ€™s virtual-reality software, offering 360-degree views of four different short films specially made to showcase the technology. From noon to 8 p.m., this Friday through Sunday, visitors can strap on the special headgear and watch immersive productions from Cirque du Soleil, the director of â€œThe Bourne Identity,â€? the animators behind â€œMadagascar,â€? and others. The animated short â€œInvasion,â€? by Baobab Studios, puts the viewer at the center of a icy mountain pond â€” in the company of an adorable bunny â€” when aliens wielding powerful weapons land
nearby. Lovable hilarity ensues. â€œKIDS,â€? a single-take peek into the lives of two teenagers living across the street from each other, slowly shifts from one of their rooms to the other through their windows, while the viewer can gaze back and forth â€” and even down, at a party unfolding on the street below. Doug Liman, the director of â€œThe Bourne Identityâ€? and â€œEdge of Tomorrowâ€? presents episode one of â€œInvisible,â€? a supernatural drama series shot entirely in a 360-degree view, which may risk giving viewers whiplash as they try to keep an eye on all the action unfolding around them. But the longest and most intense experience on offer is â€?KĂ€: The Battle Withinâ€? by Cirque du Soleil, a headspinning martial arts battle that makes full use of the immersive, 3-D medium. Flashing blades and flaming arrows get uncomfortably close to the viewerâ€™s face as the highly stylized fight choreography
(Above) By far the most intense of the virtual-reality offerings, â€?KĂ€: The Battle Withinâ€? by Cirque du Soleil features a dramatic, 360-degree martial-arts battle that makes the most of the #D view. Spoiler alert: that flaming arrow gets VERY close to your face. (Right) Staffers will help visitors learn to use the Samsung Gear VR headset at the Tribeca Virtual Reality Arcade.
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Grandmaster splash World chess championship dazzles at Seaport’s Fulton Market Building BY COLIN MIXSON The games of kings got the royal treatment at the historic Seaport District beginning on Nov. 11, when the World Chess Championship celebrated its return to the Big Apple following a 20-year hiatus. Bringing the tournament to the Seaport District’s newly renovated Fulton Market Building was no gambit, but a natural choice for the world-class series of skill, according to the championship’s chief organizer. “The Seaport District’s prime location in the heart of Lower Manhattan provides a unique opportunity to engage new audiences in this fascinating sport and bring the FIDE Chess Championship back to New York City,” said said Ilya Merenzon, Chief Executive of Agon Limited, which owns World Chess. The battle between Norwegian Grandmaster and reigning champ Magnus Carlsen, 25, and his 26-yearold Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin
will play out over 12 games ending Nov. 30, in a heated struggle that has yielded 4 draws already. The event kicked off with a posh gala at The Plaza Hotel on Nov. 10, where well-heeled chess fans saw stars in the form of actor Adrian Grenier of “Entourage” fame who hosted the opening ceremony. The Fulton Market Building has been fitted out into a chess arena for the occasion, featuring luxurious spectator lounges offering views of the Brooklyn Bridge and fine dining options for VIPs. The matches are being broadcast Rob Kim / Getty Images for Agon Limited live on worldchess.com, and for the first Reigning World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen and Grandmaster Sergey time, are available to view in virtual Karjakin contemplate their moves in the opening game of the 2016 World reality with commentary from grand- Chess Championship running from Nov. 11–30 at the newly renovated Fulton masters from across the globe. Market Building at the Seaport. “This is going to be the first championship match for the smartphone gen- hosting the World Chess Championship long-term vision of global programeration,” said Merenzon. is another step in making the area a ming we will bring to the district as For the Seaport District — which is world-class cultural destination, accord- the neighborhood continues to transT:8.75” undergoing a revitalization that includes ing to the vice president of the Howard form into a top entertainment, culture, the recent opening of the borough’s first Hughes Corporation. fashion and culinary destination,” said iPic Theater in the same building — “This is a welcome addition to the Saul Scherl.
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BY LENORE SKENAZY On Sunday, I went to my local Queens bakery at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and each time sat across from a friendly, open 18-year-old. These New York City students shared their hopes, dreams, and what they do in their free time. One researches drone strikes in Somalia. Another teaches the disabled to ski. A third measures the size and shape of snake skulls. That’s typical for this group. They are all applicants for early admission to Yale. Me, I’m an alumni interviewer. That means I help lighten the Yale Admissions Department’s load by volunteering to assess half a dozen candidates each year. This is my 15th or 16th go-round, and it always gives me great delight. But this year, it also gave me pause. That’s because another alum, Ben Orlin, just wrote a piece in the Los Angeles Times titled, “Why I Won’t Re-enlist as a Yale Alumni Interviewer.” His beef is that “the whole process is so spectacularly insane that participating in it — even in such a peripheral role — feels like watching spiders crawl out of my tear ducts.” The insanity is not the kids — they’re great. Nor is it Yale — it can’t take everyone. The insanity is the giant disparity between the number of stunning applicants and the number that get in: “For every bed in the freshman dorms, 20 kids are lining up, at least five of whom are high-school rock stars,” wrote Orlin. “From that murderer’s row, admissions officers face the impossible task of picking just one. There’s no right answer.” He feels for all the students who have done so much, and are likely to take their
rejection personally. (Don’t we all?) What these kids can’t know is that they are just as amazing as the ones who get the thick envelopes, but they may be the 15th top debater who also spent a year teaching calculus in Kenya. No school needs 15 of the same thing. Thus some get in, but others get bumped for a dancer-sculptorbeekeeper from Utah, or spear fisher (with perfect SATs) from Spain. So on Sunday, as I spoke with the hopefuls, I felt compelled to mention to them “The Ghosts of Applicants Past.” There was the girl so fascinated by rhetoric that she learned Ancient Greek. She wanted to read the first philosophers to describe speaking techniques like, “I won’t mention the defendant’s past as a thief, because that is not relevant to this case.” She loved the way information got sneakily embedded. But she also loved neuroscience, so she was doing lab research on Alzheimer’s. Her modest little goal was to figure out if the way information gets into our brains is related to how it leaks out. She did not get in. Another year I met a young man from a Manhattan public high school who admitted that during middle school computer class, he would hack a friend’s screen to suddenly show cartoons when the teacher was walking past. By the time he was in high school he put his computer skills to more serious work by starting a web-design company for
MTA to extend M1 bus route south to Worth St. (Oct. 26)
Highly needed route extension, since the M5 is being split into the M5 North of Midtown and the M55 South of Midtown. Something must be done with the West Side buses, either the M11 extended to Lower Manhattan or combine the M10 and M20 routes (like before the former M10 ran from Harlem to Downtown). Fredrick Wells Return of M1 to South Ferry. It deserved to be extended to South Ferry. M1 was discontinued to South Ferry due
to MTA service cut in 2010. Return M1 to South Ferry make sense. let extended M1 back to South Ferry. Why was it cut back in 2010? Don’t know. Sunny May I also bring up low quality service on the M22 – too often the driver leaves Grand St./ FDR before scheduled departure. (Although, that only happens if the scheduled bus actually shown up.) Similar for departures from BPC (at El Vez). I have more comments about other downtown bus routes, but that can keep until a story is done on that topic. Jan David
local businesses. If some of the coding got too hard, he’d farm it out to Russian programmers and pay them part of his fee. By his senior year he’d turned his attention to the medical field and got an internship at a local teaching hospital. He discovered something (I couldn’t understand what) about how plaque builds up in arteries, and had come up with a new, cheap way to dissolve it. Ten medical school professors came to hear his lecture. When one objected that his idea wouldn’t work, he showed him how it would. This kid applied to Yale and MIT. I hope he got into the latter, because he did not get into Yale. Then there was the young woman who was producing a documentary on a French fashion muse from the ’70s. No dice. And another student so fascinated by the French Revolution that she did original research on the guillotine jewelry of that time. She didn’t make the cut. Meanwhile, a young man I had a hard time interviewing because he had so little to say, did make it in. I gather that he was spectacular at math. But he got lost navigating from Union Square to our interview at a Starbucks on First Avenue and 17th St. and arrived late. Which is not to say Yale gets it wrong. It took many of the students I’ve recommended. But Orlin got it right, too: Ivy admissions are an opaque process, not to be taken personally. The good news is that by the time students think they’re Yale material, they usually are. Even if they don’t get in. Lenore Skenazy is a keynote speaker, author of the book and blog Free-Range Kids, and a contributor at Reason.com.
Arcade fire: Torches and pitchforks make BPCA back off South End Ave. arcade infill (Nov. 3) It is ridiculous that the BPC Authority makes decisions about our neighborhood with no local input. If this seems ridiculous to you, please visit Democracy4BPC.org and sign the petition to Gov. Cuomo. The petition requests that local people be appointed by the Gov. to the BPCA Board. We need local involvement from the get-go, not after the fact. Maryanne Braverman posted Continued on page 23
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Picking apart the trump cake America baked BY MA X BURBANK I do not know how to write this article. Clearly I’m too stupid, as I never for an instant entertained the idea I’d have to. It’s cold comfort that almost every political writer out there is in the same boat — a big, listing, boatload of stupid. I’ve scrapped six or seven approaches since around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. I thought about framing it as an obituary. You know, “After a protracted battle with xenophobia, white identity and churlishness, America died on November 9, 2016, at the age of 238.” That’s crap though. Clinton won the popular vote — so it’s not that dead. Coughing up blood? Maybe. But it’s not plug-pulling time yet. Let’s not be alarmist; at least not until the entire family has gathered at her bedside and figures out if the damage is irreversible. Look, the midterm elections are in just two years. Surely, until then, we can feed America pudding through a tube and hope for the best. I thought about playing against tension; doing a goofy, elated, edge-of-hysteria thing: “Well, I was 100 percent wrong when I said a Trump victory was demographically impossible, wronger when I wrote that America was better than this, and most wrongerest of all when I said a humanshaped, orange leather bag of weasel bile would never be elected president because this wasn’t Bizarro America, so there’s a really good possibility I’ve been wrong on everything! Trump IS going to make America great again! ISIS WILL be defeated on January 21!! We WILL build the biggest, most beautiful wall, and not only will Mexico pay for it, they WILL include a 20 percent gratuity!!!” I crumpled that draft and missed the wastebasket, and I am not ashamed to say it was because I could barely SEE IT through my tears of RAGE, HEARTBREAK, and TERROR! Also because, as my middle school gym teacher told my parents, I am so bad at sports it may be diagnosis-related. I avoided writing this column by turning to Facebook, because I’m co-dependent, but like my friends at a comfortable electronic distance. An old student of mine had written “Oh my God. The White House Interior Decoration.” I found that funny, heartening and brave. I responded, “If you can make jokes, I can at least get out of bed and make coffee.” Then I went into the kitchen to find my coffee machine had died during the night and was not so much making coffee as spitting occasional gobs of mostly steam at the grounds. Now I’m not superstitious; I don’t believe in signs and omens. But when Mr. Coffee speaks directly to you by committing suicide? It’s hard to write this column because I am sad. I am very, very sad, and you should feel sad for me because as a middle-aged white man, while I did not vote for Trump, I do know this election was all about me and my delicate feelings. I’m DowntownExpress.com
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Trump’s victory party confection has a telling expression, best suited for those on the opposing side.
uncomfortable about America right now, and if this election taught us anything, it’s that you need to be focused with laser-like intensity on my needs. Sure, those needs are, at the moment, diametrically opposed to the majority of my cohort, but screw that! A MIDDLE-AGED WHITE GUY IS SPEAKING HERE! IN CAPS! I’m so sad and scared for women and Muslims and undocumented immigrants and the disabled and the LGBTQ community and Jews and anyone whose skin does not fall in the day-glo orange to lily-white range. I’m worried for Trump’s political opponents; for Republicans whose support was a mite too tepid; for everyone relying on Obamacare; for journalists — from the dogged investigators all the way down to crappy little joke-boy pundits like me. And I’m really, really sad for Hillary — and if you aren’t, screw you. Whatever you think about her, you know she worked hard as hell for longer than many of you have been alive. She worked harder in a week than most of us will in our lives. All those times I was laying on the couch in my bathrobe (okay, underwear) watching “The Flash” on the CW? That woman was working, and it really looked like she’d be the first female President of the United States, and instead it’s that guy who bragged about grabbing women by the pussy to impress Billy Bush. You think you’re bummed out today? You don’t know from bummed out. I blame the cake. You know the one I’m talking about. That damn Trump cake made for his victory party. You saw it. That was not a cake sculpture of a winner. That was a cake sculpture of a paunchy, slack-faced dude for whom it was just sinking in what a ginormous loser he truly was; a man who’d bitten off several Trump Steaks more than he could safely chew; a snake oil salesman moments away from being tarred and feathered and ridden out of town on a rail. It was a cake sculpture of the man we expected to see. Shame on that cake sculpture Trump. And more shame on me for believing a cake sculpture. That is the true message of this election. Never, never put your faith in a cake sculpture. So I’m sad. Many of us are. But that’s today. Tomorrow we pick ourselves up and begin to fight. We abandon our foolish talk of fleeing to Canada or Ireland or wherever, because who the hell wants an American on their couch right now? Seriously, they’d be worried we’d drink the liquor, steal the silver, and leave the dog in a family way, and THEIR CONCERNS WOULD BE LEGITIMATE! Silver linings? Well, the likelihood that I get to keep writing my little joke-boy “political satire” has gone up. At least until they work their way down to sticking small-time wannabees like me in Trump Re-education Camp #1138. I wonder, will they let me bring my laptop? Do you think they’ll have Wi-Fi? November 17 - 30, 2016
Power Plays Through a Slaughterhouse Prism Bridge Production Group’s bloody ‘Richard III’ has bite
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L to R, foreground: Max Hunter and Maggie Hollinbeck.
BY TRAV S.D. Step by step, a thuggish strong man takes the people around him by surprise and seizes a country through a ruthless campaign of evil and revenge. No, I’m not talking about the latest news headlines, although I could be. I am referring of course to the plot of Shakespeare’s “Richard III” — now being presented in a “bold and bloody” manner at the 4th Street Theatre through Nov. 27. This is the inaugural full-scale production of The Bridge Production Group (not to be confused with the Bridge Theatre Company, which was founded in 2004). The new company announces in their mission statement that they are “committed to dismantling and exploiting an audience’s expectations of mun-
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dane theatre.” While it is by no means a given that New York audiences expect theatre to be mundane, there is nothing timid about the company’s ambition. Not only does Artistic Director Max Hunter direct the current production, but he plays Richard as well. Associate Artistic Director Jacob Owen plays both Clarence and Buckingham. “We call ourselves Bridge,” said Hunter, “because that is what we are trying to do: close the gaps between modern audiences and works from other times and with other settings. We evaluate a classical play as if it is a new work of theatre and take it off its pedestal; warp it in a way that works with modern expectations of storytelling.” While this is the company’s first full
production, prior to it they did one workshop that interpolated scenes from “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” “We were looking at Gowanus Loft, and encountered the artist Carlton Scott Sturgill, who was doing an installation piece,” Hunter continued. “We wound up collaborating with him and staged parts of these two plays in a giant greenhouse. We reimagined the balcony scene from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ without a balcony and investigated what would happen if we put them in the same space, in close proximity to the audience. We got to look at it from a new perspective.” According to Hunter, the earlier workshop was largely about sexuality and sensuality, but that’s not necessarily
what audiences at “Richard III” will see. “It isn’t a blanket process. We take different approaches case by case. We ask ourselves, ‘What are the thematic elements?’ And we use them to develop a vocabulary, which will inform design choices and so forth in an interesting way.” In the case of “Richard III,” that means spilled blood — and lots of it. The built world of the current production is reminiscent of an industrial freezer, or the kill room in “Dexter.” There’s a tiled floor and meat hooks hanging from the ceiling. Ten rotating clear plastic panels allow the actors to seal off the room as though it were being fumigated (which is BRIDGE continued on p. 21 DowntownExpress.com
TOP DRIVER DISTRACTIONS Using mobile phones
Leading the list of the top distractions behind the wheel are mobile phones. Phones now do more than just place calls, and drivers often cannot pull away from their phones, even when driving. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, studies have shown that driving performance is lowered and the level of distraction is higher for drivers who are heavily engaged in cell
phone conversations. The use of a hands-free device does not lower distraction levels. The percentage of vehicle crashes and nearcrashes attributed to dialing is nearly identical to the number associated with talking or listening.
Many people will admit to daydreaming behind the wheel or looking at a person or object outside of the car for too long. Per-
haps they’re checking out a house in a new neighborhood or thought they saw someone they knew on the street corner. It can be easy to veer into the direction your eyes are focused, causing an accident. In addition to trying to stay focused on the road, some drivers prefer the help of lane departure warning systems.
Those who haven’t quite mastered walking and
chewing gum at the same time may want to avoid eating while driving. The majority of foods require a person’s hands to be taken off of the wheel and their eyes to be diverted from the road. Reaching in the back seat to share some French fries with the kids is also distracting. Try to eat meals before getting in the car. For those who must snack while en route, take a moment to pull over at
a rest area and spend 10 minutes snacking there before resuming the trip.
Glancing at an advertisement, updating a Facebook status or reading a book are all activities that should be avoided when driving. Even pouring over a traffic map or consulting the digital display of a GPS system can be distracting.
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Just Do Art
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Pianists David Oei and Hélène Jeanney will perform at Nov. 19’s free concert, co-sponsored by the Washington Square Music Festival.
L to R, the “Victoria Woodhull” cast: Juliette Monaco, Adam Reilly, Elena Kritter, Henrick Sawczak and Chaz McCormack.
BY SCOTT STIFFLER
“ORCHESTRAL TREASURES” CONCERT
This free night of music is presentd by the Washington Square Music Festival (which sponsors a standout summertime outdoor concert series) and REACH-NYC “Concerts for Peace.” Lutz Rath conducts the Festival Chamber Orchestra. Selections include Gioachino Rossini’s overture to “The Italian Girl in Algiers,” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550,” and Carl Czerny’s “Piano Concerto in C major for four hands.” That work, which features virtuoso pianists David Oei and Hélène Jeanney, is described by composer Douglas Townsend as “an interesting example of the late classical piano concerto combined with the emerging bravura piano technique of the mid-19th century.” Free. Sat., Nov. 19, 8pm at the Manhattan Seventh-day Adventist Church (232 W. 11th St., just west of Seventh Ave.). For info, call 212-2523621 or visit washingtonsquaremusicfestival.org. Also visit reach-nyc.com.
THE ARChive OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC HOLIDAY RECORD & CD SALE
The beginning of next month marks the start of the most wonderful time of the year — when lovers of LPs, groovy givers of global music, and Secret Santas of all stripes can sleigh (okay, slay) their appointed tasks at this one-stop shopping opportunity. Day in and day out, the busy elves at the ARChive of Contemporary Music nonprofit library and research center labor to collect and preserve information on the popular music of all cultures and races throughout the world from 1950 to the present. Having amassed 3 million sound recordings so far, ARC’s noble Noah’s Arc mission inevitably wracks up duplicate copies from record
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companies and collectors — hence this holiday sale, one of two annual events where the general public has the run of the place. Up for grabs this December are over 30,000 items for those on your “Nice” list, whose letters to the North Pole include any or all of the following: pop, rock, jazz, blues, classical, and world music recordings; videos and DVDs; music books and magazines; picture discs; original vintage ’60s psychedelic posters from the Grande Ballroom in Detroit; and rare Fillmore East programs. Formats? They’ve got 78s, LPs, 45s, and CDs (new and out-of-print CDs start at $3; classical LPs start at $1!). Become a member and score an invite to the Dec. 1 Cocktail Party — a merry and bright point on your social calendar that lets you schmooze with fellow music lovers while chowing on donated slices from Two Boots Pizza and enjoying quality libations from City Winery. Dec. 3–18, daily, 11am–6pm. At the ARChive of Contemporary Music ground floor office at 54 White St. (3 blocks south of Canal St., btw. Broadway & Church St.). Call 212-226-6967 or visit arcmusic.org.
The glass ceiling hovering over women with the White House in sight was waiting to be shattered long before Hillary Clinton. “Victoria Woodhull” is Claude Solnik’s play about the first presidential bid by a woman, circa 1872 — nearly a half-century before the 19th Amendment granted American women the right to cast a vote. Donna Mejia directs Theater for the New City’s in-house group, the Textile Co., in a production whose chronicling of strength, determination and disappointment takes on an even greater poignancy, given the results of last week’s election. Although Woodhull (who ran on the Equal Rights Party ticket) didn’t realize her ambition to reach the highest office
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Secret Santas looking to score food for the soul, rejoice: ARChive of Contemporary Music’s holiday sale happens Dec. 3-18.
in the land, history enshrines her as a crusading magazine publisher, the first woman to own a Wall Street brokerage, and one of the first women to testify before a congressional committee. “She was courageous,” says Solnik, whose nuanced biography covers Woodhull’s high-water marks along with some less distinguished chapters (insider trading, obscenity charges, an uneasy working relationship with other suffragettes). Still, Solnik reminds us, “When other leaders focused on the vote and the vote only,” the Homer, OH native who spent much of her life in New York City “also fought for better wages and education for women.” Through Dec. 4: Fri.–Sat. at 8pm & Sun. at JUST DO ART continued on p. 21 DowntownExpress.com
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The cast of “Richard III.”
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good, since it also helps protect the audience from all the blood spatter). “Contemporary audiences are constantly saturated with images of violence,” explained Hunter. “They’ve seen people get shot in movies a thousand times. What we do is not a film; it’s not a reading. It’s something happening in real time in front of us. It’s a dialogue
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3pm (except for Nov. 24 & 25). At Theater for the New City (155 First. Ave., btw. E. Ninth & E. 10th Sts.). For tickets ($18, $15 for students/ seniors), visit theaterforthenewcity. net or call 212-254-1109. Also visit textilecompanytheater.com.
SOLOCOM COMEDY FESTIVAL
Figuring out how many times one can go into 3.25 spaces in two locations over a four-day period is not the kind of math problem you were likely to have encountered in school — but it has solid real-life applications when it comes to SOLOCOM, the annual multi-venue comedy festival at which 123 solo shows will have their world premieres. Presented by The Peoples Improv Theater and Chelsea-based producer Peter Michael Marino, this year’s fest offers up storytelling, stand-up, music, dance, drag, puppetry, magic, multimedia, improv, cabaret, and clowning — and that’s just for starters. Topics include gender dysphoria, dementia, sex shop work, plastic surgery, on-stage cooking demonstra-
between Shakespeare’s time and ours.” Hunter’s playful pastiche technique throws in elements of Quentin Tarantino (I do believe I heard a couple of F-bombs dropped on the night I attended) and Baz Luhrmann (the murder of the Princes in the Tower is staged as a dance number, to the tune of “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” — Dead or Alive’s 1985 techno-pop classic). Along with the “Saw”-like visuals and the original tions — and that, as well, is just for starters. Some shows that caught our eye, through title, concept, or the performer’s proven comedic chops: Matt Cox channels the late, beloved PBS painter Bob Ross, in “Happy Little Trees: A Bobyssy.” SOLOCOM stalwart and reliably randy boylesque entertainer/sex educator Lucas Brooks is back once again, with “Exit Through the D*ck Shop,” a gadgetfilled romp through one of his many former lives (specifically, as a “professional dildo peddler”). Lucy Shelby’s “Pretty Hurts” won’t judge you for showing up with a slight buzz — all the better to hear about her “addiction to validation and perfection.” Polly Esther beams in from Canada, with the Star Trek-themed “Dammit, Jim! I’m a Comedienne, Not a Doctor.” Further proving that America has yet to close its borders completely, “Harmon Leon’s Big Fat Racist Show” comes to us on the heels of its run at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe. Thurs., Nov. 17–Sun., Nov. 20, at The People’s Improv Theater (The PIT; 123 E. 24th St., btw. Park & Lexington Aves.) and The PIT LOFT (154 W. 29th St., btw. Sixth & Seventh Aves.). For tickets ($5-10), visit thepit-nyc.com/solocom.
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Shakespeare dialogue, pared and rearranged a little, it does indeed lend a populist edge to the proceedings. As for his company’s future, they are considering work by such playwrights as Molière and Chekhov. “We want to do plays that deserve to be produced and to be seen,” said Hunter. “We want to do productions that make you say, “I didn’t expect to like that as much’ — but you do!”
Through Nov. 27: Tues.–Sat. at 8pm & Sun. at 3pm. Additional show on Mon., Nov. 21 at 8pm. No performances on Wed./Thurs., Nov. 23/24. Final performances Fri., Nov. 25 & Sat., Nov. 26 at 7pm and Sun., Nov. 27 at 3pm. At the 4th Street Theatre (83 E. Fourth St., btw. Bowery & Second Ave.). For tickets ($30 reserved seating, $18 general), visit bridgeproductiongroup.org.
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Hang in there, baby, SOLOCOM’s coming: Lucy Shelby’s “Pretty Hurts” plays the comedy fest on Nov. 18.
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ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING RULES ARE IN EFFECT ALL WEEK This year, nearly 50 million Americans will take off to feast to their hearts’ content for Turkey Day, which means the most cars on the road for Thanksgiving in nearly a decade. Of these 50 million, 90 percent will travel by car, which means big jams for Downtown. The Holland Tunnel is usually the most affected, followed by the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges, as well as the Battery Tunnel. The worst day to travel is Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. It’s a designated Gridlock Alert Day. Expect Canal, Broome, and Varick Sts. to be at near a standstill from 3 p.m. until about 7 p.m. Traveling after 9 p.m. or on Thursday morning are the best times to get through the tunnel. But before Wednesday we start to see a buildup of traffic. Many people take the week of Thanksgiving off so this Friday will be their get-away day. Some don’t wait till Wednesday and will cause heavy traffic Tuesday afternoon. The Giants, coming off an exciting Monday night squeaker against the Bengals, will play the Bears at 1 p.m. on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. A sellout crowd is expected, and Sunday is also a top-ten airport day, so many people will be heading to Newark Airport — and you know what that means: more traffic at the Holland Tunnel starting at about 10:30 a.m. The Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation will host its annual “A Magical Evening” gala at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Cipriani Wall St. on Wall
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How would the current BPCA members like it if BPC residents suddenly had the authority to make decisions about life in the hamlets and villages where they live? It’s inconceivable how, as BPC grew, no local residents (or representation, in general) ever evolved. Jan David
Escape pods: Executive evacuation service offering get-away boats at BPC’s North Cove (Nov. 4) Of course, this elitist, rich-only venture is born in a liberal-progressive city. Ironic. Or is it? The Democratic party leadership, elected and elites have long ago abandoned regular people. The Clintons, who have way too much influence and power on the party, have never been for us. It’s always been about them. But I digress. Jan David Thank you for your article on Plan DowntownExpress.com
St. between William and Hanover Sts. Though this bash causes no closures, Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Glenn Close, and others have attended in the past. VIPs like that mean media vehicles — and that means rush hour delays. The First Precinct Block Party will close Maiden Ln. between South and Water Sts. from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday. From the mailbag: Dear Transit Sam, I see way too many bike delivery workers biking the wrong way and not wearing a helmet. It’s like they’re playing with fire. Jake Dear Jake, It’s a fire Transit Sam is always trying to put out, and I’ll let this column be a reminder. City and state laws are quite clear: Cyclists are required to follow the rules of the road, including biking with traffic, using the bike lane on streets that have them, yielding to pedestrians, etc. Wearing a helmet is not required. Some courier businesses are beginning to require helmet use, though, and I just learned of a company that monitors wrong-way cycling. Homer Logistics, which streamlines and handles deliveries for restaurants, has a mandatory helmet policy. They also use GPS in each of their bikes to ensure employees are biking the right way. That’s the right direction! Transit Sam
B Marine. We appreciate your point of view, but there are some clarifications that are in order. First, businesses in many industries are required by law, rule or regulation to maintain disaster recovery sites and contingency relocation plans. For businesses in Manhattan, this usually entails maintaining a site across the Hudson and being able to relocate to it as quickly as possible. These businesses frequently don’t have experience in the upkeep, maintenance and operation of river craft. That’s the need Plan B Marine seeks to meet. I tried to stress this during our conversation, but your piece appears focused on the more lurid aspects of maritime evacuation. As a second matter, while I cannot require a Plan B Marine subscriber to put its boat to the service of the general public in the event of a disaster, I certainly can’t stop such action. In my experience, most business leaders understand the importance of civic obligation and the residual good it brings to the community. Do you have reason to believe otherwise?
Downtowners voted overwhelmingly in favor of Clinton, who garnered more than 77,000 votes, compared to about 10,000 for Trump, and just under 3,000 going to third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein. Following his victory, President-elect Trump called Sen. Charles Schumer, who said he congratulated Trump on his hard-won victory. Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, who succeeded Clinton in the Senate, said she was “deeply heartbroken” to see her mentor defeated in the election, but expressed willingness to work with Trump. Councilmember Margaret Chin acknowledged the fear being felt by many of her constituents following Trump’s victory, but said she would carry on championing the progressive causes that the president-elect attacked during his vitriolic campaign. “I know that many of my constituents, in the Lower East Side, in Chinatown, and across my district in Lower Manhattan, are afraid about what comes next,” said Chin. “I share that fear, but I am determined to press on with our city’s progressive goals and to defend the gains made on behalf of all New Yorkers.” Congressman Jerry Nadler described Trump’s campaign as “capitalizing on our nation’s worst impulses,” and declared his upcoming presidency as an “unprecedented threat to the progressive values that so many of us hold dear.” Nevertheless, the Lower Manhattan congressman urged his constituents to accept the election results, while holding on to their liberal values. “We must of course respect the outcome of the elections. But we must also refuse to surrender our values, refuse to give up fighting for what is right, refuse to abandon the project of making this country a more just and fair place for all Americans,” Nadler said.
Again, thank you for your coverage of Plan B Marine. We might have delved more deeply into the matters discussed in this comment letter, but you were on deadline and had a story to get out. Patricia Dowhie President & CEO Plan B Marine I assume the way that they get around the no ferry or water taxi rule at North Cove is the you rent the boat and drive it yourself? Makes you wonder how many of these boats/slips IGY has authorized for the marina? Is it unlimited? Will this be taking slips replacing other services at the marina … like the sailing school or any of the historic boats? That would be a loss to the general community (business and residential) for sure. TAMK
Down in the Trumps: Downtowners feeling ‘anger, sorrow, disbelief’ (Nov. 9) People need to grow up and stop regressing. Trump won. So be it. I for
one, could not in good conscience bring myself to ever vote for Hillary (or Bill, for that matter). Not that it mattered, but I’m sure I’d be yelled at, lectured and scorned by all the babies who were obsessed with the Clintons. They have been in control of the party for far too long. Good riddance to them. BPC independent thinker The Democratic party has been under the thumb of the Clintons for decades. It is past time for them to go. It’s time to bring BACK liberal and traditional American values to the party. (Does that make me a conservative?!?) Jan David While Trump is demonized as a racist intolerant bully, and everyone who supported him in this election, who is rioting in cities across America? Certainly not Trump or his supporters! So who are the real bullies and thugs and anarchists and intolerant ones??? Or as Hillary put it: deplorables and irredeemables. Octavius November 17 - 30, 2016
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