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Soho, pols cry foul on jumbo Niketown; City delays opening By Dennis Lynch
ike’s Soho superstore Niketown at 529 Broadway did not open on Veterans Day as the popular athletic brand had planned and scores of superfans had hoped. The Department of Buildings rescinded a permit that would have allowed the store to open for its big launch so that inspec-
tors could certify the plumbing and electrical there, according to a D.O.B. source. Now D.O.B. will take “enforcement action” if anyone other than the contractor occupies the five-story building, an agency source said — meaning the dozens of patrons who came on Friday to get first dibs niketown continued on p. 10
Trump marches are a mash-up of myriad fears spanning gamut By Lincoln Anderson
ands too small, can’t build the wall!” “Black lives matter!” “El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido!” (“The people united will never be defeated!”) “My body, my choice!”
“This is what democracy looks like! This is what love looks like!” “Pence stinks, too!” With shouted chants on a catchall of concerns about what a Donald Trump presidency could mean — both for themselves and the country as a whole — thousands of Protest continued on p. 6
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At Saturday’s protest march against President-elect Donald Trump.
Revolted New Yorkers are in open revolt vs. Trump By Sar ah Ferguson
grassroots movement to unseat Donald Trump is coalescing, mobilizing protest numbers not seen since the start of the Iraq War. On Sat., Nov. 12, some 25,000 people marched on Trump Tower on Fifth Ave. to declare its owner “Not My President!” according to police estimates. It was the fourth straight
day of angry demonstrations in the president-elect’s hometown, with more rallies and strategy sessions for activists planned this week. The alt-right media — and even some on the left — have been quick to cast the protests here and across the nation as the work of “professional” agitators hired by MoveOn.org and billionaire George Soros. But what’s significant is just how organic
and broad-based the demonstrations in New York have been, reflecting a city where nearly 80 percent of the vote went for Clinton. On Friday night, a rowdy crowd of thousands marched from Union Square to Trump Tower. The protest, which was initially called by the left-wing group Socialist Alternative, brought Hiltrump continued on p. 4
‘Cube’ and Cude looking good; We lose food......p. 2 Swastikas hit Hoylman’s home, New School������p. 8 Drunks, mayhem and movies in Hell Square��� p. 15 www.TheVillager.com
Looking good for Cude: With the news that Bo Riccobono has dropped out of the race for Community Board 2 chairperson, Terri Cude will be running unopposed in this Thursday’s election at the C.B. 2 full-board meeting. Only the board’s 50 members will be allowed to participate in the Nov. 17 vote. Cude is currently the Greenwich Village / Soho / Lower West Side board’s first vice chairperson. Tobi Bergman, who has led C.B. 2 for the last two years, will be stepping down, per the board’s voluntary two-year term limit for chairperson. Riccobono competed against Bergman and Richard Stewart in a three-way race two years ago. At last month’s full board meeting, Cude told her fellow board members she was running on her experience leading and co-leading important committees and on her track record of working well with neighboring community boards, which she would continue to do, if elected. Riccobono, reiterating a position he stated when he campaigned for the board’s highest post two years ago, said he would delegate some of the chairperson’s responsibilities to the vice chairpersons, and said the board should be more “proactive.” Reached for comment on Monday, Cude declined to say whether Riccobono had scrapped his campaign, and referred questions to Bergman, as the board’s chief spokesperson. (Perhaps, in the current political climate, she didn’t want to risk having anyone charge the election was “rigged” or that the media was trying to spin things.) But Bergman confirmed, “Yes, it is true. On Nov. 6, Bo sent an e-mail to board members saying he could not serve due to personal time constraints.” Riccobono did not respond by press time for a request for comment. Last month, after Riccobono announced he planned to challenge Cude, board member Robin Rothstein told The Villager she was glad to see a contested election since it’s always a healthy thing for the board. “Look, they’re both good candidates,” she shrugged. “It’s not like a Trump-Clinton thing.”
R.I.P., Carmen: Carmen Pabon, the revered Loisaida poet and gardener, has died at age 95. Valerio Orselli, executive director of the Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association, confirmed the news on Monday afternoon, saying it came from the longtime director of CHARAS. “I’ve just been informed by Chino Garcia that Dona Carmen Pabon, longtime activist / gardener and community institution, has passed away,” Orselli said in an e-mail. “May she rest in peace or be reborn in a heavenly garden. I am told she died peacefully surrounded by her family in a hospice,” Orselli said. There was a wake for Pabon at the Ortiz Funeral Home, at 21 First Ave., near E. Second St., on Wed., Nov. 16. Just three weeks ago, Pabon had helped cut the ribbon with City Councilmember Rosie Mendez on the newly refurbished Carmen Pabon Del Amanecer community garden, at 119 Avenue C, between Seventh and Eighth Sts. Pabon created the garden in the late 1970s from a vacant rubblestrewn lot. She held poetry readings and fed the homeless there for many years, before the space was closed in 2000 due to the construction of the Eastville Gardens apartment complex next door by Donald Capoccia of BFC Partners. For 17 years, what remained of the open space — the garden was larger before — languished behind locked gates. But now it has been redesigned and will be used as a public open space once again. Well, that was fast: After all the waiting and sturm und drang over Mrs. Green’s and its fight over unionization of its employees, the chain has suddenly closed its new West Village store after a bit more than a year. The local location, at Hudson and Bank Sts., opened just last August. In a press release earlier this week, Mrs. Green’s announced it is placing a “strategic focus” on its five “core” Westchester stores, while closing five “underperforming” ones, including the Village store. In addition, Pat Brown is stepping down as the chain’s C.E.O. as a new leadership team will take over the chain’s reins until they find a replacement for him.
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Local politicians, cit y Depar tment of Design and Construction officials and the Village Alliance business improvement district held a ribbon-cutting early Wednesday morning for the completion of the A stor Place / Cooper Square renovation project, which had been postponed pending the reinstallation of the refurbished “The Alamo” a.k.a. “The Cube” sculpture two weeks ago. Giving the spinnable sculpture a go, above, from left, were A ssemblymember Deborah Glick, Councilmember Rosie Mendez, state Senator Brad Hoylman and Village Alliance Executive Director William Kelley. And, yes, outgoing and incoming C.B. 2 chairpersons Tobi Bergman and Terri Cude spun “The Cube,” too — Cude definitely had to since she rhymes with it.
Mrs. Green’s prides itself on providing “locally sourced produce and healthy-living products.” Michele Herman, The Villager’s “Shop Talk” correspondent, said the Hudson St. store always seemed pretty busy to her. But, apparently, it was just not profitable — or, let’s say, probably not profitable enough. The company is also closing its two Connecticut locations in Stamford and Fairfield, as well as newer locations in Rye and Tarrytown, N.Y. According to the press release, “The company will provide severance packages and transition services to impacted managers and associates.” Oh well, it’s good timing that the Brooklyn Fare market just opened up in the Archive building.
Like a rolling stone (monument): Well, Bob Dylan finally recently acknowledged winning the Nobel Prize for literature, and even said he wants to attend next month’s awards ceremony in Stockholm. “Absolutely — if it’s at all possible,” he assured, sort of. Locally, the city’s Parks Department is looking forward to engraving his name on its own Nobel Monument next year. Michele Herman’s husband, Jonathan Kuhn, director of Parks’ Art and Antiquities division, noted that the monument, which was dedicated in 2003 in Theodore Roosevelt Park — which rings the American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side — is the only one in Parks’ collection honoring living persons. T.R., by the way, was the first American Nobel laureate. Vive le Florent facade: The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation is claiming victory on the old Florent facade flap that saw the famed former nightspot’s steel exterior totally removed — in violation of permits — for the space’s renovation into a boutique. G.V.S.H.P., along with state Senator Brad Hoylman, had asked why renovations to the iconic 69 Gansevoort St. — which is known as a “contributing” building within the Gansevoort Historic District — were approved at the staff level instead of by the full Landmarks Preservation Commission, which would have included a public hearing. Landmarks now agrees the staff permits were issued incorrectly, has rescinded them and “is taking follow-up action,” the society reports. Assemblymember Deborah Glick and Councilmember Corey Johnson also reached out to L.P.C. on the issue. TheVillager.com
East Village slow zone quickly increases safety By Lesley Sussman
rashes involving injuries in the Tompkins Square / Alphabet City area have dropped 23 percent, and pedestrian injuries from speeding cars have gone down 36 percent since a “slow zone” was put into effect for the area two years ago. That was the report from a city Department of Transportation project manager at Tuesday nights’ Community Board 3 Transportation & Public Safety / Environment Committee. D.O.T. representative Alicia Posner updated the board members and about 15 local residents who attended on how the slow zone has been working. The program requires motorists to ease off the pedal in the area bounded by First Ave. and the F.D.R. Drive’s western edge between E. Second and 14th Sts. The initiative has reduced speeds in this zone from 30 miles per hour to 20 miles per hour and still lower to 15 miles per hour on blocks with schools. “We’ve had pretty positive data results,” Posner told the meeting. “The slower speeds are saving lives. We’re seeing a reduction of speeds, as well as injuries.” An application for the slow zone plan was originally drafted and proposed to the city in 2013 by C.B. 3 board member Chad Marlow — who currently chairs SERVING MANHATTAN AND THE ENTIRE TRI-STATE AREA
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New signage for the East Village Slow Zone alerts drivers of a speed limit of 15 miles per hour and a speed bump outside the Neighborhood School, at 121 E. Third St.
the board’s Transportation Subcommittee — because of the high number of pedestrian injuries in the neighborhood from speeding cars. In 1995, Marlow’s father was struck by a speeding drunk driver, leaving him a quadriplegic with severe brain injury. In drafting the application, Marlow and the group Transportation Alternatives culled data from D.O.T., the Police Department and the State Department of Motor Vehicles. This data showed that SAME DAY SERVICE AVAILABLE
in the Alphabet City area from 2005 to 2009, there were 143 pedestrian injuries, 70 cyclist injuries and two fatalities. The slow zone plan is designed to protect pedestrians in areas where there is a high concentration of schools, daycare centers and senior citizen centers. According to D.O.T., there are about six schools, plus multiple daycares, preKs and senior centers, in the Tompkins Square Park / Alphabet City area. D.O.T. also identified this section of the East Village as a “high-crash area.” There were 74 applications for slow zones submitted citywide. D.O.T. selected 26 of these, to be rolled out throughout the five boroughs over three years, with the Tompkins Square / Alphabet City area being among the highest-priority areas. When the city O.K.’d the C.B. 3 application later that year, D.O.T. began to install speed humps and signage throughout the East Village, cautioning motorists on various side streets and avenues that a 20-mile-per-hour speed limit was now in effect. On some streets where schools are located, the speed limit was reduced an additional 5 miles per hour. The East Village speed limit previously had been, like for the rest of the city, 30 miles per hour. However, Mayor de Blasio reduced the city’s default speed limit to 25 miles per hour in November 2014. Posner told the meeting that there
had been a 14 percent total reduction of crashes in the East Village zone since the program started. She added that this figure was based on crashes in which injuries were involved, according to police reports. The D.O.T. representative added that, in order to monitor the program, the agency each week sends out personnel with radar guns who take 100 daily readings of vehicle speeds in the zone. “What we found is that at all the locations that we monitored, the speeds went down,” she said, “both along the avenues, as well as a number of side streets.” Posner said she had no information immediately available on how many tickets police have issued to motorists for speeding, adding that the lower speed limit was mostly “self-enforced.” She also noted that there are currently 20 speed humps located throughout the area, adding, “There’s an opportunity to increase them if the community wants more of them.” Until the slow zone was implemented, there were just four speed humps in the neighborhood, she added. When Posner finished her presentation, Marlow, the founder of the Tompkins Square Park & Playground Parents’ Association, expressed his appreciation at how well the plan was working. “This is obviously saving lives and preventing injuries,” he said. “It’s a very meaningful thing.”
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lary voters chanting alongside Jill Stein fans — united, at last, in their outrage at Trump. There were 11 arrests. Saturday’s demo was far larger and older — representing a real cross section of New York City — as protesters took over a 20-block swath of Fifth Ave. from Union Square to Midtown. Parents marched with their kids, middle-class women carried “With Her” signs, and blacks chanted alongside radical queers, Asians, Latinos and Muslims in head scarves. “We reject the president-elect!” the marchers chanted, as they set off from Union Square at around 1:30 p.m. They got as far as 54th St. before they were met by phalanxes of police, Secret Service and metal barricades set up to defend Trump Tower, a full block and a half away. Some college students tried to divert the crowd to side streets in hopes of surrounding the building. “Build a wall around the tower!” they chanted. But the bulk of the crowd stayed put, content to jeer at an impervious skyscraper that’s become synonymous with the New Yorker they hate most. “Pay your taxes!” they chanted, staring up at the glassy black fortress before them. “You’re fired!” A couple of men in suits came out onto one of the balconies and began snapping selfies of themselves before the roiling masses. “New York hates you!” the crowd shouted back, thrusting their middle fingers into the air. At 53rd St., a scrum of marchers and photographers coalesced around filmmaker Michael Moore, who earlier in the day had ridden up the gilded escalator of Trump Tower, hoping to catch a meeting with The Donald. He got shot down. Trump was evidently too busy holding court in his penthouse with British Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage and Republican National Committee Chairperson Reince Priebus, who Trump has tapped as his chief of staff. Moore stood at the head of the march filming the demonstrators swarming up Fifth Ave. with his cell phone. “Look at this. It just keeps coming,” he marveled. Many people said they’d never thought to protest a presidential election before. “I accept the outcome of the election,” said Camille Manfredi, a tax analyst from Woodbury, N.J. “But I want to send a clear message to the three future branches of government. I want them to think twice before initiating a super-conservative agenda. I hope they know there will be repercussions.” Katie Lapham of Brooklyn marched with a handlettered sign: “Teachers Against Trump.” “For my mental health, it’s better to
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Filmmaker Michael Moore was at the head of the Saturday anti-Trump protest march. Moore actually had predicted that Trump would win the election because he spoke to the hopes of the forgotten middle class and bluecollar workers.
come here and protest than just isolate at home,” said the 43-year-old ESL teacher. “How do you even talk about this man as president in the classroom? I have Muslim students who say, ‘He thinks we’re all terrorists.’ ” “It’s disgusting,” remarked Nadya, a 19-year-old Muslim woman from Brooklyn who was marching with her 10-yearold sister. “This is a man going on trial for [allegations of] pedophilia in two weeks, and he’s our president?” The original call for Saturday’s march was posted on Facebook by Black Matters US, a small, Georgia-based nonprofit with activists affiliated here and in other cities. But none of the people interviewed by The Villager had even heard of the group; they said they’d found out about the demo online or from friends. (There were reportedly other calls for anti-Trump protests starting at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.) “I figured there had to be a protest today because it’s Saturday, so I just googled it,” said Yvette Daniel, a 40something copyeditor, who took the train down from Mount Vernon, N.Y., to register her dissent. “Obviously, I voted for Hillary,” said Daniel, who is black. “If it were any other candidate, I wouldn’t be here. But this guy is just too dangerous. He scares people. Is that what we want for a president?” Many Clinton supporters said they felt traumatized by Trump’s win. “I’m heartbroken,” said Mollie Bower,
By Sarah Ferguson
A demonstrator outside Trump Tower at Saturday’s huge “Not My President” march. His sign might be saying t wo things: that Trump is not up to the job of being president and that he’s “out of his element” in his own hometown.
a nanny from Murray Hill who volunteered for Clinton. “It’s so awful that this sexist bully was chosen and a really qualified woman lost. It’s like waking up to a nightmare.” Brian Massingale, a 59-year-old ethics Trump continued on p. 23 TheVillager.com
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Ongoing Trump marches a mash-up of myriad fears Protest continued from p. 1
people flooded the streets Sunday to decry his election for the fifth straight day. The day before, an estimated 25,000 people had thronged Midtown’s streets in a massive “Not My President” march. Led by Make the Road New York, Sunday’s protest was billed as being in defense of immigrants. But, as reflected in the crowd’s chants and the signs they brandished — “Sexual Predator in Chief” among them — the issues were myriad. Or as one man’s sign succinctly put it, “Too Much To Write.” The march started outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower, on Columbus Circle, with its gleaming silver globe monument — which might now ironically be seen as a symbol of the globalization that Trump would roll back through protectionist trade policies. The protesters flooded onto Central Park South, heading east toward the new president’s New York seat of power, Trump Tower. Chris and Fatima Coremin came from New Jersey with their two young daughters, Samantha and Francesca. Fatima is from Mexico and Chris, who is not Hispanic, is from here. They worry that Trump will not renew the Dream Act — passed by President Barack Obama by executive order — when it expires soon, putting relatives and friends at risk. The act gives rights to non-U.S. citizens who entered the country at a young age. “I think the Dream Act is very vulnerable,” Fatima said. “Our daughters know people in school who could be affected,” Chris added. Riding a bike while holding a big fluttering rainbow gay pride flag on a pole in one hand, Wayne Anderson, from Uptown, said his biggest worry is Trump’s vice president, the ultraconservative Mike Pence. Anderson said he fears gay marriage could be repealed on the national level once Trump fills the U.S. Supreme Court’s open seat. Later that night on “60 Minutes,” Trump seemed to indicate he did not think gay marriage would be repealed, but who knows what the court would do? “His vice president is one of the most antigay guys around,” Anderson said, adding, “The leaders of Trump’s transition group are really a hate group.” Daniel Baez, a mover who lives in the West Village, was marching with a black-paint-stained umbrella to call attention to the Dakota Access Pipeline protest in Standing Rock, North Dakota. “Trump talks a lot of s---,” he said. “So we have to see what he’s going to
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Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who may be in line to be Donald Trump’s secretar y of state, has dismissed the marchers who are decr ying Trump’s election as “kind of like professional protesters.” But most of them — like this woman at Saturday’s march in Manhattan — are simply concerned citizens ex tremely worried about what direction Trump will take the countr y.
At Saturday’s “Not My President” march from Union Square to Trump Tower. Will Trump be able to raise the funds, through Congress, or even possibly through private fundraising, to build a southern border wall?
do. People I work with are afraid of being deported.” Katie Flahive, from Brooklyn, who teaches acting at New York University
and Pace, said her students — some of whom are immigrants — are freaking out. “I have kids that I teach that are
afraid they won’t be able to finish their education,” she said. “And I have students from out of town who don’t know how to face their parents, who backed Trump. So they’re not going home for the holidays.” Flahive held a small cardboard sign urging the Electoral College to “vote rogue” and refuse to support Trump’s election. It’s exceedingly rare to have so-called “unfaithful electors” who reject the election winner, but this is an emergency, she said. According to reports, Orthodox Jews favored Trump in the election over Hillary Clinton, feeling he would be a stronger ally of Israel. However, one Modern Orthodox man from the Upper West Side, sporting a light-blue yarmulke and with his two young children in baby carriage, disagreed. “It’s a great puzzle to me,” he said, declining to give his name. “It’s not clear to me that he’s going to be better for Israel. And if you’re a religious person, I don’t see how you can support Trump, given his stance on human-dignity issues. It’s a religious issue,” he stressed. Toting their banner, Members of Make the Road, a largely Latino contingent, chanted, “We are America! No more hate!” Carrying a “Basta Respeto Dignida” sign, calling on Trump to “Stop” and treat Latinos with “Respect” and “Dignity,” a Catholic Charities worker from Bushwick said she thought Trump even wants to kick Puerto Rican people out. However, that apparently was a report in the Spanishlanguage media that was debunked as false. But it shows the level of fear and suspicion. The march had now turned south onto Fifth Ave., where its progress slowed. A large holiday snowflake hung in the air over the ritzy retail intersection of E. 57th St., as Trump Tower loomed a block further downtown. But police had barricaded off the south side of E. 57th St. for security reasons, so the marchers would turn right, heading back west to their starting point. A Navy veteran dressed in fatigues, Lee Michael Keeling toted a sign reading, “Give Them Amnesty or Give Us Death: Armed Veterans for Immigrants.” He brazenly explained the meaning of “armed veterans” — that it means, “willing to take up arms.” “It’s calling on all armed veterans to stand with immigrants in the face of deportation,” he stated. “They can’t own a gun, so we gotta do it for them,” he said of illegal immigrants. “I just want amnesty for the immigrants. And, hopefully, Obama will do it before he leaves, and I don’t see Trump taking it away. protest continued on p. 23 TheVillager.com
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Police Blotter Swastikas in Village Four doors at The New School’s Kerrey Hall student residence hall atop the school’s University Center, at Fifth Ave. and E. 13th St., were vandalized with swastikas over the weekend. Then, on Tuesday, two more of the hateful symbols were found etched into an elevator door in state Senator Brad Hoylman’s Village apartment building. In the first incident, Sam Lichtenstein, 20, who lives with two Jewish roommates in The New School dorm, told news outlets their door was among those targeted. “We were definitely shocked that it happened at such a progressive school,” she told Gothamist. According to the New York Post, a school security worker discovered the anti-Semitic symbols, inked in black marker, around 4:45 p.m. Saturday. “We believe it was someone doing this to be funny or as a joke. But it’s not a joke and we are taking it very seriously,” Lichenstein told the Post. Sunday morning, David Van Zandt, The New School’s president, sent out an e-mail reassuring the school community. “We do not accept this illegal, inflammatory and hurtful influence on our campus,” he said. “The New York Police Department is actively investigating the situation and we are cooperating fully with them. Any attempt to discriminate, instill fear in or intimidate our students will result in serious and swift consequences both from the N.Y.P.D. and The New School. “The New School is a diverse community comprised of a mixture of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual or gender identity and political beliefs,” Van Zandt said. “This is not what we as a community stand for, nor is it something we will tolerate.” In the second incident, Hoylman said the pair of hate symbols were found by a neighbor etched into the paint on a service-elevator door in his apartment building at 30 Fifth Ave. near Washington Square Park. The Police Department’s Hate Crimes Unit is investigating. “This comes three days after swastikas were drawn on the doors at The New School,” Hoylman said on Facebook. “Meanwhile, Stephen Bannon, an antiSemitic white nationalist has been named as the senior strategist to President-elect Donald J. Trump. Connect the dots.” Hoylman’s husband and daughter are Jewish and he follows the faith. He said he does not believe the swastikas were targeting his family. More than 100 people live in the building. Hoylman told The Villager, “Hate crimes are on the rise since the election. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate violence, more than 300 incidents have been reported since last Tuesday across the country. Sadly, Greenwich Village isn’t immune.
November 17, 2016
Courtesy Brad Hoylman
A neighbor discovered these t wo swastikas etched into a ser viceelevator door at state Senator Brad Holyman’s Fifth Ave. apar tment building. One appears to be covered up with green paint, and police said it’s not clear how long they were there.
The Sixth Precinct has reported two incidents after the election, in addition to the one in my building. “Everyone must sound the alarm about hate crimes and not normalize them,” Hoylman said. “It isn’t normal for a major presidential candidate to openly court racist elements in our society during an election, and then after he’s won, appoint a known white nationalist and anti-Semite to a top White House post. Donald Trump claims he wants to unite this country. If so, Trump must disavow Stephen Bannon and the alt-right movement and rescind this appointment.” Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted his support of the Village politician: “@BradHoylman, millions of New Yorkers stand with you tonight against anti-Semitism. Hate has no place in NYC. #NotInOurCity .” The Daily News repoted it’s unclear when the swastikas were carved: They may have been there awhile covered with a coat of green paint, according to a police source.
Bank teller busted A man did not win employee of the month at the Bank of America branch at 36 E. 14th St. On Tues., Oct. 25, at 10 a.m., a bank employee told police that another employee stole around $10,000 from the teller box that he was solely in charge of. The missing money was discovered during an audit of the cash box. The man in question told police that he accidentally gave the money to a customer during a transaction. But this was disproved by surveillance video from the bank. Police arrested Alan M. Fernandez for felony grand larceny.
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Community cries foul on supersized Niketown; niketown continued from p. 1
on limited-edition shoes went home empty-footed. Instead of having people wait in line or camp out overnight outside the store, Nike employees handed out 500 wristbands to the “sneaker heads” on Thursday to hold their place in line. However, when the footwear enthusiasts showed up Friday, they were asked for their contact information, so that they could be sent $200 gift certificates to reimburse them for their trouble, according to a First Precinct community affairs officer. As of press time on Wednesday, the store still had not opened. The supersized retail site has become a lightning rod for opposition in the neighborhood. On Thursday, locals and politicians rallied outside D.O.B.’s Broadway headquarters to demand the agency penalize the building’s owners for what they called their blatant disregard of city laws and the neighborhood’s well-being. A D.O.B. spokesperson said the rally and the revocation of the building’s Temporary Place of Assembly permit were not at all related and that the project “complies with code and zoning.” The two-dozen or so people who gathered outside D.O.B.’s Broadway office had a litany of charges. They accused D.O.B. of allowing a complete demolition of the old two-story steel frame building there and new building construction at 529 Broadway by signing off on the project as an alteration. The proper project classification, the opponents said, would have required the developers to present their plans before local politicians and Community Board 2, giving them a chance to object and possibly nix or alter the project. “It’s our only opportunity and it’s our legal right to be heard when a plan comes forward that will bring with it negative impacts, and we are not being given that opportunity,” said Pete Davies of the Broadway Residents Coalition. The developers of 529 Broadway avoided the requirement to file for a new building application by allegedly “leaving up” 50 percent of the building’s exterior walls — namely, the two exterior walls of the adjacent buildings, which they claimed were shared walls, known as “party walls.” However, the owners of one neighboring building wrote a letter to D.O.B. stating that their wall was not actually a shared wall, yet the D.O.B. signed off on the applications anyway. In another twist, the developers also filed for separate retail stores on each floor of their new five-story building. And because each of those allegedly “separate” retail stores is less than 10,000 square feet, they did not exceed the zoning restriction on retail stores over 10,000 square feet that would require a special permit and a public review.
November 17, 2016
Photos by Tequila Minsky
“Enforce the law!” residents and local politicians — including A ssememblymember Deborah Glick, front row center, and Councilmember Margaret Chin, right — chanted outside the new Niketown superstore in Soho last Thursday. They charge the project did not go through the required public review.
The new Nike superstore is enormous at 55,000 square feet. It’s all new construction.
Nike is actually not the first retail store in Soho or Noho to skirt the 10,000-square-foot retail store restriction, local leaders and elected officials said. Last year, they identified 19 oversized stores and only two with special permits allowing that use. Davies believes that in some cases, inspectors and other D.O.B. officials are not aware of that special permit rule, so large stores slip past. The activist thinks the city should simplify some building codes and city laws to help spot irregularities. A D.O.B. spokesperson said the agency is on top of the issue. “Over the past few months, D.O.B. has been auditing a number of buildings in the area to determine if they are being occupied in accordance with retailsize restrictions in the Zoning Resolution,” the spokesperson said. “Plans for construction jobs at these properties complied with the Construction Codes and Zoning Resolution at the time of submission. We will take enforcement actions if warranted based upon the complete audit findings, and will continue to closely scrutinize alterations of properties in the neighborhood.” A Niketown spokesperson said, “We look forward to bringing New Yorkers the best of Nike at our new Soho store. Due to permitting issues, the store did not open to the general public as planned on Fri., Nov. 11. We will communicate the new opening date as soon as possible. Scheduled product launches and consumer events are postponed until opening.” TheVillager.com
City delays opening of 55,000-square-foot store
People waiting outside the Niketown store last Thursday were ultimately given wristbands with numbers so that they wouldnâ€™t have to stay in line or camp out overnight. However, the storeâ€™s opening has now been delayed by the Depar tment of Buildings.
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I know it’s only rock ’n’ roll (stuff), but I like it By Dennis Lynch
he roving Rolling Stones multimedia exhibit “Exhibitionism” has landed at Industria on Washington St. in the West Village. The two-story exhibit is interactive, features 500 of the band’s instruments, and a treasure trove of rare memorabilia from the last 50 years of the Stones’ incredible history. The exhibit is somewhat chronological. You start with a walk through a replica of the band’s first beat-up apartment in 1962, complete with cigarette butts and blues vinyl records hanging around, and end by viewing a 3D performance of their 50th anniversary concert in 2013. But the majority of the exhibit is broken into themed rooms, so you can hang out and soak in all of whatever interests you most about Mick, Keith and Co. For example, there’s a room dedicated to their recording process, another to rare posters and album art, and another highlighting the band’s journey through fashion. Charlie Watts’s 1965 blue pearl Ludwig drum set sits in the middle of the studio room, while gear and 2-inch studio tapes line the outside of the room behind glass. The folks behind the exhibit set up a remarkably accurate “studio,” with a mixing board and a soundproof room containing all the gear the Stones
Photo by Dennis Lynch
Charlie Watts’s 1965 blue pearl Ludwig drum set is just one of the hundreds of Rolling Stones instruments, garments and other sundr y items at the Industria show about the famed band.
would use in a typical session. You can grab a set of headphones and watch short clips of producers and band members talking about the studio process. Beyond that is a room with more than a dozen guitars and basses the English rockers used over the years. In the center of the room you can “mix” popular Stones tracks on touch screens, so you can isolate just the vocals and piano in
“Sympathy for the Devil,” for example. It’s a great look into how the band and producers constructed their tracks. Upstairs you learn the story behind the Stones’s “tongue and lip” logo and get a look at proofs, drafts and photo shoots for the band’s album covers, along with the story of what inspired each cover. Attached is a room dedicated to all of the massive tour stages they used over
the years, complete with models of some of their most impressive setups from the last three decades, when they were went above and beyond to wow crowds in stadiums and arenas. Next is a small theater showing a short conversation with Martin Scorsese about each of the movies about the band, including the 1970 documentary “Gimme Shelter” — the story of their 1969 tour that ended with the disastrous free show at the Altamont Speedway outside San Francisco. There are also some portraits of band members by artists, including Andy Warhol. Finally, before the “backstage” area leading to the 3D film is a walk down a corridor lined with the outfits and clothes the band wore over the years, featuring their first dapper tailored suits as up-and-comers in swinging London and some of the more outlandish duds they donned during their stadium tours. You can spend about an hour and a half at “Exhibitionism” if you take your time. “Exhibitionism,” at Industria, 775 Washington St. between Jane and W. 12th Sts., runs from Nov. 12 to March 12, Mon. to Wed., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thurs. to Sun., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with some exceptions. Tickets are $37. For more information, call 212-366–1114 or visit www.industrianyc.com .
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TOP DRIVER DISTRACTIONS Using mobile phones
Leading the list of the top distractions behind the wheel are mobile phones. Phones now do more than just place calls, and drivers often cannot pull away from their phones, even when driving. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, studies have shown that driving performance is lowered and the level of distraction is higher for drivers who are heavily engaged in cell
phone conversations. The use of a hands-free device does not lower distraction levels. The percentage of vehicle crashes and nearcrashes attributed to dialing is nearly identical to the number associated with talking or listening.
Many people will admit to daydreaming behind the wheel or looking at a person or object outside of the car for too long. Per-
haps they’re checking out a house in a new neighborhood or thought they saw someone they knew on the street corner. It can be easy to veer into the direction your eyes are focused, causing an accident. In addition to trying to stay focused on the road, some drivers prefer the help of lane departure warning systems.
Those who haven’t quite mastered walking and
chewing gum at the same time may want to avoid eating while driving. The majority of foods require a person’s hands to be taken off of the wheel and their eyes to be diverted from the road. Reaching in the back seat to share some French fries with the kids is also distracting. Try to eat meals before getting in the car. For those who must snack while en route, take a moment to pull over at
a rest area and spend 10 minutes snacking there before resuming the trip.
Glancing at an advertisement, updating a Facebook status or reading a book are all activities that should be avoided when driving. Even pouring over a traffic map or consulting the digital display of a GPS system can be distracting.
November 17, 2016
Letters to the Editor I will never stop fighting
Photo by Bob Krasner
Signs of the Trumpocalypse? ‘Love Trumps Hate” is one of the more popular slogans at the “Not My President” marches in New York City. One protester turned the phrase around a bit, above. Meanwhile, Garry Rissman, who also goes by Abraham Lincoln III, held a historically relevant message from Honest Abe himself about last week’s election, although the current wave of protesters might think otherwise. Basically, President Lincoln was saying we can always change leaders in four years at the ballot box, so don’t revolt against the current one. Rissman was on his way last Sunday to the Eldridge St. Synagogue’s Generation to Generation Festival on the Lower East Side. The event celebrated the 130th anniversary of the laying of the synagogue’s cornerstone.
To The Editor: I’m writing this right now, as I watch Hillary give her concession speech. I’m not going to be alone in this, but I am angry, I am upset, I am tired. And yet, despite all of this, I haven’t lost hope. Our next president will be a man who has shown himself to be unstable, racist and a misogynist. It’s time to assess how we failed those disenfranchised voters, and how we can fight for those among us who are now at risk under the upcoming administration. The most important thing we can do right now is breathe, take a moment, and look at what really matters to you. If Hillary Clinton had won, the same problems would be with us the next day. Nothing changes overnight. Rents in our neighborhood would still be skyrocketing. We would still have individuals whose civil liberties are being violated. We would still see our small businesses being pushed out of the neighborhood. This is the next chapter in the Democratic Party. We need to uproot the deep-seated corruption we faced this election, and we need to look at what we really want to see happen in our community. I promise to everyone here that I will never stop fighting, and I hope you will join me for the next chapter of our Democratic Party. Erik Coler Coler is vice president, Village Independent Democrats
Trump, Nostradamus and us To The Editor: There was nothing wrong with Clinton’s platform and presentation or right about Trump’s. So, what this presidential election proved beyond a doubt, again, was the increasing power of the media, business and political coalitions to deliberately misinform and persuade naive voters to elect their worst enemies everywhere — thus cleverly subverting our democratic system. History teaches that when conservatives are in power, their unchecked greed creates bubble-andburst economic disasters repeatedly, which almost destroyed our system in 2008. With this knowledge of the past and with the not
just conservative, but dangerously unpredictable, national leaders now taking control, only a Nostradamus could predict what the next four years hold, or how to securely defend yourself if in the 99 percent. Sy Schleimer
Prove us wrong, Don To The Editor: Dear Donald Trump, I don’t want to stand against you for who you or are or what you have done. I don’t want you to fail, because if you fail, America fails. I want to be proud of my home city. If I end up standing in Times Square in 2020 chanting your name while giving cops hugs and taking photos of elated people of every ethnicity, I’m all for it. Change, change, turn, turn, a time for every season. God be with us. I can’t afford to be a judge of character, but I do have a camera. I will continue to use it. Donald Trump, my photos in Times Square on the eve of your victory showed a city in mourning and shock. What will it look like in 2020? Jim Flynn
Carts vs. pedestrians To The Editor: Re “Something smells rotten about new food-cart bill” (talking point, by Robert Lederman, Nov. 10): This is so clearly a giveaway to special interests at the expense — and sanity — of all New Yorkers. There are zero protections for pedestrians. This is a one-sided bill and, yes, extremely fishy! I just hope people reach out to their representatives to encourage them to drop this insane proposal! Andrew Fine
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November 17, 2016
There’s a reason why they call it Hell Square
CLAYTON BY CL AY TON PATTERSON
was walking around the neighborhood early one evening. It was Fri., Nov. 4. They were shooting a movie on Orchard St. Outside the Slipper Room, at Orchard and Stanton Sts., around 9:40 p.m., a drunk was trying to re-enter the bar and the bouncer wouldn’t let him back in. The defiant drunk became aggressive and started fighting with the bouncer. But the bouncer was able to get him to the ground. The drunk then tried to knock over the movie lights, which caused some chaos. Eventually, the cops
Photos by Clayton Patterson
A bouncer at the Slipper Room took down a drunk who was tr ying to re-enter the place. The sloshed man then was grabbing onto the movie lights, threatening to pull them over. Police eventually arrived and the inebriated guy was strapped to a gurney and put in an ambulance.
An inebriated man in Hell Square standing in traffic on Delancey St. begging drivers to run him over.
showed up, the inebriated guy was restrained and taken away in an ambulance. The next night, Saturday, around 8:30 p.m., Elsa and I walked down to Delancey St. and an intoxicated partier was in the middle of the street screaming at drivers, “Hit me! Nobody listens to me!” Eventually, a friend got him and
pulled him off of busy Delancey St. It was crazy. The street with the movie was so crowded. There were people outside the bar at tables, the super-bright movie lights…and a crazy drunk. Do we need more bars in Hell Square? There are new liquor license applications pending at Community Board 3. So we really need more drunks in an
area already oversaturated with bars? You can see from the scene around the Slipper Room, people are tripping over each other with movies, drunks, crowded sidewalks. This started with former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver getting the business improvement district going — and then we ended up with Hell Square.
Future shock: Stories about the new Trump era
TALKING POINT By Tim Gay
ragedy strikes the Trump inaugural ball, when country music legend Loretta Lynn is accidentally shot 32 times by “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson as she is singing the national anthem. Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association’s C.E.O., issues a statement, noting, “While we mourn the unfortunate passing of the Coal Miner’s Daughter, we must remember that the Second Amendment guarantees the God-given right for all Americans to bear assault weapons. And in President Trump, we trust our bullets.” — More than 250 taco trucks conTheVillager.com
tinue to surround the White House for the second month. “Business has been phenomenal,” organizer Jennifer Lopez notes. “Who knew there were so many white Republicans who’ve never tasted a real burrito or anything outside of a Taco Bell?” — The North Carolina Ku Klux Klan sues the Trump Golf organization over “elitist, exclusionary and secretive” membership policies at Trump’s Charlotte golf club. Chris Barker, the KKK’s North Carolina imperial wizard, who was denied membership, states, “We’re all white men. They’re all white men. What’s the problem?” — Feminists show strong support for Melania Trump after X-Tube posts several Slovenian porn videos starring the young “Melanija Knavs.” “Sex work is legitimate work and should be honored and legal, not scorned and vilified,” social critic Camille Paglia notes. “Besides, watching that young Melanija do those naked gymnastics with so many men is...oooh
la la!” — Citing human-rights violations against Muslims, women, lesbians and gay men, and “the blacks,” the European Union unanimously votes to deny entry visas for President Trump and Vice President Pence. — “What audit?” outgoing I.R.S. Commissioner John Koskinen says when asked about Donald Trump’s taxes. — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will send President Trump a $10.5 billion invoice for building the Northern Wall and to cover healthcare costs for United States refugees. “We love our friends from south of the border, but they are fat, bloated, lazy slobs addicted to salty snack foods and Big Gulps loaded with high-fructose corn syrup,” he said. “We must deport these U.S. citizens and block future refugees, or else face a healthcare catastrophe.” — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveils his new strawberryblond “comb-over” hairdo, in tribute to
the new president. — Secretary of State Sarah Palin accidentally kills Russian President Vladimir Putin with a moose rifle during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Trump Resort on the Bering Strait, located on one of the Aleutian Islands between Siberia and Alaska. “I didn’t know the gun was loaded,” the new secretary says, “but he had it coming anyway.” — The first lady and first son are seen dining on enchiladas and papaya smoothies at a taco truck near the White House’s west wing gate. — More than 200,000 L.G.B.T.Q. activists storm Washington, D.C., and set up temporary headquarters at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The center’s Web page notes, “During the occupation, all performances will remain on schedule. We do ask for donations of mineral water, gluten-free and vegetarian foods, good-quality goat cheese, moisturizing lotions and matching sheet sets.” November 17, 2016
We need Outlaw Art now more than ever before
“ Wall Street Bloodbath” (1987), by Sue Coe. Called by some the Goya of American ar t, Coe was a resident of the East Village for years befoe leaving the cit y. Her gorgeously stark paintings and illustrated books document political injustices, as well as the horrific abuses visited upon animals. Coe has become a leading spokesperson for animal rights.
fied. Its refusal is too vehement, its esthetic terms too volatile. Artists like Boris Lurie, a Buchenwald survivor who launched the NO!art movement, or David Wojnarowicz who battled on the front lines of ACT UP!, or Annie Sprinkle, who made her body the Bunker Hill of a sexual revolution, or Clayton Patterson, who weathered repeated incarceration over the Tompkins Square Riots to defend the Truth, or Ana Mendieta or Sue Coe or Joe Coleman or Thomas Nozkowski, could and will not be soiled because their art is stamped with refusal and freedom, a rejection of limits and embrace of possibility that strike me as succinctly Outlaw. While fully aware of the tradition of mainstream art, their art flies in the face of conformity, to express the inexpressible, articulate the unacceptable, or voice the outrage that lies buried deep within the soul under the conditions of modern life. Outlaw artists are, as Sartre said of Baudelaire: “Not revolutionaries but men [and women] in revolt.” Why art? And why do I call it “Outlaw”? My mother, a Holocaust survivor, imparted to me the sense that civilization is not to be trusted; that beneath the surface of seemingly normal existence dwell monsters awaiting their turn. Those whom she saw most willing to defy those monsters were often outlaws — armed partisans, Communists, artists, Zionists, renegade priests, even criminals. One thinks of Samuel Beckett, who served in the French resistance during the war, or Albert Camus, who edited the underground newspaper Combat. Today, new monsters walk our earth from Trump to Putin and Kim Jong-un. In this strange, hostile world, language is subordinated to digital pyrotechnics. A disaffected population walks facedown in their iPhone screens. Images, to be meaningful to them, must have the depth of language, the power of “War and Peace.” In the work of Outlaw artists there is that and more. And though some of these works are probably 50 years old, they still seem freshly avantgarde, works produced in drafty coldwater lofts by artists grappling not just with art but with existence itself. Corrupting art world success has not ruined such efforts. It’s all there still and will be forever: the struggle to be alive, the quest for deeper meaning, the fury and sublime inspiration of the Outlaw Artist.
ground itself, in which, say, a skateboarding wheatpaster like Shepard Fairey willingly courts his own commercial appropriation in order to become a designer brand. Outlaw art cannot be commodi-
“The Outlaw Bible of American Art” (Last Gasp), 688 pages, color and black-and-white images throughout, $39.95. Kaufman’s other books include “Drunken Angel” and “The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry.”
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ast Gasp, legendary San Francisco publishers of underground comics and art, have just released my latest book, “The Outlaw Bible of American Art,” an anthology spanning more than half a century of underground visual culture. Fourth in my “Outlaw” anthology series, which includes volumes on poetry, literature and essays, the “Outlaw Bible of American Art” contains a generous and even disproportionate number of visual artists from the Lower East Side, the East Village and the West Village, proving once more that the Village has been and continues to be the epicenter of underground art in America. But just as significantly, the book offers a radical new take on the history of American art. It is an alternative canon — a roll call of often overlooked and forgotten creators — and an antidote to the soulless vacuousness of Andy Warhol, the vapid commercialism of a John Currin. It is, too, a course correction to the corporate commodification and self-betrayals of the co-opted under-
“Histor y Keeps Me Awake at Night (for Rio Chmielorz)” (1986), by David Wojnarowicz. Wojnarowicz was a seminal figure of the 1980s East Village ar t explosion. He was not only a brilliant painter and filmmaker but a pioneer spokesperson of ACT UP! and a peerless author. His memoir, “Close To The Knives,” is a harrowing account of his slow disintegration from AIDS.
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Power plays through a slaughterhouse prism Bridge Production Group’s bloody ‘Richard III’ has bite BY TRAV S.D.
tep 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 mundane 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.” TheVillager.com
COURTESY THE BRIDGE PRODUCTION GROUP
L to R, foreground: Max Hunter and Maggie Hollinbeck.
“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 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 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 BRIDGE continued on p. 19 November 17, 2016
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COURTESY WASHINGTON SQUARE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Pianists David Oei and Hélène Jeanney will perform at Nov. 19’s free concert, co-sponsored by the Washington Square Music Festival.
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 212-252-3621 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
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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 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 212226-6967 or visit arcmusic.org.
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L to R, the “Victoria Woodhull” cast: Juliette Monaco, Adam Reilly, Elena Kritter, Henrick Sawczak and Chaz McCormack.
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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.
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 in the land, history enshrines her as a crusading magazine publisher, the first JUST DO ART continued on p. 19 TheVillager.com
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A Record)” — Dead or Alive’s 1985 techno-pop classic). Along with the “Saw”-like visuals and the original 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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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 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 TheVillager.com
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The cast of “Richard III.”
producer Peter Michael Marino, this year’s fest offers up storytelling, standup, music, dance, drag, puppetry, magic, multi-media, improv, cabaret, and clowning — and that’s just for starters. Topics include gender dysphoria, dementia, sex shop work, plastic surgery, on-stage cooking demonstrations — 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 gadget-filled 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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Hang in there, baby, SOLOCOM’s coming: Lucy Shelby’s “Pretty Hurts” plays the comedy fest on Nov. 18.
Theater for the New City • 155 1st Avenue at E. 10th St. Reservations & Info (212) 254-1109 For more info, please visit www.theaterforthenewcity.net
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Week 1: Watforward Circus December 3 - 11 @ 3PM (Sat. & Sun.) @ 8PM ( Wed. - Sat.) Week 2: Faust - 3 December 14 - 18 @ 3PM (Sat. & Sun.) @ 8PM ( Wed. - Sat.) $18.00 General Admission $13.00 Student/Senior/Child 2 and Under FREE!
written by Claude Solnik Directed By: Donna Mejia “A story about the first woman
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“I only got a little pistol,” he admitted. “But I’ll start using it if they start dragging people out of their houses in my town. Six million people, you gonna round them up? It’s gonna be a huge fight.” He and his wife, Melissa Keeling, a flautist, are both music teachers in New Jersey. “We teach Spanish kids,” he said, “and they’re afraid, man.” Kat Su, a fashion designer, said she was too bummed out about Trump’s victory to join the protests until Sunday. “I was a bigger Bernie supporter,” she conceded, though adding, “I still think Hillary is a very inspiring candidate. And it’s important to congregate and talk about what we believe in. There’s nothing else we can do at this point.” As they marched westward on 57th St. back toward the Trump International Hotel and Tower, a man, likely a Trump supporter, started yelling “F--- you! F--- you!” at them from the south side of the street. The crowd answered him back,
chanting, “No hate! No fear! Immigrants are welcome here!” Overheard speaking French to his friend, Andrew, who did not give his last name, is an immigration lawyer. He was born in the U.S. but has a French parent and dual citizenship. “It’s catastrophic,” he said of Trump’s triumph, “and I’m worried about this not just for the United States. I’m worried about France because they say Marie Le Pen is next after Brexit. Especially with this election, it’s really emboldened the far right there. They’re saying, ‘Today, Trump. Tomorrow, Le Pen.’ ” Clanging a metal canteen with a fork in time with the chants, Sina Hickey, a documentary filmmaker from Downtown Brooklyn, said it’s important to show support for those being targeted by Trump’s speech. “It’s ridiculous to say that immigrants should leave,” she said. “Immigrants are what this country was built on. There have been a lot of [bias] attacks since he was elected. It’s not where our country should be in 2016.” Navin Pokala, a teacher at New
York Institute of Technology, said Trump is worse than other recent G.O.P. presidential candidates. “He is an immoral man,” he declared. “I would never say Mitt Romney, John McCain — people I opposed — are bad men. Another thing is the state of violence across the country because Trump lacks the courage to tell these people to act civilized. This is how we end up like [Nazi] Germany.” As the march concluded back at Columbus Circle and the protesters filed past the Trump International Hotel and Tower — cordoned off by barricades and ringed by at least 20 police — they gave their parting shots. Every 30 seconds or so, came a different chant. “Black lives matter!” “Love not hate! That’s what makes America great!” “El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido!” “Say it loud, say it clear! Immigrants are welcome here!” “F--- your tower! F--- your wall!” “Your hands too small! Can’t build the wall!” And, finally, a full-throated “Shame! Shame! Shame!”
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professor at Fordham University, agreed. “I think we’re in for a very terrible and dark time in this country,” said Massingale, who is both black and gay. “If congressional leaders didn’t stand up to him as a candidate, how are they going to stand up to him now that he’s in power?” Like many, Massingale didn’t know what else people could do besides protest. Hopes that Trump could be impeached if he is convicted of fraud (in the Trump University case) or even treason (for allegedly colluding with Putin) seem dim, given the lock Republicans now have over both the Senate and the House. And even then, impeachment would only land us with the antigay and anti-abortion zealotry of Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence. A petition calling on the electors in the Electoral College to reject Trump as unfit and cast their votes for Clinton, who won the popular vote, has thus far garnered more than 4 million signatures. But it’s doubtful that electors would bail on Trump to reverse the election’s outcome. Nevertheless, activists across the TheVillager.com
spectrum are strategizing for ways to resist. There are calls for people to create civil-defense teams to support immigrants at risk of deportation, as well as gays, Muslims, blacks and others who are being targeted with hate crimes in the wake of the election. Environmentalists say they’ll double down with direct actions. Others are planning to hone in on upcoming local and state elections in hopes of turning back the red tide. “I have a feeling this is going to grow,” said writer Jamie Jackson, an Australian native who cast his first vote this year as an American citizen. “Trump doesn’t have the capacity to heal this divide in the country. His first instinct when he saw the protests against him was to go on Twitter and blame it on professional demonstrators. He’s all about division.” “I think it’s really important for the world to see this,” added his wife, SoHee Youn, a composer from Seoul who also just became a citizen. “People are really scared in Korea right now. Our safety really relies a lot on American aid. Now many Koreans are not sure we’ll have his back.” Further down on Fifth Ave., a clutch of pro-Trump counterdemon-
strators was catching heat from the crowd. “I love you,” mouthed Lynn Trevino of Baltimore, responding to all the epithets hurled her way as she proudly waved a “Make America Great Again” sign. “We’ve gotta stop arguing temporarily about social issues and stop our middle class from imploding,” she said, dismissing the protestors’ multi-hued signage. “If this country isn’t fixed financially in the next five years, our whole system could collapse.” But most New Yorkers have no such faith in Trump’s business acumen. “We can’t give him an inch,” declared Gregory Cornejo, a union organizer from the Bronx. “None of the progress we’ve had in the last eight years should be undone.” “I can understand that many people in Middle America felt left out,” Cornejo added, speaking of the broad swath of the U.S. that evidently feels otherwise. “But they don’t know Trump as well as we know him here. He’s no hero in New York.” Progressive groups are planning a mass gathering in Washington, D.C., to denounce Trump on inauguration day. And the day after, a “Million Woman March” will be massing on the Mall. November 17, 2016
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