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Unbowed Bharara jokes, warns about Trump at Cooper U. BY R AINER TURIM

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ore than 900 people packed The Cooper Union’s Great Hall last Thursday to hear Preet Bharara, the recently axed U.S. attorney general for the Southern District of New York. But the crowd figure was in dispute — well, not really, but Bharara

couldn’t help but take a poke at the new president who unceremoniously fired him. Bharara, who served from 2009 until last month, started his lecture off by declaring the East Village audience was actually “1.25 million,” referencing Donald Trump’s inauguraBHARARA continued on p. 6

East Villager has ‘El’ of a show of photos of 3rd Ave. rail demo BY LESLEY SUSSMAN

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id Kaplan was just a 17year-old kid and a photography major at the High School of Industrial Art when he began documenting the dismantling of the Third Ave. elevated railway line. That was back in 1955. Now,

62 years later and with Kaplan age 78, many of those images are on display at the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store, in Grand Central Terminal. The exhibit will continue until July 9. With a camera in hand and a penchant for photography, he KAPLAN continued on p. 8

PHOTO BY BOB KRASNER

Reading some serious ink — and showing some, too — in Tompkins Square Park amid the beautiful — at last! — spring weather.

Politicians, public demand survey, input on Beth Israel BY LESLEY SUSSMAN

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ount Sinai Beth Israel officials at their latest community forum on the proposed downsizing and relocation of the historic Beth Israel Hospital, once again heard local residents and public officials express fear and loathing — along with some moments of fi re and fury — over the plans for the 128-year-old

medical facility. Beth Israel will abandon its present location, at E. 16th St. and First Ave., in four years and move into a new, scaled-down version at E. 14th St. and Second Ave. on part of the site of its New York Eye and Ear Infi rmary. The 799-bed hospital — including 150 behavioralhealth beds — has already begun “phase one” of its $500 million plan to rebuild

Beth Israel Hospital and create a new Mount Sinai Downtown Healthcare Network. Some services will be relocated within the Downtown network, except for the most complex cases and delivery of babies, which will be cared for in other hospitals within the network. At the Thursday night forum at 10 Union Square, Dr. HOSPITAL continued on p. 22

David Peel, 74, a true rock ’n’ roll original....... p. 11 The joys of community rowing at Pier 40 ......... p. 13 Beam us up! Villager wins!......p. 4

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With tons of people out in Washington Square Park enjoying the sunny weather on Tuesday, a mime on a pedestal with a football was scoring a touchdown with onlookers as he held various poses.

R.I.P. PEEL: A memorial for David Peel will be held Sat., April 15, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the East Village at Peter Jarema Funeral Home, at 129 E. Seventh St., followed by “a singing tribute” across the street in Tompkins Square Park. Burial will be Monday morning at Calverton Cemetery on Long Island, departing from Peter Jarema at 9:30 a.m. It’s out in Riverhead, Exit 69 on the Long Island Expressway, and the trip takes about one-and-half to two hours. ... Peel was a big fan of The Villager, as he once told us on Avenue A. Since David Peel was not his given name, we always wondered — that is, after seeing the actor David Peel in the 1960 camp horror flick “The Brides of Dracula” — if the English thespian was his inspiration, but we’re pretty sure Peel the musician told us no. GIRL VS. BULL, ROUND II: With a pe2

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tition by change.org and virtually every female politician in the city arrayed behind the “Fearless Girl,” Mayor Bill de Blasio O.K.’d the temporary statue’s remaining on Wall St. through Feburary 2018. But now the sculptor of the iconic “Charging Bull,” Arturo Di Modica, has famed civil-rights attorney Norman Siegel in his corner. At a press conference on Wednesday, Di Modica and Siegel said the artwork of the girl must be moved and Di Modica compensated financially. Siegel said the “Fearless Girl” staring down the big bronze bull “took a positive image and made it a negative image.” Or as he put it, “The comments by de Blasio made [the bull] a negative force.” Specifically, under the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990, Di Modica “has a right to his integrity and reputation,” the attorney said. There are other points they will pursue, such as why the Department

of Transportation as opposed to the Parks Department approved the artwork. If it was done by Parks, Siegel said, it would have had to come to Community Board 1 for a public review. At the press conference, Siegel said, “I was asked, ‘Are you against women?’ ... I’ve been for women all my life. ... I got one hate call,” he added. “One woman told me I’m an a—hole and ‘Go f--- yourself.’ We have her number — it was recorded on the phone,” he said, with a chuckle. There are so many advertising firms and law firms in the city that suffer from gender inequality, Siegel said, that the “Fearless Girl” could be placed in front of a different one every day. So then, it could be a movable “Fearless Girl”? Yes, Siegel offered. Well, anyway, it will be an interesting case!

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The sun finally came out last Sunday and brought ever ybody to the public areas and green spaces around the Village. In the Village section of Hudson River Park — some distance away from Soho’s Wooster St., where animal-rights activists have been protesting against the Canada Goose outer wear store for using coyote fur and goose down in its coats — a real, live goose, with all its feathers still intact, hovered and landed on a lawn. It waddled around and in between sunbathers, picnickers and dads throwing balls to their kids. After a couple of kids chased it, the fowl eventually took flight once again, and probably landed in another spot in the park to happily waddle about some more.

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Purple praise and very good visuals; The Villager nabs four NYPA awards

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ecognized for excellence for its articles, photography and editorial cartoons, The Villager won four awards in the New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest for 2016. The awards were handed out last weekend at NYPA’s annual spring convention in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Lincoln Anderson, The Villager’s editor in chief, won second place in the Best News or Feature Series category for his ongoing series of articles on David Lloyd Wilkie a.k.a. legendary urban gardener Adam Purple. “An emotionally difficult story to get through but I couldn’t stop until the end. Wow,” the judge wrote in his or her comments. In an initial article at the end of 2015, shortly after Purple’s death at age 84, Anderson broke the story of Purple’s sexual abuse of his two young daughters and two young stepdaughters when they all lived together in Australia in the 1960s. The article was based on the revelations of Purple’s oldest daughter, Jenean, and a detailed letter from his youngest daughter, Lenore. Purple was convicted of sexually attacking the oldest stepdaughter and served up to two years in prison Down Under before being deported to California. He soon made his way to the Lower East Side, where he took on his Adam Purple tie-dye-wearing persona, had two wives in succession named Eve and created the Garden of Eden, on Eldridge between Stanton and Rivington Sts. Anderson’s three articles in the 2016 contest year included “All Purple’s daughters,” in which more of the women came forward to tell their stories in full — his youngest daughter related during a series of telephone interviews how she briefly reunited with her father and lived with him on Forsyth St., sleeping in the same bed with him — after he made her get an I.U.D.; “Purple: Paragon or pariah?” a community-reaction piece; and “Prisoner Purple: ‘Talkative’ con made the cut for tree camp,” an article based on prison records from Purple’s time behind bars in Australia — which noted that he was ultimately transferred to an “afforestation camp” where he planted trees, seemingly fitting for the future “Godfather of Community Gardens.” In addition, several of The Villager’s usual contributors who add to the paper’s visual excellence raked in awards, as usual. Q. Sakamaki won second place for Picture Story for his photos of Fukushima, Japan, five years after the devastating nuclear disaster there. “This entry had strong storytelling images,” the judge for this category wrote, “and had a diversity of images that truly added to the overall package.” Milo Hess won third place for Art Photo for his striking image of the 9/11 “Tribute in Light,” shot while standing inside one of the rings of beams. Each “beam” is actually made up of multiple lights, but appears as one beam when viewed from a distance,

David Lloyd Wilkie with his wife Romola and their blended family of little girls — from left, Lenore, 7, Diane, 8, Jenean, 9, and Dorothy, 10 — on a passpor t photo they used when they moved to Australia in the 1960s. Purple was later convicted in that countr y of sexually attacking his eldest stepdaughter, Dorothy, when she was 12 and he was 37. A s repor ted in the article “All Purple’s daughters,” Dorothy told The Villager that he raped her.

PHOTO BY MILO HESS

An award-winning perspective on the 9/11 “Tribute in Light.” Milo Hess took this shot standing in the footprint of one of the massive t win beams, which are, in fact, each made up of multiple lights.

symbolizing the fallen Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. “Unique framing and creative positioning of photographer to capture an unusual view of this tribute,” the judge in this category commented. “Does what a photographer does best: capturing a different perspective of a subject to tell a story.” Ira Blutreich won honorable mention for Editorial Cartoon for his two-panel drawing of how the Democrats viewed Donald Trump and the Republicans viewed Hillary Clinton — each panel basically looked like

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POLICE BLOTTER Designer burglary A burglar made a hefty haul when he hit a Village apartment. A man and woman, both 29, who live together at 122 MacDougal St. reported to police around 5:30 p.m. on Fri., March 24, that they had returned home only to find a slew of their property stolen. Missing were a MacBook Air laptop computer, a Marc Jacobs tan bag, one Michael Kors watch, a Tiffany 14-karat gold bracelet, three Tiffany necklaces, a gold star necklace, a piece of costume jewelry, one set of wireless headphones, a pair of J.Crew sunglasses and a Timex watch. The loot’s total value was assessed at $4,440. On April 6, police arrested James Leon, 55, for felony burglary. None of the stolen property was recovered. Police did not say how the suspect allegedly entered the residence. But a police source said, in these type of burglaries, “Ninety-nine percent of the time, it’s through an open door or window.�

Cash demand Police said a man nicknamed “Rizzy� asked an acquaintance for money on the sidewalk at Grove St. and Waverly Place on Wed., April 5, around 11 p.m. “Can you give me carfare?� he asked

the other man. When the guy failed to fork over cash, Rizzy allegedly threatened physical force, then swiped the man’s wallet, containing a bank card and $20. Police arrested Rizzy, real name Robert Seabrook, age 22, on Fri., April 7.

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An unbowed Bharara jokes, warns about Trump BHARARA continued from p. 1

tion crowd-size follies. Laura Sparks, Cooper Union’s new president, started things off in her welcoming remarks by calling Bharara a “legal trailblazer.” For Bharara, it was his fi rst major lecture since he was removed from office last month. Although he was a hard-nosed prosecutor who took down both Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos, the Senate majority leader, Bharara has a surprisingly light sense of humor. “It just figures, for the fi rst time in eight years, I’ve literally shown up for a event where I can’t arrest anyone,” he quipped. Earlier that same day, The New York Times published an article calling his fi ring “a direct example of the kind of uncertain helter-skelter incompetence” of the Trump administration. Sparks stated that Bharara’s character, and particularly the news surrounding him in the last months, inspired the school to host the lecture. “Cooper Union’s Great Hall has been the birthplace of profound social movements and a platform for honest discourse for over 150 years,” she

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Preet Bharara, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaking at The Cooper Union in the East Village on April 6.

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said, “and lectures like those in our John Jay Iselin Memorial series are part of that tradition. Preet Bharara’s unique perspective at this moment in time helps to move forward our national conversations about truth, fairness, integrity and justice. The Great Hall will be an important venue for these and other conversations critical to our national discourse in the years ahead,” she added. Sparks called the lecture an example of “quintessential Cooper Union.” Recalling his ouster from office, Bharara said, “I was asked to resign, I refused. I insisted on being fi red, and so I was. I will tell you that I don’t really understand why that was such a big deal, especially to this White House. I had thought that’s what Donald Trump was good at. I had thought that’s in part how he became president,” he said, apparently referencing The Donald’s signature line from his reality-TV show, “You’re fi red!” The ex-U.S. attorney fondly recalled his last eight years. “The greatest professional honor of my life,” he said. “I had the best team in the world.” He explained that one topic he left unfi nished, however was gang violence. “Is there lots more still left to do?” he asked. “Absolutely, yes.” Bharara went on to comment on the state of Rikers Island, calling the plan to shut down the prison, which

has been endorsed by the mayor, “a spectacular plan.” He said he was most proud of “maintaining a certain tradition and culture of doing what’s right” while he was A.G. He stressed that no U.S. attorney should feel like “a rubber stamp for the White House,” adding, “That’s how every U.S. attorney should feel,” meaning that maintaining independence is paramount. Bharara expressed caution about the future, indicating that the American people will need to be vigilant with this new administration. “Sometimes people lie, and people need to be aware of that,” he warned. “We choose what news to believe,” he added. “We choose who to trust.” The former lawman’s mother and father were present at the Cooper Union lecture. “I am the son of a father who came from virtually nothing,” Bharara said, referring to his humble roots in India. Bharara referred to a recent hate crime in Kansas that saw an East Indian man gunned down after his assailant demanded to know if his “status was legal.” He sadly reflected that people from his native country were not being welcomed and accepted into America, a place where his profession had been all about upholding justice. The anti-corruption crusader concluded his talk on an inspirational high note. “Let us unrig the system,” he proclaimed. “Remember the forgotten. Lift the underdog. Drain the swamp. Let us do all those things, but let’s actually do it — not just talk about it. And let’s do it with goodwill and in good faith. Let’s do it as idealists, not cynics. Let’s do it with facts, not falsehoods. And let’s do it in the spirit of hope and harmony, with love and not hate.” Bharara then fielded audience questions in a Q & A session. “Why do you think you were fi red?” he was asked. “Beats the hell out of me. I don’t know,” Bharara said, bemusedly. “The president of the United States is allowed to have the services of whoever he or she wants. And after the election, one presumed there would be a changing of the guard, whether it be U.S. attorneys or ambassadors or anything else.” Bharara went on to recount the confusing nature of his fi ring, given that Trump initially had assured Bharara he would remain as U.S. attorney, yet then summarily fi red him. “I’m not making any accusation about anyone,” Bharara said, “but I’ve lived long enough to know that you want the record to be clear.”

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PHOTO BY SID KAPLAN

Demolishing a section of the old Third Ave. El down by Cit y Hall and the cour ts in 1955.

East Villager’s ‘El’ of a show at museum annex KAPLAN continued from p. 1

began capturing images of the city at only 10. It was the start of a six-decade-long career that has built Kaplan a quiet reputation as a guru of photographic printing and street photography. The longtime East Village resident recalls that he was so fascinated by the demolition of the El that he would even cut classes to document the iconic structure’s dismantling. Even back then, Kaplan recalled, he sensed how important it was to make a photo record of the teardown of the El, which he believed was an important chapter of an ever-changing city. “My high school happened to be on the corner of 79th St. and Third,” he said, “and, at the time, it was an event. Everyone was watching this thing being dismantled. I was fascinated by it and happened to have a camera. So I began taking pictures of it. “I was always a New York history buff, and so I knew about the elevated trains and how they were a major part of the development of the city since the late 1860s. This was the last physical vestige of those trains. I just started taking the pictures because I knew that one day

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A work crew dismantling a roof over a station platform on the Third Ave. El.

they’d be looked at.” And he was right. For Kaplan, this exhibit is a very special one. “Although I’ve had many exhibitions before, seeing this work on the wall is different,” he said. “The exhibitions I’ve had before were always in galleries, but this time they’re in a museum. And not only that, there are also artifacts on display that they were able to salvage from the train stations themselves.” Making this exhibit even more special to him, Kaplan noted, “The people working at this museum know everything about the history of the El and that impressed me very much.” The street lensman says it all came about several years ago when a woman who was a friend of the person representing Kaplan saw the photographer’s work. “She was somehow connected to the Transit Authority and said she would talk to the M.T.A. about some kind of exhibit,” he recalled. “That’s what started it.” Kaplan, who has been teaching photography at the High School of Visual Arts since 1973, said there’s more to KAPLAN continued on p. 9 TheVillager.com


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come for him. “I’m going to be part of an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York,” he said. “It’s going to feature photographs of the city from 1946 to 1960. “I don’t know why I was selected to be part of that exhibit,” he added with a smile. “Maybe it’s because I’m the only photographer left from that period who’s still producing photographs.” With a tone of regret in his voice, Kaplan, who made thousands of photos of the demolition of the El, said that many of the negatives have not survived. “They’re casualties of my gypsy lifestyle” he said. He has traveled around the country quite a bit due to his vocation. For many years, Kaplan worked in a black-and-white photo lab, making prints for various photographers, many of them well known. It was a job that he had to take when he was 23 because his wife was pregnant and he had little money. However, in 1968, when he was 30, Kaplan decided to start his own darkroom business here in town. “Now I had a place to do my own work and take in some side work, as well to keep the money coming in,” he said. This eventually led to travel to various states, including Tennessee, where he learned that the original location of the Grand Old Opry was going to close down and he photographed the building and the surrounding neighborhood. “I just knew that when the Grand Ole Opry went down, all the buildings TheVillager.com

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Sid Kaplan with his trusty camera. He documented the elevated railway’s razing when he was 17.

around it connected to the Opry would vanish, as well,” Kaplan said. Kaplan, who describes himself as “totally nostalgic,” said that not long after he photographed the razing of the El, he also shot the demolition of Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds. The elevated railroad in New York City began soon after the Civil War out of necessity. The streets were overcrowded with people, peddlers, pushcarts and horses. The only logical alternative to transport people was up in the air above the streets. April 13, 2017

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David Peel, 74, the king of pot, punk and protest

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first heard of David Peel, who died April 6 following a heart attack at the age of 74, when I was given a copy of “Lillian Roxon’s Rock Encyclopedia” for my 13th birthday by my rocker uncle. In the pre-Internet world, its pages were my bible, turning me on to The Fugs, Frank Zappa, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and The Doors. But one of the hundreds of groups listed stood out. Maybe it was the name of the album, “Have a Marijuana,” published by Elektra Records, that caught my eye, or the cover art of a Revolutionary War-uniformed madman leading an assault on a tenement-lined street on another album, “The American Revolution.” I knew I had to have “Have a Marijuana” and I searched it out in the bargain bin of the record department at a store in a local shopping center. That record changed my life forever. Years later, I was sitting at the Yippie headquarters, at 9 Bleecker St., when a boisterous hippie leading an entourage swept into the dank first floor where bands would sometimes store equipment before gigs at the Yippie-run club across the street at Studio 10. Someone — maybe “The Pieman,” Aron Kay, or Jerry The Peddler — introduced me to David Peel. He sported a cutoff jean jacket covered with political buttons, John Lennon tinted round glasses and long straight black hair. “Hey David,” I said, “I almost got kicked out of my house when I played your song ‘Up Against the Wall,’ ” with the word ‘motherf---er’ completing the thought. I expected that he’d laugh but David turned to me and said with a scowl, “You know how many people say that to me?” Soon we were very good friends and David and others would hang out at a big loft I rented for years in the middle of what was then a drug zone on E. Third St. near Avenue D. I ran sort of an R & R for squatters where folks could get a shower and hang out, smoke a joint and drink coffee, Cafe Bustelo, black. We organized protests against President Ronald Reagan, to bring cops to justice who killed our friend Michael Stewart and Eleanor Bumpers, a lot of political things. David was always there in the middle of events, providing the soundtrack. He was a great Yippie strategist, too. I really got to know David after the police rioted in Tompkins Square Park in the summer of 1988. Talk about “Occupy.” We occupied Tompkins Square Park for three years with a homeless encampment and weekly punk rock shows. David Peel, together with other great radical musicians, like Moogy Klingman and Don Houston, would serenade the community as we confronted the armed might of the

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David Peel at a pot legalization rally at Foley Square.

New York Police Department on many long summer nights. David would be in the middle of Avenue A as the community blocked traffic and protested the latest outrage against the homeless people in the park. I had a radio show on WBAI at the time and David was a guest arriving with his coterie of fellow musicians. He showed up one evening with Sam Andrew, the lead for Big Brother and the Holding Company, which had been Janis Joplin’s first band. David — who was born David Michael Rosario — traveled easily in the world of rock star celebrity. He loved telling the story of how the F.B.I. mistook him for John Lennon after a benefit in Ann Arbor for White Panther leader John Sinclair, who was famously facing 10 years for possession of one joint of marijuana. A handbill with a picture of David under a cartoon balloon saying, “The Pope smokes dope,” was circulated to the cops as a photo of Lennon, despite F.B.I. headquarters warning that they didn’t know what the Beatle looked like. David said it was “rock’s greatest flattery” to confuse him with Lennon, whom he idolized. It was through the Yippie leaders Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin that John Lennon and David Peel met and began their collaboration. The fateful meeting happened in Washington Square Park, where David would hang out playing to raptured fans, street people and tourists. Peel was railing against people spending their money on “rock celebrities” as John and Yoko hung at the edge of the crowd. Lennon later said, “I thought he was talking about me.” Later, David and his ever-shifting band would be signed to Lennon’s Apple Records label and appear on an album

with the ex-Beatle and Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band. David would start his own label, Orange Records, which would release an album for GG Allin, an iconoclast punk poet of a later age. Although

largely forgotten outside the Lower East Side, David’s music experienced a resurgence of interest in Germany and Japan, and he was at times able to live from the royalties from his album sales. Songs like “I Like Marijuana,” “Up Against the Wall,” “Lower East Side” and “Hey, Mr. Draft Board” were three-chord ballads of individual liberty and humanism. Armed with his guitar, Peel was a veteran, both of the U.S. Army and the people’s army and his experience taught him to hate war and love humanity. David was a regular at Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park, leading musicians in a nonstop drum circle during the two-month occupation. The former Yippie Museum and Cafe, at 9 Bleecker St., was also transformed into a coffee shop and sometime H.Q. for Occupy, with an almost nonstop open mic, where bands and musicians would entertain between political speeches for days on end. David Peel and his Lower East Side Band, featuring Gabriel Don, Koshek Swaminathan, Mick Davis, Joff Wilson and others who came to sit in with the group, would be regular guests. When asked by a New York Times reporter how long he planned to keep singing, David said, characteristically, “until the day I drop dead and go to rock ’n’ roll heaven.” I’m sure if there is a rock-and-roll heaven, David will be strumming along.

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To The Editor: Re “Do the right thing� (letter, by Rob Buchanan, April 6): Ad hominem red herrings aside, Rob Buchanan offers up some puzzling commentary in his recent letter about Pier55. He refers to secrecy, yet multiple public hearings were held regarding Pier55, and the large majority of us in the community, including Community Board 2, came away excited and pleased with what we saw. And the plaintiffs’ claims of a flawed process were rejected at every level of our state court system. He also refers to harming the environment. But, once again, every level of the New York State courts has rejected that flimsy claim — and not once have the plaintiffs been able to provide an expert to back it up. Even the recent decision in the plaintiffs’ favor did not rule that the project would harm the environment. Finally, perhaps better than anyone else, Rob Buchanan illustrates that the plaintiffs’ battle to kill off a public park that the neighborhood supports revolves around a selfish, idiosyncratic attempt to tailor public policy around the whims of a tiny few. Mr. Buchanan likes to talk about how many people kayak in the area around 14th St. But he happens to be one of the only ones. In fact, through about six recent months of observation, the park observed zero people boating there. Thousands of New Yorkers enjoy the park’s boating programs to the south and north, where there is less old pier and pile debris in the river. In the end, Mr. Buchanan’s letter really proves just one thing: His misguided participation in this lawsuit is really just all about himself.

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Community rowing at Pier 40 and why it matters

TALKING POINT BY SALLY CURTIS AND DEBOR AH CLEARMAN

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n all of the hand-wringing, wheeling and dealing around the future of Pier 40, little attention has been given to the community boathouses that have occupied space on the south side of the pier for almost 20 years. The last remaining community boathouse on Pier 40, Village Community Boathouse, is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that provides free public access to New York Harbor, utilizing a fleet of traditional wooden rowboats, most of them built in the shop at Pier 40 in conjunction with local schools. The history of V.C.B. goes back to the late Mike Davis, founder of Floating the Apple. Mike Davis was a cultural archeologist working on a dig in Istanbul, when he noticed the many rowing craft and boathouses along the shore of the Bosporus, owned and operated collectively by neighborhood people. He knew that New York Harbor, too, had once been home to dozens of community boathouses where anyone could rent a boat. As recently as 1930 there were 40 neighborhood boathouses in the harbor. By the 1990s there was only one. The city’s waterways were considered polluted and dangerous. Inspired by his experience in Istanbul, Mike’s vision of providing universal public access to the New York City waterfront led him to found Floating the Apple in 1992. A little like Johnny Appleseed, his idea was to create community boathouses in neighborhoods all over the city. Mike commissioned an engineer and navel architect, Mike McEvoy, to design a 25-foot long “Whitehall gig,” named for Whitehall St. in Lower Manhattan, where the gigs were first built 250 years ago. Known as the “bicycles of the sea,” these boats were the most efficient way to get around the city’s waterways. In the 18th and 19th centuries Whitehall gigs were used in New York Harbor as workboats, rowing out to meet the tall ships and offload passengers, mail and baggage. In 1776, General George Washington evacuated his severely outnumbered troops from the Brooklyn side of the East River in a flotilla of Whitehalls to escape the British in the Battle of Long Island. With the newly updated Whitehall design, Mike Davis enlisted a crew of waterfront activists, including Don Betts, Brendan Malone of New York Harbor School, Louis Norris and others, to lead local residents and high school students in community boatbuilding sessions in the lobby of the old McGraw-Hill building on W. 42nd St. Once complete, the 500-pound vessels were loaded on dolTheVillager.com

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Local students race Whitehall boats in the protected Hudson River embayment south of Pier 40, where Village Community Boathouse is located.

lies and rolled down 42nd St. to the Hudson River, sometimes with police or firefighters escorting with flashing lights, but always with lots passersby waving and pointing the boat crew on toward the water. At Pier 84 at the foot of 42nd St., the boats were launched into the Hudson. There were no boathouses as of then, however. But down at Pier 40, at W. Houston St., Tobi Bergman — the chairperson of Community Board 2 during 2015 and 2016 — was working to get youth sports fields and an indoor practice center, and was renovating a space once associated with a prison barge docked at the pier. Tobi is a legend of sorts among waterfront activists because he helped create the boathouse at Pier 40 by offering Mike Davis a dockside part of the space for it. Tobi recognized that he and Mike shared an interest in promoting youth sports, so he offered to share his modest space on the south side of the pier. In September 1997, Brendan Malone began building the Whitehall gig Rachel Carson in Tobi’s space on Pier 40, in collaboration with students from P.S. 811 and Junior Navy R.O.T.C. students from High School of Graphic Communication Arts. By the time the Rachel Carson was launched a year later, Tobi was complaining about the dust, noise and proliferation of gigs in their tiny shared space, and suggesting that Mike consider investing in a wood chipper. In 1998, the Hudson River Park Act created the park and the Hudson River Park Trust, with the mission to promote, encourage, and expand public access to the Hudson River and to promote natural, cultural and historic aspects of the river. Their shared vision made Hudson River Park and Floating the Apple a perfect fit. Mike and his mission were embraced by

Noreen Doyle, now vice president of the Trust, who offered Floating the Apple a much larger space on the south side of the pier, which is now occupied by Village Community Boathouse. Eventually, in 2007, Mike moved back to Midtown to Pier 84, at W. 44th St., to a boathouse conceived and designed in conjunction with Doyle to fit the needs of the Floating the Apple mission, leaving the boathouse on Pier 40 to the newly incorporated V.C.B. Village Community Boathouse continues to realize the vision of Mike Davis and the Hudson River Park Act. V.C.B. would not exist without the consistent and generous support of Noreen Doyle and the Trust, which set the terms of the boathouse’s lease at $1 per year. This allows V.C.B. to offer rowing and boat building programs to the public free of charge. The V.C.B. boat building and rowing programs run from the boathouse on Pier 40 seek to fulfill the goal of universal public access to the waterways of New York City: All of the programs are free and are offered on a walk-in basis. During the rowing season, utilizing a fleet of traditional wooden rowing craft, V.C.B. offers community rowing two or three times per week. Novice rowers, with the guidance of an experienced coxswain, can practice in the safety of the embayment on the south side of the pier. Four oarsmen, each with one long sweep oar, sit facing the stern, where the coxswain steers and coordinates their rowing. Protected from the winds and currents by the pier’s massive structure, the embayment is uniquely suited for “learn to row” programs. Once “newbies” have learned to row sufficiently, V.C.B.’s senior coxswains take them out onto the river where they can safely experience the full

force of nature in the winds, waves, tides and currents and see the city from a new perspective. V.C.B. is the only boathouse remaining in Pier 40 that offers free access to the water. Other boating outfits within the park are open to the public, but at a price that restricts access to those without the means to pay. Free kayaking is offered by Downtown Boathouse at Pier 26, at N. Moore St., but kayakers must stay within the boundaries of the embayment. In contrast, V.C.B. rowers voyage throughout the harbor: down to the lower harbor for a close-up of the Statue of Liberty, up the river to Hoboken Cove, or around the Battery to the East River. Directly serving the mission set out in the Hudson River Park Act, V.C.B. provides a physical connection to the water to all who live in, work in or visit Manhattan. In their 18 years at Pier 40, community boathouses have invited the public, including youth from local public schools, to utilize the city’s waterfront and harbor, improving people’s quality of life, fostering a sense of environmental stewardship, and establishing a spirit of collaboration in crewing or building a boat. V.C.B. has introduced tens of thousands of international visitors, local residents and young people to the joy of rowing on the Hudson and other waterways that surround New York City. In December 2016, the City Council voted to approve the transfer of air rights from Pier 40 to the St. John’s Center terminal across the street. The St. John’s developers will pay the Trust $100 million, to be used to repair the crumbling pier. Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a City Council meeting that the city would support plans to redevelop Pier 40 that included preservation of the ball fields at the center of the donut-shaped pier. After several requests for proposals (R.F.P.’s) put out by the Trust for public-private partnerships — including Cirque de Soleil, an aquarium and highrise residential towers — failed due to opposition from local politicians, Pier 40 stakeholders and local residents, it is time for the park’s administration, politicians and the community to work together to plan the future of the beloved pier. To that end, C.B. 2 has created the Future of Pier 40 Working Group. As an advising member of that group, we will advocate for the boathouses and other noncommercial boating access, to ensure that any plans should include preserving free community boating on Pier 40, whose southern embayment is the best-protected, most-usable piece of water in the park. Curtis is president and Clearman is a board of directors member of Village Community Boathouse April 13, 2017

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L train crisis? Let’s get real, it’s mostly hype

TALKING POINT BY JOHN WETHERHOLD

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he closure of the L train is indeed a huge problem if you live in Brooklyn. Not so much In Manhattan. Extremist groups — who want to achieve a vision that only they want — take advantage of this supposed “crisis” to promote a radical agenda. Are they part of the city government? I think not. We saw that in the recent workshops that were organized by the local politicians. The workshops’ format was not a presentation or facts but a phony discussion of major changes that could take place on 14th St. The role of Transportation Alternatives in pushing its “PeopleWay” plan should be of major concern to all who want their voices to be heard. This group had salted the tables with their members, of course, who want to throttle or eliminate all traffic on the street, and they presented alternatives that reflected their own views. At each table, notes were recorded on all of the comments on bicycles and pedestrian malls — on other suggestions, not at all.

Borough President Gale Brewer, Assemblymember Deborah Glick and state Senator Brad Hoylman should not have allowed the participants to be treated this way. The answers that come out of this process are foreordained and do not reflect the views of the residents and taxpayers of the Village. The real increase in traffic, in terms of

The recent workshops’ results were foreordained.

buses and cars — including taxis — that this plan would cause are not known. Numbers were batted about, including 50,000 riders on the L train in Manhattan, but no one really knows if these counts are correct. They are designed to put people in a panic mode. Something must be done. We should prioritize traffic on the basis of velocity, capacity and density. No

Select Bus Service is needed. Here are some ideas: First, replace all buses with stairs with fast-loading low-entry buses. Second, bring traffic agents back from ticketing to traffic direction at key intersections. Third, put bus dispatchers on 14th St. routes. Fourth, increase the frequency of buses on 14th St. route — but, again, not Select Bus Service. Fifth, for the duration of the extra-ridership period, eliminate all street fairs, holiday markets and similar uses that impede pedestrian or vehicular traffic. Sixth, close the following streets to reduce cross traffic: University Place between 13th and 14th Sts.; Union Square West between 17th and 14th Sts.; Irving Place between 15th and 14th Sts. Seventh, do not allow left turns at major avenues except for emergency vehicles and buses. These suggestions should allow traffic and buses to flow easily. The problem with Select Service Buses is that they demand a dedicated lane that cannot be used for parking or delivery for businesses. It throttles the street traffic. If that happens, the parking will spill over to residential streets. Of course, eliminating traffic on 14th St. will create a traffic crisis on the parallel streets. This plan to close 14th St. is both impractical and

harmful to the residents and taxpayers in this corridor. Our local politicians who are pushing this or some version of it have a great deal of contempt for the “sheeple.” They seem driven by visions and ideas that come from ideology not practical experience. Another amusing aspect to this is that these people represent that these changes are temporary. If anyone believes that, I have a bridge to sell you. None of the larger pieces fit together. The mayor wants to increase density. The Department of Transportation is throttling traffic on the major avenues. The governor is defunding mass transit. Meanwhile, people are avoiding the subways as undesirable and unreliable. Buses on these deliberately crowded avenues are slow. More and more, average people are using services like Uber (approved by the City Council) and Lyft. The answer from the ideologues is to remove all traffic, so no one has any choice about how to get around; congestion is deliberately created. This passiveaggressive approach is designed to make people give up on using cars at all. It won’t work and D.O.T. should stop trying. The only thing we will face with these proposals is misery for the average taxpaying resident of this area. The “PeopleWay” plan should not move forward. Wetherhold is a W. 13th St. resident

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Renovated Quad Cinema corners its niche Bold programming vows to push forward, reflect on past

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An interior view of the Quad’s “red theater” space, illuminated by a giant neon “U” on the ceiling.

Opening April 21, Bruno Dumont’s “Slack Bay” is but one of the “exciting and vibrant” first-run movies programmed at the Quad.

BY SEAN EGAN “You go back and look at listings in New York Magazine from the late ’70s of movie theaters, and you’ll see there were dozens of movie theaters Downtown, and none of them are around anymore,” explained film programmer C. Mason Wells. “They’re all practically gone — but the Quad remains. The Quad has always persevered and somehow eked through in very different time periods in New York exhibition, and kind of changed with the times, and adjusted and showed all different kinds of movies, and I love that. The theater is a fighter. It always has been; it will continue to be.” The latest chapter for the veritable, long-operating theater begins on April 14, when the Quad Cinema (34 W. 13th St., btw. Sixth & Fifth Aves.; quadcinema.com) reopens after a two-year renovation process, under the new ownership of Cohen Media Group. Since being founded in 1972 as the city’s first multiplex, the Quad built up a reputation as a go-to neighborhood moviehouse, as well as a haven for cinephiles looking for top-quality independent, arthouse, foreign, repertory, and queer cinema. This eclectic slate made the theater both a local gem and a respected cultural destination in its own right; no less than Andy Warhol was a frequent patron. TheVillager.com

“Keeping those strands alive is a crucial aspect of this,” elaborated Wells, an IFC Center veteran who has been tapped to be the renovated Quad’s Director of Repertory Programming. “We have two managers who’ve worked there for decades who are still going to be our managers. But at the same time it’s a brand new space, and we’re going to be kind of building on what the theater has always been and represented, and kind of adding these new ideas, new programs, new exciting things. So it’ll kind of bridge that gap between something that has this history that a lot of other spaces in New York don’t.” The renovation has ensured the Quad is well equipped for this gap-bridging mission. In addition to standard features like a popcorn-stocked concession, the space will feature funky modern touches — like the huge, rectangular arrangement of 32 screens on its back wall, which will be programmed to play unique video content year-round. Their four theater spaces are colorcoded (red, black, blue, and gray) and each is outfitted with a sleek neon-light letter; when taken collectively, they spell out “QUAD.” And, most importantly, their screens are outfitted with the tools to screen in 4K digital, 3D, and from 35mm and 16mm prints. “There are still so many films that aren’t available in a digital format that if you want to

program them, there’s no choice but to play a print,” commented Wells, who asserted that “there’s something very special and magical” about watching movies on film — especially older titles, which, as in the past, will be screening plentifully at the Quad. “We’re doing something that’s an ongoing series called Quadrophilia, which will look at the great films that screened at the theater in the past,” said Wells, noting that due to the deep roster of quality films that fit that bill, it will be an ongoing series. “Both as a reminder to older New Yorkers who had been to the theater maybe in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, about incredible films they saw back in the day, but also to kind of educate younger cinephiles who might not know some aspects of the theater’s illustrious history.” Early highlights include director John Sayles in-person at a screening of 1980’s “The Return of the Secaucus Seven” (April 22) and the April 14 screening of a special IB Technicolor print of Busby Berkeley’s “The Gang’s All Here” — the very first repertory film screened at the theater in 1972, Wells noted. In its first month, Quadrophilia will also be complemented by another Quad-centric series, the cheekily-named Four Play, featuring numeric titles like “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Quadrophenia,” and “Rocky IV.” But

the new programmer’s commitment to the theater’s legacy cuts far deeper than amusing wordplay. “The LGBT programming is really important to me, because for decades it was a go-to place for those types of films in the city,” revealed Wells. “We’re going to be doing a monthly series devoted kind of lost queer classics that have kind of fallen into the cracks over the course of history that aren’t as well known.” This series will kick off on May 19 with a new restoration of James Ivory’s “Maurice,” a 1987 gay romance Wells described as “a really fantastic and unfortunately lesser-known film in queer cinema history.” But then, bringing unheralded, movies to the fore has always been an endeavor the Quad has excelled at. In fact, its first major retrospective program (April 14–May 1) focuses on Italian director Lina Wertmüller, whose taboo-busting ’70s films nabbed her the first-ever Best Director Academy Award nomination for a woman, but whose films fell out of the public eye in the ensuing decades. “She has never had a comprehensive retrospective in New York, which is unthinkable to me. But somehow that’s the case, and now we have restorations of several of her classic films,” QUAD continued on p. 16 April 13, 2017

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Final touches were being made to the Quad’s marquee and entrance in the days before its opening. QUAD continued from p. 15

said Wells, noting “Seven Beauties” and “Swept Away” have been given 2K polish. “To be able to bring her films back to audiences and show them in the proper context is very exciting to me.” Then there’s Wells’ “lifelong dream” program, First Encounters. “We invite filmmakers and authors and painters and curators to select a film that they’ve never seen before and then watch it for the first time with us and with an audience, and then they react live to it immediately after,” he explained. Thus far, Kenneth Lonergan (“Yi Yi”), John Turturro (“Pather Panchali”), and Noah Baumbach (“Withnail and I”) are amongst the New York notables that have signed up for the ongoing series to rectify some of their cinematic blind spots. “They’re entertaining people under any context,” noted Wells, “but I think they’ll be especially entertaining in this live and raw context of watching these films. It kind of gives a real portrait of a person’s cinephilia.” Of course, as Wells pointed out, “There’s more films being made now than ever before,” and he and Senior

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A neon “Q” lights up one of the Quad’s theaters. Taken collectively, the lighting fixtures in the theaters spell out “QUAD.”

PHOTO BY CALEB CALDWELL

Each of the four screening rooms has a distinct color: blue, black, gray, and, seen here, red.

Programmer Gavin Smith have ensured there’ll be no shortage of quality firstrun movies. “It will be independent, foreign, documentary, arthouse titles that will be in the same adventurous vein as our repertory programming,” said Wells. He highlighted early-weeks offering like Terence Davies’ “A Quiet Passion” and Bruno Dumont’s “Slack Bay” as examples of the challenging, “exciting and vibrant,” premieres the Quad will be home to. It’s in this balance of the classic and cuttingedge, and sophisticated and neighborhood-y vibes that Wells sees the Quad’s strengths. “[The Quad] is something that’s been part of the fabric of the moviegoing landscape in one way or another for over four decades now, so when you’re stepping into the Quad to see a movie, you’re participating in that history,” Wells concluded. “It almost feels romantic to me in a certain way, in the way that going to the movies should be. That is the feeling I want a Quad viewer to have when they’re at the theater, when they’re leaving the theater, when they’re thinking of coming back: that the Quad is a place where movies still matter.” TheVillager.com


‘We Hold These Truths’ Mural targeting misogynistic language doesn’t mince words BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC Imagine, if you will, a category on Jeopardy devoted to the things that politicians say about women. I’ll take things politicians say about women for 500, Alex. “Some girls, they rape so easy.” Who is Roger Rivard, a Republican and former member of the Wisconsin State Assembly? “Rape is kinda like the weather. If it’s inevitable, just relax and enjoy it.” Who is Clayton Williams, a businessman who ran for governor of Texas and lost? “Moral of story: women in military, bad idea.” Who is Mike Pence, our current vice president, pontificating about 1998’s “Mulan?” All correct, Trebek would say. A recently unveiled art installation — a mural titled “We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident” (more on that later) — is taking a cold, hard look at what politicians say about the female population, and is on display at New York Live Arts’ lobby until early September. New York Live Arts — a nonprofit that produces and presents dance and is the home of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company — often commissions artists to design work for the space’s lobby, Bjorn Amelan, the organization’s creative director, said in an email to Chelsea Now. Amelan said he approached artist Natalie Frank (natalie-frank.com) late last summer about creating a mural. “At first, she didn’t feel that she’d be able to find the time to create a mural, but following then-candidate Trump’s outrageous comment about grabbing women, she called me back saying that she had an idea she felt for the creation of a work in collaboration with her friend, Zoë Buckman, [zoebuckman. com] that would be timely and doable,” he said. Buckman said she and Frank had known each other for a couple of years. “She thought it was the perfect marriage if we worked on [the mural] together,” Buckman said in a phone interview. When the two artists got together before the election, they would “lament” and express disgust about statements politicians were making about women’s rights, Buckman said. “It made sense that we use the collection of these statements about women,” she said. Once they decided on compiling statements, they got to work, researching, finding quotes, and then double TheVillager.com

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A mural exploring politicians’ quotes about women and their bodies will be on display at New York Live Arts’ lobby until early September.

The mural’s title is a nod to suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Declaration of Sentiments, which she modeled after the Declaration of Independence.

and triple checking them, Buckman explained. “This is the first work of art [for me] where it’s been research heavy,” she said, noting she usually takes a personal approach to her art. “It was important to us that we included Democrats. The vast majority of the statements were made by Republican men,” she said, adding that they also included quotes from two women. Spending their days looking at hateful and misogynistic things said about women, was “infuriating,” Buckman said. “The process was maddening.” Buckman and Frank Googled “American old boys’ club” for images

and decided to use one of “old white dudes sitting around a mahogany table with a roaring fireplace,” she said. They liked it because some of the men were looking at the camera, she said. “We wanted to get the balance of information and something that was art — something that was visually appealing to the eye to draw the audience in,” she explained. They then dropped a raspberry-colored inlay over the image to make the white text pop, said Buckman, noting the reddish hue’s association with women and their vaginas. Buckman said that many women have found the mural triggering. Near

the large mural, there is a sheet of paper with information about resources for rape, domestic violence, reproductive services and sexual assault as well as a folder with each quote and its context. Amelan said, “The mural addresses the issue of respect for the female body/ person. Disrespectful statements have been made by politicians representing both sides of the isle, and this mural calls them on it. While its aim is not limited to the present administration, statements made at the highest level of the current administration make it extremely timely.” The mural’s title is a nod to suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who along with Lucretia Mott organized the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, which pushed for women’s rights and the right to vote. At the convention, many signed the Declaration of Sentiments, which Stanton wrote and modeled after the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men and women are created equal… .” Buckman said, “We’re trying to encourage [people] to look at the messages that our society is perpetuating and giving voice to. If one is affected by that, what are you going to do about it? The answer is simple: Vote.” New York Live Arts is located at 219 W. 19th St. (btw. Seventh & Eighth Aves.). For more info, visit newyorklivearts.org. April 13, 2017

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a license, number “Pending” for beer, liquor and wine has been applied for by the undersigned to sell beer, liquor and wine at retail in a restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 1633 Second Avenue, City of New York, New York County for on premises consumption. NOTICE IS HEREBY East Side Burgers 1, LLC, GIVEN d/b/a Wahlburgers that a restaurant wine Vil: 04/06 - 04/13/2017 license, #TBA has been applied for by 219B LLC to sell beer and wine at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 219C Mulberry St. New York NY 10012. Vil: 04/13 - 04/20/2017

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Jeremy Boal, the recently appointed president of the Mount Sinai Downtown Healthcare Network, tried to paint a rosy picture of things to come for Beth Israel. But it was not applause that greeted his remarks. Instead, what the hospital’s chief executive heard were local residents and political representatives expressing anger and concern about the hospital’s dramatic loss of beds under the new plan and its reluctance to conduct a community-needs assessment with a task force of local residents. The number of beds at the new facility will be reduced to 70. (Currently, about 450 beds at Beth Israel are used on a daily basis — including 300 general inpatient beds and, again, the 150 behavioral health beds.) Boal told the audience there “simply was no time” now to conduct such an assessment because the hospital is in critical fi nancial condition. He said the medical facility has been on a fi nancial life support for years, losing $250 million since 2012. “We’re committed 100 percent to working with the community,” he said, “but we’re losing millions at this site, and if we stop work on our plans now to conduct such an assessment, we’ll be buried under a fi nancial avalanche. “There are other ways to move forward on this that will involve the community,” he continued. “We’re committed to going to various community boards and to continue to have conversations with community leaders. “Our fi rst goal was to rebuild the hospital because it has become outmoded and in bad disrepair,” he added. “But that would cost us a billion dollars to do, so and we can’t afford that. And it would become obsolete by the time we fi nished, anyway. “We’ve had a 10 percent annual decrease in patient admissions since 2012,” Boal continued, “and the rate of overall empty beds continues to increase. So we feel that there’s a greater need to build more ambulatory services in order to better address the needs of the community. We want to build a multi-campus healthcare system below 34th St. and across Manhattan from river to river.” Boal said that the current plan for the new Beth Israel building calls for completing its construction by 2017. After that, the existing complex in Gramercy will be sold, with all the proceeds helping to offset the costs of the change. Boal also told the audience that, in addition to an expanded state-ofthe-art emergency room at the future location, the hospital will beef up its outpatient facilities at three major

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A design rendering of the smaller-sized Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital planned for E. 14th St. and Second Ave. The corner space, beneath the overhanging scrim, is being left open to create a plaza — but also to leave room in case a station for the Second Ave. subway ever gets built there.

sites with more than 35 operating and procedure rooms. He said there will also be 16 different physician-practice locations with more than 600 doctors, and that there will be “enhanced behavioral health services” at the Beth Israel Bernstein Building, located between E. 16th and E. 15th Sts. on Nathan D. Perlman Place. The hospital chief executive also promised that at no time will there be “any cutoff of services” and that, in fact, there will even be an increase in some services, such as a major expansion of walk-in services, like primary and specialty care. He also said that if, for some reason, there are not enough beds at the new 70-bed facility to accommodate community needs, “We can always add four more floors of beds.” The new building will be constructed to allow more floors to be added atop it, if necessary. Boal’s statement, however, did not sit well with Councilmember Corey Johnson, who said it was vital that a community-needs assessment be done. “There’s a need for the community to have more information about your plans,” Johnson told Boal. “The community needs to better understand what’s happening. There’s a lot of anxiety among my constituents

that our hospitals are being chipped away.” Johnson also said that a promise of future beds — if needed — was not adequate. “Build those four stories with additional beds now,” the councilmember said, “and don’t wait to see if they’re needed in the future.” Jamie Rogers, chairperson of Community Board 3, also voiced disappointment that the hospital would not undertake a hands-on community needs assessment before proceeding any further with its redevelopment plans. “What we want is a lot more information,” Rogers told the hospital honcho. “We want to talk to you about things like local hiring, transportation and construction noise, along with other local issues.” Rogers later told The Villager that he was dissatisfied with Boal’s remarks. “The hospital needs to do a better job of involving the community,” he said. “The hospital is unwilling and unable to sit down with a working group of stakeholders, so that we can provide the feedback that our community desperately wants to give about the health needs of the community and the impact this transforma-

tion is going to have on our already impacted neighborhood from outside forces, such as gentrification.” Another critical voice was that of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. “I think we still need to be a better partner with your plans,” she told Boal. “Healthcare is the number one issue for many families in this area. What we need is a real survey, so that the data can be shared with the community to help make the future plans, so that everybody feels comfortable.” However, Boal told Brewer, “We’re committed to doing in-depth work to make sure that we know what the community’s needs are and to make sure we’re addressing them. We already have an extensive amount of data from various studies about the community’s health needs.” Boal added that one of the results of the various community-needs studies the hospital has already conducted will be the creation of an urgent-care walk-in center at its Union Square East location, which, Boal noted, would make it “the largest such free-standing medical facility in the city.” He further explained that, also as HOSPITAL continued on p. 23

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as Beth Israel embarks on a 4-year rebuild plan HOSPITAL continued from p. 22

a result of studies the hospital has already made, a second M.R.I. unit will also be established at the Union Square site, along with the opening of three nearby sites with 35 operating and procedure rooms where surgeries will be able to be performed Other expanded programs, he said, will be enhanced behavioral-health services at the Beth Israel Bernstein Building and an expanded visitingdoctors home-visit program that will give emergency-room patients the option of remaining in the E.R. after treatment or returning home. Also expressing concern about the future downsizing and relocation of the hospital was state Senator Brad Hoylman. “You ask the community what it needs,” Hoylman told Boal. “The community boards want to sit down with you and tell you about their needs.” But Boal, once again, deflected the request, saying, “We always welcome dialogue but this is not the time to do a needs assessment.” The Mount Sinai Healthcare Network president also responded to a slew of other questions from the audience, ranging from the possible use of the soon-to-be-sold hospital property for affordable housing to whether the hospital’s new proposed outreach programs and ambulatory sites would accept Medicaid. “Our commitment to Medicaid patients and those with no insurance will continue,” Boal vowed. “While we fully support the concept of affordable housing, we do not know who the new buyer will be of our old hospital site and what his plans will

Dr. Jeremy Boal, the head of the new Mount Sinai Downtown Health Net work, whose centerpiece will be a new, downsized Beth Israel Hospital at E. 14th St. and Second Ave.

be. Right now, our primary mission is to provide the best health services to our community. We’ve got to make sure that we optimize our health services.” Boal was also sharply criticized by one unidentified local resident who said that the hospital was deceiving the community about its loss of revenue due to declining patient admissions The audience member charged that the fi nancial losses were the results of cuts in services the hospital is now undertaking, such as the elimination of 20 inpatient pediatric beds, the shutdown of the cardiac-surgery operating room and the elimination of

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several neonatal intensive-care unit beds which, he said, were at one time bringing in millions of dollars of revenue. The hospital leader called those charges untrue and said that, if not for the fact that Beth Israel is part of the Mount Sinai Medical Network, which operates six other medical campuses throughout the city, Beth Israel would have to declare bankruptcy because of plummeting revenue. Local resident Samuel Vegas, a current outpatient at the hospital, angrily told Boal, “Your fi nancial concerns seem to outweigh community concerns. I’m scared about the future of the hospital.” Boal tried to reassure everyone that the hospital’s goal is to provide quality healthcare. “We know that the community is anxious and scared,” he said, “but our mission will always be to provide the best medical services to everyone who lives here.” The proposed hospital closing adds Beth Israel to a list of 19 other hospitals in the city that have either closed or overhauled how they operate since 2000, a reduction in services that has hit Lower Manhattan especially hard. Notably, St. Vincent’s Hospital in Greenwich Village closed in 2010. The decision about Beth Israel also reflects broader trends at a time when

many hospitals across the country are also struggling fi nancially. After the meeting, a Mount Sinai spokesperson noted that, as mandatory under the law, the health system, in fact, will be doing a communityneeds assessment that will be concluded this fall. Apparently, however, this is not exactly the same type of comprehensive outreach to the community that local politicians were demanding at the forum. In addition, he issued the following statement: “In anticipation of investing more than $500 million into transforming our Downtown multi-facility campus, we assessed past and current utilization of Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and also analyzed larger trends in healthcare, where we are seeing a significant move from hospital-based delivery of care to ambulatory-based settings. We believe that our plan to dramatically expand and upgrade care for the community in non-hospital settings, coupled with a new inpatient hospital, is the right plan for the Downtown community. “Throughout this process, we have engaged, and will continue to closely engage, with our local community leaders and elected officials to understand and address any questions or concerns. We welcome any and all feedback and encourage the dialogue to continue.”

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