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Chin in a clear win over Marte this time BY LINCOLN ANDERSON
n the end, it looks like the Sept. 12 Democratic primary election was clearly Christopher Marte’s best chance to unseat Margaret Chin in Lower Manhattan’s First City Council District. Marte lost that race two months ago by a very slim margin, 220 votes, to the two-term incumbent Chin. Two other can-
didates ultimately played the prole of spoilers, likely keepic ing Marte from a historic upset victory. Marte gave it another try in Tuesday’s general he election, running on the obscure Independence Party line. But the results weren’t nearly as close, as Chin, according to unofficial Board of ElecELECTION continued on p. 6
Feud between E. Side housing projects is blamed for a murder BY SAR AH FERGUSON
olice have arrested the alleged shooter who gunned down a 23-yearold man in broad daylight on Avenue D and Eighth St. last Fri., Nov. 3. Malik Campbell was shot in the head around 4 p.m. outside 118 Avenuee D in the Jacob
Riis Houses, a New York City Housing Authority publichousing complex, following an argument with two or three assailants, who fled the scene, police said. Campbell was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he died in surgery. SHOOTING continued on p. 9 SHO
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A woman at Saturday’s Refuse Fascism march, like others in the procession, predicted the end is drawing near for Donald Trump’s presidenc y. The marchers made their way from Times Square down to Washington Square Park.
Path of most resistance? Bikeway blockers put in BY LINCOLN ANDERSON
ollowing last week’s horrific attack on the Hudson River greenway that saw an ISIS-influenced terrorist kill eight people as he gunned a truck for a mile down the path’s Lower West Side / Tribeca section, the state Department of Transportation has been scrambling to put protective barriers on the popular path. It initially has been a bit cha-
Viva CHARAS and Armando!...p. 2
otic. At first, long Jersey concrete barriers were plopped down on the northern part of the path — running up to W. 59th St. — at an angle, significantly narrowing the bikeway, only allowing room for cyclists to pass single file on either side. On the path’s southern section, from the Village down to the Battery, smaller white concrete blocks — some stamped on their sides with “NYPD” in large blue letters — were added.
A mayoral spokesperson stated that 57 spots from W. 59th St. down would get “blockers.” However, Streetsblog reported that after complaints by Mayor Bill de Blasio and cyclists, D.O.T. — which oversees the bikeway — agreed to straighten out the Jersey barriers. That was occurring Tuesday morning, as work crews could be seen busy north of Chelsea Piers, placing and BIKEWAY continued on p. 8
Awards ‘banned’ from using Acker name ......... p. 2 Artist recalls kooky encounter with Dylan.......p. 11 www.TheVillager.com
VIVA CHARAS AND ARMANDO: Supporters of CHARAS / El Bohio and local politicians gathered on the City Hall steps Monday to celebrate Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent announcement that the city is “interested in reacquiring” the old P.S. 64, on E. Ninth St. between Avenues B and C, from Gregg Singer. After owning the beautiful historic building for nearly 20 years, Singer still has not filled it with any constructive use and it continues to sit as an ugly eyesore. The CHARAS event also celebrated the birthday of CHARAS’s late co-founder, Armando Perez, who was crushed by the building’s sale by Rudy Giuliani’s administration, and then tragically killed three years later by thugs outside his wife’s Queens home after he tried to crack down on drug dealing in the building. Among those at the City Hall event were Chino Garcia, CHARAS’s
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Showing love for Armando Perez, from left, his widow, Marianne Kunitz; Councilmember Rosie Mendez, and CHAR A S’s Chino Garcia.
co-founder; City Councilmember Rosie Mendez, who has battled during her 12 years in office to restore the building to community use; Marianne Kunitz, Perez’s widow; Carlina Rivera, the new District 2 councilmember-elect; state
Senator Brad Hoylman and new state Senator-elect Brian Kavanagh; Susan Howard, leader of the Save CHARAS Committee; Bill Talen a.k.a. Reverend Billy; Crystal Field, the director of Theater for the New City; Harry Bubbins of Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation; East Village activist Carolyn Ratcliffe; Valerio Orselli, former head of the Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association; Herman Hewitt, vice chairperson of Community Board 3; squatter activist / environmentalist Annie Wilson; and CHARAS’s Slimma, the inspiration for the Slimma Slice at Two Boots Pizza on Avenue A.
ACKERS FLAP, II: Well, that was fast! After Alan Kaufman contacted the estate of the late writer Kathy Acker to try to settle who has the right to use her name for the Acker Awards — him or Clayton Patterson — it turns out that the answer is: no one. Matias Viegener, who was appointed Acker’s literary executor in 2000 (he sent us the court document to prove it), wrote to Kaufman and Patterson, the co-founders of the fiveyear-old awards event for underground avant-garde artists, to notify them that the whole thing is over — at least as far as being called the Acker Awards. Kaufman forwarded us a copy of the e-mail. “Dear Alan & Clayton,” Viegener wrote them this past Tuesday, “After gathering more information, I’ve decided the Kathy Acker Trust cannot support the use of Kathy’s name on your award. You’re welcome to rename it whatever you want, but it’s not in the best interest of Kathy Acker’s work that you continue these awards. Kathy herself won only two small awards in her life, and she did not believe in the culture of awards. As you may know, the trust has legal con2
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trol of not just Kathy’s literary work but also her name and likeness. I’d rather not get into court with this, but if we need to, I will.” In a follow-up interview with The Villager via e-mail, Viegener, a California-based writer, artist and critic, said the way the awards have been run simply has not been right. “It’s wrong to say I ever granted Clayton and Alan the right to use Kathy’s name,” he told us. “They began this on their own, without contacting or consulting me. After I found out about it, I decided to let them be because it seemed like a one-time endeavor and was already underway. I don’t wish to police Kathy’s name. However, as more time has passed and I see how these awards have been run, I can no longer stand passively by. Her name is being used to support a growing network of massive awards in cities all over the world. When Kathy wrote her will, she appointed me her literary executor and eventual director of the trust that supervises her work, image and name. I am very generous in permitting adaptations of her work, but this is not about her work: It’s a use of her name in ways that have nothing to do with her. ... As I look at the endless list of awardees, I see that very few of them have much to do with her work or legacy. There is no board or jury for the awards, and they read pretty much as friends of Clayton’s or Alan’s. I have never been consulted much less notified about the awards, which leads me to believe that Kathy’s name is not being used in a neutral way. ... If you are interested in covering this, I can give you a list of contacts who worked with Kathy their entire lives. I have consulted all of them and they are in agreement that Kathy’s name must not be misused to further an agenda that has nothing to do with her legacy and her work. Kathy was a writer, not a social worker or community activist. While she lived mostly in New York and San Francisco, she was always on the move and had friends and professional relationships around the world. While I can appreciate the goal of community-building and individual recognition in these awards, if they are to continue they must have a different name. ... I saw good names there, and in the end I think everyone deserves recognition for the work they do,” Viegener added. “But each year there were over 60 awards, with several of them going to people Clayton or Alan just liked. There was no jury for any of them, no selection or nomination process mentioned, no criteria, etc. In my own life I’m kind of an anarchist, but my role regarding Kathy Acker has to be guided by principles.” Kaufman told us he voluntarily agreed to stop using Acker’s name for the awards. But Patterson is not happy about it and wants to know what right Viegener really has to say all this. He’s already busy organizing this year’s version of the Acker Awards, and gives every indication that he intends to keep calling them just that. He bristled at Viegener’s threat of litigating the matter. TheVillager.com
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POLICE BLOTTER Exit rage A man became extremely irate when he was told to leave 65 Fifth Ave. on Mon., Oct. 30, according to police. Around 1:30 a.m., the 22-year-old man began to shout and threaten people, police said. He reportedly threw an umbrella at a man’s neck. When cops arrived, he became even more aggressive, folding his arms, screaming and spitting at officers. He was taken to the hospital where he continued kicking and pulling on the stretcher. Daniel Martinez, 22, was arrested for felony assault.
stole $76. Lee Stanton, 66, was arrested for felony robbery.
man in the forehead. Alexis El Sayed, 43, was arrested for felony assault.
‘It was just food’
Dead in Hudson
Police said a man was previously given a trespass notice, saying he would not be allowed to return to 40 E. 14th St. But on Fri., Nov. 3, at 4:53 p.m., he reportedly flouted the agreement he signed, came into the Whole Foods store, removed hot-bar items and a beer and walked out. When he was arrested he said, “It was just food.” Charles Griffin, 57, was arrested for felony burglary.
On Sun., Nov. 5, around 9:30 a.m., police responded to a 911 call of a body found floating in the Hudson River near Jane St. Upon arrival, police discovered a fully clothed 38-year-old male unconscious and unresponsive. He was transported to Pier 51 – the Jane St. children’s water-play pier — by a Police Department Harbor Patrol boat. EMS medics responded and pronounced the individual dead at the scene. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing. Identification of the deceased is pending proper family notification first.
Senior slugger According to police, a man was robbed by a sexagenarian mugger on Sun., Nov. 5, at 4:25 p.m., at 153 W. 10th St. The suspect grabbed the 39-year-old victim by the neck, forced him to the vestibule and punched him in the face. Afterward, the suspect went in the victim’s pocket and
Muddler Club A man was assaulted at the Art Bar, at 52 Eighth Ave., near Horatio St., on Fri., Nov. 3, at 4 a.m., police said. During a dispute with bar staff, a woman threw a wooden muddler, striking a 31-year-old
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‘Alamo’ spins its way to 50th on Astor Place
tate Senator Brad Hoylman, center, on opposite page, and William Kelley, the executive director of the Village Alliance business improvement district, got a kick out of a young “Cube” fan at the Nov. 1 celebration of the 50th anniversary of “Alamo” a.k.a. “The Cube,” Bernard “Tony” Rosenthal’s iconic public-art sculpture at Astor Place. The birthday bash was presented by the Village Alliance, in partnership with the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, and was attended by hundreds. Three birthday cakes were custom designed and baked by Agata & Valentina; each chocolate cake with buttercream filling was a perfect cube, wrapped in black frosting with the top featuring an im-
age of “Alamo” printed on edible paper. There was also 50 minutes of nonstop “Cube” spinning — as everyone knows, the 1-ton sculpture is spinnable — to benefit the Astor Place-based charity the GO Project, also celebrating its 50th, and more than $1,100 was raised. Jim Power, “The Mosaic Man,” was also on hand to tell tale of how he began his legendary “Mosaic Trail” of decorated lampposts almost 30 years ago. “The Cube” was originally intended to be in place for just six months for the 1967 New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Sculpture and Environmental Festival. State Senator Hoylman proclaimed that Nov. 1 forever will be known as “Alamo Appreciation Day.”
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Chin scores a clear win against Marte this time mine Sanchez got about 2 percent as the Liberal Party candidate, and a Libertarian and a Green candidate each garnered less than 2 percent. Rivera will succeed Rosie Mendez, who will be term-limited at the end of this year after three terms in office.
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tions results, won with nearly 50 percent of the vote, with 99 percent of the tally from poll-site scanners reported. “Generally, in New York City, the elections are decided in the primary,” Hank Sheinkopf presciently told The Villager a month ago, after Marte announced he would run in the general. “It’s not impossible, but don’t hock the house, don’t bet the farm,” the longtime political consultant said of the chances of third-party candidates winning in heavily Democratic districts like District 1. While the two other primary candidates — Aaron Foldenauer and Dashia Imperiale — took 10 percent of the votes on Sept. 12, votes that might well have gone to Marte, this time there was also a Republican in the race. Chin also had a second ballot line, the Working Families Party line, and Foldenauer was running yet again, this time as the Liberal Party candidate. This time, instead of losing by 222 votes, Marte lost by nearly 3,000. As of Tuesday night at 11 p.m., Chin had 11,468 votes (49.8 percent of the total), Marte had 8,502 (36.92 percent), Republican Bryan Jung had 2,014 votes (8.75 percent), Foldenauer had netted 1,013 (4.4 percent) and there were 30 write-in names (less than 1 percent). Chin’s total included 10,572 votes on the Democratic line, plus 896 on the Working Families line.
‘Voters have spoken’ In a statement Tuesday night, the victorious Chin said, “Lower Manhattan voters have spoken and they have made it clear that they support the record we have achieved and the vision we have fought for: Building more affordable housing, securing millions for senior services, schools and parks, strengthening Downtown’s resiliency and fighting for our shared progressive values. I am so proud to have the support of the thousands of Lower Manhattan voters who showed up to the polls. I am sincerely humbled and I look forward to the next four years on the Council where I will continue the great progress we have made as a community.” Creating a reason for Marte’s candidacy, Chin faced a backlash, among other things, over her support for an affordablehousing project on the Elizabeth St. Garden, as well as not doing enough to stop the mushrooming of “supertall” towers on the Lower East Side waterfront or the N.Y.U. expansion plan in the South Village. In general, she has been seen as too often not being on the same page with constituents in the northern part of her district, in particular. Marte, meanwhile, held his election night party at Jing Fong dim sum restaurant, on Elizabeth St., in Chinatown, where he gave what was described as a very emotional speech.
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part of what he dubbed Marte’s “kitchen cabinet” — said Marte had just wrapped up his concession speech. “It was a very emotional speech,” Gruber said. “He said that what he did in the primary election got the attention of the whole city.”
In City Council District 3, covering the Village, Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen, Democrat Corey Johnson overwhelmingly won re-election to a second term, with 94 percent of the vote. His sole opponent, Occupy Wall Street activist / Sky Rink skating instructor Marni Halasa, on the Eco Justice Party line, got 6 percent. Johnson is considered a leading candidate to be elected speaker of the City Council at the start of the new year. In a statement, Johnson said, “I want to thank the people of District 3 for entrusting me with a second term as your councilmember. The challenges we face are incredibly complex and entrenched, but the future of our city depends on our ability to address them. An affordable housing crisis, small businesses in crisis, historic income inequality, a homelessness crisis, aging infrastructure and obsolete public transportation are just a few of the issues we must address. I believe that we can fulfill the great promise of our city and ensure that our neighborhoods are affordable, diverse, safe and full of life. With your partnership, we will prevail.”
Fury at ‘spoilers’
De Blasio cruises
Gruber was still furious at Foldenauer and Imperiale for ultimately having kept Marte from winning the primary. “I’m so angry at those spoilers — [who were running] with no purpose,” he said, “just ego.” As for Marte, 28, he said, “He’s a young guy. He has a bright future ahead of him.” Describing the scene at Jing Fong, Gruber, a former chairperson of Community Board 2, said neighborhood activists — many from the Village and Soho / Little Italy parts of the district — were there commiserating with each other. “We all know each other,” he said. “We’ve worked together for years.” In the Second City Council District, covering the East Village and stretching from the Lower East Side up to the E. 30s, Democratic candidate Carlina Rivera won handily.
As expected, Mayor Bill de Blasio won re-election, with 66 percent of the vote. Republican candidate Nicole Malliotakis ran pretty strongly, though, with 28 percent. Sal Albanese, on the Reform Party line, with lots of integrity but not enough cash, barely cracked the 2 percent mark, and a number of other candidates got around 1 percent. Democrats Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer all comfortably coasted to re-election. Facing no candidates on party ballot lines, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance won re-election with about 91 percent of ballots cast. The rest of the votes were write-ins, presumably mostly for former Brooklyn prosecutor Marc Fliedner, who announced his write-in candidacy after news broke about Harvey Weinstein’s history as a serial sex abuser — and the revelation of Vance’s failure to prosecute the movie mogul for sexually assaulting an actress in Tribeca. Tribeca attorney Pete Gleason, a member of the Downtown Independent Democrats club, also mounted a write-in candidacy for D.A., but at the last minute, threw his support behind Fliedner, to no avail. In the 26th state Senate District, which
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Christopher Mar te addressed his suppor ters at Jing Fong restaurant Tuesday night after losing to Margaret Chin in the general election.
Built on primary Speaking the next day, Marte told The Villager he and his team knew that this race would be tougher than the primary. “We did really well,” he said. “We got a little bit more than 8,500 votes — which was 3,000 more than we got in the primary. It showed that people stayed with us, believed in our vision, and wanted change for Lower Manhattan. Being on a third-party line that’s not known, running against an incumbent on the Democratic and Working Families lines is a big hurdle to overcome. We saw that we could gather support, grow support and have a competitive election.
‘Something special’ “We were able to create something really special — from Chinatown to Tribeca, the Lower East Side to Greenwich Village — and create this grassroots campaign, and it’s not going away. We’re going to use this to keep on taking on the issues. The issues are still time-sensitive and they are still there.” Marte said he plans to keep fighting on “overdevelopment, lack of community engagement and lack of transparency.” As for locations he did well in the election, he said they are still analyzing the data, but he noted he did win the P.S. 2 poll site, at Henry and Pike Sts., which has a heavy Chinatown population. “That was unexpected,” he said, adding that overdevelopment in the Two Bridges area was a big concern there. Speaking by phone shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday night, David Gruber, who was an informal campaign adviser —
Rivera romps With 99 percent of the scanners reported, Rivera won a total of 83 percent of the vote, running on the combined Democratic and Working Families lines. Jimmy McMillan took about 12 percent of the total on two ballot lines — G.O.P. and Rent Is 2 Damn High — while Jas-
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Path of most resistance? Bikeway blockers put in BIKEWAY continued from p. 1
aligning the Jersey barriers so that they were parallel to the path. In many cases, three of the barriers are being installed at key intersections to block full-size cars from getting on the path: one barrier is on the median stripe, and two others are on the outsides of the path. At tighter spots, there are two Jersey barriers on the path’s edges or side by side in the middle of the path. A crew of D.O.T. workers, all wearing orange hard hats and vests, were supervising the installation of side-byside barriers near the “S” curve at the northern end of Chelsea Piers around 11:30 a.m. “This is a temporary fix,” their chief told The Villager, regarding the Jersey barriers. He said they were going to install the long barriers “all the way down to the Battery,” but might also possibly keep some of the smaller white blocks. He didn’t say exactly how many barriers they were going to install, but that they will “assess it as they see it.” The Jersey barriers’ ends are painted orange for visibility and, as seen in ones installed on the path in the W. 30s, they will also sport yellow lights at their ends for nighttime visibility. A quartet of Belgians on Citi Bikes who had run in Sunday’s New York Marathon were waiting on the path as a worker held a “STOP” sign as a crane was lowering one of the barriers into place. One of their countrywomen was among the eight killed in the Oct. 31 attack. Asked their thoughts about the new security measures on the path, they said it was the right thing to do. “It’s terrible,” one of them said of the attack, adding of terrorism, in general, “It’s all over.” The hard hat holding the “STOP” sign said it’s obvious what should be done. “See those ballards [sic] that are sticking up,” he said, referring to some bollards along the north edge of the “S” curve. “That’s what you gotta do. They have ’em at the airport. They have ’em at the World Trade Center.” Attorney Steve Vaccaro — who represents seriously injured cyclists and pedestrians — cycle-commutes on the Hudson River bikeway daily from his Upper East Side home to his law office in Lower Manhattan. Speaking the day before D.O.T. started straightening out the Jersey barriers, he said, “I think they present an unacceptable level of danger and slow down traffic on the bike path. Governor Cuomo rushed those in. They came from the state. This is the busiest bike path in North America, and to narrow it down to single file, you’re really asking for trouble. It’s a bike superhighway.” He said he prefers the N.Y.P.D. white blocks that were installed on the path’s lower section. On the other hand, Vaccaro said, “Bollards present a hazard, but we may
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Tuesday morning, on the bike path at the nor th end of Chelsea Piers, workers painted the ends of newly installed Jersey barriers with bright orange paint. Because the bike path narrows a bit by Chelsea Piers, t wo barriers are being used in this spot, both placed in the middle of the path. At other spots along the path, three barriers are spread out across the path, with one on the median and one on each edge.
have to live with them.” The key, he said, is to block sedansize cars and vehicles from getting onto the path, while still allowing smaller vehicles, like the ones Park Enforcement Patrol officers and Hudson River Park Trust staff use, to go through. The bike attorney’s recommendation is to have bollards that can be remotely lowered to allow police cars and ambulances to get by, as needed. He suggested that a set of “master controls” could be manned at the Trust’s headquarters, at Pier 40, at W. Houston St., and people could call the person at the switch if they needed to get through. Yet, some have pointed out that if terrorists really still want to attack the path, they could simply drive over the grassy median that separates it at points from the highway. “I don’t believe you can make the path 100-percent impervious to a terrorist attack,” Vaccaro admitted. Speaking earlier this week, Assemblymember Deborah Glick said she preferred the smaller white concrete blocks over the long, angled Jersey barriers that were making it difficult for cyclists to get by the newly created pinch points. “Hopefully, the Jersey barriers will be adjusted in a more appropriate fashion,” she said, adding, “We’ve reached out to the Hudson River Park Trust and apparently they feel that it’s really state D.O.T.
that’s involved in this.” State Senator Brad Hoylman initially refrained from discussing specifics of the bike path’s new security measures. “At this point,” he said, “my thoughts are with the victims and their families, including our neighbor Nicholas Cleves who grew up as a Village kid and was just starting his life. It’s unimaginable that Nick and seven others would be murdered during such a simple and joyous activity as riding a bicycle at this beautiful location. I’m extremely grateful to the N.Y.P.D. and other first responders who prevented a wider tragedy, and the staff of the Hudson River Park, who were immediately on the scene and deserve our deepest thanks for their professionalism during this difficult time. “As for the additional barriers being put on the Hudson River bike path, I think it’s appropriate to refrain from commenting on security measures, especially during an open investigation.” Tobi Bergman, a former chairperson of Community Board 2, a longtime waterfront park activist and a big biker, also weighed in on the bike path situation, when asked about by The Villager. “There is no doubt they are very ugly and I am worried they may cause accidents,” he said, responding to the initial diagonal placement of the Jersey barriers. “I understand the need for the au-
thorities to deal quickly with what’s in front of them, but I don’t think weaponizing the city is the answer. Fortunately, the technology exists to design and install systems that prevent cars and trucks from slamming into people, purposefully or not, and manufacturers should be motivated to respond to the public need. “How about calling for a requirement that all rental trucks be fitted with breaking systems that stop the truck when an object, including a pedestrian, is at risk?” Bergman suggested. “The capability is there because some cars have it. I guess it would require federal law. Not sure.” Bergman noted of the terrorists that they often like to attack “where people are having fun” — like the bike path. As the Daily News reported, ISIS is now pushing vehicle attacks, saying vehicles — unlike, for example, knives when found on people — don’t arouse suspicion. “It is for this obvious reason that using a vehicle is one of the most comprehensive methods of attack,” a sick article in an ISIS magazine pronounced last year. On Monday morning, Mayor de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, joined Argentine President Mauricio Macri and his wife, Juliana Awada, on the bike path at Desbrosses St. in Tribeca for a memorial tribute to the victims. Five of the slain were school buddies from Argentina on vacation in New York. “On Tuesday, we all felt a sense of shock, and you see this setting — this peaceful, tranquil setting — where good, innocent people were enjoying the beauty of this city,” the mayor said. “And that’s what we understand about the horror of terrorism, that it is aimed at the innocent, it’s aimed at the unassuming, and it’s meant to change us and undermine us, to make us doubt ourselves and our values. “But let’s be clear,” he said, “this was not just an attack on eight individuals, not just an attack on New York City [or] an attack on the United States of America, it was an attack on all of humanity. “We will always be open and welcome to people of all backgrounds, to visitors from all over the world. And even in the depths of our grief, we will not stop being who we are and we will not change our values.” Afterward, each couple laid a bouquet of white flowers wrapped with a blue ribbon — the colors of Argentina — on the bike path’s low stone wall. An impromptu memorial to the eight victims is located near the bike path outside the entrance to Pier 40, at W. Houston St., the spot where the terrorist drove onto the path to start cutting his path of carnage. There are eight white crosses, some wrapped with blue-andwhite jerseys of Argentina’s national soccer team. TheVillager.com
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“I heard three gunshots and I came out and seen him lying on the sidewalk,” said a man who called himself Outlaw who lives at the Housing Works AIDS hospice on the corner of Ninth St. and Avenue D. Helicopters hovered over the area for more than an hour and police were posted on neighboring rooftops as they searched for the shooter. Cops collared Rashawn Taylor, 18, a resident of 54 Catherine St. in the Smith Houses NYCHA development, the following day. He is charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon. “Everyone is just sick about it,” said the victim’s grandmother Irma Campbell, who said she helped raise Malik and his identical twin brother, Eli, in Haven Plaza, a block of subsidized housing located off Avenue C at 12th St. Malik grew up in Haven Plaza with his parents and attended the Earth School on Avenue B and East Side Community High School on E. 12th St. His grandmother described
him as a “good kid, very polite and caring,” though she conceded he had run afoul of the law recently. At the time of the shooting, he was on probation for a low-level drug offense — “pot and pills,” she said. A shrine outside the front door at 3 Haven Plaza included dozens of candles and photographs showing Malik with his brother in their younger years, holding puppies and diplomas. Subsequent pictures show Malik throwing what appear to be gang signs. Though police declined to specify a motive for the crime, a super who works in a nearby building blamed the shooting on rivalries between groups of young men living in different public-housing developments along the East River. Last month, a man was shot and seriously wounded while sitting on a bicycle on Avenue C and 11th St., and at least two other men were shot in nearby NYCHA complexes last year. “This has got to stop. There’s too many young people losing their lives today,” said Irma Campbell. “The drugs and guns down here are so bad now.”
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Acker Awards’ real value To The Editor: Re “Ackers flap” (Scoopy’s Notebook, Nov. 2): I am relieved that people are beginning to appreciate that the Acker Awards boxes are valuable. Yes, they are. To give an extremely short example: Zito has done R.I.P. coffee cup paintings of Flo Kennedy, Carmen Pabon, Allen Ginsberg. As for contributions to the boxes by the living, there was a piece of original film from Sara Driver; Edgar Oliver included a silkscreened chapbook; Eden Brower included an LP by her band, with a Robert Crumb cover. As for original photos, ones have been contributed by Marilyn Roberts and Stanley Stellar, and Ruth Martin included a copy of the famous Ethyl Eichelberger back tattoo. Nick Bubash included an original drawing. So did Anthony Haden-Guest, Thom deVita and so on. Then there is the bio booklet, which The Villager designs and prints, no small task. And the boxes themselves take effort to create, too. Ethan Minsker made 40 papier-mâché switchblades worked onto the front of the box. This year, Steve Ellis is making the box. I want to make this year’s poster a collection of Zito coffee cups. We have the fabulous Phoebe Legere as our emcee. Yes, the boxes are valuable. They are a treasure chest, time capsules, precious and a tremendous amount of free labor. I want these awards to last into the future. I want to get them into special collections. And you are damn right I want them to be global. Why? Because our community art is now global. Where is the local talent? Banksy is in London. Ai Weiwei is in China. Shepard Fairey is in L.A. P.S. 122 has moved to national and international performers. Remember Taylor Swift as our “cultural ambassador”? What a joke. LETTERS continued on p. 12
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The seed of art and revolution in the Village
NOTEBOOK BY HARRY PINCUS
often gaze upon these old stones of Greenwich Village and think of those who once walked here. Our moment cannot transform their inspiration into mere real estate — dollars not sense. They can never fully scrub the taint of rebellion and art from our Village. For 20 years, the great University sought to evict an artist from his studio at 3 Washington Square, but the giant outlived them. A journalist came to interview the old man, and noticed a hat hung on the spokes of an etching press. “How long has that hat been there?” asked the visitor. “Fifty years,” said Edward Hopper. Across the park, 80 Washington Square West was once called the Benedick, after the confi rmed bachelor in “Much Ado About Nothing.” The place was designed for bachelors and artists, and an allnight elevator operator catered to their irregular hours. Although no sinks were provided, in order to “keep out sewer gas.” Architect Stanford White and sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens were moved to open a basement venue there called “The Sewer Club,” while Albert Pinkham Ryder painted upstairs in exquisite squalor, obsessively reworking his mystical canvasses, even baking them in an oven until his pale horse carried the rider of death into eternity. A neighbor, Winslow Homer, packed up and moved to 10th St.! I was on deadline with an illustration when the first modern 1980s-style bus I’d ever seen pulled up to my stop on Sixth Ave. It was early evening, and yet the bus was empty, air-conditioned, surreal. A single passenger sat in the middle of the back bench, a tiny old man with glasses and a little hat, whom I immediately recognized as the painter Raphael Soyer. I eagerly presented my illustration, a drawing of my girlfriend, nude, holding the Scales of Justice. I named it “Every Law Not Based On Wisdom is a Menace to the State,” after an inscription at the Madison Square Courthouse. Soyer, the great realist of Union Square in the 1930s, examined my drawing like an old grandpa. “From this, you earn a living?” And what of my old friends, whom nobody ever heard of? For example, the radical pamphleteer, who attended each Labor Day parade, seeking a spark of revolution. One year, he waited hopefully as a throng of unionists marched toward him with a thunderous chant. Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom! What could this deliciously angry roar be? Alas, he confessed, it was merely the Fishmongers Union chanting, “Eat Fish! Eat Fish!” Or the Jewish artist who only painted Native Americans, and sold them for years at the Washington Square Outdoor Art Show. In great confidence, he revealed his mother’s last words. “So? When ya gonna stop paintin’ them Indians?” I exhibited my etchings at that art show for years. Sometimes, I showed up sleepless, with fresh-off-thepress New York Times or Daily News illustrations I had done. No matter — I’m sure I was best remembered for my parents. My father, Irving, a free-thinking subway conductor, opined that I was there strictly for “the glory,” meaning girls, and stood guard proudly, until my mother, Blanche, arrived. The two couldn’t stand TheVillager.com
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each other, but the Irving and Blanche show was good entertainment for the general public. The sight of a wild-haired artist being nagged and cajoled by “The Jewish Mother from Central Casting” was a Greenwich Village classic.
‘From this, you earn a living?’
One extremely hot day, Blanche arrived with her flamboyant friend Belle, a former Brooklyn showgirl, who sometimes dressed in layers of her own creations, embellished with colorful costume jewelry and plastic
fruit. Belle was on a mission. The 29-cent cans of tuna fish, which my mother had scored at a bazaar, were going to be foisted upon me in public, at the outdoor art show! The show was almost over, and I was fried, but Belle was shouting, “Harry, take the tuna! It’s good tuna!” My future wife, Monica, a classical musician from St. Paul, was there to smooth things over, when bleary-eyed, I noticed a familiar figure walking in the street, as if to avoid notice. In spite of the vaporizing heat, the apparition was bundled in a leather bomber jacket, hoodie and Ray-Bans. He was accompanied by a young businessman in a suit, perhaps a record macher, who glared at me with daggers as I approached, my hair and sweat flying wildly, and eyes bugging out. Bob Dylan, cool in his hoodie, stopped in his tracks. “IT’S YOU! I ALWAYS WANTED TO MEET YOU!” I bawled most humbly, dropping to my knees. SEED continued on p. 12 November 9, 2017
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It occurred to me that my wild attack might have stirred some consternation in Bob. Perhaps the leather jacket was bulletproof! Maybe he was afraid of people like me! â€œIâ€™m an artist, here in the show. I was Philâ€™s friend,â€? I explained, rattling off the name of the great folk singer Phil Ochs, as well as a few other mutual acquaintances, for cred. â€œYouâ€™ve given me so much, Iâ€™d like to give you something.â€? â€œAll right, all right,â€? said my hero, in that characteristic Dylan voice. So there I was, as if in a dream, escorting my friend Bob across the street to see my work. Bob walked past the two old Jewish mothers, with the walker and the shopping bags full of tuna fish, and cast an approving glance at Monica. â€œSheâ€™s a musician from St. Paul,â€? I said proudly. Then I noticed that the show was already over. I was the only artist left, and my burlapand-chicken-wire rig was empty. All of the framed drawings and etchings were already packed in milk crates, in the back of my fatherâ€™s car. Before I knew it, Dylan was poking through the trunk, looking at framed etchings. I proudly pulled out my largest print, a nude with the Colorado Rockies in the background called, â€œYeah God.â€? â€œNo, not that one,â€? Bob said, still looking. At this point, Blanche realized that I was going to give an etching away â€” for free! She
pulled up behind Dylan, with her walker, and launched into a spirited pantomime. â€œWhat, are you, kidding?â€? she mouthed silently. â€œHeâ€™s a bum! Get rid of him!â€? Itâ€™s difficult enough to approach the voice of your generation and pull him aside to look at your work. With Blanche on a rampage, and Belle chanting the tuna fish mantra, I was lost. Dylan then picked up a framed drawing I had done for the Washington Post. It wasnâ€™t a multiple or a print, it was an original drawing of Gorbachev and Reagan at the first dĂŠtente. The two world leaders were depicted in profile, looking up at a starry sky, beyond a wall ringed with missiles. â€œHow much is this?â€? he inquired. He didnâ€™t just say, â€œIâ€™ll take this one.â€? He wanted to buy it. With my mother gesturing wildly behind Dylanâ€™s back, I became confused. Iâ€™d worked on that drawing, sleepless, for several days. It was one of a kind. Was Dylan just being polite? Would it end up in a trash can two blocks away? â€œNo! Get rid of him!â€? mimed Blanche. â€œTake the tuna fish,â€? said Belle. â€œUh, itâ€™s not for sale,â€? I told Bob Dylan. He carefully placed Reagan and Gorbachev into the trunk of Irvingâ€™s car. â€œIâ€™ll be back,â€? he said, and walked away. I kept insisting to Monica that â€œIâ€™ll be backâ€? was a mystical remark, that there was deep meaning to it. Nah, she said, itâ€™s just something that folks in the Midwest say to salespeople when they want to leave. I donâ€™t know. I still think heâ€™ll be back.
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I now have an Acker Awards in Toronto. Working on Montreal, and looks like Germany is in. Looking at Austria and San Francisco. We must preserve our own history, yes. But in this new global world we live in, it is necessary to connect with like-minded people around the globe. I have much work to do. Elsa needs 24-hour care, which basically means me. All this stupidity made me realize how little support there is left in this community. I was tired, I was ready to leave. But then I changed my mind. People told me I had invested too much work to just walk away. O.K., they got me. But it is still work. I am back. Someone wants to destroy all this work and respect for our community? Shame on you. As for profit? Please. O.K., there is a Basquiat in every box. Yeah, right. So many of our great creative talents have not made it into the financial boom of the mainstream. They have high-quality contributions, but just do not have the marketing skills.
I would be sad if the Ackers were destroyed. I am now going into my fi fth year of these awards. I want this project to live beyond me. I want this to become a recognized, permanent award. Our community has produced many great artists, but the tendency is to talk about Madonna, Jimmy Hendrix, Jackson Pollock and so on. My goal is the people. Right now I do not have financial or institutional support. I have haters. Clayton Patterson E-mail letters, not longer than 250 words in length, to news@ thevillager.com or fax to 212229-2790 or mail to The Villager, Letters to the Editor, 1 MetroTech North, 10th floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Please include phone number for confirmation purposes. The Villager reserves the right to edit letters for space, grammar, clarity and libel. Anonymous letters will not be published.
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â€˜Con Conâ€™ gets canned On Proposal No. 1 on the ballot, voters resoundingly voted â€œNoâ€? â€” by 79 percent to 21 percent â€” to the idea of holding a state constitutional convention. The opportunity for a constitutional convention comes around only every 20 years, and one has not been held since 1938. But for voters, even in a time of antiestablishment politics, the possibilities of enacting term limits for state legislators in dysfunctional Albany and increasing ballot access didnâ€™t outweigh fears that conservatives would try to dismantle things like union pensions and rent regulation. Village District Leader Arthur Schwartz â€” one of the few local politicians who wanted a constitutional convention â€” scoffed at the notion that liberal sacred cows would be weakened because we are in the uncertain political climate of the â€œTrump era.â€? â€œHillary Clinton won New York State by nearly 2 million votes,â€? he said, incred-
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Michael Dowling, president and C.E.O. of Nor thwell Health, center, joined Nor thwell senior leadership and, to the right of him, state Senator Brad Hoylman and A ssemblymember Deborah Glick, for a ribbon-cutting atop Lenox Health Greenwich Village, during the celebration of the local healthcare giant’s ongoing expansion of medical care in Lower Manhattan.
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s part of its ongoing expansion in Manhattan, Northwell Health recently announced the opening of the third phase of Lenox Health Greenwich Village, located across Seventh Ave. from the former St. Vincent’s Hospital, plus the addition of five new physician practices in Chelsea, Union Square, Chinatown and Gramercy. Lenox Health Greenwich Village, between W. 12th and 13th Sts., has been home to Manhattan’s first and only freestanding, 24-hour emergency center since 2014, as well as an imaging center since last year. At a ceremony at L.H.G.V. on Oct. 26, hospital officials announced the opening of a new $25 million, 30,000-square-foot ambulatory surgery center, containing six operating rooms, two procedure rooms, eight prep areas and 23 recovery beds, spanning the entire fourth floor of the 160,000-square-foot building. Procedures offered include arthroscopic surgery (knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle and wrist); sports medicine; minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery; hand and wrist surgery; and minimally invasive cervical and spine procedures. In addition, the building now contains a new $8 million 14,750-square-foot medical pavilion and conference center on the sixth floor that can accommodate up to 74 people and host community events, such as workshops and support groups. The medical pavilion includes 13 exam spaces that house the Northwell Health Physician Partners Orthopaedic Institute, a spine-care program, and physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain-management and urology practices. Northwell also has opened three other locations in the area. Its Chelsea North facility, at 121A W. 20th St., features cardiology, primary care, neurology, occupational medicine and weight-management practices. Chelsea South, at 22 W. 15th St., focuses on internal medicine, family medicine, endocrinology,
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neurology and dermatology. And Northwell also now operates a Vein Surgery Center at 95 University Place, near Union Square. “When St. Vincent’s Hospital closed in 2010, we promised to restore healthcare services for residents of the West Village and other neighborhoods in Lower Manhattan,” said Michael Dowling, president and chief executive officer of Northwell Health at the ceremony. “Our ongoing expansion of medical care in Greenwich Village and other neighboring communities reaffirms our commitment to filling the healthcare void in Lower Manhattan and providing easy access to a range of different services.” Dowling also said Northwell plans to have a “cath lab” at the L.H.G.V. location, which will be able to treat heart-attack patients. A spokesperson confirmed that Northwell has filed a certificate of need with the state Department of Health, so that it can offer those services. Among the local politicians attending the dedication were state Assemblymember Deborah Glick and state Senator Brad Hoylman. Northwell Health has 20 hospitals across the metropolitan area, including Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, as well as more than 50 physician practices and outpatient facilities throughout Manhattan. Northwell Health Physician Partners also will be opening a new multispecialty practice in the Greenwich Lane — at 7 Seventh Ave. and 155 W. 11th St. — the residential building that, in fact, replaced St. Vincent’s Hospital; this practice will house gastroenterology, rheumatology, otolaryngology, audiology, cardiology, thoracic, pediatric cardiology, pediatric pulmonology and surgical services. Dr. Thomas McGinn, deputy physician in chief and senior vice president of physician network operations for Northwell Health, said, “With the addition of these new physician practices, Northwell now has more than 50 outpatient locations throughout Man-
hattan, including Northwell Health GoHealth urgentcare locations in Chelsea and Greenwich Village.” L.H.G.V. has been Northwell Health’s anchor facility in Downtown Manhattan, serving as a new model of community-based care that integrates health and wellness services with seamless access to 24-hour emergency care and a full range of medical specialists. The 28,000-square-foot emergency center, located on the first floor of the six-story building, treated more than 36,000 patients in 2016, with a staff of more than 150 medical professionals. “Our goal at Lenox Health Greenwich Village has always been to fill the gap of healthcare services needed in our community and ease the hardships our neighbors have had to endure in accessing care,” said Alex Hellinger, executive director of L.H.G.V. “We are part of the fabric of this community, which will benefit from a new 5,000-square-foot conference center that we will make available to our neighbors to host events, workshops and support groups.” The ship-like 53-year-old Seventh Ave. building — originally built as the headquarters of the National Maritime Union — was designated a landmark by New York City for its architectural significance. The 5,500-square-foot orthopaedic institute offers comprehensive care in joint replacement and sports medicine, plus a full range of surgical and rehabilitation services for illnesses and injuries affecting the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, foot and ankle. “As part of our emphasis on convenience and patient-centered care, we will offer weekday appointments before and after traditional work hours, as well as same-day appointments for urgent conditions,” said Dr. Peter McCann, director of orthopaedic surgery at L.H.G.V. Northwell Health is New York State’s largest healthcare provider and private employer, with 22 hospitals, more than 550 outpatient facilities and nearly 15,000 affiliated physicians. TheVillager.com
Serving up that country soul Emily Duff earns raves, eyes a return to Muscle Shoals BY PUMA PERL Emily Duff invited me to lunch. Anyone who has shared a meal with her knows that this statement is less mundane than it sounds. She’s a former chef — and the colors, textures, presentation, and tastes of her offerings are as resonant as her sound. “I respect the ingredients,” she said. “I ask myself, ‘How do I make them shine?’ Respect is the key to everything, the way to authenticity.” Sort of the same approach she takes to her music, and, I imagine, to life. Duff arranges bright red peppers, pears, cheese, herb rice, and other delicacies on our plates as we chat. “I bet your family eats well,” I commented, to which she replied, “I cook three beautiful meals a day.” She moved in alone to this 340square-foot apartment in 1990. Her husband, Skip, their two kids, Henry and Sylvia, and their dog, Banjo, now also inhabit it. Looking around the bright, homey space, I added that they must get along pretty well. “We all like each other,” she replied. “I grew up in this apartment. I am what I am because of the West Village. At age 13, I used to climb out my window and ride the train to the city. One day, I wandered west from Washington Square Park, and I knew that this was where I wanted to be.” Raised in Queens and Long Island, Duff wrote her first song at age seven or eight, after her mother taught her to play four chords on the guitar. It was about trading baseball cards, and, with its chorus of “Got it! Get it! Need it!” had a Ramones feel to it, although it was only 1973. Fans of the Emily Duff Band, which is rooted in country soul, may not be aware of her wide range of abilities and her early influences, but will be unsurprised by the threads that tie it all together — the aforementioned respect and authenticity. “I used to listen to Cousin Brucie on the radio,” she recalled, “and my mother and I would sing doo-wop. Songs like “Sh-Boom” and “Oh Donna” were my favorites. Sometimes my uncle would join us on mandolin.” She also connected to the sounds of the Brill Building. “Carole TheVillager.com
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L to R: Emily Duff and Dina Regine at Cowgirl.
King was a hero.” When asked what she listens to at home, she didn’t hesitate. “Gospel. Every time I see Mavis Staples I can’t stop crying for joy. It was the first concert my kids ever attended with me.” Duff’s musical accomplishments are as diverse as her tastes. “My favorite instrument is the cello,” she noted. “I played and composed from the fourth grade on. I hear the counter-melodies and the orchestra as I write.” She would also love to play drums in a band again. “It’s relaxing when you’re not fronting or conducting. But whatever you do, if you’re doing it right, you’re inspiring. As a frontwoman, my goal is to inspire everyone in the band to have a conversation that brings us inside the song, allows us to inhabit it.” Cowgirl, a popular restaurant that includes a performing space, happens Photo by Charles Chessler
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to be directly below Duff’s apartment. In 2015, she began the monthly Family Round-Up featuring her band, and, in 2017, added the monthly Tuesday Night Music Club: A Songwriter’s Listening Room. “My intention in creating the songwriter’s night was to have publishers come and listen to new original material.” The venue’s welcoming vibe feels like an extension of her apartment, with kids doing homework at a back table and friends, family members, neighbors and fellow musicians gathered together to eat delicious food or drink at the bar. Sometimes musician friends, like well-known saxophonist Danny Ray, are spontaneously invited onto the stage. “It was like playing in the best country soul sandbox ever,” he told us. “Emily’s a bruja. Her band elevates me every time I go out to see them play.” New York City musician, photographer, and DJ Dina Regine has played in several songwriter circles and performed with Duff in other venues, billed and unbilled. “I can’t count the times I’ve been sitting in the audience to root her on and five minutes later I’m on stage with her,” Regine said. “That’s the way a music community should be — loose, artsy and fun. As a songwriter, Emily is one of the most prolific I’ve met in my long career. No filler tunes with this gal; each song is a mini-novel filled with stories about real people and real life, joys, pain, ups and downs.” Listeners of the Emily Duff Band’s newest album, “Maybe in the Morning,” agree. Singer, songwriter, and author Rosanne Cash wrote, “This is Emily’s strongest work yet. She’s found a confident, slinky feel and a gritty groove that serves her uniquely original lyrics and gritty voice well. Her stellar band is more than supportive — they’re soulful stars in their own right.” It was a deeply spiritual experience for Duff to record the album in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, at the FAME Studios. “Going to the place where my favorite music was recorded was like going to church,” she said. “It gave me chills walking through the door.” Duff has hundreds of unpublished songs and is working on a gospel blues album with the working title, “You Better Believe.” Her dream is to return to Muscle Shoals to record. The joy of being there was a factor in “making me become realized,” she said. “I have the confidence to get out there and I’ve become a believer in what I do. All of these years, I’ve never asked for anything, but this is so important to me that I’ve created a
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Emily Duff at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
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Danny Ray and Emily Duff onstage at Cowgirl’s Family Round-Up.
GoFundMe campaign to help me get back there.” Her parting message to the reader is, “Put down the iPhone, say goodbye to the DJ, and remember that great songs and guitars save lives. Go see live music!” Cowgirl is located at 519 Hudson
St. (at W. 10th St.). No cover, all ages. Call 212-633-1133 or visit cowgirlnyc.com. The next Family RoundUp is Tues., Nov. 14 at 6:30pm. The next Songwriter’s Listening Room is Tues., Nov. 28 at 7:30pm. Artist info at emilyduffband.com and emilyduff.bandcamp.com/album/maybe-
in-the-morning. To donate to Duff’s GoFundMe campaign, visit http:// tinyurl.com/y9dd8smz. Additional shows: Nov. 15, 8pm at Maxwell’s Tavern (Hoboken, NJ; maxwellsnj. com) and Tues., Nov. 21, 8pm at 11th Street Bar (510 E. 11th St., btw. Aves. A & B; 11thstbar.com). TheVillager.com
Just Do Art BY SCOTT STIFFLER
“MIRACLE ON 42ND STREET” AT DOC NYC It’s got jazzy transition music and charismatic star power, plus its archival footage of seedy ’70s Midtown puts HBO’s “The Deuce” to shame — but this documentary on NYC’s iconic housing complex for “qualified singers, actors, dancers, and behind-the-scenes members of the entertainment community” comes up just short by adhering to that old showbiz adage about leaving the audience wanting more. Running mere minutes over one hour, there’s simply not enough time spent telling the multitude of stories to be found within Manhattan Plaza’s two Mitchell-Lama funded, Section 9, subsidized housing towers between Ninth and 10th Aves. from W. 42nd to 43rd Sts., whose 1,689 apartments house some 3,500 residents — 70 percent of those being performing artists and the rest being neighborhood elderly, and local residents who were living in substandard housing at the time of the project’s construction. That ultrawonky sentence gives you a good idea of how the film spends its first third, during which even confident narrator Chazz Palminteri can’t bring things out of the weeds. But when director Alice Elliott gets down to the business of letting the theater impresarios, project backers, Plaza administrators and early-era tenants walk down memory lane, “Miracle on 42nd Street” comes alive with the urgency of artists who struggled for success, and credit Manhattan Plaza with helping them to get there — not only by providing a place whose rent declined when their fortunes did, but also by placing understudies and hoofers within blocks of the theaters where they practiced their craft. It also didn’t hurt to be surrounded by a community eager to help you prep for auditions or give you a life-altering break, free of charge. We can thank one such act of kindness for the very career of Alicia Keys. “I’m defi nitely a Manhattan Plaza baby,” she says, attributing “the whole reason I can play piano” to a woman who, upon vacating the building, told her of an old upright, “If you can move it, you can have it.” Keys did so and, not yet in her teen years, wrote a song on that piano after being deeply touched by seeing the 1993 film “Philadelphia.” Although this documentary does not link Keys’ recollection to Manhattan TheVillager.com
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Self-described “Manhattan Plaza baby” Alicia Keys hits all the right notes, in the documentary “Miracle on 42nd Street” — screening Nov. 11 as part of DOC NYC.
Plaza’s own role in the AIDS crisis, Elliott’s film does chart, to great effect, the toll taken on its community. Archival footage from a CBS news report states, “It’s believed more people have died of AIDS at Manhattan Plaza than in any other residential block in the country.” In response to that need, the Manhattan Plaza AIDS Project was created, which later expanded its mission to care for any resident who was terminally or chronically ill. There’s enough for an entire documentary on that era alone. Watching this section of “Miracle,” one hopes that film exists already, from footage left on the cutting room floor. Giancarlo Esposito, Donald Faison, Terrance Howard and Samuel L. Jackson are among the big names who no longer live in the building, but practically swoon at its footprint on their formative years. They all have winning stories to tell — but that stingy onehour running time means they do so at the expense of hearing from current tenants who have worked steadily in the business without achieving marquee status. That’s a shame, yet it’s hard to fault a documentary with frequent appearances by Angela Lansbury and Estelle Parsons, along with video footage from a young Larry David during a Kenny Kramer-booked Manhattan Plaza Tenant Talent Night. Later, when David recalls paying $57 a month upon a November 1977 move to the building, we don’t need the film’s final ruminations about modern-day real estate realities to know the circumstances that created Manhattan Plaza are not likely to happen again. But any miracle built
to last has faith as its foundation — and hearing from likeminded people who created an oasis is enough to make you believe that if they did it back then, others might in the future. Sat., Nov. 11, 7pm at the SVA Theatre (333 W. 23rd St., btw. Eighth & Ninth Aves.). For tickets ($19, $17 for children & seniors), visit docnyc.net/film/ miracle-on-42nd-street. Director Alice Elliott, Kenny Kramer, and Chazz Palminteri are among those expected to attend the screening.
“LITERATI: A COMEDY SHOW ABOUT THE GREATEST AMERICAN NOVELS NEVER WRITTEN” In need of a few good laughs and weary of scrolling through a Facebook
Fiction so good you can’t make it up — except they did. Faux reading series “Literati” happens Nov. 18 at Caveat.
feed where Fake News runs amok? This series uncomplicates the matter by admitting upfront that the prestige literature whose pages come alive on the stage are not now, nor will they ever be, registered with the Library of Congress. Your hosts Colin “Master of the self-help genre” O’Brien and Michael “Pioneer in the erotic autobiography genre” Wolf — who also host the equally silly and satirical “Literati” podcast — stay in character throughout the evening, donning the occasional wacky costume accessory and inviting you to imagine a world where their overbaked narrative scenarios are real. Sat., Nov. 18, 7pm at Caveat (21 Clinton St., at E. Houston St.). Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 online via caveat.nyc. Learn more about the multitude of comedic projects from O’Brien and Wolf at nancycomedy.com, where you can also access “Literati”-specific stage show and podcast info.
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NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SILVERFERN GENPAR SAI, L.P. Authority ﬁled with NY Dept. of State on 9/7/17. Ofﬁce location: NY County. LP formed in DE on 10/24/16. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business address: 599 Lexington Ave., 47th Fl., NY, NY 10022, Attn: John R. Cattau, Managing Director of The Silverfern Group, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE address of LP: c/o Cogency Global Inc., 850 New Burton Rd., Ste. 201, Dover, DE 19904. Name/address of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP ﬁled with DE Sec. of NOTICE OF State, 401 Federal St., QUALIFICATION OF Dover, DE 19901. PurCAMPBELL FRITH LLC pose: all lawful purposes. Authority ﬁled with NY Vil: 10/12 - 11/16/2017 Dept. of State on 9/27/17. Ofﬁce location: NY County. Princ. bus. NOTICE OF FORMATION addr.: 52 E. Broadway, OF METRO PH 6th Fl., NY, NY 10002. FARMINGDALE, LLC LLC formed in DE on Arts. of Org. ﬁled with 8/30/17. NY Sec. of Secy. of State of NY State designated agent of (SSNY) on 10/05/17. LLC upon whom process Ofﬁce location: NY against it may be served County. SSNY designated and shall mail process to: as agent of LLC upon Cogency Global Inc., 10 whom process against it E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, may be served. SSNY NY 10016, regd. agent shall mail process to upon whom process may Corporation Service Co., be served. DE addr. of 80 State St., Albany, NY LLC: 850 New Burton 12207-2543. Purpose: Rd., Ste. 201, Dover, DE Any lawful activity. 19904. Cert. of Form. Vil: 10/12 - 11/16/2017 ﬁled with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., NOTICE OF Dover, DE 19901. PurQUALIFICATION OF pose: any lawful activity. ANSATZ HOLDINGS LLC Vil: 10/12 -11/16/2017 Appl. for Auth. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY VILLAGE RAISED LLC (SSNY) on 09/28/17. Filed 5/17/17 Ofﬁce: Ofﬁce location: NY New York Co. SSNY County. LLC formed in designated as agent for Delaware (DE) on process & shall mail to: C 08/05/16. Princ. ofﬁce of T Corporation System, LLC: 161 Bowery, 3rd 111 8th Avenue, New Fl., NY, NY 10002. SSNY York, NY 10011 Reg. designated as agent of Agent: C T Corporation LLC upon whom process System @ same address. against it may be served. Purpose: all lawful. SSNY shall mail process Vil: 10/12 - 11/16/2017 to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., KIMAMA NY LLC Albany, NY 12207-2543. Arts of Org ﬁled NY Secy DE addr. of LLC: 2711 of State (SSNY) 10/3/17. Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, OFC in NY Co. SSNY Wilmington, DE 19808. design. Agent of LLC Cert. of Form. ﬁled with whom process may be Secy. of State, John G. served. SSNY shall mail Townsend Bldg., 401 to Avishay Nachon 1755 Federal St. - Ste. 4, York Ave #8E NY, NY Dover, DE 19901. 10128. Purpose: any Purpose: Any lawful lawful act. activity. Vil: 10/05 - 11/09/2017 Vil: 10/05 - 11/07/2017 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MICHAEL MEZZANO DESIGN, LLC Articles of Organization ﬁled with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/12/17. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against it may be served. The address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC may be served upon him/her is 7014 13TH AVENUE, SUITE 202, BROOKLYN, NY 11228. The principal business address of the LLC is 67 MORTON STREET 5E, NEW YORK, NY 10014. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil: 10/19 - 11/23/2017
NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SILVERFERN GENPAR SW, L.P. Authority ﬁled with NY Dept. of State on 9/7/17. Ofﬁce location: NY County. LP formed in DE on 8/29/16. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business address: 599 Lexington Ave., 47th Fl., NY, NY 10022, Attn: John R. Cattau, Managing Director of The Silverfern Group, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE address of LP: c/o Cogency Global Inc., 850 New Burton Rd., Ste. 201, Dover, DE 19904. Name/address of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP ﬁled with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/12 -11/16/2017
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SCHOLAR EDITION, LLC Arts of Org ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/12/17. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: US Corp Agents, INC. 7014 13th Ave., #202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Principal business address: 240 E 27th St Apt 26C, NY, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 10/05 - 11/09/2017
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIONHEART ENTERTAINMENT AND PRODUCTIONS LLC Articles of Organization ﬁled with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/18/2017. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to:Lionheart C/O FCA Group LLC PO Box 19, Millburn, NJ 07041 Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 10/05 - 11/09/2017
NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SREF IV 44TH STREET CO-INVEST, L.P. Appl. for Auth. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/25/17. Ofﬁce location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 08/04/17. Princ. ofﬁce of LP: 430 Park Ave., 12th Fl., NY, NY 10022. Duration of LP is Perpetual. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. DE addr. of LP: c/o CSC, 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP ﬁled with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John B. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/05 - 11/09/2017
NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SAVANNA IV 44TH STREET GP, LLC Appl. for Auth. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/25/17. Ofﬁce location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 08/04/17. Princ. ofﬁce of LLC: 430 Park Ave., 12th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, regd. agent upon whom and at which process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. ﬁled with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John B. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/05 - 11/09/2017
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF METRO PH 935 GARRISON, LLC Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/05/17. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/12 - 11/16/2017 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ARC CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT LLC Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/26/17. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 1 Little W. 12th St., Ste. 228, NY, NY 10014. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/05 - 11/09/2017
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a license, Serial # 1304200 for on premises liquor has been applied for by the undersigned to sell liquor at retail in a lounge/restaurant establishment under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 127 W 28th Street, New York, New York County, NY 10001 for on premises consumption. FAUS INTERNATIONAL INC d/b/a MYKONOS BLUE ROOFTOP. Vil: 11/09 - 11/16/2017
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a license, Serial # 1304223 for on premises liquor has been applied for by the undersigned to sell liquor at retail in a restaurant establishment under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 127 W 28th Street, New York, New York County, NY 10001 for on premises FAUS NOTICE OF FORMATION consumption. INTERNATIONAL INC OF BALANCE AND d/b/a MYKONOS BLUE. BEAM, LLC Vil: 11/09 - 11/16/2017 Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/13/17. NOTICE IS HEREBY Ofﬁce location: NY GIVEN County. Princ. ofﬁce of that an on-premise LLC: TraceyJackson, 20 license, #TBA has been W. 55th St., PH, NY, NY applied for by 131 10019. SSNY designated Rivington Street as agent of LLC upon Restaurant LLC to sell whom process against it beer, wine and liquor at may be served. SSNY retail in an on premises shall mail process to the establishment. For on LLC at the addr. of its premises consumption princ. ofﬁce. Purpose: under the ABC law at Any lawful activity. 131 Rivington Street New Vil: 10/05 - 11/09/2017 York NY 10002. Vil: 11/02 - 11/09/2017 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LA MARINA PARKING LLC Articles of Organization ﬁled with Secretary of State of New York on May 11, 2017. Ofﬁce location: New York County, Secretary of State is designated as agent upon who process against the LLC may be served. Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC service upon the LLC to C/O 284 Dyckman Street, New York, NY 10034. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/05 - 11/09/2017
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SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK – COUNTY OF NEW YORK INDEX # 850133/2016 FILED: 10/09/2017 SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS AND NOTICE
Plaintiff designates New York County as the place of trial. Venue is based upon the County in which the mortgage premise is situated. US BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR GSAMP TRUST 2005-AHL2, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-AHL2, Plaintiff, against NILIE JACOB, any possible unknown heirs at law of NILIE JACOB, if living, and if any be dead, their respective heirs-at-law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, creditors and successors in interest, and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendants who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, HSBC MORTGAGE SERVICES INC., BOARD OF MANAGERS OF THE 203 CONDOMINIUM HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, BOARD OF MANAGERS OF THE 203 CONDOMINIUM, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, “JOHN DOE” #1” through “JOHN DOE #12”; the last twelve names being ﬁctitious and unknown to plaintiff, the persons or parties intended being the tenants, occupants, persons or corporations, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises, described in the complaint, Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEYS FOR THE MORTGAGE COMPANY WHO FILED THIS FORECLOSURE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT, A DEFAULT JUDGMENT MAY BE ENTERED AND YOU CAN LOSE YOUR HOME. SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY OR GO TO THE COURT WHERE YOU CASE IS PENDING FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON HOW TO ANSWER THE SUMMONS AND PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY. SENDING A PAYMENT TO YOUR MORTGAGE COMPANY WILL NOT STOP THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not serviced with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff's attorney within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); The United States of America, if designated as a Defendant in this action, may appear within (60) days of service thereof and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT: THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is to foreclose on a mortgage dated September 30, 2005, executed by NILIE JACOB to MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR ACCREDITED HOME LENDERS INC., ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, to secure the sum of $592,500.00 and recorded in Ofﬁcial Records City Register File Number 2005000715109, in the Ofﬁce of the CLERK of the County of NEW YORK on December 29, 2005, which mortgage was ultimately assigned to US BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR GSAMP TRUST 2005-AHL2, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-AHL2, by assignment of mortgage, which was executed December 18, 2012, covering premises known as 203 West 81st Street, 4E, New York, NY 10024 (Block 1229, Lot 1039). The relief sought in the within action is a ﬁnal judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt described above. To the above named Defendants: The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of the Hon. Lynn R. Kotler, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, and ﬁled along with the supporting papers in the ofﬁce of the Clerk of the County of New York on 10/03/2017. This is an action to foreclose on a mortgage. ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being known as Unit No 4E in the Borough of Manhattan, City, County and State of New York, and being a unit of the Condominium plan known as THE 203 CONDOMINIUM, Block 1229, Lot 1039, together with an undivided 1.319% interest in the Common Elements, said premises known as 203 West 81st Street, 4E, New York, NY 10024. YOU ARE HEREBY PUT ON NOTICE THAT WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NILIE JACOB has defaulted under the note for $592,500.00 owing to plaintiff and no payment thereof has been made to plaintiff from said NILIE JACOB despite demand, by having failed to make monthly payments on July 1, 2006 to date. By virtue thereof, plaintiff has heretofore elected and by these presents hereby elects to accelerate the entire unpaid principal balance of $588,712.71 to be immediately due and payable under the mortgage herein foreclosed, plus interest at the rate calculated in accordance with the provisions of the note from June 1, 2006, together with unpaid late charges in the amount of $648.70 that have accrued prior to this action as of August 13, 2015. UNLESS YOU DISPUTE THE VALIDITY OF THE DEBT, OR ANY PORTION THEREOF, WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER YOUR RECEIPT HEREOF THAT THE DEBT, OR ANY PORTION THEREOF, IS DISPUTED, THE DEBTOR JUDGMENT AGAINST YOU AND A COPY OF SUCH VERIFICATION OR JUDGMENT WILL BE MAILED TO YOU BY THE HEREIN DEBT COLLECTOR. IF APPLICABLE, UPON YOUR WRITTEN REQUEST, WITHIN SAID THIRTY (30) DAY PERIOD, THE HEREIN DEBT COLLECTOR WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR. IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED A DISCHARGE FROM THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT, YOU ARE NOT PERSONALLY LIABLE FOR THE UNDERLYING INDEBTEDNESS OWED TO PLAINTIFF/CREDITOR AND THIS NOTICE/DISCLOSURE IS FOR COMPLIANCE AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE New York State requires that we send you this notice about the foreclosure process. Please read it carefully. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT You are in danger of losing your home. If you fail to respond to the summons and complaint in this foreclosure action, you may lose your home. Please read the summons and complaint carefully. You should immediately contact an attorney or your local legal aid ofﬁce to obtain advice on how to protect yourself. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid, there are government agencies, and non-proﬁt organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by New York State Department of Financial Services’ at 1-800- 269-0990 or visit the Department’s website at http://www.dfs.ny.gov FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly proﬁt from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for proﬁt to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services. Section 1303 NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving the copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who ﬁled this foreclosure proceeding against you and ﬁling the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you may lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING AN ANSWER WITH THE COURT. 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phone conversations. The use of a hands-free device does not lower distraction levels. The percentage of vehicle crashes and nearcrashes attributed to dialing is nearly identical to the number associated with talking or listening.
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