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8th St. should rock Jimi Hendrix street signs, petition says BY REBECCA FIORE
illie Holiday Place is Uptown on 139th St., Joey Ramone Place is on the Bowery at E. Second St., Miles Davis Way is at the northwest corner of 77th and West End Ave., and with enough support, Jimi Hendrix Way might wave its freak flag on W. Eighth St.
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Club 57 spirit beats on at MoMA exhibit
A couple of months ago, Storm Ritter, an artist and small business owner, along with a local woman who wishes to remain anonymous, came up with the idea to memorialize Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jimi Hendrix. Ritter ordered a green-and-white street
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HENDRIX continued on p. 4
Saving small stores; Hoylman panel tries to ﬁnd some answers BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC
he patient: mom-andpop stores. The symptom: high rents. The prognosis: many of them are on life support. The course of treatment: a forum last week to take a look at some prescriptions. Applause greeted state Sena-
tor Brad Hoylman before he even kicked off the event — a town hall on the city’s small business crisis — at the Fashion Institute of Technology, on W. 27th St. at Seventh Ave., on Nov. 9. “We’re here to ask a few important questions,” Hoylman STORES continued on p. 8
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At the recent Club 57 show opening at MoMA, Kenny Schar f sat in his “Cosmic Cavern.” He told the curators he produced 90 T-shir ts for the opening, with a version of the club’s logo that restored the T V antennae to his original design. They had been removed in the club’s heyday to make the logo sleeker on its newsletters.
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feel like I’m in a club in the ’80s!” exclaimed celebrity portraitist and street photographer Henny Garfunkel. Actually, she was at the Museum of Modern Art for the opening of the new exhibit “Club 57: Film, Performance and Art in the East Village, 1978 – 1983,” surrounded by veterans of the scene. An unabashed homage to the 1980s East Village art scene, the show is appropriately located in the museum’s lower level, as Club 57 was in the basement of a Polish church at 57 St. Mark’s Place. Not just another venue, 57 was the Big Bang of the Downtown art scene. “Club 57 was such a breeding ground for future major artists, theater folk, photographers, stylish drug addicts and lunatic punk-rock royalty,” said filmmaker John Waters. Founded and managed by Stanley Strychacki, the alchohol-free venue had a simple but heartfelt credo. “It was the home of friendship and art,” Strychacki explained. “Without friendship, there won’t be anything.” “And we’ve all been friends since then,” concurred musician and club veteran Deb O’Nair. Musician Miriam Linna was there at the beginning, when it was a rock-and-roll venue. In April 1978, she was the drummer for the Zantees, one of the first bands ever to play Club 57, CLUB continued on p. 6
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with the name “Friends of the Lower Eastside,” which does not seem to be a registered political action committee. Now he has thrown in his lot with a firm that helped engineer Trump’s still-shocking victory.
SINGER AND ‘TRUMP FIRM’: Harry Bubbins, the director of East Village and special projects for the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, has sleuthed out some unsettling information about the owner of the old P.S. 64 (the former CHARAS / El Bohio Cultural and Community Center), at 605 E. E. Ninth St. Namely, Bubbins reports, public records show that Gregg Singer, of 9th and 10th Street LLC, has retained the services of Gotham Government Relations, best known for engineering the announcement of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, complete with cheering paid actors. Singer and Co. have had a contract with Gotham as of this July for $12,000 a month. Since Trump’s victory, Gotham has opened offices in Washington, D.C., and principals of the firm are regulars on Fox News. Gotham founder Brad Gerstman is frequently shown hobnobbing with the likes of Kellyanne Conway, Eric Trump, Bill O’Reilly
Brad Gerstman, above, who played a key role for Donald Trump’s campaign, is now working for Gregg Singer, too.
and The Donald himself on his Instagram page. Since 2014, Singer has also paid top lobbyist James Capalino $260,666. However, Singer may have cut ties to Capalino, who was linked to Rivington House — the former Lower East Side healthcare facility with a deed restriction that was removed by the city and then flipped for tens of millions of dollars and sold for luxury condos. Last month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city was “interested in reacquiring” the old P.S. 64. Singer bought the building at auction two decades ago for around $3 million and has alternately allowed it to rot and sought to develop with uses deemed illegal. The center was a nexus of organizing activities critical of then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s policies, and its sale was perceived as a punitive measure. Singer has been sued by his partners and in 2016 borrowed $44 million from Madison Realty Capital. Madison has also lent to Raphael Toledano, another loathed East Village landlord. Before the Democratic primary election for City Council District 2 in September, Singer himself was photographed campaigning for three opponents of Carlina Rivera (Mary Silver, Jasmine Sanchez and Jorge Vazquez). Rivera, of course, went on to win the primary, as well as the general election earlier this month. He was distributing fliers STORE NEAREST YOU
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WATER WORRIES: A prominent watchdog of New York University’s South Village mega-expansion plan tipped us off last week that suspiciously large pools of water have been spotted at the construction site at N.Y.U.’s 181 Mercer St. project, on the spot of the university’s former Coles Gym. Did the construction workers actually breach the long-since-buried Minetta Brook? he wondered with alarm. However, an N.Y.U. spokesperson said that’s not the case at all. “There is no water gushing out at the 181 Mercer site,” John Beckman assured. “We did not hit Minetta Brook. The site is nowhere near Minetta Brook, which ran well west of the site. We have received inquiries from 88 Bleecker St. residents about what appeared to them to be standing pools of water,” he acknowledged. “In fact, those were not standing pools of water; rather they were areas the contractors were conducting something called soil mixing or soil grouting, a process of adding grout to the soil by introducing water and mixing to a slurry consistency. These areas harden, and the firmer ground that results is more stable and easier to excavate. We conveyed the same information to the residents in response to their inquiries.” Beckman also sent us a link to an 1865 map of Minetta Brook on Wikipedia, showing that the underground stream is actually eight blocks to the west at that point — not surprisingly, right at Minetta St. BARRIER GRIEF: So now that the new antiterrorist safety “blockers” have all been properly straightened out and aligned on the Hudson River bikeway between W. 59th St. and the Battery, what are cyclists thinking of it all? Asked his thoughts, bike attorney Steve Vaccaro, for one, offered, “I don’t know. It doesn’t allow people to pass each other at each of the many pinch points. In the high [biking] season, this will definitely cause crashes. This is not a permanent solution and should be remedied no later than March.” At least he does like the yellow construction-style lights at the end of the new Jersey barriers, for riding safety, to make the structures visible at night. “They work (light up), and they help,” he said. IN THE BAG: It’s been three wild days (Nov. 11-13) of bargains and amazing finds at the annual Westbeth Flea Market. Think: Coach leather bags and Lands’ End and Ralph Lauren Polo coats and jackets all for just $5. But, alas, all good things must come to an end. Now in its 32nd year, the flea market at the famed West Village artists’ affordable-housing complex will go out with a bang — and a bevy of bulging bags — on Sat., Nov. 18, with its signature “Bag ’n’ Box Sale,” from noon to 2 p.m. Basically, you get a box or a big black bag for $5 and fill it with everything you can physically stuff into it. The last day to buy art at the flea market was Nov. 13. But there are still plenty of clothes, including vintage duds, novels and nonfiction books, art books, kitchen appliances, tableware, board games, kids’ stuff, assorted knickknacks and more. All proceeds go to projects that beautify Westbeth and the public areas around the building. Building entrances are at 55 Bethune St., with elevator access to the basement sale, and 137 Bank St., with stairway access (both at the corner of Washington St.) CALL FOR ARTISTS: The Tompkins Square Library, at 331 E. 10th St., will be hosting an all-day East Village Arts Festival on Wed., Dec. 13. They’re looking for performers interested in showcasing their work and teaching artists who would like to lead a miniworkshop, as well as local businesses who might want to help. Send inquiries to Library Manager Corinne Neary at CorinneNeary@nypl.org . TheVillager.com
Trying to get the ‘bleak’ out of Bleecker St. BY LINCOLN ANDERSON
leecker St. has unfortunately become the poster child for empty storefronts in an era of hardship for brick-and-mortar retailers amid skyrocketing rents and ever-growing online competition. To try to reverse the trend, the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce has launched #ShopBleecker, a local revitalization project to “restore the community” this holiday season. The month-long holiday shopping event running all of November aims to reinvigorate Bleecker St. and the surrounding neighborhoods by encouraging consumers to support retailers along and around the 20-block stretch of Bleecker. There are in-store events and special deals and discounts. The chamber is also activating empty storefronts with a number of short-term business leases and pop-up stores. The basic goal is to increase foot traffic and get more dollars flowing to local businesses. With roughly 38 empty retail storefronts between Eighth Ave. and the Bowery, Bleecker St. has a sizable 14 percent vacancy rate. On Nov. 1, there was a kickoff party for local businesses and their clientele.
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Even successful chain retailers like Steve Madden are having a hard time making it on Bleecker St. The shoe giant’s location at 355 Bleecker St. is only open weekends now and is slated to close by year’s end.
The chamber also organized a streetwide cleaning effort, repairing tree pits and decorating for the holiday season. The main event, however, is Sat.,
Nov. 18, which will see a series of events for the whole family, including yoga classes, in-store events, samplings, giveaways and raffles, kids events in
Bleecker Playground and a walking tour with the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation that will highlight the rich history of Bleecker St. State Senator Brad Hoylman is a strong supporter of the effort. “We cannot allow market forces to run roughshod over Bleecker St. any longer,” he said. “By drawing attention to local retailers, filling vacant stores with active temporary businesses, and utilizing new technological innovations to reduce vacancy rates, G.V.C.C.C.’s #ShopBleecker will push back on highrent blight and help resuscitate one of New York’s most vibrant and historically relevant streets.” In terms of how the raffles work, shoppers should hold onto their receipts from any of the participating businesses, and take these to 359 Bleecker St. throughout the month. The amount spent determines the number of raffle tickets a person earns: Every $50 spent equals one raffle ticket. Shoppers can pick which raffle-prize packages they want. Raffle winners will be drawn on Nov. 18 and Nov. 30. For more information about events and participating merchants, visit shopbleecker.nyc
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sign online that says, “Hendrix Way,” and posted it above her shop / studio space at 14 W. Eighth St. She then created a petition, which can be found at jimihendrixway.com and currently has more than 1,000 signatures. Ritter, a young New York University alumna, has had her shop — featuring art and vintage fashion — for about a year and a half, and lives nearby. She has always loved Greenwich Village, and wanted to reintroduce residents and tourists to the area’s rich creative history. Hendrix, she said, is the perfect figure for doing that. “He represents the creation of music on this street,” Ritter said. “There are so many landmarks that people would freak out over if they knew that they were there. Electric Lady Studios is one of them.” After multiple highly successful albums, Hendrix created Electric Lady Studios in 1970, and it still stands there today at 52 W. Eighth St., just down the block from Ritter’s storefront. Artists such as U2, Lady Gaga, Kanye West and, more recently, Lorde and Frank Ocean have all recorded inside the studios, which were designed by Hendrix himself. But Hendrix only spent four weeks laying down tracks in the place, before heading to the United Kingdom, where he died from barbiturate-related asphyxia. The legendary left-handed guitarist was just 27 years old, but his output during that short span has influenced generations to come of musicians and continues to be beloved by music fans. Lee Foster, general manager of Electric Lady Studios, endorses the street co-naming effort. “I hope it happens,” he said. “I’m a huge supporter of it and it’s a well-deserved honor for Hendrix.” Richard Geist, owner of Uncle Sam’s Army Navy Outfitters, at 37 W. Eighth St., backs the petition. He said Hendrix is a great representative of the kind of artists that lived and grew in the Village. “It starts with Jimi because the city doesn’t recognize him,” Geist said. “He was huge! He made rock and roll. Before, he was doing jazz — he was in a support band for jazz. He saw everyone wearing suits at the Apollo Theater; he wasn’t accepted up there. He was wearing bellbottoms and headbands. So, he came Downtown, as many rejects, dysfunctionals, oddballs come to the Village. It’s just the collection of misfits from all over the world; just an amazing melting pot of togetherness.” The street co-naming signs would go up on the ends of Fifth and Sixth Aves., ideally, with one at each end, Ritter said. Ritter held two events this year to bring awareness to the cause. More than 50 people attended the more recent one, held this month at Soho’s Morrison Hotel Gallery, at 116 Prince St., where rare Hendrix photographs were displayed, as well as Ritter’s T-shirts, which feature her iconic motif, The Cool People, with Hendrix
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Richard Geist, left, and Storm Ritter, standing outside Ritter’s shop / studio, are pushing for W. Eighth St. to be co-named Jimi Hendrix Way.
leading in the middle. The online petition is full of passionate endorsements of both Hendrix and the conaming effort. Chandler S. wrote on the site, “Jimi Hendrix’s influence on music, and more important, culture as a whole, is undeniable. More so, it is imperative that extra steps (such as this) are taken to preserve the history of New York in a time of unsettling gentrification.” Combating gentrification isn’t Ritter’s end goal, she said, but rather creating a community of small business owners working together to attract more shoppers to the area. So far, about 1,025 people have signed the petition worldwide. Ritter said that she is trying for 2,000 signatures. “We are going to keep pushing and see if we can submit it to the community board,” Ritter said. “It is a bit of a challenge. Musicians are not the most likely to be co-named on streets.” She was referring to Community Board 2. If C.B. 2 approves the co-naming, it would be expected that City Councilmember Corey Johnson — who appoints many of the board members — would follow suit. Ultimately, honorary street signs must be approved by the full City Council. Eric Bottcher, Johnson’s chief of staff, said since C.B. 2 still hasn’t seen the application, Johnson won’t comment on it yet. Some individual members — meaning
property owners — within the Village Alliance business improvement district are also part of the petition. William Kelley, the alliance’s executive director, said that while the BID has not been approached as an organization to take an official position on the petition, they do understand Hendrix’s impact on the community. “We do recognize and celebrate the important musical heritage represented by Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios as one that still resonates today,” Kelley said in an e-mail. “Working with local merchants, we are exploring ways to shine a light on that history and amplify its message. Methods such as art installations, window displays, street festivals and / or other promotions on Eighth St. that we jointly develop will ensure that the legacy of Jimi Hendrix and other Village musicians — as well as the broader cultural history of the neighborhood — continues to be heard.” Ritter said she won’t stop trying to get the street co-named. “I’m a firm believer in you just have to keep trying,” she said. “There’s no harm in trying. There’s always going to be a rule. There’s always The Man. But in order for there to be change, you have to keep breaking the rules and push toward something to create something better. “I think it will happen,” she said. “If it doesn’t happen, we damn made a splash.” TheVillager.com
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East Village ’80s spirit beats on at MoMA show CLUB continued from p. 1
an experience she remembers fondly. “Stanley was more like a wonderful uncle than a club manager’” she recalled. “He would make us sandwiches after the show. It was great — more of a clubhouse than a club.” After about a year, “the art crowd came in and took it to another level,” Linna said. Former Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo, an aspiring painter at the time (“I still am,” he admitted), loved the whole scene. “There was stuff going on there that wasn’t going on anywhere else’” he remembered. “The Mudd Club was more exclusive, but 57 was more populist. Punks, hippies, sex, drugs — it was super-eclectic in a unique way.” Musician April Palmieri, a frequent performer at the St. Mark’s venue, said that the club was “an open house to express yourself. We were delighted to let loose and be ourselves.” Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf were School of Visual Arts students when they became part of the scene. Haring performed, exhibited his art and curated a number of art shows there. Marlene Weisman, whose original artwork is in the MoMA show, remembers submitting her work to curator Haring. “I saw a flier in the neighborhood inviting artists to submit,” she said, “and I brought him a few of my Xerox transfer pieces. Next thing I knew, I was in two of his shows.” Scharf, who was showing his work at Club 57 when he was only 19, summed up the whole experience succinctly while sitting in his “Cosmic Cavern” installation: “It was a riot.” When asked about his favorite memory, he replied, “I have too many — but most of them are on these walls.” Artist and poet Valery Oisteneau, also exhibited, and curated, there. “It was the last authentic bohemian club — a fast-paced multimedia affair, with video, film, music, art, performance,” she recalled. “Plays were written over the weekend and performed on Monday!” He remembered spending an afternoon with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, “painting the whole place, the walls, the chairs, the floors, just for a one-night show!” Actress and performance artist Ann Magnuson, who curated the theatrical performances and managed bookings at the East Village club, as well as performed there, remembered one thing more than anything else: “Laughing!” she exclaimed. “And Wendy Wild — my happiest memories are of her. She is here in spirit.” Scott Wittman mentioned the late Wild, as well, speaking of her and John Sex, also gone. “The fact that they are in MoMA is both joyous and heartbreaking,” he re-
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PHOTOS BY BOB KRASNER
At the Club 57 exhibit’s opening at MoMA on Oct. 31, from left, Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley of the band Yo La Tengo; Stanley Str ychacki, the club’s founder; and Miriam Linna, of The Cramps, Zantees, A-Bones and Nor ton Records.
Photographer Henny Gar funkel, left, with director John Waters, discussing Gar funkel’s pieces in the Club 57 show.
Ar tist Marlene Weisman exhibited at Club 57 in shows curated by Keith Haring. She has two pieces in the MoMA exhibit from an original show at the St. Mark’s club.
flected. Keith Haring, of course, has been in MoMA for a while, but things were different back then. Henny Garfunkel, who was in several shows at 57, remembered going to a show of Haring’s “really huge” paintings and drawings at the club. “They were selling for $100, and everyone said, ‘Oh, you really think so?’ ” In the best tradition of that “Hey kids, let’s put on a show!” aesthetic of old Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland movies — but with drugs (“Oh, yes,” agreed April Palmieri) — productions were mounted with limited budgets but unlimited imagination. Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (of Broadway’s “Hairspray” fame) produced a number of shows at 57, including their original musical “Livin’ Dolls.”
timent. “Even though I attended many events at Club 57,” he said, “this show is a revelation.” Show curator Ron Magliozzi was pretty happy with the turnout on opening night. “We’re told we succeeded in bringing the old spirit of the East Village back to life Uptown,” he said. “It certainly was a rocking time for three hours.” And what to make of this incredible scene being enshrined by the art establishment? We’re going to give John Waters the last word on the whole affair, not just because he deserves it, but because, as usual, he’s summed it up perfectly: “Going to the MoMA exhibition was like attending an art reform-school dropout reunion in the principal’s office.”
But Wittman’s favorite was “The Sound of Muzak,” starring Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn. “The Alps were on one side of the space and the convent was on the other, with the audience in the middle,” he said. “Every time the scene changed, everyone had to stand up and rotate their chairs.” It took clubgoer Gene Fedorko a little while to process everything that he experienced at 57. He had just moved to New York City when he started going to the place. “It was fabulous,” he said, “like Paris in the ’20s, but at the time, I didn’t think much of it. I just had fun. It was 25 years later when I said, ‘Holy F---! I lived through that?’ ” Noted art dealer Jeffrey Deitch expressed a similar (but less colorful) sen-
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told the engaged crowd of 500 people. â€œWhat has happened to our beloved mom-and-pops? Why does it feel like more and more of our neighborhoodsâ€™ stalwarts are disappearing? What can we do to save the New York we know and love?â€? In May, Hoylman released a report â€” â€œBleaker on Bleecker: A Snapshot of High-Rent Blight in Greenwich Village and Chelseaâ€? â€” which, he said, â€œexamined the growing specter of vacant storefronts throughout Manhattan.â€? â€œIn case after case,â€? the state senator told the audience, â€œlandlords pushed out local businesses, itâ€™s perceived, in order to hold out for luxury retail or corporate chains capable of paying higher rents. The result is a glut of empty storefronts, chain stores, pharmacies and high-end national brands that lack local character. â€œBleecker St. is the cautionary tale of how high rents in the Village and Chelsea are pushing out longtime businesses.â€? The report made some recommendations Hoylman brought up at the town hall, including creating a city registry of small businesses in operation for at least 30 years, zoning restrictions limiting the presence of national chain
stores, and phasing out tax deductions for landlords with persistent commercial vacancies. Another solution is eliminating the commercial rent tax on small businesses â€” which Hoylman called â€œan onerous and outdated burdenâ€? â€” which applies to many commercial tenants in Manhattan below 96th St. and north of Murray St. in Tribeca. Borough President Gale Brewer, who spoke next, explained that businesses that pay $250,000 or more in rent annually are assessed this commercial rent tax. Under a bill sponsored by Councilmember Dan Garodnick, merchants paying under $500,000 in rent would not have to pay the tax. It has yet to pass in the City Council, Brewer said. Brewer and Councilmember Corey Johnson have sponsored legislation that would exempt grocery stores from the commercial rent tax. â€œIâ€™m afraid grocery stores in Manhattan might become endangered species â€” you know, like a bird or something,â€? Brewer said. â€œBut we have to have grocery stores. Iâ€™m not wanting to have FreshDirect on every single corner. I want my grocery store.â€? On Mon., Nov. 13, Brewer, Johnson and members of the National Supermarket Association rallied in support of
At the town hall on saving small businesses, from left, Borough President Gale Brewer, state Senator Brad Hoylman, Columbia Law School professor Tim Wu and blogger Jeremiah Moss.
their legislation to nix the tax for Manhattan supermarkets. â€œAffordable supermarkets are lifelines for our communities,â€? Johnson said in a press release, adding the measure â€œwould give our neighborhood supermarkets a fighting chance for survival.â€? â€œEvery neighborhood needs a supermarket and access to affordable food, but even the most successful supermarkets operate with slim profit margins,â€? Brewer said in the release. â€œEnding this tax can and will make a big difference for these essential businesses.â€? In Chelsea, grocery stores have been
shuttering, including, most recently, the Garden of Eden on W. 23rd St. in August. At the town hall, Brewer said she was hopeful to pass the legislation at the same time as Garodnickâ€™s bill, but noted, â€œAll of this is challenging.â€? Like Hoylmanâ€™s office, Brewerâ€™s office surveyed empty storefronts. She said they walked from the bottom to the top of Broadway and found 188 vacancies. â€œItâ€™s outrageous,â€? she said. STORES continued on p. 9
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Brewer is also proposing some kind of registry for the vacancies, and, perhaps, a penalty for property owners who keep storefronts empty for a certain amount of time. “We don’t have a real sense of the problem because the city doesn’t collect data on empty storefronts,” Hoylman said later. “They say you can’t manage what you don’t measure. We’re not measuring how deep this impact is: We feel it in our hearts and souls, but the city isn’t registering in its database.” At one point, Brewer came under fire from the audience for not pushing for the passage of the Small Business Jobs Survival Act. “Gale Brewer, you broke my heart,” one woman, a 40-year Chelsea resident, told her. “I voted for you, but you did not come out for the Small Business Jobs Survival Act. Our city is on life support, and you have turned your back on us.” Brewer helped write the S.B.J.S.A. when she worked for then-Councilmember Ruth Messinger and which has sat dormant since 1985. Brewer also sponsored the bill when she was a councilmember. “I cannot wait after 25 years,” Brewer retorted, claiming there are “legal” problems with the S.B.J.S.A. “We’ve got to find something that will pass and that will save the small businesses.” “Never mind a vote — that bill hasn’t had a hearing in the City Council since 2009,” another audience member charged, noting that a majority of the councilmembers are sponsors of the bill. Hoylman then introduced the evening’s featured speaker, Jeremiah Moss, whom he met during the campaign to save Cafe Edison in Times Square. Moss chronicles “the disappearance of longtime businesses in Manhattan and across every borough,” through his “Vanishing New York” blog, and, now, a book with the same name, Hoylman said. “I know we’re here tonight to talk about the small business crisis in the city, which is close to my heart, and we all know what it looks like,” Moss started off. He referred to mass evictions of shops and “overproliferation” of chain stores. “It’s a city that is becoming homogenized,” he said. “It’s looking like everywhere else and it’s becoming, in some ways, quite deadened, and we all know the reason, right?” Moss told the audience his presentation was “really about history” and was going to focus on the “two engines that drive today’s ‘hyper-gentrification,’ as I call it. And those two engines are racism and neoliberalism.” In the late 19th, early 20th centuries, New York City experienced a population TheVillager.com
change, with new immigrants pouring in mostly from Southern and Eastern Europe, African Americans fleeing the Jim Crow South, and bohemians arriving from across America, along with early L.G.B.T.Q. people, Moss said. “And this combination created what I really think of as the soul of New York,” he said. “It was colorful and queer and creative, pushing for social justice, the labor movement. It was not perfect but it was a more progressive place.” City elites and the federal government pushed back, according to Moss, leading to deindustrialization, as well as the rezoning of the city. By the 1930s, the practice of redlining saw banks deny African Americans loans for homes and businesses, he said, and so “African Americans were also unable to access and accumulate wealth and these neighborhoods started to decline.” People of color were placed in grim housing projects or pushed into already overcrowded parts of town, like Harlem or Bedford-Stuyvesant, and disinvestment and decline continued, Moss said. By the mid-1970s, the city was in crisis and this was exploited by this new economic philosophy of neoliberalism, Moss said. “ ‘Liberal’ here really means ‘to liberate the market,’ ” he said, “ ‘the liberation of banks.’ It’s radical free-market capitalism. It’s really a return to the Gilded Age of the 19th century before the progressive era.” Moss drew a line to the administration of former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, charging he “was the ultimate expression of the neoliberal philosophy in approach to governing the city.” During the Bloomberg administration, 25,000 buildings were demolished and 40,000 new buildings went up — Moss scoffed they were “like glass boxes that all look same” — while 40 percent of the city was rezoned, he said. “It may seem like I’ve gone way out there to talk about the small business crisis,” Moss said, “but it really is all connected.” Next, Moss, Brewer, Hoylman and Tim Wu, a Columbia Law School professor who ran for lieutenant governor on a ticket with Zephyr Teachout versus Andrew Cuomo in 2014, discussed additional solutions, and fielded questions from the audience. Moss said he would really like to bring back commercial rent control, noting that the city had such a mechanism in place after World War II for almost 20 years. Wu, who has written about “highrent blight” in the West Village, said he was going to end on an optimistic note. “I believe we can save this city,” he said. “I believe a lot of people really care about this. People are talking about this right now. The city has shown a resiliency. It has saved itself before and it can save it again.”
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An effor t to preser ve ar tist Julien Binford’s 1950s mural, “A Memor y of 14th Street and Sixth Avenue,” is gaining steam. The mural wraps around the interior’s west and nor th walls.
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reservationists, City Councilmember Corey Johnson’s Office and a developer are looking to conserve a piece of 1950s New York: Julien Binford’s mural at a former bank building on the corner of W. 14th St. and Sixth Ave. Binford’s mural — “A Memory of 14th Street and Sixth Avenue” — graces the lobby of a now-closed HSBC branch, according to Web sites GothamToGo and New York Songlines. Binford painted the mural in 1954 for what was then the Greenwich Savings Bank, according to New York Songlines. Built in 1953, the one-story commercial building at 101 W. 14th St. — also known as 531 Sixth Ave. — is slated for demolition, according to the project developer, Gemini Rosemont, and streeteasy.com. City records show the building was sold in April for $42.4 million. Brian Ferrier, Gemini Rosemont’s vice president of development, said a timetable has not been set for demolition. The developer is still in the design phase, he said, adding that, in general, the project will include retail space and residential condos. On the mural, Ferrier said, “We’re investigating a couple different options.” Andrew Cronson, a junior at New York University, would pass by the vacant building on his way from class to Penn Station to catch a train back to Long Island. “Peering in through the windows, the interior was mostly gutted, but this 150-foot mural stood out prominently among the gritty rubble and dust,” Cronson said, noting that the building was designed by Halsey, McCormack & Helmer. In late October, Cronson said he reached out to a number of advocacy groups, including Laurence Frommer
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of Save Chelsea. “We think it’s significant artwork,” Frommer said. “It reflects the history of the area. It seems to capture the glory days of Sixth Ave.” Save Chelsea contacted Johnson’s office. Erik Bottcher, the councilmember’s chief of staff, said the developer has been asking galleries if they were interested in the mural, but got no takers, so the developer is, in fact, considering preserving and keeping the mural. Groncki, also of Save Chelsea, also suggested to Johnson’s office that Jamestown, the owner of the Chelsea Market building, might be interested in taking the mural, Bottcher said. Bottcher has been in touch with the investment and management company, but, as of now, Jamestown is “waiting in the wings,” he said. Jamestown declined to comment. Frommer of Save Chelsea said that whoever takes the mural, he hopes that “it is done properly with the right conservation mindset,” and preserved “in perpetuity.” Binford was born in Virginia in 1908, and died shy of his 89th birthday. He created artwork in both Virginia and New York, and “about 37 paintings for the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project” between 1938 and 1940, according to a 2015 Richmond Times-Dispatch article. Cronson said the mural at the former bank “depicts a jovial street scene in panoramic form of what this area would have looked like in the late 1800s, back when there was an elevated train and riders used horses as a mode of transportation.” “It would be a tragedy if this mural is demolished,” Johnson said in an email statement. “Losing it would really be losing a piece of our history. We are working frantically to find a new home for it. We hope to succeed at this in the next few days.” TheVillager.com
POLICE BLOTTER Uber driver killed A recreational hockey player outside Chelsea Piers late on Nov. 11 used his hockey stick to club an elderly Uber driver, who then crashed his car a few blocks later and died. Police said officers responded to a 911 call just before midnight of a vehicle collision at West and Horatio Sts. Before the accident, Richard Tolk, 68, of West New York, N.J., was driving his 2010 Toyota Camry southbound on 11th Ave. He stopped at W. 20th St. and Kohji Kosugi, 39, who was walking in the crosswalk, tapped the hood of the car with his hockey stick, according to police. Tolk, a grandfather of three, got out of his car to confront Kosugi, who then struck him in the head with the stick. After Tolk fell, according to witnesses, Kosugi kicked him in the chest, before fleeing on foot. Tolk got back in his car and continued driving southbound, ultimately crashing into a cement median barrier. He was rushed to Lenox Hill Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Tuesday, the New York Post reported that Kosugi confessed to whacking the Uber hack with the stick. But his lawyer maintained Tolk was the “initial aggressor [and] triggered the outcome by failing to observe the rules of the road.” Kosugi was charged with first-degree manslaughter. According to the Post, Kosugi holds a medical degree from St. George’s University in Grenada and works as a waiter at Nakamura NYC Japanese restaurant, at Delancey St. near Clinton St.
Lockout lout According to police, a woman was locked out of her home at 39 Bank St. by her ex-husband, who also stole her wallet, on Tues., Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m. The man locked her out of the apartment after an altercation. When their 7-year-old child opened the door, the suspect allegedly pushed the victim down, grabbed her neck and threw a vase on the floor. After he left, the woman found that her iPhone 7, plus her wallet, with her credit cards and $200 cash, were missing. No charges were made on the cards. Uday Kak, 39, was arrested Mon., Nov. 6, for felony grand larceny.
Not cool A manager of the Dairy Queen at 54 W. 14th St. sent an employee on a bank drop last year but the worker vanished, police said. The incident happened Tues., Nov. 1, 2016, at 1:45 p.m. The female manager, 46, told police the employee never came back or answered phone calls or returned messages. The worker had left with $3,640 in cash to deposit. TheVillager.com
Police finally arrested Santos Correa, 43, on Tues., Nov. 7, for felony grand larceny.
Bobst thief A laptop left unattended at New York University’s Bobst Library, at 70 Washington Square South, on Sat., Sept. 30, at 4:30 p.m., was stolen, police said. The computer’s owner, a 21-year-old woman, walked away from it for 30 minutes and when she returned it was gone. A witness said he saw two men with backpacks moving around the area. The Apple MacBook Pro, worth $3,000, was tracked to 2 Washington Square Village. Kazz Archibald, 22, was arrested Tues., Nov. 7 for felony grand larceny.
Crime cycle Police said a man’s motorcycle was stolen in front of 68 Bank St. on Wed., Nov. 8, at 2:58 a.m. Police conducted a canvass of the area and spotted a man next to the motorcycle, smoking marijuana on the sidewalk. Upon a search, he was found to be in possession of a knife and a stolen credit card. Mohamed Kouyate, 21, was arrested for felony auto grand larceny.
East River leg On Thurs., Nov. 9, around 11:45 a.m., police responded to a 911 call for a human leg found floating in the river off of the F.D.R. Drive at E. Sixth St. Officers found the body part bobbing against the rocks at the spot. Emergency Service Unit police removed it from the water. The Medical Examiner will conduct further analysis and the investigation is ongoing.
Fatal hit-and-run Fri., Nov. 10, around 3:30 a.m., police responding to a call of a pedestrian struck by a car at Delancey and Clinton Sts., near the Williamsburg Bridge entrance, found a 49-year-old male, unconscious and unresponsive, in the roadway, with severe head trauma. EMS medics pronounced him dead at the scene. The Police Department’s Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad determined the man was hit by an unknown vehicle that fled the scene. The New York Post identified the victim as Johnny, a homeless man who used a wheelchair. “He’s always out there but he don’t bother nobody,” a local man told the Post. There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Who punted on G.L.W.D.?
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To The Editor: Re “Too-tall tower shown in 5th Ave. design plan” (news article, Nov. 9): Ada Louise Huxtable wrote memorably about “tin-can architecture in a tin-horn culture,” and indeed her words echo throughout the Village and the city. No one of significance opposed the design for the Michael Kors God’s Love We Deliver building, a monstrous metallic handbag that is literally clad in some sort of tin, and casts a blinding glare. Yet, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation is ready to pounce upon the work of Robert A.M. Stern, one of our most visually ennobling architects. Stern’s stone-clad 40 Park Place, inspired by the classic One Wall St., is a joy to behold and a sensitive neighbor for the nearby Woolworth Building. The world-renowned New York skyline of 1949 has devolved into a sordid collection of what look like air conditioners or storage boxes for office peons. I think we ought to hold our horses before automatically attacking a quality addition to our skyline. The “grossly out of context scale” noted by Andrew Berman does not take into account the nearby 27-story Art Deco landmark One Fifth Ave. In fact, Stern’s design mirrors it, just as 40 Park Place actually enhances the Woolworth Building. If Berman can design a better building than Stern, this is his opportunity. Get to work, Andrew! Harry Pincus
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To The Editor: Re “Chin in clear win over Marte this time; Johnson, Rivera victorious” (news article, Nov. 9): Chin is returning for a third term because Aaron Foldenauer and Dashia Imperiale were spoilers in the primary election. In addition to the other horrors of Chin’s tenure, let’s not forget 135 Bowery, a beautiful 200-yearold building that our Landmarks Preservation Commission judged worthy of designation. Among other untruths, Chin promised that the new building on that site would be a space where small Chinese businesses could operate. None have moved in, and the rents are sky high. There’s one start-up on an upper floor but the rest still appears to be vacant. Looking at the history of interested parties in that property, it was owned by First American International Bank, which gave $5,190 to a Chin campaign.
Now she’s trying to destroy the Elizabeth St. Garden. This is so she can fulfill an old campaign promise to seniors of limited means for affordable housing. But she is only doing this on Elizabeth St. — far, far away from where she first intended to put that housing — because she was unable to make 100 percent of the housing affordable in the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area project on the Lower East Side. Also, take a look at the “affordable housing” business on Elizabeth St.: Built into the deal is that those units go market rate pretty quickly — so the whole things is a baitand-switch. That’s Chin at work. Elliott Hurwitt
Not an AIDS hospice To The Editor: Re “Feud between E. Side housing projects is blamed for a murder” (news article, Nov. 9): The Housing Works location at 743-749 E. Ninth St. is not an AIDS hospice, as the article states. It is instead a supportive-housing residence on the upper floors, with a community health center on the ground floor and second floor, offering primary care and behavioral health services to all Lower East Siders. Andrew Coamey Coamey is Housing Works senior vice president for housing, capital development, facilities and construction management
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Dancing in the streets for the right to boogie
TALKING POINT BY REV. JEN
t’s time for a victory dance! After 91 years, New York’s archaic Cabaret Law has been repealed in a 41to-1 vote. So put on your dancin’ shoes, wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care, head to your favorite watering hole and shake your booty clean off. (We have to wait until 30 days until after de Blasio signs off on the legislation, but it’s never too early to practice your moves at home.) This victory holds a special space in my heart, as I have been working on the law’s repeal since 1998 when I formed the “Dance Liberation” front, along with fellow Art Stars Robert Prichard and Faceboy. It all started one morning when I bumped into Robert Prichard, the proprietor of the now-defunct Surf Reality. He told me that the previous evening, Baby Jupiter, a club where I performed every Monday, was busted because their customers had been dancing. I wasn’t sure I’d heard him correctly. “Dancing?” I asked. Rob explained that in order to crack down on nightlife, Giuliani had dusted off a regulation from the 1920s called the “Cabaret Law,” which states that more than four people dancing in an unlicensed venue serving alcohol is illegal. Out of the thousands of bars in New York City, only a handful of the most well-financed clubs were able to obtain the dancing license. It took a minute to process the Kafkaesque concept: Dancing was illegal in “Fun City.” Rob suggested we create a group — the Dance Liberation Front or “DLF” to bring to light the heinous crime Guiliani’s nightlife task force was perpetrating on the public. I sprang into action and wrote a manifesto. It began with the line, “You thought the illegality of dancing was the stuff of science fiction, of Kevin Bacon movies, of small Midwestern Towns… YOU THOUGHT WRONG.” My declaration brought up the many reasons why dancing is good for the human body, mind and spirit and why it was simply un-American to prevent free people from moving their bodies however they saw fit. “What’s next?” I asked. “No fidgeting, no holding hands, no laughing, no kissing and no smiling… . Pretty soon everyone in Giuliani’s New York will have to sit perfectly still.” I was curious how the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs defined TheVillager.com
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At the “Robot Dance Protest” at Federal Hall back in the early days of the Dance Liberation Front, from left, patriots John Foster, Rev. Jen and Faceboy.
“dance.” Was it doing “the robot” or shaking your hips? How can you regulate something you can’t define?
Our mission was to make a mockery of the Cabaret Law.
After writing the manifesto, I went to the Army-Navy store, where I bought four black ski masks. Next stop was Surf Reality, where we donned our masks and filmed a communiqué for MNN and
various media outlets. Baby Jupiter had been padlocked all weekend and was set to reopen the following Monday night, when a private party for a slew of journalists was scheduled. It was an opportunity we pounced on. Clad in our ski masks and happy disco outfits, Face and Rob handed out manifestos, while I made my way to the sound booth. I took the microphone and read the manifesto, but was quickly chased away by the DJ. We ran back to Surf Reality where we brainstormed two dance actions to take place the following weekend. One would occur up in Midtown, where we would get a groove on in front of the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where “Footloose, the Musical” was being performed. The other would take place Downtown on a street corner. When the following weekend rolled around, we headed uptown with a large group of Art Stars and disco in my boom box. Arriving at the theater, we “cut a rug” in front of “Footloose.” A few of our “Dance Commandos” who
attempted to dance inside the theater were ushered out as the police came. But the cops found us entertaining and let us stay for a few more minutes before insisting we be on our way. When we got back Downtown, word was already out and huge crowds of dancers had already assembled in the street to create a liberated dance zone. Our mission was to make a mockery of the Cabaret Law, thereby garnering media attention and eventually public support for its eradication. We knew that to get attention, we would have to organize a spectacle bigger than our trip to “Footloose.” The answer was obvious: The DLF would organize New York’s longest conga line from Houston St. to Tompkins Square. Faceboy and I went out, hung posters and left fliers in every bar, shop and cafe in the East Village, trying to recruit dancers willing to conga outdoors in the middle of winter. Our posters caught the eye of journalists, who called us and wanted to write articles on the Cabaret Law. At the time, no one was writing about the law. Hence the authorities were doing what they always do when they think no one is looking: They behaved badly. So we made people look, which is what protests are designed to do. About two hours before the conga line was set to begin, I walked by the corner of Houston and Essex Sts., where to my horror, at least 100 cops, paddy wagons and N.Y.P.D. motorcycles were stationed awaiting the dance action. I ran to Robert’s and told him and Face. Faceboy said, “If they tell us we can’t do it, we’ll tell them it’s O.K. We’ll leave slowly, in a line, with a beat playing.” With trepidation, we walked over to Houston and Essex, where Faceboy spoke to the cops, some of whom remembered us from the “Footloose” action. To our relief, we discovered they weren’t there to stop us; they were there to escort us and ensure our safety. Our conga line now had police escorts. Hundreds of Dance Commandos showed up, clad in ridiculous costumes and evening wear. There was even a group of people dressed as giant insects. I wore a Teletubby costume and carried an American flag, since I felt what we were doing was both silly and patriotic. Finally, we were off, beginning to conga while singing to a conga beat: “Giu-li-an-i-is-a-jerk-HEY!” T here were maybe 400 marchers, altogether, but as we marched, people flooded the sidewalk and joined us. The New York Post estimated 700 dancers. When we got to Tompkins Square, Robert and I made short speeches, in which we encouraged revelers to “fight for their right to party!” We also sang our battle cry, “Mr. Mayor, we have not yet begun to wiggle!” As the party got crazier, the DANCE continued on p. 14 November 16, 2017
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cops made it clear that we’d overstayed our welcome, and we dispersed. The next day, The New York Times and Post both ran stories on the event. Robert thought the New York Civil Liberties Union might be interested in what we were up to, so he called the then-head of the N.Y.C.L.U., Norman Siegel, the First Amendment-rights advocate and lawyer. Siegel offered to help if we ran into any trouble with “The Man,” going so far as to give us his home phone number. He encouraged us to keep doing our dance actions while he worked on a more logical means of eradicating the law. We followed the conga line with a hokey-pokey circle around City Hall, a Times Square Twist-A-Thon and A Million-Mambo March. With each dance action, more dancers appeared who wanted to help fight tyranny on the dance floor. Publications began to write extensively about the DLF and Paper magazine asked Rob, Face and me to pose for their “Beautiful People Issue.” We each got to be onethird of a beautiful person. A Canadian television show called “Ooh-la-la” contacted the DLF, wanting to do a story on us. When the TV crew arrived in town a week later, we took
them to a bar called The Cock, where Faceboy stripped down to his underwear and danced to “Hot Stuff” on top of the bar. The following day, we took them to the Cuban Consulate, where we attempted to defect to Cuba, so that we could legally dance. Several intimidating men in suits came outside to speak with us. I showed them our list of nonnegotiable demands, which were as follows: 1.) We demand the repeal of all New York City cabaret laws regulating DANCE. 2.) New York City will recognize “DANCE” as expression and will afford DANCE all First Amendment protections. 3.) Henceforth, all New York City public transportation will feature DANCE music, preferably live. 4.) Every Saturday night is an official New York City DANCE holiday. 5.) Henceforth, our National Anthem will feature a beat. 6.) From now on, all New York City judges must wear “John Travolta” masks while court is in session. 7.) Henceforth, on every Tuesday and Thursday, pedestrians must conga across New York City intersections and crosswalks. Every Wednesday and Friday will feature alternate-side-of-thestreet DANCING.
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Rev. Jen, dressed in a monkey suit, fights for the right to party — and dance — at the “Hokey-Pokey Circle Protest,” another early action by DLF.
8.) From now on, all New York City employees will take a mandatory 10-minute DANCE break at 4 p.m. during the workweek. 9.) Mayor Rudolph Giuliani will be obligated to perform Demand No. 8 clad solely in a pair of Reverend Jen “Manties” and his DANCE must be silly. (“Manties” were men’s underwear I sold that had my picture on the crotch along with the phrase, “Rev. Jen Loves Me.”) 10.) New York City will undertake the formation of a “Department of Silly DANCES” to study and evaluate the Mayor’s compliance with Demand No. 9. The consulate wasn’t swayed by our list and, eventually, we were told to go home. Organizing the dance actions was exhausting, especially since we were often faced with apathy. I tried to hand out fliers on the street, but this was before Dubya, before backpack searches, and before the Patriot Act. So, disinterested
hipsters looked at me like I was an alien for giving a crap about civil liberties. Eventually, enough people did care. After a couple of years of DLF actions, other “legalize dancing” groups formed and Rob, Face and I were able to take a break. The Department of Consumer Affairs even made a public statement admitting that the laws were “outdated.” They called a public hearing on the Cabaret Law, where I was given a chance to speak before them. I wore a tutu and elf ears. Gretchen Dykstra, the commissioner of Consumer Affairs, was quoted as saying she’d never seen elf ears at a public hearing before. When I got up to speak, I was nervous, but managed to get through a oneminute speech that ended with something I’d heard Rob say at several of our meetings: “We have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And what is happiness if not dancing?”
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YouTube Space: The Free Frontier Slick facility feeds needs of hungry content creators BY RANIA RICHARDSON High above Chelsea Market, YouTube Space New York is a hive of activity, as video makers working in a variety of genres take advantage of a rare opportunity: free resources. YouTube is a video sharing website that allows users to upload, view, and share content. Along with large companies, independent creators contribute to the site and often gain a grassroots following for their online channel. Anyone with a YouTube channel that meets a minimum subscriber threshold can access the Chelsea production facility’s state-of-the-art equipment, in-house experts, and educational programs. “We have fi nite resources. So to democratize access, we ask for at least 10,000 subscribers,” said Adam Relis, head of YouTube Space NY, during a recent visit. “It’s a measure of concerted effort and consistency,” he noted, as opposed to counting “views” for individual videos, which could be in the millions, but occur without predictability. “It’s also a good milestone to reach,” Relis said of the 10,000 minimal subscriber number (1,000 for registered nonprofits), “and it motivates up-and-coming creators to hit the mark.” The upside for YouTube, a Google company, is being right there with their content providers as they work in the space, taking risks and experimenting. Google and the wider YouTube team contribute to the effort with new products and technology, such as updated live streaming. YouTube Space NY is a full-service production facility for all levels, from emerging creators setting up a tripod and using the professional studio for the fi rst time, to established ones who want access to expensive equipment and the latest technologies and knowledge in the field. The wood bleachers in the hallways of the space resemble those of the nearby High Line, and loft rooms with exposed brick identify the location as New York City. All 20,000 square feet of the Chelsea facility are equipped for fi lming. Each of the 10 TheVillager.com
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L to R: Brook England, Dnay B. and Tiffany M. Battle co-hosted the Sept. 8 edition of “Did Y’All See?” (new episodes every Friday).
global spaces — from São Paulo to Berlin to Mumbai — include unique characteristics that reflect the local community. This aim is carried out in a rotating group of seasonal fi lm sets that are easy to modify. A CBGB punk-rock club, a subway car, and a “Seinfeld”The hallway at YouTube Space NY was designed to be a gathering place with seating that invokes the nearby High Line.
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like diner join non-New York City spaces such as a submarine and spooky cabin. During the 2016 election season, a White House Press Briefi ng Room and an Oval Office set were used for news programs, humor, and even a beauty feature on candidate hairstyles. The Chainsmokers, a critically acclaimed and massively popular musical production duo, promoted voter registration with a stunt to see how many tacos they could assemble in the 1 minute and 34 seconds it takes to register to vote. (The answer is eight tacos, but guacamole may be missing in some; see (tinyurl.com/ y8xm5qxa.)
A newly built talk show set enhances the “Did Y’All See?” program recorded Thursdays (episodes air Fridays at tinyurl.com/y9onk3tr). The sleek sofa, glass coffee tables, and backdrop of the Manhattan skyline signal a sophisticated production. An offshoot of MadameNoire. com, a lifestyle website of news and inspiration for millennial women of color, “Did Y’all See?” began organically with the site’s editorial team believing that their discussions of current events and trending topics could engage others, in the vein of ABC’s “The View.” The fi rst episodes, from early 2014, were fi lmed at the editors’ desks. Eventually the program built a core
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audience, and now has 151,000 subscribers. In June, they recast the show with new co-hosts that have backgrounds in style blogging, professional dance, video production and social media influence. According to executive producer Raven Carter, via email, “We worked really diligently to build our audience and subscribers so that we could begin to fi lm at Space NY. What we’ve gained is better production quality, access to state-of-the-art equipment, and now, an actual talk show set, not to mention the incredible staff at YouTube.” In an empty room, where a digital image will replace a green screen, fi lmmaker Michael Della Polla sets up audio and camera equipment — including two high-end RED cameras — for Andy Mineo and Reach Records (youtube.com/user/reachrecords). Other assets on hand are lights, electrical, and grip equipment. The soup-to-nuts resources on offer include editing suites and voice-over recording booths. A virtual fi lm school is available through training workshops such as “Pre-Production and Narrative Structuring,” “Mics & Mixers: Recording Audio,” and “Advanced Gear Trainings and Post-Production,” in addition to individual customized consultations that can include mock
presentations reviewed by technical experts. According to conventional wisdom, there are fewer women video makers than men, so YouTube is proactively addressing the imbalance with initiatives for females in front of and behind the camera at Space NY, and around the world. One global production program for women includes mentoring as well as workshops, and a “supercharger” boot camp helps women get their original series of the ground, from pitch packages to business models. The types of channels utilizing YouTube Space NY run the gamut: “ScIQ” (tinyurl.com/yc8p4sz8) is dedicated to promoting scientific literacy; “TeamBackpack” (tinyurl.com/ yaodp2ja ) spotlights underground and independent emcees; “Glove and Boots” (tinyurl.com/ybw6g8ge) is a puppet series; and The Laurie Berkner Band (tinyurl.com/y9asydll) presents songs for preschoolers. In addition to providing next-level resources, Space NY holds workshops and events that are open to the public at large. For more information, check out YouTube Space NY at youtube.com/yt/space /new-york.html. For online help, YouTube Creator Academy (tinyurl.com/y9dgtwr9) tutorials can help the development of a creative process. TheVillager.com
Buhmann on Art ‘Partners in Design’ at Grey Art Gallery
(Top) Ludwig Mies van der Rohe: Barcelona Chair, designed 1929 (Stainless-steel and leather, 30 7/8 x 29 1/8 x 30 in.). Produced by Knoll International, NY.
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(Left) Eva Zeisel: Cloverware Bowl, designed c. 1947 (Plexiglas, 2 1/2 x 12 7/8 x 11 in.). Produced by the Clover Box and Manufacturing Company, NY. (Below) Installation shot, “Partners in Design.”
Photo by Nicholas Papananias
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BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN Showcasing the beauty of common objects, textiles, housewares and furniture, NYU’s Grey Art Gallery explores the hugely influential collaboration between Alfred H. Barr Jr., MoMA’s first director, and Philip Johnson, its first curator of architecture. By orchestrating a series of pioneering exhibitions at the museum in the 1930s and 40s, both men had been responsible for exposing American viewers to avantgarde European Modernist design for the first time. In addition, their revolutionary vision helped to inspire generations of museum professionals to come. Sparked by their passion, design slowly became understood as something that could be discovered everywhere. Suddenly, a chair or a table were deemed worthy of a museum display not because of their historic relevance, but due to their aesthetic qualities. The precursor for Barr and Johnson, of course, was the Bauhaus, the famous art school founded by the architect Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919, where crafts and the fine arts came together in the name of design. David A. Hanks, curator of “Partners in Design,” succeeds in pointing out the Bauhaus legacy, while also enabling visitors to explore the ultra modern interiors of “The Barr and Johnson Apartments” through 3D simulations of Johnson’s living room on E. 52nd St., for example. In fact, Johnson’s apartment (once described as “the most modern interior in America”) and Barr’s home (which for three years was directly above Johnson’s) served as laboratories where both men experimented with new designs and discussed them with each other incessantly. “That Modern design became a dominant esthetic in North America,” noted Hanks in the exhibition’s press release, “wasn’t inevitable. Rather, it took the convergence of an emerging European design movement, a young museum, and a unique partnership — one that spanned fifty years, two continents, and countless conversations — to generate the modernism that to this day still says ‘home’ to millions of Americans.” Through Dec. 9 at Grey Art Gallery (100 Washington Sq. East, btw. Waverly & Washington Places). Open Tues., Thurs., Fri., 11am–6pm; Wed., 11am–8pm; Sat., 11am–5pm. Thanksgiving week, closed as of 5pm Wed., Nov. 22, open again Tues., Nov. 28, 11am. Visit greyartgallery.nyu.edu or call 212-998-6780.
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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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Always helping kids isn’t always helping them RHYMES WITH CRAZY BY LENORE SKENAZY
elicopter parents who hover over their kids are the most popular of punching bags. Remember the mom who sued her 4-yearold’s $19,000-a-year preschool because the kid was spending time with the 2-year-olds, thus ruining her chances of getting into Harvard? You might figure I’d join the chorus of shame, since I founded Free-Range Kids, the movement dedicated to giving kids more freedom, and am now president of Let Grow, a new nonprofit whose aim is overthrowing overprotection. And O.K., you’d be right. Hard to resist a little shaming of that particular mom. She didn’t even realize that mixedage play is the greatest thing for kids since the invention of the sippy cup. Her daughter lording over all those 2-yearolds could have learned everything she needed to rule Silicon Valley when she’s 28. But, in general, beating up on moms and dads desperately trying to do the
best by their kids is pointless and even kind of cruel, when in truth they have very little choice. Ours is a culture that forces parents to micromanage. Even if you’re a parent who wants your kids to walk to school on their own or play in the park till the streetlights come on, there are fewer and fewer kids out there for them to do this with. In my day — which shall go un-pinpointed — the majority of kids walked to school. Today it’s 13 percent, nationally. Here in New York, each morning the school playgrounds are full of parents dropping off kids who a generation ago would have been mortified to be chaperoned. Meantime, we’ve all heard of parents who’ve been arrested for letting their kids go outside on their own. Once it is no longer the norm to let kids do anything unsupervised, it’s a vicious cycle. Parents helicopter because it’s hard
(and sometimes illegal) not to. After I wrote about letting my 9-yearold ride the subway alone, I went on talk show after talk show, starting with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, defending my belief that kids can do some things — even some slightly confusing or scary things — on their own. Many people disagreed. They still do. But we are living in the safest era in human history, according to Harvard’s Steven Pinker. (A professor that lady’s 4-year-old will never have!) New York’s murder rate for 2017 is on track to hit a new historic low. So why supervise our offspring like we’re living in the end times? Kids need some independence — and even a little risk. A study on risky play published in Evolutionary Psychology found that kids “dose” themselves with the level of risk they can handle — for instance, by climbing ever higher on the monkey bars. The thrill they feel is their reward for being brave. The more kids tiptoe to beyond their comfort level, the braver they become. Facing your fears (as anyone in therapy can attest) has a sort of “antiphobic effect.” Children deprived of the chance to face those fears because an adult is always standing by to “help” them can end up more anxious. What’s more, with constant adult assistance and intervention,
they don’t even get to organize their own games, or solve their own spats. They never get lost and have to find their way home, scared but then triumphant. So all these coping skills get less developed. And it could be argued that this is why today’s college students are having a harder time than earlier generations getting along on their own. In just five years — 2011 to 2016 — the number of undergrads reporting “overwhelming anxiety” jumped from 50 percent to 62 percent. Having been protected from so many risks and discomforts as children, they are hypersensitive to these at university. Hence, perhaps, the demand for a “safe space” when someone they dislike comes to speak. It’s not that these students are literally not safe. But it may feel that way because something is making them anxious and no one is stopping it, the way adults always have till now. The antidote is simple: Make it easier for adults to give kids back their freedom. Don’t arrest or shame parents who let their kids do things on their own. Don’t exaggerate the dangers and difficulties of childhood. Don’t say, “What if something bad happens?” and then use that made-up, what-if, unlikely scenario as if it’s a real, immediate and probable risk. Put simply: Don’t step in when you can step back and let your kids go…and grow.
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TOP DRIVER DISTRACTIONS Using mobile phones Leading the list of the top distractions behind the wheel are mobile phones. Phones now do more than just place calls, and drivers often cannot pull away from their phones, even when driving. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, studies have shown that driving performance is lowered and the level of distraction is higher for drivers who are heavily engaged in cell
phone conversations. The use of a hands-free device does not lower distraction levels. The percentage of vehicle crashes and nearcrashes attributed to dialing is nearly identical to the number associated with talking or listening.
Daydreaming Many people will admit to daydreaming behind the wheel or looking at a person or object outside of the car for too long. Per-
haps they’re checking out a house in a new neighborhood or thought they saw someone they knew on the street corner. It can be easy to veer into the direction your eyes are focused, causing an accident. In addition to trying to stay focused on the road, some drivers prefer the help of lane departure warning systems.
Eating Those who haven’t quite mastered walking and
chewing gum at the same time may want to avoid eating while driving. The majority of foods require a person’s hands to be taken off of the wheel and their eyes to be diverted from the road. Reaching in the back seat to share some French fries with the kids is also distracting. Try to eat meals before getting in the car. For those who must snack while en route, take a moment to pull over at
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Reading Glancing at an advertisement, updating a Facebook status or reading a book are all activities that should be avoided when driving. Even pouring over a traffic map or consulting the digital display of a GPS system can be distracting.
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