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The Paper of Record for Greenwich Village, East Village, Lower East Side, Soho, Union Square, Chinatown and Noho, Since 1933

April 19, 2018 • $1.00 Volume 88 • Number 16

M.T.A. misses the bus on switching to electric during L train shutdown BY SYDNEY PEREIR A

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he Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s plan to shuttle 70 buses an hour over the Williamsburg Bridge, and create a high-efficiency “busway” on 14th St., during the proposed L train shutdown, offers the chance to bring the city’s surface-

transportation system into the future. But critics say it won’t. Village and Chelsea community groups, joined by disabled-rights activists, recently filed suit against the city’s plan. In addition, some are critical of the M.T.A.’s missing the opportunity to use the 15-month BUSES continued on p. 10

‘Plugged in’ Villager wins 7 NYPA awards in newspaper contest

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n the strength of its editorials, columns, obituaries, in-depth reporting, and news and feature writing, The Villager racked up a total of seven awards in the New York Press Association’s 2017 Better Newspaper Contest. The plaques and certificates, recognizing outstanding journalism donee during last year, were

handed out at NYPA’s spring convention in Albany last weekend. The entries were judged earlier this year by members of the Michigan Press Association. The Villager took home first place in the prestigious category of Editorials. Written by Lincoln Anderson, The Villager’s editor AWARDS continued on p. 8

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Friday the 13th was unluck y for Johan Figueroa-González a.k.a. the Village’s “living sculpture.” See Page 15.

‘Historic mistake’: Hotel imperils museum house BY SYDNEY PEREIR A

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t was standing room only at a Community Board 2 meeting to discuss a proposal propo to build an eightstory b building next door to the 186-year-old 18 Merchant’s House Museum last Wednesday night. Developers have been seeking approval for the hotel project since at least 2011. The C.B. 2 Land Use & Busi-

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ness Development Committee meeting on April 11 was yet another hurdle. Developers of the Kalodop II Park Corp. are seeking a zoning text amendment, which they need in order to get a special permit to build the hotel at the site. They recently submitted an application for the hoped-for zoning changes to the City Planning Commission. Much of the audience at last week’s meeting, however, was

vehemently against the proposal. “The significance of the house and the history of the city of New York cannot be overstated,” Margaret “Pi” Gardiner, the Merchant’s House Museum executive director, told the meeting. The historic building, she added, “is extremely vulnerable.” And Gardiner would know — at least from her perspective of 28 years as the East VilMERCHANT’S continued on p. 6

Dylan’s Chelsea Hotel door goes for $100K .......p. 4 On that note..: Record Store Day is Saturday. .. p. 12 www.TheVillager.com


Real news! Ex-publisher Butson endows award

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purred by her concern about the current political climate and the “war on the media,� former Villager Publisher Elizabeth Butson has established an annual award in honor of her late husband to recognize outstanding investigative journalism. The inaugural Thomas G. Butson Award for InDepth Reporting was handed out at the announcement of the New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest winners this past weekend in Albany. Elizabeth and Tom Butson owned The Villager and Downtown Express from 1992 to 2000. Tom, a retired assistant editor at The New York Times and former managing editor at the Toronto Star, was The Villager’s editor in chief. He died at age 68 in 2000. Speaking at the NYPA event, Elizabeth Butson explained why she decided to create the award, for which she has bestowed an annual $1,000 cash prize, to be split among the winners. (Award categories usually have various divisions based on the newspapers’ circulation size.) “Real news is called fake news. Misinformation is served as news,� Butson said of the current situation. “It’s really a very sad state of affairs, and this is why community newspapers are so important. Yes,� she said firmly, as the audience applauded her words. “You are the voice of the community and you should be a very strong voice,� she continued. “You must report and you must publish, without fear and without favor. This is very important, especially for some people who don’t have a voice to fight for some inequalities we see in society.� Specifically, she cited the example of former Villager reporter Claude Solnik doggedly championing the cause of Fernando Bermudez, who was wrongly

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convicted in 1991 for the killing of a man on 13th St. Bermudez was finally released in 2009. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Solnik] had come across data that really was crucial to the case,â&#x20AC;? she recalled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He followed the case for five years. And, finally, this man, who was no longer young after 10 years in jail, was exonerated.â&#x20AC;? As Solnik wrote, in a Villager article about the manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s release from prison, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bermudez had been sentenced to 23 years to life after teenagers picked his photo in connection with the crime. But since then everybody who picked the photo recanted. Voluminous evidence not only pointed to someone else, but to the fact that the main witness repeatedly told police and prosecutors before the conviction that someone else committed the crime. Prosecutors never pursued that lead.â&#x20AC;? Said Butson, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so important to practice investigative journalism. It is difficult because it takes a lot of time, a lot of effort, and also it takes some additional funds that sometimes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficult for community newspapers to come up with.â&#x20AC;? The award, she said, was her way of doing â&#x20AC;&#x153;something positiveâ&#x20AC;? rather than just complaining about things. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought that since Tom and I believed so strongly about the importance of investigative reporting, to establish this award,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good luck,â&#x20AC;? she told the roomful of reporters, editors and publishers from across New York State, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the future of journalism is in your hands.â&#x20AC;? As it turned out, Lincoln Anderson, The Villagerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s editor in chief, won honorable mention for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Butson Award, prompting Michelle Rea, NYPAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director, to remark, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is sweet.â&#x20AC;?

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Stop treating us like garbage: Bowery tenants BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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isplaced tenants from 85 Bowery and about a dozen supporters rallied in front of the tenantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; home on Tuesday to denounce the actions of their landlord, who, the tenants charge, threw their possessions into a dumpster on April 11 instead of moving them into an agreed-upon storage unit. They also denounced the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Buildings for its inaction to ensure their quick return to their apartments and for allowing the landlord to toss out their belongings. Speakers included Zishun Ning, from Chinese Staff and Workers, and Vincent Cao, one of the main activists helping the tenants, plus two tenant leaders. They said that since the beginning of their issues with landlord Joseph Betesh, the city has been unable to stop his abuse. After a hunger strike by the tenants, the Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office promised to keep a careful eye on any work Betesh did in the building, they said, yet the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner still threw their belongings into the trash. The tenants also met with a team of lawyers Tuesday to discuss ways to be compensated for all they lost in the dumpster. The tenants charge that D.O.B. has

Tenants of 85 Bower y and their suppor ters rallied outside the building on Tuesday.

broken many promises. On the night of their forced evacuation from the building due to unsafe structural conditions inside, tenants were promised they would be allowed to return in two weeks. The initial return date was rescheduled to March 28, but then postponed again because asbestos was found during construction inside the building. Tenants say they were also told that D.O.B. would visit the building on a regular basis to ensure Betesh was not

doing anything illegal. Yet, the agency apparently wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t watching when the tenantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; possessions were tossed, and it was only by chance that a tenant walking by noticed them in the dumpster. Lost items include wedding photo albums, important personal financial documents, a watch gifted to a young woman by her late grandmother and many other priceless mementoes and records. The press conference was called to

announce a protest outside of D.O.B.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offices, at 280 Broadway, at 5 p.m. on Thurs., April 26. The tenants say they are demanding to know when D.O.B. and the city will â&#x20AC;&#x153;step up and defend them from further abuse â&#x20AC;&#x201D; instead of standing by while we are treated like literal garbage.â&#x20AC;? City Councilmember Margaret Chin and Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou both denounced Beteshâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions on April 11, with Chin calling them â&#x20AC;&#x153;utterly disgusting,â&#x20AC;? and Niou slamming them as â&#x20AC;&#x153;beyond unacceptable, disrespectful and inhumane.â&#x20AC;? A Betesh spokesperson issued a statement on the trashing of tenantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; possessions, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfortunately, mistakes were made by workers tasked with removing items from the building. We are taking responsibility for this situation and are investigating further to determine why usable items belonging to families of 85 Bowery were mistakenly discarded. Our initial review has made it clear that this work did not meet our standards and we have taken action to ensure it does not happen again. Items taken from the building as part of this process will be brought to appropriate storage facilities, where the families will have direct access to them. We will be reimbursing families of 85 Bowery for any items that were mistakenly discarded.â&#x20AC;?

POLICE BLOTTER Beatinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; not eatinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; An argument between two men inside the McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at 136 W. Third St., near Sixth Ave., on Wed., April 11, ended when one of them punched the other and struck him with a chair, police said. The 1:55 p.m. attack left the victim, 34, with bruising and cuts to his head. He was transported to Beth Israel Hospital in stable condition. On April 18, police reported that Durwin Denheart, 25, of Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, had been charged with assault.

missing on March 29, but was said to be back at home by April 2.

Bicycle battery Two women assaulted a man at 114 Christopher St., just east of Bedford St., on Sat., April 4, at 2:20 a.m., police said. The females punched and kicked the 44-year-old victim multiple times. On top of that, one of the suspects picked up a bicycle and threw it at the victim, bruising his right eye. Tatiana Williams, 33, and Dominique Sanders, 29, were arrested April 14 for assault.

Cornelia conďŹ&#x201A;ict A man was robbed and assaulted by his partner in their apartment at 25 Cornelia St., on Fri., April 6, at 12:45 p.m., according to police. The 58-year-old victim told cops he saw the other guy take his money and jewelry without his permission. When he went to get it back, the two argued and the suspect punched and shoved the victim down. The victim got up, but his partner clouted him in the head with a cane. Kenneth Usavage, 57, was arrested for felony robbery. As previously reported by thevillager.com, Usavage was reported TheVillager.com

Bad call A man was arrested for violating an order of protection against his ex-girlfriend at her Village last month. Police said the woman was in her apartment at 66 W. Ninth St. on Tues., March 6, at 10:13 p.m., when she received a phone call from her ex, against whom she has an order of protection. Joel Christopher-Whittman, 23, was arrested on Sun., April 15.

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icco / Maresca Gallery, on W. 20th St., was crowded on Thursday evening, April 12, as viewers gathered for the auction of 52 doors that had once graced the portals of some of the mythic Hotel Chelsea’s rooms. The beaten-up, whitewashed wooden doors hung from the ceiling of the Chelsea gallery, illuminated by spotlights, as though works of art worthy of close scrutiny. Guests moved close to them, admired them, studied them intently, as though they might discover some deep significance, some truth revealed in them, that they might decipher some ancient hieroglyphic scratched upon their surface. Perhaps, they imagined that some of the hotel’s creative powers might accrue to them by merely being in their presence, that they would be able to tap into the hotel’s deep history. A chart on the wall illustrated the associations of characters, including Thomas Wolfe, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, W.E.B DuBois, Bob Marley, Tennessee Williams, Humphrey Bogart, Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick, Jimi Hendrix and many more, who had passed through these doors, opened, closed them daily, whose lives unfolded behind them. In addition to those who crowded the Chelsea gallery, Guernsey’s Auctions, which ran the event, has an online component, as the hotel doors attracted international attention. Articles on the auction appearing in The Guardian, the Daily Mail, the French and Japanese press and The Villager helped to fuel interest in the doors’ auction. The gathering included people who continue to reside in the Chelsea through its ongoing, lengthy renovation, former hotel occupants and guests, the curious and those merely hoping to be in the presence of these relics. A group of four well-dressed businessmen standing before one of the doors told me they came due to their interest in the musicians who had lived and created at the hotel. I watched as one of the group later bid on the Dylan door, going up to $60,000, before dropping out of the bidding, disappointed. The history of the doors journey, from a dumpster outside the hotel to becoming

highly valued items is certainly evidence of the truth of the old adage “one man’s trash is another’s treasure.” Sadly, the hotel’s current owners lacked the insight of Jim Georgiou, a homeless person and former Hotel Chelsea resident, who realized the cultural import of the hotel, of these doors. The auction was the moment to discover the historic portals’ monetary value. Estimates ranged from $1,000 for some of the doors lacking attribution, and thus lacking any link to celebrity, to up to $100,000 for a few of the ones with some link to one of the hotel’s more fabled guests. As guests chatted easily over glasses of champagne, poured by the servers in black tie, some shared their memories of their experiences while living in the hotel, its meaning in their lives, conjectured on which door they believed might garner the most interest, the highest bid. I listened in as John Tytell chatted with David Sands in front of the Herbert Huncke door. Tytell, a renowned English professor at Queens College, wrote the first scholarly text with a positive assessment of the Beat writers, “Naked Angels,” in 1976. Sands, a retired Columbia University librarian, had been close to Huncke for years. Sands recently published a small book describing his friendship with Huncke. Each had visited the hotel many times, had deep associations with many who had lived there. Amazingly, they discovered that Sands had introduced Tytell to Huncke back in the 1970s when Tytell was researching his book, and had difficulty arranging an interview with the Beat writer. Jim offered to devote half of his proceeds from the doors’ sale to City Harvest. Before the auction, a City Harvest spokesperson spoke briefly about the organization’s work and how grateful they were for Jim’s generosity. She explained that each $1,000 raised would feed 1,000 homeless meals, so to bid generously. A slide of the first door up for auction, along with photos of Joni Mitchell and Quentin Crisp, who had once occupied the room, was projected on a screen at the front of the room. Bids rolled in, on the phones, over the Internet, from people in the room. When the auctioneer cried out “Sold!” at the $8,000 mark, the room burst into applause.

A party atmosphere overtook the room as the auction continued. Several film crews wandered about filming the event. Journalists with microphones asked questions of guests. Energy and excitement were evident as door after door went up for sale. Even doors without any attribution to famed for residents drew bids, were sold. I watched as a woman standing beside me bid on the Jim Morrison door. Her face appeared strained as the bidding rose, as she struggled, almost agonizingly, with each of her bids. She looked dejected, defeated, crestfallen as the door sold to another bidder for $8,000. She bid on several other doors linked to famous musical former occupants, before landing the Jimi Hendrix door for $13,000. Oddly, as the auction progressed, I scanned the room for Jim, who was nowhere in sight. Could the excitement of it all have been too much for him? Hardly. Around mid-auction he appeared, clad in his usual corduroy coat, which he related to me he purchased at the local Salvation Army thrift store on Eighth Ave., dungarees and hat. He warmly greeted his old neighbors, moved about the room, smiling, laughing, a film crew in tow recording his every move. Excitement built as the Dylan door came up, the very one behind which Dylan had penned, “Staying up all night at the Chelsea Hotel, writing ‘Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands’ for you,” on a track for his wife Sara from his “Desire” album. Surely, those lyrics echoed through many people’s memory as the bidding for it gradually rose. When the bidding reached $100,000, the auctioneer pronounced, “Fair warning! Going once! Going twice! Sold!’ The room went wild with hooting howling, raucous shouting. Near pandemonium. A bit later, competition was high for the Leonard Cohen and Janis Joplin door. It was in that room that Cohen wrote the immortal line “I remember it well, at the Chelsea Hotel.” I’ll choose to leave the door shut on the remainder of the line, in the interests of modesty. However, Leonard and Janis’s tryst feel short of Dylan’s ode to his wife Sara, selling DOORS continued on p. 7 TheVillager.com


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‘Historic mistake’: Hotel imperils museum house MERCHANT’S continued from p. 1

lage museum’s director. Around 80 years of archives reveals how the Merchant’s House has been damaged from nearby construction and demolition in the past. Back in 1988, Gardiner witnessed firsthand the possibilities of what could happen: A building that was demolished near the Merchant’s House caused $1 million in damages, and the museum was closed on and off for two-and-a-half years. “I was actually in the building at the time, and it sounded like an earthquake,” Gardiner recalled. “The developers had promised in writing that they would remove the building next door brick by brick in respect of the Merchant’s House next door. And they didn’t. They bulldozed it. It caused major structural damage.” Cracks were so large that Gardiner could see the street through them and even fit her hand through one of them. At that time, the house was beginning to collapse “like a house of cards,” she recalled. But the current developers contend they have a protection plan in place to protect the landmarked structure at 29 E. Fourth St., between the Bowery and Lafayette St., from damages. The plan was approved by the city’s Parks Department, which is technically the owner of the museum building, the developers told the meeting audience. The proposed construction site next door is currently occupied by a small building. “The existing building is a one-story building that has no historic significance and is being used to house hot dog carts and vendors right now,” said Michael Kramer, the leasing director of ParkIt Management. “We are hoping that we can put it to a better use and be a better neighbor to the Merchant’s House than this tenant would be. That’s one of our goals.” But the three individuals who presented the plan to the C.B. 2 committee — Kramer, land use attorney Jeremiah “Jed” Candreva and structural engineer Karl Rubenacker — faced a tough crowd. Nearly everyone in the audience was against the developers’ plan. Most wore stickers or held signs demanding C.B. 2 reject the developers’ request to amend the zoning text for the special permit. After the developers’ team made their presentation, eight people testified for saving the Merchant’s House. One of them, the museum’s lawyer, Michael Hiller, gave a rousing speech, saying that if the hotel is built, “it’s going to be devastating.” Hiller argued that the certificate of appropriateness for the hotel project granted by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission did not take into consideration the Merchant’s House, in particular, but rather, the surrounding historic neighborhood. The E. Fourth St. building was designated a New York City exterior landmark by L.P.C. in 1965, and was later designated an interior landmark in 1981. The house is one of only 117 buildings in the city whose interiors are landmarked, and it stands exactly as it was in the 19th century — with the original plaster, furniture and even clothing, from when the Tredwell family lived there for nearly a century. Each person who testified technically had just three minutes, but when Frederica Sigel, co-chairperson of the Land Use Committee, began to cut Hiller off, the audience roared. One man yelled out several times, “What’s wrong with you?” adding, “We’re trying to save a museum here.” Sigel backpedaled, allowing Hiller to continue. He then accused the developers of “spot zoning,” in which a zoning change is made to benefit only the building developers. The specific zoning text the developers want to amend, ZR 74-712, would only af-

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Opponents of the hotel slated for next to the Merchant’s House Museum held up posters slamming the project at last Wednesday’s C.B. 2 committee meeting.

fect two lots — 27 East Fourth St. and 53 Great Jones St. There would be no citywide benefit in changing the text, rather, only the developers would profit from being able to construct the eight-story hotel, Hiller argued. The audience cheered and applauded Hiller. But Kramer, speaking to The Villager the next day, denied that it is spot zoning since the change would apply to only two buildings. However, Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, disagreed, saying it would indeed be a case of spot zoning. “The zoning change they are seeking would only apply to their lot, but they are technically asking that it apply to all lots in the Noho Historic District Extension with one-story buildings on them,” he said. “There is only one other such building in the extension district,” he noted, referring to 53 Great Jones St., “and it already sold its air rights, so there is no applicability. Spot zoning is illegal because zoning is supposed to apply to broad areas and be unbiased and not intended to hurt of favor particular developers. So it is illegal to rezone just one lot. But they have come up with a clever way of trying to get around that.” The zoning changes sought by the developers include being allowed to forgo adding a setback at the sixth story and including a restaurant, among other things. The developers plan for the eight-story hotel to have 28 rooms total for it to be an extended-stay hotel. As a New York Times article in March 2014 explained, extended-stay hotels are also known as “corporate or short-term housing,” and stays can range from six months to multiyear leases. The units, as the article put it, are “a cross between hotel rooms and apartments.” The ground floor would include a lobby and a restaurant with about 20 tables, primarily for hotel patrons. “This is a very small, quaint hotel restaurant space,” Candreva told the meeting.

The hotel’s operator, which would be a European entity, searches for “niche” locations, Kramer said; but the developers said they could not disclose the operator’s name at this time. The public asked what benefits the hotel would provide, and Kramer explained that it would benefit New York’s economic development, as well as the travel and tourism industry. “New York City is probably the number one tourist destination in the world, and we have been asked by a group that we respect to build them a hotel,” Kramer added to the Villager on Thursday. The C.B. 2 Land Use Committee members discussed the possibility of negotiations between the Merchant’s House and the developers and what that might entail. But some committee members felt that was outside of their purview; they said the committee’s final resolution on the matter should, rather, address the proposal in front of them with a direct yes or no, since the two parties could later negotiate themselves. Also testifying at the meeting, John Krawchuk, the executive director of the Historic House Trust of New York City, requested that a shadow-and-sunlight study be conducted to determine what impact the project — which would loom four-and-a-half stories above the adjacent Merchant’s House — would have on the existing garden behind the museum. The developers’ plans, so far, are “just too generic to really know,” he told The Villager after the meeting. The Merchant’s House, beloved to many residents in the surrounding neighborhoods, lures people in, Gardiner said. “When you walk into the house, the 19th century is permeable,” she said. “You can feel it, and that’s what touches people. It’s quite miraculous.” She said that, although she is not an engineer, with all the information she has so far, she knows the house cannot handle any more precarious situations. “This poor house has been through a lot, and how much more can it take?” she said. “And is it worth testing that? I don’t think it is.” TheVillager.com


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for a mere $85,000. Illustrious Chelsea girl Edie Sedgwick, whose door also had an Andy Warhol association, and behind which Warhol shot â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chelsea Girls,â&#x20AC;? came in a distant third place at $52,500. As the auction ended, Jim rose to address the crowd. He spoke eloquently of how the Hotel Chelsea had been founded on the principles of Charles Fourier, a 19th-century French philosopher who espoused utopian socialist ideals, and who imagined creating cooperative communities founded on trust, caring and mutual support among its members. Fourier is credited with originating the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;feminismâ&#x20AC;? in 1837. Jim explained how the hotel residents continued to exhibit these same qualities of kindness, cooperation and love. He described how he experienced these while living at the hotel. He reviewed his extensive research, and described a brief history he was in the process of preparing and planned to distribute to the hotel residents, which contained the names of 350 noted creative individuals who had lived and worked at the hotel. In closing, Jim mentioned how he hoped people had been lifted for a moment from all of the turmoil that is currently transpiring in our world. As I left the auction, stepping out into

the balmy evening, I marveled that Jim had worked some shamanlike rite in elevating these bits of cultural detritus to a more lofty realm. He had transmitted his deep love for the Hotel Chelsea, and all that had transpired within its walls, to a gallery packed with onlookers. Almost as a fable, his story has resonated worldwide, as obviously there is a void being experienced by many in the face of the onslaught of rapacious overdevelopment. I thought how sad that these doors are being dispersed to wherever, how they might have remained, been honored within their home, perhaps, been refashioned into a museum on site, where they could have been appreciated as they were at the Ricco / Maresca Gallery. I had the opportunity to witness the vision of a former homeless man become real, and how this all resulted from the blindness of a group of developers. Walking east along 20th St. between Ninth and 10th Aves., I passed 454 W. 20th St., the building where Jack Kerouac wrote â&#x20AC;&#x153;On The Road,â&#x20AC;? on the fabled Western Union scroll in the early 1950s. With no marker to celebrate this fact, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another bit of New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deep history lost over time. Fortunately, Jim saved these doors from destruction, so that we might appreciate them, but more so that we might stop for a moment to appreciate our history.

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in chief, the three submitted editorials included “Frozen out,” calling on the city’s Rent Guidelines Board to give a rollback (a rent reduction) to rent-regulated tenants, arguing this was justified based on past undeserved rent increases: “Must try suing,” supporting the takeover of the Elizabeth St. Garden by a new group committed to suing to stop the city’s plan to build affordable housing there; and “Protect the path” — written the day after the terror attack on the Hudson River bikeway — urging the state Department of Transportation to ensure that motor vehicles could no longer continue to drive onto the path. “Numerous entries had strong takes and tremendous writing,” the judge for this category wrote, “but what separated this entry from the others was the action taken afterward. This is a publication that is plugged into its community and is taking active stands on issues, that is driving momentum behind that position. These editorials had impact.” The Villager won first place for Best Obituaries, for one on Morton St. artist / photographer / activist Judy Seigel, by former longtime Villager staff reporter Albert Amateau, and another one on Richard Hambleton, the enigmatic “Shadowman” street artist, by Anderson. The Hambleton “obit” included an arresting photo by Clayton Patterson of the artist peering into the camera, while clutching a beer. The one on Seigel included a photo of her holding an oversized print of one of her shots of pimps and hustlers in Times Square in the 1980s. “Riveting, powerful, raw, real and messy — these obituaries do justice to the fact that death, like life, is anything but sanitary and neat,” the judge for these entries wrote in his or her comments. “Well researched and written — and great choice of photos.” (In fact, The Villager tied for first place for Best Obituaries with its sister paper Gay City News, which submitted obits on gay-marriage trailblazer Edie Windsor and legendary newsman Jimmy Breslin.) The Villager nearly swept Best Columns, with Michele Herman winning first place, and Carl Rosenstein a.k.a. “The Angry Buddhist” snagging second. Herman’s three columns included interviews of Villagers displaced by fires, soccer players in East River Park trying to save the life of a heart attack victim, and an in-depth look at retail’s plight on Christopher and Bleecker Sts. This category’s judge said of Herman’s pieces, “Firmly rooted in local interest, the columns displayed the sense that the writer was willing to dive into the community, talk with anyone and everyone and distill [it all] into something with meaning — delightfully local, thoughtful collecting of expertise. ... Great writing, great voice with high impact.” Meanwhile, Rosenstein’s three columns included ones on the Trump

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wooden blockhead “Nail-a-thon” by artist Sandra Koponen in Tompkins Square Park, which the writer condemned as hateful; activist Linda Sarsour — who Rosenstein called out as a female-genitalmutilation defender — ironically being invited to speak at the CUNY School of Public Health’s commencement; and Congressmember Jerrold Nadler’s and Senator Chuck Schumer’s ongoing failure to rebalance the one-way toll on the Verrazano Bridge that clogs Downtown Manhattan’s street with traffic. “Another strong, distinctive voice, aimed at having a local impact,” the judge wrote. “I may have disagreed with some of his opinions, but good writing and wellthought-out theses kept me reading.” Villager Editor Anderson also won honorable mention for Best News or Feature Series for his articles on comicturned-radio journalist Randy Credico and his alleged role in so-called “Russiagate”; Credico was fingered by G.O.P. operative Roger Stone as the “back channel” between Stone and Julian Assange, in WikiLeaks’ publishing of e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee. “This is a fun story built around a strange episode,” the judge noted. Villager “two-way” photographer / reporter Tequila Minsky and Anderson teamed up to win honorable mention in the inaugural Thomas G. Butson Award for In-Depth Reporting, named for The Villager’s editor during the 1990s. The Villager’s entries were a package on immigration during the time of Trump, with Minsky doing a profile of Villagebased New Sanctuary Coalition activist Ravi Ragbir, plus a report on a ceremony at Judson Memorial Church at which an illegal immigrant’s electronic ankle monitor was cut off. Anderson’s contribution was an in-depth article on the impact of Trump’s “travel ban” on foreign Muslim and undocumented students at N.Y.U. The judge for the Butson Award wrote, “These articles put a local face on a national issue through some aggressive reporting and strong interviews.” Ira Blutreich won third place for Editorial Cartoon for his take on Trump’s response to the slogan “Not my president.” “I know…it seems too good to be true,” a smug Trump is shown shrugging. “Amusing use of hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil and Trump’s ability to let things roll off his back,” the judge said. A total of 156 newspapers submitted nearly 2,800 entries for NYPA’s Better Newspaper Contest. The Villager earned a total of 75 points in editorial categories, good enough to finish in the top 10 newspapers — in a tie for ninth place. In addition, NYC Community Media, The Villager’s parent company — which also includes Gay City News, Downtown Express and Chelsea Now — finished fourth over all in New York State in total contest points among group or chain newspapers. TheVillager.com


And the Judges said...*

PHOTO BY CLAYTON PATTERSON

Richard Hambleton, the “Shadowman.”

PHOTO BY TEQUILA MINSKY

Cutting off an immigrant’s ankle monitor at Judson Church.

‘Taking active stands on issues… . These editorials had impact.’

‘Firmly rooted in local interest. … Great writing, great voice.’

Editorials

Best Column

First Place Lincoln Anderson

First Place Michele Herman

‘Riveting, powerful, raw, real and messy.’

‘Articles put a local face on a national issue.’

Best Obituaries

Best News or Feature Series

First Place Albert Amateau and Lincoln Anderson

Honorable Mention Tequila Minsky and Lincoln Anderson

* NY Press Assn. 2017 Better Newspaper Contest

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shutdown, which would startt in April 2019, as a testing ground for electric buses in place of diesel buses. More to the point, though apparently not studied as part of the L train mitigation plan, local air quality — and, thus, New Yorkers’ health — could be improved by thee use of electric buses. The city’s mitigation plan calls for banning turning 14th St. into a car-banning way bike “busway,” installing a two-way g ferries lane along 13th St., and adding S between Williamsburg and Stuyvesant Town. It also includes 200 new M.T.A. buses — running in Brooklyn, over the Williamsburg Bridge, connecting to Downtown subway hubs and along 14th St. — to pick up the slack during the L’s closure. Yet, just 15 of those buses will be all electric. Those 15 are part of the city’s plan to purchase 60 all-electric buses by 2021. “Diesel is a scourge for the city and the state of New York,” said state Senator Brad Hoylman, who wrote a letter to the M.T.A. in early February, asking why more electric buses were not included in the plan. The M.T.A. launched a pilot program with 10 electric buses in January, but Hoylman called it “too little and not fast enough.” According to the authority, the 10-

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One of the 295 Near Zero buses run on renewable natural gas (RNG) used by the Los Angeles Count y Metropolitan Transpor tation Authorit y a.k.a. L A Metro. Electric is another non-diesel option for buses.

bus pilot program will “help inform the planned purchase of 60” electric buses by 2021, and 15 will be used along the 14th St. busway during the Carasie Tunnel repairs. The beginnings of an electric bus fleet in New York may be evidence of some movement toward a sustainable transit system, but other cities are rapidly outrunning New York by leaps and bounds. Shenzhen, China, for instance, had more than 16,000 electric buses in 2017 — nearly 60 times more than it had in 2012. Cost may be one obvious factor hold-

ing the M.T.A. back. Electric buses cost, on average, $300,000 more than diesel buses, according to a 2016 report by Judah Aber commissioned by New York City Transit. Aber conducted the study as part of Columbia University’s environmental science and policy graduate program. But the healthcare cost benefits far surpass any upfront losses from buying electric buses. Aber found that $150,000 per year in healthcare costs could be saved with each electric bus. “That’s a lot of potatoes,” Aber said. Those costs illuminate just how pricey respiratory problems and heart disease that result from the chemicals that spew out the back of diesel buses can be. Carbon dioxide, nitrous oxides and a general toxic stew of various chemicals known as particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5) are just a few chemicals New Yorkers breathe in everyday. Particulate matter has been linked to premature death, nonfatal heart attacks, irregular heartbeat, aggravated asthma, decreased lung function and other respiratory issues, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Regular cars emit these toxins, too. In New York City alone, particulate matter emitted from buses and trucks causes 170 premature deaths a year, according to a 2016 study published in the scientific journal Environmental Health. Cars’ particulate-matter emissions are attributable to 100 deaths per year. The study also found that emissions from buses and trucks result in 360 emergency room visits, while cars were responsible for 190. For state Senator Hoylman, however, the upfront cost of electric buses is not what is holding the M.T.A. back from adding more of them. “I don’t think it’s the dollars that are blocking the M.T.A.,” he said. “It’s a lack of vision and bureaucratic inertia that prevents our transit system from being a world leader on this issue.” In response to The Villager’s request for comment, an M.T.A. spokesperson said, “Since electric buses are a rela-

tiv tively new technology in the New York tra transit world, they still require field tes testing, which is the M.T.A.’s reasoning fo for the low number of electric buses sso far.” “We always seem to be the last to aadopt improvements,” Hoylman said. “We should be the California of the East Coast on the environment.” Hoylman said the potential L shutdown is a missed opportunity for a massive electric-bus pilot program. Beyond the buses’ cost, there are o other major infrastructure hurdles tha that would have to be addressed to create a long-lasting, sustainable bus fleet, said Aber, the Columbia report author. One of those challenges involves electric bus batteries. Batteries, similar to those in electric cars, degrade differently over time, depending on the weight of the vehicle and its load, hills and climate conditions. The current pilot program of 10 electric buses, Aber said, will help to figure out what kind of battery and electric bus works best in New York City’s conditions. There is also still a lack of standardization between electric bus companies, in terms of how the buses are charged. Plus, since it takes more time to recharge an electric bus than to refill a diesel tank, a new bus system would need to be designed. In short, in a city where buses should be running 24 hours a day, taking a bus out of service overnight, or even for several hours at a time, would require a larger fleet. “They’re being, I’ll say, a little bit on the conservative side, but for good reason,” Aber said of the M.T.A.’s smallscale electric-bus pilot program. Revamping the L train mitigation bus routes with an all-electric fleet might well have been possible at one point, but considering the preparation time needed to make those infrastructural changes, Aber now has his doubts. “Is it a hill that can be climbed?” he asked. “It was a missed opportunity, but at this point, it may be too late to head down this particular path.” A “small army” of people trained to manage a 200-bus electric fleet would be necessary, he added. But there are other options the M.T.A. could have taken for the fleet of 200 new buses. Joanna Underwood, chairperson of the environmental nonprofit Energy Vision, recently argued in a talking point in The Villager for using buses powered by renewable natural gas — which, she noted, have lower emissions than diesel buses, but are less expensive than electric. Diesel “is a choice of the past,” Underwood said. “We’re going to have to bite the bullet and get off petroleum,” she stated. “Whatever goal we set, the sooner the better. Every place in the world where you replace a diesel bus or a diesel truck, you’ve made a difference.”

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Hardcore and punk 7-inch records on display at Generation Records, on Thompson St.

Record Store Day: The day the music didn’t die BY SCOTT R. A XELROD

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n Sat., April 21, music fans throughout Manhattan (and the world) will pay homage and a visit to their favorite independent music proprietors in celebration of Record Store Day. The annual event, launched in 2007, is a salute to brick-and-mortar music shops, and includes in-store performances, special sales and the release of an extensive selection of limited-edition and exclusive vinyl — often in the form of different colors, designs, boxed sets, rarities and live tracks. “We usually open up two hours early, and there’s definitely a lineup,” said Jeff Conklin of Academy Records, at 415 E. 12th St. Even as big-box stores like Best Buy are about to cease sales of CD’s come July 1, and streaming-music services like Spotify continue gaining subscribers, lifelong music collectors still enjoy the thrill of hunting down a sought-after album, as well as purchasing a physical copy of a more recent release. Whether you’re in search of something new or out to replace a worn-out piece of wax, walk through any independent record shop and inhale that heady, library-like smell of old album covers — it’s intoxicating. And while indie record shops still dot the Downtown map, a silent prayer goes out in memory of Bleecker Bob’s, Other Music, Rebel Rebel, Rocks In Your Head, Revolver Records, Kim’s Video and Music, Fat Beats and far too many more to mention. It’s not breaking news that the cultural landscape of Downtown Manhattan has changed significantly, but for those of us who used to trek into the city in search of new artists and to see those artists perform live, it’s hard not to feel a pang of sadness. Back behind the counter of Academy Records’ intimate East Village locale, Conklin explained that while the majority of his customers stop in to flip through

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and sample the shop’s vast selection of new and used jazz LP’s, classic rock remains popular. Albums by The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin continue to sell well, and he barely goes a day without someone seeking out a copy of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors.” As a steady stream of calls comes in from those looking to offload entire record collections, Conklin acknowledged that the Internet has made many sellers into “experts” seeking top dollar for rare records, rather than practicing the fine and refined art of haggling. Meanwhile, Generation Records, over at 210 Thompson St., caters to most non-mainstream music fans, and can be considered one of the last local peddlers of punk, hardcore and heavy metal. In addition to two floors of CD’s, DVD’s, T-shirts and overflowing racks of vinyl, the shop has played host to live appearances by The Misfits, OFF!, The Bouncing Souls, Supertouch, Laura Jane Grace, Screaming Females, Stephen Malkmus and dozens of others. Generation co-owner Mark Yoshitomi anticipates a significant turnout for Record Store Day and expects this year’s big sellers to be the five limited-edition David Bowie records and many of the other older albums being pressed on vinyl for the very first time. Music sales have become hard to predict. “We sell records that you wouldn’t expect a kid to know,” Yoshitomi said, while pointing out that, even though his West Village shop sells a hearty mix of genres to all different types of customers, they’ve turned to the Internet to move merchandise, as well. “We’ve sold a ton of rare records online that we normally wouldn’t be able to sell in the store,” Yoshitomi noted. “It’s not weird to see people buying vinyl.” Even though Record Store Day comes but one day a year, music fans are still collecting and purchasing music — from vinyl, to CD, to cassette. Rumors of music’s death have been greatly exaggerated. TheVillager.com


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his past weekend’s annual New York Press Association Spring Convention was, as usual, a very enlightening affair and an inspiration to all who attended — from editors, reporters and publishers, to graphic designers and salespersons — to keep doing great journalism and supporting newspapers. All credit is due to the New York Press Association, and its executive director, Michelle Rea, and staff for once again putting on a great convention, and also for running a top-quality Better Newspaper Contest. Much was learned and shared in workshops led by industry pros, as well as in conversations among peers. Naturally, there was a lot of talk about social media. Is Facebook, for example, helping or hurting newspapers? One of the keynote speakers, Lincoln Millstein, former executive vice president of New York Times Digital and C.E.O. of the Boston Globe’s Boston.com, bluntly told everyone that they should not post their content on Facebook since it’s giving newspapers “nothing” in return, while Facebook is getting free content. He’s definitely got a point — but Facebook does send some traffic to newspaper Web sites, which is something. As Joe Shaw, editor of the Southampton Press, put it during an editors roundtable he led, the past five to 10 years have seen an absolute revolution in print media nothing short of Gutenberg’s creation of the printing press in 1439. And, he added, no industry has been more impacted than newspapers. Yet, in an age of media shrinkage, community newspapers continue going strong. One thing hasn’t changed and doesn’t show any signs of doing so: people’s desire for local news. On top of it all, we have a president who slams the media as “fake news” when he doesn’t like stories about him. Yes, admittedly, there is a war going on between Trump and the media, and there are many in the media who desperately want to topple him by any means necessary. But his demonizing of the news business, in general, is obviously dangerous — and his too-frequent reliance on sketchy reports from Fox News and other right-wing sources is also deeply troubling — and dangerous. In that vein, it was very inspiring to see Elizabeth Butson, a former publisher of The Villager, announce the inaugural Thomas G. Butson Award for Investigative Reporting this past weekend. Butson’s opinion of Trump is clear: When we saw her voting at P.S. 41 on W. 11th St. in 2016, she could not even bring herself to utter Trump’s name. What is vitally important is the concept behind Butson’s endowing an award (in her late husband’s name) for investigative reporting: that, despite all the noise and the current denigration, journalists must continue to search out the truth — and to tell it, as she said, “without fear or favor.” Facebook, bloggers, the Internet, The Donald — none of those will change the core mission of journalism: to uncover the truth and report it...to inform. And, also, while doing it, to entertain, to present it all in a great package, with great design. That was the overall message of the NYPA convention: to keep on keeping on, to tell those stories, to uncover the facts, to be responsive to the community. Here’s to another year of doing it!

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR It’s not an easy job To The Editor: Re “Alcohol problem: C.B. 2 committee in ‘bar brawl’” (news article, April 12): I attend many of the State Liquor Authority Committee meetings. I must say that, as a former committee chairperson, I know this is not an easy committee to run, and I give Bob Ely and Carter Booth much credit for doing so over so many years. I have heard applicants complain that the committee is clearly against granting licenses and from residents complaining that the committee is too pro-business. The goal, of course, is to find a balance between quality of life for the residents and promoting businesses. Both are needed for communities to thrive. I sometimes disagree with the committee, but on Zero Bond, The Distillery and the Groucho Club, I fully agree with the positions they took. These three applications, all within 500 feet or less of each other, together would bring more than 40,000 square feet of liquor-licensed private clubs and distillery / taverns into slightly more than a one-square-block area. That would definitely unbalance that community. Lora Tenenbaum

Apathy now, fascism next? To The Editor: Re “N.Y.U. prof, ‘truther’ poised to challenge Maloney in primary” (news article, April 12): It is tragic that very few people vote. I fear that this will lead to fascism as fewer people determine the fate of all of us. Local politicians, some of whom I like, speak about changing the system but little gets done or proposed. The incumbents don’t want that kind of change. Elaine Young

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gress. Let the opponents do some of the preliminary work, such as serving on a community board for a while. Sylvia Rackow

Work for your community To The Editor: Re “N.Y.U. prof, ‘truther’ poised to challenge Maloney in primary” (news article, April 12): I appreciate all the efforts of Patel and others in helping to engage voters. We cannot stand for complacency. We need more people locally to start out at community boards and in elected office at the City Council level before taking on a federal position. Keep working for your community and for all the progress that’s needed. Invigorate the next generation of voters. You win with persistence. Sara Jones

Bella condemned war To The Editor: Re “Bella Abzug finally gets her way — on Bank St.” (news article, April 12): No doubt Bella was an early champion of women’s rights and outrageous hats. But what the article missed was Bella’s passion in speaking out (loudly) and persistently against the immoral and genocidal Vietnam War. That is something that is never done by all of the corrupted neoliberal warmongers who run New York, including Brewer, Stringer, Nadler, Maloney and, above all, de Blasio and Cuomo. You wonder why the M.T.A. and the city infrastructure is falling apart — it’s the military budget, stupid. Corey Johnson could distinguish himself and have the Council pass a resolution condemning the permanent wars in the Middle East, started by Bush, expanded by “Obomba” and now celebrated by Trump. Bella would. Carl Rosenstein

To The Editor: Re “N.Y.U. prof, ‘truther’ poised to challenge Maloney in primary” (news article, April 12): I still prefer Carolyn Maloney’s good works in ConLETTERS continued on p. 23

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Cops chase our ‘living statue’ from park perch

TALKING POINT BY SHARON WOOLUMS

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riday the 13th proved an unlucky day for Johan Figueroa-González, who, over the last two years has become an icon in Washington Square Park. Standing majestically in his well-researched classical poses for hours, he delights the masses and has become the tour guides’ favorite example of the creative, ingenious artists for which Greenwich Village is known. Figueroa-González takes two hours painting himself in front of his fans to blend in with the gray marble of the arch. He drapes a Roman-style sash around his bare-chested 84-pound body, nestling his 4 feet and 11 inches perfectly between the ledges of the arch. Sure-footed on the bottom ledge, arms stretched to the top of the one above it, he periodically changes poses as onlookers gasp and stare in awe. In a New York Times article on Nov. 14, 2017, “Statute Stirs to Life in Washington Square Park,” Michael Wilson wrote extensively about our “living statue.” Figueroa-González began performing a few years ago in a plaza in Old San Juan, in his native Puerto Rico. “He drew a big enough crowd to draw the attention of the mayor’s office, which wanted to put him to work as a city attraction,” Wilson wrote. “ ‘They try to control me, when I perform and when I’m not.’ ” Figueroa-González decided to move to New York, and to continue performing, eventually settling on Washington Square Park as his stage. At first he would perch atop a small pedestal he brought with him, but the park’s historic arch later became his preferred setting. When approaches the landmark structure, he does so with a reverent flourish. “ ‘I need to show the people in the Village that I respect the arch,’ ” he said in the Times article. “ ‘I need to ask the arch if I’m able to climb. It’s symbolic.’ ” However, last Friday, six police officers unceremoniously yanked Figueroa-González from his pose — right in the middle of his performance, he lamented. Over loud, anguished protests by onlookers, the police wrestled him to the ground and handcuffed our “living statue.” Figueroa-González, who also is known as Idem Caeli, is an artist. He was given a warning by the police, but said he “rejected to leave the arch because I was performing.” A Sixth Precinct spokesperson said the artist was arrested because he wouldn’t get off the arch. Figueroa-González later tweeted about his arrest and his 30 hours spent in jail. He announced that Friday the 13th would be his last day performing in Washington Square Park, imploring his fans to “Keep the spirit, Washington Square Park visitors.” We hope the officers will reconsider the wisdom of understanding the “spirit of the law,” as opposed to obeying the “letter of the law,” that this action threatens to kill the spontaneous creativity that happens naturally in our amazing park, and with it the bohemian spirit that has always defined it. And shouldn’t there also be a kind of “right of egress” when an artist has been allowed to perform on a monument for more than a year, never damaging the arch, instead bringing happiness, sweetness and joy to thousands? Ai Wei Wei’s expensive, massive, bulky, unwanted installation obstructed our gateway to creative freedom for months. It was permitted by an undemocratic process to invade the arch from October through February, TheVillager.com

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Johan Figueroa-González per forming on the Washington Square Park arch on a rare day of beautfiul spring weather last Friday. Police arrested him for refusing to get down off the arch immediately after being ordered to do so. The per former is now saying he will not return to the park.

despite adamant opposition from the community. Ai Wei Wei’s static cage was no competition for Figueroa-González’s living, breathing performance work of art that touched hearts and left you with a sigh and a smile. So, we had that cage imposed on us, yet now there is no freedom of artistic expression for our transplanted soft-spoken Puerto Rican artist who wanted only to entertain us with his graceful beauty? Parkgoers wonder, Why this? And why now? Speculation runs the gamut. Some worry that this harsh action was prompted by the Washington Square Park Conservancy, which worries that the popular FigueroaGonzález and his following will interfere with the conservancy’s desire to totally “program” the park! And there are those who feel this heavy-handed act was a nod to a president and what they fear is becoming a fascist regime! Many wonder why — at the very time of the arrest of this sweet, gentle artist — skateboarders were allowed to terrorize parkgoers, as they do with complete abandon, undeterred by police, all day long. Others felt the recent graffiti on the arch was a reason. But this very human, beautiful soul is no graffiti. April 19, 2018

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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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Tangible and social virtual reality Tribeca Immersive 2018 is much more than goggles BY CHARLES BATTERSBY The stereotype of Virtual Reality (VR) is an isolated person sitting alone in a room, their head sealed within a helmet, master of a lonesome utopia. Early efforts at VR often met this cliché — but the “Tribeca Immersive” programming at the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF; tribecafilm.com) aims to make virtual reality a more tangible and social experience. Tribeca Immersive includes a Virtual Arcade of VR experiences (Apr. 20-28), along with a festival of films shot in 360 degrees. Both are running at the same time at TFF this month (Apr. 18-29), and will give even hardcore VR users an excuse to leave home and experience these site-specific installations at the festival’s headquarters. Almost any smartphone can be converted to a VR rig, but the top-end hardware continues to grow more elaborate. In the last two years, Tribeca Immersive had experiences that used motion-sensing controllers, and digital cameras that recorded the user’s movements around a room. This year, the event goes even further, with VRs that stimulate the senses using scent, heat, and elaborate physical set pieces. Loren Hammonds, Senior Programmer of Film and Immersive at TFF, pointed out that at the Virtual Arcade, “We like to offer audiences a sense of immersion before they put on the headset. So we give all the artists the opportunity to craft their own spaces to speak to the experience you’re about to have before you put on the headset.” A prominent project is “Hero,” which unfetters the user by putting all of the VR equipment in a backpack, and allows users to move around freely in a simulated Syrian neighborhood. We spoke to the co-creator of the project, Navid Khonsari, who said that “Hero” will “push VR to be as immersive as possible, but also to be a project that has real impact to show people what it’s like in another part of the world.” Another VR experience that addresses social themes while still pushing the use of technology is “The Day the World Changed,” which takes place in a recreation of Hiroshima. Gabo Arora, cocreator of the project, said it is a “social TheVillager.com

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The Tribeca Film Festival will have an early look at the recently announced “Shadow of the Tomb Raider” game.

“Into the Now” is more than just sharks — but it has those, too.

interactive Virtual Reality documentary” which addresses nuclear weapons and allows users to experience life in Hiroshima the day of the atomic bombing at the end of World War II. Rather than being a passive, lonely experience, Arora pointed out that this is a rare example of a VR experience for multiple simultaneous users. “You’re doing this with three other people, so the whole concept of going through a documentary inside the documentary with other people who are also avatars gives it a whole new relationship of what a shared

experience with history can be.” New Yorkers can also get a look at their hometown with several projects set in New York. “Fire Escape” puts users on a simulated fire escape in Crown Heights, but the installation at Tribeca will use a real fire escape so that it will feel authentic even when users are inside the helmet. New York’s theater community helped inspire “objects in mirror AR closer than they appear.” It’s based on a show at the New York Theatre Workshop, and uses many aesthetic

elements of the theatrical set. It also has “Augmented Reality” features that superimpose digital objects over the real set. Graham Sack, one of the creators of the piece, noted that many VR festivals “have a binary nature. You’re either in the headset or not in it… We wanted to create something that was the exact opposite of that.” The experience, Sack noted, “has this open floor plan, so many people can interact with this at once, both with headsets and without the headsets.” “BattleScar” is set in the 1970s, so modern people can walk the streets of the Lower East Side as it was 40 years ago. It is about an immigrant exploring the punk scene when this was a new subculture. Because of the interactive nature, users can experience this from a more personal point of view. Fred Volhuer, CEO of Atlas V, the company behind “BattleScar,” explained to us, “From a creative perspective VR allows [users] to identify more with the character, and put the user in a position they could never be in with a flat screen.” Another perspective that people rarely get is a close-up view of sharks. “Into TRIBECA continued on p. 19 April 19, 2018

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We are the champions Documentary compels us to respect the art of industrial musicals BY SCOTT STIFFLER Powered by a personal journey as eccentric and endearing as the show business subset it plumbs with the precision of a forensic investigator, the documentary “Bathtubs Over Broadway” — Dava Whisenant’s quirky and compassionate directorial debut — wants you to see the world of industrial musicals through the eyes of a cynic who blinked in the face of sincerity. It’s not a tough sell. If you don’t know what an industrial musical is, you’re far from alone. In the three decades or so during America’s post-World War II economic boom, the relentless quest for profit meant companies like GE, Pepsi, and Ford needed a way to train employees and keep the sales staff motivated. Musical theater extravaganzas designed to entertain and inform could have budgets that exceeded what it took to mount an actual Broadway show — and became a place where composers, lyricists, choreographers, and performers honed their skills (including Sheldon Harnick, Susan Stroman, Martin Short, and Chita Rivera, all of whom appear in the fi lm to contribute pithy, heartfelt observations). While the careers of many flourished beyond the industrial musical circuit, some its greatest contributors remain unsung — an injustice the fi lm and its evangelizing protagonist are driven, by moral obligation as much as artistic appreciation, to correct. With catchy music and productspecific lyrics (one song was tasked with working in dozens of uses for silicone), these shows were often performed only once, to a highly select audience, and then forgotten. But a fraction of the souvenir LPs and ephemera survived. Sometimes, an album made its way to a used record shop — and that’s how the industrial musical was rescued from the scrap heap of history by an unlikely champion. In the early part of what would become a 25-year career writing comedy for David Letterman, Steve Young was tasked with digging up oddball audio clips for a 1980s bit called “Dave’s Record Collection.” One of Young’s fi nds, the title track to the show “My Insurance Man,” was appraised on air by Letterman

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Steve Young makes the soul-nurturing trip from ironic detachment to sincere belief in “Bathtubs Over Broadway.”

as “actually more annoying than my insurance man.” When heard in small doses as the set-up for dismissive comedy snark, such clips are, Young admits, “bizarre and hilarious.” But those, he notes, “are only the beginning layers” — and that’s where the fi lm pivots to a place of unexpected emotional depth. “I did take great glee, from the beginning, in enjoying something that I wasn’t supposed to hear,” Young told this publication in a recent phone interview. “I couldn’t wait to tell people about it, and show people what I found. I still feel that way now,” he said, of what he declares in the fi lm to be a “hyper-American art form.” With few friends outside of the Letterman show and a self-diagnosed case of “comedy damage” that denied him the ability to consume humor in the manner the masses do with ease, the world of industrial musicals — similar to his day job in many respects (a tight-knit community serving the general population, yet cut off from it) — was a perfect match for Young’s off-kilter outlook and obsessive nature. But a funny thing happened as songs from “Diesel Dazzle” (a 1966 show from the Detroit Diesel division of General Motors) played in constant mental rotation. He became a passionate collector who was smitten by, as he told us, “the weird,

unexpected beauty; programs, tickets, playbills — the wonderful professionalism of it all.” Soon, Young was able to distinguish, and happy to celebrate, the nuances between genre greats. “It varies,” he told us, regarding those who worked in teams and those known for solo efforts. “Some of my great heroes were purely the music and lyric people, and somebody else was writing the book.” (Hank Beebe and Bill Heyer created “Diesel Dazzle,” while, for example, Sid Siegel penned all aspects of 1969’s “The Bathrooms are Coming!,” an ode to new fi xtures from American Standard.) “Some especially talented and ambitious people really had the vision for the whole thing and could carry it off,” Young noted of Siegel, while “Hank Beebe’s late partner, Bill Heyer, was a great talent in comedy and would write the whole show, not the lyrics… but by the time they had been working for, not too long, they seemed to really mesh and be great for each other, and turn out this very unified thing that would seem like a solid vision.” As for picking a favorite, Young referred to another fruitless quest to declare a winner among disparate styles. “Beebe and Heyer vs. Sid Siegel? This is like in the ’60s, the kids would say, ‘I’m a Beatles fan.’ ‘Oh, yeah? I’m a Rolling

Stones fan.’ ” By the ’90s, hooked for life on industrial musicals and emboldened to seek a stronger fi x, he began to cold call cast members and creators — leading to a series of face-to-face meetings. Some are genuinely overwhelmed, even a bit uncomfortable, to be validated as artists of worth and integrity by an insistent Young. But they return the goodwill by sharing a treasure trove of anecdotes, insights, and rare items that have languished for decades in storage. As this happens, we see Young’s evolution into a (slightly) less socially awkward fellow with a growing circle of associates. Captured on fi lm as he drives en route to visit the great Sid Siegel, Young invokes the old “don’t meet your heroes” warning, his voice trembling as he asks, “But what if we just don’t click?” It’s a watershed moment that’s tremendously satisfying to watch; a one-time connoisseur of the seemingly odd who’s crossed the Rubicon into a realm where sincere admiration and anthropological curiosity get along like gangbusters — but that capacity, said “Bathtubs” director Dava Whisenant, was always there. “Steve has this outlook and perspective on comedy that I hadn’t ever seen before,” she told us, recalling her BATHTUBS continued on p. 19 TheVillager.com


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the Nowâ&#x20AC;? is a documentary of ocean wildlife, but director Michael Muller was quick to point out that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much more than just sharks. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s his way of encouraging people to learn about the ocean and the environmental problems facing it. In his words, â&#x20AC;&#x153;People only protect what they love.â&#x20AC;? Penrose Studios has made some of the longest VR experiences at previous Tribeca Immersive events, and this year they return with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wake: Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fall,â&#x20AC;? which has a running time of a whopping 30 minutes. Eugene Chung of Penrose said of it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;When making narrative VR experience it is crucial never to forget that you are creating for the viewers. We are always thinking about the consumer experience here at Penrose, and with a 30-minute experience, we are currently pushing the limits and the

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years as an editor on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Late Show with David Letterman.â&#x20AC;? Whisenant often found herself â&#x20AC;&#x153;laughing out loud at his [Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] juxtaposition of these things that werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t supposed to go together.â&#x20AC;? Although she recalled he had â&#x20AC;&#x153;a really cynical attitudeâ&#x20AC;? during his early years of consuming industrial musicals, he would later â&#x20AC;&#x153;talk about the people he was meeting, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d get teary â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d go, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on here? This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the Steve I know.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;? Whisenant knew a good story when she saw one, though. So when Young and co-author Sport Murphy released their comprehensive 2013 tome â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everythingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicalsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; she chose Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journey as the narrative hook for her fi rst fi lm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The documentary,â&#x20AC;? she noted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is the perfect storytelling medium for editors. You get to really explore and create the story arc in the [editing] room, as opposed to getting a script and putting it together. You get to delve into some new world that otherwise you would not get to live in.â&#x20AC;? Whisenant does just that, effectively enmeshing the viewer in a realm where worlds often collide, and always inform one another: fellow collectors (including Dead Kennedys singer/songwriter Jello Biafra), bit players from golden age industrial musicals, and Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own family (once befuddled witnesses to his knack for these strange songs, his daughters emerge as aware appreciators of dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role as the genreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s champion). TheVillager.com

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Note the clever capitalization in the Augmented Reality experience â&#x20AC;&#x153;objects in mirror AR close than they appear.â&#x20AC;?

boundaries of VR stories.â&#x20AC;? Among these lofty projects are some outright silly uses of VR, too. People who come to the Virtual Arcade will find the farcical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vacation Simulator,â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love blurring the lines,â&#x20AC;? Whisenant said, of her own fi lm, as well as those she admires â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wormwood,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;King of Kongâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Casting JonBenet.â&#x20AC;? You can use the medium, she noted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;to tell an amazing story. Ours is kind of like a musical, in a certain sense. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re using the lyrics from these industrial show tunes to tell Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story.â&#x20AC;? And with the documentaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s notoriously small footage-shot-to-footage-used ratio, the director told us, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still so much amazing stuff left on the floor. He [Young] has over 2,000 examples of these songs, and they are so fantastic. It was really hard not to include everything.â&#x20AC;? Pressed for a tidbit that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make the cut (fodder for the inevitable DVD bonus footage?), Whisenant recalled the story of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Michael Brown, one of the composers, who did so well, he was able to fund his friend, Harper Lee. He gave her the money so she could write â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;To Kill a Mockingbird.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; So thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a kind of untold industrial musical story.â&#x20AC;? Of Whisenant, Young said he â&#x20AC;&#x153;knew she was a great editor and had a great comedic sense,â&#x20AC;? but learned, over the four-year process of working with her, â&#x20AC;&#x153;what fi lmmakers do. It was a range of skills I was only dimly aware of.â&#x20AC;? Still evolving since â&#x20AC;&#x153;Late Show with David Lettermanâ&#x20AC;? ceased production (a process we see glimpses of in the fi lm), Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quest to spread the gospel of industrial musicals has compelled him to embrace a variety of roles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including live stage show producer, journeyman fi lm historian, guitar-plucking accompanist, and, in the fi lmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s immensely satisfying fi nal

by Owlchemy Labs. Alex Schwartz of Owlchemy Labs is well aware that their comical games are oddballs at Tribeca. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fit in with the other content, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by design,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At

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scene, aâ&#x20AC;Ś well, they asked us not to spoil it, and we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just say the whole thing ends on a high note, and farm equipment is involved.

Owlchemy, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always sprinted in the opposite direction of the expected... Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re using this limitless, incredible technology to simulate a satirical vacation with a bunch of floating robots.â&#x20AC;? More traditional games are also being honored for their narrative and design at TFF this year. The Tribeca Games line of programming is giving an early look at the upcoming â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shadow of the Tomb Raider,â&#x20AC;? as well as a talk with the creators of recently released â&#x20AC;&#x153;God of War.â&#x20AC;? Both franchises have recently been rebooted with exceptional results. Many of these projects, like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wake: Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fallâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Day the World Changed,â&#x20AC;? are premiering at Tribeca Immersive. Others use new hardware and tech thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debuting at the festival, too. It promises an experience that people wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get at home just putting their smartphone into a Google Cardboard VR headset.

But will modern audiences be able to make, as Young did, that great leap from ironic detachment to emotional investment? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since I started out in the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now more of a readiness to look at supposedly disposable cultural things and at least try to understand them in contextâ&#x20AC;Ś I do think people are ready to learn about, and to assess the value of, stuff â&#x20AC;&#x201D; more, maybe, than they were a generation or two ago.â&#x20AC;? As of press time, most Tribeca Film Festival screenings of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bathtubs Over Broadwayâ&#x20AC;? were sold out. Tickets were still available for the Sat., Apr. 21, 2pm premiere at BMCC Tribeca PAC (199 Chambers St.). The screening is followed by a Q&A with members of the cast, including Susan Stroman and Sheldon Harnick, as well as a live performance inspired by the film. To purchase Rush Tickets to sold-out screenings, visit tribecafilm. com/filmguide/bathtubs-over-broadway-2018.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BRIDGET MARMION BOOK MARKETING, LLC Articles of Organization ďŹ led with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 1/03/2018. OfďŹ ce 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: BRIDGET MARMION BOOK MARKETING, LLC, 301 East 22 St, Apt 3P, NY, NY 10010. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 03/29 - 05/03/2018 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF HORUS NEW YORK 4, LLC Authority ďŹ led with NY Dept. of State on 2/2/18. OfďŹ ce location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1030 Riverside Pkwy., Ste. 130, West Sacramento, CA 95605. LLC formed in DE on 1/23/18. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Cogency Global Inc., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016. DE addr. of LLC: 850 New Burton Rd., Ste. 201, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. ďŹ led with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 04/19 - 05/24/2018 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF DEN III LLC Arts. of Org. ďŹ led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/26/18. OfďŹ ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Bronson Law Group, P.C., 630 Third Avenue, 5th Fl., NY, NY 10017-6705. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 04/05 - 05/10/2018 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF HHC RIVERDECK, LLC Appl. for Auth. ďŹ led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/16/18. OfďŹ ce location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/26/18. Princ. ofďŹ ce of LLC: 13355 Noel Rd., 22nd Fl., Dallas, TX 75240. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SAUCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Y FOODS LLC Articles of Organization ďŹ led with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/17/18. OfďŹ ce 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: Saucâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;y Foods LLC, 400 East 50th Street, #2D, NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ICS New York, NY 10022. OPPORTUNITIES II LLC Purpose: To engage in Appl. for Auth. ďŹ led with any lawful act or activity. Vil: 03/22 - 04/26/2018 Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/16/18. OfďŹ ce location: NY County. LLC formed in NOTICE IS HEREBY Delaware (DE) on GIVEN 03/13/18. Princ. ofďŹ ce of that a license, serial LLC: c/o Millennium number pending, for beer Management LLC, 666 and wine has been Fifth Ave., 8th Fl., NY, NY applied for by the 10103. SSNY designated undersigned to sell beer as agent of LLC upon and wine at retail in a whom process against it restaurant under the may be served. SSNY Alcoholic Beverage shall mail process to c/o Control Law at 82 W. 3rd Corporation Service Co. Street, New York, NY (CSC), 80 State St., 10012 for on premise Albany, NY 12207-2543. consumption. HCM DE addr. of LLC: c/o Group, Inc. d/b/a Pho CSC, 251 Little Falls Dr., Bar. Wilmington, DE 19808. Vil: 04/19 - 04/26/2018 Cert. of Form. ďŹ led with DE Secy. of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 NOTICE IS HEREBY Federal St. - Ste. 4, GIVEN Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful that a license, number 1309551 for liquor, beer, activity. Vil: 03/29 - 05/03/2018 cider, and wine, has been applied for by the undersigned to sell JM 260 BROOK DR liquor, beer, cider, and MEMBER LLC Arts. of Org. ďŹ led with the wine at retail in a under SSNY on 03/14/18. Restaurant/Bar, OfďŹ ce: New York County. the Alcoholic Beverage SSNY designated as Control Law at 127 4th agent of the LLC upon Avenue, New York, NY whom process against it 10003 for On Premises may be served. SSNY consumption. BarBacon shall mail copy of LLC & BarBacon Union process to the LLC, 271 Square LLC. Vil: 04/19 - 04/262018 Madison Avenue, Suite 401, New York, NY 10016. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. NOTICE OF FORMATION Vil: 03/22 - 04/26/2018 OF MOUNT SINAI SOLUTIONS, LLC JM 260 BROOK Arts. of Org. ďŹ led with NY MANAGER LLC Dept. of State on Arts. of Org. ďŹ led with the 2/20/18. OfďŹ ce location: SSNY on 03/14/18. NY County. Sec. of State OfďŹ ce: New York County. designated agent of LLC SSNY designated as upon whom process agent of the LLC upon against it may be served whom process against it and shall mail process to: may be served. SSNY Mount Sinai Health Sysshall mail copy of tem, Attn: General Counprocess to the LLC, 271 sel, 150 E. 42nd St., 2nd Madison Avenue, Suite Fl., NY, NY 10017, prin401, New York, NY cipal business address. 10016. Purpose: Any Purpose: any lawful aclawful purpose. tivity. Vil: 03/22 - 04/26/2018 Vil: 03/22 - 04/26/2018 whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. ďŹ led with Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 03/29 - 05/03/2018

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NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT: NEW YORK COUNTY The Bank of New York Trust Company, N.A., as Trustee, in trust for and for the beneďŹ t of the CertiďŹ cateholders of Multi-Class Mortgage Pass-Through CertiďŹ cates, ChaseFlex Trust Series 2007- M1; Plaintiff(s) vs. TODD COURTNEY; et al; Defendant(s) Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s): ROSICKI, ROSICKI &; ASSOCIATES, P.C., 2 Summit Court, Suite 301, Fishkill, New York, 12524, 845.897.1600 Pursuant to judgment of foreclosure and sale granted herein on or about February 1, 2016, I will sell at Public Auction to the highest bidder at 60 Centre Street, Room 130, New York, NY 10004. On May 16, 2018 at 2:15 pm. Premises known as 175 WEST 12TH STREET, UNIT 2D, New York, NY 10011 Block: 608 Lot: 1014 THE Condominium Unit (hereinafter referred to as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unitâ&#x20AC;?) known as Unit No. 2-D in the building (hereinafter referred to as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buildingâ&#x20AC;?) known as the 175 West 12th Street Condominium and by the Street Number 175 West 12th Street, Borough of Manhattan, City, County and State of New York, said Unit being designated and described as Unit No. 2D in a certain declaration dated September 2, 1987, made by Grantor pursuant to Article 9-B of the Real Property Law of the State of New York (hereinafter referred to as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Condominium Actâ&#x20AC;?), establishing a plan for condominium ownership of the Building and the land (hereinafter referred to as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Landâ&#x20AC;?) upon which the Building is situate (which Land is more particularly described in Exhibit A annexed hereto and by this reference made a part hereof), which declaration was recorded in the New York County OfďŹ ce of the Register of the City of New York on November 17, 1987, in Reel 1318, page 2364, as amended to the By-Laws recorded 3/23/1990 in Reel 1678 page 1226 and by the ďŹ rst amendment to the Declaration recorded 4/10/2000 in Reel 3082, page 52 (which declaration and amendments thereto are hereinafter collectively referred to as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Declarationâ&#x20AC;?). This Unit is designated as Tax Lot 1014 in Block 608 of Section 2 of the Borough of Manhattan on the Tax Map of the Real Property Assessment Department of the City of New York and also ďŹ led with the Real Property Assessment Department of the City of New York on November 17, 1987, as Condominium Plan No. 487; TOGETHER with an undivided 0.7420% interest in the Common Elements (as such is deďŹ ned in the Declaration). As more particularly described in the judgment of foreclosure and sale. Sold subject to all of the terms and conditions contained in said judgment and terms of sale. Approximate amount of judgment $1,823,953.63 plus interest and costs. INDEX NO. 850033/2014 Arthur W. Greig, Esq., REFEREE Vil: 04/12 - 05/03/2018 PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, May 02, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at 42 Broadway, 5th ďŹ&#x201A;oor, on a petition for SANGE REST, INC to establish, maintain, and operate an enclosed sidewalk cafe at 168 W 4TH ST in the Borough of Manhattan for a term of two years. REQUESTS FOR COPIES OF THE REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, ATTN: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 04/19 - 04/26/2018 PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at 42 Broadway, 5th ďŹ&#x201A;oor, on a petition for EPHESUS CORP to establish, maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk cafe at 158 W 72ND ST in the Borough of Manhattan for a term of two years. REQUESTS FOR COPIES OF THE REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, ATTN: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004. Vil: 04/19/2018 PUBLIC NOTICE Sealed bids will be received at Henry Street Settlement, 265 Henry Street, NYC 10002 until noon on April 26, 2018 for meal catering service on Manhattanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lower East Side. SpeciďŹ cations for 96 number breakfasts, 246 lunches and 246 snacks may only be obtained by contacting info@henrystreet.org. All work will be conducted in strict accordance with bid speciďŹ cations. Bids will be opened and read on April 27, 2018. Vil: 04/19/2018 PUBLIC NOTICE: 14324313 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; N50X/NYL02350 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; MADISON AVE & 32 ND ST RELO AT&T Mobility, LLC is proposing to collocate antennas on a 221-foot building at 159 Madison Avenue, New York, New York County, NY. Public comments regarding the potential effects from this site on historic properties may be submitted within 30-days from the date of this publication to: Amanda Sabol â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CBRE, 70 West Red Oak Lane, White Plains, NY 10604, whiteplainsculturalresources@cbre.com or (914) 694-9600. Vil: 04/19/2018 PUBLIC NOTICE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10073952-3RD AVE & 49TH ST C22 AT&T Mobility, LLC is proposing to modify antennas and associated equipment on a 34-ft structure at 797 3rd Ave, NY, NY County, NY 10022. Public comments regarding the potential effects from this site on historic properties may be submitted within 30-days from the date of this publication to: Laura Mancuso, CBRE, 70 West Red Oak Lane, White Plains, NY 10604, whiteplainsculturalresources@cbre.com or (914) 694-9600. Vil: 04/19/2018 TheVillager.com

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF JACETEC, LLC Articles of Organization ďŹ led with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/02/18. OfďŹ ce 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: United States Corporate Agents, Inc. 7014 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, NY Purpose: To NOTICE OF FORMATION 11228. engage in any lawful act OF EVERYBODYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S or activity. DARLING, LLC Vil: 03/15 - 04/19/2018 Articles of Organization ďŹ led with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/14/18. OfďŹ ce NOTICE IS HEREBY location: NY County. GIVEN SSNY has been that a license, number designated as an agent 1309408 for liquor, beer, upon whom process cider, and wine, has against the LLC may be been applied for by the served. The address to undersigned to sell which SSNY shall mail a liquor, beer, cider, and copy of any process wine at retail in a against the LLC is to: Restaurant/Bar, under United States Corporation the Alcoholic Beverage Agents, Inc. 7014 13th Control Law at 203 Front Avenue, Suite 202. St, New York, NY 10038 Brooklyn, NY 11228. for Summer On Premises Purpose: To engage in consumption. HHC any lawful act or activity Cobblestones LLC. Vil: 03/22 - 04/26/2018 Vil: 04/19 - 04/26/2018

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF STRAW PARTNERS LLC Arts. of Org. ďŹ led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/7/18. OfďŹ ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Charles Rand, 320 5th Ave., 7th Fl., NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 03/22 - 04/26/2018

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Eating Place Beer license, #TBA has been applied for by HJK Plaza Deli, Inc to sell beer at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 11 Broadway, #B-01 New York NY 10004. Vil: 04/19 - 04/26/2018

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a license, Serial # 1309052 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 99 Bank Street, New York, New York County, NY 10014 NOTICE OF for on premises QUALIFICATION OF SILVERSTREET RE LLC consumption. Authority ďŹ led with NY ONION SOUP, LLC d/b/a Dept. of State on 3/6/18. BISTRO PIERRE LAPIN. Vil: 04/19- 04/26/2018 OfďŹ ce location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1385 York Ave. #16D, NY, NY 10021. LLC NOTICE OF FORMATION formed in DE on OF VBP HEALTH, LLC 2/21/18. NY Sec. of Arts. of Org. ďŹ led with State designated agent of Secy. of State of NY LLC upon whom process (SSNY) on 03/02/18. against it may be served OfďŹ ce location: NY and shall mail process to: County. Princ. ofďŹ ce of Cogency Global Inc., 10 LLC: 5030 Broadway, E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, Ste. 821, NY, NY 10034. NY 10016. DE addr. of SSNY designated as LLC: 850 New Burton agent of LLC upon whom Rd., Ste. 201, Dover, DE process against it may be 19904. Cert. of Form. served. SSNY shall mail ďŹ led with DE Sec. of process to the LLC at the State, 401 Federal St., addr. of its princ. ofďŹ ce. Dover, DE 19901. Pur- Purpose: Any lawful pose: any lawful activity. activity. Vil: 03/22 - 04/26/2018 Vil: 03/15 - 04/19/2018

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a license, number 1309416 for liquor, beer, cider, and wine, has been applied for by the undersigned to sell liquor, beer, cider, and wine at retail in a Restaurant/Bar, under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 19 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038 for Summer On Premises consumption. HHC Cobblestones LLC. Vil: 04/19 - 04/26/2018 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 8 BND LLC Arts. of Org. ďŹ led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/1/18. OfďŹ ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 7 Bond Street, #4C, NY, NY 10012. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 03/22 - 04/26/2018 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 61 LEX OWNER, LLC Arts. of Org. ďŹ led with NY Dept. of State on 1/23/17. OfďŹ ce location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 560 5th Ave., 3rd Fl., NY, NY 10036, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 03/22 - 04/26/2018 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an on-premise license, #TBA has been applied for by Gosling Inc to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 234 East 4th Street, Westerly Store New York NY 10009. Vil: 04/19 - 04/26/2018 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 308 EAST 38 OWNER 4D, LLC Arts. of Org. ďŹ led with NY Dept. of State on 2/1/18. OfďŹ ce location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 560 5th Ave., 3rd Fl., NY, NY 10036, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 03/22 - 04/26/2018 April 19, 2018

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an on-premises license, #TBD, has been applied for by BKUK 11 Corp, dba TBD, to sell beer, wine, cider and liquor at retail, in a onpremises establishment, under the ABC law, for o n - p r e m i s e s consumption at 243 E 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022. Vil: 04/19 - 04/26/2018

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an on-premise license, #TBA has been applied for by The Green Brooklyn LLC d/b/a Grace’s to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment with one additional bar. For on premises consumption under the ABC law at 252 W 14th Street New York NY 10011. Vil: 04/12 - 04/19/2018

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a license number 1309401 for a beer & wine license has been applied for by ALIMADE LLC, to sell beer, and wine at retail in a restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control law at 2 WEST 45TH STREET, New York, New York 10036 for on premises consumption. Vil: 04/19 - 04/26/2018

PUBLIC NOTICE – 10104847 – BROADWAY & 133RD ST 435 AT&T Mobility, LLC is proposing to modify antennas and associated equipment on a 133-ft structure at 3280 Broadway, NY, NY County, NY 10027. Public comments regarding the potential effects from this site on historic properties may be submitted within 30-days from the date of this publication to: Laura Mancuso, CBRE, 70 West Red Oak Lane, White Plains, NY 10604, whiteplainsculturalresources@cbre.com or (914) 694-9600. Vil: 04/19/2018

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‘Co-opting’ Triangle tragedy To The Editor: Re “Flowers for ’11 fire victims” (news article, March 29): Bravo to Tequila Minsky, whose photographs are always fabulous. However, there were no “chains” on the building’s doors during the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: The door to the public stairway and hallways was locked with a key from the inside, held by a supervisor. There were other exits from the eighth floor, where the tragic fire was started by a careless toss of a lit cigarette or match onto a pile of fabric remnants. At the time of the fire, it was known as the Asch Building. A few years after the disaster, the building was purchased by Mr. Brown, who bequeathed it to New York University many years later. The traditional annual Triangle Fire Memorial has been held for the past 50 years to honor the 146 young lives lost in that horrible tragedy. It has been a respectful, solemn tribute held at the twicelandmarked cast-iron building

that was their deathtrap. Because the victims are buried in 16 different cemeteries, this memorial is where all of them have been remembered and paid tribute. Unfortunately, a recently formed coalition, a new sponsor and many local politicians have plans to co-opt this location — and the annual memorial — by making radical additions and changes without disclosure or any public participation. The Triangle Fire victims will always be remembered. We hope the traditional annual memorial will continue to be held in honor of the 146 young lives lost in the 1911 fire. Mary Johnson 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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