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Sarah Carroll testifies at a Sept. 20 Council hearing a week before her unanimous confirmation as the new chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

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BY SYDNEY PEREIRA Sarah Carroll, executive director of the Landmarks Preservation Commission since 2014, won approval from the City Council on Sept. 26 as the agency’s new chair. Carroll, a 24-year veteran of the LPC who has spent much of her time in the agency’s preservation department, will replace former chair Meenakshi Srinivasan, who served in the post for four years and announced her resignation in late April. After resounding support from preservationists, architects, former chairs Robert Tierney and Sherida Paulsen, and a developer at a Council hearing on Sept. 20, her appointment comes as no surprise. Queens Councilmember Karen Koslowitz had told Carroll not to lose any sleep over the wait time between the committee hearing and the full Council vote. “I really am happy that someone with your experience at the LPC — someone who started at the ground floor and worked your way up through the years — is being put forward for the position,” Speaker Corey Johnson told Carroll at the Sept. 20 hearing of the Rules, Privileges and Elections Committee. LANDMARKS CHIEF continued on p. 26

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Öyvind Fahlström’s “World Map” (1972) illustrates the use of tin-pot dictators by multinational corporations to extract wealth and suppress dissidents.

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA When German artist Hans Haacke documented real estate moguls Sol Goldman and Alex DiLorenzo’s Manhattan properties in 1971, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s director objected, calling the piece an “alien substance.” A Guggenheim curator was soon fired for supporting Haacke’s works — which presented column after column, neatly arrayed, of public records that offered commentary on how Goldman and DiLorenzo hid their identities behind shell companies from tenants’ rights groups. No doubt Haacke’s works today could be reinvented to visually expose the landords of 21st century New York. But for now, Haacke’s depiction of real estate holdings from the mid-20th century joins 69 other works from 30 artists in the Met Breuer’s latest exhibition, “Everything is Connected: Art and Conspiracy.” The exhibition explores an “alternate history” — both in fact and fiction — of anxieties and paranoias that beset American society from 1969 through 2016,

just before President Donald Trump took office. The idea was born in 2010 when lead curator Doug Eklund happened upon a 1991 interview between John Miller and the late Mike Kelley — two artists featured in the exhibit. The line-up was chosen by 2014, to the delight of Eklund, who wanted to show that the nature of conspiracies, corruption, and American anxieties — both based in truth and otherwise — are not new in the era of Trump and so-called “fake news.” “What [the show has] wound up being is a kind of archaeology or reminder to people that these are not new issues,” Eklund said. “These are issues that have constantly been happening in a democracy between the Establishment and the voices that are [on the] outside.” Eklund said that 1969 was chosen as the starting point because, among other things, it was a time when conspiracy theories about the Kennedy assassination were blossoming and just a few years before CONSPIRACY continued on p. 5

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Bronx-based Juan has ridden to work at Al’s for five years, developing expertise in repairs, and an eye on cutting-edge road bike technology.

says a longtime friend of the say ys Jimmy, Jim owner. “Wherever I shop I want to feel o like this is a good place to hang out. And some of our customers are friends.” Staff mentioned Zen Bikes sells a fair number of children’s bikes, which was rare in comparison to other shops in Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. The store also welcomes dogs with treats and a K-9 staffer of its own. As a shop far from recreational paths like the Hudson River Greenway, Zen Bikes counts a large portion of its customer base as commuters — about half. One of the shops most popular offerings is a carbon-fiber bike with extra-large wheels originally designed for Midwest winters but equally prepared for tough city streets. “[Biking] has increased both because of the bike lanes, traffic, train delays – stuff like that. I think biking is an easier way to get around,” says Jimmy. DANNY’S CYCLES | 653 10th Ave. | dannyscycles.com | Danny’s Cycles in Hell’s Kitchen holds the unique position of being a chain location that has retained its individual character over the years. The Hell’s Kitchen location was created six years ago from Metro Bikes, which had existed a block away for over 30 years. One longtime Metro employee still works with the chain to this day. Now, the chain is set to transition to the hands of Trek, the American bicycle manufacturer. The staff expects to retain the same neighborhood bike shop culture that has kept the cyclery a neighborhood institution. Manager Charlie feels a spe

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Danny’s Cycles is transitioning to Trek ownership, and staff including Jillian (pictured here) plan to continue serving the neighborhood’s diverse ridership.

cial attachment to the working-class residents who the shop supports. “Our customers are mostly blue-collar people,” he said. “The city isn’t cheap to live in. We’re empathetic to those people and we are those people.” Another staff member, Jillian, echoed his sentiment. “People that come in here are usually avoiding paying a monthly MetroCard. Biking is their mode of transportation. They rely on it. They use it to save money,” she said. “This shop feels very neighborhood friendly. Everyone that comes in here says they live two blocks away.” In addition to the hybrids that are popular in stores across the board, as well as high-end road and mountain bikes, Charlie highlighted electronic pedal-assist bikes as a popular offering in the shop. “The shop has earned the distinction of being the number one destination for electric bikes,” he noted. “It’s mostly

people who want to make their commute easier or suffered some sort of injury and can’t bike like they used to. Then there’s the mom who wants to ride with her husband and friends who ride really fast, or the other way around.” Charlie described the importance of lasting repairs, saying, “The last thing I want is people coming back” with an issue with an adjustment. He decided to pursue a career in the cycling industry after losing weight in his first job at a bike shop, and now looks forward to helping others improve their lives through cycling. Jillian echoed the benefits to female customers of having a woman working the shop, and pointed out that increasing ridership among women poses a business opportunity for shops. “There’s a bonding thing,” she said. “It’s maybe a little encouraging or pleasant to see, ‘All right, there’s an industry for us.’ ”

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Public Library Exhibits Stonewall, Whitman in 2019

Attendees at the preview in the Trustees Room at the Public Library’s main branch.

BY ANDY HUMM The New York Public Library’s LGBT Collections will be drawn from heavily next year for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. Tony Marx, president of the library, and members of the LGBT Initiative co-chaired by trustee Carey Maloney and Hermes Mallea, hosted a reception for LGBTQ leaders on Sept. 24 in the Trustees Room at the main branch on 42nd St. to preview two “milestone exhibitions” there: “Love and Resistance: Stonewall at 50,” set for

Feb. 14 through June 30 of next year, and “Walt Whitman,” which will be on display from March 29 through July 27. Jason Baumann, who heads the library’s LGBT Initiative, said the Stonewall exhibit will focus on LGBTQ life and activism from 1965 through ‘75. Carolyn Vega, who curates the library’s collection of English and American Literature, said the Whitman exhibit will mark the 200th anniversary of the poet’s birth. Marx noted that the library is home to

Carey Maloney (right), a New York Public Library trustee, was among the hosts of the Sept. 24 preview.

collections from the Mattachine Society, the Gay Activists Alliance, the Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen papers and photographs, ACT UP, the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and more. In addition to past LGBTQ exhibitions, including for Stonewall 25, Marx said the library welcomes an annual prom for LGBTQ youth at its Astor Hall. Maloney said the library “has unfailingly been at the forefront of LGBTQ advocacy” and dubbed its collection on queer history “the world’s greatest.”

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New York Public Library president Tony Marx announced two “milestone exhibitions” for 2019 — one commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, the other the bicentennial of Walt Whitman’s birth.

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the Watergate hearings explosed the corruption at the heart of a presidency. But more importantly, he said, art was created at that point about “the assault on the hippie community and communities of color — assaults by the Deep State, so the FBI, the CIA — the kind of paranoia that those communities rightfully had, knowing that they were being infiltrated.” Eklund added, “Their members were being murdered [like] in the case of Fred Hampton,” a member of the Black Panther Party who was killed by Chicago police just a month after he was filmed speaking about systematic racism and the Panthers’ free breakfast program for children. That documentary, filmed by an experimental group from upstate New York, is one of the pieces on display. But you won’t see any works from today here that parallel the same anxieties about injustices and systemic racism among police officers as the Black Lives Matter movement and others shine a light on issues such as the shootings of mostly black men at the hands of law enforcement. “The way that we conceived it is an historical show,” Eklund said. “And so we didn’t get into younger artists’ issues of today, and we may be criticized for that, but I was really hoping to provide an historical framework.” Eklund said he hopes the exhibition inspires younger artists to create works that reflect the concerns of today. He suggested that another appropriate sequel could be an exhibit about international perspectives toward America’s foreign policy. Though some artists in this exhibition are from other countries, most are American. “Art and Conspiracy” will run through Jan. 6 at the Met Breuer, on Madison Ave. at E. 75th St., while the Metropolitan Museum’s primary home on Fifth Ave. features “Stasi City,” a video installation by Jane and Louise Wilson documenting the former headquarters of the East German secret police in what was then East Berlin. Though “conspiracy” is part of its

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Hans Haacke’s “Sol Goldman and Alex DiLorenzo Manhattan Real Estate Holdings, a Real-Time Social System” (1971).

Doug Eklund, curator of the Met Breuer’s “Everything is Connected: Art and Conspiracy.”

Max Hollein, director of the Metropolitan Musuem of Art, at the exhibition’s press preview.

title, the Met Breuer exhibition has two sections — one where artists adhere to a factual basis and is almost journalistic in nature. Works there include Mark Lombardi’s pieces on corruption and money in politics, such as the connections between former President Bill Clinton and an Indonesian banking conglomerate, and Jenny Holzer’s blow-up of declassified documents from George W. Bush’s presidency that emphasize the bureaucratic language employed to describe and defend the torture of detainees.

The exhibition also features work by the Silence = Death Project, which attacks the Reagan White House for the president’s silence on the death of tens of thousands of Americans from AIDS, and an examination of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s ties to South American dictatorships. The other half of the exhibition veers into less rigid definitions of truth, with cartoonish, sometimes colorful depictions of conspiracy theories — from UFOs and aliens to critiques of powerful elites.

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A half-cemetery, half-car lot installation by Tony Oursler criticizes America’s reliance on oil and Mike Kelley uses a digestive system schematic to demonstrate what he views as the Democratic Party’s shift in the 1980s toward elites and away from working class concerns. Kelley also depicts a California preschool where child sexual and Satanic ritual abuse allegedly occurred on a staggering scale, though years later it was found that psychiatrists and social workers had manipulated the small children into believing they were molested. These works, whether based on “deep research and almost journalistic methods” or an “intermingling of facts and fantasy,” broach critical concerns Americans have had in the past half century, the Met’s director, Max Hollein, said at a press conference on the exhibit. “They all address an urgency to question, to imagine, and to understand that the world that surrounds us and that we live in is way more complex than we think or that others want us to think about,” Hollein said.

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POLICE BLOTTER BY SCOTT STIFFLER

ASSAULT: Horseshoes, hand grenades, and auto accidents Imagine what this overheated hothead would have done if the cab actually crashed into him! A hardworking cabbie was the victim of an assault that took place at 9:20 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 27, at the southeast corner of W. 10th Ave. and W. 18th St. The irate idiot (a male perp of undetermined age) ran up to the cab driver, punched him in the face, and — to paraphrase a poem about Santa — was heard to exclaim, as he drove out of sight, “That’s for almost hitting us with your car!� The 43-year-old victim, who was bleeding from his nose and lips, was taken by police to a nearby health facility.

LOST PROPERTY: Stupidity a cure for future hangovers? Maybe it was the alcohol talking — still talking — when a 40-year-old male walked (staggered?) into the 10th Precinct to report the loss of his $800 iPhone 8, his $300 iPad, his house keys (valued at $20), and is work ID. Admitting he was “very drunk� at the time,

the boozy loser told a tale of a night on the town gone wrong. Seems he was at Tao Downtown (92 Ninth Ave., btw. W. 16th & 17th Sts.) around 11 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 25, when he decided to take an Uber home. Once he left the premises, he realized his bag didn’t make the trip. It’s a sobering experience for the victim, and a cautionary tale for the rest of us.

PETIT LARCENY: Crimes against food and drink Video footage is said to be available, and police are still on the lookout for the “Hungry Jack Dasher� — a criminal nickname we admittedly made up, and have our doubts about, in terms of its ability to catch on. Some things, however, are not up for interpretation: On Fri., Sept. 28, at around 6:10 a.m., a man walked into the Square Deli (168 Eighth Ave., btw. W. 18th & 19th Sts.) and ordered three sandwiches. Waiting patiently as they were prepared, he then took the grub and shot out of the store without paying, headed into the morning with meat, bread, and no sense of shame. Elsewhere, a parched male perp entered Sunac Natural Market (600 W. 42 St., at 11th Ave.) at around 2:40 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 26, and ran off with two cases of beer (valued at $38). The two crimes seem unrelated, except for the fact that a cold frosty one does go quite well with a sandwich.

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Deadline for Compensation Fund people getting serious, aggressive cancers than ever before, and something tells me it’s not going to stop on Dec. 18, 2020,” said Michael Barasch, an attorney representing more than 10,000 victims, including first responders and Downtown residents. “Cancer has no deadline.” Shortly after the terrorist attack that claimed nearly 3,000 lives on that day 17 years ago, the Federal Environmental Protection Agency lured an estimated 300,000 workers and 25,000 residents, in addition to thousands of students and first responders, back to Lower Manhattan with a promise that the area was safe to inhabit. But in truth, a cocktail of pulverized glass, lead, chromium, and other carcinogens still haunted neighborhoods south of Canal St. until May 2002, when the federal government years later determined that Downtown’s air had finally became breathable. Hundreds of people have since perished as a result of some 68 different cancers and other fatal illnesses directly

linked to the attack’s deadly fallout — including Police Officer James Zadroga, whose death in 2006 would inspire congress to pass the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act in 2010, establishing both a free healthcare program and a settlement fund to redress the pain and loss of income due to unemployment caused in part by Uncle Sam’s negligence. The World Trade Center Health Program was extended by 70 years in 2015 following a national advocacy campaign spearheaded by comedian Jon Stewart, who used his program “The Daily Show” to shame holdout members of congress to support the reauthorization bill, but the funnyman couldn’t arm-twist legislators into giving the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund the same treatment, and that program was only extended by five years, to 2020. Essentially, Congress declared that victims who develop cancers or other non-fatal but life-altering conditions due to Ground Zero fallout more than

two years and three months from now should be entitled to free health care — but not compensation for their physical suffering and loss of employment, according to one advocate. “The health program was extended for 70 years and the VCF was only extended for five — what is wrong with this picture? These people were harmed by the federal government’s lies and negligence,” said Kimberly Flynn of 9/11 Environmental Action. To drive home the point, enrollment rates in both programs have only risen in recent years, with the healthcare program showing a slow but steady increase in enrollment rates over a two year period, while the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund saw 9,155 more claims filed as of Aug. 2018 than in the same period last year. The roughly 10,000 students who prematurely returned to Downtown schools following the attack, now in their 20s and 30s, are among the most anxious to see an extension of the September 11th Victim Compensation

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firefighters within seven months of the disaster. Although all 30 firefighters had similar exposure to the toxins at Ground Zero, 15 firefighters with higher levels of more than two dozen specific kinds of fats, amino acids and stress hormones suffered from poor lung function by 2015 — compared to their 15 counterparts without lung damage. The senior author of the paper said the study is a bridge for the next phase of her team’s research, which Photo by Greg Semendinger via Associated Press

Thousands of people were exposed to toxic clouds of dust after the World Trade Center collapse on 9/11, and while many developed lung damage, some did not. A new study of firefighters at Ground Zero found chemical markers in their blood that predicted which ones later fell ill.

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will focus on identifying specific foods associated with those metabolites which might have contributed to the firefighters’ lung disease, in the hope of coming up with dietary recommendations to slow, halt, or even reverse the damage. “We are planning on taking a subset of individuals that lost lung function and trying to identify whether a certain type of diet is useful to them,” said Anna Nolan, a professor in NYU’s Department of Medicine and Department of Environmental Medicine. The right diet could “improve their quality of life and lung function,” she said. Previous research showed that nearly one-in-10 firefighters exposed to WTC dust have signs of lung injuries, which is attributable to heavy metals, asbestos, micro-particles of fibrous glass and other toxic chemicals in the debris, according to Nolan. Certain risk factors, such as poor diet, could be associated with the set of predictive metabolites that Nolan and her team found. If a better diet is associated with rebalancing metabolites, lung disease in people affected by WTC toxins could be stalled or even reversed. Nolan and her team plan to study the connections between a healthier diet — specifically a low-calorie Mediterranean diet — and lung health, but she emphasized that using a healthy diet to improve lung function has not yet been demonstrated in clinical studies. The findings of her latest research, published last month in the scientific journal BMJ Open Respiratory Research, could one day lead to a test to predict early the eventual development of lung damage in people who are exposed to all sorts toxins. The earlier lung damage is found, the more effective treatment can be, she added. But to create such a test, further studies will have to look at a much larger, more diverse group, in order to evaluate a range of other possible predictors of lung damage, Nolan said. The 30 firefighters in the recent study were a “handpicked population,” she explained, in that they all were never smokers, all men, and had all arrived at Ground Zero by Sept. 13, 2001. Future research with a larger sample that better reflects the broader population “would have to be more generalizable,” said Nolan. “We would have to test our hypothesis in those populations too,” she added. City Media LLC


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POLICE BLOTTER 13th Precinct: NCO BLOTTER continued from p. 6

Useful info and notable news from the desk (okay, the email account) of Paul Groncki, Chair of the 100 W. 16th St. Block Association: “On Tue. Oct. 2, the 13th Precinct rolled out its Neighborhood Coordinator Officer (NCO) program. The 13th Pct. in our neighborhood runs from the east side of Seventh Ave. east to the river, and from the north side of 14th St. to the south side of 29th St. The precinct is now divided into four sectors. For Chelsea, this divides the precinct into west and east portions at Park Ave. The area between Seventh Ave. and Park Ave. is divided into two sectors: Sector B (Baker) in the south and Sector C (Charlie) in the north. Sector 13B runs from the north side of 14th St. to the south side of 19th St. btw. Seventh Ave. and Fifth Ave., and then up to the south side of 23rd St., btw. Fifth Ave. and Park Ave. Sector 13C runs from the north side of 19th St. to the south side of 29th St., btw. Seventh Ave. and Fifth Ave., and then from the north side of 23rd St. to

the south side of 29th St., btw. Fifth Ave. and Park Ave. The Neighborhood Coordinator Officers (NCOs) for Sector 13B are Police Officer Vinceta Gishard (vinceta.gishard@nypd.org) and Police Officer Jonathan Knapp (jonathan.knapp@nypd. org). For Sector 13C, Police Officer Eric Demery (eric.demery@nypd.org) and Police Officer Brittany Vera (brittany. vera@nypd.org). NCOs are your local problem-solvers. They spend all their working hours within the confines of their assigned sectors, actively engaging with local community members and residents. They get to know the neighborhood and its people (and its problems) extremely well. They should be invited to block association and other meetings to get to know us better. I have been asked to serve as the Precinct’s Community Partner for the NCOs. In this role, please contact me if you wish to have the NCOs for your sector attend a block association or other community meeting.” Note: Groncki can be reached at pgroncki@gmail.com.

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From Renegades to Role Models RuPaul’s DragCon expands its reach and redefines the rules

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At the “Judgey Judies” panel, the Q&A included comment from Franny Swiger, who credited “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as a way to teach her daughter how to deal with bullies.

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BY CHARLES BATTERSBY Drag was once on the fringe of society. Gender rebels performed their cuttingedge material in nightclubs and cabarets that most citizens never knew existed. Now drag culture is mainstream enough to warrant an industry convention that fills half of the Jacob Javits Center. The attendees at RuPaul’s DragCon NYC (Sept. 28-30) were an even mix of pro queens and their civilian fans — and this edition asserted itself as a place for parents to bring their kids, wholly in spite of the sexy outfits, bawdy humor, and free samples of alcoholic beverages on the show floor. In its second year at the Javits Center, DragCon NYC not only took up more space, but also showed signs of catering to a wider crowd, including the disabled. New to the con was PinkOracle.com, which was founded by disabled queen Ramona Dabone and John Bowden after they visited last year’s DragCon. The Javits Center hosts conventions that range from whimsical comic book conventions (this weekend’s New York Comic Con) to stuffy business events. DragCon is a mixture of both. Fans line up to meet celebrity queens, but the show floor was also checkered with booths run by serious businesses that

provide supplies to professional drag performers. Drag performers generally don’t use the sort of makeup that civilians buy at drug stores. Among the theatricalcaliber makeup suppliers at the con was Alcone, a long-lived company that once catered to Broadway, but became a staple for drag artists. We spoke to J.D. Kraemer of Alcone. “We’ve catered to the drag community since the beginning,” he explained. “We started out selling eyelashes to Broadway showgirls — who were the original drag queens.” “Consumers” (as he calls the nonqueens) were about half of his business, but the rest were professional drag artists stocking up on indispensables like Ben Nye face powder, and Kryolan TV paint sticks — a combination of makeup hardy enough even for clowns and geishas. Smaller cosmetics manufacturers are also aiming to bring their products to gender fluid consumers, as was the case with Fluide, a smaller booth at the con. We spoke to Laura Kraber, the company’s co-owner and CEO. “We want to make makeup fun and easy for everyone,” she told us, “and break down some of the gender binaries that exist in the fashion and beauty world.” Around the City Media LLC


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Alcone provides theatrical-caliber makeup to drag queens and their fans (second from the right, the legendary Lady Bunny).

show floor, there were dozens of similar small companies presenting drag-specific makeup, nails, eyelashes, and glitter for every part of the body. One of the con sponsors was Anastasia Beverly Hills, and they catered to both pros and fans by offering makeup touch ups, followed by a photo shoot that literally placed people on a pedestal. Several other booths were offering recreations of high fashion photo shoots, to promote photography services. Jonsar Studios even had a fan blowing on the attendees to give these aspiring models the glamorous “wind in her hair” look, as photographers’ assistants hovered around. This sort of diva treatment is routine for the drag performers, but it is a fantasy come true for fans who want a taste of the glamorous life. Unfortunately, even a glamorous photo shoot at a drag con is still no escape from politics! Although the con was planned a year ago, it happens to fall in the middle of contentious Supreme Court confirmation, plus the regularly scheduled midterm elections. A panel was held on the “Resistance” movement, and booths were allocated to an anti-gun violence organization,

as well as the “Swing Left” movement. Although there are a few members of the drag community who openly espouse conservative views, DragCon definitely hangs to the left (when not tucked). “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has been on for 10 seasons; long enough for Ru and the girls to become role models to a generation of kids. During a Q&A with Michelle Visage and other judges from “Drag Race,” a mother and her teen daughter in the audience talked about how the sassy queen attitude can help cisgender girls in their own lives. The Swiger family came to DragCon together, and Franny Swiger noted, “ ‘Drag Race’ has brought me and [her daughter Emily] so close... I’ve used it as a tool to make her stand up for herself.” When picked on at school, Swiger instructed her daughter to, “Put your hand on your hip and use your best drag queen quote, and say ‘B!tch please.’ ” To help promote this family-friendly image, the con has a new Kids’ Zone in the middle of the show floor (not too far from booths that were handing out samples of cinnamon-flavored whiskey,

Fluide is a local cosmetics company that targets gender-fluid consumers.

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Just Do Art BY SCOTT STIFFLER Uptown class meets East Village edge at Pangea, the progressive musical performance venue whose October roster includes chameleonic chanteuse Tammy Faye Starlite. A gifted, unpredictable interpreter of everyone from Marianne Faithfull to Nico, Faye is a ray of cosmic kookiness locked in a battle between genius and madness that commands respect — and rapt attention. Thursdays, 7pm in October, “She Comes in Colors” puts

her highly collectible stamp on the Rolling Stones’ loved/reviled studio experiment, “Their Satanic Majesties Request.” Cover is $25. Call 212-9950900 or visit pangeanyc.com. Local history programming, free at The Tompkins Square Library, includes Oct. 10’s 5pm author talk with Alice Sparberg Alexiou and Kerri Culhane on the “Rich, Gritty History of the Bowery.” Oct. 19, Clayton Patterson and Penny Arcade are among the living legends on hand for “The East Village in the 1980s.”

Now through Nov. 1, the vigorously researched exhibition “A Look Back on the East Village of the 1980s” does just that, by focusing on the neighborhood’s creative counter culture. Call 212-228-4747 or visit nypl.org/locations/tompkins-square.

Center’s “Singing Our Songs: A Night of Singer-Songwriters” concert. The Oct. 12 installment features talented multitaskers Mario Giacalone (a musical artist, actor, and director), Queensbased folk singer Joshua Garcia, folk/ jazz artist Lindsey Wilson, and Bev Grant (current founder/director of the

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Just Do Art Brooklyn Women’s Chorus and former leader of the ’70s/’80s folk/rock/world music fusion band Human Condition). For tickets ($21), call 212-220-1460 or visit TribecaPac.org. After taking last year off for the first time since its inception, expect the New York International Fringe Festival (aka FringeNYC) to come roaring back no signs of having frayed, and with more edge than ever before. The sprawling, multi-venue fest runs the entire month of October, and there’s at least one element of it that hasn’t changed a bit: Many performances are already sold out. Plot your brick and mortar binge strategy now, by visiting fringenyc.org. They’ve been presenting some of the East Village’s most raucous, laugh-outloud, and quite possibly diagnosably insane comedy showcases for a full decade — and that’s no joke. Now, Todd Montesi and Richard James’ “UG! COMEDY SHOW!!” has found a new home for their Tuesday night destination event: Drexlers, at 9 Avenue A (btw. First & Second Aves.). Talent booked for this month includes Mo Vida and Lisa Chanoux (Oct. 9), Ian Koranek and host Ricki Sofer (Oct. 16), Luke Touma and Liz Glazer (Oct. 23), and Terence Hartnett and Devon Walker (Oct. 30). For info and reservations, call 646-524-5226 or visit ugcomedyshow.tumblr.com. Trigger Warning for a Carpenters reference: Rainy days, we can’t do anything about — but at least one Monday a month won’t get you down. That would be when the fast-paced, monthly variety show “The Mosquito” lands in the Lounge at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie St., btw. Rivington & Delancey Sts.). Hosted by the wry, sincere-instead-of-ironic, witty wordsmith (and Emmy award-winner!) Nancy Giles, the Oct. 15 installment of this always-free series could very well feature any, or all, of the following oddball regulars: Pat Candaras, Cynthia Kaplan, Peri Gaffney, Kathryn Rossetter, Sheila Head, Susan Burns, Sue Giles, and Nancy Shayne. For more info, visit dixonplace.org. Give them three hours and they’ll take you places you’ve never, ever been before, even if you’re a regular visitor to The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pier 86 (W. 46th St. and 12th Ave.). On Sat., Oct. 6, the alreadyCity Media LLC

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will regale you with tales of what it was like when the ship was at sea during its many years of service. For reservations and tickets ($150, with discounts for Museum member and veterans), call 212-245-0072 or visit intrepidmuseum.org. The minimum age for this tour is 16, and participants will get to keep the branded bump cap they must wear for protection during the tour — which, they want you to know, “requires extensive walking and standing” and requires one to “navigate JDA continued on p. 31 Courtesy of BMCC Tribeca PAC

Bev Grant is a featured artist at Oct. 12’s “Singing Our Songs” concert at BMCC Tribeca PAC.

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Last Wednesday’s Council vote was unanimous. “My experience with Sarah is that she’s been tough but fair,” said Albert Laboz, a principal at United American Land, which owns more than 50 buildings in Manhattan. “To my chagrin, she’s not a pushover.” As executive director of the agency, Carroll managed its operations and worked with Srinivasan on policy and strategic planning. She touted her successes overseeing more than 4,000 landmark designations of buildings and sites as well as transparency efforts, including a new website for the agency and an internal permit-tracking database. “As a native New Yorker, I have a passion for this city,” Carroll told Manhattan Express. “It’s very important to me that we do seek to protect areas and properties that reflect the diversity of this rich city, and having worked at the agency for so long I’m completely dedicated to its mission and its mandate.” Carroll will lead an agency that has been under fire by preservationists, who most recently were critical of Srinivasan for making decisions they saw as developer-friendly.

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Simeon Bankoff, executive director of the Historic Districts Council, former LPC chair Robert Tierney, and Ann-Isabel Friedman, director of Sacred Sites at the New York Landmarks Conservancy, testified in Sarah Carroll’s favor at a Sept. 20 Council hearing.

Srinivasan resigned weeks after a contentious public hearing over proposed rules changes, which have since been modified and will be the subject of a new public hearing on Oct. 16. Srinivasan denied that the earlier hearing had anything to do with her resignation, adding that she had planned to leave the post for several months, according to agency spokesperson Zodet Negrón. Johnson questioned Carroll on a critical challenge the agency faces: balancing the city’s need for development

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— amidst a housing crisis based in a vacancy rate of only 3.6 percent, below the 5 percent threshold that signals a housing stock emergency — and the importance of preserving the city’s architectural and cultural history. Carroll contended that the city’s growth and preservation can go hand in hand. “For me, I think that one of the really dynamic things about New York City is that change is constant,” she said. “New York City has always had development. In fact, the Empire State Building replaced the original Waldorf Astoria.” She added, “I think the constant change and growth of the city along with preservation goes together to create the sort of dynamic vibrancy of the city. Both are equally important and can be balanced together.” East Side Councilmembers Ben Kallos and Keith Powers, in voicing their support for Carroll, questioned her on issues they are concerned about. Kallos asked if Carroll would consider expanding the scope of considerations that the LPC uses for determining landmarks — particularly their cultural importance in addition to physical characteristics alone. Carroll responded that the process needs to be guided by specific standards, but left the door open for broadening the grounds for designating properties. “I think that we have to be very rigorous,” she said. “The commission has standards in terms of determining whether something is eligible or not… Having said that, I am very open to looking at things through a different lens. I think we have done that recently, and I’m very open to continuing to explore ways to do that.” Powers asked about Carroll’s position on the sale of development rights, sometimes dubbed air rights, by landmarked

buildings to property owners looking to build taller. Most recently in Powers’ district, JP Morgan Chase bought air rights from St. Bartholomew’s Church and Grand Central Terminal to replace its 52-story headquarters at 270 Park Ave. with a 75-story tower. “I think that conceptually a transfer of development rights can be very beneficial to landmarks, particularly if it generates money to maintain and aid in the long term preservation of the landmark,” she said, emphasizing that she can’t comment specifically without a particular proposal in view and that the issue is first and foremost under the authority of the Department of City Planning. Preservation groups support Carroll, too. “She comes to this role with an intimate knowledge of New York City’s historic buildings in addition to the agency’s operations, policy, and strategic planning,” said Rachel Levy, the executive director of Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts. Levy explained that her group’s mission is to highlight buildings in Yorkville deserving of protection and to press for broader land use policies that “foster common sense zoning that will lead to balanced development.” The Historic Districts Council is also supportive of Carroll based on her years of experience. “We believe that, having been eyewitnesses and party to decades of preservation activity, [Carroll] also has a deep appreciation for the benefits and importance of historic preservation principles to the people of New York City and its soul,” Simeon Bankoff, the group’s executive director, said in his testimony. Former LPC chair Tierney said, “I can’t think of anyone who would be more qualified.” City Media LLC


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Community Board Term Limits: A Gift to Developers BY GALE BREWER There’s a reason lawmaking is compared — unflatteringly — to sausage factories. It’s not neat, it’s not quick, and if you do it out in public, it can kill a lot of people’s appetite for the final product. But rushing through new laws with short notice and inadequate public review, on an issue that isn’t a genuine emergency, isn’t the answer either. That’s not how we make good policy — it’s how government makes mistakes. That’s the story with the three ballot proposals coming out of the mayor’s Charter Revision Commission, and placed on the General Election ballot this Nov. 6. Proposal #3 would institute term limits of eight years for all Community Board members, cutting our first line of defense for protecting our neighborhoods. Introduced midway through a Charter Revision Commission that was convened to focus on different subjects, this change to Community Board appointments would further empower developers, who already wield too many advantages in the city’s land use process — and developers aren’t term-limited! Like a lot of well-

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intentioned ideas, it will have substantial unintended consequences. I should know; I served on my local community board for many years. When an issue reaches one of the city’s 59 allvolunteer boards (each with 50 members appointed to two-year terms by the borough presidents), the institutional memory of those members comes into play and helps them decide local issues large and small. In my Board experience on the West Side, we did our best to mitigate how Donald Trump could build over the West Side rail yards. During the development boom New York has experienced, the land use and

zoning decisions boards make, and the scrutiny that boards can put development plans under, have all been critical in shaping neighborhoods’ destinies. Major rezonings by the administration in East Harlem, Inwood, and East New York have all been examined — and improved — by Community Board membership. And that’s just Proposal #3 on the ballot; Proposal #2 creates something called a “Civic Engagement Commission” with a majority of members appointed by the mayor, that would supply urban planners and other support services to Community Boards. But the mayor already has control over the Department of City Planning; why should his appointees help select the Community Boards’ technical advisors for land use decisions, too? Borough presidents already have responsibility for appointing a diverse, active membership to Community Boards and help inform and support their work — and borough presidents are termlimited. I’ve appointed more than 360 new members as borough president — more than 60 percent of the 600 board

members in Manhattan. We conduct a rigorous interview process and assign an urban planner to cover each board and supply technical advice and counsel. The Boards could certainly use more permanent staff, but that can be accomplished by the city’s budget process. The 2018 Charter Revision Commission the mayor proposed in February’s State of the City Address was charged with changing the City Charter to “enhance voter participation and improve the electoral process.” In proposing to term-limit Community Board members and change their staff support, it has ranged a little far afield — and used “term limits” as a buzzword to help sell their brand of reform. The Commission’s Proposal #1, on campaign finance, has merit. But the other two proposals will make it harder for Community Boards to do their job as an early-warning system and an honest advocate for neighborhood residents — and thus will strengthen the hand of developers. On Proposals #2 and #3, I’m voting no. Gale Brewer is the Manhattan borough president.

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“Kensie’s Queen” is a children’s book about a girl and her drag queen uncle.

and 99 proof fruit beverages). The Kids’ Zone included a ubiquitous bouncy house, along with a theater for puppet shows, and frequent installments of the popular “Drag Queen Story Hour.” A new organization joining the con this year at the Kids’ Zone was Saber Guild: Empire Temple, a group of Star Wars fans who teach lightsaber techniques to younglings and Padawans. We asked Michelle Montanez, the assistant local director of the temple, how the crowd at DragCon differs from sci-fi oriented events like New York Comic Con. She said there weren’t any Jedi trainees in drag, but that the crowd was “less inhibited here… They’re more willing to jump in and do it.” As a result, Montanez noted, the group spends “less time creating illusion, and breaking down the barrier to entering this fantasy world, because everyone comes here, ready for that.” For more information on RuPaul’s DragCon, set to return to NYC in 2019, visit rupauls- Anastasia Beverly Hills provided touch-ups and glamorous photo shoots. dragcon.com.

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under shallow clearings, up and down steep angled Navy ladders and through the ship’s hatches” — a small price to pay for such high adventure! ALL HAIL HALLOWEEN! Some people like candy corn, while others favor candy apples. But what kind of monster doesn’t love a Dachshund dressed up like a hot dog? So get to work now — and by 10am on Sun., Oct. 28, you’ll have your own doggone clever outfit for Fido to strut in The High Line Hotel’s annual Dog Costume Parade (11:30am). The free “furocious” festivities include doggie refreshments, snacks for humans, and face painting for kids of all ages. Canine costume contest categories include Funniest, Most Stylish, and, of course, Best in Show. For more info, visit thehighlinehotel.com/dogparade. Fully formed apparitions hold conversations with visitors, notes play from a phantom piano, and snoring is heard on a couch with no mortal occupants: These things, and more, happen at Merchant’s House Museum, a genuinely haunted (whatever that means) 19th century domicile built by the wealthy Tredwell family. Hear about it all, and get a history lesson to boot, on their Candlelight Ghost Tours. Book your journey into the unknown now, because these annual October tours fill up quickly. Not spooky enough for you? At the stroke of midnight on select dates, paranormal investigator Dan Sturges (who’s logged hundreds of hours at the house) takes you through the house, while discussing his methodology and eerie findings —including some spinetingling call and response audio between the living and, possibly, the dead. Visit merchantshouse.org. Venerable basement theater space UNDER St. Marks is the place for a witch’s brew of eccentric Halloween atrocities. First up, kabukifaced killer clown and rapturous, alliteration-loving gothic storyteller Dandy Darkly brings his latest back to his home base of NYC, after packed-to-capacity performances in Edinburgh, London, and San Francisco. “Dandy Darkly’s All Aboard!” (Oct. 11-14) finds the satanic shaman serving “Deep South shame alongside sizzling social satire and howling humor.” Think creepy corporate robots, African spider gods, beauty shop gossip, and plenty of trains. Also in the underground black box venue, creep show scribe extraordinaire Clay McLeod Chapman offers frights up close and personal, with a version of his long-running storytelling series that plays to a single audience member at a time. In performance since September and in high demand due to deeply disturbed, cult-leader-like Chapman’s cult-like following, “Pumpkin Pie Show: One-on-Ones” was scheduled to end this weekend, but has just been extended through Oct. 28. Get your tickets to see Dandy and Chapman at FRIGIDnewyork.info. Access artist info at dandydarkly.com and claymcleodchapman.com. City Media LLC

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