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DECEMBER 27, 2018 – JANUARY 9, 2019

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Young court clerk killed by charter bus

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Kimberly Greer, 28 (inset), was fatally struck by a bus, like the one pictured, while crossing Leonard St. by the cour ts, above.

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Woman, 28, killed by charter bus outside courts BY GABE HERMAN

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woman was fatally struck by a charter bus on Thursday evening at Centre and Leonard Sts. in Lower Manhattan, according to police. Kimberly Greer, 28, was crossing the street in the crosswalk at 7:30 p.m. when the bus struck her near a courthouse. She was a law clerk for U.S. Magistrate Judge Katharine Parker. Greer was found unconscious at the scene and pronounced dead later at New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital. The bus’s driver, Xi Chen, 50, who police said lives on the Lower East Side, has been charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to use due care. The Tennessee-bound bus was operated by Wanda Coach, according to the Daily News, and Chen was rushing after leaving the stop at Allen St. late. Police said the 2013 bus was making a left turn from Centre St. onto Leonard St. as Greer was crossing the street from south to north and she was hit by the rear part of the bus and fell to the ground. The investigation is ongoing. In a statement released Friday, Judge Parker called Greer “one of the most kind and generous persons I know. Quick to lend a hand to colleagues, bake cookies for interns and mentor students. She was a deeply valued and loved member of my chamber’s family and we are devastated by this tragedy.” Greer graduated in 2012 from Northwestern University where she was on the dean’s list. She went on to graduate from Fordham Law School cum laude, and started as a clerk in March 2018. She was also an adjunct law professor at Fordham. “She distinguished herself in chambers through her keen analytical skills and fluent writing,” said Parker, who added that Greer was a “vibrant young woman with an excellent legal mind.” Greer was a New York native who lived on Melville, Long Island. She had just married on Nov. 11, according to the Daily News. “We extend our deepest condolences to Kimberly’s husband Michael Singer, her father George, her brothers Matt and Jon, and the rest of her family,” Parker wrote on Friday. Pedestrian fatalities in the city have generally dropped in recent years, from 184 in 2013 to 101 in 2017, with a slight uptick in 2016 with 148 pedestrian deaths, according to the Mayor’s Office. In July, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that overall traffic deaths in the first half of 2018 were the lowest ever recorded in a six-month span, though pedestrian deaths had stayed even at 47 from the previous period. “No loss of life on our streets is acSchneps Media

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A charter bus preparing to make a turn at Leonard and Centre Sts. last week, at the spot where Kimberly Greer was fatally struck by another bus’s rear wheels last week.

Kimberly in a photo the Fordham Student Bar Association. ceptable,”Greer the mayor said for in that an- nouncement. “Under Vision Zero, we

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have made enormous strides toward safer streets for all, with traffic fatalities declining for the past four-anda-half years. But we will never rest on our laurels, and will keep fighting for the safety of our fellow New Yorkers.” Lower Manhattan was found to have three times the city average of fatalities and injuries among pedestrians and cyclists from Jan. 1, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2018, according to data compiled by the Web site Localize.city, which examines public city data by neighborhood. In the Lower East Side, Little Italy and Soho, there were 826 pedestrians injured during that span, along with 515 injured cyclists, and 10 people killed. “We know how to prevent death and serious injury on our streets,” Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, told Localize.city when it released that analysis. “With this study, we also have a better understanding of where the city should target investments in safer street redesigns.” And according to NYCrosswalk, a site that compiles pedestrian safety data at specific streets, Lower Manhattan has some of the most dangerous intersections, with two being tied for second-most dangerous in the city: Pike St. at East Broadway, and Centre St. at Canal St., each with four collisions in the last year to date.

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Police Blotter ous numbers of the men, ranging from one of them to all five, entered the store and snatched displayed cell phones before fleeing. The value stolen at each store ranged from $900 to $3,900. One of the wanted men has been identified as Timothy Adams, 17, described as Hispanic, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 120 pounds. The other four men are all described by police as black males in their late teens or early twenties, last seen wearing facial covering and all-dark clothing. Police have obtained photo and video from some of the incidents. Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline, at 800-577-TIPS, or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted on the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, on Twitter at @ NYPDTips or by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577. All tips are confidential.

Phone heist Police are searching for a man in his 30s who allegedly robbed the Verizon Wireless store at 2 Broadway of $45,000 worth of cell phones and electronics and $400 in cash from the register. On Thurs., Nov. 29, a man approached a 26-year-old employee at the Verizon shop with a handgun, demanding he lock the doors, police said. Police said the thief forced the employee to open the store’s safe, took the cell phones, and put the goods into a green rolling suitcase and the employee’s bag. He fled by foot westbound on Beaver St. and then hailed an SUV taxi heading southbound on Broadway. The suspect, who police describe as Hispanic, in his 30s around 5-feet-8 -inches tall and 200 pounds, was last seen wearing a blue and red baseball cap with the letters “PR” on the front, a blue jacket, blue jeans and dark-colored shoes.

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Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly stabbed another man in Battery Park on Sun., Dec. 16, around 3 p.m. Rudy Jouvert, 48, stabbed 41-yearold Mason Sakuar in the right arm with an “unknown object” on the southeast corner of Pearl and State Sts., police said. Witnesses reported seeing Jouvert flee the scene northbound on Water St. driving a black tour bus. Though police say Jouvert is affiliated with the Bloods, the crime was not gang-related, according to cops. Three co-workers witnessed the stabbing.

Police are searching for three men who allegedly robbed a bodega at 50 Fulton St., with one perp punching the manager in the face. On Sun., Dec. 16, around 3 p.m., three men entered the bodega and argued with the manager over tobacco prices. After refusing to show ID, one man threatened the manager with a gun, though he did not display it, police said. The thieves robbed the store of three smoking pipes, a soda and a protein shake.

Bagnammit Someone allegedly robbed a 20-yearold woman’s Michael Kors handbag on the A train on Sun., Dec. 16, around 7:30 p.m., according to police. The woman told cops she recalled seeing her handbag next to her on a northbound A train at High St. in Brooklyn, but by the time she reached Fulton St., the bag — along with a learner’s permit, credit card and debit card — were gone.

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Cell store bandits Police are asking for the public’s help in finding five men, wanted for questioning about 11 robberies, mostly in December, from cell phone stores throughout Manhattan, including at 144 Delancey St. on the Lower East Side, 462 Sixth Ave. in Greenwich Village, 270 Greenwich St. in Tribeca, and also in Midtown. In each incident, vari-

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Century shoplifters Police arrested 25-year-old Desmond Albright for alleged stealing at the Century 21 at 22 Cortlandt St. on Mon., Dec. 10, around 12:30 p.m. Albright removed two scarves from a display and placed them around his neck, police said. The Versace and Calvin Klein scarves were valued at $97. That same day, 47-year-old Marilyn Brown allegedly stole nearly $1,500 of clothes at the same Century 21. Brown was arrested. Witnesses in both instances told police both perps had signed trespass notices previously — Brown back in October and Albright in May 2017.

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Long-stalled Pier 35 ‘eco park’ finally opens BY SYDNEY PEREIR A

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fter years of delays, the “eco park” at Pier 35 is fi nally here. On Wed., Dec. 19, the city’s Economic Development Corporation formally opened parts of the park, which will include 28,000 square feet of public open space. The project is designed by SHoP Architects and Ken Smith Landscape Architects with Hunter Roberts Construction Group. In the spring, a canopy with “porch swings” at the Lower East Side pier’s edge will open, and vines will be added to a wall separating the eco park from its abutting neighbor, Pier 36, which the Department of Sanitation uses as a garage for its trucks. “It’s a porch to the river,” said Catherine Jones, SHoP’s Pier 35 project director. At the water’s edge, what appears to be a pile of mossy boulders is actually a carefully crafted “mussel beach” to attract blue and ribbed mussels — an ecology-focused feature funded by the Department of State. “You can actually see the water come in and out [during high and low tide],” said Ken Smith, of Ken Smith Landscape Architects. “It’s an experience most New Yorkers don’t get to have.” Plans to renovate the pier near Jefferson St. were first announced in 2009. But years of delays, partly due to financial troubles of contractor Trocom Construction, pushed back the project. Trocom’s eventual bankruptcy led to delays at other city projects, too, in-

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At the ribbon-cutting of the Pier 35 eco park last week, from left, 82 Rutgers Slip residents Elaine Hoffman, Linda Matias and Trever Holland, Councilmember Margaret Chin and Seth Myers, executive vice president of the cit y’s Economic Development Corporation.

cluding at Chinatown’s Forsyth St. Plaza by the Manhattan Bridge, DNAInfo reported in 2016. “It’s about time that they fi xed it,” said Elaine Hoffman, vice president of the tenants association at 82 Rutgers Slip. “We used to spend our time under the F.D.R. The kids use to come, used to hang out, and used to play,” Hoffman recalled. “I hope it just stays like this. I hope they take care of it,” she said of the refurbished pier. The Parks Department is responsible

for the site’s maintenance. Hoffman said she’s happy to be able to see the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges from the pier — particularly since the view from her home has been blocked by the recently built One Manhattan Square, an 800-foot-tall condo building. But despite ongoing tensions and lawsuits in the Two Bridges area over the development of mostly market-rate towers and fears of displacement and gentrification, real estate honchos from One Manhattan Square joined with

neighbors for the celebratory morning. “I think it’s amazing,” said Christina Medina, a senior sales executive at Extell Development. “I’m excited. It’s going to add a lot of value to this waterfront that was neglected for a while. It’s inspiring.” Friends of Pier 35, a grassroots park steward group, will program the space to ensure it benefits Two Bridges residents. “In an area starved for open space, we are thankful for the many advocates who have fought over the years for an equitable and accessible waterfront park,” Trever Holland, co-founder of Friends of Pier 35 and a member of Community Board 3, said in a statement. Councilmember Carlina Rivera said, “We’ll be improving our coastline in the years ahead and much of it will be inaccessible during renovation. So the community needs as much alternative open space as it can get.” Open space is an ongoing issue for Lower East Siders. Though residents welcomed the completion of Pier 35, a bit north of there, much of East River Park is expected to be offline during an expectd three-and-a-half-year renovation. But many are skeptical the city can complete such a large open-space project within that time. “Will East River Park resiliency plan suffer same delays?” Tommy Loeb, a member of the Lower East Side’s Grand St. Democrats, tweeted after Pier 35 had finally been opened.

Israeli Consulate members tour Jewish L.E.S. BY LESLEY SUSSMAN

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n a guided tour of the “Jewish Lower East Side” filled with memories of things past, members of New York City’s Israeli Consulate visited several sites popular with the neighborhood’s longtime Jewish population, several of them bringing to mind the days of the huge Jewish immigration to New York City from the turn of the century through the 1930s. The Thursday afternoon tour was organized by Karen Blatt, an urban planner and former district Leader, under the auspices of the nonprofit Jewish Conservancy of the Lower East Side. Consulate members who attended the tour included Israel Nitzan, the deputy consul general; Moti Amichai Bibas, the consul for cultural affairs; and Andrew Gross, political director. Among the sites visited was the Bialystoker Synagogue, at 7 Willet St., an Orthodox synagogue housed there since 1905 in a building constructed as a Methodist Episcopal church in 1826. Also visited was the 167-year-old

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Standing before the ark inside the historic Byalistoker Synagogue, from left, Israel Nitzan, Karen Blatt, Moti Amichai Bibas and Andrew Gross.

Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue on Norfolk St., which in 2016 was nearly totally destroyed by flames believed to be set by arsonists. Another stop was the Henry Street Settlement, at 263-267 Henry St., which was founded in 1893 as The Nurses Settlement by

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progressive reformer and nurse Lillian Wald. The settlement house provided health and other services to the neighborhood’s poor, immigrant Jews. Consulate members also stopped by the Forward Building, at 173 E. Broadway, which was built in 1912 and for

many years was the home of the city’s first Jewish language newspaper, and Moishe’s bakery, at 504 Grand St., where they sampled kosher pastries, cookies and cakes. Another stop was the East Side Glatt Butcher Shop, at 500 Grand St., a small longtime local kosher deli and butcher shop. “I’m excited about the tour because this is where everything began for Jewish New York,” Blatt said. “It’s the roots of New York City Jewry.” Nitzan said, “It was a pleasure to tour various Jewish historical sites in a neighborhood that has been a cradle of Jewish life in America.” Rabbi Zvi Romm of Bialystoker Synagogue met up with the tour outside the ruins of Beth Hamedrash Hagodol. “It is a sad sight to see such a historic synagogue in ruins,” he said. “But the ruins of that shul are only a part of the story of the Lower East Side. Our collective story is deeply rooted in the past. But it is also a story of a vibrant Jewish community which is active right now, with synagogues, schools, a mikveh and kosher establishments.” Schneps Media


     

  

    

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Blaz: School win shows mayor’s control power BY SYDNEY PEREIR A

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ayor Bill de Blasio kicked off “City Hall in Your Borough” in Manhattan on Monday, celebrating community activists’ fight to save a Tribeca elementary school from two relocations within four years. The mayor emphasized his control over the city’s public schools was the key in the Lower Manhattan community’s victory. “In the end, this is the power of mayoral control of education,” said de Blasio. “This is an example of the power of being able to control our schools the right way and make this kind of impact.” P.S. 150 parents organized soon after learning that Vornado Realty was evicting the elementary school from its site at Independence Plaza next year. The Department of Education’s plan for the Tribeca school was to relocate it to the already overcrowded Peck Slip School in the South St. Seaport area until the construction on Trinity Place of a new schoolhouse, expected to be completed by 2022. Parents slammed the scheme, fearful it would impact P.S. 150’s unique standing as an award-winning “Blue Ribbon School.” The mayor successfully intervened earlier this month, persuading the landlord to allow the school to stay at the Tribeca site until the Trinity School is built. De Blasio credited parent advocates, Downtown politicians, D.O.E. Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza and even the landlord for listening to parents. “I know for everyone at P.S. 150, there is a real, deep sense of family and

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Mayor de Blasio celebrated the P.S. 150 victor y in Tribeca — and got high-fives from grateful students — as Councilmember Margaret Chin (turned away from the camera) and Congressmember Jerrold Nadler, in front, also par took in the excitement.

belonging,” de Blasio said. “And that was threatened.” Of the P.S. 150 parents’ activism, de Blasio said, “You could hear them all the way from here to City Hall.” Anshal Purohit, the P.S. 150 ParentTeacher Association co-president, was elated by the development, and surprised

at how quickly the change came about. “All our jaws dropped when we got the news,” Purohit said. Having sufficient time to incorporate P.S. 150 into its new permanent home at Trinity Place, in at least four years from now, was critical, she said. Plus, she said, the kids “really got to see what it’s like to

speak up and be respectful, but forceful, with their voices.” P.S. 150 parent Buxton Midyette said the mayor’s “pivotal phone calls” to Vornado Realty were critical. “This was such a special moment to celebrate for the school and for the whole community,” Midyette said.

Mayor meets stakeholders (no press) on jail BY SYDNEY PEREIRA

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fter outrage from Chinatown residents over the plans to locate a “community jail” in Lower Manhattan, Mayor Bill de Blasio met with neighborhood stakeholders and Downtown politicians on Tues., Dec. 18. The new Lower Manhattan jail is a part of de Blasio’s larger project to close Rikers Island by 2027 and open four smaller jails to reduce the jail population to 5,000 from 8,200 to work toward ending mass incarceration and creating a more humane jail system. “People in the city unquestionably want the era of mass incarceration to end,” de Blasio said Tuesday. “We cannot make the reforms we need if we keep a broken place at the center of the system.” “Rikers Island was not built for rehabilitation,” he said. “It will not work for the future.”

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Neighbors United Below Canal. “I was disappointed that he pretty much shut down many of the requests that we had made,” she added. Kong told the mayor of how residents have already been living with “armed guards, with bomb-sniffing dogs, with cameras and with checkpoints at every other corner,” especially after 9/11. She requested the city find a fifth site for a jail to reduce Manhattan’s proposed jail’s population — which is what the commission that created the plan to close Rikers had originally suggested. She asked for analysis of other alternatives and to restart the review process with an additional scoping meeting. “This isn’t just an area where you just have court systems,” Kong said, referring to the city’s argument that a Lower Manhattan jail would reduce detainees’ travel time due to its proximity to courthouses. A handful of protesters stood outside, including C.B. 3 member Karlin

But Downtowners have been blindsided by the plans, most recently during a back-and-forth on the jail’s location. The latest plan is to demolish the Manhattan Detention Complex at 125 White St. and build a 500-foot-tall jail for 1,500 beds, according to city officials. The city is currently looking for ways to reduce the building’s height. De Blasio met with stakeholders, including representatives of Community Boards 1 and 3, as well as members of Chatham Green Cooperative and Neighbors United Below Canal, among other nonprofit leaders in Chinatown. Shortly after the mayor’s remarks, the press were shooed out. Stakeholders in the room said they felt encouraged the mayor came to Chinatown, despite the “closed doors” appearance of the meeting. “I think we made such a ruckus that he felt pressure to come to Chinatown,” said Nancy Kong, president of Chatham Green Cooperative and a member of DEX

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volved, with the artwork and imagery content, the lighting spectrum and, of course, the team of star Soloists and groups assembled - can really become an impressive event, of which the composer dreamed. The cantata, staged by the director of the Bolshoi Theater of Russia Igor Ushakov for the Carnegie scene, is, first of all, a show, a mysteria-play, that combines word, music, vocals, a kaleidoscope of paintings by great artists of the early and late Renaissance, and light fantasmagoria that amplifies the sound effect of the music itself. Conductor Maestro Gennady Dmitryak, managed to join in one sound the voices of children’s, youth and adult choirs of the most eminent Russian choral groups. The youngest of them, the Big Children’s Choir named after Viktor Popov, is already 70 TVG

years old, and over the years many of the children have grown to mega-size stars at the stages of the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theaters in Russia. In the massed choir, specially selected and created by Maestro Gennady Dmitryak for the performance at Carnegie Hall, and of particular importance is the youth group of 65 students of the Gnesins Academy, which has been well known among connoisseurs of classical music for over 150 years. The music of the cantata is very flamboyant and strong even from the first item- the famous choir “Oh, Fortune”. Within 88 sounding bars, it develops so rapidly to a most powerful crescendo that the further increase of tension in the music seems simply impossible! The impression is that the cantata begins with a climax! This phenominal effect,

conceived in the music of Carmina Burana, gains its highest point in the staging of the Russian artists, owing to the extraordinary selection and unique combination of the voices of the main creation of Gennady Dmitryak, the Yurlov State Choir, which has been called “Kremlin Choir” in Russia. Maestro has been leading it for more than twenty years. On December 29, at Carnegie Hall in Carmina Burana there will be a premiere performance of the Bolshoi Theater soloist Stanislav Mostovoy. It’s no secret that the soloist-tenor part in Orff’s cantata Olim lacus colueram sounds incredibly complex and beautiful. There will be a double debut of Mostovy on December 29 in New York - the first performance of Olim lacus colueram and for the first time onthe Carnegie Stage. For the Soloists of the Bolshoi Theater, an oriental beauty with a crop of nice hair Anna Aglatova and Vasily Ladyuk, whose voice is among the top three of the world’s strongest baritones, it is not for the first time to perform for the American public. But this does not release either debutants or experienced artists from worrying before stepping onto the legendary stage of one of the best halls in the world - the Great Stage of Carnegie Hall. A few words about important things. Though the words of the most famous part of the cantata “Oh, Fortune” have no church canon meaning, still their meaning is harsh and stern - Fortune commands people with a strong hand: while one is overthrown, it raises the other to heights so that to throw him back on the ground. No one ever knows what will happen to him next minute - therefore, it is worth living, enjoying every moment. It is somewhat symbolic that these words that call for appreciating Life, Loving and Enjoying every moment it sends, will be heard from Carnegie’s stage performed by Russian artists as New Year greetings to the Americans, as a wish for peace and prosperity in a period of very difficult relations between our two peoples. December 27, 2018

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To The Editor: Re “The Cornelia St. Cafe: This one really hurts” (talking point, by Michele Herman, Dec. 20): This is another reason for commercial rent control. We had it until 1963. If we don’t get some form of commercial rent control, Manhattan could soon be run totally by absentee landlord billionaires, who are the only ones who can afford city real estate, and by politicians like de Blasio and Cuomo, who only seem to want to appease the Real Estate Board of New York, with its financial largesse that its members are eager to throw around to these politicians. Leaving the Film Forum at night and walking past the Cornelia Street Cafe made me feel like a New Yorker in the Sixties! It made me believe that esprit was still alive in the Apple. Too many city streets have really started to reek of suburbia. My wife and I have lost about five valued restaurants over the past three years! It’s time for all of us to join some preservation groups so we can fight to preserve the soul of New York!

To The Editor: Re “Musicians know: 11th St. Bar is place to play” (arts article, by Puma Perl, Dec. 20): Say what you will about early-morning drunken Liverpool FC revelers. But this bar and its revelers/ patrons have given more to the homeless and needy in the East Village through their food drives then anyplace else. God bless the 11th Street Bar.

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To The Editor: Re “The Cornelia St. Cafe: This one really hurts” (talking point, by Michele Herman, Dec. 20): Aren’t there any philanthropically inclined New Yorkers who could give a hand? As for the crooked landlords, can they not be publicly embarrassed?

To The Editor: Re “At last, small business bill has a champion” (talking point, by Sharon Woolums, Dec. 20): Sharon Woolums earns our respect again for bringing vital news the big media almost always ignore. This time she informs us of a significant moment concerning the Small Business Jobs Survival Act, now being debated in the City Council, that might stop so many of our favorite shops being shuttered and abandoned. If Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez stands firm here, who knows — maybe we just might get a bill! There are fleeting moments when a politician can be become something much, much more than that — how about a true leader?

David Russell

There’s always...Brooklyn? To The Editor: Re “The Cornelia St. Cafe: This one really hurts” (talking point, by Michele Herman, Dec. 20): This is a terrible, terrible loss. Doma Na Rohu on Morton St. closed and so much else has, too. I’m a second-generation Villager and this is becoming so deeply painful. I go to the Cornelia St. Cafe’s downstairs all the time. Where shall we go now? The answer increasingly is Brooklyn. So, so sad. Hannah Aron

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Schumer, ‘The Finger,’ pest control and Trump BY HARRY PINCUS

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must admit to a good chortle as I watched Senator Chuck Schumer extract a tantrum from Donald Trump the other week. Our Senate minority leader managed to provoke the president into such a pique that his usual shade of orange turned into a version of pull-me-over red, just as he admitted that he was willing to “shut down the government” if “I don’t get what I want!” Yes, said The Donald, I will take full responsibility! Since Chuck is from my old neighborhood, and his father Abe was our exterminator, I thought I had a pretty good idea of the trick that managed to turn our president into an overgrown infant hurling the most intemperate of admissions, thus proving once and for all that Trump is merely from the borough of Queens, but Chuck Schumer, alas, hails from the borough of Kings! As far as I could see, the first thing Senator Schumer did was to point a finger at the president, an old trick back in the neighborhood. THE FINGER! Well, just as in “The Sunshine Boys,” THE FINGER represents a major affront. After that, the senator cleaned up by leaning forward, like an old man cleansing his soul in the schvitz at the Brighton Beach Baths, and avoiding eye contact entirely. This drew Trump forward, and into his foolish admission. Alas, mission accomplished. Schumer is a few years older than me, but was most likely still at Madison High School when my school, Wingate, battled them in tennis. There I was, the tenth man on the squad…though I still maintain that there were at least two others even worse than me! At any rate, Chuck Schumer was representing Madison in another arena, on the “It’s Academic” television quiz show. Only three of the brightest were chosen from each school, and in my case, all three were my friends and classmates, but I was nowhere near the top. These days, I get street cred for just having attended Wingate, a midcentury banjo-like edifice situated across the street from the psychiatric building at Kings County Hospital, where Woody Guthrie was incarcerated. A few years after I graduated, the school was featured in a double-page spread in New York magazine called, “The Worst School in New York.” In the accompanying photo, it looked like every window had been knocked out and replaced with plywood! Now all I have to do is tell any youngster I meet in Brooklyn that I went to Wingate. It always elicits the same squeal of delight: “Yo, dude went to the ’Gate!” Another graduate, Barbara Levy, class of ’58,

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Sixth Ave. in the late ’70s. The city was overrun by cockroaches, but our building was especially infested, as my nextdoor neighbor, a well-known Downtown character, refused to kill any insects, claiming that the word “roach,”

moved to California and became Barbara Boxer, the former senator. I’ve always followed Chuck Schumer’s career with some interest, especially after his father Abe first came to exterminate our building in Soho on TVG

which he pronounced “roh-ach,” meant soul in Hebrew. I still don’t get it, as “nephesh” is the Hebrew word for soul. But, anyway, it meant business for Abe Schumer and Acme Exterminators. I finally met the giant of the Senate a few years ago at a political event sponsored by the Downtown Independent Democrats on Bleecker St., during the lead-up to the 2016 elections. At the D.I.D. get-together, I had spoken out forcefully on a foreign policy issue, after which I decided to take a break. So I left the room and waited by the place’s side entrance for the main event, which was Senator Schumer. When a tall, familiar figure alighted from a car and came over, I introduced myself as a former customer of Abe’s, and followed him into the elevator. “You knew Abe?” he asked. “Yes, we always used Acme. I even have a letter from him. How is he?” “He’s fine,” Chuck Schumer said. “He’s 92 now.” I mentioned our similar backgrounds. “You know,” the senator said, “people don’t understand it when I tell them that, in our house, DDT was the smell of love!” I then asked him why he wasn’t supporting Bernie Sanders, another alumni of Madison High School. “I like Bernie, and he’s a friend,” said my new friend Chuck. “But you have to understand that, if Hillary wins, I’ll be Senate majority leader. Imagine me, the son of Abe, who never finished high school, as Senate majority leader.” When we got off of the elevator, a harsh light greeted us, and I pulled out the little camera I had brought. The senator looked very tired, his face lined, and his back stooped. He later apologized for having had a long day, something about a wedding or a bar mitzvah, but I wondered about what it must take to be a leader in the Senate. He introduced me to everyone. “This is my friend, Harry, who likes to take pictures!” So here was my friend, in the Oval Office, talking to the son of the guy who owned Trump Village and Steeplechase, the beloved 19th-century amusement park near my father’s handball courts in Coney Island. Just as Donald Trump proudly vowed to shut down the government — and then did — his father bought Steeplechase Park, then distributed bricks to his friends so that they could destroy the ancient glass pavilion. Certainly, Chuck Schumer’s dad Abe, who turned the smell of DDT into love, wouldn’t have done that! December 27, 2018

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Bleecker Bob, the Village’s ornery record king BY STEVEN WISHNIA

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here are a handful of records for which I remember where I was the first time I heard them as vividly as I recall where I was on 9/11, albeit with more pleasure. Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze,” watching the BBC’s “Top of the Pops” show as a seventh grader in Edinburgh. The Patti Smith Group’s “Horses,” in a dorm room at Stony Brook University. And the Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy in the U.K.,” a Britishimport 45 I bought for $3 at Bleecker Bob’s on Mac-

dougal St. on a cold leaden-skied day in 1976, and spun obsessively in my Brooklyn apartment. The store’s last location, at 118 W. Third St., closed in 2013. Its owner Bleecker Bob, born Robert Plotnik, died Nov. 29 at the age of 75. He was the irascible potentate of the scene of record collectors and rock obsessives who perused its bins for obscure ’60s garage-band discs, bootleg LPs of unreleased Bob Dylan songs and live Patti Smith shows, and the latest imports from the British punk and post-punk scenes. “For those who knew him, he was both lovable and

Bleecker Bob in the Village in his heyday.

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extraordinarily obnoxious,” said Tommy Dog, who started hanging out there as a precocious preteen in the late ’70s. “He was a true force of nature.” Bob used to throw him and rock scribe Lester Bangs out “almost every Friday afternoon,” he recalled. “We’d get into these debates and Lester could be a tad loud, and being as young as I was, I really was a fun challenge for him.” But there was “not a drop of real anger in it,” he added. Record geek and tour manager Bryan Swirsky first went into Bleecker Bob’s as a punk-obsessed adolescent in 1978, spending more than $200 on discs by the Buzzcocks and the Adverts. When Bob found out it was his bar mitzvah money, he gave Swirsky a free import copy of the Heartbreakers’ “L.A.M.F.” “Whatever Bob was, that one moment overrode the 99 percent of the time he was a prick,” he said. Guitarist R.B. Korbet, singer in the early-’80s punk band Even Worse, said she learned a valuable lesson in business when she sold the store a slew of 7-inch records in the early ’90s. Bob paid her $5 for a copy of Heart Attack’s “God is Dead,” Jesse Malin’s first record. He put it on the wall for $100. “I was gobsmacked,” she said. “He said the price wasn’t based on its actual value, but the fact that if he stuck it up on the wall like that, someone might eventually be tempted to buy it for that price.” The store’s first incarnation as Village Oldies on Bleecker St. led to a seminal compilation: Future Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye, who worked there, was inspired to compile his 1972 garage-band anthology, “Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968,” by the 45s in stock by the likes of the Count Five and the Blues Magoos. Critics coined the term “punk rock” to describe bands whose drive and attitude exceeded their depth and talent — and made great records both despite and because of that. Music downloading and high rents have since devastated record stores, and with that, their role as have-you-heard-this social centers for music geeks. My old band stopped selling our records at Bleecker Bob’s in 1982. When they quickly sold out of our second single, Bob called us up and barked at our guitarist, “Hey asshole, I need another 10 copies.” I still have that Sex Pistols 45, though.

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athers of District 75 students showed they care with a new mural they designed at the district’s administrative office on E. 23rd

St. A small leadership group of dads of the students, who have various disabilities, came up with the visual — and real — concept that they are like a “bridge,” helping their children get from a place of bullying and low self-esteem to success and confidence. The project not only was for the kids themselves, but also empowered the fathers through the process of conceiving, designing and ultimately painting the artwork. And, counter to the stereotype of dads being uninvolved, it helped them engage more closely with their children’s education. Working with District 75 — which has school sites citywide — the social-action mural project was spearheaded by the Center for Educational Innovation, an education nonprofit that has a new arts division. Leading the project was Alexandra Leff, CEI’s director of arts education. The mural was unveiled in October inside the school’s lobby at 400 First Ave. “Art is a powerful tool for expression, and CEI’s work with District 75 has been a great

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Alexandra Leff, the director of ar ts education at CEI, led the mural project.

The group of fathers who worked on the mural were themselves empowered through the process.

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opportunity for us to support its Fathers Initiative and present a mural project that engages fathers in their children’s education, gives them a voice to express themselves, and impacts others through this inspiring mural,” said CEI C.E.O. Michael Kohlhagen. “This project is aligned with our important work with the My Brothers Keeper Initiative and our commitment to parent engagement and the success of all students.” “This social-action mural gives fathers a voice through the power of art,” Leff said. “It reflects their love, sensitivity, respect and care for their children — expressing to fathers everywhere that being actively engaged in their children’s lives and education is vital to the growth, success, self-confidence and happiness of their sons and daughters.” District 75, the special-education district of the New York City Department of Education, has sites in all five boroughs and is devoted to serving nearly 25,000 special-education students facing a wide range of challenges, including severe learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, cognitive disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and multiple physical disabilities. Founded in 1989, CEI’s mission is to guarantee a quality education for every student. CEI’s motto is to “work directly with students, teachers, school leaders and the community to create the schools their children need to succeed.” December 27, 2018

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Civil Court Judge Carol Feinman definitely would not have missed the Village Independent Democrats’ holiday party at Frieda Bradlow’s

place on Charlton St. Feinman is a former V.I.D. president, as well as a former chairperson of the Village’s Community Board 2.

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f you feel the need to simplify composer Patrick Grant’s long-running “Tilted Axes” project, you could call it a marching band for electric guitars. But given the complexity of the compositions and the dedication of the musicians, that description falls way short. The latest performance of Grant’s “Music for Mobile Electric Guitars” was realized by 24 musicians, including Grant, on the winter solstice, in the Sasaki Garden at Washington Square Village, “The Alamo” at Astor Place a.k.a. “The Cube” and the streets between. The event was commissioned by Faculty Housing Happenings at New York University — where Grant is a professor — as part of “Make Music New York.” The confab featured music evenly divided between older pieces, structured improvisations and premieres written specifically for Friday night. One of the new pieces, “Tiltinnabulation,” was written to include another Make Music group, “Bell By Bell.” According to Tom Peyton, the leader of that multigenerational group of bell ringers, they were notified that their path might cross with “Tilted Axes” and they were given the choice of avoiding each other or playing together. Happily, they chose to do two numbers together at “The Cube” and the result was a perfect com-

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“Tilted A xes” per formers playing their “axes” (blues lingo for guitars) while crossing Broadway on their way to “The Alamo” at A stor Place.

bo of chiming guitars and bells. Guitarist Angela Babin, a “Tilted Axes” veteran, called the collaboration “fabulous!” “It was like a ‘West Side Story’ gang meet-up, TVG

with music and camaraderie and solstice celebration love,” she said. Carrying an electric guitar and an amp through the streets while playing somewhat complex music is a daunting task, but the participants found it more than worthwhile. “The universal joy of the people we encountered on our parade route caused me to transcend the discomfort I felt at not being fully in command of the music, the weight on my back and shoulders,” David Demnitz said. Sam Weisberg voiced a similar sentiment, noting, “It’s a rush like no other. It was so worth the chronic right-shoulder pain!” Grant made it through the balmy evening with a case of laryngitis that forced him to hoarsely whisper directions to bassist Sarah Metivier Schadt, who amply conveyed his instructions to the crew. “There are many unforeseen elements that we could never have predicted,” Grant reflected. “We’re thinking on our feet, we’re performing live, we’re adjusting to the public in real time. Being there, mobile, right up against the public, brings out musical choices that we’d never come up with in rehearsal. There’s nothing like it.” Onlookers concurred. “The public went nuts, in a good way!” Grant enthused. “We couldn’t be happier.” December 27, 2018

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him, as well. “We wanted to talk about the morality of the age of Trump without necessarily talking all the time about Trump,” said Seth Tobocman. Tobocman co-edited this issue and co-founded WW3 in 1979 as a magazine from volunteer artists and activists based in New York City. He said that when the new issue’s theme was coming together, the word “predator” came up, which has often been in the news but has a sexual

connotation. The comic’s issue, however, was looking beyond only sexual themes. “So we thought of the term ‘monster,’ and we thought about how in Greek mythology, monsters are symbolic of the vices of humanity,” Tobocman said, adding that in medieval times, monsters represented human failings. The economy is a big theme in the issue. “We wanted to attack this notion of the wonderful robust Trump economy,” Tobocman explained. He said that even though the stock market and employment numbers are up, wages are not and many are underemployed. Tobocman noted there are high suicide rates among Uber and taxi drivers, which parallel high suicide rates among industrial workers in China. A piece in the issue called “Don’t Be Conned By Foxconn,” by Susan Simensky Bietila, explores a deal that Trump made to bring Foxconn, a Taiwanese electronics company, to the U.S., despite the business’s record of worker suicides and accusations of treating employees poorly. “The economy is becoming, in a lot of ways, more desperate,” Tobocman stated. “And people have less security, even if they have greater employment

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“Carmina Burana,” December 29, 2018, 8PM Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall One of the most controversial classical works of the 20th century – “Carmina Burana” – is a symphonic cantata for choir, soloists and orchestra. From the moment of the premiere until the present day, one can meet diametrically opposed opinions about both the composition and its author. But these contradictions reflect the spirit of the epoch: 1937, Nazism in Germany, the composer’s Jewish roots ... it could only be described as fate itself, Fortune, had taken charge of destiny. When writing the work, Carl Orff was 40 years old. He was known as an innovative teacher who together with his wife taught his children on his own methods — through body movements, rhythm and playing the simplest instruments, they tried to “wake up” natural musicality and talent in a child. And at this very moment a medieval monastic collection of songs, dated 1300, fell into his hands. It contained 250 texts written by Goliards in spoken Latin, in Old German and Old French. The name “Carmina Burana” was given to it by the first keeper and publisher of the collection, Johann Schmeller, after the name of the place in which it was found. Thus “Fortune», playfully , slipped into Orff’s hands German songs and poems from manuscripts of the 13th century, that had nothing to do with religion, although the collection was found in the monastery. On the contrary, all the lyrics were very mundane- lyrical love serenades and romances, drinking songs, funny parodies. For the cantata, the composer selected 24 verses (the final 25 repeats the first one, thus closing the cycle) and immediately began writing music. The musical text was completely ready in 2 weeks. Since childhood, Karl Orff dreamed of his theater, made his own stagings, scenery, wrote texts for them, etc. Creating his own one-man performance was his aspiration. “Carmina Burana” became the embodiment of this idea. As planned by the composer, the stage incarnation of the cantata was supposed to include not only the orches-

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volved, with the artwork and imagery content, the lighting spectrum and, of course, the team of star Soloists and groups assembled - can really become an impressive event, of which the composer dreamed. The cantata, staged by the director of the Bolshoi Theater of Russia Igor Ushakov for the Carnegie scene, is, first of all, a show, a mysteria-play, that combines word, music, vocals, a kaleidoscope of paintings by great artists of the early and late Renaissance, and light fantasmagoria that amplifies the sound effect of the music itself. Conductor Maestro Gennady Dmitryak, managed to join in one sound the voices of children’s, youth and adult choirs of the most eminent Russian choral groups. The youngest of them, the Big Children’s Choir named after Viktor Popov, is already 70 DEX

years old, and over the years many of the children have grown to mega-size stars at the stages of the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theaters in Russia. In the massed choir, specially selected and created by Maestro Gennady Dmitryak for the performance at Carnegie Hall, and of particular importance is the youth group of 65 students of the Gnesins Academy, which has been well known among connoisseurs of classical music for over 150 years. The music of the cantata is very flamboyant and strong even from the first item- the famous choir “Oh, Fortune”. Within 88 sounding bars, it develops so rapidly to a most powerful crescendo that the further increase of tension in the music seems simply impossible! The impression is that the cantata begins with a climax! This phenominal effect,

conceived in the music of Carmina Burana, gains its highest point in the staging of the Russian artists, owing to the extraordinary selection and unique combination of the voices of the main creation of Gennady Dmitryak, the Yurlov State Choir, which has been called “Kremlin Choir” in Russia. Maestro has been leading it for more than twenty years. On December 29, at Carnegie Hall in Carmina Burana there will be a premiere performance of the Bolshoi Theater soloist Stanislav Mostovoy. It’s no secret that the soloist-tenor part in Orff’s cantata Olim lacus colueram sounds incredibly complex and beautiful. There will be a double debut of Mostovy on December 29 in New York - the first performance of Olim lacus colueram and for the first time onthe Carnegie Stage. For the Soloists of the Bolshoi Theater, an oriental beauty with a crop of nice hair Anna Aglatova and Vasily Ladyuk, whose voice is among the top three of the world’s strongest baritones, it is not for the first time to perform for the American public. But this does not release either debutants or experienced artists from worrying before stepping onto the legendary stage of one of the best halls in the world - the Great Stage of Carnegie Hall. A few words about important things. Though the words of the most famous part of the cantata “Oh, Fortune” have no church canon meaning, still their meaning is harsh and stern - Fortune commands people with a strong hand: while one is overthrown, it raises the other to heights so that to throw him back on the ground. No one ever knows what will happen to him next minute - therefore, it is worth living, enjoying every moment. It is somewhat symbolic that these words that call for appreciating Life, Loving and Enjoying every moment it sends, will be heard from Carnegie’s stage performed by Russian artists as New Year greetings to the Americans, as a wish for peace and prosperity in a period of very difficult relations between our two peoples. Schneps Media


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nother Downtown landmark is shuttering. This time it’s the Continental, a dive bar and former rock venue that’s been on Third Ave. near St. Mark’s Place since 1991. The Continental’s closing was expected this summer, but got pushed back. The final night is set for Dec. 31. Real Estate Equities Corporation bought the rights to the block’s corner properties for 99 years, paying more than $150 million, and reportedly plans to develop one big “boutique office building.” The Continental’s owner and founder, who goes by Trigger Smith but usually just Trigger, admitted he’s been emotional about the closing. “I live on Avenue A. It’s going to be hard to walk by that corner and not be crushed inside,” he said, “because the place has meant so much to me. It becomes your life.” He added that while the past 12 years of the Continental as a bar were great — “I call it a ‘classy dive bar,’ some people might disagree,” he said — it was the first 15 years of music that meant the most to him. Trigger said this was partly because he loves playing music, including guitar and jazz sax, which he hopes to take up again with more free time. The relationships also made the music special. “The musicians, you know — creative, artistic, crazy, dysfunctional people in a local rock scene,” Trigger said. “You just get so close. You have a lot in common. Most of the bands aren’t gonna blow up and become rich rock stars. A few of them have… . But you’re in it together, blood sweat and tears, and you’re in it for the love of music.” Big names that played there included Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Guns N’ Roses and The Wallflowers. Trigger wanted two local bands mentioned, Sea Monster and The Waldos, who were good friends and whose music he loved. During the place’s live-music years, Trigger developed a friendship with Joey Ramone, who lived a block away, at Ninth St. and Third Ave. — “in the big white building” — and often walked by. Initially they just nodded. “I didn’t know him,” he said. “Of course, I’m a huge Ramones fan.” Joey came to see live music, but the ice wasn’t broken until they were at the same Catskills ashram, and talked about how they would see each other outside the club. Trigger meditates daily. “We hit it off, we became buddies,” he said. “We started having ‘unsigned band nights,’ bands that he was beSchneps Media

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hind.” A Christmas show with Joey followed, then a birthday show, and he ended up performing there many times, including his final show, in 2000. In the early 2010s when it was a bar, the Continental was accused by some of having a racist door policy. There were protests by Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, and complaints filed with the city’s Commission on Human Rights. But the commission cleared the bar of any wrongdoing or discrimination, as The Villager reported in 2013. In Trigger’s goodbye on the site, he wrote, “Our door policy was strictly about dress code and vibe code. And I’m absolutely certain we denied entry to more intoxicated, caucasian, bro types than any other group or race. A busy, centrally located, bar without a Door Policy will soon devolve into chaos, violence and things disappearing.” He doesn’t plan to duplicate the Continental. “It means a lot that we have our place in New York City rock lore,” he said. “But it’s real stressful and it takes a lot out of you.” Despite the changes to the East Village that have now also affected his business, Trigger remains fond of his home of three decades. He compared it to Burning Man, which he has attended for 17 years, which now draws Silicon Valley types to the annual desert fest. “You can’t avoid the gentrification to a certain degree, but there’s still a great vibe in the East Village,” he said. “Is it what it was 20 years ago? No, but what is?”

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To serve and digest: Police serve up beef feast

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he Annual Police Roast Beef Dinner on Dec. 13 at the senior center in Father Demo Hall at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, at Carmine and Bleecker Sts., was a delicious time for all. The food was donated by local merchants and the Sixth Precinct Community Council and was served by Sixth Precinct officers. The police

brought the beef while Le Souk provided a vegetarian option. The cost of admission was just $13 and more than $1,500 was raised, all of which goes to the senior center. Novac Noury and his merry band of carolers for the senior center provided the eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical entertainment.

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Sixth Precinct police officers mustered at the ser ving table just before the dinner began. The officers dished out the food to the appreciative crowd.

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Steaks are sizzling at Ikinari on Bleecker St. BY GABE HERMAN

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kinari Steak, a restaurant chain from Japan, opened its latest Manhattan location in the Village at the end of November. The sit-down eatery, at 205 Bleecker St., between MacDougal St. and Minetta Lane, is less pricey than a traditional steakhouse. It offers a variety of cuts, including ribeye, sirloin, filet and rangiri — or assorted steaks — with prices varying depending on the size ordered. The menu also offers wagyu, or American-style Kobe beef. The meat is cooked to order and brought out still sizzling on a skillet, along with sides that can include rice, mashed potatoes, corn, broccoli or other veggies. Lunch specials range from $10 to $20 and also include salad and a cup of beef broth. There are also a large variety of mochi ice cream flavors available, including different ones every day. Wine and beers are sold, along with an extensive sake list. The chefs in the open kitchen loudly greet everyone who enters the shop with a hearty “Irasshaimase!” (“Wel-

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A lunch special at Ikinari Steak is a prett y hear t y meal, all for around $13.

come!”), which is potentially a little jarring for unsuspecting first-time visitors. A server said that business has been rather slow so far, but they’re expecting it to pick up after the holidays. I tried a lunch special — 7 ounces

of Angus chuck beef, with corn, white rice, salad and cup of beef broth, for around $13 — and found it delicious. Ikinari Steak first opened in Tokyo in 2013, and is owned by chef and restauranteur Kunio Ichinose. In an ex-

pansion pace that would make McDonald’s proud, it now has more than 300 locations in Japan. Hideki Kawano, president of Ikinari Steak USA, said of the Bleecker location, through a translator, “From the second we identified the space, I loved the neighborhood and we are very excited that we are able to open our doors here. Many of our guests at the Bleecker St. location said that they never had Ikinari Steak before, and they love it. We are getting a lot of positive feedback from our guests.” The Bleecker location is the eleventh in Manhattan for the chain, which has others in Midtown and on the Upper East Side and Upper West Side. There are also two Chelsea locations, at 96 Eighth Ave., between 14th and 15 Sts., and at 154 Seventh Ave., between 19th and 20th Sts. There is one in the East Village at 90 E. 10th St., between Third and Fourth Aves. An Ikinari spokesperson said there are currently no specific plans for more New York locations. Ikinari offers takeout and is available on Seamless. More information can be found on its Web site, ikinaristeakusa. com .

It’s just been one of those (holiday) weeks! Please check thevillager.com for Scoopy’s Notebook! Happy holidays!

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Real Estate

St. Mark’s: Still lively after all these years BY MARTHA WILKIE

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t. Mark’s Place in the East Village has had many more than nine lives. It’s been home to Peter Stuyvesant’s fruit orchards, waves of immigrants and, eventually, poets (Auden), artists (Joan Mitchell), musicians (Debbie Harry), counterculture figures (Leon Trotsky, Lenny Bruce) and countless other creative types. By the 1960s, St. Mark’s Place was the epicenter of hippie counterculture, and in the 1970s, of rock, punk and new wave music. Led Zeppelin’s iconic “Physical Graffiti” album cover was shot there, as was a Rolling Stones video on the stoop of the same building. Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin founded the Yippies on St. Mark’s Place and it was home to radical shops such as Trash and Vaudeville and Manic Panic. Famed photographer Roberta Bayley, who chronicled the punk/new wave scene (Blondie, the Ramones, the Sex Pistols) has lived on St. Mark’s Place since 1975. I recently spoke with her after she’d just returned from Buenos Aires where her work is featured in museums and galleries. (The Ramones are huge in Argentina, who knew?) She worked the door at CBGB and knew everyone in the Downtown music and art world. What changes has she seen? “When I first came, there were almost no places, just CBGB, Max’s [Kansas City],” she said. “St. Mark’s was a very quiet block. Little by little, places started opening: Club 57, Café Orlin. What I liked about the ’70s music scene was the casualness of it all. The ‘stars’ of the scene, even the New York Dolls, who were the most famous New York band back then, would just be walking down the street like anyone else, and you could just say hello. Nobody acted like stars. It was like San Francisco in the ’60s when you’d see Janis Joplin taking the Muni bus on Haight St. Then at night, two or three good bands would be playing, and you might have to go back and forth between CB’s and Max’s to catch both sets.” “Then maybe they’d get a spot at a bigger venue like The Bottom Line or as opening act at the Palladium, and you’d go see them there, and all your friends would be there, too,” she recalled. “Nobody was making much money, so it didn’t make sense to have more than a friendly rivalry with another band. Even the groupies were friends! We were all in it together.” Bayley feels that today’s St. Mark’s is still lively (and much better than during the druggie days of the ’80s), even if a swath of empty storefronts around the corner from the (soon-to-be-closed) in-

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The Daniel LeRoy House at 20 St. Mark’s Place was built in 1832 in the Greek Revival st yle. A New York Cit y landmark, it’s also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s the former home of the Grassroots Tavern and Sounds, the last record store on St. Mark’s. It’s now been empt y for more than t wo years.

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In funkier times, Anya Phillips and Stiv Bators of the Dead Boys in front of Manic Panic, at 33 St. Mark’s Place, in 1977.

famous dive bar the Continental probably portends another glass tower. The closing of record and book shops saddens her as do the empty retail spaces. While she misses old favorites like Café Orlin, she enjoys the fun new Asian restaurants and karaoke bars that have popped up on the street. Bayley is optimistic that new efforts by the city to incentivize landlords to fill empty storefronts with small businesses might help. Even the John Varvatos shop in the old CBGB space doesn’t get too harsh a condemnation. Of Varvatos’s juxtaposition of expensive clothes with remnants of 1970s grime, she said, “A $4,000 jacket is a little incongruous! At least it’s better than another bank.”

Author Ada Calhoun, who grew up on St. Mark’s, beautifully outlines the street’s vivid history in her 2015 book “St. Marks is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street.” The title alludes to generation after generation claiming that their own particular “back in the day” was the street’s peak. “I’m dismayed by all the empty storefronts, and by Sounds closing a couple years back,” Calhoun said. “I’m glad East Village Books is hanging on, and Gem Spa and B&H. And it seems to me that the street’s primary identity as a place for young people to meet up and hang out has not changed, in spite of the new developments. Rent is skyhigh, but the sidewalks are still free.” To purchase prints of Bayley’s phoTVG

tography, visit rockpaperphoto.com or RobertaBayley.com. If you enjoy the St. Mark’s spirit, here are four places nearby to rent or buy. Only one place for sale is actually on St. Mark’s: No. 51, a sleek modern one-bedroom for $820,000 in a 1920s building. The renovation makes the most of a long and skinny floor plan. (https://streeteasy.com/building/51st-marks-place-new_york/10) At 64 E. Seventh St., for a mere $18 million, is a grand and idiosyncratic five-bedroom, five-bath house with a backyard garden, roof deck (complete with pizza oven), and five fireplaces. Built in 1899, it looks like the lair of a very rich, mad scientist. (http://www.ronteitelbaum.com/ East_Village_Mansion.html) For rentals, at 10 St. Mark’s Place is a sweet one-bedroom with an original (nonworking) fireplace and an attractive black-and-white kitchen, for $2,475 a month. (https://www.bondnewyork.com/ east-village/apartment-for-rent/saintmarks-place/1503217) And, finally, there’s a newly renovated duplex at 103 St. Mark’s Place in a 1920s house for $2,500 a month. It’s the former home of wildly eccentric ’80s performer Klaus Nomi. If strangers leave roses outside Emma Lazarus’s house, what do Nomi fans leave? ( ht t ps : //st r e ete a sy.c om / building /103 -st-marks-place-new_ york/3a) Schneps Media


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Lower Manhattan Will Have Much to Celebrate in 2019 9PA<JJ@:8C8GG@E

ten’s food hall will open in the Seaport’s Tin Building.

This is a special time of year. For sure, it’s a time to reflect. As I say goodbye to 2018 and take stock, I feel very fortunate for my family, friends, the great team at the Downtown Alliance, and the opportunity to work in this dynamic neighborhood and to live in this incredible city. This is also a time to look ahead and feel energized by the potential that comes with every new year. And 2019 should be an exciting year for us in Lower Manhattan. While we have quickly become home to an impressive collection of critically-acclaimed restaurants and museums, that trend will only continue to grow, especially when it comes to restaurants that pair excellent food with show-stopping views. In addition to Danny Meyer’s Manhatta, which opened a few months ago on the 60th Floor of 28 Liberty, we can look forward to the opening of another skyscraping culinary treat when

In terms of art and culture, Pier 17 will continue to host world class concerts and events. Last summer showcased acts like Amy Schumer and Kings of Leon for rooftop performances. I can’t wait to see what next year’s concert schedule looks like. And that’s not all. There are three big openings on the horizon that will keep people coming from near and far: the Statue of Liberty Museum, Whole Foods and the Alamo Drafthouse.

acclaimed chef James Kent opens his first Downtown restaurant at the Art Deco building 70 Pine Street, more than 60 floors above the street. The Seaport District will also be adding several restau-

rants in the new year that will have foodies feasting on the banks of the East River. David Chang and Andrew Carmellini will open restaurants at Pier 17 alongside farm-to-table purveyor Malibu Farm. Additionally, Jean-Georges Vongerich-

The Statue of Liberty Museum, a tremendous undertaking, will open on Liberty Island in May. The facility will feature the statue’s original torch and provide millions of visitors with a new perspective on Lady Liberty. 1 Wall Street, the residential conversion project at the corner of Broadway and Wall, will soon be home to Manhattan’s newest Whole Foods,

bringing a grocery store to the center of our neighborhood. Alamo Drafthouse, the pioneer in the dinner-and-a-movie concept will open their second New York City location in the base of 28 Liberty. The theater will be joined by a host of retail options that will create another neighborhood shopping destination. All of this is just the beginning of what will surely be another great year for the neighborhood. That said, I want to hear from you about your vision for Lower Manhattan. What are your favorite local spots? What shops, restaurants and activities would you like to see here in 2019 and beyond? Let us know at whatsmissing@downtownny. com Thanks reading, for your partnership, and for your passion for our neighborhood. From the Alliance family to yours, I wish you a healthy, happy and peaceful new year. See you in 2019!

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