Chelsea VOLUME 11, ISSUE 1
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Rezoning to save Garment District manufacturing BY GABE HERMAN
ast week, the City Council unanimously passed a rezoning of the Garment District that will keep a strong fashion industry presence but allow more flexibility for other industries to continue their growth in the area. A 1987 law was ended that required property owners converting manufacturing space to keep a 1-to-1 ratio of industrial and office space use. Now landlords are free to develop office spaces how they want. There are also tax incentives for landlords who rent long-term affordable space to fashion tenants. In addition, there will be a new 200,000-square-foot center for garment production at the Made in NY campus in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The rezoning, passed on Dec. 20, addressed changing professional demographics in the Garment District. Even though office space for fashion in the area has increased 17 percent in the last five years, 60 percent of the neighborhood’s total jobs are in other sectors, such as nonprofit, healthcare, entertainment and IP (intellectual property) services. Over all, there are 66,000 jobs in the Garment District, which is expected to increase to 72,000 in the next three years. “We’re preserving the city’s fashion manufacturing capacity both in its traditional home in the Garment Center and with investments across the city,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “Today’s vote ensures that the Garment Center will continue to thrive as a mixeduse neighborhood.” Council Speaker Corey Johnson represents Council District 3, which in-
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Some Garment District histor y: Men pulling racks of clothing on a busy sidewalk in the Garment District in the 1950s. The cit y’s new Garment District rezoning plan is intended to keep fashion manufacturing in the area from becoming histor y.
Council of Fashion Designers of America. “The CFDA is supportive of today’s steps to strengthen the garment manufacturing industry and looks forward to partnering with the sector to help it modernize for the future,” said Steven Kolb, the group’s president and C.E.O. He called it an “inclusive process that has helped ensure that New York City’s
cludes the Garment District. The latter is roughly bounded by Sixth and Ninth Aves. between 34th and 42nd Sts. “The manufacturing sector is a key part of the broader New York fashion industry, which contributes so much to our city,” Johnson said. “So securing its health for today and in the years to come is absolutely vital.” The legislation is also backed by the
fashion ecosystem can continue to thrive on a citywide basis for many years to come.” The legislation, two years in the making, provides $20 million from the city toward buying a building in the Garment District for fashion manufacturing. It also includes a special-permit provision that limits hotel development in the neighborhood.
Johnson is also public advocate for two months BY GABE HERMAN
orey Johnson can add the title of public advocate to his impressive résumé, though he will only hold this role for the next two months. By law, City Council Speaker Johnson became the city’s public advocate on Jan. 1, when Letitia James left the post to become New York State Attorney General. This past weekend, Mayor Bill de Blasio set Feb. 26 as the date for a special election for public advocate. The nonpartisan race so far includes more than 20 candidates and others exploring a possible run. Speaker Johnson tweeted on Dec. 31, “As of tomorrow, I will become the Acting Public Advocate for NYC. I plan to take this role and its responsibilities seriously, because New Yorkers deserve nothing less.” Issues that Johnson plans to spotlight as the city’s advocate include the state of the subways, plus how well city agencies respond to resident complaints through the 311 system, according to The New York Times. He then plans to hold hearings as Council Speaker about those 311 issues. Johnson’s City Council Web page has been updated Schneps Media
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to include his new temporary position, and says, “The Public Advocate acts as an ombudsperson for all New Yorkers — a government official who champions the public and ensures government is responsive to their needs.” The public advocate is next in the line of succession if the mayor can’t fulfill his duties, and the position has been a launching pad for its previous occupants, including de Blasio, who was advocate from 2010 through 2013 before becoming mayor. The winner of the February special election will serve as public advocate for the rest of the year, and another election next November will be held to see who will serve the remainder of James’s term, which runs to the end of 2021. The special election may be the first to see new campaign finance regulations that were passed by voters this past November, which modified the amount of public funding each candidate can get and the caps on individual donations. The reforms were originally supposed to take effect in 2021 but the City Council passed legislation late last month applying them to the upcoming February special election. Januar y 3, 2019
Police Blotter SIXTH PRECINCT Village murder A Village man was fatally shot inside his apartment at 110 Bedford St. on Sun., Dec. 31, around 4:56 p.m., police said. Police responding to a 911 call of a person shot went to Apartment 5A and found Jonathan Berlin, 62, with a gunshot wound to the stomach. EMS responded and transported the victim to Lenox Hill Hospital where he was pronounced dead. There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing. Police are reportedly investigating whether the slaying was drug related. Gothamist reported that the victim’s wife was in the apartment at the time of the shooting, and that drug paraphernalia, including scales and pot, were found on the scene. A source told The Villager that Berlin lived there more than 20 years and was Israeli born, but this was not confirmed by press time. Cops reportedly entered the building with hammers and a pickaxe. One neighbor was away when the incident occurred, and her roommate returned later on Dec. 31. “This is the first building I’ve lived in without a doorman,” the roommate said, noting her parents’ concern when she moved in about living in a nondoorman building.
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A police officer and Kobe, a K9 unit “sniffer” dog, entering the crime scene at 110 Bedford St. Monday.
Samsung swipe A man allegedly stole a Samsung Galaxy J7 from a Verizon store at 48 Ninth Ave. He reportedly ripped the smartphone from its cord from the display around 6 p.m. on Thurs., Dec. 27, according to police. A store employee told the thief, “Really, are you serious?” to which he replied “Yes, I’m f---ing serious!” and then ran off southbound on Ninth Ave. toward 14th St. No arrests have been made. The suspect is described as 5-feet, 8-inches tall, 165 pounds and 23 years old. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and black sneakers.
Batteries bust Police arrested Brandon Bullock, 29, for allegedly stealing more than $400 in batteries from the Rite Aid at 282 Eighth Ave. around 6 p.m. last Thurs., Dec. 27. The suspect went into the Rite Aid, filled a shopping bag with batteries and walked out, according to the police report. An employee stopped the shoplifter and called police, who arrested him that night.
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When he returned to the vehicle around 10 p.m., the rear driver’s-side window was broken and the guns gone.
Bolt cutters Police arrested Rashawn Gray, 21, for allegedly exiting a subway station through the emergency exit gate without permission on the northeast corner of Eighth Ave. and W. 23rd St. Police said the man had bolt cutters — what police called “burglar tools” — and couldn’t explain why he was carrying them on the train on Fri., Dec. 28 around 3:45 p.m. The suspect had a previous run-in with police for theft and is involved with a criminal group called LRG Crew, according to police.
Not fare A man in Hell’s Kitchen ran off without paying a $48.36 cab fare on Fri., Dec. 28, around 7:30 p.m. A 30-yearold cabbie picked up the man from LaGuardia Airport on Friday and brought him to 455 W. 34th St. When the hack helped the man get his luggage out of the trunk, the fare ran into the building, got on an elevator and went to an unknown floor, according to the police report. The doorman at the building told police the guy lives in the building, but he did not know his name.
Firearms theft Police are searching for someone who broke into a Federal Bureau of Investigation employee’s car on the southwest corner of Tenth Ave. and W. 15th St. and stole three Glock handguns and 150 rounds of ammunition, as well as a backpack, eye and ear protection, a Streamlight flashlight, two cellphone mounts and two cellphone chargers. The F.B.I. employee parked his car in Chelsea around 3 p.m. Fri., Dec. 28.
Early a.m. punch Police are searching for a man who allegedly hit a 26-year-old woman in the face, cutting open her left check on the southeast corner of Tenth Ave. and W. 17th St. on Sat., Dec. 29 at 3:45 a.m. The two were strangers to each other, according to the police report. AfCNW
ter hitting her in the face, the man fled southbound on foot on 10th Ave. and then eastbound on W. 16th St. The woman was treated at Lenox Health Greenwich Village in its emergency department. The attacker was described as black, 5-feet-8-inches tall, 150 pounds and around age 25, according to police.
Solo sesh Martin Mardel, 29, was caught pleasuring himself on the roof of a building at 420 W. 19th St. last Sat., Dec. 29, around 4:20 p.m., police said. Mardel was seen on the rooftop landing, pants and underwear down, masturbating in the building, plus allegedly trespassed. Mardel told police he doesn’t live there but was visiting someone and did not know the apartment number. Police arrested him at the site for criminal trespassing. They also reportedly found him a small bag of marijuana and an alleged oxycodone pill in his coat.
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Tubes plan would help remove Chelsea’s waste BY SYDNEY PEREIR A
sustainability focused infrastructure firm is tackling a major quality-of-life complaint in Chelsea and the Meatpacking District: trash. Since 2013, sanitation wonks at the firm, Closing Loops, have studied a plan to retrofit the High Line with a pressurized tube to shuttle trash out of the neighborhood. What started as an academic venture quickly turned into reality when the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability backed the project and two state agencies — the Department of Transportation and the Energy Research & Development Authority — threw in some cash for Closing Loops to further its studies. Several city agencies are also on the project’s advisory committee. Juliette Spertus, co-founder of Closing Loops, said, “If we’re going to do this, how can this really make an impact in the community? “If we’re going to be capturing waste from the blocks along the [High Line] corridor, why don’t we think of this like a subway, like a mass transit for waste?” she said. Instead of having piles of garbage bags on street corners waiting to be hauled away by private carters, under the Closing Loops plan, staffers at local businesses, buildings and the Meatpacking Business Improvement District would take garbage bags via rolling cart to a collection point, where tubes would suck up waste from “buffer tanks.” From there, the tube-to-rail transport system would shuttle trash, recyclables and organics (biodegrabable waste) from businesses, litter bins and possibly public housing dumpsters to a collection
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A concept design for a “stand-alone hub” for Closing Loops’ plan for a pneumatic waste-removal system along the High Line. Large tubes — resembling the viaduct’s current drainage pipes — would transpor t the waste along the underside of the High Line to a collection site at W. 34th St.
million, according to Closing Loops. The group’s next step is to seek city approval to study the underbelly of the High Line to further refine designs. Community Board 4 supported the project in 2016, and last month, the board’s Parks and Waterfront Committee signaled support once again. On Wed., Jan. 2, the full board of C.B. 4 voted unanimously to send a letter of support for the project. A major benefit of the concept is the environmental benefits — reducing diesel-fuel truck traffic, and therefore, greenhouse gases and health-harming pollutants. Closing Loops estimates
terminal at W. 34th St., and eventually on to processing and disposal facilities. The program — known as a “pneumatic waste management” system — has been implemented on Roosevelt Island since the 1970s. But Spertus and project partner Ben Miller aim to make the trash tube more commonplace around the city, starting with the High Line. One-and-a-half miles of the tubing would run through nine access points, including one for the Meatpacking BID, Milk Studios, Chelsea Market, the Robert Fulton and Chelsea-Elliot Houses and Avenues: The World School. Capital costs are projected to be $20
its High Line initiative would avoid 150,000 garbage truck miles, reduce the number of garbage bags on the streets by 800,000, and benefit 5,000 public housing residents at the ChelseaElliot and Fulton Houses, which would have their own “compactor yards” to connect to the trash tube. A second part of the project would target the “Meatpacking Co-op” building, which houses the area’s remaining meat businesses, on the block bounded by Washington, Little W. 12th and Gansevoort Sts. and 10th Ave., as well as the Gansevoort Market food hall on W. 14th St. near Ninth Ave. Under the scheme, the meatpackers’ and Gansevoort Market’s food scraps would be converted into energy through a micro-anaerobic digester, which helps break down food waste, releasing methane, which could ultimately be made into biogas. The biogas could then help power the place’s refrigeration systems, according to Closing Loops. Closing Loops says its concept could be replicated citywide, particularly at existing elevated transit lines, such as the 7 line in Queens. Miller is also the former director of policy planning for the city’s Department of Sanitation. He said he takes some “blame” for all the garbage bags on the streets during his tenure there. “I’d like to amend my error and get to rigid containers, which are not so accessible to rats,” he said. “All the problems with manual plastic bags on the street — the congestion, the aesthetics — bags are just a big mistake. In general, we’d very much like to get bags off the street.”
Don’t roll it! Fewer permits in ‘L-poca’ zone BY GABE HERMAN
s part of the preparations for the feared potential “L-pocalypse,” or L train shutdown, city agencies are coordinating to minimize other potential disruptions in affected areas. The mayor and agency commissioners gave an update at a recent town hall event. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Councilmember Keith Powers held a town hall on Dec. 19 in Council District 4, which includes the Upper East Side and Stuyvesant Town. A questioner brought up whether the city would be trying to limit unrelated projects in the areas affected by the L shutdown, which is slated to begin April 27. De Blasio asked Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, who was in attendance, to
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field the question. Trottenberg said D.O.T. has been “working closely” with the Mayor’s Office, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, or MOME, and the city’s Department of Buildings “to look at all the upcoming projects. And one thing we’ve discovered, it’s a huge task,” she said. “We’re looking at hundreds of filming projects, construction projects, and all the agencies have been coming together to go carefully through that list, figure out which ones we can pull in, move, etc.” Trottenberg said this focus includes the areas immediately around the L train, including 12th through 16th Sts. in Manhattan. “Certainly, I’ve been talking to my fellow commissioners,” she said. “Believe me, we are very focused. All of us we want the buses to move, bikes to
move, we want traffic to be safe.” The mayor added, “I think this is a good example where extra transparency would be comforting and clarifying for people. Where we are diverting away from the area purposely, giving people a sense of how and why that’s happening.” Commissioner Julie Menin, of MOME, provided some specifics related to L train planning. “On the film permit issue, we’re intentionally down 18 percent in the Council district,” she said of Powers’s District 4. “We’ve been working very closely with the councilmember. We have 54 blocks on a hiatus list where we’re not issuing any permits for six months.” She added she was happy to add more blocks to that list if people felt that more deserved to be on it. Powers added that he appreciated CNW
Commissioner Menin’s work to resolve concerns in the district about filming. Citywide, the film industry is an $8.7 billion industry. More than 8,200 film permits were issued last year alone, with 46 percent of those in Manhattan. Obviously, construction projects have far greater potential impact on traffic than brief film shoots. Asked later about what D.O.B. is doing to restrict construction projects in the affected zone during the expected L train shutdown, spokesperson Joe Soldevere said the agency is working on it, but didn’t give specifics. “D.O.B. is working in close cooperation with our partner agencies to ease any disruptions during the shutdown,” he said. “The city will have further information on its preparations in the coming weeks.” Schneps Media
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‘End Rikers’ commish: Transparency needed BY SYDNEY PEREIR A
he independent commission that originally spearheaded a plan to close Rikers Island released a progress report late last month. The update details how the city can meet its goals to reduce the city’s jail population by more than 3,000 people. The report comes just a few months before the city is expected to begin the public review process known as the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, or ULURP, for its plans to site a community-based jail in each borough, except for Staten Island. The project is a part of a larger plan to close Rikers Island’s facilities by 2027, reduce the city’s jail population to around 5,000 people, and create a more humane jail system. The commission’s report says the city has not been transparent enough with the community, and recommends reducing the jail system’s total bed capacity from 6,040 to 5,500, as originally recommended by the commission. The report recommends designing smaller facilities and reexamining siting a fi fth one in Staten Island to reduce each jail’s size. “Reducing the number of beds will also help achieve the goal of smaller facilities that fit better with the neighborhoods,” said Tyler Nims, the executive director of the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform. “[That] is something that many of the communities have expressed con-
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Under Mayor de Blasio and the Cit y Council, the cit y is determined to close Rikers Island, above, and replace it with new jails in the individual boroughs.
“The next year is really going to be a decisive one both in Albany and here in the city as the land-use process goes forward,” he said. The report recommends passing state legislation to end cash bail, implementing stronger laws for speedy trials and discovery, and limiting jail time for alleged parole violations, all of which Nims said appears more likely with the new Democratic majority in the state Senate. The commission estimates these re-
cerns about.” The shift to neighborhood-based jails has sparked intense community pushback in recent months. This recently led the city to change the planned location of the Lower Manhattan jail, which is now expected to be at 125 White St. at the Manhattan Detention Complex a.k.a. “The Tombs.” However, Nims added, “it’s much more than moving the real estate of jails in Rikers Island to other places.”
forms could reduce the city’s jail population by more than 3,000 people. Already, the city has managed to reduce the jail population by more than 1,500 persons in the past two years. “In the big picture,” Nims said, “there’s been a lot of positive change that has happened over the past couple of years, and I think that we are really getting closer and closer to being in a position where the Rikers jails can be shut down.”
Report: Create alliance on E. Side resiliency BY SYDNEY PEREIR A
ast River Park is expected to undergo massive changes in the coming years. As early as March 2020, the city could begin burying the park with 8 feet of soil, closing it for three-and-ahalf years, in order to rebuild the park anew to protect thousands of nearby residents from coastal flooding and storm surges. But with all the new changes also comes skepticism that the city would be able to meet its deadlines. A new report commissioned by research and design firm Rebuild by Design and local affordable housing organization Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) says communities bordering East River Park should form an alliance to ensure the community’s voice is listened to. The idea is that an “East River Park Alliance” would be a more organized entity, bringing together many of the East Side’s myriad park groups. The $1.45 billion project to redo East River
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Park would benefit from such an alliance’s input and help on the new, rebuilt park’s facilities, spaces, programming and ultimately maintenance, according to the report. The report draws from examples of other stewardship groups, such as the Bronx River Alliance and the Building Bridges Across the River group in Washington, D.C. The Bronx River Alliance began as an all-volunteer organization in the 1970s to clean up and restore the Bronx River. But it later morphed into a formal nonprofit and has secured an eco-friendly building for community and school groups, environmental research, storage for canoes and kayaks and Parks Department use. Meanwhile, D.C.’s Building Bridges Across the River has secured millions of private funds to preserve affordable housing and implemented an “Equitable Development Plan” — an effort to prevent gentrification once the elaborate 11th St. Bridge Park, often likened to the High Line, is completed. But some Lower East Siders were al-
ready skeptical of creating such a stewardship group. They feared a lack of transparency without true community engagement, some said at a mid-November Community Board 3 meeting, when Rebuild by Design announced it would release the report. But the goal of such an alliance would be to avoid becoming the typical kind of stewardship group that is often criticized by communities for a lack of transparency, according to the report. Amy Chester, Rebuild by Design’s managing director, wrote that the recommended model is to be “community-oriented and avoid or mitigate externalities that can arise from nongovernmental stewardship models such as gentrification, privatization of park resources, and amenities that lack affordability.” An immediate strategy would be to work on a construction phasing plan for the city’s resiliency project — one that could keep East River Park from going off-line all at once for the construction. Parks is currently working on such a plan, though details have not CNW
been released, a spokesperson previously told The Villager. “There’s not a lot of other parkland around — certainly [not] with active recreation fields, so that’s going to be important,” said Carter Strickland, the state’s director of The Trust for Public Land. Strickland worked with James Lima Planning + Development on the report after winning a request for proposals, or R.F.P., put out by Rebuild by Design and GOLES this summer. “Any working group or alliance would be busy almost immediately,” Strickland said. The alliance would start as a working group and later be structured to coordinate with the city through a paid alliance staff and director. The report estimates necessary funds for a formalized alliance would be between $200,000 and $250,000 a year for staffing, a Web site launch and administrative support. “We’re just giving the community tools,” Strickland said. “We’ll see what the community does with it.” Schneps Media
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Fir sure: Another Mulchfest is revving up BY TEQUIL A MINSK Y
arks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver joined a bevy of other city officials last month to officially declare Mulchfest a part of the cityâ€™s holiday tradition. The idea is also to encourage New Yorkers to make eco-friendly mulching a family activity, instead of â€œpine-ingâ€? for their trees postholiday. It might have seemed a little early to kick things off, but the goal is to get the public into the spirit with new branding and a new campaign to bid holiday trees â€œfir-wellâ€? now that the season is coming to an end. Mulchfestâ€™s new look celebrates New Yorkersâ€™ post-holiday tradition of carrying, carting or dragging their trees to a local park for mulching. An illustrated cast of diverse characters are shown using bikes, strollers, teamwork and other creative methods to get their trees to the chippers, where their evergreens can be turned into mulch to help reduce waste, and protect and nourish other trees and plants throughout the city. With a total of 68 sites, including parks and Greenthumb gardens, New Yorkers can drop off their trees between Jan. 4 and Jan. 14. Dates have been extended this year for those who celebrate Three Kings Day. On the final weekend of Mulchfest, Jan. 1314, at 31 chipping sites, people can also get a bag of mulch to take home.
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Former City Councilmember Rosie Mendez got a bag of mulch from Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver after chipping a Christmas tree at Washington Square at the kickoff of Mulchfest last month. Mendez is now Borough President Gale Brewerâ€™s community liaison.
Weather permitting, the Department of Sanitation will collect and compost clean trees left curbside from Wed., Jan. 2 through Sat., Jan. 12. Silver made a point that these trees should not be in a bag, but should remain â€œnaked.â€? The mulch is used in planting beds and community gardens around the
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ou may have noticed some changes lately with our Manhattan newspaper group — The Villager, Villager Express, Chelsea Now, Downtown Express and Manhattan Express. As of mid-September, we are now part of Schneps Media. We already were the New York City metro area’s largest community newspaper group when we were NYC Community Media / Community Newspaper Group. Now we’re even bigger. As with any ownership transition, there are going to be some changes. One terrific one is that we now have more reporters than before, which is helping us expand our coverage. In turn, that additional staffing is going to allow us to do more daily online posting, so that we will be even more of a go-to daily news resource for our readers. We are currently ironing out some technical production aspects to allow us to ratchet up our daily posting to higher levels — but we will get there quickly. Also, significantly, in terms of our online presence, we will soon be launching a single unified Web site that will bring together all of our Manhattan newspaper brands, under which you will find content for all of our papers serving the borough. Again, this will create a stronger, more dynamic online site for our award-winning papers and a more powerful news resource, in general, for readers. Some of our sites were stronger than others, so by combining them, the idea is that “a rising tide will lift all boats.” Plus, readers won’t have to jump around between different pages, but will find everything they were looking for — and more — in our “one-stop” site. We’re very excited about launching this powerful new Web site. In short, our goal increasingly is to become your source for the best and latest local Manhattan news, features and arts reporting in your neighborhood, as well as events listings. More to the point, in an age of shrinking media, one area continues to thrive — community news. That’s because people crave local news, they’re passionate about it. They want to read about news that directly affects their lives and their communities. So we are still here, and we intend to stay here, doing what we love doing and what are readers want. Important to note, our print editions also are still going strong, as the enjoyment of reading and simply holding expertly designed pages in one’s hands (no battery needed!), and visually appreciating well-displayed photographs and good design, has not faded. And many hope it never will. On that note, we’re also striving to bring even greater attention to design detail to make our print products look even better. And, of course, we continue to feature stunning photos — by some of the best photographers New York City has to offer. In short, yes, we’ve been going through some changes, but we believe they’re making our products even better. Nothing stays the same forever; we all must change with the times. But in an era of dramatic media shrinkage, we’re thriving — and we are always aiming to improve.
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Letters to the Editor Landlord always wins To The Editor: Re “At last, small business bill has a champion” (talking point, by Sharon Woolums, Dec. 20): Small businesses desperately need rights — especially during the lease-renewal process. We at RedEye Coffee just got booted out by our landlord, another small business who was subleasing space to us. Subleases are extremely common in New York City because they are actually affordable. During lease negotiations, our landlord tried to increase the rent by 20 percent. We did our best to fight back, even soliciting the help of the community, which supported us, but in the end, the landlord always wins. All the local politicians talk about supporting small businesses, but they never do what really needs to be done — because, if they did, the Real Estate Board of New York would run another candidate against them. But times are changing and the public is getting more and more outraged when their favorite businesses close: Cornelia Street Cafe, Tortilla Flats, Coffee Shop and now in Clinton/Hells Kitchen, RedEye Coffee. And they know someone is to blame. When will the politicians see that it is actually in their interest to be on the side of the people? Marni Halasa
The pictures don’t lie To The Editor: Re “A new chapter for public libraries has watchdog growling” (news article, thevillager.com, Dec. 27): We love the quote: “A library spokesperson said there were never plans for a wine bar or any alcohol to be served at Schwarzman... .” Really? See the pictures we put up at Citizens Defending Libraries by Googling: “Article In The Villager On What’s Happening To NYC Libraries Featuring
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A natural disaster To The Editor: Re “Flood of concerns over E. Side resiliency redo” (news article, Dec. 13): The new plan seems like it was designed by people who observed the riverfront using Google Maps only. Eight feet of fill will extirpate all biodiversity in the East River Park: Our (very preliminary) list includes more than 300 species, from spring ephemerals to trees, pollinators and birds. Naturalists do not object to sharing the park with athletes, but the athletic fields should not be driving all decisions about the East River Park’s future. Amy Berkov E-mail letters, maximum 250 words, to news@ thevillager.com or fax to 212-229-2790 or mail to The Villager, Letters to the Editor, 1 MetroTech North, 10th floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Please include phone number for confirmation. The Villager reserves the right to edit letters for space, grammar, clarity and libel. Anonymous letters will not be published.
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Art project pipes in poetry for pedestrians BY TEQUIL A MINSK Y
hat looks like a yellow submarine periscope peeping out at the Ruth E. Wittenberg Triangle at Sixth Ave. and Eighth St. is, in fact, the New Poetry Jukebox, installed in late October. The Jukebox plays poetry on demand, and a lover of verse need just press a button to hear a poem or reading from the likes of Edna St. Vincent Millay, James Baldwin, Allen Ginsburg, Jack Kerouac, Mark Twain, Hart Crane, Grace Paley and Jane Jacobs, as well as 11 more American poets and literary figures. It’s not the first installation of its kind. The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ireland, Scotland, Bulgaria and Germany have all experienced their own site-specific versions of the Jukebox. The person between the “poetry periscopes” is Ond ej Kobza, a Prague-based cafe owner and cultural activist with a passion for poems and literature in general and live events in nontraditional places. Working with him on the project is his colleague and cultural manager Michaela He ková. On the Poetry Jukebox Web site they write, “We believe that listening to the original voices of poets is one of the most beautiful and inspiring experiences a city can offer.” Animating public spaces is also one of their goals through their Czech project Piána na ulici (Pianos on the Street), which has placed dozens of pianos and chess boards in public arenas. The featured poems and poets (and songwriters, novelists and activists and their readings) on the Sixth Ave. Poetry Jukebox reflect artists that have called the Village home, including Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Love is Not All”; Sara Teasdale, “Barter”; Denis Levertov, “The Pilots”; Grace Paley, “Mother”; James Baldwin, “Sonny Blues”; Edgar Allan Poe, “The Raven”; Allen Ginsberg, “Howl”; Jack Kerouac, “The Beat Generation”; Gary Snyder, “Turtle Island”; Diane di Prima, “Ave”; Anne Waldman, “Pressure”; Amiri Baraka, “Our Nation Is Like Ourselves”; Gregory Corso, “Mariagge”; Lawrence Ferlinghetti, “Evil”; Wystan Hugh Auden, “Tell Me the Truth About Love”; Mark Twain, “The Voice of Mark Twain”; Hart Crane, “The Brooklyn Bridge”; Jane Jacobs, “Neighborhoods in Action”; and Frank O’Hara, “Lana Turner has collapsed.” The project is supported by Czech Tourism in the United States in partnership with the city’s Department of Transportation and the Village Alliance Business Improvement District. Another Poetry Jukebox with 20 contemporary New York City-based poets is located in the East Village, at Six E. First St. Its selection was compiled with the help of the next-door HOWL! Happening gallery.
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Sebastion listened to a reading by James Baldwin at the Sixth Ave. Poetr y Jukebox.
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The Jukebox’s poets and writers all have a connection to the Village. Januar y 3, 2019
From the Bench
Courting support for seat on a higher court
Judging by the recent turnout at the Village Independent Democrats’ holiday par t y at Frieda Bradlow’s home on Charlton St., a lot of sitting judges are running for a higher cour t. But, after all, that’s often the case. Two of them were Jennifer Schecter, an acting New York State Supreme Cour t justice, above left, who is running for a seat on the Supreme Cour t, and Civil Cour t Judge Louis Nock, who is also running for state Supreme Cour t.
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HEALTH Doctors have tied hear t health to the abdomen, and having extra pounds around oneâ€™s middle can be detrimental to cardiovascular well-being.
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he way to a personâ€™s heart may be through his or her stomach in more ways than one. Doctors have tied heart health to the abdomen, and having extra pounds around oneâ€™s middle can be detrimental to cardiovascular well-being. Excess visceral fat in the belly, something doctors refer to as â€œcentral adiposity,â€? may have potentially dangerous consequences. While the link between belly fat and heart health has long been associated with men, women may be even more vulnerable to the adverse health effects of belly fat. A study published in March 2018 in the Journal of the American Heart Association examined 500,000 people between the ages of 40 and 69. Participants had their body measurements taken, and then were kept track of for heart attack occurrence over the next seven years. During that period, the women who carried more weight around their middles (measured by waist circumference, waist-to-hip ratio or waist-to-height ratio) had a 10 to 20 percent greater risk of heart attack than women who were just heavier over all. Belly fat is particularly dangerous because it doesnâ€™t just include the insulating, or subcutaneous, fat under the skin. It is largely visceral fat that also surrounds the organs in the abdomen. Harvard Medical School reports that visceral fat is metabolically active and has been strongly linked to a host of serious diseases, including heart disease, Schneps Media
diabetes, cancer and dementia. Visceral fat is like an endocrine organ that secretes hormones and a host of other chemicals linked to diseases that can affect adults. One substance is called retinol-binding protein 4 (RBP4), which has been tied to an increased risk of coronary heart disease. In 2015, a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that normalweight people with excessive belly fat had a higher risk of dying of heart disease or any other cause compared with people without central obesity. The online health and wellness resource Medical News Today says doctors determine belly fat to be a problem when a womanâ€™s waist measures 35 inches or more and a manâ€™s 40 inches or more. MRIs also can be used as a fat analyzer and will be judged on a scale of 1 to 59. A measurement of 13 and under is desirable. As people age, they may have to make more drastic changes to their diets and exercise regimens to counteract changes in their metabolism. Eliminating sugary beverages, watching portion sizes, counting calories, doing moderate aerobic activity daily, and choosing healthier foods can help tame visceral fat. Also, doctors may recommend those who are stressed to try stressbusting techniques since stress also may be tied to excessive belly fat. Belly fat should not be overlooked because its presence can greatly increase a personâ€™s risk for various diseases.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
“Green Window,” by Jason Stopa, 2018, 27 inches by 22 inches, oil on canvas, above. “Bubble Brothers,” by Osamu Kobayashi, 2017, 112 inches by 120 inches, oil on canvas, left.
Painting, sculpture...blurred boundaries BY NANCY ELSAMANOUDI
he show “Plush Paint” is a crazy, fun, weird collection of sculptures by Susan Carr and paintings by Osamu Kobayashi and Jason Stopa at Next to Nothing on the Lower East Side. This show is very much about paint and all of its goopy, drippy, globby, heavily layered, bumpy, thick or thin, slick, bold, sly, flat, subtle and intensely pigmented possibilities. Carr’s magnificent, brightly colored, freestanding sculptures and wall pieces are made mostly of oil paint and wood. The wood she uses typically comes from repurposed found objects that are then cobbled together to make the basic shape of the sculpture. Basic shapes, like triangles, squares, circles and rectangles, as well as patterns, like dots and stripes, tend to be the primary building blocks of her visual language. Carr paints the wood surface of her pieces as if it were a surface for painting. Yet, she also works with paint as if it were resin, wax or clay. Her work has an affinity with painters like Mardsen Hartley, R.B. Kitaj and Tal R, as well as contemporary artists working in clay and ceramics today like Rebecca Goyette, Ana Weider Blank and Joanne Greenbaum. The surfaces of Carr’s sculptures are heavily, obsessively layered with thick impasto. Pieces such as
doors, windows or gates, or as paint“Warrior” and “I Have Measured ings or a mirror within a painting. My Life Out in Carrots” read as a kind of three-dimensional paintThere is a long history of artists ing or a kind of “painting in the making paintings that contain paintings or mirrors in them. These range round.” Her sculptures tend to be from the usual suspects — Matisse uniformly covered in thick impasto and Picasso — to Vermeer, Van that has been layered on slowly Eyck and Velazquez. over time. At the same time, there is a gritty Like Carr, Stopa works with kick in these works that speaks to thick impasto paint, yet differently. contemporary culture. Stopa pairs The thick lines Stopa paints over neon pink and lime green with black the mostly flat surfaces of his paintings are precariously awkward. At and rancid yellow. These paintings first, the thick lines look somewhat seem to be informed by punk, inlike glued-on collage elements — “ Warrior,” by Susan terior design, textiles, architecture cords or ropes. But then you notice Carr, 2018, 13 inches by and a pop sensibility. Kobayashi’s paintings similarly the paint is still very much wet in 21 inches, oil on wood. seem to be informed by popular culsome areas. There are also odd moture, comic books, advertising, video ments, where it looks as if he was squeezing out toothpaste or rolling out some neon games and anime. His works are a little wonky, in a poised, gratuitously elegant way — like a slightly Play-Doh. Like a number of his contemporaries, such as crooked bow tie. A sly humor undergirds his paintJonathan Lasker and Keltie Ferris, Stopa plays on ings. This is especially true in “Bubble Brothers,” a this ambiguity by deliberately creating confusing or monumental 10-foot red, blue and yellow painting surprising moments in his artwork. For instance, of two hugging doughboys, painted in the colors of his paintings “Exit/Entrance” and “Green Win- the ultimate superhero, Superman. “Plush Paint: Please Do Not Pet, Caress, Fondle” dow,” feature large rectangles in their middle that look like post-it notes stuck in a sketchbook. These on view at Next to Nothing, 181 Orchard St., bestrange passages can be read possibly as figures, tween E. Houston and Stanton Sts., until Jan. 20.
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Shocked rocks squat in return to her roots
The former East Village squatter jams with John Warner, a fellow former squatter.
BY SAR AH FERGUSON
ichelle Shocked helped rock in the New Year at C Squat on Monday night. The Grammy-nominated folksinger turned up at a party hosted by the Museum of Reclaimed Space (MORUS) to perform a raucous take on her 1988 song “Graffiti Limbo,” backed by radical ’zine artist Seth Tobocman and his band, Continuation of Struggle. Shocked said she connected with Tobocman by chance, after the Guggenheim Museum contacted her about her song. It tells the story of artist Michael Stewart, who was beaten to death by New York City transit police in 1983 after he was caught tagging at the subway stop at First Ave. and 14th St. The Guggenheim is planning another retrospective of Jean-Michel Basquiat, who made a painting about Stewart’s murder. Shocked said the curators there wanted to understand why this young man’s death had such an impact on local artists at the time. “It was like I had to educate them about the way the underground worked back then,” said Shocked. She said she was inspired to pen her song about Stewart’s murder after reading about it in Overthrow magazine and seeing a mural that Tobocman painted in Stewart’s honor on the corner of Ninth St. and Avenue C. “I could only remember the name
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Michelle Shocked in her customized Rangers jersey. She admits she knows nothing about hockey and removed the first “R” and “S” from “Rangers.”
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Seth, so I had to look him up on the Internet,” Shocked said of Tobocman, who she worked with briefly in the 1980s doing benefits around issues of housing and police brutality. After they reconnected, she and Tobocman decided to collaborate for the MORUS gig. “Being here tonight is really great, it’s like the community welcoming me back,” Shocked said after performing at the former East Village squat. “I feel like a homecoming queen.” Before she made it big in the folk scene, Shocked toured with the Yippies and Rock Against Racism and lived in a squat on E. 10th St. “There was no roof, just clear plastic sheeting, and at night the rats would run across it,” Shocked recalled. “They’d be looking down at you and you’d be looking up at them,” she laughed. After switching up from “anarchist skate punk” to born-again Christian, Shocked elicited a storm of controversy when she made what were widely construed as homophobic remarks during a 2013 concert in San Francisco. Shocked insisted her words were misunderstood, and she’s been slowly rebuilding her career since then. Now “more sober than sober,” Shocked didn’t stick around to party at C squat. Instead, she took off in the rain on a motorized scooter to meet up with some Africans in Brooklyn who were “watching the new year come in.” “That’s more my speed these days,” she smiled. Schneps Media
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COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND FORT GANSEVOORT, N.Y.
“Black Star Era,” by Keith Duncan, 2017, 24 inches by 18 inches, acrylic on fabric mounted on canvas.
“Snowball Stand,” by Keith Duncan, 2014, 28 inches by 22 inches, acr ylic on paper.
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ARTS Keith Duncan: “The Big Easy”: Fort Gansevoort, at 5 Ninth Ave., features works by Keith Duncan in his latest collection, “The Big Easy.” The New Orleans-based artist’s show opens Thurs., Jan. 10, and runs through Sat., Feb. 23. Duncan’s paintings are inspired by Southern influences, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and African-American history. For more information, visit http:// www.fortgansevoort.com/. FREE “Charles White: A Retrospective” will be on display through Jan. 13 at the Museum of Modern Art on the third floor. This the first major exhibit devoted to this seminal AfricanAmerican artist in more than 30 years, according to MoMA. More than 100 works, including drawings, paintings, photographs and other archival materials, spanning White’s full career from the 1930s through his death in 1979, will be on display. Tickets $25;
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students $14; seniors $18. Children 16 and under, free. For more information, visit www.moma.org/calendar/ exhibitions/3930?locale=en.
events/programs/met-live-arts/battlehip-hop-in-armor-3. Tavche Gravche: The jazz quartet Tavche Gravche performs at the Museum at Eldridge St., Sun., Jan. 6, at 6:30 p.m., merging Macedonian and Mediterranean melodies in the museum’s historic sanctuary. Tickets $25; students and seniors $15. For more information, visit www.eldridgestreet. org/event/tavche-gravche/.
Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept: The Lexus LF-1 Limitless vehicle is on display, flaunting its “unrestrained luxury,” at INTERSECT BY LEXUS – NYC Gallery, 412 W. 14th St., through Sun., Jan 20. For more information visit www.meatpacking-district.com/ events/lexus-lf-1-limitless-concept/. FREE
“Battle! Hip-Hop in Armor”: Hiphop dancers will meet knights in armor in a dance performance commissioned by MetLiveArts with the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Arms and Armor Department and South Bronx dance organization Dancing in the Streets on Sat., Jan. 11, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at The Met Fifth Ave., at 1000 Fifth Ave., Gallery 371, the Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Arms and Armor Court. Future performance dates are Feb. 8, March 22, April 12 and June 7. Free with museum admission. For more information, visit www.metmuseum.org/
“On this day…”: Caveat, at 21A Clinton St., features comedians Nicole Pasquale, Sandi Marx, Jacqui Rossi, Calvin Cato and Eva Kirkman in a show of nostalgia based on Facebook memories and the Timehop app, which shows what users posted in the past years ago. Hosted by Angel Yau and Ross Brunetti, Thurs., Jan. 3, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $10. For tickets, visit https://www.caveat.nyc/event/on-thisday-1-3-2019. TVG
MOVIES Movies at 53rd — “Runaway Train”: The New York Public Library screens the 1985 thriller “Runaway Train,” starring Jon Voight, Eric Roberts and Rebecca De Mornay, at the 53rd St. Library, 18 W. 53rd St., Community Room on Fri., Jan. 4, at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.nypl.org/ events/programs/2019/01/04/clonemovies-53rd-movie-name-year. FREE At the Movies — “Crazy Rich Asians”: The New York Public Library screens the new movie “Crazy Rich Asians” at the Fort Washington Library, 535 W. 179th St., Sat., Jan. 5, at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.nypl. org/events/programs/2019/01/05/ movies-crazy-rich-asians. FREE
BOOKS Reading: Gaby Dunn’s “Bad With Money”: Author Gaby Dunn appears in the city on Wed., Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m., at the Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway, with Josh Gondelman of Schneps Media
Manhattan Happenings PROFESSIONAL Tuesday Talks — Women’s Werk: The Battery Park City Authority hosts a lecture for dreamers, freelancers and entrepreneurs for a meet-and-greet and panel session with women who are “gig economy pros” — workers in shortterm jobs — on Tues., Jan. 15, 7 p.m., at 6 River Terrace. For more information, visit https://bpca.ny.gov/news/ events/. FREE Spanish Conversation Circle: The New York Public Library’s Grand Central branch, at 135 E. 46th St., holds a meet-up for intermediate or high-beginner level Spanish speakers to practice Spanish conversations on Tues., Jan. 8, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.nypl.org/ events/programs/2019/01/01/spanishconversation-circle. FREE
that led German, Irish, Chinese, Eastern European and Italian immigrants to emigrate to New York in the 19th century. SJ Costello, a senior educator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, will explore these themes, focusing on Bond St., developed in the 1820s by German immigrant John Jacob Astor. Reservations required. To register, visit https://71712.blackbaudhosting.com/71712/The-NEW-NewYork-Immigration-1820s---1880s--An-OverviewLectures-and-Book-Talks or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212475-9585x35. FREE
COMMUNITY BOARD Community Board 6 holds its monthly full board meeting at N.Y.U. School of Dentistry, 433 First Ave., Room 220, Wed., Jan. 9, at 7 p.m.
HISTORY “The NEW New York: Immigration, 1820s-1880s”: The Merchant’s House Museum and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation hold a discussion on Wed., Jan. 9, 6:30 p.m. at Cooper Union’s Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square at E. Seventh St., about the factors
PRECINCT COUNCIL Seventh Precinct Community Council meeting at 19 1/2 Pitt St., Wed., Jan. 9, 7 p.m. 19th Precinct Community Council meeting at 153 E. 67th St., Mon., Jan. 7, 7 p.m.
Gabby Dunn will be leading a discussion of her new book on managing money at The Strand on Jan. 16.
Showtime’s “Desus and Mero,” and again on Thurs., Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m. at the 92nd St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., with Akilah Hughes of HBO’s “Pod Save America.” Admission for the Strand’s Jan. 16 event is either buy a copy of “Bad With Money” or a $5 gift card. To purchase tickets, visit https:// www.strandbooks.com/event/gabydunn-bad-with-money. Admission for the 92nd St. Y’s Jan. 17 event starts at $30. To purchase tickets, visit https:// www.92y.org/event/bad-with-money.
KIDS Festa Em Português: The Battery Park City Authority holds family workshops to celebrate Portuguese-speaking countries through music and art for kids 4 and older at 6 River Terrace, Sat., Jan. 12, 4 p.m. Pianist Renato Diz will perform “I Will Play Your Soul” in an interactive, improvised piece. There will also be an art workshop to create azulejos (“tiles” in Portuguese), inspired by those in Lisbon, Portugal. For more information, visit https://bpca. ny.gov/news/events/. FREE
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Polar Plunge less chill, still lots of fun
PHOTOS BY MILO HESS
With air temperature in the 50s, the water around 45 degrees, sunshine and music on the boardwalk, thousands took the Polar Bear Plunge in Coney Island on New Yearâ€™s Day.
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Peace in: Ghandi Cafe back open on Bleecker St.
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Tangy chicken tikka massala is among the favorites on the menu at Ghandi Cafe.
BY GABE HERMAN
fter closing for renovations early in fall 2018, Ghandi Cafe reopened last month and continues to serve its tasty Indian cuisine. The cafe, at 283 Bleecker St., offers a self-described “authentic Anglo-Indian cooking style.” The cozy, hole-in-thewall shop just east of Seventh Ave. opened in 1999. When the eatery was shuttered several months back, a sign in the window said, “Sorry, we are closed for renovation.” But some wondered if it would be the latest local favorite to be run out of the area by increasing rents and another big chain store coming in. On Instagram, a Yankees fan named Todd Hayes posted a photo of himself with a sad look in front of the shuttered Ghandi Cafe on Sept. 18. “Soul crushing....” he wrote, “all the way to Manhattan, cab ride to the West Village to eat at his favorite Indian place before the game... and CLOSED for renovations.” But in mid-October a small sign appeared in the window, stating matterof-factly: “Ghandi Cafe, Inc. Re-Opening Soon.” Sure enough, they are now back open, after a sleek redesign of the interior that feels more minimalist, with mostly white chairs, tables and walls. But the menu is the same, thankfully, including personal favorites like mixed
PHOTO BY GABE HERMAN
The Ghandi Cafe’s space is narrow but its taste is big.
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Samosas and more tantalize at the Bleecker St. Anglo-Indian-st yle eater y.
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Starchitect Hadid’s $50M penthouse for sale BY MARTHA WILKIE
emember when far West Chelsea was mostly warehouses and nightclubs, or as The New York Times put it in 1987, “the largely uninhabited far west”? Today it’s transformed, thanks to an influx of galleries, which was followed later by an explosion of commercial and residential development — much of it spurred by the success of the High Line. One of the most expensive and architecturally significant (the two decidedly don’t always go together) homes now for sale is the penthouse at 520 W. 28th St., a new residential building by famed architect Zaha Hadid. When I studied architectural history in college, Zaha Hadid was a rock star. Her designs swooped and flew in strikingly original, gravity-defying ways. Hadid, who was born in Iraq, trained at the Architectural Association in London. She was the fi rst woman and fi rst Muslim to win the prestigious Pritzker Prize (along with many other prizes and honors) and became an international “starchitect.” Most of her work isn’t residential, but rather large-scale major buildings — art museums, an opera house, an aquatics center for the 2012 Olympics in London. The building at 520 W. 28th St. was Hadid’s fi rst, and sadly last, in New York City. She died during its construction, of a heart attack. The 11-story building with 39 units has all the modern amenities, including a 75-foot lap pool, IMAX screening room and helpful robots, which (theoretically) will fetch your summer clothes from storage or arrange for a car. Julie Lasky beautifully described the design in The New York Times in 2018: “Achieving the liquid effect of her architecture — the rounded corners and smooth, sculptured surfaces — takes skill and a pile of money. The bendy 520 West 28th Street facade was trimmed in 954 pieces of handcut and hand-ground stainless steel. A lobby mural consists of elephantine slabs of marble carved with a water jet.” Is one of the most ridiculously expensive apartments in the city actually that amazing? Penthouse 37 is spread out over three levels, on 6,853 square feet, linked by a spectacular swirling staircase. It has five bedrooms, 6.5 baths, and a 2,218-square-foot terrace with incredible views. The night I was there, it had just snowed, and the High
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The penthouse at Zaha Hadid’s 520 W. 28th St., next to the High Line, is spread over three levels.
The living room in the Zaha Hadid penthouse apar tment sits on the unit’s second level. The staircase at left winds up to the rooftop and also down to a lower floor.
really imagine who would live there. Perhaps a rock star or foreign oligarch would use it as a pied-à-terre? With five bedrooms, you’d think it’d be good for a family with lots of kids and dogs. But it’s hard to imagine spoiling that sleek, perfect look with the detritus of family life. Apartments like these seem to exist on a different plane, not for us mortals. But if you’re interested in Penthouse 37 at 520 W. 28th St. — or just interested in looking — visit https: //w w w.corcoran.com /nyc-
Line was a magical, ghostly, pure white wonderland. I loved the bathroom with its dramatic, huge white bathtub. And sitting in the big leather chair in the office made me feel like a titan of the business world. The living room was glamorous and I’d love to attend a fabulous party there. But in the end, would I want to live there? No. I admire the design without fi nding it warm and welcoming or homey — which is what you want in a home. Or at least, I do. Actually I can’t CNW
real-estate/for-sale/chelsea-hudsony a r d s / 52 0 -w e s t-2 8 t h - s t r e e t- ap tph37/5590272 . So what’s in West Chelsea for a bit less than $50 million? In the glorious London Terrace Towers, which has been a Chelsea stalwart since 1929, here’s a nice studio co-op with a completely separate bedroom alcove for $565,000. I’d rather swim with my neighbors in an Olympic-size pool than alone in a lap pool. (https://w w w.elliman.com /newyork- cit y/465 -west-23 -street-12kmanhattan-ukvewlj) At 460 W. 23rd St., here’s a onebedroom, one-bath in the Chelsea Historic District with a gorgeous patio, wood-burning fi replace, and high-tech Google Home controls for $750,000. ( ht t p s : //w w w.c omp a ss. com/listing/460 -west-23rd-street-u nit-br-man hattanny-10011/85447993662115697/) For rentals, a new building at 507 W. 28th St. offers a studio at $3,675 per month with use of a roof deck, pool, fitness room, recreation room and children’s play area. (https:// www.507westchelsea.com) And if you’re in need of a lovely furnished house in Chelsea, check out this wonderful kitchen in a four-story 1901 row house with a 400-squarefoot garden for $22,000 a month. (https://www.corcoran.com/nycreal-estate/for-rent/chelsea-hudsonyards/351-west-30th-street/5563946) Schneps Media
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