Chelsea VOLUME 11, ISSUE 17
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APRIL 25 - MAY 1, 2019
RAZE AND REBUILD
Chelsea public housing eyed for ‘70/30’ project Page 6
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The mayor wants to demolish par t of Chelsea’s Rober t Fulton Houses and rebuild with housing that is nearly three-quar ters market rate.
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City Winery uncorks Pr. 57 move Pier 57, and will offer additional indoor public space alongside Google.” City Winery’s new flagship location in New York City will feature two performance venues — a 350-seat concert hall and a smaller 150-person capacity loft space — plus a 100seat capacity restaurant and tasting room with views of Hudson River Park and a fully functioning winery/ wine production facility. The wine-making facility and barrel storage room will be visible from both from the park’s esplanade and the Hudson River bikeway, as well as the West Side Highway and from the main entrance to the pier. Within the restaurant area will be a pizza bar and coffee roasting station to add to the “maker” feel of the venue’s offerings. The tasting bars will feature the company’s proprietary tap system featuring more than 12 wines straight from the keg. City Winery strives not only to create wine that contains low to no sulfites, but also to reduce the carbon footprint they leave behind. Dorf already has one venue in Hudson River Park, City Vineyard, at Pier 26 in Tribeca, which is much smaller, at around 3,000 square feet. Scott Rechler, C.E.O. and chairperson of RXR Realty, said of the deal, “RXR and Young Woo are thrilled to be welcoming City Winery, a true New York institution, to Pier 57. City Winery’s combination of maker, food and beverage and cultural spaces will not only advance the long-standing vision of the pier as a premier public destination in Hudson River Park, but will also complement and enhance the other food-related uses that are planned for
BY LINCOLN ANDERSON
long with googling at Pier 57, people will soon be grooving there, too — as in listening to good music. City Winery recently announced that it has signed a 25-year lease with RXR/ Young Woo for 32,000 square feet at Pier 57 in Hudson River Park. City Winery, which is owned by Michael Dorf, who formerly ran the Knitting Factory in Tribeca, has spent 10 years at 155 Varick St., at Vandam St. Last July, Disney bought the square block bounded by Varick, Vandam, Spring and Hudson Sts. for $650 million with plans to redevelop it as the company’s New York headquarters. Pier 57, at W. 15th St., will be anchored by Google, which has leased 250,000 square feet on the former “Marine and Aviation Pier.” The pier will also feature food and public spaces. “We are excited and honored to have found a home in Hudson River Park and to be amongst so many architecturally significant buildings in this area,” said Michael Dorf, City Winery’s founder and C.E.O. “Pier 57 is going to be an amazing adaptive reuse with its own market, Google and an 80,000-squarefoot rooftop public park. “We are so happy to be part of this unique space and instantly felt a connection to it. To bring our winemaking, food and music to this market complex feels like a karmic honor.” Construction on the new City Winery will be underway shortly with plans to open in early 2020. Pier 57 is listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places and is near Chelsea Market, the Meatpacking
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An illustrative rendering of Cit y Winer y at its future home, Pier 57, in Hudson River Park, right off of the Hudson River bikeway.
District, the High Line and the recently opened Whitney Museum of American Art. The new City Winery will also have a view of Barry Diller’s Pier 55 “entertainment island” project, just to the south of it. The 5-mile-long waterfront park, including its piers, is operated by the Hudson River Park Trust. RXR and Young Woo are redeveloping Pier 57 and hold its master lease. Madelyn Wils, the Trust’s president and C.E.O. said, “City Winery is loved both in the community and across the city by New Yorkers who know there’s nowhere better to see a concert while enjoying locally produced food and wine. As part of a larger marketplace, City Winery will add to the amenities and cultural opportunities available at
the balance of the pier’s retail areas.” While Dorf is elated to be moving to a new home on the waterfront, he’s leaving Varick St. on a decidedly sour note. In fact, he’s suing Trinity Real Estate, his landlord there, to recover funds he says Trinity encouraged him to invest into the small building, but which he will now never see a return on. Speaking to this paper shortly before the Pier 57 deal was announced, Dorf expressed frustration at Trinity for having urged him to expand his space, only to be left in the lurch when he found out he had 12 months to vacate. “We always had a 12-month demolition clause, so I was always on the hook,” he said. “They told us — three months before they sold the building to Disney — that we would have three years there, if not five. They approached us and said, ‘Would you like the second floor and put a rooftop deck on as a further amenity for the neighborhood.’” Based on Trinity’s assurances, Dorf had planned to invest $2 million, but actually wound up pouring in $2.8 million to expand City Winery, estimating it would take three years to get a return on his investment. He had installed an elevator and also stairways to the roof when the new owner Disney gave him notice he had one year to vacate. “They misled us,” Dorf said of Trinity. “The only explanation is they didn’t expect the deal to be consummated that quickly. We just want the money [back] that we invested into this building, to recover what is owed us. … So, we had to sue them.” Roxanne Donovan, a spokesperson for Trinity Real Estate, said, “We believe the lawsuit is entirely without merit.” Dorf said City Winery will operate at Varick St. through July 31.
Chelsea rabbi sued over board election BY GABE HERMAN
oly suit! A Chelsea rabbi is being sued by some synagogue members for allegedly holding an illegal board election to try to wrest control of the organization. The same rabbi was sued by some synagogue members last year for allegedly damaging the house of worship, cutting off its heat and cursing out board members. Congregation Emunath Israel, at 236 W. 23rd St., between Seventh and Eighth Aves., has been a synagogue in Chelsea for nearly 100 years. Ira N. Glauber, who has been vice president at the synagogue and a member of its board of trustees for the past 10 years,
to take over the synagogue building for the Chabad Organization, which is well-known for taking over synagogue buildings against the wishes of their congregation.” Wolff became the congregation’s rabbi in 2010. His lawyer, Christopher Milito, said the proxy voting was legal. He said a New York Consolidated Law, concerning voting in Jewish congregations, allows proxy voting in cities of more than 1 million people. “It’s especially sad that Mr. Glauber has expanded his attacks to include even more of the volunteer board members,” Milito said. “Membership is up, with neighborhood families holding their ceremonies and events here. The building is in the final phases of an ex-
and three other members are suing Rabbi Yechezekel Wolff and other members over a board election that was held on Dec. 4, 2018. The suit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on April 3, alleges that nonmembers with no connection to the congregation were allowed to vote. It also says longtime members were barred from voting, and that proxy votes were illegally used. “As a result of the illegal vote,” the suit says, “petitioners were voted out from their positions as officers and members of the Board of Trustees of the Congregation. The instigator and driving force behind the illegal vote was Respondent Yechezekel Wolff, the Rabbi of the Congregation, whose conduct was designed CNW
tensive renovation. The synagogue is on the rise.” Bruce Kirschner, current board president, also named in the suit, told the New York Post Glauber only received three votes for president in the election. A lawsuit last year, also brought by Glauber and other members against Wolff and others, including Kirschner, accused the rabbi of cursing board members, refusing to heat the synagogue in winter, removing all the place’s historic benches, and taking down wall plaques honoring deceased members. The suit also claimed Wolff failed to pay the congregation tens of thousands of dollars owed from money he earned through use of the building. That suit is pending. April 25, 2019
Police Blotter glass pipe in his front left pocket when collared.
Burglary bust Police arrested two men in the act of allegedly attempting to carry out a burglary at 74 Wooster St. on Thurs., April 18, around 1 a.m. The men were still at scene around 3 a.m. when police arrived to arrest them, according to a report. The younger man was in possession of burglar’s tools, and the older man had an alleged crack pipe on him. Police arrested Justin Bonzino, 33, and Richard Rivera, 49.
Dior trio Three men are being sought by police for reportedly making off with nearly $33,000 worth of merchandise from the Dior boutique at 133 Greene St. on Thurs., April 18, around 3:25 p.m. Police said the three masked men ran into the store and stole 12 items before fleeing in a white car with license plate number JEJ838. The trio are described as black males. The first was around 5 feet 10 inches tall and wore a black sweater and black mask. The second was said to be 5 feet 11, sporting a baseball cap, black bandana, black sneakers and white T-shirt. The third suspect reportedly stands 6 feet tall and was last seen wearing black sneakers and a black T-shirt.
Fake hard hats Four men posing as construction workers are accused of breaking into a work site at 110 Charlton St. on Sat., April 20, between 9:50 and 10:15 a.m., and stealing $6,500 worth of material. Police said the group gained entry by cutting the lock outside the site, then cutting two more locks in the basement to access the targeted materials, which included 670 feet of copper cable, four power-tools and a cable cutter. The burglars reportedly fled the scene in two vehicles — a white Chevy with New York plates HUV1087 and a gray minivan with Pennsylvania plates.
Guy hates WiFi? Police said that between April 16 and 23, a man was captured on surveillance cameras “throwing bricks or other blunt objects” at 42 WiFi kiosks throughout
Phone-y friend A woman, 40, who had her phone stolen on Feb. 17, around 8 p.m., while out for drinks in the Village with friends, learned that apparently not all friends can be trusted. Police said that the victim, who was at the MacDougal Ale House, at 122 MacDougal St., noticed her phone, which had a case that doubled as a wallet, was missing immediately after a friend left the bar. The phone’s owner quickly began tracking the phone using the Find My iPhone app. But she soon discovered that charges already had been made using one of her credit cards. A mutual friend convinced the friend to return the phone after informing her that the victim planned to file a police report. But the victim told police later that the friend failed to return two credit cards. Pamela Greenberg, 29, was eventually arrested on Mon., April 15.
Why does this guy hate the WiFi kiosks? Police say he’s been hurling bricks at them.
Manhattan. The guy is said to have targeted kiosks in the Sixth, 10th, 13th, Midtown South and Midtown North precincts. He is described as light-complexioned with a beard, last seen wearing a longsleeved blue T-shirt, dark pants with a white stripe and gray sneakers.
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A high-heeled shoe became a weapon at the Jane Hotel’s bar early on the morning of Sat., April 20, police said. The shoes’ owner, Nury Castillo, 27, is accused of repeatedly kicking another woman’s thighs around 1:30 a.m. while wearing the footwear, until the other woman began bleeding. The 24-yearold victim, who was out with her boyfriend and other friends, told cops that, in addition to being kicked, the alleged attacker also scratched her shoulders during the incident. Castillo was arrested at the scene. It is unclear what caused the altercation.
Police arrested an 18-year-old for allegedly stealing a fellow New York University student’s wallet back on Mon., Feb. 25. The police report states that an N.Y.U. Stern Business School student, also 18, accidentally dropped his wallet down a flight of stairs in a campus stairwell at 40 W. Fourth St. around 8 p.m. on that date. He reportedly began walking back down to retrieve it immediately afterword, but it was gone by the time he got there. The victim said unauthorized charges of $3.50 at Burger King and $253 at a shoe store were made before he was able to cancel the card. Mahamadou Gakou, 18, was arrested Mon., April 15.
Robbery arrest Police arrested a man early on Sat., April 20, after his alleged mugging victim flagged down nearby officers. According to the police report, the mugger grabbed the 24-year-old man — who was smoking a cigarette outside 18 E. 13th St. — by the throat around 4 a.m., stealing his watch, wallet and phone before running away. The victim, who was allegedly intoxicated at the time, eventually managed to catch up to the thief. The victim reportedly saw police nearby and began flagging them down, which prompted the alleged mugger to try to return the stolen items to him. Will Tsomrikos, 34, was arrested soon after. Police said he was carrying a
Barney’s spree Police said that on March 4 at 3:45 p.m., a woman entered the Barney’s NY store at 660 Madison Ave., where she used a stolen credit card to purchase roughly $4,000 worth of merchandise. The credit card was previously stolen from inside of the Lafayette Restaurant, at 380 Lafayette St. The suspect is wanted for grand larceny.
10th Ave. attack A man assaulted two women on the sidewalk in front of 118 Tenth Ave., between W. 17th and 18th Sts. last Sunday, according to police. On April 21, around 4 a.m., two female friends were talking together when they were attacked. The man punched one woman, 22, in the face, causing pain, swelling and bruising to the left side of her face. The other woman was also socked in the face, causing pain, swelling and bruising to the right eye. No reason was given for the attacks, and the man reportedly did not know the victims. The suspect reportedly resisted arrest by flailing his arms and pushing the officers. Jeffrey Cardoza, 26, was arrested for misdemeanor assault.
9th Ave. attack There was a domestic assault on the sidewalk in front of Ninth Ave. and W. 42nd St. last Friday, police said. A woman, 56, told police that on April 19, at 9:45 p.m., she was arguing with her boyfriend, 52, when things turned violent. The man punched her above the left eye, causing swelling, redness and bruising. The attacker then fled south on Ninth Ave. According to the victim, her boyfriend has a history of domestic violence. The man is known to frequent the Port Authority Bus Terminal and ride the A train, cops said. Police identified the suspect as Michael Arcci, and described him as white, 5-feet-11-inches tall, 180 pounds and with long brown hair in a ponytail.
Window burglar There was a burglary of a home near W. 29th St. and Ninth Ave. last week, according to police. On Tues., April 16, around 4:45 a.m., a man gained entry into a 32-year-old man’s residence by forcing open an unsecured window. He took jewelry, credit cards, laptops, headphones, a camera, Bluetooth speakers, cell phones, bottles of wine and about $2,000 in cash. The suspect is described as black, with cornrows and a goatee, wearing a gray sweater, orange sweatpants and black sneakers.
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Mayor public-housing raze/rebuild plan BY GABE HERMAN
helsea’s Robert Fulton Houses may become less public under a proposal by the mayor that would let a private developer build on the site. Under the plan, a private developer would build a new residential tower on a parking lot in the Fulton Houses. Seventy percent of the building’s units would be market rate, and 30 percent, affordable. Residents of two existing low-rise buildings at the Fulton Houses, with 36 units each, would move into the new tower, before those buildings would be demolished and replaced by two other new buildings, state Senator Brad Hoylman told this paper. Fulton Houses has 11 buildings located between Ninth and 10th Aves., stretching from 16th to 19th Sts. The complex has three 25-story towers, while the other eight buildings are six stories tall. It is unclear which two low-rise buildings would be razed under the plan. Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed the scheme on the April 22 edition of “Inside City Hall” on NY1. The previous day, he also took to Twitter about the issue, writing, “This administration would never replace an old building until brand new apartments at NYCHA [New York City Housing Authority] rents were ready for every single resident. No one in Chelsea’s Fulton Houses should stay awake tonight worrying about losing their home.” The private development on the site would be an attempt to raise money for needed repairs at Fulton Houses, which are estimated to cost $168 million over the next five years. NYCHA is currently under a federal monitor due to various issues of mismanagement. Local politicians wrote a letter on April 22 to Kathryn Garcia, NYCHA interim chairperson and C.E.O., calling on the authority to present its plans to Fulton Houses residents as quickly as possible. The letter was co-signed by Congressmember Jer-
PHOTO BY GABE HERMAN
Under the mayor’s plan, two of the lower buildings in the Fulton Houses would be demolished.
rold Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Speaker Corey Johnson, state Senator Brad Hoylman and Assemblymember Richard Gottfried. “Tenants need to hear plans under consideration for their community directly from NYCHA and be given a real opportunity to ask questions, receive direct, honest answers, and provide meaningful feedback,” the letter reads. “To be clear,” the letter continues, “we will not allow any plan to advance that does not protect and preserve the Fulton Houses community, that involves displacement of residents from the Fulton Houses property, or that diminishes tenant rights or affordability.” The letter also expresses appreciation for efforts by NYCHA to
try to find creative answers to its funding needs, a sentiment which Hoylman also reiterated to this paper. However, he said he was also wary in general of public-private partnerships. “Look, the State of New York is as guilty as any party in ignoring the needs of our public housing residents,” Hoylman said. He noted that the state owes NYCHA $450 million, which was allocated by the Legislature two years ago but still has not reached residents. “Until government steps up and provides adequate funding to NYCHA,” Hoylman
said, “the calls for privatization, I think, will continue. So we have a responsibility to respond with more revenue for NYCHA.” The state senator said there were still many unanswered questions about the Fulton Houses plan, including what could happen if the housing market goes south during construction and the project can’t be finished. Also, he asked, would there be a guarantee that tenants would be protected and receive equivalent or larger apartments in the new complex? “Residents need to be treated with respect and have all of the information necessary to judge this proposal,” Hoylman said. “Thus far, to my knowledge, that hasn’t happened. We’re still awaiting some more information.” Hoylman, though, said the current situation at Fulton Houses could not be allowed to continue with such a big backlog of needed repairs. “It’s unacceptable,” he said, “that New Yorkers who pay rent should expect substandard services and living conditions in our public housing.”
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The eastern edge of the Fulton Houses complex includes lower buildings along Ninth Ave.
April 25, 2019
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Buses, trucks to get 14th St. ‘priority’ BY ALEJANDR A O’CONNELLDOMENECH
n Wednesday, the city announced that, starting in June, only buses, trucks and emergency vehicles will be able to use 14th St. between Third and Ninth Aves. as through traffic. The new Transit/Truck Priority lanes are part of an experimental transitimprovement plan to help improve bus speed along one of the city’s most heavily used bus routes, the M14A/D. About 27,000 people take the M14A/D daily. The new transit scheme is also intended to help mitigate travel impacts caused by the L-train “slowdown,” scheduled to begin on Fri., April 26. Speaking at a press conference in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon, Polly Trottenberg, commissioner of the Department of Transportation, explained that the inspiration for the TTP pilot plan came from King St. in Toronto. In 2017, Toronto implemented a similar pilot program that has since become permanent. According to D.O.T., travel times decreased while safety increased on King St. due to the transit and pedestrian priority lanes
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Polly Trottenberg, D.O.T. commissioner, left, and Eric Beaton, D.O.T. deputy commissioner for transportation planning management, announcing the TTP plan for 14th St.
that were created. “They saw an adjustment period — but traffic didn’t just concentrate on the immediate adjacent streets,” Trottenberg said. “It sort of spread out into the grid and the traffic effects were really not a big problem.”
The pilot program will last for 18 months. Painting of the street to designate the bus lanes is set to begin later this spring. Use of the lanes will launch in June to coincide with the start of the M14 Select Bus Service. Local traffic will still be able to make
pickups and drop-offs along 14th St. and access garages on the street, but cars will need to turn right to get off the crosstown boulevard as soon as possible. Left turns will not be allowed. Intersections along 14th St. will be designed with new turning lanes to ensure the bus lanes remain clear. As for the priority lanes’ hours of operation, Trottenberg said it might be daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. — which was the plan under the original “busway” proposal for 14th St. when a full L-train shutdown was expected. However, at another point, she said the hours could be changed and are not set in stone. The idea is for the TTP plan to be in effect seven days a week. In addition, D.O.T. will enforce the new TTP lanes with automated cameras along 14th St. The agency will publicly announce the beginning of enforcement measures, which will not kick in until at least 60 days after the new SBS route is up and running. The new signals, known as “Transit Signal Priorities,” contain technology able to detect when a bus is nearby and adjust the length of a red or green light, so that buses spend less time waiting at lights.
Police iPhones decrease response times BY GABE HERMAN
enth Precinct officers say their response times for local complaints have been faster since the city started giving every officer on the force an iPhone in early 2018. Speaking at the precinct’s Build The Block meeting in Chelsea on April 16, Neighborhood Coordination Officers Samuel Baez-Veras and Ricardo Roman said the iPhones offer more direct ways for residents to reach police about nonemergency issues. Police specifically have been given the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus models. According to reports, they previously were using a Nokia phone with a Windows program. The officers have been giving out their cards so that Chelsea residents can call, text or e-mail about any local issue, such as noise complaints, safety concerns or even public urination. Baez said that residents formerly would have to call 311, after which it might take an hour to assign the complaint to an officer. It could then be several hours before a complaint was finally checked out. Or a person would call 911 and the nonemergency issue would get filtered through the system as a nonpriority call, again leading to a longer response time. “Now you can go strictly through us,” Baez said. “We love getting the commu-
April 25, 2019
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Officers Ricardo Roman, left, and Samuel Baez led the Build The Block meeting at the Joyce Theater.
The meeting was held at the Joyce Theater, on Eighth Ave. at 19th St. Two women who work at the theater raised an ongoing issue of people urinating on the building’s 19th St. side, where there is a nook between two stairwells. People apparently find it a somewhat hidden and convenient spot to do their business. People are peeing there at all hours, and the women said that sometimes they arrive to work in the morning to find someone has even defecated there overnight.
nity involved with the Police Department. This is a whole new generation of policing, where we’re trying to break the wall between the community and the police. This type of dialogue is very important.” Baez said the new iPhone system has been especially successful with noise complaints. Police can react faster while the noise is still happening. Baez said their approach to noise problems is to do mediation between neighbors, which effectively solves issues through dialogue. TVG
One of the Joyce employees said that once a man proceeded to pee there just feet away from her as she was waiting for an Uber. She said she told nearby police about it but the cops said it wasn’t worth their time. “Wow, that’s unfortunate,” Baez responded. Officers at the meeting said they would keep an extra eye on that stairwell area, and that the women should contact them directly whenever such things happen again. Officers also said there have been a lot of thefts of packages delivered to area apartment buildings. They advised people to try to be aware of when a package might be delivered, and ask the building’s super to keep an eye out for it if they can’t be home at that time. After the meeting, Officers Baez and Roman told this paper that the new iPhone program has helped give more transparency to the process of police helping and interacting with the community. If people know their local officers, said Baez, they are more likely to contact them when an issue arises, or if they recognize a person in a wanted poster, for example. “Suddenly I’m not Officer Baez, I’m Sam,” he said. “And you’re more comfortable reaching out.” Schneps Media
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Joseph Pasquenza, 97, McBurney Y’s ‘Father Joe’ BY GABE HERMAN
oseph Pasquenza, a World War II veteran who was a longtime devoted member of the McBurney YMCA and St. Francis of Assisi Church in Chelsea, died on Feb. 11. He was 97. Pasquenza belonged to the Secular Franciscan Order. Though he wasn’t ordained, friends called him “Father Joe.” He attended services at St. Francis of Assisi, at W. 31st St. between Sixth and Seventh Aves., and would often care for and visit homebound people in the area. Pasquenza was born Jan. 5, 1922, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where he lived his entire life. He served in World War II, attaining the rank of tech sergeant and serving under General George S. Patton. He landed on Omaha Beach during the June 1944 D-Day operations. And he was at the Siege of Bastogne in Belgium in December 1944 as part of the Battle of the Bulge. Pasquenza did not often talk about his military years, and wouldn’t discuss horrors he had seen, such as combat or going into concentration camps. But Pasquenza did share some stories in his later years, according to Paul Wisenthal, a longtime friend from the
McBurney YMCA who is an expert in alternative and digital education resources for learning-disabled children. Pasquenza once recalled being shot at by German aircraft while riding along a road. And Father Joe knew Patton and had conversations with him, according to Wisenthal. Pasquenza had a letter signed by the famed general and had direct contact with many senior officers, though Pasquenza didn’t discuss further details about that, Wisenthal said. Wisenthal called Father Joe a true war hero. In later life, Pasquenza wrote about some of his war years, but Wisenthal said the descriptions often focused more on the beauty of the countryside he saw. When other soldiers went off to party, Pasquenza was interested in visiting local churches. “He saw the beauty of things, and I think he saw the beauty of other people,” Wisenthal said. After returning from the war, Pasquenza joined the McBurney YMCA on W. 14 St. between Sixth and Seventh Aves., where he would be a member for 72 years. He also worked for decades at
Joseph Pasquenza sitting atop the “Eagle’s Nest” at Hitler’s compound at the end of World War II.
the Department of Veterans Affairs. Wisenthal met Pasquenza through an old-timers group at the YMCA, and said the group would have dinners with 20-year members. Pasquenza’s niece Elaine Villano said he loved to go out with YMCA friends during Restaurant Week, to eat in as many places as they could that would otherwise be unaffordable.
Villano said her uncle was also active in a church in Brooklyn. When he came home from Manhattan, he served at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburg. There, he also ministered to homebound persons, including longtime friends going back to childhood. Villano remembered Pasquenza as a very caring person. His father died early, around the time of Pasquenza’s military service, and for years he cared for his mother. Pasquenza never married, and is survived by two nieces and a nephew. Villano said Pasquenza loved the city, and would take his nieces and nephew there to introduce them to spots like the Empire State Building and carriage rides in Central Park. He took her to the classic tea and pastry cafe Rumpelmayer’s on Central Park South. At the McBurney YMCA, Wisenthal recalled friends huddling together in the locker room, like being around a campfire, and Father Joe would laugh and entertain everyone. “He was effervescent, he was funloving,” he recalled. “For a guy who was very devout and spiritual, he was a lot of fun to be around. Everyone wanted to be around him.” He said a memorial service for Pasquenza at the McBurney YMCA drew a large turnout, including many staff members.
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protest, led by Marni Halasa, owner of a family business recently forced to close in Chelsea, was held last week in front of the former Cornelia St. Cafe. Unlike other protests where customers, joining with shop owners, focus their wrath upon landlords, this one centered on what the demonstrators called City Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s failure. “Cornelia St. Cafe and my own wouldn’t be closed if Johnson had kept his campaign pledge to promote progressive legislation like the Small BusiPHOTO BY SHARON WOOLUMS ness Jobs Survival Jim Drougas, left, and Marni Act,” she said. Halasa say Council Speaker Corey “My poster holds Johnson must let the Small BusiSpeaker Corey ness Jobs Sur vival Act come up for Johnson responsi- a vote before the full Cit y Council ble and spells out — and soon! why,” Halasa said. “Johnson turned his back on mom-and-pop businesses and the future of the Village by joining the rigging by REBNY’s lobby — creating sham hearings, phony initiatives, worthless bills and useless studies to ensure the status quo for big real estate. “Under Johnson’s watch, an estimated 18,000 businesses have closed. Yet, with the growing crisis, the speaker continues to do nothing but collude with the Real Estate Board of New York to orchestrate ‘political theater’ and fake proposals that won’t save a single business or job. “Corey, if you have a better solution to stop the closing of Village businesses, bring it forward,” Halasa declared. “If you don’t, pass the S.B.J.S.A. intact and vote it into law now — or enact a moratorium on commercial evictions when a lease expires. And maintain the moratorium until enough lawmakers have the political will to stand up to REBNY and vote a viable small business rights bill into law. End this crisis.” Jim Drougas, owner of the Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Book Shop, on Carmine St., also sent a message to Johnson. “My bookshop, and other well-established businesses in the Village cannot stay in business without a law protecting business owners during the one-sided unfair commercial leaserenewal process,” he said. “For too long our [City Council] speakers have sided with the real estate lobby in denying rights to small business owners when their leases expire. “You pledged to find a solution and to move the S.B.J.S.A. to a vote,” Drougas said of Johnson. “What are we waiting for? Until there are little else but corporate chains and countless empty shops left in the Village? A solution exists in your Council that will stop all closings immediately, so we must hold you responsible for closings of our small businesses.” For small businesses, it’s a battle of rights. Nine new bills were recently touted as helping small businesses. But not one gives a single right to desperate small business owners. Months negotiating behind closed doors at the speaker’s office produced nothing that will actually save businesses or jobs. It was clear at last October’s hearing on the S.B.J.S.A. that Corey Johnson was convinced the S.B.J.S.A. was “not the silver bullet” to fi x this crisis. But, Corey, with nine REBNYcreated bullets shooting blanks, perhaps it’s time to reload the mercurial silver bullet and finally give the S.B.J.S.A. the shot it deserves. Schneps Media
Letters to the Editor On Gruen and Westbeth To The Editor: Re “Bob Gruen: How the Westbeth was won” (Spaces, April 18): While I enjoyed the piece on my Westbeth neighbor Bob Gruen, I did not understand how the subject could claim that “everyone there from the early days is within Westbeth’s income guidelines.” I don’t even know what that statement means since the income guidelines only apply when tenants are moving in. It’s estimated that 50 percent of the building’s residents are original tenants or tenants from the ’70s I don’t know how much money my neighbors make. How would any tenant know this? I was also surprised that the piece did not indicate that Mr. Gruen’s photo of John Lennon was used on the “Forever” postage stamp of him. Finally, I’m tired of the ancient history that tenants were supposed to live here five years and move out. I’ve lived in Westbeth for 22 years and I never heard that story until I had lived here for sometime. Kate Walter
L.H.G.V. a godsend To The Editor: Re “Assessing Northwell’s stand-alone E.D.” (news article, April 18): Lenox Health Greenwich Village is a godsend for my husband and me. We have (unfortunately) needed to use it many times, and found the care to be
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the Village and Soho to be the worst offenders in terms of opposing it, especially with these crocodile-tear concerns about aesthetics. Allowing densities like Yorkville’s would hardly make these areas unlivable.
William Thomas Thomas is an executive board member, Open New York
Build, baby, build! To The Editor: Re “What community planning looks like” (op-ed, by Lynn Ellsworth, April 18): Building more would allow others to move here. And knowing that New York is an engine of opportunity, I think we have a moral obligation to allow that. And regardless of the amount of dedicated lowincome housing that currently exists, there isn’t enough, and it’s ridiculous to imply that New York doesn’t have a serious affordability problem. To just wave it away is a sign of cynicism and indifference. In the 1920s and 1950s we built enough to keep up with demand, and Tokyo does it today. There, they build 160,000 apartments every year, and the average two-bedroom apartment goes for $1,000. I want that for New York City. Finally, I agree that the outer boroughs should also allow more housing, but I find wealthy neighborhoods like
Radical gathering To The Editor: Re Manhattan Snaps (April 18): Actually, Bobst Library at New York University is not only moving photos from its special collections to the second floor. The library is consolidating onto the same floor six special-collection libraries, including Tamiment Library, which has collections of William Kunstler papers, East Village squatters posters and artwork, Emma Goldman papers and all kinds of New York City radical artwork and other collections. The floor will be open to the public and anyone can see all the specialcollections libraries exhibits in one location. If anyone wants to see a small sample of photos from my archive, copy and paste this link, https://www. flickr.com/photos/tamiment/ sets/72157620867253660/ . John Penley E-mail letters, maximum 250 words, to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 212-2292790 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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A photo of poet Allen Ginsberg speaking at a rally against the First Persian Gulf War is among the collection of John Penley’s work at N.Y.U.’s Tamiment Librar y. TVG
April 25, 2019
Capitale building on block BY GABE HERMAN
he historic former Bowery Savings Bank building at 130 Bowery, in recent years an event and party venue, will be auctioned off on April 30. Located between Broome and Grand Sts. in Chinatown, the building was constructed from 1893-1895. Bowery Saving Bankâ€™s first headquarters, it was designed by Stanford White, whose other works include the Washington Square Arch and the old Tiffany & Co. building, at 37th St. and Fifth Ave. White said the idea for the buildingâ€™s design was â€œan edifice to impress the beholder with its dignity and fortress-like strength.â€? The buildingâ€™s exterior was landmarked in 1966 and its interior was landmarked in 1994. It was also added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Corinthian columns and sculptures, including two lions, decorate the buildingâ€™s exterior. Inside, Siena marble is featured in the tellersâ€™ counters, walls and mosaic floors. The two-story edifice features 90-foot-tall ceilings. And it can all be yours if you have tens of millions of dollars to spare. After a previous asking price of $60 million, owner Capitale will be auctioning off the unique property. The building has been used as an event space in recent
years for corporate and social occasions, including weddings. The auction is being handled by Paramount Realty USA and Atelier WM, a residential and commercial real estate company. The two companies have partnered to create an alliance to carry out luxury property auctions. This will be their first. While private auctions like this are rare in the city, they have started to happen a bit more, reportedly due to a weaker real estate market and an effort to find another selling method. This past November, luxury Tribeca condo units were auctioned off. But this auction is expected to be bigger. As broker Wendy Maitland, who is working on the sale, told Bloomberg, the former bank building will likely go for at least $50 million at auction. In Capitaleâ€™s auction announcement, suggested possible uses for the building include high-end retail, a private club, an art gallery, a museum, or a food hall along the lines of Eataly or Chelsea Market. Who knows? Perhaps it will end up housing a chain drug store in the manner of other old Downtown bank buildings with impressive architecture, such as the Duane Reade at 60 Spring St., at Cleveland Place, or the CVS at 81 Eighth Ave. at 14th St.
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ower East Side residents recently walked into the Children’s Magical Garden on Stanton St. to find their trees uprooted and their bushes trampled. The portion of the space that had been destroyed was known as the Butterfly Garden, and had been a tranquil refuge from the city’s bustle since the garden’s founding in 1985. “One bush attracted a lot of butterflies. I used to prune it,” one of the local gardeners said. The damage is the latest in an ongoing legal battle between the garden and local developer Serge Hoyda and David Marom over one of the garden’s three lots. While two of the garden’s lots are owned by the city’s Parks Department, the third, known as “Lot 19,” was purchased by Hoyda in 2003. In 2013, Hoyda erected a fence around his property —effectively cutting the garden in half — and demolished much of the garden’s greenery. Hoyda then sold the lot to Marom, who now plans to build a luxury apartment building on the site of the Butterfly Garden.
But local green thumbs called foul. In 2014, the gardeners sued both developers, claiming the garden had gained ownership of the property under “adverse possession” since it had occupied the lot for more than 10 years. Children’s Magical Garden also seeks financial compensation for damages. “Whoever did this doesn’t understand the value of plants and trees and community,” said Kate-Temple West, the president of CMG. “There’s not a lot of opportunity for children on the Lower East Side to harvest a nectarine, and over the years, probably over 100 children have had that opportunity.” CMG members suspect that the latest attack occurred sometime over the weekend of April 6, and blame Marom’s construction workers for the damage. In addition to uprooting trees, intruders left more than a dozen traffic barriers in the lot, which some gardeners fear will attract rats. Marom and his company, The Horizon Group, did not respond for comment. Supporters of CMG gathered in the garden on Tues., April 9, to lament the destruction. Children swung on swings hung from trees as their parents TVG
surveyed the damage in Lot 19, sharing memories of the trees that once stood there. “I was born and raised in LES, in a building across the street,” said Carmen Almonte, another longtime supporter. “The garden has been my extended family. I’ve met so many people in the neighborhood.” City Councilmember Margaret Chin also showed her support. “We know this is the latest in a series of intimidation tactics,” Marian Guerra, a Chin representative, told the group of volunteers. “But we will continue to work with the garden and volunteers to restore [Lot 19].” As children and parents sipped coffee in the garden before heading off to school, hope for the future mixed with a measure of resignation. “We’re ready for our mutual agreement,” said Tiffany de Bruyn, whose children frequent the garden. CMG hosts a variety of programs for children in organic gardening, composting, herbal medicine making music and art. “This garden is here for the kids,” she said. April 25, 2019
Mass arrests at City Hall climate die-in bers have been glueing themselves to a train and blocking major traffic arteries in London for the last three days to raise awareness about what they call “disastrous inaction” on climate change. “It started out really mellow, really sweet, really nonviolent,” said Sue Brisk, a photographer who documented the group’s New York chapter’s demonstration yesterday. The rally began early in the morning with chanting, sidewalk chalking and a band. Eventually, some protesters gathered on Centre St. and staged a symbolic die-in. Two others climbed light poles in order to hang a sign that read, “Declare Climate Emergency,” with the group’s logo on it. It was shortly after this when the arrests started happening.
BY ALEJANDR A O’CONNELLDOMENECH
total of 62 protesters calling on the city to declare a state of climate emergency were arrested on Wednesday outside of City Hall. The protest was organized by Extinction Rebellion, which was founded last year and has been taking part in daily demonstrations as part of its “Week of Rebellion.” According to CNN, Extinction Rebellion mem-
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Protesters with the group Extinction Rebellion were arrested at a mass die-in at Cit y Hall on April 17.
“It was very orchestrated and very cautious, so that nobody got hurt,” Brisk said of the protest. Extinction Rebellion is a staunch believer in nonviolent demonstrations. An New York Police Department spokesperson told Gothamist that 60 protesters were charged with disorderly conduct and two with reckless endangerment. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report last year that stated if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate, the atmosphere would warm up by as much as 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit by 2040, causing coastal flooding and intensifying droughts. The report also warns that carbondioxide emissions must decrease by about 45 percent from 2010 by 2030 and reach “net zero” by 2050 in order to avoid catastrophic climate change. Extinction Rebellion will be having other events this week.
Stop Wms. Pipeline: Pols, activists urge Guv BY ALEJANDR A O’CONNELLDOMENECH
oliticians and environmental activists called on Governor Cuomo to stand by his fracking ban and halt the Williams Pipeline at a rally outside City Hall last Thursday. The pipeline, by Oklahoma-based energy company Williams, would carry hydrofracked methane gas from Pennsylvania’s shale fields to New York City beneath the lower bay of New York Harbor. National Grid would use the fuel to heat homes in Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island. According to Earther, the pipeline is a 47-mile expansion of the company’s Transco Pipeline and would link existing infrastructure in New Jersey to Far Rockaway. President Donald Trump issued two executive orders that would speed up oil and gas pipeline projects. Demonstrators said that has intensified the urgency for Cuomo to take a stand against this particular project. “When I was in Albany running for lieutenant governor, I stood in front of a place [Cuomo] wanted to build a fracked-gas plant,” Public Advocate Jumaane Williams told the crowd of more than 100 protesters. “Governor,” Williams said, “we are at a time when words are not enough. We have to see action.” The crowd chanted and waved blue and red banners before marching over the Brooklyn Bridge. Cuomo spoke out publicly against
April 25, 2019
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Young activists called on Governor Cuomo to stop the Williams Pipeline as they marched across the Brooklyn Bridge on April 18.
Trump’s executive orders, banned fracking in New York State in 2014 and announced increased energy efficiency and energy storage targets in 2016. But activists and some local politicians don’t think he is doing enough to wean the state off of its dependency on fossil fuels. And for some, having a governor who takes a strong stance against using any fossil fuels in order to combat climate change is personal. “My elementary school was com-
pletely flooded,” said Esther Kline, 19, about Hurricane Sandy’s impact on Torah Academy for Girls in Queens. “We didn’t have school for weeks. My apartment was flooded. I had no heat. I had no electricity for weeks. If water levels keep on rising, that can happen again.” The governor’s ties to the Williams corporation has come under scrutiny. WNYC reported that Cuomo hired a lobbyist for the pipeline company to lead his re-election campaign, and may TVG
have received fi nancial backing from a $100,000 donation from the company to a Democratic Party governors’ organization that supports him. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave its O.K. to the Williams Pipeline in December. Now the project is under review by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. D.E.C. has until May 16 to issue a water certification that would allow construction to begin this year. Many opponents of the pipeline are not just worried about how the pipeline would contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, but also how trenching 23 miles of ocean floor would harm marine life in New York Harbor. “All the toxins that have been in bioremediation for the last four decades will be churned up, come right onto our beaches, where people are fishing, where whales and dolphins have been returning,” said Kim Fraczek, director of the Sane Energy Project. Sane Energy Project is one of the groups that make up the Stop the Williams Pipeline Coalition. For other demonstrators, stopping the Williams Pipeline is essential for changing what they charge is a national culture that values profit over people. “We have to recognize the mentality of the fat taker and the mentality of taking too much,” said Aru Apaza, from the group Seeding Sovereignty. Schneps Media
Eats Daveyâ€™s: Old-school ice cream thatâ€™s chill BY GABE HERMAN
s the weather gradually warms, itâ€™s important to take stock of the quality ice cream places nearby. And Daveyâ€™s Ice Cream is one of the essential Downtown spots. Located in the East Village at 137 First Ave., between St. Markâ€™s Place and E. Ninth St., Daveyâ€™s makes all of its ice cream bases on site. And its ice cream is sourced locally, using all-natural milk and cream from New York State creameries. Some of Daveyâ€™s flavors change with the seasons since they use farmers market ingredients for some ice creams and sorbets. And you can taste the quality in the ice cream. The shopâ€™s standard flavors include peppermint chip, French vanilla, cookies and cream, strong coffee, and Nutella chocolate chunk. There are also sundae options, an ice cream sandwich, milkshakes and brownies. D ave y â€™s opened six years ago. Itâ€™s a PHOTO BY GABE HERMAN small shop with Cookies and cream at Daveyâ€™s a relaxed feel. Ice Cream. Or, as its Web site says, â€œBeen chill since 2013. Itâ€™s a vibe.â€? The business was started by David Yoo, a former graphic designer. That influence can be seen in the colorful sign out front and the cozy feel of the storeâ€™s presentation. And the friendly vibe also comes from the nice staff, who chat with customers and are happy to offer them several sample tastings â€” always a plus at an ice cream shop. The East Village location was the first Daveyâ€™s and it has since expanded to two Brooklyn spots, in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Daveyâ€™s is very popular with Yelp reviewers, getting an average of four and a half stars out of five. â€œDaveyâ€™s has a fun, old school feel but offers ice cream that stacks up to the best of modern ice cream shops,â€? one man wrote on Yelp. â€œThey offer classic flavors, but donâ€™t let that bore you because theyâ€™re executed really, really well.â€? A woman on Yelp wrote, â€œMy boyfriend makes fun of me for saying that every ice cream shop in NYC is my favorite. But seriously, Daveyâ€™s is my favorite. Rarely will I give anything a 5-star review, but Daveyâ€™s deserves it.â€? She went on to rave about their caramel sauce. Other toppings include Oreo cookie crumble, toasted coconut, and chopped peanuts, along with standards, like sprinkles and whipped cream. A full menu and more information can be found at daveysicecream.com. Schneps Media
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Webster Hall, the popular East Village music venue, will be reopening on April 26 with a show by hip-hop superstar Jay-Z.
Jay-Z to rock Webster Hall reopening space, modernize it to create an incredible concert experience for fans and performers, and book a dynamic mix of artists in music today.” Webster Hall’s building dates back to 1886. It hosted entertainment and social events from its beginnings, and was a club during the Prohibition years. It was renamed The Ritz in the 1980s and hosted big names like Iggy Pop, Prince, Aerosmith, U2, Run-DMC, Bo Diddley, Guns N’ Roses and many more. Its name reverted back to Webster Hall in 1992, and the place continued to host big names and acts as a music-and-dance venue. Jay-Z’s opening night show on April 26 will be a B-sides show, featuring deeper cuts from his extensive catalog. Patti Smith will perform at Webster Hall on May 1 and 2. Other upcoming bands include Vampire Weekend and MGMT. A full list of upcoming shows can be found at websterhall.com/shows.
BY GABE HERMAN
fter being closed 20 months for renovations, Webster Hall is set to reopen in a big way with a Jay-Z show on Fri., April 26. The legendary Village venue is at 125 E. 11th St. between Third and Fourth Aves. It closed in August 2017 after being sold to a group of new owners that include BSE Global, which owns the Barclays Center, and AEG Presents, which also owns Bowery Presents. After construction work, Webster Hall will now have new bathrooms, an elevator, an overhauled lounge and entrance and improved acoustics. Jay Marciano, C.E.O. of AEG Presents, said their goal was to modernize the space but keep it true to its roots. “In renovating one of New York’s most historic and iconic venues,” he said, “our goals were simple and straightforward: Maintain the integrity of the
April 25, 2019
An art show and a love story at 222 Bowery BY ROSE ADAMS
ower East Side artists Julius Klein and Raken Leaves have raised an unconventional family. Since meeting in 1981, the couple has given birth, so to speak, to scores of avant-garde art pieces, from Julius’s tongue-in-cheek sculptures to Raken’s collection of faces made from leather and fur. “They’re my heads, my family,” Raken said about the square faces, which line the right wall of 222 Bowery, where their art is on display. When asked which head was her favorite, Raken pointed to a majestic face hanging over the door. “Becky,” she whispered, and laughed. “I don’t want the others to know.” Since the 1980s, Raken and Julius have presided over the L.E.S. arts scene. They were members of the famed Rivington School and frequenters of Mars Bar and XOXO Gallery, two hubs of the East Village in the ’80s. Their latest show, appropriately titled “Recollections,” features decades of their work. “I tend to be silly,” Julius said about his style. Hanging across from Raken’s leather faces, Julius’s paintings and sculptures all retain a level of fun. One painting depicts a four-person family in a mock holiday card. Another reads, ‘Please get your finger out of my a——.’ “I like to de-power art,” Julius noted. “I don’t want it to be mystical or important. I want it to be unimportant.” Despite the couple’s wealth of experience in the arts, “Recollections” is something new for them. It’s the only show they’ve done together, just the two of them. In combining their work, the show gains a certain intimacy. It seems to tell the story of not only each artist’s development, but of their combined love story, and of their influence on each other. “We’re both involved in almost everything we do,” Julius said. Although Raken and Julius work on separate pieces, they often consult each other for advice and ask each other for help. “In every single thing there’s a little interaction,” he added. After all, artistic collaboration is what first bound Raken and Julius together. Almost 40 years ago, the young couple met a few doors down from where Club 57 stood on St. Mark’s Place. Julius was screening a film he had made, and asked Raken if she could help hold the screen as he played Oklahoma’s “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” on the banjo. “So I’m standing behind him and I’m thinking, ‘I like this guy,’” Raken told me. “I really think he’s pretty cool.” “Recollections” will be on display at 222 Bowery through Sun., April 28. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Raken Leaves, left, and Julius Klein in 1985.
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JXmfiJpi`XeÕXmfij]ifdKXeXY\cKXYc\ :Xk\i`e^ZfdgXep]ifd9iffbcpeZ_\]b\\gjD`[[c\<Xjk\iei\Z`g\jXc`m\ As the Culinary King of Queens, I’m so very fortunate to live in the most diverse and delicious destination in all of New York City. And I’m even luckier to be a Tastemaker for the World’s Fare, a celebration of global cuisine and culture, which will be held on May 18 and 19 at Citi Field. In the weeks leading up to the Fare, I’ll be proﬁling some of my favorite vendors from Queens and beyond. Today, a look at Tanabel Table, a Middle Eastern catering and event company from Brooklyn’s very own Chef Hannah Goldberg. 9PAF<;@JK<=8EF Chef Hannah Goldberg named her catering and events company Tanabel Table after the Souk el Tanabel in Damascus. Tanabel means “lazy person” in Arabic, and the company takes its name from the bustling market where merchants farm all of the intricate prep work Syrian food requires of women in their homes. Those women chop mountains of parsley and hollow out hillocks of squash, and deliver the ﬁnished goods to the merchants to sell in that “Lazy Person’s Market.” Goldberg envisioned Tanabel as a space where women could contribute their skills and ingenuity to a larger project, doing what they could to make a life for themselves while growing a larger business. “We pay a living wage and pride ourselves on meeting our cooks where they are, ﬁnding ways for them to contribute as much or as little as they’re able and to take pride in their work and in sharing it with their new neighbors,” she said. Goldberg, who has been a chef since 2001, started the company — which celebrates the rich culinary traditions of the Middle East and employs refugee women — after the 2016 presidential election. “I felt compelled, as many people did, to get involved, to stand up and afﬁrm what America means to me,” she recalled of her involvement with the refugee task force of a local synagogue in the midst of an inﬂux of Syrian refugees. As a chef, Goldberg had been committed to helping to preserve traditional foodways at risk of disappearing, so working with refugee women to preserve and celebrate their tra-
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with three of her four children in the fall of 2016. Maamo and her family are Yazidi Kurds, with a lot of their own 19 unique traditions, including Syrian kibbeh — fried bulgur torpedoes stuffed with spiced meat and walnuts, with a red pepper and pomegranate sauce and
a little fresh cabbage and mint salad on the side — which will be served at the Fare. “They’re just the best version we’ve ever had — juicy and savory and crisp — we’re so excited to share them with everyone at the Fare!” Goldberg said. “I’m really proud to be a part of the World’s Fare this year; Tanabel is about celebrating the unique contributions that each of our cooks brings from her homeland and
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sharing them with New Yorkers who are curious and eager to understand them, their food, and their traditions more completely,” she said. Joe DiStefano is a Queensbased food writer. Try traditional fare from Tanabel Table at the World’s Fare at Citi Field (123-01 Roosevelt Ave. in Queens, https://theworldsfare.nyc) on May 18 and 19 from 12 to 8 p.m. Tickets from $19 to $199 (children under 10, $5).
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Silent Voices: Lovestate:The Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus performs songs about identity, racism, sexism and belonging, with commissions by Pulitzer Prize winners David Lang and Caroline Shaw, Olga Bell, Nico Muhly and others. Thurs., May 2, through Sun., May 5; Thursdays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sundays at noon and 4 p.m. The New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St. Tickets $17 to $ 42. For more information, visit: https://tickets.newvictory. org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=9438
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Car-Free Broadway: Pedestrians will have free roam over Broadway between Union and Times squares, on Sat., April 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in belated observance of Earth Day. In place of cars, the city and local groups have numerous activities planned along the route, including walking tours, Zumba and environmental-themed programming. For a complete list of events, visit https://www1.nyc.gov/html/dot/ summerstreets/html/carfree/activities. shtml. Free.
old Holocaust survivor, is the host of the longtime hit radio show â€œSexually Speaking,â€? as well as several TV programs. Her uninhibited approach has transformed the conversation around sexuality and sex education. Mon., April 29, at 7 p.m., at Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 67th St. Tickets $60. To learn more, visit https://www.timestalks. com/talks/dr-ruth/ Black Icons of Podcasting: Crissle West: Writer/radio producer Rebecca Carroll sits down with Crissle West, cohost of hit podcast â€œThe Read,â€? which discusses the latest entertainment news, and reaches an audience of more than 150,000. Mon., April 29, from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., at The Greene Space, 44
MOVIES â€œThe Collector of Bedford Streetâ€?: The Bedford Barrow Commerce Block Association will be screening the 2002 Academy Award-nominated documentary â€œThe Collector of Bedford Street,â€? a documentary on the late Larry Selman, a developmentally disabled Greenwich Village community activist and fundraiser par excellence. The filmâ€™s director, Alice Elliott, will be in attendance. Wed., May 1 at 7 p.m., at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St. Running time 34 minutes. Free.
KIDS Realize Your Beauty Day: This sixth annual festival celebrates inner beauty and self-love through a variety of performances and arts and crafts activities, empowering speakers, refreshments and more. Children of all ages welcome. Sun., April 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at BALANCE, 112 W. 27th St., seventh floor. Tickets $18, $12 for children ages 12 and under. To purchase tickerts, visit https://www. eventbrite.com/e/6th-annual-youthself-confidence-festival-realize-yourbeauty-day-tickets-59178866583 Schneps Media
U Can Ukulele: The Tompkins Square Public Library will be hosting three 70-minute ukulele sessions for beginners, on Wednesdays, on April 24, May 1 and May 15, at 6 p.m., at 331 E. 10th St., in the basement. Free, but registration required. Must bring your own ukulele. To register, visit https:// www.nypl.org. Coloring Party! Women in Science: Astronauts and Astronomers: Bluestockings Books is hosting writer and illustrator Tasha Gross, whose latest coloring book, â€œWomen in Science: Astronauts and Astronomers,â€? aims to build bridges between STEM and the arts. All ages welcome. Thurs., May 2, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at 152 Allen St. Free.
COMMUNITY BOARDS Community Board 4 meets Wed., May 1, at 6:30 p.m., at Hudson Guild Elliot Center, 441 W. 26th St., Dan Carpenter Room A/B.
COMMUNITY COUNCIL 17th Precinct Community Council meets Tues., April 30, 6 p.m., at Sutton Place Synagogue, 224 E. 51st St.
â€œThe Collector of Bedford Streetâ€? tells the stor y of Larr y Selman, who was a top fundraiser.
Young Chefs: Freshmade NYCâ€™s one-hour dropoff classes let children ages 4Â˝ to 7-plus get creative in the kitchen. Little chefs will learn cooking techniques and kitchen safety, as well as recipes theyâ€™re sure to enjoy. Runs through Fri., May 31; classes are Mondays through Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Freshmade NYC, 636 Broadway, Suite 516. Registration is $45 per class. To learn more, visit: https : //w w w.hisaw yer.com /freshmade/schedules/activity-set/56747
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A fresh look at the dowager Upper East Side BY MARTHA WILKIE
o people who only know Manhattan from television, the Upper East Side is the snooty home to the 1 percent. But to those who live there, it’s a vibrant neighborhood, full of people of all stripes, character and historic architecture. Pockets of old New York transport you to the past, like a malted from the Lexington Candy Shop or weisswurst from Schaller & Weber, a vestige of the once-thriving German community. Celeste Manice is an agent with Corcoran and an Upper East Sider. “The Gold Coast and Carnegie Hill are still the most desirable neighborhoods on the Upper East Side,” she said. The Gold Coast is 70th to 77th Sts. between Park and Fifth Aves. Carnegie Hill is between 86th and 96th Sts. east of Fifth Ave. to nearly Third Ave. One thing you notice about the UES, is that the streets are very clean. I once watched someone scrape gum off a sidewalk on Madison Ave.! Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts works to preserve the neighborhood’s “architectural legacy, livability and sense of place.” Their Web site, Friends-UES.org, includes a map of new development projects and protected historic districts. “Historic architecture is one of the
character-defining features of the Upper East Side,” said Rachel Levy, the group’s executive director. “Much of the western portion benefits from historic district designation, which provides a high level of oversight over exterior alterations. For the past 36 years, we’ve reviewed and offered testimony on every project that goes to a public hearing at the Landmarks Preserva-
tion Commission. “Another tool that has been instrumental in preserving human-scale historic architecture is midblock contextual zoning, for which FRIENDS advocated in the 1980s and which was mapped in 1985,” she added. While the UES lacks the hipster cache of Williamsburg, it’s actually more reasonably priced than much of Brooklyn — zilliondol-
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lar Fifth Ave. co-ops aside. On Park Ave., a gorgeous sunny pre-war two-bedroom, two-bath co-op seems like a relative bargain. But mind the high maintenance (which does include maid service, fancy). $795,000. (https://streeteasy.com/building/thebeekman/1508) A bright penthouse four-bedroom, three-bath rental with a wood-burning fireplace on E. 96th St. would be perfect for a family or roommates. $6,400. ( ht t ps : //st r e ete a sy.c om / building /231- east-9 6 -street-new_ york/6fph) Currently on the market in Yorkville is a one-bedroom, one-bath unit in an unusual two-building co-op: Behind a brick entrance is a 19th-century threestory white clapboard house with a landscaped patio. $499,000. ( ht t ps : //st r e ete a sy.c om / building /229 - east- 81-street-new_ york/g)
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