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Wednesday, June 22, 2011


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As part of LGBT Pride month, the first Bronx LGBTQ (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer) & Allies Award Ceremony scheduled for tomorrow night will honor six individuals who have shown their commitment to fighting for LGBT rights in the Bronx. Co-sponsored by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx Community Pride Center and Boogie Down Pride & Brainpower, the 6 p.m. event will be held in the Rotunda at the Bronx County Building, 851 Grand Concourse. Award recipients include Chanel International Lopez (Bronx Community Pride Center), Joyce Rivera (St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction), Lillian Nieves (Puerto Rican Initiative to Develop Empowerment), Mista Cris (CK Life), Pedro Julio Serrano (Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, National Gay

Staten Island Ferry


n WHO: (Below left) Charlotte and Pernille Christensen, both 28, from Denmark. n WHY: On their first U.S. tour, the twin sisters wrapped up their New York experience with an outing that’s easier on their wallets. They shelled out big bucks to check out New York’s largest museums, including the Metro-


n WHO: (Below right) Paris Nicholson, 15; Chantal Venetal, 17; Tyrah Newsome, 16; Kayla Granger, 16; Elaine Vasquez, 15, from Staten Island. n WHY: School is almost out, so the girls went to Manhattan to celebrate. For out-of-town-


A change of a dresser



hether you’re looking to see the Statue of Liberty or simply get to work, the ferry takes you there. Part commuter ride, part attraction, New Yorkers and tourists alike climbed aboard to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city’s waterway.

politan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Modern Art. Now was time for a day in New York without the hefty price tag. “We’re having a freebie day,” says Charlotte. After the ferry, Charlotte and Pernille hoped to take a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge. In the 10 days they spent here, the ladies stuck to a schedule and hit all the major city sights. The morning’s activity, however, was unplanned. “It was a spur-of-themoment thing,” says Charlotte.

ers, the Staten Island ferry is a free ticket to New York’s best waterfront sights. For these Staten Island high schoolers, it’s also a convenient commute. They hopped on the ferry in the morning after their global history Regents exam to grab some halal food in the Financial District. The trip was full of interesting run-ins. Their people-watching featured a clown, a couple dressed to walk down the aisle and, yes, tons of tourists. “They walk so slow!” says Paris Nicholson.

CitySights Tour Bus


he bright blue CitySights buses are as unavoidably New York as the famous landmarks it takes passengers to see. Here’s why the hop-on, hop-off tours are so popular with out-oftowners. WHO: Elin Greve, 16, from Denmark, and Marsha Hurst, 48, Jacksonville, Fla. Greve and Hurst had a short time in

n WHO: (Above) Stacie Luders, 30, and Shivonne Cowie, 34. n WHY: Cowie, a speech pathologist from Harlem, decided the bus was the most efficient way to show off the city to her friend from North Carolina. Luders, a tennis pro, says: “We love to walk a lot, but we’d like to rest our feet.” To her, the bus was the best way to “give an overview in a couple of hours.” To make the experience even more enjoyable, Cowie has one tip for future bus riders: Shade yourself from the sun by bringing a hat to the unroofed vehicle.

& Lesbian Task Force), and (photo) Ron Jacobowitz (Gay Men of the Bronx, GMOB, posthumously honored). To RSVP, email There will be special performances and light refreshments.

Sutton’s clothes-est pal leaves B’way to follow his art



ulien Havard has lived half his life in Manhattan — 17 years in the East Village, the last three in Washington Heights. In two decades, he’s grown accustomed to the city’s early-morning racket — a symphony, he says, “of buses and people screaming obscenities.”

He has worked with her by her request. “Julien and I have become best friends,” says Foster. She describes the dresser-actor relationship as an intimate one. “We see the good, the bad and the ugly with each other.” “I’m a caregiver by nature,” says Havard, adding that the armchair therapy and shoulder to cry on works both ways. “I’ve had breakups,” he says, “times when I was the one sobbing. And Sutton got my lunch.” Monday afternoon, Havard, 41, was letting his creative juices flow and settling in for work as artist-inresidence at the Hyannis Harbor Arts Center. He enjoys working in various media, particularly acrylics and ink. “Pop art, swirls and color and movement are sort of my signature.” In August, he and Foster, who also makes art, are set to collaborate on an exhibit at the center. Apparently, you can take the dresser out of the city, but you can’t take the caregiver out of the guy. Asked if he has visited the Kennedy compound in nearby Hyannis Port, Havard says no, “but if Maria Shriver comes by for a stroll and stops in, you can be sure of one thing: I’d take good care of her.”

HUNTS POINT Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology will host a seven-week ecofriendly summer course on construction skills, sustainable design, basic entrepreneurship and communitybased projects starting in July. Instructors from the art and design field and an industrial designer will work with 10 high school students in workshops to design a project to protect trees in their neighborhoods. Applications and information will be available tonight at 6:30 at the SSBx Fablab, 841 Barretto St., Buzzer #5. Email with any questions. Bureau Staff

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Battles building Stake is future of vacant Bx. military sites BY DANIEL BEEKMAN DAILY NEWS WRITER

BATTLES OVER vacant military buildings are breaking out all over the Bronx. City officials will host a public hearing today at 6 p.m. on the future of the Sgt. Joseph E. Muller Army Reserve Center in Wakefield. It will take place at Public School 21, 715 E. 225th St. Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and community leaders have fought the Bloomberg administration over plans to make the soon-to-be-vacant base a 200-bed homeless shelter, arguing it should instead house military units now stationed at the Kingsbridge Armory. Tonight’s hearing comes amid debate over the fate of the armory, the site of another skirmish between Diaz and Mayor Bloomberg. It follows more than two years of “rigorous” site analysis and public feedback, mayoral spokesman Andrew Brent said. “The future reuse of the Muller Army Reserve Center has been hotly debated in the Bronx for years,” said Diaz. “It is my hope that individuals on all sides . . . make their voices heard.” Diaz sits on a three-member task force responsible for the

Muller Army Reserve Center on E. 238th St., which city wants to turn into homeless shelter. Photo by Viorel Florescu

base’s future, along with two of Hizzoner’s deputy mayors. They were set to vote last year for it to become a men’s shelter, because federal guidelines for Army base closures prioritize housing the homeless. The Doe Fund, a Manhattan-based nonprofit, would operate the facility. But Diaz delayed the vote by boycotting two meetings, arguing for the transfer of National Guard units to the 55,000-square-foot Wakefield base instead. The

move would free up an annex at the Kingsbridge Armory for the construction of schools. “We have military building and a military use,” said Diaz spokesman John DeSio. “It makes perfect sense.” The task force will make its final decision by June 30, and the army reserve units will move to a Fort Totten facility this summer. Wakefield leaders first pushed for the Muller Center to become a youth hub, but lacked funds to re-

model the E. 238th St. site. They now favor the National Guard plan, said the Rev. Richard Gorman, Community Board 12 chairman. Two new shelters are slated to open soon, across the street and around the corner from the site. “One neighborhood is being asked to bear the burden of housing more than 300 homeless people,” said Gorman, accusing the administration of ignoring local concerns.

Bx. girl, 3, killed for not eating: cops BY KEVIN DEUTSCH DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

A BRONX MAN punched his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter because the tot refused to eat her dinner, then played video games as the girl died a slow, painful death, authorities said yesterday. Edgar Algarin, 26, sat impassively in Bronx Criminal Court as he was ordered held without bail at his arraignment on murder and manslaughter charges in the death of Enidaliz Ortiz. Enidaliz suffered massive internal injuries including a ruptured intestine and pancreas, torn bowel, broken rib and internal bleeding, authorities said.

The pony-tailed Algarin was baby-sitting Enidaliz and her brother on June 14 while their mother, Antonia Ortiz, was in Atlanta on a business trip. “She was not eating her food, so I got up and hit her in the back,” Algarin told cops, according to the criminal complaint. “She started crying and I sent her to bed.” For four days the girl complained of pain, but Algarin refused to take her to the hospital for fear of arrest, a prosecutor told the court. Last Saturday, Algarin was playing video games when he heard Enidaliz “screaming, crying and gasping for air,” he told cops. He then “blacked out” and woke to find the little girl dead in his arms.

“I shook her, but she did not respond,” he told cops. The child was in cardiac arrest when an ambulance arrived at the family’s Mott Haven apartment early Saturday morning. She later died at Lincoln Hospital. Algarin told cops he and Ortiz had been dating about a year. Enidaliz’s aunt, who did not want her name used, said in a phone interview, “He took away an angel.” She said the girl’s mother is in shock, “she can’t believe her baby’s gone. . . . She wishes she never left him with her kids. Everyone is destroyed.”


On Monday, he arose to a different sound: the gnaw and whir of lawn mowers. That’s part of the summer soundscape when you live in Hyannis, Mass., Havard’s new home as of Sunday. Thanks to Sutton Foster’s joyous shoutout when she won her Tony for

“Anything Goes” on June 12, some 6.92 million people watching the program know why Havard traded New York for the seaside town. “Julien,” said Foster during her acceptance speech, “has been my dresser for nine years, and we’ve done six shows together and he’s leaving me, which is a great thing because he’s pursuing his dream as an artist. He’s moving to Cape Cod and he’s going to be amazing.” For Havard, the unabashed outpouring was a sweet surprise. “She really let the floodgates go,” he says. “I was proud.” Foster’s joyful salute also shone a spotlight on backstage personnel who aren’t supposed to stick out. “If you’re a dresser and doing your job right, you are invisible,” says Havard. “You’re not meant to be noticed. The audience isn’t supposed to know we’re back there with clothes flying and making magic happen.” Between “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” where Foster and Havard met, and “Anything Goes,” he had snapped and zipped the actress in and out of clothes (and the occasional ogre princess fat suit) on “Little Women,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Shrek” and “Young Frankenstein.”


Sutton Foster toasted Julien Havard in her Tony speech. Inset: Artwork by Havard

New York, so they hopped on the CitySights tour bus to quickly see as much of the city as they could. Hurst, a police officer from Jacksonville, decided to bring Greve, an exchange student, to the big city. They planned to go shopping, visit the Museum of Natural History and do some sightseeing. The bus tour allowed them to take in all of New York’s famous landmarks and stores.




By ferry or by bus, everyone feels transported by NYC BY CATHERINE MCALOON, JI HYUN PARK AND JORDAN TEICHER

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