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STRIKING BACK New Yorkers urged to walk off their jobs today in a nationwide protest against the Trump administration’s ‘assaults’ on democratic principles. 4




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President Donald Trump nominated former National Labor Relations Board member R. Alexander Acosta to serve as U.S. secretary of labor, one day after Trump’s original choice withdrew. Acosta is dean of the Florida International University College of Law and is Trump’s first Hispanic nominee. Acosta has had a decades-long public service career, serving in three presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed

Malaysian police made a third arrest in their hunt for the people involved in the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The third person, whose nationality was not disclosed, was the friend of an Indonesian woman who was detained earlier in the day in connection with the killing of Kim Jong Nam at the airport in the Malaysian capital on


positions, and is expected to face a smooth confirmation process. “Mr. Acosta’s nomination is off to a good start because he’s already been confirmed by the Senate three times,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions that will be vetting the nomination. REUTERS


A suicide bomber attacked a crowded Sufi shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 72 people and wounding dozens more in the deadliest of a wave of bombings across the South Asian nation this week. A spokesman for medical charity Edhi said the attacker appeared to have targeted the women’s wing of the shrine, and around 30 children ac-

companying their mothers were dead. Islamic State, the Middle East-based militant group which has a small but increasingly prominent presence in Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack, the group’s affiliated news agency AMAQ reported. Senior police officer Shabbir Sethar told Reuters from a local hospital that the death toll was likely to rise. REUTERS


Monday, police said. “He was detained to facilitate investigations as he is the boyfriend of the second suspect,” said Abu Samah Mat, the police chief in Selangor state, told Reuters.





Immigrants and their supporters rally outside of the Varick Street Federal Immigration Court during a protest against recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, on Thursday. GETTY IMAGES



Walt Disney Co. and major retailers will release the galaxy’s newest “Star Wars” toys at a Sept. 1 midnight event ahead of the holiday debut of the next film in the saga, “The Last Jedi,” company executivess told eting Reuters. The marketing push called “Force el Friday II” is a sequel to an event Disney used to build buzz

for merchandise tied to the 2015 movie “The Force Awakens.” “Star Wars” products were a big contributor to the financial success of the series reboot. BB-8 light droids, lightsabers and other plaything made “Star Wars” playthings the U.S. ttoy industry’s topp selling property for 2015 and 201 with $1.5 billion 2016, in sales over the two y years, research firm NPD said. REUTERS


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Nationwide ‘General Strike’ urges workers to walk off their jobs An activist coalition is mobilizing more than 100 protests today.


Another day, another nationwide day of protest. On Friday, more than 100 coordinated demonstrations will take place, including several in New York City, calling on workers and activists to walk off their jobs. The “National General Strike” protests are planned in cities across the country under the banner of Strike4Democracy, a loose coalition of labor and activist groups intending to mobilize the American workforce to assert its power in politics. In New York, a rally will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. in Washington Square Park. Anyone able to attend without losing their job is urged to take part. It will coincide with a few other events at different locations, including a meeting to discuss the legal ramifications of striking and another titled “Know Your Rights.” Similar events will take place across the country, including several in Boston and Philadelphia. The protests come one day after the nationwide “Day Without

Hundreds of New York City high school students walk out of class to join a protest against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. GETTY IMAGES

Immigrants,” which encouraged immigrants and others to stay home to show the impact they have on daily life in the U.S. On Feb. 2, many Yemeni bodega owners in New York City shuttered their stores for several hours to make the same point. While Friday’s protest is largely an appeal to American workers to assert their rights, the previous two demonstrations were in direct opposition to President Donald Trump’s recent executive order to ban people from seven mostly Muslim na-

tions from entering the U.S. and his desire to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. The organizer of the Washington Square Park demonstration, Andrew Thornbrooke, said the purpose of this “firstwave” strike is to bring together and connect workers. That, he said, will organize an effective, ongoing movement to disrupt the economy. The overarching theme is to “push back against assaults on democratic principles,” he said. “A huge part of it is that people are realizing all the

new administration really understands is economic and financial power. And as workers, we have the power to disrupt the economic force that’s driving the administration.” Tens of thousands expressed interest in joining Friday’s general strike across the nation in some manner on Facebook pages. About 5,000 people RSVP’d to the New York rally. Michelle RodinoColocino, a communications professor at Penn State University and one of Strike4Democracy’s national organizers, told Metro, “We need to move the ball down the field. “We have a rich history of general strike in this country, but we want something more massive, maybe it will send a message or make a change,” she said. “We all have different reasons for wanting to strike on Friday, and some are thinking beyond Donald Trump to the system that gave birth to Donald Trump, that let him be the winner of the election,” she said. “We need to make this a movement, not a moment.” Meg Jacobs, a professor of U.S. history at Columbia, said that the notion of Americans taking to the streets to influence the government is not new.

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New York experiences #ADayWithoutImmigrants Scores of New York’s immigrants missed school and work Thursday as part of a national #ADayWithoutImmigrants movement. The demonstration, which also encouraged immigrants not to shop today, was designed to show President Donald Trump, his administration and supporters the kind of impact their community has on the United States. In office just under a month, Trump has already signed executive orders regarding the construction of a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and a travel ban on refugees and travelers from seven mostly Muslim countries. Some of the businesses taking part in New York on Thursday included the Blue Ribbon Restaurant group, which had announced that all seven of its restaurants would be closed in solidarity. “We stand 100%

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Animals are the main attraction at the Bronx Zoo, but what about the people behind the amphibians, reptiles, mammals and other wildlife? Those dedicated professionals are essential to the zoo’s existence, and Animal Planet’s new show airing Saturday night will seek to capture that spirit. “[“The Zoo”] shows the diversity and the community of people that work together to deliver on our mission,” zoo director Jim Breheny told Metro. “Ph.Ds and fullfledged scientists and veterinarians and plumbers and m a chine s h o p workers and carpenters who are all equally as dedicated. “That’s the great thing about the community, everyone feels they are part of this effort.” Dave LaMattina, who works for one of the production companies involved in the show, Copper Pot Productions, learned about the behind-the-scenes action at the zoo as a boy from his Uncle Jim and Aunt Kathleen. Twenty years later, LaMattina became a documentary filmmaker and pitched the idea to Breheny. “He was amazed to find out the depth of disciplines and science and all these different professionals who united to take care of animals, but really for a greater purpose — for conservation of species

in the wild,” Breheny recalled. “The Zoo” premieres at 10 p.m. Saturday and aims to dispel what Breheny calls “misconceptions” about modern zoos. He feels particularly close to turtles and tortoises facing unsustainable harvesting in the wild. Turtles are taken for meat, traditional medicine and to be sold as pets. They aren’t measured in numbers, but in metric tons. For people who believe animals should be left in the wild, Breheny said, “There really is no wild left.” A crew filmed inside the Bronx Zoo four days a week for about eight months. Breheny said the animals all noticed the new people in their habitats — even the crocodiles in the Madagascar exhibit, which, Breheny said respond to commands better than his dogs —  but they quickly adapted. Viewers can expect to see a little of the interaction between man and beast in an episode that captures the bond between zookeepers and tiger cubs whose mom couldn’t take care of them, he added. “Our job isn’t to keep animals in exhibits,” Breheny said. “Our mission is to save species in the wild. One way we can best communicate is to show people the collection of animals, the wonders of nature. “You’re looking at these magnificent animals, and in nature these guys are facing tremendous conservation issues, and we’re at a point in time where we can maybe do something to maybe halt that.”

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Ice Cube plays a pissed-off teacher who challenges a colleague (Charlie Day) to an after-school tussle in “Fist Fight.” BOB MAHONEY

The rapper-actor says we’re going to need a lot of comedies these days, like his new “Fist Fight.” MATT PRIGGE @mattprigge

You can’t even go see silly comedies these days without being reminded of real world headaches. In “Fist Fight,” Ice Cube plays an eternally pissed-off high school teacher who challenges a flustered colleague (Charlie Day) to an afterschool fight. It’s wacky, it’s vulgar — and it can’t help but remind us that the American school system is going to be even worse shape once Betsy DeVos gets her hands on it. When we talk to the rapper/movie star,

47, we can’t help asking him to weigh in on what’s going on outside the multiplexes. I get the feeling that comedies are going to be really necessary to get us through the next four to eight years. I hope so. We’re gonna need to remember who we are. A lot of things can roll downhill to make us forget who we are. We’ve got to fight against that with everything we’ve got. It’s important for our mental health to remember that not everything’s bleak. If you’re looking for it, you can find something wrong with anything. People can find something wrong with a birthday cake, you know? Sometimes it’s about smelling the ros-

Keeping it real Even a comedy like “Fist Fight” actually reflects real-life problems. It’s ultimately about broken school systems, underpaid teachers, undereducated kids. It’s a crazy, wacky movie that’s politically incorrect in most parts, but it does have this undertone of reality. That’s what makes the movie hold together, so it’s not two hours of me chasing Campbell [played by Charlie Day] around the school. It’s grounded but crazy, too.

We have multiple Darth Vaders now. We have Steve Bannon, too. Without a doubt. That’s the evil empire for real.

Strickland’s not just a bully. He really cares about education and is pissed kids don’t know basic history. I remember seeing guys like that in school. I’m pretty sure they’re gone now. Because you just can’t do the things you need to do sometimes to get respect as a teacher. I’m pretty sure you shouldn’t be breaking students’ laptops with bats, but those cellphones can damn sure get Babe Ruthed out of the damn classroom. [Laughs]

es, man. It’s not about planting new roses all the time. It’s about looking around, seeing what we’ve got and realizing it’s not that bad — or not as bad as we make it sound all the time.

The protests seem to be working. Now we’ve all got a common enemy. We all know who Darth Vader is. [Laughs] Now we can form an alliance against that kind of direction.



The last eight years gave us a look at what an America that’s tolerant and progressive can look like. It was shocking to see how much of the country was against that. I’m a little disappointed — not in Obama, but in the people who were supposed to stand with him and fight with him that you didn’t hear from. The Congressional Black Caucus was kind of silent over these last eight years. He needed more people fighting for him and not just waiting for him to do it all.


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“Fist Fight” Director: Richie Keen Stars: Charlie Day, Ice Cube Rating: R Imagine going to see the new, silly comedy in which Ice Cube wants to beat up little Charlie Day. You know they play fellow teachers. You know their tussle will happen at day’s end. Still, you assume a light entertainment set at a high school will provide a kind of safe space — a therapeutic respite from the constant John Wick-style headshots that are news notifications hitting your phone. Then you see that our protagonists aren’t just stupid manchildren. They’re tragic figures. Their school is underfunded and poorly managed. Their paychecks are lousy. The kids don’t pay attention. And all of a sudden — maybe while Day is

being dragged around on a rope attached to a horse that’s high on meth (long story) — you’re thinking about Betsy DeVos, our new education secretary, and how she’s going to make this hot mess worse. This was never how “Fist Fight” wanted to be seen. It’s not a political film, or even a “movie of the moment.” It’s a distraction with a pinky toe in reality. And to its credit, it knows how to distract. Most of the jokes are stupid, puerile and gleefully so. Campbell’s attempts to stop the fight aren’t always inspired, and the movie loses some gas en route to its nonanti-climax of a smackdown. But it’s always fast on its feet, and always has capable ringers, including Jillian Bell and Tracy Morgan. “Fist Fight” winds up passing its modest assignment: It takes your mind off everything — except for Betsy DeVos. MATT PRIGGE

The good news about “The Great Wall” is that it’s a big, dumb monster movie. That’s good because it could have been something else. The ads inadvertently sell this lumbering behemoth as another case of whitewashing — a tale of ancient China that inexplicably stars Matt Damon. Remember Tom Cruise’s name weirdly hovering over the words “The Last Samurai”? But it’s not another one of those. It’s a positive example of international teamwork. It was only a matter of time before Hollywood and China combined forces for a semiawkward mashup like “The Great Wall.” Damon looks either blandly badass or just plain lost as Wil-

liam, a globe-trotting bandit who finds himself at the Great Wall of China — just in time for it to be attacked, over and over, by a horde of green reptile things from space. Luckily, William’s not the sole hero. He merely winds up helping out the mighty army’s top brass, including a commander (Jing Tian) who also happens to be a woman. Damon’s name may be on the marquee, but he’s not the movie’s true star. That would be director Zhang Yimou, the maker of gorgeous spectacles like “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers.” He fills the film with color-coded extras, seamless effects and action that’s both kinetic and poetic. As a shotgun wedding between similar-butdifferent nations, “The Great Wall” can be misshapen, but its best bits “feel” more Chinese than Hollywood. It delivers on the pitch of “Starship Troopers,” only in ancient China.” MP

We swear that “The Great Wall,” featuring Matt Damon fighting monsters in ancient China, is not another whitewashing job. JASIN BOLAND


Gore Verbinski’s epic horror number “A Cure for Wellness” offers Mia Goth and lots of eels. TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

“A Cure for Wellness” Director: Gore Verbinski Stars: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs Rating: R It certainly sounds great: Someone persuaded a Hollywood studio to make a weirdo horror film that runs almost as long as “Goodfellas.” Dane DeHaan plays a cynical, Nicorette-gobbling Wall Street stooge named Lockhart. He’s been sent to retrieve his boss from a truly creepy spa, tucked in the Swiss Alps. The wealthy, aging tenants have either been coaxed or drugged (or both) into a life of perpetual ease. Lockhart can’t help but think something’s afoot. “A Cure for Wellness” is in no hurry to give us an answer, but the protracted running time teems with icky distractions.

Director Gore Verbinski (of three “Pirates of the Caribbean” films) prowls the bowels of his sets like a kid in a decaying, haunted candy store. It’s a world of mysterious corridors and secret rooms, of endless creaks and rusty old-timey medical devices. This is a movie to get lost in, not just sit and stare at, waiting impatiently for the big revelations and purple WTF insanities. It’s fun being jostled about by “A Cure for Wellness,” but it’s the kind of fun that rings hollow. Verbinski makes no bones about ripping off others. At one point he even steals — lock, stock and barrel — the most famous moment from “Marathon Man.” He does it well — if anything, his version is more visceral — but that tells you everything about Verbinski. Verbinski’s no mere peerless technician, but it will take something stranger than “A Cure for Wellness” to suggest he’s more than slightly more. MP

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Dinnertable finds its comfort food groove with Samurai Pie Eva Kis eats her way through New York

Dinnertable, the 19-seat speakeasy restaurant in the back of The Garret bar in the East Village, was an instant hit as a hipster Italian dining room when it debuted in March 2016. But when its founding chefs departed late last year, the restaurant changed concepts. Chef Ricardo Arias stepped into what must be the city’s tiniest kitchen (everything is prepared behind a

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four-seat counter by Arias and his team of two) and began turning out “island food,” a mash-up of Arias’ Puerto Rican heritage and his experience with Japanese cuisine at Sushi Ko.

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Arias radiates casual cool, and so does his version of Dinnertable — records and Japanese magazines now decorate the space, and reggae plays softly. “I like to take dishes that are obvious and make them not so obvious,” he says, which certainly applies to his signature dish, an outrageously flavorful pork hot dog, handmade with a sweet edge from sugarcane syrup and hints of miso. Yes, it’s worth the $17 price tag. There are other delights, too: The sweet creaminess of risotto gets a deep sea funk from uni (“it’s a take on paella”), and, all the way from Australia, the traditional fruit dessert pavlova delights with yuzu three ways. The cocktails merit a note, too — they’re all carbonated and come in


bottles that end up being more like a drink and a half for the price of one. What was lacking, though, is a comfort dish like Dinnertable 1.0’s famous lasagna flowers. Now that winter has made a resurgence, Arias has taken inspiration from another island half a world away from his Caribbean: Britain. The sharing-size Samurai Pie ($38) marries the British go-to dish for cold weather, shepherd’s pie, with Japan’s comfort staple katsu curry, stewing Wagyu beef in a thick, rich sauce with carrots and edamame, topped with mashed potatoes. No amount of winter chill is getting through that. Dinnertable is open for dinner Tuesday-Saturday at 206 Ave. A.

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Ralph Lauren is letting you shop the runway — literally. For his New York Fashion Week show, the designer once again turned to his Madison Avenue flagship store, this time transforming the space into a greenhouse complete with a living wall. But we’re not just talking some pretty vines and air plants; this is Ralph Lauren, the man who shut down Madison Avenue last season. Every surface on the first and second floors of the massive store was covered in gorgeous white orchids — 100,000 or so! — pretty greenery and cute animatronic butterflies.

The installation transformed the store into a stunning enchanted forest — the perfect backdrop to showcase Lauren’s clothes for the woman who has “a nomadic spirit and exotic sophistication.” And what does this globetrotter want to wear? Silky gold dresses; leopard-print wedge heels; bold, tribal-inspired necklaces; chic beige blazers and show-stopping jewel-toned gowns. The best part of this elaborate setup is that from now through today, the public can pop into 888 Madison Ave. and buy the collection straight from its runway habitat. Shoppers can admire the living wall, or you know, snap a selfie in front of the most gorgeous backdrop at NYFW.





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interesting thing ever uttered on the “Mike & Mike” show. He believes the Patriots will, in fact, trade backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason. “There are different people in the Patriots organization P tthat have different schools of thought s here,” Schefter h said. “I talked to one person a month ago a who said he would be floored if w they trade Garoppot lo. l But I just think there’s going to be t too t much interest, e and somebody’s eventually b going to offer g enough to pry e him h loose.”


Say this for Chris Christie. He’s a loyal sports fan. So much so that he will take any and all opportunities to shred the fanbase of opposing teams even if that fanbase makes up a good chunk of the people he “serves.” For the second time in a month, the New Jersey governor tore into Philly sports fans, this time picking on Phillies fans specifically. “The Phillies suck,” Chris said on SNY. “Let’s start with that. They’re

from Philadelphia. They’re an awful team. They’re an angry, bitter fan base and it’s not

safe for civilized people to go to Citizens Bank Park if you want to root for the other team. Ya gotta believe what? Ya gotta believe we’re awful people!” There at the end, the large lawmaker was making reference to the Phillies putting the phrase, “Ya Gotta Believe” on a wall in their spring training facility. Of course, “Ya Gotta Believe” is a slogan most closely associated with the Mets.


You expected Johnny Manziel to make a comeback attempt in 2017 as he’s still just 24 years old. But Bu the NFL QB superbust superbus from the previous decade wants de back in as well. Former Titans, Tita Eagles, Bills, Packers and P Browns Brown QB Vince Young Youn signed with an agent this week in an attempt to make ma a pro football comefoo back. bac The now KE R BU 33-year-old 33-y ATT

Young hasn’t thrown a pass in a game since 2011, so we’re talking longer than a long shot here. Young is likely desperate for an NFL paycheck as he famously used to buy the entire

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STERLING REPUTATION If you’re sick of the Charles Oakley – James Dolan feud, don’t be. It’s simply the best drama to happen in MSG since The Rock beat 29 other men to win the 2000 Royal Rumble. O n e day after Draymond Green said that Dolan operated the Knicks with a “slave m a s t e r mentality,” Oakley himself doubled down on the Dolan hatred. Oakley compared the current Knicks owner to former Clippers owner Donald Sterling — who was forced to sell his team a few years back for mak-

ing racist comments ents on an audio tape. “He’s been around a long time,” Oakley said of Dolan, who — like Sterling — had an ugly reputation in league circles before things boiled over. “I ain’t heard nothing good about him.” In the interview with SI’s Maggie Gray, Oakley also implied that his meeting earlier this week with Adam Silver, Michael Jordan and Dolan was a dog and pony show and that the NBA was just looking to make itself look good before All-Star weekend.

OVER THE HILL GIL Former NBA star Gilbert Arenas knows what’s up. Unless you’re on the level of a Michael Jordan or a LeBron or a Kobe, please don’t show up to NBA All-Star Weekend. No one wants to see you. We don’t need to see you, Paul Millsap, or

you, Carmelo Anthony, or you, Marc Gasol, this coming weekend. Make way for the young bucks in the actual All-Star game. No one watches that rookie – sophomore game, as it’s almost as bad as that “Celebrity” game on

Friday night where the biggest names are Justin Bieber’s roadie, and Kevin Hart. Here is the brilliance that Arenas posted on his Instagram this week: “ATTENTION OLD BITCHES 34 AND UP. Don’t bring your asses

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Kirk Cousins, QB The Jets always go into free agency pledging to be frugal, but we all know how that typically turns out. If the Jets are still the Jets and Washington allows Cousins to hit the free agent market, expect New York to make a pitch. Cousins finished third in league in passing yards this past season and led the Redskins to the playoffs in 2015.


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Martellus Bennett, TE The Patriots traditionally allow players seeking big paydays to test the market, so Bennett will likely be available. The 30-year-old would be an excellent fit in new offensive coordinator John Morton’s scheme. Odds of landing with Jets: 15-1

Logan Ryan, CB The last time the Jets swiped a cornerback from the Patriots in free agency it didn’t exactly turn out well as Darrelle Revis has looked like a shell of himself the past

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was injured after he was allegedly assaulted by a group of five people in Pittsburgh last weekend, according to CBS Pittsburgh. A separate report by WTAE in Pittsburgh said that a police officer drove by Revis and two other people and when the police officer “came back around, two of them were knocked out and Revis was gone.”

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NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF QUEENS U.S. Bank, N.A., as Trustee, on behalf of the J.P. Morgan Mortgage Acquisition Corp. 2006-FRE2 Asset Backed Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2006-FRE2, Plaintiff AGAINST Silvestre Lizardo; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated December 9, 2016 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Queens County Courthouse, Courtroom #25, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York on March 10, 2017 at 10:00AM, premises known as 104-65 212th Street, Queens Village, NY 11429. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of NY, Block 11097 Lot 7. Approximate amount of judgment $661,336.19 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 702544/2015. Joseph Trotti, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard, Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 759-1835 Dated: January 26, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE Anyone who has any information regarding the whereabouts of Norman C. Martin, whose last known address is: 726 Miller Ave., # 2R, Brooklyn, NY 11207. Please notify: Alicia Thomas, 2248 North 20th Street, Apt. A, Philadelphia, PA 19132.

SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF QUEENS CITIMORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff - against TEEPU KHAN, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered herein and dated August 13, 2015, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Queens County Supreme Courthouse, 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., in Courtroom # 25, Jamaica, NY on March 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. premises situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, being more particularly bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the northerly side of Lockwood Court, distant 365.00 feet westerly from the corner formed by the intersection of the northerly side of Lockwood Court with the westerly side of 104th Street; being a plot 27.50 feet by 80 feet by 27.50 feet by 80.00 feet. Said premises known as 102-07 LOCKWOOD COURT, HOWARD BEACH, NY. Approximate amount of lien $566,840.08 plus interest & costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment and Terms of Sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. Index Number 13550/2010 DIANA C. GIANTURCO, ESQ., Referee David A. Gallo & Associates LLP Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 95-25 Queens Boulevard, 11th Floor, Rego Park, NY 11374 File# 5025.1137

NOTICE OF FORMATION of Restaurant Total Services & Design LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the Secy. of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/11/2017. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC c/o Luis Alberto Gutierrez & Shycior Hung Fong, 373 Park Ave. South, Ste. 614, New York, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity.

LEGAL NOTICES NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF QUEENS NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE, LLC d/b/a CHAMPION MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiff AGAINST VICKIE GREENE a/k/a VICKIE L. GREENE, et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated 10-28-2016 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Queens County Supreme Court, located at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, in Courtroom #25 on 2-24-2017 at 10:00AM, premises known as 106-04 Ruscoe Street, Jamaica, NY 11433. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Queens, County of Queens, City and State of New York, Block 10252, Lot 74. Approximate amount of judgment $454,679.69 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index#: 707605/2015. Alan Kestenbaum, Esq., Referee Schiller, Knapp, Lefkowitz & Hertzel, LLP 950 New Loudon Road, Suite 109 Latham, NY 12110 15-11514 NOTICE OF SALE Supreme Court County Of Queens Provident Funding Associates, LP, Plaintiff AGAINST Josephine Di Capua a/k/a Josephine DiCapua, et al, Defendant Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated 11/14/2016 and entered on 12/8/2016, I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction at the Queens County Courthouse, 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Courtroom 25, Jamaica, NY on February 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM premises known as 81-66 102nd Avenue a/k/a 102-02 84th Street, Ozone Park, NY 11416. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, BLOCK: 9082, LOT: 39. Approximate amount of judgment is $767,562.97 plus interests and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 11260/2012. Donna Furey, Referee FRENKEL LAMBERT WEISS WEISMAN & GORDON LLP 55 Gibson Street Bay Shore, NY 11706

NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF QUEENS US Bank National Association as trustee for the Certificateholders CitiGroup Mortgage Loan Trust Inc., Asset-Backed Pass Through Certificates Series 2007-AMC1, Plaintiff, AGAINST Petula Graham; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated November 14, 2016 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Queens County Courthouse, Courtroom #25, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York 11435 on March 3, 2017 at 10:00AM, premises known as 640 Beach 69th Street, Far Rockaway a/k/a Avenue, NY 11692. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of NY, Block 16029 Lot 21. Approximate amount of judgment $622,321.79 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 701757/2014. Cristina Prieto, Esq, Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 759-1835 Dated: January 3, 2017

SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF QUEENS WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, AS TRUSTEE FOR STANWICH MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST, SERIES 2015-3, Plaintiff - against MOHAMMAD ALIM, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale dated November 14, 2016 and entered on December 8, 2016, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Queens County Supreme Courthouse, 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., in Courtroom # 25, Jamaica, NY on March 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. premises situate, lying and being in the Borough of Queens, County of Queens, City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: Beginning at a point on the northerly side of 120th Avenue, formerly Zulder Avenue, distant 43.668 feet easterly from the corner formed by the intersection of the northerly side of 120th Avenue with the easterly side of 134th Street; being a plot 100 feet by 20 feet by 100 feet by 20 feet. Block: 11698 Lot: 39. Said premises known as 134-05 120TH AVENUE, SOUTH OZONE PARK, NY. Approximate amount of lien $575,237.66 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment and Terms of Sale.

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Libra A problem with residential services will disrupt your routine. Avoid over-indulgence and don’t make unreasonable promises. Choose peace over discord and chaos.

Taurus Your intuition won’t let you down. Trust in yourself and your abilities, not in what someone else is doing. Take the path that you feel most comfortable pursuing.

Scorpio You’ll be sent mixed signals when dealing with friends and loved ones. Don’t hesitate to ask for a confirmation before you agree to someone’s iffy plans.

Gemini You’ve got all the right moves to reach your personal and professional goals. You will outmaneuver anyone who gets in your way. Romance will improve your life.

Sagittarius You must use your intellect, not your emotions, when choosing friends or allies. Know the person you are dealing with before you share secrets.

Cancer Excess will cause problems for you. Whether you or someone else is being indulgent, you must protect against injury, accidents and damage to your reputation.

Capricorn Let others make their own mistakes. Don’t feel obliged to take part in anything that you find impulsive or irresponsible. Protect your assets.

Leo Sign up for physical activities that are challenging and invigorating. Self-improvement is favored and will bring good results if you stick to your regimen.

Aquarius Holding discussions and making suggestions will help matters, but you must add physical force if you want to excel. It’s up to you to do the grunt work.

Virgo Refuse to get involved in someone else’s melodrama. Stay focused on what matters to you and make changes that will improve your domestic environment.

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