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THE NYPD’S COMPSTAT AT 25 CRIME The groundbreaking crime analysis tool, which changed the way policing works in the city, continues to play a central role in keeping New Yorkers safe BY MICHAEL GAROFALO

From nearly the moment CompStat was introduced in 1994, the New York City Police Department’s cutting-edge crime tracking and performance management system became an instrument of unparalleled influence in law enforcement. CompStat’s implementation here coincided with an unprecedented drop in crime that saw rates fall by half by the end of the decade — a downward trend that continues with the historic low reported crime totals of today. As the NYPD evolved

from the broken windows strategy of the 1990s to the modern neighborhood policing model, CompStat remained as an ever-present tool for judging police effectiveness. CompStat (shorthand for “Compare Statistics”) was hailed as one of the key policing innovations of the era and adopted by departments around the country and world, with varying levels of success. But with its success came critiques that the system’s emphasis on numbers had helped produce unreliable crime data and unfair enforcement tactics. So what is CompStat, and how has it shaped policing in New York City over the last quarter century? At its core, CompStat is a management tool used by the NYPD to identify problems and measure the efficacy of its crime fighting strategies.

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COUNCIL TO MOVE ON VISION ZERO CHECKLIST BILL Legislation would require DOT to consider protected bike lanes, pedestrian islands on all major projects. P. 5

CompStat is definitely much smarter now than it’s ever been.”

AFTER THE CHURCHES CLOSE

20th Precinct Commander Timothy Malin

East Village residents and activists on the sale of religious buildings. P. 18

In the 25 years since CompStat’s introduction, the program’s principles have permeated the NYPD’s organizational structure. Photo: Adrian Owen, via Flickr

LITTLE ITALY’S FIRST FAMILY OF FOOD FAMILY BUSINESS A decade into their second century sharing Italian culture and cuisine with New Yorkers, the Di Palos are opening a new market, conceived as a complete experience. BY EMILY MASON

Sal, Marie and Lou Di Palo, the fourth generation to run the family business. Photo: Vincent Gardino

The Di Palo family has been serving freshly made Italian cheeses in New York City’s Little Italy neighborhood

Patrons are invited to relax with friends, sample cheeses and wines from Italy, and learn about food from the family. The new space, at 151-153 Mott Street, incorporates elements of the past in its design, including traditional Italian tin ceilings and the original store sign — “C. Di Palo’s.” after Concetta Di Palo — hanging over the entryway. While honoring their history, the Di Palo’s have plans for the future, including sem-

since 1910, when Savino Di Palo, who emigrated from Southern Italy seven years earlier, opened his first store. In 1925, Savino’s daughter, Concetta Di Palo, opened the second store, which is still in business today, run by Savino’s great-grandchildren, Lou, Marie, and Sal. This year, the Di Palo family is taking another step by opening a new market space with the same goal of sharing Italian cuisine and culture with the people of New York.

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BIG TOBACCO’S KIDS MENU A high school student says the industry is trying to hook young people with flavored “starter kits,” P. 2

SUMMER IN THE CITY Thanks to these cool day camps, city kids don’t have to leave town to have fun, P. 6

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The effort to help small seems to businesses in the city be gathering steam. Two city councilmembers, Robert Margaret Chin and Cornegy, have introduced create legislation that wouldSmall a new “Office of the within Business Advocate” of Small the city’s Department Business Services. Chin The new post, which have up told us she’d like to would and running this year, for serve as an ombudsman city small businesses within them clear government, helping to get through the bureaucracy things done. Perhaps even more also importantly, the ombudsman and number will tally the type small business of complaints by taken in owners, the actions policy response, and somefor ways to recommendations If done well, begin to fix things. report would the ombudsman’s give us the first quantitative with taste of what’s wrong the city, an small businesses in towards important first step fixing the problem. of for deTo really make a difference, is a mere formality will have to the work process looking to complete their advocate are the chances course, velopers precinct, but rising rents, -- thanks to a find a way to tackle business’ is being done legally of after-hours projects quickly. their own hours,” which remain many While Chin “They pick out boom in the number throughout who lives on most vexing problem. said Mildred Angelo,of the Ruppert construction permits gauge what Buildings one said it’s too early tocould have the 19th floor in The Department of the city. number three years, the Houses on 92nd Street between role the advocate She Over the past on the is handing out a record work perThird avenues. permits, there, more information of Second and an ongoing all-hours number of after-hours bad thing. of after-hours work the city’s Dept. problem can’t be a said there’s with the mits granted by nearby where according to new data jumped 30 percent, This step, combinedBorough construction project noise Buildings has data provided in workers constantly make efforts by Manhattan to mediate BY DANIEL FITZSIMMONS according to DOB of Informacement from trucks. President Gale Brewer offer response to a Freedom classifies transferring they want. They knows the the rent renewal process, request. The city They 6 “They do whatever signs Every New Yorker clang, tion Act go as they please. work between some early, tangible small any construction on the weekend, can come and sound: the metal-on-metal or the piercing of progress. For many have no respect.” p.m. and 7 a.m., can’t come of these that the hollow boom, issuance reverse. owners, in business moving The increased beeps of a truck has generto a correspond and you as after-hours. soon enough. variances has led at the alarm clock The surge in permits

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STOP BIG TOBACCO’S KIDS MENU VIEWPOINT A high school student argues that the industry is trying to hook young people with flavored “starter kits” BY KYLA BROWNE

The tobacco industry has a kids menu. Death, disease and addiction now come in new imaginative electronic cigarette flavors like sour candy worms, unicorn milk, and smurf cake. It is no surprise that these companies are tapping into the imaginations of youth and luring them into a candy-coated addiction. Flavors help improve the taste and reduce the harshness of these products, making them

more appealing and easier for youth, like me, to try the product and become hooked for life. My friends who use electronic cigarettes are struggling. It’s not easy for them to stop. Their body craves it and they need it just to get through the day. The growing use of electronic-cigarettes among my peers raises serious concerns about nicotine addiction, and increases the chances of them using regular cigarettes. Electronic-cigarette companies are using many of the same strategies that tobacco companies have used for years. The tobacco industry knows that flavors are most effective in reaching kids and

Kyla Browne speaks at a recent press conference about the importance of protecting youth from the dangers of flavored tobacco products and candy-flavored electronic cigarettes. Photo: Lisa Spitzner

the most dangerous flavor they have in their arsenal is menthol. No single flavor contributes more to the death and disease caused by tobacco use than menthol. For decades the tobacco industry has been targeting people that look just like me. Eighty-five percent of African American smokers in NYC use menthol cigarettes. This is not a coincidence. For

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years, the tobacco industry has heavily targeted people in my community. They have used advertising images and messages that reflect my culture to make smoking look normal. In my own family, I have seen firsthand the death and destruction that tobacco causes through heart disease, cancer and more. Menthol tobacco products are also key in the tobacco

industry’s ruthless strategy to transform children into addicted tobacco users. The minty cool flavor makes smoking easier and right now 57% of menthol users are youth. It’s time to stop Big Tobacco’s predatory attempts to hook kids with flavored “starter kits.” Addiction is never sweet or cool. Something I have learned in school is that his-

tory repeats itself and we can’t afford to wait in taking action on these issues. I hope that we will be able to put these things into perspective and work towards a healthier environment for our future generations. Kyla Browne is a student at The Urban Assembly School of Green Careers on the Upper West Side.

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CRIME WATCH BY JERRY DANZIG SUBWAY STABBING A 17-year-old woman was stabbed on a Manhattan-bound A train at 1 a.m. on Sunday, May 5. According to police, the victim boarded the

train at the Ralph Avenue station in Brooklyn and got into a verbal dispute with an unknown woman. The 17-year-old moved to the end of the subway car, but the suspect followed and threatened to stab her.

As the train was approaching the Chambers Street station, police said, the suspect stabbed the teenager with an unknown weapon, causing a puncture between her right breast and shoulder. The victim got off the train at Chambers Street and was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment, The perpetrator remained on the train.

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COUNCIL TO MOVE ON VISION ZERO CHECKLIST BILL SAFETY Legislation would require DOT to consider installing protected bike lanes, pedestrian islands on all major projects BY MICHAEL GAROFALO

Amid an uptick in fatalities on New York City roadways, the City Council is poised to pass legislation that would place new requirements on safety features the Department of Transportation must consider as it redesigns streets. Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced last week that he will hold a vote later this month on Intro. 322, which would mandate that the DOT publish a checklist of 10 street safety elements included in each major street design project undertaken by the agency. Features the DOT would be required to consider include ADA-accessibility, protected bike lanes, bus lanes, pedestrian islands, wide sidewalks and traffic signals with exclusive intervals for pedestrian crossing.

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SUMMER IN THE CITY CAMPING Thanks to these cool day camps, city kids don’t have to leave town to have fun BY MICHELLE NAIM

Summer can be a difficult time for parents as they search for something for their kids to do besides play Fortnite for 11 hours straight. But New York City has lots of choices, including actual outdoor activities that don’t involve any electronics at all. Here are a few to consider.

(on request and for an extra fee) early drop-off or late pickup. Sign-ups are done on a week-by-week basis. “The excitement really is contagious — they’re outside and having a blast all day, learning new skills, making friends, and exploring different sports,” said camp director Ahmed Cohen.

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Put on your hats and sneakers because Riverside Park is bringing a sports camp to your Upper West Side neighborhood. The camp offers single sport options — soccer, baseball, basketball, tennis, and flag-football — and multisport options that combine two sports per day. The camp also offers scholarship opportunities so that everyone can participate. Perks include an on-site medical trainer and

Educational and fun, what better place to spend summer than alongside the (caged) animals at the Central Park Zoo. The toddler camp, KinderZoo (entering Pre-K4K), Week of Wildlife (entering 1st and 2nd grades), Zoo explorers (3rd-5th grades), Junior Keepers (entering 6th8th grades, and Conservation in Action (entering 9th-12th grades) make this the perfect way to get your child to fall in

The Central Park Zoo has day camp programs designed for kids from Pre-K to 12th grade. Photo: Courtesy Wildlife Conservation Society

love with the (caged) wildlife in New York City. Participants get their own camp T-shirt and small, healthy snacks every day. Spots have been filling up fast, but you can get on the wait-list if you hurry! It’s also never too early to think about next summer.

Dates: Each age division has its own dates Cost: Starts at $175 per week centralparkzoo.com

Chelsea Piers For the past 23 summers, Chelsea Piers has been holding its very own sports camp, and every year they add on more options for campers to enjoy. Kids can dabble in a diff erent sport every week with the camp’s flexible enrollment option, or stick to one and become a star. This year, they have 16 different sports to choose from, including gymnastics, ice skating, and even ninja/parkour, to name a few. Many of the camps have “short week options” so you can sign up for as little as two days a week. The camp coaches work at Chelsea Piers yearround, so they are leaders with an abundance of knowledge.

Age: 3-17 Dates: June 17- August 30 Cost: Starts at $385 a week before May 17 www.chelseapiers.com It’s a summer of sports in Riverside Park, where kids from 4 to 16 can improve their skills in basketball, soccer, baseball and more. Photo: Courtesy Riverside Park Conservancy.

iD Tech Camps at NYU: A Silicon Valley family started this camp in 1999 and it now has 150 different locations around the U.S. It’s a great place for kids to kickstart their tech skills. Based in the NYU neighborhood, the camp offerings include coding, game development, robotics, and design. “Our mission is to create life-changing tech experiences that embolden students to shape the future,” says the company’s website. The camp also provides scholarships to children from underserved schools and communities.

brarians have put together for each age group. There’s also a “Read for the Stars Game,” a game board that children can get from their NYPL librarian to track how many minutes (or hours!) they’ve read this summer. Library branches have a Summer Reading kickoff and closing celebration to celebrate the kids’ reading achievements. They’re also holding an essay contest about “How a book you’ve read has expanded your universe.” The winner gets a free trip to a New York Yankees game.

www.nypl.org Ages: 7-17 Dates: June 24- August 9 Price: Starts at $779 per week. There are a couple spots left, but they’re filling fast! www.idtech.com

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VISION ZERO CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 The legislation stops short of requiring the city to install any measures, but would require DOT to put forth an explanation whenever a design element is not included on a given street. “The bill is fairly modest in what it directs the city to do, but the thinking is that it’s an opportunity for the public to get insight into the street design decisions that are made and what priorities go into them in a much easier way than through the typical community board process,” said Marco Conner, interim director of the safe streets advocacy group Transportation Alternatives. “We’re very hopeful that public scrutiny will pressure the city to prioritize what it should.” NYPD statistics show that 67 people have been killed in traffic collisions so far this year, a nearly 20 percent increase over the same period in 2018.

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NYPD statistics show that 67 people have been killed in traffic collisions so far this year, a nearly 20 percent increase over the same period in 2018. projects on major arterial streets — which would likely include most avenues and two-way crosstown streets in Manhattan but not most one-way crosstown streets. Transportation Alternatives is advocating for lawmakers to expand the legislation’s scope by forcing DOT to apply the checklist any time it repaves a given length of any street. “We also want to see stronger language around the explanation that the DOT is required to make so that they can’t just make a generic explanation every time that says a given solution is not feasible and leaves it at that,” Conner said. The DOT submitted testimony to the Council last year

in opposition to the bill. Margaret Forgione, the agency’s chief operations officer, said that the DOT’s existing design process already accomplishes the goals of the legislation and that the bill’s increased reporting requirements “would add costs and delay to the delivery of Vision Zero projects and other mobility projects by consuming project staff time at their completion.” “If that’s the case, then it shouldn’t be a heavy lift for them,” Conner said. “All we ask for is public insight into their process, which shouldn’t be too much to ask for.” The administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio has now taken a slightly more conciliatory approach in the face of what is likely to be a veto-proof legislative majority (43 of the Council’s 51 members have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill). In an interview last week on WNYC, de Blasio said he and the Council have “a lot of agreement on the basics,” but his administration has “concerns about some of the specifics of the bill.” The mayor declined to discuss the specific elements of the bill that he objects to.

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UES DEMOLITION DERBY EAST SIDE OBSERVER BY ARLENE KAYATT

Tall story — There goes another Upper East Side block. The southeast corner of East 83rd Street and Third Avenue is losing the six 3- and 4-story buildings that line the avenue to the demolition crews that have become a part of the UES landscape in the East 70s and 80s since the completion and opening of the Second Avenue subway two years ago. While it may have taken over a hundred years (yes, construction of the UES section of the Second Avenue subway got underway sometime in the 1920s), for the subway to open, real estate developers will have their luxury condominiums

up and running in a New York minute. Demolition plans for the 83rd Street site have been filed, the Real Deal and Patch report. The buildings coming to First Avenue (between 79th-80th, northeast, and between 85th86th, southwest) were scheduled for discussion at the Community Board 8 meeting on May 14th, where representatives of Extell Development were expected to attend. If the past is any prologue, the neighborhood can look forward to the commercial class that’s replacing small businesses — from the Equinoxes to the TD Banks to the Morton Williams’s et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. And maybe a barber shop (they’ve made a comeback) and a gourmet

coffee shop/patisserie. Definitely not a Glaser’s kind of bakery. That’s so yesteryear. Reader readback — In a recent column I noted that Duane Reade on East 87th Street and Third Avenue was adding sales tax to the price of newspapers. A reader posted on my Facebook page asking,”Why WOULDN’T a newspaper get taxed? Books, magazines ... they all get taxed. Why would a newspaper be different?” They further inferred, in a separate post, about the pettiness of caring about paying maybe “17 cents” in tax. To which I say: First, newsprint is tax exempt in New York. Second, so vendors should not be charging tax. Third, some might say that ‘17 cents is 17 cents,’ but if you buy more than one newspaper on a daily basis — like the NY Times for $3, the Wall Street Journal for $3, the Daily News at $1.50, the New

MOTHERS AND MARTYRS BY LORRAINE DUFFY MERKL

When it comes to NYC mothers, people like to talk about Tiger Moms, Helicopters, and now thanks to the college admissions scandal, Snowplows. Perhaps it’s time to address the mothers who don’t have an official catchphrase, but can be described with two words: martyrdom and self-neglect. I just read “The Overdue Life Of Amy Byler,” by Kelly Harms, and it reminded me of my early days of competitive parenthood when I believed that the only way I could hold my own on the UES was by overlooking myself and thinking of my son and daughter 24/7. “Amy” is a single mother from Pennsylvania whose estranged husband resurfaces after four years and wants to reconnect with his children by taking them for the entire summer. Baffled as to what to do with her newfound freedom, Amy happens upon a conference for professional

librarians in Manhattan, with the added bonus of free room and board thanks to her former college roommate Talia, a glossy magazine editor in chief. In exchange for her hospitality, Talia turns Amy’s temporary vacay from her life into a magazine article, giving her friend a hair/makeup/ wardrobe makeover that also includes a diet and exercise regimen. She coins the hashtag Momspringa, (a variation on Rumspringa, when Amish youth live in the city free of their church’s rules), and online teasers citing Amy’s transformation begin to trend. The upshot: Amy confesses that after having time for friends and herself, getting positive attention from men, as well as new, better fitting bras, “Parts of me that were asleep for far too long are starting to wake up.” Amy never wants to go back to her old life. That’s not to say she doesn’t want to go back to caring for her family in Pennsylvania; she just

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doesn’t want to return to living a self-forgetting life. Not only was I one of those “them first, me last” mothers, but I was sanctimonious about it, thinking that the ones who remained “divalicious” were selfish because, after all, if you took time for yourself, you took time away from your kids. I was the mom at the park in the

York Post at $1, the Washington Post for $3 — that comes to $11.50 a day. Tax is over 8 percent, so it’s a considerable multiple of “17 cents” to pay for tax-exempt newsprint five days a week. And that doesn’t include weekend editions, which cost considerably more. While reading online is always an option, some people like reading both print and digital versions, and shouldn’t be punished because there’s newsprint’s in their DNA. Oh, I followed up with Duane Reade to find out why they sometimes taxed newspapers and sometimes didn’t. Response was that there were several registers for payment at Duane Reade and one of them was a Walgreen’s register which was programmed to include tax for newspapers. Cheaper to stick to the DR registers. Looks familiar — Several restaurants, when their leases run out or

overalls looking like a farmer about to harvest the season’s crop, shaking my head at the glamorous mom, wondering, “Who comes to m the t playground in luxury resortworthy shorts and a top? Is that w woman actually wearing Aaron w Basha jewelry by the sandbox?” B As my children got older and their sschedules got heavier, my wardrobe actually devolved from jeans ro to sweatpants, which were more comfortable for running all over the co place. (I spent over a decade out of pl breath — another sign of my dedicabr tion.) What difference did it make? I ti wasn’t going to a ball, only drop off w and pick up, the supermarket, the an basketball game — one of many afba ter-school activities. Oh, and a basete ball cap completed my ensemble. ba Unlike Amy, I did not need a threemonth respite to see the error of my self-disregarding ways. When my son was in seventh grade, my husband and I were invited to a black tie event. It had been a long while since I’d gone anywhere fancy, so I made a hair appointment for a much-needed trim and blowout. Right from there I headed to school for pick up.

the rent’s just too damn high, find themselves relocating. So Effy’s, a Mediterranean restaurant which was located on Third Avenue in the 90s, moved several years ago (the old location is still empty) to 100th Street and Lexington Avenue. They now have another restaurant on the northeast side of Second Avenue and East 72nd Street. Then there’s Pig Heaven, a forever neighborhood favorite which was on Second Avenue in the 80s and has now relocated to Third Avenue in the 80s. And Subway Inn, with its iconic sign, which was opposite Bloomingdale’s on East 60th Street, west of Lexington Avenue, now stands proudly — sign and all — at the entrance to the Ed Koch Bridge on East 60th Street. Good to have old places in new spaces. And Koch must be kvelling with all the attention “his” congestion pricing neighborhood is getting these days. Keeps him out there.

Other moms, teachers and even the principal did a double take. One person actually remarked, “I had no idea what your hair looked like let alone that it was so beautiful.” Someone else cut right to the chase and asked why, given how pretty I was, did I purposely make myself look so frumpy. After seeing myself in the salon’s mirror, I had wondered that myself. What had I gained by ignoring myself? Would the homework really have not gotten done or dinner not gotten made or would the kids have ever missed an after school sport or doctor visit, if I had taken a few minutes to pick out a more fashionable outfit, put on makeup, and style my hair? That day was a game-changer for me and, yes, I do wish I would have had the revelation sooner. Like Amy, my #momspringa moment elevated my self-esteem and made me more pleasant, which turned me from a good mother into a better one to be around. Lorraine Duffy Merkl is the author of the NYC mom-empowerment novel, “Back to Work She Goes.”

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COMPSTAT CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Central to the approach is the computerized real-time collection and mapping of crime and enforcement data across the city. But contrary to a common misconception, CompStat is more than statistical analysis software. Regular CompStat meetings at police headquarters bring together precinct commanders, bureau chiefs and other top executives to evaluate crime reduction strategies and results.

No More Silos The objective is to leverage the vast quantities of information gathered under the CompStat umbrella to effectively target police resources and ensure smooth information flow within the massive bureaucracy of the NYPD. “The NYPD is a behemoth organization, and we have these specialized units that have different levers they can pull to address different crimes,” said Deputy Inspector Timothy Malin, the commanding officer of the 20th Precinct on the Upper West Side. “CompStat is the mechanism that ensures everybody with a stake in the game, who has the potential to affect violence, is doing what they need to be doing and communicating with each other.” John Eterno, a professor at Molloy College and former NYPD captain who has studied CompStat extensively, said the system’s role as a conduit for information is one of its main positive features. “It helps defeat what we call the silo effect, where each of the bureaus in the department were operating separately and distinctly,” Eterno said. “CompStat meetings helped bring together all of the various bureaus and even other agencies which were totally working in the blind from one another before CompStat began.”

Priorities and Best Practices Among CompStat’s calling cards is an aggressive focus on reducing seven major index crimes — murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny auto. Commanding officers are held strictly accountable for re-

Our Town|Downtowner otdowntown.com sults within their precincts at famously intense CompStat meetings, where they must answer to their superiors. “You’re speaking in front of a room in front of all your peers and you’re being questioned directly by the highest-ranking people in the shop,” Malin said. “It’s upper management talking to middle management in front of a room loaded with peers assessing the quality of investigations and noting deficiencies and telling you to improve.” Though the experience can at times be unpleasant for commanders with unsatisfactory results or responses, CompStat meetings engender a clear sense throughout the department of priorities and best practices. “The reason we’re all in the room is so everyone knows what the top brass expects, and then you take that back to your command and apply it to your own issues,” Malin said.

A Crime Prevention Tool Though some of its innovations may now seem like common sense, when it was introduced 25 years ago CompStat represented a paradigm shift within the context of a broader effort to reorient policing toward crime prevention. “The idea of calling the precinct commander and saying, ‘This is your precinct, these are the crimes that are happening, what are you doing about it?’ — it sounds obvious today, but it really hadn’t been done for at least 30 years and perhaps even longer,” said Peter Moskos, an associate professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, whose current research is focused on the New York City crime drop of the 1990s. Before CompStat, crime reports were compiled on a quarterly basis and statistics were already months out-ofdate by the time they reached commanders’ desks. In contrast, he information gathered under CompStat could be put to use immediately. Crucially, CompStat was not itself intrinsically linked to any particular policing philosophy or tactic, and gave commanders latitude to address problems and shoulder responsibility for the results. “CompStat did not provide solutions,” Moskos said. “It just said, ‘You’re smart peo-

ple. You’re executives here. Figure it out.’ And those that did rose in the ranks and survived and those that didn’t got pushed back.”

Negative Pressures But according to some observers, CompStat’s relentless focus on producing ever lower crime figures has also produced unintended sideeffects. “There’s so much pressure on commanders to show up at CompStat meetings and say crime is going down,” Eterno said. “The unsaid message is that otherwise your career is going to be stunted.” Eterno’s research with Professor Eli Silverman of John Jay College has focused on crime data manipulation within the NYPD — “juking the stats,” in police parlance — which he says became commonplace as the directive to post consistent crime drops became a political imperative. “When CompStat started in 1994, a lot of the pressures were absolutely necessary because the department needed a culture shift,” Eterno said. “There was a lack of accountability and a true need to really clamp down on things. But as time went on, the pressure of CompStat continued to get ratcheted up. It never eased.” “We’re finding that the pressures are too much and that the officers are gaming the system to make themselves look better,” Eterno continued, noting that the phenomenon is present not just in New York but in other CompStat depa r tments throughout the U. S. and the world. “What’s happening is that the words on the reports are being changed to downgrade what actually is occurring so that it’s not classified as an index crime,” Eterno said. “Instead of taking a report as a burglary, in many precincts they’re taking them as criminal trespass and larceny. In this way, the crime is broken down into its constituent parts and it’s no longer an index crime.” CompStat also contributed to the rise of stop-and-frisk in the 2000s. “If crime was up in your precinct they would ask ‘What are you doing about it?’ And

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The Joyce Theater 175 Eighth Ave 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m $10 joyce.org 212-242-0800 Parsons Dance dedicates its 2019 Joyce season to master choreographer Paul Taylor, and pays tribute to him in the staging of “Runes,” a mesmerizing work performed by David Parsons in 1981 during his time as a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

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IF YOU GO WHAT: “Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern” WHERE: The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St. WHEN: Through June 15. www.moma.org

Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975). “Lincoln Kirstein.” c. 1931. Gelatin silver print. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist. © 2018 Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A 20TH CENTURY GIANT Lincoln Kirstein, cultural arbiter and co-founder of the New York City Ballet, is the subject of a sprawling show at MoMA, an institution he helped build BY VAL CASTRONOVO

Like Abraham Lincoln, after whom he was named, Lincoln Kirstein (1907-1996) was a tall, imposing figure, “a giant sequoia,” as dance critic Arlene Croce wrote in his obituary. Photographer Walker Evans, a friend, captured the force of his personality and intellect when he commented, “He invaded you; you either had to throw him out or listen to him ... [he had] a really penetrating intelligence about an articulation of all esthetic matters and their contemporary applications.” Indeed, Kirstein considered all the arts his domain, with dance, painting, sculpture, drawing, writing/ editing, poetry and film his pets.

Paul Cadmus (American, 1904–1999). Set design for the ballet “Filling Station.” 1937. Cut-and-pasted paper, gouache, and pencil on paper. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1941. © 2018 Estate of Paul Cadmus

He leveraged his wealthy pedigree (his father was a partner in Filene’s Department Store), his Harvard education (class of 1930) and his elite social and professional circle (he was part of an influential network of queer artists, writers and dancers) to support and promote a dizzying array of cultural ventures in the last century.

output and aspirations in the 1930s and 1940s. He may be best known for collaborating with Russian-born choreographer George Balanchine to establish the School of American Ballet in 1934 and the New York City Ballet in 1948. But he was also an ardent champion of literature, the fine arts, photography and cinema, from a young age.

An Ardent Champion of the Arts

A Man and a Museum

His multi-disciplinary approach resonates especially today, now that MoMA is expanding and re-thinking the organization of its galleries, which will include a performance space. Says senior curator Jodi Hauptman: “Sometimes the best way to look forward is to look back, and to dig into moments of our history when we were doing interesting work around the connections between the visual and the performing arts. Lincoln Kirstein offers a kind of lens through which we could look at this earlier period at the Museum and understand his ambition for dance to play a key role.” The exhibit, comprised of some 300 works from MoMA’s collection, focuses on Kirstein’s creative

Upon graduation from Harvard, where he co-founded a literary journal and a contemporary arts society, Kirstein turned his considerable energies to the development of the collection at the newly opened MoMA. He served on the Museum’s junior advisory committee and other subcommittees, indefatigably pitching ideas for exhibits, writing catalog text, donating and acquiring new works for the collection and jumpstarting the “Bulletin of the Museum of Modern Art” (1933-1963) and “Dance Index” (1942-1948). He also established the now-gone Dance Archives and Dance and Theatre Design department, all the while tending to performance ventures such as Ballet Caravan, a touring group he

formed in 1936 to promote the work of American choreographers and set designers. Colorful drawings of costumes and sets for such quintessentially American works as “Filling Station” (1937), “Pocahontas” (c. 1936) and “Billy the Kid” (1938) are on view, with snippets of dances projected on big screens. Associate curator Samantha Friedman notes the importance of American painter Paul Cadmus’s designs for “Filling Station”: “In those designs you see realized Lincoln’s desire to create a uniquely American ballet based on American themes. You have the setting of the gas station as a place where people of all types and social classes come together, but then you get the eroticized male body in a kind of transparent jumpsuit that Mac, the gas station attendant, is wearing. They’re beautiful drawings that embody a lot of what Lincoln was after.”

Devotion to American Themes Kirstein’s intense commitment to creative pursuits outside the performing arts, however — like photography and painting — is one

of this show’s many revelations. In 1931, he persuaded Walker Evans to join him and a poet friend on a road trip through New England and New York to photograph Victorian houses for a (never-realized) book. Kirstein donated the images to MoMA, where they became grist for the Museum’s first presentation of the work of a single photographer in 1933, “Walker Evans: Photographs of Nineteenth-Century Houses.” As the catalog’s meticulous time line records, Kirstein wrote in his diary: “At least a part of my life consists in filling up the ledger of the indigenous past ...” Kirstein’s devotion to American themes extended to his taste in painting, drawing and sculpture. He promoted realist and magic realist works, favoring figuration and painterly precision over abstraction. Hauptman elaborates: “In his version of the modern, it’s an art scaled to the human. And one of the reasons may be because he is really interested in dance and what the body can do.” When he was named consultant on Latin American Art for MoMA in 1942, he traveled to South America to purchase works for the collection. Argentine artist Antonio Berni’s “New Chicago Athletic Club” (1937) epitomizes Kirstein’s preference for hyper-real art with social relevance. Says Hauptman: “The painting gets to a question that the exhibition raises around what it means to be ‘American,’ and proposes links across the hemisphere, a pan-Americanism. The painting shows a team of multi-ethnic kids joining together to play their favorite sport. It is a ragtag group — some are dressed better than others, some have their soccer boots and others are barefoot — so Berni shows us connections across social class as well.” Kirstein’s idea of the “modern,” which prizes representation, social content and continuity with tradition, allows another way to think about modern art.


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COMPSTAT CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 for a good ďŹ ve to ten years the answer was â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;stops are up,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Moskos said. The very fact that stops were being counted led to their being utilized as an indicator of productivity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a case of the tail wagging the dog that led to excessive use of the tactic and blowback from the public that culminated in a class action civil rights lawsuit and the appointment of an independent monitor in 2013 to oversee reform efforts.

A Case Study Approach In recent years, Malin said,

FAMILY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 inars and possibly even a follow-up to their 2014 book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Di Paloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy.â&#x20AC;? At the helm of the concept and design of the new space is the ďŹ fth generation of Di Palo children, but not without the input of Lou, Marie, and Sal, of course. I met with Lou Di Palo for a tour of the new space and to talk about the Di Palo legacy in Little Italy.

What do you want the experience in the new Di Paloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market to be like? This is not a place to take your computer and start doing your business work. This is a place to really experience and learn, and we want you to communicate with us your ideas of what you like, your likes and your dislikes. You know, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gee I really like this winery,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the kind of communication we want here. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a place to be alone, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be here with you. This is a place to really experience the food culture, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s truly what we want. We want people to come together, communicate with each other, communicate with us and experience the food.

Why is it so important to all of you to educate people on Italian culture? We just feel good about it. We feel this is what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re meant to do. I mean Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing it my whole life, our children have been doing it, my father, my grandmother,

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information and working together toward solutions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;CompStat is definitely much smarter now than itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever been,â&#x20AC;? Malin said. The programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longevity is a testament to its adaptability in the face of evolving departmental philosophies and strategies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It all comes down to good leadership,â&#x20AC;? Moskos said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you have good leadership it works, and if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it kind of goes haywire. Other cities have tried to do this and CompStat alone isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough, just to say that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have a weekly meeting and keep track of crime statistics. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have leadership, it all fails.â&#x20AC;?

and grandfather. My grandmother and grandfather didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t speak any English, but yet they shared what they knew about the cheesemaking to their community, which were primarily Italian immigrants, and my father shared it with his community.

taste. Some people have just been blown away by it and some people theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not ready. We want to bring back the past and we want to continue with what the future wants.

Why did you start making trips to Italy, instead of just continuing what your father taught you? I needed to go there. I needed not only to see the person who made the cheese. I need to see where the raw material comes from. I had to shake hands and break bread with the farmer. See the animals, see the milk, where the milk came from, taste the milk before it even made the cheese. I have to do that, and I felt that this was something that it shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be only for my knowledge. The last several years Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been having people come with me, really seeing what I do and how I select cheese and the relationships that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve developed.

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OUR FRIEND WANTS TO BE OUR BROKER BY ANDREW KRAMER

One of our friends, who also lives in our building, is a broker and would very much like to list our place when we put it on the market. We like her, but she works for a small firm and we question if she’s the right choice. We’ve interviewed a few other brokers and there’s one who made a great impression on us. We’re concerned if we go with him it will not fare well with our friend. What’s the best way to handle this? Politics don’t only exist at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. When it comes to real estate, it can hit home regardless of your address. Everyone knows a broker or two, and you don’t want to spoil a friendship based on who you hire. For example, if things aren’t going well with your sale, it’s hard to yell or fire a friend. However you don’t want to put an end to a friendship by going with someone else. If this is causing you sleepless nights, the best advice I can offer is hire both agents (a.k.a. a ‘co-exclusive’) and let them share in listing your home. This will be a winwin for everyone. You’ll keep your friendship on good footing while getting the best exposure for your property. Both brokers will also share the commission that comes their way and half of something is certainly better than the alternative! Once it’s sold you can all go out to dinner to celebrate.

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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BUYERS AND SELLERS REAL ESTATE Though they represent opposite sides in a negotiation, they want the same thing — but for very different reasons BY FREDERICK W. PETERS

Buyers feel excited. Sellers feel nostalgic. Buyers look ahead. Sellers look back. These differences help to explain the profoundly different psychologies with which buyers and sellers approach both a marketplace and a negotiation. Buyers and sellers not only represent opposite sides in the negotiation equation, but also experience the tugs of the give and take in very different ways. Agents spend their professional lives in the middle of this equation, trying to get the two sides to balance out so the problem can be solved. In order to succeed with this delicate task, agents must first manage the profoundly different motivations which animate their principals.

Buyers feel excited. It’s a truism of real estate markets that in a rising market, buyers adjust quickly, while in a declining market, sellers adjust slowly. Why? Part of it is as simple as the laws of supply and demand. In a rising market, demand tends to exceed supply; under these circumstances auction fever sets in. Most people instinctively value something more if someone else want it too. But other factors also impact buyer behavior. A home purchase signals an investment in the future, a commitment to looking ahead. Most buyers experience this as energizing and exciting. In that frame of mind, caught up by the scarcity of supply, the possible interest of other bidders, and their own excitement as they visualize themselves in the property during the months and years ahead, buyers may well stretch to secure the home. Sellers feel nostalgic. Unless the property under consideration has served only as an investment, chances are the seller or his/her family have lived there. This cre-

ates an entirely different dynamic for the seller than that experienced by a buyer. The seller is likely to imbue the property with excessive value precisely BECAUSE it belongs to him. He will detail to his broker the things which make it better than other similar properties available for sale and feel offended if the agent disagrees. His view of the property, often unrealistically, revolves around his memories of the role the home has played in family life and the events which he has experienced there over the years. Just as the buyer’s excitement centers around the future, the seller’s attachment tends to revolve around the past. Sellers’ reluctance to reduce prices in a descending market reflects the words of the famous tune from “Cabaret,” — “If You Could See Her Through My Eyes.” If you understood how much this place means to me, you would never devalue it this way! Understanding these two perspectives and their ramifications marks one of the areas where

agents become indispensable to facilitating a transaction. In an up market, we try to apply some brakes to buyer enthusiasm to make sure they think through all sides a decision before impulsively leaping ahead. At the same time, we remind sellers that the mauve bedroom which Mom loved so much may not translate for a stranger entering the property and looking to imagine their own life in it. And in a down market, we remind the buyers that a home purchase is like a marriage: you don’t go into it with a two year window and you have to envision the life your family will enjoy there. At the same time we remind sellers that lowering the price to reflect changed market conditions doesn’t devalue them or their history in the home. When both parties can be brought to the present moment, blending the past experiences of one side with the future hopes of the other, that is the locus of consummated transactions. Frederick W. Peters is Chief Executive Officer of Warburg Realty Partnership.


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AFTER THE CHURCHES CLOSE the neighborhood were discussed. A CLT is a non-profit organization formed to own land and to maintain control and oversight of houses or rental buildings located on the land. “I think people should be aware that there is an uptick in the sale of religious properties,” said Rebecca Amato, who is also associate director of NYU’s Urban Democracy Lab, which focuses on urban renewal in areas affected by gentrification. “I think they don’t realize that they are being turned into types of housing that they can’t afford.” Amato was joined by Catholic Worker Joanne Kennedy; church advocates and longtime members of the closed St. Veronica’s Church, Terry Cook and Cindy Boyle; Steve Herrick, the director of the Cooper Square Committee;

COMMUNITY What’s next? At Cooper Union, East Village residents and activists discuss the sale of religious buildings BY JASON COHEN

Panelists at the town hall on religious institutions held at Cooper Union. Photo: Jason Cohen

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MAY 16-22,2019 Julian Morales, the director of organizing for the Good Old Lower East Side Inc.; Valerio Orselli, executive director at Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association and Jeremy Unger, legislative director for Councilwoman Carlina Rivera. The Church of the Nativity shuttered its doors at 44 Second Ave. in 2015, but it has been a battle to determine what to do with the property. In February 2018, the land trust had a goal of turning the former home of the Nativity Church into 123 low income senior housing units. But the plan didn’t work, The land trust had attempted to purchase the property for $18.5 million. Of that amount, $5 million would be paid to the archdiocese upon closing. The remainder, which would use a combination of federal tax credits and state and local funding, would be paid in installments over a 20-year period. This offer was rejected and instead the archdiocese prefers to develop market-rate housing at this site. The archdiocese wants to sell the church for $50 million. In April, Catholic Homes New York, the affordable housing unit of Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of New York, announced it would develop several religious properties and provide 2,000 affordable units in NYC over the next 10 years. However, Nativity was left off that list. According to Amato, the

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It’s very painful to see and read about what’s happened to sacred havens and spiritual homes. Sacred homes have always anchored towns and cities.” Terry Cook, longtime parishioner at St. Veronica’s Church archdiocese has so far made $56 million in the East Village alone and has St. Emeric’s, Nativity, and St. Brigid’s School being readied for a sale. “We know that the intended pricetag for Nativity is roughly $45 million,” Amato said. “So that would mean that the Archdiocese will have made upwards of $100 million the East Village since 2004 [when St. Anne’s was sold] as soon as the sale of Nativity is complete.” At the town hall, Amato told the attendees that in November 2018, she discussed the Church of the Nativity at the Pontifical Council for Culture’s international conference on cultural heritage in Rome. The topic of the conference: “Doesn’t God Dwell Here Anymore?” Amato explained how the Church of the Nativity has been an anchor in the Lower East Side since 1842. It was a place where second- and thirdgeneration Americans came, and it held the funeral for Dor-

othy Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement. “You would think for a building that’s been there since 1842 that they could replace it with something that could really serve the community,” she said. “There’s more than economic value to property. Property means something to people. There’s a social value.” While Amato is Jewish and learned about the church for research, the recent closure and sale of churches has taken an emotional toll on Terry Cook, a longtime parishioner at St. Veronica’s Church. Cook told the attendees she is distraught at how the Catholic Church is caring more about money than the community. “It’s very painful to see and read about what’s happened to sacred havens and spiritual homes,” she remarked. “Sacred homes have always anchored towns and cities.” Morales echoed Cook’s sentiments and argued that the Catholic Church seemingly cares more about money and not the community. “We want smart development, so the residents of the community can have their fingerprints on it,” Morales stressed. “We aren’t against development, we just want smart development.” This ultimately is a quality of life issue, he said. Neighborhoods will go from bodegas to Starbucks and buses to Ubers. “We want to push for affordable housing,” Morales said.

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A STAR (PRODUCER) IS BORN She always thought “Hadestown” was destined for greatness, and she was right BY JOSHUA NASSER

April Lavalle is an actor, writer, comedian, and Tony nominated coproducer of “Hadestown.” The production garnered a total of 14 Tony nominations, the most of any show, including the big one — Best Musical. It’s the hottest show in town, in every sense, and it represents Lavalle’s first foray into producing. The Long Island native, who studied theater at Wagner College, spoke with Straus News about what it’s like to be part of a smash Broadway hit, and her plans for a future in theater.

Let’s start with an easy question — When did you start doing theater? I started as a kid, community theater on Long Island. Probably because I wanted attention. My mom was putting together a community production of Annie and asked me to audition for it. I booked it.

destown” is the very first thing I produced, and it’s going shockingly well.

This is the first thing you produced? Seriously? Yeah, and definitely getting into this was just basically because I knew others.

This is wild to me. What brought you into the project? I think I had a different path to producing than most young producers. I didn’t know what producers did until very recently. That being said, I have always really, really loved the show, and I knew I wanted to be part of it in any small way. So I guess that’s a cool way to come to producing, by finding the show you want to produce first, and then producing it. This is the only thing I have worked on and am working on, producingwise. I feel like I’m being very precious with choosing the things I want to do. But it’d be great to produce something else that I’m passionate about first, and then start producing.

Who did you play? I was ensemble orphan.

I was also in Annie! Can I guess who you were?

Sure. Mister Bundles?

No Daddy Warbucks?

No Rooster?

No I give up. Who were you?

I was ensemble also. All thee older kids got the cool roles. Yeah, that’s how it goes.

Kid roles aside, I know you were a co-producer for “Hadestown.” wn.” Do you mostly act? Is producing ing new for you? It is, I’m an actor, but I realize ealize I’m a multi-hyphenate. So I consider myself an actor and a writer, but producing is very new forr me. “Ha-

April Lavalle considers herselff a “multihyphenate.” She’s an actor, writer, riter, comedian and, now, a Broadway ay coproducer and Tony Award nominee. minee. Photo: Sandy Honig

Did you know people involved in “Hadestown?” I’ve been listening to it since it came out at New York Theater Workshop. But I heard the album before that. The show started as a concept album with Anaïs Mitchell, who wrote the music, and the lead singer of Bon Iver was also singing on it. This was nine or 10 years ago. Then it went to a bunch of other theaters until it finally came to Broadway. So I knew about it, and thought the writer was the coolest person ever. The way I got into producing was different, because most producers are very rich and I am not. I came into it through one of the lead producers of the show, Hunter Arnold. He set up an initiative called Uplift,

for young theater producers, because he noticed that most theater producers are old white guys. He wanted younger people to get in on the game, but you normally need a lot of money to produce things. So it’s kind of him offering his mentorship and his help. He helps you learn the ropes of producing, but he also lowers the cap of producing so it’s a doable number for poors to do, like myself.

That’s such a great idea. Yeah, and he started this initiative with “Once on an Island,” when it was on Broadway and he thought ‘Oh, this will be my life’s work and what I do.’

Are there other producers from the Uplift program on “Hadestown?” My producorial unit and one other person are through the program. Everyone else is a co-producer through their own thing.

What’s it like to be nominated for a Tony your first time producing? It’s great, and it’s surprising and surreal in one aspect, but not surprising because I love the show and because I believed in the show so much. I always thought it was destined for greatness. Something very new to me is people congratulating me on my

Lavalle, here doing standup, has been a fan of “Hadestown” since it was a concept album, years ago. Photo: Courtesy April Lavalle

Tony nomination, but me being like, ‘Oh, no no no, I have so little to do with it.’ Because as a co-producer it’s all pre-production ... I’m not really working on it so much, you know, but I’m lucky as a co-producer. Sometimes we’re asked about our opinions on ads and that’s cool, but I did my y work in December and nothing else. And it feels very funny that people congratulate me when I’m like ‘I didn’t do anything.’

You did do something though. I did, but it feels so out of my hands right now, because now I just get to be the show’s cheerleader, which I feel like I would’ve been even if I weren’t a co-producer.

A nice little perk you get. Yeah, it’s cool!

What do you think you want to do next? Well, another big reason I wanted to do this, besides liking and believing in the show, was because we talk about the things we like and don’t like that are coming to Broadway, and I think by becoming a co-producer [I am] taking these small baby steps into this side of the

industry. Another reason is because it’s directed and written by a woman, and there are only three shows on Broadway that are directed by women. So I would love to be the type of person who can make theater happen that I think other people want to see. I think you’re only seeing theater through the eyes of most old white male producers, so to have another perspective would be great. And if I could help people who don’t really have their foot in the door, I would love to help elevate their work. [I’m interested in] things that are riskier in general. Not to shade these kind of shows, cause they are super necessary, when you have adaptations of movies and TV shows, it’s fun. But it feels cooler and riskier to take a show that seems like a bold choice because these shows really take off. And I think the diversity conversation should not only be onstage but backstage. If I can wedge my way in there I’d love to do that.

Very well said. Thanks so much for doing this, April. Thank you for having me! This was fun!

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