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Not All Happy About Sharing with Bike Share Some downtown residents claim the newly installed CitiBike racks create hazards and hassle for their neighborhood By Helaina Hovitz


ast week, 330 CitiBike stations were installed in Manhattan and Brooklyn, garnering a reaction from most Manhattanites that can essentially be boiled down to this: not on my block. Or, at least, not where it’s currently installed. The CitiBike program, also called Bike Share, will place bike rental stations throughout parts of the city, allowing riders to pick up a bike at one location and drop it off at any other CitiBike spot. Sponsored by CitiBank, the program is under the purview of the Department of Transportation (DOT). (See sidebar.) On Thursday, May 2nd, Community Board 2 held a meeting at P.S. 41 to give West Village residents a chance to voice their Continued on page 4




Chin Launches Re-Election On Sunday, City Council Member Margaret Chin officially kicked off her campaign for re-election for the 1st council district, which covers parts of Lower Manhattan including Chinatown, the Financial District, Tribeca, Little Italy and the Lower East Side. She was joined at the kick-off rally, held on the Independence Plaza North steps in TriBeCa, by supporters including New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, and various community leaders. “Margaret Chin is an outstanding council member and a longtime advocate for our Lower Manhattan community. She has a clear and undeniable record of achieving results for her constituents and improving the lives of

countless Lower Manhattan residents,” Silver said. “Council Member Chin is a dedicated and passionate public servant who has the right priorities for our community and the skills, focus and determination to get things done.” “Margaret Chin’s energy, passion and commitment to serve her community and the city is unquestionable,” said Rep. Velazquez. “In these tough economic times, we need a Council Member who will continue to stand up for small businesses, working families, affordable housing, and access to better education and childcare for our children. Margaret is a progressive Democrat who has demonstrated great leadership during her community’s most challenging times.” New York City Council Member Rosie Mendez, who has also pledged her support to Council Member Chin’s re-election campaign, said in a statement, “In her first term, Margaret accomplished a number of landmark achievements for her constituents — fighting every day on quality of life issues, holding oversight hearings on critical topics as Chair of the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Committee and fighting to save our essential and enriching day care centers and afterschool programs.” Also in attendance at the press conference were Community Board 3 Chair Gigi Li and Smith Houses Tennant Leader Aixa Torres,

both of whom praised the work of Council Member Chin’s first term in office and pledged their support to her re-election bid. “I am humbled by the outpouring of support from the leaders we know and trust and my loyal supporters who have stood by me from Day One. For the last thirty years, I have been an outspoken advocate for Lower Manhattan and I have been proud to take our district to new heights with the input, help and support of our residents,” said Council Member Chin. “My commitment to our neighborhoods has never been stronger and I am eager to continue moving Lower Manhattan forward in the years ahead.”

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Parks Kick Off Paths to Pier 42 On Sunday, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Manhattan Borough Parks Commissioner William Castro, the Lower East Side Waterfront Alliance, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Community Board 3 opened part of the new waterfront park at Pier 42 on the Lower East Side for interim recreational use with a Waterfront Community Day and the launch of Paths to Pier 42, a series of art, educational, and design installations along the East River waterfront throughout the summer of 2013. The opening makes a section of the pier accessible to the public, as planning for the redevelopment of the pier into a full waterfront park proceeds. The public can visit Pier 42, with the northern section between the greenway and the waterfront open for interim use. The space has been partially resurfaced and picnic tables have been installed.

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CRIME WATCH Your doctor retired to where? BAIT AND DITCH Late in the afternoon of Tuesday, April 9, a 28-year-old man was approached on lower Broadway by a man in his 60s who offered to sell him a computer. The younger man agreed to buy the computer and had $340 cash in his hand, when the older man snatched the money and fled to an unknown location. Police conducted a canvass of the area but were unable to locate the older man.

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Handbag Heist Around noon on Tuesday, April 9, a 27-year-old woman working at a boutique on Greene Street reported that a man had walked into the store, grabbed a beige handbag worth $2,995 from a display, and left the store without paying for the bag. The thief fled in an unknown direction. Police conducted a canvass of the area but were unable to locate the man. No arrests have been made.

Denim Demon In the afternoon of Tuesday, April 9, a 28-year-old man working at a department store on Spring Street noticed that two of the store’s bags were missing from a display. He checked the store’s video surveillance footage, which revealed that an unknown 25-year-old man had taken the two bags without paying for them before he fled in an unknown direction. Police conducted a canvass of the area but were unable to locate the thief, who was wearing blue jeans, a baby blue baseball hat, and a denim jacket splattered with paint. The total value of the two bags stolen, a satchel and a purse, was $2,350.

Suzuki Snatch At 8:30 the morning of Wednesday, April 10, a 48-year-old man parked his girlfriend’s motorbike on the southwest corner of South End Ave. and Albany Street. The bike was still there when he went out at 12:30 in the afternoon, but when he returned at 3 p.m., he found the bike was missing. Police conducted


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a canvas of the area but were unable to locate the motorcycle. The bike owner’s boyfriend went to a building at the end of the block and witnessed video of an unknown person taking the bike, a black 2012 Suzuki GXR with New York plates, valued at $15,469.

Luckless Law Student A 25-year-old man was hanging out with his friends in a dark and crowded tavern on West Broadway in the evening of Thursday, April 11. He placed his bag at the end of their table. When he left the bar at 9 p.m., he realized that his bag was no longer where he had placed it. The contents of the Tumi bag included a MacBook Pro laptop and law books with a total value of $1,900. The MacBook Pro had no tracking software installed. No evidence was collected, because the victim didn’t report the crime until the afternoon of the following day, after the bar had been cleaned.

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NEWS Bike Share Continued from page 1

concerns about the Bike Share program, but it wasn’t just West Villagers who showed up to gripe. People from all over the city came to speak their peace about the program — but some of it wasn’t so peaceful. Chair David Gruber said that the board received 160 calls and emails, 70 percent of which were negative comments. “The DOT chose not to come to this meeting, we don’t know why,� he said. “People are upset about the size and volume, and once we saw it in place, we realized red dots on a map aren’t the same as something actually being on a street and installed,� Gruber said of the major complaints about Bike Share. While most people in attendance said that while they actually weren’t “against� the program, they weren’t happy with the way it was being implemented. “I’m shocked that this showed up on


my block. The magnitude of it and the lack of notice provided to residents by DOT is unconscionable. They’re too big and too clunky on residential streets, and the community was not properly informed,� said West Village resident Lisa Cannistraci, who spoke for many when she added that “they obstruct building entranceways,� a problem that will worsen when the stations are filled with an average of 40 bikes each at the end of the month. While many in attendance weren’t opposed to the bikes or the bike program, they were “opposed to the way that the city handled placing the bike racks around the city — mainly, in front of their entranceways.� The bike racks on Barrow Street, for example, are located directly in front of residential buildings with 170 units. Residents claim that elderly people can’t get to their Access a Ride busses, and that ambulances can’t access the building, either. “That means elderly and children will have to navigate around the bikes to get a cab or Access A Ride. We’re not opposed to the rack, but it needs to be moved, and we have alternative locations in mind,� said Cannistraci. “These bike stations located on historic landmarked blocks are a travesty. They need to be moved to more commercial locations, perhaps in front of the Citibanks, since this is their project. West Village resident Charlie Decker, 69, wasn’t just concerned about the rack placement, though; he thinks that allowing inexperienced riders to hop on bikes whenever they feel like it, especially after they’ve had a few drinks, is a recipe for disaster. “It’s dangerous to promote neophytes grabbing a bike in New York, especially tourists. Are you going to wait until 10 people are slaughtered to see that? Inexperienced


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â– Purchase a 24-Hour or 7-Day Pass from any Citi Bike station. A $101 security hold will be placed on your credit or debit card for every pass you purchase (you may purchase up to two Passes per card).




â– 24-Hour and 7-Day Pass holders can print their ride code at the kiosk after they buy a Pass. Type the code into the 3-digit keypad on any dock with an available bike. â– 24-Hour and 7-Day Pass holders may ride for 30 minutes per trip without incurring any overtime fees. Annual Members have 45 minutes to ride per trip before incurring overtime fees. â– If a station is full, selecting “Request Time Creditâ€? at the kiosk adds 15 minutes of free time to your ride as you ďŹ nd your way to a free station. .


CitiBike stations will be placed throughout downtown Manhattan. bikers are going to get hurt riding around New York City,� he said. Bikes lined the fence outside, and pro Citi Bikers with signs lined themselves up in front of the school’s entrance, eagerly awaiting press. Hilda Cohen, who works in the West Village and lives in Fort Greene, said that those showing up to protest on Thursday were most likely absent at meetings held to discuss the plans. “We’ve been involved since 2011, and we’ve been here every step of the way. We’re excited,� said Cohen. “I’ve never experienced a more inclusive community process than the one they did with Bike Share. Jane Brown, who lives on West 4th between 7th Ave South and W. 10th, said that sanitation trucks haven’t been able to get through the racks, and piles of trash and water have been attracting mice. “There’s no way for them to clean. It’s a health hazard. Someone’s going to get hit by a fire truck this summer pulling out,� Brown said. “If they’re benefiting and making money off of it, why doesn’t Citibank but them in front of their branches? Let them see the trash, the water, and the mice.“ Residents of 99 Bank Street, among other West Village Streets, countered that they were never alerted of their block being a potential location in the first place, that it was never a red dot on the map they were given. Ed Zimbalatti, board president of 99 Bank Street, filed a lawsuit last week that has been re-filed as a petition. “The space in front of our building was never designated as a planned site. There was no outreach, it just showed up. Who made this decision, after all this outreach? That’s what we want to know,� said Zimbalatti. In the middle of the night, a portion of the racks were removed and, for some reason, replaced by a giant slab of rock. “Clearly there were a lot of plants here,� said Jeff Barr, referring to the group standing with signs and countering their comments to reporters. Barr, who filed the lawsuit at 99 Bank, spoke while leaning on his own bike. “They’re a great way to ride around, but this location was not properly thought out. The

size of the stations are too big for where they are,� Barr said. “Nobody wants to stop the program. But it’s not safe. People will ride on the sidewalk to pull up to the posts.� His sentiment was echoed by Decker, who expressed concern that “people are going to be popping out of nowhere, buses and trucks are going to be swerving and hitting either them, buildings, or pedestrians. “ Inside, the criticism continued. “It’s going to be creating more traffic and congestion, and I don’t know how green that amount of pollution is,� said Marna Lawrence. “I also have an objection about using public land for private gain. Citibank has no right to steal public space.� Michael Murphy, communications director of Transportation Alternatives, a biking/ walking/mass transit advocacy group, said that he thinks “the burden of proof lies with the people raising these phantom concerns.� “Since none of the other major cities currently operating a bike share program endure these problems, what possible reason do we have to think we will in New York City?� he said. “This isn’t a he said/she said situation - we can actually look at the cities where this program is underway and verify whether or not these concerns make any sense.� The DOT did not respond to specific questions regarding community members’ concerns about safety of riders, garbage truck and emergency vehicle access, or whether some bike rack locations might be relocated. A spokesman said that Citi Bike in conjunction with DOT held 400 meetings with community boards to determine the best locations for the racks, and also consulted the 65,000 online requests and comments. By Mayor Bloomberg’s estimates, the program will be “great for local businesses� and generate 170 new jobs along with $36 million in revenue for “the city.� Still, citizens of Gotham remain skeptical. “I’ll bet you Mayor Bloomberg has never been on a bike in New York City in his life,� Decker challenged on his way out. “And if he has, it wasn’t without an entourage of ten people riding around him.�



Where the Streets Are Filled With Ideas



The New Museum’s biennial Ideas festival presents hundreds of concepts for productive change in the City By Alissa Fleck


his past weekend was alive with innovation as Ideas City — a multi-day festival of presentations, exhibitions, workshops and panels which aims to take New Yorkers’ ideas about improving the City, and urban living in general, to the people to whom these ideas matter most — hit the streets. Four days of demonstrations and performances, founded by the New Museum in the Bowery under this year’s theme of “untapped capital,� included ways to bring art and green space to public places, more efficient and environmentally friendly versions of items we already use on a regular basis and far more. According to the event’s official website, Ideas City, founded in 2011, in addition to facilitating conferences and a massive outdoors street festival around the Bowery neighborhood, incorporates more than one hundred independent projects and public events that are “forums for exchanging

The Bable Waste Capital styrofoam sculpture represents an extension of the city built from its own refuse.


Through the practice of parkour, The Movement Creative aims to highlight how the city is our playground. ideas, proposing solutions, and accelerating creativity.� The New Museum’s director Lisa Phillips explained: “As an institution dedicated to new art and new ideas, the New Museum strongly believes that the cultural community is essential to the vitality of the future city.� “We also believe that the cultural sphere is still a relatively untapped source of enormously powerful creative capital,� she added, “Especially in its potential to stimulate economic development and foster greater innovation in other fields.� The Ideas City StreetFest, a family-friendly affair, included such highlights as a “sweat your own battery� lodge; more efficient means of turning urban landscapes into playgrounds; blueprints for the City’s “Lowline� (an underground park in development); mobile libraries and art studios and far more. Meanwhile, the conference component focused on places untapped capital can be used in urban development, including “ad hoc strategies,� “waste,� “play� and “youth.� While Ideas City has come and gone for now, affiliated global conferences continue to promote ideas for productive urban change worldwide and New Yorkers, continually on the very cusp of major urban rejuvenation, have had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with hundreds of projects underway in the City with an eye toward the future.


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Pro Building, Not Rebuilding The East River Blueway Plan establishes community-based framework for East River waterfront By Alissa Fleck “The water is coming,” said Eric Klinenberg to community members and elected officials gathered at Cooper Union last week. Klinenberg, an NYU professor and author to one of the most famous essays about rebuilding New York City after Hurricane Sandy, went on to say there’s not much we can do about that fact anymore. Indeed, the crowd was there to discuss proactive ways to rebuild the City in anticipation of rising sea levels, in particular the East River Blueway Plan, commissioned by Borough President Scott Stringer and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh in collaboration with community boards in the area and the Lower East Side Ecology Center. The plan itself has been more than a year in


development. “The important thing to do is reduce greenhouse gases, but we also need to think about how to adapt and build our cities differently,” explained Klinenberg. “Our impulse is to rebuild, but after Sandy the new challenge is to pro-build.” “We cannot go back to what we had before,” he added. “We have to build in anticipation of what’s coming next time.” At the risk of sounding alarmist, Klinenberg made a comparison to rebuilding the City after 9/11 and talked about developing “dual use homeland security strategies.” “We have a sense we need those [security strategies] but they haven’t made the City more pleasant,” he said. “We put up with them because we feel like we have to. Our systems do not have to be unpleasant.” Klinenberg and others who presented at Cooper Union talked about seeing the waterfront as an opportunity—a way to prevent storm surges but also enhance the quality of everyday life in the community. The Blueway Plan covers the East River waterfront from the Brooklyn Bridge to East 38th Street, affecting the South Street neighborhood area, the East River Park


which was developed in cooperation with hundreds of organizations, community members and elected officials, was developed in part from these community members’ answers to what the river has meant to them waterfront and the Stuyvesant Cove waterfront over time. plaza, as shaped predominantly by FDR Drive, “The goals we identified came out of though presenters discussed the importance conversations with people,” said Adam of viewing the plan in conjunction with the Lubinsky, the managing principal of WXY entire coastal region. architecture and urban The East River design. “We viewed the Blueway Plan is a social community engagement infrastructure, they process as an exchange explained, as well as a of information and system intended to curb created a dialogue.” the impact of disasters. The plan has since It’s also a springboard for evolved with feedback the future. to maximally improve “This plan is a model waterfront resiliency for initiatives to come,” while providing a said Roland Lewis, space to educate and president and CEO promote recreation. The of the Metropolitan project involves creating Waterfront Alliance. Stringer introduces new parts of new biodiversity and “Our waterfront is a the Blueway Plan green space as well as utility—it’s owned by improving community thousands of folks and access to existing green space and the entities, but we all depend on the utility.” waterfront. He added the Blueway plan is a way of “It’s going to take a lot of people to own better understanding that utility, particularly [this plan] and make it happen,” said Lubinsky. the component of access. “This is ours to take forward and ensure it “We are going to be re-imagining the entire becomes a reality.” region,” said Lewis. The Blueway project,


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Madison Square Eats

Madison Square Park, 23rd St. and Madison Avenue,, 11 a.m, varied pricing, All of May. Madison Square Eats is back, and it’s here for the entire month of May. This pop-up market has 30 vendors from revered eateries all over the city. ASIADOG, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Mexicue, and Momofuku Milk Bar are all participating. After work, grab your friends and treat yourselves to a lively and flavorful dining experience.




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Astronomy Night ◄FREE: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86,, 7:30

Spring For Music Carnegie Hall, 154 West 57th St.,, 7:30 p.m., $25. The spring for Music festival is in it’s third and unfortunately, final year. The purpose of the festival is to allow music-lovers to hear world-class music at affordable prices, and for orchestras to showcase their artistic philosophies. On this particular night, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will be performing all four of Ives’s numbered symphonies.

p.m. If you consider yourself a lover of constellations and observing the far reaches of our galaxy, don’t miss out on celebrating Astronomy Day. Get an up-close view of the stars through 8 different telescopes, as well as learn about the names, history, and mythology of constellations. RSVP at

Annual Identification Day American Museum of Natural History, 200 Central Park West,, 12 p.m., free-$19. Do you have a young aspiring archeologist in your home? If so, today you can bring all of the shells, feathers, and bones that they have been collecting to the Museum of Natural History. Museum scientists will attempt to identify each of your little one’s treasures. In conjunction with The World’s Largest Dinosaurs exhibit, the collection’s most massive artifacts and specimens will be on display.

FREE: Bike Month

Crawfish for Cancer 79th Street Boat Basin Café, West 79th St.,, 2 p.m., $95-110. Catch something that doesn’t happen often in NYC- a Louisiana-style boil of crawfish. However, you wont be here just to gorge on crustaceans, this is a fundraiser that benefits the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Your ticket buys you unlimited crawfish, sausage, corn and potatoes, plus beer, wine and cocktails. This is all set to a live soundtrack, including a cover band.

FREE: A Closer Look for Kids

Multiple locations, We bet you didn’t know it was Bike Month, huh? Join this celebration that hopes to make NYC more cycle-friendly than it already is. Multiple events will be occurring, including CycloFemme’s yearly bike ride today, which will travel all over Manhattan. Other events include a ridein movie, and a 2nd avenue commuter bike train.

Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St.,, 10 a.m. This activity is a tour of the MoMA’s permanent collections and temporary exhibits, for kids ages 5 to 10. They- as well as mom and dad- are encouraged to voice their opinion on what they like and dislike. This tour will help them begin to develop an appreciation for art, which could become an important presence in their lives and futures.

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FREE: The Pop Object: The Still Life Tradition in Pop Art

Ophira Eisenberg is a comedian and the host of the weekly game show “Ask Me Another” on NPR. She will be reading from her new memoir Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy, which is a compilation of tales about the hilarious trials and tribulations she has faced in her search for love. Her reading will be followed by an After Hours version of her game show.

Acquavella Galleries, 18 East 79th St.,, 10 a.m. This exhibit features Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Oldenburg, with a focus on the development of Pop Art in the U.S. Still Life is also illuminated, having been used in some of Pop Art’s most innovative expressions. Artists viewed it as a vital vehicle of expression in displaying themes of contemporary life in a post-war consumerist society. Get in touch with these seemingly simple images that hold complex meaning.

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FREE: Richard Misrach “On the Beach 2.0”

B.B King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd St.,, 9:30 p.m., $40-45. You may know Wayne Brady from the famed improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway? or as the host of the recent revival of Let’s Make a Deal. In this show, Brady creates a spectacular and extremely entertaining performance all on his own. He engages the audience by incorporating their suggestions or bringing them onstage as props. He may even treat you with a vocal performance to show off his legitimate singing chops.

Pace Gallery, 510 West 25th St.,, 10 a.m. Richard Misrach first introduced his “On the Beach” series 9 years ago, now digital technology has enabled him to capture movement and to freeze the motion of water in a completely new way. These remarkable photos document the sea’s changes in color and energy, as well as humans entering and affecting the ocean while being dwarfed in the vast landscape.

Word for Word: Wendy Williams ◄ FREE: Bryant Park Reading Room, 41 West 40th St.,, 12:30 p.m. The New York Times bestselling author and talk show host is ready to answer your most pressing and personal relationship questions. She will also be speaking about her latest book, Ask Wendy, which is a collection of boldly honest words of advice taken from the popular segment on her show. You will definitely leave feeling enlightened and ready to make a change.

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The Carlton Hotel, 92 Madison Avenue,, 8 p.m. This Music Series features some of the best up-and-coming jazz musicians in the entire country. Tonight’s performer is Courtney Graff, a singer-songwriter with a bluesy sound. Her inspiring lyrics speak to empowering the self, embracing the moment, and appreciating the people you love.

Broadway Sessions with Ben Cameron

Pier 94, 711 12th Avenue,, 10 a.m. This is the largest and most anticipated national business networking event, trade show, and conference for business owners. Learn about products and services that will help your business grow, as well as attend cutting edge workshops and seminars that will further your education. Most importantly, partake in speed networking and develop connections that could pan out to be extremely valuable.


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Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café, 407 West 42nd St., 11 p.m., $5 plus $15 minimum. When the curtain falls on Broadway, don’t end your night just yet. This après-theatre variety show is hosted by Ben Cameron, of Wicked, Aida, and Footloose fame. Every week a new Broadway star performs and bares their soul. If you’re revved up and in the mood to perform, the show then morphs into an open-mike show-tune night. Don’t be intimidated, we’re sure your rendition of “Defying Gravity” is spectacular.



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Recall and Response roadway’s new Black (or nontraditional cast) production of The Trip to Bountiful comes alive when Cicely Tyson as Carrie Watts, an elderly Texas widow longing to return to her titular hometown, stands up and sings a church hymn in a desolate bus station. It is the chestnut “Blessed Assurance” and as Tyson prances and sings, the audience spontaneously joined in. Was it a response to the actress and her legacy of cultural landmarks (Sounder, Roots, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, East Side/West Side) or gospel’s call-and-response tradition that veteran Black performers and audiences bring to Broadway? It was a surprising—and unexpectedly satisfying— moment; unscripted by playwright Horton Foote whose synthetic Southern doggerel treats the human condition like bolts of preprinted fabric. Familiar ideas about family, aging and the passing of time are cut and stitched into ready-made, second-hand drama—the half-tragic equivalent to a sitcom. But there’s Tyson as Carrie Watts, the role that originated by Lillian Gish and that won Geraldine Page an Oscar. This occasion forces one to realize the paucity of roles for older actresses (Tyson is 80), especially black actresses. Tyson seizes the vehicle to communicate her principled talent to a culture that has forgotten what that means. When Carrie cries “I want to go back to Bountiful,” Tyson gives it the yearning of a woman who feels existentially stranded in a debilitating, non-nurturing place, a cramped two-room Houston apartment with her son Ludie (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and his frustrated, harpy wife Jessie Mae (Vanessa Williams). The

situation parallels the lack of mobility faced by black actresses toiling in an unwelcoming or restricting profession. Tyson‘s career milestones have always happened against the odds yet her successes are impressive because their always demonstrate moral integrity. Not the worse legacy, it puts Tyson in the same league as Paul Robeson, Ethel Waters, Lena Horne, Harry Belafonte–powerful performers who also stood for something. In this case, the memory of a bountiful artistic and political calling in which personal artistry illuminates mere professionalism. That Tyson’s lack of sentimentality—her defining quality—fits Carrie Watts is ironic. Foote’s determined yet nostalgic crone is utterly average, suffering typical old-age dilemmas. Not exactly a warm matriarch, Tyson makes her stubborn, self-obsessed drive to return to her roots seem vital, (her subtle anger recalls Tyson’s Rebecca in Sounder). She works Foote’s threadbare, pseudo-homey clichés for all they’re worth. There’s no richness in Foote’s writing, the flat, naturalistic language resists poetry; Geraldine Page gave the film her hammy but great emotionalism to stave off Foote’s unintended yet unavoidable bleakness. In the last act, director Michael Wilson lets Tyson nearly transform Carrie Watt’s dotage into principle: “I found my dignity and strength” she says looking at her girlhood home with the symbolic name, (a bland version of the yearning psychology William Inge expressed better in Come Back, Little Sheba). That line isn’t quite believable but we know what Carrie/Tyson means: The search for stronger values and desire to restore personal heritage are clear. The sympathetic audience provided a Tyler Perry response, giving more implicit Christian fellowship than Foote intended. (Singing “Blessed Assurance” also recalls Tyson’s very excellent Peter Bogdanovich TV movie Blessed Assurance.) With Tyson’s presence, this production’s new



Cicely Tyson brings realness to The Trip to Bountiful By Armond White


Tyson and Candola Rashad in A Trip to BounƟful. ethnic focus evokes the Great Migration history of blacks relocated to urban living yet retaining ambivalent memories of the South as home. Jeff Cowie’s set, superlatively lighted by Rui Rita, recalls the Hudson River School of bucolic radiance; creating a visible, nearly cinematic passage of time. The years since Tyson performed in the legendary 1961 production of Genet’s The

Blacks have seen the once-thriving Black American theater movement pass. In this not-good-enough play Tyson’s richness and will makes one nostalgic for Black theater’s forgotten bounty.

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Spielberg’s Shortcomings with apparently no qualms that news is just another form of celebritized fiction. There’s an unholy alliance between the news industry and Hollywood. No matter the deprivations Americans across the country still suffer from Hurricane Sandy, Sandy Hook, West, Texas and the economy—the Correspondents’ By Armond White dinner is a ritual for the privileged, the ruling class that Americans like to think doesn’t he worst Steven Spielberg exist. That’s one reason they go to the movies, production ever is, without (the most shameful reason), and Spielberg doubt, his Barack Obama made this short to further that ends of homage, Steven Spielberg’s mystification, misguidance and manipulation. Obama. Unlike his disingenuous The mockumentary’s unfunny jokes Obama-in-disguise campaign feature film, start with Spielberg asking “I mean who is Lincoln, this two-minute second satirical short Obama, really? We don’t know. We never got looks artless and slapdash; it was made for his transcripts.” This would only be amusing last weekend’s White House Correspondents’ if it weren’t true. There’s obscenity in joking Dinner—an annual event for fatcats that about the media’s protection of Obama’s contradicts the United States’ supposed image and its implicit lack of decorum which allegiance to democracy by gathering the began (negatively) with the media’s assault on nation’s most empowered people (media George W, Bush’s presidency. But Nevermind. celebrities) to gently lambaste but mostly (That might have been a more clever title for celebrate their empowered peer, the President, the short—what, was Tony Kushner too busy as the most casual, supercilious, inviolable and reading Entertainment Weekly?). narcissistic cat of them all. Steven Spielberg’s Obama was made Newscasters have disgraced their redundantly, to disguise the euphemistic profession and politics by making cameos Beltway metaphors of Lincoln, (such as that despicable moment when Abraham Lincoln, arms outstretched, mendaciously emulates the scales of justice—but politicking with his right hand and prevaricating with his Left). Yet, those who care about the honor of Spielberg’s best work have to pay mind to this short’s dishonesty. It gainsays the fact of Obama’s media-based mythification by joking about it. Spielberg pretends in the short to be thinking about doing a first film about Obama and smirks, “Picking the right actor to “play Obama that was the challenge. So I needed someone who could dive in and really become Barack Obama. And as it turns out the answer was right in front of me all along: Daniel Day Lewis.” This plays the movie going public cheap, as if they weren’t smart enough to catch that Obama was already the subtext of Lincoln. Spielberg knew this, he L I V E J A Z Z N I G H T LY let screenwriter Tony Kushner go forward with the rhetorical ruse ‘The Best Jazz Room which The New York Times only in the City’ cottoned to after the film’s release. —Tony Bennett In an analysis titled “Confronting the Fact of Fiction and the Fiction R E S E R VAT I O N S of Fact,” two thumbs-up reviewers 212-258-9595 / 9795 chimed “Lincoln isn’t just about JALC.ORG / DIZZYS how President Lincoln navigated the passage of the 13th Amendment; it is also about President Obama

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whose presidency could not be imagined want a President as lacking in dignity as they without that amendment.” So much form are, so they reduce him to their level—morally, the limits of Times critics’ imaginations. professionally, politically. They finally admitted This short is Spielberg’s that Spielberg and most Brechtian comedy: Kushner’s fabrications he gets the President of the were rooted in the dark United States to ridicule heart of millennial the supposedly sincere White Liberal fantasy, reasons his constituents not historical fact or support him, undermining African American the prestige of office that dreaming. even his opponents are Because Obama obliged to respect. (One has become the could argue that the media’s fulfillment of White out-of-control disrespect Liberal dreaming, the presidency began with his mythification George W. Bush or maybe in Lincoln and our lapdog media was throughout the born during the Clinton mainstream media administration). For Steven Spielberg’s Obama. is accepted without Spielberg, Obama willingly vetting—so much so portrays a performer in that even Spielberg can contribute to the the act of deceiving the public. (Only Bill mythification, attempting to sway an election and Hillary Clinton taking on the roles of and then kid about it. the mafia gangsters The Sopranos was as His short’s suggestion that the Obama myth offensive.) required an actor of Daniel Day Lewis’ stature It is not funny when Obama-as-Day-Lewis is inadvertently revealed. Spielberg boasts confuses things, saying “The hardest part? about Day Lewis’ method of ”becom[ing] Trying to understand his [my] motivations. his character: Hawkeye from Last Of The Why did he [I] pursue ‘health care’ first? What Mohicans, Bill the Butcher in The Gangs makes him [me] tick? Why doesn’t he [I] get of New York and Abraham Lincoln from mad? If I was him I’d be mad all the time. Lincoln. And you know what, he nailed it.” But I’m not him, I’m Daniel Day Lewis.” It’s Nailing it is the correct, crucifying term for as bad as a Saturday Night Live skit. Or a Jon the Washington Correspondents Dinner’s Stewart Early Show skit. Or a Real Time with deprecation of American history. Bill Maher skit. (Or a Morning Joe, Rachel Spielberg’s litany accidentally links Obama’s Maddow skit, I mean, “newscast.”) That’s presidency to questionable representations how low the producer of the terrific early of American history: James Fennimore Zemeckis-Gale comedies has sunk. Cooper’s White fantasy that Leslie Fiedler For the past seven months I’ve personally been fielding questions about why I didn’t once explicated, (in Love and Death and like the movie Lincoln. Going through the the American Novel) as the embodiment of unpleasant effort of explaining the film’s basic Eurocentric fears and the basis of America’s inaccuracy and unfairness to people who were racial delusions, (a critical thesis now prepared to love and defend it simply because forgotten in the Ebert age); Scorsese’s postit was customized to their political sentiments, Vietnam imagining of America’s hostile social made my explanation all the more frustrating. legacy and immigrant brutality. Spielberg ties (When die-hard Spielberg scoffers praised all that to Lincoln, not to absolve it but to unconsciously root it to the racial and political Lincoln, I knew their commendations had nothing to do with esthetics or history, only confusion about slavery and identity that the with the film’s slanted politics and strenuously unvetted Obama represents. forced contemporary parallel to Obama’s But, wait! It gets worse! Obama himself lame-duck presidency.) takes part in Spielberg’s charade. After once Now, after the disappointment of the claiming “I have a lot on my plate,” Obama Kushner-Spielberg Lincoln, we get its generously took the time to complete unfortunate sequel—actually a coda. A Spielberg’s fantasy by showing how he prepares for public performance: Looking into coda ought to reinforce a work’s preceding revelations but it’s become apparent that after a mirror, Obama preps “Hello, Ohio! Hello, his previous great films showed the humane Ohio!” “I love you back.” “Look, look, let aspect of the human experience, Spielberg has me be clear about this.” The only thing that’s taken up the partisan view. Now that Spielberg clear is that the gathered media aristocracy, shows us what Lincoln actually meant, one (including the low-down yet highly-placed can really, rightfully rue it. of Hollywood and Manhattan), approves this disingenuousness. It’s all right with them. They



Wan-der-lust by Peter Rupprecht.

Suspending Reality Burning Man collaborative art comes to Wan-Der-Lust By Elena Oumano


he six artists behind “WanDer-Lust,” a month-long, (now through May 15), mixed-media pop-up exhibit on the ground floor of 72 Wooster Street, announces its mission in a black painted scrawl over the entrance: “Wanderlust is about the primal impulse for exploration. The work assembled expresses a freedom pulsing through the body blood. The collective narrative in this exhibition is informed by journeys unknown; inspired by the moment. The work is meant to inspire a state of constant flow and transformation. Through these works on paper, canvas, photography, sculpture and furniture, we express the human craving for discovery. Welcome to Wanderlust. We invite you to suspend in your reality.” Since art of necessity involves exploration, transformation, and discovery, perhaps more to the point is photographer Peter Ruprecht’s observation that this show embodies the “Burning Man ethos of collaboration brought into the real world.” Photographers Reka Nyari and Ruprecht; artists Jody Levy and Arten Mirolevich; sculptors/furniture makers Dara Young and Yarrow Mazzetti; along with Harlan Berger of Centaur Properties, the developer hosting “Wan-Der-Lust” before 72 Wooster is sold, met at Burning Man and


formed a camp that creates art alongside others as part of the pop-up community that takes over Nevada’s Black Rock desert every year. Over the course of a few weeks, they’ve transformed a rough, rubble-strewn NYC space lacking electricity into a gallery in order to showcase the individual works that often bear traces of each other’s fortuitous interference. All the contributors here evidence imagination and skill, but Ruprecht and Mazzetti show the strongest. Mazzetti’s powerfully authentic heart of pine and stainless steel furniture includes a sleekly gorgeous dining table and a chest with 5 theme drawers, each crammed with objects and opening to a flood of music. Ruprecht, a former Olympic skier and financial consultant who’s untrained in photography, first bought a camera in 2006 and a few years later, had a billboard looming over Times Square. His richly-colored, high contrast images are not framed. Instead, Mazzetti’s aluminum backings extend the images’ space beyond four corners, underscoring their generosity and excitingly alive quality. A series of meticulously rendered etchings by Mirolevich, a visionary artist also working in water color, pen and ink here stands out as well. He’s the only Wan-Der-Lust artist with professional representation, But galleries are currently circling Ruprecht. Three of his photos were snapped up at the opening night party attended by 2000 people gathered mostly by internet word-of-mouth—further evidence of Burning Man’s infiltration into the real world.




The Detroit Way A revived orchestra comes to Carnegie Hall with its maestro, Leonard Slatkin By Jay Nordlinger


rom May 6 to May 11, Carnegie Hall will present a festival called “Spring for Music.” It offers five orchestras in six concerts. The orchestras come from around the country, and one of them was to have been the Oregon Symphony. The Oregonians found themselves short on cash, however, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will play two concerts (May 9 and 10). The first DSO concert consists of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Kurt Weill and Maurice Ravel. The second one is devoted to Charles Ives—his four symphonies. The concerts are conducted by the DSO’s music director, Leonard Slatkin. I say to him, in a phone conversation, “I’m glad to be hearing Ives. But it’s a shame not to hear Walter Piston—he’s never played.” Slatkin informs me that he himself conducts Piston. But it’s true: The mid-century Americans are largely ignored. Music follows fashion, and Piston, William Schuman, Peter Mennin and the rest of those guys are out of fashion. A young conductor, says Slatkin, should make a project out of reviving them. A young woman named Caroline Shaw has just won the Pulitzer Prize, notes Slatkin. She does not call herself a composer, interestingly enough. But performers will naturally want to perform what music she has written, or will write. What they’re unlikely to do, says Slatkin, is unearth, say, the Seventh Symphony of Roy Harris. (That composer’s Third was once wellknown, but has faded from the repertoire.)

Slatkin grew up in Los Angeles, the son of a famous musician: Felix Slatkin, the violinist, conductor, arranger and so on. In and out of the house trooped even more famous musicians: Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinsky, yes, but also Art Tatum, the jazz pianist, and Frank Sinatra. Felix Slatkin died in 1963, when he was only 47. Leonard was 19. He is now doing what his father wanted to do but did not live quite long enough to do: head an orchestra. His father wanted an orchestra of his own to conduct, somewhere. He was on the verge of getting one when he died. Leonard Slatkin has held many music directorships in his career. He started in Detroit five years ago. Leonard Slatkin The DSO has come through a rocky period. Before there was a national recession, there was a “one-state recession”: Michigan’s. The DSO was not immune. Then, toward the end of 2010, the musicians went on strike, for six months. The orchestra is now back on its feet, reformed and flexible. The musicians took a pay cut—22 percent, on average. But they can earn more with optional work. The orchestra’s main home is

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still Orchestra Hall, downtown. But they are also out in the suburbs, in six different venues. Occasionally, the musicians break out into smaller ensembles, such as string quartets. “We don’t do flash mobs yet,” says Slatkin, “but that may come.” Ticket prices have fallen, and ticket sales have increased. Also, concerts are streamed live on the Internet. “We are redefining the word ‘audience,’” says Slatkin. The webcasts are free of charge. Doesn’t this keep people from going to the concert hall? On the contrary, says Slatkin: The webcasts whet their appetite for the live-and-in-person experience. The DSO is even developing an audience abroad, says Slatkin. “So, when the time comes to resume international touring, we have a head start. People not only know how we play, they know what we look like.” You can buy all nine Beethoven symphonies from the DSO for a mere 20 bucks: They are downloadable. Slatkin figures we will have compact discs for another three or four years and then yield entirely to new technologies.

The DSO also has a number of programs designed to provide music education to young Detroiters—this used to be the job of families and schools. Slatkin himself enjoyed an excellent music education in the public schools he attended. He may have come from a spectacularly musical home, but “I cherished that hour when the music teacher came in with an autoharp.” Our society has changed, though, as we all know. In short, the DSO has found a way to keep itself afloat, and moving forward. They are coping with the challenges of today, and also taking advantage of opportunities—such as the Internet. Slatkin is a particularly good ambassador for music. He is not only a fine conductor, he is one of the best talkers about music you’ll ever hear. He has some things in common with a conductor he much admired, Leonard Bernstein. And after all these years, he still loves music as much as ever. “I have the best job in the world,” he says. “It is an honor and a privilege, as well as a responsibility.” He continues, “I stand in front of a hundred musicians and give a downbeat.

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House of Cupcakes Finds a Home in West Village The newest outpost serving the popular dessert comes prepared with a surefire recipe for success By Helaina Hovitz


ou’ve got to have a pretty big pair of cake pops to open a cupcake shop just blocks from Magnolia Bakery. Fortunately, the House of Cupcakes, which just opened at 101 7th Ave South, came prepared. Aside from offering up over 36 delicious varieties, the owners have all sorts of strategies for success up their white sleeves - and Magnolia may have reason to worry a bit. After Ruthie and Ron Bzdewka won Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars� two years ago, their Princeton, New Jersey bakery gained a massive following. Now, they’ve got Steven Mandell, founder of the Party City franchise, to thank for helping them expand their Princeton shop into a mini-chain. “He has such a proven track record. We knew if anybody could do it, Steve could,� said

Ruthie. Here’s how. “I know nothing about cupcakes, but I know business, and I know the competition,� Mandell explained. “I saw a mother and son sitting outside eating cupcakes from Magnolia and went up to them and said, ‘Excuse me, when you’re done with those, can I buy you the best cupcakes in the world?’ I gave them four, on the condition that they’d tell me what they thought and how I could make them better,� Mandell explained. His mark on the place is unmistakable — the shop is decorated with photos of cupcakes created for every party theme imaginable, from a saucy bachelorette party to a Sesame Street birthday. Also popular are cupcakes made for “gender reveal� parties — cupcakes are filled with either pink or blue frosting, which let the mom-to-be and her girlfriends find out the sex of the baby when they bite down. They also specialize in “break apart� cakes, made up of individual cupcakes that create a larger picture. Last Wednesday, Zara Stevens, 27, came into the shop on her friend’s recommendation. She’d just come from Magnolia where the “pickins’ were slim.� “It wasn’t looking too good. They only had chocolate and vanilla. Boring. I can’t wait to eat these on the bus,� she said as she paid for her Oreo cake pop and a dulce cupcake. With three dozen flavors to choose from on any given day, in addition to cake pops, push pops (like the ice cream variety, but with cake!), and thick, rich cookies, boring is never a risk. All flavors are $2.95 each, and there’s always a special: buy five, get one free or buy ten, get two free. The shop is open late, until 11 p.m. on weeknights, and from




10 - 11 p.m., you can buy six and get six free. They anticipate staying open as late as 2 a.m. during the summer, since the after-hours turnout has been big. “We’d prefer two weeks notice for a big event or custom cake order, but if you come in and say, ‘We need this by tonight,’ we’ll find a way to make it happen,� Mandell said. Mix all of this with a little Food Network star power, and you’ve got a recipe for success, if the last two weeks have been any indication. Besim Kukaj, Owner of Zucca at 95 7th Ave South a few doors down, believes that aside from having good cupcakes, he hopes they’ll

also draw “good people� to the neighborhood. “They’re bringing a beautiful face to the neighborhood, and that’s what we need. Lots of places have opened and left,� he said, calling over his shoulder on the way out, “I mean it, the cupcakes are really good. I’m not just saying that!� In addition to the West Village space, new locations are also set to open in the Bronx and East Brunswick, New Jersey later this year. “To me, business is about making friends, not money,� said Mandell. “But you tend to make money when you make friends.�

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Shaking Up an Old Favorite Cocktail: The Bloody Mary


or this Mother’s Day, or even for that perfect spring Sunday afternoon, it’s the perfect time to celebrate with brunch. One of the best parts of brunch is that delicious Bloody Mary. But not all spicy tomato cocktails are created equal. Take mom or your loved ones out for brunch, (even a liquid brunch), to one of these downtown places, where Bloody Marys take on an unusual twist. At Burger and Barrel, the gastropub at Houston Street and Mercer Street, for instance, take your pick from four Bloody Mary choices including the traditional recipe. But for those looking for something more adventurous, try the Bloody Maria, made with infused tequila. The Queen Mary is made with spicy tomato juice, cucumber, gin and garnished with dill and lemon. But the real draw, according to General Manager Carmelo Pecoraro, is the BBQ Bacon Bloody Mary, made with homemade BBQ sauce, tomato juice and candied bacon. It won first place in the Tito’s Vodka best Bloody Mary competition. “I feel like everyone likes a Bloody Mary made a certain way,” said Pecoraro. “There’s always a variation on it, and that was the

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More recommendations: *Cole’s (Greenwich Ave and Main Street) — Get a drink and an appetizer all rolled into one with Cole’s “Kitchen Sink” Bloody Mary. Chef Daniel Eardley pickles the green beans for the cocktail, which are thrown into the in-house made Bloody Mary mix, along with caper berries, olives, celery and lemon. *Sauce (Rivington and Allen Street) — You and your loved ones have a choice of three fresh Bloody Mary concoctions at this farm-to-table mom’s Italian kitchen-esque restaurant. Plus all moms eat for free on Mother’s Day at Sauce! Try the Bloody Mario (made with Grappa Zardetto di Prosecco), The Bloody Maria (made with Sauza tequila), and a traditional Bloody Mary made with Tito’s Vodka. *Colicchio and Sons (10th Avenue Between West 15th and West 16th Streets) — The Bloody Verde - You heard that right. It’s green, not red. That’s because this Bloody Mary variation, at one of Tom Colicchio’s famous restaurants, is made with green tomatoes, jalapenos, chilis, cilantro and green Tabasco sauce.

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Matt Gross Shares 30 Years of Travel You are now the editor of bon How did that job come com about?

Former New York Times columnist settles down to write a travel memoir

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ou know you’re a frugal traveler if you’ve eaten fried spiders in Cambodia, slept in a Roman convent, and booked a flight with Ryan Air. Matt Gross has done all of the above while penning the Frugal Traveler column for the New York Times from 2006-2010. Now, the man who arguably had “the best job in the world,” is sharing his over 30 years of travel in one book, The Turk Who Loved Apples. At the moment, his longestt journey is from the Times Square office of Bon Appetit, where he serves as their web editor, to the Brooklyn home he shares with his wife and two children. But he wouldn’t have it any other way. When asked about his future plans, he said, “Right now, I have a great job, two kids, and a wife to see all the time. Most people want to be on vacation forever. That’s what it feels like right now.”

How did you organize 30 years of travel into one book? [Laughs] That was the tricky part. I have very broad experiences of travel, but not necessarily very deep. That is, I’ve been lots of places, but never anywhere for more than about two weeks at a time. And I had to figure out some kind of way to tie everything together. I looked at everything I’d done and everything I’d been through and decided that crappy travel [laughs] was the organizing principle. A lot of getting sick, getting lost, being alone, scared, poor and naïve. I started out very innocent to the world and wound up capable of getting dropped off anywhere and getting along.

At the start of your book, you make a bold statement, telling readers that this is the last travel book they will ever need. Yeah, I would hope so. [Laughs] I like the idea that if someone like me can become a fairly independent traveler and learn to break


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free of the guide books and the newspaper and magazine articles that tell you how to travel, then anybody should be able to do it. It’s a very personal book, but if it has an effect, I would love for it to give travelers the confidence to do things on their own.

In your book, you mention websites like and In your opinion, what is the best travel site? is fantastic. It’s full of the quirky and fascinating moments that mean something to travelers. I read it and it makes me want to go places.

At one point, you were spending three to six months a year away from your wife. How does she cope with that? Pretty well. [Laughs] When I met her, we dated for six weeks and then she moved to France for a year. That sort of set up the pattern of our relationship from the very beginning - that we were going to be together and apart all the time. We don’t have the energy to get worked up about issues like that, so we just deal with it. It makes it so that every time you’re together it’s either a happy reunion or you want to make the most of it because you’re going to be going away again.


All freelance. You’d have to ask them why that is. [Laughs] But there t was never held out the possibility w tthat I’d become a staffer. My last big story, “Lost in Jerusalem,” came out for them in January of 2012. Then I sort of hunkered the book and down to write w stopped traveling as much. That’s how most of their travel writers are. From an economic perspective, it makes sense. Travel stories take a lot of time to research and cost a lot of money to produce. And you can’t get that many big stories out of a person per year.

mean you’re backpacking and sleeping in a tent and buying loaves of cheap white bread at the supermarket. But then there are people who are on the other side who think that the kind of travel I was doing was hopelessly impoverished. [Laughs] “How can anyone even find a place to sleep for under 300 dollars a night?”

One interesting story you did involved traveling to Tokyo to write about Ramen. What’s one of your favorite articles? Oh yeah, that was a great story. A lot of the food stuff I did for the Times was good. I did a story with the headline, “Mangia, Mangia!” about eating in Abruzzo with this program called Home Food, which brings you into regular families’ dining rooms. That was amazing.

Where is one place you still haven’t visited that you’d like to someday? Hmmm. I’d really like to go to New Zealand, but not for any really specific reason. I just think I would like it a lot there. [Laughs]

As the Frugal Traveler, you spent 100 dollars per day. Long summer trips I would try to keep below 100 dollars a day. A hundred dollars a day was my cap, and I would try to shoot for as far under that as I could. Some people would get mad because I said 100 dollars a day and say, “That’s not frugal!”

You got that comment a lot, that you weren’t frugal enough. Oh, yeah. People would say that all the time. It just depends on your perspective. Some people see “frugal,” and think that’s supposed to


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The May 9th, 2013 issue of Our Town Downtown. Our Town Downtown (OTDownTown) is a newspaper for 25 to 40-year-old New Yorkers living, workin...