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Memorializing a Neighborhood Advocate Eﬀort underway to coname Peck Slip after community board member By Daniel Fitzsimmons
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Community Board 1 is spearheading an effort to co-name Peck Slip after a longtime Community Board 1 member and Seaport resident who recently passed away. Harold Reed, a former art dealer and theatrical producer, chaired CB1’s Arts and Entertainment Committee since 2001 and
was a fierce advocate for downtown artists, working to create opportunities for them to exhibit their work. Friends and fellow community board members also remember Reed as a tireless advocate of the South Street Seaport and a champion of issues important to residents of Lower Manhattan. “He was CB1’s representative on the board of the South Street Seaport Museum, a role he took very seriously. He was outspoken on many issues affecting the community. It would be weird if Harold was not in attendance at Continued on page 8
A new study off pedestrian fatilities in New York pinpoints the danger zones downtown. The report by the he Tri-State Transportation Campaign ampaign analyzes traffic fatality tality data for the entire region, on, showing details of each death ath in the three years from 2010 to 2012. According to the he group, 26 pedestrians died ed from traffic accidents below elow 23rd Street duringg that period, with manyy of the deaths clustered around Union Square and d in the lower East Side. The The totals for the period od don’t include a number of fatilities es in recent months -- deaths that havee galvanized the city and spurred renewed calls for changes in safety laws. On the group’s map, blue dots represent the deaths of adults between the ages of 16 and 59, pink is for seniors 60 years old, and green dots represent fatalities under the age of 16. To view the map yourself, go to tstc.org.
Where the (Downtown) Love Is We tracked the most recent Manhattan locations of Craigslist’s “missed connection” posts By Megan Bungeroth City life is full of near-hits and glancing what-ifs. Most people go about their day giving little thought to what could have been if they had reached across the subway aisle and asked the cute girl in the red hat for her number before she got off at Chambers Street, disappearing forever behind the closing doors. But a few dogged, lovestruck fools take their chance encounters (or non-encounters, as the case usually is) to the pages of Craigslist, posting under the Missed Connection heading, hoping against hope that the object of their infatuation will scour the listings and
recognize the description of themselves as the “childhood friend who was viciously attacked by a dog and lost an eye,” spotted at the Soho Bloomingdale’s, or the Liquiteria employee with “round glasses, freckles, and an amazing smile that can turn any bleak Monday morning into something really special.” Craiglist only keeps Missed Connections posts active for a few weeks, so there is a fleeting nature to the endeavor, and a sense of urgency. In Manhattan, the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day have seen an expected mix of the lovely, the carnal, and the mundane. The most common sightings downtown were in public places - the park, the subway, museums - and gym locker rooms. There’s the man searching for a fellow he made “charming eye contact” with at Irving Cafe on Orchard Street. A self-described “tall, elegant, mature, busty woman with short blond hair, red lipstick... wearing a woolen Continued on page 4
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CRIME WATCH Horn of Larceny Police arrested a man responsible for a string of recent burglaries. Police announced that they had nabbed 36-year-old Adrian Longo, wanted for a number of break-ins and robberies at area businesses. In the month of January alone, Longo was responsible for break-ins at a noodle shop on Water Street in which he took $700 from two cash registers, as well as establishments on Grand, Thompson, and Sullivan Streets, from the last of which he stole $1,000. Longo has a number of prior arrests and is wanted as well for three other recent burglaries in the sixth precinct. He is also a well-known trumpeter and bandleader and in fact had his horn with him when he was arrested.
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Yet another designer clothing store was broken into and robbed. Someone forced entry into a clothing store on Mercer Street and stole $7,800 worth of women’s clothing.
Dropping Her Guard A woman was pickpocketed by a gang of thieves. Two women and a male accomplice followed a woman from a bank into a chain drug store on Broadway. There, one of the perpetrators distracted the woman by dropping something on the floor next to her, while one of the two female thieves picked $300 cash from the victim’s pocket.
Forgotten Gains A woman’s wallet went missing at a local fast-food establishment. At 7 PM on January 20, a 21-year-old woman laid her wallet on the counter of a restaurant on Nassau Street while she paid her check. She left the establishment forgetting her wallet and returned fifteen minutes later when she realized it was missing. The wallet was gone from the counter, and the restaurant employees did not know what had happened to it. The woman checked with her bank and discovered that unauthorized charges had been made to her account. The wallet contained a variety of credit cards as
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Italian dress, a long necklace of white and grey pearls” told of her “nice leisurely lunch at Balthazar” that ended with a glass of Champagne, then a shared look and smile with a man seated at a nearby table right before she walked out the door. Some seeking connections aren’t looking for romance so much as reassurance or fulfilled curiosity: “Last week you had a seizure on the ramp at the 4th Street station. I was the guy with the baseball cap who stayed with you until the cops came. Are you okay?” An older a woman wrote about a meeting in Central Park 23 years ago, when she ran into “a pair of interesting young people” dressed in goth-like clothes and bedecked with bloodstone rings and snake eye pendants. Then there’s the
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room introducing this person to that person, knowing what each was interested in and constantly making new connections, opening new doors, or sharing some insight.” Connolly said Reed was passionate about making the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center a reality, but that the project was far from the only arts-based initiative he undertook. “From advocating for public art in the parks of lower Manhattan, to supporting local organizations like the Church Street School for Music and Art and, of course, the Seaport Museum, where we are now, to his proposal for a theater at Pier 17, Harold was always out front as an advocate for the arts in our community,” said Connolly. “He was also a true leader and an unparalleled member of our community as a whole.” Reed passed away in Hong Kong last January, at the age of 75.
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A Piece of Resistance The Lego Movie tour de force restores satire to animation By Armond White A $60 million animated film that looks as cheap as The Lego Movie must be some kind of avant-garde prank. Styled to resemble the textured, interlocking plastic chips kids play with to build crude, child-proof versions of… everything, the trademark bright primary colors are muted and photographed bizarrely, with carefully adjusted blur. Viewers are forced into virtually squatting-down for child’s-eye close-up scrutiny of the miniature pieces--as if by squinting at the chips (in 3D!) one joined a child’s imagination. Refusing slickness recalls the ironic lo-fi look of Spike Jonze’s $100 million Where the Wild Things Are, one of the most original children’s movies ever made, whose fantasy dimension worked well on an adult level. The Lego Movie’s odd style comes close to that achievement: It is a proudly capitalist tour de force that actively rejects the totalitarian implications of such technological wonders as Pixar. Even The Lego Movie’s plot is anti-Pixar: Lego-man protagonist Emmet (Chris Pratt), a construction worker who envies becoming a “Master Builder” (Ibsen gag noted) ponders his identity as well as his conformist society. He enters a make-believe realm where the struggle for power is not just mythological but a satire of dominant pop legends (from Star Wars to Lord of the Rings). Emmet awakens simultaneously to puberty (his attraction to female rebel Wyldstyle who has Betty Rubble eyes) and an awareness of political rebellion. It is the totally unexpected political humor of The Lego Movie that makes up for its visual…shall we say,
challenge. Any animated film that goes against the placid pretty perfectionism of Pixar has to be a work of political opposition and The Lego Movie’s first two-thirds is a reminder how irreverent and nonpartisan political satire used to be: Millennial conformity is attacked in Emmet’s anxious need for instruction--he seeks a manual for life that will confirm “How to Fit In. Be Liked. Be Happy.” That cowardly affirmation could be the motto for film critics as well as Pixar drones. The beehive society’s national anthem cheers “EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!” to a manic, incessant beat. Forced complacency distracts the toy proletariat who worship an idealized leader, President Business, soon revealed as the nefarious, micromanaging ruler of the subconscious, Lord Business--which places Al Capp’s General Bullmoose somewhere near the White House. (Lord Business threatens a
dissident: “Are you going to be stuck having a tea party with your mom and dad?”) Emmet must find “The piece of resistance,” which resembles a Lego block but has a mysterious Ring-like property, in order to prevent Lord Business from releasing “The Kragle” upon the populace. The quest becomes a jamboree of non-stop cultural parodies taking Emmet, Wyldstyle and numerous Lego versions of pop icons and idols to Cloud Cuckoo Land, a super toy shop/haven (“No government. No negativity”) where the consumerist impulse receives healthy mockery, not Pixar sentimentality. Directorsscreenwriters team Phil Lord and Christopher Miller must be credited for resisting every kind of cuteness. Despite the frowzy, squinty esthetic, they turn the inherent adorability of toys and cartoons into a comment on cultural conformity. This isn’t cheap anarchy but a
fulfillment of the capitalist freedom to scoff. The Lego Movie shows true irreverence in its joke on TV’s indignities (“Where’s My Pants?”), middlebrow Peter Jacksonism (Middle Earth logo-ized as Middle Zealand), Lincolnesque sanctimony (“A house divided… is better than this”) including jabs at Warner Bros’ own franchises. Advancing on the use of CGI and stop-motion animation, some of The Lego Movie’s chase sequences move uniquely--as if Lord and Miller got the message of Spielberg’s magnificent, convulsive The Adventures of Tintin calling for a new, tactile vision of animation. Shill critics may praise The Lego Movie as thoughtlessly as they champion Pixar (and this film’s weak, unfocussed live-action framing device doesn’t hit hard enough to shake critics out of their hypemania) but just because confuse this with Pixar doesn’t mean that you should. The look of The Lego Movie is a conundrum but when a Lego Shakespeare character threw off his hat and protested “Rubbish!” I chuckled. Follow Armond White on Twitter at 3xchair
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Jubilation in the Jungle Javier Dzul’s Mayan rituals rewrite life out of chaos
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Mexico Maya, the latest work from choreographer Javier Dzul, would be unfathomable without knowing that Dzul grew up in the jungle. The title of the work refers to the Mayan tribal community in Mexico where Dzul was raised and learned Mayan ritual dance. Conceived in three sections, Mexico Maya features Cirque de Soleil-type aerials, swing by tonight jalc.org / dizzys 7:30pm & 9:30pm sets 212-258-9595 contortionists, and modern dance set to a soundtrack of Mayan text, Mexican ballads, and plaintive American song, and it Jazz at Lincoln Center Broadway at 60th Street, 5th Floor, NYC premiered at the Baruch Performing Arts Center on January 24. Photo by Marylene Mey and Whit Lane The jungle epitomizes chaos. Life-forms of every shape and size slither and hang, snaking around each other with no perceptible rules, contributing to a writhing, organic, lawless whole. That, in so many words, is the visual effect of Mexico Maya. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s thrilling for those Monthly Multi-Estate Auctions who are willing to disregard the ordinary limits placed not only Next Auction: Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12pm Fine Art Featuring African American Art & Photography, Mid Century Modern & Antiques on dance but on the human body as well. Previews: Fri. & Sat., Feb. 21st and 22nd, 12pm to 6pm and Dzul himself looks like Sun., Feb. 23rd 10am to 12pm (sale start) Yul Brynner. He’s got a Snow Date: Monday, February 24th at 3pm bodybuilder’s torso and the gaze of a hunter. For all his View 400 lots at www.ClarkeNY.com regal masculinity, however, his dance recalls a belly dancer’s undulation; facing upstage, he flexes his spine and ripples the muscles beneath his shoulder blades. He appears mythical. In an aerial solo, he dives to earth wrapped in brown silk, stopping inches above the ground to ascend yet again. Romare Bearden (1 of 6), 1969 Mixed Media Collage, The Black Arnold Newman (1 of 13), Pair of Mid Century Hans Wegner Dzul’s talents and persona American in Search of His Identity Gelatin Silver Print, Violins for A.P. Stolen Armchairs are supremely idiosyncratic and powerfully unnerving. He is Fine Art incl. African American Art and Mid Century Modern so unusual, however, that he is Wanted for Consignment or Purchase most effective when there is no “Walk-In Wednesdays”: Free appraisals 12pm-4pm one else on the stage; since there are frequently other people on Clarke Auction ∙ 2372 Boston Post Road ∙ Larchmont, NY 10538 the stage, this creates a problem Ph: (914) 833-8336 ∙ Fax: (914) 833-8357 ∙ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for the show. Two pas de deux www.ClarkeNY.com were less effective than his solos but still managed to convey his jungle vision of Let Us Tell You What to Do! interacting organisms. Do you have a dispute with a neighbor? Need advice on how to navigate a sticky The weak point are the situation at your child’s school? Want to settle an argument about proper urban group numbers, which also, etiquette? Our Town Downtown is here to help, and dish out advice on living in your coincidentally, comprise the corner of the city. Please send your queries for our new advice column to modern dance portion of the email@example.com with the subject line “Ask Margaret.” show. It’s not clear whether
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the problem lies with uninspired choreography or company members who are simply not up to what Dzul requires of them. One notable exception is Brian Binion, whose precise, yet liquid, dance not only expresses Dzul’s intention but also bears his own signature. In spite of the show’s shortcomings, Mexico Maya does nothing short of rewriting the history of the human body as a thing that emerged from a non-human place. Imperfect yet haunting, its best images will never leave you.
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Quiet and quality on the rise for aďŹ cionados By Caroline BirenbaumÂ The next few weeks are relatively quiet in the NY auction world. Much of the activity takes place at Swann Galleries as indicated below, and the previews merit a visit. Refer to the websites for schedules, illustrated catalogues--and sometimes videos, blogs, and press releases about highlights.Â
Swann swanngalleries. comÂ Swann introduced separate auctions devoted to AfricanAmerican fine art a mere seven years ago, and they quickly became a beacon for aficionados. The Along the Harlem River February 13 sale, Shadows Uplifted: The Rise of African-American Fine Art, takes its title from an early novel by an African-American author. Paintings include masterful 19th-century landscapes by Edward M. Bannister and still lifes by Charles Ethan Porter, â€œCoal Breakers,â€? by Hughie Lee-Smith, and an industrial scene, â€œAlong the Harlem River,â€? by Malvin Gray Johnson. Of note among prints are a rare color pochoir and screenprint by William H. Johnson, â€œOn a John Brown Flight,â€? and â€œShipfitters,â€? an aquatint by Dox Thrash. There are striking sculptures such as Nancy Elizabeth Prophetâ€™s stained and oiled wood â€œHead,â€? Sargent Claude Johnsonâ€™s terracotta â€œThe Knot and the Noose,â€? and William E. Artisâ€™s â€œMichael,â€? bronze cast from a 1940 terracotta.Â Â
Art Nouveau gems by Mucha and other famed poster artists, American and European ski posters, Mather Work Incentive posters, and exhibition posters signed by Chagall and Warhol are featured in the Vintage
Posters sale on February 25. A two-part auction on February 27 begins with postwar and contemporary photographs and the Photobook Library of photographer and collector Bill Diodato; the second part offers additional 19th & 20th century Photographs. The March 6 sale of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings runs the gamut of European and American artists, from Cezanne to Picasso; Avery, to Wood.Â Â
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NY Times Hunter, The Saddest Smartest School Around Elite East side high school ranks last in happiness study By Adam Janos
unter College High School, at 71st East 94th Street, is a school of superlatives. Itâ€™s regularly recognized as one of (if not the) most successful public schools in the city and nationwide, and is an ivy feeder, putting its graduates on the fast track to a life amongst the intellectual elite. Now, itâ€™s been saddled with a less-stellar distinction: saddest spot in New York. A new study by the New England Complex Systems Institute
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released August 20 took a measure of mood in the city using geo-tagged tweets. Twitter users are known for their informal, concise language, and tweets are frequently accented by the use of emoticons like â€œ:)â€? or â€œ:(â€œ). After researchers established a correlation between the emoticons and the words that would accompany them, they divided all the chosen tweets by location and mapped the cityâ€™s mood. Yaneer Bar-Yam, the studyâ€™s principal investigator, notes that high-density traffic spots like the midtown tunnel are associated with more negative emotions, while Central Park and Fort Tyron Park â€“ the peaceful, green lungs of Manhattan â€“ are associated with positive sentiment. â€œWe looked at the locations with strong positive or negative sentiment, and the results are intuitive, which is strong confirmation that weâ€™re doing the right thing,â€? he said. And, according to the study, in all of New York City, the most negative place to be is Hunter College High School. Several Hunter grads rushed to defend the institution. â€œI had a really great time there,â€? Mynette Louie, an independent film producer from the class of â€™93 says. â€œI wasnâ€™t happy about commuting over an hour to get to schoolâ€Ś but I had a good time, because I was surrounded by all these smart peopleâ€Ś it was pretty nerdy, but it was also just fun.â€? Caroline Friedman, class of â€™06, thinks the atmosphere was
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intense, but never cutthroat competitive. â€œIâ€™m in law school now, and when I was applying Iâ€™d hear stories that at some law schools, people will rip out the relevant pages from the library books so other people couldnâ€™t read it. It was nothing like that,â€? Friedman says. â€œAt Hunter, there was a lot of cooperation: people were sharing notes, people were copying homework.â€? Still, Friedman notes that there was limited sunlight in the classrooms (the students refer to the building itself as â€œthe brick prisonâ€?), and advises current Hunter College High School students to, â€œgo to the park during lunch. spend some time in the courtyard.â€? Other alumni are less glowing in their reviews of the Hunter community; Sachi Ezura, class of â€™04, remembers high school as one of the most difficult times in her life. â€œOne thing I remember, is that everyone would go home and write in their Xanga or their Livejournal [online blogs]. And this one kid, all the popular kids used to pass around his blogâ€Ś people reveled in each othersâ€™ sadness.â€? Ezura herself spent considerable time in the nurseâ€™s office when she would get upset, and she notes that in her classâ€™s yearbook, thereâ€™s a drawing of her crying on a page entitled, â€œA Day in the Life of the Senior Class at Hunterâ€?. Michelle Kang, class of â€™02, thinks a large part of the stress was related to the high pressure of the school combined with the inherent stress of living in New York. â€œI mean, you think all the typical things American kids get to do in high school: driving around, going to football gamesâ€Ś I was in the middle of this dense, dirty place, trying to catch a train.â€? Kang has since moved to Seattle, and is getting her masterâ€™s degree in architecture. Still, all Hunter alumni seem to agree that the experience, however painful or enjoyable, was indispensible. And when asked, all maintain that their closest friends in adulthood are people they met while at Hunter. â€œI think if people can step away from [the academic pressure] and appreciate that this is the time in your life when youâ€™re surrounded by the most intelligent, special people, that thereâ€™s a lot to be gained by that,â€? Benjamin Axelrod, class of â€™02 says. â€œItâ€™s a really good group.â€?
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back a couple extra dimes) there were also a few items more expensive on the West Side, like Chips Ahoy and Ghiradelli hot chocolate. Many prices, however, were the exact same. But what about that glaringly high mark-up on the salmon? Fairway did not respond to our email, but did respond to Rubinâ€™s email, apologizing for what turns out to be a pricing error, which the store said they have since corrected. â€œThe retail for the Bumble Bee Wild Salmon should be $6.49 at our 86th Street location, and $5.99 at Broadway, and these retails were corrected,â€? said a customer service representative in an email. â€œThe difference in these retails is due to promotional pricing we received from our vendor at our Broadway location. We are sincerely sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you, and we thank you for bringing this matter to our attention.â€? It seems that Fairway is offering a fairly even grocery shopping experience for both the Upper East and West Sides.
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Churches and synagogues throughout Manhattan are ďŹ nding their ďŹ nancial plans thwarted by preservation eďŹ€orts By Megan Bungeroth
tâ€™s hard to argue against preserving the cityâ€™s historic, soaring monuments to God. Churches and synagogues throughout Manhattan have been targeted by preservation enthusiasts since the city first created the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1965. They have good reason: without landmark status protection, surely many of these places, which give religious congregations a home and neighborhoods an inimitable character and sense of history, would have been torn down
long ago. The side not often heard above the rallying cries of well-meaning preservationists, however, is that of the actual church or synagogue members. The landmark process, meant to protect and preserve historical assets that theoretically belong to everyone, can sometimes end up displacing the very people who hold the actual deeds to these properties and destroying the community that resides within the building in order to preserve its facade. On the Lower East Side, a well-known synagogue is hoping to avoid a landmark designation that some in the community are eager to obtain. The Town & Village Synagogue on East 14th Street has occupied a building for decades that has been technically calendared (meaning that a vote was already taken to schedule a hearing) by the Landmarks Preservation Commission since 1966, though a hearing was never Continued on page 8
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After its ďŹ rst cancellation in a three-decade history last year, the parade is struggling to ďŹ nd enough money to raise itself from the dead By Omar Crespo
he Village Halloween Parade has had quite the rough year. Last year, hurricane Sandy left the costumes, floats, and music inoperable. This year, organizers have been forced to turn to Internet crowd funding in hopes of keeping the event going. Sandy left the parade in dire need of donations and funding, which left its organizers in a state of limbo. Jeanne Fleming, the paradeâ€™s head coordinator for the past 33 years, is optimistic the event will come together for this yearâ€™s Halloween. â€œWe hope so,â€? she said. Because of the unintended shutdown of the parade last year, the event coordinators have had to try and recoup the losses suffered. The parade committee turned to the popular crowd-sourcing website
Kickstarter, which helps artists fund their creative pursuits through public monetary pledges. The Kickstarter campaign, which began on September 16, has been slowly making its way to the $50,000 green-light goal. If the full amount isnâ€™t pledged by a October 21 deadline, the parade wonâ€™t get any of the funds. Fleming said that compared to the hundreds of thousands of people who have attended and enthusiastically supported the parade over the decades, â€œthe Kickstarter response has been lukewarm.â€? As of press time, the campaign had raised $41,975 from 732 backers, and five days left. The $50,000 collected this year will go to investment insurance for the businesses and individuals who donated last year but did not get a parade. Before this new digital venture, support for the parade came in the form of sponsorship from companies, businesses and TV licenses, as well as from grassroots-level funding such as children selling cookies or restaurants donating food. Recently, the Greenwich VillageChelsea Chamber of Commerce, which represents small businesses in the downtown area, announced that the Rudin Family Foundations and the Association for a Better New York will give a $15,000 matching fund if the parade Continued on page 8
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October 17, 2013 Phillips Phillips.comÂ Details are not yet available, but you can expect striking examples of Contemporary Art & Design like Ken Priceâ€™s â€œPink Egg,â€? 1964, on March 6, and vivid works in various media, such as David Salleâ€™s â€œPainting for H.C.A.,â€? in Under the Influence on March 7.
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When it comes to water, drink up For healthy drinks, avoid sugar, try adding fruit There are many options for what to drink. But for most people with access to safe drinking water, water is the best choice: it’s calorie-free, and it’s as easy to find as the nearest tap. Water provides everything the body needs — pure H2O — to restore fluids lost through metabolism, breathing, sweating, and the removal of waste. It’s the perfect beverage for quenching thirst and re-hydrating your system. There is no one estimate for how much water the average American needs each day. Instead, the Institute of Medicine has set an adequate intake of 125 ounces (about 15 cups) for men and 91 ounces (about 11 cups) for women. Note that this is not a daily target, but a general guide. In most people, about 80 percent of this water volume comes from beverages; the rest comes from food. Water is the best choice for quenching your thirst. Coffee and tea, without added sweeteners, are healthy choices, too. Some beverages should be limited or consumed in moderation, including diet drinks, fruit juice and milk. Alcohol in moderation can be healthy for some people, but not everyone. Avoid sugary drinks like soda, sports beverages, and energy drinks.
Restaurant Grades The following listings were collected from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s website on December 13, 2013 and include the most recent inspection and grade reports listed. We have included every restaurant listed during this time within the zip codes of our neighborhoods. Some reports list numbers with their explanations; these are the number of violation points a restaurant has received. To see more information on restaurant grades, visit www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/services/restaurant-inspection.shtml.
■ Crushed fresh mint ■ Peeled, sliced fresh ginger or sliced
cucumber ■ Crushed berries ■ Sparkling water with a splash of juice Sparkling juices may have as many calories as sugary soda pop. Instead, make your own sparkling juice at home with 12 ounces of sparkling water and just an ounce or two of juice. For additional flavor, add sliced citrus or fresh herbs like mint. Source: Harvard School of Public Health
Try water infused with berries: to 32 ounces of water add one to two mint stems with leaves attached and 5 to 7 fresh berries. Chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight. For more berry flavor, muddle the berries and strain before serving.
Jim Brady’s Restaurant
75 Maiden Lane
Simit & Smith
100 William Street
Au Bon Pain
170 William Street
Nicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches
99 Nassau Street
135 John Street
112 John Street
122 Fulton Street
Pisillo Italian Panini
97 Nassau Street
123 William Street
Grade Pending (24) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F. Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation. Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored.
Kosher Luncheonette 56
56 Fulton Street
Woolworth Tower Kitchen
Grade Pending (22) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.
156 Chambers Street
61 Murray Street
Koki & Vegi
1 Centre Street
Pier 59 Chelsea Piers
Grade Pending (17) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or nonfood areas. Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored.
Studio Cafe 59
Pier 59 Chelsea Piers
Grade Pending (21) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation. Eggs found dirty/ cracked; liquid, frozen or powdered eggs not pasteurized. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.
88 9 Avenue
Cho Cho San Japanese Restaurant
15 West 8 Street
362 West 23 Street
75 9 Avenue
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With a twist, please For people accustomed to drinking sweet beverages, water can initially taste bland. To increase water consumption without losing flavor or to spice up your daily water intake, try infused water. Instead of purchasing expensive flavored waters in the grocery store, you can easily make your own at home. Try adding any of the following to a cold glass or pitcher of water: ■ Sliced citrus fruits or zest (lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit)
This illustration from the National Institutes for Health shows how many teaspoons of sugar are in 12-ounce, 16-ounce, and 32-ounce servings of sweetened beverages.
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Not Graded Yet (57) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F. Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations. Appropriately scaled metal stem-type thermometer or thermocouple not provided or used to evaluate temperatures of potentially hazardous foods during cooking, cooling, reheating and holding. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred. Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored. Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.
NEIGHBORHOOD REAL ESTATE SALES Reported February 3 - 9, 2014 Neighborhood
Battery Park City
300 Albany St.
1 River Terrace
1 River Terrace
Battery Park Realty
70 Little W St.
30 W St.
130 W 17 St.
21 E 1 St.
71 E 3 St.
425 E 13 St.
BR BA Listing Brokerage
Corbet And Conley
188 3 Avenue
525 E 11 St.
238 East 14 Street
Grade Pending (15) Food worker does not wash hands thoroughly after using the toilet, coughing, sneezing, smoking, eating, preparing raw foods or otherwise contaminating hands.
205 E 10 St.
Brown Harris Stevens
70 E 10 St.
Parmys Kabob & Grill
125 1 Avenue
Not Graded Yet (19) Food not cooled by an approved method whereby the internal product temperature is reduced from 140º F to 70º F or less within 2 hours, and from 70º F to 41º F or less within 4 additional hours. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
66 2 Avenue
Not Graded Yet (5)
57 1 Avenue
Not Graded Yet (15) Appropriately scaled metal stem-type thermometer or thermocouple not provided or used to evaluate temperatures of potentially hazardous foods during cooking, cooling, reheating and holding.
64 E 3 St.
212 E 13 St.
334 E 5 St.
55 Wall St.
15 Broad St.
City Connections Realty
15 Broad St.
88 Greenwich St.
75 Wall St.
15 Broad St.
Cooper & Cooper Real E
7 E 14 St.
Metropolitan Property G
10 W 15 St.
12 W 18 St.
23 E 22 St.
49 E 21 St.
7 E 14 St.
Cozy Soup & Burger
30 W 15 St.
Brown Harris Stevens
132 Second Avenue A
16 W 16 St.
29 St Marks Place
99 John St.
24 East 17 Street
71 Nassau St.
35 East 18 Street
Grade Pending (24) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F. Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.
145 Nassau St.
Brown Harris Stevens
99 John St.
235 E 22 St.
153 3 Avenue
Triona’s Bar Restaurant
192 3 Avenue
Mom’s Pizza Burger Gyro
15 Avenue D
Grade Pending (17) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F. Live roaches present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or nonfood areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewage-associated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies.
66 Avenue C
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Cantor And Pecorella
39A Gramercy Park
305 2 Ave.
Greenwich Villag 50 W 9 St. 60 E 8 St.
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2 5 Ave.
88 Bleecker St.
184 Thompson St.
24 5 Ave.
60 W 13 St.
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Minding Manhattan’s Business The President of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce talks about the Second Avenue Subway, the Super Bowl, and Mayor Bloomberg By Angela Barbuti After college, Nancy Ploeger set off on a cross-country adventure to find the city that would become her home one day. Local businesses are very fortunate that she decided on New York. This year, she celebrated her 20th anniversary as president of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, advocating, connecting, and educating the small business community in the city. She can be found around town supporting the Second Avenue restaurants affected by subway construction, brainstorming with the mayor’s office, or hosting one of the many networking events the MCC puts together. When asked about the biggest perk of her job, she replied, “meeting passionate people.”
You started your job in 1994. How did it come about? At the time I was working for the New York Sports Club. I had been working there for 12 years and helped that company grow. We started with four clubs when I came on board in 1982. By the time I left, we had over 30, and now, of course, they have hundreds up and down the Eastern Seaboard. I was the vice president of operations and human resources then, and because we had so many clubs on the Upper East Side, the board asked me to join them. So I was on the board of directors of the East Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. And then when the executive director position opened up, they asked me I’d like to take it because I had a lot of ideas and was always trying to encourage the Chamber to try different things. When they asked me, I was like, “Wow, leaving my cushy job overlooking Central Park with 1,000 employees to go to a tiny little Chamber? OK, I’ll do it!”
How can you explain what the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce does? I am a registered lobbyist in the State of New York. As such, I go to city, state, and federal legislatures with my colleagues and
lobby on behalf of pro-business issues. That advocacy is a major part of my job, because there are so many issues with all these different industries in the city - whether it’s manufacturing, restaurants, retailers, or service providers. We have two events a week, and even if they are educational, they always have a networking component. The purpose is to help businesses connect with other businesses. As far as the education part, we have lots of different seminars that cover a range of topics that every small business has to face - whether it’s a legal, accounting, social media, HR, or marketing issue. We also inform on new bills coming into effect, so we can keep our members up-to-date on how to run their businesses more effectively.
Are these networking meetings open to the public? Yes, our meetings are open to members and non members. We do have some specific meetings that are only open to members. The majority of our events are open to member and non-member businesses.
How much interaction do you have with the mayor? We have a lot of interaction with the mayor’s administration - the deputy mayors, the commissioners, especially the commissioner of small business services and the deputy mayor for economic development. Mayor Bloomberg came to some of our events over the years. A couple of days ago, we had a meeting with the new deputy mayor for economic development in the new administration.
I read that you decided to move to New York after taking a post-college road trip. Yes, when I graduated from college, two of my friends and myself went cross country for three months to decide where we wanted to live. So we went to all the cities we had always read about and had never been to Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago. When we came driving back across the George Washington Bridge, and looked at Manhattan, we all looked at each other and said, “Yup, we’re here!” [Laughs]
On your Twitter proﬁle, you write that you’ve lived in eight cities. What are the other seven? St. Louis; Chicago; Philadelphia;
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the last three years. We had gone to them and said, “There’s a lot of negativity around the Second Avenue subway being built and its impact on the neighborhoods, and we want to change that. We want to encourage shoppers and diners to go the Second Avenue. There are great stores and restaurants behind those fences and around the corner from the construction.” For a couple of years now, we run a restaurant week, very successfully, all along the subway construction footprint, between 68th and 97th. The first year, we had 26 restaurants and that’s pretty good for the initial time out. It just shows you that people are anxious to get the word out. We will do it again this year; it’s always the first week in June. And we are trying to start a Second Avenue Business Alliance, for business along the avenue, that will go beyond just waiting for the subway to open.
You posted a picture on Twitter of Super Bowl Boulevard preparations. What did you think of it?
In an interview, you once said that the MCC started in your neighborhood. Yes, it was called the Yorkville Chamber of Commerce and it was started by German and Irish businesses that were in the neighborhood. And I still have the original document with the 12 signatures who put the Chamber together in 1920.
What are your favorite small businesses in Yorkville? I live near Second Avenue, with all the construction for the subway over the last several years. You know, I try to go spend money at those businesses along Second Avenue that are impacted by the construction. What I really love about my neighborhood, which is really true of any neighborhood in New York, I can walk to the corner and dine in Japan, France, Italy, Vietnam, or Mexico. I love the variety of restaurants. I also love to go to the small coffee shops and diners. The diners are great. It kind of revolves around food. [Laughs]
We were on the host committee for the Super Bowl. Super Bowl Boulevard ran right outside our offices, from 34th to 47th. We were right in the heart of it. There was a lot of excitement; it was very crowded. I know some of the businesses along Broadway were very excited, they were crazy busy, especially the food stores. To me, it was a big success. I know there were some travel issues going to and from the stadium. But, I will challenge anyone who hosts a Super Bowl anywhere to say that they could get people out of their parking lot in 10 minutes. It just doesn’t happen.
Who was the most memorable person you met through your job?
Speaking of the Second Avenue subway, what can you tell us of its progression?
The most memorable person was Tom Brady, but I didn’t meet him through my job. [Laughs] I’d say Mayor Bloomberg. To me, he’s really an icon and a thought leader that any city would be very happy to have. I really wish him well continuing the Bloomberg brand, but also with his new Bloomberg Associates, helping other cities focus on gun control, health initiatives, and other urban priorities. It’s really all about his thought leadership in terms of how to create better cities and a better life for people in those cities.
We’re about halfway through, maybe a little bit more than halfway. It’s still projected to be ready on December 31st, 2016. We had a very good working relationship with the MTA over
Follow Nancy on Twitter: @npmcc For more information and the MCC and its event, visit www.manhattancc.org
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